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Celebrities are not your friends: the danger of parasocial relationships

Zoe Schacter-Brodie, Columnist May 6, 2021

Recently, the term “comfort person” has gained traction online.* Open this thread if Harry Styles is your comfort person!, urges a Twitter user, followed by images of the singer and reminders...

The value of accessible language

Camilla Tarpey-Schwed, Columnist May 6, 2021

I may not be the only one who feels a burst of energy when I decipher difficult readings for my classes and communicate abstract and theoretical concepts through complex language. This is because the college...

The need for perspective

Angel Baikakedi, Columnist May 6, 2021

When I first saw the TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie titled “The Danger of a Single Story,” it occurred to me how little I pay attention to my perspective in everyday life and simultaneously how...

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“Cancel Culture” and the marketplace of identity

Michael Conlin-Elsen, Columnist April 29, 2021

Cancel culture is a tiresome topic. The media has beaten it to death, and so much of the discussion comes from right-wing pundits who want to play the victim. Usually, cancel culture is an extension of...

The optimism behind the prospect of a “normal” fall semester

Angel Baikakedi, Columnist April 29, 2021

With the significant increase in the vaccination rollout in Walla Walla and the United States during the last couple of months, there has been an increased sense of optimism and hope that things will return...

Illustration by Eli Rodriguez.

President Biden, just pick up your damn pen

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist April 29, 2021

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have now been in office for 100 days. Like many before them, the first 100 days can set a precedent for the next four years. It is our first glimpse...

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Hey Whitties! Ready for a BetterYou™?

Michael Conlin-Elsen, Columnist April 22, 2021

A strange advertisement appeared to me while I was scrolling through my Instagram stories. It read, “Hey, Whitman students! Ready to become the healthiest version of you this semester? Download BetterYou...

No, TikTok is not your doctor

Zoe Schacter-Brodie, Columnist April 22, 2021

In the year since lockdowns began, you may have noticed increased dialogue around ADHD; an ostensibly unprecedented volume of people are discussing the disability, wondering if they may have it and even...

Illustration by Eli Rodriguez.

What’s love got to do with it?

Camilla Tarpey-Schwed, Columnist April 22, 2021

What comes to your mind when you think of love? A couple of weeks ago, I was assigned a reading on love for one of my classes. Admittedly, I initially didn’t see the significance of theorizing about...

Illustration by Eli Rodriguez.

For PWIs, affirmative action policies are not enough

Angel Baikakedi, Columnist April 15, 2021

When institutions adopt affirmative action policies, they pledge to undertake a set of practices and policies that advocate for the inclusion and representation of minority groups in spaces where they...

U.S. sanctions do not promote human rights, they violate them

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist April 15, 2021

For many, United States sanctions are falsely considered to be forms of nonviolent diplomacy used in the name of protecting human rights. They are posited and instituted as purely economic solutions...

Destigmatizing rural America

Zoe Schacter-Brodie, Columnist April 15, 2021

When the 2016 election spurred a fresh wave of vitriol about “coastal elites,” many liberals leaned into the epithet, some flippantly reclaiming the term: Sure, I’m a coastal elite! In doing so,...

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