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A Reflection on the lost years: Jumping from first-year to upperclassman

Jaime Fields , Campus Life Editor May 12, 2022

When we went home in March of my first year at Whitman, we were convinced that we would be back by the fall, that we were only losing a few months. Then fall came and we were online, spring came and we...

Illustration by Madeleine Stolp.

Record number of COVID-19 cases at Whitman prompt reinstatement of the mask mandate

Lily Yost, News Reporter April 28, 2022

From Monday, April 18 to Thursday, April 21, Peter Harvey, Chair of the Coronavirus Task Force, reported 49 positive COVID-19 test results and a total of 60 students in isolation. A sudden uptick in cases...

Illustration by Madeleine Stolp.

We all have COVID! Now what?

Hailey Livingston, Columnist April 28, 2022

I found out yesterday I have COVID-19. To be honest, I can’t say I was surprised. It’s starting to feel like everyone has COVID-19. Unfortunately for Whitman students, we have found ourselves...

Photo by Jake Lee.

The choice to mask: Students and faculty navigate Whitman’s mask-optional policy

Lily Yost, News Reporter April 7, 2022

On March 2, President Kathy Murray emailed the Whitman community announcing that masks would no longer be required in indoor spaces starting March 12. The Wire spoke with students and faculty to find...

Washington State dropped its mask mandate. Will Whitman?

Lily Yost, News Writer February 24, 2022

On March 21, masks will no longer be required indoors in Washington State, leaving Whitman with the choice to change their protocols.  “We think this is both good for our health and our education...

New year, new COVID-19 policies

Anabelle Dillard, News Writer February 10, 2022

Like the rest of Washington state, Walla Walla County has seen a significant uptick in COVID-19 cases in the new year, largely due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant. According to the Walla Walla...

Letter from the Editor: Addressing discriminatory language in “Emerging Omicron variant poses new risks”

Allison Cohen, Editor-in-Chief December 17, 2021

The Omicron variant was first reported to the World Health Organization on Nov. 24, 2021 by South African scientists. The first known infection was from a specimen collected on Nov. 9, 2021. In response,...

Breaking: College requires COVID-19 booster 

Allison Cohen, Editor-in-Chief December 13, 2021

Whitman is officially requiring all members of the campus community receive a COVID-19 booster by Jan. 15, 2022.  The decision was announced in an email from President Kathy Murray sent on Dec. 13...

Breaking: Confirmed on-campus COVID-19 transmission

Allison Cohen, Editor-in-Chief December 10, 2021

In an email sent to the Whitman community on Dec. 10, Coronavirus Task Force Chair Peter Harvey confirmed the college’s first on-campus virus transmission.  According to Harvey, the COVID situation...

A look back at COVID-19 on campus this semester

A look back at COVID-19 on campus this semester

Naia Willemsen, News Reporter December 9, 2021

After a year and a half dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, operations felt relatively normal on campus this semester. Despite the prevalence of COVID-19 in the Walla Walla community and throughout...

Emerging Omicron variant poses new risks

Grace Jackson, News Reporter December 9, 2021

Editor's note: This article has been edited to revise two misleading and prejudiced statements. The article previously stated twice that the Omicron variant "originated in South Africa." This does not,...

Facing unresolved challenges the pandemic has left to us

Nana Kumagai, Columnist December 2, 2021

We are approaching the end of this semester. As I look back at the past several months, I am amazed by how different they have been compared to the first in-person semester I had last spring. This semester...

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