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Administration aims to reduce course compression, may revamp schedule

Josh Goodman

September 16, 2010

In an effort to reduce course conflicts, Whitman administrators and faculty are considering several changes to the way courses are currently scheduled.   The possible changes, which include a more even distribution of when courses are scheduled throughout the day and a switch to Monday-Wednesday-Friday...

Bob Withycombe named 2009 Washington Professor of the Year

Professor Robert Withycombe sits in his office stacked with books and files from 29 years of teaching at Whitman. The Carnegie Foundation acknowledged Withycombe's efforst with its 2009 Washington State Professor of the Year award. Credit: Hong

Lea Negrin

December 9, 2009

Professor Robert Withycombe of the rhetoric and film studies department was named the Washington State Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) on Nov. 19. The award is given annually, but thi...

Whitman’s liberal arts in focus

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Hanna Ory

December 2, 2009

Since Whitman's inception as a college in 1882, a liberal arts education has been central to the college's academic philosophy. A liberal arts philosophy offers a holistic and broad approach to higher education. Whitman upholds these values by focusing on the standards of an interdisciplinary curriculum, a pa...

Changes in core curriculum lead to expansion of texts, broader focus


November 29, 2009

It's no secret that Core has undergone big changes to become the Encounters that first-years are taking this year. "Core has gone through a massive evolution to become Encounters," said Elyse Semerdjian, associate professor of history and encounters representative for the general studies committee. The...

Student role in academic decisions sparks debate

William Witwer

November 29, 2009

At the most recent Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee meeting, there was an open discussion of Whitman's purpose and how to fulfill that purpose. There is not currently a general agreement about the future academic philosophy of the college, or how much influence students should have over...

Coping with crunch time: study and sleep habits at Whitman investigated

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Hanna Ory

November 11, 2009

It's no secret that Whitman students have a reputation for achieving particularly high academic standards, but do our study and sleep habits really reflect it? To find out, the Pioneer randomly surveyed 400 students through campus-mail regarding their study and sleep patterns. We found that nearly all stud...

Goodnight Moon: Better sleep tied to better grades

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November 10, 2009

Half of students with GPAs of 3.75 or higher get between four and five hours of sleep per night, according to a survey conducted by The Pioneer. It is important to note that the sample size of this survey was relatively small, just barely reaching 50 people, but these results are still very surprising. ...

Realistic study tips for a realistic academic life

William Witwer

November 9, 2009

There are a lot of tips floating around campus about the best approaches to studying and writing long papers. Why, then, are both of those so easy to screw up during crunch time? Because most study tips fail to depict student life with any accuracy.  The Pioneer is determined to providing realistic study ti...

Forty-eight hours without sleep: A personal account

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November 9, 2009

It's 3 a.m. and I'm doing yoga stretches on the third floor landing of the Science Building. My laptop buzzes angrily at me, overheating because it's been on for far too long. Downward Dog feels good as my legs burn, tense from sitting cross-legged on a couch for hours and hours. This Monday morning, the Monday...

Study myths exposed

Hadley Jolley

November 9, 2009

Myth: It's bad to study in bed. TRUE Studying in bed may either lead to bad studying or bad sleeping, according to Director of Academic Resources Juli Dunn. People who study in bed may find themselves more likely to fall asleep during studying, or conversely, less likely to fall asleep, period. ...

Spanish to become own department

Gillian Frew

November 5, 2009

In addition to their vote on course loads, faculty also approved a proposal for Spanish to become its own department, separate from Foreign Languages and Literatures, which currently comprises Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Spanish. "We have been in conversation with the provost of the faculty...

Magazine names Whitman 20th ‘best value’ nationally

Andy Jobanek

November 4, 2009

Whitman stands as the 20th "Best Value in Liberal Arts Colleges" according to Kiplinger's 2009 rankings. That marks a significant improvement from last year's 28th place ranking, an improvement administrators credit to the college's ongoing commitment to academic quality and affordability. Only six o...

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