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Lonesome behind the face

Illustration by Maude Lustig

Maude Lustig, Humor Editor

May 8, 2020

I felt lonely senior year. I didn’t expect it. I thought it was supposed to be the best year, which is why it took me so long to connect my feelings with the word that described them. By senior year, surely, I should have things figured out, and if I didn’t I was probably doing something wrong. ...

Scents of the different majors

Illustration by Isabella Buchter

Kate Grumbles, News Reporter

May 8, 2020

Biology – Formaldehyde and mitochondria  This is pretty self-explanatory; STEM majors out there will understand. These committed individuals exude the scents of the two things that they are most passionate about: formaldehyde and mitochondria. Catch any Bio major leaving a lab and hints of this un...

The value of silence

Illustration by Anika Vucicevic

Sydney Bellon, Columnist

May 8, 2020

Do you know the feeling when you’re “talking with” someone and it gets awkward?  You feel like you are responsible for coming up with something to say to make the awkward feeling go away, and simultaneously you’re considering all the possibilities of what they must be thinking? Silence is often th...

Taking time to taste

Illustration by Hannah Paul

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor

May 8, 2020

As I write this, I am sitting on my back porch in Tennessee; my mamma is grilling buns and okra while the bbq is cooking in the crockpot inside. I can smell her bbq, even through thick walls. Good food permeates; it can be tasted before even touching your mouth. This is what I miss most about home: my...

On intimacy and being in love with your friends

May 8, 2020

When I was visiting a close friend of mine during break, on my second day in North Dakota — the second-coldest state in the U.S. — my friend and I went to the supermarket together to buy groceries for the whole house. We exited the car, and I, not being used to frozen parking lots, wobbled like a pe...

Photo essay: Things that shouldn’t be touched

Photo essay: Things that shouldn't be touched

Chelsea Goldsmith, Photography Editor

May 8, 2020


Photo essay: The Walla Walla Blues

Photos by Dana Kendrick

Dana Kendrick, Photographer

May 8, 2020


The pets of Whitman

The pets of Whitman

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

May 8, 2020

Owner: Toyona Howard Name: Bleu Nickname: Lil’ Beta Age: Adult Length of Companionship: October 2019 Favorite Treat: Blood worms Fun Memory: Any time Toyona gets near the top of the tank, where she feeds Bleu from, he gets really excited. Hobbies: Hangs out at the top of the tank.   (No picture) ...

On Writing Satire

Anthony Reale, Satire Editor

December 5, 2017

G.K. Chesterton once said “A man is angry at a libel because it is false, but at a satire because it is true.” Chesterton, of course, wrote during the 19th century, a time when print culture had massive more amounts of readership and–through that–volatility than it might today.  Without getti...

Regarding the language of “Free Speech” as distinguished from Hate Speech

Kazi Joshua, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion

December 5, 2017

“…is there no room any more for a child or young person to be a little obnoxious…or provocative, or yes, offensive” (Erika Christakis, in an email to Yale students in October 2015 responding to a call to exercise sensitivity in Halloween costume choices.) “We are not asked asking to ...

From the Editors: cir·cuit

Photo by Tywen Kelly and Martina Panze

Martina Pansze and Tywen Kelly

December 5, 2017

origin: late Middle English: via Old French from Latin circuitus, from circuire, variant of circumire ‘go around,’ from circum ‘around’ + ire ‘go.’ noun plural noun: circuits; noun: cir.; noun: circ. A semesterly magazine created by The Whitman Wire’s editorial board and staff A rough...

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