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.
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.
Cannabis Convictions Cancelled in California
California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1793 on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. The bill will require the California Department of Justice (DOJ) to review past convictions made between 1975 and 2016, and determine if they violate the legal guidelines created by the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.
U.S. State Department says ‘Hasta la visas’
According to The Washington Blade, on July 20, a letter was distributed from the State Department stating that “all currently accredited same-sex domestic partners of officers and employees . . . who wish to maintain their derivative G-4 nonimmigrant visa status and acceptance of accreditation . . . [must] submit appropriate documentation that the couple has legally married.”
Kavanaugh is confirmed
On Saturday, Oct. 6, Brett Kavanaugh became the 114th Associate Justice appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), despite controversy during his confirmation process. While Kavanaugh was going through his confirmation hearings, three women accused him of sexually assaulting them in the 1980s.
Poets perplexed by mass text
To help alert students to impending deadlines, Whittier College implemented a system to send reminders of important upcoming dates. Last week, the Office of the Registar sent personalized text messages to all students, reminding them that the deadline for dropping classes was Sept. 25.