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Whitman Alumni Find Environmentalist Views Evolving

Whitman Alumni Find Environmentalist Views Evolving

Sam Chapman

May 13, 2013

At Whitman, ideals are one thing you can always count on finding somewhere. There is no shortage of people who believe strongly in something––in the end of rape culture, the abolition of modern slavery, the inadvisability of GM crops––and assert that the only way to get it is to fight for it. This...

Encounters Classes Given Lesson in Activism

Encounters Classes Given Lesson in Activism

Lachlan Johnson

May 2, 2013

On Monday, April 29, over 200 members of the Whitman and Walla Walla community came together amidst cries of "Now is the time!" In honor of nationally renowned environmental activist and author Bill McKibben's campus visit, member of Whitman's Campus Climate Challenge organized a march around campus and collected petition si...

Divestment March Turns Up Heat

Lachlan Johnson

April 30, 2013

After listening to a speech by founder of the 350.org organization Bill McKibben, over 200 members of the Whitman community marched around campus chanting slogans in favor of divesting the college's endowment from fossil fuels. The largest event held so far by Whitman's divestment movement, the march...

Student Panel Explores Divestment’s Potential and Risks

Lachlan Johnson

April 6, 2013

A panel of students knowledgeable about the pros and cons of divestment testified before ASWC last Saturday, April 5 in order to better inform ASWC senators in anticipation of a resolution concerning divestment being brought before the full senate. Sophomore Ari Ronai-Durning and senior Abby Salzer...

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Sam Chapman

February 14, 2013

On March 15, 1986, Whitman's Board of Trustees voted on a divestment proposal for the first time. Students and faculty had both submitted resolutions urging the Board to remove companies from the college's portfolio that did business in apartheid-ridden South Africa; student activists went so far as to build...

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