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  1. Students stand for Mauna Kea amidst telescope controversy Feature Feature Highlight May 7, 2015

    Sophomore Sean Terada remembers a sixth grade trip to Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. He hiked through the lush emerald growth in the rain forests on the slopes of the mountain, breathing in the humid air. Without warning, he came upon an abrupt cut away where the ...

  2. Ladies’ Climbing Night offers space to women climbers Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow April 30, 2015

    As the clock strikes 8 p.m., women start to trickle into the climbing gym. By 8:05, Beyoncé is blasting from the speakers, and women are harnessing up and beginning to climb. Every other week, The Whitman Climbing Center hosts Ladies’ Climbing Night from 8 to 10 p.m. Started by juniors Josephine Adamski ...

  3. The blues candle: Whitman skaters find new ways to express themselves Feature Feature Highlight April 9, 2015

    On a sunny Friday in March, seniors Zach Gordy and Tom Shellum were shredding curbs outside of North Hall. Gordy caught some air and then swung a wide curve into the street. “Car, car...” Shellum said, and Gordy stepped aside to let it pass. Whitman skaters weren’t always such good citizens. ...

  4. Unflattened cardboard boxes and the rules of recycling Feature Feature Highlight February 26, 2015

    Crisp but warm sunshine fills the morning as sophomore Maddie Bailey reverses a maroon pickup truck from the Environmental Interest House (also known as Outhouse) garage. Two Outhouse residents and their resident assistant are on a mission early this Saturday morning. It's just past 8:30 a.m. as they head out to ...

  5. Whitman Debate collaborates with Penitentiary inmates Feature Feature Highlight December 4, 2014

    Twelve members of the Whitman Debate Club will join inmates of the Washington State Penitentiary in debate on Thursday, December 4th. The topic? The groups will discuss whether an individual’s right to Internet anonymity should be absolute. An inmate selected the topic after a group discussion at the penitentiary during a ...

  6. The Art of Listening: Peer Listeners offer chance to learn what it means to listen Feature Feature Highlight November 20, 2014

    “Can you envision a society where people don’t listen? What would happen?” -Michelle Janning, Professor of Sociology From sun-up till lights out on campus, students are talking and exchanging ideas in class, one voice followed by another. In the moments between classes we compare hours of lost sleep, pages of pending papers ...

  7. Technology tools advance campus research, creativity Feature Feature Highlight November 13, 2014

    New technologies make the work of many departments at Whitman more efficient, freeing up time and energy to complete questions or surveys. They also can help make visible intensely complicated theorized concepts thought up decades ago by, say, Einstein, in the case of Beck’s mirrors.

  8. Service Learning Organizations connect students and citizens Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow November 6, 2014

    Living in the “Whitman Bubble,” most students spend most of their time interacting with people their own age. However, some service learning organizations on campus are working with community members to break this generational disconnect. The mentor program matches Whitman students with children in various elementary schools, and the Adopt-A-Grandparent program ...

  9. Shedding light on Umbrella Revolution Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow October 30, 2014

    Throngs of people fill Hong Kong’s Central district, packed shoulder to shoulder. The square echoes with a cacophony of voices and slogans. The atmosphere is tense; policemen in neon yellow vests try to contain the crowd as occasional violence erupts. Plumes of pepper spray sometimes fill the air as people ...

  10. Cities make or break college campuses Feature Feature Highlight September 25, 2014

    "[It] proves that many liberal arts schools look the same on paper, but they have very different energies."

  11. Director of Security builds connections with students Feature Feature Highlight September 18, 2014

    According to Stroe, all members of the family are excited to meet Whitman students.

  12. Gap Years Offer Students More Stability Entering College Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow September 11, 2014

    As the three of these gap-year students now settle into life at Whitman, they are all shaped by their experiences in the last 12 months. “It’s pretty easy for me to settle in a new place,” said Popenoe. “I’m not really dealing with the homesickness part that a lot of ...

  13. Whitman Students Maintain Family Legacy Circuit Feature Feature Highlight May 15, 2014

    Thousands of Whitman students have passed through Whitman's doors, but not all of them have had other family members walk through their footsteps. The Pioneer looks at what draws families of students to join the Whitman communities across generations.

  14. Off-Campus Students Learn to Cook Feature Feature Highlight May 8, 2014

    For some students who already enjoy cooking, living off campus gives them a reason to cook, but for students who do not have a knack for it just yet, Whitman offers students a variety of opportunities to refine their skills.

  15. Financial Aid Presents Struggle, Opportunity for FGWC Students Feature Feature Highlight May 1, 2014

    Navigating the ups and downs of financial aid from semester to semester can pose a significant challenge for FGWC students, even with support from the Office of Financial Aid itself.

  16. Students Pass on Love of Reading with Story Time Feature Feature Highlight April 24, 2014

    Story Time is one of five ongoing weekly service programs managed by the Student Engagement Center (SEC). It was started by staff member Rebecca Thorpe and several others about 10 years ago, and was officially recognized and funded by ASWC three years ago.

  17. Pre-professional Majors, Liberal Arts Model in Conflict Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow April 17, 2014

    In recent years, faculty and students have discussed the pros and cons of entering college with a specific major and career plan already in mind.

  18. Search Committee Prepares to Pick Next President Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow April 10, 2014

    The search for Whitman's next president will be nationwide and exhaustive, and it will require hard work, expertise and months of dedicated service from those chosen to serve on the presidential search committee.

  19. Why Are You Green: Whitman Community Reflects on Environmentalism Circuit Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow April 1, 2014

    It's no question that many people at Whitman are environmentally conscious of their environment and how much waste they generate. However, the question is why? The Pioneer takes a moment to ask Whitman community members to reflect on how environmentalism touches their lives.

  20. Humor Through the Archives Circuit Feature Feature Highlight April 1, 2014

    Just as The Pioneer has undergone many a transformation since it's inception in 1896, so has it's humor. From odd one-liners and random articles on the front page to dedicated april fool's day issues and weekly humor sections, the Pio has come a long way in terms of making Whitties ...

  21. Student Academic Advisor Program Strengthens Community Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow March 13, 2014

    More than 30 years after its creation, the Student Academic Advising program remains successful in helping new students and bringing a stronger sense of community to first-year housing. The program, run through a collaboration between the Academic Resources Center and the Residence Life and Housing Office, was originally created to ...

  22. Counseling Center Addresses Increased Student Demand Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow March 6, 2014

    This month, the Counseling Center decided to go through with hiring a new counselor in accordance with an ASWC resolution passed last semester. The addition of another counselor is a response to the increasing demand and sometimes limited availability of counseling services on campus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  27. Unique Variety Show Format Creates New Opportunities, Challenges Feature Feature Highlight December 12, 2013

    Find out more about the inspiration behind the upcoming variety show at Harper Joy, "Ukulele!"

  28. ‘Tis the Season: Whitties Share Unique Holiday Traditions Circuit Feature Feature Highlight December 9, 2013

    Read more about some of the unique ways that Whitties celebrate winter holidays.

  29. Independent Quilting Supply Store Succeeds Despite Tough Market Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow December 5, 2013

    Read more about Stash, Walla Walla's independent quilting supply store.

  30. Student Volunteers Aim to Create Community at STEP Shelter Feature Feature Highlight November 21, 2013

    Learn more about Whitman students who volunteer at the STEP women's shelter, an organization that offers local homeless women and children a place to sleep.

  31. Meet Whitman Watson Fellowship Nominees Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow November 14, 2013

    Learn more about the four Whitman students continuing on in the Watson Fellowship application process.

  32. Converging Histories Festival to Bring Past into Focus Feature Feature Highlight November 7, 2013

    Find out more about the Kirkman House Museum and their upcoming Festival of Converging Histories, an event that celebrates the Victorian past of Walla Walla.

  33. Walla Walla Celebrates with Colorful Community Events Feature Feature Highlight October 31, 2013

    See how Walla Wallans celebrated Dia de los Muertos at the first annual community festival for the holiday. Then read about a few local Halloween activities.

  34. Walla Walla University Creates Spiritual Environment for Students Feature Feature Highlight October 23, 2013

    Walla Walla University students and staff share the ways in which they stay connected with religion.

  35. Blue Mountain Humane Society Gets Involved in Community Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow October 17, 2013

    Find out more about the Blue Mountain Humane Society and their work in the community.

  36. Long-Distance Cyclists of Whitman Feature Feature Highlight October 10, 2013

    Find out more about three Whitman students who have cycled extremely long distances.

  37. Walla Walla Symphony to Continue Century-Old Tradition with New Season Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow October 3, 2013

    Find out more about the Walla Walla Symphony and its upcoming season.

  38. Local Artist Displays Eclectic Work at Museum of Un-Natural History Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow September 26, 2013

    Meet Gerry Matthews, the colorful owner of the free downtown Museum of Unnatural History.

  39. Faculty Members Pursue Creative Projects Feature Feature Highlight September 19, 2013

    Many professors at Whitman work on creative projects in their free time. Read more about their inspirations and art.

  40. Interns Learn to Budget in Small and Large Cities Feature Feature Highlight September 12, 2013

    Interns living in both small and large cities share their experiences living off of the Whitman Internship Grant.

  41. A Day at the Downtown Market Circuit Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow August 29, 2013

    Take a stroll through the Walla Walla Downtown Farmers Market and discover organic produce, homemade cheese and delicious garlic scapes.

  42. Peace, Work, Gandhi Found in Organic Garden Circuit Feature Feature Highlight Opinion August 29, 2013

    Organic Garden Summer Intern Genevieve Jones chronicles how hard work and chaos meet Gandhi and contemplative peace in Whitman's Organic Garden.

  43. Whitman Alumni Find Environmentalist Views Evolving Circuit Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow May 13, 2013

    Environmental issues are a prominent concern amongst Whitman activists, yet many claim that their youthful idealism dies out once faced with the 'real world.' Here, the Circuit catches up with four environmentally-minded alumnae to see how post-grad life has affected their environmental vision.

  44. Negative contacts skew police, student views Feature Feature Highlight May 2, 2013

    [caption id="attachment_70882" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Illustration by Eduardo Vazquez[/caption] Whitman students and Walla Walla police officers aren't often at odds with each other, but when the police do get called in, students are not usually in their best form. While ...

  45. Indie Women Make No Appearance This Year Feature Feature Highlight April 25, 2013

    Despite their past success, the Independent Women choral group didn't manage to register for the Choral Contest in time.

  46. Graduating Administrator Plans Future of ‘Encounters’ Feature Feature Highlight April 18, 2013

    The administrator of 'Encounters' reflects on the site's progress, and looks to how it will be maintained after graduation.

  47. College prepares for influx of visitors Feature Feature Highlight April 11, 2013

    It's April, and the class of 2017 has been admitted. How does Whitman prepare for the influx of admitted students looking to see if they would like to make this school their home?

  48. Zipcars Considered for Campus Use Feature Feature Highlight April 4, 2013

    With the coming of a sustainability coordinator position, Zipcars may be in Whitman's future.

  49. Video gamers find support to overcome addiction Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow March 7, 2013

    Video game addiction has the same ability to affect lives as any substance, but how do students overcome a non-physical addiction?

  50. Whitman, Walla Walla University Accept Personal Marriage Views Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow February 27, 2013

    Whitman might not feel like a school where finding a soulmate is as common as the urban legends would have students believe. Usually Whitman students see the neighboring Walla Walla University as a school where students more commonly get married while at school—but how accurate is that assumption?

  51. Off-Campus Houses Given Names for Both Obvious Characteristics, Inside Humor Feature Feature Highlight February 21, 2013

    Whitman is a college with colorfully named houses. Sometimes those house names are based on inside jokes, puns and strange intricacies about the house. Other times, the reason for the name is staring the viewer right in the face.

  52. Parental Guidance, Emphasis on Education Draws In Legacies Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow February 14, 2013

    When senior Nick Marquiss sat down at his first Encounters class, he found himself sitting across the table from the same professor who taught his father decades before.

  53. Birds Receive Protection, Face Mammalian Threats Feature Feature Highlight February 7, 2013

    Walla Walla’s populated mix of progressive college students, farmers and small town families is also home to a group of unacknowledged individuals: birds.

  54. Students Discuss Assumptions Surrounding ‘Gluten-Free’ Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow January 31, 2013

    No longer a dietary restriction for those physically intolerant to gluten, people have adopted the gluten-free diet for a variety of reasons pertaining to health and well-being.

  55. Super seniors appreciate prolonged time for study Feature Feature Highlight January 24, 2013

    After an enriching high school experience studying abroad in Latin America, current fifth-year Oliver Wood knew he wanted to take a semester off before beginning his time at college. Little did he then know that this would take him down the path to becoming a "super senior."

  56. Crawlspaces generate myths, serve purpose Feature Feature Highlight December 6, 2012

    Some say it was once a morgue, while others tell tales that someone managed to live there, one thing is for certain: the Catacombs do exist.

  57. E-Books Versus Print Books Feature Feature Highlight November 29, 2012

    For many students who have started using e-books, there is no turning back to the days of reading ordinary print books.

  58. 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 ...

  59. Wine sparks academic pursuit Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow November 8, 2012

    Walla Walla's wine industry is certainly a nice addition to the town for parents and seniors, but its emergence and growth also hold academic promise.

  60. Food Service Requires Early Rise Feature Feature Highlight October 31, 2012

    It’s college, also known as four years of staying up late and sleeping in. But believe it or not, there are people at Whitman who need to keep things on campus and local businesses running before 10 a.m.

  61. Artifacts fly under campus radar Feature Feature Highlight October 25, 2012

    Many of the exhibits on campus fly under the radar of many students, ranking as features of the college that people have heard of but not actually taken the time to see--but they deserve to be seen.

  62. Parents’ gifts crucial to growth Feature Feature Highlight October 18, 2012

    Parents might not be immediately present while students are at college; however, parents are still more involved in the lives of students than sending care packages and paying tuition. Parents supply the momentum to keep the college striving for new heights.

  63. Homing in on Walla Walla Feature Feature Highlight October 11, 2012

    Today, Walla Walla has more to offer to recent graduates than during Bogley’s time directly after graduation. Students are now realizing that staying in Walla Walla is worth more than just a job.

  64. All-hours health services care for partiers, provide experience Feature Feature Highlight October 4, 2012

    Hannah, this is an excellent article. I was both very entertained, very informed, and very concerned by reading your article (especially as a person who has been in the health center for alcohol-related reasons--now THAT'S tactful). You did a good job balancing that--which is a powerful skill and ...

  65. Hip-hop drives individuals, fuels campus music culture Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow September 27, 2012

    While it may sound surprising, there is, in fact, a growing influence of hip-hop and rap music within our community. Sophomore Sayda Morales and juniors Cam Young and Kyle Moyes share their personal connections to these genres and illuminate the surprising relevance of hip-hop and rap to everyone's lives.

  66. High school important, character paramount Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow September 20, 2012

    High schools are like people: they have their own personalities, their own strengths and weaknesses, their own behaviors. In a way, our high school becomes one of the many aspects that define us. Because we are so connected to our secondary schooling, it is only understandable that it plays some ...

  67. Students take fitness elsewhere Feature Feature Highlight September 13, 2012

    Instead of using the school's ready facilities, some Whitties have been more inclined to find their outlet for exercise off campus. They travel to places that may require a bit more booty-shaking and shimmying than would normally be seen at BFFC. They go to Jazzercise classes at studios in town.

  68. Horsin’ Around: Students get a kick out of rodeo Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow September 6, 2012

    Ropes swing, a Ferris wheel turns, horses gallop and music plays at the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days. This event, this year running from Aug. to Sept. 2, is the oldest fair in Washington state beginning in 1863.  One of the main events is the rodeo, where a multitude of ...

  69. A Stranger in a Strange Land: Crayfish, Sea Urchins and Tahitian Culture Feature Feature Highlight August 23, 2012

    I started my three-week exchange in French Polynesia with enthusiasm, excitement and an unhealthy amount of ignorance. Tahiti, and the rest of the Polynesian islands, were not given even a cursory glance in my high school history courses and had been relegated, in my mind, to that class of ridiculously ...

  70. Senior fellowship recipient: Zach Duffy Circuit Feature Feature Highlight May 9, 2012

    Fellowships can meet anyone's interests, ranging from environmental policy, human rights, leadership, service and countless others, including a fellowship for those who want to travel the world and study a topic of their choosing. [caption id="attachment_51720" align="alignright" width="300"]...

  71. Local businesses focus on commitment to community Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow April 26, 2012

    While quaint boutiques and local coffee-shops are common fixtures of downtown Walla Walla, a larger corporate presence looms beyond E. Main Street.

  72. Endowment fosters diverse initiatives Feature Feature Highlight April 19, 2012

    The cost of a Whitman education is high. That fact is indisputable. However, without Whitman's approximately $400 million endowment, tuition would cost about 30 percent more.

  73. Wine buzz sustains local economy Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow April 12, 2012

    For more than 100 years, wheat has been a staple crop in the Walla Walla Valley. Like wheat, onions have been a defining crop of Walla Walla for over 100 years since the first onion seeds were introduced to the area; however, the quality of onions in Walla Walla have ...

  74. Novices welcome on spring OP excursions Feature Feature Highlight April 5, 2012

    Looking to stay active this spring with some fun outdoor activities? Whitmans Outdoor Program, as well as many other clubs on campus, are offering several opportunities this season.

  75. Shared approach to reuse unites Outhouse Feature Feature Highlight March 11, 2012

    The culture of Whitman College has a reputation for environmental awareness and being “eco-friendly.” While this may not apply to the entire student body, there are certain individuals who are dedicated to reducing, reusing and recycling. The residents of the Environmental Studies Interest House (referred to as “The Outhouse”) are ...

  76. Greeks take varied approaches to service Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow March 1, 2012

    Philanthropy in Whitman's Greek organizations runs the gamut from Mr. Whitman, to stream restoration and dog walking with the local animal shelter. Greek groups participate in philanthropy as a way to work together and give back to the community, and the group dynamic of Greek organizations motivates sorority and fraternity ...

  77. 4th Global Studies Symposium illustrates new campaign goals Feature Feature Highlight February 23, 2012

    With the variety of internships and community-based courses that Whitman offers on a yearly basis, it is no surprise that both the student body and administration place a high value on education through experience. Courses like Semester in the West, History and Ethnobiology of the Silk Roads, and State of ...

  78. Founder’s day conjures up memories of religious past Feature Feature Highlight February 16, 2012

    Today, February 16, marks an intriguing intersection of events. Not only is today two days after St. Valentine's Day, one of the most secularized holidays celebrated in the United States, but it is also Whitman College Founder's Day.

  79. Tenure controversy provokes student outcry Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow February 9, 2012

    The news that Assistant Professor of Spanish Alberto G. did not receive tenure came as a surprise to many on campus, provoking confusion and sparking conversation about the tenure process among students and faculty.

  80. Gap semester travelers bring fresh perspective to campus Feature Feature Highlight February 2, 2012

    For many first-year students, last semester was highlighted by discussions about Odysseus and IM football, but a handful of first-years spent it traveling to exotic destinations and learning in alternative ways.

  81. Exploring temples in Tibet Feature Feature Highlight January 26, 2012

    Kathryn Collins' reflection on studying abroad in China during the fall of 2011.

  82. SEC offers tips, advice to students seeking unpaid summer internships Feature Feature Highlight December 8, 2011

    According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, “An internship is a legitimate learning experience benefiting the student and not simply an operational work experience that just happens to be conducted by a student." This is the standard to which Whitman adheres to when supporting student internships and considering ...

  83. Playing pundit: Whitties weigh in on current campaign season Feature Feature Highlight December 1, 2011

    Cain proposes a 9-9-9 plan: nine percent personal income tax, nine percent sales tax, and nine percent corporate income tax. He believes that the government doesn't create jobs—businesses do.

  84. Independence gained off campus Feature Feature Highlight November 17, 2011

    The priority of any institution for higher education is to endow knowledge and to allow students to explore intellectual interests. Yet at a college like Whitman with few commuting students, there are other needs that must be met: food and shelter.

  85. IM athletes help set health record straight Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow November 10, 2011

    While fall IM Football may have wrapped for the season, concerns remain that the Welty Health Center falls short when it comes to caring for non-varsity athletes.

  86. Bachelor’s degree provides foundation for future Feature Feature Highlight November 3, 2011

    We shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars and spend four years going to class, but does it really get us anything? Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, and Twitter were all founded by college dropouts who have now become billionaires. At Whitman, the Student Engagement Center says it is worth it to ...

  87. Community members create radio magic Feature Feature Highlight October 27, 2011

    Elvis Costello, St. Vincent, Lucinda Williams. David Bowie, R.E.M., The Cure. These artists represent a variety of styles, and their differences appeal to a range of listeners. That is exactly what the DJs of KWCW community shows “I Hung Around Your Soundtrack" and “The Revolution Radio Show" aim to do: ...

  88. Jewelry consignment shown in bookstore: Crafters see success Feature Feature Highlight October 20, 2011

    The Whitman College Bookstore is proactive in encouraging student entrepreneurship on campus. Currently, the Bookstore has consignment arrangements with crafters, who can display and sell their products in the store.

  89. 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.

  90. Exploring volunteer opportunities off the beaten path Feature Feature Highlight October 6, 2011

    Although Whitman students are involved in many volunteer organizations every year, some groups receive more outside attention than others. There is no doubt that programs like Storytime and Habitat for Humanity are popular because of their direct appeal to young adults, but there are numerous other opportunities for specific volunteer ...

  91. Blogs infiltrate Whitman classrooms, students question effectiveness Feature Feature Highlight September 29, 2011

    A few professors at Whitman have integrated blogging into their curriculum recently as a peer-editing tool or a replacement for journaling. Professors Kristy King and Lynn Sharp introduced blogging to Encounters this year, asking their students to post every few weeks regarding the reading material and comment twice per week ...

  92. Falling diversity rates present opportunity for dialogue Feature Feature Highlight September 22, 2011

    Is Whitman a diverse campus? Feature investigates the cultural make-up of the class of 2015. Though many students complain about the lack of diversity at Whitman on a regular basis, this year they may have more cause for concern.

  93. ASWC promises feasible changes, greater student representation Feature Feature Highlight September 15, 2011

    Vision 2011: ASWC promises greater student representation, communication and funding of student club initiatives.

  94. 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.

  95. Students gain marketable skillsets from activities both obvious, unexpected Feature Feature Highlight May 16, 2011

    All that time spent on Facebook isn't actually a waste. According to Susan Buchanan, director of the Student Engagement Center, many companies are looking for students who have proficient knowledge of how to use online social networks.

  96. Hanging in the balance Feature Feature Highlight May 5, 2011

    In 1967, Whitman College established a comparative peer group of various private liberal arts colleges from across the country.

  97. Liberal Arts DIY: Build your own major Feature Feature Highlight April 28, 2011

    Whitman cannot always accommodate every student's particular academic interests; some students are very passionate about a field of study that Whitman does not offer as a major. A fraction of these students decide to pursue their passion by creating their own major. The process, however, often proves arduous.

  98. Small steps affect recycling potential of Whitman Feature Feature Highlight April 21, 2011

    Recycling programs and facilities are a bragging right of the Whitman community. However, they depend on student participation, which often is less-than-perfect.

  99. When Whitties drink… Feature Feature Highlight April 14, 2011

    It's your average Friday night at Whitman College. Classes are done and the last-minute paper you chose to start at 3 a.m. is turned in. In the words of the brilliant lyricist Rebecca Black, many Whitman students are “partyin', partyin', yeah" whether or not they legitimately have the time to ...

  100. Electoral college: How representative is ASWC of Whitman student body? Feature Feature Highlight Weekly Topic April 7, 2011

    This article was co-authored by Maren Schiffer. Sole ASWC presidential candidate Matt Dittrich has a lot in common with his predecessors: he's male, belongs to a college fraternity and has been involved in student government since his freshman year. Gender representation in disequilibrium For each of the last five years, a man ...

  101. Season of love Feature Feature Highlight March 31, 2011

    [caption id="attachment_28072" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Credit: Jung Song"][/caption] Spring is finally arriving in Walla Walla, announced by sunbathing on Ankeny and the return of Katy Perry music on the outdoor tennis courts. Whether spring means the beginnings of some relationships or ...

  102. Campus connection brings Whitman inside “The Walls” Feature Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow March 10, 2011

    The culture and interactions of the Washington State Penitentiary inmates, academic programs for inmates initiated by Whitman professors and the effects of the Penitentiary on the community.

  103. 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 ...

  104. Gender: Looking beyond socially-constructed binary Feature Feature Highlight February 24, 2011

    Boys are "supposed to" play with toy trucks, wrestle, never cry, get a high-paying job and marry a beautiful woman. Girls are "supposed to" have boyfriends, be emotional, marry a handsome man and cook meals for the family. These expectations are the product of the gender binary, the social construction by ...

  105. Stealing from Bon Appétit small potatoes to students Feature Feature Highlight February 17, 2011

    In front of a sign that reads “Take One Piece of Fruit and One Dessert Only" in Jewett dining hall, a student piles fruit into his backpack, looks up to see no one is watching and grabs a few cookies before heading out the door. This isn't breaking news--it's just ...

  106. Day of love brings pink hearts, candy, chocolate, flowers, cynicism Feature Feature Highlight February 10, 2011

    Valentine's Day has long been heralded as the “day of love", especially with regards to couples. People often spend tons of money on their significant other on this holiday and go on romantic dates. At Whitman, many truly enjoy it. However, for both people in relationships and out, there is ...

  107. Duck the police: Whitman’s duck myths busted Feature Feature Highlight February 3, 2011

    Few elements of Whitman culture have garnered as much speculation as the humble Whitman duck. As ubiquitous to campus as jaywalking and flannel, the ducks have attained a mythology of their own.

  108. Despite low profile, official beer mile inspires fierce rivalries Feature Feature Highlight May 6, 2010

    Every year, the 'official' beer mile takes place off campus, a few days before its Ankeny counterpart. Although the official event includes less nudity, the beer chugging—and athletic competition—remain surprisingly intense.

  109. East, West Coast lifestyles collide Feature Feature Highlight April 29, 2010

    Although most Whitties hail from west of the Mississippi, those from the East Coast bring a set of habits, interests and ideals that, according to many, is very different from the dominant culture of the West.

  110. At Whitman, smoker stereotype proves hazy Feature Feature Highlight April 22, 2010

    Is there common ground between smokers and non-smokers at Whitman?

  111. Through jobs in town, students connect with Walla Walla Feature Highlight April 15, 2010

    Students working in Walla Walla gain fresh insight into the community, defying stereotypes from both sides of the town/college divide.

  112. Job hunting in a recession: An optimistic outlook Feature Feature Highlight April 8, 2010

    Although the job market seems ominous, Whitman students find ways make a living and pursue passions after college.

  113. Backpage Issue 4 Feature Highlight News February 24, 2010

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  114. Whitman students plan new options for spring break travel Feature Feature Highlight February 4, 2010

    This year, Whitman leaders have planned and organized an array of spring break excursions, giving students the chance to share a week of outdoor adventures or service.

  115. Varsity Nordic: New name, same laughs Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow December 6, 2009

    A new name, style and schedule give Varsity Nordic added consistency on campus.

  116. Yummy holiday recipes to enjoy over Thanksgiving break Feature Highlight November 16, 2009

    Considering Thanksgiving's focus on eating, Pio feature reporter Kristen Coverdale offers three recipes to try during your indulgences this break.

  117. Coping with crunch time: study and sleep habits at Whitman investigated Feature Highlight November 11, 2009

    The Pioneer surveyed 400 members of the Whitman student body and nearly all of them go less than eight hours of sleep per night Surprised? Probably not.

  118. Whitties after dark, Whitman’s drug scene Feature Feature Highlight October 15, 2009

    Many students have tried them, some are repulsed by them and a few are hooked. No matter what one's opinion is on the topic of illegal drugs, it's no secret that they play an integral role in the health and social aspects of college life. To see just how much drugs ...

  119. Missionary football: a ghost of Whitman’s past Feature Highlight Front Page Slideshow September 29, 2009

    When football was cut in March of 1977, after a sudden decision by the board of trustees without any student input, Whitman lost more than just a sport. Football was an important part of Whitman for nearly 80 years, although it was never consistently a winning team

  120. Looking Back: The Whitman Greek System Feature Highlight September 26, 2009

    For almost a century, the Greek system has played a prominent role in Whitman culture. Providing opportunities for social connections, leadership, philanthropy and fun, every Greek has stories to tell. Here are a few glimpses of Greek life from yesteryear.

  121. Study abroad: the corniest, truest message Feature Highlight September 15, 2009

    Terrible poverty and satisfaction with life are not concepts typically associated with one another. But when senior Jenna Stearns visited a slum, or basti, in Jaipur, India, she was surprised to find that the women there seemed perfectly content.