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Breaking: Whitman College moves to online classes in wake of coronavirus outbreak

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2020

Whitman College has made the decision to suspend all in-person classes and move to an “online learning model,” according to an email sent by President Kathy Murray to the Whitman community this morning.  The College’s decision comes in the midst of a rapid increase in the spread of novel coronavi...

Whitman’s Off-Campus Studies programs struggle with coronavirus threat

Illustration by Anika Vucicevic

Abby Malzewski, News Reporter

March 12, 2020

The outbreak of coronavirus has impacted study abroad programs taking place this spring. This semester, 82 Whitman students are/were studying in 26 different countries. The director of Off-Campus Studies (OCS) at Whitman, Susan Holme, gave some insight into the impact the coronavirus outbreak has ...

Women march on Walla Walla

The leadership behind Walla Walla's 2020 Women's March chose to separate from the national Women's March after allegations of anti-Semitism and lack of intersectionality in the national movement. Photos by Beej Haas

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter

March 12, 2020

The 4th annual Women’s March on Walla Walla took place this past weekend, starting near the Farmer’s Market area at 108 W. Main Street.  An estimated 300-400 community members took to the streets on Saturday, March 6, to express their support for the solidarity around women’s issues as well as a ...

Clubs and community members rally for presidential primary

Students canvass and promote political engagement for the Democratic presidential primary. Photos contributed by Elle Pollock and Andy Burnstein

Grace Jackson, News Reporter

March 12, 2020

Whitman clubs and community members have taken up the charge to organize and create excitement around the 2020 primary presidential election. Washington state voted in the primary election on March 10. According to senior Andy Burnstein, the difference in organizing activities between the run-up to the 2...

More than a year later, divestment process continues

Jessica Lilly, News Reporter

March 12, 2020

On Nov. 8, 2018, the Board of Trustees voted to begin divesting from fossil fuels.  On Nov. 7, 2019, just one day before the divestment decision’s first anniversary, sophomore Karsten Beling sent an email to the Whitman community about a Board of Trustees Thank You Letter Party to be held at the Out...

Whitman College grapples with coronavirus threat

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 10, 2020

Following last week’s hospitalization of a man from Umatilla County with coronavirus, Whitman College has been taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus.  “The events around the world regarding Coronavirus is a matter of great concern and we are taking this matter seriously here at Whitman,...

“I will not, I must not, I cannot, forget their stories”: Markeisha Miner speaks on underrepresented lawyers

Cornell Law School Dean of Students, Markeisha Miner, presents on the contributions of underrepresented and marginalized lawyers. Photo by Thomas Lemoine

Jessica Lilly, News Reporter

March 5, 2020

Dean of Students at Cornell Law School, Markeisha Miner, visited Whitman campus on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The result of a collaboration between the Intercultural Center programming for Black History Month, the Student Engagement Center and Whitman's pre-law advising initiative, Miner's visit gave students ins...

Angela Davis challenges Whitman to Ban the Box

Abby Malzewski, News Reporter

March 5, 2020

Activist Angela Davis introduced the Ban the Box campaign to Whitman campus during her keynote speech on Feb. 19 that opened the 2020 Power & Privilege Symposium. During Davis’ talk, she asked the audience if Whitman has a Ban the Box movement on campus. After a slight murmur suggesting a l...

The repercussions of a Timely Warning

The repercussions of a Timely Warning

Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter

March 3, 2020

On Feb. 15, members of the Whitman community received a Timely Warning from the Director of Security Marvin Viney, which described the “Hate Crime/Bias Incidents on Campus.” Seven hours after the initial Timely Warning, there was a response from the Black Student Union (BSU) and Whitman African Stude...

“For the Record” zine sparks conversations around Power & Privilege

Illustration by Megan Waldau

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter

March 3, 2020

The zine “For the Record: Official Internal Review of the 2019 Power & Privilege Symposium” was released and dispersed by an anonymous group of students in conjunction with the 2020 Power & Privilege Symposium. It was found throughout the college, and offered an alternative and jarring pers...

Breaking: Walla Walla hospital treats Oregon’s third case of coronavirus

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 2, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has reached Walla Walla County.  An adult who tested positive for the virus is currently being hospitalized at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, according to the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.  The man hails from Umatilla County, Walla Walla’s neighboring county. According to The Oregonian, ...

Letter of support for students of color issued by staff and faculty

Alasdair Padman, News Editor

March 1, 2020

In response to the hate crimes perpetrated against a Whitman student on Jan. 26 and Feb. 13, Kaitlyn G. Patia, a visiting assistant professor of rhetoric, writing and public discourse, sent a "Faculty/Staff Letter of Support for Students of Color at Whitman" to community and student listservs. As of...

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