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Meda Chesney-Lind chosen as commencement speaker

Shelly Le

May 16, 2011

As graduating seniors wrap up their final year at Whitman, the administration has been preparing for what is possibly the college's largest event of the year: Commencement. For such a special event and with such a diverse graduating class, it can be difficult to choose the perfect keynote speaker....

Happiness and the “real world”

Happiness and the “real world”

Lisa Curtis

May 18, 2010

As a high school senior, I was bewildered by the vast number of colleges to choose from. I remember flipping rapidly through a huge Princeton Review book, pausing only when one category, happiness, caught my eye. I wish I could say my decision of where to spend four years of my life involved a compl...

Whitman and the end of politics: A conservative farewell

Alex Potter

May 18, 2010

I owe a lot to Whitman. During these years I have traveled all over the Middle East, China and Latin America and studied the languages of those areas. The texts and authors I have read in class have been a jumping off point into my own reading and intellectual journey. My professors have on the whole...

Administration prepares for commencement

Administration prepares for commencement

Josh Goodman

May 18, 2010

As graduating seniors receive their diplomas on Sunday, May 23, they're not the only ones who have put in a lot of work to get to commencement. Whitman's administration undertakes in a massive effort to make sure the special day is, well, special. "Almost every single staff department on campus contributes somet...

Whitman must do more to innovate

Whitman must do more to innovate

Andrew Spittle

May 18, 2010

Looking back over four years at Whitman, I am disappointed and frustrated with a system that could be doing so much.  I think that there is a severe lack of encouragement and valuation of open knowledge systems at Whitman. While disappointing for my four years here, there is quite a bit that future students c...

Whitman alumni weigh in on the value of liberal arts education

Jocelyn Richard

May 18, 2010

As seniors at liberal arts schools across the country prepare to enter one of the worst job markets in recent memory, a number of colleges and universities have decided to cut humanities programs, an evolution highlighting a growing debate in higher education about the value of the liberal arts.  Over...

Zombie musical creators take ‘Francis’ to Seattle

Ami Tian

May 18, 2010

Many upperclassmen will remember "Francis," last year's student-produced zombie musical, which was held in Reid Ballroom and involved trash bags, fake blood and an epic dance party. Sophomore Michael Hanley described it as "an overwhelming sensory barrage" and "the greatest night of [his] life." As seniors...

College is the new high school

College is the new high school

Emily Percival

May 18, 2010

College is the new high school. The emphasis is as much on personal growth and development as on academics; as much about learning to kayak as mastering economics. The Whitman Web site says that students here "find a balance between challenging academics and developing enduring and meaningful pe...

The Couch Moments

Student Contributer

May 18, 2010

By the time you read this, all but a handful of you will be where I was a year ago: done. After four years of papers, tests, presentations and grades, it's an odd feeling. As the four-year train ride of college grinds to a final halt, most of us step out onto the platform to find that we've only the...

Art students look to bright futures

Art students look to bright futures

Liz Sieng

May 18, 2010

We all knew when we came to Whitman that a liberal arts education isn't all about learning job skills or making yourself marketable. We knew full well that our philosophy and art courses weren't "practical" in the real world, yet we chose to take them anyway. For graduating seniors who have majored in...

From ‘Avatar’ to ‘Sherlock Holmes’ – Few films stand out this year

From ‘Avatar’ to ‘Sherlock Holmes’ – Few films stand out this year

Becquer Medak-Seguin

May 18, 2010

It is fairly easy to gage the ebb and flow of cinematic expression in the popular arena and the last 12 months haven't dared challenge many cornerstones of Hollywood's status quo. The daring 3D effects of James Cameron's "Avatar" predictably revolutionized the technology that goes into making films, offered a vis...

Summer reading: Reviews and previews

Ellie Gold

May 18, 2010

Summer is almost upon us (though some of us still have to power through finals), and that means that for the first time in almost five months, we'll have time to read! (For seniors, this might be the first time in four years.) To this purpose, I've compiled a list of books that will make for excellent...

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