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Revolutionizing the Senate

Cy Burchenal, Opinion Columnist

October 25, 2018

As a document, the American Constitution has reshaped itself profoundly numerous times. The fact that the Constitution is a living document is its most important characteristic. But like all works of legal writing, it has aged. The aspects of the United States that once made the Constitution such an...

Lunch or Class? Unpacking Eating Disorders

Dani Schlenker, Opinion Columnist

October 25, 2018

During my sophomore year at Whitman, I noticed new classes being offered at 11:30 a.m., a time slot that hadn’t been previously utilized by most departments. At the time I was seeing a therapist off-campus and we got into a discussion about the possible consequences of these classes. Most students...

Kavanaugh’s Overshadowing Presence

Kavanaugh’s Overshadowing Presence

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

October 22, 2018

For the past several weeks, all anyone seems to be talking about is Brett Kavanaugh. The man is inescapable. News outlets like the New York Times, CNN and even local channels and papers, seem to always have something to say about the Kavanaugh confirmation. It feels as though Brett Kavanaugh's confir...

Celebrating our Location

Celebrating our Location

Nandin Ganjoloo, Opinion Columnist

October 21, 2018

A month ago, I attended the “Insider Lunch with Kathy Murray” alongside a first-year dominant audience that was excited to be in the same room as President Murray. The Q&A style luncheon atmosphere was bubbly for the most part. But I didn’t see bubbles. I only saw red flags when President Mu...

Revitalizing Government

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

October 21, 2018

For some reason, we as a country agree that our governmental structures are unequivocally correct — as if created by perfect people. Even if the structure was perfect at the time, it wouldn't be perfect now. This governmental plan was created from a perspective extremely more limited than our own. Coul...

Kavanaugh’s Shameful Confirmation

Cy Burchenal, Opinion Columnist

October 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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