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Whitman considers language requirement

Rylee Neville, News Reporter

December 3, 2019

Students and faculty have recently been grappling with the question of whether there should be a language requirement at Whitman. Currently, Whitman does not have a language requirement. Rather, the college requires a cultural pluralism course for distribution, which language courses may fall under. In Febr...

Exposure to radio frequency radiation on Maxey Hall roof concerns Physical Plant workers; Whitman College cited by Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

The roof of Maxey Hall. One of the cell towers is on the other side of the barriers. The barriers were put up to warn workers on the roof about RF radiation. Photo contributed by Jeff Donahue

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, News Editor

November 21, 2019

Thirteen. That’s the number of years that Physical Plant employees have worked on the roof of Maxey Hall — without suitable safety training — while cell antennas have occupied the same area, exposing workers to varying levels of radio frequency radiation during the completion of projects and regu...

Vigil downtown for DACA recipients

Whitman and Walla Walla community members gathered on the corner of 1st and Main at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, a time and place specifically chosen to be accessible to working members of the community, including the immigrant population.

Lena Friedman, News Reporter

November 21, 2019

On Tuesday Nov. 12, members of the Walla Walla and Whitman community gathered downtown for an evening vigil held in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The vigil, which took place on the corner of 1st Street and Main Street at 6:30 p.m., reflected nationwide activ...

OP strives for more than just financial accessibility

Illustration by Hannah Paul

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

November 18, 2019

Due to a lack of campus-wide accessibility, Whitman College's Outdoor Program (OP) has been taking steps to cater their programs to a wider audience than just a largely white, upper-class population experienced with outdoor recreation. Using data from the Office of Institutional Research, OP staff f...

Penrose guided by Library Advisory Committee

One of the lesser-known functions of the Penrose Library is the intellectual property project which compiles online informational resources on copyright and patenting processes.

Louis Moench, News Reporter

November 14, 2019

Penrose Library is one of the most widely used academic resources on campus — a place where students do homework, print between classes and check out books. However, the administration of the library, as well as its new policies and projects, are all managed by a little-known committee. Penrose Lib...

Know your representatives: Walla Walla election results

Know your representatives: Walla Walla election results

Bhavesh Gulrajani, News Reporter

November 12, 2019

The 2019 Walla Walla County elections took place on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Several positions were up for grabs in contested races, and winners have been tentatively announced. Although most of the ballot-counting has concluded, results will not be formalized by the county until Tuesday, Nov. 26. The following...

Opportunities to work abroad post-Whitman

Rylee Neville, News Reporter

November 12, 2019

Upon graduation, Whitman students have numerous opportunities to gain work experience internationally.  Last Monday, Nov. 4, two international nonprofits, Connect 3 and Hoja Nueva, based in Ethiopia and Peru respectively, presented to interested students on campus about internship opportunities abroad...

Continuing the conversation on the Marcus Whitman statue

Seniors Andy Burnstein, Emma Patterson, Laura Jessich and Hope Giddings were a few of the students leading the discussion on the Marcus Whitman statue on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

November 11, 2019

Last Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Jewett Cafe, Whitman Teaches the Movement (WTTM) and Continuing the Conversation co-hosted a student-led discussion on the Marcus Whitman statue and activism surrounding it. A panel of students from the Whitman Inclusion, Diversity and Equity committee (WIDE), Borders ...

Dr. Kim Smith presents on education for sustainable development

Rylee Neville, News Reporter

November 7, 2019

Last Tuesday, Oct. 29, Whitman alumnus Dr. Kim Smith presented her talk, titled "Education For Sustainable Development: The Future Depends On Us," to students, faculty and community members.   Smith graduated from Whitman with a B.A. in sociology in 1990. She then received a Ph.D. in sociology f...

Leftover food listserv combats food waste

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

Louis Moench, News Reporter

November 7, 2019

Junior Adam Rooney started a free food email list this semester because he noticed how much food was being thrown away after catered events on campus. He believes the email list is a simple solution to the problem of food waste: tell people where to go with their reusable containers, and let them eat. ...

Staying sober at Whitman

Lena Friedman, News Reporter

November 5, 2019

On Friday, Oct. 25, Professor of Geology Pat Spencer led a Continuing the Conversation discussion about some of the challenges accompanying addiction and sobriety. Spencer is a co-founder of the Sober @ Whitman group that met up until this semester.  At the talk, Spencer touched upon his own journey to sobriety fr...

Faith takes shape at Whitman

Despite the perception that Whitman does not have an active faith community, there are many students and community members who wish to create a space for faith at Whitman. Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures (Japanese) Akira Takemoto was one of the speakers at the first Interfath Summit this past Saturday.

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

November 5, 2019

This past weekend, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life organized Whitman's first ever Interfaith Summit, an event that gave students from all backgrounds an opportunity to speak on their experiences regarding religious identity at Whitman and the possibility of having a specifically designed int...

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