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Inclusion Task Force publishes final report: 31 action items on the docket

Infographic by Michelle Shin.

Abby Main, Staff Reporter

September 24, 2020

The Inclusion Task Force created this summer by Whitman President Kathy Murray published its final report on Aug. 27. Student, faculty and staff involvement in the task force culminated in a list of specific proposals. The report includes a multitude of action items slated to be explored and enacted duri...

Faculty votes to maintain current grading system

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2020

After much discussion and debate surrounding the fate of Whitman College’s grading system during the COVID-19 pandemic and online distance-learning, the faculty has come to a decision. In short, the grading system will remain in its traditional A, B, C, D, F form. According to Faculty Chair a...

ASWC petition calls for equitable grading system during COVID-19 pandemic

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

April 2, 2020

With Whitman College’s move to online distance-learning, students and faculty are reconsidering the college’s current grading system.  As it stands, Whitman operates on a standard A, B, C, D, F grading scale. However, students’ education has been radically altered as classes have moved online. In ...

Whitman considers language requirement

Rylee Neville, News Reporter

December 3, 2019

Students and faculty have recently been grappling with the question of whether there should be a language requirement at Whitman. Currently, Whitman does not have a language requirement. Rather, the college requires a cultural pluralism course for distribution, which language courses may fall under. In Febr...

Shrinking History Department Adjusts For Upcoming Year

Sylvie Corwin, Staff Reporter

September 23, 2018

Professor David Schmitz’s departure from Whitman College last year left the History department understaffed and missing an important area of expertise. Schmitz specialized in American foreign policy and 20th century US history, some of the most popular history courses on campus. “[Enrollment in...

Sharing Governance and Responsibility

Chris Hankin, News Editor

November 15, 2017

In an effort to increase transparency and community participation, President Murray has taken to updating the campus on the content of meetings with the Board of Trustees. The most recent meeting marked the implementation of the Board’s new committee structure, and saw Chair of the Board Brad McMurch...

Balof is Next Faculty Chair

Photo by Samarah Uribe

Kate Grumbles, News Editor

November 14, 2017

Barry Balof, Associate Professor of Mathematics, will take over as Faculty Chair starting July 1 replacing current chair Professor Melissa Clearfield. The term lasts for three years and allows the tenured professor holding the position to take course reliefs for most of the classes they normally teach. The decision to elect Professor Balof was made at a faculty me...

Despite the Stress, Seniors Endure Exams Regardless of Future Path

Audrey Kelly

February 5, 2015

If one is to leave Whitman College to be a salmon fisher, why write an extensive thesis utilizing current theory to analyze sociological phenomena? It is not unheard of for Whitman students to go from being grilled by a panel of experts in the field of geology in April to foaming milk for the perfect...

Staff, Faculty Share Favorite Films

Staff, Faculty Share Favorite Films

Nathan Fisher

April 17, 2014

Whitman College professors have lives outside of the Whitman campus and classroom, right? Well, I decided it would be interesting to assume they did, and I took the bold step of seeking out a handful of Whitman intellectuals to see what movies they enjoyed and why. Even though I was a bit disappointed...

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