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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. Some of the requirements include limiting dining facilities capacity, developing contact-tracing pr...

Although its doors are shut, Penrose Library carries on

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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 the library still offers a host of services: curbside pickup to borrow books, mail delivery to those outside of ...

Whitman considering corporate management for college bookstore

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Grace Jackson, Staff Writer

September 17, 2020

Whitman’s independent bookstore may be going corporate. President Kathy Murray’s cabinet has been considering transitioning to external corporate management since the beginning of this semester, according to Chief Financial Officer Peter Harvey. Independent college bookstores are affiliated with the col...

Standards of professionalism are changing, and that’s a good thing

Standards of professionalism are changing, and that's a good thing

Ava Liponis, Columnist

September 10, 2020

In the midst of a global pandemic, professional life has far exceeded its pre-pandemic boundaries, and it is becoming increasingly impossible to separate the two spheres of personal and professional. Working from home makes it difficult to separate what was once two binary sides of life, and that...

We can’t get back to “normal”

Sile Surman, Columnist

September 10, 2020

If you haven’t parsed through Trump’s 2020 campaign platform yet, first of all, smart thinking. It’s a waste of time. The "goals" are so vague and unattainable that I question the judgment of its author. (I seriously question the judgment of the entire administration, too, but that’s beside the po...

Faculty votes to maintain current grading system

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2020

After much discussion and debate surrounding the fate of Whitman College’s grading system during the COVID-19 pandemic and online distance-learning, the faculty has come to a decision. In short, the grading system will remain in its traditional A, B, C, D, F form. According to Faculty Chair a...

Walla Walla County reports first death due to coronavirus

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

May 7, 2020

The Walla Walla County Department of Community Health announced the county’s first death linked to novel coronavirus via a press release on Tuesday, May 5.  The resident was a man in his 70s who had underlying health conditions. He died on Monday, May 4, after being admitted to the hospital, ac...

Letter to the editor: Preserving the present

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Ben Murphy, Archivist and Head of Digital Services at Whitman College and Northwest Archives

April 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted daily life at Whitman, but it is not the first time that the college has experienced significant disruptions of in-person gatherings and classes. In 1918, during the Spanish Influenza pandemic, classes were held on campus, but only students living in campus housing were a...

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