Derek Thurber

Articles


12 by this author

  1. Whitman tuition increases, but near Panel of 14 average News May 5, 2011

    This article was updated at 9:04 p.m. on Sunday May 8, 2011 This article was co-authored by Rachel Alexander. Since the seniors graduating on May 22 first ...

  2. State Work Study cuts felt by Whitties News April 28, 2011

    As Washington State legislators gathered this week in a special joint session of the House and Senate to finalize the 2011-2013 state budget, the 203 Whitman students who currently receive Washington State Work Study (SWS) are watching in anticipation of looming cuts. "Work Study really helped put my own mind at ...

  3. Employee educational benefits face potential cuts News April 28, 2011

    Dressed in T-shirts made specially for the occasion, Whitman faculty and staff gathered in Olin 130 last Tuesday, April 19 to present their concerns over the proposed termination of the college's tuition exchange program to President George Bridges.

  4. State budget cuts could have high costs for Whitties in need News April 7, 2011

    Come next fall, low-income Whitman students may be faced with new challenges in paying for college. In an effort to close a 5 billion dollar Washington State budget gap over the next two years, the 2011-2013 biennial budget discussed by the state legislature this week proposes major cuts to Washington ...

  5. College environment encourages contemplation of beliefs Feature Feature Highlight March 3, 2011

    Many people often assume that spirituality and higher education are mutually exclusive concepts—that being educated somehow inherently means that it is impossible to be spiritual. Yet Whitman College, a school of self-proclaimed academic excellence, is also home to numerous religious groups and is considered a formative place of spiritual understanding ...

  6. Letter from the Editor Letter from the Editors February 17, 2011

    As you have probably noticed, The Pioneer has redesigned its look. One of the best parts of having an entirely student-run newspaper is that every semester new students, with new talents and visions join our staff. With each of these additions comes the possibility of improving and adapting all aspects ...

  7. Partying, misuse could cause Hall of Music to close Front Page Slideshow News February 3, 2011

    Empty beer bottles, cigarettes and vomit have found their way into Hall of Music practice rooms recently, leading to concerns about keeping the building open to students.

  8. ASWC aims to get student representation on curriculum committee ASWC News News Highlight December 9, 2010

    In order to help combat this problem of rising class sizes and course compression, the faculty voted in November to create a Curriculum Committee with the express purpose of coordinating the academic schedule across departments. When the committee was first proposed it included a student representative. This was done to ...

  9. Copyright infringement notices on the rise News October 14, 2010

    In a world where the Internet can be accessed in your palm, computers are expected to be in every dorm room and software coding is taught to more people at a younger age, the use of file sharing websites and the downloading of copyrighted material has become more common among ...

  10. Whitman updates software, scanner News September 23, 2010

    Over this past summer, several campus computer labs and Penrose Library received new technology to bring their services up-to-date with the most current software and hardware available. According to IT Support Service Consultant Robert Fricke, the Maxey Hall and Hall of Science general purpose computer labs received the most noticeable change ...

  11. It’s ridiculous: Too few American travel Columnists November 29, 2009

    Not to be repetitive, but the fact that fewer than 30 percent of Americans own a passport is, indeed, ridiculous.

  12. London takes holiday spirit to the next level Columnists Opinion Highlight November 7, 2009

    Festive Christmas spirit exists across the pond in London as well, though it's different from the commercialized U.S. version.

  13. Abroad in London: Opening your eyes to similarities Columnists September 27, 2009

    I believe that traveling and living abroad, even if it is just for a few months, is one of the most important experiences a person can have in terms of broadening one's personal view of the world. But the only thing people ever talk about when you travel or study in ...

  14. Semester in London: Walla Walla’s mouse trap effect Columnists September 3, 2009

    There is something alluring and familiar about going to school in Walla Walla, Wash. It is a town of few surprises and many comforts, where friends can run into each other on the street, and stores are easy to find. At first I was uncertain about the prospect of going to ...

  15. End of classes marks beginning of new life Columnists May 18, 2009

    As I get ready to say farewell to this year's seniors, I am struck by the importance of these four years of our lives. Whether people go on to graduate school or the Peace Corps, to professional school or a job in business, it is not possible to replicate these ...

  16. Classroom experiences conclude with field work News May 7, 2009

    Many Whitman students will use the upcoming summer to relax, make some extra money or travel. But some students will take the summer to learn more in an academic program and to bring something back to Whitman. “This academic trip often transforms people's curriculums of study. It has inspired many theses ...

  17. It’s Ridiculous: Campus posters on alcohol, sexual misconduct fail Opinion May 7, 2009

    The whole campus is littered with posters about alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct. These posters are horribly ineffective. I wish they weren't so bad, but they are.The message and the point behind these posters is a truly good one. I cannot emphasize enough how much I support what the posters ...

  18. It’s ridiculous: easy professors waste my time Opinion April 30, 2009

    Everybody knows bad professors should be avoided. One of the first things I learned when I was a first-year was that it was better to select classes for professors than for topics. But what I have been running into recently is not bad professors, but easy ones. Professors who don't care ...

  19. Students don’t take advantage of liberal arts education Opinion April 23, 2009

    Much can be said in favor of Whitman as an institution of higher learning. Requiring a true liberal arts education of all its graduates is not one of those things. It could very easily be argued that this is a good thing. That the traditional liberal arts education first created ...

  20. Building the perfect ‘Castle’ Reviews April 16, 2009

    [caption id="" align="alignright" width="411" caption="NOT JAMES PATTERSON:   Nathan Fillion as his titular character in "Castle.""][/caption] When I first saw an advertisement for the new ABC show "Castle," I thought, "Oh, no, not another terrible cop drama." I was still getting over the horrible failure ...

  21. It’s Ridiculous: In defense of Bon Appétit Opinion April 16, 2009

    All too often I hear from Whitman students how much they hate Bon Appétit. How they hate this or that, wish something was better or just want a change. I think this is ridiculous. I don't think Bon Appétit serves the best food. I don't even like their food most of ...

  22. History of Whitman: (the abridged version) Feature March 12, 2009

    As one of the oldest institutions west of the Rocky Mountains, Whitman has a long and varied past. But its foundation and history have not been as simple as one might suspect for a small school such as Whitman. Here ...

  23. Whitman administration fails to consider student concerns, needs Opinion March 12, 2009

    The Whitman administration has made some terrible decisions in dealing with the economic crisis. These decisions include leaving the director of student activities spot unfilled and cutting varsity skiing. These are unacceptable losses to the student body. When President George Bridges first announced the economic cutbacks several weeks ago, I was ...

  24. Bill Murray shares his experiences as an alumnus Events March 12, 2009

    Whitman alumnus Bill Murray '92 returned to campus this last week to present a lecture on his experiences as an embedded journalist in Iraq for the Hosokawa Endowed Lecture series. As part of his stay he met with The Pioneer to give this interview....

  25. It’s Ridiculous: Whitman students find their terrorist side, apparently Opinion February 26, 2009

    I am not a raving lunatic, a robber or a vandal. I am not a murderer or a bully. I can't even hurt a fly. I am a Whitman Student.   So, it's just ridiculous that Whitman students' ID cards do not give us swipe card access to all of the ...

  26. Whitman may see smart classrooms in the future News December 13, 2008

    Class is about to start as a Whitman student walks in on the first day. The classroom looks new and fancy and when he sits down at his desk instead of finding some old wooden writing surface there is a laptop waiting ...

  27. United States a rare role model in religious freedom April 17, 2008

    The separation of church and state is a fundamental part of Western society. A third grader can tell you what that means in the United States. But not all third graders around the world are granted the separation of church and state as we are. It is not often that ...

  28. Beijing Summer Olympics not about political boycotts April 10, 2008

    Once every two years almost all of the nations of the world meet in a competition of strategy, skill and expertise in sports: this is a time-honored event that has been defiled by the web of international politics. It is not the place of the nations of the world to ...

  29. Iraq veterans speak out against war April 3, 2008

    While on active duty in Iraq many soldiers have been given orders to attack "hot zones" and other areas where military insurgents lived. These places turned out to have only unarmed civilians including many women and children. These stories have been told over and over again by news sources, but soldiers ...

  30. Point/Counterpoint: Of ‘Primary’ importance: are primaries good for America? YES February 20, 2008

    Some critics of the presidential election process in the United States claim the primaries are a fundamentally undemocratic process, but this view is wrong. The primaries are the most democratic part of the election process and, without them, the election would be only marginally democratic. Here is what the critics say: First, ...

  31. Swim team heads to conference meet with high hopes Sports February 7, 2008

    Representing Whitman College, the men's and women's swim teams head off to the end-of-season, three-day conference meet this weekend with ...

  32. Hillary has strong voice needed to win January 31, 2008

    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has the strong dedication and experience to take the United States from being the laughingstock that it is today to a renewed position as the morally upright and powerful nation that it was not long ago. She is the voice of power and commitment in the ...

  33. Draft would be counterproductive Feature December 6, 2007

    Soldiers die every day all around the world and with the war in Iraq more troops are dying all the time. This poses a problem for the military, which must find ways to keep their number high in order to continue the war. In the past during extended engagements the ...

  34. Musharraf relinquishes military ties December 6, 2007

    In an unstable part of the world a military dictator has just stepped down to make way for an elected government. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has renounced his position as general of the military in order to become the civilian leader of the country. Though it ...

  35. Banana tree is low-maintenance landmark News November 15, 2007

    Many myths surround the banana tree planted outside Penrose Library at Whitman. The most common of these myths is that it is uprooted every winter and put into a greenhouse for storage until the spring. These myths are not true. ...

  36. Public library hosts genocide panel News November 15, 2007

    On Saturday, Nov. 10, the Walla Walla Public Library hosted a discussion entitled "Genocide in the Human Heart: from the Holocaust to Darfur." The discussion, moderated by Councilwoman Barbara Clark, featured Associate Professor of Politics Bruce Magnusson and Rabbi Stanley Yedwab considering the implications of genocide. ...

  37. Presidential dreams get in the way of constituents’ needs November 15, 2007

    There are four major candidates for the presidential election in 2008 that are senators: Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the Democrats and John McCain and Sam Brownback for the Republicans. Let's be frank: All of these candidates have disregarded their elected ...

  38. Biased coverage rampant November 15, 2007

    The coverage of the presidential election in '08 is about the Democrats and even more than that about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Have you ever wondered what happened to all the rest of the candidates? There is so little about them ...

  39. Viewing the whole picture in Iraq: Why the U.S. presence is counterproductive to the goal of stability November 1, 2007

    Ever since the "war in Iraq" or the "war on terror" or whatever other name it has been dubbed started, there has been little or no security or stability in Iraq. Regional violence runs wild, terrorist attacks strike daily and barriers are ...

  40. Whitman clubs offer political forums for students Feature November 1, 2007

    College campuses are known for being places where political activity is especially high. Whitman is among those with three important political groups, each representing a different view and hosting different activities. The Young Democrats have all first-years in officer positions. The club is currently working on regrouping, with their new ...

  41. Students make statement with political art show A&E October 25, 2007

    The Stevens Gallery in Reid Campus Center features student art, and this month there is a specific show displaying political art. "The political art show was inspired by an idea from Andrea Ramirez, who is one of the Stevens Gallery's advisors," co-curator Margot Wielgus said. "She thought it would be ...

  42. Ethanol fuel not as green as people may think October 25, 2007

    Ethanol has been hailed as the "green fuel" that will solve: or at least greatly improve: our environmental problems. Unfortunately it may not be such a benign, new energy source as those in Washington, D.C., might want us to believe. Ethanol is a fuel that can be used to run ...

  43. Parents’ presence affects atmosphere on campus News October 25, 2007

    Once each year Whitman College takes on a different feel for Family Weekend. It is a time for parents and other family members of current Whitman students to come and see their sons and daughters and the campus they call home. "There are differences: Everyone is different when they are ...

  44. Examining the dangers of the line-item veto October 18, 2007

    The line-item veto has been sought by presidents since Ulysses S. Grant and has become a base for fiscal conservatism in recent years. Ronald Reagan was the first to introduce it as a conservative ideal and it has stuck. Now it has become a point of contention in the 2008 ...

  45. A new era for political support: Youth and Internet politics October 10, 2007

    The 2008 election, still more than a year away, has already become one of the most televised presidential campaigns. The main targets for this election have been Democratic hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. One of the ways in which this campaign has reached out to the people: especially people ...

  46. Concert-goers learn Latvian dance from visiting folk group A&E October 10, 2007

    Whitman has in recent years been trying to pull in artists and performers from around the world. This last Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Latvian post-folk group Ilgi performed at the Coffeehouse. This concert was one in a series the group is performing on a tour of the United States. They began ...

  47. Ahmadinejad criticizes U.S. in NY visit October 3, 2007

    On Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, the United Nations saw unusually harsh criticisms and sharp comments made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He came to the United States to address Columbia University on Monday, Sept. 24 and the United Nations on Tuesday. ...

  48. Firearms club revived on campus News September 26, 2007

    Whitman College is full of human rights clubs, democratic organizations and liberal groups, so when the Whitman Firearm Education and Appreciation Club formed, it caused interest. "Whitman is about personal responsibility," first-year and founder Harry Hixon said. "I believe we should extend this into all realms." The club has two purposes. ...

  49. Darfur: no more empty promises September 26, 2007

    Since early 2003, the Arab government of Sudan has persecuted, raped, murdered and forced the removal of non-Arab, Muslim ethnic groups such as the Fur, Zaghawa and Masaalit in the northwestern region of Sudan known as Darfur. Around 200,000 people have died from violence, disease and starvation. More than two ...

  50. Former Pakistani PM back after seven year abscence September 19, 2007

    In a highly controversial move, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned to Pakistan after a seven-year exile to challenge the government under General Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf lead a military, but bloodless, coup d'etat against Sharif and took power on Oct. 12, 1999, in the wake of the coup. His ...

Media


no media by this author