GSA Q-and-A inbox gets only hateful statements

When senior and acting club president for Open Conversations: GSA Katherine Bernard set up a question box about a week before a scheduled Q-and-A session for GSA Week, the intent was to have a safe way to submit questions, Bernard said. The response was less than ideal. The club hosted the Q-and-A during Duvall Prime Time on Wednesday, April 16. There were no legitimate questions in the box. Six of the slips had the word “fag” in capital letters, one said “anal?” and one read “why, just why.”

“I wish we could say we’d been shocked, but none of us were surprised,” Bernard said.

Bernard said that while the Resident Assistants at the Prime Time seemed angry, she was saddened more than anything. To get such a childish response to their dedication in  helping people understand these issues was frustrating, she said.

“I feel like we tried so hard to give people this opportunity to ask questions that we’re not going to get offended by,” Bernard said.

Senior Courtney Bagdon, secretary and treasurer for the club, said that they were able to use the incident as a talking point.

Bernard said she thinks that while slang words can still be very damaging, they are so common that it is easier to shake off.

“These words are losing their power,” Bernard said.

Bagdon said she sees the situation as a need to put on more events next year to raise greater awareness.

The remainder of the conversation at the Prime Time was excellent, Bernard said. It never reached the point of awkward silence, and attendees asked questions such as, “How is it different to fall in love with someone of the same sex?”

“We want to hear these types of questions, especially when they genuinely want to understand the answer,” Bernard said.

They also discussed what makes a good ally, a person who is not part of the LGBT community, but actively supports the movement, Bernard said.

“Being an ally doesn’t just mean being there when it’s convenient,” senior Chasen Shaw said.

Other events of GSA week included screening Rocky Horror Picture Show on Monday, sharing coming out stories on Tuesday and conversing with psychology professor Patricia Bruininks on Thursday. The Day of Silence took place Friday, April 11, in honor of those who have been bullied or alienated because of sexual orientation, for which those who participated did not speak all day.

In the conversation with Bruininks, Bagdon said that the small discussion group went over the events of the week, as well as the issues surrounding Whitworth’s non-discrimination clause.

ASWU received an anonymous letter encouraging a change in the hiring policy to include sexual orientation in the non-discrimination clause. Members of ASWU discussed possible solutions over several weeks, but in the end decided to leave the issues for next year, when there will be more time to resolve them.

“I’m glad that people are taking notice and at least talking about it,” Bagdon said.

In addition, cultural events coordinator and senior Andriana Siefe and sustainability coordinator and senior Ashton Lupton attended a Power of One Conference in Salt Lake City, which focused on gender identities. One specific that Siefe and Lupton mentioned at the ASWU meeting on April 16 was the possibility of having more gender-neutral bathrooms at Whitworth.

Nice, unnoticed changes to campus

To many, it would seem a small improvement. But to visitors and guests, the changes made to the McMillan and Ballard Hall courtyard are professional and slick. In addition, the new irrigation system near the bike ride at Ballard has been economized in its watering patterns. These are much needed improvements that are probably well overdue.

The new bike racks and sleek new pavement all doubling as a firelane is an innovative yet simple update. Whitworth as a university is always looking to impress visitors, and the area surrounding Weyerhaeuser, McMillan and Ballard Hall is an important stop on any tour.

Janet Wright, a supervisor on the Grounds Services staff at Whitworth, described some of the changes made in the area in an email conversation.

“This area was and is a fire lane.There is now a grass strip in between the two walks that has fire lane fabric and grass that was added for drainage,” Wright said in an email. “It was also designed to match the walk on the west side of Weyerhaeuser.”

To current students, this may just seem like an inevitable improvement amongst many on campus. Wright mentioned the intentional matching with the walk near Weyerhaeuser and the new irrigation system.

“When you get down to the new bike rack at Ballard, that area did receive new irrigation because of the new sidewalk and bike rack footprint,” Wright said.

These changes have rejuvenated the feel in that area of campus. Attractive due to the nostalgia of the dorms and modern beauty of the stoic Weyerhaeuser, the new additions are the cherry on top. What is already a staple in campus tours is now a capstone, and will really catch the eyes of visiting pre-frosh.

The best part for students is that change in the sprinkler system. Spring at Whitworth means many things, one of which is sprinkler dodging season. The sprinklers in the area will no longer threaten innocent passersby, which is much more peaceful for the late-night walker.

Although there are bigger items in the news at Whitworth, it’s changes like these that push the school higher and higher up the ranks. The campus continues to get better and better, improving with update after update. That being said, one thing is for sure, the area near McMillan, Ballard and Weyerhaeuser just got a vital update.

Max Carter

Columnist

Contact Max Carter at mcarter16@my.whitworth.edu

Men dominate, women second at conference meet

Note:  Corrections were made to this story to correct statements about Dakota Kliamovich's hammer throw records and the distance of Courtney Fairhart's winning discus throw. The Whitworthian incorrectly reported that Kliamovich set personal, school and meet records. The winning throw was only a meet record. Kliamovich set personal and school records with a throw of 177'9'' at the Sam Adams Classic. Fairhart's winning throw distance was 143'4", but was incorrectly reported as 133'4" in the original article. The Pirate men were a step above the competition all weekend, winning a fifth consecutive track and field conference championship with 225 points. No other school finished with even half of the men’s score. The women’s team finished with 138 points, edging out Willamette for second place. The two squads combined for a league-best, with 10 individual conference champions.

Head coach Toby Schwarz was not surprised by the men’s success despite the shockingly large margin of victory.

“We won last year by 150,” Schwarz said. “We doubled up second, but no, it didn’t really surprise me.”

On Friday, the field teams won four events beginning with victories in both the men’s and women’s hammer throw. Senior Keegan Shea successfully defended his title with a toss of 190’ 9” and sophomore Dakota Kliamovich broke the conference championship meet record with a 173’ 7” mark.

Senior Peter Delap, also the winner of the decathlon, won the men’s high jump as well, clearing a personal best 6’ 6.25”. Delap would add more points later in the weekend with a fourth-place finish in the men’s pole vault and a sixth-place finish in the long jump.

At the conclusion of the meet, Delap was named the 2014 NWC Field Athlete of the Meet.

Senior Jonathan Hoff took first in the men’s long jump with a mark of 22’ 5.75”. Hoff defeated the runner-up by .5”.

The quartet of wins, aided by many other top finishes, gave the Whitworth men a sizable lead with 84 points, and had the women in second place with 48.5 after the first day of competition.

Saturday was similar to Friday for both squads as the men extended their lead on the rest of the teams while the women, despite a late run, were unable to catch George Fox.

More women’s records fell as sophomore Kerry Wright won her second javelin championship to set personal, school and meet bests with a throw of 156’2”.

“This season has been a lot of hard work but I persevered and got a big throw at conference,” Wright said.

Wright now has the top five throws in school history, but said she still has goals to achieve.

“Winning nationals is always the goal,” Wright said. “And I’m still trying to throw 160 feet.”

Hoff won a championship for the second-consecutive day, as he finished the men’s 110-meter hurdles in 14.90 seconds.

Sophomore Alex Hardlund claimed the men’s 400-meter hurdles championship crossing the finish line in 56.15 seconds, while freshman Elijah Varner ran a 58.41, good enough for third place.

Hardlund won a second championship as part of the men’s 4x400-meter relay team alongside sophomore Nicholas Gosselin, junior Matt Landon and senior Will Wren. The group won the event posting a 3:19.15.

“Almost everyone PR’d [personal record] and there were a lot of good performances as well as some unexpected things that also went well,” Hardlund said. “It was a really great weekend overall.”

Sophomore Courtney Fairhart won the women’s discus championship with a personal best throw of 143’4”.

Whitworth nearly swept the whole podium for the men’s pole vault as freshman Everett Kleven won the event clearing 15’ .25”, junior Joe Green posted a 14’ 6.25” mark, good enough for second, while Delap came in fourth.

Other top finishers from the weekend included junior Chase Wright and senior Tyler Coopman who took second and third in the men’s javelin. Gosselin was the runner-up in both the men’s 200-meter and 400-meter dash, freshman Lucas McGill took second in the high jump, junior Trent Dudley took third in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase, and sophomore Chris MacMurray took third in the men’s 800-meter.

Sophomore Mary Data finished second in the women’s shot put, sophomore Katie McKay finished third in the women’s 800-meter, and junior Emily Moore finished third in the women’s 400-meter hurdles.

Schwarz spoke highly of the women’s team’s performance.

“George Fox is really good and we weren’t that far away,” Schwarz said. “We battled all the way ‘til the end.”

To go along with his athletes’ success, Schwarz was given his eighth NWC Coach of the Year award.

“It’s a coaching staff, team and program award really,” Schwarz said. “As a coach, I just have to put athletes in the right place to be successful.”

James Silberman Staff Writer

Hoyos overcomes heart condition to play tennis

After encountering early struggles in her life, freshman Bella Hoyos has not let the odds define her. Growing up in Bellingham, Wash., Hoyos was diagnosed at  age 3 with Kawasaki disease, a childhood heart disease which involves inflammation of the blood vessels that may cause damage to the heart. Though the rare heart condition may result in limited physical activities, Hoyos plays tennis for Whitworth, as the top freshman at No. 3 singles. A lot of parents do not know about this disease, as it begins with a flu, Hoyos said.

“I was showing symptoms very rapidly, so my parents brought me to the emergency room to see what was wrong. And the hospital in Bellingham was not quite sure what it was, so they sent me to the Children’s [hospital] in Seattle [where] the Kawasaki expert Dr. Portman knew right away,” Hoyos said.

After spending a few days in the hospital, Hoyos said that her parents were given a choice with regard to her future activities. They could keep an eye on her 24/7 and prevent her from playing sports, or they could sacrifice 24-hour care to give her the chance to be a kid.

“[My parents] didn’t want to put restrictions on what I did actively,” Hoyos said. “They allowed me to do what I wanted to do and supported me in anyway that they could and still do.”

While attending Bellingham High School, Hoyos went to the state tournament for doubles her freshman and sophomore years, where she and her partner won the state title twice. The next two years, she went to the state tournament for singles and placed third both times.

After those tremendous accomplishments, not to play in college was not an option for Hoyos, she said.

“Having her at that No. 3 spot is huge for us because she is so strong right there,” head coach Jo Wagstaff said.

Hoyos’ only conference loss in her first year of college tennis was to Whitman. She was recently named Second Team All-NWC.

“Getting to play with good hitters every day has helped her improve,” Wagstaff said.

Though Hoyos is an only child, she hardly considers herself to be one thanks to her relatives’ presence in her life, Wagstaff said.

“Her parents just come here for about every match and she has a couple of grandparents that come as well, with her aunts and uncles,” Wagstaff said.

Hoyos originally researched potential causes of the disease in the hope of pursuing it after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Health Science. However, after being exposed to different health professions, Hoyos is drawn to occupational therapy. She wants to attend a graduate school outside of Washington, but wants to come back and hopefully work at Seattle Children’s Hospital to primarily help kids.

“Not all kids who are born with this disease are able to do this level of physical activity, yet Bella became a tennis star,” assistant coach Colin Storm said.

Now that Hoyos has seen what she is capable of, she reaches out to kids with this disease and their parents. She spoke at a symposium sponsored by the Seattle Children’s Hospital last fall. She wanted the families to understand that children should not be held from what they want to do, Christine Hoyos, Bella’s mother, said.

“Now we don’t think about it anymore when she’s on the court. She is healthy and happy with what she is doing. When she first started at Whitworth, she said that being a student-athlete was a lot of work, and she thought she wasn’t going to be able to make it,” Christine Hoyos said. “But we told her that it was up to her to decide and we are happy and so proud of her and the choice she made.”

Jessica Razanadrakoto Staff Writer

Sensational CNN coverage unwarranted

What began as CNN’s newsworthy reporting of the missing Malaysian jetliner has turned into over-the-top theoretical analysis and unnecessary round-the-clock coverage. It’s important for media consumers to separate facts from hypothetical and for CNN to move back to pure journalistic reporting.

It’s evident that the issue is newsworthy; that’s undebatable. However, without important new information, there is no reason to continuously cover the missing plane. CNN makes it clear that ratings are of primary concern, coming before its duty to the public. Since the plane went missing, CNN’s audience has grown 86 percent among those ages 25 to 54, according to Nielsen ratings.

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CNN has positioned itself as the place to turn to for major news. However, it has significantly undercut itself by focusing too much attention on the Malaysian jetliner, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While CNN feeds us expert theory after expert theory, countless reiterations of information and multiple assumptions, it is underrepresenting the international crisis in Ukraine, updates on Edward Snowden and the state of the global economy.

A CNN headline read, “Underwater search resumes for missing Malaysia Airlines plane”. That tells us nothing new. I understand that issues have risen over passenger passports, third-party affiliates and general speculation. Updating us based on these types of facts is welcomed, but CNN is missing the mark by reiterating and hypothesizing. While CNN is joined by other news sources in providing expert theories, they have done so to an extreme. Providing extensive expert opinion is unfair to the public because it offers no novelty in terms of information and clouds thought through hypothetical assumptions.

While the missing plane is both unfortunate and newsworthy, its coverage has become inappropriate. CNN has taken advantage of the public’s desire to be in tune with what is occurring and departed from true journalism by entering the realm of sensationalism. With the exception of occasional snippet updates, there is no need to continue coverage until theories become facts and missing turns to found. Right now, all we know is that 239 people have been missing since March 7.

Remi Omodara

Columnist

Contact Remi Omodara at romodara14@my.whitworth.edu

Sandberg bringing new energy to football team

Whitworth University introduced Rod Sandberg into the community by hiring him to be the new head coach for the football team last December. Before coming to Whitworth, Sandberg was a longtime defensive assistant coach at Wheaton College. He has coached six players to eight NCAA Division III All-American honors and 49 All-Conference players during his time at Wheaton.

Coach Sandberg has been given an opportunity to start fresh with Whitworth players and give a new meaning to their approach to next season.

Freshman running back Duke DeGaetano said that one of Sandberg’s goals is to improve the team’s perception in the community.

“I think his impact will be having every player on the team be a man of character, integrity and hard work once they are done with their four years of football and school. He will also impact us by bringing in a new energy that our football team needs in order to become Northwest Conference champions,” DeGaetano said.

After a 4-6 season in 2013, Sandberg looks to create a cohesive team of players who are eager to win through trusting their faith, thinking about their future, building a strong family and having fun, Sandberg said.

“We don’t focus on winning, we focus on two things: how we can play to our potential and play the way we are capable of [by focusing] on process,” Sandberg said.

Sandberg has a passion for his players to grow as a family through the power of faith and the support of coaches as they prepare for next season, Sandberg said.

“We want this to be a football family and we are working hard to create that. It’s a Whitworth culture and we do life together. I and the other coaches owe it to the team to play the best players but treat everyone the same,” Sandberg said.

Players who were on the football team last year have seen a new tempo in practices and expect to see improvements to be made on and off the field.

“Coach Sandberg is extremely discipline oriented, puts accountability on all of us and allows us to lean on one another,” junior wide receiver Drew Clausen said. “He is personable, going out of his way to make you feel comfortable. He provides us with energy, you can feel it through the off season and spring ball; I’m super excited to get out there and play ball.”

Sandberg highlighted how important his family is to him, especially his two sons, Derek and Toby who are 7 and 4 years old. If he is not working to build the positive atmosphere of the team, he is at home with his wife, Amy, and sons.

Whether it’s riding a bull, dog sledding in Canada or running a triathlon, Sandberg pushes his limits and lives on the edge. The idea of leadership is fascinating to Sandberg and believes that building leaders from when the player is a freshman to a senior is highly important, Sandberg said.

“What can our staff do for you to prosper and become better as an individual, influence lives and be sincere in faith. That’s what I’m about and what this school is about,” Sandberg said.

Sandberg is a dedicated father, husband, mentor and coach who puts the needs of others before his own. Not only has Sandberg so far been a public figure for the Whitworth community, he also has hopes to inspire each player that he encounters.

“God had called us and it felt like that call was to come to Whitworth. Once I had learned more about Whitworth, I was able to see that this is a place where we pursue excellence in everything they do. This is a people place, and people matter. All of the professors, other coaches, and president, I want to align myself to those people,” Sandberg said.

Sandberg hopes to lead the football team next season to a winning record as they play against Lewis & Clark at home for their first game together. Sandberg’s motto is something he stays true to and expects for every student-athlete who plays for him.

“Playing football in our program will be one of the greatest experiences of a young man’s life,” Sandberg said.

Tyler Jezierski Staff Writer

In the Loop: Feedback encouraged to keep student media accountable to readership

The Whitworthian is the independent, student-run newspaper of Whitworth University, serving the student body and Whitworth community. We work to stay informed of stories and events relating to the Whitworth community, and appreciate any constructive feedback — positive or negative — that we can receive. We would like to remind the student body that we are part of the student body, and that we serve the Whitworth community. Thus, any form of direct, constructive communication is appreciated and helps student media stay in touch with readership.

At the end of each story, we attach contact information for the writer. We allot space every week, in every issue, for a letter to the editor.

We have heard indirect feedback via word of mouth from students on campus from time to time, yet we have only received one letter to the editor the entire year. We have rarely had a direct response to any of our articles, yet we have heard through the grapevine of complaints regarding stories.

We would like to amend our wrongs and explain our choices, but it is tough to do so if we are not held directly accountable.

We are students and, as student journalists, we make mistakes. We are taught journalistic integrity; we follow a code of ethics. We make our choices based on what we think is best at the time, but we are open and willing to discuss any opinion otherwise.

We work hard to be informed journalists and serve our readership. For example, we are working to have a Whitworthian mobile app available on three app markets for the 2014-15 school year. We have also redesigned our website, and have a goal to increase our web presence. These are attempts to make sure we are connecting with our readership. Whether it be these improvements or others, we can be better shaped to serve the readership if we are given feedback.

That is where you come in.

We believe accountability works both ways. We work for you, but it’s difficult to do so when we don’t get direct feedback from our readers. Take charge. Write us a letter. Let us know how to be your Whitworthian.

Editorials in the “In the Loop” section reflect the majority opinion of the Editorial Board, comprised of four editors. 

Golf finishes up at NWC Championships

The men’s and women’s golf teams traveled to Woodburn, Ore., where they finished off their season in the Northwest Conference Championships at OGA Golf Course. The men’s team tied for second place with Puget Sound and the women’s team took third with total team scores of 612 and 675, respectively. Though neither of the teams will be continuing on to nationals, senior Jesse Salzwedel and freshman Michal Schuster took medalist honors in the overall player standings. Salzwedel was also named NWC Men’s Golfer of the Year.

“It’s a great way to end my four years at Whitworth,” Salzwedel said. “I’ve won tournaments in the past years but I’ve never won the championship. I’ve never been crowned as the Northwest Conference Champion and this is what I had been working for.”

Salzwedel led the men’s team by shooting matching rounds of 73 for a two over par total score of 146, which hurdled him from a third place tie in Saturday’s round to a first place finish to end his collegiate golf career.

“I went out this morning and said, ‘God, your will be done’ and if I play well, I play well,” Salzwedel said. “I just wanted to end my college career on a high note and God definitely answered, which I am so blessed and thankful for.”

By lowering his score by five strokes, sophomore Oliver Rudnicki jumped from 15th place to a three-way tie for eighth place with a score of 79-74—153.

“Playing in the bigger tournaments earlier this year really helped us a lot,” Rudnicki said. “I made sure to play my own game and take each shot one at a time.”

Senior Stephen Plopper (80-76—156) and sophomore teammate Austin Billeter (86-76—157) also finished the 6501-yard course in the top 20 where Plopper completed his final collegiate match in a three-way tie for 16th place while Billeter took 19th place overall.

The women, only eight strokes behind Whitman, maintained third place throughout the tournament.

Schuster held on tight to first place in the player standings both rounds to end with a final score of six over par 73-79—152.

“The last five holes are what really sealed the win for me,” Schuster said. “Right off the bat [on Sunday] I slipped down from my lead. I went into the round with a four-stroke lead over the girl in second place, but in the first five holes I gave up five strokes and lost the lead, but I was able to come back and it really came down to those last holes.”

Sophomore Chelsea Bayley improved her score by six strokes to finish in a three-way tie for 16th place with a score of 89-83—172.

“I started out really good [on Sunday],” Bayley said. “I hit good drives and I drained a 20-footer for a birdie and it was a great feeling after not playing so well yesterday. That birdie was definitely a momentum-bringer for me in the tournament.”

Sophomore Yvonne LaCoursiere (87-88—175) finished the championship tournament in a three-way tie for 22nd place, while teammate junior Nicole Lomax finished only one stroke behind.

With matching rounds of 88 for a score of 176, Lomax finished in 25th place and earned Second Team All-NWC honors for her second consecutive time.

“We went out there knowing what it would be like and tried to do our very best,” Schuster said. “I mean that is really all you can do and I am proud of the team.”

The Whitworth men and women’s golf teams will return to action next fall.

Jordanne Perry Staff Writer

Response: RA compensation justified due to considerable responsibility for residence life

In the previous print edition of The Whitworthian two weeks ago, there was an article on Resident Assistant responsibilities and compensation that deserves a response from someone in the position, as I am. The article did not recognize all of the “extras” that RAs have to deal with to help residents succeed. The question should not be if RAs are overpaid, but rather that specialist positions might be underpaid for their responsibilities.

“Building community and growing adults” is the Student Life motto and RAs play a huge role in student development within the residence halls on campus. That is not to say that other leadership positions, such as Small Group Coordinators or Cultural Diversity Advocates, do not play a significant part in resident life, but their roles differ.

The article from two weeks ago did not note the 24/7 nature of the RA position. RAs are expected to maintain “a visible presence in the residence hall through…adherence to an ‘open door’ policy,” according to the Resident Assistant position description from Residence Life.

“Dealing with things surrounding conduct, confrontation and conduct meetings is the most stressful,” said junior Joel Silvius, current RA in Stewart Hall. “Also, being available to residents, even when I have a lot going on.”

RAs have to confront and document policy violations; they also deal with and attend conduct meetings.

Carter’s article discussed Prime Times. He mentioned that CDAs and SGCs  have to attend and help plan Prime Times, much like RAs do, but CDAs and SGCs only have to attend two Prime Times a month. RAs are required to plan and attend eight Prime Times a month.

“I think that it’s a lot more time consuming than most of the specialist positions,” said sophomore Ryan Worthington, SGC to the Stewville community.

RA training is almost a full week longer than the training for other leadership positions, simply because RAs deal with a bigger range of responsibilities related to residents.

“We also handle almost anything that a resident needs like roommate mediation or letting people into the RA closet,” Silvius said. “The biggest thing is trying to keep in touch with everyone in the hall.”

There are also some basic inaccuracies within Carter’s story. RAs, like all students that live on campus, are required to have a meal plan. They are compensated at the second-highest plan, Traditional B. They can apply this toward their tuition to pay for a meal plan or they can take this amount in a paycheck.

The room part of room and board comes in a rebate off of a RA’s financial aid. They cannot take that as a salary.

Carter mentions the monthly hall activities that RAs have to put on. They also have to attend an on-campus activity with their hall once a month called a “tap-in” and are required to have a weekly standing appointment with their hall.

By no means do I want to belittle the other leadership positions on campus. They are all important, but the comparisons in Carter’s article were superficial and did not cover the full depth and breadth of issues, responsibilities and topics that RAs are required to deal with.

The pay for RAs is justified based on their position and duties. It could be said that the other leadership positions deserve to make more money, but not that RAs should be paid less.

“It’s completely fair that RAs get an extra incentive,” Worthington said, “While it’s not always the case, it’s more expected that RAs are more invested in building relationships with residents. I don’t think they’re overpaid.”

Whitney Carter

Columnist

Contact Whitney Carter at wcarter16@my.whitworth.edu

Ponder this: First impressions

The search for summer employment has begun. When preparing for an interview, you may be forgetting one of the most important parts: the first impression. A first impression is powerful because people view future interactions through the lens of the first impression, according to Social Information Processing Theory. A positive first impression in an interview can help the rest of the interview be seen positively, while a negative first impression can make it difficult to achieve a good interview.

Several factors go into a first impression. Physical aspects (such as clothing and attractiveness), communication characteristics (such as rate or tone of voice) and  non-verbal cues (such as how far away a person stands or a person’s use of touch), can influence a first impression.

Research differs on how quickly a first impression is formed, from 30 seconds to three seconds. Applicants should be proactive within this narrow window of time to help create a positive lens through which their future actions can be viewed.

Before the interview, pick an outfit that conveys a positive, professional message. Find out the office dress code from the front desk before the interview, and wear something nicer, according to a US News and World Report article.

Smile and make eye contact when meeting the interviewer. Facial expressions influence a first impression, and a friendly smile conveys fun and warmth, according to a Business Insider article. Avoiding eye contact conveys passivity and weakness.

“To make a good first impression make sure you lock eyes with the interviewer as soon as you enter the room and maintain it whilst you shake hands and introduce yourself,” according to a Business Insider article.

In the first moments of meeting, shake the interviewer’s hand, even if you have to initiate the handshake, according to a Mashable article. Introduce yourself during the handshake, prompting them to introduce themselves.

“You can reply ‘lovely to meet you’ or something similar. It breaks the tension and gives the first few seconds a conversation topic,” according to a Business Insider article.

Applying these techniques can help applicants create a positive first impression, which sets the foundation for what employers think of them. Whether the interview is for a competitive internship for a Fortune 500 company or for an entry-level job at a local coffee shop, a positive impression can be the difference between passed over and employed.

Madison Garner 

Columnist

Contact Madison Garner at mgarner16@my.whitworth.edu

Sexual assault: 'I didn't ask for it'

I have written many articles over the past few years regarding self-confidence, self-respect and standing up for oneself. Most recently, I wrote an article about how harassment and crime is handled at Whitworth and an explanation of Federal Laws for students to know their rights. When writing any of these articles, I never once thought that I would be the victim of anything more than a lack of self-confidence. I never had an issue with being silent about anything that bothered me or affected me directly. My words were my shield and my sword — with them I was not silent and I was not alone.

As a journalism major with a deep interest in law, I wanted to talk to someone who has experienced or was a victim of  harassment or crime at Whitworth, but I could never get a student to talk to me about it. I had a firm belief that there were students who had experienced this and the silence overwhelmed me. And I never understood why — that is, until I became a victim of it myself.

Since I am a junior and of legal drinking age, I like to participate in the usual traditions for a 20-something — go out to a party with some friends and have a good time. I have heard all sorts of stories about college parties — that people get too rowdy, too carried away, and sometimes, to the extent of crime. I never expected that to happen at a party with Whitworth students.

There’s an image that’s portrayed of Whitworth students — that they’re good, high achieving, generally Christian students. We can leave our backpacks unattended in the HUB; leave our expensive smartphones and keys on tables in the cafeteria. The same philosophy followed me to off-campus parties. We’re all Whitworth students, we can trust each other, right?

A group of friends and I went to a house party thrown by Whitworth students — typical for a Saturday night, armed with a few Smirnoff Ices and Budweisers each, aiming for a low-key night. I went through my drinks over a few hours, and I was just slightly tipsy. Not even close to drunk, and that’s how I wanted to be that night.

A few friends and I went outside to talk to incoming guests and share a cigarette. We were outside for about a half hour.

And that’s all that I remember.

I woke up the next day in my bed, wearing the clothes from the previous night, makeup smeared all over my face. My friends were sleeping on the floor. They told me they found me passed out in the house and had to carry me to the car and back home, that I kept saying that somebody hurt me and to call the police. My jeans were dirty, I had bruises all over my body, my shirt dirty and lopsided. That’s when the panic set in.

Student Life investigated the case, interviewing everyone involved and trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together; pieces that I couldn’t remember. I eventually found out that I was sexually assaulted. I was passed around to various faculty and counselors and I recounted all that I knew — only what my friends told me. I did not, and still do not, remember a thing beyond standing on the porch that night.

I had never felt so much guilt in my life. I was ashamed of myself and I blamed myself for all that had happened. I thought if I didn’t drink that night, if I stayed inside with my other friends, none of this would have happened. I didn’t ask for it — I wasn’t being provocative. I felt guilt that my friends were getting interviewed and interrogated and that they had to waste any of their time on this. I spent days debating if I should get a rape kit at the hospital. If I didn’t remember anything, how could I press charges, I thought.

Days became weeks, and I buried myself in work to forget about it. Eventually, Student Life closed the case since I did not ask them to press charges. All I could bring myself to agree to was a restraining order — even though I don’t even remember his face. I finally broke, and I had to write about my experience.

It took me a long time to come to terms with what happened. I fight with fear, guilt and shame every day. I’ve let my anger turn into words, and if there is one good thing to come out of this, it will be letting someone else know that they are not alone. No one asks to be violated; to feel burdened with guilt, shame and fear. No one should be labeled a victim. No matter what you may have experienced, whether you have words or friends — you are not alone.

Shelby Harding

Guest Columnist

Contact Shelby Harding at sharding15@my.whitworth.edu

Students show off talent at Pirate Idol

With the house lights down, all eyes were on the stage. Audience members clutched an assortment of mugs, filled with root beer floats and picked from the odd collection of free mugs provided by ASWU for the event. The voices of competitors resonated through the room. From every place in the room, performers commanded the audience’s full attention, audience members' eyes rarely straying from the stage.

From talent to raffles and auctions to free mugs and root beer floats, Pirate Idol — the final competition between past Unplugged winners — had a little bit of everything. With Pirate Idol immediately followed by Dub Club, Thursday night in the Hixson Union Building stayed busy and upbeat.

Unplugged is an ASWU-sponsored event that gives Whitworth students a chance to bravely flaunt their talents.

"Just the general idea behind it is to give the students the ability to show what they have in any fashion," Special Events coordinator Raleigh Addington said. "I mean some of these people that we’ve had at Unplugged, some would say they’re not that talented. But they still have the courage and the desire to just share what they have."

Eleven past Unplugged winners went head-to-head Thursday night in a fight to be the Whitworth's top talent of the year. Most Unplugged events are held in the Multipurpose Room in the HUB. This time, it was held in the dining hall to accommodate a larger crowd. Even so, the event drew such a crowd that there was standing-room only.

The talented performers at Pirate Idol had the audience alternating between silent awe and thunderous cheering. All the talent showcased Thursday night was either singing or spoken-word poetry. All the poets performed original pieces, as did a couple of the vocalists. Pirate Idol winner, freshman Emily Moline performed covers of two popular music songs: Toxic by Britney Spears and Lay Me Down by Sam Smith.

At past Unplugged events, there have been other types of acts.

"We had a juggler, we had a cappella, we’ve had acoustic guitar and a violinist," Addington said.

At every Unplugged this year, first and second place winners were awarded $100 and $50 cash prizes, respectively. At Pirate Idol, the stakes were higher, with cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50 for first, second and third places, respectively.

Unplugged and Pirate Idol have consistently been popular with the student body. Held monthly, the typical Unplugged has anywhere from 60 to 80 attendees, Addington said.

“I think that the first couple Unplugged are great intros, especially for the freshmen that have maybe never seen something like this," Addington said. "There’s always someone that will say, ‘My talent’s not very special and I saw the last Unplugged and it was really great,’ and I always tell them as long as you have a talent and want to show it, your talent is special. And I think that’s what really gets people coming back. They see how much fun people have on the stage, everyone’s cheering off the stage. The mugs are [also] an incentive. People really do swarm the mugs. We’ve spent a lot of money going to thrift stores and getting mugs and it just seems to be a fun thing for people to bond over.”

 

Alanna Carlson Staff Writer

Ponder This: Contexts for communication

The Bible tells us to kill babies against rocks to be happy (Psalm 137:9), a man is clean when he becomes bald (Leviticus 13:40), and to drink up when we are in pain (Proverbs 31:6). Most people agree meaning of Bible verses go beyond select words alone, including context of the passage, culture, historical significance, etc.

Understanding communication also requires more than words alone. The Coordinated Management of Meaning Theory states there are six contexts involved in making meaning when communicating. The theory shows it is important to understand the context of a comment before judging the meaning of a statement.

The first context is the content, or what is said. Take the statement “you’re such a dork”.

The second is the action performed by speaking. The statement could be joking, insulting, complimenting, etc.

The third is a set interaction guided by rules. The statement could be said during a date, in which it is a playful flirtation. The statement could be said during an argument, meant to hurt.

The fourth is the relationship between the people communicating. A professor calling someone a dork results in a different response than a close friend.

The fifth is the view of self of the person receiving the statement. Someone with low self-esteem is more likely to be offended at the comment than someone with confidence.

The sixth is culture and sub-culture. Older generations probably would view this comment negatively, while younger generations likely view it as a joking comment.

The simple statement “you’re such a dork” can have drastically different meanings depending on the six contexts.

In communication situations, such as teasing and swearing, people often make judgements of a comment based upon the words alone. With teasing, the content is an insult. Similar to the “you’re such a dork” statement, the message could be intended as a positive interaction displaying closeness and fun. Instead of becoming offended at someone teasing, think about all the areas of context to get a holistic picture of their intent.

Another situation is swearing. The content is a harsh word. Using the rest of the areas of context, the message may not be out to offend. The message could be providing emphasis, expressing negative emotions, joking through exaggeration, etc. Instead of taking offense at a swear word, take the other factors of the message into account.

Most people wouldn’t read the Bible by taking one verse out of context and ignoring other important factors that help give a full picture of its meaning. People shouldn’t communicate with that method either. Coming to conclusions based upon words alone is ineffective and can create conflict. Communication is more than the words said, and the meaning behind a message is more than the words in it. Avoid hasty conclusions based upon words alone by keeping the six contexts for meaning in mind.

Madison Garner 

Columnist

Contact Madison Garner at mgarner16@my.whitworth.edu

Gender ratio fluctuation cause for concern

It seems like the gender ratio at Whitworth has fluctuated each year. The ratio creates a variety of issues that seriously limit the kind of education we have access to at Whitworth for a variety of reasons. It is a national issue that should create a discourse about why young men are not going to college and the high school postgraduate career choices they are making instead.

A gender ratio imbalance is not a problem that is unique to our campus. The sing-song rhyme from our school days “girls go to college to get more knowledge” is ringing true in colleges across America. At Whitworth our ratio is about 60 percent female and 40 percent male, according to the Whitworth website.

While it is wonderful that more young women are attending college, we are losing a significant voice by having fewer men on campus.  The disproportionateness is reflected in the fact that Baldwin Jenkins Hall had only one hall of freshmen men this year and Boppell Hall will be making the switch to an all-female hall next year.

The discussion that we should be having is that in the push to get more young women into college, have we neglected the young men? I believe that the answer is yes, and as a result, the women are missing out on a piece of their education. The men are missing out on vital university education as well.

It is not the fault of women that more females are going to college than males. In fact, these numbers should start a conversation. We should discover why more men are not going to college. We need to look at where they are going instead. One explanation could be that there are harder and heavy labor intensive jobs that are open to young men, which could pay relatively well, particularly compared to minimum wage positions that would be open to young women.

College degrees are becoming more integral in the workplace. If young men are looking to places other than universities for advancement, will this lead to a problem down the road with men lacking the education and skills to join the workplace? Have we pushed too far in getting women into college?

There has been a big push nationally to get underrepresented groups into colleges, which applies to Whitworth, and women count as an underrepresented group within universities and the workplace. We have been left with a push too far to one side. Men are becoming less represented. We need to acknowledge that this leaves us with a gap being underrepresented.

Whitney Carter

Columnist

Contact Whitney Carter at wcarter16@my.whitworth.edu

Decision to make Boppell all-female dorm less than ideal for campus housing options

Anticipating a large class of freshmen women in the fall of 2014, housing administration has decided to turn Boppell Hall, the school’s only apartment style on-campus housing, into an all-female dorm. The news has stirred up much controversy, as Boppell is traditionally a top choice for many upperclassmen living on campus. Regardless of the situation, making a unique dorm like Boppell available to only females does not seem like the right decision.

Before the announcement, Whitworth already had two all-female dorms in Ballard and Cornerstone Hall, as well as an all-male dorm in McMillan Hall. Along with the transformation of Boppell into an all-female dorm, Baldwin-Jenkins Hall will go back to its usual 50:50 gender ratio split of freshmen males and females. Although one gender dorms are not rare at Whitworth, the changes to Boppell merit a few surface level concerns.

Imagine that you are a sophomore or junior male at Whitworth this year. You applied to live in Boppell last year, but for whatever reasons, didn’t receive a room. Oh well, there’s always next year, right? Wrong. Boppell is no longer an option for them, and they have been forced to completely rethink their living situation for the 2014-2015 school year.

What about those currently living in Boppell who were planning to exercise the “same room” option for the following school year? Even worse than not receiving a room, these students are now being forced out of their former residences. Now, it is also important to note the other side of the story.

Whitworth has to make room for new students, there are no two ways about it. They certainly recognize that the change is not ideal, but Alan Jacob, the Associate Director of Housing at Whitworth spoke on why the change is necessary during a recent ASWU meeting.

“We delineate in groups of 30 not groups of two, so we look at room by floor rather than by room,” Jacob said. “We were reaching the point where we needed a whole floor of overflow women.”

Jacob also addressed more specifically the issue of current Boppell residents who were planning to live in the same room next year. According to Jacob, this is not an issue.

“Last year we only had three rooms go during the in-house process and only one was male, meaning the majority of that building turns over year after year,” Jacob said.

As a student, is this satisfying? Not really.

Change is necessary, yes, but Boppell is known by many students as one of the best overall dorms on campus. Starting next school year, that dorm will only be available to a portion of female students. Regardless of the questions concerning dorm gender assignments, the decision has been made that making Boppell Hall an all-female dorm is the best option.

Max Carter

Columnist

Contact Max Carter at mcarter16@my.whitworth.edu

Softball concludes season on NWC tournament loss

Whitworth’s softball team went to play in the Northwest Conference Tournament last Friday and Saturday, hosted by top-seeded Linfield College. Whitworth fell to Pacific (Ore.) 3-2 in the first game, won the second game against Willamette 6-2, and then lost the double-elimination game against Pacific 4-3.

In the first game, freshman Kayla Bastastini went 2-3 and sophomore Alyssa Hall 2-4 at the plate. Freshman Madi Perez (14-6) struck out five, walked two, gave up eight hits, and allowed two runs in a 6.2 inning performance.

The Pirates moved on to play Willamette, who had suffered a first round defeat against Linfield, 14-3. Whitworth was able to knock off the Bearcats in its second game.

Whitworth put up five runs in the first inning, rebounding with tenacity from the first loss against Pacific. Junior Peyton McMahon went 4-4, with one run and one RBI. Meanwhile, senior Julia Johnson went 2-3 and Batastini 2-4 at the plate with three runs batted in.

Madi Perez was back out in the circle for the Bucs as she gained the win (15-6). She allowed eight hits, two runs, and struck out one in seven innings.

After the win against Willamette, the Pirates went back to face Pacific. Pacific had lost the second game of the tournament to Linfield. Concluding a close battle with combined offense and defensive plays, Whitworth came up short, lost 4-3.

McMahon went 2-4 with an RBI and senior Taylor Gilbert was 2-3 at the plate. Perez (15-7) only gave up two hits and one run in three innings of work, but took the loss in the end.

Whitworth ended the season with a final record of 27-16.

Tyler Jezierski Staff Writer

Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Fast-paced, action-packed and intense, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” continues the story of Steve Rogers as he faces new dangers and old threats.

The film opens as any superhero sequel should--Captain America shows off his combat skills taking down bad guys. Chris Evans returns to play the role of the “Star-Spangled Avenger.” The events occur after those of “The Avengers” movie, meaning Rogers has been recognized by the world and the fictional law-enforcement agency S.H.I.E.L.D. as a hero. Although he is accepting of his role, Captain America deals with moral issues of being a hero while attempting to locate and dispose of an inside threat.

The plot line is predictable and not hard to follow. It differs from the first Captain America movie as Rogers struggles to let go of the 1940’s era that he is from in order to adjust to the modern world.

Captain America

The action, however, is not lacking. Hand-to-hand combat, car-chases, aerial pursuits and a plethora of advanced military/spy technology that would make Batman jealous, creates an exciting two hours and fifteen minutes.

Where the movie shines is through the reappearance of old characters and the introduction of new ones. Natasha Romanoff, or Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson works alongside Captain America, bringing muscle and intelligence to their mission. The audience may either enjoy or roll their eyes at the two characters’ playful banter. Although the dialogue builds their relationship, the lines are cheesy. Samuel L. Jackson also returns as Nick Fury, whose character and backstory get explored in the film.

Marvel comics fans will geek-out with the introduction of characters Samuel Wilson, or Falcon, and Sharon Carter, or Agent 13. The most important character addition to the franchise is the Winter Soldier, a Soviet assassin with a bionic arm and the main antagonist of the film.

Other important characters include Alexander Pierce (played by Robert Redford), Brock Rumlow and “the twins.”

Although the variety of characters gives the story depth, those who are not up-to-date or familiar with the Marvel films may be confused with all the name-dropping.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo have included a variety of “easter eggs” or references to previous Marvel films, characters and comics. Again, only those who are familiar with the Marvel universe will understand those references and will enjoy the film more because of them.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is an action-driven and cinematically-beautiful production. There is not time to get bored because the pace never slows down. Composer Henry Jackman creates a soundtrack that heightens the emotion of each scene.

The movie closes with loose ends and unresolved problems which may be foreshadowing another Captain America film or preluding the plot line for the next Avengers film, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” coming in 2015.

Even with a predictable plot, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will keep you entertained and engaged from beginning to end. As a part of the intertwining Marvel films, it plays an important part to the Avengers story and is not worth disregarding. Go see it and make sure to sit through the credits.

Men's tennis closes out 2014 season with back-to-back wins

The Whitworth men’s tennis team ended the 2014 season by winning last weekend’s matchups against visiting Willamette and at Linfield, 8-1 and 8-1.

As Willamette came with only four players, they had to forfeit one doubles match and two singles matches, putting Whitworth up by three right at the beginning.

The Bucs then decided to shuffle the players a little bit. Senior John Talbot and junior Matt Goebel played No. 1 doubles for the first time in the season and edged their opponents, 8-3, with a high first serve percentage.

“We came out a little bit slow,” Talbot said. “The three games [won by Willamette] were in the first five games that we played, and so if we could come out like how we were playing in the second half of the match, we could have won 8-0, maybe.”

Seniors Troy Patterson and Dustin McConnell in No. 2 doubles earned the same score as No. 1 doubles.

Sophomore Drew Brigham won a lot of aces from setting strong serves against his No. 1 singles opponent and won the match, 6-2, 6-2.

“I wasn’t playing awesome off of my groundstrokes, but my serve came through and kind of helped me go, and stay ahead in the match,” Brigham said. “I had a lot of aces, and not very many double faults, so that was good. When you’re serving well, you get pumped up, and everything else kind of just follows.”

Though Brigham said he was all fired up from those aces, he said he believes that he needs to be a little more consistent because he missed a lot of backhands, Brigham said.

Sophomore Blake Miller left his No. 2 singles opponent with only one game, 6-0, 6-1.

Junior Chris Engelmann in No. 3 singles came from behind in the first set, but got the ball deep, was consistent, attacked the shorter balls and ended up defeating his opponent, 6-4, 6-1. Engelmann considered his opponent to be a crafty player, as the Bearcat messed  with his mind while constantly bouncing the ball for a long period of time, Engelmann said.

“I did my best. I played with the tools I had, with the best of my abilities,” Engelmann said. “I felt like I could have treated the court a little bit better with my groundstrokes, but overall, it was a hard-fought match and he pushed me.”

The only point for the Bearcats came from No. 4 singles when Whitworth freshman Shane Sandlin had to forfeit because of an ankle injury.

On Saturday afternoon, the same players played together in No. 1 doubles and won with the same score as they did with their matchup on Friday. In No. 2 doubles, Patterson paired up with sophomore Drew Adams but lost, 8-4.

Only two doubles were played, as Linfield only traveled with five players. This gave the Pirates two points in hand before the match even started.

Sophomore Blake Miller edged his Wildcat opponent in No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-0 with aggressive and consistent play.

“I lost to the that guy the last time we played,” Miller said. “I knew coming into both matches that I needed to take an early lead and take advantage of big points early in the match. I did that really well both days.”

The Pirates won the rest of the singles matches, when the three Pirate seniors, McConnell, Patterson and Talbot played their last matches of their college careers.

The Bucs finish 8-10 overall and 7-5 in the NWC.

“[Winning the last two matches of the conference] is a really good feeling; especially coming after a couple of losses,” Miller said. “The whole team, more or less, we all got a lot of good wins. We really dominated these two last matches, which is really good for next year.”

Jessica Razanadrakoto Staff Writer

Trustees gather on campus for annual spring meetings

The Whitworth trustees were on campus last week, having committee meetings Wednesday, April 9 and Thursday April 10 before holding two Committees of Trustees meetings Thursday and Friday. A highlight of the week came Thursday afternoon when trustee Dave Myers ‘64 and his wife Carol Myers ‘65 donated $1.5 million for an endowed professorship for the College of Arts and Sciences.

During Committee on Trustees sessions held Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, reports from the various committees were presented. During the Friday session, the trustee chair responsibilities transitioned from Walt Oliver to Jason Thackston. Oliver served as chair since 2008.

The meeting devotion Thursday was given by Whitworth professor of education Betty Williams, who is set to retire at the end of the year. Whitworth senior Dustin McConnell gave the devotion Friday.

There was also a formal announcement of new trustee members, Travis Downs and Phil Eaton.

The Institutional Advancement Committee has been working on staying connected with alumni, currents students, prospective students and other benefactors of the university, trustee Chuck Boppell said.

University Communications has increased the amount of interface with alumni and potential students through social media and other mediums of communication throughout the academic year, Boppell said.

The Whitworth ambassador program was created, connecting current students with alumni in the hope of reconnecting them with the university, Boppell said. An extensive number of interviews are conducted with alumni for the program.

Trustee Gary Hopkins presented for the Buildings and Grounds Subcommittee. He reported about a facilities assessment plan, which is a way to assess the life span and state of facilities around campus. The state of facilities is doing well overall, Hopkins said.

There will be a digging project this summer, to improve electrical and steam systems underground. The project will start after the school years ends and completed before the fall semester.

Hopkins also spoke about the music building improvement project, which was going to be a $25 million project, has been reduced to $12 million after realizing that the project was not attainable, Hopkins said. An important feature piece of the original plan was a 700-seat concert hall, which will no longer be included. However, by eliminating the concert hall, the repurposed money can fund improvements that were previously sacrificed in favor of the concert hall.

The Academic Affairs Committee report shared about working toward a more sustainable financial system, including exploration of other options for the Costa Rica Center. Whitworth has reached a 95 percent student retention rate, Dave Myers said. The Masters in Teaching program has also seen success in through its increased enrollment, he said.

The board also approved tweaks to the faculty handbook, which included an intellectual property policy and a mini-sabbatical program. The intellectual property policy states that there is monetary attachment if a staff member of the university invents something the university will receive a percent of the money from the product sales, Meyer said.

Amanda Larkins

Staff Writer

 

Spotted from the Crow's Nest: Julia Johnson

As senior first baseman Julia Johnson closes out her regular season play on the softball team, she has hopes to lead her squad to an NWC tournament championship.

Johnson has accumulated a batting average of .313 over the season with 31 hits, eight doubles, nine home runs, 39 RBI’s, an on-base percentage of .474, and the best slugging percentage on the team at .667. In Johnson’s four years at Whitworth, she has hit 24 home runs, a school record.

“Julia is a confident offensive player and has a big presence in the box. She has an excellent attitude, trusts in other people, and is a real leader who steps up and serves to help other people,” junior utility player Taylor Gilbert said.

Johnson has expressed her love for the sport by her competitiveness and her ultimate goal while on the field: To have fun.

“Julia is very influential on the field. She always knows what to say in the tough situations and always knows how to pick us up as well as come through with clutch at-bats when we need them,” freshman pitcher Madi Perez said. “She is a leader on our team. She is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet and will always have your back and is a beast on the field.”

While Johnson was growing up, she was surrounded by sports. Her older brother played baseball and that inspired her to jump into softball, which she later excelled at. She has always watched her brother succeed and play baseball. Her goal has continually been to match up to his skill level and potential, wanting to be that much better for herself and her brother so he can then be proud of her achievements.

“She is a team leader and brings confidence to our team. She motivates us through her actions and always fights whether it is an at-bat or on the field, she never gives up and helps us to motivate each other,” sophomore outfielder Alyssa Hall said.

Her preparation before a game takes dedication and hard work.

“I always have to listen to “Here comes the Boom” by Nelly whether I’m in my room or on the bus heading to the game to feel that rhythm, knowing it’s game time. I always have to end on a good hit in the batting cages to feel satisfied and not jinx myself,” Johnson said.

Johnson said that she loves to see her team’s competitive drive and will to win. They have this passion to do whatever it takes to get on top, and they have created this bond to come as a team and conquer anything that stands in their way, she said.

“I may seem like a silly, sweet person, but once I get on the field, I’m the most intimidating, competitive person you’ll ever meet,” Johnson said.

Head softball coach Cristal Brown had her own personal interpretation of what Johnson brings to the table for the Whitworth softball team.

“Julia is a competitor, and displays intimidating factors every time she steps up to bat. Her team mates knows she cares, and she’s super competitive,” Brown said.

The softball team finished its regular season on the road against Lewis & Clark. Johnson said that working on the fundamentals will be the biggest aspect in having a chance at a national championship.

“We need to be focused 24/7 for every second in every inning. It will be crucial to know the fundamentals and play the game right. We need to get our momentum going earlier so we can get on top of the opponents and make those adjustments in advance,” Johnson said.

Whitworth will play against Pacific University at the Northwest Conference Tournament on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19. The double elimination tournament will be hosted by Linfield.

Tyler Jezierski Staff Writer