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Kanye’s Trump-ian Love Affair

Kanye’s Trump-ian Love Affair

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

May 3, 2018

In the past I have been a fan of Kanye West, but the latest news about him has left me quite speechless. After his tweets in support of Trump and a picture of him wearing the “Make America Great Again” hat, fans (especially his black fans) have been outraged, and with a good reason. After a long ...

Op-ed: A Meditation on Racism & Desire

Devon Yee

May 3, 2018

Inspired by Alondra Contreras, Zuhra Amini, Kendra Winchester, Chanel Knight, Bonnette Ishimwe,  Samarah Uribe Mendez & Mickey Shin & their Power & Privilege panel, The Racist Rom-Com at Whitman. [Note: All the examples I use in this piece are either things I’ve heard first hand or st...

Op-ed: Re: Defacement of Marcus & Narcissa Whitman’s Images

Beth Call

May 3, 2018

As a lifelong Walla Wallan, I understand the anger motivating the defacement of images of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman.  The stealing of the Native American's homeland in WA,OR, ID, the US failure to keep treaties & the ensuing cruel wars, the consideration of Native Americans as inferior to “whites”,...

Hot Takes: Bon-App dishes and Devin the Dude

Andrew Schwartz, Radio Editor

April 26, 2018

Hot Take: Anyone who thinks they’re woke is a hypocrite if they leave their Bon-App dishes lying around campus on the garbage cans and stuff. It’s a tacky and thoughtless thing to do — take your dishes back to the dining hall. Hot Take: You might consider listening to Devin the Dude more. Whitman...

The Problem with the White Moderate Allyship

Jordon Crawford, Columnust

April 26, 2018

“Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.” -Martin Luther King Jr. In light of recent events such as the #boycottStarbucks and other cases of racial discrimination, I could not help but turn my attention to the topic of allyship and, in particular, the allyship ...

#trending Social Justice

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor

April 26, 2018

Students at Whitman care a great deal about social justice issues that primarily do not affect them. In contrast to communities of color from underprivileged backgrounds, students at Whitman are (at least for now) primarily white and privileged. So when these students speak on behalf of/about the injustices...

Signalling Through Stickers

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor

April 19, 2018

Sitting in a classroom, I can almost guarantee that at least one person there will have some brightly emblazoned logo on their water bottle, computer or backpack, maybe with the words ‘Patagonia,’ ‘Bernie Sanders’ or ‘Green Dot.’  Some people you know will even have hundreds of stickers pile...

Op-Ed: Whitman’s Commitment to the Community

Ethan Graham '17

April 19, 2018

The disparity in demographics between students at Whitman College and those living in Walla Walla is striking. Whitman’s most recent Fall 2017 Class is comprised of just 9 percent self-identifying Hispanic/Latinos and 64 percent self-identifying White/Caucasian students. Meanwhile, 38 percent of Wal...

Absence of Asians in Media

Absence of Asians in Media

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

April 19, 2018

Asian Americans are one of the minorities with the least representation in American media. This minority group continues to struggle for equal opportunity and representation in key media roles while constantly trying to denounce any character played by a white person that should be played by an Asian ac...

Op-Ed: ‘Culture of Silence:’ What the WWU Administration Will Not Address

Jake Sloop, WWU Sophomore

April 12, 2018

These past few weeks at Walla Walla University have been rocky, to say the least. Therefore, in this week’s Swap Issue, I hope to address some of the questions many Whitties have asked me about the blackface social media post at WWU and the discussion it has sparked. I think that this issue is intrinsical...

Op-ed: Outreach

Op-ed: Outreach

Reza Darvish

April 12, 2018

Two weeks ago, I came back from the Utah Canyonlands in the southern deserts of Utah, with a group of 10 other people on a hiking trip that lasted one week. We lugged 50 lb. backpacks, climbed and descended canyons and navigated off-trail with our eyes, maps and persistence. This is new for me; I...

Op-ed: What is Your Purpose for Being Here at Whitman?

Matthew Marianacci

April 12, 2018

What is your purpose for being here at Whitman? I ask because I am starting to question my reason for being here and I need some people to talk to. Like many privileged students here, I come from a wealthy family that encouraged me to go to college, or assumed that I would go to college, and I did so. I...

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