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Whitman without Whitman: Walla Walla summer

Jamie Soukup

May 10, 2007


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"Am I staying in Walla Walla over the summer? God, no!" said first-year Allison Gill. Many other Whitman students had similar reactions to this question, expressing the belief that there is not enough to do to occupy their time when school is not in session. Those who actually have spent summers...

Required Reading: Best books for the beach, bathtub and back yard

Christina Russell

May 10, 2007


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I can tell you haven't been pleasuring yourself lately. What's that you say? Too much work, too tired, anxious, busy to spend that extra hour in the evening indulging in that one guilty something that sent you under the covers as a child with a flashlight? Whitman is supposed to have one of the happiest...

Dragfest’s message impared by atmosphere, students say

Emily Beloof

May 10, 2007


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Drinking, dancing detract from event's serious message Men in dresses and women sporting usually male-associated clothing flocked to Reid Campus Center on Friday night to celebrate Dragfest. Dragfest is a dance party, the last event of drag week: an attempt to familiarize students with what it means...

Gender distinctions blur at Dragfest

Janna Stone

May 10, 2007


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For Dusti Thurman, President of Coalition Against Homophobia, Dragfest marked the ending of a very successful week. "This, I think, is the first time we've successfully pulled off drag week," said Thurman. "Our Transpanel brought in a lot of people." As Drag Week's crowning glory, Dragfest is the playful...

CON: Dragfest distracts from CAH’s message

Harrison Berry

May 10, 2007


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Every year, we at Whitman celebrate the various incarnations of sexual diversity. We celebrate it for one week, and afterwards the community that brought us the informative lectures and the Saturnalia of music and dance in Reid disappears back into the obscurity from which it came. One wonders if Dragfest:...

PRO: Dragfest is positive exposure

Lauren Adler

May 10, 2007


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Dragfest is a dance held once a year where everyone comes dressed in drag. It is a Whitman tradition, like Ren Fair or the Beer Mile, and it champions our social liberalism as a campus. Thus, needless to say, it is fairly popular event on campus. Yet, dressing in drag certainly does not mean boys must...

Organic Garden to celebrate Dirt Day

Organic Garden to celebrate Dirt Day

G.L.S.

May 3, 2007


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Whitman's organic garden is a resource available to students and the community that remains largely untapped. The garden is located across the street from the Physical Plant, on the corner of Penrose Ave. and Pacific Ave. The garden is run by a core group of about five to 10 students. They are...

Urban farming challenges urban space’s accepted notions of utility, practices

Urban farming challenges urban space’s accepted notions of utility, practices

Sally Hughes

May 3, 2007


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Urban farmers attempt to transform suburbia into more than a sea of manicured lawns. As self-proclaimed "aspiring urban farmer" junior James Most said, urban farming is "producing food in a landscape that is not stereotypically a food-producing landscape … like chickens on a lawn." Most and...

Politics class gives students insight into workings of global food system

Andrea Miller

May 3, 2007


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In Aaron Bobrow-Strain's politics course, Whitman in the Global Food System, students approach the political economy of food from local, national and global perspectives so as to make advancements that might benefit all people at those levels. Professor Bobrow-Strain, who has studied at University...

Lack of GLTBQ culture stifles same-sex dating

Lack of GLTBQ culture stifles same-sex dating

Mike Sado

April 26, 2007


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"Obviously, there is no dating scene at Whitman," said senior Kyle Martz. For Martz and other GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered) students on campus, trying to date within the group is a frustrating experience. Martz believes that in order to have dating among the GLBT students, there...

Con: Inherent dangers of sex make intercourse more risky

Veronica Prout

April 26, 2007


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Casual sex is dangerous. People diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise. According to the National Coalition of STD Directors (ncsddc.org), the reason HIV and STD cases are on the rise is because in the United States "people do not fear HIV/AIDS as much as they used to,...

Health Center helps students make informed sexual decisions.

Lauren Adler

April 26, 2007


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Whitman doesn't flaunt its sex life. In general, the campus is fairly modest about its sexual activity: but that does not mean it doesn't exist; Whitman students are still sexually active. There are condom cups in the bathrooms of all dormitories. The RAs of every section are required to pick up a...

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