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Kavanaugh’s Shameful Confirmation

Cy Burchenal, Opinion Columnist

October 14, 2018


Filed under Columnists, Front Page Slideshow, OPINION

Newly appointed United States Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh is a superbly awful choice for the most powerful court in the nation. During his Senate hearing he threatened the Democratic Party directly, proving himself a completely non-impartial juror. Kavanaugh’s use of the phrase, “What...

OP-ED: Why was it so difficult to get funding for a students of color conference from ASWC?

Ye Rim Cho, Senior

October 12, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

I went to two ASWC meetings last week – one with the finance committee and one with the senate. A few students of color and I volunteered since we had to justify our request of $3,000 for transportation and lodging for the upcoming students of color conference. For those who aren’t familiar, Whitman ...

The Power of Objectification

Dani Schlenker, Opinion Columnist

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

I recently met a young man on a plane, and three months later we went out to dinner. We had nothing in common, no mutual friends, opposite political leanings and radically dissimilar life agendas. As the night progressed, it was easy to tell what he wanted out of our random acquaintance. I was being objec...

Charitable Problems

Charitable Problems

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

October 12, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Long regarded as an objectively benevolent and exceptionally generous act, charitable giving has largely been immune to any sort of meaningful criticism. Charities receiving contributions are automatically presumed to be judicious spenders of donors’ money and to have their best interests at heart....

Marcus Whitman and the Role of a Liberal Education

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

October 8, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

If the goal of a liberal education is to develop students into thoughtful citizens, the incorporation of the study of Whitman’s colonial history into curriculum is a great strategy. Marcus Whitman can serve as a catalyst for thought about our nation’s contentious history. Just as the Whitman community is ...

Looking Down on the 80’s Dance

Looking Down on the 80’s Dance

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

October 8, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

At the 80’s dance, upperclass students were literally looking down on first-years. They played drinking games based on first-year actions. Two first-years leave together? Take a shot. Someone throws up? Take two shots. Someone passes out? You get the gist. Looking up, all I could see were watchful ey...

#MeToo and the Kavanaugh Hearing

#MeToo and the Kavanaugh Hearing

Nandin Ganjoloo, Opinion Columnist

October 8, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

The morning of Sep. 27, 2018, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Like many others listening to the hearing, I was crying during Dr. Ford’s powerful opening statement. She did her best to fully answer every ques...

OP-ED: A Letter on Sustainability

Vivian Voth

October 8, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

Dear Whitman, I attended Whitman College last year and although I loved many parts of the school I was even more disappointed with my time spent there. I’m writing to you to explain my decision to take a leave of absence for a year and then transfer to another college in the hope that it will p...

Mitigating Greek Life Peer Pressure

Dani Schlenker, Opinion Columnist

September 28, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

For many of us who grew up in the American education system, saying no to peer pressure was drilled into our brains from a young age. Anti-drug and anti-smoking campaigns used the slogan “just say no” to try and combat the use of these illegal and/or harmful substances, with the intent being to convince...

Talking about Grief

Talking about Grief

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

September 28, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Despite the omnipresence of death and loss in human lives, thoroughly discussing the agonizing grief that comes about after the loss of a loved one remains largely taboo in our society. After losing two grandparents during the past year, it became glaringly obvious to me that conversations about death...

Defending the Humanities

Defending the Humanities

Cy Burchenal, Opinion Columnist

September 28, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

I thoroughly enjoy prodding, questioning and insulting people about their majors. I don’t do this in a malicious manner; I simply love the debate it inevitably brings about. I’m guilty many times over of saying to STEM majors “the social sciences are the real, original, sciences” and frequently...

Considering News Source Confirmation Bias

Considering News Source Confirmation Bias

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

September 24, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

It seems like everyone knows everything nowadays. This increase in certainty is enabled by technology, letting us tap into information sources that only say what we want to hear. Because of this lack of informational diversity, we are led to see opinions as facts. Essentially, it boils down to the risin...

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