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Ask me about my pronouns

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor

September 30, 2019

I refuse to wear a pronoun pin. Ever since pronoun pins have become so popular, we’ve stopped talking about pronouns almost altogether. These pins effectively shut down communication about pronouns unless your pin says “Ask Me About My Pronouns,” in which case, no one ever does. We take the pins...

The Huff About Felicity Huffman

The Huff About Felicity Huffman

Mat Chapin, Columnist

September 26, 2019

The internet is abuzz with opinions, speculation and of course, memes, relating to the conviction of actress Felicity Huffman in the recent “Varsity Blues” scandal involving a number of top universities. Earlier this month, Huffman pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and was sentenced to...

Why Trump Will Win Again

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

September 26, 2019

With the Democratic primaries underway, the country and the rest of the world are reminded of the upcoming 2020 election and the possibility of another four years of the Trump administration. Many do not really care about who the Democratic nominee will be because Trump "will win anyway." While there ...

What Scramble Did You Go On?

Gavin Victor, Columnist

September 23, 2019

Here at Whitman, everybody gets asked this question, especially during their first year. Pre-orientation “Immersion” trips are social kickstarters to many Whitman students, and Scrambles are one of these. Unfortunately, while the Scramble program helps some students, it can be detrimental to many o...

Remember the Manifesta? Reparations are Due

Danielle Hirano, Senior, Class of 2019

May 16, 2019

On April 25th, the Whitman Wire received “We Need to Thrive: a Manifesta,” collectively written by nine women of color faculty members. In a revolutionary spirit, they voiced their grievances about the “exodus” of women of color faculty members in 2018-2019 and the reasons for their departure. ...

Responding to the Manifesta

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

May 3, 2019

By now, all of us have read it. Or all of us should have read it. If you don’t know what I am referring to, stop here and read the Manifesta, online or in the last copy of The Wire. You will be better for it. I read the Manifesta the morning it was published, and have been contending with it ever ...

Pursuing Happiness

Pursuing Happiness

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

May 3, 2019

“If you live in search of happiness, you’ll never get it. Happiness only exists as a byproduct of having a goal; it cannot successfully be a goal in itself.” This is an idea that was floated and agreed upon in “The Debate of the Century,” where philosopher Slavoj Zizek and Professor Jordan...

Trump’s Self-Serving Rule of Law

Trump’s Self-Serving Rule of Law

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

April 25, 2019

President Donald J. Trump’s understanding of the rule of law in American society is flawed, utterly self-serving, and superficial. During his time in office, Trump has clearly demonstrated a belief that he and his inner circle are above the law, yet simultaneously seeks to create and apply Draconian...

Decriminalizing Marijuana

Decriminalizing Marijuana

Rina Cakrani, Opinion Columnist

April 25, 2019

The aggressive enforcement of marijuana possession laws needlessly places hundreds of thousands of people into the criminal justice system and wastes billions of taxpayers’ dollars. The enforcement of these laws is also carried out with tremendous racial bias and active racial profiling by law enforce...

We Need to Thrive: A Manifesta

Dalia Biswas, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Shampa Biswas, Professor of Politics, Leena Knight, Associate Professor of Biology, Nicole Pietrantoni, Associate Professor of Art, Elyse Semerdjian, Associate Professor of History, Yukiko Shigeto, Associate Professor of Japanese, Lisa Uddin, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies, Jacqueline Woodfork, Associate Professor of History, and Wenqing Zhao, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

April 25, 2019

In the face of a recent exodus of women faculty of color, our institution has asked us to articulate “what we need to thrive” at the college. Each of us might ponder this question, and generate our individual lists of complaints, grievances, needs, and interests. Each of us, of course, is an individual....

Problematizing Language Censorship

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

April 18, 2019

The following argument is one of nuance. The thoughts I am presenting may easily be perceived as insensitive and evoke emotional responses which will obscure the reality of the argument. I hope the reader can make a conscious effort to set aside any politically charged emotional responses for the sak...

Understanding the Impact of Words

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

April 16, 2019

What we say matters. When it comes to issues of social and political justice, the way we communicate about certain topics informs the way we think about them. Language is inarguably important to the way we conceptualize our identities. With words come power, and we, as a community, must learn to wiel...

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