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Senate Recap, 4/12/15

Sonya Kuzminski

April 15, 2015

The Senate convened for its third to last meeting of the school year this past Sunday, covering some new legislation, continuing the solidification of next fall's campus wide leadership positions and beginning to ponder the transition into next year. The Whitman Tabletop Games Club, already an appreciated...

Galapagos Tortoise Babies

Galapagos Tortoise Babies

Jessica Parker

March 31, 2015

Pinzón Island, located at the center of the chain of Galápagos Islands is home to many of the famous giant Galápagos tortoises. They were able to live peacefully on their small island of less than 15 square miles until the mid 18th century, when European sailors arrived and brought rats with...

Senate Happenings! March 8, 2015

Sonya Kuzminski

March 9, 2015

The Senate convened on March 8 for a productive meeting. The Senate ratified Whitman Chess Club as an official ASWC club, and voted to adequately fund the Climbing Club's Red Rocks trip.  ASWC also confirmed the new Pio and KWCW leadership for next year! ASWC is pleased to announce that Sarah Cornett...

Talk Arises of Changing the Whitman Mascot

Sonya Kuzminski

February 28, 2015

In the wake of the Power & Privilege Symposium, a conversation has been ignited about the possibility of Whitman changing its mascot. The Whitman College mascot has undergone a more complex evolution that we often consider. The Missionary mascot was designated by Reverend Eells when he created...

Whittiom of the Week: “That’s a thing”

Ari Appel

February 24, 2015

Welcome to Whittiom of the Week, where we wonder why we say what we say at Whitman. So what is a whittiom, anyway? You guessed it––it's an idiom that Whitties use frequently. An idiom, put simply, is a commonly spoken phrase that is not meant to be taken literally. For example, the phrase "at the...

Upcoming Event: Sustainability Summit!

Sonya Kuzminski

February 23, 2015

Interested in learning about Whitman's sustainability initiatives? Looking for ways to get involved in sustainability-focused clubs and projects on campus? Come to the Reid Coffeehouse at 7 p.m. on February 25 for an exciting evening uniting the college's green clubs, ASWC and Whitman's sustainability...

Senate Happenings! February 22, 2015

Sonya Kuzminski

February 23, 2015

ASWC convened last night for a productive meeting which addressed a variety of issues, passed a significant amount of legislation, and witnessed multiple members of the Senate demonstrate their socks and tie matching skills. First on the agenda was the approval of funding to be allocated to a safety...

Sea Monsters

Sea Monsters

Jessica Parker

February 21, 2015

A recent study has shown that the mean body mass of marine mammals has increased by 150 times since the Cambrian period (542 million years ago). These findings are consistent with Cope's rule, which "proposes that animal lineages evolve towards larger body size over time." According to the journal...

Ice Fish

Jessica Parker

February 6, 2015

Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest continent on the planet. About 98 percent of it is covered in ice that is about 1.93 kilometers thick. There are also vast ice shelves that extend off of its coast. Beneath these sheets is more than a million square kilometers of unexplored seafloor. One...

Don’t Touch the Tiger!

Jessica Parker

January 30, 2015

Cara Delevingne, a model and actress has sparked controversy with her latest photo shoot. She is seen holding a captive lion cub while modeling for TAG Heuer, a watch company. Cara is a self-proclaimed wild-animal lover and even sports a lion tattoo on her finger. While she may love wild animals, by...

Kevin Gates on Slang and Dialect

Ari Appel

January 26, 2015

How can language be used to oppress? Indeed, a very big question with many different answers, all of which a single blog post can't cover. But to start, it could be said that society and its institutions impose a certain way of speaking and writing as "correct usage," alienating those who are not raised...

Heads Up! The Times They Are A Changin’

Ari Appel

January 24, 2015

Hello readers. As this semester begins, I would like to make some changes to this blog. Last semester, I started writing without much of a focus. I knew language would be my topic, but beyond that I had not made many decisions about content or form. My first few posts were short anecdotal pieces, and...

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