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Op-Ed: Faculty, Speak Up!

Shampa Biswas, Paul Garrett Professor of Politics

November 9, 2017


Filed under OPINION

In his Op-Ed titled “Letter to the Faculty” on October 26, 2017, News Editor Chris Hankin asked the question: Why are faculty members reluctant to make on-the-record comments to The Wire on arguably controversial news stories related to the future direction of the college? In his October 31 respon...

Can you Separate a Creator from their Works? No.

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

October 19, 2017


Filed under OPINION

History is full of tales of artists behaving poorly. Composer Richard Wagner was an anti-Semite. Novelist Charles Dickens trashed his wife and secretly shacked up with a teen actress. Painter Michelangelo Cyaravaggio was a murderer. Movie star and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin was investigated by the FBI ...

Education as Emancipation

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist

September 19, 2017


Filed under OPINION

Shiny red delicious apples, a grainy photograph of Einstein overlaid with multicolored Comic Sans, plastic school desks with fiberboard tops, fluorescent lighting embedded in the ceiling, a chalkboard with wispy half-erased suggestions of calculus. These are the signs and symbols of the American classroom....

Q&A with Saladdin Ahmed

Q&A with Saladdin Ahmed

Benjamin Kunz, Staff Writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Dr. Saladdin Ahmed is an O'Donell Visiting Professor from Canada. Last April he was brought to Whitman for a two-week course called "Unpacking Racism." This year he is teaching a politics class on Totalitarianism as well as Intro to Race and Ethnic Studies.

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Walla Walla calls for hope, action in response to DACA announcement

Walla Walla calls for hope, action in response to DACA announcement

Christy Carley, Staff Writer

September 8, 2017


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Smoky skies didn’t stop a crowd from filling three street corners at 1st and Main Wednesday to rally in support of immigrants who are increasingly vulnerable after the Trump Administration’s recent decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

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Quacking the Case: President Irrevocably Tarnished Donald Duck’s Reputation

Winston Weigand, The One that Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

August 25, 2017


Filed under Humor

Donald Duck, the famous anthropomorphic waterfowl, was once one of the most popular cartoon characters in the world. Nowadays, however, Mr. Duck is struggling to make ends meet. As many know, his previously-immense fortune was a product of the hundreds of films and pieces of literature he has sta...

Theatre Department’s Unique “Echo Chamber” Project Breaks Boundaries

Michelle Foster, Staff Writer

April 6, 2017


Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow

Turning frustration and disagreement into a compelling and powerful theater production was Whitman student Lud Brito’s project in putting together “Echo Chamber.” The production is a play that utilizes music, dance and spoken word. Already performed twice in Harper Joy Theatre, the next showin...

Locking Horns with the Past

Wil Kotnik, Blogger

April 4, 2017


Filed under BLOGS, Breaching the Whitman Bubble

This has been a busy few weeks, and Trump has been attempting to assert his competence in the oval office by making true the commitments he made during his campaign. As promised, he immediately went about trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare. The ACA has, sinc...

Paul Ryan’s search for love

Clara Wheeler, Pirate Administrative Professional

April 2, 2017


Filed under Humor

Paul Ryan (B-KN) has always looked like he is trying to hold back tears of disappointment, but in recent weeks, his expression betrays the great heartbreak hiding behind a thin façade. “I really thought this would be the one,” he said about his one true love, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). “But I ...

GOP Failure to Keep its one Promise Bodes ill for Trump Presidency

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist

March 30, 2017


Filed under OPINION

Last week the Republican party embarrassed itself in a cynical display of infighting and discord. As the Republican congress fought within itself due to displeasure with the GOP health care bill, President Trump and Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan decided not to hold a vote on repeali...

Muslim Identity Challenges America

Zuhra Amini, Columnist

February 16, 2017


Filed under OPINION

Many are familiar with “Hope,” the image of Barack Obama created by Shepard Fairey for Obama’s first inauguration in 2009. In preparation for Donald Trump’s inauguration, Fairey partnered with The Amplifier Foundation to resist hate-mongering speech. As part of their non-partisan “We the People...

The Bleeding Heart Question

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist

February 16, 2017


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Would you, the informed reader, say that political divide is largely a moral issue? I’d say so. In daily conversation it seems that a great deal of the conversation is based upon what any given person believes is ‘moral.’ As such, it seems that the moral high ground has become some magical platform...

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