Carnival for all

Program Board ended the year on a high note with the Club and Org Carnival from 4:30 – 8 p.m. on April 25. The usually quiet North Lawn soon came to life when students flooded the area looking for some free and fun entertainment. Every student who attended was given a ticket voucher for the food trucks that were brought in for the event. The three food trucks present were The Habit Burger Grill, Jackfruit Café, and Kona Ice.

Carnival for all

Stitching together a supportive community

TW: Mentions of sexual assault

 

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness month, Whittier College’s Violence Intervention Prevention (VIP) club and the Student Counseling Center hosted Whittier College’s own Denim Day on April 24. Denim Day was started by an organization called Peace Over Violence after the Italian Supreme Court overturned a woman’s sexual assault case in 1998 because they felt that the victim’s tight jeans implied consent. The day after, all the women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans to show solidarity with the victim. 

Stitching together a supportive community

Society Spotlight: Countdown to commencement

As a fourth-year, I am so excited to finally have less than a month until graduation. It is a bittersweet time for fourth-years in Societies because we are not just graduating, we are leaving people we consider family and moving into alumni-hood. I spoke with a number of non-senior Society members, and here is what they had to say to and about their graduating members: 

Society Spotlight: Countdown to commencement

Don’t hide, show your pride

The view from the top of the Science & Learning Center is breathtaking on spring evenings, making it the perfect location for a hang-out, celebration, or even a mixer. Last Thursday, April 25, Whittier College’s own Transgender, Other-Identified, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Allies for Diversity (TOBGLAD) put together a mixer to initiate their proposed project: an LGBTQIA+ Center here in Whittier, an idea that came from Whittier Alumni, including Megan Hobza. 

Don’t hide, show your pride

Thinking and acting globally with Amer Rashid

Social Justice Coalition (SJC) put on Social Justice Week April 15 – 18, co-sponsored by the Associated Students of Whittier College ASWC, Program Board, the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI), and Heal Resist. A few of these events included a Spilling the Tea on Diversity:

Thinking and acting globally with Amer Rashid

From punks to poets

When looking at the norms of what a writer is, authors, Allan MacDonell and Dean Kuipers are not what come to mind. MacDonell, with his soft gait, and a delicately placed bucket hat, reminiscent of his time spent at the forefront of the Los Angeles punk scene, and Kuipers, adorned in a forest green flannel and REI bought trail running shoes, are not what the average writer looks like, or even is. They’re nobody’s all-Americans. Apart from their physical appearances, MacDonell and Kuipers represent the alternative author, the ones who were not cultivated in the harsh reality of academia, but rather those who grew to success in an organic way, a hard earned manner.

Japan Day blossoms on campus

In celebration and promotion of the Japanese minor offered here on campus, students involved in the program have come together to host Japan Day. The event, which is taking place 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday April 12 in the Upper Quad, is meant to get students interested in the minor, while also getting more students involved in the many on-campus organizations that work with Japanese and Japaneselanguage students. 

Japan Day blossoms on campus

Spotlighting Societies’ Bigs and Littles

One of the most well-known traditions associated with Societies is the concept of “Bigs and Littles.” As a non-Society member, it’s easy to assume that these titles are just placed on two people and the two people then assume the respective roles, but this is simply not true. The Big -Little dynamic is a relationship that allows one to grow in their leadership skills, teaches the importance of empathy and mutual respect, and builds a bond that lasts forever.

Spotlighting Societies’ Bigs and Littles

Impolite Society!

For many college students, the pressure to meet the standards of academia comes as an almost unattainable goal and can be disheartening to many. The English Department will be attempting to ease that pressure for authors and writers specifically next Monday with Impolite Society!, a lunch event focused on alternative paths to the writing life. The event, organized by Visiting Assistant Professor of English Joe Donnelly, will take place at 12:30 p.m. on April 15 on the first floor of the Wardman Library. 

What’s to come at CareerCon

The Weingart Center for Career and Professional Development will be holding its first CareerCon — a new addition to their Backpack to Briefcase and Straight Out of College series next week, April 8 — April 11.

What’s to come at CareerCon

Watch yourself, watch Us

To vastly oversimplify Jordan Peele’s sophomore directorial effort, Us is a film about: community — who is accepted and who is othered; communication or lack thereof; cultural perspectives, understanding that different societies may have different values; and connections, with family and society.

Watch yourself, watch Us

Cultivating culture

This week is Diverse Identities Week at Whittier College, organized by Diversity Council in collaboration with a few other clubs. The first event for this week was the Farmers Movement Speaker event, held on March 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI). It featured Fabian Garcia, a program director of the Forest Service.

Cultivating culture

Mexican author Sayak Valencia on “Capitalismo Gore”:

The department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the department of Global and Cultural Studies gathered students and visitors at the Garrett House on Tuesday night to hear a lecture by Mexican author and Professor of Cultural Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Sayak Valencia, to discuss topics pertaining to transfeminism, the border, and contemporary violence. Her book, Capitalismo Gore or Gore Capitalism, was also brought up to give some reference to her arguments. The lecture was given in Spanish, but slides were presented in English to help non-Spanish speakers or readers follow along with her talk. “My research over the last decade has focused on the situated analysis of the phenomena linked to neoliberalism on the border and what we could call ‘economies of death,’ especially those linked to the death in Mexico — related to drug trafficking and organized crime as economic paradigms — but also as a cultural, social, political and aesthetic,” explained Valencia in her lecture.

Mexican author Sayak Valencia on “Capitalismo Gore”:

Society Spotlight: tips for new Society members

Now that you are a week into being a Society member, it is time to dive into the privileges and responsibilities that come with being in a society. One of the major perks and obligations as a Society member is the ability to hold a chair within your respective Society. All Societies are different but, as a new member, take your first couple of weeks as an active to shadow the different responsibilities that you may be interested in. Ask the current holders of the chair, and get more information about the position. 

Society Spotlight: tips for new Society members

Shabbat Shalom! Bringing Jewish traditions from home

A. J. Villalobos Hall was bright and full of happy, comfortable energy when the Jewish Student Union (JSU) and Religious Studies department’s Shabbat dinner began at 6 p.m. last Friday, March 8. There was a Bon Appètit-provided buffet of salad, rice pilaf, mushroom-stuffed chicken, and matso ball soup, all done in kosher style, that lined the back wall. White-clothed tables were spotted around the room, and an astonishing 53 students, faculty, and visitors surrounded them in contented jubilee. 

Shabbat Shalom! Bringing Jewish traditions from home

Give yourself a pep-chalk: Whittier College celebrates International Women’s Day

In honor of Women’s History Month, there are a series of events being held on campus. The Women’s Leadership Association (WLA) is hosting two of these events. There was a zine-making workshop March 13, and they are teaming up with the Thalian Society  for a panel about “Femme leaders of today and tomorrow” Thursday, March 14. 

Give yourself a pep-chalk: Whittier College celebrates International Women’s Day

Society Spotlight: What to know if you’re new

Hello new Society members! First, I want to say welcome and congratulations on making it to the other side. I know I can speak for all the Societies when I say we are so happy to have you and can’t wait to continue getting to know you and forming even tighter bonds. 

Society Spotlight:  What to know if you’re new

Spot the new menu on campus

The Spot is a staple of life on  the Whittier College campus. At any given time, one can find students crowded in there hanging out with friends and enjoying the food offered. Lunch hours are especially busy, with lines flooding into the connected Ettinger Lounge as students wait to grab a bite to eat between classes. 

Spot the new menu on campus