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Demonizing radical Islam diminishes our own humanity

Sam Chapman

January 29, 2015

I'm stealing a bit from my thesis-in-progress to begin making this point. Beloved "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien has often been accused of racism, due to his unfortunate tendency to characterize his players based on their ancestry: elves like forests, dwarves like beer, orcs like human flesh....

How to meditate

Adam Heymann

December 4, 2014

Assuming I've hooked any of you Pioneer readers into the idea of meditation, I bet some of you are wondering exactly what to do once you finally sit down. The purpose of this column will be to provide a basis for how to meditate. With this basis will come several avenues to explore as your practice unfolds. First...

Voices of the Community // Issue 12

Voices of the Community // Issue 12

Halley McCormick

December 4, 2014

Do you feel safe on campus, physically or otherwise? Photographer Halley McCormick takes a poll. [portfolio_slideshow]

Voices of the Community // Issue 7

Voices of the Community // Issue 7

Nikki Antenucci

October 23, 2014

What are you doing for Family Weekend? A poll by photographer Nikki Antenucci. [portfolio_slideshow]

Meditation key to revelation in modern world

Meditation key to revelation in modern world

Adam Heymann

October 3, 2014

It is easy in this advanced age to lose sight of our Homo sapiens evolutionary childhood. We've disassociated ourselves from the hunting and gathering of those who came before us, from the everyday struggle of defending ourselves against predators and working hard to secure a bloodline. Nowadays we...

Mexico’s energy reform causes hope and despair

Jose Coronado

October 3, 2014

For 76 years the Mexican oil and energy industry was run by the state. During those 76 years, the state monopoly proved itself to be the worst section of the Mexican bureaucracy, overlooking huge oil spills, the deaths of workers, aid to drug cartels, corruption, millionaire union leaders and obsolete...

Tech Boom Leads to Two San Franciscos

Tech Boom Leads to Two San Franciscos

Anuradha Lingappa

September 11, 2014

Illustration by Eddy Vazquez. I grew up in San Francisco, and I've always thought of my city as a vibrant and whimsical place that unconditionally loves and accepts its residents. The city embraces diversity and, as a result, it is always re-defining itself to encompass new residents. However, its ...

Opportunities Abound If You Know Where to Look

Opportunities Abound If You Know Where to Look

Pamela London

May 15, 2014

When my mom picked me up after my first semester at Whitman College, she asked me, "Are you sad that you only have seven semesters left?" At the time, I knew the answer: definitively yes. I was a varsity soccer player and English major-to-be living in Jewett Hall and the best section ever (3-West, fo...

Whitman Fosters Power of Beauty

Whitman Fosters Power of Beauty

May 15, 2014

This guest column was written by Allison Bolgiano '14 The spring of my junior year, I had two evening seminars in Maxey. Later in the semester, when I caught sunsets on my walks across Ankeny, I'd savor the golden light that turned Lyman's bricks merlot red and made green, glowing candles out of the leaves on the big trees. Ev...

Students Must Engage More with Life Outside Whitman Bubble

Students Must Engage More with Life Outside Whitman Bubble

May 15, 2014

This guest column was written by Jane Carmody '14 Before I arrived in Walla Walla, it was always a struggle to describe to those in my hometown where exactly I was going to be spending my undergraduate days. Walla Walla sounded like a fairytale, something unreal and too good to be true, but coming from Albuquerque, I guess I ...

Calling the Whitman Bubble ‘Home’

Calling the Whitman Bubble ‘Home’

May 15, 2014

This guest column was written by Jillian Davis '14. We've completed the Clarette's challenge or failed at an attempt to do so. Pulled all-nighters or completed the quiet room challenge, seen many spontaneous naked laps, whether around Ankeny or through the library. (Maybe we even partook in a few.) We've fallen in love, made mist...

Education Must Accompany Global Vaccination Distribution

Anuradha Lingappa

May 1, 2014

I don't like to think of vaccines as controversial. I went to an alternative school where many parents chose not to vaccinate their kids. I never understood it. Not vaccinating against at least the classics, such as mumps, measles and rubella or polio, seems both foolish and selfish. It's like trying...

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