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Review: At long last, Varsity Nordic returned to the stage

Review: At long last, Varsity Nordic returned to the stage

Elise Sanders, Campus Life Reporter September 23, 2021

A laptop was at the entrance, greeting the long line into the auditorium with a check-in. Students meandered into a packed Olin Auditorium, finding their friends and debating on where to sit, or stand,...

Photo by Carson Jones.

Show review: Varsity Nordic returns with their goofy spontaneity on Zoom

Zac Bentz , A&E Reporter April 15, 2021

As the sun sets over Walla Walla, five individuals congregate within the bounds of a Zoom webinar. At the bottom of the screen, framed in dim light, a man removes a pair of cheap plastic sunglasses and...

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.

Varsity Nordic: Creating laughs in different locations

Mo Dow , A&E Reporter October 15, 2020

Varsity Nordic, known colloquially as V-Nord, is Whitman’s resident improv troupe, and they’ve been hit hard by the pandemic and the shift to online schooling. Members of the troupe have been struggling...

Varsity Nordic, Whitman’s improv team, practices in the Hunter Conservatory. Photos by Carson Jones

Varsity Nordic adjusts to probation

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter February 27, 2020

The spring semester has brought about new challenges for Whitman’s improv team, Varsity Nordic.  Sophomore Matthew Triplett explained how the group has been practicing and performing in the Kimball...

KWCW Open Mic brings DJs Together

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter December 7, 2017

KWCW’s open mics allow members of the Whitman and Walla Walla communities to demonstrate their talents within an intimate space. On November 30, musicians, comedians and poets took their place in Kimball...

Photo by Caroline Ashford Arya

BE MORE FUNNY!!!

Alissa Antilla, Staff Reporter October 9, 2017
“It’s just another way to express yourself and to play with people. So much is about what the two of you are doing in that moment. It’s just another opportunity to really be with someone in a present place and play with them, which I think it rare,” said Noah Yaconelli, a senior member of Varsity Nordic. “No matter what, you don’t have a choice to not be present and playful.”

Crafting Comedy

Christy Carley, Staff Reporter April 14, 2016
Varsity Nordic, the group of campus improvisers whose predecessors snagged their name from the defunded nordic ski team, generally meets three times a week at 10:00 p.m.
Policing Language? Trigger Warnings and Whitman

Policing Language? Trigger Warnings and Whitman

Hannah Bartman, Feature Editor October 1, 2015

“A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense…This new climate is slowly being...

From left to right, Kinsey White 15, Sam Adler 15, Reid Watson 17, Hannah Davenport 16 (sitting), Jo Canino 17, and Roxanne Stathos 17 amuse their audience. Photo by Annabelle Marcovici.

Campus improv team welcomes new members

James Kennedy October 16, 2014

Much like the art of improvisation, campus improv group Varsity Nordic is always changing. The team, which recently added two new members to their lineup, performed together for the first time on Tuesday,...

Whitman Students to bring ‘Romance on Main Street’

Hannah Bartman February 13, 2014

Three elements of a romantic evening––wine (for those older than 21), comedy and smooth jazz––will converge at Main Street Studios in the show "Romance on Main Street," which takes place at 7 p.m....

At the end of Musical Hour, clockwise from left, Henry Nolan, Sam Gelband, Jeremy Howell, Rose Gottlieb, Sam Halgren, Eli Zavatsky and Cory Rand.

24-hour Improv raises funds for Trilogy

cade beck April 22, 2013

Last Friday and Saturday, Whitman improv group Varsity Nordic performed improv for 24 hours straight. Starting at 6 p.m. on April 19 and lasting until 6 p.m. April 20, the event raised money for Trilogy...

Credit: Faith Bernstein

New ‘Unpretentious’ group offers improv participation to all

Mallory Martin November 3, 2011

Exciting news for improv fans: Whitman is now home to a second improvisational group under the name "Unpretentious Comedy." Junior English major Katie Haaheim decided to create Unpretentious Comedy...

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