Students sit in for divestment as trustees deliberate

Students sit in for divestment as trustees deliberate

Natalie Berg
May 7, 2015
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, News

From noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 272 students, faculty and staff members joined members of ASWC and Divest Whitman in a sit-in to protest the college's investments in fossil fuels. During the sit-in, ASWC President senior Tatiana Kaehler presented the recently-passed ASWC Resolution to the Boa... Read more »

Whitman students join protest against Shell oil rigs in Port of Seattle

Whitman students join protest against Shell oil rigs in Port of Seattle

Allie Donahue
May 7, 2015
Filed under Community, News, News Highlight, Outdoors, Politics

Shell's Arctic fleet is moving north to the Port of Seattle, and a coalition of environmental groups, including a group of students from Whitman, is planning to protest in a flotilla of kayaks on May 16. Whitman activists will join other environmentalists from the sHELL NO coalition to demonstrate... Read more »

Manning to speak at commencement

Andy Monserud
May 7, 2015
Filed under News

This year's commencement address will be delivered by Rob Manning, '80. Manning, who grew up in Whidbey Island, Wash, majored in physics while at Whitman and is now a major player in NASA's Mars missions and the chief engineer for the Curiosity Mars rover. President George Bridges asked Manning to... Read more »

New Encounters Syllabus Approved for 2015-16

Lane Barton
May 7, 2015
Filed under News

A new Encounters syllabus has been approved for the 2015-16 academic year, with Encounters faculty voting in favor of the new curriculum by an approximate 2-1 ratio during a meeting on April 21. The syllabus, which will remove five texts and add four new works, was created by the Encounters Curriculum... Read more »

Die-in protests police violence

Die-in protests police violence

Halley McCormick
May 7, 2015
Filed under Community, Front Page Slideshow, News

On Friday, May 1, over three dozen students and staff staged a protest in front of Penrose Library in response to instances of police brutality in the United States. Students made signs and then lay on the ground, resembling dead bodies. Organized by the Black Student Union (BSU),  the protest emulated... Read more »

Now Is the Time campaign starts winding down

Andy Monserud
May 7, 2015
Filed under News

Whitman's Now Is the Time fundraising campaign will come to a close on June 30.  The eight-year campaign has already exceeded its goal of raising 150 million dollars, and its organizers hope to garner more donations for the college in the time before the campaign ends. The Now Is the Time campaign began ... Read more »

New members appointed to ASWC’s Executive Council

Christy Carley
May 7, 2015
Filed under News

The newly appointed members of ASWC's Executive Council are looking to make changes on Whitman's campus next year addressing issues of communication, the environment and sexual assault. Last week, ASWC President-elect, junior Jack Percival appointed junior Abby Seethoff, junior Katie Steen and sophomore... Read more »

OCR visit draws crowds, incites controversy

OCR visit draws crowds, incites controversy

Lachlan Johnson
April 30, 2015
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, News

Investigators from the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) visited Whitman from Wednesday, April 22 to Thursday, April 23 to determine whether or not the college is following its professed Title IX and sexual assault policies. Sexual assault has been a contentious issue on campus for several years, and it has received more attention this year. In the week prior to the... Read more »

ASWC Content Warning Resolution passed

Lane Barton
April 30, 2015
Filed under News

During their April 12 Senate meeting, ASWC passed a resolution calling for content or trigger warnings in the future Encounters syllabus. The resolution, which will require faculty approval in order to be implemented, was created in the hopes of preparing students for engagement in particularly difficult... Read more »

Hanford advocacy groups hold alternative to State of the Site meeting

Hanford advocacy groups hold alternative to State of the Site meeting

Andy Monserud
April 30, 2015
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, News, News Highlight

Maxey Auditorium played host to a community-led meeting on the Hanford Nuclear Site on Wednesday, April 29. Organized by a collection of advocacy groups involved in the cleanup at Hanford, the event, along with several similar events across the Pacific Northwest, served as a substitute for the Department... Read more »

2015 Lifestyle Survey results released

Jeremy Alexander
April 30, 2015
Filed under News

This week Whitman College released the results of the 2015 Lifestyle Choices survey. Completed only once every three years, the Lifestyle Survey has assessed six categories of student behaviors since 2002. The Lifestyle Choices survey was created in 2002 to improve Whitman students' understanding... Read more »

Local surveillence limited in Walla Walla

Local surveillence limited in Walla Walla

Andy Monserud
April 23, 2015
Filed under News, News Highlight

Over the past several years, the widespread use of surveillance technology has become commonplace both as a tool for law enforcement and for private use.  According to the Walla Walla Police Department and Whitman Security, though, Whitman students and their Walla Wallan neighbors are not under as close... Read more »