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Voices of the Community // Issue 11

April 20, 2017


Filed under OPINION

Wire photographer Samarah Uribe polled the Whitman community, asking them: "What question do you have for WWU students?"

Dear Mom

Mom

April 20, 2017


Filed under OPINION

Dear Whitman, We were going to write an article this week responding to a question about partying and having fun on campus in situations with drinking. We don’t feel like writing that article right now (sorry to our editor). So, instead of responding to a question, we have some questions of our...

Op-Ed: An Open Letter to Future Baja SKGLers

Nathaly Perez, Whitman College First Year

April 16, 2017


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

This letter is primarily for future white SKGLers as well as SKGLers of color in order to encourage thoughtfulness and respect amongst each other and the history of the places you will be in. I decided to take Sea Kayak Guide Leadership (SKGL) because I wanted to try something new and because this yea...

Greek Life: Tragedy or Comedy?

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist

April 13, 2017


Filed under OPINION

American universities across the nation are experiencing new and unforeseen questions of established college norms. Among the institutions questioned is Greek Life. Many detractors would say they perpetuate unhealthy behavior and exclusive social status. I can see all of these points as reasonable s...

Shirtless Summertime

Alex Pitts, Columnist

April 13, 2017


Filed under OPINION

It’s becoming warmer and warmer on Ankeny field. With this (only slightly) warmer weather comes a veritable spectacle among the various residents of Ankeny; shirtless and shoeless Whitman students in 59 degree weather. Why do some eschew their garments this prematurely? I see a performance of e...

Calling out Whitman College

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor

April 13, 2017


Filed under OPINION

On campus, it is generally accepted as a given that ‘privilege’ and ‘entitlement’ are definitively bad. Especially after an event like the Power and Privilege Symposium, words that, in and of themselves, only mean that we are able to affect change or that we have certain rights now possess a ...

Op-Ed: Open Letter To Whitman Board of Trustees

Matt Reynolds, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Art History and Visual Culture Studies

April 10, 2017


Filed under OPINION

An Open Letter to the Whitman College Board of Trustees: In a famous scene from the 1984 film Amadeus, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart confronts his patron, the Emperor Joseph II, who has just seen a preview of the 1786 opera Le Nozze de Figaro. “A good effort,” the Emperor says to the eager...

Op-Ed: Caffeine and Labor at Whitman College

Philip Stefani, Whitman College Senior

April 6, 2017


Filed under OPINION

I write in response to Alex Pitts' opinion piece of March 30 uniquely titled "Caffeinated and Loving It." I will first sketch my agreements with some elements of Mr. Pitts' article as he makes scrupulous points re: the Whitman Virtue Cartel and the affective capacities of "ecstatic foods." Next, I will...

The Dangers of White Feminism

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

April 6, 2017


Filed under OPINION

I consider myself a feminist but I often find that the feminist movement is heading in a problematic direction nowadays. Modern feminism is often not intersectional; it leaves out many of the women’s voices that need to be heard but are not due to the domination and privilege that white feminism has...

Dear Mom: Advice for Younger Students

April 6, 2017


Filed under OPINION

Dear Mom, I know you’re not my real mom, but I could still use some help: Do you know how to get a red wine stain out of a patterned shirt? I kind of balled it up in a corner when I went to bed on Friday and now I am worried that is ruined. Yes! First of all, honey, if you spill red wine...

Op-Ed: Succeed, A Critical Analysis of the Whitman College Mission Statement

Christopher Reimann, Whitman College Junior

April 3, 2017


Filed under OPINION

The Whitman College Mission Statement reads: Whitman College is committed to providing an excellent, well-rounded liberal arts and science undergraduate education. It is an independent, nonsectarian, and residential college. Whitman offers an ideal setting for rigorous learning and scholarship and encou...

The Smiles and Sorrows of Spring

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist

April 1, 2017


Filed under OPINION

On Monday, March 20 at 3:28 A.M. the first rays of sunlight crossed over the equator into the Northern Hemisphere, signaling the onset of those myriad feelings known as “Spring fever.” Soon, to quote an amusingly sexist 1922 article published in this very paper, “strong men will labor and gentle...

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