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Reid dates: A Study

Alex Pitts, Columnist
March 2, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Everyone is watching you constantly. You know it; I know it; everybody knows it. We know it from eating at Whitman dining halls. Dining halls produce a feeling of being watched in you unlike anything else on campus. This school is so small and insular that it is hard not to feel the gaze of your fellow...

McCorvey’s Legacy and Roe v. Wade

Zuhra Amini, Columist
March 2, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Did you know that the plaintiff of the Roe v. Wade case, which legalized abortion by extending the scope of the constitutional right to privacy, later dedicated her life’s work to overturning the case? That plaintiff was Norma McCorvey who recently passed away on Jan. 18, 2016. McCorvey leav...

OP-ED: Is Loud Counter-Protesting Free Speech?

Paul Minor, Whitman College Senior
February 27, 2017
Filed under OPINION

This Friday I arrived at the Walla Walla Courthouse to participate in "Where's Cathy?" an event intended to call attention to 5th District Congresshuman Cathy McMorris Rogers' disturbing absence from WW. I believe that political representatives should do their best to stay in touch with the communities...

The Purposes of Protesting

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist
February 23, 2017
Filed under OPINION

When you are standing in the middle of a crowd of protesters it’s hard not to get the impression that something is being done. Thousands of people chanting in unison “education not deportation” or “this is what democracy looks like” packs the same kind of punch as finishing the first st...

OP-ED: Whitman’s Investment in Whiteness

Chris Cahoon, Whitman Senior
February 23, 2017
Filed under OPINION

We are lying to ourselves. When it comes to our lack of diversity, Whitman isn’t failing. We are doing exactly what we intend to do. Diversity at Whitman is for white people. It is not about helping others, but about helping ourselves. And when I talk about diversity, I am not talking about soc...

Voices of the Community // Issue 5

February 23, 2017
Filed under OPINION, Voices of the Community

Photographers James Baker and Tywen Kelly asked several Power and Privilege Symposium session leaders, "Why should someone go to your session?"

Dear Mom: Alcohol Advice

Mom
February 23, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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...

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