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Perspective’s impact

November 2, 2006
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by Marcus Koontz WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER "If you don't do this, I'm going to beat your *expletive-deleted*. Get it done, I know you can do it, one of us has to make it." That's what my younger cousin Michael, a high school dropout, said to me the week before I came to Walla Walla for college. In his...

Applying in their language

October 25, 2006
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by Sarah McCarthy WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER Almost all good experiences I have had, almost all friendships I have made, almost every single piece of my life has been set in motion by me sitting and staring at a blank computer screen with that infernal first question: Why do you want to be a member of...

Blackface: A Whitman issue, not a greek one

October 25, 2006
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by Ajay Abraham WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER As many of you already know, there has been a recent vitriolic, personalized and aggressive debate over the students' listserv. The instigation for this debate was a party where the theme was "Survivor" and a few Whitman students showed up in "blackface." This a...

Racism’s impact on diversity

October 25, 2006
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by Marcus Koontz WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER Two white Whitman students painted themselves black from the waist up recently. They wanted to look like aboriginals for a party. It was supposed to be a joke, but one student didn't find it so funny. Her name is Natalie Knott and she sent an e-mail out to the...

Finding religion in everyday life

October 25, 2006
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by Valerie Lopez WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER "So why don't you go to church anymore?" Growing up in a culture that deeply values religion, I know, just know, that I'm bound to be questioned regarding my lack of church-attendance. I can just foresee the expression on my interrogator's face; one that clearl...

Degreenulation: The darker side of privatization

October 25, 2006
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by Ari van Schilfgaarde WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER Sometimes in the debate over environmental improvement, we get so caught up in the details of the problems and theoretical problems with improving the environment that actual benefits to environmental conservation go unnoticed. One such example is the ...

Letters to the Editor: Where’s Quarterlife?

October 19, 2006
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It is well into October and much to my surprise there is still not a hard copy of the first quarterlife publication. Trying to start a new club that has ambitious goals (like publishing three magazines per semester that include all sorts of writing from the Whitman community) presents hoops that few circus ti...

‘Politics’ with a purpose

October 19, 2006
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by Katie Collier Reading over last week's editorial disparaging the "Democratic bias" of the Politics page, I was initially offended by Marcus Koontz's objections to the Oct. 5 spread on how those in the Whitman community are involved in the November elections. Upon deeper reflection, however, I began...

Local elections: Not much choice

October 19, 2006
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by Andrea Miller When Walla Walla voters enter the poll booths in the coming county elections, they will not be burdened with the choice of numerous candidates. Only one name will be listed on the ballots in upcoming area elections for positions such as auditor, clerk, prosecuting attorney, sherif...

Savoring life one word at a time

October 19, 2006
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by Sarah McCarthy "Take time to savor each moment," "Cosmo" (or "Ladies Home Journal," or "O," or "Shape," or "Better Homes and Gardens," or "Women's Weekly," or "Marie Clare") tells me. "That way, you'll get more out of every day." They tell me to eat slowly and chew my food (by savoring, I will ea...

Getting a case of the Sundays

October 19, 2006
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by Valerie Lopez I always used to dread the advent of a Sunday, probably even more so than the nightmare of a Monday. After an immensely onerous week, there's nothing more therapeutic than looking forward to a weekend of a. explosive debauchery, b. 100 years of slumber-itude, C-movie marathons and ...

Existence at Whitman as a game of dice, for better or worse

October 11, 2006
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by Sarah McCarthy There are few things worse than not wanting to be grateful when you know that you ought to be. Without exception, we, at Whitman, ought to be. We go to a nice school with green lawns and waddling ducks. We don't have to put quarters in the laundry machines. We can request a mix of A...

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