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“If you can get it, get it”: Everyone above 16 eligible for the vaccine in Washington

Tejashree Jadhav, Staff Reporter April 15, 2021

All Washington residents aged 16 years and above are now eligible to receive vaccination against COVID-19, according to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). Teenagers aged 16 or 17 may need...

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Whitman’s Harvey Pool reopens for recreational use

Nisha Gharti Magar, Sports Reporter April 9, 2021

The Harvey Pool is now open for recreational use after being closed due to the pandemic. This semester, the swim team has been allowed to use the Harvey Pool for the varsity season and they have had to...

“We’re not sick but the rich people and everybody else is”: Walla Walla homeless population faces few COVID-19 cases during taxing year

Abby Main, Staff Reporter April 1, 2021

As COVID-19 spread through Walla Walla over the past year, the local Sleep Center, which helps provide shelter for people who are homeless, has largely avoided the brunt of infections. Corine Hammac...

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Athletes reflect on online viewership for Spring 2021 season

Hailey Livingston, Sports Reporter March 25, 2021

Whitman's COVID-19 policies have moved viewership of athletics matches online for everyone not directly involved with the team. This is just one of a number of new challenges that teams have had to overcome...

Whitman’s varsity basketball teams reflect on unique but successful season

Nisha Gharti Magar, Sports reporter March 25, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and online learning, playing sports has been a different experience for athletes at Whitman College. With the basketball season coming to an end, sophomore Megan Taylor...

I can’t believe I have to say this, but vulnerable populations need the vaccine more than you

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor March 25, 2021

This article has been updated from the version published Issue 6 of the Wire’s print publication. On Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, an email claiming there were “no restrictions on eligibility today at...

As COVID-19 cases across Washington fall, Whitman begins to open up campus after three weeks of no new cases

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter March 18, 2021

Despite a trio of more transmittable new variants, COVID-19 infections are trending downwards in Washington State and across the country. On campus, three weeks of no positive cases means that Whitman...

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Limited club sports opportunities challenges first year experience

Nisha Gharti Magar, Sports Reporter March 18, 2021

Club sports are widely considered an integral part of the college first year experience, but with the fall semester online, many students were not able to take advantage of all that club sports have to...

“A testament to the hard work and desire to get us back to some point of normalcy”: CTUIR continues rapid vaccine rollout

Abby Main, Staff Reporter March 18, 2021

As the neighboring Umatilla County struggles to increase vaccination rates, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, or CTUIR, continues a successful vaccine rollout that began in January.  In...

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“A well-oiled machine”: Walla Walla ramps up mass vaccinations, outpacing state

Lena Friedman, Staff Reporter March 4, 2021

With nearly one-fifth of the population fully or partially vaccinated, Walla Walla County is outpacing the rest of the state. And through age eligibility, employment and volunteering, Whitman faculty and...

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Stop anti-Asian violence

Camilla Tarpey-Schewd, Columnist February 25, 2021

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant increase in the number of violent hate crimes committed against Asian-Americans. New York Police Department data reported a 1,900...

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Possible COVID exposure more enticing than continued cohabitation with parents

Lee Thomas, COVID-apologist February 18, 2021

Back when we were reasonably fearful of Corona, freshman and sophomores alike rushed home, attempting to flee the dreaded illness. Now, these same students have flocked back to Whitman — and back to...

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