Divestment stages coup, secedes from union

Sam Chapman
April 2, 2015
Filed under Humor, Jack Issue

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... Read more »

Demonizing radical Islam diminishes our own humanity

Sam Chapman
January 29, 2015
Filed under Opinion

I'm stealing a bit from my thesis-in-progress to begin making this point. Beloved "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien has often been accused of racism, due to his unfortunate tendency to characterize his players based on their ancestry: elves like forests, dwarves like beer, orcs like human flesh.... Read more »

Letter to the Editor: divestment and economic diversity

Sam Chapman
November 20, 2014
Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

In the midst of the ongoing discussion surrounding the college's accessibility, we have a point that we would like to be very clear about: Fossil fuel divestment is not at odds with economic diversity. While Divest Whitman is concerned with issues of climate change and environmental justice, the campaign... Read more »

Students must continue to pressure administration about economic diversity

Sam Chapman
October 29, 2014
Filed under Board Editorials, Opinion

Weeks ago, a statistic set the Whitman campus on fire. Day after day, we witnessed new and imaginative student protests: a mass walkout, an art installation on the steps of Memorial Hall, students inscribing dollar signs on their faces to accuse the college of worshipping the symbols. Online, all of... Read more »

Felony laws create permanent underclass

Felony laws create permanent underclass

Sam Chapman
September 18, 2014
Filed under Opinion

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Collectivists Can’t Ignore Local Politics

Sam Chapman
September 11, 2014
Filed under Columnists, Opinion

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... Read more »

Radical Surgery Needed for Planet Earth, Economy

Sam Chapman
May 1, 2014
Filed under Columnists, Opinion

Anybody who has 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. Even... Read more »

Government Panel Needs to Point Citizens in Right Direction

Sam Chapman
April 17, 2014
Filed under Columnists, Opinion

When advocating for the kind of social change we need to stabilize the climate, there are two main schools of thought that cause trouble. I'll get to the second in a minute, but for now, the first is an agglomeration with which any environmentalist should be familiar if they like to argue: climate change... Read more »

Real Eco-change Might Happen in Secret

Sam Chapman
March 13, 2014
Filed under Opinion

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 member died to... Read more »

Keep Whitman Divestment Buzz Alive

Sam Chapman
February 20, 2014
Filed under Columnists, Opinion

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 issue to bed. "Although... Read more »

Looking Toward Future Can Give Hope to Environmentalists

Sam Chapman
February 6, 2014
Filed under Columnists, Opinion

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 there is no purpose to the movement... Read more »

Whitman Alumni Find Environmentalist Views Evolving

Whitman Alumni Find Environmentalist Views Evolving

Sam Chapman
May 13, 2013
Filed under Circuit, Feature, Feature Highlight, Front Page Slideshow

At Whitman, ideals are one thing you can always count on finding somewhere. There is no shortage of people who believe strongly in something––in the end of rape culture, the abolition of modern slavery, the inadvisability of GM crops––and assert that the only way to get it is to fight for it. This... Read more »