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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...

Learned helplessness keeps women out of tech

Katy Wills April 30, 2015

I work for Technology Services at Whitman and it's one of the best jobs I've ever had. My co-workers are a patient, kind and thoroughly entertaining team of A/V nerds. During the daytime shifts I complete...

Guest column: Debate suspension stifles critical thinking about discrimination

April 23, 2015

As a debater who is genderqueer, I found the suspension of the Debate Team devastating. Debate offered me a safe space where I could explore my identity. Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the suspension...

Address discrepancies among workloads, grading standards in different first-year Encounters classes

Christopher Hankin April 16, 2015

Whitman College prides itself on an Encounters program that helps to initiate new students and get them up to speed with the expectations that the school holds for writing, reading and critical thinking....

Assertive females must face social stigma

Hillary Smith March 12, 2015

Recently I read an article on Huffington Post (no surprise there) about how women need to ask for what they want more in their professional environments concerning salaries, job hours, etc. The author...

Hook-up survey reveals troubling incongruities

Peggy Li March 5, 2015

Since arriving at Whitman, I've heard the word "hook-up" more times than I care to count –– mostly within the context of attractive people doing things together –– but I honestly couldn't tell...

Greek influence not being used for meaningful action

Katy Wills February 26, 2015

My dearest Frat Stars and Soror Sisters of Whitman College, Greek groups have immense power on this campus. Besides having an extensive social presence on the weekends, a Greek group has the power to...

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...

Advertising, sports have power to reclaim ‘like a girl’

Hillary Smith February 12, 2015

Of the countless Super Bowl advertisements, one in particular made a deep impression on me. It included clips from an experiment conducted by Always, a feminine hygiene brand, in which people of different...

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...

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...

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...

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