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Cross-Fire: Cancel Culture

Ahmed Elsayed and Kainat Ansari September 22, 2022

Cross-Fire is a new bi-weekly Opinion column where writers go head-to-head on the issues that matter. This week's issue: cancel culture —is it anti-progress or a progressive utopia? Read, share and then...

A rocky relationship with accessibility

Natalie Comerford, Opinion Writer September 22, 2022

Outdoor appreciation is fully endemic in Whitman’s culture. Physical ability is something that many students at Whitman take great pride in and, in many ways, it dominates social culture. Love of the...

In Defense of Dining

Chloe Hansen, Opinion Writer September 22, 2022

Modern academia has lost track of the concept of balancing society and intellectualism; the cure for finding it again is to reacquaint ourselves with in-person discourse through the hosting of dinner parties. This...

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Going abroad, going broke

Kainat Ansari, Opinion Writer September 15, 2022

I can vividly picture the moment when I got accepted to Whitman. My excitement was at its peak because Whitman was one of the few colleges who gave me a generous scholarship. Like many other international...

Making Whitman White again

Ahmed Elsayed, Opinion Writer September 15, 2022

Writer's note to the Reader: I believe SWA-NA (Southwest Asia, North Africa) is more appropriate variation of MENA, since it describes the peoples in that region in terms of their geographical habitat...

Basement bathrooms and being ignored: Trans life at Whitman

Kyle Mathy, Opinion Writer September 15, 2022

Whitman’s published FAQ about being LGBTQ+ silently ignores trans students, who are only tangentially referenced, always clumped with the L, the G, the B, the Q and the +. This is how I feel about being...

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Loss and mourning: Grieving as a college student

Marian Sandoval Lemus , Campus Life Reporter May 12, 2022

When we talk about grief, we often think of the well-known five stages of the experience: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance; and we often think of them as stages that follow a specific...

A Reflection on the lost years: Jumping from first-year to upperclassman

Jaime Fields , Campus Life Editor May 12, 2022

When we went home in March of my first year at Whitman, we were convinced that we would be back by the fall, that we were only losing a few months. Then fall came and we were online, spring came and we...

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I’m asexual and no that does not mean I am a plant

Charlotte Elliott, Campus Life Editor May 12, 2022

I am invisible. Not in the physical sense of course, I am but a human after all. It is more the feeling of walking around campus knowing that everyone I make eye contact with is not actually seeing...

The Master’s Tools: Overcoming the awkward in-between of theory and practice

Lee Thomas , Humor Writer May 12, 2022

As I near my senior year and the unnerving inevitability of graduating from college, I reflect on what I've been learning, thinking and doing in preparation for my life post-Whitman. As the college’s...

The unspoken violence in shelters

Alanna Sherman , Columnist May 5, 2022

As of 2022, over half a million people in the United States are unhoused, with 18 per every 10,000 experiencing houselessness every day—even though there are more than 16 million vacant homes. In the...

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A coffee a day keeps the doctor away

Parsa Keshavarz Alamdari, Columnist May 5, 2022

Coffee is the best beverage in the world—at least I prefer to think so. Its taste and aroma are enough to calm me down or give me the motivation to finish my day. Even though some people call my...

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