Whitman Wire

What’s in the Box? Whitman’s Revamped Admissions Process

Chris Hankin, News Editor

May 1, 2018


Filed under NEWS

Since the January 15 application deadline, Whitman College’s Admissions team has been hard at work turning a 10-year high in applications into bodies in classrooms next fall. In pursuing this end, Vice President for Enrollment and Communications Josh Jensen and his team have totally changed the experience...

Whitman Undergraduate Conference prepares for 20th edition

Chris Hankin, News Editor

April 4, 2018


Filed under NEWS

On Tues., April 10, Whitman will hold the annual Undergraduate Conference (WUC), showcasing student research and scholarship from all three divisions. The 2018 edition is especially significant, as it marks the 20th anniversary of the first WUC. In that time, over 3000 students have participated. Tom...

Mind the Gap: New Res Hall Promises to Shake Up Campus Culture

Mind the Gap: New Res Hall Promises to Shake Up Campus Culture

Chris Hankin, News Editor

February 13, 2018


Filed under NEWS

From the corner of Alder and Park the progress on Whitman’s newest residence hall is clear. What was an empty lot this time last spring is now a building nearing completion. Though the Cleveland Dining Hall isn’t scheduled to open until a few months after the Fall 2018 semester begins, students will file into the new...

Trustees Make First Visit of Spring Semester

Trustees Make First Visit of Spring Semester

Chris Hankin, News Editor

February 7, 2018


Filed under NEWS

On February 7th, Trustees met with students for dialogue on a wide variety of topics including the mission statement, next year’s budget, fundraising, and metrics with which they can assess progress towards fulfillment of the strategic priorities. Between February 7th and 9th the Board will hold the...

Whitman’s Residential Identity: Student Housing Responds to Changing Market

Chris Hankin, News Editor

February 1, 2018


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Walla Walla is changing, fast. Between wine, tech and tourism, the valley is seeing a dramatic influx of white-collar folks looking for homes, and the market is responding. Whitman College is hardly immune to these trends, and the school is taking action to better understand the changes and their imp...

Wire Obtains Leaked Document

Wire Obtains Leaked Document

Chris Hankin, News Editor

November 14, 2017


Filed under NEWS

Documents leaked to The Wire by an anonymous source indicate Whitman’s specific benchmarks to return to a 10-1 student-to-faculty ratio. The document indicates that the author hopes to reduce the number of FTE (Full Time Equivalent) by 19.5 by the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. President M...

Sharing Governance and Responsibility

Chris Hankin, News Editor

November 14, 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...

Brad McMurchie – On the Record

Chris Hankin, News Editor

November 7, 2017


Filed under NEWS

Nearing the halfway point in his last year as Chair of the Board of Trustees, Brad McMurchie ‘84 sat down with The Wire News Editor Chris Hankin to chat about Whitman’s Strategic Priorities. What follows is a transcript of that conversation; small edits have been made for clarity and concision. &n...

Rabbani on Trump and the Fourth Estate

Rabbani on Trump and the Fourth Estate

Chris Hankin, News Editor

October 18, 2017


Filed under NEWS

Analyst and researcher Mouin Rabbani was brought to campus earlier this week for a talk entitled “Crisis In the Gulf and Middle East Transformations.” His talk examines the June 2017 calamity between Qatar and Arab states. He has worked for International Crisis Group, The Institute for Palestinian...

Whitman Enters Uncharted Waters in the Digital Realm

Chris Hankin, News Editor

October 12, 2017


Filed under NEWS

Whitman College is updating the Tech Services Privacy Policy. Most recently revised in 2006, the new draft will receive input from faculty, staff, administrators, and the College’s Information Security Officer, Linc Nesheim. The changes raise questions about the ways in which Whitman College will w...

The Other Side of Myra Road

Chris Hankin, News Editor

April 20, 2017


Filed under NEWS

Myra Road separates Walla Walla from the city of College Place; it also separates Whitman College from Walla Walla University. The two institutions exist in parallel universes with little crossover. I had the chance to visit Walla Walla University last Wednesday, April 12. I drank Ginger Chai Tea wit...

The fall of Bernie Sanders

The fall of Bernie Sanders

Chris Hankin, Reporter

July 27, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Philadelphia - The third day of the Democratic National Convention was defined by the official nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee, finally and totally ending the meteoric rise of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Activists came together all over the city, congregating at City ...

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