On Final Goodbyes and the Future of Journalism

On Final Goodbyes and the Future of Journalism

The state of journalism in the United States in general–not just on college campuses–is in crisis. Clickbait headlines from websites such as Upworthy and Buzzfeed incentivize writers to cater to buzz words and clichés instead of quality writing. In a stunning failure to keep up with the Internet, major publications and news networks are now trying to figure how to adapt to the future. Fearing the accusation of “liberal bias,” many approach the most important issues of the day with a “both sides are equally bad,” false equivalency that fails…

New London Elects New Mayor

New London Elects New Mayor

On Nov. 3, 2015, Democrat Michael Passero was elected to be the next Mayor of the City of New London. This comes nearly two months after the Democratic primary in September, when he defeated the incumbent mayor, Daryl Finizio. Both Finizio and Passero spoke separately with The College Voice. In early 2014, Finizio initially announced that he was not going to seek reelection as mayor. However, on the day after Election Day 2014, he announced his plans to run for a second term as mayor. He cited the city’s economic…

TCV Poll #2

TCV Poll #2

The College Voice is beginning a new project to more accurately gauge the thoughts of the Connecticut College community on a wide variety of topics, including both on-campus and off-campus. The results of the poll from the weekend of Nov. 8 are included below, and a new poll is created every two weeks in conjunction with our production schedule. To see the results of poll, please go here. +10

Fred’s Presidential Line-up

Fred’s Presidential Line-up

This article expresses Fred McNulty ’15’s presidential speculations and does not necessarily represent the opinions of The College Voice. DEMOCRATS Martin O’Malley Advantages: As the governor of Maryland, he has executive experience. Further, he is viewed as favorable to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Disadvantages: He lacks name recognition. Fun fact: O’Malley used to be the mayor of Baltimore. Joe Biden Advantages: He has massive name recognition. He is the Vice President, after all. Disadvantages: Biden is known for having a really big mouth. Fun fact: Biden has…

Debunking the Anti-Vaccine Conspiracy

Debunking the Anti-Vaccine Conspiracy

A powerful conspiracy theory or rumor does not only cater in the realm of the absurd; rather, it plucks kernels of truth and blends them together with a splash of speculative untruths. This is the method that truly explains the recent controversy surrounding the surprising doubts that many young people have toward vaccinations. A new YouGov poll found that over one out of every five young adults believe that there is a link between autism and early-childhood vaccinations.  This number shocked many medical professionals, as clear scientific consensus contends that…

Mayor Daryl Finizio Discusses Current State and Future of New London

Mayor Daryl Finizio Discusses Current State and Future of New London

The Providence Journal recently published an article highlighting the City of New London as a new “it” destination under the headline, “Destination New London: Seaside haven has quirky shops, trendy eateries and a funky hipster vibe.” In doing so, the piece touched on what many view as a rebranding of the town. I sat down with New London Mayor Daryl Finizio at the beginning of the month to ask him about this. “I don’t think that it is a rebranding,” he told The College Voice. Rather, the mayor believes that…

The Real Meaning of Boston Strong

The Real Meaning of Boston Strong

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might not be the easiest name for native English speakers to pronounce or to spell, but it soon became a household name as the manhunt for Tsarnaev became a hot topic in the national media. It should come as no surprise that a man who is suspected of orchestrating and participating in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings would be one of the most hated people in the United States. Still, I was taken aback at the sheer number of people who do not believe that he deserves constitutionally…

A Conversation with New London Mayor Daryl Finizio

A Conversation with New London Mayor Daryl Finizio

New London’s Mayor Daryl Finizio was elected in 2011. Since then, he has been faced with a myriad of challenges, including a controversial tax proposal that was voted down in 2012. However, the mayor takes an optimistic, albeit serious, tone on the future of the city. When asked about the current state of New London, he replied with a single word: “Improving.” “We came in a year ago, [with] a brand new administration,” he remarked, “to find out that decades of financial mismanagement, neglect and short-sighted planning had led to…

Ernie Hewett: Connecticut Man of the People

Ernie Hewett: Connecticut Man of the People

Connecticut College might seem like an insular community at times, but it still rests within Connecticut’s thirty-ninth assembly district, which represents half of the city of New London in the Connecticut state legislature. The elected official who calls the citizens of the thirty-ninth district his constituents is Representative Ernest Hewett, informally known as Ernie. Ernie Hewett graciously agreed to conduct a phone interview with the Voice in early December about his life, his views on legislating and his role as an elected official. Ernie Hewett says he did not originally…

Right Said Fred: The End

Right Said Fred: The End

Dear reader, Since my first Right Said Fred article on November 14, 2011, I have enjoyed writing this sex/relationship advice column for The College Voice. However, as with all good things, this column is coming to an end; this will be my last entry of Right Said Fred. While I will continue to write about relevant issues for the newspaper, I will no longer be continuing this segment. Please allow me to leave you with a few small pieces of advice: • Cheating is not the worst offense in the…

Will Floralia be affected by Fishbowl, Tent Dance cancellations?

Will Floralia be affected by Fishbowl, Tent Dance cancellations?

A lot has been said about yesterday’s disappointing announcement that the senior tradition of “Fishbowl” was officially cancelled. (The College Voice has already published a great round-up for those who may have missed the controversy.) There have been many reactions to the announcement, my favorite of which came from Andrew Nathanson ’13: I used to affectionately call Conn “a big high school” referring to how there were activities and events, and how it was a place where you recognized most of the faces in the dining hall. Slowly, Conn is…

Right Said Fred: A Guide for Paying for Dates

Right Said Fred: A Guide for Paying for Dates

Dear Fred, My girlfriend and I have a minor disagreement. I believe in traditional-style relationships. I insist on holding the door, paying 100% for all meals, for example. While she appreciates the consideration, she has told me that she finds this sexist and patronizing. What do you think? Sincerely, Traditional Boo   Dear Traditional Boo, Let me begin by tackling your door holding example. I think it helps to pose a different scenario: let’s just say that a heterosexual male and another individual (for the sake of the argument, the…