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Vol. CLIV, Issue 10
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Whitman Wire

Letter to the Editor: A Teachable Moment

Julie Charlip, Professor of History, Emerita November 2, 2023

This is what professors like to call a teachable moment. As one of the few Jewish faculty (albeit emerita) associated with Whitman, I feel compelled to weigh in on the report that Jewish students are...

Letter to the Editor: Meeting full financial need

Eli Robinson, Alumni, Class of 2015 October 19, 2023

Dear donors, students and alumni,  I am writing today to push the college to do the maximum good regarding their promise to meet “full need” of their students via the Upward Together financial...

Letter to the Editor: Catonsville Nine

Pat Henry, Cushing Eells Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Literature March 8, 2018

Dear Editors: I brought Daniel Berrigan to the Whitman campus twice, once in the mid-1970s and again in the early 1980s. I had already brought him to Willamette University in 1975. In each case, I...

Editorial: Wire Receives Letter from the KKK

Martina Pansze, Editor-In-Chief November 1, 2017

When an envelope addressed to the “Campus Student Media Group” appeared in The Wire’s mailbox, it had a stamp in place of a return address. The stamp read “Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan”...

Pioneer Past: A history of activism

Maggie Chang, News Reporter November 1, 2017

On October 4, 1971, a Whitman alum sent the school newspaper (previously called The Pioneer) a letter urging the editor to denounce the students responsible for flying the school flag backwards on the...

Letter to the Editor: Re: Letter to Faculty

Dana Burgess, Classics Department Chair and Charles E. and Margery B. Anderson Endowed Professor of Humanities October 31, 2017
The Whitman faculty under the current administration is somewhat like the Republican Senate under Trump; neither can openly say what they think for fear of damaging progress toward their goals.

Letter to the Editor: Mr. Whitman’s Success

November 2, 2016

To the Editor and Publisher: The Kappas’ recent achievement of raising more than $50,000 from the Mr. Whitman contest for The Health Center is astonishing and should be celebrated. I would be surprised...

To the Editor: A Letter of Support from Members of IPECC

IPECC February 25, 2016
As members of the Indigenous Peoples Education and Culture Club (IPECC), we support the campus newspaper changing its name from The Pioneer.

An Open Letter to President Murray from Divest Whitman

September 10, 2015

An Open Letter to President Murray from Divest Whitman Dear President Kathleen Murray, It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to Whitman College. As you begin your inaugural semester at Whitman,...

Letter to the Editor: Response to ‘Residence Life Shuts Down Camp Whitman’

February 13, 2014
I wanted to express my thoughts about the article published entitled "Residence Life Shuts Down Camp Whitman," published in a recent edition of The Pio. While I understand it is unfortunate that underclassmen will find it more difficult to stay through commencement, I believe that this article does not fairly address the issue. I feel that the article was particularly shortsighted when it comes to why the decision was made to close the halls earlier than in previous years. I was a resident assistant in a first-year hall, so I experienced the logistics behind Camp Whitman first hand. ResLife's first priority is always the safety and well-being of all residents, which become real concerns once students are given a week of downtime at the end of the semester. Instances of disruptive behavior during Camp Whitman have become significantly more prevalent over the past couple of years, and these instances become safety issues not only for those involved in the behavior, but also for those around them. Many students must travel home during this period and need to be well rested to do so safely.

Letter to the Editor: Lighten Up, Whitman

October 3, 2013
An open letter to the student nighttime cyclist I encountered last week: You were dressed in black and you had no lighting. Sitting at the stop sign in my car, I saw that all the oncoming vehicle lights to my left were far enough away for me to safely make a right turn. Suddenly, however, you appeared at my right bumper as I pulled out. Very scary.

Letter to the Editor, Jack Issue version

Letter to the Editor March 28, 2013

To the editor, This piece was so obtuse that it came across as nothing more than a writer learning that he or she can write the word "penis" in print and not get in trouble. Once taught that belief,...

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