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Is Greek life on the decline?

Lily Yost, News Reporter April 1, 2022

In the past decade, Greek life membership has dramatically declined at Whitman. According to an analysis by senior Noelle Scheer in an op-ed for The Wire of the collected data on Greek life, membership...

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Student Life Committee organizes external review of Greek life

Lily Yost, News Reporter February 17, 2022

The Student Life Committee conducted an external review of Greek Life at Whitman from Feb. 10-11, following through on pre-pandemic plans to bring reviewers to Whitman in the spring of 2020. The...

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...

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Greek Life Attracts Fewer New Members

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...

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,...

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Allegations of hazing leveled against TKE initiation practices

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...

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...

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