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Back on campus, the FSR and tuition: How financial aid has changed at Whitman

Naia Willemsen, News Reporter October 7, 2021

Over the past few semesters, financial aid and the cost of attendance at Whitman have fluctuated; costs were down, then back up. For the 2020-21 school year, there was a 10 percent cut in tuition due to...

Students criticize national college rankings in light of the new U.S. News and World Report rating

Grace Jackson, News Reporter September 30, 2021

Whitman jumped nine spots to #38 on the U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of National Liberal Arts colleges, up from last year’s position at #47. Every year, U.S. News and World Report ranks...

Photo by Nathaniel Martin.

Theater department responds to termination of Kevin Walker’s position as part of FSR recommendations

Mo Dow, A&E Reporter April 22, 2021

Kevin Walker, Senior Lecturer for the theater and dance department, and Master Electrician and Sound Engineer for the Harper Joy Theater, will be leaving Whitman College after his contract was terminated...

Board approves cabinet’s FSR recommendations, makes final decisions on budget cuts to implement

Alasdair Padman, Editor-in-chief March 18, 2021

The Whitman community received an email on Thursday at 4:47 p.m. titled “Board of Trustees FSR decisions” from Sara Frey, Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The email contained...

Word spreads on a rushed final decision on FSR from Board of Trustees

Alasdair Padman, Editor-in-Chief March 18, 2021

Earlier this week, rumors began circulating among the Whitman community that the Board of Trustees would be meeting on Wednesday, March 17 to make their final decisions on the Financial Sustainability...

Whitties look to establish esports community on campus

Tucker Grinnan, Sports Reporter March 18, 2021

Until recently, Whitman College has not had an organized esports scene, but new developments indicate that tides are changing and competitive gaming may finally find a home on campus. Over the past...

Leaving so soon, Kathy?

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor March 11, 2021

As I’m sure many of you have heard, President Kathy Murray recently announced that she is retiring at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. She did this in a very short, very vague email that has left...

Amidst financial woes, Whitman criticized for spending on outfits for ducks

Conor Bartol, Fastest Pun in the West February 18, 2021

While grappling with financial instability, Whitman College is facing criticism for creating a program to make tiny clothes for the ducks in Lakum Duckum. In a statement released by the College, President...

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....

Athletes breaking COVID restrictions forced to work on Whitman Athletics Wine

Rachel Husband, Lower Back Issue February 15, 2021

In the recent Financial Sustainability Review (FSR), the Athletics Department recommended marketing a Whitman Athletics branded wine as a tool for generating revenue. Due to tomfoolery within the administration,...

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