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“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...

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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,...

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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,...

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

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

Lena Friedman, News Reporter October 15, 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?

Lisa Uddin, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies and Paul Garrett Fellow 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...

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