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Staying sober at Whitman

Lena Friedman, News Reporter

November 5, 2019

On Friday, Oct. 25, Professor of Geology Pat Spencer led a Continuing the Conversation discussion about some of the challenges accompanying addiction and sobriety. Spencer is a co-founder of the Sober @ Whitman group that met up until this semester.  At the talk, Spencer touched upon his own journey to sobriety fr...

Balof is Next Faculty Chair

Photo by Samarah Uribe

Kate Grumbles, News Editor

November 14, 2017

Barry Balof, Associate Professor of Mathematics, will take over as Faculty Chair starting July 1 replacing current chair Professor Melissa Clearfield. The term lasts for three years and allows the tenured professor holding the position to take course reliefs for most of the classes they normally teach. The decision to elect Professor Balof was made at a faculty me...

Global Studies Initiative On Hold for 2016-17

October 28, 2015

The status of Whitman’s Global Studies Initiative in 2016-17 is uncertain after Interim Provost and Dean of the Faculty Pat Spencer officially announced on Oct. 21 that faculty would not receive course releases for participating in certain parts of the initiative during this time.

Whitman Debate Team suspended for minimum 2 years

Aleida Fernandez

April 9, 2015

**The investigation into the suspension of the Whitman Debate Team is ongoing. The Pioneer will report more information as it becomes available. Following the recent cancellation of the Policy Debate Team season, President George Bridges wrote in an email today that the college would be suspending all D...

Policy Debate Team Season Canceled Following Policy Violation

Aleida Fernandez

March 22, 2015

On Monday, March 16, Provost and Dean of Faculty Pat Spencer notified students, staff and faculty via email that the Whitman College Policy Debate Team's 2014-2015 season would be canceled. The cancellation follows a policy violation regarding alcohol consumption while on tournament travel. Spencer was...

ASWC seeks to increase student input on tenure

ASWC seeks to increase student input on tenure

Natalie Berg

November 20, 2014

ASWC representatives are preparing a resolution based on research of the process for granting tenure at Whitman's 12 comparison colleges, in response to students' desire to become more involved in the college's process of hiring and granting tenure to professors. Several controversial decisions in...

Inked: Whitman Community Members Express Personal, Permanent Expression Through Tattoos

Senior Molly Johansen shows her white ink tattoo. Photos by Goard.

Sarah Cornett

April 1, 2014

Buddhist symbols hidden in white ink. A professor's passion inscribed on his inner arm. An ancient symbol of symmetry and harmony. The Whitman community––the faculty, staff and students that live and work in the pursuit of intellectual and emotional growth––express themselves in creative and dive...

Ellen Bishop pens field guide to Northwest geology

Molly Johanson

February 9, 2012

"Every rock's got a story. [Geology is a] way of telling a story about the earth," said Visiting Assisting Professor of Environmental Studies and Geology Ellen Bishop. Bishop's upcoming book "Field Guide to Pacific Northwest Geology" will be published in 2013.  In it, Bishop intends to tell the stories and histories of the land surrounding Whitman. Bishop is ...

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