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Mike Hammond: the Muffler Man

Alissa Antilla, Staff Reporter
November 17, 2016
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Stepping into Melody Muffler, an unexpected collision of an automotive shop and art gallery, is like entering a whole new world. This world is a culmination of disparate elements of artist, musician and automotive repairman, all talents of Walla Walla native Mike Hammond. ‘Building art’: cars and creat...

Alcohol at Whitman: Blues and Booze

Katharine Gillen and Olivia Gilbert
November 10, 2016
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Ever dreamed of grabbing a beer with a professor or fellow student after class at a convenient on-campus location? Although it’s not yet possible, seniors Mitchell Cutter and Spencer Mueller seek to make that dream a reality. As part of their larger vision of an on-campus bar, this Friday, Nov. 11, C...

The Great Gun Debate

The Great Gun Debate

Olivia Gilbert, Feature Editor
November 3, 2016
Filed under FEATURE, Front Page Slideshow

Gun control has been one of the most contentious issues in the 2016 election cycle. Increased awareness of police violence against communities of color, near daily mass shootings, and the alarming figure of 33,000 annual firearm deaths in the U.S. have infused the question of gun policy with renewed urgency and hei...

Hard at work: uncovering on-campus jobs

Hard at work: uncovering on-campus jobs

Olivia Gilbert, Feature Editor
October 27, 2016
Filed under FEATURE, Front Page Slideshow

Whitman students fill a multitude of jobs, from the banal to the extraordinary, on campus every day. From serving food with Bon Appetit to feeding mice to snakes, from leading tours to maintaining campus grounds, Whitman students play a surprisingly important role in keeping the school running. The sc...

Whitman’s Chess Club

Whitman’s Chess Club

Alissa Antilla
October 20, 2016
Filed under FEATURE, Front Page Slideshow

The Whitman Chess Club is checkmating the college’s activities scene. After finessing through a checkerboard of ASWC proposals and speeches, seniors Garrett Atkinson and Matthew Coopersmith’s idea to revive the club, which was inadvertently absorbed into the Walla Walla Chess Club years before, ...

The man who brought us Uber

The man who brought us Uber

Katharine Gillen
October 11, 2016
Filed under FEATURE, Front Page Slideshow, VIDEOS

Now, I’m from just outside NYC, so when I was assigned an article about Uber in Walla Walla, Washington, I was a tad skeptical. Uber? In Walla Walla? I’ve called Uber’s to the bustling streets of Manhattan, but the wheat fields of Walla Walla are another story entirely. Nonetheless, on Oct. 1 I ...

The Spectrum Apparel

The Spectrum Apparel

Olivia Gilbert
October 5, 2016
Filed under FEATURE, Front Page Slideshow, VIDEOS

Clothing communicates a lot about the individual who wears it: personal style, political affiliation, favorite bands, a preference for wool over fleece or stripes instead of dots. What if, in addition to this list, clothing could convey something more meaningful–such as recognition of the broad...

Walla Walla Rollergirls are Family, Badasses

Walla Walla Rollergirls are Family, Badasses

Alissa Antilla
September 29, 2016
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While many people express affection through hugs, the Walla Walla Sweets Rollergirls show affinity for one another by smashing into each other. Members of this all-women roller derby team, gain sisters alongside bruises and form an unconventional family that they are sometimes even closer with than t...

Voluntourism on the rise: a call to reexamine how we help

Voluntourism on the rise: a call to reexamine how we help

Olivia Gilbert
September 22, 2016
Filed under FEATURE, Front Page Slideshow

We have all seen this photo on social media: a varying number of white people are surrounded by a varying number of smiling brown or black children. The backdrop is vaguely exotic–perhaps the white people are even sporting ‘native’ clothing. The whole thing is tied together with a nebulous quote...

Gluten-Free and Easy

Gluten-Free and Easy

Alissa Antilla, Olivia Gilbert, and Katharine Gillen
September 15, 2016
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Nestled in a quiet nook of the Walla Walla airport, Hidden Valley Bakery provides a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of the airport. The Paige family, who have owned the bakery for 16 years, aims to provide a home-away-from-home for their customers. In order to cater to people with different...

County Fair Rounds Up Republicans, Democrats, and Voters

County Fair Rounds Up Republicans, Democrats, and Voters

Olivia Gilbert, Feature Editor
September 8, 2016
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If you walked by the Walla Walla County Republican Headquarters in the red brick building on Second Avenue last week, you would not have found a soul there. Travel about a mile south though, and you would have found, amid the smell of fried dough and the mechanical whirs and jerks of a dozen carnival r...

A Walla Walla Taco Tasting

Sarah Cornett and Hannah Bartman
May 5, 2016
Filed under FEATURE

After a sunny Saturday of what can only be described as a Walla Walla taco challenge, three senior Pioneer writers admitted defeat.

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