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Varsity Nordic: Creating laughs in different locations

Illustration by Kiara Paninos.

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 to find ways to adapt to new formats, especially because of how unique improvement is as a medi...

Varsity Nordic adjusts to probation

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

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 Theater in the Hunter Conservatory. A few incidences during the fall semester regarding the consumption of...

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 Theater for one such open mic. They relaxed as the first musician, Corey Cogley, took to the...


Photo by Caroline Ashford Arya

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 institutionalized, and is affecting what can be said in the classroom, even as a basis for discussion...

Campus improv team welcomes new members

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.

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, Oct. 7, and the shift in group dynamics is already evident. In the anticipated performance, the revised Va...

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. on Valentine's Day. In association with Canoe Ridge Winery, this show will feature the Whitman C...

24-hour Improv raises funds for Trilogy

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

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 Recovery Community. Varsity Nordic asked for a donation of $1 per game for the local organization. They...

New ‘Unpretentious’ group offers improv participation to all

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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 after participating in the competitive audition process for Varsity Nordic back in September. "There...

Varsity Nordic teams up with Delta Gamma for 24-hour comedy event

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McCaulay Singer-Milnes

April 26, 2011

It may be four in the morning, but members of Whitman College's improvisational comedy group Varsity Nordic are pulling an all-nighter for its  charitable 24-hour improvisational event, co-sponsored by Delta Gamma. Members of Varsity Nordic will perform in shifts and each time slot has its own theme. "[One of] my the...

SMASH improv comedy group makes a comeback

McCaulay Singer-Milnes

September 16, 2010

The once popular Whitman club SMASH, a student run improvisational comedy group, is returning to campus after a three semester hiatus due to lack of leadership. Whitman seniors and former SMASH members, Ellie Gold and Sam Nortz, both '11, are the driving forces behind the resurrection of this beloved...

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