Fountain Newsletter

All Students for Consent supports Denim Day

In 1998, an Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans, reasoning she must have helped her attacker remove them. Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become an international symbol of protest against erroneous assumptions about rape.

On Wednesday, Apr. 23, All Students for Consent is sponsoring a Whitman College Denim Day. ASC advocates have a consent pledge that all faculty, staff and students are invited to sign, demonstrating their support for active consent in all intimate situations. Pledge signers will be given a denim square with a turquoise ribbon to show their support. The pledge will be available from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Jewett and Prentiss. Wear your jeans, stop by to sign the pledge and proudly sport your denim square. Please contact Corinne Vandagriff ( or Chris Perkins ( if you have any questions.

Rawandan genocide survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza to speak at Whitman

Rawandan genocide survivor and best-selling author Immaculee Ilibagiza is coming to campus on Tuesday, Apr. 22. Ilibagiza is regarded as one of the world's leading motivational speakers on peace, faith and forgiveness. In 1994, Ilibagiza's life, like many in Rwanda, took a horrific turn. As an eyewitness-survivor of the Rwandan genocide, Ilibagiza has focused on sharing the message of faith and forgiveness. Her book, "Left to Tell," is an international bestseller that has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide and has been made into a documentary. Her lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Stretch your gift to Whitman by donating on GiveBIG Day

Whitman College will be taking part in this year's GiveBIG Day on May 6.

Stretch your gift to Whitman College by donating during GiveBIG Day, when every gift is matched by with funds from a stretch pool contributed by The Seattle Foundation. Gifts made through GiveBIG Day on May 6 benefit the college's Annual Fund as unrestricted contributions. Alumni and parent donors who give through GiveBIG will be credited for having made a gift counting toward class or parent participation. Unrestricted gifts to Whitman College help support dedicated faculty, scholarships, Penrose Library, and programs such as health and counseling services in the Welty Center.

On May 6, 2014, make your gift via the GiveBIG online giving form. To qualify for a match, your GiveBIG gift must be made via this online form and paid for with a credit card.

The more dollars given to Whitman through this program, the greater the stretch amount. The full amount of gifts, PLUS the stretch amount, goes directly to Whitman College. All gifts up to $5,000 per donor, per organization, will quality for the stretch amount and will be fully tax-deductible.

Faculty news briefs

Associate Professor of Spanish Janis Breckenridge and alumna Madelyn Peterson '13 recently published their collaborative research in the peer-reviewed journal "Confluencia." Their article, "Lila Quintero Weaver's Darkroom: A Memoir in Black & White: Envisioning Equality," examines visual representations of race and ethnicity in a graphic novel chronicling an Argentine girl's coming-of-age in rural Alabama during the civil rights movement. The project was supported by the Adam Dublin Award for the Study of Global Multiculturalism and culminated with Quintero Weaver's visit to campus this past March through the Visiting Educator Fund.

Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History David Schmitz has published his tenth book, "Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War: The End of the American Century." In the book, Schmitz demonstrates that President Nixon's first presidential term oversaw the definitive crucible of the Vietnam War. Nixon came into office seeking the kind of decisive victory that had eluded President Lyndon Johnson, and went about expanding the war, overtly and covertly, in order to uphold the policy of "containment," protect America's credibility and defy the left's antiwar movement at home. Tactically, politically, Nixon's moves made sense. However, by 1971 the president was forced to significantly de-escalate the American presence and seek a negotiated end to the war, which is now accepted as an American defeat and a resounding failure of American foreign relations. Schmitz addresses the controversies of Nixon's Vietnam strategy and traces back the ways in which this most calculating and perceptive politician wound up resigning from office a fraud and failure. Finally, the book seeks to place the impact of Nixon's policies and decisions in the larger context of post-World War II American society and analyzes the full costs of the Vietnam War that the nation feels to this day.

Presidential search surveys due Apr. 30

The Presidential Search Committee invites you to share your thoughts about the ideal qualities of the next Whitman president by completing this short survey.

If you would like to have your thoughts considered as the search committee develops the job description, please complete this survey by Apr. 30, 2014. Your views, however, are welcome throughout the process. Thoughts, suggestions and feedback are always welcome at

Campus Events

Narrating the Nuclear

April 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Olin 130

Lecture by Dr. Mark Auslander, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies at Central Washington University.

Left to Tell: A lecture by best-selling author Immaculée Ilibagiza

April 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Cordiner Hall

A lecture by Rwandan Genocide survivor and best-selling author Immaculée Ilibagiza.

2014 Hosokawa Lecture: "The Stolen Dream - Did We Miss the Big Story?"

April 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Young Ballroom A, Reid Campus Center

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Hedrick Smith will deliver the Hosokawa Lecture on Apr. 24, 2014.

Caesar 2.0: Enlivening Caesar and his Gallic War

April 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Maxey Auditorium

The forty-third Sivert O. and Marjorie Allen Skotheim Lecture in History by Christopher B. Krebs, Associate Professor of Classics, Stanford University.

Student Artwork Reception

April 11, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. - Fouts Center for Visual Arts

Reception of student artwork: "Photographs, Optically Gathered Images, and Cardboard Chairs: Seats with a View!"

Sweet Onion Crank 2014

April 26, 2014

The Sweet Onion Crank is an NC3 bouldering competition and rock climbing festival hosted at the Climbing Center each spring!

Whitman College's 44th Annual Renaissance Faire

April 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Memorial Lawn

The Faire is organized and put on by the Whitman College Renaissance Faire Committee, an enthusiastic group of Whitman students and alumni.

Film Screening: Inequality for All

April 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. - Maxey Auditorium

Inequality for All is a 2013 documentary film about widening income inequality in the United States, directed by Jacob Kornbluth and presented by American economist, author and professor Robert Reich.

I'm No Hero: Journeys of a Holocaust Survivor

April 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. - Cordiner Hall

A lecture by Henry Friedman.

Athletic Events - Home Games

Parting Shot

By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

Spring blooms as Whitties take a break from senior theses and end-of-year exam prep.