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Vol. CLIV, Issue 5
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Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

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

Is Yik Yak the next Whitman Encounters?

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...

Students Want More Open Conversations on Race

Anna Zheng February 13, 2014
Last semester, two Whitman students' Facebook conservation about cultural appropriation spiraled into an online debate about race on campus. This semester, many are reflecting on recent race-related incidents and their effects on the community.
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.
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 longer.
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 Thursday afternoon to take part in the Rally Against Racism and Cyberbullying put on by members of Feminists Advocating for Change and Empowerment (FACE) and the Black Students Union (BSU).
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 discourse through anonymous posts by users. The site—whitmanencounters.com—allows for anyone, within or outside of the Whitman community, to view the various issues brought up in posts, ranging in topic from sex to Halloween costumes.

Internet communication leaves us unprepared for real life interactions

William Witwer May 3, 2012
Withdrawing into technology instead of really interacting, instead of dealing with the messy, complicated business of life is hugely counterproductive and troubling. Yet, our current internet culture has us do just that.

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

February 23, 2012
Although Like a Little and Whitman Encounters can be endlessly entertaining when you're trying to procrastinate, the issues trying to be solved on the site, both personal and campus-wide, are greater than the sites themselves.
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