Classic Influence

Oxford lecturer to talk on the significance of C.S. Lewis' education

C.S. Lewis is perhaps best known for his series “The Chronicles of Narnia” and his various theologically-themed books. But C.S. Lewis never studied theology at a university. Some tend to forget that his education was actually in Greek and Latin literature, philosophy, and history. He was also a lover of mythology. In other words, his beliefs, writings, and personal philosophies have their foundation in some of the classics.

Scholar Jonathan Kirkpatrick will be at Whitworth on Feb. 26 to talk about how Lewis’ education influenced his way of life, his way of thinking, and all of his works. Kirkpatrick plans to focus on several of Lewis’s most prominent works, including “Prince Caspian” (which he chose primarily because the Greek god Bacchus makes an appearance) and “A Preface to Paradise Lost,” which mentions Virgil, an ancient Roman poet.

C.S. Lewis

“Lewis had a close relationship with Virgil,” Kirkpatrick said, describing Lewis’ interest in the poet’s work. “He even wrote a translation of one of Virgil’s works (‘The Aeneid’).”

This is one example of how Lewis involved his fascination with Greek and Latin literature with his writings. Kirkpatrick said he will examine the effect of the classics on Lewis from several different angles, including theological, apologetic and literary. In addition, he will touch on Lewis’ passion for the classics, their effect on his faith and how he came to Christianity by studying pagan and classic texts.

The subject of Lewis means a great deal to Kirkpatrick, he said.

“I studied exactly the same things he did at the same university,” Kirkpatrick said.

He shares Lewis’ love of the classics and he admires the way Lewis made good use of his education. Not only that, but Kirkpatrick has been living in C.S. Lewis’ house for the past three years as a “Scholar-in-Residence.” That circumstance has given Kirkpatrick deeper insight into Lewis’ life by letting him see how he lived.

Kirkpatrick finished his doctorate’s degree last year. He has been on the Council of Christian Colleges, and he has also been a junior dean, a director of studies and a lecturer on the classics at Oxford University. Much of his time is spent lecturing at various colleges, as well as visiting with students on those campuses and encouraging them to attend Oxford.

Kirkpatrick will be speaking at 7 p.m. on Feb. 26 in Eric Johnston Science Center room 233.

Molly Daniels
Staff Writer

 

Contact Molly Daniels at mdaniels16@my.whitworth.edu

Battle of the wits

Cool Whip competes with students in improvisation class for upcoming show

Most people do not enjoy getting up in front of an audience and performing. However, senior Kyle Bohigian does so quite often, and he makes it up as he goes.

“It’s like you’re making up a play on the spot,” Bohigian said. “It’s really exciting and scary at the same time. You just have to trust your teammates that it will all go well.”

Bohigian is the leader of Cool Whip, Whitworth’s student improvisation group. They regularly host improv shows throughout the year, and their last one of the semester is Dec. 9 with the On the Spot Players.

The On the Spot Players are a group of students who have been taking improv classes during the semester. The two teams will compete in a variety of improv skits to see which one can win the approval of the audience.

Senior Preston Loomer, a member of Cool Whip for three years, said improvisation is very similar to acting.

“The only difference between us and other forms of acting is that we don’t have anything planned. We have to guess characters that our other members are acting out, and do certain scenes in a certain amount of time,” Loomer said. “You just go up there and let what happens happen.”

Cool Whip spends a lot of time working on their improv, as well as spending time together as a team to create trust and friendship among the members, Bohigian said. He and adjunct professor of theatre Kevin Benson — who is also the unofficial adviser of Cool Whip — implemented a new idea this year: to have the members of Cool Whip spend time together outside of rehearsal more often.

“We perform together at rehearsals and shows, but this extra time together is a bigger influence on getting to know each other,” Bohigian said.

Loomer said improv can be a difficult thing to pull off successfully, and it all depends on how well the members can get on the same page with each other.

“The absolute hardest part, in my experience, is that you really have to trust each other on stage and lean on each other,” Loomer said.

Benson has been teaching the improvisational class for about seven years off and on. All students interested in joining Cool Whip must take the class.

“Mostly improv is about trying to think quickly on your feet. I try to put the students in situations where they have to trust the people that they are with,” Benson said. “I want to teach them to trust each other, to take big risks and do crazy things. Since you are with this group of people that you can trust, some pretty cool and amazing things can happen.”

The On the Spot Players put on the show as a part of their improv class final, and they come up with many of the scene ideas for the competition. Benson said their ideas for this year are divided up into different structures, with categories such as guessing games and storytelling.

“My favorite game is one where they have to make up a scene, and then keep doing [all of] the scene, but with a time limit,” Benson said. “It’s fun to watch them try to get everything in when the time is short.”

Loomer said Cool Whip will help to keep the pressure off the less experienced team, while still letting them showcase what they’ve learned from their class.

“I like watching the class and seeing what they come up with,” Loomer said. “It’s just a fun way to invite more people into [Cool Whip]. Hopefully next year some of them will be joining us.”

Bohigian said improvisational acting can teach important things for later on in life.

“I’m a strong advocate in encouraging anyone to take an improv class,” Bohigian said. “You learn to be more accepting of people, and that’s a good attitude to have.”

Cool Whip bumped up the admission price to the show this year by one dollar. Bohigian said they want to earn enough money that will help them improve.

“We raised our rates to go primarily to Seattle, to a large workshop there,” he said. “We want to get better, enough so that we can compete in collegiate competitions.”

Benson said the audience plays a large part in the performances during the show, especially for the show coming up in a couple of weeks.

“Almost every game there is interactive,” he said. “It’s a pretty fun show, and the audience is going to have a great time because it’s going to be really fast-paced and really funny.”

Benson also said that it will be up to the audience to decide who will ultimately win the competition.

“The audience has to show up,” he said. “If they want the On The Spot Players to win, they have to cheer for them, and if they want Cool Whip to win, they have to cheer for them.”

The show will be in Cowles Auditorium Stage II at 9 p.m.

Meghan Dellinger Staff Writer

Contact Meghan Dellinger at mdellinger15@my.whitworth.edu.

Layers of a “Gray/Grey” world

Artist opens new exhibit in Bryan Oliver Gallery

Artist Michelle Forsyth brings together watercolors, paintings and weavings that she said offer the viewer a meditative viewing space. Forsyth is opening an exhibit titled “Gray/Grey” in the Bryan Oliver gallery on Nov. 13.

The water colors are saturated hues continually layered until grey tones are created, but the original washes of color can still be seen in certain lighting, as well as on the edges of the paintings. Forsyth’s work is process-oriented; she said she enjoys  delving into the meditative space it creates.

“I try to employ practices and technologies that slow myself down,” Forsyth said. “They are so time consuming that I get caught up in it.”

Forsyth said the viewer often considers these meditative works as abstractions, even though they are representations.

Gallery director and art professor Lance Sinnema said the pieces are very layered.

“It sounds like the surfaces are very subtle,” Sinnema said. “When you look at them from a distance it’s just grey tones, but as you get closer you notice all the layers.”

The exhibit will also include woven pieces that are a return to Forsyth’s creative origin: knitting and needlework taught to Forsyth by her mother. These pieces continue the process-oriented theme and are made from many different materials, including bamboo and cotton.

“I’m also really interested in labor,” Forsyth said. “The labor is impugned into the work”

A viewer mentioned to Forsyth that these works looked like her husband’s shirts. After hearing this, Forsyth began work that is actually based on patterns from her husband’s shirts.

“It was just an off-hand comment, but I went with it,” Forsyth said.

Those pieces incorporate paintings on wood, linen and weavings. Unlike the water colors which are made with large brushstrokes, these paintings are created with tiny brushstrokes, creating a new texture.

“It slows people down when they view the work,” Forsyth said.

Forsyth has displayed work in group and solo exhibits throughout North America and overseas, including the Zaum Projects in Portugal, the Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, and the Hogar Collection in New York. She is currently associate professor in the fine arts department at Washington State University.

“Gray/Grey” opens at the artist’s reception Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. in the Bryan Oliver Gallery. Forsyth will give a lecture at 6 p.m.

Luke Eldredge Staff Writer

Contact Luke Eldredge at leldredge16@my.whitworth.edu.

Jazz ensemble performs with major artist

Cowles Auditorium was packed with people of all ages on Saturday night, to hear jazz music performed by a renowned jazz artist and Whitworth University’s jazz ensemble for their annual fall concert.

Dan Keberle, a professor of music and the director of jazz studies at Whitworth, said this event has been going on for 24 years so far, bringing in artists who have helped shape jazz music into what it is today.

“We bring in nationally known, grammy-winning and grammy-nominated jazz artists,” he said. “[Students] know this will be part of their experience when they come here — that they will get to work closely for a couple of days with a major jazz artist.”This year’s artist was Kenny Barron, who is recognized internationally as a master of jazz performance and composition. He has been called “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” by the Los Angeles Times and “the most lyrical piano player of our time” by Jazz Weekly.Barron has played with other jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard and Yusef Lateef and is a nine-time grammy nominee, and has been recognized for his outstanding work with jazz music.

Sophomore Caleb Brown, who plays tenor saxophone, said he is most excited to have the opportunity to work closely with Barron.

“The fall guest artist concerts are an amazing experience,” he said. “Playing with my heroes is a dream come true.”

Sophomore Kyle Moreen, who plays lead alto saxophone in the jazz band, agreed.

“It’s so great to get to play with a master like [Barron] is,” Moreen said. “Anytime you meet someone who knows what they’re doing is great. Just playing with anyone who is better makes you better.”

The concert started out with the jazz ensemble playing songs like “Again and Again” by Benny Carter and an arrangement of “I Thought About You”.

After a short intermission, the ensemble came back on stage to perform again, and this time Barron also appeared at the piano. He collaborated with the ensemble on a number of songs. Most of the songs involved piano solos, which showcased his expertise.

The band also took a few breaks from playing to listen to Barron perform some songs by himself during the concert. Keberle said this was important.

“[Barron] could probably play 5,000 songs, 5,000 different ways,” Keberle said. “I don’t want the band playing all the time. We want to be able to listen to the subtleties of the piano.”

Before the concert, Moreen said he was most excited to hear Barron performing the song “Never Enough”.

“It extensively features the piano in the beginning, and the piano has a really long solo,” he said. “It’s going to be great to hear what he does with that.”

“Never Enough” was written by Virginia Mayhew, with whom Barron had played this song originally. This version of “Never Enough” was arranged by Keberle.

Keberle said this concert has been in the making for more than a year.

“We tried to get Kenny to come out here many times; it’s been a long road,” Keberle said. “A lot of jazz artists have tours in October and November, so it’s hard sometimes.”

Brown said the band has put a lot of work into the concert.

“We have rehearsals three times a week, and this whole week leading up to the concert we’ve had rehearsals every night,” he said. “I spend about 10 to 20 hours a week practicing on my own.”

Keberle said that the jazz ensemble will not have much happening until around February, when the ensemble is going to Chicago for the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival.

“[It’s] the oldest collegiate jazz festival,” he said. “We’re going to travel over there and play, and hear a lot of jazz from eastern and western universities that we don’t usually get to hear.”

Meghan Dellinger Staff Writer

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Whitworth.fm show features underground hip-hop artists

One can safely say that Spokane’s hip-hop scene is lacking. Nonetheless, sophomores Niko Aberle and Jacob Dansereau are attempting to inject just a little more life into it with their radio show, Underground Railroad on Whitworth.fm.

Dansereau and Aberle get behind the Whitworth.fm microphone Sunday nights at 7 p.m. to deliver two solid hours of underground, lesser-known hip-hop. They play artists such as De La Soul, Handsome Boy Modeling School and Jurassic 5.

Aberle, the creator of Underground Railroad, did not initially expect the show to be where it is today.

“I am friends with Jacob and knew his taste of music so I asked him if he would be interested in doing an underground hip-hop show,” Aberle said. “He said yes and here we are today.”

Largely undiscovered, underground hip-hop artists are no different than their mainstream counterparts. Their lyrics tell of hardship and loss, but also of love and community.  Many themes in hip-hop are often deemed negative. Some of these messages glorify violence and drug use. Sex and hedonistic lifestyles are often dominant in lyrics.

But it is important to look deeper at the reason why such themes are present and why hip-hop artists focus so strongly on them.

“Hip-hop is a perspective. It’s an artistic tool that is used to convey a message. All of the bad is part of the music — it tells a story,” Aberle said. “These artists have gone through drug addictions and alcoholism and family and gang violence. Those themes are present because it’s the artists’ story.”

The Underground Railroad plays hip-hop that exemplifies the artists’ lives.

“That’s what it comes down to, is showing hip-hop as a story of a person’s life, a story of that person’s hardship and how they could overcome it or sometimes not overcome it,” Aberle said.

Underground Railroad includes a portion featuring anyone who wants to simply get behind a microphone and rap. Aberle and Dansereau call it “Sunday Night Cipher” and contribute to that portion of the show themselves.

Every Sunday at 8:15 p.m., Aberle and Dansereau speak their thoughts in musical form with freestyle rap. Only one person has taken them up on their open microphone offer. Northwest Christian High School student, Zach “Zeal” Taylor, son of Whitworth President Beck Taylor, entered the booth on Oct. 14 to chat with the hosts and freestyle rap.

Taylor has more than 20,000 views on Youtube and is releasing a mixtape on Oct. 31.

“It all started when I was recording with a rock band mic in my friend’s basement,” Taylor said. “We were covering the song ‘Forever’ just for fun. My friends started noticing some actual talent coming from my verse. A month later I purchased my first mic and started writing songs.”

Taylor performed a song in the studio that he had written and chatted with Aberle and Dansereau about his inspirations, his aspirations and his parents’ support of his music.

Technically, Aberle could end the show with the conclusion of the semester and the class, but he may have other plans for the show.

“I really enjoy putting on the show,” Aberle said. “Jacob and I mesh well and it’s a time to simply have fun and play good music. I don’t know the future of Underground Railroad, but I am definitely not opposed to carrying it on into next semester.”

Peter Duell Staff Writer

Contact Peter Duell at pduell16@my.whitworth.edu

Author urges looking to God, not government

Every seat was filled and the audience sat on the floor, stood in the back and filled the overflow room of the Weyerhaeuser Hall Robinson Teaching Theatre. Author and activist Shane Claiborne spoke to the overflowing audience of students, guests and faculty members on Oct. 17.

Claiborne has co-authored several books including “The Irresistible Revolution,” “Jesus for President” and “Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers.” This October, Claiborne released his most recent book, “Red Letter Revolution.”

“Sometimes I open up one of his books with trepidation; I think, ‘Oh dear, I’m going to get convicted’,” said political science professor Kathryn Lee.

“Jesus for President” embodies the subject that Claiborne focused on in his lecture: how to live well as Christians in regard to politics and elections. Claiborne emphasized the need to look to God and ourselves to solve problems, not Washington D.C. He stated the need to vote, in a sense, every day, and to vote for Jesus.

“We need to embody the alternatives and not point to politicians to solve our problems,” Claiborne said.

At the same time, Claiborne did not dismiss voting. He stressed the need to vote in such way that would lead to a path that would further expand the Kingdom of God, and to be mindful of the power voting has as “damage control.”

“There’s a lot of danger around the election season to misplace our hope,” Claiborne said. “We’ve found the last great hope; it’s not America, it’s not Barack, it’s not Romney, it’s Jesus.”

Claiborne graduated from Eastern University in Philadelphia and attended Princeton Seminary for graduate work. He has spoken extensively in both the United States and globally, giving lectures in dozens of countries as well as academic seminars at universities such as Vanderbilt, Duke, Princeton and Harvard.

Claiborne’s ministry work ranges from three weeks in Baghdad as part of an Iraq peace team, to serving a mega-church congregation in Chicago, to working alongside Mother Teresa in India.

“One of the things I learned [in India] is the triumph of life over death,” Claiborne said. “I felt a deep sense of the power of resurrection.”

In 1998, Claiborne co-founded The Simple Way, a faith community made up of a half a dozen houses in central Philadelphia. The Simple Way’s goal is to “practice resurrection” by helping the needy, offering hospitality to strangers, sharing economic resources and leading lives that reflect an authentic faith.

“One of the things I think about Shane, in what he is doing, is making the invisible visible,” Lee said.

The Simple Way community seeks to remove their roots from the world and place them in peacemaking, social justice and Jesus.

“He’s just another human being, and what he does is so easily done by us,” sophomore Taylor Countryman said.

Claiborne said his goal is to start a conversation, to introduce an alternative way of living that uses imagination to change things and to encourage thought on how different the world would be if Jesus were president, what it would look like to be an “ordinary radical.”

Luke Eldredge Staff Writer

Contact Luke Eldredge at leldredge16@my.whitworth.edu

Classic Crime performs songs from newest record

The clash of The Classic Crime’s guitars and the beat of drums could be heard throughout the Hixson Union Building. The fans in attendance said their performance went beyond expectations. The performance was energetic and the band brought a strong stage presence.

The four-member band played many songs from their latest album, “Phoenix,” which was released in August. The album broadened and progressed their style beyond their traditional roots.

“We’ve always been known for our ability to meld accessibility with experimentation,” Matt MacDonald, lead singer and guitarist, said about their new album. “I think we’re less afraid to do what we want this time around. We were less afraid of trying new things, of dreaming up parts that we previously would have discouraged because of our inability to pull them off live.”

Based out of Seattle, The Classic Crime started in 2004 like many other small, independent groups do — with a few guys just playing music together. For MacDonald, music is a passion, a voice through which emotion can be expressed in the form of riffs and chords.

“Music has been a way for me to name my struggles over the past few years,” MacDonald said. “The best thing for me is to hear these songs done and know exactly what I felt when I wrote them. It’s meaningful to know that somebody out there will feel the same way.”

As the band began to develop their talents and grow in popularity in early 2006, they released their debut album, “Albatross” and signed with Tooth and Nail Records, a record company predominantly known for releasing Christian artists.

In its first week of release, “Albatross” grossed more than 4,000 sales, the highest in Tooth and Nail history. The sales allowed The Classic Crime to gain momentum and esteem, according to Tooth and Nail. Though respectably successful, MacDonald felt an urge to do more by expanding their musical abilities and experimenting with different sounds.

Apparently the new methods were successful, because responses from critics and Whitworth fans who attended Thursday’s show indicated pleasure with the new style in comparison with the old.

“The Classic Crime’s first two albums were really good,” freshman Cooper Budden said.  “They were exactly what their band name suggests — just classic modern rock music. They played a lot of their new stuff at the show and I can’t get enough of it. I hope they continue in this direction because there’s so much room for higher potential.”

Although the band’s style has progressed, The Classic Crime’s foundations have remained the same.

They are signed with a Christian label, so many people think of them as a Christian band, but they emphasize their neutrality when it comes to faith.

“We believe faith is personal, and can be only held by an individual person,” MacDonald said. “To entitle a group ‘Christian’ would be to assume that the group has a collective soul, or at least individual souls tied to a solid collective belief. Not everyone in our band is decidedly set in their faith, and we respect that.”

The Classic Crime will tour through November with The Rocket Summer and William Beckett.

Peter Duell Staff Writer

Contact Peter Duell at pduell16@my.whitworth.edu

Student musician creates worship concert event

Growing up in a very musical family, senior Joseph Lawyer has always had a passion for music. Between his gospel church roots and his contemporary Christian high school, he has a firm foundation for his musical ventures. This foundation was a gateway for creating the “Ministry at the Campus” gospel concert event that happened Oct. 13 in the Hixson Union Building Multipurpose Room.

Lawyer and his sister, Whitworth alumna Miracle Lawyer, performed, along with Whitworth’s Exceptional Praise Gospel Choir, and a few members from Gonzaga University’s gospel choir.

Joseph Lawyer experienced a turning point in which music was raised to a higher level of importance in his life. Lawyer was a high school basketball player and went through the unfortunate event of blowing out his knee. What would be devastating for many worked out for Lawyer because it opened his eyes to his true calling.

While injured, Lawyer was asked by his coach to lead devotions for his basketball team. Lawyer began to realize his main priority wasn’t sports, but spreading God’s message.

“While I couldn’t play basketball, I could still make music. Basketball became a platform for me,” Lawyer said.

Lawyer said he sees music as a source of universal power; it is able to go from culture to culture. For him, it is a ministry, and music is a means to be authentic with ourselves and God.

Lawyer plays the keyboard and sings, and makes every aspect of his music himself. When writing music, at times an entire song will come to him instantly, and other times songs come like a shadow.

“Music is the one thing that can enter into our heart and mind unintentionally,” Lawyer said. “My desire is to be able to help someone have an encounter with God through music.”

Inspiration often comes through other people: through encouragement and motivation to pursue our own potential. That is how Lawyer received  his inspiration.

“My freshman year of college a good friend said ‘God has gifted you with musical ability. What is your legacy going to be?’” Lawyer said.

The next year Lawyer came out with his first CD, “Ministry at the Campus, Vol. 1.” It included music by junior Jessica Ziemann, as well as his sister. Following the first CD, Vol. 2 was produced last school year, featuring Ziemann as a solo artist.

“I’ve been involved in the music ministry nearly all of my life and it was time that I started pouring into the lives of those around me on campus,” Lawyer said.

Lawyer said he felt God bringing forth a mission of sorts to pursue the music industry in order to follow the call God had given him to spread the “Good News”. Of course, every mission comes with challenges. For Lawyer, the challenge was confidence.

“I had to remember that to whom much is given, much is expected,” Lawyer said. “It’s not about what other people think, but what God has called you to do.” Entering his final year at Whitworth, Lawyer felt God telling him to do a “Ministry at the Campus” live worship concert to present his newest album, “Vol. 3, The Reality.” The event was inspired by Lawyer’s production label, Trilog3 Productions.

Lawyer said he thinks of  “Ministry at the Campus” as a mission he can tackle while he is a student.

“As followers of Christ, Jesus gives us the mandate to spread the Gospel, and the ‘Ministry at the Campus’ series is one of those avenues which God has given me to spread his ‘Good News,’” Lawyer said.

Freshman Jazmin Andrade came to the “Ministry at the Campus” event to praise God and quickly figured out how much gospel music meant to her.

“I love it — how it’s upbeat and it really encourages praise to God,” Andrade said.

Miracle Lawyer said her brother has inspired her to pursue her calling as well.

“He’s been an inspiration to me. He’s always been a go-getter and has used the gifts God has given him,” Lawyer said.

Christina Spencer Staff Writer

Contact Christina Spencer at cspencer15@my.whitworth.edu.

Ugly Duckling has something to ‘honk’ about

Whitworth’s production tells story of ‘The Ugly Duckling’ at downtown venue

While you may have all heard the story “The Ugly Duckling” before, it’s safe to say you’ve probably never seen the tale come to life on the stage.

Now you (and your parents) can.

Whitworth will be staging “Honk! A Musical Tale of The Ugly Duckling,” starting Parent’s Weekend, at the Bing Crosby Theater.

Most of the play follows the original storyline of the book “The Ugly Duckling,” with a few modern-day twists. “Honk!” was written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have produced other famous shows such as “Mary Poppins” and “Peter Pan”.

Senior Kirsten Mullen, a vocal performance major, plays Ida, the protective and loving mother of the Ugly Duckling, played by senior Sean Stoudt.

“She is the only person who is supporting Ugly from the very beginning,” Mullen said. “She tries to make everyone see he isn’t different.”

Assistant professor of theatre Brooke Kiener is directing the play.

“I love everything about this musical. I love the music, I love the humor, I love the theatricality of it,” Kiener said. “I also love the message. The main character is strong in the face of adversity, and he discovers he is proud of being different from the rest of the flock.”

Kiener said instead of the play being staged in Cowles Auditorium like usual, the play was moved to the Bing Crosby Theater last spring. Academic Affairs came to her and said the U.S. senate debate conflicted with the musical’s show date, and thought they might want to look into having it at another venue.

“We thought it was worth looking into,” she said. “The Bing sort of immediately rose to the top of the list in places we could work in. [Cowles] is not actually a theater, and the opportunity to work in an actual theater is exciting.”

Kiener said more than 50 students have put time and effort into helping put this play together.

“There are the 12 members of the cast. We also have four musicians,” Kiener said. “And we have 19 sort of crew members who are working on the set and helping to make costumes.”

Many of the actors play multiple roles in the musical. Senior Preston Loomer, a theatre major, plays Drake, the father of Ugly, and Greylag, a goose captain who helps Ugly while he is lost.

“[One difficulty] was really solidifying the characters as separate from each other,” he said.

The music in the play was directed by associate professor of music Ben Brody. Aaron Dyszelski, an assistant professor of theatre, designed the sets and costumes for “Honk!”

John Hofland, former chair of the theatre department at Gonzaga University, is the lighting director.

There will be no fur or feathers on the costumes, Kiener said.

“Even though the characters are animals, we have costumed them in human clothing,” she said. “But the textures, colors and patterns indicate the various kinds of birds and other animals in the show. It’s a much more creative way of approaching costuming for this show.”

Songs in the production include “The Joy of Motherhood,” “Look at Him,” “Different,” “Every Tear a Mother Cries,” and “Warts and All”.

Mullen said she really enjoys playing Ida, as she gets to sing some great songs in the play.

“At the beginning of the show, I sing like five songs in a row,” she said. “My favorite song is the finale of act one. Sean and I are both singing about how we miss each other, but we can’t see each other.”

Many of the actors are studying theatre, music, or something similar, and their seriousness about their studies shows through in the professionality of their performances. Loomer said he chose to study theater because he’s always been drawn to it, even as a child.

“My parents were both involved in [theatre],” he said. “It’s just somewhere I feel comfortable, more than in other places.”

Mullen said she encourages everyone to come see the play.

“I know it’s weird [with the play] being downtown,” she said. “But we worked so hard on it, it would be a shame to have no one come to see it.”

“Honk!” will be showing on Oct. 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 20 and 21 at 2 p.m. The musical will be at the Bing Crosby Theater, located at 901 W. Sprague Ave. General admission is $9, and admission for students and senior citizens is $7.

Meghan Dellinger Staff Writer

Contact Meghan Dellinger at mdellinger15@my.whitworth.edu.

 

Note: A correction has been made in this story in regards to the showing dates from the print story. The Oct. 18 showing has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict.

Lit reading complements homecoming festivities

People packed the Bryan Oliver gallery and the adjacent hallway, all listening intently to the soft, soothing voices of poets echoing throughout the building. Their words flowed together under the dim lighting, creating an ambiance of relaxation and peace.

Professor of English Laurie Lamon, senior English lecturer Thom Caraway and alumna Lisa Flesher, ’81, read some of their poetry on Saturday, Oct. 6 in the Lied Art Center. The event was scheduled as part of the Homecoming activities for the week.

Caraway said he is excited about the university’s promotion of the reading.

“We have previously had a few readings like this throughout the year that were moderately well-attended and moderately well-advertised,” he said. “This year, [the poetry reading] is part of homecoming festivities. It’s exciting being able to reach a wider audience than we normally get. They did a great job with it this year. It’s a good showcase for Laurie and I, and good for the alumna [Flesher].”

Flesher currently lives in Oklahoma City with her husband. She has been published in numerous journals and has read her poetry at the National Arts Club in New York City. She is best known for her contributions to the Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, and she is now the co-chief poetry editor there. She is nearing completion of a book of her poetry.

“I’m just so privileged to be here with an audience like this, and with Thom and Laurie,” she said at the end of her set.

Flesher read a variety of poems, such as “Blue Flax”, “Under the Influence: A Poem for Empty Nesters”, and “Meditating with the Dogs”.

After being introduced by professor of English Leonard Oakland, who emceed the reading, Lamon took the stage to read next.

Lamon said she has always been a writer, ever since she was a little girl. She mostly writes about animals, and said her students will often send her pictures and videos of animals because they know how much she enjoys them.

“I was very serious about it at a very young age,” Lamon said. “I was always drawn to poetry. Writing for me has been a way to expand intellectual horizons.”

Lamon has been at Whitworth University since 1981 in various capacities, and she said she appreciates the chance to get to be a part of the event.

“This is a liberal arts university, and the arts belong to all of us,” she said. “If people have never come to a poetry reading before, they can have a misperception. It’s a beautiful way to highlight the arts.”

Caraway said he wrote his first story in second grade, and he has been seriously studying the craft of writing since the mid 90s. His poems have been in various journals, and his first poetry collection, “A Visitor’s Guide to North Dakota”, was published in 2007.

“I think [writing] is trying to convey essential experience, trying to share something with the audience,” he said. “That’s the primary source of context and tension and satisfaction, for me as a writer.”

Lamon said she was excited for the opportunity to share art with Whitworth.

“If you haven’t attended one of the literary readings, come,” she said. “There are wonderful speakers, [and] it’s wonderful when people from other disciplines get to enjoy this as well.”

Caraway agrees.

“Everybody should come,” he said. “Poetry is good for your soul, good for your mind and heart.”

Meghan Dellinger Staff Writer

Contact Meghan Dellinger at mdellinger15@my.whitworth.edu

Outdoor Rec director plans eventful season

While he may be new to his position, Whitworth senior Blaine Eldredge is doing well  at keeping an eye out for new and exciting outdoor events he can bring to students. This is Eldredge’s first year as outdoor recreation coordinator and his second year at Whitworth.

“Double new, I suppose,” he said.

He said he decided to go all out for his fellow Whitworthians. The Outdoor Rec program has a motto that simply states, “Play outside.” The motto is a means  of  pushing students to enjoy new experiences with others; going on adventures and  just plain having fun.

“We’re very excited for a big fly fishing trip on Oct. 13,” Eldredge said. “It’s a day where we’ll take a trip to Idaho and learn how to read a river, have a casting lesson and it’ll all be done with the help of some guides for the trip. And on Oct. 26 we plan to backpack our way through the Enchantments.”

Eldredge said he became the Outdoor Rec coordinator because he feels he’s an idealist. He thinks about outdoor recreation a lot, and wants to  include other students in enjoying outdoor experiences because he thinks they can be life changing.

“By having a connection to the community, we hope to promote growth, passion and action by encouraging an active and engaged lifestyle,” Eldredge said.

Eldredge said he wants the program to be cross campus. Alongside Eldredge, the dorm representatives will be helping out and making events possible. The program will take advantage of the scenery that the area around Whitworth and the great outdoors has to offer.

A recent Outdoor Rec event was the bouldering trip at McLellan Rocks on Oct. 6. Bouldering is free-style rock climbing without a rope.

Freshman Kristen Schoenike said she found the event challenging because she had only rock climbed at an indoor facility, but she decided it was time to try something new. To boulder, all one needs are climbing shoes and some serious muscle.

“You have to overcome your fear of falling and use all of your strength to continue up the boulder you’re trying to climb,” Schoenike said.

Schoenike wasn’t the only newcomer to this event. Freshman Brittany Hoff is also a new participant in Outdoor Rec. Hoff has been climbing before and wanted to try again. Hoff said she found the most challenging part of bouldering to be the fact that there’s no safety line, but overcame it for the trip.

“The thing I enjoy most about outdoor activities is just being outdoors and getting to meet new people,” she said.

Coming up in January, Eldredge has a glissading trip planned that he anticipates will garner a lot of participants. Glissading is  sledding without a sled and involves the use of an ice axe for directing one’s movements.

“It’ll be a little bit of hiking and a little bit of playing in the snow,” Eldredge said.

Juliette Torres Staff Writer

Contact Juliette Torres at juliettetorres16@my.whitworth.edu

Writer speaks on searching for God through doubt

In her junior year of college, Andrea Palpant Dilley scraped the Christian fish decal off the bumper of her Plymouth hatchback, a symbol of her discontent with the church and foreshadowing her eventual departure from it.

Dilley, a documentary writer, director and producer, read from her recent book, “Faith and Other Flat Tires: Searching for God on the Rough Road of Doubt,” in the Weyerhaeuser Hall Robinson Teaching Theatre on Sept. 21. Her book is the memoir of her abandonment and subsequent return to faith, God and the Church.

Dilley was raised in Kenya, the daughter of Quaker medical missionaries. She grew up visiting patients that died the next day and attending funerals. Even the hospital morgue was only 50 feet from her front door. Her later childhood was spent in the Pacific Northwest as a member of a committed Presbyterian church. For college, she stayed in the Northwest, attending Whitworth where she obtained degrees in English literature, writing and Spanish.

“She was someone who other students looked up to, which was a very unique position,” said Maggie Wolcott, Whitworth English professor and former classmate of Dilley. “She was very kind, with a sarcastic edge.”

Being surrounded by intelligent, conscientious Christians gave Dilley room to struggle with faith and God. She asked questions that vex doubters and believers alike: Why does God seem so distant? Why does the church feel so dysfunctional? Why does God allow suffering?

At age 23, Dilley walked out of the Church with no intention of going back. For two years Dilley wanted nothing to do with faith or God.

Yet at age 25, Dilley found herself returning to the Church for the same reasons she left.

“I had to believe in God to believe in justice, which is anchored in objective morality,” Dilley said.

Senior Shaina Whittlesey said that doubts in the faith are often seen as something to be ashamed of and thus not shared.

“I liked the honesty she used when talking about doubt,” said Whittlesey.

Dilley said she believes that doubt belongs in the sanctuary of Church. All her questions belong in the Church; it is the only place that offered her the space to search for God.

“I’ll always have demons, but I might as well take my demons to church,” Dilley said. “Sitting in church every Sunday, my doubt is my desire — to touch the untouchable, to possess the presence of God,” Dilley said.

Luke Eldredge Staff Writer

Contact Luke Eldredge at leldredge16@my.whitworth.edu