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Faculty votes to maintain current grading system

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2020

After much discussion and debate surrounding the fate of Whitman College’s grading system during the COVID-19 pandemic and online distance-learning, the faculty has come to a decision. In short, the grading system will remain in its traditional A, B, C, D, F form. According to Faculty Chair a...

Whitman receives letter from FIRE on listserv moderation

Alasdair Padman, News Editor

May 18, 2020

The Whitman College administration received a letter from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) on Friday, May 1. The letter requested that the college end its prior review of messages submitted to the three main listservs (students, community and announcements). According to their...

Beginning Arabic to be offered in Fall 2020

Grace Jackson, News Reporter

May 15, 2020

Beginning Arabic will be reintroduced to Whitman for the 2020-2021 school year on a trial basis. The class will be taught by Assistant Professor of General Studies Emily Sibley.  Arabic language courses have been offered on and off in past years, most recently by Visiting Professor Shoukri Abed du...

In the midst of a pandemic, mental health challenges grow

Kate Grumbles, News Reporter

May 15, 2020

As college students across the country adjust to their new routines at home or on campus, they must recon with new mental health challenges as well.  For many students, issues of maintaining a source of income, food insecurity, housing and rent costs, isolation, inability to complete schoolwork fo...

Seniors cope with finishing final requirements virtually

Photos by Dana Kendrick

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

May 13, 2020

As the Class of 2020 reconciles with their last few weeks at Whitman, they are also finishing their final assessments under completely unexpected circumstances. Social distancing and online distance-learning have tinged their concluding experience with a sense of loss. Senior studio art major Ellen Ingwerson desc...

Whitman College receives COVID-19 relief aid

Abby Malzewski, News Reporter

May 11, 2020

On April 9, the United States Department of Education announced the amount that each higher education institution will receive under the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Congress recently passed the CARES Act, which outlined a $2 trillion COVID-19 relief plan used throughout the ...

Walla Walla County reports first death due to coronavirus

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

May 7, 2020

The Walla Walla County Department of Community Health announced the county’s first death linked to novel coronavirus via a press release on Tuesday, May 5.  The resident was a man in his 70s who had underlying health conditions. He died on Monday, May 4, after being admitted to the hospital, ac...

Living in the dorms during a pandemic

Photos by Annie Means

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

April 30, 2020

When the Memorial Building clock tower strikes noon, the once bustling flow of students to Cleveland Commons for the lunchtime rush has now subsided to just a handful. While the days grow warmer and longer as Walla Walla progresses into springtime, only a few individuals can be seen relaxing on Ankeny ...

Maintaining faith during a pandemic

Photos by Annie Means

Grace Jackson, News Reporter

April 29, 2020

In the face of COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders, faith communities at Whitman College and around the world have had to adapt their worship.  For the Abrahamic faiths, important holidays occur in April. Easter was on April 12 for most Christian sects, Jewish communities celebrate Passover from April 8...

Without face-to-face interaction, students cope with long-distance relationships

Photos by Dana Kendrick

Abby Malzewski, News Reporter

April 28, 2020

Students from the Whitman community have adapted to maintaining social relationships while apart. The COVID-19 outbreak caused an abrupt end to face-to-face interaction during Whitman’s spring semester, forcing students to adjust to a world where classes and all social interactions are online. In ad...

Whitman’s mid-cycle evaluation

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

April 26, 2020

To maintain its status as an accredited institution, Whitman is currently undergoing its mid-cycle evaluation. This accreditation is a marker of the quality of higher education institutions.  Kendra Golden, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Biology, also serves as Wh...

Walla Walla County faces spike in coronavirus cases

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

April 25, 2020

While coronavirus cases in the state of Washington have been lowering, coronavirus cases in Walla Walla County are spiking.  “Although the State of Washington has seen a 'flattening of the curve’, Walla Walla County has not,” Meghan DeBolt, the director of the Walla Walla County Department of Co...

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