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SSRA courses take on new forms and topics

Tucker Grinnan, Sports Reporter

October 8, 2020

This semester of SSRA courses has adopted a number of structural changes. This temporary makeover has presented an opportunity to integrate the topics of intergroup dialogue, sports and social justice. This includes a course titled “Sports, Social Justice and Facilitation.” “There is so much...

A Round of Applause: Threat to Decency or Deserved Reaction?

Alden Glass, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2017

In mid-April, Barcelona’s Brazilian superstar, Neymar, was suspended for three La Liga matches for sarcastically applauding the fourth official while walking off the field after his second yellow card of the match. While a three match ban for such an important player would be catastrophic in the bes...

Cohesive Competition: Noon Soccer Group Unites Community

Cohesive Competition: Noon Soccer Group Unites Community

Jesse Sindelar, Staff Reporter

March 2, 2017

Whitman is privileged to have first-class athletic facilities for anyone who would like to use them, including the Multi-Purpose (MP) Gym in Sherwood Center. While many groups from Whitman and the Walla Walla community take advantage of this open and recreational space, the “Noon Soccer” group might...

Hanging Up the Boots: Quitting Varsity Soccer

Gareth Jones, Guest Writer

February 23, 2017

After one season with the men’s varsity soccer team, I decided to quit. The winter break that followed my chaotic first semester gave me some space for quiet introspection, during which I reached the conclusion that soccer had introduced far more stress into my life than it had removed. As one would ...

The Rise of Soccer in America: MLS Playoffs Heating Up

The Rise of Soccer in America: MLS Playoffs Heating Up

Arie Knops, Sports Reporter

November 10, 2016

The 2016 Major League Soccer (MLS) season is coming to a close and its popularity has never been higher. The 2016 season had 25.7 million gross viewership, an eight percent increase from the 2015 season. The league is particularly optimistic because 55 percent of its viewership was aged 18-49, the...

Crowning a Champion: Playoffs or a Table?

Ridley Eastland-Fruit, Sports Writer

September 29, 2016

Competitive sports are, by nature, competitive. Their success and excitement depends on having a winner–this is hardly up for debate. But how that winner is decided varies between sports and between leagues. All major American leagues have chosen the playoff format, but many respected foreign leagues,...

Intramural Sports Kicks Off Another Year

Arie Knops, Sports Writer

September 22, 2016

Now that the 2016-2017 academic year has begun, another season of intramural sports is finally underway. The driving force behind the IM calendar is the IM committee, a group of consisting of two representatives from each grade that work hard behind the scenes to organize this treasured aspect of Whitman...

What’s the Most Athletic Position in Sports?

Cole Anderson, Sports Editor

February 11, 2016

MBeing an athlete requires so many things; a combination of hand-eye coordination, speed and strength are just a few things which earn one the title of athlete. Everyone at the professional level is most certainly an athletic specimen, and there are certain professional athletes who stand out as more ...

Whitman athletics: a fall in review, strong spring to come

Photo by Natalie Mutter.

December 7, 2015

Whitman Athletics got off to a strong start to the 2015-16 season as seven teams played their fall seasons. Even before the season there was excitement, as the soccer teams got to play with the members of Mumford and Sons when part of their pre-season practices overlapped with the Gentlemen of the Road...

Back to sports: The summer in review

Cole Anderson, Sports Editor

September 6, 2015

Though football season is undoubtedly the best time of the year, summer is a close second for various reasons. My personal favorite sporting event of the summer is the Stanley Cup Playoffs and subsequent Finals, which featured one of the more exciting final series in recent memory. The Tampa Bay Lightning,...

Women’s soccer shoots for tops in NW Conference

Photo by Hannah Bashevkin.

Cole Anderson

October 9, 2014

In any sport, a coaching change typically means a transitionary period in which the team and coach search for a new rhythm and work to become a unit. A rough start was precisely what the Whitman women's soccer team and new Head Women's Soccer Coach Laura Williamson wanted to avoid. Off to a 4-1-2 start...

International Games Cost More Than Just Money

International Games Cost More Than Just Money

Andy Monserud

April 24, 2014

I wrote a column earlier this year discussing the chronic mismanagement of the Olympics and the havoc they wreak on the cities who host them. Perhaps my lens was too narrow––enormous global sporting events appear to bring this kind of chaos everywhere they land. Brazil recently deployed more than 2,000 troops into a sl...

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