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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...

Illustration by Anna Stone.

Marcus Whitman statue creates TikTok account, is immediately banned

Lee Thomas, author of critically acclaimed novel series Goosebumps October 21, 2021

With rapper Saweetie's voice saying "Let's go" in the background, the Marcus Whitman statue records his frozen, expressionless face with text reading: "Me omw to Oregon Country spreading the White Man's...

Scrub In, an art performance piece, centered around the Marcus Whitman statue at the intersection of Main Street and Boyer Avenue.

“Scrub In” opens opportunities for discussion

Rohan Press , A&E Reporter November 21, 2019

The “Scrub In” performance art piece, in which participants scrubbed the Marcus Whitman statue on campus with water, was hardly literal.  “In fact,'' said senior co-organizer of the performance,...

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

Don’t idolize Narcissa Whitman

Nidhi Jaltare, Columnist November 14, 2019

"I am a stranger here myself," by Debra Gwartney, is a book about a young mother who fled Idaho because of its gender expectations. She makes peace with her roots by finding inspiration from Narcissa...

A Proper Monument a joint faculty and student curated exhibit in Maxey Museum, adds to the discourse surrounding the defacement of the Whitmans monuments. It featured the restored Narcissa Whitman portrait, here hung upside down with an accompanying definition of vandalism.

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...

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...

Photo by Tywen Kelly

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...

Missionary mascots hold tenuous place in colleges 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...

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...

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,...

Graphic by Berfield

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...

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...

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