Whitworth alumni come back, teach for red and black

Mike Sardinia

The phrase “Once a Pirate, always a Pirate” rings true for select Whitworth  faculty and staff members. Several professors received an education within the same classrooms students use today.

Some have only been alumni for a few years; others graduated more than 40 years ago. No matter how long ago they graduated, they all have returned with a similar purpose: to provide their students with the same experience they had when they were Pirates.

“I had made the decision that I wouldn’t teach if I couldn’t teach at Whitworth,” biology professor Michael Sardinia said.

Sardinia said his sister, along with a few academic scholarships and a football scholarship, motivated him to choose  to attend Whitworth.

An undergraduate from 1983 to 1987, Sardinia majored in biology and chemistry and minored in theater.

He was involved in a few theatrical productions and spent a Jan Term touring with a theater group. He also played football for three years.

Director of the dance minor and Jubilation Dance Ministry adviser Karla Parbon is another Whitworth alumna who returned to teach.

“I came back to Whitworth in 2008 and started teaching dance classes,” Parbon said.

Karla Parbon

While she was a student, Parbon helped establish Jubilation at Whitworth. She majored in psychology and minored in women’s studies while she attended Whitworth from 1996 to 2000.

Growing up in Spokane for most of her life, Parbon was set on leaving to attend Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma, she said.

“It was about March of my senior year in high school that I had a huge tugging to go to Whitworth,” Parbon said. “Everything fell into place after I made my decision.”

English lecturer Adeline Grow visited her brother, who was attending Whitworth, and sat in on one of English professor Vic Bobb’s classes. Grow said she fell in love with Whitworth.

Grow majored in English and minored in math during her undergraduate years from 2005 to 2009.

In contrast to Sardinia, Parbon and Grow, theology professor James Edwards said he was not planning on attending college until peer pressure persuaded him to apply.

“I was in Young Life and my leader told me Whitworth would be a good fit,” Edwards said.

He said he found the Christian environment to be compatible with his beliefs. Edwards, used to warm Colorado winters, said he struggled to adjust to the gray skies of Spokane.

Edwards attended Whitworth from 1963 to 1967. He majored in history and minored in English and religion. Whitworth has changed in multiple ways since he was a student, he said.

“In the 1960s English and history were especially excellent areas of study at Whitworth,” Edwards said. “There were some real deficits in comparison with today, however. There was no Core program, very few women’s sports as far as I remember, and no Jan Term trips or Central America study center.”

Attending chapel was a requirement in the 1960s. Edwards said he enjoyed chapel.Adeline Grow

Parbon said that students also used to be required to attend Forum, an event held in Cowles Auditorium in the middle of the afternoon, which consisted of seminars and lectures by various speakers.

Whitworth also used to have a ski team, which Edwards participated in. The team competed against WSU, University of Washington and the University of Oregon.

Grow said she has noticed more support of sporting events since her days of attendance.

“We’re way bigger than we used to be,” Sardinia said. “The student population used to be half the size.”

Parbon said one of her favorite things about Whitworth was that it was a smaller university. Grow said that the small community was one of the most enjoyable aspects of Whitworth.

Sardinia said he loved his classmates and continues to keep in touch with them to this day.

Each the professors said that the relationships developed with faculty members had the largest impact on making their Whitworth experience enjoyable.

“I felt that these people had my best interests in mind,” Grow said. “I was viewed as a person, not just a student.”

Parbon, Sardinia and Grow were taught by professors who are still currently on staff such as Leonard Oakland, Pamela Parker, Martha Gady and Forrest Baird, to name a few.

“It’s strange to be a colleague of someone that was your professor,” Sardinia said.

Jim Edwards

The professors said the relationships they developed with their professors and the faculty was a major influence on their decisions to return to Whitworth.

“Because of my experiences, I wanted to teach where not only the mind but convictions were valued,” Edwards said. “Some of the most whole people I met were professors.”

The other main reason these alumni said they came back to teach was because of the students.

“The students here are so driven and respectful,” Grow said. “They are fun to engage in conversation with.”

Rebekah Bresee Staff Writer

Contact Rebekah Bresse at rbresee16@my.whitworth.edu

Clearing the air about cigarettes, smoking at Whitworth

Amy Youngs

After two decades of research, the link between smoking tobacco and various forms of lung, heart and mouth cancer are more than proven.

Still, many students on campus choose to smoke, whether it be pipe tobacco, shisha (wet tobacco smoked from a hookah), cigarettes or cigars.

At Whitworth, smoking not only affects health, but interactions with others. The habitual cigarette smoker is often avoided by non-smokers. Sophomore Henry Johnson said he doesn’t smoke as much as he used to, although other people still sometimes identify him by his habit.

“I remember last year, somebody said they remembered me because I was that one kid with guns on his shirt that smelled like cigarettes,” Johnson said.

Johnson picked up the habit during his sophomore year of high school, although lately he said he has been cutting back. Johnson said at a smaller school like Whitworth, it’s harder to break a bad reputation. At Whitworth, it’s only natural for smokers to congregate, he said.

“If you are a smoker, you first will find the other people that smoke, and then you will engage them at some point, because — and I feel like a lot of other people feel the same way too — you don’t feel as judged,” Johnson said. “It’s not something you do behind closed doors. You always feel more comfortable in groups of anything.”

Johnson, like many other smokers on campus, said he feels the scrutiny of other students at Whitworth. Freshman Elisabeth Ersek said she doesn’t understand why others judge.

“I especially get [looks] from visiting moms and their kids, that’s a big one, because they go out of their way to make you know that they’re giving you a glare,” Ersek said. “Smoking is not as big of a deal as everybody makes it out to be. There are so many things that people do to themselves that are unhealthy every day and that they don’t give a [expletive] about.”

Of the 35 million Americans who try to quit smoking every year, 85 percent who try to quit on their own fail, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. While many smokers wish to quit, some are content with their habit.

“The first time I smoked a full cigarette, I really liked it,” freshman Amy Youngs said.

She said that given the chance to go back and do it over, she wouldn’t change her mind about picking up the habit.

“It’s more of a stress kind of thing. It helps me calm down,” Youngs said.

Youngs said she has been the recipient of dirty looks, but that it’s her personal decision to continue to smoke. She said that as long as she keeps a respectable distance, there’s “no room for judgment.”

Johnson said if he could go back and do it over again, he is sure he would have never picked up that first cigarette.

“Most people don’t want to be smokers, but we’ve been foolish enough that we’ve gotten ourselves in this situation,” Johnson said.

He said the judgment often makes quitting more difficult.

“It’s harder for us to quit because we get more stressed out, more agitated, and it throws us back in this vicious cycle.”

Lucas Thayer Staff Writer

Contact Lucas Thayer at lthayer12@my.whitworth.edu

Senior class endowment honors memory of student

Taylor Fenters

The basis for this year’s graduating class gift will be an endowment in remembrance of Taylor Fenters, who passed away during his sophomore year at Whitworth. The endowment will help fund Spring Break mission trips.

An endowment means money is raised for a project but not all of the money is spent directly on that project. Instead, annual dividends will be put into the project in order to fund the project continually, director of alumni and parent relations and annual giving Aaron McMurray said.

Senior Curtis Gatley, a close friend of Fenters during his time at school, was with him for the later stages of his battle with cancer. Gatley first met Fenters on move-in day, in 2009.

“We had Freshman Seminar together and very quickly became best friends,” Gatley said.

Gatley said he got a phone call on homecoming weekend from Fenters saying that he was going to Seattle.

“Twenty minutes later we were on the road with a few friends,” Gatley said.

Fenters took many pictures and videos of this trip, Gatley said. On days that he misses his friend, he looks through those photos. They are memories he cherishes, Gatley said.

Fenters had been struggling with a rare form of cancer  common in children. He was diagnosed with cancer when he was 13 years old and was considered relatively old to have contracted it. When Gatley met Fenters during freshman year, he was in remission, Gatley said.

Fenters came back for his sophomore year in which he and Gatley were roommates. His head hurt and he had hip pains, but the doctors did not think that it was the same thing, Gatley said. Fenters went home Thanksgiving Break and did not come back to school. At that time Fenters was given three months to live, Gatley said.

Gatley spent the next three months with Fenters and on Jan. 18, 2011, Fenters died of cancer.

The senior class is honoring Fenters’ life with its gift. The endowment given by the senior class will be in Fenters’ name, the official title being, “The Class of 2013 Taylor Fenters Service Endowment.” The endowment is a way to commemorate Fenters in a way the senior class thinks he would support, senior class coordinator Kelly Schlect said.

“We have been in contact with the family and they are supportive of it too,” Schlect said.

All the Spring Break trips will be affected by this gift, including those to Jamaica. Senior Jack Dunbar has gone on multiple Spring Break trips taking more than 50 students to Jamaica. Those trips primarily help Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf, a K-12 boarding school for the deaf. At that site the students help with construction. They also help at an orphanage site, with newborns to age eight, and help take care of the infants.

“Life is about living in community,” Dunbar said. “It’s not about you but about serving others, Taylor did that.”

Dunbar has heard from others in his class who are excited about the gift.

“We had the opportunity to construct monuments,” Dunbar said. “Buildings will turn to dust. Investing in people will never go bad.”

McMurray has been an active participant in securing the outside donor for this year’s endowment. In order to have a successful endowment, money from other areas must be supplied. The senior class alone, in previous years, has only been able to raise about $10,000 to $12,000. The donor then is needed to match what is made in order to have a substantial endowment.

The donor for this year’s gift is trustee emeritus Dick Cole, along with his wife Liz Cole. A trustee emeritus is a faithful and long-serving trustee who can come to any meeting but is no longer an active trustee, McMurray said. In order to be a donor, he had two conditions, he said. The first was that the project had to be an endowment, and the second that the money needed to motivate many seniors to participate in the fundraising.

“I am proud of them for honoring Taylor’s life and legacy,” McMurray said. “Choosing a gift that will bless Whitworth and leave a legacy that will bless their class as they are alumni. The most memorable part of an endowment is that we will always have this fund.”

The deadline for seniors to make contributions to their gift is Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m. Contributions can be made at the Info Desk, over the phone or online.

Catherine Porter Staff Writer

Contact Catherine Porter at cporter16@my.whitworth.edu

Student privacy compromised by directory

directory

Due to a flaw in the Whitworth directory, for an unknown period of time students were able to log in to the faculty-level directory. The information systems department solved the glitch Friday, May 3.

On the faculty/staff version, when searching for students, a student could find the usual name, phone number, email, student box number and major of almost any student in the system.  In addition, unlike the student version, the faculty/staff version allowed access to students’ dorm name and room number. They could also find phone and home addresses for professors.

Tom Ryan, who works in information systems, said the access capability was not intentional and that they do not know how long the problem existed.

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), “schools may disclose, without consent, ‘directory’ information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance,” according to the Department of Education.

A subsequent clause states that schools must tell parents and students about directory information, and allow them a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information.

Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (by special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

Records manager William Carruthers said the information on a student’s profile is often obtained through the student’s application, where it is downloaded to a student’s record.  If  students make any changes, they can submit an address change form that will update new cell phone, home phone and address information.

Carruthers confirmed that no exists law that requires them to prevent students from having access to other students’ room locations.

“There’s nothing in the regulation that says we have to keep that private,” Carruthers said.  “Having said that, that doesn’t mean you have to publish everything you know, but it does mean that FERPA allows us to give a student’s address out, unless that student has placed a directory hold on their record.”

The university sends out an advisory to students through email each year, giving them direction on how to opt out of the directory before the information goes up on the intranet, Carruthers said.  Students can also submit a directory hold request at any time during the year. Making said request, however, comes at a cost.

After the request is processed, the student will not appear in a search on either the student or the faculty/staff version of the campus directory. The downside is that a student who submits a directory hold request becomes ‘invisible’ from a third party’s standpoint.  This means that students can not have their name printed on the Dean’s List or in the Commencement program at graduation, according to the directory hold request form.

“If in fact they do this, if somebody like a third party, like a prospective employer or somebody from student loans would contact us and ask for information, we’re going to say, ‘We don’t have anything on that student’ so it can be very detrimental for a student to put this on if they don’t realize the ramifications,” Carruthers said.  “Now it’s very important, too, because if you have somebody who has a stalking issue or an ex-boyfriend who’s trying to get in touch with some of our coeds on campus, we definitely want them to have the ability to hide their information. So, it is useful and necessary, but it shouldn’t be viewed as a catch-all just to get stuff off the intranet just because it really has far-reaching effects.”

Disclosing room information is not something resident assistants and resident directors generally do.

Ballard, Cornerstone and McMillan resident director Matthew Baker said that resident assistants are told not to give out information such as room and cell phone numbers.

“Not all RA’s know who is a student and who is not so it is a safer bet to say if that person is someone you don’t know, it’s better to not give out that information, as far as what room someone lives in.  [This is] also to protect that student’s wishes as far as, ‘Yes, this is my room but I don’t want just anyone knowing that I live here,’” Baker said.  “There can be some parts in some person’s story in history that makes them want to be more private about that and so we want RA’s to respect that privacy before just giving it away without someone giving you that consent.”

Due to the far-reaching ramifications of a directory hold request, the question turns to the possibility of a more selective system in which students could pick and choose which specifics aspects of their personal information were displayed on the directory. However, administrators said it’s not that simple.

Interim Provost Barbara Sanders said that while picking and choosing may be conducive to a student’s preference, the question is whether that process is even an option in this system.

“While [all options in regards to student profile information] are probably legitimate options, one needs to consider the time and resources involved in being able to make those play out,” Sanders said.

Registrar Beverly Kleeman said the administration is working with the data warehouse to see if they can prevent student phone numbers from being shown if the student does not want it to appear there.

“Bill [Carruthers] has had people ask him about that in the past and all he’s been able to say is that they could put the directory hold on, because that’s really the only capability that we have right now to block that phone number,” Kleeman said.  However, Kleeman said that the directory hold blocks everything, and due to the ramifications, the hold is not the ideal way to handle it.

Connor Soudani Staff Writer

Contact Connor Soudani at csoudani16@my.whitworth.edu

 

ASWU Update May 1

  • Director of campaign planning Tad Wisenor updated ASWU on a presentation he gave on the Robinson Science Building and Whitworth’s  focus on “place making.”
  • Greg Orwig, vice president for admissions and financial aid, explained an addition to the Act Six program. There will be eight Act Six scholars next year instead of 10, and 20 additional students will be part of a new program, called Act Six Academy. Students in Act Six Academy will receive the pre-college training offered to Act Six students, a small scholarship and other support.
  • ASWU approved a $4,633.60 requisition from the capital budget to provide supplies for a nine-hole disc golf course in the Back 40. The requisition was made by intramural coordinator Tyler Coopman, who will be working with facilities services on the placement and installation of the course.
  • ASWU approved an addition to the bylaws of their constitution that provides for a closed executive session, attended only by voted members, for situations when the information being discussed cannot be shared with the student body.
  • ASWU also made changes to their Financial Standard Operating Procedures. There will now be a requirement that two students who are not involved in ASWU are on the budget committee. They also approved a clause that Spring Break trips would not receive funding from ASWU.

Stained-glass ceiling: Considering women in ministry

Stained glass graphic

Women’s leadership is a topic that has long been debated by the Christian church. Different denominations have different ways of approaching the subject, and often disagree even among themselves, said women’s and gender studies professor Pamela Parker.

“Almost every denomination has ended up having splintering over this issue,” Parker said.

Different branches of the Anglican church have divided opinions on women’s ordination. Episcopal Church in the USA affirms women in leadership, while the Anglican Catholic Church does not affirm women holding positions as bishops, priests and deacons, according to cbeinternational.org.

Senior Abbey Cook said she was discouraged from her career path at Whitworth’s Women in Ministry panel this past March. Cook, who said she hopes to teach faith and politics at the university level, said that many panel participants told her she shouldn’t.

“I was told by three people that I ought to reevaluate that call,” Cook said. “I’ve never been outright told ‘No, you are sinning by doing this.’”

Cook said the incident was upsetting, but pushed her to establish Whitworth’s chapter of X2, a club that seeks to address issues of women’s equality. Cook said the club, which was chartered last month, has three main focuses: education, mentorship and advocacy.

The mentorship aspect of the group is still in development, Cook said, but the goal is to pair female Whitworth upperclassmen with professional women in the same field, and underclassmen with junior and senior women in the same area of study, as mentors. She said that women are less likely to go into careers where they see no female role models.

“It is often more difficult for women to find mentors,” Cook said. “We think it’s important that they have women to look up to.”

Mentorship, as well as education and advocacy, is also important for women on campus because of the low levels of confidence Whitworth women have reported, Cook said. She said the most recent NSSE statistics report dramatically lower numbers of women feeling intellectually and socially confident than Whitworth men. Next year, X2 will work on developing and implementing the mentorship program, and bringing awareness to issues of gender disparity within and beyond the Whitworth campus.

Jennifer Brown, head of Women and Gender studies at Whitworth, said there will be another panel on campus next year comprised mainly of women in ministry roles. The idea is not to have a debate, Brown said, but to get women’s voices heard.

Parker said there are “sticky passages” in the Bible that elicit disagreement between Christians.

One such passage is from 1 Tim. 2:12-13: “But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet, (13) For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve.”

Parker said that this passage and others should be examined from a broader cultural perspective, which takes into consideration the relationships of that society.

English professor Thomas Caraway, like Parker, said that cultural context of the texts should be thoroughly examined. He added he believes that changes in our interpretation of scripture are the result of cultural changes.

He said he believes that some Christians, particularly in the Protestant and Evangelical traditions, often pick and choose which Bible passages to obey, depending on the community.

“We selectively interpret it to the way we want it to be,” Caraway said. “So where do you draw the line?”

Caraway attends a non-denominational church in Spokane where women are not allowed to be elders. He believes using Bible passages to explain the exclusion of women from leadership fails to address the real issue at hand, he said.

“It seems more like apologetics for implicitly sexist attitudes,” Caraway said.

He said that applying universal significance to the material in Paul’s letters is overly legalistic.

“I think that beyond the direct words, parables and actions of Jesus, we have to be really careful about saying this is the only way something can be done,” Caraway said. “It’s only Jesus whose motivations can’t be questioned.”

Liv Larson-Andrews has been the pastor of Salem Lutheran Church in Spokane for nearly three years. She said she has not faced a lot of direct opposition in her church - a branch of the Episcopal Lutheran Church of America  - which has been ordaining women for more than 40 years.  She said Christians are often not in dialogue with one another on disagreements.

“More and more it seems like there are circles of the church that just don’t touch,” Larson-Andrews said.

She said in her personal experience she had the full support of her congregation, who have allowed her to integrate her roles as both pastor and mother. However, some women are encouraged not to go into ministry at all.

“I find myself having conversations with other young women who are told by their mentors to think about youth ministry, think about teaching, think about some other sort of social assistance ministry, but don’t think about being a pastor, because that’s not okay,” Larson-Andrews said.

Theology professor James Edwards said that scripture is not clear on the ordination of women because ordination as it is today did not exist in the New Testament church. He said there remains a plausible argument for women’s ordination, due to the treatment of women as leaders in the New Testament.

“The same Paul that made that command of Timothy [in 1 Tim. 2:12], evidently works with women in more or less ministry roles,” Edwards said, citing Priscilla and Phoebe as examples.

Edwards affirms the inclusion of women in ministry, but maintains that there is no concrete scriptural clarity. However unclear, he said he believes the topic does not need to be as divisive as it is today.

“I think given the fact that the exact role of women in ministry is not clearly defined, Christians need to be tolerant of those who disagree with one another on this issue without breaking fellowship,” Edwards said.

The Roman Catholic church stands in opposition to the ordination of women, arguing that their belief is based on Jesus’ own practices and not on cultural or personal ideals.

Reverend Christopher J. Coyne, in an article published on catholic.org, wrote that the church does not have a right to decide who to ordain. Rather, the church is bound to following Christ in his practices.

“ In accepting and handing on [ordination] , the Church is bound by fidelity to the example of Christ to reserve ordination to males who have legitimately received this call from God and who are accepted by the Church as having received this call,” Coyne wrote.

Senior Josh Trevathan studies theology at Whitworth, and is getting his certification for ministry. He said he believes that, while women hold the same worth as men, God has designated them for different positions.

“In complementarian tradition, we acknowledge that certain duties and roles are designed for [women], and men have other roles. However, their dignity and value is the same,” Trevathan said. “My opinion is biblically centered, in that I believe men and women are different.”

Trevathan said that Christians who reinterpret parts of the Bible, often do so to accommodate their personal moral beliefs, and doing so ignores the objective realities of right and wrong.

“Because society has a different opinion, we’ve decided to try to mold the Bible to it, and that’s very dangerous.”

Larson-Andrews said the Bible forbidding the practice of women teaching and leading is not so matter-of-fact.

“The thing that gets to me is when people say ‘scripture is clear,’ if anything, it’s unclear,” Larson-Andrews said. “It’s a diversity of voices, and that’s one of the things that’s wonderful about the Bible.”

However, Larson-Andrews said she believes there is scriptural support of women holding pastoral positions and other positions of leadership.

“We read scripture alongside the movement and speaking of the Holy Spirit today,” Larson-Andrews said. “If women are experiencing the Holy Spirit calling them, I think we have scriptural precedence to listen.”

Katherine Knoll Staff Writer

Contact Katherine Knoll at kknoll16@my.whitworth.edu

After the smoke cleared: A Whitworth Alumna who ran the Boston Marathon, a student in Washington D.C. tell their stories

The Boston bombing on April 15 proved to be an experience that would impact the lives of all who were involved.  For Whitworth alumna Lesley Williams ‘96, that day will always live in infamy.

Williams was competing in the Boston Marathon day and crossed the line about two minutes before the bombs went off.

After crossing the line, Williams said she was burnt out because of the difficulty of the marathon.  There was a procession after the race, and on her way to get water, she heard it.

“It sounded like an explosion, it didn’t sound like anything else.  There was no doubt that  it was an explosion...There was a lot of surprise, shock,” Williams said.  “I turned around, there was smoke coming up in the air, but I was too far away to see anything once I saw the smoke in the air...and then the second one went off and, I just knew it was a bomb.  Everyone around me knew it was a bomb.”

Williams said that the marathon volunteers kept telling her and the other runners to keep moving forward and move away from the finish line.  In the midst of it all, Williams said there was chaos but not panic.

“People had their phones with them and they started calling people.  We heard the word ‘bomb’ at that point.  I proceeded...two blocks to the buses where our dry clothes were to get my phone, to call my husband,” Williams said.  “He was panicked because he heard about the explosion too and I think he said a good ten or twenty minutes he had trying to get ahold of me, but since I didn’t have my phone, he couldn’t.”

Williams that after some discussion, she organized for her husband and the people that were cheering her on to meet her at a nearby hotel.  She sat in the lobby and waited until they came to pick her up.

Despite the events from this marathon, Williams said that everyone she talked to in the running community talks about doing Boston again next year.

“I don’t expect Boston to be the same.  I’m sure that any running event is going to be different from now on,” Williams said.  “I don’t think anybody is going to stop putting on a marathon because of this.  I think they just have to be more vigilant or more aware that anything could be a target.”

Farther south, Whitworth junior Nathan Reid said through email that he was presenting his policy recommendation on the CISPA Internet Security Bill to the Legislative Correspondent in US Senator Jeff Merkley’s office when he first heard of the bombings.  The next day, April 16, Reid said he and his fellow interns saw an obvious increase of overall security, intended to thwart any follow up attacks after the Boston bombing.

In addition to the events in Boston, the ricin-laced letters sent to Senators provided an additional area for American concern.  On the morning of April 16, Reid  received an email that the U.S. Capitol Police were notified by the Senate mail-handling facility that they had received an envelope containing a white powder that was intended to be sent to a Senate office just down the hallway from where Reid worked.

“After the preliminary tests indicated the substance was ricin, we were told that the mail service would be shut down for the next few days, which really impacted our office,” Reid said.  “The rest of the day went smoothly, and I left the building without any worries.”

On April 17, Reid said the day began just like the day before with increased security screening upon entering the Senate building. Then at about 11 a.m. they were notified to “shelter in place” due to suspicious packages being left around the building and because a suspicious man had been delivering letters with powder in it to Senate offices around the building. One of the packages was just down the hall from their office, and they were unable to leave to go to a more secure place.

Reid said that they were instructed to simply shelter in place until the Capitol Police could deal with the situation.

“At the time it was fairly frightening because I had never thought I would be in this type of situation. Additionally, to think that someone was sending Ricin, a deadly powder, to offices in the same building was nerve-wracking,” Reid said.  “Thankfully, the Capitol Police were able to respond to the packages, which were benign, and after about an hour and a half we were given the all clear and able to leave our office.”

Despite their different experiences, both Reid and Williams had similar responses to the end of the chase to find the suspects in the Boston bombing.

“My initial reaction to the death of the first suspect was upsetting because I know that the police were trying to capture both of the suspects to interrogate them to find the motive behind the attacks,” Reid said.

Williams said through email that she was glued to the television during the manhunt, hoping and praying they would be taken alive.

“I feel very grateful to the officers and analysts who tracked them down.  I am relieved to know they cannot do something like this again,” Williams said.  “As far as the one being killed, I wish he had lived.  He seems more like the ringleader of the two and I wish he was around to answer questions.  But they captured one and that will be enough for me. I look forward to his trial.”

Connor Soudani

Staff Writer

Contact Connor Soudani at csoudani16@my.whitworth.edu

Are smart phones a smart tool?

Reading through a syllabus for Whitworth class, students are likely to find a statement about cell phone usage during class. Normally, they’re to the tune of “keep it out of sight and turn it on silent.”

Smartphones have all the features of the traditional cell phone, including text messaging, taking photos and jotting down important reminders. Most have wifi functionality, allowing a user to check their email and surf the internet abroad. This can be useful for the student on the go.

”My syllabus says manage your electronic devices with respect and maturity,” said Joy York, associate professor of communications. “If you have to take a call, send a text, whatever, just go ahead and leave, then come back.”

If the smartphone is a student’s preferred method of taking notes, class policy can pose a problem. For York, a text is the same as a call in that it can be just as distracting, but she said she is more flexible about cell phone usage in class than what she sets forth in her syllabus.

“I think the reason why I’m fine with it in the classroom is because it hasn’t gone over what is excessive. What I see is students are pretty aware that when they’re texting, they’re not present,” York said. “They get it.”

A recent study conducted at Wilkes University reported that nine out of 10 college students admit to texting in the classroom. In a survey conducted at the University of New Hampshire, a little over half the respondents said that cell phone usage affected the amount of information received during class.

The survey did not specify whether the students gained more information or less, although the results do indicate that cell phones still pose a problem for the easily distracted.

Steve Outing, director of the Digital Media Test Lab at the University of Colorado, is experimenting with incorporating cell phones into his class curriculum. He is doing so in part to prevent students from being distracted by the devices.

"For my class, I have students tweet at least twice a week, or if they hear something really insightful in class they are allowed to tweet about it. I believe that if you give students something to do with their phones during class, it's harder for them to do other things on it, like check Facebook," Outing said.

However, Outing said, he is hesitant to make smartphones a class requirement.

"Accessibility is an issue that could prevent smartphones from being integrated into the curriculum.They're becoming more common, but not all students own smart phones,” Outing said. “It wouldn't make sense to make something a requirement for a class if not everyone has access to it."

The latest smartphone models can fall anywhere between $100-$300, not including monthly subscription fees. In places where wireless internet is not available, smartphone users have to download data from their carrier network. Such plans often have a limit to the amount of data that can be used on a monthly basis, with potential fines for going over.

Ken Brown, Whitworth’s Director of Information Services, said that the Whitworth is already planning on making Whitworth’s online resources more mobile friendly, and more accessible.

"A Pirate Port for mobile devices is in the works, although it will be some time before it can be used," Brown said. "The information services department prioritizes helping students with their PC's. Smartphones and tablets usually don't have as many problems connecting to Whitworth's wifi."

For those who can afford the monthly charges, an array of third party applications are available to students aimed at making academic life easier, both in and out of the classroom. For example, Evernote, a note taking app for tablets and smartphones, is a free note-taking application. Users can take notes on their tablet, computer, or smartphone, and the notes will automatically back up to Evernote’s online servers.

Evernote’s Student Ambassador Megan Otter said she’s one of Evernote’s biggest fans. As a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh, Otter became a volunteer Evernote Ambassador after discovering how the app could help her declutter her student life.This semester, Otter has no need for binders or notebooks, and is living a “paperless” life.

“I carry around a moleskine notebook and my iPad, and that’s all that I carry around with me for my classes,” Otter said. “Even though teachers give me papers, I come home at the end of the day, and I automatically scan everything into Evernote. I take pictures of everything I can take pictures of, and then I recycle all of that paper.”

Otter said that the smartphone-tablet gap in classroom policy doesn’t make much sense to her.

“Professors might allow a laptop or tablet, but for whatever reason, it’s seen as different from a smartphone,” Otter said. “I can understand that perspective, but at the same time, if you are looking at someone who has an iPhone and an iPad, you can get all of your texts on your iPad. It can be just as big of a distraction.”

Lucas Thayer

Staff Writer

Contact Lucas Thayer at lthayer12@my.whitworth.edu.

Students prepare to move off-campus

As the school year comes to an end, students are preparing either to head home or move into their new apartments or houses. Many students may be unclear about what the process of moving off-campus involves, and there are often misconceptions about Whitworth’s requirements involving housing situations. Associate director of housing Alan Jacob said that roughly a third of Whitworth students live off-campus.

Reasons for Living Off-Campus

Annalisa Wells graduated from Whitworth in January. She said she lived off-campus for her senior year for several reasons.

“I wanted to learn how to be independent. The older you get, the more you begin to notice the age gap between yourself and the freshmen, and you need a change of scenery,” Wells said.

Kelsey Mix is a freshman who moved off-campus during Jan-term break. She currently lives with some good friends of her family who live nearby.

Mix said she moved off-campus because of her job.

“I work downtown. It takes half an hour to get down there, and I come home late at night. I felt bad about waking up my roommate,” Mix said.

Michelle Youngbloom and Elisabeth Spencer are juniors who have lived on-campus for the past three years. They are planning to live off-campus next year. Youngbloom said she decided to move off-campus for health and sustainability reasons.

“We’re going to have chickens and make our own food,” Youngbloom said.

Spencer said the reason she lived on-campus this year was because it was practical.

“I enjoyed the resources provided by the university, the professors and the academic buildings, but I’m ready to move on with my life,” Spencer said.

Youngbloom and Spencer plan to grow most of their own food in a garden next year.

Finding a Place to Live

Wells said she used a number of resources in her search for an apartment.

“I am a researcher at heart, so I looked online a lot,” Wells said.

She said she narrowed down her findings to five houses and showed the options to her future housemates. Together they narrowed the options down to three houses, which they all visited.

She also said that students should ask their professors and friends if they know of available houses or apartments.

“Some of the best deals are heard by word of mouth,” Wells said.

Wells said she advises people to start their search for an apartment early, even though landlords may not rent until later in the year. She said this helped her find the best living arrangement more quickly.

“There are places that won’t rent until February or later, so keep your options open and know what you want,” Wells said.

Housemates

Wells lives in a house with five other girls.

“You should definitely take time to think about who you want as housemates—don’t just base it on prior friendship,” Wells said.

Wells said people will experience difficulties even if they know their roommates before they move in with them.

“Expect hardship. It’s a learning experience that’s part of growing up,” Wells said.

Wells also said that people shouldn’t necessarily live with their best friends.

“Don’t live with people you’re close to unless you know you can live with them. Not everyone has the same standards, so honesty and communication really make a difference,” Wells said.

Wells said that people should be open and flexible in their approach to their new living situation.

“This is the first house you’re getting on your own, and you are going to be sharing it with a lot of people,” Wells said.

Spencer said people should fill their houses with housemates they like.

“If you only live with two or three people, you’ll get lonely,” Spencer said.

Budgeting

Wells said that each person in her house pays $320 a month for rent. In addition to rent they each pay between $20 and $40 a month for utilities, electricity, garbage and internet.

“How much you pay for internet really depends on what deal you get,” Wells said.

Kelsey Mix said that she pays $150 a month and occasionally brings home dinner. She said she doesn’t have to pay utilities because she lives with a family.

Youngbloom said that everyone in their house will pay $250 for rent each month. The lease includes free internet.

Jacob said he recommends students visit whitworth.edu/offcampushousing, which shows comparisons of rent in the area.

“There’s a section to help you understand the jargon of a lease. With landlord-tenant leases, what you have written down is the law,” Jacob said.

He said that students often don’t appreciate the gravity of their lease.

“They get blindsided because they don’t understand the situation they’re in,” Jacob said.

Landlords

Spencer said the landlord of her house was very helpful.

“He went over everything, and he was being very honest. He said that he would tell us before comes over,” Spencer said.

Youngbloom said the landlord also promised to repair anything they needed.

Jacob said it’s good for students to know their rights as a tenant.

“You need to know what kind of services you can expect and what safety issues landlords need to address immediately. There are laws about these things that students aren’t aware of,” Jacob said.

If students are unfamiliar with Washington’s laws regarding landlord-tenet policies, they can visit portal.hud.gov/hudportal, which links to several websites that explain those policies.

Whitworth Housing Policy

“Students are required to live on campus until two years after their high school graduation date,” Jacob said.

Jacob said that this has been the policy for the past eight years.

“The policy wasn’t defined clearly enough before then. We just changed the wording, not the implementation,” Jacob said.

Jacob said that there are several exceptions to the housing requirements. A person is exempt from the requirements if they are living in Spokane with a member of their immediate family, if they have a medical issue or condition that Whitworth is unable to accommodate, if they are married, or if they have a child listed as a dependent on their taxes.

Jacob said that finances are not taken into consideration.

“Whitworth is a product—an expensive product. If you only wanted to pay for half a car, you couldn’t do that,” Jacob said.

Jacob said living on campus is a vital part of the Whitworth experience.

“It’s like Core; it’s part of going to school here,” Jacob said.

He said that the school doesn’t try to hide its costs, policies or requirements.

“As students, you have to make a decision--do I like this education enough that I’m going to pay the money for it?” Jacob said.

Jacob said that Whitworth expenses are necessary to maintaining a strong program that benefits students. He said that the residence life program is much more important to Whitworth than creating revenue.

“Campus housing and meal plans do create revenue for the university, but that’s not why we do it; it’s just how we pay our bills,” Jacob said.

The Process of Moving Off-Campus

Mix said that she sent a letter to the housing department saying why she wanted to live off-campus. Both her parents and the family she was living with had to sign a waiver.

“It was a really easy process,” Mix said.

Jacob said that students who aren’t required to live on-campus anymore simply don’t sign up for the housing lottery. If a student is still required to live on-campus but wishes to move off-campus, they can go to whitworth.edu/housingrequirement and fill out the waiver posted there.

“Then they submit it, and I try to get it done in about two weeks,” Jacob said.

Reasons to Stay On-Campus

Jacob said that students who live on–campus are more likely to benefit from what the university has to offer.

“They are also more likely to graduate from Whitworth and graduate on time,” Jacob said.

He said that Whitworth has a high four-year graduation rate because students are required to live on campus for a certain amount of time. He said that on-campus students are also more likely to have a higher GPA and more likely to feel connected with fellow students, faculty and staff and the school culture.

Molly Daniels

Staff Writer

Contact Molly Daniels at mdaniels16@my.whitworth.edu.

Students present at literary conferences

Five students had the opportunity to present their academic papers at two literature conferences this past month through the sponsorship of the English department. At these conferences, students present their own scholarly papers or creative works in front of an organized panel of peers.

“The conference can be really inspiring to attend,” senior Blaine Eldredge said. “You are around a great deal of creativity.”

Eldredge presented a personal essay and a collection of poetry at the Northwest Undergraduate Conference for Literature at the University of Portland on April 13.

The NUCL is a regional conference open to college students and honors or advanced-placement high school students. The University of Portland offers prizes and a scholarship on behalf of NUCL.

“I love the ideas of the conference,” Eldredge said. “To honor an undergraduate’s pursuit of scholarship is amazing.”

Senior Diana Cater and junior Jessica Weber also attended the NUCL.

An English and biology major, Cater presented a research paper discussing Randy Shilts and non-fiction science narratives.

“I was looking for a way to combine both of my disciplines in a research paper,” Carter said.

At the conference, students are given 15 minutes to present the main points of their papers. Students are encouraged to use any method they believe will best represent their paper. For example, Cater used visual aides to help the audience understand the concepts of her paper.

“It is a struggle to reformat your paper in a way that’s logical for someone who is listening to understand,” Weber said.

This is Weber’s second year attending the NUCL. She presented two literary critical essays at the conference this year. Weber also shared one of these essays at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference held April 4-6 in Ogden, Utah. As a national conference, it is considerably larger than the NUCL.

“There were 500 papers submitted at the Utah conference and only 200 were accepted,” Weber said.

After presentations, students are encouraged to engage in a question and answer session with their peers who presented similar topics at the conference.

“It is a rare chance to learn under what circumstances a piece is written,” Eldredge said.

Both Eldredge and Weber said this was their favorite part of the conference.

Other events at the conference included a keynote speaker and a reception time, which allowed students to connect with each another, as well as professors from other schools, journal editors and publishers.

“If you haven’t published anything and you are interested in publishing something, the conference is a good place to get that support,” Eldredge said.

For Whitworth students to attend a literature conference through the English department, their paper submissions need to be approved by the English department first. The faculty chooses which works should be sent to conferences. Cater said professors take into consideration who has attended conferences before when selecting papers to be submitted. They want to make sure that many students can engage in this experience.

If a paper is accepted by the conference, the English department then sponsors the student to attend.

“When professors take note of your work, they encourage you to do more with it,” Cater said. “I probably wouldn’t have applied without the encouragement of my professors.”

Though it is a literature conference, it is not limited to English majors. Both the NUCL and the NULC accept research papers such as argumentative scholarly papers on literature and analytical papers of the contemporary culture as well as creative works such as original poems, original essays and fiction.

“After the conference this year, I am really excited to enter my work into a public space,” Eldredge said.

Rebekah Bresee

Staff Writer

Contact Rebekah Bresee at rbresee16@my.whitworth.edu.

Relay event will fund cancer research

Whitworth will work to support the American Cancer Society at Relay for Life this year. Unlike in past years, it will not be a regular relay event, which runs through the night, but rather a feeder event, which is a smaller relay that will not include individual teams.

This year’s goal is to raise $5,000 or more, said junior Tirra Seely, Relay for Life treasurer at Whitworth. The money that is raised will go to ACS and will be directly invested in the Spokane community. It will fund cancer research, transportation and care packages for cancer victims.

Whitworth is part of Colleges Against Cancer, a section of the ACS. CAC is working with multiple chapters to show that young adults can and want to make a difference in the fight against cancer, according to the ACS website.

Last year’s relay at Whitworth had low attendance, so the ACS dropped Whitworth’s Relay for Life event for this year. When the relay committee contacted the ACS,  they were told that Whitworth’s event was dropped by mistake, sophomore Alanna Panter said. As a result, this year’s relay will be a feeder event. The committee is planning on using the feeder event to raise attendance, which allows next year to be a full event.

“It is different but we are raising awareness and attendance,” Panter said.

Relay for Life is a time for community members, staff, faculty and students to come together and support cancer awareness.

“It is a time to come together and remember those who have had cancer,” Seely said.

Domino’s Pizza will provide dinner for the event, which will be free upon entrance. There will be a Luminaria service from 6-7 p.m., where participants can decorate a bag for cancer victims or survivors. Bags are free and will be lighted while a speaker, to be announced, will talk about past survivors and the current fight against cancer.

There will be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and the winners will receive a $40 gift certificate to Red Robin. Also, the Bram Brata Steel Drum band will perform. A dance will be held from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

“It should be super fun and have something for everyone to do,” Seely said.

Another aspect of this year’s relay is the return of senior Sarah Cameron, who will provide the music for the event.

“It will be a mix of worship with some covers as well as originals,” Cameron said. “I have a fun set list planned.”

Aside from the basketball tournament, which will cost $3 per person to enter, everything inside the relay will be free of charge. Fundraising will primarily be centered on tickets, but students can also donate. Sodexo meal entries will be accepted, along with checks made out to Colleges Against Cancer.

Relay for Life will be held Friday April 26, starting at 5 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. Tickets are $5 for pre-sale and $7 at the door.

Catherine Porter

Staff Writer

Contact Catherine Porter at cporter16@my.whitworth.edu.

 

New pro-life club focuses on supporting moms at WU

Junior Louisa Wilkinson transferred to Whitworth from Northwest College in Powell, Wyo. less than six months ago, but has already begun to lead. Wilkinson started Whitworth’s newest ASWU-chartered club, Whitworth Students For Life.

The group is a branch of the national organization, Students for Life of America, which  is the nation’s largest youth pro-life organization, according to studentsforlife.org.

Wilkinson said there was a branch of SFLA at her last school. She said she was surprised that the club did not previously exist on the Whitworth campus, and felt called to start one. After going through the necessary steps of starting a club—such as drafting a constitution and gathering members for a leadership board—Wilkinson’s proposal was approved by ASWU on April 10.

Wilkinson said she believes that abortion is a relevant and important issue to discuss in college. She said according to the Guttmacher Institute, 45 percent of abortions in America are performed on college-aged women, and 65 percent identify themselves as Christian.

“There are women on campus getting pregnant who have no idea what to do, or who to turn to,” Wilkinson said. “There needs to be a voice on campus to reach out and help these girls.”

Senior and WSFL vice president Stephen Bolin said he thinks that this is not only an important issue for college, but it is particularly important to Whitworth as a Christian university.

“I think as Christians, we need to do something,” Bolin said. “We need to show all the love and support that Jesus first showed [us].”

The mission of the club is not to push an opinion, but to create a more “baby-friendly” campus, Wilkinson said. She said that although abortion is often a very controversial political topic, she has no interest in the club pushing a political agenda.

“We don’t believe abortion is a political issue, we believe it is a moral and ethical issue,” Wilkinson said.

Despite potential controversy the club may create, Wilkinson said that so far all of the feedback she’s received has been positive, though she expects there may be more of a mixed response once the club becomes more established.

“We might receive more [negative feedback] next semester, because this is a controversial issue, but we’re encouraging conversation,” Wilkinson said. “We want to encourage people to join us and talk.”

Sophomore Larissa Huff, East and Duvall representative on ASWU, said there was some hesitation at first among ASWU members to approve the club. However, after discussing the benefits, she said the vote was strongly in favor of WSFL.

“We understood this club wasn’t here to force any opinions, but just to provide support for people going through a hard time,” Huff said.

She said she appreciated that the club encouraged conversation, rather than being one-sided.

“It creates a space where people can feel safe to talk about this issue,” Huff said.

Whitworth Students For Life’s first meeting took place Wednesday, April 17. Bolin said the turnout was good. He said after only a single day of advertising, ten people showed up to the meeting.

Wilkinson said many students who attended are now members of the club. She said she has had 12 students commit to participate in WSFL.

Because the club was chartered so late in the year, Wilkinson said there will only be time to host a few events before the end of this semester. There will be a movie night Wednesday, April 24; the club’s second meeting on Thursday, April 25; and a prayer vigil the week before finals to commemorate victims of abortion.

Wilkinson said she is planning on many more events next year, including a potential diaper drive. She said that one of the long-term goals of her club is to install diaper-changing stations in campus bathrooms. That is part of the pregnant on campus initiative, which seeks to provide support and resources for mothers on college campuses.

Katherine Knoll

Staff Writer

Contact Katherine Knoll at kknoll16@my.whitworth.edu.

Kipos and Sodexo collaborate on hydroponic gardening

Kipos

Soon, the Sodexo cafeteria will receive a brand new addition to its new addition. Next year, food won’t just be served, but will also be grown in the dining hall.

Kipos, Whitworth’s community gardening club, is in the process of building a hydroponics enclosure in Sodexo’s new addition. The enclosure will yield fresh herbs and spices, which Sodexo will incorporate into the daily menu.

“The goal of this project is to get people started on thinking, ‘Where does my food come from?’ and thinking about it in a more holistic way,” Kipos president Dana LeRoy said.

LeRoy also said he hopes the project will show students that people can grow food themselves, even if they don’t have a lot of land available.

All of the parts for the enclosure were sourced from a local hardware store, with the labor provided by members of Kipos. The enclosure will be ready by the first week of May, LeRoy said.

The concept behind hydroponics is rooted in basic agricultural theory. Plants need water, sunlight and a combination of minerals found in soil to grow. If those mineral nutrients are dissolved in water (water that the roots of a plants are steeped in), then there is no need for soil. That means the plants can be grown anywhere there is sunlight. And there’s plenty of sunlight in Sodexo.

The hydroponics initiative was the brainchild of junior Alden Welsch, an applied physics major who first started experimenting with hydroponics and aquaponics in his home. Another Whitworth student, junior Craig Bingham had developed a similar interest in hydroponics and sustainable living during his time studying abroad in Costa Rica.

This year, Welsch and Bingham live in a house off campus complete with its own aquaponic ecosystem. Rather than flooding the roots of plants with nutrients, small fish lived in the water that the plants were being raised in. The waste from the fish fed the plants, and the plants put oxygen back into the water for the fish.

The Sodexo connection didn’t occur to Welsch until Jan Term. Welsch was inspired when he dined at Sodexo at Gonzaga in the beginning of the year, and  saw that they had hydroponics systems lining all the windows. The lettuce grown in the hydroponic enclosures was being used in the cafeteria’s food.

“I said, ‘Hey, Sodexo caters for us, too,’” Welsch said. “So, we should do this, too.”

Welsch and Bingham put together a proposal, and explained their idea to Jim O’Brien and Dan King, Sodexo managers at Whitworth.

“By the looks on their faces, we weren’t sure if they were on board or not,” Welsch said. “They’re very forward-thinking about what they want to do with the HUB. They were very cooperative on working with us on both budget and logistics.”

The enclosure will cost roughly $800. ASWU provided approximately half the funding for the raw materials, with the other half provided by Sodexo.

The first year will be trial and error, LeRoy said. However, he said, there’s room to expand if it does well. Members of Kipos have considered plans for hydroponic gardens in the dorms, although no formal proposals have been made.

Welsch plans to transfer to Washington University of Saint Louis next year to join the engineering program, so he will be unable to experience firsthand the fruits of his labor when classes resume in the fall. However, he said he hopes the hydroponics initiative will continue to grow after he’s gone.

Lucas Thayer

Staff Writer

Contact Lucas Thayer at lthayer12@my.whitworth.edu

ASWU Update April 17

  • President Beck Taylor spoke to ASWU about two decisions made by the Board of Trustees. They made changes Whitworth’s denominational connections (see page 3). They also changed the wording of Whitworth’s cohabitation policy to remove a statment that defined marriage as between a man and a woman (see “Board of Trustees decides on denominational relationships, student handbook” online at thewhitworthian.com)
  • Jack Dunbar and other students who went on the service trip to Jamaica thanked ASWU for the $1,500 requisition that they used to lower the cost of plane tickets for the trip.
  • Bryce McCandless and Ruthie Wabula presented to ASWU about the LS350 project, which will support Community Health Evangelism’s work in Ethiopia.
  • A requesition by Samantha Pridemore for $1,900 to purchase 100 Spokane Block Party T-shirts and 200 tank tops to be sold as a fundraiser. ASWU passed the requisition but with a reduced number of tank tops (100), bringing the cost down to around $1,180.

WU develops new relationships with religious groups

Whitworth's ties

Last week, the Board of Trustees decided that Whitworth will remain affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). In addition to maintaining a relationship with the PC(USA), the university will start developing relationships with other denominations and Presbyterian organizations, as well as refining theological language that describes the religious identity of the university.

 

Importance of Partnerships

 

Dean of spiritual life Terry McGonigal said partnering with organizations outside of Whitworth is important because of the benefits those relationships provide for both the students and the organizations.

“Our first responsibility is the education of the students. This is the way in which the university also serves churches,” McGonigal said.

He said that churches often look to Whitworth for certain resources, such as ministry interns. Whitworth also has connections with many non-Presbyterian churches in Spokane.

“We are thrilled that our students are involved with a variety of churches in Spokane. We’re glad to have these relationships, and we want to deepen them,” McGonigal said.

Professor of theology Keith Beebe said Whitworth will not be exclusively related to the PC(USA) in the future, but will instead maintain its reformed and evangelical  identity and expand its interests by exploring new relationships.

 

Presbyterian Churches Leaving the PC(USA)

 

The PC(USA) is the oldest and largest of the nation’s three most prominent Presbyterian organizations. According to the PC(USA) website, more than two million people worship in the 10,000 churches affiliated with the PC(USA).

Some churches have left the PC(USA) due to the recent positions that the organization has taken on certain social issues. Beebe said there have been changes made to the Book of Order—a set of directions for Presbyterian church government, worship and rules of discipline—to make it more flexible. The PC(USA) changed their definition of marriage to include same-sex marriage, and it has approved the ordination of homosexuals.

“Underlying issues give rise to others. The more conservative side sees this as symptomatic and having to do with the authority of scripture,” Beebe said.

Whitworth alumna Amy Erickson ’12 is an intern at First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. The church left the PC(USA) and joined another Presbyterian association, the Evangelical Covenant Order (ECO), in April 2012. Erickson was at Whitworth when the decision to leave the PC(USA) was made.

“The body of elders had a session, and they decided to recommend to the congregation that they leave the PC(USA),” Erickson said.

Erickson said that her congregation’s reason for leaving the PC(USA) was that they thought the views it promoted were a distraction from what the church valued.

“We thought that being in this organization isn’t helping us perform Christ’s mission,” Erickson said.

The elders held a straw vote to determine if the congregation supported the idea of leaving, and the majority of the congregation was in agreement with the motion. In late April there was an official vote to leave the PC(USA).

Some church members worried the church would not be able to keep the property on which it was built, but the church reached an agreement with its former presbytery.

“The church was part of the Pueblo Presbytery, and they owned the land. They used the gracious dismissal policy so we didn’t have to buy the property. The church still has to pay dues based on headcount, but eventually they won’t have to pay anymore,” Erickson said.

She said she knows of other cases in which presbyteries were less willing to compromise with departing churches.

Erickson said that she thought the process went well overall.

“It’s never easy to go through this kind of divorce, but it was easier because the whole congregation was on board. This kind of thing often splits the church,” Erickson said.

Erickson said she still recognizes the benefits of the PC(USA) and that her congregation’s decision was not meant to make a statement against the organization.

“There wasn’t an ‘us vs. them’ mentality. We know that there are so many faithful people in the PC(USA). We just knew that we can be more effective for Christ—and do what we feel to be best for ministry—by partnering with other organizations,” Erickson said.

 

ECO and EPC

 

Beebe said five to seven churches leave the PC(USA) each week. Those churches will often join a more conservative organization. ECO, founded in 2012, and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), founded in 1981, tend to take  more traditional stances than the PC(USA) does on social issues.

“ECO and the EPC are the most viable options. Other ones tend to be smaller and much more conservative,” Beebe said.

Beebe is an ordained pastor, and he said that he has been asked by some pastors in Spokane to speak to congregations about the idea of leaving the PC(USA).

He said he talked about dealing with conflicts and how the congregation could think about the current state of the denomination. He said he also told the congregation about the history of previous controversies in the Presbyterian Church.

“A year and a half ago, a number of leaders in the more conservative part of the denomination left to form a new one,” he said. This new denomination became the ECO. Beebe said that a number of other conservative churches have left the PC(USA) and joined the EPC.

“If a church doesn’t like what’s going on in the denomination, they have several choices. They can stay in the denomination; they can go to the EPC, which has been around for about 30 years; they can go to ECO,” Beebe said.

Erickson said her church has not changed significantly since becoming part of ECO.

“It’s not that different, but in the long term it gives the church a lot more freedom, more accountability and healthier relationships with other churches we’re partnering with,” Erickson said.

McGonigal said that as churches leave the PC(USA), some choose not to join another organization. They may decide instead to function independently, which means that new denominations are now being created under Presbyterianism.

“Some students here are a part of these new denominations, and we want to support these students,” McGonigal said.

McGonigal said one of the problems is that Whitworth has not changed its financial aid policy toward Presbyterian students. He gave the example of the Samuel Robinson Scholarship Association.

“One of the requirements is that the student must be a member of a PC(USA) Church. If the student’s church has left the PC(USA), they do not qualify for the award,” McGonigal said.

 

Making Connections

 

Whitworth University is currently working on several different connections with Presbyterian organizations, including some local and regional Presbyterian churches, as well as the Presbytery of the Inland Northwest and the North Puget Sound Presbytery, which are affiliated with the PC(USA), McGonigal said.

“We’ve always had these wonderful relationships, but they weren’t as targeted and specific as we intend them to be moving forward,” McGonigal said.

Whitworth is now trying to make those relationships more beneficial to both students and the communities.

“We’re trying to help the students with specific connections for summer ministry internships,” McGonigal said.

 

Whitworth Defined Theologically

 

McGonigal said that over the past year, the school has been using input from current students, faculty, staff, alumni, board members and other friends of the university to develop language that describes Whitworth theologically. They came up with seven words: Christian, reformed, evangelical, ecumenical, global, missional and Presbyterian. In the next year, the university will pursue an ongoing dialogue about what those words mean. There may be Prime Time discussions, panels or lectures to talk about the meaning of those words.

“If you take any of these words out, you don’t have a complete theological description of Whitworth,” McGonigal said.

Students will have to take into account the relationships Whitworth has with various outside organizations, as well as the changes being made in Whitworth’s religious affiliation, if they are to have a correct understanding of how the university relates to these seven words.

 

Molly Daniels

Staff Writer

Contact Molly Daniels at mdaniels16@my.whitworth.edu.

Airport security measures revisited

Knives graphic

After the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans came face-to-face with their untested and false sense of security.  Now, the Transportation Security Administration is telling Americans that their closely held fears about someone bringing a knife on a plane, will be realized.

The TSA chief, John Pistole, has declared that their new policies which allow passengers to bring certain types of baseball bats, hockey sticks, golf clubs, pool cues, lacrosse sticks, ski poles and small knives onto planes will continue as planned despite opposition.

Despite the multitude of new items passengers are allowed to bring onto a plane, the advent of the new knife policy is causing the most uproar.  The blades are allowed to be 2.36 inches or six centimeters in length and no more than half of an inch at their widest point.  They are also not allowed to have a locking or fixed blade or a molded grip.  However, fear remains as Americans remember the box cutters that were used to hijack the American Airlines flights on September 11, 2001.

Political Science Professor Michael Artime is not surprised at the public response and said he believes that it is justified.  Artime also said that the policies put in place for over a decade now have cultivated fear in the minds of passengers.

“The TSA has been telling people that your toothpaste has to be a certain size, you can’t bring nail clippers onto the plane, you better take off your shoes and stand on your head before you go on a plane,” Artime said.

Demonstrating that everything passengers do in the process of checking people onto a plane prevents them from harm, is evidence to people that one should be afraid of everything from your cell phone to your water bottle.

“I think that the public response to that is very rational to say ‘wait, you have told me that...I can’t bring a soda on the plane, now you’re telling me that I can bring a knife on a plane and I’m supposed to feel safe about it?’” Artime said.

In addition to public outcry from potential passengers, the new policy is also receiving backlash from flight attendant unions and pilot unions that argue that the policy is unnecessary and unsafe.

However, senior Lauren Loudon, whose father serves as a captain for Alaska Airlines, said that even those fears are somewhat overblown.  Her father is an Federal Flight Deck Officer, and Loudon says she does not fear for his safety even with this new policy.  As a part of the FFDO program run by the Federal Air Marshal Service, a pilot can be licensed to carry firearms for defending the flight deck against 9/11-style attacks.  Additionally, Loudon said that she flies more than anyone she knows and that while she has seen her fair share of drunk people and flustered passengers on flights, she is not concerned.

“Flight attendants are very well-equipped to handle a situation involving a reckless passenger,” Loudon said.  “They receive extensive training and are much more well-equipped than most people realize.”

Artime said that it ‘flies in the face of’ everything that we’ve been told to allow us to take knives onto a plane, and that flight attendant and pilot fears go back to the nature of 9/11.

“There’s not a logical progression here.  It’s not like we’re taking small steps forward.  People hear that, ‘yes, now given everything that you’ve been taught we’re going to allow people to carry knives on a plane,’” Artime said.  “I think you could not expect a different reaction from people who have been brought up very much being taught to fear many different things.”

Along the same lines, sociology professor Raja Tanas said that the fear of terrorism has instilled that fear into America and captivated the people.  However, he is adamant that the public’s reaction to this policy change has exploded out of proportion.

“It’s really not a threat and...I think it’s ignorance and lack of information that makes people fearful, and before people talk they should really try to understand and look at it very carefully before throwing things out.  Information, information, information.  People have to be informed,” Tanas said.

In addition, Artime says that however improbable it is, the chance of something happening is still a possibility.

“I think that is what we have been taught after September 11, that there is a percentage chance that this could be used as something dangerous so we might as well not allow people to bring it on a plane,” Artime said.

Another, somewhat overlooked, contributing factor to the TSA’s decision comes in response to the time it takes a passenger to get through a security checkpoint.  Tanas said that this policy will do wonders for efficiency.

“They are already finding these knives and collecting more than 2,000 of them a day.   Now when they see them in your pocket they are not going to discuss it.  Can you imagine?  Even if it takes one minute or maybe two minutes or three minutes to talk to the passenger about this knife...that time is wasted.  It will expedite the movement of the line for the passengers and save time for the TSA,” Tanas said.

In the end, the fact that Americans know that taking down a plane and flying it into a building is a possibility, changes the situation from twelve years ago.

Bat graphic

Tanas said that no one in those planes on September 11 thought in their wildest dreams that the terrorists were aiming to do what they did.

“If, for example, they knew, maybe two or three people would have sacrificed themselves, but they had no idea, no clue...I think, God forbid, if it happens again, passengers will deal with that differently of course,” Tanas said.

 

Connor Soudani Staff Writer

Contact Connor Soudani at csoudani16@my.whitworth.edu

 

Note: A correction was made to this story regarding the number of knives being collected each day. The number was mistakenly reported as 200,000 instead of 2,000.

Student group grows profits, experience

Whitworth Student Investment Group

The members of the Whitworth Student Investment Group (WSIG) gather twice a week to discuss the future of the economy. The 30 members break into groups to research stocks, talk of the financial news and manage their $110,000 stock portfolio. It isn’t a simulation. The money is real, as are the risks.

The club is open to all majors. Club chair Austin Vierra said newly admitted members aren’t allowed to begin making big decisions right away.

“We have a big responsibility to manage that much money, and you need to know what you’re doing before you’re allowed to have a vote,” Vierra said. “It’s not hard to lose a lot of money on the stock market if you don’t know what you’re doing.”

For the most part, the members are in charge of teaching each other how to invest on the open market. Their goal is educational, not just fiscal.

“Our goal is to make a return, and we want to try to outperform the market. At the same time, our goal is ultimately a learning process, to be able to apply these things to the real world,” Vierra said.

Vierra said he believes it’s a good way for people to be informed of how to handle their own finances.

“We don’t have a finance program at Whitworth. I think this really is showing that there’s a latent desire in the student body to really push for a finance program to become a reality,” Vierra said.

The studies of economics and finance are two distinct fields, but are somewhat closely related. Economics is the study of how goods are produced, consumed and distributed. The study of economics establishes assumptions that businesses can use to operate competitively. Finance deals with the actual logistics and fine details of carrying out exchanges on the open market.

Since there isn’t a finance major at Whitworth, the group’s founding members had to learn to invest on their own, Vierra said. From there, they went on to teach others how to invest.

Learning to invest is a valuable skill for an individual of any major, said Brian “Duff” Bergquist, executive-in-residence for the Whitworth School of Global Commerce & Management and the group’s adviser.

“Next semester there’s a few more finance classes being offered. We’re hoping for a minor down the road, and eventually a major,” Vierra said.

Currently, WSIG’s portfolio is one-tenth the size of the portfolio of Gonzaga’s student investment group. In the future, Vierra said, the group aims to receive funding from the school to have its own research lab.

The group was started last year by a several students who taught themselves how to navigate the stock market with guidance from Bergquist. They presented their charter to two trustees for approval, who then provided the money for investment. Now the group operates freely on the free market.

The group only handles buy and hold orders, the most basic type of investment. Members assess a stock to determine if the it will yield the desired amount.

“Any gains that we make in the market, we get to reinvest those and we get to use those how we choose,” Vierra said. In the past, the group used its profits to fund research on campus and to buy new software.

Considering the recent state of the economy, Vierra said he would guess an overall stagnant market, with minor increases in health.

“Is it a good time to invest? From a true investor’s standpoint, you shouldn’t really care what the market’s doing,” Vierra said.

Lucas Thayer Staff Writer

Contact Lucas Thayer at lthayer12@my.whitworth.edu.

Board of Trustees decides on denominational relationships, student handbook

Denominational Ties

Whitworth will continue to hold onto its ties with the Presbyterian Church (USA) but also expand its partnerships with other groups, including different Presbyterian organizations and other denominations or churches. The Whitworth Board of Trustees announced its decision, in response to changes in the structure of the PC(USA), after its executive session Friday, April 12.

“I think the board made a strong and courageous decision to acknowledge on the one hand our historical relationship with the PC(USA) and on the other the opportunity to expand [other] relationships more formally to best represent where Whitworth already is in terms of its ability to reach out to other denominations,” President Beck Taylor said.

The board’s message also emphasized that Whitworth’s theological identity is shaped by three main ideas—reformed theology, evangelical  tradition and ecumenical connections.

Taylor noted that those words can mean different things for different people.

“If Whitworth is going to go around and use some of those words that we need to come to a shared understanding in the community about the meaning of those words and more specifically how those words can help shape the mission and life of the university,” Taylor said.

Taylor said students will have a role in shaping that understanding. Most of the conversation, however, will occur this fall.

 

Student Handbook

The board also revisited a proposal to change some of the language of the student handbook.

The proposal was brought up in the October meeting, but tabled as the board did not have sufficient time to discuss it. After renewed conversation they decided to remove a statement in the handbook’s cohabitation policy that defined marriage as between “one man and one woman.”

The Student Life Committee proposed the change in response to comments from Whitworth community members including students and alumni who questioned the inclusion of this language in light of Whitworth’s policy of not taking sides on issues on which faithful Christians disagree.

“I think really it was constituents of the university saying we hear one thing said about the university but we read something else in our policy,” Taylor said.

One of the Board’s roles is to ensure that Whitworth’s policies and procedures align with the school’s mission and identity.

“Whitworth has historically decided that it would cast its Christian mission in the context of a belief in the centrality of Christ and the authority of holy scripture,” Taylor said.

Still, Christians can believe those things and still come to a variety of conclusions on certain issues, Taylor said.

“Instead of claims that the university has a monopoly on truth on any particular issue we’ve always elevated the role of the university as a place where ideas can be discussed,” Taylor said.

The revised wording does not make any changes to the prohibition of cohabitation itself.

Taylor described both decisions as “descriptive” of how Whitworth already is, as opposed to “prescriptive.”

“Students shouldn’t expect a new Whitworth as a result of these changes, but rather I think the board’s direction and decision only affirms and strengthens who and what Whitworth already is,” Taylor said.

 

History of the cohabitation policy

Prohibition against cohabitation appears in the 1981 student handbook, said Dick Mandeville, vice president for student life.

“There are slight differences in the language every year for six years, and then the language that we would recognize appears in 1987,” Mandeville said.

As with the other aspects of the Big Three, the cohabitation policy states the rule, and then outlines values that inform the rule. The former policy defined marriage in its description of the values.

According to the former student handbook, “The Whitworth community’s commitment to the authority of scripture leads us to believe that the genital sexual relationship is to be understood and experienced within the context of that mutually acknowledged commitment to lifelong union known as marriage. We also believe that this union is to be understood as a committed relationship between one man and one woman (heterosexual monogamy).”

As he was working on rewriting the language of the handbook, Mandeville contacted Greg Hamann, former director of resident life, and Glenn Smith, former director of student activities. Hamann and Smith authored the original language.

“The first thing they each said separately was ‘that language [defining marriage] really shouldn’t have been in the student handbook,’” Mandeville said.

Student leaders were the first to make Mandeville aware of the inconsistency between the handbook’s explicit stance and Whitworth’s policy of not taking sides in these kinds of issues. During training for student leaders, some questioned the inclusion of the position.

“It came from a student conversation that led to a conversation with the Student Services Committee of the Board of Trustees,” Mandeville said.

Last spring the Student Services Committee asked the Student Life Committee to rewrite the policy.

The newly-approved policy removes the definition of marriage, now stating, “The Whitworth community’s commitment to the authority of scripture leads us to believe that the genital sexual relationship is to be understood and experienced within the context of marriage, and that to express it otherwise would diminish the high regard we have for this gift from God.”

For Mandeville, the change allows the university to be more consistent with the messages it sends to the student body.

“I think for us to be inconsistent is always a problem because it creates a credibility gap with students,” Mandeville said. “There have been students who have spoken to me and said that the policy makes them feel uncomfortable, unwelcome or marginalized, and I’ve had students come in and say ‘regardless of what I believe about this, it affects me that it is in our handbook and it is inconsistent.’”

Mandeville said a university is a good place for people who believe different things to discuss their views.

“We ought to be able to engage in those conversations civilly,” he said. “I think anyone who comes to this place ought to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of what their positions are.”

 

Whitworth’s Direction

Taylor said that the decisions to expand denominational ties and change the student handbook wording were not made based on a political or ideological spectrum.

“Some might view that we’re moving to the right, some might view that we’re moving to the left, on either one or both of those issues,” Taylor said. “Actually, I think that perfectly captures Whitworth, in the sense that it’s not about ideological, theological or political ideas. It’s about how we can best create the most fertile, constructive and healthy learning environment in the context of our university’s Christian mission.”

The Board of Trustees is entrusted with the goal of keeping Whitworth healthy and strong, both for current and future students, Taylor said.

“The board members are the protectors and the chief proponents of the mission of the university,” Taylor said.

The Board’s statement on Whitworth University’s Denominational Relationships as well as an FAQ are available on the Whitworth website.

Evanne Montoya

News Editor

Contact Evanne Montoya at emontoya13@my.whitworth.edu

WU professors featured at APA philosophy conference

Nathan King

Professors at Whitworth are required to stay updated in their field while they are teaching. Kathleen Storm, the Assistant Provost for Faculty Development, said professors are expected to engage in activities that promote community and scholarship.

While professors are not required to attend conferences, Storm said involvement in such activities can be beneficial.

“In addition to helping someone remain current in one’s field, involvement in a professional guild can offer opportunity to be an influential voice in the discipline,” Storm said.

Whitworth professors of philosophy Joshue Orozco and Nathan King said that participation in conferences is effective because it promotes collaboration, healthy criticism and the pursuit of knowledge and truth.

 

The APA and the Society of Christian Philosophers

The American Philosophical Association holds three major conferences a year; each conference is distinguished by region. Orozco and King attended the Pacific Division conference in  March.

“It provides venues where the profession can get organized and disseminate ideas,” Orozco said. “It also sets some standards for professional conduct.”

The association contains smaller individual subgroups that align with certain values. These subgroups hold their own meetings during the conference.

One of the groups is the Society of Christian Philosophers, which publishes the journal “Faith and Philosophy.” Both King and Orozco are members of that group and were invited to participate in one of the group’s events during the conference.

 

King’s Paper

King was invited to present a paper, and Orozco was asked to comment on it. King’s paper focused on religious skepticism.

“Skepticism is the idea that we shouldn’t believe or disbelieve; we should merely withhold judgment,” King said.

King said he wanted to critique existing skeptical arguments and come up with a stronger argument.

“As I’m a Christian, I sought to respond to the argument and see if Christianity can stand against skepticism. I hope the kind of work I’m doing can show how Christianity can withstand intellectual scrutiny,” King said.

In his paper, King tried to construct a better argument for skepticism. He then responded to the skeptical argument and attempted to show why it failed to sufficiently threaten theism.

“Whether we should give up our beliefs depends on how rational it was to hold them in the first place. If it was rational, adding in evidence might not affect belief to the same extent,” King said.

He said in his paper he tried to give examples as to how Christianity can be rational.

To prepare for commenting on the paper, Orozco spent time discussing it with King.

“About two months in advance we got together and talked about what he was going to say and defend in his paper,” Orozco said.

Orozco’s comments focused on showing ways in which King’s skeptical argument could be resisted and ways King’s argument could be improved.

 

Reasons for Participation

King presented papers at two previous conferences in 2012 and 2010. He said that Christian philosophy has been an up-and-coming phenomenon over the past 50 years, and he sees his involvement with the APA as a way to push research and knowledge forward.

“It’s important for Christian philosophers to deal with intellectual problems to the church,” King said.

Simon Puzankov | Photographer

He said he hopes that projects like this can help people understand religious disagreement. In addition, he said that he values the comments offered by Orozco.

“Getting good criticism of one’s work is like the equivalent of someone telling you that you have food in your teeth,” King said. “There are things I would have been blind to without criticism.”

King said he thinks good criticism promotes growth and development.

“Criticism needn’t be off-putting or painful. Given the right kind of interaction it can be extremely helpful,” King said.

Orozco said being involved with the Society of Christian Philosophers is an opportunity for those committed to Christianity to explore views and present challenges.

“We work to try to get a richer and fuller understanding of who we are and challenge one another in our pursuit of truth,” Orozco said.

Orozco said it was a good opportunity to discuss a philosophical paper with his colleague.

“To be able to do that with him in a more public setting, and I think that models the sort of community we ought to have at Whitworth,” Orozco said. “Collaborating is critical for the sake of pursuing truth, and it embodies what I think we should be doing on campus.”

Orozco said that there aren’t many times when Christians try to present the strongest argument against belief.

“Part of what it is to be educated is to be an individual who approaches one’s most critical commitments in an intellectual and virtuously responsible way,” Orozco said. “It doesn’t mean just sitting with beliefs and not challenging them for fear of being wrong,”

King said he plans to continue being involved with both the APA and the Society of Christian Philosophers.

Molly Daniels Staff Writer Contact Molly Daniels at mdaniels16@my.whitworth.edu

Health Center personnel seek to connect with students

Health Fair

Director of health services Kristiana Holmes has been working to expand the services of the Health Center and provide students with opportunities to take control of their own health.

One of the steps Holmes has taken to accomplish this goal is collaborating with Off-Campus Programs and Service Learning to create a travel clinic for prospective study abroad students.

“We recognized a need for helping to connect with students who have health needs and providing them with health plans for travel,” Holmes said.

Travel clinics began last fall in preparation for Jan Term 2013 programs. At a clinical visit, a student meets with a nurse to go over any medical concerns, address country specifics and discuss travel preparation.

“Some students who have never traveled before have not thought of basics such as immunizations they may need,” Holmes said.

Through the travel clinics, nurses receive information about the student, which then allows them to make a personal health plan for travel.

“I want students to see that health readiness is an integral part of studying abroad,” said Charles Tappa, associate director of Off-Campus Programs. “We want students to get the most out of their study abroad experience and health readiness is essential to achieving that.”

Tappa said changes in activity level, diet and environment associated with travel can quickly tire the body, making it more vulnerable to illness. The goal of the travel clinic is alert students to these changes so that they can prepare themselves for their study abroad program.

“I don’t want to send someone on a trip and then have to bring them home early for a health-related condition,” Tappa said.

The Health Center was at the last two Study Abroad Fairs so that students will associate health readiness with travel from the moment they first start considering their study abroad options.

Holmes is beginning to connect the travel clinic with the Costa Rica program as well. Presently, the Health Center provides services to prepare a student to travel to Costa Rica, but they hope to provide more long-term medical services in the future.

The Health Center staff saw increased success in the flu campaign and clinics this year.

“This was the first year in probably six years that we dispensed all the flu vaccine,” registered nurse Leann Dettmann said.

A record 300 flu vaccines were given on campus this year. Both Dettmann and Holmes said there were only a few cases of flu seen at the health center this year.

“Hopefully we are helping students stay in class, stay up on their academics and not get ill,” Holmes said.

The advertising put together by junior Hillary Millard contributed to the success of flu clinics, Dettmann said. Communicating information better to students is something the staff of the Health Center is attempting to improve.

“We don’t always do a good job of letting students know what resources are available,” Holmes said.

The Wellness Fair is one method the staff of the Health Center uses to reach out to students.

The latest Wellness Fair, Tuesday, April 8, allowed students to connect with resources provided on campus such as the Fitness Center, health advocates and Sodexo.

“The health advocates we have on campus work through the department and did the majority of the work for the fair,” Holmes said.

The Health Center staff continues to look for ways to expand the Wellness Fair in addition to other methods of reaching students.

“Sometimes I consider us to be a best kept secret,” nurse practitioner Linda Torretta said. “The students just need to know we’re here.”

Holmes said she wants to establish a “health promotions area” where students can get meaningful and timely information.

She also said she hopes to collaborate with counseling and set up more support groups.

“We need to do more to support students in a variety of ways,” Holmes said.

Part of the issue of getting information out to students is that the Health Center is currently understaffed.

Torretta is the only nurse practitioner on staff. The Health Center is accustomed to operating with a half-time nurse practitioner as well.

“It has been a challenge to meet the needs of the students when we are not fully staffed,” Dettmann said.

Torretta said finding a part-time nurse practitioner has been difficult due to a shortage of experienced nurse practitioners in the area.

Being the only nurse practitioner, Torretta is the only staff member who sees to all the patients and can examine, diagnose and treat them.

“Anything that can be taken care of in a regular doctor’s office can be taken care of here,” Torretta said.

The staff of the Health Center is held to confidentiality under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. They can not disclose any information without written permission from the student.

Both Dettmann and Torretta said the Health Center is a safe place.

“When we talk about what goals and objectives we want to achieve as a department, we constantly talk about the students,” Holmes said. “We want to accommodate the students.”

Rebekah Bresee Staff Writer

Contact Rebekah Bresee at rbresee16@my.whitworth.edu