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Sunrise Walla Walla: “The plan to win”

The leaders of the Sunrise Movement in Walla Walla engage with Walla Walla and Whitman community members. Photos by James Baker

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

This Monday, Feb. 3, Sunrise Walla Walla hosted their 2020 Kickoff Party at Reid Campus Center with the hopes of drawing in new activists from the Whitman and Walla Walla communities.  The Walla Walla hub is part of a larger national organization, the Sunrise Movement. Their website states: “We’re b...

Inaugural Unity Week promotes engagement in activism

Walla Walla and Whitman communities celebrate Unity Week with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace March, civil rights display, social justice training and a keynote address followed by a discussion.

Alasdair Padman and Emma Fletcher-Frazer

February 6, 2020

Whitman College, in coordination with Walla Walla University, Walla Walla Community College and Walla Walla residents, hosted its inaugural Unity Week – a week of events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement – beginning on Monday, Jan. 20.  While Whitman College ...

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 ...

Reconsidering Sustainability

Dana Walden, Opinion Columnist

November 2, 2018

A few weeks ago, the Wire published a letter written by a former Whitman student, Vivian Voth, in which Voth details why she left Whitman. In her view, the college is not as sustainable as it could be, and such inaction warranted her transfer. Voth places most of the Whitman community’s apathy on the col...

Student and Community Activists Respond to Limits in Contraceptive Care

With the closure of Walla Walla General, Providence St. Mary Medical Center is the only remaining hospital in Walla Walla.

Christy Carley, News Editor

April 12, 2018

The closure of Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) in July of 2017 left a hole in the healthcare system of the Walla Walla Valley. Beyond increased waiting times at other facilities, WWGH's closure also means limited access to reproductive health services in town – an issue that senior Politics Major Meg Ri...

“Trial of the Catonsville Nine” Connects Past and Present

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

March 8, 2018

Activist and poet Reverend Daniel Berrigan visited Whitman campus twice, once in the 1970s and again in the early 1980s. Each time, he directed a dramatic reading of “The Trial of the Catonsville Nine.” Two years after his death, his political theater has returned to the Harper Joy Theatre under...

Professor Menjívar Visits Whitman

Professor MenjÍvar spoke with The Wire in addition to giving a publicly attend- ed talk titled “Law, Media, and the Criminalization of Immigrants: Constructions and Consequences” on February 28.

Ben Kunz, News Reporter

March 1, 2018

Cecilia Menjívar is the co-director of the Center for Migration Research and professor in the sociology department at the University of Kansas. She studies immigration, migration and how immigration laws affect the lives of immigrants and non-immigrants alike. The Wire: In your research, what are s...

Women in Leadership Symposium Honors Legacy of Student Activism

Women in Leadership Symposium Honors Legacy of Student Activism

Christy Carley, News Editor

February 8, 2018

Whitman’s annual Women in Leadership Symposium will take on an expanded form this year. Centered around the theme “Identity and Leadership” the event will include a networking lunch and the opportunity for students to talk one on one with the six panelists in a drop in session from 2-4 in Reid G...

Narcissa Whitman Painting Defaced

Before restoration. Contributed by The Cultured Pearl

Rachel Needham, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2017

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...

We Must Change Social Activism on Campus

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist

April 27, 2017

Whitman has a respectable tradition of social justice and activism. As Whitties, we aspire to create the most comfortable and accepting environment for our fellow students. It is that ability to change that makes our community so cohesive and empathetic. This willingness to put our opinions up for c...

Robart Comes to Campus

Chris Hankin, News Reporter

April 6, 2017

Whitman Alumnus Judge James Robart ‘69 made national and international headlines earlier this year for blocking President Trump’s so-called “Travel Ban.” The Wire wrote about Judge Robart a week after the decision, and the Honorable Judge visited campus last Friday, March 31.  During his vi...

Activism 101

Maggie Chang, Staff Reporter

February 9, 2017

Whitman professors put on a political activism workshop in Olin Auditorium on Monday. Yann Dardonville, a first year Whitman student involved with Divest Whitman, said before the workshop that, “I hope to learn initiatives that I can join that are in the region, ways to approach political issues, ...

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