Last night the Seattle Mariners finished their fourth consecutive season under .500 with a truly awful 9-0 loss to the A's. The M's haven’t appeared in the playoffs in over a decade, and less than a month ago they suffered a brutal sweep by the Astros, the team with the ...
Too many times I have questioned time. I question whether it’s on my side Or taking me for a ride? Time. Like the spine that keeps me up right It keeps me up at night. Time to plan. Time to think. All I have is time. Time has me running in leg braces. Time promotes perfect form, no loose ...
The results of the 2013-2014 ASWC Senate elections were announced September 30 at 8:10 p.m. Out of eleven first-year candidates, Andrew Rivas, Arthur Shemitz, Dana Casterella and Mitchell Cutter will be first-year senators for the class of 2017. Voter turnout came to 63.89 percent of the first-year class, as compared to ...
What's your favorite song at the moment? Videographer Rachael Barton polls the community on what their favorite songs are currently.
Hungry for some key conference wins, the women’s soccer team faced Pacific University (6-1-2, 3-1-1 NWC) and Linfield College (8-1, 4-1 NWC) over the weekend, losing to Pacific but defeating 17th ranked Linfield.
The Whitman men's soccer team came away with two strong victories this weekend against Pacific and George Fox.
As an incoming first-year, I’ve been presented with plenty of distractions in these first few weeks, but most of them seem to be on the decline. The initial scramble for new social circles and interests has calmed down, and the first-year class as a whole seems to have had ...
Ever hear battlefield cries on Ankeny? Chances are it's the Boffers. Find out more here and don't call them LARPers.
Lyman Dining Hall is now serving the same food for two weeks at a time. Students have mixed reactions to the change, and most are critical.
The IM Sports Committee has been hard at work setting up for a strong year to serve the many IM athletes at Whitman.
The Whitman College theatre department's annual Instant Play Festival returns this weekend with 14 new playwrights. A perennial favorite, the Instant Play Festival challenges the 14 playwrights along with volunteer actors, directors and techies to write an entire play over the course of a night and then stage, rehearse and perform ...
Fall has officially arrived and you all know what that means: Fashion Week.
Take a trip downtown and discover three independent bookstores in Walla Walla.
For the fall season, both mens and womens golf teams have eyes on consistent top finishes in national tournaments.
If you have a Facebook, you've probably seen certain articulate statuses that say something along the lines of: "uggggggh this is the worst." The poster will get a couple comments that question the person's motivation for this action, asking what is actually wrong, and the poster will not ...
Body Hair is a difficult thing to handle between seasons that every young man and woman must deal with in their life.
The Ask for It campaign attempted to removed the awkwardness from talking about consent. The All Students for Consent Club traveled around campus with a bag of chocolate kisses and asked students if they would like a kiss, intentionally leaving the meaning ambiguous. The goal was to get the entire ...
So another Harry Potter movie? See how movie reviewer Nathan Fisher feels about that.
My roommate sucks. That guy from Encounters wrote the most nonsensical blog post. She must have a great sense of humor because she watches Saturday Night Live. He’s super flirtatious and probably has no intention of really getting to know me. I admit it. I make judgments when I first meet ...
This year, the Whitman Community Fellows Program will fund 13 students doing fellowship work at a Walla Walla community organization. In its second year, the program is thriving.
Campus Cartoon by Asa Mease
Neko Case never disappoints. Ever since Blacklisted, her 2002 release, the level of quality of her alt-country/folk/indie rock/Americana songwriting has never faded. Her newest release, the wordy The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, is no exception. It has all the ...
Pokemon sure doesn't seem to go away does it? Over a decade since it first appeared in the United States, Pokemon still enchants the minds of many. But why?
"Beyond your Backpack" offers students sessions specializing in career development. The first session, "Where Do I Begin?" helped students identify where their passions lie, and what fields they might find success in.
Meet Gerry Matthews, the colorful owner of the free downtown Museum of Unnatural History.
Whitman ranks as the fifth top contributor to Teach for America among small liberal arts schools. The program offers incredible opportunities to students coming out of college, but also presents numerous challenges. Whitman alumni discuss their Teach for America experiences and why Whitman students are so drawn to the program. ...
[caption id="attachment_73665" align="aligncenter" width="374"] Illustration by MaryAnne Bowen[/caption] Clothes: you only wear them because the man tells you to. Don’t cave to societal “norms.” Nakîd — the original vintage. (alt. take vintage to the next level) Chinese Tattoo: it may say “goat-fucker,” but ...
This week, the feature writers went downtown to check out the Museum of Unnatural History and three local independent bookstores.
Should the United States use air strikes against the Syrian Government? Videographer Jade Blake-Whitney polls the community on what they think about the US government using air strikes against the Syrian government.
Since this is my first post in the Pio I think it would be appropriate to fill you in a little bit about who I am and just what I'm doing. My name is Arika Wieneke and I am a junior sociology major with an interest in public health and ...
After a rough preseason that included a six-game losing streak, Whitman volleyball got back on track with two conference victories this weekend.
At first it seemed like Whitman's new music professor was destined to become a chemist. One piano lesson later, Kim never looked back.
Many professors at Whitman work on creative projects in their free time. Read more about their inspirations and art.
It seems, miraculously, that the Syria situation has calmed down — from the American perspective, at least. Bashar al-Assad, the East Mediterranean nation’s dictator, recently agreed to a plan, proposed by Russia, to hand over his nation’s chemical weapon stockpiles to the United Nations for destruction. Late last week, the ...
Find out more about Professor Delbert Hutchison leading alumni trips in exotic locations.
Sexist and racist all in one go, Dads is pushing the boundaries for television viewers. The television show only reinforces real-life negative stereotypes which shouldn't be considered "trend-setting" or "edgy."
After already displaying great performances both as a team and individually, it’s safe to say that the cross-country team is off to the races.
Tofu in curry instead of chicken, a seemingly extreme amount of hummus, and countless inquiries what seitan actually is... Will the madness ever end!??
It’s always tough when a situation presents itself as completely unfair. Sometimes one has no words to express the frustrations at a system that intentionally screws people over. That’s how I felt when working at Jewett Dining Hall last Monday night when a co-worker informed me of a change in ...
Scandal rocked the quiet little community of Lyman just outside of Anderson Friday.... Initial reports seem to indicate that freshmen residents Amanda Norman (’17) of Seattle and Lydia Oscar (’17) of Portland have not developed the strong bond of friendship experienced by most, if not all, Whitman freshmen.
The Walla Walla Farmers Market split into two locations last spring after board members had differing visions of the future of the market. Now, the Downtown Market is retaining its large following among students, while the new market at the fairgrounds is too far for many students to travel.
The informed awareness that Whitman students have about pop culture or politics doesn't seem to extend to our nation's favorite sport. However, an easy way to start thinking about football and its importance to American culture is through fantasy sports.
Discover the history and hobbies of several visiting professors.
California-based electronic music artist Michael Berns tops the charts at KWCW. The Pio chats with him about life, music, and The Karate Kid.
One Friday afternoon movie reviewer Nathan Fisher and A&E Editor Aleida Fernandez decided to go see the new One Direction documentary. The night ended basically as they expected it.
The current state of affairs.
Don't get me wrong; I love Frisbee. I think it is a great game and one that should be enjoyed by the masses. The commercialization of the game and attempts to make the sport marketable through Major League Ultimate (MLU), for example, has pushed Ultimate toward something it is not: ...
English Professor and author Scott Elliott found inspiration for his newest novel "Temple Grove" in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. This is his second novel, following "Coiled in the Heart." Elliott gave a reading of "Temple Grove" at the Walla Walla Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Do you sometimes wonder what is in your oven, but are too confused, lazy, tired, dumb or freaked out to check?
40 years ago, The Beatles topped the charts with Please Please Me and sparked a musical revolution. Now in 2013, music celebrates a multitude of anniversaries.
Do you know where your Nalgene is?
Premier nature writer Barry Lopez spoke in Maxey Auditorium on September, 12th. Students, teachers, and community members listened eagerly as read passages from his works, as well as shared his thoughts on climate change and the environment.
Mia McKenzie, author of the blog Black Girl Dangerous, discussed her own struggle with developing an identity as a queer person of color, as well as challenged mainstream conceptions of racism. She spoke on Friday, Sept. 13 in a packed Reid Campus Center coffeehouse.
This year, the Missionaries look like a completely different team. They are off to their best start in over a decade, so far undefeated and having already amassed 14 goals for and only one against. In its first five games, the team has already matched its win total from last ...
The Campus Progressives, a new politically oriented club at Whitman, is out to change the way students have discussions about current affairs. Its members have already gathered as a group to protest a potential war in Syria at a demonstration in downtown Walla Walla.
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Find out what some of your professors do when they're not teaching classes. The Pioneer interviews artist professors, visiting professors and the 2013 winner of the Alumni Association Faculty Award for Service.
Production night on The Pioneer, from the viewpoint of editors.
What is your favorite place to go off campus? Videographer Jade Blake-Whitney polls the community on where they like to go off-campus.
In the past year, Spotify has changed the face of music. But before that, iTunes reigned supreme. So who will be remembered? Or is there a place in history for both?
A Romanian archeological goldmine has been the source of summer opportunities for multiple Whitman students. Recent alumna Emily Hanscam, assistant site director, has created a bridge between curious students and the site.
The Encounters class syllabus changes frequently from year to year, depending on the whims of the professors. However, students have no direct input on the changes. This year, a few texts have been swapped out for different ones.
The Whitman women's soccer team put forth a strong effort against Whitworth University Friday evening at the Whitman Soccer Complex, defeating the Pirates 2-0 in front of a large and enthusiastic home crowd.
This afternoon was our first editors critique meeting and I can't honestly say how proud and honored I am to work with such dynamic, fun, dedicated, and good-looking (If I do say so myself!) individuals. Our majors span from BBMB to Economics, to German Studies and our non-Pio interests include ...
Whitman students have a variety of opportunities to choose from while making plans for the summer. This week, The Pio takes a look at the costs and benefits of summer internships across the country.
All-girl band and former Whitman house party staple Chasity Belt chats about their first post-Whitman LP, No Regerts.
Editor in Chief Shelly Le addresses the loss of one beloved Pio community member, Jamie Soukup Reid.
I didn't want to be at Whitman when I first arrived. Was I ready for college? Wasn’t I a city girl? What was this place called Walla Walla, Wash., and why was there so much alliteration?
As the school year begins and Whitman’s nationally renowned debate team prepares for their upcoming fall tournaments, all signs point toward another another successful year for the debate team. However, recent decisions regarding the team have left some debaters unhappy.
Senior Brian Choe stepped down from his ASWC vice president position at the end of last year, creating a vacancy on the ASWC Executive Council that needed to be filled before the school year started. In a typical situation like this, the position would go to the runner-up in the ...
Three Whitties explore their environmental passions and interests at summer internships.
Interns living in both small and large cities share their experiences living off of the Whitman Internship Grant.
Instead of a triumphant ribbon-cutting ceremony catered with little cakes by Bon Appétit, the unveiling of Whitman’s expanded green energy system, Whitvironmenttm, was conducted through a simple trial run to an excited audience of dozens this Monday. Jorge Watercrossing, Whitman’s president, demonstrated to the crowd the triumphant charging noise of ...
Kurt Cobain, for various reasons, will forever remain somewhat mysterious. He was a killer songwriter, yet admitted blatantly to ripping off the Pixies in a Rolling Stone interview.
Whitman baseball head coach Sean Kinney and his coaching staff, along with all their players, met last week to establish goals for the season. Some were personal, but most were team oriented, topped by the encmpassing goal of winning the Northwest Conference.
Read about movie reviewer Nathan Fisher's whirlwind summer adventure including music, movies, and a male stripper turned crime fighter.
[caption id="attachment_72549" align="alignright" width="308"] Illustration by MaryAnne Bowen[/caption] If you ask anyone about his or her Greek organization on campus, most will make the classic, defensive claim that Whitman Greek life is different. And it is ...
On the afternoon of Sept. 7, 2013, the Interest House Community came together to host the annual IHC Block Party. Boyer Avenue was blocked off and crowded with countless activities, crafts, food and performances. [portfolio_slideshow]
During the beginning of the summer the Whitman Lady Sweets Ultimate Frisbee team was hard at work at the Division One College Championships, the first national tournament for the team, where they were establishing themselves as a powerhouse Ultimate team.
Andrew and Laurie Largent opened Arcade-ia on Main St. last April. Find out how they made their business a success.
Despite a week long delay due to rain, the tennis court remodels are looking better than expected and hold a promising future for the Whitman Tennis team.
With our season having just begun, we now face another uphill journey through the Northwest Conference. As a team with little past success, we have high hopes without much history to build on. But we have the privilege of creating our own history, and with this great trip under our ...
What you really need to know about campus.
The Physical Plant Yard Sale collects all the odds and ends of Whitman's furniture and devices, including everything from chairs to typewriters, while also funding the Non-Traditional Student Scholarship fund.
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Nine new tenure-track professors entered campus this fall after going through a lengthy and competitive application process.
The flurry of opening week activities and opportunities often leaves first-years completely overwhelmed. This year, however, one first-year was not impressed with the offerings. Dorphoebe Jones spoke to The Pioneer about being greatly underwhelmed by the number of campus groups that were represented at the annual Activities Fair that took ...
Your behavior the first week of school basically determines the identity you are saddled with the rest of your 4 years at Whitman. It's probably in your best interest to take this quiz and find out how everyone percieves you.
A small group of Whitman community members met on the south steps of Memorial to honor of the victims and families of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The event, which was hosted by the Muslim Student Associate began the vigil singing a verse of John Lennon's ...
What is your favorite Whitman College / Walla Walla Fall event? Videographer Skye Vander Laan polls the community on what they are looking forward to this fall.