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Dropping out means new opportunities

Dropping out means new opportunities

Joey Gottlieb

December 6, 2012

I like saying "I withdrew" because it sounds nicer than "I dropped out." It sounds like I am still in command of my education and prospects and that I have not forsaken the opportunity of a college education. It sounds like the institution could not give me the education I wanted, rather than reflecting...

Making a Difference Means More Than Activism

Joey Gottlieb

November 15, 2012

"It is not a Buddhist approach to say that if everyone practiced Buddhism, the world would be a better place. Wars and oppression begin from this kind of thinking."  -Sulak Sivaraska "Activism: The policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change." - Oxford American...

Ignoring conservative ideas costly

Ignoring conservative ideas costly

Joey Gottlieb

October 18, 2012

Whitman is well known as a liberal institution, but recently, different political flavors are beginning to taint this campus. This Monday, well-known conservative pundit David Brooks came to Whitman to share his views on the election campaign. Pockets of radicalism (allegedly) are beginning to emer...

Befriending community members challenges assumptions

Joey Gottlieb

October 4, 2012

Since beginning to work for a local company in Walla Walla this past May, I have been surprised and dismayed to discover that Whitman students are not always well-liked by Walla Walla natives. I have met and talked with people who have felt outright mistreated by Whitman students and their families,...

The Whitest African: Students must better engage with diversity speakers

Joey Gottlieb

September 20, 2012

We are fortunate at Whitman to have a fantastic array of esteemed lecturers and speakers come to our remote campus to share their insights. Many students leave lectures feeling inspired to spread the ideas they have just witnessed but oftentimes are stymied by Whitman's isolation or apathy. "We're too...

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