5 tips to landing your dream job or internship

Theresa Vimbanayi Chowa | Staff Writer

As summer approaches many Whitworth students are in the process of applying for jobs and internships.

One such student is Senior Romulus Abantao. He wants to learn how to make his resume and  cover letter stand out and he wants to be able to nail the interview, he said. He has past work experience but is still eager to learn more about job applications and opportunities to find jobs on campus and off campus.

Whitworth Career Services has many resources to help with all the aspects of job and internship applications. Sandra Nowack is the careers assistant director of internships and Kimberly Connors is the careers services coordinator .Careers Services is available to Whitworth students, alumni and post-graduates who are interested in applying for jobs and internships, they said.

Nowack and Connors gave a few tips about writing an effective resume, cover letter; and doing a great interview.

1. Tailor your application to the company you're applying to

The key to getting a job is tailoring  the resume and cover letter to the job you are applying to, Nowack and Connors said. Students do not realize employers are looking for transferable skills such as critical thinking, interpersonal communication and team-work. Employers are not necessarily focused on technical knowledge of the job as most employees are expected to learn on the job, they said.

The key to having an effective resume is to be specific: quantify and qualify skills. A student who is applying for a job that requires organizational skills can say they were an RA and state how many people they oversaw as an RA, Connors said. Students should also dig into their coursework and use the principles and techniques they have learned, Connors and Nowack said.

“I have heard employers say they will take someone with a 3.5 GPA and experience over someone with a 4.0 GPA and no experience,” Nowack said..

2. Write a persuasive cover letter

Students should practice writing cover letters and perfect their grammar and writing skills, Connors said. Students should show passion in their cover letter and add lots of detail. The main aim of the cover letter is to show the employer what makes the applicant the most qualified and explain the unique experience they have, she said.

‘’In the cover letter applicants should make it poignant and include something unique that the employer will remember; and how it ties into the job or internship,” Connors said.

3. Before an interview, do your research

The third major concern that students have is how to tackle interviews. Nowack and Connors said students should do research about to the company that they can bring up in interview.  

“One the day on the interview one should show up on time and be respectful of the person in the front desk because their opinion does matter,” Connors said. “Don’t be a snob to the person working at the front desk because believe it or not their opinion does matter and you want to make a good impression.” 

4. Practice, practice, practice

It is advisable that students contact careers services and prepare for mock interviews as they will get help on how to get rid of distracting behavior, Connors and Nowack said.

“Body language is important and you should greet with a firm handshake no flimsy hands or aggressive handshakes,” Connors said. “The way applicants dress also matters.”

“Dress for the job you want not for the job you have, and know your industry,” Nowack said.

Applicants are encouraged to stay calm during the interview and ask questions when they do not understand what is being asked of them. It is okay for applicants to ask to take a moment and think about questions, Connors said.

“Always ask provocative and difficult questions such as why is this position available and ask open ended questions,” Connors said. “Think of the interview as a date, both sides want to know if they are compatible with each other.”

5. Be confident

When answering questions applicants should take the STAR approach, which is look at the situation, the task and action they took and review the results, Nowack said.  

Studies have shown women tend to undervalue themselves and men tend to overvalue themselves but applicants should assess themselves fairly, Connors said. Avoid using "I think" and "I feel"  and just state what you know. When concluding the interview applications should simply ask for the job and show confidence, she said.

The Whitworth Career Services will be hosting a summer jobs and internships fair on April 12 in the HUB. Students agree encouraged to go and bring their resumes to give to potential employers. Over 40 companies are expected to be a the fair.

Contact Theresa Vimbanayi Chowa at tchowa20@my.whitworth.edu

 

Drive down to Whitworth's Spring production of "Go, Dog. Go!"

Austriauna Brooks | Staff Writer

Whitworth’s spring production, Go, Dog. Go!  is based off of the children’s book by PD Eastman. The energetic, humorous and colorful show brings the book to life by creating a world where dogs can sing, dance, play and work. The production will be at the Bing Crosby Theatre on March 10 at 6 p.m., March 11 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and March 12 at 2 p.m.

Brooke Kiener ‘99, the director, was inspired when she saw Seattle Children’s Theatre’s production of Go, Dog. Go! in 2002 and had it in the back of her mind to try to do the production someday, she said.

“It’s been great to do something that brings so much joy, creation, and spontaneity,” she Kiener. “It’ll make you smile and laugh.”

Unlike previous productions the play will be performed at the Bing Crosby Theater instead of Cowles. She wanted the students that are performing to get a glimpse of acting on a professional tour. Besides the students building the stage scenery from scratch, they have to load the stage scenery from Whitworth to the Bing Crosby Theatre. Kiener also wanted the Whitworth theater department to be more exposed to the Spokane area.

“I want [the students] to have a presence in the downtown scene and to not only be visible in the north part of Spokane,” Kiener said.

Senior Alanna Hamilton, a theater and business major, appreciates the location because the production relies so heavily on movement and audience participation.

“Cowles is huge and feels closed off,” Hamilton said. “Audience connection is important for this production. We need to be inclusive with the audience and we are in [the Bing Crosby Theater] that allows us to do that.”

An exciting challenge Hamilton faced for the show is channeling a different style of acting. Clowning and miming acting is something that Whitworth has not done before, Hamilton said.

“This production relies less on the dialogue and more on our actions,” Hamilton said. “We need to capture the excitement and be intentional with our emotions.”

The emotions are felt through the actors and the piano on stage, the main instrument of the show. Music director Ben Brody ‘98 said the music makes the movement in the production more energetic.

“I love that it’s fast pace,” Brody said. “I barely have time to stop playing. I have to think about how to prepare for the next scene and that’s what makes it fun.”

Another aspect that brings the production to life are the colors. Maria Sorce, the theatre technical director and auditorium events manager, worked with students to coordinate all of the lights in the show.

“We stuck to the primary colors and the colors that are in the book,” Sorce said. “We want the background to match the character but not too much.”

The Whitworth lights and tech crew brought some of their own supplies for the soundboard and for the stage. Assistant professor of theatre Aaron Dyszelski, the scenic and costume designer for the show, said his favorite part of his job is building the stage.

“Figuring out what goes apart and comes back together,” Dyszelski said. “I love creating those magical moments.”

The mechanics behind the production is what Dyszelski calls engineering theater magic. The props, like the cars and the tools, are created to seem like they are a part of the book but they function like real life objects. He and costume job manager Kim Heide are impressed on how well the actors are able to work together to create the production, he said.

“It’s been wonderful to see everything come together,” Heide said. “I love watching the students help each other to create it. They’re very imaginative. They use the props in ways that Aaron and I have never thought about before.”

The cast and crew are worried Whitworth students won't attend the show because it is a children’s production, Dyszelski said. However, he believes the show can be appreciated by people of all ages because it brings out our inner child.

“Everybody needs a bit of pure joy in their lives sometimes,” Heide said. “The actors bring so much passion, love and joy. You’re going to leave the production feeling happy.”


Tickets are available at www.ticketswest.com or 1-800-325-SEAT. General admission is $15. Tickets for senior citizens, student ages 12-18 and Whitworth students with their IDs are $12. Tickets for kids ages 2-11 are $10.

Contact Austriauna Brooks at austriaunabrooks17@my.whitworth.edu

Photography by Hannah Brekke

 

Learning how to walk through the grey areas: living with an eating disorder

Austriauna Brooks | Staff Writer

Ten percent of college women suffer from an eating disorder, according to Mirasol Eating Disorder Recovery Center. Senior Avery Smith was diagnosed with bulimia nervosa her junior year of college. Her habits changed when she transitioned from high school to freshman year of college when she realized she was not going to participate in sports.

“I was feeling like I need[ed] to be more active,” she said. “I was not paying attention to the nutrition my body needed. I kept checking my weight and saying, ‘I need to drop more and then I’ll be happier.”

She was not diagnosed but she showed signs of orthorexia, an eating disorder that causes an individual to excessively exercise to offset the calories or the fixation to only eat healthy foods. Orthorexia can coexist with anorexia or other eating disorders. Smith recalls a time where she would fix her own meals at dinner instead of eating the food her family ate.

“My anxiety and depression tried to control everything but I realized that I was not in control of myself,” Smith said.

Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Feb. 27 to March 4, brings attention about the disorders and provides life-saving resources to those who need them. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, approximately 8 million people, which represents three percent of the total population, have eating disorders.

An eating disorder is a mental illness that can affect anyone, that causes individuals to develop irregular eating habits.The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.

 

Eating disorders are complex and are influenced by a combination of various factors. Those factors range from psychological, such as anxiety and depression, to biological, like genetics.

Smith caught herself slipping into unhealthy habits her junior year of college and admitted herself into The Emily Program before things got worse, she said. The Emily Program provides different services from individual therapy to medical services for adolescents and adults. Smith went to nutritional evaluation and counseling to learn how to overcome her bulimia in a healthy way.

“Everyone’s body is different,” she said. “A quick fix isn’t going to work. Healthiness varies so you have to listen to what your body says. It’s okay to eat from dessert time to time, it’s not going to hurt your goals. You have to have a healthy conscious about how you eat.”

Approximately 80 percent of Americans watch television daily, three hours per day on average according to the National Eating Disorder Association. NEDA said media is a social factor that can contribute to the pressure of body dissatisfaction and unhealthy eating habits. Society’s ideal of what a healthy body should look like is seen on the television, in magazines and on social media, Smith said.

Smith has a hard time looking at models because of the internalization of the thin ideal body image that the media perpetuates in society. Being educated on nutrition is important but recovery starts with self love, she said.

“Learning to love your body is important,” she said. “Self love for my body was hard for me because of society’s image of beauty. It’s easy not to love your body because of what society and media tell you. The fitness industry lies to you. They tell you to ‘do this workout’ or to ‘take this pill to look like this’ and that’s not the reality of it.”

 

Emily Soucinek is one of the main counselors at Whitworth’s Counseling Center. The counseling and the health center’s role is not to treat people who are diagnosed but instead direct students to other resources such as The Emily Program.

“The reason why we don’t want to treat them [clients] is because of the health risk,” Soucinek says. “Our main role is to provide a safe and approachable step to recovery by referring students to certified resources and professionals.”

Smith is on the road to recovery but she still has what she calls “ED thoughts,”distractions that may cause her to go back to her old unhealthy eating habits. Overcoming an eating disorder is not something that happens overnight, rather a progress of self discovery, Smith said.

“Eating disorders never go away,” she said. “People think it’s only black and white but it’s not. There are plenty of grey areas but you have to learn how to work through it.”

Smith said that her struggle with her eating disorder made her doubt her relationship with God. She could not understand why God was letting her hurt herself but now she is able to share her story with people who have reached out to her.

“I’ve helped other people because I’m not afraid to talk about it,” she said. “It is a part of who I am. It’s my identity and I shouldn’t be ashamed talking about it. Someone needs to know because hiding it doesn’t make it go away.”

Smith has been a soccer referee in Spokane since 2008. She is is currently into power lifting and wants to compete some day when she has the time. She eventually wants to go into law enforcement after she finishes her degree in sociology on the criminal justice track this May.


Schedule a medical appointment in Schumacher Hall at (509)-777-3259 or schedule a counseling appointment at 509-777-3289. For professional help, contact The Emily Program at 509-252-1366.

 

Contact Austriauna Brooks at austriaunabrooks17@my.whitworth.edu

Senior watches all 62 Oscar nominated movies

Austriauna Brooks | Staff Writer

Many people like to guess which of their favorite movies will win at the Oscars, but few people do this for all 62 Oscar-nominated movies. Senior Annie Campbell takes on the challenge of watching all the films from the time the nominations are released in late January to Oscar night. Campbell was never into movie marathons until her freshman year in Baldwin-Jenkins during fall break, where she built forts by herself in the the dorm lounge and watch movies all night, she said.

Campbell creates Excel spreadsheets for the nominated films organized by categories, her rating for the movies and why, her personal top 10, the movies she think the academy will choose, movies that she thinks should win based on quality and the movies that will surprisingly win.

“I was really committed when I saw there was a lot of good movies,” Campbell said.

Campbell takes this commitment seriously even though this is her first year doing this challenge. She recently went to the Magic Lantern theater to watch the  live action shorts nominees. Her favorite was “Timecode,” a film about the interactions between two parking lot security guards.

“It was light hearted and made me laugh, even though it was light on dialogue,” Campbell said. “It was a delightful love story with just the right amount of relatable awkwardness.”

Campbell’s pick for Best Picture is “Moonlight,” a movie about a young black man on a journey of self-discovery from childhood to adulthood, Campbell said.

“It’s important to tell the stories that no one tells,” she said. “‘Moonlight’ has a longer impact than ‘La La Land.’ It’s a movie about the challenges a guy faces through his race and his sexuality.”

Campbell thinks that the politics as a theme is prevalent between throughout the documentary nominees. Politics are not just making an impact in everyday lives but also through film. It is an indicator of what society and culture value.

“So many of [the nominations] address issues in today’s politics,” Campbell said. “The past year or so has shown a lot of racial tensions in the United States, with the Black Lives Matter movement and the immigration ban Each film about the refugees takes a different approach. One approach is about the refugees themselves, another is about helping refugees.”

Campbell’s dream job is to work with Disney Pixar. She sketches often but she wants to help the company with marketing and advertising.

“I don’t feel like I’m good enough for animation,” Campbell said. “I just want to be creative and help produce and shape stories.”

Whitworth hosts an annual showing of the Oscars in the HUB MPR. The viewing party has snacks, a photo booth and activities to win prizes. One of the activities is a ballot where students can select the films they think will win the main categories.

Campbell is passionate about movies but so far has not guessed Whitworth’s Oscar ballot correctly. Senior Lynn Dickerson, the HUB manager who coordinates the Oscar viewing party, said she would be shocked if Campbell does not get all of the categories correct because of her commitment to watching all the nominees. Following Campbell’s progress in finishing the movies is just as fun, or even more fun, as watching the Oscars themselves, Dickerson said.

“I don’t know how she has time for this,” Dickerson said. “If I could do it without stressing about homework I would.”

Senior Hannah Walker has known Campbell since they were in the same hall freshman year in Baldwin-Jenkins. Walker has watched two movies with Campbell but has never done a full movie marathon with her.

“She’s an extremist,” Walker said. “I love seeing her Facebook statuses when she’s updating on how many movies she has left to watch.”

Although Walker has not taken up the challenge to watch all 62 nominated movies, she watches all of the best picture nominees. It is a good opportunity to watch movies and discover something new if she did not watch the category nominees, she said.

"They’re movies I wouldn’t watch if I was told to,” Walker said.

Campbell will continue with the new tradition of watching all of the Oscar nominees as long as she’s in school. When she leaves Whitworth, she will not have breaks where she can have movie marathons.

“I think having this challenge will be a good way to find new friends who will nerd out about movies with me,” she said. “It’s also a good way to see some of the best movies each year.”

Contact Austriauna Brooks at austriaunabrooks17@my.whitworth.edu

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Black Student Union celebrates individuals making an impact at first Soulful Showcase

Courtney Murphy | Copy Editor

Tonight, the Black Student Union is hosting the first Soulful Showcase, an event that recognizes and honors Whitworth students, faculty and others who have made a difference in the community. Soulful Showcase will be held in the HUB dining hall starting at 7:45 on Feb. 24.

Senior marketing major Andrew Parker first got the idea for the event while talking to his father about how students can use skills learned in their major to do something long lasting while still at Whitworth, he said.

This initial conversation took place last fall, and Parker brought up the event idea to sophomore Jira Hammond, vice president of the Black Student Union. The Black Student Union has not been active at Whitworth in recent years, but Hammond, president sophomore Ajhana Lewis-Harrell and others kickstarted it last school year, Hammond said.

Over the last two years, the Black Student Union has held monthly meetings for members and has tried to do one event per month, Hammond said. However, the club has never done something like Soulful Showcase.

“[Parker] came to me about it,” Hammond said. “I really liked his idea so I talked to the other Black Student Union members to see if we could put it on, and they agreed so Andrew and I just took off from there.”

Originally Parker and Hammond wanted to host the event around Christmas, but the club did not have the resources to plan it then, Parker said. They decided to move the event to February, which is Black History Month.

The entertainment part of the showcase will feature performances from a local band called “Sessions” and Seattle-based musician Tiffany Wilson, Parker said. There will also be a dance performance from sophomore Sasha Montgomery and others, Hammond said.

Between entertainment acts, the Black Student Union will honor some Whitworth faculty and former-faculty that have supported the club’s mission, Parker said. One of those honorees is Rhosetta Rhodes, vice president for Student Life.

“The honorees...have done a lot within the community with supporting minorities on campus,” Hammond said. The honorees will receive a plaque of accomplishment from the Black Student Union.

In addition to honoring Whitworth community members, the Black Student Union is also using the event as an opportunity to give back to the larger Spokane community. The event is free for students with a Whitworth ID, but for non-Whitworth students and other community members there will be a fee of $5, Parker said. The revenue from the $5 fee will be donated to Global Neighborhood.

According to Global Neighborhood’s website, they are a “community benefit organization that focuses on using business to provide former refugees with opportunities for development so they can thrive and contribute as equal members of our community.”

The goal of Global Neighborhood fits well with the Black Student Union’s goals to include students of diverse backgrounds, Hammond said. In addition, the owners of Global Neighborhood are Whitworth alumns.

“[Soulful Showcase] is something different, something new [for the club],” Parker said. “There’s obviously things we’re going to learn, but hopefully this is a long-term thing.”

A goal for Hammond is for the Black Student Union to grow and become a more present club on campus, she said.

“Black Student Union’s message is all about inclusion,” Hammond said. “We want to include everyone we can. It’s not just for black or African American students. We want to include people from different races. We want to include people from different diverse backgrounds.”
After Soulful Showcase, the next Black Student Union event will be a masquerade party, Hammond said. If you want to know the Whitworth Black Student Union, contact Hammond at jhammond19@my.whitworth.edu or Lewis-Harrell at alewis-harrell19@my.whitworth.edu.

Contact Courtney Murphy at cmurphy18@my.whitworth.edu

Bad Love Poetry

Tonight Westminster Round, the English department club, is hosting Bad Love Poetry. The event is a poetry reading held in the Mind and Hearth at 7 p.m. There will be readings of bad and hilarious love poems. The Westminster Round officers will be doing readings as well as other people who want to be involved. The club is expecting several volunteers to participate. The event is a February tradition for the club.

“It’s a different kind of reading than I have ever been before, and the environment will be full of laughter,” freshman Emily Hanson said. “As an English major and as part of the club, I feel as if I will be able to enjoy laughing at bad poetry more than I ever had before. It is also a great opportunity to make friends and connections because everybody is at the event for the bad poetry.”

People come and read any creative writing that could be defined as “bad love poetry,” which includes song lyrics, poems, prose, either bad in quality or about bad love.

“It’s kind of a way to be silly around Valentine’s Day and have a good laughter,” junior Lauren Klepinger said.

There are other students who are not participating in the event but are attending as audience members.

Freshman Anujin Munkhabt said she is attending because she loves poetry and she thinks it is amazing that Whitworth gives opportunity for students to express their talents through various forms.

Theresa Vimbanayi Chowa.

Celebrating the season with joy and Jubilation

Jubilation dance club membersprepare forholiday showcase

With productions such as “The Nutcracker,” the holiday season is filled with dancing, Campus is no exception as Jubilation, Whitworth’s ministry dance club, prepares for its annual holiday showcase on Dec. 11 at 5p.m. on Stage 2 of Cowles Auditorium.

The showcase is made up of Jubilation’s dance classes: musical theater, hip hop, tap, beginning ballet, advanced ballet, gospel movement and contemporary modern.

Each class has been preparing their dance for the past month.

The hip hop class has been practicing since the middle of November.

While they rehearse, the dancers smile as their instructor and club chaplain sophomore Lindsey Smith teaches them the last steps to the dance they will perform at their fall showcase.

The dancers getinto three lines and become serious when the heavy bass of the Christian rap song begins thumping through the black studio speakers.

Smith, who dances in both the leadership and advent programs, has had her hip hop class working hard for the past few weeks in order to perfect their routine.

For the dancers participating, the showcase is an opportunity to show off the new dances they have learned. The showcase is an exciting time for sophomore Jeffrey Jamieson because it allows all the classes to come together since he will be dancing for both the hip hop and tap class, Jamieson said.

“Each class has been working hard for the past few months, having fun, and putting together dances,” Jamieson said. “The showcase is an opportunity for us to come together and have fun and show what we can do.”

Not only is Jubilation a club, but it is a ministry group that performs at Chapel services and made an appearance at the Women Ever Rising Conference hosted by Coordinator for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive ministries Stephy Nobles-Beans in November.

As chaplain of the club, Smith has high hopes for the holiday showcase, she said.

“My hope is that people can appreciate dance as well as be able to connect faith and dance,” Smith said. “One of my main goals with the club itself is to combine the two concepts of dancing and having a Christ-centered life.”

A goal for the showcase is to give the dancers an opportunity to show off what they can do and what they have learned as well hopefully recruit more people, said Smith.  Admission to the showcase is free, in order to reach all who are interested.

Freshman Makayla Long is looking forward to dancing at the showcase so she can show what she has learned from her first year in Jubilation as well how hard she and her fellow dancers have worked, she said.

“The holiday showcase is an opportunity for me to show that I can dance,” Long said. “The showcase will prove how hard we have worked for the past few months.”

Meghan Laakso
Staff Writer

mlaakso20@my.whitworth.edu

Butterbeer and ballgowns

The swing and ballroom dance club partnered with Westminster Round hosts first Yule ball

Though lacking in floating candles, part-goblin professors surfing the crowd and sensational wizarding bands, Whitworth’s first Yule Ball did have upbeat tunes, easily accessible holiday-themed refreshments and twirling dancers.

The Yule Ball was held Friday, Dec. 2 at 8:30 p.m. in the HUB’s multi-purpose room under the collaboration of the Swing and Ballroom Dance Club, the English department’s Westminster Round and Jazz 2.

Guests were greeted at the doors by two hostesses clad in ball gowns who encouraged students to take pride in their respective Harry Potter house—Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin—by placing colored pebbles of red, yellow, blue and green in jars.

Once past the attendance table and into the dimly lit room, guests were free to help themselves to the refreshments and dancing taking place in front of a live jazz band.

Initially getting off to a humble start, with about 40 people in attendance at the beginning of the dance attendance increased to 130 at the dance’s peak.

Freshmen Bailey Andrews and Olivia Glover commented on their first impression of the event.
“It’s slightly awkward, since it hasn’t really started yet,” Andrews said with a smile.

 Photo by: Domenica Michelle

Photo by: Domenica Michelle

Her companion Glover carried on the sentence, explaining that the timing of the event overlapped with other events around campus.

“It’s still really fun,” Glover said. “I really like the refreshments.”

Homemade butterbeer, a butterscotch drink from the world of Harry Potter, with marshmallow topping was the centerpiece at the refreshment table. Surrounding the bowl holding the butterscotch-flavored drink were a variety of frosted Christmas cookies in the shapes of trees and wreaths.

The dancing itself took place on the wooden floor near the center of the MPR in front of the jazz band and carried on through the night until the party ended at 11 p.m.

Attendees in bright, flowing gowns of various colors, suits of gray and black and more casual wear twirled along to upbeat holiday tunes and jives. People taking a break from the dancing or enjoying the scene leaned back against the walls with cups in hand and chat with one another.

A Facebook comment made on the Whitworth Incoming Class Admissions page asking if Whitworth had a Yule Ball or Christmas party sparked the idea to hold a Yule Ball, said senior Eugene Bell, president of the Swing and Ballroom Dance Club.

The ball was intended to be inclusive for those who do not celebrate Christmas but who know of or enjoy Harry Potter, Bell said.

“I knew that if it was Christmas and Harry Potter themed it would get both parties here,” Bell said. “It’s a good time to just relax for a bit, to dance the stress away.”

Junior Kimberly Cook, an officer for the Swing and Ballroom Dance Club said that the club’s partnership with Westminster Round heavily inspired the theme.

Westminster Round’s official club website on the ASWU database states that it is a club orientated around hosting fun events for both the English department and fans of literature.

“We’re all just a whole bunch of geeks hanging out and we love the idea of doing a Harry Potter themed dance,” Cook said. “Especially because it’s around Christmas time and a Yule Ball is just perfectly tied in with that.”

 Photo by: Domenica Michelle

Photo by: Domenica Michelle

With the ball’s attendance increasing as time wore on, Bell discussed the possibility of the event impacting future turnout rates for his club’s membership.

“I kinda begged and pleaded with the budget committee to give me enough money to do two big dances per year, one in the fall semester and one in the spring,” Bell said.

Bell said the dances are meant to not only serve the Whitworth student body’s need to let loose once in awhile but to also bring the Swing and Ballroom Dance club out of Graves Gymnasium, where they hold dances every Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Elle Croce
Staff Writer

gcroce20@my.whitworth.edu

Poetry and Pie: Students share their stories

Westminster Round, Whitworth’s English club, hosts its annual Poetry and Pie event tonight, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Held at the Mind & Hearth coffee shop, the event allows anyone to read or just listen to poetry while eating free pie provided by Sodexo.

“This event is to encourage people to come love poetry,” senior Joshua Tuttle said.

The event is not only for students involved in Westminster Round. The purpose of the event is to bring people together to bond over shared interests— poetry and pie, treasurer Nathan Quick said.

“Poetry allows people to empathize with others and understand who they are and where they come from,” Quick said. “It is cool to see all the different outlooks and styles expressed in the poems.”

In past years Tuttle recalls students packing into Mind & Hearth and expects the same turnout this year. To accommodate the number of people eight pies have been ordered.

Quick said he is excited for the pie but he looks forward to the poetry aspect even more.

Anyone who can find humanity and empathy in poetry is encouraged to participate, he said.

“Poetry lets you express something beyond yourself,” Quick said. “This event gives people the chance to gather together and express themselves.”

Both Quick and Tuttle are members of Westminster Round, which is the student run English department club that meets once a week and holds annual events such as a Harvest Party, a Christmas Party, and Poetry and Pie.

Everybody who is an English major or minor gets added to the mailing list, but the club is not exclusive to the English department and is open to anyone interested in participating.

“The Round is a great way to connect with people who share the same interests as you,” Quick said.

The event has been around long enough to be considered a tradition, Tuttle said.

Recruiting plays a large part in keeping the traditional events of Westminster Round alive, Tuttle said.

This year a large group of freshmen have joined the club and will help keep the annual events around.

If you are interested in reading at the event, contact Westminster Round president, Courtney Murphy at cmurphy18@my.whitworth.edu.

Meghan Laakso
Staff Writer

mlaakso20@my.whitworth.edu

Dressing for justice and freedom

Students wear dresses every day of December to support anti-human trafficking movements

Activism often goes hand in hand with fashion. From wearing pink for breast cancer awareness to donning purple for anti-bullying, advocating for a cause through an article of clothing is a common way for organizations to get their message out.

Blythe Hill, founder of Dressember, decided that linking a college fashion challenge to a cause such as ending human trafficking was one way to start a conversation.

The concept is simple: for every day in December, women wear a dress to bring awareness to human and sex trafficking, hence the name “Dressember,” according to the organization’s official website.

“It was originally started to support the idea of femininity,” Julia Wygant of Dressember’s community engagement team said. “It was to advocate for women being able to choose what they wanted to wear.”

Since its beginning as a fundraising campaign in 2013, Dressember has grownlarger than the original handful of participants in California, with a total of 4,603 members slipping on their gowns last year according to statistics published by Dressember on its website.

Wearing a dress can start a conversation around why one is wearing a dress in the cold month of December, and to then link that conversation to promoting awareness and monetary support to the issue of human trafficking.

Money is raised by encouraging those who hear the campaign’s stories to donate online through Dressember’s website.

“We promote our message through people’s stories and encourage every participant to show their stories and why they are passionate about modern day slavery,” Wygant said.

Last year, Dressember raised over $918,000 to be donated to its partner organizations, the International Justice Mission and A21, Wygant said.

Both organizations use the raised funds to work towards actively ending human exploitation through rescue efforts, after-care support for victims, educating the public and providing legal aid in cases involving sex trafficking or forced labor work.

IJM has rescued over 2,318 women and children from trafficking and put away 1,749 pimps and traffickers since 2006, while A21 has opened 11 field offices that include shelters, transitional homes, and administrative bases since 2007, according to their respective websites.

The partnership with both organizations is the key to Dressember’s function as a human rights fundraising campaign, Wygant said.

Social media has played an effective role in spreading Dressember’s message, Wygant said.

“Social media is a way for people to share their stories and their passion for this issue and this campaign, in order to promote awareness and helping other people know what they can do in this fight for justice,” Wygant said.

However, Dressember’s influence remains small in many communities.

At Whitworth, there is a mix of students who have heard of the Dressember movement and have participated in it and those who have not.

Some students said they had never heard of the organization before but that it seems like an interesting challenge to engage with, such as sophomore Nicole Clabaugh.

“I’m glad that they have the initiative to be active in addressing that problem,” Clabaugh said. “I don’t see human trafficking often addressed but I’d like it to be because people should know more about it, especially here at Whitworth where you can fundraise with the IJM club and get people passionate about this issue.”

Others, such as freshman Morgan McKeague, have been actively involved with both Dressember and IJM in the past and encourage others to take on the challenge.

“This idea of wearing a dress is not saying it out loud but if people ask why I am wearing a dress in December, I would explain that it’s representing the inherent dignity of all females and the idea that true femininity is exploited when females are sexually exploited,” McKeague said.
As the campaign has grown, so too have the ways in which people of all genders are able to participate.

Men are encouraged to don bow-ties during the month of December to promote awareness, along with advocating the message “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls” with the hashtag #Dressember and either donating to a female colleague’s campaign or drawing attention to it.

Elle Croce
Staff Writer

gcroce20@my.whitworth.edu

Event preview: “25 lessons from Indian Roads”

Photographer MatikaWilbur will share stories of native people living on reservations Nov. 9

Matika Wilbur will come to Whitworth to share the often unseen and unheard narrative of the 562 and counting Native American tribes from a modern perspective today, Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Wilbur, who hails from both the Swinomish and Tulalip tribes in Washington, is a photographer and documentarian who is welcomed in over 562 tribes in an effort to capture the real lives and cultures of the indigenous people in America through her documentary “Project 562.”

The presentation in the Robinson Teaching Theatre at 7 p.m. hopes to challenge the dominant narrative that is present in 21st century American society by showing photographs from each tribe and telling the story of the people living on reservations.

“It’s a reconceptualization of the image of the native person—it counters most of what we’ve seen in mainstream media outlets,” said David Garcia, the assistant dean of student diversity,  equity and inclusion.

Cultural events coordinator senior Camina Hirota discovered Wilbur at the national conference of race and ethnicity in American education. Wilbur’s visit has been in the works since May.
“Her passion is to debunk all of the negative stereotypes about Native Americans: that they’re lazy, they’re drunks, alcoholics—all of these negative things,” Hirota said. “She fights to prove them wrong.”

November is dedicated to discovering and celebrating the culture of this country’s indigenous population and their contributions to American society, according to the Native American Heritage’s official website.

Native American Heritage month also strives to help people recognize the struggles Native Americans have faced as a result of the country’s establishment and growth.

“Something that a lot of people don’t realize when they come to Whitworth is that we are on Native American ground, and we take that for granted,” Hirota said. “We ignore the ugly truth behind that,” Hirota said.

This lecture will provide students an opportunity to gain insight on the lives of Native Americans from across the nation and how those life narratives may impact their own view of these tribes.

“Her work helps people who have not had as much contact with native peoples to re-conceptualize what they see on TV or other media outlets, but it is also a preservation of the beauty and the pain that natives have experienced as a people,” Garcia said.

“Project 562’s” website states that it strives to become the platform through which stereotypes and misrepresentations of the Native American narrative are remedied through her work.
The website states that the project undertaken by Wilbur “aims to humanize the otherwise ‘vanishing race’ and share the stories that our people would like told.”

The lecture is based around photographs and stories gathered by Wilbur on her journey across the country, weaving together a tapestry of information pertaining to the preservation and celebration of the hundreds of tribal cultures in the United States.

Wilbur will also address the national crisis that has thrown communities in North and South Dakota into turmoil over the placement of an oil pipeline that runs through sacred native grounds and threatens tribal drinking water sources, Garcia said.

For students interested in challenging their own views toward Native American culture, this lecture provides a starting point, even for international students such as freshman Alejandra Gomez who studies international relations.

“In my country, you don’t see speakers like her—indigenous people are not in the public view, sharing their stories like she is,” Gomez said. “They are not in our mainstream schools, so there is no native perspective to see and have challenged.”

Wilbur’s presentation bridges the gap present in American society in native representation and mainstream media.

“I would hope that the Whitworth community would think, as a result of listening to what she’s talking about or seeing her images, of how they can make meaning of her message and how they will use that experience moving forward in their lives,” Garcia said.

Elle Croce

Staff Writer

gcroce20@my.whitworth.edu

Whitworth: a smoke-free campus?

Students and administration weigh in on whether smoking cigarettes and marijuana should be allowed on campus

The right to smoke tobacco on campus was hard-won for the students of the 1970s. However, this year administration will look into taking that right away.

Dean of Students Rhosetta Rhodes will explore the option to make Whitworth a tobacco-free campus, she said.

Last year, students suggested to Rhodes that Whitworth prohibit tobacco use on campus and Rhodes agreed to follow up on the idea.

“The harm and impact of tobacco is not congruent with our mind and heart education and educational goals,” Rhodes said.

The dispute over whether to allow tobacco use on campus was long and laborious for the Whitworth students of the 1970s.

Three students stood outside the cafeteria for a week asking students to sign a petition urging the school to allow cigarettes on campus, according to a spring 1970 edition of the Whitworthian.

Many of the 1970 editions of the Whitworthian were filled with students and administration writing letters to the editor about the tobacco policy.

“Let us get away from the petty issues of smoking, etc., grant them, give the students the rights which are already theirs. Do not be so big and grand about granting rights that already belong to us,” student Steve Kohler wrote in the March 31, 1970, edition.

To many students of the 1970s it was not a matter of wanting to smoke but the perceived judgment call by the administration on what constitutes a Christian.

“Is the Administration trying to play God or something? It seems that they are setting up the criteria for being a Christian—that is, if you smoke or drink you cannot be a Christian,” student Durand Splater wrote in the March 31, 1970 edition.

Splater was not the only student who wrote about the implications of smoking.

One person said “I am not supporting smoking or drinking, but object to the implication that Whitworth makes as a result of its policy: that one cannot be a Christian and smoke and/or drink at the same time,” according to an editorial on Jan. 30, 1970.

The policy for tobacco use changed in fall 1970, after many debates over where Whitworth should stand on the issue. However, perceived judgment of those using tobacco on campus persists.

Senior Kaitlin Jarrell said she stopped smoking on campus last year because “it wasn’t worth it to have all the dirty looks.”

For that reason and others, it is rare to see a student smoking tobacco on campus. However, soon it might not just be rare but a violation of the Big Three.

Non-smoking students have mixed feelings about whether or not smoking should be allowed on campus.

Some non-smoking students said that although they personally do not like smoking, cigarettes should be allowed on campus as long as those smoking stay in the designated smoking areas.

“I think individuals have the ability to make their own choices as long as it’s not harming other people,” junior Andrew Langbehn said.

“I agree with the outdoor policy,” senior Eric Zimmerman said.“I support people’s right to slowly kill themselves.”

Other students disagreed, saying smoking should be prohibited.

Cigarettes should not be smoked on campus “because the smell is atrocious,” junior Spencer Locati said.

Students expressed concerns about health risks involved with second-hand smoke.

“It’s a health hazard to those who don’t smoke as well as those who do,” sophomore Justin Livengood said. “Although smoking is an individual’s right, it’s something that affects the whole campus.”

“If I choose not to smoke I don’t want other students to do something that’s affecting me,” senior Celeste Campos said.

Tobacco, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s website, contains the highly addictive drug nicotine as well as other chemicals such as carbon monoxide, tar, formaldehyde, cyanide and ammonia which are known to cause cancer.

Those chemicals can be inhaled by people close to someone smoking cigarettes even if they are not smoking themselves, according to the NIDA.

“I believe that the proven dangers and impact of tobacco are not conducive to our educational goals,” Rhodes said.

For that same reason as well as remaining in compliance with Federal law, marijuana is not allowed on campus despite its legalization in the state of Washington in 2014.

Whitworth’s current drug policy prohibits the use of “mood altering substances,” such as marijuana, without a prescription, according to the 2016-2017 student handbook.
Even with a prescription, there are severe limitations to the possibility of marijuana use by students.

Unless educational support services has concluded with the student and a physician that there is no reasonable alternative to using marijuana for medicinal purposes, medical marijuana will not be allowed, Rhodes said.

“Our go-to place is no marijuana use, period,” she said. “However, we will look at it on a case-by-case basis.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not recognize marijuana as medicine, according to the NIDA.

However, the NIDA does recognize the chemicals, cannabinoids, found in marijuana plants to be medicinal. There are currently “two FDA-approved medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill form,” according to the website.

The science behind medicinal marijuana still needs research; however, scientific theories exist about why marijuana might prove medicinal.

“There are receptors on nerve cells in the brain to which this molecule can bind,” botanist Lee Anne Chaney said. “And that is probably the basis for medicinal and maybe recreational uses as well as maybe some of the side effects for that.”

No students have sought to use medical marijuana within the past two years, said Craig Chatriand, associate dean of community standards and compliance.

Unlike cigarettes, research into marijuana is limited because of the criminalization of the drug by the Federal Government.

“Because the chemicals when you smoke the marijuana material would be different (than nicotine), we don’t have good research about (the effects),” Chaney said. “We also do not have the years and years and years of people who’ve smoked six packs a day for their whole life in the equivalent in marijuana to use to see if you smoke for 60 years what do you get.”

The prohibition of marijuana on campus has not stopped students from using it.

“Last year six students were found responsible for using or having marijuana on campus,” said Tim Caldwell, director of residence life.

Some students who smoke marijuana said Whitworth policies toward marijuana should be different than tobacco policy.

“I think marijuana should be grouped with alcohol,” Jarrell said. “Cigarettes don’t prohibit your ability to make judgments.”

Other non-smoking students agreed, saying marijuana should not be used on campus.
Marijuana should not be allowed on campus because, “it’s against Federal law,” junior Shelby Beedle said.

Some students reasoned smoking marijuana should be treated the same as cigarettes.

“I think if you’re going to have one, you should allow all three [tobacco, marijuana and alcohol],” Zimmerman said.

Neither cigarettes nor marijuana should be allowed to be smoked on campus, Livengood said.

Hayley O'Brien

Arts & Culture Editor

hobrien17@my.whitworth.edu

What does it mean to be the most diverse class?

Whitworth University welcomed its most diverse class, one month ago. On the surface, it looks like Whitworth has taken a step in the right direction toward achieving its 2021 mission plan, which emphasizes diversity.

Whitworth measures diversity by looking at how many students come from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds, such as African American, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Native American or Alaskan Native and Hispanic.

Over a quarter of the Class of 2020 comes from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds, according to the Admissions Office. This is a slight increase over last year’s new students and an eleven percent increase in the last five years.

In total, 537 students are ethnically and racially diverse, compared to 507 in 2015.

It is not just those in administration that notice the differences in this year’s student body. Many  returning students have said that the diversity is visible and are excited to see how it affects the university.

“I feel like now when [students] go back home they can talk to their people about Whitworth,” senior Adaeze Anamege said. “All of the other races that aren’t usually represented here at Whitworth, I see a lot of them here and this is actually going to be good for Whitworth.”

Anamege is an international student from Nigeria and has been involved in the International Student Center at Whitworth since her freshman year. She said she would have benefited from an emphasis on diversity when she came to Whitworth.

Diversity is a “difference that makes a difference,” assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion, David Garcia said. He described the mission of the university as “creating spaces where students can be authentically themselves.”

“We recognize that students are coming from so many different places to campus and so we want to facilitate those cross-cultural exchanges as much as possible,”  Garcia said.

He said that he believes every exchange is cross-cultural to some degree in its nature because of all of the different backgrounds represented on campus.

“Male or female, race and ethnicity questions and veteran status, those are some trackable identities,” Garcia said.

A new program instituted this year, called “Building Unity and Cultivating Success” (BUCS) aimed to bridge the gap and aid both international and first generation students become acquainted with university life and get connected to campus resources.

“Diversity is when people from different races, different backgrounds, different cultures, different countries live together as a whole,” sophomore Jeff Louissaint said. “Not as separate people, but living together in perfect harmony, that’s diversity to me.”

Louissaint is from Haiti and was a mentor for the BUCS program. He believes that Whitworth has taken a lot of the right steps to become more diverse and is anticipating the future.

Josiah Van Wingerden

Multimedia Editor

jvanwingerden19@my.whitworth.edu

Stay safe on campus: What app's best for you?

bSafe

This app is great for first dates or when you’re walking home at night. 
With one touch, the “alert friends” button on the homepage of the app activates a blaring sound, sends a text to pre-programmed contacts, starts recording video, sends friends your GPS location and after 10 seconds, calls your first contact. 
You can also receive a fake phone call from the app, immediately or in the time range of an hour. 
This function is a great way to make an excuse to get away from someone, whether you’re on a date or in a bar or chatting on the way home.
It has several easy-to-use functions, like letting contacts know of your location and requesting friends to follow you by sending them a message and your location.

Pros: Loud alarms to scare away predators

Cons: Uses cellular data or Wi‑Fi, but only if you choose to alert your friends. Requires the user’s action, rather than inaction, to let friends know of danger. Friends need to either have the app or sign up online to approve themselves as a contact

Ideal situations: Sketchy dates, walking home, anywhere you can access your phone

Platforms available: iOS and Android

Kitestring

Kitestring is a website that checks in on you via text message. Before going out, text the Kitestring number how long you’ll be gone—“15m” or “1hr,” for example. At the end of that time period, Kitestring gives you five minutes to reply, “OK,” before it sends a message to your emergency contacts that reads, “Hey, this is [your name]. I’m going out for a walk. If you get this, I might not have made it back safely. Give me a call at [your number].”

Kitestring is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself safe, and let your friends know when you aren’t. You simply sign up online with your name and phone number, input one or two of your friends’ names and numbers, and you’re ready to use the service.

There aren’t any negative consequences if you miss the check in text; the worst that happens is that your contacts call you. It doesn’t have some of the more complex and immediate safety features of some safety apps, but its simplicity and straightforward function make it a great tool for college students, especially students who like to party and want to know they have contact with a friend, even when they’re not thinking about it.

Pros: You don’t need a smartphone to use it; easy to use; your friend doesn’t have to sign up for them to be a contact

Cons: Uses cellular data, need to set it up beforehand with a friend; have to be paying attention

Ideal situations: Anytime you want to be safe, but aren’t too worried such as hikes

Platforms available: Any cell phone with texting capabilities

SOS Be Fearless

This app has a variety of buttons and keys to program and press in emergencies.

The homepage has a button to send out emergency texts and calls. In the app, you can set “groups” of contacts like family and friends, as well as authorities like the police or a helpline. 
You can assign a group to a button, allowing the conscientious user to plan how they will get help in specific situations, and enact that plan quickly and effectively if need be.

Pros: Highly customizable; allows you to respond in a variety of ways in emergency situations

Cons: Some bugs in the app with scrolling and user interface; complicated to set up; poor usability

Ideal situations: All situations, however, you have to like to plan ahead. For people with intense Google Calandars

Platforms available: iOS, Windows, and Android

Katie Shaw

Opinions Editor

kshaw17@my.whitworth.edu

Being Vegetarian or Vegan at Whitworth

Student at Whitworth have different tastes and preferences in food and what fits best with their lifestyle.

At Sodexo students can chose from a variety of food options. However, for vegetarians, sometimes the options seem limited.

Some vegetarian students and their friends think that there not enough vegetarian options.
Dan King, the operations manager of Sodexo, said there are many vegetarian options; you just have to think outside of the box.

For example, there are black bean burgers at the burger station or students can collect a plate of vegetables and ask for them to be sautéed.

He also says that it is “not usually hard to come up with vegetarian options” and that it is easy for him and his Sodexo staff to “pull out a station and create a vegetarian option for that station.”

This year, Sodexo has a labeling system for vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options. These labels allow students with allergies or specific diets to clearly see what they can and cannot eat.

Also, a section of food in Global Connections is mostly vegetarian, and main entrées sometimes have vegetarian alternatives, such as pasta with marinara sauce instead of meat sauce.

According to the Sodexo food service chart over the past three weeks, there is about a 2-to-1 ratio of vegetarian options to only meat options.

Despite an increase of plant-based meal options over the past four years, some students do not think there is enough being done for vegetarians and vegans at Whitworth.

“There are not enough vegetarian options in Sodexo because most of the protein options are meat, and there are options like salad but then the only vegetarian protein is beans and that is not enough to get by,” said freshman Brittany Justham, a vegetarian.

The main protein source in Sodexo is meat; however, there are other protein options available such as  tofu, dairy products, and nuts.

Whether or not Sodexo provides adequate vegetarian meals, some students perceive a lack of options.

Freshman Rachel Porche, who is not a vegetarian, said one of her  vegetarian friends “only ate salad and donuts for a week,” because of the perceived lack of options.

It is not only the perceived lack of options but the seemingly predictable meals which have  students feeling there needs to be a change in the vegetarian options offered to them.

John Marshall, a non-vegetarian senior,  said the vegetarian options are “predictable” and there are “not enough.”

Vegetarian foods available daily  in Sodexo include salads, fruit, vegetables, and yogurt with optional toppings.

To combat that predictability, King said students should not be afraid to ask for other options and for the staff to do something vegetarian specific with the available food. 

Emma Much

Guest Writer

 

Where to get your next caffeine fix

To help fill that Pleasant Blends-sized hole in your heart

Courtney Harmon
Staff Writer

Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters
Distance from campus: Four-minute drive; 11-minute bike ride
Yelp review: four stars

Need a quick boost of energy before class? 5-minutes away from campus, this coffee shop does the trick. Thomas Hammer has a drive-thru as well as a seating area inside. The building has large tables and lots of seating; making it great for studying. The menu has various coffee drinks, a few tea options, refreshing smoothies and an assortment of baked goods.

Vessel Coffee Roasters
Distance from campus: 13 minute drive; 30 minute bike ride
Yelp review: five stars

If you like good music with your coffee, Vessel is the place to go. Some evenings local artists perform their music here. It is also a great place to get some work done. The shop is spacious and as Lawrence C. said on Yelp, “If you are looking for a coffee shop that’s modern where you can sit for a while without it being crazy busy, this is the place to go.” The menu features typical coffee and tea drinks as well as baked goods.

Indaba Coffee
Distance from campus: 17-minute drive; 35-minute bike ride
Yelp review: four stars

Indaba is a social benefit coffee company who, for every bag of coffee sold, donates a meal to someone in need.  If you are looking for a coffee shop that is both a good study environment as well as a fun place to hang with friends and drink coffee, this is your place. Their menu is simple including coffee and tea. They also sell vegan pastries, sandwiches and salads from local bakeries. Indaba also has a friendly vibe. “The workers want to get to know you,” junior Annie Quatier said. “When I walk in they know my drink.”

Coeur Coffeehouse
Distance from campus: 18 minute drive; 40 minute bike ride
Yelp review: four and a half stars

If you ever find yourself in West Central looking for coffee, this is your place. They have a relatively simple menu of coffee from lattes to cappuccinos, minimal tea options and a few baked goods. Taking on more of an artisan look, the shop has big windows and large tables that are great for studying and doing homework. They also have a back room with tables in case the main area is too busy.

South African apartheid in paint and color

A Whitworth professor and African artists exhibit their work

Courtney Harmon
Staff Writer

We have all heard of the history surrounding apartheid and discrimination that occurred in South Africa, but what does it look like?


Kenyan artist Jackie Karuti sought to portray the experience in a piece that tells the story of a man on the other side of apartheid, discriminating against the African race and their rights.
The painting is full of deep orange and red tones that give the viewers a sense of the subject’s pain after he has a change of heart about the acts he has committed against South African men and women.


Karuti’s piece shows his hand reaching above bars as he is beginning to understand what it means to forgive and be forgiven. It is a piece full of dark emotion and expression.
This painting can be viewed along with many others in the exhibit “Between the Shadow and the Light,” in the Lied Art Center through Oct. 28.


In June 2013 educators and artists from the United States and six African countries met in South Africa to participate in “R5: A Visual Arts Studio and Seminar in South Africa.”
The group consisted of nine men and women from the U.S. and 10 men and women from African countries including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The participants learned about the culture and history of South Africa through what art Professor Katie Creyts referred to as “intense art camp.”


Through learning about the deep history of South Africa and hearing stories of the people, the artists collaborated to create this exhibit.


All the artists based their work off of five African art themes referred to as R5: Remembrance, Resistance, Reconciliation. Representation, and Re-visioning.
Walking around the art exhibit, the five themes are apparent, helping students connect with each piece.


“Everything here is very visual and easy to understand,” Freshman Michael Ong said.
Even though he may not be someone well versed in the art world, he still found the art displayed in “Between the Shadow and the Light” to be moving. Ong said he felt he had a greater understanding of South African history and thetroubles its citizens have endured after going to the exhibit.


Many students attending the opening on September 13th said they felt similar to Ong.
The pieces displayed in the exhibit portray an array of emotions. While some show strong feelings of pain and anger, others are filled with new beginnings and forgiveness.
Those emotions give the viewers a deeper understanding of the five themes on which the project is based.


“I like all the colors they use,” freshman Celeste Jensen said.  “It reminds me of fire [and] pain.”
Jensen said she does not know too much about art, but still understood the pieces.
The collection in many ways shows hardships and pain that the people of South Africa have endured.


While the artists involved in the project were focused solely on South Africa, the art ended up having strong connections to Whitworth as well.
Jensen said she found the art easy to understand because it connects to the diversity here at Whitworth.

The buzz about Bumble

Meghan Laakso
Staff Writer

In today’s world of dating, there are many more options available than the generation before us had.


Dates were initiated by an in-person conversation or a phone call. Now a new way of meeting people has come into play—dating through smartphone apps.


One popular way of finding a date today is Tinder. According to DatingSiteReviews.com 73 percent of college students chose Tinder as their dating app of choice.


To use that app people swipe the screen right to indicate interest in a person or left to dislike someone’s profile. If two people both swipe right for each other, then a match is made and either one of the two can initiate a conversation.


In competition with Tinder is an up-and-coming dating app called Bumble.
Aesthetically, Tinder and Bumble are similar. They have identical layouts and set up processes. Bumble also follows the swipe right or left tradition.  


What makes the two apps different is what happens when a match is made.
On Bumble, once both people have swiped right, only the woman can initiate a conversation and she has 24 hours to do so before the match disappears. In same-sex matches, either party can start a discussion.


The idea of Bumble came from Sadie Hawkins dances. Not only does this concept take the pressure off guys, it gives women the ability to prevent men from hitting on them in inappropriate and uncomfortable ways, according to Bumble’s frequently-asked questions page.


Bumble was created by Whitney Wolfe, a co-founder of Tinder. According to Business Insider, Wolfe left Tinder after filing a sexual harassment lawsuit towards ex-boyfriend and Tinder co-founder, Justin Mateen. After struggling with the aftermath of leaving Tinder, Wolfe decided to create an app that empowers women.


So ladies, if you are looking for an uncomplicated and stress-free way to meet guys without the impolite pick up lines...


And guys, if you like the idea of women making the first move and not having to come up with award-winning one-liners...
There’s an app for that.