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Debate Reinstated

Andy Monserud, Staff Reporter
April 13, 2017
Filed under NEWS

Two years after the suspension of Whitman’s Debate Program in the wake of alcohol violations and allegations of gender discrimination, president Kathy Murray announced in an April 6 email that the college would begin to reinstate the program. Whitman Debate will return in the fall of 2018, Murray’s email sai...

This Week in Reality TV: Presidential Debate!

James Leroux, staff writer
October 5, 2016
Filed under Humor

This past Monday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, the first of the 2016 Presidential Debates was broadcasted to 84 million people, setting a new record for viewership in presidential debate history. It was clear to anybody watching (excluding, of course, stupid people) that the debate was a wonderful repres...

Whitman’s Ethics Bowl team wins Ladenson Award

Lachlan Johnson
February 25, 2016
Filed under NEWS

Seven students traveled to Washington, D.C. last weekend to compete in the Ethics Bowl National Championship, a competition where students from across the nation face off to see who can have the most thoughtful conversation about modern ethical dilemmas.

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#AskKathy video series offers opportunity to meet incoming president

#AskKathy video series offers opportunity to meet incoming president

Allie Donahue
April 23, 2015
Filed under Community, NEWS

This week the Whitman Office of Communications began releasing the first videos in a series titled #AskKathy. In the series, Whitman's incoming president, Dr. Kathleen Murray, answers questions submitted by students, faculty, staff, alumni and Walla Walla community members via Facebook, Instagram...

Guest column: Debate suspension stifles critical thinking about discrimination

April 23, 2015
Filed under OPINION, Opinion Highlight

As a debater who is genderqueer, I found the suspension of the Debate Team devastating. Debate offered me a safe space where I could explore my identity. Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the suspension is that the administration never bothered to learn about debate; they never came to a tournament,...

Whitman Debate Team suspended for minimum 2 years

Aleida Fernandez
April 9, 2015
Filed under Breaking News, Community, Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

**The investigation into the suspension of the Whitman Debate Team is ongoing. The Pioneer will report more information as it becomes available. Following the recent cancellation of the Policy Debate Team season, President George Bridges wrote in an email today that the college would be suspending all D...

Profile: Lauren Hauck

Serena Runyan
December 4, 2014
Filed under FEATURE

Senior Lauren Hauck is a History and Art History double major. She's been involved with debate at Whitman since her first year when she learned parliamentary debate, and she became a policy debater her second year. This was all new to Hauck- she hadn't debated before college like many debaters on...

Whitman Debate collaborates with Penitentiary inmates

Martina Pansze
December 4, 2014
Filed under FEATURE, Feature Highlight

Twelve members of the Whitman Debate Club will join inmates of the Washington State Penitentiary in debate on Thursday, December 4th. The topic? The groups will discuss whether an individual's right to Internet anonymity should be absolute. An inmate selected the topic after a group discussion at...

Debate Team Collaborates with Penitentiary for First Ever Debate

Debate Team Collaborates with Penitentiary for First Ever Debate

Sam Grainger-Shuba
December 12, 2013
Filed under Community, Events, Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

After removing all pieces of metal, storing keys, cell phones and wallets in lockers, Whitman College staff, faculty and students filed into the Washington State Penitentiary. At an automatic metal door, driver's licenses were traded for prison ID badges that allowed access to a sparsely furnished recreation room, the ...

Debate Team Moves Forward Amidst Disagreements About Supervision and Policy

Shelly Le
May 20, 2013
Filed under NEWS

This article was written by Shelly Le, Rachel Alexander and Karah Kemmerly. Emily Lin-Jones and Blair Hanley Frank contributed additional reporting. This article is the third in a three-part series about Whitman's debate team. Part one examines the debate team's culture, including accusations mad...

Debate Title IX Investigation Prompted By Sexual Assault

Shelly Le
May 20, 2013
Filed under NEWS

This article was written by Shelly Le, Rachel Alexander and Karah Kemmerly. Emily Lin-Jones and Blair Hanley Frank contributed additional reporting. This article is the second in a three-part series about Whitman's debate team. Part one examines the debate team's culture, including accusations mad...

Whitman Key Space for Challenging Viewpoints

Whitman Key Space for Challenging Viewpoints

May 13, 2013
Filed under Circuit

This column was contributed by Marcial Díaz Mejía '13. My first year, I had a pro-Palestine picture on my wall. Someone in my section saw it and asked me why I had it up. I explained my position. Later, that same person told that I should probably remove it from my wall, as another section-mate could get offended. I refused, explaining that this was one of the re...

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