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Varsity Nordic adjusts to probation

Varsity Nordic, Whitman’s improv team, practices in the Hunter Conservatory. Photos by Carson Jones
February 27, 2020

The spring semester has brought about new challenges for Whitman’s improv team, Varsity Nordic.  Sophomore Matthew Triplett explained how the group has been practicing and performing in the Kimball...

my.Whitman ups its stalking potential by listing crush’s current location

February 13, 2020

The my.Whitman portal has long been critically acclaimed across campus for its “Whitman search” function. If you’re a student attempting to recall a vaguely recognizable name that your friend is...

Whitman Clery Report released with crime statistics for 2018

Infographic by Michelle Shin
October 15, 2019

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, Whitman College released the 2019 Annual Security Report, in accordance with the Clery Act. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act,...

Students and Administration Respond to New Drugging Reports

Dean Cleveland addressing the crowd. Many students vocalized their concern that the administration was not being transparent enough about the way past druggings are being dealt with.
April 13, 2017

Administration officials and concerned students met this week after reports of another drugging at an all-campus Greek party last weekend. At a forum at Harper Joy Theater on Sunday, following a “Timely...

What’s up with Whitman’s crime?

Since September 2013, several hundred crimes have been recorded in Whitman's Campus Crime Log. Of those, almost 40% occurred in and around residence halls.
Campus Crime Log indicates large portion of crime occurs in and around on-campus housing
March 30, 2017

Spring Break is often a time when the campus sees an increase in crime. Normally, there are several incidents of theft and some students will choose to report the crime to Whitman’s Security Office....

The push for more gender inclusive bathrooms at Whitman

The push for more gender inclusive bathrooms at Whitman
February 16, 2017
ASWC President Arthur Shemitz, Associate Dean of Students Juli Dunn and other members of the Whitman community are pushing for more gender inclusive bathrooms on campus, public restrooms that people of any gender or gender identity can use.

Athletes Grapple with High Rates of Sexual Assault Accusations

February 2, 2017

While many of Whitman's varsity sports teams continue to see outstanding success on the field, concerning off-field behavior has been brought to light as the school continues to see high rates of sexual...

Whitman Wonderland: Students learn, grow over winter break

Whitman Wonderland: Students learn, grow over winter break
January 26, 2017

Over winter break Whitman activity is at a standstill, the campus eerily empty and waiting to reconvene with the Whitties that inhabit it. Starting in early January, students start trickling back in and...

A Breach of Trust: Whitman College Grapples with Dissociative Drug Investigation

Illustration by Claire Revere
November 10, 2016
A criminal investigation is currently underway after multiple Whitman students reported that they exhibited symptoms consistent with unknowingly ingesting dissociative drugs over the last two weekends. On the morning of November 7, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland sent a “Timely Warning” email alerting the Whitman community to the suspected druggings. In the email, Cleveland indicated that the police would begin interviewing any who are familiar with the situation or suspect they may have been drugged.

When does the college send Timely Warnings?

November 10, 2016
On the morning of Monday, Nov. 7, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland sent a “Timely Warning” email to the Whitman community alerting students, faculty, staff and parents of suspected druggings. Cleveland’s email noted that there were a “number of students who demonstrated symptoms that suggested they may have been drugged at parties” on the north side of Boyer Avenue on Saturday, Nov. 5. He also wrote that the incidents may be related to an anonymous report from the previous week.

Racial Profiling Conversation Continues on Campus

Racial Profiling Conversation Continues on Campus
September 17, 2015
Student activists and Whitman administrators have come to a number of agreements in the past year about how to address racial profiling on campus, but have found it challenging to communicate solutions to the broader campus.

Students react to “Think About It” orientation program

September 10, 2015
All new first year and transfer students were required to complete an online program entitled Think About It this summer, prior to arriving on campus.
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