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Overcoming the Bookstore Blues

Nathaniel Larson, Senior

February 16, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

As I bought textbooks and paid fees for my final semester at Whitman, it became clear that for one of the first times in my college career my book bill will be less than 300 dollars. But before I perform a happy-dance in the middle of the Whitman College Bookstore, I really need to ask myself how much cau...

Employing Pragmatic Optimism

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

The term “pragmatic optimism” may initially seem like a complete oxymoron. Indeed, the very idea that one could embrace pragmatism — seeing our flawed and complicated world just as it is — and still remain firmly optimistic is perhaps bizarre. Nonetheless, I would argue that embracing prag...

Denouncing Hip-Hop Criticism

Denouncing Hip-Hop Criticism

Rina Cakrani, Opinion Columnist

February 14, 2019


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

The current state of hip-hop is often criticized by the American public due to a more explicit use of language that glorifies drugs and violence. Although it is certain that the message of mainstream rap music has changed from the previous generations, it is not fair for a black form of artistry to rec...

Letter to the Editor

Shannon Zander, Senior

February 14, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

My name is Shannon Zander. I am a first-generation student and an independent student, which means I receive no parental financial backing, making me solidly, undeniably, and sometimes soul crushingly working class. I don’t speak of it often except to those I am close to. But let’s talk. We clearl...

OP-ED: Killing in the name of Soccer

Jadon Bachtold

February 8, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

For a sport defined by culture, pride, and nationalism, soccer has become lethal. In the oil drowned nation of Qatar, soccer related governmental decisions have claimed the lives of 1,200 migrant workers. These deaths are the direct consequence of the country’s blind political ambition that has...

OP-ED: America’s Invisible Population

Becca Rubsamen, Junior

February 8, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

At 20 years old, you should already be thinking about your end of life care. By 2035 there will be more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 18—the elderly population alone growing from 6.4 million to 14.6 million in just 20 years. There is extensive health insurance available for those...

The Myth of Economics

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

February 8, 2019


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Carl Sagan said, “science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.” In this way, science is a human construct, and it does not exist objectively outside ourselves as we like to think. It is one method of explaining what we observe, a perspective we can choose to take, and be...

OP-ED: I Am Not An Activist

Walker Orr, Junior

February 8, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

I am not an activist. My planned line of work is that of a soil microbiologist or a plant breeder, someone trying to change the system through relatively established means. I have chosen as the particular angle for my life’s work — that of food, which I believe is at the center of the human cond...

Evaluating the Women’s March

Evaluating the Women’s March

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

February 4, 2019


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

The 2019 Women’s March was not for me. It was not for a lot of people. The march did not seem to have a clear purpose, or at least one centered around making a difference. At the inaugural march in 2017, while people marched for a variety of reasons — be they immigration reform, LGBTQ+ rights or racial...

Improving Financial Literacy

Improving Financial Literacy

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

January 31, 2019


Filed under OPINION

Although Americans inhabit a fundamentally capitalist society, we largely avoid difficult conversations about money and finances, a problematic tendency that contributes to our general lack of financial literacy. Financial illiteracy is a widespread phenomenon, even among those of us lucky enough to...

OP-ED: The Right to Die

Brayden Preskenis, Sophomore

December 11, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor

Your dog has it, but your loved ones do not. Some call it dignity, some call it mercy, but everyone should be able to call it a human right. Routinely, we “put down” our pets that that have a terminal disease and are in debilitating pain. Similarly, as a society we have the moral duty to allow ou...

Tis the Season for Consumerism

Tis the Season for Consumerism

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

December 6, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

As the holiday season approaches, the mechanisms of the capitalist society we live in are becoming increasingly apparent and inescapable. Even on a campus as isolated as Whitman, it is hard not to feel the urge to buy, buy, buy. But at what cost? We all know that excessive spending is “bad,” that it ...

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