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Op-Ed: The Greek System, Debunked

Dani Hupper

September 22, 2016

Sometimes when I vocally question the role of the Greek system at Whitman, I feel like a radical. But then I remember that there are tons of colleges like us–small, progressive, thoughtful–that have made the decision to transition away from a Greek-dominated social structure. I believe that Whitman...

Fresh music: best new albums for spring

Emma Dahl

March 5, 2015

Indie music fans, rejoice! This spring has been huge for quality indie releases, from small artists releasing their debut album to household names recovering from hiatuses and re-emerging on the scene. But which albums are most appropriate for this time of year? Which can provide the best soundtrack...

Walla Walla Sees Increase in Indie Movies

Nathan Fisher

December 5, 2013

How hard is it to bring independent movies into theaters? When I first came to Whitman College, I was disappointed at the lack of indie movies at the local theater. In fact, I don't remember seeing non-blockbuster movies my first year. Recently, however, I've noticed an increase in "lesser known" movies...

STRFKR’s New Album ‘Miracle Mile’ Channels Energy, Color and Good Vibes

Illustration by Katie Emory

Emma Dahl

February 27, 2013

Miracle Mile, Portland, Ore. band STRFKR's third full-length album, is a colorful continuation and development of the band's percolating electronic style. The last two albums that the band released were great, of course––but it is this reporter's humble opinion that Miracle Mile is their best yet. Dynamic, sugary and poppy in the best wa...

Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Silver & Gold’ Overflows with Christmas Cheer

Emma Dahl

December 6, 2012

Sufjan Stevens is no stranger to the Christmas music scene. Songs for Christmas, released in 2006, contained 5 EPs with a total of 42 traditional, original and instrumental tracks recorded between 2001 and 2006. Silver & Gold is its follow-up, totaling 58 tunes on five volumes recorded over the past six...

WEB brings The Head and the Heart to campus

Emma Dahl

September 13, 2012

By now, it is well known around campus that Seattle-based indie band The Head and the Heart will give a show here at Whitman on Sept. 13. With a feel-good sound reminiscent of The Lumineers or Blind Pilot, The Head and the Heart will fill the Reid Campus Center Ballroom with their soft jams. The band...

Finding music on the Internet: some sites for exploration

Emma Dahl

September 6, 2012

The internet sometimes seems like an endless source of information, especially with regards to music. There is a seemingly infinite number of websites dedicated to the exploration of music, but some sites achieve a higher quality than others. In order to narrow down the search, here are a few fantastic...

Radio waves carry signal of hope for incarcerated listeners

Radio waves carry signal of hope for incarcerated listeners


May 9, 2012

Ensconced behind the soundboard in the cozy KWCW studio, it's easy for a college DJ to imagine that nobody is actually listening. Few Whitties own radio sets, and while friends and family might be persuaded to tune into the webstream on occasion, the studio phones rarely light up. For good reason––KWCW's largest listener constituency doesn't ...

Industry insiders speak on music business in crisis


December 1, 2011

"I didn't invent the rainy day, man. I just own the best umbrella." Spoken by big-time A&R rep character Dennis Hope in "Almost Famous," these words have resounded throughout the years. Major record labels have historically been seen as safe havens, bastions of wealth and influence, with pockets...

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