A Place of Hope Visits WCSU

Imagine this: You’re going about your day, walking around the area you live, searching for something to eat, and generally enjoying your day. Suddenly, you get physically tangled up in something. Maybe it’s balloon ribbon, or a plastic rings that come along with a six-pack of soda cans. You get injured, and your life is…

WCSU Takes On Ancient Greece

The Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences at Western Connecticut State University is expanding the minds of the campus community through a new lecture series. Every school year, the Macricostas family endowment to the school allows for a lecture every semester, with an overall theme decided upon for each school year. “This year’s theme is…

Why Is Rape Culture Becoming More Acceptable?

  There’s one aspect of being a woman that we’re not supposed to talk about. We aren’t supposed to say that walking around at night makes us tense and uneasy, even if we have keys or pepper spray on us. People would rather not hear us talk about how we always take special care when…

WCSU Graduate says Konnichiwa from Japanese Classroom

Jessica Pascale Opinion-Editorial Editor After earning a Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing from Western Connecticut State University, Rebecca Simas traveled to an island off the coast of Japan to share her education and experiences. Simas interviewed with the Consulate General of Japan in their Boston office, which led to her being…

CCSSO Announces Four Finalists for 2016 National Teacher of the Year Award

Finalists for Nation’s Top Teaching Honor from CA, CT, OK, and WA Jessica Pascale Opinion-Editorial Editor The finalists for the National Teacher of the Year have many things in common. They are dedicated to their profession, working endlessly to develop the minds of our nation’s children. They allow their students to become aware of what’s…

WCSU Receives Grant To Reduce Sexual Assault, Dating Violence

  In an effort to educate bystanders more, the Avon Foundation for Women recently gave Western Connecticut State University a $10,000 grant.  The grant was given through Avon’s “Speak Out Against Domestic Violence” initiative. It will be used to fund WCSU’s Bystander Intervention initiatives, specifically the “Where Do You Stand?” campaign and training to reduce…

SGA Moves to Make WCSU A More Involved Community

      In the dimly-lit Midtown Student Center Theater, college students mingled in the back. Little groups were scattered around the food tables. A low murmur of conversation could be heard throughout the theater, but no specific words could be made out. That all changed at 3:30 p.m., when the students (and a few…

The Problem With The Phrase “Netflix and Chill”

   There are memes all over the Internet about it. You’ll find the phrase on Tinder and Yik Yak. Step onto a college campus during the weekend, and you’ll hear it in over-abundance: “Netflix and chill.”  It usually goes like this: two people, who are most likely interested in each other, will begin talking. They may discuss…

The Kim Davis Situation

You can’t browse through the internet without seeing another fucking headline about Kim Davis.  She has gained notoriety in recent weeks for acting against the Supreme Court decision regarding marriage equality. Davis was a county clerk in Kentucky, located within Rowan County; part of her job was to provide marriage licenses for those who applied…