Shelly is a senior politics major from Salt Lake City, Utah. Her interests include cream puffs, raspberries, reading, all things India, snuggling in piles of wool blankets and of course catching up on the news. She has previously worked for the Pio as a news reporter, news editor, copy-editor, blogger and web-content editor. When not busy trying to figure out what to do with herself after she leaves Whitman, Shelly can be found frantically replying to Pio-related emails or tracking down a source for breaking news.
Pam is a senior history major and four-year veteran of the Pio. Back from spending a semester studying abroad at the University of St Andrews in Scotland where she was able to indulge her geeky history side, Pam is ready to take on her final year at Whitman. The aspiring journalist from Shoreline, Wash., is also a forward on the women’s soccer team and spends the first three months of every school year eating, drinking and breathing soccer, with a wee bit of Pio fun thrown in as well. After working as a sports writer and sports editor, Pam is excited to move into her new role as managing editor.
Sarah is a sophomore hailing from Sacramento, California. She joined the Pio last year as a result of some ill-fated advice and served as a news reporter, later covering the ASWC beat. A likely history major, she enjoys documentary films on obscure topics. Her other likes include leisurely paced runs and bike rides, cooking, and tea.
Dylan is a senior English major from beautiful Bainbridge Island. When he’s not reading literature for class or writing Pio articles, Dylan enjoys listening to Chief Keef, working for the college’s Physical Plant, and going on extended HBO binges. He has worked as a news reporter for close to two years now, and is finally making the jump to an official editor position. He is thinking about law school, but all Dylan really wants from life is to one-day share a platter of fried shrimp with Rick Ross.
Aleida Fernandez hails from the “you’ll-never-be-as-cool-as-
Kyle Seasly is a junior history major all the way from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has formerly been the Pio‘s Opinion editor and a columnist, as well as the backpage editor his sophomore year. His other interests include fine dining, playing guitar on moonless nights, and attending comiccon conventions. If you like sports, shoot an email his way, can he chat all day about the red wings.
Quin is a sophomore from Mill Creek, Washington looking at majoring in English and/or Economics. After a lot of painstaking thought and deliberation, he decided to forgo this year’s NBA Draft and return to school to work as the Pio‘s sports editor. Quin plays on the varsity soccer team and is a raw but promising IM Frisbee prospect, although he still harbors dreams of becoming the starting point guard for the Seattle Sonics. When not doing sports things, Quin can be found reading, tweeting, playing guitar (poorly), or taking a nap.
Karah is currently a senior German major from Yuba City, California, a small town that looks nothing like the California you see in the movies. Her likes include grammar, poetry, libraries, candy canes, maps and good coffee. With the exception of a hiatus in Freiburg, she has spent five semesters working for The Pioneer in some news-related capacity. This year marks her transition from news to feature, and although she is typically somewhat nervous about change, she is very excited that investigating haunted houses in Walla Walla is now a part of her job.
Some refer to Molly as a kind of Eevee of the Pio staff, having held positions as a writer, illustrator and Production Associate. EIC Shelly Le used the rare humor stone (located at the bottom of lakum duckum) to evolve Molly into the editor of the humor page. Though she’s hasn’t leveled up enough to make Encounters jokes or use Tail Whip, she’s training hard to become the best there ever was. When she’s not training, she’s a senior Religion major trying to solve the problem of Pokemon intelligent design.
Catie is a senior biology major traveling all the way from Houston, Texas. Contrary to popular belief, she doesn’t have an accent or ride horses to the grocery store. After working as a Pioneer photographer for 2 years, Catie is excited to join the editing team. In her free time she loves meeting new people, trying new vegan recipes, and exploring new places. But most of all, she loves photographing everything that happens around her.
Skye began working for the Pio as a first-year, and is excited to be joining the editorial staff after a semester as a photographer and videographer. Skye is undeclared, but planning on majoring in Economics. In addition to photography and videography, Skye enjoys playing the piano, guitar, and drums, exploring the outdoors, and trying to make better coffee.
Illustration Editor: Luke Hampton
Luke is a sophomore planning on majoring in BBMB and going on a pre-med track. Hailing from Davis, Calif. he enjoys playing sports, thunderstorms, long walks on the beach, long walks in cities, long walks in the mountains, and earl grey tea. His passions include all things related to soccer, the Lord of the Rings, and Emma Watson. One day Luke hopes to become a physician after fulfilling his lifelong dream of moving to Catalunya, marrying his dream woman, and becoming a full-time FC Barcelona fanatic.
Tristan Gavin is not your grandmother’s Web Editor. Mostly because your grandmother probably does not have an online publication that needs editing, but also because he probably doesn’t know your grandparents. Still, Gavin is a self-proclaimed “Renaissance man,” citing his love for fairs and outdated fashion. When not editing or whatever it is that the web editor does, Gavin enjoys the smaller things in life like tiny furniture and ants. Gavin once owned an operated an ant farm, though his results were mixed. “Normally the word preceding ‘farm’ tells you what is harvested, so was my ant farm harvesting ants? What kind of sick operation did those tiny farmworkers have going on in there? Thank goodness for the drought,” said a visibly shaken but also visibly handsome Gavin. After the demise of his farm, Gavin took to the field–the baseball field, that is. After years of throwing a ball at medium speeds toward his crouched compadres, Gavin hung up his cleats (figuratively, he actually isn’t sure where they are) to write “The Next Great American Novel,” which is a 32 second ukelele song using 3 of the 5 chords he knows. Also, for what it’s worth, he knows the words to most Taylor Swift songs and enjoys eating apples with almond butter.
Ben began his journey into the world of computers at a young age, mastering Power Pete on his family’s Macintosh. He quickly developed a passion for games, programming, the internet, and technology in general, prompting him to take numerous multimedia classes in high school and college, as well as to experiment on his own. Ben planned to go to school for Computer Science, but after falling in love with Whitman, settled on the obvious alternative: Philosophy. Nowadays, he feeds his digital appetite through programming courses, the creation of Flash games, and work for Coffey Communications, the Pioneer, and others. Having served as Webmaster last year, Ben is the only returning member of the 2013-14 Web Team.
Webmaster: Nick Budak
Nick is a senior Asian Studies major from Portland, OR. He runs a small ‘halfway house’ for abused & neglected electronics out of his attic at a house on Sumach street. Okay, that’s a lie – he just buys junk from Goodwill and takes it apart sometimes. When not away for debate tournaments he enjoys making sleepy-sounding electronic music and trying to prevent the Pio website from imploding. If you’ve got any old Nintendo products lying around, he’d probably get really excited and offer you too much money for them. His life goal is to finally speak 中文 and 日本語 without constantly merging them into a weird asian creole.
Chief Copy Editor: Matthew Nelson
Matthew is a junior rhetoric studies major with minors in Chinese and Spanish. Originally from Northbrook, Ill., his interests include language, traveling, food, urban exploring and graphic novels. Outside of fixing comma splices and People Searching you, Matthew dreams of one day traveling amongst the stars—perhaps a trip to the Andromeda Galaxy to sample the local cuisine and be the first human to learn an extraterrestrial language.
Sean is a senior religion major hailing from the golden hills of San Luis Obispo, California. When he isn’t up to his elbows in an InDesign layout, Sean enjoys reading long-form nonfiction, listening to drone metal, and eating over-stuffed sandwiches. His preferred Werner Herzog film is Grizzly Man and his fondest-remembered Latin American city is Cuzco.
Production Associates: Maddison Coons, Jess Faunt, Molly Johanson, Marianne Kellogg, Jesse Moneyhun
Copy Editors: Natalie Berg, Lauren Sewell, Flora Sheppard
Hannah Bartman, Sam Grainger-Shuba, Lachlan Johnson, Lorah Steichen, River Sterne
Emma Dahl, Nathan Fisher, Adam Heymann, James Kennedy
Dani Hupper, Bill Landefeld, Andy Monserud
Marah Alindogan, Cole Anderson, Chris Calamita, Kelsey Peck, Mitchell Smith, Dylan Snyder
Isabel Mills, Serena Runyan
Elena Aragon, Rosemary Hanson, Melina Hughes, Evelyn Levine
Riley Foreman, Quin Nelson, Dylan Snyder, Arika Weineke, Cam Young
Rachael Barton, Jade Blake-Whitney, Tanner Bowersox, Marra Clay, Devika Doowa, Allie Felt, Chaoyu Li, Halley McCormick, Marlena Sloss, Emily Volpert, Anna Von Clemm
MaryAnne Bowen, Sophia Cooper-Ellis, Lya Hernandez, Kelsey Lund, Asa Mease, Emma Rust, Tyle Schuh, Eduardo Vazquez
Advertising Associates: Maya Booth-Balk, Taylor Thomas