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Whitman College grapples with coronavirus threat

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 10, 2020

Following last week’s hospitalization of a man from Umatilla County with coronavirus, Whitman College has been taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus.  “The events around the world regarding Coronavirus is a matter of great concern and we are taking this matter seriously here at Whitman,...

Breaking: Walla Walla hospital treats Oregon’s third case of coronavirus

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 2, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has reached Walla Walla County.  An adult who tested positive for the virus is currently being hospitalized at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, according to the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.  The man hails from Umatilla County, Walla Walla’s neighboring county. According to The Oregonian, ...

Reorienting the first year experience

Illustration by Elie Flanagan

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

December 9, 2019

On Thursday, Dec. 5, Dean of Students Kazi Joshua sent out an email to the student body addressing a potential removal of the first-year pre-orientation "Immersion" programs, which includes Scrambles, SCOREs and Explorations.  The proposed restructuring of orientation and pre-orientation was develope...

More Hate Speech Flyers in Penrose

Audrey Hecker, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2018

The recent discovery of hundreds of hate speech flyers found in Penrose Library was met promptly by Whitman staff. President Kathy Murray sent an email to the campus community on the issue, and library staff have been working to locate and remove remaining flyers Dalia Corkrum, the Library Director,...

To Thrive and Flourish

Kazi Joshua is excited to take on a new set if responsibilities this year as the new Interim  Dean of Students, succeeding Daren Mooko who left at the end of the academic year.

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...

Murray joins Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

Murray joins Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

Claire Ommen, News Reporter

March 29, 2018

Whitman College President, Kathy Murray, recently joined the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. The Presidents’ Alliance is an alliance of leaders of American colleges and universities that advocates collectively for Dreamer, immigrant, undocumented, and international students. According...

Dialogue and Difference: Race and Ethnic Studies Class Leans Into Discomfort

Lisa Perfetti and Kazi Joshua

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter

February 8, 2018

Each Monday night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., 19 students take part in a class offered for the first time at Whitman called “Dialogue, Difference, and Social Justice.” This class explores how different aspects of identity, such as class, race and gender impact our social interactions with each oth...

All Four Years: Diversity Work at Whitman

Photo by Haley King

Martina Pansze, Editor-in-Chief

January 25, 2018

Despite the fact that the meaning of the word “diversity” has become murky from years of imprecision and tired overuse, it remains firmly planted in the limelight.

Global Studies Initiative Revamped

Lindsey Brodeck, News Reporter

December 5, 2017

After the completion of a yearlong external review, the Global Studies Steering Committee is ready to submit a series of proposals outlining the revamped Global Studies Initiative. GSI Director and Politics Professor Aaron Bobrow-Strain uses the tagline “Whitman to the World” to describe the program. H...

Students Assemble for Change

Photo by Caroline Ashford Arya

Kate Grumbles, News Editor

October 30, 2017

This past Saturday, October 28, Whitman hosted the first ever Change Now conference for students of color and underrepresented student groups in the Pacific Northwest. The conference lasted from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, with students from ten colleges from across the Pacific Northwest. T...

Town Hall Considers Question of Free Speech

Lindsey Brodeck, News Reporter

October 24, 2017

ASWC’s first town hall of the year saw Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Kazi Joshua, Dean of Students Darren Mooko and Dean of Faculty Melissa Clearfield start a discussion about free speech on campus. In light of recent riots at colleges in response to alt-right speakers, such as at UC Berkeley,...

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...

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