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.

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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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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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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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.”

Madison Garner Staff Writer

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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.

Meghan Dellinger Staff Writer

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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.

Peter Duell Staff Writer

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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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'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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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.

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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.

Purpose: What gives life meaning?

The majority of college students, 76 percent, are searching for their personal philosophy, according to a national study done by UCLA’s School of Education and Information. A personal philosophy is a belief about life that can have a large impact on a college student’s experience, from impacting their major to future career paths. That belief can be a religion, a philosophy or a mix of both.

“A view on the purpose to life should be included in any developed personal philosophy,” Whitworth sophomore and philosophy major Sam Director said. “A personal philosophy dictates what your view on life is.”

Hayley Niehaus | Graphic Artist

The following four views on the purpose to life come from individuals who live by those perspectives.


One man’s teachings, life, and ultimately death and resurrection became the foundation of the Christian religion.

Instead of seeking personal enjoyment or worldly things, the purpose to life under Christianity is to live for Christ, the Lord and Savior of the world. Christianity is a way of living that comes from a personal commitment to Christ, said Roger Mohrlang, Whitworth professor of biblical studies.

“Everything we do is to be an expression of our love for [Christ] and our love for others,” Mohrlang said.

Mohrlang became a Christian in college, which shifted the direction of where he thought his life was going, leading him instead to Bible translation and teaching the New Testament.

“As a Christian academician, I want to teach my subject well to the glory of God,” Mohrlang said. “But on a deeper level, I pray that God will be working in the hearts of my students through my teaching, to bring them to Christ, and to strengthen their own commitment to him.”

Mohrlang’s purpose in life is centered on Christ, he said.

“Though I have often fallen short of my ideals, my deepest desire is to live the whole of my life wholly for Christ — that is, to see Christ doing his work fully through me,” Mohrlang said.


Pragmatism is a philosophical perspective in which one applies the scientific method to inquiry, using the method to make decisions, said Terrance MacMullan, a professor of philosophy at Eastern Washington University who specializes in pragmatism.

Under pragmatism, the purpose to life will look different for each person.

“It’s ultimately going to be the idea of leading as fruitful, as consistent, as meaningful to you, a life as you can possibly live,” MacMullan said.

To use pragmatism in making a decision, you think about what you want, look hard at your experiences, and make a decision in what you think will create the best results, MacMullan said,

“Then you have to start testing it, and be willing to say ‘I thought this was the right way to go, but it didn’t turn out’,” MacMullan said. “Then you are back to the hypothesis stage, but you are one step closer to something that might work.”

Pragmatism places a high value on one’s experience. Experience is all there could be and all that we have to work with.

“Instead of trying to fit experience to ideas, we should instead tailor our ideas to as best as possible explain and make sense of our experiences,” MacMullan said.

Because experiences vary from individual to individual, two pragmatists can be faced with the same decision and come to different conclusions.

“The thing they will agree on is there is no one right way ahead of time they must follow, and that our notions of everything emerge out of our experiences,” MacMullan said.

One of the key pragmatist thinkers, William James (born in the 19th century), described pragmatism as a hallway in a hotel. Open one door and there is a theology student trying to make sense of God. Open another door and there is a chemist trying to solve a problem. They both use pragmatism, but in various ways. That can occur because pragmatism allows for flexibility in beliefs.

“Since reality itself is constantly changing, our theories, our ideas, our beliefs about reality also have to be flexible — not chuck them out the window, not think whatever you feel like, but you need to have flexibility built in,” MacMullan said.

MacMullan said he uses pragmatism in his daily life.

“Experience has led me to see that just being selfish does not actually lead to my own flourishing,” MacMullan said. “I learned respecting my obligations as a dad and husband are absolutely important to me having a meaningful, happy life.”


Paul Vielle, a minister’s assistant at the Spokane Buddhist Temple, is a Shin Buddhist and places a lot of importance on life having meaning.

“Life without purpose is meaningless,” Vielle said. “With Buddhism, the point is not to live simply for the sake of living. The purpose to life is to become a buddha, to attain the same level of wisdom as the Buddha had.”

Buddhism views man as inherently ignorant. Before one can reach the wisdom of Buddha, one must first overcome ignorance and gain understanding.

One component of that understanding is recognizing that life is characterized by suffering, which occurs in the form of physical pain, observing pain in loved ones and when we experience feelings of unsatisfactoriness.

“We crave things but once we get them, the bloom is off the blossom so to speak and we get bored of it and crave something else,” Vielle said.

In Buddhism, the cause of suffering is connected to how we think, because we ignore the impermanence of life. The problem is that people get attached to their desires and believe they cannot be happy unless they possess those things.

“Because everything in life changes, the objects of our desires inevitably change and that’s when this suffering occurs,” Vielle said.

To cease suffering, one must end the attachments, reaching Nirvana. Reading, applying the Buddha’s teachings to everyday life, and verifying for ourselves that it is true helps individuals reach Nirvana, Vielle said. By changing how one thinks, one can end suffering and reach understanding.

“Buddhism is a path leading to understanding oneself,” Vielle said. “It’s not so much about becoming a holy person or having some mystical experience. It’s learning to see things clearly, understanding the reasons why one suffers and with that insight being at peace with oneself and the world.”


While Christians can adopt humanist ideals, generally humanists do not believe in a supreme being or life after death.

With no life after death, one emphasizes improving this life, humanist celebrant Ray Ideus said.

For a humanist, there is no set purpose in life to strive for.

“You do not need a purpose to life,” Ideus said. “You just are. You just came into being and that’s all. If you want to have a purpose in life, then OK.”

Ideus said those who believe you must have the supernatural in your life to have purpose have not looked at other perspectives and that the humanists in the meetings he attends are full of more happy people than you could believe.

For Ideus, he finds purpose in helping people.

“I want to leave this world a little bit better than when I came,” Ideus said. “I don’t worry about what the world is going to do after I die, because after all it got along very well before I was born.”

Whether students are firm in their beliefs, unsure of their beliefs, or somewhere in between, learning and thinking about other beliefs is beneficial.

“Wrestling with hard questions is necessary to be happy whoever you are,” MacMullan said, “Because if you are blindly following, you are not really living your life and someone else is living it for you. I think that is contrary to both the good of being a human and the curse of being a human, which is to be self-aware.”

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Professor composes for CDA Symphony

Music professor Brent Edstrom’s original composition “Concerto #2 for Jazz Piano & Orchestra” will be featured the first weekend of May at the Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s season finale concert. Joining Edstrom, who will play piano, is Philip Baldwin on violin. Baldwin is the Whitworth Orchestra director and violin professor. Additionally, three Whitworth students will play instruments: senior Timothy Angel, junior Rachel Means and freshman Haley Kovach.

Courtesy of Coeur d’Alene Symphony Brent Edstrom, Whitworth professor of music, composed “Concerto #2 for Jazz Piano & Orchestra” that he will play with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony May 4.

The concert will host a full orchestra complementing a jazz trio, and both groups will work together with a bit of improvisation.

“Part of my inspiration for that [setup] was Bach, who wrote concerti grossi where there would be a core group of soloists in the midst of a larger orchestra,” Edstrom said.

Edstrom composed his piece when Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra director David Demand commissioned him to create an original concerto last spring. With little creative restrictions, Edstrom began his work sketching out his ideas during the summer.

“It can be a daunting process because, other than knowing an approximate length, there’s really no other parameters,” Edstrom said. “At some point, it occurred to me this idea about the baroque concerto and how maybe an approach using a core group of a trio [would be interesting].”

The concert by nature will be a fairly uncommon event, because it features a completely new piece of music.

“It’s really exciting when there is a new piece written because orchestras tend to play the same pieces over and over,” Baldwin said. “So when there is a new work it’s always exciting, especially when something is beautiful.”

The event partners Edstrom’s jazz concerto with Beethoven’s Third Symphony, the second musical piece to be featured at the concert.

“Most conductors don’t mix the two [styles of jazz and classical], although I personally feel like there’s not a lot of difference.” Edstrom said. “Jazz can be very artful music. To me it makes sense to program jazz and classical together.”

At Whitworth, Edstrom specializes in jazz, piano, composition, music theory and improvisation. His past original compositions include “and there was light,” a 14 minute piece, which  was performed by the Whitworth Symphony Orchestra and the Coeur d’Alene Symphony three years ago.

Part of the creative process for Edstrom’s “Concerto #2” included letting the piece flow in a way that came most naturally to him.

“I don’t really have a particular process when I compose,” Edstrom said. “A lot of it is just trying being open to the direction that the piece wants to go. It’s not always a linear process, so you don’t usually start with the first measure and finish several hundred pages later.”

Baldwin, who is also head violinist and assistant conductor with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra, said his involvement with the premiere is preparing the orchestra part of the performance. Baldwin said he looks forward to the concert because of Edstrom’s ability to write a piece that is a balanced fusion of jazz and classical.

“He’s a fantastic player,” Baldwin said. “So it’s a lot of fun to watch him do what he does.”

Tickets are available by calling the Symphony office, on the Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s website or at the door on performance nights.

Claire Hunter Staff Writer

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Pieces of Their Perspectives

Senior art majors display work in final exhibit: “Real Eyes - Real ize - Real Lies”   The gallery in the Lied Center for the Visual Arts is filled with a variety of art from photography to sculpture to screen printing to digital art, all handiwork of the graduating class of art majors. The senior art exhibit is now on display in the Bryan Oliver Gallery.

Senior Josh de Groot came up with the theme for this year’s exhibit, “Real Eyes - Real ize - Real Lies.” He said it was a phrase he and his friends used to say in high school.

“We chose this title for the show with the idea of ‘the artist’s perspective,’” de Groot said. “As artists we see things differently than most people.”

Senior Matthew Eaton, a 3D and sculpture artist, said the theme is also interesting in that the three phrases can be put together into one statement saying, “With your real eyes you can realize the real lies.”

Tanner Scholten | Photographer Senior Matt Eaton modified a 1973 Kawasaki G3 motorcycle to combust hydrogen in addition to gasoline, which significantly increases its fuel efficiency. It is on display now with other seniors’ art pieces in the Bryan Oliver Gallery.

Eaton’s senior piece is a 1973 Kawasaki G3 motorcycle that he refurbished to run on both gasoline and an electrolysis hydrogen generator, a type of generator that separates hydrogen from oxygen in water to create hydrogen gas.

Installing an engine into a bike may seem daunting to some, but Eaton said it’s actually quite simple. In fact, he taught himself by downloading the plans online. Eaton described his motorcycle as a circuit.

“All you need is an electrical coil that is put in distilled water and baking soda and a current will run through it,” Eaton said. “That’s electrolysis.”

Originally from San Diego, Eaton said his homesickness for the ocean was a motivation in dreaming up the idea of a hydrogen-focused society. The name of his bike is SeaCiety, a pun on the idea of a society based around the water.

Along with a love of water, Eaton has a passion for youth ministry. His dream is to become a youth pastor and have his own garage to restore motorcycles, as well as continue sculpting.

Eaton said he got the idea for a motorcycle shop while driving one day to skateboard with some students from Young Life ministry. He began thinking about how easy it is for adolescents in the skate and bike subculture to get caught up in negative influences, and wondered if he’d be able to teach youth how to fix bikes.

Eaton aspires to make a difference in society through his handiwork. Senior Janelle LeMieux also said she dreams of impacting her community, but through graphic design.

“You can do so much with it and get the word out through your design,” LeMieux said.

Her piece in the show is a collection of caricature figures of all the senior art majors surrounded by colorful, geometric cardboard shapes.

Simon Puzankov| Photographer Senior Janelle LeMieux’s piece depicts each of her fellow senior art majors. She created the caricatures using a mix of photography and graphic design.

LeMieux said she decided to do this project, titled “The Best Ship We’ve Got,” because she wanted to honor the classmates she has been with for the last four years. In a photography class last semester, she took pictures of each senior art major. It wasn’t until about a month before the senior exhibit opening that she began using the photos to create caricatures.

Each figure took around three to four hours to complete. LeMieux said she drew the basic shape of the person in Adobe Illustrator and then put them in Photoshop to add more detail. Surprisingly, the hardest part of the whole thing was cutting out the foam mat board that went around the figures since it was so tedious, she said.

Senior Susan Vander Kooi’s passion is photography. Last year, she studied abroad in the British Isles and said she carried her camera everywhere to document the trip. Two of the photographs from her trip were chosen to be in the senior show.

The first is a photo, titled “To Find Rest”, of her friend Janae Brown. Vander Kooi said Brown wasn’t posing in the photo and that in general she likes to keep her photography natural to document the real environment she encounters. Her photography almost has a photojournalistic feel, she said.

In fact, Vander Kooi said that setting is important when taking photos; it has to be a place that has atmosphere.

Her other photo in the show, “Dublin’s Gallery”, is an example of her attention to captivating atmospheres. It is of an outdoor art gallery on a Dublin street at sunset. Because dusk was falling, Vander Kooi said it was a little tricky to shoot in such low light, but getting the right light is important.

“The light usually inspires me to take pictures when it hits that perfect point,” Vander Kooi said.

She also said that she prefers to capture people in her pieces.

“I like having human elements in my photographs; I think it brings more meaning and life to them,” Vander Kooi said.

Senior Lauren Hammerstrom also incorporated the human element into her pieces, but with a focus on the fragility of life.

Two of her paintings — both on wood — in the show represent the tragedy of the forest fires in Colorado Springs last summer. The smaller one depicts two skeletons and a tree, representing the idea that one’s physical body may be destroyed, but your spiritual body hopes for a new, recreated life, she said.

“They represent the thoughts about what happens when fire affects both natural organisms as well as human structures,” Hammerstrom said. “There’s a lot of layers behind it all, as well as some spiritual elements.”

The senior art exhibit is open until the closing reception May 18.

Christina Spencer Staff Writer

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Research Rendezvous

Students present at multi-disciplinary conference After months of passing out doses of benadryl, watching clams dig, collecting data, collaborating with classmates, writing and editing papers, and creating presentations, senior biology major Megan Smith’s hard work will finally come to a climax. She, along with 223 other undergraduates from the Spokane area, will present her research at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference on April 27.

Smith has been working on two projects for the conference. The first, a study on the effect of light on the digging behavior of clams, which she took on solo. The other, on which she worked with two other students, examines whether stinging nettle works as an antihistamine when taken orally.

“We had a pretty complicated project,” Smith said. “When we actually collected the data, we would have around 20 study participants coming in at one time.”

Neele Ammon | Photographer Senior Megan Smith did a study on clams and another on stinging nettle and will present at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference on April 27.

After completing the studies and assessing the data, student participants put together abstracts for their projects and submitted them to SIRC.

At that point, “the applications come pouring in,” said Deanna Ojennus, chair of the SIRC organizing committee and professor of chemistry at Whitworth. Applications come from not only Whitworth students, but also from students at Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, the Institute of Science and Technology at North Central High School and Spokane Community College.

When submitting an abstract, students must have sponsorship from a faculty member at their school, Ojennus said. The sponsoring faculty members are asked to give their seals of approval that projects are up to par for a professional-level conference.

“The philosophy of SIRC is to allow as many students to present as possible,” Ojennus said. “We rely heavily on the judgment of the faculty sponsors.”

By using the faculty sponsor system, the committee overcomes some of the difficulty that comes from hosting a multi-disciplinary conference, Ojennus said. Because not every academic discipline is represented on the committee, it would be difficult for committee members to judge the qualifications of each project that is submitted.

Disciplines represented at the conference will range from biology to history, from literature to economics.

“The most important thing is to allow the students to present at a professional-level conference,” Ojennus said. “That’s something that’s not always available to undergrads in particular.”

Neele Ammon | Photographer Junior English major Ana Quiring will present a paper she wrote on modern British writer Graham Greene at the conference.

The ability to experience the work that goes into preparing for an academic conference is one of the best parts of SIRC, said junior English major Ana Quiring, who participated in the conference last year and will again this year.

“It was a good experience [last year],” she said. “I did a paper on Virginia Woolf, and I learned a lot about preparing for an academic conference.”

Quiring will present a paper she wrote on modern British writer Graham Greene, as a part of a special session called “Imagining England in Modern British Fiction.” Two other English students, sophomores Shannon Ritchie and Maggie Montague, will also present during this session.

Aside from student presenters, the conference will feature Beck Taylor as the keynote speaker at 9 a.m. in Robinson Teaching Theater. Student presentations will commence at 10:15 a.m. and will be held throughout campus.

The event is free and open to the public, and non-participating students are encouraged to attend, Ojennus said.

“It’s a cool opportunity between disciplines and between schools to share what we’re learning,” Quiring said.

A finalized program — including locations, times and abstracts for the student presentations — will be available on the SIRC website the morning of the event.

Lindsie Trego Staff Writer

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Calling Christians to consider media usage

With each new fad that enters our culture, it seems a new debate of the same rhetoric begins: Should Christians participate in the trends or dismiss them as secular, worldly, or even sacrilegious? Keeping in mind contemporary trends in entertainment, such as Twitter, iPods and Oprah Winfrey, that is the question D. Brent Laytham takes up in his book “iPod, YouTube, Wii Play: Theological Engagements with Entertainment.”

The book is a far cry from the “If it’s not Christian, it’s not good” argument, using instead a challenging yet decisive approach to the question of how much secularism is too much.Review

The format of the book follows Laytham’s inquisitive approach. He inserts questions for the reader after every few paragraphs to break the chapters up.

Early in the book, Laytham questions the extent to which American culture centers itself around entertainment media, posing questions such as, “Does God or entertainment have a bigger ‘footprint’ in your everyday life?”

In questioning readers this way, Laytham invites them to not simply take his opinion at face value, but consider the implications of mass media for themselves.

While “iPod, YouTube, Wii Play” encourages the reader to consider the issues, Laytham definitely isn’t quiet about his own opinions on entertainment media. He questions the use of multimedia lessons in Sunday School classrooms, rock music in worship, and video games as escapist entertainment.

His own approach can seem outdated, as he sometimes assumes that the ways of the past were somehow more holy than the ways of the present.

Laytham comes across, at times, as completely ignorant of both certain technologies and technologically-driven subcultures.

Though Laytham admits in a couple places that the questions Christians in our culture face are not new, in other places he presents the questions as somehow uniquely located within the culture of today.

In that way, the book seems to both admit and perpetuate the fallacy that new technologies and trends present new problems for society.

For example, in questioning the use of U2 music in church services, Laytham asks whether that refocuses “our unity from love of God to love of U2.”

The risk of idolatry of musicians in church, however, is hardly a new possibility. Was the risk not the same with artists such as Thomas Chisholm (who wrote many popular hymns such as “Great is Thy Faithfulness”) in the late 1800s to early 1900s, or Reginald Heber (who brought us “Holy, Holy, Holy”) in the early 1800s?

Laytham also questions the effect entertainment culture is having on church communities as a whole, considering trends such as mega-churches, contemporary worship styles, and delineation of generations during services.

In those facets, he argues, church has grown to reflect society’s idea that larger audiences, loud and exciting music, and separating the young from the old all result in better services.

While Laytham’s ideology may be debatable on some points, he doesn’t frame the book in a way that expects the reader to agree with his every thought.

The book’s negative qualities are redeemed by Laytham asking readers to respond to his claims with claims of their own.

All in all, “iPod, YouTube, Wii Play” is worth the read if for no other reason than to make readers think about the ways in which media affects their faiths, their lives, and their thought processes.

Lindsie Trego Staff Writer

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Ready for Running

Getting prepared for community runs takes more than a strong mind Spring is here and the promise of nicer weather means Spokane community runs are abundant.

Perhaps the thought of running a race seems intimidating and you don’t know where to begin. Here are ways to prepare as well as tips for both beginning and advanced runners.

Prepare Properly for a Race

How you prepare depends on where you are starting and what your goals are. Elizabeth Abbey, a marathon runner and nutrition and personal health lecturer at Whitworth, said the biggest problem she sees in runners is injury from increasing mileage too quickly during preparation.

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“You need a few months of time [for preparation] because you don’t want to increase total mileage by more than 5-10 percent per week or else risk of injury increases,” Abbey said.

Jordan Jennings, assistant track coach at Whitworth, said the No. 1 physical injury he sees in beginners is iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), in which a band running from the pelvis to the shinbone becomes inflamed and causes knee pain. ITBS, a result of overuse, is common in long distance runners.

To prevent that, Jennings suggested adequate warm-ups and cool-downs, as well as stretching and rolling out your muscles. For any level of runner, it is important to listen to your body and be more cautious than not.

“I look at training like a staircase, taking one step at a time,” Jennings said. “The best training plan follows the runner.”

Progress is possible if one prepares properly. Abbey stressed the importance for beginners to set realistic goals. If you have never run a race before, start by combining walking with light jogging. She said three to four days of training each week, with at least two days of aerobic exercise, is ideal for beginners.

On days off, Jennings said it’s good to do some type of cross-training. That could be basketball, dance, climbing or whatever interests you.

If the goal is simply to have fun and finish the race, intense preparation isn’t absolutely necessary. Junior Shauna Maple ran Bloomsday last year and  said she trained minimally.

“When race day came it was so exhilarating that the training didn’t matter because running with thousands of people is good motivation,” Maple said.

As far as methods for preparing, Abbey said it is useful to include periodization in one’s training. Periodization simply means varying the types of training over certain periods of time, whether that is conditioning training aimed at building endurance or high intensity training aimed at building muscle strength.

“Generally at the beginning of the season you try to work up and increase the overall amount of volume, but the intensity is low,” Abbey said. “Then as you get closer to the event you decrease volume and really increase the intensity.

Also, try to take a recovery week every three weeks or so. That prevents the body from stagnating, which will cause your body to no longer improve as it becomes more used to a workout.

Two types of runs that Jennings said are helpful for training are fartlek runs and tempo runs. When fartlek running, the runner switches up the speed or intensity as he or she desires. That could mean alternating 30-second sprints with 1-minute runs. Jennings described tempo runs as ‘mile repeats.’ To do this, run at 20-30 seconds off your projected race day pace. In other words, running at the effort level just below maximum intensity.

Practical Tips for Runners 

Several tips can help runners prepare before crossing the starting line.

Running up hills is helpful because they force you to use proper running form. Jennings said many beginners don’t use proper form and that causes them to run below their potential.

As far as nutrition goes, Abbey said it’s not necessary to carbo-load — eating an overly abundant amount of carbohydrates — for shorter races such as a 5K or even Bloomsday. In general, 50-60 percent of one’s dietary intake should be from carbs, which is enough for a short race. Only for longer runs, such as marathons, might it be necessary to eat a few more carbs than usual.

“Before the race, keep your intake fairly light”, Jennings said. “I like to have toast with a little peanut butter.”

Before, after and during the race itself, it is necessary to stay hydrated. However, Abbey said it isn’t essential to drink at every rest station, especially for shorter races. Drinks with electrolytes, such as Gatorade, are needed more for longer races. Jennings said that if you do drink Gatorade, balance it out with an equal amount of water.

Abbey said after a run it’s good to have a snack within a half hour. Try to keep a 4:1 ratio of carbs and protein. A couple glasses milk afterward is a good idea as well.

Abbey said there should be “no surprises on race day.” It’s smart to resist trying new foods and shoes right before a race because they could upset your body and cause your performance to suffer. Even different shirts than you are used to could give you trouble if they unexpectedly rub or stick to you.

Abbey and Jennings both said it’s important to get a good night’s sleep the night before the race.

Abbey and Jennings each shared some of their personal preparation and race day tips. Abbey said she packs small snacks such as gummies or energy gels in a pocket to reduce wasted time.

Jennings said he likes to drink a cup of coffee 30-45 minutes before a race to get him energized.

Whether you are interested in running a local 5K, Bloomsday, or a marathon, perseverance is key. Jennings said his main wish is for people to enjoy the run; that could take time, though. That is why it is necessary to have your goal in front of you.

“As soon as you start training consistently it gets easier,” Jennings said. “Just give it time. Running becomes addictive.”

Run Local

Community Fun Run 5K in Spokane Valley Saturday, April 20 $14; $10 without a T-shirt

Spokane River Run  50,25,10,5K trail run in Spokane Sunday, April 21 $10-$85

Recycle Run 4M run in Spokane Thursday, April 25 $13-$28

CHASE Strides for SNAP 5K run in Spokane Sunday, April 28 $10

Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K run/walk in Spokane Sunday, May 5 $17-$35

Liberty Lake Trail Run  8-mile trail run in Liberty Lake Saturday, May 11 $35-$40

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K in Spokane Saturday, May 18 $20-$35

Retro Run 5K run in Airway Heights Saturday, May 18 $25-$35

Spokane Troika Half Marathon Half marathon in Spokane Saturday, May 18 $210 individual/ $255 team Includes biking and swimming

Windermere Marathon & Half Marathon  26.2 miles and 13.2 miles in Spokane Sunday, May 19 $105-$115 for marathon $95-$105 half marathon

* The range of prices means there is a variety of options for the length of the race or whether you want to buy a T-shirt or not. Some also have an early discount price and a normal price.

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From Karate to Manga

Spokane celebrates Japanese culture in annual event with dancing, food and ceremonies Japan Week has been an annual recurrence in Spokane for more than 20 years with martial arts demonstrations, movie showings, “cosplay” costume contests and, of course, lots of food.

Starting Saturday, April 20, Japan Week will include various Japanese cultural activities. Events occur all around Spokane throughout the week and end on Sunday, April 28, with a Japanese Garden Festival, a service at a Buddhist temple, an open house for kimono viewing, and a showing of “Seven Samurai” at the Magic Lantern Theatre.

Doug Heyamoto, who has helped with Japan Week events for about 15 years, said he attends as many activities as possible.

“Probably my favorite is the opening ceremony. There’s just a lot of energy at the opening ceremonies; it’s a great way to kick off [Japan Week],” Heyamoto said. “I love the food too. There are a lot of different things that go on that display the traditions of Japanese life.”

The opening ceremony this year will be held in River Park Square at noon. Events include Japanese drumming, singing and dancing by students from the Mukogawa Institute and martial arts demonstrations. VIPs such as the mayor of Spokane and the mayor of Spokane Valley often make an appearance.

Gene Nelson has been on the Japan Week committee for about 10 years, specifically helping with many of the martial arts demonstrations such as Karate and Judo. However, he said he enjoys all of the events throughout the week.

“This is an exposition on Japanese cultural norms, to allow Spokane access to various Japanese cultures,” Nelson said. “I enjoy all the many different aspects.”

Some of the most frequently offered activities during Japan Week are the different movie showings at the Magic Lantern Theatre, where a total of 10 movies will be shown.

Jonathan Abramson, the manager and co-owner of the Magic Lantern Theatre, said the movies chosen for Japan Week all had a few things in common.

“They’re pretty well-known Japanese films that show the culture well,” he said. “People will get to see some of the most famous Japanese films, and some really good contemporary films.”

Another big event is the “Day of Remembrance,” held Monday, April 22. The event commemorates the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese people during World War II, with speeches given by people who were part of the incarceration as well as veterans.

Heyamoto helps quite a bit with the “Day of Remembrance,” especially since his uncle will be one of the speakers this year. He said many organizations collaborate on this event, including Washington State University, which has a large collection of 2,000 to 3,000 images of one person’s experience in the internment camps.

“[The ‘Day of Remembrance’] cements that part of time when many Japanese-Americans in the Northwest region were interned in the war,” Heyamoto said.

Nelson said he encourages Whitworth students to not only come be a part of the events, but to help put Japan Week together next year.

“The Japan Week Committee is a volunteer operation,” he said. “We’re always looking for people interested in being involved.” Those interested in volunteering can e-mail

Event Highlights

Opening Celebration Saturday, April 20 from noon to 2 p.m. at River Park Square Japanese drumming, singing, dancing and martial arts demonstrations.

Day of Remembrance Monday, April 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Spokane Falls Community College (3410 W. Ft. George Wright Dr.) Pay tribute to 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who were put in internment camps during World War II.

KuroNekoCon Cosplay Fashion Show and Dance Friday, April 26 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Spokane Falls Community College Costume contest and dancing. Cost is $5.

Lesson in Manga Saturday, April 27 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the North Spokane Library (just east of Division and Hawthorne) Local artists teach Japanese comic art.

“Seven Samurai” Sunday, April 28 from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at Magic Lantern Theatre  A Japanese adventure drama about the Warring States Period of Japan. Cost is $5. See a full schedule of events here.

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Six Years Playing ‘Folkestra’

How Hey Marseilles members became like family and how they identify with their music Six years ago, Matt Bishop, Nick Ward and Philip Kobernik met at a house party. Today, after countless hours of music rehearsal, laughter, fighting, traveling and everything in between, the three — along with three others — have established themselves as a Seattle six-piece band.

The three others are Samuel Anderson on cello, Jacob Anderson on viola and Colin Richey who holds it all together on drums.

Courtesy of Hey Marseilles  Seattle six-piece band Hey Marseilles released their new album “Lines We Trace” last month. The band will play with The Cellar Door and Terrible Buttons April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the HUB Multipurpose Room.

Direct Current wrote of their sound, “The sweeping, orchestral pop of Seattle’s Hey Marseilles finds an even larger, more colorful canvas with “Lines We Trace” [the band’s latest album], a grand, often theatrical melding of folk, chamber pop and artful modern cabaret leanings.”

Matt Bishop, lead vocalist and guitarist, has coined a term for his band’s style of music.

“At its core, our music is just pop with unique orchestral elements,” Bishop said. “We call it folkestra. With our first record, we were inspired by traditional folk instrumentation and arrangements, but we’re trying to make solid pop songs.”

The group is scheduled to play in cities across the country and in Toronto during their six-week tour this summer. From city to city, the band finds that its audience size varies. They sold out the venue when they played in New York City and serenaded the 13 who showed up in Birmingham, Ala.

“Seattle is our favorite place to play,” Bishop said. “Other cities like Boston and New York City are enjoyable for us, too. They’re similar to Seattle in that people appreciate culture in those cities.”

With all the traveling, it seems the group has meshed well through the years.

“We’re all like family to each other,” Bishop said. “We know when to push buttons and when to give space. But six years together must be a testament to the fact that we’re doing something right.”

The Hey Marseilles band members are intentional and genuine about their music, even though their six years of experience in the music industry has not always been a smooth sailing endeavor. The amount of hours rehearsing and dollars spent on travel, instruments, and other general expenses is large, but worth it to make music.

“Music is us,” Bishop said. “We do it for the same reason anyone pursues creative passions. We love music like anyone else, so having the ability to write and play it is something we don’t want to pass up.”

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Taking Down Trafficking

UNITE and Partners International to bring speaker who helps sex slavery victims in India Smita Singh helped rescue 171 sex slaves from brothels in India over five years time. Singh will share the stories of some of those girls — as well as explain the work she does — in a lecture at Whitworth next Tuesday.

Singh works with International Justice Mission and Partners International to rescue girls from sex slavery. She is a woman doing real things, changing real lives, and being a part of an active world, said junior Audrey Evans, associate director of UNITE.

Courtesy of Partners International Smita Singh, creator of Mahima Care Home in India for rescued sex slaves, will speak about human trafficking at Whitworth on Tuesday.

Junior Bethany Carrillo, an intern at Partners International, said Singh serves as a good spokesperson for those affected by trafficking.

“On this specific topic [of human trafficking] it’s rare to have someone so in the trenches of the issues and in the brunt of it all and very hands on,” Carrillo said.

Singh created Mahima Care Home, which serves as a care rehabilitation center for girls rescued from sex trafficking.

After healing, the biggest issue in protecting and rehabilitating the rescued girls is preventing re-trafficking, according to the Partners International website.

According to the Partners’ website, “To accomplish this, Smita and her team recognized the need for modular programs that took a rescued child from healing to rehabilitation to education and vocational training in order to reintegrate girls into society.”

The Mahima Care Home is the first Christian aftercare program licensed by the Indian government. UNITE, Whitworth’s anti-trafficking club, donates money to support the home.

Singh will share stories about Mahima Care Home when she speaks at Whitworth next week.

“She will be talking about her stories and what recovery looks like once the girls have been rescued, both financially and emotionally,” Carrillo said, adding that Singh’s lecture brings a face to the ministry.

“We hear about human trafficking a lot and it kind of gets glossed over,” Carrillo said. “I encourage students to check [the lecture] out and see the value and the cultural perspective Smita can bring.”

After the presentation, there will be a question and answer panel with Singh, Molly Hough (another associate director of UNITE), Carrillo and a pastor who did his biblical dissertation on the biblical response to human trafficking.

Evans said people will see multiple levels of the issue: the tangible ways to help victims of trafficking on an international level, the local perspective, and what they can do to help.

Partners and UNITE planned the event together. Evans said Partners heard about UNITE and wanted to work with Whitworth. The two organizations met, brainstormed, and chose to bring Singh.

“What she is doing shows the collaboration with individuals, which resonates with UNITE and what we want to do,” Evans said. “We believe in what she does. She focuses on the process, not just rescuing the people and forgetting about aftercare.”

By attending the lecture, students will be able to learn about Singh’s process.

“We can learn how we can follow our passions, whether that is anti-human trafficking or something else,” Evans said. “Students can take values they learn and apply it to their passion.”

The lecture will be April 23 in Robinson Teaching Theatre at 7 p.m.

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