Campus Life

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. 

Celebrating Los Angeles’ Black History

Four Point Omm

Take a moment to feel your feet on the ground. Feel the gravity that anchors your body to the Earth. Allow the muscles in your face, neck, and shoulders to relax. Take a few slow, deep breaths, and simply observe your body breathing naturally. Feel your abdomen expand and contract as you breathe in and out.

Four Point Omm

Election Day, the Whittier way

For many college students, the Nov. 6 election will be the first important election they can take part in. One of the most important parts of our democracy is the right to vote, yet only 46 percent of citizens ages 18 – 35 voted in the 2016 presidential election as compared to 72 percent of those over the age of 71, according to NPR. Valerie Strauss wrote in her article for The Washington Post that “[The youth] have not learned how to register to vote . . . They haven’t learned that they have power . . . This lack of education translates into a lack of political engagement.” In order to change this, the youth — college students in particular — need to understand how and where to vote. 

Election Day, the Whittier way

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

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

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

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

Reporting on reporting: the process and workings of a Title IX investigation

Students can rest assured knowing that the new Lead Title IX Investigator, Siobhan Skerritt, is more than capable of creating her own legacy on campus. Over Spring break, Campus Life had the opportunity of sitting down with Skerrit to talk about sexual violence on our campus, how to report an assault, the trends Skerritt has seen in reported assaults since the start of her position here at Whittier, and more.

Poets Step Up to Bat at Dodger Stadium

 It’s time for Dodgers baseball! The Los Angeles Dodgers faced the Colorado Rockies on Sept. 8. With help from the members of Program Board and the Leadership Experience and Programs (LEAP) Office, 50 Whittier College students were able to experience the game at Dodger Stadium.