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Walla Walla’s week of smoke: Air pollutants spike

Illustration by Annika Bauerle.
September 24, 2020

A thick haze of smoke engulfed Walla Walla last week, resulting in unhealthy air quality and official recommendations to stay inside. According to Washington’s Department of Ecology’s smoke blog,...

“No justice, no peace”: protesting for Black lives in downtown Walla Walla

June 4, 2020

Lindsey Luna was driving home on Friday morning when she saw a woman standing at Land Title Plaza in downtown Walla Walla, holding a sign that read “justice." Luna, a Latina community advocate, decided...

Live from Walla Walla, Washington

May 7, 2020

Now, as I understand, there are approximately 400 students left on Whitman campus, which means that around 800 to 900 students have left. In this article, I plan to appeal to the masses and sort out what...

Living in the dorms during a pandemic

Photos by Annie Means
April 30, 2020

When the Memorial Building clock tower strikes noon, the once bustling flow of students to Cleveland Commons for the lunchtime rush has now subsided to just a handful. While the days grow warmer and longer...

Women march on Walla Walla

The leadership behind Walla Walla's 2020 Women's March chose to separate from the national Women's March after allegations of anti-Semitism and lack of intersectionality in the national movement. Photos by Beej Haas
March 12, 2020

The 4th annual Women’s March on Walla Walla took place this past weekend, starting near the Farmer’s Market area at 108 W. Main Street.  An estimated 300-400 community members took to the streets...

How to enjoy spring break during an epidemic

Illustration by Hannah Paul
March 12, 2020

With the days before everyone leaves and contracts coronavirus (COVID-19) dwindling to a close, the urge (and, quite frankly, panic) to finalize spring break plans is upon our campus.  You may be looking...

The repercussions of a Timely Warning

The repercussions of a Timely Warning
March 3, 2020

On Feb. 15, members of the Whitman community received a Timely Warning from the Director of Security Marvin Viney, which described the “Hate Crime/Bias Incidents on Campus.” Seven hours after the initial...

Green New Deal Q & A with Professor Brick

February 18, 2020

What is the Green New Deal? Besides serving as an example of the current polarization of climate-related issues, the Green New Deal is a legislative package that proposes sweeping changes to the current...

Walla Walla Immigrants Rights Coalition provides community support and education

Illustration by Megan Waldau
February 13, 2020

Like many rural agricultural communities across the country, Walla Walla has a substantial population of immigrants who work and live in the community. Following the election of Donald Trump and the implementation...

Vigil downtown for DACA recipients

Whitman and Walla Walla community members gathered on the corner of 1st and Main at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, a time and place specifically chosen to be accessible to working members of the community, including the immigrant population.
November 21, 2019

On Tuesday Nov. 12, members of the Walla Walla and Whitman community gathered downtown for an evening vigil held in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The vigil, which...

The FINCH hotel opens downtown

The FINCH hotel opening featured a live painting event featuring Whitman student artists
October 31, 2019

Walla Walla's newest hotel, The FINCH, opened on Thursday, Oct. 24, just in time for Family Weekend (Oct. 25-27) and Fall Wine Release Weekend (Nov. 1-3). The new hotel is located at 325 East Main Street,...

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