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Board of Trustees delay budget approval

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

April 4, 2020

In February 2020, the Board of Trustees gathered on campus for the Winter Board Meetings. Traditionally, it is at these meetings that the board approves the budget for the coming fiscal year — but not this time around. President Kathy Murray explained the Board's decision to delay budget approval...

Students become teachers in French4Kids program

Students become teachers in French4Kids program

Abby Malzewski, News Reporter

April 3, 2020

The beginning of the 2019-2020 school year marked the comeback of the French4Kids Program. In this program, Whitman students work to develop and present French lessons to elementary and middle school students in the Walla Walla school district. Whitman offers several different Language4Kids Programs, includi...

Students contend with the impact of coronavirus in daily life

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, News Editor

April 2, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered the lives of Whitman students. The majority of buildings on campus have shut down and Washington state residents have been ordered to stay home. As a result, students have been grappling with the physical and mental effects of the coronavirus in everyday ...

ASWC petition calls for equitable grading system during COVID-19 pandemic

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

April 2, 2020

With Whitman College’s move to online distance-learning, students and faculty are reconsidering the college’s current grading system.  As it stands, Whitman operates on a standard A, B, C, D, F grading scale. However, students’ education has been radically altered as classes have moved online. In ...

Breaking: Second confirmed case of coronavirus in Walla Walla

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 24, 2020

Walla Walla County health officials confirmed a second case of novel coronavirus in Walla Walla this afternoon. A Walla Walla resident in her 20s tested positive for the virus, according to a press release from the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health. She is now under home isolation and will be for fourteen days, until her fever subsides for 72...

Breaking: Governor Jay Inslee issues statewide “stay at home order,” effective immediately

Breaking: Governor Jay Inslee issues statewide “stay at home order,” effective immediately

Samarah Uribe, Publisher

March 23, 2020

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued a “stay at home order” on Monday, March 23, effective immediately. This order directs Washington residents to remain at home (except to conduct essential business, such as grocery shopping and visiting the doctor), bans all gatherings and mandates the clo...

Breaking: First confirmed coronavirus case in Walla Walla

Breaking: First confirmed coronavirus case in Walla Walla

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 22, 2020

Walla Walla’s first case of novel coronavirus was confirmed on Saturday, March 21, by the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health.  “We are surprised it has taken this long for a local case here in Walla Walla County,” Meghan DeBolt, the director of the Walla Walla County Department of Co...

Breaking: Whitman College moves to online classes in wake of coronavirus outbreak

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2020

Whitman College has made the decision to suspend all in-person classes and move to an “online learning model,” according to an email sent by President Kathy Murray to the Whitman community this morning.  The College’s decision comes in the midst of a rapid increase in the spread of novel coronavi...

Whitman’s Off-Campus Studies programs struggle with coronavirus threat

Whitman’s Off-Campus Studies programs struggle with coronavirus threat

Abby Malzewski, News Reporter

March 12, 2020

The outbreak of coronavirus has impacted study abroad programs taking place this spring. This semester, 82 Whitman students are/were studying in 26 different countries. The director of Off-Campus Studies (OCS) at Whitman, Susan Holme, gave some insight into the impact the coronavirus outbreak has ...

Women march on Walla Walla

Women march on Walla Walla

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter

March 12, 2020

The 4th annual Women’s March on Walla Walla took place this past weekend, starting near the Farmer’s Market area at 108 W. Main Street.  An estimated 300-400 community members took to the streets on Saturday, March 6, to express their support for the solidarity around women’s issues as well as a ...

Clubs and community members rally for presidential primary

Clubs and community members rally for presidential primary

Grace Jackson, News Reporter

March 12, 2020

Whitman clubs and community members have taken up the charge to organize and create excitement around the 2020 primary presidential election. Washington state voted in the primary election on March 10. According to senior Andy Burnstein, the difference in organizing activities between the run-up to the 2...

More than a year later, divestment process continues

Jessica Lilly, News Reporter

March 12, 2020

On Nov. 8, 2018, the Board of Trustees voted to begin divesting from fossil fuels.  On Nov. 7, 2019, just one day before the divestment decision’s first anniversary, sophomore Karsten Beling sent an email to the Whitman community about a Board of Trustees Thank You Letter Party to be held at the Out...

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