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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

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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

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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

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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...

The problem with celebrity “charity”

Elise Sanders, Columnist

April 23, 2020

When Gal Gadot and her other celebrity “friends” posted a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” to various social media platforms, they did so with the goal of “raising morale.” They failed to do this, but they succeeded in receiving a tsunami of backlash and criticism. The cover was labele...

Tuition, room and board: Student refunds?

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Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2020

Whitman College's move to online distance-learning has prompted many students to return home and compromised planned coursework. The way that the college is operating this semester has raised questions as to whether or not Whitman intends to refund room and board costs or a portion of student tuition...

Childhood nostalgia in quarantine

Sydney Bellon, Columnist

April 15, 2020

I think we can all agree that these are unusual and alarming times; it feels like time has stopped moving, all at once. As all of us are making new arrangements, deciding whether we are going home or staying in Walla Walla, we are getting used to the emptiness. No matter where you are, there seems to b...

ASWC creates support projects for students

Alasdair Padman, News Editor

April 11, 2020

On March 12, Whitman College President Kathy Murray announced that Whitman would be moving to online learning after spring break in response to COVID-19. That afternoon, the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) held two emergency meetings to brainstorm and discuss solutions for the problems...

COVID-19 impacts varsity athletes

Ryder Brookes, Sports Reporter

April 10, 2020

With government restrictions due to COVID-19 limiting access to training facilities and cutting seasons short, Whitman varsity athletes are left uncertain about the future and how to navigate training for the upcoming season from home. With over 90 percent of the country under some version of a shel...

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