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An open letter: Diversity

December 7, 2006

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Applying in their language

October 26, 2006

by Sarah McCarthy WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER Almost all good experiences I have had, almost all friendships I have made, almost every single piece of my life has been set in motion by me sitting and staring at a blank computer screen with that infernal first question: Why do you want to be a member of...

Blackface: A Whitman issue, not a greek one

October 26, 2006

by Ajay Abraham WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER As many of you already know, there has been a recent vitriolic, personalized and aggressive debate over the students' listserv. The instigation for this debate was a party where the theme was "Survivor" and a few Whitman students showed up in "blackface." This a...

Racism’s impact on diversity

October 26, 2006

by Marcus Koontz WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER Two white Whitman students painted themselves black from the waist up recently. They wanted to look like aboriginals for a party. It was supposed to be a joke, but one student didn't find it so funny. Her name is Natalie Knott and she sent an e-mail out to the...

Finding religion in everyday life

October 26, 2006

by Valerie Lopez WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER "So why don't you go to church anymore?" Growing up in a culture that deeply values religion, I know, just know, that I'm bound to be questioned regarding my lack of church-attendance. I can just foresee the expression on my interrogator's face; one that clearl...

Degreenulation: The darker side of privatization

October 26, 2006

by Ari van Schilfgaarde WHITMAN COLLEGE PIONEER Sometimes in the debate over environmental improvement, we get so caught up in the details of the problems and theoretical problems with improving the environment that actual benefits to environmental conservation go unnoticed. One such example is the ...

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