Rachel Alexander


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  1. Circuit Letter from the Editor Circuit Letter from the Editor May 13, 2013

    [caption id="attachment_70762" align="alignright" width="300"] Editor-in-Chief Rachel Alexander. Photo by Susie Krikava.[/caption] I've sat down to write this letter half a dozen times, but it's always seemed like an impossible task. My predecessors, sitting where I ...

  2. Guide to Summer in Walla Walla A&E Circuit Front Page Slideshow May 13, 2013

    Want to know what to do in Walla Walla after most folks have left? We've got you covered.

  3. Director of Forensics Jim Hanson Steps Down News May 2, 2013

    Director of Forensics Jim Hanson is stepping down from his position. Debate team members and debate alumni are confused about the decision and looking to the administration for more answers.

  4. Final Letter from the Editor Letter from the Editor May 2, 2013

    This issue of The Pioneer will be the 91st and final issue I've worked on during my time at Whitman. I've saved my personal reflections for our graduation magazine, issue 7 of The Circuit. For now, I want to acknowledge everyone who has helped make this year challenging, fun and ...

  5. Visualizing the ASWC budget Editors' Blog April 2, 2013

    Since ASWC released a preliminary budget on Sunday, there has been a lot of discussion on campus about the budgeting process. Many readers have commented on the information we've provided detailing cuts in the yearbook and other campus organizations, asking questions about how ASWC decides budgeting and why some groups ...

  6. Notes on the Pio’s budgeting process Editors' Blog April 1, 2013

    In response to student concerns about ASWC's preliminary budget for the 2013-14 school year, and specifically about the amount of funding given to The Pioneer, I would like to clarify several things about the budgeting process for The Pioneer and provide the campus with more information about how we use our funds. First, ...

  7. Preliminary 2014 ASWC Budget Slashes Yearbook, Greekend Funding ASWC News March 31, 2013

    Update: A more comprehensive article summarizing the current debate over funding the yearbook and discussion from ASWC Senate on Sunday, March 31 can be found here. ASWC has released a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2014, which includes substantial cuts to Waiilatpu (the Whitman yearbook) and the Greekend Committee. Waiilatpu requested ...

  8. Five generations of wheat Circuit News News Highlight March 22, 2013

    Farmers in the Walla Walla Valley preserve their history with an eye towards the future.

  9. Circuit 6 Letter from the Editor Circuit Letter from the Editor March 18, 2013

    Welcome to Issue 6 of the Circuit! Here's what we have in store for you.

  10. The Pioneer Guide to Off-Campus Houses Campus Guide Guide Highlight February 22, 2013

    A map of Whitman's off-campus houses. Click on a dot to see the house name and address.

  11. Tuition Raise, Renovations, Student Representation Discussed at Latest Trustee Meeting News February 14, 2013

    Whitman's Board of Trustees approved the college's proposed budget during their meeting last week, as well as plans for renovating Baker Faculty Center, Memorial and the outdoor tennis courts.

  12. Sheriff Begins Investigation into Shooting on Lower Waitsburg Road Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight February 7, 2013

    The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating an incident where two students were shot at while running on Saturday.

  13. BREAKING: Shots fired at students running on Lower Waitsburg Road Breaking News News February 4, 2013

    Two students had shots fired at them while running on Lower Waitsburg Road  last Saturday, Feb. 2. Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland became aware of the incident today and sent an email out to the student body this afternoon. Cleveland said that he is meeting with the students in question later ...

  14. Students, faculty gather to urge divestment from fossil fuels Breaking News News January 29, 2013

    Approximately 70 Whitman students and faculty gathered on the steps of Memorial earlier this evening to ask Whitman to divest from fossil fuels. [caption id="attachment_63574" align="alignright" width="415"]...

  15. Week in Review: January 28, 2013 News Week in Review January 27, 2013

    Welcome to our first edition of the Week in Review! Each week, the news staff of The Pioneer brings you a list of the top national and international stories from the past week. If you want to know what you've missed, read on. And don't worry--we've linked to longer articles on each ...

  16. Talking Feminism with Rebecca Walker News January 25, 2013

    Pioneer Editor-in-Chief, Rachel Alexander, discusses American feminism with Rebecca Walker.

  17. Letter from the Editor Letter from the Editor Opinion January 24, 2013

    One of the first things I did after getting back from break was to create a reader survey for The Pioneer. As an organization, I believe The Pio should always be responsive to the students, staff, faulty, parents and alumni who read our paper and view our website. Many of the suggestions made ...

  18. Faculty Retention Leads to Diversity Concerns Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight December 6, 2012

    Over the past year, the college administration and faculty have been talking more about the difficulties of handling faculty diversity on campus. Although the college makes efforts to recruit a racially diverse faculty, and has sought out larger numbers of female professors, in part to reflect the growing female proportion ...

  19. Whitman and the Walla Walla Community Circuit Feature Weekly Topic November 26, 2012

    Whitman students have written volumes about the relationship between themselves and the rest of Walla Walla and have debated the existence and shape of the Whitman bubble for decades. We decided to interview Walla Walla residents to hear their take on that relationship, and asked alumni living in Walla Walla to share thoughts on ...

  20. Powwow Behind Bars: Reconnection Under Unlikely Circumstances Circuit Opinion Opinion Highlight November 26, 2012

    A stretch of gravel no man’s land, which marks the boundary between those who have the freedom to leave this place at the end of the day and those who must stay here, for months, years or life. I belong in the first category; my friend, whom I’m going to ...

  21. Students Have Little Insight Into Governing Boards Feature Feature Highlight November 15, 2012

    The fifteen members of Whitman's Board of Trustees have the power to set tuition, hire and fire the president and guide long-term policy for the college, but in spite of the influence they wield on campus, most students have relatively little knowledge about what actually occurs at Trustee and committee ...

  22. Surprise not-quite-Halloween liveblog! Editors' Blog Production Night Blog October 30, 2012

    We surprised you, didn't we. That's right, it's Tuesday and we're doing production. Why, you ask? Because I'm heading to Chicago tomorrow afternoon along with seven other Pio staffers to attend the Fall Associated Collegiate Press Conference. So we're making the paper tonight, because we love you all so much. ...

  23. West Coast Ballot Measures Summary News Politics October 24, 2012

    Whitman students come from all over the country, but it's no secret that most of us are concentrated on the West Coast. Even if you're from a completely different state, the  initiatives and referendums on Washington's ballot this year will have significant impacts for all Washington residents (Washingtonians are voting ...

  24. Oct. 24 production night liveblog Editors' Blog Production Night Blog October 24, 2012

    3:30 p.m. I arrive to a deserted office, with the exception of Opinion P.A. Maddie Coons. In the process of snacking, I manage to get honey stuck all over my hands. I feel oddly like Winnie the Pooh. 3:52 p.m. Production Manager Sean McNulty arrives, and fails to notice when I ...

  25. President Bridges talks goals, challenges in annual ‘State of the College’ address News October 18, 2012

    President Bridges addressed staff, faculty and select students in a State of the College address given on Fri. Oct. 12. While the President has in the past given some form of an annual report to the college's staff and faculty, this is the first year that a formal State of ...

  26. Whitman to cover application fee for undocumented students News October 18, 2012

    Last fall, Whitman became the first liberal arts school in the nation to issue a statement in support of undocumented students. This fall, the college is putting action behind its words by providing funding for undocumented Whitman students applying for deferral of deportation under the Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred ...

  27. Oct. 17 Production Night Liveblog Editors' Blog Production Night Blog October 17, 2012

    The Pio is back with another liveblog! 4:15 p.m. I arrive in the office after a long day of interviewing political candidates in Walla Walla. Production Manager Sean McNulty is hard at work on this week's wine map. 4:35 p.m. I head to a meeting with the ASWC Nominations Chair to report ...

  28. Presenting: Our Editorial Staff Editors' Blog October 17, 2012

    One of the best parts of my job is getting to work with a such talented and fun group of editors. In our non-Pio lives, we're involved in many different activities on campus—varsity athletics, theater productions, Greek life, the Outdoor Program—and we bring these diverse interests together every week to put together ...

  29. Oct. 10 Production Night Liveblog Editors' Blog Production Night Blog October 10, 2012

    Hello dedicated readers! We're back with a second Production Night Liveblog, written by Editor-in-Chief Rachel Alexander and Managing Editor Libby Arnosti. (Update: and Web Editor Blair Hanley Frank, who asked if he can join us.) Will we finish before 2 a.m.? Will Rachel finally die of a sugar overdose after ...

  30. Rachel and Libby’s Production Night Liveblog Editors' Blog Production Night Blog September 26, 2012

    Hi everyone, and welcome to our first liveblog of the semester! Every Wednesday night (and on into Thursday morning), the staff of The Pioneer gather in the newsroom, tucked away on the top floor of the Reid Campus Center, and put together a paper.  The following is a faithful account by ...

  31. The Editors’ Blog is back! Editors' Blog September 25, 2012

    Outside of Greek groups, The Pioneer is the largest student organization on campus—74 paid staff members, as of my last count—but on a campus this full of busy, high-achieving people, it's easy to forget that your section-mates or friends work for the campus paper. Last year, our editors started this blog as ...

  32. ASWC First-Year Senators Announced ASWC Breaking News News September 17, 2012

    Polls for ASWC's first-year senators closed at 8 p.m. tonight, and the results are in: Jack Percival, James Lavery, Allison Kelly and Anya Tudisco will be representing the class of 2016 in the ASWC Senate. ASWC President Kayvon Behroozian said that this year's elections were marked by a high level of interest. The turnout rate was ...

  33. Changes made to handling of sexual misconduct cases News September 6, 2012

    The Whitman administration made significant changes in its procedures for handling sexual assault over the summer, with an emphasis on improved communication with the Walla Walla YWCA and police department. These changes were made in response to student complaints about Whitman's handling of sexual assault on campus.

  34. Letter from the Editor Letter from the Editor Letter from the Editors Opinion September 6, 2012

    The Pioneer has seen a lot of growth since I penned my first article, and this year I hope to continue this growth.

  35. Eating Cheap in Walla Walla A&E August 23, 2012

    What do you do when you�re broke and need to find something tasty? Don�t worry�The Pioneer has you covered. Here�s our official guide to eating cheap in Walla Walla.

  36. Letter from the Editor: Welcome back! Letter from the Editor Letter from the Editors Opinion August 23, 2012

    In high school, I was always that weird girl who couldn’t wait for summer to end. As much as I loved camp and days at the beach, some part of me always longed for textbooks and missed sharing my lunches with friends while we traded stories about the more ridiculous ...

  37. Summer reflections Feature Weekly Topic August 23, 2012

    When classes get out for the summer, Whitman students embark on a variety of adventures, from internships to travel to simply sitting at home and relaxing. Aside from close friends, however, few Whitties get the chance to share what they've been up to during their three-month vacation. For our first week ...

  38. With some confusion, incoming class receives housing assignments early News July 25, 2012

    The incoming class of 2016 received their final housing assignments yesterday for the 2012-13 school year. Whitman's housing assignments are typically announced later in the summer, around the first week of August. However, the Residence Life and Housing Office discovered that preliminary housing assignments had been posted on my.whitman.edu, a new ...

  39. Whitman students react to Obama immigration announcement Breaking News Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight June 16, 2012

    President Obama announced on Friday, June 15 that his administration would stop deporting undocumented students in the U.S. who meet certain requirements. As many Hispanic and Latino communities celebrated the news, Whitmans undocumented student community reflected on what these changes would mean for them.

  40. How well do campus resources prepare students for life after Whitman? Circuit News May 9, 2012

    [caption id="attachment_52057" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Illustration: Ruth Hwang[/caption] Before I set off for Whitman, my parents sat down to give me some good old-fashioned advice. After all the usual concerns about studying hard ...

  41. Institutional challenges hinder equal faculty pay Circuit Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight May 9, 2012

    Over the past decade, the number of female faculty at Whitman has increased substantially. Women make up 60 percent of the student body, and the importance of gender equality is a topic brought up in classes across departments. On paper, the college seems to be an ideal place to be ...

  42. GlobeMed Thailand trip raises international unaccompanied student travel questions News April 19, 2012

    This summer, three Whitman students will travel to Thailand to work on a womens health project. As members of GlobeMed, they have partnered with a group called the Burmese Womens Union, which strives to empower Burmese refugees living in Thailand.

  43. Kony 2012 event raises questions of privilege, awareness News April 12, 2012

    On the evening of Friday, April 20, Whitman students will take part in Cover the Night, an international day of action which hopes to raise awareness about the crimes committed by Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony.

  44. White Bread: Aaron Bobrow-Strain talks food politics News April 12, 2012

    After five years of work, Associate Professor of Politics Aaron Bobrow-Strain has published a book entitled White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf. Published on March 6, 2012, the book has been selected as one of Amazon.coms Best Books for March 2012, and was featured on NPR. Its ...

  45. McCain talk opens door for moderate dialogue News News Highlight April 12, 2012

    Meghan McCain, a self-described �black sheep of the Republican Party,� addressed a group of several hundred Whitman community members on the evening of Wednesday, April 11. McCain spoke about the challenges of being socially liberal, fiscally conservative and female woman in today�s Republican Party.

  46. Violence Prevention Conference focuses on practical strategies Community News April 2, 2012

    Walla Walla's Violence Prevention Coalition hosted their second annual conference at Whitman on Tuesday, March 27. The conference included a variety of workshops presented by community experts which addressed topics ranging from gang violence to child sexual abuse. In addition to daytime sessions on campus, this year's conference included evening sessions ...

  47. Yellow journalism Humor April 1, 2012

    Earlier this year, junior Sarah Dawson found herself feeling lonely and wanting more physical intimacy. Though students in this position have traditionally sought relationships or hook-ups to fill the void in their lives, Dawson turned to a solution that's becoming increasingly common on the Whitman campus: adopting a Golden Retriever ...

  48. Rep. Maureen Walsh addresses marriage equality in lecture News March 29, 2012

    Walsh spoke to the Whitman community on the evening of Wednesday, March 28.Her lecture addressed the state of politics in Olympia, as well as her personal support for same-sex marriage. As a member of the Republican caucus, Walsh was one of the few in her party to vote for marriage ...

  49. Anatomy of a news story: Sexual assault on campus Editors' Blog March 15, 2012

    If you've read my recent story on sexual assault reporting on the Whitman campus, you might be wondering what goes into writing an article like this. The short answer is: a lot of work. Here's a peek behind the curtain of the Pio's investigative reporting team. First, the story idea. ...

  50. I never thought this could happen at Whitman. Circuit Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight March 13, 2012

    Note: Although both perpetrators and victims of sexual assault can be any gender, all of the people who were willing to speak to me for this article about being sexually assaulted were women who had been sexually assaulted by men. Nationally, according ...

  51. Adjunct music instructors work long hours for low pay, uncertain benefits News March 11, 2012

    Laura Curtis has been teaching piano at Whitman since 1997. She holds a masters degree in music, instructs around 35 students per semester and is often busy from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with lessons, rehearsals, practicing and accompanying. For this, Curtis can expect to earn a little more than ...

  52. Victims find sexual misconduct process ineffective Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight March 1, 2012

    From 2005 to 2010, there have been a total of 43 incidents of sexual assault reported on the Whitman College campus, according to Whitman's Clery crime statistics. Of these, 31 were incidents of forcible rape. It is likely that far more rapes have actually occurred over that period, because many ...

  53. High graduation rate wins Wa-Hi state recognition Community News February 22, 2012

    Walla Walla High School was one of 48 schools in the state to receive a 2011 Achievement Award for having a high extended graduation rate.

  54. Biology major changes increase flexibility News February 16, 2012

    Starting next fall, biology majors at Whitman will have a more flexible set of requirements to meet in order to receive their degrees. The changes have been made in response to rising enrollment rates at Whitman, which have saturated required biology classes and made it difficult for students to register ...

  55. Walla Walla School District levy passes Community News February 14, 2012

    Voters passed the Walla Walla School District Replacement Levy Tuesday, February 14, with 63.88 percent voting in favor. Total turnout was 8757, which represents 46.2 percent of registered voters in Walla Walla County. "We're pretty happy to have that support from the community," said District  Superintendent  Mick Miller. This levy will replace ...

  56. Whitman community supports Walla Walla education levy Community Front Page Slideshow News News Highlight February 2, 2012

    With an election coming up, Walla Walla has been blanketed by campaign signs urging residents to “Vote YES for Kids". On February 14, 2012, voters will decide whether to replace the current school levy, which expires at the end of 2012, for another four years.

  57. Consuming control: Whitman students, professors talk politics of eating disorders Front Page Slideshow News January 26, 2012

    The line between healthy behavior and disordered eating can be razor thin. Physical fitness and healthy eating habits are presented as an ideal to aspire towards, and women in particular are bombarded with advertisements telling them that they can be perfect if they just count calories diligently and work hard ...

  58. Student responses to eating disorders survey News January 26, 2012

    The  Pioneer  surveyed students about stress, coping behaviors, food and body image as part of the research process for  our article on eating disorders. One hundred ninety-two students responded (almost double the typical  Pioneer  survey response rate). As almost 80 percent of  respondents  were female, the sample size cannot ...

  59. State of the State combines research, community outreach News January 26, 2012

    Whitman's State of the State class, which has existed since 2005, does community research on a variety of issues affecting Washington Latinos, including political participation, immigration policy and bilingual education in Walla Walla schools.

  60. Permaculture farm seeks alternative to commercial farming News September 8, 2011

    Driving to Hacienda Ilitio is a bit of an adventure. The farm is nestled in the foothills of Mt. Cotopaxi, one of the tallest active volcanoes in the Ecuadorian Andes.

  61. Greenhouse gas audit demonstrates Whitman still green, but open to improvement News May 5, 2011

    Greenhouse gas emissions are up at Whitman, according to the third annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions Audit, though more thorough calculations may explain the difference.

  62. Numbers in the News News May 5, 2011

    Numbers in the News is a weekly feature highlighting numbers and statistics of interest to college students.

  63. Whitman recruitment balances sports, school News Sports May 5, 2011

    How much should athletic ability matter for college admission? For NCAA Division I schools, prospective athletes are often considered even if they fall outside of normal admissions criteria, and schools can offer athletic scholarships to get players to come to their school. For Division III schools like Whitman, the story ...

  64. It Gets Better Project raises awareness, draws critiques Front Page Slideshow News April 28, 2011

    Queer kids growing up in the United States right now are living through “the best of times and the worst of times" according to visiting speaker Dan Savage. Although same-sex couples are gaining rights and awareness across the nation, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) individuals still face discrimination ...

  65. Dan Savage addresses complexities of college dating A&E April 28, 2011

    Savage Love advice columnist Dan Savage spoke to a packed auditorium of Whitman students on Wednesday, April 27. Savage answered questions about a variety of sex and relationship issues, from dating as a trans person to the legality of marrying a horse. WEB Lectures Director Charlie Weems said that he ...

  66. Numbers in the News News April 28, 2011

    Numbers in the News is a weekly feature highlighting numbers and statistic of interest to college students.

  67. Community solar moves forward, Whitman’s role uncertain News April 21, 2011

    If you've ever wanted to make money, save the planet or provide Whitman students with more scholarships, Fred Liebrand has a project for you. The Walla Walla University professor has been developing a community solar project which would take advantage of generous state and federal tax incentives to install solar ...

  68. Numbers in the News News April 21, 2011

    Numbers in the News is a weekly feature highlighting numbers and statistics that are of interest to college students.

  69. What democracy looks like: two versions of political protest in Walla Walla Community Front Page Slideshow News Politics April 21, 2011

    What's wrong with the United States government? For members of the Walla Walla Tea Party Patriots, it's out of control government spending. The group held a tax day rally on Friday, April 15 to advocate the importance of fiscal responsibility and limited government. Martha Clinehens, the group's spokesperson, believes that the ...

  70. Numbers in the News News April 14, 2011

    Numbers in the News is a weekly feature highlighting numbers and statistics that are of interest to college students.

  71. Thundering Hooves closure leaves uncertain future for sustainable meat Community Front Page Slideshow News April 7, 2011

    With a familiar, local source of grass-fed meat gone from Walla Walla, many would-be conscious meat eaters are finding that they no longer know who their farmer is.

  72. Numbers in the News News March 31, 2011

    9.0 Magnitude of the Japanese earthquake on the Richter scale 11,000 Current death toll (approximate) 20,000 Probable final death toll, as estimated by the Japanese government 244,339 Number of people in refugee centers in Japan 0.05 Sv Maximum number of sieverts (a unit of radiation) per year that US workers can legally be exposed to 0.25 Sv Maximum yearly radiation dose ...

  73. Bon Appétit runs out of tofu Humor March 31, 2011

    Students eating dinner in Prentiss Dining Hall last week were surprised to discover that tofu had completely disappeared from the menu. Tofu is a perennial favorite in the dining hall, praised by students for its robust texture and subtle yet delicious flavors. But according to Bon Appétit staff member Joe ...

  74. Green Dot program aims to expand into Walla Walla Front Page Slideshow News March 30, 2011

    You're at a party, and you see someone slip a drug into your friend's drink. That's a red dot. You confront the person who tried to drug your friend, and then you make sure your friend gets home safely. That's a green dot. Since the Green Dot program has existed ...

  75. Out with antiquity: Encounters transforms into new curriculum News News Highlight March 10, 2011

    Starting in the fall of 2012, Whitman first-years will take the new version of Encounters, which focuses on the theme of Transformations.

  76. Numbers in the News News March 10, 2011

    Numbers in the News is a weekly feature highlighting statistics and numbers which are of interest to students.

  77. Numbers in the News News March 3, 2011

    Numbers in the News is a weekly feature highlighting statistics and numbers which are of interest to students.

  78. Faculty votes to approve Alpha Phi as Whitman’s fourth sorority Greek Life News March 3, 2011

    Whitman faculty voted on Wednesday, Feb. 23 to approve Alpha Phi as Whitman's fourth sorority to reduce overcrowding in existing Greek groups.

  79. Undocumented Whitman students face difficulties paying for college News February 24, 2011

    Many of the eight undocumented immigrant students at Whitman College struggle with tuition, keeping their status secret and the thought of what they'll do after graduating.

  80. Numbers in the News News February 24, 2011

    Numbers in the News is a weekly feature highlighting statistics and numbers which are of interest to students.

  81. One year anniversary of student death honored with vigil Front Page Slideshow News February 17, 2011

    One year after the death of student Richard O'Brien, friends gather to share memories.

  82. Numbers in the News News February 17, 2011

    Numbers in the News is a weekly feature highlighting statistics and numbers which are of interest to students.

  83. Vagina Monologues promote dialogue about violence against women News February 10, 2011

    Whitman's annual showing of The Vagina Monologues raises funds for local organizations aimed at ending violence against women.

  84. Numbers in the News News February 10, 2011

    Numbers in the News is a weekly feature highlighting statistics and numbers which are of interest to students.

  85. Philosophy lecture sheds light on Heidegger’s Nazi ties News February 3, 2011

    Dr. Julia Ireland, assistant professor of philosophy, gave a lecture entitled “Heidegger and the ‘Inner Truth of National Socialism'" on Tuesday, February 1 about a provocative discovery she made while working in the Heidegger Archive. Dr. Ireland discovered a possible editorial suppression of philosopher Martin Heidegger's reference to National Socialism ...

  86. Numbers in the news News February 3, 2011

    Numbers in the News is a weekly feature highlighting statistics and numbers which are of interest to students.

  87. Bottled water no longer sold on campus due to environmental concerns News January 27, 2011

    Starting this spring, bottled water will no longer be sold on the Whitman College campus. Sustainability Advisory Committee Chair Sean Gehrke cited plastic waste and high cost as important factors in the decision.

  88. Education reform should promote engagement Opinion December 9, 2010

    When people speak about education reform, they usually toss out phrases like "tougher standards" and "accountability." The idea behind these buzzwords is to make sure our students aren't falling behind the rest of the world in terms of problem solving ability or reading level. Reformers talk about getting rid of ...

  89. Environmentalists need to cooperate on solar energy Opinion December 2, 2010

    In the discussion about America's energy future, solar power is the shining star of the environmental movement. Whitman's own solar panels, installed on the roof of the Brattain Tennis Center in the summer of 2009, were celebrated as a major achievement by environmental groups on campus. Far from campus, in ...

  90. Beyond local Opinion November 7, 2010

    The importance of eating local foods has been a prominent theme in the environmental movement for the past few years. Eating local makes sense for many reasons: buying close to home is a way to connect people to the farmers who grow their food, and a shorter transportation distance generally ...

  91. US Must Reform Energy Grid to Combat Climate Change Opinion November 4, 2010

    Like many Whitman students, I sometimes find climate change to be a very abstract problem. We discuss it in class and plan programs to reduce our carbon footprint on campus, but it's hard to visualize carbon emissions or see tangible results of ocean acidification in our day-to-day lives. However, after ...

  92. Conservation policies need reformation Opinion October 15, 2010

    Drive for over an hour in the American West and you're likely to see cows. Cattle graze almost all the public lands in the West: National Forests, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land and even some wilderness areas.  Ranchers run cows on leased allotments for portions of the spring, summer and ...

  93. Las Vegas is thirsty Columnists Opinion October 7, 2010

    Las Vegas is a city rife with contradictions. Outside the glamor and glitz of the Strip, you find neighborhoods of discount grocery stores and a skyline of billboards advertising bankruptcy lawyers. Golf courses and green lawns abound, seemingly incompatible with the desert surrounding the city. Vegas is a life-size monument ...

  94. Wolves: the endangered danger Columnists September 16, 2010

    Ranchers have legitimate interests in hunting wolves. Hunting wolves must be legalized in any solution to disputes between environmentalists and ranchers.

  95. Seniors instrumental in environmental efforts of last four years News News Highlight May 18, 2010

    For environmentally-minded Whitties, the last four years have been an exciting time. Two greenhouse gas emission audits have been completed. Students now grow salad greens on the roof of the Hall of Science and distribute compact fluorescent lightbulbs to Walla Walla residents as a regular weekend activity. Perhaps most importantly, ...

  96. Greenhouse gas audit results News May 5, 2010

    Results from Whitman's second annual greenhouse gas emission audit were presented to the administration on Monday, May 3. A team of 15 students participated in the audit and presented their report, as well as recommendations for the college to further reduce emissions.

  97. Farmers’ Market looks ahead to busy season News News Highlight May 2, 2010

    Walla Walla residents walking down Main Street last weekend were treated to the smells of fresh baked bread, ripe local produce and handmade beeswax soaps. The source of this aromatic array was the Walla Walla Valley Farmers' Market, which opened for the season on Saturday, May 1. Several dozen vendors ...

  98. Neurotoxin-processed soy poses safety, dietary questions News April 29, 2010

    Soy products are often perceived as environmentally-friendly alternatives to meat. In some ways, this can be true, but for many people, this assumption rests on the idea that soy products contain fewer chemicals and are more “natural" than their industrial meat counterparts. What many consumers may not be aware of ...

  99. Shadow day brings youth to campus Front Page Slideshow News April 29, 2010

    Students eating lunch in Jewett last Thursday, April 22, might have been perplexed to discover a line out the door when they arrived at the dining hall. Amidst the signs about cheeseburgers causing global warming were about 50 students from Walla Walla High School visiting campus for Club Latino's Shadow ...

  100. Clint Bolick argues constitutionality of health care bill Front Page Slideshow News April 22, 2010

    Clint Bolick, the director of constitutional litigation for the Goldwater Institute, a conservative public policy think tank, delivered a lecture on judicial activism in Maxey Hall, on Wednesday, April 21. He is best known for arguing a number of prominent cases about school choice before various state Supreme Courts, and ...

  101. Walla Walla residents join Tea Party movement Front Page Slideshow News Politics April 22, 2010

    The Walla Walla Tea Party Patriots held a rally outside the county courthouse on Friday, April 15 to demand fiscal responsibility from the government. Theirs was one of hundreds of protests occurring across the country, including a gathering of approximately 25,000 in Washington, DC.

  102. Health coverage out of reach for some students Front Page Slideshow News April 15, 2010

    Though Whitman requires all students to have health insurance, some students still go uninsured because they cannot afford to pay for certain insurance options or because they are ineligible for coverage.

  103. Fighting hunger in Walla Walla Feature Front Page Slideshow April 8, 2010

    An illustrated look at the people and organizations combating hunger in Walla Walla.

  104. Whitman, WWCC and Wa-Hi students to attend Seattle immigration reform rally News April 8, 2010

    Ten thousand people will converge at Seattle's Occidental Park on Saturday, April 10, to rally for comprehensive immigration reform. The rally has been organized by the Washington Immigration Reform Coalition, an umbrella group which includes over 50 immigrants' rights groups, labor unions, faith-based organizations and community groups. For Whitman students ...

  105. Blood Drive to benefit Walla Walla community, Haiti Front Page Slideshow News April 1, 2010

    Fifty-one Whitman students voluntarily surrendered a pint of their blood to the Red Cross on Tuesday, March 30, as part of the Cesar Chavez Blood Drive put on by the Global Awareness House. The blood will be used by hospitals in the greater Walla Walla area; any extra will be ...

  106. Whitman students join farm workers in Pasco to fight for fair working conditions News News Highlight March 11, 2010

    ' Si se puede!' has been used as a rallying cry for everything from pro-immigration marches to Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Its original usage, however, was as the motto for the United Farm Workers of America labor union. In this spirit, union organizer Arturo Sepulveda led a group of dairy ...

  107. Greenhouse gas audit aims for carbon neutrality News March 11, 2010

    Whitman has joined colleges across the nation in addressing the global impact of climate change and the threat it poses to humans, animals and ecosystems. To better understand Whitman's contribution to climate change, as well as potential areas of improvement, a group of students is conducting Whitman's second annual greenhouse ...

  108. Military recruitment sparks debate on campus Feature March 4, 2010

    Although the military has a relatively low presence on Whitman's campus, its role here remains a contested topic. In 2005, ASWC passed a resolution opposing military recruitment, yet a few students still choose to enlist.

  109. Whitman students spearhead group to fight, educate about human trafficking News News Highlight February 18, 2010

    Many Whitman students and local residents may not be aware that modern day slavery exists right here in Walla Walla. With support from local organizations, Whitman students are spearheading a new campus group dedicated to informing people about human trafficking and combating the practice on local, national and international levels. ...

  110. Eating really local: new student project aims to grow greens for Bon Appétit salad bars News February 11, 2010

    Student Agriculture at Whitman, a newly-formed student project, is growing microgreens near the amphitheater with the goal of selling them for use in Bon Apptit's salad bars.

  111. Walla Walla voters pass sales tax increase to maintain Valley Transit services News February 9, 2010

    Voters in the Walla Walla County Public Transportation Benefit Area approved a sales tax increase to maintain the current level of public transit. The measure received over 76 percent of the vote. Without the tax increase, Valley Transit would be forced to cut two bus lines and reduce frequencies on ...

  112. Valley transit: The final countdown Politics February 4, 2010

    Last fall 2009, the the Campaign for Valley Transit began its fight to stop service cuts to the Valley Transit system. This Tuesday, Feb. 9 citizens of Walla Walla will vote on a sales tax to keep the system running.

  113. Students campaign for Valley Transit measure Front Page Slideshow News Politics January 25, 2010

    Whitman students get the word out to Walla Walla residents about the valley transit vote on Feb. 9.

  114. Adopt-a-Family spreads holiday spirit News December 9, 2009

    The Adopt-a-Family program allows Whitman students to form groups that sponsor a family with a certain number of members.

  115. Colored glass not trash in Walla Walla News December 2, 2009

    Students mistakenly trash colored glass due to misunderstood Walla Walla recycling policy.

  116. Keystone brews can of controversy News Highlight December 1, 2009

    Students gulp down Keystone Light at parties without really knowing where the money from their purchase goes.

  117. Junior creates College Coaches program for Walla Walla High School Community November 23, 2009

    New program would encourage college as an option for students who might not otherwise consider attending.

  118. First-year student asks college for co-ed living option News November 17, 2009

    Currently, Whitman only offers co-ed living arrangements for upperclassmen with parental consent. First-year Dena Wessel hopes to extend that option to first-years.

  119. Sex toy party hopes to open discussion of female sexuality News November 9, 2009

    Party seeks to reverse repression of female sexuality, open women up to their own sexual expression. Only women may attend the event to avoid reservations.

  120. Humanists for Equality provides free meals, open mics Community News Highlight November 3, 2009

    Walla Walla residents Jade Fenton and Clinton Sweeney hope to address wide range of social issues with free meal programs and open reading nights.

  121. Local colleges energize community solar project Community October 29, 2009

    [caption id="attachment_9699" align="aligncenter" width="630" caption="Credit: Sloane"][/caption] If representatives from each of Walla Walla's three colleges have their way, the region will soon be transformed by an energy revolution. This, at least, is the hope of Walla Walla University physics professor Fred Liebrand. ...

  122. Official Pioneer guide to the Nov. 3, 2009 election Politics October 28, 2009

    This Tuesday is election day, and neither Barack Obama nor John McCain appears on the ballot. This fact might be enough to stop some people from voting, but there are still compelling issues that Washington voters will decide on, including caps on the state budget and the rights of domestic ...

  123. Grant, Nealey debate translated into Spanish to help educate Walla Walla’s Latino community Community October 22, 2009

    In an effort to educate Walla Walla's Latino community about political issues, a debate between Terry Nealey, the candidates for 16th District State Representative, took place Sunday, Oct. 18, at St. Patrick's Church in Walla Walla. The debate was translated into Spanish and organized by ...

  124. Alinsky symposium sparks topics of community organizing, activism News Highlight October 22, 2009

    Someone walking by Reid on Friday, Oct. 16 easily could have been convinced that the Whitman bubble is just a myth. Over 100 community members, faculty and Whitman students gathered there during lunch to participate in a discussion about community organizing in Walla Walla. The talk, which featured a panel ...

  125. Whitman opens application process for RAs News October 15, 2009

    A group of 20 sophomores and juniors gathered in the Jewett Lounge on Monday, Oct. 5, to learn about becoming Resident Advisors.   A panel of current RAs answered questions and talked about the application process, as well as the benefits and struggles that come with the job. "Sometimes you feel ...

  126. Whitman students campaign for Washington’s Referendum 71 News October 15, 2009

    With the November election approaching, some Whitman students are working hard to educate the campus about Referendum 71. "I've just been pushing the word to anyone who's interested," said senior Kelli Kuhlman, co-president of the ...

  127. Students honor individual identity on National Coming Out Day Events October 5, 2009

    For people who identify as something other than heterosexual, the process of coming out is an important personal journey. It can also be a political act, used as a statement to affirm the existence of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people. "To tell their family members and friends about this ...

  128. Downtown developers struggle to include student interests News October 5, 2009

    Walking down Main Street, Walla Walla doesn't exactly look like a college town. Although there are some shops and cafes which attract students, the number of wine tasting rooms and expensive restaurants suggests that students are not the focus of retail in Walla Walla. The recent closure of several businesses ...

  129. Student health care at center of attention as swine flu nears News October 1, 2009

    For most prospective college students, health care is low on the list of things to consider when choosing a school. Students expect that regardless of where they are, medical services will be available if and when they need them.

  130. Latino voting in Walla Walla Community September 23, 2009

    If you ask a typical Whitman student how they participate in the political process, they'll probably tell you that they vote. Voting seems a fairly simple and straightforward way of influencing government, but what if the candidates don't speak your language, you can't read the ballot and no one's talking ...

  131. Walla Walla Valley Transit update: Board votes to put tax increase on ballot to prevent cuts Community September 23, 2009

    The ...

  132. Proposed Walla Walla Valley Transit cuts meet resistance News Highlight September 17, 2009

    If you go shopping in Walla Walla and spend $10 on clothes, 3 cents of the tax you pay will go towards the Valley Transit System. That may not sound like much, but sales tax makes up 65% of the transit system's budget--and due to the recession, those tax revenues ...

  133. Obama’s education speech well-received in Walla Walla schools Community September 15, 2009

    When President Barack Obama decided to address America's students about the importance of getting an education, he probably never thought he would keep kids home from school. For some parents, though, keeping their kids home was preferable to having them watch the 15 minute speech, which the President gave on Tuesday, ...


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