First-year Feature

Meet the lovely ladies of the 2014-2015 first-year senator delegation!

Deepraj Pawar

What drew her to Whitman: The amazing atmosphere when I visited. Everyone was so kind, supportive and motivated. I also loved how much opportunity there was and how active most students were on campus.
The best thing she’s eaten in the last three days: I had a pulled pork sandwich from Olive with my mom and it was amazing.
First Year Senator Deepraj Pawar
What she hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: I’m planning on working specifically on class unity, but I also hope to make a lot of other changes on campus however I can. I’d like to see some new clubs on campus and hope to work with constituents on that. I’d also hope to pass more positive legislation through senate like the test-optional resolution we recently passed.
What has surprised her about Whitman so far: How quickly I was able to adjust to college and find a niche here both surprised me and made me appreciate Whitman even more.
Analog or digital clocks? Why? Analog clocks are just so much more classic!


Emma Bishop

What drew her to Whitman: All the amazing, fun, and talented individuals I met when visiting.  The school offers a unique range of opportunities for its students as well.

The best thing she’s eaten in the last three days: I love the Graze portobello mushroom panini. First Year Senator Emma Bishop

What she hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: I really want to focus on improving relations between the Walla Walla community and Whitman college in an effort to burst the Whitman bubble.  My efforts will also lie heavily in any green initiatives and efforts to improve all forms of diversity on campus.

What has surprised her about Whitman so far: I am afraid I can’t think of any giant surprises.

Analog or digital clocks? Why? I use my phone as a clock; the less objects cluttering my room the better!


Emily Bowen

What drew her to Whitman: The indescribable vibe I felt every time I stepped on campus. It felt welcoming, it felt alive, it felt like home. Well, thats pretty cheesy but I honestly couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else. I met some wonderful professors, was intrigued by the variety of both academic and non-academic programs Whitman offered, and in general saw so many smiling faces during my visits that I could tell students were happy here.First Year Senator Emily Bowen

The best thing she’s eaten in the last three days: Probably french toast, hash browns, and classic cheesy eggs offered by the premiere Prentiss brunch crew…doesn’t get any better.

What she hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: I hope to accomplish many of the goals and promises I made to my peers while running for office. I hope to cultivate more unity between students of different races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations through campus programming and also hope to encourage policy discussion and change on the topic of economic diversity at Whitman. Additionally, I had told my peers I was interested in adopting more green initiatives on campus and advocating for better safety and accessibility on campus. I’ve also taken a great interest in my time thus far in working toward increasing student input in the faculty tenure process, empowering the Whitman Health Center to promote and progress their services to students, working together with other senators on a testing-optional admission policy, and becoming more involved with the Sustainability Director (and other first-year senators) to take initiative in implanting green policies on campus that students want.

What has surprised her about Whitman so far: Whitman has surprised me with the vast quantity and quality of academic and non-academic services they provide, the endless food options offered in the dining halls, the supreme merit and intelligence of professors in all areas and the sprawling diversity of clubs that I have yet to become a part of!

Analog or digital clocks? Why? I would have to say analog clocks, they’re pretty classic…although binary clocks are where its at.


AnnaMarie Corvie

What drew her to Whitman: My life goal to be as rad as the ASWC president, Tatiana Kaehler. I had to come here to study her closely.

The best thing she’s eaten in the last three days: The BonAp spaghetti bake.First Year Senator AnnaMarie McCorvie

What she hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: I hope to improve communication between committees, clubs, and other groups on campus with ASWC, as well as moving towards a more socioeconomically diverse campus with real resources for the issues this presents.

What has surprised her about Whitman so far: I have been absolutely floored by the number of Birkenstocks. Wear real shoes.

Analog or digital clocks? Why? Digital clocks, specifically because I do not own any analog clocks.

A message from your Presidential Search Committee Representatives

Dear fellow Whitman Students,

Our names are Jack Percival and Gladys Gitau, and we served on the Presidential Search Committee that selected Kathy Murray to serve as Whitman’s 14th president. Because this was a confidential search, we wanted to address some concerns that were brought to us during the process.

The most common questions that we both received were if we felt that we actually had a voice on the committee and if our input was taken seriously. We were involved throughout every stage of the process, including reviewing application materials, conducting reference checks, and interviewing candidates. We also participated as equal members of the committee with faculty, staff, trustees, and overseers.

Kathy Murray was our first choice mainly because we both felt that she was very familiar with pertinent issues affecting higher education in general and Whitman specifically, including Title IX, diversity and inclusion, and college access and affordability. We also believe that she will bring a very transparent leadership style to the College and will involve students in decision-making processes.

We are confident that Kathy, taking input from campus constituencies, can execute a bold and strategic vision for the College, uniting our community behind something tangible, powerful, and distinctive.

We are incredibly enthusiastic about Kathy’s appointment and feel very fortunate to have her as our next president.

Please feel free to get in touch with either of us if you have any further questions or concerns about the process.

All the best,

Jack Percival ’16 and Gladys Gitau ’16

Funding debate dominates fourth senate meeting

On November 16th, the ASWC Senate discussed senate procedures, further amended club bylaws, considered a hefty SLO fund request,  ratified two clubs, and passed a resolution by acclamation in memoriam of Parker Moore, a Linfield College student who died on Saturday night.

Both the South Asian Students Association and Whitman Teaches the Movement are now ASWC-recognized clubs.

Additionally, the ASWC by-laws now mandate that if a club representative cannot attend her or his assigned budget training session, he or she must schedule a makeup meeting with the Club Director or Finance Chair within 30 days.

Discussion of a $2,162 request from the Student Learning Organization (SLO) fund for Spring Break Service Trips comprised the bulk of the evening.  Various senators expressed opposition to this request because it would have depleted most of the SLO fund in one stroke.  Eventually the Senate concluded that the request remained worthy of funding but amended it to split the allocation of money between the SLO fund and the Travel & Student Development fund.



Welcome, Dr. Murray!



At noon today in Maxey Auditorium, Whitman College’s 14th President was revealed: Dr. Kathleen Murray,Dean of the Faculty, Professor of Music, and former Acting President of Macalester College.   She received a standing ovation (above) from an enthusiastic crowd of faculty, staff, students, and community members in the standing-room-only auditorium.

The Presidential Search Committee was comprised of various Whitman Committee members, including two students: Gladys Gitau ’16 and ASWC Faculty Liaison Jack Percival.

Food, Money & Amendments: Third Senate Summary

On November 2nd, the ASWC Senate convened for the third time this semester to appoint two students to the Bon App Advisory Committee, consider legislation, and discuss the college’s budget priorities.

First-years Greg Steigerwald and Rebecca Chinn both expressed enthusiasm about joining the Bon App Advisory Committee prior to the unanimous vote that confirmed their nominations.

Act SAF 14.3 modifies the by-laws so that any ASWC officer (rather than only senators) can work with clubs.  Previously every ASWC-recognized club or Service Learning Organization (SLO) was paired with a senator. An 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.  SAF 14.3 was written to allow the Club Director to better assist SLOs affiliated with the Student Engagement Center because they already benefit from the SEC’s oversight and the senator check-in process did not always pertain to the goals and functions of these organizations.

Act SAF 14.4 will allow ASWC-affiliated organizations such as Whitman Teaches the Movement intending to become SLOs to forego the requirement that every club must have both a president and a budget manager for two years prior to becoming an SLO.

ASWC President Tatiana Kaehler solicited feedback from the Senate about what topics she should address in meetings with the Board of Trustees.

Acts SAF 14.1 and 14.2 codify certain Town Hall customs that senators were already practicing–namely, that senators cannot represent clubs at Town Hall, but non-elected officials can because they cannot speak at senate.

Senate Minutes: November 2nd

You can read the full minutes here.