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What Makes a Metric

Contributed by Chris Hankin.
February 25, 2018

Folks in the Whitman community may have glossed right over the word “metric” in President Murray’s most recent email following the Board of Trustees February meeting. “Metrics” only warranted...

How to Curtail Free Speech Under the Guise of Defending It

December 7, 2017

In a forceful display of coordinated institutional authority, the November 16, 2017, issue of The Wire included an op-ed essay co-written by Whitman’s Chair of the Faculty, the Vice President for Enrollment...

Sharing Governance and Responsibility

November 14, 2017

In an effort to increase transparency and community participation, President Murray has taken to updating the campus on the content of meetings with the Board of Trustees. The most recent meeting marked...

Capital Punishment on Trial

Capital Punishment on Trial
A bill in Olympia aims to ban the death penalty in Washington State, once and for all.
February 16, 2017
Around ten o'clock on the night of January 4, 1993, Timothy Kaufman-Osborn stood outside the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. A little after midnight on January 5, Westley Allan Dodd would face the death penalty on three counts of aggravated first-degree murder. Not only would Dodd's execution be the first in Washington State in 27 years, but it would also be the first legal hanging in the US since 1965.

Activism 101

Whitman faculty organize political action teach-inin
February 9, 2017

Whitman professors put on a political activism workshop in Olin Auditorium on Monday. Yann Dardonville, a first year Whitman student involved with Divest Whitman, said before the workshop that, “I...

When Does a Pledge Delayed Become a Promise Betrayed?

The Black Student Union at Whitman College
January 24, 2017

The documentary “Agents of Change,” shown in Maxey Auditorium last Thursday, taught us that creation of Black Studies programs at San Francisco State College and Cornell University in 1968-69 was anything...

Local AAUP Calls for Sanctuary Campus

December 1, 2016

Some Whitman faculty have asked the college to join the national Sanctuary Campus movement. On November 28, the Whitman chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) sent an email...

Timothy Kaufman-Osborn to Step Down as Dean of Faculty and Provost

November 25, 2013

June 30, 2014 will mark Dean of the Faculty and Provost Timothy Kaufman-Osborn's last day in his current administrative position. Kaufman-Osborn will be taking a year-long sabbatical and plans to return...

Sudden dismissal of dance instructor causes concern

March 11, 2012

Recently faculty decisions have motivated a desire amongst students to become more involved in Whitman's hiring process. The dance department is no exception. The decision not to renew Instructor of...

Board Editorial: Alberto G. case reveals need for reevaluation of tenure review process

Illustration: Kelly Douglas
February 9, 2012

The scale of the recent student protests regarding Assistant Professor of Spanish Alberto G.'s* tenure denial speaks not only to Galindo's impact on those who have taken his classes, but also to a large-scale...

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