Whitman Wire

Exploring Whitman’s endowment

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2020

Austerity measures instituted in response to budget shortfalls this year have brought attention to Whitman College’s 565.3 million dollar endowment. In response to a projected $19 million loss in revenue, the College has furloughed employees and removed several positions. A college endowment is a fund made up of d...

Nordic Skiing at Whitman: 2001 to present

Illustration by Allyson Kim.

Tucker Grinnan, Sports Reporter

October 15, 2020

Over the years Nordic skiing has meant a lot of different things to different people at Whitman, but it has remained a way to get outside and experience beautiful places with amazing people. When Ethan Townsend took over as head coach in 2001, the team trained regularly around Walla Walla in the fall...

In search of better testing, Whitman faces decision on spring return

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2020

The Whitman Coronavirus Task Force announced its plans to decide between November and December whether spring semester classes will be held mostly in-person for all students. According to Chief Financial Officer Peter Harvey, this decision largely depends on access to testing kits. Harvey, who cur...

The business of fake news: How algorithms influence our opinions

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist

October 15, 2020

The spread of information, news, personal ideas and stories through the internet has created a world where it seems like everything is at your fingertips. However, these online spaces have also created one of the biggest landscapes for business and uncontrolled capitalism. Information and knowledge have ...

Politics professor Aaron Bobrow-Strain wins 2020 Washington State Book Award

Photo contributed by Aaron Bobrow-Strain.

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2020

Whitman politics professor Aaron Bobrow-Strain won the 2020 Washington State Book Award (WSBA) in the category of Biography/Memoir for his book “The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story.” Published in 2019, the book tells the story of Aida Hernandez and her struggles with the Ame...

President Murray announces new diversity initiative

Pleyaheyda B.N. Frank

October 15, 2020

President Murray announced a new diversity initiative in a socially-distanced speech at the amphitheater last week.  “The recent crises in our country have made everything seem uncertain, but they bring our attention to areas which we hadn’t previously thought enough about,” President Murray...

Students vanish in Zoom breakout rooms

Illustration by Anika Vucicevic.

Conor Bartol, Toothpaste Skeptic

October 15, 2020

Online learning has been thrown into disarray following the mysterious disappearance of twelve students in Zoom breakout rooms. In three separate classes, students were sent to breakout rooms, but in each case one of the breakout rooms did not return. “It was weird,” said one student. “Four people entered a r...

Washington 16th District candidates square off in virtual forum

Photo contributed by Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Abby Main, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2020

On Oct. 6, the forum for candidates running for 16th Legislative District office was dominated by subjects such as COVID-19, the economic recovery, taxes and recent wildfires. The forum was conducted over Zoom and candidates received 60 seconds to respond to questions and 2 minutes for opening and closing stateme...

So you’re thinking about stopping a coup

Kiara Paninos, does not speak French

October 15, 2020

In this week’s episode of “Yes, that really did happen, and now this might happen too,” we will be discussing the 2020 Presidential election. The first presidential debate was a doozy. There were some sick burns and many lies. While I am normally in support of some trashy reality tv, this is not ...

Gleason Bauer’s Moment Workshop explores the dynamics of space

Photo contributed by Michael Ensminger.

Jaime Fields, A&E Reporter

October 15, 2020

Although mainstage shows are the most visible, students at Whitman create theatre in a variety of ways, from classes to clubs to workshops. Gleason Bauer creates and educates about theatre as well as on anti-racism, and during the first two weekends of October, they worked with Whitman to create theatre ...

Varsity Nordic: Creating laughs in different locations

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.

Mo Dow, A&E Reporter

October 15, 2020

Varsity Nordic, known colloquially as V-Nord, is Whitman’s resident improv troupe, and they’ve been hit hard by the pandemic and the shift to online schooling. Members of the troupe have been struggling to find ways to adapt to new formats, especially because of how unique improvement is as a medi...

On imperfection

Illustration by Lily Buller.

Victoria Helmer, Columnist

October 15, 2020

A few weeks ago, I cut myself with the sharp edge of a freshly opened chickpea can, and it was honestly pretty gross. It sucked because some of my blood made its way into the can, so my friend had to rinse the beans extra clean. My blood also squirted onto our kitchen counter, so we had to wipe that...

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