Senate Round Up February 23

At its longest meeting yet of this school year, the ASWC senate recognized some clubs, appointed a new KWCW general manager, approved various finance requests, reviewed the Oversight Committee’s investigation of senator James Lavery, amended some bylaws and passed an act.

Gleaning Club, which coordinates with farmers to send students into fields to harvest excess produce that is donated to local food pantries, is now an ASWC-recognized club.  The club hopes to improve Whitman’s connection to Walla Walla and work with the Student Engagement Center (SEC).

ASWC also recognized Adopt-A-Grandparent, Buddy Project, College Coaches, Mentoring, Service Trips and Storytime Project as Service Learning Organizations.  All of these clubs are well-established, ASWC-recognized and part of the SEC.  A Service Learning Organization (SLO) participates in “thoughtfully organized service” and “fosters visible civic responsibility and engagement” according to the Finance definition.  An SLO can also access the Service Learning Fund, which contains $1,300.

The senate appointed Nicole Holoboff as the new KWCW General Manager.

Japanese Cooking Club’s request for $900 for ingredients, Climbing Club’s request for $1,825 for its annual trip to Redrocks, Nevada, and Varsity Nordic’s request for $520 to attend the IMPULSE festival were all approved.  The IMPULSE festival, hosted by University of British Columbia, will take place in Vancouver and includes both performances and workshops.

The Oversight Committee reported the findings from its investigation of James Lavery ’16 for failing to complete club contact forms and missing Town Hall and committee meetings.  Last semester, each senator was assigned 2-3 clubs to contact and assist if needed and then report that he/she completed this task by turning in a form.  The Oversight Committee recommended probation and official censure; after some debate about the exact nature of censure and whether it was appropriate discipline, the sanctions for Lavery were not passed.

ASWC then passed the Pioneer Publishing Act, which established the position of a Publisher to work alongside the Editor-in-Chief of The Pioneer in order to distribute the currently immense workload for the EIC.  The 2014-2015 school year will be a trial period for the Publisher position.  The EIC and Publisher will be paid equally with $1,200/semester.

The senate passed Resolution SRS 14.1, written by Jane Carmody ’14, Kayvon Behroozian ’14, and Arthur Shemitz ’17.  The resolution amends the ASWC bylaws to simplify the referendum process.  Now, the bylaws clearly designate the two forms of referenda available to students.  They define an Act as a “binding document requiring action or allocation of monies by the ASWC Senate” and a Resolution as a “non-binding statement expression the opinion of the student body.”  Resolution SRS 14.1 also changes the thresholds for student proposal of referendums to be put to a school-wide vote.  Now an Act requires signatures from 20% of the student population and a Resolution requires signatures from 10%.  Previously the threshold was 2/3 of the student population.  Finally, the campaigning period prior to an election was reduced from four weeks to two weeks.

Finally, the Petition Act was passed.  This act proposes an online polling and petition system modeled after one implemented at Middlebury College in Vermont and allocates $180 of the 2014-2015 ASWC budget for the Communications Committee to create a similar system at Whitman.




Apply to be the Pio Editor in Chief

The Editor and Chief of the Pioneer


  • Co-ordinate pioneer business with the publisher.

  • Responsible for the overall integrity of the newspaper (editorial content, appearance, coverage, production, scheduling, staff/personnel issues and advertising).

  • Coordinates intensive training for editors through a summer retreat and/or workshops.

  • Chairs the editorial board; writes editorials, as desired.

  • Working with the managing editor, ensures that all articles are submitted in a timely manner.

  • Working with the managing editor, ensures that layout/production efforts are completed on time.

  • Assures that all photographic and visual needs are submitted in a timely manner.


  • In depth Experience and knowledge of the working of the College paper

  • Passion for the work

  • Organized and structured

  • Committed

To Apply

Send a resume and a Cover Letter to by March 5th, 2014 at 4:00 pm. 

If you have any questions contact Rania Mussa at the above email.

Thank you for your interest and good luck with the application.

Apply to be the Publisher of the Pioneer

The Pioneer Publisher


  • Co-ordinates with the Editor-in-Chief

  • Work on the business aspect of the Pioneer (i.e. the non-editorial content)

  • Fundraising for the Pioneer

  • Responsible for budget and financial management

  • Acts as Human resources, Hiring, supervising and training of staff.

  • Manages Payroll

  • Community and public relations, maintaining a positive image of the pioneer and keeping the professional outlook.



  • In depth Experience and knowledge of the workings of the Pioneer

  • Experience working with budgets

  • Must have experience hiring, training and developing a skilled and diverse work force.

  • Organized and structured

  • Have strong communication skills

  • Demonstrate experience in developing long term strategic plans


To Apply

Send a resume and a Cover Letter to by March 5th, 2014 at 4:00 pm. 

If you have any questions contact Rania Mussa at the above email.

Thank you for your interest and good luck with the application.

Be the Quarterlife Editor!


Quarterlife is a literary magazine published four times every academic year. It features many creative works by Whitman students such as poetry, short fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, analytical essays, photography, drawings, etc. This magazine celebrates the creative diversity of Whitman student body and their literary talents.

Applications due February 28th, 2014.

Email Rania Mussa at with any questions.

Good luck!

Campus Media Head Applications

All ASWC funded Campus Media Organizations Chairs have upcoming applications. These are leadership roles that require dedication, experience and passion. Take note of the dates and stay tuned for more information!

WEB: Apps due 2/6 *can be found here* CLOSED


Blue Moon: Apps due 2/14 *can be found here* CLOSED

KWCW: Apps due 2/14 *can be found here* CLOSED

Waiilatpu: Apps due 2/21 *can be found here* CLOSED

Sound and Lights: Apps due 2/21 *can be found here* CLOSED

Quarterlife: Apps due 2/28 *can be found here* CLOSED

Email Rania Mussa, Nominations Chair for specifics on the application process.

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Apply to be the ASWC Sound and Lights Director

Apply now to be in charge of this awesome behind-the-scenes team. Learn more about what it means to be a part of Sound and Lights here. 

Duties of the ASWC Sounds and Lights Director:

  • Primary point of contact for ASWC Sound and Lights

  • Serves as the Budget Manager for ASWC Sound and Lights.

  • Coordinate all event requests, scheduling, payroll, and billing.

  • Serves as the ASWC Sound and Lights representative on the ASWC Lifecycle Committee, thereby

    • Being involved in all equipment and supply purchasing,

    • Hire and dismiss members of the ASWC Sound and Lights Crew in conjunction with the Equipment Enginneer, and complete bi-annual performance evaluations for each member of the ASWC Soind and Lights Crew,

  • Oversee the Sound and Lights Crew during productions,

  • Expand the inventory of ASWC Sound and Lights,

  • Work in conjunction with the Director of Student Activities.

  • Serves for one Academic year (2014-2015)

To learn more about the application process read here.

Applications are due February 21st, 2014, contact Rania Mussa if you have any questions.

Waiilatpu Applications Due 2/21

Looking for Co-Editors of Waiilatpu for next year. This is Whitman’s premier Yearbook and has a very loose form that leaves a lot of room for creative thinking and artistic styling. Maybe you were involved in your high school yearbook or maybe you are just a great leader. Either way, definitely apply!

Duties of the Waiilatpu Editors:

  • Responsible for publishing the Wailatpu by graduation Week.

  • Managing content, layout and organization of the yearbook, including payroll, circulation, and other business aspects.

  • Continuing relations with its publishing company.

  • Both Officers shall be responsible for staffing the yearbook.

  • Both shall serve for one academic year (2014-2015).

Applications due February 21st, 2014.

Read here for more info.

Senate Round Up February 9

At the second senate meeting of this semester, ASWC passed a GlobeMed finance request, approved the 2014-2015 ASWC student fee, approved two nominations, and reviewed investigations by the Oversight Committee.

After some debate concerning the amount to be allocated, the senate passed GlobeMed’s request for $2250 to send six students to the 8th annual GlobeMed SummitBreaking Barriers, Building Connections: The Future of Global Health in Evanston, IL in April.

To account for inflation and lower enrollment next year, ASWC needs $512,750.  To maintain this budget, the current ASWC student fee must be raised $8 from $350 to $358.  The senate voted to increase the fee by $10 to $360, which will give ASWC $25,502 more next year to distribute to clubs and fund events.

Audrey Vaughan ’15 was appointed as next year’s WEB Chair and Faith Nyakundi ’17 is now an appointed member of the Nominations Committee.

The Oversight Committee reported the findings from its investigations of senators Kayvon Behroozian ‘14, Jane Carmody ‘14, and Andrew Rivas ’17 for failing to complete club contact forms.  Last semester, each senator was assigned 2-3 clubs to contact and assist if needed and then report that he/she completed this task by turning in a form.  The Oversight Committee determined that each of these senators acted in the spirit of the bylaw and did contact their assigned clubs but failed to complete the process of recording their actions.  The committee recommended probation for all three senators, and the senate passed these sanctions.

Why don’t we have school on a Thursday?

This year’s Power and Privilege Symposium will be held on February 20, 2014.  Because classes have been cancelled that day in response to ASWC’s resolution condemning racism on campus, organizers expect much higher attendance than last year.  ASWC oversees the symposium by planning, marketing and funding it.

The 2006 blackface incident spurred the first symposium.  The symposium was well-received but finite; it did not return the next year.  In 2013 the symposium re-emerged, and after its conclusion, James Lavery ’16, Mcebo Maziya ’15, and Marical Diaz Mejia ’13 wrote Act SAS 13.2 (the Power and Privilege Symposium Act), which mandated that ASWC coordinate and contribute to funding the Power and Privilege Symposium each year.  The act establishes a separate committee responsible for organizing the symposium and headed by the Special Initiatives Director, a new position in ASWC.  This year’s Special Initiatives Director is Shireen Nori ’16.  The act also requires that ASWC allocate $2000 annually to pay for it.

The act’s text states that it “was created to support the discussion on diversity on the Whitman campus and seeks to spark dialogue about the ways in which social hierarchies and identities manifest themselves on the Whitman College campus.”

Last year’s theme was “Why Race Matters.”  This year’s theme, “Understanding Identity,” was selected because it can encompass issues besides race that students wanted to examine (such as gender/sexuality and environmental justice) and expand that content via intersectionality.  “We really wanted to make the symposium accessible to all students and faculty across campus,” said Nori.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Brown University Professor of Africana Studies Tricia Rose, the director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, described on its website as “an interdisciplinary campus-wide hub for generative ideas, public conversation, creative expression and engaged scholarship on race and ethnicity in America.”

Students will continue to work hard in the next couple weeks.  “We hope to create spaces to talk about difficult issues outside of the classroom,” said Nori.