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First death at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla as COVID-19 cases surge

Illustration by Lily Buller.
November 25, 2020

COVID-19 cases have spiked at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla in the past two weeks. The penitentiary has 117 active cases among the incarcerated population as of Tuesday, Nov. 24, according...

“I want my degree, and I want to go home”: International students struggle with in-person semester decision

Photo contributed by Fadia Chehadeh.
November 25, 2020

President Kathy Murray’s Oct. 30 announcement that the college would reopen with a hybrid model for the spring semester has left students in a position in which they must decide for themselves whether...

Student-athletes plan return to campus in three waves

Illustration by Hayden Cooper.
November 19, 2020

Whitman athletes have been busy making plans for the spring semester. Many must return before their peers. Currently, the college plans to return student-athletes to campus in three waves, otherwise...

We need better COVID-19 communication from the administration

November 19, 2020

By now, you’ve probably heard about the four staff members and one student who recently tested positive for COVID-19. Perhaps you first found out through The Wire. Maybe you found out through last Thursday’s...

Breaking: Governor issues new set of coronavirus restrictions; indoor social gatherings, dining suspended

November 15, 2020

Governor Jay Inslee announced a new set of restrictions Sunday morning after the virus accelerated throughout the state to record-high COVID-19 case levels — including new peaks in Walla Walla County.  The...

Choosing between in-person or online instruction: Professors weigh individual preferences

Photo contributed by Miles Canaday.
November 12, 2020

As COVID-19 cases rise, professors have struggled to decide whether to teach in-person or online this spring. The Whitman administration sent out a survey on Oct. 8 to faculty asking them to list their...

Whitman’s international athletes face unique pandemic challenges

Illustration by Allyson Kim.
November 12, 2020

Many international students were faced with a tough decision last semester: stay or make the complicated trip home. International student-athletes were not unique in this regard, but they have faced some...

Walla Walla distributes $250,000 in relief grants to local small businesses

Photo contributed by Gillian Lalla.
November 12, 2020

The City of Walla Walla began distributing the $250,000 from their Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) fund to 220 local small businesses on Oct. 30. The city chose to allocate small...

The inevitability of the impending housing crisis

November 5, 2020

COVID-19 is one of the most unprecedented events that has affected the global community in the last century. Because of this, it has rightfully been given much press coverage within the last months. However,...

Whitman’s spring break cut in half

October 29, 2020

Whitman’s unique two week spring break is being shortened to one week. The college decided to shorten the break to limit student and faculty travel due to COVID-19 concerns. The full 2020-2021 school...

Whitman Athletics releases updated plans for spring semester return

October 29, 2020

As many athletes await more news regarding the status of their season in the spring, Director Kim Chandler issued an email to all varsity athletes about the plans for returning to campus. Provost and...

Universal healthcare: Just for the president or a basic human right?

Illustration by Hayden Cooper.
October 22, 2020

When President Donald Trump was hospitalized with COVID-19, he had access to healthcare that is not available for the vast majority of Americans, and he knows it.  After being released from the hospital,...

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