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Don’t do drugs, kids

Illustration by Anika Vučićević

Mat Chapin, Columnist

October 24, 2019

Like it or not, students try drugs. For lots of teenagers, it seems like a natural part of growing up. You start drinking, maybe you smoke a little weed, then one of your friends offers you something stronger. You know you shouldn’t, but what the hell, it can’t hurt to try it once. It’s for the ...

Heartbreak, Ghosts and Reverse Chronology: the Incredible Literary Achievement of ‘Undun’

Matt Raymond

February 19, 2013

On music charts, the most impressive hip-hop album of the last five years hardly made a splash. Rolling Stone gave it a modest three and a half out of five stars. It appeared fleetingly, arriving unheralded and departing quietly like a specter in the mainstream consciousness. It is perhaps fitting...

Arnold’s Back in “The Last Stand”

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Nathan Fisher

January 24, 2013

After the break, I wanted to start off the new year with a bang. Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to the big screen as the sheriff in "The Last Stand" seemed like a good bet. Unfortunately, the Governator's comeback flick after a 10-year hiatus did not deliver the pop I had anticipated. "The Last Stand" is pr...

“Wreck-It Ralph” and “Flight” Make for Unlikely, Enjoyable Double Feature

Nathan Fisher

November 8, 2012

Two new releases caught my eye this week, "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Flight," and because I thoroughly enjoyed both of these polar opposite movies, I'm writing a twofer this week. Enjoy! First up, "Wreck-It Ralph" is an animated kids' movie about video game characters in an arcade. After the gamers leave the arcade, the characters of each video game have their own lives and c...

Writing their own prescription: Whitman students abuse Adderall to tackle workload

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Shelly Le

February 23, 2012

Scholastic pressure at Whitman can be tremendous, especially as midterms approach and the end of the semester looms ahead. Some students turn to using Adderall without a prescription to help them manage their heavy workload. "I didn't feel compelled to take it, but I did have an all-nighter in front...

Whitman students list recreation, curiosity as top reasons for drug use


October 15, 2009

In a campus-wide survey conducted by The Pioneer, 69 of the 100 student polled have used illegal drugs, and 67 of those students, about 97 percent, cited social aspects and entertainment as their reasons for doing so. Thirty-nine of the 69 students also said curiosity prompted them to experiment with dru...

Whitties after dark, Whitman’s drug scene

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Hanna Ory

October 15, 2009

Many students have tried them, some are repulsed by them and a few are hooked. No matter what one's opinion is on the topic of illegal drugs, it's no secret that they play an integral role in the health and social aspects of college life. To see just how much drugs impact the Whitman community, The Pione...

Whitman college drug use by the numbers

Hanna Ory

October 15, 2009

Data collected from the first 100 responses of a campus-wide mail survey. By the numbers 80% of students surveyed believe that Whitman has a drug scene. 42% of students surveyed believe that drugs are just as common at Whitman as any other U.S. college or university. 69% of students surveyed...

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