The College Engages with a new platform
This semester, Program Board began using Engage, an online platform to notify and interact with students. In previous years, the Board used OrgSync; the switch to Engage occurred after OrgSync was bought by CampusLabs, a larger company, and the College’s faculty decided to use CampusLabs’ new service, Engage.
Witness the return of Whittfest
Whittfest is the name of the Spring semester concert hosted for students on campus. In the past, Whittfest has featured outdoor activities in the name of encouraging Poet pride. Up until the 2018 – 2019 school year, Whittfest was celebrated annually, and this tradition will return this spring of the 2019 – 2020 academic year.
Shining a Spotlight on diversity
Associated Students of Whittier College (ASWC) Vice President Elect, second-year Kole Joachim, is leading a project to create a mural located just outside of The Spot with the goal to capture the different identities on campus while involving student input from different organizations on campus.
Senate goes transparent
The Associated Students of Whittier College (ASWC) unanimously passed the Legislative Transparency Bill on Monday, April 15. The Bill was written in response to some concerns raised by students at this year’s Senate Feedback Forum, regarding, as the text of the Bill states, the “rapidity with which bills and amendments are passed and dissatisfaction with the workability of OrgSync as a platform for information distribution.”
Mayor Pro Tem on housing Whittier’s homeless
Over 200 individuals came to speak at the Whittier City Council meeting on March 26, and an Ad Hoc sub-committee on homelessness was formed. This week, we sat down with Mayor Pro Tem and City Council member Josue Alvarado, who voted against the sub-committee’s establishment.
eSports: Game on
Behenna determined, after some consideration, that the most concise definition of eSports is “competitive video games,” a categorization that is, by necessity, extremely broad; 2D fighting games like Street Fighter, Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas like LoL, and digital card games like Hearthstone are all played professionally.
Increase in Whittier homeless encampments
The City of Whittier released an update on homelessness within the city on March 8, 2019. According to the update, Whittier is experiencing an “increase in homeless encampments despite significant efforts by social service providers to offer a wide variety of services to those experiencing homelessness.”
Hoops and all
Lizette Escobedo’s home has been used for many things in the last year: campaign strategy sessions, debate preparation, and launching community canvasses, just to name a few. The campaign chaos from her historic run at Whittier’s City Council in early 2018 hit Escobedo’s home like a tornado, and it took months to declutter the stacks of paperwork and literature in the aftermath.