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Op-Ed: Social justice or social capital: Venmo payments and land acknowledgements

Walker Orr, Senior October 22, 2020

If you follow social justice education efforts at Whitman, on Instagram or Twitter, or Podcasts, you’re probably familiar with the request to support content creators via Venmo. Venmo payment requests...

Anti-violence and the Black Lives Matter movement

Ava Liponis, Columnist October 22, 2020

The 1960s Black Power activist formerly known as H. Rap Brown once said that violence is “as American as cherry pie.” Black Lives Matter protests in June and July were sites of alarming acts of violence....

Illustration by Hayden Cooper.

Universal healthcare: Just for the president or a basic human right?

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist October 22, 2020

When President Donald Trump was hospitalized with COVID-19, he had access to healthcare that is not available for the vast majority of Americans, and he knows it.  After being released from the hospital,...

Op-Ed: Between two worlds

Jake Lorang, Senior October 22, 2020

One of my favorite TV shows is “Downton Abbey.” One reason why I love this show so much is that it captures the ways in which values and constraints vary between the servants and the family who owns...

The business of fake news: How algorithms influence our opinions

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist October 15, 2020

The spread of information, news, personal ideas and stories through the internet has created a world where it seems like everything is at your fingertips. However, these online spaces have also created...

Illustration by Lily Buller.

On imperfection

Victoria Helmer, Columnist October 15, 2020

A few weeks ago, I cut myself with the sharp edge of a freshly opened chickpea can, and it was honestly pretty gross. It sucked because some of my blood made its way into the can, so my friend had to rinse...

Illustration by Annika Bauerle.

The Climate Clock is ticking, but for whom?

Sile Surman, Columnist October 8, 2020

In the last several weeks, you may have come across a picture circulating around social media of a large digital timer in New York City. An Instagram post of the 15-digit clock from Washington Post garnered...

Illustration by Allyson Kim.

Neutrality in the age of the quantified self

Victoria Helmer, Columnist October 8, 2020

From test scores to fitness trackers, many of us are quantitatively evaluated on a daily basis, and these ratings can come with a host of spiritual side effects. A classic example of this is social media....

Four Day isn’t the break we deserve

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor October 8, 2020

 I am — quite literally — the only person I know who did not have an exam, paper or project due at the end of Four Day. Even then, I was still working my ass off; like many students, I have several...

Ableism in the general election

Ava Liponis, Columnist October 8, 2020

In the wake of the first 2020 Presidential Debate and President Trump’s positive COVID-19 test, we have seen heightened scrutiny placed on both candidates’ mental and physical health and their "fitness"...

Op-Ed: Step up, STEM

Walker Orr, Senior October 1, 2020

If you’re a STEM student, or an aspiring STEM student, who was disappointed by your professors’ disengagement in #ScholarStrike, you’re not alone. When 65% of professors in your departments hold...

Feeling without judgment

Victoria Helmer, Columnist October 1, 2020

The point of this article is to try and convince you that your feelings are valid. There are lots of reasons to feel bad right now, and as much as you deserve to feel good, you also deserve to allow yourself...

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