Whitman Wire

The Symposium Chronicles

Image from The Pioneer, November, 2006.

Olivia Gilbert

February 22, 2017

Today  marks the fifth annual Power and Privilege Symposium, a day in which members of the Whitman community will gather to attend sessions led by students, faculty and community members on the themes of justice, diversity and inclusion. Symposiums of all sorts are nothing new to Whitman. Throughout...

Reflecting on Race

Photo by Henry Honzel

Christy Carley, News Editor

October 13, 2016

On Thursday evening the words of “We Shall Overcome” echoed across the steps of Penrose Library, while candles flickered in the dark. Members of the Whitman community gathered together to mourn the black lives lost to police brutality. The vigil, sponsored by Whitman’s Black Student Union (BSU) inclu...

Sophistication in the West

Jessica Faunt

November 2, 2014

Saturday, November 1st, 2014 - El Cornado Ranch, AZ El Cornado Ranch is so expansive, it's impolite to ask the owners for it's exact acreage.  Out here, property and cows are the measure of one's wealth.  However, the couple who own the ranch aren't interested in comparisons of their prosperity...

The Fragile Rock

Jessica Faunt

October 17, 2014

October 3, 2014 - Comb Ridge, UT "Soft as the earth is mankind and both need to be altered" -W.H. Auden Somewhere deep in southeastern Utah, outside the unexpected town of Bluff, rock is holding time in place.  A wave frozen in space, Comb Ridge rises from the earth perpetually at its peak, threatening...

Things Found in Utah

Jessica Faunt

October 2, 2014

Candy wrappers on laundromat floors Cactus needles protruding from beneath the strap of my sandal Pools of rain caught in slick rock A single sock at the bottom of my sleeping bag Friendship in contradiction Dimples by river beds from cattle hooves A seven-legged spider near the zipper of my tent Gracefulness...

Singing (more like laughing) in the rain

Jessica Faunt

September 29, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - Monroe Mountain, UT Today could have been miserable.  With a GPS, measuring tapes, and cameras in hand, we were sent in groups of three up the steep slopes of Monroe Mountain to find randomly selected coordinates in recently burned conifer and aspen stands.  Followi...

Working Hard or Hardly Working

This is a photo of one of the exclosures we worked in.  With the era of fire suppression came and over abundance of coniferous trees in the arid forests of Eastern Oregon.  They conifers crowded out deciduous trees like alders and willows, prime species for riparian zones (the area of land that surrounds a body of water).  Coupled with grazing and the trapping of beavers, creeks are not doing so well.  By cutting down a few conifers and fencing in the alders to protect them from grazing animals, Fouty is trying to reestablish alder populations, and we were helping her track the growth.  In just one of the zones we measured, alder suckers had doubled since 2012 to over 2500 suckers.

Jessica Faunt

September 15, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Camp Creek, Baker County, OR For the last four days we have been with a wonderful woman named Suzanne Fouty, helping her count and measure aspen trees in several exclosures in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (if you want to know why this is valuable work, check out...

Have a Cow

Jessica Faunt

September 9, 2014

For the next semester I will be traveling with 20 other Whitman students throughout the American Southwest, studying conservation, ecology, literature and politics. I'm here to share the antics that happen along the way. Thursday, September 4, 2014 - Starvation Ridge, Wallowa County, OR We get...

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