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WCTS Responds to Spectre/Meltdown Cybersecurity Threat

WCTS Responds to Spectre/Meltdown Cybersecurity Threat

Nick Maahs, Staff Reporter

January 22, 2018

Shortly after the arrival of the new year, reports of a new computer security threat known as Spectre/Meltdown began to circulate ominously in the internet news sphere. The threat targets a vulnerability in most computers, tablets and phones containing chips made after 1995. Through the vulnerability,...

Whitman Tech Services settles into new home

Whitman Tech Services settles into new home

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter

March 2, 2017

The Whitman College Technology Center recently reached its six month mark at the new office across the street from College House, and tech employees are already seeing the positive impacts. Before July of 2016, Whitman College tech staff was spread out amongst Olin Hall, Hunter Conservatory and the oth...

WCTS Helps Students With Computer Hacking Issues

North Bennett

April 25, 2016

As of April 20th, WCTS has reported 45 student email accounts have been hacked since April 1st, and provides suggestions how to minimize the risk of this occurring.

Two New Printers Added to Olin Hall

Two New Printers Added to Olin Hall

North Bennett, News Writer

February 11, 2016

Olin Hall has two new printers, located in the second floor student lounge and Olin East's first flour lounge.

Learned helplessness keeps women out of tech

Katy Wills

April 30, 2015

I work for Technology Services at Whitman and it's one of the best jobs I've ever had. My co-workers are a patient, kind and thoroughly entertaining team of A/V nerds. During the daytime shifts I complete basic office maintenance tasks like organizing wires and chargers or cleaning projectors. It's ...

Backhoe disrupts Whitman, regional communications

Lane Barton

February 5, 2015

On Friday, Jan. 23, the Whitman College campus experienced a loss of cell service and access to 911 after a fiber optic cable was cut by a backhoe operator. The severed cable disrupted communication in surrounding counties at approximately 2 p.m.  Collaboration between Campus Security, the Dean of Students...

College Revamps Website

Maegan Nelson

October 31, 2012

Last week Whitman updated its website to an improved content management system through the software company Ingeniux. The company was founded in 1999 by alumnus Jim Edmunds '78, who has been working closely with Director of Communications Ruth Wardwell and Online Content Manager Phil Thompson on these changes. ...

Library changes focus on student needs, suggestions

Lachlan Johnson

September 13, 2012

Penrose Library has made several changes to help serve students this fall. Six new study rooms will help meet the needs of students seeking a quiet place to study alone or in groups, and Whitman College Technology Services (WCTS) will begin providing services from the desk space in the atrium of the...

WCTS upgrades swipe access system

Emily Lin-Jones

September 13, 2012

Whitman College Technology Services (WCTS) updated Whitman's swipe access and ID card systems for the new academic year, allowing for faster and more efficient programming of new cards. The switchover to the new swipe system happened in March, with the new system going live on May 25. Although the update happened in the wake of ...

Trial date set for former Whitman student charged with ID theft, burglary

Shelly Le

March 1, 2012

A trial date for a former Whitman student who has been charged with identity theft in the second degree and burglary in the second degree has been set. Simon Van Neste was arrested last year on Oct. 27 and was detained for four days in the Walla Walla County Corrections Facility. According to the...

ID crime hits campus: Whitman student suspected of identity theft, burglary

Shelly Le

November 3, 2011

Police arrested a Whitman student the morning of Thursday, Oct. 27, for allegedly creating false Whitman identification cards to gain swipe access to a number of restricted areas. Senior Simon Van Neste is accused of second-degree identity theft and second-degree burglary and was detained for four...

Security breaches on Whitman campus prompt changes in swipe system

Shelly Le

November 3, 2011

This article was co-authored by Patricia Vanderbilt. On the Whitman campus, Whitman ID cards are both credit card and key. One swipe allows access to dorms and other campus buildings, authorizes purchases to a student account, charges meals or flex dollars from a Bon Appétit meal plan and checks...

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