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Sexcetera: Open discussion makes sex more satisfying

Spencer Wharton

September 13, 2012

Freshman year, I never talked about sex. Convinced it was inappropriate and awkward, I kept it to myself, only on very rare occasions sharing my thoughts with my neighbor across the hall. As a whole, I tried hard not to be "that sex guy." Needless to say, I got better. As I've learned, talking about sex is crucial because it mak...

The Whitest African: Discomfort with diversity limits our understanding of complex identities

Joey Gottlieb

September 6, 2012

I am gay. I am somewhat homophobic. I am white and was born in this nation's capital. My memories begin in Nairobi, Kenya, where I was raised. I am here to write about the unsettling question of diversity and how it relates to Whitman College. I am here to discuss and to learn. Our college struggles...

Dealing in Absolutes: Lessons Learned with Anti-Ranching Activists

Alex Brott

August 23, 2012

I am a creature of compromise. It started as soon as I could understand my parents' dinner-table conversations. Both of them work in human resources, making them among the most politically correct human beings on the planet. In their line of work mediation, collaboration and compromise are the Holy ...

The Circuit: Graduation Edition

The Circuit: Graduation Edition

Patricia Vanderbilt

May 9, 2012

My fellow seniors and I are about to let go of one of the main things that has defined us over the past several years: Soon, we will no longer be Whitman students. This definition and all that accompanies it for each of us is slowly shifting into the past tense. I suspect, however, that a lot of what...

The practical side of academia: Searching for ‘real world’ experience in a liberal arts education

The practical side of academia: Searching for ‘real world’ experience in a liberal arts education

Cara Lowry

May 9, 2012

Few of us come to a small liberal arts college in rural Washington with a set career path in mind and seeking vocational training. We come here for what Whitman sells (and what it delivers). We learn to think critically, to be active participants in our classes, in our extracurricular activities, in...

Environmental degredation replaces classic imperialism

Environmental degredation replaces classic imperialism

Sam Chapman

May 3, 2012

If you're reading this column, the chances are good that you've also read Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" at some point in your life. We first-years just finished this novella, which––if you can get past what, on the surface, appears to be racism––has the last word on one of the darkest ...

Actively appreciating outdoors means more than owning gear

Actively appreciating outdoors means more than owning gear

nathanord

April 26, 2012

Perhaps it is fitting that as I write this all I can think about is driving up Mill Creek Road, hiking up one of the hillsides, and getting up, away, outside and out of our Whitman bubble, free of my thesis that's threatening to strangle me with my computer charger. That's all it would take, 20 minute drive...

Voters give too much weight to gas prices in presidential elections

Voters give too much weight to gas prices in presidential elections

Sam Chapman

April 19, 2012

In March, ABC News and The Washington Post conducted a poll in which 62 percent of responders said they disapproved of President Obama's handling of rising gas prices. There is a growing fear that members of that fraction will take their discontent to the voting booth, a fear signified by the fact that h...

ASWC must improve spaces for engagement

Blair Hanley Frank

April 12, 2012

ASWC faces a crisis of engagement. The Executive Council forum last week was attended by no more than 20 people (myself included). Given that members of the EC will sit on key college committees and can affect Whitman's direction for years to come, it was appalling to me to see so few people show up....

Ron Paul excels as false revolutionary

Ron Paul excels as false revolutionary

Sam Chapman

March 11, 2012

Of all the detestable presidential candidates still in the race today, I reserve my worst ire for Ron Paul. True, some of the other candidates are far more despicable than he––notably Rick Santorum, who believes that women should stay in the home and not the workforce, and claims that the sep...

Food stamps perpetuate myth of consumer choice

Food stamps perpetuate myth of consumer choice

Julia Stone

February 23, 2012

Last week, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) led the way for a bill prohibiting welfare recipients from using government-issued debit cards to get cash through ATMs at strip clubs, casinos or liquor stores. This is just part of a long history of debate about the "modern welfare state" the United St...

‘Booth babes’ trivialize women’s role in technology

‘Booth babes’ trivialize women’s role in technology

Blair Hanley Frank

February 16, 2012

Booth babes have to go. It pains me to be saying this in the year 2012, but it's time for the technology and public relations industries to collectively grow up and realize that hiring models to walk around an expo hall with scannable QR codes plastered to the back of their Lycra hot pants is not okay. This industry deserve...

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