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Whitman Connection to Schools

Alyssa Ortiz (top), Leah Samuels (left) and Lauren Schaefer (right) all work to connect Whitman with local schools in Walla Walla.
November 29, 2018

Lauran Schaefer, the head of the debate program at Whitman, doesn’t see it as just an ordinary extracurricular activity. It is also an activity that builds skills, confidence and community. This community...

Debate Returns To Whitman

Debate returns after suspension. Two debate partnerships advanced to the quarterfinals in most recent tournament.
September 24, 2018

Debate at Whitman is back. The team was suspended in the spring of 2015 for violating team and school policies. These included alcohol violations at a tournament and allegations of gender discrimination...

Don’t Stay True to Yourself

October 22, 2017

Maybe you shouldn’t be true to who you are. When someone says you’re wonderful the way you are or to never change, it sounds uplifting. It’s a confirmation that someone finds us valuable, that we’re...

Debate Reinstated

Parliamentary debate team will return fall of 2018.
April 13, 2017

Two years after the suspension of Whitman’s Debate Program in the wake of alcohol violations and allegations of gender discrimination, president Kathy Murray announced in an April 6 email that the college...

This Week in Reality TV: Presidential Debate!

Illustration by Eric Rannestad
October 5, 2016

This past Monday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, the first of the 2016 Presidential Debates was broadcasted to 84 million people, setting a new record for viewership in presidential debate...

Whitman’s Ethics Bowl team wins Ladenson Award

February 25, 2016
Seven students traveled to Washington, D.C. last weekend to compete in the Ethics Bowl National Championship, a competition where students from across the nation face off to see who can have the most thoughtful conversation about modern ethical dilemmas.

#AskKathy video series offers opportunity to meet incoming president

Dr. Murray was on campus filming parts of the video series. Photo contributed by Michelle Ma from Whitman Communications.
April 23, 2015

This week the Whitman Office of Communications began releasing the first videos in a series titled #AskKathy. In the series, Whitman's incoming president, Dr. Kathleen Murray, answers questions submitted...

Guest column: Debate suspension stifles critical thinking about discrimination

April 23, 2015

As a debater who is genderqueer, I found the suspension of the Debate Team devastating. Debate offered me a safe space where I could explore my identity. Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the suspension...

Whitman Debate Team suspended for minimum 2 years

April 9, 2015

**The investigation into the suspension of the Whitman Debate Team is ongoing. The Pioneer will report more information as it becomes available. Following the recent cancellation of the Policy Debate...

Profile: Lauren Hauck

December 4, 2014

Senior Lauren Hauck is a History and Art History double major. She's been involved with debate at Whitman since her first year when she learned parliamentary debate, and she became a policy debater her...

Whitman Debate collaborates with Penitentiary inmates

December 4, 2014

Twelve members of the Whitman Debate Club will join inmates of the Washington State Penitentiary in debate on Thursday, December 4th. The topic? The groups will discuss whether an individual's right...

Debate Team Collaborates with Penitentiary for First Ever Debate

Debate Team Collaborates with Penitentiary for First Ever Debate
December 12, 2013

After removing all pieces of metal, storing keys, cell phones and wallets in lockers, Whitman College staff, faculty and students filed into the Washington State Penitentiary. At an automatic metal...

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