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The healing nature of digital minimalism

Illustration by Anika Vučićević.

Victoria Helmer, Columnist

September 17, 2020

With so much going on, we can easily feel as if we are trapped in a bottomless pit of apocalyptic news, and this sentiment rings especially true if we compulsively check our devices. Since many facets of our lives have moved online, we are now extra susceptible to spending more time than we’d like to o...

Biden team allegedly spends campaign funds at local yard sale

Rachel Husband, Unregistered Voter

September 17, 2020

Flying high off his recent success at the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden and his campaign staff have been busy preparing for the upcoming election this November. However, this didn’t stop him from enjoying some leisure time over the weekend. In his trademark aviators and dashing jean jacke...

Marcus Whitman statue posted to listserv scribbled burgundy in MS paint

Fielding Schaefer, Fake Housewife of Beverly Hills :(

September 17, 2020

A year ago today, the Marcus Whitman statue woke up with hot sauce all over his face and Bible. He attempted to lick his big mess up, but he soon realized that his bronze frame would take millennia to bend down to do that. Suddenly he wished that he would’ve brought his mother along the Oregon Tra...

Disney announces “Star Wars: Babies”

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Conor Bartol, Voyager to Lands Unknown

September 17, 2020

Following breakout "The Mandalorian" star and subsequent meme The Child, colloquially known as Baby Yoda, Disney has announced a new show: "Star Wars: Babies." The show will be a more kid-friendly look at "Star Wars" that will “follow the adventures of Baby Yoda and his adorable friends as they travel the gal...

I read “Midnight Sun” so you don’t have to

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Heleana Backus, A&E Reporter

September 17, 2020

Popular literature’s favorite clumsy teenager returns alongside her hell-bound boyfriend in Stephanie Meyer’s 672-page “Twilight” companion novel, “Midnight Sun.” 13 years after an early draft was leaked online, the story of the first “Twilight” book from the perspective of Edward C...

Psychology department expands scope of class offerings

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter

September 17, 2020

The Psychology Department has added two new classes this fall: Introduction to Black Psychology and Health and Wellness. This was done to further diversify their curriculum. Both classes are taught by the Associate Dean of Health and Wellness and the Director of the Counseling Center, Dr. Rae Chresfield. ...

Democratic candidates should act like your cool government teacher

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist

September 17, 2020

Election night 2016, I found myself confused and bewildered while my dog slept soundly beside me (oblivious to what was going on... Oh to be a dog!), hoping for the delegate numbers to magically change. Like many, I thought “what the fuck is happening”. In the days following the election of Donal...

Controversial social media posts cause Whitman Athletics backlash

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Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

September 17, 2020

Recent social media posts by the athletics department of Whitman College have produced negative feedback from alumni and current students despite the intention to demonstrate support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Kim Chandler, Whitman’s athletic director, stands behind the message of the posts...

Senior art majors use Instagram page as an outlet for creativity

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Mo Dow, A&E Reporter

September 17, 2020

The Whitman Senior Arts Instagram page resumed posting in light of this unprecedented semester. The page was originally instituted a few years ago with the condition that students would be occasionally be required to post their work for a grade. Now the account serves as an outlet for students to shar...

Whitman considering corporate management for college bookstore

Illustration by Lily Buller.

Grace Jackson, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

Whitman’s independent bookstore may be going corporate. President Kathy Murray’s cabinet has been considering transitioning to external corporate management since the beginning of this semester, according to Chief Financial Officer Peter Harvey. Independent college bookstores are affiliated with the col...

Viva la remote revolución: students and faculty wrestle with online learning

Illustration by Anika Vučićević.

Michael Conlin-Elsen, Feature Reporter

September 17, 2020

The “business of education,” as Dean of Students Kazi Joshua explained last semester, “must continue,” apocalypse notwithstanding. As we held our collective breath waiting for school to resume, the announcement that classes would continue online came as a disappointment that many were secretly anticip...

The underlying sexism of “electability” politics

Ava Liponis, Columnist

September 17, 2020

The 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary began with a gender diverse field of candidates only four years after the first female presidential candidate was nominated by the Democratic Party. I mean, it’s no secret that women in politics get the short end of the stick — Politico published a piece...

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