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Hunger Strike at the Washington State Penitentiary

Andrew Schwartz, Staff Reporter

May 3, 2018


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Jeffrey Owen Dorman was released this March after spending roughly 30 years bouncing between Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities. On Easter Sunday, his sister prepared a big ham. “I knew I didn’t like the food in there,” he said of Washington State Penitentiary (WSP) and ot...

Texting Through Crisis

Texting Through Crisis

Claire Reichle, Staff Reporter

April 26, 2018


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On a typical night in Walla Walla, Whitman students are typing away on their laptops. Sophomore Omar Aldahleh isn’t writing a paper or updating his status – he is texting strangers in crisis. Hailing from Redmond, Wash., Adahleh recently declared a major in psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience. Since...

Tunes in The Blues: Student Musicians on Spotify, iTunes and Soundcloud

Tunes in The Blues: Student Musicians on Spotify, iTunes and Soundcloud

Alex Brockman

April 19, 2018


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All musicians must start somewhere.  The simplest tune on a harmonica can develop an artist with complex style and inspirations. Sophomore Claire McHale, senior Chloe Serkissian and first-year Andreas Asimakopolous have been experimenting with music since a young age. Over time, their sound and style has devel...

From Residence Halls to Wedding Halls: Marriage at Whitman and Walla Walla University

Harry Kelso

April 12, 2018


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Whether it be at Whitman, Walla Walla University, or wherever else, one’s first year at college is the opening to many directions in life. Across the board, one thing college students are interested in navigating is a relationship. While far more of us end up with confusion rather than clarity, a sel...

United World Colleges: “The School of Life”

United World Colleges: “The School of Life”

Alissa Antilla

April 5, 2018


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When American students enter their third year of high school, many opt for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, an advanced program  with an international focus that lasts two years, smattered with creativity, activity and service (CAS) and culminating in a 4000 word extended essay, a...

Lincoln High School Mentorship Program

Lincoln High School Mentorship Program

Alissa Antilla, Feature Editor

March 29, 2018


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In January 2018, Whitman sophomore Sophia Webb spearheaded a mentorship program between Whitman students and seniors at Lincoln High School–Walla Walla’s only alternative high school–to build relationships between the two groups in context of preparing Lincoln seniors for post-grad life. Rewi...

The Future of Encounters

The Future of Encounters

Andrew Schwartz

March 8, 2018


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Review documents, as well as interviews with numerous faculty, show the philosophical and political stakes of the debates around the future of Whitman College’s “signature program.”

Language: “It’s Not Just a Classroom Thing”

Language: “It’s Not Just a Classroom Thing”

Claire Reichle

March 1, 2018


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When the new class of students came to the Whitman campus for the first time in August, there was a unique group of five among them whose stories set them apart. While they were just as nervous and excited as the Class of 2021, the five language assistants came to Whitman with separate linguistic an...

Yeehaw Aloha: Cowboys, Hula and a Good Cause

Yeehaw Aloha: Cowboys, Hula and a Good Cause

Alex Brockman

February 22, 2018


Filed under FEATURE, Front Page Slideshow, Production Night Blog

Drive down Isaacs Avenue and the eccentric appearance of one of the funkiest thrift stores in Walla Walla will probably catch your eye.   It’s a barn-shaped building with a pastel blue truck parked outside and chairs, tables and shopping carts of bright items humorously piled around the entrance. Yeeha...

Roo Rat Society

Harry Kelso

February 15, 2018


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For nearly half a century, a peculiar organization garnered 330 members, including three Whitman presidents, and landed itself as news on doorsteps from Ohio to Mexico City, as well as in the heart of a little girl in Florida. Building off popularity, it wound up in the Encyclopedia of Associations and on the d...

Through the Windows of the Barber Shop

Through the Windows of the Barber Shop

Alissa Antilla, Feature Editor

February 8, 2018


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Walla Walla native Ellen Saager has been watching Walla Walla grow from the windows of her barber shop — Ellen’s Cutting Edge — since 1987. Before that, she watched from the windows of her home on Penrose Ave, around where Whitman’s Physical Plant currently sits. She has seen Walla W...

Cultivating Passion: How Attending College in Wine-country Walla Walla has Refined Students’ Academic Interests

Cultivating Passion: How Attending College in Wine-country Walla Walla has Refined Students’ Academic Interests

Claire Reichle

January 30, 2018


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Location matters. According to the website “Visit Walla Walla,” there are 120 wineries and 2,800 acres of grapes in Walla Walla, and a select few students have shown that their passion for the viticulture they have been surrounded by in Walla Walla has been at play during their years at Whitman. Seniors...

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