A Progressive in a Predicament

April 17, 2020, by Virginia Sciolino, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

I didn’t volunteer for a political campaign until I was 16, when I decided that Bernie Sanders and I had a lot in common. He was the first politician I had ever heard who acknowledged that the poverty in places like Mississippi, my home state, might be caused by historical systemic inequalities. Ever since then, […]

Face Masks: Unmasking Cultural Divides on Campus

April 9, 2020, by Shirmai Chung, Contributing Writer. 2 Comments

On March 31, Medical Director at Wesleyan University’s Davison Health Center Dr. Tom McLarney released a campus-wide email on public health updates. He stated, “There is no evidence that a person who does not have COVID-19 needs to wear a mask in public.”  As I read his email, I was puzzled and disappointed by this […]

Coronavirus and Online Education

April 9, 2020, by Aditi Mahesh, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

We are all coping with the difficulties posed by online education. I, like many skeptics of remote learning, truly believed that the education we receive in classrooms would not and could not be transposed onto an online remote platform. Actually, I believed that taking online classes would be an insult to my education. However, having […]

How COVID-19 Skewed the Wisconsin Election

April 9, 2020, by Tom Hanes, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

The Tuesday election in Wisconsin was the first of the COVID-19 era. The vote included the Democratic primary and a seat on the state supreme court, and was held despite strong public pressure to postpone. The Democratic Governor, Tony Evers, called a special meeting of the state assembly to push back the elections, but within […]

A Proposition for a Softer Apocalypse

April 2, 2020, by Katie Livingston, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

During my freshman year of high school, my grandmother started preparing for the Second Coming. She stocked up on a year’s worth of dehydrated food and hoarded it under her staircase. My grandfather got out his old show guns, polished them, and took out the blanks. My aunt cleared out the brambles on the abandoned […]

Reflections on a Ruptured Narrative

April 2, 2020, by Tobias Wertime, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

On March 11, Wesleyan made the painstaking decision to move the rest of the semester online, asking students to move out. For those following the news of other campus closures, this move seemed both inevitable and unfathomable. First, on March 9, Amherst cut the cord. Harvard followed suit the next morning. From there, the flood gates opened and […]

The Bloomberg That Could Sink America

February 28, 2020, by Daniel Knopf, Assistant Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

The yearlong debacle that is the Democratic primary nomination contest has begun to finally wind down in recent months, as the candidate field has been whittled down to a mere seven contenders. As politician after politician after spiritual guru realized that their candidacy was not viable, they withdrew from the field, allowing those who had […]

Sense and Political Sensibilities

February 28, 2020, by Tom Hanes, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

Across the 1990s, a long war was waged over whether or not university and high school English departments should continue to hold a specified canon of literature above the rest. Not only was the canon—which included the likes of Shelley, Blake, Johnson, Coleridge, Melville, Hawthorne, Shakespeare, Joyce, Faulkner, Nabakov, Pynchon,Tolstoy, Dante, Homer, Goethe, etc.—exclusively white, […]

Who Cares if You Listen: On Accessibility, Arts, and Language

February 28, 2020, by Trent Babington, Assistant Opinion Editor. 1 Comment

Once in a while, an article is published that is so deliciously elitist that to read it is like eating chocolate cake. In this case, the article to which I am referring is “Who Cares if You Listen,” by Milton Babbitt:  “Granting to music the position accorded other arts and sciences promises the sole substantial […]

Bernie Has a Plan to Socialize Corporate Ownership and No One’s Talking About It

February 21, 2020, by Finn Collom, Contributing Writer. 7 Comments

Since October, Senator Bernie Sanders has had a plan to initiate a massive transfer of wealth into worker hands. Nestled in the policy weeds of the Bernie campaign website is a relatively tame-sounding section titled “Corporate Accountability and Democracy.” Here, the campaign states that under a Sanders presidency, the administration would push policy to establish […]

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