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So you’re going to have to poop in college and other first year dilemmas

Carmel Stephan, Shit or get off the pot please. September 16, 2021

This summer, as you sat your bare ass down on the porcelain throne, it may have occurred to you that this level of comfort would soon cease to exist. You wouldn’t be pooping in your private residence...

Illustration by Lily Buller.

Five things that you can do with your money instead of tipping at the Walla Walla Steak Company on April 17, 2021

Cade Schott, Journalist and not afraid of a little pee May 6, 2021

Several weeks ago it was reported that Kathy Murray failed to leave a tip after her dinner at the Walla Walla Steak Co. Below is a response to the backlash from the soon-to-be former president of Whitman...

“As close to ‘normal’ as possible”: Whitman announces plans for in-person fall semester, vaccinations required

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter April 29, 2021

Whitman announced last week that vaccinations will be mandatory for all students next fall — following suit with colleges across the country that are planning for a semester reminiscent of pre-COVID...

AAUP pushes for “open search” process for new college president

Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter April 15, 2021

The Board of Trustees will soon begin their search for a successor to President Kathy Murray, who announced that she would be retiring from Whitman after the 2021-2022 school year. Arielle Cooley,...

Board approves cabinet’s FSR recommendations, makes final decisions on budget cuts to implement

Alasdair Padman, Editor-in-chief March 18, 2021

The Whitman community received an email on Thursday at 4:47 p.m. titled “Board of Trustees FSR decisions” from Sara Frey, Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The email contained...

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.

“Something is better than nothing”: Whitman announces in-person, graduate-only spring 2021 commencement

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter March 18, 2021

Whitman recently announced that commencement will be in-person for graduating students this spring — but family, friends and other students will need to watch the processions via livestream. Because...

Students and alumni frustrated by President Murray’s characterization of FSR backlash as “misunderstandings”

Sean Gannon and Emma Fletcher-Frazer March 18, 2021

President Kathy Murray’s response to pervasive narratives about the FSR — which she deemed “misunderstandings" — has provoked annoyance and frustration from many students and alumni. Following...

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“COVID has been a stark reminder of my own mortality”: President Murray set to retire early in June 2022

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter March 11, 2021

President Kathy Murray announced at the end of February that she plans to retire from Whitman in June 2022 — three years earlier than planned. Tasked with finding the college’s next president, the...

Illustration by Eli Rodriguez.

Kathy Murray caught in Cancun with Ted Cruz

Rachel Husband, Team Buffalo Chicken (I’m sorry) March 11, 2021

Kathy Murray has been missing for approximately one week.  Upon the release of the Financial Sustainability Review and the subsequent student and faculty protests, our esteemed President has been incommunicado...

Leaving so soon, Kathy?

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor March 11, 2021

As I’m sure many of you have heard, President Kathy Murray recently announced that she is retiring at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. She did this in a very short, very vague email that has left...

Illustration by Allyson Kim.

Kathy Murray designates Young Republicans Club as anarchist organization

Sam Huston, shoulder pads are kinda cute February 18, 2021

This past Saturday’s student activities fair was a raucous event by any standards, prompting an email from President Kathy Murray. There were a few new faces at the fair, most notably a “Young Republicans...

Facing financial distress, Whitman forms first Financial Sustainability Review in recent history

Facing financial distress, Whitman forms first Financial Sustainability Review in recent history

Abby Main, Staff Reporter February 18, 2021

Whitman has strayed from its standardized budgeting process to undergo a Financial Sustainability Review for the first time in recent history, according to Chief Financial Officer Peter Harvey. The administration...

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