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Staying sober at Whitman

Lena Friedman, News Reporter

November 5, 2019

On Friday, Oct. 25, Professor of Geology Pat Spencer led a Continuing the Conversation discussion about some of the challenges accompanying addiction and sobriety. Spencer is a co-founder of the Sober @ Whitman group that met up until this semester.  At the talk, Spencer touched upon his own journey to sobriety fr...

Faith takes shape at Whitman

Faith takes shape at Whitman

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

November 5, 2019

This past weekend, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life organized Whitman's first ever Interfaith Summit, an event that gave students from all backgrounds an opportunity to speak on their experiences regarding religious identity at Whitman and the possibility of having a specifically designed int...

The FINCH hotel opens downtown

The FINCH hotel opens downtown

Louis Moench, News Reporter

October 31, 2019

Walla Walla's newest hotel, The FINCH, opened on Thursday, Oct. 24, just in time for Family Weekend (Oct. 25-27) and Fall Wine Release Weekend (Nov. 1-3). The new hotel is located at 325 East Main Street, the former site of the Red Lion, a hotel that closed in January 2018. The FINCH is an indepe...

Whitman Greek Life under review

Whitman Greek Life under review

Kate Grumbles, News Editor

October 29, 2019

Just over one year after an Oct. 24, 2018 faculty meeting during which a motion to eliminate “single-sex social and residential organizations” was brought forward for discussion by Charles E. and Margery B. Anderson Endowed Professor of Humanities and Professor of Classics Dana Burgess, the pro...

First step towards composting at Whitman

First step towards composting at Whitman

Rylee Neville, News Reporter

October 28, 2019

Just last week, Whitman students generated 2,000 pounds of waste at Cleveland Commons. This number comes from a waste audit conducted by the Sustainability Office and Bon Appétit, who measured the compostable, post-production waste that arose from meal times.  The waste audit was an initial ...

“Black Bodies that Matter”: Whitman alum starts conversations about race

“Black Bodies that Matter”: Whitman alum starts conversations about race

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

October 28, 2019

This past Thursday, Oct. 24, in Olin Hall, Whitman alum Dr. James Garrison '04 addressed the significance applied to the black body with the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement and how art and culture can affect that perception in a talk titled “Black Bodies That Matter.” Julia Irelan...

Construction on Isaacs Ave affects local businesses

Construction on Isaacs Ave affects local businesses

Rylee Neville, News Reporter

October 24, 2019

Since spring of last year, construction has consumed Isaacs Avenue, affecting multiple businesses and their customers.  The City of Walla Walla is currently in the midst of working on infrastructure like utility replacements, roundabouts and better roads and sidewalks. In a Walla Walla Unio...

Whitman College joins amicus brief in support of DACA

Bhavesh Gulrajani, News Reporter

October 24, 2019

On Friday, Oct. 11, Whitman College President Kathleen Murray notified the community via email that Whitman College had joined an amicus brief in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for its upcoming case before the Supreme Court. In total, 165 colleges and universities signed this...

Walla Walla launches Neighborhood Engagement Program

Walla Walla launches Neighborhood Engagement Program

Rylee Neville, News Reporter

October 19, 2019

On Thursday, Oct. 24, the City of Walla Walla will launch its new Neighborhood Engagement Program (NEP), led by Whitman senior Cameron Conner.  The Neighborhood Engagement Program aims to bring Walla Walla neighborhoods closer together and spark conversations about the needs of each community. Af...

Whitman Clery Report released with crime statistics for 2018

Whitman Clery Report released with crime statistics for 2018

Bhavesh Gulrajani, News Reporter

October 15, 2019

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, Whitman College released the 2019 Annual Security Report, in accordance with the Clery Act. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, is a consumer protection law that requires the disclosure of campus crime policy and...

From the archives: Wire editor kidnapped

Louis Moench, News Reporter

October 14, 2019

The history of fraternities on Whitman campus goes way back — the first Greek organization on campus was established in 1913. National fraternities, such as Beta Theta Pi, have long been prominent institutions with many well-known members and sizable resources. Controversies surrounding their activities, how...

Seeing red: Responses to symbols of Whitman’s legacy sweep across campus

Seeing red: Responses to symbols of Whitman’s legacy sweep across campus

Lena Friedman, News Reporter

October 14, 2019

In the weeks leading up to Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Columbus Day, responses to symbols of the Whitmans’ legacy have appeared around campus — with the Marcus Whitman statue, located at the intersection of Main Street and Boyer Avenue, as a focal point of contention. The responses included red pain...

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