Free the Seed: OSSI and the Fight for the Future of Farming

November 2, 2017, by Tara Joy, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

Large agriculture companies like Monsanto and Syngenta have been courting controversy for years. While widely criticized for their production of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their encouragement of pesticide use, these corporations are also responsible for a more insidious, less widely recognized agricultural threat: the seed patent. In order to protect their business interests, most major […]

Some Thoughts on Wesleyan’s Meal Plan Crisis

November 2, 2017, by Jodie Kahan, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

There are about seven weeks remaining in the semester. For some students, this near-halfway mark triggers a stress reflex to midterms, looming final projects, and all the assignments they should have finished over the weekend that are now due in the coming days. For most others, the halfway mark indicates the time to check their […]

NFL Sexism, Domestic Violence, and Cam Newton’s Role in All of It

October 16, 2017, by Jack Leger, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

Cam Newton often makes splashes at press conferences for his unconventional fashion choices and entertaining flair. His enthusiasm for the game draws a large youth following, and his jersey is one of the top 25 best-selling jerseys in the NFL. Newton is viewed as a pioneering quarterback, a position once dominated by white pocket passers. […]

Please, Anything But “Interesting” and “Powerful” Discussions

October 16, 2017, by Connor Aberle, Assistant Opinion Editor. 4 Comments

Class discussions at Wesleyan—especially in the social sciences and the humanities—can deal with sensitive issues. As a place of learning, colleges must encourage students to engage with contentious subjects or risk students unknowingly reproducing problematic behaviors or attitudes. Though people may disagree on what constitutes the scope of problematic behaviors or attitudes, avoiding potentially offensive […]

The New Space Race: NASA, Private Companies, and The Fight to Settle Mars

October 16, 2017, by Emmy Hughes, Assistant News Editor. 5 Comments

In a number of ways, the idea of space travel is universally fascinating. There’s something wholly remarkable about the notion of hurtling on a rocket ship into the cosmos, surrounded on all sides by a penetrating, and overwhelming, and magnificent unknown. What can be more meaningful and terrifying than venturing into the vastness beyond our tiny […]

Republicans, Proceed With the Funeral March

October 13, 2017, by Bryan Stascavage, Staff Writer. 2 Comments

Dear Republicans, the Grand Ol’ Party: Do you hear the sound of the bell, the funeral bell? It is ringing for you, it is for you whom the bell tolls. The party that was supposed to stand for the rights of all by ending slavery, that was reinvigorated by the writings of William Buckley Jr. […]

Butts Bathrooms Should Have Locks: The Issue All Americans Can Agree On

October 13, 2017, by Ben Sullivan, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Anyone who has been graced with living in any of the Butterfields—A, B, or C—has either asked their friends or quietly wondered: “Why do these bathrooms not lock?” It seems logical why they should. There’s one toilet, one shower, and for some reason, two sinks that are never being used simultaneously. For all intents and […]

Let Our Response to Bauerlein’s Lecture Be a Model

October 13, 2017, by Luke Goldstein, Staff Writer. 5 Comments

Mark Bauerlein’s lecture last week on “The Burden of Nonconformity,” an incoherent, babbling behemoth of nonsense that seemingly argued that the Trump campaign was a nonconformist movement, was an insignificant event on Wesleyan’s campus. And that’s exactly what makes it noteworthy. In the past few years, “free speech” on college campuses has become one of the […]

An Evolution of Catalonia’s Revolution

October 5, 2017, by Jack Leger, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

Imagine a place where citizens don’t have the right to vote. Their right to self-determination, their right to freedom of speech, and their right to dictate their own futures cease to exist in a chaotic few days. No, this isn’t authoritarian North Korea or an invasive Russian government. The most recent violations occurred in the […]

The Price of Being Hipster

October 5, 2017, by Jodie Kahan, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

On sunny days, Foss Hill doubles as a sort of runway for the high-fashion hipster style that has come to define Wesleyan culture. Painted toes highlight the rough strap of old Birkenstocks; black laces weave through faux leather Doc Martens. It’s like an advertisement for mom jeans: girl sits perfectly perched against a sturdy tree, […]

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