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Op-Ed: What do we want? “Diversity.” When do we want it? “After cost-benefit analysis.”

October 28, 2015

The following is an Op-Ed submitted by Assistant Professor of Economics Jennifer Cohen, who is a member of the Global Studies Initiative Steering Committee. Two parallel events are in process this week. The first are the #FeesMustFall student-led protests in South Africa around rising fees for univer...

To the Editor: Breaking the Whitman Bubble

October 1, 2015

To the Editor: Sometimes we hear that students are caught inside the “Whitman Bubble.” However, last week’s Pioneer should disabuse anyone that has to be true. The articles about homelessness in Walla Walla, a new weekly radio show about topics of “relevance to the Walla Walla community,” an inve...

Letter to the Editor: Housing Alliance Consults With Community

September 30, 2015

To the Editor: In addition to legitimate differences of approach to the plight of increasing numbers of homeless in the Walla Walla area, it has often been claimed that those involved in the new Walla Walla Alliance for theHomeless failed to consult with existing officials and agencies working on...

An Open Letter to President Murray from Divest Whitman

September 10, 2015

An Open Letter to President Murray from Divest Whitman Dear President Kathleen Murray, It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to Whitman College. As you begin your inaugural semester at Whitman, we invite you to familiarize yourself with the Divest Whitman campaign. Three years ago, a grou...

Guest column: Women’s victories do not erase systemic debate sexism

May 7, 2015

It's devastating to realize I am no longer a debater, but it's more devastating to understand why. I never wanted to write an op-ed or talk publicly about my experiences in debate, but the unfortunate truth is we are obligated to defend our right to fair treatment. I don't know how to put into words what ...

Guest column: Loss of Quran limits Encounters discussions

May 7, 2015

As a true example of antiquity in conversation with modernity, the upperclassmen I knew as a first-year still called Encounters "Core." Over the past four years at Whitman, the Encounters program has changed dramatically. Now the name itself seems to reflect a distinct guiding ethic or ideal that the...

On Diversity, Inclusion and Equity at Whitman

February 19, 2015

This article was authored by President George Bridges for issue four of the spring semester. It was published on Feb. 19, 2015. On Monday, Feb. 16, many students, faculty and staff gathered in the amphitheater to reflect on and express their outrage at the tragic death of Pasco resident Antonio ...

Op-ed: Rees-Mikula: Whitman can no longer ignore legacy of genocide

February 5, 2015

Four months of peace and conflict studies in the Balkans taught me how to recognize genocide and ethnic cleansing, and as I step back on campus I'm overwhelmed by their evidence. I'm overwhelmed not only by the way white supremacy, imperialism and genocide intertwine with the history of Whitman College,...

Major should not be chosen based on others’ wishes

Peggy Li

February 5, 2015

Fifteen minutes into the conversation, my father asked me, "So what do you want to major in?" It was something I'd consistently avoided thinking about, toying with the idea of being a history or politics major, but ultimately not being able to reach a decision. Before the words "I'm not sure" could even...

Pribilsky: Convocation address should welcome but challenge students

December 11, 2014

Dear Editor: The students from Hillel-Shalom, whose letter (Nov. 13) regarded this year's convocation speech, are to be commended for their courage in making public a debate that has played out largely in the shadows. They were correct to label Professor Semerdjian's speech divisive. For me, a third generation Walla Wallanwho...

Bridges: On Race, Ferguson, and the Use of Deadly Force

December 11, 2014

As Whitman's president, I am immensely proud of those students, faculty and staff who stood in solidarity last week on the steps of the Penrose Library in memory of Michael Brown, killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Thank you for causing our campus to pause and reflect on this tragedy and the...

Whitman’s sexual assault investigation process failed me

December 11, 2014

Earlier this year The Pioneer published a story about survivors of sexual assault on campus who reported their assaults to the administration. The following is a first-hand account from one of the survivors interviewed, Mallory*, about her assault and its ramifications for her life at Whitman. The con...

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