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Letter from the Editor: Addressing discriminatory language in “Emerging Omicron variant poses new risks”

Allison Cohen, Editor-in-Chief December 17, 2021

The Omicron variant was first reported to the World Health Organization on Nov. 24, 2021 by South African scientists. The first known infection was from a specimen collected on Nov. 9, 2021. In response,...

Illustration by Madi Welch.

Really? Another Marcus Whitman Statue?

Alanna Sherman , Columnist December 9, 2021

Many Whitman students and faculty have been fighting for years for the removal of the Marcus Whitman statue that stands on the outskirts of our campus. In past years, students and faculty have found a...

The Iran nuclear deal: Is it truly the only option?

Scout Hutchinson, Opinion Editor December 9, 2021

Author's note: This article is by no means a comprehensive look at the Iran nuclear deal, which has returned to the conversation after the U.S. pulled out during Donald Trump's presidency. Instead, it...

Omicron variant: African countries are not your scapegoats

Angel Baikakedi, Columnist December 9, 2021

By now, you’ve probably heard about the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron. Scientists in South Africa were the first to announce that they had identified the variant on Nov. 24, 2021 and after that, other...

Illustration by Shasta Soles.

Addressing transphobia at Whitman

Alanna Sherman , Columnist December 2, 2021

Transphobia, defined as violence or negativity aimed at transgender or gender nonconforming people, is prevalent around the world. The existence of transphobia is disputed, and violence against trans...

Facing unresolved challenges the pandemic has left to us

Nana Kumagai, Columnist December 2, 2021

We are approaching the end of this semester. As I look back at the past several months, I am amazed by how different they have been compared to the first in-person semester I had last spring. This semester...

Illustration by Eli Rodriguez.

Professors make the 70k tuition worth it

Hailey Livingston , Columnist December 2, 2021

At some point over Thanksgiving break, my family brought up The Wire, questioning why I have so many critical things to say about Whitman. My dad told me I need to try to have a positive attitude—I...

Illustration by Eli Rodriguez.

On feeling out of place in the classroom

Nana Kumagai, Columnist November 18, 2021

I still remember the first day when I arrived here at Whitman. As soon as I made it to campus, I walked into Cleveland to get something to eat after a long, stressful flight. I entered and looked around,...

Whitman’s health services are in shambles and students are suffering

Hailey Livingston , Columnist November 18, 2021

Last week, I made my way to the health center for the first time since returning to campus. I had to get a COVID-19 test, nothing serious, just a quick in and out visit. When I got there, there was a line...

What climate change reforms mean for marginalized communities

Angel Baikakedi, Columnist November 18, 2021

In case you missed it, the world is undergoing one of the worst climate crises to date. Carbon emissions exponentially increase each year, and the overall atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased by 12.5...

OP-ED: Response to “Matthew Kahn addresses the business side of climate change”

Last week the Wire published an article titled “Matthew Kahn addresses the business side of climate change” about the Classical Liberalism Lecture on Wednesday October 27. The Classical Liberalism...

Bipartisanship will either save or destroy climate change reform

Scout Hutchinson , Opinion Editor November 11, 2021

This week has resulted in a major win for combating climate change and U.S. infrastructure as the House passed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. While this result, being a major step for...

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