Whitman Wire

April Fools’ Day reported to have “hit different” this year

Ashlyn Quintus, Negative Debby

April 5, 2020

This year you could have literally said or done anything that would later be revealed as an “April Fools” and I would not care. There is nothing that would have fazed me. Since Whitman’s announcement of cancelling in-person classes, graduation and most importantly, The Renaissance Fair, I find...

The consequences of panic buying

Elise Sanders, Columnist

April 4, 2020

Lately, it’s not been uncommon to see pictures of empty store shelves and people with cartloads of toilet paper and essentials on social media. These pictures reflect back the anxiety, despair and pandemonium of the new decade’s zeitgeist back at us. In addition, they serve as a catalyst for another...

We need content now more than ever

Maude Lustig, Avid Reader

April 2, 2020

To reiterate the last 10 emails we’ve received from the college, we are living in uncertain times. The coronavirus pandemic is the latest craze sweeping the nation, driving all of us into our houses and forcing us to “spend time with ourselves.” Many people are now having to confront the person t...

ASWC petition calls for equitable grading system during COVID-19 pandemic

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

April 2, 2020

With Whitman College’s move to online distance-learning, students and faculty are reconsidering the college’s current grading system.  As it stands, Whitman operates on a standard A, B, C, D, F grading scale. However, students’ education has been radically altered as classes have moved online. In ...

Response to the COVID-19 pandemic: The Wire is moving forward

Alissa Antilla and Samarah Uribe

April 1, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has scattered our student body across the country.  Campus is nearly empty. Those who have remained must stay in their own dorms or off-campus homes due to Gov. Inslee’s stay-at home order.  Classes are all online. Students have become tiny boxes on a screen, attending clas...

Breaking: Second confirmed case of coronavirus in Walla Walla

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 24, 2020

Walla Walla County health officials confirmed a second case of novel coronavirus in Walla Walla this afternoon. A Walla Walla resident in her 20s tested positive for the virus, according to a press release from the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health. She is now under home isolation and will be for fourteen days, until her fever subsides for 72...

Breaking: Governor Jay Inslee issues statewide “stay at home order,” effective immediately

Breaking: Governor Jay Inslee issues statewide “stay at home order,” effective immediately

Samarah Uribe, Publisher

March 23, 2020

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued a “stay at home order” on Monday, March 23, effective immediately. This order directs Washington residents to remain at home (except to conduct essential business, such as grocery shopping and visiting the doctor), bans all gatherings and mandates the clo...

Breaking: Whitman College moves to online classes in wake of coronavirus outbreak

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2020

Whitman College has made the decision to suspend all in-person classes and move to an “online learning model,” according to an email sent by President Kathy Murray to the Whitman community this morning.  The College’s decision comes in the midst of a rapid increase in the spread of novel coronavi...

Forget coronavirus: Worry about antibiotic resistance instead

Gavin Victor, Columnist

March 12, 2020

I’m terrified of COVID-19. My head jerks at the sound of a cough. I wash my hands whenever I have the opportunity. The health threat is almost omnipresent in my mind – a predator watching me, always from behind.  This attitude is a common phenomenon. It is incredibly easy, especially with media s...

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