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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...

Critiquing our Achievement Culture

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

February 24, 2019

I am not successful. At least, I never feel successful, not here at Whitman. Like many on campus, I feel the constant pull to do more. I consistently ask myself: “Am I doing enough?” “Am I being productive?” “Is this really the best way to spend my time?” What is enough? What is productive? ...

OP-ED: Being the Only Student of Color – ft. an Environmental Studies Course

Erina Horikawa, Senior

February 24, 2019

Being the only student of color is difficult and emotional, to say the least. This recently happened as I was the only person of color in Environmental Justice. I took the course, as a senior Race and Ethnic Studies major, because the course was cross-listed as Race and Ethnic Studies, and because I w...

Reflecting on Valentine’s Day

Reflecting on Valentine’s Day

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

February 19, 2019

          It’s not just that Valentine’s Day was created by greeting card companies. Holidays are always contrived in some sense. The problem with this holiday has multiple tiers: one tier is that people need a holiday to tell them when to express their love. The deeper tier is that people ...

Overcoming the Bookstore Blues

Nathaniel Larson, Senior

February 16, 2019

As I bought textbooks and paid fees for my final semester at Whitman, it became clear that for one of the first times in my college career my book bill will be less than 300 dollars. But before I perform a happy-dance in the middle of the Whitman College Bookstore, I really need to ask myself how much cau...

Employing Pragmatic Optimism

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

February 14, 2019

The term “pragmatic optimism” may initially seem like a complete oxymoron. Indeed, the very idea that one could embrace pragmatism — seeing our flawed and complicated world just as it is — and still remain firmly optimistic is perhaps bizarre. Nonetheless, I would argue that embracing prag...

Denouncing Hip-Hop Criticism

Denouncing Hip-Hop Criticism

Rina Cakrani, Opinion Columnist

February 14, 2019

The current state of hip-hop is often criticized by the American public due to a more explicit use of language that glorifies drugs and violence. Although it is certain that the message of mainstream rap music has changed from the previous generations, it is not fair for a black form of artistry to rec...

Letter to the Editor

Shannon Zander, Senior

February 14, 2019

My name is Shannon Zander. I am a first-generation student and an independent student, which means I receive no parental financial backing, making me solidly, undeniably, and sometimes soul crushingly working class. I don’t speak of it often except to those I am close to. But let’s talk. We clearl...

OP-ED: Killing in the name of Soccer

Jadon Bachtold

February 8, 2019

For a sport defined by culture, pride, and nationalism, soccer has become lethal. In the oil drowned nation of Qatar, soccer related governmental decisions have claimed the lives of 1,200 migrant workers. These deaths are the direct consequence of the country’s blind political ambition that has...

OP-ED: America’s Invisible Population

Becca Rubsamen, Junior

February 8, 2019

At 20 years old, you should already be thinking about your end of life care. By 2035 there will be more people over the age of 65 than under the age of 18—the elderly population alone growing from 6.4 million to 14.6 million in just 20 years. There is extensive health insurance available for those...

The Myth of Economics

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

February 8, 2019

Carl Sagan said, “science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.” In this way, science is a human construct, and it does not exist objectively outside ourselves as we like to think. It is one method of explaining what we observe, a perspective we can choose to take, and be...

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