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School district meets standard quota of one creepy teacher

Ann Karneus, Recovering Candy Crush Addict

October 3, 2019

Late last week, Barry Crendshaw was selected by the Fairfield, Iowa, school board to fill the highly anticipated creep-in-residence position.  As a cultural and institutional staple of the American education system, the presence of one creepy teacher per school district has been celebrated for gene...

Embracing the Unexpected

Peggy Li, Columnist

April 14, 2016

We like to think, as people, that we have a great degree of control over our lives.

Snapchat Epidemic Annoyingly Persists

Ben Freedman, humor editor

February 4, 2016

There is an epidemic spreading across the Whitman campus, and it shows no signs of decline. I’m talking of course, about Snapchatting. According to a recent poll, eight out of ten Whitman students admit to using the application daily, and as the numbers increase, there is little that can be done to...

Poor school bathroom sanitation an obstacle to educating Indian girls

Illustration by Hernandez

Hillary Smith

October 23, 2014

Recently, I watched a news segment on MSNBC that discussed the problem of poor sanitation in girls' bathrooms in many schools in India. The reporter visited one school in New Delhi, where the girls' toilet facilities are rudimentary and filthy––consisting of holes in the ground, grimy floors, mosquitoes...

SFER Club Spreads the Word about Education on Campus

SFER Club Spreads the Word about Education on Campus

Josephine Adamski

April 24, 2014

Students For Education Reform is a national student-lead organization dedicated to spreading awareness about educational reform and education injustice. Whitman College's chapter was established with ASWC in the spring of 2013 by seniors Claire Collins and Sara Sonnenblick in order to create an outlet...

New Bond Measure Brings New Hope for Walla Walla High School

New Bond Measure Brings New Hope for Walla Walla High School

Daniel Kim

March 13, 2014

In April, citizens of Walla Walla will be voting on a new bond to renovate aging Walla Walla High School. It was created in response to the rejection of a previous bond to update the school last spring. The measure that failed last April would have dedicated $67 million to a thorough remodel of Wa...

Knowledge is Power is Freedom

Sayda Morales

February 15, 2013

I went to high school with Gossip Girl, and as the series suggests, she also made my life quite difficult. Nestled comfortably in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Nightingale-Bamford School, costing almost as much as a Whitman education, loomed over me five days a week for four years. From the mom...

Technology can help with dropping achievement gap

Alfredo Villaseñor

November 10, 2011

It's not uncommon to find unflattering statistics about our nation's educational achievements; while countries like Finland and China are getting ahead in math and science, our average SAT reading scores have dropped to a record low, and high school dropout rates teeter around 50 percent in many of our major ci...

Catchin’ Up

Spencer Wharton

October 9, 2011

I haven't posted for a couple of weeks. My bad. It hasn't been for a lack of content: there are always tons of stories to tell: but rather a lack of time. Last week was especially stressful, and I'll try to get to that in another post. For now, though, with the little free time I have, I thought I'd...

Rainy days in Kyoto

Spencer Wharton

September 20, 2011

  Today, it rained. We've had a couple days of rain before, but mostly of the drizzle and sprinkle varieties. Today, it was rain all day; big, heavy drops dripping down from a uniformly gray sky. It was still quite humid, but the weather dropped to about 22 or 24 ºC (71-75 ºF), a welcome rel...

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