2014 February


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  1. Sticker Shock Blogs Off-Campus Blogs Sprechen Sie Englisch? February 27, 2014

    Today I looked at the Twenty Most Expensive Cities in the World. Two of the cities on the list I will be traveling to for Spring Break: London, the number one most expensive city, and Stockholm, Sweden, number 15. Next week I jet off to Copenhagen, Denmark, number 10. ...

  2. President Bridges to Step Down Next Year Breaking News News February 27, 2014

    President George Bridges announced he will step down from his position at the end of the next academic year in an email sent out to the student body on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Bridges, formerly a sociology professor and associate dean at University of Washington, was appointed as Whitman College's president by ...

  3. Timely Warning Email Leaves Unanswered Questions News February 27, 2014

    Students, faculty and staff were sent a timely warning email from Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland last Friday stating that Eddie Mathews, a custodian employed by the college, had activated "trespassed" status. A photo of Mathews was included in the email, and Whitman community members were urged to call 911 ...

  4. Fierce Competition Predicted for Oscars A&E A&E Highlight Movie Reviews February 27, 2014

    This year's competition was fierce, and it showcased a plethora of standout movies. Well, I guess there has to be a winner, so here are some of my picks for this year’s most sought-after Oscar winners.

  5. City Council Votes to Close Aviary, Plans for Future Feature February 27, 2014

    The Pioneer Park Aviary may soon find its enclosures empty after Walla Walla City Council voted to close it two weeks ago. A motion to begin the planning phase of closing the aviary, which has been the subject of closure talks since 2010, was passed by a 5-2 vote of ...

  6. Men’s Tennis Accepts Nothing but Success this Season Sports February 27, 2014

    If you walk into Sherwood Athletic Center, you will see banner after banner hanging on the rafters of George Ball court commemorating the success of the nationally ranked Whitman men's tennis team. The program has won six of the past Northwest Conference championships and is now currently ranked 16th in ...

  7. Cycling Team Quietly Rides Under Radar Sports February 27, 2014

    Whitman has a secret. A club team here finished in the top five in the country for both men and women last year, has a defending national champion and alums that have become some of the best riders in the United States. That secret is the Whitman cycling team, which ...

  8. Mease not Mooses: Lactic Library Campus Cartoon Opinion February 27, 2014

  9. Trio of Hip-Hop Musicians to Come to Campus for Spring Concert A&E February 27, 2014

    This Thursday, Feb. 27, three hip-hop artists will be performing in the Reid Campus Center Ballroom for the Whitman Events Board big spring concert.

  10. Russian Problems Remain Despite Revolutionized Games in Sochi Opinion February 27, 2014

    With an emphatic ceremony celebrating the past and the future, the XXII Olympic Winter Games came to a close. The flame was put out—by giant stuffed animals crying fake tears, no less—and now the eyes of the world turn to the next great sporting venture. The Olympic cycle will next ...

  11. Sherman Victim of Gender Normativity in Media Opinion Opinion Highlight February 27, 2014

    This NFL football season was an entertaining one. Full of rivals and surprising wins, it was cool to see some of the underdog teams step up to the plate. As a Seattleite, I was happy to see the success of the Seattle Seahawks and when they won the game against ...

  12. Senior Ethan Dederick Advances to Second Round of Mars One Application News February 27, 2014

    Senior Ethan Dederick has passed the first round of applications to be on the first manned mission to Mars. Getting accepted into the program would mean that Dederick gets a one-way ticket to Mars. In other words, he wouldn’t be returning to Earth.

  13. Wineries Offer Opportunities for Student Musicians A&E February 27, 2014

    Wineries in Walla Walla are popular among tourists and locals for their artisan wine sampling, but there's another attraction to be found at wineries: music. Whitman students have been playing gigs around town at some of the local wineries, and say that it offers a nice change of pace.

  14. National Eating Disorder Awareness Week Offers Opportunity for Education Columnists Opinion February 27, 2014

    This week, Feb. 23–March 1, is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from a serious eating disorder. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric disorders. Many important issues have days or weeks dedicated to raising ...

  15. White’s Failure to Medal Leads to Changing of the Guard in the Halfpipe Event Sports Web Only February 27, 2014

    When Shaun White failed to medal at the Sochi Olympics, it was a historic first. It would be naïve to think that the Winter X Games hadn’t had a profound effect on the Winter Olympics and White was one of the biggest reasons for that.

  16. Faculty Embrace First-Generation Safe Zone Posters News February 27, 2014

    A new FGWC safe zone poster has been designed to help students recognize faculty who also identify as first generation and/or working class. These professors often act as unofficial mentors for FGWC students at Whitman.

  17. Music Profile: Reggae A&E February 27, 2014

    Reggae is world music, not just in the sense that it has origins in a non-western country, but also because it has penetrated other musical genres and cultures around the world including America, Africa, Europe and various island nations.

  18. Students Judge Books By Their Covers Humor February 27, 2014

    No matter what they learned as children or what their parents told them, data shows that the vast majority of students are still judging books by their covers.

  19. Swim Teams Finish Strong at Conference Meet Sports Varsity Sports Weekend Recaps February 27, 2014

    Two weekends ago, the Whitman men’s and women’s swim teams completed their seasons at the Northwest Conference Championships. Though the season could potentially continue for a select group of swimmers, this meet marked the end of another successful season for the team as a whole. With six NWC meet records broken ...

  20. FACE Prepares for Breaking Ground Monologues News February 27, 2014

    March 7 and 8 mark the second year of an annual Whitman event: the Breaking Ground Monologues. Student, staff, faculty and alumni will contribute to the event put on by the Feminists Advocating for Change and Empowerment (FACE) club.

  21. Sunshine Disrupts Senior Hibernation Humor February 27, 2014

    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Theeessiiiiissss

  22. Harry Potter Crossword Puzzle Humor February 27, 2014

    [caption id="attachment_83737" align="aligncenter" width="646"] Illustration by Luke Hampton[/caption] Clues: Across 1. This mirror shows your longings 4. He was a good elf 7. Trelawney's "subject" 8. Harry's mother 9. Fudge's replacement 11. Hogsmeade sweet shoppe 13. This professor is a ghost 16. Harry's first crush 17. Someone who catches dark wizards 18. Female ...

  23. Supporters Remain Determined to Keep Aviary Open Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow February 27, 2014

    With the possibility of the Pioneer Park Aviary closing in the coming year due to lack of funds, its longtime volunteers and supporters remain adamant that it should stay in operation.

  24. Wedding (Taco) Bells Ring for Senior Humor February 27, 2014

    This is Nacho engagement.

  25. Collins Swims Her Way to Record-Breaking Career Front Page Slideshow Sports Sports Highlight February 27, 2014

    Whitman’s All-American Honorable Mention swimmer Claire Collins has every right to brag about her record breaking accolades, but when it comes to her success, Collins offers nothing but modesty. Collins, who took first place in the 200 breaststroke in the NWC Championship last week, is currently waiting to hear ...

  26. Power and Privilege Symposium Organizers Seek to Continue Dialogue Around Campus Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight February 27, 2014

    The Power and Privilege Symposium held on Thursday, Feb. 20 was one of the most well-attended events at Whitman in recent memory. The majority of the Whitman community spent the day engaging in dialogue about issues of power, privilege and identity, as the faculty cancelled classes to ensure that all ...

  27. Bird Troubles Feature Weekly Topic February 27, 2014

    A much-beloved Walla Walla institution, the Pioneer Park bird sanctuary, was slated for closure in a recent City Council meeting. Community members are still campaigning for the resources to save it.

  28. Issue 5: Voices of the Community Opinion Voices of the Community February 27, 2014

    Are you excited for duck mating season? Videographer Nilce Alvarez polls the community on if they are excited for duck mating season.

  29. 2013-2014 Global Studies Symposium Features International Scholars to Discuss Global Phenomenon ‘Work’ Media Photos February 26, 2014

    This past Saturday, February 22, The 2014 Global Studies Symposium brought together international scholars to discuss "work" as a global phenomenon.

  30. Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies Le Lovely Kitchen February 26, 2014

    Warm, gooey, crunchy, and a slight hint of salt—there’s simply no better way to start our first foray into food blogging than with a try at chocolate chip cookies. While I’ll admit to still having a special place in my heart for the crisp baked chocolate chip cookie that you ...

  31. Answers to Issue 5 Presidents’ Day Crossword Puzzle Humor February 26, 2014

    Check out the answers to Issue 4's Presidents' Day crossword puzzle.

  32. Production Night Live Blog for Feb. 26 Editors' Blog Production Night Blog February 26, 2014

    Follow along on a live, play-by-play of The Pioneer's production night for Issue 5.

  33. Senate Round Up February 23 ASWC Unpacked February 26, 2014

    At its longest meeting yet of this school year, the ASWC senate recognized some clubs, appointed a new KWCW general manager, approved various finance requests, reviewed the Oversight Committee’s investigation of senator James Lavery, amended some bylaws and passed an act. Gleaning Club, which coordinates with farmers to send students into ...

  34. Beauty and the Beholder One Woman Round Table Web Only February 25, 2014

    It has always fascinated me how certain types of female bodies have gone in and out of fashion throughout history. It’s like bodies are fashion trends, and we can just cast off the old and adopt the new when we notice a new body we like better.

  35. Hidden in the Ivy Under Close Examination February 24, 2014

    Shortly into my first few weeks here at Whitman, I learned a vital lesson: Watch out when near the ivy. You never know what will be there.

  36. La Pluie / Rain A&E Blogs Tuggboat Art Life February 24, 2014

    Hey. It rained today for the first time in awhile, so here are two songs about rain. The first is a lushly orchestrated, atmospheric track from Frenchman Jean-Jacques Goldman (a family favorite!) called "La Pluie". Though I took six years of French, I won't lie and say I can really ...

  37. “Mi Col Ha-Olam”: A Month in Ulpan Living in History Web Only February 23, 2014

    It's become exceptionally beautiful and warm in Jerusalem the past few days, so as the weather changes and the academic semester begin, its become time to reflect on my month in Ulpan and shift to a new aspect of my time here. Ulpan is a rather intensive program in Israel to ...

  38. All packed…and we aren’t leaving for the airport right now?! Little Sparrow with Dreams of Swans Web Only February 21, 2014

    I (and the rest of my family for that matter) am notorious for waiting till the last minute to pack for a trip. I spent 2 months in Thailand this past summer and did not start packing until 6 hours before we were supposed to be en route to LAX. ...

  39. Smokey Roads A&E Blogs Tuggboat Art Life February 20, 2014

    Hey. My song today comes from Tommy James and the Shondells classic album Crimson and Clover. The song is called “Smokey Roads”.

  40. Nordic Ski Team Rides Strong Season Into Nationals Front Page Slideshow Sports February 20, 2014

    Whitman students rejoiced in the recent snow flurries, using the white tundra of Ankney as a field for snowball fights and building snowmen. While the near foot of snow brought fun and games, Whitman’s Nordic Ski Team used it as a rare opportunity to get practice runs in around Ankney ...

  41. Physical Plant Staff Defeats Another Winter Feature Feature Highlight February 20, 2014

    On Feb. 11, 2014 President George Bridges held a lunch to honor the heroic efforts of Physical Plant employees, specifically members of the grounds crew, during the past couple weeks of harsh winter conditions.

  42. Organic Garden Weathers Winter, Waits for Spring Feature February 20, 2014

    With snow falling hard last week, many students had to adjust to the cold realities of winter in Walla Walla, but for Whitman College’s Organic Garden and its caretakers, this kind of snowfall is just another part of their seasonal cycle.

  43. Student Entrepreneur Senior Alecia Lindsay Pursues Photography Passion A&E February 20, 2014

    Most college-level photographers aspiring to make money off of professional portraits have been interested in a photography career for many years. Senior Alecia Lindsay, however, only needed a spontaneous burst of passion.

  44. SEC to Fund More International Internships ASWC News February 20, 2014

    ASWC’s 2013 lift on the ban on college-supported international travel will affect Student Engagement Center (SEC) funded internships for this coming summer. Students will be able to apply for jobs abroad and receive college funding to spend their summer there.

  45. Women’s Tennis Seeks Winning Mentality Sports Sports Highlight Varsity Sports Whitman Tennis February 20, 2014

    Not only did the women’s Tennis team win a Northwest Conference title last spring, but they also went to the NCAA National tournament, proving they were truly a force to be reckoned with. This season, the goal is no different for the team, as they look not just to make ...

  46. Foreign Films Offer Language-Learning Opportunity A&E February 20, 2014

    Take a look at columnist Vincent Warne's suggestions for foreign films available in Penrose Library.

  47. Mease not Mooses: Size Does Matter Campus Cartoon Opinion February 20, 2014

    Cartoon by Asa Mease.

  48. Journalists in Sochi Need to Gain Perspective Sports February 20, 2014

    By this point everyone following the Olympic games has heard of or read the torrent of coverage from the Western media in Sochi complaining about the conditions of hotels and how unprepared Russia was for the Olympics to begin. In fact, the Twitter account that highlights these issues, “Sochi Problems," ...

  49. Lessons of Obama’s Presidency Should Not Be Saved for Farewell Address Opinion February 20, 2014

    When George Orwell first arrived in Barcelona in 1936, as described in "Homage to Catalonia," he believed he had witnessed a legitimate and profound social revolution. “Every shop and café had an inscription saying that it had been collectivized … Waiters and shop-walkers looked you in the face and treated you ...

  50. Keep Whitman Divestment Buzz Alive Columnists Opinion February 20, 2014

    For those of you who don’t know, the situation for Whitman College’s fossil fuel divestment campaign has taken a sharp turn. Until now, the members of the 350 council have focused on changing the minds on the Board of Trustees, who just released a statement some might think puts the ...

  51. Divest Whitman Moves in New Direction News February 20, 2014

    Despite the Board of Trustees stating in a letter released on Feb. 8 that Whitman will not divest from fossil fuel companies, the student group Divest Whitman hasn't lost sight of their goal for the college to divest.

  52. Did Big 12 Let Marcus Smart Off Hook? Sports Web Only February 20, 2014

    On February 9th against Texas Tech, Marcus Smart crossed one of the last lines in all of sports. He interacted with a heckling fan, more specifically entering the stands and physically engaging him. For his actions he was suspended for only 3 games.

  53. United States Must Reconsider Rhetoric of ‘Corpse for Corpse’ Opinion February 20, 2014

    On Tuesday, Feb. 11, Washington governor Jay Inslee announced that he would suspend the death penalty for the duration of his term. Washington will execute none of its nine death row inmates until Inslee leaves office. It’s a good indicator of Inslee’s opinion on the topic and hopefully a predictor ...

  54. Makers of ‘Granito: How to Nail a Dictator’ Lead Documentary Workshop News February 20, 2014

    "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator" tells the story of how footage from Yates' first documentary, "When the Mountains Tremble", was used in the January, 2012 trial against the military and the Guatemalan government for the Guatemalan genocide.

  55. Obama Comes Out As Dog Person Humor February 20, 2014

    Our nation's leader doesn't love cats. What else is he hiding?

  56. Announcements on Local Club Presidents Humor February 20, 2014

    What are they up to?

  57. Mrs. Teed: A Profile Humor February 20, 2014

    Catching up with the Teeds

  58. Presidents’ Day Crossword Puzzle Humor February 20, 2014

    This week's theme is fun facts about U.S. presidents. [caption id="attachment_83173" align="aligncenter" width="605"] Illustration by MaryAnne Bowen.[/caption] Across: 4. Loved skinny dipping in the Potomac 7. Very fat, once got stuck in a bathtub 8. Only Roman Catholic president to date 9. Captain of his high ...

  59. New Whitman Commercials Draw on Filmmaking Students’ Talents A&E A&E Highlight Front Page Slideshow February 20, 2014

    This upcoming Saturday, Feb. 22 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. a group of approximately 150 students will gather to help film a new commercial promoting Whitman’s small and personal community.

  60. Power and Privilege Symposium Encourages Difficult Discussions News February 20, 2014

    The second annual Power and Privilege Symposium is today, Thursday, February 20th, 2014. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Understanding Identity.” Classes are canceled, and a variety of panels and workshops have been scheduled from 9am until 5pm.

  61. Homelessness Activists Address Cold Weather Community Front Page Slideshow News February 20, 2014

    During freezing temperatures earlier this winter, volunteers and community leaders converted the First Congregational Church into an emergency warming center for the city’s homeless. The center provided warm cots to those homeless who could not or preferred not to sleep in Walla Walla's existing shelters.

  62. Beck’s New LP Marks Impressive Change A&E Reviews February 20, 2014

    Beck has been curiously absent from the music scene for the past few years, or at least hiding in the background. He has kept himself busy producing, collaborating with other artists, occasionally touring and releasing the occasional single, as well as undertaking his odd 2012 Songbook project. But he hasn't ...

  63. Senior ASWC Senator Steps Down News News Highlight February 20, 2014

    After serving as ­­Senator for the Fall semester, senior Nilce Alvarez has decided to take step down from her position on Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) due to health reasons.

  64. Winter in Walla Walla Feature Weekly Topic February 20, 2014

    As the weather continues to warm up, The Pioneer talks to some of the people who are most looking forward to spring—the students and staff who help maintain the campus through the winter months.

  65. Voices of the Community: Issue 4 Opinion Voices of the Community February 20, 2014

    What are you most excited for about the Power and Privilege Symposium? Videographer Nilce Alvarez takes a look at what the community is most excited about at the Power and Privilege Symposium on Thursday, February 20.

  66. Suzi Q: Slam Poet Media Videos February 20, 2014

    Videographer Nilce Alvarez takes a look into the performance of slam poet Suzi Q, who performed at Reid Coffeehouse on Saturday, Feb. 15.

  67. Production Night Live Blog for Feb. 19 Editors' Blog Production Night Blog February 19, 2014

    What follows is a faithful account of the production of Issue 4 (taking place the evening of Feb. 19/early morning of Feb. 20) as witnessed by me, The Pioneer’s Editor-in-Chief.

  68. Men’s Basketball Falls Short in Second Battle of the Whits Men's Basketball Scores Sports Sports Highlight Weekend Recaps February 19, 2014

    In the second Battle of the Whits in men's basketball this season, both teams, Whitman and Whitworth had their fair share of ups and downs through out the 40 minutes of play. However it was the 13th ranked Whitworth who prevailed, coming out on top to the Missionaries 79-76 ...

  69. Rethinking Gender Roles One Woman Round Table Web Only February 18, 2014

    What if gender roles were reversed?

  70. Men’s Basketball Honors Seniors In Winning Fashion, Splits Last Two-Game Home Stand Sports Weekend Recaps February 17, 2014

    With a crucial win in a two-game home series this weekend to lock up at least a number two seed going into the Northwest Conference playoffs, the Whitman men’s basketball team delivered in exciting fashion.

  71. State of the Union A&E Blogs Tuggboat Art Life February 16, 2014

    Today, I’ve been listening to a cool ditty written and sung by Destroyer called “State of the Union”. It comes from his strongest album, City of Daughters, released in 1998.

  72. Woven Metal Under Close Examination February 16, 2014

    Whitman has gone through a whirlwind of weather changes. In the last few weeks, I have seen snow deep enough to bury everyone's Birkenstocks, enough sunshine to melt it all away, drizzling rain, and even a rolling, fleet of fog.

  73. InterNation Celebrates Cultural Stories From Around World Media Media Highlight Photo Essay Photos February 15, 2014

    Last Saturday, Feb. 8, Beyond Borders Club (BBC) hosted the InterNation Celebration at the Young Ballroom in Reid Campus Center. It was a night of dance, music, traditional attire and cultural stories from around the world! [portfolio_slideshow]    

  74. Advocates Continue to Struggle Against Racism Feature Feature Highlight February 13, 2014

    According to students belonging to racial minorities, the problem of racism is not a new one on campus, nor a small one. These individuals have not been silent, but their voices have not been heard as much as they should have been over the years, and many believe it is ...

  75. Spouses in Bands Make Musical Chemistry A&E February 13, 2014

    Sometimes, bands are created by married couples who work together to make great music, and the harmony in their relationship is translated through their music.

  76. Students Want More Open Conversations on Race Feature February 13, 2014

    Last semester, two Whitman students' Facebook conservation about cultural appropriation spiraled into an online debate about race on campus. This semester, many are reflecting on recent race-related incidents and their effects on the community.

  77. One Acts Exhibit Power of Whitman Unity A&E A&E Highlight Events February 13, 2014

    Have you ever noticed the correlation between the fun you have and the fun you see others having? For example, let's say you’re sitting in the middle of a lecture, and the person on your right is falling asleep, while the person on your left is doodling. You're more than ...

  78. LGBTQ Athletes Still Search for Place at Whitman Sports February 13, 2014

    Whitman's varsity sports program provides a clash of ideals for LGBTQ athletes who choose to play for the Missionaries. While the college prides itself on being progressive and inclusive, the sports world can often be rigid and conservative. When these perceived opposites meet, which wins out?

  79. Mease not Mooses: Snow Campus Cartoon Opinion February 13, 2014

    Cartoon by Asa Mease.

  80. Board of Trustees Meets to Address Diversity, Divestment ASWC Events News February 13, 2014

    The Board of Trustees met on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 6 and 7, to discuss student concerns of diversity and divestment. Student representatives to the Board of Trustees' Student Life Committee presented students' thoughts on issues including race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.

  81. Whitman Students to bring ‘Romance on Main Street’ A&E Events February 13, 2014

    Three elements of a romantic evening—wine (for those older than 21), comedy and smooth jazz—will converge at Main Street Studios in the show “Romance on Main Street," which takes place at 7 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.

  82. Power and Privilege Symposium Step in Right Direction Opinion February 13, 2014

    In mid-December, I, along with over 100 faculty members, attended a special faculty meeting to vote on a motion to cancel classes on Thursday, Feb. 20 in order to convene the Power and Privilege Symposium. Pen to paper, the faculty in attendance voted, and the motion passed by an overwhelming ...

  83. Mounier Motivated by Methodical Mental Approach Sports Sports Profiles Through their eyes Varsity Sports February 13, 2014

    Every night, like clockwork, Matt Mounier, a junior guard on the men's basketball team, plans out his schedule for the next day – down to the hour – and records it in a notebook. The reason for this rigid schedule? According to Mounier, he constantly strives for success.

  84. Administration To Promote Race-Related Education Feature February 13, 2014

    Ever since the Rally Against Racism last fall provoked a campus-wide conversation about race, the Whitman administration has been keen to promote future discussions on the issue.

  85. Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on Whitman as ‘Unpretentious’ Liberal Arts College Letter to the Editor February 13, 2014

    I’ve often heard it said that people at Whitman don’t talk about race. It is quite true that an impoverished lexicon for discussions of race and racism exists at our institution, but this is not unique to Whitman—it is a generalized problem typifying political discourse in the United States, ...

  86. Student Fee Increase Forecasts More Money for Clubs ASWC News February 13, 2014

    The Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) raised the student fee to $360 for the next academic year, an increase of $10 from last year. Senators hope the increase will allow more funding for the Whitman Events Board (WEB), clubs, campus media organizations and other aspects of student life funded ...

  87. Sheehan Gallery Prepares to Open Mokuhanga Exhibit A&E Events February 13, 2014

    Creating art can take a lot of time and effort, but putting together a collection of art can take just as long. The Abstract American Mokuhanga exhibit at the Sheehan Gallery, opening next Wednesday, Feb. 19, has been years in the making.

  88. Valentine’s Day Word Search Humor February 13, 2014

    Wonder what your Valentine’s Day has in store? Try this fun Super Magic Valentine’s Day Fortune-Telling Word Search! Finally, a chance to find true love words!* B U Y M E D I N N...

  89. Men’s Lacrosse Counts On Home Field Advantage Sports February 13, 2014

    To an athlete, it doesn’t get much better than playing at home. It means no travel, no hotels, no rowdy opposing fans. It means playing in a familiar place, not losing valuable sleep from travel and best of all, having close friends cheering for you and jeering at whoever is ...

  90. A surprising maturity in “The Lego Movie” A&E Movie Reviews Web Only February 13, 2014

    When the closing credits of the Lego Movie ended, I was exhausted from laughing, and I probably enjoyed the movie more than the kids.

  91. Intercultural Center Outdoor Program Trip Creates Mixed Emotions Opinion February 13, 2014

    Growing up in urban, working class, immigrant neighborhoods, I never felt a claim to anything in nature. The land we were on was government owned, or I knew we could pick up and move any second. Why, I thought? Why didn't I feel like this part of nature could be ...

  92. Athletes Deserve Right to Unionize Sports February 13, 2014

    The news broke a few weeks ago that Northwestern University starting quarterback, Kain Colter, as well as a few other college athlete advocates had taken the first steps to organize a union for the college football players at Northwestern. Colter worked with player advocate Ramogi Huma to submit paperwork to ...

  93. Visiting Professors Balance Uncertainty, Passion News February 13, 2014

    Among the various types of faculty on the Whitman campus, the visiting professor holds an unusual place. Though most stay for only one year, there always seem to be plenty around.

  94. Just the Tips! Humor February 13, 2014

    For those of us who need a little help when it comes to the physics of the bedroom. Here's a hint: memorize the equations for force and velocity.

  95. Open Dialogue about Race Will Allow All Individuals to Develop Further Understanding Opinion February 13, 2014

    Last semester was tough. The school I loved turned into a place that caused me to feel anxious when talking about a topic that resonates with me the most: the topic of race.

  96. It’s Complicated: couple not posting enough photos on facebook Humor February 13, 2014

    If the internet doesn't know about your relationship, does it really exist?

  97. Letter to the Editor: Response to ‘Residence Life Shuts Down Camp Whitman’ Letter to the Editor February 13, 2014

    I wanted to express my thoughts about the article published entitled "Residence Life Shuts Down Camp Whitman," published in a recent edition of The Pio. While I understand it is unfortunate that underclassmen will find it more difficult to stay through commencement, I believe that this article does not fairly ...

  98. Student Finds Instances of Discrimination Rare Inside Whitman College Community Opinion February 13, 2014

    Of the many issues contained within this recent debate on campus regarding race and diversity, one that I've heard mentioned more than a few times is isolation. That is to say, some people considered diverse, be it racially, sexually or socioeconomically, feel isolated on a campus overwhelmingly comprised of white, ...

  99. Students Struggle With Concussion Aftermath Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight February 13, 2014

    Thirteen concussions were reported to the Dean of Students in Fall 2013, a sharp increase from previous years. Students and staff believe that higher numbers were reported last semester because of heightened awareness about the seriousness of concussions and their impact on the brain.

  100. Respectfully engage others when discussing issues of race Opinion February 13, 2014

    This guest column was written by Olivia Hagel '16 Last semester, the Whitman community was filled with significant buzz surrounding issues of racism and privilege on campus. And now, well into 2014 and a few short days from this year’s Power and Privilege Symposium, students continue to raise important ...

  101. Whitman Science Department Needs Diversity Columnists Front Page Slideshow Opinion February 13, 2014

    At first glance, the Hall of Science, with its fancy chemistry equipment, lecture halls with built-in computer desks and display cases of taxidermy animals, might seem like it has something for everyone.

  102. Mertens Hopeful for Change in Sports Culture Front Page Slideshow Sports Sports Highlight February 13, 2014

    In Conner Merten’s hometown of Kennewick, Washington, it was not uncommon for him to hear his athletic teammates, coaches or fans say things such as “you suck dick” or “fag.” However, following his winter break from Williamette this year, after years of confusion, self-resentment and acting what his community perceived ...

  103. The Struggle Against Racism Feature Weekly Topic February 13, 2014

    Students and administration discuss the progress of the Whitman community's continuing conversation about race, where it has been and where it may go in the future.

  104. Geography Crossword Answers Humor Web Only February 13, 2014

  105. Production Night Live Blog for February 12 Blogs Editors' Blog Production Night Blog February 12, 2014

    What follows is a faithful account of the production of Issue 3 (taking place the evening of Feb. 12/early morning of Feb. 13.) as witnessed by me, The Pioneer’s Managing Editor. 5:27 p.m.: PA Jess was eating a conversation heart and it reminded me to start the Live Blog! 5:35 p.m.: We are ...

  106. Handing down History A Whittie Look at the Past Blogs February 12, 2014

    Welcome to the wonderful history of Whitman and Walla Walla! This blog will feature different objects from the Penrose Archives each week in a discussion of regional and college history. The objects I have chosen this week are symbolic of this inaugural entry of the blog.

  107. Is That a Person Or Is That Photoshop? One Woman Round Table Web Only February 12, 2014

    Discussing the photo editing of women's bodies in the media.

  108. Take Off Your Cool A&E Blogs Tuggboat Art Life February 11, 2014

    Hey. My song today is a sweet little ballad called "Take Off Your Cool", performed by Outkast’s Andre Three-Stacks and the lovely, ultra-chill jazzpop vocalist Norah Jones. It’s simple, yet arrestingly elegant and speaks to an issue that many people may struggle with at the beginning of a relationship (or ...

  109. Senate Round Up February 9 ASWC Unpacked February 11, 2014

    At the second senate meeting of this semester, ASWC passed a GlobeMed finance request, approved the 2014-2015 ASWC student fee, approved two nominations, and reviewed investigations by the Oversight Committee. After some debate concerning the amount to be allocated, the senate passed GlobeMed’s request for $2250 to send six ...

  110. The Importance of Traveling with Like-Minded People Off-Campus Blogs Sprechen Sie Englisch? February 10, 2014

    My week-long trip to Italy started out as a disaster. Not only was our train to Florence canceled two times due to snow, but our first encounter with staff from the Austrian train company, ÖBB, left a rotten taste in our mouths as they helped everyone but us get a refund. ...

  111. Gynosperm means naked seed Off-Campus Blogs February 9, 2014

    I’m not a huge plant person, even though I’m a biology major. There is one thing I remember quite clearly from my intro to biology course, however: gymnosperm means naked seed. The term “gymnosperm” comes from the Greek word for “naked seeds.” The word “gymnasium” also derives from the same root, ...

  112. Board of Trustees States College Will Not Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies ASWC News February 8, 2014

    A little more than a year after various student and faculty discussions began regarding Whitman's divestment against fossil fuels, the Whitman Board of Trustees released an official statement on the movement deciding not to pursue divestment at this point in time. The response ...

  113. Why don’t we have school on a Thursday? ASWC Unpacked February 7, 2014

    Class will be cancel Thursday, February 20, 2014 to encourage attendance at the Power and Privilege Symposium titled "Understanding Identity."

  114. Hey – Welcome to Tuggboat Art Life Blogs Tuggboat Art Life February 7, 2014

    Welcome to Tuggboat Art Life. This is my blog.

  115. Divest Whitman Hopes Personal Letters Lead to Public Response Front Page Slideshow News February 6, 2014

    Since ASWC passed a resolution last spring calling for a committee to look into the possibility of divestment, no official response from the college has been given. In response, Divest Whitman turned to the letters as a new, untried method of communication between students, alumni and the administration.

  116. Spring Transfers Ready for Round Two Feature Feature Highlight February 6, 2014

    All first-year students leave something behind when they come to Whitman College— home, friends, routines—but students transferring from other colleges mid-year get to say those goodbyes twice.

  117. Mining for Music A&E February 6, 2014

    As someone who relishes the feeling of finding tasty tunes and learning more about the bands I'm listening to, I see no reason to wait for the next revolution in the cycle. If you are also not a fan of waiting, check out these websites that can assist you in ...

  118. Admission Accepts Fewer Transfer Students This Spring Feature February 6, 2014

    This spring Whitman College welcomed seven new students to its ranks. Though the number of admitted students in the spring may vary from year to year, admission officers say that the criteria for admission remain the same.

  119. Women’s Soccer Looks to Move On After Cato Steps Down Sports Varsity Sports February 6, 2014

    Earlier this week, the Whitman women’s soccer team suffered a setback that may be felt on the team for years to come. Former women's soccer head coach Heather Cato has left Whitman for another coaching opportunity at Rogers State University in Oklahoma.

  120. Farm to School Network Brings Garden Clubs to Local Elementary Students Community News Outdoors February 6, 2014

    Farm to School pairs Walla Walla elementary schools and high schools with local food producers in order to bring local healthy food into cafeterias. The Whitman Composting Club is also getting involved with the program by visiting the garden clubs as guest lecturers.

  121. Beyond Borders Club Hosts Third Annual InterNation Celebration A&E February 6, 2014

    When talking about Whitman, it's hard to avoid the resounding stereotype that the school has little cultural diversity. However, sophomore Phuong Le, president of the Beyond Borders Club, is hoping to change that misconception with the third annual InterNation Celebration, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 in the ...

  122. Mease Not Mooses: Beer Posers Campus Cartoon Opinion February 6, 2014

    Cartoon by Asa Mease.

  123. Is Justin Bieber Immune to the Pains of Deportation? Opinion February 6, 2014

    For many immigrants in the United States, these incidents would have immediately resulted in detainment and deportation without access to the due process Bieber has been given. He has not been deported because he has not been convicted of his "alleged" crimes yet, but many of the immigrants who have ...

  124. Girl Scouts Serves As Feminist Outlet Columnists Opinion February 6, 2014

    For my 20th birthday, my parents gave me a lifetime membership to the Girl Scouts of the United States. Being a Girl Scout shaped my identity when I was growing up, and I remained a member until I graduated from high school. I view my involvement with Girl Scouts as ...

  125. Baseball Looks to Take Next Step Towards Contention Baseball Sports Sports Highlight February 6, 2014

    Together as one – from the field to the dugout, these three simple words serve as the motto that drives the Whitman baseball team day in and day out. Coming off the best season in school history since 1975, the team looks to build on their recent success behind a ...

  126. Looking Toward Future Can Give Hope to Environmentalists Columnists Opinion February 6, 2014

    If you have been reading these pages since May 2013, you may recall the last time my name appeared here at the head of a sign-off column in which I questioned the hopes of the environmentalist movement, my own commitment to it and the progress of mankind. I concluded that ...

  127. Civil Rights Leader Diane Nash Visits Campus Campus Community Events Events News Politics February 6, 2014

    Renowned Civil Rights Movement activist Diane Nash visited campus last week, holding a training in nonviolent activism for students and giving a lecture in Cordiner Hall.

  128. Whitman Online Makes Networking With Alumni Easier for Students News February 6, 2014

    Whitman students can now access Whitman's extensive alumni network through the Whitman Online program. In order to use the network, students must attend a mandatory training session, where they learn how to use the system and interact with alumni professionally.

  129. Obama Protests Putin’s Anti-Gay Legislation, Adds American Football to Olympic Games Humor February 6, 2014

    In light of the recent controversy surrounding Russian President Vladimir Putin’s homophobic policies, President Obama decided to add the Super Bowl to the 2014 Olympic line up without consulting the International Olympic Committee. Critics condemned the move as a desperate act of patriotism. Obama refuted these claims, however, stating that ...

  130. Olympic Haikus Humor February 6, 2014

    The Pioneer's staff poet snuck in to the Olympics and covered it the only way she knew how.

  131. Winter sport? True or false! Humor February 6, 2014

    Because sometimes it's hard to tell

  132. Winter Sports Humor February 6, 2014

    Here are some sports you don't want to miss this winter.

  133. World Geography Crossword Humor February 6, 2014

    Where in the world is the world?

  134. Residence Life Shuts Down Camp Whitman Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight February 6, 2014

    Residence Life brings an end to Camp Whitman, the period between the end of finals and graduation. Students must move out of residence halls by Thursday, May 22 this year, in order to prevent disruptive behavior.

  135. ‘What I Be’ Project Aims to Empower Students A&E A&E Highlight Front Page Slideshow February 6, 2014

    This week, the Whitman Events Board, the Office of Admission and the Whitman Active Minds Club have brought a unique art and social justice project to campus called "What I Be."

  136. Campbell Honored, Excited To Compete in Sochi Sports February 6, 2014

    How does someone go from being born on a couch in Chocolate Hole, a sleepy bay on the island of St. John, US Virgin Islands, to competing in the slalom and giant slalom events in the 2014 Sochi Olympics? Just ask Jasmine Campbell, a Whitman student who is taking a ...

  137. Starting in Spring Feature Weekly Topic February 6, 2014

    This week the Pioneer speaks to students who started their Whitman career halfway through the year, plus a look at the process of admitting so-called "Jan-starts."

  138. Backtracking: Ten Days with Birthright Living in History Web Only February 6, 2014

    As I mentioned earlier,  my Birthright trip was a medium through which I stopped feeling like a tourist here and started to be able to envision myself being a living part of Israel. As things become more and more familiar, and as I finally finish putting up pieces of home around ...

  139. Voices of the Community: Issue 2 Opinion Voices of the Community February 6, 2014

    What aspect of the Winter Olympics are you most looking forward to? Videographer Tanner Bowersox polls the community on what they look forward to about the Winter Olympics.

  140. Bust of a Super Bowl Has More than Meets the Eye Sports February 5, 2014

    Sunday marked one of the biggest beatdowns in Super Bowl history, with the Seattle Seahawks winning 43-8 after leading the Denver Broncos for 59:48 of the 60 minutes of gameplay. This win marked the Seahawks' first ever Super Bowl victory, and the first major title for Seattle since 1979.

  141. Production Night Live Blog for February 5 Editors' Blog Production Night Blog February 5, 2014

    What follows is a faithful account of the production of Issue 1 (taking place the evening of Feb. 5/early morning of Feb. 6.) as witnessed by me, The Pioneer’s Managing Editor. 5:33 p.m.: "I forgot to the start the Live Blog!" At least I realized it myself this time. 5:35 p.m.: Production Manager ...

  142. To Be Or Not To Be a Feminist One Woman Round Table Web Only February 4, 2014

    I’m going to talk about feminism. Of late, I have noticed a trend in the media of some female figures accusing other female figures of not being "feminist enough." Take, for example, the attacks against first lady Michelle Obama for declaring herself "mom-in-chief." Women have claimed that this title inherently implies ...

  143. Men’s Basketball Welcomes Eisenhardt Back With Win Sports Weekend Recaps February 3, 2014

    The Whitman Men's Basketball team started the second round of conference play off strong with a 78-69 win over Pacific University. Along with the win, Whitman welcomed back senior forward Ben Eisenhardt, who appeared in his first game since sustaining an injury in November 2013.

  144. Women’s Basketball Moves to 18-0 With Win Over Pacific Scores Sports Varsity Sports Weekend Recaps Women's Basketball February 3, 2014

    In Friday night’s game against the Pacific University Boxers, the Whitman women’s basketball team did what they’ve been doing all season long; shot consistently, defended aggressively, rebounded well, and won. With their 65-55 victory over the Boxers, the Missionaries move to 18-0 on the season and 9-0 in Northwest Conference ...

  145. Voices of the Community: Issue 1 Opinion Voices of the Community February 3, 2014

    What initiatives do you think the U.S. should take regarding climate change? [portfolio_slideshow] Photographer Marra Clay polls the community on what they think the U.S. should do in regards to climate change.  

  146. Down North Brings the Funk to Coffeehouse A&E Events Events Reviews February 1, 2014

    Seattle-based foursome Down North brought their unique brand of funky, rocking soul music to Coffeehouse this past Friday, Jan. 31.