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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...

Illustration by Nicholas Rogers.

The FSR will make Whitman “a place like any other”

Angel Baikakedi, Columnist February 18, 2021

On Feb. 2, 2021, President Murray sent a preliminary Financial Sustainability Review (FSR) to the Whitman community. Since then, there has been a continuous conversation surrounding these reports and their...

Illustration by Eli Rodriguez.

The FSR might mean the death of Whitman’s liberal arts mission

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist February 18, 2021

“As you read these reports, I hope you will think about our overall goal of achieving a sustainable financial footing for the college in support of our liberal arts mission.” This is a quote from the...

Photo by Bridget Kennedy

“Discontinued or altered beyond recognition”: Students react to proposed changes to their majors in the FSR

Emma Foley, Feature Editor February 18, 2021

When Whitman’s Financial Sustainability Review was released, students and professors swiftly provided feedback about the proposed changes via emails, Instagram posts and chalk messages around campus....

Illustration by Madi Welch.

Non-coach SSRA courses recommended for elimination in the FSR

Nisha Gharti Magar, Sports Reporter February 18, 2021

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, President Kathy Murray released the Financial Sustainability Review (FSR) showing Whitman’s plan to reduce overall spending by approximately $3.5 million for the 2022 fiscal year....

Reconfiguring the arts: FSR proposes cuts and new programs

Jaime Fields, A&E Reporter February 18, 2021

In the midst of getting back to in-person classes, students and faculty received a new source of stress and confusion: on Feb. 2, President Murray sent out an email containing the Financial Sustainability...

Facing financial distress, Whitman forms first Financial Sustainability Review in recent history

Facing financial distress, Whitman forms first Financial Sustainability Review in recent history

Abby Main, Staff Reporter February 18, 2021

Whitman has strayed from its standardized budgeting process to undergo a Financial Sustainability Review for the first time in recent history, according to Chief Financial Officer Peter Harvey. The administration...

Upcoming events: ASWC informational session regarding the Financial Sustainability Review

Sean Gannon, News Editor February 9, 2021

The Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) will hold two informational sessions this week regarding the recent Financial Sustainability Review recommendations. The sessions will be led by ASWC's...

OP-ED: Alumni reading of the Financial Sustainability Review

North Bennett, Alumnus February 9, 2021

Last week, the Academic Subcommittee for Whitman’s Financial Sustainability Review published a set of recommendations aimed at cutting the costs associated with Whitman’s academic program. As an alumnus...

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