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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Issue 9

November 30, 2023
Marching Matters

Due to the ability of the internet to transmit information globally, the conflict in Palestine cannot be easily ignored. Almost every user of Instagram or TikTok has been posed with a question: is it your responsibility to respond to the injustice? Students at Whitman College and Walla Walla University have decided to respond to the […]

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November 30, 2023
The Spark on October 7

The current war in Gaza, rooted in decades of conflict, began with an attack in October leading to almost two months of fighting so far.   On October 7, the terrorist group Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel, killing around 1,200 Israelis. Over 200 soldiers and civilians were taken hostage and brought into Gaza, […]

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November 30, 2023
Issue 9 and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Psychologically, our reality derives from the stories we tell ourselves, at least the ones we believe. – Matthew D. Lieberman  Since the Oct. 7 attack on Israel and the ensuing conflict, antisemitism has risen as well as hate against Palestinians in the U.S. [1] The narratives we tell ourselves about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict matter because […]

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November 30, 2023
Humanitarian Aid in Israeli Palestinian Conflict

After four weeks of ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza, the attacks and retaliation have left behind thousands of deaths, injuries, and people in need of assistance. Several humanitarian agencies are putting their efforts into providing aid to both Palestinian and Israeli victims.  

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November 30, 2023
Blessed are the Peacemakers

Albert Nejib Handal was born to a Honduran father and an Argentinian mother, but on his father’s side, his roots lie in Palestine, a land he has neither lived in nor seen. “I was born in the U.S., I identify as Hispanic, my first language is Spanish. And yet as a part of my dad’s […]

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November 30, 2023
A War Against Violence

“I don’t feel very grounded.” [1] The confusion and frustration in Jody Washburn’s words as she talked about the conflict in Israel and Palestine echoed a sentiment that rings true for many people. As coverage of the conflict has grown, so has the rhetoric surrounding it, a rhetoric laced with violence and oppression. The barriers […]

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November 30, 2023
Could the Gaza-Israel War never have happened?

The current Gaza-Israel War is not the latest iteration of a millennia-old contest between Jews and Arabs. Instead, it is the predictable and tragic byproduct of an unresolved contest of two competing nationalisms mostly from the 20th Century. In 1919 one meeting nearly altered the future of the Arab-Israeli conflict. This forgotten footnote from just […]

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Issue 8

November 16, 2023
God’s Role in Mental Health

Jody Washburn and Pastor Andreas Beccai discussed the relationship between spirituality and mental health, and how understanding that the two are not opposites allows people to find balance without giving up on a deep spiritual life or mental wellbeing.  

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November 16, 2023
Sunshine, Stillness, and Sanity

A vital part of maintaining good mental health is spending time doing activities outdoors.  As our lives shift more and more online, it becomes even more important to strengthen our connection with the outdoors. Matthew Bernard, a senior engineering major, said that being outside helps him reset mentally, and helps him to get rid of […]

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November 16, 2023
Food Talks

A factor that greatly impacts our well-being is the food we eat, and not only the food we eat, but the mental conversation we have with ourselves before, during, and after eating it.   It’s obvious how eating healthy foods affects our physical health but maybe less obvious how it impacts our mental health.

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November 16, 2023
Hobbies and Happiness

Let’s say you have two free hours between classes. What are you doing to de-stress during that time? Some may choose to work out, others may call friends or family, and you might decide to read a book. Unfortunately, most of us would spend that time on our phones, unable to stop scrolling. 

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November 16, 2023
Issue 8 and Mental Health

For many, the upcoming holidays are a needed respite from the stress of finals as well as a welcome chance to connect with loved ones, but for others the holidays are a time of loneliness and additional stress from either the obligation of being around family or from the absence of family. 

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Issue 7

November 9, 2023
Business Ethics

Bruce Thorn, a Walla Walla University School of Business graduate who has worked in business for over 35 years, shared how he had seen examples of both good and bad ethical business practices, and gave his input on staying true to your morals and avoiding unfortunate consequences.  

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November 9, 2023
An Artificial Education

“I was hoping to retire before AI became disruptive,” said James Foster with a chuckle. [1] As professor of Computer Science at Walla Walla University, he has spent the last 50 years listening to the industry predict the replacement of humans with AI and is finally witnessing its revolution in education. 

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November 9, 2023
Shirley H. and the Connected Crimes

Shirley had tried her best to remain undisturbed for her afternoon. She invited Hercules, Parvath, and Aimi to her apartment to watch a movie and relax, only for all of them to spend most of the movie covering their ears as construction noises echoed throughout the complex. Shirley thought that Ozzie, Melody, and Angelo were […]

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November 9, 2023
Issue 7 and Ethics

Welcome to another thought-provoking issue of The Collegian! This edition delves deep into the intricate landscape of ethics, exploring the moral compass that guides our decisions in this ever-evolving world. As we grapple with complex issues, it’s crucial to engage in meaningful discussions that shape our values and actions. 

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Issue 6

November 2, 2023
Beauty out of Dust

Today, Austin Morehouse is a sophomore theology major and the chaplain of Sittner Hall, but this life is a far cry from what he would have anticipated only a few years ago.  Morehouse was born into a family riddled with alcoholism and violence. “You talk about generation curses, […] my family was very heavy into […]

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November 2, 2023
Shirley H and the Connected Crimes

Shirley stood alongside her friends in the main dining area of the restaurant. To her side were her trusted friends, and in front of her stood the five employees that were the suspects in this case. The waiters, Lance Prettson and Viola Gladys, were nervously looking at each other from across the line of suspects. […]

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November 2, 2023
Great Controversies

Like most organizations, the Adventist Church struggles with unanimous agreement. Since its founding in 1863, Church members have disagreed about everything from important theological matters (such as Bible prophecies) to smaller matters (such as drums in the worship service). The issues may change, but the arguments continue, causing anger and misunderstanding. The problem is not […]

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November 2, 2023
The Health Message

When someone new hears that you’re an Adventist one of their first questions might be: “Are you vegetarian?” This belief that an outsider might have of Adventism is rooted in the guidelines for a healthy life that Ellen White wrote.  

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November 2, 2023
What is Adventist Culture?

Is there a tangible difference between Adventist culture and Adventist doctrine? Adventist culture is, as Professor Aimee Leukert put it, “a shared sense of belonging that transcends doctrine, practice, and all of the smaller parts.” [1] 

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November 2, 2023
Issue 6 and Adventism

Did you grow up in the Seventh-day Adventist church? I did. I went to an Adventist elementary and high school and did Bible Bowl (or PBE) in Pathfinders and went to church on Saturday mornings. I ate haystacks. Now I am in an Adventist University and am surrounded by people who also grew up in […]

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Issue 5

October 26, 2023
Issue 5 and Local Farming and Produce

Agriculture is currently the fourth largest industry in the Walla Walla valley area [1] and makes up 5% of Washington state’s agriculture sales [2]. Why is local agriculture so strong in this tiny corner of the U.S?  

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October 26, 2023
Shirley H. and the Connected Crimes

Shirley was in the middle of connecting red strings to polaroids on her bulletin board when a knock was heard on her apartment door. She set down her supplies to open the door, revealing a face she hadn’t seen in a long while. 

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October 26, 2023
Territory Folks Should Stick Together

Walla Walla’s farming community is still alive and well thanks to the dedication of local farmers like Galen Tome.   The fifth-generation farmer is the owner of Walla Walla Heritage Farm, one of the largest suppliers of Asian vegetables to Portland and Seattle during the fall season. The aptly named Heritage Farm comes with a history […]

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October 26, 2023
Andy’s Market

Andy’s Market is the local spot for fresh produce, health superfoods, bulk items, and freshly baked bread.   Partnered with dozens of local farmers in the Walla Walla Valley, produce manager Edward Wilkinson is in charge of getting the freshest fruits and vegetables on the shelves of Andys.  

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October 26, 2023
A Guide to Walla Walla Sweet Onions

Out of all of Walla Walla’s local crops, none are as recognizable and famous as the Walla Walla Sweet Onion.  This natural delicacy has been a staple of the West Coast for over a hundred years and was named the official state vegetable in 2007. [1] What makes it different from other onions is that […]

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Issue 4

October 19, 2023
Women’s Volleyball Highlight

As the women’s volleyball season enters its final month, the team sits at a record of 1-14, with eight more games left. With only three returning players from last year, a second-year coach, and a new assistant coach, this season is drastically different from previous years. To find out more about the team, The Collegian […]

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October 19, 2023
Issue 4 and Hispanic Heritage Month

This month Walla Walla University is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with cultural events, club involvement, student led churches, and more. Did you know that 16.1% of College Place residents are Hispanic and 24.2% of Walla Walla residents are Hispanic or Latino, or that as of last year 23% of Walla Walla University students are Hispanic […]

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October 19, 2023
Shirley H. and the Connected Crimes

Shirley and Caiaphas entered the main area of the Allegro Club. The Hamview Police Department had filled the area, taking photographs, acting as guards, and handling the few suspects apprehended before Shirley arrived. These few included a tall, broad man and a much smaller fidgeting one, who kept rubbing his hands together. Since she hadn’t […]

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October 19, 2023
El Color de México:

El Color de México gives audiences the chance to experience the culture of Mexico without leaving their hometown.   On Sunday, Oct. 8, the folklore dance group, directed by Sarai Gonzalez, gave Walla Walla University a taste of Mexico through intricately choreographed dances, lively music, and beautifully colored clothes.  

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October 19, 2023
Nuestra Iglesia Welcomes You

Nuestra Iglesia is a student-led church on campus that welcomes anyone and everyone to a comforting service every Sabbath at 10:30 a.m. in the Village Hall and embraces traditions from Spanish Seventh-Day Adventist churches. “Nuestra” is a Spanish word that translates to “our” and “Iglesia” means “church.” 

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October 19, 2023
From LatinX to LASA

For many of the Hispanic and Latino students on campus, shared elements of language and culture have brought community and a sense of belonging here on campus. For Dolores Mora, the president of the Latin American Student Association, fostering this community and sharing that feeling has become an important goal. 

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Issue 3

October 12, 2023
2023 Fall Career & Grad School Fair
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October 12, 2023
Shirley H. and the Connected Crimes 

“Tragedy strikes the Allegro Club as Kaisa Lawson, famed contrabass player, member of the band Cacophony Symphony, and fiery member of the famous Lawson family has been found dead. During the rehearsal night last evening, a stage light crushed her right as her signature song was about to begin. Cacophony Symphony has cancelled their concert […]

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October 12, 2023
Shirley H. and the Connected Crimes Recap

It’s been some time since we read about Shirley H.’s last part of her latest adventure, and it would be reasonable if one needed a bit of a catch up on what has happened. This is just that, a recap that will explain all that has transpired since this saga began. 

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October 12, 2023
Issue 3 and What’s New at WWU

As the school year starts there are many new things around campus: new faces, new faculty, new programs, and new ways of doing things. While tradition and routine are good, it is also good to embrace new things and people as we begin this year. That is why in this issue we bring you what […]

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October 12, 2023
Senior Nursing Professors

What’s new on the Portland nursing campus? As longtime staff retire from the Portland campus, the three senior-level nursing classes have new professors. Let’s get to know them!

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October 12, 2023
The Future of the School of Business

With a little luck and a lot of hard work, Walla Walla University will be unveiling a new MBA program in the fall of 2024. The primarily asynchronous program will allow students from all over the world to enroll and complete the program online. It also follows the 4+1 model, allowing Walla Walla students to […]

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October 12, 2023
There’s No “I” in Team:

The Walla Walla University athletics program is dedicated to preparing students for their futures while uplifting the University in the present.  

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October 12, 2023
Meet Brooklynn Armesto-Larson

Brooklynn Armesto-Larson is the new Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at Walla Walla University as of late this summer. Having studied history and social welfare, she graduated from WWU in 2016 with the intention of going to law school.  

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Issue 2

October 5, 2023
ASWWU Diversity and Wellness

Hola, cómo estamos? My name is Andres Anaya, the ASWWU Diversity and Wellness officer for this year. This role is very broad because not only do I get the opportunity to work with campus clubs, groups, and student-led churches, but I also get to collaborate with the Health and Wellness Center and other ASWWU departments. 

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October 5, 2023
ASWWU President

Hi, my name is Annaliese. If we haven’t met yet, we’re most likely to run into each other either in the Atlas, in a classroom on the second floor of the Administration building, or in the ASWWU offices. I enjoy oatmilk cappuccinos, just about any class I find myself in, and when my office is […]

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October 5, 2023
ASWWU Collegian

Hello and welcome to The Collegian! We publish articles every Thursday morning on our site for you to read and enjoy. The topics of these articles range from the humorous to the serious, but with every article our goal is to create a strong and informed community.  

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October 5, 2023
ASWWU Spiritual

Hey, Walla Walla! My name is Brooklyn Gerber, and I will be serving as ASWWU’s Spiritual Vice President for this school year. I am super excited about this job as I get to work and interact with so many awesome people on campus through spiritually focused events. I really care about this school and the […]

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October 5, 2023
Mountain Ash

Hi, I’m Daisy Mackenzie. I am the head editor of the Mountain Ash yearbook. Essentially, I work for ASWWU with a small team to create a book of memories for the students to see themselves, friends, and family in a friendly recap of the year. I’m so excited to have this position, and I can’t […]

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October 5, 2023
ASWWU Photo

Hello, my name is Esteban Cordova. I am the ASWWU Photo Head this year!   Our department is responsible for taking, documenting, and uploading images of any ASWWU event. You may see us wandering around snapping photos, so make sure you smile! We are also responsible for shooting photos that may be needed by other departments; […]

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October 5, 2023
ASWWU Senate

Hello, fellow students! My name is JC Griffin, and I am this year’s EVP. I am a senior business finance student, and prior to being EVP I was on the Student Senate for two years. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, playing bass, and racing cars. You’ll more likely than not […]

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October 5, 2023
ASWWU Web

Hello, my name is Julian Jones from ASWWU Web. Here in the ASWWU Web department, we work on making sure all parts of the website are in working order, along with adding new pages or things that can be done with it. My goal for this year is to get everything on our website documented […]

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October 5, 2023
ASWWU Video

Hi friends! I’m Kasi Irvine, the ASWWU Video head for this school year. I have the privilege of collaborating with an amazingly talented team of videographers. Together, we’ll create projects that reflect student life here at Walla Walla University, whether it’s covering events, creating “mocumentaries,” or vlogging ASWWU Outdoors trips. Our goal is to represent […]

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October 5, 2023
ASWWU Financial Vice President

Hey there! My name is Rachel Seeley, and I am ASWWU’s Financial Vice President this year. My controller, Nyasha Pazvakawambwa, and I work to delegate, record, and track ASWWU’s money to ensure we have the financial resources needed to plan fun events that serve our WWU community. 

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October 5, 2023
ASWWU HR

Hi all! I’m Sydney Payne and I am this year’s ASWWU Human Resources Director. My job is to hire all the ASWWU employees and approve timecards. Last year, ASWWU had over 100 employees and I’m excited to see how many more we will have this year. I’m looking forward to working with the rest of […]

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October 5, 2023
Issue 2 and ASWWU

Welcome to Issue 2! This week we did something a little different—every article in this issue was written by one of the 15 different ASWWU department heads. Be sure to check out each of their articles and learn about the function of each department, what to expect from ASWWU this year, and how you can […]

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Issue 1

September 28, 2023
The Mystery of Portland Campus

At the end of sophomore year, nursing students seem to suddenly vanish. However, they aren’t going to another school or giving up on their studies but are simply off to complete their junior and senior years at the Portland Nursing Campus. 

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September 28, 2023
So, You Skipped Breakfast Again, Huh?

It’s 2 p.m. You are sitting in class trying to focus on what the professor is saying, but your head is pounding. A classmate whispers to the student next to them that the omelets the cafeteria made this morning were surprisingly delicious. 

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September 28, 2023
I Get Around

College life can be stressful, but luckily, getting around Walla Walla doesn’t have to be—thanks to on-campus auto repairs, gas, and free buses. Whether you brought your car with you or were dropped off, you don’t have to worry about getting from campus to Walmart. 

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September 28, 2023
A Guide to WWU Life and Issue One

Welcome, welcome, welcome to The Collegian! Each issue at The Collegian usually has a theme, and for this, the first issue of the year, we here at The Collegian wanted to talk about things that us grizzled seniors would have found helpful to know when we first arrived here at Walla Walla University. 

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September 28, 2023
The Ins and Outs of Campus Technology

To get around campus and succeed in classes, Walla Walla University’s students use a variety of technologies to aid their journey. While there is a learning curve, there are plenty of resources available to help students adapt to the modern standards for technology literacy. The best way to get involved with campus technology is the […]

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September 28, 2023
A Guide to the Dorms

Almost every student who goes to Walla Walla University lives in the dorm at some point, but adjusting to residence life can be difficult. Roommates, communal showers, and curfews are all things dorm students must navigate. Luckily, the residence life team is committed to helping students conquer these challenges. 

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September 28, 2023
Who is WWU?

Walla Walla University has a distinctive college culture that is active and diverse. Our university offers students chances to interact with people from culturally varied backgrounds that can improve students’ educational experience and better prepare them for a globalized future. This dedication to diversity in our university’s college culture is one of its fundamental features. 

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September 28, 2023
Student Mental Health Resources

With the many changes incoming freshmen experience as they make the transition into college come new challenges and sources of stress. At Walla Walla University, staff in the Counseling and Testing Center seek to make that transition easier by providing mental health and counseling service to students through programs like the TalkCampus app. 

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