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The Purposes of Protesting

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist
February 23, 2017
Filed under OPINION

When you are standing in the middle of a crowd of protesters it’s hard not to get the impression that something is being done. Thousands of people chanting in unison “education not deportation” or “this is what democracy looks like” packs the same kind of punch as finishing the first st... Read more »

OP-ED: Whitman’s Investment in Whiteness

Chris Cahoon, Whitman Senior
February 23, 2017
Filed under OPINION

We are lying to ourselves. When it comes to our lack of diversity, Whitman isn’t failing. We are doing exactly what we intend to do. Diversity at Whitman is for white people. It is not about helping others, but about helping ourselves. And when I talk about diversity, I am not talking about socioeconomic... Read more »

Voices of the Community // Issue 5

February 23, 2017
Filed under OPINION, Voices of the Community

Photographers James Baker and Tywen Kelly asked several Power and Privilege Symposium session leaders, "Why should someone go to your session?"

Dear Mom: Alcohol Advice

Mom
February 23, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Dear Mom, I am a Whitman sophomore and I am worried that I go out too much—I have a lot of fun getting drunk with my friends and I drink usually three nights a week. I know that this behavior isn’t necessarily healthy, and I’m kind of worried about my habits! I think I need help finding bal... Read more »

Muslim Identity Challenges America

Zuhra Amini, Columnist
February 16, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Many are familiar with “Hope,” the image of Barack Obama created by Shepard Fairey for Obama’s first inauguration in 2009. In preparation for Donald Trump’s inauguration, Fairey partnered with The Amplifier Foundation to resist hate-mongering speech. As part of their non-partisan “We the People... Read more »

The Bleeding Heart Question

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist
February 16, 2017
Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Would you, the informed reader, say that political divide is largely a moral issue? I’d say so. In daily conversation it seems that a great deal of the conversation is based upon what any given person believes is ‘moral.’ As such, it seems that the moral high ground has become some magical platform... Read more »

Insidious Advertising Corrupts our Lives

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor
February 16, 2017
Filed under OPINION

In childhood, it started with the commercials on all of our favorite TV channels, but as we’ve gotten older, advertisements have morphed and adapted with us and to us. Lately, no matter where you’re trying to go, you’re being sold something. Instagram has started its sponsored posts, with man... Read more »

Op-Ed: Diversity in the Eye of the Beholder: Examining Whitman’s Test-Optional Policy

Megumi Rierson, Whitman College Junior
February 9, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Last Semester, Whitman eliminated its standardized test score requirement on its application on the grounds that the requirement unfairly advantages applicants with socioeconomic privilege. Whitman’s press release expressed a commitment to diversity by “increasing access for outstanding students... Read more »

Learning in another Language

Rina Cakrani, Columnist
February 9, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Seeing that Whitman has a cultural pluralism/language requirement and many students do in fact speak one or more languages other than their first language, I thought it would be interesting to give another perspective on how to think differently on the importance of languages not just intellectually, but also... Read more »

Dear Mom, February 9th Article

Mom, Columnist
February 9, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Dear Mom, Senior help! I'm having a hard time balancing studying for senior exams, applying to jobs and also making the most of my last semester at Whitman. How do I accomplish everything I need to graduate while also still having fun with my friends while we are all still here? Struggling Senior   D... Read more »

The Allure of a Clear Mind

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist
February 9, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Maybe the defining symbol of the 21st century is television static. A random pattern of flickering dots superimposed onto an image, except imagine that the image is your personal reality and the flickering dots are pieces of information that don’t fit neatly into, and in some cases conflict with,... Read more »

Op-Ed: Selective Inclusion

Ethan Graham, Whitman College Senior
February 9, 2017
Filed under OPINION

There is a divide between Whitman and the Walla Walla community that cannot be bridged until Whitman is more diverse, more accepting and less afraid to engage directly with people that live around us. This divide is inherent in a selective institution like Whitman, but is only compounded by Whitman’s... Read more »

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