In The Chambers: Dec. 5

Well… it’s official. Christmas season has arrived and is in full swing! The campus is decorated and there are at least 10 Christmas parties to attend. I can’t wait to drink hot chocolate and drive around to look at all of the wonderful Christmas lights. Oh yeah, and somewhere in between all of the holiday cheer find time to do school work. Speaking of school… Aren’t finals coming up soon?! Anyway, remember to spread the holiday cheer and pay it forward to those around Whitworth. This week do a random act of kindness for someone you care about. This past week in the chambers we had Kerry Breno come to speak to ASWU about the sustainability efforts within the 2021 plan. There is a committee that meets regularly to ensure that sustainability within Whitworth is moving forward. They are focusing on things such as food and water conservation. Recently, Sodexo put on a sustainability challenge. Congratulations to the winners and keep up the good work! This committee is working very hard to keep themselves accountable to the sustainability goals planned out in the 2021 plan. They also have student representatives on this board. Please email Kerry if you have any questions or want to learn more.

This past Sunday Unite had its “Dream Workshop” where students, faculty and community members came together to dream big. Creative and intellectual ideas were presented on how to stand up and speak out against the issue of human trafficking. The Unite team is currently working on a video with Darrien Mack to further educate people and expand our reach. A grant is also being applied for to go toward the capstone week happening in the spring. We will be excited to celebrate with all of you because of everything that has been done this year in regard to combating the issue of human trafficking.

ASWU is extremely thankful for all of you! We are happy to be serving you this year and look forward to another semester. There is much more to come, but please let us know if there is anything you would like to be seeing on campus or within ASWU. Email me anytime and I would love to hear your thoughts! Don’t forget to check out our meetings next semester every Wednesday at 5 p.m. I look forward to seeing you around campus and make sure to say hello!

Live Bold. Be Fierce.

Molly Beth ASWU President

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In the Loop: ASWU reflects student perspective, however accountability is still crucial

Do you know your dorm senator? Do you know who the vice president of ASWU is? Most students are unaware of the members who make up ASWU and the immense power that they hold. The body serves as a bridge between students and administration and many issues that impact students are decided by them. ASWU encompasses a wide variety of individuals who represent different perspectives of students on campus. These 30 or so individuals are elected or hired to serve as the overall voice for the student body, which is comprised of around 2,200 people. Such a small percentage of individuals maintain power on issues that influence all of us on varying levels.

Every semester, each student makes a mandatory payment of $110 in order for concerts, campus programs and more to take place, which ASWU also handles. These individuals hold the power to determine what events will happen, what clubs will be given what resources and how much of the administration’s actions will be shared with students. For example, ASWU members are often the first to know about administrative decisions or tentative future plans. Along with this, ASWU members are often the student representatives on a variety of committees around Whitworth.

This board firmly believes that students need to become more familiar with the role of ASWU on campus and become more knowledgeable about what’s going on. There are plenty of ways to be clued into what is taking place in the chambers; the first one being the open meeting held every week.

Students are invited every week to join ASWU on Wednesday nights to learn about what the issues that are of concern to the campus. ASWU even bribes students with a free meal if they attend. Also, each week in The Whitworthian, there is a breakdown of everything that was discussed in the ASWU meeting the previous week if people are not able to go. This year, a video version of the discussion has also been implemented to cater to those who dislike reading and to adapt to a social media era.

Just as there are checks and balances in the government for a reason, students are responsible for holding ASWU accountable in many ways. Since such a small body serves as the voice for many, it is crucial that they be held under a microscope to a certain extent. If students aren’t aware of what is taking place in the chambers, information could be withheld or distorted and decisions could be made that don’t reflect the perspectives of the students. Although these people were elected by the student body for a reason, they are still humans who make mistakes. If we fail to check in on them, we run the risk of giving trust blindly and having it backfire.

Over the course of a month, ASWU discussed transparency, the issue of disclosing information passed down from administration to students. Sparked by a speaker who asked information to be kept discreet in a public meeting, ASWU decided that a system needed to be put in place to ensure that information would not be kept from students. The four-week discussion eventually led to the decision of an executive session being held for sensitive information that ASWU needed to discuss. Executive sessions would only be open to elected ASWU officials; anything discussed in these sessions would not be revealed to the student body. This is an example of a decision that has been made that impacts students and hasn’t been widely publicized.

Your involvement and voice do not need to be limited to voting, whether the issues at hand are in Whitworth, your home state or the nation. In the same way that you can make your voice heard on local issues by contacting your senators or representatives, one of the easiest ways to ensure ASWU has the opportunity to hear your input is to contact the representative for your dorm or another ASWU member.

This board encourages you to remember how important it is to be informed. A lot comes into play here: your money, your school and, ultimately, your decisions.

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Cafe moves to fair trade options

In an effort to make Whitworth a completely fair trade university, UNITE has asked Sodexo to remove any snack products from the café that are not made by fair trade companies. Fair trade products are those which come from farmers and workers who are justly compensated.

Molly Hough, ASWU and UNITE president, presented the idea to Dan King, the operations manager of Sodexo, at the beginning of the year.

"Unite is a movement that connects students, nonprofits, businesses, high schools, legislature, law enforcement, churches, etc. to each other to stand up and speak out against modern day slavery,” Hough said.

King made the decision to aid the UNITE program in their efforts. He said he had no problem making this decision.

“I would rather serve healthier options anyway,” King said. Candy has been replaced with snacks such as different varieties of trail mix, mixed nuts, and granola bars.

Changing the products in the café to fair trade is part of the UNITE movement.

The Sodexo staff conducted research on which products were not fair trade and Molly showed them the products listed on the Not for Sale website. Not for Sale is an organization which fights human trafficking and modern-day slavery around the world.

"Sodexo was so great and so cooperative," Hough said.

Hershey’s and Mars candy companies are labeled as “medium risk” companies on the “Free2Work”  smart phone application by Not for Sale.

Free2Work draws risk data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s “List of Goods Produced with Child Labor or Forced Labor.”

They base the ranking of products by the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons’ Trafficking in Persons Report “Tier Placements.” These “tiers” measure governmental efforts to prevent trafficking.

A “medium risk product” means that zero of the top five countries from which the company sources are on the DOL List but not all of the top five countries from which the company sources are listed in “Tier 1.”

King took quick action on eliminating these candy brands from the café merchandise, replacing them with more local, sustainable and fair trade products. However, King said he cannot guarantee all the products being served in the café are from fair trade companies.

This is because not all of the food in the café has been researched. UNITE and Sodexo are continuing to work together to find local, healthy and high quality products.

“Changing the products is a work in progress,” King said. “I definitely plan to expand the options of fair trade products.”

If there is a product in the café that is not fair trade, the Sodexo team looks for a similar item for replacement.

Both Hough and King said they have received no negative feedback about the changes being made to the food to their offices.

However, Sodexo staff member Laura Steele said she occasionally gets complaints from the students.

“Many students ask when we are going to get candy bars or wonder where the gum is,” Steele said.

Although having the option of candy bars is missed, student response to the healthier snacks has been positive.

“I get quite a few students who say: ‘I like healthy.’ They like the Nutri-Grain bars and trail mix,” Steele said.

When questioned by students about the changes, Steele said she tries to explain to them about the fair trade movement.

Hough said an information sheet is going up in the cafeteria to inform students  about why the changes have been made and to educate them on fair trade.

Getting rid of candy bars in the café is one step of the beginning stages to make Whitworth a completely fair trade university.

"We are working towards becoming the first fair trade university in Washington," Hough said.

According to, Whitworth University and Eastern Washington University are the only colleges in Washington that are in the process of creating fair trade campuses.

Becoming a fair trade university will  mean securing institutional commitment to implant fair trade principles and practices within administrative policy.

Hough said other changes that may be implemented include altering the coffee in the coffee shop, finding other food products in Sodexo, and locating where products in the bookstore  come from.

Recently, a committee has been formed by the university to find out which vendors the bookstore is using for their products. On the committee are two ASWU representatives who are advocates for fair trade.

Students on the committee are pushing for the bookstore vendors to say their products are ethically sourced.

"It is hard to ask a business to shed light on things that they may not want to shed light on," Hough said.

Yet these students are willing to ask a business to reveal the origin of their merchandise and request that they make a change in order to create a campus that supports fair trade and fair trade products.

Though these are just the beginning steps, Hough said she hopes that making these changes will set an example for students and other businesses on campus.

"Students are not afraid to voice their opinion and make changes," Hough said. "I am really excited to be a fair trade college."

Students who have questions about fair trade or any other UNITE movements can email Molly and the UNITE team at


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Transparency vs. confidentiality

ASWU continues to debate secrecy in open meetings for third week after split vote Oct. 17 After a split vote Wednesday, Oct. 17, ASWU will continue to discuss how it will handle confidentiality and transparency. The discussion stems from events that occurred two weeks earlier.

The issue of transparency arose when Vice President of Student Life Dick Mandeville came to the weekly ASWU meeting Oct. 3 and asked the members to swear to secrecy before he told them sensitive information.

“He asked us to keep it secret and under no circumstances should we be able to talk about it,” East Senator, junior Laura Venemon said.

The information was eventually going to be made known to the student body, Venemon said, but Mandeville chose to give ASWU a heads up to keep communication between administration and students.

“We kind of questioned him about it that evening and were like, ‘Why are we having to keep that secret?’” Venemon said.

Opinions have differed on how the ideas of secrecy and confidentiality should be carried out.

Mandeville presented information concerning change of wording in the handbook and wanted student leaders to be aware, Strain said.

“He asked us to keep it secret and it was that language I think that kind of sparked the ‘wait a minute, are we supposed to keep secrets like that at an open student meeting especially with our goal being transparency?’” special events coordinator and senior Jonny Strain said.

However, Warren Senator sophomore Ian Robins interpreted Mandeville’s words in a different way.

“He used some choice words that made it seem like we couldn’t tell anyone, a top secret thing. At the meeting that’s what he said, but how I took it was don’t go out and advertise this. He didn’t want students to get the wrong idea, but this is something you can talk about,” Robins said. “I think we all took it maybe a little bit differently.”

The following week, Mandeville returned and apologized for putting those present in that situation, according to the meeting minutes.

The situation was new to ASWU students, assistant dean of students Dayna Coleman Jones said.

Robins agreed that the situation was rare.

“I talked with Dayna and she said she has never seen it happen. It’s not something that will happen often; they just want to make sure when it does happen we know how to act appropriately,” Robins said.

That same week, senior and Whitworthian news editor Evanne Montoya came before ASWU and presented her concern about what had happened and the seeming inconsistency between transparency and secrecy, according to the ASWU minutes.

“The next week Evanne came in; I was really glad that she did because you don’t realize how a group you are a part of may have goofed up until someone else on the outside holds you accountable. It’s humbling but it’s necessary,” Robins said. “It started great conversation about how we, as ASWU, were going to hold to our mission statement — how committed we were to that.”

The situation sparked a discussion about the proper forum to discuss confidential information. After Montoya presented, ASWU President senior Molly Hough asked ASWU to consider and discuss how they could give student feedback if the topic involved sensitive information.

“Sometimes there is information that faculty is not ready to release to the student body and we are not the appropriate people to release that information; that is their job,” Hough said.

The ASWU mission statement states, “We, the Associated Students of Whitworth University, pledge to pursue, with humility and respect, transparent representation of the student body while fostering an environment that inspires growth, passion, and action.”

“Each year ASWU makes up their own mission statement, so this year in particular they put those words in very intentionally,” Coleman Jones said.

Venemon, Strain, Hough, Robins and Jones agreed that the open ASWU meeting on Wednesday evening is not the forum to discuss private information.

“That secrecy cannot happen in the context of that assembly,” Strain said.

Three ideas have been proposed as possible solutions discussing the information in executive session, in committees and in GE-330.

Executive session would be a separate meeting with the voting members of ASWU.

Venemon said she was in favor of having executive sessions after meetings when necessary to discuss sensitive information in certain situations.

“I am in favor of the executive committee approach where maybe after the meeting we can say, ‘Now we are going have to clear the room because we have other information that needs to be discussed.’ As long as it will be eventually brought to full student attention because I don’t think I can uphold the purpose of my job if I keep information a secret,” Venemon said.

Voting members are the executive officials, senators and representatives. Coordinators, media and guests would be excluded.

Coleman Jones said some students did not approve of the idea of holding an executive session after the regular ASWU meetings.

“The reaction to that was that too many people would be asked to leave,” Coleman Jones said.

Another idea proposed was to keep sensitive information in committees.

Members of ASWU serve as student representatives on various committees across campus. Students are supposed to report back to ASWU with information to be shared with the student body; however, based on the topic and committee not all information can be shared.

“It’s all about communication and reporting back,” Robins said.

This would involve alerting people who present in ASWU that information presented in the public meeting can be released to the student body, Hough said.

“It will be our job to give them that information,” Hough said.

Last week a motion was brought before ASWU to keep confidential information in committees only; it was overturned with a 7 to 5 vote.

“People agreed it shouldn’t be in the open 5-6:30 p.m. meeting time,” Venemon said. “But in the past students have not been reliable to go to those committee meetings because of communication mishaps and scheduling conflicts with the meetings and students’ schedules. We didn’t feel like that was a reliable enough way to get student voice in on these topics and so we overturned the motion to keep it in just the committees.”

The third proposal was to present confidential information in the GE-330 class;  that way coordinators and media positions could be informed. GE-330 is a mandatory class for campus leadership and therefore not an official ASWU meeting.

Hough said a decision on the issue is expected to be made on Wednesday, Oct. 24 during the open ASWU meeting 5-6:30 p.m. in the HUB chambers. Guests are welcome.

“This year we really are thinking creatively about how to get information out to people and going the extra mile to get information out to students. Know that we are trying to serve in the best way we know how and if people have ideas they are more than welcome to shoot them to us or come to the meetings, every Wednesday at 5 p.m.,” Hough said.

Students can email executive vice president senior Tim Gjefle 24 hours in advance of the meeting to receive a free meal from the cafe when they attend.

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In the Chambers Oct. 24

Hello my fellow Whitworthians! Fall break is almost here! As Wilson Phillips would say “HOLD ON FOR ONE MORE DAY!” ASWU is eager for this long weekend. I hope you are all able to get some much needed rest and relaxation.

This week we had two speakers come to our ASWU meeting. Doug Sugano came to give an update and to answer any questions regarding the honors program. He said there are 108 students currently in enrolled in the honors program. Congratulations to those of you! This year there are eight honors courses offered and they hope to increase that number each year. A committee of students was formed to continue to generate ideas for this program and to ensure adequate student input.

Keith Kelley, Director of Service Learning, gave an update on the Service Learning department as well as new programs. Serve coordinator Kiley Schatz will help us have clear communication with this department in order enhance involvement within ASWU.

The Service Learning department has been working hard on a new model of programs that will serve Spokane holistically.

Programs include areas of health, education and hunger. They are refocusing efforts to the West Central neighborhood.

The RISE program, which is a mentorship program for high school students, recently partnered with the BELIEF program in order to achieve a goal for students to realize that a college education can be their reality.

We are excited for the elections program on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.  It will be an educational event for us to learn the views of the Democratic and Republican parties within this election.

ASWU has many great events coming up so make sure to check your emails and don’t miss out on them!

Remember to come to our meetings every Wednesday at 5 p.m. Email Tim Gjefle if you would like to be put on the dinner list.

You will get a free dinner for coming to the meeting! By coming, you can see for yourself what is happening in the chambers.

I hope you all know how appreciated you are and how excited we are to be serving you this year. Okay, it is time for all of us to kick our feet up, watch movies, and have some adventure. Fall break here we come!

Live Bold. Be Fierce.

Molly Beth ASWU President

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In the Chambers: Oct. 17

Hello Pirates! Fall is here and the campus is looking beautiful with all of the leaves changing color. Also, thank you all for being so wonderful. I am so grateful for all of you and the ideas you have presented to ASWU thus far. We love hearing what you have to say and about how you are thinking intellectually and creatively about today’s issues. This past week we heard from two wonderful guests. Macy Olivas came to speak about the committee that was formed to search for a new Provost/EVP. Michael Le Roy was in this position last year and he had the opportunity to take a job as a president of a different college. It was hard to see him leave but we are eager for the new candidates. Macy asked ASWU what characteristics they would like to see in the candidates. A great list was made, which included availability, a commitment to diversity, approachable, intellect and vision. If you have any suggestions feel free to email Macy Olivas with any suggestions. Dan King and Jim O’Brien who are in charge of Sodexo, came to update us about the new HUB expansion. They shared with us some concerns that they have heard from students and they are currently working through the kinks. Sodexo works so hard for us and truly cares about the students’ voice. We shared with them the results of the survey we conducted a couple weeks ago also and what we have been hearing around campus as well. They heard what we had to say and I’m sure they are working away trying to accommodate us as well as they can. Make sure to tell Sodexo thank you next time you see an employee!

Finally, we had a great discussion about transparency within ASWU. We want to make sure that we are serving you in the best way possible and relaying the information we know to you. Make sure to check out ASWU’s new YouTube show “Minutes in a Minute with Molly.” A video will go out once a week with an update about what has been going on in the chambers.

I would love to see you at our meetings Wednesdays at 5 p.m. This meeting is open to anyone who would like to join so come and learn about what is going on in our community. There is also free dinner involved if you email Tim Gjefle. If you have any thoughts, comments, questions or concerns please send me an email. I would love to hear what you have to say! Look forward to seeing you around campus and make sure to say hello!

Live Bold. Be Fierce.

Molly Beth ASWU President

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In the Chambers: October 10

Hipster Homecoming was a huge hit! Thank you to all who participated. Now you might be asking; does this make hipster officially too mainstream? The answer is: no way! Keep on wearing your wool socks and drinking out of your vintage coffee mugs. This past week ASWU passed a requisition for the campus retreat known as Concord. This is going to be an incredible retreat and we were happy to support all of the work that has been put into making this event. Make sure to sign up this week! There was also a requisition passed for Outdoor Rec., which will allow the program to buy mountain bikes. So, look out for opportunities to go on trips with these new bikes!

Mindy Smith and Terry McGonigal came to speak about the PCUSA (Presbyterian Church) and the task force that has been put together surrounding these issues. ASWU was educated about how the PCUSA is structured and that we are a part of the Alaska Northwest Synod. In December 2013 this synod will dissolve. Because of this a task force was put together to discuss how or whether the university will continue its relationship with the PCUSA. They asked ASWU how to best educate the student body on this issue. We spent time brainstorming how to reach students in order to show them how this issue will affect them. Look for upcoming events regarding this issue and please email me if you have any questions.

Vice president of Student Life Dick Mandeville came to speak about changes being made in the student handbook. There will be more information to come on this topic.

Oct. 15 a discussion about pornography will be hosted by Unite. It will be an open, honest, and safe place to speak about this topic and how it directly links to the sex trafficking industry. Look for the elephants around campus to receive more information or directly email the Unite team at

Make sure to say hello to the Board of Trustees who are on campus this week! We are so grateful for them and all they do for this institution. Also, be looking out for GSA events this week because they are worth attending!

Don’t forget to attend our meetings on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. Email Tim Gjefle if you would like to be put on the list for a free dinner.

Please let me know if I can answer any questions and I will see you around campus!

Live Bold. Be Fierce.

Molly Beth ASWU Presdient

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In the Chambers: October 3

A very Hipster Homecoming has invaded the campus and we are eager for the week’s events! Make sure to look for all of the incredible activities that are happening around campus. They are all leading up to the homecoming game and dance! So grab your typewriters and vintage coffee mugs and head to the service station for the dance of all dances! This past week in the chambers we had two guest speakers. Grant Casady, assistant professor in the Biology department, came to speak about a new environmental studies minor. This will be an interdisciplinary minor that includes 11 departments. It is a great opportunity for students. Seth Owens, off-campus representative, was put on a committee to help form this minor. He will be the student voice so make sure to speak to him if you have any questions or ideas. Brian Benzel, vice president of finance and administration, spoke to ASWU about new plans for the bookstore. A committee has been formed to view the new proposals for the bookstore and both Jonny Whitmore and Blaine Eldredge will represent the student voice on it.

The ministry known as YoungLives cares for teen moms in Spokane. They have multiple clubs all over the city and they truly care for these women holistically. YoungLives is doing “Jeans for Teens” and asking for any jeans you are willing to give away. It will provide clothing for these women as they are going through a transition phase in their life. The boxes will be located in the HUB, East, and Warren. Contact Samantha Keogh if you have any questions.

ASWU meets every Wednesday at 5 p.m. and I would like to personally invite you to the meeting. E-mail Tim Gjefle if you would like a free dinner for that night! I look forward to seeing you all there. Please come up and introduce yourself if you have not already. I would love to meet you and hear how the year is going. Let us know if you would like to see ASWU do anything we are not doing already. We are here to serve you and hope that is being communicated!

Live Bold. Be Fierce.

Molly Beth ASWU President

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‘Latina Confessions’ documentary kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month

Whitworth kicked off celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month by showing the documentary “Latina Confessions.” The month-long celebration started Sept. 15 and ends Oct. 15. Senior Marisol Rosado, ASWU cultural events coordinator, explained that multiple Latin American countries gained independence on and around Sept. 15. Thus the celebration of heritage is considered to be best represented by starting partway through a traditional month, Rosado said. The documentary was filmed by Skyline Features. They are a division of Skyline Community, an organization focused on the empowerment of Blacks and Latinos, along with other minority groups. Skyline Community was founded by Louis Perego Moreno in the 1990s.

“He is super down-to-earth and loves to speak to students,” Rosado said.

Since its founding Skyline Community has branched out to making documentaries. They are produced by teenagers. The teenagers recieve  guidance from Perego Moreno.

Perego Moreno didn’t want the films to be discounted on account of quality so he provided a cameraman and film editor, he said. The students acted as producers, making decisions on the interview subjects, angle of the story and how the film would flow.

Perego Moreno is a Cuban-Argentine. He wished to explore the question “What does it mean to be Latina in the United States?”

Perego Moreno has his own experience in finding your place between cultures.

“It’s been this journey of who am I and where do I belong because I have one foot in each,” he said.

The filmmakers interviewed 56 professional Latina women from across the United States, including women from Los Angeles, New York and Miami.

Perego Moreno explained that the term Latino or Latina refers to people from 19 different countries:Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haití, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Uruguay and Venezuela. With people from so many countries identified as Latino, a diverse set of expectations and traditions exist.

“We are all American, from Argentina to Canada,” Perego Moreno said.

The film struggled with the idea of culture and the surrounding expectations as well as personal identity and breaking through the preset mold.

“It means to struggle but it means to overcome,” said one of the interviewees in the film.

The women in the film were all professionals who had broken the mold in some way. Some of the women were college educated. Some were not married and others were lesbian. They were each striving to create an identity that included their cultural heritage and traditions while not conforming to them. Each woman achieved this in a different way.

With so many different countries the expectations vary and thus the conclusions of how to respond vary.

The idea of expectations and having a foot in two world touched the Whitworth Community. Sophomore Iris Chavez explained her experience as a Mexican-Honduran.

“We don’t have family reunions,” Chavez said.

Historically, the countries do not get along and this personally translates to Chavez’s interactions with her grandparents.

Toni Sutherland broadened the question to the entire audience, asking how to balance identity and expectations.

Skyline Features and Perego Moreno approached Rosado about showing one of their films at Whitworth.

“This is the one I thought would resonate best with people,” Rosado said. When making the decision she considered the Whitworth campus and demographics, she said.

Rosado continued to explain that she wants to “build a platform to talk about our experiences.”

This is the only official event for Hispanic Heritage Month. Rosado hopes to have an awareness campaign but no formal events are currently scheduled.

“People are proud of their culture all year long. It’s not only the one month,” Rosado said.

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In the Chambers: September 26

It was a great week to be a Pirate. Our football team pulled out another win to give us a 4-0 winning streak! Way to go Bucs! There was an incredible turnout at the game and tons of school spirit! The Not For Sale Academy has come and gone but it was a great success. I want to thank each of you personally who attended for making it a great event for Whitworth University and the greater community. This past week ASWU did not have its regular meeting in the chambers. We ventured out to be with all of you in order to spend quality time together! During this quality time we asked students a total of four questions to get a vibe of the campus. It is important to this year’s team that you all to know that we are for you. We care about your opinions and are passionate about serving the majority of this institution, which is the student body. We love the creativity each of you have to make this such an incredible university and ASWU wants to continually know how we can serve you all the best. Please send me an e-mail or let me know personally if there is anything you would like to see happen this year.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Recreation center happened this past Friday. Sorry to the seniors that we won’t get to experience this great new facility. However, so many other classes will enjoy all of the amazing features this new building will have!

This next week make sure to stop in for our meeting at 5 p.m. It will be held in the Hub Multi-Purpose room and Brian Benzel, vice president of finance and administration, will be coming to speak with us. Grant Cassidy will also be speaking with us on a new minor the university is thinking of implementing. If you would like your voice to be heard then we will see you on Wednesday!

I look forward to another great week with all of you and am eager to see what will unfold for us all this week! Rest assured knowing that ASWU is working hard for you. I will see you all on campus!

Live Bold. Be Fierce.

Molly Beth ASWU President Contact Molly Hough at

In the Chambers Sept. 19

It has been an incredible start to the year! We have made it through our first full week of classes and ASWU has been working away. We have been able to experience Mat Kearney, Yell off, Bingo, Mock Rock, and much more. Our sports teams have had an amazing start to the year as well. Let’s go Bucs! Our sports events coordinator, Jonny Whitmore, has big things planned for the year. For instance, on Sept. 22 we have our first home football game and there will be several prize giveaways and the locations of prizes will be announced via twitter. Follow @gobucs to learn more! This past week Pam Oswalt and Emily Soucinek came to present on Green Dot. Green Dot is a bystander initiative that encourages people to reduce violent situations. A red dot is an individual choice to not act in a dangerous situation. For example, when someone puts a drug in someone’s drink you could step up and inform that person what occurred. It is the idea that no one person should have to do everything, but that everyone should do something. In so doing, you are creating green dots and ultimately creating a safer community for everyone. Training for the green dot initiative will be announced at a later date.

This Friday, Noah Gundersen will be performing in Pirate’s Cove. Caleb Kruse has been working hard to make sure this happens, so thank him when you see him around campus. This Saturday, the Not For Sale Academy World Tour is coming and we are so excited for them to be here! Latina Confessions will be held on Thursday and this is an event you do not want to miss. Make sure to check out Pirate Port for all of the events coming up this week.

Community Building Day will be held on Tuesday and is an incredible opportunity for us, as Whitworth University, to go beyond our four walls and serve the community. I am eager to hear all about all that will be done.

Did you know that you can come to ASWU meetings and get a free meal as well? All you have to do is email Tim Gjefle and let him know that you would like to come that week. Then, you get free food and the opportunity to hear about what is going on inside ASWU and the University. We would love to have you in the chambers with us Wednesdays at 5 p.m. I will see you there!

Enjoy the sunshine and remember to live bold and be fierce,

Molly Beth. ASWU President

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