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Letter in support of Encounters faculty circulates

Grace Jackson, News Reporter

February 20, 2020

A letter began circulating among faculty in January to show solidarity with the adjunct faculty members who will lose their jobs with the termination of the Encounters program. As of Tuesday, Feb. 18, 102 faculty members have signed. Encounters will be eliminated in the coming year and replaced wi...

Walla Walla Valley sustains damage from flooding

Walla Walla Valley sustains damage from flooding

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

Walla Walla County experienced immense flooding beginning Thursday, Feb. 6, following days of constant rainfall.  Ki Bealey, the public works director for the City of Walla Walla, described the events that unfolded surrounding the flooding. Bealey informed The Wire that, on Feb. 6,  the city dis...

Whitman community mourns loss of art professor Rick Martinez

Whitman community mourns loss of art professor Rick Martinez

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, News Editor

February 20, 2020

Whitman College Associate Professor of Art Rick Martinez unexpectedly passed away on Jan. 26. Rick was hired in 2012 and promoted to an associate professor in 2016. He also served as the chair of the art department, impacting the lives of many students and faculty throughout his time at Whitman. Rick wa...

Green New Deal Q & A with Professor Brick

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter

February 18, 2020

What is the Green New Deal? Besides serving as an example of the current polarization of climate-related issues, the Green New Deal is a legislative package that proposes sweeping changes to the current energy and job structure of society. The Green New Deal relies on a shift to clean energy and r...

ASWC reflects on 2019 and looks towards 2020

ASWC reflects on 2019 and looks towards 2020

Jessica Lilly, Staff Reporter

February 18, 2020

The Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) is Whitman’s student government, responsible for representing student interests on campus, sponsoring all campus programming and funding student organizations. On Sunday, Feb. 9, ASWC held their second Senate meeting of spring semester, during whic...

Power & Privilege team prepares for 2020 symposium

Power & Privilege team prepares for 2020 symposium

Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2020

Next Thursday, Feb. 20, Whitman will be hosting its annual Power and Privilege (P&P) Symposium. To create space for the thirty-one student-led panels that will occur throughout the day, classes are canceled for the event. This year’s executive team is made up of Executive Director Jordon Crawfo...

Penrose Library upgrades to LED lights

Penrose Library upgrades to LED lights

Jessica Lilly, News Reporter

February 13, 2020

The Penrose Library has undergone a sustainability upgrade. Last week, the Penrose Library traded in its fluorescent lighting for higher efficiency, longer-lasting LED bulbs. The upgrade was part of a campus-wide initiative towards greater lighting and energy efficiency, taking Whitman College one step...

Coronavirus prompts discussions on racism

Grace Jackson, News Reporter

February 13, 2020

The outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus has prompted Whitman students to discuss infectious diseases and xenophobia. The new strain, called novel coronavirus, originated in China and was first observed in late 2019.  For many, the uncertainty surrounding this outbreak of coronavirus has caused co...

Greenhouse opens house

Greenhouse opens house

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2020

On Friday, Feb. 7, the greenhouse located off the Hall of Science building opened its doors to the public, giving visitors the opportunity to take tours of the plant-filled space.  Two students working for the facility, seniors Aubrey May and Chantalle Vincent, explained different plant types, answered questio...

Sunrise Walla Walla: “The plan to win”

Sunrise Walla Walla: “The plan to win”

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

This Monday, Feb. 3, Sunrise Walla Walla hosted their 2020 Kickoff Party at Reid Campus Center with the hopes of drawing in new activists from the Whitman and Walla Walla communities.  The Walla Walla hub is part of a larger national organization, the Sunrise Movement. Their website states: “We’re b...

Understanding the impeachment process from the perspectives of the Whitman community

Jessica Lilly, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

Impeachment — the issue dominating national headlines — has drawn varying levels of attention from the Whitman community. Of the 15 students in the dining hall asked by The Wire to go on record about the impeachment, nine declined to comment, citing lack of knowledge on the topic. Among response...

Inaugural Unity Week promotes engagement in activism

Inaugural Unity Week promotes engagement in activism

Alasdair Padman and Emma Fletcher-Frazer

February 6, 2020

Whitman College, in coordination with Walla Walla University, Walla Walla Community College and Walla Walla residents, hosted its inaugural Unity Week – a week of events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement – beginning on Monday, Jan. 20.  While Whitman College ...

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