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“Coming Out Stories” embrace community, bravery

“Coming Out Stories” embrace community, bravery

Kaitlin Cho, A&E Reporter

October 24, 2019

Nearly all of the lights in Reid’s Coffeehouse were dimmed, except for the ones that suffused the floor’s stage in a warm glow. There, students and faculty stepped into the light and spoke about their experiences coming out to friends, family and themselves.  Whitman’s "Coming Out Stories," organized ...

Reframing workplace discrimination through the SCOTUS cases

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor

October 19, 2019

On Oct. 8, the Supreme Court heard arguments for three cases that will determine the legality of workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. These arguments center around Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, under which it is illegal for employers to discriminate based...

Op-Ed: ‘Culture of Silence:’ What the WWU Administration Will Not Address

Jake Sloop, WWU Sophomore

April 12, 2018

These past few weeks at Walla Walla University have been rocky, to say the least. Therefore, in this week’s Swap Issue, I hope to address some of the questions many Whitties have asked me about the blackface social media post at WWU and the discussion it has sparked. I think that this issue is intrinsical...

Comedian Gloria Bigelow provides provocative, socially conscious humor

Comedian Gloria Bigelow provides provocative, socially conscious humor

Missy Gerlach, Staff Reporter

November 10, 2016

As part of the ongoing Equality Coffeehouse event, FACE (Feminists Advocating for Change and Empowerment) invited a rather unique performer in comedian Gloria Bigelow, who uniquely addressed intersectional issues across the board. Her exuberance and expressiveness brought her comedy to life and kept...

The Spectrum Apparel

The Spectrum Apparel

Olivia Gilbert

October 5, 2016

Clothing communicates a lot about the individual who wears it: personal style, political affiliation, favorite bands, a preference for wool over fleece or stripes instead of dots. What if, in addition to this list, clothing could convey something more meaningful–such as recognition of the broad...

KWCW Show of the Week: The Minority Report

KWCW Show of the Week: The Minority Report

Eric Anderson, Staff Writer

April 21, 2016

For senior politics majors Gladys Gitau and Shireen Nori, the fact that they would be graduating a mere semester after beginning "The Minority Report" was not an issue in deciding to start the show. "We had been talking about doing a radio show for the past three years, and it never worked out," Nori...

Athlete Ally Founder Hudson Taylor Comes to Campus

Athlete Ally Founder Hudson Taylor Comes to Campus

Libby Arnosti

April 3, 2013

For the first 18 years of his life, wrestler Hudson Taylor didn't think he knew anybody who was gay. Since graduating from the University of Maryland in 2010, however, he has spent much of his time standing in front of college athletes around the country discussing the importance of recognizing and supporting...

Diversity means cross-pollination, not crop rotation

Paul H-P

October 18, 2012

We can all agree that diversity is valuable. But can we say why or what the word really means in the context of an intellectual community? The truth is, even our ideas about diversity are homogeneous. The word most often means the coexistence of people from a variety of races, classes and genders....

LGBTQ groups overlook deeper oppressions

October 11, 2012

This column was written by Walla Walla community member Jade Poncy. For a small isolated town, Walla Walla has a surprising number of clubs and programs for the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer community. Whitman, Walla Walla Community College and Walla Walla High School all have clubs working ...

Local high school students push back against bullying, spread awareness with GSA

Local high school students push back against bullying, spread awareness with GSA

Sarah Cornett

October 11, 2012

Walla Walla High School has over 25 active student-organized clubs, but until last year there was no Gay-Straight Alliance. Senior Gabe Gonzales and juniors Tegan Coleman and Rosa Tobin knew that their school lacked a unified safe space for GLBTQ-identified students. Last September, the three students came together to create the resourc...

The Whitest African: Discomfort with diversity limits our understanding of complex identities

Joey Gottlieb

September 6, 2012

I am gay. I am somewhat homophobic. I am white and was born in this nation's capital. My memories begin in Nairobi, Kenya, where I was raised. I am here to write about the unsettling question of diversity and how it relates to Whitman College. I am here to discuss and to learn. Our college struggles...

In the closet: Some students mask LGBTQ identities at Whitman

Josh Goodman

May 3, 2012

Junior Marcos Garza* is in many ways a typical Whitman student:  he's studious, a member of a fraternity and active in campus clubs. Yet there's a part of him that only a small number of his friends know about: "I guess, to tell you, I'm gay," he says hesitantly. Garza's experience of being in the closet at Whitman may not be as atypical as it seems. While...

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