As the Fall semester winds down, students begin to think of how they have grown and changed over the past few months. They might even think of all of their firsts that happened this Fall — their first time living on campus, first love, first time writing a 20 page paper. However, students are not the only ones experiencing firsts at Whittier College; as this was President Linda Oubré’s first semester as Whittier College’s president.
Nestled in a quiet and historic Uptown Whittier street corner, Planned Parenthood of Whittier provides family planning services to thousands of women every year. With discreet window shading and security-enforced entrances, the building does not seem to be the most welcoming. Yet upon entering, posters with slogans such as: “No judgment. Just Care” and “We’re here for you. Our doors are open” line the walls, alongside various pride flags. The corner next to the front desk is flanked with pamphlets on various sexual health dilemmas and their treatments, as well as resources on birth control and family planning.
The semester is slowly coming to a close and so is Rush season. As you begin to choose whether or not to join a Society, remember this decision is your own. If your friend is going one way, that does not mean you have to go the same way. Whittier College Societies promote inter-Society connections and relationships, which is the reason we have the Inter-Society Council. Being in a Society, you are encouraged to branch out and meet other people, not just from other Societies, but also those not in Societies. It’s important to remember that joining a Society does not mean you can only be friends with the people in your Society.
The Whittier College Student Veteran Organization (WCSVO) is partnering with the Veteran Success Office to bring The Marine Toys for Tots drive to campus to collect toys for underprivileged children in the United States. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a non-profit charity which was formed by United States Marine Corps (USMC) Major Bill Hendricks in 1947 and was authorized as a non-profit in 1991. It is currently run by the USMC Reserve. Since the charity’s creation, 548 million toys have been donated to 251 million children, and for the past seventeen years has been recognized as one of the top charities by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.