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Don’t idolize Narcissa Whitman

Don’t idolize Narcissa Whitman

Nidhi Jaltare, Columnist

November 14, 2019

"I am a stranger here myself," by Debra Gwartney, is a book about a young mother who fled Idaho because of its gender expectations. She makes peace with her roots by finding inspiration from Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, specifically her birth and violent death. This violent death happened because Narci...

OP-ED: Kathy’s vandalism email: A political-economic explanation

October 24, 2019

Yesterday, I was sitting and chatting with some friends when the word “milquetoast” was used in conversation. Two of my friends hadn’t heard the word before, so I explained that it meant "timid, meak or unassertive," and is often used to criticize the spineless lack of commitment to justice on t...

Seeing red: Responses to symbols of Whitman’s legacy sweep across campus

Seeing red: Responses to symbols of Whitman’s legacy sweep across campus

Lena Friedman, News Reporter

October 14, 2019

In the weeks leading up to Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Columbus Day, responses to symbols of the Whitmans’ legacy have appeared around campus — with the Marcus Whitman statue, located at the intersection of Main Street and Boyer Avenue, as a focal point of contention. The responses included red pain...

Narcissa Whitman Revisited

Narcissa Whitman Revisited

Rachel Needham, News Reporter

November 9, 2017

This is a continuation of our 'Narcissa Whitman Painting Defaced' article. In recent months, the United States has seen an uptick in vandalism of statues portraying figures from throughout its history, from Christopher Columbus to Robert E. Lee, from Theodore Roosevelt to Jefferson Davis. Acro...

Narcissa Whitman Painting Defaced

Narcissa Whitman Painting Defaced

Rachel Needham, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2017

On the morning of Monday, Oct. 9, Prentiss Hall custodians arrived at work to find that the portrait of Narcissa Whitman hanging in the Great Room had been defaced overnight. Accompanying the black spray-paint covering Narcissa’s face was an anonymously-written note which reads: “In 1836, Marcus...

Off-Campus House Break-Ins Leave Students Shaken

Sarah Cornett

October 3, 2013

Several break-in incidents occurred at off-campus student houses this week, leaving the Whitman College community on high alert. Reports of thefts and attempted thefts came from the Beta Theta Pi house on Isaacs Avenue and at least one other off-campus house occupied by upperclassmen. Two known...

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