I'm not going to speak to this aside from saying things are fucked because I'm not qualified, but if you aren't aware of what's up with #FreeKesha you probably should be. Wish there was more uplifting news this past week but I haven't come across much.



Remember #WhitePeople? Producer Jose Antonio Vargas just launched his next project: #EmergingUS, which aims to leverage digital platforms in order to take a closer look at intersectional American identities. The project is currently raising funding through Beacon, so feel free to donate if it's something you're interested in.

In gaming news, Nintendo released Fire Emblem Fates , and announced a new free-to-start smart-device app titled Miitomo, launching in . I'm only excited because you can actually pick what clothes your Mii gets to wear.


, Whitman College hosted its annual 2016 Power and Privilege Symposium, with the theme “Speak Up, Act Out” and a call to action for its participants. I participated in two panels, and I livetweeted highlights from both and the others I attended, which I have Storified here. I also published a reflection on the Symposium and its call to action in last week's Pioneer.

Speaking of The Pioneer, the newspaper recently announced that it is changing its name. Acknowledging the erasure of indigenous populations that a name like pioneer implies, the paper links the term with Whitman's historic positioning as a vehicle for white colonizing efforts and calls for further engagement with the college's past. (The much more contentious school mascot, Marc the Missionary, has yet to find his replacement.)

If you're a member of the Whitman community, the Campus Climate Survey went out a little while ago, and while it isn't perfect, you should still take it. You should have received an email with the link from President Murray .


Check out this quote by Sara Ahmed:

Whenever people keep being given a platform to say they have no platform, or whenever people speak endlessly about being silenced, you not only have a performative contradiction; you are witnessing a mechanism of power.

See also her post “Against Students”, which speaks to a lot of the conversations that seem to be happening surrounding academia these days.

This week's mix

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creating space on repeat. 22/02 2016.

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01 Advance Notice | Worriers
02 Fire for the People | Blue Scholars
03 Future | Paramore
04 Drexler | Made in Heights
05 Dreams | The Cranberries
06 Call to Arms | Laura Welsh
07 Unstoppable | Sia
08 Gold Dust Woman | Fleetwood Mac
09 Moaning Lisa Smile | Wolf Alice
10 We Don't Believe What's On TV | twenty one pilots
11 You Can Do Better than Me | Death Cab for Cutie
12 Nobody's Fool | Avril Lavigne
13 邪神ト薔薇 | NIGHTMARE
14 Skeletons [Live] | Of Monsters and Men
15 We All Become ft. Ashley Barrett | Darren Korb