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Whitman club sports foster community during the pandemic

Illustration by Elie Flanagan.

Tucker Grinnan, Staff Reporter

September 17, 2020

Whitman club sports continue to create and maintain supportive communities despite major structural changes due to the pandemic. Club sports at Whitman would typically be hosting regular practices on campus around this time. Participants would be learning the routine of practice and enjoying regular...

We need mental health resources in K-12 schools now

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.

Sile Surman, Columnist

September 17, 2020

As one of many college students taking online classes, readjusting didn’t come easily to me. With that said, I truly can’t imagine what grade school-aged kids are going through right now. I am genuinely worried about their mental health, especially with the current pandemic conditions. With possi...

College begins mass testing as community members return for fall semester

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Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

A limited number of community members returned to Whitman campus for the fall semester, and Whitman College contracted Lynx Healthcare to test students, staff and faculty members for COVID-19 from Aug. 19-21.  Samples were collected by employees of Lynx Healthcare and the testing was conducted b...

Varsity Athletes Make The Best Of Season Limbo

Varsity Athletes Make The Best Of Season Limbo

Tucker Grinnan, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

On July 22, Whitman College made the decision to postpone all sports competitions in the fall. The Northwest Conference followed suit less than a month later by suspending all competitions and championships until Jan. 1, 2021. With no certainty regarding the future of competitions and the absence of...

Under new leadership, ASWC adjusts to virtual learning

Under new leadership, ASWC adjusts to virtual learning

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

Under new leadership, the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) are optimistic they’ll find innovative ways to support the student body during the fall semester online. On July 29, Sneh Chachra, an undeclared sophomore from Los Angeles, formally introduced herself as this year’s ASW...

In the midst of a pandemic, mental health challenges grow

Kate Grumbles, News Reporter

May 15, 2020

As college students across the country adjust to their new routines at home or on campus, they must recon with new mental health challenges as well.  For many students, issues of maintaining a source of income, food insecurity, housing and rent costs, isolation, inability to complete schoolwork fo...

Whitman College receives COVID-19 relief aid

Abby Malzewski, News Reporter

May 11, 2020

On April 9, the United States Department of Education announced the amount that each higher education institution will receive under the CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Congress recently passed the CARES Act, which outlined a $2 trillion COVID-19 relief plan used throughout the ...

Living in the dorms during a pandemic

Photos by Annie Means

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

April 30, 2020

When the Memorial Building clock tower strikes noon, the once bustling flow of students to Cleveland Commons for the lunchtime rush has now subsided to just a handful. While the days grow warmer and longer as Walla Walla progresses into springtime, only a few individuals can be seen relaxing on Ankeny ...

Immigration during the pandemic

Claire Maurer, Columnist

April 29, 2020

Since the coronavirus has spread worldwide, border closures and strict lockdowns have led to a steep decline in migrants coming to the United States from Central America. Our immigration system is backed up and masses of people are still detained within Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facil...

Maintaining faith during a pandemic

Photos by Annie Means

Grace Jackson, News Reporter

April 29, 2020

In the face of COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders, faith communities at Whitman College and around the world have had to adapt their worship.  For the Abrahamic faiths, important holidays occur in April. Easter was on April 12 for most Christian sects, Jewish communities celebrate Passover from April 8...

Without face-to-face interaction, students cope with long-distance relationships

Photos by Dana Kendrick

Abby Malzewski, News Reporter

April 28, 2020

Students from the Whitman community have adapted to maintaining social relationships while apart. The COVID-19 outbreak caused an abrupt end to face-to-face interaction during Whitman’s spring semester, forcing students to adjust to a world where classes and all social interactions are online. In ad...

Walla Walla County faces spike in coronavirus cases

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

April 25, 2020

While coronavirus cases in the state of Washington have been lowering, coronavirus cases in Walla Walla County are spiking.  “Although the State of Washington has seen a 'flattening of the curve’, Walla Walla County has not,” Meghan DeBolt, the director of the Walla Walla County Department of Co...

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