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Op-Ed: What Whitties should know about Standing Rock

Kyla Rapp

November 17, 2016

Last week, five Whitman students loaded our pepper spray goggles, canned beans and sleeping bags into a car and drove 17 hours to Cannonball, North Dakota to join water protectors there in halting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here are some things I learned: 1. This issue is first...

Political Plates: Food and California’s Drought

Sarah Cornett

February 24, 2016

California’s drought (and that of other western states) isn’t showing signs of improvement. A chronic lack of water has encouraged high temperatures, lowered agricultural production, altered landscapes, and is beginning to demand significant changes in the way we think about water. The Golden State, ...

I Love My Mom

Jack Swain, staff writer

February 18, 2016

I took a shower today. The walls of my shower are made of square tiles. Some of the tiles are white and some of them are light blue. There is a circular metal shower-head at the top of the shower. There is a circular metal drain at the bottom of the shower. Water appears from the top and disappears dow...

Development Work Must Focus on Community Needs

Anna Murveit and Sean McNulty examine a map showing contamination of household wells in Willywood.  Contributed by the WDA team.

August 23, 2012

This article was co-written by Sean McNulty '14 and Daniel Swain '13. Descending to Guatemala's Pacific coast feels like stepping slowly into a sauna. As the air heats up and becomes heavy with moisture, the land flattens and the crops grow tall until the only perspective available is directly down the road you travel. Our bus, spewing diesel exha...

Numbers in the news

Shelly Le

November 17, 2011

25 Percentage of the population that lives in developing countries that face water shortages because of a lack of infrastructure to fetch water from rivers and aquifers. 10 Percentage of the global population that consumes foods irrigated by waste water that can contain chemicals or disease-...

Physical plant waters down concerns about sprinkler use

Credit: Catie Bergman

Allison Work

September 22, 2011

On any given hot Walla Walla day, it appears that sprinklers are constantly running somewhere on campus.  While watering is necessary to keep Whitman's grassy areas  as green as they are, sprinklers can often be a massive waste of water. Perennial sprinkler use on campus has led some students to raise...

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