The Follower Fallacy: Competing for Social Media Popularity

February 2, 2018, by Rafael Goldstein, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

When I was in middle school, my friend boasted tens of thousands of Instagram followers. I still remember feeling so cool when she tagged me in a photo and got me hundreds of new follower requests. There I was, a seventh grader, feeling more popular than ever, without having actually met a single person. My […]

Schumer’s Litmus Test Harms Long-Term Democratic Goals

January 26, 2018, by Jack Leger, Assistant Opinion Editor. 1 Comment

As a child, I often fought with my brothers via video games, shouting matches, and physical altercations. The constant infighting came at the expense of my parents’ sanity, as they lived in a house filled with arguing kids. Although I fondly remember my childhood, I am not eager to see fighting between donkeys and elephants […]

“Cat Person” Embodies the Struggles of the Always-Accomodating Woman

January 26, 2018, by Kaye Dyja, News Editor. 1 Comment

New Yorker short story “Cat Person,” written by Kristen Roupenian, follows 20-year-old college student Margot as she flirts with, texts, dates, sleeps with, and eventually breaks up with 34-year-old Robert. Exploding almost instantly, the story sparked debates over the gray areas surrounding casual, heterosexual sex. Readers tried navigating these murky waters, questioning what exactly made […]

Strength in Numbers: The Value of #MeToo

January 26, 2018, by Jodie Kahan, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

On November 9, Jodi Kantor, one of two journalists who took down Harvey Weinstein in an investigative piece for The New York Times, voiced a premonition about the nature of the #MeToo Movement in an interview. “I think this story is getting bigger, not smaller,” Kantor said. “I think it’s like a wave that hasn’t […]

Put on Your Thinking Cap: A Hat History

December 1, 2017, by Brooke Kushwaha, Assistant Arts Editor. Leave a Comment

Hats. Are they back? Did they ever leave? Maybe in other areas of the North, a beanie in the wintertime just seems like common sense rather than a fashion statement, but this is Wesleyan: practicality doesn’t factor into most areas of life. You don’t wear a hat because it’s cold, or because it’s sunny—you wear […]

Common Understanding Is Crucial

December 1, 2017, by Cormac Chester, Sports Editor. 2 Comments

It’s a natural human desire to seek power and then maintain a strong grasp on it once it has been attained. For rulers with absolute power, authoritarianism is often too strong of a temptation, resulting in the loss of personal freedoms, human rights, and often mass murder. Yet during the age of the Holy Roman […]

In an Age of Media Mistrust, Believing Survivors Must Be a Priority

December 1, 2017, by Hannah Reale, Opinion Editor. 1 Comment

So it turns out that liberal news sources may not be trying to irresponsibly spread false stories. On Monday, The Washington Post revealed that an undercover “journalist” attempted to get a false account published. In the story, she claimed that Alabama Senatorial Candidate had impregnated her when she was 15 and drove her to Mississippi […]

The Year of the Aux

November 16, 2017, by Brooke Kushwaha, Assistant Arts Editor. Leave a Comment

If you’re not a naïve freshman (sorry), you’ve probably noticed an eerie trend in the evolution of nightlife at Wesleyan. Program houses, which used to host a bustling concert scene, boasting three or four live shows a night, have made the switch to a new beast entirely: the aux party. If you’ve ever sat shotgun […]

Rolling Up My Sleeves: “Java Jackets,” Sustainability, and the Problem with Pi’s Coffee Sleeves

November 16, 2017, by Emmy Hughes, Assistant News Editor. Leave a Comment

Here’s a scene of woe to whet your appetite: Imagine it’s 8:33 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and you stayed up the prior night watching video compilations of Glee musical numbers. You’re tired, and need something in your system, stat. Luckily Pi Café, with all its Fogbuster, Hazelnut, and Sumatra coffee glory, is on the […]

Not-So-Lonely Only Child: The All-Female Camp Experience Nourishes Confidence

November 16, 2017, by Hannah Reale, Opinion Editor. 1 Comment

There are many identities that form my perspective and how others see me. I am Irish, Italian, and Polish—in other words, white. I am female. I am not religious, although both of my parents grew up Catholic. I live in Manhattan. I have attended excellent schools since the age of five. And so there is […]

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