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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

April 9, 2009

EDITOR,On March 10, Congress passed legislation to make birth control affordable again for millions of American women who obtain contraceptives at community health centers and college clinics –– including Whitman college students.  The provision was included in the 2009 omnibus appropriations bill that ...

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

April 2, 2009

EDITOR, We, The Secession, are indeed an "object of excessive suspicion." While this is an undeniably exciting thing to be, the anger caused by said suspicion confuses us.   A suspicious stranger in a dark alley may cause sensations of danger and fear; a suspicious bi-monthly publication should provoke...

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

April 2, 2009

EDITOR, I graduated from Whitman College in 1993, and like most alums I have very fond memories of my Whitman experience.   Two years ago, I moved back to Walla Walla with my family, and for the last two seasons I have helped out with the men's and women's cross-country teams. I consider myself a...

Letter to the Editor: I came to Whitman for skiing

Letter to the Editor

March 12, 2009

EDITOR, I came to Whitman for the ski team.   I really wish it weren't that simple, but it is.   In high school I was a fairly successful skier, I was a successful student too, but I really considered myself a skier.   When I started looking at schools I quickly realized that I was going to be...

Letter to the Editor: American support of Israel

Letter to the Editor

March 12, 2009

EDITOR, The op-ed piece entitled "Diplomacy: An Uncomfortable Truth," (2/5/09) is overly simplistic. Not only does the author omit vital facts; he makes unfounded assumptions. It is true that the United States has been Israel's strongest ally and provided billions of dollars in aid. To say however...

Coalition doesn’t need misleading data to maintain moral high ground

Letter to the Editor

March 12, 2009

EDITOR, The Coalition Against Homophobia recently put flyers into the table-toppers at Reid profiling victims of LGBT hate crimes under the heading "Hate & Bigotry KILL AGAIN."   One such flyer informs the reader that Richard Hernandez was "brutally dismembered in his bathtub" and was "murdered...

Letter to the Editor: New Publication “The Secession” needs to define itself

Letter to the Editor

March 12, 2009

EDITOR, It's an ambitious and difficult process to begin a new publication.   Since I respect that the Editors of The Secession are making the tremendous effort, I've submitted this to both The Secession and The Pio. Since I question part of how their effort is being spent, I wrote this response...

Letter to the Editor: support the ski team

Letter to the Editor

March 12, 2009

EDITOR, Unless you have been living under a rock––or large boulder for that matter––for the last year or so, you might have realized that the economy has been struggling just a tad. You might have felt this economic pinch when trying to figure out how to pay the gross lump sum that allows...

Letter to the Editor: ASWC speakers, events designed to challenge, engage, and entertain

Letter to the Editor

March 12, 2009

EDITOR, Whitman students are admitted to this rigorous academic environment for a number of reasons, among them being our ability to sift through information and think critically.   Every day we deal with an onslaught of information from our peers, our parents and the media.   In this digital age...

Greek shirts are not conformist

Letter to the Editor

March 5, 2009

EDITOR, As a first-year I was baffled by how many Whitman students wore Whitman sweatshirts! Everyone here is the same! They all attend Whitman parties, they all wear Whitman sweatshirts, and they all live together! Paying for a hierarchical organization that determines how you will socialize, contrib...

An independent view on the Greek article

Letter to the Editor

March 5, 2009

EDITOR, I agree whole-heartedly with Gabriela Salvidea's statement that the Greek system enforces conformity. In last week's column she wrote that "College as a breeding ground for such conformity is an unfortunate paradox." In fact, all organizations and groups (even the ones in college) foster con...

Proud to be a Phi

Letter to the Editor

March 5, 2009

Dear Gabriela, It makes me sad that you feel so poorly towards the Whitman College Greek system, an institution that I am so grateful for. In an effort to try and change your opinion I would like to extend to you (and anyone else that might have serious concerns about the Greek system) an invitation to...

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