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Considering News Source Confirmation Bias

Considering News Source Confirmation Bias

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

September 24, 2018

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

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

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

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

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...

Visiting a “Shithole Country”

Visiting a “Shithole Country”

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

September 10, 2018

Amid the continuous barrage of President Donald J. Trump’s many reprehensible diatribes and tweetstorms, it can be difficult to pause for a moment in order to adequately consider how appalling certain comments of his truly are. After having the unique opportunity to travel with fellow Whitman tennis...

Modernizing Classical Music

Jack Fleming

December 7, 2017

The problem with classical music today has nothing to do with the music itself. Rather, notable flaws in the presentation and accessibility of this genre are what must be addressed in order for it to be revitalized – its “stodgy” reputation must be firmly left behind. Classical music should not be t...

Historical Negationism

Historical Negationism

November 9, 2017

In this age of alternative facts and Russian-sponsored fake news, it behooves us to remember Spanish poet and philosopher George Santayana’s powerful declaration – “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” In remembering the past, we make use of objective historical facts,...

Dissecting “The American Dream”

Jack Fleming, Columnist

October 23, 2017

The American dream is not dead. But it’s certainly not an ideal with universal attainability; dedication and hard work are by no means guarantees of economic mobility and prosperity in our country. It’s time to see the American dream for what it really is: an idealistic goal that disregards a rational...

Fast Food’s Foibles

Fast Food’s Foibles

Harry Kelso, Opinion Columnist

October 9, 2017

The average person knows that fast food is unhealthy, but there doesn’t seem to be any viable solution, at least not yet. A stroll through town or a scroll through Google reveals just how many fast food restaurants there are in Walla Walla. Their presence in our life is as saturated as the fat they...

Changing Higher Education

Changing Higher Education

Jack Fleming, Columnist

October 6, 2017

Ignore Betsy DeVos. Instituting school choice, the school voucher system, and allowing fraudulent for-profit colleges to thrive simply would not increase the quality and accessibility of education. As the 2018 midterm elections slowly approach, we must think about the sort of education policy that i...

Musical Peer Pressure

Musical Peer Pressure

Jack Fleming, Columnist

September 28, 2017

There is a deeply unfortunate and inextricable link between peer pressure and musical taste that undoubtedly merits discussion. Music is too awe-inspiring and profoundly personal for listeners to abandon the songs or genres that they truly find enjoyable in favor of what completely subjective measures...

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