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Women’s basketball takes NWC title

Senior Lily Gustafson high-fives teammates. Photos by James Baker

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

The Whitman College women’s varsity basketball team claimed the title of Pacific Northwest Conference champions this past Valentine’s Day, but their work is far from done. Senior Natalie Whitesel acknowledged the role their current success will have in shaping the team’s fate, listing a few ...

Walla Walla Valley sustains damage from flooding

The Walla Walla Valley was heavily impacted by flooding. While downtown Walla Walla was unharmed, there was damage in Waitsburg, Upper Mill Creek, Pendleton and the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Photos contributed by Andrew Kinney

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

Walla Walla County experienced immense flooding beginning Thursday, Feb. 6, following days of constant rainfall.  Ki Bealey, the public works director for the City of Walla Walla, described the events that unfolded surrounding the flooding. Bealey informed The Wire that, on Feb. 6,  the city dis...

Wire Watch: Feb. 20-27

Wire Watch: Feb. 20-27

Kaitlin Cho

February 20, 2020

Salsa Night at Reid Friday, Feb. 21, 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Reid Ballroom Come learn how to salsa dance with Ritmos Latinos, snack on chips and salsa and dance the night away. This event is free and open to the public.   Junior Cello Recital Featuring Liam Dubay Saturday, Feb. 22, 7 p....

Whitman students organize and complete half-ironman

Sophomore Anneke Sherry completed a half-Ironman last Septem- ber. Photos by Dana Kendrick

Lennae Starr, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2020

In the midst of wind and rain, senior Ellen Hom was cautious about her friends undertaking such a feat as a half-ironman. "I was worried that they were going to fall during the bike ride, get frostbite on their hands or develop hypothermia," Hom said. But senior Olivia Engle and sophomore Annek...

Power & Privilege team prepares for 2020 symposium

The theme of the 2020 Power & Privilege Symposium is

Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2020

Next Thursday, Feb. 20, Whitman will be hosting its annual Power and Privilege (P&P) Symposium. To create space for the thirty-one student-led panels that will occur throughout the day, classes are canceled for the event. This year’s executive team is made up of Executive Director Jordon Crawfo...

Accessing student-led theatre on campus

Whitman student actors portray Fred, Daphne, Velma, Scooby and Shaggy, re- spectively, as they solve mysteries in the midst of their sophomore year. Photos contributed by Fi Black.

Renny Acheson, A&E Editor

February 13, 2020

A beloved cartoon took on a new form in Maxey Auditorium on Dec. 6, 2019. The “Scooby Dooby Doosical,” written and directed by sophomore Fi Black, premiered as a one-night show with music written by senior Koby Haigerty. The Whitman student actors in the production aimed to reimagine the classic ...

Wire Watch: Feb. 13-19

Wire Watch: Feb. 13-19

Jaime Fields, A&E Reporter

February 13, 2020

One Act Play Festival Thursday, Feb. 13-Sunday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.), Harper Joy Theatre The annual One Act Play Festival features three short one-acts written, directed and produced entirely by students. Come to all three then vote on your favorite.   Whitm...

Walla Walla Immigrants Rights Coalition provides community support and education

Illustration by Megan Waldau

Miyona Katayama, Feature Writer

February 13, 2020

Like many rural agricultural communities across the country, Walla Walla has a substantial population of immigrants who work and live in the community. Following the election of Donald Trump and the implementation of his policies, many of them are in need of immigrants rights advocacy to provide assistance...

Whitties learn strategies for managing mental health

Bill Drake, the Assistant Athletic Director of Athletics and Student Athlete Wellness at Gonzaga Universtiy, delivered a talk on mental health on Monday, Jan 27. Photo by Amara Garibyan

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

Mental health, an often neglected topic, was illuminated on Monday, Jan. 27, by Bill Drake as he shared strategies for managing mental health with Whitman students. Drake, the Assistant Athletic Director of Athletics and Student-Athlete Wellness at Gonzaga University, spoke to the Whitman College community...

Across the world and back again: Students return to Whitman

Illustration by Elie Flanagan

Malia Brooks and Eleanor Dudley

February 6, 2020

The start of a new semester brings the return of Whitman faces both new and old, from places near and far. This spring, many students are returning from time away and abroad. As they transition back to campus life, their stories and experiences offer insight and guidance into the tedious work of adjustment...

Sunrise Walla Walla: “The plan to win”

The leaders of the Sunrise Movement in Walla Walla engage with Walla Walla and Whitman community members. Photos by James Baker

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

This Monday, Feb. 3, Sunrise Walla Walla hosted their 2020 Kickoff Party at Reid Campus Center with the hopes of drawing in new activists from the Whitman and Walla Walla communities.  The Walla Walla hub is part of a larger national organization, the Sunrise Movement. Their website states: “We’re b...

Portland-based artist navigates identities through “Looking for Tiger Lily”

Anthony Hudson/Carla Rossi performed the one person show

Jaime Fields, A&E Reporter

February 6, 2020

Last Thursday, Jan. 30, the usual humming of constant student rehearsal and performance in the Harper Joy Theatre was disrupted for a unique opportunity. Anthony Hudson, known professionally as Anthony Hudson/Carla Rossi, brought the one-person show, “Looking for Tiger Lily,” to the Alexander Stage...

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