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Phyllis Pawa and her cat Scout play on the Reid side lawn.

Unconditional Love: How Pets are Shaping the Student Experience

Claire Reichle and Sophie Liebsohn September 24, 2018

Ask many students what they miss most about being away from home, and they will tell you their pets. Dogs, cats, lizards, horses and chickens are just a few of the creatures that students leave behind...

Illustration by Abby Takahashi

Walla Walla: A home for the summer

Claire Reichle and Ansley Peard September 23, 2018

When students arrive in Walla Walla for the first week of school, there is an outpouring of reunions and new meetings that signal the revival of the Whitman campus. But what would campus look like if...

Hunger Strike at the Washington State Penitentiary

Andrew Schwartz , Staff Reporter May 3, 2018

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....

Texting Through Crisis

Texting Through Crisis

Claire Reichle , Staff Reporter April 26, 2018

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...

Illustration by Meredith Cranston

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

Alex Brockman April 19, 2018

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...

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

Harry Kelso April 12, 2018

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...

First-year Yana Miakshyla, left, experencing life at UWC Dilijan in Armenia. (Left and right images) Sophomore Lola Al- barral Bravo, pictured far right, getting a tase of life in Singapore at UWC Southeast Asia.

United World Colleges: “The School of Life”

Alissa Antilla April 5, 2018

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,...

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...

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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