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Police Officer Nat Small’s tattoo continues to stir controversy

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September 17, 2020

In early June, a photo of an arm tattoo stirred one of Walla Walla’s biggest controversies of the year. The tattoo, belonging to Walla Walla Police Officer Nat Small, depicted a brass knuckle with the...

Breaking: Whitman College moves to online classes in wake of coronavirus outbreak

March 12, 2020

Whitman College has made the decision to suspend all in-person classes and move to an “online learning model,” according to an email sent by President Kathy Murray to the Whitman community this morning.  The...

OP-ED: RE: campus vandalism

October 24, 2019

Dear President Murray, We were extremely disheartened by your recent email response to the political intervention upon the Marcus Whitman statue, which took place on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. You admonished...

More Hate Speech Flyers in Penrose

October 8, 2018

The recent discovery of hundreds of hate speech flyers found in Penrose Library was met promptly by Whitman staff. President Kathy Murray sent an email to the campus community on the issue, and library...

Enrollment Shortfall Pressures Budget

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September 28, 2017

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...

Michelle Ma resigns her post as Chief Communications Officer

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October 29, 2015

Whitman College staff and faculty received an email from President Murray last Wednesday, October 21 indicating that Chief Communications Officer Michelle Ma had resigned her position and will be leaving...

Global Studies Initiative On Hold for 2016-17

October 28, 2015
The status of Whitman’s Global Studies Initiative in 2016-17 is uncertain after Interim Provost and Dean of the Faculty Pat Spencer officially announced on Oct. 21 that faculty would not receive course releases for participating in certain parts of the initiative during this time.

An Open Letter to President Murray from Divest Whitman

September 10, 2015

An Open Letter to President Murray from Divest Whitman Dear President Kathleen Murray, It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to Whitman College. As you begin your inaugural semester at Whitman,...

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