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Op-Ed: Whitman AAUP releases statement rejecting President Trump’s immigration ban

Whitman College AAUP
January 31
Filed under OPINION

The following is a statement released by the Whitman College chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). The Whitman College chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) strongly opposes Donald Trump’s unconstitutional and discriminatory ban on entry in...

Voices of the Community // Issue 1

Samarah Uribe, Photographer
January 26
Filed under OPINION, Voices of the Community

Photographer Samarah Uribe asks members of the community, "What's one surprising thing you learned about your parents over break?"

Traditional Kettles are Better than Electric

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist
January 26
Filed under OPINION

We find ourselves at the start of a deep and gloomy winter, one in which a barely perceptible cold front is passing through our most marginalized communities and many of us are in need of some warmth. So we open our tea drawers, the divine aromas of places untouched by our problems—Nok Cha, Dian Hong,...

Dear Mom

Mom, Columnist
January 26
Filed under OPINION

Dear Mom, Why are we getting so much snow in Walla Walla this year? Is this normal? I chose Whitman over a school in the Midwest because my tour guide had assured me that Whitman doesn’t get much snow here. Some upperclassmen told me it would be gone by the time I got back from winter break but...

Trump’s policies hurt international students

Rina Cakrani, Columnist
January 26
Filed under OPINION

After the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States, many international students have started to worry about their future in this country and whether they are welcome here any longer. To many students like myself, Trump’s election was a huge surprise because we came to the U.S....

When Does a Pledge Delayed Become a Promise Betrayed?

Timothy Kaufman-Osborn, Baker Ferguson Professor of Politics and Leadership
January 24
Filed under OPINION

The documentary “Agents of Change,” shown in Maxey Auditorium last Thursday, taught us that creation of Black Studies programs at San Francisco State College and Cornell University in 1968-69 was anything but peaceful. At San Francisco, a Black Studies Department was established only after a general...

NAFTA: Our Favorite Scapegoat

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist
December 8
Filed under Columnists

Among the institutions and agreements President elect Donald Trump has vowed to kill in his first 100 days in office, the North American Free trade Agreement may be the most costly to get rid of. Trump’s logic behind withdrawing from NAFTA is that it’s a “job killer.” The idea that NAFTA has...

A Prison Sentence Impacts Many

Alya Bohr, Columnist
December 8
Filed under OPINION

It’s not news to say that our criminal justice system is broken. The United States constitutes 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of that population are imprisoned individuals, the majority of which are people of color. There are many victims of America’s unjust system of mass...

Living in a Post-Cynical Age

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist
December 1
Filed under OPINION

To the outcasts of the earth, blue-collar intellectuals, protégés of Salinger and Kerouac (if any of you are still around), know this: cynicism is dead. No longer is it fashionable to lament the decline of the sacred, the rise of consumer culture and the innumerable social ills engendered by urban...

Immigrants are Americans too

Rina Cakrani, Columnist
December 1
Filed under OPINION

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Immigration Trip Studies that showed me another side of America that I didn’t fully grasp before. The trip left a big impression on me, not simply because I got to learn immigration-related issues that I didn’t know about, but mostly because I had the opportunity...

Dear Mom Column

Mom, Columnist
December 1
Filed under OPINION

Dear Mom, As the holidays approach, I’m anticipating some awkward conversations ... My extended family and I disagree politically, and as a senior I’m really dreading the question, “So, what are you doing after graduation?” I have no idea how to handle these discussions with poise but also ...

Op-Ed: Rethinking Greek Life at Whitman

Nolan Bishop
November 17
Filed under OPINION

The Greek system has been an integral part of Whitman College since 1912, when the trustees and overseers of the college approved the charter for Phi Mu, Whitman’s first sorority. Since then, Greek life at Whitman has evolved alongside the college, with tens of thousands of students participating in Gr...

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