Longboarding resurfaces on campus with warmer weather

It is hard to go a day without seeing someone riding or carrying a longboard on campus. Longboarding is a common way for students to get around campus quickly and efficiently. But there is quite a bit more to the longboarding subculture than fast travel. There are multiple types of longboards, each of which are built with particular activities in mind. These activities range from downhill racing to carving and cruising, according to Freeride Surf and Skate Shop’s website.

Longboards vary in shape of board, the material the board is made of, the size of the trucks and tightness of the trucks depending on what the board is designed to do.

People who are more serious about longboarding may have more gear and multiple boards — called a “quiver” — which they can use for the different styles of riding.

The longboarding subculture is more prominent in California — longboards originated there when surfers wanted a way to “surf” on pavement when the weather was too bad to actually surf. However, longboarding still has a decent following here on campus, junior Josh Adrian said.

Longboarding is a style of boarding generally geared toward relaxation than traditional skateboarding.

“It’s the most relaxing thing I do all day,” freshman Sam Haney said. “This is pretty much my drug.”

While some longboards made for trick riding, trick riding is much less prominent in longboarding.

The most common uses of longboards include transportation, carving, “hill-bombing” and activities that generally require longer distances than typical skateboard tricks.

“It’s very much about the ride itself. It’s not so much about the tricks that you can do with it as much as the actual how you ride going from one place to the next,” Haney said.

The social aspect of longboarding is also very different from traditional skateboarding. Relaxed and inviting, pretty much anyone who wants to learn can join the growing numbers of longboarders on campus.

“Literally anyone can pick up a longboard. I don’t think there’s an exclusive group here at all,” Adrian said.

While there may be a certain look about some of the more immersed members of the culture, you certainly don’t have to adopt that same look to “fit in” with others who longboard, Haney said.

Picking up longboarding isn’t all that hard, senior Anne Dhanens said. It’s more about practice and confidence than skill level.

“[My first time] I ate it. Really badly. I hit major speed levels and then I ate it,” Dhanens said. “So then I was scared off of it for a couple years and didn’t start up again until the middle of high school when I just gritted my teeth, stole my sister’s longboard and practiced for hours until I got over my fear.”

Some students around campus picked up riding at a young age, while others have only been riding for a couple of years. Dhanens has been riding for almost six years, while Adrian — who participated in skateboarding in middle school and high school — didn’t pick up longboarding until coming to Whitworth.

“When I got to college, I borrowed a friend’s board and loved it and realized how much I missed skating,” Adrian said.

Alanna Carlson Staff Writer

Contact Alanna Carlson at acarlson17@my.whitworth.edu

Juggler and hypnotist perform for Million Meals rally

Juggler Lindsay Benner and hypnotist Matt Grisham brought the circus to Whitworth last Friday. ASWU Activities coordinator Kevin Gleim chose the two acts for a pre-packing rally for the Million Meals program, which took place last Saturday. “In my budget I have a certain amount of money I can use for the end of year entertainment,” Gleim said. “Since it’s the day before Million Meals I saw an opportunity to create awareness for the program.”

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Gleim said that he hoped to encourage students to show up to the Million Meals packing event.

Because not enough volunteers had signed up to pack meals at the Million Meals event, the performances were meant to encourage students to participate in the packing, Gleim said.

Earlier in the year, Gleim sent out a campus-wide survey asking what type of entertainment students wanted to see. A hypnotist was the highest rated of the options. The decision to bring in a juggler was inspired by the success of the juggler that was brought in during the beginning of the year for freshman orientation.

Gleim saw Benner at an entertainment conference he attended earlier in the year.

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“I knew that she was really good, so that’s why I brought her,” Gleim said. “And I just wanted smaller, really entertaining events.”

Dressed in a bright red ruby dress and a large pearl necklace, Benner demanded the audience’s attention during dinner at Sodexo when she pulled out volunteers from the crowd.

“[My character is] like if Charlie Chaplin and Lucille Ball had a love-child that juggled,” Benner said.

Benner danced, juggled and sang her way through her variety show. She told a story using a volunteer from the audience, taking him through the stages of being in a “relationship” with her, from the first date to domestic bliss, all the way to the bitter separation. She paused the story every now and then to perform juggling acts with balls and knives.

“I love it when I feel like I’ve found some sort of joke that I haven’t found before,” Benner said. “I think it’s generally when I feel like there’s groove between me and the audience; those are my favorite moments.”

Much of Benner’s show depends on the audience’s reactions and participation, but Benner said she still must work to involve the audience.

“Some audiences are harder than others,” Benner said. “When I’m connecting with my audience the show really works.”

Benner has been performing at smaller colleges and organizations for the past two years ,trying to break away from street performing.

“I wanted to do something where people were sitting and ready and I didn’t have to hustle quite so much,” Benner said. “And I knew exactly what my paycheck was going to be.”

Benner said she enjoys playing at smaller venues such as Whitworth.

“You never know what you’re going to be walking into,” Benner said. “Sometimes I’m in really cool little theaters, sometimes I’m in classrooms and sometimes I’m in lobbies.”

Grisham, an award-winning traveling magician and hypnotist, performed later that night in the MPR.

Several students volunteered to be hypnotized by Grisham, and were made to perform skits such as an awkward middle school dance, a runway routine and delivering a baby.

Grisham’s show was met with laughter and applause. Once it was over, students posed for pictures with Grisham and he answered questions about hypnotism and his career.

Mikayla Nicholson Staff Writer

Motorcycle culture picks up speed among students

Hannah Walker|Graphic Artist Now that winter has released its icy grip on Spokane, motorcycle enthusiasts are coming alive. Whether they slowly rumble past or scream by in a flash of color, motorcyclists are a culture all unto themselves and they all ride for a variety of reasons.

“I’d have to say there is a more intimate relationship between the man and the machine — where every hand is doing something, where every foot is doing something — you’re in control and I like that idea,” senior Joshua Warren said. “It’s also fun. You’re out there with the wind in your face out there enjoying the sun.”

Warren rides a 1000cc Honda Super Hawk. Students and faculty interviewed tend to mirror Warren’s thoughts on why they ride.

“I’d say part of it is adrenaline, part of it is the freedom of being outside a caged car. Love having the wind and all that stuff. It’s just fun,” senior Ryan Johnson said.

Johnson rides a Yamaha FZ8 and is well aware of the stereotypes surrounding motorcycle culture.

“Growing up I had this kind of stereotypical idea where the people who rode cruisers were outlaw badass dudes, the people who rode street bikes were douchebags, and dirt bikes were just kind of whatever,” Johnson said.

Now, Johnson owns a street bike and said he realizes that those stereotypes don’t always hold true.

Other stereotypes have inspired those interested to get on a motorcycle.

“My best friend in high school had a Kawasaki 90 when we were juniors; he rode it all the way back from South Dakota,” said James Uhlenkott, visiting assistant professor of education. “This was the era of Peter Fonda and Easy Rider, so we all wanted to be that. This was our very weak attempt to be that.”

Uhlenkott rides a 2003 Harley Davidson Soft Tail Standard and has been riding since 1971.

Others have been inspired to ride because of family’s or friends’ encouragement.

“My dad rode; it’s always been something I wanted to do just because I knew he had,” Warren said.

The experience of riding is unique for each person. For some, it is the speed that draws them.

“Whenever I’m on the road, it’s different than being in a car,” sophomore Avery Smetana said.  “It’s open, just turning with the road and going fast. It’s hard to put into words.”

Smetana has been riding a Honda XR650R Enduro for the last year.

For some riders, just being outside is what drives them on two wheels instead of four.

“You pack all your stuff, get on the road, go down two lane roads into the middle of nowhere, come across a small town, find a place to camp,” Uhlenkott said. “My wife and I really love that. So it’s that kind of adventure of ‘let’s just see where we end up.’”

Motorcycle enthusiasts vary in style and method, but are united by one common action.

“There’s the motorcycle wave that’s unique to motorcycle riders,” Johnson said.

The wave is a common salutation between all motorcyclists who pass each other while riding.

“Everyone is very, very accepting,” Uhlenkott said. “No matter where we go if there’s another biker we are a part of the group instantly. You instantly have this connection.”

Getting into the sport takes training and commitment just like any other sport.

“It’s something you have to take the time to get into,” Smetana said. “It’s something you have to take the time and really enjoy what’s going on around you.”

Meeting someone who rides is different from meeting any other sport enthusiast.

“The culture is pretty inviting compared to say other generic groups,” Johnson said. “You are put into a group by something you own. It’s like when parents talk about their kids, you meet someone who has a motorcycle and they will tell you the story of their bike.”

Motorcycles and the people who ride them are able to transcend a generational gap that no other sport can.

“My dad had a Harley already and I wanted to be able to ride that as well,” Smetana said.  “It’s something I looked in on growing up and it was something cool to be a part of.”

The culture of motorcycles is many things, but it’s the attitude people have that make it a group activity.

“It’s people who pursue the sport of it, doing it together,” Johnson said.  “It’s people who have motorcycles and love riding together.”

Stuart Hopson Staff Writer

Living together: Considering the “next step”

As a religious institution, Whitworth has a culture that sets expectations for many things in students’ lives. The culture can affect how students made important life decisions, such as whether to move in with their significant others before marriage.

The decision to cohabit is a big deal regardless of one’s community and is a decision that ultimately comes down to what the particular couple deems as most important to their relationship.

Some students at Whitworth have chosen to move in with their significant others, while others have chosen to wait to live together. Couples cite a variety of influences that helped determine their decisions.

Senior Jessica Dahm and her fiancé, for example,  chose not to live together before being married.

Engaged since December, the couple’s main reason for the choice was distance — Dahm’s fiancé Brock Rule attends the University of Idaho.

Such distance made the discussion impractical during the school year, Dahm said.

During the summer, living together was a very real option for the couple, Dahm said. However, the two decided against the idea.

“We talked about it, then I talked to my parents and got advice from my friends,” Dahm said. “It was definitely an option; we just decided it wasn’t the best thing.”

For Dahm and Rule, several things played into their decision to live apart, even during the summer. Among those were religious reasons.

“I think it definitely it does [play a part], just because of what we were taught,” Dahm said. “We made a choice based on what we believe in.”

While Dahm and her fiancé decided that living together before marrying was not for them, other Whitworth-connected couples make a different decision.

Freshman Cody Arnold and his fiancée Peyton Puryear are one such couple.

Arnold and Puryear have lived together since early February. They made the decision to move into an apartment together after months of careful discussion, Arnold said.

“When we first started the discussion there was a lot of talking about pros and cons,” Puryear said. “We talked about who else will be affected by that decision. We didn’t want to be selfish in it.”

Moving in together was the most financially practical option for the couple, Arnold and Puryear said.

Additionally, both Arnold and Puryear said they wanted the ability to spend more time together. Living in the same home has allowed the couple to achieve that goal.

Moving in together wasn’t a necessary step to keep their relationship moving forward, both Puryear and Arnold said.

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However, living together has allowed Arnold and Puryear to practice facing more serious trials than they had before cohabiting, Puryear said.

Arnold agreed, stating that he believed most couples would have gone their separate ways within the first few weeks of what they experienced.

In light of that realization, both Arnold and Puryear strongly caution couples contemplating cohabitation.

“It’s not a step that I’d recommend to any couple,” Arnold said, stressing that cohabitation can easily tear apart a relationship if the couple does not handle the move correctly.

Deciding to move in with a significant other must be largely based on one’s own relationship and experiences, and the best course of action will vary from couple to couple, Puryear said.

Cohabitation in the United States has seen a drastic increase, with more than 15 times the number of couples moving in together before marriage now than in the 1960s, according to the New York Times.

In addition to opinions from family and friends, young people considering cohabiting before marriage also often contend with widely available expert opinions. Experts exist on both sides of the issue.

Many experts — ranging from online advice columns authors to writers at The New York Times and Huffington Post to administrators of popular dating sites such as eHarmony — have advice about cohabitation before marriage, with strong opinions on both sides of the fence.

Many experts cite financial practicality, testing for compatibility and being the natural next step in a serious relationship as benefits of cohabitation before marriage.

Those experts who argue against the notion cite divorce rates and religious doctrine as arguments for living apart until after tying the knot.

Studies have linked increased divorce rates with both cohabiting and not cohabiting, making the decision less a matter of science than a matter of individual choice.

One thing many researchers have agreed on, however, is the idea of “deciding, not sliding.” “Sliding” refers to the couple that is “practically living together anyway,” and so therefore see no reason not to make the move-in official.

However, experts argue that type of tepid decision-making process can lead to a tepid relationship as well, and an awkward situation if the relationship ends.

Like any part of a relationship, it’s important that boundaries and expectations are as clear as possible.

Both Dahm and Rule and Arnold and Puryear exemplify making an active decision on the topic.

For Dahm and her fiancé, the benefits of living together — especially for only a small period of time — were not enough to move forward with the moving in together.

For Arnold and Puryear, the advantages of cohabitation outweighed any drawbacks or risks they may have encountered.

Alanna Carlson Staff Writer

Gaming club presents annual WhitCon event

Each year, Whitworth’s Gaming Club hosts WhitCon, a small-scale convention inspired by national conventions such as Comicon. “WhitCon is a convention put on by the students of Whitworth for everyone in the community to come and join us to celebrate geek and nerd culture,” according to the Whitworth website.

On April 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., WhitCon events will be happening all around campus. A $5 fee covers admission for both days.

“[WhitCon is] a bunch of nerdy people doing nerdy things and hitting each other with foam weapons,” Hannah Wiltsey, a senior and Secretary Whitworth’s Gaming Club said.

One might assume that WhitCon is an event only open to people who are already involved in the gaming culture, but that’s not entirely accurate.

Although there will be a lot of aspects that could be overwhelming to the non-gamer, plenty of activities will be available for those students who are not hardcore gamers.

Movie rooms and television show rooms will be placed around campus, featuring a variety of movies and shows, said freshman Brian Bentley, who is a member of the Gaming Club.

There will also be a tabletop room with an assortment of card games and board games and staff to teach inexperienced gamers.

The highlights of WhitCon in past years have been the LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) competitions and the League of Legends tournament, said senior James Giltz, president of the Gaming Club. These are activities that not only draw competitors but also a substantial audience.

“Watching LARPing is actually pretty entertaining,” Wiltsey said.

For the competitive spirit, there are plenty of tournaments and other competition. Gaming rooms, including League of Legends and a new game from Blizzard Entertainment called Heathstone, will be conducting tournaments.

LARPing competitions will be held sporadically throughout the tournament.

“[LARPing] is essentially like improv acting with a few different game-type rules,” Bentley said.

There will also be local artists, food and a costume contest, Wiltsey said. The Gaming Club has really tried to have something for anyone and everyone at WhitCon.

“WhitCon is one of those things where it just depends where your interests lie,” Bentley said.

WhitCon is meant to be a community event, Giltz said. Last year, the event drew about 90 participants.

This year, the Gaming Club is looking to increase that number, advertising at local gaming locations and cooperating with the Eastern Washington University and Spokane Community Colleges gaming clubs to bring in community participants.

“It’s really for anyone who wants to come and would enjoy a convention,” Giltz said.

Although WhitCon can seem daunting from the outside, the gaming community is quite friendly and inviting, Bentley said.

“If you’re not involved in the culture, for the most part it’s very friendly and inviting. If you come in with an interest, we will take you in, and we will teach you everything. We love having new people come into the community. It’s a very friendly and supportive community,” Giltz said.

Alanna Carlson Staff Writer

Contact Alanna Carlson at acarlson17@my.whitworth.edu

Annual lu’au celebrates Polynesian culture

A subtle strum of a ukulele, the savory sweet smell of teriyaki and the taste of juicy pineapple awaited students and community members in the Hixson Union Building on April 12. Those and other aspects of Polynesian culture were brought to life during the 44th annual lu’au organized by the Whitworth Hawaiian Club.

“It’s a collaboration of the different cultures (Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga and Tahiti) and it’s a way for us to perpetuate in the mainland and Whitworth,” said senior Amber Manuel, the Hawaiian Club’s vice president.

The lu’au began at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served in the HUB. Students and community members were greeted by club members wearing leis, playing with hula hoops or playing ukuleles.

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“We prepare all the food in mostly traditional style,” said sophomore Mary Walker, the president of the Hawaiian Club. “This year, Sodexo is letting us use their dining room facilities.”

In the past, the lu’au was hosted in the Fieldhouse but, due to construction, other arrangements had to be made this year. As a result, the HUB was crowded and finding seating was difficult.

However, Hawaiian music played while attendees stood in line, waiting for their chance to try kalua pig, shoyu chicken or teriyaki beef. Side dishes such as macaroni salad, white rice, yakisoba, lomi salmon and fresh pineapple were available for self-serve. Pineapple upside-down cake and rice pudding were served for dessert.

“I wish they served food like this all the time,” sophomore Lindsay Ross said.

The real show began in Cowles Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Palm tree leaves bordered the seating area and flowers decorated the stage, giving the auditorium a Hawaiian feel.

As the house lights dimmed, the crowd became quiet, and Manuel’s voice came through the speaker system. She welcomed the audience to the lu’au and began telling the story of Polynesian roots. The stage lights glowing red and fog coming from back stage and seeping into the audience gave a sense of mystery and wonder.

The calmness was disrupted by the yelling of men from the back of the auditorium.

“I liked the first part where the guys started screaming from behind us,” sophomore Katie McKinney said.

Male dancers hooped and hollered as they walked toward the stage to perform the Haka dance, a Maori war dance. The men chanted, stomped and slapped their bare chests. The crowd was silent and tense.

The two following dances were influenced from Samoan and Tongan culture. Freshman Nia Fealofani choreographed those dances.

This is the first year authentic Western Samoan and Tongan dances have been incorporated into the lu’au event, Fealofani said.

“My section of the lu’au is raw material from the country,” Fealofani said. “The other dances are more modern.”

One dance represented the Tongan culture while four different styles of Samoan dances were performed.

The segment started with a dance of celebration and ended with a slapping dance that illustrated the movement of Polynesian people up through the islands toward Hawaii.

“I’ve put together a little something to show how we’ve traveled,” Fealofani said. “Because that’s how the program is set up, to show how the cultures have traveled.”

Chanting, a capella and some humorous improv caused a positive audience response. People cheered at impressive dance movements and shouted encouragements when the performers got tired.

The Tahitian dance also got a large crowd response. Female dancers in colorful wraps and grass skirts represented the seductiveness of Tahiti as they moved to the rhythm of fast-paced drums. When the performers finished their dance, audience members were brought to the stage to show off their seductive dance moves.

“It’s nerve racking, but it’s also really fun,” said junior Alma Aguilar, one of the lu’au performers.

Faculty participants also had a chance to perform a traditional lu’au dance before the intermission.

The second half of the lu’au performances were derived from Hawaiian culture and represented modern tradition. A theme of peace, beauty and love outlined the dances for this section. The female dances were graceful and less dramatic than the Samoan slap-dances.

Roughly 500 students, community members and faculty attended the lu’au. At the end of the performance, performers received congratulations from family, friends and peers. Many of the people leaving the performance did so with big smiles on their faces.

Bekah Bresee Staff Writer

Contact Bekah Bresee at rbresee16@my.whitworth.edu

GSA week providing opportunities for open conversation regarding LGBTQ issues on campus

The Whitworth Gay Straight Association has a mission to facilitate open conversations that surround lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues and provide a fun, safe environment for all Whitworth students to ask questions and make friendships, according to the club’s website. One of the events put on by the club is GSA week, an annual week of events dedicated to conversations about LGBTQ issues.

“It’s for people to start talking about the issues within the LGBTQ community and start talking about the struggles people deal with,” said senior Katherine Bernard, the acting president for GSA this semester.

GSA week is put on by the club every year in conjunction with the Day of Silence, Bernard said. Day of Silence is a national event in which students across the nation take a vow of silence in order to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment in schools, according to the Day of Silence website.

It is common for participants to wear duct tape across their mouths as a signifier for the event. The national Day of Silence is Friday, April 11.

In order to recognize Day of Silence, Whitworth GSA will have a table in the HUB where they will pass out cards saying what Day of Silence is and give out duct tape, said senior Courtney Bagdon, the GSA secretary and treasurer.

Club T-shirts may also be available at this time, she said.

The Day of Silence acts as a precursor for the week even though it is not during GSA week, which is April 14-17. An event will occur every evening.

 

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On April 14 The Rocky Horror Picture Show will show at 7 p.m. in Robinson Teaching Theatre.

“We usually do movies on Monday for GSA week, but we usually do documentaries, and we wanted to do something fun instead,” Bagdon said.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a rock-musical mixed with themes of old science-fiction and horror films, according to The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The Official Fan Site.

The film grew in popularity as an audience participation movie. Audience members often yell back lines at the screen during the extended pauses between dialogue, dress up in costume, act out the film and throw props at various times during the film.

“We’re definitely going to encourage people to do the dance to The Time Warp,” Bagdon said. “We have the props and we’re going to tell people when to use them. We’ll also have cues for the talk backs.”

Goodie bags of props will be available for $1 at the door. All the proceeds will be given to the Million Meals project, Bagdon said.

“[The movie] works with GSA week, because it deals with transgender and transvestite themes,” Bagdon said.

Coming Out Stories is the event for April 15, at 7 p.m. in the Mind and Hearth.

Members of the LGBTQ community who are students at Whitworth will share stories of how they came out.

“It’s a really cool mix of funny stories and some stories from people that it’s been a big struggle,” Bernard said. “It’s a very personal night,  but it also allows people to come and embrace it.”

Sharing is not exclusive to LGBTQ community members, the officers said. Anyone who is willing to share their experiences and opinions with the issues addressed are invited to speak.

“One of the main purposes of [GSA week] is to let the community know there are people who are part of the LGBT community on campus,” said senior Colten Larsen, the media manager for GSA.

The event on April 16 will include a Q-and-A with GSA members during Prime Time in Duvall Hall starting at 8 p.m.

In contrast to the coming out stories, this event is set up for people to ask questions of GSA and LGBTQ members.

GSA members are hoping to put a box out in the HUB where people can anonymously submit questions before the Q-and-A, Bernard said.

“We will read through all of them, and any question that is respectful, we will answer, especially if it is a pressing question,” Bernard said. “It is great for people who have questions they’re afraid to ask.”

The event for April 17 is called Open Conversations: Hope. Patricia Bruininks, psychology department chair, will be leading a discussion on LGBTQ issues for this event.

“I know she [Bruininks] is going to incorporate a message of hope and talk about how times have changed from her time in college,” Larsen said. “She may talk about the human behavior of accepting and how that has changed.”

Bruininks’ lecture will not take up the entire event. After delivering her message, the floor will  be open for students to ask questions and discuss the themes she presented. The GSA members intend for this discussion to provide official answers to some pressing questions.

“A big part of our club mission is facilitating conversations on LGBT issues, and this is facilitating those conversations,” Bagdon said.

The discussion will be held in the ASWU chambers, upstairs in the HUB at 7 p.m.

The goal of GSA week is to create a fun atmosphere where people do not have to be scared to address issues and obstacles with the LGBTQ community, Bernard said.

“My word of advice is to give it a chance,” Larsen said. “Even if you go to an event for five minutes, just check it out.”

Students who want to learn more about the GSA club and its mission can attend their weekly meetings at 9 p.m. on Thursdays at the Open Conversations theme house or look up club information at whitworthclubs.com/gsa.

 

Bekah Bresee Staff Writer

Contact Bekah Bresee at rbresee16@my.whitworth.edu

 

Conferences offer students opportunity to supplement classroom learning

Academic conferences are a common way for students to gain knowledge and experience in a variety of career fields related to that major. Many Whitworth students attend conferences under the guidance of their advisers or other professors within their departments.

Nathan Reid

Senior political science major Nathan Reid attended a political science conference at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. during Jan Term. There were two students from Whitworth and about 75 to 100 total students, Reid said.

Reid said he chose to attend this conference because of the bigger pool of knowledge available to him there. With a wide range of students, professors and professionals coming from all over the country, the conference offered discussion and knowledge on topics not normally discussed in the Northwest.

"It was very well structured," Reid said. "I didn't really have any complaints about it."

Getting involved in a conference like this one can be pretty simple, Reid said. Staying in touch with advisers is important, as well as staying informed about opportunities in one's department.

"Talk to professors," Reid said. "It seems like they always receive emails [about conferences or other opportunities], and sometimes those don't always get sent around."

Briana Calderon

Junior biology and biochemistry major Briana Calderon attended a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) conference for colored women in STEM sciences, hosted last semester in Dallas, Texas.

"I got an email from Dr. Mabry in the Math department," Calderon said. "She was like, 'Let me know if you want to go to this,' and so I did."

There were roughly 10 Whitworth students who attended the conference, Calderon said. Calderon and the other students did not have to pay any money out-of-pocket for this conference, as Whitworth and some of the companies hosting the event - including Boeing, NASA, Aerotek and Chrysler provided the funding for them to attend.

"Being a junior and trying to plan ahead a little, it was just a really good opportunity to connect with people," Calderon said.

The conference featured several classes and workshops about preparing for a career in the STEM sciences, as well as opportunities to network with with different companies, Calderon said. Her favorite part of the conference was the awards dinners.

"For the dinners they would award women in STEM fields who had accomplished really really big things," Calderon said. "So I really enjoyed getting to hear their stories."

Calderon, like Reid, mentioned staying informed as a big part of getting involved in a conference like this.

"Pay attention to the emails that come out," Calderon said. "And talk to professors to make sure you're not missing any opportunities."

In preparation for a conference like this, write down the questions you want to ask the companies with whom you talk, Calderon said. Also have a list of answers to common questions from professionals memorized.

Willa Schober

A senior English major, Willa Schober recently attended an AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Conference. Working with Rock and Sling, Schober heard about AWP through Thom Caraway. Caraway organizes the trip from Whitworth to the conference every year. Having missed the past couple years, it was exciting to finally get to attend, Schober said.

"I really wanted to get to meet all of these journals and all of these writers," Schober said.

The AWP Conference takes the form of several panels and a book fair where regional authors, publishers, and other literary companies can gain valuable exposure, according to AWP's official website. Schober attended several of the panels offered this year, but her favorite one was the panel entitled "Magic and the Intellect," she said.

"It wasn't what I expected. It wasn't about magic in fiction, it was about the magic that writing can cast on people," Schober said. "I went to a couple other panels as well, but in general it was just really interesting to be surrounded by like-minded people."

Schober and her partner on Rock and Sling drove to the conference separately from the main group, and stayed in Port Orchard, a ferry ride away from the conference location in downtown Seattle. Other than missing the ferry a couple times, her time there went rather smoothly, Schober said.

"It was just a really interesting experience all around," Schober said. "While I was working at the Rock and Sling booth, I got to meet all of the writer's whose work I had been reading over the years and it was so interesting to be able to put a face to all of this poetry and fiction I had been reading."

Schober also said she enjoyed exploring Seattle from a professional perspective rather than being the typical tourist.

Opportunities like the AWP Conference present themselves more often if one is involved in extracurriculars within one's department, Schober said.

Once at the conference, enjoy the conference and all it has to offer, but also make sure to pace yourself, Schober said, advising that students who attend should also take time out of the trip to explore and enjoy the city in which the conference is held.

"It will be very tempting to want to do everything. I highly suggest that you don't try it," Schober said. "Just pace yourself. Know when it's time to rest. It's good to sort of escape. Go out and see whatever city you're in."

Brooke Grissom

Dance minor Brooke Grissom has attended ACDF (American College Dance Festival) for the past two years, and plans to attend again in April.

Mainly regional, ACDF is held on different college campuses every year, Grissom said. The past two years, the conference has been held on different campuses in Utah, and this year it will be held in Bozeman, Mont.

"I've danced all my life and I'm always interested in new dance experiences," Grissom said. "Karla, the dance director here at Whitworth explained it as a great opportunity to sort of grow roots as a dance minor."

The conference is set up as workshops led by dance educators from universities everywhere in the country who come to critique routines and help dancers improve, Grissom said.

"Since our dance minor is fairly new, I think it's really good just to go and kind of gain perspective on what other schools are doing," Grissom said.

The preparation for this conference takes months and is a rather large time commitment, Grissom said. Because the routines that are brought to the conference are judged, numerous rehearsals are need to prepare a piece.

Grissom also stressed that one does not have to be a dance minor to participate in the conference.

"You can expect a time commitment and to be challenged, but you can also expect to step into a really great community and a lot of growth from the experience," Grissom said.

It can be challenging not to make oneself feel inferior by looking at all the great talent at the conference, Grissom said. Her advice is to go to a conference like this one with an attitude toward improvement, not self-deprecation.

Her favorite part about ACDF is the after party, Grissom said. Because everyone at the conference are either dance minors or majors, the dancing can get pretty wild, she said.

"Since everything's over and all the stress is done, everyone just kind of dances themselves away," Grissom said.

 

Alanna Carlson Staff Writer

Contact Alanna Carlson at acarlson17@my.whitworth.edu

Restoring Hope club hosts mental health week

Whitworth is having its first ever Mental Health Awareness Week. Junior Christopher Engelmann and his team, along with the Restoring Hope Club, have planned events, speakers and concerts to raise awareness about mental health.

He got the idea for starting the project because he used to have a few friends who had suffered from mental health issues and were met with resistance when they went to seek help from their friends around the Whitworth community, Engelmann said.

“I know that there is a general stigma to mental health not just at Whitworth but in the United States,” Engelmann said. “And I just thought it would be great to address those issues by trying to make a fun event and help out in any way I can to make anyone feel comfortable to go seek help wherever they need it.”

Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from March 10-14 and there is a different event happening every day.

The events include a panel discussion and student Q-and-A with sevreal mental health professionals and a psychology professor, a campus-wide Prime Time led by health advocates and the Restoring Hope Club, a movie showing and a concert featuring Junior Sarah Curry, Junior Courtney Fairhart, Senior Katelyn Andrews, Sarah Cameron and the Pine Tones.

Starting off strong this year will be the best way to move forward and hopefully continue this event in years to come, Engelmann said.

“I’m the kind of person who likes to go big or go home,” Engelmann said. “I want to make this event special and memorable.”

Despite some hang-ups and stress, this experience has been a largely beneficial one, Engelmann said.

“I have a great team. They’ve been wonderful, and this event has been a very positive experience,” Engelmann said.

Senior Daniel Scheibe is a part of Engelmann’s team, and he has been helping out with the logistical side of planning the week.

“This is a first-time event so figuring out exactly what we have to do has been a challenge,” Scheibe said. “Especially when we don’t have anything to go off of.”

Coordination with the buildings, organizing the campus-wide Prime Time and money flow has been a challenge, Scheibe said. Mental Health Awareness Week does not have an allotted budget, because its not an official club, so the team had to figure out exactly where the money was going to come from.

“We’re funneling everything through the Psychology Club budget,” Scheibe said.

Scheibe is the vice president of the Psychology Club and said that his position has been helpful in the process.

Scheibe also said he was interested in breaking down the social taboos about mental health.

“I think people are more willing to talk about it than people think,” Scheibe said.

Engelmann also hopes to bring light to some misconceptions about mental health.

“Mental health can come in many different facets and can be seen in different ways,” Engelmann said. “And I think that sometimes it is bundled up into one assumption like, ‘You have a mental disorder? You must be doomed for life’ or ‘You have anxiety? You must be worried all the time’ instead of an understanding that there is a continuum to disorders that people suffer from, and people who have mental disorders aren't doomed or are unable to succeed with life.”

Engelmann wants Mental Health Awareness Week to erase some of the taboos about mental health disorders he said.

"I think mental health is a little bit of a hot topic with some people. It’s difficult to talk about, because we have a lot of political correctness, and it’s difficult to address difficult issues.” Engelmann said.

Someone who has depression might think that their illness is rarer than it actually is, so they may feel that they cannot talk about it with anyone, Scheibe said.

“I want mental health to lose this stigma that you can’t talk to people about it,” Scheibe said. “If you break your arm, everyone asks you about it. You can be free to tell them, and people are supportive. But if you have a mental health problem, it’s just as impactful, if not more, to your life, but you may feel like you have to keep it to yourself and worry that people are going to berate you for it. I want that whole system to just crumble.”

Mikayla Nicholson Staff Writer

Contact Mikayla Nicholson at mnicholson17@my.whitworth.edu

Paleo diet becomes popular with students

The paleo diet has been around a long time, hence its name derived from the Paleolithic era. Man (and woman) survived on their hunter-gatherer skills, consuming meats, nuts, fruits and vegetables, according to Paleo Diet and Living.

Today’s paleo diet is utilized by thousands of people primarily concerned about health and fitness rather than survival. The basic premise is to eat like a caveman, according to Paleo Diet and Living. This effectively cuts out gluten, dairy and refined sugar. These three items make up 61 percent of the average American diet, according to a 2010 USDA study.

Paleo Diet

“It’s a diet, but more of a lifestyle,” senior Sarah Beth Gumm said. Gumm has been a fitness and paleo enthusiast for more than five years.

The diet cuts out common food allergens such as dairy and gluten, which is good news for those who are lactose intolerant or have celiac disease.

Celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating  the protein gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye, according to Mayo Clinic.

“Paleo is probably the best thing for people with allergies to gluten and dairy,” said Adam Ludlow, owner of CrossFit Rewired. “It’s also the best eating pattern to discover food intolerances.”

Ludlow has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and has a CrossFit Level 1 certification, which enables him to teach CrossFit. He is also owner and operator of CrossFit Rewired in Spokane.

CrossFitters have taken to this diet because it effectively produces a high amount of energy in a clean, healthy way for a high-intensity exercise such as CrossFit, freshman Aubrey Williams, avid CrossFitter and paleo enthusiast said.

One drawback to practicing a diet as specific as paleo is the lack of options when eating out, although some restaurants are beginning to cater to dietary considerations.

“A lot of restaurants are going gluten- and dairy-free,” Williams said.

A full list of Spokane restaurants that have gone gluten-free are listed on Gluten-Free Spokane's online "Eating Out Guide."

One company, Paleo Rx, has emerged in Spokane their main focus is delivering paleo-friendly meals.

“Paleo Rx is a home delivery service that charges about 7-10 bucks a meal, and they fill you up,” Ludlow said.

Some students admit that the paleo diet may be more expensive than a normal college diet.

“It can be a slightly more expensive diet compared to eating ramen every meal,” Gumm said.

Even with the expense, some students feel the price is outweighed by the results. Williams, for example, believes following the paleo diet is less expensive than doctors’ bills for diseases she believes the diet helps prevent.

Other students say their reason for making the lifestyle change is for how they feel.

“I feel better, and I have less joint pain because gluten causes inflammation,” Gumm said.

The paleo diet differs from most conventional diets for obvious reasons like the removal of grains and dairy, but it does not restrict the amount of acceptable food consumed.

”You can eat until you are full; there is no calorie counting,” Williams said.

Some of the acceptable foods in the paleo diet are the first to be cut from conventional diets.

“We get to eat bacon,” Ludlow said. “Paleo is higher in protein and fats than other diets.”

Paleo enthusiasts approach their meal plans in different ways, though most eat a standard three meals a day with snacking in between.

“I eat at Saga [Sodexo] most days, so I have sausage or bacon and eggs for breakfast,” Williams said. “Lunch I eat Simple Servings without rice, and for dinner I stick with fish and chicken with lots of spinach.”

Wheat and dairy products are still a staple in the average diet, and keeping a strict paleo diet is challenging, so some have chosen a more moderate approach.

“I practice an 80/20 routine,” Williams said. “I am strict paleo 80 percent of the time, and I cheat 20 percent of the time.”

The 80/20 rule states that you will get 99 percent of the benefits of the paleo Diet if you adhere to it 80 percent of the time, according to Paleo Diet and Living.

79 million Americans have pre-diabetes, while 1 in 3 Americans are obese, according to the CDC.These facts have some people choosing the paleo diet as a preventative measure.

Stuart Hopson Staff Writer

Contact Stuart Hopson at shopson17@my.whitworth.edu

 

Online Dating: Students use the web to find potential matches

More than one-third of marriages stem from online relationships, according to a study conducted in the spring of 2013 by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of America. With the emergence of more dating sites, people have been turning to the Internet to find their mate.

Reasons for the rising popularity of online dating include busy work schedules, social anxiety, mobile lifestyles and living in remote locations.

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The most common reason for online dating is convenience, said Alan Mikkelson, associate professor of communication studies.

“It’s convenient for people who work a lot to make connections,” Mikkelson said.

The advancement of technology has caused people to be more connected than ever by way of computers, tablets and cell phones.

“People are feeling more isolated than before; online dating creates a more comfortable way to meet someone,” Mikkelson said.

Some have different reasons for seeking out a mate online.

“I got out of a bad relationship, and I wasn’t ready to meet people face-to-face,” sophomore Meaghan Houser said.

Houser has been in a relationship since December with someone she met online. Houser’s choice of dating website: OkCupid, a free dating website.

“I was able to be myself [online],” Houser said.

Even with all the success stories of online dating, there are risks to be aware of, just as with any form of dating. Deception is much easier online, as demonstrated in the 2010 documentary and subsequent TV show “Catfish.”

“People falsify their profiles; it’s one of the biggest problems,” Mikkelson said. “[They use] dishonesty to make themselves more appealing.”

The most common untruths deal with age, physical features and finances, according to Statistic Brain.

Even with the inherent risks of dishonesty, the social taboo is lessening.

“It’s shifting,” Lecturer of Communication Studies Joy York said. “Relationships are coming from these venues.”

Success stories are causing online dating to become more popular, Mikkelson said.

Even with many success stories, resistance to online dating is still prevalent.

“People are shocked that it worked,” Houser said.

People feel a skepticism that online dating attracts only people who are desperate or shy, York said.

“Anything that comes along that is not traditional there is often a negative response,” Mikkelson said.

The access of information on dating sites is much like the information on Facebook. Pictures, age, schooling and occupation still headline a profile; the intent is merely focused on romantic relationships.

Facebook has produced relationships, but unlike dating sites, Facebook focuses on networking.

Many dating sites can be found catering to a variety of demographics. Some lean more to long-lasting relationships, and some more to the short-term. The dating websites are so prevalent that almost everyone can find a site that caters to them.

Some sites specialize in specifics such as a common faith. Christian Mingle is one such site, advertising with the slogan “Find God’s match for you.”

Other sites, such as BlackPeopleMeet, accommodate a single race.

Online dating and conventional dating share the attribute of people coming together by common interests. However, there are subtle differences between the two.

“There are different kinds of information in these different kinds of settings,” York said. “You get more information online, but offline you get a shared experience. Online requires work to have a shared experience.”

Much like conventional dating, online dating has its pros and cons.

“It’s not better or worse,” Mikkelson said. “It’s different. The upside is there are more options though the downside is people become pickier with these choices.”

Roughly four out of five single people in the United States have at least tried online dating, with Match.com being the biggest provider of the service at just under 22,000 members.

Whether or not one chooses to find love online or by more conventional means, the statistics show that online dating is rising due to advancements in technology, according to a January 2014 Forbes article.

“[Online dating has] much less of a negative connotation than it used to [have],” Mikkelson said.

It is a way for busy people to connect and make themselves available, and it is a tool to conveniently survey a lot of people, York said.

Online dating provides another venue for people to meet one another, network and enjoy human contact. Whether it stays two-dimensional or progresses into a face-to-face relationship, 40 million Americans have given it a shot, according to Match.com.

 

Stuart Hopson Staff Writer

Contact Stuart Hopson at shopson17@my.whitworth.edu

Gala raises funds for Million Meals

Feathered headbands and an abundance of tassels held sway over the attire of female students in attendance at George Whitworth's Gala Royale last Friday night. As students decked in their versions of "roaring twenties" attire filed in through the doors of the Hixson Union Building, upbeat dance music trumpeted from the dance floor speakers. The loud  bass was enough to make the black, white and yellow streamers hung above vibrate. Within the first hour of the event, the dance floor smelled of perfume and sweat.

For those not interested in dancing, the Multipurpose Room held seven gambling tables and a mocktail bar serving drinks like "Abstinence on the Beach," "Pine Cone Curtain" and "Spritzer with Benefits." Here also black, white, and yellow decor encrusted the room. Colored tissue paper, rhinestones and yellow-wrapped chocolates covered the tall tables where students sipped their mocktails.

The Gala was initiated and spearheaded by ASWU Special Events and Tournaments Coordinator Raleigh Addington. He wanted to create another opportunity for students to break out their really formal attire, Addington said.

"It was that one scene when they have the Gatsby party and the guy walks up," Addington said. "It's just pure chaos of just everything that the roaring twenties had to offer for the upper class. That was basically what we're shooting for."

In order to throw such a party, ASWU had to go through the steps to procure one of two temporary gambling licenses. This process took a fair amount of work, Addington said.

"We had to obtain that [license], which meant proving that ASWU was a governing body, proving that we existed and basically working with them," Addington said. "That was a lot of behind the scenes work."

ASWU and other volunteers also had to pull together prizes for the evening and create mocktails. The mocktail bar served six drinks. There were three themed prize baskets: "Cooking," "Gourmet Candy" and "Board Games." There was also a money prize: a $100 Visa Gift card

With so many aspects to the event, many students couldn't pick one favorite part.

"It's kinda fun to have an excuse to go play some casino-type games without having to go to a casino, and it's for a good cause, so I like that," senior Zachary Morgenthaler said.

Senior Morgan Gariano was of the same mind as Morgenthaler, while sophomore Kailee Carneau claimed the mocktails as her favorite part of the night. Still, other students stated a preference for the dance floor.

With 326 people passing through the doors Friday night, ASWU raised more than $1,600. Every penny of the proceeds from the Gala will go straight to the Million Meals program, which is being organized by Whitworth and sponsored by Generation Alive, Addington said.

Whitworth, in conjunction with Generation Alive, has set out to make a million meals in one sitting. The actual making of said meals will not happen for another couple months, but in the meantime, ASWU, Generation Alive and other community organizations and volunteers are busy behind the scenes.

"We have external/internal engagement committees, we have finance committees that are broken up between ASWU coordinators, executives, senators and representatives," Addington said. "We're making teams and getting the word out there. We'll be having informational nights."

On "Packing Day," student volunteers from elementary schools through universities, as well as volunteers from local churches, businesses and private groups will come together to pack one million meals. The program plans to use the Fieldhouse and set up tables where volunteers will pack ziplock bags with six meals worth of dehydrated food in an assembly line fashion, Addington said.

 

Alanna Carlson Staff Writer

Contact Alanna Carlson at acarlson17@my.whitworth.edu

 

Off-Campus Study: Your Guide

Choosing your off-campus study program

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Numbers show that 45.2 percent of the graduating class of 2012 participated in a study abroad program at some pointduring their time at Whitworth, according to the Whitworth website.

“We are No. 1 in the Pacific Northwest for sending students abroad,” said Sue Jackson, director of the International Education Center.

Applications for faculty-led study abroad options opened Feb. 13 and will close March 2, with the first round of acceptance decisions being made between March 3 and 5. Faced with a multitude of opportunities, students may begin sifting through all of the information about study abroad programs and start making decisions.

1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT PROGRAM

“You have to know yourself,” Jackson said. “You have to

know your program, your whole degree program. You have to know what kind of flexibility you can build into your schedule. Also, assuming you have flexibility, you need to think what kind of environment you want to go into.”

Geography, level of urban development, public transit accessibility and academic systems all contribute to the variety of environments available for study abroad, Jackson said.

Different programs appeal to different types of people. Year- or semester-long exchanges have more of a potential for cultural immersion, while Whitworth faculty-led programs offer the camaraderie of a shared experience, said Charles Tappa, the associate director of off-campus programs.

“I think you should ask questions,” Tappa said. “Come and see us. Sue [Jackson] and I talk to students regularly. The other thing is talk to students who’ve been on a program. This is a great time to do it, because about 10 percent of Whitworth students just returned from a program.”

Considering all of the factors to keep in mind, Jackson boils it down to a few key ideas.

“Plan ahead,” Jackson said. “Keep an open mind about where you think you want to go. Always have a plan B in case plan A doesn’t work out. Be adventurous in your thinking and then in your actual actions.”

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2. GET ACCEPTED

“Be very sure why you want to go on the program and have very good personal and academic reasons,” Jackson said. “Also be able to convey clearly what you will be able to contribute as a personality and as a student to the group.”

Tappa puts a common misconception to rest by discussing what he believes some students think about the faculty’s expectation of travel experience.

“It’s OK if you’ve never traveled,” Tappa said. “There could be a perception that if you’ve traveled a lot, you have a higher rate of being selected, but that’s not necessarily true. A lot of times professors would rather take a student that’s not traveled and give them that opportunity.”

Strategy plays a role when it comes to choosing a program and increasing the chances of acceptance.

“If your first choice is a very popular program, what I call wide appeal, then make your second choice a narrow appeal program,” Tappa said. “That [second] program has a much narrower appeal, which means your rate of acceptance is going to be much higher.”

 3. FIND FINANCIAL AID 

“Students do come in, and they’re looking for financial aid to help with their costs, and oftentimes there’s not many resources,” said Nancy Morlock, assistant director of financial aid and scholarship coordination.

“There’s limited scholarships available through some of the departments on campus that you have to be a certain major or going on a certain trip. Those are pretty much handled through the department, and they’re limited.”

For departmental scholarships students are encouraged to communicate with their advisers and check with their department for any available scholarships, Morlock said.

“We do have an institutional loan program that could be used to assist with some of those costs,” Morlock said. “The one difficulty with that is that those funds have to be applied to the student’s account during the academic year that they’re traveling.”

Students seeking institutional loans can come to the financial aid office in McEachran Hall to find out if they qualify, Morlock said.

4. RESEARCH TRAVEL TIPS

“I think for American students it’s probably important to observe and reflect,” Tappa said. “This is a time for us to try and understand the worldview of another culture.”

While studying abroad, cultural differences in communication and teaching and learning styles ought to be taken into account.

“We talk about in orientation the kinds of learning styles that go best with different kinds of academic systems,” Jackson said. “If you have a learning style that’s incompatible with the system you’re going into, you might want to try very hard to change your learning style just for a semester.”

There are certain travel habits much like the adaptability of learning styles that will make it easier for students studying abroad.

“I’d say the most important thing for travel is maintain situational awareness,” Tappa said. “That is something you should do at all times as far as safety is concerned. Before you travel, do your research. Learn as much as you can about the place you’re going to.”

The U.S. Department of State travel page, the Centers for Disease Control and the CIA factbook all contain helpful knowledge that can be extremely useful in another country, Tappa said.

Alyssa Brooks Staff Writer

Contact Alyssa Brooks at abrooks17@my.whitworth.edu

 

Off-campus study experiences

Alex Siefe in Costa Rica

Freshman Alex Siefe spent her Jan Term taking the Shalom course in Costa Rica.

"My older sister attends Whitworth and she did the Costa Rica Shalom course the Jan Term of her freshman year, Siefe said. “She told me that if I got a chance to study abroad that I should take this course."

The Shalom course is available to honors students such as Siefe.

"I love to travel and had never been to any Latin American countries so I thought this would be a good experience," Siefe said.

She thinks the study abroad program is a great way to finish general education requirements while also experiencing culture and different ways of life.

Justin Botejue at Arc De Triomphe-Paris

Sophomore Justin Botejue participated in the Core 250 Europe program this Jan Term, during which he traveled to Italy, France, England and Ireland.

"This trip has the biggest bang for your buck,” Botejue said. “It is one of the cheapest study abroad programs, travels through many countries, and completes a required course."

Though there were many great moments, one of the highlights from this trip was being blessed by the pope, he said.

"Studying abroad broadens and opens your mind to different cultures and gives you travel experience," Botejue said.

He is considering participating in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities’  "Best Semester" American Studies Program in Washington D.C. during fall semester.

Rowanne Fairchild at Ephesus Ruins

Senior Rowanne Fairchild had her mind set on the Early Christian Sites in Turkey study abroad program since she was a high school senior. A friend's sister-in-law, who was attending Whitworth at the time, talked to her about the trip—and convinced Fairchild this was the program she needed to do.

"I loved the idea of visiting biblical sites and learning about their relation to scripture,” Fairchild said. “I got to see not only where these events took place, but also learned about their significance in the context of scripture.”

Fairchild enjoyed exploring the ruins of historical and spiritual sites. One of her favorite locations was the Cappadocian Caves, which contained churches carved into the cave walls.

"I loved singing hymns in the churches and repeating that part of faith and history in that place," she said.

Students should study abroad regardless of finances, time or academic obligations because the experience is once in a lifetime, she said.

"I can visualize these Biblical events after going on the trip,” Fairchild said. “It gave scripture vitality and so much more wealth."

Joel Silvius Tall Timber

Sophomore Joel Silvius, a theology and economics double major, spent his Jan Term at Tall Timber Ranch taking the Christianity Spirituality course.

"I heard about how cool it was and wanted to check it out," Silvius said.

Although Tall Timber Ranch is in Washington, it was different than taking a course at Whitworth, Silvius said. His favorite part of the program was when the students were asked to spend 24 hours in solitude.

"We all stayed in our own cabins and either read or studied,” he said. “I've never intentionally been alone for 24 hours so it was interesting experience for me."

Studying off campus within the United States is a good alternative to studying abroad in another country if finances are a problem, Silvius said. He said he encourages students to try studying off campus even if the location is domestic.

Maddi Greenhall in South Africa

Junior Maddi Greenhall studied theology and journalism in South Africa. She chose this program because South Africa is a place she had always wanted to go.

"It was fantastic,” Greenhall said. “I have a very good friend who is from South Africa and it was everything she promised it would be."

She enjoyed the people of South Africa as well as the different dynamics of culture and society the group encountered there.

"It is one of the few places in the world where you can see first-world and third-world environments 10 feet from each other," she said.

Studying abroad provides students with the chance to get outside of their element and learn something about themselves while also receiving an education, Greenhall said. She encourages everyone to study abroad.

"It is a big world and it was created, no matter your philosophy on how, for us to experience it," she said.

 

Bekah Bresee Staff Writer

Contact Bekah Bresee at rbresee16@my.whitworth.edu

 

Six Tips for Winter Driving

Spokane winter weather is often unpredictable. There’s a reason, after all, why so many Spokanites quote the adage, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes.” According to the City of Spokane Street Department, the official snow season in the City of Spokane is from Nov. 15 to March 15. A “snow event” can be declared at any time during those four months. There are two stages of snow events, during which the Spokane Street Department enacts snow removal activities, parking restrictions and their Communications Action Plan.

The City of Spokane will declare a Stage 1 snow event when there is at least two inches of snow on the ground and at least four more inches expected during the same snow event. In Stage 1, snow removal activities include plowing, sanding and de-icing take place on all arterials, STA bus routes, hospital districts, outlying access routes and residential hill routes. The city will declare a Stage 2 snow event once six inches of snow have fallen and more is anticipated in the same snow event. In Stage 2, snow removal activities are expanded to all residential streets. According to the Spokane Street Department, full plowing of the city takes approximately four days.

During conditions in which the Spokane Street Department cannot effectively keep all roads plowed, the City will resort to the Snow Corridor Plan. Under this plan, the Street Department will plow only specified main streets, dubbed “snow corridors,” which residents can rely on to be clear routes through town. A list of those snow corridors, as well as more information on snow removal activities, parking restrictions during declared snow activities, and the City of Spokane’s Communications Action Plan during those activities and plowing routes can be found at spokanestreetdepartment.org/snowplow.htm.

The City of Spokane has a fully-constructed plan for winter weather. Residents of Spokane can be just as prepared for the bad conditions.

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1. Prepare Your Vehicle

Making sure your car is equipped for the snow is important.

This means making sure you have the right tires on your car. It also means ensuring that the belts and inner workings of your vehicle are operating correctly.

“Tires are 90 percent of traction on the road... Studless snow tire technology is actually better now than studded ones,” said Mark McCune, who has worked as a driving instructor at B&B Driving School. “Also, make sure you get your car inspected.”

“The biggest thing is, know your car. If you’re not familiar with driving it in the snow, get out, go to a parking lot and learn how your car acts and react in snowy or icy conditions,” State Farm agent Darren Young said.

Knowing how your car handles the snow will better prepare you for possible accident situations.

2. Slow Down & Allow Extra Time

Generally, when driving in bad winter conditions drivers should drive five to 10 mph below the speed limit, McCune said. Stopping times are longer on snow and ice, and driving slowly allows better traction.

“The higher your speeds, the harder it is to control your car,” McCune said.

3. Use Caution & Be Aware

Paying attention to what is going on around you is even more important in winter weather than normal. This applies not only to what you and your car are doing, but to what other cars or pedestrians around you are doing as well.

“Predominantly the biggest factor [in accidents] is that people aren’t paying attention,” Young said. “They’re not giving themselves enough time to get to their destination because of the inclimate weather. People get on snowy or slick roads and they continue to drive like it’s still dry pavement. It’s not only looking out for yourself as the driver, it’s also looking out for the other person who might not necessarily be looking. You’ve always got to be scanning.”

4. Keep a Safe Following Distance

Keeping your distance from other cars is important, especially on city roads where it’s easy to follow too closely.

“When there’s snow on the road, you’ve got to make that cushion at least double in length,” McCune said. On highways and interstates, it is advised to lengthen the distance even more.

“Bad things can happen really fast at higher speeds,” McCune said.

KREM 2 News also warns explicitly against following plows too closely. In an online article, KREM 2 warned, “Keep at least two car lengths behind snowplows for every 10 mph you drive. Never drive through the snow being ejected from the plows – the force of the spraying snow can throw your car out of control.”

5. Turn into the Spin

Even the safest of drivers are in danger of their cars slipping on black ice. Driving courses teach that when this happens, the driver needs to turn the steering wheel in the direction they are skidding.

“The tendency is to put your brakes on and that’s exactly what you don’t want to do. When you start to lose control of your car, immediately take your feet off the pedals and steer into the skid,” McCune said.

For example, if one is turning left and the vehicle begins to skid to the right, one should turn the wheel to the right, thereby turning into the skid.

McCune also emphasized the importance of not over-correcting when spinning out.

6. Use Your Brakes Correctly

Coming to a stop in the snow or on ice is a lot more difficult than stopping on dry pavement. Minimize braking when at all possible, and let the car slow itself, McCune said.

“An analysis I’ve tried to use to explain is for your brake pedal, you’ve got an egg between the brake pedal and your foot. You’re gingerly hitting that brake pedal. If you’ve got a manual transmission, you can shift down,” Young said.

It’s important know what kind of brakes you have. If you own an older car, it is possible your car does not have an anti-lock braking system (ABS). In situations when you must uses your brakes to regain control, knowing how to use your brakes could help you avoid collision.

“More winter accidents happen when people suddenly brake and then realize they have no traction,” McCune said.

 

Alanna Carlson Staff Writer

Contact Alanna Carlson at acarlson17@my.whitworth.edu

Students involved in protest of local bar

A Google search for “Downtown Daiquiri” will produce a plethora of results, with the first link being a Facebook page titled, “Boycott Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory.” The page is only a month old, but as of Feb. 14 already had roughly 4,200 likes and 5,000 people talking about it. The response from the Spokane community leads to one establishment, the Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory. The public outcry came from a rum and Kool-Aid-based drink called “Date Grape Koolaid.” The name has struck a nerve in the community and even has received national news coverage from media sources such as TIME magazine and Cosmopolitan.

When senior Gabrielle Perez first heard about the “Date Grape” drink, she was disturbed by the news, she said.

Gabrielle Perez at Daiquiri Factory protest

 

“I was saddened,” Perez said. “It was really embarrassing for Spokane. [The Daiquiri Factory is] making light of a very serious issue.”

As a downtown establishment, the Daiquiri Factory is representing Spokane in an unfortunate way, she said.

Since first learning about the drink name, Perez has become active in the community protests of the Daiquiri Factory. She participated in the first protest, where she wore a T-shirt she designed with a permanent marker that read, “There’s nothing ‘funny’ about rape.”

Since wearing her handmade shirt to the protest, Perez has begun selling similar screen-printed shirts. The profits from those shirts go to Fields of Diamonds House of Blessings, a local transitional home for women and children.

Perez is not the only Whitworth student getting involved in the protest efforts. Senior Hannah Wiltsey was also angered by the “Date Grape” drink name.

“I was incensed; it’s perpetuating a rape culture,” Wiltsey said.

Like Perez, Wiltsey has attended protests. She has also spent time contacting copyright holders such as Kraft — who owns Kool-Aid — and Victoria’s Secret about drinks names that violate their copyrights.

In contacting those companies, Wiltsey hoped to encourage them to support removing their trademarks from the Daiquiri Factory drink names.

Others have put forth similar efforts to convince the company to change the name of the drink.

More students and faculty at Whitworth are becoming involved in the protests because they are concerned about “combating rape culture in a tangible way,” Wiltsey said.

“Rape culture is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture,” according to the Women’s Center at Marshall University.

Definitions of “rape culture” tend to highlight not only media, but also misogynistic culture and objectification of women’s bodies as part of what creates the culture.

Statistics show that 57 percent of rapes happen on dates, and 75 percent of the men and 55 percent of the women involved in acquaintance rapes were drinking or taking drugs just before the attack, according to www.oneinfourusa.org.

The Green Dot on Whitworth’s campus was initiated to limit those occurrences. The Whitworth website states, “The Green Dot movement is about gaining a critical mass of students, staff and faculty who are willing and equipped to do their small part to reduce power-based personal violence and make our world a safer place for everyone.”

“Date Rape is one of the primary concerns. It is the reason we have Green Dot,” said Nichole Bogarosh, women and gender studies lecturer.

Jamie Pendleton, the owner of Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory, changed the name to the “Date Grape” drink, placing a “banned” banner over the word “Date” and changing “Koolaid” to “#Q-laid” on the bar menu.

However, he refuses to fully change the name of the drink because he finds it humorous.

Pendleton also owns Pendleton Broadcasting and operates 104.5 FM Jamz radio station.

Pendleton posted on his Facebook page, “When you have a Grape amount of haters! Sometimes you have to swim through a river of shit and come out looking like a rose. #Watchme”

Pendleton also posted, “We Getting Graped Tonight!” Feb. 9.

Pendleton has repeatedly played on the word “grape” on his Facebook page in response to complaints and to advertise upcoming events. Many local businesses such as Findlay Mazda, Buffalo Wild Wings and Smoov Cutz have removed their support of The Spokane Daiquiri Factory and 104.5 Jamz because of Pendleton’s overt responses. His reactions to the public have caused uproar amongst the Whitworth community.

“I’m more angered by how they [Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory] responded,” Bogarosh said. “It’s the equivalent to shaming the victim.”

Pendleton has made personal, verbal and written attacks toward many of the protesters, including personal information about individual protesters.

“I fear I may become a target of harassment due to how visible I am with my support,” Perez said.

Supporters of the Spokane Downtown Daiquiri Factory have said that the drink name is provocative, not offensive.

“When [language] focuses on violence, it crosses over from free speech to hate speech,” Bogarosh said.

 

Stuart Hopson Staff Writer

Contact Stuart Hopson at shopson17@my.whitworth.edu