Food review: Yuzen restaurant serves fresh Japanese food

This past week, April 21-29, the Spokane community hosted Japan Week, a Japanese cultural event. The event has been put on in April since 1992 and has a wide variety of sponsors  such as The Spokesman-Review and Spokane Falls Community College. The goal of the event is to allow the Spokane community to participate in various Japanese cultural activities and to raise awareness of  the deeply-rooted culture through traditional fine arts performances, food, lectures and festivals.

“It’s a great opportunity for people in Spokane to know Japanese culture,” said Yuko Taniguchi, who teaches Japanese at Whitworth. “Only a limited number of people know of the event and I hope that more people will come to know more about it.”

Not only has Japan Week Spokane 2012 interested the Spokane community, but it has also brought awareness to the Whitworth campus through Taniguchi. This year she assigned her students to go and participate in one of the activities from the event. She recommended the opening ceremony to students because it had a lot of  different  activities going on, such as a dynamic Japanese drumming performance and a martial arts demonstration.

In light of Japan Week, I decided to try out a Japanese restaurant: Yuzen Sushi Restaurant at 5204 North Division St.

The restaurant serves a wide variety, from sushi to hot food. Because sushi is such a staple food of Japan, and I think it’s delicious, I got a lunch platter called Bara-Sushi and Tempura Lunch for $6.95. The lunch platter was large enough to feed two people.

The meal consisted of a salmon cake harumaki, bara-sushi and mixed tempura. The salmon cake harumaki was a type of Japanese spring roll with spicy salmon. It was simple, not too greasy and had a subtle kick to it.

I had never heard of bara-sushi before I came to Yuzen. I was a bit nervous about it because it was out of my comfort zone, but I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who likes sushi. It did not look like your typical sushi roll. In a sense, it was a large cube of a rice mixture that consisted of chopped seaweed salad, albacore tuna, tuna, salmon, mackerel and tamago, which is an egg cake.

The fish tasted fresh and was not overpowering. The seaweed salad did not take over the sushi, but rather complemented the fish, and the tamago added a subtle sweetness to the whole dish. The mixed tempura included green beans, mushrooms, zucchini slices, carrot slices, broccoli and shrimp. Like the salmon cake harumaki, the tempura was hot, fresh and was not greasy with a nice crunch to it.

I am glad that I tried something new. I got a taste of fresh Japanese food and I would recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for something fresh, easy and inexpensive.

Story and photography by Elise Van Dam Staff Writer

Contact Elise Van Dam at evandam13@my.whitworth.edu.

Follow the yellow brick road to ‘Wizdom’

Students collaborate with community on play about socioeconomic discrimination

With the sun shining and the end of the semester approaching, the last thing on one’s mind might be, ‘How do I feel about socioeconomic discrimination?’ Professor Brooke Kiener of the Whitworth theatre department said she wants to challenge students and community members to think deeper about this subject.

The Whitworth theatre department is putting on the production “Wizdom: Making Dollars and Sense” at the Bing Crosby Theatre May 6 at 7 p.m. The production is to inspire discussion and new perspectives on stereotypes and discrimination of socioeconomic status, Kiener said, who is directing the production.

The production itself is a parody of the Wizard of Oz, Kiener said. The main character, Dorothea, is a Whitworth student who falls asleep on a bench in the Loop and wakes up in downtown Spokane. Lost and confused, Dorothea tries to find her way back to campus and has a few run-ins with different community members.

“[While downtown] Dorothea meets a Native American woman named Tsuts Poo and she tells Dorothea to go on an adventure for wisdom,” Kiener said. “Dorothea misunderstands her and thinks she says to search for the wizard and on her journey she runs into Mr. Scarecrow, Mr. Tinman and Ms. Lion.”

The show was created to inspire a change in thought of community members, but not only about how people of lower socioeconomic status are perceived.

“We really didn’t want the show to only be about how the rich oppress the poor,” Kiener said. “We wanted the show to be about how we all have these preconceived notions about socioeconomics and discriminate across the board. There are plenty of nasty things we say about rich people, too.”

Freshman communications major Quincy Cooper is in Kiener’s theatre class that is putting on the production. Cooper spoke of the impact the production had on students involved.

“When I came into the class I really had no idea what it was about or exactly what being in a community-based theatre class entailed,” Cooper said. “It wasn’t until the first day of class that I found out it is all about making people aware of the economic injustices in Spokane. It’s been great being able to learn about things in our community that we don’t understand or are aware of.”

Another cast member, sophomore psychology and theatre major Katie Gary, said the production inspired her. She said the community members in the project are using “Wizdom” to tell stories of their lives, giving a personal feel to the project, and also making it relatable to the audience.

“I really feel that doing this project has lit a passion in me to be more aware of the issues this play touches on,” Gary said.

Patricia Bruininks, a psychology professor who focuses on social psychology, has students in her Psychology of Poverty and Social Class course complete a “Voices of the Poor” project. It requires the students to create a project that attempts to inform community members and other students about issues of poverty.

“The main purpose of this project is for the students to be able to see these issues from the perspective of those living in poverty, and so ‘Wizdom’ is a beautiful example of that same concept,” Bruininks said. “By including those who are of low income in the play’s production, ‘Wizdom’ is allowing the audience to understand these key issues from a lower socioeconomic status point of view.”

Although the production is happening this year, the actual development of the project started in 2004.

“In 2004 Julia Stronks in political science had a grant to do programming around campus on justice issues,”  Kiener said.

The grant provided funding to hire a company to come to Spokane for a week to do a theatre project on socioeconomic discrimination.

It was during that week that Kiener and a group called VOICEs got together and shared stories that helped create the script. VOICEs is a group of low income individuals who do advocacy work for issues that affect those who live on low incomes.

“We had over 50 people sharing stories on the first night, and we recorded all of them,” Kiener said.

The script was made, but not used right away. Kiener explained that the theatre department’s budget simply did not allow for the production to happen at that time.

“We don’t have any extra money in our budget for anything outside of the main stage productions,” Kiener said. “And this just didn’t fit the bill for a main stage production.”

So the script collected dust for eight years until Kiener got a phone call from Lynn Noland, Whitworth’s director of sponsored programs and IRB administrator of academic affairs, about a grant that made her think that “Wizdom” could become a reality.

“I was planning to teach my community-based theatre class this spring and it suddenly occurred to me [that] if we could get enough money to cover production, the class could work on putting up the show with those community members,” Kiener said.

Kiener applied for the grant, got back in touch with VOICEs, was accepted for the grant and then began work on the production immediately.

Kiener said she is excited to see a piece that has been in the making for eight years finally make its debut.

“I will be very proud,” Kiener said. “Whatever the show looks like, I will only see the good things. It will look amazing to me and will be a glorious moment making us all forget about the difficult moments up until then.”

Tickets are free for this production.

Story by Jacqueline Goldman Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of: Brooke Kiener

Contact Jacqueline Goldman at jgoldman13@my.whitworth.edu.

Whitworth’s gospel choir concludes year with concert

Whitworth’s Exceptional Praise gospel choir performed their third annual spring concert on Saturday, April 28.

The evening was opened by Exceptional Praise director junior Joe Lawyer and was followed by a praise dance performed by his 5-year-old niece, Ruth McCain.

“My dad started me playing drums in church when I was 5 years old,” Lawyer said. “Somebody had to give me an opportunity so I was happy to give my niece an opportunity.”

The evening included performances from past director and Lawyer’s sister Miracle Lawyer, her sister Rakisha McCain who wrote and performed the song “Let Your Glory Fill This Place” and family friend Chelsea Jones.

This is the second year performing with the group for Exceptional Praise choir member senior Delia Garza.

“My favorite song was called ‘Get Ready,’ which was led by Miracle,” Garza said. “It’s an anthem of encouragement. You have to keep going and to not give up.”

Garza led the song “I Will Run” and said she felt blessed to perform with the choir.

“We have such a good group of young women,” Garza said. “We always have a good time when we come together, learning news songs and worshiping together.”

Garza said she appreciates gospel music because it allows people to actively worship God.

“It’s another style of music,” Garza said. “It encourages people to move out of their seats and gets people excited to worship. People enjoy it because it feels good.”

Exceptional Praise’s concert included a performance by Gonzaga’s gospel choir, Holy Fusion.

Kierra Irwin started singing at 16 and joined Holy Fusion last year.

“It was a blast,” Irwin said. “This was my first time visiting the campus but we sang with Joe one time last year at our concert and we had so much fun.”

Holy Fusion performed “Everywhere I Go” and “He Reigns.”

“My favorite songs would probably be ‘I Belong To You’ and ‘Lift Him Up,’” Irwin said. “That one was a jam, you know it had a kind of jazzy flavour to it.”

Irwin said she loves gospel music because of its upbeat rhythm.

“I love the soulfulness of the music, and the message it has,” Irwin said. “I wasn’t always a Christian and I would listen to gospel music even before I was saved. It’s really uplifting and hearty.”

The night of praise had the theme “I Will Run,” inspired by 1 Corinthians 9.

Minister Kevin McCain from Tacoma spoke to the audience about the importance of living a good Christian life and compared it to training for and running a race.

Audience member junior Zach Wilkes said he appreciated the message of the evening.

“It’s important to keep running the race,” Wilkes said. “The race to and for the kingdom of God.”

Wilkes also said he liked what gospel music has to offer.

“I go to church on Sundays but this is a different kind of style of worship, it’s more loud and upbeat,” Wilkes said. “It’s another side of Christ that I don’t get to see much and it was really well done.”

Freshman Eugen Lazarenco said the gospel worship was an amazing experience as it’s so different from Whitworth’s usual style of worship, which he said is more mellow.

“These events are great because they promote culture,” Lazarenco said. “They give a different view on Christianity and obviously they promote diversity, which Whitworth seeks.”

 

Story and photography by Samantha Payne Staff Writer

Contact Samantha Payne at spayne15@my.whitworth.edu.

Exhibit commemorates King James Bible

 Did you know phrases such as “from time to time” and “the root of the matter” were popularized by the King James Bible? The King James translation introduced 18 classic phrases into the English language and made famous more than 240 of them, according to the December issue of National Geographic.

A crowd gathered in Robinson Teaching Theatre on April 23 for a panel presentation commemorating the 400-year anniversary of the King James Bible. The event was held as a part of the library exhibit “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible,” which opened on April 11.

The panel consisted of English professor Leonard Oakland, assistant art professor Meredith Shimizu and professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University Linda Schearing.

Manifold Greatness” is a traveling exhibit organized by the American Library Association and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. It is staying at Whitworth as one of its 40 destinations nationwide. Whitworth and Gonzaga collaborated on the exhibition and panel.

“It’s not the first collaboration done by the two schools,” Schearing said. “It’s great. I hope we have more.”

The panel provided a look at the King James Bible from various angles, examining its history, its past influence, as well as its influence on the present culture.

“It’s a testament to the impact of the Kings James Bible that we’re even having this lecture 400 years later,” freshman theology major Sam Director said.

Oakland discussed the influence of the King James Bible on English literature. He revealed the large extent to which the important text has shaped our language.

Since its first publication in 1611, it had influenced notable figures of English letters, from Mary Wollstonecraft in the 18th century to John Hays Gardiner in the 19th century, Oakland said. It is also alluded to in the works of prominent American authors such as William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and Herman Melville. Oakland read passages from John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” and T.S. Eliot’s poems to demonstrate the mark the King James Bible has had on various literary movements.

It has also played a role in preserving particular elements of the English language, including words such as “thee,” “thou” and “unwittingly,” along with phrases still in everyday use such as “labor of love” and “sweat of your brow.”

Shimizu talked about art in the text as well as the presence of the Bible in art. She showed how the style of illustrated images in biblical texts changed over periods of time, notably from decorative ornamentation in early periods such as the late ninth century, to images more representative of the text’s narrative such as those in 16th century publications.

Having been such a significant part of culture in history, it’s no surprise that the Bible found itself as the object of many paintings in the past. Shimizu said it’s no different today, as demonstrated by artistic treatment of the Bible in our present culture. For example, Tauba Auerbach’s “The Alphabetized Bible” (2006) is an unconventional “translation” of the King James Bible, with every letter of the entire text rearranged in alphabetical order (such that the title reads “Bbe ehHi lloTy”). Its purpose is to express how any text, no matter its intellectual weight or sacred value, is merely a collection of letters.

Schearing discussed the Bible in popular culture. She said today, the Bible and its elements find themselves represented in various commercial products and advertising, as they connote meanings and themes that are widely recognized. Those included anything from the TV show “Desperate Housewives” to the marketing strategy of Original Sin Hard Cider.

Schearing said popular culture affects the production of new versions of the Bible. In order to sustain sales, Bible publishers treat it as a commodity that they tailor to particular market niches. We now see the Bible and its messages produced in a wide variety of forms, such as the animated show VeggieTales, teen magazines called “bible-zines” and versions catered to specific interests such as the “Holy Bible: Stock Car Racing Edition.”

Whether those adaptations are justified in their attempts to make the Bible more accessible is a question that may be disagreed upon, and not surprisingly so when there are such versions as “The Brick Testament,” a biblical story book with illustrations of Legos, Schearing said.

“Though the word of God can stand on its own, commercialization can in some ways take away its focus,” Director said. “The inherent problem with these cultural accommodations is that they can de-emphasize the importance of the Bible.”

Whatever the Bible’s role today, it’s no question that its historical significance warrants recognition.

“I think it’s important that we educate ourselves on what has influenced us,” Oakland said. “The King James Bible has had significant influence on us, especially those who have grown up with it.”

The exhibit will remain in the Whitworth library through commencement day on May 13.

 

 

Story by Jonathan Kim Staff Writer

Photographer: Ashley Minster

 

Contact Jonathan Kim at jonathankim15@my.whitworth.edu.

‘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.

 

Story by Nerissa Kresge Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of: Jacquelyn Wheeler

 

Contact Nerissa Kresge at nkresge12@my.whitworth.edu.

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.

Story by Sam Payne Staff Writer

Contact Sam Payne at spayne@my.whitworth.edu

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.

 

Story by Elise Van Dam Staff Writer

Photography by Ashley Minster

 

Contact Elise Van Dam at evandam13@my.whitworth.edu.

Senior art students finish education with final exhibit

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“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.”

 

Story by Heather Kennison Staff Writer

Photography by Linnea Goold

Contact Heather Kennison at hkennison12@my.whitworth.edu

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.

 

Story by Nerissa Kresge Staff Writer

Contact Nerissa Kresge at nkresge12@my.whitworth.edu.

Nude takes first place in Seattle band battle

Of the 147 bands that applied to the Experience Music Project’s 11th annual Sound Off! competition, Spokane-based band Nude wasn’t even hoping to win the competition.

It was not an effortless win, the band members said. Nude tried to remain calm about the experience, but still wanted to be a significant part of the competition.

“We really just wanted to make it to the final round, and then from there we just kind of tried to let go of it,” said Nathan Mead, the band’s vocalist and guitarist. “We weren’t trying to really be competitive. It’s too stressful to be super competitive.”

The competition was held for bands aged 21 and under from the Pacific Northwest. The bands go through a process of three semi-final concerts, and during the final, the winner is chosen.

Because Nude was named winner of Sound Off!, they received a spot at Seattle’s Bumbershoot, a music and art festival that takes place every September.

“It was such an advancing experience, I think,” Cody Thompson said, the band’s drummer. “We pushed ourselves really hard because we were so excited about it.”

The band consists of two Whitworth seniors, Jeff Bass and Jackson Cate (currently studying abroad in Australia); as well as Mead and Thompson.

“Winning Sound Off! was such an amazing thing,” lead guitarist Bass said. “We won Bumbershoot and recording time, and so much awesome gear that fits our needs so well.”

Along with a slot at Bumbershoot, the band will also be recording its first EP in May in Seattle.

According to the band, the EP it is releasing is significant to the start of the band’s career.

“It’s the first stepping stone to initiating ourselves as a band that wants to be recognized,” Thompson said.

Initially, the band had been recording its demos in Bass’s bedroom. According to the band, recording in a studio will be a big — and welcome — change.

“We’ll have a chance to really have [the songs] make sense dynamically,” Bass said.

Nude also said it wants to give its fans a powerful experience through their EP.

“It’s our first chance to create a full experience that people can have outside one of our shows,” Thompson said.

Nude was formed initially during fall of 2009, when Bass and former Whitworth student Mead took a music theory class together.

“We started talking about music, ended up jamming together, and we never really stopped,” Bass said. “We had a hard time finding other people who wanted to do the same weird things we did.”

Bass resorted to using beats made on ProTools and looping the sound during shows when Nude didn’t have a drummer.

Fortunately for Mead and Bass, they met Cate and Thompson. Together, they were able to form Nude.

Mead, who describes the band’s genre as “beat-heavy dream-pop,” described the varying musical backgrounds of all of the members.

“If I were to talk about the sounds we were influenced by, I would say Jeff was influenced by melodic garage rock, with some bebop influence,” Mead said. “I come from 80s mope pop and Cody really likes jazzy stuff but also just street beat.”

Despite their differing musical backgrounds, the band’s unique energies help bring the sound together.

“It never feels like we’re treading on each other’s styles, it just fits,” Thompson said. “We’ve helped to make this sound that we’ve all created with our personalities.”

The band members said they are attracted to passionate, expressive playing that makes listeners have a visceral reaction to the music.

“That’s what we want to be, is expressive,” Mead said.

Nude performed at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture’s BeGin! show on April 13.

Sophomore Seth Owens attended the performance, and described Nude’s style. He has seen the band perform on multiple occasions, and said they get better every time he sees them play.

“Nude live is a dream-like experience,” Owens said. “The unique repeated guitar licks and complementary vocals make it sound as if everything is accidentally perfect.”

Owens said he generally stifles the temptation to dance at shows, but for Nude, he makes an exception.

“When I watch them on stage, I feel like they’re almost contingent upon my interaction as a member of the audience,” Owens said. “They invite, I react, they reward.”

Sophomore Sam Bjoraker, who also attended the show at the MAC, agreed.

“Nude is so fun to watch because of how effortlessly they play complicated arrangements,” Bjoraker said. “They just get up there and enjoy themselves, and you can’t help but do the same. I spend most of the show with my eyes glued to Jeff’s fret board. You can’t help but dance.”

Bjoraker said he believes Nude definitely has a future among other famous bands.

“Mark my words, Nude will be signed to a label in the next eight months,” Bjoraker said.

The band has multiple upcoming shows, including a Star Wars show on May 4 in Seattle. Nude will be playing two shows in June: Elkfest in Spokane  and the Catapult Music Festival in Anacortes. Nude also has a few tentative house shows coming up in Spokane.

To keep track of Nude and sample its demos, visit its Facebook page.

Story by Katie Harriman Staff Writer

Photography by Greg Moser

Contact Katie Harriman at kharriman14@my.whitworth.edu.

Theatre projects culminate seniors’ time in department

Imagine, while all of your classes are giving you more work than you can handle, you also have to worry about putting on your own production for the Whitworth community. For Whitworth’s senior theatre majors, that is their reality.

As part of the requirement for theatre students, they must complete a senior project. The project can be just about anything, and junior sociology major Courtney Bagdon, who has worked with some of the senior projects, explained the variety found within the projects.

“You can do a traditional performance, directing and/or performing,” Bagdon said. “We had one senior in the fall for technical theatre who worked as technical director for the fall main stage.”

Projects that have already been presented this spring are “Almost Maine” by Jessica Knuth, Isabel Nelson and Alyssa Parkinson; “Parallel Lives” by Maery Simmons and Caitlin Tuttle; “Be With Me In Paradise” by Alivia Bierschbach; Lauren Sandelius and Alison Gonzalez both completed projects; Reid Tennis did technical directing for the fall 2011 main stage show, Hay Fever.

The goal of the senior project is to take the culmination of theatre knowledge and skills you have gained throughout the past four years and showcase them for the faculty and other students, Bagdon further explained.

As one can imagine, creating your own project is no small feat. In fact, senior theatre major Michael Seidel explained, ironically the senior project usually starts in a student’s junior year.

“In spring of junior year, you propose a senior project to all of the theatre faculty, and then you wait, and you wait, and you wait some more and finally you either get approved, approved with modifications or you have to re-propose,” Seidel said.

Once the student is approved, then the real work begins.

“You have things that need to be done six weeks prior to your performance, four weeks, three weeks, two, one and things that need to be done the day before,” Seidel said. “Then after your performance, you have a postmortem with the entire theatre faculty to discuss the whole project from start to finish.”

The whole process can take more than 100 hours, Seidel said, and apparently that experience is quite common.

According to senior cross-cultural studies major Amy Wyatt, who has been involved in many different senior projects, each project is just as time consuming.

“The seniors have to put in a lot of work and effort on these things,” Wyatt said. “There’s hours upon hours that no one even hears about; whether it’s practicing lines or doing blocking or having dress rehearsals, inviting people to come to get their input, changing everything or changing nothing.”

Seidel’s senior project entitled “Straight Talk” showed last week.

The production was done in forum theatre style. Forum style allows the audience to literally stop the production, enter themselves into the show by replacing a character and interact with the other characters to try to change the direction of the performance. Seidel was intentional in making the production specific to Whitworth, allowing audience members to participate in a scenario that is likely to be seen on campus.

The production is about heterosexism, which Wyatt said is the oppression of anyone who is considered to be in the category of being homosexual. It focuses on a group of friends playing cards when one student, Regina, realizes that there’s a homosexual, Annie, living in her hall and she gets uncomfortable. The scene plays out where Regina rants about Annie, eventually leading to having Annie moved to a single room in another dorm.

Seidel’s goal was for the audience to recognize an issue and step in to change the direction. The piece had positive effects on audience members who ended up participating in the production.

“It was really interesting to act out these situations that you see in everyday life,” Bagdon said. “I thought that him deciding to do this was a really unique choice and I’m glad he was bold enough to make this choice because a lot of people are going to oppose this.”

Seidel shared his main goal for creating the possibly controversial piece.

“Heterosexism has always been something I’ve been interested in,” Seidel said. “I have a lot of gay friends and I think it is a topic that gets brushed under the rug. It’s almost OK to be heterosexist.”

Although the topic may be controversial, Seidel mentioned that he wasn’t out to try to change majority opinions on the homosexual issue.

“I would really like to see a change in general in attitudes,” Seidel said. “I didn’t go into this project trying to prove whether homosexuality was right or wrong, I think that’s a really big issue that’s going to take more than one project to change opinions on that. I really just wanted to see action in the Whitworth community that was treating people in a respectful manner whether you agreed with them or not.”

The theatre department’s senior projects are still happening. Senior theatre major Andrew Coopman’s project, “The Actor’s Nightmare,” is playing Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 28 at 3 p.m. on Stage II. Coopman is directing the production that was originally done by Christopher Durang and described it as a comedy portraying an actor’s worst fears while doing a production.

“It’s hilarious,” Coopman said. “You have the classic nightmares of forgetting your lines or not knowing blocking or even forgetting the show. You have that all kind of put together in this one production in which we follow George Spelvin, the main character, trying to catch on to the show.”

Tickets are $2 to attend.

Story by Jacqueline Goldman Staff Writer

Photography by Hope Barnes

Contact Jacqueline Goldman at jgoldman13@my.whitworth.edu.

Book review: Young adult books offer valuable insight for adults

Last month, Time Magazine columnist Joel Stein wrote a column about why adults should not read young adult literature. The article is written after months of walking into coffee shops and seeing adults glued to their copy of “The Hunger Games,” years of listening to adults support “Team Edward” or “Team Jacob,” and a decade of adults referencing “muggles” and “quidditch.”

Stein’s contention is that young adult literature does not contain the depth, or the advanced level of writing adults should be reading. If an adult reads a young adult book, he or she is automatically forfeiting his or her ability to learn and grow from the piece of literature, and should therefore be ashamed and hide in the corner.

“I’m sure all those books are well-written,” Stein wrote. “So is ‘Horton Hatches the Egg.’ But Horton doesn’t have the depth of language and character as literature written for people who have stopped physically growing.”

Well, Mr. Stein, there are many people who would fervently argue against such statements.

If Stein’s belief is that all “literature” is well-written and contains highly developed characters and plots, has he read some of the romance novels out there?

Young adult literature is one of the few mediums that allow adults a peephole into the tumultuous lives of teenagers.

Chris Crutcher, local young adult author, recently spoke in an English class at Whitworth about the worth of young adult literature. He said he believes that young adult literature illustrates how teenagers struggle with finding their autonomy and growing up.

“[It helps adults] understand what [students] are going through,” Crutcher said. “They’re coming of age, but they aren’t there yet.”

Along with struggling with identity issues, young adult literature can talk about hard-hitting issues like abandonment, sex, drug use and abuse.

Caitlin Pawlowski, a junior elementary education major, believes reading young adult literature gives her an insight into some of the different struggles her future students might have growing up.

“I think it’s really important for me to understand the struggle,” Pawlowski said.

As for Stein’s theory that characters are underdeveloped, one might argue that Katniss from “The Hunger Games” is just as much a heroine as any “adult” heroine.

“Talk about empowerment,” Crutcher said. “She scares me to death.”

Some recently released young adult books that have received a great deal of enthusiasm and praise are “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, “Why We Broke Up” by Daniel Handler, and “Girl Meets Boy: Because There are Two Sides to Every Story” edited by Kelly Milner Halls.

“The Fault in Our Stars” follows Hazel, a terminal cancer-stricken teenager who meets a boy in her support group for kids with cancer. Hazel tackles life issues with a blunt humorous approach that leaves readers wondering if they should be crying or laughing.

“John Green writes incredible, honest truths about the secret, weird hearts of human beings,” wrote author E. Lockhart. “He makes me laugh and gasp at the beauty of a sentence or the twist of a tale. He is one of the best writers alive and I am seething with envy of his talent.”

In “Why We Broke Up,” the main character, Min, returns a box of things to her first love and details in a letter, item by item, the reason why they broke up.

The book is highly relatable to adults and teenagers alike. Who does not remember their first love and the heartache that followed?

“It’s easy to predict how Handler’s story will conclude from the book’s few pages,” wrote Susan Carpenter from The Los Angeles Times. “It’s more difficult to take such an everyday tragedy with a predictable ending and elevate it to an end point of enduring, emotionally effective art.”

“Girl Meets Boy” is a collection of short stories edited by Spokane author Kelly Milner Halls. Each story is told from the girl’s perspective and the boy’s perspective by some of today’s top young adult authors.

“The stories are thus surprising and varied, avoiding any sort of formulaic treatment of relationship dynamics and giving full weight to the complexities of what can happen when a girl meets a boy,” wrote the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.

Unlike what Stein adamantly believes, each one of these books take on issues both teenagers and adults can relate to and learn from. Death, sexuality, love, helplessness and heartbreak fill these pages making each one of them more than just a frivolous, young adult book.

  Story by Nerissa Kresge Staff Writer

Graphic art by Maria Ladd

Contact Nerissa Kresge at nkresge12@my.whitworth.edu.

Food review: White House mobile serves garlic on the go

Everyone knows garlic keeps the vampires away, but at the White House Garlic Mobile on Division Street, the savory taste of garlic is what keeps the customers coming back for more.

Owner Raleigh Johnston’s original plan was to take the mobile and travel around to cater various events and parties, but after a positive turnout from the Pig Out in the Park event downtown, he decided to move the mobile to a more permanent place on 6022 North Division St. around Thanksgiving of 2011. Johnston said he believes that the mobile has had a positive impact on the other White House restaurants located on the South Hill and in Post Falls, Idaho.

“The mobile is a great marketing tool,” Johnston said. “It gets people to go to the South Hill location.”

While the restaurants have a wider variety of Mediterranean food options, the mobile still serves favorites like the Spicy Garlic Chicken Spring Bowl and the Chicken Fettuccine. Johnston said  everything is made fresh to-go and has the same quality as the food at other restaurants.

Fresh garlic is included in every dish in some way from garlic sautéed vegetables to meat seasoned with garlic. The item that Johnston likes new customers to try is the Spicy Garlic Chicken Spring Bowl.

“It’s perfect for newbies,” Johnston said. “If I get them to try it, they always come back for more.”

Another popular item on the menu is the Chicken Fettuccine, which customer and Whitworth junior Colby Davis tried at the Post Falls location.

“It’s so good,” junior Colby Davis said. “It’s the perfect mix of garlic and creamy. It’s something you would want to eat when you are having a bad day.”

Even though the Chicken Fettuccine looked tasty, I decided because I am a “newbie” to the mobile and it is now officially spring I should try the Spicy Garlic Chicken Spring Bowl. Originally this savory bowl consists of sautéed vegetables, chicken, garbanzo beans, feta and rice, but because I am not a huge fan of garbanzo beans I substituted in green beans. Despite the substitution, the dish was amazing. It was hot and fresh. The garlic was not overpowering, the vegetables were not overcooked, the chicken was tender and juicy and the rice was rich with flavor. An added bonus was garlic bread on the side, which I loved.

The meal cost was around $11, which might seem a little expensive to some people, but the meal was worth the price. The serving size was huge in my opinion; I could have shared it with someone or made two meals out of it.

So my advice is that if you are a vampire, stay away from the White House Garlic Mobile. But if you are in need of some fresh Mediterranean cuisine with a garlic twist, then head on over and indulge in some great food.

Story by Elise Van Dam Staff Writer

Photography by Cathy Bronson

Contact Elise Van Dam at evandam13@my.whitworth.edu.

Documentary sparks frank talk about women in media

A panel sparked discussion amongst students and staff about traditional gender roles, the church’s attitude toward women, marriage and stereotypes portrayed by the media, after a showing of the documentary “Miss Representation.”

The film is narrated by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, an expectant mother who fears how a world shaped by the media will affect her daughter’s life. She said the media portrays an ideal woman that women buy into and it leads them to self-objectification, depression, and lower confidence and ambition.

“Miss Representation” addressed the degradation of women in advertisements, movies, cartoons, politics, business and news.

English professor Pam Parker was part of the panel discussion and urged the audience to be conscious of their media purchases.

“Think about the images you’re supporting with your money,” Parker said.

Women who have made it to the top of their profession — including Lisa Ling, Condoleezza Rice, Katie Couric and Rachel Maddow — were interviewed in the film. Each of them admitted that for women to be accepted in a position of power there would need to be a “kind of psychological breakthrough.”

In the film Newsom said there have been a few more than 30 women who have served as governors in America. She said there are more women in politics in Cuba, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sophomore Mackenzie Young said she found watching the film difficult as it made her realize how women were being objectified and portrayed unrealistically by the mass media.

“It was very intense and it made me aware of everything that has been ingrained in me and that has shaped me and how wrong a lot of it is,” Young said. “It broke my heart, actually. I think it’s something that everyone needs to see or hear or at least begin to talk about.”

Young said she hasn’t bought a pop magazine since high school because she didn’t like the false portrayal of women, but has now noticed how those images are everywhere, including her seemingly innocent travel magazine.

“We put too much pressure on ourselves,” Young said. “After seeing this it makes me want to tear those pages right out of my magazine. I compare myself all the time to these images, which is sad because I know they’re false, but it’s hard not to.”

Wondering about where to go from here, Young said she intends to start with practical changes by encouraging her female friends.

“I really want to empower women to be proud of what we’re capable of and I don’t want our fears to hold us back,” Young said.

One issue debated by students after the event was how negative stereotypes affect both women and men, and whether “feminism” was a good term.

“Personally, I struggle to call myself a feminist because I feel that it’s known as a negative term and you don’t want to be a feminist because people are going to look at you and think you hate men or that women should rule the world,” Young said.  “I believe in equality, that women and men should be working together. I don’t believe one should be better than the other.”

Junior Greg Wight, who helped put on the event, said he definitely considers himself a feminist in some areas, but is hesitant to call himself that. He said he would rather share ideas than be labeled.

“It’s about an equality between male and female, but it’s often understood as ‘we’re women and we’re going to take over,’” Wight said.

Sophomore Andy Rowland said he recognizes the challenge women face and is also concerned by the portrayal of masculinity in the media.

“I feel like men have certain alpha types that are portrayed in the media and a lot of it is the hyper masculine — you know, if you’re not big, strong and fighting explosions then you’re not a real man,” Rowland said. “So it is a challenge that men face, too, and certain aspects such as cooking, sewing and cleaning are not portrayed as masculine and meant for men.”

Rowland said he felt the misrepresentation of women by the media also affects men’s psychology concerning women.

“I think it gives women a false sense of beauty and men a very narrow view of beauty — that a woman must fit this criteria of skinny waist and large boobs,” Rowland said.

Addressing the audience, Parker encouraged female students to use their voices.

“It’s not enough women, to be good girls,” Parker said. “It’s not enough to get good grades, you have to speak up.”

 

Story by Samantha Payne Staff Writer

Contact Samantha Payne at spayne15@my.whitworth.edu.

Monologues empower women against abuse

The room was full of many different faces. Some were bothered and uneasy, some were simply curious, but most were looking for greater understanding. Whitworth hosted its third rendition of the Vagina Monologues last Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre. It provided further understanding to that uncomfortable subject: the vagina.

Most are familiar with the Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, and what they are seeking to inspire. The general idea is to release the taboo associated with talking about women’s sexuality and for women to gain an appreciation and acceptance of the lady friend between their legs. The message is clear during the performance, but what one might find surprising is the student body’s reaction to the Monologues.

During the day prior to the performance, Whitworth students around campus were asked to give their overall reaction to the Monologues: if they were going, why or why not and what they thought the Monologues were about. These were some of the responses.

Diana Cron, junior sociology major, discussed her general conception of what the show was about.

“I guess I think of women talking about difficult experiences they’ve had because they’re women,” Cron said.

Lindsay Evans, senior psychology major, said the Monologues aren’t exactly something she finds necessary.

“I would never go to it,” Evans said. “It’s just so feminist. It would be like if guys had a penis monologue, and that would be ridiculous.”

Jessica King, senior psychology major, talked about her reaction to the production after having seen it previously.

“I was really nervous when I went to go see them,” King said. “I thought it was going to be a bunch of feminist stuff, and it is, but a lot of it is a comedy, so it’s funny. It’s a good discussion about female sexuality.”

King went on to put some commonly held rumors of the production to rest.

“It’s not a man-bashing event,” King said.

Empowering women in accepting their sexuality is a strong theme and contrary to some belief, not at the expense of men. But one student argues that the theme might come across too strong and no longer applies to our generation.

“Seeing the signs for the Vagina Monologues, personally I think it’s ridiculous,” senior mathematics major Stephanie Semb said. “Yes I live in a man’s world, and I understand that. More women are becoming empowered and that’s great, but personally I’m already empowered and I’ve embraced my womanhood, or my vagina, and I really don’t feel the need to push that issue.”

One may think that the Vagina Monologues is a feminist production that pushes girl power, but during the panel after the production, the deeper themes really stood out.

“The core message really is stand against sexual abuse and violence,” said Brittany Roach, senior political science major and also the special and cultural events coordinator for ASWU. “It’s a stand for women to claim a part of who we are in our sexuality. If we do not claim this aspect of ourselves, someone else can.”

During the panel discussion the theme was further hashed out. The Monologues do talk about the vagina and all its “glory” and the focus tends to be on that, but not everyone realizes the greater theme of raising awareness of sexual abuse.

Senior English and theatre major Isabel Nelson said the issue of sexual abuse is a tender and important subject that the Monologues brings up and creates an environment for victims to connect through.

“That’s what this event means to me,” Nelson said. “Approaching someone you’re afraid of and say, ‘You shared something and I want to share something.’ It makes people courageous in a scary way.”

At the end of the show, audience and cast members are asked to stand if they have been victims of sexual abuse. The desire is to let those men and women know that they are not alone.

“I have a responsibility at the end to stand up and encourage people to be honest, but not push them to be uncomfortable,” Nelson said. “Someone deciding we can’t have the Vagina Monologues might hurt some people, and some people may never know but the person that it does affect starts to feel boxed in.”

Next time the Vagina Monologues come around, be aware there will be talk about vaginas, but there are other themes that may inspire deep questions.

“It really makes you focus on individual femininity and what makes you a woman,” senior communications major Breezy Moser said. “You definitely leave thinking, ‘OK, I’m a woman, so what do I think of my vagina?’”

 

Story by Jacqueline Goldman Staff Writer

Photography by Linnea Goold

 

Contact Jacqueline Goldman at jgoldman13@my.whitworth.edu.

'Do the Hula'

Whitworth and community spend evening on the islands for 42nd annual Lu’au

One was instantly greeted by leis, island music and an aroma that made one’s mouth salivate while walking into the Fieldhouse Saturday, April 14. The Whitworth Hawaiian Club, also known as Na Pu’uwai of Hawai’i, presented their 42nd annual Lu’au with the theme “Do the Hula.”

The event combined both traditional foods and cultural entertainment which showcased the many talents of the club members.

Sophomore Joshua Beeksma introduced the festivities and emceed the event. He elaborated on the history and background of the various dances for the audience.

There were 12 dances performed including several kinds of hulas, a Tahitian number and a haka, which is an ancient war dance.

Another highlight was the solo performance by freshman Seneka Viernes.

Freshman Iris Chavez was impressed by the numerous dances.

“My favorite dance was the one that looked very hard to do with all the hip shaking,” Chavez said, referring to the Tahitian dance titled ‘Show Me Your Fa’arupu,’ which was choreographed by alum Keilah Fanene.

While all the performances were impressive, the Waikiki Hula was memorable. This specific hula, which refers to “a vibrant city that is next to the whispering sea and filled with the fragrance of seaweed,” featured several members of Whitworth faculty and staff including President Beck Taylor.

Among the other performers was freshman Jade Faletoi.

Faletoi originally joined the Hawaiian Club because she said all the islanders are in it. She was excited to be dancing in six of the 12 performances and was glad that the Hawaiian Club had the event because it helped to “showcase their culture.”

But, there was another thing Faletoi looked forward to even more.

“I’m most excited for the food,” Faletoi said. “It has been so long since I’ve had it.”

Sophomore Brittany Hoppe also enjoyed the food.

“The food was delicious and I really liked it,” Hoppe said. “I love trying food that’s different and not what I’m use to.”

The menu included poi, teriyaki beef and Haupia, a traditional Hawaiian dessert created with coconut milk and sugar.

During the entertainment, club president junior Sarah Sagarang spoke and thanked the many contributors and participants of the night’s festivities.

Whitworth’s Hawaiian Club began in 1970 and was founded by Hawaiian student Curt Kekuna. The club’s goal is to share Hawaiian culture with both the Whitworth and Spokane community and to build an “ohana,” or family, for the students from Hawaii.

 

Story by Natalie Moreno Staff Writer

Photography by Greg Moser

 

Contact Natalie Moreno at nmoreno14@my.whitworth.edu.

Food Review: Downtown bakeshop has cupcakes galore

Rumor has it Marie Antoinette once said to her poor subjects, “Let them eat cake.” But at Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop on Washington Street downtown, “Let them eat cupcakes” is scrawled above the entrance to the kitchen, so customers and employees alike may remember the reason why the bakeshop is in business.

It all started with Judy Rozier who had a bad day at work and decided to buy a cupcake to cheer herself up. Unfortunately she was not satisfied with her purchase, so she started to think of ways to make a better cupcake. She started baking the treats at home and soon found that people loved them: they started ordering dozens.

Then Rozier got the idea to open a bakeshop. She asked her friend Sally Winfrey, a baker of more than 30 years, to be her partner. On Nov. 6, 2011 they opened Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop.

“I love not working for someone else,” Winfrey said. “Judy and I complement each other in our work styles and our personalities.”

The bakeshop has a wide variety of cupcakes for around $3 such as: red velvet, salted caramel, confetti and chocolate peanut butter. The shop also offers cookies, whoopie pies, cake truffles and other treats. In around six weeks, espresso and gelato will be added to the menu, as well. They use only all-natural ingredients and flavors such as vanilla from Madagascar and real strawberries for strawberry flavoring.

“We try to use the highest quality ingredients,” Winfrey said. “People will pay the price if it’s worth the value.”

Wide variety, high quality, customer service and presentation keep customers coming back for more.

“My chocolate coconut cupcake was rich and well-made,” customer and Whitworth junior Maria Louis said. “The presentation was adorable. It didn’t just taste good; it looked good.”

I agree with Winfrey; if something is good people will pay to have it. I have never been a huge fan of cupcakes — I will have one at birthday parties or a special function — but I never crave a cupcake. But now that I have had one from Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop, all I want is to go back and try another cupcake.

I tried the chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake, which had chocolate frosting, vanilla cake and cookie dough on the bottom. I could taste the all-natural ingredients. The frosting was rich and did not leave a film on the roof of my mouth, and the cake was rich and moist. I was hesitant at first about the cookie dough on the bottom but once I took a bit that hesitation faded from my mind. It tasted just like the dough my mom makes.

Not only are the cupcakes delicious but there is great customer service. The employees and owners were happy to chat with me and served me with a smile on their faces. I would recommend this to anyone who is craving a cupcake and a smile.

 

Story by Elise Van Dam Staff Writer

Photography by Melissa Barringer

Contact Elise Van Dam at evandam13@my.whitworth.edu.

Theatre review: Southern banter brings laughs in ‘Duck Hunter’ comedy

A title such as “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” doesn’t seem to need much in the way of an explanation, but you might be surprised to find this play isn’t just about an ill-fated hunting experience.

The Spokane Civic Theatre play opens on a half-man half-alligator reading from a book (did I mention that this play might have some unexpected aspects?). Then enters the protagonist. Sandy is a depressed journalist played by Spokane Civic Theatre veteran Michael Hynes. Sipping coffee from a coffee cup he begins to have a conversation with what is assumed to be the audience, until a voice answers.

The booming voice coming from loud speakers carries on a conversation with Sandy throughout the production at very inconvenient times, asking him questions that he refuses to answer. Sandy attempts to explain to the voice why his writing is so terrible. Then enters his out-of-touch and overpaid boss Lester, played by David Olson, of the national enquirer-esque publication that he writes for.

Lester informs Sandy that a story about a duck hunter who accidentally shot an angel needs to be covered, and Sandy is the man to do it. Because of a troublesome past with the south that is alluded to Sandy refuses, but unfortunately does not have a choice in the matter. Sandy takes the paper’s photographer Lenny, played by Jarvis Lunalo, down on the assignment and hilarity ensues.

As the title does allude to the event, the play focuses on two stereotypical Alabama duck-hunting brothers who have come to the conclusion that they have shot down an angel. The casting could not have been more perfect for the role of these two southern brothers. The accents, costumes and attitudes were all spot on and for a moment I had forgotten I was watching a play and thought I was watching a Jerry Springer episode.

The two brothers, Duane and Duwell, played by Mark Pleasant and Doug Dawson, steal the show with their southern banter and slapstick comedy. Numerous times the actors had to wait for the roar of audience laughter to subside before they could go on. The production is most certainly a comedy, but deeper messages of belief and redemption are present, as well.

The play was written by author Mitch Albom. Many recognize his works such as “Tuesdays with Morrie” or “The Five People You Meet in Heaven.” Albom’s work is known to be thought-provoking as well as emotional, but this piece is not what you might expect from Albom. Like his previous works you will be wiping tears off your face, but only because you’re laughing so hard.

Lunalo, who is also a Whitworth graduate, said the production has been one of his favorites.

“This was a really fun and tiresome production,” Lunalo said. “This show has been one of the best productions I have ever been in; the cast is really superb.”

Lunalo is not stretching the truth. The cast is relatively small with only nine members, but every single one of them is incredibly talented, making up a stellar cast.

Director Kathie Doyle-Lipe is no stranger to the Spokane Civic, but this was her first go at directing. It goes without saying that she did a phenomenal job, and the cast and crew also appreciated having her on board.

“Kathie is a comedian,” Lunalo said. “She had a way of making the rehearsals so much fun.”

A fantastic cast, wonderful directing and a fabulous stage production make this play one not to be missed.

The production “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” is on stage now until April 22 at the Spokane Civic Theatre. Student prices are available.

  Story by Jacqueline Goldman Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Spokane Civic Theatre

Contact Jacqueline Goldman at jgoldman13@my.whitworth.edu.

‘Blue Like Jazz’ movie takes a fresh look at faith

Don, a 19-year-old college student, swaps his conservative church life in Texas for life at a liberal northwest college in the new movie “Blue Like Jazz.” At Reed College he finds himself in the midst of peculiarities he never found in his Baptist church: a man in a pope outfit burning books, a half-naked marching band and a robot invasion. The movie dives into an exploration of faith, struggle and belonging in a world cold to Christian belief.

“Blue Like Jazz” is based on Donald Miller’s popular book of the same name, a collection of memoir essays subtitled “Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality.”

 

The great rescue

The movie got off to a rocky start with the project almost coming to a stop in 2010. Miller co-wrote the film’s screenplay with the director, Steve Taylor, and Ben Pearson in 2006, but when funding fell through, Miller announced on his blog that the project was over. But fans wouldn’t have it. The filmmakers started getting offers for donations and were even approached by two men from Tennessee who started a Save Blue Like Jazz campaign through Kickstarter.com, a funding platform for creative projects.

“Their enthusiasm was infectious, but I frankly thought that they were a little naïve,” Taylor said. “I just didn’t see how we would raise the kind of money we needed.”

Taylor was proven wrong when the campaign yielded more than enough from more than 4,500 people who wanted to see the movie made.

The film is now being released on the big screen nationwide on April 13. Because the campaign was such a gift the filmmakers decided they wanted to give back in return, Taylor said. Ten percent of profits made in theaters will go to three non-profit organizations chosen by the movie’s supporters: The Mentoring Project, International Justice Mission and Blood:Water Mission.

Marshall Allman, the lead actor who plays Don, said the atmosphere on set was affected by the film’s rescue story because everyone working on it knew this film was something special.

“There was this kind of urgency or sort of an onus to do them proud and to make the people that love the book so much really feel like we really put our most into making an excellent movie,” Allman said.

 

From memoir to movie

So how does one turn a book of autobiographical essays into a movie?

“If you’ve read the book you know you don’t necessarily put the book down at the end and say, ‘Oh, I see this movie in my head,’” Taylor said. “It’s like a collection of essays; it’s fairly stream of consciousness.”

Whitworth junior Katherine Bryant said she is obsessed with everything Donald Miller writes and she didn’t think “Blue Like Jazz” would ever be a movie.

“I’m having a hard time envisioning what it’ll be like,” Bryant said.

Taylor said when he first read the book he spotted an interesting narrative thread that he was surprised hadn’t been made into a movie sooner. It’s an example of what he said is a fairly common experience: A kid grows up in a conservative southern Baptist home in suburban Houston and ends up in Portland, Ore., attending classes at Reed College. Taylor said it’s hard to imagine two more opposite environments in the United States.

“They either reject the faith that they were raised with or they have to make it their own, and I thought that would make for a really compelling story,” Taylor said.

In the process of editing Miller’s life story, Taylor said they had to make decisions based on what would make for a more interesting movie. Taylor said Miller joked, “You know next time I should just live a more interesting story and we wouldn’t have to change so many things.”

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” is Miller’s latest book, which is primarily about the process of turning his real story into a movie story.

The biggest change from “Blue Like Jazz” the book to the movie is that Miller was in his early 30s when he audited classes at Reed and lived in a house off-campus. In the movie his character is a 19-year-old who transferred to Reed and lives in the dorms.

Readers of the book may also notice some other differences in the movie. Miller’s friend Laura was changed to Lauryn (played by Tania Raymonde) and made a lesbian. The change was made in order to avoid an assumption of a potential love triangle between Miller’s character and Lauryn and Penny (played by Claire Holt), two good friends he makes at Reed. That would not have been good for the story, Taylor said.

Miller’s mother in the movie is also nothing like his real mother. And his father appears as a character in the movie, but Miller’s real father abandoned him when he was a boy.

The first thing Allman said he noticed about his part playing Miller in the movie was that his character was not an exact replica of Miller; it was more of an interpretation. But Allman did notice a characteristic of Miller that he tried to embody in the film.

“One of the things that I found in all of Don’s writing was that he has this real passion to seek out adventure and a zest for telling a great story with his life,” Allman said. “I’m that way, too. And so that was one of the things that I was really excited to bring to the screen as an undertone throughout the movie.”

Allman, who plays characters in various TV shows such as “True Blood” and “Prison Break,” said he is always looking for a variety of roles and playing Miller was just that.

“As an actor I want new things to challenge me, take me to different places, so whether it’s playing a shape shifter who has sociopathic tendencies on ‘True Blood’ or whether it’s playing a pious Christian guy who gets his mind blown wide open by the eccentricities of Reed College, I love it.”

 

Not a ‘Christian’ film

“Blue Like Jazz” is not exactly what one would consider a family film. Foul language and sex references (what anyone would find on most college campuses) give the film its PG-13 rating. That is not a problem, though, because while the movie is about faith, it is not a Christian film.

Taylor said from the very beginning the filmmakers didn’t want “Blue Like Jazz” to fit in with what has now become a Christian movie genre; they wanted to separate the comparison at every turn.

“It’s about spirituality so we’re certainly dealing thematically with issues of faith and values,” Taylor said.

Bryant said Miller’s book is a different picture of how to do Christianity. It’s not exactly about what to do, but the way in which one interacts with people.

“It’s an interesting way to look at the Church and the [church] body in a way that’s illustrative,” Bryant said.

For Allman, the film deals with the fear people have of getting judged or discriminated against for something they believe or the way they act.

He said the concept is brilliantly portrayed in the film when shortly after meeting Don, Lauryn says to him, “If you plan on ever making friends or sharing a bowl or seeing a human vagina without a credit card, get in the closet, Baptist boy, and stay there.”

Allman, who is a Christian, said he loves this scene because it shows a sort of reverse discrimination because some non-Christians preach that tolerance should be given to everyone but to Christians. He admits some Christians have done some out-of-line things in the past and understands why some people are angry with people associated with Christianity.

“It’s nice to let people know, ‘Hey, we’re aware of it,’” Allman said. “We’re not just trapped in a bubble thinking we’re the bee’s knees.”

Allman said his hope is that the film creates a new context for a fresh conversation about an old subject.

“There’s a lot of hate going around and name-calling and lack of understanding — ignorance really — that’s being bred on both sides, people with faith and people without faith,” Allman said. “And I hope this kind of creates a new window for a conversation to be had fresh and that there’s new understanding.”

“Blue Like Jazz” opens nationwide on April 13, but because it is an independent film it is not opening everywhere. A list of theaters playing the film can be found on the movie’s website. For students, the closest locations are in the Seattle area. But according to the movie’s website the list of theaters is still growing and if one wants the movie to come to their city they can contact their local theater and request “Blue Like Jazz” to be booked for showings.

 

Story by Jo Miller Arts & Culture Editor

Photo courtesy of www.bluelikejazzthemovie.com

Contact Jo Miller at joannamiller14@my.whitworth.edu.

Site offers travel alternative

Airbnb, a website launched in August 2008, is a resource used by both travelers and hosts who want to experience a unique and exciting alternative to a hotel while away from home.

The site has accommodations in more than 192 countries displaying everything from a geodesic dome in Coquimbo, Chile, to a downtown apartment in Westmount, Canada. Airbnb accommodation reservations come complete with photos of places and reviews from those who have stayed there. Prices can range anywhere from $30 a night to $3,000.

“The vision is to connect people in real life all around the world,” co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky said.

The site, that originated as a resource for people looking for a place to stay while traveling for work, has blossomed into a worldwide community for any guest or host.

“You can book anything from a couch to a castle,” Chesky said.

Local Spokane homeowners have started to participate as well. There are currently more than 20 listings for places to stay all over the lilac city. Local host Rebecca Mack is a fan of the site.

“I think it’s fabulous,” Mack said. “It gets the travel bug to bite people.”

Mack was told about the site through a friend and had experience with more than 17 rentals in Spokane already. She decided to give hosting a try.

“There’s a million lessons to be learned from using something like this,” Mack said. “You have to go over the place with a fine-tooth comb. It has to be really pristine for people not to have a squeamish factor about it.”

Mack gave some advice for those who are thinking of hosting.

“Be welcoming and warm in your communications and be prompt,” Mack said.

Through Airbnb, Mack said, a person can be afforded the opportunity to learn a business model and be independent, but it helps a great deal if you already have experience with tenants.

“For everyone there’s a learning curve,” Mack said. “People have to feel like there’s some level of professionalism in accommodation.”

The Airbnb site said it provides an uncommon and special experience for travelers. It offers an alternative to the conventional hotel room. Spaces can range from a bedroom in a local person’s home to a house all to one’s self.  Airbnb promises a more authentic geographical and cultural experience when staying with hosts.

According to the website, some hosts will even pick guests up at the airport and provide them with a mode of transportation. Others enhance one’s stay with free meals or laundry services.

The Airbnb site gives advice for the best way to guarantee a good night’s stay: book the trip in advance, communicate with a host after dates have been set and be respectful while staying in another person’s residence.

“Imagine this idea that one day millions of people are living with each other in all different cultures all over the world,” Chesky said.

He said he likes the vision of a world like that and thinks it would be a better one.

The site lets visitors pick and choose the dates they would like to stay in a particular place and get direct contact with those who are opening up their homes.

Reservations are made on the site through credit card transactions directly to Airbnb. So far hosts like Mack have not had any bad experiences with traveling tenants.

When asked who has stayed she commented that it’s interesting to see who the posting attracts. She said that some were from far away but so far mostly there have been a lot of Seattle people.

Story by Sandra Tully Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of airbnb.com

Contact Sandra Tully at stully15@my.whitworth.edu.