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Letter to the Editor: On “Trailing Spouses”

Johanna Stoberock, Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor, Composition and General Studies

October 11, 2017


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

This letter is in response to a quote from the article "Enrollment Shortfall Pressures Budget," published in The Wire Sep. 28. Thank you for your recent article about the pressures enrollment shortfall has placed on Whitman’s budget. It seems clear that hard decisions lie ahead. I hope that as those ...

Fast Food’s Foibles

Fast Food’s Foibles

Harry Kelso, Opinion Columnist

October 9, 2017


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

The average person knows that fast food is unhealthy, but there doesn’t seem to be any viable solution, at least not yet. A stroll through town or a scroll through Google reveals just how many fast food restaurants there are in Walla Walla. Their presence in our life is as saturated as the fat they...

Adjusting Contemporary Feminism

India Flinchum, Columnist

October 8, 2017


Filed under OPINION

If you’re a woman, Feminism isn’t about “taking back your body” by wearing revealing clothing and attempt to empower womankind by reclaiming your sexuality. It bothers me that woman of the 21st century are quick to conflate Feminism with sexual liberation, at times calling themselves “hoes” i...

Changing Higher Education

Changing Higher Education

Jack Fleming, Columnist

October 6, 2017


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Ignore Betsy DeVos. Instituting school choice, the school voucher system, and allowing fraudulent for-profit colleges to thrive simply would not increase the quality and accessibility of education. As the 2018 midterm elections slowly approach, we must think about the sort of education policy that i...

The Pursuit of Authenticity

The Pursuit of Authenticity

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist

October 4, 2017


Filed under OPINION

We humans crave the anxieties of the Savanna. To engage in a standoff with a hungry lion over an antelope carcass is a dream many of us secretly harbor. The rush of leading a life on the edge, where only the essentials matter, is shared almost universally by those who play boardgames, watch TV shows...

Hasina’s Female Leadership

Hasina’s Female Leadership

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

October 4, 2017


Filed under OPINION

Unlike the usual Western narrative that is presented in the media, there have been and there are today women leaders in what can be called Muslim-majority countries. Yes, of course women are oppressed in certain countries like Saudi Arabia, but that doesn’t mean that this narrative should be representative...

Jostling at Whitman

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor

October 1, 2017


Filed under OPINION

What is the ‘jostle,’ you may ask? I will hence define the ‘jostle’ as: competition and exclusivity within a realm of little to no importance, by which members of the in-group struggle for dominance within their narrow realm. Examples prominently include, but are not limited to: shopping at used...

Musical Peer Pressure

Musical Peer Pressure

Jack Fleming, Columnist

September 28, 2017


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

There is a deeply unfortunate and inextricable link between peer pressure and musical taste that undoubtedly merits discussion. Music is too awe-inspiring and profoundly personal for listeners to abandon the songs or genres that they truly find enjoyable in favor of what completely subjective measures...

Our Liberal Echo Chamber

Our Liberal Echo Chamber

India Flinchum, Columnist

September 28, 2017


Filed under OPINION

While Whitman can often feel like an echo-chamber of liberal thought, the surrounding city of Walla Walla poses a stark contrast to the ultra-liberal ideology that permeates our campus. In fact, roughly 53.7 percent of Walla Walla voted for Donald J. Trump during the 2016 general election. Besides,...

Education as Emancipation

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist

September 19, 2017


Filed under OPINION

Shiny red delicious apples, a grainy photograph of Einstein overlaid with multicolored Comic Sans, plastic school desks with fiberboard tops, fluorescent lighting embedded in the ceiling, a chalkboard with wispy half-erased suggestions of calculus. These are the signs and symbols of the American classroom....

Faith, Future, and the Eclipse

Faith, Future, and the Eclipse

Peggy Li, Columnist

September 17, 2017


Filed under OPINION

Rewind to the eclipse frenzy before school started, with people looking up confusedly with some snazzy patterned glasses, or looking through a slit in a large cardboard box. It was a time when people were excited about the sun. And what was going on was actually a pretty incredible feat of human ingenuity....

Whitman’s Diversity Problem

Whitman’s Diversity Problem

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

September 17, 2017


Filed under OPINION

In an elite and overwhelmingly white liberal arts college such as Whitman, there is always talk about how there should be more diversity, especially in terms of race and ethnicity. The college holds a Race & Equity workshop every year and claims both to have focused on diversifying the student body...

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