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Four Day and burnout: Return to the in-person semester

Anabelle Dillard, News Reporter October 21, 2021

The second week of October marked the first break of the semester, widely known among students as “four day.” Last year, the break was met with concerns about COVID-19 and travel safety during a global...

Anti-abortion laws and consequential protests erupt nationally

Naia Willemsen, News Reporter October 21, 2021

It has been fifty years since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, yet abortion rights are still on the table across the country. In the wake of these laws being decided upon, protests against anti-abortion...

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Walla Walla prepares for two important local elections this November

Abby Malzewski, News Editor October 21, 2021

Local election candidates and their platforms were introduced at virtual candidate forums. The Walla Walla city council election forum was held on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. and the school district election...

Unmaking Whitman, Unlearning the Myth: Considering the Whitman’s legacy

Rosa Woolsey, News Editor October 21, 2021

Throughout the week following Indigenous Peoples’ Day, falling on Monday, Oct. 11 this year, Whitman’s history department and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) co-sponsored...

Beyond the Bubble: Italy’s vaccine passport and the state of the Taliban in Afghanistan

Lily Yost, News Reporter October 21, 2021

On some scale, everyone lives in a bubble. Whitman and Walla Walla exist in a particularly small and hazy bubble, often immune to the events and experiences of people outside the United States. We tend...

Letter from the Editor: Open letter to ASWC

Allison Cohen, Editor-in-Chief October 11, 2021

The Whitman Wire is critical to delivering campus news, employing over 50 student reporters, photographers, illustrators, production associates and editors. However, ASWC is currently planning on holding...

Illustration by Shasta Sholes.

The Yak is back on campus

Grace Jackson, News Reporter October 7, 2021

The anonymous location-based messaging app, Yik Yak, is back on the app store and downloaded on phones at Whitman. Yik Yak was founded by college students in 2013 and was surrounded by controversy until...

State-wide plastic bag ban now in effect

Rosa Woolsey, News Editor October 7, 2021

Forgetting your reusable bags at home could now be a costly slip of the mind. A statewide plastic bag ban came into effect on Oct. 1, meaning a shift from single-use plastic bags to reusable plastic bags...

Bennington Lake closed following discovery of dangerous bacterial bloom

Bennington Lake closed following discovery of dangerous bacterial bloom

Abby Malzewski, News Editor October 7, 2021

Cyanobacteria was recently discovered in one of the area’s most popular natural sites, Bennington Lake. On Thursday, Sep. 23, the Walla Walla County Department of Health was notified by the Department...

Indigenous Peoples’ Day lectures call attention to Whitman’s role as a college on stolen land

Indigenous Peoples’ Day lectures call attention to Whitman’s role as a college on stolen land

Lily Yost, News Reporter October 7, 2021

According to the United States calendar, the second Monday of October is Christopher Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day. But in Washington State, neither holiday is recognized.  Students...

Back on campus, the FSR and tuition: How financial aid has changed at Whitman

Naia Willemsen, News Reporter October 7, 2021

Over the past few semesters, financial aid and the cost of attendance at Whitman have fluctuated; costs were down, then back up. For the 2020-21 school year, there was a 10 percent cut in tuition due to...

Illustration by Shasta Soles.

Newly reopened Cleveland Commons strives to increase sustainability

Ross Koller, Reporter September 30, 2021

Returning students and first-years alike may have noticed that the array of cutlery and plates at Cleveland Commons has been inconsistent this semester. At times students come in to find paper plates...

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