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Students call for removal of Snake River dams

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A new environmental group on campus, Rethink Dams, is advocating for the removal of the four dams on the lower Snake River. Sophomore Fiona Bennitt formed Rethink Dams after she was inspired by the documentary "DamNation." The new group will work to raise awareness both on campus and in the wider Walla Walla community and to educate people about the potential benefits of breaching the Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite dams. All four dams are located in the southeast corner of Washington. “I see this as an issue of science, with wild salmon runs just not coming back despite the tremendous efforts that the Army Corps has made to [encourage] their return. They have done a fantastic job, they have tried really hard, but [the salmon] are just not coming back,” said Bennitt. Breaching the dams is an ambitious goal. Rethink Dams hopes that its efforts will not only inspire Whitman ... (more)



Fast Facts: ASWC Tenure Resolution

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Students’ only voice in tenure decisions is through course evaluations. ASWC wants the Personnel Committee, which makes tenure decisions, to ... more...


ASWC plans for Health Center Advisory Board

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ASWC representatives are preparing a resolution to create an advisory committee for the Welty Health Center. The resolution, written by ... more...


Power & Privilege afternoon preview

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In emails to The Pioneer, symposium speakers and workshop leaders explained why members of the Whitman community should attend their ... more...


Virtual recruitment connects students to distant jobs

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The Student Engagement Center (SEC) at Whitman College has launched a virtual recruitment program to help get students jobs after ... more...


A tale of small majors

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German studies, astronomy, history and mathematics regularly have a low number of majors. But to those who chose them, they ... more...

Heritage Park. Photo by Hayley Turner.

Study looks toward future of Heritage Square

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Heritage Square Park, the small park near the corner of Main Street and Colville Street, has long been maligned as a center for street crime and a spot for Walla Walla’s homeless to crash. This summer a number of Walla Walla ... (more)


Photo by Marra Clay.

Symposium, WIDE Council discuss diversity

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Diversity has dominated campus discussion recently. This year's Power and Privilege Symposium occurred on Feb. 19, and the new Whitman College Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Council held its second-ever meeting on Feb. 23. The Power and Privilege Symposium, established last year in the wake ... (more)


Photo by Annabelle Marcovici

Parade of Lights

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Colorfully lit floats, cars, bikes and horses lined up along Boyer Avenue on Saturday in preparation for Walla Walla’s 19th-annual holiday Macy’s Parade of Lights. Put on each year by the Downtown Walla Walla foundation, the parade starts just west ... (more)