Whitman Wire

Standards of professionalism are changing, and that’s a good thing

Standards of professionalism are changing, and that's a good thing

Ava Liponis, Columnist

September 10, 2020

In the midst of a global pandemic, professional life has far exceeded its pre-pandemic boundaries, and it is becoming increasingly impossible to separate the two spheres of personal and professional. Working from home makes it difficult to separate what was once two binary sides of life, and that...

We can’t get back to “normal”

Sile Surman, Columnist

September 10, 2020

If you haven’t parsed through Trump’s 2020 campaign platform yet, first of all, smart thinking. It’s a waste of time. The "goals" are so vague and unattainable that I question the judgment of its author. (I seriously question the judgment of the entire administration, too, but that’s beside the po...

Study Finds Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme Can Fuel A Small Fan for Seven Days

Rachel Husband, Enchilada Enthusiast

September 10, 2020

Summer is winding down, but it's still hot across the country, leaving many Americans looking for properly air conditioned fast food restaurants. But you may think twice about frequenting your local Taco Bell after researchers at Grand Canyon University released information regarding their recent studies ...

Things I Can Now Accomplish During Remote Class Sessions

Madeline Kemp, Naughty Possum

September 10, 2020

Two weeks into our remote semester and not only am I continually enlightened by the content of my courses, I am also experiencing revelations about productivity like never before. Once I stopped fighting the urge to practice any self-discipline, I discovered a whole new world of efficiency. The best p...

Microsoft Replaces Internet Explorer with Internet Conqueror

Conor Bartol, Lovable Scamp

September 10, 2020

Internet Explorer is dead, long live Internet Conqueror. Microsoft recently announced they would be shutting down their twenty-five-year-old browser, Internet Explorer. While this was a shock to the tech world, the bigger shock was the news of its replacement, Internet Conqueror. When asked about ...

2020 SAAC Awards Meet Zoom

SAAC President Adam Reid hosts the virtual awards ceremony. Image courtesy of Whitman College Athletics.

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

On Aug. 24, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) held its annual commencement to recognize one female and one male performer from each graduation year. The winners were as follows: Tanner Filion (first-year, swimming), Andei Fukushige (first-year, tennis), Oscar Harding (sophomore, soccer),...

Breaking: Student trapped in Gather.town, RA found guilty

Breaking: Student trapped in Gather.town, RA found guilty

Kiara Paninos, Timothy Shallot’s Gardener

September 10, 2020

A new meaning was brought to “virtual reality” when first-year, Lostun Fount, was rescued from the social event platform GatherDotTown the week after orientation. Fount had unknowingly downloaded some malware by clicking on an advertisement claiming to sell shoes previously owned by that one guy who climb...

Discipline is a form of self care

Victoria Helmer, Columnist

September 10, 2020

Bojack Horseman, the protagonist of the eponymous TV series, is a miserable horse. Despite his species, running feels entirely unnatural to him, and one of his most intense moments of anguish on the show stems from him trying to jog. After wheezing his way up a hill, he collapses to the ground. Moments later, a wise baboon comes up...

“Whitman So White!”: Amplifying the voices of BIPOC students

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Jaime Fields, A&E Reporter

September 10, 2020

Last July, junior Jasmine Razeghi and sophomore Elea Besse released the very first episode of their new podcast, Whitman So White!, a show dedicated to amplifying the voices of BIPOC students. The podcast, hosted by its two creators, releases new episodes weekly. While it launched only a few months a...

$19 million down in revenue, Whitman halts mandatory furloughs in favor of tiered cuts

Infographic compiled by Michelle Shin.

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

Facing a projected $19 million loss in revenue for the 2020-2021 school year, Whitman College announced tiered salary reductions, with top earners taking the biggest hit — quelling summer faculty and staff concerns over mandatory furloughs.  Effective Sept. 1, these salary cuts apply to all employees who ...

College begins mass testing as community members return for fall semester

Illustration by Kiara Paninos

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

A limited number of community members returned to Whitman campus for the fall semester, and Whitman College contracted Lynx Healthcare to test students, staff and faculty members for COVID-19 from Aug. 19-21.  Samples were collected by employees of Lynx Healthcare and the testing was conducted b...

Varsity Athletes Make The Best Of Season Limbo

Varsity Athletes Make The Best Of Season Limbo

Tucker Grinnan, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

On July 22, Whitman College made the decision to postpone all sports competitions in the fall. The Northwest Conference followed suit less than a month later by suspending all competitions and championships until Jan. 1, 2021. With no certainty regarding the future of competitions and the absence of...

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