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The F.B.I. Cracks Down on College Athletics

Jordan O'Roy, Staff Reporter

March 8, 2018

As some may now know, there has been a recent discovery of scandals amongst the NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams. This scandal has been mainly targeted around the University of Arizona, where the FBI was able to gather evidence to uncover the basketball scandal that has been going on for years....

Hall of Fame Showcases Whitman’s Finest

Hall of Fame Showcases Whitman’s Finest

Arie Knops, Staff Reporter

May 4, 2017

In the foyer of Sherwood Athletic Center sits Whitman College’s Athletic Hall of Fame. 58 athletes, coaches and supporters from over a 100-year span have plaques in the Hall of Fame, celebrating momentous athletic events, from Olympic time trials to multi-decade coaching careers. The Hall of Fame...

Runners Clash with Administration Over Varsity Track

Runners Clash with Administration Over Varsity Track

Jesse Sindelar, Staff Reporter

April 13, 2017

Frustrations have risen among Whitman’s top runners as the push to return the track team to varsity status has met strong resistance from administration. The track program currently functions as a quasi-club sport, competing in various spring meets and invitationals but barred from Conference and Region...

Blues Baseball Shines at Safeco

Blues Baseball Shines at Safeco

Mitchell Smith, Editor in Chief

March 9, 2017

The pitcher’s mound at Safeco Field in Seattle contains a six inch by two feet slab of white rubber placed exactly 60 feet, six inches from home plate. In the 18 years of Safeco’s existence as the home of MLB’s Seattle Mariners, that rubber has hosted four no-hitters, two perfect games and coun...

Free to Play? Where the Athletics Millions Come From and Who Gets Them

Arie Knops, Staff Reporter

March 9, 2017

Whitman has seen many athletic success in the past few years, but these victories have come at a cost. According to Whitman’s 2016 Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Survey (covering the 2015-2016 academic year), Whitman spent a grand total of $2,794,892 on our varsity sports teams. Of this multi-mill...

Dream Seasons Continue: Hoops Teams Win NWC Tournaments

Dream Seasons Continue: Hoops Teams Win NWC Tournaments

Gaby Thomas, Staff Reporter

March 2, 2017

Two nets cut, two NW Conference Championships and two Whitman basketball teams looking ahead to success in March. This past weekend, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams won the NW Conference Championship Tournament. Both teams played with tenacity and toughness, both teams fought back fr...

Development Plans for Athletic Complex

Ridley Eastland-Fruit, Sports Reporter

November 10, 2016

The grass is green and the future is bright for Whitman’s Athletic Complex. The Athletic Department is progressing on plans to bring game streaming capability and possibly a new clubhouse to the facility. Located three blocks north of campus, the Athletic Complex is host to practice and game fields...

Working group considers “The Missionaries” with community survey

Ellen Ivens-Duran

February 18, 2016

Whitman's mascot working group recently sent out a survey to approximately 19,000 people soliciting feedback about the "Missionary".

Northam leads tennis team to new heights

Mitchell Smith

February 12, 2015

Whitman's Athletic Department is in the middle of a renaissance of sorts that has seen a number of different sports experience historic success over the last decade. Still, there are dominant programs, and then there is Whitman College tennis, winners of the last nine Northwest Conference championships...

College protocol helps concussed early, often

Mitchell Smith

October 23, 2014

A severe head injury, especially the kind with the potential to recur, is a student's and athlete's worst nightmare. Although they attract the most controversy at the professional and D-I levels of athletics, concussions remain a major issue at Whitman as well. Concussions are suffered in varsity...

Laura Williamson Named New Women’s Soccer Head Coach

Cole Anderson

April 4, 2014

After an extensive and comprehensive search to fill the vacant Women's Soccer head coaching position, Dean Snider and the women's team have found a new head coach, Laura Williamson from Vassar College. For the majority of this spring semester thus far, the Whitman women's soccer team has been without...

LGBTQ Athletes Still Search for Place at Whitman

Quin Nelson

February 13, 2014

LGBTQ athletes who choose to play for the Missionaries sometimes face clashing ideals. While the college prides itself on being progressive and inclusive, the sports world can often be rigid and conservative. When these perceived opposites meet, which wins out? Although Whitman's accepting environment has c...

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