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Penrose Library upgrades to LED lights

Illustration by Elie Flanagan

Jessica Lilly, News Reporter

February 13, 2020

The Penrose Library has undergone a sustainability upgrade. Last week, the Penrose Library traded in its fluorescent lighting for higher efficiency, longer-lasting LED bulbs. The upgrade was part of a campus-wide initiative towards greater lighting and energy efficiency, taking Whitman College one step...

Penrose guided by Library Advisory Committee

One of the lesser-known functions of the Penrose Library is the intellectual property project which compiles online informational resources on copyright and patenting processes.

Louis Moench, News Reporter

November 14, 2019

Penrose Library is one of the most widely used academic resources on campus — a place where students do homework, print between classes and check out books. However, the administration of the library, as well as its new policies and projects, are all managed by a little-known committee. Penrose Lib...

Library makeover: New art revitalizes frequented space

Gina Osterloh’s “Dots Front Misfire” and Ebony Patterson’s “Untitled (Among the weeds, plants, and peacock feathers)” are juxtaposed on the third floor.

Renny Acheson, A&E Editor

October 19, 2019

Since its construction in 1956, Penrose Library has served as a setting for intellectual, artistic and personal exploration in the Walla Walla community. Among windows, shelves and cubicles, art pieces of a variety of mediums illuminate the spaces and create an interactive visual experience for viewers....

More Hate Speech Flyers in Penrose

Audrey Hecker, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2018

The recent discovery of hundreds of hate speech flyers found in Penrose Library was met promptly by Whitman staff. President Kathy Murray sent an email to the campus community on the issue, and library staff have been working to locate and remove remaining flyers Dalia Corkrum, the Library Director,...

Breaking: Swastika Discovered in Penrose Study Room

Christy Carley, News Editor

February 26, 2018

On Monday February 26, 2018 at 6:07 p.m. President Kathy Murray sent an email alerting the Whitman Community that a swastika had been discovered on dry-erase board in a Penrose Library study room Monday morning. Murray reported that the swastika was erased soon after discovery. “To say this kind of writ...

e-knowledge

Photo by Gokay Abaci

Sophia Strabo, Staff Reporter

November 16, 2017

Books are inseparable from a liberal arts campus. It is hard to envision Whitman without them: students leafing through stacks in the library; a folded paperback copy of “The Grapes of Wrath” in a student’s back pocket; an eroded volume of Foucault on the Sig front yard; or a succession of Encounters...

100 Concrete Books: CLOUD Examines Our Relationship to Knowledge

Photo by Caroline Ashford Arya

Christy Carley, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2017

Associate Professor of Art, Michelle Acuff and I sit on a wooden bench outside the Allen Reading Room (known to regulars as the “Quiet Room” – Acuff calls it a “temple”). They hold in their hands two halves of a concrete book. It broke earlier that day. The book’s smooth stained exterior...

Jacob Hashimoto’s Larger-Than-Life Artwork Descends Upon Whitman Campus

Photo by Natalie Mutter

Martina Pansze, Managing Editor

September 8, 2016

Hashimoto draws upon traditional Japanese art in his works. "Gas Giant Fragments and Silence" is on display in the Sheehan Gallery this Fall, and "When Nothing Ends, Nothing Remains" was permanently installed in the foyer of Penrose Library.

Whitman Students Build Wind Turbine

Photo by Marra Clay.

Georgia Lyon

November 19, 2015

By the spring of 2016, some of Whitman’s physics students will have finished building a vertical axis wind turbine. The wind turbine, which will be located between Penrose Library and Harper Joy Theater, will be the first student-constructed wind turbine on a college campus. Because of the relatively...

Sherlock System to Enhance Library Searches

Lane Barton

January 29, 2015

As members of the Whitman community return from winter break, the Penrose Library staff is eager to share the new library search system that has been online since Jan. 8. Named Sherlock, the new system is the product of a three-year project for schools in the Orbis Cascade Alliance which aims to integrate...

Library changes focus on student needs, suggestions

Lachlan Johnson

September 13, 2012

Penrose Library has made several changes to help serve students this fall. Six new study rooms will help meet the needs of students seeking a quiet place to study alone or in groups, and Whitman College Technology Services (WCTS) will begin providing services from the desk space in the atrium of the...

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