Cure for Summertime Drab

Spokane summer events to keep you entertained For students remaining in Spokane for the summer, the semester’s rapidly approaching end can mean not seeing friends until September. In order to guard against loneliness, boredom or becoming a couch potato, here are just some of the many local events happening during summer break. This list is meant to get you started, because many more events such as improv shows, arena football games and charity relay races can be found through online events calendars.


Hoopfest June 29 - 30; various times, free entry Downtown Spokane Spokane’s Hoopfest is the world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament, spanning 42 city blocks downtown. Team registration ended May 6, but volunteer registration is open until June 14. During the tournament, vendors and food booths will be set up in Riverfront Park.

Courtesy of Last year many Spokanites came out to the Dirty Dash in costumes. This year's part mud run part obstacle course is July 13.

The Dirty Dash July 13; $50 late registration until June 5 Riverside State Park 9412 Inland Road, Nine Mile Falls As the name may imply, The Dirty Dash is part mud run, part obstacle course race, meaning racers should bring their grungiest clothes to participate. This 3.5-mile course starts for racers in waves, and while the first are already sold out, the remaining open waves are from 1:20 p.m. and 1:40 p.m. Volunteer positions for the race are still open, and those interested may register online.

Pig Out In The Park Aug. 28-Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; free entry, food prices vary Riverfront Park This six-day annual food and music festival boasts more than 40 food booths and numerous entertainment acts on three separate stages. Arts, crafts and commercial booths will be set up in a “Vendors Village.” Like their Facebook page to receive updates on scheduled musical acts.


Art Fest May 31 (12 p.m. - 8 p.m.), June 1 (10 a.m. - 8 p.m.), June 2 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.); Free Coeur d'Alene Park in Spokane (near Browne’s Addition) Annually, more than 150 artists set up booths at this three-day juried art exhibition hosted by the Museum of Arts and Culture. The event also features food booths, live music and a wine and beer garden for those 21 and older. An art raffle is also featured, in which participants who purchased their tickets online have a chance to win one of five art pieces from a regional artist.

Spokane Civic Theatre - Various Plays May to August; see website for ticket prices Spokane Civic Theatre at 1020 N. Howard St. Three different programs are featured this summer: Grease, a 50’s rock and roll musical about high school romance, running May 17 to June 16; The Dixie Swim Club, a comedy about five women who are lifelong friends, running May 3 to June 2; and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the musical Biblical saga of Joseph and his jealous brothers, running Aug. 9-17. See the theater’s website for showtimes and ticket sales.


Parade of Paws June 8 at 10 a.m.; free registration Spokane Humane Society at 6607 N. Havana St. The Humane Society is inviting members of the community to take a two to four-mile walk in support of local homeless animals. The walk can be done solo or with friends (of the two-legged and four-legged variety). Registered participants will collect pledges that will go toward shelter animals’ basic needs. Those who reach $100 in pledges will receive a T-shirt to wear at the walk.

Over The Edge June 22 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; registration pledge Bank of America Financial Building at 601 W. Riverside Ave. Ever had the urge to repel off of a tall building? Washington state’s Special Olympics is now offering the chance. Participants will gather pledges through a registered web page in order to meet a goal of $650. With this amount reached, those 18 and older will be brought to the top of the Bank of America building downtown. For those not a fan of heights, the “Chicken Coop” will be a place to cheer for those up top while, raising funds and collecting prizes. No prior experience required.

Music has power to establish a connection and allow for escape

There is a tremendous amount of power in music. Influence and inspiration lie in all aspects and areas of music from reading the lyrics, going to concerts, hearing rhythms, finding spiritual and deeper meanings, understanding the band’s story to appreciating the individual use of instruments and personally creating . Music plays a powerful role in people’s lives in multiple ways. For example, personal connection, connection with a larger community and the ability to escape into the music.

The first idea revolves around personal connection. Everyone has listened to a song before and thought ‘that is my life’ or ‘this is exactly how I feel.’ Lyrics can explain emotions that one may not be able to put into words. Deep songs, especially those explaining significant parts of life, make people feel they are not alone.

Some connect with the literal words, others look to find a spiritual meaning and some pay attention to the instruments and the beauty that lies in creating music. People may then be inspired to create their own music, sharing their emotions and stories through this form of expression in hope that it will touch someone the way it touched them.

Personally, I find a deeper, spiritual meaning and personal connection to Mumford and Sons. Yes, their music is now popular and everyone knows the lyrics to their songs, but to me they are not just another big name band. Listening to their song “Awake My Soul” and hearing “in these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die, where you invest your love, you invest your life,” makes me step back and look at  my life to see where I am investing my love. Is it in God or is it things of this world?

Music also allows people to connect to a larger community. I feel a sense of belonging and relating to others present at certain concerts, especially at small venues. People fall in love with music for personal reasons and then take a step further and decide they want to connect with the band on a real level by attending a live concert. Then, you stand there, shoulder to shoulder with people that have poured themselves into the same music for similar or different reasons. The band plays three chords, and the same feeling is stirred inside everyone.  Before you know it, everyone is singing and dancing together. Strangers and friends alike know the role the music has played in their lives and understand the power it can have.

A couple weeks ago I stood at a small venue in Seattle listening to the Local Natives, and it was then I realized how much I love concerts. Going to concerts is what my best friend and I do together. It has become our thing because we both understand the power music holds, and we love to dance and sing.  Being surrounded by people singing and dancing gave so much more depth to the music, it made it come alive.  Being able to witness bands become so hyped and energized because they are feeding off the energy of the crowd is incredible.

Finally, whether it is being played or listened to, music can become an escape. It allows people to retreat behind their instruments, or behind their voices to create beautiful sounds. They can put everything aside and pour into music. Through hearing others’ stories in songs about the good, bad, lonely, past, present, grace-filled, beautiful moments, they can put themselves into the song and escape.

The power of music in individuals’ lives is too often overlooked. Take advantage of the music around you. Let it touch you personally, allow yourself to stand in a sea of strangers and feel connected through a song and use it to escape the world when necessary.

Haley Williamson


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Whitworth alumni come back, teach for red and black

Mike Sardinia

The phrase “Once a Pirate, always a Pirate” rings true for select Whitworth  faculty and staff members. Several professors received an education within the same classrooms students use today.

Some have only been alumni for a few years; others graduated more than 40 years ago. No matter how long ago they graduated, they all have returned with a similar purpose: to provide their students with the same experience they had when they were Pirates.

“I had made the decision that I wouldn’t teach if I couldn’t teach at Whitworth,” biology professor Michael Sardinia said.

Sardinia said his sister, along with a few academic scholarships and a football scholarship, motivated him to choose  to attend Whitworth.

An undergraduate from 1983 to 1987, Sardinia majored in biology and chemistry and minored in theater.

He was involved in a few theatrical productions and spent a Jan Term touring with a theater group. He also played football for three years.

Director of the dance minor and Jubilation Dance Ministry adviser Karla Parbon is another Whitworth alumna who returned to teach.

“I came back to Whitworth in 2008 and started teaching dance classes,” Parbon said.

Karla Parbon

While she was a student, Parbon helped establish Jubilation at Whitworth. She majored in psychology and minored in women’s studies while she attended Whitworth from 1996 to 2000.

Growing up in Spokane for most of her life, Parbon was set on leaving to attend Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma, she said.

“It was about March of my senior year in high school that I had a huge tugging to go to Whitworth,” Parbon said. “Everything fell into place after I made my decision.”

English lecturer Adeline Grow visited her brother, who was attending Whitworth, and sat in on one of English professor Vic Bobb’s classes. Grow said she fell in love with Whitworth.

Grow majored in English and minored in math during her undergraduate years from 2005 to 2009.

In contrast to Sardinia, Parbon and Grow, theology professor James Edwards said he was not planning on attending college until peer pressure persuaded him to apply.

“I was in Young Life and my leader told me Whitworth would be a good fit,” Edwards said.

He said he found the Christian environment to be compatible with his beliefs. Edwards, used to warm Colorado winters, said he struggled to adjust to the gray skies of Spokane.

Edwards attended Whitworth from 1963 to 1967. He majored in history and minored in English and religion. Whitworth has changed in multiple ways since he was a student, he said.

“In the 1960s English and history were especially excellent areas of study at Whitworth,” Edwards said. “There were some real deficits in comparison with today, however. There was no Core program, very few women’s sports as far as I remember, and no Jan Term trips or Central America study center.”

Attending chapel was a requirement in the 1960s. Edwards said he enjoyed chapel.Adeline Grow

Parbon said that students also used to be required to attend Forum, an event held in Cowles Auditorium in the middle of the afternoon, which consisted of seminars and lectures by various speakers.

Whitworth also used to have a ski team, which Edwards participated in. The team competed against WSU, University of Washington and the University of Oregon.

Grow said she has noticed more support of sporting events since her days of attendance.

“We’re way bigger than we used to be,” Sardinia said. “The student population used to be half the size.”

Parbon said one of her favorite things about Whitworth was that it was a smaller university. Grow said that the small community was one of the most enjoyable aspects of Whitworth.

Sardinia said he loved his classmates and continues to keep in touch with them to this day.

Each the professors said that the relationships developed with faculty members had the largest impact on making their Whitworth experience enjoyable.

“I felt that these people had my best interests in mind,” Grow said. “I was viewed as a person, not just a student.”

Parbon, Sardinia and Grow were taught by professors who are still currently on staff such as Leonard Oakland, Pamela Parker, Martha Gady and Forrest Baird, to name a few.

“It’s strange to be a colleague of someone that was your professor,” Sardinia said.

Jim Edwards

The professors said the relationships they developed with their professors and the faculty was a major influence on their decisions to return to Whitworth.

“Because of my experiences, I wanted to teach where not only the mind but convictions were valued,” Edwards said. “Some of the most whole people I met were professors.”

The other main reason these alumni said they came back to teach was because of the students.

“The students here are so driven and respectful,” Grow said. “They are fun to engage in conversation with.”

Rebekah Bresee Staff Writer

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Clearing the air about cigarettes, smoking at Whitworth

Amy Youngs

After two decades of research, the link between smoking tobacco and various forms of lung, heart and mouth cancer are more than proven.

Still, many students on campus choose to smoke, whether it be pipe tobacco, shisha (wet tobacco smoked from a hookah), cigarettes or cigars.

At Whitworth, smoking not only affects health, but interactions with others. The habitual cigarette smoker is often avoided by non-smokers. Sophomore Henry Johnson said he doesn’t smoke as much as he used to, although other people still sometimes identify him by his habit.

“I remember last year, somebody said they remembered me because I was that one kid with guns on his shirt that smelled like cigarettes,” Johnson said.

Johnson picked up the habit during his sophomore year of high school, although lately he said he has been cutting back. Johnson said at a smaller school like Whitworth, it’s harder to break a bad reputation. At Whitworth, it’s only natural for smokers to congregate, he said.

“If you are a smoker, you first will find the other people that smoke, and then you will engage them at some point, because — and I feel like a lot of other people feel the same way too — you don’t feel as judged,” Johnson said. “It’s not something you do behind closed doors. You always feel more comfortable in groups of anything.”

Johnson, like many other smokers on campus, said he feels the scrutiny of other students at Whitworth. Freshman Elisabeth Ersek said she doesn’t understand why others judge.

“I especially get [looks] from visiting moms and their kids, that’s a big one, because they go out of their way to make you know that they’re giving you a glare,” Ersek said. “Smoking is not as big of a deal as everybody makes it out to be. There are so many things that people do to themselves that are unhealthy every day and that they don’t give a [expletive] about.”

Of the 35 million Americans who try to quit smoking every year, 85 percent who try to quit on their own fail, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. While many smokers wish to quit, some are content with their habit.

“The first time I smoked a full cigarette, I really liked it,” freshman Amy Youngs said.

She said that given the chance to go back and do it over, she wouldn’t change her mind about picking up the habit.

“It’s more of a stress kind of thing. It helps me calm down,” Youngs said.

Youngs said she has been the recipient of dirty looks, but that it’s her personal decision to continue to smoke. She said that as long as she keeps a respectable distance, there’s “no room for judgment.”

Johnson said if he could go back and do it over again, he is sure he would have never picked up that first cigarette.

“Most people don’t want to be smokers, but we’ve been foolish enough that we’ve gotten ourselves in this situation,” Johnson said.

He said the judgment often makes quitting more difficult.

“It’s harder for us to quit because we get more stressed out, more agitated, and it throws us back in this vicious cycle.”

Lucas Thayer Staff Writer

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Quantifiable factors fail to communicate quality

Graphic Artist: Caleb Drechsel I have recently seen the posts of high school seniors rolling in on Facebook wondering, contemplating, fretting and panicking about the notorious college decision. They wonder if they should attend big schools, small schools, private schools, public schools, schools close to home, or schools as far away as possible.

I chuckle a little bit as I read the anger of those students, but not because their feelings aren’t legitimate. Indeed, it is a big decision to choose where you will spend the next four years of your life. I remember those feelings of indifference, frustration, and excitement. I remember the sting of a rejection letter and the satisfaction of an acceptance. I remember restless nights of wondering how on earth I would ever get to the bottom of what seemed to be the abyss of factors, feelings and fears.

But now I chuckle because I know the deep relief and joy that comes once the decision is made, freshman move-in day is over and community has blossomed all around me.

I recently told a struggling high school senior that I have never been more thankful for the rejection letters I received.

Somehow the idea of a “name,” a reputation of a school, held a lot of weight. The lower the acceptance rate, the more famous the alumni, and let’s face it, the higher the tuition, had some appeal, as if those are the things that make a school “good.”

As I finish up year two here at Whitworth, I am willing to argue that so much of what I love about this place and so much of what I have experienced here will never fit in statistics, rankings, reports, tours or promotional materials.

That is not to say Whitworth does not excel in those areas, but I know my “why Whitworth”, as I sense is common for many students, isn’t in the numbers.     Whitworth is the 2 a.m. conversations with hallmates and the lazy Friday afternoons spent lounging on the grass in the Loop. Whitworth is the times when my professors don’t just say hi, but actually stop and check in with me when I run into them across campus, and those moments in class when I am finally able to articulate what I longed to my whole life, but didn’t have the tools to do so until the said moment.

No school is perfect. There is still hurt and conflict and final exams are a real thing too.

But I think it’s important for us as students to remember the immense blessing we have in being able to attend an institution with quality administration, faculty, staff and fellow students.

Whitworth is a phenomenal example of not only selecting a school on reputation and numbers, but on overall quality of life. It is that value that makes Whitworth quintessentially Whitworth.

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Senior class endowment honors memory of student

Taylor Fenters

The basis for this year’s graduating class gift will be an endowment in remembrance of Taylor Fenters, who passed away during his sophomore year at Whitworth. The endowment will help fund Spring Break mission trips.

An endowment means money is raised for a project but not all of the money is spent directly on that project. Instead, annual dividends will be put into the project in order to fund the project continually, director of alumni and parent relations and annual giving Aaron McMurray said.

Senior Curtis Gatley, a close friend of Fenters during his time at school, was with him for the later stages of his battle with cancer. Gatley first met Fenters on move-in day, in 2009.

“We had Freshman Seminar together and very quickly became best friends,” Gatley said.

Gatley said he got a phone call on homecoming weekend from Fenters saying that he was going to Seattle.

“Twenty minutes later we were on the road with a few friends,” Gatley said.

Fenters took many pictures and videos of this trip, Gatley said. On days that he misses his friend, he looks through those photos. They are memories he cherishes, Gatley said.

Fenters had been struggling with a rare form of cancer  common in children. He was diagnosed with cancer when he was 13 years old and was considered relatively old to have contracted it. When Gatley met Fenters during freshman year, he was in remission, Gatley said.

Fenters came back for his sophomore year in which he and Gatley were roommates. His head hurt and he had hip pains, but the doctors did not think that it was the same thing, Gatley said. Fenters went home Thanksgiving Break and did not come back to school. At that time Fenters was given three months to live, Gatley said.

Gatley spent the next three months with Fenters and on Jan. 18, 2011, Fenters died of cancer.

The senior class is honoring Fenters’ life with its gift. The endowment given by the senior class will be in Fenters’ name, the official title being, “The Class of 2013 Taylor Fenters Service Endowment.” The endowment is a way to commemorate Fenters in a way the senior class thinks he would support, senior class coordinator Kelly Schlect said.

“We have been in contact with the family and they are supportive of it too,” Schlect said.

All the Spring Break trips will be affected by this gift, including those to Jamaica. Senior Jack Dunbar has gone on multiple Spring Break trips taking more than 50 students to Jamaica. Those trips primarily help Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf, a K-12 boarding school for the deaf. At that site the students help with construction. They also help at an orphanage site, with newborns to age eight, and help take care of the infants.

“Life is about living in community,” Dunbar said. “It’s not about you but about serving others, Taylor did that.”

Dunbar has heard from others in his class who are excited about the gift.

“We had the opportunity to construct monuments,” Dunbar said. “Buildings will turn to dust. Investing in people will never go bad.”

McMurray has been an active participant in securing the outside donor for this year’s endowment. In order to have a successful endowment, money from other areas must be supplied. The senior class alone, in previous years, has only been able to raise about $10,000 to $12,000. The donor then is needed to match what is made in order to have a substantial endowment.

The donor for this year’s gift is trustee emeritus Dick Cole, along with his wife Liz Cole. A trustee emeritus is a faithful and long-serving trustee who can come to any meeting but is no longer an active trustee, McMurray said. In order to be a donor, he had two conditions, he said. The first was that the project had to be an endowment, and the second that the money needed to motivate many seniors to participate in the fundraising.

“I am proud of them for honoring Taylor’s life and legacy,” McMurray said. “Choosing a gift that will bless Whitworth and leave a legacy that will bless their class as they are alumni. The most memorable part of an endowment is that we will always have this fund.”

The deadline for seniors to make contributions to their gift is Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m. Contributions can be made at the Info Desk, over the phone or online.

Catherine Porter Staff Writer

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Tattoos: Are they still taboo?

Sophomore Kari Johnson got her tattoo of the word “shalom” in cursive because of a class about the subject she took last year at Whitworth’s Costa Rica campus. “I had been thinking for a while, and I kept going back and forth,” Johnson said. “I think [when] leaving that class  ...  that’s when I thought, ‘That’s what I want. That’s what I want for my first tattoo.’”

Gabrielle Perez | Photographer Sophomore Kari Johnson chose the content of her tattoo after taking a class on the subject of shalom.

Tattoos may be more popular on Whitworth’s campus than at first appearance. In fact, a little less than half of Whitworth students surveyed have a tattoo, and 46 percent of students said they would get one, according to a voluntary survey of 100 Whitworth students.

Johnson plans to get at least two more tattoos at some point.

“It’s true that they’re addictive,” Johnson said. “I wanted [the tattoos] to be meaningful, something that was a story and not just pretty.”

Senior Taylor Powell said she also got her tattoos with meaning behind them. Although Powell got her first tattoo when she was 18, the decision to get a tattoo came when she was younger.

“I was probably around 13,” Powell said. “It was right after my grandma passed away and I knew that I wanted to get something for her. It’s one of those expressions of art that I get to live with. I enjoy them. Yes, they’re painful, but they’re worth it in the end.”

Powell has two tattoos. One is a rose in which her grandmother’s ashes are mixed in with the ink. The other is a heart symbol with the word “love” written inside it.

Powell would also like to get another tattoo, she said. Although some people may still judge her based on the assumptions that tattoos are rebellious, she doesn’t care, she said.

“It’s not on your body and you don’t have to look at it,” Powell said. “They’re mine, not anybody else’s.”

Greg Moser | Photographer Sodexo employee Aden Coleman, ’09, said more than 30 hours were spent tattooing his back piece.

Although 70 percent of students in the voluntary survey said tattoos do not carry a bad connotation, several students responded firmly in the opposite direction. A number of answers included references to gangs or jail, and some also said that tattoos defile the body, which is an argument that has been made by some religious people for years. However, many others stated they think tattoos are art or a form of expression.

Keith Wyma, an associate professor of philosophy, said he believes tattoos aren’t as much of an issue as some people make them out to be. Wyma got his own tattoo, an Ethiopian cross, when the Whitworth Ethics Bowl team won a national championship. He told the team that if they won, he would get a tattoo. When the team succeeded in their goal, Wyma kept his promise.

“[The team] was very pleased that I now bear on my body the marks of their victory,” he said. “I guess you could call it a coach’s incentive.”

Wyma’s family and church tradition raised him to believe tattoos were unacceptable. But now he sees them differently, he said.

“Over time, I came to think they’re just not a big deal here. I don’t think they’re theologically weighty,” he said. “You put a picture on your body, so what?”

Although he believes the negative connotations with tattoos are significantly less today than they were when he was a kid, Wyma also said that the stereotypes have not entirely gone away.

“Nobody really cares if you have a tattoo, but people still care that you look professional,” he said. “As the highly-tattooed generation gets older, they may not care about that stuff.”

Andrew Pyrc, assistant director of Career Services, said tattoos are becoming more acceptable in the workplace in general. However, he also said students going into positions where they must represent a company or organization may still need to cover their tattoos on the job because of possibly offending people or because of the need to appear professional.

“I would say it’s becoming more acceptable, but it really depends on your industry and the type of tattoo,” Pyrc said. “You also have to ask yourself, do you really want to work for a place that is not accepting of tattoos?”

Senior Cassi Curtis agrees that the stereotypes with tattoos still exist. Curtis has three tattoos herself, one of which was recently acquired.

Gabrielle Perez | Photographer Senior Cassi Curtis uses her religiously-themed tattoo to start conversations about the gospel, she said.

“I think that visible tattoos instantly get a negative connotation. It’s seen as a rebellious thing or a gang affiliation,” she said. “I just think people have a really jaded perspective on who gets tattoos and what they get tattoos of.”

Curtis also grew up believing tattoos were immoral. She said her mother got one when Curtis was around 10, and in response her whole family sat down to talk about how they used to view tattoos and how their views were changing.

“It was still kind of a taboo [subject],” she said. “I understood [tattoos] and appreciated them. The more I thought about it, the more I thought, ‘I might want to do this.’”

Curtis said that most of her fellow students seem to also appreciate tattoos, although older people might not.

“I’ve actually gotten really positive feedback. I think it’s kind of a generational thing, like our parents’ age and older [disapprove of tattoos],” Curtis said. “But I think our generation is more kind and accepting about it.”

Regardless of whether tattoos are seen as an act of rebellion, a symbol of being in a gang, or something beautiful to the wearer, Curtis said she loves getting to see others’ tattoos.

“It’s just a form of self-expression. It’s really interesting to see what people choose to put on their own bodies,” Curtis said. “[Tattoos are] great conversation starters. Because so many of mine are about my faith, I get to tell them about the gospel.”

Meghan Dellinger Staff Writer

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Student privacy compromised by directory


Due to a flaw in the Whitworth directory, for an unknown period of time students were able to log in to the faculty-level directory. The information systems department solved the glitch Friday, May 3.

On the faculty/staff version, when searching for students, a student could find the usual name, phone number, email, student box number and major of almost any student in the system.  In addition, unlike the student version, the faculty/staff version allowed access to students’ dorm name and room number. They could also find phone and home addresses for professors.

Tom Ryan, who works in information systems, said the access capability was not intentional and that they do not know how long the problem existed.

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), “schools may disclose, without consent, ‘directory’ information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance,” according to the Department of Education.

A subsequent clause states that schools must tell parents and students about directory information, and allow them a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information.

Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (by special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

Records manager William Carruthers said the information on a student’s profile is often obtained through the student’s application, where it is downloaded to a student’s record.  If  students make any changes, they can submit an address change form that will update new cell phone, home phone and address information.

Carruthers confirmed that no exists law that requires them to prevent students from having access to other students’ room locations.

“There’s nothing in the regulation that says we have to keep that private,” Carruthers said.  “Having said that, that doesn’t mean you have to publish everything you know, but it does mean that FERPA allows us to give a student’s address out, unless that student has placed a directory hold on their record.”

The university sends out an advisory to students through email each year, giving them direction on how to opt out of the directory before the information goes up on the intranet, Carruthers said.  Students can also submit a directory hold request at any time during the year. Making said request, however, comes at a cost.

After the request is processed, the student will not appear in a search on either the student or the faculty/staff version of the campus directory. The downside is that a student who submits a directory hold request becomes ‘invisible’ from a third party’s standpoint.  This means that students can not have their name printed on the Dean’s List or in the Commencement program at graduation, according to the directory hold request form.

“If in fact they do this, if somebody like a third party, like a prospective employer or somebody from student loans would contact us and ask for information, we’re going to say, ‘We don’t have anything on that student’ so it can be very detrimental for a student to put this on if they don’t realize the ramifications,” Carruthers said.  “Now it’s very important, too, because if you have somebody who has a stalking issue or an ex-boyfriend who’s trying to get in touch with some of our coeds on campus, we definitely want them to have the ability to hide their information. So, it is useful and necessary, but it shouldn’t be viewed as a catch-all just to get stuff off the intranet just because it really has far-reaching effects.”

Disclosing room information is not something resident assistants and resident directors generally do.

Ballard, Cornerstone and McMillan resident director Matthew Baker said that resident assistants are told not to give out information such as room and cell phone numbers.

“Not all RA’s know who is a student and who is not so it is a safer bet to say if that person is someone you don’t know, it’s better to not give out that information, as far as what room someone lives in.  [This is] also to protect that student’s wishes as far as, ‘Yes, this is my room but I don’t want just anyone knowing that I live here,’” Baker said.  “There can be some parts in some person’s story in history that makes them want to be more private about that and so we want RA’s to respect that privacy before just giving it away without someone giving you that consent.”

Due to the far-reaching ramifications of a directory hold request, the question turns to the possibility of a more selective system in which students could pick and choose which specifics aspects of their personal information were displayed on the directory. However, administrators said it’s not that simple.

Interim Provost Barbara Sanders said that while picking and choosing may be conducive to a student’s preference, the question is whether that process is even an option in this system.

“While [all options in regards to student profile information] are probably legitimate options, one needs to consider the time and resources involved in being able to make those play out,” Sanders said.

Registrar Beverly Kleeman said the administration is working with the data warehouse to see if they can prevent student phone numbers from being shown if the student does not want it to appear there.

“Bill [Carruthers] has had people ask him about that in the past and all he’s been able to say is that they could put the directory hold on, because that’s really the only capability that we have right now to block that phone number,” Kleeman said.  However, Kleeman said that the directory hold blocks everything, and due to the ramifications, the hold is not the ideal way to handle it.

Connor Soudani Staff Writer

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Privilege can become a catalyst for change

This week, the film “Girl Rising” aired on Whitworth’s campus. The film documented the lives of girls from different countries as they struggle to obtain an adequate education and be recognized as equal members of society. It features nine girls from countries including Cambodia, India, Nepal, Egypt, Peru, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Haiti and Sierra Leone. I had a strong gut reaction to the movie. At certain parts, I could feel my heart racing with anger. At others, I wanted to cry. There were parts where a smile crept across my face when I could see the girls overcoming significant obstacles. I can still clearly see the images of the girl from Haiti standing in a dump dreaming of going to school, the girl from Nepal trapped in the evil kamlari (indentured servitude) system, the girl from Peru dealing with her father’s death while passionately writing poetry and many others. After seeing those images, I know I can’t just sit back and wait for change. I have to take action. However, I’m not exactly sure what that action entails yet. I just know that I cannot stand the thought of not doing anything.

I also walked away from the movie with a feeling of guilt. What makes me deserving of an education, particularly at a high-caliber private school such as Whitworth? I complain about going to class. I complain about the piles of homework I have to do. I complain about not getting enough sleep. But in this film I saw girls who would give anything to be in my place right now, or at least have the opportunity to  get a basic education.

While I am still struggling with the guilt, I have realized that is not the message that I want to take from the movie. Yes, I am privileged. I was raised in a loving family, I have never struggled to meet my basic needs, I attended a private elementary school and some of the best public schools in the state, and now I am at a wonderful university.  I do not need to feel bad about being blessed in these ways. My education is not diminishing anyone else’s education. Rather, if used properly, my education can become a catalyst to improve others’ opportunity for education.

While I believe this is an incredibly valuable cause, I’m not trying to argue that everyone must now stand behind it. Instead, I believe that we need to examine how we use our privilege. Even though we all come from drastically different walks of life, we all attend Whitworth now, which gives us an incredible opportunity to become successful. Therefore, we are all privileged. Rather than telling ourselves that we don’t deserve this advantage, we can use this blessing to in turn make dramatic social change in our world.

Our privilege becomes dangerous when it allows us to become complacent. We have all been blessed with numerous and unique gifts that allow us to go out into the world and do something. Regardless of whether that is fighting for education quality, feeding the hungry, pushing for environmental protection or another important cause, our privilege gives us the ability, as well as the responsibility, to take action.

Lindsey Hubbart


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Students responsible for holding Whitworthian historically accountable

After spending several hours sitting on an uncomfortable library stool and sifting through hundreds of Whitworthian archives, it hit me.

The Whitworthian lasts forever.

Now that may sound silly at first, seeing as hundreds of Whitworthians fill the post office recycle bins every Wednesday, but it really is true.

The Whitworthian holds Whitworth’s history.

It hit home for me when I realized that every single person who was on the Whitworthian before me spent more than enough hours crafting a newspaper that was probably just carelessly tossed in the trash. And that happens today. Students are throwing away the information that will become history.

Just to clarify, I was sifting through the archives looking for the history of Prime Time, which was a lot harder than it should have been (I don’t spend several hours sitting in the library looking through old Whitworthian issues for fun).

But it got me thinking, hoping and praying that 20 years from now, some student doesn’t look at the Whitworthians I produced and become frustrated that I didn’t cover the information they’re looking for.

So, why should you, as a student totally removed from the production of the Whitworthian, care?

Well, we need someone to hold us accountable.

Why wasn’t an article written about the start of Prime Time? I have no idea, but let me reiterate how frustrating it was.

The Whitworthian is meant to be the voice of the students. While it is completely student run, 10 students shouldn’t solely hold the power as to what is published; our goal is  to cover information that is important to all students.

We don’t get a lot of feedback. I hear a snide comment here and there about how nobody reads the newspaper, but other than having slight factual errors corrected, I hear nothing else.

I challenge students next year to be more than complacent. Take responsibility. Take action. Hold the Whitworthian accountable. Make sure that information important to you is being written about, because maybe 20 years down the road, some student will be looking for information that nobody fought for coverage of.

Chrissy Roach


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Browsing Bookstores

Pick up books at northside independent shops When it comes to Spokane, books and Auntie’s Bookstore have come to be more or less synonymous. With the store’s multiple locations and local infamy, Auntie’s has become an important point of pilgrimage for the literary-minded of Spokane.

While Auntie’s is nothing short of a one-stop shop, other small independent bookstores in the area may be just the things to pull at the heartstrings of Spokane bibliophiles. These stores have Main Street charm manifested in characteristics ranging from a teeny-tiny staff to overwhelming (but oh-so-exciting) spilling-over shelves.

Book Traders Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 907 W. Garland Ave.

Megan Hinzdel | Photographer Book Traders, a used bookstore in the Garland district, houses so many books that the store has begun to use cardboard boxes to organize popular titles, soon-to-be owner and current manager Erin Johnson said.

It seems no one is sure how long Book Traders, a long and lanky Garland bookstore, has been around. Store employee Rod Wells said he fondly remembers his first visit to the store in 1951, when he moved to Spokane from Colville.

“It’s gotten bigger since I came in here the first time,” Wells said. “We have 70,000 books in here roughly, all used books.”

Soon-to-be owner and current manager Erin Johnson said she describes the store as an explosion of books.

“We have no shelf space available ever,” Johnson said. “What someone has done is we take the more popular authors as far as paperbacks go, and we put them in boxes with the authors’ names on them, then we put the boxes on the floor and on the shelves. So we have stacks of boxes everywhere.”

Book Traders, as the name suggests, also trades used books for store credit.

Cal’s Books Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 2174 N. Hamilton St.

What sets Cal’s apart is its namesake: Cal himself. Cal Emerson, owner and operator, said he tries to make his store a familial place, which he does by making friends with many of his customers.

“People get to know me really well,” Emerson said. “I trade used books and deal used books, so people who read a lot know they can save a lot of money here.”

He said he creates an atmosphere where people can relax and enjoy perusing his shelves.

“Besides that there’s a lot of books here, I have some of my photographs on the wall,” Emerson said. “I play soft background music pretty much all day long.”

Cal’s books also accepts used books for store credit.

Monkeyboy Books Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. 123 S. Wall St.

While most independent used bookstores have an eclectic charm, the owner of Monkeyboy Books said she takes pride in keeping her shelves organized.

The new sense of organization is what customers have commented on most since she bought the store, said Marina Drake, the French transplant who acquired the store in December.

“Before it was a man that owned the store, so maybe there’s a feminine touch that people appreciate,” Drake said.

Her pride in appearance extends to the quality of the books in the store, she said.

“We are pretty selective on the conditions of the books,” Drake said. “We like high quality books.”

Monkeyboy specializes not only in run-of-the-mill used books, but also in hard-to-find rare and out-of-print editions.

The Book Parlor Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 1425 W. Broadway Ave.

Note: The store is connected to Indaba Coffee. Books may be bought through Indaba Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The Book Parlor’s missional goals make the store a unique addition to this list. A ministry of the Salem Lutheran Church across the street, The Parlor is a non-profit that works to benefit its community.

“The majority of the books that we stock are Christian spirituality, church ministry, Christian living-type books,” store manager Casey Laughary said. “But we also have novels, children’s books, young readers’ books, and other books that you wouldn’t find in a typical Christian bookstore.”

At the center of the store’s mission is its goal to be a safe public space to the residents of the West Central neighborhood.

“We’re a bookstore, but we also exist to benefit the neighborhood,” Laughary said. “In the area itself, West Central, there isn’t a lot of public spaces. There especially weren’t when we first started. People can come in and relax, and get a cup of coffee at Indaba.”

Another allure of The Book Parlor is its textbook buyback program, which is open to all college students.

The store also accepts used books as tax-deductible donations.

Lindsie Trego Staff Writer

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ASWU Update May 1

  • Director of campaign planning Tad Wisenor updated ASWU on a presentation he gave on the Robinson Science Building and Whitworth’s  focus on “place making.”
  • Greg Orwig, vice president for admissions and financial aid, explained an addition to the Act Six program. There will be eight Act Six scholars next year instead of 10, and 20 additional students will be part of a new program, called Act Six Academy. Students in Act Six Academy will receive the pre-college training offered to Act Six students, a small scholarship and other support.
  • ASWU approved a $4,633.60 requisition from the capital budget to provide supplies for a nine-hole disc golf course in the Back 40. The requisition was made by intramural coordinator Tyler Coopman, who will be working with facilities services on the placement and installation of the course.
  • ASWU approved an addition to the bylaws of their constitution that provides for a closed executive session, attended only by voted members, for situations when the information being discussed cannot be shared with the student body.
  • ASWU also made changes to their Financial Standard Operating Procedures. There will now be a requirement that two students who are not involved in ASWU are on the budget committee. They also approved a clause that Spring Break trips would not receive funding from ASWU.

Stained-glass ceiling: Considering women in ministry

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Women’s leadership is a topic that has long been debated by the Christian church. Different denominations have different ways of approaching the subject, and often disagree even among themselves, said women’s and gender studies professor Pamela Parker.

“Almost every denomination has ended up having splintering over this issue,” Parker said.

Different branches of the Anglican church have divided opinions on women’s ordination. Episcopal Church in the USA affirms women in leadership, while the Anglican Catholic Church does not affirm women holding positions as bishops, priests and deacons, according to

Senior Abbey Cook said she was discouraged from her career path at Whitworth’s Women in Ministry panel this past March. Cook, who said she hopes to teach faith and politics at the university level, said that many panel participants told her she shouldn’t.

“I was told by three people that I ought to reevaluate that call,” Cook said. “I’ve never been outright told ‘No, you are sinning by doing this.’”

Cook said the incident was upsetting, but pushed her to establish Whitworth’s chapter of X2, a club that seeks to address issues of women’s equality. Cook said the club, which was chartered last month, has three main focuses: education, mentorship and advocacy.

The mentorship aspect of the group is still in development, Cook said, but the goal is to pair female Whitworth upperclassmen with professional women in the same field, and underclassmen with junior and senior women in the same area of study, as mentors. She said that women are less likely to go into careers where they see no female role models.

“It is often more difficult for women to find mentors,” Cook said. “We think it’s important that they have women to look up to.”

Mentorship, as well as education and advocacy, is also important for women on campus because of the low levels of confidence Whitworth women have reported, Cook said. She said the most recent NSSE statistics report dramatically lower numbers of women feeling intellectually and socially confident than Whitworth men. Next year, X2 will work on developing and implementing the mentorship program, and bringing awareness to issues of gender disparity within and beyond the Whitworth campus.

Jennifer Brown, head of Women and Gender studies at Whitworth, said there will be another panel on campus next year comprised mainly of women in ministry roles. The idea is not to have a debate, Brown said, but to get women’s voices heard.

Parker said there are “sticky passages” in the Bible that elicit disagreement between Christians.

One such passage is from 1 Tim. 2:12-13: “But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet, (13) For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve.”

Parker said that this passage and others should be examined from a broader cultural perspective, which takes into consideration the relationships of that society.

English professor Thomas Caraway, like Parker, said that cultural context of the texts should be thoroughly examined. He added he believes that changes in our interpretation of scripture are the result of cultural changes.

He said he believes that some Christians, particularly in the Protestant and Evangelical traditions, often pick and choose which Bible passages to obey, depending on the community.

“We selectively interpret it to the way we want it to be,” Caraway said. “So where do you draw the line?”

Caraway attends a non-denominational church in Spokane where women are not allowed to be elders. He believes using Bible passages to explain the exclusion of women from leadership fails to address the real issue at hand, he said.

“It seems more like apologetics for implicitly sexist attitudes,” Caraway said.

He said that applying universal significance to the material in Paul’s letters is overly legalistic.

“I think that beyond the direct words, parables and actions of Jesus, we have to be really careful about saying this is the only way something can be done,” Caraway said. “It’s only Jesus whose motivations can’t be questioned.”

Liv Larson-Andrews has been the pastor of Salem Lutheran Church in Spokane for nearly three years. She said she has not faced a lot of direct opposition in her church - a branch of the Episcopal Lutheran Church of America  - which has been ordaining women for more than 40 years.  She said Christians are often not in dialogue with one another on disagreements.

“More and more it seems like there are circles of the church that just don’t touch,” Larson-Andrews said.

She said in her personal experience she had the full support of her congregation, who have allowed her to integrate her roles as both pastor and mother. However, some women are encouraged not to go into ministry at all.

“I find myself having conversations with other young women who are told by their mentors to think about youth ministry, think about teaching, think about some other sort of social assistance ministry, but don’t think about being a pastor, because that’s not okay,” Larson-Andrews said.

Theology professor James Edwards said that scripture is not clear on the ordination of women because ordination as it is today did not exist in the New Testament church. He said there remains a plausible argument for women’s ordination, due to the treatment of women as leaders in the New Testament.

“The same Paul that made that command of Timothy [in 1 Tim. 2:12], evidently works with women in more or less ministry roles,” Edwards said, citing Priscilla and Phoebe as examples.

Edwards affirms the inclusion of women in ministry, but maintains that there is no concrete scriptural clarity. However unclear, he said he believes the topic does not need to be as divisive as it is today.

“I think given the fact that the exact role of women in ministry is not clearly defined, Christians need to be tolerant of those who disagree with one another on this issue without breaking fellowship,” Edwards said.

The Roman Catholic church stands in opposition to the ordination of women, arguing that their belief is based on Jesus’ own practices and not on cultural or personal ideals.

Reverend Christopher J. Coyne, in an article published on, wrote that the church does not have a right to decide who to ordain. Rather, the church is bound to following Christ in his practices.

“ In accepting and handing on [ordination] , the Church is bound by fidelity to the example of Christ to reserve ordination to males who have legitimately received this call from God and who are accepted by the Church as having received this call,” Coyne wrote.

Senior Josh Trevathan studies theology at Whitworth, and is getting his certification for ministry. He said he believes that, while women hold the same worth as men, God has designated them for different positions.

“In complementarian tradition, we acknowledge that certain duties and roles are designed for [women], and men have other roles. However, their dignity and value is the same,” Trevathan said. “My opinion is biblically centered, in that I believe men and women are different.”

Trevathan said that Christians who reinterpret parts of the Bible, often do so to accommodate their personal moral beliefs, and doing so ignores the objective realities of right and wrong.

“Because society has a different opinion, we’ve decided to try to mold the Bible to it, and that’s very dangerous.”

Larson-Andrews said the Bible forbidding the practice of women teaching and leading is not so matter-of-fact.

“The thing that gets to me is when people say ‘scripture is clear,’ if anything, it’s unclear,” Larson-Andrews said. “It’s a diversity of voices, and that’s one of the things that’s wonderful about the Bible.”

However, Larson-Andrews said she believes there is scriptural support of women holding pastoral positions and other positions of leadership.

“We read scripture alongside the movement and speaking of the Holy Spirit today,” Larson-Andrews said. “If women are experiencing the Holy Spirit calling them, I think we have scriptural precedence to listen.”

Katherine Knoll Staff Writer

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Smoothies in the Shade

Blend health and refreshment for a frozen summertime treat There is a sweet, satisfying and delicious refreshment for the warmer weather? A smoothie is a healthy choice for heavenly tastes as well as nutritional benefits.

You have a lot of freedom to be creative and mix in a variety of ingredients when making smoothies. You can even sneak in various seeds and spices that can make your smoothie even healthier.

Pumpkin seeds and cinnamon have been shown to reduce inflammation and blood pressure levels, according to The site also says chia seeds have a high fiber content, which promotes regular elimination and detoxification. Coconut water is “an all-natural way to hydrate, reduce sodium, and add potassium to diets,” according to WebMD. Those are just a few examples of simple ingredients that can make a big impact on one’s health.

Whether you use fruits or veggies, and no matter if you’re aiming for energy, recovery or simply a yummy treat, there is so much experimentation to be done. Here are a few recipe ideas to bolster your creativity:

Protein serves 1 1 scoop chocolate protein powder 1 cup milk (chocolate, if you want) ½  tablespoon peanut butter ½  medium banana 1 scoop of ice


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serves 1 1 cup coffee (cold, brewed strong) 1 banana 8 oz. low fat vanilla yogurt 2 tsp. granulated sugar 1/4 cup ice (cubed)

Fruit serves 2 1 cup frozen strawberries ¾ cup milk (or water) ¾ cup pineapple juice ½ cup vanilla yogurt

Veggie serves 1 ¾ cup carrot juice ½ cup avocado 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice ¼ cup water 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger 1 pinch of cayenne pepper

Christina Spencer Staff Writer

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People are called to love Jesus and the Church

“I love God, but hate religion.” “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.” “I’m a spiritual person, but not really religious.”

These are the common statements of people everywhere, justifying their lack of interest in church. Church: just the name sounds dry and archaic. Rickety pews, musty hymnals and funny-smelling old people. Church attendance is on the rapid decline.

Not to mention, the church can be a disgrace. Too often we see protests, ignorant social statements, conservative politics, televangelism, money-hoarding, self-centeredness  and so on serving as the public face for Christianity.

Then consider the corruption within church. Arguments, division, scandals, cheating backstabbing sadly clog the community called “Christian” as much as, if not more than, any other community.

Saint Augustine once said, “The church is a whore, but she’s my mother.”

Most people probably don’t have a hard time associating with the first part of that statement, but the second we reject with a rather firm, “no thank you.”

Each time I see another ridiculous headline about some awful Christian leader making an irrational statement about something they really are not educated about or hear about another church polity meaning gone awry, I wonder why I do it or why anyone does it for that matter.

“But she’s my mother?” More often than not, I’d rather not be related to the church, but everyone knows that quirky family member that we don’t always like, but we love unconditionally.

The fact of the matter is, the church is a place full of sinners. Jesus himself said he didn’t come to call the righteous, but the sinners. And though we are sinful, at the core of Christian doctrine is a message of overwhelming grace and immense love. When we find camaraderie with other Christians because of that unmerited mercy we have been given, we call it church. When we join this church--this family, this body of believers--we are then bound not only to a communion with God, but a communion with one another.

Sure, someone can believe in Jesus and not attend church every Sunday, but the nature of the Christian faith is relationship and testament to what Christ has done. Christianity is not meant to be a loner’s club, but a body and an active, working, moving, breathing union. Eventually that person who thinks he or she can do it on his or her own will burn out.

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The Whitworthian Male Athlete of the Year: Carter Comito

As a thrower whose career had only just began his senior year at Mead High School, Carter Comito rapidly earned his way to record-breaking successes. Comito has been selected by The Whitworthian sports staff as The Whitworthian Male Athlete of the Year. Comito, a senior, throws shot put and discus and has dominated the field in both events. He chose Whitworth because of an academic scholarship. He had not originally intended to participate in track and field, Comito said.

“The coaches told me that I had a lot of potential, but my technique was really bad when I first started,” Comito said. “There was a lot of room for improvement.”

Comito has taken the initiative to improve in giant strides, head coach Toby Schwarz said.

“You don’t get as big as he is, as strong as he is, as good as he is just by natural ability,” Schwarz said. “He’s put in a lot of time and effort in the weight room and that speaks to his work ethic.”

The improvement Comito has accomplished shows in his time at Whitworth. Comito has set new records in both discus and shot put and broken his own records as well.

“His only competition is himself, honestly,” Schwarz said. “When you become really good, what do you do now? That’s a good challenge; those are challenges you want to have as a coach.”

Comito holds the No. 1 spot in the Northwest Conference for shot put, with a throwing distance of 58-9 1/4, just over eight feet further than the second place competitor. His first place ranking in discus was secured as well when he won  with a distance of 203-5. The nearest competitor trailed Comito by nearly 50 feet.

“He’s one of the best in the world,” Schwarz said. “Past athletes have done great things to pave the way for Carter and he’s paving the way for future athletes. Carter keeps raising the bar and setting a new challenge.”

In national NCAA Division III rankings, Comito holds second place in shot put, with the No. 1 distance edging Comito by less than a foot. Comito ranks first in discus with a lead of nearly 20 feet.

Comito is hoping to take his third consecutive national championship title in the discus competition later this month, he said. In addition to his national rankings, Comito stands at 24th in the world for collegiate discus throwers, Schwarz said.

Comito’s personal accomplishments and his response to them have affected many people, Schwarz said. Teammates have been impressed by Comito’s ability to maintain humility and approachability through his incredible success, junior thrower Keegan Shea said.

“It puts a human side to those elite athletes,” Shea said. “We tend to idolize these people and put them on a pedestal. He is that elite athlete, but he’s Carter; that’s all we know him as.”

Comito’s personality within competition and outside of it makes him a leader worth following, sophomore runner Brianne Wright said.

“Obviously everyone is going to look up to him because he’s really talented,” Wright said. “That’s natural. But he also works really hard, he’s a nice guy, he’s really humble; that makes people look up to him even more.”

Comito set school records in the discus and shot put this year.  The senior’s career may not be over, as he hopes to compete in the 2016 Olympics.

Aside from being well-known for his success, Comito is known by teammates of all events simply because he is friendly and down-to-earth, Wright said.

“Everyone does group off [with athletes of their own events], but Carter actively seeks hanging out with other team members,” Wright said. “He’s unique in the sense that he seems to branch out the most.”

As a team captain, Comito has been a leader among throwers and set an example for team bonding across the span of various event groups, Shea said.

“From the get-go, [Comito] was a leader within the throwing unit, but as we’ve gone along he’s really connected well with kids in other event groups,” Shea said. “He’s just a really personable guy and downright friendly. He’s made himself available to everyone on the team.”

Although Comito’s time at Whitworth is coming to a close, his name will be one which is recognized for decades to come, Shea said. Comito said he plans to continue throwing beyond college in order to make it to the Olympics.

“Ideally, I’d like to be at Rio De Janeiro in 2016,” Comito said. “I have three years and I definitely need to improve, so hopefully I can do that.”

His journey through the Whitworth athletic program has helped him to grow in many ways beyond those of physical accomplishment, Comito said.

“I’ve become a better thrower, but I’ve also definitely grown up a little bit,” Comito said. “The coaches have taught me about life, not just about sports. It’s definitely been a great experience, definitely four of the best years of my life. I’d like to say thank you to the team and the coaches; I couldn’t have done any of it without them.”

Comito’s legacy will stretch far beyond his short time at Whitworth, Schwarz said.

“I wish I could have him for ten more years,” Schwarz said. “We’re blessed to have Carter and Carter is blessed to have a university that supports him.”

Comito competed this past weekend at the Vandal Jamboree in Moscow, ID, contending with 56-4.75 and 192-07, respectively. Comito will throw at the NCAA Division III Championships on May 23-25 in Lacrosse, Wis.  The Pirate men are hoping to overcome the odds and win the national championship as a team.

Miranda Cloyd

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The Whitworthian Coach of the Year: Sean Bushéy

After a year of many decisions and a final choice to resign, men’s head soccer coach Sean Bushéy has been selected as The Whitworthian Coach of the Year by The Whitworthian sports staff. Last fall, Bushéy led the men’s soccer team to a 16-3-3 season culminating with their eighth Northwest Conference title and seventh appearance in the NCAA tournament. “This season ended up being one of my most enjoyable,” Bushéy said. “We came together so quickly after having lost so many starters from the previous season;  it was awesome to witness. It was fun to be a part of and it was fun to see their success.”

Having lost seven starters and a total of nine seniors the previous year in 2011, coming together as a team was an accomplishment, junior Sam Selisch said.

“Everyone worked together, no one disliked each other and we all got along,” Selisch said. “We’re so personal with each other and we hang out all the time on and off the field.”

Bushéy’s way of coaching this team went noticed by his players.

“He helped our chemistry,” Selisch said. “I’ve never been on a team as close as this one and I think that played a part in our success this year. There’s something about that brotherhood of working hard and going through the same things; you feel for each other. The uniqueness of this team is the togetherness of it.”

Bushéy’s success on and off the field may be well-known but something that people may not be aware of is his impact on his players, freshman Samual Jarrett said.

“It goes beyond soccer,” Jarrett said. “He’s so inspirational and he has so much experience that can be learned as life lessons. He’s going to be missed in more ways than just a soccer coach.”

Bushéy finished his Whitworth career with his seventh appearance in the NCAA tournament. He will continue his career as Director of Coaching of the Senior Academy for the Colorado Rush youth soccer organization.

Jarrett agreed that the makeup of this team and their immediate togetherness was a main contributor to their success.

“We’re all about improving each other; no one is selfish,” Jarrett said. “Everything we do is for the better of each other. We push each other and really the main focus is moving forward as a team.”

Bushéy is known for his enthusiasm and passion about the game and about his players.

“If there’s one word for it; it’d be passionate,” Jarrett said. “He loves seeing us improve and if we’re not doing it right on the field the first time, he’s passionate to make us do it right the next time.”

Selisch echoed Jarret’s sentiments.

“It’s the same passion for everything and he’s always on point,” Selisch said. “He has enthusiasm on the sidelines and he always lets us know where we’re supposed to be. He just pushed us so hard and I love that about a coach. He never gives up.”

Perhaps one of his most commendable actions this season was during their final home game against Whitman. Bushéy checked in his second team with the confidence that they’d do the job just the same.

“You could tell he was confident and we were too,” Selisch said. “The whole team was brought together in that moment; no one person stood out, the team stood out. We were all there.”

For Bushéy, winning and losing was always extra. His favorite memories simply happened when he was around his players and around soccer.

“We watched Barcelona together in Robinson Teaching Theatre during training camp.  We began the tradition of singing the Barcelona anthem. To hear the team belt it out was is one of the things that happens off the field that is pretty neat,” Bushéy said. “Certainly going to the NCAA tournament is always special and just watching how we played and performed at the climax of our season and though we lost, we played soccer; Whitworth men’s soccer. I’m proud to have been a part of that.”

Bushéy will end his career at Whitworth with 17 successful years as the men’s head soccer coach under his belt. With eight NWC crowns, seven appearances in the NCAA tournament, and a culminating record of 209-86-35, Bushéy is a well-deserved Whitworth Coach of the Year.

Tiara Pajimola

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The Whitworthian Female Athlete of the Year: Emily Guthrie

Hundreds of collegiate athletes make it to a national stage every year. Whitworth’s Emily Guthrie is one of the few to appear in two national tournaments in two different sports. Guthrie, a senior basketball player and golfer, has been named Female Athlete of the Year by The Whitworthian sports staff. Head golf coach Warren Friedrichs played a major role in bringing Guthrie to Whitworth. As soon as the golfer showed she was looking at Whitworth, Friedrichs immediately got back to her and Guthrie came to the school on a visit.

“When I did come to visit, I knew right away that this is where I wanted to go,” Guthrie said.

Her ability on the golf course was never in question, but when Friedrichs learned she helped lead her high school basketball team to a runner-up finish at the state level, he promptly introduced her to Helen Higgs, the head women’s basketball coach for Whitworth. Guthrie, who once aspired to play basketball at a Division I level, was excited about the opportunity of being able to play both golf and basketball at a collegiate level.

“I didn’t want to give golf up, so it was a huge blessing to get to play both in college,” Guthrie said. “Did I think I would ever get to do both in college? No. Did I want to do both? Absolutely. And thankfully it worked out.”

Guthrie became a figurehead for both the women’s golf and basketball teams during her time at Whitworth.  She will pursue a career in nursing after ACL surgery.

Along with playing golf at a high level for the Pirates, Guthrie also played a huge role for the Whitworth women’s basketball team. As a freshman she played in 16 games for the Bucs, with that number increasing in each of the next two years. She led the Pirates in scoring her sophomore year, as well as earning Second-Team All-NWC honors. In her junior year, Guthrie started every game and led the team in free-throw percentage, 3-pointers made and attempted and assists. She also tied with a teammate for 10 blocked shots and averaged more than 11 points and four rebounds per game.

During her senior year, Guthrie started the first 19 games before tearing her ACL in practice, sidelining her for the rest of the season.

“Her leadership was shown through her team by them wanting to win for her,” Higgs said. “It was almost extra motivation for them. They cared about her enough to want to win for Emily. None of them took it upon themselves, they knew if they all fought a little harder and each of them did a little more, they could get it done. It’s pretty rare when somebody gets injured and that is the effect it has on the team.”

Guthrie’s injury did not affect her golf season. The senior decided to put off surgery and try to play on her injured leg under the supervision of a specialist, and didn’t miss a match the entire season.

“I just wear my brace and it doesn’t hurt at all,” Guthrie said. “I was amazed because it didn’t hurt and very thankful at the same time.”

In her four years playing both basketball and golf for the Pirates, Guthrie didn’t fail to fill her trophy case.

In her career, she gathered two NWC titles, two First-Team All-NWC spots, two Second-Team All-NWC positions, five All-NWC Student-Athlete of the Week awards, five All-NWC Student-Athlete of the Week Honorable Mentions, four national tournament appearances (twice as an individual if she qualifies in golf in this year), Medalist honors for both the NWC Fall Classic and the NWC Tournament her freshman year and a NWC Player of the Year award.

She also holds the Whitworth women’s basketball record for 3-pointers made and attempted in a career. And with the NCAA Division III National Golf Tournament coming up on May 14-17 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla., her career resumé may not yet be complete. The tournament field was expected to be named Monday, May 6; however, due to The Whitworthian production schedule, results were not available at press time. Check for updates.

All accolades aside, simply being able to balance two sports with academics and a social life can be a very challenging task. Senior Emily Travis is in the same boat as Guthrie, because she also played both basketball and golf for the Pirates.

“Most of our friends were in sports so it wasn’t too hard socially, but it was definitely a challenge to get used to,” Travis said.

Guthrie agreed with her teammate and roommate, saying she will need to find something to do with herself when golf finishes up in mid-May.

“Learning how to deal with time and be properly organized took some time,” Guthrie said. “But now I’m just so used to it. I’m going to need another hobby after Whitworth.”

Guthrie, a kinesiology and nursing major, plans to apply for nursing school next spring, after surgery for her torn ACL.

“She is a great athlete, has good fundamental skills and is a competitor. You can see it on the basketball court and on the golf course,” Friedrichs said. “I couldn’t be happier with her career; she’s done us proud. She has the personal integrity and persona that represents Whitworth so well. She’s a special one.”

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Track resurfacing to take place over summer

In culmination of a long-awaited project, Vandervert Construction will be heading up the resurfacing of Whitworth’s track in the Pine Bowl. The current track has been in use for about 19 years, said Director of Capital Projects Steve Thompson.

Planning and preparation for the project has been taking place for the past year, Thompson said.

Many parts of the track are visibly worn down to the point of black tar appearing through the red track surface. Since events cannot be hosted without NCAA approval, many events have been moved elsewhere due to the low quality of the current track, Thompson said. “People who know about track surfaces come here and say, ‘No, we’ll go somewhere else’,” Thompson said.

The multi-faceted project will not only include resurfacing the track, but will also involve  relocating the shot put area, replacement of the steeplechase jump, some minor reconfigurations of the track and the football field and implementation of a new drainage system, Thompson said. While there is a drainage system currently in place, it is to be replaced with one that will better serve the purpose of keeping large amounts of water off the track.

When project planning began, the committee’s goal was also to include replacing the grass football field with synthetic turf, Thompson said. This plan was dependent on some donations that did not come through, but Thompson said that this resurfacing project will make future plans for a synthetic turf much more feasible.

While there are many pieces that will go together to make up the complete product, the most high-tech part is that of the track surface, Thompson said.

The track resurfacing project is estimated to cost between $900,000 and $950,000.

“To the casual viewer, it’s not going to be significantly different,” Thompson said. “But for the track coaches and athletes, it’s going to make a big difference.”

The athletes who use the track on a daily basis will definitely experience a noticeable change,  head coach Toby Schwarz said. Coaches and athletes alike are eagerly anticipating the completion of this project for a few reasons. It will be very helpful for the sake of consistency across various tracks, Schwarz said. The team will be able to train effectively for a variety of tracks, not just their own.

“When you look at it, it doesn’t look bad,” Schwarz said. “When you get on it, it’s horrible.”

The current state of the track is far from ideal because of the injuries it causes, Schwarz said. Tracks consist of an asphalt layer covered with the track layer; layers come in a variety of thickness levels and the original was constructed very thinly. Over time, weather and use have worn the track down to the point of asphalt coming through.

Running on such a thin layer of track is hard on the athletes’ bodies. Schwarz said that the situation often causes injuries like shin splints; this project will make a significant difference.

“Hopefully we’ll keep our athletes healthier so that we can be better,” Schwarz said.

This kind of track generally has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, Schwarz said, and the current track is long overdue for a makeover.

The funds for this project are coming from some bond financing that was done for the Hixson Union Building and for the new Rec center. There was money included for maintenance, which is the category under which this project falls. This project alone will come to somewhere between $900,000 and $950,000, Thompson said.

“We’re very blessed,” Schwarz said. “We feel very thankful.”

The project will officially get underway within days of students leaving campus for the summer. Vandervert will work through the summer to complete the project by the second week in August, when the football players arrive for training.

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Spotted from the Crow's Nest: Chibron Tomeo

Senior captain Chibron Tomeo found a new family at Whitworth having transferred after his sophomore year at Spokane Community College. At age 26, Tomeo became a part of the track and field team as a pole vaulter where he continued his career after a four-year break from school and competitive sports.

Tomeo originates from Spokane but grew up in Glenwood, Wash., which is about 300 miles south of Whitworth. He went to kindergarten through 10th grade at Glenwood and then moved back to transfer to Mead High School in Spokane, Wash. for his junior year of high school.

“In Glenwood, there are a lot of really good pole vaulters,” Tomeo said. “My coach wanted me to try it and I just fell in love with [the event]. I continued vaulting in high school for all four years.”

Tomeo decided to take a break from school after graduated from Mead in 2005 to solely focus on work. He worked for Neighborhood Fence during his time away from school and built fences for a living.

“I knew I didn’t want to build fences for the rest of my life,” Tomeo said. “My mom and my girlfriend at the time, who is now my wife, encouraged me to go back to school. They thought I was beating myself up working as hard as I did. Although I didn’t mind working, going back to school was a great decision.”

During his time off, Tomeo took part in city basketball and flag football leagues.

After returning from a break from school, Tomeo went on to set school records.



“I stayed in decent shape but not in good enough shape for track,” Tomeo said.

Tomeo returned to school in 2009 at Spokane Community College where he took part in the track and field program offered there. His high school coach, Gary Baskett, was the one who encouraged and inspired him to go to Whitworth.

“He always came up and talked to me about going to Whitworth,” Tomeo said. “He was at almost every meet and told me that Whitworth is where I should be.”

In high school, Tomeo was also a sprinter. He ran the 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 4x400 relay, and pole vaulted. He decided to focus on pole vaulting after struggling with consistent hamstring injuries.

He contacted head track and field coach Toby Schwarz and talked to him about making the decision to come to Whitworth. He attended his first team meeting in the fall of 2011 and confirmed his transfer.

“The coaches are great and everyone was super supportive,” Tomeo said. “It felt like family on the track team and that made it an easy decision. It was a lot of fun getting to know everybody.”

Those words were echoed by Schwarz.

“He’s a perfect fit for our team,” Schwarz said. “He’s a captain this year and being a captain after only being here for two years; it shows how [perfect] of a fit this really is. He is very relational, he’s very respectful with coaches and very interested in his teammates. He watches people do other events, he’s concerned about injuries; that’s why he’s such a great captain. He’s not an ‘I’ person he’s an ‘others’ person.”

Tomeo was concerned with how he would fit in being an older student-athlete who is married with a child, but Schwarz was not.

“You look at him and he doesn’t look any different and he acts like a typical student. He looks like a mature leader, but not an older student,” Schwarz said. “But that’s ‘Bron’, you wouldn’t know he’s one of the top competitors in the nation.”

Senior Shannon Winant was one of the first men on the track team to get to know Tomeo and he agrees. There are no negative thoughts on the team for Tomeo being a college athlete with a wife and child according to Winant.

“People just respect him more; he knows more about life,” Winant said. “He’s an amazing dad and husband and he’s just really humble. Everyone loves his entire family and when they see him interact with his wife and kid, everybody falls in love with him.”

As a captain, Winant explains him to be their silent leader.

“He’s not a vocal leader but he’s very approachable,” Winant said. “Everybody looks up to him and respects him; some people call him dad. He has a lot of wisdom and knowledge that not a lot of people have. He already has such a great personality so as soon as we saw him pole vault we were sold. He’s a huge part of our team.”

Tomeo contributed to the team right away already being a two-time conference champion. He recently broke the school record in the pole vault after clearing 16-1 3/4 at the 2013 Northwest Conference Championships. He currently ranks third at the Division III national level.

Tomeo clears 16-3 3/4 to become the NWC Men's Pole Vault champion and #3 in the NCAA Division III rankings

“Last year was his first year at nationals because it was his first opportunity,” Schwarz said. “He finished 10th and has the potential to be in the top eight this year.”

A goal for Tomeo at nationals is to be an All-American, help score points for the team, and break into the top three, if not win it Schwarz said.

Other than his goals in track and field, Tomeo dreams of future things. Tomeo originally studied occupational therapy when he transferred to Whitworth but changed his major in the fall of 2012 to elementary education. He hopes to teach fourth grade and also coach pole vaulting at his alma mater, Mead High School.

“I’m already talking to Mead coaches about positions there,” Tomeo said. “They want me to start working there next year.”

Winant believes this is what he’s meant to do.

“Seeing him interact with his little boy is proof enough that he’ll be an amazing teacher,” Winant said. “Whenever he talks about it he has a huge smile on his face; he’s very passionate and he really wants to be a great teacher just like he is a great dad and a great husband.”

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