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Letter to the Editor: Re: Letter to Faculty

Dana Burgess, Classics Department Chair and Charles E. and Margery B. Anderson Endowed Professor of Humanities

October 31, 2017

The Whitman faculty under the current administration is somewhat like the Republican Senate under Trump; neither can openly say what they think for fear of damaging progress toward their goals.

Letter to the Editor: On “Trailing Spouses”

Johanna Stoberock, Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor, Composition and General Studies

October 11, 2017

This letter is in response to a quote from the article "Enrollment Shortfall Pressures Budget," published in The Wire Sep. 28. Thank you for your recent article about the pressures enrollment shortfall has placed on Whitman’s budget. It seems clear that hard decisions lie ahead. I hope that as those ...

Op-Ed: An Open Letter to Future Baja SKGLers

Nathaly Perez, Whitman College First Year

April 16, 2017

This letter is primarily for future white SKGLers as well as SKGLers of color in order to encourage thoughtfulness and respect amongst each other and the history of the places you will be in. I decided to take Sea Kayak Guide Leadership (SKGL) because I wanted to try something new and because this yea...

Letter to the Editor: Mr. Whitman’s Success

November 2, 2016

To the Editor and Publisher: The Kappas’ recent achievement of raising more than $50,000 from the Mr. Whitman contest for The Health Center is astonishing and should be celebrated. I would be surprised if any student group has generated that much philanthropic success through other fund raising...

Op-Ed: Standing with (but not at) Standing Rock

Aleyna Porreca

November 2, 2016

Last week, I was one in a group of Whitman students planning a trip to support the activists at Standing Rock over the holiday break. This week, unofficial word came to us that the pipeline was about to reach the Missouri River and a critical juncture in the movement was imminent. Students mobilized...

Letter to the Editor: Senatorial Adventures on ASWC with Emma and Emily

March 10, 2016

The following is a letter to the editor submitted by sophomore ASWC senators Emma Bishop and Emily Bowen. Have you ever wondered what being on ASWC is like? As senators on the Student Affairs committee for the past two years, we feel it is time to unveil the mystery that is life in ASWC. In doing this, w...

Letter to the Editor: Persistence and Success Post-Whitman

March 10, 2016

The following is a letter to the editor submitted by Associate Dean of Student Engagement Noah Leavitt.  Last week’s Pioneer had an essay about the importance of student persistence that merits further exploration. In her column, “Tinder and the Job Hunt,” senior Katy Wills reflected on how ...

Op-Ed: The Corporatization of Whitman College?

Timothy V. Kaufman-Osborn

March 3, 2016

The following is a guest op-ed from Baker Ferguson Chair of Politics and Leadership Timothy Kaufman-Osborn. As part of the 2016 Power & Privilege Symposium, I participated in a workshop titled “Corporate Education: Need & Diversity at Whitman.” This title recalls what has now become a...

To the Editor: ‘Power & Privilege’ Encourages Vital Discourse

February 25, 2016

The following is a letter to the editor submitted by Scott Bieber, Chief of Police for the City of Walla Walla. This morning I attended one of the talks at the Power and Privilege Symposium entitled F*** the Police: The New Struggle for Abolition.  It was a very interesting perspective on law enforcemen...

To the Editor: An Open Letter of Support from Faculty

February 25, 2016

Dear Editors and Staff, Last week you announced a major change to this newspaper. As faculty, we applaud the careful process of study and critical reflection that went into your decision. As members of the larger community, we are grateful for your courageous and principled stance. While,...

Letter to the Editor: Diversity and the Women in Leadership Symposium

November 5, 2015

I was called to task in your October 22, 2015 front page story of the Whitman College Pioneer.

Op-Ed: What is Diversity?

October 28, 2015

The Global Studies Initiative has diversified the curriculum and co-curriculum, helped recruit and retain minority faculty members, and is organized by a committee composed of a disproportionate number of women faculty of color; i.e., it does good “diversity work.”

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