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ASWC Tables Diversity Vote

ASWC Tables Diversity Vote

Erin Lopez, News Reporter

November 15, 2017


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

ASWC has yet to make a decision on a piece of legislation that would make the Director of Diversity and Inclusion a voting member. Legislation has been drafted, support gained, but no decision has been made. Nearing the end of the first formal Senate discussion on the issue, which occurred this past...

Wire Obtains Leaked Document

Wire Obtains Leaked Document

Chris Hankin, News Editor

November 15, 2017


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Documents leaked to The Wire by an anonymous source indicate Whitman’s specific benchmarks to return to a 10-1 student-to-faculty ratio. The document indicates that the author hopes to reduce the number of FTE (Full Time Equivalent) by 19.5 by the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. President M...

Sharing Governance and Responsibility

Chris Hankin, News Editor

November 15, 2017


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In an effort to increase transparency and community participation, President Murray has taken to updating the campus on the content of meetings with the Board of Trustees. The most recent meeting marked the implementation of the Board’s new committee structure, and saw Chair of the Board Brad McMurch...

Balof is Next Faculty Chair

Balof is Next Faculty Chair

Kate Grumbles, News Editor

November 14, 2017


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Barry Balof, Associate Professor of Mathematics, will take over as Faculty Chair starting July 1 replacing current chair Professor Melissa Clearfield. The term lasts for three years and allows the tenured professor holding the position to take course reliefs for most of the classes they normally teach. The decision to elect Professor Balof was made at a faculty me...

Schmitz to Write History of Whitman

Nick Maahs, Staff Reporter

November 13, 2017


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Professor David Schmitz, the Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History, will soon begin writing the third volume of the History of Whitman College.  The book’s last volume was published in 2000 and covered the College’s history up to 1975.  Now, Schmitz has been asked by the college to bring that hi...

Faculty Representation at Whitman: The AAUP

Chris Hankin, News Editor

November 9, 2017


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Whitman’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors is steeped in history. The national organization was founded in 1915, and within a year, Whitman became one of the first institutions of higher education to create a local organization. Revitalized under new leadership in the fall...

Context for the Conversation

Context for the Conversation

Adam Rooney, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2017


Filed under NEWS

Every Friday at noon you can find students gathered in the Glover Alston Center (the GAC) to engage in discussion that addresses diversity, equity and inclusion in the Whitman Community as part of a program called Continuing the Conversation. The format is casual; whoever wants lunch can grab a plate...

End of Airbnb in Walla Walla

End of Airbnb in Walla Walla

Kate Grumbles, News Editor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

“This is a witch hunt. Council is currently going against the better advice of Chamber of Commerce, against the better advice of the Walla Walla Association of Realtors, against the better advice of staff. I’m almost speechless,” says Sam Galano, Walla Wallan and owner of a small portfolio of short...

Whitman’s Missing Policy

Lindsey Brodeck, News Reporter

November 9, 2017


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Academic freedom has entered the media spotlight, with institutions such as Drexel University responding hastily to faculty members’ controversial public comments. In the case of Drexel University, once a professor’s tweet about the mass shooting in Las Vegas went viral, it was attacked on conservative...

Narcissa Whitman Revisited

Narcissa Whitman Revisited

Rachel Needham, News Reporter

November 9, 2017


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

This is a continuation of our 'Narcissa Whitman Painting Defaced' article. In recent months, the United States has seen an uptick in vandalism of statues portraying figures from throughout its history, from Christopher Columbus to Robert E. Lee, from Theodore Roosevelt to Jefferson Davis. Acro...

Brad McMurchie – On the Record

Chris Hankin, News Editor

November 7, 2017


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Nearing the halfway point in his last year as Chair of the Board of Trustees, Brad McMurchie ‘84 sat down with The Wire News Editor Chris Hankin to chat about Whitman’s Strategic Priorities. What follows is a transcript of that conversation; small edits have been made for clarity and concision. &n...

Editorial: Wire Receives Letter from the KKK

Martina Pansze, Editor-In-Chief

November 1, 2017


Filed under Letter from the Editor, NEWS

When an envelope addressed to the “Campus Student Media Group” appeared in The Wire’s mailbox, it had a stamp in place of a return address. The stamp read “Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan” along with a logo of a hooded figure on a rearing horse holding a cross, with the confederate and ...

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