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Standards of professionalism are changing, and that's a good thing

Standards of professionalism are changing, and that’s a good thing

Ava Liponis, Columnist September 10, 2020

In the midst of a global pandemic, professional life has far exceeded its pre-pandemic boundaries, and it is becoming increasingly impossible to separate the two spheres of personal and professional....

We can’t get back to “normal”

Sile Surman, Columnist September 10, 2020

If you haven’t parsed through Trump’s 2020 campaign platform yet, first of all, smart thinking. It’s a waste of time. The "goals" are so vague and unattainable that I question the judgment of its...

Discipline is a form of self care

Victoria Helmer, Columnist September 10, 2020

Bojack Horseman, the protagonist of the eponymous TV series, is a miserable horse. Despite his species, running feels entirely unnatural to him, and one of his most intense moments of anguish on the show...

OP-ED: Results May Vary

Hannah Paul and Aliyah Fard, President and Vice President of Whitman's Black Student Union July 26, 2020

This piece was originally published to Issuu by Hannah Paul and Aliyah Fard on July 20, 2020. Whitman College pledges to provide a “liberal arts education to… students from diverse backgrounds…...

Addressing a culture of white supremacy: a letter to my fellow white people

Mat Chapin, Columnist June 17, 2020

I will never understand the struggles that Black people go through on a daily basis, and it is not my place to represent those struggles. However, it is my responsibility, as it is the responsibility of...

Taking steps toward allyship

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor June 6, 2020

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, we have seen protests in every state and a mass media campaign against police brutality. Now, more than ever before, non-Black communities need to show up for Black...

Editorial: In support of the Black Lives Matter movement

Content Warning: This editorial includes discussion of racially-motivated violence and police brutality. The same applies to many of the links. In the past week, cities have erupted in protest in response...

STEM and the liberal arts

Gavin Victor, Columnist May 13, 2020

In “This Is Water,” David Foster Wallace writes, “there are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, ‘Morning,...

Should students return for the 2020 fall semester?

Sydney Bellon, Columnist May 1, 2020

It’s fair to say that we are all living day by day, hoping for this pandemic to magically improve overnight. Now that we’ve all gotten a taste of virtual classes, it has become easier to see that classes...

Numbness in the information age

Gavin Victor, Columnist April 30, 2020

The principle is simple: repetitive stimulus leads to the human being needing a greater amount of stimulus for the same effect. This phenomenon occurs in many forms, but I think that it is critical to...

Immigration during the pandemic

Claire Maurer, Columnist April 29, 2020

Since the coronavirus has spread worldwide, border closures and strict lockdowns have led to a steep decline in migrants coming to the United States from Central America. Our immigration system is backed...

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Letter to the editor: Preserving the present

Ben Murphy, Archivist and Head of Digital Services at Whitman College and Northwest Archives April 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted daily life at Whitman, but it is not the first time that the college has experienced significant disruptions of in-person gatherings and classes. In 1918, during the...

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