In the Chambers May 2

ASWU had their last official meeting this last week in the Chambers and it was packed. First of all, I want to say good job to the new ASWU executives because they ran their very first meeting as a team and did a fantastic job. Secondly, I just want to note and give props to the ASWU Assembly who did a fabulous job working hard and doing their jobs all the way until the end. We had four speakers this week present or discuss some aspect of campus with us. The first speaker was Noelle Wiersma, the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She spoke on what the changes in structure at Whitworth will mean and look like in the next year for the campus. Secondly, we had Dr. Kathy Storm come and ask for feedback on student representatives who sit on committees around the campus. The students gave great feedback on how the committees could be improved so that ASWU can better report the information to the rest of the student body.

Thirdly, Dr. Beck Taylor came in and spoke candidly about the direction of the institution and what great things are coming up. We always appreciate it when Taylor can come and make an appearance. He does love the students and this institution a great deal! Lastly, RD Matthew Baker came and spoke about some proposed changes to the CBS meetings that happen every year in the dorms. The changes sound sweet and hopefully the whole process will give students even more of a choice in their dorm communities. Look out for the changes!

After our speakers, ASWU passed a requisition to approve giving money to some of our exceptional athletic trainers to compete in National Quiz Bowl. Go Bucs!

As always, if you have any questions about the specifics of the minutes of our meetings, scan the QR code below and you’ll get to read them yourself. It’s a great way to be informed of what goes on in ASWU every week. Have a great week and keep at it. School is almost done and that sunshine will be here to stay!


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‘Script’ lit journal extends creative outlet to students

Sometimes during college, under the weight of science textbooks, analyses and piles of scholarly writing, students need and crave a creative outlet. In its 22nd year, Script, Whitworth’s student literary arts journal, provides students with just that.

Published annually at the end of each school year, Script contains student-submitted fiction, non-fiction, art, drama and poetry.

It is open to anyone enrolled at Whitworth who wants their work published.

The journal is funded by one of the English department’s donors, said Annie Stillar, program assistant for the English department.

But English majors are not the only ones submitting to the journal, said junior Diana Cater, assistant managing editor of Script.

“We have people from all academic backgrounds submitting their work,” Cater said.

She said Script is inspiring because it helps Whitworth artists realize they aren’t alone.

“Something really wonderful happens when you realize you are in a community of artists,” Cater said. “It’s really inspiring to say, ‘Hey, I’m surrounded by all of these really talented people.’”

Once submitted, the work is reviewed by a group of editors.

The editors determine what makes the work “good” as well as how it can be improved.

“What we’re really looking for is either people who just have a really solid craft and their writing is beautiful, and also students who are using innovative forms,” Jacquelyn Wheeler, senior and student editor of Script said.

Work can then be revised by the author and resubmitted. It becomes a learning process for both the editors and authors.

“We’re learning how to be editors, you’re learning how to be writers,” according to the Script Lit Journal Facebook page. “You help us by submitting, we want to help you, too.”

Many students submitted this year and Script is publishing a book with 170 pages of student work, including more art than has been seen in previous years, Wheeler said.

“Jacquie and I believe a thick journal is better than a thin one,” Cater said.

However, that does not mean quality was compromised. More than 20 editors worked on the journal to ensure that every piece of work was worth publishing.

While some works were rejected from the publication, authors can still learn from the editors’ critiques.

“You still get feedback and that’s a really important experience,” Cater said. “Keep writing and find ways to improve your craft.”

This year’s publication comes out on May 4. There is a Script Reading to celebrate its release by the Campanile (if it is raining it will be held in the HUB MPR) at 4 p.m.

Anyone published in Script is welcome to read their work at the ceremony and attendees can get a free journal.

“It’s pretty well attended every year,” Stillar said. “It is usually attended by about 70 to 100 people and it usually lasts about an hour.”

Next year, students interested in becoming an editor for Script should keep their eyes open during the fall for when the informational meeting will be held. Previous experience is not required as plenty of it will be gained from becoming part of the staff.

Submissions will be accepted starting in the fall.


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Student business plans win awards in regional contest

Five business plans presented by Whitworth students won cash awards at the 2012 Inland Northwest Business Plan Competition finals on April 19. The competition gave nine awards for plans in three categories, totaling $22,500 awarded to students. According to the competition’s web site, it is the “largest of its kind in the Inland Northwest.” The competition accepted more than 40 applications this year from undergraduate and graduate students from Whitworth, Eastern Washington University and Spokane Community Colleges.

Students submitted multiple plans, either individually or in teams, for three categories: student-generated, community-based and social enterprise. Student-generated plans are for original business ideas developed by the students. Community-based plans serve the businesses of community entrepreneurs. Social enterprise plans may apply to current local non-profits or a new non-profit organization the students create.

Senior Kyle Jordan placed first in the student-generated category for his plan, “Whitworth Lawn Boys,” to expand his current lawn-care business. He also won second place with his “Hoop Dreams” plan in the social enterprise category to create a non-profit organization that would give Spokane’s underprivileged youth the chance to play in competitive youth sports leagues.

An accounting major, Jordan has been mowing lawns throughout his Whitworth career and presented “Whitworth Lawn Boys” as a way to continue managing his business after he graduates.

“It’s a business that incorporates Whitworth students to do lawn work,” Jordan said. “I have some other students working with me, so I’m in the entry level steps of doing that.

A team of Whitworth graduate students took first place in the community-based category. Tara Lambert, Kimberlee Betts and Mandell Campbell presented a plan for management and growth in Spokane-based business, MaidNaturally.

Other Whitworth winners were seniors Jeffrey Aly and Jacob Klein. Aly’s “Up & Down Golf Apparel” plan won second place in the student-generated category, while Klein’s plan for Inland Mobility Services won third in the social enterprise category.

Four Whitworth teams placed in last year’s competition, with two teams taking first.

Mike Allen, the business plan competition program coordinator, organized and facilitated the competition the past two years, as well as mentored Whitworth participants. He resigned from the position for next year after being elected to the Spokane city council.

“In some ways, it makes me sad because I really enjoyed working with the Whitworth students and we had some great success the past couple years,” Allen said. “I’m really hoping they continue the success.”

Allen taught a class that specifically prepared students for the business plan competition. He welcomed students from any major into his class.

“Businesses can come from the sciences. They can come from education,” Allen said. “They don’t all have to come out of the business department, so I would encourage all students on campus to get engaged with that program.”

Tate White, associate director of graduate studies in business, will be the program coordinator the competition next year.

Students who competed had to submit an online application in February and an executive summary of each plan in March. Nine teams in each category were selected to send a completed business plan in early April. Five finalists from each category came to Whitworth April 19 to give oral presentations of their plans and attend the awards ceremony and reception.

This was the first year Jordan participated in the competition. He regrets he did not try it earlier and said more students should enter, if not for the cash award, for the opportunity to network with local business owners.

“I think kids are kind of lazy, because there’s so much school stuff going on that they just think, ‘Oh, that’s just something else to do on top of school,’ so they don’t really pursue it,” Jordan said.

Jordan took the class last fall and worked with Allen outside of class to further prepare for the competition. He suggested students who are considering competing should first take the class.

“For the Whitworth Lawn Boys, I was able to do everything in the class and when it came time to turn everything in, I already had everything done,” Jordan said. “You get credit for school, and at the same time, you get your competition stuff done.”

Students interested in next year’s competition can review the rules and guidelines on the competition website.

“Students that worked really hard are the ones that are successful in the business plan competition,” Allen said. “If somebody is interested, no matter what their discipline is, across the university, if they have an idea and want to explore it, more than likely whoever teaches the class next year will let them in.”


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Buying local proves to be disadvantageous

It seems that Earth Day came and went with comparatively little fanfare this year. Usually, it is accompanied by a flurry of admonishments to do something good for the environment.

There isn’t anything wrong with this, of course. Wanting to improve the environment is quite praiseworthy. However, too often our actions wind up actually harming the environment more than they help.

We are told that the free market necessarily disregards environmental concerns, and that we must alter our choices to do what is truly environmentally sustainable. While this may be sometimes true, it is very difficult to beat the economic or environmental efficiency of a free marketplace.

Nowhere is this truer than in the buy local movement. Proponents, dubbed “locavores,” contend that buying locally is good for the environment. Their arguments rest on the concept of food miles.

The further the distance between the origin of your food and your plate, the more gas has to be burned to get it to you. Local food doesn’t have to travel as far, so emissions and your overall carbon footprint are lower.

The only problem is that this way of thinking can actually be bad for the environment. The very concept of food miles defies the important economic principle of comparative advantage. Not every area can grow everything efficiently.

For instance, Washington is known for its apple production. This is not because Washington farmers arbitrarily decided to plant apple trees. Instead, Washington as a region is particularly suited to grow apples.

Consequently, it is cheaper and more efficient (less of a carbon footprint) to produce apples in Washington and ship them to places that cannot grow apples as efficiently.

As Steve Sexton of Freakonomics explains, “forsaking comparative advantage in agriculture by localizing means it will take more inputs to grow a given quantity of food, including more land and more chemicals, all of which come at a cost of carbon emissions.”

As Todd Myers of the Washington Policy Center points out, “focusing solely on the distance the final product travels to market ignores most of the energy and resources used in the growing process.”

Thus, the efficiency of apple growing in Washington outweighs the environmental damage of shipping them to other states.

James McWilliams of Forbes provides a more concrete example. According to him, “a 2006 academic study (funded by the New Zealand government) discovered that it made more environmental sense for a Londoner to buy lamb shipped from New Zealand than to buy lamb raised in the U.K.”

It is simply so much more efficient to raise sheep in New Zealand that it outweighs the environmental cost of shipping it to the U.K. Next time you hear someone urging you to buy local to save the environment, just remember you may actually be doing more harm than good.


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Coach Ramsay reclaims program’s pride

The Whitworth baseball team hasn’t had an overall winning season in seven years. The team hasn’t been in the top three of the final Northwest Conference standings since the 2001 season, and the Bucs haven’t won a conference title since the 1991 season.

This season is a different story.  With the sweep of Whitman College this weekend, the Pirates finished the regular season atop the Northwest Conference standings along with Pacific University. It is the first conference championship for the Bucs in 11 years.

The program’s conference championship is the culmination of a turnaround that has been building for a while under fourth-year head coach Dan Ramsay, who is The Whitworthian’s choice for 2011-2012 Coach of the Year.

“He is a great guy to be around and have a voice on the team,” senior pitcher James King said. “The passion he has for the game, he lives and breathes baseball. That’s what you want to see out of a coach. He’s making the program as good as it can be.”

Ramsay, hired as head coach in 2009, has led the Pirates to back-to-back 20 win seasons, including a conference title this season. The Pirates’ 26 wins this season are the most wins for a Pirate team since the 1989 season, when the Bucs also won 26 games. Heading into postseason play, Whitworth has a chance to set the school record for wins in a single season.

Even though Ramsay has a four-year record of 66-86-1, he has steadily improved the team over the years.

“We won 10 games my first year, then 13, 20 and now we’re at 23,” Ramsay said. “I came in at 22 [years old] with hardly any coaching experience and I have learned something every year.”

A major part of the team’s success has been because of the offense. Whitworth is in the top three in the Northwest Conference in runs, hits, RBI’s, batting average, doubles and home runs.

An even bigger contribution to this season is how Ramsay has built the team over the past four years.

“I think it’s been a trickle-down effect,” Ramsay said. “It starts at the top with the people we have in our program  — coaches and assistant coaches to players. It’s a good fit with personality and the personnel is a good fit for the team.”

One of those good trickle-down moves has been pitching coach Brandon Harmon.

“One of the biggest things that Coach has done is bring in [pitching coach] Brandon Harmon,” King said. “Thing’s were rough for pitching his first couple of years, but Brandon helped improve our pitching a lot.”

Recruiting quality freshman talent has been a staple in the Ramsay years, with no exception this season. Freshman pitchers have locked down opponents this season. Team leaders in strikeouts, wins and saves are all freshman players. The seniors who Ramsay recruited in his first year, though, have set the tone for the team’s success.

“The seniors have been impact players,” Ramsay said. “It’s been cool to see the work they put in over the years has been starting to pay off. They laid the expectations for the rest of the players and where we are has a lot to do with those individuals.”

Ramsay started his Pirate career as a player in 2007 when he was a catcher, earning Second-Team All-NWC in 2007 and Honorable-Mention All-NWC in 2008. Ramsay, having only been five years removed from playing the game, uses that as an advantage.

“He relates to players really well,” senior third baseman Landon Scott said. “He is a younger guy that understands the mental part of the game and knows what the players are going through.”

Ramsay said the culture of Whitworth baseball has changed dramatically from his playing days.

“When I played here there were times when I didn’t want to wear my baseball cap around campus because I didn’t want people to ask how we did that weekend. I didn’t want to tell them that we always lost,” Ramsay said. “That’s not the case now. People are excited about this team. I get people coming up to me wanting to buy baseball caps, and everyone wears their gear around campus.”

As evident with the recent turnaround of the program and conference championship, the culture has changed and Whitworth baseball has regained swagger.

“My expectations for the players at the beginning of the season were if they didn’t want to win a championship, then I don’t want them on this team,” Ramsay said.

With the sweep of the Missionaries this weekend, the Pirates have been able to celebrate with a dog-pile. With Ramsay at the helm, Whitworth now heads into the National Division III Tournament representing the Northwest Conference.


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Is White Skin Really Fair Skin?

It seems as if we stopped asking questions about race a while ago. As children our curiosity to explore the world and how it functioned was only satisfied by a sheer question. As we grew up we stopped asking the obvious to effortlessly follow without hesitation what others were doing. This led to the formation of incorrect assumptions that never got the opportunity to get clarified. These assumptions led to more confusion brought forth by the complexity of our society. At this point we are going to make the following assumption: all humans are equal. Maybe it was in the process of not asking that our actions fell short to our original intention of accepting others. Our society is racially stratified. It gives certain people unearned advantages simply for being white. We must clarify that this is not an article about white bashing but educating and expelling previous assumptions regarding race.

It is imperative to expose how this reality revolves around the concept of fear. A fear that stems from accepting others as equals. This fear enabled us to hate and discriminate against anyone who looks different.  When we were younger were told to make friends with one another and asked to live in harmony with those around us. Yet it seems as if high aspirations of getting along faded away once we began to understand the reality of our current situation.

A situation where children of color are being prepared to expect to be stigmatized, mistreated, and hated by their white counterpart. A situation where white children are being told to avoid the topic of race—with an intention of ignoring the social problems that come with race or simply to endorse a color blind mentality. While one side is being told to expect the hate, the opposition is being taught to avoid the person of color. How are we truly to accept others as equals when society has already established a platform based of fear?

Individuals on this campus and beyond Whitworth might be under the misconception that race is an issue of the past. If that is the case, well it seems as if our past has caught up with our present. Throughout history the ‘right’ and ‘civil’ way of living life was to be determined by the white standard. Other people beyond these boundaries were to integrate the ‘right’ and ‘civil’ way into their lives to being the process of ‘a savage past to a civilized future.’ Along with setting the norms to the society there was always this fear that the people of color would rebel and break down society. Sadly both mentalities are still very present today.

For a person of color to experience hate a single glance at the media will do the trick. Safe zones are yet another mirage. Such manifestation of discrimination and hate at times takes the form of a direct insult, the incorrect assumptions about a culture, a joke that went too far, the mocking of a language, or a society personifying beauty as a slender body with a light skin complexion. The combinations are endless.

It’s amusing to see how there seems to be a people with the correct combination. Such combination is called white privilege. So why is it difficult for the white majority to see this?

Alicia Fedelina Chávez and Florence Guido-DiBrito attribute it to the following, “White Americans, manifest ethnic and racial identity in mostly unconscious ways through their behaviors, values, beliefs, and assumptions. For them, ethnicity is usually invisible and unconscious because societal norms have been constructed around their racial, ethnic, and cultural frameworks, values, and priorities and then referred to as ‘standard American culture’ rather than as ‘ethnic identity.’”

This has to change. A white complexion is not an excuse to avoid these issues that enable an ignorant state of mind to continue, especially if we want to aspire being courageous in our conversations. We must also be aware that in the attempt of fighting for justice and equality we cannot afford once more to get stuck in the initial phase of conversation. A possible solution must stem from facing our fear of other people. Ignoring such socialized fear will limit our creative minds to find new possibilities of loving one another.

Martin Luther King Jr. tells us, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Justice and equality matter. An underrepresented student being called a nigger is unacceptable. A white student believing they are the “better” race, unconsciously or not, must cease. It’s in giving these labels big importance in our lives that we manage to limit ourselves. Being white or underrepresented are labels of the past.

I chose to write this article with someone who does not come from the same culture as I do; yet all we see in each other is a friend. We are equals. What we are trying to point out is that white privilege does in fact exist. We are trying to establish the new standard for Whitworth so as a community we can begin to instill change in society.

Being white does not mean more important or the only way of thinking. To coexist we must treat each source of knowledge as equal. We need all the pieces to this puzzle to create a holistic picture of what has been fragmented for so long. We must be willing to take action as individuals to continue fighting for equality and justice on this campus and in our home communities.


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Spring Fest supports charity

Spring Fest has been a Whitworth tradition for more than 25 years and raises money for a different charity every year.

This year the festival will raise money for BELIEF, an organization started by Whitworth students, which helps low income students further their education.

It is a festival that was originally held in downtown Spokane for the whole community but this year it will be celebrated all around campus on Saturday, April 28.

“Spring Fest was created to help celebrate spring and it was also a way for Whitworth to give back to the community,” ASWU member senior Tori Sullivan said. “For the first Spring Fest Whitworth students came together with the community to load up a bus with canned goods to give away.”

This year the festival introduces some new activities such as a larping tournament and a car show.

The day kicks off at 11 a.m. after the superhero-themed Fun Run, which is open to the community.

“The Fun Run is a 5k costume run and will take place right before Spring Fest starts and it goes through the campus and the back 40,” Events Coordinator senior Brittany Roach said. “It’s going to be a bigger event this year and we’ll be involving the community more.”

Spring Fest activities include a bouncy castle, Mr. Whitworth beauty pageant for men, Frisbee tournament, jazz concert and mentalist Wayne Hoffman will perform in the afternoon.

Some of the day’s activities, such as the Frisbee competition and Fun Run, will include prizes for the winners.

Activities will be held in the Hixon Union Building and around the Loop.

“We are having car clubs around Spokane bring in their cars,” Roach said. “There’s going to be some vintage and some new suped-up cars which will be parked around by the HUB parking lot.”

If the weather is wet the Spring Fest booths will be taken indoors in the HUB.

“Last year it rained so we had to have it inside, so I really hope it stays sunny this year,” Roach said.

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Whitworth students show Math is Cool

The Whitworth campus hosted crowds of fourth graders during the Math is Cool event on Friday April 20. The tournament lasted more than four hours, challenging students with a range of math questions at the fourth grade level. Whitworth helped with smaller schools like Arcadia Elementary and Lake Spokane. Whitworth math professor Martha Gady, who helped run the event, has been involved since her children were competitors. Whitworth became a backdrop for fourth graders when there proved to be too many entrants for other schools to handle. “This year there were too many fourth graders for Mt. Spokane so they took the bigger schools and we took the smaller schools like Kettle Falls,” Gady said.

The competition consisted of individual tests that had both multiple choice and open-ended problems.Group tests consisted of open-ended questions, relays, pressure rounds and college bowl rounds. Training for the event ranged from last minute to year round.

“Different schools do different things,” Gady said. “Some take it very seriously. One of the schools has a Math is Cool coach who is paid like an athletic coach and teaches year round.”

Whitworth students volunteered to help run the event for the young mathematicians. Students made up 28 proctors, nine runners, six greeters and six sellers. Junior Tanner Tyson worked as a proctor during the competition.

“I’m majoring in elementary education and I thought it would be a good thing to help out in a competition that involved math and young students,” Tyson said.

Each grade school was allowed to bring up to six teams. There were four students per team.  Calculators and other electronic devices were not allowed during the contest. Parents were allowed in the room after the first break unless the proctor did not want them in the room.

Proctors received special training for the competition. Students were advised on how to administer the test, what to do if problems arrived among parents and coaches, and how to work electronic devices for timed events. Proctors were also in charge of disqualifying any student if he or she displayed unsportsmanlike behavior. Tyson was pleased with how the children and parents handled themselves.

“Everyone was great,” Tyson said. “Coaches that sat in were very cooperative. Students were very well behaved. It was really fun.”

The event ended with a closing ceremony for test results and awards. Winners of the event will go on to compete at a state final held in Moses Lake. This was the first year that Whitworth has hosted any of the schools involved on its campus, but with the positive feedback from students and participants, it may not be the last.


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Women hold power to influence election

The presidential candidates have taken a clear focus to win the female vote, as it has been at the forefront of discussion and debate. Many believe that women will determine who the president is, though in the history of elections it is not as black and white as focusing on just men or women. Of course women will affect the coming election; they are roughly 50 percent of the population.

The more important issue is to realize why it is important for women to wake up and to protect their rights. Arguments from the Republican side cite statistics from The Bureau of Labor Statistics that 92 percent of jobs lost under Obama have been women’s jobs, while the Democrats contend that Republicans have been and continue to wage a war on women’s rights, from contraceptive use to basic human rights. What is clear is that women need be aware of what is going on in their country and the injustices that are happening before their eyes.

Planned Parenthood has been swarming the media, and even in our own newspaper, so little needs to be said about that. Though I will say that I in every way support Planned Parenthood, as it provides millions of low-income women with primary healthcare, along with providing valuable information to young girls about safe sex and STDs.

However, the problem does not only lie with Planned Parenthood, an article in The Huffington Post notes that there are several other attacks on women. GOP members of the House and Senate refuse to support the Violence Against Women Act because it includes lesbians and Native Americans. The Paycheck Fairness Act was passed in the House, but not in the Senate.

This bill would have worked to end inequalities in pay between genders. Several states are working to redefine “rape” while some states, such as Georgia, are looking to change the term “victims of rape” to “accuser.” According to the Huffington Post, the Protect Life Act that was passed in the House in 2011 was a bill that would allow federally funded hospitals that oppose abortion to refuse to do them, even if the mother’s life is at risk.

In Maryland, republicans cut Head Start, a federally funded program that serves as a preschool for low-income families. Two Republican officials stood by their choice, arguing that education starts at home, and spoke highly of their stay-at-home wives. Essentially, they believe the program is unnecessary because women staying at home strengthens marriages, and communities, and after all that is a woman’s place.

I am not trying to attack either side of the political spectrum, but rather I am trying to stress to women that equality has not been met. I am not an extreme feminist, but I do believe in the general equality for all humankind, whether that be based on gender, sexual orientation, race or anything of the like.

Author Jessica Valenti shows that gender inequality is not at the forefront of our society because basic human rights have been met; women can vote, women can work and there are domestic violence laws in place. However, she argues that we should not settle with basic human rights, but should continue to fight for equality.

Injustices and inequality plague our country and our world, but that doesn’t mean we ignore them all because there are too many, we simply work on them one step at a time.


Story by Sarah Berentson Columnist

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Rusty Roof’s: Not an ordinary burger joint

When I am having a bad day I crave a good cheeseburger, fries and a coke. This meal is my comfort food; it makes my day a little brighter.

In my hometown of San Diego, In-N-Out is the restaurant where I find my comfort meal, but unfortunately it is not in Spokane. I have been searching high and low for three years, have gone to multiple restaurants to find the best burger and now I feel I have found it at Rusty Roof’s Burger and Shake Shack on 101 East Hastings Road.

Frank and Shanna Haney opened Rusty Roofs Burger and Shake Shack on Oct. 18, 2010. The couple wanted to create a restaurant that had the environment of a sit-down restaurant with a fast food twist. The restaurant uses all fresh ingredients, from all-beef patties to homemade sauces.

“We wanted to offer something a little different with better quality and worth your money,” Frank Haney said.

Currently they are planning on opening a second location on Hamilton Street by Gonzaga University in about six weeks.

All the burgers on the menu were tempting. If you are a meat lover, I would recommend the Rusty Signature: season beef patty, house sauce, shredded pork, apple wood smoked bacon, pastrami, cheddar cheese, grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms, tomato and lettuce. If you are not a burger fan then I would recommend trying the Grilled Chicken Sandwich or the Garden Patch Burger.

The menu also consists of frozen custard milkshakes, from the traditional chocolate to fresh huckleberry. The restaurant uses top quality ingredients and the custard is made in the restaurant.

“Their huckleberry milkshake is delicious,” Whitworth alumna and customer Robyn Louis said. “It is perfect for sharing.”

I tried the Rusty Cheeseburger. I loved every aspect of the burger. It tasted fresh and had a lot of flavor. The patty was juicy. It was nice to see dark leaf lettuce instead of the traditional Iceberg lettuce. The burger also had tomatoes, onions and pickles with the restaurant’s house sauce. The bun was soft and fresh and came from Alpine Bistro and Bakery on Monroe Street.

The only downfall to this fabulous meal was I did not realize garlic Parmesan fries were included in the meal and if I wanted salted fries, I had to ask. Do not get me wrong, the fries were good, but I am not a huge fan of garlic Parmesan fries. I eat a few and then I am done with them. Besides the confusion of the fries, I thought this was a great meal that was worth every penny.


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Pre-med student follows in sibling’s footsteps for college


Junior pre-med student Kyle Darbonne juggles class, work, being a student visit assistant in the Admissions Office and being vice president of the Pre-Med and Science Club.

Caitlyn Starkey: How did you decide to come to Whitworth?

Kyle Darbonne: My brother and sister actually both attended Whitworth. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do the whole smaller private school thing or if I wanted to stay in Colorado, because I love Colorado, and do the state school thing. After I came up and visited my brother, I got to stay here at Whitworth for four days I just fell in love with the campus, and the classes and the whole community.

CS: What would you ideally like to do in your free time?

KD: I’d be camping or fishing as much as I possibly could. But its hard to get away on weekends to go camping for a night or to when you and all your friend have so much going on. That or I am on a frisbee team, I go to as many games as possible, which hasn’t be a lot this semester. It’s still a lot of fun.

CS: What do you plan to do after graduation?

KD: Well, I came in thinking I wanted to do med school, and it’s still a possibility that I’ll go the whole med school route. But lately I have been thinking about the two front runners, teaching high school science, biology, because that was a big part of why I wanted to go the science route was because of my high school science teachers, one guy science teacher that I had in particular. Also physical therapy, which I haven’t looked into much. From what I have heard about it, it would be an awesome field to go into.

CS: How did you get involved with working for the Admissions Office?

KD: Freshman year my roommate was a host [admissions overnight host], so I was a host’s roommate which made me a host. Especially when they would be gone and you would have to take care of the kid for a while. I was like, “This is kind of fun getting to meet a bunch of new people for a night,” and then they would leave. Then sophomore year, I was actually a host as well as tour guide. I really love that aspect of admissions. So this year, I applied to be one of the student visit assistants, which has been awesome getting to work in the admissions office with all the people. They are all happy and love meeting people, so it’s a great work environment. I am actually signed on for the summer as well which will be a blast, as well as next year. I think I will have a little bit more responsibility than I do this year just because I will have been there for so long. Some visit assistants were kind of above me this year, so I will be stepping in to and teaching the newer visit assistants for next year. It will be fun but a lot more responsibility, which I am looking forward to.


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Spotted from the crow's nest: Frank Lima, track and field

Junior Frank Lima, a health science major at Whitworth University, has been dominating on the Pirates’ track and field team this year.

Lima made it to Indoor Nationals for the first time this year, and went to the 2012 NWC Championships for the 110m hurdles, long jump, triple jump and high jump.

“He’s had a really good year [and] a pretty solid season,” head coach Toby Schwarz said. “He’s very technically sound [in his events], and he’s got a lot of explosiveness.”

On the first day of the 2012 NWC Championships, April 21, Lima won the high jump after clearing 6-8. He then took fourth in the triple jump the next day, reaching a distance of 44-2.5.

Lima said he decided to switch over to field events in high school.

“At first, I was actually a cross-country runner. I decided to try [track] in middle school,” he said. “My coach wanted me to only do long-distance running events at first, but I decided to spread out to other events. I mostly do field events now.”

Schwarz said he was surprised by Lima’s event scores when they first met.

“I first met him in the summer between his junior and senior year,” Schwarz said. “He’s not really intimidating, but I could tell he was athletic. He loved track and was committed to it.”

Lima said he was one of the few athletes in his high school that cared about track.

“In high school, I felt like I was competing by myself because people didn’t really care about track,” he said. “When I transitioned into college, I became a part of something bigger than myself. There’s great competition, great people and great atmosphere. It’s just really fun.”

Freshman Christina Dobbins, who competes in the high jump, 110m hurdles, and 400m hurdles, among other events, has known Lima since high school. They both competed on the track team together.

“He’s a really fun person, he’s friendly, and gets along with a lot of people,” Dobbins said. “He’s an amazingly high jumper, and technically he has great form.”

Schwarz said that when Lima first started competing on the Whitworth track and field team he faced some overwhelming challenges.

“It was difficult in the beginning, he didn’t really have a coach in high school,” Schwarz said. “And his height, he’s not a very tall guy and competes with guys taller. [But] he’s gotten stronger, gotten more confident and gotten faster, definitely gotten faster. He has a great relationship with me and Bob [Omlin, the vertical jump coach] now.”

Lima said it was a stroke of luck that caused him to hear about Whitworth in the first place.

“My family and I went on a college trip across the Northwest, and the receptionist at a hotel told us about this place called Whitworth that was really great, so we drove up. Toby sold it for us,” Lima said. “[Later] when I was staying as a pre-frosh with some of the track team, it seemed like they were really good people. The community and the team sold it for me.”

Lima said he enjoys playing Frisbee and doing martial arts in his free time. He said he hopes to go into physical therapy graduate school after he graduates from Whitworth.

“I want to work with people, and help them recuperate,” he said. “One thing for sure, is that I’ll still be competing in All-comer track meets in California [after graduation].”


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Student Life caters to Whitworth ideal

Whitworth prides itself on the close-knit community that has been established through Student Life. The idea of community here is a strong selling point for most. Student Life works hard every year to ensure that residents have the best possible experience. Resident Assistants are given extensive training and taught how to handle most situations to best meet the needs of residents. The year begins with Traditiation, which is in place to build community within the first few nights on campus. The Traditiation experience sticks with people and, in some cases, defines their college experience. That time is for making long-lasting friendships, feeling comfortable on a foreign campus and starting a new chapter of life. Whitworth’s student life has put together a creative orientation experience.

There are also seminars for students to engage in during the first week on campus. Seminars such as “I am from...” or “Valuing a Diverse Community” serve the purpose of introducing students to a new culture. While these are wonderful seminars for information, they don’t function well in allowing students to create relationships with others.

These are often seminars to be attended with parents and there is little communication between students and leadership.

“Hopefully there are places for everyone to plug in and feel connected,” said Kathy Storm, vice president of Student Life.

However, these experiences can, at times, focus on a specific type of student who is outgoing and generally speaking, an extrovert.

Some students are uncomfortable with participating in Traditiation activities. Being with that many people doing activities meant to quickly create bonds can be overwhelming, yet there aren’t many attractive alternatives. If students do not join in, they risk not being plugged in right away or not making these crucial, initial friendships.

“We did try one year to offer an opportunity for students to meet and have coffee with faculty members in lieu of traditiation, but no one showed,” Storm said.

While this was a good move by Student Life, the students who are likely to be uncomfortable with Traditiation are also likely to be uncomfortable with meeting faculty in a one-on-one setting so early in the year.

This board understands that appealing to the needs of everyone is impossible. However, we also believe that more could be done to cater to a wide range of needs.

One possible alternative is engaging students more with RAs on a personal level during the orientation season. Typically, four to six RAs are in charge of Traditiation in each dorm community. If the resident assistants who were not in charge initiated outside events for students who were uncomfortable with Traditiation, more students could be effectively assimilated into the community. More could also be done during orientation in the individual halls, with the exception of hall meetings, to get students acquainted with their RA and neighbors.

More personal interaction within the first few days could be beneficial for comfortability. Whitworth prides itself on wonderful community and although traditiation is beneficial for most, community also begins with one-one-one relationships for some.


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Biblical judgment corresponds with love

I often hear self-proclaimed Christians criticizing the church for a lack of love. Indeed, the modern church is largely perceived as hateful, judgmental and hypocritical. Unfortunately, however, the type of love people often advocate, which is undiscerning, universal and non-judgmental, is not the kind of love that is portrayed in the Bible. While the church admittedly has a long way to go, her accusers, even those within the church, are not without fault. It’s time for a bigger view of Christian love.

While it may feel right in our hearts to believe we should love and celebrate everyone and everything equally, Jeremiah 17:9 points out that “the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.” Thus, if we are to examine Christian love in light of scripture, we have to filter out what we personally feel long enough to hear what scripture actually says.

Jesus gives these directions in Matthew 18:15: “If your brother or sister sins go and point out their fault” in private. If the person continues in sin, take the matter before one or two believers. If nothing changes, the matter should go before the church. What is this if not judgment? We are directed to confront others about sin. Yet the whole purpose is to restore the person in love.

Ezekiel 3:18 explains the concept further when God says to Ezekiel: “When I say to a wicked man, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.” Given that sin harms the sinner, is it truly loving to uncritically accept them and their sin? Surely not. True love desires to keep people from harm.

Yet Matthew 7:1 appears to prohibit such judgment. Jesus says, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” However, Christ is referring specifically to hypocritical judgment. Jesus clarifies himself later in the passage: “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Jesus is not telling us not to judge the speck, but to address ourselves first.

Christ is not advocating judgment in the sense that we normally think of it. While we tend to think of judgment as anything negative or critical we say or think of another person, the Bible is not this simplistic. Jesus models proper judgment for us throughout the Gospels. John 8:1-11 is particularly profound. Jesus has just been confronted by an angry mob of Pharisees that have found an adulterous woman and want to stone her. Jesus says to the crowd: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” At this, those in the crowd realize their own sin and slowly disperse.

Verses 10 and 11 finish the story: Jesus asks the woman: “Has no one condemned you?’ ‘No one, sir,’ she said. ‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin.’” In Greek, the word Jesus uses for “condemn” is defined by Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words as meaning to “pass sentence upon” or to judge worthy of punishment.

In not condemning the woman, Jesus is not writing her off. Yet his instruction to her to leave her “life of sin” is clearly a form of judgment and an expression of disapproval. He was not angry at the woman, but he wanted her to change for the better. In John 16:8, Jesus says that the Holy Spirit “will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” The Greek word for “reprove” means to bring embarrassment or to call someone to account for the purpose of correction. Thus the difference between correct and hypocritical judgment is the difference between conviction and condemnation.

Yes, Jesus hung out with tax collectors, prostitutes and all manner of sinners. Though he accepted them as they were, he did not leave them that way. Just as he said to the woman in John 8, Jesus commanded those who would follow him to leave their sin behind.

If Christians are to model Christ to all people of the world, we must recognize that though Jesus accepted all people, he did not provide for sin. Judgment must be carried out humbly, not hypocritically, and it must always have the restoration of the sinner as its goal. In this way, correction fits as an integral aspect of love. The words of Paul in Galatians 6:1-2 encapsulate the concept: “If someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.”

If the church has failed, it has done so not because it has recognized some things as wrong, but because it has failed to be gentle in its correction; however, just because the church has failed in correction does not mean that it should give it up altogether. True love cannot exist apart from correction, for love involves seeking the best for its recipient. By all means, the church needs to love. It just needs to remember to do it properly.


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Senior art students finish education with final exhibit


“Daedal” — “ingenious and complex in design or function, intricate” — labels the entrance of the Bryan Oliver Art Gallery. Senior art majors opened their senior exhibit on April 17 to display the  finale of their four years in the art program.

The exhibit features works of 12 Whitworth seniors specializing in various forms of art, from graphic design to ceramics and photography.

“This is a culmination of their entire education here,” said Stephen Rue, professor of art and director of the Bryan Oliver Art Gallery. “It’s representative of their growth and success in the department.”

Senior art major Jake Allen’s piece, “Age of Type,” is one such example. Using letterpress, intaglio and digital print techniques, the piece features layers of type overlapping one another. Allen created the piece over Jan Term during an independent study.

“The art department just got a letter press,” Allen said. “I then worked with it in Photoshop to blend the layers.”

The piece was one of four pieces Allen submitted to the show, but was the only one accepted.

One can not help but be drawn in by senior Meghan Eremeyeff’s “Seven Seas Wine” or “Duds Chocolate Bars.” While the food is not real, the wine labels show hand-drawn, twisting waves and product information on the back. Eremeyeff had done both wine and chocolate bar designs for her Imaging II and Typography I classes, based on made-up companies, she said.

“Part of doing graphic design is putting your style out into the world,” Eremeyeff said. “Product design is fun because what you’re doing has to stand out on the shelf.”

Eremeyeff said she appreciated the opportunity to use sans serif and handwritten fonts. The wine bottle labels were designed by hand, she said. The project also included research on government regulations regarding nutrition labels.

Each student in the exhibit is in the Senior Exhibition Project class, a class which is required for art majors, Rue said.

Students submitted artwork, which was then reviewed by a juror for acceptance into the exhibit. Jurors are usually local artists. Each student is guaranteed to have one piece in the exhibit, but most is left up to juror discretion. This year’s juror was Jan Erickson, a painter from Coeur d’Alene.

“The juror has authority to pick pieces he or she deems quality work,” Rue said.

Seniors had complete control over the naming and design of the exhibit displaying their works, Rue said.

“They really put a lot of thought into it,” he said. “I’m impressed; they did a great job doing it this year.”

From plants in glazed clay pots to sculptures and cloth and string, there is much to be explored at the exhibit, which will be up until May 12.

“I like the diversity there is,” said senior English major Alexa Foster, who attended the opening reception. “I wasn’t expecting the different types of art — a mixture of abstracts and real images.”


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Surveys show majority of students lack sleep


“I have to get eight hours of sleep or I can’t function,” a student complained to her friend at the Mind and Hearth Coffee House.

This student is aware of how important sleep is to everyday life, but with finals right around the corner, many students forget how important sleep is to their overall ability to function. Why sleep when there still are five chapters left to read? What about that important 15-page paper due in the morning?

Dr. Noel Wescombe, associate professor of psychology at Whitworth, is currently researching the sleep patterns of Whitworth’s students and said he has discovered that close to 60 percent of the students studied are not getting an adequate amount of sleep.

“[These] students tend to go to bed around midnight and yet they’re getting up at 7:30 to go do their activities,” Wescombe said. “They’re in a kind of sleep deprivation.”

Wescombe said there are three major selling points for a good night’s sleep: one’s ability to focus, mood and health.

Sleep is directly tied to how well one is able to focus, he said. Focusing during class becomes difficult for some when sleep has been compromised.

“I start to doze off in class and it seems to go by longer,” sophomore Tanner Tyson said.

Cramming instead of sleeping does not always have beneficial results.

“If your test requires you to write an essay, get some sleep,” Wescombe said

Writing quality essays require high functioning brains and a lack of sleep hinders one’s ability.

A person’s mood is directly tied to sleep. More sleep might just make it easier to control one’s mood swings and have a happier disposition, Wescombe said.

Wanting to lose weight? Get some sleep. Wescombe said recent studies have shown significant correlations between sleep and one’s health, including weight loss. Sleep deprivation sets the body into a pre-diabetic state and hinders the body’s ability to regulate its metabolism.

Additionally, Dr. Michael Rempe, associate professor of mathematics and computer science at Whitworth, who specializes in diverse neural systems and sleep said several studies have recently shown a link between a lack of sleep and chronic illnesses.

Not getting enough sleep can have a severe, lasting effect on a person. So what can be done? Sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that late adolescents attain a total of nine hours and 15 minutes of sleep at night.

 Of the 50 Whitworth students surveyed last week for this article, only one person said he or she slept nine hours a night. Out of 50 students, only 20 said they average around seven hours of sleep a night. That means, every night, students are losing two hours and 15 minutes of necessary sleep.

One method of playing catch up comes in the form of the weekend.

“I’ll crash after three weeks [of not sleeping enough] and sleep for 12 hours,” senior Solomon Walden said.

Another way to fight sleep deprivation and all of the negatives it brings is napping.

“We tend to look down on naps but they are helpful,” Wescombe said.

Naps are so helpful in fact that Dr. Sara Mednick, assistant professor in the department of psychology at the University of California, Riverside has written a book entitled “Take a Nap! Change Your Life.”

In chapter three of Mednick’s book, she outlines the top 20 reasons one should take a nap, including: increased alertness, reduced stress, creativity boost, weight loss, “preserve your youthful looks” and ultimately, “it feels good.”

It might also be helpful to know one’s sleep pattern. Wescombe described the two types of sleepers in terms of larks and owls.

“If you tend to be more of a lark, it’s better to go to sleep earlier and get up earlier,” Wescombe said. “If you’re more of an owl, you tend to be able to go to sleep later and get up later.”

While everyone is different and it is possible for some to function on less sleep, why take the chance? Especially during finals, whether a lark or an owl, make sure to schedule in a couple extra hours of sleep.


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Whitworth earns sweep of Willamette

The Whitworth baseball team kept its playoff hopes alive with a three-game sweep of Willamette University in Salem, Ore., last weekend.

Freshman pitcher Dan Scheibe pitched nine innings and struck out 13 batters in game one of Whitworth’s three game contest against Willamette at Merkel Field last weekend to help the Bucs grab an 8-1 victory in the front end of Saturday’s doubleheader before they secured a 7-6 win in the tenth inning of the nightcap. The action continued Sunday as the Bucs completed the three-game series and improved their record to 16-5 in Northwest Conference action, still close behind first place Pacific University.

“What really stood out this weekend was our guys’ ability to pick one another up,” head coach Dan Ramsay said. “If one guy failed the next guy behind him seemed to come through with a big hit or shut down inning out of the bullpen.”

Whitworth took the lead early when senior center fielder Kevin Valerio scored right fielder Erik Nikssarian with a squeeze bunt and freshman catcher Joshua Davis scored off of freshman shortstop Nick Motsinger’s RBI single in the second inning. In the third, senior first baseman JR Jarrell scored sophomore second baseman Gerhard Muelheims with an RBI single and freshman left fielder Tyler Pfeffer’s league-leading 11th homerun of the season boosted the Pirates to a 5-1 lead in the fifth.

“Tyler has also been playing lights out,” Ramsay said. “If he can finish what he’s started he should be a candidate for NWC Player of the Year.”

The final three runs came in the seventh when senior third baseman Landon Scott scored off Motsinger’s RBI double to center field, Nikssarian’s RBI single scored Miller and Valerio’s RBI double brought Nikssarian home.

After rolling past the Bearcats in game one, Whitworth trailed 1-0 until the sixth inning in game two. Davis hit a two-run single that gave the Pirates the lead, but Willamette answered in the seventh with another run.

“They really struggled against Scheibe in game one [but] did a good job of battling against our pitchers in game two,” Ramsay said.

Whitworth scored three runs in the eighth inning sparked by Nikssarian’s single that brought home Pfeffer, who had singled to shortstop. Jarrell and Nikssarian scored when, with the bases loaded, Scott and Valerio were hit by pitches.

The Bearcats tied it up in the bottom of the ninth to force an extra inning, but Whitworth scored two runs in the tenth when Muelheim’s RBI single brought Davis home and Pfeffer’s RBI single scored senior center fielder Ryan Beecroft.

illamette scored one run in the bottom of the 10th, but it wasn’t enough to steal the Bucs’ lead.

On Sunday, Whitworth drove in eight runs in the second inning to grab a significant early lead against the visiting Bearcats en route to a 10-6 win.

“When each guy trusts and has confidence that his teammates are going to come through, he plays with more confidence and it eases the pressure,” Ramsay said.

Willamette fought for six runs, but the Pirates secured the win with an extra two runs in the eighth inning when Davis walked, Valerio singled, and Pfeffer drove them home with a double up the left side.

Whitworth will host its final conference games with a three-game series against Whitman on April 28 and 29. The Pirates currently sit one game back of conference-leader Pacific.  Each team has three games remaining; however, the Boxers hold the tiebreaker advantage over the Bucs.


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Women’s tennis eliminated by Whitman

Whitworth’s season comes to a close after conference tournament loss

The Whitworth women’s tennis team’s season came to an end on Saturday as the Missionaries of Whitman College beat the Pirates 9-0 in the semifinals of the Northwest Conference Tournament at the Linfield Tennis Center in McMinnville, Ore.

“Yesterday’s match was bitter sweet because it was our last match,” senior Alli Marshall said. “We knew Whitman was going to be really tough. They won the right points and beat us, but we definitely played our hardest.”

Whitworth finished the season with a 9-4 conference record, a 13-7 overall record and 10th place ranking in the region.

“The season was a lot of fun,” head coach Jo Ann Wagstaff said. “We came a long way and improved a lot.”

After sweeping the doubles portion of the match, Whitman won the next two singles matches for the team victory, which left the four other singles matches unfinished.

Five seniors saw their Pirate tennis careers end on Saturday, including the top two singles players and the No. 1 doubles team of Marshall and Erica Bosman.

“I feel really blessed to have been on this team for four years,” Marshall said. “It’s been amazing and I wouldn’t change anything.”

Bosman finishes her career with 123 total wins, and Marshall leaves with 101 wins. The three other Pirate seniors are Claire Hemming (52 wins), Siri Carlson (31 wins) and Janell Talbot (12 wins).

“It is a huge loss (about losing the graduating seniors),” Wagstaff said. “They all contributed a whole bunch and we’ll miss them a lot. Erica went from the No. 5 player her freshman year to the No. 2 this year. Claire went from our No. 10 or 11 player her freshman year to our No. 6 player this year. As a coach it’s fun to watch players improve and succeed.”

Ranked 8th in the region, the Missionaries overcame stiff competition from the Pirates in the opening doubles matches.

The No. 1 doubles team of Marshall and Bosman were overpowered by Whitman’s No. 1 doubles team of junior Alyssa Roberg and freshman Courtney Lawless 8-2.

The No. 2 doubles match was the closest of the day. Pirate junior Jessi Steele and freshman Saryn Mooney couldn’t overcome the Missionary team of senior Emily Rolston and freshman Morgan Lawless, losing 8-6.

Junior Megan Wingfield and Hemming had the second closest match on Saturday but fell to Whitman’s No. 3 doubles team of sophomore Hannah Palkowitz and freshman Madison Webster 8-4.

“The match could have gone either way -especially in doubles - even if the score didn’t reflect that,” Talbot said.

Starting the singles matches with a 3-0 lead, Whitman left the rest of the match in the hands of the Lawless twins. Courtney Lawless defeated Bosman 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles and Morgan Lawless beat Steele 6-0, 6-2 in No. 3 singles to close out the match.

“Whitman was just tough,” Wagstaff said. “We stuck with them but couldn’t come through.”

There were four matches that remained unfinished at that point. Whitworth was actually leading in three of those four matches but they stopped after Whitman earned the necessary five wins.

Mooney was beating junior Kate Kunkel-Patterson 6-3, 3-1 in No. 4 singles. Wingfield, who almost completed her match, was winning in No. 5 singles against Missionary Webster 6-2, 5-2. Hemming was ahead of Rolston 6-0, 1-3 in No. 6 singles.

The other unfinished match was in No. 1 doubles with Whitman junior Roberg leading Whitworth senior Marshall 2-6, 2-3.

“It was a really great season,” Marshall said. “It was nice to have new people. We definitely improved over the season and our scores reflect that.”

Whitman advanced to the Northwest Conference Championship game on Sunday with an 11-2 conference record and a 16-4 overall record. Whitman defeated hosting Linfield College Wildcats 5-1 to win the tournament, advancing the team to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Whitman has a young team, which will be hard to beat in the coming years. Whitworth hopes to follow suit.

“I’m looking forward to next season,” Wagstaff said. “We have good recruits coming in and the players coming back had a great year.”


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Missionaries best Pirates in NWC playoffs

The Whitworth men’s tennis season came to an end on Saturday after host Whitman College defeated the Bucs 9-0 in the semifinals of the Northwest Conference Tournament in Walla Walla, Wash. “We knew [Whitman was] going to be difficult to beat,” senior Daniel Redfern said. “We were hoping to pull off the upset but it’s pretty impossible to come back at Whitman after going down 3-0.”

Whitman was the No. 1 seed in the tournament and the No. 1 team in the region, and eighth in the nation. The Missionaries won the first five games of the match, leaving the other four unfinished.

“It’s no fun to lose the last match of the season,” senior Ben Hamming said. “Whitman is really tough, a very, very good team.”

Whitworth, finishing the year 8-4 in the conference and 11-9 overall, stayed with the Missionaries in a lot of the matches.

Whitman started out the day by winning the first three doubles matches. Whitworth’s No. 1 doubles team of Redfern and junior Micah Spaun were outmatched by Whitman’s No. 1 team, losing 8-2.

The Pirates’ No. 2 doubles team of seniors Hamming and Stefan Dernbach had a tough time against Whitman’s No. 2 doubles team, falling 8-0. The Missionaries closed out the doubles portion of the match with an 8-3 win in No. 3 doubles against sophomore Dustin McConnell and freshman Chris Engelmann.

“I thought we played well, [the match] was very competitive,” Engelmann said. “We played a good team and even though the score didn’t show it the match was very competitive. Could have gone either way.”

The singles matches were highly competitive, but only two matches were finished as Whitman reached the necessary five wins before Whitworth could mount a comeback.

The two matches that finished first were No. 2 and No. 4 singles. In No. 4 singles, McConnell lost a competitive match, losing 6-2, 6-0.

In the last match of the semifinal, junior Cameron Williams lost a close two-set match, falling to Whitman junior Jeff Tolman 6-4, 7-5.

Of the four matches that were left unfinished, two of them went into tiebreakers. Redfern, playing his last game as a Pirate, was on the losing end of a first set tiebreaker, leaving the match at 7-6 (7-0), 2-1. The other tiebreaker was at No. 3 singles where Spaun’s second set ended in a tie, leaving the score 6-2, 6-6 (4-4).

In No. 5 singles, Hamming, also in his final match as a Pirate, finished his first set against Whitman junior Sam Sadeghi where he was behind 6-2. The No. 6 singles match never got started.

“It’s very different playing outside but we had decent weather,” Hamming said. “There’s wind that you have to take in account for and the depth perception on the ball is a little different, but we were ready for it.”

Redfern, who had his best season as a Pirate after transferring from Skagit Valley College after his sophomore year, finished with 22 wins on the season and 40 in his two-year Pirate career.

Hemming, who was a four-year contributor for the men’s tennis team, finished his best season in a Bucs uniform, compiling 14 wins between singles and doubles this season.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Hamming said. “I’ve enjoyed the team and the coach for four years and I’m sad it’s over. “

This was the second time this season that Whitworth played Whitman in Walla Walla, but the outcome was no different from the March 31 match-up which Whitman won 9-0.

The Missionaries played Sunday against George Fox University and swept the Bruins 5-0 for the Northwest Conference Tournament Championship.

Even though the tennis season is over, there is always hope for the coming years.

“Next year is going to be an uphill challenge because everyone in our conference is young and every team is deep,” Engelmann said. “It’s going to be a dog fight on our team for the last spots in our line-up next year. It’s going to be very competitive, but we’ll be good.”


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Sex proves essential in marriage

“Haven’t you read that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the to will become one flesh’?” (Matthew 19:6). Christians view marriage as a holy thing, but some view sex badly. Sex is key to a marriage and it was created by God to unite man to his wife. It is a beautiful and pleasurable thing meant to be shared by a married couple. Without an exciting sex life or a sense of deep intimacy, a marriage will weaken as time goes on. Since I am an unmarried college student, I had to get most of these facts from my mother who has been married for 12 years. Most of these ideas come straight from her.

At the beginning of marriage, have a lot of sex. Even though sex seems scary and intimidating, it will help strengthen the marriage in its first few months. This is the honeymoon phase of the marriage and, at this point, if the couple chooses to be virgins until marriage, the two are learning how to work sexually with one another. This is the time for exploration and trying new things. At this stage of marriage, different positions or locations are great ways to not only make sex more fun but to also keep it fresh and new each time.

Once children come along, the sex life will slow down again and probably will never return to where it was before children. When children come along, life is committed to taking care of children. Good parents put their children before themselves; therefore, the couple’s sex life is put on the back burner in order to make their children’s lives better.

After children, the couple has the free time to have sex again; however, the couple’s sex drive might not be as high. Menopause slows down the sex drive in women according to Obesity and age also affect sex drive. Even though sex drive is lessened, the need for intimacy still exists. Intimacy and romance are key necessities to marriage and are required for a marriage to be successful. Other forms of intimacy include holding each other, hugging, kissing and other personal things that only the couple knows.  These are also ways a couple can be intimate before they are married if they have made the choice to be virgins or celibate until marriage.

My mother gave me a lot of good information about marriage and sex that needs to be shared with the community. Sex with someone you love is better than sex with a random person because sex with someone you love is a true expression of oneself rather than just an attempt at getting pleasure. Romance and intimacy are the glue of a marriage and without them the couple can be on a path toward divorce. The best advice I got from my mother was the beautiful quote she said to me, “Sex is a part of marriage but understanding, forgiveness, effort, communication, respect, laughter, sharing memories and putting your spouse before yourself is more important.”

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