Monday, February 22, 2016

Walla Walla's Whitman College To Change Newspaper Name

Whitman College, in my hometown of Walla Walla, is igniting controversy nationally by changing the name of it's on campus newspaper.  The paper, known as "The Pioneer", has been publishing since 1896.  The college, known for being much more liberal than it's surrounding town, claims that the paper's name honors "white invaders".   Many though say, that even though the area's pioneers were far from perfect, they made sacrifices to make better lives for later generations.  The paper is hoping that the name change will encourage such discussion.  No new name for the paper has been announced.

2 comments:

Ginger Dawn Harman said...

Too political correct... Keep the name it was first given I say.

Ida said...

This kind of stuff annoys me BIG TIME. I mean come on. The Pioneers did what they thought was necessary to secure a life for their families. Yes it was hard on the Native Americans and some of what went on was very wrong but let's face it life goes on and it's time to "Get over it" - Changing the paper's name isn't going to change history.