Alyssa Fairbanks


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  1. Senior profiles Circuit Feature Weekly Topic May 9, 2012

    Rarely do Whitman students get the chance to hear about the innovative projects and newsworthy accomplishments of classmates beyond their immediate friend group. The Pioneer sat down with several graduating seniors—with a diverse range of academic passions and other interests around campus—to discuss both their time at Whitman and their plans ...

  2. Interview with Professor David Schmitz A&E Circuit May 9, 2012

    The labels that have been assigned to current college-aged youth are endless, from the multitaskers and echo boomers, to the "Yes-We-Can" generation. The Pioneer sat down with Professor David Schmitz, the Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History, to place a discussion of generational labels in its historical context. As a ...

  3. Infographic: Feature April 26, 2012

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  4. Consumer Conciousness Feature Weekly Topic April 26, 2012

    This week Feature was inspired by a recent Seattle Times article: "Amazon a virtual no-show in hometown philanthropy." We sought to shed light on the interplay between big corporations and small local shops in Walla Walla. Ultimately, does buying local rather than corporate matter to Whitman students?

  5. $400 million endowment explored Feature Weekly Topic April 19, 2012

    Whitman's $400 million endowment remains a mystery to many students. This week Feature delved into the substance behind the numbers; attempting to understand where the money comes from and what initiatives it supports here on campus.

  6. Harvesting profits Feature Weekly Topic April 12, 2012

    Wine and onions foster a local economy centered on specialty products.

  7. Beyond grapes: L’Ecole No 41 extends influence to community Feature April 12, 2012

    Founded in 1983, L'Ecole No 41 is one of the oldest wineries in the Walla Walla Valley. The family-owned winery is located in the historic Frenchtown School in Lowden.

  8. Spring day tripping Feature Weekly Topic April 5, 2012

    Spring in Walla Walla offers the chance for a mid-semester adventure.

  9. Professors’ Personal Libraries A&E Circuit March 28, 2012

    Questions: 1. What are your top five favorite books of all time? 2. What was the most life-changing book you read while in college or at grad school? Why? 3. What is a book that you are eager to add to your collection? Don Snow, senior ...

  10. Maple Counter Café does brisk business with traditional family flavor A&E Circuit March 13, 2012

    Walking through the massive front doors of Maple Counter Café, one is enveloped by an atmosphere of warm, farmhouse style comfort. This welcoming atmosphere is created by the hard work of Kory and Rachel Nagler, the proprietors. “My family is a restaurant family. I was literally raised in a restaurant a ...

  11. Wanted: male volunteers Weekly Topic March 1, 2012

    Why is community service on campus largely dominated by female students?

  12. Now is the Time Feature Weekly Topic February 23, 2012

    Fundraising campaign supports expansion of experiential learning and international emphasis.

  13. Religion confronts secular present Weekly Topic February 16, 2012

    Founder's Day prompts discussion of religious life and the history of secularization at Whitman College.

  14. Reflections from Whitties abroad Feature Weekly Topic January 26, 2012

    Recent study abroad returnees share stories and eye-opening experiences through photos and memories.

  15. Profile: Kristin Vining, Whitman College music assistant A&E Circuit December 13, 2011

    On a rather gray day in November, The Pioneersat down to chat with Kristin Vining, music assistant here at Whitman College about teaching, composing, and musical inspiration. [caption id="attachment_41743" align="alignright" width="555"] Contributed by: Kristin Vining[/caption] Upon approaching her office, the sound ...

  16. Keeping warm in winter with tasty holiday drinks A&E Circuit Food Review December 13, 2011

    As chilly winter weather sets in, what could be more tempting than a warm holiday drink or something sparkling to welcome in the New Year? Here are a few recipes perfect for sipping on while studying by the fire in Reid or to impress friends at an upcoming party!

  17. What’s the price of unpaid student internships? Feature Weekly Topic December 8, 2011

    Students discuss the pros and cons of unpaid summer internships

  18. Diagnosing Whitman Feature Weekly Topic November 10, 2011

    Students sound off about campus health care and Welty center responds to concerns over treatment.

  19. Professors discuss cross-departmental perceptions of Whitman academics Feature November 3, 2011

    As pre-registration approaches and finals loom, those students ready to declare may be questioning their choice of major. Though it is impossible to represent every major on campus, professors from each division speak to the uniqueness of their own field and the competition between departments on campus.

  20. Majorly competitive? Feature Weekly Topic November 3, 2011

    Feature highlights major competition, merits of liberal arts degree.

  21. KWCW reverberates through community Breaking News Feature Weekly Topic October 27, 2011

    Turn on, tune in . . . Feature explores KWCW's diverse array of programming and links to the community.

  22. Cashing in Feature Weekly Topic October 20, 2011

    Whitties make bank. Features profiles self-started student business ventures.

  23. Section stereotypes Feature Weekly Topic October 13, 2011

    Do students fit the supposed reputations of the residence halls and particular sections in which they are placed? This week, Feature tested the validity of these stereotypes with residents of various dorm sections and looked at the history of our residence halls.

  24. When walls talk: Section stereotypes, residence hall history Feature Feature Highlight October 13, 2011

    Do students fit the supposed reputations of the residence halls and particular sections in which they are placed? This week, Feature tested the validity of these stereotypes with residents of various dorm sections and looked at the history of our residence halls.

  25. Beyond the bubble Feature Weekly Topic October 6, 2011

    For many Whitman students, service to the community is a crucial cornerstone of their experience at college. Community service often becomes a launching point for involvement in Teach for America, Peace Corps and other popular post-Whitman programs that span the globe. This week, Feature investigates how this passion for community ...

  26. Blogging Whitman Feature Weekly Topic September 29, 2011

    The film "Julie & Julia," which hit theaters summer of 2009, was the first motion picture based on a blog. Although not as often talked about as social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, blogging is a consistently popular form of internet expression. Blogs that cover almost any subject ...

  27. Diversity 2015 Feature Weekly Topic September 22, 2011

    Is Whitman a diverse campus?  The class of 2015 is made up of fewer international and first-generation students than in years past. This week, Feature investigates the reasons behind these dropping numbers. However, students and members of the Administration look beyond statistics to question what really defines diversity.  

  28. ASWC Vision ’11/’12 Feature Weekly Topic September 15, 2011

    Another academic year offers the Associated Students of Whitman College the chance to make their campaign promises a reality. After the struggle to gain student representation on the curriculum committee last semester, the newly elected ASWC Executive Council and senators promise to increase student involvement in administrative decisions this year. ...

  29. Advice from seasoned Whitties Feature Feature Highlight September 8, 2011

    Try something you've never done before; write for The Pioneer, sing in Schwa, play IM football. Your first month at Whitman is the perfect time to start. Explore Walla Walla and get involved in the community beyond our comfortable Whitman bubble.

  30. Whittie Wisdom Feature Weekly Topic September 8, 2011

    This week Feature asked a variety of Whitman seniors for advice and words of wisdom that they wish they had received in the fall of 2008.

  31. Corrections to issue 3: News February 17, 2011

    The illustration accompanying "Locals juggle, dance at Inland Octopus" on page 4 should be credited to Johanson. The photo accompanying "Annual Once-Act show hits campus" on page 4 should be credited to Brandon Fennell.

  32. Best Senior Instrumentalist: Alex Abrams A&E May 18, 2009

    Alex Abrams, a music major with an emphasis on performance, plays the cello. He has played the cello for 13 years. Abrams said that he has only really been playing the cello seriously for four of those years. Abrams grew up in Blaine, Washington where he attended the local high school. His ...

  33. WANTED: Craigslist stories, safety tips for campus users A&E May 7, 2009

    After the recent rash of “Craigslist Murders," is it still safe or practical for Whitman students to use Craigslist? On April 23, 2009, The New York Daily News reported that police had arrested Philip Markoff, the suspected “Craigslist Killer" of model Julissa Brisman who advertised her services online. The Boston University ...

  34. Casting for breast cancer A&E April 30, 2009

    [caption id="attachment_5312" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Credit: Varonin"][/caption] The brightly colored plaster breast moulds hanging around campus hint at a unique event put on by the Fine Arts House (FAH): their annual breast casting day. Anyone interested had the opportunity to make a ...

  35. Summer Fashion Report A&E April 30, 2009

      Actual sunshine, leaves emerging on the trees, flying Frisbees on Ankeny: all signs that summer is coming to campus. With summer's imminent approach we find ourselves wondering: What should we be wearing? gives us a helpful guide to summer 2009's fashion trends. 1.   Sheer Fabrics: see through, soft, ...

  36. Conservatives on campus feel their voices are sometimes not heard A&E April 23, 2009

    Judging merely from the jubilation that enveloped the campus on Tuesday, Nov. 4 when President Obama was elected, it is easy to make the assumption that Whitman College is extremely liberal. However, there are conservatives here on campus that struggle to make their voices heard. Junior Lauren Bolkovatz said that life ...

  37. Dabbles in Bloom blossom in second performance A&E April 16, 2009

    Music bloomed in Whitman's amphitheater Thursday, April 9 as first-year Adriel Borshansky's band performed their concert "Dabbles in Bloom" in front of a large crowd. Borshansky, singer, song writer and guitarist, was joined by other first-years Rimmy Doowa (vocals), Sam Epstein (bass and saxophone), Aaron Zalman (guitar) and senior Nick Gottschall ...

  38. ‘Cool the Schools’ campaign reaches out to local kids Community April 9, 2009

    The "Cool the Schools Campaign" seeks to open an active dialogue with the youth of Walla Walla concerning current environmental issues facing the globe. The Whitman College Environmental Education for Kids Club (EEK), Youth Adventure Program (YAP) and the Campus Climate Challenge (CCC) worked with the Sustainable Living Center of ...

  39. Water polo gains popularity, grows as a club sport Sports March 12, 2009

    Water polo, an under-the-radar club sport at Whitman College, is making a splash as it grows in popularity. This season the club has nearly 30 students signed up to play, practicing every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at Paul Harvey Pool. The team is made up of a diverse group: seasoned ...

  40. Architecture over the years Feature March 12, 2009

    Walking through campus, one sees a variety of different architectural styles, from all-brick residence halls like Prentiss to the romanesque Memorial Hall. Do any of these buildings have secrets hiding behind closed doors? Have the same buildings always been here, or was there something else long before our time on ...

  41. Alpine, Nordic teams finish strong at regional races Sports February 26, 2009

    The Alpine and Nordic Ski teams both raced to an awesome finish last weekend (Feb. 19-21) in their respective West Regional Championship races. The Alpine team competed at the Mt. Rose Ski Resort near Reno, Nevada and the Nordic team competed at the Auburn Ski Club near Truckee, California.

  42. Cycling team receives extra funds, hopes for coach, trip to nationals Sports February 26, 2009

    The Whitman Cycling Team is speeding its way towards nationals with the help of the $5,500 they received from ASWC. Earlier this school year the Cycling Team requested and received a onetime grant of $40,000 from the Student Development Fund.   "The senate reviewed it in accordance to the criteria stated ...

  43. Behind bars, art comes from inside the Pen A&E February 26, 2009

    "Art from the Inside," a unique show featuring artwork created by inmates at the Washington State Penitentiary, is currently showing at the Steven's Gallery in Reid Campus Center. Joanna Swan, student co-curator for the gallery, assembled the show, which will be on display until March 6.   The exhibit features art ...

  44. Dance team debuts at basketball games A&E February 12, 2009

    The Whitman Dance Team spiced up the Feb. 6 men's basketball game against Linfield and the Feb. 7 women's game against Willamette with a brand new routine performed during half-time. The dance team of 17 girls had been practicing non-stop ...

  45. A new phase for ‘blue moon’: short films, animation A&E February 5, 2009

    by Alyssa Fairbanks Joint Editors-In-Chief Glory Bushey and Jenna Mukuno seek to take blue moon to the next level with the integration of a new genre of art. For volume 22, blue moon is accepting the submission of short films, animations and even music, as long as it has a visual ...


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