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New first-year orientation program, “OWL,” takes flight

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter September 16, 2021

  After 30 years of the same orientation programs, Whitman introduced a new first year opening week. The aim of the programming was based on the goal of creating a sense of belonging, a sense...

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Whitman introduces new DEI VP John Johnson

Abby Malzewski, News Editor September 16, 2021

Whitman has recently welcomed a new Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Dr. John Johnson was introduced to the Whitman community in an email from President Kathy Murray on May 19,...

Detected cases from Whitman’s COVID-19 screening left students “shocked and confused”

Lily Yost, News Writer September 16, 2021

Within the first week of school, seven students were under the impression that they had COVID-19. They moved into isolation housing, and in under three days four of them ended up leaving with a negative...

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Walla Walla residents joyful over the return of the County Fair

Ross Koller, Staff Reporter September 16, 2021

The Walla Walla County Fair, like many other long-standing community traditions, had its 154-year streak broken when it wasn’t held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The cancellation of this event...

First chickenpox case on campus in “many years”

Naia Willemsen, News Writer September 16, 2021

Though chickenpox was once common in childhood, the disease has mostly pushed to the background thanks to herd immunity achieved either through vaccination or having contracted the disease as a child....

Breaking: New vaccination requirements allow for return to near-normal

Allison Cohen, Editor-in-Chief July 2, 2021

This fall, Whitman has chosen to require vaccinations for students, faculty, staff, volunteers and campus visitors, according to an email from Coronavirus Task Force Chair Peter Harvey. As a “‘fully...

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...

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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...

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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...

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