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Reorienting the first year experience

Illustration by Elie Flanagan

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

December 9, 2019

On Thursday, Dec. 5, Dean of Students Kazi Joshua sent out an email to the student body addressing a potential removal of the first-year pre-orientation "Immersion" programs, which includes Scrambles, SCOREs and Explorations.  The proposed restructuring of orientation and pre-orientation was develope...

What Scramble Did You Go On?

Gavin Victor, Columnist

September 23, 2019

Here at Whitman, everybody gets asked this question, especially during their first year. Pre-orientation “Immersion” trips are social kickstarters to many Whitman students, and Scrambles are one of these. Unfortunately, while the Scramble program helps some students, it can be detrimental to many o...

Home in Pásxapa

Photo by Marra Clay

Christy Carley, Co-News Editor

September 8, 2016

New students were welcomed to Whitman this year with an orientation program designed to introduce them to their new home–and to remind them of who they share it with. 2016 marks the inaugural year for Whitman’s “Home in Pásxapa”  program: an event dedicated to detailing the history of Whitman and Walla W...

Students react to “Think About It” orientation program

Christy Carley

September 10, 2015

All new first year and transfer students were required to complete an online program entitled Think About It this summer, prior to arriving on campus.

Sex, alcohol, and Opening Days at Willamette University

Sex, alcohol, and Opening Days at Willamette University

October 5, 2014

This story was originally published in The Willamette Collegian on September 30, 2014. It was written by Willamette reporter Alyssa Milstead and is printed here through the Northwest News Network, a collaborative project between many northwest collegiate newspapers. Brendan Dwyer admits that there...

College Provides More Support For FGWC Students

Drew Edmonds

May 1, 2014

Shelly Le contributed additional reporting. While most Whitman College students come from upper and middle class families where at least one parent has graduated from college, a growing population of first-generation college students attends Whitman. The current first-year class has the largest number o...

First-Year Assumptions Debunked

Dani Hupper

September 26, 2013

My roommate sucks. That guy from Encounters wrote the most nonsensical blog post. She must have a great sense of humor because she watches Saturday Night Live. He's super flirtatious and probably has no intention of really getting to know me. I admit it. I make judgments when I first meet people...

Whitman, Walla Walla University partner in 2012 summer reading selection

Illustration: Ariel Carter-Rodriguez

Allison Bolgiano

May 3, 2012

This summer, students at Whitman and Walla Walla University will share a summer reading book. "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration" by Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson will be read by both entering first-year Whitman students and WWU students. WWU has been involved in selecting the summer reading in the past, but this year Whitman and WWU partnered to bring the author to Wall...

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