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Four Day isn’t the break we deserve

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor

October 8, 2020

 I am — quite literally — the only person I know who did not have an exam, paper or project due at the end of Four Day. Even then, I was still working my ass off; like many students, I have several jobs and a large amount of regular schoolwork. Four Day was supposed to be an opportunity for me to ...

Don’t zoom through your mental health

Illustration by Anika Vucicevic.

Genevieve Vogel, Feature Reporter

October 1, 2020

Students are constantly facing mental health challenges, but now, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they must also attempt to continue their education online. Previously published in “Viva la remote revolución: students and faculty wrestle with online learning," students and professors are well aware of the differences between in-person and online lear...

Whitman varsity athletes discuss crucial lifestyle balance

Photo contributed by Kai Strawn.

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

September 24, 2020

Varsity athletes are often associated with their respective sport, but their peers often forget that they have a life outside of the athletic bubble. Many athletes spend their free time on hobbies and other extracurricular activities just like every other student. This includes playing other sports,...

We need mental health resources in K-12 schools now

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.

Sile Surman, Columnist

September 17, 2020

As one of many college students taking online classes, readjusting didn’t come easily to me. With that said, I truly can’t imagine what grade school-aged kids are going through right now. I am genuinely worried about their mental health, especially with the current pandemic conditions. With possi...

Varsity Athletes Make The Best Of Season Limbo

Varsity Athletes Make The Best Of Season Limbo

Tucker Grinnan, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

On July 22, Whitman College made the decision to postpone all sports competitions in the fall. The Northwest Conference followed suit less than a month later by suspending all competitions and championships until Jan. 1, 2021. With no certainty regarding the future of competitions and the absence of...

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

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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...

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