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Homelessness in the 509

Homelessness in the 509

Nick Maahs, Staff Reporter
February 23, 2017
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... Read more »

Professors take on the News – David Schmitz

As told to Kate Grumbles
February 23, 2017
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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 ... Read more »

Whitman changes pay-by-credit policy

Lindsey Brodeck, Staff Reporter
February 23, 2017
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Whitman college faculty recently voted to decrease the maximum credits allowed in the college’s pay by credit policy. This change will go into effect next year. Currently, second semester seniors who petition to pay by credit can take up to eight credits. With the new policy change, the maximum decre... Read more »

Power and Privilege Symposium 2017

Andrew Schwartz, News Editor
February 23, 2017
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The class of 2017 will be the first for which the Power & Privilege Symposium has been a staple in the Whitman year, every year. It was before the 2014 event that faculty first voted to cancel class on the day of the symposium, and since then the event has grown and molded, logistically and cult... Read more »

Excess Success

Excess Success

Lindsey Brodeck
February 23, 2017
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Every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., Molly Burchfield and Julia Gratton, two dedicated members of Campus Climate Coalition’s (CCC) food recovery program, arrive at the back loading dock of Prentiss Dining Hall. After loading up to 150 pounds of prepared meals, they drive to the Center at the Park, a local s... Read more »

Capital Punishment on Trial

Capital Punishment on Trial

Rachel Needham, Staff Reporter
February 16, 2017
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Around ten o'clock on the night of January 4, 1993, Timothy Kaufman-Osborn stood outside the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. A little after midnight on January 5, Westley Allan Dodd would face the death penalty on three counts of aggravated first-degree murder. Not only would Dodd's execution be the first in Washington State in 27 years, but it would also be the first legal hanging in the US since 1965.

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36 Years of Chuck

36 Years of Chuck

Nick Maahs, Staff Reporter
February 16, 2017
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

The Washington State Penitentiary looms large and mysterious from its sprawling complex on the outskirts of town. After an evening of drinking in the early 2000’s, two Whitman students decided to appreciate its charms in the only way immediately available: breaking in.   “They went out and they... Read more »

The push for more gender inclusive bathrooms at Whitman

The push for more gender inclusive bathrooms at Whitman

Lindsey Brodeck, News Reporter
February 16, 2017
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

ASWC President Arthur Shemitz, Associate Dean of Students Juli Dunn and other members of the Whitman community are pushing for more gender inclusive bathrooms on campus, public restrooms that people of any gender or gender identity can use.

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Emission Control

Andy Monserud, Staff Reporter
February 16, 2017
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Bishop entered his position in September with the express goal of ensuring the college’s progress toward the Climate Action Plan it adopted last May. That plan aims toward total carbon neutrality by 2050 through a combination of emissions reductions and carbon offsets.

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Whitman Professor Jack Jackson weighs in on Supreme Court nominee

Kate Grumbles, News Reporter
February 16, 2017
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One week after President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch for the position of Associate Justice to replace the late Justice Scalia, Wire reporter Kate Grumbles sat down with Assistant Professor Jack Jackson from the Politics department. Below is a partial transcript from that interview. Minimal edits made for ... Read more »

Tobacco 21: Washington considers raising the minimum smoking age

Tobacco 21: Washington considers raising the minimum smoking age

Marra Clay, Publisher
February 9, 2017
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Go to any Whitman party and you will see students enjoying a cigarette on the front steps. Walk into the library and you will pass through a cloud of smoke coming from the benches outside. There is no doubt that Whitman has a smoking culture, but will this soon change? The Washington State legislatur... Read more »

Activism 101

Maggie Chang, Staff Reporter
February 9, 2017
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Whitman professors put on a political activism workshop in Olin Auditorium on Monday. Yann Dardonville, a first year Whitman student involved with Divest Whitman, said before the workshop that, “I hope to learn initiatives that I can join that are in the region, ways to approach political issues, ... Read more »

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