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Remember the Manifesta? Reparations are Due

Danielle Hirano, Senior, Class of 2019

May 16, 2019

On April 25th, the Whitman Wire received “We Need to Thrive: a Manifesta,” collectively written by nine women of color faculty members. In a revolutionary spirit, they voiced their grievances about the “exodus” of women of color faculty members in 2018-2019 and the reasons for their departure. ...

Responding to the Manifesta

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

May 3, 2019

By now, all of us have read it. Or all of us should have read it. If you don’t know what I am referring to, stop here and read the Manifesta, online or in the last copy of The Wire. You will be better for it. I read the Manifesta the morning it was published, and have been contending with it ever ...

Pursuing Happiness

Pursuing Happiness

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

May 3, 2019

“If you live in search of happiness, you’ll never get it. Happiness only exists as a byproduct of having a goal; it cannot successfully be a goal in itself.” This is an idea that was floated and agreed upon in “The Debate of the Century,” where philosopher Slavoj Zizek and Professor Jordan...

Trump’s Self-Serving Rule of Law

Trump’s Self-Serving Rule of Law

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

April 25, 2019

President Donald J. Trump’s understanding of the rule of law in American society is flawed, utterly self-serving, and superficial. During his time in office, Trump has clearly demonstrated a belief that he and his inner circle are above the law, yet simultaneously seeks to create and apply Draconian...

Decriminalizing Marijuana

Decriminalizing Marijuana

Rina Cakrani, Opinion Columnist

April 25, 2019

The aggressive enforcement of marijuana possession laws needlessly places hundreds of thousands of people into the criminal justice system and wastes billions of taxpayers’ dollars. The enforcement of these laws is also carried out with tremendous racial bias and active racial profiling by law enforce...

We Need to Thrive: A Manifesta

Dalia Biswas, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Shampa Biswas, Professor of Politics, Leena Knight, Associate Professor of Biology, Nicole Pietrantoni, Associate Professor of Art, Elyse Semerdjian, Associate Professor of History, Yukiko Shigeto, Associate Professor of Japanese, Lisa Uddin, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies, Jacqueline Woodfork, Associate Professor of History, and Wenqing Zhao, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

April 25, 2019

In the face of a recent exodus of women faculty of color, our institution has asked us to articulate “what we need to thrive” at the college. Each of us might ponder this question, and generate our individual lists of complaints, grievances, needs, and interests. Each of us, of course, is an individual....

Problematizing Language Censorship

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

April 18, 2019

The following argument is one of nuance. The thoughts I am presenting may easily be perceived as insensitive and evoke emotional responses which will obscure the reality of the argument. I hope the reader can make a conscious effort to set aside any politically charged emotional responses for the sak...

Understanding the Impact of Words

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

April 16, 2019

What we say matters. When it comes to issues of social and political justice, the way we communicate about certain topics informs the way we think about them. Language is inarguably important to the way we conceptualize our identities. With words come power, and we, as a community, must learn to wiel...

Politicizing Nature: Trump’s Wildfire Ignorance

Politicizing Nature: Trump’s Wildfire Ignorance

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

April 11, 2019

The recent horrifyingly devastating wildfires have justifiably raised questions regarding both current forest management techniques and what can be done to avoid future disasters. President Donald Trump and former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, however, seized upon the recurring and tragic West...

Neglecting to Celebrate Malcolm X

Rina Cakrani, Opinion Columnist

April 10, 2019

When most people think of the civil rights movement, they think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose work for the rights of African Americans led to him being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and secured his place in history as the voice of peaceful mass protest in the 1960s. Nevertheless, the immense prais...

Examining the College Admissions Process

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

April 7, 2019

On Mar. 12, charges came out against fifty people who were suspected of involvement in a bribery scheme regarding college admissions. Those involved have been accused of bribing standardized test administrators, college sports coaches and of laundering this money under the guise of a charitable donat...

Discussing Wealth and Privilege

Discussing Wealth and Privilege

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

April 7, 2019

I don't know how to talk about money. For something that is so ubiquitous in our experience as college students, as people in a capitalist society, we skirt around the subject quite often. I don't know what kind of language to use when talking about money— financial matters are both amazingly priv...

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