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

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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 against the Arctic fleet, which will be harboring in the Port of Seattle during the winter after port commissioners struck a controversial and somewhat secretive deal with the Shell Oil Company this winter. Although elected port commissioners knew about the proposed alliance with Shell as early as summer 2014, they kept quiet until Jan. 7. When one commissioner raised a motion for further debate on the issue at a public meeting on Jan. 13, nobody seconded, and within less than ... (more)



Manning to speak at commencement

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This year’s commencement address will be delivered by Rob Manning, ’80. Manning, who grew up in Whidbey Island, Wash, majored in ... more...


New Encounters Syllabus Approved for 2015–16

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A new Encounters syllabus has been approved for the 2015–16 academic year, with Encounters faculty voting in favor of the ... more...


Now Is the Time campaign starts winding down

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Whitman’s Now Is the Time fundraising campaign will come to a close on June 30. The eight-year campaign has ... more...


New members appointed to ASWC’s Executive Council

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The newly appointed members of ASWC’s Executive Council are looking to make changes on Whitman’s campus next year addressing issues ... more...


ASWC Content Warning Resolution passed

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During their April 12 Senate meeting, ASWC passed a resolution calling for content or trigger warnings in the future Encounters ... more...

Photo by Annabelle Marcovici.

Students sit in for divestment as trustees deliberate

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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 ... (more)


Photo by Halley McCormick.

Die-in protests police violence

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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 ... (more)


Professor Melissa Wilcox amended the door hangers produced in conjunction with the visit from representatives from the Office of Civil Rights. Photo by Anna Dawson.

OCR visit draws crowds, incites controversy

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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. [caption id="attachment_98131" align="aligncenter" width="640"]... (more)