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The problem with celebrity “charity”

Elise Sanders, Columnist April 23, 2020

When Gal Gadot and her other celebrity “friends” posted a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” to various social media platforms, they did so with the goal of “raising morale.” They failed to...

Cardinal George Pell should be in prison

Mat Chapin, Columnist April 22, 2020

Everyone should know who Cardinal George Pell is. The former Vatican treasurer and Archbishop of Melbourne made history in 2018 when he was convicted by a jury on five charges of child sex abuse. He made...

Moderating the student listserv won’t solve anything

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor April 17, 2020

If you are a Whitman student, then you’ve likely seen the conversation about online racism on the student listserv. If you are not a student, then this article might be coming out of left field, but...

Online autonomy matters now more than ever

Claire Maurer, Columnist April 15, 2020

Right now, we are witnessing life moving online – something that has been happening for several years. You can participate in weddings, religious ceremonies, work meetings, happy hours, concerts, yoga...

Childhood nostalgia in quarantine

Sydney Bellon, Columnist April 15, 2020

I think we can all agree that these are unusual and alarming times; it feels like time has stopped moving, all at once. As all of us are making new arrangements, deciding whether we are going home or staying...

OP-ED: Why the left lost, a post-mortem

Andy Burnstein, Senior April 14, 2020

When Bernie Sanders lost Super Tuesday and subsequent primaries by an embarrassing margin to Joe Biden, and again when he dropped out this past Wednesday, many of his supporters were not just angry, but...

Finding “good” during the coronavirus pandemic

Gavin Victor, Columnist April 9, 2020

It is my belief that nothing is ever an unequivocally “bad” thing. If we look closely enough, we can find, in anything, at least a sliver of good. COVID-19 is both a tragedy and a divine reminder of...

The problem with political party polarization

Claire Maurer, Columnist April 6, 2020

Americans have policy opinions almost entirely based on their party alignment – we are more sorted than ever. We are categorized by immigration, race, sexuality, religious affiliation and what the role...

Biden is better than Trump

Mat Chapin, Columnist April 5, 2020

Is Joe Biden a better candidate than Donald Trump? Yes. That should be obvious, but not everyone agrees with me. According to a new poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post, 15% of Bernie supporters...

The consequences of panic buying

Elise Sanders, Columnist April 4, 2020

Lately, it’s not been uncommon to see pictures of empty store shelves and people with cartloads of toilet paper and essentials on social media. These pictures reflect back the anxiety, despair and pandemonium...

Response to the COVID-19 pandemic: The Wire is moving forward

Alissa Antilla and Samarah Uribe April 1, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has scattered our student body across the country.  Campus is nearly empty. Those who have remained must stay in their own dorms or off-campus homes due to Gov. Inslee’s stay-at...

OP-ED: Ineffectual and uncritical: A reflection on the Women’s March

Nicki Caddell , Sophomore March 12, 2020

Saturday marked the fourth annual Women’s March in Walla Walla: this is not a cause for celebration. Each year, this Women’s March and others around the U.S. have become increasingly civil and tolerant....

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