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First death at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla as COVID-19 cases surge

Illustration by Lily Buller.
November 25, 2020

COVID-19 cases have spiked at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla in the past two weeks. The penitentiary has 117 active cases among the incarcerated population as of Tuesday, Nov. 24, according...

“I want my degree, and I want to go home”: International students struggle with in-person semester decision

Photo contributed by Fadia Chehadeh.
November 25, 2020

President Kathy Murray’s Oct. 30 announcement that the college would reopen with a hybrid model for the spring semester has left students in a position in which they must decide for themselves whether...

Virtual events, emergency funding and academic communities: ASWC leaders reflect on semester goals

November 25, 2020

As our atypical semester draws to a close, the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) team reflected on the goals they laid out for themselves at the beginning of the semester to support the student...

Inclusion Task Force update: 21 of 31 action items listed with Fall 2020 start date

November 25, 2020

Of the 31 action items published by the Inclusion Task Force created this summer by Whitman President Kathy Murray, 21 are listed with a Fall 2020 start date. As the Whitman community reaches the end of...

Whitman community shares coming out stories at virtual Break the Closet Week

Photo contributed by Aziz Sahbazovic.
November 25, 2020

Celebrating coming out has gone virtual with Whitman College’s first ever Breaking the Closet Week. The week was organized by the Intercultural Center and featured two panels featuring LGBTQ+ students,...

Breaking news: Student tests positive for COVID-19, brings total to 8 cases on campus

November 24, 2020

One Whitman student located in Walla Walla tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Whitman College was notified of the case on Tuesday, Nov. 24, according to Director of Communications Gina Ohnstad. This...

Passage of Referendum 90 brings minimal changes to Walla Walla Public Schools

November 19, 2020

The passage of Referendum 90 in Washington state will enact Senate Bill 5395 into law, mandating comprehensive sexual health education for K-12 students in public schools across the state. School districts...

ZenSoul and Kaleidoscope: Walla Walla’s new yoga studios

Photo by Carson Jones.
November 19, 2020

Disclaimer: This article was written before the new COVID-19 restrictions that went into effect Monday, Nov. 16 for Washington stores, restaurants and social gatherings. Two new yoga studios have opened...

Pandemics, protests and politics: Melissa Harris-Perry delivers talk on race

Photo contributed by Peter Shultz.
November 19, 2020

The Race, Violence and Health academic theme group hosted a talk by Professor of Politics and International Affairs Melissa Harris-Perry entitled "Blackness 2020: Pandemic, Protest and Politics" on Monday,...

Breaking: Governor issues new set of coronavirus restrictions; indoor social gatherings, dining suspended

November 15, 2020

Governor Jay Inslee announced a new set of restrictions Sunday morning after the virus accelerated throughout the state to record-high COVID-19 case levels — including new peaks in Walla Walla County.  The...

Four staff, one student test positive for COVID-19

November 12, 2020

Four Whitman staff members and one student in Walla Walla tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. Each case was self-reported by the five community members who were tested off-campus. To this date,...

A country embroiled in protests: Whitman Belarusian students face crisis over undemocratic election back home

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.
November 12, 2020

Before returning to Walla Walla for the fall semester, Whitman senior Yana Miakshyla spent three days without internet access in her home country of Belarus, starting the eve of the country’s presidential...

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