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Vol. CLIV, Issue 4
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Expansion Coming Soon to a Pipeline Near You

Kaitlyn Salazar, Science & Environment Writer November 16, 2023

As freezing fog makes its yearly return to Walla Walla, many of us find ourselves cranking up the thermostat to stave off the frigid temperatures outside. Unfortunately, heating a house can heat the...

More than a year later, divestment process continues

Jessica Lilly, News Reporter March 12, 2020

On Nov. 8, 2018, the Board of Trustees voted to begin divesting from fossil fuels.  On Nov. 7, 2019, just one day before the divestment decision’s first anniversary, sophomore Karsten Beling sent...

Divest Whitman Sends Messages to Trustees

Divest Whitman Sends Messages to Trustees

November 4, 2016
On Thursday evening, members of Divest Whitman placed signs outside Memorial Hall. The signs form a timeline of the different divestment movements throughout Whitman's history. The most recent sign read, "In 2015, students, faculty, and staff sat in Memorial Hall to support a 1% cap on fossil fuel exposure." The signs are captured in the slideshow below.

Guardian’s Climate Campaign Fails to Challenge NeoLiberal Status Quo

Olivia Gilbert, Columnist May 5, 2016
It is painful to see a major news outlet ignore questions that need to be asked and criticisms that need to see the light of day—it is painful because it happens over and over again in the media.

Divestment refuels for spring

Natalie Berg February 5, 2015

Though the Whitman College Board of Trustees stated the college will not divest from the fossil fuel industry, students in the Divest Whitman movement are still trying to change their minds. Students...

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 energized supporters of the movement and built upon momentum the movement has built over the semester.

Individual Blame Won’t Address Environmental Problems

Sam Chapman April 25, 2013
The Earth does not need saving, we do, and we must adjust our activism accordingly.

Letter to the Editor: Whitman Must Be Accountable on Climate Change

April 18, 2013

I have joined a campaign at my college to call for our endowment to be divested from the companies with the largest reserves of fossil fuels. We call for divestment in solidarity with people on the front...

Divestment Should Be More than Just Symbolic

April 11, 2013
Although the divestment campaign is important, we can’t afford to politely ask that everyone around us change, oil companies included, if we can’t take the first step and change ourselves.

Bridges Unclear on Goals of Divestment Campaign

Keenan Hilton March 28, 2013

In 2011, President George Bridges launched the "Now is the Time" campaign to encourage patrons to invest in Whitman. "My idea was simple. It got at the heart of things," Bridges explained earnestly....

Over 70 students expressed support for divestment from fossil fuels today by gathering at Memorial Building.  Photos by Marie von Hafften.

Divestment Movement Continues to Gain Momentum

Lachlan Johnson February 21, 2013
Campus Climate Challenge’s (CCC) campaign to encourage Whitman to divest from fossil fuels has gained traction on campus, but has met with new challenges as students and administrators disagree over the best way to use the investment to lower the burning of fossil fuels.
Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Sam Chapman February 14, 2013
Even if the current campaign to divest from fossil fuels is unsuccessful in its stated goals, it will still have succeeded in making a political statement that resonates with a nation-wide project to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
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