Whitman Wire

A home for longer than four years: Whitties from Walla Walla

Junior Lizbeth Llanes grew up in College Place and has found that her perspective of Whitman’s engagement with the community has changed since her arrival at Whit man

Emma Foley, Feature Writer

November 7, 2019

James Bogley ‘20 found out he got into Whitman when the director of admissions and his admissions counselor surprised him at his high school with his acceptance package. This personal touch is familiar to a small subset of accepted students: those from the Walla Walla Valley. Some have Walla Walla...

Journey back to the alma mater: Whitman alumni return as professors

Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures Sarah Hurlburt, as a student, searches for a friend to fly her homemade kite in the library. Photo contributed by Sarah Hurlburt

Miyona Katayama, Feature Writer

October 31, 2019

Being the tight-knit and relatively self-selective institution that Whitman is, it is no surprise that a number of graduates from throughout the years have decided to come back as faculty. Many professors are drawn back to Whitman for a combination of reasons, such as the practicalities of a limited...

Liberal arts offers nontraditional paths to medical school

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

Sarah Holloway, Feature Reporter

October 24, 2019

With a high demand in the job market for students with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees, there is a looming concern whether a liberal arts education is sufficient. Liberal arts is the exploration of matters not related to vocational, professional or technical curriculums. What...

Deep roots at Whitman

Illustration by Elie Flanagan

Emma Foley, Feature Writer

October 19, 2019

To get to Whitman College, you drive first through the rolling wheat fields and vineyards of the Walla Walla Valley, pass signs advertising famously local sweet onions sold just around the corner and see scores of cows munching on grass. These sprawling spreads of land dedicated to growing are interrupted...

Authoring spaces for the literary arts: Whitman’s Visiting Writers Reading Series

Illustration by Megan Waldau

Eleanor Dudley, Feature Writer

October 9, 2019

Within the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest lies a community of writers, readers and lovers of literature who work in conversation to further their art form. Port Angeles born poet and author Tess Gallagher, wife of famous Northwest author Raymond Carver, is one member of this intimate community. She...

Connections and new beginnings: Transferring to Whitman

Junior Lucy Montgomery transferred from Scripps College her first year.

Emma Foley, Feature Writer

September 30, 2019

One-third of college students will transfer schools at least once. I remember reading this statistic while parsing through the Google results for “how to know if you should transfer,” a phrase I hesitantly searched in October of my first year of college and would many more times before I finally...

Off-Campus Housing: Traditions of Community

Eleanor Dudley, Miyona Katayama, and Alex Brockman

September 26, 2019

With houses in short supply in the Walla Walla area, Whitman homes hold special value. Students are often unaware of the off-campus housing options available to them through the College. After the first two years of required on-campus living, students are free to find homes in the Walla Walla community....

A Passion for Fashion: Style at Whitman

Illustration by Nathaly Perez

Alex Brockman, Feature Editor

May 3, 2019

In the morning as Whitman students wake and get ready for class we all have a seemingly simple decision to make in common: what clothes to put on our back. Admittedly for me this decision is often fueled by convenience: whatever shirt I pull out of my drawer first or what pair of jeans are the most comfortable...

Technology in the Classroom

Technology in the Classroom

Lena Friedman and Alex Brockman

April 25, 2019

As American society continues to rely more heavily on technology year by year, it has become a topic of hot debate whether the use of technology in classrooms enhances or hinders the experience of students and teachers. At Whitman professors take a range of stances: from strict no computer policies to...

Reducing Waste One Plastic Container at a Time

Kaeley Pilichowski is a Whitman senior who is passionate about living in a zero waste lifestyle.

Alex Brockman, Feature Editor

April 18, 2019

The phrase “zero waste” can be an intimidating phrase for those with a desire to become more eco-friendly or green in their lives. Thinking about the waste that the average person goes through in a single day makes it seem like an insurmountable task to completely cut that waste to zero. However,...

Are Whitties Open to Discussing the Military?

Whitman Junior Trung Vu served in the Marines prior to attending Whitman.

Lena Friedman, Feature Writer

April 11, 2019

What’s it like to have ties to the military in a relatively small, liberal arts college environment? A few students at Whitman share in this very experience, and can attest to how it affects their interactions on campus. Junior Julia Wilke is in a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend Gabe...

The Dirt on Dating

Illustration by Sylvie Corwin

Alex Brockman, Feature Editor

April 4, 2019

Writing an article on Whitman’s Dating scene for the Wire I thought I knew what I would hear. As a second semester junior, I have seen a lot of discontent in some of my peers, myself included, in the options available in the Whitman and Walla Walla communities for dating. Whether it is the small nu...

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