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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...

The International Student Experience

Emma Chung

May 15, 2018

“Let’s go around and say our name, pronoun, and where we’re from,” said the resident assistant. “My name is Michelle, I use she/her/hers, and I’m from Seattle” “I’m Rachel, I use she/her/hers, and I’m from the Bay area.” “Hi my name is Emma Chung - she/her/hers - I was...

Whitman’s Chinese New Year Celebration Draws a Crowd

Whitman's Chinese New Year Celebration Draws a Crowd

Nidhi Jaltare, Staff Reporter

February 22, 2018

Arts and crafts, good food and plenty of red decorations occupied Cordiner Hall on Friday, Feb. 16 as Whitman celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year. Also known as the Spring Festival or simply Chinese New Year, this traditional Chinese holiday celebrates the turning of the traditional lunisolar Ch...

Recycling Reconsidered

Photos by Taj Howe

Adam Rooney, Staff Reporter

December 7, 2017

China currently processes the vast majority of the West Coast’s recycling, including the recycling from Whitman and Walla Walla. However, by the end of 2017, China will no longer accept some types of plastics and all but the best sorted and cleaned recycled goods. For Whitman, this has meant that r...

Cultural Awareness Shouldn’t Preclude Cultural Critique

Olivia Gilbert, Columnist

April 14, 2016

When taken to its logical conclusion, glossing over of cultural practices as “just different” presupposes critical discussion.

Interdisciplinary Silk Roads course to offers China Trip

Sarah Cornett, Editor-in-Chief

October 1, 2015

The Silk Roads, a collaboration between professors from the Biology and History departments, integrates knowledge from the two fields while providing students an opportunity to visit historic landmarks.

The blues candle: Whitman skaters find new ways to express themselves

Gordy uses Olin Hall's loading dock to perform a trick. Photo by Marra Clay.

Allie Donahue

April 9, 2015

On a sunny Friday in March, seniors Zach Gordy and Tom Shellum were shredding curbs outside of North Hall. Gordy caught some air and then swung a wide curve into the street. "Car, car..." Shellum said, and Gordy stepped aside to let it pass. Whitman skaters weren't always such good citizens. There...

Shedding light on Umbrella Revolution

Shedding light on Umbrella Revolution

Kamna Shastri

October 30, 2014

Throngs of people fill Hong Kong's Central district, packed shoulder to shoulder. The square echoes with a cacophony of voices and slogans. The atmosphere is tense; policemen in neon yellow vests try to contain the crowd as occasional violence erupts. Plumes of pepper spray sometimes fill the air as...

The Most Popular Game in China

Rachel Palfini

May 15, 2014

I'm about to let you all in on a little secret. It's…how to play the most popular game in China! Now, there really is no name to this game, although I presume nicknames have popped up all over China. It is really easy to play, but you rarely win, and you don't even need to have someone explain...

Marriage Corner at People’s Park

Another section of the Marriage Corner. Also, spring has definitely arrived!

Rachel Palfini

May 7, 2014

As many of you probably know, Chinese culture, like so many others, places great emphasis on marriage. China has been a patriarchal society since its origin over 5000 years ago, and as such, much value is placed on producing sons. With recent medical advances in the past few decades, the sex ratio in...

Ancient Tea and Horse Road

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (玉龙丽山)

Rachel Palfini

April 20, 2014

This past week was the CIEE Weeklong Excursion and I went to Yunnan Province with 30 other students and 3 teachers. We were traveling along the Ancient Tea and Horse Road (茶马古道) and stopped at different towns that used to be along the route. The Ancient Tea and Horse Road is sort...

Qingming Festival

The three weekend travelers! (Alex, me, Margot)

Rachel Palfini

April 16, 2014

Last week I had midterms, which is why I have not posted in awhile. A lot has happened in the past few weeks though (besides midterms), so I'll fill you in on one of the more exciting activities. April 4-6 was the Qingming Festival (清明节) in China. In English, it is often referred...

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