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Improving Financial Literacy

Improving Financial Literacy

Jack Fleming, Opinion Editor

January 31, 2019

Although Americans inhabit a fundamentally capitalist society, we largely avoid difficult conversations about money and finances, a problematic tendency that contributes to our general lack of financial literacy. Financial illiteracy is a widespread phenomenon, even among those of us lucky enough to...

Op-ed: What is Your Purpose for Being Here at Whitman?

Matthew Marianacci

April 12, 2018

What is your purpose for being here at Whitman? I ask because I am starting to question my reason for being here and I need some people to talk to. Like many privileged students here, I come from a wealthy family that encouraged me to go to college, or assumed that I would go to college, and I did so. I...

Op-Ed: “No Bathroom Breaks” Policy is Discriminatory

Anna Middleton, Senior

April 9, 2018

Over the past semester, I have heard from several friends that professors in different departments across campus don’t allow students to excuse themselves to use the restroom during class. Some announce this policy during the first week of class, while others confront students who use the restroom ab...

Op-Ed: White Unsettlement 101

Lisa Uddin, Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies

March 1, 2018

It has been almost five months since the portrait of Narcissa Whitman that once hung in Prentiss Hall was defaced with black spray paint, and Avard Fairbanks’ statue of Marcus Whitman on the corner of Boyer Avenue and Main Street was painted red. These were two anonymous and clandestine acts of resista...

Op-Ed: Why Did Legislation to get the Diversity and Inclusion Director a Vote Fail?

AnnaMarie McCorvie, ASWC President

November 16, 2017

At ASWC Senate this weekend we considered a piece of legislation that would see the newly created position of Diversity and Inclusion Director become a position elected by the entire student body. This change would enable whoever holds the position to have voting rights in Senate. The debate was difficult...

A Round of Applause: Threat to Decency or Deserved Reaction?

Alden Glass, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2017

In mid-April, Barcelona’s Brazilian superstar, Neymar, was suspended for three La Liga matches for sarcastically applauding the fourth official while walking off the field after his second yellow card of the match. While a three match ban for such an important player would be catastrophic in the bes...

Traditional Kettles are Better than Electric

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist

January 26, 2017

We find ourselves at the start of a deep and gloomy winter, one in which a barely perceptible cold front is passing through our most marginalized communities and many of us are in need of some warmth. So we open our tea drawers, the divine aromas of places untouched by our problems—Nok Cha, Dian Hong,...

Return of fraternities to campus sparks debate at Willamette University (part two)

March 18, 2015

These stories were originally published in The Collegian of Willamette University in March of 2015 (dates and authors attached to each story.) They are printed here through the Northwest News Network, a collaborative project between northwest collegiate newspapers. We suggest you begin by reading s...

Return of fraternities to campus sparks debate at Willamette University (part one)

March 18, 2015

These stories were originally published in The Collegian of Willamette University in February and March of 2015 (dates and authors attached to each story.) They are printed here through the Northwest News Network, a collaborative project between northwest collegiate newspapers. 2 fraternities approved for hous...

Latin America must seize autonomy to curb influence of Chinese business

Jose Coronado

March 5, 2015

China's economic boom has taken 300 million Chinese citizens out of poverty. Companies from all over the world are going to China to do business, and Chinese companies are growing at an incredible rate. These companies are not only interested in attracting foreign capital, but they are also interested...

Whitman’s higher ed snobbery can broaden horizons

Denali Elliot

January 29, 2015

Returning home this winter break, it appeared as though the people of my town had been transformed in my absence –– or more accurately, my view of them had been transformed during my time at Whitman College. And I wasn't sure it was for the better. I caught myself feeling superior to the drug addicts...

Tuberculosis scare sheds light on treatment disparity

Anuradha Lingappa

January 29, 2015

While working in a hospital over winter break I came into contact with a patient who had active tuberculosis. Three weeks later I got a cold and began coughing up bloody phlegm. Naturally I assumed the worst –– that I had tuberculosis –– and would have to be subjected to a forceful regimen of...

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