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The Master’s Tools: Overcoming the awkward in-between of theory and practice

Lee Thomas , Humor Writer May 12, 2022

As I near my senior year and the unnerving inevitability of graduating from college, I reflect on what I've been learning, thinking and doing in preparation for my life post-Whitman. As the college’s...

OP-ED: The failure of Whitman’s COVID-19 policies

Bex Heimbrock, First-year April 28, 2022

Whitman, a college that prides itself on diversity and inclusion, has left immunocompromised people behind in its zealous search for a post-COVID-19 school year. We have all suffered as a result.  For...

Illustration by Madeleine Stolp.

OP-ED: I’m just trying to piss: The gendering of nongendered experiences

Lee Thomas, Junior April 7, 2022

I like the bathrooms in Cleveland Commons. While I don't go there often anymore, except for working and taking napkins for my house, I always enjoy being able to walk into whichever side is closest...

Our college’s history is founded on a lie. We should talk about it more often.

Parsa Keshavarz Alamdari, Columnist April 1, 2022

We have all heard about Marcus Whitman, the man our college is named after. The way Marcus Whitman was murdered made him a character that is remembered to this day, and Whitman College had a big role...

What is mutual aid?

Alanna Sherman , Columnist February 17, 2022

Mutual aid is the reciprocal exchange of resources between community members, but this is not to be confused with charity. Although charity usually has good intentions, it often comes with a hierarchy...

Whitman alters COVID protocol

Conor Bartol, Used car lot inflatable wavy noodle understudy December 2, 2021

Following students’ return to campus after break, Whitman has announced several changes in COVID protocol. Following “recent federal guidelines and recommendations,” these rules are going into effect...

Illustration by Shasta Soles.

Addressing transphobia at Whitman

Alanna Sherman , Columnist December 2, 2021

Transphobia, defined as violence or negativity aimed at transgender or gender nonconforming people, is prevalent around the world. The existence of transphobia is disputed, and violence against trans...

Illustration by Eli Rodriguez.

On feeling out of place in the classroom

Nana Kumagai, Columnist November 18, 2021

I still remember the first day when I arrived here at Whitman. As soon as I made it to campus, I walked into Cleveland to get something to eat after a long, stressful flight. I entered and looked around,...

Illustration by Ally Kim.

Yik Yak: One of Whitman’s harshest critics

Hailey Livingston, Columnist November 4, 2021

A few weeks ago, Wire Reporter Grace Jackson wrote “The Yak is back on campus”, an article introducing us to the most infamous app on campus—Yik Yak. Yik Yak is an anonymous Twitter/Ask.fm hybrid....

Illustration by Eli Rodriguez.

Tips and tricks for family weekend

Conor Bartol, The Big Cheese ‘Round These Parts October 21, 2021

Family Weekend is here, and for many of you that means only one thing: your parents and guardians have come to check up on you, a source of great dismay. But fret not! Here are some tips to keep things...

Student writes kinky fanfic for creative writing class (and I swear it wasn’t me)

Sammy Fitts, Alice x Bella Shipper October 21, 2021

One student took the spooky season a bit too far when their creative writing short story included a classic monster: the vampire. Unfortunately for the professor and all the other students workshopping...

Illustration by Ally Kim.

Imposter syndrome at Whitman

Hailey Livingston , Columnist October 7, 2021

Whitties, I think we’re all trying a little too hard. I don’t mean that we all need to stop thinking of our futures and aiming to succeed, but that we tend to try to prove our smarts to our peers...

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