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Tracking the demise of the Whitman yearbook

Illustration by Megan Waldau

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

February 4, 2020

After years of budget cuts and vacillating student interest, Whitman’s yearbook, previously known as Waiilatpu, went quietly out of publication in 2017. Its discontinuation has repercussions for both the Alumni Association, which utilizes the yearbook in their reunion efforts, and the Penrose Librar...

Yearbook expands focus with new gallery

Photo by Nikki Antenucci.

Lane Barton

November 20, 2014

Although Waiilatpu is mostly known as the student organization responsible for producing Whitman's yearbook every year, last week the group set up its first external project dubbed "Humans of Whitman" in the Stevens Gallery of Reid Campus Center. Inspired by the popular Facebook page "Humans of New ...

Senate Round Up March 9

Abby Seethoff

March 12, 2014

At Sunday's meeting, the ASWC senate recognized two new clubs and confirmed the new heads of each campus media organization (CMO). ASWC recognized Running Club and HAPA club.  Running club meets twice a week for group runs and occasionally enters races together.  The Japanese word "hapa" original...

‘Waiilatpu’ Evolves to Adapt to Budget Cuts

'Waiilatpu' Evolves to Adapt to Budget Cuts

Lachlan Johnson

October 23, 2013

In the face of a massive ASWC funding cut last year, Whitman College yearbook "Waiilatpu" has been searching for a way to survive and produce a compelling product. Changes include the elimination of paid staff positions, reorganizing the yearbook to encourage students to buy one every year and reaching...

ASWC Senate Keeps Waiilatpu, Passes Resolutions on Student Taught Classes and Divestment

ASWC Senate Keeps Waiilatpu, Passes Resolutions on Student Taught Classes and Divestment

Sarah Cornett

April 15, 2013

Last Sunday night, April 14, ASWC Senate met for nearly six hours, discussing resolutions regarding student-taught classes, divestment and the fate of Waiilatpu. Student Taught Classes ASWC Senate passed a resolution sponsored by ASWC Vice-President, senior Marcial Díaz Mejía concerning student-taught classes, making these courses officially possible next year.  He cited existing examples, including Salsa C...

ASWC Town Hall Looks at International Travel, Budget, Yearbook

Town Hall.  Photos by Brennan Johnson.

Dylan Tull

April 11, 2013

The final Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) Town Hall of the year focused on three major subjects: the lifting of the international travel ban, addressing concerns regarding the ASWC budget and tackling the question of whether or not the yearbook should continue to be funded. In a...

Waiilatpu Needs More Than Funding to Flourish

Editorial Board

April 4, 2013

Among the many issues raised by ASWC's preliminary budget for 2013-14, the future of Waiilatpu, Whitman's yearbook, has been one of the most discussed. While the Finance Committee has indicated that it will restore funding to a level which allows Waiilatpu to operate next year, the issues which pro...

Yearbook Remains Unfunded After First Budget Appeal

Yearbook Remains Unfunded After First Budget Appeal

Shelly Le

April 4, 2013

After a budget appeals meeting on Wednesday night, the ASWC Finance Committee has decided not to grant Waiilatpu, Whitman's yearbook, any additional funding for the 2013-14 academic year. [iframe_loader src="//infogr.am/Waiilatpu-a-Retrospective" width="550" height="2097" scrolling="no" frameborder="0"...

ASWC Debates Fate of Waiilatpu

Photos by cade beck.

Sarah Cornett

April 1, 2013

After being given two percent of its ASWC funding request, Waiilatpu, Whitman's yearbook organization, struggled to fight for itself at ASWC Senate meeting last Sunday night, March 31. The meeting first approved first-year Meg Logue as next year's editor-in-chief, then spent much of the evening deliberating...

Discussion lacking in naming reincarnated yearbook “Waiilatpu”

Josh Goodman

May 5, 2011

Two-thousand eleven has been a whirlwind for the students bringing back a Whitman yearbook. After struggling to get ASWC funding, they rushed to produce a yearbook in three months and have sold all but a handful of their 350 copies. Lost in the process was broad discussion about their decision to...

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