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The Symposium Chronicles

Olivia Gilbert
February 22
Filed under FEATURE

Today  marks the fifth annual Power and Privilege Symposium, a day in which members of the Whitman community will gather to attend sessions led by students, faculty and community members on the themes of justice, diversity and inclusion. Symposiums of all sorts are nothing new to Whitman. Throughout...

Reflecting on Race

Reflecting on Race

Christy Carley, News Editor
October 13
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

On Thursday evening the words of “We Shall Overcome” echoed across the steps of Penrose Library, while candles flickered in the dark. Members of the Whitman community gathered together to mourn the black lives lost to police brutality. The vigil, sponsored by Whitman’s Black Student Union (BSU) inclu...

Sophistication in the West

Jessica Faunt
November 2
Filed under Jess Goes West, Off-Campus Blogs

Saturday, November 1st, 2014 - El Cornado Ranch, AZ El Cornado Ranch is so expansive, it's impolite to ask the owners for it's exact acreage.  Out here, property and cows are the measure of one's wealth.  However, the couple who own the ranch aren't interested in comparisons of their prosperity...

The Fragile Rock

Jessica Faunt
October 17
Filed under Jess Goes West, Off-Campus Blogs

October 3, 2014 - Comb Ridge, UT "Soft as the earth is mankind and both need to be altered" -W.H. Auden Somewhere deep in southeastern Utah, outside the unexpected town of Bluff, rock is holding time in place.  A wave frozen in space, Comb Ridge rises from the earth perpetually at its peak, threatening...

Things Found in Utah

Jessica Faunt
October 2
Filed under Jess Goes West, Off-Campus Blogs

Candy wrappers on laundromat floors Cactus needles protruding from beneath the strap of my sandal Pools of rain caught in slick rock A single sock at the bottom of my sleeping bag Friendship in contradiction Dimples by river beds from cattle hooves A seven-legged spider near the zipper of my tent Gracefulness...

Singing (more like laughing) in the rain

Jessica Faunt
September 29
Filed under Jess Goes West, Off-Campus Blogs

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - Monroe Mountain, UT Today could have been miserable.  With a GPS, measuring tapes, and cameras in hand, we were sent in groups of three up the steep slopes of Monroe Mountain to find randomly selected coordinates in recently burned conifer and aspen stands.  Followi...

Working Hard or Hardly Working

Working Hard or Hardly Working

Jessica Faunt
September 15
Filed under Jess Goes West, Off-Campus Blogs

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Camp Creek, Baker County, OR For the last four days we have been with a wonderful woman named Suzanne Fouty, helping her count and measure aspen trees in several exclosures in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (if you want to know why this is valuable work, check out...

Have a Cow

Jessica Faunt
September 9
Filed under Jess Goes West, Off-Campus Blogs

For the next semester I will be traveling with 20 other Whitman students throughout the American Southwest, studying conservation, ecology, literature and politics. I'm here to share the antics that happen along the way. Thursday, September 4, 2014 - Starvation Ridge, Wallowa County, OR We get...

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