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Bringing the Palestinian-Israeli Conversation to Whitman

Audrey Hecker, Staff Reporter

September 23, 2018


Filed under NEWS

After living through the devastation of the Lebanon War more than a decade ago, Bashar Haidar, a junior at Whitman College, decided it was time to show his support of the Palestinian state and its inhabitants in the founding of the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) Club. The club is new to the Wh...

Free to Bleed

Kate Grumbles, News Editor

September 23, 2018


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On the first day of classes, Aug. 28, ASWC President Lily Parker and a room full of interested students gathered to create an action plan addressing the fact that Whitman College does not provide free menstrual products to the general student body. In the last few years, students nationwide have been d...

To Thrive and Flourish

To Thrive and Flourish

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, Staff Reporter

September 23, 2018


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He wears purple socks with bright red polka dots and matching bow tie as he sits over the arm of a chair and drinks coffee out of a Mason jar. Posters cover the walls of his office. One photograph is of students marching for gun reform, another of NFL players protesting the national anthem. Interim...

A Look Into Whitman’s Endowment

A Look Into Whitman’s Endowment

Andrew Schwartz, Radio Editor

May 3, 2018


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Editor of The Wire Radio Hour Andrew Schwartz sat down with Politics Major Meg Rierson ‘18 for last week’s show to discuss her thesis “Endowments and the Elite: A Political Economic Analysis of the Whitman Endowment.” Seeking to examine whose interests the Whitman endowment really serves, Rierson ...

TKE Grapples With Basement Writing

TKE Grapples With Basement Writing

Martina Pansze, Editor-In-Chief

May 3, 2018


Filed under Greek Life, NEWS

This past weekend, The Wire received an anonymous email reporting racist and misogynistic writing in the basement of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), along with a photo. The writing reads “Not Afraid to ‘Hard R’” and “Tinder Slut.” The report came at the tail end of a tumultuous Greekend this year, wi...

Schmitz Gives Last Speech of 35-Year Tenure

Tywen Kelly, Publisher

May 3, 2018


Filed under NEWS

On Tuesday May 1, David Schmitz, the Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History, delivered a talk titled, “Assessing President Trump’s Foreign Policy: America First versus American Internationalism.” Schmitz lectured about Trump’s ostensible lack of a foreign policy in Maxey Auditorium for 20 minute...

What’s in the Box? Whitman’s Revamped Admissions Process

Chris Hankin, News Editor

May 1, 2018


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Since the January 15 application deadline, Whitman College’s Admissions team has been hard at work turning a 10-year high in applications into bodies in classrooms next fall. In pursuing this end, Vice President for Enrollment and Communications Josh Jensen and his team have totally changed the experience...

Imagining a Revised “Encounters”

Imagining a Revised “Encounters”

Claire Ommen, Staff Reporter

April 26, 2018


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On Tuesday April 17, ASWC hosted a student forum to discuss the Encounters syllabus, the first-year experience and possible changes thereto. The Encounters program is currently under scrutiny by the General Studies committee following an external review, which was concluded in 2017. As a result, there...

Walla Walla 2040: An Interview With Dennis Crockett

Walla Walla 2040: An Interview With Dennis Crockett

Kate Grumbles, News Reporter

April 25, 2018


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

As Walla Walla City Council met earlier this week to discuss changing land use as part of the Walla Walla 2040 Comprehensive Plan, Dennis Crockett, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies, is wrapping up another semester of his class “Architectural History of Walla Walla.” Thi...

2018-2019 Budget Sees Increased Discount Rate

2018-2019 Budget Sees Increased Discount Rate

Chris Hankin, News Editor

April 24, 2018


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With tuition now comfortably above $50,000 per year and dramatic reallocations towards financial aid, Whitman’s 2018-2019 budget budget is codified and ready for implementation on July 1. Next year’s budget will see a serious push to make the Whitman experience affordable to more students, a commi...

Big Data & Democracy

Big Data & Democracy

Nick Maahs, News Reporter

April 24, 2018


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This past Monday, April 23, Whitman hosted Dr. José Marichal, Professor of Political Science at California Lutheran University. In a well-attended talk, Dr. Marichal addressed his titular topic, “The Role of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in Democratic Life,” focusing on its current relevance...

From Biology to History: Arch Releases First Book on Whaling in Japan

From Biology to History: Arch Releases First Book on Whaling in Japan

Ben Kunz, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2018


Filed under I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category, NEWS

Assistant Professor of History Jakobina Arch studies environmental and Japanese history. Wire reporter Ben Kunz sat down with Professor Arch to discuss her first book, released this month, “Bringing Whales Ashore, Oceans and the Environment of Early Modern Japan.” Whitman Wire: What originally led ...

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