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Students mobilize to protest the FSR

Alasdair Padman, Editor in Chief February 24, 2021

At 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, Whitman students will gather outside of Memorial Hall to protest changes to the major declaration process in light of the Financial Sustainability Review (FSR). Under the...

Breaking: President Murray announces June 2022 retirement

Sean Gannon, News Editor February 22, 2021

President Kathy Murray announced in a community-wide email Monday morning her plans to retire from Whitman in June 2022. Murray had planned to use the final years of her contract — through the 2024-2025...

Narcissa Whitman monument outside Prentiss quietly removed

Narcissa Whitman monument outside Prentiss quietly removed

Jessie Brandt, Staff Reporter February 18, 2021

In December, the stone monument to Narcissa Whitman next to Prentiss Hall was digitally archived, removed sans public announcement and met with little notice.  Before removal, a digital archive entry...

“Missing the forest for the trees”: FSR incites faculty anger over Humanities cuts

Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter February 18, 2021

The Financial Sustainability Review shared by President Kathy Murray on Tuesday, Feb. 2 sent ripples of concern throughout the Whitman community. Liberal arts colleges across the nation face a threatening...

Photo by Nathaniel Martin.

Whitman switches to quick-return saliva COVID-19 testing

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter February 18, 2021

As students return to in-person classes, Whitman’s new COVID-19 surveillance testing system faces its first big trial.  Whitman had identified seven (six students and one employee) positive COVID-19...

Facing financial distress, Whitman forms first Financial Sustainability Review in recent history

Facing financial distress, Whitman forms first Financial Sustainability Review in recent history

Abby Main, Staff Reporter February 18, 2021

Whitman has strayed from its standardized budgeting process to undergo a Financial Sustainability Review for the first time in recent history, according to Chief Financial Officer Peter Harvey. The administration...

Illustration by Shasta Soles.

Walla Walla suspends plastic recycling over costly contamination

Tejashree Jadhav, Staff Reporter February 18, 2021

Walla Walla residents can no longer recycle plastic. On Oct. 14, 2020, the Walla Walla City Council decided to pause plastic recycling, starting in 2021. The suspension will be reevaluated in 2023 if the...

Anderson under quarantine: Tracing the campus’ first major outbreak

Alasdair Padman, Sean Gannon, and Emma Fletcher-Frazer February 13, 2021

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, the Whitman community received an urgent email from Peter Harvey, Chair of the Coronavirus Task Force: Anderson Hall had been put under quarantine after they detected nine positive...

Inside Anderson Hall: Quarantine expectations and testing protocol

Abby Main, Staff Reporter February 12, 2021

Three more students in Anderson tested positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday, in addition to the nine positive cases detected Wednesday.  Representatives from Whitman’s health center, Dean of Students...

Breaking: Anderson Hall under quarantine; nine positive COVID-19 cases

Alasdair Padman, Editor in Chief February 10, 2021

At 4:56 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, students received an alert that Anderson Hall is now under quarantine after 9 positive cases of COVID-19 were detected today. The Everbridge alert reads as follows:...

Upcoming events: ASWC informational session regarding the Financial Sustainability Review

Sean Gannon, News Editor February 9, 2021

The Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) will hold two informational sessions this week regarding the recent Financial Sustainability Review recommendations. The sessions will be led by ASWC's...

Whitman conducts COVID-19 testing for spring semester: six students, one employee test positive

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, News Editor January 29, 2021

Whitman College has administered nearly 3,000 COVID-19 tests to faculty, staff and students in the past two weeks as community members return to in-person and hybrid learning. They first tested all...

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