How One Episode of “West Wing” Reveals a Greater Misunderstanding of Alzheimer’s

August 31, 2017, by Hannah Reale, Assistant Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

Political drama, political drama, political drama, Alzheimer’s. As I binge-watched “The West Wing” this past summer, I was jarred by the suddenness of season 4’s “The Long Goodbye.” Although mentions of Press Secretary C.J. Cregg’s father’s deteriorating mental state had been mentioned in several episodes, it’s the audience’s first and last introduction to Tal Cregg […]

Dissecting Disaster: Conflicted Feelings on Media Coverage of Hurricane Harvey

August 31, 2017, by Connor Aberle, Assistant Opinion Editor. 1 Comment

News broadcasts are some of the few memories I have from my and my family’s evacuation of Southeastern Louisiana for Hurricane Katrina. Every day and night, we would watch the unending coverage of the storm destroying the Gulf Coast. Over a decade later, the destruction that Katrina caused can still be seen in parts of […]

The Myth of the Model Minority

August 31, 2017, by Tara Joy, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

The term “model minority” can refer to any minority group that is perceived to have achieved a high level of socioeconomic success, but is most often used in reference to Asian Americans. William Petersen first used the words “model minority” in a 1966 New York Times article praising the work ethic and family values of […]

A Farewell to The Argus

May 9, 2017, by Jake Lahut, Editor-in-Chief. 2 Comments

My true passion for The Argus was formed in a cauldron of controversy. While I was among the scores of freshmen at the 2013 orientation interest meeting and wrote a handful of op-eds and features—from a satire about Ted Cruz to a quasi in-depth look at the onset of trigger warnings—it wasn’t until the very […]

NY Times’ Bret Stephens: Masturbatory First Columns Attempt to Derail Climate Change Debate

May 9, 2017, by Andrew Fleming, Assistant Arts Editor. Leave a Comment

The first three columns of The New York Times’ new Opinion columnist, Bret Stephens, have attempted to roil the traditional climate change discussion, resulting in the journalist being accused of everything from a sharp pragmatist to a liar-liar-pants-on-fire climate-change denier. It began with his piece “Climate of Complete Certainty,” which vaguely called into question the assurance of […]

On the Importance of Scrutiny in Moving Forward with Opinion

May 9, 2017, by Dan Bachman, Opinion Editor. 1 Comment

This is the final issue of my tenure as an Opinion Editor, and during such a volatile, strange, scary, and dangerous year, I have never been more aware of or grateful for having been given supervision of this kind of platform. Opinion sections of newspapers are a tricky thing; they so often can draw controversy for […]

Free the Books

May 9, 2017, by Andrew Fleming, Assistant Arts Editor. 2 Comments

The University recently asserted its ownership over the wealth of books in Olin by placing a swipe-access lock on the door. As of now, you will need a Wesleyan ID or special permission to enter the library after 9 p.m. on Monday to Thursday and after 6 p.m. on Friday to Sunday. University Librarian Daniel […]

White Allyship in the Face of Jordan Edwards: Avoiding Perpetuation and Complacency

May 9, 2017, by Michael Darer, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

CONTENT WARNING: Police Violence; Anti-Black Racism. On April 29, fifteen-year-old Jordan Edwards was shot and killed in Balch Springs, Texas, after leaving a house party with two of his brothers and two friends because the group had heard gunshots and feared for their lives. Officer Roy Oliver—who has since been fired and charged with murder—claimed […]

De-Normalizing Trump: Protections of Jeff Sessions are Symptomatic of Facism

May 9, 2017, by Sam Prescott, Opinion Editor. 1 Comment

The first 100 days of Trump’s America were, by most estimates, unproductive if not entirely uneventful. He may ultimately score a success on his hallmark Muslim ban, the constitutionality of which is currently tied up in courts, but the ordeal’s steep political costs would leave the victory a pyrrhic one. Since then, the new administration […]

Fictions? R.J. Julia and the Administration Attempt to Obfuscate Worker Concerns

April 27, 2017, by Alec Shea, Contributing Writer . 2 Comments

In a closed-door faculty meeting this week, University President Michael Roth reportedly said of R.J. Julia’s hiring practices that “stories of unfair labor practices are fiction propelled by the authors and the students involved,” according to students and faculty in attendance. This declaration is ironic considering how recently (last week) the President’s office was telling concerned […]

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