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Guardian’s Climate Campaign Fails to Challenge NeoLiberal Status Quo

Olivia Gilbert, Columnist

May 5, 2016


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

It is painful to see a major news outlet ignore questions that need to be asked and criticisms that need to see the light of day—it is painful because it happens over and over again in the media.

Many groups fund activism workshop

Linnaea Weld

October 3, 2014


Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow

Today artist and activist Dana Lyons will be offering both a workshop and concert for students. Campus Climate Challenge (CCC) has been working on bringing Lyons to campus since last semester, but many groups on campus have helped to put on today's events. Senior Collin Smith was instrumental in gaining...

Why Are You Green: Whitman Community Reflects on Environmentalism

Why Are You Green: Whitman Community Reflects on Environmentalism

Anna Zheng

April 1, 2014


Filed under Circuit, FEATURE, Feature Highlight, Front Page Slideshow

It's no question that many people at Whitman are environmentally conscious of their environment and how much waste they generate. However, the question is why? The Pioneer takes a moment to ask Whitman community members to reflect on how environmentalism touches their lives. Margo Heffron, first-year P...

Divestment Movement Continues to Gain Momentum

Divestment Movement Continues to Gain Momentum

Lachlan Johnson

February 21, 2013


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

Campus Climate Challenge's (CCC) campaign to encourage Whitman to divest from fossil fuels has gained traction on campus, but has met with new challenges as students and administrators disagree over the best way to use the investment to lower the burning of fossil fuels. Students and administrators...

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Sam Chapman

February 14, 2013


Filed under OPINION, Opinion Highlight

On March 15, 1986, Whitman's Board of Trustees voted on a divestment proposal for the first time. Students and faculty had both submitted resolutions urging the Board to remove companies from the college's portfolio that did business in apartheid-ridden South Africa; student activists went so far as to build...

Whitman Investments in Fossil Fuels Spurs Divestment Movement

Whitman Investments in Fossil Fuels Spurs Divestment Movement

Lachlan Johnson

January 24, 2013


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

In its most recent effort to organize efforts to combat global warming, Climate Campus Challenge (CCC) aims to change Whitman College's investment policy to encourage the college to withdraw funds, or "divest," from fossil fuel companies. The new campaign, which will be led by first-year Erika Longino and sophomore Sierra Dickey, will...

Making a Difference Means More Than Activism

Joey Gottlieb

November 15, 2012


Filed under OPINION

"It is not a Buddhist approach to say that if everyone practiced Buddhism, the world would be a better place. Wars and oppression begin from this kind of thinking."  -Sulak Sivaraska "Activism: The policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change." - Oxford American...

Forums for radical discussion key to cracking Americans’ silence

Danielle Broida

October 18, 2012


Filed under OPINION

We are silent. As a generation of young, educated, resource-rich Americans, duct tape seals our mouths. Instead of being on the front lines of environmental activism, our energies have become absorbed in iPhone screens and laptops. Technology has taken the role of fulfilling our human need for connection, support and entertainment. Physically coming together and having progressive, radical ...

Whitties have power, responsibility to halt Port of Morrow time bomb

Sam Chapman

September 27, 2012


Filed under OPINION

There is a blight on the planet that is not in Washington D.C., Alberta or China. It's called the Port of Morrow, it's squatting ninety minutes away in Boardman, Ore., and we have a responsibility to shut it down. Coal giant Ambre Energy has proposed a "water transloading facility" at Morrow which would be ...

Struggle to stop sexual violence engenders artistic expression

Mallory Martin

April 19, 2012


Filed under A&E

The stand against sexual violence on campus has taken a creative turn. With the "Take Back the Night" rally today, April 19 and the release of a new zine, "Breaking Ground," Whitman College students seek to combat sexual assault with artistic expression. Over the past month, Whitman has seen growing...

First Leadership Summit a success for Network for Young Walla Walla

First Leadership Summit a success for Network for Young Walla Walla

Galen Bernard

December 9, 2009


Filed under News Highlight

About 50 students calling themselves "engaged youth" participated in the Network for Young Walla Walla's First Annual Youth Leadership Summit Dec. 4 to Dec. 6. The summit, the first event to unite students from the three participating schools since the network's kick-off picnic last spring, dre...

WDA works with local immigrants

William Witwer

December 6, 2009


Filed under FEATURE

Whitman Direct Action is trying to make a difference in the world, one project at a time. "WDA is a student-run, student-led group," said junior member Jojo Robertson. "It's basically like a nonprofit in that students will propose projects and will discuss everything as a group and come up with a...

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