From L.A. to Whittier, diversity in our backyard
As a part of the first six-weeks of the Fall semester, the Office of Equity and Inclusion put together “A Day in L.A.,” highlighting art from diverse communities. The excursion consisted of visits to the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEAM), and the first annual Whittier Pride.
Horror Nights strikes fear in all of Us: QC Editorial staff makes the journey to the Upside Down
Like the movie, much of the maze is creepy rather than scary. It is hard to capture the exact feelings of terror from the film, which are largely based on the concept that there is someone out there somewhere that looks just like you.
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.
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.
Vitaly works magic at the Shannon Center
Comedy, art, and magic are all on their way to Whittier, as Vitaly Beckman will soon take the stage at the Ruth B. Shannon Center of Performing Arts. Beckman is a well-known illusionist who has already amazed thousands of people, bringing art to life while also cracking jokes for his audiences.
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.
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.
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.
Discussing healthy sexuality: Students and Faculty perform the Vagina Monologues
Poets gathered in Villalobos Hall on Feb. 28 for the Vagina Monologues. The event was hosted by the Violence Intervention and Prevention Club (VIP). And 100 percent of admission fees were donated, according to the Student-L sent out by fourth-year Eryn Wells, “90 [percent] of the proceeds will be donated to Women in Prison, Detention Centers, and Formerly Incarcerated Women. 10 [percent] of the proceeds will be donated to the Spotlight Campaign: The Resistance.”
Unmasking their fears; Daryl Davis dismantles the KKK
Daryl Davis is a blues musician, and an activist for race relations. As one of the Feinberg Lectures speakers, Davis gave a lecture about dismantling the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) — his book is titled Klan-destine Relationships, published in 1997. When first approaching the idea of confronting KKK members, the primary question in his head was: “Why do you hate me when you don’t even know me?”
Celebrating Los Angeles’ Black History
Over time, Black History Month has served to appreciate generations before us and the struggles they have faced. There are education systems based solely on the Civil Rights Movement of the ‘60s, and countless museums dedicated to the artwork of African Americans throughout time.
Prison to peace: a life in letters
Researcher for the Nelson Mandela Foundation and author Sahm Venter is visiting Whittier College to speak to students about living under apartheid, the life of Nelson Mandela, and the letters that Mandela wrote throughout his time in prison. On Tuesday, Feb. 12, she gave a talk based off the findings of her book, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela. Prior to the books release in July of 2018, little was known about Mandela’s private correspondances during his 27 year long prison sentence.
Poets are nuts about their unofficial mascot
With Whittier College set to turn 132 years old this year, the oldest and smallest Poet on Campus, Friday the Squirrel, turned 135 this past Monday. Nestled safely in a display case on the first floor of the Wardman Library, Friday is often overlooked by most students, yet he holds a great significance to the history of the College.