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OP-ED: I Am Not An Activist

Walker Orr, Junior

February 8, 2019

I am not an activist. My planned line of work is that of a soil microbiologist or a plant breeder, someone trying to change the system through relatively established means. I have chosen as the particular angle for my life’s work — that of food, which I believe is at the center of the human cond...

Evaluating the Women’s March

Evaluating the Women’s March

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

February 4, 2019

The 2019 Women’s March was not for me. It was not for a lot of people. The march did not seem to have a clear purpose, or at least one centered around making a difference. At the inaugural march in 2017, while people marched for a variety of reasons — be they immigration reform, LGBTQ+ rights or racial...

Improving Financial Literacy

Improving Financial Literacy

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

January 31, 2019

Although Americans inhabit a fundamentally capitalist society, we largely avoid difficult conversations about money and finances, a problematic tendency that contributes to our general lack of financial literacy. Financial illiteracy is a widespread phenomenon, even among those of us lucky enough to...

OP-ED: The Right to Die

Brayden Preskenis, Sophomore

December 11, 2018

Your dog has it, but your loved ones do not. Some call it dignity, some call it mercy, but everyone should be able to call it a human right. Routinely, we “put down” our pets that that have a terminal disease and are in debilitating pain. Similarly, as a society we have the moral duty to allow ou...

Tis the Season for Consumerism

Tis the Season for Consumerism

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

December 6, 2018

As the holiday season approaches, the mechanisms of the capitalist society we live in are becoming increasingly apparent and inescapable. Even on a campus as isolated as Whitman, it is hard not to feel the urge to buy, buy, buy. But at what cost? We all know that excessive spending is “bad,” that it ...

Normalizing Physical Contact

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

December 6, 2018

I had a teacher in High School who slapped all the students he liked. They were little loving cheek taps and faux-slaps; everyone knew they were done out of affection. One day one of the students asked him why he did it, and he gave a really interesting response. This teacher immigrated as a child from Arge...

Selfish Volunteerism

Selfish Volunteerism

Nandin Ganjoloo, Opinion Columnist

December 6, 2018

With finals in just a couple of days, I was binging “Friends” as any responsible student should. Two characters had an argument in “The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS.” One claims that there are no selfless good deeds, because feeling good about the deed made it selfish. For the rest of the episode,...

Reviving the Estate Tax

Reviving the Estate Tax

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

November 29, 2018

The very mention of the word “taxes” makes many Americans quake in their boots. Indeed, the idea that US citizens and businesses should pay large amounts of money to the government fills many Americans with righteous indignation. One form of taxation in particular, the estate tax, has drawn the ire...

OP-ED: Letter to ASWC

Ethan Raffman, Junior

November 29, 2018

ASWC is coming up with a new plan to better serve and represent the student body. Part of the plan is to create a new student union where engaged and interested students can work together to improve campus independently of the existing administration. In their infinite wisdom, the representatives...

He Who Must Not Be Named

Dani Schlenker, Opinion Columnist

November 29, 2018

Sometimes I feel as though on Nov. 8, 2016 I stepped out of my progressive, Obama-loving American reality and into J. K. Rowling’s ingeniously compelling fantasy series featuring a young man named Harry Potter, where wizards take on issues of genocide, racism and at times even government corruptio...

Interpretations of Truth

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

November 25, 2018

Thought experiment: how much of the way you go through your everyday life is really based in cold, hard, scientific fact? How many of your actions are dictated by calculations and complex logical analysis? If you go through your day with this question in mind, chances are you’ll realize you tend to act ...

Revisiting Food at Whitman

Revisiting Food at Whitman

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

November 25, 2018

I have so many problems with the Cleveland Dining Center that if I were to write about all of them, I would probably take up most of page seven. Fortunately, my editor would never let me do that, so you are spared from the incendiary rant that could have ensued. But I am not alone in my anger — t...

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