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The FSR will make Whitman “a place like any other”

Angel Baikakedi, Columnist February 18, 2021

On Feb. 2, 2021, President Murray sent a preliminary Financial Sustainability Review (FSR) to the Whitman community. Since then, there has been a continuous conversation surrounding these reports and their...

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The FSR might mean the death of Whitman’s liberal arts mission

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist February 18, 2021

“As you read these reports, I hope you will think about our overall goal of achieving a sustainable financial footing for the college in support of our liberal arts mission.” This is a quote from the...

STEM and the liberal arts

Gavin Victor, Columnist May 13, 2020

In “This Is Water,” David Foster Wallace writes, “there are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, ‘Morning,...

Eddy Vasquez ‘15 talks liberal arts, art and design 

Ann Karneus , A&E Reporter October 31, 2019

Last Wednesday, Sept. 23, Eddy Vasquez ‘15 gave a talk at Fouts Center for Visual Arts as part of the second installment in the Visiting Alumni Artist Series.  Raised in inner-city Los Angeles, Vasquez...

The International Student Experience

Emma Chung May 15, 2018

“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...

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

Chris Hankin, News Editor February 1, 2018

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...

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What’s in a Mission Statement?

Christy Carley, News Editor February 1, 2018

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...

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
“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.”
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Our Liberal Echo Chamber

India Flinchum, Columnist September 28, 2017

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...

Re-examining the Liberal Arts

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor September 3, 2017

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...

Difficult Conversations Must Welcome Experienced Voices

Ben Shoemake, Columnist May 5, 2016
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

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....

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