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Students contend with the impact of coronavirus in daily life

Emma Fletcher-Frazer, News Editor

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, students have been grappling with the physical and mental effects of the coronavirus in everyday ...

Athlete of the week: Kai Strawn

Athlete of the week: Kai Strawn

Lennae Starr, Staff Reporter

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 doubles partner junior Ben Kirsch contributed to Whitman’s overall 9-0 performance against the Univers...

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

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

Alex Brockman, Feature Editor

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 of going through the United States VISA process, which is required in order to obtain a job...

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

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

Alex Brockman, Feature Editor

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 time at Whitman differently. The factors that play into these differences are numerous, but among...

The International Student Experience

Emma Chung

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 she/her/hers, and I’m from the Bay area.” “Hi my name is Emma Chung - she/her/hers - I was...

Tokenization in Greek Life

Jordon Crawford, Columnist

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 side, there were the female counterparts in sororities who reminded me of the evil trio from the movie...

Whitman’s Diversity Problem

Whitman’s Diversity Problem

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

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 Race & Equity workshop every year and claims both to have focused on diversifying the student body...

Internation Celebration promotes diverse nationalities, open discussion

Internation Celebration promotes diverse nationalities, open discussion

Michelle Foster, Staff Writer

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. 25. It showcased both international and domestic students, who performed with a wide variety of songs, ...

Trump’s policies hurt international students

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

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. To many students like myself, Trump’s election was a huge surprise because we came to the U.S....

Beyond Borders Club Hosts 5th Annual InterNation Celebration

Beyond Borders Club Hosts 5th Annual InterNation Celebration

Lane Barton

February 25, 2016

The 5th Annual InterNation Celebration was held in Reid Ballroom on Feb. 20th.

Whitman Provides Housing, Community Ties Over Long Breaks

Whitman Provides Housing, Community Ties Over Long Breaks

Lorah Steichen

December 12, 2013

While most students are able to take advantage of school breaks as an opportunity to head home and unwind, a select number of Whitman College students remain on campus even while residence halls close. During winter and spring vacations, students who are not able to make other accommodations are housed in residence halls. In addition to intern...

International Students Find Challenges and Friendships at Whitman

International Students Find Challenges and Friendships at Whitman

Lachlan Johnson

November 8, 2012

Coming to college means leaving one's family and friends, but for some students it means leaving one's culture, language and country behind as well. International students come to Whitman knowing they will be in a place where very few people share their background and experiences. Though nearly all international students end up staying at the college for...

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