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Whitman Undergraduate Conference Showcases Student Research

Whitman Undergraduate Conference Showcases Student Research

Audrey Hecker, News Editor

April 11, 2019

The 21st annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference brought 86 student panel presenters, 34 musicians, and a record total of 69 poster presenters (representing 57 poster projects), in addition to the many attendees. The Conference gave students, faculty, staff and Walla Walla community members the opportuni...

Whitman First-Years Compete in Debating for Democracy: Hope to Lobby Bill

Rylee Neville, Staff Reporter

April 11, 2019

In late March, an organization called Project Pericles hosted the national Debating for Democracy in New York. Two Whitman students, Ameliz Price-Dominguez ’22 and Salma Anguiano ’22, competed in the annual Letters to an Elected Official Contest. For the first time in the history of the convent...

Admissions Office Events Welcome Prospective Students to Campus

Sylvie Corwin

April 11, 2019

Spring Visitors Day brought nearly 80 prospective students to campus on Friday, Apr. 5, and Admitted Students Day this coming weekend already has an RSVP count of 257 prospective students. Between 400 and 500 total visitors, when parents and other guests are included, are expected to come for Admitt...

Spanish Department Prepares for Name Change

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, Staff Reporter

April 9, 2019

The Spanish Department has decided to change its name to the Department of Hispanic Studies, beginning in the next academic year. The name change was inspired, in part, by an external review recommendation and changes within other colleges’ Spanish departments, according to Assistant Professor and Chai...

Students Call For Whitman Housing Lottery Revamp

Students Call For Whitman Housing Lottery Revamp

Rylee Neville, Staff Reporter

April 7, 2019

In late January, the Whitman Housing Lottery took place. Anticipation took over sophomore students who were in the midst of planning their living situation for the next two years. Many decisions must be made regarding roommates, location and size. There is also an interesting student housing debacle regardi...

Methods of Leadership: Learning from Women Trailblazers

Methods of Leadership: Learning from Women Trailblazers

Audrey Hecker, News Editor

April 7, 2019

“It’s urgent and heady to have a conversation about women in leadership — roadblocks and inroads, steps forward and back, progress and setbacks and at the end of the day what it means to be a woman leader and what it should mean,” Paula Boggs, keynote speaker at the Women in Leadership lunch, s...

The Sunrise Movement Comes to Walla Walla

Emma Fletcher-Frazer

April 7, 2019

The Walla Walla chapter of the Sunrise Movement, a grassroots youth-led movement centered on climate change, was recently founded. Community members created a new branch of the movement in the past few months in an attempt to bring conversation about climate change to the Walla Walla area. Commu...

Trump’s Presidency After Mueller

Sean Gannon

April 7, 2019

The Mueller investigation — created to find links between the Trump Campaign and Russian election interference — has dominated political headlines and discourse over the past two years, bearing a progressive desire that the President would be impeached while serving as fodder for Conservatives rai...

Effects of Christchurch Terror Attack Resonates in Walla Walla

Effects of Christchurch Terror Attack Resonates in Walla Walla

Sylvie Corwin, Staff Reporter

April 7, 2019

During afternoon prayer on Friday, Mar. 15, a gunman in Christchurch, New Zealand opened fire on two separate mosques, killing 50 people and injuring others. While the shooting happened during Whitman’s spring break and on the other side of the globe, the act of terrorism still prompted support in the W...

Q&A With Student Life Committee Member

Q&A With Student Life Committee Member

Sylvie Corwin, Staff Reporter

April 3, 2019

In October of 2018, Assistant Professor of Classics Dana Burgess proposed a motion to the faculty to eliminate “single-sex social and residential organizations.” The motion was modified to just address fraternities and sororities and the issue was passed on to the Student Life Committee to delib...

Acupuncture Pop-Up Promotes Free Healthcare

Acupuncture Pop-Up Promotes Free Healthcare

Rylee Neville, Staff Reporter

April 3, 2019

On April 5 through 6, Whitman and Walla Walla community members are invited to attend a free acupuncture pop-up clinic with the purpose of promoting accessible healthcare for all. It will be held at The First Congregational Church of Walla Walla. Olivia Hagmann, a senior Anthropology major, is the organizer of...

Whitman Receives Red Code Rating for Policies that Inhibit Free Speech

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, Staff Reporter

April 3, 2019

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) assigned Whitman College a red speech code rating for its policies that “clearly and substantially restrict freedoms of speech.” A red speech code rating is the lowest possible rating, out of green, yellow, and red. FIRE is a non-profit e...

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