2013 May


46 during this time

  1. Debate Team Moves Forward Amidst Disagreements About Supervision and Policy News May 20, 2013

    Following last spring's Title IX investigation, a number of concerns have been raised regarding the relationship between students and assistant coaches and the administration's expectation and treatment of these coaches. Assistant coaches are almost always recent graduates, often just a year removed from being Whitman students. Despite their closeness in ...

  2. Debate Title IX Investigation Prompted By Sexual Assault News May 20, 2013

    In spring 2012, Whitman administration carried out a Title IX investigation into a report of a sexual assault by a former assistant debate coach. Individuals who were called into questioning with the investigation board, however, have been extremely unhappy with the way the investigation was handled. None of the individuals ...

  3. As Longtime Coach Steps Down, Debate Culture Under Scrutiny News May 20, 2013

    In the last week of April of this year, Director of Forensics Jim Hanson announced he would be stepping down from his role coaching Whitman’s debate team in order to take a position as chair of the newly created rhetoric studies department. Hanson has been coaching debate at Whitman for ...

  4. Letter from the Editors on Debate Investigation Editors' Blog May 18, 2013

    Over the past three weeks, a team of Pioneer reporters has been working to shed light on the circumstances leading up to Jim Hanson’s decision to step down from his position as Director of Forensics. Our reporting included dozens of interviews, both on and off the record, with current debate ...

  5. Holi 2013 brings a colorful end to finals week Media Media Highlight May 15, 2013

    Final exams ended on Tuesday, May 14, at 4 p.m. By 4:30 p.m. several hundred students filled the Reid sidelawn and pelted each other with colorful powder in MECCA and the South Asian Student Association (SASA)'s annual celebration of Holi. Due to cleaning issues resulting from last year's celebration, this ...

  6. The Inimitable, Irreplaceable Professor Hashimoto Circuit News May 13, 2013

    Leaning back in his swivel chair, hands clasped over his stomach, Associate Professor of English Irvin “Hash” Hashimoto sits calmly in an office that looks like it was torn apart by a natural disaster. This is because Hashimoto, 68, is retiring, and packing up all of the belongings he has ...

  7. Creative Voices of Whitman A&E Circuit May 13, 2013

    Creative writers at Whitman discuss their creative processes and their varied styles of expression.

  8. We’re Greater Than Our Productivity Circuit Opinion May 13, 2013

    As we approach graduation, let's please not talk about what we're getting done, for a change. Let's talk about getting started; the possibilities are endless.

  9. Whitman Key Space for Challenging Viewpoints Circuit May 13, 2013

    Whitman is a safe environment to experiment with who you are, what you think, and just be different, yet students often don't take full advantage of this.

  10. Hard Times Teach Us The Most Circuit Opinion May 13, 2013

    We are entering a phase in which we may be more aware of the challenges to come, but we must remember to embrace them, to learn from them and to know that in one way or another, they too will lead to moments of joy and fulfillment.

  11. Senior Profiles: Post-Graduate Plans Circuit May 13, 2013

    Three Whitman seniors share their exciting future plans, including farming in Italy and doing research on marine life.

  12. Senior Profiles: Fellowships and Grants Circuit May 13, 2013

    [caption id="attachment_70774" align="alignright" width="300"] Lauren Kutler '13. Photos by Devika Doowa.[/caption] Lauren Kutler will travel to Boston University next year to take classes and student-teach as a part of the Math for America program. Math ...

  13. Senior Thesis Profiles Circuit May 13, 2013

    Calvin Atkins and Haley McLeod [caption id="attachment_70766" align="alignright" width="300"] Calvin Atkins '13. Photos by Devika Doowa.[/caption] Thesis Title: Insulin Signaling in the Ketogenic Diet: An Exploration of the Role of Insulin in the Anticonvulsant Effects of ...

  14. Senior Athlete Profiles Circuit Sports Sports Profiles May 13, 2013

    Senior athletes talk about their memories of Whitman and their plans for the future.

  15. Artsy Senior Profiles A&E Circuit May 13, 2013

    These three seniors have taken a more creative edge for their theses.

  16. Circuit Letter from the Editor Circuit Letter from the Editor May 13, 2013

    [caption id="attachment_70762" align="alignright" width="300"] Editor-in-Chief Rachel Alexander. Photo by Susie Krikava.[/caption] I've sat down to write this letter half a dozen times, but it's always seemed like an impossible task. My predecessors, sitting where I ...

  17. Eric Idle: the Pio Interview A&E A&E Highlight Circuit Front Page Slideshow May 13, 2013

    The commencement speaker and Whitman parent sits down with the Pio to talk writing, comedy and strange graduation rituals.

  18. Whitman Alumni Find Environmentalist Views Evolving Circuit Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow May 13, 2013

    Environmental issues are a prominent concern amongst Whitman activists, yet many claim that their youthful idealism dies out once faced with the 'real world.' Here, the Circuit catches up with four environmentally-minded alumnae to see how post-grad life has affected their environmental vision.

  19. Guide to Summer in Walla Walla A&E Circuit Front Page Slideshow May 13, 2013

    Want to know what to do in Walla Walla after most folks have left? We've got you covered.

  20. Unconventional Conventions I Didn't Bother to Pick My Category May 11, 2013

    From a US point of view, almost everything in New Zealand is backwards. People drive on the left side of the road, walk on the left side of the sidewalk, and pass people on the left. The location of the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car really ...

  21. First Generation and Working Class Club Organizes May Day Gesture News May 4, 2013

    First Generation and Working Class Club organized a flier-posting campaign to raise awareness about the hard work done by custodians and Bon Appétit employees on campus.

  22. My Favorite Picks for Last Week’s Draft Sports May 3, 2013

    Last week football fans gathered to wait anxiously to see who their NFL teams would select from the college ranks. Some teams managed to drastically improve their teams (49ers, Bills) and some teams traded away this draft for past investments (Redskins), but either way, there is always a lot ...

  23. Director of Forensics Jim Hanson Steps Down News May 2, 2013

    Director of Forensics Jim Hanson is stepping down from his position. Debate team members and debate alumni are confused about the decision and looking to the administration for more answers.

  24. Tibetan Buddhists Share Art and Culture with Campus Events News May 2, 2013

    Two Tibetans from the Tibetan Children's Education Foundation – one of them a monk – came for a four day visit to campus, where they constructed and dismantled a sand mandala in four days.

  25. Sweets One Game From Nationals Sports May 2, 2013

    Although the Whitman Sweets fell short at regionals, their run was prolific and highlighted an overall successful season.

  26. Students Receive Nord Award for LGBTQ Research News May 2, 2013

    Senior Diana Boesch and junior Maikor Pereira Azuaje are both finishing up their Nord Award projects. These students explored critical issues facing the queer community in academic and creative ways.

  27. AAU Basketball: Bad for Coaches, Players Sports May 2, 2013

    The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is the primary recruiting source for college basketball, but does not reflect the skills necessary to make it as a collegiate player.

  28. Summer Movie Preview A&E May 2, 2013

    The summer brings an action and laugh-filled movie list.

  29. Skateboarding and Longboarding on and Around Campus Sports May 2, 2013

    Although skateboarders represent a minority of the student body, skate culture is undeniably present whether students realize it or not.

  30. A Perfect Summer Playlist: Upbeat, Excited and Full of Life A&E May 2, 2013

    Here's The Pioneer's go-to guide for the perfect summer playlist.

  31. Non-Discrimination Policies Empower Students of Color Opinion May 2, 2013

    When a student of color is as strong of an applicant as a white student, the student of color should be accepted to respond to years of oppression and discrimination that people of color have had to face in this country.

  32. Final Letter from the Editor Letter from the Editor May 2, 2013

    This issue of The Pioneer will be the 91st and final issue I've worked on during my time at Whitman. I've saved my personal reflections for our graduation magazine, issue 7 of The Circuit. For now, I want to acknowledge everyone who has helped make this year challenging, fun and ...

  33. Profile: Gabe Kiefel, Security Guard and Whitman Alum Feature May 2, 2013

    It is not unusual for Gabe Kiefel to receive individual concerts from music students on the job. Keifel believes that he has received more individual concerts than anyone he knows. Kiefel, a Whitman security guard and alumni, always takes the time to listen to students eager to preform their music ...

  34. ‘Floyd Collins’: ’127 Hours’ the musical A&E A&E Highlight May 2, 2013

    Floyd Collins brings a gritty storyline and bluegrass tunes to Whitman this spring.

  35. Negative contacts skew police, student views Feature Feature Highlight May 2, 2013

    [caption id="attachment_70882" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Illustration by Eduardo Vazquez[/caption] Whitman students and Walla Walla police officers aren't often at odds with each other, but when the police do get called in, students are not usually in their best form. While ...

  36. Schools Shape Sexual Culture Columnists Opinion Opinion Highlight May 2, 2013

    Chicago Public Schools' recent decision to begin comprehensive sex-ed in Kindergarten is a critical step in ensuring that students will have the skills to build healthy relationships founded on mutual respect and consent.

  37. Queer Students Face Additional Challenges with Dating Community Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight May 2, 2013

    Queer individuals discuss the challenges and benefits to queer dating at Whitman.

  38. Climbers from All Over the Northwest Hit the Climbing Wall for the Sweet Onion Crank Front Page Slideshow Sports Sports Highlight May 2, 2013

    Whitman's climbing gym hosted one of the largest regional climbing competitions last saturday after months of preparation.

  39. Encounters Classes Given Lesson in Activism Front Page Slideshow News May 2, 2013

    Students involved in the Whitman divestment campaign use Bill McKibben's visit as an opportunity to encourage student activism.

  40. Issue 13: Voices of the Community Opinion May 2, 2013

    What is one thing you would like to change about Whitman? [portfolio_slideshow]

  41. Brushes with Authority Feature Weekly Topic May 2, 2013

    For most Whitman students, interactions with legal authorities are virtually non-existent. However, when police interact with students, they usually only see the underbelly of campus activity.

  42. Campus Cartoon Opinion May 2, 2013

    [caption id="attachment_70885" align="aligncenter" width="404"] Campus Cartoon by Katherine Emory[/caption]

  43. Birkenstocks Banned! Humor May 2, 2013

    Due to health and safety concerns, as of April 28, 2013, Whitman College has placed a ban on Birkenstocks. Many students have raised up their fists in retaliation while other students, for many reasons, see the change as needed.

  44. Backpage Stages Coup of the Pio Humor May 2, 2013

    Last night, on the last production night of the year, the Backpage finally thwarted communism once and for all. Assisted by CIA agents and various members of a dogfighting ring, the Backpage staff members successfully staged a coup against the left-leaning “communist” senior Rachel Alexander and installed junior Shelly Le ...

  45. Things Whitman NEEDS to Change Humor May 2, 2013

    For all of its wonderful oddities and idiosyncrasies, Whitman College definitely has a few things it needs to change ASAP. Whether it’s because it confuses students, makes them scared, annoys them or causes people to say “DA FUCK?”, these aspects of Whitman are almost as frustrating and bothersome as Kayvon’s ...

  46. Annual chorale contest fun but long Media Media Highlight May 1, 2013

    The 87th Whitman Chorale Contest was a nearly three hour-long celebration of music and a capella with thirteen teams competing. Hip hop, funk, bluegrass, indie rock, folk and pop music were among the genres represented. Videographer Susie Krikava brings us the musical highlights of the event....