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Vol. CLIV, Issue 4
Whitman news since 1896

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Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Marcus Whitman and Columbus Statues Continue to Cause Controversy

Sybella Ssewakiryanga, News Reporter October 5, 2023

Ongoing discourse continues around the Marcus Whitman and the Columbus statues as their histories continue to cause controversy. Members of both the Whitman and Walla Walla community have expressed sentiments...

Marcus Whitman in D.C. to be replaced

Maleda Sims, News Reporter February 9, 2023

In 2021, the United States Legislature voted to replace the Marcus Whitman statue that currently presides in D.C.’s National Statuary Hall with a statue of Billy Frank Jr. An advocate for Native American...

Illustration by Madi Welch.

Really? Another Marcus Whitman Statue?

Alanna Sherman, Columnist December 9, 2021

Many Whitman students and faculty have been fighting for years for the removal of the Marcus Whitman statue that stands on the outskirts of our campus. In past years, students and faculty have found a...

County Commissioners vote to keep Columbus statue 

Rosa Woolsey, News Editor October 28, 2021

On Monday, Oct. 18, Walla Walla’s Board of County Commissioners, Todd Kimball, Greg Tompkins and Jennifer Mayberry voted to keep the Christopher Columbus statue situated in front of the Walla Walla County...

Unmaking Whitman, Unlearning the Myth: Considering the Whitman’s legacy

Rosa Woolsey, News Editor October 21, 2021

Throughout the week following Indigenous Peoples’ Day, falling on Monday, Oct. 11 this year, Whitman’s history department and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) co-sponsored...

Photo by Michael Lans.

“Statues are for heroes”: School clubs rally for removal of Marcus Whitman statue

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter April 29, 2021

Whitman Teaches The Movement (WTTM) and Indigenous People’s Education and Culture Club (IPECC) held a protest on April 23 to finally remove the Marcus Whitman statue from campus. The protest focused...

Photo contributed by Statuary Hall.

Walla Walla County may receive second Marcus Whitman statue

Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter March 25, 2021

Walla Walla’s Marcus Whitman statue might receive company. A twin statue has resided in the National Statuary Hall in the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., for the past 70 years. Each state contributed...

Whitman statues change places overnight

Conor Bartol, [Your Ad Here] March 11, 2021

Campus awoke surprised to find that the beloved Styx was no longer where he belonged, and in his place stood American Satyr and Mistress of the Wild Beasts from outside Maxey Hall. This unsettled students,...

Photo by Carson Jones.

No new vandalism, even amid calls to remove Columbus and Whitman statues

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter October 22, 2020

This past summer saw renewed efforts to remove Walla Walla’s Christopher Columbus and Marcus Whitman statues. Breaking what has become something of a tradition, neither statue was vandalized during last...

Seniors Andy Burnstein, Emma Patterson, Laura Jessich and Hope Giddings were a few of the students leading the discussion on the Marcus Whitman statue on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Continuing the conversation on the Marcus Whitman statue

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter November 11, 2019

Last Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Jewett Cafe, Whitman Teaches the Movement (WTTM) and Continuing the Conversation co-hosted a student-led discussion on the Marcus Whitman statue and activism surrounding...

OP-ED: RE: campus vandalism

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...

OP-ED: Kathy’s vandalism email: A political-economic explanation

October 24, 2019

Yesterday, I was sitting and chatting with some friends when the word “milquetoast” was used in conversation. Two of my friends hadn’t heard the word before, so I explained that it meant "timid,...

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