Local church celebrates National Day of Prayer

Local Life Center Church will host a National Day of Prayer event. Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. people will gather at Life Center Church on Government Way in Spokane to pray. They will pray for the church, the community and the nation.

Jackye Peacock, program coordinator of Academic Affairs at Whitworth, is setting up the day of prayer. This is her third year coordinating the event at LifeCenter.

“I’ll just be there launching it and introducing the speakers,” Peacock said.

The event will start with Life Center’s Prayer Pastor Noll Campbell introducing the event and explaining the prayer vision.

“Expect the unexpected, believe the unbelievable, see the unseen and hear the inaudible,” Peacock said, explaining Campbell’s prayer vision.

“Our God is so big, we often put Him in a box” she said.

Started in 1952 the National Day of Prayer was implemented through a joint resolution of Congress under President Harry S. Truman, however the day was not observed until 1983. In 1988, the official date of observation was moved to the first Thursday in May. This year the National Day of Prayer falls on May 5.

“It is really exciting to see people gather around one purpose,” Peacock said.

Peacock noticed that the typical attender is older and likely retired. She would like to include a younger audience as well, people such as Whitworth students.

“I would like to mix it up a bit,” Peacock said.

Peacock hopes that the group will grow. her dream is to have the group holding hands and stretching around the perimeter of the church.

If you would like to participant the group will be meeting to pray at Life Center Church, 1202 N. Government Way, from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday.

By Caitlyn Starkey

Entrance bricks take a tumble

At 6:35 p.m. on Friday, April 22, a Whitworth student making a right turn into campus crashed into the Whitworth University sign at the east entrance. “The motorist, travelling on Hawthorne road in a gray pickup truck, failed to safely negotiate a turn into the east entrance,” Supervisor II of Security Services, Mark McFall, said.

Security guards who have been here for over 10 years say that this is not the first time this has occurred. The sign was crashed into five years ago, McFall said.

“It seems like it wouldn’t be that hard to maneuver that turn but two people have had trouble so far,” McFall said.

Although no one was badly injured, one passenger in the car was slightly injured and taken care of immediately after the incident.

“The Sheriff’s Department investigated the collision and issued the driver a citation, case number 11-118673, likely for making an unsafe turn,” McFall said.

For most accidents, police are likely to do scientific analysis to determine if laws were broken, however they didn’t for this incident.

Facilities services cleared the rubble from the road immediately but left the damaged structure until insurance adjusters could visit and assess the damage, Edward Kelly, Director of Facilities Services, said.

Facilities services has been in contact with the mason who will be doing repairs to figure out costs and other logistics.

The motorist will be taking responsibility for the cost of the repairs.

“My understanding is that the owner had automobile insurance so they will be on the hook for the repair costs,” McFall said.

Most of the bricks that fell from the wall were destroyed from the crash and will not be able to be replaced exactly.

Due to color variations and the fact that the existing brick is no longer manufactured, it will be impossible to match the brick, Kelly said.

Some of the gold letters that spelled out Whitworth University were still salvageable, however not all remained at the scene.

“We are more than a little disappointed to see that people went over and collected souvenirs,” McFall said.

Facilities services planned on reusing the letters on the new wall when it was built but the quite a few of the letters have left the scene.

“We would really like to have those returned because they are very expensive,” McFall said.

Dick Pettis, manager of Facilities Maintenance, is in charge of arranging for the repairs and said that replacing the letters will add to the school’s expenses.

The repairs are likely to be made as soon as possible due to a desire to maintain the look of the school.

Remi Omodara

Story by Chrissy Roach

Women outstanding at invitational

Several Whitworth Track and Field athletes competed in the Pel­luer Invitational on Friday, April 29 at Eastern Washington University. The Pirates got victories in two women’s events from seniors Elizabeth Mattila and Tonya Turner.

Mattila beat a field of runners from EWU, Uni­versity of Montana and Montana State University in the 400m hurdles. She ran a time of 1:02.02, im­proving on her already NCAA Di­vision III qualifying time for this season.

Mattila also finished fourth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.65.

Turner’s victory came in the 1500m run, in which she ran a time of 4:45.88, which was more than 20 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

Senior Dana Misterek turned in a solid per­formance in the 800m run, taking fourth place with a time of 2:14.41. Unfortunately, while the time was Misterek’s best of the season, it was one one-hundredth of a second away from qualifying for the NCAA DIII Championships. The provi­sional qualifying time for the 800m in DIII is 2:14.40.

The men were well rep­resented by freshman Sam Wright, who took second in the discus (155’-8”) and third in the shot put (50’-6.75”). Sophomore Carter Comito took fourth in the shot put (50’-5.25”), and senior Alex Couette placed fourth in the ham­mer throw (177’-6”).

By Alex Blade

Inexplicable Stupidity: Athletes battle it out for the ultimate crown

If you’ve been following this column for any length of time, you’ve noticed a recur­ring theme: athletes are inexplicably stu­pid. Now, I try to mix things up every once in a while and give credit to those athletes representing their sport well, but this week it’s just too easy. Washington Redskins defensive lineman and African American (which will become relevant in a moment) Albert Haynesworth has been indicted on the charge of sexual harassment.

Haynesworth, while enjoying a comfort­able meal at a hotel restaurant in Wash­ington D.C., decided he was done with his meal and asked to be charged. His wait­ress, an African American woman, had her hands full at the time, so Albert decided to slip his credit card into her bra and fondled her breast.

If your jaw’s not already on the floor, get a load of this. When asked about the inci­dent, Haynesworth said he would fight the case, citing that “she is just upset I have a white girlfriend … [I] don’t even like black girls.”

Let me get this straight, Albert, your de­fense in a case that could cost you as much as six months in jail and $1,000 in fines is that some waitress is upset at your racial preferences in dating partners? I hope at every stadium the Redskins play in this season, there is at least one poster reading: “Albert the racist dragon.”

In the spirit of Albert and his fondling, it’s time to set the record straight once and for all. It’s time for a show-down between the three major sports (MLB, NBA and NFL), for which has the absolute dumbest athletes. The match will be decided via a free-for-all of stupidity between one repre­sentative from each sport.

The NFL will be repped by none other than Albert for reasons you now know.

In the NBA corner we’ve got Latrell Sprewell. Sprewell is known for a plethora of off-court legal issues, constant technical fouls and the famous ending of his career when he declined a three-year, $21 million deal from the Timberwolves citing, “I’ve got a family to feed.”

For the MLB we’ve got Barry Bonds. Big Barry wasn’t always big. He’s been insisting for years he is innocent of charges against him regarding steroid use. The story seems to change each time. Whether he didn’t do steroids at all, or he unknowingly did, he just can’t seem to get his story straight. Lastly, Barry Bonds is just pure stupid be­cause he doesn’t think we can all see how steroid-licous he is, and yet he insists on continuing to ruin his life and the integrity of baseball.

So which is the dumbest based on these representatives, MLB, NBA or NFL? Well it depends on whether you’re looking at le­gal stupidity or personal stupidity. Bonds may have lied to a grand jury, Sprewell is now bankrupt and has several children he can’t support and Haynesworth doesn’t like African American women. I’m literally scratching my head on this one, but I’m go­ing to have to go with Albert. He covers all the bases of stupidity and so does the rest of the NFL.

By Colin Zalewski

The Peanut Gallery

Hullo, Whitworth. It’s a fine day. One of the finest I’ve seen. Why is this day so fine? Sim­ple: This day finds itself in this week. And this is a fine, fine week. And where dost this week find its greatness? Also simple: because this is the week before the week before graduation. I suspect, there­fore, that as good as this week is, next week will be better.

But while graduation looks about as tan­talizing right now as a lame water buffalo to a starving lion with a compulsive eating dis­order, it isn’t without its letdowns. Namely, I was not chosen as a speaker for our class. I didn’t even make the nominee list. I sus­pect the communists are behind this obvious oversight. But that is neither here nor there.

Because I will not have the opportunity to speak to my fellow seniors at Commence­ment in a couple weeks, I wanted to print the speech I had prepared in this column, but the nit-pickers told me that 5,000 words running more than three pages wasn’t doable. Appar­ently we print news in this paper. Had no idea.

So instead I’ve slaved away over the last two weeks distilling my magnum opus down into a few poignant points, which are printed below. If you are a senior, take notes, or cut this column out and have it inscribed on your contact lenses. If you are not a senior, con­sider yourself lucky to be receiving wisdom of this caliber so far ahead of the curve.

1. You no longer have a mother. Or a fa­ther, for that matter. Biological technicali­ties aside, you are now truly on your own. Or you should be. While people will tell you that there’s no shame in moving back home, you should be aware that there is. Shame, I mean. A lot of it.

2. You may have already learned to cook and clean for yourself, and that’s a good step. But now you no longer have a home - your bedroom is now a quilting room and your im­pressive collection of 500 energy drink cans mysteriously ended up in the recycle bin.

3. You don’t have insurance anymore either. That’s right. You have less than two weeks to schedule a final appointment with your den­tist before you can kiss your oral health good­bye for the next several years. Or until you have your teeth beaten out by your Russian landlord due to your outstanding debt.

4. You will have to provide your own food. Fortunately, every major at Whitworth is de­signed to help with this. Biology majors can live off an exclusive diet of plant thorns and small rocks. Communication types have de­veloped the ability to literally talk people’s ears off - a surprising source of both protein and fiber. Sociologists and political science students have learned to stomach anything. Art and theatre majors are both well prepared for a future of starvation. The only people who are going to have real problems after school are peace studies majors, but that was always going to be the case anyway.

5. Regrettably, most of the good paying jobs start before you get up in the morning.

I originally had 27 points, each as pithy and timeless as the five you have just read. My apologies, but you have no one to blame but yourself for not selecting me as your speaker. So don’t come crying to me when you sud­denly realize how cold the world is. Just hun­ker down and deal with it, senior. You’re a grown-up now.

By Jerod Jarvis

Spending time to learn from other viewpoints

Over Easter I was able to spend the weekend with my grandparents. This interaction is not common­place in my life, and thus seems worth noting. They are both in their 80s, live in Wenatchee and are tru­ly the most hospitable people you will ever meet. Over the course of the weekend we shared our sto­ries, their lessons from the past and my hopes for the future. In hearing their experiences and beliefs, I was forced to respectfully consider our differenc­es. Through this I gained an invaluable lesson. I would encourage you, over the next couple weeks or the course of the summer, to seek a rela­tionship with a person you don’t typically interact with. Spend time with someone sitting on the other side of the fence and listen.

We are often told to shy away from politics. This is especially true when there is a known disagreement, and you’re fam­ily. Yet when we do, we gain an essential aspect of political thought, and a life principle - perspective. I am writ­ing this now from my grandpa’s office looking at the family portraits above his desk, the photographs of dams along the wall and an image of President Barack Obama and the democratic party lead­ers signing a document with text reading, “these people are responsible for bankrupting the U.S.A. by passing the health care bill” in all caps. He is a World War II veteran and remains active politically.

Since the fall of my freshman year I have been dreading the “Grandpa, I’m a peace studies major” conversation (which happened over dinner, while he was wearing his vest with an American flag and “Go Army” pins). That day, however, as he started telling me about the Republican Party mailer he received the other day, I engaged. Not only did I listen and comment, but I also brought up immi­gration reform. From there we began talking about environmentalism, education and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In listening to what he and my grandma had to say, I came to realize the fallacies in my opinions. He described watching a recent en­vironmental protest.

“They were so dirty, dreaded hair, no showers, ripped up clothes, just the worst. They were telling the people they need to stop driving; that we have to ride our bikes everywhere. But when they were asked how they got to Washington, D.C. from Cali­fornia they all drove.”

My grandma chimes in, “You have to live out what you believe, all the time, not just when it’s convenient.”

I am nearly certain they saw this on Fox News, but I disregarded this information and listened to what they were saying, and they were right. If we are go­ing to seek radical change, we had better start making those changes holistically in our own lives.

So students of Whitworth I charge you, eat a meal with some folks who have a back­ground significantly different from your own. Lis­ten to their story. Learn what has brought them to their ideological framework. Do not disregard all or part of what they are saying; rather be receptive gleaning from it what you can. You need not come to agreement, but in putting a face to our perceived opposition we can all learn the line dividing us isn’t that thick.

By Haley Atkinson

Obama's botched response to the Lybia crisis

For weeks, I’ve hesitated to write about Libya. Events were unfolding at such a rapid rate that I feared anything I wrote could be obsolete before it was published. Now that the revolution in Libya has been underway for more than two months, I feel I can begin to offer meaningful criticism of the way in which the United States has played its role in the conflict. From the very beginning, the Obama admin­istration has mishandled the crisis, regardless of how you look at it.

First, of course, is the question of whether the U.S. should have become involved in the conflict in the first place. For instance, America’s involve­ment does not come without significant monetary cost. It is even questionable if President Barack Obama had the authority to authorize military action on his own.

According to Fred Lucas of CNS News, while campaigning for president in 2007, Obama explicitly stated: “The presi­dent does not have power un­der the Constitution to unilater­ally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”

The situation in Libya by no means constituted an “actual or imminent threat” to the U.S., yet Obama chose to authorize U.S. military action without consulting Congress. Whether his action was truly unconstitutional or not, Obama did not even follow his own guidelines.

Second, the exact nature of the Libyan rebels is not clearly known. Indeed, according to Sebastian Abbot of the Associated Press, “NATO’s top com­mander, U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis, told Con­gress last month that officials had seen ‘flickers’ of possible al-Qaeda and Hezbollah involvement with rebel forces.”

If this turns out to be true, the U.S. is spending taxpayers’ dollars and risking American lives to aid some of the very people committed to Amer­ica’s destruction.

All this is relatively unimportant now since Obama did eventually decide to get involved in Libya. However, U.S. involvement has been bun­gled at nearly every opportunity.

Most apparent was the indecision of the Obama administration. The revolution in Libya began on Feb. 15. By Feb. 28, the U.S. was positioning na­val assets off Libya’s coast and calls were mount­ing for the imposition of a no-fly zone to prevent Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi from bombing his own people. However, coalition forces did not begin bombarding Gadhafi’s forces until March 19. By the time the airstrikes began, Gadhafi’s forces had reversed the significant initial progress of the rebels and were threatening the last rebel stronghold in Benghazi. If coalition air and naval power had been used sooner, while Gadhafi was still reeling from the initial shock of the revolution, it is possible that Libya would not still be mired in a civil war.

Why the delay? Though he decided not to con­sult Congress, Obama had to get approval from the U.N. and the Arab League. When decisive action was needed, France and Britain stepped up to the plate, while the Obama administration dragged its feet. Weeks later, after filling out the requisite per­mission slips, Obama eventually assented to U.S. participation. Well, kind of.

Obama strongly insisted that the U.S. would let NATO take the lead in operations and that the goal was merely the protection of Libyan civilians and not the deposition of Gadhafi. By making state­ments about what we would not do (send in troops or depose Gadhafi), Obama made several serious strategic mistakes. Even if the U.S. never intended to send in ground troops, wouldn’t it be better to keep Gadhafi guessing? Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton noted, “By demanding Moammar Gadhafi’s ouster while restricting U.S. military force to the more limited objective of protect­ing civilians, Barack Obama has set himself up for mas­sive strategic failure.”

Obama had no reason to very publicly limit the U.S. role except, of course, if he was trying to cover his political backside.

While the U.S. took the lead in the initial opera­tions, Obama rushed to pull American forces out of the fight and let NATO handle things. Without U.S. leadership, however, the situation quickly soured. AP writers Don Melvin, Robert Burns and Danica Kirka listed several of NATO’s early mis­takes: “NATO holds its fire as Moammar Gadhafi’s forces advance 100 miles into rebel territory. It then blasts a rebel tank, saying it didn’t know the rebels had any — even though footage of rebels with tanks had been on YouTube for weeks.” The article later quotes Malcolm Chambers, a profes­sor of defense at London’s Kings College: “This is something new. We haven’t had a significant mili­tary operation in which the Americans have taken a back seat for quite some time … It really is un­clear whether the Europeans can rise to that chal­lenge.” So much for NATO.

This is just an abridged list of the foreign policy faux pas committed by the administration. Amid Obama’s indecisiveness and unwillingness to take strong action of any kind, the battle lines have stalemated. The U.S. and NATO are now realizing that they have to step up their efforts in order to break the impasse. Thus, in trying to avoid com­mitting to anything and seeking to cover his bases politically, Obama has actually put the U.S. in a more dangerous position where more commit­ment is necessary. In the meantime, lives and for­tunes are being lost. Apparently, one doesn’t get much experience as commander in chief while or­ganizing communities in Chicago.

By Max Nelsen

Student selected for a PBS documentary

In previous generations, young adults would actively fight for causes in which they believed. In this generation, stu­dents support causes by finding the cor­relating Facebook page and becoming a fan, junior JaJa Quarless said. In an attempt to bridge that genera­tional gap, and also to bring awareness to the Civil Rights movement, PBS’s American Experience is sponsoring 40 college students in a journey similar to that of the Freedom Riders 50 years ago.

The original Freedom Rides were organized by the Congress of Racial Equality, a group started by students at University of Chicago in 1942. The rides were meant to break down segregation in transport systems in the eastern and southern regions of the U.S., according to a 1962 Associated Press article.

Quarless was selected as one of the students to make the trip, following the intended map of the original Freedom Rides.

“I decided to apply firstly because I felt like when people hear about the Civ­il Rights movement, they hear about Dr. King, but the movement was driven by a lot of young people too,” Quarless said.

Several original Freedom Riders, many of whom were college students when they made the journey, will join Quarless and the other college students as they follow in their footsteps.

On the trip, both the students and some original Freedom Riders will take a bus through eight states, and will reach their final destination in New Orleans, the intended destination of the original Freedom Rides.

The students and accompanying orig­inal Freedom Riders will be greeted by a public event and rally in New Orleans.

“I feel like as an African American male, I’ve benefited a lot from them and other Civil Rights activists,” Quarless said. “I want to put myself in their shoes.”

Quarless said he expects to find a dif­ferent kind of education on this trip than that which he has found at Whitworth.

“Whitworth is inclusive and tries to bring people in,” Quarless said. “But at the same time there are stories, especial­ly the African American stories, that are omitted from the curriculum and from the dialogue.”

Quarless said he hopes to find a learn­ing experience connecting him further to his own heritage, and to be able to bring some of his lessons back to Whit­worth.

“I think the main way I’ll be able to bring this experience back to Whitworth is for one, to make people realize that it was only 50 years ago,” Quarless said. “In light of that, I’d want to stress to students and faculty and the greater Spokane community that the struggle didn’t end 50 years ago.”

As an Act Six scholar, Quarless said he has gained a strong sense of the issues of social justice and inequality. The main­stream curriculum at Whitworth has also affected his identity.

“I would say Whitworth has affected my identity because on one hand, Whit­worth’s an open environment; I don’t feel an active press by the administra­tion against learning about civil rights and my heritage,” Quarless said. “Whit­worth has affected my identity, though, by not including the African American perspective in the dominant narrative.”

It is troubling that students can get a four-year degree at Whitworth without ever coming into contact with the Afri­can American experience, he said.

“That undermines my personal iden­tity and my collective identity as an Afri­can American,” Quarless said.

The Freedom Rides will give Whit­worth students the opportunity to learn about history and civil rights in a new way, as the participants will be actively giving updates on Facebook and Twitter. A full-length film, which will appear on PBS, and 12 short films will also come out of the project.

Story by Lindsie Wagner

Photo by Chrissy Roach

Art show provides real life experience

Some majors require a thesis to graduate, others require some sort of major project. Art majors have to put together a gallery exhibit to graduate. This year’s exhibit, called Overtones/ Undercurrents, features 28 pieces by senior art majors. Every senior takes a class that ends with the show, but many seniors spend a lot of time out­side of class preparing, in addition to doing homework for the classes they are in currently.

“The hardest part was making every­thing work,” senior Damon Buck said. “These aren’t just class assignments. I want to have good intentions behind my work.”

The senior art show is the culmina­tion of everything art majors have done over their time at Whitworth Univer­sity. This year there is a variety of art, from newspaper and yearbook page layouts to oil paintings.

Art majors also put together a show during their junior year, to prepare for the senior art show.

“What the junior art show does is get their feet wet,” said Stephen Rue, gal­lery director and a lecturer for the art department. “They start thinking about the process of the show and they can look ahead to their senior year.”

Although the junior art show isn’t very different from the senior art show in terms of what the students do to get ready for it, there is an obvious differ­ence in the art itself.

“The attention to detail is a thousand times better than last year,” Buck said. “Some people didn’t really know their focus, but everyone has developed their own style and the quality has gone up in the past year.”

One thing that is different about this show is that it will be showing at two lo­cations. The first is in the Bryan Oliver Gallery on campus, and the second is at the Saranac Art Projects downtown. There was good timing at the Saranac, which is why the senior art show was able to have another gallery, Rue said.

Adjunct professor Garric Simon­sen was the juror for the show, which meant he looked at all the work sub­mitted and decided which pieces should be part of the show.

“I looked at the students’ ability to be innovative and original,” Simonsen said. “It was a process of looking at the work and asking those questions.”

For many students, this was the first time their work had been looked at by someone who they weren’t very famil­iar with.

“[Garric] was a little more critical, because there wasn’t a close relation­ship like there is with professors here,” Buck said. “They take our feelings to heart; they’re critical but we have a re­lationship with them.”

Even though the jury process was more severe than people had originally thought it would be, most people were happy with how it turned out.

“I’m pretty pleased with it,” Rue said. “Everyone found their own direction. The seniors have a good sense of who they are artistically.”

Simonsen was happy about the work that ended up in the show.

“A lot of the work was up to current contemporary standards,” Simonsen said. “The conceptual ideas were simi­lar to the ideas of overarching institu­tional groups that are considered the art world. The work was pretty progres­sive and fairly cutting edge.”

The show at the Bryan Oliver Gallery will be open until May 14. The show at the Saranac Art Projects opens May 6 and closes May 29.

Caitlin Richmond

Communications professor says goodbye

There is soon to be an empty office in downstairs Lindaman as valued communications studies professor Ginny Whitehouse leaves Whitworth at the end of the semester. Whitehouse accepted a position at Eastern Kentucky University teaching journalism classes starting in the fall. Part of her job there will be to work with the school’s faculty to bring the curriculum into the social media and multimedia era. All of which are excel­lent opportunities, Whitehouse said.

“But I will be very sad to leave Whitworth and every­one here and all my friends and wonderful stu­dents,” Whitehouse said.

The decision to make the move cen­ters on her desire to be closer to her family in the South. Whitehouse’s sis­ter, mother and brothers are ecstatic about her coming.

Whitehouse’s two adopted Chinese daughters, Kaili and Marie, ages 10 and 6, are nervous about leav­ing, but are excited for the new adventure. Whitehouse’s sis­ter has two Chinese children of the same age living in Nashville, Tenn. The four children are very close, White­house said.

Coming to Whitworth

It has been 15 years since White­house first joined the Whitworth fac­ulty in 1996.

Whitworth communications stud­ies professor, Mike Ingram, has known Whitehouse since 1982 when they were friends and debate teammates at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn.

“We laughed a lot that a pair of col­lege friends were now academic pro­fessionals across the country,” Ingram said.

Gordon Jackson, chair of the com­munications studies department, previously knew Whitehouse through professional associations. When the communications studies department was looking for a new journalism fac­ulty member, Jackson suggested con­tacting Whitehouse. She applied and was the department’s top choice.

“She brought new ideas and fresh eyes to our program,” Ingram said.

Kathy Fechter, academic program assistant, said Whitehouse brought a lot of laughter, and was vivacious, energet­ic and very thoughtful.

Com­munications stud­ies professor Ron Pyle said White­house has maintained consistency over the years since starting at Whit­worth.

“Her generosity and commitment to students and Whitworth’s mission is the same now as when she first ar­rived,” Pyle said.

A multidimensional job

Besides being a communications studies professor, Whitehouse has played a rather multifaceted role at Whitworth. She has been a student advisor, an internship supervisor, an Act Six mentor and she has added ex­periential and service learning com­ponents to several classes.

Working with Act Six students is something White­house particu­larly enjoyed. She helped with orga­nizing the inter­cultural academic mentor program and paired incoming Act Six students with a faculty mentor.

One student she mentored, Whit­worth alumnus Dan Quarless, said Whitehouse greatly influenced his life.

“She very much kept me in line while I was at Whitworth,” Quarless said, “She always made sure I was on top of my game.”

Whitehouse definitely challenged him, Quarless said. There was an in­stance when he informed Whitehouse he had done poorly on a chemistry test. She asked Quar­less where the test was and he told her he had thrown it away. She made him go out in the rain and retrieve the test from the garbage.

“She was a major part of everything I did at Whitworth,” Quarless said, “Whitworth won’t nearly be as strong without her.”

One class Whitehouse was particu­larly pleased with was her article and feature writing class last Jan Term. Part of the class included sending students out to live with Hmong-American and Russian-American families and having them write stories about the ex­perience. This is something Whitehouse had wanted to happen for the 15 years she’s been at Whitworth.

Holly Gregg, junior communica­tions studies major, was in article and feature writing and said it was her fa­vorite class in the communications studies department. It was struc­tured so it felt just like working in a newsroom, getting up early to write a story and coming to class in the af­ternoon to edit it.

Whitehouse sat down with each student and helped them edit so they could learn about writing style. Whitehouse did a really good job of seeing each student and figuring out what each one needed, Gregg said.

“I love teaching students about the things I care about,” Whitehouse said, “I care about them writing well and telling other people’s stories well. I care about helping them make good ethical decisions. I care about them learning how to live and work with people who are different from them.”

Whitehouse is an incomparable colleague

Jackson described Whitehouse’s time here as “15 years of first-rate col­legiality.”

“Ginny has been a wonderful brightening force,” Jackson said. “She is lively, she is an enormous amount of fun and she is a colleague who sharpens the intellects of her colleagues by not letting us get away with sloppy thinking or low standards.”

Esther Louie, assistant dean of in­tercultural student affairs, has worked with Whitehouse through the Act Six program and recognizes her ability to make things happen.

“I love working with Ginny,” Louie said, “She’s really creative. She has a great can-do attitude.”

Whitehouse knows not being around her colleagues everyday will be difficult and still hasn’t gotten her head around the fact she truly is

leaving.

“I am deeply indebted to my col­leagues and working in a wonderful department. We are genuinely friends and support each other,” Whitehouse said.

Students as friends

Students of Whitehouse’s see the same good things in her as her col­leagues do. Two communications studies majors, senior Stephanie Bak­er and Gregg, are excited for White­house’s new opportunity, but sad about her departure.

Baker said Whitehouse under­stands students and relates to them effortlessly while never being afraid to challenge them.

“She does a good job of being support­ive and challenging at the same time,” Baker said.

Gregg has taken three classes with Whitehouse and remembers what she learns well because of Whitehouse’s extremely animated teaching style.

“Whitehouse got into [her teaching] so much that she became what she was teaching,” Gregg said.

Whitehouse brings energy to the classroom and is a role model for students. Students deeply value her encouragement and strong nudges when a student is delivering less than his or her best, Jackson said.

“It’s very difficult to capture Ginny’s uniquely flamboyant, forceful style,” Jackson said.

The students are Whitehouse’s fa­vorite part of being at Whitworth; they are also her friends and she knows leaving them will be a big loss for her.

“I feel like I am so fortunate to be part of our students’ lives,” White­house said.

The void left behind

There are two effects Whitehouse’s leaving will have on the department, Jackson said. The first is more eas­ily dealt with than the second. The department has to find someone to cover the courses she teaches and will bring in a temporary lecturer for the writing for mass media class and will soon start the process of searching for a replacement faculty member.

The second effect is a more intangi­ble loss, Jackson said. It is much easier to cover courses and assign ad­visees to new people, but one aspect of her leaving is going to be impossible to assess and address.

“Ginny’s leaving is a huge loss in a whole host of ways. Our biggest loss is her presence and she will not be easily replaced,” Pyle said.

Ingram understands Whitehouse’s pull toward home and family, being a transplanted Southerner himself. At the same time he is sad and greatly aware of the void she will leave.

“I think the whole campus will feel her void; they’ll know she’s gone,” Fechter said.

Fechter is happy for Whitehouse, but will miss her and knows the de­partment will miss her expertise.

“Now it’s up to the department and the administration to do justice to Ginny’s legacy by finding someone who deserves to fill the space she’s leaving in her office, our department and campus as a whole,” Jackson said.

Jo Miller

Photo by Chrissy Roach

Business as usual for Whitworth

Four Whitworth teams placed in the regional business competition. Thirty-eight teams from Whitworth’s School of Global Commerce & Man­agement, Gonzaga’s Hogan Entre­preneurial Leadership Program and Eastern Washington University’s Center for Entrepreneurial Activities competed in three categories: social-enterprise, community-based and student-generated. Cattle Cooperative

Whitworth graduate students Nicolle Gillie, Dennis Elrod and Kris Meng won first place in the community-based cat­egory for their cattle cooperative busi­ness plan.

Essentially the plan allows local cat­tle ranchers to distribute their beef to the commercial market.

“It’s basically a slaughterhouse, but that sounds bad,” Elrod said.

The process certifies the meat with the USDA grass-fed seal and allows sale into the commercial markets, includ­ing restaurants, supermarkets and oth­er venues. The business plan of Gillie, Elrod and Meng will be implemented starting in September. The local cattle cooperative was given a 20-year low-interest loan from the federal govern­ment to finance the plan.

Before the new process, cattle were shipped across the country for slaugh­tering and the ranchers were only given a portion of the profit.

“By the time they’re done, there could be 16 different cows in your ham­burger,” Elrod said.

Gillie, Elrod and Meng’s plan re­duces stress on the cattle and creates an incentive for better conditions. Be­fore, the ranchers were paid the same amount of money for good or poor quality beef.

Little Lamp Bites and Snacks

Senior Katie Williams placed first in the regional business competition in the student-generated categories for her business plan of Little Lamp Bites and Snacks.

Little Lamp is a mobile food cart lo­cated near a college campus; the plan used the corner of Hawthorne Road and North Division Street as an exam­ple. The cart would be open late and stocked with healthy and sustainable options.

In addition to the healthy choices, the cart would have a delivery via bicycle option. A student could order through text, online or a smart phone applica­tion.

Being a student, Williams knows how hard it is to eat healthy while studying late at night.

“It’s Jack in the Box or scrounging through your room for a granola bar,” she said.

Williams will travel abroad for a year after graduation but when she returns, she would like to implement the plan.

“My dream is to open a peanut but­ter and jelly restaurant,” Williams said. She explained that the shop would have multiple kinds of bread, various types of nut butter and many flavors of jam and jelly.

Williams is not a business major like her fellow participants in the competi­tion, she is majoring in Spanish and peace studies. She initially took the class to learn about personal finance.

“Two months ago I had no idea what ROI was much less how to use it,” Wil­liams said. “This is what I do for fun. I’m really passionate about it.”

Foothill Fresh Christmas Trees

Whitworth seniors Sean Tennis and Michael Berger placed third in the student-generated category for their plan of Foothill Fresh Christ­mas Trees.

The business plan is for local small table-top Christmas trees.

Tennis credits the idea to his partner Berger.

Berger put in around 200 hours of work and he put in around 100 hours, Tennis said.

The competition was time inten­sive and a challenge.

“I don’t think I have ever been better prepared,” he said.

Tennis said he does not normal­ly get nervous but he was for the competition.

“It’s an honor to represent the business department,” Tennis said.

Whitworth graduate student Terri Echegoyen received third place in the community-based category for a project titled Latah Creek Hardware & Home.

Echegoyen was unable to be in­terviewed at the time of printing.

According to the press release, business plans were judged based on 10 criteria categories including social return on investment and feasibility.

“It was great, I learned a ton. Prize or no prize, it was a lot of fun. I would recommend it to anyone, no matter their major,” Williams said.

Caitlyn Starkey

Osama bin Laden dead

After nearly 10 years of Osama bin Laden being labeled as public enemy No. 1, White House sources have reported the national symbol of terrorism and fear has been killed in a Pakistani compound on Sunday after nearly 40 minutes of firefights between al-Qaida and U.S. forces.

“Today at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound  in Abbottabad, Pakistan,” President Barack Obama said during a press conference Sunday night. “After a firefight, [U.S. forces] killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.”

As news spread throughout the U.S. of bin Laden’s death, crowds gathered outside the White House singing and chanting; a sight that mirrored a similar gathering following 9/11 but with a clearly different tone for the evening.

“His demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and dignity,” Obama said.

In a statement released by former President George W. Bush following the Obama press conference, he reiterated the importance of this moment for the U.S.

“This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001,” Bush said. “The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”

During the press conference Obama said when he took office, he made it his “top priority” to take down the face and figure behind the World Trade Center attacks.

Obama said he was briefed on a possible lead on bin Laden’s location.

“It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground.” Obama said.

Yet the work of intelligence agencies paid off last week when the administration ascertained they had enough information go after bin Laden who was believed to be hiding within a Pakistani compound.

President Obama reminded the world that the U.S. government was never out to attack Islam.

“I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam,” he said. “Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims.”

Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari stands in agreement with Obama over the significance of bin Laden’s death, with Obama calling it “a good and historic day for both our nations.”

Obama called for the U.S. to stand in unity over this news of the death of bin Laden.

“Let us remember we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

 

 

 

Story by Jessica Valencia.

Vocal jazz soloists awe audience

Taking the stage in a bright gold dress, sophomore MacKenzie Covington belted four songs as bold as her clothes.  Starting with a sassy tune about "every love but true love" and working her way to "Summertime."On Thursday April 28, senior Megan Porter, sophomore Kirsten Mullen and sophomore Ellie Tappa followed Covington for a night of vocal jazz soloists.  Each woman sang four songs.  They varied from fast paced to jazz ballads, most of which were love songs either about breaking up or getting together.

“You can convey a lot more emotion through singing because it’s just you in your natural self,” Tappa said.

Tappa had been in many choirs, including the Whitworth Choir, and is currently involved in Whitworth's Symphony.  Being apart of both vocal and instrumental music, Tappa said that she likes jazz because it is so expressive and without a direct set of rules.

“The girls were obviously really excited to sing,” sophomore Flannery Fox said.  “They were in their element.”

Fox initially came because she had friends in the concert, but she said that she also just really enjoys jazz because it is different every time and is really an art form.

Associate professor Brent Edstrom played piano, Eugene Jablonsky was on bass and Rick Westrick on drums backed the women during the concert.  Both Mullen and Tappa, however, had a song that featured their director, Dan Keberle on trumpet.

Story by Lauren Otheim

I'm Just Saying: know what you believe.

When five college students get together for a school project about religion, the assignment turns into a night full of revelations and confrontational conversations. Together they discover the importance of knowing what you believe and why. The film “I’m Just Saying,” directed by Brian Douglas, is based off his same-titled novel and was produced by Traverse Entertainment, L.L.C. Douglas career in the television, film, and music industry started with his involvement with A&M Records as their Promotion Representative. He worked alongside big names such as

Sheryl Crow, Soundgarden and Ice Cube, as A&M’s liaison for global record labels. Douglas eventually went on to be a manager for Hallmark Channel. “I’m Just Saying” is Douglas’ first full-length feature film. The story is mainly dialogue-based, the characters conversations range from their differences in opinion about men and women, to their beliefs about sexuality, politics and religion.

A group of five students are gathered together in serious discussion.  While initially their relationships are unknown, the film eventually shows audiences the deeper connections each character has to another.

Sky, played by Eric Lewis, and Eden, played by Jen Bailey, have been friends forever and even dated each other.  However, since their breakup there is tension between them. They pretend to act civilly toward each other during the discussion, but Sky has something important to tell Eden.

Meanwhile flirtatious Rene, played by Michael Galvez, tries to get closer to the newcomer Sylvia, played by Leigh Dunham. Tyler, played by Rhiann Woodyard, is the only gay individual in the group; she tenaciously challenges Sylvia on her religious world views.

The only action between the characters happens in their heated discussions about religion and the right to be gay, or the hypocrisies they see in each other’s romantic relationships. The two characters who progress the most are Sky and Eden. Throughout the film the two of them test each other. It is clear to everyone in their group of friends and the audience that they are still in love. The amount of widespread topics the groups of college students discuss is somewhat unrealistic since the film takes place in one day. But the issues and questions they raise are interesting based on their differences in the foundation of their beliefs. Stereotypes are evident within each of the characters, presumably to make a point.  Sky is the know-it-all sarcastic group member. Eden is a gorgeous tree-hugger. Rene is somewhat more conservative than Sky, but just as provocative.  Sylvia is conservative and slightly religious. Tyler is passionate about accepting herself after the stuggles she’s faced for being gay. Overall the film is worth watching and is unique in how it points out the hypocrisies of claims we make in living out our beliefs.

Douglas’ film won many awards including Director’s Choice and the Bronze Medal for Excellence, in the Park City Film Music Festival, 2010.  The soundtrack includes musical talents from The Green Car Motel, Forty Marshas (Goo Goo Dolls’ Mike Malinin), and Charm The Moon.

To purchase “I’m Just Saying,” visit Amazon.com, or to find out more about the film process, visit their Facebook page.

Story by Brianna Anderson