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Letter to the Editor: Re: Sexual Assault Dashboard Article

Hailey Powers, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Campus Advocate

March 1, 2018

A few weeks ago, there was a Whitman Wire article in which I responded to questions about campus sexual assault statistics. While the article didn’t include the full context of the conversation, I now realize using jargon specific to my professional work was a mistake given the likelihood of my ...

Another Opinion on Aziz Ansari Allegations

India Flinchum

January 25, 2018

Aziz Ansari is not guilty of sexual harassment; he’s guilty of being a poor listener and a bad feminist. Grace (his date), is guilty of passivity and apathy during a time that called for strength. Grace relinquished control and autonomy to a that man that she (and the United States) expected more fro...

An opinion on Aziz Ansari Allegations

An opinion on Aziz Ansari Allegations

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

January 25, 2018

Aziz Ansari has faced a lot of criticism regarding his alleged sexual misconduct, and new reports from the night of the event that have sparked a lot of conversation in the media about the extent to which his actions could be considered sexual assault. The event has to do with a dinner date in which a woma...

Athletes Grapple with High Rates of Sexual Assault Accusations

Arie Knops, Staff Reporter

February 2, 2017

While many of Whitman's varsity sports teams continue to see outstanding success on the field, concerning off-field behavior has been brought to light as the school continues to see high rates of sexual assault reports against athletes. Varsity athletes represent slightly more than 20 percent of Whi...

Students React to Banners Condemning Sexual Assault Policy

Georgia Lyon, News Editor

October 31, 2016

Two large posters reading, “Whitman Only Punishes Victims” and “It Has Been 3 Days Since The Last Reported Rape” in red letters were hung up on the tennis courts on Fall Visitors Day. On Wednesday Oct. 26, the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) sponsored an event that gave stude...

Anderson and Fox to Fill Vacant ASWC Senate Seats

Eleanor Matson, Staff Reporter

October 5, 2016

Sophomore Paris Fox and senior Jack Anderson will fill the two vacant seats in the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) senate. Last week a special election was held to determine who would become the new sophomore and senior senators, and the results of the special election were released this...

Plans for Campus Coalition to End Sexual Assault

September 22, 2016

Junior Catherine Fisher, an intern to Associate Dean of Students Barbara Maxwell, is attempting to start a Coalition to End Sexual Assault that would invite diverse groups from around Whitman’s campus to converse and help support each other’s efforts to end sexual assault. Planning for the c...

Whitman Welcomes a New Sexual Assault Victims Advocate

Eleanor Matson, Staff Reporter

September 22, 2016

Hailey Powers, Whitman’s new Sexual Assault Victims Advocate, will begin work on campus this week. Employed by the local YWCA, a sexual assault and domestic violence response organization with a branch in Walla Walla, she will remain independent from Whitman College, even though her office will be l...

OCR visit draws crowds, incites controversy

OCR visit draws crowds, incites controversy

Lachlan Johnson

April 30, 2015

Investigators from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) visited Whitman from Wednesday, April 22 to Thursday, April 23 to determine whether or not the college is following its professed Title IX and sexual assault policies. Sexual assault has been a contentious issue on campus for several years, and it has received more attention this year. In the week prior to the...

Sigma Chi-hosted Greek Life discussion focuses on sexual assault

Sigma Chi-hosted Greek Life discussion focuses on sexual assault

Andy Monserud

March 12, 2015

Whitman fraternity Sigma Chi held an open forum on Greek Life in Olin Hall on the night of Tuesday, March 10. The event, intended originally as a panel-based discussion touching on a variety of issues facing the Greek community, shifted due to low turnout to a largely crowd-sourced discussion focused...

Resolution Summary (factbox)

Lachlan Johnson

February 5, 2015

ASWC Senate unanimously passed "A Resolution Advocating for Change to Whitman's Sexual Misconduct Policy" last Sunday, Feb. 1. What would the Sexual Misconduct Policy look like if it was changed how ASWC wants? Jurisdiction The Sexual Misconduct Policy is currently part of the Faculty Code, and...

ASWC considers resolution on sexual assault policy

Lachlan Johnson

January 29, 2015

A proposed resolution calling for changes to Whitman's Title IX and sexual assault policy will be discussed by the ASWC Senate on Sunday, Feb. 1. The resolution was written collaboratively by leaders from the college student body who formed the It's On Whitties committee this fall to discuss sexual...

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