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Dana Walden, Opinion Editor

October 31, 2019

This article is not accessible. Sure, it is published in The Wire, but who reads The Wire? Well, you, and those connected to the Whitman community. And, sure, it will also be published online, but who reads The Wire online? Aside from community members and a few Trump-loving trolls, not many people ch...

OP-ED: RE: campus vandalism

Women of Art History and Visual Culture Studies 2020

October 24, 2019

Dear President Murray, We were extremely disheartened by your recent email response to the political intervention upon the Marcus Whitman statue, which took place on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. You admonished the spray painters and lamented the destruction of property, calling instead for dialogue. ...

OP-ED: Kathy’s vandalism email: A political-economic explanation

October 24, 2019

Yesterday, I was sitting and chatting with some friends when the word “milquetoast” was used in conversation. Two of my friends hadn’t heard the word before, so I explained that it meant "timid, meak or unassertive," and is often used to criticize the spineless lack of commitment to justice on t...

Don’t do drugs, kids

Don’t do drugs, kids

Mat Chapin, Columnist

October 24, 2019

Like it or not, students try drugs. For lots of teenagers, it seems like a natural part of growing up. You start drinking, maybe you smoke a little weed, then one of your friends offers you something stronger. You know you shouldn’t, but what the hell, it can’t hurt to try it once. It’s for the ...

Don’t believe Trump’s Biden-Ukraine smear

Sean Gannon, Columnist

October 19, 2019

When it comes to weaponizing misinformation for political gain, Donald Trump is a talented man. Just ask Hillary Clinton. Trump capitalized on her sloppiness with her private email server, hammering in the “but Hillary’s emails...” exaggerations and lies until a majority of Americans thought s...

Reframing workplace discrimination through the SCOTUS cases

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor

October 19, 2019

On Oct. 8, the Supreme Court heard arguments for three cases that will determine the legality of workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. These arguments center around Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, under which it is illegal for employers to discriminate based...

The real victims of homelessness

The real victims of homelessness

Mat Chapin, Columnist

October 9, 2019

People don't like seeing homelessness.  It makes them uncomfortable. It makes them feel unsafe. It lowers the value of their waterfront properties.  Does this make the middle class the true victims of the homelessness epidemic? Absolutely not.   There is a deeply disturbing rhetoric surrounding homelessness i...

What you can do to stop climate change

Gavin Victor, Columnist

October 9, 2019

In the wake of the climate strike, it's obvious that Americans are worried about climate change. We know our culture is doing something wrong, but we brush the guilt off of ourselves and onto corporations. This is an act of indifference: the deflection of moral burden is completely invalid. We shoul...

Greta Thunberg isn’t the only climate activist you should know about

Greta Thunberg isn’t the only climate activist you should know about

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

October 9, 2019

The 16-year-old Swedish girl Greta Thunberg, a climate change activist, has been making headlines all over the world since she sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness for climate change. She has also given powerful speeches that have been broadcasted by media all over the world. However, Gr...

OP-ED: Rinse and repeat?

Lisa Uddin, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies and Paul Garrett Fellow

October 9, 2019

The Marcus Whitman statue is at it again, sparking activism that compels us to confront Whitman College and white settlement as one and the same. This time, the statue’s defacement involved rephrasing “My Plans Require Time and Distance” (a quote attributed to Whitman himself) to “My Plans R...

Responding to Trudeau’s brownface scandal

Responding to Trudeau’s brownface scandal

Nidhi Jaltare, Columnist

October 3, 2019

Trump was elected when I was applying to colleges in America. Everyone around me was complaining about how much they regretted not applying to a school in Canada instead. This was just an angry, spontaneous reaction caused by ignorance. It was rooted in the lack of attention that racism in Canada gets. Can...

Eliminating private insurance is election-losing politics

Sean Gannon, Columnist

October 3, 2019

At the heart of the 2020 Democratic Primary is the question of private health insurance: should we eliminate private insurance in favor of a mandatory Medicare-for-All system run by the federal government? Or might a public option be a more practical avenue towards universal healthcare coverage, giving Ame...

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