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Updates: Student Withdraws after Being Identified as Person of Interest

Marra Clay, Publisher

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 with the Walla Walla Police Department to investigate the situation and a current student emerged as a perso...

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

Mitchell Smith and Marra Clay

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

Georgia Lyon

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

Lachlan Johnson, News Editor & Investigative Director

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 from shouts and whistles to racist threats and being hit by objects thrown from vehicles. Students...

Holiday season creates spike in on-campus crime

Lachlan Johnson

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. By increasing patrols and working together to identify suspects, Security and the WWPD hope to prevent...

Cooperation between Campus Security, WWPD keeps students safe

Cooperation between Campus Security, WWPD keeps students safe

Lane Barton

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 identification of the loose roles of Campus Security and the Walla Walla Police Department in the...

Caution Urged in Light of Recent Bike Thefts

Dylan Tull

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 to Walla Walla Police Public Information Officer Tim Bennett, stolen bikes often go unrecovered....

Police Cameras Offer Answers

Police Cameras Offer Answers

Andy Monserud

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 literally close to home for me. A debate in the city council of St. Paul's twin city, Minneapolis, caught my attention this wee...

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...

Sparkler Bomb Identified Behind Bratton, Area All Clear

Shelly Le

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 Washington State Bomb Patrol and the area was cleared later the same night. The Walla Walla Police...

Administration releases annual security report

Allison Work

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 through the end of the calendar year 2011, was emailed out to students on Sept. 28. The report is...

Walla Walla Police Department sees new changes

Emily Lin-Jones

April 12, 2012

The Walla Walla police department has seen some big changes over the last few months, foremost among them a newly constructed station and a newly hired chief of police. In 2009 local voters approved a bond allotting $11.5 million to the construction of a new police station at 54 E. Moore St. At 29,000 square feet, the station is over triple the size of the old police offices in City Hall. The department began ...

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