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Whitman First-Years Shut Down School

Whitman First-Years Shut Down School

Anthony Reale, Garbage Collector of the Year, 2014

August 25, 2017

In a stunning turn of events, the Board of Trustees has voted for the immediate closing of Whitman College following a protest by incoming first-year students.  No one expected or was prepared for such a demonstration, as the school had just opened its pearly gates for opening week. A member of th...

Leslie Jamison and “The Empathy Exams” Spark Discussion on Campus

Photo by Henry Honzel

Michelle Foster, Staff Writer

September 15, 2016

Whitman’s 2016 Summer Reading text, “The Empathy Exams,” has given students much to talk about over the past few weeks. In the book, author Leslie Jamison covers a wide range of topics including her experience working as a medical actor, her thoughts on “poverty tourism,” and a glimpse into...

Class of 2019 Smallest in Recent Times

Georgia Lyon

September 17, 2015

Whitman’s class of 2019 is smaller than expected because the yield from the main applicant and waitlist pools was lower than anticipated. The group of 364 first-years and 17 transfers fell well short of both the goals and expectations of the Office of Admissions given past trends, resulting in more space in residence halls this year.

JumpStart Program Prepares Incoming Students for College

JumpStart Program Prepares Incoming Students for College

Karah Kemmerly

October 23, 2013

Walla Walla University (WWU) first organized the JumpStart orientation program in 1999. This September, first-years gathered on campus for the 14th annual JumpStart week. The WWU Academic Advisement Office designed JumpStart to help incoming first-years prepare for the transition from high school...

First-Year Roomies Not Best Friends

Rosemary Hanson

September 19, 2013

Scandal rocked the quiet little community of Lyman House just outside of Anderson Hall last Friday, Sept. 13. At approximately 7:16 p.m. local time, nearby resident assistants received information of a domestic problem in room 216 of the Tower. Initial reports seem to indicate that first-year reside...

What Kind of First-Year Are You?

Evelyn Levine

September 12, 2013

1. It's time to go ‘Storm The Field' and you say: a.) Let's go storm that field! I'll wear my Whitman shirt and a name tag so people remember who I am and know that I love Whitman already! b.) Will there be food? c.) Storming the field is an antiquated term associated with war and dominat...

Yearbook Remains Unfunded After First Budget Appeal

Yearbook Remains Unfunded After First Budget Appeal

Shelly Le

April 4, 2013

After a budget appeals meeting on Wednesday night, the ASWC Finance Committee has decided not to grant Waiilatpu, Whitman's yearbook, any additional funding for the 2013-14 academic year. [iframe_loader src="//infogr.am/Waiilatpu-a-Retrospective" width="550" height="2097" scrolling="no" frameborder="0"...

Lyman Dining Hall hours extended for athletes, students

Elena Aragon

September 10, 2012

A great change has come to the dining hall schedules this year. To provide a more flexible eating schedule to students, Lyman Dining Hall hours were extended to 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. "[Athletes, whose practices finish after regular dining hours] were concerned that their choices were limited: There...

Meet The Class of 2016

Meet The Class of 2016

Justin Rose

June 2, 2012

As the class of 2012 leaves Walla Walla to go make their mark on the world, Whitman is getting ready to welcome the incoming first-years who will take their place on campus. The Pioneer caught up with five future Whitties who will be heading to Walla Walla this fall. Cat Mulanax (San Rafael, California) Why did you choose to attend Whitman? It was the...

Changes lead to successful registration

Molly Johanson

September 8, 2011

For first-year Umair Meredia, registering for his first college classes was "actually really successful." First-year Jose Beleche thought registration was "straightforward and simple." Sentiments like these are only possible because on Saturday, Aug. 27, the day of first-year registration, everything...

Changes in core curriculum lead to expansion of texts, broader focus


November 29, 2009

It's no secret that Core has undergone big changes to become the Encounters that first-years are taking this year. "Core has gone through a massive evolution to become Encounters," said Elyse Semerdjian, associate professor of history and encounters representative for the general studies committee. The...

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