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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...

Immigration during the pandemic

Claire Maurer, Columnist

April 29, 2020

Since the coronavirus has spread worldwide, border closures and strict lockdowns have led to a steep decline in migrants coming to the United States from Central America. Our immigration system is backed up and masses of people are still detained within Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facil...

Maintaining faith during a pandemic

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Grace Jackson, News Reporter

April 29, 2020

In the face of COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders, faith communities at Whitman College and around the world have had to adapt their worship.  For the Abrahamic faiths, important holidays occur in April. Easter was on April 12 for most Christian sects, Jewish communities celebrate Passover from April 8...

Walla Walla County faces spike in coronavirus cases

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

April 25, 2020

While coronavirus cases in the state of Washington have been lowering, coronavirus cases in Walla Walla County are spiking.  “Although the State of Washington has seen a 'flattening of the curve’, Walla Walla County has not,” Meghan DeBolt, the director of the Walla Walla County Department of Co...

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,...

Finding “good” during the coronavirus pandemic

Gavin Victor, Columnist

April 9, 2020

It is my belief that nothing is ever an unequivocally “bad” thing. If we look closely enough, we can find, in anything, at least a sliver of good. COVID-19 is both a tragedy and a divine reminder of human values and the need for transformation in the way we operate as humans on a global scale. ...

The consequences of panic buying

Elise Sanders, Columnist

April 4, 2020

Lately, it’s not been uncommon to see pictures of empty store shelves and people with cartloads of toilet paper and essentials on social media. These pictures reflect back the anxiety, despair and pandemonium of the new decade’s zeitgeist back at us. In addition, they serve as a catalyst for another...

Breaking: Governor Jay Inslee issues statewide “stay at home order,” effective immediately

Breaking: Governor Jay Inslee issues statewide “stay at home order,” effective immediately

Samarah Uribe, Publisher

March 23, 2020

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued a “stay at home order” on Monday, March 23, effective immediately. This order directs Washington residents to remain at home (except to conduct essential business, such as grocery shopping and visiting the doctor), bans all gatherings and mandates the clo...

Breaking: Whitman College moves to online classes in wake of coronavirus outbreak

Alissa Antilla, Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2020

Whitman College has made the decision to suspend all in-person classes and move to an “online learning model,” according to an email sent by President Kathy Murray to the Whitman community this morning.  The College’s decision comes in the midst of a rapid increase in the spread of novel coronavi...

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