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Op-Ed: ‘Culture of Silence:’ What the WWU Administration Will Not Address

Jake Sloop, WWU Sophomore

April 12, 2018


Filed under OPINION

These past few weeks at Walla Walla University have been rocky, to say the least. Therefore, in this week’s Swap Issue, I hope to address some of the questions many Whitties have asked me about the blackface social media post at WWU and the discussion it has sparked. I think that this issue is intrinsical...

The “White Moderate” Problem: Diversity and Inclusion in Greek Life at Whitman

Claire Ommen, Staff Reporter

April 10, 2018


Filed under NEWS

Throughout this year, members of the Whitman Greek community have begun to grapple with racism in Greek Life’s past – and present. Sophomore Kylin Brown, the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion on Whitman Panhellenic, is currently involved in a project to research the history of racism within th...

Digital Blackface and Power Dynamics in Memes

Alondra Contreras, Columnist

April 8, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Memes need to be used responsibly and need to adhere to rules people would normally use if it was spoken or written in text. Memes in recent years have become so popular they are even used in class notes to help prove a point. Twitter especially has been the birthplace of many viral means. Like anyt...

WWU Grapples with Blackface Incident

WWU Grapples with Blackface Incident

Martina Pansze, Editor in Chief

April 5, 2018


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Just before the student body of Walla Walla University departed for Spring Break two weeks ago, a racist photograph with the school’s logo circulated through social media. The photo is a publicly posted snapchat screenshot of six individuals, five of them wearing what appear to be black facial masks. The photo has a WWU logo filter and the caption #prettyHurts, as well as the w...

Pio Past: Contextualizing the Symposium

Christy Carley and Martina Pansze

February 19, 2018


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

"Assuming that the seriousness of racial issues can be measured by the publicly visible incidents brought to the attention of our entire community is problematic." -Veronica Willeto, published on Nov. 9, 2006 in the "Let's Talk About Race" Pamphlet distributed at the first Race Relations and Community Sy...

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