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Letter from the Editor: Addressing discriminatory language in “Emerging Omicron variant poses new risks”

Allison Cohen, Editor-in-Chief December 17, 2021

The Omicron variant was first reported to the World Health Organization on Nov. 24, 2021 by South African scientists. The first known infection was from a specimen collected on Nov. 9, 2021. In response,...

Breaking: College requires COVID-19 booster 

Allison Cohen, Editor-in-Chief December 13, 2021

Whitman is officially requiring all members of the campus community receive a COVID-19 booster by Jan. 15, 2022.  The decision was announced in an email from President Kathy Murray sent on Dec. 13...

Breaking: Confirmed on-campus COVID-19 transmission

Allison Cohen, Editor-in-Chief December 10, 2021

In an email sent to the Whitman community on Dec. 10, Coronavirus Task Force Chair Peter Harvey confirmed the college’s first on-campus virus transmission.  According to Harvey, the COVID situation...

A look back at COVID-19 on campus this semester

A look back at COVID-19 on campus this semester

Naia Willemsen, News Reporter December 9, 2021

After a year and a half dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, operations felt relatively normal on campus this semester. Despite the prevalence of COVID-19 in the Walla Walla community and throughout...

Emerging Omicron variant poses new risks

Grace Jackson, News Reporter December 9, 2021

Editor's note: This article has been briefly edited due to several misleading and prejudiced statements that were included in the original article. The lede previously stated that the Omicron variant "originated...

Beyond the Bubble: A2019 U.S. airstrike raises questions of war crimes and the UN agrees on terms for the future of AI

Lily Yost, News Reporter December 9, 2021

80 casualties revealed in undisclosed 2019 U.S. airstrike in Syria  On March 18, 2019, as the final days of battle against the Islamic State unraveled, U.S. military drones circled over a dirt field...

Whitman moves toward compliance with Washington State religious observance law

Kasey Moulton, Podcast Editor December 9, 2021

Whitman continues to contend with its history as an institution founded by missionaries over a century after it abandoned its religious affiliation, but that contention does not exempt the College from...

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Chuck Sams confirmed as new Director of National Parks Service

Anabelle Dillard, News Reporter December 9, 2021

On Nov. 18, the Senate unanimously confirmed Chuck Sams as the 19th Director of the National Parks Service. A member of the Cayuse and Walla Walla tribes, Sams is the first Native American to serve in...

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Accounts of violence at the Washington State Missing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People Task Force public meeting

Sara Marshall, News Reporter December 9, 2021

As part of last year’s Race, Violence, and Health academic theme, Rosalie Fish, a prominent activist, raised the problem of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). Fish became infamous in 2019...

Students in Stan Thayne’s Secularization of Whitman College course grapple with the College’s history

Naia Willemsen, News Reporter December 2, 2021

Despite the fact that Whitman’s namesake, Marcus Whitman, was a religious missionary, today Whitman has no institutional religious affiliation. This is a topic students in politics professor Stan Thayne’s...

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Judd D. Kimball Lecture in Classics series wraps up for the semester

Grace Jackson, News Reporter December 2, 2021

On Nov. 16, Wake Forest University Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities Eric Ashley Hairston gave the concluding lecture for the 2021 Judd D. Kimball lecture series in transforming classics. His lecture...

New Leftist Mutual Aid Club hopes to create positive change

New Leftist Mutual Aid Club hopes to create positive change

Anabelle Dillard, News Reporter December 2, 2021

Whitman prides itself on its multitude of clubs and student organizations covering a wide range of interests. The newest addition to the roster is the Leftist Mutual Aid club, founded this year by...

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