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Whitman ranks last in sustainability report compared to nine peers

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2020

Whitman College ranked last when compared to nine peer institutions in the Summer 2020 Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System’s (STARS) Comparative Report. The report was developed by Campus Sustainable Coordinator Elissa Brown and Sustainable Research Intern Rosa Woolsey to help edu...

Washington’s controversial Referendum 90, explained

Sean Gannon, News Editor

October 22, 2020

Washington voters will soon decide whether a comprehensive sexual health education mandate will be enacted into law. Senate Bill 5395 — passed by the Legislature along party lines in March — requires public schools to provide comprehensive sexual health education to students in 6–12 grades beginning in the 20...

A reckoning and a celebration: IPECC and PIC host Indigenous Peoples’ Day town hall

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Abby Main, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2020

In celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, Oct. 12, leaders of Whitman’s Indigenous People's Education and Culture Club (IPECC) and Pacific Islander's Club (PIC) hosted a town hall that discussed the meaning of the holiday and the ways Whitman can recognize and honor Indigenous peoples. T...

No new vandalism, even amid calls to remove Columbus and Whitman statues

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Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2020

This past summer saw renewed efforts to remove Walla Walla’s Christopher Columbus and Marcus Whitman statues. Breaking what has become something of a tradition, neither statue was vandalized during last week’s Columbus Day holiday on Oct. 12.  The Christopher Columbus statue was last vandalized on June 30 wit...

Upcoming event: Anti-racist writing workshop with Felicia Chavez

Alasdair Padman, Editor-in-Chief

October 19, 2020

Visiting author and digital storyteller Felicia Rose Chavez will lead the Anti-Racist Writing Workshop for Whitman faculty and staff on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 4 pm. According to the Whitman Events Calendar, the workshop is an extension of Chavez's book "The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize...

Exploring Whitman’s endowment

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2020

Austerity measures instituted in response to budget shortfalls this year have brought attention to Whitman College’s 565.3 million dollar endowment. In response to a projected $19 million loss in revenue, the College has furloughed employees and removed several positions. A college endowment is a fund made up of d...

In search of better testing, Whitman faces decision on spring return

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2020

The Whitman Coronavirus Task Force announced its plans to decide between November and December whether spring semester classes will be held mostly in-person for all students. According to Chief Financial Officer Peter Harvey, this decision largely depends on access to testing kits. Harvey, who cur...

Politics professor Aaron Bobrow-Strain wins 2020 Washington State Book Award

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Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2020

Whitman politics professor Aaron Bobrow-Strain won the 2020 Washington State Book Award (WSBA) in the category of Biography/Memoir for his book “The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story.” Published in 2019, the book tells the story of Aida Hernandez and her struggles with the Ame...

Washington 16th District candidates square off in virtual forum

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Abby Main, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2020

On Oct. 6, the forum for candidates running for 16th Legislative District office was dominated by subjects such as COVID-19, the economic recovery, taxes and recent wildfires. The forum was conducted over Zoom and candidates received 60 seconds to respond to questions and 2 minutes for opening and closing stateme...

The Common Read Project: Sociological framing of “How to Be an Antiracist”

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2020

The first session of the Common Read Project that discussed Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to Be an Antiracist” occurred on Oct. 8. It was intended to help facilitate campus-wide conversations about the academic theme of Race, Violence and Health. Associate Professor of Sociology Gilbert Mireles provided a sociological perspective to help frame the group’s di...

Breaking: Wind Alert in Walla Walla County

Mat Chapin, Managing Editor

October 13, 2020

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for the evening of October 13 from 2pm to 11pm in Walla Walla County and the surrounding area. West winds are expected to hit 30-40 mph with gusts of 60-65 mph.   In an email to the Whitman Community, Peter Harvey urged students to “tak...

Out of balance together: Faculty juggle teaching and parenting

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Abby Main, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2020

When asked how she is balancing teaching with parenting young kids, Associate Professor of English Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel’s response was simple: “There is no balance.”  “As I type this email, my daughter is barking like a dog,” she said. “In a bit, I'll switch off with my husband, the ...

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