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As COVID-19 cases across Washington fall, Whitman begins to open up campus after three weeks of no new cases

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter March 18, 2021

Despite a trio of more transmittable new variants, COVID-19 infections are trending downwards in Washington State and across the country. On campus, three weeks of no positive cases means that Whitman...

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Campus-wide in-person classes curtail living and learning pods

Tejashree Jadhav, Staff Reporter March 18, 2021

For the spring semester, Whitman's Residence Life introduced living and learning pods to the campus. They were initially designed to ensure that some students could safely be on campus without access to...

“A testament to the hard work and desire to get us back to some point of normalcy”: CTUIR continues rapid vaccine rollout

Abby Main, Staff Reporter March 18, 2021

As the neighboring Umatilla County struggles to increase vaccination rates, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, or CTUIR, continues a successful vaccine rollout that began in January.  In...

Illustration by Lily Buller.

Washington State Supreme Court rules drug possession law unconstitutional; Thousands of convictions may be vacated

Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter March 18, 2021

To prosecute the unknowing possession of an illegal drug is unconstitutional, the Washington Supreme Court ruled. Last month, the 5-4 majority concluded that the law should require a component of knowingness...

Photo by Nathaniel Lans.

Masked and distanced: Community-centric Interest House policies surprise residents

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter March 18, 2021

Living in the Interest House Community (IHC) this semester is looking quite similar to living in on-campus residence halls, much to the surprise of IHC residents. While there are nine active standalone...

Students and alumni frustrated by President Murray’s characterization of FSR backlash as “misunderstandings”

Sean Gannon and Emma Fletcher-Frazer March 18, 2021

President Kathy Murray’s response to pervasive narratives about the FSR — which she deemed “misunderstandings" — has provoked annoyance and frustration from many students and alumni. Following...

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.

“Something is better than nothing”: Whitman announces in-person, graduate-only spring 2021 commencement

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter March 18, 2021

Whitman recently announced that commencement will be in-person for graduating students this spring — but family, friends and other students will need to watch the processions via livestream. Because...

Kathy Murray sends out financial sustainability recommendations from the cabinet

Alasdair Padman, Editor-in-Chief March 11, 2021

Updated from print on Thursday, March 11. The President and her Cabinet released their cumulative recommendations on March 10. These recommendations come after considering recommendations from the academic...

“Restoring a sense of health to our democracy:” Ranked-choice voting bill works its way through Washington Legislature

Abby Main, Staff Reporter March 11, 2021

In future elections, Washington voters may be able to rank candidates on their ballots. The state’s Ranked Choice Voting Local Option Bill, or HB 1156, would allow local jurisdictions to adopt ranked-choice...

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“COVID has been a stark reminder of my own mortality”: President Murray set to retire early in June 2022

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter March 11, 2021

President Kathy Murray announced at the end of February that she plans to retire from Whitman in June 2022 — three years earlier than planned. Tasked with finding the college’s next president, the...

Finalized FSR recommends 25 percent increase in financial aid gapping

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter March 11, 2021

On Wednesday, March 10, President Kathy Murray released the financial sustainability recommendations of the President's Cabinet. The Cabinet decided not to recommend increasing flexibility in financial...

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Retiring chemistry professor Deberah Simon reflects on science communication, misogyny and contextual chemistry

Jessie Brandt, Staff Reporter March 11, 2021

Deberah Simon ‘72, Senior Lecturer of Chemistry, is retiring in August after 26 years at Whitman. A chemist and an artist at her core, she rewrote foundational course-work and furthered connections...

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