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Editorial: journalism as activisim

February 1, 2007


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by Sophie Johnson EDITOR-IN-CHIEF There is a dark underbelly to Whitman College. I write this because I am of the newfound opinion that everything has its dirty secrets, despite whatever pleasant demeanor it may possess. So, lurking somewhere amidst the lush trees and beautiful architecture, ...

Outside the Whitman Bubble: Perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

February 1, 2007


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by Beth Frieden COLUMNIST dinburgh, I went to hear Palestinian scholar Dr. Azzam Tamimi speak about Hamas. His talk was boycotted by the rest of the Jewish Society of Edinburgh University. As I sat there listening to him I realized that he was the first Palestinian I had ever listened to. I ha...

Whitman’s uber-liberalism assumption: In response to Lucie Dufkova’s ‘Pop that liberal bubble’

February 1, 2007


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by Karlis Rokpelnis STAFF WRITER As I was sitting on the front steps of the UC Davis Student Living Co-op in California and sipping my cappuccino made with organic Fair Trade coffee from the Davis Food Co-Op and home made organic soy milk, filled into a recycled plastic mug covered in revolution...

Letter to the Editor

February 1, 2007


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Student Body of Whitman,In the last edition of the Pioneer an editorial entitled "Pop that Liberal Bubble" was published. It contained some very hurtful and homophobic remarks and Coalition Against Homophobia has deemed a formal response necessary. "I find it quite fascinating that in the last few...

Canada, You Rock!

December 7, 2006


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by Sarah McCarthy WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER Alright, Canada. You're better. Fine. This thought occurred to me an average of 145-160 times a day during the four days I spent there this Thanksgiving break. Canada's betterness is something that most of the United States' population is, at some deep and subcons...

An open letter: Diversity

December 7, 2006


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To President George Bridges; Treasurer and CFO Peter Harvey; Dean Timothy Kaufman-Osborne; Dean Chuck Cleveland; the students, staff, and faculty that make up the College Budget Advisory Committee; and the general Whitman community: We are a cadre of concerned student leaders who are enthusiastically in s...

Goodnight, room

December 7, 2006


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by Valerie Lopez WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER Having to say farewell to relationships is never an easy experience. Unless of course, we're saying goodbye to relationships that have contributed much damage to our emotional health and psyche. It's also another thing when the relationship we're saying good...

Pop that liberal bubble

December 7, 2006


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by Lucie Dufkova GUEST COLUMNIST My Thanksgiving break on campus gave me plenty of time to reflect on life. As Whitman turned into a ghost town, I became a daily customer of downtown Starbucks, trying to escape the deadly silence of our school. I began to contemplate over my favorite latte about my...

Packer’s The Assassin’s Gate is a vital read

December 7, 2006


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by Ari van Schilfgaarde WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER George Packer's "The Assassin's Gate" is a wonderfully crafted and insightful look at the Iraq War from its idealistic beginnings. What makes this book so relevant and insightful is the great care that Packer takes to analyze issues with depth and sens...

Distributing away the breadth of education

November 2, 2006


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by Sarah McCarthy WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER When plotting my schedule for the coming semester, I first, carefully, make up a bizarre-world schedule: one full of classes that I am unqualified for, that I would not like, and that I would sooner drop out of school than take. This spring's schedule include...

Curing sickness by the spoonful

November 2, 2006


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by Valerie Lopez WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER Aside from dispelling my irrational fears of having bronchitis or pneumonia (a big middle finger salute to whoever got me hacking phlegm for two weeks now), my friends provide a necessary anodyne relief to an irreverent strain of cold: spooning. Yes, hold the ...

Perspective’s impact

November 2, 2006


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by Marcus Koontz WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER "If you don't do this, I'm going to beat your *expletive-deleted*. Get it done, I know you can do it, one of us has to make it." That's what my younger cousin Michael, a high school dropout, said to me the week before I came to Walla Walla for college. In his...

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