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Letter to the editor: In defense of Oxford commas

March 11, 2012

  To the Editor, As one who cares about punctuation, syntax, and clarity, I was disappointed to see The Pioneer alter my direct quote to remove a cherished comma. In the recent article on Ultimate frisbee, I had stated that Ultimate often has the fallacious perception of being "laid back, fr...

Letter to the editor: Appreciation for Alberto G. Support

March 1, 2012

To the Editor, As students who advocated further review of Professor Alberto G.'s* tenure application, we would like commend The Pioneer for its thoughtful and accurate coverage. In particular, we found the Editorial Board's critique of student evaluations timely and stimulating. We also thank th...

Letter to the Editor: Alum offended by comments heard on KWCW

February 16, 2012

To the Editors of the Pioneer, A few weeks ago,  I drove from Seattle to Walla Walla to attend the memorial service for Dr. George Ball. As I was coming into town I fiddled with the radio dial and found some music that seemed interesting. As I listened to the song and looked at the dial, I realized...

Letter to the Editor: Sexually fruitful relationships need not lead to divorce-ridden marriages

February 16, 2012

To the Editor, I am appalled by the uxorial hubris exhibited in the article 'Replacing communication with sex prepares us for divorce!'! I'm surprised by the sophomoric claims made by last week's guest columnist. In my albeit not far-reaching experience, the phenomenon described by the precocious...

Letter to the Editor: Homeless youth article reflects merits of Whitman students’ projects

February 16, 2012

To the Editor, The Pio's recent story about homeless youth in Walla Walla was powerful for a long list of reasons, including the way that it focused attention on an often overlooked demographic in our community. For me, perhaps the most significant reason was because the story showed how the ab...

Belated thank-you

November 7, 2011

I retired from the University of Washington and recently moved to the Odd Fellows Retirement Community. On a walk through the Whitman campus, I was picking up leaves to press and keep. A co-ed approached and I said, "I wish I could have a bright red leaf from that tree." She said, "I think I can do that."...

Check your irony at door

October 20, 2011

Last week, the Backpage published a Twitter-themed piece degrading women and indigenous, LGBT and black peoples. I assume Adam Brayton intended to be ironic by speaking in the fictional voice of "that douchebag you hate," but this does not alleviate his responsibility for publishing offensive material....

Humor Editor responds to ‘Check your irony at door’

Adam Brayton

October 20, 2011

Dear Meghan, I would first like to let you know that your letter is well-received. I take what you say to heart and appreciate that you've come forward to give input where you saw fit. I would like to point out, though, that as creative as humor can get on the Backpage, this is what humor is. Humor,...

Elimination of varsity football program did not result in fewer donations

October 20, 2011

Dear Editor, The Sept. 29 article by Pamela London, "Football controversy: Sudden end of declining program in 1977 vexes Whitman community," may have unintentionally left Pioneer readers with the misperception that Whitman's fundraising efforts have suffered long-term repercussions as a result of...

Letter to the Editor: Sociology professor clarifies Bridges’ role

September 22, 2011

The members of the Department of Sociology enjoyed reading Sam Chapman's article in the September 15 edition of The Pioneer, assuring Whitman students that we are in fact offering a full range of sociology classes this semester, despite our personnel challenges of the past six months (challenges which ar...

Letter to the editor – Celebrating showcase of student involvement

September 15, 2011

To the Editor: Congratulations on a fantastic first issue. It is clear that Pio readers are in for a treat with this year's talented staff. I especially want to commend you on the 'Outside Whitman' section which did a great job showing a few of the ways that Whitman students participate in interesting...

Letter to the Editor: Parent proposes line of ‘pretentious’ clothing

September 15, 2011

My livelihood has been creative brand-building for nonprofits: not a profitable activity, I might add. But here goes nothing: I was delighted to see the bookstore's smart clothing line that gets to the bottom of Whitman's new theme: "unpretentious Northwest culture." Prominent display of an organization's...

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