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Biden is better than Trump

Mat Chapin, Columnist

April 5, 2020

Is Joe Biden a better candidate than Donald Trump? Yes. That should be obvious, but not everyone agrees with me. According to a new poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post, 15% of Bernie supporters said that they would support Trump if Biden becomes the nominee. Some voters just don't trust Biden...

The consequences of panic buying

Elise Sanders, Columnist

April 4, 2020

Lately, it’s not been uncommon to see pictures of empty store shelves and people with cartloads of toilet paper and essentials on social media. These pictures reflect back the anxiety, despair and pandemonium of the new decade’s zeitgeist back at us. In addition, they serve as a catalyst for another...

Response to the COVID-19 pandemic: The Wire is moving forward

Alissa Antilla and Samarah Uribe

April 1, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has scattered our student body across the country.  Campus is nearly empty. Those who have remained must stay in their own dorms or off-campus homes due to Gov. Inslee’s stay-at home order.  Classes are all online. Students have become tiny boxes on a screen, attending clas...

OP-ED: Ineffectual and uncritical: A reflection on the Women’s March

Nicki Caddell, Sophomore

March 12, 2020

Saturday marked the fourth annual Women’s March in Walla Walla: this is not a cause for celebration. Each year, this Women’s March and others around the U.S. have become increasingly civil and tolerant. The “protesters” are asked to stay on the sidewalk and stop at red lights, and they do....

Are comedians more reliable than news outlets?

Are comedians more reliable than news outlets?

Sydney Bellon, Columnist

March 12, 2020

During these turbulent and controversial times in politics, it has been interesting to watch the many examples of late-night hosts and comedians who have taken on the role of political news sources. Some of our biggest informants are the cast of SNL, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, Trevor Noah and Hasan M...

Forget coronavirus: Worry about antibiotic resistance instead

Gavin Victor, Columnist

March 12, 2020

I’m terrified of COVID-19. My head jerks at the sound of a cough. I wash my hands whenever I have the opportunity. The health threat is almost omnipresent in my mind – a predator watching me, always from behind.  This attitude is a common phenomenon. It is incredibly easy, especially with media s...

We need the Oxford comma

We need the Oxford comma

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor

March 5, 2020

This article is about the Oxford comma. Particularly, it is about why the Oxford comma is so great. Debate over whether the comma should be standardized has fired up in recent years, and I’m here to throw in my two cents, as a consumer of all things grammar. We should use the Oxford comma because it...

Weinstein’s conviction is not the end

Mat Chapin, Columnist

March 5, 2020

On Feb. 24, 2020, Harvey Weinstein became a convicted rapist in what is undoubtedly an important milestone for the #MeToo movement. Weinstein was convicted of a criminal sex act and rape, but acquitted on his most serious charges of predatory sexual assault. It is likely that he will spend between five...

Gen Z humor is the new Dadaist movement

Gen Z humor is the new Dadaist movement

Elise Sanders, Columnist

March 5, 2020

Many people before me have written articles concerning millennial and Gen Z humor, wondering what the hell is going on. Surreal, nonsensical memes are in vogue and, thanks to social media, are created and shared at a rapid-fire pace. Gen Z humor, with its absurdity, is seen by many internet anthropol...

What medical care is missing

What medical care is missing

Gavin Victor, Columnist

February 27, 2020

“America’s healthcare system,” says Walter Cronkite, “is neither healthy, caring nor a system.” Most of the contemporary debate surrounding healthcare has to do with who pays for it rather than the structure of the industry itself. It is an assumption to believe that healthcare in its current ...

Turn off the presidential election

Turn off the presidential election

Claire Maurer, Columnist

February 27, 2020

The ups and downs of the Democratic Primary often seem distant, undemocratic and frustrating if you’re paying attention right now. Arguments over the nuances of healthcare policy during a campaign are unproductive at best. Presidential campaign spending is reaching obscene numbers, even with nine months ...

Let’s make Power & Privilege longer

Sydney Bellon, Columnist

February 27, 2020

Many people at Whitman share the opinion that the Power & Privilege Symposium is something that deserves more energy, effort and appreciation from those who are not involved in the event, including administration. The goal of Power & Privilege is to educate people who are unaware of the issues t...

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