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Greek Life: Tragedy or Comedy?

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist
April 13, 2017
Filed under OPINION

American universities across the nation are experiencing new and unforeseen questions of established college norms. Among the institutions questioned is Greek Life. Many detractors would say they perpetuate unhealthy behavior and exclusive social status. I can see all of these points as reasonable s...

Another Drugging Reported at Whitman Party

Another Drugging Reported at Whitman Party

Mitchell Smith, Editor in Chief
April 9, 2017
Filed under Breaking News, Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Another Whitman student reported unknowingly ingesting dissociative “date rape” drugs on Saturday night. The drugging reportedly occurred at an all-campus party at the Sigma Chi fraternity house. The incident comes on the heels of a similar string of dissociative druggings late last semester...

Op-Ed: Rethinking Greek Life at Whitman

Nolan Bishop
November 17, 2016
Filed under OPINION

The Greek system has been an integral part of Whitman College since 1912, when the trustees and overseers of the college approved the charter for Phi Mu, Whitman’s first sorority. Since then, Greek life at Whitman has evolved alongside the college, with tens of thousands of students participating in Gr...

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

Mitchell Smith and Marra Clay
November 10, 2016
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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Anderson and Fox to Fill Vacant ASWC Senate Seats

Eleanor Matson, Staff Reporter
October 5, 2016
Filed under ASWC, NEWS

Sophomore Paris Fox and senior Jack Anderson will fill the two vacant seats in the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) senate. Last week a special election was held to determine who would become the new sophomore and senior senators, and the results of the special election were released this...

Op-Ed: The Greek System, Debunked

Dani Hupper
September 22, 2016
Filed under OPINION

Sometimes when I vocally question the role of the Greek system at Whitman, I feel like a radical. But then I remember that there are tons of colleges like us–small, progressive, thoughtful–that have made the decision to transition away from a Greek-dominated social structure. I believe that Whitman...

Letter encourages first years to hold back on fall recruitment

Letter encourages first years to hold back on fall recruitment

Christy Carley, News Editor
September 15, 2016
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, Greek Life, NEWS

It was the summer of ‘69 when all incoming students of Whitman College last received a letter encouraging them to refrain from participating in fall Greek organization recruitment. This past  Friday, many first years returned to their dorm rooms to find that a similar letter had been slipped unde...

Ritualistic elitism rings in new year

Megumi Rierson, staff writer
September 15, 2016
Filed under Humor

Recruitment season is upon us, which means the annual battle of the elitists commences in full swing. Every year around this time, Whitman students bunch their collective panties and prepare themselves for the showmanship of the everlasting conflict between Greeks and independents. For a few weeks in th...

Absence of houses for women’s fraternities has historic roots

Georgia Lyon
February 25, 2016
Filed under NEWS

The sexism of the past reaches into the present through the housing options available to Greek Life at Whitman College.

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Super PACs invade Greek life

Megumi Rierson, staff writer
January 28, 2016
Filed under Humor

The most recent Greek election cycle brought with it the addition of student-operated super political action committees (super PACs). You may have heard the term “super PAC” thrown around by the 2016 presidential candidates and that kid who read one New York Times op-ed and now won’t stop brin...

Administration hosts lunches, visits Greek chapters in effort towards greater transparency

Administration hosts lunches, visits Greek chapters in effort towards greater transparency

Galen Bernard
November 18, 2009
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Show me the money, students are demanding of the Whitman administration, as financial concerns have come to the forefront of their relationship with Memorial. The administration is responding with increased outreach from individuals such as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer  Peter Harvey and P...

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