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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...

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
Filed under NEWS

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
Filed under NEWS

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, 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...

Activism 101

Maggie Chang, Staff Reporter
February 9, 2017
Filed under NEWS

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, 2017
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, 2017
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 ...

“Jornaleros” shown in Walla Walla

“Jornaleros” shown in Walla Walla

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter
February 2, 2017
Filed under NEWS

Voz Worker’s Rights Organization came to Walla Walla last Saturday to show their documentary “Jornaleros,” which showcased the lives of day laborers in Portland. This event was hosted and organized by Borders as Movements Club (BAM) with help from Whitman Professor of Politics Paul Apostolidis. ...

Student loan fraud impacts campus: Loan provider Navient accused of mishandling payments

Andy Monserud, Staff Reporter
February 2, 2017
Filed under NEWS

It’s an uncertain time for Whitman students, and especially for those accumulating debt to pay for their education. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau sued student loan servicer Navient earlier this month, accusing the company on its website of “systematically and illegally failing borrowers a...

Whitman Finds Its Voice

Andrew Schwartz, News Editor
February 2, 2017
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Since the election of Donald Trump, activists in the Whitman community have described a flood of political energy in search of outlet. Groups are mobilizing to build relationships and organize a community anxious to engage with a presidential administration embroiled in controversy unprecedented in mo...

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