Love thy neighborhood: First Christian Church donates campus
First Christian Church of Whittier, founded in 1895, has decided to turn over control of their property in Uptown Whittier to be repurposed for senior affordable housing. The congregation will exit the campus at the end of 2019, and the non-profit Christian Church Homes will work with the City of Whittier to establish almost 80 housing units for low-income seniors.
Fires illuminate consequences of climate change
Anyone standing on top of the Science & Learning Center in recent days could look north and west to see huge plumes of smoke expanding into the sky like a mushroom cloud from an atom bomb. What looks like giant, fluffy gray clouds is actually smoke billowing into an already carbon-saturated atmosphere.
A recollection of records broken this election cycle
The 2018 election cycle broke many records previously held in the legislative branch. In both the one hundredth and sixteenth session of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate, more people of color and women were elected than ever before. Previously, only 107 members – 22 percent – in both branches of Congress were women.
Voter suppression in the sunshine state
The midterm election on Nov. 6 started discussions around voter requirements and voter suppression laws (VSL) around the United States and in Florida. The Florida gubernatorial election — the race for Florida’s governor — was watched around the U.S. because Andrew Gillum (D) is the first black candidate for Florida governor in the state’s history.
The House of Representatives plays the blues
As a result of the Nov. 6 elections, the Republican Party was able to tighten control of the Senate, and the Democratic Party was able to flip the House of Representatives — meaning they were able to turn it from a Republican Party majority to a Democratic Party majority.
Wildfires roar across California
The Woolsey Fire has claimed 97,620 acres of land since it began on Nov. 8, taking the lives of two individuals from Los Angeles County. Starting in Simi Valley, the Woolsey Fire forced the evacuation of the city of Malibu and parts of Los Angeles and Ventura County.
Tobacco Awareness Month
“I believe that [the Tobacco Free Initiative] has been working,” said third-year Taylor Beckwith. “[What we want with] the policy is to make sure that it is focused on education and not targeting the smoker, or the tobacco user, because the whole idea is to create a healthier and safer environment on campus.”’
City of Whittier ballot-in-brief
To clarify the offices and propositions up for election this year, the Quaker Campus has compiled a brief summary of each item on the ballot for voters in Whittier. Depending on where you are registered to vote, the items may vary. This ballot summary was created based off of a sample ballot for someone registered at Whittier College. All occupations listed are submitted by the candidate.
Educate yourself on who is running for local office
The League of Women Voters of Whittier (LWV) will host a candidate forum on Thursday, Oct. 18 for the East Whittier City School District and the Rio Hondo Community College Board of Trustees for areas three and five. The forum will consist of questions from the audience, where the incumbents will have to defend their seats from challengers.
Alumni visit for the 2018 homecoming celebration
Each year, Whittier College hosts Whittier Weekend to welcome back alumni. Students are also allowed to bring their friends and families to see the campus and partake in activities put on by the College. Whittier Weekend was held this year from Friday, Oct. 12 – Saturday, Oct. 13.