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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...

Lyons’ music entertains, educates

James Kennedy

October 3, 2014

A musician with a message, Dana Lyons has been combining environmental activism with folk and alternative rock since the 1980s. Most well-known for his hit song "Cows with Guns," Lyons will be performing at the Reid Campus Center on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Lyons' use of sardonic humor in his music...

What Type Of Green Fits Your Personality?

Elena Aragon

April 1, 2014

1. What show would you most like to watch? a. a National Geographic documentary b. "Cake Boss" c. "Frasier" d. "All in the Family"   2. What's your dream vacation in the United States? a. a trip to the Oregon Coast b. Miami, Fla. c. Alaska d. Cape Cod, Mass.   3....

International Community Should Support Wind Power

Dani Hupper

November 14, 2013

The merits of today's energy sources are all relative. As there is no completely pollutant-free way to harness energy, we are forced to pick the lesser of many evils. And with a few practical technological advancements, wind power could put us on the track to a future in renewable energy. It's difficult...

Whitman Alumni Find Environmentalist Views Evolving

Whitman Alumni Find Environmentalist Views Evolving

Sam Chapman

May 13, 2013

At Whitman, ideals are one thing you can always count on finding somewhere. There is no shortage of people who believe strongly in something––in the end of rape culture, the abolition of modern slavery, the inadvisability of GM crops––and assert that the only way to get it is to fight for it. This...

Divestment March Turns Up Heat

Lachlan Johnson

April 30, 2013

After listening to a speech by founder of the 350.org organization Bill McKibben, over 200 members of the Whitman community marched around campus chanting slogans in favor of divesting the college's endowment from fossil fuels. The largest event held so far by Whitman's divestment movement, the march...

Individual Blame Won’t Address Environmental Problems

Sam Chapman

April 25, 2013

I find it hard to recall the moment I first became an environmentalist. It's not as defined as the instant I became a writer (after reading "The Amber Spyglass" at the age of 11) or an environmental humanities major (about the fifth week of organic chem lab). What I do remember is that when my tender...

Divestment Should Be More than Just Symbolic

April 11, 2013

This column was contributed by Martha Sebald '14 This past weekend, a few dozen students and student representatives crowded into Reid Campus Center for an informational hearing to help ASWC determine whether or not it will support divestment: an important conversation indeed. Here I would like to ...

Environmentalists Are Not All Well-Off

Sam Chapman

April 4, 2013

The image conjured by the word "environmentalist"––a vague and overlong term I still hate––is similar to the vision of the typical Whittie: a semi-outdoorsy, dirty-blonde post-hippie who jogs in sandals, feels very deeply about only the trendiest of issues, and is, in all likelihood, financially...

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Sam Chapman

February 14, 2013

On March 15, 1986, Whitman's Board of Trustees voted on a divestment proposal for the first time. Students and faculty had both submitted resolutions urging the Board to remove companies from the college's portfolio that did business in apartheid-ridden South Africa; student activists went so far as to build...

Address Leaves Obama Beholden to Environmentalists

Sam Chapman

January 31, 2013

I skipped the broadcast of President Obama's second inaugural address in favor of reading it afterwards, so that I could better analyze its content without being distracted by the speechcraft. As an environmentalist, my response is optimistic––though it took some thinking to arrive at that optimism....

We Have Lost the Fight for the Planet

We Have Lost the Fight for the Planet

Sam Chapman

January 24, 2013

In 1970, the first Earth Day brought 20 million Americans––10 percent of the entire population––to a nationwide protest. This was the tail end of the Vietnam Era, when young people were justifiably outraged at a system that had failed them and their planet. Sensing a threat to their interests,...

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