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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...

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...

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