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A Proper Monument? Narcissa Whitman Exhibit

A Proper Monument? Narcissa Whitman Exhibit

Zoe Brown, Staff Reporter

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 exhibit features a wall-mounted timeline of the Whitmans and the monuments that they left behind, beginn...

Op-Ed: White Unsettlement 101

Lisa Uddin, Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies

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 Boyer Avenue and Main Street was painted red. These were two anonymous and clandestine acts of resista...

Continuing the Conversation: Politics of Material Memory

Continuing the Conversation: Politics of Material Memory

Kate Grumbles, News Reporter

February 1, 2018

On October 9, 2017, recognized nationally as Columbus Day and unofficially as Indigenous People’s day, the portrait of Narcissa Whitman hanging in the Great Hall of Prentiss was defaced and the hands on the statue of Marcus Whitman were painted red. This past Friday, students, faculty and staff gathered...

Missionary mascots hold tenuous place in college’s culture

Missionary mascots hold tenuous place in college’s culture

Lachlan Johnson

October 23, 2014

For nearly a century, Whitman students have attempted to change the school's controversial mascot: the Missionaries. While past attempts have all fallen short, student representatives and activists have been considering making another attempt to bring about change. Though never formally adopted by the college, the Missionaries has been the school's de-facto ma...

“Marky” Mark Whitman Tells All

“Marky” Mark Whitman Tells All

Melina Hughes

April 10, 2014

Now ya'll already know my name. I mean, I am pretty damn famous ‘round these parts, but ya'll don't know the half of it. I mean, seriously, I am one badass dude, and I am here to give you the full scoop. In case you've forgotten, I am Marky Mark Whitman. I was born in 1802 up in NYC, or near enoug...

Just the Tips!

Just the Tips!

Rosemary Hanson

February 13, 2014

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and you know what that means. Some of our readers may be asked to "make whoopee" by some of our other readers. This is a daunting experience for all of us, but have no fear. Nooky needn't be an uncomfortable chore done out of the social obligation to procreate; it can be...

Founder’s day conjures up memories of religious past

Founder’s day conjures up memories of religious past

Molly Emmett

February 16, 2012

Today, Feb. 16, marks an intriguing intersection of events. Not only is today two days after St. Valentine's Day, one of the most secularized holidays celebrated in the United States, but it is also Whitman College Founder's Day. In light of the religious and nonreligious implications of these occasions, it ...

Whitties still possess missionary spirit

Cara Lowry

October 27, 2011

Four years ago, I was a senior in high school about to make what at that point was the most important decision of my life: where to attend college. As your typical over-analytical 17-year-old girl, I naturally resorted to pro-con lists. On Whitman's, nestled in among things like "free laundry" and...

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