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Democratic candidates should act like your cool government teacher

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist

September 17, 2020

Election night 2016, I found myself confused and bewildered while my dog slept soundly beside me (oblivious to what was going on... Oh to be a dog!), hoping for the delegate numbers to magically change. Like many, I thought “what the fuck is happening”. In the days following the election of Donal...

Breaking: Whitman Scholars Strike Racial Injustice

Sean Gannon, News Editor

September 8, 2020

Several Whitman professors — including the entire Politics Department — are participating in a national Scholar Strike against police brutality and racial injustice today, Sep. 8, and tomorrow, Sep. 9. Types of participation in the strike will vary, including the reallocation of class time for ...

Inaugural Unity Week promotes engagement in activism

Walla Walla and Whitman communities celebrate Unity Week with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace March, civil rights display, social justice training and a keynote address followed by a discussion.

Alasdair Padman and Emma Fletcher-Frazer

February 6, 2020

Whitman College, in coordination with Walla Walla University, Walla Walla Community College and Walla Walla residents, hosted its inaugural Unity Week – a week of events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement – beginning on Monday, Jan. 20.  While Whitman College ...

Shocked congressmen realize Capitol Building looks like a boob

Illustration by Haley King

CJ Fritz, Old Bowl of Pasta

November 9, 2018

Washington, D.C. – On a rainy day in the nation’s capital, two aging senators nervously sip scotch in a chic bar, too disturbed to make eye contact with each other. I sit across from Senators Schuck Chumer and McCitch Monnell wondering how two of the palest men in the nation managed to look eve...

Professor Menjívar Visits Whitman

Professor MenjÍvar spoke with The Wire in addition to giving a publicly attend- ed talk titled “Law, Media, and the Criminalization of Immigrants: Constructions and Consequences” on February 28.

Ben Kunz, News Reporter

March 1, 2018

Cecilia Menjívar is the co-director of the Center for Migration Research and professor in the sociology department at the University of Kansas. She studies immigration, migration and how immigration laws affect the lives of immigrants and non-immigrants alike. The Wire: In your research, what are s...

Whitman to Washington D.C.: Lisa Brown’s Grassroots Campaign

Lisa Brown (left) and FACE representative junior Georgia Lyon (right) at Monday’s town hall-style event.

Claire Ommen, News Reporter

February 28, 2018

In 2018, the Congressional seat for the Fifth District of Washington will come up for election. This district encompasses most of Eastern Washington, Walla Walla included. On the evening of Monday, Feb. 26, democratic candidate Lisa Brown spoke at a community forum on Whitman’s campus. This f...

Whitman’s Residential Identity: Student Housing Responds to Changing Market

Chris Hankin, News Editor

February 1, 2018

Walla Walla is changing, fast. Between wine, tech and tourism, the valley is seeing a dramatic influx of white-collar folks looking for homes, and the market is responding. Whitman College is hardly immune to these trends, and the school is taking action to better understand the changes and their imp...

Continuing the Conversation: Politics of Material Memory

Photo by Tywen Kelly

Kate Grumbles, News Reporter

February 1, 2018

On October 9, 2017, recognized nationally as Columbus Day and unofficially as Indigenous People’s day, the portrait of Narcissa Whitman hanging in the Great Hall of Prentiss was defaced and the hands on the statue of Marcus Whitman were painted red. This past Friday, students, faculty and staff gathered...

Op-Ed: Faculty, Speak Up!

Shampa Biswas, Paul Garrett Professor of Politics

November 9, 2017

In his Op-Ed titled “Letter to the Faculty” on October 26, 2017, News Editor Chris Hankin asked the question: Why are faculty members reluctant to make on-the-record comments to The Wire on arguably controversial news stories related to the future direction of the college? In his October 31 respon...

Can you Separate a Creator from their Works? No.

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

October 19, 2017

History is full of tales of artists behaving poorly. Composer Richard Wagner was an anti-Semite. Novelist Charles Dickens trashed his wife and secretly shacked up with a teen actress. Painter Michelangelo Cyaravaggio was a murderer. Movie star and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin was investigated by the FBI ...

Education as Emancipation

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist

September 19, 2017

Shiny red delicious apples, a grainy photograph of Einstein overlaid with multicolored Comic Sans, plastic school desks with fiberboard tops, fluorescent lighting embedded in the ceiling, a chalkboard with wispy half-erased suggestions of calculus. These are the signs and symbols of the American classroom....

Q&A with Saladdin Ahmed

Q&A with Saladdin Ahmed

Benjamin Kunz, Staff Writer

September 12, 2017

Dr. Saladdin Ahmed is an O'Donell Visiting Professor from Canada. Last April he was brought to Whitman for a two-week course called "Unpacking Racism." This year he is teaching a politics class on Totalitarianism as well as Intro to Race and Ethnic Studies.

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