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Students Explore the Best of the West

Thomas Meinzen

Eleanor Matson, Staff Reporter

December 8, 2016

Semester in the West returned to campus last week to give their trip’s traditional Western Epiphanies. Western Epiphanies is not only  their final, but a chance for the public to know what they have been doing for an entire semester. This year’s students focused largely on the new portions of their tr...

Students produce independent projects at Harper Joy Theatre

Hannah Bartman

April 30, 2015

Student-initiated and independently produced theater performances are few and far between outside of the main theater season, but in the upcoming month there will be three plays performed and produced solely by students. Senior Eli Zavatsky created a solo performance, "The Bat-Poet and the She-Wolf,"...

In conclusion…

In conclusion...

Jessica Faunt

December 15, 2014

It's only been a week since Semester in the West ended, and I have already transformed a nomad to couch potato. Last night, curled up in my sleeping bag, I watched a TV special of The Princess Diaries 2. As I was tearing up, touched by Anne Hathaway as she led orphaned children in a parade, it became...

Sophistication in the West

Jessica Faunt

November 2, 2014

Saturday, November 1st, 2014 - El Cornado Ranch, AZ El Cornado Ranch is so expansive, it's impolite to ask the owners for it's exact acreage.  Out here, property and cows are the measure of one's wealth.  However, the couple who own the ranch aren't interested in comparisons of their prosperity...

The Fragile Rock

Jessica Faunt

October 17, 2014

October 3, 2014 - Comb Ridge, UT "Soft as the earth is mankind and both need to be altered" -W.H. Auden Somewhere deep in southeastern Utah, outside the unexpected town of Bluff, rock is holding time in place.  A wave frozen in space, Comb Ridge rises from the earth perpetually at its peak, threatening...

Things Found in Utah

Jessica Faunt

October 2, 2014

Candy wrappers on laundromat floors Cactus needles protruding from beneath the strap of my sandal Pools of rain caught in slick rock A single sock at the bottom of my sleeping bag Friendship in contradiction Dimples by river beds from cattle hooves A seven-legged spider near the zipper of my tent Gracefulness...

Singing (more like laughing) in the rain

Jessica Faunt

September 29, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - Monroe Mountain, UT Today could have been miserable.  With a GPS, measuring tapes, and cameras in hand, we were sent in groups of three up the steep slopes of Monroe Mountain to find randomly selected coordinates in recently burned conifer and aspen stands.  Followi...

Working Hard or Hardly Working

This is a photo of one of the exclosures we worked in.  With the era of fire suppression came and over abundance of coniferous trees in the arid forests of Eastern Oregon.  They conifers crowded out deciduous trees like alders and willows, prime species for riparian zones (the area of land that surrounds a body of water).  Coupled with grazing and the trapping of beavers, creeks are not doing so well.  By cutting down a few conifers and fencing in the alders to protect them from grazing animals, Fouty is trying to reestablish alder populations, and we were helping her track the growth.  In just one of the zones we measured, alder suckers had doubled since 2012 to over 2500 suckers.

Jessica Faunt

September 15, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Camp Creek, Baker County, OR For the last four days we have been with a wonderful woman named Suzanne Fouty, helping her count and measure aspen trees in several exclosures in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (if you want to know why this is valuable work, check out...

Have a Cow

Jessica Faunt

September 9, 2014

For the next semester I will be traveling with 20 other Whitman students throughout the American Southwest, studying conservation, ecology, literature and politics. I'm here to share the antics that happen along the way. Thursday, September 4, 2014 - Starvation Ridge, Wallowa County, OR We get...

Whitman in the Wallowas gears up for second summer

Whitman in the Wallowas gears up for second summer

Dylan Tull

February 2, 2012

Last summer, Whitman in the Wallowas took 12 Whitman students deep into Wallowa County, Ore. to work with residents and study interdisciplinary environmental issues through hands-on work in the community. Following the success of the program's first outing, Miles C. Moore Professor of Political Science...

Wolves: the endangered danger

Rachel Alexander

September 16, 2010

In high school, I went wolf tracking in the Idaho wilderness every summer. For one week each year, I dissected elk carcasses, dug through wolf poop and drew countless pictures of canine toes. This experience solidified my love of the outdoors during those summers, and I fell in love with the idea of the wo...

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