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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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