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Dropping out means new opportunities

Dropping out means new opportunities

Joey Gottlieb

December 6, 2012

I like saying "I withdrew" because it sounds nicer than "I dropped out." It sounds like I am still in command of my education and prospects and that I have not forsaken the opportunity of a college education. It sounds like the institution could not give me the education I wanted, rather than reflecting...

Carbon Tax Needed to Put Dent in Pollution

Carbon Tax Needed to Put Dent in Pollution

Sam Chapman

November 29, 2012

Words cannot describe what a great time I had on Election Day, watching liberal progressives beat Team Rape and the Adelson Gang in state after state. However, the election's over, and it's time to head back to reality. Now that Washington has held onto its progressive government, we the people n...

Powwow Behind Bars: Reconnection Under Unlikely Circumstances

Powwow Behind Bars: Reconnection Under Unlikely Circumstances

Rachel Alexander

November 26, 2012

The gate shuts behind me, heavy metal bars sliding on an automated, computer-controlled track, and I am surrounded. Before me, a short walkway, encapsulated by wire––concave chain-link fence with concertina wire top and bottom. The tubelike cage extends to another sliding metal door, controlled by cen...

Image Wrong Focus For Sustainability Staff Position

Image Wrong Focus For Sustainability Staff Position

Danielle Broida

November 15, 2012

An unquestioned buzz has permeated the green community at Whitman over ASWC's recent initiative for a staff position to bottom-line environmental campaigns, internships and long-term "green goals" on campus. The idea of having a staff position dedicated to sustainability has been in the works for many years. For th...

Multiplayer must be carefully considered to avoid making bad shooters

Multiplayer must be carefully considered to avoid making bad shooters

Blair Hanley Frank

November 8, 2012

Gaming markets are oversaturated with a glut of military shooters packing lousy multiplayer modes. Every time, the story is the same: new shooter, new multiplayer, mediocre reviews. But it keeps happening over and over again. The fiscal incentives for multiplayer are obvious: Developers can charge for new weapons and map packs, and a multiplayer mode gives players an incentive ...

Limited Scope of Political Discourse Obscures Injustice

Limited Scope of Political Discourse Obscures Injustice

Julia Stone

October 31, 2012

With the presidential election only a few weeks away, the country's political discourse is as loud as ever. Yet I remain increasingly frustrated by the limited scope of analysis and restrained understanding of the issues public figures are willing to engage in. The scope of public political discourse has become so narrow that larger issues of social, economic and et...

Green Party vote not wasted

Green Party vote not wasted

Sam Chapman

October 25, 2012

I dream of an election in which the Green, Libertarian, Constitution and Justice parties are all polling around 17 percent beside the Democrat and Republican, who are doing about as well. Instead, this election is another iteration of the usual two-party nightmare. I'm not writing to complain a...

Obama’s pro-coup politics must be condemned

Obama’s pro-coup politics must be condemned

October 18, 2012

This column was contributed by Henry Gales '13 On Feb. 29, 2004, U.S. military personnel put Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide onto a plane and flew him to the Central African Republic. After being reelected in 2000, Aristide had continued to make enemies of powerful governments by refusing to privatize Haiti's utility companies (a demand pushed by George W. Bush and Bill Clin...

Open relationships necessitate nuanced view of cheating

Open relationships necessitate nuanced view of cheating

Spencer Wharton

October 11, 2012

My boyfriend and I are LDR [long distance relationship]. We are in an open relationship, but chose to not tell each other anything until the semester is over. Is it okay for me to have cybersex with someone else? -Seeking Online Seduction If you're uncertain, SOS, then wait until you've clarified with him. Do anything else, and you run th...

Farmers must take greater role in preventative medicine

Farmers must take greater role in preventative medicine

Danielle Broida

October 4, 2012

America is ill. Consumption is the most insidious disease plaguing our nation. What we consume nutritionally and pharmaceutically are rarely ever discussed in a single conversation. Food and medicine are on two ends of a spectrum, arranged and marketed highly distanced from one another, abstracting any obvious affiliation of the two. But there is nothing more integral to the heal...

Apple’s finances provide confidence in future

Apple’s finances provide confidence in future

Blair Hanley Frank

September 27, 2012

"It's almost here." That's how Apple invited members of the press to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for its announcement of the iPhone 5, along with other updates to its iPod line. For those of us who follow when products are usually released, it's nothing unexpected. Apple always holds an iPod event in the fall,...

Digital presence impacts ‘real’ world

Paul H-P

September 20, 2012

Most of us would agree that we care about how we are perceived. We want to be heard and respected. This desire does not arise from mere vanity; we care what we do because we believe that it matters. This extends to what we do and say, or fail to say, when we're on the internet. Yet despite this concern, we do not take our internet selves seriously. The in...

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