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BIPOC outdoor club seeks to increase inclusion in the outdoors

Naia Willemsen, Campus Life Reporter April 28, 2022

Whitman is often described as an outdoorsy school: there’s the climbing gym, a myriad of Outdoor Program (OP) events and various outdoor classes and student-driven trips. However, oftentimes these...

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Spending spring break in the outdoors

Marian Sandoval Lemus, Campus Life Reporter April 7, 2022

The Outdoor Program (OP) led four different outdoor trips over the course of the first week of spring break, for the first time since 2019.  The trips primarily took place in Utah, featuring a...

Opening up the OP

Opening up the OP

Amelia Leach, Feature reporter February 24, 2022

Whitties are not rocking with surface-level inclusion efforts. Campus-wide diversity issues are especially prevalent in athletics and outdoor spaces, and effectively addressing them requires careful...

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OP spring break day trips prove to be helpful resource for Whitties

Nisha Gharti Magar, Sports Reporter April 15, 2021

On Wednesday, April 7, Whitman students celebrated their spring break day by riding bikes through the wheat fields and participating in a range of activities organized by the Outdoor Program (OP). Senior...

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Students take a break in the snow through OP trips

Tucker Grinnan, Sports Reporter February 25, 2021

Whitman’s Outdoor Program has been making the best of recent heavy snowfall in the Walla Walla area to provide students with unique opportunities for outdoor engagement. Hosting multiple snow-centered...

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To increase accessibility, OP will host initiation in wilderness of Ankeny Field

Fielding Schaefer, Arc’teryx Rep Dude March 12, 2020

Whitman has long discouraged the hazing practices of fraternities and sororities. But only recently, as the school and student body confronts the walls that restrict attaining the Whitman ideal of “outdoorsiness,”...

Illustration by Hannah Paul

OP strives for more than just financial accessibility

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter November 18, 2019

Due to a lack of campus-wide accessibility, Whitman College's Outdoor Program (OP) has been taking steps to cater their programs to a wider audience than just a largely white, upper-class population experienced...

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Palouse Falls Closure Affects OP Trips

Mikaela Slade November 17, 2015
Palouse Falls State Park is closed due to accidents and vandalism on its trails; the decision will affect Outdoor Program trips to the area.

Whitman Outdoor Program Wins David J. Webb Award

Hannah Bartman November 21, 2013

On Nov. 9 at the Association Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) conference, Whitman's Outdoor Program (the OP) won the David J. Webb Program Excellence Award. Whitman is the smallest college to ever...

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Paralympic athlete in training incorporates athletics into college life

Molly Johanson March 1, 2012

For sophomore MiKayla Briere, taking two weeks off of school in January to attend the International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Cup is just a step towards ambitious long-term athletic goals. "I've...

Illustration: Emily Johnson

OP winter offerings

Elena Aragon November 8, 2011

Ice Fishing Ever take a gander at those old men sitting on the middle of a lake for hours, fishing through a miniscule hole in the ice? Well, now you can be one of them by coming on a two-day excursion...

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