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North Hall finds new purpose

North Hall finds new purpose

Grace Jackson, News Reporter September 23, 2021

Since it was built in 1928, North Hall has gone from a hospital, to a dormitory, to a fire department training site, to a quarantine space, and finally back to a residence hall. North Hall was closed...

The Walla Walla Fire Department currently uses North Hall, formerly the Walla Walla Valley General Hospital, to run drills.

North Hall finds new purpose

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter October 9, 2019

North Hall continues to be a generous source of rumor-spreading and fascination for Whitman students. After the hospital-turned-residence-hall was closed two years ago, it has found a new purpose as a...

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

How is vaping regulated at Whitman?

Bhavesh Gulrajani , News Reporter October 7, 2019

Since mid-August, vaping has been characterized as an epidemic following a spike in vape-related lung disease cases. At this point, vaping has resulted in 18 deaths alongside 1,000+ reported illnesses....

RAs Reapply in Record Numbers

Sylvie Corwin, Staff Reporter November 29, 2018

Earlier this month the Residential Life department finalized the new Resident Assistant (RA) assignments for next semester. 12 current RAs reapplied for the 36 RA positions available, a record number of...

Larger dots represent larger population of Sophomore student residence. Contributed by Neal Christopherson.

Mind the Gap: New Res Hall Promises to Shake Up Campus Culture

Chris Hankin, News Editor February 13, 2018

From the corner of Alder and Park the progress on Whitman’s newest residence hall is clear. What was an empty lot this time last spring is now a building nearing completion. Though the Cleveland Dining...

Whitman’s Residential Identity: Student Housing Responds to Changing Market

Chris Hankin, News Editor February 1, 2018

Walla Walla is changing, fast. Between wine, tech and tourism, the valley is seeing a dramatic influx of white-collar folks looking for homes, and the market is responding. Whitman College is hardly immune...

Before restoration. Contributed by The Cultured Pearl

Narcissa Whitman Painting Defaced

Rachel Needham, Staff Reporter October 31, 2017

On the morning of Monday, Oct. 9, Prentiss Hall custodians arrived at work to find that the portrait of Narcissa Whitman hanging in the Great Room had been defaced overnight. Accompanying the black spray-paint...

Captured by Caroline Arya

New Sophomore Dorm to be Completed Fall ’18

Adam Rooney, Staff Reporter September 18, 2017

By this time next year, two new buildings will be completed on the southern side of Whitman’s campus: a residence hall for sophomores and a large dining hall. The new sophomore residence hall...

Illustration by Haley King

Resident Assistant Training

Andy Monserud, Investigative Director December 7, 2016

A lot is expected of Resident Assistants (RAs) at Whitman. They are confidants, leaders, and enforcers to their residents. To cope with these various pressures, the Residence Life office holds a ten-day...

Architects display design plans for proposed construction

Ellen Ivens-Duran, News Writer September 24, 2015
Models and designs for the proposed construction of a new sophomore residence hall, junior/senior housing and dining hall, were on display in Reid Campus Center on Thursday, Sep. 19. Architects from ZGF and Hacker, formerly THA, the two firms chosen by Whitman to present proposals, were also present to explain the plans to students, staff and faculty.
Infographic by Spencer Light.

Class of 2019 Smallest in Recent Times

Georgia Lyon September 17, 2015
Whitman’s class of 2019 is smaller than expected because the yield from the main applicant and waitlist pools was lower than anticipated. The group of 364 first-years and 17 transfers fell well short of both the goals and expectations of the Office of Admissions given past trends, resulting in more space in residence halls this year.

New Dining Hall, Sophomore Residence Hall, and Upperclassmen Apartments in the Works

Ellen Ivens-Duran and Sarah Cornett September 10, 2015
A new dining hall, sophomore residence hall, and apartments for juniors and seniors could be new campus facilities as early as the fall of 2017, if a project titled the Living at Whitman Initiative is approved by college’s trustees and overseers in November.
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