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Whitman alumnus Joe Davis to replace Nancy Serrurier as Board of Trustees Chair in May

Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter April 22, 2021

Whitman will soon have a new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Joe Davis, the current Vice-Chair, will assume the position after current Chair Nancy Serrurier's term comes to an end in May. Davis was elected...

FSR limits students to one semester abroad, $351,000 cut from annual Off-Campus Studies budget

Tejashree Jadhav, Staff Reporter March 25, 2021

After the announcement of finalized cuts in the Financial Sustainability Review (FSR), the Off-Campus Studies (OCS) program finds itself amid some financial and structural changes. In an email sent...

Students and alumni frustrated by President Murray’s characterization of FSR backlash as “misunderstandings”

Sean Gannon and Emma Fletcher-Frazer March 18, 2021

President Kathy Murray’s response to pervasive narratives about the FSR — which she deemed “misunderstandings" — has provoked annoyance and frustration from many students and alumni. Following...

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“COVID has been a stark reminder of my own mortality”: President Murray set to retire early in June 2022

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter March 11, 2021

President Kathy Murray announced at the end of February that she plans to retire from Whitman in June 2022 — three years earlier than planned. Tasked with finding the college’s next president, the...

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ASWC proposes three FSR-related resolutions urging Board of Trustees to consider student needs

Tejashree Jadhav, Staff Reporter March 11, 2021

In response to community-wide distress generated by the Financial Sustainability Report (FSR), the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) passed three resolutions on Feb. 21. “Resolutions are...

Financial sustainability report evokes uncertainty in the department of theatre and dance

Mo Dow, A&E Reporter March 11, 2021

After the first proposed draft garnered significant attention and protest, Whitman College President Kathleen Murray released the final financial sustainability report (FSR) on Wednesday, March 3rd. The...

Leaving so soon, Kathy?

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor March 11, 2021

As I’m sure many of you have heard, President Kathy Murray recently announced that she is retiring at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. She did this in a very short, very vague email that has left...

Whitman continues to divest from fossil fuels despite financial worries

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter March 4, 2021

Whitman is continuing to reduce investments in Carbon Underground 200 groups more than two years after the initial vote to divest from fossil fuels. The Board of Trustees has identified in their Statement...

FSR recommendations impede some Inclusion Task Force action items, but may support others

Abby Main, Staff Reporter February 25, 2021

Whitman’s recently published Financial Sustainability Review (FSR) proposes cuts that, if adopted, could influence Whitman’s ability to actualize the action items published by the Inclusion Task Force...

Breaking: President Murray announces June 2022 retirement

Sean Gannon, News Editor February 22, 2021

President Kathy Murray announced in a community-wide email Monday morning her plans to retire from Whitman in June 2022. Murray had planned to use the final years of her contract — through the 2024-2025...

Op-Ed: Per arduo surgo — why Whitman needs classics

West Bales and Grace Mitchell February 18, 2021

The Financial Sustainability Review (FSR) proposes not replacing retiring faculty and moving to a minor-only classics program. These proposed changes may rob future students of the chance to study the...

“Missing the forest for the trees”: FSR incites faculty anger over Humanities cuts

Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter February 18, 2021

The Financial Sustainability Review shared by President Kathy Murray on Tuesday, Feb. 2 sent ripples of concern throughout the Whitman community. Liberal arts colleges across the nation face a threatening...

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