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Whitman changes pay-by-credit policy

Lindsey Brodeck, Staff Reporter
February 23
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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...

Power and Privilege Symposium 2017

Andrew Schwartz, News Editor
February 23
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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...

Excess Success

Excess Success

Lindsey Brodeck
February 23
Filed under NEWS

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...

Capital Punishment on Trial

Capital Punishment on Trial

Rachel Needham, Staff Reporter
February 16
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
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...

The push for more gender inclusive bathrooms at Whitman

The push for more gender inclusive bathrooms at Whitman

Lindsey Brodeck, News Reporter
February 16
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
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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
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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 ...

Tobacco 21: Washington considers raising the minimum smoking age

Tobacco 21: Washington considers raising the minimum smoking age

Marra Clay, Publisher
February 9
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...

Activism 101

Maggie Chang, Staff Reporter
February 9
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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, ...

Whitman Searches for New Dean of Students

Nick Maahs, Staff Reporter
February 9
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

After more than three and a half decades of involvement in the Whitman community, Chuck Cleveland announced last summer that he planned to retire from his post as Dean of Students following the end of this school year. The administration has been aware of this for some time and formed a search c...

Judge James Robart:

Judge James Robart:

Andrew Schwartz, News Editor
February 8
Filed under NEWS

The Federal Judge who temporarily blocked President’s Trump’s controversial immigration ban is a Whitman graduate, with deep ties to the Whitman community. Judge James Robart ‘69 made international news last week for his ruling on a lawsuit filed by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Judge Robart served on the Board of Trustees from 1999-2012 and was Chair of the ...

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