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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...

The Burden of Niceness

December 11, 2014

Over Thanksgiving break my nephew and I talked about how racism and sexism function in America. I asked how he would help people who are not white or male if he was ever in a position of power. His response was simple and immediate: "I will help other people only if they're nice to me." My nephew is...

Letter to the Editor: divestment and economic diversity

Sam Chapman

November 20, 2014

In the midst of the ongoing discussion surrounding the college's accessibility, we have a point that we would like to be very clear about: Fossil fuel divestment is not at odds with economic diversity. While Divest Whitman is concerned with issues of climate change and environmental justice, the campaign...

Letter to the Editor: Hillel-Shalom clarifies misunderstanding around Convocation speech controversy

The Editors

November 13, 2014

Dear Whitman Community, We are writing because we believe there has been a misunderstanding with regard to the faculty address at convocation this year. Our concern about Professor Elyse Semerdjian's speech was not due solely to its content. We recognize that conversation regarding Israel/Palestine...

Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on Whitman as ‘Unpretentious’ Liberal Arts College

February 13, 2014

I've often heard it said that people at Whitman don't talk about race.  It is quite true that an impoverished lexicon for discussions of race and racism exists at our institution, but this is not unique to Whitman––it is a generalized problem typifying political discourse in the United States, in w...

Letter to the Editor: Response to ‘Residence Life Shuts Down Camp Whitman’

February 13, 2014

Dear Whitman Pioneer, I wanted to express my thoughts about the article published entitled "Residence Life Shuts Down Camp Whitman," published in a recent edition of The Pio. While I understand it is unfortunate that underclassmen will find it more difficult to stay through commencement, I believ...

Letter to the Editor: Lighten Up, Whitman

October 3, 2013

An open letter to the student nighttime cyclist I encountered last week: You were dressed in black and you had no lighting. Sitting at the stop sign in my car, I saw that all the oncoming vehicle lights to my left were far enough away for me to safely make a right turn. Suddenly, however, you...

Letter to the Editor: Whitman Must Be Accountable on Climate Change

April 18, 2013

I have joined a campaign at my college to call for our endowment to be divested from the companies with the largest reserves of fossil fuels. We call for divestment in solidarity with people on the front lines of extreme resource extraction (like mountaintop-removal coal mining and fracking) and victims...

Letter to the Editor

April 3, 2013

To the Editor, "For the last three years," the recent ASWC press release on international travel reads, "there has been a ban on college funding going to any international travel." That statement is remarkably incorrect. That statement overlooks $20,725 that ASWC has spent to fund the uniquely positioned...

Letter to the Editor, Jack Issue version

Letter to the Editor

March 28, 2013

To the editor, This piece was so obtuse that it came across as nothing more than a writer learning that he or she can write the word "penis" in print and not get in trouble. Once taught that belief, one repeats it. I do not believe it. In fact, I believe quite the opposite. If that was the choice...

Letter to the Editor: Thank You for Lincoln High School Support

Alex Brott

March 7, 2013

Thank you, Whitman College, for inviting Lincoln High School to come to Maxey Hall and share about our trauma-sensitive model. We appreciate all the Whitman students that have come to Lincoln to volunteer as well as those choosing Lincoln for senior projects. I know you have a very busy testing s...

Letter to the Editor

February 27, 2013

My thanks to The Pioneer and to [first-year] Jacqueline Rees-Mikula, who wrote the article about the Whitman Student Composers Concert in Chism Recital Hall on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, featuring new musical works by five talented young composers. Ms. Rees-Mikula's coverage provided an excellent view of ...

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