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. 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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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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Unite program brings events, awareness toWhitworth

Whitworth University has the mission of providing its students an education of mind and heart. As a part of that mission, the faculty and staff hope to equip their students to honor God, follow Christ,and serve humanity. One of the most recent ways in which Whitworth students and administration plan to abide by this charge is through the Unite program. Unite is a community alliance designed to eliminate human trafficking as well as educate young people  about the problem and empower them to make a difference. The issue of human trafficking may seem foreign and far away, but in reality this injustice is present in Whitworth’s own backyard.

Last July, Spokane police raided and shut down eight brothels, one of which was only five miles away from the Whitworth campus.

Angeles Solis is president of the International Justice Mission club and a Unite advocate.

“Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world. It is affecting so many people,” Solis said.

Molly Hough and Audrey Evans brought the idea of Unite to Whitworth and started contacting community organizations, Solis said.

“What truly inspired us was that human trafficking affects our daily lives: the food we eat and the clothes we wear. There could be a brothel across the street,” Solis said.

Human trafficking not only includes sex trafficking, but labor trafficking as well. It is common for victims to be forced to work in domestic homes, farms or factories that have inhumane conditions while receiving little to no pay.

After being informed of the human trafficking crisis by Hough, Whitworth University President Beck Taylor decided to do some research of his own.

“I was quite alarmed at what I discovered — that Spokane is a popular ‘way-station’ for human trafficking,” Taylor said.

Freshmen, along with other students and community members, were given a look at the real horror of sex trafficking during Convocation. Guest speaker Minh Dang shared her personal experience of being sold as a sex slave by her parents.

Dang was chosen to speak at Convocation by Taylor and Chief of Staff Rhosetta Rhodes.

Taylor said they chose Dang because they knew she would be able to articulate the human trafficking crisis and put a face to the horror through her personal experience. Dang’s experience was a transformational story that also provided hope, he said.

Freshman Brianna Almaden is interested in the program.

“It was crazy to hear Minh’s story. This stuff just doesn’t seem real until you hear it from someone who has actually experienced it. I think it is cool the school is taking part in this big problem. I want to be involved however I can,” Almaden said.

Unite is wasting no time before impacting the community. It has already reached out to universities and organizations in Spokane, Seattle, Vancouver and Portland.

“Unite is a movement utilizing and providing a platform for diverse organizations to collectively raise awareness and join activists with other activists. We want to shed light on the structural inequities and social forces that allow injustices to exist,” Solis said.

The main goal of the Unite movement is to enhance opportunities for students to engage in their community and live out the Whitworth mission statement, Solis said.

“The wonderful thing is if we can rally our whole community, we may be able to actually move the needle on this issue and not just raise awareness,” Taylor said.

Unite had its kick-off event on Thursday, Sept.13.  It featured Mark Kadel, director of World Relief Services in Spokane.

The next big event for the Unite project is the Not for Sale Academy World Tour that will be hosted in the Hixson Union Building Saturday, Sept. 22. The event will include workshops, speakers who have had personal experiences with human trafficking and a performance by The Wrecking.

Rebekah Bresee Staff Writer

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