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Op-Ed: What Whitties should know about Standing Rock

Kyla Rapp
November 17
Filed under OPINION

Last week, five Whitman students loaded our pepper spray goggles, canned beans and sleeping bags into a car and drove 17 hours to Cannonball, North Dakota to join water protectors there in halting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here are some things I learned: 1. This issue is first...

Reexamine the Electoral College

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist
November 17
Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Few would contest that the 2016 presidential election was a shake-up. This presidential race was disquieting not only in its volatility, but also in the manner in which it ended. Nearly every pollster predicted the outcome wrong. Rather than a radical opinion shift in the majority of the electorate,...

11/8: The Day the World Trumpfed

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist
November 17
Filed under OPINION

Most of us spent the days following the catastrophe in a daze. You could see it in the eyes: professors, students and administrators gazing vacantly into space, as if they had all just witnessed a plane crash. Whole class periods were spent discussing how to go on—how to recognize the common humanity...

Accepting the Election

Alya Bohr, Columnist
November 12
Filed under OPINION

Some things cannot be made sense of. Or, if there is any sense to be made, it is fractured, messy and incomplete. That’s how this post-election period feels. Yes, perhaps it’s true that the results shouldn’t have been shocking, that we should have known this deep pain and unrest existed in our...

Mainstream Media: No Second Helpings Please

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist
November 10
Filed under OPINION

Like most of my colleagues, I am the result of an experiment. I am what happens when you take 25 million kids and raise them on a 24-hour all-you-can-eat information buffet. A buffet in which a few main courses are served ad nauseam and the dessert section emits wafts of irresistible odors. I’ve tried...

Suffering in Sameness

Rina Cakrani, Columnist
November 10
Filed under OPINION

There is so much talk here about how diversity matters and how Whitman has been trying to make the community more diverse by including more minorities and international students in the past few years. Unfortunately, these efforts don’t seem enough, especially when you look at the statistics related...

Michelle Obama: a voice of authenticity

Alya Bohr, Columnist
November 3
Filed under OPINION

“When they go low, we go high.” As Michelle Obama took to the stage at the Democratic National Convention earlier this year, she began a vital counter-narrative during this troubling election: a narrative of hope, of morality, of faith in the nation. She urged the electorate to think of their ...

2016 will be remembered by its losers, not its victor.

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist
November 3
Filed under Columnists, OPINION

The 2012 presidential election was hailed at the time as the most contentious and unpleasant campaign for the electorate in history. Four years later we can look back with nostalgia at a time when the worst thing a presidential nominee did was put his dog on top of a car. The 2016 election will almost c...

Defense of Donald Trump supporters

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor
November 3
Filed under OPINION

At Whitman, we often like to believe that everything we do is more aware, more conscious, more reflective and more “right” than the average citizen. We go to college and take classes on a diverse variety of subjects, attempting to “learn to think” in a way that doesn’t   any underprivileged...

Letter to the Editor: Mr. Whitman’s Success

November 2
Filed under Letter to the Editor

To the Editor and Publisher: The Kappas’ recent achievement of raising more than $50,000 from the Mr. Whitman contest for The Health Center is astonishing and should be celebrated. I would be surprised if any student group has generated that much philanthropic success through other fund raising...

Op-Ed: Standing with (but not at) Standing Rock

Aleyna Porreca
November 2
Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

Last week, I was one in a group of Whitman students planning a trip to support the activists at Standing Rock over the holiday break. This week, unofficial word came to us that the pipeline was about to reach the Missouri River and a critical juncture in the movement was imminent. Students mobilized...

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