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Police Officer Nat Small’s tattoo continues to stir controversy

Photo contributed by Stars and Stripes
September 17, 2020

In early June, a photo of an arm tattoo stirred one of Walla Walla’s biggest controversies of the year. The tattoo, belonging to Walla Walla Police Officer Nat Small, depicted a brass knuckle with the...

Updates: Student Withdraws after Being Identified as Person of Interest

November 29, 2016

On Tuesday, November 29, Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland sent an update to the Whitman College community regarding the recent dissociative druggings on campus.  According to Cleveland, the College worked...

A Breach of Trust: Whitman College Grapples with Dissociative Drug Investigation

Illustration by Claire Revere
November 10, 2016
A criminal investigation is currently underway after multiple Whitman students reported that they exhibited symptoms consistent with unknowingly ingesting dissociative drugs over the last two weekends. On the morning of November 7, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland sent a “Timely Warning” email alerting the Whitman community to the suspected druggings. In the email, Cleveland indicated that the police would begin interviewing any who are familiar with the situation or suspect they may have been drugged.

Whitman’s Plans for Active Shooter Scenario

Whitman's Plans for Active Shooter Scenario
October 22, 2015
Due to the five campus shootings have taken place in the nation in the last month, Whitman's administration and security staff as well as local law enforcement have tentative plans to make the Whitman community more aware of what to do and where to go in an active shooter scenario.

Drive-by harassment plagues campus

October 7, 2015

A college campus is supposed to be a place of learning and safety, but due to harassment from occupants of cars, not all students can traverse Whitman’s campus in peace. Drive-by harassment can range...

Holiday season creates spike in on-campus crime

December 4, 2014

As the holidays approach, Whitman Security and the Walla Walla Police Department are preparing for what is typically the busiest time of the year for thefts and burglaries of Whitman students' belongings....

Cooperation between Campus Security, WWPD keeps students safe

Photo by Marra Clay
September 18, 2014

As Whitman students have returned to campus, the need for Campus Security and local law enforcement to make sure that students are safe and acting responsibly has increased. Improved collaboration and...

Caution Urged in Light of Recent Bike Thefts

October 31, 2013

There have been five bike thefts reported on the Whitman campus in the past week, a large enough number to warrant a timely warning from Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland and the Whitman Security Office. According...

Police Cameras Offer Answers

Police Cameras Offer Answers
October 23, 2013

Those readers I haven't had the pleasure of meeting in person should know that I proudly represent St. Paul, Minn. To those who don't care, I hope you'll forgive me for discussing a topic that's quite...

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...

Sparkler Bomb Identified Behind Bratton, Area All Clear

February 27, 2013

Monday evening, Feb. 25, a sparkler bomb was found on campus in the alleyway between Bratton Tennis Center and the Department of Social and Health Services. The device was later taken into custody by the...

Administration releases annual security report

October 4, 2012

Oct. 1 marked the annual day by which colleges across the nation must publish facts about the crimes that occur on and around their campuses in an Annual Security Report. This year's report, with data...

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