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Lincoln High School Mentorship Program

Lincoln High School Mentorship Program

Alissa Antilla, Feature Editor

March 29, 2018

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

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”

Elvira Martinez Rueda, is language assistant of La Casa Hispana.

Claire Reichle

March 1, 2018

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

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

Roo Rat Society

Harry Kelso

February 15, 2018

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

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

Photo by Elle Pollock

Claire Reichle

January 30, 2018

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...

All Four Years: Diversity Work at Whitman

Photo by Haley King

Martina Pansze, Editor-in-Chief

January 25, 2018

Despite the fact that the meaning of the word “diversity” has become murky from years of imprecision and tired overuse, it remains firmly planted in the limelight.

No ‘Poo

Illustration by Catalina Burch

Alissa Antilla, Staff Reporter

December 7, 2017

First-year Jessie Brandt spent much of her gap year backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail: a simple, low-maintenance life. When Brandt came back to her Sebastopol, California, home for the winter to prepare for the next section of her hike, she started thinking about ways in which to simplify her ...


Photo by Gokay Abaci

Sophia Strabo, Staff Reporter

November 16, 2017

Books are inseparable from a liberal arts campus. It is hard to envision Whitman without them: students leafing through stacks in the library; a folded paperback copy of “The Grapes of Wrath” in a student’s back pocket; an eroded volume of Foucault on the Sig front yard; or a succession of Encounters...

D.I.Y. Porn

Photo Provided by Kate Lawrence

Andrew Schwartz, Feature Editor

November 9, 2017

"Playing off of people's kinks, people's insecurities, people's wants and needs, is a huge part of it. It is definitely a way to up your income."

Whitman Sustainability

Whitman Sustainability

Thys Reynolds, Staff Writer

October 31, 2017

The Admissions department proudly proclaims the 1:1 student-tree ratio at Whitman. But what really defines sustainable practice at Whitman? If sustainability is such an important sentiment in Whitman’s identity, what evidence can be drawn upon in support? One of the simplest lenses through which we ...

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