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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...

Historical Negationism

Historical Negationism

November 9, 2017


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

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

Dissecting “The American Dream”

Jack Fleming, Columnist

October 23, 2017


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

The American dream is not dead. But it’s certainly not an ideal with universal attainability; dedication and hard work are by no means guarantees of economic mobility and prosperity in our country. It’s time to see the American dream for what it really is: an idealistic goal that disregards a rational...

Fast Food’s Foibles

Fast Food’s Foibles

Harry Kelso, Opinion Columnist

October 9, 2017


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

The average person knows that fast food is unhealthy, but there doesn’t seem to be any viable solution, at least not yet. A stroll through town or a scroll through Google reveals just how many fast food restaurants there are in Walla Walla. Their presence in our life is as saturated as the fat they...

Changing Higher Education

Changing Higher Education

Jack Fleming, Columnist

October 6, 2017


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Ignore Betsy DeVos. Instituting school choice, the school voucher system, and allowing fraudulent for-profit colleges to thrive simply would not increase the quality and accessibility of education. As the 2018 midterm elections slowly approach, we must think about the sort of education policy that i...

Musical Peer Pressure

Musical Peer Pressure

Jack Fleming, Columnist

September 28, 2017


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

There is a deeply unfortunate and inextricable link between peer pressure and musical taste that undoubtedly merits discussion. Music is too awe-inspiring and profoundly personal for listeners to abandon the songs or genres that they truly find enjoyable in favor of what completely subjective measures...

The Bleeding Heart Question

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist

February 16, 2017


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Would you, the informed reader, say that political divide is largely a moral issue? I’d say so. In daily conversation it seems that a great deal of the conversation is based upon what any given person believes is ‘moral.’ As such, it seems that the moral high ground has become some magical platform...

Killing the Conservative Paradigm

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist

February 5, 2017


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

In years past, both Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have closely represented the views of their respective parties. This is no such year. The campaign promises of President Donald J. Trump show just how atypical of a Republican President he will be. The change of the Republi...

NAFTA: Our Favorite Scapegoat

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist

December 8, 2016


Filed under Columnists

Among the institutions and agreements President elect Donald Trump has vowed to kill in his first 100 days in office, the North American Free trade Agreement may be the most costly to get rid of. Trump’s logic behind withdrawing from NAFTA is that it’s a “job killer.” The idea that NAFTA has...

Reexamine the Electoral College

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist

November 17, 2016


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Few would contest that the 2016 presidential election was a shake-up. This presidential race was disquieting not only in its volatility, but also in the manner in which it ended. Nearly every pollster predicted the outcome wrong. Rather than a radical opinion shift in the majority of the electorate,...

2016 will be remembered by its losers, not its victor.

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist

November 3, 2016


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

The 2012 presidential election was hailed at the time as the most contentious and unpleasant campaign for the electorate in history. Four years later we can look back with nostalgia at a time when the worst thing a presidential nominee did was put his dog on top of a car. The 2016 election will almost c...

Dear Mom: Finding a place at Whitman

Dear Mom, Columnist

October 27, 2016


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Dear Mom, College is not all that I was expecting it to be. I am enjoying my classes, getting to know people and working hard, but I thought I would be having the time of my life, and that’s just not how it has turned out. For context, I’m a first-year at Whitman; I was choosing between Whitman, ...

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