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Whitman Wire

Vol. CLIV, Issue 9
Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Masking rules relax. Shoe wearing rules tighten?

Grace Canny, shoe enjoyer September 29, 2022

On Sept. 9, 2022, Peter Harvey sent the email heard 'round the world—Whitman is now mask-optional! Some of Whitman rejoiced, burning masks and other muzzling devices on the Cleveland Commons patio. Some...

OP-ED: The failure of Whitman’s COVID-19 policies

Bex Heimbrock, First-year April 28, 2022

Whitman, a college that prides itself on diversity and inclusion, has left immunocompromised people behind in its zealous search for a post-COVID-19 school year. We have all suffered as a result.  For...

Illustration by Madeleine Stolp.

Record number of COVID-19 cases at Whitman prompt reinstatement of the mask mandate

Lily Yost, News Reporter April 28, 2022

From Monday, April 18 to Thursday, April 21, Peter Harvey, Chair of the Coronavirus Task Force, reported 49 positive COVID-19 test results and a total of 60 students in isolation. A sudden uptick in cases...

Photo by Jake Lee.

The choice to mask: Students and faculty navigate Whitman’s mask-optional policy

Lily Yost, News Reporter April 7, 2022

On March 2, President Kathy Murray emailed the Whitman community announcing that masks would no longer be required in indoor spaces starting March 12. The Wire spoke with students and faculty to find...

End of indoor mask mandate a massive blow to people who make silly faces under their masks

Conor Bartol, Gifted with Inconvenient Prophecy March 10, 2022

The recent announcement that Washington State’s indoor mask mandate is ending on March 12 has concerned many. The pandemic is ongoing, and it is possible that the end of the mandate is premature and...

Washington State dropped its mask mandate. Will Whitman?

Lily Yost, News Writer February 24, 2022

On March 21, masks will no longer be required indoors in Washington State, leaving Whitman with the choice to change their protocols.  “We think this is both good for our health and our education...

How is COVID-19 beyond Whitman’s campus?

Naia Willemsen, News Reporter November 11, 2021

Here on campus—where, according to the Covid-19 dashboard, last updated Sept. 27, 98 percent of the population is vaccinated—it’s easy to forget about Walla Walla's low vaccination rates and the...

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