Whitman Wire

Pioneer Past: A history of activism

Maggie Chang, News Reporter

November 1, 2017


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On October 4, 1971, a Whitman alum sent the school newspaper (previously called The Pioneer) a letter urging the editor to denounce the students responsible for flying the school flag backwards on the day President Nixon visited the Walla Walla community. On October 21, 1971, the letter was published...

Narcissa Whitman Painting Defaced

Narcissa Whitman Painting Defaced

Rachel Needham, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2017


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

On the morning of Monday, Oct. 9, Prentiss Hall custodians arrived at work to find that the portrait of Narcissa Whitman hanging in the Great Room had been defaced overnight. Accompanying the black spray-paint covering Narcissa’s face was an anonymously-written note which reads: “In 1836, Marcus...

ASWC President on Campus Free Speech

ASWC President on Campus Free Speech

Erin Lopez, News Reporter

October 30, 2017


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On October 27, Wire Reporter Erin Lopez sat down with ASWC’s President AnnaMarie McCorvie ‘18 to discuss free speech on campus. What follows is a partial transcript from that conversation. Head to https://whitmanwire.com/ to listen to the full interview. The following transcript has been edited for cl...

Students Assemble for Change

Students Assemble for Change

Kate Grumbles, News Editor

October 30, 2017


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

This past Saturday, October 28, Whitman hosted the first ever Change Now conference for students of color and underrepresented student groups in the Pacific Northwest. The conference lasted from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, with students from ten colleges from across the Pacific Northwest. T...

Schuster Explains Changes to Federal Title IX Guidelines

Schuster Explains Changes to Federal Title IX Guidelines

Christy Carley, Staff Reporter

October 25, 2017


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Two days ago, Saundra K. Schuster, who serves as Whitman’s Title IX Legal Consultant, visited campus to give a public presentation regarding the Department of Education’s recent announcement to rescind the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter that provided colleges and universities with guidance in adhering to Title IX while handling cases of campus sexual misconduct. In a...

Gender Disparity in Service on Campus

Gender Disparity in Service on Campus

Nick Maahs, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2017


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Community service at Whitman is a dramatically gendered affair. Of the 206 active members of campus service clubs, 83 percent identify as female. This disparity ebbs and flows through the membership of every club on campus. The closest any group comes to an equal gender distribution is 33 percent male. This...

Town Hall Considers Question of Free Speech

Lindsey Brodeck, News Reporter

October 24, 2017


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ASWC’s first town hall of the year saw Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Kazi Joshua, Dean of Students Darren Mooko and Dean of Faculty Melissa Clearfield start a discussion about free speech on campus. In light of recent riots at colleges in response to alt-right speakers, such as at UC Berkeley,...

Learning to Think: Amazon Day, “Life Paths” and the Liberal Arts

Learning to Think: Amazon Day, “Life Paths” and the Liberal Arts

Martina Pansze, Editor-In-Chief

October 24, 2017


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“On the surface, many people would think that a Whitman college graduate and Amazon don’t line up,” says Kim Rolfe, Director of Business Engagement at the Student Engagement Center (SEC) and organizer of Friday’s event. “But the truth is that a lot of the things they are looking for at Amazon, Whitman has prepared students very well to do.”

City Council Candidates Address Housing Issues

City Council Candidates Address Housing Issues

Kate Grumbles, News Editor

October 19, 2017


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This Friday, Oct. 20, ballots go out for the election of three city council seats in Walla Walla county. The six candidates running for these seats have been reaching out to the community through various public forums. For each of the three open seats, there are two candidates left running after a primary...

Students Organize ‘Men Making Meals’

Students Organize ‘Men Making Meals’

Maggie Chang, Staff Reporter

October 19, 2017


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Men Making Meals, a new community service club on campus, had their first meeting this past Wednesday, Oct. 11. In this program, eight Whitman students will be paid to work with local chefs to help senior men in Walla Walla learn important culinary skills. This program was developed to help bre...

Rabbani on Trump and the Fourth Estate

Rabbani on Trump and the Fourth Estate

Chris Hankin, News Editor

October 18, 2017


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Analyst and researcher Mouin Rabbani was brought to campus earlier this week for a talk entitled “Crisis In the Gulf and Middle East Transformations.” His talk examines the June 2017 calamity between Qatar and Arab states. He has worked for International Crisis Group, The Institute for Palestinian...

Tommy’s Dutch Lunch

Nick Maahs, News Reporter

October 17, 2017


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In 1923, long before tasting rooms and artisan boutiques came to dominate Main St., a 16 year old boxer named Tommy Gardner made his professional debut. The bout was hosted in the Keylor Grand Theatre, part of which still stands at the intersection of Fourth and Alder. Gardner won by decision over Danny...

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