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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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Seniors prepare for post-graduate life

Sydney Bellon, Feature Reporter April 29, 2021

Although it has been a demanding and at times disheartening semester, seniors are prepared with exciting next steps for after graduation. Some may travel, some will go home, some are applying for jobs...

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Queer and Trans Students of Color club creates community for students struggling to feel seen

Ellie Van Gorden, Feature Reporter April 22, 2021

The Queer and Trans Students of Color club (QTSOC) was founded by co-presidents Toyona Howard (she/her) and Tatiana Villegas (she/her) in order to create a safe space for queer and trans POC on campus....

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Students find community in faith

Sydney Bellon, Feature Reporter April 15, 2021

For Whitman students, religion is often an unusual and even rare subject of conversation. Most atheistic or agnostic students seem either disinterested or antagonistic towards religion. Because of this,...

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Whitman EMTs serve and get to know Walla Walla community

Emma Foley, Feature Editor April 9, 2021

Several Whitman students have become emergency medical technicians (EMTs) while they are in school, a path that they say is difficult but often rewarding because of the connections they forge with...

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Students react to split-up spring break

Sydney Bellon, Feature Reporter April 1, 2021

This semester, spring break is divided across five separate weeks, with one day of each week allocated for a "spring break day." While many students feel that this is reasonable in order to prevent the...

Quarantine prompts students to reflect on their gender identity

Quarantine prompts students to reflect on their gender identity

Ellie Van Gorden, Feature Reporter March 25, 2021

COVID-19 lockdowns have allowed many Whitman students to face their identities in an intimate and consistent manner, resulting in many finding that their gender identity and preferred pronouns have changed...

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DISCO offers space for disabled students to connect and confront ableism

Sydney Bellon, Feature Reporter March 18, 2021

Disabled students have felt a need for a common space in which to connect and feel accepted. Whitman’s Disability and Difference Community, DISCO, was created in service of this need. Its founders hope...

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Composing her own story: Maria Martinez ’23 uses poetry to explore identity

Ellie Van Gorden, Feature Reporter March 11, 2021

For Maria Martinez, community is everything. The sophomore from Golden Gate, Florida, says that the people she cares for are her driving force. “The greatest sacrifice has been leaving home to get...

Illustration by Allyson Kim.

Closer to normal: Students and professors contend with hybrid learning

Sydney Bellon, Feature Reporter March 4, 2021

Whitman’s current hybrid model affords students and faculty the opportunity to meet in person at the discretion of the individual professor while also offering online participation and resources for...

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Whitman staff members change course to meet the moment

Ellie Van Gorden, Feature Reporter February 25, 2021

Whitman’s campus has finally come back to life, but it's all thanks to the dedication and commitment to safety that each and every staff member has made to the college thus far. Without their work, Whitman...

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