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OP-ED: A Letter on Sustainability

Vivian Voth

October 8, 2018

Dear Whitman, I attended Whitman College last year and although I loved many parts of the school I was even more disappointed with my time spent there. I’m writing to you to explain my decision to take a leave of absence for a year and then transfer to another college in the hope that it will p...

Mitigating Greek Life Peer Pressure

Dani Schlenker, Opinion Columnist

September 28, 2018

For many of us who grew up in the American education system, saying no to peer pressure was drilled into our brains from a young age. Anti-drug and anti-smoking campaigns used the slogan “just say no” to try and combat the use of these illegal and/or harmful substances, with the intent being to convince...

Talking about Grief

Talking about Grief

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

September 28, 2018

Despite the omnipresence of death and loss in human lives, thoroughly discussing the agonizing grief that comes about after the loss of a loved one remains largely taboo in our society. After losing two grandparents during the past year, it became glaringly obvious to me that conversations about death...

Defending the Humanities

Defending the Humanities

Cy Burchenal, Opinion Columnist

September 28, 2018

I thoroughly enjoy prodding, questioning and insulting people about their majors. I don’t do this in a malicious manner; I simply love the debate it inevitably brings about. I’m guilty many times over of saying to STEM majors “the social sciences are the real, original, sciences” and frequently...

Considering News Source Confirmation Bias

Considering News Source Confirmation Bias

Gavin Victor, Opinion Columnist

September 24, 2018

It seems like everyone knows everything nowadays. This increase in certainty is enabled by technology, letting us tap into information sources that only say what we want to hear. Because of this lack of informational diversity, we are led to see opinions as facts. Essentially, it boils down to the risin...

Dissecting French Nationalism at the World Cup

Nandin Ganjoloo, Opinion Columnist

September 24, 2018

On the morning of July 15, France won the 2018 World Cup in Moscow, Russia. The predominantly black team (80 percent have African roots) was celebrated by fans from all around the globe, including  Daily Show host Trevor Noah. “Africa won the World Cup!” Noah cheered as the audience roared into...

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

September 24, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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