The Media Blackout of Jeff Bezos

February 15, 2018, by Rafael Goldstein, Contributing Writer. 3 Comments

Jeff Bezos has been all over the news lately for a multitude of reasons. The Amazon CEO recently became the richest man in the world, topping charts with a net worth valued at $112 billion (is that even a real number?). Now, Amazon is looking to build a second headquarters somewhere in the United States, […]

Wesleyan: Elite or Elitist?

February 15, 2018, by Jesse Marley, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

“If a kid liked Fieldston, chances are they would go to Wesleyan,” said Tyler Lederer-Plaskett ’21. No one from my high school is currently at Wesleyan, and, to my knowledge, none has ever attended. I expected that new first years at Wesleyan would share in my gratefulness at the opportunity to attend such a prestigious school. […]

Going Metric: A Long Overdue System of Simplicity and Perfection

February 8, 2018, by Tobias Wertime, Staff Writer. 6 Comments

Having grown up in Asia my entire life, I expected a degree of culture shock when arriving in the United States a year and a half ago. The sun setting at 4:30 p.m. in the winter months, the tendency to label Super Bowl winners as “World Champions” when only 2.56 percent of the league’s participants […]

The Spanish Inquisition, Volume II: Catalonian Crisis

February 8, 2018, by Tamar Cahana, Contributing Writer. 1 Comment

Since its inception in 1922, the Catalan independence movement has sought the separation of Catalonia from Spain. With its own language, constitution, identity, devolved powers, and history of repression, many Catalonians feel the nation is a separate people that must be protected through the creation of its own state within Europe. After a relative standstill […]

Chipping Away at Our Idols: The Case of “Lady Doritos”

February 8, 2018, by Emma Solomon, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

Among the U.S. Fortune 500 companies, a ranked list of businesses with the largest total revenues each year, 32 Chief Executive Officers were women. The statistic is published each June by Fortune Magazine, and since its publication of their 2017 list, the number of female CEOs has shrunk by 6 to a current total of […]

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Court Decision

February 8, 2018, by Tara Joy, Assistant Opinion Editor. 1 Comment

On Jan. 21, 2010, the Supreme Court issued the infamous Citizens United ruling. Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission was a highly controversial case which determined that any person or corporation can donate unlimited amounts of money to support a candidate’s campaign, though not directly to the candidate. The decision caused great controversy at […]

The Curious Case of Tristan da Cunha

February 2, 2018, by Bryan Stascavage, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

Approximately 1,500 miles off of the South African coast and 2,090 miles from South America, deep in the South Atlantic, is a tiny island community called Tristan da Cunha. Discovered by the Portuguese in 1509, the island was charted and inhabited over the next few centuries, peaking during the 19th century as a resupply station for […]

The Problem with Private Prisons

February 2, 2018, by Tara Joy, Assistant Opinion Editor. 1 Comment

Prior to the 1980s, private prisons didn’t exist in the United States. But thanks to the Reagan administration’s War on Drugs, which led to harsher sentencing policies and higher rates of incarceration, the inmate population skyrocketed beyond the capacity of the nation’s existing prisons, a fact that corporations were quick to take advantage of. In […]

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 […]

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