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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...

Students on leave turn away from academics and toward themselves

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Ellie Van Gorden, Feature Reporter

September 24, 2020

By now, we’re all familiar with the daily commute from our kitchens to our desks and back. Zoom is now a noun and the timely muting and unmuting of a microphone is an envious talent. But for some Whitman students, this semester exists far outside of a computer screen. They’ve chosen to take a le...

Viva la remote revolución: students and faculty wrestle with online learning

Illustration by Anika Vučićević.

Michael Conlin-Elsen, Feature Reporter

September 17, 2020

The “business of education,” as Dean of Students Kazi Joshua explained last semester, “must continue,” apocalypse notwithstanding. As we held our collective breath waiting for school to resume, the announcement that classes would continue online came as a disappointment that many were secretly anticip...

First year fall FOMO

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Genevieve Vogel, Feature Reporter

September 17, 2020

FOMO— the Fear of Missing Out. Whitman College’s decision to hold fall semester via remote learning left some students feeling FOMO about what is popularly referred to as the “freshman experience.” First years can usually look forward to the fall as a period for self growth, forging friend...

After a summer of preparation, faculty and staff launch online classes

Abby Main, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced Whitman to halt in-person classes last spring, professors scrambled to transition. This semester, their online classes will benefit from a summer of preparation. Mary Raschko, Associate Professor of English, spent most of her summer organizing courses for the First ...

Seniors cope with finishing final requirements virtually

Photos by Dana Kendrick

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

May 13, 2020

As the Class of 2020 reconciles with their last few weeks at Whitman, they are also finishing their final assessments under completely unexpected circumstances. Social distancing and online distance-learning have tinged their concluding experience with a sense of loss. Senior studio art major Ellen Ingwerson desc...

Tuition, room and board: Student refunds?

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Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2020

Whitman College's move to online distance-learning has prompted many students to return home and compromised planned coursework. The way that the college is operating this semester has raised questions as to whether or not Whitman intends to refund room and board costs or a portion of student tuition...

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...

Whitman professors adapt to online learning

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Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter

April 10, 2020

The faculty and staff of Whitman College spent spring break preparing for the transition to online learning forced by the global outbreak of COVID-19. One of the core features of Whitman and other liberal arts colleges are the small, discussion-based classes. Whitman’s average class size is 15,...

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