Keeping religion and politics at the dinner table

“Hey Jesse, what do you think about Trump?” Always looking to stir the pot, my grandpa stared down my future brother-in-law, looking to make this Thanksgiving a bit more lively. The dining room table was a perfect physical manifestation of the political spectrum. Down on the left-hand side sat my step sister, her fiancé, my cousin, and her husband; then the more moderate-leaning individuals, including my brother and his girlfriend, sat in a central area of the table; and finally on the right-hand wing of the table sat my grandparents, my mom, step dad, dad, and step mom. My parents are by no means overly conservative, but compared to my sister and cousin, who are radically liberal, there seemed to be an extreme divide.

Keeping religion and politics at the dinner table

Grad school or bust, the student dilemma

Growing up, all I heard about was going to college and how it was going to transform my life. After making it through high school and finally reaching college, the pinnacle of success, I was disappointed to discover that I still had a long way to go.

Grad school or bust, the student dilemma

Fruits of American empire laid bare in Tijuana

Mexico’s northern border city of Tijuana was set ablaze by the recent arrival of the Central American exodus. Thousands of men, women, and children fled their volatile Northern Triangle homelands of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, determined to make the over 2,000-mile trek across dense Chiapan forests and vast Sonoran deserts to America’s doorstep — only to be met with the barbarism and state-sanctioned xenophobia, exemplified by barbed-wire barricades and tear gas canisters courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Fruits of American empire laid bare in Tijuana

Bittersweet endings to bitter stories

“I saw [Amber] riding up and down . . . She was by herself. I saw this black pickup. He pulled up and grabbed her. When she screamed, I figured the police ought to know about it, so I called them,” said Jim Kevil to dfw.cbslocal.com. Kevil, a 78-year-old retired machinist, was the last person to see 9-year-old Amber Hagerman alive before she was kidnapped and murdered in Arlington, Texas.

Amber and her 5-year-old brother Ricky had decided on that day, Jan. 13, 1996, they would bike to a local abandoned grocery store and play in the parking lot.  They looped around the parking lot, breathing in the chilly winter air, until Ricky got tired and decided to head home. Amber stayed behind to ride around the parking lot some more. Minutes later, Amber was kidnapped. Kevil described her kidnapper as a white or hispanic male, 25 – 40 years old, under six feet tall, and of a medium build.

Bittersweet endings to bitter stories

Prolific has a new number

During the majority of the 1990s, an evil prowled the highways of Washington State. Gary Ridegway, known as the Green River Killer before he was caught, was picking up at-risk women and girls during his shifts as a truck driver, strangling them, and then dumping their bodies in the wilderness, only to come back and have intercourse with their corpses. The ’90s in Washington was a time for rebellion, punk music, and the rise of Nirvana, not the horror of discovering the bodies of young girls along the Green River, the dump site of Ridgeway’s first five victims. He had a tendency to prey on young girls, his youngest identified victim only 15 years-old. Her name was Debra Lorraine Estes. 

Prolific has a new number

A proposition to help our fellow earthlings

Animal welfare advocates throughout the nation rejoiced following the election on Nov. 6. What is being proclaimed as the “strongest animal protection law in history” by Mercy for Animals, Proposition 12 was passed with 61 percent of the vote by the citizens of California. Californians are paving the way for the continuing abolition of cruel factory farming practices.

A proposition to help our fellow earthlings

Exception funding exceptionally cut

College represents a period of intellectual transformation, wherein burgeoning young adults transition from the burdens and anxieties of pubescence to those of an ever evolving, often unforgiving professional world. On-campus employment can make this transition a bit smoother for students fortunate enough to receive a financial aid work award — the trouble, for some, can be finding work without one.

Exception funding exceptionally cut

Sex, Slut Shaming, and Small Schools

Whittier College is home to just under 1,700 students. One of them is sitting at a coffee shop in Uptown Whittier just a short walk from campus sipping a seven-dollar iced latte. Her lip gloss has ended up all over the beverage’s new straw less lid. She looks up at me with big brown eyes, accentuated with thick, long eyelashes.

Sex, Slut Shaming, and Small Schools

How a symbol sheds blood

Father Bede, a man whose work in introducing Christian Americans to Vedic concepts was instrumental, famously said that each religion is “a face of the one Truth, which manifests itself under different signs and symbols.” Signs and symbols: this overarching theme is vital to a discussion of faith-based violence; for the simple fact that it is these symbols that invoke animosity, fear, and, ultimately, violence. Two particular symbols – the Star of David of Judaism and the turban of Sikhism — have become crucial to inter-faith dialogue concerning violence prevention and the redirection of misguided information.

How a symbol sheds blood

Let’s give thanks for parachutes

“Once upon a time, there was an English archer named Robin Hood, who lived in Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire.” Thus begins an article found in the February 1972 issue of Air Line Pilot, the official journal of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), a page of which is pinned in the closed Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) case file on D.B. Cooper. Just three months before, on Thanksgiving Eve of 1971, Cooper pulled off the only unsolved plane hijacking in aviation history. 

Let’s give thanks for parachutes

People of color come from all over the world

Recently, I’ve noticed a trend of people saying that Asian people are not “people of color” and should be considered “white.” I think this stems from the idea that some people view Asian people as the “model minority.” This is the idea that certain minorities, usually in reference to Asian-Americans, do better academically, socioeconomically, etc., than other minorities, and that other minorities should use them as a model to do better. 

People of color come from all over the world

JanTerm: to take or not to take?

It’s that time of year again, Poets; registration is upon us. There is one question that seems to be boggling a lot of our fellow students: whether or not to take a JanTerm. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, the College allows students to take one course between the Fall and Spring semesters, which is called JanTerm. During this time, Poets take a class that is usually three hours a day,  Monday through Friday. 

JanTerm: to take or not to take?

Celebrate the small stuff: an election recap

This Tuesday, Nov. 6 marked yet another historic election. According to ballotpedia.org, there were 35 Senate seats up for election, 9 of which were being defended by Republicans, while the rest were being defended by Democrats or Independent parties. 

Celebrate the small stuff: an election recap

The Angel of Death in the spotlight

A trip to the hospital isn’t out of the ordinary. If you’re lucky, you might only need to have a physical or a flu shot, though some people may need a few nights in the hospital to recover from an illness. Whatever the severity, any stay in a hospital has one thing in common: nurses. 

The Angel of Death in the spotlight

The not so sweet side of Halloween

When I was a little girl, Halloween was my favorite time of the year. I adored the feeling of being afraid (in a controlled environment, of course): Houses-decked out in spooky decorations, ABC Family/Freeform’s “13 Nights of Halloween” movie marathons played when you got home from class, and parties consisting of spider cupcakes and skeleton cookies. 

The not so sweet side of Halloween

Why all the frustration with registration?

Registration for JanTerm and Spring semester classes is coming up quickly — as early as Nov. 12 for fourth-years and Nov. 15 for first-years. As a first-year, this is my first time registering for classes without other students and professors in the room to answer questions or advise me. 

Why all the frustration with registration?

Make America safe again, or for the first time

On Oct. 2, President Trump hosted a rally in Mississippi. Amongst the crowd of “Make America Great Again” hats and ‘Build the Wall’ posters, Trump spoke about the issue of reporting sexual assault. More specifically, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony accusing then Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexually assaulting her in the summer of 1980.

Make America safe again, or for the first time

Losing Your Right to Vote? It’s Easier Than You Think!

Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been sitting on the Supreme Court since Oct. 6,  and already we are beginning to see the effects of a politically-divided court. The Supreme Court of the United States has always strived to be a symbol of non-partisan law practice; their job is to uphold the legal ideals of this nation. However, we now see a very clear political divide on the bench, and this latest confirmation has tipped the scales in favor of a conservative court. 

Losing Your Right to Vote? It’s Easier Than You Think!

Two serial killers and 16 ghosts walk into a hotel ...

On the corner of 7th and Main in Los Angeles, California — squeezed between a number of bars, corner stores, and a hodgepodge of other run-down businesses — lies the Stay on Main. Once just a hotel, the Stay on Main.

Two serial killers and 16 ghosts walk into a hotel ...

The balance of privilege and empathy

It was a Tuesday afternoon, and I, ever the thrill-seeker, was polishing off a paper that was due in no less than 30 minutes. I had already been working on the task for about two hours prior, and although I was invested in jamming as many thoughts into coherent sentences as I could, I was invariably distracted by my surroundings. That’s when my mind started to wander, and when a young man, incensed with the nature of the conversation among his friend group, which consisted of two women, had an unexpectedly visceral reaction.

The balance of privilege and empathy