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Surprising! School finds letting sick students stay home makes them healthier

Annelise Ellingboe, Hamburger Liason

March 12, 2020

Whitman faculty and staff were shocked this week as students returned to classes healthier after allowing them to stay home sick.  Following the announcement that sick students should be excused from class without verification from the health center, many professors noticed an initial drop in att...

Alum looking forward to wild night in Health Center

Madeline Kemp

September 30, 2019

Last weekend was alumni weekend, and Dave Teppner, class of ‘83, knew exactly how he wanted to relive his favorite party nights at Whitman. There would be the obligatory spots, of course, to show the kids how it's done. But what really mattered was making it to the only place that truly signifies a lege...

Op-Ed: Suggestions for Improving the Sexual Assault Survivor’s Experience at Whitman College

Emily Volpert, Whitman College Senior

April 30, 2017

At Whitman, the number of reports of sexual assault has consistently increased over the last five years. While reports of sexual assault on campus are steadily increasing, far fewer assaults are investigated than are reported. And according to the 2000 National Crime Victimization survey, 90% of sexual...

Aldahleh Seeks Support for Possible EMS Program

Andy Monserud, Investigative Director

December 4, 2016

A first-year ASWC senator is in the process of creating a student-run volunteer emergency medical service. Omar Aldahleh began work on planning a service that would provide rapid-response aid to minor medical issues on campus just before he came to Whitman. Aldahleh recently brought up for the servi...

Alcohol at Whitman: Blues and Booze

Illustration by Claire Revere

Katharine Gillen and Olivia Gilbert

November 10, 2016

Ever dreamed of grabbing a beer with a professor or fellow student after class at a convenient on-campus location? Although it’s not yet possible, seniors Mitchell Cutter and Spencer Mueller seek to make that dream a reality. As part of their larger vision of an on-campus bar, this Friday, Nov. 11, C...

ASWC plans for Health Center Advisory Board

Jeremy Alexander

February 26, 2015

ASWC representatives are preparing a resolution to create an advisory committee for the Welty Health Center. The resolution, written by junior ASWC Senators Olivia Hagel and Nick Hochfeld, is expected to come before the Senate on March 8. The Welty Health Center is open 24 hours a day and provides...

Students Struggle With Concussion Aftermath

Students Struggle With Concussion Aftermath

Helen Angell

February 13, 2014

Thirteen concussions were reported to the Dean of Students in Fall 2013, a sharp increase from previous years. This number is shocking, but it might not indicate an increasing number of head injuries on campus. Rather, students and staff believe that higher numbers were reported last semester because of heighte...

Health Center offers free flu vaccinations for staff and faculty

Elise Tinseth

October 4, 2012

On Oct. 2, Health Center staff, with funding from the Human Resources Center, gave a free flu shot clinic to all staff and faculty members in hopes to make vaccination convenient and to encourage people to stay healthy during flu season. Director of the Health Center Claudia Ness, along with other...

Health Center creates student Incidence Response Squad

Leah Siegel '14 learning how to check blood pressure from Dawn Chlipala RN, Chelsea Momany '11.  Photo Credit: Brandon Fennell

Joe Volpert

October 21, 2010

The Welty Health Center created a new position that allows EMT-Basic or Red Cross First Aid certified students to work in the health center. The position, part of the Incidence Response Squad, was just created this year. In previous years, the health center employed students to help with clerical work, yet this year they augmented the scope and qualifications of the job. Th...

Flu hits Whitman campus hard, H1N1 vaccine near

Flu hits Whitman campus hard, H1N1 vaccine near

Lea Negrin

November 5, 2009

The Health Center saw 68 students with influenza-like symptoms last week, the peak weekly number since the beginning of the semester. As of 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4th, 27 total cases had come to the Health Center this week, including the weekend. The decrease in students with the flu this week has ...

Flu response poses different illness

Galen Bernard

November 4, 2009

Whitman, we are taking the wrong approach to the flu. Students being isolated to the degree that one friend of mine recently went three days without physical contact with another person is not healthy. A brief one-arm hug should not trigger tears of thanks because the recipient has so missed human touch. In...

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