The Allure of the Oscars (and Whether It’s Deserved)

February 7, 2020, by Sophie Penn, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

As a Jewish child, there was not much for me to look forward to every winter besides other people’s Christmas decorations and the Oscars. More than any awards show, sporting event, or other televised spectacle, the Oscars completely captured my attention. There was something special about the aesthetic of the Oscars: the gowns, the beautiful […]

(W)hy (S)uch (A)bysmal-voter-turnout?

February 7, 2020, by Bodhi Small, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

While the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA) is important, it needs drastic improvement in regards to transparency and democracy. During my freshman year, I was mostly indifferent to the WSA, despite being friends with a handful of senators. I ran my roommates’ joke campaign at the beginning of the year, and I would regularly eat in the Summerfields […]

Coronavirus at Wes: Navigating Between Confusion and Compassion

February 7, 2020, by Maria Tan, Oliver Cho, Contributing Writers. Leave a Comment

Coronavirus: How concerned should Wes be?  The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), as it is officially referred to, has attracted a lot of attention from our friends and family. Regardless of the true severity of this outbreak, we urge everyone to be compassionate towards those who feel concern for their loved ones. With that, is the […]

Give Winter Break a Break and Add Symposium Week to the End

January 31, 2020, by Daniel Knopf, Assistant Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

As the Wesleyan student body returns to begin the grueling college grind once again, the ubiquitous “how was your break” conversation ensures that winter break is on everyone’s mind. Whether you despise them or enjoy them, “how was your break” chats almost always involve one party lamenting over the unnecessary length of the break, and […]

Mental Health: It’s Not Just in Your Head

January 31, 2020, by Katie Livingston, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

Last semester, I got to learn what it means to have an anxiety attack. The feeling of your chest constricting and imploding in on itself, the gradual numbness that blooms in your limbs and becomes worse the more you linger on it. The sure sense that you are having a heart attack, a stroke, a […]

How We Remember Kobe Bryant

January 31, 2020, by Sophia Clevenger, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Content Warning: sexual assault, rape   Kobe Bryant is dead. It is a tragedy when any young person dies. I am certainly not trying to discount the many lives he has affected, or trying to disrespect his family—mainly his daughter who was also, heartbreakingly, killed in the recent crash. But it seems as if we […]

This Super Bowl Sunday: From Miami to Capitol Hill

January 31, 2020, by Kiran Kowalski, . 1 Comment

This week, Americans have been exposed to intense forms of two canonical pillars of American cultural life: politics and sports. And what better way to experience the full brunt of both of those things than on the couch in front of the TV. Special thanks are in order to my housemate, who realized that Wesleyan students […]

What Do We Really Like?

December 6, 2019, by Trent Babington, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

I don’t know much about opera. I don’t know much about Broadway, either. I listen to the former; I don’t often listen to the latter. I mean, when I say listen, this essentially amounts to letting xyz recording play in the background while I do other work. Most of the best operas are in German […]

A Guide to Finals Study Locations from Your Trusty Opinion Editor

December 6, 2019, by Tobias Wertime, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

Dearest Wesleyan Community. The time has arrived. To my freshmen friends, colleagues, and readers, I welcome you to the first finals season of your college careers. You have probably heard your older friends and family members talk about their difficulties in finals seasons past, and they may have exacerbated your fears for what the next […]

The Masochistic Merits of Sadness

November 22, 2019, by Matthew Rubenstein, Contributing Writer . Leave a Comment

There is a scene, an admonition, that I have witnessed on television, in real life and in my head. “Do not fetishize your sadness!” says some agent of 21st-century wisdom. “I don’t!” replies some deviant in denial. It makes sense that we young people would encounter this. Young people, like most people, have sadness, and as […]

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