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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".

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...

Whitman Women’s Basketball Holds Off Whitworth to Remain Undefeated

Quin Nelson

January 22, 2014

The Whitman College women's basketball team survived a hotly contested game against the Whitworth Pirates, winning 60-57 on Tuesday, Jan. 21 in Sherwood Center. The Pirates surged to an 11-2 lead at the start of the game, encouraged by the enthusiasm of a large traveling crowd and their full-court...

Revived Baseball Program on the Rise

Revived Baseball Program on the Rise

Peter Clark

February 7, 2013

Fresh-cut grass, longer days and the sun making a more regular appearance can only mean one thing: Baseball season is here. For the Whitman baseball team and its new head coach, Sean Kinney, these signs of spring cannot come soon enough. Coming off a disappointing season last year, the Missionaries...

Women’s Soccer Team Drops Home, Conference Opener to Rival Whitworth

Quin Nelson

September 12, 2012

Despite a promising first half, the Whitman women's soccer team lost their home and conference opener to the Whitworth Pirates at the Whitman Soccer Complex Wednesday afternoon. The Missionaries put on quite a show in the first half, bombarding the Whitworth goal with 11 shots while only allowing...

Sweets, Motherruckers represent alternative athletic culture

Illustration: Emily Johnson

Pamela London

November 3, 2011

Some of the most successful teams around campus share a similar trait: They do not call themselves the Whitman Missionaries. Women's rugby: a club team: calls itself the Motherruckers and has been known as such since the team began. The "ruckers" in "Motherruckers" refers to a rugby play in whic...

Men’s basketball starts season, NWC coaches take notice

Tyler Hurlburt

November 11, 2010

On Saturday, Nov. 6, the men's basketball team opened its season with a 109-92 loss to the NCAA Division I San Jose State Spartans. The Missionaries traveled to San Jose to take part in this exhibition game which, according to sophomore Drew Raher, served as a great way for the team to see how they...

Men’s soccer controls its destiny

Photo Credit: Jack Lazar

Tyler Hurlburt

October 20, 2010

The Whitman men's soccer team has had a season of ups and downs. The team currently stands fifth out of eight in the Northwest Conference with a 4-3-2 record giving them 14 points (three points per win, one for a tie). The men have shown that they can play very well together; they just need t...

Sideout: Whitman volleyball team struggles

Photo Credit: David Jacobson

Tyler Hurlburt

October 7, 2010

After starting the season off right with strong performances at the Sept. 4-5 Whitman Invitational where they went 2-2, earning themselves a second place finish in the process, the Whitman volleyball team has suffered a series of tough losses, falling to the bottom of the conference. They won the...

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