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Surrounded by her parents Wilson Alvarez (yellow) and Laura Carreno de Alvarez (bright yellow) and siblings Annagrisel and Patrick (far left), Whitman College first-year student Nilce Alvarez (center left, in gray) introduces new friends she's made her first day on campus while playing games at a picnic table. A large group of other students play a socializing game to get to know one another as part of the school's opening week activities. Thursday, August 26, 2010

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Bailey Aarango (left), Sunith Hinagola (center) and Sam Epstein (right) form a trio of Whitman College Residence Life staff members performing guitar music for groups of first-year college students socializing outside their residence halls Thursday evening. Thursday marked the first day of the college's opening week series of programs to help new students get to know each other and the college before classes start next week.

Whitman College reading program spurs discussion

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WALLA WALLA -- The Whitman College class of 2014 arrived on campus Thursday to kick off a week of orientation, meeting faculty and classmates, and easing into college life -- both socially and academically.


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