Sex at Wesleyan: What Vanessa Grigoriadis ’95 Got Wrong

September 15, 2017, by Emma Solomon, Hannah Reale, Opinion Editors. 3 Comments

Vanessa Grigoriadis ’95 had her piece published in the New York Times on the sex discourse at Wesleyan this summer, exploring changes in consent culture from then and now, mostly focused on the modern politics of consent. The article, adapted from Grigoriadis’ book, “Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power & Consent on Campus” that came out on September 5, takes […]

The Case for Responsible Genetic Engineering

September 15, 2017, by Emmy Hughes, Assistant News Editor. Leave a Comment

Although the idea of engineering genes has been on the minds of science fiction writers, ethicists, and biochemists alike for decades, only recently has gene-editing science fully entered the glare of the public spotlight. This is, in part, due to a recent successful account of gene editing: the modification of a single DNA strand in […]

The Truth Is Out There: The Sexism is Right Here

September 7, 2017, by Meg Cummings, Staff Writer. 2 Comments

Like hundreds of lesbians across the world, I had my sexual awakening (mostly) courtesy of Dana Scully and Gillian Anderson, the actress who portrays Scully on “The X-Files.” This began an obsession with the show, extending beyond my huge gay crush. I was pleasantly surprised to hear the news in 2015 that the series was […]

Lessons from Thailand: Why Student Activism Matters

September 7, 2017, by Bright Palakarn, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

A July issue of “The Economist” featured a piece highlighting the fight of Liu Xiaobo against the tyrannical regime of the People’s Republic of China. Liu was a commendable figure whose primary goal was to transform China into a liberal and prosperous democracy. His fight ended tragically: He lay dying in a Chinese hospital room […]

Hollywood’s Portrayal of War Supports Trump’s North Korea Narrative

September 7, 2017, by Jack Leger, Contributing Writer. 3 Comments

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley garnered headlines earlier this week with her comments on the U.S. conflict with North Korea. In a statement to an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council, Haley stated, “enough is enough, we have taken an incremental approach, and despite the best of intentions, it has not […]

How One Episode of “West Wing” Reveals a Greater Misunderstanding of Alzheimer’s

August 31, 2017, by Hannah Reale, Assistant Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

Political drama, political drama, political drama, Alzheimer’s. As I binge-watched “The West Wing” this past summer, I was jarred by the suddenness of season 4’s “The Long Goodbye.” Although mentions of Press Secretary C.J. Cregg’s father’s deteriorating mental state had been mentioned in several episodes, it’s the audience’s first and last introduction to Tal Cregg […]

Dissecting Disaster: Conflicted Feelings on Media Coverage of Hurricane Harvey

August 31, 2017, by Connor Aberle, Assistant Opinion Editor. 1 Comment

News broadcasts are some of the few memories I have from my and my family’s evacuation of Southeastern Louisiana for Hurricane Katrina. Every day and night, we would watch the unending coverage of the storm destroying the Gulf Coast. Over a decade later, the destruction that Katrina caused can still be seen in parts of […]

The Myth of the Model Minority

August 31, 2017, by Tara Joy, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

The term “model minority” can refer to any minority group that is perceived to have achieved a high level of socioeconomic success, but is most often used in reference to Asian Americans. William Petersen first used the words “model minority” in a 1966 New York Times article praising the work ethic and family values of […]

A Farewell to The Argus

May 9, 2017, by Jake Lahut, Editor-in-Chief. 2 Comments

My true passion for The Argus was formed in a cauldron of controversy. While I was among the scores of freshmen at the 2013 orientation interest meeting and wrote a handful of op-eds and features—from a satire about Ted Cruz to a quasi in-depth look at the onset of trigger warnings—it wasn’t until the very […]

NY Times’ Bret Stephens: Masturbatory First Columns Attempt to Derail Climate Change Debate

May 9, 2017, by Andrew Fleming, Assistant Arts Editor. Leave a Comment

The first three columns of The New York Times’ new Opinion columnist, Bret Stephens, have attempted to roil the traditional climate change discussion, resulting in the journalist being accused of everything from a sharp pragmatist to a liar-liar-pants-on-fire climate-change denier. It began with his piece “Climate of Complete Certainty,” which vaguely called into question the assurance of […]

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