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Why wrap presents when you can wrap Spotify?

Emma Foley and Zoe Schacter-Brodie December 9, 2021

On Dec. 1, Instagram users flooded their stories with variations on the same template: a purple or black or blue or green background, a looping “2021” in a funky font, a list of musical artists and...

Illustration by Madi Welch.

How to feel less lonely

Bhavesh Gulrajani, Feature Editor December 2, 2021

[This article was originally published on May 16, 2021, in Circuit.] I asked three residents in Lyman’s Tower section whether they ever feel lonely. My first interviewee was Dante: tall, bearded and...

Illustration by Anna Stone.

This town isn’t big enough for the two of us

Zoe Schacter-Brodie, Feature Reporter November 18, 2021

Note: All of the names used in this article are pseudonyms.  To avoid someone at Whitman is a futile endeavor. Our 1,500-student enrollment doesn’t provide much of a buffer, and 117 acres feel like...

Illustration by Paloma Link.

Reading for class, reading for joy

Emma Foley, Feature Reporter November 11, 2021

Bring up “Percy Jackson'' to a group of college students. If they’re anything like me, you’ll rouse memories of curling up with “The Lightning Thief” during free-reading time in elementary school...

Illustration by Anna Stone.

Professors, parenthood and the pandemic

Zoe Schacter-Brodie, Feature Reporter November 4, 2021

The daily schedule of a professor tends to extend far beyond a typical 9-to-5, often obscuring the lines between work and home life—especially so for those with children. The pandemic has blurred these...

How to grow a campus

How to grow a campus

Emma Foley, Feature Reporter October 28, 2021

Famous landscape architect John C. Olmsted declared that having a large, unbroken field in the center of Whitman’s campus would be a “practical impossibility,” although it would “undoubtedly be...

Illustration by Paloma Link.

Uncareful self-care

Zoe Schacter-Brodie, Feature Reporter October 21, 2021

On day one of four-day, I stayed in my pajamas until six p.m. Grateful for respite from a hectic semester, I readily indulged every relaxing impulse I had: I ate chocolate in bed, scrolled passively through...

Illustration by Anna Stone.

Strangers, Acquaintances, Friends

Bhavesh Gulrajani, Feature Editor October 7, 2021

College campuses are a breeding ground for the question and worry: how do I make friends? First-years are traditionally burdened by the task of friendship-forming, but recent circumstances have led...

Illustration by Paloma Link.

Reflections on place

Emma Foley, Feature Reporter September 30, 2021

I arrived at Whitman and quickly dedicated myself to the library’s quiet room. Us quiet room regulars toiled away together night after night, sharing a space but never speaking. When campus reopened...

The OP kid archetype

The OP kid archetype

Zoe Schacter-Brodie, Feature Reporter September 23, 2021

Nothing could have prepared me for how pervasive Whitman’s outdoors culture is. My first day on campus, I maneuvered through Ankeny’s web of slacklines to meet my Chaco-clad peers, utterly out of my...

Illustration by Madi Welch.

Leaving Afghanistan for Whitman

Bhavesh Gulrajani, Feature Editor September 16, 2021

Angela Eliacy is a first year Whitman student, an undeclared intended economics-math major. She was born and raised in Afghanistan—first in the countryside, then in Kabul—before spending three years...

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Sophomores take on a Walla Walla summer

Ellie Van Gorden, Feature Reporter May 6, 2021

As the spring semester comes to an end, some students aren’t quite ready to leave. For three sophomores, summer is an opportunity to make up for time lost to the pandemic.  Eila Chin spent the...

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