In the Chambers Nov. 14

Hello Friends! I hope you have all been able to watch Minutes in a Minute to keep up on the latest news within ASWU. Well, the cold weather has finally arrived and I am still in denial hoping the sun will come out. But! Instead of focusing on the rainy weather…play the glad game and think of one thing you are grateful for. Do it. Right now! I am grateful for laughter, fires and hot chocolate!

Any who, lets get down to business. Two weeks ago in the chambers we had Larry Burnley, Assistant Vice President of Diversity and Intercultural Relations, come and speak to ASWU about the different diversity initiatives that are part of the 2021 plan. It was great to hear about the time, energy and passion that is being put into our diversity commitment as a university. The university is also examining how to best support underrepresented students once they are on campus. They want to provide the best experience and environment possible for all students. I know that you have all memorized the 2021 plan, but if you would like to know more about these plans I would encourage you to take a look at it. You may also contact Larry Burnley if you have any questions of your own.

Audrey Gudeman also came to speak to ASWU about the different bias incidents that have been happening around campus to an array of students. She spoke about the seriousness of this issue because Whitworth students do not feel safe and that is unacceptable. Audrey is one of the individuals currently trying to collaborate with faculty and staff to ensure that all students feel safe. Let’s be a university that is accepting to all students.

This past week Aaron Leetch, Athletic Director of Whitworth, gave us an update on the athletic department. Whitworth’s athletes are doing an incredible job. Let’s go Bucs!

Remember to visit our meetings every Wednesday at 5 p.m.! Email Tim Gjefle if you would like to be put on the dinner list for a free meal. I hope you all have a great week and make sure to say hi when I see you around campus!

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 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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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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