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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...

Keystone Regional Leadership Conference

Letter to the Editor

March 5, 2009

EDITOR, I went into the Keystone Regional Leadership Conference: for executive members of Beta Theta Pi: with a fairly open mind, hoping to learn something about a culture I'm not familiar with by normal standards: the culture of fraternal brotherhood. Ironically, a Dungeons and Dragons conference w...

Lower wages will not help economy

Letter to the Editor

March 5, 2009

EDITOR, Bryant Fong thinks that lowering the minimum wage will help "save the economy."   He's certainly not the first person to make that claim nor, as long as conservative economists continue to publish textbooks, will he be the last. But he's dead wrong. Fong's analysis derives from the o...

Against Greek shirts as conformist

Letter to the Editor

March 5, 2009

EDITOR, I was shocked and saddened by the editorial, "Greek Shirts fittingly convey conformity culture." As a member of the Greek Community, but more importantly, as a member of the Whitman community, I am constantly fighting the stereotypes associated with Greek Life. From the article, I gathered th...

Another view on Gabriela’s opinion piece

Letter to the Editor

March 5, 2009

EDITOR, Gabriela's recent opinion piece on conformity in the Greek system was a provocative article, and it is not surprising that it has generated some strong reactions. Underlying her conformity critique is her fairly explicit opinion that the Greek system at Whitman is at best redundant and at wor...

Another view from the Greek system

Letter to the Editor

March 5, 2009

EDITOR, I appreciate the concerns some independents present regarding the conformity the Greek system fosters on campus.   However, I'd like to remind the substantial majority of the campus not affiliated with a Greek organization that they fall subject to the same normalizing pressures facing Wh...

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Letter to the Editor

February 26, 2009

EDITOR, January marks the advent of a new year and provides a fresh opportunity for women to make their health a priority. During Cervical Health Awareness Month, Planned Parenthood is urging women, Latinas especially, to speak with their health care provider about their risk of cervical cancer.   ...

Letter to the editor: How to be an effective citizen

Letter to the Editor

February 12, 2009

EDITOR, Raise your hand if you voted on November 4 and then thought, "Now what?" For many Americans, their involvement in the democratic process is limited to once a year, if not once every four years, on Election Day. They vote and think that's all there is to being an effective citizen. But,...

Letter to the editor

Student Contributer

February 5, 2009

Editor, Whitman's new printing management program is either misguided or deceptive. The WCTS email that introduces the program describes it as being part of a "multifaceted campus conservation effort." If this is the case, then the program is foolish on several counts. First, it seems clear to many...

Letter to the editor

Student Contributer

February 5, 2009

Editor, This is in response to the article about the Motherruckers rugby team calendar and how it "objectifies" women. I have been on the women's rugby team for years and appearing in the calendar since I was a freshman. The point of the calendar is not to objectify women at all. We are very proud...

Letter to the editor

Student Contributer

February 5, 2009

Editor, An experimental printing management system for the on-campus computers will be implemented this semester. Students used to have to pay for printing until 1994 and now, after churning out about 4,000,000 free pages annually for 14 years, Whitman is heading towards the golden middle way of limited...

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