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 […]

“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 Roy Moore had impregnated her when she was 15 and drove her […]

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 […]

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