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Cultivating Passion: How Attending College in Wine-country Walla Walla has Refined Students’ Academic Interests

Cultivating Passion: How Attending College in Wine-country Walla Walla has Refined Students’ Academic Interests

Claire Reichle

January 30, 2018

Location matters. According to the website “Visit Walla Walla,” there are 120 wineries and 2,800 acres of grapes in Walla Walla, and a select few students have shown that their passion for the viticulture they have been surrounded by in Walla Walla has been at play during their years at Whitman. Seniors...

Divestment movement expands fight against all forms of fossils

Clara Wheeler, Humor Writer

November 3, 2016

The Whitman Divestment movement needs to take things to the next level, according to club leader Gresham Merkel. The realization came about as the group was sitting around the GAC, eating leftover donuts and one-upping each other on how long they can go without showering. “We suddenly came to the r...

Former Astronaut, Alumna Returns to Whitman College

Former Astronaut, Alumna Returns to Whitman College

Marra Clay, Publisher

April 7, 2016

Dorothy "Dottie" Metcalf-Lindenberger '97, a first-generation educator astronaut, returned to Whitman to speak about Science, Technology, Engineer and Math (STEM) education

Bob Carson Leaves 40 Year Legacy of Enthusiasm

Audrey Kelly

May 18, 2015

Even when the current managing editor of The Pioneer and ASWC senator balked at the slope ahead of her, Bob Carson was unafraid. Granted he had years more of experience with sledding down sand dunes, but it's also doubtful that someone would deduct awesome points for such a badass habit. After a half-hour...

Sabbaticals Benefit Students, Faculty Alike

Sabbaticals Benefit Students, Faculty Alike

Helen Angell

March 13, 2014

While professors on sabbatical do not teach classes and usually do not advise students or serve on committees, a professor's sabbatical could never be described as "time off." The sabbatical program is an essential part of the Whitman College faculty's ongoing professional development and provides num...

Drinks That Go With Your Major

Drinks That Go With Your Major

Aleida Fernandez

December 9, 2013

After a rough day in classes, it's nice to sit down with a cold drink. But what about a drink specifically tailored to your studies? After careful analysis, we have found these eight majors' next drink of choice. Psychology: Gin and Tonic Unofficial research has shown that drinking this cla...

Women in Science Panel Captivates Crowd

Women in Science Panel Captivates Crowd

Dylan Tull

November 7, 2013

A panel of five female science professors gathered for the Women in Science panel on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in order to shed light on the adversities that women face in the field of science. Led by Associate Professor of Geology Kirsten Nicolaysen, the panelists discussed their own personal experiences in their re...

Localizing the Shutdown

Localizing the Shutdown

Dylan Tull

October 10, 2013

The tense, drawn-out government shutdown has entered into its 10th day, the Oct. 17 deadline to raise the debt ceiling looms ever closer and tensions have only increased between President Obama and the GOP. American citizens have been relegated to useless bystanders, turning the entire crisis into a frustratin...

Off-Campus Houses Given Names for Both Obvious Characteristics, Inside Humor

Off-Campus Houses Given Names for Both Obvious Characteristics, Inside Humor

Emily Williams

February 21, 2013

Whitman is a college with colorfully named houses. Sometimes those house names are based on inside jokes, puns and strange intricacies about the house. Other times, the reason for the name is staring the viewer right in the face. Many house names change with the residents, but other names are founded...

Whitman Climber Granted Opportunity to Pursue Dreams

Whitman Climber Granted Opportunity to Pursue Dreams

Tristan Gavin

February 21, 2013

Senior Matthew Morriss has done things in the past six months most Whitman students only dream of. Not only is he spending time climbing and skiing in some of the most remote and beautiful areas of the region, but he isn't paying to do it, either. By receiving grants from multiple outdoors organizations,...

Parental Guidance, Emphasis on Education Draws In Legacies

Parental Guidance, Emphasis on Education Draws In Legacies

Adam Brayton

February 14, 2013

When senior Nick Marquiss sat down at his first Encounters class, he found himself sitting across the table from the same professor who taught his father decades before. This situation may seem strange, but not with the kind of legacy representation found at Whitman. The Office of Admission defines...

Wine sparks academic pursuit

Wine sparks academic pursuit

Adam Brayton

November 8, 2012

Walla Walla's wine industry is certainly a nice addition to the town for parents and seniors, but its emergence and growth also hold academic promise. Professor Kevin Pogue of the geology department has a sign hanging from his office door emblazoned with the pun, "Terroirist Headquarters." Though...

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