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The Hoax of Supplements

Illustration by Harry Kelso

Harry Kelso, Columnist

December 7, 2017

It’s that time of year again: cold and flu season. As soon as you get the sniffles or a sore throat your first reaction may be to reach for that Emergen-C or Airborne. Here’s the thing: those are only going to help if you’ve got severe nutritional deficiencies, or if you are a professional athlete....

Tobacco 21: Washington considers raising the minimum smoking age

Tobacco 21: Washington considers raising the minimum smoking age

Marra Clay, Publisher

February 9, 2017

Go to any Whitman party and you will see students enjoying a cigarette on the front steps. Walk into the library and you will pass through a cloud of smoke coming from the benches outside. There is no doubt that Whitman has a smoking culture, but will this soon change? The Washington State legislatur...

Whitman Health Center to Hire New Staff

Clara Wheeler, staff writer

September 29, 2016

The Whitman Health Center is looking to hire several new staffers to deal with the seasonal influx of stuffy noses, sore throats and “a whole bunch of other gross drippy stuff we don’t want to touch,” primary and only doctor Purdon Whipple said. The number of students coming into the center su...

Missing the Sun: Change of Season Affects Student Health and Well-being

Claire Ommen, Features Writer

December 3, 2015

As the semester nears its end, the general health of the Whitman campus is nearing its low-point for the year. Factors such as stress, season, weather and sleep patterns, are all reaching their peak affect upon students.

Online interactive healthcare removes emotional intelligence

Zan McPherson

April 16, 2015

You're sick and you don't know what ails you. What do you do? Do you go to the doctor or search your symptoms on Google? Just as a wild guess, I'd estimate that you would rather spend thirty minutes or more looking up medical information online than calling the doctor to schedule an appointment. This...

Right to health is Whitman issue

Anuradha Lingappa

April 9, 2015

Over spring break I had the opportunity to attend a conference for students passionate about becoming positive agents of change in the fight for global health equity. I spent the weekend talking to other students, established activists and advocates, and medical professionals who were all committed to...

Dropping out means new opportunities

Dropping out means new opportunities

Joey Gottlieb

December 6, 2012

I like saying "I withdrew" because it sounds nicer than "I dropped out." It sounds like I am still in command of my education and prospects and that I have not forsaken the opportunity of a college education. It sounds like the institution could not give me the education I wanted, rather than reflecting...

Farmers must take greater role in preventative medicine

Farmers must take greater role in preventative medicine

Danielle Broida

October 4, 2012

America is ill. Consumption is the most insidious disease plaguing our nation. What we consume nutritionally and pharmaceutically are rarely ever discussed in a single conversation. Food and medicine are on two ends of a spectrum, arranged and marketed highly distanced from one another, abstracting any obvious affiliation of the two. But there is nothing more integral to the heal...

SHAC, Red Cross offer CPR clinic


April 4, 2012

For the past three years, the student health advisory council has teamed up with the Red Cross to offer a CPR certification clinic for Whitman students. While the purpose of the clinic has remained the same––to prepare students to use CPR during a medical emergency––the content of the course...

Numbers in the news

Karah Kemmerly

February 16, 2012

50 million Number of uninsured people in the United States in 2011 20 Percentage of those uninsured in the United States who are undocumented immigrants 32 Percentage of undocumented adults in Los Angeles County who have never had a check-up, according to one study 17 Percentage of undo...

Student responses to eating disorders survey

Rachel Alexander

January 26, 2012

The  Pioneer  surveyed students about stress, coping behaviors, food and body image as part of the research process for  our article on eating disorders. One hundred ninety-two students responded (almost double the typical  Pioneer  survey response rate). As almost 80 percent of  respondents  were femal...

Flu increases at Whitman, strain unknown

Credit: Cornelius

Lea Negrin

October 29, 2009

Flu-like symptoms continue to hit students across the Whitman campus. As of yesterday, Oct. 28, there have been a total of 85 cases of flu-like symptoms this season at the Welty  Health Center. The health center does not test whether or not individual cases are H1N1 influenza, also known as swine flu. While the flu has hit campus, the health center...

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