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Whitman Announces New Mascot

The Blue Mountains east of Walla Walla. Photo by Marra Clay

Marra Clay, Publisher

November 3, 2016

The Blues will officially become Whitman College’s new mascot. On Thursday, November 3rd, President Kathy Murray emailed the announcement to the Whitman Community. She wrote “After looking at all the responses from alumni, students, faculty and staff to the most recent survey, it became clear right away that the Whitman Community feels the Blues is the mascot that best represents Whitman.”

Little League to sue Whitman over potential new mascot

Jeffrey Gustaveson, Staff Reporter

October 27, 2016

Whitman’s search for a new mascot erupted in controversy this week after the local Little League announced plans to sue the college for copyright infringement. The Walla Walla Little League Association said Wednesday that it will file suit against Whitman unless one potential mascot, the Blue Ravens, is removed from con...

Which mascot will you choose?

Illustrations by Claire Revere.

Marra Clay, Publisher

October 20, 2016

The Whitman Blue Ravens? The Whitman Appaloosas? The Whitman Blues? The Whitman Sockeyes? It’s up to you  to choose. The college community has the chance to vote on the new college mascot now that the Mascot Working Group has released the four final mascot options. However, many students feel that...

Whitman Overhauls Image with New Mascot Ideas

Clara Wheeler, staff writer

September 15, 2016

Recently, the former Whitman mascot “the Missionaries” was deemed a mark of past times, a time when people killed others due to cultural differences. Luckily, we have advanced since then and the age of suffering by minority figures has ended, ushering in a new age which must have a new figurehead...

College to choose new mascot

Infographic by Jess Faunt.

Marra Clay and Ellen Ivens-Duran

April 6, 2016

On April 6, President Kathy Murray announced that Whitman College will change its mascot. The decision came in response to the recommendations of a working group organized in December to determine the appropriateness of the Whitman College mascot. Murray wrote in an email to the college community...

Mascot Changed to the Fightin’ Ivory Towers

Mascot Changed to the Fightin’ Ivory Towers

Trevor Lewis, staff writer

February 18, 2016

Illustration by Claire Revere.  Market analysts were able to confirm today that this has indeed been the most precipitous decline in white guilt on campus since George Bridges claimed to “have one black friend.” Whitman’s new mascot, The Fightin’ Ivory Towers, is rapidly gaining popularity with ...

Working group considers “The Missionaries” with community survey

Ellen Ivens-Duran

February 18, 2016

Whitman's mascot working group recently sent out a survey to approximately 19,000 people soliciting feedback about the "Missionary".

Murray first sitting president to attend ASWC meeting in over a decade

Ellen Ivens-Duran

December 10, 2015

President Murray becomes the first sitting president in over a decade to speak at an ASWC meeting.

Student groups, working group to look at “Missionary” Mascot

Sara Platnick

December 8, 2015

President Kathy Murray, the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) and the Indigenous People’s Education and Culture Club (IPECC) are creating initiatives to look into potentially changing the Whitman College Mascot, the “Fighting Missionary.” The missionary mascot was created in 1907, w...

Talk Arises of Changing the Whitman Mascot

Sonya Kuzminski

February 28, 2015

In the wake of the Power & Privilege Symposium, a conversation has been ignited about the possibility of Whitman changing its mascot. The Whitman College mascot has undergone a more complex evolution that we often consider. The Missionary mascot was designated by Reverend Eells when he created...

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...

The Missionary: Has its use run out?

Alfredo Villaseñor

October 27, 2011

There have been rumors that a cabal of student heretics are trying to replace our holy and enduring mascot. And what, I ask, would they change it to? A duck, perhaps, in reminiscence of the orgiastic rituals of spring that have soiled our student body's innocence? Or our campus' invasive and ubiquitous...

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