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The push for more gender inclusive bathrooms at Whitman

The push for more gender inclusive bathrooms at Whitman

Lindsey Brodeck, News Reporter
February 16
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

ASWC President Arthur Shemitz, Associate Dean of Students Juli Dunn and other members of the Whitman community are pushing for more gender inclusive bathrooms on campus, public restrooms that people of any gender or gender identity can use.

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Athletes Grapple with High Rates of Sexual Assault Accusations

Arie Knops, Staff Reporter
February 2
Filed under SPORTS

While many of Whitman's varsity sports teams continue to see outstanding success on the field, concerning off-field behavior has been brought to light as the school continues to see high rates of sexual assault reports against athletes. Varsity athletes represent slightly more than 20 percent of Whi...

Whitman Wonderland: Students learn, grow over winter break

Alissa Antilla, Feature Writer
January 26
Filed under FEATURE

Over winter break Whitman activity is at a standstill, the campus eerily empty and waiting to reconvene with the Whitties that inhabit it. Starting in early January, students start trickling back in and restore some energy to the usually active campus. A few main events that occur in the interim between ...

A Breach of Trust: Whitman College Grapples with Dissociative Drug Investigation

Mitchell Smith and Marra Clay
November 10
Filed under Breaking News, NEWS

A criminal investigation is currently underway after multiple Whitman students reported that they exhibited symptoms consistent with unknowingly ingesting dissociative drugs over the last two weekends. On the morning of November 7, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland sent a “Timely Warning” email alerting the Whitman community to the suspected druggings. In the email, Cleveland indicated that the police would begin interviewing any who are familiar with the situation or suspect they may have been drugged.

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When does the college send Timely Warnings?

Marra Clay and Mitchell Smith
November 10
Filed under Breaking News, NEWS

On the morning of Monday, Nov. 7, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Chuck Cleveland sent a “Timely Warning” email to the Whitman community alerting students, faculty, staff and parents of suspected druggings. Cleveland’s email noted that there were a “number of students who demonstrated symptoms that suggested they may have been drugged at parties” on the north side of Boyer Avenue on Saturday, Nov. 5. He also wrote that the incidents may be related to an anonymous report from the previous week.

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Racial Profiling Conversation Continues on Campus

Racial Profiling Conversation Continues on Campus

Lachlan Johnson
September 17
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Student activists and Whitman administrators have come to a number of agreements in the past year about how to address racial profiling on campus, but have found it challenging to communicate solutions to the broader campus.

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Students react to “Think About It” orientation program

Christy Carley
September 10
Filed under NEWS

All new first year and transfer students were required to complete an online program entitled Think About It this summer, prior to arriving on campus.

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Whitman Debate Team suspended for minimum 2 years

Aleida Fernandez
April 9
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...

Sweet Putt Closes its Doors

Julian Reed
October 3
Filed under SPORTS

The Sweet Putt, a popular Walla Walla miniature golf venue, closed its doors on Aug. 31 after a three-year journey that started with a sketch on a Wendy's napkin. Partly owned by Whitman Associate Dean of Students Juli Dunn and her family, The Sweet Putt was the setting for every Whitman intramural putt-putt...

Ahead of the curve?: investigating sexual assault on campus

Sam Grainger-Shuba
October 2
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

This article is the second in a two-part series exploring incidences of sexual assault on college campuses and how they are handled at Whitman and by colleges nationwide. In the first part of this series, The Pioneer explored gaps in Whitman's Title IX process through survivor experience. Some have spo...

Sexual assault survivors unhappy with investigative process

Sexual assault survivors unhappy with investigative process

Sam Grainger-Shuba
September 25
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

This story is part 1 in a two-part series examining incidences of sexual assault and how they are handled at Whitman and by colleges nationwide. As the federal government continues its crackdown on sexual assault on college campuses for the third year, colleges across the country are scrambli...

Retirements, New Hires Herald Change in Student Affairs

Emily Lin-Jones
September 11
Filed under NEWS

Besides undergoing renovation, Memorial Building has seen some significant changes over the summer. The departure and retirement of several long-time staff members, in addition to promotions and new hires, add up to a changing administration at Whitman College. "The primary reason for change is staff...

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