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Whitman’s Chinese department celebrates new growth after addition of major

Alexa Grechishkin, Campus Life Reporter April 7, 2022

This year, 2022, is the first year Whitman students will have the opportunity to graduate with a Chinese major, signaling the growing strength of the program. Despite its small size, the Chinese department...

AAUP review raises questions about Whitman’s finances and values

Rosa Woolsey and Grace Jackson March 3, 2022

This is the second article in The Wire’s ongoing coverage of the WCAAUP external financial analysis.  The 2020-21 Financial Sustainability Review (FSR) was intended to prepare Whitman for financial...

AAUP report argues that FSR cuts were unnecessary, hurt faculty

AAUP report argues that FSR cuts were unnecessary, hurt faculty

Grace Jackson, News Editor February 24, 2022

A report commissioned by the Whitman chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) concluded that many of the cuts made in last year's financial sustainability review were unnecessary.  The...

Professors care about Whitman, so why doesn’t the administration care about them?

Hailey Livingston , Columnist February 24, 2022

Around this time last year, Whitman released the Financial Sustainability Review (FSR), stoking student and alumni outrage. To give a brief summary, the FSR cut money from the arts and humanities programs...

Board of Trustees votes on fiscal 2023 budget

Sara Marshall and Allison Cohen December 2, 2021

On Nov. 12, 2021, President Kathy Murray and Board of Trustees Chair Joe Davis sent an email to the Whitman community outlining the proposals voted on by the Board of Trustees for the 2023 fiscal budget. In...

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...

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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...

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