2013 February


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  1. We Can No Longer Ignore Geoengineering I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 28, 2013

    As you might suspect, my friends and I talk politics a lot. Because I am a green activist and an Environmental Humanities major, I can’t resist bringing up climate change frequently; because a lot of them are hard science majors, they can’t resist offering technological as opposed to social solutions. ...

  2. Cheri Honkala Lecture Raises Poverty Awareness News February 28, 2013

    Renowned anti-poverty activist Cheri Honkala visited Whitman last Wednesday night, Feb. 27 to share powerful stories about both her fights to end inequality and her political experiences.

  3. Walla Walla Airport Announces Spring Break Schedule Change News February 28, 2013

    Beginning March 10, Alaska Airlines flights departing from Walla Walla Airport in the morning will leave at 6:25 a.m. instead of 6:50 a.m. The change will likely impact the travel arrangements of students traveling home for spring break. Daily evening flights will also be arriving earlier, at 8:24 a.m. instead ...

  4. Drew Raher’ticle Sports Blogs February 28, 2013

    In a disappointing loss to Whitworth on Saturday, the Whitman men’s basketball team’s season came to an abrupt end. Whitworth has now won the conference tournament seven years in a row. Whitman has shown the ability to beat the Pirates in recent years, but again fell short of a ...

  5. Restaurant Guide in Walla Walla Guide Town February 28, 2013

    Looking for a bite to eat outside of Whitman's dining halls? Not sure what your options are? Look no further! The Pioneer has compiled a list of Whitman favorites.

  6. Chances to Escape: A Guide to Towns and Cities Outside Walla Walla Guide Town February 27, 2013

    Looking for a change of scenery? It might seem like Walla Walla is in the middle of nowhere, but there are actually plenty of options for students looking to get away for a while. Below are some of Whitties most favorite places to visit for a day-trip out of Walla ...

  7. Why Even Go to the Combine? Sports Blogs February 27, 2013

    This week Lucas Oil Stadium hosts many top members of this year’s incoming NFL draft class for the NFL Combine. For those of you who are unaware, the combine is a series of physical and mental tests for the incoming players ranging from 40 yard dashes to position specific ...

  8. From Experiencing ACE’s to Acing Tests Opinion Opinion Writers' Blogs February 27, 2013

    It is no wonder that Lincoln Alternative High School’s mascot is the phoenix. At Lincoln, the students and staff prove that from a sad and despairing place, someone stronger and brighter can rise. On Tuesday, Feb. 26 I attended a panel in which Principal Jim Sporleder, faculty, and a student ...

  9. Composers’ Concert Features Student Work Media Videos February 27, 2013

    Whitman's Composers' Concert took place in Chism Hall on Friday, Feb. 22.  The concert showcased the work of five student composers: Aleks Maricq, Erik Feldman, Ethan Maier, Aaron Stern and Will Ekstrom. Videographer Skye Vander Laan brings us clips of the performance, as well as a look into what it is like to work with a composer in ...

  10. The sports debate I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 27, 2013

    I don't think debate is a sport. I think years of swirlies and teasing from jocks would make even the debaters to be hesitant towards such a categorization. Still, debate is a highly competitive and tactical contest that pits individuals against each other and overall a pretty bizarre spectacle. ...

  11. Sparkler Bomb Identified Behind Bratton, Area All Clear News February 27, 2013

    Monday evening, Feb. 25, a sparkler bomb was found on campus in the alleyway between Bratton Tennis Center and the Department of Social and Health Services.

  12. Men’s soccer coach studies coaching abroad Sports February 27, 2013

    Even though the soccer season is over, men’s soccer Coach Mike Washington is hard at work preparing for the upcoming season.

  13. ASWC Passes Gender-Neutral Housing Resolution ASWC News February 27, 2013

    On Sunday, Feb. 24, ASWC Senate adopted a resolution calling for a gender neutral housing option for first-years. Senators showed unanimous support for the resolution, passing it through a vote of acclamation.

  14. Panel Ruminates on Food at Global Studies Symposium Events News February 27, 2013

    This Saturday, Feb. 23, students, faculty and community members met in Maxey Auditorium to participate in the fifth annual Global Studies Symposium. The topic of the day was food.

  15. Top Five Places to Poop on Campus Humor February 27, 2013

    5. Tong Head in Tau Kappa Epsilon. Not only does it provide a great view of the majestic TKE parking lot, but it also has awesome shower curtains instead of stall doors. That way, you can pilot and co-pilot the pooper with someone. Plus, you're literally shitting on TKE! And ...

  16. ASWC President Sex Tape Scandal Humor February 27, 2013

    This past week, a sex tape of Associated Students of Whitman College President junior Beemon Shethmoozian surfaced. The video of the ASWC president, a plate of kale, a giant stuffed teddy bear and multiple members of the Whitman Events Board in what is presumably an empty Town Hall meeting has ...

  17. Katherine Lee A&E February 27, 2013

    This week, The Pioneer sat down with violinist Katherine Lee. A junior English/music double major who hails from Honolulu, Hawaii, Lee spends most of her time adjusting to the cold, practicing her violin, learning piano and helping out Professor Sharon Alker as a Writing Fellow for the Encounters program. Lee's ...

  18. Storyteller Relives Civil Rights Movement News February 27, 2013

    Members of the Whitman and Walla Walla community filled the Glover Alston Center on Monday, Feb. 25 to hear storyteller Kathya Alexander speak about the civil rights movement.

  19. Those Suffering from Mental Illness Need Not Suffer Alone Opinion February 27, 2013

    Though the current “Information Age” has made communication easier and faster, our society still remains silent on some important issues, including mental illness. As a society, we focus so much on physical health, staying fit and eating a healthy diet. Yet we forget how to take care of the mind. ...

  20. STRFKR’s New Album ‘Miracle Mile’ Channels Energy, Color and Good Vibes A&E Reviews February 27, 2013

    Miracle Mile, Portland, Ore. band STRFKR’s third full-length album, is a colorful continuation and development of the band’s percolating electronic style. The last two albums that the band released were great, of course—but it is this reporter’s humble opinion that Miracle Mile is their best yet. Dynamic, sugary and poppy ...

  21. Top Three Overused Phrases at Whitman Humor February 27, 2013

    Whitman students love using hip phrases almost as much as vegans love to remind us that they don’t eat animal products. Naturally, hip phrases move quickly through our small school, and chances are, if you've heard the phrase from more than two students, it will catch on and become “the ...

  22. Kinky Sex Demands Caution, Skill Columnists Opinion February 27, 2013

    Kink can be practiced safely precisely because of the safeguards, communication and trust embedded in its context. Mainstream kink, however—kink without context—is nothing but a model for dangerous sex and harmful relationships. In skillful hands, a whip is a toy. In the wrong hands, it's a weapon.

  23. Lives of Black Youth Are Disposable in America Opinion Opinion Highlight February 27, 2013

    In light of recent mass shootings, it seems as if America is really adamant on preventing the slaughter of innocent lives. However, hundreds of black shooting deaths continue to go unreported in the mainstream media, suggesting that those black lives are worth less in America.

  24. Sweets Earn Spot in Stanford Invite Sports Sports Highlight February 27, 2013

    After graduating several key seniors last year, the Whitman men’s ultimate frisbee team, the Sweets, did not get an invitation to the power-packed Stanford Invite, a Bay-Area tournament held yearly to showcase the best teams in the country. Although their personnel losses led the Sweets to be overlooked nationally and ...

  25. Students Silenced by Mental Health Stigma Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight February 27, 2013

    A mental disorder can be almost as difficult to spot as it is to live with. Many students who suffer from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other conditions are doing so in silence, at Whitman and at schools across the country.

  26. Stars Behind the Scenes Propel ‘The Tempest’ A&E A&E Highlight Front Page Slideshow February 27, 2013

    Whitman’s performance of William Shakespeare’s play "The Tempest," set to run from Feb. 27 through March 3 at Harper Joy Theatre, is one of high drama, suspense and action. The large cast of characters is able to synthesize all of these aspects, but the play would not be complete without ...

  27. Whitman, Walla Walla University Accept Personal Marriage Views Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow February 27, 2013

    Whitman might not feel like a school where finding a soulmate is as common as the urban legends would have students believe. Usually Whitman students see the neighboring Walla Walla University as a school where students more commonly get married while at school—but how accurate is that assumption?

  28. Letter to the Editor Letter to the Editor Opinion February 27, 2013

    My thanks to The Pioneer and to [first-year] Jacqueline Rees-Mikula, who wrote the article about the Whitman Student Composers Concert in Chism Recital Hall on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, featuring new musical works by five talented young composers. Ms. Rees-Mikula's coverage provided an excellent view of the background and purpose of the concert, produced twice yearly, ...

  29. Issue 6: Voices of the Community Opinion February 27, 2013

    What are your impressions of Whitman's Counseling Center? [portfolio_slideshow]

  30. Political Cartoon Opinion February 27, 2013

    [caption id="attachment_66507" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Political Cartoon by Asa Mease[/caption]

  31. Making Vows Feature Weekly Topic February 27, 2013

    While many students navigate the world of hook-ups or casual dating, others are signing up for lifelong commitments. Where exactly does marriage fit into campus culture?

  32. Is There an Echo in Here? Editors' Blog February 27, 2013

    You may be noticing something new and different about the Pioneer's website today, and it looks something like this: We're proud to announce that we're partnering with a New-York-based startup called Echoed to bring you, our readers, a new way to interact ...

  33. Men’s Basketball NW Conference Finals Media Photos February 26, 2013

    On Feb. 21, Whitman's men's basketball team won 90 - 78 their Northwest Conference Finals game against George Fox University.  Photographer Marlena Sloss brings us the photo slideshow below.  Two days later, excited fans accompanied the team to their championship game against Whitworth in Spokane, Wash. two days later.  Whitman ...

  34. Women’s Basketball NW Conference Semi-Finals Media Photos February 26, 2013

    On Feb. 21, Whitman's women's basketball team played a fierce game against Whitworth, eventually losing 54 - 55.  Photographer Halley McCormick brings us the highlights. [portfolio_slideshow]

  35. Military Marriages Work Through Distance and Deployment Feature February 26, 2013

    Many students make sacrifices to be in long-distance relationships when they come to school. But the distance becomes very difficult to maintain when the relationship turns into marriage, and their spouse is scheduled for deployment in military service.

  36. BREAKING: Device Resembling Pipe Bomb Found Behind Bratton Tennis Center Breaking News News February 25, 2013

    This evening, Feb. 25, Assistant Vice President of Communications Ruth Wardwell, sent a series of emails to the student body notifying campus that a device resembling a small pipe bomb and been spotted behind the Bratton Tennis Center.

  37. Baseball Team Faces Adversity in Idaho Sports February 25, 2013

    As players reflected back on the Missionary baseball team’s four-game series this past weekend in Caldwell, Idaho, battling adversity was the main theme. Following an untimely bye week, in only the second week of a long season, the team travelled to the College of Idaho for two doubleheaders.

  38. Ronda Rousey: The future of MMA? I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 24, 2013

    Mixed Martial Arts has proven to be a pretty contentious subject, even amongst those passionate about combat sports. The casual observer tends to find it gruesome and overly violent; boxing purists see it as a bastardization of a once great sport.  Still illegal in many states, most ...

  39. Whitman Women Lose, Men Triumph in Conference Semi-Finals Sports Weekend Recaps February 22, 2013

    In a hard-fought NWC semi-final matchup, the Whitman women’s basketball team came up a few plays short of victory, falling to the Whitworth Pirates 55-54 Thursday evening at Ball Court.

  40. The Pioneer Guide to Off-Campus Houses Campus Guide Guide Highlight February 22, 2013

    A map of Whitman's off-campus houses. Click on a dot to see the house name and address.

  41. Keeping Condoms Snug and Sound I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 21, 2013

    This week, Spencer discusses condom slippage/breakage and how to prevent either of these for safer sex.

  42. Boobs Don’t Belong Here Northwest Sports Optimist February 21, 2013

    Put your imagination to rest if you are reading the latest Sports Illustrated issue. You won’t need it. The annual “Swimsuit Edition” released earlier this month showcases much more skin than suits. The coveted cover features Kate Upton posing in in a winter coat and bikini bottoms, with her swimsuit top ...

  43. Sports: More Than Just a Jock’s Game Northwest Sports Optimist February 21, 2013

    Here’s a secret: professional sports aren’t all about the athletes anymore. Those nerds that your high school yearbook named “most likely to succeed” have finally found their niche in the world of sports. They might not be quarterbacks leading their teams to the Superbowl or pitching perfect games like Felix Hernandez, ...

  44. Wa-Hi Bond Fails, “No Plan B” in Sight News February 21, 2013

    After months of tenuous debate, the bond to renovate Walla Walla High School failed last Tuesday. Requiring 60 percent to pass, the measure garnered only 53 percent of the votes in a close count of 5,056 to 4,430. The bond would have provided funds to modernize Wa-Hi, an ...

  45. Upcoming Concert Highlights Student Composers’ Work A&E February 21, 2013

    Music composed by students on Whitman Campus featured at Friday's Composers Concert

  46. Varsity Volleyballers Aid Club Team Sports February 21, 2013

    Club sports constantly face uphill battles. They are often underfunded, have limited practice times, and endure varying commitment levels from members of the team. While the men's club volleyball team combats many of these issues, they do enjoy one particular advantage: varsity coaches.

  47. New Program Preps Future Educators News February 21, 2013

    On Tuesday, February 19, 2013, the Whitman’s pre-advising program held their very first municipal dinner event. The idea behind the networking dinner was to have students who are interested in education to have the opportunity to meet expert educators from the Walla Walla area. It was a chance for the ...

  48. Tennis Season Starts to Heat Up Sports February 21, 2013

    After a great season in which the women's tennis team made it to the national tournament last year, Whitman's women look to capitalize on the momentum to carry them even farther this season, while the men aim to build upon their tradition of regional success.

  49. Sustainability Coordinator Position Approved News February 21, 2013

    The Board of Trustees met Friday to decide whether or not a permanent sustainability coordinator, who would oversee all of the green projects happening at Whitman, will be installed at the school. Back in November of last year, ASWC sent a request to Whitman College for the approval of a ...

  50. Breaking Ground Monologues Explore Diverse Voices on Gender, Race, Sexuality A&E Events February 21, 2013

    This weekend, the student organization Feminists Advocating Change and Empowerment (FACE) will be presenting the Breaking Ground Monologues. A sort of alteration of the annual Vagina Monologues which FACE has traditionally put on, these monologues are written by Whitman students and faculty. Seniors Madelyn Peterson and Gabriella Friedman, the co-presidents of ...

  51. Genetics Lecture Illuminates Human Journey Events News February 21, 2013

    Whitman students and community members alike crowded into Maxey Auditorium to hear Spencer Wells, explorer-in-residence for National Geographic, lecture on the genetic history of humans.

  52. Willis Proves it’s Not a Good Day to ‘Die Hard’ A&E Movie Reviews Reviews February 21, 2013

    Disclaimer: I am a HUGE “Die Hard” fan, and in my book, Bruce Willis is THE MAN. Needless to say, for months I've been anticipating Valentine's Day, not for the sugar high or the "love is in the air" feeling, but for the premier of “A Good Day to ...

  53. ‘I’m doing fine,’ Clearly Drunk, Non-Winning Mr. Whitman Candidate Reports into a Banana Peel Humor February 21, 2013

    Every November, Whitman College puts on one of its most widely-attended campus events—a not-so-real beauty pageant, known fondly as Mr. Whitman, in which eight senior men celebrate the completion of a three month-long fundraising drive for a charity chosen by a Whitman student. The eight contestants are judged on a ...

  54. Sex Dreams Offer Insight Into Our Repressed Sexual Desires Opinion February 21, 2013

    Allow yourself the time when you wake up in the morning after a dream of passion to contemplate the boundaries of your own sexual desires, because we all may be a little freakier than we allow ourselves to think. And that possibility is just too damn interesting to ignore.

  55. Centennial Houses Accommodate Students Feature February 21, 2013

    Moving into a house, both on-campus and off-campus, is a common decision for students at some point in their four-year Whitman career. However, there are certain unique traits and histories that go along with each home.

  56. ASWC Forms New Committee to Discuss Long-Term Goals News February 21, 2013

    Although ASWC feels confident that they are addressing many of students' short-term goals for the College, they have begun plans to create a student committee to discuss some long-term goals for Whitman and ASWC.

  57. Corrections Issue 4 Humor February 21, 2013

    In Issue 4 of The Pioneer, our editors let slip some errors that may have even circumvented the critical eyes of our three readers (Hi Mom! Hi Dad! Hi Grandma!).

  58. ASWC Debates Student Phi Humor February 21, 2013

    “I’m pretty confused,” were the first words out of senior Phi Phan’s mouth in an exclusive Skype via satellite in high-def 20 bit per second streamed through youtube interview with the Backpage, when he was informed that ASWC was “debating him.” “Is this some type of sick joke? The people ...

  59. Passage of Legislative Agenda Requires Parlimentary Reform Columnists Opinion February 21, 2013

    The key to passing Obama's progressive agenda, or really any agenda in the future, is the passage of significant parliamentary reform. If we want to keep any party from simply being the "party of no," we need to take away the structural tools that make blanket obstructionism possible.

  60. Off-Campus Houses Given Names for Both Obvious Characteristics, Inside Humor Feature Feature Highlight February 21, 2013

    Whitman is a college with colorfully named houses. Sometimes those house names are based on inside jokes, puns and strange intricacies about the house. Other times, the reason for the name is staring the viewer right in the face.

  61. Good Schools Should Be a Rule, Not an Exception Opinion Opinion Highlight February 21, 2013

    Charter schools are the perfect solution to offering immediate aid to those students who are not benefitting from the public school system. It is not fair that those without certain means are left behind because of a system that is too slow to change.

  62. Divestment Movement Continues to Gain Momentum Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight February 21, 2013

    Campus Climate Challenge’s (CCC) campaign to encourage Whitman to divest from fossil fuels has gained traction on campus, but has met with new challenges as students and administrators disagree over the best way to use the investment to lower the burning of fossil fuels.

  63. Whitman Climber Granted Opportunity to Pursue Dreams Front Page Slideshow Sports Sports Highlight February 21, 2013

    Senior Matthew Morriss has done things in the past six months most Whitman students only dream of. Not only is he spending time climbing and skiing in some of the most remote and beautiful areas of the region, but he isn't paying to do it, either.

  64. Fort Brings Civil War to Walla Walla A&E A&E Highlight Front Page Slideshow February 21, 2013

    Dressed in a bright blue Union coat, a 30-something general stares contemplatively around a room in the fort he oversaw after the Civil War. Known as the “Christian General” because of his deep religious piety, O.O. Howard was noted for his two humiliating military defeats at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Although ...

  65. Issue 5: Voices of the Community Opinion February 21, 2013

    What speaker would you be most interested in having come to campus and why? [portfolio_slideshow]

  66. Eminem Puzzle Humor February 21, 2013

  67. Political Cartoon Opinion February 21, 2013

    [caption id="attachment_65557" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Political Cartoon by Asa Mease[/caption]

  68. In the House Feature Weekly Topic February 21, 2013

    The allure of off-campus housing goes beyond the chance to get away from campus and to leave behind the meal plan. There is also the appeal of the upperclassman culture: living in a house with a name, a reputation and most importantly character.

  69. Hiking near Walla Walla Guide Guide Highlight Outdoor Recreation February 20, 2013

    Looking to get off campus and enjoy the natural beauty around Walla Walla? Whether you're a seasoned backpacker or someone looking to kill a few hours on a Saturday afternoon, we have trail suggestions for you. More information, including guidebooks and trails maps for almost all of the areas listed ...

  70. Classics Feast Media Photos February 19, 2013

    Last Saturday, Feb. 16, friends and members of Classics Club and Eta Sigma Phi, an honorary Classics society prepared ancient Roman and Greek cuisine for those interested in learning more about ancient culture. Cheese, olive oil, hummus, olives, poached pears and pita bread were some of the highlights at the ...

  71. Heartbreak, Ghosts and Reverse Chronology: the Incredible Literary Achievement of ‘Undun’ I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 19, 2013

    On music charts, the most impressive hip-hop album of the last five years hardly made a splash. Rolling Stone gave it a modest three and a half out of five stars. It appeared fleetingly, arriving unheralded and departing quietly like a specter in the mainstream consciousness.

  72. Men’s Tennis Dominates Willamette Media Videos February 19, 2013

    The Whitman men's varsity tennis team reached its 91st consecutive regular season victory on February 16, 2013, playing both indoors at the Bratton Tennis Center and on Whitman's outdoor courts. Whitman beat the opposing Willamette University Bearcats 7-2. For the doubles: No. 1 pair Andrew La Cava '14 and Sam Sadeghi ...

  73. Nelson, Abel Tasman, and the One Ring I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 18, 2013

    On December 24th we made our way to the South Island and to Nelson, a city on the shores of Tasman Bay and the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand. Oddly enough, it has been warmer on the South Island than it ever was for us on the North Island. ...

  74. The tricks of time Off-Campus Blogs Opinion February 17, 2013

    I can't believe it's been over a week since I've updated this!  it just shows how fast time flies. It's strange how you can be so busy, and yet so not at the same time.  I wasn't overwhelmed at work this week, but when I look at the sheer amount ...

  75. Knowledge is Power is Freedom I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 15, 2013

    I went to high school with Gossip Girl, and as the series suggests, she also made my life quite difficult. Nestled comfortably in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Nightingale-Bamford School, costing almost as much as a Whitman education, loomed over me five days a week for four years.

  76. General Campus Resources Campus Guide February 14, 2013

    Whitman Health Center Whitman's health center runs 24 hours a day and offers a range of services that include in-house lab testing, vaccines and travel health assistance, physical and massage therapy, and HIV and STD testing, among others. Limited general physcian hours for spring 2013 semester are: Monday 7:30-9:30 AM Tuesday: 6:00-8:00 PM ...

  77. Tuition Raise, Renovations, Student Representation Discussed at Latest Trustee Meeting News February 14, 2013

    Whitman's Board of Trustees approved the college's proposed budget during their meeting last week, as well as plans for renovating Baker Faculty Center, Memorial and the outdoor tennis courts.

  78. Grammys 2013: Winners and Losers A&E February 14, 2013

    The world's biggest night for music occurred Sunday, Feb. 10. Despite the new, more conservative dress code, the 2013 Grammy Awards still managed to have a plethora of surprises and NSFW moments. Let's take a look at the night's ...

  79. Life after Whitman Athletics Sports February 14, 2013

    All varsity athletes dedicate their lives to their respective sports at Whitman, working hard to balance academics and athletics. When these athletes graduate, they go in many different directions; some pursue careers, others turn their sights to graduate school. Regardless of what they do, the same work ethic that they ...

  80. New Service Trips Aim to Educate, Restore News February 14, 2013

    This March, Whitman students will be able to go on new Spring Break service trips to Portland and Northern California. The selection of new trips reflects an upward trend in students looking for co-curricular experiences to compliment their formal education. The two new spring trips will give students the opportunity ...

  81. Student Entrepreneurs Blend Art and Business to Create New Apparel Line A&E February 14, 2013

    He’s an art and economics double major and the executive secretary for Phi Delta Theta, but somehow he still found time to start his own business. Sophomore Jesus Chaparro reminds us just how creative and driven Whitties can be with his new Whitman-based business: Cryptid Apparel.

  82. Soles4Souls Charitable Shoe Drive Comes to Whitman News February 14, 2013

    Do you have old shoes gathering dust in your closet that someone else could make use of? Senior Alyssa Roberg and alumnus Conor Holton-Burke '12 bet that you do, and in order to make productive use of all those worn shoes, they have contacted Soles4Souls to set up a chapter of ...

  83. New Martial Arts Club Promotes Fitness, Self-Defense Media Photos February 14, 2013

    The Martial Arts club is geared mainly towards Taekwondo, a Korean martial art. The structure of meetings follows traditional Taekwondo classes, practicing forms as well as sparring. Club member Austin Sloane '15 explained that the sparring is an exercise in control and does not involve physical contact. Members ...

  84. Shorter Work Week Would Mitigate Employment Woes Opinion February 14, 2013

    If we believe that everyone has a right to work and a right to education we need to create a job marketplace that gives people the chance to apply their degrees to a job that fits their skills. We need to channel the values of past labor leaders and ...

  85. Better Together Club Encourages Open Dialogue Between Religions News February 14, 2013

    Last Wednesday evening a group of about a dozen individuals gathered on the top floor of the GAC to share a loaf of banana bread and discuss the afterlife. The discussion was the first meeting of a new club founded by first-year Leda Zakarison called Better Together, meant to encourage more ...

  86. Skier qualifies for Winter Olympics Sports February 14, 2013

    While the Virgin Islands may not be known for producing Olympic skiers, one Whitman student is an exception to the trend. Junior Jazz Campbell, a member of the club ski team at Whitman, recently qualified to represent the Virgin Islands in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

  87. Investigation of Waitsburg Road Shooting Concludes, No Charges Filed Breaking News News February 14, 2013

    An investigation into last week's shooting incident on Lower Waitsburg Road has turned up evidence that the shots fired were not intended to hit or warn the students who heard them while running.

  88. Uneven Libidos Require Cooperation to Resolve Columnists February 14, 2013

    Everyone has their own sexual needs. This might not be discussed as often as other parts of relationships, bu everyone has a libido that works at a different pace. It's critical to sit down with your partner if differences in libido start to cause problems in your relationship or ...

  89. FIDLAR record review A&E Reviews February 14, 2013

    FIDLAR’s eponymous debut album leads with the track “Cheap Beer,” whose chorus echoes “I drink/ cheap beer/ so what/ [expletive] you,”  which sets the tone for the entire album. The song sounds like the Dead Kennedys moved to So-Cal, stopped caring about ...

  90. New Dual Sheehan Exhibit Features Artists Io Palmer and Cory W. Peeke A&E February 14, 2013

    The Sheehan Art Gallery in Olin Hall will replace the Student Art Salon with two new exhibits this month, one entitled “Parted Leisure/Labored Ways: The Work of Io Palmer” and the other “Image Attached: The Collages of Cory Peeke.” Io Palmer hails from Hydra, a car-free Greek island off the coast ...

  91. Games Journalism Needs Better Audience Opinion February 14, 2013

    Gaming journalism suffers from an over-zealous rumor mill, which can only be stopped by more discerning readership.

  92. Siblings, Descendants Strive for Individuality Feature February 14, 2013

    A name often comes with a meaning devoid of relevance to its owner. These titles—more specifically last names—are passed to family members and carry with them any meaning that other relatives have given them. Whitman has its own collection of significant, recognizable names.

  93. Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success Opinion Opinion Highlight February 14, 2013

    Even if the current campaign to divest from fossil fuels is unsuccessful in its stated goals, it will still have succeeded in making a political statement that resonates with a nation-wide project to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

  94. Things to Do in Walla Walla On Valentine’s Day If You’re Single And Don’t Want to Be Bitter A&E A&E Highlight February 14, 2013

    First off, let's clarify: This article (which, admittedly, was planned to come out on Valentine's Day) in no way presupposes a connection between being single and being miserable. In fact, more than likely, between schoolwork, planning for study abroad and what have you, all you single people are probably grateful ...

  95. Study Abroad Returnees Face Adjustment Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight February 14, 2013

    The adjustment back to Whitman after studying abroad can be difficult for students on multiple levels, because of both the academic and social transition.

  96. Swimming Caps Off Season at NWC Championships Front Page Slideshow Sports Sports Highlight February 14, 2013

    Whitman’s men’s and women’s swimming teams finished second and third, respectively, to wrap up their season this weekend at the conference championships. Although the men and women finished in the same places as last year, the attitude leaving the meet was very different

  97. Parental Guidance, Emphasis on Education Draws In Legacies Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow February 14, 2013

    When senior Nick Marquiss sat down at his first Encounters class, he found himself sitting across the table from the same professor who taught his father decades before.

  98. Freshman Girl Goes On Best Date Of All Time Humor February 14, 2013

    Gathered around a Prentiss Dining Hall brunch table, Jewett Hall resident Gabriela Stevens revealed to her friends that she had gone on “THE BEST DATE EVER” the previous evening. Later, in an exclusive Skype session with the Backpage’s romance expert, she revealed the intimate details of this apparent Romeo “without ...

  99. Freshman Boy Unsure If He Went On Date Humor February 14, 2013

    Last Saturday, Jewett Hall resident Max Wallets went out to get a beverage with a friend of his. A week after the morning out on the town, one thing still confuses Wallets.

  100. Come join WEB to cuddle out the Valentine’s Day blues! Humor February 14, 2013

    Come join WEB to cuddle out the Valentine’s Day blues! WEB is hosting a cuddle puddle this Valentine’s Day to promote healthy touching, consent and care.

  101. 5 Reasons Why Whitman Is Turning into North Korea Humor February 14, 2013

    Like countless other Whitman students, I have stumbled upon some disturbingly similar connections between our college and our worst (but admittedly somewhat cute) enemies: the North Koreans. At first, it appears like nothing more than a coincidence, but all too quickly it is becoming quite clear that Whitman is slowly ...

  102. Student Who Has Watched a Lot of Nelly’s Music Videos Has Skewed Idea of Valentine’s Day Humor February 14, 2013

    For the small, in-breeding population of Whitman students who are in happy relationships, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity for partners to celebrate each other and acknowledge their inherent superiority over the rest of the student population. For most other Whitman students, though, Valentine’s Day is only a consumer-supported reminder of ...

  103. Issue 4: Voices of the Community Opinion February 14, 2013

    What is your favorite cultural event on campus? [portfolio_slideshow]

  104. All in the Family Feature Weekly Topic February 14, 2013

    With its dedicated alumni base, it’s no surprise that Whitman matriculates quite a number of legacy students—students who have direct family ties to the College. How do legacies walk the line between following family footsteps and blazing their own trail?

  105. Political Cartoon Opinion February 14, 2013

    [caption id="attachment_64890" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Political Cartoon by Asa Mease[/caption]

  106. Twitterpated Whitties Humor February 14, 2013

    [caption id="attachment_65065" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Infographic by Marlee Raible[/caption]

  107. ASWC Fee (print) News February 13, 2013

    The ASWC senate voted on Sunday, Feb. 10 to raise the ASWC student fee an additional $14 for the academic year of 2013-14. The fee, now $350 per student, was raised to adjust for inflation and an expected decrease in student body size, as well as to provide more funding for ...

  108. Dilla Day and Detroit’s Rap Revolution A&E Blogs February 12, 2013

    Last Sunday, Feb. 10 was Dilla Day in Detroit.  Hip-hop fans poured into the Filmore and they didn’t leave until after 2 AM.  Brooklyn hip-hop icon Talib Kweli and Detroit’s own Royce da 5’9” were the night’s two biggest names. The music of a broken city reverberated in triumphal celebration. But the ...

  109. Wa-Hi Bond Fails After Weeks of Debate Breaking News Community News February 12, 2013

    A bond to renovate Walla Walla High School has failed after months of fierce debate from community members. In a close vote of 5,056 to 4,430, the bond failed to receive the required 60 percent necessary for passage. Only 128 ballots remain to be counted, and the election results will ...

  110. ASWC Fee Raised $14 For 2013-14 Academic Year ASWC News February 10, 2013

    The ASWC senate voted on Sunday, February 10th to raise the ASWC student fee an additional $14 to total $350 for the academic year of 2013-14.

  111. Week in Review: February 10, 2013 Week in Review February 10, 2013

    Welcome to our third edition of the Week in Review! Each week, the news staff of The Pioneer brings you a list of the top national and international stories from the past week. If you want to know what you’ve missed, read on.

  112. Frolicking In The Shire I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 10, 2013

    The Hobbiton movie set rests picturesquely in a hilly area of private farmland near the North Island city of Matamata. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but I want to add: if you ever visit, try to go on the earliest tour at 9:30 so that you have the ...

  113. Right and wrong ways to react to a Snowmageddon I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 10, 2013

    My northeastern relatives and their neighbors had another chance to go skiing through their town centers this weekend, as the snowstorm Nemo barreled through New England, dumping feet of snow on its way. I am told that in places where weather like this is relatively commonplace--i.e. nowhere I've lived since ...

  114. Tall Heights Musical Duo Shares Original Song Media Videos February 10, 2013

    In just two and a half years, Tim Harrington and Paul Wright have transitioned from playing for spare coins to headlining shows and winning praise from the folk music scene for their album and EP. Their band Tall Heights gave a special Coffeehouse performance at Whitman on Saturday, Feb. ...

  115. Unexpected Happenings! Opinion February 9, 2013

    These past two days have shown me that you can never predict what can happen, especially when it comes to the criminal justice system.  Think you’ve got your day planned?  Think again.  Have something scheduled for a certain time?  Better make that a tentative appointment. Yesterday, I planned to leave work ...

  116. I could care less about dogs. I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 9, 2013

    I mentioned that I don’t like dogs, but it’s really nothing personal. The only reason I’m adamant about not liking dogs is because people nearly fainted when I said it, as if dogs died in masses as the words were leaving my mouth. As if I was inherently less human ...

  117. Same article, Same Team, Different Ballgame I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 9, 2013

    Every spring, it seems, The Pioneer writes the same article about the baseball team. Year after year, the baseball preview promises improvement, and year after year the team finishes another season with the same disappointing results.

  118. Eating while broke: a guide to beating the grocery stores and delicious home cooking Guide Guide Highlight Town February 7, 2013

    As a growing wine tourism destination, Walla Walla is known for its many fine restaurants. That’s all well and good for when your parents are in town, but what about when you’re broke and need to find something tasty? Don’t worry—The Pioneer has you covered. Here are some tips for ...

  119. iEngage Seeks to Streamline Job Search Process for Students News February 7, 2013

    Students who are still on the hunt for summer internships and on- or off-campus jobs now have a new option available to widen their search. Conceived as a more functional replacement for the Whitman website's on-campus jobs listing and the now-defunct jobs and internships mailing list, iEngage is designed to ...

  120. Local Addiction Recovery Community Uses Peer-Based Approach Community News February 7, 2013

    The Trilogy recovery community is a nonprofit dedicated to helping youth and families who are struggling with drug addiction. Under the guidance of executive director Kathy Ketcham, volunteers at Trilogy use a peer-based approach to address alcohol and drug problems in the community.

  121. Crossfit Sports February 7, 2013

    CrossFit is a west coast fitness development that has achieved international recognition known in the last decade. While the training style has received an influx of attention following ESPN’s coverage of the CrossFit Games, Brinton is in a small minority of Whitman students who train.

  122. Spring 2013′s Trends Personalized A&E February 7, 2013

    A Style Guide: Spring 2013 Trends Personalized Let’s get real: what’s in rarely reflects what actually works fashion-wise. So follow this easy flowchart to personalize spring fashion trends so they actually work for you and not some generalized demographic of females aged 17-40 dictated by some a couple self-proclaimed fashion gurus ...

  123. Salvation Army Food Bank Expansion Community News February 7, 2013

    Walla Walla’s Salvation Army plans to expand its food bank, open a kitchen, and offer cooking classes.

  124. ‘Warm Bodies’ Leaves Viewer Feeling Warm and Fuzzy A&E Movie Reviews Reviews February 7, 2013

    The undead seem to be hip nowadays, with shows like “The Walking Dead” and “True Blood” drawing huge crowds, and movies like “Zombieland,” “Resident Evil” and “Shaun of the Dead” making a few bucks. Cashing in on this apocalypse lovefest, this ...

  125. Office of Admission Looks for New Director News February 7, 2013

    The Search for a new Director of Admissions is coming to a close as Admissions finished bringing four finalists to campus this week.

  126. Taqueria Takeover Humor February 7, 2013

    While junior Guchi Ogenta has been abroad in Japan, big changes have hit the Walla Walla community, causing him to reevaluate his life. After a Facebook post by a girl he became platonically involved with after last semester’s “cuddle puddle,” Ogenta’s world was shattered.

  127. Sustainable Walla Walla Makes Plans for Earth Day, Future Collaborations Community News February 7, 2013

    Students, city council members and representatives from around the community gathered for a meeting of local working group Sustainable Walla Walla in the Walla Walla Public School District board room Tuesday night, Feb. 5.

  128. Whitman Republican Tarred and Feathered Humor February 7, 2013

    Last Sunday evening, sophomore Harvey Riley was coming home from youth group when he was stopped by an angry mob. The mob, led by vegan, communist, medical marijuana advocate, gluten-free feminist and former junior varsity badminton player senior Jessica Partridge, confronted Riley because he is a Republican.

  129. Board Editorial: Student Representation Critical for Meaningful Campus Governance Board Editorials Opinion February 7, 2013

    The Pioneer's editorial board supports increased forms of student representation on Whitman's board of trustees

  130. Whitties Find Passion, Zeal in Birding Feature February 7, 2013

    Senior Matt Beatty is not a morning person, but early Saturday mornings find him at the trails around Bennington Lake, McNary National Wildlife Refuge or the Blue Mountains observing the birds in the area. Beatty, an environmental humanities major, is an avid birder. He became interested in birding after taking Regional ...

  131. “Sweet Potatoes” Just Regular Potatoes Dyed Orange Humor February 7, 2013

    Burger night at the dining halls is always exciting, especially because of one specialty item: sweet potato fries. While it seems that nothing complements a burger more than a pickle and a soda, the orange crunchy goodness that is a sweet potato fry trumps any old cucumber sitting in salt ...

  132. What Does Your Morning Beverage Choice Say About You? Humor February 7, 2013

    Orange juice – Sometimes a bit too watered down, you feel shy at expressing your opinions in a group context. However, other people often benefit from the refreshing perspective you offer. A favorite of Wiz Khalifa, you get free tickets to all his shows.

  133. Gun Violence Research Requires Parity to Avoid Hypocrisy Opinion February 7, 2013

    As long as the NRA supports increasing research into the effects of violent video games, they cannot continue to oppose research on the effects of gun ownership on gun violence.

  134. Birds Receive Protection, Face Mammalian Threats Feature Feature Highlight February 7, 2013

    Walla Walla’s populated mix of progressive college students, farmers and small town families is also home to a group of unacknowledged individuals: birds.

  135. Immigration Policy Should Reflect the Best of Our Aspirations as a Nation Opinion Opinion Highlight February 7, 2013

    Just and thoughtful immigration policy should reflect our aspirations as a nation, and can strengthen both the economic and social fabric of the United States for decades to come.

  136. Cr-ice-is Level Humor February 7, 2013

    Everyone is familiar with the infamous and overpriced Smirnoff Ice, an enticing source of joy for some and dread for others. Everyone is also familiar with the butterfly effect, which says that causes you instigate have far-reaching and often unpredictable effects. Since Boris Smirnoff first hid a bottle of Ice ...

  137. Sheriff Begins Investigation into Shooting on Lower Waitsburg Road Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight February 7, 2013

    The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating an incident where two students were shot at while running on Saturday.

  138. Catharsis On and Off the Stage: Tyler Schuh Talks About the One Act Play Festival A&E A&E Highlight Front Page Slideshow February 7, 2013

    Sitting on the couches upstairs in the Reid Campus Center, first-year Tyler Schuh discusses his experience writing for Whitman’s One Act Play Festival. Unlike most of the others who submitted plays, Schuh explained that it wasn’t only his first time writing for the play contest: It was also his first ...

  139. Revived Baseball Program on the Rise Front Page Slideshow Sports Sports Highlight February 7, 2013

    Coming off a disappointing season last year, the Missionaries have made the necessary steps to ensure that it doesn't happen again this year. Even after an off-season of intense training, the team certainly has not slowed down since coming back from winter break.

  140. Letter to the Editor Letter to the Editor Opinion February 7, 2013

    To the Editor, The recent article about one-year sabbaticals may have given readers the impression that Professor Dana Burgess’ current sabbatical left several classics majors without an advisor. As Chair of the Department of Classics, I would like to assure The Pioneer’s readers that all of Professor Burgess’s major advisees were reassigned ...

  141. News Briefs 2/7/2013 News February 7, 2013

    Whitman named 'Best Value College' in Princeton Review Whitman was recently chosen as one of the "Best Value Colleges" in the 2013 Princeton Review. This title was given to schools that offer a quality education at a manageable cost, either by keeping tuition costs low or by providing enough scholarships and ...

  142. Issue 3: Voices of the Community Opinion February 7, 2013

    What do you think is the most pressing issue facing students at Whitman? [portfolio_slideshow]

  143. Political Cartoon Opinion February 7, 2013

    [caption id="attachment_64222" align="aligncenter" width="523"] Political Cartoon by Tyler Schuh[/caption]

  144. For the Birds Feature Weekly Topic February 7, 2013

    From waterfowl to raptors to songbirds, Walla Walla stands as both a figurative and literal bird sanctuary.  In fact, it’s law.

  145. Mother Jones Reporter Mac McClelland lectures on PTSD News February 6, 2013

    In her lecture titled “PTSD: Not Just For Veterans,” human rights reporter Mac McClelland drove home the point that not only veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, but that it is an often ignored issue in the lives of ordinary Americans as well. McClelland spoke in Maxey on Tuesday night ...

  146. BREAKING: Shots fired at students running on Lower Waitsburg Road Breaking News News February 4, 2013

    Two students had shots fired at them while running on Lower Waitsburg Road  last Saturday, Feb. 2. Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland became aware of the incident today and sent an email out to the student body this afternoon. Cleveland said that he is meeting with the students in question later ...

  147. Week in Review: February 4, 2013 Week in Review February 3, 2013

    Our second edition of the Week in Review. Summaries on the senators' blueprint for immigration reform, the White House's compromise on the contraception healthcare policy, Pakistani Taliban raid, cyberattacks on major U.S. newspapers, and Seattle homeless day-centers' cut funding.

  148. Busrides, Matamata, and Wellington I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 3, 2013

    The eagle has landed! Bedraggled, exhausted, cranky. And oh so relieved. The weary family of travelers steps off the plane after an overnight and harrowing ride. My mother sums up our familial relief at being released from the confines of airplanes and breaks out the quote of the day: Mom- “My ankles ...

  149. Worth the risk? I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category February 1, 2013

    "Don't be so afraid of doing something that you do nothing" These were the sage words of wisdom that were imparted to us yesterday night at TPC's Homelessness Colloquium by Broad Street Ministries representatives.  I have definitely found that statement to be true this week, especially since I dived head first into my ...