2014

Articles


150 during this time

  1. Missionary mascots hold tenuous place in college’s culture Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight October 23, 2014

    Though never formally adopted by the college, the Missionaries have been the school’s de-facto mascot for over a hundred years. Attempts to change the logo have been made since the 1920s, but generally failed due to opposition from alumni and an inability to unite the opposition in support of another ...

  2. ASWC resolution advocates switch to test-free admissions News October 23, 2014

    The ASWC resolution emphasizes the role of standardized testing in admissions as one that perpetuates inequality and lends an advantage to students from more privileged backgrounds. Due to a variety of factors, including unequal access to supplemental materials and tutoring, the average score of white students is almost 300 points ...

  3. KWCW agrees to FCC compromise over 8-year paperwork backlog News October 23, 2014

    KWCW signed an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this summer to avoid court proceedings after they discovered an 8-year backlog of unfiled documents near the end of last year. The station will continue to broadcast under a limited license under supervision from the FCC.

  4. Humans vs Zombies searches for more bodies News October 23, 2014

    As of Sunday there were 73 participants, armed with nerf guns and rolled up socks, signed up to play the campus-wide game of tag. While this number of players is fairly consistent with recent semesters, it follows a trend of declining participation over the past few years.

  5. Glean Team and Organic Garden help fight hunger in community Feature Feature Highlight October 23, 2014

    [caption id="attachment_92402" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo by Marra Clay[/caption] With boxes picked of deformed fruit and baskets of free vegetables, Whitman Glean Team and Organic Garden are doing their best to help the Walla Walla community’s food insecurity issues. Gleaning is the ...

  6. Food Sustainability at Whitman Feature Weekly Topic October 23, 2014

    How does Whitman make efforts to keep fight food insecurity and reduce waste?

  7. “The Interview” needlessly antagonizes North Korea Opinion October 23, 2014

    What the makers of the film think is a joke is actually a passive-aggressive attack rooted in nationalistic hatred.

  8. Poor school bathroom sanitation an obstacle to educating Indian girls Opinion October 23, 2014

    Amid the international movement to provide more girls with education, unclean bathrooms seem like a particularly unnecessary and sad deterrent.

  9. Voices of the Community // Issue 7 Media Voices of the Community October 23, 2014

    What are you doing for Family Weekend? A poll by photographer Nikki Antenucci. [portfolio_slideshow]

  10. Vivisection questions taboos Opinion Opinion Highlight October 23, 2014

    [caption id="attachment_92441" align="alignnone" width="187"] Illustration by Coopper-Ellis[/caption] A few weeks ago, I did an experiment in biology lab that involved cutting open the body cavity of a live frog and dripping adrenaline onto its still-beating heart. The results, a dramatically increased ...

  11. Seniors showcase skills in “Top Girls” A&E October 23, 2014

    Senior theater majors have been preparing senior projects for "Top Girls". Sarah Ann Wollet, Caroline Rensel and Kathryn Bogley have been researching their roles and the play, while senior Anne Szeliski has been preparing as stage manager

  12. Diversity dialogue continues in art A&E Front Page Slideshow October 23, 2014

    Watkins decided to use her major and passion, art, to open a dialogue on diversity issues on campus.

  13. KWCW show of the week: Junk Drawer A&E October 23, 2014

    On "Junk Drawer," the father-son duo plays a combination of classic rock to Cat Power.

  14. Faculty-student film raises race issues with stuffed animals A&E A&E Highlight October 23, 2014

    On Oct. 15, Professor of Film and Media Studies Robert Sickels and junior Evan Martin showed their joint project, documentary "Seven Ways from Sunday," to a packed Kimball Auditorium. The film, created this summer, is a collection of seven individuals' experiences with ethnicity. Sickels and Martin began work on the film ...

  15. Soccer twins help churn out wins for team Sports Sports Highlight October 23, 2014

    [caption id="attachment_92365" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Linnea Soo '18 (left) and Alissa Soo '18 bring dynamism to the women's soccer team. Photo by Hannah Bashevkin.[/caption] On most ...

  16. Harvin to Jets in Shocking Move Sports October 23, 2014

    The Seattle Seahawks shocked the NFL world late last week when they traded one of their most talented players, Percy Harvin. Many recognize the name because of his standout career at the University of Florida, or his iconic kick return that helped Seattle dominate the Broncos in last year’s Super ...

  17. National Team Invites Sweets Front Page Slideshow Sports October 23, 2014

    Six women from the Whitman Sweets Ultimate Frisbee team have received invitations to try out for the 2015 U-23 national team held this November. Juniors Arianne Lozano, Elissa Picozzi, and sophomores Claire Revere, Margo Heffron and Nina Finley will try out Nov. 15-16 in Dublin, Calif. this year. Senior Julia ...

  18. College protocol helps concussed early, often Sports October 23, 2014

    A severe head injury, especially the kind with the potential to recur, is a student’s and athlete’s worst nightmare. Although they attract the most controversy at the professional and D-I levels of athletics, concussions remain a major issue at Whitman as well. Concussions are suffered in varsity sports, everyday life and ...

  19. Ultimate Frisbee: A serious sport Humor October 23, 2014

    The one aspect this country of America really holds above everything else is sports. That is why soccer is not one of the most watched sports in America and NASCAR has 75 million fans. Football has been America’s love since day one except for baseball. It is a different story. ...

  20. Townies destabilize vast swaths of Beta’s lands Humor October 23, 2014

    It has been only three months since militant townies first started making an appearance in Beta’s sacred lands. However, since that time and because of some lightning-fast tactical raids, the townies have managed to gain control of the gravel pit, the rope swing and Kyle Seasly’s guitar. Now, I know ...

  21. Mease not Mooses: Parents Humor October 23, 2014

    Comic by Asa Mease.

  22. Untranslatable Words Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa October 23, 2014

    If you ask a Brazilian for a Portuguese word that can’t be translated into English, he or she will probably think of the word saudade (sao-DAH-gee). Saudade is a feeling of longing for someone or something that isn’t present. When I say that I miss ...

  23. “Gotham” disappointing for Batman lovers and casual fans alike A&E Reviews October 22, 2014

    The show attempts to keep things interesting by constantly dropping members of Batman’s Rogues’ Gallery into improbable places.

  24. The Horror of the Unseen in ‘Berberian Sound Studio’ Lights, Camera, I Like Movies! October 21, 2014

    I’ve been watching a lot of horror movies lately in anticipation of Halloween. One that stood out was “Berberian Sound Studio”, an independent British film from 2012. Directed by Peter Strickland, it tells the story of a shy sound engineer named Gilderoy and his slow descent into madness while he ...

  25. Glacier Mountaineering Trips Web Only October 19, 2014

    This piece was contributed by Henry Samson. The Fall 2014 semester for Glacier Mountaineering students at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington began with a twist. Throughout the first week of introductions to new classes and settling into living spaces, we geared up for an ice-climbing trip to Mt. Hood. For ...

  26. Rhino Poaching – No End in Sight Darwin's Finches October 19, 2014

    Rhinos have been killed, their horns taken for aesthetic and pseudo-medicinal properties for thousands of years. Many different groups of people throughout history used rhino horn for different things. The Greeks thought that it purified water and the Persians thought that it could detect poisoned liquids. The most prevalent use ...

  27. Pacific Lutheran’s poster campaign spreads across South Sound NW News October 18, 2014

    This story was originally published in The Mooring Mast of Pacific Lutheran University on October 3, 2014. It was written by PLU guest writer Genny Boots. My Language My Choice is taking to the streets of Pierce, Thurston and King counties....

  28. My Experiences with Race in Brazil Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa October 18, 2014

    In June, I went with American and Brazilian friends to the small town of Pedro II for a music festival. There were several groups of journalists roaming around doing interviews, which we Americans – Leslie, Laura Rose and I – were not anxious to ...

  29. Brazil’s Hottest City Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa October 18, 2014

    When I tell Brazilians from São Luís to São Paulo that I live in Teresina, their response is unchanging: “It’s hot there, isn’t it?” It is. Even people here accept that heat is Teresina’s claim to fame. More than once ...

  30. Robbed Deixa Te Falar Uma Coisa October 17, 2014

    My first time almost being assaulted, I was in Rio. I was strolling along Copacabana beach deep in conversation with my friend Nick when a man approached us. He asked if we spoke English. Used to getting that question, we both said yes....

  31. A 4-Day Adventure: From Writing This Blog to Not Writing This Blog What's In A Name? October 17, 2014

    After a relaxing 4-day break, Tuesday evening was finally upon me. I wrote this: “When I got out of class on Friday afternoon, I envisioned myself spending the majority of 4-day break at my desk, intently working on blog posts. I sat down and went straight to work. By that evening, ...

  32. The Fragile Rock Jess Goes West October 17, 2014

    October 3, 2014 - Comb Ridge, UT "Soft as the earth is mankind and both need to be altered" -W.H. Auden Somewhere deep in southeastern Utah, outside the unexpected town of Bluff, rock is holding time in place.  A wave frozen in space, Comb Ridge rises from the earth perpetually at its ...

  33. Jalan-jalan ke Java From Sweet Onions to Satay: Adventures in Indonesia October 17, 2014

    Hello blog readers! I hope you all haven’t started to think that I was eaten by a giant gecko (tokek) or chicken (ayam) or duck (bebek) or mosquito (nyamok), because I’m very much alive and well in Bali. I have been back from Java for about a week and ...

  34. Mease not Mooses: “Just one more” Humor October 16, 2014

    Cartoon by Asa Mease.  

  35. Whitworth a strong choice for non-Christians NW News October 16, 2014

    This story was originally published in The Whitworthian of Whitworth University on October 15, 2014. It was written by Whitworth columnist Matthew Boardman. According to the Whitworth website, “Whitworth is a private, residential, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.” One of its mottos is to “honor God, follow Christ and ...

  36. Communication mishap delays student trustee referendum News News Highlight October 16, 2014

    Due to a failure in communication, the Student Trustee Resolution passed by the student body in a referendum last spring was never communicated to the Board of Trustees. Last May, students voted to pass the Student Trustee Resolution, marking the first time in recent memory that students have voted directly ...

  37. Student representatives influence policy from Governing Board Committees Front Page Slideshow News October 16, 2014

    Student representatives on governing boards play an important role on campus, providing students’ perspectives and advocating for student values to Board members who make the final decisions about how the college in run. However, without a direct voice when the full board meets to make decisions, student representatives are at ...

  38. Microsoft donates to expand computer science program Front Page Slideshow News October 16, 2014

    Illustration by Eddy Vazquez. Whitman College, in their efforts to establish a more substantial and competitive computer science program, recently solicited a significant contribution from the Microsoft Corporation to help develop a comprehensive course of study. Although the college had ...

  39. Kazi Joshua Q&A News October 16, 2014

    Question:  For the first question I thought we’d start off with the question that all east-coasters get asked when they first come to the far off reaches of Washington: Why did you choose to come to Whitman? Answer: The quality of the institution. The location, the students, and above all the ...

  40. Kazi Joshua Associate Dean for Intercultural Affairs / Chief Diversity Officer News October 16, 2014

    Whitman has appointed Kazi Joshua to the newly created position of associate dean for intercultural affairs and chief diversity officer. Joshua’s position will greatly expand upon the existing position of Director of the Intercultural Center when he enters it in January. The position was created in late 2013 as Whitman ...

  41. Product of anti-racism protests emerge News October 16, 2014

    Rallies and protests against racism last year led to a series of changes on campus this fall, as the college follows through on promises made to student protesters. Classes have already been canceled for the Power & Privilege Symposium on Feb. 19, and students are in the early stages of ...

  42. Penrose, ARC, SEC, COWS open new Learning Commons News October 16, 2014

    The new Learning Commons aims to provide an additional resource for students during evening hours when the programs’ main offices are not open or available. While each department involved still retains the bulk of their services in their respective offices, the Learning Commons aims to provide short-notice, convenient assistance to ...

  43. Being a religious minority on campus Feature Weekly Topic October 16, 2014

    How do students with a small or non-existent religious community on campus keep in touch with their religion and culture?

  44. Lack of religious presence on campus complicates celebration Feature Feature Highlight October 16, 2014

    Illustration by Sophie Cooper-Ellis. It’s the people, not the perks, that are important to Whitman students when it comes to religious holidays. Celebrating with the people they know is what is important to Whitman students, not decadent meals and days ...

  45. Voices of the Community // Issue 6 Media Opinion Voices of the Community October 16, 2014

    What is your favorite sculpture on campus? [portfolio_slideshow]

  46. Overcoming Anxiety Begins With Recognition Columnists Opinion October 16, 2014

    To do this, I have acknowledged that suffering awaits all of us in the form of death. Our personal mortalities and those that surround us ensure its role in the course of existence. I could be enjoying a gorgeous Pacific sunset as a coconut falls and bumps my life away, ...

  47. Racism hides beneath the surface of professional sports Front Page Slideshow Sports Sports Highlight October 16, 2014

    I have been a fan of professional sports for as long as I can remember. Watching college and professional football every weekend hasn’t been a hobby; it’s been an obsession. Growing up my heroes were Jerry Rice, Jeff Garcia, and Julian Peterson. I never read comic books, because my superheroes were ...

  48. Black-ish Illuminates Lack of Diversity in Modern American Network Television Columnists Opinion October 16, 2014

    The Jeffersons, Good Times, and Sanford and Son--like Black-ish--confronted racial issues head-on, with a disregard for political correctness that puts modern network television’s "edginess" to shame. Even so, their black characters had purpose beyond proving political points about racism. Like Andre, they were complicated, realistic, human characters who had to ...

  49. Confronting Mexican cartels demands global attention Opinion Opinion Highlight October 16, 2014

    It is not a myth: A huge part of Mexico is controlled by drug cartels that are even more powerful than the government.  In some counties of Mexico, cartels fund the political campaigns of congressmen and governors and effectively decide who wins the local elections. For years, the international press has ...

  50. Artist John Powers Creates Installation Piece in Stevens Gallery A&E A&E Highlight Media Videos October 16, 2014

    During the week of October 6, artist John Powers set up a temporary studio in Reid Campus Center's Stevens Gallery where he constructed a futuristic art piece out of foam rods. Videographer Tywen Kelly brings us a look into the artist's work, mind, and process. [embed] https://vimeo.com/109103276 [/embed]

  51. Campus improv team welcomes new members A&E October 16, 2014

    Newcomer Sam Adler always wanted to try theatre-based activities at Whitman and newbie Roxanne Stathos brings her acting talent and skill in accents to the team. In a performance last week, both members skillfully jumped in to a long-form piece.

  52. Sculptures bring various cultures to campus A&E October 16, 2014

    For this week’s sculpture survey, we investigate the stories behind the towering works of Four Columns, The Benedict Totem, the Totem Pole, and the Tiki.

  53. “Dracula Untold” leaves viewers thirsty for more A&E Movie Reviews Reviews October 16, 2014

    I hoped the recent release of “Dracula Untold” would fill my vampire void; but unfortunately, I left the theater still unsatisfied.

  54. Triathlon triple threat raises funds for swimmers Sports October 16, 2014

    The Whitman College Swim Team hosted its annual triathlon fundraiser last week. The event, organized by Head Swimming Coach Jennifer Blomme, attracted almost 40 participants who competed in the event either as individuals or as members of a team. The team uses the revenue from the triathlon ...

  55. From here to there Sports Weekend Recaps October 16, 2014

    Many people who play sports will say that the best part is that it teaches them all sorts of invaluable lessons. Sometimes, though, learning a few lessons doesn’t require play; for example, simply following the sports world over the weekend of Oct. 4 would have sufficed. By the end of the ...

  56. Homestand vital for struggling volleyball team Sports October 16, 2014

    While most of the Whitman community was away for the four-day weekend, the Whitman Women’s Volleyball Team was on campus for their first home conference weekend of the season. Halfway through their conference season, the team is finally looking forward to a consistent stream of home games, of ...

  57. National Parks makeover: American edition Humor October 16, 2014

    “Experience Your America,” is the slogan of the National Park Service. When say that, they mean rolling hills, the purple hues of sunsets, pristine forests old growth trees and the crisp bite in the air that reminds you are glad to be alive. It seems like our America has become ...

  58. Armed with tank, board of trustees attacks protestors Humor October 16, 2014

    Under cover of darkness, on the bottom floor of a dank and poorly lit parking structure, I met a man who referred to himself only as “Cleveland Steamer.” He was an old friend and sometimes source, who worked for the federal government and did not like to be called at ...

  59. Four Day Flora Overflow Under Close Examination October 15, 2014

    I've seen this plant every day this year while walking to the Science Building, but it wasn't until the fall break that I had a chance to really stop, look and take it in. The plant is incredible- little yellow flowers dot its leaves and from the top it looks ...

  60. Is an animal a person? Darwin's Finches October 14, 2014

    Do nonhumans have certain rights that we aren’t currently granting them? This is one of the questions addressed in a case regarding chimpanzee personhood that is currently going though the New York Supreme Court. The Nonhuman Rights Project is pursuing lawsuits on behalf of several chimpanzees in New York. Each chimp ...

  61. Mease not Mooses: Dog Deprived Humor October 13, 2014

    Cartoon by Asa Mease.

  62. Monkeys: They’re Just Like Us! Darwin's Finches October 13, 2014

    Hello again humans! Today we have a hefty dose of anthropomorphism, and fortunately not much pessimism. Animals, specifically primates, have been observed participating in what was thought to be exclusively human practices for many years. These observations date back to Jane Goodall's research on chimpanzees using tools in 1960, something thought to ...

  63. More is More than Less, but No More What's In A Name? October 11, 2014

    I find that people will often evoke adages when they have no specific evidence, so appeals to a common ethos. If the listener genuinely agrees with the cultural value being referenced, there is nothing delusive about this strategy. However, adages can seem to escape the need for evaluation simply because ...

  64. PLU senior’s composition in concert NW News October 11, 2014

    This story was originally published in The Mooring Mast of Pacific Lutheran University on October 10, 2014. It was written by PLU Editor-in-Chief Reland Tuomi. This story is printed here through the Northwest News Network, a collaborative project between many northwest collegiate newspapers. The Lake Union Civic Orchestra (LUCO) is a ...

  65. Sharing stories across generations NW News October 10, 2014

    One of my big projects this summer was to set up the Northwest News Network, a collaborative news-sharing project among college papers throughout the northwest. This was an interesting task- it involved a lot of creeping on college news sites, trying to figure out who to contact at each ...

  66. Sister Outsider duo performs edifying slam poetry at Whitworth University NW News October 10, 2014

    This story was originally published in The Whitworthian of Whitworth University on October 8, 2014. It was written by Whitworth reporter Rachelle Robley. The photographs are by Whitworth photographer Simon Puzankov. This story is printed here through the Northwest News Network, a collaborative project between many northwest collegiate newspapers. “This is your ...

  67. “You Murdered the Future”: A David Cronenberg Double Feature Lights, Camera, I Like Movies! October 10, 2014

    The Criterion Collection recently added two David Cronenberg films to Hulu Plus: “Scanners” and “The Brood”. I’ve been in intrigued by Cronenberg for a while, but I’ve only seen a couple of his movies so far (“The Fly” and “Videodrome,”, to be specific). So I watched these two in a ...

  68. Show me the money: an examination of Whitman’s finances News News Highlight October 9, 2014

    President Bridges came to the college in 2005 with the intent of strengthening the college’s financial position and increasing the endowment. While the last fifteen years saw a huge increase in the college’s endowment, this increase was accompanied by equally massive increases in spending by the college and skyrocketing ...

  69. Umatilla, Forest Service negotiate future of Spring Mountain Front Page Slideshow News October 9, 2014

    Because of the importance of the mountain to the Umatilla tribe’s cultural heritage, many individuals within the tribe are concerned about ongoing usage of the mountain by the climbing community. In particular, religious leader Armin Minthorn wants to ensure the respectful use of such a valuable cultural resource.

  70. Alumni, Faculty Raise Concerns About Spending and Diversity News October 9, 2014

    For faculty, a meeting with members of the administration on October 16th will create a forum for have their questions answered. Meanwhile alumni have begun dialogue with President Bridges via a letter distributed on September 22 asking for a change to a need-blind admissions policy.

  71. ASWC lays out ambitions in first Senate meeting News October 9, 2014

    This year’s senate already has several projects in the works, particularly regarding the issues of economic diversity that dominated campus conversation throughout much of September.

  72. Voter Registration News October 9, 2014

    With midterm elections approaching in November, Whitman students hosted a voter registration drive on Friday, Sept. 26. Juniors Gladys Gitau and Michael Augustine organized the drive through the Washington Bus, an advocacy group which promotes youth political involvement.

  73. Of Fireworks and Uncertain Futures: Stories from students from countries in conflict Feature October 9, 2014

    Tires scream as a car stops quickly, and Senior Hasan Ali remembers the car in Iraq that made the same sound before its passengers started shooting. Ali knows his gut reaction in those situations isn’t the same as what he understands is actually happening. Still, it is challenging to separate his ...

  74. Stories from International Students Feature Weekly Topic October 9, 2014

    Of Fireworks and Uncertain Futures

  75. Scientists must recognize intersection of social issues, quantitative study Columnists Opinion October 9, 2014

    Scientists tend to understand things quantitatively. We need numbers and experimentally derived evidence in order to believe something exists. When it comes to racism and sexism, there are numbers and statistics that prove these problems are real. However, if scientists don’t seek out this discussion, they might never have to ...

  76. Redefining feminism fosters campus conversation about broader inequalities Columnists Opinion October 9, 2014

    We often consider the concept of feminism too rigidly, with many of us assuming it is only for radical women. In doing so, we fail to recognize the role the individual plays in his/her own definition.

  77. Wesleyan University co-ed fraternities wrong solution to stop sexual assault Opinion October 9, 2014

    While Roth and Boger explain that they simply want to be "inclusive," the decision seems to contain a hidden motivation focused on regaining Wesleyan public esteem in relation to sexual violence.

  78. High hopes for women’s golf Sports October 9, 2014

    The Whitman College Women’s Golf team, led by senior captain Kelly Sweeney, had high hopes coming into the 2014-2015 season. After a few weeks’ worth of tournaments, the team has already exceeded their expectations. As of this week, the team has won two of their three competitive tournaments. They placed sixth ...

  79. Lawless twins take Regionals by storm Front Page Slideshow Sports October 9, 2014

    The Whitman women’s tennis team opened its fall season with a brilliant showing at the USTA/ITA Regional tournament hosted here at Whitman from September 26–29. The team swept both singles and doubles. Senior twins Courtney and Morgan Lawless won doubles in a very convincing fashion (6–1, 6–1), and Courtney won ...

  80. Women’s soccer shoots for tops in NW Conference Sports Sports Highlight October 9, 2014

    In any sport, a coaching change typically means a transitionary period in which the team and coach search for a new rhythm and work to become a unit. A rough start was precisely what the Whitman women’s soccer team and new Head Women’s Soccer Coach Laura Williamson wanted to avoid. ...

  81. State book awards include faculty work A&E A&E Highlight October 9, 2014

    "Temple Grove" is set in the Olympic peninsula area of Washington and tackles everything from environmentalism to mistaken identities to the philosophy of the Makah native tribe that inhabits the area.

  82. Downton Abbey: Worth watching a fifth season of drama? A&E Movie Reviews October 9, 2014

    I got hooked on the relationships brewing at the Abbey, and the drama, Drama, DRAMA!! I became a loyal fan and stayed current with “Downton Abbey”

  83. Sculpture Surveys: Of Balance and Animals A&E October 9, 2014

    In 1997 Styx and Three Stories arrived on campus as part of an exhibition at Sheehan Gallery.

  84. KWCW Show of the Week- Naptime Epics A&E October 9, 2014

    If you enjoy audio books and have an hour to kill on Thursday afternoons, tune in to “Naptime Epics”.

  85. New Alt-J Release “All This Is Yours” takes us to an alternate reality A&E Reviews October 9, 2014

    This Is All Yours is about a journey to find what’s missing, about sinking into this mysterious other-worldly place. Alt-J calls it “Nara."

  86. Backpage music genre breakdown Humor October 9, 2014

    If you have ever read a newspaper or magazine (I’m presuming you are literate), you have most likely seen some random writer’s top music picks for (insert season or event name here). These articles share one thing only — they promote hipster music that the writer found on Napster. I ...

  87. Acting on impulse changes congresswoman’s life Humor October 9, 2014

    I once knew a boy named Tom. He was an interesting kid. I swear if I ever penetrated his mind it would be different than everyone else’s. So I asked him, “Why do you do those things you do?” His response dumbfounded me and persuaded me to think differently. “I think, therefore ...

  88. Equality through Knowledge What's In A Name? October 8, 2014

    “Over a long period of time, the main force in favor of greater equality has been the diffusion of knowledge and skills.” —Thomas Piketty in Capital in the Twenty-First Century, the most thorough economic study of the history of ...

  89. Sex, alcohol, and Opening Days at Willamette University NW News October 5, 2014

    This story was originally published in The Willamette Collegian on September 30, 2014. It was written by Willamette reporter Alyssa Milstead and is printed here through the Northwest News Network, a collaborative project between many northwest collegiate newspapers. Brendan Dwyer admits that there are a lot of challenges that come with ...

  90. Where Did All the Frogs Go? Darwin's Finches October 5, 2014

    Hello again, animal enthusiasts! Today we have some exciting news along to go along with the usual dose of pessimism. A new species of poison dart frog was discovered in Donoso, Panama!   This frog has a unique call, but was originally thought ...

  91. Bratislava, Classes, the City, and Whitman Czech It Out October 5, 2014

    It's been almost a month here in Prague- I apologize for the sporadic updates, but now that we have finished our first week of real class I am finally feeling settled. Contrary to the plans of most of the program kids, I am staying in Prague this ...

  92. Harassment prevention brought to GFU NW News October 4, 2014

    The following story, from George Fox University's The Crescent, was written by Ashlie Hernandez.   At the beginning of the school year, George Fox University students received emails regarding Haven, an online test that educates and surveys students about sexual ...

  93. Dragfest returns with renewed vigor Front Page Slideshow News October 3, 2014

    Whitman’s annual Dragfest has returned this year in the form of a three-part series organized by GLBTQ.This year Dragfest consists of three events; the first of which, Vanity Fair, took place Saturday, Sept. 27. Mainly planned by Sophomore Jessica Beccari, co-president of GLBTQ, the event aimed to teach people about ...

  94. Sherman Alexie amuses, enthralls at Cordiner appearance News October 3, 2014

    Sherman Alexie, the author of Whitman’s 2014 summer reading book, “Reservation Blues,” came to campus Wednesday, Oct. 1. He delivered a speech to a packed house in Cordiner Hall, which consisted of Whitman and Walla Walla community members as well as members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian ...

  95. Betas consider future of housing News October 3, 2014

    With the conclusion of the 2014 fall recruitment cycle, all Greek life institutions will be winding down from a flurry of activities and welcoming new members to their ranks. But members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, in addition to greeting a new pledge class, have been dealing with internal ...

  96. Women’s fraternities cope with increased recruitment numbers News October 3, 2014

    Whitman College’s 2014 fall women’s fraternity formal recruitment drew to a close last Monday, after the school’s highest-ever turnout of 150 girls entering the process. Surpassing last year’s impressive count of 143, this year’s recruitment numbers indicate well the rising popularity of Greek life on campus, leaving students to wonder ...

  97. New ASWC senators prepare for duties on annual retreat News October 3, 2014

    ASWC representatives prepared for the upcoming legislative session this weekend on the annual ASWC retreat at the Johnston Wilderness Campus. The goal of the retreat is to educate  newly-elected senators on Senate procedures and on their roles on ASWC. Whitman-owned Johnston Wilderness Campus lies 15 miles southeast of Whitman College. The ...

  98. Whitman College Varsity Privilege-Checking Team wins regional finals against Whitworth Humor October 3, 2014

    The sun was high as the Varsity Whitman Privilege-Checking Team made their way out onto the field (the maintenance costs of which alone could have fed a Somalian family for months as privilege checking Defenseman Ray Johnson later informed me). The team looked quite dapper in their uniforms made from ...

  99. The adventures of Hawk and Ham Humor October 3, 2014

    Illustration by Lya Hernandez. Darkness washed down upon the London streets like rain — it was also raining, too, if that was unclear. I mean it was London, it rains all the time there. No wonder the Brits colonized half ...

  100. Men’s tennis sweeps Regional Championships Sports Sports Highlight October 3, 2014

    The Whitman tennis team opened in dominant fashion at the USTA/ITA Regional Tournament held at the Whitman tennis courts from Sept. 19 to 22. Members of the team placed first and second in the singles and doubles tournaments, and Whitman featured five of the final eight competitors in the singles ...

  101. Meditation key to revelation in modern world Columnists Opinion Opinion Highlight October 3, 2014

    It is easy in this advanced age to lose sight of our Homo sapiens evolutionary childhood. We’ve disassociated ourselves from the hunting and gathering of those who came before us, from the everyday struggle of defending ourselves against predators and working hard to secure a bloodline. Nowadays we walk around concrete jungles, ...

  102. The Music Department presents Fridays at Four A&E October 3, 2014

    If you’re looking for something to do between your last class and an early dinner on Friday, start your weekend on a good note and go to Kimball Theatre. Fridays at Four provides a variety of free concerts for the campus and community. The event happens every other week and showcases ...

  103. Movie Drinking Games A&E Reviews October 3, 2014

    Last Thursday, I was curling up on my couch with a nice glass of wine getting ready to start my Shonda Rhimes night with “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” when it dawned on me that hey, I’m drinking a glass of red wine just like Olivia Pope— she in an Armani ...

  104. Futuristic artist to take over Stevens Gallery A&E October 3, 2014

    On Oct. 5, artist John Powers will be coming to Whitman College. Powers will be on campus for one week showcasing an exhibit called “Operational” at the Stevens Gallery for one week. Powers will also be giving a lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 8 about his recent essay, “Star Wars: A ...

  105. Pop songs about body acceptance are less accepting than they seem Columnists Opinion October 3, 2014

    While artists from Freddie Mercury to Sir Mix-A-Lot have sung the praises of plus-size women in the past, the objects of their affection have largely remained voiceless — until now. This year, two of the biggest songs of the summer have been penned by full-figured girls in celebration of their ...

  106. Early Season National Ranking Ups Women’s Cross-Country Confidence Cross Country Sports Varsity Sports October 3, 2014

    For the first time in four years, the Whitman women’s cross country team broke into national rankings for DIII schools, ranking 34th nationally and fourth regionally. Though it is still early in the season, some of the team’s top runners are already clocking faster times than ever before, and the ...

  107. Mexico’s energy reform causes hope and despair Opinion October 3, 2014

    For 76 years the Mexican oil and energy industry was run by the state. During those 76 years, the state monopoly proved itself to be the worst section of the Mexican bureaucracy, overlooking huge oil spills, the deaths of workers, aid to drug cartels, corruption, millionaire union leaders and obsolete ...

  108. KWCW Show of the Week: Hello Newman A&E A&E Highlight October 3, 2014

    Show: Hello Newman Time: Saturdays, 7–9 p.m. Hosts: Evan Heberlein and Wesley Sparagon If you are looking for a good way to unwind and get groovy on Saturday evenings, tune in to “Hello Newman.” This show combines ‘90s music and “Seinfeld.” The hosts pick two or three “Seinfeld” episodes and play alternative rock ...

  109. Many groups fund activism workshop A&E Front Page Slideshow October 3, 2014

    Today artist and activist Dana Lyons will be offering both a workshop and concert for students. Campus Climate Challenge (CCC) has been working on bringing Lyons to campus since last semester, but many groups on campus have helped to put on today’s events. Senior Collin Smith was instrumental in gaining support ...

  110. Lyons’ music entertains, educates A&E October 3, 2014

    A musician with a message, Dana Lyons has been combining environmental activism with folk and alternative rock since the 1980s. Most well-known for his hit song “Cows with Guns,” Lyons will be performing at the Reid Campus Center on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Lyons’ use of sardonic humor in ...

  111. An Inside Look at Greek Life Feature Weekly Topic October 3, 2014

    Why have women's fraternities attracted so many new members in recent years? How do male and female members' opinions of Greek life change over the course of four years?

  112. Turkey bacon shall rule the world one day Humor October 3, 2014

    Bacon. The future of food, and the life source for 99 percent of the world population. But is bacon really that good? Bacon is little more than fat, a miniscule amount of meat and the image of a dead pig. Imagine little pink pigs with tiny spiral tails, add blood ...

  113. Senior year provides new perspectives on Greek life Feature Feature Highlight October 3, 2014

    Within a few weeks of arriving to campus, first-years are faced with the decision of whether or not they want to go Greek. For many upperclassmen involved with men’s and women’s fraternities, however, the scene is much different than what they anticipated. Senior Zachary Gordy, a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon ...

  114. Despite pressure, rush provides new avenues for growth Feature October 3, 2014

    From the third-story window of Prentiss Hall on Sept. 21, I can hear a rush of energy as women move out the main door into the grassy courtyard. Their voices carry loud and clear, gushing with excitement. They are heading out for their final day of formal recruitment. Formal recruitment is ...

  115. Sweet Putt Closes its Doors Sports October 3, 2014

    The Sweet Putt, a popular Walla Walla miniature golf venue, closed its doors on Aug. 31 after a three-year journey that started with a sketch on a Wendy’s napkin. Partly owned by Whitman Associate Dean of Students Juli Dunn and her family, The Sweet Putt was the setting for every ...

  116. Things Found in Utah Jess Goes West October 2, 2014

    Candy wrappers on laundromat floors Cactus needles protruding from beneath the strap of my sandal Pools of rain caught in slick rock A single sock at the bottom of my sleeping bag Friendship in contradiction Dimples by river beds from cattle hooves A seven-legged spider near the zipper of my tent Gracefulness in calloused feet Apples in cup ...

  117. Ahead of the curve?: investigating sexual assault on campus Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight October 2, 2014

    This article is the second in a two-part series exploring incidences of sexual assault on college campuses and how they are handled at Whitman and by colleges nationwide. In the first part of this series, The Pioneer explored gaps in Whitman’s Title IX process through survivor experience. Some have spoken ...

  118. Singing (more like laughing) in the rain Jess Goes West September 29, 2014

    Sunday, September 21, 2014 - Monroe Mountain, UT Today could have been miserable.  With a GPS, measuring tapes, and cameras in hand, we were sent in groups ...

  119. Five Bucks What's In A Name? September 29, 2014

    Ari Appel's blog "What's In a Name?" comments on linguistic trends at Whitman College and in public culture at large. A group of middle-schoolers are crowded around a table for school lunch. Jimmy coats his chocolate chip cookie in ketchup and mustard, dribbles on some soy sauce, and then mashes the ...

  120. Hari-Hari Saya Di Bali: My Days in Bali From Sweet Onions to Satay: Adventures in Indonesia September 29, 2014

    Salamat pagi! Saya sekarang di Jawa! Saya tiba di Jawa di senin dengan teman-teman saya dan guru-guru saya. Saya rindu Ibu dan rumah saya di Bali, tapi saya suka keluarga saya di Jawa juga. Saya punya Ibu, Bapak, dan satu adik laki-laki. Di rumah saya di Jawa, saya ...

  121. Stranger than Paradise: The “Cool” Cinema of Jim Jarmusch Lights, Camera, I Like Movies! September 28, 2014

    Welcome to "Lights, Camera, I Like Movies!" As you may be able to tell from the title, this is going to be a blog about movies. But not just any movies. I'm going to mostly write about films that ...

  122. From Emmy’s to ‘Emily’: A new tv series at Pacific Lutheran NW News September 28, 2014

    This story was originally published in Pacific Lutheran University's The Mooring Mast on Sept. 26, 2014. Written by Matthew Salzano, A&E Editor of The Mooring Mast. Photo courtesy of Camille Adams. The question every Lute is trying to answer: “What will you do with your one wild and precious life?” Juniors ...

  123. Homeward Bound Opinion Voices of the Community September 28, 2014

    The following piece is an account of life as a homeless person in Walla Walla. It was contributed by community member Maria Britton and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Pioneer. Ms. Britton can be reached at maria.britton13@yahoo.com “After our argument yesterday, I realized that this is not going ...

  124. Sexual assault survivors unhappy with investigative process Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight September 25, 2014

    Whitman began adjusting its student sexual misconduct judicial processes almost a year ago when it unveiled a new sexual misconduct response process in fall 2013. Last spring, a student complainant put it to use for the first time.

  125. Vigil for Ferguson Front Page Slideshow News September 25, 2014

    The Black Student Union (BSU) held a march and vigil to call attention to racist police brutality on the steps of Memorial Hall. The event was inspired by the now-infamous July shooting of Michael Brown, a young black man, by police in Ferguson, Mo., and further violence by police during ...

  126. Past crimes jeopardize employment prospects News September 25, 2014

    People with criminal backgrounds face daunting obstacles following their sentences. Many find themselves displaced; Washington state law requires felons on parole to serve it in the county of their first offense, which may be far from home. Some find themselves alienated from families and friends. But one problem that almost anyone with prior ...

  127. Elections fill 5 ASWC positions, leave 1 empty ASWC News September 25, 2014

    ASWC Faculty Liaison Jack Percival, speaking before the election, was enthusiastic about the campaign. “I am excited to see how much interest there is among the freshman class about ASWC," said Percival. "I am excited to see who will be elected to represent their class, and I am sure that whoever ...

  128. Finding new home makes for difficult transition Feature September 25, 2014

    “I don’t think people realize that it’s a huge deal to decide to transfer from another school," she said.

  129. Cities make or break college campuses Feature Feature Highlight September 25, 2014

    "[It] proves that many liberal arts schools look the same on paper, but they have very different energies."

  130. Inside the Transfer Process Feature Weekly Topic September 25, 2014

    What prompts students to come to Whitman? To leave Whitman? What is it like to leave one campus and integrate into another?

  131. STEM pressure shouldn’t decide women’s futures Columnists Opinion September 25, 2014

    Encouragement and positivity for women going into STEM are crucial. If women love physics, they should study it. But if they love discussing philosophy, they should do that, because the humanities play a vital role in society.

  132. Social dance, social justice must go hand in hand Columnists Opinion September 25, 2014

    Lindy Hop shouldn’t be viewed separately from where it came from, because if people do not understand the role race has had in shaping the dance form, they will be unable to understand it on a level beyond physical movement.

  133. Urban Outfitters offers bloodstained apology Opinion Opinion Highlight September 25, 2014

    Fashion is an outrageous industry in itself. In order to be successful, brands and companies must take risks and push the limits of what is “fashionable.” Unfortunately, sometimes these gambles go too far, or at least are taken more critically than the company presumed they would be.

  134. Preseason trips more than just vacations for varsity athletes Front Page Slideshow Sports Sports Highlight Varsity Sports September 25, 2014

    One of the perks of being a varsity athlete at Whitman College is the implicit privilege, or obligation, to travel. Whether it is within the Pacific Northwest or to various places around the globe, it is no doubt that Whitman varsity athletes are well-travelled. Between the Bahamas, England and Hawaii, ...

  135. Whitman volleyball sets up for success Sports September 25, 2014

    There are times during a volleyball match when perseverance takes precedence over talent, when grit defeats strength and when young can overcome old. For a Whitman volleyball team that regularly features three inexperienced first-years, the hope is that these times will come more often than not. The team makes its intentions ...

  136. USA basketball powers forward to World Cup win Sports September 25, 2014

    Illustration by Eddy Vazquez. Over the course of the past month, some of the world's best basketball players assembled in Barcelona, Spain for the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Team USA was without some of its top eligible players, most notably ...

  137. Student playwrights prepare for Instant Play Festival A&E September 25, 2014

    Student writers will truly put their creativity and energy to work at the Instant Play Festival this weekend. The festival is Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.

  138. Walla Walla’s first fashion fiesta A&E Events September 25, 2014

    Tonight fashion will hit the streets of Walla Walla with a runway show and celebration hosted by Walla Walla Clothing Company. The event is in honor of Eileen Fisher, a designer whose self-named clothing company is based in New York. The event will take place in a tent on Main Street, ...

  139. “The Weekend” kick-off party brings music but not a big crowd A&E September 25, 2014

    Walla Walla's 107.7 The Vine promoted their new radio show, "The Weekend," held on Friday, Sept. 19. There was some serious local talent on display from some unexpected sources.

  140. KWCW Show of the Week A&E A&E Highlight September 25, 2014

    Show: Morsels Time: Fridays, 3-4 p.m. Host: Tino Mori and Chloe Kaplan   [caption id="attachment_91116" align="alignleft" width="283"] Tino Mori '16 (left) and Chloe Kaplan '16. Photo by Nikki Antenucci.[/caption] "Morsels" is a comedic twist on a radio cooking show. Tino and Chloe focus on ...

  141. ‘The Maze Runner’ runs with young adult trend A&E Movie Reviews September 25, 2014

    “The Maze Runner” fell directly in the middle of the Young Adult adaptation scale, not terrible, but not amazing.

  142. Whitman College wins award for economic homogeny Humor September 25, 2014

    When I discovered Whitman College was ranked first in economic homogeneity out of 91 excellent schools, I was so overcome with elation that I almost spilled cognac all over my ocelot fur robe (that’s 100 percent pure Indonesian ocelot, none of that shit from the Philippines). After hearing the good ...

  143. Mease not Mooses: Meaningful Vocabulary Humor September 25, 2014

    Cartoon by Asa Mease.

  144. Kimye names children ‘Best Western,’ ‘Western Red Cedar”‘ Humor September 25, 2014

    “The hotel name Best Western is a tribute to Hilton’s hotel background. This way the twins will be forever linked to Paris,” said Kanye. He also added that Best Western “has an excellent continental breakfast and a lovely lobby so it seemed only natural to name one after the hotel ...

  145. Administrators Speak at ASWC Forum News September 25, 2014

    Three administrators and a single faculty member presented a united front at the ASWC-sponsored Forum on Economic Diversity and College Accessibility on Wednesday evening.

  146. Hey, Hi, Hello! Darwin's Finches September 23, 2014

    Salutations readers! I’m Jessica, a Boston native and a nature nerd. I constantly encounter environmental issues that I want to inform people about. As you probably noted from the description, this blog will contain a variety of critical discussions, mostly focused upon zoological issues (because animals are awesome). These issues, ...

  147. Settled in Central Europe Czech It Out September 23, 2014

    After almost a month in Prague, I finally feel like I have a good handle on the city. Our first day of classes was yesterday- before that we had two weeks of an intensive Czech language course and a week of orientation. Czech is very overwhelming to say the least, ...

  148. Administration Responds to Weekend of Protests News September 22, 2014

    After a series of protests by students over alumni weekend, three top administrators from the college spoke exclusively with The Pioneer about their reactions to the calls by students, faculty and alumni for the college to increase socioeconomic diversity and change its approach to financial aid.

  149. Walla Walla’s Climate March Rallies for Action News September 21, 2014

    While hundreds of thousands of people in cities around the world gathered on Sunday, Sept. 21 for the People’s Climate March, a global movement calling for climate action, over 150 Whitman students, alumni and members of the greater Walla Walla community joined together to march in the local representation of the ...

  150. Students protest lack of economic diversity over alumni weekend Front Page Slideshow News September 20, 2014

    Protests against the lack of socioeconomic diversity on campus continued throughout the day on Saturday, as students worked to alert alumni visiting campus of the lack of socioeconomic diversity at the college. The first action of the day took place when First Generation & Working Class students distributed pamphlets explaining theirs ...