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George Bridges: Reflections on a Decade at Whitman

May 18, 2015

Serving as Whitman's president for the past 10 years has been an immense privilege. I've worked with extraordinarily talented people, celebrated impressive accomplishments of many groups and individuals, enjoyed unforgettable and joyous moments with students, faculty and staff, and learned much about...

Whitman Debate Team suspended for minimum 2 years

Aleida Fernandez

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 Team season, President George Bridges wrote in an email today that the college would be suspending all D...

George Bridges named next president of Evergreen

Emily Lin-Jones

March 16, 2015

The Evergreen State College's Board of Trustees announced today that George Bridges will assume the presidency of the college, starting Oct. 1 of this year. Bridges announced last spring that he would be stepping down from his position at Whitman, and in January he was named as a finalist in Evergreen's open search for a new president. "I'm very excited about...

Singled Out: Is profiling a problem on campus?

Sami Carrillo ('17), photo by Annabelle Marcovici.

Lachlan Johnson

March 12, 2015

Hannah Bartman contributed reporting. *Some of the names in this article have been changed to protect the identities of students. Armed police officers approached the French House as sophomore Sami Carrillo, a student of color, stood in the doorway. It was 2 a.m. the night before Thanksgiving, a...

On Diversity, Inclusion and Equity at Whitman

February 19, 2015

This article was authored by President George Bridges for issue four of the spring semester. It was published on Feb. 19, 2015. On Monday, Feb. 16, many students, faculty and staff gathered in the amphitheater to reflect on and express their outrage at the tragic death of Pasco resident Antonio ...

State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu comes to campus as MLK speaker

Andy Monserud

January 29, 2015

State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu visited campus for a speech and a conversation with President George Bridges and the student body on Tuesday, Jan. 29. As this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day speaker, Justice Yu spoke on race, poverty and the criminal justice system to a crowd of students, faculty...

Bridges: On Race, Ferguson, and the Use of Deadly Force

December 11, 2014

As Whitman's president, I am immensely proud of those students, faculty and staff who stood in solidarity last week on the steps of the Penrose Library in memory of Michael Brown, killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Thank you for causing our campus to pause and reflect on this tragedy and the...

Letter to the Editor: Hillel-Shalom clarifies misunderstanding around Convocation speech controversy

The Editors

November 13, 2014

Dear Whitman Community, We are writing because we believe there has been a misunderstanding with regard to the faculty address at convocation this year. Our concern about Professor Elyse Semerdjian's speech was not due solely to its content. We recognize that conversation regarding Israel/Palestine...

Economic diversity conversation continues

Emily Lin-Jones

September 18, 2014

Discussion about socioeconomic diversity and college affordability is still simmering in the Whitman community after a New York Times' article published last Monday ranked Whitman last in economic diversity on a list of top U.S. colleges. This past week, President George Bridges and the Board of...

Whitman College Ranks Last in Economic Diversity

Emily Lin-Jones

September 11, 2014

Whitman College was placed at the bottom of a statistical survey published on the New York Times website Monday which measured the economic diversity of 97 U.S. colleges. To be considered for the survey, colleges needed to have a graduation rate higher than 75 percent. The survey ranked college...

College Walks Thin Line Balancing Tuition, Salaries

Photo by Emily Volpert

Lachlan Johnson

September 11, 2014

In the face of an increasingly grim financial situation for the American middle class, Whitman College tries to walk a narrow line between satisfying its students on the one hand and its faculty and administrators on the other. The college has raised tuition dramatically over the past decade to maintain...

Letter from the Editors

Aleida Fernandez

September 11, 2014

Fall is a great time for news. From fresh-eyed first-years to visiting professors, renovated facilities to new sports teams, there's essentially a flood of new information to take in at the start of the semester. And this year, more than ever, as the search for President Bridges' successor continues,...

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