Whitman Wire

The Common Read Project: Sociological framing of “How to Be an Antiracist”

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2020

The first session of the Common Read Project that discussed Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to Be an Antiracist” occurred on Oct. 8. It was intended to help facilitate campus-wide conversations about the academic theme of Race, Violence and Health. Associate Professor of Sociology Gilbert Mireles provided a sociological perspective to help frame the group’s di...

Whitman athletics facilities set to reopen

Whitman athletics facilities set to reopen

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2020

Since the campus-wide shutdown, Whitman students have been unable to visit the various athletic facilities. This week, however, these facilities will be reopening to some students. The Baker Ferguson Fitness Center [BFFC], is one of the facilities set to reopen on a limited basis, along with Harvey Pool, Sherwood Athletic Center, the outdoor tennis courts, Borleske Stadium/Hitting...

Leaked document details “Plan for Comprehensive Review” of college programs and departments

Leaked document details “Plan for Comprehensive Review” of college programs and departments

Michael Conlin-Elsen, Feature Reporter

October 15, 2020

On Oct. 6, The Wire received a document from an anonymous faculty source featuring preliminary details on a “Plan for Comprehensive Review” of the majority of college programs, both academic and extracurricular. The document comes from the Committee of Division Chairs (CDC), which acts as an in...

The key to an in-person spring semester: Remote Zoom sex

Fielding Schaefer, Mr. Tough Guy, Huh?

October 15, 2020

As Whitman College considers the possibility of an in-person spring semester, they have been forced to address many potentially unsafe aspects of campus life. Residence halls, dining areas, athletic facilities and classrooms are common concerns for all colleges right now. Whitman, however, has identifie...

“Violet” in review: Is Lana Del Rey a poet? 

Illustration by Elie Flanagan.

Heleana Backus, A&E Reporter

October 15, 2020

If you imagine a book of poetry written by a heartbroken, sentient butterfly, you have a pretty good feel for Lana Del Rey’s first book of poetry, “Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass.” The collection, released in print on Sept. 29, has its strong points, and certainly no one can deny that Del Rey wr...

Student reluctant to tell his mom that her new accessories are up-cycled anal beads

Illustration by Hayden Cooper.

Madeline Kemp, Pinkies Up

October 15, 2020

A Whitman student, who would prefer to remain anonymous, finds himself conflicted this week after catching up with his mother over the recent long weekend.  His mom was excited to show him some new merch she found via Facebook. A friend-of-a-cousin-of-a-friend shared a link to the company UpBeads,...

A toast to Whitties working in wine

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.

Genevieve Vogel, Feature Reporter

October 15, 2020

Whitties have discovered that the high quality and distinctive wines of Walla Walla hold a world of possibility. From winemaking to marketing, there are opportunities to get involved in the growing popularity of Walla Walla's wine region. Student Noah Dunn and two alumni, Madelyn Hofbauer and Claire Pi...

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