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Vol. CLIV, Issue 5
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Whitmans Plans for Active Shooter Scenario

Whitman’s Plans for Active Shooter Scenario

Georgia Lyon October 22, 2015
Due to the five campus shootings have taken place in the nation in the last month, Whitman's administration and security staff as well as local law enforcement have tentative plans to make the Whitman community more aware of what to do and where to go in an active shooter scenario.
New Orientation Prepares Incoming FGWC Students

New Orientation Prepares Incoming FGWC Students

Andy Monserud September 10, 2015
Whitman held a special orientation for first-generation and working class (FGWC) students on the week of July 11-15. 32 first-year FGWC students were given a week on campus to take sample classes from Whitman professors and gain an understanding of the on-campus resources available to students.
Whitman Student Among Three Firefighters Killed in Crash

Whitman Student Among Three Firefighters Killed in Crash

Sarah Cornett and Lachlan Johnson August 20, 2015

A Whitman student was among three U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed in a vehicle crash on Wednesday night near Twisp, Washington. The student, Tom Zbyszewski, was a rising junior from Carlton, Washington....

Photo contributed by Kelly O / The Stranger.

Whitman students join protest against Shell oil rigs in Port of Seattle

Allie Donahue May 7, 2015
Shell's Arctic fleet is moving north to the Port of Seattle, and a coalition of environmental groups, including a group of students from Whitman, is planning to protest in a flotilla of kayaks on May 16.
Hanford advocacy groups hold alternative to State of the Site meeting

Hanford advocacy groups hold alternative to State of the Site meeting

Andy Monserud April 30, 2015

Maxey Auditorium played host to a community-led meeting on the Hanford Nuclear Site on Wednesday, April 29. Organized by a collection of advocacy groups involved in the cleanup at Hanford, the event, along...

Security cameras are visible around campus, including this one in Reids Cafe 66. Photo by Anna Dawson.

Local surveillence limited in Walla Walla

Andy Monserud April 23, 2015
Over the past several years, the widespread use of surveillance technology has become commonplace both as a tool for law enforcement and for private use. According to the Walla Walla Police Department and Whitman Security, though, Whitman students and their Walla Wallan neighbors are not under as close of scrutiny as they might think.

Practice outpaces policy in sexual misconduct investigations

Lachlan Johnson April 16, 2015
It has been over two months since ASWC passed a resolution calling for changes to Whitman’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. While many of the resolution’s suggestions have been adopted in practice, several remain unaddressed, and none have been formally added to college policy.

Whitman Debate Team suspended for minimum 2 years

Aleida Fernandez April 9, 2015
Following the recent cancellation of the Policy Debate Team season, President George Bridges wrote in an email today that the college would be suspending all Debate Team activities for a minimum of two years. The decision came after multiple years of Title IX complaints and other problematic behaviors by team members and coaches during travel to competitions.
Sami Carrillo (17), photo by Annabelle Marcovici.

Singled Out: Is profiling a problem on campus?

Lachlan Johnson March 12, 2015
Last fall, a student alleged that a Whitman security officer racially profiled him in a tense encounter on campus. Now, administrators and concerned community members are divided on how to identify and deal with profiling on campus.
Photo contributed by Bob Carson.

Students call for removal of Snake River dams

Lachlan Johnson February 26, 2015
Rethink Dams was formed this January by sophomore Fiona Bennitt after she was inspired by the documentary "Dam Nation." The new group will work to raise awareness both on campus and in the wider Walla Walla community and to educate people about the potential benefits of breaching the Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite dams. All four dams are located in the southeast corner of Washington.

Students, faculty hold vigil for shooting victims

Andy Monserud February 19, 2015
Whitman students and faculty held a vigil in the Amphitheatre on Monday, Feb. 17th for the late Pasco, Wash. resident and police shooting victim Antonio Zambrano-Montes and for Chapel Hill shooting victims Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha.

Walla Walla STAR Project aids former prisoners

Christy Carley February 12, 2015
Transitioning to a life out of prison can be difficult for many former inmates. A report from the Washington State Department of Corrections states that 31.2 percent of those released from prison will reoffend within three years of their release.
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