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Whitman alumni speak on racism in the workplace

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter October 8, 2020

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the Student Engagement Center (SEC), The Intercultural Center (IC) and the Race, Violence and Health committee welcomed three Whitman alumni over Zoom to discuss their experiences...

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Upcoming event: “Becoming a Voting Rights Activist”

Sean Gannon, News Editor October 7, 2020

Whitman Votes will hold their first event of the semester, “Becoming a Voting Rights Activist,” this Thursday, Oct. 8, from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. over Zoom. The club is Whitman’s chapter of the national,...

“Omitted”: Whitman Teaches the Movement holds talk on gaps in K-12 curriculum of Black history

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, News Editor October 5, 2020

Whitman Teaches the Movement will hold their first event of the semester, “Omitted: A look at the Hard History that we weren't taught in school, and why that matters," over Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 8 at...

Illustration by Allyson Kim.

Whitman examines Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s impact

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter October 1, 2020

Since her passing on Sept. 18, Whitman community members have mourned the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and re-examined her influence on American law, politics and the upcoming election....

Illustration by Anika Vucicevic.

Whitman sophomore’s organization redistributes test prep books

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter October 1, 2020

For many, their ACT and SAT prep books lie around for years before being thrown out. The Washington Book Exchange is trying to change that. Washington Book Exchange collects and anonymously redistributes...

Washington state colleges devise institution-specific COVID-19 plans

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter October 1, 2020

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee released a proclamation on June 24, mandating that each higher education institution create an institution-specific plan while meeting certain safety requirements....

“Launching the next phase of the Everbridge app”: Whitman upgrades contact tracing

Abby Main, Staff Reporter October 1, 2020

Like several other colleges, Whitman is using Everbridge software to make wellness checks easy and accessible for those who are studying and working on campus. While the use of the Everbridge app is new...

Photo by Carson Jones.

Pine Cone Creamery: Walla Walla’s new ice cream spot

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter October 1, 2020

Although the pandemic has led to many business closures in recent months, a new ice cream spot has managed to open in the heart of downtown Walla Walla — generating buzz among Whitman students spending...

Illustration by Annika Bauerle.

Walla Walla’s week of smoke: Air pollutants spike

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter September 24, 2020

A thick haze of smoke engulfed Walla Walla last week, resulting in unhealthy air quality and official recommendations to stay inside. According to Washington’s Department of Ecology’s smoke blog,...

Infographic by Michelle Shin.

Inclusion Task Force publishes final report: 31 action items on the docket

Abby Main, Staff Reporter September 24, 2020

The Inclusion Task Force created this summer by Whitman President Kathy Murray published its final report on Aug. 27. Student, faculty and staff involvement in the task force culminated in a list of specific...

“It momentarily punctured the Whitman bubble”: Assessing the Scholar Strike

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter September 24, 2020

Several Whitman professors participated in the national Scholar Strike on Sept. 8 and 9 in an effort to educate the community and symbolically stand against police brutality and racial inequality. Teachers...

Photo by Carson Jones.

Although its doors are shut, Penrose Library carries on

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, News Editor September 24, 2020

While Penrose Library’s doors remain shut to the public, its employees continue to digitize records and expand digital collections to help faculty and students with their online semester. Currently...

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