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SNOWPOCALYPSE 2019

SNOWPOCALYPSE 2019

Sylvie Corwin, Staff Reporter

February 23, 2019

Winter has finally hit Walla Walla and the rest of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle experienced its snowiest month in the past 50 years. January 1969, which featured 45 inches of snow, was Seattle’s last snowiest month. While the amount of snow is not particularly unusual for Walla Walla, Professor Kevi...

Keynote Speaker Postponed

Audrey Hecker, News Editor

February 23, 2019

This year’s Power and Privilege Symposium (PPS) keynote speaker will be 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and activist Amanda Nguyen, according to an email sent out on Feb. 8 from the Symposium Chair. She will be speaking at Cordiner Hall on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Nguyen is also the CEO and Founder of Rise, ...

Meet Whitman’s New SAVA: Jessica Matthews

Meet Whitman’s New SAVA: Jessica Matthews

Rylee Neville, Staff Reporter

February 23, 2019

Jessica Matthews has recently been hired as Whitman’s new Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocate (SAVA). This position was created in 2016, with Hailey Powers serving as the first SAVA until last year. Matthews was able to overlap positions with Powers for two months before assuming the position. ...

Recent Resignations Raise Questions About Institutionalized Oppression

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, Staff Reporter

February 23, 2019

Power and Privilege Symposium Executive Director Megan Waldau '20 and co-programming Director Jaisa Swasey '21 have resigned from their positions due to a lack of institutional support and structural issues within the symposium. Waldau sent out a resignation statement on Feb. 5, writing, “My team and st...

A Green Dream for a Warming Planet

Sean Gannon, Staff Reporter

February 23, 2019

A Green Dream for a Warming Planet A recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found we have until 2030 to cut global greenhouse-gas emissions in half to keep warming under 1.5°C (relative to prehistoric levels). Failing to meet The Paris Agreement’s benchmark, they found, w...

Venezuelan Government Met With Opposition

Sean Gannon, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2019

Under President Nicolás Maduro’s regime, runaway inflation has thrown much of the population into desperate poverty. Food and drug prices are sky-high and becoming increasingly unavailable in stores. Criminal gangs police the streets and public distrust and anger have reached a boil. A tenth of the ...

State Senate Votes To Preserve Statue of Marcus Whitman

State Senate Votes To Preserve Statue of Marcus Whitman

Rylee Neville, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2019

On Wednesday, Jan. 30, a hearing took place in Olympia, WA to discuss a bill regarding the possible removal of the Marcus Whitman statues. The Senate voted to keep the statues where they are now, but this decision has produced many diverging opinions among Whitman students and faculty. The bill stated...

Liendo Wins ASWC Presidential Election

Liendo Wins ASWC Presidential Election

Sylvie Corwin, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2019

Sophomore Juan Pablo Liendo Molina will be ASWC’s president for the rest of the spring semester. After ASWC’s former president, Lily Parker, resigned for personal reasons in the fall, an election to fill her spot happened Jan. 8. First year Jun Cai works on ASWC’s Oversight committee, which ...

Crider Receives Criticism for Upholding I-1639

Oscar Parrish, Staff Reporter

February 14, 2019

There has been multitude of public reactions to Walla Walla County Sheriff Crider, College Place Police Chief Troy Tomoras and Walla Walla Police Chief Scott Bieber’s joint statement addressing the recently passed gun regulation initiative I-1639. The initiative passed in the general elections last N...

Government Shutdown Affects Students

Sean Gannon, Staff Reporter

February 8, 2019

America’s longest government shutdown ended on Jan. 25 when President Trump signed a bill to temporarily reopen the government. The president finally submitted to mounting pressures and public disapproval, balking on his demand for wall funding before opening the government. The deal will fund the gove...

Update on Debate: Off to the Quarterfinals

Update on Debate: Off to the Quarterfinals

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, Staff Reporter

February 8, 2019

From Jan. 25 to Jan. 28, Whitman’s Debate Team competed at the Viking Invitational in Bellingham, WA. Each partnership competed for four rounds each. The teams are then eliminated based off of the number of wins from the rounds. At this tournament, two partnerships reached quarterfinals, the farthest the...

Bake Sale Raises Funds for Indigenous Organization

Bake Sale Raises Funds for Indigenous Organization

Sylvie Corwin, Staff Reporter

February 8, 2019

Members of Borders as Method (BAM), Indigenous Peoples Education and Culture Club (IPECC), Divest Whitman and other students held a bake sale in support of the Unist’ot’en camp on Jan. 26. A week later, students gathered next to Treaty Rock by the amphitheater, in solidarity with the Wet’suwet...

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