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OP-ED: Results May Vary

Hannah Paul and Aliyah Fard, President and Vice President of Whitman's Black Student Union

July 26, 2020

This piece was originally published to Issuu by Hannah Paul and Aliyah Fard on July 20, 2020. Whitman College pledges to provide a “liberal arts education to… students from diverse backgrounds… that prioritizes student learning within and beyond our classrooms” *Results May Vary Black, Indigeneous, People Of Colo...

“No justice, no peace”: protesting for Black lives in downtown Walla Walla

Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter

June 4, 2020

Lindsey Luna was driving home on Friday morning when she saw a woman standing at Land Title Plaza in downtown Walla Walla, holding a sign that read “justice." Luna, a Latina community advocate, decided to join the lone demonstrator, inviting a few more friends out in their effort to stand up for Bl...

Editorial: In support of the Black Lives Matter movement

Alasdair Padman, Emma Fletcher-Frazer, and Ella Meyers

June 3, 2020

Content Warning: This editorial includes discussion of racially-motivated violence and police brutality. The same applies to many of the links. In the past week, cities have erupted in protest in response to the murder of George Floyd. While his murder, and that of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor,...

Seniors cope with finishing final requirements virtually

Photos by Dana Kendrick

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

May 13, 2020

As the Class of 2020 reconciles with their last few weeks at Whitman, they are also finishing their final assessments under completely unexpected circumstances. Social distancing and online distance-learning have tinged their concluding experience with a sense of loss. Senior studio art major Ellen Ingwerson desc...

Whitman seniors become Watson fellows

Evangelos Sarantinos

Miyona Katayama, Feature Reporter

May 13, 2020

Seniors Evangelos Sarantinos and Cameron Conner have been awarded the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship: a one-year grant of $30,000 that supports 12 months of independent travel. According to Keith Raether, the director of the Office of Fellowships and Grants, “the aim of the Watson is to give new graduates...

Lonesome behind the face

Illustration by Maude Lustig

Maude Lustig, Humor Editor

May 8, 2020

I felt lonely senior year. I didn’t expect it. I thought it was supposed to be the best year, which is why it took me so long to connect my feelings with the word that described them. By senior year, surely, I should have things figured out, and if I didn’t I was probably doing something wrong. ...

Scents of the different majors

Illustration by Isabella Buchter

Kate Grumbles, News Reporter

May 8, 2020

Biology – Formaldehyde and mitochondria  This is pretty self-explanatory; STEM majors out there will understand. These committed individuals exude the scents of the two things that they are most passionate about: formaldehyde and mitochondria. Catch any Bio major leaving a lab and hints of this un...

The value of silence

Illustration by Anika Vucicevic

Sydney Bellon, Columnist

May 8, 2020

Do you know the feeling when you’re “talking with” someone and it gets awkward?  You feel like you are responsible for coming up with something to say to make the awkward feeling go away, and simultaneously you’re considering all the possibilities of what they must be thinking? Silence is often th...

Taking time to taste

Illustration by Hannah Paul

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor

May 8, 2020

As I write this, I am sitting on my back porch in Tennessee; my mamma is grilling buns and okra while the bbq is cooking in the crockpot inside. I can smell her bbq, even through thick walls. Good food permeates; it can be tasted before even touching your mouth. This is what I miss most about home: my...

The pets of Whitman

The pets of Whitman

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

May 8, 2020

Owner: Toyona Howard Name: Bleu Nickname: Lil’ Beta Age: Adult Length of Companionship: October 2019 Favorite Treat: Blood worms Fun Memory: Any time Toyona gets near the top of the tank, where she feeds Bleu from, he gets really excited. Hobbies: Hangs out at the top of the tank.   (No picture) ...

Senior Anissia Hughes wins Balance Athletica’s leader search

Contributed by Anissia Hughes

Tate Cadang, Sports Reporter

May 3, 2020

Anissia Hughes, a senior at Whitman College, accomplished a goal that even she didn’t see coming. On Monday, April 13, Hughes was announced as the top pick for Balance Athletica’s Leadership Search 2020, a competitive contest by athleisure wear company Balance Athletica, which seeks to recognize...

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