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Debate Reinstated

Andy Monserud, Staff Reporter
April 13, 2017
Filed under NEWS

Two years after the suspension of Whitman’s Debate Program in the wake of alcohol violations and allegations of gender discrimination, president Kathy Murray announced in an April 6 email that the college would begin to reinstate the program. Whitman Debate will return in the fall of 2018, Murray’s email sai...

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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Policing Language? Trigger Warnings and Whitman

Policing Language? Trigger Warnings and Whitman

Hannah Bartman, Feature Editor
October 1, 2015
Filed under FEATURE, Front Page Slideshow

“A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense…This new climate is slowly being institutionalized, and is affecting what can be said in the classroom, even as a basis for discussion...

Students to Teach Creative Writing at the Washington State Penitentiary

Students to Teach Creative Writing at the Washington State Penitentiary

Dylan Tull
April 11, 2013
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

How would your perspective on the inmates in the penitentiary change if you could read the creative writing and poetry that they produced? Undeniably, a passionate poem or creative story would give new depth and humanness to prisoners that are often regarded as violent and cold. A group of Whitman students spearheaded by junior Camer...

Prison Research Group Brings Awareness

Sarah Cornett
November 29, 2012
Filed under NEWS

Whitman's Prison Research Group, meeting once a month at lunch in Reid Campus Center, allows students to learn about issues with both Washington State Penitentiary and prison as an institution. This large freeform discussion includes not just members of the Whitman community but many residents of Walla Walla and officials working in the prison. The motivation for the creation of the group cam...

Public vs. private college prep in Walla Walla

Talia Rudee
September 20, 2012
Filed under FEATURE

Advanced Placement classes, PSATs and college fairs all contributed to the average Whitman student's preparation for applying to and ultimately attending this challenging school. Regardless of a public or private background, Whitman students prepared for college by taking demanding classes. Sophomore...

Stephanie Coontz brings history back to sociology

Shelly Le
April 19, 2012
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Whitman students, faculty and locals interested in feminist history had the opportunity on Tuesday, April 17 to meet family historian Stephanie Coontz. Coontz delivered an hour-long lecture in Olin Hall on the misconception of gender roles and the family unit of the 1960s. Coontz is a professor of h...

Alumna Campbell sparks experimental, intellectual music group

C.J. Wisler
November 9, 2009
Filed under A&E

Up-and-coming Washington musician and '02 Whitman alumna Toby Campbell uses both her musical talent and her prior sociological studies at Whitman to create the experimental electronica group Anomie Belle, which synchronizes electronic and natural sounds and textures to create densely-layered and original so...

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