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Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Science with The Pioneer


According to Neil deGrasse Tyson, science is cool again. The astrophysicist and director of New York City's Hayden Planetarium is optimistic that popular interest in the subject is on the rise. This last spring, Tyson's show, "Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey," aired on FOX to stellar reviews and with even higher viewership. News outlets, he points out, are featuring science-based stories more than ever before. And even in popular culture, science and scientists capture the attention and imagination of the public. "'The Big Bang Theory' is the number one show on television, and you need more than just geeks to watch the show to make it as popular as it is," said Tyson. "I think there is a curiosity that’s being fed." The changing ways we use social media have contributed heavily to ... (more)

Whitman College Ranks Last in Economic Diversity


Whitman College was placed at the bottom of a statistical survey published on the New York Times website Monday which ... more...

Retirements, New Hires Herald Change in Student Affairs


The departure and retirement of several long-time staff members, in addition to promotions and new hires, are adding up to ... more...

SCOREs find success despite low participation rate


In 2013, SCOREs had over 30 first-year participants on three trips. This year, 18 first-years were spread over four ... more...

English Department Reinstates Creative Nonfiction Position


For the 2014-15 academic year, the English department will offer Whitman College students various supplementary courses that will be taught ... more...

Yearbook Here to Stay With Free Copies


This past Wednesday marks the release of the first free edition of Waiilatpu, the Whitman College yearbook. Last year the yearbook ... more...


Faculty Panel Kicks Off Discussions of ‘Reservation Blues’


Among the chaos of move-in and the preparation for classes, Whitman hosted its annual summer reading panel in Cordiner Hall on Sept. 31. Professors Laura ... (more)

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College Walks Thin Line Balancing Tuition, Salaries


In the face of an increasingly grim financial situation for the American middle class, Whitman College tries to walk a narrow line between satisfying its students on the one hand and its faculty and administrators on the other. The college ... (more)

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Real World Advice From Neil deGrasse Tyson


Lecturer Neil deGrasse Tyson has said that he knew he wanted to be an astrophysicist since he was nine. According to Tyson, the universe called to him on a trip to the New York planetarium and there was no way he ... (more)