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The Paradox of Private Bookstores

The Paradox of Private Bookstores

Claire Ommen, Features writer
September 24, 2015
Filed under FEATURE, Front Page Slideshow

With the beginning of the new academic year, all students feel the financial pressure of buying textbooks. With a steady increase in the price of textbooks in the last ten years, many students have sought alternatives to purchasing traditional textbooks. Students see e-books or retailers such as Amazon...

Upcoming Climate Action Plan Promotes Campus Sustainability

Kamna Shastri, Staff Writer
September 17, 2015
Filed under FEATURE

Imagine a wind turbine, its blades slowly turning as it stands between the science building, Harper Joy Theater, and Penrose Library. Picture a campus shimmering with the reflections of solar panels, retrofitted for rooftops. Think of going to the dining hall and leaving with a reusable to-go box in...

Walla Walla Cannabis Company

Hannah Bartman, Feature Editor
September 10, 2015
Filed under FEATURE

At the very end of Main Street, where one would expect to see tumbleweeds rolling lazily across the street, there is soon to emerge a new kind of weed – a kind of weed that has garnered national attention and pushed Washington on the map of progressive social ideals. The Walla Walla Cannabis Co...

Whitman Student Among Three Firefighters Killed in Crash

Whitman Student Among Three Firefighters Killed in Crash

Sarah Cornett and Lachlan Johnson
August 20, 2015
Filed under Breaking News, FEATURE, NEWS, News Highlight

A Whitman student was among three U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed in a vehicle crash on Wednesday night near Twisp, Washington. The student, Tom Zbyszewski, was a rising junior from Carlton, Washington. He was 20 years old. At Whitman, Tom was a physics major and lived in Lyman House. He was...

Students stand for Mauna Kea amidst telescope controversy

Kamna Shastri
May 7, 2015
Filed under FEATURE, Feature Highlight

Sophomore Sean Terada remembers a sixth grade trip to Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. He hiked through the lush emerald growth in the rain forests on the slopes of the mountain, breathing in the humid air. Without warning, he came upon an abrupt cut away where the rainforest stopped and opened...

Hawaiian Students Protest Telescope

Sarah Cornett
May 7, 2015
Filed under FEATURE, Weekly Topic

Three Hawaiian students are protesting a proposed telescope on the Mauna Kea mountain, a site Native Hawaiians regard as sacred.

Ladies’ Climbing Night offers space to women climbers

Ladies’ Climbing Night offers space to women climbers

Martina Pansze
April 30, 2015
Filed under FEATURE, Feature Highlight, Front Page Slideshow

As the clock strikes 8 p.m., women start to trickle into the climbing gym. By 8:05, Beyoncé is blasting from the speakers, and women are harnessing up and beginning to climb. Every other week, The Whitman Climbing Center hosts Ladies' Climbing Night from 8 to 10 p.m. Started by juniors Josephine...

Ladies Climbing Night

Sarah Cornett
April 30, 2015
Filed under FEATURE, Weekly Topic

Inspired by a climbing gym culture that is predominantly male, Ladies Climbing night has attracted dozens of enthusiastic women climbers.

For Chastity Belt, it’s ‘Time to Go Home’

Sarah Cornett
April 23, 2015
Filed under FEATURE

"It was just an illusion," sings Julie Shapiro on "Drone," the opening track of Chastity Belt's latest album Time to Go Home. Some things may be an illusion for Seattle band Chastity Belt, but their success is not one. A group comprised of four Whitman ‘12 grads, they recently released their so...

Chastity Belt Returns

Sarah Cornett
April 23, 2015
Filed under FEATURE, Weekly Topic

Seattle Band Chastity Belt, comprised of four Whitman '12 grads, will return to campus for a show on May 12th.

Is Yik Yak the next Whitman Encounters?

Is Yik Yak the next Whitman Encounters?

Sarah Cornett
April 16, 2015
Filed under FEATURE, Front Page Slideshow

Allie Donahue, Martina Pansze, and Audrey Kelly contributed reporting. Walking around campus, it is not unlikely that you'll hear a student or two talking about Yaks. While it is possible that they are speaking of large wild oxen, they are more likely discussing the latest social media craze to overt...

Yik Yak at Whitman

Sarah Cornett
April 16, 2015
Filed under Weekly Topic

The anonymous posting app, which limits what you see based on location, has taken off at Whitman. Is it a community bulletin-board, or a wall of anonymity for posters to hide behind?

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