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OP-ED: Ineffectual and uncritical: A reflection on the Women’s March

Nicki Caddell, Sophomore

March 12, 2020

Saturday marked the fourth annual Women’s March in Walla Walla: this is not a cause for celebration. Each year, this Women’s March and others around the U.S. have become increasingly civil and tolerant. The “protesters” are asked to stay on the sidewalk and stop at red lights, and they do....

Letter to the Editor: Who are the Board of Trustees and what do they do? Board of Trustee Chair Nancy Serrurier answers student questions

Cameron Conner and Nikki Delgado

February 13, 2020

During the week of Nov. 4, 2019, the Whitman College Board of Trustees convened on campus for their first meeting of the year. As Whitman’s highest governing body, the trustees meet to oversee the long-term development of the college and discuss how best to ensure its future sustainability. In the...

OP-ED: Dissecting sustainability

Lauren Olson, First-Year and ASWC Sustainability Committee Member

February 6, 2020

Before arriving on campus, I was already intimidated by what I had heard about Whitman’s environmental culture. Whitman has the reputation of being a sustainability-minded school. For me, someone with limited knowledge in this area, knowing where to start was daunting to say the least.  As a chi...

OP-ED: Scrambles: Should we mourn their passing?

Walker Orr, Senior

December 12, 2019

I’d like to offer a few uninformed thoughts about the proposed gutting of the Scrambles program. This has been big news around campus lately, and I have friends and acquaintances who are very upset about this development. My intuition tells me that it’s a bad idea from a business standpoint — Scramble...

OP-ED: Why we should care about the Hong Kong protests at Whitman

Nicholas Wong, Junior

December 5, 2019

Since June, pro-democracy protests have been ongoing in Hong Kong. Everyone here has been overwhelmingly supportive, from students to faculty to Walla Walla residents. But I’ve seen no lectures or posters about Hong Kong at Whitman so far. Most people don’t follow the protest news despite being sympat...

OP-ED: Perhaps it’s time to allow Roe v. Wade to be overturned

OP-ED: Perhaps it’s time to allow Roe v. Wade to be overturned

Nicki Caddell

December 5, 2019

Renewed attacks on women’s reproductive freedoms have impassioned feminists to put much time, energy and resources into ensuring that abortion remains a constitutionally recognized right. Primarily, the focus has been on safeguarding the security provided by Roe v. Wade, a 1973 Supreme Court decision....

OP-ED: A veteran’s sacrifice and the Whitman College memorial plaque

Eric S. Johnson, MD, Class of 1972 Colonel, USAF (retired)

November 7, 2019

A small plaque honoring Whitman alumni killed in action during World War II hangs on a wall on the first floor of the Memorial Building.  On that plaque are the names of 29 young patriots whose lives were lost defending liberty. One of the names on that plaque is Katherine Applegate, who was born in W...

OP-ED: RE: campus vandalism

Women of Art History and Visual Culture Studies 2020

October 24, 2019

Dear President Murray, We were extremely disheartened by your recent email response to the political intervention upon the Marcus Whitman statue, which took place on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. You admonished the spray painters and lamented the destruction of property, calling instead for dialogue. ...

OP-ED: Kathy’s vandalism email: A political-economic explanation

October 24, 2019

Yesterday, I was sitting and chatting with some friends when the word “milquetoast” was used in conversation. Two of my friends hadn’t heard the word before, so I explained that it meant "timid, meak or unassertive," and is often used to criticize the spineless lack of commitment to justice on t...

OP-ED: Rinse and repeat?

Lisa Uddin, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies and Paul Garrett Fellow

October 9, 2019

The Marcus Whitman statue is at it again, sparking activism that compels us to confront Whitman College and white settlement as one and the same. This time, the statue’s defacement involved rephrasing “My Plans Require Time and Distance” (a quote attributed to Whitman himself) to “My Plans R...

Remember the Manifesta? Reparations are Due

Danielle Hirano, Senior, Class of 2019

May 16, 2019

On April 25th, the Whitman Wire received “We Need to Thrive: a Manifesta,” collectively written by nine women of color faculty members. In a revolutionary spirit, they voiced their grievances about the “exodus” of women of color faculty members in 2018-2019 and the reasons for their departure. ...

We Need to Thrive: A Manifesta

Dalia Biswas, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Shampa Biswas, Professor of Politics, Leena Knight, Associate Professor of Biology, Nicole Pietrantoni, Associate Professor of Art, Elyse Semerdjian, Associate Professor of History, Yukiko Shigeto, Associate Professor of Japanese, Lisa Uddin, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies, Jacqueline Woodfork, Associate Professor of History, and Wenqing Zhao, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

April 25, 2019

In the face of a recent exodus of women faculty of color, our institution has asked us to articulate “what we need to thrive” at the college. Each of us might ponder this question, and generate our individual lists of complaints, grievances, needs, and interests. Each of us, of course, is an individual....

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