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No new vandalism, even amid calls to remove Columbus and Whitman statues

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter October 22, 2020

This past summer saw renewed efforts to remove Walla Walla’s Christopher Columbus and Marcus Whitman statues. Breaking what has become something of a tradition, neither statue was vandalized during last...

Upcoming event: Anti-racist writing workshop with Felicia Chavez

Alasdair Padman, Editor-in-Chief October 19, 2020

Visiting author and digital storyteller Felicia Rose Chavez will lead the Anti-Racist Writing Workshop for Whitman faculty and staff on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 4 pm. According to the Whitman Events Calendar,...

Exploring Whitman’s endowment

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter October 15, 2020

Austerity measures instituted in response to budget shortfalls this year have brought attention to Whitman College’s 565.3 million dollar endowment. In response to a projected $19 million loss in revenue,...

In search of better testing, Whitman faces decision on spring return

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter October 15, 2020

The Whitman Coronavirus Task Force announced its plans to decide between November and December whether spring semester classes will be held mostly in-person for all students. According to Chief Financial...

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Politics professor Aaron Bobrow-Strain wins 2020 Washington State Book Award

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter October 15, 2020

Whitman politics professor Aaron Bobrow-Strain won the 2020 Washington State Book Award (WSBA) in the category of Biography/Memoir for his book “The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story.”...

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Washington 16th District candidates square off in virtual forum

Abby Main, Staff Reporter October 15, 2020

On Oct. 6, the forum for candidates running for 16th Legislative District office was dominated by subjects such as COVID-19, the economic recovery, taxes and recent wildfires. The forum was conducted over...

The Common Read Project: Sociological framing of “How to Be an Antiracist”

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter October 15, 2020

The first session of the Common Read Project that discussed Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to Be an Antiracist” occurred on Oct. 8. It was intended to help facilitate campus-wide conversations about the academic...

Breaking: Wind alert in Walla Walla County

Mat Chapin, Managing Editor October 13, 2020

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for the evening of October 13 from 2pm to 11pm in Walla Walla County and the surrounding area. West winds are expected to hit 30-40 mph with...

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Out of balance together: Faculty juggle teaching and parenting

Abby Main, Staff Reporter October 8, 2020

When asked how she is balancing teaching with parenting young kids, Associate Professor of English Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel’s response was simple: “There is no balance.”  “As I type this email,...

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Whitman spends $650,000 on off-campus housing renovations

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter October 8, 2020

Renovations on seven Whitman-owned rental properties have largely been completed — costing $650,000 in total, according to Chief Financial Officer Peter Harvey. The changes range from functional improvements,...

Homework, safe travel and non-profit work: Four Day during a pandemic

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter October 8, 2020

Whitman students used their beloved Four Day October break to catch up on work for a Religion class, travel across Washington, and work with a non-profit, among other activities.  Nisha Thottam, a...

Reducing uncertainty on cost: Whitman finalizes early financial aid guarantee

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter October 8, 2020

After a year as a pilot program, Whitman’s early financial aid guarantee is now finalized. The free program allows prospective students to learn how much financial aid they would receive from Whitman...

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