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The real victims of homelessness

The real victims of homelessness

Mat Chapin, Columnist

October 9, 2019

People don't like seeing homelessness.  It makes them uncomfortable. It makes them feel unsafe. It lowers the value of their waterfront properties.  Does this make the middle class the true victims of the homelessness epidemic? Absolutely not.   There is a deeply disturbing rhetoric surrounding homelessness i...

What you can do to stop climate change

Gavin Victor, Columnist

October 9, 2019

In the wake of the climate strike, it's obvious that Americans are worried about climate change. We know our culture is doing something wrong, but we brush the guilt off of ourselves and onto corporations. This is an act of indifference: the deflection of moral burden is completely invalid. We shoul...

Greta Thunberg isn’t the only climate activist you should know about

Greta Thunberg isn’t the only climate activist you should know about

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

October 9, 2019

The 16-year-old Swedish girl Greta Thunberg, a climate change activist, has been making headlines all over the world since she sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness for climate change. She has also given powerful speeches that have been broadcasted by media all over the world. However, Gr...

OP-ED: Rinse and repeat?

Lisa Uddin, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies and Paul Garrett Fellow

October 9, 2019

The Marcus Whitman statue is at it again, sparking activism that compels us to confront Whitman College and white settlement as one and the same. This time, the statue’s defacement involved rephrasing “My Plans Require Time and Distance” (a quote attributed to Whitman himself) to “My Plans R...

Responding to Trudeau’s brownface scandal

Responding to Trudeau’s brownface scandal

Nidhi Jaltare, Columnist

October 3, 2019

Trump was elected when I was applying to colleges in America. Everyone around me was complaining about how much they regretted not applying to a school in Canada instead. This was just an angry, spontaneous reaction caused by ignorance. It was rooted in the lack of attention that racism in Canada gets. Can...

Eliminating private insurance is election-losing politics

Sean Gannon, Columnist

October 3, 2019

At the heart of the 2020 Democratic Primary is the question of private health insurance: should we eliminate private insurance in favor of a mandatory Medicare-for-All system run by the federal government? Or might a public option be a more practical avenue towards universal healthcare coverage, giving Ame...

Ask me about my pronouns

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor

September 30, 2019

I refuse to wear a pronoun pin. Ever since pronoun pins have become so popular, we’ve stopped talking about pronouns almost altogether. These pins effectively shut down communication about pronouns unless your pin says “Ask Me About My Pronouns,” in which case, no one ever does. We take the pins...

The Huff About Felicity Huffman

The Huff About Felicity Huffman

Mat Chapin, Columnist

September 26, 2019

The internet is abuzz with opinions, speculation and of course, memes, relating to the conviction of actress Felicity Huffman in the recent “Varsity Blues” scandal involving a number of top universities. Earlier this month, Huffman pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and was sentenced to...

Why Trump Will Win Again

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

September 26, 2019

With the Democratic primaries underway, the country and the rest of the world are reminded of the upcoming 2020 election and the possibility of another four years of the Trump administration. Many do not really care about who the Democratic nominee will be because Trump "will win anyway." While there ...

What Scramble Did You Go On?

Gavin Victor, Columnist

September 23, 2019

Here at Whitman, everybody gets asked this question, especially during their first year. Pre-orientation “Immersion” trips are social kickstarters to many Whitman students, and Scrambles are one of these. Unfortunately, while the Scramble program helps some students, it can be detrimental to many o...

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 ...

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