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Whitman Wire

Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Administration aims to reduce course compression, may revamp schedule

Josh Goodman September 16, 2010

In an effort to reduce course conflicts, Whitman administrators and faculty are considering several changes to the way courses are currently scheduled.   The possible changes, which include a more even...

Professor Robert Withycombe sits in his office stacked with books and files from 29 years of teaching at Whitman. The Carnegie Foundation acknowledged Withycombes efforst with its 2009 Washington State Professor of the Year award. Credit: Hong

Bob Withycombe named 2009 Washington Professor of the Year

Lea Negrin December 9, 2009

Professor Robert Withycombe of the rhetoric and film studies department was named the Washington State Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council...

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Whitman’s liberal arts in focus

Hanna Ory December 2, 2009

Since Whitman's inception as a college in 1882, a liberal arts education has been central to the college's academic philosophy. A liberal arts philosophy offers a holistic and broad approach to higher...

Changes in core curriculum lead to expansion of texts, broader focus

helenjenne November 29, 2009

It's no secret that Core has undergone big changes to become the Encounters that first-years are taking this year. "Core has gone through a massive evolution to become Encounters," said Elyse Semerdjian,...

Student role in academic decisions sparks debate

William Witwer November 29, 2009

At the most recent Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee meeting, there was an open discussion of Whitman's purpose and how to fulfill that purpose. There is not currently a general agreement about...

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Coping with crunch time: study and sleep habits at Whitman investigated

Hanna Ory November 11, 2009

It's no secret that Whitman students have a reputation for achieving particularly high academic standards, but do our study and sleep habits really reflect it? To find out, the Pioneer randomly...

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Goodnight Moon: Better sleep tied to better grades

helenjenne November 10, 2009

Half of students with GPAs of 3.75 or higher get between four and five hours of sleep per night, according to a survey conducted by The Pioneer. It is important to note that the sample size of this...

Realistic study tips for a realistic academic life

William Witwer November 9, 2009

There are a lot of tips floating around campus about the best approaches to studying and writing long papers. Why, then, are both of those so easy to screw up during crunch time? Because most study tips...

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Forty-eight hours without sleep: A personal account

kristencoverdale November 9, 2009

It's 3 a.m. and I'm doing yoga stretches on the third floor landing of the Science Building. My laptop buzzes angrily at me, overheating because it's been on for far too long. Downward Dog feels good...

Study myths exposed

Hadley Jolley November 9, 2009

Myth: It's bad to study in bed. TRUE Studying in bed may either lead to bad studying or bad sleeping, according to Director of Academic Resources Juli Dunn. People who study in bed may find themselves...

Spanish to become own department

Gillian Frew November 5, 2009

In addition to their vote on course loads, faculty also approved a proposal for Spanish to become its own department, separate from Foreign Languages and Literatures, which currently comprises Chinese,...

Magazine names Whitman 20th ‘best value’ nationally

Andy Jobanek November 4, 2009

Whitman stands as the 20th "Best Value in Liberal Arts Colleges" according to Kiplinger's 2009 rankings. That marks a significant improvement from last year's 28th place ranking, an improvement administrators...

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