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“Travel for exploration’s sake”: Senior Liam Voorhees wins Watson Fellowship to study waterways abroad

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter April 9, 2021

As senior Liam Voorhees nears the end of his Whitman career, he is preparing to embark on a yearlong multi-country fellowship to study river systems and food production. Voorhees was awarded the Thomas...

Strong international student enrollment supported by Whitman’s financial aid commitment

Tejashree Jadhav, Staff Reporter April 9, 2021

Whitman’s promise of diversity in student nationalities has led to a rise in international student enrollment over the past decade, buttressed by the college's policy to meet international students'...

LGBTQ+ students contend with obstacles to mental healthcare in Walla Walla

Abby Main, Staff Reporter April 9, 2021

While the trauma of living through the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased general demand for mental healthcare in Walla Walla, LGBTQ+ Whitman students are just one demographic for whom locating...

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Washington Senator Patty Murray discusses her health equity report in Whitman-led event

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter April 9, 2021

Whitman students asked Washington Senator Patty Murray about her recent health equity report in a virtual event on March 31. 130 attendees listened to the event put on by the “Race, Violence, and Health”...

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Andrae’s Kitchen finds new life as “AK’s Mercado” on Main Street

Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter April 9, 2021

  Andrae’s Kitchen, the brainchild of chef and owner Andrae Bopp, lived in CENEX fuel plaza at Rose and 9th Street for the past ten years. On March 15, Andrae’s Kitchen debuted on Main...

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Delayed, shorter and online: Greek life’s unconventional recruitment

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter April 1, 2021

A semester late and now, entirely online, Whitman’s sororities and fraternities completed formal recruitment in early February.  Primary Greek life recruitment is traditionally held in the fall,...

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So Home Collective: Walla Walla’s stylish new plant shop

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter April 1, 2021

Recently, an elegant new plant shop opened on Boyer Ave, just a two-to-three-minute walk from Reid Campus Center. Dedicated solely to plants, So Home Collective offers an array of products that satisfies...

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Whitman’s Asian-American community reflects on Atlanta shooting, discrimination and identity

Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter April 1, 2021

Heartbroken, frustrated, helpless, exhausted, overwhelmed, stressed. These are the words Asian-Americans at Whitman have used to describe how they are feeling after a swell in anti-Asian hate crimes across...

“We’re not sick but the rich people and everybody else is”: Walla Walla homeless population faces few COVID-19 cases during taxing year

Abby Main, Staff Reporter April 1, 2021

As COVID-19 spread through Walla Walla over the past year, the local Sleep Center, which helps provide shelter for people who are homeless, has largely avoided the brunt of infections. Corine Hammac...

Accessibility, land acknowledgement and P&P: A look into ASWC’s spring initiatives

Jessie Brandt, Staff Reporter April 1, 2021

ASWC’s prioritized actions of late include campus-wide accessibility projects, authoring an Indigenous Peoples acknowledgment, deliberating Power & Privilege recommendations and introducing a new...

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“If I’m being completely honest, I volunteered to get vaccinated”: Students debate ethics of receiving vaccinations early

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter March 25, 2021

As one-sixth of Walla Walla County residents receive their final Pfizer shot, Whitman students question the ethics of volunteering to get vaccinated. In partnership with Walla Walla Volunteer Corps,...

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“This is a long time coming”: Legislature may grant Washington farmworkers overtime pay by rectifying longstanding exclusion from labor standards

Jessie Brandt, Staff Reporter March 25, 2021

Many Washington farmworkers spend over 80 hours a week in the fields without overtime pay. A bipartisan bill before the Washington State Legislature could finally change that. Edgar Franks is the Political...

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