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Professor Menjívar Visits Whitman

Professor Menjívar Visits Whitman

Ben Kunz, News Reporter

March 1, 2018


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

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

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

Claire Ommen, News Reporter

February 28, 2018


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

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


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

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

Continuing the Conversation: Politics of Material Memory

Kate Grumbles, News Reporter

February 1, 2018


Filed under NEWS

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


Filed under OPINION

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


Filed under OPINION

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


Filed under OPINION

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


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

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.

Walla Walla calls for hope, action in response to DACA announcement

Walla Walla calls for hope, action in response to DACA announcement

Christy Carley, Staff Writer

September 8, 2017


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Smoky skies didn’t stop a crowd from filling three street corners at 1st and Main Wednesday to rally in support of immigrants who are increasingly vulnerable after the Trump Administration’s recent decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

Quacking the Case: President Irrevocably Tarnished Donald Duck’s Reputation

Winston Weigand, The One that Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

August 25, 2017


Filed under Humor

Donald Duck, the famous anthropomorphic waterfowl, was once one of the most popular cartoon characters in the world. Nowadays, however, Mr. Duck is struggling to make ends meet. As many know, his previously-immense fortune was a product of the hundreds of films and pieces of literature he has sta...

Theatre Department’s Unique “Echo Chamber” Project Breaks Boundaries

Michelle Foster, Staff Writer

April 6, 2017


Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow

Turning frustration and disagreement into a compelling and powerful theater production was Whitman student Lud Brito’s project in putting together “Echo Chamber.” The production is a play that utilizes music, dance and spoken word. Already performed twice in Harper Joy Theatre, the next showin...

Locking Horns with the Past

Wil Kotnik, Blogger

April 4, 2017


Filed under BLOGS, Breaching the Whitman Bubble

This has been a busy few weeks, and Trump has been attempting to assert his competence in the oval office by making true the commitments he made during his campaign. As promised, he immediately went about trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare. The ACA has, sinc...

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