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First death at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla as COVID-19 cases surge

Illustration by Lily Buller.
November 25, 2020

COVID-19 cases have spiked at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla in the past two weeks. The penitentiary has 117 active cases among the incarcerated population as of Tuesday, Nov. 24, according...

“I want my degree, and I want to go home”: International students struggle with in-person semester decision

Photo contributed by Fadia Chehadeh.
November 25, 2020

President Kathy Murray’s Oct. 30 announcement that the college would reopen with a hybrid model for the spring semester has left students in a position in which they must decide for themselves whether...

SSRA instructors plan for safe spring semester return

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.
November 25, 2020

Some Sports Studies, Recreation and Athletics (SSRA) courses are scheduled to be taught in-person next semester. However, what ‘in-person’ might look like varies greatly from class to class and professor...

We need to search for good news, too

Illustration by Lily Buller.
November 25, 2020

As someone who tries their best to stay informed, it is particularly difficult to remember the positive things going on in the world. During my morning scroll through the New York Times and the Chicago...

Whitman community shares coming out stories at virtual Break the Closet Week

Photo contributed by Aziz Sahbazovic.
November 25, 2020

Celebrating coming out has gone virtual with Whitman College’s first ever Breaking the Closet Week. The week was organized by the Intercultural Center and featured two panels featuring LGBTQ+ students,...

Striving for equality: Female alumni speak up about their careers

Photo contributed by Ingrid Backstrom.
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...

Stevens Gallery continues to inspire artistic community

Photo contributed by Steven Gallery.
November 19, 2020

Although many art galleries remain inaccessible during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Stevens Gallery at Whitman College has found a way to reopen — although in a slightly different format than usual. Elie...

WEB reaches students with lucky bamboo plants

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.
November 19, 2020

In place of the Whitman Events Board’s (WEB) annual Succulent Spectacular, WEB Creative Arts Director and junior Environmental Studies and Biology double major Nicole Song organized to send 100 DIY...

ZenSoul and Kaleidoscope: Walla Walla’s new yoga studios

Photo by Carson Jones.
November 19, 2020

Disclaimer: This article was written before the new COVID-19 restrictions that went into effect Monday, Nov. 16 for Washington stores, restaurants and social gatherings. Two new yoga studios have opened...

Pandemics, protests and politics: Melissa Harris-Perry delivers talk on race

Photo contributed by Peter Shultz.
November 19, 2020

The Race, Violence and Health academic theme group hosted a talk by Professor of Politics and International Affairs Melissa Harris-Perry entitled "Blackness 2020: Pandemic, Protest and Politics" on Monday,...

No Man’s Land Film Festival centers BIPOC, women and LGBTQ people in the outdoors

Photo contributed by Emery Hansell.
November 19, 2020

Film festivals and college students go together hand-in-hand, but some events break the mold, such as the No Man’s Land Film Festival (NMLFF), organized by Whitman’s resident climbing club. On Nov....

A country embroiled in protests: Whitman Belarusian students face crisis over undemocratic election back home

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.
November 12, 2020

Before returning to Walla Walla for the fall semester, Whitman senior Yana Miakshyla spent three days without internet access in her home country of Belarus, starting the eve of the country’s presidential...

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