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“Western Epiphanies” embraces the gray area

Zac Bentz, Campus Life Editor December 9, 2021

Mops of wild, sun-bleached hair and faces luminous with months of hard-earned wisdom filled the front row of Maxey Auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 30. The 2021 Semester in the West participants had just returned,...

Thomas Meinzen

Students Explore the Best of the West

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...

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...

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...

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. ...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Working Hard or Hardly Working

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...

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...

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....

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...

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