Whitman Wire

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

Chris Hankin, News Editor

May 1, 2018


Filed under NEWS

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 President for Enrollment and Communications Josh Jensen and his team have totally changed the experience...

Strategic Priorities Discussed at Feedback Forums

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter

April 5, 2018


Filed under NEWS

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 to the Whitman community last week was a series of reports from four out of the five working gr...

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

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

Chris Hankin, News Editor

February 13, 2018


Filed under NEWS

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 Hall isn’t scheduled to open until a few months after the Fall 2018 semester begins, students will file into the new...

Enrollment Shortfall Pressures Budget

Enrollment Shortfall Pressures Budget

Chris Hankin, News Editor

September 28, 2017


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

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 there will be no drastic changes, if the school cannot regain financial stability in the next...

Pressing $50,000

Andrew Schwartz, News Editor

April 20, 2017


Filed under NEWS

The rise of tuition far beyond that of inflation is a well documented phenomena in higher education. But what accounts for these shifts at Whitman in particular?

Isaacs Renovation Under Way

Isaacs Renovation Under Way

Andrew Schwartz, News Editor

March 30, 2017


Filed under NEWS

Whitman students  returned from break to find an Isaacs Avenue in gravelly disarray. Phase I of the road’s renovation, which began in early March, stretches from the intersection of Rose and Park Streets up north to Clinton Street. The renovation aims to improve the safety, efficiency and aestheti...

Whitman Budgets Adjust to Initiative 1433

Chris Hankin, News Editor

March 9, 2017


Filed under NEWS

In November of 2016, Washington State voters approved Initiative 1433 to increase the state minimum wage from $9.47 to $13.50 by 2020. The gradual transition began January 1, 2017 when the minimum wage increased to $11 per hour. Businesses and budgets across the state have been scrambling to adjust to the...

School adjusts to budget cuts

Mitchell Smith, Editor in Chief

October 20, 2016


Filed under NEWS

Departments at Whitman will have to fight for additional funds this coming year due to a shortfall in the college’s 2016-2017 budget. President Kathy Murray sent an email to all staff and faculty on October 3 alerting them that the normal budgeting process, where departments submit budget proposals for add...

Lead Exposure

Marra Clay, Publisher

September 8, 2016


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Not many would think that at Whitman College, an institution where students have access to myriad resources and a breathtaking campus, students, faculty and staff may have been exposed to dangerous levels of lead. On August 19, a notice was sent to the Whitman College community with information that mu...

Divestment Policy Working Group Solicits Feedback on Framework

Sara Platnick

April 7, 2016


Filed under NEWS

The Divestment Policy Working Group is asking for community input on their proposed framework for assessing proposals for divestment.

Administration considers socially responsible investing

Ellen Ivens-Duran

November 5, 2015


Filed under NEWS

Whitman students have never had a firm grasp on where the college’s money is invested, much less any say in the College’s financial practices. That may be about to change.

Tuition, salary increases chosen for 2015-16

Lane Barton

March 12, 2015


Filed under NEWS

February's Governing Board meetings resulted in the approval of a new budget for the 2015-16 academic year, which includes a three percent tuition increase along with salary increases of 3.5 percent for staff and three percent for faculty. The tuition increase is similar to the 2.9 percent increase...

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