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“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...

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...

Students contend with the impact of coronavirus in daily life

April 2, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically altered the lives of Whitman students. The majority of buildings on campus have shut down and Washington state residents have been ordered to stay home. As a result,...

Athlete of the week: Kai Strawn

Sophomore Kai Strawn of the men’s varsity tennis team is this week’s athlete of the week. Photo by Chelsea Goldsmith
March 12, 2020

Coming hot off of a win this past weekend, sophomore Kai Strawn is our athlete of the week.  Strawn is part of the men’s tennis team, playing both singles and doubles. On March 8, Strawn and his...

Navigating visas and more: Whitman international students search for next steps

Sophomore Fadia Chehadeh enjoys the connections and relationships she gains working on campus. Photos by Beej Haas
February 27, 2020

With Whitman’s graduation gradually drawing nearer, seniors are faced with the often intimidating task of planning their next steps. For many international students this stress is coupled with the complexity...

Inter(national) Whitties: a Space to Share and Simply Hang Out

Adam Rooney, Jhunam Sidhu, and Nadyieli Gonzalez Ortiz (left to right) the founders and leaders of the new Inter(national) Whitties Club.
February 23, 2019

While each Whitman student may have the common experiences of the hardships of freshman year, eating in the dining hall and expanding their world view through new classes, each student experiences their...

The International Student Experience

May 15, 2018

“Let’s go around and say our name, pronoun, and where we’re from,” said the resident assistant. “My name is Michelle, I use she/her/hers, and I’m from Seattle” “I’m Rachel, I use...

Tokenization in Greek Life

March 1, 2018

As an international student, my idea of Greek Life was very tainted. On one hand, you had the rich, stuck-up jocks who took pleasure in being called “Frat Boys” and in hazing pledges. On the other...

Whitman’s Diversity Problem

Illustration by Eric Rannestad
September 17, 2017

In an elite and overwhelmingly white liberal arts college such as Whitman, there is always talk about how there should be more diversity, especially in terms of race and ethnicity. The college holds a...

Internation Celebration promotes diverse nationalities, open discussion

Photo by Samarah Uribe Mendez.
March 2, 2017

Excitement and an air of festivity filled the Reid Coffeehouse as performers took the stage to offer tastes of their cultures. This was the sixth annual InterNation Celebration, held on Saturday, Feb....

Trump’s policies hurt international students

Illustration by Taylor Penner-Ash
January 26, 2017

After the election of Donald Trump as the president of the United States, many international students have started to worry about their future in this country and whether they are welcome here any longer....

Beyond Borders Club Hosts 5th Annual InterNation Celebration

Photo by Madaline Stevens
February 25, 2016
The 5th Annual InterNation Celebration was held in Reid Ballroom on Feb. 20th.
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