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Walla Walla’s week of smoke: Air pollutants spike

Illustration by Annika Bauerle.

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter

September 24, 2020

A thick haze of smoke engulfed Walla Walla last week, resulting in unhealthy air quality and official recommendations to stay inside. According to Washington’s Department of Ecology’s smoke blog, the smoke in Walla Walla was the result of wind conditions that moved smoke from the wildfires in the Or...

Inclusion Task Force publishes final report: 31 action items on the docket

Infographic by Michelle Shin.

Abby Main, Staff Reporter

September 24, 2020

The Inclusion Task Force created this summer by Whitman President Kathy Murray published its final report on Aug. 27. Student, faculty and staff involvement in the task force culminated in a list of specific proposals. The report includes a multitude of action items slated to be explored and enacted duri...

“It momentarily punctured the Whitman bubble”: Assessing the Scholar Strike

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter

September 24, 2020

Several Whitman professors participated in the national Scholar Strike on Sept. 8 and 9 in an effort to educate the community and symbolically stand against police brutality and racial inequality. Teachers and students differed on the merit of the strike and on the question of whether or not to participat...

Although its doors are shut, Penrose Library carries on

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Emma Fletcher-Frazer, News Editor

September 24, 2020

While Penrose Library’s doors remain shut to the public, its employees continue to digitize records and expand digital collections to help faculty and students with their online semester. Currently the library still offers a host of services: curbside pickup to borrow books, mail delivery to those outside of ...

Psychology department expands scope of class offerings

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter

September 17, 2020

The Psychology Department has added two new classes this fall: Introduction to Black Psychology and Health and Wellness. This was done to further diversify their curriculum. Both classes are taught by the Associate Dean of Health and Wellness and the Director of the Counseling Center, Dr. Rae Chresfield. ...

Whitman considering corporate management for college bookstore

Illustration by Lily Buller.

Grace Jackson, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

Whitman’s independent bookstore may be going corporate. President Kathy Murray’s cabinet has been considering transitioning to external corporate management since the beginning of this semester, according to Chief Financial Officer Peter Harvey. Independent college bookstores are affiliated with the col...

Police Officer Nat Small’s tattoo continues to stir controversy

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Abby Malzewski, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

In early June, a photo of an arm tattoo stirred one of Walla Walla’s biggest controversies of the year. The tattoo, belonging to Walla Walla Police Officer Nat Small, depicted a brass knuckle with the name of a fallen soldier and a “SS'' lightning bolt. The “SS” Schutzstaffel has a history of ...

Drive-thru smoothies and hair fades: student businesses navigate pandemic pressures

Photo contributed by Marc Goff.

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter

September 17, 2020

Like many entrepreneurs in the greater Walla Walla Valley, Whitman students running businesses have had to adapt to the changing COVID-19 economic landscape in order to stay afloat. For sociology senior Marc Goff and his health food smoothie truck Harvest Smoothie Company (HSCO), this meant shifting t...

Walla Walla’s smoke to last through week

Sean Gannon, News Editor

September 15, 2020

Walla Walla’s smoke and unhealthy air quality will persist throughout the week, according to the Washington Department of Ecology, setting an “air quality alert” in the county until noon on Friday, Sept. 18.  Washington has seen smoke from Northwest wildfires linger since Friday, Sept. 11....

$19 million down in revenue, Whitman halts mandatory furloughs in favor of tiered cuts

Infographic compiled by Michelle Shin.

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

Facing a projected $19 million loss in revenue for the 2020-2021 school year, Whitman College announced tiered salary reductions, with top earners taking the biggest hit — quelling summer faculty and staff concerns over mandatory furloughs.  Effective Sept. 1, these salary cuts apply to all employees who ...

College begins mass testing as community members return for fall semester

Illustration by Kiara Paninos

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

A limited number of community members returned to Whitman campus for the fall semester, and Whitman College contracted Lynx Healthcare to test students, staff and faculty members for COVID-19 from Aug. 19-21.  Samples were collected by employees of Lynx Healthcare and the testing was conducted b...

Under new leadership, ASWC adjusts to virtual learning

Under new leadership, ASWC adjusts to virtual learning

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

Under new leadership, the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) are optimistic they’ll find innovative ways to support the student body during the fall semester online. On July 29, Sneh Chachra, an undeclared sophomore from Los Angeles, formally introduced herself as this year’s ASW...

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