Whitman Wire

Shrinking History Department Adjusts For Upcoming Year

Sylvie Corwin, Staff Reporter

September 23, 2018


Filed under NEWS

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...

Strategic Priorities Discussed at Feedback Forums

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter

April 5, 2018


Filed under NEWS

This past week, the Strategic Planning Committee released an update on the planning process over the past months and hosted three feedback sessions with the greater Whitman community. The document emailed to the Whitman community last week was a series of reports from four out of the five working gr...

ASWC Election Forum Centers on Communication, Budget

ASWC Election Forum Centers on Communication, Budget

Christy Carley, News Editor

April 5, 2018


Filed under ASWC, Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Candidates for ASWC’s Executive Council gathered Wednesday, April 4 at a public forum to announce their platforms and field questions from the Oversight Committee, represented by Jeanette Schwensen ‘18 and audience members. Those present at the forum included candidates for President, Vice Pres...

Op-Ed: The Trustees Don’t Care About You, So Get Pissed

Chris Meabe

March 8, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

The members of the Board of Trustees don’t care about you. If you ask them, they will sincerely insist otherwise because they truly believe they care about you. The problem is, they have no clue who you are. In fact, they don’t know a thing about you, and the best thing we can do about it is get piss...

What Makes a Metric

Chris Hankin, News Editor

February 25, 2018


Filed under NEWS

Folks in the Whitman community may have glossed right over the word “metric” in President Murray’s most recent email following the Board of Trustees February meeting. “Metrics” only warranted two mentions, though hashing out specifics over their implementation is sure to prove contentious. The...

Nancy Serrurier– On The Record

Rachel Needham, News Reporter

February 14, 2018


Filed under NEWS

On February 7th, Wire reporter Rachel Needham sat down with Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees Nancy Serrurier to chat about her ambitions for Whitman. Serrurier has been on the Board for eight years, beginning when her son was a Sophomore at Whitman. She will take over from incumbent Brad McMurchie...

Sharing Governance and Responsibility

Chris Hankin, News Editor

November 15, 2017


Filed under NEWS

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...

Whitman Prepares for Mission Statement Adjustment

Rachel Needham, Staff Reporter

October 11, 2017


Filed under NEWS

On Sept. 15, Whitman College President Kathy Murray announced a plan to redraft the institution’s mission statement. “When I was a candidate for Whitman’s presidency,” Murray wrote in an email to the community on Sept. 22, “I told the search committee that I was pretty sure I could put Whitman’s...

Board of Trustees Streamlines Committee Structure

Nick Maahs, News Reporter

September 26, 2017


Filed under I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category, NEWS

An ASWC email sent out September 8 announced that Whitman’s policy committees have been consolidated to three more broadly defined advisory groups. The email sought student representatives for the three committees: Whitman Experience, Whitman Resources and Whitman Advancement. Each committee has 10 members...

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...

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