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On the decline: investigating greek life at Whitman

On the decline: investigating greek life at Whitman

Bex Heimbrock, Opinion Editor April 27, 2023

Editor's note: We as editorial leadership erroneously removed an aspect of the piece, which we have now corrected. After Whitman College’s external review of Greek life returned an extensive list...

Illustration by Eleanor Amer.

BIO-112 class poisoned after using frat house water as lab sample

Lee Thomas, based on a true story October 20, 2022

Over Whitman's four-day weekend, the biology department unearthed a curious discovery while investigating abnormal phenomena in the water systems of East Isaacs Avenue. The department claims there were...

Greek Life: Independence and community

Charlie Hunter, Campus Life Reporter October 20, 2022

For many students, exactly what goes on in the big houses along East Issacs Avenue and downstairs in Prentiss Hall is a mystery. Greek life has been a part of Whitman's campus for years, but with a minority...

Greek students react to external review

Sara Marshall, News Reporter April 14, 2022

In the time since the release of the Greek life external review, some students in Greek life have voiced their dissatisfaction with the thoroughness of the report, viewing it as an incomplete assessment...

Illustration by Lily Buller.

Is Greek life on the decline?

Lily Yost, News Reporter April 1, 2022

In the past decade, Greek life membership has dramatically declined at Whitman. According to an analysis by senior Noelle Scheer in an op-ed for The Wire of the collected data on Greek life, membership...

Photo by Nathaniel Martin.

Student Life Committee organizes external review of Greek life

Lily Yost, News Reporter February 17, 2022

The Student Life Committee conducted an external review of Greek Life at Whitman from Feb. 10-11, following through on pre-pandemic plans to bring reviewers to Whitman in the spring of 2020. The...

Op-Ed: Greek Life & Rape: a Look Into Student Voices Throughout Whitmans History

Op-Ed: Greek Life & Rape: a Look Into Student Voices Throughout Whitman’s History

Noelle Scheer, Senior February 10, 2022

CONTENT WARNING: This article contains a detailed discussion of rape and sexual assault. RESOURCES:  RAINN, 800-656-4673  Malia Lewis, Whitman’s Sexual Assault Victims Advocate (not a mandatory...

Students raise concerns over campus security transparency

Anabelle Dillard, News Reporter October 28, 2021

With the return to in-person classes, comes the return of weekend parties and renewed questions about student safety and the possibility of increased COVID-19 cases.  Campus security recently underwent...

Illustration by Shasta Sholes.

The Yak is back on campus

Grace Jackson, News Reporter October 7, 2021

The anonymous location-based messaging app, Yik Yak, is back on the app store and downloaded on phones at Whitman. Yik Yak was founded by college students in 2013 and was surrounded by controversy until...

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,...

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