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Approaching Power and Privilege with Intentionality

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

March 7, 2019

Congratulations! You went to Power & Privilege. You sat in the back of a crowded auditorium for an hour or two, you listened to your peer’s experiences and you made it out of the symposium early enough to get a head start on homework, hang out with friends or take a nap. You went to sessions led...

Juxtaposing Sport and Violence

Juxtaposing Sport and Violence

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

March 4, 2019

I like watching sports with a fresh mind. When we take away our emotional attachment to one team or the other and choose not to judge the players for minute details of technique, we can see the sport for what it really is: violent, brutal and utterly human. An interesting parallel is often drawn betwe...

Appreciating and Respecting Introversion

Appreciating and Respecting Introversion

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

February 28, 2019

As someone who falls more on the introverted side of the personality spectrum, I strongly feel that introversion as a trait is generally undervalued and commonly misunderstood in our society. Introversion takes varying forms and is not something to be afraid of; it is simply a term that represents those...

Undeserved Criticism of Freshman Congresswomen

Rina Cakrani, Opinion Columnist

February 28, 2019

The new class of progressive congresswomen seem to be facing many issues with the mainstream media and a double standard that disregards the old establishment, while constantly attacking the ideas proposed by the new members. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the figures who is constantly in th...

Critiquing our Achievement Culture

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

February 24, 2019

I am not successful. At least, I never feel successful, not here at Whitman. Like many on campus, I feel the constant pull to do more. I consistently ask myself: “Am I doing enough?” “Am I being productive?” “Is this really the best way to spend my time?” What is enough? What is productive? ...

Reflecting on Valentine’s Day

Reflecting on Valentine’s Day

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

February 19, 2019

          It’s not just that Valentine’s Day was created by greeting card companies. Holidays are always contrived in some sense. The problem with this holiday has multiple tiers: one tier is that people need a holiday to tell them when to express their love. The deeper tier is that people ...

Employing Pragmatic Optimism

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

February 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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