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Vol. CLIV, Issue 5
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The lessons of wilderness travel

The lessons of wilderness travel

Finley Webb, First-year April 6, 2023

For the first week of spring break, Whitman’s Outdoor Leadership class backpacked in the Canyonlands of Utah. The SSRA class prepares students to lead trips for Whitman’s Outdoor Program (OP) by...

International students explore off campus on OP trips

Tasha Hall, Campus Life Reporter February 16, 2023

The Whitman Outdoor Program (OP) has been making strides in improving accessibility to off-campus outdoor experiences by offering international students discounted, independent opportunities. These international...

A rocky relationship with accessibility

Natalie Comerford, Opinion Columnist September 22, 2022

Outdoor appreciation is fully endemic in Whitman’s culture. Physical ability is something that many students at Whitman take great pride in and, in many ways, it dominates social culture. Love of the...

The Value of the OP

Charlie Hunter, Campus Life Reporter September 15, 2022

The Whitman student body has always valued the Outdoor Program as a unique and invaluable source of opportunities to get outdoors. A niche within Whitman, the Outdoor Program (OP) rental shop lives modestly...

Contributed Photo by Ella Hill.

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...

Outdoor Program gears up for spring break adventures

Naia Willemsen, Campus Life Reporter March 10, 2022

After nearly two months of classes, as well as the stress of midterms, schoolwork and everything that comes with it, spring break has nearly arrived. While many students may take the time to relax or visit...

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...

Illustration by Madeleine Stolp.

Weight at Whitman: let’s talk about it

Zoe Schacter-Brodie, Feature Editor February 10, 2022

Note: All of the names used in this article are pseudonyms.  Sophomore Bella Dickinson wishes people would call her “fat” more often. “That sounds wrong—I’m not saying I want people...

The OP kid archetype

The OP kid archetype

Zoe Schacter-Brodie, Feature Reporter September 23, 2021

Nothing could have prepared me for how pervasive Whitman’s outdoors culture is. My first day on campus, I maneuvered through Ankeny’s web of slacklines to meet my Chaco-clad peers, utterly out of my...

Photo by Bridget Kennedy.

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...

Photo by Carson Jones.

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...

Infographic contributed by the Whitman Outdoor Program.

Outdoor Program outlines new five-year strategy

Tate Cadang, Sports Reporter November 25, 2020

The Outdoor Program [OP] recently announced a new strategic plan that will help the department improve and change to better fit the students and the college. The Director of Outdoor Programs, Brien...

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