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Walla Walla County unveils new COVID-19 website

November 12, 2020

Walla Walla County finally has its own COVID-19 website. On Nov. 2, the County Health Department published a new website that illustrates recent trends and resources for combating COVID-19 in the county....

In search of better testing, Whitman faces decision on spring return

October 15, 2020

The Whitman Coronavirus Task Force announced its plans to decide between November and December whether spring semester classes will be held mostly in-person for all students. According to Chief Financial...

Whitman spends $650,000 on off-campus housing renovations

Illustration by Lily Buller.
October 8, 2020

Renovations on seven Whitman-owned rental properties have largely been completed — costing $650,000 in total, according to Chief Financial Officer Peter Harvey. The changes range from functional improvements,...

Whitman considering corporate management for college bookstore

Illustration by Lily Buller.
September 17, 2020

Whitman’s independent bookstore may be going corporate. President Kathy Murray’s cabinet has been considering transitioning to external corporate management since the beginning of this semester, according...

$19 million down in revenue, Whitman halts mandatory furloughs in favor of tiered cuts

Infographic compiled by Michelle Shin.
September 10, 2020

Facing a projected $19 million loss in revenue for the 2020-2021 school year, Whitman College announced tiered salary reductions, with top earners taking the biggest hit — quelling summer faculty and...

Whitman College receives COVID-19 relief aid

May 11, 2020

On April 9, the United States Department of Education announced the amount that each higher education institution will receive under the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Congress...

Tuition, room and board: Student refunds?

Photos by Carson Jones
April 19, 2020

Whitman College's move to online distance-learning has prompted many students to return home and compromised planned coursework. The way that the college is operating this semester has raised questions...

More than a year later, divestment process continues

March 12, 2020

On Nov. 8, 2018, the Board of Trustees voted to begin divesting from fossil fuels.  On Nov. 7, 2019, just one day before the divestment decision’s first anniversary, sophomore Karsten Beling sent...

What’s in the Box? Whitman’s Revamped Admissions Process

May 1, 2018

Since the January 15 application deadline, Whitman College’s Admissions team has been hard at work turning a 10-year high in applications into bodies in classrooms next fall. In pursuing this end, Vice...

Strategic Priorities Discussed at Feedback Forums

April 5, 2018

This past week, the Strategic Planning Committee released an update on the planning process over the past months and hosted three feedback sessions with the greater Whitman community. The document emailed...

Mind the Gap: New Res Hall Promises to Shake Up Campus Culture

Larger dots represent larger population of Sophomore student residence. Contributed by Neal Christopherson.
February 13, 2018

From the corner of Alder and Park the progress on Whitman’s newest residence hall is clear. What was an empty lot this time last spring is now a building nearing completion. Though the Cleveland Dining...

Enrollment Shortfall Pressures Budget

Photo by Amara Garibyan
September 28, 2017

Whitman has a budget problem. Caught between the pincer of underenrollment and unplanned growth in the faculty, Whitman is digging into its contingency fund to prevent sudden cuts. Though over the short-term...

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