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Global Studies Initiative Revamp Receives Faculty Approval

Nick Maahs, News Reporter

March 6, 2018

The Global Studies Initiative has been revamped and approved by the faculty to resume operation after parts were placed on hold for external review during the 2016-2017 academic year. Starting in the fall, students who fulfill the program’s requirements will be able to have a “concentration” in Global S...

Changing Higher Education

Changing Higher Education

Jack Fleming, Columnist

October 6, 2017

Ignore Betsy DeVos. Instituting school choice, the school voucher system, and allowing fraudulent for-profit colleges to thrive simply would not increase the quality and accessibility of education. As the 2018 midterm elections slowly approach, we must think about the sort of education policy that i...

Education as Emancipation

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist

September 19, 2017

Shiny red delicious apples, a grainy photograph of Einstein overlaid with multicolored Comic Sans, plastic school desks with fiberboard tops, fluorescent lighting embedded in the ceiling, a chalkboard with wispy half-erased suggestions of calculus. These are the signs and symbols of the American classroom....

Re-examining the Liberal Arts

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor

September 3, 2017

As I enter my fourth year of Whitman College, having traversed the hallowed halls of Olin, having traipsed across Ankeny in both snow boots and flip flops and having cried in a professor’s office, I implore the first-years to think about just one question. What do you want out of your education? Whitman...

Whitman Students Pursue Internships in Walla Walla

Kate Grumbles

October 13, 2016

While many Whitman students choose to look out of state or out of town for internships and job opportunities, there are a few students choosing to stay right here in Walla Walla. Four Whitman students hold environmental internships in Walla Walla this year that include working with the Blue Mountain Land Tru...

Whitties spur kids’ creativity with stART

February 11, 2016

As arts programs get cut all around the country, a few Whitties have taken a stand against the tide. StART began two years ago and since then, its volunteers have been bringing the visual and performance arts to Walla Walla public schools. StART began with senior Alina Holmes and a simple idea. H...

Local High School’s Successes Highlighted in Documentary

Local High School’s Successes Highlighted in Documentary

Martina Pansze, A&E Editor

December 10, 2015

Amid the shuffle of finals stress, it’s easy to forget what’s going on outside of the bubble. Just a few blocks away from campus, however, is Lincoln High School, an alternative high school that specializes in educating traumatized youth. The documentary “Paper Tigers” follows the stories...

Helping Indigenous People

Helping Indigenous People

Jose Guerrero Coronado

November 4, 2015

Upon the commencement of European colonization in the Americas, Native American populations immediately began to wane. With the reduction of their numbers, came a loss of their traditions, lifestyles, and languages. Today, although the situation varies within each country, Native Americans are often...

Meet Whitman Watson Fellowship Nominees

Meet Whitman Watson Fellowship Nominees

Isabel Mills

November 14, 2013

In the next few months, Whitman College seniors will find out what the next year of their lives entails. Four of these seniors hope their futures will include a Watson Fellowship. This fellowship is a chance for 40 students from 40 liberal arts colleges to receive $28,000 to go abroad for a year to...

Students Consider Future in Teach for America

Students Consider Future in Teach for America

Lachlan Johnson

September 26, 2013

Many Whitman College students looking to work with children and interested in social justice often consider Teach for America. This fall, 14 Whitman graduates joined the 2013 Teaching Corps and began a two-year commitment to teaching in public schools across the nation. According to a recent Teach for Amer...

Schools Shape Sexual Culture

Schools Shape Sexual Culture

Spencer Wharton

May 2, 2013

Dear Valerie Huber, executive director of the National Abstinence Education Association: Earlier this year, the Chicago Board of Education voted to overhaul its public schools' sex education curriculum and begin teaching age-appropriate sexual health lessons in kindergarten. You, in response, criticized the b...

Standardized Testing Reinforces Racial Privilege

Sayda Morales

April 4, 2013

Whitties come from all different walks of life, but what we all share in common is that we all had to endure standardized testing in order to get here. You remember that feeling in the months, weeks and days leading up to the test as you tried to use all the opportunities at your disposal to ensure y...

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