Growing up is sad, but better than alternative

Anuradha Lingappa
May 7, 2015
Filed under Columnists, Opinion

Approximately 24 hours before flying back to Walla Walla for my final semester at Whitman, I watched the sun rise from a hospital's labor and delivery room. I'd decided to work a night shift as a doula (non-technical birth attendant) so close to my departure because being present for births usually motivates... Read more »

No shame loving material objects

Anuradha Lingappa
April 23, 2015
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My gold necklace broke last week. I hadn't taken it off once since my grandmother gave it to me five years ago, and I was surprised by how uncomfortable having a bare neck made me feel. I'd come to think of my necklace as an unchanging component of my appearance, an extension of my physical self. Though... Read more »

Right to health is Whitman issue

Anuradha Lingappa
April 9, 2015
Filed under Columnists, Opinion

Over spring break I had the opportunity to attend a conference for students passionate about becoming positive agents of change in the fight for global health equity. I spent the weekend talking to other students, established activists and advocates, and medical professionals who were all committed to... Read more »

Paying closer attention to dystopia encourages critical political thinking

Anuradha Lingappa
March 5, 2015
Filed under Columnists, Opinion

I've always loved books and stories that take place in dystopian societies. I'm a fan of science fiction, generally speaking, because I like seeing portrayals of how people might behave if they were in a different world with access to seemingly impossible technology. Dystopias are interesting because... Read more »

Beware of traveling, volunteering under false pretenses

Anuradha Lingappa
February 19, 2015
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As a second-semester senior, I spend a lot of my time thinking about, planning and panicking over the future. I don't think I can predict where I'll be in a decade, but no matter what happens, I hope I will be able to travel a lot. Growing up, I was lucky to have parents who valued travel. Seeing... Read more »

Tuberculosis scare sheds light on treatment disparity

Anuradha Lingappa
January 29, 2015
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While working in a hospital over winter break I came into contact with a patient who had active tuberculosis. Three weeks later I got a cold and began coughing up bloody phlegm. Naturally I assumed the worst –– that I had tuberculosis –– and would have to be subjected to a forceful regimen of... Read more »

Biracial identity leads to unexpected privileges

Anuradha Lingappa
December 11, 2014
Filed under Columnists, Opinion

I'm biracial. While I love my identity, sometimes having multiple ethnicities leaves me feeling like I don't belong because society hasn't established a space for who I am. My confusion about race began in elementary school in San Francisco, where almost all of my class was ethnically Chinese. I was... Read more »

Increased social awareness leads to reconsideration of childhood literary love

Anuradha Lingappa
November 20, 2014
Filed under Columnists, Opinion

When I was 16, my favorite book was "Gone With the Wind." I loved the melodramatic love story between two awful and manipulative people, and the epic portrayal of how the Old South went up in flames. And above all, I loved Scarlett O'Hara. Scarlett showed me how a sheltered but stubborn young woman... Read more »

Ebola no excuse to fear West Africa

Ebola no excuse to fear West Africa

Anuradha Lingappa
November 6, 2014
Filed under Columnists, Opinion, Opinion Highlight

Illustration by Eric Rannestad. In the beginning of medical training, one of the essential principles learned is "do no harm." Most people who have been writing about ebola in the United States aren't medical professionals, so they might not feel a responsibility to uphold this rule. Coverage of the f... Read more »

Vivisection questions taboos

Vivisection questions taboos

Anuradha Lingappa
October 23, 2014
Filed under Opinion, Opinion Highlight

A few weeks ago, I did an experiment in biology lab that involved cutting open the body cavity of a live frog and dripping adrenaline onto its still-beating heart. The results, a dramatically increased heartbeat, were incredible to watch firsthand. However, dissecting a living animal instead of a dead o... Read more »

Scientists must recognize intersection of social issues, quantitative study

Scientists must recognize intersection of social issues, quantitative study

Anuradha Lingappa
October 9, 2014
Filed under Columnists, Opinion

Illustration by Lya Hernandez. When I think about my future, I always picture myself doing something related to medicine or scientific research, not politics or policy. This makes sense because I am studying biology, not social science or the humanities. I would be more than happy to spend all my waking hou... Read more »

Social dance, social justice must go hand in hand

Social dance, social justice must go hand in hand

Anuradha Lingappa
September 25, 2014
Filed under Columnists, Opinion

Illustration by Luke Hampton. Frankie Manning, the man credited with founding the Lindy Hop, would have turned 100 this year. Lindy Hop originated in Harlem during the 1920s and 1930s, though its popularity dwindled when World War II broke out. In the 1980s and 1990s, Lindy Hop had a revival that ste... Read more »