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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

Photo contributed by Jessica Hernandez Luis.

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

Evangelos Sarantinos

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...

Is mental health care accessible at Whitman? Looking towards solutions and improvement

Whitman's Counseling Center has experienced an influx of student need over the 2019-2020 school year. Photos by Michael Lans

Miyona Katayama, Feature Reporter

March 10, 2020

Over the 2019-2020 school year, demand has gone up at Whitman's counseling center. Whitman administration and students have been active in questioning the factors that have lead to this rise, the lack of access to resources in the Walla Walla area and other factors that make the counseling center inaccessible...

New Walla Walla businesses bring spaces for community to thrive

The Market by Andy's, an offshoot of Andy's Market in College Place, features a fresh smoothie and juice bar. Photos by Amara Garibyan

Malia Brooks, Feature Reporter

March 5, 2020

Although March may be the time during which New Year's Resolutions start to fizzle out, three new Walla Walla businesses are charging full-steam ahead into 2020. In the past few months, Carte Coffee, Black Pearl Boba Tea and the Market by Andy’s have all popped up steps away from Main St., shaping...

Navigating visas and more: Whitman international students search for next steps

Sophomore Fadia Chehadeh enjoys the connections and relationships she gains working on campus. Photos by Beej Haas

Alex Brockman, Feature Editor

February 27, 2020

With Whitman’s graduation gradually drawing nearer, seniors are faced with the often intimidating task of planning their next steps. For many international students this stress is coupled with the complexity of going through the United States VISA process, which is required in order to obtain a job...

Scootin’ through campus: Students get around on funky wheels

Kaia Schweig getting around on her unicycle. Photos by Michael Lans

Emma Foley, Feature Reporter

February 20, 2020

During October break of his first semester, junior Ethan Treadwell made a purchase some might call unusual for a college student. “I bought a purple, light-up-wheel Razor scooter,” Treadwell said. “Purple’s my favorite color, and I liked the light-up wheels.” Now, over a year later, scootering...

Walla Walla Immigrants Rights Coalition provides community support and education

Illustration by Megan Waldau

Miyona Katayama, Feature Writer

February 13, 2020

Like many rural agricultural communities across the country, Walla Walla has a substantial population of immigrants who work and live in the community. Following the election of Donald Trump and the implementation of his policies, many of them are in need of immigrants rights advocacy to provide assistance...

Across the world and back again: Students return to Whitman

Illustration by Elie Flanagan

Malia Brooks and Eleanor Dudley

February 6, 2020

The start of a new semester brings the return of Whitman faces both new and old, from places near and far. This spring, many students are returning from time away and abroad. As they transition back to campus life, their stories and experiences offer insight and guidance into the tedious work of adjustment...

Bridging gaps of accessibility in the Walla Walla community

Illustration by Hannah Paul

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 Walla Walla offers support for local women through a women's shelter, domestic violence and sexual assault services, and enrichment programs. Photos by Chelsea Goldsmith

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...

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