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Dear Mom: Advice for Younger Students

April 6, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Dear Mom, I know you’re not my real mom, but I could still use some help: Do you know how to get a red wine stain out of a patterned shirt? I kind of balled it up in a corner when I went to bed on Friday and now I am worried that is ruined. Yes! First of all, honey, if you spill red wine...

Op-Ed: Succeed, A Critical Analysis of the Whitman College Mission Statement

Christopher Reimann, Whitman College Junior
April 3, 2017
Filed under OPINION

The Whitman College Mission Statement reads: Whitman College is committed to providing an excellent, well-rounded liberal arts and science undergraduate education. It is an independent, nonsectarian, and residential college. Whitman offers an ideal setting for rigorous learning and scholarship and encou...

The Smiles and Sorrows of Spring

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist
April 1, 2017
Filed under OPINION

On Monday, March 20 at 3:28 A.M. the first rays of sunlight crossed over the equator into the Northern Hemisphere, signaling the onset of those myriad feelings known as “Spring fever.” Soon, to quote an amusingly sexist 1922 article published in this very paper, “strong men will labor and gentle...

GOP Failure to Keep its one Promise Bodes ill for Trump Presidency

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist
March 30, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Last week the Republican party embarrassed itself in a cynical display of infighting and discord. As the Republican congress fought within itself due to displeasure with the GOP health care bill, President Trump and Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan decided not to hold a vote on repeali...

Drawing parallels between self-care and retirement

Zuhra Amini, Columnist
March 30, 2017
Filed under OPINION

If you haven’t heard by now, social security is expected to fizzle out partially, if not entirely, by the year 2034. My solution: self-care. But what could I possibly mean by bringing in a practice popularized through social and mass media into the world of finance? The outlined possibilities tha...

Caffeinated and Loving It

Alex Pitts, Columnist
March 30, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Whitman needs more energy drink consumption. Many of you are familiar with such beverages, but due the climate of virtue acquisition and ascetic culinary culture, these refreshments are absent from many dining occasions students partake in. This is an injustice to the people of Whitman, but is un...

Dear Mom: Off-Campus and Ostracized

Mom, Opinion Writer
March 9, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Dear Mom, I’m a senior who lives off campus. What’s with all this talk about seniors not contributing to or not having a sense of the Whitman community? I think that’s BS. I’ve seen it, I’ve lived it, I’m still a part of it. Get with the program, Kathy & Co! Can you confirm this? Off Ca...

Moonlight recaptures Oscars

Rina Cakrani, Columnist
March 9, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Despite some confusion at the Oscars on the winner of the Best Picture, "Moonlight" won the category in addition to numerous other wins. However, the impact of "Moonlight’s" victory on Oscars night goes beyond the award. For years, the Academy has been criticized for their lack of diversity in chosen...

Seeking and Finding

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist
March 9, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Why is it that so often those most likely to talk about the virtues of detachment struggle the most with their obsessions? To take an example, Herman Hesse, the great writer of "Siddhartha," suffered breakdowns repeatedly over the course of his life, sometimes resulting in long stays in mental institutions....

Op-Ed: Contributions to College Accessibility

Sean Hays, Whitman College Senior
March 4, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Here’s a fun little tidbit: I may have gotten into Whitman when I really shouldn’t have. Mad yet? Hold off on the pitchforks for just a second, and let me explain. One part of why this may have happened is because of Whitman’s need-sensitive admissions policy. After Whitman offers admissions...

The Presidency so Far

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist
March 2, 2017
Filed under OPINION

As of February 25 President Donald Trump has spent thirty six days in office. Enough time has now passed that the campaign promises of the president can be compared to the actions taken during his first month in office. The Wall with Mexico is perhaps Trump’s most famous campaign promise. This pro...

Voices of the Community // Issue 6

March 2, 2017
Filed under OPINION, Voices of the Community

Photographer James Baker polled the community with the following question: "What would you do with $100,000?"

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