2011

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  1. I Would Kill for a Burrito I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category December 23, 2011

    I cannot go another day without Mexican food. I love mate, and Argentines eat quite well, but nothing quite like a burrito from La Monarca taco truck inWalla Walla. I would kill for a fucking burrito. I ordered a burrito here in Argentina, what a downer. They gave me a taco. ...

  2. Alex Norman’s Study Abroad Blog: Friends Off-Campus Blogs December 21, 2011

    Well, my computer crashed the day after I submitted my Independent Study Project (phew, that was close!) and I'm actually back home sweet home in Olympia, WA for the holidays. Rather than abandon the last couple of posts I had planned to make last week, however, I'd like to use ...

  3. The Circuit: A Pioneer Publication A&E A&E Highlight Circuit Front Page Slideshow December 13, 2011

    Welcome to the first issue of The Circuit. The Pioneer is a continuously evolving entity. Every issue is a product not only of the current staff, but of those who have come before and the contributions that they made to the paper's development.

  4. TV rundown: best and worst of fall season A&E Circuit Reviews December 13, 2011

    With rich sets, gorgeous costumes, endearing characters and an engaging storyline, "Once Upon a Time" was my surprise favorite this season.

  5. ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ offers fresh fodder for fantasy enthusiasts A&E Reviews December 13, 2011

    With the recent surge in popularity of young adult fantasy novels, it's often difficult to find a story that breaks from the predictable.

  6. Best of Whitman fashion A&E Front Page Slideshow December 13, 2011

    For our magazine issue, The Pioneer brought together some of our previous Style Spotlighters with some new faces. First-years Lauren Platman and Evelyn Levine, sophomore Andy Martin, junior Eli Smith and senior Nanyonjo Mukungu share style tips and fashion philosophy.

  7. The Pio’s guide to crafty, homemade holiday gifts A&E Circuit December 13, 2011

    Cookie Jars Karah Kemmerly [caption id="attachment_41651" align="alignleft" width="242"] Illustration: Alex Bailey[/caption] Growing up, my mother made a few of these every year to give out to the relatives. I'm including a cookie recipe, but you can make the ...

  8. Best to be like water: A photo essay by Faith Bernstein Circuit Media Photos December 13, 2011

  9. What “great sex” really means Circuit Opinion December 13, 2011

    When asked by a Whittie how college students could move from anonymous hook-ups (the Subpar) to something better, Daedone simply answered that hook-ups will start to feel so unsatisfactory that, eventually, we as students will search for better sex. It was unclear how exactly she expected us to find an ...

  10. Write On Me: A photo essay A&E Circuit Photo Essay December 13, 2011

    The week before Thanksgiving Break I posted 13 photographs around campus with the prompt: "Respond to what you see! Write on me." Based on response levels, I eventually consolidated the photos into Penrose Library. As an anthropology major and photographer, image interpretation is fascinating to me. It was especially thrilling ...

  11. Profile: Kristin Vining, Whitman College music assistant A&E Circuit December 13, 2011

    On a rather gray day in November, The Pioneersat down to chat with Kristin Vining, music assistant here at Whitman College about teaching, composing, and musical inspiration. [caption id="attachment_41743" align="alignright" width="555"] Contributed by: Kristin Vining[/caption] Upon approaching her office, the sound ...

  12. Best of holiday shopping A&E Circuit December 13, 2011

    The holiday season is rolling around again, and we all know what that means: shopping madness. Before you buy your mom yet another gift certificate to Bath & Body Works, consider these fun and cheap holiday gift ideas.

  13. Savory holiday treat: rosemary garlic spread with gorgonzola A&E Circuit Food Review December 13, 2011

    My family has a thing about garlic. I don't just mean that we use garlic often. I mean that, for my typical birthday dinner, we use about three heads of garlic for three people. A few years ago my family made one of our favorite dishes for Christmas Eve dinner. This ...

  14. Hot poop scoop: Inside the oldest indie record store in Washington state A&E Circuit Front Page Slideshow December 13, 2011

    On first stepping inside Hot Poop, Washington's oldest independently owned record store, one is immediately overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff compacted into the small shop. Shelves upon shelves covered with semi-organized CDs and DVDs line the thin walkways. Band posters, banners and guitars of all shapes, sizes, colors ...

  15. Keeping warm in winter with tasty holiday drinks A&E Circuit Food Review December 13, 2011

    As chilly winter weather sets in, what could be more tempting than a warm holiday drink or something sparkling to welcome in the New Year? Here are a few recipes perfect for sipping on while studying by the fire in Reid or to impress friends at an upcoming party!

  16. ‘Muppets’ brings staying power, charm to holiday movie season A&E Circuit Reviews December 13, 2011

    Every great movie has to have characters you can love forever. "The Muppets" brings back to the big screen my own favorite characters and proves that some things never need to change. "There is only one Ms. Piggy and she is moi!"

  17. Best of recent album releases A&E Circuit December 13, 2011

    I didn't even listen to the previews before buying this album—it's Coldplay, so you know it'll be good. The question is, will it be curl up and read a book with a mug of tea good, or soaring heart-seizing cosmic choirs of inspiration good? As it turns out, some of ...

  18. Amateur astrology: What will 2012 bring for you? Circuit Humor December 13, 2011

    ARIES: Intense eye lust has been building up over the past semester between you and a classmate. So endure the possible awkwardness and reap the rewards of your risk. Ben and Jerry await you if all else fails.

  19. Whitman College through an international lens A&E December 13, 2011

    MECCA's living room is warm and lined with strands of Christmas lights, a cozy oasis from the early signs of winter weather brewing outside—primarily because sophomore Nandini Rathi has set the house thermostat at 77 degrees.

  20. Blue Bamboo and a Not Santa I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category December 13, 2011

      Okay, so I am about to attempt to describe the past (three, four?) weeks I haven't been blogging with 12 pictures!  Here we go. Fall Break in Japan   While a bunch of people went to Tokyo (jealous! I want to go spring break...), I stayed in Kyoto and went to these places: ...

  21. What I Learned Abroad: Einstein Was a Socialist I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category December 12, 2011

    "I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals. In such an economy, the means of production are owned by society itself and are utilized in ...

  22. Whittie Personality Quiz Circuit Humor December 12, 2011

    This quiz was co-written by Christa Heavey and Grace Evans 1. What kind of shoes do you wear? A. Chacos or no shoes B. Leather lace-ups with a classic patina from that obscure vintage store no one's ever been able to find C. Uggs, Toms or slippers D. Cheap flip-flops or expensive loafers E. ...

  23. The Muppets make a solid comeback in their new movie Columnists Opinion December 11, 2011

    The Muppets have always had a special place in my heart. I discovered them when I was growing up, after my watching-Disney-movies-on-loop phase. Looking back on them, I've come to the conclusion that the Muppets are far superior to anything of Disney's, largely because the comedy and the content is ...

  24. ASWC has beef with meat dress, rejects appeal A&E A&E Highlight Front Page Slideshow December 8, 2011

    Junior Clare Spatola-Knoll's request for ASWC funding to recreate Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress was denied and her appeal was defeated in a 15-3 vote, but not without extensive debate.

  25. Whitman students to ‘Teach the Movement’ in Walla Walla News December 8, 2011

    Whitman Teaches the Movement, is born out of a partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Walla Walla Public School district in response to a study conducted by the center. Whitman students will teach civil rights subjects to students in local elementary, middle and high schools.

  26. Curt Bowen ’08 speaks about Semilla Nueva, non-profit work News December 8, 2011

    Two Whitman alumni, Curt Bowen and Joseph Bornstein, graduated Whitman in 2008, and in three short years built from the ground up a successful non-profit organization based in Guatemala called Semilla Nueva.

  27. Whitman bookstore sacks plastic, adopts bagless policy News December 8, 2011

    Last Thursday, November 29th, the bookstore formalized a policy it had been casually subscribing to for a while—it will no longer offer customers plastic bags unless they ask for them.

  28. Whitman Christian Fellowship plans for cultural exchange in China Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight December 8, 2011

    Next summer, members of the Whitman Christian Fellowship will find themselves about as far from campus as a group could be. For six weeks, members will participate in a cultural exchange mission in China, coordinated by the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a nationwide evangelical organization that works to establish religious communities ...

  29. 10 facts about Whitman’s MUN News December 8, 2011

    10 fun and interesting facts about Whitman's Model United Nation's club.

  30. KWCW Show of the Week A&E December 8, 2011

    DJ Kibbles and DJ Bit explore and uncover the tastiest hip-hop/electronic beats the world has to offer.

  31. Style spotlight: Rachel Rice ’14 A&E December 8, 2011

    The Pioneer searches out Whitties who bring an extra splash of sartorial daring to the campus. This week's Style Spotlight: sophomore Rachel Rice.

  32. What’s the price of unpaid student internships? Feature Weekly Topic December 8, 2011

    Students discuss the pros and cons of unpaid summer internships

  33. Political Cartoon Opinion December 8, 2011

    A weekly editorial cartoon by Kelly Douglas.

  34. Profile: Who’s that dancing man? Sports Sports Highlight December 8, 2011

    His name is Stephen Rubin and his affiliation with Whitman College began as one of the faculty. Rubin was hired on as a professor in Whitman's Psychology Department in 1971...

  35. Q and A with Professor Apostolidis Feature December 8, 2011

    1. Do you feel as if Whitman students are politically involved, or are we trapped in the Whitman bubble? I know many Whitman students who are politically involved in a variety of different ways, from forming their own organizations to working for public officials to working with local groups. Also, some ...

  36. Modern shooters should focus on story Opinion Opinion Highlight December 8, 2011

    It's the holiday season, and that means there's a bumper crop of video games pouring out of development houses and vying for our screen time. Two of the biggest releases this year are "Battlefield 3" and "Modern Warfare 3," a pair of photorealistic First-Person Shooters that put you behind the ...

  37. Your finals essay vocab guide Humor December 8, 2011

    Need the vocabulary boost that'll turn your paper from a zero to a hero? Look no further!

  38. Whitman interns discover value, growth in vocational experiences Feature December 8, 2011

    Lately there has been debate over the value of internships—are they really excellent practice for the real world, or are they simply glorified coffee-making lessons? Whitman students report that, for the most part, their internships have been valuable and have helped further their career goals.

  39. Whitman participates in Adopt-A-Family program News December 8, 2011

    Members of the Whitman community will continue the holiday tradition of bringing some joy to the lives of disadvantaged families in Walla Walla with the Adopt-A-Family program. Although the program has been run without significant changes for several consecutive years, this holiday season will see some minor adjustments.

  40. Men’s basketball focuses on National DIII Championship Sports December 8, 2011

    With Winter Break only two weeks away, Whitman men's basketball is just beginning the league portion of their season.

  41. Ballerinos defy stereotypes News December 8, 2011

    Tthe number of men in Beginning Ballet has increased this year. Students discuss stereotypes surrounding sexuality in ballet.

  42. Eta Sigma Phi to publicize interest in ancient languages, connect students nationally News December 8, 2011

    Junior Classics majors, Kate Kight and Mariah Lapiroff decided to bring a national Classics Honors Society, Eta Sigma Phi, to bring more awareness of the Classics major on campus.

  43. Holiday Techie Tips Humor December 8, 2011

    It's that time of year when things start breaking in the middle of finals and your life seems like a disaster and you don't know what to do... but have no fear! The HOLIDAY TECHIE is here!

  44. Whitties tackle conflict in Middle East, score big during IM Debate Sports December 8, 2011

    When most Whitties think of IM, they think of flying dodge balls, floating discs and blue t-shirts; one team that may be often overlooked is IM Debate, which holds only a few official events per year.

  45. Bring Christmas to Your Finals! Humor December 8, 2011

    Finals bringing your holiday spirit down? The Backpage has some tips on how to make your spirit tell finals to shut up.

  46. “Arthur Christmas” delivers holiday cheer A&E Reviews December 8, 2011

    December is officially here, so bring on the holiday movies! The animated flick “Arthur Christmas" brings home the Christmas cheer.

  47. Numbers in the news News December 8, 2011

    Numbers in the news is a weekly feature highlighting numbers and statistics of interest to college students.

  48. ‘Communist China’ does not follow strict notion of communism; has capitalist values Opinion December 8, 2011

    When people think of China, one of the things that pops into one's head is communism. In America, there is uneasiness when we hear the word communism. Though the feeling is not as pronounced as in the Cold War Era, it still exists in trace amounts.

  49. Snowbound explorations of love delight in ‘Bus Stop’ A&E Front Page Slideshow December 8, 2011

    Consider this your Greyhound ticket to thoroughly enjoyable procrastination. From Thursday, Dec. 8, through Sunday, Dec. 11, Harper Joy Theatre presents the romantic comedy “Bus Stop" by William Inge on the Alexander Stage, directed by Visiting Instructor of Theatre Katie Pearl.

  50. How to run a marathon Sports December 8, 2011

    Prior to my freshman year at Whitman, I had never done any running. Even three-mile runs seemed like an unfeasible distance. The idea of running a marathon was simply crazy. But last month I ran the full, 26.2-mile Portland Marathon.

  51. Tommy Wiseau brings ‘The Room’ to Whitman A&E December 8, 2011

    This past Saturday, Dec. 3, saw students lining up to get into the WEB-sponsored Q&A with famed flop director Tommy Wiseau and a screening of his magnum opus, “The Room."

  52. ‘Airport!!!’ prepares for arrival A&E Events December 8, 2011

    Dancers and choreographers alike are busily preparing for "Airport!!!," a production scheduled to hit the stage of Cordiner Hall on Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10.

  53. SEC offers tips, advice to students seeking unpaid summer internships Feature Feature Highlight December 8, 2011

    According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, “An internship is a legitimate learning experience benefiting the student and not simply an operational work experience that just happens to be conducted by a student." This is the standard to which Whitman adheres to when supporting student internships and considering ...

  54. Varsity athletes take on the off-season Sports December 7, 2011

    While varsity athletes' fall season has come to a close, they are still working hard in off-season to stay fit and prepare for the next season. Most varsity sports with fall seasons, including cross-country, tennis, and volleyball, continue to train. While NCAA regulations prohibit coaches from being present at out ...

  55. Whitman talks politics Weekly Topic December 1, 2011

    With the first primary vote in a little over a month, Whitties offer opinions on the current slew of presidential Republican candidates and incumbent Barack Obama. From "info-tainment" in the style of Jon Stewart to investigative pieces in the New York Times, students on campus demonstrate the wide breadth of ...

  56. PostSecret’s Frank Warren encourages students to share secrets News News Highlight December 1, 2011

    On Friday, Nov. 18, Whitman students were greeted with a blank index card in their mailboxes along with a note urging them to write down a secret and submit it to WEB's annual PostSecret Gallery Show. This year the show coincided with a lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 30 by Frank ...

  57. ‘Now is the Time’ campaign to begin new era of fundraising News December 1, 2011

    On Friday, Nov. 18, Whitman announced the start of its “Now is the Time" campaign at a dinner for Trustees, alumni and friends of the college in Seattle, WA, kicking off the public phase of a new fundraising endeavor for the college.

  58. Upgraded Whitman website to showcase unique aspects of student body News December 1, 2011

    Whitman is revamping its website to update its online presence and to better distinguish it from similar schools.

  59. Intramural Sports: The fun factor Sports December 1, 2011

    As most students sat sunken into library couch cushions or quiet room bean-bag chairs the Monday before Thanksgiving Break, Whitman's intramural dodgeball teams began the first day of their 2011 season in the Sherwood racquet-ball courts.

  60. Numbers in the News News December 1, 2011

    55 Percentage of Americans who use the internet everyday.

  61. Style spotlight: Lucy Vollbrecht ’15 A&E December 1, 2011

    The Pioneer searches out Whitties who bring an extra splash of sartorial daring to the campus. This week's Style Spotlight: first-year Lucy Vollbrecht.

  62. Whitman offers separate life Opinion December 1, 2011

    Leaving for college has subjected me to a plethora of new experiences, but the one I was arguably least prepared for was the incessant deluge of “hellos" and “goodbyes." The past 18 years of my life have been rather consistent, the people and things I am most familiar with tending ...

  63. 10 Facts about Whitman’s Schwa News December 1, 2011

    Fun facts about Whitman's premier co-ed a capella group.

  64. Whittie father-son duo forms heart of Seattle jazz band A&E December 1, 2011

    If you've attended a Coffeehouse concert at Reid at some point over the past few years, chances are you've heard the music of Ranger and the Re-Arrangers, a band founded by violinist Ranger Sciacca '09 and his father Michael on rhythm guitar.

  65. Noises from the Community: Thanksgiving Humor December 1, 2011

    What did you do over Thanksgiving Break that is far superior to anything your peers who went home got to do? "My RD bought us some dank pizza one night. Ate, like, eight slices. That was pretty intimate and cozy." : Male freshman "I became accustomed to actually being able to study ...

  66. Political Cartoon Opinion December 1, 2011

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  67. Theft occurs in fraternities over Thanksgiving break Front Page Slideshow News December 1, 2011

    Over Thanksgiving break all four fraternities on campus were hit with a string of burglaries. According to Interfraternity Council Community Relations officer and junior Alejandro Fuentes, the burglaries occurred on two separate occasions. The first burglary occurred between 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23, and 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, ...

  68. “Happy Feet Two” fails to find its wings A&E A&E Highlight Reviews December 1, 2011

    Little baby penguins singing and dancing are only cute for so long. “Happy Feet Two" tries to rekindle the love of the first dancing and singing penguins movie but falls flat like a penguin trying to fly.

  69. Whitman fencing club lunges for greater heights Front Page Slideshow Sports Sports Highlight December 1, 2011

    It's hard to miss the Whitman Fencing Club beginning a bout under the falling dusk and the spotlights in front of Cordiner on Monday and Thursday nights.

  70. Pedal to the ‘Metals’—Feist releases perfect travel album A&E Reviews December 1, 2011

    Clara Bartlett reviews 'Metals,' the latest album from indie songstress Feist.

  71. Chatting with Chastity Belt A&E Front Page Slideshow December 1, 2011

    Composed of seniors Julia Shapiro on vocals and guitar, Gretchen Grimm on drums, Annie Truscott on bass and Lydia Lund on guitar, Chastity Belt was originally inspired by the “angsty teens of Walla Walla," as well as their own personal frustration.

  72. Profile: Assistant swim coach Kevin Howard Sports December 1, 2011

    Athlete Profile: Kevin Howard, University of Rochester '11, Assistant Swimming Coach

  73. Admissions receives Early Decision applications, sees increase in transfer applications News December 1, 2011

    Earlier this month, the office of admission received a total of 125 Early Decision applications, approximately 115 of which will be completed applications that will be reviewed by admission staff.

  74. Whitman Inequality Map Humor December 1, 2011

    Don't know what an inequality map is? Read the article?

  75. Playing pundit: Whitties weigh in on current campaign season Feature Feature Highlight December 1, 2011

    Cain proposes a 9-9-9 plan: nine percent personal income tax, nine percent sales tax, and nine percent corporate income tax. He believes that the government doesn't create jobs—businesses do.

  76. Comic Humor December 1, 2011

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  77. War against censorship: Never surrender Opinion Opinion Highlight December 1, 2011

    I never had convenient access to Twitter, Facebook or Youtube for nearly two years before I came to Whitman College this fall. To access these websites, I had to use a special software called “FreeU," and even though I could open website pages, sending a comment and video would take ...

  78. The Whitman Inequality Quiz Humor December 1, 2011

    Remember those inequalities you did in the 2nd grade? Now there's a practical use for that knowledge.

  79. KWCW Show of the Week A&E December 1, 2011

    Ziggy Sawdust storms the airwaves after Midnight Monsoon with two hours of hardcore jams to meet your metal needs. German metal, death metal, industrial, grindcore—it's all here. Show Monday how you really feel about it.

  80. Industry insiders speak on music business in crisis A&E December 1, 2011

    On Friday, Nov. 11, it was announced that EMI Music would be acquired by Universal Music Group, while EMI Publishing will be absorbed by Sony. The Pioneer spoke to a range of industry insiders and music lovers on these developments and their implications for a struggling business.

  81. #firstworldproblems Humor December 1, 2011

    The problems of today... for the One Percent.

  82. Students seek out info-tainment, international news Feature December 1, 2011

    There is an interesting paradox that appears when students enter college. In many ways, staying up to date is easy and encouraged, whether through intellectual class discussions of current events or the less academic, ubiquitous presence of Facebook and Twitter.

  83. Twitter, Facebook break illusion of understanding Columnists Opinion December 1, 2011

    With the intent of broadening my knowledge of social networking sites, I recently decided to get my very own Twitter account. I've been following writers, comedians, hacker groups, news organizations and the queen of England, trying to get some insight into the thoughts and workings of today's internet-goers. But despite ...

  84. Undocumented Students Statement approved by Board of Trustees Breaking News News November 29, 2011

    On Nov. 17, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve a statement in support of undocumented students. The statement went up on Whitman's website on, Nov. 29.

  85. On state-sponsored messages I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category November 24, 2011

    A month or so ago, as part of a joint field trip with my Lenses of Culture and Waste and Pollution classes, we went to Osaka to visit the Osaka Human Rights Museum. Organizing thirty American students and getting to Osaka, about an hour away on the train, ...

  86. Alex Norman’s Study Abroad Blog: Finding Financial Assistance for Your Off-Campus Program Off-Campus Blogs November 22, 2011

    I figure there is no better time than right after a showcase of my camel ride in the Sahara to speak a bit about how I got here. If you are a Whitman student who is interested in studying abroad but reliant on financial aid to do so, then here ...

  87. Alex Norman’s Study Abroad Blog: Camels, Macaques, Schoolgirls and Dune Boys Off-Campus Blogs November 22, 2011

    Well, as usual, this post is a bit overdue, but a couple weeks ago we had our Southern Excursion and WOW, what a trip! To be sure, we spent much of our time travelling to the Middle Atlas, Ouarzazate, Merzouga, the High Atlas, Marrakech and Essaouira in a bus, but ...

  88. Comic by Emily Johnson Humor November 17, 2011

  89. Political cartoon by Kelly Douglas Opinion November 17, 2011

  90. Whitman community concerned about Koch-funded lecture News November 17, 2011

    Conservative-allied Charles Koch Foundation recently funded a lecture series, creating mixed opinions from the Whitman community on accepting political funding.

  91. Chantal and Shane Valentine answer questions about food culture, eating habits on Whitman campus Front Page Slideshow News November 17, 2011

    The “State of Food in America" was addressed Wednesday, Nov. 9 as Chantal '98 and Shane Valentine visited campus to speak about their baby cuisine cookbook and the problem with food in the United States today. The Pioneer had the opportunity to speak with the Valentines before their lecture, and ...

  92. Luz Rivera captivates, inspires during lecture about social change in Mexico Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight November 17, 2011

    Luz Rivera, lead organizer of the Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino, and her translator and colleague, Stuart Schussler, are traveling to schools in the Northwest giving their lecture entitled, “Sowing Struggle: Urban and rural social movements in Tlaxcala, Mexico."

  93. Profile: Assistant Soccer Coach Brett Axelrod ’09 Sports November 17, 2011

    Class: 2009 Current Position: Assistant Soccer Coach Sitting comfortably on a leather couch in Reid, Axelrod wears a grey Whitman College Varsity Soccer sweatshirt and appears refreshed, having just completed a long bike ride. [caption id="attachment_38998" align="alignleft" width="398" caption="Credit: David Jacobson"][/caption] What did ...

  94. Beyond tuition Feature Weekly Topic November 17, 2011

    The additional and unexpected costs of attending college

  95. Quidditch comes to Whitman Sports Sports Highlight November 17, 2011

    For those of us who thought our childhoods were over after the last "Harry Potter" book came out, fear not. During Whitman's annual Week of Wizardry, students can participate in Harry Potter-themed events including the annual Quidditch Tournament. Last Sunday, this event took place on Ankeny with five competing teams ...

  96. Green Leaders Program stages No-Waste November Front Page Slideshow News November 17, 2011

    As students lined up to put their dirty dishes in the dish room at Prentiss dining hall earlier this month, they were faced with one more extra step—scraping their excess food waste into a large bin, which was being managed by two encouraging green leaders. The first two weekends of ...

  97. Women’s Basketball Seeks Glory Sports November 17, 2011

    After a disappointing loss in the first round of the playoffs last year, the women return with a new playing style and an eye on the goal of being Northwest Conference champions.

  98. Daylight Savings gone wrong Humor November 17, 2011

    The first-person account of that one Whitman student who completely blew off the end of Daylight Savings Time. What a tragedy.

  99. Whitman debate team moves toward gender equality, women debaters face challenges News November 17, 2011

    In the debate community, it's not uncommon to hear derogatory terms used to describe female debaters who come across as overly aggressive. The unequal gender ratio within the activity seems to stem partly from its history as an activity practiced largely by white males and also from general sexism in ...

  100. 13 Whitties earn all-NWC recognition Sports November 17, 2011

    Thirteen players take NW Conference honors

  101. ‘The Way’ beautifully examines living life to its fullest A&E Reviews November 17, 2011

    Looking for a feel-good movie that you could watch with your family over the upcoming holidays and actually tolerate? Check out “The Way," a movie that examines a band of troubled souls and their journey of self-discovery along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.

  102. Bookstore strives to meet student needs Feature November 17, 2011

    The Whitman College Bookstore sees a rush of students  buying textbooks at the beginning of each semester, and while those transactions are not representative of shopping habits throughout the year, textbook costs remain a major point of concern for students. "On a daily basis, most of the transactions are pretty ...

  103. From coffee to chapstick: Extra expenses add up Feature November 17, 2011

    Living and studying at Whitman College is expensive. Tuition increases every year, and living on campus is costly. And what about those costs that students don't necessarily budget in? Eating in town, going on a date, participating in Greek life and paying for alcohol are all expenses that new (and ...

  104. Know Your Campus Cults! Humor November 17, 2011

    There's cults all over this campus. Everywhere. And you might be in one. Which?

  105. Concussed at Whitman: A personal account Sports November 17, 2011

    Elbow, Apple, Carpet, Saddle, Bubble. If you have ever suspected that you had a head injury, chances are you have been asked to remember these five words and repeat them to test your immediate memory.

  106. Growing eSports requires accessibility Opinion Opinion Highlight November 17, 2011

    Sometimes, when I'm bored, I like to watch other people play video games. I'm not alone, either—an entire community has sprung up in support of "eSports," which is a fancy term for what most people would consider competitive video gaming. Interestingly, it's fairly popular: Video streams of popular tournaments will ...

  107. Independence gained off campus Feature Feature Highlight November 17, 2011

    The priority of any institution for higher education is to endow knowledge and to allow students to explore intellectual interests. Yet at a college like Whitman with few commuting students, there are other needs that must be met: food and shelter.

  108. Visit Scholarship Program breaks boundaries News November 17, 2011

    For about 80 high school seniors considering Whitman, the Visit Scholarship Program offers students an expense-paid trip to visit the campus.

  109. Whitman alum releases documentary filmed during Watson year A&E A&E Highlight November 17, 2011

    Imagine having the freedom to travel the world for a year with a video camera. For alumnus Teal Greyhavens '08, the dream became reality when he was awarded a Watson Fellowship to explore the idea of cinema across the globe.

  110. Typical Social Networking @ Whitman Humor November 17, 2011

    You could read this, or you could just hop on Facebook and see the same exact think. We're at that level of verisimilitude here.

  111. KWCW Show of the Week A&E November 17, 2011

    Dance meets pop and some dubstep on top. DJ Chap and esteemed guest hosts will lift you out of that midweek funk and shake your junk with the latest in those electro sounds you crave.

  112. Students unsure about new loan plan News November 17, 2011

    President Obama's new plan to ease the burden of student loans may give some hope to eligible Whitman students and thousands of other indebted college students nationwide. The plan will go into effect in January 2012, lowering monthly payments and allowing students to consolidate their federal loans.

  113. Style spotlight: Evelyn Levine ’15 A&E November 17, 2011

    The Pioneer searches out Whitties who bring an extra splash of sartorial daring to the campus. This week's Style Spotlight: first-year Evelyn Levine.

  114. Numbers in the news News November 17, 2011

    Numbers in the news is a weekly feature highlighting numbers and statistics of interest to college students.

  115. Administrators address diversity in Townhall Meeting Front Page Slideshow News November 17, 2011

    On Monday, Nov. 14, ASWC hosted a second town hall meeting. Assistant Dean of Student Engagement Noah Leavitt and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Tony Cabasco answered student questions regarding diversity and financial aid and its effects on the student body. [caption id="attachment_39854" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Credit: Chaoyu Li"]...

  116. Preacher-turned-atheist Dan Barker raises questions of religion, ethics A&E Events November 17, 2011

    On Saturday, Nov. 12, outspoken atheist Dan Barker gave an extensive, thought-provoking presentation on religion and ethics in contemporary America.

  117. Whitman swim team supports sarcoma research in relay event Front Page Slideshow Sports November 17, 2011

    On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Whitman College was one of 150 colleges worldwide to participate in the Hour of Power. The Hour of Power is a swim relay consisting of an hour of continuous sprints in honor of Carleton College swimmer Ted Mullin, who passed away in 2006 from sarcoma, a ...

  118. Conrad Murray’s conviction another distraction from Michael Jackson’s music Opinion November 17, 2011

    On Nov. 7, Conrad Murray, who was Michael Jackson's doctor before Jackson's death, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter against Jackson. Coupled with the verdict was a recent documentary on Murray and his relationship with Jackson called “Michael Jackson and the Doctor: The Fatal Friendship." Though Murray was the subject of ...

  119. College Creek overflows News November 14, 2011

    On Sunday, Nov. 30, College Creek overflowed onto Park Street.

  120. I Have a Mullet I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category November 14, 2011

    Yesterday, I did something truly groundbreaking, something that I never imagined myself doing. I got my hair cut into a mullet. Not to be funny, not to joke around, but to mesh with the local fashion. Yes, that ´s right folks, while the mullet has been marginalized in the U.S., it ...

  121. Walla Walla County election results to be counted Community News November 12, 2011

    On Nov. 8, 2011, thousands of Walla Walla County voters filed into the elections building  to fill out their voting ballots. According to the Walla Walla County website, approximately 53 percent of the county's registered voters took part in the election. County office employees and volunteers are currently in ...

  122. Undocumented students statement proposal to go before the Board of Trustees News November 10, 2011

    The Undocumented Students Statement proposal will be brought in front of the Board of Trustees Thursday, Nov. 17. If the proposal passes, starting in 2012, all newly printed college catalogs will include a statement in support of undocumented students on campus. The statement will include the administration's willingness to admit ...

  123. Admissions switch to need-sensitive provokes concerns News News Highlight November 10, 2011

    Recently, students have been raising concerns regarding the switch in the admissions policy from need-blind to need-sensitive admission. At an ASWC town hall meeting Oct. 24 and in comments since then, students have discussed the policy, especially in terms of its effect on the diversity and the makeup of campus.

  124. IM athletes help set health record straight Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow November 10, 2011

    While fall IM Football may have wrapped for the season, concerns remain that the Welty Health Center falls short when it comes to caring for non-varsity athletes.

  125. Diagnosing Whitman Feature Weekly Topic November 10, 2011

    Students sound off about campus health care and Welty center responds to concerns over treatment.

  126. 10 facts about Whitman’s Black Student Union News November 10, 2011

    10 Things to know about Whitman's Black Student Union club

  127. Letter from the Puzzle Slut Humor November 10, 2011

    Adam tired.

  128. Technology can help with dropping achievement gap Columnists Opinion November 10, 2011

    It's not uncommon to find unflattering statistics about our nation's educational achievements; while countries like Finland and China are getting ahead in math and science, our average SAT reading scores have dropped to a record low, and high school dropout rates teeter around 50 percent in many of our major ...

  129. Numbers in the news News November 10, 2011

    Numbers in the news is a weekly feature highlighting numbers and statistics of interest to college students.

  130. Climbing wall opens to community Front Page Slideshow News November 10, 2011

    Now, red letters on the Climbing Center's website proclaim a change to the policy that loosens requirements for use of the wall. Students, faculty and staff may bring unlimited family and two guests for a fee of seven dollars.

  131. ‘Puss in Boots’ delivers humor for all ages A&E Reviews November 10, 2011

    Nathan Fisher reviews animated flick "Puss In Boots," with voices from Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis.

  132. From fly to fugly: The Backpage style guide Humor November 10, 2011

    It's our turn to decide what's hawt, and what's nawt.

  133. Style spotlight: Nanyonjo Mukungu ’12 A&E November 10, 2011

    The Pioneer searches out Whitties who bring an extra splash of sartorial daring to the campus. This week's Style Spotlight: senior Nanyonjo Mukungu.

  134. Comic Humor November 10, 2011

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  135. Housemates: Heaven or hell Humor November 10, 2011

    It's about that time of year when you've spent a solid amount of time with your new housemates. And now that you have a handle on their behaviors, you can start developing peeves which will haunt you for at least the rest of the semester.

  136. What’s to know: Introduction to Northwest Conference Sports November 10, 2011

    An up-close and personal look at the Northwest Conference's nine member institutions.

  137. Mellon Grant funds tenure positions News November 10, 2011

    Last June, Whitman was awarded a $644,000 grant from the Andrew J. Mellon Foundation that will allow eight faculty positions to be converted to tenure-track over a four-year period.

  138. Political Cartoon Opinion November 10, 2011

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  139. KWCW Show of the Week A&E November 10, 2011

    Nicole Holoboff delivers two hours of diverse music, starting with remixes and more upbeat songs and transitioning to acoustic and mellow folk music.

  140. Gaddafi, bin Laden deserve our respect in death despite crimes Opinion November 10, 2011

    My mother can recall her exact location the night John Lennon was shot, the day Mt. St. Helens erupted and the night she received a phone call from a grief-stricken friend after the death of Elvis Presley. Where she was and what she was doing at these exact moments were ...

  141. Fall sports wrap up seasons Sports November 10, 2011

    The seasonal change from fall to winter marks the end of another successful fall sports season consisting of dramatic victories, heartbreaking losses, All-Americans and nationally ranked teams.

  142. Escape stress with Andy Grammer A&E November 10, 2011

    Pop artist Andy Grammer offers a sweet upbeat escapist album in the tradition of Jason Mraz and Mike Posner.

  143. Money a secondary concern when applying to be an RA News November 10, 2011

    This year, 75 students applied to be RAs, a higher number than the usual 60-65 applicants. Resident Assistants get free room and board, but most students don't seem to be applying for the position primarily for the financial benefits.

  144. ‘The Altruists’ explores themes of sexuality, social protest A&E A&E Highlight Front Page Slideshow November 10, 2011

    Running from Wednesday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 13, 'The Altruists' probes sensitive and timely issues, through intimate portrayals of a group of aimless social malcontents in New York City.

  145. Festivals do not define who we are Columnists Opinion Opinion Highlight November 10, 2011

    Undoubtedly, lots of people celebrate festivals. Festivals not only present culture, but also cause economic boosts in modern society. Before I came to Whitman, I was told to book the airline tickets right after I got my visa because they would get expensive during Christmas; a few days before Valentine's ...

  146. Financial aid office urges students to contact legislators, fight proposed Pell Grant cuts News November 10, 2011

    In an effort to balance the federal budget, the government is considering cutting financial aid funding in the form of Pell Grants and Washington State Need Grants.

  147. Welty Health Center receives mixed reviews from students Feature November 10, 2011

    The Welty Health Center, open to students 24 hours a day and recently ranked second in the nation by the Princeton Review for best college health center, receives mixed reviews from students. Claudia Ness, director of the health center, says it aims above all to keep the entirety of the ...

  148. Terrance Hayes spellbinds audience in Visiting Writers reading A&E Events November 10, 2011

    Visiting writer Terrance Hayes delivered a rich, sensory experience at his Nov. 3 reading, with excerpts from his poetry collection "Lighthead" and new unpublished works.

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  150. Politics As Usual I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category November 9, 2011

    In 2001, it all came crashing down. The political system had no credibility. Two presidents resigned over the course of two weeks;  the government defaulted on its foreign debt and later devalued the currency. The streets were filled with protesters chanting "!Que se vayan todos!" Away with them all. The economic ...