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NAFTA: Our Favorite Scapegoat

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist
December 8, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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...

Op-Ed: What Whitties should know about Standing Rock

Kyla Rapp
November 17, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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...

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