Whitman Wire

Encounters Classes Given Lesson in Activism

Encounters Classes Given Lesson in Activism

Lachlan Johnson

May 2, 2013

On Monday, April 29, over 200 members of the Whitman and Walla Walla community came together amidst cries of "Now is the time!" In honor of nationally renowned environmental activist and author Bill McKibben's campus visit, member of Whitman's Campus Climate Challenge organized a march around campus and collected petition si...

Birkenstocks Banned!

Birkenstocks Banned!

Evelyn Levine

May 2, 2013

Due to health and safety concerns, as of April 28, 2013, Whitman College has placed a ban on Birkenstocks. Many students have raised up their fists in retaliation while other students, for many reasons, see the change as needed. The health and safety issues with Birkenstock shoes began decades ago in the '60s when...

Last ASWC Senate Meeting Brings Bylaw Overhaul

Sarah Cornett

April 28, 2013

Significant changes in the ASWC bylaws were made at the final ASWC Senate meeting of the year last Sunday night, April 28. Senators voted to revise a number of measures previously in the bylaws, including those pertaining to clubs. "The old bylaws reflected the house of clubs, which was a structure...

Anonymity Shapes the Whitman Encounters Community

Anonymity Shapes the Whitman Encounters Community

Evan Taylor

December 6, 2012

There's only one place on campus where you can find declarations of love among intellectual discussion, where cackling trolls hide out under a bridge called diversion and where faceless people debate the merits of facelessness. Whitman Encounters, a website created and facilitated by Whitman students, provides an open ...

‘Killing Them Softly’ Kills Audience Interest

‘Killing Them Softly’ Kills Audience Interest

Nathan Fisher

December 6, 2012

For my last review of the semester I wanted to go out with a bang, so I mistakenly picked Brad Pitt's new movie, "Killing Them Softly." Unfortunately, my "Ocean's Eleven" star couldn't save the film, and I'm left closing out the semester with a dud. "Killing Them Softly" is a slow-paced crime drama with spurts ...

Aviary Saved: Concerned Citizens Plan for Future

Aviary Saved: Concerned Citizens Plan for Future

Emily Lin-Jones

December 6, 2012

Thanks to the concentrated efforts of a group of citizen volunteers, the Pioneer Park Aviary will be preserved for the time being––and, if fundraising goes according to plan, for years into the future. At the final public budget hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Walla Walla's city council tentatively approved a revenue-neutral budget item presented by the Fri...

Style spotlight: Lily Gibbs ’15

cade beck

December 6, 2012

Every week, The Pioneer searches out Whitties who bring an extra splash of fashion consciousness and sartorial daring to campus. This week's style spotlight: sophomore Lily Gibbs. "The scarf is … one of many that I have, but this is probably my favorite. I like how it can go with a lot of different outfits because it ha...

Whistleblowers Tour Reveals Risks, Importance of Speaking Out

Lachlan Johnson

December 6, 2012

Students learned the risks and benefits of speaking out about ethical concerns in the workplace on Thursday, Nov. 29 when the American Whistleblower Tour (AWT) paid a visit to campus. The three visiting speakers talked about their experiences exposing violations at the Hanford Nuclear Site, located...

Most valuable pliéer: Jimmy Madden dances back into baseball

Tristan Gavin

December 6, 2012

While most of James "Jimmy" Madden's baseball teammates go through the motions of off-season weight training and honing of fundamentals, Madden circumvents the monotony with a rather unconventional addition to preparation for the spring season. Months before the left-hander will return to belting base...

Season Preview: Women’s Basketball

Peter Clark

December 6, 2012

If early season results are any indication of what the rest of the season has in store, then the Whitman women's basketball team should have high expectations. After winning six of their first seven games to start the year, the Missionaries have plenty to be optimistic about. The new team will look to have a more balanced scoring attack now ...

Black Student Union Hosts ‘Ratchet’ Radio Show

Black Student Union Hosts ‘Ratchet’ Radio Show

December 6, 2012

This article was contributed by Gladys Gitau. Black Student Union students are to host a new radio show on KWCW. The show, "Ratchet Radio," will feature hip hop and rap music of a ratchet variety, an aspect of African American culture lacking on Whitman campus. Juniors MC Mariah and Alisha Afor...

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