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Whitman Budgets Adjust to Initiative 1433

Chris Hankin, News Editor
March 9
Filed under NEWS

In November of 2016, Washington State voters approved Initiative 1433 to increase the state minimum wage from $9.47 to $13.50 by 2020. The gradual transition began January 1, 2017 when the minimum wage increased to $11 per hour. Businesses and budgets across the state have been scrambling to adjust to the...

School adjusts to budget cuts

Mitchell Smith, Editor in Chief
October 20
Filed under NEWS

Departments at Whitman will have to fight for additional funds this coming year due to a shortfall in the college’s 2016-2017 budget. President Kathy Murray sent an email to all staff and faculty on October 3 alerting them that the normal budgeting process, where departments submit budget proposals for add...

Lead Exposure

Marra Clay, Publisher
September 8
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Not many would think that at Whitman College, an institution where students have access to myriad resources and a breathtaking campus, students, faculty and staff may have been exposed to dangerous levels of lead. On August 19, a notice was sent to the Whitman College community with information that mu...

Divestment Policy Working Group Solicits Feedback on Framework

Sara Platnick
April 7
Filed under NEWS

The Divestment Policy Working Group is asking for community input on their proposed framework for assessing proposals for divestment.

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Administration considers socially responsible investing

Ellen Ivens-Duran
November 5
Filed under NEWS

Whitman students have never had a firm grasp on where the college’s money is invested, much less any say in the College’s financial practices. That may be about to change.

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Tuition, salary increases chosen for 2015-16

Lane Barton
March 12
Filed under NEWS

February's Governing Board meetings resulted in the approval of a new budget for the 2015-16 academic year, which includes a three percent tuition increase along with salary increases of 3.5 percent for staff and three percent for faculty. The tuition increase is similar to the 2.9 percent increase...

Spotlight Fades From Divestment

Spotlight Fades From Divestment

Hannah Bartman
October 17
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

Zealous environmentalism and student activism meet head on in the international college campaign of divestment. The peak of this issue was reached at Whitman during environmental activist Bill McKibben's speech in May of the last school year. Students became impassioned and involved in the campaign for Whitman to divest...

Whitman Sets Lowest Tuition Increase in a Decade

Emily Lin-Jones
April 11
Filed under NEWS

Whitman recently sent out letters to parents, announcing that tuition is set for $43,150 for the 2013-2014 academic year. This marks an increase of 3.25 percent, the lowest increase in the past decade, down from last year's increase of 4 percent. This increase is consistent with tuition increases...

Administration, ASWC Instrumental in Lifting International Travel Funding Ban

Administration, ASWC Instrumental in Lifting International Travel Funding Ban

Sarah Cornett
April 4
Filed under NEWS

After strong advocacy from ASWC, students next year will be able to travel internationally unaccompanied with college funding. At a Senate meeting on Sunday, March 31, ASWC President Kayvon Behroozian made the announcement of the policy change, attributing the results primarily to the efforts of ASWC. "It's been on ASWC's radar...

Bridges Unclear on Goals of Divestment Campaign

Keenan Hilton
March 28
Filed under Humor, Jack Issue

In 2011, President George Bridges launched the "Now is the Time" campaign to encourage patrons to invest in Whitman. "My idea was simple. It got at the heart of things," Bridges explained earnestly. "Most people make plans for the future. The true genius of this campaign was that I identified now as the ti...

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Sam Chapman
February 14
Filed under OPINION, Opinion Highlight

On March 15, 1986, Whitman's Board of Trustees voted on a divestment proposal for the first time. Students and faculty had both submitted resolutions urging the Board to remove companies from the college's portfolio that did business in apartheid-ridden South Africa; student activists went so far as to build...

Students, faculty gather to urge divestment from fossil fuels

Students, faculty gather to urge divestment from fossil fuels

Rachel Alexander
January 29
Filed under Breaking News, NEWS

Approximately 70 Whitman students and faculty gathered on the steps of Memorial earlier this evening to ask Whitman to divest from fossil fuels. "Our thought is that by divesting from these companies is we can destabilize the social support for fossil fuels and invest in other sustainable forms of energy," said junior Claire Meints...

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