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“I’ll see you in Walla Walla”: Students react to “Walla Walla” by The Offspring

Isabella Hunter, Campus Life Reporter November 11, 2021

Apart from our dry, humble home boasting over 100 wineries, “Walla Walla” is the title of The Offspring’s eighth song on their 1998 album “Americana.” Why Walla Walla? There’s a rather large...

Walla Walla is protesting, why aren’t Whitties?

Alanna Sherman, Columnist November 11, 2021

Walla Walla may be a small city, but that does not suppress the flow of passion for human rights among residents. Downtown is known for its restaurants, wineries, boutiques and live music, but it also...

Addressing food insecurity in Walla Walla

Alanna Sherman, Columnist November 4, 2021

Walla Walla county experiences an overall food insecurity rate of 11.6 percent, and is ranked the 28th most food insecure county in the state of Washington. The child food insecurity rate stands at 16...

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Walla Walla Dog Jog 2021 kicks off in virtual format

Nisha Gharti Magar, Sports Reporter May 6, 2021

Blue Mountain Humane Society (BMHS) is hosting a virtual dog jog event from Saturday, May 1 to Sunday, May 9. The Dog Jog is an untimed 5k walk/run to benefit Blue Mountain Humane Society which was first...

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Outdoor dining ‘streateries’ in downtown approved for another three years

Abby Main, Staff Reporter April 29, 2021

The Walla Walla City Council unanimously voted on April 14 to keep “streateries” — the extended outdoor dining downtown — for another three years under a new set of guidelines.  The approved...

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Walla Walla Pétanque club provides popular space for socialization

Nisha Gharti Magar, Sports Reporter April 22, 2021

Walla Walla Pétanque club was formed in 2006 to promote the game of Pétanque in Walla Walla Valley. The game originated in France with boules/balls and was defined by its objective: scoring points by...

LGBTQ+ students contend with obstacles to mental healthcare in Walla Walla

Abby Main, Staff Reporter April 9, 2021

While the trauma of living through the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased general demand for mental healthcare in Walla Walla, LGBTQ+ Whitman students are just one demographic for whom locating...

“We’re not sick but the rich people and everybody else is”: Walla Walla homeless population faces few COVID-19 cases during taxing year

Abby Main, Staff Reporter April 1, 2021

As COVID-19 spread through Walla Walla over the past year, the local Sleep Center, which helps provide shelter for people who are homeless, has largely avoided the brunt of infections. Corine Hammac...

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“If I’m being completely honest, I volunteered to get vaccinated”: Students debate ethics of receiving vaccinations early

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter March 25, 2021

As one-sixth of Walla Walla County residents receive their final Pfizer shot, Whitman students question the ethics of volunteering to get vaccinated. In partnership with Walla Walla Volunteer Corps,...

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The limits of mental healthcare in Walla Walla

Alasdair Padman and Mat Chapin March 25, 2021

The trauma of living through the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased demand for mental healthcare in Walla Walla. It has exposed the preexisting inadequacies and inequalities that disproportionately...

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Whitman students find places in Walla Walla to gather safely

Zac Bentz, A&E Reporter February 25, 2021

When the Whitman community emerged from the mandatory two-week quarantine at the beginning of February, students of all grades were keen to escape the confines of their residences. Returning students flocked...

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Walla Walla’s week of smoke: Air pollutants spike

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter 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,...

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