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Greek life adapts to COVID-19, drafts a safety plan

November 25, 2020

COVID-19 has presented fraternities and sororities with a unique and difficult set of problems. As they move into the spring semester, some factors affecting them will change, and some will stay the same....

Striving for equality: Female alumni speak up about their careers

Photo contributed by Ingrid Backstrom.
November 25, 2020

From the ski slopes to boardrooms, Whitman College alumnae have challenged equality issues in their careers. This year has brought to light a number of glass ceilings. In recent months, the United States...

Live from election night: Reactions from Whitman students

November 12, 2020

The Wire reached out to four Whitman students as voting numbers flooded in on Nov. 3, election night. Each hour, these students were asked to respond to a prompt and email back their responses. In...

Walla Walla’s Grand Cinemas reopens with empty seats, M-F Drive-In finishes its year with silver linings

Photo by Carson Jones.
November 5, 2020

The film industry has been experiencing an existential crisis in the face of streaming services, and now the pandemic has delivered a strong blow to in-person film venues. Washington’s Governor Inslee...

Donations to the college: Alumni, philanthropy funds and defense contractors

November 5, 2020

There was great applause when the Board of Trustees voted in 2018 to divest the college from the fossil fuel industry following years of student activist pressure. This issue brought attention to Whitman’s...

Going viral: Students with a claim to internet fame

Photo contributed by Ava Wadleigh.
October 29, 2020

Social media: applications that have us scrolling for hours on end. We’re consistently looking for new ways to entertain ourselves, especially given the yearly circumstances. I spoke with several...

Getting political

Photo contributed by Jess Zaslove.
October 22, 2020

As the election grows closer, Whitman students across the country are finding ways to be politically active. For most students, this is their first time voting in a presidential election. The Whitman Votes...

Leaked document details “Plan for Comprehensive Review” of college programs and departments

Leaked document details “Plan for Comprehensive Review” of college programs and departments
October 15, 2020

On Oct. 6, The Wire received a document from an anonymous faculty source featuring preliminary details on a “Plan for Comprehensive Review” of the majority of college programs, both academic and extracurricular. The...

A toast to Whitties working in wine

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.
October 15, 2020

Whitties have discovered that the high quality and distinctive wines of Walla Walla hold a world of possibility. From winemaking to marketing, there are opportunities to get involved in the growing popularity...

“More flexibility”: Faculty raise concerns over college management

October 8, 2020

As Whitman faces a year like no other, some faculty members have expressed concerns over the shifting priorities of the college management. In August, Whitman’s chapter of the American Association...

Whitman welcomes new courses amid search for interdisciplinary collaboration

Photo contributed by Mary Raschko.
October 8, 2020

Beginning Arabic and the First Year Seminars have both emerged after years of deliberation and push from both faculty and students. In the hope of diversifying and expanding what a liberal arts education...

Don’t zoom through your mental health

Illustration by Anika Vucicevic.
October 1, 2020

Students are constantly facing mental health challenges, but now, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they must also attempt to continue their education online. Previously published in “Viva la remote...

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