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OP-ED: Come on, Wikipedia

Nathaniel Larson, Senior

April 4, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

I use Wikipedia nearly every day. Each time I read an article on the site, I am amazed at how consistently an organization of volunteers can provide accurate, holistic, and balanced views on nearly every topic, all of it ad-free, for anyone to use. So when the fundraising drive came along a couple years ago, ask...

Internships Favor the Wealthy

Internships Favor the Wealthy

Rina Cakrani, Opinion Columnist

April 3, 2019


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

As summer approaches, we students often talk with one another about our plans and how we are going to be productive during summer. Of course, the topic of internships comes up because every college student knows that a diploma is not enough — you must have off-campus work experiences and the fancie...

Defending Big Government

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

April 3, 2019


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Hearing the word “swamp” used to remind me of biology lectures on wetland ecosystems and evoked fond memories of watching the various Shrek movies with family. But in recent years, what I associate with the word has changed significantly. President Donald J. Trump has forcibly appropriated and repopularized...

Approaching Power and Privilege with Intentionality

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

March 7, 2019


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Congratulations! You went to Power & Privilege. You sat in the back of a crowded auditorium for an hour or two, you listened to your peer’s experiences and you made it out of the symposium early enough to get a head start on homework, hang out with friends or take a nap. You went to sessions led...

Juxtaposing Sport and Violence

Juxtaposing Sport and Violence

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

March 4, 2019


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

I like watching sports with a fresh mind. When we take away our emotional attachment to one team or the other and choose not to judge the players for minute details of technique, we can see the sport for what it really is: violent, brutal and utterly human. An interesting parallel is often drawn betwe...

Appreciating and Respecting Introversion

Appreciating and Respecting Introversion

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

February 28, 2019


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

As someone who falls more on the introverted side of the personality spectrum, I strongly feel that introversion as a trait is generally undervalued and commonly misunderstood in our society. Introversion takes varying forms and is not something to be afraid of; it is simply a term that represents those...

OP-ED: What Does Divestment Really Mean for Whitman?

Nathaniel Larson, Senior

February 28, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

When the Whitman Board of Trustees voted to divest the college from all fossil-fuel investments, I happened to be in the room. As the student representative to the Board this year, it is my job sit at the table and help bring student perspectives to bear on long-term decisions at the college. But in this...

Undeserved Criticism of Freshman Congresswomen

Rina Cakrani, Opinion Columnist

February 28, 2019


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

The new class of progressive congresswomen seem to be facing many issues with the mainstream media and a double standard that disregards the old establishment, while constantly attacking the ideas proposed by the new members. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the figures who is constantly in th...

Critiquing our Achievement Culture

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

February 24, 2019


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

I am not successful. At least, I never feel successful, not here at Whitman. Like many on campus, I feel the constant pull to do more. I consistently ask myself: “Am I doing enough?” “Am I being productive?” “Is this really the best way to spend my time?” What is enough? What is productive? ...

OP-ED: Being the Only Student of Color – ft. an Environmental Studies Course

Erina Horikawa, Senior

February 24, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

Being the only student of color is difficult and emotional, to say the least. This recently happened as I was the only person of color in Environmental Justice. I took the course, as a senior Race and Ethnic Studies major, because the course was cross-listed as Race and Ethnic Studies, and because I w...

Reflecting on Valentine’s Day

Reflecting on Valentine’s Day

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

February 19, 2019


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

          It’s not just that Valentine’s Day was created by greeting card companies. Holidays are always contrived in some sense. The problem with this holiday has multiple tiers: one tier is that people need a holiday to tell them when to express their love. The deeper tier is that people ...

Overcoming the Bookstore Blues

Nathaniel Larson, Senior

February 16, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

As I bought textbooks and paid fees for my final semester at Whitman, it became clear that for one of the first times in my college career my book bill will be less than 300 dollars. But before I perform a happy-dance in the middle of the Whitman College Bookstore, I really need to ask myself how much cau...

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