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Selfish Volunteerism

Selfish Volunteerism

Nandin Ganjoloo, Opinion Columnist

December 6, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Contextualizing Outrage Culture

Cy Burchenal, Opinion Columnist

November 9, 2018

Public vigilance is a critical part of democracy as a concept, because in order to act via their vote and voice, the public must be both informed and actually care. People, as fallible actors, are prone to failures of character. Bigotry of many kinds exists in prominent positions both in government an...

Critiquing Modern Masculinity

Critiquing Modern Masculinity

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

November 9, 2018

In modern-day American society, unspoken and antiquated definitions of masculinity and a profound unwillingness to discuss male insecurities adversely affect men of all ages. We still have this idea that male vulnerabilities are entirely unacceptable and must be repressed. This absolutely must change. Ma...

Divestment: An Economic Perspective

Dani Schlenker, Opinion Columnist

November 9, 2018

During the height of the U.S. anti-apartheid movement in the 1980s, college students all across the nation protested university investment in companies that traded with or owned operations in South Africa. Due to increasing pressure from these students, many institutions divested from these companies ind...

Geoengineering and Climate Change

Geoengineering and Climate Change

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

November 2, 2018

Geoengineering is the concept that we can directly use our technology to alter the climate. Instead of our effects on the environment being collaterally harmful, they can be positive, intentionally. Geoengineering is a highly debated hypothetical solution to the anthropogenic climate change problem, involvi...

Reconsidering Sustainability

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

November 2, 2018

A few weeks ago, the Wire published a letter written by a former Whitman student, Vivian Voth, in which Voth details why she left Whitman. In her view, the college is not as sustainable as it could be, and such inaction warranted her transfer. Voth places most of the Whitman community’s apathy on the col...

Mislabeling our International Students

Nandin Ganjoloo, Opinion Columnist

November 2, 2018

A is an international student. “Your English is very good!” might be a compliment to them. B is an international student. “Your English is very good!” might be demeaning to them. C is an international student. Their response to "Are your parents coming for parents weekend?" might be yes an...

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