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Contextualizing Outrage Culture

Cy Burchenal, Opinion Columnist

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Public vigilance is a critical part of democracy as a concept, because in order to act via their vote and voice, the public must be both informed and actually care. People, as fallible actors, are prone to failures of character. Bigotry of many kinds exists in prominent positions both in government an...

Critiquing Modern Masculinity

Critiquing Modern Masculinity

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

In modern-day American society, unspoken and antiquated definitions of masculinity and a profound unwillingness to discuss male insecurities adversely affect men of all ages. We still have this idea that male vulnerabilities are entirely unacceptable and must be repressed. This absolutely must change. Ma...

Divestment: An Economic Perspective

Dani Schlenker, Opinion Columnist

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

During the height of the U.S. anti-apartheid movement in the 1980s, college students all across the nation protested university investment in companies that traded with or owned operations in South Africa. Due to increasing pressure from these students, many institutions divested from these companies ind...

OP-ED: The Board is Coming! Get to Know How Whitman College Works

November 4, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

What is the Whitman Board of Trustees? The Board of Trustees is the legal governing board of Whitman College, whose primary purpose is to ensure that the college is fulfilling  its Mission Statement.   Who are the Trustees? The Trustees are a group of (currently) twenty-one individuals. Most...

Geoengineering and Climate Change

Geoengineering and Climate Change

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

November 2, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Geoengineering is the concept that we can directly use our technology to alter the climate. Instead of our effects on the environment being collaterally harmful, they can be positive, intentionally. Geoengineering is a highly debated hypothetical solution to the anthropogenic climate change problem, involvi...

Reconsidering Sustainability

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

November 2, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

A few weeks ago, the Wire published a letter written by a former Whitman student, Vivian Voth, in which Voth details why she left Whitman. In her view, the college is not as sustainable as it could be, and such inaction warranted her transfer. Voth places most of the Whitman community’s apathy on the col...

Mislabeling our International Students

Nandin Ganjoloo, Opinion Columnist

November 2, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

A is an international student. “Your English is very good!” might be a compliment to them. B is an international student. “Your English is very good!” might be demeaning to them. C is an international student. Their response to "Are your parents coming for parents weekend?" might be yes an...

Embracing Bourdain’s Globalism

Embracing Bourdain’s Globalism

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

October 25, 2018


Filed under OPINION

I miss Anthony Bourdain. Since his death in June of this year, millions have rightfully memorialized his sophisticated palate, complete sincerity and intimate relationship with food. But what I found uniquely admirable about Bourdain was his globalist vision – he saw a flawed, complicated and beautiful...

Revolutionizing the Senate

Cy Burchenal, Opinion Columnist

October 25, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

As a document, the American Constitution has reshaped itself profoundly numerous times. The fact that the Constitution is a living document is its most important characteristic. But like all works of legal writing, it has aged. The aspects of the United States that once made the Constitution such an...

Lunch or Class? Unpacking Eating Disorders

Dani Schlenker, Opinion Columnist

October 25, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

During my sophomore year at Whitman, I noticed new classes being offered at 11:30 a.m., a time slot that hadn’t been previously utilized by most departments. At the time I was seeing a therapist off-campus and we got into a discussion about the possible consequences of these classes. Most students...

Kavanaugh’s Overshadowing Presence

Kavanaugh’s Overshadowing Presence

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

October 22, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

For the past several weeks, all anyone seems to be talking about is Brett Kavanaugh. The man is inescapable. News outlets like the New York Times, CNN and even local channels and papers, seem to always have something to say about the Kavanaugh confirmation. It feels as though Brett Kavanaugh's confir...

Celebrating our Location

Celebrating our Location

Nandin Ganjoloo, Opinion Columnist

October 21, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

A month ago, I attended the “Insider Lunch with Kathy Murray” alongside a first-year dominant audience that was excited to be in the same room as President Murray. The Q&A style luncheon atmosphere was bubbly for the most part. But I didn’t see bubbles. I only saw red flags when President Mu...

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