News from the ASWC Communications Office.

Senior Survey

The members of the senior delegation ponder their roles on ASWC, their impending graduations, and their olfactory preferences.

Tim Reed

Major: Philosophy

Favorite Smell: Lodgepole pines in the Sierra Nevada

Dream spring break location: Skiing in CanadaSenior Senator Tim Reed

What he hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: Reforming campaign election by-laws, advocating for more transparency in the financial aid process, and working on ways to facilitate student-to-student academic collaboration.

The best class he’s taken at Whitman: Political Economy of Women

What he looks forward to about graduating: Living in New York City!

Corinne Vandagriff

Major: Gender Studies (Politics minor)

Favorite Smell: Lavender or rose

Dream spring break location: Being back in the baySenior Senator Corinne Vandagriff

What she hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: My number one goal is to create a resource book for students who are having a crisis that is affecting them academically, so they can have those resources laid out from a student perspective. For example, this would include getting classes excused if you need to leave campus, how to take an incomplete, tips for talking to professors about these things, etc.

The best class she’s taken at Whitman: Necropower and the Politics of Violence because it gave me thinking tools that I use almost everyday to try and understand all the violence in our world. For example, I felt like I had a lot more analytical tools to think about Ferguson this summer because of it.

What she looks forward to about graduating: Ideally, less homework and being in a city.

Serena Runyan

Major: History (Chinese minor)

Favorite Smell: Tomato plants after it’s rained in the summer

Dream spring break location: Well, I’m going on the Urban Education Spring Break Service trip to Portland this spring break, so right now that’s my dream location. Not only do I love Portland but I’m really excited to get in different classrooms and gain skills that I can bring back to Edison Elementary, where I work. I’ve also heard Indonesia is pretty wonderful. Senior Senator Serena Runyan

What she hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: Since this is my first year on ASWC,  I’ve spent a lot of my time just figuring out what exactly my role is… my platform was based on increased student representation/tenure input, more experiential learning opportunities for campus groups, and sustainable commitment to campus diversity, largely focusing on pan-African/Middle Eastern presence. In light of that, I think I’d like to focus on strengthening the Middle Eastern presence on campus, whether that’s guest speakers or somehow increasing the availability of Middle East studies classes. There’s a weird lack of options there, and especially after studying abroad in Israel, I feel that dearth. There is so much going on in the Middle East that people are not necessarily unaware of or have a very limited background about them. Being on Finance Committee allows me to allocate funds to student groups for the experiential learning I hope to increase.

The best class she’s taken at Whitman: Professor Schmitz’s 1960s seminar because Schmitz is a really good educator, and I’ve just really enjoyed the topic. Learning about the different social movements of the 1960’s and about American history in general, allows me to better understand the society I live in today. It’s really cool to be able to look from your class reading to your own life and see very direct connections, reverberations and consequences.

What she looks forward to about graduating: …Yikes. Well, I’m looking forward to being self-sustaining, as in living on what I earn. That’s definitely appealing. I’m also excited about having a million possibilities to choose from, though that’s also really stressful. Mostly I think I’m ready to start acting on the education and training I’ve received at Whitman. I’m ready to put myself to use and see what I can give.

Nate Higby

Major: Sociology

Favorite Smell: Yankee Candle’s “Under the Palms” scent

Dream spring break location: Enchantment Lake in the CascadesOmbudsman Nate Higby

What he hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: To use my position as senior senator to increase transparency between the EC and the senate body as well as to minimize any division between the two. I also hope to work on improving the care at the health center.

The best class he’s taken at Whitman: The Rhetoric of Civil Rights with Heather Hayes because the professor was awesome and the subject material was very relevant to our current lives.

What he looks forward to about graduating: Having time to read a book for fun.

Junior Jams

The members of the junior senator delegation reveal their deepest secrets… or at least a window into their musical/literary preferences and their goals for ASWC.

Gillian Friedman

Major: Race and Ethnic Studies

Her current favorite song: September by Earth, Wind, and Fire

What she hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: I hope to always have an open ear to student’s concerns. I also hope to advocate for specific issues, such as increased student input in tenure decisions

The last book she read for fun: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Her guilty pleasure: Chocolate chip cookies

Nick Hochfeld

Major: PoliticsJunior Senator Nick

His current favorite song: I Turn My Camera On by Spoon

What he hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: Help students improve their access to school services, increase Whitman’s dedication to all types of diversity, and to strengthen the relationship between ASWC and the rest of the student body.

The last book he read for fun: Paper Towns by John Green

His guilty pleasure: Long walks on the beach and a good joke.

Marciela Sanchez-Garcia

Major: Politics

Her current favorite song: Daydreamin’ by Lupe Fiasco

What she hopes to accomplish with ASWC this semester: Since I am only a junior senator for the fall semester, I plan to support the FG/WC group on campus by advocating for the transitional program.

The last book she read for fun: Calvin and Hobbes: The Tenth Anniversary Book by Bill Watterson.

Her guilty pleasure: Eating lots of chocolate!

Olivia Hagel

Major: Politics

Her current favorite song: All You Can Do by Watsky ft. Jimetta RoseJunior Senator Olivia Hagel

What she hopes to accomplish with ASWC this year: I really just want to adequately serve the students I represent during my time in ASWC. For me, that means bringing up issues that students have voiced to me and balancing my own opinion, the opinion of other juniors and what I think will be best for the students and school when voting on issues in ASWC.

The last book she read for fun: Inferno by Dan Brown

Her guilty pleasure: I would live off Goldfish if I could. I love them and I have to stop myself from buying them every time I’m at the store or I’m pretty sure I would turn orange.

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!

 

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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.

Second Senate Summary

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Senator Shemitz expresses his gratitude for the Senate’s support of his newly passed  resolution. Photo by Abby Seethoff

At its second meeting of the 2014-2015 school year on October 19th, the ASWC Senate ratified Racquetball Club, approved three finance requests, and passed a potentially pivotal piece of legislation.

First-years Ethan Gladhill and Zach Collins played racquetball at the national level in high school and hope to spread their passion for the game at Whitman with the now ASWC-recognized Racquetball Club.

ASWC also approved three students’ request for funding to attend this year’s Facing Race Conference in Texas, where they will learn how to better format workshops for Whitman’s annual race-issue event, the Power Privilege Symposium.

Through combined OLEF and ASWC funding, five students will attend the annual Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) Conference in Portland November 12th-14th.

Over summer, KWCW discovered an eight-year backlog of unfiled paperwork that could have compromised the station’s ability to broadcast, had it been discovered by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigation rather than self-reported. KWCW General Manager and ASWC Advisor and Director of Student Activities Leann Adams worked with a lawyer, Henry Cole, to negotiate an agreement with the FCC. At this senate meeting, ASWC allocated additional funds to KWCW to help pay both the lawyer fees and an FCC fine.

The Senate approved Resolution SRF 14.1 by a vote of acclamation, meaning that a senator’s motion for a unanimous vote was passed prior to the actual vote. This gesture allows ASWC to express especially strong support for a piece of legislation.

Resolution SRF 14.1, written by sophomore senator Arthur Shemitz, urges the college to make standardized test scores an optional component of the admissions process to move toward “equal educational access [for] people of all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds”. According to a 2014 study published in Research for Higher Education, using standardized test scores in the admissions process favors men; furthermore, a 2002 report by the Whitman College Office of Institutional Research noted “small, but significant correlations between SAT score, race, and gender” that privilege certain groups.

Amidst the climate of tension concerning the lack of economic diversity at Whitman, ASWC hopes that this resolution will provide a way for the Board of Trustees to begin to effectively address this issue.

 

Senate Round Up May 5

At the final senate meeting of the 2013-2014 school year, ASWC appointed several students to various committees and passed some bylaw amendments and a resolution.

ASWC appointed Jaime Parades-Torres to the Technology Task Force, Ari Ronai Durning to the Sustainability Advisory Committee, Kangqiao Liao to the Bon App Advisory Committee, and Phuong Le to the Student Life Committee.  In addition, ASWC approved the nominations of Jonathan Luo, Sam Starr, and Colin McCarthy to the Student Technology Advisory Committee and Ann Roge, Cleo Young, and Katie Steen to the Council on Student Affairs.  Finally, after some debate concerning whether a highly involved member of ASWC should have been chosen in lieu of other candidates for the Budget Advisory Committee, which seeks non-ASWC student perspective as well, Tim Reed was appointed to this committee.

The senate then passed bylaw amendments that shortened the Fall Semester General Election cycle and broadened the potential uses for the Green Fund.

Petitions with the 20 signatures required to run for office in the fall will now be due 10 days after they are released instead of 14.

The Green Fund, previously available only for on-campus sustainability initiatives, now can be used for such initiatives that benefit the greater Walla Walla area as well.

Furthermore, ACT SAS 14.7 fixed a numbering inconsistency in the bylaws; now all parts of the bylaws say that three members of the Oversight Committee must be present at all Senate meetings.

The last agenda item at this senate meeting was a resolution to adopt the new ASWC Club Mission Statement, which reads, “The Associated Students of Whitman College enriches the collegiate experience by advocating for student interests. ASWC encourages the recognition of clubs that have demonstrated student interest, supports any club that has the potential to enrich the experience of the student body, and attempts to facilitate the growth and development of recognized clubs.”  It passed.

ASWC’s end-of-year banquet will be on Sunday, May 11th.

To read the full minutes, click here.

Congratulating the Pioneer and blue moon!

Campus Media Organizations are a significant part of ASWC’s undertakings; here, we’ll take a moment to celebrate some of their achievements!

blue moon just received the Silver Crown Award, a national distinction, from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for Volume 26 from last year.  blue moon has won either Gold or Silver crowns from them for the past several years.  In addition, ASWC funded blue moon’s attendance of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Seattle earlier this year.

In the fall, the Pioneer’s website was honored with the National Online Pacemaker Award, which is often considered the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism.  At the Associated Collegiate Press Spring Conference in San Diego in February, the Pioneer magazine, The Circuit, was awarded second place in the Best of Show category.