2012 December


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  1. Written on the Flight from Rabat to Paris I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category December 25, 2012

    At 4:30, I woke up, did some final packing, got some breakfast, then rolled my suitcases for the last time down the medina towards an awaiting taxi.  At the Rabat-Sale Airport, the plane took off before the sun rose.  As we flew away from Rabat, I looked behind and could ...

  2. ‘Tis the Season: Holiday Philanthropy at Whitman News December 19, 2012

    This year, Whitties are particularly active in spreading the Holiday Spirit.

  3. El Fin I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category December 19, 2012

    I leave Spain in the wee hours of Friday morning and yesterday I finished the last of my finals- so I can officially say that the study part of study abroad is over and the abroad part will be, very soon. I'm simultaneously excited, a little sad, and feel like ...

  4. Spanish Healthcare… I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category December 19, 2012

    I had an interesting (that's the most positive word I'm going to use) experience recently that I'd like to share with you all now that I've finally finished my exams and final papers!   Two weeks ago, I started to feel sick- feverish, stomach pain... I was annoyed because it was finals ...

  5. Radical Subtlety and Smartphone Ads Blogs Opinion Web Only December 7, 2012

    I was yelling at the TV for a lot of election night. I was at the Pio's election night liveblog headquarters (read: Managing Editor Libby Arnosti's house), watching a live feed of election coverage, as well as compulsively refreshing multiple tabs in my browser. As anyone who knows me ...

  6. Anonymity Shapes the Whitman Encounters Community News December 6, 2012

    There's only one place on campus where you can find declarations of love among intellectual discussion, where cackling trolls hide out under a bridge called diversion and where faceless people debate the merits of facelessness. Whitman Encounters, a website created and facilitated by Whitman students, provides an open discourse through anonymous ...

  7. The Phi Farting Conspiracy Humor December 6, 2012

    There is always something unique in the air as students begin to prepare for finals every December. No, I am not talking about the stress-induced pheromones or the sweet scent of Christmas cookies coming from Prentiss Hall.

  8. ‘Killing Them Softly’ Kills Audience Interest A&E Reviews December 6, 2012

    Nathan Fisher finds that even an all-star cast can't save "Killing Them Softly," an uneven, slow-paced crime drama starring Brad Pitt.

  9. Aviary Saved: Concerned Citizens Plan for Future News December 6, 2012

    Thanks to the concentrated efforts of a group of citizen volunteers, the Pioneer Park Aviary will be preserved for the time being—and, if fundraising goes according to plan, for years into the future. [caption id="attachment_62295" align="alignleft" width="186"] Walla Walla's mayor, ...

  10. Style spotlight: Lily Gibbs ’15 A&E December 6, 2012

    Every week, The Pioneer searches out Whitties who bring an extra splash of fashion consciousness and sartorial daring to campus. This week’s style spotlight: sophomore Lily Gibbs.

  11. Whistleblowers Tour Reveals Risks, Importance of Speaking Out News December 6, 2012

    Students learned the risks and benefits of speaking out about ethical concerns in the workplace on Thursday, Nov. 29 when the American Whistleblower Tour (AWT) paid a visit to campus. The three visiting speakers talked about their experiences exposing violations at the Hanford Nuclear Site, located only a couple hours away ...

  12. Most valuable pliéer: Jimmy Madden dances back into baseball Sports December 6, 2012

    While most of James "Jimmy" Madden’s baseball teammates go through the motions of off-season weight training and honing of fundamentals, Madden circumvents the monotony with a rather unconventional addition to preparation for the spring season. Months before the left-hander will return to belting base hits for the Missionaries, he is ...

  13. People Search Being Converted into Social Networking Site Humor December 6, 2012

    Hundreds, if not thousands, of Whitman students were either appalled or elated at the news that Whitman’s People Search is becoming a social networking site. As soon as students click on the new banner (and are asked to sign a lengthy Terms of Agreement contract), users are whisked away to ...

  14. Season Preview: Women’s Basketball Sports December 6, 2012

    If early season results are any indication of what the rest of the season has in store, then the Whitman women’s basketball team should have high expectations.

  15. Black Student Union Hosts ‘Ratchet’ Radio Show Humor December 6, 2012

    Black Student Union students are to host a new radio show on KWCW. The show, "Ratchet Radio," will feature hip hop and rap music of a ratchet variety, an aspect of African American culture lacking on Whitman campus.

  16. Spring Symposium Set to Open Racial Conversations News December 6, 2012

    Students often look for the opportunity to discuss campus issues, and next semester there will be another forum for a specific conversation about race. Six years ago, a race symposium took place at Whitman in response to a controversial campus incident involving blackface. Now, sophomore ASWC Senator Mcebo Maziya has ...

  17. Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Silver & Gold’ Overflows with Christmas Cheer A&E Reviews December 6, 2012

    Sufjan Stevens' new Christmas compilation is full of eccentricity, joy, and a wonderful combination of holiday and indie spirit.

  18. Aquaponics best means to increase local food Opinion December 6, 2012

    Although Bon Appétit has pledged to buy 20% of its food locally, much of what is grown in Walla Walla does not meet their local standards. An aquaponics program would be a meaningful way to increase truly sustainable local food production while harnessing student creativity.

  19. ‘The Name of the Wind’ by Patrick Rothfuss A&E Reviews December 6, 2012

    Dana Thompson encourages us to embrace our inner nerds and crack open Patrick Rothfuss' "The Name of the Wind."

  20. Climbing on the Roof Not Advised by Security, RAs Feature December 6, 2012

    Whitman students study hard, but they also know how to have fun, which can often involve climbing onto the roofs of any and all buildings around campus. This can be a potentially dangerous ambition.

  21. Expanding Parenting Expectations Can Guarantee Choices for Women and Partners Opinion December 6, 2012

    Caregiver and breadwinner are too often the frame of possible household roles, even in the language of many feminists. However, childrearing and raising should not be considered a solitary choice or responsibility; rather, childrearing must be taken on by a family, community and the state.

  22. Crawlspaces generate myths, serve purpose Feature Feature Highlight December 6, 2012

    Some say it was once a morgue, while others tell tales that someone managed to live there, one thing is for certain: the Catacombs do exist.

  23. ‘Camino Real’ Brings Surreal Mystery to Harper Joy A&E A&E Highlight Events December 6, 2012

    "Camino Real," the latest play to hit the Harper Joy stage, is a sprawling surrealist work by Tennessee Williams.

  24. Dropping out means new opportunities Columnists Opinion Opinion Highlight December 6, 2012

    In explaining why he chose to withdraw from Whitman, Joey encourages all students to examine their own education and understand what aspects of it are nourishing or stressful.

  25. Faculty Retention Leads to Diversity Concerns Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight December 6, 2012

    Over the past year, the college administration and faculty have been talking more about the difficulties of handling faculty diversity on campus. Although the college makes efforts to recruit a racially diverse faculty, and has sought out larger numbers of female professors, in part to reflect the growing female proportion ...

  26. Club sports teams frustrated with scarce resources Front Page Slideshow Sports Sports Highlight December 6, 2012

      Over the years, many of Whitman's athletes have used their ambition and passion for sport to create a unique culture and community on campus: club sports. Instead of the strict structure of varsity athletics, with conference affiliations and coaching ...

  27. Reliance on Donations to Fund Assistant Coaches Leaves Varsity Programs Wanting More Front Page Slideshow Sports December 6, 2012

    Whitman College varsity athletes: all Missionaries, all fierce Northwest Conference competitors, all striving to represent Whitman on and off the field. But no two varsity teams at Whitman are made alike. Each individual team has a unique history at Whitman. Teams such as basketball and baseball have competed at the varsity ...

  28. Issue 13: Voices of the Community Opinion December 6, 2012

    Does the gender gap within Whitman faculty affect student experience? [portfolio_slideshow]

  29. Political Cartoon Opinion December 6, 2012

    [caption id="attachment_62096" align="aligncenter" width="621"] Political Cartoon by Asa Mease[/caption]

  30. Climbing High and Crawling Low Feature Weekly Topic December 6, 2012

    Whitman has a lot of nooks and crannies that either become the stuff of myth or goals to reach. Some even carry a risk.

  31. Pioneer Web Profile: Sophomore Umair Meredia Dances into the Spotlight A&E A&E Highlight December 1, 2012

    [caption id="attachment_61871" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Step One (Meredia bottom right) after winning Walla Walla's Best Dance Crew. Photo contributed by Meredia[/caption] As captain of Whitman dance club Step One, it is no surprise that sophomore Umair Meredia enjoys ...

  32. WEEKEND RECAP: Whitman Goes Bananas, Slugs UC Santa Cruz Men's Basketball Varsity Sports December 1, 2012

    The Whitman College men’s basketball team dominated the University of California, Santa Cruz Banana Slugs, beating them 87-65 Thursday night at Ball Court. The Banana Slugs were overwhelmed immediately by Whitman’s defensive intensity, committing ten turnovers in the first half. The Missionaries raced out to a 20-4 lead behind their defensive ...