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Breaking: Board of Trustees Vote to Fully Divest Whitman College from the Fossil Fuel Industry

Alissa Antilla, Managing Editor

November 9, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

On Friday, November 9, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to fully divest Whitman College from the fossil fuel industry. “I think it’s a really powerful statement that we’re at least more committed than we used to be towards ethical investing," said senior Tyee Williams. "And that we do...

OP-ED: Whitman’s Money Perpetuates Violence

Divest Whitman

November 9, 2018


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, Letter to the Editor, OPINION

Power, privilege and race. These are everyday buzzwords at a school like Whitman where everybody is eager to prove their progressive politics. But what does this mean in terms of environmentalism on campus? Climbing gyms, Patagonia jackets and young toned, national park frequenting white bodies...

Divestment: An Economic Perspective

Dani Schlenker, Opinion Columnist

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

During the height of the U.S. anti-apartheid movement in the 1980s, college students all across the nation protested university investment in companies that traded with or owned operations in South Africa. Due to increasing pressure from these students, many institutions divested from these companies ind...

What Happens after Divestment?

Rylee Neville, Staff Reporter

September 24, 2018


Filed under NEWS

In the midst of Divest Whitman’s yearly campaign to remove fiscal investments in the fossil fuel industry, concerns have arisen recently about where the money to fully divest would come from; one potential source being financial aid packages. Divest Whitman is a student-run organization that strives for a ...

Students march against Dakota Access Pipeline

Students march against Dakota Access Pipeline

Andy Monserud, Investigative Director

November 16, 2016


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

IPECC and Divest Whitman led a march through downtown Walla Walla Tuesday evening in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Protesters walked down Main Street and up Third Ave. to the Army Corps of Engineers office to deliver a signed letter requesting that the Walla Walla branch of the Corps denounce the pipeline and urge a halt to construction.

Divest Whitman Sends Messages to Trustees

Divest Whitman Sends Messages to Trustees

November 4, 2016


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

On Thursday evening, members of Divest Whitman placed signs outside Memorial Hall. The signs form a timeline of the different divestment movements throughout Whitman's history. The most recent sign read, "In 2015, students, faculty, and staff sat in Memorial Hall to support a 1% cap on fossil fuel exposure." The signs are captured in the slideshow below.

Divestment Discussions Continue in New Forms

Lane Barton

April 28, 2016


Filed under NEWS

Conversation about divestment continue via feedback provided to the Divestment Policy Working Group and an ASWC resolution.

Divestment creates Responsible Endowment Fund

Divestment creates Responsible Endowment Fund

Andy Monserud

October 1, 2015


Filed under NEWS

With countless Whitman alumni on campus for class reunions last weekend, Divest Whitman promoted their new Responsible Endowment Fund, which enables alumni and other donors to show monetary support for the group.

An Open Letter to President Murray from Divest Whitman

September 10, 2015


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

An Open Letter to President Murray from Divest Whitman Dear President Kathleen Murray, It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to Whitman College. As you begin your inaugural semester at Whitman, we invite you to familiarize yourself with the Divest Whitman campaign. Three years ago, a grou...

Students sit in for divestment as trustees deliberate

Students sit in for divestment as trustees deliberate

Natalie Berg

May 7, 2015


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

From noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 272 students, faculty and staff members joined members of ASWC and Divest Whitman in a sit-in to protest the college's investments in fossil fuels. During the sit-in, ASWC President senior Tatiana Kaehler presented the recently-passed ASWC Resolution to the Boa...

Divestment refuels for spring

Natalie Berg

February 5, 2015


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

Though the Whitman College Board of Trustees stated the college will not divest from the fossil fuel industry, students in the Divest Whitman movement are still trying to change their minds. Students and faculty in favor of divestment hope the combination of the faculty resolution passed last week,...

Walla Walla’s Climate March Rallies for Action

Walla Walla’s Climate March Rallies for Action

Lane Barton

September 21, 2014


Filed under NEWS

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...

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