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Politicizing Nature: Trump’s Wildfire Ignorance

Politicizing Nature: Trump’s Wildfire Ignorance

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

April 11, 2019

The recent horrifyingly devastating wildfires have justifiably raised questions regarding both current forest management techniques and what can be done to avoid future disasters. President Donald Trump and former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, however, seized upon the recurring and tragic West...

Neglecting to Celebrate Malcolm X

Rina Cakrani, Opinion Columnist

April 9, 2019

When most people think of the civil rights movement, they think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose work for the rights of African Americans led to him being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and secured his place in history as the voice of peaceful mass protest in the 1960s. Nevertheless, the immense prais...

Examining the College Admissions Process

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

April 7, 2019

On Mar. 12, charges came out against fifty people who were suspected of involvement in a bribery scheme regarding college admissions. Those involved have been accused of bribing standardized test administrators, college sports coaches and of laundering this money under the guise of a charitable donat...

Discussing Wealth and Privilege

Discussing Wealth and Privilege

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

April 7, 2019

I don't know how to talk about money. For something that is so ubiquitous in our experience as college students, as people in a capitalist society, we skirt around the subject quite often. I don't know what kind of language to use when talking about money— financial matters are both amazingly priv...

OP-ED: Come on, Wikipedia

Nathaniel Larson, Senior

April 4, 2019

I use Wikipedia nearly every day. Each time I read an article on the site, I am amazed at how consistently an organization of volunteers can provide accurate, holistic, and balanced views on nearly every topic, all of it ad-free, for anyone to use. So when the fundraising drive came along a couple years ago, ask...

Internships Favor the Wealthy

Internships Favor the Wealthy

Rina Cakrani, Opinion Columnist

April 3, 2019

As summer approaches, we students often talk with one another about our plans and how we are going to be productive during summer. Of course, the topic of internships comes up because every college student knows that a diploma is not enough — you must have off-campus work experiences and the fancie...

Defending Big Government

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

April 3, 2019

Hearing the word “swamp” used to remind me of biology lectures on wetland ecosystems and evoked fond memories of watching the various Shrek movies with family. But in recent years, what I associate with the word has changed significantly. President Donald J. Trump has forcibly appropriated and repopularized...

Approaching Power and Privilege with Intentionality

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

March 7, 2019

Congratulations! You went to Power & Privilege. You sat in the back of a crowded auditorium for an hour or two, you listened to your peer’s experiences and you made it out of the symposium early enough to get a head start on homework, hang out with friends or take a nap. You went to sessions led...

Juxtaposing Sport and Violence

Juxtaposing Sport and Violence

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

March 4, 2019

I like watching sports with a fresh mind. When we take away our emotional attachment to one team or the other and choose not to judge the players for minute details of technique, we can see the sport for what it really is: violent, brutal and utterly human. An interesting parallel is often drawn betwe...

Appreciating and Respecting Introversion

Appreciating and Respecting Introversion

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

February 28, 2019

As someone who falls more on the introverted side of the personality spectrum, I strongly feel that introversion as a trait is generally undervalued and commonly misunderstood in our society. Introversion takes varying forms and is not something to be afraid of; it is simply a term that represents those...

OP-ED: What Does Divestment Really Mean for Whitman?

Nathaniel Larson, Senior

February 28, 2019

When the Whitman Board of Trustees voted to divest the college from all fossil-fuel investments, I happened to be in the room. As the student representative to the Board this year, it is my job sit at the table and help bring student perspectives to bear on long-term decisions at the college. But in this...

Undeserved Criticism of Freshman Congresswomen

Rina Cakrani, Opinion Columnist

February 28, 2019

The new class of progressive congresswomen seem to be facing many issues with the mainstream media and a double standard that disregards the old establishment, while constantly attacking the ideas proposed by the new members. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the figures who is constantly in th...

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