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Why race and ethnicity courses should be required

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

November 14, 2019

All first-years at Whitman are required to take Encounters and meet distribution requirements, but considering the current society we are part of, I believe that all students should also be required to take a race and privilege class at some point during their college career. All students should tak...

What Scramble Did You Go On?

Gavin Victor, Columnist

September 23, 2019

Here at Whitman, everybody gets asked this question, especially during their first year. Pre-orientation “Immersion” trips are social kickstarters to many Whitman students, and Scrambles are one of these. Unfortunately, while the Scramble program helps some students, it can be detrimental to many o...

First-year breaks through with ingenious new reading of Marx

Ann Karneus, Rejected Mathlete

September 28, 2018

Whitman first year Tom Jones, who recently finished three chapters of “The Communist Manifesto” in Encounters, thinks that he’s ready to take a stab at what exactly this Marx guy is all about. After conducting an in-depth interview with expert Tom, let’s hear what he has to say about that tantalizing...

TonyTalks: Welcome Back

Anthony Reale, Crab Polisher

September 23, 2018

Ah, the scent of first-year confusion. This is the one of those things that brings me back to campus every year, alongside watching first-years bump into statues and apologize, actually do homework (like this is school or something,) and the best hazing ritual that the college has ever practiced:...

Dear Mom

Mom, Advice Columnist

September 29, 2016

Dear Mom, Last weekend, I hooked up with someone from my Encounters class at the 80s dance. It was really chill, but now I think I have feelings for them. I’m trying to play it cool, since I’m worried they’re not into it—they don’t sit by me in class any more, and it’s been pretty awkward...

Letter encourages first years to hold back on fall recruitment

Letter encourages first years to hold back on fall recruitment

Christy Carley, News Editor

September 15, 2016

It was the summer of ‘69 when all incoming students of Whitman College last received a letter encouraging them to refrain from participating in fall Greek organization recruitment. This past  Friday, many first years returned to their dorm rooms to find that a similar letter had been slipped unde...

Style Spotlight: Shannon Zander

Eric Anderson, Staff Writer

March 10, 2016

Zander has become well known as "the one who always wears heels on 8 AM classes at Mondays."

Keeping 400-year-old Jokes Relevant: Students Rise to Perform “Twelfth Night”

Keeping 400-year-old Jokes Relevant: Students Rise to Perform “Twelfth Night”

Allison Hall

March 10, 2016

Taking on Shakespeare is a daunting task for anyone; but Harper Joy's production of "The Twelfth Night" kept the crowd on the edge of their seats with live music, palpable energy and an active engagement with the audience.

Home Sweet Dorm

Home Sweet Dorm

Megan Hearst and Emma Cooper, A&E Staff Writers

February 25, 2016

Underclassmen share how they creatively decorate their rooms in interest houses and residence halls.

Gap Years Offer Students More Stability Entering College

Gap Years Offer Students More Stability Entering College

Serena Runyan

September 11, 2014

As soon as he graduated high school in Portland, Silas Morgan began backpacking almost every trail in the Columbia River Gorge with a friend for three months. That was only the beginning of a year packed with wine, backpacking and traveling before starting at Whitman this year. Morgan knew he wanted to t...

Enjoy the Ride: 17 Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your First Year

Enjoy the Ride: 17 Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your First Year

Aleida Fernandez

August 29, 2013

The rumors are true: being a first-year in college is hard. It's scary and overwhelming, and I'll be honest, the food is not––and never will be––as good as what you had at home. But if what they also say is true, and hindsight really is 20/20, does that mean that foresight must be myopic? Doesn't have to be! ...

John Lee: Varsity Aesthete

John Lee: Varsity Aesthete

Tristan Gavin

March 7, 2013

Somewhere between his cleats, mitt, jerseys and schoolwork, Whitman College first-year John Lee finds space on the bus to take his cameras with him on the road to indulge his other passion. Lee is a finesse pitcher that has been coming out of Whitman's bullpen this spring to relieve the starters, but...

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