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Students march against Dakota Access Pipeline

Students march against Dakota Access Pipeline

Andy Monserud, Investigative Director
November 16
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

IPECC and Divest Whitman led a march through downtown Walla Walla Tuesday evening in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Protesters walked down Main Street and up Third Ave. to the Army Corps of Engineers office to deliver a signed letter requesting that the Walla Walla branch of the Corps denounce the pipeline and urge a halt to construction.

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Antigo Nick Contemporizes Greek Tragedy

Michelle Foster, Staff Reporter
November 12
Filed under A&E, Events

The classic Greek tragedy of Antigone has been brought into contemporary times through Anne Carson’s unique and radical translation of the play, “Antigo Nick” (alternately spelled “Antigonick”). The play, directed by Professor Jessica Cerullo, was performed in Harper Joy Theater from Nov. 10 throu...

New Sustainability Coordinator Shares Vision

New Sustainability Coordinator Shares Vision

Eleanor Matson, Staff Reporter
November 10
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

During the past two months a new face has been on campus. The new Sustainability Coordinator, Brandon Bishop, began work this year on the implementation of the Climate Action Plan and on centralizing the sustainability movement on campus. The Climate Action Plan—approved last spring by the Board of Trust...

Cultivating Difficult Dialogues

Andy Monserud, Investigative Director
November 10
Filed under NEWS

Ever feel as though your professors have forgotten what it’s like being a student? For several professors involved in Whitman’s Cultivating Difficult Dialogues program, that experience is fresh in their memories. Started in 2014 by Associate Dean for Faculty Development Lisa Perfetti and the C...

A Breach of Trust: Whitman College Grapples with Dissociative Drug Investigation

Mitchell Smith and Marra Clay
November 10
Filed under Breaking News, NEWS

A criminal investigation is currently underway after multiple Whitman students reported that they exhibited symptoms consistent with unknowingly ingesting dissociative drugs over the last two weekends. On the morning of November 7, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland sent a “Timely Warning” email alerting the Whitman community to the suspected druggings. In the email, Cleveland indicated that the police would begin interviewing any who are familiar with the situation or suspect they may have been drugged.

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An Undetectable Drug

Marra Clay and Mitchell Smith
November 10
Filed under Breaking News, NEWS

Testing for any dissociative drugs, such as ketamine (“Special K”), gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and rohypnol (“roofies”), is particularly challenging because the drugs have a very short half-life, meaning they quickly leave the body. If an individual thinks they may have been drugged, then they would need to be tested within a few hours of ingesting the drug or it will not show up in the test results.

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When does the college send Timely Warnings?

Marra Clay and Mitchell Smith
November 10
Filed under Breaking News, NEWS

On the morning of Monday, Nov. 7, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland sent a “Timely Warning” email to the Whitman community alerting students, faculty, staff and parents of suspected druggings. Cleveland’s email noted that there were a “number of students who demonstrated symptoms that suggested they may have been drugged at parties” on the north side of Boyer Avenue on Saturday, Nov. 5. He also wrote that the incidents may be related to an anonymous report from the previous week.

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The 2016 Election: Where do we go from here?

Christy Carley, New Editor
November 10
Filed under NEWS

For the past day and a half, the Whitman community has been fixated with the results of the 2016 Presidential Election. While for many Trump’s victory evoked feelings of anger and disappointment, still a few on Whitman’s campus were in favor of the results. Nearly everyone, however, was surprised.

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Breaking: At least ten Whitman students report unknowingly ingesting dissociative, “rape drugs” in the last two weekends

Mitchell Smith and Marra Clay, Editor in Chief and Publisher
November 6
Filed under Breaking News, NEWS

According to anonymous reports, at least ten women who attended separate parties over the last two weekends showed signs consistent with unknowingly ingesting dissociative drugs commonly known as date rape drugs. Reports vary, and many were not tested for these types of drugs even when they visited the emergency room.

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Divest Whitman Sends Messages to Trustees

Divest Whitman Sends Messages to Trustees

November 4
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

On Thursday evening, members of Divest Whitman placed signs outside Memorial Hall. The signs form a timeline of the different divestment movements throughout Whitman's history. The most recent sign read, "In 2015, students, faculty, and staff sat in Memorial Hall to support a 1% cap on fossil fuel exposure." The signs are captured in the slideshow below.

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Weighing In On Whitman’s Food Waste

Weighing In On Whitman’s Food Waste

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter
November 3
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

This past week, student representatives from the Campus Climate Coalition (CCC) and the ASWC Sustainability Committee, as well as a sustainability fellow from Bon Appétit organized “Weigh the Waste” events at Prentiss and Jewett dining halls.

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Off Campus Studies Announces Two New Partner Programs

Eleanor Matson, Staff Reporter
November 3
Filed under NEWS

Recently, two new study abroad programs were approved by the Off Campus Studies office. The two new programs will be a yearlong program in Munich, Germany and a semester computer science program in Budapest, Hungary. The addition of these two programs is part of a review process that the Office Campus Studies Office has recently been undertaking.

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