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Nordic Skiing at Whitman: 2001 to present

Illustration by Allyson Kim.

Tucker Grinnan, Sports Reporter

October 15, 2020

Over the years Nordic skiing has meant a lot of different things to different people at Whitman, but it has remained a way to get outside and experience beautiful places with amazing people. When Ethan Townsend took over as head coach in 2001, the team trained regularly around Walla Walla in the fall...

Whitman athletics facilities set to reopen

Whitman athletics facilities set to reopen

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2020

Since the campus-wide shutdown, Whitman students have been unable to visit the various athletic facilities. This week, however, these facilities will be reopening to some students. The Baker Ferguson Fitness Center [BFFC], is one of the facilities set to reopen on a limited basis, along with Harvey Pool, Sherwood Athletic Center, the outdoor tennis courts, Borleske Stadium/Hitting...

Whitman athletics coaches’ perspective on remote seasons

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Tate Cadang, Sports Reporter

October 8, 2020

Whitman's athletics coaches have been working hard this semester to adapt to an online environment while continuing to offer all the necessary support for their teams. Head Coach Scott Shields of the cross country and distance track team uses online discussions to talk about topics that can be used...

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...

Whitman men’s basketball welcomes new changes

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

October 1, 2020

The Whitman basketball team has welcomed new head coach, Coach John Lamanna who is excited to take the helm and get on the court with his new team. Lamanna brings a lot of experience and a history of success to the role which he hopes to put into play when the team eventually meets in person. He does...

Class of 2020 athletes: Where are they now?

Illustration by Elie Flanagan.

Tucker Grinnan, Staff Reporter

September 24, 2020

The Class of 2020 student athletes graduated from Whitman with an uncertain future, but many have tried to make the best of a bad situation. Graduation was abrupt, confusing and sad for the senior student athletes. Many had their final seasons cut short, and all had their last months of in-person...

Controversial social media posts cause Whitman Athletics backlash

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Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

September 17, 2020

Recent social media posts by the athletics department of Whitman College have produced negative feedback from alumni and current students despite the intention to demonstrate support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Kim Chandler, Whitman’s athletic director, stands behind the message of the posts...

2020 SAAC Awards Meet Zoom

SAAC President Adam Reid hosts the virtual awards ceremony. Image courtesy of Whitman College Athletics.

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

On Aug. 24, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) held its annual commencement to recognize one female and one male performer from each graduation year. The winners were as follows: Tanner Filion (first-year, swimming), Andei Fukushige (first-year, tennis), Oscar Harding (sophomore, soccer),...

LGBTQIA+ community within Whitman athletics

Tate Cadang, Sports Reporter

February 27, 2020

Although discussions regarding LGBTQIA+ experiences within the athletic community have become increasingly diversified, there remains more to be talked about.  Senior Olivia Engle, a member of the women’s lacrosse team, shared her experience as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community within Whitman athl...

Navigating defeat as an athlete: Finding perspective in losing

Illustration by Elie Flanagan

Lennae Starr, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2020

Athletes deal with defeat in different ways. While for some it is devastating, others just brush it off. According to Patrick O'Rourke, who compiles statistics from various athletic sources, only around 7 percent of high school athletes are selected to continue playing for a postsecondary institution, m...

Women’s basketball takes NWC title

Senior Lily Gustafson high-fives teammates. Photos by James Baker

Tate Cadang, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

The Whitman College women’s varsity basketball team claimed the title of Pacific Northwest Conference champions this past Valentine’s Day, but their work is far from done. Senior Natalie Whitesel acknowledged the role their current success will have in shaping the team’s fate, listing a few ...

Writing theses as varsity athletes

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Ryder Brookes, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2020

Senior year at Whitman is both a celebratory and stressful time for students, especially as they go through crafting theses and preparing for major exams. As a senior capstone project, the thesis is a time-consuming undertaking, especially for varsity athletes who don’t have a lot of free time in...

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