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Idealism and Difference: Body Image at Whitman

Idealism and Difference: Body Image at Whitman

August 29, 2013

This article was written by Hanne Jensen '14. Most Whitman students are fairly familiar with pressure. The sheer mass of skills a student must acquire in order to construct an adequate application for colleges, much less to get accepted by one, reveals a history of stress, high expectations and hard work. The very system itself is an ...

Schools Shape Sexual Culture

Schools Shape Sexual Culture

Spencer Wharton

May 2, 2013

Dear Valerie Huber, executive director of the National Abstinence Education Association: Earlier this year, the Chicago Board of Education voted to overhaul its public schools' sex education curriculum and begin teaching age-appropriate sexual health lessons in kindergarten. You, in response, criticized the b...

ASWC Has Improved, But Engagement Still Problematic

ASWC Has Improved, But Engagement Still Problematic

Blair Hanley Frank

April 18, 2013

When I wrote my election season column last semester, the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) was in dire straits. A disjointed communications strategy and ineffectual leadership made for a political entity that seemed distant from the students it was supposed to represent. There's good news, though. ASWC has made vast improvements since l...

‘Bang With Friends’ Will Revolutionize Sex

‘Bang With Friends’ Will Revolutionize Sex

Maggie Mae Lemaris

April 11, 2013

Bang With Friends, a Facebook-linked website that took only two hours to code, has the potential to change sex forever. I would even go so far as to argue that Bang With Friends is the most innovative sexual outlet since the Internet itself. The genius behind Bang With Friends lies in its form. You enter the site with a single c...

Racism Ain’t Over Just Yet

Racism Ain’t Over Just Yet

April 4, 2013

This column was contributed by Mcebo Maziya ‘15 After much blood, sweat and tears from many Whitman student leaders, on March 27 the Power and Privilege Symposium kicked off with a smashing start. The thought-provoking workshops and compelling panels I attended made me realize that there are many students who care about issues of race and ethnicity on...

Wearable Tech Must Be Relevant to Consumers

Wearable Tech Must Be Relevant to Consumers

Blair Hanley Frank

March 7, 2013

To hear the pundits tell it, we should be entering the age of wearable technology. Pebble, a smart watch that was funded through Kickstarter, currently holds the site's record for most funded project with a total pledge of more than $10 million. Rumors are swirling about the potential of an Apple smar...

Lives of Black Youth Are Disposable in America

Lives of Black Youth Are Disposable in America

Gladys Gitau

February 27, 2013

In light of recent mass shootings, it seems as if America is really adamant on preventing the slaughter of innocent lives. No one wants to see the horrific stories of young children dying on their morning news. Except young innocent children have been dying and continue to die even as we "recover" from Sandy ...

Good Schools Should Be a Rule, Not an Exception

Good Schools Should Be a Rule, Not an Exception

Sayda Morales

February 21, 2013

In the previous election, Washington's Proposition 1240, the initiative introducing 40 public charter schools to Washington State over the next five years, was ratified by only a .38 percent margin. This concerns me. Having attended a charter school, I personally understand the significant benefits that charter schoo...

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Sam Chapman

February 14, 2013

On March 15, 1986, Whitman's Board of Trustees voted on a divestment proposal for the first time. Students and faculty had both submitted resolutions urging the Board to remove companies from the college's portfolio that did business in apartheid-ridden South Africa; student activists went so far as to build...

Immigration Policy Should Reflect the Best of Our Aspirations as a Nation

Immigration Policy Should Reflect the Best of Our Aspirations as a Nation

Daniel Merritt

February 7, 2013

Immigration reform is a question of American identity. It is a question of race and it is a question of class, it is a reflection of what we want to look like as a nation and what values we want to embrace in the future. The Blueprint for Immigration Reform presented by members of both parties in the Senate las...

“Consent Is Sexy” Mantra Well-Meaning But Misguided

“Consent Is Sexy” Mantra Well-Meaning But Misguided

Spencer Wharton

January 31, 2013

(Content warning: This column discusses rape, rape culture and sexual assault.) "Consent is sexy." It was one of the many taglines branded across the "Pink Loves Consent" site, a webpage that appeared to be promoting a new line of Victoria's Secret underwear. A hoax by Baltimore feminist group F...

We Have Lost the Fight for the Planet

We Have Lost the Fight for the Planet

Sam Chapman

January 24, 2013

In 1970, the first Earth Day brought 20 million Americans––10 percent of the entire population––to a nationwide protest. This was the tail end of the Vietnam Era, when young people were justifiably outraged at a system that had failed them and their planet. Sensing a threat to their interests,...

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