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Breaking: Second confirmed case of coronavirus in Walla Walla

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 24, 2020

Walla Walla County health officials confirmed a second case of novel coronavirus in Walla Walla this afternoon. A Walla Walla resident in her 20s tested positive for the virus, according to a press release from the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health. She is now under home isolation and will be for fourteen days, until her fever subsides for 72...

Breaking: Governor Jay Inslee issues statewide “stay at home order,” effective immediately

Breaking: Governor Jay Inslee issues statewide “stay at home order,” effective immediately

Samarah Uribe, Publisher

March 23, 2020

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued a “stay at home order” on Monday, March 23, effective immediately. This order directs Washington residents to remain at home (except to conduct essential business, such as grocery shopping and visiting the doctor), bans all gatherings and mandates the clo...

Breaking: First confirmed coronavirus case in Walla Walla

Breaking: First confirmed coronavirus case in Walla Walla

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 22, 2020

Walla Walla’s first case of novel coronavirus was confirmed on Saturday, March 21, by the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health.  “We are surprised it has taken this long for a local case here in Walla Walla County,” Meghan DeBolt, the director of the Walla Walla County Department of Co...

Breaking: Whitman College moves to online classes in wake of coronavirus outbreak

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2020

Whitman College has made the decision to suspend all in-person classes and move to an “online learning model,” according to an email sent by President Kathy Murray to the Whitman community this morning.  The College’s decision comes in the midst of a rapid increase in the spread of novel coronavi...

Breaking: Walla Walla hospital treats Oregon’s third case of coronavirus

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 2, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has reached Walla Walla County.  An adult who tested positive for the virus is currently being hospitalized at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, according to the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.  The man hails from Umatilla County, Walla Walla’s neighboring county. According to The Oregonian, ...

Breaking: Board of Trustees Vote to Fully Divest Whitman College from the Fossil Fuel Industry

Alissa Antilla, Managing Editor

November 9, 2018

On Friday, November 9, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to fully divest Whitman College from the fossil fuel industry. “I think it’s a really powerful statement that we’re at least more committed than we used to be towards ethical investing," said senior Tyee Williams. "And that we do...

Breaking: Cabasco to leave Whitman

Martina Pansze

August 19, 2017

According to an email sent by President Kathy Murray to all Whitman staff Friday morning, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Tony Cabasco has “decided to part ways with Whitman” in response to organizational changes made in the Admissions office. Cabasco graduated from Whitman with a B.A. i...

Another Drugging Reported at Whitman Party

Illustration by Claire Revere.

Mitchell Smith, Editor in Chief

April 9, 2017

Another Whitman student reported unknowingly ingesting dissociative “date rape” drugs on Saturday night. The drugging reportedly occurred at an all-campus party at the Sigma Chi fraternity house. The incident comes on the heels of a similar string of dissociative druggings late last semester...

A Breach of Trust: Whitman College Grapples with Dissociative Drug Investigation

Mitchell Smith and Marra Clay

November 10, 2016

A criminal investigation is currently underway after multiple Whitman students reported that they exhibited symptoms consistent with unknowingly ingesting dissociative drugs over the last two weekends. On the morning of November 7, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland sent a “Timely Warning” email alerting the Whitman community to the suspected druggings. In the email, Cleveland indicated that the police would begin interviewing any who are familiar with the situation or suspect they may have been drugged.

An Undetectable Drug

Marra Clay and Mitchell Smith

November 10, 2016

Testing for any dissociative drugs, such as ketamine (“Special K”), gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and rohypnol (“roofies”), is particularly challenging because the drugs have a very short half-life, meaning they quickly leave the body. If an individual thinks they may have been drugged, then they would need to be tested within a few hours of ingesting the drug or it will not show up in the test results.

When does the college send Timely Warnings?

Marra Clay and Mitchell Smith

November 10, 2016

On the morning of Monday, Nov. 7, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland sent a “Timely Warning” email to the Whitman community alerting students, faculty, staff and parents of suspected druggings. Cleveland’s email noted that there were a “number of students who demonstrated symptoms that suggested they may have been drugged at parties” on the north side of Boyer Avenue on Saturday, Nov. 5. He also wrote that the incidents may be related to an anonymous report from the previous week.

Breaking: At least ten Whitman students report unknowingly ingesting dissociative, “rape drugs” in the last two weekends

Mitchell Smith and Marra Clay, Editor in Chief and Publisher

November 6, 2016

According to anonymous reports, at least ten women who attended separate parties over the last two weekends showed signs consistent with unknowingly ingesting dissociative drugs commonly known as date rape drugs. Reports vary, and many were not tested for these types of drugs even when they visited the emergency room.

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