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IPECC Petition Calls on Whitman to Engage with its History

Christy Carley

March 10, 2016

The Whitman College Indigenous Peoples Education and Culture Club (IPECC) has put forth a petition calling for a critical examination of Whitman’s past and its relationship to colonialism.

Is Yik Yak the next Whitman Encounters?

Yik Yak is growing in popularity on the Whitman campus. Photo by Rachael Barton.

Sarah Cornett

April 16, 2015

Allie Donahue, Martina Pansze, and Audrey Kelly contributed reporting. Walking around campus, it is not unlikely that you'll hear a student or two talking about Yaks. While it is possible that they are speaking of large wild oxen, they are more likely discussing the latest social media craze to overt...

Students Want More Open Conversations on Race

Anna Zheng

February 13, 2014

Last semester, two Whitman students' Facebook conservation about cultural appropriation spiraled into a debate about race on Whitman Encounters, an anonymous forum, which eventually prompted rallies and discussions across campus. Despite the fact that most of the student body was aware of these incidents,...

Students Press for Action Against Racism

Students Press for Action Against Racism

Lachlan Johnson

November 21, 2013

Outrage at specific incidents of racism has evolved into demands for decisive action on campus, putting pressure on Whitman's administration to instigate change. Since students rallied at Memorial Hall to present a letter to the Board of Trustees' Diversity Committee on Nov. 7, two separate events have been held to discuss ra...

Anonymity Trumps Need for Censorship

Anonymity Trumps Need for Censorship

Bill Landefeld

November 14, 2013

Have you ever had a question that you didn't feel comfortable asking anybody? Well, I know that myself and many other Whitman students have. Luckily at Whitman, there is such a place that you can do this, and it is on a website called Whitman Encounters. However, this outlet to freely speak your mind might not be around for much longe...

Rally Against Racism, Cyberbullying Draws Attention from Board of Trustees

Rally Against Racism, Cyberbullying Draws Attention from Board of Trustees

Quin Nelson

November 7, 2013

Protesters gathered at Memorial Hall this Thursday afternoon to take part in the Rally Against Racism and Cyberbullying put on by members of the Whitman community, many of whom were supported by the Black Student Union (BSU) and Feminists Advocating for Change and Empowerment (FACE). After recent...

Anonymity Shapes the Whitman Encounters Community

Anonymity Shapes the Whitman Encounters Community

Evan Taylor

December 6, 2012

There's only one place on campus where you can find declarations of love among intellectual discussion, where cackling trolls hide out under a bridge called diversion and where faceless people debate the merits of facelessness. Whitman Encounters, a website created and facilitated by Whitman students, provides an open ...

Internet communication leaves us unprepared for real life interactions

William Witwer

May 3, 2012

"DO IT!" In the context of www.whitmanencounters.com (known simply as Encounters), it is clear that the original author earnestly means this all-caps encouragement. On the other hand, in context, it almost entirely misses the point of the original post, and indeed, of the complicated social lands...

Like A Little, WhitmanEncounters can’t take place of real, sincere interaction

February 23, 2012

This column was written by Rollo. "At Whitman, we need no help finding attractive people. Yet a theme of desperation pervades our culture, and the encounters that take place between us often lack the depth and meaning we seek," says the new website WhitmanEncounters.com in its abstract. Created, apparently, as a respon...

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