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Defending the Humanities

Defending the Humanities

Cy Burchenal, Opinion Columnist

September 28, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

I thoroughly enjoy prodding, questioning and insulting people about their majors. I don’t do this in a malicious manner; I simply love the debate it inevitably brings about. I’m guilty many times over of saying to STEM majors “the social sciences are the real, original, sciences” and frequently...

Considering News Source Confirmation Bias

Considering News Source Confirmation Bias

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

September 24, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

It seems like everyone knows everything nowadays. This increase in certainty is enabled by technology, letting us tap into information sources that only say what we want to hear. Because of this lack of informational diversity, we are led to see opinions as facts. Essentially, it boils down to the risin...

Dissecting French Nationalism at the World Cup

Nandin Ganjoloo, Opinion Columnist

September 24, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

On the morning of July 15, France won the 2018 World Cup in Moscow, Russia. The predominantly black team (80 percent have African roots) was celebrated by fans from all around the globe, including  Daily Show host Trevor Noah. “Africa won the World Cup!” Noah cheered as the audience roared into...

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

September 24, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

When I arrived on campus, I was so excited to eat at Cleveland Commons, the new dining center. To me it seemed perfect: ample seating, food priced a-la-carte and more options than Whitman has ever had before (I was particularly excited about the sushi bar). To my dismay, Cleveland Commons hasn’t ...

Care to Vote?

Dani Schlenker, Opinion Columnist

September 23, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Have you ever complained or made negative comments about our current governmental administration? If so, are you over 18? Are you registered to vote? Unless you are an international or otherwise undocumented student at Whitman College, there is no reason not to be registered. No matter your views, no matter...

Democracy at Stake: Trump’s Internal Opposition

Cy Burchenal

September 23, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Internal opposition to the Trump administration, as described by the September 5 editorial anonymously published in the New York Times, is both terrifying and counterproductive. It undermines legal popular opposition, validates allegations of conspiracy, and sets undemocratic precedence in terms of a...

Visiting a “Shithole Country”

Visiting a “Shithole Country”

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

September 10, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Amid the continuous barrage of President Donald J. Trump’s many reprehensible diatribes and tweetstorms, it can be difficult to pause for a moment in order to adequately consider how appalling certain comments of his truly are. After having the unique opportunity to travel with fellow Whitman tennis...

Exclusion and the Decline of Greek Life

Alondra Contreras, Opinion Columnist

May 3, 2018


Filed under OPINION

What has been happening with Greek life this year? That is a great question and I know there has been many remarks about the way Greek life at Whitman has been handling certain situations. Last year, there was a huge problem with folks reporting being drugged at Greek functions. Whether or not the s...

Op-ed: A Case for the Elimination of Grades

Lilia Cohen

May 3, 2018


Filed under OPINION

College is frequently referred to as a site of new beginnings. For many 18 year olds, college is the first time they leave home. But, as long as letter grades are used to measure academic achievement, this fresh start will continue to be a pipe dream.   It doesn’t matter if you attended a fancy ...

Kanye’s Trump-ian Love Affair

Kanye’s Trump-ian Love Affair

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

May 3, 2018


Filed under OPINION

In the past I have been a fan of Kanye West, but the latest news about him has left me quite speechless. After his tweets in support of Trump and a picture of him wearing the “Make America Great Again” hat, fans (especially his black fans) have been outraged, and with a good reason. After a long ...

Op-ed: A Meditation on Racism & Desire

Devon Yee

May 3, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

Inspired by Alondra Contreras, Zuhra Amini, Kendra Winchester, Chanel Knight, Bonnette Ishimwe,  Samarah Uribe Mendez & Mickey Shin & their Power & Privilege panel, The Racist Rom-Com at Whitman. [Note: All the examples I use in this piece are either things I’ve heard first hand or st...

Op-ed: Re: Defacement of Marcus & Narcissa Whitman’s Images

Beth Call

May 3, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

As a lifelong Walla Wallan, I understand the anger motivating the defacement of images of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman.  The stealing of the Native American's homeland in WA,OR, ID, the US failure to keep treaties & the ensuing cruel wars, the consideration of Native Americans as inferior to “whites”,...

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