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In the midst of a pandemic, mental health challenges grow

Kate Grumbles, News Reporter

May 15, 2020

As college students across the country adjust to their new routines at home or on campus, they must recon with new mental health challenges as well.  For many students, issues of maintaining a source of income, food insecurity, housing and rent costs, isolation, inability to complete schoolwork fo...

ASWC creates support projects for students

Alasdair Padman, News Editor

April 11, 2020

On March 12, Whitman College President Kathy Murray announced that Whitman would be moving to online learning after spring break in response to COVID-19. That afternoon, the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) held two emergency meetings to brainstorm and discuss solutions for the problems...

Is mental health care accessible at Whitman? Looking towards solutions and improvement

Whitman's Counseling Center has experienced an influx of student need over the 2019-2020 school year. Photos by Michael Lans

Miyona Katayama, Feature Reporter

March 10, 2020

Over the 2019-2020 school year, demand has gone up at Whitman's counseling center. Whitman administration and students have been active in questioning the factors that have lead to this rise, the lack of access to resources in the Walla Walla area and other factors that make the counseling center inaccessible...

Writing theses as varsity athletes

Illustration by Hannah Paul

Ryder Brookes, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

Senior year at Whitman is both a celebratory and stressful time for students, especially as they go through crafting theses and preparing for major exams. As a senior capstone project, the thesis is a time-consuming undertaking, especially for varsity athletes who don’t have a lot of free time in...

Whitties learn strategies for managing mental health

Bill Drake, the Assistant Athletic Director of Athletics and Student Athlete Wellness at Gonzaga Universtiy, delivered a talk on mental health on Monday, Jan 27. Photo by Amara Garibyan

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2020

Mental health, an often neglected topic, was illuminated on Monday, Jan. 27, by Bill Drake as he shared strategies for managing mental health with Whitman students. Drake, the Assistant Athletic Director of Athletics and Student-Athlete Wellness at Gonzaga University, spoke to the Whitman College community...

Every Brilliant Thing Brings Real-life Issues to the Stage

Photo provided by Gesa Powerhouse Theatre

Afton Weaver, Staff Reporter

October 4, 2017

The play "Every Brilliant Thing" addressed issues relevant to Walla Walla and encouraged audience participation.

FACE hosts the 5th annual Breaking Ground Monologues

Afton Weaver, Staff Reporter

March 9, 2017

The fifth annual Breaking Ground Monologues, held in Kimball Theatre from March 3 through 5, grappled with a multitude of thought-provoking and emotional topics, leaving a powerful impression on all who attended. The passionate performances helped audience members experience and relate to the powerful...

Self love comes first

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

October 27, 2016

 Why is it so hard to love ourselves? One of the things that surprised and concerned me the most during the Gender & Sexuality Workshop was when more than half of people in Jewett (the biggest residence hall at Whitman) admitted to having had or still having an eating disorder. This makes me think of ...

Talking about Guns

Photo by Tywen Kelly

Hannah Bartman, Feature Editor

October 28, 2015

Growing up in a suburb on the outskirts of LA County did not give me extensive immersion into the world of guns. My parent’s interest in the Quaker society and Zen meditation probably didn’t help much either. With this in mind, it’s easy to understand my surprise when, in my first-year at Whitm...

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