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

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist
November 3, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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...

Stop staring, protect yourself

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist
October 27, 2016
Filed under OPINION

I have a friend who has an unhealthy penchant for stale metaphor. Just last week we were discussing the Ruth Fluno retrospective at Sheehan when he referred to the art as “a delicious feast.” Normally I’d treat this sort of remark as an empty flourish, but as I was in a slightly unusual sta...

Dear Mom: Finding a place at Whitman

Dear Mom, Columnist
October 27, 2016
Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Dear Mom, College is not all that I was expecting it to be. I am enjoying my classes, getting to know people and working hard, but I thought I would be having the time of my life, and that’s just not how it has turned out. For context, I’m a first-year at Whitman; I was choosing between Whitman, ...

Self love comes first

Rina Cakrani, Columnist
October 27, 2016
Filed under OPINION

 Why is it so hard to love ourselves? One of the things that surprised and concerned me the most during the Gender & Sexuality Workshop was when more than half of people in Jewett (the biggest residence hall at Whitman) admitted to having had or still having an eating disorder. This makes me think of ...

Treat your journalists right

Andrew Schwartz
October 20, 2016
Filed under OPINION

Two headlines off the impetuous digital press dateline September 8, 2016: “The Entire Seattle Seahawks Team Will Protest the National Anthem at Opening Game” and “Entire Seahawks Team Planning to Honor Flag During National Anthem on 9/11?” The mutual and only source for these widely shared...

A Case for Friendship

Alya Bohr, Columnist
October 20, 2016
Filed under OPINION

Friendship rocks. Yeah I know, not a very controversial statement, but bear with me here. Friendship is one of those things that everyone needs and values, but that we so often take for granted. Where would we be without our friends who humor us when we obsessively analyze vague texts, console us during...

Dear Mom: An advice column

Dear Mom, Opinion Writer
October 13, 2016
Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Dear Mom,  My Anderson roommate threw up a Taq burrito on my desk and rock collection. They haven’t cleaned it up. Do I need to clean it up or should they do it since they were the one that threw up on it? Help! —Between a Rock and a Hard Place   Dear Between a Rock and a Hard Place, ...

America can’t handle its drinks

Rina Cakrani, Columnist
October 12, 2016
Filed under OPINION

One of the things that has surprised me the most about college life in the US is the way many college students don’t know how to deal with alcohol. There is this particular attitude towards alcohol that I haven’t seen anywhere else. When I first went to parties here, I noticed how people drink unt...

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