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Different Options Exist for Black Friday

Different Options Exist for Black Friday

Andy Monserud

December 5, 2013

Welcome back, folks. I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend, because I'm here to question your decisions. Not all the turkey you devoured, not the fights you enjoyed with your extended family and not even the shenanigans you got up to with your friends at home. Nope, I'm here to talk about retail's favorite day...

Artists’ Politics Don’t Define Their Own Work

Artists’ Politics Don’t Define Their Own Work

Andy Monserud

November 21, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, I watched a film that I have wanted to see for a long time. Ever since I read "Ender's Game" for the first time in 2005, I always wished for a film version. Blissfully engrossed in a 10-year-old's fantasy, I sat through the movie without a care in the world. But when I stepped out of the theater, I was hit w...

Anonymity Trumps Need for Censorship

Anonymity Trumps Need for Censorship

Bill Landefeld

November 14, 2013

Have you ever had a question that you didn't feel comfortable asking anybody? Well, I know that myself and many other Whitman students have. Luckily at Whitman, there is such a place that you can do this, and it is on a website called Whitman Encounters. However, this outlet to freely speak your mind might not be around for much longe...

Punk Rock’s Message in Myanmar

Punk Rock’s Message in Myanmar

Kyle Seasly

November 7, 2013

In George Orwell's essay/short story "Shooting an Elephant," where he was stationed in Burma (now Myanmar), he remarked: "I thought that the greatest joy in the world would be to drive a bayonet into a Buddhist priest's guts." It seems that certain punk rockers in Myanmar share a similar sentiment today. In Mya...

Nuclear Power Offers Different Solution

Nuclear Power Offers Different Solution

Dani Hupper

October 31, 2013

After Fukushima, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island (nuclear power plants that unintentionally exposed thousands to radioactivity), it has been taboo for an environmentalist to be pro-nuclear. While I don't mean to be unsympathetic to the victims of radioactivity-caused cancers, we should not forget nuc...

Police Cameras Offer Answers

Police Cameras Offer Answers

Andy Monserud

October 23, 2013

Those readers I haven't had the pleasure of meeting in person should know that I proudly represent St. Paul, Minn. To those who don't care, I hope you'll forgive me for discussing a topic that's quite literally close to home for me. A debate in the city council of St. Paul's twin city, Minneapolis, caught my attention this wee...

Meat’s Contribution to Climate Change

Meat’s Contribution to Climate Change

Dani Hupper

October 17, 2013

It probably seems impossible to give up sizzling bacon with your eggs in the morning, barbecue ribs right off the charcoal grill or Grandma's roasted Thanksgiving turkey. But if you're seriously committed to minimizing your carbon footprint, consuming less meat may be the simplest, most effective decision you can ...

Fracking Offers Few Unbiased Answers

Fracking Offers Few Unbiased Answers

Dani Hupper

October 10, 2013

The public debate on hydraulic fracturing (the process of pumping a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the ground to crack rock formations and release natural gas) is nearly impossible to follow. It's hard to find unbiased information on a subject so intermingled with political and economic self-...

Pope Francis Sets New Tone

Pope Francis Sets New Tone

Kyle Seasly

October 3, 2013

  I love sleeping. That's why I hated going to church. Every Sunday I would have to wake up at 8 a.m. and go with my parents down the street to our Catholic church. I didn't mind going to Sunday school, because it would be later in the afternoon. When I was in elementary school, I remember reading a "Children's Bible" and enjoying the sto...

Streaming Media Shakes Up Entertainment Industry

Streaming Media Shakes Up Entertainment Industry

Andy Monserud

September 26, 2013

As an incoming first-year, I've been presented with plenty of distractions in these first few weeks, but most of them seem to be on the decline. The initial scramble for new social circles and interests has calmed down, and the first-year class as a whole seems to have had our fill of vomiting outside...

Bon Appétit’s new policy presents dilemma

Bon Appétit’s new policy presents dilemma

Kyle Seasly

September 19, 2013

It's always tough when a situation presents itself as completely unfair. Sometimes one has no words to express the frustrations at a system that intentionally screws people over. That's how I felt when working at Jewett Dining Hall last Monday night when a co-worker informed me of a change in Bon Appétit  policy....

Orientating Post-Orientation

Orientating Post-Orientation

Evelyn Levine

September 12, 2013

I didn't want to be at Whitman when I first arrived. Was I ready for college? Wasn't I a city girl? What was this place called Walla Walla, Wash., and why was there so much alliteration? I love the "w" alliteration now, and I get a little too defensive when people ask me if Walla Walla "is a real place." You're right ...

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