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Guardian’s Climate Campaign Fails to Challenge NeoLiberal Status Quo

Olivia Gilbert, Columnist
May 5
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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A Q&A Preview of Power and Privilege Workshops

A Q&A Preview of Power and Privilege Workshops

North Bennett
February 15
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

The Pioneer previews four workshops from the 2016 Power and Privilege Symposium via a Q&A with workshop organizers.

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Climate Change’s Intersectionality

Climate Change’s Intersectionality

Alya Bohr, Columnist
February 11
Filed under Columnists, OPINION

At the end of the day, the sad truth remains that climate change – though universal and all-encompassing – doesn’t affect us all universally.

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Whitman students join protest against Shell oil rigs in Port of Seattle

Whitman students join protest against Shell oil rigs in Port of Seattle

Allie Donahue
May 7
Filed under Community, NEWS, News Highlight, Outdoors, Politics

Shell's Arctic fleet is moving north to the Port of Seattle, and a coalition of environmental groups, including a group of students from Whitman, is planning to protest in a flotilla of kayaks on May 16. Whitman activists will join other environmentalists from the sHELL NO coalition to demonstrate...

Ocean Acidification

Jessica Parker
April 15
Filed under Darwin's Finches

There have been five mass extinctions over the course of life on earth. The largest one, known as the Great Dying, occurred at the end of the Permian period, 252 million years ago. Around 96 percent of earth's marine species, 70 percent of terrestrial vertebrates and 57 percent of all insect famil...

Divestment refuels for spring

Natalie Berg
February 5
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

Though the Whitman College Board of Trustees stated the college will not divest from the fossil fuel industry, students in the Divest Whitman movement are still trying to change their minds. Students and faculty in favor of divestment hope the combination of the faculty resolution passed last week,...

Whitman Professors Collaborate to Make Environmentally Conscious Art

Whitman Professors Collaborate to Make Environmentally Conscious Art

James Kennedy
March 13
Filed under A&E, A&E Highlight, Front Page Slideshow

In order to illuminate an important issue, someone might think to create a book in order to put their thoughts on paper. However, it's unlikely they would create a book that doubles as a 35-feet wide art display. Married artist duo Assistant Professor of Art Nicole Pietrantoni and Adjunct Instructo...

International Community Should Support Wind Power

Dani Hupper
November 14
Filed under OPINION

The merits of today's energy sources are all relative. As there is no completely pollutant-free way to harness energy, we are forced to pick the lesser of many evils. And with a few practical technological advancements, wind power could put us on the track to a future in renewable energy. It's difficult...

Nuclear Power Offers Different Solution

Nuclear Power Offers Different Solution

Dani Hupper
October 31
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, OPINION, Opinion Highlight

After Fukushima, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island (nuclear power plants that unintentionally exposed thousands to radioactivity), it has been taboo for an environmentalist to be pro-nuclear. While I don't mean to be unsympathetic to the victims of radioactivity-caused cancers, we should not forget nuc...

Meat’s Contribution to Climate Change

Meat’s Contribution to Climate Change

Dani Hupper
October 17
Filed under OPINION, Opinion Highlight

It probably seems impossible to give up sizzling bacon with your eggs in the morning, barbecue ribs right off the charcoal grill or Grandma's roasted Thanksgiving turkey. But if you're seriously committed to minimizing your carbon footprint, consuming less meat may be the simplest, most effective decision you can ...

Fracking Offers Few Unbiased Answers

Fracking Offers Few Unbiased Answers

Dani Hupper
October 10
Filed under OPINION, Opinion Highlight

The public debate on hydraulic fracturing (the process of pumping a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the ground to crack rock formations and release natural gas) is nearly impossible to follow. It's hard to find unbiased information on a subject so intermingled with political and economic self-...

Meet Tristan Sewell, Whitman’s New Sustainability Coordinator

Dylan Tull
August 6
Filed under NEWS

While Whitman students have a reputation for being environmentally forward thinking, there has never been a permanent staff member to harness that passion on a wider scale in terms of school policy and plans for the future. New Sustainability Coordinator Tristan Sewell, who arrived on campus on Monday, July 1, is hoping to end ...

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