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IPECC Petition Calls on Whitman to Engage with its History

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.
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

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...

Students Press for Action Against Racism

Students Press for Action Against Racism
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...

Anonymity Trumps Need for Censorship

Anonymity Trumps Need for Censorship
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...

Rally Against Racism, Cyberbullying Draws Attention from Board of Trustees

Rally Against Racism, Cyberbullying Draws Attention from Board of Trustees
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...

Anonymity Shapes the Whitman Encounters Community

Anonymity Shapes the Whitman Encounters Community
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...

Internet communication leaves us unprepared for real life interactions

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...

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...

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