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Whitman’s Plans for Active Shooter Scenario

Whitman's Plans for Active Shooter Scenario

Georgia Lyon

October 22, 2015

Due to the five campus shootings have taken place in the nation in the last month, Whitman's administration and security staff as well as local law enforcement have tentative plans to make the Whitman community more aware of what to do and where to go in an active shooter scenario.

New Orientation Prepares Incoming FGWC Students

New Orientation Prepares Incoming FGWC Students

Andy Monserud

September 10, 2015

Whitman held a special orientation for first-generation and working class (FGWC) students on the week of July 11-15. 32 first-year FGWC students were given a week on campus to take sample classes from Whitman professors and gain an understanding of the on-campus resources available to students.

Whitman Student Among Three Firefighters Killed in Crash

Whitman Student Among Three Firefighters Killed in Crash

Sarah Cornett and Lachlan Johnson

August 20, 2015

A Whitman student was among three U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed in a vehicle crash on Wednesday night near Twisp, Washington. The student, Tom Zbyszewski, was a rising junior from Carlton, Washington. He was 20 years old. At Whitman, Tom was a physics major and lived in Lyman House. He was...

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

Photo contributed by Kelly O / The Stranger.

Allie Donahue

May 7, 2015

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...

Hanford advocacy groups hold alternative to State of the Site meeting

Hanford advocacy groups hold alternative to State of the Site meeting

Andy Monserud

April 30, 2015

Maxey Auditorium played host to a community-led meeting on the Hanford Nuclear Site on Wednesday, April 29. Organized by a collection of advocacy groups involved in the cleanup at Hanford, the event, along with several similar events across the Pacific Northwest, served as a substitute for the Department...

Local surveillence limited in Walla Walla

Security cameras are visible around campus, including this one in Reid's Cafe 66. Photo by Anna Dawson.

Andy Monserud

April 23, 2015

Over the past several years, the widespread use of surveillance technology has become commonplace both as a tool for law enforcement and for private use.  According to the Walla Walla Police Department and Whitman Security, though, Whitman students and their Walla Wallan neighbors are not under as close...

Practice outpaces policy in sexual misconduct investigations

Lachlan Johnson

April 16, 2015

It has been over two months since ASWC passed a resolution calling for changes to Whitman's Sexual Misconduct Policy. While many of the resolution's suggestions have been adopted in practice, several remain unaddressed, and none have been formally added to college policy. Since 2011, the federal government...

Whitman Debate Team suspended for minimum 2 years

Aleida Fernandez

April 9, 2015

**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...

Singled Out: Is profiling a problem on campus?

Sami Carrillo ('17), photo by Annabelle Marcovici.

Lachlan Johnson

March 12, 2015

Hannah Bartman contributed reporting. *Some of the names in this article have been changed to protect the identities of students. Armed police officers approached the French House as sophomore Sami Carrillo, a student of color, stood in the doorway. It was 2 a.m. the night before Thanksgiving, a...

Students call for removal of Snake River dams

Photo contributed by Bob Carson.

Lachlan Johnson

February 26, 2015

A new environmental group on campus, Rethink Dams, is advocating for the removal of the four dams on the lower Snake River. Sophomore Fiona Bennitt formed Rethink Dams after she was inspired by the documentary "DamNation." The new group will work to raise awareness both on campus and in the wider...

Students, faculty hold vigil for shooting victims

Andy Monserud

February 19, 2015

Whitman students and faculty held a vigil in the Amphitheatre on Monday, Feb. 17th for the late Pasco, Wash. resident and police shooting victim Antonio Zambrano-Montes and for Chapel Hill shooting victims Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha. Zambrano-Montes, a young farm worker and...

Walla Walla STAR Project aids former prisoners

Christy Carley

February 12, 2015

This article was produced in collaboration with Anna Middleton and Andrew Schwartz of The Pio Radio Hour. The interviews with Scott Andrews and Glenna Awbrey were conducted by Middleton and Schwartz as part of a larger series on homelessness in Walla Walla. Tune to KWCW 90.5 FM at 10 a.m. on Sundays t...

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