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Greenhouse opens house

Greenhouse opens house

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2020

On Friday, Feb. 7, the greenhouse located off the Hall of Science building opened its doors to the public, giving visitors the opportunity to take tours of the plant-filled space.  Two students working for the facility, seniors Aubrey May and Chantalle Vincent, explained different plant types, answered questio...

Whitman unveils new Environmental Studies–Hypocrisy major to accommodate vegan, H&M-wearing students

Annelise Ellingboe, Hamburglar's Cousin

February 5, 2018

Thursday, 9 a.m.  PST Whitman College has officially unveiled its new major, Environmental Studies-Hypocrisy, in order to accommodate a growing population of ES students who wish to discuss environmental actions, but leave the solutions in the classroom. Sarah, a junior who has helped pioneer the ES-H m...

Taking on Trumpism

Alex Brockman and Olivia Gilbert

February 16, 2017

In the weeks since the inauguration of President Trump, a lot has happened. With so much change, grappling with the events unfolding under the Trump administration is challenging. From the disciplines of the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences, three professors use their expertise to explore th...

Robot Penguin Rover

Robot Penguin Rover

Jessica Parker

November 11, 2014

In the latest Zoological news, baby penguin robots are conducting research on unsuspecting king, and emperor penguins. King penguins look very similar to their larger cousins the emperor penguins. King penguins also don't live in the midst of Antarctica like the emperors, but live in the sub-antarctic...

Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Science with The Pioneer

Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Science with The Pioneer

Aleida Fernandez

September 11, 2014

According to Neil deGrasse Tyson, science is cool again. The astrophysicist and director of New York City's Hayden Planetarium is optimistic that popular interest in the subject is on the rise. This last spring, Tyson's show, "Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey," aired on FOX to stellar reviews and with...

Real World Advice From Neil deGrasse Tyson

Real World Advice From Neil deGrasse Tyson

Aleida Fernandez

September 10, 2014

Lecturer Neil deGrasse Tyson has said that he knew he wanted to be an astrophysicist since he was nine. According to Tyson, the universe called to him on a trip to the New York planetarium and there was no way he could ignore it. In an interview with The Pioneer, Tyson was asked what advice he would give to Whitman students who, perhaps, hadn't heard their ca...

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...



Melina Hughes

November 14, 2013

For years we have been told that snacking is bad for you, that it is important to only eat three square meals a day and that snack foods and junk foods are terribly unhealthy. But new research is being done by snack scientists, or "snackentists" as they prefer, at prestigious universities all over the country. I am inve...

Rising in Number: Faculty Adjust to Swell in Number of Biology Majors

Rising in Number: Faculty Adjust to Swell in Number of Biology Majors

Hannah Bartman

October 31, 2013

The graduating class of 2014 has 97 Biology majors, the highest number of graduates in one discipline ever to graduate from Whitman College. The current surge has left the life science department scrambling for ways to accommodate these students, both in providing enough faculty for classes and providi...

A Different Kind of Internship

Tristan Gavin

August 29, 2013

When I told my friends what my summer plan was, many of them expressed to me how challenging it sounded. This came from friends doing chemistry and biology research I could not even begin to describe to you and friends with highly competitive internships in the business field. The job I told them about...

Whitman Basketball Player “Really Scared” After Hearing About Supernovas in Astronomy Class

Matt Raymond

January 31, 2013

Every basketball player knows a thing or two about "off days"––those days when, for some reason, the shots just can't find the bottom of the net.  Some attribute their atypically poor performances to nervousness before a big game, while others are affected by injury, fatigue or personal problems...

Growing your Favorite Burger


April 28, 2012

Why do you like your favorite food? Most people would say they like their favorite food because they like its taste. But most people don't realize that they not only take comfort in familiar flavors but also in the idea that their food comes from a familiar source. For example, The Guardian had a surv...

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