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Changing Attitude Toward Drugs

Bill Landefeld

January 30, 2014

This weekend, the Seahawks and the Broncos are getting together a Super Bowl, pun intended. By this, I mean both Washington and Colorado are the first two states to legalize marijuana, an example of how the nation's attitude toward pot is changing. Not only have their football teams produced favorable...

Changing Band Lineup Can Drastically Change Sound

Emma Dahl

January 30, 2014

What defines a band? Is it their sound or their lineup? It's not uncommon for musicians to be in flux, for guitarists to switch in and out or for a member to leave to pursue a solo act. But if a band's lineup changes, and this changes their sound, is it still the same band? I believe the answer to...

Hotline Miami Horrifies, Thrills

Hotline Miami Horrifies, Thrills

Toby Alden

January 30, 2014

Violent video games are an enduring and well-documented cultural phenomenon. Of the 10 best-selling video games of 2013, seven contained some form of armed combat. One one hand, this isn't surprising. Since video games are games, they usually have conditions for winning and losing, and more often than not, these conditions are synonymous with killing and...

Whitman Office of Communications Hires New Staff

Whitman Office of Communications Hires New Staff

Shelly Le

January 30, 2014

The Whitman Office of Communications has seen a number of changes in the past year. With a new hire and staffing changes in the communications office, the college is hoping to change its marketing and public relations strategy. Chief Communications Officer Michelle Ma and Director of Digital ...

Makings of Metal Music Can be Traced to Black Sabbath

Adam Heymann

January 30, 2014

In popular discussions about hard rock and its musical offshoots––metal and punk––Led Zeppelin reigns supreme. For example, VH1's Top 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists list places Led Zeppelin in the first spot with Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC and Metallica in the following positions. While...

Student Does Thing Over Break, Makes You Look Like Jerk

Rosemary Hanson

January 30, 2014

Whitman College would like to honor the amazing work done over break by first-year Jenna Lindell. Lindell, a Lyman resident, managed to negotiate the release of prisoners held in North Korea by convincing Colombian drug lords to give up selling drugs and to donate all their money to her shelter for...

IOC Made Disappointing Choice for 2014 Olympics

Andy Monserud

January 30, 2014

Every two years, the Olympics stir controversy wherever they land.  For all the diplomatic unity the games espouse, they inevitably serve as a platform for political maneuvering.  Athletes can use this stage as a catalyst for good, such as when African-American track and field star Jesse Owens won...

Whitman Celebrates Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sam Grainger-Shuba

January 30, 2014

From Jan. 20-30, the Glover Alston Center and Whitman College's Intercultural Center celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the important contributions made by leaders of the Civil Rights Movement during one of the most tumultuous times in U.S. history. While the federal holiday honoring King...

Letter from the Editor: Continue the Dialogue

Shelly Le

January 30, 2014

Last semester, the Whitman campus engaged in a variety of critical discussions about race, both publicly in student panels on racism and anonymously through the online website Whitman Encounters. As both an observer and a participant in these discussions, I have watched my Whitman peers say countless...

Student excited to start winter break

Student excited to start winter break

Elena Aragon

January 30, 2014

Yay, finally time for a relaxing break after a harrowing semester. Ahh, what should I do first? Check book lists, you say? Nonsense, it's only Dec. 19. My brain needs a break from any sort of academic thinking. Man, these past few weeks have been rough. I can't wait to get home to lie around on my parents' couches, eat all ...

Back From Abroad: Students Share Their Stories

Back From Abroad: Students Share Their Stories

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...

Power, Privilege Symposium Encourages Student Participation

Lachlan Johnson

January 30, 2014

As this year's Power & Privilege Symposium approaches, the ASWC planning committee has been working to organize content, logistics, marketing and funding. While last year's inaugural symposium was successful, attendance this year is expected to be much higher, since classes are being cancelled for...

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