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Panhellenic cancels Sorority recruitment in light of giant bird destroying tea sandwich table

Ann Karneus, Afraid of Bicycles

September 24, 2018

This weekend was supposed to be the finale of recruitment, where first years would attend Tea Day and ultimately decide which sorority they clicked with the most. But what happened next was nowhere to be found on the recruitment schedule. As people sat down for an afternoon of festivities, a shrill and...

Greek Life Attracts Fewer New Members

Photo by Samarah Uribe Mendez

Tywen Kelly, Publisher

September 27, 2017

Sororities and fraternities this year both experienced a low turnout for recruitment and rush, resulting in smaller pledges classes all around. The fraternities received a total of 53 pledges, notably below their goal of 60. Sororities, which balance and distribute bids, lowered their pledge class size...

Letter encourages first years to hold back on fall recruitment

Letter encourages first years to hold back on fall recruitment

Christy Carley, News Editor

September 15, 2016

It was the summer of ‘69 when all incoming students of Whitman College last received a letter encouraging them to refrain from participating in fall Greek organization recruitment. This past  Friday, many first years returned to their dorm rooms to find that a similar letter had been slipped unde...

Allegations of hazing leveled against TKE initiation practices

Credit: Ethan Parrish

Molly Smith

March 3, 2011

This article was also co-authored by Derek Thurber with contribution from Rachel Alexander and Josh Goodman. Several weeks ago, The Pioneer was approached by senior Dan Hart with some of the allegations described below. As a result of his coming forward, we began an investigation into his claims as we...

Faculty votes to approve Alpha Phi as Whitman’s fourth sorority

Rachel Alexander

March 3, 2011

Whitman College faculty voted on Wednesday, Feb. 23 to approve Alpha Phi as Whitman's fourth sorority. The vote was the culmination of a yearlong selection and approval process, and means that a chapter of Alpha Phi will be started at Whitman next fall. The news was met with enthusiasm by junior Heather...

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