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Continuing to reflect on legacy of Queen Elizabeth II: continuity or colonialism?

Lily Yost, News Editor September 22, 2022

The death of Queen Elizabeth II has sparked conversation around the world about Great Britain’s role as a world power. The majority of the media and politicians have been celebrating her reign, while...

Performative activism: Where is the line?

Angel Baikakedi, Columnist September 16, 2021

In 2016, The Wire posted an article titled "College to Choose New Mascot," highlighting the college’s vision to change the Missionary mascot and the process it took to get there, which was quite relevant....

OP-ED: RE: campus vandalism

Dear President Murray, We were extremely disheartened by your recent email response to the political intervention upon the Marcus Whitman statue, which took place on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. You admonished...

The Marcus Whitman statue on the edge of campus was spray-painted red multiple times in the weeks leading up to Columbus Day along with other messages scattered across Whitman campus. Photo contributed by Kaitlyn Patia

Seeing red: Responses to symbols of Whitman’s legacy sweep across campus

Lena Friedman, News Reporter October 15, 2019

In the weeks leading up to Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Columbus Day, responses to symbols of the Whitmans’ legacy have appeared around campus — with the Marcus Whitman statue, located at the intersection...

Photo by Tywen Kelly

Continuing the Conversation: Politics of Material Memory

Kate Grumbles, News Reporter February 1, 2018

On October 9, 2017, recognized nationally as Columbus Day and unofficially as Indigenous People’s day, the portrait of Narcissa Whitman hanging in the Great Hall of Prentiss was defaced and the hands...

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