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Strategic Priorities Discussed at Feedback Forums

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter

April 5, 2018


Filed under NEWS

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


Filed under NEWS

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


Filed under NEWS

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


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

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


Filed under NEWS

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


Filed under NEWS

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 15, 2017


Filed under NEWS

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 15, 2017


Filed under NEWS

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


Filed under NEWS

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...

A Merger and a Whole Lot More

A Merger and a Whole Lot More

Chris Hankin, News Editor

September 12, 2017


Filed under NEWS

Josh Jensen splits his week between the Boyer and Penrose houses. Two days at the former, three at the latter. His movement across campus is the most visible change since the merger of the Communications and Admissions departments. Jensen has been with the college for just over a year now. He arrived...

Walla Walla calls for hope, action in response to DACA announcement

Walla Walla calls for hope, action in response to DACA announcement

Christy Carley, Staff Writer

September 8, 2017


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Smoky skies didn’t stop a crowd from filling three street corners at 1st and Main Wednesday to rally in support of immigrants who are increasingly vulnerable after the Trump Administration’s recent decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

Op-Ed: An Open Letter to the Board of Trustees, Provost Alzada Tipton, and President Kathy Murray

Ellen Ivens-Duran, Sarah Cornett, Caitlin Foster, Anna Sheridan, Cali Goldberg, Noah Oltman, Jack Percival, Alumni

May 9, 2017


Filed under OPINION

We write to express our deep disappointment regarding the recent decision to discontinue tenure-track positions in the humanities and social sciences. We are 2016 graduates and alums of Whitman’s History Department. The choice to not renew a position in Twentieth Century U.S. History is unsettling, especially...

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