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Who is the Symposium for? P&P Grapples with Theme of Resistance and Question of Purpose

Who is the Symposium for? P&P Grapples with Theme of Resistance and Question of Purpose

Rylee Neville, Staff Reporter

March 1, 2018


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

On February 22, 2018, the annual Power and Privilege Symposium invited students to examine systems of power in society and brought attention to the manifestation of racism and other forms of oppression on Whitman’s campus. The Symposium covered a variety of topics that ranged from mental health at...

Toxic Masculinity in the Gym

Toxic Masculinity in the Gym

Alondra Contreras, Columnist

February 15, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Going to the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center has been full of interesting moments, and one that I can’t seem to shake off has been the toxic masculinity surrounding BFFC. As a woman, I often feel uncomfortable for entering the imaginary line past the cardio equipment and closer to the squat racks. Throughout my...

Gender Disparity in Service on Campus

Gender Disparity in Service on Campus

Nick Maahs, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2017


Filed under NEWS

Community service at Whitman is a dramatically gendered affair. Of the 206 active members of campus service clubs, 83 percent identify as female. This disparity ebbs and flows through the membership of every club on campus. The closest any group comes to an equal gender distribution is 33 percent male. This...

The Dangers of White Feminism

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

April 6, 2017


Filed under OPINION

I consider myself a feminist but I often find that the feminist movement is heading in a problematic direction nowadays. Modern feminism is often not intersectional; it leaves out many of the women’s voices that need to be heard but are not due to the domination and privilege that white feminism has...

Student shamed for not mentioning intersectionality in politics class

Ben Freedman, Humor Editor

October 27, 2016


Filed under Humor

Late Thursday afternoon, sophomore Michael Johnson was reportedly publicly shamed when he failed to recognize the significance of intersectional identity in the context of his intro level race and ethnic studies course. “To be honest I thought I was killing it,” noted Johnson. “I was in my...

ASWC Striving for Gender Balanced Representation

ASWC Striving for Gender Balanced Representation

Ellen Ivens-Duran

April 28, 2016


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

If you wander into Memorial 331 on a Sunday night, you’re likely to find a room full of student representatives deep in discussion over the minutia of college policy and current issues. If you take a good long look around that room, you will see a room that is fairly representative of Whitman’s c...

Climate Change’s Intersectionality

Climate Change’s Intersectionality

Alya Bohr, Columnist

February 11, 2016


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

At the end of the day, the sad truth remains that climate change – though universal and all-encompassing – doesn’t affect us all universally.

Whitman Women in Academia Reflect on Challenges, Achievements

Whitman Women in Academia Reflect on Challenges, Achievements

Helen Angell

April 1, 2014


Filed under Circuit

In the 2013-2014 academic year, 45 percent of the Whitman faculty are female, but women make up only 36 percent of Whitman's tenured professors. The first female professor to achieve tenure was an astronomy professor in 1972. The number of female tenured professors has grown steadily since the '70s, b...

Board of Trustees Meets to Address Diversity, Divestment

Sam Grainger-Shuba

February 13, 2014


Filed under ASWC, Events, NEWS

Whitman's Board of Trustees meets four times each year to discuss the state of the college. This Thursday and Friday, Feb. 6 and 7, they met again to discuss divestment and diversity. Due to student unrest and a protest during the last board meeting, the student representatives to the Board of ...

How to Make a Rapist

How to Make a Rapist

Spencer Wharton

April 4, 2013


Filed under OPINION

(Content warning: This column discusses rape, rape culture and sexual assault.) Several weeks ago, Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, the boys from Steubenville, Ohio who raped an unconscious girl, were both found guilty and sentenced. This doesn't mean it's time to stop talking about rape. On the contrary, we need now, just as much as ever, to tal...

Whitman and Mainstream Hip-Hop: Gender Battlegrounds

Whitman and Mainstream Hip-Hop: Gender Battlegrounds

Matt Raymond

March 21, 2013


Filed under A&E, A&E Highlight, Circuit, Front Page Slideshow

1520 Sedgwick Avenue is, by most accounts, an unremarkable apartment complex: an imposing brick-and-steel reminder of New York's failures in public housing, a specter looming and mute cast over the Cross-Bronx Expressway. It is the Bethlehem of hip-hop music. Inside 1520's recreation room, Clive Campbell, the oldest of si...

ASWC Passes Gender-Neutral Housing Resolution

ASWC Passes Gender-Neutral Housing Resolution

Emily Lin-Jones

February 27, 2013


Filed under ASWC, NEWS

On Sunday, Feb. 24, ASWC Senate adopted a resolution calling for a gender-neutral housing option for first-years. Senators showed unanimous support for the resolution, passing it through a vote of acclamation. The gender-neutral housing option, as it is currently defined in the resolution, would allow incoming students the option to room with another person regard...

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