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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VPS rolls out Spanish Film Festival: Four years of cultural celebration
Whittier College’s Spanish Film Festival started on Feb. 10, 2016 with a screening of The Facilitator, “a political film about human rights” according to PRAGDAs website. That screening, along with others the club has put on, were funded by a grant from the PRAGDA Spanish Film Club. “At that time, I believe Video Production Services (VPS) was trying to venture into something new and unique, which is what the Spanish Film Festival really is,” offered Kelly Santos, president of VPS. “Cinema can be one of the most important tools in terms of gaining a cultural perspective. Here in the U.S., cinema often lacks in diversity. We want to celebrate films made by other cultures because of the informative and impactful visual experience they provide.”
Exploring your pasta-bilities; Learning to cook at WC
The Whittier College Program Board and Food Recovery Network hosted the first ever Poet Pride Cooking Class this past Wednesday Feb. 27. The class was hosted by Bon Appétit and led by Executive Chef Frank Gurrol. Program Board advertised that during the course participants would learn how to make “house-made ricotta and ravioli with ground Impossible Meat with smoked tomato and local basil sauce.”
Oh the places you’ll go, with an english degree
The Whittier College English department broke from the usual Backpack to Briefcase events, which, by the description on the College website, is where students go to “hear from past Poets about their journey into these fields and where their liberal arts education has taken them.” The English department instead hosted their own, major-specific career event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Dezember House. The event was organized and hosted by Whittier College professors including Assistant Professor of English Michelle Chihara, who opened the event with a short speech on what it means to get a degree in English. “I wanted to tell this story that I have about meeting a former English major, in Nashville, who ran a boutique distillery and got her job through her senior project in the History of the English Language on olde English beer recipes,” Chihara said. Despite being one of the most popular majors nationwide, ranking 19 out of 20 according to popularity on niche.com, English is often seen as a major with three possible outcomes: writing, editing, or teaching. This event aimed to disprove that very line of thinking.
Trans Vigil Recap
Poets gathered in the Campus Courtyard on Thursday, Nov. 15 to pay respects to trans-identifying Americans who had been killed in hate crimes in 2018. 23 total victims were represented at the vigil. Members of the Transgender, Other-Identified, Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Allies for Diversity club (TOBGLAD) organized the event and even brought and hung up posters of the victims, including their names and pictures. The Vice President and Treasurer of TOBGLAD, who preferred to remain unnamed, spoke together in honor of the victims, sharing each of their names in a meaningful candlelit ceremony.