Wesleyan’s Sustainability Response to COVID is (Unsorted) Trash

October 16, 2020, by Hannah Berman, Mia Risher, Staff Writer, Contributing Writer. 1 Comment

One unintended result of our return to campus during the coronavirus era has been a massive increase in the waste that we as a community produce. Some of this new waste, of course, is necessary for our safety—the protective equipment involved in testing, for example, or the cleaning equipment used to sanitize our common spaces—but […]

Put Down Your Computer and Shop at Local Businesses

October 8, 2020, by Zoe Genden, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

If you needed proof that online shopping has skyrocketed during the pandemic, you only need to look so far as the notoriously long lines that have gathered outside of WesStation. This rise in online retail is understandable. The combination of the spike in COVID-19 cases, numerous stores going bankrupt and selling their brick and mortar locations, […]

Saying Goodbye Through A Mask

October 8, 2020, by Kalli Jackson, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

“I’m being punked.” “What?” “I’m being punked. I’m on that prank show. This is not a hospital, this is a hotel room.” My father’s cancer had progressed to his brain by the time he, too weak to sit up by himself in bed, had said this to his nurse at Hackensack Hospital. The series of […]

In Defense of Online Education After COVID-19

October 6, 2020, by Katie Livingston, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

The first time I stepped foot onto Wesleyan’s campus the grass was impossibly green. I could take my shoes off, walk on it without stepping in a goat head burr. The buildings were too large, beautifully large. I couldn’t see the skyline, clear and flat, through all of them. I got lost on the streets […]

Amy Coney Barrett: Ultraconservative Mentally Unhinged Girl Boss

October 6, 2020, by Ben Togut, Contributing Writer. 2 Comments

Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, wants you to know that she is so not Aunt Lydia from “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Even though she is deeply involved with People of Praise, a group of zealous and not at all terrifying Christians that at one point legitimately called women “handmaids” and demanded they submit to […]

College Rankings Are Here To Stay

September 24, 2020, by Zoe Genden, Contributing Writer. 2 Comments

There are few things more American than rankings. As a country that prides itself on our competitive culture, we are obsessed with winners and losers. We rank everything from restaurants to TV shows to sports, but nothing seems to get ambitious Americans more excited than school rankings. From public to private, kindergarten to graduate school, […]

The Death of the Weekend

September 18, 2020, by Zoe Genden, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

This past Friday and Saturday, I experienced the death of the weekend firsthand. The news hit me fast and hard: the realization that there are no more $6 screenings at “Metro Movies,” no more hanging out in friends’ dorm rooms, no more eating out in crowded restaurants along Main Street, no more student-run theater shows where […]

Settle For What? Looking Beyond Electoralism For Radical Change

September 18, 2020, by Olivia Ramseur, Bryan Chong, George Fuss, Katelin Penner, Assistant Features Editor, Contributing Writers. Leave a Comment

Note: the opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors only, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the members and Board of the Wesleyan Democrats.   “This is the most important election of our lives.” “If you don’t vote, you’re essentially voting for Trump.” “Not voting just shows how much privilege […]

Taco Soup and the Liminal Qualities of Remote Study

September 11, 2020, by Katie Livingston, Features Editor. 1 Comment

Yesterday afternoon I made a batch of what we (and by we I mean my mother and my great-grandfather) call taco soup. It’s an affront, probably, to the very concept of a taco. It was raining and I was in my grandmother’s house and I dumped a roughly chopped onion into a pot with a […]

The Coming Chaos: We All Know What’s Going to Happen in November; it’s Better That We Start Talking About it Now

September 11, 2020, by Huzaifa Khan, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Last Wednesday, while talking to reporters in North Carolina, President Trump encouraged his supporters to vote twice to “test” the electoral system: first by submitting a mail-in ballot, then by heading to the polls on election day. This follows weeks of the president advancing the idea that the upcoming election will be rigged against him, with unsubstantiated claims […]

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