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Q&A with Whitman’s 2021 commencement speaker: Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold ’06

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter May 6, 2021

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold is set to speak in person at the college’s spring commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 23.  After graduating from Whitman in 2006 with a BA in politics and...

“Restoring a sense of health to our democracy:” Ranked-choice voting bill works its way through Washington Legislature

Abby Main, Staff Reporter March 11, 2021

In future elections, Washington voters may be able to rank candidates on their ballots. The state’s Ranked Choice Voting Local Option Bill, or HB 1156, would allow local jurisdictions to adopt ranked-choice...

Illustration by Lily Buller.

National youth voter turnout increases; Washington breaks 40-year turnout record

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter November 12, 2020

Though the full picture is still coming together, youth voter turnout is on pace to outstrip turnout levels in 2016. Tufts University CIRCLE projects that the final results will show that between 53–56...

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Washington 16th District candidates square off in virtual forum

Abby Main, Staff Reporter October 15, 2020

On Oct. 6, the forum for candidates running for 16th Legislative District office was dominated by subjects such as COVID-19, the economic recovery, taxes and recent wildfires. The forum was conducted over...

Illustration by Allyson Kim.

Whitman examines Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s impact

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter October 1, 2020

Since her passing on Sept. 18, Whitman community members have mourned the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and re-examined her influence on American law, politics and the upcoming election....

“It momentarily punctured the Whitman bubble”: Assessing the Scholar Strike

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter September 24, 2020

Several Whitman professors participated in the national Scholar Strike on Sept. 8 and 9 in an effort to educate the community and symbolically stand against police brutality and racial inequality. Teachers...

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....

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....

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.

Inaugural Unity Week promotes engagement in activism

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...

Illustration by Haley King

Shocked congressmen realize Capitol Building looks like a boob

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...

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.

Professor Menjívar Visits Whitman

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...

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

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

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....

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