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$19 million down in revenue, Whitman halts mandatory furloughs in favor of tiered cuts

Infographic compiled by Michelle Shin.
September 10, 2020

Facing a projected $19 million loss in revenue for the 2020-2021 school year, Whitman College announced tiered salary reductions, with top earners taking the biggest hit — quelling summer faculty and...

OP-ED: RE: campus vandalism

October 24, 2019

Dear President Murray, We were extremely disheartened by your recent email response to the political intervention upon the Marcus Whitman statue, which took place on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. You admonished...

Seeing red: Responses to symbols of Whitman’s legacy sweep across campus

The Marcus Whitman statue on the edge of campus was spray-painted red multiple times in the weeks leading up to Columbus Day along with other messages scattered across Whitman campus. Photo contributed by Kaitlyn Patia
October 14, 2019

In the weeks leading up to Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Columbus Day, responses to symbols of the Whitmans’ legacy have appeared around campus — with the Marcus Whitman statue, located at the intersection...

OP-ED: Rinse and repeat?

October 9, 2019

The Marcus Whitman statue is at it again, sparking activism that compels us to confront Whitman College and white settlement as one and the same. This time, the statue’s defacement involved rephrasing...

A Proper Monument? Narcissa Whitman Exhibit

April 19, 2018

Avisual exploration of the discourse surrounding the Whitman family makes its home in Maxey Museum’s newest exhibit, “A Proper Monument?”, which opened on April 11 and will remain up until May 5. The...

Annual Dance Series Features Guest Artists

Annual Dance Series Features Guest Artists
April 12, 2018

The Spring Studio Dance Series at Harper Joy Theatre has seen a plurality of visiting artists perform. Ranging in theme and subject, the annual series is rapidly becoming a venue for experimental dance...

Op-Ed: White Unsettlement 101

March 1, 2018

It has been almost five months since the portrait of Narcissa Whitman that once hung in Prentiss Hall was defaced with black spray paint, and Avard Fairbanks’ statue of Marcus Whitman on the corner of...

Op-Ed: What is Diversity?

October 28, 2015
The Global Studies Initiative has diversified the curriculum and co-curriculum, helped recruit and retain minority faculty members, and is organized by a committee composed of a disproportionate number of women faculty of color; i.e., it does good “diversity work.”

Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on Whitman as ‘Unpretentious’ Liberal Arts College

February 13, 2014

I've often heard it said that people at Whitman don't talk about race.  It is quite true that an impoverished lexicon for discussions of race and racism exists at our institution, but this is not unique...

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