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Improving Financial Literacy

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia
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...

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

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...

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

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...

Op-Ed: White Unsettlement 101

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...

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

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...

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

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...

Traditional Kettles are Better than Electric

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....

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,...

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...

Latin America must seize autonomy to curb influence of Chinese business

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....

Whitman’s higher ed snobbery can broaden horizons

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...

Tuberculosis scare sheds light on treatment disparity

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...

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