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See you on the road, Walla Walla

See you on the road, Walla Walla

Ella Meyers, Publisher May 16, 2021

While we are now over a year into the pandemic, the signs of businesses across Walla Walla remind us of COVID-19's continued influence on the everyday. These large letters across town are epitaphs to what...

The foothills of the Blue Mountains.

An ode to the Walla Walla Valley

Nathaniel Martin May 16, 2021

What comes to mind when you think of an aesthetically pleasing landscape? Most people will conjure up images of dramatic, snow-capped mountain ranges or remote and exotic beaches. While these landscapes...


Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter May 16, 2021

Ross Gay’s Book of Delights (2019) gave a platform to those small moments of joy peppered throughout everyday life. Gay handwrote a delight everyday for one year. In the process, he noted the necessity...

What if our ‘rites of passage’ are wrong for some?

Jaime Fields, A&E Reporter May 16, 2021

There are several “rites of passage” in a young adult’s life: you get a permit when you’re 15, then a license a year later. You go to prom, graduate high school, go to college. You drink “for...

The right to our identity: Creating community among first-generation students

Kasey Moulton, Podcast Reporter May 16, 2021

If I’m being honest, I still don’t exactly know what college is supposed to look like – is it my childhood bedroom? Awkward half-Zoom, half-real classrooms? I’m pretty sure that this is a sentiment...

The three C’s of cinema: Why college movie nights are our most important form of gathering

Zac Bentz, A&E Reporter May 16, 2021

Remember when we used to watch movies with other people? It feels like an eternity ago that community was still part of our cinematic vocabulary. Back when movie theaters brimmed with eager cinephiles...

Examining the future of Greek life at Whitman

Allison Cohen, Chief Copy Editor May 16, 2021

Once making up 41% of the school population, Greek life has faced a decline in membership in recent years. There was an 11% decline in membership from 2016 to 2019. In addition, the looming presence of...

The mythic tale of the Whitman tree climber: A true history

The mythic tale of the Whitman tree climber: A true history

Conor Bartol, found this story in a hidden passage under the library  May 16, 2021

Here’s a story that Whitman College won’t tell you. In the earliest days of the school, Whitman adopted the “One Student, One Tree” policy, granting each first year a sapling they could...

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.

Reclaiming the narrative: Peeing outdoors as a woman

Rachel Husband, Just go if you have to May 16, 2021

Pissing outdoors is a primordial joy that I had not experienced until the pandemic began. Before that point, I was stoically holding my bladder, living in a constant state of discomfort due to my  insatiable...

Walla Walla’s birth workers provide support and care during the transition to parenthood

Renny Acheson, A&E Editor May 16, 2021

The process of childbirth, for some birthing people, is an important moment of transition into parenthood. Because birth is unique for each person going through the experience, even if it’s not their...

Pictured: Bison Short-rib with pancetta and tomato

Living on your own: Cooking as a rite of passage, and the case for eating bison

Mo Dow May 16, 2021

As we arrive at the end of a wholly unique semester, many college students are grappling with the concept of adulthood. Many feel as though they’ve lost time to the pandemic: lost time to grow, to learn,...

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