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Second Drugging of 2017/2018 Reported

Ridley Eastland-Fruit, Web Editor

December 7, 2017


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Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Daren Mooko sent an email to the Whitman community Thursday evening announcing another student drugging has been reported. The email stated that the drugging had occurred last weekend at "a social gathering off campus" and that the student was...

Recycling Reconsidered

Recycling Reconsidered

Adam Rooney, Staff Reporter

December 7, 2017


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

China currently processes the vast majority of the West Coast’s recycling, including the recycling from Whitman and Walla Walla. However, by the end of 2017, China will no longer accept some types of plastics and all but the best sorted and cleaned recycled goods. For Whitman, this has meant that r...

Global Studies Initiative Revamped

Lindsey Brodeck, News Reporter

December 5, 2017


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After the completion of a yearlong external review, the Global Studies Steering Committee is ready to submit a series of proposals outlining the revamped Global Studies Initiative. GSI Director and Politics Professor Aaron Bobrow-Strain uses the tagline “Whitman to the World” to describe the program. H...

Responding to Whitman’s Forbes Ranking Drop

Kate Grumbles, News Editor

December 5, 2017


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When the Forbes list of “America’s Top Colleges 2017” was released this August, Whitman was ranked #78. This is a drop of 25 spots from our rank of #53 in 2016.   Whitman Ranking Infographic This drop in rankings doesn’t necessarily mean Whitman experienced a corresponding drop in quality ...

Draft for New Mission Statement Revised

Martina Pansze, Editor-In-Chief

November 29, 2017


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On Tuesday, Nov. 28, President Kathleen Murray sent an updated draft of the college’s proposed mission statement to student listservs. According to the email, the newest draft is based on “extensive feedback received from faculty, staff, and students.” The mission statement was also discussed by the Whitman Experience Committee during gover...

ASWC Tables Diversity Vote

ASWC Tables Diversity Vote

Erin Lopez, News Reporter

November 15, 2017


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ASWC has yet to make a decision on a piece of legislation that would make the Director of Diversity and Inclusion a voting member. Legislation has been drafted, support gained, but no decision has been made. Nearing the end of the first formal Senate discussion on the issue, which occurred this past...

Wire Obtains Leaked Document

Wire Obtains Leaked Document

Chris Hankin, News Editor

November 14, 2017


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Documents leaked to The Wire by an anonymous source indicate Whitman’s specific benchmarks to return to a 10-1 student-to-faculty ratio. The document indicates that the author hopes to reduce the number of FTE (Full Time Equivalent) by 19.5 by the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. President M...

Sharing Governance and Responsibility

Chris Hankin, News Editor

November 14, 2017


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In an effort to increase transparency and community participation, President Murray has taken to updating the campus on the content of meetings with the Board of Trustees. The most recent meeting marked the implementation of the Board’s new committee structure, and saw Chair of the Board Brad McMurch...

Balof is Next Faculty Chair

Balof is Next Faculty Chair

Kate Grumbles, News Editor

November 14, 2017


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Barry Balof, Associate Professor of Mathematics, will take over as Faculty Chair starting July 1 replacing current chair Professor Melissa Clearfield. The term lasts for three years and allows the tenured professor holding the position to take course reliefs for most of the classes they normally teach. The decision to elect Professor Balof was made at a faculty me...

Schmitz to Write History of Whitman

Nick Maahs, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2017


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Professor David Schmitz, the Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History, will soon begin writing the third volume of the History of Whitman College.  The book’s last volume was published in 2000 and covered the College’s history up to 1975.  Now, Schmitz has been asked by the college to bring that hi...

Faculty Representation at Whitman: The AAUP

Chris Hankin, News Editor

November 9, 2017


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Whitman’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors is steeped in history. The national organization was founded in 1915, and within a year, Whitman became one of the first institutions of higher education to create a local organization. Revitalized under new leadership in the fall...

Context for the Conversation

Context for the Conversation

Adam Rooney, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2017


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Every Friday at noon you can find students gathered in the Glover Alston Center (the GAC) to engage in discussion that addresses diversity, equity and inclusion in the Whitman Community as part of a program called Continuing the Conversation. The format is casual; whoever wants lunch can grab a plate...

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