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Dear Mom: Alcohol Advice

Mom
February 23
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...

Muslim Identity Challenges America

Zuhra Amini, Columnist
February 16
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...

The Bleeding Heart Question

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist
February 16
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...

Insidious Advertising Corrupts our Lives

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor
February 16
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...

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

Megumi Rierson, Whitman College Junior
February 9
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...

Learning in another Language

Rina Cakrani, Columnist
February 9
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...

Dear Mom, February 9th Article

Mom, Columnist
February 9
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...

The Allure of a Clear Mind

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist
February 9
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,...

Op-Ed: Selective Inclusion

Ethan Graham, Whitman College Senior
February 9
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...

Op-Ed: Gorsuch and Resistance

Edward Ferguson, Whitman College Senior
February 7
Filed under OPINION

A few nights ago, amidst much pomp and circumstance, a blow was dealt to American democracy. Standing in the White House's famed East Room Donald Trump informed the media of his choice to succeed Antonin Scalia as the ninth Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch. Our democracy does not suffer...

Killing the Conservative Paradigm

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist
February 5
Filed under Columnists, OPINION

In years past, both Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have closely represented the views of their respective parties. This is no such year. The campaign promises of President Donald J. Trump show just how atypical of a Republican President he will be. The change of the Republi...

Friendships are closer than they appear

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor
February 2
Filed under OPINION

I know that for many Asian Americans, they are caught in what feels like no-man’s land. Growing up, at first they may not understand that they are not the typical ‘American’ until someone rudely awakens them with questions that undermine their sense of belonging. And this issue of ‘belonging’...

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