Andy Monserud

Andy hails from the sunny paradise of St. Paul, Minnesota, making him something of a minority among Whitman's many Minnesotans. A sophomore at Whitman, Andy joined the Pioneer last year as an Opinion columnist before expanding to the News section in the spring semester. He now co-edits News with Lachlan Johnson.


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  1. Manning to speak at commencement News May 7, 2015

    This year’s commencement address will be delivered by Rob Manning, ’80. Manning, who grew up in Whidbey Island, Wash, majored in physics while at Whitman and is now a major player in NASA’s Mars missions and the chief engineer for the Curiosity Mars rover. President George Bridges asked Manning to speak at ...

  2. Now Is the Time campaign starts winding down News May 7, 2015

    Whitman’s Now Is the Time fundraising campaign will come to a close on June 30. The eight-year campaign has already exceeded its goal of raising 150 million dollars, and its organizers hope to garner more donations for the college in the time before the campaign ends.

  3. Hanford advocacy groups hold alternative to State of the Site meeting Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight April 30, 2015

    Maxey Auditorium played host to a community-led meeting on the Hanford Nuclear Site on Wednesday, April 29. Organized by a collection of advocacy groups involved in the cleanup at Hanford, the event, along with several similar events across the Pacific Northwest, served as a substitute for the Department of Energy’s ...

  4. Local surveillence limited in Walla Walla News News Highlight April 23, 2015

    Over the past several years, the widespread use of surveillance technology has become commonplace both as a tool for law enforcement and for private use. According to the Walla Walla Police Department and Whitman Security, though, Whitman students and their Walla Wallan neighbors are not under as close of ...

  5. GlobeMed hosts Burma Voices News April 16, 2015

    Members of GlobeMed performed the original production Burma Voices on Friday, April 10. The event consisted of a series of monologues about the country's long period of rule by a military junta, based on the testimonies of Burmese people.

  6. ASWC to pass resolution protesting imprisonment Humor Jack Issue April 2, 2015

    Nearly a week after being deposed by the forces of Divestment in a bloodless coup, ASWC Senate will vote tonight on a resolution condemning the student government-in-exile’s imprisonment in Memorial Hall. ASWC has been locked in their Senate meeting room on the second floor of Memorial Hall since early Saturday.  Sophomore Hana ...

  7. General Jim Mattis discusses mideast military policy in Maxey lecture News April 1, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_96778" align="alignleft" width="300"] General Mattis began his lecture by discussing many of the current issues in the Middle East. Photo by ...

  8. Sigma Chi-hosted Greek Life discussion focuses on sexual assault News March 12, 2015

    Whitman fraternity, Sigma Chi held an open forum on Greek Life in Olin Hall on Tuesday night. The event, intended originally as a panel-based discussion touching on a variety of issues facing the Greek community, shifted due to low turnout to a largely crowd-sourced discussion focused predominantly on issues of ...

  9. Rabinowitz Award funds promising service programs News March 5, 2015

    Applications closed this week for the Ben Rabinowitz Campus Improvement Award, granted to students for use on charitable projects of their own devising. The SEC, which collects applications for submission to the Deans’ Council, reported the submission of 5 applications before the deadline at 4:00 p.m. on March 2-- ...

  10. Study looks toward future of Heritage Square Front Page Slideshow News February 26, 2015

    Heritage Square Park, the small park near the corner of Main Street and Colville Street, has long been maligned as a center for street crime and a spot for Walla Walla’s homeless to crash. This summer a number of Walla Walla community members, including some Whitman students and faculty, ...

  11. Students, faculty hold vigil for shooting victims Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight February 19, 2015

    Whitman students and faculty held a vigil in the Amphitheatre on Monday, Feb. 17th for the late Pasco, Wash. resident and police shooting victim Antonio Zambrano-Montes and for Chapel Hill shooting victims Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha.

  12. InterNation Celebration returns for fourth go-around News February 12, 2015

    The celebration, emceed by seniors Mcebo “MC” Maziya and BBC member Lydia Loopesko, included an international fashion show as well as 15 other performances, largely songs and dances, that ranged in tone from campy to awe-inspiring. Students from 12 different countries (including the United States) performed.

  13. State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu comes to campus as MLK speaker Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight January 29, 2015

    State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu visited campus for a speech and a conversation with President George Bridges and the student body on Tuesday, Jan. 29. As this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day speaker, Justice Yu spoke on race, poverty and the criminal justice system to a crowd of students, ...

  14. Parade of Lights Community News December 11, 2014

    Colorfully lit floats, cars, bikes and horses lined up along Boyer Avenue on Saturday in preparation for Walla Walla’s 19th-annual holiday Macy’s Parade of Lights. Put on each year by the Downtown Walla Walla foundation, the parade starts just west of the Whitman campus at the intersection of Boyer and ...

  15. Internship grant program continues trend of expansion News December 4, 2014

    The Student Engagement Center (SEC) recently opened up applications for its summer internship grants. The grants, at 2,500 dollars each, are a core part of the SEC’s rapidly expanding internship program. The program more than quadrupled in size, from 30 grants to 130, between 2011 and 2014. Whitman and the ...

  16. Social activist groups host dessert, discussion News November 20, 2014

    Student organizations Whitman Teaches the Movement (WTTM) and Students for Education Reform (SFER) hosted a discussion of civil rights and social justice over ice cream on Wednesday afternoon. The event sought to foster conversations about social justice issues as well as to serve as a recruiting push for both ...

  17. Statement on convocation from President’s Office draws skeptical response from faculty News November 6, 2014

    An e-mail sent by President George Bridges stating his intent to create guidelines for future convocation speeches as well as his request for suggestions from student religious group Hillel Shalom has led faculty to object to possible infringements on academic freedom.

  18. 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.

  19. “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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Weekend of protests continues with first-year walkout News September 19, 2014

    First-years walked out of their Encounters classes fifteen minutes early on Sept. 19 to join a rally protesting the lack of socioeconomic and racial diversity at Whitman. The rally was well-attended, in some part because of the cooperation of professors.  In several Encounters classes preceding the walk-out, students discussed their perspectives on ...

  26. Support group helps students live with addiction News September 18, 2014

    Sober at Whitman, a support group for Whitman community members struggling with addiction, recently began its second year on campus. Alcohol is the primary focus of Sober at Whitman, but the group is not intended to be exclusionary. It serves anyone with addictive relationships to alcohol or drugs.

  27. SCOREs find success despite low participation rate News September 11, 2014

    In 2013, SCOREs had over 30 first-year participants on three trips. This year, 18 first-years were spread over four trips with the addition of the Community and Identity SCORE.

  28. Faculty Panel Kicks Off Discussions of ‘Reservation Blues’ News September 11, 2014

    Professors from the History, Geology and English departments discussed the 2014 summer reading book, Sherman Alexie’s "Reservation Blues".

  29. Class of 2014 Future Plans Profiles Circuit News May 15, 2014

    By the time they move their tassels, many Whitman seniors-turned-graduates will have already determined what they will be doing once they leave Walla Walla. The Pioneer spoke with three students about their future plans and where life after Whitman will take them.

  30. Class Of 2018 Contains More International Students News May 8, 2014

    After flooding campus with their famous white folders throughout April, the members of the Whitman College admitted class of 2018 have made their decisions. Of the 1,441 admitted first-year students, 381 have already committed to Whitman, and the Office of Admission plans to wait out a few more before admitting ...

  31. ‘Yuppie Liberalism’ Represents Untenable Politics Columnists Opinion May 8, 2014

    I’d like to preface this column with a warning to Whitman’s rarest minority, conservatives. You probably have no interest in what I’m about to say, and, frankly, it’s not catered to you. There, you’re free to go back to preparing for finals without wasting your time on my ...

  32. Robert Reich Lecture Confronts Income Inequality News May 1, 2014

    Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich gave a lecture Wednesday evening in a packed Cordiner Hall. Students, faculty, staff and Walla Walla community members attended the event, where Reich predominantly discussed income inequality and the influence of money in politics.

  33. International Games Cost More Than Just Money Opinion April 24, 2014

    I wrote a column earlier this year discussing the chronic mismanagement of the Olympics and the havoc they wreak on the cities who host them. Perhaps my lens was too narrow—enormous global sporting events appear to bring this kind of chaos everywhere they land.

  34. ASWC Budget Passes with Ease Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight April 24, 2014

    The Associated Students of Whitman College finalized its 2014-2015 budget with unusual ease on Sunday after just under 20 minutes on the floor with no senators voting against it.

  35. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to Speak at Commencement Front Page Slideshow News April 17, 2014

    Last week the Communications Office announced that Sally Jewell has been selected as this year’s commencement speaker. Jewell, United States Secretary of the Interior and former CEO of R.E.I., will address commencement attendees on May 25th.

  36. Bridges Picks ‘Reservation Blues’ for Summer Reading News April 10, 2014

    Another in a series of “lasts” for President George Bridges came over spring break, when the Whitman Office of Communications announced his choice for this year’s summer reading, "Reservation Blues" by Sherman Alexie.

  37. Multi-car Collision on Park Street Leaves Community Shaken, Unharmed News April 10, 2014

    A driver, apparently impaired by a medical emergency, struck 11 cars and indirectly damaged a bicycle on Palouse Street, Alder Street and Boyer Avenue last Friday afternoon, April 4. All injuries, including the bicyclist’s, were minor, but many of the vehicles involved sustained heavy damage. [caption id="attachment_86385" align="alignleft" width="280"]...

  38. Some Responsibility for Shoddy Journalism Falls on Readers Columnists Opinion April 10, 2014

    For reasons irrelevant to this column, I found myself watching Fox News last week during one of its regular Obamacare-bashing segments. The anchors had twisted the results of an Associated Press poll on the Affordable Care Act beyond recognition, insinuating that because a large quantity of people claimed to pay ...

  39. Whitman and Goodwill: A Love Story Circuit Feature April 1, 2014

    The thrift shop down the road from campus, Goodwill, sells Whitman College students hundreds of items each year. Goodwill Industries is a nonprofit organization that works to give disadvantaged people the skills required to succeed in the modern labor market.

  40. Students Reach Out After Carleton Frisbee Tragedy Community News March 13, 2014

    Last week, college frisbee teams across the country mourned the Feb. 28 death of three Carleton College ultimate players in a car crash. The deaths of Carleton Ultimate Team members James Adams, 20, of St. Paul, Minn., Paxton Harvieux, 21, of Stillwater, Minn. and Michael Goodgame, 20, of Westport, ...

  41. Cold War Continues with Russian Action Columnists Opinion Opinion Highlight March 6, 2014

    Three years ago, the world saw its greatest outburst of revolutionary fervor this century. In what we now call the Arab Spring, a revolt in Tunisia inspired protests across the Muslim world, which led to the overthrowing the governments of three countries, gaining rights for the citizens of many others ...

  42. Recent Graduates Find Career Opportunities with City Year Community News March 6, 2014

    As seniors approach their last few months of college, one big question looms before them: “What’s next?” A few graduating seniors go another route, electing to work short-term with nonprofit organizations. One such nonprofit, AmeriCorps, offers a number of programs for just that purpose. Those programs include an ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. IOC Made Disappointing Choice for 2014 Olympics Columnists Opinion January 30, 2014

    Columnist Andy Monserud outlines why he believes Russia is a poor choice for an Olympics host nation.

  48. Quiz: What Excessive Holiday Dish Are You? Circuit Humor December 9, 2013

    American tradition is loaded with food. All of our holidays, especially in the latter half of the year, mandate feasts heavy on meat, potatoes and sugars. Which narcolepsy-inducing family meal are you? When you go to lunch in the dining hall, you... A. Make a beeline for the sandwich line. Deli meat ...

  49. Different Options Exist for Black Friday Opinion Opinion Highlight December 5, 2013

    Welcome back, folks. I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend, because I’m here to question your decisions. Not all the turkey you devoured, not the fights you enjoyed with your extended family and not even the shenanigans you got up to with your friends at home. Nope, I’m here to ...

  50. Artists’ Politics Don’t Define Their Own Work Opinion Opinion Highlight November 21, 2013

    A couple of weeks ago, I watched a film that I have wanted to see for a long time. Ever since I read "Ender’s Game" for the first time in 2005, I always wished for a film version. Blissfully engrossed in a 10-year-old’s fantasy, I sat through the movie without ...

  51. School Segregation Lives on in Class Difference Opinion November 7, 2013

    On a recent trip to New Orleans with a few other Whitties, a concierge at a hotel made a joke that made me think. Exhausted from almost a full day of traveling, we had come to the hotel for the Associated College Press conference hosted there. Amused by our dazed ...

  52. Police Cameras Offer Answers Opinion Opinion Highlight October 23, 2013

    Those readers I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting in person should know that I proudly represent St. Paul, Minn. To those who don’t care, I hope you’ll forgive me for discussing a topic that’s quite literally close to home for me. A debate in the city council of St. ...

  53. Genetic Modification Bill Doesn’t Go Far Enough Opinion October 17, 2013

    Much of this rise in voter recruitment enthusiasm stems not from the handful of Walla Walla city and county offices up for grabs this year, but from Initiative Measure 522, a bill added to the ballot this year that would require labels on some genetically modified foods. The bill resembles ...

  54. Don’t Get Rid of Paper Opinion October 10, 2013

    Sure, it gets lost and crumpled, and it kills vast swaths of forest with each year’s batch of senior theses. Sure, it costs money to print things and money to buy notebooks. And God knows we don’t need to spend any more on textbooks than we already do. But I'm ...

  55. Filibusters Waste Taxpayers’ Time Columnists Opinion October 3, 2013

    Filibuster. Filibuster. It’s a fun word, isn’t it? J.K. Rowling thought so when she named a fictional brand of magical fireworks after it. It sounds so silly and happy-go-lucky. What isn’t funny is the fact that a filibuster is even more idiotic than it sounds. Chronically aimless and generally ...

  56. Streaming Media Shakes Up Entertainment Industry Opinion Opinion Highlight September 26, 2013

    As an incoming first-year, I’ve been presented with plenty of distractions in these first few weeks, but most of them seem to be on the decline. The initial scramble for new social circles and interests has calmed down, and the first-year class as a whole seems to have had ...

  57. U.S. Needs New Policy in Syria Columnists Opinion September 19, 2013

    It seems, miraculously, that the Syria situation has calmed down — from the American perspective, at least. Bashar al-Assad, the East Mediterranean nation’s dictator, recently agreed to a plan, proposed by Russia, to hand over his nation’s chemical weapon stockpiles to the United Nations for destruction. Late last week, the ...


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