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We Must Change Social Activism on Campus

Cyril Burchenal, Columnist
April 27, 2017
Filed under OPINION

Whitman has a respectable tradition of social justice and activism. As Whitties, we aspire to create the most comfortable and accepting environment for our fellow students. It is that ability to change that makes our community so cohesive and empathetic. This willingness to put our opinions up for c...

Robart Comes to Campus

Chris Hankin, News Reporter
April 6, 2017
Filed under NEWS

Whitman Alumnus Judge James Robart ‘69 made national and international headlines earlier this year for blocking President Trump’s so-called “Travel Ban.” The Wire wrote about Judge Robart a week after the decision, and the Honorable Judge visited campus last Friday, March 31.  During his vi...

Activism 101

Maggie Chang, Staff Reporter
February 9, 2017
Filed under NEWS

Whitman professors put on a political activism workshop in Olin Auditorium on Monday. Yann Dardonville, a first year Whitman student involved with Divest Whitman, said before the workshop that, “I hope to learn initiatives that I can join that are in the region, ways to approach political issues, ...

Whitman Finds Its Voice

Andrew Schwartz, News Editor
February 2, 2017
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Since the election of Donald Trump, activists in the Whitman community have described a flood of political energy in search of outlet. Groups are mobilizing to build relationships and organize a community anxious to engage with a presidential administration embroiled in controversy unprecedented in mo...

Op-Ed: Standing with (but not at) Standing Rock

Aleyna Porreca
November 2, 2016
Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

Last week, I was one in a group of Whitman students planning a trip to support the activists at Standing Rock over the holiday break. This week, unofficial word came to us that the pipeline was about to reach the Missouri River and a critical juncture in the movement was imminent. Students mobilized...

#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...

Guardian’s Climate Campaign Fails to Challenge NeoLiberal Status Quo

Olivia Gilbert, Columnist
May 5, 2016
Filed under Columnists, OPINION

It is painful to see a major news outlet ignore questions that need to be asked and criticisms that need to see the light of day—it is painful because it happens over and over again in the media.

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Many groups fund activism workshop

Linnaea Weld
October 3, 2014
Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow

Today artist and activist Dana Lyons will be offering both a workshop and concert for students. Campus Climate Challenge (CCC) has been working on bringing Lyons to campus since last semester, but many groups on campus have helped to put on today's events. Senior Collin Smith was instrumental in gaining...

Why Are You Green: Whitman Community Reflects on Environmentalism

Why Are You Green: Whitman Community Reflects on Environmentalism

Anna Zheng
April 1, 2014
Filed under Circuit, FEATURE, Feature Highlight, Front Page Slideshow

It's no question that many people at Whitman are environmentally conscious of their environment and how much waste they generate. However, the question is why? The Pioneer takes a moment to ask Whitman community members to reflect on how environmentalism touches their lives. Margo Heffron, first-year P...

Divestment Movement Continues to Gain Momentum

Divestment Movement Continues to Gain Momentum

Lachlan Johnson
February 21, 2013
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

Campus Climate Challenge's (CCC) campaign to encourage Whitman to divest from fossil fuels has gained traction on campus, but has met with new challenges as students and administrators disagree over the best way to use the investment to lower the burning of fossil fuels. Students and administrators...

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Sam Chapman
February 14, 2013
Filed under OPINION, Opinion Highlight

On March 15, 1986, Whitman's Board of Trustees voted on a divestment proposal for the first time. Students and faculty had both submitted resolutions urging the Board to remove companies from the college's portfolio that did business in apartheid-ridden South Africa; student activists went so far as to build...

Whitman Investments in Fossil Fuels Spurs Divestment Movement

Whitman Investments in Fossil Fuels Spurs Divestment Movement

Lachlan Johnson
January 24, 2013
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

In its most recent effort to organize efforts to combat global warming, Climate Campus Challenge (CCC) aims to change Whitman College's investment policy to encourage the college to withdraw funds, or "divest," from fossil fuel companies. The new campaign, which will be led by first-year Erika Longino and sophomore Sierra Dickey, will...

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