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Letter to the editor: Preserving the present

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Ben Murphy, Archivist and Head of Digital Services at Whitman College and Northwest Archives

April 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted daily life at Whitman, but it is not the first time that the college has experienced significant disruptions of in-person gatherings and classes. In 1918, during the Spanish Influenza pandemic, classes were held on campus, but only students living in campus housing were a...

Fitness classes move online

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Ryder Brookes, Staff Reporter

April 26, 2020

While most academic classes have been able to transition their content online, student fitness classes have had a harder time adjusting. Rebecca Thorpe, a yoga instructor at Whitman, is finding one of the most difficult things about the transition to be the inability to cultivate the same environ...

Tuition, room and board: Student refunds?

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Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2020

Whitman College's move to online distance-learning has prompted many students to return home and compromised planned coursework. The way that the college is operating this semester has raised questions as to whether or not Whitman intends to refund room and board costs or a portion of student tuition...

Arts from afar

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Jaime Fields, A&E Reporter

April 16, 2020

Whitman College, like many other colleges around the world, is facing a lot of difficulties right now. In times of confusion and chaos, people often gravitate towards the arts to give them a sense of community and purpose. However, without the ability to hold in-person events, many students are findi...

Whitman professors adapt to online learning

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Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter

April 10, 2020

The faculty and staff of Whitman College spent spring break preparing for the transition to online learning forced by the global outbreak of COVID-19. One of the core features of Whitman and other liberal arts colleges are the small, discussion-based classes. Whitman’s average class size is 15,...

Six things to do again because you have no choice!

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Ashlyn Quintus, Home-Dweller Extraordinaire

April 9, 2020

Hi y’all. I thought I would make a little listicle for you to use as a tool as we navigate these weird times at home! While social distancing, let’s look at six things to do again because you have simultaneously lost all control while adhering to the CDC’s strict control; you have no choice! ...

Students lose jobs in wake of coronavirus pandemic

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Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

April 9, 2020

Whitman’s decision to move to an online distance-learning system due to the coronavirus outbreak has left some student employees out of work and financially insecure. Director of Human Resources Telara McCullough sent out an email on March 26, 2020 regarding student workers and supervisors. Student work ...

Women’s alpine team qualifies for USCSA skiing championships

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Ryder Brookes, Staff Reporter

April 4, 2020

The women’s alpine ski team outraced their competition on Mt. Hood to earn themselves a spot at the NCAA Skiing Championships, held in Lake Placid, New York. The team’s performance on Mt. Hood cannot be understated. They secured second place both days, only coming behind University of British Colum...

Students become teachers in French4Kids program

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Abby Malzewski, News Reporter

April 3, 2020

The beginning of the 2019-2020 school year marked the comeback of the French4Kids Program. In this program, Whitman students work to develop and present French lessons to elementary and middle school students in the Walla Walla school district. Whitman offers several different Language4Kids Programs, includi...

“Gaslighter” in review: A rousing, open-ended catharsis

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Renny Acheson, A&E Editor

April 3, 2020

As a lifelong Dixie Chicks fan, I was ecstatic when I heard that the Dallas-founded trio released a new song for the first time since 2006. When I saw that it was called “Gaslighter,” I was excited for a fresh dose of the high-energy, rebellious country pop that shaped the group’s reputation in the...

Students contend with the impact of coronavirus in daily life

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, News Editor

April 2, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered the lives of Whitman students. The majority of buildings on campus have shut down and Washington state residents have been ordered to stay home. As a result, students have been grappling with the physical and mental effects of the coronavirus in everyday ...

ASWC petition calls for equitable grading system during COVID-19 pandemic

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

April 2, 2020

With Whitman College’s move to online distance-learning, students and faculty are reconsidering the college’s current grading system.  As it stands, Whitman operates on a standard A, B, C, D, F grading scale. However, students’ education has been radically altered as classes have moved online. In ...

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