Shifting Worldviews

Three students share how college has broadened their views

Whitworth’s mission of an education of mind and heart sometimes takes the form of changing students’ worldviews. Three students said their worldviews changed as a result of their time at Whitworth, in ways such as increased global awareness and seeing issues in a broader picture to gaining greater tolerance.

Global Awareness

For freshman Andrea Hunter, her time in college so far has increased her understanding of global perspectives. She came to Whitworth not completely sure where she stood on many issues, but now has a greater sense of where she stands, she said.

Neele Ammon | Photographer Freshman Andrea Hunter said college has given her a better global perspective.

The way of life for people in African countries is something Hunter said she did not fully understand before.

“My African Life and Culture class showed me we don’t really understand Africa as general people,” Hunter said. “We assume they are primitive and living in tribes and fighting people all the time and that is not the case at all. What happened is Europeans ruined them and they are trying to build their society back up.”

Multiple lectures and classes have helped to increase her global awareness, Hunter said. The classes that made the biggest difference were her sociology and psychology classes. They helped her understand the root of global, she said.

“I think [my global perspective change] will progress throughout college with the nature of this school,” Hunter said.

General Picture

Senior Mason Vigil said college broadened his perspective on issues.

Neele Ammon | Photographer Senior Mason Vigil said college has helped him see issues from a broader view.

“Going to college and getting older and maturing a lot, I look at things in a much bigger picture now and see how my decisions affect people in a more general way,” Vigil said.

In high school, Vigil said he believed things because of what his friends and family believed. That line of thinking is called conventional thinking — when individuals act because they have been told to do so by family, Vigil said.

“At that stage in my life, I was at a conventional level of thinking, which developmentally and maturity-wise was the level I was supposed to be at,” Vigil said.

During his four years at Whitworth, Vigil said he has been moving toward post-conventional thinking, in which individuals see issues in a bigger view.

The two biggest things that influenced his change in perspective were growing older and maturing, as well as many professors challenging him to think through his beliefs and see the larger picture, Vigil said.

“It’s definitely the Whitworth professors and Whitworth in general that has really helped me develop and push me into that post-conventional phase,” Vigil said.


British international student Matt Hancock said college increased his tolerance and open-mindedness. Hancock said where he is from, many people think religion is a problem.

Neele Ammon | Photographer International student Matt Hancock said college has made him more open-minded.

“People outside of America have preconceptions about religious Americans because they are on the TV, and you see the Westboro Baptist Church,” Hancock said. “That’s mainly the perspective we have on religion in America. It’s very extreme.”

Hancock lives in a dorm among Christians who support homosexual marriage, legalization of marijuana and who are pacifists, he said.

“It’s made me realize there isn’t one way to worship God or follow Christianity,” Hancock said.

On political issues, Hancock said he is often more supportive of America while some of his friends in Britain express disdain toward America.

“When someone posts on Facebook about Obama thinking about arming Syria rebels, there’s a lot of anti-U.S. sentiment about how there must be oil there, that sort of thing, very bullish,” Hancock said. “[My experience at college] made me more tolerant of how people really think in America.”

Hancock said he now sees social issues from other perspectives more often. Part of this came from his experience on the debate team, where he sometimes did not get a say on what he debated.

“Because I am talking from perspectives I never even considered, I feel more open-minded toward them,” Hancock said.

Hancock attributes his worldview changes to experiencing many different viewpoints at Whitworth.

“It was through living every day in the shoes of other Christians at Whitworth,” Hancock said. “No one can really pass judgment until they experience what you guys experience. I came to Whitworth for a year, I do what other people do, and [my perspective] changed a lot.”

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Pirates continue strong performances at Vandal Jamboree

The Pirates opened up their postseason with numerous personal records at the Vandal Jamboree hosted by the University of Idaho last Saturday.

Sophomore Christina Dobbins led the women’s team taking second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.92. Dobbins took third in the high jump clearing 5-03 and third in the long jump with a distance of 17-08. Dobbins currently ranks tenth in the Division III national rankings for high jump.

Freshman Kerry Wright took second in the javelin throw with a distance of 142-01 while sophomore Rachel Palmquist took second in the triple jump with a mark of 37-05 1/4.

Now that the teams are in their postseason, there are less people, less intensity, and less chances to qualify Wright said.

“Postseason is a smaller group of kids who are either trying to qualify for nationals, already qualified for nationals, or kids who are just trying to get better,” Wright said.

Wright is currently ranked second in the Division III national rankings for the javelin.

On the men’s team, senior Carter Comito had two victories in the shot put and discus throwing 56-04 ¾ and 192-07, respectively. Comito ranks second in the shot put and first in the discus in the Division III national rankings.

Juniors Will Wren and Andrew Ryder crossed for the 800-meter in first and second place, respectively. Wren ran 1:56.64 while Ryder followed at 1:58.25.

Wren and Ryder have been going back and forth all season but according to Wren, it’s all part of a plan.

“We plan out the race tactically so I would take the first 400, he would take the next 200 and then we try to finish as fast as we can,” Wren said. “He had a faster time than me all season so it was definitely a great asset to run with him.”

The postseason has been less intense than the regular season Wren said.

“It’s more relaxing,” Wren said. “You are kind of doing it for fun.”

The 4x100 relay team took first crossing at 42.89. Junior Keegan Shea grabbed second place in the hammer throw with a distance of 183-00. Shea ranks fifth in the overall Division III national rankings for the hammer throw.

Senior John McCormack took third in the javelin throwing 193-09 which puts him at ninth in the nation. Junior Casey Monahan took a third place finish in the 110-meter hurdles crossing with a personal record of 14.81 improving him to 18th in the nation. Sophomore Trent Aslin took third in the 200-meter, crossing at 22.50.

The Bucs will continue their post season at the Sasquatch Thrower/Distance Carnival at Spokane Falls Community College May 8 starting at 3 p.m.

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Whitworth baseball wraps up season in Idaho

The Whitworth baseball team played its final games of the season last weekend in Lewiston, Idaho and ended the season with 14 wins. Saturday afternoon Whitworth played Pacific Lutheran and won 6-0 while Sunday Whitworth lost 14-5 against Linfield and 20-9 against Lewis-Clark St.

Sophomore Dan Scheibe started against Pacific Lutheran for the Bucs and went seven innings with seven strikeouts. Pacific Lutheran only managed to get two hits and weren’t able to put any runs up on the board.  The Bucs generated eight hits in the game.

“Dan Scheibe, Taylor Isadore and Jason Renner pitched very well in game 1 against PLU, giving our team our second shutout win of the season,” sophomore Carson Blumenthal said.

Whitworth opened up the scoring with two unearned runs in the top of the third inning. The Bucs scored another run in the top of the fourth inning and with an RBI by sophomore Eric Nikssarian putting the Pirates in a 3-0 lead.

The fifth and sixth innings had two hits but no scoring. In the top of the eighth inning though, senior designated hitter Marlowe Peter put up two more runs for the Bucs and Whitworth won the game 6-0.

Sunday afternoon the Bucs took on first-place Linfield. Linfield scored two runs in the first inning and continued to score consecutively in the next three innings. But in the bottom of the fourth inning the Pirates were able to put two runs on the board. In the top of the sixth the Bucs were able to hold Linfield for an inning, while in the bottom of the sixth the Pirates scored three more runs and trailed 11-5.

“We hit really well this weekend and Gerhard Mulheims and Jeremy Druffel had an awesome weekend offensively which was great,” Nikssarian said. “I thought Danny Jordan and Nick Motsinger hit the ball well too. Our hitting was definitely our high point.”

In the top of the sixth, Linfield scored another run and held Whitworth for the rest of the game and won 14-5.

“This weekend was good and we played two good teams,” Nikssarian said. “We beat PLU with great pitching and showed that we still had some fight left, mostly we just wanted to have fun playing baseball.”

The second game on Sunday was a high-scoring game for both teams and a big hitting a game as well. Whitworth had a total of 15 hits and Lewis-Clark St. had 20 hits in the game.

In the top of the first inning, Whitworth scored two runs, but Lewis-Clark State put up seven runs leaving Whitworth with a large deficit from the start.

Whitworth didn’t end up scoring their second round of runs until the top of the fourth inning two of those being RBIs by sophomore shortstop Nick Motsinger.

“Our offense produced consistently and we did not give up in any of the games we played,” Blumenthal said. “It was a consistent effort all weekend.”

In the top of the fifth inning the Bucs scored another three runs, but Lewis-Clark state held their lead for the rest of the game and won 20-9.

Multiple players commented on their disappointment of the season, as they expected that they would have had the opportunity to play postseason baseball.

“This season had a lot ups and downs, but I would say that I'm a little disappointed with our performance and I think this season was a lesson and a wake up call and I think this season taught us how to lose,” Nikssarian said. “Losing is not fun, and when you lose more than you win it makes winning that much sweeter.”

Whitworth ended the season with a 14-25-1 record.

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Men's golf prepares for national spotlight in Florida

After taking first in the Northwest Conference and qualifying for the national tournament, the Whitworth men’s golf team continues preparation to Destin, Fla. to compete in the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships.

Head coach Warren Friedrichs will be taking Whitworth to the national tournament for the third time in his Whitworth career. The 2012-2013 team is the best and deepest team that Friedrichs said he has ever had.

Senior Joey DeGroff, junior Stephen Plopper, junior Jesse Salzwedel and freshmen brothers Oliver and Lyle Rudnicki will be the five golfers representing Whitworth at the championship.

“We’re expecting just another tournament and to approach it no different than any other tournament,” DeGroff said. “Golf doesn’t really change. The pressure might change, but golf is golf.”

All five of the players were honored recently with Salzwedel and Oliver Rudnicki receiving First Team All-NWC while DeGroff, Plopper and Lyle Rudnicki earned Second Team All-NWC.

The men’s golf team accomplishments and success has also been established from their relationships off the green, Salzwedel said.

“The big key is the comradery amongst the team and I think in order to get to the level that we’re at we need to have a tight knit group that’s supportive of each other,” Salzwedel said. “Not just as golfers, but as good friends and brothers.”

The Bucs will be taking off to Destin on May 14 and over 30 teams will be attending the tournament.

Each team will play 18 holes on the first day of the tournament and the top 15 teams will advance to the second round.

“Our goal is to make the cut into the top 15[teams], which would be a big achievement for us and our conference,” Friedrichs said.

When the men’s golf team arrives, they will have the opportunity to participate in a practice round on each course. These courses will be difficult, due to the high level of competition and will contain a fair amount of water on the course, Friedrichs said.

Weather conditions as well as climate will also have an affect on the men’s golf game. Florida is at sea level, and also humid so this will cause the ball to go a lot shorter than playing golf here in the northwest Salzwedel said.

“We will have to get used to the tournament courses in our practice rounds.  Florida has different grasses compared to the Pacific Northwest.” Friedrichs said.  “The course conditions,the grass and the greens can make a difference in how you chip and putt and how you hit out of the rough.”

The Bucs will be playing some teams that they competed against in the West Cup March 25-26 and are expecting some pretty tough competition, but multiple players commented that if they worry about their game they will do well.

“Were playing with the best and that’s why it’s the national championship because the best teams are the ones that get to go,” Salzwedel said. “I think if we play our game and don’t worry about other teams and the size of the tournament, we could be in contention.”

Hard work has been a common theme amongst the Whitworth men’s golf team and hasn’t gone unnoticed as shown through their recipient of honors.

“There’s been a lot of hard work throughout the season, people haven’t taken days off and  have worked at it consistently through the season and that’s been enough to get us to where we need to be,” Oliver Rudnicki said.

While the men’s golf team competes in Florida, fans can listen to live audio and get live statistic updates by visiting

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Safeconnect not best solution for internet connection


In the past year I have been just a little frustrated with the internet here on campus. Sometimes it is amazing and I can spend hours on Facebook and streaming the latest YouTube comedy, but other times I have to install safeconnect for the seemingly hundredth time in order to get any signal at all.

My friends and I discussed this and it seems to be happening to everyone.

I interviewed Jeremy Vonderfecht, a freshman computer science major, to see what he thought about the situation. He does not believe that Safeconnect is necessary.

“I've installed safe connect at least 72 times this year,” Vonderfecht said. “Other schools and organizations with more rigorous security protocol have managed without something like Safeconnect.”

I strongly dislike the Safeconnect system. I understand that we need an internet security system in place to protect the school, but I do not think that the current system is working.

From what I understand, Safeconnect protects our computers as well as the Whitworth network.

The irony of Safeconnect, for me at least, is that my virus protection system that I need to install Safeconnect and connect to the Whitworth server, blocks Safeconnect from installing.

Vonderfecht suggests a more individual approach rather than the Safeconnect system.

“Other schools have protection of the servers, but not the protection of individual computers,” Vonderfecht said, “If I want to get viruses, I should be able to get all the viruses that I can.”

I would like to see the system improved. I am not an authority on the subject, so I do not really know how it should be improved, but Vonderfecht believes the Safeconnect system should be abolished completely.

“I would like it if the university would look into other protocol that other universities are using,” Vonderfecht said.”

It is really annoying to have to log on and install Safeconnect every single day.

I have been to other universities where there are not nearly as many hoops to jump through in order to maintain a consistent internet connection. I would really like it if there were a way for a stronger internet all over campus without as many steps. Simple is better.

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Fifteen Films College Students Should See

Thousands of movies are created every year by film producers. But with so many different films available to watch, it would be impossible for one person to watch them all. And with the limited amount of free time that college students have, how should one choose which movies to watch?

Based on other Whitworth students’ opinions, popular movie lists, and personal choice, I have compiled a list of some of the movies that every college student should see.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - Junior Daniel Rogalsky said students should see this movie. “It’s freaking awesome,” he said. “It’s just one of those movies that only our generation can appreciate.” The movie is funny only if one understands the various references made about pop culture, of which most are about older video games and comic books.

10 Things I Hate About You - Released in 1999, “10 Things I Hate About You” is a romantic comedy adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Sophomore Nicole Lomax said, “It is really fun; it never gets old every time you watch it. It has something everyone can watch.”

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Having just watched this movie recently for the first time, I have to say that I enjoyed it for the storyline and concepts. The plot’s twists and turns kept the story interesting, and Jim Carrey’s role in this film was actually enjoyable.

Fight Club - If you’ve ever been hanging out with someone and randomly they emphatically said, “The first rule about Fight Club is you don’t talk about Fight Club,” and you didn’t get the reference, that means you haven’t seen “Fight Club.” And that’s a problem. Underground brawls, soap, insomnia and Helena Bonham Carter are all a part of this dark psychological cult film based on Chuck Palahniuk’s even grungier novel of the same name.   

Mean Girls - Lomax said that “Mean Girls” was one of her favorite movies because it is very quotable. “It’s like the worst of society,” she said. “They’re so evil that it’s funny.” And everyone knows we love to hate certain characters in movies, in this case Regina George and her cronies.

The Harry Potter series - The Harry Potter movies, although sometimes criticized by fans of the books for not including everything, are well done. Lomax said these movies help distract her during difficult times. “You just get really into it,” she said. “It’s a good way to forget about school, to just say, ‘I want to be a wizard.’”

Inception - This movie gets you thinking in a similar fashion to “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” with dreams within a dream within a dream. Leonardo DiCaprio also does a great job as the main protagonist in the film (as he always does).

Les Miserables - Another new movie, but the film provides a discussion about social justice and redemption, which is valuable to the audience, and the actors’ singing is surprisingly powerful. Junior Alli Mack said she would suggest watching the earlier version of “Les Miserables” with Liam Neeson in the main role because “it has more of the story in it.”

Shawshank Redemption - Another great plotline and interesting story concept. Highly recommended for everyone to watch at least once. This film is about an inspiring prison break from a man who is arrested for killing his wife, although he claims to be innocent.

Disney movies (Mulan, Toy Story, The Lion King, etc.) - An obvious choice. Most students from our generation grew up watching Disney movies, so if you haven’t seen a Disney movie, you definitely should.

The Breakfast Club - Honestly one of the best older films out there, “The Breakfast Club” is about five different high school students who are given detention on the same Saturday. During their experience together, the teenagers bond and become friends, putting aside their differences in social status. Junior Samantha Nix said she definitely recommends the movie. “It’s just one of my favorite movies and it’s just really great,” she said. No matter how much time passes, “The Breakfast Club” will always be humorous and always leave the audience walking away content.

The Star Wars movies - Whether you enjoy the prequels or the originals more, “Star Wars” is something that everyone should be able to relate to. Not only are these movies something that will come up in conversation at least once in your lifetime, but watching people swing lightsabers around is pretty sweet as well.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy (as well as the new Hobbit movie) - I will confess to be a bit biased on this one because I basically live for J.R.R. Tolkien’s created world. However, the special effects, the acting (by most characters), and the world that film director Peter Jackson found in the natural New Zealand landscape all add up to create a work of art.

Back To The Future - Another old but excellent movie. This one is probably more suited for your parents’ generation, but it is still one of the best time-traveling adventure films created. The movie was innovative for 1985, and still retains some of that innovation today.

Jurassic Park - Recently released in theaters again in 3-D, this was another film considered innovative for its time. With life-like animatronics and great special effects, “Jurassic Park” still entertains people, using a terror and wonder at the unique situation of being on an island with dinosaurs.

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After the smoke cleared: A Whitworth Alumna who ran the Boston Marathon, a student in Washington D.C. tell their stories

The Boston bombing on April 15 proved to be an experience that would impact the lives of all who were involved.  For Whitworth alumna Lesley Williams ‘96, that day will always live in infamy.

Williams was competing in the Boston Marathon day and crossed the line about two minutes before the bombs went off.

After crossing the line, Williams said she was burnt out because of the difficulty of the marathon.  There was a procession after the race, and on her way to get water, she heard it.

“It sounded like an explosion, it didn’t sound like anything else.  There was no doubt that  it was an explosion...There was a lot of surprise, shock,” Williams said.  “I turned around, there was smoke coming up in the air, but I was too far away to see anything once I saw the smoke in the air...and then the second one went off and, I just knew it was a bomb.  Everyone around me knew it was a bomb.”

Williams said that the marathon volunteers kept telling her and the other runners to keep moving forward and move away from the finish line.  In the midst of it all, Williams said there was chaos but not panic.

“People had their phones with them and they started calling people.  We heard the word ‘bomb’ at that point.  I proceeded...two blocks to the buses where our dry clothes were to get my phone, to call my husband,” Williams said.  “He was panicked because he heard about the explosion too and I think he said a good ten or twenty minutes he had trying to get ahold of me, but since I didn’t have my phone, he couldn’t.”

Williams that after some discussion, she organized for her husband and the people that were cheering her on to meet her at a nearby hotel.  She sat in the lobby and waited until they came to pick her up.

Despite the events from this marathon, Williams said that everyone she talked to in the running community talks about doing Boston again next year.

“I don’t expect Boston to be the same.  I’m sure that any running event is going to be different from now on,” Williams said.  “I don’t think anybody is going to stop putting on a marathon because of this.  I think they just have to be more vigilant or more aware that anything could be a target.”

Farther south, Whitworth junior Nathan Reid said through email that he was presenting his policy recommendation on the CISPA Internet Security Bill to the Legislative Correspondent in US Senator Jeff Merkley’s office when he first heard of the bombings.  The next day, April 16, Reid said he and his fellow interns saw an obvious increase of overall security, intended to thwart any follow up attacks after the Boston bombing.

In addition to the events in Boston, the ricin-laced letters sent to Senators provided an additional area for American concern.  On the morning of April 16, Reid  received an email that the U.S. Capitol Police were notified by the Senate mail-handling facility that they had received an envelope containing a white powder that was intended to be sent to a Senate office just down the hallway from where Reid worked.

“After the preliminary tests indicated the substance was ricin, we were told that the mail service would be shut down for the next few days, which really impacted our office,” Reid said.  “The rest of the day went smoothly, and I left the building without any worries.”

On April 17, Reid said the day began just like the day before with increased security screening upon entering the Senate building. Then at about 11 a.m. they were notified to “shelter in place” due to suspicious packages being left around the building and because a suspicious man had been delivering letters with powder in it to Senate offices around the building. One of the packages was just down the hall from their office, and they were unable to leave to go to a more secure place.

Reid said that they were instructed to simply shelter in place until the Capitol Police could deal with the situation.

“At the time it was fairly frightening because I had never thought I would be in this type of situation. Additionally, to think that someone was sending Ricin, a deadly powder, to offices in the same building was nerve-wracking,” Reid said.  “Thankfully, the Capitol Police were able to respond to the packages, which were benign, and after about an hour and a half we were given the all clear and able to leave our office.”

Despite their different experiences, both Reid and Williams had similar responses to the end of the chase to find the suspects in the Boston bombing.

“My initial reaction to the death of the first suspect was upsetting because I know that the police were trying to capture both of the suspects to interrogate them to find the motive behind the attacks,” Reid said.

Williams said through email that she was glued to the television during the manhunt, hoping and praying they would be taken alive.

“I feel very grateful to the officers and analysts who tracked them down.  I am relieved to know they cannot do something like this again,” Williams said.  “As far as the one being killed, I wish he had lived.  He seems more like the ringleader of the two and I wish he was around to answer questions.  But they captured one and that will be enough for me. I look forward to his trial.”

Connor Soudani

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Sibling Sound

How Austen and Ian Case went from singing Bible songs to playing local gigs

From recording albums at 14-years-old and playing in church groups to the off-the-beaten-trail bars of Spokane, siblings Ian (senior) and Austen (junior) Case, have traveled many roads in their musical journey.

At the age of seven, Austen began her passion for music that has lasted throughout her life by recording with a group of kids for a Bible album at her church.  She continued through middle and high school, writing and playing music informally. Then at 16, she was approached by the man who produced the Bible album. He offered to record and produce her first solo album comprised of the music that she had been writing and playing through the years.

Linnea Goold | Photographer Ian and Austen Case — two Whitworth siblings that play music together.

“[A local producer] approached me and offered to cover the financial end of the album,” Austen said.  “We recorded my first album when I was 14 and then my second when I was 16.”

Ian’s story is different. While his sister was writing, playing and recording music, Ian was playing football or studying.

“Our family is very musical — our parents met because they were in a band together,” Ian said. “I always enjoyed singing and playing music. I just wasn’t as involved with it compared to Austen until later.”

Ian’s passion for music ignited when he asked his father to show him the chords to a particular song in his senior year of high school. He took those chords and wrote a song for a girl. He used the same chords to write a song after they broke up.

Though the relationship didn’t last, his love for music continued to grow, especially at Whitworth.

“My freshman year, I would just sit in my room in BJ and play guitar and sing with my buddies,” Ian said. “We loved to jam. I got together with my sister [Austen] and some other guys and we’d just play. At one point, someone said, ‘Let’s make this a band,’ and so we did. That was the beginning of Franklin.”

Franklin played together for about a year before they stopped playing and continued in separate ways.

“We did Franklin just for the joy of playing music with friends,” Ian said.  “I’d bring something to the group and we’d just work it up.”

Austen felt the same way about the band’s experience playing together.

“Franklin just happened so easily,” Austen said.  “Playing with my brother is my favorite thing ever. We have this synergy. Sometimes it’s crazy, but I feel like I can release that with him.”

At times, Franklin would play at somewhat large venues, but it was the small intimate stages that made a lasting impression on the band. Jones Radiator, a small brick building, is one Franklin frequently played.

“We were basically playing for free beer, but we always loved being there and experiencing it,” Ian said.

Austin said Jones Radiator was her favorite place to play.

“The big venues are cool because you really feel the vibe of the music shared with all of those people, but the small places build intimacy with the audience,” Austen said. “I thrive on that.”

Music is a deeply rooted part of Austen’s and Ian’s lives. It is something that is more than just a band or free beer. It’s as much a part of them as their heart or lungs, Austen said.

“To me, music is the most tangibly shared form of art,” Ian said.  “I love to find the romance in all things. The fullness of music is only made when shared with friends and other people.”

Austen said when she goes on stage she just tells her story.

“That is so important to me with music,” Austen said. “I believe we all have stories, and the way I express my stories is through music and sound.”

Ian and Austen still play together occasionally. Austen continues to play shows by herself locally around Spokane and in Coeur d’Alene.

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Choreographed Worship

Jubilation Dance Ministry to perform spring concert

Dance can be a means of creative expression, socialization or exercise. For students involved with Whitworth’s club, Jubilation, dance is a method of worship.

Jubilation is a student-led club where dancers across all skill levels can come to worship God through dance.

“It is a space where you can express emotions through movement rather than words,” said Jubilation member and junior Janna Rixon.

Beth Crabtree | Photographer The Jubilation hip hop team work hard while having fun at their Thursday night rehearsal in preparation for the upcoming performance on

Words, for some people, are not the easiest way to communicate to God, said Jubilation dancer and senior Katherine Traylor.

“For me, it’s about using the body God gave me to fully appreciate creation,” Traylor said. “Since the world was created, it has been in motion. Dance is a reflection of that.”

The styles of dances that are taught range from hip hop to ballet. The classes are welcome to students of all levels, from twenty years of experience to no experience.

At the end of the year, the classes perform choreographed dances for the Whitworth community. Every class is led by a student who choreographs the dance. For the final performance, the leaders pick verses that their classes’ dance will be centered around.

For sophomore MacKenzie Wattenbarger, the performance is the best part of being in Jubilation.

“I like the end performance because you finally see it all come together,” Wattenbarger said. “It’s cool to perform and say ‘I did that, I was capable of doing that, even with no dance experience’”.

Some of the students will perform for the first time.

“I’m excited for [the final performance] to be their first performance,” Traylor said. “I’m excited for them to have that adrenaline rush, that bare feet on the stage, and experience that for the first time.”

Whether the show is the student’s first time or fourth time, Jubilation will be fun and uplifting, said Traylor.

“It’s a really great celebration of dance and dance as a form of  worship,” Traylor said.

The Jubilation Dance Ministry spring performance will be May 5 in Cowles Auditorium at 7 p.m. Cost of attending the performance is $2.

Madison Garner Staff Writer

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Feminism need not have negative connotation

I have a confession to make:I am a feminist.

It felt good to get that off of my chest.

The word “feminist” carries such a strong negative connotation. There are a lot of people, who are both male and female, who believe in the idea of women having equal rights, but are wary of being labeled a “feminist” because of the connotation.

In my Women’s and Gender studies class, we discussed this issue. We noticed that a common thread is the idea of being “kind of” a feminist. These are people that believe in the ideas of feminism, but cannot bear the actual label. They say things like “I’m not a feminist, but…” I’m not a feminist, but women and men should have equal pay. I’m not a feminist, but violence against women is not okay. These people believe in the tenets of feminism, but a movement for women cannot be successful if we spend time fighting the label, rather than fighting for the issues.

That used to be ok for me. I wasn’t a feminist because of the associations with it, but as a woman, I still wanted rights for myself, my little sisters and any future daughters I might have. I want any future sons to grow up in a world that promotes equality. I want all the girls of the world to live without fear of violence, with access to education and with the rights that should be allowed to them as people, not only to those afforded with penises.

My problem with the label was, and still is the assumptions that people make when they hear “feminist.” For example, people believe that feminists are not feminine, that they hate men and that they are angry, along with other beliefs. In all honesty, those assumptions apply to some feminists, but definitely not all. For me, I have come to terms with my own feminism. I will fight for my rights, but I will not give up my femininity.

Personally, I am a feminist because we live in a rape culture where victims are shamed; take Steubenville for example. Major news outlets such as CNN complain about the destroyed 'Promising Future' of the Steubenville Rapists, while ignoring the ruined life of their victim who will have to carry this experience with her for the rest of her life. I’m a feminist because according to United States Department of Justice, “1 in 4 women will experience a completed and/or attempted rape during their college career,” and that could be me, or it could be my roommate, my sister or any one of the amazing women in my life. That’s not okay with me. I’m a feminist because according to Forbes magazine, “in management professions, men earn $1,328 each week while women earn $951—a 71.6% gap.”

American women have made leaps and bounds in the workplace and in government. We can vote, we can choose our husbands and we are afforded luxuries like access to education. At the same time, I don’t think that is enough. Until women are allowed the same respect and tolerance as men all over the world, I will continue to label myself a feminist with pride.

It’s taken me a long time to come to terms with the label. I am a feminist and even though I don’t embody all the connotations that go along with it, I accept them on behalf of the women that fought before me, as well as the girls that will come after me. It’s not just my fight for equality, I fight for them.

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'Bon Voyage'

Whitworth Choir performs concert downtown before leaving on Norway tour Since the scholastic calendar is rapidly approaching its end, students are finding themselves committing to more events than their time and grades can handle. Art exhibitions are on display, sports teams are playing their end-of-season games, and theater students are performing their senior projects.

For Whitworth Choir members, however, the pressure is even greater as they prepare for their finale concert, "Bon Voyage," on May 4 at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. They are also equipping themselves for their transatlantic tour in Norway, which begins May 20.

Megan Hinzdel | Photographer Director Mark Hafso practices with the Whitworth Choir on April 24, preparing for their final concert and trip to Norway.

The May 4 concert will feature a wide array of choral pieces starting at 8 p.m. A motet by J. S. Bach in German, “Shepherd Girl’s Sunday” by Ole Bull sung in Norwegian, and early American songs are all on the roster, which was carefully pieced together by Whitworth Choir director and music professor Marc A. Hafso.

“One of the features of this program is that it contains music for everyone,” Hafso said. “It represents a breadth and depth of the choral repertoire and the range of the choir in terms of their ability to sing music from a variety of musical periods, styles and cultures.”

Connor Jacobson, choir president and a senior at Whitworth, said that although the pieces chosen are very different from one another, they are complementary and will contribute to the audience’s enjoyment of the performance.

“Marc is exceptional at planning out programs that don’t just have one thing,” Jacobson said. “Everyone will come out with a different favorite piece. That’s what I love; it’s like a jigsaw puzzle that fits together beautifully.”

Choir member Kristen Corwin, a senior, said she is excited to show her friends and family the result of a semester’s hard work.

“We have an hour and a half to show everyone what we’ve been working on for a whole semester,” Corwin said. “I just hope people will realize that this is an important event to go to.”

Hafso also said the choir is dedicated to preparing for their concert.

“This choir meets every day for 55 minutes,” Hafso said, “And to keep the experience fresh and alive is a challenge, but one that the students have met beautifully. I’m excited for the audience, and what they can experience from the student’s hard work.”

Junior Aimee Eshoff, a choir member, said most of the concert music overlaps with the upcoming Norway tour’s program. She said that the task of mastering the choral pieces is what contributed to the the choir’s diligent preparation for both events. However, the choir is committed to more than just retention of the songs.

Megan Hinzdel | Photographer Junior Andrew Bortz plays piano during a practice for the Whitworth Choir.

“It’s not just about memorizing the music,” Eshoff said. “It’s really about putting your heart in it and finding how you can reach people. Something that’s really important for me is just to come to a place where it’s more personal than just a song.”

After the choir performs at the Fox, and then later at Whitworth’s graduation ceremony, the choir’s 45 students will prepare themselves for their trip to Norway. The Whitworth Choir’s previous international tour was to Argentina and Uruguay in 2009, and the choir will continue to tour internationally every four years.

The tour will consist of scheduled performances, but for the majority of the trip the choir will be able to discover Norway during personal free time. The most notable tour destinations are Oslo Cathedral, Stavanger Cathedral — a cathedral from the 12th century — and Egersund Church, a 17th century church that is located in Hafso’s ancestral town.

“I think the music that we have in our repertoire will really emote the beauty of Norway, like the North Sea and the fjords,” choir member and sophomore Cole Peterson said. “It’s all going to come together really well in Norway. I can’t wait.”

Hafso said one reason Norway was picked as the tour’s destination (besides his familial connections) was because of Scandinavia's rich choral heritage and expertise. He said he also wanted variety for the students’ travel experience.

Hafso said he has tried to choose tour destinations that the students might not travel to on their own. “[Someplace that] in a group setting and a performance related tour, would then be very attractive for them,” Hafso said.

Besides sightseeing and performing in historic places, one of the most anticipated aspects of the tour is the chance for choir members to bond on a deeper level.

“There’s so much camaraderie it’s going to be a great time,” Eshoff said. She said she is looking forward to getting to know her fellow choir members while experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Jacobson agreed with Eshoff that the relational aspect of traveling to Norway is important.

“I’m excited to be able to be in a different place, where all of your comforts [of home] are gone, you’re vulnerable and you’re traveling with these people,” Jacobson said. “The relationships that you make when you do that are so rich.”

The concert will be downtown at the Fox (1001 W. Sprague Ave.) May 4 at 8 p.m. Cost is $5 for students, seniors and children. General admission is $7.

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Dobbins leads Whitworth women at conference championship meet

Sophomore Christina Dobbins led the Pirates at the 2013 Northwest Conference Championships scoring 47 individual points out of 150 team points for third place at Willamette last weekend.

Dobbins won the high jump clearing 5-5 1/4 and the 100-meter hurdles crossing at 15.20 seconds. Dobbins took second in the long jump with a distance of 17-90 and was a part of both relay teams including the winning 4x100 relay team consisting of Dobbins, freshman Maddye Dinsmore, and sophomores Stephanie Barrong and Rachel Palmquist. The 4x100 team and 4x400 team crossed at 49.30 and 4:05.85, respectively. Dobbins also earned five points with a fourth-place finish in the heptathlon that took place a week prior to the conference meet.

“It was just a really great meet,” Dobbins said. “The entire team stepped up and competed. We scored [about] 20 points more than we were expecting to score.”

Dobbins is seeded ninth in the overall Division III national rankings for the high jump. The top 22 women for each event will advance to nationals.

Freshman Kerry Wright took her first conference title at Willamette. Wright threw 148-9 1/4 in the javelin to earn first place.

“It feels really cool,” Wright said. “My teammate came out and PR’d before me so that encouraged me and it was a lot of fun.”

Junior Cassidy Stevick followed Wright for third place throwing 134-4 3/4 in the event. Wright was very pleased with the overall performance of her team.

“Everyone performed above what we thought we could do,” Wright said. “Everyone stepped up and pulled it together. They gave it their all and performed very well.”

Wright remains the No. 1 thrower in the Division III national rankings.

Freshman Kierstie Shellman cleared 12-2 for a first place finish in the pole vault. She is now ranked seventh in the Division III national rankings.

Sophomore Christina Anderson took second in the 10,000 meter run crossing at 38:21.10. Freshman Dakota Kliamovich grabbed a second place medal in the hammer with a throw of 165-3 3/4. Freshman Courtney Fairhart took home bronze in the women’s discus with a distance of 136-0 1/4. Sophomore Rachel Palmquist took third in the triple jump with a mark of 36-11 1/2.

The women who rank in the top 22 in their respective events will continue their next competition at Spokane Falls Community College for the Sasquatch Thrower/Distance Carnivals May 8 starting at 3 p.m.

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Pirate men capture team track and field title

The men’s track and field team won its fourth straight Northwest Conference title last week at Willamette with 287 points. Senior Carter Comito was named Northwest Conference Field Athlete of the meet for the second year in a row while head track and field coach Toby Schwarz was honored Northwest Conference Coach of the Year for the seventh time.

Comito came away with gold in the shot put and discus.

“It feels great,” Comito said. “It’s pretty crazy that my class went through our whole career winning the conference title each year. It was an awesome meet.”

Comito broke his own school record again in the shot put throwing 59-2 for first place. He moved back into second place in the Division III rankings for the event while he remains the No. 1 competitor in the discus with a comfortable lead of almost 20 feet.

“I’m a little better at discus and I have more fun with it,” Comito said. “My focus now is to switch things up in my weight training and start being more explosive.”

Comito was part of a three-man sweep in the discus along with junior Sam Wright (149-4 3/4) and freshman Corey Burt (148-3) taking second and third, respectively. Burt also took third in the shot put throwing 50-5 1/4.

Senior Chibron Tomeo earned his second consecutive conference title in the pole vault clearing 16-1 3/4. The mark moved him up to third in the national rankings and broke the school record in the event.

“We did very well as a team,” Tomeo said. “We beat everyone by a large margin and the team supported everybody very well.”

Sophomore Joseph Green followed Tomeo with second place clearing 15-0 1/4 in the event.

The Bucs were well-represented in the javelin throw where six out of the top eight competitors were Bucs. Junior Joseph Ingham won the event (212-9) followed by sophomore Chase Wright (204-9) and freshman Tyler Coopman (203-2 3/4) taking second and third, respectively. Ingham is positioned at the fifth best javelin thrower in the Division III national rankings.

Freshman Nick Gosselin claimed his first conference title in the 400-meter dash crossing at 49.59. Junior Tyler Guinn won the long jump with a mark of 23-2 1/2 while junior Casey Monahan took first in the 110-meter hurdles crossing at 14.94. Junior Keegan Shea won the hammer throw with a distance of 191-11 which ties him at eighth place in the Division III national rankings.

Senior Frank Lima set a personal record to win the high jump clearing 6-9 1/2 for his third consecutive conference title.

Sophomores Matthew Edwards and Trent Dudley took first and third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with times of 9:36.62 and 9:42.78, respectively.

Junior Will Wren took home silver in the 800-meter crossing at 1:56.18. Sophomore Matthew Landon took bronze in both the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.06 and 200-meter dash with a time of 22.54. Freshman Nathan Stenson took third in the triple jump with a mark of 44-3 1/4. The men’s 4x400 team crossed in time for gold at 3:20.35 while the 4x100 team got silver with a time of 42.54.

The men will continue competition at Spokane Falls Community College May 8 in the Sasquatch Thrower/Distance Carnival starting at 3 p.m.

Tiara Pajimola

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Whitworth earns series win over Whitman

Nearing the end of the season, the Whitworth baseball team played last weekend in Walla Walla, Wash., beating Whitman twice Saturday before losing Sunday.

Whitman opened up the scoring in game one with a run in the bottom of the first inning and again another two runs in the bottom of the third to build a 3-0 lead.

“In game one we gave up an early lead, but it didn't affect our composure or drive from an offensive standpoint,” head coach Dan Ramsay said. “Our guys just kept playing regardless of what the scoreboard said.”

Whitworth put up their first run in the top of the fifth when junior designated hitter Danny Jordan homered to left field.

“Danny Jordan had a really good day and he was DH [designated hitter] both games,” sophomore pitcher Dan Scheibe said. “He hit a homerun in the first game and that got us [the team] pretty pumped up.

Scheibe threw a complete game for the Bucs on Saturday, had 10 strikeouts and now has a 4-3 record for the season.

“Dan Scheibe had a great performance on the mound during game one,” Ramsay said.  “Once he settled in, they couldn't touch him.”

In the top of the fourth inning Whitworth scored an unearned run and freshman second baseman Jeremy Druffel, freshman right fielder Blake Thoren and Jordan each tallied one RBI. The Bucs in total put up four runs for the inning and led 5-3 in the top of the fourth.

“I think that when we got down we didn’t freak out, and we trusted ourselves and the plan and we had the ability to score runs when needed,” sophomore catcher Josh Davis said. “ We were pretty calm throughout the game and we had a great time, had fun and played for each other.”

The Pirates scored their last three runs in the top of the ninth inning and claimed an 8-3 win in the first game.

Both teams scored a run in game two in the first inning, and again Jordan put up the first run for the Bucs with a RBI single to right field.

The Bucs rose to the occasion in the top of the second inning though after an unearned run and a triple by Druffel down the right field line for three RBIs and a 5-3 lead. Druffel has a season batting average of .349.

“Jeremy Druffel had a bases clearing triple in the second game that really kept the momentum in our favor,” Ramsay said.

And the momentum only increased from there as the Bucs scored six more runs just halfway through the game in the top of the fifth. Both Druffel and freshman center fielder Jordan Pearson each chalked up two RBIs scoring four of their six runs that inning. The Bucs led 12-3 in the fifth inning.

“We were really hitting the ball well today and when we’re putting up a lot of runs it’s a lot easier for everything to work together,” Scheibe said.

Whitman wasn’t able to get another score on the board until the bottom of the eighth inning when they scored five runs, but weren’t able to make up the deficit. Whitworth swept Whitman on Saturday and won game two 13-9.

“I feel like this is the first time of the year that we’ve played our potential,” Davis said. “I feel like we’ve come together as a team and are looking forward to what we can produce next year.”

Sunday was a different ballgame for the Bucs as they didn’t get any hits until the top of the third inning. Whitman took off in the bottom of the second inning after scoring six runs and leading 6-0.

Whitman didn’t score again until the bottom of the fifth inning when they put up two more runs, but Whitworth was left empty handed still unable to get any runs on the board.

Sophomore pitcher Carson Blumenthal pitch three innings for the Pirates and had four strikeouts. Whitworth had another three pitchers for the game, junior Taylor Isadore, sophomore Spencer Ansett and junior Jason Renner who each had one strikeout.

The Bucs were shutout on Sunday afternoon, and lost to Whitman 9-0.

The baseball team will be playing their last games of the season in Lewiston, Idaho against Linfield, Pacific Lutheran and Lewis-Clark State May 4 and 5.

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Cathey named new men's soccer coach

Morgan Cathey was named the new Whitworth men’s soccer head coach last week according to a Whitworth athletic website press release. Former head coach Sean Bushéy resigned after 17 seasons with the program. Cathey will begin his duties on July 1 while Bushey will continue through the Pirates’ spring training.

Cathey is an Azusa Pacific University graduate from 2006, where he earned all-conference honors in his four years as APU’s starting goalkeeper. Cathey went on to a professional career in South Africa, spending four seasons.

The Whitworth men’s soccer program won eight of the last 12 NWC titles under Bushey. Cathey will be taking over a Pirate team that will lose just one starter to graduation, senior goalkeeper Kyle Novak. Whitworth will return four NWC First-Team players from last year, as well as six other NWC honorees in the coming 2013 fall season.

Korey Hope

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School should not trump other priorities

When you walk around campus and ask people where they are headed, what they have been up to or what their plans for the day are, a large majority of the answers will revolve around homework and studying.

Too often, we get caught up with the demands of school and the tedious aspects of homework and readings that we completely push other aspects of our lives to the bottom of our priorities.

It is as if school has become an unidentified idol in students’ lives.

I know I am guilty of this, of placing school in front of so many other important aspects of life.

I cancel grabbing coffee with good friends, sacrifice time in the morning that I would normally spend in the word and I lock myself inside library rooms without windows and fresh air.  School is important but does not always need be priority number one.

Being caught up in school and the need for straight A’s can cause relationships to suffer.  How will friends begin to feel when they need you, but homework comes first to answering the phone?  Or how will they feel the fifth time you cancelled going on a walk when that friendship does have great value, but not quite as much as an extra hour of studying?

Not only do people put school before worthwhile time with others, but they often also before their own health. Students feel the need to spend hours staring at the same computer screen cramming definitions, formulas and biographies into their brains when they know they have reached their breaking point.  Instead of taking that needed break, getting fresh air and doing something simply for themselves, they continue to push through.  They push through into stress, anxiety and the idea that every waking minute needs to be dedicated to studying.

School and work soon begin to fill the areas of our lives between others and personal needs.  School becomes church and worship and can lead to putting off time with God. That is not how school should be.

We should not have to sacrifice the things that bring us joy because school has to come first.  Students should not feel burdened to surrender things such as playing Frisbee, baking cookies, laying in the loop or reading a book simply for fun.  The things that bring joy into an individual’s life should not be forced to sit behind tests and deadlines, but rather go hand in hand to make all the work worthwhile.

School should not be the focal point of one’s life, but rather another aspect that makes life enjoyable.

When school gets in the way of relationships, individual health and the pleasurable things, priorities need to be reconsidered.  However, the privilege to attend a university such as ours and receive such an education should not be overlooked.  It is all about finding a balance of priorities that doesn’t lead to worshiping school.

Haley Williamson


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High speed rail fails to improve transportation

In an attempt to improve the quality of America’s infrastructure system, President Obama and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood worked together to promote the construction of high-speed rail systems around the country. Back in 2009, Obama announced that he has a “vision for high speed rail in America,” similar to the systems in Europe and Japan.

 According to a CNN report by Anderson Cooper on high-speed rail in America, the Obama administration has spent $12 billion thus far on building these trains. The large sum of money has produced 134 scattered projects, but has failed to create a unifying system across the country. One train route that the federal government focused on was the one between Seattle and Portland, which cost $800 million. Unfortunately, this $800 million seems to have gone to waste.

 The CNN report claims that the initial train ride from Seattle to Portland took three hours and 40 minutes. With the new “high-speed” trains, the route has only decreased by ten minutes. All of the other projects started by this initiative have seen similar results. This project is the epitome of government waste in spending: millions of dollars spent for the slightest improvement.

 Paula Hammond, former Secretary of Transportation in Washington state, defended the “improved” rail system to CNN reporters by saying, “Ten minutes doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but, when you think about the fact that you have more options for more round trips, that you know that the train will come reliably and on time, that to us is what our passengers tell us is the most important thing.”

 While options for the trip and reliable transportation are all beneficial, they do not justify $800 million of taxpayer money. I would much rather have my tax dollars go to something that actually improves the productivity and welfare of society. Building a train that only improves a route by ten minutes accomplishes neither of those things. If they want to enhance the quality of train transportation, the government ought to work with the infrastructure in place and improve logistics.

 High-speed rail is not an effective or cost-efficient means of transportation. Contrary to popular belief, Amtrak trains are not all that energy efficient. According to Randal O’Toole, transportation scholar of the Cato Institute, Amtrak is powered by diesel fuel, so it emits a significant amount of pollution. Additionally, he claims, “The average car on the road today, in inner-city traffic, uses less energy per passenger mile.”  According to John Stossel, high-speed rail is five times more expensive than flying or driving. Another problem with the trains is that the routes are fixed. Thus, they cannot adjust to consumer demand like buses can and people will only have limited use for them.

Graphic Artist: Hayley Niehaus

While high-speed rail may seem like the technology of the future, in its current state, it is much too expensive and will do little to improve the quality of our transportation. For anything that costs millions of taxpayer dollars, we need to focus on what will be the most effective and high-speed rail is not the answer.

Lindsey Hubbart


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Challenging Comfort Zones

Step 7 examines racial disparity with scenes and spoken word poet

Students walking through the Loop on the evening of May 1 might not be met with the usual spring scenery of sun-bathers and frisbee players. Instead, they will find simulations in which various students and faculty will perform situations of racial disparity — scenes ranging from job interviews to health clinics to schools.

Step 7, a program put on by the cultural events team, aims to use the simulations to bring increased awareness of racial disparity as well as to help community members with identity development.

“The ultimate goal is to inspire social activism,” said Angeles Solis, a junior peace studies and sociology major and an organizer for the event. “That’s the seventh step.”

Courtesy of Spoken word  poet Micah Bournes will perform at 7 p.m. in the chapel on Wednesday.

The first six steps will be revealed to participants at the event, she said.

As participants walk through the simulations, they will be challenged to step outside of their comfort zones, said Solis and Elizabeth Porter, fellow organizer and freshman speech communication major.

"It will get you past the critical point,” Porter said. “The point where you feel critical about yourself and the point of anger, making [participants] think about turning anger to motivation."

As a part of the event, the organizers invited spoken word artist Micah Bournes to campus. Bournes’ poetry focuses on themes of identity and justice.

“I write about things I didn’t seek to write about,” Bournes said. “As I was growing in my faith, they were things I was struggling with.”

He went to a predominantly white Bible college, and found himself struggling with his identity as a black man, Bournes said.

“I was always trying to prove myself,” he said. “When a friend got a D on a paper, it was better luck next time. When I got a D on a paper, though, I felt like I had failed to show what an African American could do.”

Bournes said he believes identity and justice go hand in hand because when people realize the universal human identity as having been made in the image of God, injustice is much more difficult to perform.

The propensity to grapple with those issues of race, equality and identity are why the Step 7 organizers said they chose Bournes to take part in the event.

“Having cultural competency and knowing how to interact multiculturally is vital in today’s world,” said Brooke Borla, another organizer and junior health science major. “This program will help with that.”

While the organizing team members said they think it’s OK for students to be afraid to come to the event, they said they are trying to work to ensure the program is inclusive of everyone.

“I would say the majority of students are tired of diversity conversations,” Solis said. “A lot of people, and I would say myself included, feel it is the same conversation that doesn’t really lead to anything. It makes a lot of white people feel guilty, and it makes a lot of minority students feel singled out.”

The Step 7 program, though, will go beyond the normal conversation by allowing participants to actually be in situations they might see in real life, she said. By doing this, she said she hopes to create a safe environment for all students and community members to explore the issue of racial privilege.

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Reaching Out to Ethiopia

Leadership class holds campout, fast and race to raise awareness and funds

The Transformational Leadership class has endeavored to do something much more than a simple class project, but now has a mission to make an international impact. Junior Kyle Beane is part of the class and said that as they have been learning about transformational leadership, he has been reminded of a song that’s stuck with him over the years, called “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot.

“Recently I’ve been thinking about what that would mean, especially in this class. We have us here at Whitworth who follow and know the Lord and He’s calling us to move,” Beane said. “Even though this is just a class project, it’s a great opportunity for this campus to move and show the world that Christ has impacted our lives.”

In the class, Transformational Leadership (LS-350), students propose and carry out a service learning project to put the transformative leadership theory in action. The project started with having the class split up into three groups to come up with a proposal on how to make a difference in the world by partnering with an organization.

Beth Crabtree | Photographer

The winning proposal was to work with Community Health Evangelism (CHE) to educate children on healthy practices to avoid disease. Senior Bryce McCandless said CHE is an organization that goes into Ethiopian communities to train volunteers and leaders in the community on things such as basic hygiene, public sanitation, and other factors that they don’t know that can influence their health.

“Disease is a huge problem in Ethiopia, especially HIV-AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis,” McCandless said. “Part of the reason disease is so prevalent is that they don’t realize that washing your hands or having a pit latrine for public sanitation has such a big impact on your own individual health.”

CHE has not only educated communities on healthy self-care and community sanitation, but has been able to share the gospel. McCandless said that since the organization has had such tangible effects they have had a lot of success in sharing the gospel.

Junior Chloe Russell said CHE now aims to teach the children so they can teach the parents and the community in order to eradicate the continuous health problem throughout generations. They are trying to start these preventive programs in three regions in Ethiopia, but the leadership class is focusing on just one of those regions.

The Campout and Fast

The leadership class has been organizing events that will raise awareness as well as the start-up funds for CHE’s new children’s program. McCandless said the class was broken up into different committees to prepare and his was the campout committee.

“We came up with the idea of simulating an Ethiopian orphanage because often times what happens in Ethiopia is orphans are taken out of the community that they’re in, are shipped off to an orphanage, and then are adopted out of the country,” McCandless said. “This happens instead of children being adopted into the community to start with, where they can be reached by the CHE children’s program and be a part of the solution to help better their community.”

The class, as well as other volunteers, camped out in the Loop last Sunday and Monday night as “orphans”. Participants were called orphans because in a way, they would be experiencing the isolation from one’s community that children in Ethiopia go through when they are adopted out of their country. Each participant was asked to find ten “sponsors,” and once that happened they would be “adopted” back into the Whitworth community. In order to become a sponsor, someone would have to agree to sign up for the fast that will happen April 30 to May 2.

Russell, who was part of the fasting committee, said the fast will start at dinner on Tuesday, April 30, continue all through Wednesday, and then through Thursday breakfast and lunch. During that time Sodexo will provide rice and water in the multi-purpose room for the people that are fasting. There is also the option to donate $30 in flex dollars or give $12 in cash or check.

McCandless said the class hopes to create a transforming experience that will alter the participant’s perspectives and get them thinking about what they are blessed with here and how they are able to make a direct impact.

“We are trying to get people to identify more with the experience of people in Ethiopia, particularly rural Ethiopia, where they don’t have as much food and have to deal with things like sleeping outside where it’s cold,” McCandless said. “They don’t have nice insulated dorm rooms to stay in every night.”

Because of this goal, the leadership class encouraged participants not to shower or change clothes until they were adopted back into the Whitworth community. Russell said there was a debrief  the first night about what CHE is, what the classes goals are, and how they can help through funding and prayer. She said it was a little cold both nights so it was definitely difficult sleeping in that weather, but it was great to see how many people came out to support.

Sophomore Samantha Pridemore said that initially she was not very excited about the idea of camping outside in the Loop, but as she saw other people getting excited about it, she began to enjoy it more. McCandless said that while the class had been hoping it wouldn’t get too cold, it turned out to work in their favor because it got people to reflect on the purpose of the campout.

“I think part of the transforming experience was that the cold weather hopefully got people thinking, ‘Wow, I was freezing cold last night, but why was I freezing cold? Well, I’m helping with a project that’s working to help literally save lives because it’s working with a disease prevention program,’” McCandless said.

There was a campfire in the evenings where people could get s’mores as they walked along the Hello Walk. McCandless said the class had expected participants to be around the camp mainly in the evening, but to their surprise a number of people hung out around the site throughout the day.

The Race

After the campout and the fast, there will be an event called “The Amazing Race: Ethiopia” happening next Thursday, May 1 for those that have been involved in the campout or fast. For those that have not been involved in the campout or fast, the race will cost $5.

Beane said the class wanted to offer an experience for Whitworth students that was different than anything they are used to.

“We wanted to create something where students would have to go through a day in the life of an Ethiopian child, as much as we can here in Spokane,” Beane said. “We wanted to make it educational, but also fun.”

So they created an event based on the television show The Amazing Race. There will be several challenges around the Whitworth campus to be completed in teams. The teams will be determined depending on the orphan that the sponsor supported. Each station has been designed to mimic challenges that CHE is working to overcome within Ethiopian communities.

There will be one person from the leadership class at each station to educate participants on the meaning behind the challenge and to answer any questions. They will also be timing how fast the teams complete each challenge.

The challenges include:

  • Crossing a river - Participants will have to use “rafts” (cardboard boxes) to get from one side of the street to the other. It will be right outside of the HUB on the street in front of Arend.

  • Then the participants will run to the front of Boppel where they will eat something that upsets their stomach (gummy worms).

  • At the smoke shack behind Baldwin-Jenkins they will dig pit latrines. In Ethiopia there is a shortage of restrooms, but there are pit latrines.

  • Someone in the group will then get a “snake bite” on their foot and so the group will have to carry them from the pit latrine to the BJ lawn where they will then be healed.

  • On the BJ lawn there will be a small pool filled with water where participants will fill up a bucket of water and carry it to the totem pole. The roads are “rivers” so they will have to use the crosswalks. That symbolizes what the kids go through to get water for their families in Ethiopia.

  • At the totem pole they will “pick grain” by filling up a bean bag with beans.

  • Then there will be water balloon lawn darts on the steps of Ballard. Chalk will designate a dart board. That is meant to symbolize spear throwing and hunting.

  • Finally, there will be a Pictionary-type challenge in which the participants will recount the events of the race.

At the end of the race, participants will be able to grab dinner and meet in the Crow’s Nest for ice cream sundaes to celebrate the end of the fast and debrief the events of the week.

“We’re hoping to get some stories about things that happened [and] also to hear what participants learned in doing the events, what impacted them, and what made them realize the hard work that these kids go through for their families,” Beane said.

The process of planning an event to raise awareness of CHE’s mission to impact the lives of suffering kids in Ethiopia has affected the students in the leadership class.

“It’s so much more than just a class project. I love serving others and sharing Christ  and if I can do that directly then great and if I can do a project like this to help kids I’ll never know, that’s great too,” Beane said. “I love that God will make this a fruitful experience for them to receive the fruits of our labor.”

Russell said that more than just giving a monetary donation, she hopes participants will realize that even in Spokane, Wash. you can reach out to a different part of the world.  With the hope of transforming mindsets, the leadership class has experienced the challenge of transformational leadership and the growth marked by persistence.

Beane said he has grown as a leader through the project because he’s learned how tough it is to get people on board to do something that you yourself are passionate about and really believe in. With so many great causes that Whitworth students are already involved in, it’s hard to get them to join another. Yet he said he’s found that when you show passion and enthusiasm when introducing something, you will go a long way.

As the project has been developing and people have gotten involved, Pridemore said her enthusiasm increased, and through it she even realized her own passion: helping out in her own community. Whether you get connected with an international organization or one here in Spokane, Pridemore said that it is important to get involved because it broadens your horizon and lets you know that things aren’t as easy as it is in the pine cone community.

Are smart phones a smart tool?

Reading through a syllabus for Whitworth class, students are likely to find a statement about cell phone usage during class. Normally, they’re to the tune of “keep it out of sight and turn it on silent.”

Smartphones have all the features of the traditional cell phone, including text messaging, taking photos and jotting down important reminders. Most have wifi functionality, allowing a user to check their email and surf the internet abroad. This can be useful for the student on the go.

”My syllabus says manage your electronic devices with respect and maturity,” said Joy York, associate professor of communications. “If you have to take a call, send a text, whatever, just go ahead and leave, then come back.”

If the smartphone is a student’s preferred method of taking notes, class policy can pose a problem. For York, a text is the same as a call in that it can be just as distracting, but she said she is more flexible about cell phone usage in class than what she sets forth in her syllabus.

“I think the reason why I’m fine with it in the classroom is because it hasn’t gone over what is excessive. What I see is students are pretty aware that when they’re texting, they’re not present,” York said. “They get it.”

A recent study conducted at Wilkes University reported that nine out of 10 college students admit to texting in the classroom. In a survey conducted at the University of New Hampshire, a little over half the respondents said that cell phone usage affected the amount of information received during class.

The survey did not specify whether the students gained more information or less, although the results do indicate that cell phones still pose a problem for the easily distracted.

Steve Outing, director of the Digital Media Test Lab at the University of Colorado, is experimenting with incorporating cell phones into his class curriculum. He is doing so in part to prevent students from being distracted by the devices.

"For my class, I have students tweet at least twice a week, or if they hear something really insightful in class they are allowed to tweet about it. I believe that if you give students something to do with their phones during class, it's harder for them to do other things on it, like check Facebook," Outing said.

However, Outing said, he is hesitant to make smartphones a class requirement.

"Accessibility is an issue that could prevent smartphones from being integrated into the curriculum.They're becoming more common, but not all students own smart phones,” Outing said. “It wouldn't make sense to make something a requirement for a class if not everyone has access to it."

The latest smartphone models can fall anywhere between $100-$300, not including monthly subscription fees. In places where wireless internet is not available, smartphone users have to download data from their carrier network. Such plans often have a limit to the amount of data that can be used on a monthly basis, with potential fines for going over.

Ken Brown, Whitworth’s Director of Information Services, said that the Whitworth is already planning on making Whitworth’s online resources more mobile friendly, and more accessible.

"A Pirate Port for mobile devices is in the works, although it will be some time before it can be used," Brown said. "The information services department prioritizes helping students with their PC's. Smartphones and tablets usually don't have as many problems connecting to Whitworth's wifi."

For those who can afford the monthly charges, an array of third party applications are available to students aimed at making academic life easier, both in and out of the classroom. For example, Evernote, a note taking app for tablets and smartphones, is a free note-taking application. Users can take notes on their tablet, computer, or smartphone, and the notes will automatically back up to Evernote’s online servers.

Evernote’s Student Ambassador Megan Otter said she’s one of Evernote’s biggest fans. As a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh, Otter became a volunteer Evernote Ambassador after discovering how the app could help her declutter her student life.This semester, Otter has no need for binders or notebooks, and is living a “paperless” life.

“I carry around a moleskine notebook and my iPad, and that’s all that I carry around with me for my classes,” Otter said. “Even though teachers give me papers, I come home at the end of the day, and I automatically scan everything into Evernote. I take pictures of everything I can take pictures of, and then I recycle all of that paper.”

Otter said that the smartphone-tablet gap in classroom policy doesn’t make much sense to her.

“Professors might allow a laptop or tablet, but for whatever reason, it’s seen as different from a smartphone,” Otter said. “I can understand that perspective, but at the same time, if you are looking at someone who has an iPhone and an iPad, you can get all of your texts on your iPad. It can be just as big of a distraction.”

Lucas Thayer

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