2011 December


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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 ...