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Op-Ed: Refreshing whitman.edu

Adeline Rother, Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies, General Studies, and Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse  December 6, 2020

Whitman’s website bears the message, “A Place Like No Other.” However, the images on the website make it look exactly like a place like any other. With enrollments falling and the budget facing an...

Op-Ed: Is media coverage of police brutality useful?

Amanda Fournier, Sophomore December 4, 2020

Following the shocking and disheartening death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, I have seen a resurgence of news coverage on black men and women killed in America by police officers. Breonna Taylor —...

The importance of local(ish) elections

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist November 25, 2020

Due to one of the longest presidential and congressional elections that we have had in U.S. history — and arguably one of the most important — there have been massive amounts of news coverage about...

Op-Ed: To fight against COVID-19, vitamin D sufficiency must be prioritized

Claire Maurer, Senior November 25, 2020

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to poor health outcomes. The deficiency has been associated with a large number of disorders such as metabolic syndrome and cancers, as well as autoimmune, psychiatric and...

Illustration by Lily Buller.

We need to search for good news, too

Sile Surman, Columnist November 25, 2020

As someone who tries their best to stay informed, it is particularly difficult to remember the positive things going on in the world. During my morning scroll through the New York Times and the Chicago...

Illustration by Anika Vucicevic.

It’s okay to procrastinate

Victoria Helmer, Columnist November 25, 2020

Ernest Hemingway is believed to have said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Gene Fowler, a procrastinator, once asserted, “Writing is easy. All you...

Op-Ed: Please, at least pretend to care

Tate Kautzky, Senior November 25, 2020

This Op-Ed was originally written Oct. 27. Imagine yourself faced with one of the hardest decisions you have ever been asked to make. Maybe it's moving out of state, or even out of the country? Deciding...

The ABC’s of universal basic income

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist November 19, 2020

Due to mass shutdowns, work from home protocols and an overall decline in our economy, the COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged legislators on both sides of the aisle to understand that government assistance...

We need better COVID-19 communication from the administration

Victoria Helmer, Columnist November 19, 2020

By now, you’ve probably heard about the four staff members and one student who recently tested positive for COVID-19. Perhaps you first found out through The Wire. Maybe you found out through last Thursday’s...

The morality of voting for the “lesser of two evils”

Ava Liponis, Columnist November 19, 2020

Voting as it is practiced under U.S. “democracy” is a process by which eligible people are obligated to choose between narrowly determined policies and politicians. All youth under the age of 18, convicted...

Bye bye, Betsy DeVos

Sile Surman, Columnist November 19, 2020

I know I’m not alone when I express my excitement for the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos leaving office. Educators everywhere celebrated the news on Nov. 7, sharing their joy on social media...

What this record-breaking election can tell us

Ava Liponis, Columnist November 12, 2020

The 2020 election is finally over and broke quite a few records. Voters set a new record for early votes, casting 101 million pre-election ballots. This figure is roughly twice as high as the number of...

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