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Op-Ed: An Open Letter to the Board of Trustees, Provost Alzada Tipton, and President Kathy Murray

Ellen Ivens-Duran, Sarah Cornett, Caitlin Foster, Anna Sheridan, Cali Goldberg, Noah Oltman, Jack Percival, Alumni

May 9, 2017


Filed under OPINION

We write to express our deep disappointment regarding the recent decision to discontinue tenure-track positions in the humanities and social sciences. We are 2016 graduates and alums of Whitman’s History Department. The choice to not renew a position in Twentieth Century U.S. History is unsettling, especially...

Vast majority of Whitman trustees studied social sciences in undergrad

Andrew Schwartz, News Editor

May 4, 2017


Filed under NEWS

Attention is turned to the Board of Trustees this week as the group convenes for its annual Spring overseers meeting. We looked into the educational backgrounds of the board and found that it is dramatically skewed towards the social sciences in general, and economics in particular. Of the 16 trustees o...

Renewal of the Vows: Whitman College and Fossil Fuels

Renewal of the Vows: Whitman College and Fossil Fuels

Lindsey Brodeck, Staff Reporter

May 4, 2017


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

This Thursday, Whitman College and Fossil Fuels will renew their wedding vows outside the Memorial Building. Divest Whitman, the club organizing the event, will hold a similar ceremony  to the one held three years ago, but with a politically charged guest list including Donald and Ivanka Trump, Direct...

In Defense of the Board of Trustees

Marra Clay, Publisher

May 4, 2017


Filed under OPINION

The Board of Trustees made a mistake. They grew the faculty too much, too quickly over the last few years, and now are needing to make cuts, which they are doing by not renewing certain tenure track positions of retiring professors. There is no way for this process to go smoothly because no matter which positions are not renewed there are ...

Divestment Discussions Continue in New Forms

Lane Barton

April 28, 2016


Filed under NEWS

Conversation about divestment continue via feedback provided to the Divestment Policy Working Group and an ASWC resolution.

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Divestment Policy Working Group Solicits Feedback on Framework

Sara Platnick

April 7, 2016


Filed under NEWS

The Divestment Policy Working Group is asking for community input on their proposed framework for assessing proposals for divestment.

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Who Rules the School? Trustees and Transparency

Lachlan Johnson

February 4, 2016


Filed under NEWS

This week a small group of powerful people will meet behind closed doors to decide the future of Whitman College, as the Board of Trustees hold one of their three annual meetings.

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College considers socially responsible investing

Ellen Ivens-Duran

January 28, 2016


Filed under NEWS

In response to student pressure, Whitman’s administration announced the formation of the Divestment Policy Working Group via email on Tuesday.

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Students sit in for divestment as trustees deliberate

Students sit in for divestment as trustees deliberate

Natalie Berg

May 7, 2015


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

From noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 272 students, faculty and staff members joined members of ASWC and Divest Whitman in a sit-in to protest the college's investments in fossil fuels. During the sit-in, ASWC President senior Tatiana Kaehler presented the recently-passed ASWC Resolution to the Boa...

Divestment refuels for spring

Natalie Berg

February 5, 2015


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

Though the Whitman College Board of Trustees stated the college will not divest from the fossil fuel industry, students in the Divest Whitman movement are still trying to change their minds. Students and faculty in favor of divestment hope the combination of the faculty resolution passed last week,...

Board of Trustees’ meetings remain confidential

Board of Trustees’ meetings remain confidential

Lane Barton

November 6, 2014


Filed under NEWS, News Highlight

Infographic by Julie Peterson. At each of their three annual meetings, the Board of Trustees makes decisions that direct the future of the college. However, meetings of the Board of Trustees and the governing committees which advise them are closed to the student body, and much of the process that goes into making the colle...

Economic diversity conversation continues

Emily Lin-Jones

September 18, 2014


Filed under NEWS

Discussion about socioeconomic diversity and college affordability is still simmering in the Whitman community after a New York Times' article published last Monday ranked Whitman last in economic diversity on a list of top U.S. colleges. This past week, President George Bridges and the Board of...

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