Complicating the Complex: Reflections on Israeli Apartheid Week

April 11, 2019, by Shani Erdman, Contributing Writer. 3 Comments

As one passes by the Israeli Apartheid Wall outside Usdan, one cannot help but notice the glaring caption, “From Palestine to Mexico, all these walls have got to go.” At first glance, it may seem that the barrier separating Israel from the Palestinian territories is analogous to Trump’s intended wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. After […]

Who am “I”: ADHD and Me

April 11, 2019, by Daniel Knopf, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

I was first diagnosed with ADHD in first grade after I, completely unprompted, punched my classmate Jake in the leg. He immediately burst into tears, and I joined his chorus of sobs, not understanding why I had just hurt my friend. After this incident, my parents decided to take me to a psychiatrist to see […]

Divest Now: Wesleyan University’s Institutional Obligation to Address Climate Injustice

April 4, 2019, by Ben Silverstone, Ernest Braun, Contributing Writers. Leave a Comment

Twelve years from now, in 2031, Wesleyan will celebrate its bicentennial anniversary. In 2030, the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that we will reach environmental tipping points that will speed up the pace of the climate crisis. The catastrophic warming resulting from the extraction and burning of fossil fuels, which has already […]

Here’s the Formula for Writing an Opinion About Saving Haven Hall

April 4, 2019, by Katie Livingston, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

I usually start my opinions with a short story or a setting, something to evoke the tone. Writing about classism in the application, I recounted when my college interviewer sat across from me and said that I should pay for five round-trip flights. When I wrote the piece about social life and wood-frame houses, I described […]

In the Shadow of Fraud: Economic Inequality Underscored at Universities

March 28, 2019, by Jack Leger, Opinion Editor . Leave a Comment

As a senior in high school, I naively believed college admissions to be an equalizer. Any qualified candidate would have a fair shot at a school that fit his or her credentials. I understood that there were inequities, but the extent of the unfairness became clear upon arriving at Wesleyan. Well-off students received numerous advantages […]

Don’t Impeach the Peach

March 28, 2019, by Daniel Knopf, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

Without a doubt, President Trump is the single most incompetent and sleazy leader this country has ever had. Sure, James Buchanan effectively sat there and let the Civil War start, and sure, Richard Nixon illegally broke into the DNC to spy on his opponents, but at least they could provide a day-to-day illusion of seriousness […]

Spotify’s Recommending System Protects Abusers

March 28, 2019, by Connor Aberle, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

I listen to a ton of music. I often fill every available minute I can with music. According to Spotify, I listened to 43,252 minutes of music last year. Music holds a special place in my heart, as it does for many people. Some of my friends have playlists of every song they listened to […]

Ranked-Choice Voting: A Necessity in Today’s Political Climate

February 28, 2019, by Ben Stagoff Belfort, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Somewhere along the 2016 campaign trail, the laundry list of presidential hopefuls during the primaries resembled less a competent group of thoughtful candidates with a desire to discuss important national issues than a throng of small children seeing who could out-do the other in a self-absorbed contest for the best playground bully. In particular, President […]

Avoiding Targeted Ads is Hard, But Worth It

February 28, 2019, by Emmy Hughes, News Editor. 1 Comment

In a moment of potent stress during winter break, I went on a brief frenzy searching for summer internships and research positions on Google. I clicked a few tabs and feverishly scrolled a few job-hunting sites, before ultimately deciding the effort was fruitless and exiting out of the tab. Within a few minutes, I’d all […]

The Post-Protest Portrait Posting Positives: How Instagram Helps Democracy

February 28, 2019, by Daniel Knopf, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

The 2017 Women’s March was a momentous occasion. Not only did it display the country’s opposition to the Trump presidency, but it also served as many young protesters’ first taste of democracy. For those, like myself, who grew up under Obama, politics seemed to be going well enough that civil unrest didn’t seem necessary. But […]

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