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Breaking: Shooting on Stadium Drive; one dead, another injured (Update)

Alasdair Padman, Editor in Chief January 8, 2021

Jan. 9, 1:04 p.m. According to the Union-Bulletin, Stephen A. Taylor, 47, was arrested and booked into Walla Walla County Jail on Friday evening, Jan. 8. He is being held for investigation of second-degree...

Election update: Democrats regain control of the Senate in Georgia runoff election

Allison Cohen, Chief Copy Editor January 6, 2021

In the midst of the chaos at the Capitol Building today, Democrats regained control of the Senate by winning both seats in Georgia’s runoff elections.  Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock defeated incumbent...

“I think I have a right during a pandemic to protect myself however I see fit”: Faculty members conflicted over inability to change method of instruction

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, Sean Gannon, and Alasdair Padman December 24, 2020

On Oct. 8, the faculty received a survey requiring that they report their teaching method preferences — in-person, hybrid or online — for each of their Spring 2021 classes. But recently, faculty members...

Illustration by Lily Buller.

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

Emma Fletcher-Frazer and Sean Gannon, News Editors 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...

Photo contributed by Fadia Chehadeh.

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

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter 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

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter 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

Abby Main, Staff Reporter 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...

Photo contributed by Aziz Sahbazovic.

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

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter 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

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, News Editor 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

Abby Main, Staff Reporter 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...

Photo by Carson Jones.

ZenSoul and Kaleidoscope: Walla Walla’s new yoga studios

Abby Malzewski, Staff Writer 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...

Photo contributed by Peter Shultz.

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

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter 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,...

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