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FACE hosts the 5th annual Breaking Ground Monologues

Afton Weaver, Staff Reporter
March 9
Filed under A&E

The fifth annual Breaking Ground Monologues, held in Kimball Theatre from March 3 through 5, grappled with a multitude of thought-provoking and emotional topics, leaving a powerful impression on all who attended. The passionate performances helped audience members experience and relate to the powerful...

Ava DuVernay’s “13th” follows transformative systems of oppresion

Missy Gerlach, Staff Reporter
November 17
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” As the amendment that ended sl...

Student shamed for not mentioning intersectionality in politics class

Ben Freedman, Humor Editor
October 27
Filed under Humor

Late Thursday afternoon, sophomore Michael Johnson was reportedly publicly shamed when he failed to recognize the significance of intersectional identity in the context of his intro level race and ethnic studies course. “To be honest I thought I was killing it,” noted Johnson. “I was in my...

The curious case of Colin Kaepernick

Rina Cakrani, Columnist
September 29
Filed under OPINION

The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly and the right to petition. Recent events suggest that there might be some ‘exclusion’ to these rights when the views expressed conflict with the norms and values many hold dear. Colin Kaepernick, backup quarterback of NFL’s...

Clinton Leads Sanders in Effort to End Racism

Ben Shoemake, Columnist
March 10
Filed under Columnists, OPINION

When Hillary Clinton called for greater accountability during her speech in Harlem, it was a groundbreaking moment.

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Climate Change’s Intersectionality

Climate Change’s Intersectionality

Alya Bohr, Columnist
February 11
Filed under Columnists, OPINION

At the end of the day, the sad truth remains that climate change – though universal and all-encompassing – doesn’t affect us all universally.

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Homogeneity Plagues Oscars

Zan McPherson
February 26
Filed under A&E

"Tonight we honor Hollywood's best and whitest –– sorry, brightest," jokes host Neil Patrick Harris in his opening line of the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Harris, a comedian who tends to skirt dangerously along the line between humorous and offensive, speaks the truth when he perceives the whitenes...

Racism hides beneath the surface of professional sports

Racism hides beneath the surface of professional sports

Dylan Snyder
October 16
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, SPORTS, Sports Highlight

I have been a fan of professional sports for as long as I can remember. Watching college and professional football every weekend hasn't been a hobby; it's been an obsession. Growing up my heroes were Jerry Rice, Jeff Garcia, and Julian Peterson. I never read comic books, because my superheroes were...

Sherman Victim of Gender Normativity in Media

Sherman Victim of Gender Normativity in Media

Alisha Agard
February 27
Filed under OPINION, Opinion Highlight

This NFL football season was an entertaining one. Full of rivals and surprising wins, it was cool to see some of the underdog teams step up to the plate. As a Seattleite, I was happy to see the success of the Seattle Seahawks, and when they won the game against the San Francisco 49ers that sent the...

Power and Privilege Symposium Encourages Difficult Discussions

Power and Privilege Symposium Encourages Difficult Discussions

Helen Angell
February 20
Filed under NEWS

The second annual Power and Privilege Symposium is today, Thursday, Feb. 20. The theme of this year's symposium is "Understanding Identity." Classes are canceled, and a variety of panels and workshops have been scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  While the symposium is part of the ongoing effort to address i...

Board of Trustees Meets to Address Diversity, Divestment

Sam Grainger-Shuba
February 13
Filed under ASWC, Events, NEWS

Whitman's Board of Trustees meets four times each year to discuss the state of the college. This Thursday and Friday, Feb. 6 and 7, they met again to discuss divestment and diversity. Due to student unrest and a protest during the last board meeting, the student representatives to the Board of ...

Power and Privilege Symposium Step in Right Direction

February 13
Filed under OPINION

This guest column was contributed by Associate Professor of Sociology Helen Kim In mid-December, I, along with over 100 faculty members, attended a special faculty meeting to vote on a motion to cancel classes on Thursday, Feb. 20 in order to convene the Power and Privilege Symposium. Pen to paper...

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