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Who doesn’t love a great comedy show at 11:30 p.m.? Saturday Night Live (SNL) has given people a distraction when they can’t fall asleep and need something funny to watch, with sketches including “Mock Jeopardy,” “Close Encounter,” “Weekend Updates,” and “Game Night.”
Third-year Sophie Harper grew up playing recreational baseball, with her father coaching her team. “There were a good amount of girls playing, until I turned eleven, and then I became the only girl on the team,” said Harper. “I didn’t mind because I was good and got along with the boys. I didn’t see anything wrong with me playing baseball with the boys.”
This Tuesday, Nov. 6 marked yet another historic election. According to ballotpedia.org, there were 35 Senate seats up for election, 9 of which were being defended by Republicans, while the rest were being defended by Democrats or Independent parties.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been sitting on the Supreme Court since Oct. 6, and already we are beginning to see the effects of a politically-divided court. The Supreme Court of the United States has always strived to be a symbol of non-partisan law practice; their job is to uphold the legal ideals of this nation. However, we now see a very clear political divide on the bench, and this latest confirmation has tipped the scales in favor of a conservative court.
On Oct. 24, two African Americans were gunned down in a Kroger parking lot in Kentucky, because of the color of their skin. The following Saturday, 11 Jewish Americans were slaughtered during Shabbat morning services at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh simply because of their religion. In response to these tragedies, Whittier College, staying true to Quaker values, hosted a community reflection, in which Poets were encouraged to share their emotions and thoughts.
Several things hold people back from voting by the time Election Day comes around. Anything, from losing interest or a sense of unimportance, to, sadly, voter suppression, have been known to prevent the vote of countless Americans in recent history. However, one factor that many seem to forget that does, indeed, hold people back is Election Day itself — particularly where it falls on the calendar. Election Day is held on the first Tuesday in the month of November or the first Tuesday after Nov 1. Unlike countries such as South Korea and Malaysia, Election Day is not a national holiday in the United States. Even here at Whittier College, our doors will still be open come Election Day, with many students and faculty having to balance school and voting on Nov. 6.
Amy Biehl went to South Africa in 1993 as a Fulbright Scholar just as the country’s Apartheid rule was coming to a close. Biehl was an American student from Stanford who always had a passion for helping others and forming connections among different cultures. In South Africa, Biehl witnessed that atrocities committed against people of color and frequently called home to her parents to talk about how the people of color had been oppressed for years under the government’s regime. Amy Biehl was murdered by a group of three South Africans who shouted anti-white slurs during an anti-white mob rally in August of 1993. Linda Biehl, Amy’s mother, visited Whittier College on Tuesday, October 9th to talk about the death of the daughter, and the lessons she learned about forgiveness.