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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...

Tuition, room and board: Student refunds?

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Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2020

Whitman College's move to online distance-learning has prompted many students to return home and compromised planned coursework. The way that the college is operating this semester has raised questions as to whether or not Whitman intends to refund room and board costs or a portion of student tuition...

ASWC creates support projects for students

Alasdair Padman, News Editor

April 11, 2020

On March 12, Whitman College President Kathy Murray announced that Whitman would be moving to online learning after spring break in response to COVID-19. That afternoon, the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) held two emergency meetings to brainstorm and discuss solutions for the problems...

Whitman professors adapt to online learning

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Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter

April 10, 2020

The faculty and staff of Whitman College spent spring break preparing for the transition to online learning forced by the global outbreak of COVID-19. One of the core features of Whitman and other liberal arts colleges are the small, discussion-based classes. Whitman’s average class size is 15,...

Students lose jobs in wake of coronavirus pandemic

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Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

April 9, 2020

Whitman’s decision to move to an online distance-learning system due to the coronavirus outbreak has left some student employees out of work and financially insecure. Director of Human Resources Telara McCullough sent out an email on March 26, 2020 regarding student workers and supervisors. Student work ...

Board of Trustees delay budget approval

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

April 4, 2020

In February 2020, the Board of Trustees gathered on campus for the Winter Board Meetings. Traditionally, it is at these meetings that the board approves the budget for the coming fiscal year — but not this time around. President Kathy Murray explained the Board's decision to delay budget approval...

Students become teachers in French4Kids program

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Abby Malzewski, News Reporter

April 3, 2020

The beginning of the 2019-2020 school year marked the comeback of the French4Kids Program. In this program, Whitman students work to develop and present French lessons to elementary and middle school students in the Walla Walla school district. Whitman offers several different Language4Kids Programs, includi...

Students contend with the impact of coronavirus in daily life

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, News Editor

April 2, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered the lives of Whitman students. The majority of buildings on campus have shut down and Washington state residents have been ordered to stay home. As a result, students have been grappling with the physical and mental effects of the coronavirus in everyday ...

ASWC petition calls for equitable grading system during COVID-19 pandemic

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

April 2, 2020

With Whitman College’s move to online distance-learning, students and faculty are reconsidering the college’s current grading system.  As it stands, Whitman operates on a standard A, B, C, D, F grading scale. However, students’ education has been radically altered as classes have moved online. In ...

Breaking: Second confirmed case of coronavirus in Walla Walla

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 24, 2020

Walla Walla County health officials confirmed a second case of novel coronavirus in Walla Walla this afternoon. A Walla Walla resident in her 20s tested positive for the virus, according to a press release from the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health. She is now under home isolation and will be for fourteen days, until her fever subsides for 72...

Breaking: Governor Jay Inslee issues statewide “stay at home order,” effective immediately

Breaking: Governor Jay Inslee issues statewide “stay at home order,” effective immediately

Samarah Uribe, Publisher

March 23, 2020

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued a “stay at home order” on Monday, March 23, effective immediately. This order directs Washington residents to remain at home (except to conduct essential business, such as grocery shopping and visiting the doctor), bans all gatherings and mandates the clo...

Breaking: First confirmed coronavirus case in Walla Walla

Breaking: First confirmed coronavirus case in Walla Walla

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 22, 2020

Walla Walla’s first case of novel coronavirus was confirmed on Saturday, March 21, by the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health.  “We are surprised it has taken this long for a local case here in Walla Walla County,” Meghan DeBolt, the director of the Walla Walla County Department of Co...

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