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Bridging gaps of accessibility in the Walla Walla community

Bridging gaps of accessibility in the Walla Walla community

Alex Brockman, Feature Editor

December 12, 2019

At an institution with competitive enrollment based off grades and test scores, Whitman is inherently inaccessible to certain members of the larger community with developmental, intellectual or learning disabilities. However, for students attending Whitman, the institution provides many disability support...

YWCA: Services from and for Walla Walla women

YWCA: Services from and for Walla Walla women

Emma Foley, Feature Reporter

December 5, 2019

The shelter at Walla Walla’s YWCA looks not unlike a college dorm: a hallway breaks off into individual rooms that consist of a bed, table and closet. Upon arrival, residents go over expectations for group living; they carry their toiletries from their room to the bathroom and label their food in the...

Whitman’s SJP chapter sheds light on Israeli occupation of Palestine

Whitman’s SJP chapter sheds light on Israeli occupation of Palestine

Miyona Katayama, Feature Reporter

November 21, 2019

As of Monday, November 18, the Trump Administration declared that the U.S. no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal, diverting from the international legal position and opening Israel’s path to the annexation of the West Bank, according to the New York Times. For Palestinians, this is huge and devastating news, especially after an Israeli airstrike killed eight members of a family an...

Whitman’s archives piece together the past

Whitman’s archives piece together the past

Eleanor Dudley, Feature Reporter

November 15, 2019

Tucked away behind moving shelves lies history, carefully stored and cared for by dedicated individuals. Located in the Penrose Library basement, the Whitman College and Northwest Archives collection is a unique and underused space on campus. Aside from an initial visit during orientation, many students...

A home for longer than four years: Whitties from Walla Walla

A home for longer than four years: Whitties from Walla Walla

Emma Foley, Feature Writer

November 7, 2019

James Bogley ‘20 found out he got into Whitman when the director of admissions and his admissions counselor surprised him at his high school with his acceptance package. This personal touch is familiar to a small subset of accepted students: those from the Walla Walla Valley. Some have Walla Walla...

Journey back to the alma mater: Whitman alumni return as professors

Journey back to the alma mater: Whitman alumni return as professors

Miyona Katayama, Feature Writer

October 31, 2019

Being the tight-knit and relatively self-selective institution that Whitman is, it is no surprise that a number of graduates from throughout the years have decided to come back as faculty. Many professors are drawn back to Whitman for a combination of reasons, such as the practicalities of a limited...

Liberal arts offers nontraditional paths to medical school

Liberal arts offers nontraditional paths to medical school

Sarah Holloway, Feature Reporter

October 24, 2019

With a high demand in the job market for students with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees, there is a looming concern whether a liberal arts education is sufficient. Liberal arts is the exploration of matters not related to vocational, professional or technical curriculums. What...

Deep roots at Whitman

Deep roots at Whitman

Emma Foley, Feature Writer

October 19, 2019

To get to Whitman College, you drive first through the rolling wheat fields and vineyards of the Walla Walla Valley, pass signs advertising famously local sweet onions sold just around the corner and see scores of cows munching on grass. These sprawling spreads of land dedicated to growing are interrupted...

Authoring spaces for the literary arts: Whitman’s Visiting Writers Reading Series

Authoring spaces for the  literary arts: Whitman’s Visiting Writers Reading Series

Eleanor Dudley, Feature Writer

October 9, 2019

Within the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest lies a community of writers, readers and lovers of literature who work in conversation to further their art form. Port Angeles born poet and author Tess Gallagher, wife of famous Northwest author Raymond Carver, is one member of this intimate community. She...

Connections and new beginnings: Transferring to Whitman

Connections and new beginnings: Transferring to Whitman

Emma Foley, Feature Writer

September 30, 2019

One-third of college students will transfer schools at least once. I remember reading this statistic while parsing through the Google results for “how to know if you should transfer,” a phrase I hesitantly searched in October of my first year of college and would many more times before I finally...

Off-Campus Housing: Traditions of Community

Eleanor Dudley, Miyona Katayama, and Alex Brockman

September 26, 2019

With houses in short supply in the Walla Walla area, Whitman homes hold special value. Students are often unaware of the off-campus housing options available to them through the College. After the first two years of required on-campus living, students are free to find homes in the Walla Walla community....

A Passion for Fashion: Style at Whitman

A Passion for Fashion: Style at Whitman

Alex Brockman, Feature Editor

May 3, 2019

In the morning as Whitman students wake and get ready for class we all have a seemingly simple decision to make in common: what clothes to put on our back. Admittedly for me this decision is often fueled by convenience: whatever shirt I pull out of my drawer first or what pair of jeans are the most comfortable...

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