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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...

Photo by Bridget Kennedy.

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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“Discontinued or altered beyond recognition”: Students react to proposed changes to their majors in the FSR

Emma Foley, Feature Editor February 18, 2021

When Whitman’s Financial Sustainability Review was released, students and professors swiftly provided feedback about the proposed changes via emails, Instagram posts and chalk messages around campus....

Greek life adapts to COVID-19, drafts a safety plan

Michael Conlin-Elsen, Feature Reporter November 25, 2020

COVID-19 has presented fraternities and sororities with a unique and difficult set of problems. As they move into the spring semester, some factors affecting them will change, and some will stay the same....

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Striving for equality: Female alumni speak up about their careers

Genevieve Vogel, Feature Reporter November 25, 2020

From the ski slopes to boardrooms, Whitman College alumnae have challenged equality issues in their careers. This year has brought to light a number of glass ceilings. In recent months, the United States...

Live from election night: Reactions from Whitman students

Genevieve Vogel, Feature Reporter November 12, 2020

The Wire reached out to four Whitman students as voting numbers flooded in on Nov. 3, election night. Each hour, these students were asked to respond to a prompt and email back their responses. In...

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Walla Walla’s Grand Cinemas reopens with empty seats, M-F Drive-In finishes its year with silver linings

Genevieve Vogel, Feature Reporter November 5, 2020

The film industry has been experiencing an existential crisis in the face of streaming services, and now the pandemic has delivered a strong blow to in-person film venues. Washington’s Governor Inslee...

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