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Tobacco 21: Washington considers raising the minimum smoking age

Tobacco 21: Washington considers raising the minimum smoking age

Marra Clay, Publisher

February 9, 2017


Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Go to any Whitman party and you will see students enjoying a cigarette on the front steps. Walk into the library and you will pass through a cloud of smoke coming from the benches outside. There is no doubt that Whitman has a smoking culture, but will this soon change? The Washington State legislatur...

Learning in another Language

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

February 9, 2017


Filed under OPINION

Seeing that Whitman has a cultural pluralism/language requirement and many students do in fact speak one or more languages other than their first language, I thought it would be interesting to give another perspective on how to think differently on the importance of languages not just intellectually, but also...

Danita Ryan brings Native American issues to Whitman campus

Danita Ryan brings Native American issues to Whitman campus

Missy Gerlach, Staff Reporter

December 1, 2016


Filed under A&E, A&E Highlight

The Navajo greeting “Ya’ahteeh,” translates to, “With all that is good in the universe, I greet you.” It was with these words that Danita Ryan began her talk on Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in Kimball Theater. Ryan’s presentation, titled “Hear Our Voices; Grandmother’s Wisdom,” focused...

Taste of Africa Draws Large Crowds

Taste of Africa Draws Large Crowds

Emma Cooper, Staff Writer

April 14, 2016


Filed under A&E, Front Page Slideshow

The Whitman African Student Association (WASA) put together delectable African cuisine as well as a mesmerizing show featuring a traditional Ghanian dance performance, African music, a recitation of African poetry, and a fashion show.

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Cultural Awareness Shouldn’t Preclude Cultural Critique

Olivia Gilbert, Columnist

April 14, 2016


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

When taken to its logical conclusion, glossing over of cultural practices as “just different” presupposes critical discussion.

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Lit Review: “The Great American Dirtbags”

Martina Pansze, A&E Editor

February 4, 2016


Filed under A&E, Reviews

In “The Dirtbag Manifesto,” Mehall tells the story of how he came to be a “born-again dirtbag.”

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In Opposition to Beats Radio

Benjamin Shoemake, Columnist

October 28, 2015


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

We need to stop forcing American products, the English language, and US culture onto the rest of the world, and start creating new technologies that allow us to better hear what is being said in response.

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Game Night at Sweet Basil

Emma Cooper, Columnist

September 24, 2015


Filed under A&E

If you're looking for more than just pizza at Sweet Basil, Wednesday nights are the time for you. Sweet Basil hosts the Walla Walla Go Club (WWGC) game night each week on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. A few Whitman students, especially members of the Japanese club, have frequented Go Club. Go is an...

Fresh perspectives yield personal growth

Benjamin Shoemake, Columnist

September 17, 2015


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Stories matter. This is hardly a controversial statement. Here at Whitman College, media organizations like The Pioneer and quarterlife, among others, are founded upon the idea that stories and journalism have something important to contribute to campus culture. Every year, the Summer Shakes progra...

Faint: An Introduction

Benjamin Shoemake

September 14, 2015


Filed under Columnists, OPINION

Stories matter. This is hardly a controversial statement. Here at Whitman College, media organizations like The Pioneer and "quarterlife," among others, are founded upon the idea that stories and journalism have something important to contribute to campus culture. Every year, the Summer Shakes program ...

Pay attention to effects of pop culture

Pay attention to effects of pop culture

Zan McPherson

March 12, 2015


Filed under A&E

Illustration by Lya Hernandez. All have witnessed, experienced or at least heard of the "Frozen" craze that swept through American youth in 2013. Like many Disney movies, "Frozen" leapt into children's hearts and didn't seem to leave for, well, an absurdly long time. The movie's effect on child...

‘Jane the Virgin’ steps in right direction

Aleida Fernandez

February 19, 2015


Filed under A&E, A&E Highlight, Reviews

In late elementary school and throughout middle school I participated in a local summer theater program. For five summers I was cast in various roles (the femme fatale, the sassy older sister, the help) that, at the time, didn't mean anything to me. I was just happy to have a speaking part. I tell thi...

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