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Director of Forensics Jim Hanson Steps Down

Director of Forensics Jim Hanson Steps Down

Rachel Alexander

May 2, 2013

After coaching debate for 20 years, Director of Forensics Jim Hanson announced Monday that he would be stepping down in order to take a full-time position as Chair of the Department of Rhetoric. Debate team members and alumni have expressed shock, disappointment and frustration with the decision, which...

Tibetan Buddhists Share Art and Culture with Campus

Tibetan Buddhists Share Art and Culture with Campus

Keenan Hilton

May 2, 2013

Amid pre-finals madness two Tibetans––one of them a Buddhist monk––came to campus to share their art, introduce their culture and to tell their story to the students of Whitman. "I think it will be educational for the Whitman college students to understand the kind of disadvantages that people...

Students Receive Nord Award for LGBTQ Research

Students Receive Nord Award for LGBTQ Research

Maegan Nelson

May 2, 2013

As students are wrapping up the end of the year, some things are winding down, but for the annual David Nord Award recipients, things are starting to really pick up. Junior Maikor Pereira Azuaje and senior Diana Boesch were selected to receive this award for work with faculty advisers on projects...

AAU Basketball: Bad for Coaches, Players

Peter Clark

May 2, 2013

Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball is the most important tool in helping aspiring basketball players attain their dream of playing college basketball. For the spring through the summer, college coaches line the baselines of gyms in major AAU tournaments across the country evaluating players and...

Summer Movie Preview

Summer Movie Preview

Nathan Fisher

May 2, 2013

Sun's out, shorts on, jacket ditched, finals looming and summer vacation with lots of time for movies is just around the corner. New releases coming out this summer thankfully seem interesting and filled with huge explosions and a few laughs. Here's a brief list of the movies that have caught my eye to ...

Skateboarding and Longboarding on and Around Campus

Skateboarding and Longboarding on and Around Campus

Cole Anderson

May 2, 2013

Even though alternative transportation is rampant on Whitman's small campus, only a handful of Whitman students skateboard. Whether longboarding to class or skating for leisure, those who own boards on campus represent a small fraction of the student body. Whitman's campus isn't exactly ideal for...

A Perfect Summer Playlist: Upbeat, Excited and Full of Life

A Perfect Summer Playlist: Upbeat, Excited and Full of Life

Emma Dahl

May 2, 2013

What defines the perfect summer? It's carefree. Upbeat. Fun and energetic and full of color. Summer is road trips and wind in your hair and fresh watermelon and bare feet and barbecue smoke and laughing with friends and blasting music. And what's a summer without music? So without further ado, here's a playlist of fresh songs that emb...

Non-Discrimination Policies Empower Students of Color

Sayda Morales

May 2, 2013

Since first learning about affirmative action in high school, I have often asked white college students if they approve of affirmative action. The most common response I have received is an ambiguous answer: The students usually support the idea of affirmative action but not the way it is practiced. I...

Final Letter from the Editor

Rachel Alexander

May 2, 2013

This issue of The Pioneer will be the 91st and final issue I've worked on during my time at Whitman. I've saved my personal reflections for our graduation magazine, issue 7 of The Circuit. For now, I want to acknowledge everyone who has helped make this year challenging, fun and full of high-quality j...

Schools Shape Sexual Culture

Schools Shape Sexual Culture

Spencer Wharton

May 2, 2013

Dear Valerie Huber, executive director of the National Abstinence Education Association: Earlier this year, the Chicago Board of Education voted to overhaul its public schools' sex education curriculum and begin teaching age-appropriate sexual health lessons in kindergarten. You, in response, criticized the b...

Queer Students Face Additional Challenges with Dating

Queer Students Face Additional Challenges with Dating

Dylan Tull

May 2, 2013

For many Whitman students looking for a relationship, or even just looking for a casual hook-up on a Friday night, Whitman's small size can feel overwhelmingly claustrophobic. There are moments when it feels as if you know every face on campus, when you despair that none of them are viable dating options, and when even the girl who used to make...

Climbers from All Over the Northwest Hit the Climbing Wall for the Sweet Onion Crank

Climbers from All Over the Northwest Hit the Climbing Wall for the Sweet Onion Crank

Kyle Howe

May 2, 2013

Last Saturday, climbers from all over the Pacific Northwest arrived at Whitman for the annual Sweet Onion Crank climbing competition. The Crank allows climbers of all skills to participate in the competition against fellow climbers of a similar skill rank at Whitman's own climbing wall. "The Sweet On...

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