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Can Jay Inslee Become the Climate Change President?

Can Jay Inslee Become the Climate Change President?

Sean Gannon, Staff Reporter

April 3, 2019

Washington state governor Jay Inslee has set climate change as the sole focus of his campaign for president, calling on Americans to step up to the defining threat of our generation. “We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do somethin...

Walla Walla Grapples with Consequences of Extended Winter

Rylee Neville, Staff Reporter

March 7, 2019

The unusually cold weather has affected the Whitman Campus as well as the community of Walla Walla. With the cumulation of snow and ice, Walla Walla residents, including Whitman professors, have had to suffer through the conditions. However, efforts are being made by the city of Walla Walla to decrease...

Professors on Power and Privilege: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Professors on Power and Privilege: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Alasdair Padman and Audrey Hecker

March 7, 2019

On Feb. 21, 2019, Whitman College was host to the annual Power & Privilege Symposium which is directed and led largely by students. While classes are cancelled, students are expected to engage with the complex, and often emotional, discourse created by the symposium.   In “Preparing f...

Can Every Vote Count?

Can Every Vote Count?

Sean Gannon

March 6, 2019

Every Vote Counts (EVC) is a national nonpartisan organization trying to strengthen our representative democracy. The student-lead organization asks how everyone’s vote can matter and how to get political parties to represent more Americans. For them, the status quo is insufficient. Out of the three...

Students Reflect on Privilege in Environmentalism at WOHESC

Sylvie Corwin

March 6, 2019

Members of Divest Whitman and Campus Climate Coalition (CCC) returned from Seattle on Feb. 27 after attending the Washington and Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC). The conference took place over two days of panels, speakers and networking breaks. Panels were led by students...

Green Dot Takes Over Reid

Rylee Neville

February 28, 2019

On Friday, Feb. 15, Green Dot hosted Reid Takeover to encourage continued conversation about sexual assault. Sophomore Siri Danielson is one of the interns that works on sexual violence prevention efforts with Barbara Maxwell, the Sexual Misconduct Prevention Coordinator. Danielson is tasked with...

Whitman Teaches the Movement: Breaking the Whitman Bubble

Whitman Teaches the Movement: Breaking the Whitman Bubble

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2019

Whitman Teaches the Movement (WTTM) resumed this year with even more programs than before. WTTM is a program that connects Whitman students to Walla Walla public schools to teach creative historic lessons about civil rights and social justice. Senior and WTTM Logistic Coordinator Bryn Hines believes that th...

Walla Walla Funds Alliance for the Homeless

Sylvie Corwin, Staff Reporter

February 26, 2019

Walla Walla county will give Walla Walla Alliance for the Homeless $100,000 this year to help run and boost the services available at the Sleep Center. The Sleep Center was started after Walla Walla passed a no-camping ordinance a few years ago. It consists of 31 insulated Conestoga tents, plus two large...

A National Emergency

A National Emergency

Sean Gannon, Staff Reporter

February 26, 2019

President Trump declared a national emergency over the southern border on Feb. 15th, aiming to divert $6 billion from authorized projects to build his proposed wall. The announcement came after congress’ funding bill denied the president adequate wall money, sparking questions over the separation o...

SNOWPOCALYPSE 2019

SNOWPOCALYPSE 2019

Sylvie Corwin, Staff Reporter

February 23, 2019

Winter has finally hit Walla Walla and the rest of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle experienced its snowiest month in the past 50 years. January 1969, which featured 45 inches of snow, was Seattle’s last snowiest month. While the amount of snow is not particularly unusual for Walla Walla, Professor Kevi...

Keynote Speaker Postponed

Audrey Hecker, News Editor

February 23, 2019

This year’s Power and Privilege Symposium (PPS) keynote speaker will be 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and activist Amanda Nguyen, according to an email sent out on Feb. 8 from the Symposium Chair. She will be speaking at Cordiner Hall on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Nguyen is also the CEO and Founder of Rise, ...

Meet Whitman’s New SAVA: Jessica Matthews

Meet Whitman’s New SAVA: Jessica Matthews

Rylee Neville, Staff Reporter

February 23, 2019

Jessica Matthews has recently been hired as Whitman’s new Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocate (SAVA). This position was created in 2016, with Hailey Powers serving as the first SAVA until last year. Matthews was able to overlap positions with Powers for two months before assuming the position. ...

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