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Birds are disappearing. Here’s why you should care

Illustration by Lily Buller.

Sile Surman, Columnist

October 22, 2020

Last year in Walla Walla, my environmental studies class visited Mill Creek on several different occasions. I remember noticing a small gray bird dipping into the water to catch food. The aptly-named American Dipper swims in cold-water streams for aquatic insects and fish eggs. Unfortunately, Dippers fa...

A reckoning and a celebration: IPECC and PIC host Indigenous Peoples’ Day town hall

Photo contributed by Whitman IPECC.

Abby Main, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2020

In celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, Oct. 12, leaders of Whitman’s Indigenous People's Education and Culture Club (IPECC) and Pacific Islander's Club (PIC) hosted a town hall that discussed the meaning of the holiday and the ways Whitman can recognize and honor Indigenous peoples. T...

An interview with the fly that landed on Mike Pence’s head

Illustration by Lily Buller.

Conor Bartol, House Fly Whisperer

October 22, 2020

Thank you for speaking with me today. Would you like to introduce yourself? Hello, my name is Gus. I am a fly, and I landed on Mike Pence’s head during the Vice-Presidential debate. About that, why did you land on Pence? Was it a political statement? Look, we flies like garbage and crap, and who’s more ful...

Whitman athletics teams spread the importance of voting

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Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2020

With the presidential election right around the corner, Whitman College's athletes have been encouraging their teams to register and vote. Recently, the women’s soccer and lacrosse teams publicly posted on their social media accounts that their teams are fully registered for the next presidenti...

Universal healthcare: Just for the president or a basic human right?

Illustration by Hayden Cooper.

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist

October 22, 2020

When President Donald Trump was hospitalized with COVID-19, he had access to healthcare that is not available for the vast majority of Americans, and he knows it.  After being released from the hospital, Trump insinuated through a series of statements that his free healthcare, paid for by taxpayer ...

Washington 16th District candidates square off in virtual forum

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Abby Main, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2020

On Oct. 6, the forum for candidates running for 16th Legislative District office was dominated by subjects such as COVID-19, the economic recovery, taxes and recent wildfires. The forum was conducted over Zoom and candidates received 60 seconds to respond to questions and 2 minutes for opening and closing stateme...

Varsity Nordic: Creating laughs in different locations

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.

Mo Dow, A&E Reporter

October 15, 2020

Varsity Nordic, known colloquially as V-Nord, is Whitman’s resident improv troupe, and they’ve been hit hard by the pandemic and the shift to online schooling. Members of the troupe have been struggling to find ways to adapt to new formats, especially because of how unique improvement is as a medi...

On imperfection

Illustration by Lily Buller.

Victoria Helmer, Columnist

October 15, 2020

A few weeks ago, I cut myself with the sharp edge of a freshly opened chickpea can, and it was honestly pretty gross. It sucked because some of my blood made its way into the can, so my friend had to rinse the beans extra clean. My blood also squirted onto our kitchen counter, so we had to wipe that...

Whitman athletics facilities set to reopen

Whitman athletics facilities set to reopen

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2020

Since the campus-wide shutdown, Whitman students have been unable to visit the various athletic facilities. This week, however, these facilities will be reopening to some students. The Baker Ferguson Fitness Center [BFFC], is one of the facilities set to reopen on a limited basis, along with Harvey Pool, Sherwood Athletic Center, the outdoor tennis courts, Borleske Stadium/Hitting...

A toast to Whitties working in wine

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.

Genevieve Vogel, Feature Reporter

October 15, 2020

Whitties have discovered that the high quality and distinctive wines of Walla Walla hold a world of possibility. From winemaking to marketing, there are opportunities to get involved in the growing popularity of Walla Walla's wine region. Student Noah Dunn and two alumni, Madelyn Hofbauer and Claire Pi...

“Siempre, Luis” spoiler-review: Tracing the life of Luis Miranda

Illustration by Elie Flanagan.

Mo Dow, A&E Reporter

October 8, 2020

An older man lies in a hospital bed, his eyes slowly flickering open as a doctor’s blue gloved hands hover over his chest. This is the opening scene to the new HBO documentary “Siempre, Luis” which tells the story of playwright, composer and actor Lin Manuel Miranda’s father, Luis Miranda. For those...

Whitman spends $650,000 on off-campus housing renovations

Illustration by Lily Buller.

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2020

Renovations on seven Whitman-owned rental properties have largely been completed — costing $650,000 in total, according to Chief Financial Officer Peter Harvey. The changes range from functional improvements, like new electrical wiring and heating, to landscaping and fresh paint. “[M]uch of th...

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