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The International Student Experience

Emma Chung

May 15, 2018


Filed under Circuit

“Let’s go around and say our name, pronoun, and where we’re from,” said the resident assistant. “My name is Michelle, I use she/her/hers, and I’m from Seattle” “I’m Rachel, I use she/her/hers, and I’m from the Bay area.” “Hi my name is Emma Chung - she/her/hers - I was...

Whitman’s Residential Identity: Student Housing Responds to Changing Market

Chris Hankin, News Editor

February 1, 2018


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Walla Walla is changing, fast. Between wine, tech and tourism, the valley is seeing a dramatic influx of white-collar folks looking for homes, and the market is responding. Whitman College is hardly immune to these trends, and the school is taking action to better understand the changes and their imp...

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 ...

Learning to Think: Amazon Day, “Life Paths” and the Liberal Arts

Learning to Think: Amazon Day, “Life Paths” and the Liberal Arts

Martina Pansze, Editor-In-Chief

October 24, 2017


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

“On the surface, many people would think that a Whitman college graduate and Amazon don’t line up,” says Kim Rolfe, Director of Business Engagement at the Student Engagement Center (SEC) and organizer of Friday’s event. “But the truth is that a lot of the things they are looking for at Amazon, Whitman has prepared students very well to do.”

Our Liberal Echo Chamber

Our Liberal Echo Chamber

India Flinchum, Columnist

September 28, 2017


Filed under OPINION

While Whitman can often feel like an echo-chamber of liberal thought, the surrounding city of Walla Walla poses a stark contrast to the ultra-liberal ideology that permeates our campus. In fact, roughly 53.7 percent of Walla Walla voted for Donald J. Trump during the 2016 general election. Besides,...

Re-examining the Liberal Arts

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor

September 3, 2017


Filed under OPINION

As I enter my fourth year of Whitman College, having traversed the hallowed halls of Olin, having traipsed across Ankeny in both snow boots and flip flops and having cried in a professor’s office, I implore the first-years to think about just one question. What do you want out of your education? Whitman...

Difficult Conversations Must Welcome Experienced Voices

Ben Shoemake, Columnist

May 5, 2016


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

When the voices most essential to the conversation belong to people who don't feel safe coming to the table, we need to make the table safer.

Volunteering at Migrant School

Rachel Palfini

May 22, 2014


Filed under Little Sparrow with Dreams of Swans, Off-Campus Blogs, Web Only

There are a lot of migrant workers in China, over 130 million. Most migrant workers are leaving poor, rural villages and moving to cities on China's eastern coast in search of better job opportunities. Most of these jobs are in factories, low-paying according to American standards, but much higher wages...

Whitman Office of Communications Hires New Staff

Whitman Office of Communications Hires New Staff

Shelly Le

January 30, 2014


Filed under NEWS

The Whitman Office of Communications has seen a number of changes in the past year. With a new hire and staffing changes in the communications office, the college is hoping to change its marketing and public relations strategy. Chief Communications Officer Michelle Ma and Director of Digital ...

Faculty Members Pursue Creative Projects

Faculty Members Pursue Creative Projects

Ritti Singh

September 19, 2013


Filed under FEATURE, Feature Highlight

When they're not teaching classes, a number of Whitman College faculty members work on their own creative projects. Balancing the roles of teacher and artist can be quite the challenge. Novelist and Associate Professor of English Scott Elliott finds that he is able to do most of his writing in the summer and wh...

For the love of India

Shelly Le

September 30, 2012


Filed under I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category

Even though I've attended Whitman for a little over two years now, I still seriously question the practicality of a liberal arts education within today's world. I often have moments of terror as to where my politics/sociology degree will take me after I'm beyond the walls of "Whitman's bubble". Despite...

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