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Whitman College Coronavirus Stories Collection

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In collaboration with students in Library 160: Documentation and Representation in Archives, the Whitman College and Northwest Archives created the Whitman Coronavirus Stories Project to capture the Whitman community’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, Whitman classes were moved online for the remainder of the semester. The project aims to document how students, faculty and staff are impacted as they work, teach and learn from home, and practice social distancing. The goal is to collect the stories, experiences, and evidence of our changed lives, both the painful and difficult, and the unexpectedly beautiful and hopeful. Academic, creative, artistic or reflective submissions are encouraged and accepted. To read more about the project and how to participate, visit our website: https://library.whitman.edu/blog/whitman-coronavirus-stories/. We invite continued submissions of stories to this project. To make a submission, click here.

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Creator (cre): Keithahn, Antonia
Date
April 19-25, 2020
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"Pandemic 2020 Participant" Ribbon, made from pieced black and dark red felt, and pleated fabric, with embroidered text and embellishments, including three small COVID-19 viruses, stitched with white, red, and light gray embroidery floss.

2 Items in Collection
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Creator (cre): Johnson, Hitomi
Date
March 30-May 14, 2020
Description

Time stopped for the student's bicycle: Spring came and gone, but the forlorn bicycle just collects debris.

2 Items in Collection
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Creator (cre): Walden, Dana
Date
April 29, 2020
Description

This is a picture of the masks I have been making for my family and friends. They are all unfinished and in various stages of the sewing process.

Date
April 4-25, 2020
Description

Part of my RA work includes writing weekly logs to turn in to my RD talking about how I'm doing and how the residents are. I've included the parts of my log that are specifically about me and how I'm doing during this time.

4 Items in Collection
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Creator (cre): Black, Fi
Date
May 6, 2020
Description

This is the final project for my sculpture class. With the prompt being "coronavirus tool," I made a wall of cellophane and called it “distintimacy” where you can be intimate closely without a mask. This was not a permanent installation, just a temporary one we took down for safety reasons.

3 Items in Collection
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Creator (cre): Kelso, Harry
Date
February 7, 2020
Description

As the coronavirus started its descent into Seattle and other first hit areas, I went to see Macy's in downtown Walla Walla before it closed. I particularly wanted to see what is in these pictures, the old movie palace that is part of the historic building. You can see below the eagle where the screen would have been, and the rafters in the other picture. Hopefully it is not torn down! Whitman members were ruminating about the possibility of Whitman purchasing the site.

2 Items in Collection
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Creator (cre): Rhodes, Lauren
Date
April 26, 2020
Description

Stuck social distancing doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the outdoors, just be 6ft apart from everyone else. This weekend I was feeling particularly claustrophobic so I decided a hike (Mill Creek Trails). It was particularly empty and desolate while I was there walking aimlessly along different trails (7 miles in total I did).

5 Items in Collection
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Creator (cre): Black, Fi
Date
May 6, 2020
Description

Photographs of signs on the doors of Stanton Hall ranging from “occupied,” to "do not pack," to "okay to pack," to "empty okay to clean." One day they just showed up.

3 Items in Collection
Date
April 11, 2020
Description

These photos capture intimacy during the coronavirus. My friend has an immunocompromised housemate so I can't see her right now, so we do a lot of FaceTime calls! Then I got sad and missed hugging her, so we each put on two garbage bags, I put on plastic bag gloves and a mask, she just put her whole upper body in the bag completely covered in plastic, and then we hugged.

2 Items in Collection
Date
April 11, 2020
Description

I go to Safeway about once a week, and I saw new graffiti that said Fuck Trump with a winky face. This was after the entrances closed, and the face shields were placed, and the 6 feet apart footprints were put down, so it's background political commentary.

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Creator (cre): Rhodes, Lauren
Date
April 19, 2020
Description

I created two paintings to encompass my thoughts on quarantine. The colorful and textured background showcases the livelihood of life. While the silhouette backs of the woman and man in white represents having to turn their backs on that life in the time being to flatten the curve.

2 Items in Collection
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Creator (cre): Hansen, Jason
Date
April 8, 2020
Description

Three of the photos are pictures around Walla Walla (Ankeny, Isaac's street, and Reid Campus Center) that felt isolated during April (times of Covid 19) while on a grocery run. Two photos are my adjusted study area during Covid 19.

5 Items in Collection
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Creator (cre): Sassara, Katy
Creator (cre): Wu, Tasia
Date
March 14-22, 2020
Description

This is a selection of text exchanges between my roommate and friend Tasia Wu and I as we were making the transition from attending classes on campus to remote learning, as well as personal and national developments regarding the pandemic.

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Creator (cre): Even, Alicia
Date
April 8, 2020
Description
Since the climate strike was cancelled, I participated by posting this photo on Instagram.
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Creator (cre): Sassara, Katy
Creator (cre): Sassara, Amy
Date
March 8-11, 2020
Description

This is a string of texts between my mother and I as we learn more information about the school's response to the pandemic and have to shift plans. For context, she had been planning to come visit at the end of spring break, hence the discussion of the Finch, and she is the HR Director of our local school district, which is the "district" she refers to in the second image.

Linked Agent
Creator (cre): Gamble, Lian
Creator (cre): Vining, Kristin
Date
May 15, 2020
Description
With the onset of online piano class, Professor Vining and I created a multimedia project. Using GarageBand and iMovie, we layered nature sounds and visuals with two piano tracks. First I composed a baseline to which Professor Vining responded to with the piano. Overall the project uses different forms to communicate a sense of fluctuating change that we have been experiencing during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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Creator (cre): Blau, Amy
Date
May 6, 2020
Description

This is an ABC book of suggested search terms on the Amazon.com website on May 6, 2020. At that time, most states were under some manner of stay at home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and nationwide people were dealing with the spread of the virus even as many kinds of products, such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer, disinfectants, and masks, were still sold out or only sporadically available in stores. Many of the search results reflect those circumstances.

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Creator (cre): Walden, Dana
Date
April 14, 2020
Description

This photo of a shelf in my pantry is edited to feature excess food items in black and white. This is a creative piece that is meant to show the increase of hoarding/excess food buying in the times of pandemic.

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Creator (cre): Rhodes, Lauren
Date
April, 2020
Description

Under this pandemic, many clubs and organizations on campus have created Bingo sheets for the Whitman community and public to participate via Instagram. I collected some of the Bingo sheets that related to Whitman and that I was personally tagged in, to participate.

5 Items in Collection
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Creator (cre): Johnson, Hitomi
Date
May 1, 2020
Description

Longing for hugs: The picnic tables on Ankeney Field are students' gathering place under nice weathers before and even during the Social Distancing period. But the morning of May 1, they were standing on the one end and leaning on to each other as if they were hugging each other. Because I have been missing physical closeness to other human beings so much, my perspective may be influenced by my wish.