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We Need to Thrive: A Manifesta

April 25, 2019

In the face of a recent exodus of women faculty of color, our institution has asked us to articulate “what we need to thrive” at the college. Each of us might ponder this question, and generate our...

OP-ED: Come on, Wikipedia

April 4, 2019

I use Wikipedia nearly every day. Each time I read an article on the site, I am amazed at how consistently an organization of volunteers can provide accurate, holistic, and balanced views on nearly every...

OP-ED: What Does Divestment Really Mean for Whitman?

February 28, 2019

When the Whitman Board of Trustees voted to divest the college from all fossil-fuel investments, I happened to be in the room. As the student representative to the Board this year, it is my job sit at...

OP-ED: Being the Only Student of Color – ft. an Environmental Studies Course

February 24, 2019

Being the only student of color is difficult and emotional, to say the least. This recently happened as I was the only person of color in Environmental Justice. I took the course, as a senior Race and...

Overcoming the Bookstore Blues

February 16, 2019

As I bought textbooks and paid fees for my final semester at Whitman, it became clear that for one of the first times in my college career my book bill will be less than 300 dollars. But before I perform...

Letter to the Editor

February 14, 2019

My name is Shannon Zander. I am a first-generation student and an independent student, which means I receive no parental financial backing, making me solidly, undeniably, and sometimes soul crushingly...

OP-ED: Killing in the name of Soccer

February 8, 2019

For a sport defined by culture, pride, and nationalism, soccer has become lethal. In the oil drowned nation of Qatar, soccer related governmental decisions have claimed the lives of 1,200 migrant workers....

OP-ED: America’s Invisible Population

February 8, 2019

At 20 years old, you should already be thinking about your end of life care. By 2035 there will be more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 18—the elderly population alone growing from...

OP-ED: I Am Not An Activist

February 8, 2019

I am not an activist. My planned line of work is that of a soil microbiologist or a plant breeder, someone trying to change the system through relatively established means. I have chosen as the particular...

OP-ED: The Right to Die

December 11, 2018

Your dog has it, but your loved ones do not. Some call it dignity, some call it mercy, but everyone should be able to call it a human right. Routinely, we “put down” our pets that that have a terminal...

OP-ED: Letter to ASWC

Let Students Act
November 29, 2018

ASWC is coming up with a new plan to better serve and represent the student body. Part of the plan is to create a new student union where engaged and interested students can work together to improve...

OP-ED: Whitman’s Money Perpetuates Violence

Now the Board Has a Chance to Change That
November 9, 2018

Power, privilege and race. These are everyday buzzwords at a school like Whitman where everybody is eager to prove their progressive politics. But what does this mean in terms of environmentalism on...

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