Whitman Wire

Long-Running KWCW Shows

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

May 12, 2017

Despite its lengthy history at Whitman College, the KWCW radio station is, in a way, quite ephemeral. With the station adding and losing DJs each semester, the content and arrangement of material on the station is always in flux. Some students do the same show each time, some mix it up. Some take hia...

The Theses

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter

May 12, 2017

Emma Massie How does Trix the rabbit relate to cultural anthropology? Emma Massie is a senior anthropology major whose thesis examines the major themes in children’s cereal commercials from the 1950s to today. These commercials reveal the values held in the United States around food and the role of ch...

Letter to the Seniors

Haley Gadzik, Whitman College, Class of 2016

May 12, 2017

Dearest Class of 2017, Man, y’all are in for a trip! Like straight up you are in for some weird times! I would know, I am almost an entire 365 days out from where you all are right now, which makes me very knowledgeable and experienced. You can trust me and my wisdom–I am a 2016 grad. Welcome to the...

Drinks for your Major

Illustration by Claire Revere

Sam Jacobson and Grace Little, Columnists

May 12, 2017

Chemistry: Moonshine ‘cause you all can make it yourselves. Biology:  Bloody Mary because it's like your organisms. It’s got blood and vegetables.   Astronomy: Galaxy Cocktail. I’ve heard that one of these will knock you out of this world, and if you have two, you might even level up to an ...

The Missionary Retires

Andrew Schwartz, News Editor

May 12, 2017

Whitman College decided last fall, after over a century, to “retire” its Missionary mascot once and for all. The decision is but a new chapter in the prolonged saga of Whitman's efforts to grapple with a past that — as is the case of many American institutions — calls its very existence into ...

Dear Future POC Student

Cherokee Washington, Staff Reporter

May 12, 2017

Dear future students of color, Welcome to your new home. As the brochures say, there are countless reasons to attend Whitman. Renowned arts and academics, a surprisingly charming location ... the list of “unique things that’ll make you want to attend” is endless. While Whitman has many positive f...

When the Levee Runs Dry: A Savage Journey from ’71 to ’17

Chris Hankin, News Editor

May 12, 2017

"Strange memories on this nervous night in Las Vegas. Five years later? Six? It seems like a lifetime, or at least a Main Era – the kind of peak that never comes again. San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the l...

Anxious Cyborgs

Tywen Kelly, Photography Editor

May 12, 2017

I think of the future as a monster–a beast. It is immense and unpredictable and ugly. It is something untamable with a will of its own. Very soon, many seniors will be graduating from Whitman and will have to confront this beast. As students, we are told that we must build our own lives, careers an...

Poetry Performance Techniques

Julio Escarce, Radio Host

May 17, 2016

Most poetry performance is a stagnant affair; the poet or poets read aloud their verses, and the audience simply listens, sometimes snapping or moaning in agreement. These three New Techniques for Poetry Performance are intended to add a physical level of audience interaction to poetry performance. There ar...

Contamination in Eastern Washington

Sarah Cornett and Ellen Ivens-Duran

May 17, 2016

It was a sunny day in Eastern Washington, and General Frank Matthias was on a search for mediocrity. Matthias was on the market for a site that would become the first plutonium plant, designed to supply the Manhattan Project with the essential ingredient for producing a nuclear bomb. The year was 19...

Professors Say Goodbye

Sara Platnik

May 17, 2016

Paul Yancey Number of years at Whitman: 35 Department: Biology Plans for next year: Yancey will be doing an SCP phase out program, so he is not technically retiring, but instead will be working at Whitman as a thesis advisor and researcher for the next two years. Favorite memory: “There...

Climate Change in the Walla Walla Valley

Marra Clay and Ellen Ivens-Duran

May 17, 2016

Many Waters Walla Walla is a Sahaptin phrase often translated as “many waters.” The Walla Walla tribe, and now the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, share history with the local Cayuse tribe. In many ways, the name of Walla Walla most closely connects the town to its indig...

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