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Here’s to the vineyard workers of the Walla Walla Valley

Here’s to the vineyard workers of the Walla Walla Valley

Alissa Antilla, Managing Editor

October 12, 2018


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While Walla Walla sleeps on cold fall nights, the thought of wine grapes and the vines they hang on freezing stirs Frank Jimenez from his bed at 3 a.m. His day will not end until 6 p.m. Jimenez, a contracted vineyard manager, drives in the pre-dawn to various vineyards to come to the rescue, monitoring ...

Breaking the Standard: Non-Traditional Whitman Students

Breaking the Standard: Non-Traditional Whitman Students

Will Booth, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2018


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First-year Jake Lorang is the first to admit he sticks out like a sore thumb on Whitman campus. A bald 38 year-old man, Lorang is not difficult to spot amongst a crowd of long-haired, Chaco-wearing college students. “I’ve had a few [students] ask me if I was a teacher. It’s awkward,” Lorang...

Campus: Our Home

Campus: Our Home

Audrey Hecker, Staff Reporter

September 28, 2018


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Alternative Living Situations Audrey Hecker   The distinctive culture of the Whitman community is fostered within the unique living spaces that our students, faculty and staff create. Whether it be in one of the residence halls, a fraternity or President Murray’s own college-owned addre...

Unconditional Love: How Pets are Shaping the Student Experience

Unconditional Love: How Pets are Shaping the Student Experience

Claire Reichle and Sophie Liebsohn

September 24, 2018


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Ask many students what they miss most about being away from home, and they will tell you their pets. Dogs, cats, lizards, horses and chickens are just a few of the creatures that students leave behind as they transition back into life as college students. However, there is a smaller group of who have...

Walla Walla: A home for the summer

Walla Walla: A home for the summer

Claire Reichle and Ansley Peard

September 23, 2018


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When students arrive in Walla Walla for the first week of school, there is an outpouring of reunions and new meetings that signal the revival of the Whitman campus. But what would campus look like if you rewound the clock a few weeks prior? Every year, a small percentage of the Whitman student ...

Hunger Strike at the Washington State Penitentiary

Andrew Schwartz, Staff Reporter

May 3, 2018


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Jeffrey Owen Dorman was released this March after spending roughly 30 years bouncing between Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities. On Easter Sunday, his sister prepared a big ham. “I knew I didn’t like the food in there,” he said of Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) and ot...

Texting Through Crisis

Texting Through Crisis

Claire Reichle, Staff Reporter

April 26, 2018


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On a typical night in Walla Walla, Whitman students are typing away on their laptops. Sophomore Omar Aldahleh isn’t writing a paper or updating his status – he is texting strangers in crisis. Hailing from Redmond, Wash., Adahleh recently declared a major in psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience. Since...

Tunes in The Blues: Student Musicians on Spotify, iTunes and Soundcloud

Tunes in The Blues: Student Musicians on Spotify, iTunes and Soundcloud

Alex Brockman

April 19, 2018


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All musicians must start somewhere.  The simplest tune on a harmonica can develop an artist with complex style and inspirations. Sophomore Claire McHale, senior Chloe Serkissian and first-year Andreas Asimakopolous have been experimenting with music since a young age. Over time, their sound and style has devel...

From Residence Halls to Wedding Halls: Marriage at Whitman and Walla Walla University

Harry Kelso

April 12, 2018


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Whether it be at Whitman, Walla Walla University, or wherever else, one’s first year at college is the opening to many directions in life. Across the board, one thing college students are interested in navigating is a relationship. While far more of us end up with confusion rather than clarity, a sel...

United World Colleges: “The School of Life”

United World Colleges: “The School of Life”

Alissa Antilla

April 5, 2018


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When American students enter their third year of high school, many opt for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, an advanced program  with an international focus that lasts two years, smattered with creativity, activity and service (CAS) and culminating in a 4000 word extended essay, a...

Lincoln High School Mentorship Program

Lincoln High School Mentorship Program

Alissa Antilla, Feature Editor

March 29, 2018


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In January 2018, Whitman sophomore Sophia Webb spearheaded a mentorship program between Whitman students and seniors at Lincoln High School–Walla Walla’s only alternative high school–to build relationships between the two groups in context of preparing Lincoln seniors for post-grad life. Rewi...

The Future of Encounters

The Future of Encounters

Andrew Schwartz

March 8, 2018


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Review documents, as well as interviews with numerous faculty, show the philosophical and political stakes of the debates around the future of Whitman College’s “signature program.”

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