Staff Column

Opinion: New party drug derivative has the potential to treat depression

Opinion: New party drug derivative has the potential to treat depression

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of a new antidepressant, esketamine, which has the potential to reduce depressive symptoms mere hours after administration. While this may sound like a near-miraculous treatment, the administration of esketamine is controversial.

Trump’s wall was a distraction and Democrats fell for it.

Trump’s wall was a distraction and Democrats fell for it.

Discourse about immigration has been largely shaped by the notion of a wall, and the Democratic response has been a weak “no wall” rhetoric. Last week, funding for the wall was negotiated in Congress to $1.4 billon, down from the $5.7 billion that Trump had asked for during the last government shutdown.

The wall is the wrong solution to the opioid crisis

The wall is the wrong solution to the opioid crisis

However, perhaps an even more important issue to consider is that the wall will not even be effective for what Trump wants to accomplish. Besides the issue of the wall stopping illegal immigration, another problem Trump wants to tackle is stopping the opioid crisis by stopping the flow of drugs into the U.S. from the southern border.

The Private Efficiency Myth

The Private Efficiency Myth

The idea of private efficiency is deeply ingrained in global economic thinking. Since the 1980s, Thatcher, Reagan and their institutional accomplices at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have advocated for privatization through this argument — that private services are implicitly more efficient than public services.

Staff Column: Be proactive about seasonal affective disorder this winter

Staff Column: Be proactive about seasonal affective disorder this winter

As the final leaves fall from the trees and the fall season slowly transitions into a Connecticut winter, we see many smiles around campus turn into grimaces. The cold has finally arrived, and with it, finals season, flu season and the long weeks stretching out before we are finally relieved by winter break.