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Combine Art Collective creates a space for art to flourish

Photo by Carson Jones.
November 25, 2020

The Combine Art Collective, located at 130 E Rose St #102, is a relatively new addition to Walla Walla. Despite facing many challenges since its opening in 2019, it has flourished.  Dianna Woolley...

First death at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla as COVID-19 cases surge

Illustration by Lily Buller.
November 25, 2020

COVID-19 cases have spiked at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla in the past two weeks. The penitentiary has 117 active cases among the incarcerated population as of Tuesday, Nov. 24, according...

White House in turmoil over Robert Biden II and Barron Trump’s relationship

Illustration by Hayden Cooper.
November 25, 2020

Robert Biden II (14), grandson of Joe Biden, and Barron Trump (14), son of Donald Trump, have shocked the media recently by uploading photos of each other on their MySpace profiles.  The photos clearly...

The importance of local(ish) elections

November 25, 2020

Due to one of the longest presidential and congressional elections that we have had in U.S. history — and arguably one of the most important — there have been massive amounts of news coverage about...

Greek life adapts to COVID-19, drafts a safety plan

November 25, 2020

COVID-19 has presented fraternities and sororities with a unique and difficult set of problems. As they move into the spring semester, some factors affecting them will change, and some will stay the same....

Things to be thankful for

Illustration by Elie Flanagan.
November 25, 2020

Now is a time for us to give thanks, no matter how hard this year has been. So, here are some of the things I’m thankful for today. Backpacks B-Gone High school left me with a lot of memories,...

Outdoor Program outlines new five-year strategy

Infographic contributed by the Whitman Outdoor Program.
November 25, 2020

The Outdoor Program [OP] recently announced a new strategic plan that will help the department improve and change to better fit the students and the college. The Director of Outdoor Programs, Brien...

SSRA instructors plan for safe spring semester return

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.
November 25, 2020

Some Sports Studies, Recreation and Athletics (SSRA) courses are scheduled to be taught in-person next semester. However, what ‘in-person’ might look like varies greatly from class to class and professor...

“I want my degree, and I want to go home”: International students struggle with in-person semester decision

Photo contributed by Fadia Chehadeh.
November 25, 2020

President Kathy Murray’s Oct. 30 announcement that the college would reopen with a hybrid model for the spring semester has left students in a position in which they must decide for themselves whether...

Virtual events, emergency funding and academic communities: ASWC leaders reflect on semester goals

November 25, 2020

As our atypical semester draws to a close, the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) team reflected on the goals they laid out for themselves at the beginning of the semester to support the student...

Inclusion Task Force update: 21 of 31 action items listed with Fall 2020 start date

November 25, 2020

Of the 31 action items published by the Inclusion Task Force created this summer by Whitman President Kathy Murray, 21 are listed with a Fall 2020 start date. As the Whitman community reaches the end of...

Op-Ed: To fight against COVID-19, vitamin D sufficiency must be prioritized

November 25, 2020

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to poor health outcomes. The deficiency has been associated with a large number of disorders such as metabolic syndrome and cancers, as well as autoimmune, psychiatric and...

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