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Sex: Be careful what you wish for

Sex: Be careful what you wish for

February 9, 2012

This column was written by Rollo. It is inevitable that when I'm in a group of close friends, the topic of relationships will come up: specifically, how bad Whitman is at them, and how we, as a campus, are simply failing in that department. It is also inevitable that at least one of my friends wil...

Climate change fear misplaced

Climate change fear misplaced

Sam Chapman

February 2, 2012

I advocate the end of the world as we know it. This is something readers should know about me. Note that I am not in favor of the end of the world. The world is mountains and books and rain and the firm, reassuring crust beneath our feet. I'd hate to lose that. The world as we know it, means that ...

5 fun ways to keep gaming at Whitman ‘on the cheap’

5 fun ways to keep gaming at Whitman ‘on the cheap’

Blair Hanley Frank

January 26, 2012

If you're anything like me, break is a fantastic time to unwind and enjoy the latest that the video game industry has to offer. But let's face it: being a Whitman student is a lot of work. I know I won't have a couple hundred hours this semester to devote to a "Skyrim" marathon. This break, I sa...

Modern shooters should focus on story

Modern shooters should focus on story

Blair Hanley Frank

December 8, 2011

Fair warning: this column contains  graphic  spoilers for the "Modern Warfare" series and "Battlefield 3." It's the holiday season, and that means there's a bumper crop of video games pouring out of development houses and vying for our screen time. Two of the biggest releases this year are ...

War against censorship: Never surrender

War against censorship: Never surrender

Peter Chen

December 1, 2011

I never had convenient access to Twitter, Facebook or Youtube for nearly two years before I came to Whitman College this fall. To access these websites, I had to use a special software called "FreeU," and even though I could open website pages, sending a comment and video would take forever because it takes a ...

Growing eSports requires accessibility

Growing eSports requires accessibility

Blair Hanley Frank

November 17, 2011

Sometimes, when I'm bored, I like to watch other people play video games. I'm not alone, either: an entire community has sprung up in support of "eSports," which is a fancy term for what most people would consider competitive video gaming. Interestingly, it's fairly popular: Video streams of popular...

Festivals do not define who we are

Festivals do not define who we are

Peter Chen

November 10, 2011

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. It was so fun to see people dressing up last week, bunny tails or beetles in the dining hall. I even got some emails offering Grandma's secret cookie recipe in exchange for costume equipment. Undoubtedly, lots of people celebrate festivals. Festivals not o...

RIP Steve Jobs: Technical rock star

RIP Steve Jobs: Technical rock star

Kyle Seasly

November 3, 2011

When I think "rock star," I think of moments such as Paul Simonon smashing his bass on the cover of "London Calling," John Lennon's bed-in with Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan's responding "play it [expletive] loud" to fans booing him for going electric. What unites these moments are the expressions of opposition to ...

Smartphone wars: ‘The Phantom Menace’ behind acquiring rare minerals

Smartphone wars: ‘The Phantom Menace’ behind acquiring rare minerals

philipcheng

October 27, 2011

Whenever we see iPhones and other electronics, we sometimes cannot help but get a sense that the future is getting brighter and that technology will lead the way to a better future. The advent of computers and the internet has made our lives quicker. It's also easier to stay in touch with people back home o...

Neutrinos might be breaking Einstein’s speed limit

Neutrinos might be breaking Einstein’s speed limit

Alfredo Villaseñor

October 20, 2011

Last month the European Center for Particle Physics (CERN) and the Italian laboratory of high-energy physics in Gran Sasso detected particles moving faster than light, what has been taken to be an impossibility for over a hundred years since Einstein published his theories in 1905. The particles fou...

Modern communication lacks heart but provides convenience

Modern communication lacks heart but provides convenience

Elizabeth Cole

October 13, 2011

I  am involved in not one but nine long-distance relationships. When I left for college I had no intentions of claiming any of the sort, but I am now two months into the semester and find myself devoting nearly every second of my free time to scheduling Skype dates, engaging in Facebook discussions and making late-night phone calls on ...

Political Cartoon

Political Cartoon

kellydouglas

September 29, 2011

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