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Coronavirus prompts discussions on racism

Grace Jackson, News Reporter

February 13, 2020

The outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus has prompted Whitman students to discuss infectious diseases and xenophobia. The new strain, called novel coronavirus, originated in China and was first observed in late 2019.  For many, the uncertainty surrounding this outbreak of coronavirus has caused co...

Greenhouse opens house

The greenhouse open house, which occurred on Feb. 7, was curated by biology students and professors with the intent to display the educational importance of the greenhouse. Photos by Amara Garibyan

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2020

On Friday, Feb. 7, the greenhouse located off the Hall of Science building opened its doors to the public, giving visitors the opportunity to take tours of the plant-filled space.  Two students working for the facility, seniors Aubrey May and Chantalle Vincent, explained different plant types, answered questio...

Sunrise Walla Walla: “The plan to win”

The leaders of the Sunrise Movement in Walla Walla engage with Walla Walla and Whitman community members. Photos by James Baker

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

This Monday, Feb. 3, Sunrise Walla Walla hosted their 2020 Kickoff Party at Reid Campus Center with the hopes of drawing in new activists from the Whitman and Walla Walla communities.  The Walla Walla hub is part of a larger national organization, the Sunrise Movement. Their website states: “We’re b...

Understanding the impeachment process from the perspectives of the Whitman community

Jessica Lilly, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

Impeachment — the issue dominating national headlines — has drawn varying levels of attention from the Whitman community. Of the 15 students in the dining hall asked by The Wire to go on record about the impeachment, nine declined to comment, citing lack of knowledge on the topic. Among response...

Inaugural Unity Week promotes engagement in activism

Walla Walla and Whitman communities celebrate Unity Week with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace March, civil rights display, social justice training and a keynote address followed by a discussion.

Alasdair Padman and Emma Fletcher-Frazer

February 6, 2020

Whitman College, in coordination with Walla Walla University, Walla Walla Community College and Walla Walla residents, hosted its inaugural Unity Week – a week of events in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement – beginning on Monday, Jan. 20.  While Whitman College ...

Tracking the demise of the Whitman yearbook

Illustration by Megan Waldau

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

February 4, 2020

After years of budget cuts and vacillating student interest, Whitman’s yearbook, previously known as Waiilatpu, went quietly out of publication in 2017. Its discontinuation has repercussions for both the Alumni Association, which utilizes the yearbook in their reunion efforts, and the Penrose Librar...

Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries lectures on ‘hard history’

Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries speaks to students, faculty, staff and community members about

Rylee Neville, News Reporter

December 12, 2019

Last Thursday, Dec. 5, Ohio State Associate Professor of History Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries gave a lecture titled “1619 An American Journey - 400 years of tragedy and triumph.” Olin Auditorium was filled to capacity as people entered to hear Dr. Kwame Jeffries talk about the "hard history" of America....

Whitman student arrested in response to warrant, facing multiple charges

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

December 12, 2019

Whitman senior Ben Katz was arrested on Tuesday, Dec. 3, by a Washington State Patrol Trooper in response to an arrest warrant issued in Oregon, according to a report from the Walla Walla County Corrections Department.  The warrant was issued on Dec. 3 in Clackamas County, Oregon, in response to a Nov....

Goodbye, Goodwill

The Goodwill in downtown Walla Walla will remain open in the location pictured above until the new store in College Place is ready. As of now, the opening is planned for the spring of 2021. The new store will feature an employee connection center, a new loading dock and easier access for donations.

Kate Grumbles, News Editor

December 10, 2019

The Goodwill currently located in downtown Walla Walla, on the corner of Spokane St. and Alder St., will be moving to College Place and opening in the spring of 2021. Goodwill Industries of the Columbia, the larger organization that owns Walla Walla Goodwill, recently purchased a three-acre parcel...

Reorienting the first year experience

Illustration by Elie Flanagan

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

December 9, 2019

On Thursday, Dec. 5, Dean of Students Kazi Joshua sent out an email to the student body addressing a potential removal of the first-year pre-orientation "Immersion" programs, which includes Scrambles, SCOREs and Explorations.  The proposed restructuring of orientation and pre-orientation was develope...

Student Code of Conduct explored at ASWC Town Hall

Student Code of Conduct explored at ASWC Town Hall

Louis Moench, News Reporter

December 5, 2019

This year, President of the Associated Students of Whitman College Isaiah Banta has organized a series of town hall-style meetings on campus, a process formalized in the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) by-laws. The two meetings so far have taken place in common spaces around campus: Re...

Washington State loses transportation funding with passage of I-976

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

Bhavesh Gulrajani, News Reporter

December 3, 2019

I-976, short for Initiative Measure No. 976, is a ballot initiative that was written by anti-tax activist Tim Eyman. Eyman is widely regarded as a frequent initiative-filer of anti-tax measures. Tangentially, Eyman’s associate, Citizen Solutions — a signature gathering firm — was recently fo...

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