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Op-Ed: How to Become an Outdoor Program Leader in a Week with no Prior Backcountry Experience

Haider Anwar Ali, Guest Writer
May 13, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Admittedly, the title is slightly misleading. It takes more than a week to become an Outdoor Program leader considering that a candidate will spend a significant amount of time completing the Wilderness First Response requirement, gaining van certification and probably even considering the possibility...

Op-Ed: An Open Letter to the Board of Trustees, Provost Alzada Tipton, and President Kathy Murray

Ellen Ivens-Duran, Sarah Cornett, Caitlin Foster, Anna Sheridan, Cali Goldberg, Noah Oltman, Jack Percival, Alumni
May 9, 2017
Filed under OPINION

We write to express our deep disappointment regarding the recent decision to discontinue tenure-track positions in the humanities and social sciences. We are 2016 graduates and alums of Whitman’s History Department. The choice to not renew a position in Twentieth Century U.S. History is unsettling, especially...

Op-Ed: Experiential Learning like SKGL Leaves a Trace on Future Leaders

Grant Gallaher, Whitman College First Year
May 9, 2017
Filed under OPINION

One week, we were skimming through PowerPoint slides about packing kayaks in a fluorescently-lit classroom in Walla Walla. The next, we were wading knee-deep in the crystal-blue waters of the Sea of Cortez, stuffing our fiberglass vessels with tents, dry bags, and full 22-pound water drums in the no-space-left-behind...

Don’t Forget to Connect the Dots

Mitchell Smith, Editor in Chief
May 4, 2017
Filed under OPINION

This weekend, Whitman’s Board of Trustees will likely approve the search and subsequent filling of three new tenured faculty positions, in the economics, music and chemistry departments. The real story, however, is the treacherous path the administration has set for Whitman through its method of c...

Voices of the Community // Issue 13

May 4, 2017
Filed under OPINION, Voices of the Community

Photographer for The Wire, North Bennett, polled members of the community with the following question: "What's your message for the graduating seniors?"  

In Defense of the Board of Trustees

Marra Clay, Publisher
May 4, 2017
Filed under OPINION

The Board of Trustees made a mistake. They grew the faculty too much, too quickly over the last few years, and now are needing to make cuts, which they are doing by not renewing certain tenure track positions of retiring professors. There is no way for this process to go smoothly because no matter which positions are not renewed there are ...

Employees Speak, but Nobody Listens

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist
May 4, 2017
Filed under OPINION

For some the phrase “labor rights” might call to mind that grainy photo from the Lawrence Strike, the one with a mob of flag bearing laborers facing down a row of well armed soldiers. For others it might evoke the bloodstained face from the famed “Odessa Steps” scene in Eisenstein’s “Battleshi...

French Election Signals Danger

Rina Cakrani, Columnist
May 4, 2017
Filed under OPINION

If you have ever wondered what the female version of Trump would be like, the answer is Marine Le Penn, one of the candidates in the French presidential elections, who is now in the second and final stage against Emmanuel Macron. Many remember her for going against her father for the leadership of ...

Op-Ed: Whitman’s Threatened Democracy

Kaitie Dong, Whitman College Junior
May 3, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Whitman has become subject to a form of economization that threatens our democracy. In an economized society, prospective students determine which college to attend based on how much tuition they are willing to invest and the profit they speculate they will receive. Sound familiar? In her book...

Op-Ed: Suggestions for Improving the Sexual Assault Survivor’s Experience at Whitman College

Emily Volpert, Whitman College Senior
April 30, 2017
Filed under OPINION

At Whitman, the number of reports of sexual assault has consistently increased over the last five years. While reports of sexual assault on campus are steadily increasing, far fewer assaults are investigated than are reported. And according to the 2000 National Crime Victimization survey, 90% of sexual...

We Must Change Social Activism on Campus

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist
April 27, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Whitman has a respectable tradition of social justice and activism. As Whitties, we aspire to create the most comfortable and accepting environment for our fellow students. It is that ability to change that makes our community so cohesive and empathetic. This willingness to put our opinions up for c...

Pepsi Offers Peace with an Empty Can

Zuhra Amini, Columist
April 27, 2017
Filed under OPINION

On April 5, Pepsi released an ad starring Kendall Jenner making peace with the police at a “protest” by offering a police officer a can of Pepsi. The protest depicted was ideologically ambiguous with signs asking to “join the conversation” and fashionable millennials having a good time. I...

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