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A Breach of Trust: Whitman College Grapples with Dissociative Drug Investigation

Mitchell Smith and Marra Clay
November 10, 2016
Filed under Breaking News, NEWS

A criminal investigation is currently underway after multiple Whitman students reported that they exhibited symptoms consistent with unknowingly ingesting dissociative drugs over the last two weekends. On the morning of November 7, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland sent a “Timely Warning” email alerting the Whitman community to the suspected druggings. In the email, Cleveland indicated that the police would begin interviewing any who are familiar with the situation or suspect they may have been drugged.

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An Undetectable Drug

Marra Clay and Mitchell Smith
November 10, 2016
Filed under Breaking News, NEWS

Testing for any dissociative drugs, such as ketamine (“Special K”), gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and rohypnol (“roofies”), is particularly challenging because the drugs have a very short half-life, meaning they quickly leave the body. If an individual thinks they may have been drugged, then they would need to be tested within a few hours of ingesting the drug or it will not show up in the test results.

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When does the college send Timely Warnings?

Marra Clay and Mitchell Smith
November 10, 2016
Filed under Breaking News, NEWS

On the morning of Monday, Nov. 7, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland sent a “Timely Warning” email to the Whitman community alerting students, faculty, staff and parents of suspected druggings. Cleveland’s email noted that there were a “number of students who demonstrated symptoms that suggested they may have been drugged at parties” on the north side of Boyer Avenue on Saturday, Nov. 5. He also wrote that the incidents may be related to an anonymous report from the previous week.

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Breaking: At least ten Whitman students report unknowingly ingesting dissociative, “rape drugs” in the last two weekends

Mitchell Smith and Marra Clay, Editor in Chief and Publisher
November 6, 2016
Filed under Breaking News, NEWS

According to anonymous reports, at least ten women who attended separate parties over the last two weekends showed signs consistent with unknowingly ingesting dissociative drugs commonly known as date rape drugs. Reports vary, and many were not tested for these types of drugs even when they visited the emergency room.

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Whitman Announces New Mascot

Whitman Announces New Mascot

Marra Clay, Publisher
November 3, 2016
Filed under Breaking News, Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

The Blues will officially become Whitman College’s new mascot. On Thursday, November 3rd, President Kathy Murray emailed the announcement to the Whitman Community. She wrote “After looking at all the responses from alumni, students, faculty and staff to the most recent survey, it became clear right away that the Whitman Community feels the Blues is the mascot that best represents Whitman.”

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#NoDAPL: Whitties Join the Activists

#NoDAPL: Whitties Join the Activists

Marra Clay, Publisher
November 1, 2016
Filed under Breaking News, Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Groups of Whitman students are driving seventeen hours to North Dakota to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. As of November 1, one car of students had already departed, and other cars of students had plans to leave within the coming 1-2 days. Protes... Read more »

Activists Hang New Banners for Fall Visitors’ Day

Activists Hang New Banners for Fall Visitors’ Day

October 14, 2016
Filed under Breaking News, Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

  Today is Fall Visitors’ Day and there are three banners hanging in prominent locations around campus. The first pair of banners are hanging on the fences of the tennis courts in the center of campus, which read, “WHITMAN ONLY PUNISHES VICTIMS,” and “IT HAS BEEN 3 DAYS SINCE THE LAST... Read more »

Interfraternity Council, Fraternity Presidents Vote to Impeach Co-President Lorenzo Silva

Mitchell Smith and Marra Clay
September 22, 2016
Filed under Breaking News, NEWS

Update at 8:00pm on September 23: This article has been significantly changed to reflect a disagreement between fraternities regarding the recruitment rules and former IFC Co-President Lorenzo Silva's involvement in the potential change of those rules. Additionally, the article now reflects opinions voi... Read more »

Whitman community loses student Josh Fishman

Whitman community loses student Josh Fishman

Christy Carley and Marra Clay
August 31, 2016
Filed under Breaking News, Front Page Slideshow

Whitman student Josh Fishman has passed away as of Wednesday, August 31. Fishman was a member of the junior class and the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.  Fishman was from Short Hills, New Jersey and graduated from the Montana Academy and the Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Over the summer, Fishman worked as a surgical intern at Bayl... Read more »

The fall of Bernie Sanders

The fall of Bernie Sanders

Chris Hankin, Reporter
July 27, 2016
Filed under Breaking News, Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Philadelphia - The third day of the Democratic National Convention was defined by the official nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee, finally and totally ending the meteoric rise of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Activists came together all over the city, congregating at City ... Read more »

Students Demand Sexual Misconduct Prevention at Trustee Meeting

Students Demand Sexual Misconduct Prevention at Trustee Meeting

Sarah Cornett, Editor-in-Chief
April 29, 2016
Filed under Breaking News, Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, Photos

Editors note: this article was updated on May 5 to reflect developments since last Friday's interruption. Please see the concluding section to read about these developments. “Your silence is violence. End rape now,” activists chanted as they walked up the stairs of Memorial, wearing black... Read more »

From the Editors: The Pioneer’s Un-naming

February 24, 2016
Filed under Board Editorials, Breaking News, NEWS, OPINION

2/26 Update: Your thoughts and feedback are important to us. Please add to this discussion using this form if you'd like to share ideas, reactions, or any additional comments with us. Last week, The Pioneer announced that it will recommence under a new name in the fall of 2016. In the past few days, we... Read more »

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