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RAs Reapply in Record Numbers

Sylvie Corwin, Staff Reporter

November 29, 2018


Filed under FEATURE, Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Earlier this month the Residential Life department finalized the new Resident Assistant (RA) assignments for next semester. 12 current RAs reapplied for the 36 RA positions available, a record number of returnees. Unlike most schools, Whitman’s RAs are hired on a calendar year. Director of Res...

Mind the Gap: New Res Hall Promises to Shake Up Campus Culture

Mind the Gap: New Res Hall Promises to Shake Up Campus Culture

Chris Hankin, News Editor

February 13, 2018


Filed under NEWS

From the corner of Alder and Park the progress on Whitman’s newest residence hall is clear. What was an empty lot this time last spring is now a building nearing completion. Though the Cleveland Dining Hall isn’t scheduled to open until a few months after the Fall 2018 semester begins, students will file into the new...

Whitman’s Residential Identity: Student Housing Responds to Changing Market

Chris Hankin, News Editor

February 1, 2018


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Walla Walla is changing, fast. Between wine, tech and tourism, the valley is seeing a dramatic influx of white-collar folks looking for homes, and the market is responding. Whitman College is hardly immune to these trends, and the school is taking action to better understand the changes and their imp...

Narcissa Whitman Painting Defaced

Narcissa Whitman Painting Defaced

Rachel Needham, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2017


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

On the morning of Monday, Oct. 9, Prentiss Hall custodians arrived at work to find that the portrait of Narcissa Whitman hanging in the Great Room had been defaced overnight. Accompanying the black spray-paint covering Narcissa’s face was an anonymously-written note which reads: “In 1836, Marcus...

New Sophomore Dorm to be Completed Fall ’18

New Sophomore Dorm to be Completed Fall ’18

Adam Rooney, Staff Reporter

September 18, 2017


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

By this time next year, two new buildings will be completed on the southern side of Whitman’s campus: a residence hall for sophomores and a large dining hall. The new sophomore residence hall will have three residential wings and a spacious communal atrium with large glass windows that will link...

Resident Assistant Training

Andy Monserud, Investigative Director

December 7, 2016


Filed under NEWS

A lot is expected of Resident Assistants (RAs) at Whitman. They are confidants, leaders, and enforcers to their residents. To cope with these various pressures, the Residence Life office holds a ten-day training prior to each semester for RAs as they prepare to join their new sections. RA training aims to achi...

Architects display design plans for proposed construction

Ellen Ivens-Duran, News Writer

September 24, 2015


Filed under NEWS

Models and designs for the proposed construction of a new sophomore residence hall, junior/senior housing and dining hall, were on display in Reid Campus Center on Thursday, Sep. 19. Architects from ZGF and Hacker, formerly THA, the two firms chosen by Whitman to present proposals, were also present to explain the plans to students, staff and faculty.

Class of 2019 Smallest in Recent Times

Georgia Lyon

September 17, 2015


Filed under NEWS

Whitman’s class of 2019 is smaller than expected because the yield from the main applicant and waitlist pools was lower than anticipated. The group of 364 first-years and 17 transfers fell well short of both the goals and expectations of the Office of Admissions given past trends, resulting in more space in residence halls this year.

New Dining Hall, Sophomore Residence Hall, and Upperclassmen Apartments in the Works

Ellen Ivens-Duran and Sarah Cornett

September 10, 2015


Filed under NEWS

A new dining hall, sophomore residence hall, and apartments for juniors and seniors could be new campus facilities as early as the fall of 2017, if a project titled the Living at Whitman Initiative is approved by college’s trustees and overseers in November.

With some confusion, incoming class receives housing assignments early

Rachel Alexander

July 25, 2012


Filed under NEWS

The incoming class of 2016 received their final housing assignments yesterday for the 2012-13 school year. Whitman's housing assignments are typically announced later in the summer, around the first week of August. However, the Residence Life and Housing Office discovered that preliminary housing...

Independence gained off campus

Independence gained off campus

Molly Emmett

November 17, 2011


Filed under FEATURE, Feature Highlight

The priority of any institution for higher education is to endow knowledge and to allow students to explore intellectual interests. Yet at a college like Whitman, with few commuting students, there are other needs that must be met: food and shelter. According to the Whitman Financial Aid webpage,...

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