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, […]

Conflict Resolution: Why Boycotting Sabra is Not the Answer

October 5, 2017, by Shani Erdman, Contributing Writer. 8 Comments

I dream of the day that Israelis and Palestinians will live together in peace. The status quo is unjust, unsustainable, and painful to say the very least. Even so, Wesleyan Students for Justice in Palestine’s (SJP) attempt to boycott Sabra products is not the answer.   During the club fair last week, SJP handed out […]

Debunking the Macron Myth

September 29, 2017, by Elia Kruger, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France last May, beating Marine Le Pen in the second round of a hard-fought election cycle. Outside of France, that’s what most media outlets reported: the loss of the populist, anti-immigration Le Pen to the young, innovative, and forward-looking Macron. But in France, this wasn’t the bombshell announcement. The […]

“What Does Taking a Knee Mean?” and Other Questions About Free Speech

September 29, 2017, by Bryan Stascavage, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

My stance on the NFL players who choose to take a knee during the National Anthem is the same as it was on Colin Kaepernick’s decision in fall of 2016. I was not offended by this activism, nor have I been offended by any burning or spray painting of the flag. I firmly believe that the […]

Enemies of Free Speech

September 29, 2017, by John Jiang, Contributing Writer. 1 Comment

When the free speech movement sends their people, they’re not sending their best. They’re bringing conspiracy theories. They’re bringing pedophiles. They’re rape apologists. And some, I assume, are good people? No, not even that. Milo Yiannopoulos is back again. The self-styled provocateur has made some minor headlines recently for his involvement with the doomed Free Speech […]

The Democrats’ Vision for 2020 Must Lean Progressive

September 29, 2017, by Ben Stagoff-Belfort, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

For Americans horrified by the daily utterances from the White House, the 2020 presidential campaign offers a faint glimmer of hope. But, this hope is tempered by a string of recent Democratic political failures. In 2014, Democrats suffered significant losses in both houses of Congress. In 2016, the Republicans retained control of the House and […]

How PTA Moms Can Save the Country

September 22, 2017, by Katie Shewfelt, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

It’s not too surprising that “meme” is the first word Google suggests when you begin to type “PTA mom” into the search box—an ubiquitous branding, but an unfortunate one. We need to start granting these power-moms much greater respect and attention, particularly if we ever want to see a woman president elected. No, I’m not […]

Hostile Architecture: A Quiet War Against the Disadvantaged

September 22, 2017, by Tara Joy, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

In 2014, the owners of a block of luxury apartments in central London drew widespread outrage after installing rows of small metal spikes on the ground outside the building to deter homeless sleepers. A photo of the spikes was met with immediate indignation on Twitter, and the mayor of London himself condemned them as “ugly, […]

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