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Whitman Faculty Gigging and Gaining Recognition Around Town

Whitman's Interfaith Chaplain Adam Kirtley with his band Rogue Lobster. Libby Miller, Adjunct Professor of General Studies, is also in the band.
February 8, 2019

Whitman Faculty Gigging and Gaining Recognition Around Town Whitman students are familiar with the passion professors have for their studies inside the classroom, but some may be surprised to hear about...

Concussion Awareness in Athletics

March 1, 2018

Concussions are a major issue in contact sports; in recent years this has come to occupy a central role in the discussion of athlete health, as exemplified by the 2015 film "Concussion," starring Will...

Super Bowl LII at Whitman: Lifelong Eagle and Patriot Fans Reflect on the Super Bowl

Students gathered in Jewett Hall to watch the Super Bowl
February 15, 2018

The Super Bowl is a true American tradition. Every February, hundreds of millions of football fans gather around their televisions to watch the final game of the NFL season. This year was historic in more...

Debate Reinstated

Parliamentary debate team will return fall of 2018.
April 13, 2017

Two years after the suspension of Whitman’s Debate Program in the wake of alcohol violations and allegations of gender discrimination, president Kathy Murray announced in an April 6 email that the college...

Capital Punishment on Trial

Capital Punishment on Trial
A bill in Olympia aims to ban the death penalty in Washington State, once and for all.
February 16, 2017
Around ten o'clock on the night of January 4, 1993, Timothy Kaufman-Osborn stood outside the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. A little after midnight on January 5, Westley Allan Dodd would face the death penalty on three counts of aggravated first-degree murder. Not only would Dodd's execution be the first in Washington State in 27 years, but it would also be the first legal hanging in the US since 1965.

Policing Language? Trigger Warnings and Whitman

Policing Language? Trigger Warnings and Whitman
October 1, 2015

“A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense…This new climate is slowly being...

Students to Teach Creative Writing at the Washington State Penitentiary

Illustration by Marlee Raible
April 11, 2013

How would your perspective on the inmates in the penitentiary change if you could read the creative writing and poetry that they produced? Undeniably, a passionate poem or creative story would give...

Prison Research Group Brings Awareness

November 29, 2012

Whitman's Prison Research Group, meeting once a month at lunch in Reid Campus Center, allows students to learn about issues with both Washington State Penitentiary and prison as an institution. This...

Public vs. private college prep in Walla Walla

September 20, 2012

Advanced Placement classes, PSATs and college fairs all contributed to the average Whitman student's preparation for applying to and ultimately attending this challenging school. Regardless of a public...

Stephanie Coontz brings history back to sociology

April 19, 2012

Whitman students, faculty and locals interested in feminist history had the opportunity on Tuesday, April 17 to meet family historian Stephanie Coontz. Coontz delivered an hour-long lecture in Olin Hall...

Alumna Campbell sparks experimental, intellectual music group

November 9, 2009

Up-and-coming Washington musician and '02 Whitman alumna Toby Campbell uses both her musical talent and her prior sociological studies at Whitman to create the experimental electronica group Anomie Belle,...

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