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Why name pronunciation matters

November 5, 2020

"KAH-mah-la, Kah-MAH-la, Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know, whatever.”  In October, Senator David Perdue of Georgia repeatedly mocked and purposely mispronounced Kamala Harris’ name at a Trump rally....

Considering the Western Canon in General

February 1, 2018

You may have noticed it in the course catalog, there is now an offering for ‘East Asian Philosophy,’ where one can learn about the philosophies of Confucius, Mencius or any number of crusty dead Asian...

A Perspective on Cultural Appropriation

Illustration by Tywen Kelly
October 31, 2017

The issue of cultural appropriation has been and still is very debatable and some would say ‘controversial’, because apparently we still don’t have a clear idea of what appropriating a culture truly...

Another Perspective on Cultural appropriation

October 29, 2017

In light of the PSA’s plastered around campus around Halloween time reminding us that ‘My culture is not a costume’ for an often-times oblivious perpetrator, it seems important that we re-think cultural...

Tobacco 21: Washington considers raising the minimum smoking age

Tobacco 21: Washington considers raising the minimum smoking age
February 9, 2017

Go to any Whitman party and you will see students enjoying a cigarette on the front steps. Walk into the library and you will pass through a cloud of smoke coming from the benches outside. There is no...

Learning in another Language

Illustration by Meg Cuca
February 9, 2017

Seeing that Whitman has a cultural pluralism/language requirement and many students do in fact speak one or more languages other than their first language, I thought it would be interesting to give...

Danita Ryan brings Native American issues to Whitman campus

Danita Ryan brings Native American issues to Whitman campus
During Ryan's presentation in Kimball Theater, audiences gained insight into Native American culture
December 1, 2016

The Navajo greeting “Ya’ahteeh,” translates to, “With all that is good in the universe, I greet you.” It was with these words that Danita Ryan began her talk on Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in Kimball...

Taste of Africa Draws Large Crowds

Photo by Marra Clay
The Whitman African Student Association (WASA) put together delectable African cuisine as well as a mesmerizing show featuring a traditional Ghanian dance performance, African music, a recitation of African poetry, and a fashion show.
April 14, 2016
The Whitman African Student Association (WASA) put together delectable African cuisine as well as a mesmerizing show featuring a traditional Ghanian dance performance, African music, a recitation of African poetry, and a fashion show.

Cultural Awareness Shouldn’t Preclude Cultural Critique

April 14, 2016
When taken to its logical conclusion, glossing over of cultural practices as “just different” presupposes critical discussion.

Lit Review: “The Great American Dirtbags”

February 4, 2016
In “The Dirtbag Manifesto,” Mehall tells the story of how he came to be a “born-again dirtbag.”

In Opposition to Beats Radio

October 28, 2015
We need to stop forcing American products, the English language, and US culture onto the rest of the world, and start creating new technologies that allow us to better hear what is being said in response.

Game Night at Sweet Basil

Game Night at Sweet Basil
September 24, 2015

If you're looking for more than just pizza at Sweet Basil, Wednesday nights are the time for you. Sweet Basil hosts the Walla Walla Go Club (WWGC) game night each week on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. A...

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