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Out of balance together: Faculty juggle teaching and parenting

Photo contributed by Scott Elliot.

Abby Main, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2020

When asked how she is balancing teaching with parenting young kids, Associate Professor of English Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel’s response was simple: “There is no balance.”  “As I type this email, my daughter is barking like a dog,” she said. “In a bit, I'll switch off with my husband, the ...

“Siempre, Luis” spoiler-review: Tracing the life of Luis Miranda

Illustration by Elie Flanagan.

Mo Dow, A&E Reporter

October 8, 2020

An older man lies in a hospital bed, his eyes slowly flickering open as a doctor’s blue gloved hands hover over his chest. This is the opening scene to the new HBO documentary “Siempre, Luis” which tells the story of playwright, composer and actor Lin Manuel Miranda’s father, Luis Miranda. For those...

Why Bear Grylls and his show “World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji” is not the vibe

Illustration by Lily Buller.

Rachel Husband, Edible Arrangement

October 8, 2020

Like many a first year at Whitman, I find myself having to “ask complex questions” of the world around me because of the newly redesigned First Year Seminar. Most of the time, its trivial questions like “how does a clock work?” or “what even is physics and why are we talking about it at the ...

Dance minors celebrate movement on Zoom

Jaime Fields, A&E Reporter

October 8, 2020

Although Whitman College is not a dance school, there are still a good number of Whitman students who are involved with dance on campus, be it by taking dance classes, pursuing a dance minor or being involved in student dance groups. However, with the shift to online learning, many dancers have struggled to ...

Whitman spends $650,000 on off-campus housing renovations

Illustration by Lily Buller.

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2020

Renovations on seven Whitman-owned rental properties have largely been completed — costing $650,000 in total, according to Chief Financial Officer Peter Harvey. The changes range from functional improvements, like new electrical wiring and heating, to landscaping and fresh paint. “[M]uch of th...

Five spook-tacular trick-or-treating alternatives for 2020

Illustration by Anika Vucicevic.

Conor Bartol, Right Behind You

October 8, 2020

    The Candy-Pult If Trick-or-Treaters can’t come to you, go to them! Create your own tiny catapult with some craft supplies, and pummel the neighborhood children with candy. Their treat is your trick. Make a game of it; one point for every kid you hit.     Perform a Zoom Séance ...

The Climate Clock is ticking, but for whom?

Illustration by Annika Bauerle.

Sile Surman, Columnist

October 8, 2020

In the last several weeks, you may have come across a picture circulating around social media of a large digital timer in New York City. An Instagram post of the 15-digit clock from Washington Post garnered well over one million likes. The Climate Clock, created by Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd, faces Union...

Homework, safe travel and non-profit work: Four Day during a pandemic

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2020

Whitman students used their beloved Four Day October break to catch up on work for a Religion class, travel across Washington, and work with a non-profit, among other activities.  Nisha Thottam, a sophomore mathematics major from Redmond, Washington, used the time to work on the Safe Parking Program...

Whitman athletics coaches’ perspective on remote seasons

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Tate Cadang, Sports Reporter

October 8, 2020

Whitman's athletics coaches have been working hard this semester to adapt to an online environment while continuing to offer all the necessary support for their teams. Head Coach Scott Shields of the cross country and distance track team uses online discussions to talk about topics that can be used...

Neutrality in the age of the quantified self

Illustration by Allyson Kim.

Victoria Helmer, Columnist

October 8, 2020

From test scores to fitness trackers, many of us are quantitatively evaluated on a daily basis, and these ratings can come with a host of spiritual side effects. A classic example of this is social media. As ex-Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya has stated, “We get rewarded by hearts, likes, thumbs up and we conflate that with value and we conflate it with truth....

28 point agenda for the perfect Four Day

Kiara Paninos, (Hesitant) Possum Enthusiast

October 8, 2020

Another fall, another Four Day.  Not even COVID-19 could stop the 2020 Fall Break Procrastination Bonanza from happening. But what was there to do besides carpooling to Portland and sneezing on strangers? We combined this year’s most popular Four Day activities to bring you The New and Improved Per...

Four Day isn’t the break we deserve

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor

October 8, 2020

 I am — quite literally — the only person I know who did not have an exam, paper or project due at the end of Four Day. Even then, I was still working my ass off; like many students, I have several jobs and a large amount of regular schoolwork. Four Day was supposed to be an opportunity for me to ...

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