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Roo Rat Society

Roo Rat Society

Harry Kelso

February 15, 2018

For nearly half a century, a peculiar organization garnered 330 members, including three Whitman presidents, and landed itself as news on doorsteps from Ohio to Mexico City, as well as in the heart of a little girl in Florida. Building off popularity, it wound up in the Encyclopedia of Associations and on the d...

Rethink Dams! Petitions for Breach of Snake River Dams

Kate Grumbles

September 29, 2016

Rethink Dams!, a Whitman club led by Fiona Bennitt, sent a petition to Governor Inslee last week calling for the breaching of the lower four Snake River Dams. The dams were created in the late 1960s and early 1970s by the federal government, but many are concerned about the danger they pose to the spe...

Locals, Students Against Mill Creek Levee Tree Removal

Photo by Nace.

Mikaela Slade, News Writer

October 7, 2015

The Army Corps of Engineers is scheduled this month to begin removing trees along the Mill Creek Levee and replace them with grass in order to comply with a government policy that requires all trees within 15 feet of a levee to be removed. The removal has met a strong rebuttal from parts of the Walla...

Op-Ed: Save the Trees on Mill Creek Levees

October 1, 2015

The following is an Op-Ed submitted by former Professor of Geology Bob Carson. For the following reasons, the Army Corps of Engineers should either abandon the plan to clear-cut the trees on and near the Mill Creek levees, or file an Environmental Impact Statement. 1. SAFETY: There is no definiti...

Bob Carson Leaves 40 Year Legacy of Enthusiasm

Audrey Kelly

May 18, 2015

Even when the current managing editor of The Pioneer and ASWC senator balked at the slope ahead of her, Bob Carson was unafraid. Granted he had years more of experience with sledding down sand dunes, but it's also doubtful that someone would deduct awesome points for such a badass habit. After a half-hour...

Walla Walla’s Climate March Rallies for Action

Photo by Annabelle Marcovici

Lane Barton

September 21, 2014

While hundreds of thousands of people in cities around the world gathered on Sunday, Sept. 21 for the People's Climate March, a global movement calling for climate action, over 150 Whitman students, alumni and members of the greater Walla Walla community joined together to march in the local representation...

Sabbaticals Benefit Students, Faculty Alike

Sabbaticals Benefit Students, Faculty Alike

Helen Angell

March 13, 2014

While professors on sabbatical do not teach classes and usually do not advise students or serve on committees, a professor's sabbatical could never be described as "time off." The sabbatical program is an essential part of the Whitman College faculty's ongoing professional development and provides num...

Industrial Composting Club Develops New Compost Pick-up Program

Daniel Kim

April 18, 2013

If you see first-year Linnaea Weld on a bike, you might want to gather your food scraps. Weld and other members of the Industrial Composting Club have started a new bicycle composting pick-up program specifically targeted at the off-campus student community. Starting in the fall, members will bike...

Big Idea Talks

Illustration by Eduardo Vazquez

Maegan Nelson

April 11, 2013

For the past few weeks, several "Big Idea Talks" posters have been covering the campus grounds, advertising a first-time collaboration between the Walla Walla Public Library and Whitman faculty to give a series of locally-themed lectures open to the public. The talks, given by faculty members such as Senior Lecturer of Environmental Humanities/General Studies Don S...

Parental Guidance, Emphasis on Education Draws In Legacies

Parental Guidance, Emphasis on Education Draws In Legacies

Adam Brayton

February 14, 2013

When senior Nick Marquiss sat down at his first Encounters class, he found himself sitting across the table from the same professor who taught his father decades before. This situation may seem strange, but not with the kind of legacy representation found at Whitman. The Office of Admission defines...

Whitman Investments in Fossil Fuels Spurs Divestment Movement

Whitman Investments in Fossil Fuels Spurs Divestment Movement

Lachlan Johnson

January 24, 2013

In its most recent effort to organize efforts to combat global warming, Climate Campus Challenge (CCC) aims to change Whitman College's investment policy to encourage the college to withdraw funds, or "divest," from fossil fuel companies. The new campaign, which will be led by first-year Erika Longino and sophomore Sierra Dickey, will...

Hurricane Sandy Shakes Things Up for East Coast Whitties

Hurricane Sandy Shakes Things Up for East Coast Whitties

Emily Lin-Jones

November 15, 2012

Hurricane Sandy interrupted everyday life for many people, including Whitman students, when the storm tore through the eastern United States two weeks ago. "I remember talking to my mom on her cell phone that night and she said it sounded like a freight train outside," said Hensley Fradkin, a senior from Westchester County in New York....

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