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Whitman receives letter from FIRE on listserv moderation

Alasdair Padman, News Editor

May 18, 2020

The Whitman College administration received a letter from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) on Friday, May 1. The letter requested that the college end its prior review of messages submitted to the three main listservs (students, community and announcements). According to their...

Pio Past – ACLU President Defends Pornography

Ben Kunz, News Reporter

March 29, 2018

The Pioneer published the following article in volume 107 issue 24 on May 1st, 1997. It was written by Jennifer Allen, a Staff Writer. “Censorship of pornography would be counterproductive to the feminist movement,” ACLU president Nadine Strossen stated to a crowded Chism auditorium Monday at 8 p...

How to Curtail Free Speech Under the Guise of Defending It

Paul Apostolidis, Shampa Biswas, Julie Charlip, Andrea Dobson, Timothy Kaufman-Osborn, Leena Knight, Thomas Knight, Bruce Magnusson, Gaurav Majumdar, Matthew Reynolds, Elyse Semerdjian, Jonathan Walters

December 7, 2017

In a forceful display of coordinated institutional authority, the November 16, 2017, issue of The Wire included an op-ed essay co-written by Whitman’s Chair of the Faculty, the Vice President for Enrollment and Communications, the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, the Vice President for ...

Op-Ed: Why Whitman College Isn’t Creating a “Free Speech Code”

Melissa Clearfield, Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Psychology, Josh Jensen, Vice President for Enrollment and Communications, Kazi Joshua, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Daren Mooko, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and Alzada J. Tipton, Provost and Dean of the Faculty

November 16, 2017

Whether it’s in the Whitman Wire or the Washington Post, the issue of free speech on college campuses seems to be everywhere. Over the past year, many of our peer institutions have faced controversy brought on by provocative external speakers. Faculty, staff and students have stirred up campuses with c...

Pioneer Past: A history of activism

Maggie Chang, News Reporter

November 1, 2017

On October 4, 1971, a Whitman alum sent the school newspaper (previously called The Pioneer) a letter urging the editor to denounce the students responsible for flying the school flag backwards on the day President Nixon visited the Walla Walla community. On October 21, 1971, the letter was published...

ASWC President on Campus Free Speech

ASWC President AnneMarie McCorvie. Photo by Gokay Abaci

Erin Lopez, News Reporter

October 30, 2017

On October 27, Wire Reporter Erin Lopez sat down with ASWC’s President AnnaMarie McCorvie ‘18 to discuss free speech on campus. What follows is a partial transcript from that conversation. Head to https://whitmanwire.com/ to listen to the full interview. The following transcript has been edited for cl...

Town Hall Considers Question of Free Speech

Lindsey Brodeck, News Reporter

October 24, 2017

ASWC’s first town hall of the year saw Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Kazi Joshua, Dean of Students Darren Mooko and Dean of Faculty Melissa Clearfield start a discussion about free speech on campus. In light of recent riots at colleges in response to alt-right speakers, such as at UC Berkeley,...

Good Intentions Make Good Morals

Good Intentions Make Good Morals

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist

September 3, 2017

What’s the best argument you can come up with for not acting to redress moral wrongs? Maybe that moral responsibility is connected to culpability, and because you can’t be blamed for most of the world’s wrongs, you have no responsibility to act. Or maybe that what you perceive to be a moral wrong...

Anonymity Trumps Need for Censorship

Anonymity Trumps Need for Censorship

Bill Landefeld

November 14, 2013

Have you ever had a question that you didn't feel comfortable asking anybody? Well, I know that myself and many other Whitman students have. Luckily at Whitman, there is such a place that you can do this, and it is on a website called Whitman Encounters. However, this outlet to freely speak your mind might not be around for much longe...

Free Speech

Henry Gales

August 5, 2011

Shortly after I arrived in Mendoza, Argentina, there was news from Argentina's northernmost province of Jujuy, 1,300 km. from Mendoza. A large group of peasants had begun occupying land owned by a wealthy family, demanding the implementation of agrarian reform, i.e. land redistribution. The Jujuy government...

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