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Op-Ed: First years barred from declaring majors

Jacob Klusmeier, Senior February 25, 2021

We need the arts because they make us full human beings. But we also need the arts as a protective factor against authoritarianism. In saving the arts, we save ourselves from a society where creative production...

Op-Ed: Per arduo surgo — why Whitman needs classics

West Bales and Grace Mitchell February 18, 2021

The Financial Sustainability Review (FSR) proposes not replacing retiring faculty and moving to a minor-only classics program. These proposed changes may rob future students of the chance to study the...

OP-ED: Alumni reading of the Financial Sustainability Review

North Bennett, Alumnus February 9, 2021

Last week, the Academic Subcommittee for Whitman’s Financial Sustainability Review published a set of recommendations aimed at cutting the costs associated with Whitman’s academic program. As an alumnus...

OP-ED: Whitman proposes deep cuts to humanities, arts and languages

Henry Allen, Alumnus '15 February 9, 2021

This week, news was shared with a number of alumni about a recent proposal to generate budget savings through deep cuts to academic programs at Whitman. The proposal was created in response to a crisis...

Op-Ed: How did we end up with an old white man for president again?

Jasmine Razeghi, Junior January 1, 2021

It is the Democratic Primaries and the most diverse line up of potential nominees stand before the American people. They give hope to America as many wonder, “will we finally get a President that is...

Op-Ed: Refreshing whitman.edu

Adeline Rother, Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies, General Studies, and Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse  December 6, 2020

Whitman’s website bears the message, “A Place Like No Other.” However, the images on the website make it look exactly like a place like any other. With enrollments falling and the budget facing an...

Op-Ed: Is media coverage of police brutality useful?

Amanda Fournier, Sophomore December 4, 2020

Following the shocking and disheartening death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, I have seen a resurgence of news coverage on black men and women killed in America by police officers. Breonna Taylor —...

Op-Ed: To fight against COVID-19, vitamin D sufficiency must be prioritized

Claire Maurer, Senior November 25, 2020

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to poor health outcomes. The deficiency has been associated with a large number of disorders such as metabolic syndrome and cancers, as well as autoimmune, psychiatric and...

Op-Ed: Please, at least pretend to care

Tate Kautzky, Senior November 25, 2020

This Op-Ed was originally written Oct. 27. Imagine yourself faced with one of the hardest decisions you have ever been asked to make. Maybe it's moving out of state, or even out of the country? Deciding...

Op-Ed: An open letter to the Whitman Coronavirus Task Force

Jake Wang, First-year October 24, 2020

Dear Chair Peter Harvey, We, select members of the class of 2024, appreciate the hard work you and the Whitman Coronavirus Task Force have done in the past many months in response to the coronavirus...

Op-Ed: Social justice or social capital: Venmo payments and land acknowledgements

Walker Orr, Senior October 22, 2020

If you follow social justice education efforts at Whitman, on Instagram or Twitter, or Podcasts, you’re probably familiar with the request to support content creators via Venmo. Venmo payment requests...

Op-Ed: Between two worlds

Jake Lorang, Senior October 22, 2020

One of my favorite TV shows is “Downton Abbey.” One reason why I love this show so much is that it captures the ways in which values and constraints vary between the servants and the family who owns...

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