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Missionaries No More? Perspectives From the Athletic Community

Alden Glass

March 10, 2016

Discussions about the appropriateness of the Whitman College mascot, the Missionary, have cropped up all over campus in recent months. President Kathleen Murray pledged to address issues concerning the mascot by creating a working group to start a meaningful conversation about the possibility of...

Search for new assistant sports communication director

Riley Foreman

February 26, 2015

The end of February is typically a busy time for the Whitman College Athletic Department. This year, the transition from winter to spring sports will be even more hectic due to the absence of former Assistant Sports Communication Director and Event Manager Jordan Paden, who stepped down in January. While...

Washington retires, search for new men’s soccer coach in full swing

Kendra Winchester

February 19, 2015

After 12 seasons and a tough 2014 season, Mike Washington, Whitman's head men's soccer coach, has decided to retire.  As the spring season kicks into gear, the team is still unsure about their coaching situation for the fall. Looking for a new coach involves Dean Snider, the athletics director at W...

In Compliance with Title IX, Women’s Lacrosse Shifts from Club to Varsity

In Compliance with Title IX, Women’s Lacrosse Shifts from Club to Varsity

Cole Anderson

September 11, 2014

As Whitman's academic realm welcomes back new and returning students for the '14-'15 school year, Whitman athletics welcomes a new varsity team: women's lacrosse.  Formerly a club sport, this is the first varsity team added at Whitman College since the early '80s, and quite fittingly will be new head...

Reliance on Donations to Fund Assistant Coaches Leaves Varsity Programs Wanting More

Reliance on Donations to Fund Assistant Coaches Leaves Varsity Programs Wanting More

Pamela London

December 6, 2012

Whitman College varsity athletes: all Missionaries, all fierce Northwest Conference competitors, all striving to represent Whitman on and off the field. But no two varsity teams at Whitman are made alike. Each individual team has a unique history at Whitman. Teams such as basketball and baseball have...

Whitman vs. Whitworth: battle of Whits

Whitman vs. Whitworth: battle of Whits

Peter Clark

September 27, 2012

The Missionaries versus the Pirates––or, in the joking words of many Whitties, good versus evil––has developed into a healthy rivalry between two schools that are similar in some aspects, but polar opposites in others. The two teams are travel partners on the road in the Northwest Conference and the distance between Walla Walla and Spokane is a short 118 mil...

Alumni, students link up at W Club golf tournament

Alumni, students link up at W Club golf tournament

Pamela London

September 20, 2012

Whitman's third annual W Club golf tournament went off without a hitch last Friday, bringing alumni and student athletes together for an afternoon of hitting the links. Put on by the W Club––Whitman's athletics alumni association––and Whitman's varsity golf teams, the tournament is one of...

W Club gives athletes moral, financial support

Sarah Debs

April 19, 2012

The Whitman W Club is an athletic booster club composed of alumni, friends of the college and parents who want to support excellent student-athletes and competitive varsity athletics. Even though the W Club is very new, having just been established over the past five years, it has already helped many...

NWC championships may soon involve final tournament

Pamela London

May 16, 2011

Changes may be in the works for the Northwest Conference. In the past two years, the NWC has turned its attention towards re-assessing the structure of each athletic season, specifically the potential addition of a conference championship tournament for soccer and baseball after changes were made...

W Club golf tournament fosters connections, competition

W Club golf tournament fosters connections, competition

Pamela London

May 5, 2011

Every day, the W Club strives to foster excellence on and off the field of competition. Last Friday, it turned to fostering connections between former and current Whitman student-athletes at the second annual W Club Golf Tournament. At Whitman, the W Club is an athletic booster group made up of alumni,...

W Club fosters athletic excellence

Pamela London

October 28, 2010

Whitman College is known across the nation as a school that attains excellence in the classroom. In the past five years, a group of Whitman alumni have joined together in an attempt to reciprocate that excellence with athletic competition. The W Club is an athletic booster group made up of alumni,...

Looking into varsity and club sports at Whitman College

Looking into varsity and club sports at Whitman College

Tyler Hurlburt

September 30, 2010

Every day, at least 200 Whitman College students take to the field, court, pool or slopes to train and compete in the sports that they love. Some choose to do so as part of a varsity program, while others select another route and join a club sport. According to Athletics Director Dean Snider, approximately 75 percent of the Whitman student body is involved in athletics in some form through varsity, club and intramural...

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