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Kavanaugh’s Shameful Confirmation

Cy Burchenal, Opinion Columnist

October 14, 2018


Filed under Columnists, Front Page Slideshow, OPINION

Newly appointed United States Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh is a superbly awful choice for the most powerful court in the nation. During his Senate hearing he threatened the Democratic Party directly, proving himself a completely non-impartial juror. Kavanaugh’s use of the phrase, “What...

The Power of Objectification

Dani Schlenker, Opinion Columnist

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

I recently met a young man on a plane, and three months later we went out to dinner. We had nothing in common, no mutual friends, opposite political leanings and radically dissimilar life agendas. As the night progressed, it was easy to tell what he wanted out of our random acquaintance. I was being objec...

Marcus Whitman and the Role of a Liberal Education

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

October 8, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

If the goal of a liberal education is to develop students into thoughtful citizens, the incorporation of the study of Whitman’s colonial history into curriculum is a great strategy. Marcus Whitman can serve as a catalyst for thought about our nation’s contentious history. Just as the Whitman community is ...

Looking Down on the 80’s Dance

Looking Down on the 80’s Dance

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

October 8, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

At the 80’s dance, upperclass students were literally looking down on first-years. They played drinking games based on first-year actions. Two first-years leave together? Take a shot. Someone throws up? Take two shots. Someone passes out? You get the gist. Looking up, all I could see were watchful ey...

#MeToo and the Kavanaugh Hearing

#MeToo and the Kavanaugh Hearing

Nandin Ganjoloo, Opinion Columnist

October 8, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

The morning of Sep. 27, 2018, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Like many others listening to the hearing, I was crying during Dr. Ford’s powerful opening statement. She did her best to fully answer every ques...

Mitigating Greek Life Peer Pressure

Dani Schlenker, Opinion Columnist

September 28, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

For many of us who grew up in the American education system, saying no to peer pressure was drilled into our brains from a young age. Anti-drug and anti-smoking campaigns used the slogan “just say no” to try and combat the use of these illegal and/or harmful substances, with the intent being to convince...

Defending the Humanities

Defending the Humanities

Cy Burchenal, Opinion Columnist

September 28, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

I thoroughly enjoy prodding, questioning and insulting people about their majors. I don’t do this in a malicious manner; I simply love the debate it inevitably brings about. I’m guilty many times over of saying to STEM majors “the social sciences are the real, original, sciences” and frequently...

Considering News Source Confirmation Bias

Considering News Source Confirmation Bias

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

September 24, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

It seems like everyone knows everything nowadays. This increase in certainty is enabled by technology, letting us tap into information sources that only say what we want to hear. Because of this lack of informational diversity, we are led to see opinions as facts. Essentially, it boils down to the risin...

Dissecting French Nationalism at the World Cup

Nandin Ganjoloo, Opinion Columnist

September 24, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

On the morning of July 15, France won the 2018 World Cup in Moscow, Russia. The predominantly black team (80 percent have African roots) was celebrated by fans from all around the globe, including  Daily Show host Trevor Noah. “Africa won the World Cup!” Noah cheered as the audience roared into...

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

September 24, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

When I arrived on campus, I was so excited to eat at Cleveland Commons, the new dining center. To me it seemed perfect: ample seating, food priced a-la-carte and more options than Whitman has ever had before (I was particularly excited about the sushi bar). To my dismay, Cleveland Commons hasn’t ...

Care to Vote?

Dani Schlenker, Opinion Columnist

September 23, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Have you ever complained or made negative comments about our current governmental administration? If so, are you over 18? Are you registered to vote? Unless you are an international or otherwise undocumented student at Whitman College, there is no reason not to be registered. No matter your views, no matter...

Democracy at Stake: Trump’s Internal Opposition

Cy Burchenal

September 23, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Internal opposition to the Trump administration, as described by the September 5 editorial anonymously published in the New York Times, is both terrifying and counterproductive. It undermines legal popular opposition, validates allegations of conspiracy, and sets undemocratic precedence in terms of a...

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