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‘Dear White People’ examines the life experiences of black students

James Kennedy

February 12, 2015

"Dear White People," an award-winning entry at the Sundance Film Festival, will be shown at Whitman as part of the Power and Privilege Symposium on Thursday, Feb. 19. The showing is open to all Whitman students as well as Walla Walla community members, and it will start at 8 p.m. in Cordiner Hall...

Is Justin Bieber Immune to the Pains of Deportation?

Is Justin Bieber Immune to the Pains of Deportation?

Alisha Agard

February 6, 2014

In 2013, 369,000 immigrants were deported from the United States, and half of those deportations resulted from criminal convictions ranging from minor misdemeanors to felony-level crimes. Eighty-four percent of those individuals were not allowed any legal representation to contest the charges br...

Environmentalists Are Not All Well-Off

Sam Chapman

April 4, 2013

The image conjured by the word "environmentalist"––a vague and overlong term I still hate––is similar to the vision of the typical Whittie: a semi-outdoorsy, dirty-blonde post-hippie who jogs in sandals, feels very deeply about only the trendiest of issues, and is, in all likelihood, financially...

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 ...

Students, community members publicly confess privilege

Emily Lin-Jones

September 15, 2012

Students and community members gathered on the steps of the Memorial Building on the night of Wednesday, Sept. 12 to publicly confess their privilege as part of an event sponsored by the Whitman Christian Fellowship (WCF) entitled "We Are the 1%". "[The event] is primarily about working toward economic...

Culture of color blindness: Privilege hinders discussion of diversity

Culture of color blindness: Privilege hinders discussion of diversity

Emily Lin-Jones

April 26, 2012

Like many of its peer institutions, Whitman doesn't hesitate to emphasize its commitment to diversity. Diversity is currently the focus of Whitman's application supplement writing prompt, and the word pervades much of the college's advertising literature. According to the Whitman website, the Whitman...

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