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Guardian’s Climate Campaign Fails to Challenge NeoLiberal Status Quo

Olivia Gilbert, Columnist

May 5, 2016

It is painful to see a major news outlet ignore questions that need to be asked and criticisms that need to see the light of day—it is painful because it happens over and over again in the media.

Political Plates: Food and California’s Drought

Sarah Cornett

February 24, 2016

California’s drought (and that of other western states) isn’t showing signs of improvement. A chronic lack of water has encouraged high temperatures, lowered agricultural production, altered landscapes, and is beginning to demand significant changes in the way we think about water. The Golden State, ...

Climate Change’s Intersectionality

Climate Change’s Intersectionality

Alya Bohr, Columnist

February 11, 2016

At the end of the day, the sad truth remains that climate change – though universal and all-encompassing – doesn’t affect us all universally.

Is Recycling Really As Important As We Think It Is?

Olivia Gilbert, Columnist

December 3, 2015

If we are to have any hope of leaving behind a habitable world for future generations, we need to make lifestyle changes that are truly environmentally impactful—and we need to be brave enough to spread the word.

Hanford advocacy groups hold alternative to State of the Site meeting

Hanford advocacy groups hold alternative to State of the Site meeting

Andy Monserud

April 30, 2015

Maxey Auditorium played host to a community-led meeting on the Hanford Nuclear Site on Wednesday, April 29. Organized by a collection of advocacy groups involved in the cleanup at Hanford, the event, along with several similar events across the Pacific Northwest, served as a substitute for the Department...

Don’t Touch the Tiger!

Jessica Parker

January 30, 2015

Cara Delevingne, a model and actress has sparked controversy with her latest photo shoot. She is seen holding a captive lion cub while modeling for TAG Heuer, a watch company. Cara is a self-proclaimed wild-animal lover and even sports a lion tattoo on her finger. While she may love wild animals, by...

Where Did All the Frogs Go?

Where Did All the Frogs Go?

Jessica Parker

October 5, 2014

Hello again, animal enthusiasts! Today we have some exciting news along to go along with the usual dose of pessimism. A new species of poison dart frog was discovered in Donoso, Panama!   This frog has a unique call, but was originally thought to be a different variety of another poison dart f...

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to Speak at Commencement

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to Speak at Commencement

Andy Monserud

April 17, 2014

Last week, the Office of Communications announced that U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has been selected as this year's commencement speaker.  Jewell, the former CEO of R.E.I., will address commencement attendees on May 25. Jewell, a former Seattle resident, left her position at R.E....

Campus Climate Members Returns From Powershift Energized

Campus Climate Members Returns From Powershift Energized

Lorah Steichen

October 31, 2013

While many Whitman students spent the third weekend of October consumed in midterm studies, members of Campus Climate Challenge were off campus engaging in a weekend of activism. Eight students traveled to Pittsburgh, Penn. to attend Power Shift, a biannual national environmental youth activism confer...

Fracking Offers Few Unbiased Answers

Fracking Offers Few Unbiased Answers

Dani Hupper

October 10, 2013

The public debate on hydraulic fracturing (the process of pumping a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the ground to crack rock formations and release natural gas) is nearly impossible to follow. It's hard to find unbiased information on a subject so intermingled with political and economic self-...

Internships Provide Professional Avenues for Students’ Environmental Passions

Serena Runyan

September 12, 2013

This summer, several environmentally conscious Whitman students flooded the internship scene. Their experiences ranged from collecting data in the field, editing radio advertisements or protesting with united mining workers, but all were able to put their passion and education to the test. Junior environmental studies-geol...

Meet Tristan Sewell, Whitman’s New Sustainability Coordinator

Dylan Tull

August 6, 2013

While Whitman students have a reputation for being environmentally forward thinking, there has never been a permanent staff member to harness that passion on a wider scale in terms of school policy and plans for the future. New Sustainability Coordinator Tristan Sewell, who arrived on campus on Monday, July 1, is hoping to end ...

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