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Whitman College joins amicus brief in support of DACA

Bhavesh Gulrajani, News Reporter

October 24, 2019

On Friday, Oct. 11, Whitman College President Kathleen Murray notified the community via email that Whitman College had joined an amicus brief in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for its upcoming case before the Supreme Court. In total, 165 colleges and universities signed this...

Remember the Manifesta? Reparations are Due

Danielle Hirano, Senior, Class of 2019

May 16, 2019

On April 25th, the Whitman Wire received “We Need to Thrive: a Manifesta,” collectively written by nine women of color faculty members. In a revolutionary spirit, they voiced their grievances about the “exodus” of women of color faculty members in 2018-2019 and the reasons for their departure. ...

To Thrive and Flourish

To Thrive and Flourish

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, Staff Reporter

September 23, 2018

He wears purple socks with bright red polka dots and matching bow tie as he sits over the arm of a chair and drinks coffee out of a Mason jar. Posters cover the walls of his office. One photograph is of students marching for gun reform, another of NFL players protesting the national anthem. Interim...

Strategic Priorities Discussed at Feedback Forums

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter

April 5, 2018

This past week, the Strategic Planning Committee released an update on the planning process over the past months and hosted three feedback sessions with the greater Whitman community. The document emailed to the Whitman community last week was a series of reports from four out of the five working gr...

Breaking: Swastika Discovered in Penrose Study Room

Christy Carley, News Editor

February 26, 2018

On Monday February 26, 2018 at 6:07 p.m. President Kathy Murray sent an email alerting the Whitman Community that a swastika had been discovered on dry-erase board in a Penrose Library study room Monday morning. Murray reported that the swastika was erased soon after discovery. “To say this kind of writ...

What Makes a Metric

Chris Hankin, News Editor

February 25, 2018

Folks in the Whitman community may have glossed right over the word “metric” in President Murray’s most recent email following the Board of Trustees February meeting. “Metrics” only warranted two mentions, though hashing out specifics over their implementation is sure to prove contentious. The...

What’s in a Mission Statement?

What’s in a Mission Statement?

Christy Carley, News Editor

February 1, 2018

On January 16, after months of feedback, meetings and revisions, President Kathy Murray presented the Whitman community with the final draft of the college’s new mission statement to be discussed by the Board of Trustees next week. The statement reads as follows: Situated within the rich landscape ...

Responding to Whitman’s Forbes Ranking Drop

Kate Grumbles, News Editor

December 5, 2017

When the Forbes list of “America’s Top Colleges 2017” was released this August, Whitman was ranked #78. This is a drop of 25 spots from our rank of #53 in 2016.   Whitman Ranking Infographic This drop in rankings doesn’t necessarily mean Whitman experienced a corresponding drop in quality ...

Draft for New Mission Statement Revised

Martina Pansze, Editor-In-Chief

November 29, 2017

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, President Kathleen Murray sent an updated draft of the college’s proposed mission statement to student listservs. According to the email, the newest draft is based on “extensive feedback received from faculty, staff, and students.” The mission statement was also discussed by the Whitman Experience Committee during gover...

Wire Obtains Leaked Document

Wire Obtains Leaked Document

Chris Hankin, News Editor

November 14, 2017

Documents leaked to The Wire by an anonymous source indicate Whitman’s specific benchmarks to return to a 10-1 student-to-faculty ratio. The document indicates that the author hopes to reduce the number of FTE (Full Time Equivalent) by 19.5 by the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. President M...

Sharing Governance and Responsibility

Chris Hankin, News Editor

November 14, 2017

In an effort to increase transparency and community participation, President Murray has taken to updating the campus on the content of meetings with the Board of Trustees. The most recent meeting marked the implementation of the Board’s new committee structure, and saw Chair of the Board Brad McMurch...

Whitman Prepares for Mission Statement Adjustment

Rachel Needham, Staff Reporter

October 11, 2017

On Sept. 15, Whitman College President Kathy Murray announced a plan to redraft the institution’s mission statement. “When I was a candidate for Whitman’s presidency,” Murray wrote in an email to the community on Sept. 22, “I told the search committee that I was pretty sure I could put Whitman’s...

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