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Tokenization in Greek Life

Jordon Crawford, Columnist

March 1, 2018


Filed under OPINION

As an international student, my idea of Greek Life was very tainted. On one hand, you had the rich, stuck-up jocks who took pleasure in being called “Frat Boys” and in hazing pledges. On the other side, there were the female counterparts in sororities who reminded me of the evil trio from the movie...

Op-Ed: White Unsettlement 101

Lisa Uddin, Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies

March 1, 2018


Filed under OPINION

It has been almost five months since the portrait of Narcissa Whitman that once hung in Prentiss Hall was defaced with black spray paint, and Avard Fairbanks’ statue of Marcus Whitman on the corner of Boyer Avenue and Main Street was painted red. These were two anonymous and clandestine acts of resista...

Kardashian Culture Vultures

Kardashian Culture Vultures

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

February 22, 2018


Filed under OPINION

The Kardashians have built their careers by imitating and profiting from black culture. This is a truth that is not often spoken about but it is something that should be considered problematic and raise further questions on how white celebrities can get away with it or be celebrated for trends that ...

Black and Asian Identities and Police Brutality

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor

February 22, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Although it’s been about two years, I still remember reading about the shooting of Akai Gurley, the indictment of the police officer Peter Liang and the outrage from the Chinese-American community who felt that he had been scapegoated. The case is somewhat unusual in two key respects: the death was...

Toxic Masculinity in the Gym

Toxic Masculinity in the Gym

Alondra Contreras, Columnist

February 15, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Going to the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center has been full of interesting moments, and one that I can’t seem to shake off has been the toxic masculinity surrounding BFFC. As a woman, I often feel uncomfortable for entering the imaginary line past the cardio equipment and closer to the squat racks. Throughout my...

Op-Ed: The Death of Liberal Arts in Higher Education

Astra Tucker, Senior

February 15, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Liberal arts colleges are dying. Each passing semester brings about changes that reflect market-oriented goals and the hiring needs of corporations as opposed to goals historically attributed to the liberal arts. I would like to suggest, however, that this does not necessitate mourning the loss of liberal...

Op-Ed: What Are You Going to Do with That Major?

Olivia Nicholas

February 8, 2018


Filed under OPINION

The problem is not that we have too few women in STEM; it is that we have too few men in the humanities. Increasing women’s access to STEM is an important and worthy cause, but in our efforts to improve access, we have devalued the humanities. Somehow, for once in our lives, we have forgotten to ask: what ...

Black History Month

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

February 8, 2018


Filed under OPINION

The reason why I wanted to write on this topic is because of the fact that the majority of students on campus do not know that February is Black History Month. I don’t know whether it is because of ignorance or because of conscious negligence, but I wanted to bring more attention to it since it is...

Tech Paranoia

Tech Paranoia

India Flinchum, Columnist

February 8, 2018


Filed under OPINION

The Amazon Echo is a speaker inhabited by a “digital talking assistant” known as Alexa. The speaker, that appeared on the market three years ago, is capable of a myriad of voice-controlled tasks including playing music, ordering food, scheduling appointments and checking on weather. Alexa streams audit...

Op-Ed: Reading Inclusively in Encounters

Elyse Semerdjian, Associate Professor of Islamic World/Middle East History

February 8, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

I would like to thank Mr. Jordon Crawford for publishing his opinion in “Considering the Western Canon in Encounters.” His courage prompted me to break my own silence as an Encounters professor, who was also once a liberal arts student.  As a faculty member at Whitman since 2003, I criticized the...

Op-Ed: An Open Letter to the Whitman College Board of Trustees

Hannah Ferguson

February 8, 2018


Filed under Letter from the Editor, OPINION

February 8, 2018 Dear Whitman College Board of Trustees, My name is Hannah Ferguson and I am one of the few Classics Majors here at Whitman. Despite being few in number, Classics majors are passionate about our studies and frightened of the immanent faculty changes affecting our department. In ...

Considering the Western Canon in Encounters

Jordon Crawford, Columnist

February 1, 2018


Filed under OPINION

As a first-year student, one is obligated to take “General Studies 145-146: The First-Year Experience,” otherwise known as Encounters. The two-semester-long course is intended as an “introduction to the liberal arts and the academic construction of knowledge,” in which students  meet on a t...

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