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Breaking: Updated COVID-19 policy on campus for summer

Allison Cohen, Editor-in-Chief June 4, 2021

 As of June 4, according to an email sent to the community by Peter Harvey, the Coronavirus Task Force Chair, Whitman is revising campus COVID-19 policy in accordance with recent updates to state guidance.  According...

“A tale of two Whitties”: Mental healthcare at Whitman College

Mat Chapin and Alasdair Padman May 12, 2021

In March, The Wire released an article about the limitations of mental healthcare in Walla Walla. We focused on the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated an already dire situation as more...

Four active COVID-19 cases detected after two off campus student gatherings

Alasdair Padman, Editor-in-chief May 12, 2021

As we approach the end of the semester, COVID-19 cases on campus have spiked. According to an email sent to the Whitman community by Peter Harvey, the Coronavirus Task Force Chair, on Monday, May 10, the...

Washington state to implement “right to counsel” for low-income tenants facing eviction

Jessie Brandt, Staff Reporter May 6, 2021

Washington recently became the first state in the country to pass legislation guaranteeing lawyers to low-income tenants facing eviction. Instituting this “right to counsel” is meant to meet the tide...

Photo contributed by Heidi Howard Photography.

Q&A with Whitman’s 2021 commencement speaker: Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold ’06

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter May 6, 2021

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold is set to speak in person at the college’s spring commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 23.  After graduating from Whitman in 2006 with a BA in politics and...

Photo by Bridget Kennedy.

Whitman’s independent bookstore will transition to Barnes & Noble management

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter May 6, 2021

Whitman’s independent bookstore is officially going corporate. CFO Peter Harvey announced upcoming changes to the Whitman bookstore in an April 21 community-wide email. The bookstore will be operated...

Photo by Michael Lans.

Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students club seeks to build culturally competent healthcare professionals

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter May 6, 2021

Whitman’s Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) is a tight-knit club for students of minority backgrounds interested in careers in health. Michelle Shin, sophomore and 2021-22 president...

Illustration by Hannah Paul.

Walla Walla elementary and middle schools return to full in-person learning

Tejashree Jadhav, Staff Reporter May 6, 2021

Walla Walla elementary and middle school students will now attend full-day classes in person after months of hybrid learning came to an end on April 26. Walla Walla District School Board announced,...

In a county with 70% white residents, students of color turn to informal networks in place of institutional mental healthcare services

Abby Main, Staff Reporter May 4, 2021

For students of color at Whitman, negative impacts on mental health while attending a predominantly white institution are exacerbated by the college’s location in a county where more than 70% of the...

Illustration by Eli Rodriguez.

Washington state may phase out new gasoline cars beginning in 2030

Tejashree Jadhav, Staff Reporter April 29, 2021

In a move that shocked lawmakers and organizations across the state, Gov. Inslee vetoed HB 1287 on May 15, citing concerns regarding the bill's structure while voicing support for the 2030 goal.   Washington...

Photo by Bridget Kennedy.

Outdoor dining ‘streateries’ in downtown approved for another three years

Abby Main, Staff Reporter April 29, 2021

The Walla Walla City Council unanimously voted on April 14 to keep “streateries” — the extended outdoor dining downtown — for another three years under a new set of guidelines.  The approved...

“14 hours” report details Chinese students’ grueling experience during pandemic

Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter April 29, 2021

Staying up until 4 a.m. to attend synchronous labs, one-way flights going for $10,000, VPN-induced lags during Zoom classes, having a completely nocturnal schedule or only getting two hours of sleep a...

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