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Vol. CLIV, Issue 10
Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Budget Turmoil Risks Cutting Aid Partnership in Guatemala

Budget Turmoil Risks Cutting Aid Partnership in Guatemala

Lachlan Johnson October 31, 2013
Every summer Whitman Direct Action (WDA) travels to Guatemala to research economic development and humanitarian aid, but this tradition may soon come to an end. Ambivalence from members of the ASWC Finance Committee left WDA questioning whether they can count on any support and wondering how to fund this year’s trip to Guatemala without it.
Kayvon at the ASWC Senate meeting on March 31.  Photos by cade beck.

College Lifts Ban on Unaccompanied International Travel

Sarah Cornett April 1, 2013
After a three-year ban, students next year will be able to travel internationally with the support of the college.
Anna Murveit and Sean McNulty examine a map showing contamination of household wells in Willywood.  Contributed by the WDA team.

Development Work Must Focus on Community Needs

August 23, 2012
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 exhaust and splashing through puddles, turns onto a dirt road.
Illustration: Julie Peterson

Students question timing of club budget request forms

Karah Kemmerly April 26, 2012
For the first time this year the ASWC budget request forms required club leaders to itemize lists of their expenses for each event they put on. Senior Finance Chair Fritz Siegert worked on restructuring the club budget request form to address several areas of the previous form, which he found problematic.

GlobeMed Thailand trip raises international unaccompanied student travel questions

Rachel Alexander April 19, 2012
This summer, three Whitman students will travel to Thailand to work on a women’s health project. As members of GlobeMed, they have partnered with a group called the Burmese Women’s Union, which strives to empower Burmese refugees living in Thailand.

WDA’s funding reminds Whitman students of available resources

April 5, 2012
Chance to travel to Guatemala for a summer reminds these Whittes of the incredible opportunities afforded to all students to advance their professional interests and passions.

Curt Bowen ’08 speaks about Semilla Nueva, non-profit work

Dylan Tull December 8, 2011
Two Whitman alumni, Curt Bowen and Joseph Bornstein, graduated Whitman in 2008, and in three short years built from the ground up a successful non-profit organization based in Guatemala called Semilla Nueva.
Credit: Marin Axtell

Luz Rivera captivates, inspires during lecture about social change in Mexico

Dylan Tull November 17, 2011
Luz Rivera, lead organizer of the Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino, and her translator and colleague, Stuart Schussler, are traveling to schools in the Northwest giving their lecture entitled, “Sowing Struggle: Urban and rural social movements in Tlaxcala, Mexico."
Credit: Cade Beck

Students consider ethics of international work with Peace Corps

Sam Chapman October 13, 2011
At Whitman's graduate school fair on Thursday, October 6, Peace Corps recruited graduating students, prompting discussion on ethics of development.
Contributed by: Monica Simmons

WDA summer trip to Guatemala builds trust, gathers info

Rose Woodbury September 15, 2011
This summer, Whitman Direct Action (WDA) sent five students to Willywood, Guatemala to assess problems and needs in the community in hopes of returning to the same community next summer.
Credit: Carrie Sloane

More students to present at Undergraduate Conference

Joe Volpert April 7, 2011
Profiles of student presentations at Whitman's annual Undergraduate Conference — everything from sugar-powered batteries to the similarities between love and wine.

Ecostove project aims to improve health, environment in Guatemalan village

Alyssa Goard February 17, 2011
Whitman Direct Action's ecostove project plans to build and install stoves in Guatemala over the summer.
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