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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...

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...

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...

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 ...

Normalizing Physical Contact

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

December 6, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

I had a teacher in High School who slapped all the students he liked. They were little loving cheek taps and faux-slaps; everyone knew they were done out of affection. One day one of the students asked him why he did it, and he gave a really interesting response. This teacher immigrated as a child from Arge...

Selfish Volunteerism

Selfish Volunteerism

Nandin Ganjoloo, Opinion Columnist

December 6, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION, Uncategorized

With finals in just a couple of days, I was binging “Friends” as any responsible student should. Two characters had an argument in “The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS.” One claims that there are no selfless good deeds, because feeling good about the deed made it selfish. For the rest of the episode,...

Reviving the Estate Tax

Reviving the Estate Tax

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

November 29, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

The very mention of the word “taxes” makes many Americans quake in their boots. Indeed, the idea that US citizens and businesses should pay large amounts of money to the government fills many Americans with righteous indignation. One form of taxation in particular, the estate tax, has drawn the ire...

He Who Must Not Be Named

Dani Schlenker, Opinion Columnist

November 29, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Sometimes I feel as though on Nov. 8, 2016 I stepped out of my progressive, Obama-loving American reality and into J. K. Rowling’s ingeniously compelling fantasy series featuring a young man named Harry Potter, where wizards take on issues of genocide, racism and at times even government corruptio...

Interpretations of Truth

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

November 25, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Thought experiment: how much of the way you go through your everyday life is really based in cold, hard, scientific fact? How many of your actions are dictated by calculations and complex logical analysis? If you go through your day with this question in mind, chances are you’ll realize you tend to act ...

Revisiting Food at Whitman

Revisiting Food at Whitman

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

November 25, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

I have so many problems with the Cleveland Dining Center that if I were to write about all of them, I would probably take up most of page seven. Fortunately, my editor would never let me do that, so you are spared from the incendiary rant that could have ensued. But I am not alone in my anger — t...

Cycles of Satire: Addressing Mass Shootings

Nandin Ganjoloo, Opinion Columnist

November 25, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Following the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on Oct. 27, 2018, I read the “‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens” headline on the satirical news outlet The Onion. I thought it had a good point and humor is always a plus for me, so I followed The Onion on socia...

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