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Exposure to radio frequency radiation on Maxey Hall roof concerns Physical Plant workers; Whitman College cited by Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

The roof of Maxey Hall. One of the cell towers is on the other side of the barriers. The barriers were put up to warn workers on the roof about RF radiation. Photo contributed by Jeff Donahue

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, News Editor

November 21, 2019

Thirteen. That’s the number of years that Physical Plant employees have worked on the roof of Maxey Hall — without suitable safety training — while cell antennas have occupied the same area, exposing workers to varying levels of radio frequency radiation during the completion of projects and regu...

Through the Windows of the Barber Shop

Through the Windows of the Barber Shop

Alissa Antilla, Feature Editor

February 8, 2018

Walla Walla native Ellen Saager has been watching Walla Walla grow from the windows of her barber shop — Ellen’s Cutting Edge — since 1987. Before that, she watched from the windows of her home on Penrose Ave, around where Whitman’s Physical Plant currently sits. She has seen Walla W...

Conversations Held About Douglas Hall Tree

Photo by Tywen Kelly

Georgia Lyon

April 14, 2016

Concerns over structural safety vs. personal value of the Japanese maple tree in Douglas Hall has led to conversations about the future of the tree.

Timely Warning Email Leaves Unanswered Questions

Sarah Cornett

February 27, 2014

Students, faculty and staff were sent a timely warning email from Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland last Friday stating that Eddie Mathews, a custodian employed by the college, had activated "trespassed" status. A photo of Mathews was included in the email, and Whitman community members were urged to c...

Physical Plant Staff Defeats Another Winter

Physical Plant Staff Defeats Another Winter

Drew Edmonds

February 20, 2014

On Feb. 11, 2014, President George Bridges held a lunch to honor the heroic efforts of Physical Plant employees, specifically members of the grounds crew, during the past couple weeks of harsh winter conditions. The event served to commemorate all of the people who maintain campus behind the sc...

Whitman’s Yard Sale Means More Than Cheap Furniture

Whitman's Yard Sale Means More Than Cheap Furniture

Sarah Cornett

September 12, 2013

Last Friday, Sept. 6 marked the continuation of an event the Physical Plant has put on for 19 years –– the Whitman College Surplus Yard Sale. [portfolio_slideshow] Each year, employees of the Physical Plant gather unwanted furniture –– ranging from chairs to typewriters –– from Whitman...

Anderson Hall remodel allows residence to join 21st century

Lachlan Johnson

September 27, 2012

This summer Anderson Hall underwent its largest renovation since its construction in 1954. Improvements include the removal of fire doors which divided the building's hallways, improved lighting in hallways and lounges, and the removal of built-in cabinets in two sections of the residence hall, as well...

Physical plant waters down concerns about sprinkler use

Credit: Catie Bergman

Allison Work

September 22, 2011

On any given hot Walla Walla day, it appears that sprinklers are constantly running somewhere on campus.  While watering is necessary to keep Whitman's grassy areas  as green as they are, sprinklers can often be a massive waste of water. Perennial sprinkler use on campus has led some students to raise...

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