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LGBTQIA+ community within Whitman athletics

Tate Cadang, Sports Reporter

February 27, 2020

Although discussions regarding LGBTQIA+ experiences within the athletic community have become increasingly diversified, there remains more to be talked about.  Senior Olivia Engle, a member of the women’s lacrosse team, shared her experience as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community within Whitman athl...

Navigating defeat as an athlete: Finding perspective in losing

Illustration by Elie Flanagan

Lennae Starr, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2020

Athletes deal with defeat in different ways. While for some it is devastating, others just brush it off. According to Patrick O'Rourke, who compiles statistics from various athletic sources, only around 7 percent of high school athletes are selected to continue playing for a postsecondary institution, m...

Dissecting accessibility within outdoor recreation

Students participate in a workshop at P&P, engaging in conversation about accessibility within outdoor recreation and the Outdoor Program. Photos by Thomas Lemoine

Ryder Brookes, Sports Reporter

February 27, 2020

While many Whitman students benefit from the Outdoor Program (OP), many have questioned whether resources and trips are accessible and, if so, who benefits from them. This was the topic of a session held at this year’s Power & Privilege Symposium titled, "Whitman’s Outdoor Program: Bridge or Barr...

Women’s basketball takes NWC title

Senior Lily Gustafson high-fives teammates. Photos by James Baker

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

The Whitman College women’s varsity basketball team claimed the title of Pacific Northwest Conference champions this past Valentine’s Day, but their work is far from done. Senior Natalie Whitesel acknowledged the role their current success will have in shaping the team’s fate, listing a few ...

Writing theses as varsity athletes

Illustration by Hannah Paul

Ryder Brookes, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

Senior year at Whitman is both a celebratory and stressful time for students, especially as they go through crafting theses and preparing for major exams. As a senior capstone project, the thesis is a time-consuming undertaking, especially for varsity athletes who don’t have a lot of free time in...

Varsity swimmers set records at NWC Championships

Lennae Starr, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

Continuing the tradition of excellence, the Whitman men's and women's swim teams made quite the splash at the Northwest Conference (NWC) championships. On Feb. 13-16 in Federal Way, Washington, the Blues competed against eight other schools for the title of champion in the Weyerhaeuser King Count...

Alpine skiing season in full swing

Illustration by Hannah Paul

Ryder Brookes, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2020

While some Whitties manage to hop on the shuttle to Bluewood Ski Resort only once or twice during the winter months, Whitman’s alpine ski team makes the trip up to the mountains a part of their regular winter routine. The tight-knit alpine ski team is a club sport that competes against other competitiv...

Swim team says farewell to seniors

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2020

On Saturday, Feb. 1, the atmosphere at Harvey Pool at the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center was bittersweet as the class of 2020 competed in their last home meet for Whitman College. Head coach Jenn Blomme of the men’s and women’s swim teams recounted her time with her current seniors.  “I am s...

Whitman students organize and complete half-ironman

Sophomore Anneke Sherry completed a half-Ironman last Septem- ber. Photos by Dana Kendrick

Lennae Starr, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2020

In the midst of wind and rain, senior Ellen Hom was cautious about her friends undertaking such a feat as a half-ironman. "I was worried that they were going to fall during the bike ride, get frostbite on their hands or develop hypothermia," Hom said. But senior Olivia Engle and sophomore Annek...

Whitties learn strategies for managing mental health

Bill Drake, the Assistant Athletic Director of Athletics and Student Athlete Wellness at Gonzaga Universtiy, delivered a talk on mental health on Monday, Jan 27. Photo by Amara Garibyan

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

Mental health, an often neglected topic, was illuminated on Monday, Jan. 27, by Bill Drake as he shared strategies for managing mental health with Whitman students. Drake, the Assistant Athletic Director of Athletics and Student-Athlete Wellness at Gonzaga University, spoke to the Whitman College community...

Distance track comes to Whitman

Ryder Brookes, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

After undergoing a multi-year approval process, Whitman's newest varsity sport, distance track, will begin its first season this spring to the excitement of cross country athletes. When asked about how distance track became approved, junior Ellie Chidsey credited cross country team members senior Whitne...

Intramural sports cater to niche communities

Intramural sports cater to niche communities

Lennae Starr, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

For students looking for a low-commitment activity to take them out of an academic fog, Intramural (IM) sports provide a way to change the daily routine. There are the traditional sports offered, such as basketball, softball and flag football, but at Whitman there are other unique sports available ...

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