December 9, 2013

Volume 8 | Issue 16 | December 9, 2013

Chemistry class visits Hanford

Comet Lovejoy

Students in the Instrumental Methods of Analysis (CHEM320) chemistry course recently visited the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at the Hanford Site in Richland, Wash.

Whitman students and staff viewed multimillion-dollar supercomputers, Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometers, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, as well as other state-of-the-art instruments. We would like to thank the EMSL staff for their hospitality.


4th Annual Student Activities Arts and Crafts Fair

Arts and Crafts Fair poster. Monday, December 9, 4-6 pm. Reid Campus Center Ballroom.

Students photograph Comet Lovejoy

Comet Lovejoy

Around 5 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, astronomy majors junior Emma Dahl and senior Danny Smith captured this image of Comet Lovejoy using telescopes on the roof of the Science Building.


Whitman Wellness
Contributed by Fitness Facilities Director Michele K. Hanford

To Diet or Not to Diet: That is the Question

Life would be perfect if we could eat what we wanted, as much as we wanted, and still lose weight. Although I wish this were the case, the last time I tried it I gained five pounds!

We are constantly bombarded with diet plans, all guaranteed to take off the pounds. But what should we believe? And how do you know which plan is right for you? Like finding the perfect ugly sweater for the holiday parties, it’s still a quest filled with trial and error.

The best way to attack an eating plan you can stick to is to find out what is realistic and what works for you? What is your current style of eating and what type of foods are you attracted to? Keeping a food log over the course of a 24-hour period is often all you need to give yourself an at-a-glance look at your eating habits. Anyone who might be interested in this process should get in touch, and we’ll start working on it!

Eating is fundamental for humans – we have to eat. But why do we eat? There are several mechanisms at play: hunger (physical need), psychological and emotional mechanisms (how we think and feel about food) and satiety (satisfaction).

Filling out a one-day food journal will help you look at more than the description of the food item. It will also help you figure out why you eat what you eat.

This is knowledge. And knowledge is power!


Faculty News Brief

Comet Lovejoy

Elizabeth Vandiver, Clement Biddle Penrose Associate Professor of Latin and Classics, has recently published two essays on British poetry of the First World War. 

The Cambridge Companion to the Poetry of the First World War, published in November by Cambridge University Press, includes her chapter, "Early Poets of the First World War." The chapter focuses on four classically-educated poets: Rupert Brooke, Julian Grenfell, Charles Hamilton Sorley and Patrick Shaw Stewart.

In June, her essay "To Hades – and Back? Chthonic Goddesses, Death, and Rebirth in the War Poetry of Robert Graves and Richard Aldington" also appeared in Robert Graves and the Mediterranean: Proceedings of the Tenth International Robert Graves Conference, published by the University of the Balearic Islands Press.


Campus Events
All free unless otherwise noted

Thursday, Dec. 12 to Sunday, Dec. 15
Theatre. The ukulele is given center stage at the Harper Joy Theatre, in "Ukulele!" as student actors dismantle all that is uniform in a celebratory variety show. Inspired by the days of Vaudeville and early television variety shows, we invite you to join us as sketch comedy, song, dance and hand puppets mingle with the mighty four-stringed instrument and the musicians who play it. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Harper Joy box office or by calling (509)527-5180 during business hours. They cost $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.

Saturday, Dec. 14
Dance Performance. The Dance Center presents their annual all studio story ballet: “Cinderella at the Christmas Ball,” directed by Idalee Hutson-Fish. More than 100 dancers take the stage to tell a Cinderella story with a bit of a twist. Come be delighted by tiny fairies, reindeer, toy soldiers, grand waltzing and the beauty of finding love where you least expect it. Tickets are available at Earthlight Books or at the door. They cost $15 for reserved seats, $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. 7:30 p.m. in Cordiner.


Athletic Events – Home Games

Friday, Dec. 13
Women’s Basketball v. Corban College
8 p.m.
Sherwood Center

Saturday, Dec. 14
Women’s Basketball v. Eastern Oregon University
6 p.m.
Sherwood Center

Men’s Basketball v. Southwestern University (Texas)
8 p.m.
Sherwood Center


Parting Shot
By Matt Banderas, photographer/communications officer

parting shot

A new moon hangs over Hunter Conservatory on a cold winter night. Full size.
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