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Examining the future of Greek life at Whitman

Allison Cohen, Chief Copy Editor May 16, 2021

Once making up 41% of the school population, Greek life has faced a decline in membership in recent years. There was an 11% decline in membership from 2016 to 2019. In addition, the looming presence of...

Greek-affiliated athletes sacrifice aspects of participation to compete

Hailey Livingston, Sports reporter April 1, 2021

While the spring semester has affected all members of the athletics department, those belonging to Greek life have been unable to experience fraternity and sorority life in the same way they did in the...

Illustration by Madi Welch.

Delayed, shorter and online: Greek life’s unconventional recruitment

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter April 1, 2021

A semester late and now, entirely online, Whitman’s sororities and fraternities completed formal recruitment in early February.  Primary Greek life recruitment is traditionally held in the fall,...

Greekend not harnessing full potential of Greek system

Christopher Hankin April 30, 2015

As a member of the Greek system, I often find myself becoming defensive when people call on us to do more about issues such as sexual misconduct or a lack of diversity at Whitman. Sometimes it feels as...

Return of fraternities to campus sparks debate at Willamette University (part two)

March 18, 2015

These stories were originally published in The Collegian of Willamette University in March of 2015 (dates and authors attached to each story.) They are printed here through the Northwest News Network,...

Return of fraternities to campus sparks debate at Willamette University (part one)

March 18, 2015

These stories were originally published in The Collegian of Willamette University in February and March of 2015 (dates and authors attached to each story.) They are printed here through the Northwest...

Members of Sigma Chi speak at the Greek Meeting. Photo by Anna von Clemm.

Sigma Chi-hosted Greek Life discussion focuses on sexual assault

Andy Monserud March 12, 2015

Whitman fraternity Sigma Chi held an open forum on Greek Life in Olin Hall on the night of Tuesday, March 10. The event, intended originally as a panel-based discussion touching on a variety of issues...

Greek influence not being used for meaningful action

Katy Wills February 26, 2015

My dearest Frat Stars and Soror Sisters of Whitman College, Greek groups have immense power on this campus. Besides having an extensive social presence on the weekends, a Greek group has the power to...

Women’s fraternities cope with increased recruitment numbers

Annie Roge October 3, 2014

Whitman College's 2014 fall women's fraternity formal recruitment drew to a close last Monday, after the school's highest-ever turnout of 150 girls entering the process. Surpassing last year's impressive...

Senior year provides new perspectives on Greek life

Martina Pansze October 3, 2014

Within a few weeks of arriving to campus, first-years are faced with the decision of whether or not they want to go Greek. For many upperclassmen involved with men's and women's fraternities, however,...

The Greeks in Walla Walla

The Greeks in Walla Walla

Quin Nelson March 21, 2013

The bustling Whitman College campus is bookended by two essential social hubs: to the south, Prentiss Hall, home of Whitman's four women's fraternities, and to the north, Whitman's four fraternity...

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