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Op-Ed: The Death of Liberal Arts in Higher Education

Astra Tucker, Senior

February 15, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Liberal arts colleges are dying. Each passing semester brings about changes that reflect market-oriented goals and the hiring needs of corporations as opposed to goals historically attributed to the liberal arts. I would like to suggest, however, that this does not necessitate mourning the loss of liberal...

Kayak Guiding in the San Juans

Tyler Phillips, Student

December 7, 2017


Filed under OPINION

Last month, the Sport Studies, Recreation and Athletics Department took ten students all the way to the San Juan Islands in the far Northwest corner of Washington for a four-day sea-kayaking trip.  The trip was part of a course titled “Sea Kayak Guide Leadership”, which is designed to train stud...

How to Curtail Free Speech Under the Guise of Defending It

Paul Apostolidis, Shampa Biswas, Julie Charlip, Andrea Dobson, Timothy Kaufman-Osborn, Leena Knight, Thomas Knight, Bruce Magnusson, Gaurav Majumdar, Matthew Reynolds, Elyse Semerdjian, Jonathan Walters

December 7, 2017


Filed under OPINION

In a forceful display of coordinated institutional authority, the November 16, 2017, issue of The Wire included an op-ed essay co-written by Whitman’s Chair of the Faculty, the Vice President for Enrollment and Communications, the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, the Vice President for ...

Op-Ed: Why Did Legislation to get the Diversity and Inclusion Director a Vote Fail?

AnnaMarie McCorvie, ASWC President

November 16, 2017


Filed under OPINION

At ASWC Senate this weekend we considered a piece of legislation that would see the newly created position of Diversity and Inclusion Director become a position elected by the entire student body. This change would enable whoever holds the position to have voting rights in Senate. The debate was difficult...

Op-Ed: Faculty, Speak Up!

Shampa Biswas, Paul Garrett Professor of Politics

November 9, 2017


Filed under OPINION

In his Op-Ed titled “Letter to the Faculty” on October 26, 2017, News Editor Chris Hankin asked the question: Why are faculty members reluctant to make on-the-record comments to The Wire on arguably controversial news stories related to the future direction of the college? In his October 31 respon...

Op-Ed: How to Become an Outdoor Program Leader in a Week with no Prior Backcountry Experience

Haider Anwar Ali, Guest Writer

May 13, 2017


Filed under OPINION

Admittedly, the title is slightly misleading. It takes more than a week to become an Outdoor Program leader considering that a candidate will spend a significant amount of time completing the Wilderness First Response requirement, gaining van certification and probably even considering the possibility...

Op-Ed: An Open Letter to the Board of Trustees, Provost Alzada Tipton, and President Kathy Murray

Ellen Ivens-Duran, Sarah Cornett, Caitlin Foster, Anna Sheridan, Cali Goldberg, Noah Oltman, Jack Percival, Alumni

May 9, 2017


Filed under OPINION

We write to express our deep disappointment regarding the recent decision to discontinue tenure-track positions in the humanities and social sciences. We are 2016 graduates and alums of Whitman’s History Department. The choice to not renew a position in Twentieth Century U.S. History is unsettling, especially...

Op-Ed: Open Letter To Whitman Board of Trustees

Matt Reynolds, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Art History and Visual Culture Studies

April 10, 2017


Filed under OPINION

An Open Letter to the Whitman College Board of Trustees: In a famous scene from the 1984 film Amadeus, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart confronts his patron, the Emperor Joseph II, who has just seen a preview of the 1786 opera Le Nozze de Figaro. “A good effort,” the Emperor says to the eager...

OP-ED: Is Loud Counter-Protesting Free Speech?

Paul Minor, Whitman College Senior

February 27, 2017


Filed under OPINION

This Friday I arrived at the Walla Walla Courthouse to participate in "Where's Cathy?" an event intended to call attention to 5th District Congresshuman Cathy McMorris Rogers' disturbing absence from WW. I believe that political representatives should do their best to stay in touch with the communities...

Op-Ed: Rethinking Greek Life at Whitman

Nolan Bishop

November 17, 2016


Filed under OPINION

The Greek system has been an integral part of Whitman College since 1912, when the trustees and overseers of the college approved the charter for Phi Mu, Whitman’s first sorority. Since then, Greek life at Whitman has evolved alongside the college, with tens of thousands of students participating in Gr...

Op-Ed: The Greek System, Debunked

Dani Hupper

September 22, 2016


Filed under OPINION

Sometimes when I vocally question the role of the Greek system at Whitman, I feel like a radical. But then I remember that there are tons of colleges like us–small, progressive, thoughtful–that have made the decision to transition away from a Greek-dominated social structure. I believe that Whitman...

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