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The practical side of academia: Searching for ‘real world’ experience in a liberal arts education

The practical side of academia: Searching for ‘real world’ experience in a liberal arts education

Cara Lowry

May 9, 2012

Few of us come to a small liberal arts college in rural Washington with a set career path in mind and seeking vocational training. We come here for what Whitman sells (and what it delivers). We learn to think critically, to be active participants in our classes, in our extracurricular activities, in...

Institutional challenges hinder equal faculty pay

Institutional challenges hinder equal faculty pay

Rachel Alexander

May 9, 2012

Over the past decade, the number of female faculty at Whitman has increased substantially. Women make up 60 percent of the student body, and the importance of gender equality is a topic brought up in classes across departments. On paper, the college seems to be an ideal place to be female. Yet across...

Letter from the Production Manager

Ted Hendershot

May 9, 2012

For the seniors of the Pioneer, this is a parting of the ways. By the time this copy of The Circuit crosses the newsstands, we'll have already toasted our last issue of the paper. For myself, Editor-in-Chief Patricia Vanderbilt, Managing Editor Cara Lowry and many others, saying goodbye to The Pio means ...

Office of Fellowships and Grants guides students to record breaking year

Alyssa Goard

May 16, 2011

The year 2011 has proven to be a record year for fellowships and grants at Whitman. There have been more recipients of fellowships and grants in the 2010-2011 Whitman school year than in any previous year. Additionally, several awards which Whitman students and alumni have received in the past...

Fun summer opportunities, events numerous in Walla Walla

Fun summer opportunities, events numerous in Walla Walla

William Witwer

May 16, 2011

10. Worship the sun While not necessarily unique to Walla Walla, the significance of this activity cannot be understated. The Admissions Office's brochure might claim that we get over 300 days of sun, but it certainly doesn't feel that way most of the school year. If you're staying in Walla Walla o...

Visual artist looks to hone skills beyond Whitman

Visual artist looks to hone skills beyond Whitman

McCaulay Singer-Milnes

May 16, 2011

Senior visual art major Noah Greene looks to continue his artistic career after graduation, pursing the craft he studied during his time at Whitman. As a lifelong artist, Greene cannot imagine life without a creative medium. "I've kind of made art my whole life and it's something that if I'm not...

Grad school: Now or later?

Maren Schiffer

May 16, 2011

Many seniors are considering graduate school as the next step in their lives -- but for most the big decision is whether or not they go right away. Susan Buchanan, director of the Student Engagement Center, stresses that one of the most important factors of the decision is intention. "I think the...

Seniors: Look back, learn, love but do not regret!

Gary Wang

May 16, 2011

As we look back on these last four years, I feel like there are two common responses to our looming graduation: regret and gratitude. Some of us may regret not working harder to get that B+ to an A-, and some of us may regret working too hard. (Books aren't substitutes for friends.) Some of us may regret...

Theatre major looks forward to range of career opportunities

Theatre major looks forward to range of career opportunities

Taneeka Hansen

May 16, 2011

Senior theatre major Devin Petersen has explored many avenues while at Whitman, both inside and outside of the theatre. He started out on track for an economics major, an interest he discovered his first year while looking for something he considered more practical than theatre. "One day a theatre...

Seniors: celebrate your success but don’t forget those who made it possible

Lauralee Woods

May 16, 2011

Congratulations Whitman Class of 2011. We have made it to graduation, and it seems like only yesterday we were freshmen. I myself remember riding in the car to Whitman and thinking, "Wow, what have I gotten myself into? I'm going to a college that appears to be in the middle of nowhere and that sent...

From thesis to beyond

From thesis to beyond

Patricia Vanderbilt

May 16, 2011

The senior thesis, required by most majors, is an arduous culmination of the Whitman education -- one final push towards the commencement cap and gown. Some might hand in their theses and never think about them again. But for other seniors, the thesis becomes more than just a space-filler in the Allen...

Seniors, despite successes and failures, be open to changing yourself

Elise Otto

May 16, 2011

This speech was co-authored by Lauren Flynn'11. Otto: Almost Graduates, family and friends, during this week let us take a moment to consider what a diploma really signifies. To parents, bosses and picture frames this piece of paper represents your formal education: not just four, but 15 years of aca...

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