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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...

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...

IPECC’s History Day Calls Out Whitman’s Past

IPECC's History Day Calls Out Whitman's Past

Mikaela Slade

September 29, 2015

The Indigenous People’s Education and Culture Club, IPECC, set out tables on Alumni weekend in order to educate both alumni and students about the racism and symbolism of some of the landmarks on campus.

The Missionary: A History, A Drama

Illustration: Ariel Carter-Rodriguez

Matt Tesmond

March 13, 2012

The Whitman Missionary is slowly dying. Don't believe me? Take a walk around campus. Count how many times you run into "Marc the Missionary" or even see the term Missionary used. It's harder than playing Where's Waldo in Reid's darkroom. Unfortunately, this disuse comes from a general misunderstanding of the Mis...

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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