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Ethics Bowl Team Competes Nationally

Andrew Schwartz, News Editor
March 9
Filed under NEWS

The Whitman Ethics Bowl team returned from Nationals in Dallas last week with the “Spirit of Ethics Bowl” award. It was the second consecutive year that the burgeoning group has won the award, which goes to the team that, through civility and thoughtfulness, best exemplifies the spirit of the Eth...

Whitman Budgets Adjust to Initiative 1433

Chris Hankin, News Editor
March 9
Filed under NEWS

In November of 2016, Washington State voters approved Initiative 1433 to increase the state minimum wage from $9.47 to $13.50 by 2020. The gradual transition began January 1, 2017 when the minimum wage increased to $11 per hour. Businesses and budgets across the state have been scrambling to adjust to the...

Whitman Considers Academic Credit for Inmates in “Rhetoric and Incarceration” class

Lindsey Brodeck, Staff Reporter
March 9
Filed under NEWS

Faculty members and administration involved in Whitman’s Rhetoric, Incarceration and Civic Engagement class are at the beginning stages of granting incarcerated students at the Walla Walla Penitentiary academic credit for the course. The course focuses on the connections between criminal justice, civi...

ASWC Allocates Savings Fund

ASWC Allocates Savings Fund

Lindsey Brodeck, Staff Reporter
March 9
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Six project proposals on campus have been slated to receive funding from the ASWC Savings Fund. In the last five years, the fund has accumulated $104,000 available for grants. Mitchell Cutter, the chair of ASWC’s Finance Committee, decided to open up the funds to campus. “We’re looking for a...

Philosophy Professor Hired

Maggie Chang, Staff Reporter
March 9
Filed under NEWS

In January 2018, Whitman will be receiving a new philosophy professor. Wenqing Zhao was among four candidates that traveled to Whitman to give teaching demonstrations and research presentations, and among about 80 of the original applicants. In the length of one academic year, a committee of professors...

Borders as Method Immigration Action Proposal Receives Partial Funding

Borders as Method Immigration Action Proposal Receives Partial Funding

Andrew Schwartz, News Editor
March 9
Filed under I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category, NEWS

The Borders as Method (BAM) proposal for the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) savings fund money had two components. The first concerned student internships and community based-workshops. The second concerned a legal defense fund for community members. BAM’s request for workshop fundin...

Residence Hall Construction: Cleveland Dining Hall Delayed by Local Dispute

Residence Hall Construction: Cleveland Dining Hall Delayed by Local Dispute

Maggie Chang, Staff Reporter
March 2
Filed under NEWS

For the past seven months, Whitman College has been making progress on a new Sophomore residence hall and dining hall; the latter named after outgoing Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland. These new facilities will be located behind Anderson residence hall and are predicted to be completed by the summer o...

Getting off the road: residents of the Walla Walla homeless encampment spread positivity

Getting off the road: residents of the Walla Walla homeless encampment spread positivity

Nick Maahs, Staff Reporter
March 2
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Inside the “Getting Off the Road Homeless” Campground, campers are gathered around their fires as the sun slips below the horizon and the temperature drops. A man slices potatoes into a pan, remarking on his hunger as they fall into a sizzling pool of crisco. A panorama of the camp. On right, at...

Whitman Tech Services settles into new home

Whitman Tech Services settles into new home

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter
March 2
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

The Whitman College Technology Center recently reached its six month mark at the new office across the street from College House, and tech employees are already seeing the positive impacts. Before July of 2016, Whitman College tech staff was spread out amongst Olin Hall, Hunter Conservatory and the oth...

Daren Mooko Announced as new Dean of Students

Chris Hankin, News Editor
February 24
Filed under NEWS

After an arduous search process, Whitman College announced earlier today that Daren Rikio Mooko will become the new Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Mr. Mooko previously filled a number of positions at Pomona College and has worked throughout the country’s higher education in...

Homelessness in the 509

Homelessness in the 509

Nick Maahs, Staff Reporter
February 23
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

The Walla Walla homeless encampment sits atop a small plot of land cordoned off with chain link fence, wrapped in green tarp to provide privacy. Roughly 40-50 people currently live at the Getting Off the Road Homeless Campground, sleeping in tents. The refuge was established in August of last year on c...

Professors take on the News – David Schmitz

As told to Kate Grumbles
February 23
Filed under NEWS

On February 14, 2017, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned over information regarding Russian sanctions that Flynn failed to disclose to members of the Trump Administration. On Thursday, February 16, Wire reporter Kate Grumbles interviewed Chair of the History Department, Professor David ...

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