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Backcountry Film Festival showcases power of outdoors

Geoffrey Leach

February 5, 2015

A week after the BANFF Film Festival, the less-popular Backcountry Film Festival played in Maxey Auditorium on Feb. 3. Students and community members alike enjoyed nine short films about backcountry skiing and snowboarding that ranged from personal journeys to adventures that were edited to be like...

Gap Years Offer Students More Stability Entering College

Photo courtesy of Silas Morgan.

Serena Runyan

September 11, 2014

As soon as he graduated high school in Portland, Silas Morgan began backpacking almost every trail in the Columbia River Gorge with a friend for three months. That was only the beginning of a year packed with wine, backpacking and traveling before starting at Whitman this year. Morgan knew he wanted to t...

A Tribute to the Outdoors

Mallory Martin

January 24, 2013

The Whitman Outdoor Program's community-sponsored Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour garnered a huge turnout Tuesday night, with ticket lines wrapping around the building. A tradition started 19 years ago, the Tour's stop on campus has slowly but steadily amassed a large following among Whitties...

Climbing Blog #2: Rock climbing gyms in Seattle and more!


June 1, 2012

Note: If this is your first time reading my blog and you are unfamiliar/new to climbing, I highly recommend you look over the introduction to climbing guide provided in my first post.  Definitions for climbing terms that were not discussed in the introduction guide but do appear in this entry are provided immediately after...

Climbing Blog #1: Rock Climbing in Seattle and Rock Climbing Basics


May 26, 2012

Hi, my name is Charlotte Hill! I'm 21 years old, an English major, and entering my senior year at Whitman College.  In my blog I will discuss my personal experiences rock climbing at the climbing gyms in my lovely hometown of Seattle. I will also talk about my experience climbing outside when relevant....

Whitman Inequality Map

Illustration: Eddy Vazquez

Dana Thompson

December 1, 2011

When I'm walking around campus, I've got prospies coming up to me, saying, "You have so many different kinds of inequality on campus. How can I tell which are socially acceptable and which are not?" Well, I am always here to help prospies (and to awkwardly stare at those touring groups on my way to cl...

OP winter offerings

Illustration: Emily Johnson

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 to Moses Lake, where the main activity will be sitting on little chairs. This trip is perfect...

Camping cuisine for intrepid Whitties

Illustration: Binta Loos-Diallo

Ellie Newell

September 29, 2011

This summer, I set out to spend as little time inside as possible. I think I slept in my hand-me-down red sleeping bag all but about eight nights. If you've spent time in the woods, you know that camping and fine cuisine are often at odds with each other. A show of hands for anyone who's hiked 10 miles...

Banff Film Festival grips audience, captures spirit of adventure

Credit: Kendra Klag

McCaulay Singer-Milnes

January 27, 2011

It's 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Cordiner Hall quickly fills to its capacity as Whitman students, professors and Walla Walla residents of every age gather to watch and take in the unique experience known as the Banff Film Festival. The previews before the 11 adventure and nature films, ranging fr...

Varsity ski cuts spark outcry, discussion

Varsity ski cuts spark outcry, discussion

Kim Sommers and Cindy Chen

March 12, 2009

The economic crisis has finally hit home.   Last night, Wednesday, March 11, 300 Whitman students, faculty, staff and concerned community members filed into Maxey Auditorium to discuss the controversial decision to convert the varsity Alpine and Nordic ski team to a club sport. President George Bridges, At...

Community members gather to discuss Community Gardens

Elana Congress

March 5, 2009

Community members met at the First Congregational Church on the corner of S. Palouse St. and E. Alder St. on Tuesday, Feb. 24 to discuss creating Community Gardens in Walla Walla. The meeting can best be described as a collaborative effort. A diverse crowd of more than 70 people gathered to learn about...

Scholarships make D.C. trip possible for Campus Climate Challenge

Shannon Buckham

March 5, 2009

This past weekend, Washington, D.C. was a hot spot for student activists seeking ways that they could positively influence the environment. Members of Whitman's Campus Climate Challenge (CCC) accounted for 15 out of the more than 11,000 college students and youth from across the nation and around the...

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