Whitman Wire

OP-ED: A veteran’s sacrifice and the Whitman College memorial plaque

Eric S. Johnson, MD, Class of 1972 Colonel, USAF (retired)

November 7, 2019

A small plaque honoring Whitman alumni killed in action during World War II hangs on a wall on the first floor of the Memorial Building.  On that plaque are the names of 29 young patriots whose lives were lost defending liberty. One of the names on that plaque is Katherine Applegate, who was born in W...

Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds

Trump’s abandonment of the Kurds

Nidhi Jaltare, Columnist

November 7, 2019

The only way America survived the war against the Islamic State was with the help of Syrian-Kurds, who lost their lives alongside American soldiers trying to protect the world from ISIS. And now, they’ve been abandoned. They have nowhere to go, no one to help them and they are stuck in carnage. This...

The philosophy major’s critique

Gavin Victor, Columnist

November 7, 2019

Just about the only thing that philosophers can agree upon is something like this: “studying philosophy is valuable and important.” A painter would likely say the same thing, as would a police officer. They, though, have no grounds to extend this preference to anyone but themselves, because people ...

Facebook’s new advertising policy

Facebook’s new advertising policy

Mat Chapin, Columnist

November 7, 2019

In the past couple of weeks, Mark Zuckerberg has come under increasing scrutiny for Facebook’s policy concerning false and un-fact checked political advertising. In what seems to be a response to right-wing criticism of bias, Facebook has announced that it will allow the Trump campaign to pay for u...

Why Whitman students should care about Palestine

Why Whitman students should care about Palestine

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

October 31, 2019

As a campus, we focus a lot on certain social justice issues pertaining to race and gender discrimination, but conversations about the Israeli occupation of Palestine barely happen. Although we talk about settler colonialism and occupation in other historical contexts, we rarely connect these issues ...

Introversion at Whitman

Introversion at Whitman

Gavin Victor, Columnist

October 31, 2019

You’d be hard-pressed to find a college that’s proud of its generally reclusive student body, and for good reason. One of the most important aspects of higher education is community, and Whitman surely prides itself on having a warm, amicable and gregarious group of people. What such a reputation ...

This article is not accessible

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor

October 31, 2019

This article is not accessible. Sure, it is published in The Wire, but who reads The Wire? Well, you, and those connected to the Whitman community. And, sure, it will also be published online, but who reads The Wire online? Aside from community members and a few Trump-loving trolls, not many people ch...

OP-ED: RE: campus vandalism

Women of Art History and Visual Culture Studies 2020

October 24, 2019

Dear President Murray, We were extremely disheartened by your recent email response to the political intervention upon the Marcus Whitman statue, which took place on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. You admonished the spray painters and lamented the destruction of property, calling instead for dialogue. ...

OP-ED: Kathy’s vandalism email: A political-economic explanation

October 24, 2019

Yesterday, I was sitting and chatting with some friends when the word “milquetoast” was used in conversation. Two of my friends hadn’t heard the word before, so I explained that it meant "timid, meak or unassertive," and is often used to criticize the spineless lack of commitment to justice on t...

Don’t do drugs, kids

Don’t do drugs, kids

Mat Chapin, Columnist

October 24, 2019

Like it or not, students try drugs. For lots of teenagers, it seems like a natural part of growing up. You start drinking, maybe you smoke a little weed, then one of your friends offers you something stronger. You know you shouldn’t, but what the hell, it can’t hurt to try it once. It’s for the ...

Don’t believe Trump’s Biden-Ukraine smear

Sean Gannon, Columnist

October 19, 2019

When it comes to weaponizing misinformation for political gain, Donald Trump is a talented man. Just ask Hillary Clinton. Trump capitalized on her sloppiness with her private email server, hammering in the “but Hillary’s emails...” exaggerations and lies until a majority of Americans thought s...

Reframing workplace discrimination through the SCOTUS cases

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor

October 19, 2019

On Oct. 8, the Supreme Court heard arguments for three cases that will determine the legality of workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. These arguments center around Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, under which it is illegal for employers to discriminate based...

Whitman news since 1896
OPINION