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No new vandalism, even amid calls to remove Columbus and Whitman statues

Photo by Carson Jones.
October 22, 2020

This past summer saw renewed efforts to remove Walla Walla’s Christopher Columbus and Marcus Whitman statues. Breaking what has become something of a tradition, neither statue was vandalized during last...

Don’t idolize Narcissa Whitman

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia
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...

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,...

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

The Marcus Whitman statue on the edge of campus was spray-painted red multiple times in the weeks leading up to Columbus Day along with other messages scattered across Whitman campus. Photo contributed by Kaitlyn Patia
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...

Narcissa Whitman Revisited

Mid restoration. The painting was sent immediately to Portland, for the longer the spray paint set the harder it would be to remove. Contributed by The Cultured Pearl
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,...

Narcissa Whitman Painting Defaced

Before restoration. Contributed by The Cultured Pearl
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...

Off-Campus House Break-Ins Leave Students Shaken

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...

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