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Op-Ed: An Open Letter to the Whitman College Board of Trustees

Hannah Ferguson

February 8, 2018

February 8, 2018 Dear Whitman College Board of Trustees, My name is Hannah Ferguson and I am one of the few Classics Majors here at Whitman. Despite being few in number, Classics majors are passionate about our studies and frightened of the immanent faculty changes affecting our department. In ...

Editorial: Wire Receives Letter from the KKK

Martina Pansze, Editor-In-Chief

November 1, 2017

When an envelope addressed to the “Campus Student Media Group” appeared in The Wire’s mailbox, it had a stamp in place of a return address. The stamp read “Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan” along with a logo of a hooded figure on a rearing horse holding a cross, with the confederate and ...

Letter from the Editor: Circuit 11 Graduation Issue

Letter from the Editor: Circuit 11 Graduation Issue

Shelly Le

May 15, 2014

The morning I left for college is still a vivid memory to me. I woke up at 5 a.m. to catch my flight and hurriedly said goodbye to my mother, upset that she wasn't able to come to the airport to drop me off. Yet, despite how clear this memory is to me today, it's almost surreal how different I've...

Farewell Letter from 2013-2014 Editor-in-Chief

Shelly Le

May 8, 2014

When someone asks me what my favorite thing about Whitman is, there are a lot of things that come to mind, but one of the first is The Pioneer. I've worked for the paper every semester in college, with the exception of when I was abroad. It has been a significant portion of my life during the past fou...

Letter from the Editor: Circuit 10

Letter from the Editor: Circuit 10

Shelly Le

April 1, 2014

Spring is without a doubt my favorite time of year. Maybe it's just because I grew up in Salt Lake City, where you get to experience four seasons, or maybe it's because I think that nothing good can come out of three-plus months of below freezing temperatures, but springtime is quite possibly the best...

Letter from the Editor: Continue the Dialogue

Shelly Le

January 30, 2014

Last semester, the Whitman campus engaged in a variety of critical discussions about race, both publicly in student panels on racism and anonymously through the online website Whitman Encounters. As both an observer and a participant in these discussions, I have watched my Whitman peers say countless...

Letter from the Editor: Circuit Issue 9

Letter from the Editor: Circuit Issue 9

Shelly Le

December 9, 2013

One of my earliest childhood memories is of stealing raw dough that my mother had left to rise on our kitchen table to make bánh bao (Vietnamese pork steamed buns). I remember pinching off three small pieces and running to hide under my parents' bed in the room next door to quickly gobble down ...

Letter from the Editor: Mid-Semester Check-in

Shelly Le

November 7, 2013

This is our ninth issue of the year, and while we've passed our halfway mark of the semester and of publication, now is a better time than any to reflect on the work we've done so far this semester. This period has been a time of tremendous growth and learning. While we've hired many returning staff,...

Letter from the Editor for Jamie Soukup Reid

Letter from the Editor for Jamie Soukup Reid

Shelly Le

September 12, 2013

This August, The Pioneer community lost one of our dearest members. Alumna Jamie Soukup Reid '10, her husband Will Reid and their unborn child passed away in a car accident in North Carolina as they were returning home from a friend's wedding. Jamie and Will were married in May of this year. During h...

Letter From the Editor

Shelly Le

August 29, 2013

Nearly three years ago to this day, I stepped onto campus absolutely unprepared for the following four years ahead of me. I'm not just talking about the fact that I was still packing my bags at 3 a.m. the night before my flight left for Walla Walla; I was also unprepared to leave behind my family,...

Circuit Letter from the Editor

Circuit Letter from the Editor

Rachel Alexander

May 13, 2013

I've sat down to write this letter half a dozen times, but it's always seemed like an impossible task. My predecessors, sitting where I am today, have reflected elegantly on their time at Whitman and spoken about how much running The Pioneer and producing The Circuit have shaped their college ex...

Final Letter from the Editor

Rachel Alexander

May 2, 2013

This issue of The Pioneer will be the 91st and final issue I've worked on during my time at Whitman. I've saved my personal reflections for our graduation magazine, issue 7 of The Circuit. For now, I want to acknowledge everyone who has helped make this year challenging, fun and full of high-quality j...

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