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Walla Walla’s Grand Cinemas reopens with empty seats, M-F Drive-In finishes its year with silver linings

Photo by Carson Jones.
November 5, 2020

The film industry has been experiencing an existential crisis in the face of streaming services, and now the pandemic has delivered a strong blow to in-person film venues. Washington’s Governor Inslee...

WEB gets spooky in first virtual Halloween contest

Photo contributed by Kaleo Toguchi-Tani.
November 5, 2020

The day before Halloween this year, WEB hosted its very first Virtual Halloween Contest in an effort to maintain the holiday spirit while following pandemic guidelines. Featuring a panel of judges and...

Student buys every product available online in an attempt to fill the void

Illustration by Lily Buller.
November 5, 2020

Senior Shoppa Hollick was rushed to the hospital on Monday morning after her housemate suspected her of being crushed under a seriously impressive pile of recently purchased knick knacks and bubble wrap....

Coping with election anxiety

November 5, 2020

I’m not sure if you’ll be reading this article with a huge sigh of relief or a sinking feeling of grief. Many Americans describe 2020 as one of the worst years in recent memory. It features a global...

Whitman students finish strong in America’s Best College Poet Competition

Photo contributed by Tejashree Jadhav.
November 5, 2020

On Oct. 25, the final rounds for the America’s Best College Poet Competition streamed live on YouTube. Whitman had three semi-finalists — Sunshine Alvarez de Silva, Maria Del Carmen Martinez and Tejashree...

Exploring Whitman’s endowment further; Buried in local land

November 5, 2020

The Wire recently published an illuminating article explaining our college’s whopping 565.3 million dollar endowment. Since this article has been released we've been led to revisit the subject of Whitman's...

Environmental groups sue federal government over Snake River dams plan

Photo contributed by George Jutras.
November 5, 2020

In a recent intention to sue letter, eleven environmental groups outlined what they say is the federal government’s illegal behavior in regards to dams on the Snake River in Washington State. The letter,...

Halloween in Walla Walla: Socially-distant and indoor trick-or-treating

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.
November 5, 2020

In past years, the evening of Oct. 31 found kids in Walla Walla trick-or-treating in the streets surrounding Whitman. On campus, professors, families and students mingled in halls outside decorated dorms....

Alumni relations holds Women in Whitman Athletics panel

Photo contributed by Jennifer Northam.
November 5, 2020

On Oct. 22, Whitman alumni relations hosted a panel titled “Women in Whitman Athletics” as a part of this semester’s online engagement for the athletics department. The panel brought together...

AAUP responds to administration’s decision to end multi-year contracts for non-tenure track faculty

Photo contributed by Whitman AAUP.
November 5, 2020

On Oct. 12, Whitman’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) released a statement calling for the reinstatement of multi-year contracts for contingent, non-tenure track...

Republicans sweep Washington’s 16th Legislative District

Photo contributed by Perry Dozier.
November 5, 2020

Three Republicans — Perry Dozier, Mark Klicker and Skyler Rude — will represent Washington’s 16th Legislative District in the state Legislature in Olympia.  The district covers all of Walla Walla...

Donations to the college: Alumni, philanthropy funds and defense contractors

November 5, 2020

There was great applause when the Board of Trustees voted in 2018 to divest the college from the fossil fuel industry following years of student activist pressure. This issue brought attention to Whitman’s...

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