Five bike thefts have been reported on Whitman's campus this past week. Smart locking and bike insurance can guarantee this won't happen to you.
The graduating class of 2014 has 97 Biology majors, the highest number of graduates in one discipline ever to graduate from Whitman College. The faculty has had to adjust, making short term and long term plans in order to manage the rapidly growing department.
A lot goes into a play and the costume department is a significant part behind it. Professor of Theatre, Robin Smasne and her costume crew help create the costumes that help create the play.
First there was one... then there was WOLFMAN.
The Walla Walla area provides plenty of scenic routes for Whitman runners, from beginners to cross country studs-- here are a few essential routes to check out.
The new Maxey Statues have the been the source of a lot of controversy recently. What do people really think about these statement pieces?
Nov. 1st marks this year's Mr. Whitman, the annual male beauty pageant hosted by the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. The event is fundraising and raising awareness for Trilogy Recovery Community, a local nonprofit group for adolescents struggling with addiction.
Cartoon by Asa Mease
Read more about a psychological thriller novel set in Walla Walla's haunted cemetery.
A halloween haunting whodunnit
The Whitman athletics website has been improved greatly, both in appearance and functionality.
Music can embody an entire experience and make you nostalgic for a certain time and place. Blitzen Trapper, who came out with a new album this past week invokes everything nostalgia but everything great.
Do you ever think about what you would say if a BBC news anchor interviewed you? Would you take the opportunity to talk about why you never vote, the growing income gap around the world, your former drug addiction and how lovely your interviewer's beard looks? Or would you simply ...
Dear candy-making dudes, let's be real. Dots are gross (seriously).
In my angsty teenage days I remember walking around my high school before class began and blasting “Sister Ray” by the Velvet Underground. I can also recall a band when I was in high school struggling to play “Rock and Roll” by the same New Yorkers.
These ghosts are here year round but it's nice to give them some recognition now and then.
While many Whitman students spent the third weekend of October consumed in midterm studies, members of Campus Climate Challenge were off campus engaging in a weekend of activism. Eight students traveled to Pittsburgh, Penn. to attend Power Shift, a biannual national environmental youth activism conference organized by the Energy Action ...
After Fukushima, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island (nuclear power plants that unintentionally exposed thousands to radioactivity), it has been taboo for an environmentalist to be pro-nuclear. While I don’t mean to be unsympathetic to the victims of radioactivity-caused cancers, we should not forget nuclear’s enormous benefits. The hysteria these disasters ...
See how Walla Wallans celebrated Dia de los Muertos at the first annual community festival for the holiday. Then read about a few local Halloween activities.
Every summer Whitman Direct Action (WDA) travels to Guatemala to research economic development and humanitarian aid, but this tradition may soon come to an end. Ambivalence from members of the ASWC Finance Committee left WDA questioning whether they can count on any support and wondering how to fund this year’s ...
This week, The Pioneer went to the first annual Dia de los Muertos community festival to check out the student artwork. We also chatted with alumnus Stanley Wilson '66 about his 2004 thriller novel set in Walla Walla's supposedly haunted cemetery.
In a hip-hop landscape teeming with entertaining characters, Action Bronson is one of my favorites. He is a fat, bearded Albanian from Queens who took up rapping a few years ago after leaving his career as a chef. Through the handful of mixtapes he’s put out, Bronson has cooked up ...
The Seattle Seahawks are currently 7-1 overall, and 3-0 in the NFC West. They have the most wins in the NFC, and are tied with the Denver Broncos for second in the entire NFL. A quick glance at their record is proof enough that Seattle can’t be stopped. Or is it? ...
What is your ideal date in Walla Walla? Videographer Jade Blake-Whitney takes a look at what people think is the ideal date in Walla Walla.
With midterms upon us and also just life in general, it's likely that you haven't had time to think about what you are going to be for Halloween this year. Maybe you've dismissed the holiday all together. But Halloween doesn't have to end now that you're older and can't knock ...
At the second ASWC senate meeting, ASWC discussed how to improve senator outreach, ratified Whitman Action Games, amended a bylaw, and appointed Emily Jones and Dalton Cooper to the Bon App Food Committee. ASWC ratified Whitman Action Games (WAG), this year’s reconfiguration of the now-defunct Campus Gamers club. WAG coordinates Humans ...
The Whitman volleyball team had a difficult weekend, losing to Pacific and George Fox.
It’s convenient that King Kendrick is a catchy, alliterative phrase, because I think hip-hop fans will be calling him that for a long, long time.
ASWC had its first senate meeting of the semester last Sunday, Oct 6. Agenda items included allocation of $2,000 for an outdoor trip, confirmation of a new vice president, and new appointees to the nominations and oversight committees.
It's official. We're in New Orleans in one piece! Pio heads to the 92nd Annual Associated Collegiate Press (ACP)/CMA National College Media Convention in New Orleans and we just finished up our first full day of convention workshops.
If the school could spend money on anything, what would that be? Videographer Tanner Bowersox polls the community on where they would like to see ASWC funds spent.
Walla Walla University students and staff share the ways in which they stay connected with religion.
Pio Illustrator Asa Mease pokes fun at the difficulty of off-campus living and eating at Whitman.
Rimmy Doowa '12 might best be remembered at Whitman as the small girl with the huge voice in Schwa and Whitman band, Dabbles in Bloom. But since she graduated, Doowa's found a lot of success overseas in Thailand. Currently a contestant on Thailand's The Voice, Doowa is making music and ...
While DIII athletics lack the prestige of the DI level, Whitman coaches are able to draw players by emphasizing the academics, atmosphere, and balance of the college.
Walla Walla currently lacks a public pool facility; a committee titled Rebuild Memorial Pool is attempting to change that with a cost effective plan to restore an old pubic pool that was shut down in 2006.
Find out more about the JumpStart first-year orientation program at Walla Walla University.
A friendly PSA from our campus departments in poetry form.
“The outcome of the stigmatization process, which the fossil fuel divestment campaign has triggered, poses the most far-reaching threat to fossil fuel companies and the vast energy value chain.” Those are the words of a new report, released on Oct. 8 by Oxford University. The report adds to the growing ...
The familiar pink paper forms from years past, found in residence hall bathrooms, offices and other campus buildings, were removed at the start of this year. They have been replaced with small information sheets detailing the process of reporting sexual assault with the new online forms, part of Advocate, Whitman’s ...
Former pastor and Walla Walla community member Chuck Hindman transformed into a historical figure of Walla Walla's past Sunday. Part of Fort Walla Walla's ongoing Living History Series, Hindman captivated audiences with his turn as Reverend James H. Wilbur.
Read more about collaborative community service projects between Whitties and students from Walla Walla University.
Athletes are known for having unique superstitions and rituals to help their performance, and athletes at Whitman are no exception.
Those readers I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting in person should know that I proudly represent St. Paul, Minn. To those who don’t care, I hope you’ll forgive me for discussing a topic that’s quite literally close to home for me. A debate in the city council of St. ...
Facing extreme budget cuts, Whitman's yearbook has instigated significant changes in order to expand their audience and generate excitement among new students. ASWC granted Waiilatpu $3,500 this academic year, a drastic change from the $13,350 in 2012-2013.
Renowned vegan sexologist Shanae Williams presented alternatives for those who are hungry, turned on and conscientious.
My seventh-grade self will always defend Kanye West. His Late Registration was the first album on my first iPod and I have stuck with the guy ever since. While he still creates brilliant music, West’s role in the public conscience has gone from gifted artist to ridiculous diva. And the ...
Whitman alumnus Sam Alden '12 has been up to a lot lately. Recently named one of the "Best American Comics 2013" and writing a graphic novel, The Pioneer catches up with Alden to discuss his recent successes.
Will the recent public outcry over the Washington Redskins name force owner Dan Snyder to change the name to maintain support for the team?
State of the State, an interdisciplinary course at Whitman, has students involved in community issues. This year, its members are getting eight credits for it.
Everyone has one yet no one likes to admit it. Guilty pleasures are great but why do we feel an intense amount of shame when admitting them?
Sick of the same old date spot being eating the "Taste Of" at Reid for dinner? Mainstream spots have you down? Here is a list of even better date spots on or near Whitman's campus. Come enjoy them before they get too trendy! Behind Prentiss Dining Hall – What could be more ...
After a strong start to the season, the Whitman women's soccer team has struggled in conference play.
Active religious participation among Whitman students, and college students in general, appears to be small compared to that of the rest of the population. The small groups of students who do practice their religions, in whatever form, at times feel stigmatized, and thus religious discussion is further muted. Where is ...
WhitWomen, a new club, is planning a series of workshops in the community to raise awareness for the media's portrayal of women, and the negative impacts it has on society. They plan to screen "The Mask You Live In," a film dealing with media literacy, to Whitman and community. ...
Whitman is full of hidden treasures. Collections from around the world litter the school's archives and Maxey Museum for students and history buffs alike to enjoy.
Whitman sports are reaching out to the community through camps and lessons, building relationships and teaching skills.
This week, The Pioneer talked with the students and staff of Walla Walla University to find out more about spiritual life on campus, the first-year orientation program and student community service projects.
Frats aren’t always known for musical diversity, but this was not the case at the TKE house on Friday night. Hosting their all-campus “Space Jam” party, the house was able to display both sides of the Whitman music experience under one roof. The first ninety minutes of the party were centered ...
The Whitman men's soccer team split their weekend games, defeating PLU 1-0 in an overtime thriller and losing 2-0 to UPS the next day.
Watch out for the Brosalisk
On Oct. 14, Whitman College's Sheehan Gallery opened its latest exhibit, a reflection on the works of the local artist J. Frank Munns, who passed away last January. [caption id="attachment_75651" align="alignleft" width="279"] Photo by Allie Felt[/caption] The exhibition process varies by artist, but ...
With my 21st birthday approaching in February and the end of three-fourths of my college years looming in May, I feel a crisis coming on that I might actually have to grow up and make adult decisions... Nah, that’s not gonna happen just yet, because denial is still an option/my ...
Whitman's Glean Team harvest fruits and vegetables from farms around the Walla Walla valley and donate them to local food banks, in order to provide healthy food to those in need as well as save food which would otherwise go to waste.
Meet Abby and Constantine, two off-campus pets.
With team chemistry, young talent, and a new competitive hunger, the Whitman men's cross country team has enjoyed one of its best seasons in years.
Campus Cartoon by Asa Mease
Professors in uproar about crunk essays.
The true spirit of Whitman College.
Meet Louie, an adorable helper at the counseling center.
Music brings a world of conflicting opinions. And yet, they are more alike than you may think.
Whitman athletic trainers Jon Eckel and Nathan Fry are essential in keeping student-athletes happy and healthy.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the meat industry emits more greenhouse gases than the whole transportation sector combined. That’s right, all fossil fuels burned by cars, trucks, buses, trains, boats and planes emit fewer greenhouse gases than raising animals for food. 18 percent of our emissions ...
Students returning to campus were greeted with multiple office changes. Many administrative offices were renovated, or moved buildings, in efforts to improve efficiency.
Much of this rise in voter recruitment enthusiasm stems not from the handful of Walla Walla city and county offices up for grabs this year, but from Initiative Measure 522, a bill added to the ballot this year that would require labels on some genetically modified foods. The bill resembles ...
Do you ever judge things by price? Sometimes when feeling spendy I might buy the $4 pasta sauce instead of the two dollar Ragu. I assume that the four dollar sauce is better because the grocery store is charging me more for it, but I really don’t know. I let ...
Whitman's All Students for Consent club won the Consent Revolution Awards, put on by awareness and anti-rape media outlet Force. ASC was featured in prominent publications, including the Huffington Post and Bitch Magazine, for their recent win and their "Ask for It" Campaign.
Louis Perry, Whitman’s eighth president, passed away at age 95 in Washington Odd Fellow’s Home on Sept. 8, 2013. During his time as president, Perry greatly increased the college's asset base and endowment. His legacy lives on in the form of the the Louis B. Perry Summer Student-Faculty Research Endowment, ...
Find out more about the Blue Mountain Humane Society and their work in the community.
Second semester of last year, the divestment movement received significant attention on campus. Now, the messages and publicity seemed to have faded.
Crazy haze-y dayz-y grazey maze-y maise-y corn.
The Whitman Reapers rugby team is looking forward to a strong year thanks to an infusion of young talent.
This week, The Pioneer took a look at animals in the community. First we interviewed volunteers at the Blue Mountain Humane Society to find out more about their goals and projects. Then we chatted with some off-campus pet owners to learn more about their animal companions.
How everyone thinks of you.
If the school could spend money on anything, what would that be? Videographer Skye Vander Laan polls the community on what they think Whitman should spend money on if they could spend it on anything.
What follows is a faithful account of the production of Issue 6 (taking place the evening of Oct. 16/early morning of Oct.) as witnessed by me, The Pioneer’s Editor in Chief.
I can't speak for the entire staff, but fall break (lovingly termed at Whitman as four-day) has undoubtedly been a much breath of relaxation. In the hectic weekly production cycle we have at The Pio it can be hard for people outside of the staff to remember that we're students ...
Despite a strong second half, the Whitman men's soccer team fell to the Whitworth Pirates 2-1.
Looking to bounce back from a rough road trip against UPS and PLU, the Missionaries women's soccer team (8-5, 4-5 NWC) faced the George Fox University Bruins (3-6-2, 1-4-2 NWC) on Sunday, Oct. 13 in a Northwest Conference match. A solid team effort, both on offense and defense, led to a ...
Due to the recent success of the Seahawks, Seattleites are experiencing a fandom revival, and relearning how to be annoying. What follows are the top ten characteristics of the modern 12th Man: 1. You ignore Richard Sherman’s blatant pass interference, but scream uncontrollably at the TV when the corner on Golden ...
The release of Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail was the day rap became mortal. Mr. Carter, one of the greatest rappers of all time, not only put out a mediocre piece of work—it was boring. Over eccentric beats, Jay showed himself to be in a creative rut, unable to make ...
The public debate on hydraulic fracturing (the process of pumping a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the ground to crack rock formations and release natural gas) is nearly impossible to follow. It’s hard to find unbiased information on a subject so intermingled with political and economic self-interests.
Find out more about three Whitman students who have cycled extremely long distances.
Entering into the tenth day of the government shutdown, the impact is felt throughout the Whitman community. Seniors' thesis research has come to a halt, the Outdoor Program has encountered numerous problems with closed federal land, and a variety of financial issues affect students.
Should movies be analyzed all the time? When is it OK just to turn off your brain and enjoy?
Many IM football coaches not only sign up for this seemingly thankless job-- they stick with it year after year.
Learn more about the Whitman Cycling Team and their service projects within the Walla Walla community.
Sure, it gets lost and crumpled, and it kills vast swaths of forest with each year’s batch of senior theses. Sure, it costs money to print things and money to buy notebooks. And God knows we don’t need to spend any more on textbooks than we already do. But I'm ...
Walla Walla's roller derby has recently gained a Whitman student, along with a new crop of avid fans. This popular, hard-hitting sport is a dynamic and unique viewing experience for fans.
Syrinx Effect is unlike anything the Friday's at Four Series has ever seen. First off, it's just a sax duo. And second, they use electronics as readily as a saxophone uses reeds.
While most Whitman students dress in flannels, Birkenstocks, and Patagonia jackets, Whitman athletes can be found proudly wearing other symbols of athletic wear.
Sweaters on Sweaters on Sweaterton.
If you’ve ever watched "The Simpsons," you know that Homer Simpson has a good heart. He messes up (a lot) often because of poor reasoning or self-interest, but he tries to be better and is rarely ever truly malicious.
Sapolil Cellar is a hidden gem in Walla Walla. It's a winery, yes, but it's also so much more than that.
Claude Steele's "Whistling Vivaldi" is the summer book for the class of 2017. It was chosen with the intention of encouraging discussion of stereotypes and identity. Steele will visit Whitman to discuss his book on Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.
A popularity of new self defense class for women is encouraging Whitman to consider adding it as a future SSRA class.
Pumpkin Spice Lattes? THINK AGAIN.
The Phi Delta Theta house is trying to become the most sustainable fraternity at Whitman by installing solar panels.
Male and female leads are constantly at each other's throats with sexual tension. Why is that? And should they be?
After a recent settlement over the use of college athlete likenesses in video games, the NCAA seems to be losing the war over paying student-athletes.
Campus Cartoon by Asa Mease
This week, The Pioneer met with three students who completed long-distance bike rides from their hometowns to Whitman at the start of this academic year. We also talked with a few members of the Whitman cycling team about several of their community service projects.
I am freezing cold should I turn on the heating I am much too cheap
A Whodunnit. Was it you?
Three renowned federal judges, James Robart, '69, Richard Jones, and Ricardo Martinez visited campus Oct. 4, to discuss the legal field with students interested in a future in law. They discussed their own careers and the personal obstacles they faced along the path to the prestigious positions they now hold. ...
If you could take a class in anything what would it be? Videographer Tanner Bowersox polls the community on what classes they would like to take if they could take a class in anything.
ASWC recently elected new leadership during their first Sunday senators meeting of the year. Sophomore Jack Percival and senior Kayvon Behroozian gained new titles of leadership at the first ASWC Senate meeting of the year Sunday night.
Whitman volleyball was unable to overcome some tough competition this past weekend, losing to PLU and UPS.
Currently I am sitting on my hotel room bed in Temuco, a city in Southern Chile (one of the furthest South before you start wondering if you're in Patagonia). We arrived here on Wednesday and will be here until the 14th. Last week I was exceedingly busy with a spanish oral ...
Last Sunday, many a Seahawks fans awoke early to watch the morning matchup against the Houston Texans. By halftime, a loss in the Seahawks’ future seemed inevitable, as they trailed 20-3. Seattle RB Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch fumbled for a turnover, Russell Wilson was sacked twice, and Houston QB Matt ...
This past weekend, the new tennis courts paid huge dividends as the Whitman men's tennis team hosted and dominated the annual Fall USTA/ITA Regional Championships.
Campus Cartoon by Asa Mease
Annie Ocean is Whitman's hottest new student band. The Pioneer sat down with them during one of their jam sessions.
Loosening the mood and lowering inhibitions are not the only reasons Whitman students consume alcohol. In fact, the use of alcohol is most strongly promoted when it's not even in our presence.
A number of off-campus break-ins occurred late Sunday night. The incidents have left students cautious and shaken.
Broke but still want to game? Check out James Kennedy's top games for the student like you.
Learn about the busy lives of several music majors on campus.
Recommended: Have a friend read this out loud while you meditate.
If you walked past the Amphitheatre last week, you might have been perplexed by the roofless tent set up there. Members from Hillel-Shalom, the Jewish student organization on campus, set up the structure, called a sukkah, on Sunday, Sept. 22, in celebration of the holiday of Sukkot.
At first glance, "Don Jon" looks like just your average movie about a porn-addicted Joisey boy. Take a deeper look however and it reveals more about the human spirit than just a plethora of naked and writhing bodies.
With continued determination, the Missionaries men's soccer team has fought their way past a tough preseason to go undefeated in their first two weeks of conference play.
An open letter to the student nighttime cyclist I encountered last week: You were dressed in black and you had no lighting. Sitting at the stop sign in my car, I saw that all the oncoming vehicle lights to my left were far enough away for me to safely make ...
What a local squirrel thinks about student life
Whitman's composting club is experimenting with new strategies after its worm composting program proved unsustainable.
Can't think of a way to survive the slow period right before Four Day? We got you covered.
Hannah Linsenmayer has been pivotal to the Missionaries' recent success and will continue to help the team throughout the season with her leadership and skill set.
Mythical Beasts and Where to Find Them
Filibuster. Filibuster. It’s a fun word, isn’t it? J.K. Rowling thought so when she named a fictional brand of magical fireworks after it. It sounds so silly and happy-go-lucky. What isn’t funny is the fact that a filibuster is even more idiotic than it sounds. Chronically aimless and generally ...
Alumnus David Williams '67, former CEO of Shoreline Banking, believes in business that promotes sustainability in three categories: people, planet and profit. His lecture, titled "Making Money is a Result, Not a Purpose," advocated for the beneficial role businesses should play in the community.
I love sleeping. That's why I hated going to church. Every Sunday I would have to wake up at 8 a.m. and go with my parents down the street to our Catholic church. I didn't mind going to Sunday school, because it would be later in the afternoon. When I ...
Taylor Swift has taken the sex out of a public love life by turning her relationships into albums, but there is a problematic icon that is much more problematic than her “girl next door” image suggests. While it is refreshing to have a young woman in pop culture that isn’t ...
Five first-year senators were elected Tuesday. They join an ASWC excited for progress and innovation in the coming year.
Find out more about the Walla Walla Symphony and its upcoming season.
Just in time for the start of their new season, The Pioneer sits with the conductor of the Walla Walla Symphony to find out more about his job and history. Then feature writers take a look at the busy lives of several music majors.