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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...

ISIS, Soccer, and the French: Paris and Brussels through the Lens of Euro 2016

Luke Hampton, Illustration Editor

May 17, 2016

Last November, terrorist strikes killed 130 people across Paris, the most deadly attacks in France since World War II. Only four months later, the world once again looked on in shock as Brussels became victim to explosions at the international airport and a metro station.   Like many terrori...

Senior Profiles

Christy Carley

May 17, 2016

Gilly Friedman Race and Ethnic Studies major, working as a compliance analyst for Goldman Sachs next year What made you want to major in Race and Ethnic Studies? I did a program in high school, in Seattle Central District, that was basically an empowerment program for youth of color in Seatt...

A Letter to Seniors

Georgia Lyon

May 17, 2016

Dear Class of 2016, You are at the beginning of the end of your time here at Whitman. You are probably attempting to make sense your college experience. Go ahead. Construct some meta-theory about how those OP trips to Smith Park or staring up at the sky with your friends on Ankeny has helped you di...

Senior Reflection: Glimpses of Greatness

Abby Seethoff, Contributing Writer

May 17, 2016

Hello. My name is Abby. Three things that might explain my existence are: one, my new favorite flavor of ice cream is miso-cherry, which may sound overwrought but is really a new twist on the classic sweet and salty pairing; two, the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me occurred two summers...

Examining the Past through Whitman’s Own “Scenes and Types”

Olivia Gilbert

May 17, 2016

While listening to a RadioLab podcast the other day I learned something startling: every single memory we have has been, to varying degrees, embellished, altered, and and reconstructed. There is no such thing as an wholly honest memory, and, ironically, the more we recall something the further it diverges...

Advice to Graduating Class of 2016

May 17, 2016

Dear Class of 2016,   You are at the beginning of the end of your time here at Whitman. You are probably attempting to make sense your college experience. Go ahead. Construct some meta theory about how those OP trips to Smith Park or staring up at the sky with your friends on Ankeny has he...

Political Plates: Food and California’s Drought

Sarah Cornett

February 24, 2016

California’s drought (and that of other western states) isn’t showing signs of improvement. A chronic lack of water has encouraged high temperatures, lowered agricultural production, altered landscapes, and is beginning to demand significant changes in the way we think about water. The Golden State, ...

Whitman Students in Agriculture: Breaking Bubbles

November 6, 2015

Walla Walla is Washington’s breadbasket, and the rolling wheat fields around Walla Walla provide an attractive accent for Whitman’s brochures. But some students and alums have ventured past the wheat fields to get involved with local agriculture as volunteers, farm hands, and managers. Many ...

George Bridges: Reflections on a Decade at Whitman

May 18, 2015

Serving as Whitman's president for the past 10 years has been an immense privilege. I've worked with extraordinarily talented people, celebrated impressive accomplishments of many groups and individuals, enjoyed unforgettable and joyous moments with students, faculty and staff, and learned much about...

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