Society Spotlight: Metaphonian Edition

To learn more about the Metaphonian Society you are welcome to attend any of the events below: 

Rock lunch: every Monday outside the spot

Calligraphy Workshop: Nov. 11 at 6:02 p.m., Club 88, RSVP

Menchie’s Fundraiser: Oct. 22 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Rush: Nov. 4 at 9:02 a.m., RSVP to Miss Genesis ggil@poets.whittier.edu or Miss Haily hmccord@poets.whittier for details

Society Spotlight: Metaphonian Edition

Absentee is better than absent

In case you were not yet aware, we are only three weeks away from the midterm elections. While it seems like the tag of “most important election ever” gets thrown around seemingly every election cycle, few can argue the importance of Nov. 6 to our country’s immediate future. While most students will get to vote in their home polling place, many of us cannot simply get on a plane and fly across the country to place our vote. For the section of the student body from the other 37 states represented on campus, absentee ballots may be their first ever voting experience. So, what exactly is an absentee ballot, and what deadlines do students on campus have to meet in order for their vote to be counted?

Absentee is better than absent

Community Day the CA way

The Whittier College department of Housing and Residential Life (Res Life) held their semesterly Community Day on Thursday, Oct. 4. Community Days are an initiative on behalf of Res Life to give students a place to relax and make friends. This semester, the theme was “Poetpalooza,”  and the celebration included DJs from KPoet, bounce houses, and caricature artists. Students painted pumpkins, posed in a photo booth, and popped paint-filled balloons onto a canvas. 

Community Day the CA way

Whittier College goes pro hoe

“No bad women, just bad laws” “You are worth more than who you f–ck.” “I’m a feminist. What’s your superpower?” These signs decorated the streets surrounding Pershing Square in Los Angeles this past Saturday, Oct. 6. The Violence Intervention and Prevention Club (VIP) took a group of about 10 students to the Amber Rose SlutWalk. The SlutWalk was created in 2011 back in Toronto, in protest of a police officer who told a group of college students that if they did not want to be raped, they should not dress like sluts. This ill advice has created over 200 SlutWalks around the world where people are dedicated to bringing awareness to sexual violence, victim blaming, body shaming, and gender inequality. 

Whittier College goes pro hoe

Thoughts From a Twin XL

September was a month for meeting the family. In between learning names, sensibilities, stress levels, and favorite foods, I remember a time (only a month before) when my boyfriend was not ready for me to meet his family, and frankly (probably) didn’t want me to at all. “Family is something I am very apprehensive about,” he told me again on Monday. “My personal life doesn’t overlap with my family life … so to have you in my living room for so long … it’s a lot for me.” The moment he’s talking about consisted of us sharing stories, music, and baby pictures in his parents’ living room the night we celebrated his dad’s birthday. It’s all a lot for me too, but in different ways than it is for him, my partner (I assume — scratch that — I know. Maybe?). 

Queer we are

Now that school is in full swing, new events and activities have been popping up all over campus. On Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) teamed up with Trans, Other-Identifying, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian Allies for Diversity (TOBGLAD) to hold an LGBTQIA+ mixer. The event drew students from all different years, all different identities, and all different educational paths.

Queer we are

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, one year later

The one year anniversary of the Hurricane Maria passed last Thursday, on Sept. 20, and the Whittier College community held a vigil to commemorate those who were lost and the destruction that occurred. Considering such damage, Whittier Scholars Program Coordinator and Head of Poets Por Puerto Rico Joanna Diaz noted the importance of maintaining the public’s awareness. “We wanted to make sure that people continue to think about Puerto Rico.” Diaz said. “The island is still suffering.” 


Poets swipe right on dating workshop series

Love and dating can be tumultuous in college — students are busy navigating classes and jobs, and transitioning into a more independent lifestyle. Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) along with the Community Organizing Intern for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention, Eryn Wells, brought Trina Tan to our campus last week on Sept. 19 and 20. Wells was excited to take part in helping shape our community. “One of my goals within this internship is to help create a more informed and healthy community,” said Wells. “If community members are learning and passing knowledge onto others, this causes for healthy dialogues to circulate. It is really important that our community be more informed and talk about issues that are important, rather than brushing them under the rug.”


Do we actually recycle?

Flash back to the Spring of 2008 – Barack Obama had just announced his candidacy for President of the United States, Bear Stearns was about to go bankrupt, and Whittier College had just launched a number of initiatives in hope of turning Whittier into a “greener” campus. It was at this time Whittier claimed to have launched its first successful recycling program in campus history.


Do we actually recycle?

Dorm life and the living (can) be easy

It is the third week of the semester, and many of us are still adjusting, or re-adjusting, to college life and residence hall life in particular. After the chaos of moving into your room, you probably went to a floor meeting to discuss community guidelines for living together. However, the details on how to be a good roommate may have been left up to you and the other students in your building to know and learn. If you are new to living in residence halls, you may be unfamiliar with dorm etiquette. If you are a returner, perhaps you could use a refresher (or know someone who could). Not to worry — as seasoned dormers, we are here to give you the insider’s guide to residence hall etiquette. 

Dorm life and the living (can) be easy

QC takes on Horror Nights

This year’s theme for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood is “True fear comes from within,” though after attending we would argue that true fear can also come from being chased with a chainsaw. Halloween Horror Nights definitely lives up to its name, with nine mazes and five scare zones designed to chill and thrill from start to finish.

QC takes on Horror Nights

Society Spotlight: why I chose to be a ______

The reasons behind why an individual joins a society are just as unique as the individual. Each society offers something different, and it varies depending on what you as an individual are looking for.

I spoke with someone from each society to get their personal reasons on why they joined the society they did, and here is what they said:

Third-year Makayla Fredrick pledged into the Ionian Society in the Spring of 2018. When asked why she chose the Ionian Society, she said, “Saying I chose to be an Ionian simply because it felt right is an understatement. My reasoning behind wanting to be an Ionian isn’t as solid as ice, but instead fluid like a river. I wanted to be a member of an organization as rich in history and as diverse as the Ionians. Growing up as the only child my age in a male-dominated family, I didn’t have very many female role models, aside from my mother. Now, I have too many to count on one hand. It’s a commonly-known fact that you can’t pick your family, but I chose these women to become my family away from my family, and I continue to choose these women.”

Fourth-year Kieran Delceppo pledged into the Orthogonian Society in the Spring of 2016 because “that is where I felt the most at home. It is being with guys that want the best for you and have no problem shooting you straight.”

Fourth-year Jack Sinanian pledged into the William Penn Society in the Spring of 2016 . He said, “I chose to be a Penn because I wanted to be apart of a special group of people who wanted to be better versions of themselves everyday. I felt that if I could surround myself with a group of guys who wanted to achieve new heights for themselves and reach their goals, then they could help me just like I could help them and that I could emerge as a leader.”

Second-year Tom Santos chose to pledge into the Franklin Society in the spring of 2018, “because having met the members and getting to know them more, I felt like I could really relate with them and trust them.”

Third-year Genesis Gil pledged into the Metaphonian Society in the Spring of 2017. When asked her reasons for choosing to become a Met, she said, “Within the Metaphonian society I found a community of empowering women that I wanted to be a part of. They were so welcoming, and made my first semester of college memorable. When I was elected as [First-Year Class Council] president, they all texted me and congratulated me, and that kind of support was a reason why I chose to be a Met. Alongside that, they were always greeting me with smiles on campus and asking me how I’m doing. Their bonds as sisters was evidently strong, and I wanted to share that with them as well.”

Fourth-year Kindall Yeung pledged into the Thalian Society in the Spring of 2016 because of her previous relationship with the actives at the time. “I chose to be a Thalian because I knew, through meeting many of them and spending a lot of time with them, that they were my kind of people. We’re one of the most diverse groups on campus, and I loved that. I could see in the way they interacted that they had respect for each other, provided support for one another, and had a great relationship with their alumnae and with other societies on campus.”

Third-year Analis Hetter pledged into the Athenian Society in the Spring of 2018 after seeing how much the Athenian ladies motivated her. Hetter further explained, “I chose to surround myself with women that empowered me. I chose to build relationships with young women who motivated me and influenced me to become a better, stronger version of myself. I chose this sisterhood because of the mutual unconditional love that my sistAs offer. My sisters hold each other accountable to a higher standard and work unbelievably hard to live in harmony with everything they set their mind to. My sisters are the reason why I became an Athenian.”

Fourth-year Kelsey Sherman pledged into the Palmer Society in the Spring of 2017. Sherman said, “I chose to be a Palmer for multiple reasons. I wanted to find a new group of friends. I wanted connections. But I chose the Palmers because they were kind, they laughed at all my corny jokes, and they seemed to want to spend time with me. The Palmers reached out to me, went around my schedule to hang out with me, and were open to new ideas. Overall, I chose the Palmers because they were the best fit for me, and I knew that they would be able to give me the support I was looking for.”

Society Spotlight: why I chose to be a ______

Welcome to Wardman Library

With the school year just starting up, it is time to get familiar with one of the greatest resources on campus: the Bonnie Bell Wardman Library. There are so many life-saving services that the library provides to Whittier students, connected campuses, and visitors alike. In case you have never set foot in our beautiful library, it is the three-story, window-laden building located above the Center for Advising and Academic Success (CAAS). The entrance is just opposite Platner Hall.

Welcome to Wardman Library

Intro to intramurals

The start of the school year signals a few consistent things: all-nighter study sessions after procrastinating too long, the Center for Advising and Academic Success (CAAS), and emails encouraging students to sign up for intramurals. I am what people could call “uncoordinated” or “unathletic,” so when I first got to Whittier College and my friends wanted to form an intramural sports team, I was terrified. 

Intro to intramurals

Thoughts From a Twin XL

This past night without you next to me was hard. I tossed and turned all night, had a nightmare that my parents were back together and woke up depressed and upset and not wanting to face the world. What got me out of bed was the fact that I knew I’d see you (eventually) today. So I changed, got ready and put makeup on, killed some time, and am now waiting for you. But I don’t mind. I have no reason to be upset or worried because for months, all I wanted to know was that you were on your way to see me. 

Thoughts From a Twin XL

Less than a class, more than a club: Society spotlight

Hello! Let me be the first society member to formally introduce you to Whittier College. My name is Iyesha Ferguson, and I’m a member of the Thalian Society. Societies are unique to Whittier College and not many other schools. While they are commonly compared to sororities and fraternities, there are some major differences between them: societies aren’t nationally recognized, the pledging and rushing processes are completely different, and societies are 100 percent anti-hazing. 

Less than a class, more than a club: Society spotlight

What’s up in Whittier: A locals guide to the surrounding area

Are you new to Whittier? Were you raised in a nearby area, but are looking for new places to spend your college life? Thankfully, Whittier is surrounded by big cities with many must visit locations. This list will tell you all the best spots, from where to get the best iced coffee to the best beach to hit up during spring break. Enjoy! 

What’s up in Whittier: A locals guide to the surrounding area

Summertime, (Almost) Ex-Lovers, and Analyzing My Queerness: a First Attempt

I read her the title of this piece. At this point, it’s only an idea—a small idea for a potential column I think I might be writing for my college paper (a stupid idea). She leans in, over her plate of pork tacos, all of which I’ve already taken my fair share of bites from, and says: “So, ex-lover, huh?”

Summertime, (Almost) Ex-Lovers, and Analyzing My Queerness: a First Attempt