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Board Editorial: Mascot change important step in Whitman history

April 6, 2016

President Kathy Murray’s announcement that the Mascot Working Group unanimously recommends to change the Missionary mascot is a milestone in our college’s history. By creating the Mascot Working Group, President Murray gave an administrative voice to a  movement that has been gaining traction amon...

From the Editors: The Pioneer’s Un-naming

February 24, 2016

2/26 Update: Your thoughts and feedback are important to us. Please add to this discussion using this form if you'd like to share ideas, reactions, or any additional comments with us. Last week, The Pioneer announced that it will recommence under a new name in the fall of 2016. In the past few days, we...

Board Editorial: Whitman Must Face its History of Racism

December 3, 2015

Colleges and universities across the nation are being called to account and make amends for racist histories. At Yale, a process is underway to rename a residence hall that honors the leader of the Confederacy. Students at Princeton have demanded that the school acknowledge the racist legacy of Woodrow...

Board Editorial: Is Whitman Really a Community?

October 15, 2015

Confronting racism and privilege are not happy tasks, but they are necessary if “community” is to be more than a meaningless cliché.

Students must continue to pressure administration about economic diversity

Sam Chapman

October 29, 2014

Weeks ago, a statistic set the Whitman campus on fire. Day after day, we witnessed new and imaginative student protests: a mass walkout, an art installation on the steps of Memorial Hall, students inscribing dollar signs on their faces to accuse the college of worshipping the symbols. Online, all of...

Waiilatpu Needs More Than Funding to Flourish

Editorial Board

April 4, 2013

Among the many issues raised by ASWC's preliminary budget for 2013-14, the future of Waiilatpu, Whitman's yearbook, has been one of the most discussed. While the Finance Committee has indicated that it will restore funding to a level which allows Waiilatpu to operate next year, the issues which pro...

Board Editorial: Student Representation Critical for Meaningful Campus Governance

Editorial Board

February 7, 2013

Over the next few days, Whitman's Board of Trustees will convene on campus for their most important meeting of the year. During their February meeting, the trustees approve next year's budget, set tuition for the college and make decisions about a number of development projects and long-term plans which...

Board editorial: Whitman needs to rethink police reporting policies

Editorial Board

March 2, 2012

This editorial was written by the Pioneer  editors in light of the March 1, 2012 article, "Victims find sexual misconduct process ineffective." Sexual assault is an undeniably complicated crime to prosecute. Victims are not always willing to come forward or press charges, and even in cases where a ...

Board Editorial: Alberto G. case reveals need for reevaluation of tenure review process

Board Editorial: Alberto G. case reveals need for reevaluation of tenure review process

Editorial Board

February 9, 2012

The scale of the recent student protests regarding Assistant Professor of Spanish Alberto G.'s* tenure denial speaks not only to Galindo's impact on those who have taken his classes, but also to a large-scale student frustration regarding the process of faculty members receiving tenure. Most of the 700...

Whitman should support community solar project

Editorial Board

April 21, 2011

Whitman prides itself on promoting environmental consciousness--a goal which shapes classroom learning and campus life. The creation of the Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund (SRLF) in 2009 demonstrated, for example, the college's commitment to green projects while promoting environmental initiatives...

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