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A country embroiled in protests: Whitman Belarusian students face crisis over undemocratic election back home

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.
November 12, 2020

Before returning to Walla Walla for the fall semester, Whitman senior Yana Miakshyla spent three days without internet access in her home country of Belarus, starting the eve of the country’s presidential...

“Audio Cassette, Video Cassette;” Professor Ashon Crawly explores musicianship, Black queerness and religion

Photo contributed by UVA Department of Religious Studies.
November 12, 2020

Through an enlarged Zoom window lies a room full of abstract paintings, vibrant with chaotic energy — and in this room sits Prof. Ashon Crawly. He is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and African...

Q&A with Professor of English Adam Gordon: Chronicling the rise of literary criticism

Photo contributed by Adam Gordon.
November 12, 2020

Adam Gordon is an associate professor of English at Whitman College, who has been published in a variety of journals. His first book, Prophets, Publicists and Parasites: Antebellum Print Culture and...

National youth voter turnout increases; Washington breaks 40-year turnout record

Illustration by Lily Buller.
November 12, 2020

Though the full picture is still coming together, youth voter turnout is on pace to outstrip turnout levels in 2016. Tufts University CIRCLE projects that the final results will show that between 53–56...

Choosing between in-person or online instruction: Professors weigh individual preferences

Photo contributed by Miles Canaday.
November 12, 2020

As COVID-19 cases rise, professors have struggled to decide whether to teach in-person or online this spring. The Whitman administration sent out a survey on Oct. 8 to faculty asking them to list their...

Local evil overlord quits job to become a banker

Illustration by Anika Vucicevic.
November 12, 2020

The once menacing and grotesque Evil Overlord Gree D. Bich took everyone by surprise when he announced quitsies on his career path of doom and gloom. Even more shocking was his transition into investment...

Live from election night: Reactions from Whitman students

November 12, 2020

The Wire reached out to four Whitman students as voting numbers flooded in on Nov. 3, election night. Each hour, these students were asked to respond to a prompt and email back their responses. In...

What this record-breaking election can tell us

November 12, 2020

The 2020 election is finally over and broke quite a few records. Voters set a new record for early votes, casting 101 million pre-election ballots. This figure is roughly twice as high as the number of...

First years abduct Kathy Murray, force in-person learning

November 12, 2020

In the wake of President Kathy Murray’s announcement for a return to campus during the second semester, a small group of radical first year students have claimed credit for this shift, stating that they...

Be nice to vegans

November 12, 2020

Vegans have a bad rap, but I think they’re just a misunderstood bunch. Tino Mori, a Wire opinion section alum, wrote a wonderful article in 2015 where they recognized that veganism, while morally applaudable,...

Whitman postpones in-person plans after bed bug infestation

November 12, 2020

In a surprising turn of events, Whitman’s in-person plans have been indefinitely postponed; but not by COVID-19, but by a bed bug invasion. President Kathy Murray emailed, “We were so focused on...

Whitman’s international athletes face unique pandemic challenges

Illustration by Allyson Kim.
November 12, 2020

Many international students were faced with a tough decision last semester: stay or make the complicated trip home. International student-athletes were not unique in this regard, but they have faced some...

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