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Toxic Masculinity in the Gym

Toxic Masculinity in the Gym

Alondra Contreras, Columnist

February 15, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Going to the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center has been full of interesting moments, and one that I can’t seem to shake off has been the toxic masculinity surrounding BFFC. As a woman, I often feel uncomfortable for entering the imaginary line past the cardio equipment and closer to the squat racks. Throughout my...

Op-Ed: The Death of Liberal Arts in Higher Education

Astra Tucker, Senior

February 15, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Liberal arts colleges are dying. Each passing semester brings about changes that reflect market-oriented goals and the hiring needs of corporations as opposed to goals historically attributed to the liberal arts. I would like to suggest, however, that this does not necessitate mourning the loss of liberal...

Op-Ed: What Are You Going to Do with That Major?

Olivia Nicholas

February 8, 2018


Filed under OPINION

The problem is not that we have too few women in STEM; it is that we have too few men in the humanities. Increasing women’s access to STEM is an important and worthy cause, but in our efforts to improve access, we have devalued the humanities. Somehow, for once in our lives, we have forgotten to ask: what ...

Black History Month

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

February 8, 2018


Filed under OPINION

The reason why I wanted to write on this topic is because of the fact that the majority of students on campus do not know that February is Black History Month. I don’t know whether it is because of ignorance or because of conscious negligence, but I wanted to bring more attention to it since it is...

Tech Paranoia

Tech Paranoia

India Flinchum, Columnist

February 8, 2018


Filed under OPINION

The Amazon Echo is a speaker inhabited by a “digital talking assistant” known as Alexa. The speaker, that appeared on the market three years ago, is capable of a myriad of voice-controlled tasks including playing music, ordering food, scheduling appointments and checking on weather. Alexa streams audit...

Op-Ed: Reading Inclusively in Encounters

Elyse Semerdjian, Associate Professor of Islamic World/Middle East History

February 8, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

I would like to thank Mr. Jordon Crawford for publishing his opinion in “Considering the Western Canon in Encounters.” His courage prompted me to break my own silence as an Encounters professor, who was also once a liberal arts student.  As a faculty member at Whitman since 2003, I criticized the...

Op-Ed: An Open Letter to the Whitman College Board of Trustees

Hannah Ferguson

February 8, 2018


Filed under Letter from the Editor, OPINION

February 8, 2018 Dear Whitman College Board of Trustees, My name is Hannah Ferguson and I am one of the few Classics Majors here at Whitman. Despite being few in number, Classics majors are passionate about our studies and frightened of the immanent faculty changes affecting our department. In ...

Considering the Western Canon in Encounters

Jordon Crawford, Columnist

February 1, 2018


Filed under OPINION

As a first-year student, one is obligated to take “General Studies 145-146: The First-Year Experience,” otherwise known as Encounters. The two-semester-long course is intended as an “introduction to the liberal arts and the academic construction of knowledge,” in which students  meet on a t...

Op-Ed: Response to Aziz Ansari Columns

Devon Yee, Student

February 1, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

I am frustrated, infuriated and so very tired. But I am not surprised. The two opinion articles published in the January 26 issue of The Wire say the same thing: “Grace” and Aziz were equally culpable for their “bad date.” Whether or not Aziz’s actions are defined as sexual assault, it is clear to me that he violated the consent of his date, and a...

Considering the Western Canon in General

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor

February 1, 2018


Filed under OPINION

You may have noticed it in the course catalog, there is now an offering for ‘East Asian Philosophy,’ where one can learn about the philosophies of Confucius, Mencius or any number of crusty dead Asian men, instead of the usual crusty dead white men. In a twist of irony, one may now imbibe the east Asi...

No Excuse for Using the N-word

Alondra Contreras

January 28, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Dear white people, on January 20, 2018 I decided to attend a party to celebrate the first week of my last semester at an off-campus house. Like any Whitman party, there is random trap music playing, beer pong on a broken table and intoxicated bare-footed white people having the time of their lives. I’m ...

Another Opinion on Aziz Ansari Allegations

India Flinchum

January 25, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Aziz Ansari is not guilty of sexual harassment; he’s guilty of being a poor listener and a bad feminist. Grace (his date), is guilty of passivity and apathy during a time that called for strength. Grace relinquished control and autonomy to a that man that she (and the United States) expected more fro...

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