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Breaking: College requires COVID-19 booster 

Allison Cohen, Editor-in-Chief December 13, 2021

Whitman is officially requiring all members of the campus community receive a COVID-19 booster by Jan. 15, 2022.  The decision was announced in an email from President Kathy Murray sent on Dec. 13...

Photo contributed by Morgan Sharp.

“Western Epiphanies” embraces the gray area

Zac Bentz, Campus Life Editor December 9, 2021

Mops of wild, sun-bleached hair and faces luminous with months of hard-earned wisdom filled the front row of Maxey Auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 30. The 2021 Semester in the West participants had just returned,...

A look back at COVID-19 on campus this semester

A look back at COVID-19 on campus this semester

Naia Willemsen, News Reporter December 9, 2021

After a year and a half dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, operations felt relatively normal on campus this semester. Despite the prevalence of COVID-19 in the Walla Walla community and throughout...

Illustration by Paloma Link.

Students celebrate community through Hanukkah

Jaime Fields, Campus Life Editor December 9, 2021

One of the stresses of growing up is figuring out how to navigate holidays, as previously-held traditions become harder to continue when one is far away from home. This year, Hanukkah began Sunday,...

Photo contributed by David Lu.

Chuck Sams confirmed as new Director of National Parks Service

Anabelle Dillard, News Reporter December 9, 2021

On Nov. 18, the Senate unanimously confirmed Chuck Sams as the 19th Director of the National Parks Service. A member of the Cayuse and Walla Walla tribes, Sams is the first Native American to serve in...

Stevens Gallery explores labels in Queer Ecology exhibit

Stevens Gallery explores labels in “Queer Ecology” exhibit

Isabella Hunter, Campus Life Reporter December 9, 2021

Peeking one's head into the Stevens Gallery this week reveals an assortment of poems, pieces and pink sticky notes tacked to walls and scattered over articles of clothing. The exhibit is “Queer Ecology,”...

Illustration by Ally Kim.

Why wrap presents when you can wrap Spotify?

Emma Foley and Zoe Schacter-Brodie December 9, 2021

On Dec. 1, Instagram users flooded their stories with variations on the same template: a purple or black or blue or green background, a looping “2021” in a funky font, a list of musical artists and...

Photo by Bridget Kennedy.

Senior theater majors reflect on their time in the spotlight

Ahmed Elsayed, Campus Life Reporter December 2, 2021

Whitman's department of theatre and dance hosts a wide range of artists and scholars, who often contribute analytically and artistically to the Whitman community through various methods of live performance....

Womens basketball team 5-0 for the season thus far

Women’s basketball team 5-0 for the season thus far

Jaime Fields, Campus Life Editor December 2, 2021

Juggling life as a student athlete can be difficult, especially with the constant travel. The Whitman women’s basketball team is a prime example of that: so far this season, they’ve played every single...

Illustration by Shasta Soles.

Addressing transphobia at Whitman

Alanna Sherman , Columnist December 2, 2021

Transphobia, defined as violence or negativity aimed at transgender or gender nonconforming people, is prevalent around the world. The existence of transphobia is disputed, and violence against trans...

Illustration by Eli Rodriguez.

Professors make the 70k tuition worth it

Hailey Livingston , Columnist December 2, 2021

At some point over Thanksgiving break, my family brought up The Wire, questioning why I have so many critical things to say about Whitman. My dad told me I need to try to have a positive attitude—I...

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Judd D. Kimball Lecture in Classics series wraps up for the semester

Grace Jackson, News Reporter December 2, 2021

On Nov. 16, Wake Forest University Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities Eric Ashley Hairston gave the concluding lecture for the 2021 Judd D. Kimball lecture series in transforming classics. His lecture...

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