Sam Chapman


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  1. Divestment stages coup, secedes from union Humor Jack Issue April 2, 2015

    Wearing masks made from locally-grown hemp fibers, members of the Whitman Campus Climate Challenge stormed the administrative offices in Memorial Hall yesterday, defenestrating President Jorge Ponts and declaring the establishment of the People’s Divestocracy of Walla Walla. “As of this morning, we secede from the United States and establish our own ...

  2. Demonizing radical Islam diminishes our own humanity Opinion January 29, 2015

    It is easy to declare what I will never do. It is harder to face the potential that I could murder or rape or abuse power, but that confrontation is the only reliable way to keep evil at bay.

  3. Letter to the Editor: divestment and economic diversity Letter to the Editor Opinion November 20, 2014

    Divestment has started answering this with another question: Why can’t our finances reflect our values and moral mission? The shift toward corporatization of our college has subsequently prioritized business interests before realization of institutional values.

  4. Students must continue to pressure administration about economic diversity Board Editorials Opinion October 29, 2014

    The administration promises they will be taking student concerns into account in their next meetings in November and February, yet there is no accompanying promise of transparency, no means for students or faculty to hold trustees accountable to a meaningful change in policy

  5. Felony laws create permanent underclass Opinion September 18, 2014

    In an era where politicians still treat the economy as though it’s one blow from caving in, why would you prevent a capable person from entering the workforce? Isn’t the idea that felony changes the nature of a human, dare I say it, a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy?

  6. Collectivists Can’t Ignore Local Politics Columnists Opinion September 11, 2014

    It won’t come as a surprise to anybody if I say that Whitman students tend to follow a certain political aesthetic. That’s a generalization, and you will certainly find people on campus who don't agree that the income gap is a necessary consequence of capitalism, that collectivization is a requirement ...

  7. Radical Surgery Needed for Planet Earth, Economy Columnists Opinion May 1, 2014

    Anybody who’s seen Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery might remember the scene in which Dr. Evil outlines his sinister plan to release toxic pollutants into the atmosphere and create a hole in the ozone layer. After an awkward silence, an underling must tell him that this has already happened.

  8. Government Panel Needs to Point Citizens in Right Direction Columnists Opinion April 17, 2014

    The most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is no different, and frankly, I’d be suspicious if it was. It offers numbers—parts per million (still over 400, still climbing), temperatures in Celsius, things that will happen by 2030 and 2050—keeping them as simple as possible in order ...

  9. Real Eco-change Might Happen in Secret Opinion March 13, 2014

    A few weeks ago, a friend forwarded me a blog post about something called the Huron Mountain Club in the upper peninsula of Michigan. This regional secret society is exclusive to the ultra-rich, completely disavows its own existence and made Henry Ford wait in line for ten years until a ...

  10. Keep Whitman Divestment Buzz Alive Columnists Opinion February 20, 2014

    For those of you who don’t know, the situation for Whitman College’s fossil fuel divestment campaign has taken a sharp turn. Until now, the members of the 350 council have focused on changing the minds on the Board of Trustees, who just released a statement some might think puts the ...

  11. Looking Toward Future Can Give Hope to Environmentalists Columnists Opinion February 6, 2014

    If you have been reading these pages since May 2013, you may recall the last time my name appeared here at the head of a sign-off column in which I questioned the hopes of the environmentalist movement, my own commitment to it and the progress of mankind. I concluded that ...

  12. Whitman Alumni Find Environmentalist Views Evolving Circuit Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow May 13, 2013

    Environmental issues are a prominent concern amongst Whitman activists, yet many claim that their youthful idealism dies out once faced with the 'real world.' Here, the Circuit catches up with four environmentally-minded alumnae to see how post-grad life has affected their environmental vision.

  13. Individual Blame Won’t Address Environmental Problems Opinion April 25, 2013

    The Earth does not need saving, we do, and we must adjust our activism accordingly.

  14. Environmentalists Are Not All Well-Off Columnists Opinion April 4, 2013

    Despite popular images of environmentalists as rich, white hippies, much of the most forward-thinking environmental activism comes from the third world and other disadvantaged communities.

  15. We Can No Longer Ignore Geoengineering I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 28, 2013

    As you might suspect, my friends and I talk politics a lot. Because I am a green activist and an Environmental Humanities major, I can’t resist bringing up climate change frequently; because a lot of them are hard science majors, they can’t resist offering technological as opposed to social solutions. ...

  16. Students Silenced by Mental Health Stigma Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight February 27, 2013

    A mental disorder can be almost as difficult to spot as it is to live with. Many students who suffer from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other conditions are doing so in silence, at Whitman and at schools across the country.

  17. Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success Opinion Opinion Highlight February 14, 2013

    Even if the current campaign to divest from fossil fuels is unsuccessful in its stated goals, it will still have succeeded in making a political statement that resonates with a nation-wide project to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

  18. Right and wrong ways to react to a Snowmageddon I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 10, 2013

    My northeastern relatives and their neighbors had another chance to go skiing through their town centers this weekend, as the snowstorm Nemo barreled through New England, dumping feet of snow on its way. I am told that in places where weather like this is relatively commonplace--i.e. nowhere I've lived since ...

  19. Address Leaves Obama Beholden to Environmentalists Opinion January 31, 2013

    I skipped the broadcast of President Obama’s second inaugural address in favor of reading it afterwards, so that I could better analyze its content without being distracted by the speechcraft. As an environmentalist, my response is optimistic—though it took some thinking to arrive at that optimism. In his speech, Obama ...

  20. We Have Lost the Fight for the Planet Opinion Opinion Highlight January 24, 2013

    What if environmentalists have lost the fight for the planet? Green advocates will likely be prevented from implementing any meaningful solutions to our climate crisis, we must think of ways to live on a new planet.

  21. Carbon Tax Needed to Put Dent in Pollution Opinion Opinion Highlight November 29, 2012

    We need to start curbing greenhouse gases right now, and it’s looking increasingly clear that economics is the only way to do it. The only responsible option is to instate a carbon tax to make emissions not an externality but a true cost for polluters.

  22. Proportional Distribution Needed to Fix Electoral College Columnists Opinion November 8, 2012

    The electoral college robs 80 percent of the country of a chunk of what it means to be American. Shifting to a system of direct proportional awards of electoral votes is the best way to maintain and improve the integrity of American democracy.

  23. Green Party vote not wasted Opinion Opinion Highlight October 25, 2012

    I am voting for Green Party Candidate Jill Stein because I refuse to compromise democracy by succumbing to political expedience.

  24. Hydro power highlights green quandary Opinion October 11, 2012

    Despite the benefits of the renewable energy they provide, dams have drawbacks that are worth incorporating into a balanced environmental ethic.

  25. Whitties have power, responsibility to halt Port of Morrow time bomb Opinion September 27, 2012

    Ambre Energy's proposed coal processing facility in nearby Boardman, Ore. poses serious risks not only to the global climate, but to our own health and well-being here in the Northwest. Thankfully, there is much we can do, even as busy Whitties, to help put it to a stop.

  26. Green victories pile up as story, tactics change Opinion September 13, 2012

    Non-violent direct action is an effective tactic for environmental movements, but isn't happening nearly often enough to effect the change we need.

  27. Environmental degredation replaces classic imperialism Opinion Opinion Highlight May 3, 2012

    Today's levels of environmental degradation bears much in common with 18th and 19th century imperialism. Here in the 21st century, we are once again making a purchase with a whole swath of civilization as its externality.

  28. Voters give too much weight to gas prices in presidential elections Opinion Opinion Highlight April 19, 2012

    People get angry about the cost of a gallon, and its easy to see why, but we need to be careful to not be too short-sighted when choosing our president.

  29. CCC ponders sustainability revolving loan fund possibilities Blogs April 16, 2012

    The Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund (SRLF) is the topic of the week among the Whitman Planeteers, soon to be formerly known as the Campus Climate Challenge. For those of you unfamiliar with the SRLF, it’s a pool of $25,000 of Whitman College money set aside for projects that will increase ...

  30. Culture of complaint encourages us to seek meaningful changes on campus Opinion April 12, 2012

    Whitman students love to complain, but it is crucial that they harness that critical energy for productive change.

  31. What the CCC is up to this month Blogs April 10, 2012

    It's Earth Month, readers, and I can't think of a better time for me to actually do my job and fill this blog with the goings-on of CCC instead of my ponderous personal musings. If this is the first post you've read, it's important to note that the CCC is ...

  32. Thinking like a writer yields more fulfilling life Opinion April 5, 2012

    Thinking of your life like you're writing a story can help build the most fulfilling existence possible.

  33. In defense of eco-buzzwords Blogs April 4, 2012

    Here's the latest dish out of the Campus Climate Challenge's smoke-filled room: we're thinking of changing our name, and this blogger is all for it. “Campus Climate Challenge” has a lot of problems. First of all, it's a mouthful—whenever I tell people who I blog for, I have to say ...

  34. Whitman Announces New Interest Houses Humor April 1, 2012

    [caption id="attachment_47676" align="aligncenter" width="635" caption="Illustration: Emily Johnson"][/caption] With the Whitman administration having completed the latest in a series of shady land deals, the college is proud to announce the expansion of the Interest House Community to ...

  35. The Demise of the English Language Circuit Opinion March 13, 2012

    Let me preface by acknowledging that I idealize the past; it's fallacious to assume that bygone days saw the meanest peasants talking like Shakespearean dukes. That said, I believe social media is hastening the demise of artful language. Language is the glue that holds society together—body language and tone of voice ...

  36. Ron Paul excels as false revolutionary Opinion Opinion Highlight March 11, 2012

    Of all the detestable presidential candidates still in the race today, I reserve my worst ire for Ron Paul. True, some of the other candidates are far more despicable than henotably Rick Santorum, who believes that women should stay in the home and not the workforce, and claims that the ...

  37. Questions as an environmentalist Blogs March 5, 2012

    This week's post is about questions. What is a good environmentalist? More than that, how does one live? I've been pondering recently about what would happen if an ideal warrior were to join the ranks of the Campus Climate Challenge. What would this person be like? Would they have any friends, any ...

  38. Comments on a series of adventures Blogs February 28, 2012

    If you've been reading this blog regularly, you will know that I'm a rather strange person: more the type to be writing about where to find medieval coins with etching mistakes than about the personal journey of an environmentalist. Therefore, regulars shouldn't be surprised that one of the things I ...

  39. One-time payment for biodiversity raises ethical concerns Opinion February 23, 2012

    For a one-time payment of $30 billion, we as a species could cordon off 25 hotspots across the globe and preserve 60 percent of the Earth's biodiversity, but is this plan worth the economic and ethical costs?

  40. A preview of Whitman’s upcoming Bike Share Blogs February 20, 2012

    Bicycles are a complex business. On the one hand, they provide good exercise, fun, and speedy travel with zero emissions. On the other hand, they are expensive, difficult to store, harder to secure, and often sit idle for weeks at a time. Despite awareness of the benefits of cycling, lots ...

  41. A thought-provoking challenge to swear off corn Blogs February 13, 2012

    Starting this semester, the Campus Climate Challenge (CCC) initiated a tradition which has thus far proven to be quite interesting. Every week, as decided by the group (we truly are a bunch of contemptible Reds), a challenge is put forth for all members to undertake, should they so desire. The ...

  42. ‘Republican Shuffle’ spells difficulty for general election Opinion February 9, 2012

    Republicans have often had to shift to the right in order to win the Primary then shift back left for the general election. This year, however, will be more difficult given just how far right candidates have gone.

  43. Introduction to a personal climate journal Blogs February 6, 2012

    For my first post, I had a grand scheme in mind: one morning this week, when campus was stooped under a drizzle and dreary as all hell: just the way I like my mornings: I borrowed a tape recorder, filled a Nalgene bottle, and set out to search for the ...

  44. Climate change fear misplaced Opinion Opinion Highlight February 2, 2012

    United States policies have historically been based on hindsight, and climate change will likely follow a similar trajectory. Will that be enough, however, if climate change's effects become irreversible?

  45. Whitman Christian Fellowship plans for cultural exchange in China Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight December 8, 2011

    Next summer, members of the Whitman Christian Fellowship will find themselves about as far from campus as a group could be. For six weeks, members will participate in a cultural exchange mission in China, coordinated by the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a nationwide evangelical organization that works to establish religious communities ...

  46. Climbing wall opens to community Front Page Slideshow News November 10, 2011

    Now, red letters on the Climbing Center's website proclaim a change to the policy that loosens requirements for use of the wall. Students, faculty and staff may bring unlimited family and two guests for a fee of seven dollars.

  47. Security reveals potential high-risk locations on campus News News Highlight November 3, 2011

    The landscape of campus changes when you're a Whitman security officer. A peaceful place to sit and read or an easy path to take to get to class could become a more dangerous area after dark. These spots—whether poorly lit at night or difficult to see from trafficked areas—see criminal ...

  48. Gender studies roundtable explores sexuality in military Front Page Slideshow News November 3, 2011

    On Tuesday, Nov. 1, students gathered in Olin to participate in a discussion with three experts about masculinity in the military, the subject of this year's gender studies round table discussion.

  49. Whitman receives high national rankings News October 27, 2011

    For a high school student searching for the perfect college, school rankings in the media quickly become familiar. This year, Whitman was ranked 42 out of 252 liberal arts schools by U.S. News and World Report.

  50. CCC hopes to install dual-flush toilets across campus News October 20, 2011

    Promoting sustainability on a college campus requires long-term change. The beginning of a new wave can be seen today in the restrooms of Reid Campus Center—and the people who started it are confident it can spread. The change began last year, when a committee within Campus Climate Challenge (CCC) installed ...

  51. Students consider ethics of international work with Peace Corps Front Page Slideshow News October 13, 2011

    At Whitman's graduate school fair on Thursday, October 6, Peace Corps recruited graduating students, prompting discussion on ethics of development.

  52. Juan Melendez discusses injustice of capital punishment Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight October 6, 2011

    “I hope he's not innocent . . . I hope he's not innocent . . ." Whenever Juan Roberto Melendez saw the lights flickering in his cell, that was the mantra he repeated over and over in his mind.

  53. Liberal arts education valuable for pre-professional students News September 29, 2011

    Most larger universities, such as the University of Washington, have moved toward the trend of offering pre-professional majors, but Whitman is just one of the many liberal arts colleges across the nation that have remained committed to not bringing pre-professional majors to their campuses. Pre-professional majors are fields of studies where ...

  54. Co-op looks for new location News September 22, 2011

    In June 2011, Whitman's Daily Market Cooperative grocery store anticipated a move to a larger, more accessible location in downtown Walla Walla.   More than three months later, the store has yet to make its move. After a series of obstacles, the Co-op store moved out of its Whitman campus location ...

  55. Sociology department keeping up with reduced courseloads Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight September 15, 2011

    At the beginning of this semester, the sociology department faced a dilemma: with three professors on reduced workloads and one on sabbatical, how could they continue to provide the full slate of courses their students required?


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