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A Merger and a Whole Lot More

A Merger and a Whole Lot More

Chris Hankin, News Editor

September 12, 2017

Josh Jensen splits his week between the Boyer and Penrose houses. Two days at the former, three at the latter. His movement across campus is the most visible change since the merger of the Communications and Admissions departments. Jensen has been with the college for just over a year now. He arrived...

Love Letters in the Digital Age

Andrew Schwartz

November 17, 2015

The research of Professor of Sociology Michelle Janning on the use of written love letters in modern times has gotten some broader attention after a lecture at the University of St. Thomas and an article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Janning’s work, which focuses on the correlation between gender...

In Long Distance Relationships, Couples Need Space

In Long Distance Relationships, Couples Need Space

Olivia Gilbert, Columnist

October 15, 2015

Illustration by Luke Hampton. Like it or not, technology, social media, and constant connectedness are defining aspects of our generation’s identity. We utilize technology in nearly all aspects of life— and relationships are no exception. Smartphones, texting, free long-distance calling, and applications li...

Let’s talk about talking

Crystal and Chevy, Columnist

October 15, 2015

Let's talk about sex. More specifically, let's talk about talking during sex. Many of us have probably at some point or another reached that critical moment in sex when something needs to happen differently. That’s not to say the sex isn’t good, or whatever is happening in the moment is not pleasurable,...

Graduating Administrator Plans Future of ‘Encounters’

Graduating Administrator Plans Future of ‘Encounters’

Hannah Bartman

April 18, 2013

Whether it's for creative expression, brutally honest opinions or sexual curiosity, Whitman Encounters provides a forum for the emotions kept behind doors on campus. It has become a Whitman norm, and with the graduation of the site's anonymous creator, the fate of the website is put into question. "[The future of Encounters] ...

Uneven Libidos Require Cooperation to Resolve

Spencer Wharton

February 14, 2013

My girlfriend and I are both seniors at Whitman, and I'm worried that our busy schedules are hurting our sex life. On a normal night, we'll curl up on the couch together, and maybe cuddle a little, but even when I try to suggest sex by giving her a massage, she tends to fall asleep. Sometimes, I'll ask if ...

The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees

Talia Rudee

November 15, 2012

You've heard the name thrown around: the Board of Trustees––"The Board of Trustees is on campus this weekend," or "Come to this networking event with the Board of Trustees"––but many Whitties have no idea what exactly this mysterious group is. The Whitman College Board of Trustees is one of...

We Can Work It Out: Talking About Sex

Spencer Wharton

October 10, 2012

I want to talk to my boyfriend about sex, but I think he is a lot less comfortable talking about it than I am. We've been dating for a while (and are sexually active), but I don't know how to have the dialogue without coming across as pushy or invasive. I'll be honest, I'm a little nervous to bring it ...

Columnist responds to reactions to Oct. 6 ‘Take it slow when dating Chinese girls’

Peter Chen

October 20, 2011

Undoubtedly, my last column, "Take it slow when dating Chinese girls," has received lots of attention and has even led to questioning of the production process and ethics of The Pioneer. Therefore, I think it is necessary for me to apologize and explain my initial intentions for the column and clear Th...

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