Whitman Wire

Signalling Through Stickers

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor

April 19, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Sitting in a classroom, I can almost guarantee that at least one person there will have some brightly emblazoned logo on their water bottle, computer or backpack, maybe with the words ‘Patagonia,’ ‘Bernie Sanders’ or ‘Green Dot.’  Some people you know will even have hundreds of stickers pile...

Op-Ed: Whitman’s Commitment to the Community

Ethan Graham '17

April 19, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

The disparity in demographics between students at Whitman College and those living in Walla Walla is striking. Whitman’s most recent Fall 2017 Class is comprised of just 9 percent self-identifying Hispanic/Latinos and 64 percent self-identifying White/Caucasian students. Meanwhile, 38 percent of Wal...

Absence of Asians in Media

Absence of Asians in Media

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

April 19, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Asian Americans are one of the minorities with the least representation in American media. This minority group continues to struggle for equal opportunity and representation in key media roles while constantly trying to denounce any character played by a white person that should be played by an Asian ac...

Op-Ed: ‘Culture of Silence:’ What the WWU Administration Will Not Address

Jake Sloop, WWU Sophomore

April 12, 2018


Filed under OPINION

These past few weeks at Walla Walla University have been rocky, to say the least. Therefore, in this week’s Swap Issue, I hope to address some of the questions many Whitties have asked me about the blackface social media post at WWU and the discussion it has sparked. I think that this issue is intrinsical...

Op-ed: Outreach

Op-ed: Outreach

Reza Darvish

April 12, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

Two weeks ago, I came back from the Utah Canyonlands in the southern deserts of Utah, with a group of 10 other people on a hiking trip that lasted one week. We lugged 50 lb. backpacks, climbed and descended canyons and navigated off-trail with our eyes, maps and persistence. This is new for me; I...

Op-ed: What is Your Purpose for Being Here at Whitman?

Matthew Marianacci

April 12, 2018


Filed under OPINION

What is your purpose for being here at Whitman? I ask because I am starting to question my reason for being here and I need some people to talk to. Like many privileged students here, I come from a wealthy family that encouraged me to go to college, or assumed that I would go to college, and I did so. I...

Hot Take: Sauna Locks

Andrew Schwartz, Radio Show Editor

April 12, 2018


Filed under OPINION

The best part of Whitman College has always been that I can sauna whenever I want. Saunas have phenomenal vibes and facilitate very pleasant conversation. On a few occasions, I and people I know have been weirdly accosted by security when trying to bring friends non-male friends to the male locker room...

Op-ed: Recommitting to Whitman’s Academic Freedom

Ben Freedman

April 10, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

Consider Bret Weinstein. He was a biology professor at Evergreen College who sent an email on March 15, 2017 criticizing the new “Day of Absence.” In the past, one day each year students of color at Evergreen would choose to not show up to campus. But, in 2017, organizers of the event asked white memb...

Op-Ed: “No Bathroom Breaks” Policy is Discriminatory

Anna Middleton, Senior

April 9, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Over the past semester, I have heard from several friends that professors in different departments across campus don’t allow students to excuse themselves to use the restroom during class. Some announce this policy during the first week of class, while others confront students who use the restroom ab...

March for our Lives and White Supremacy

March for our Lives and White Supremacy

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

April 5, 2018


Filed under OPINION

The March for our Lives was hypocritical, despite the good intentions and message behind it. The conditions from which it emerged and the positive media coverage that it received due to the demographics that were involved make it hypocritical and oblivious to the radical problems that should have bee...

Just a Face Mask?

Just a Face Mask?

Jordon Crawford, Columnist

April 5, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Admittedly, I had reservations that the new Marvel movie, “Black Panther,” would be met with much discontent. However, what I saw on my Facebook page this weekend completely blew me out of the water. Before coming to the United States, the idea of white people adopting blackface in mockery of black...

American Tourism in Mexico

American Tourism in Mexico

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor

March 29, 2018


Filed under OPINION

In contrast with our President, who built his campaign on building a wall, and making disparaging remarks about mexicans being ‘drug dealers, criminals, and rapists,’ thousands of American tourists, often times college students, will inevitably make their way south of the border, often to Cabo or...

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