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Breaking: Second confirmed case of coronavirus in Walla Walla

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 24, 2020

Walla Walla County health officials confirmed a second case of novel coronavirus in Walla Walla this afternoon. A Walla Walla resident in her 20s tested positive for the virus, according to a press release from the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health. She is now under home isolation and will be for fourteen days, until her fever subsides for 72...

Breaking: Governor Jay Inslee issues statewide “stay at home order,” effective immediately

Breaking: Governor Jay Inslee issues statewide “stay at home order,” effective immediately

Samarah Uribe, Publisher

March 23, 2020

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued a “stay at home order” on Monday, March 23, effective immediately. This order directs Washington residents to remain at home (except to conduct essential business, such as grocery shopping and visiting the doctor), bans all gatherings and mandates the clo...

Whitman’s Off-Campus Studies programs struggle with coronavirus threat

Whitman’s Off-Campus Studies programs struggle with coronavirus threat

Abby Malzewski, News Reporter

March 12, 2020

The outbreak of coronavirus has impacted study abroad programs taking place this spring. This semester, 82 Whitman students are/were studying in 26 different countries. The director of Off-Campus Studies (OCS) at Whitman, Susan Holme, gave some insight into the impact the coronavirus outbreak has ...

Women march on Walla Walla

Women march on Walla Walla

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter

March 12, 2020

The 4th annual Women’s March on Walla Walla took place this past weekend, starting near the Farmer’s Market area at 108 W. Main Street.  An estimated 300-400 community members took to the streets on Saturday, March 6, to express their support for the solidarity around women’s issues as well as a ...

“Chekhov Farces” embraces absurdity

“Chekhov Farces” embraces absurdity

Kaitlin Cho, A&E Reporter

March 12, 2020

For four days, Harper Joy Theatre enthralled audiences with four farces. The stage showcased a marriage feast ruined by all parties involved, a bitterly loyal and loyally bitter widow, a proposal-turned-land-dispute-turned-proposal and a bank clerk at the end of his rope. The comic plays, all writt...

Is mental health care accessible at Whitman? Looking towards solutions and improvement

Is mental health care accessible at Whitman? Looking towards solutions and improvement

Miyona Katayama, Feature Reporter

March 10, 2020

Over the 2019-2020 school year demand has gone up at Whitman's Counseling Center. Whitman administration and students have been active in questioning the factors that have lead to this rise, the lack of access to resources in the Walla Walla area and other factors that make the Counseling Center inaccessible...

Chastity Belt and Reptaliens in review

Chastity Belt and Reptaliens in review

Ann Karneus, A&E Reporter

March 5, 2020

Four Whitman alumni returned to campus on Saturday, but they weren't here for a reunion. They returned as Chastity Belt, a Seattle-based indie rock band with the intent to illuminate Reid Ballroom. Before Chastity Belt took the stage around 8 p.m., the Reptaliens – another indie rock band – pla...

Whitman Students bring home awards from Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Whitman Students bring home awards from Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Kaitlin Cho, A&E Reporter

March 5, 2020

Eight Whitman students departed to Colorado for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and, a week later, brought thirteen awards back with them. Half of the Whitman students who went received at least one national award during the Feb. 17-21 regional festival, held at Colora...

New Walla Walla businesses bring spaces for community to thrive

New Walla Walla businesses bring spaces for community to thrive

Malia Brooks, Feature Reporter

March 5, 2020

Although March may be the time in which New Year's Resolutions start to fizzle out, three new Walla Walla businesses are charging full-steam ahead into 2020. In the past few months, Carte Coffee, Black Pearl Boba Tea and the Market by Andy’s have all popped up steps away from Main St., shaping Downtown...

The repercussions of a Timely Warning

The repercussions of a Timely Warning

Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter

March 3, 2020

On Feb. 15, members of the Whitman community received a Timely Warning from the Director of Security Marvin Viney, which described the “Hate Crime/Bias Incidents on Campus.” Seven hours after the initial Timely Warning, there was a response from the Black Student Union (BSU) and Whitman African Stude...

Navigating visas and more: Whitman international students search for next steps

Navigating visas and more: Whitman international students search for next steps

Alex Brockman, Feature Editor

February 27, 2020

With Whitman’s graduation gradually drawing nearer, seniors are faced with the often intimidating task of planning their next steps. For many international students this stress is coupled with the complexity of going through the United States VISA process, which is required in order to obtain a job...

Angela Davis kicks off Power & Privilege 2020

Angela Davis kicks off Power & Privilege 2020

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2020

This year’s keynote speaker for the Power & Privilege Symposium was Angela Davis. Davis is known for her work as a political activist as a member of the communist and Black Panther parties. In 1970, she served around 18 months in jail for one of her activist efforts that ended in an acquittal. Dav...

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