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Senate goes transparent

The Associated Students of Whittier College (ASWC) unanimously passed the Legislative Transparency Bill on Monday, April 15. The Bill was written in response to some concerns raised by students at this year’s Senate Feedback Forum, regarding, as the text of the Bill states, the “rapidity with which bills and amendments are passed and dissatisfaction with the workability of OrgSync as a platform for information distribution.”

Senate goes transparent

Mayor Pro Tem on housing Whittier’s homeless

Over 200 individuals came to speak at the Whittier City Council meeting on March 26, and an Ad Hoc sub-committee on homelessness was formed. This week, we sat down with Mayor Pro Tem and City Council member Josue Alvarado, who voted against the sub-committee’s establishment. 

Mayor Pro Tem on  housing  Whittier’s homeless

eSports: Game on

Behenna determined, after some consideration, that the most concise definition of eSports is “competitive video games,” a categorization that is, by necessity, extremely broad; 2D fighting games like Street Fighter, Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas like LoL, and digital card games like Hearthstone are all played professionally.

eSports: Game on

Increase in Whittier homeless encampments

The City of Whittier released an update on homelessness within the city on March 8, 2019. According to the update, Whittier is experiencing an “increase in homeless encampments despite significant efforts by social service providers to offer a wide variety of services to those experiencing homelessness.”

Increase in Whittier homeless encampments

Hoops and all

Lizette Escobedo’s home has been used for many things in the last year: campaign strategy sessions, debate preparation, and launching community canvasses, just to name a few. The campaign chaos from her historic run at Whittier’s City Council in early 2018 hit Escobedo’s home like a tornado, and it took months to declutter the stacks of paperwork and literature in the aftermath.

Hoops and all

First-year Fionna makes plans

At the tail-end of Fall semester, after a number of delays, the Associated Students of Whittier College (ASWC) Senate chose their First-year Class Council (FFC) President Fionna Tejada. She was officially inaugurated at the Senate meeting on Feb. 4. FCC held its first meeting of the year two days later on Feb. 6.

First-year Fionna makes plans

16 states sue over Trump’s national emergency

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to secure funding for his southern border wall on Feb. 15. Then, on Feb. 16, President Trump tweeted, “BUILDING THE WALL!” President Trump is using “Section 2808 of Title 10 U.S. Code,” according to the Brennan Center of Justice, a Code which permits the defense secretary to “undertake military construction projects [. . .] not otherwise authorized by law that are necessary to support such use of the armed forces.”

16 states sue over Trump’s national emergency

Berthel sows the seeds for success

Associate Professor of Chinese Kenneth Berthel wants to set Whittier College apart from other campuses by embracing a 3000-year-old tradition. As his area of study would suggest, Berthel has a long-standing interest in Chinese culture. Berthel and nine other faculty members took 26 students to China during Spring Break 2017. Having been to China on several occasions, Berthel went largely to translate. While there, he took the opportunity to travel to the countryside for the first time.

Berthel sows the seeds for success