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North Hall finds new purpose

North Hall finds new purpose

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

October 9, 2019

North Hall continues to be a generous source of rumor-spreading and fascination for Whitman students. After the hospital-turned-residence-hall was closed two years ago, it has found a new purpose as a drill location for the Walla Walla Fire Department. Nancy Tavelli, Associate Dean of Students an...

Elissa Brown: taking on campus sustainability

Elissa Brown: taking on campus sustainability

Kate Grumbles, News Editor

October 7, 2019

After former Campus Sustainability Coordinator Brandon Bishop’s departure last year, Whitman welcomed its third-ever campus sustainability coordinator in April of 2019 with the arrival of Elissa Brown. She holds the only full-time sustainability position at Whitman. The campus sustainability coordin...

How is vaping regulated at Whitman?

How is vaping regulated at Whitman?

Bhavesh Gulrajani, News Reporter

October 7, 2019

Since mid-August, vaping has been characterized as an epidemic following a spike in vape-related lung disease cases. At this point, vaping has resulted in 18 deaths alongside 1,000+ reported illnesses. On Sept. 27, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee called for an emergency ban on flavored vape products, which could go int...

The new faces of admissions at Whitman

The new faces of admissions at Whitman

Rylee Neville, News Reporter

October 6, 2019

Every year, the Office of Admission welcomes new admission officers to their team. This year, three new officers joined the Whitman community. Fernando Penate-Chavez, Phoebe Blaisdell and Jack Buettner started their positions a few months ago. The officers are passionate about helping students and each...

Meet your first-year senators

Meet your first-year senators

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

October 3, 2019

The Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) ran elections for the Student Outreach Committee this past month, welcoming three new first-year representatives to Senate. Their campaign saw a lower-than-average voter turnout rate and no candidates from the junior class. Despite these factors, ASWC rep...

Valley Transit to add electric buses to routes

Valley Transit to add electric buses to routes

Bhavesh Gulrajani, News Reporter

October 3, 2019

Valley Transit, Walla Walla’s transit agency, is planning to introduce electric buses this fall in hopes to reduce their carbon footprint. Valley Transit will start testing two of their electric buses in early October and is planning on phasing them in over the next month or so. Valley Transit ...

SHAG: Creating a space for sex positivity on campus

SHAG: Creating a space for sex positivity on campus

Lena Friedman, News Reporter

October 3, 2019

Amid the bustle at Jewett Café, the members of Whitman’s Sexual Health Advocacy Group (SHAG) gather to discuss all things sexual health and sex-positivity every Thursday. Senior philosophy major and SHAG president Madison Botzet explains that SHAG formed last semester when Botzet and another membe...

On-campus housing for juniors and seniors takes shape

On-campus housing for juniors and seniors takes shape

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, News Editor

October 1, 2019

Residence Life 2.0, a housing committee filled with students, faculty and staff, is currently working on the design stage of on-campus housing for juniors and seniors. The new housing proposal was formed with concerns over decreased availability as well as the separation of junior and senior housing, t...

New Student Consulting Corps Connects Students with Nonprofits

New Student Consulting Corps Connects Students with Nonprofits

Rylee Neville, News Reporter

September 26, 2019

After looking for ways to strengthen bonds between students and the surrounding community, the Whitman Student Engagement Center (SEC) came up with a project called the Whitman College Student Consulting Corps.  The Whitman College Student Consulting Corps is a program funded by Sherwood Trust, a priv...

Whitman College: Homebase for All

Whitman College: Homebase for All

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

September 26, 2019

As Whitman's class of 2023 finishes up their first month of college, they also make history as the institution’s most diverse class yet. 425 students make up this class, coming from 34 states and 25 countries. Over one in four first-years identifies as a student of color, 11.2 percent as international s...

Moss and Saturno battle it out over Seat 7 on the city council

Moss and Saturno battle it out over Seat 7 on the city council

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, News Editor

September 26, 2019

This election year, three out of the seven positions on the Walla Walla City Council are up for election. Seat 7 is the only position this year that is at-large, meaning that the candidate can come from any ward in Walla Walla, unlike most of the other seats on the city council. This election year wil...

Disrupting Patterns of Normalcy: Walla Walla Climate Strike 2019

Disrupting Patterns of Normalcy: Walla Walla Climate Strike 2019

Lena Friedman, News Reporter

September 24, 2019

“Act Now, Time Is Running Out” was one of the many chants uttered at the Walla Walla climate strike that took place on Friday from noon until strikers began dispersing around 2 p.m.  The strike, organized primarily by students in connection with the Sunrise Movement Walla Walla, a local hub of th...

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