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Getting in Touch with my Other Heritage

A bird's eye view of Copenhagen from the Round Tower.

Aleida Fernandez

March 12, 2014

Growing up I have always been identified - and truthfully, often have identified myself - as Cuban. I am one half Cuban from my dad's side, and from that half I inherited my outward appearance: olive skin, almond-shaped eyes, thick eyebrows, "Latina curves," loads of leg hair. I am also one half W...

Gynosperm means naked seed

Rachael Barton

February 9, 2014

I'm not a huge plant person, even though I'm a biology major. There is one thing I remember quite clearly from my intro to biology course, however: gymnosperm means naked seed. The term "gymnosperm" comes from the Greek word for "naked seeds." The word "gymnasium" also derives from the same root,...

Back From Abroad: Students Share Their Stories

The Alps over Mariazell.

Emily Lin-Jones

January 30, 2014

In the fall semester of 2013, more than half of the available off-campus studies options were being offered to Whitman students for the first time ever. Some of these proved popular, while some attracted only one or two intrepid students to test the waters. In the meantime, Whitman's older partner programs...

Danish Open Prison System Shows Different Understanding of Crime

Danish Open Prison System Shows Different Understanding of Crime

Dylan Tull

March 7, 2013

Open prisons, where inmates can simply walk across a grass field back into society and spend the weekend at home, sound like an absurd concept here in the United States. The idea of open prisons sounds especially foreign in communities such as Walla Walla, where the Northwest region's most violent criminals...

Whitman alum’s ‘RAPtivism’ album spreads positive message worldwide

Alex Hagen

April 5, 2012

RAPtivism, a hip-hop album by Whitman alumna Aisha Fukushima '09, has finally been released after years of traveling, recording and post-production. Fukushima, who was able to produce the album thanks to her Watson Fellowship, traveled extensively in Africa, Europe and Asia. The fellowship awarded ...

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