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Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

September 24, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

When I arrived on campus, I was so excited to eat at Cleveland Commons, the new dining center. To me it seemed perfect: ample seating, food priced a-la-carte and more options than Whitman has ever had before (I was particularly excited about the sushi bar). To my dismay, Cleveland Commons hasn’t ...

Care to Vote?

Dani Schlenker, Opinion Columnist

September 23, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Have you ever complained or made negative comments about our current governmental administration? If so, are you over 18? Are you registered to vote? Unless you are an international or otherwise undocumented student at Whitman College, there is no reason not to be registered. No matter your views, no matter...

Democracy at Stake: Trump’s Internal Opposition

Cy Burchenal

September 23, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Internal opposition to the Trump administration, as described by the September 5 editorial anonymously published in the New York Times, is both terrifying and counterproductive. It undermines legal popular opposition, validates allegations of conspiracy, and sets undemocratic precedence in terms of a...

Visiting a “Shithole Country”

Visiting a “Shithole Country”

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

September 10, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Amid the continuous barrage of President Donald J. Trump’s many reprehensible diatribes and tweetstorms, it can be difficult to pause for a moment in order to adequately consider how appalling certain comments of his truly are. After having the unique opportunity to travel with fellow Whitman tennis...

Exclusion and the Decline of Greek Life

Alondra Contreras, Opinion Columnist

May 3, 2018


Filed under OPINION

What has been happening with Greek life this year? That is a great question and I know there has been many remarks about the way Greek life at Whitman has been handling certain situations. Last year, there was a huge problem with folks reporting being drugged at Greek functions. Whether or not the s...

Op-ed: A Case for the Elimination of Grades

Lilia Cohen

May 3, 2018


Filed under OPINION

College is frequently referred to as a site of new beginnings. For many 18 year olds, college is the first time they leave home. But, as long as letter grades are used to measure academic achievement, this fresh start will continue to be a pipe dream.   It doesn’t matter if you attended a fancy ...

Kanye’s Trump-ian Love Affair

Kanye’s Trump-ian Love Affair

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

May 3, 2018


Filed under OPINION

In the past I have been a fan of Kanye West, but the latest news about him has left me quite speechless. After his tweets in support of Trump and a picture of him wearing the “Make America Great Again” hat, fans (especially his black fans) have been outraged, and with a good reason. After a long ...

Op-ed: A Meditation on Racism & Desire

Devon Yee

May 3, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

Inspired by Alondra Contreras, Zuhra Amini, Kendra Winchester, Chanel Knight, Bonnette Ishimwe,  Samarah Uribe Mendez & Mickey Shin & their Power & Privilege panel, The Racist Rom-Com at Whitman. [Note: All the examples I use in this piece are either things I’ve heard first hand or st...

Op-ed: Re: Defacement of Marcus & Narcissa Whitman’s Images

Beth Call

May 3, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

As a lifelong Walla Wallan, I understand the anger motivating the defacement of images of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman.  The stealing of the Native American's homeland in WA,OR, ID, the US failure to keep treaties & the ensuing cruel wars, the consideration of Native Americans as inferior to “whites”,...

Hot Takes: Bon-App dishes and Devin the Dude

Andrew Schwartz, Radio Editor

April 26, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Hot Take: Anyone who thinks they’re woke is a hypocrite if they leave their Bon-App dishes lying around campus on the garbage cans and stuff. It’s a tacky and thoughtless thing to do — take your dishes back to the dining hall. Hot Take: You might consider listening to Devin the Dude more. Whitman...

The Problem with the White Moderate Allyship

Jordon Crawford, Columnust

April 26, 2018


Filed under OPINION

“Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.” -Martin Luther King Jr. In light of recent events such as the #boycottStarbucks and other cases of racial discrimination, I could not help but turn my attention to the topic of allyship and, in particular, the allyship ...

#trending Social Justice

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor

April 26, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Students at Whitman care a great deal about social justice issues that primarily do not affect them. In contrast to communities of color from underprivileged backgrounds, students at Whitman are (at least for now) primarily white and privileged. So when these students speak on behalf of/about the injustices...

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