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OP-ED: Why we should care about the Hong Kong protests at Whitman

Nicholas Wong, Junior

December 5, 2019

Since June, pro-democracy protests have been ongoing in Hong Kong. Everyone here has been overwhelmingly supportive, from students to faculty to Walla Walla residents. But I’ve seen no lectures or posters about Hong Kong at Whitman so far. Most people don’t follow the protest news despite being sympat...

OP-ED: Perhaps it’s time to allow Roe v. Wade to be overturned

OP-ED: Perhaps it’s time to allow Roe v. Wade to be overturned

Nicki Caddell

December 5, 2019

Renewed attacks on women’s reproductive freedoms have impassioned feminists to put much time, energy and resources into ensuring that abortion remains a constitutionally recognized right. Primarily, the focus has been on safeguarding the security provided by Roe v. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court decision....

Vulnerability in the classroom

Vulnerability in the classroom

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor

November 21, 2019

At Whitman, and in academic or professional spaces more broadly, we are often asked to prioritize analytical and objective modes of thinking. We cite our sources, engage with texts and read studies about all kinds of subjects, but we are seldom asked to connect our experiences to what we are learning in clas...

Trump’s charity scandal

Trump’s charity scandal

Mat Chapin, Columnist

November 21, 2019

Keeping up with the news is exhausting. It feels like every day there is some huge revelation or scandal coming out of the White House that we are supposed to pay attention to, and within 24 hours the story has been buried by racist tweets, ridiculous assertions and eventually something even more outrageous....

Digital media’s impact on independence

Gavin Victor, Columnist

November 21, 2019

The dependence we have on devices is one we often care about, one we scarcely analyze and one we almost never make a wholehearted effort to change. The nature of this dependence is both compelling and terrifying; we should work to understand it, find the faults and make a concerted effort to change it...

Don’t idolize Narcissa Whitman

Don’t idolize Narcissa Whitman

Nidhi Jaltare, Columnist

November 14, 2019

"I am a stranger here myself," by Debra Gwartney, is a book about a young mother who fled Idaho because of its gender expectations. She makes peace with her roots by finding inspiration from Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, specifically her birth and violent death. This violent death happened because Narci...

Not all votes are equal

Not all votes are equal

Sean Gannon, Columnist

November 14, 2019

National polls can give you the wrong impression. Reading them, a casual observer may deduce that Democrats are primed to defeat Donald Trump in 2020. Our three front-runners — Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — are each beating the incumbent in hypothetical matchups by more than seven per...

Why race and ethnicity courses should be required

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

November 14, 2019

All first-years at Whitman are required to take Encounters and meet distribution requirements, but considering the current society we are part of, I believe that all students should also be required to take a race and privilege class at some point during their college career. All students should tak...

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...

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