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Getting political

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Genevieve Vogel, Feature Reporter

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 club has also been working on projects to encourage voting and students have used the moment to do their own letter writing, p...

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

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

Michael Conlin-Elsen, Feature Reporter

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 document comes from the Committee of Division Chairs (CDC), which acts as an in...

A toast to Whitties working in wine

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.

Genevieve Vogel, Feature Reporter

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 of Walla Walla's wine region. Student Noah Dunn and two alumni, Madelyn Hofbauer and Claire Pi...

“More flexibility”: Faculty raise concerns over college management

Michael Conlin-Elsen, Feature Reporter

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 of University Professors (AAUP) released a letter titled “The Long-Term Costs of Short-Term Cuts: W...

Whitman welcomes new courses amid search for interdisciplinary collaboration

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Ellie Van Gorden, Feature Reporter

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 entails, these two classes seek to tackle concepts both worlds away and just beyond our bedroom wal...

Don’t zoom through your mental health

Illustration by Anika Vucicevic.

Genevieve Vogel, Feature Reporter

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 revolución: students and faculty wrestle with online learning," students and professors are well aware of the differences between in-person and online lear...

Students on leave turn away from academics and toward themselves

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Ellie Van Gorden, Feature Reporter

September 24, 2020

By now, we’re all familiar with the daily commute from our kitchens to our desks and back. Zoom is now a noun and the timely muting and unmuting of a microphone is an envious talent. But for some Whitman students, this semester exists far outside of a computer screen. They’ve chosen to take a le...

A history of student activism for racial justice on campus

Piper Olsen, Feature Reporter

September 24, 2020

There has been an increased spotlight on contemporary issues of racial discrimination at Whitman, but current activists argue that we must not forget the legacy of unacknowledged work and demands of BIPOC leaders past.  On July 20, 2020, the Whitman Black Student Union President Hannah Paul ‘22*...

Viva la remote revolución: students and faculty wrestle with online learning

Illustration by Anika Vučićević.

Michael Conlin-Elsen, Feature Reporter

September 17, 2020

The “business of education,” as Dean of Students Kazi Joshua explained last semester, “must continue,” apocalypse notwithstanding. As we held our collective breath waiting for school to resume, the announcement that classes would continue online came as a disappointment that many were secretly anticip...

First year fall FOMO

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Genevieve Vogel, Feature Reporter

September 17, 2020

FOMO— the Fear of Missing Out. Whitman College’s decision to hold fall semester via remote learning left some students feeling FOMO about what is popularly referred to as the “freshman experience.” First years can usually look forward to the fall as a period for self growth, forging friend...

Whitman seniors become Watson fellows

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Miyona Katayama, Feature Reporter

May 13, 2020

Seniors Evangelos Sarantinos and Cameron Conner have been awarded the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship: a one-year grant of $30,000 that supports 12 months of independent travel. According to Keith Raether, the director of the Office of Fellowships and Grants, “the aim of the Watson is to give new graduates...

Roller derby by and for Walla Walla women

Eleanor Dudley, Feature Reporter

May 11, 2020

Whipping around the track, the Walla Walla Sweets Rollergirls navigate offense and defense in tandem. Solidarity and strength dominate their sport; power is channeled into play. This transformative atmosphere is created by a community of badass women who show up for themselves and each other. Roller...

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