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Murray joins Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

Murray joins Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

Claire Ommen, News Reporter

March 29, 2018


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Whitman College President, Kathy Murray, recently joined the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. The Presidents’ Alliance is an alliance of leaders of American colleges and universities that advocates collectively for Dreamer, immigrant, undocumented, and international students. According...

Cuts to Classics Cause Upset

Kate Grumbles, News Reporter

March 8, 2018


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During the February 28 faculty meeting, the Committee of Division Chairs (CDC) announced their recommendations for new tenure track positions, notably excluding the Classics department. The loss of a tenure track position in Classics is part of an effort by Whitman administration to return to a 10:1 s...

Global Studies Initiative Revamp Receives Faculty Approval

Nick Maahs, News Reporter

March 6, 2018


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The Global Studies Initiative has been revamped and approved by the faculty to resume operation after parts were placed on hold for external review during the 2016-2017 academic year. Starting in the fall, students who fulfill the program’s requirements will be able to have a “concentration” in Global S...

Janning on Happiness

Janning on Happiness

Rhône Grajcar, Staff Reporter

March 6, 2018


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Professor of Sociology Michelle Janning will be giving a talk at the Walla Walla Public Library on Thursday March 8. The lecture is entitled “Happy as a Dane,” and will examine why Danes have reported one of the highest levels of happiness in the world. Professor Janning has studied gende...

WIC and Divest Whitman Seek Avenues for Sustainable Investment

WIC and Divest Whitman Seek Avenues for Sustainable Investment

Rylee Neville, Staff Reporter

March 5, 2018


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Whitman Investment Company (WIC), sold its last oil share a few weeks ago, officially divesting from fossil fuels. WIC then reached out to Divest Whitman, a student-led organization devoted to pressuring the college to divest its endowment. After divesting, WIC sought the help of Divest Whitman to f...

Professor Menjívar Visits Whitman

Professor Menjívar Visits Whitman

Ben Kunz, News Reporter

March 1, 2018


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Cecilia Menjívar is the co-director of the Center for Migration Research and professor in the sociology department at the University of Kansas. She studies immigration, migration and how immigration laws affect the lives of immigrants and non-immigrants alike. The Wire: In your research, what are s...

Who is the Symposium for? P&P Grapples with Theme of Resistance and Question of Purpose

Who is the Symposium for? P&P Grapples with Theme of Resistance and Question of Purpose

Rylee Neville, Staff Reporter

March 1, 2018


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On February 22, 2018, the annual Power and Privilege Symposium invited students to examine systems of power in society and brought attention to the manifestation of racism and other forms of oppression on Whitman’s campus. The Symposium covered a variety of topics that ranged from mental health at...

Whitman to Washington D.C.: Lisa Brown’s Grassroots Campaign

Whitman to Washington D.C.: Lisa Brown’s Grassroots Campaign

Claire Ommen, News Reporter

February 28, 2018


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In 2018, the Congressional seat for the Fifth District of Washington will come up for election. This district encompasses most of Eastern Washington, Walla Walla included. On the evening of Monday, Feb. 26, democratic candidate Lisa Brown spoke at a community forum on Whitman’s campus. This f...

Whitman Sees Ten-Year High in Applications

Whitman Sees Ten-Year High in Applications

Nick Maahs, News Reporter

February 27, 2018


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Whitman’s admission office has published data about students applying to enroll for the 2018-2019 academic year. This year, 5,042 students applied, an increase from last year’s 4,081 applicants. In the context of under enrollment amongst the current First-Year class–409 students, 26 shy of the...

Breaking: Swastika Discovered in Penrose Study Room

Christy Carley, News Editor

February 26, 2018


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On Monday February 26, 2018 at 6:07 p.m. President Kathy Murray sent an email alerting the Whitman Community that a swastika had been discovered on dry-erase board in a Penrose Library study room Monday morning. Murray reported that the swastika was erased soon after discovery. “To say this kind of writ...

What Makes a Metric

Chris Hankin, News Editor

February 25, 2018


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Folks in the Whitman community may have glossed right over the word “metric” in President Murray’s most recent email following the Board of Trustees February meeting. “Metrics” only warranted two mentions, though hashing out specifics over their implementation is sure to prove contentious. The...

Nicholas Champions Revival of Arabic at Whitman

Tywen Kelly, Publisher

February 22, 2018


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On Saturday, Jan. 27 at 11:50 a.m., Olivia Nicholas sent out a survey to the student listserv with two short questions: “Do you believe Arabic courses should be offered at Whitman?” and “If Arabic courses were offered at Whitman, how likely would you be to enroll in one?” Nicholas, a senio...

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