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Kayak Guiding in the San Juans

Tyler Phillips, Student

December 7, 2017


Filed under OPINION

Last month, the Sport Studies, Recreation and Athletics Department took ten students all the way to the San Juan Islands in the far Northwest corner of Washington for a four-day sea-kayaking trip.  The trip was part of a course titled “Sea Kayak Guide Leadership”, which is designed to train stud...

How to Curtail Free Speech Under the Guise of Defending It

Paul Apostolidis, Shampa Biswas, Julie Charlip, Andrea Dobson, Timothy Kaufman-Osborn, Leena Knight, Thomas Knight, Bruce Magnusson, Gaurav Majumdar, Matthew Reynolds, Elyse Semerdjian, Jonathan Walters

December 7, 2017


Filed under OPINION

In a forceful display of coordinated institutional authority, the November 16, 2017, issue of The Wire included an op-ed essay co-written by Whitman’s Chair of the Faculty, the Vice President for Enrollment and Communications, the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, the Vice President for ...

On HBO’s “Girls”

India Flinchum

December 7, 2017


Filed under OPINION

The HBO series "GIRLS" has been dealt its fair share of critical acclaim, while also being reduced by critics to an unoriginal archetype of an 80’s sex comedy. The series follows a fairly stereotypical plotline. A group of best friends battle the ills of adult life in New York City, all the while co...

The Hoax of Supplements

The Hoax of Supplements

Harry Kelso, Columnist

December 7, 2017


Filed under OPINION

It’s that time of year again: cold and flu season. As soon as you get the sniffles or a sore throat your first reaction may be to reach for that Emergen-C or Airborne. Here’s the thing: those are only going to help if you’ve got severe nutritional deficiencies, or if you are a professional athlete....

Modernizing Classical Music

Jack Fleming

December 7, 2017


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

The problem with classical music today has nothing to do with the music itself. Rather, notable flaws in the presentation and accessibility of this genre are what must be addressed in order for it to be revitalized – its “stodgy” reputation must be firmly left behind. Classical music should not be t...

The place of hazing, and other such things

Andrew Schwartz, Feature Editor

December 7, 2017


Filed under OPINION

One crisp Seattle autumn morning my freshman year of high school, I awoke early so that two cool upperclassmen, who had claimed me, could throw me in Lake Washington before school. After school, I was shuttled with a freshman crew to the house of another cool upperclassmen, in whose backyard we did things...

Op-Ed: Why Whitman College Isn’t Creating a “Free Speech Code”

Melissa Clearfield, Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Psychology, Josh Jensen, Vice President for Enrollment and Communications, Kazi Joshua, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Daren Mooko, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and Alzada J. Tipton, Provost and Dean of the Faculty

November 16, 2017


Filed under OPINION

Whether it’s in the Whitman Wire or the Washington Post, the issue of free speech on college campuses seems to be everywhere. Over the past year, many of our peer institutions have faced controversy brought on by provocative external speakers. Faculty, staff and students have stirred up campuses with c...

Affirming White Women

Affirming White Women

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

November 16, 2017


Filed under OPINION

There are certain myths and misconceptions surrounding the question of affirmative action and who benefits from it, and many narratives have been built based on how the beneficiaries supposedly do not deserve their place in a certain institution, but are there only due to this policy. It is impor...

Op-Ed: Why Did Legislation to get the Diversity and Inclusion Director a Vote Fail?

AnnaMarie McCorvie, ASWC President

November 16, 2017


Filed under OPINION

At ASWC Senate this weekend we considered a piece of legislation that would see the newly created position of Diversity and Inclusion Director become a position elected by the entire student body. This change would enable whoever holds the position to have voting rights in Senate. The debate was difficult...

Revising Our Sordid Pasts

Jack Fleming, Columnist

November 9, 2017


Filed under OPINION

In this age of alternative facts and Russian-sponsored fake news, it behooves us to remember Spanish poet and philosopher George Santayana’s words of wisdom – “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. In remembering the past, we make use of objective historical facts, ...

On Bystander Intervention

On Bystander Intervention

Harry Kelso, Columnist

November 9, 2017


Filed under OPINION

In the end, we are all human. We will find ourselves in situations where we simply do not know what to do. However, we do bear a responsibility to help others. It is in our best interest to create a positive social environment. Thus, it is an act of learning and adaptation to fill the crucial role of an ...

Another Opinion on Bystander Intervention

India Flinchum, Columnist

November 9, 2017


Filed under OPINION

Social justice advocates have argued for decades over the extent to which bystanders are responsible for intervening in acts of injustice. Indeed, an individual’s definition of “injustice” may vary according to his or her culture and values, but there is undoubtedly a universal feeling of unease t...

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