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What were they thinking?

Zach Duffy

December 2, 2010

On Nov. 18, The Pioneer reported that Whitman College faculty had voted to establish a curriculum committee to address enrollment pressure concerns. According to Andrea Dobson, associate professor of astronomy and general studies and chair of the faculty, the committee will help ensure that courses ...

Whitman should change its course registration system

Zach Duffy

November 11, 2010

November 5 marked the beginning of Whitman's spring semester registration period, and with it the mad rush of students trying to get into their most desired classes. I watched on helplessly this past Friday as seniors registered and my course options dwindled. I wanted to take Aaron Bobrow-Strain's Genealogie...

President Bridges Should Get Political

Zach Duffy

October 20, 2010

This past Sunday, ASWC representatives voted in favor of a resolution supporting the DREAM Act, a Congressional bill that would create a path to legal permanent residency for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. It was the right step for Whitman, which is home to...

Give Prisoners the Gift of a Whitman Education

Zach Duffy

October 7, 2010

I recently heard about an incredible program at Bard College. It's called the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), and since 2001, it has offered credit-bearing courses toward undergraduate degrees for inmates at five of New York's maximum security prisons. Bard's professors teach the courses; Bard students...

Give students an incentive to volunteer

Give students an incentive to volunteer

Zach Duffy

September 23, 2010

Lina Menard, the community service coordinator at Whitman College, has her work cut out for her as she recruits this year's batch of volunteers. According to newly-released statistics from the Community Service Office, just 467 students, or 32.3 percent of the student body, participated in a community service event last year. The actual number of students volunteering at Whitman ...

Whitman needs to reexamine 3-2

Zach Duffy

September 16, 2010

Freshmen, transfers: Welcome to Whitman College. This college is a great place, one where you will make friends to last a lifetime and take classes that alter your worldviews. But put all of the praise that you've been hearing aside for a second, and let me tell you something you probably haven't heard...

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