Whitworth Student Pro-Life Club brings attention to number of abortions occuring at Planned Parenthood

An array of small pink crosses that covered the lawn outside the library were sure to grab attention from across campus, and that is just what the Planned Parenthood Project was intended to do. Last Tuesday the Planned Parenthood Project was brought to Whitworth by the Student Pro-Life club. Bright pink banners were set up along the sidewalk, each one showing statistics from Planned Parenthood’s 2011 annual report. The 915 crosses were a visual display representative of the 915 abortions that happen everyday at Planned Parenthood, according to the 2011 annual report.

“I didn’t know what to think, it was all very shocking,” freshman Andrew Goodwin said. “I didn’t see an announcement about it so I was very surprised.”

Northwest Regional Coordinator, Lisa Atkins, is based out of Seattle and travels throughout Wash., Idaho, Ore., Mont. and Ark. to train and equip pro-life student groups throughout the Region. Lisa is currently on tour with the Planned Parenthood Project display. Students For Life of America has also created the “We Care” Tour, which addresses the question of rape, and the “What Has Roe Done For Us” Tour, which encourages discussion of the Roe v. Wade decision. “

“We are here to encourage dialogue about who Planned Parenthood is as a business, and that their agenda is abortion,” Atkins said

Whitworth’s own Pro-Life club was started two years ago by alumni Louisa Wilkinson and since then has had three different club presidents. Junior Michael Dumais is the Current Club President of Whitworth Students for Life.

Dumais has been directly involved in the pro-life movement since a young age along with his family. He points out that his beliefs have not changed since then, but have rather been refined, he said

“Our club is centered around raising awareness and making colleges more life-centered,” Dumais said. “We want people to talk about the issue and talk about it in an intellectual manner, whether pro-life or not.”

Students for Life of America is not religiously affiliated because it is a secular organization. The pro-life movement has supporters from a wide range of belief systems and is not necessarily Christian-affiliated.

“This is a human rights issue, not a religious or political issue,” Atkins said.

“Overall the Planned Parenthood Project went well and started many conversations,” Dumais said. “I had a conversation with two people who were very pro-choice and that was very rewarding. People were very respectful.”

As of now, the Whitworth Students for life club is trying to provide more resources for women and make Whitworth a more “mother friendly” campus, Dumais said. There have been posters advertising “ichoice,” which is a clinical resource for women, and they are also hoping to have baby changing stations in all restrooms on campus.

“We want to open conversation and we think that if we’re silent on this issue, we’re not helping anybody,” Dumais said. “Overall, this was a very positive experience.”

The choice to marry young should be respected by all

Marrying before the age of 25 is no longer the norm in America. In fact, marrying in one’s early 20s has become somewhat stigmatized. This attitude is reflected by many college students, including students here at Whitworth.The average ages at which men and women are marrying have reached historic heights: 27 for women and 29 for men and it’s still climbing, according to the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.

Marrying Young

  Marriage should never be rushed into, but there is no set timeline for love. That is not to say that everyone should marry earlier; it is only to say that the age at which one marries is not indicative of the quality of the marriage. Early marriage does not deserve the ignominious reputation with which it has been given. Marrying young comes with many challenges. It may be fairly described as a practice of great risk and great reward. Neither partner’s future is certain and each person is still maturing, but these challenges are the exact reasons why marrying young should be respected. The years of adolescence through young adulthood are among the most transformational times of a person’s life, and sharing those years as a married couple offers benefits unique to young marriage. In the early years of adulthood, men and women are still in the process of identity development. They are choosing interests to pursue in higher education and careers, experimenting with new forms of expression and assuming new responsibilities as they live independently for the first time. Each person is still figuring out who he or she will become. With marrying young, growing up is a shared experience. Each person’s struggles and achievements are known to the other. The what, how and why a person developed the way he did is known to his spouse because his spouse was a first-hand witness to the events. Any young couple may experience these years of growing up together, but only in fragments. Unless they were to marry each other later, each partner’s future spouse will only have a secondhand account of developmentally impactful events. The shared experiences from an early age can strengthen young married couples beyond measure. Growing up together also means that habits and behaviors have not yet solidified. A couple that marries young develops their behaviors in relation to their partner’s. They build off one another and learn to complement rather than conflict. People who don’t meet their future spouse until they’re older have already established their habits, and learning to adapt them to work with their spouse can be challenging. All of the shared memories, the shared trials of becoming a mature adult, the shared successes and failures of youth—these are irreplaceable benefits of marrying young. True, there are benefits of marrying older, most of which seem to revolve around a desire for individual stability prior to marriage—completed education, stable career, some savings, perhaps even a house before marriage. The desire to enter married life from a stable foundation is by no means a bad plan. Research has shown that men and women who marry in their late twenties tend to have a higher income than those who married young. The rising generation may be fairly characterized as emphasizing the importance of the individual. A strong individual foundation prior to marriage is a reflection of that attitude. Even so, marrying later rather than sooner is not free of its own downsides. “Twenty-something men and women who are unmarried—be they single or cohabiting—report more drinking, more depression, and lower levels of life satisfaction than do their married peers,” according to the National Marriage Project. While couples who marry later develop their personal foundations (education, career, savings, property, religion, sense of identity) independently from their spouse, young married couples have the opportunity to develop their lives together, jointly constructing their foundations. Like nearly all aspects of marrying young, building one’s adult life intertwined with another is one more example of great risk/great reward. Constructing one’s adult life inseparable from one’s spouse can result in an incredibly strong relationship, but if the marriage fails, dividing into two separate, stable lives can be extraordinarily difficult. Marrying later, and by doing so having established an individual foundation, can serve as a failsafe should the marriage devolve, but no one should ever marry with the mindset that they can just divorce should the marriage fail. Such an attitude fosters a weak marriage from the start, so if that is the case, marriage should be reconsidered or postponed. Marrying young is not for everyone and that is perfectly all right. The point is, marrying at a young age should be respected. There are valid reasons to do so, just as there are valid reasons to wait. There is no timeline for love, no age by which one must be married. Marriage should be considered whenever it is deemed right by the couple in question. Only they know the extent of their circumstances and their personal readiness to commit to one another.

Matthew Boardman


Contact Matthew Boardman at mboardman18@my.whitworth.edu

The Whitworthian Goes Global

Three Pirates share their thoughts on the interesting food they’ve eaten since they started studying abroad. Alyssa  Brooks

Location: British Isles



Daffodils always spell spring to me. They pop up, and I am ready for spring time. Although parts of the British Isles are still swathed in grey clouds and rain, I noticed daffodils weeks ago. Residents of the UK can often be seen sporting a small daffodil in the buttonhole of their jacket as they walk around town, carrying a piece of spring with them wherever they go. Spring came to the British Isles before it arrived in Spokane. I walked by the Scott Monument and the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh as workers laid sod in preparation for the summer season. The weather is unseasonably warm in Edinburgh with bright and tolerably warm days spent strolling along the Royal Mile. Over Spring Break, I spent time in the Luxembourg Gardens and the Tuileries of Paris, France. I have visited places along many longitudes and Spring looks differently in each place. Nice, France sits on the Mediterranean Sea near the Italian border, and therefore it is naturally warmer than anywhere I have been so far. I was determined to swim in the Mediterranean, and let me be frank, it is not the same warm water some imagine it to be in March compared to the summer months. Spring in the UK and parts of France is not all that different from the United States, and thank goodness for that, since it would not be spring without daffodils.

Max   Carter

Location: New Zealand


The spring here in New Zealand surprisingly seems a lot like autumn. Maybe that’s because it actually is autumn, with the whole other side of the earth thing and all. The first couple of months here were gorgeous and warm, but the temperature is beginning to drop. While on the South Island last week, temperatures were getting down close to freezing, and snow began to fall in some of the lower mountainous areas. Back here in Palmerston North (“Palmy” as they call it) we have continued to have some nice days, but there have been some pretty wet ones too. The area of New Zealand that I am spending most of my time in actually has a similar climate to Seattle, with warm, blue skied summers and rainy, moderate winters. I haven’t seen any snow yet here in Palmy—I doubt I will—but hopefully it’ll come down a bit in the mountains in time for me to take a run or two before I head back home. Leaving this incredible place isn’t going to be easy, but switching from winter to summer will definitely ease the pain. See you in a couple of months, Washington!

Jessica  Razanadrakoto

Location: Semester at Sea

Namibia Desert

From the snow capped on top of mount Fuji to the warm sun of the Namibia desert, you would be amazed how living on a ship and traveling the world let you experience a year worth of weather rotation in just four months. In January when we hit Hawaii, Japan and China, it was wintertime. However, let’s be real, winter in Hawaii is like warm springtime in the Northwest.  The further we traveled east to Vietnam and Myanmar, with a stop in Singapore in between with a hot and humid weather as it is located closer to the equator, Vietnam and Myanmar were hot during the day, but chilly in the evening. In India and Mauritius, being two of those tropical countries with pretty much summer all year round, we enjoyed the warmth of the sun along with the coconut and palm trees. Because March is still included in the summer in the Southern hemisphere, South Africa and Namibia were warm and sunny where the sun bronzed my skin until it reached the color of the Namibian brown-sanded dunes. And for the first time in our voyage, we had pouring rain last week on the ship on our way to a fuel stop in the Canary Islands. As we are making our way to our last two ports, Morocco and England, is was a unique way to end the voyage while experiencing a backward weather change from summer to spring, since Morocco and England are transitioning from winter to spring to their summer.



Editorial: IN THE LOOP Building a network more important than ever

With graduation coming up for Whitworth’s seniors, and with other students looking for summer jobs and future internships, networking has become a very important aspect to life both during and after college. Here are three reasons why you should connect with everyone from your favorite professors to that guest lecturer from Connecticut.Communication skills: Millennials are often criticized for lack of communication skills, especially verbal ones. Whitworthians already have an advantage by coming from a liberal arts education, where there are oral and written communication requirements. But if you can communicate and connect with someone you can rely on as a reference or a source, you’re not only gaining a valuable resource when you’re trying to find a job, but also picking up skills in learning how to communicate with other professionals. Connect with peers and promote collaboration: What’s the skill every employer wants, right after communication skills? The ability to work in a team dynamic. Networking isn’t only for you to gain that reference, but learning how to work with someone to benefit each other and reach a common goal. As much as you may hate group projects, they’re a reality for a good majority of jobs out there. It’s isn’t about what you know, it’s who you know: getting a job in the economy today is a lot easier when you have a lot of connections. By networking early on, you have people you can talk to who can help you find a job, be a reference or even a resource for a future project.

Editorials in the “In the Loop” section reflect the majority opinion of the Editorial Board, comprised of five editors.

Whitworth alum and baseball coach Dan Ramsay chasing dream, takes Washington State position

For nine years, Dan Ramsay has called Whitworth home. It’s been a familiar place. A comfortable place. And now, it will always hold a special place in his heart as he chases his career aspirations. It was announced on April 21 that Dan Ramsay was resigning as the head baseball coach at Whitworth University after having been the head coach for seven seasons.

Ramsay will be taking a position at Washington State University as the Director of Baseball Operations.

“I think this opportunity is a step in the right direction for me,” Ramsay said. “I know that I have a heart for coaching, and I might even miss it down the road. But this will allow me to see what the operations side of baseball is like, in one of the best college baseball conferences in the country.”

Ramsay has been around the game for a long time, and he said he has always been interested in an executive-type position for an organization.

“It’s always something that’s been in the back of my mind, especially since completing my master’s program (Administrative Leadership) at Whitworth. I’ve been able to do a lot of (operations activities) here, but now it’ll be a chance for me to take the skills that I’ve learned to a higher level,” Ramsay said.

The seeds for landing this position for Ramsay were planted long ago, prior to the first game he ever coached at Whitworth.

“I reached out to every coach in the Pacific Northwest and asked if I could just come and watch practice. That’s what put my name on (Washington State head coach Donnie Marbut’s) radar,” Ramsay said. “He’s offered me volunteer positions every year for the past four or five years, but it’s never been enough to pull me away. But, this position was right. I’ve had two and a half months to pray about it and talk with my wife, and that’s how I know this position is right.”

Ramsay said he has enjoyed his nine years at Whitworth, dearly. Especially the relationships he has made.

“With student athletes, with colleagues, you name it. It’s the same answer for what I say draws me to Whitworth. This is really, truly a special place, and I will dearly miss it,” Ramsay said. “I hope to take a part of Whitworth with me. Everywhere I go, I try to take this place on my back and do it proud.”

Ramsay transferred to Whitworth at the start of the 2006-2007 school year, his junior year, from Gonzaga University. He hoped to get more playing time than he had in his first two years as a collegiate athlete. He was able to accomplish that, playing in 75 games in his two-year Whitworth career, amassing a .296 batting average with five home runs and 55 RBIs. Ramsay led the team in RBIs both years he was on the team.

After his senior season, the head coaching position for the Whitworth position was open, and Ramsay took advantage by applying for the position.

“When I applied for the position here, I didn’t expect to get it,” Ramsay said.

But it was his courage to put himself out there that helped lead to his first job: the head coaching position for the Whitworth baseball team.

During his tenure at Whitworth these past seven years, Ramsay has been a part of a team that has done a little bit of everything. All of the hard work and grinding that was done in the early years of his coaching career built up to a 20-win season in 2011- the first for Whitworth in nine years.

The following year, the program continued to grow and had the best season to date. The Pirates, under Ramsay’s guidance, won their first Northwest Conference title in 21 years. They also made their first NCAA Division III World Series appearance in the history of the program.

After a successful career at Whitworth, Ramsay will continue on, with his next stop in Pullman, as he chases his dream to be an executive in the professional baseball industry.


John Ekberg

Staff Writer

Senior art show opens

For seniors, graduation means looking forward to the future and reflecting on the past. For art majors, that process culminates in the Senior Art Show, an opportunity for Whitworth’s graduating art students to showcase the skills and point of view they have developed during their time in the program. The 2015 graduating class of Whitworth’s art program is comprised of nine students: Jessica Banzet, Katie Bergmann, Linnea Goold, Melissa Helgeson, Kelsey Herman, Jasmine Pallwitz, Jorie Rehnberg, Ashton Skinner and Tayler Wood. The artists explore a variety of media in the gallery show. Photographs, paintings, graphic designs, charcoal drawings and sculptural installations by each senior artist can be seen.

The current senior class contains students who began in other majors—sociology, psychology, Spanish and communication, to name a few—that have found that art encompasses a wide variety of ideas and disciplines. The students interviewed all discussed the ways in which their art educations have challenged and inspired them.

Skinner paints self-portraiture that explores reflection and identity.

“I expected to learn technique, the craft, the more face-value skills of making paintings and making drawings, but I’ve had a few teachers and mentors here that have taught me how to think differently and taught me how to go on rabbit trails when you are interested in something and explore it, and that’s been super exciting because I’ve really learned how to follow my curiosity … and we have learned critical and analytical skills here that I wouldn’t  have learned in any other major here,” Skinner said.

Other art students agree that Whitworth offers a unique perspective in the field.

“Whitworth emphasizes worldview and I feel like ... the art department is the best place I could have been to really widen that [idea] or challenge me,” Herman said.

Herman’s experimental 3D yarn sculpture is meant to challenge viewers’ perceptions of the way common materials are viewed.

Apart from the traditional art classes expected in this program, some students have also had the opportunity to take their education into the real world with community-based programs. This semester, Jasmine Pallwitz worked at Salem Lutheran Church in an internship that allowed her to use her love of art to help serve the Spokane community.

Pallwitz is a painter, focusing on works that work to bring attention to the world through reflecting cultural inequalities.

“For me, I’m a very faith-based person, and so that is very important to me as well as my art, so I’m always thinking about ways to integrate the two,” Pallwitz said. “It’s actually made me more passionate in my desire to help people, to serve in whatever way I can … [art] can be used a lot in community development and as a way to spread a message of change.”

After graduation, Whitworth’s art students have varied plans that include graduate study, volunteer work and community building. Herman’s, Skinner’s and Pallwitz’s work can be seen at the show, now open in the Bryan Oliver Gallery at the Lied Art Center.

Kelli Hennessey

Staff Writer

Artist Spotlight: Andrew Isom plays from the soul

Senior Music Composition major Andrew Isom views music as a God-given duty—one that he fully plans to fulfill. Isom has been playing the piano since he was seven at the request of his parents, but found his own desire to continue playing and composing music in the ninth grade when he learned jazz theory.  Since then, he has struggled with determining why he continues to pursue music as an art and a career.

“I’ve struggled with the question of why I do this until last week. I’ve had a hard time figuring out why I do this, but I’ve figured out that I do it because I’m good at it. It’s hard for me to believe that God wants me to do this,” Isom said.

Isom plays the piano because he’s been playing it the longest; it’s the instrument that he’s best at. He has composed around 15 classical pieces, and many other jazz tunes on the piano.

“Composers are not geniuses. We’re just normal people. Just because I’m a composer doesn’t mean I’m more talented. Just because music is my vocation or calling, doesn’t mean it’s not hard work. I’ll compose and wonder if this is what I want to do, because it’s so frustrating. I’ll spend an hour and put something on the page and not like it, or I’ll put nothing at all,” Isom said.

Isom said that his compositional philosophy—the way that he approaches composing music—is somewhat different from that of other composers.

“I value thinking of what I want my philosophy to be before the piece. What I usually think about most is the setting. When I’m composing, I try to strive to create a setting, an atmosphere. If my music doesn’t do that, it’s empty,” Isom said.

Isom’s focus on setting was inspired by playing Legend of Zelda growing up. He said he was fascinated with the characters moving between worlds.

“God gives us the ability to create. We have the ability to create other worlds,” Isom said.

Isom thinks about the relationship between music and spirituality. He said that although God made music for people to enjoy, people give it too much spiritual value and its purpose has much more to do with our experience of music.

“God gave us music to like it. The existence of sin is proof of good things gone bad. Music goes bad all the time, but the enjoyment of music isn’t inherently bad,” Isom said.

Isom said that he believes that the main purpose of music is for enjoyment, but also detailed that music does not have just one purpose.

“Two other purposes of music that I believe in, but don’t always represent in my compositions involve music’s ability to teach us about God in the way that an artist may paint a picture of Jesus and music as an avenue in which we express ourselves to God, the Psalms being an example,” Isom said.

Last Friday, Isom had his senior recital in which six of his pieces were presented by himself and others. After graduating, Isom’s plans involve private music education and continuing playing and composing jazz and possibly going to graduate school.

Aside from plans for what he wants to do after graduation, he has a more personal goal he would like to achieve.

“I would like to reach a point in my life where the effort i put into my music, that I will compose with all of my heart—for God and not man,” Isom said.

Emily Goodell

Staff Writer

Spokane gaming community gathers at WhitCon

Fans of gaming, movies and fantasy came together on the weekend of April 18 for WhitCon, Whitworth’s annual gaming convention in Dixon Hall. The event takes place every year on the third weekend in April and is a celebration of games and fantasy for the students of Whitworth and the Spokane community. Both Saturday and Sunday, the event ran all day.

Whitworth’s on-campus Gaming Club is the event’s main sponsor.

WhitCon featured opportunities to play board games or video games, watch movies, and attend clinics and masterclasses on popular video games or role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons.

The highlight of the event for most, however, was the live action role playing, or LARPing, which involves competitors engaging in mock combat in a tournament setting for a chance to win prizes.

The LARP contest featured one-on-one and two-on-two style matches between competitors dressed in homemade armor, whacking one another with foam-padded sticks and swords. Epic battle music accompanied the spectacle to set the mood.

Senior Ian Chivers, one of the main event coordinators, said that putting the event together is no small task.

“We coordinate with the League of Pirates and the Anime Club and also on top of that we use a lot of staff from the Gaming Club and that is like herding cats,” he said. “A lot of moving parts from a lot of different places and getting our ducks in a row can be a tall order.”

Freshman WhitCon staff member Scott Price said the effort was worth the rewards.

“I joined Gaming Club at the beginning of the year. My older brother told me about it. I’ve been playing RPGs [role-playing games] and board games before that though,” he said when asked about his gaming background. “Gaming Club was the first time I’ve been in a community.”

Price said that the fellowship he feels with other gamers is special to him.

“I suppose what draws me to it is that I can be comfortable just playing games with people,” he said.

Senior staff member Daniel Rogalsky agreed.

“Part of Gaming Club is when you show up you just kind of become friends with everybody,” Rogalsky said.

Freshman Ian Trefry, a WhitCon attendee, shared what makes gaming culture so exciting for him.

“There’s all kinds of great arguments about the canon and different kinds of stuff and then people start shipping [pairing romantically) characters and it gets way out of hand,” Trefry said.

The Whitworth Gaming Club meets every Saturday night. League of Pirates meets on Fridays and the Anime Club watches Anime every Friday night, according to the Whitworth Clubs website.

Denin Koch

Staff Writer

Whitworth students host public reading

Words leapt from pages last Friday night as English students and faculty read poetry and prose at Boots Bakery & Lounge. The off-campus reading event hosted by Westminster Round is in its second year and attracted a large crowd that sat on chairs, benches, booths and the floor.

The reading began with senior Kyler Lacey and showcased close to twenty students and professors.

The off-campus reading is a way for Westminster Round to put on a more serious, formal event than Bad Love Poetry or Poetry & Pie, Westminster Round President Katie Cunningham said.

With English department faculty members Nicole Sheets, Fred Johnson and Thom Caraway reading, students were encouraged to put their best work forward.

“It’s kind of a nice, more adult type of reading, but it’s also not super serious,” Cunningham said.

Cunningham, whose responsibilities include sifting through emails, running Westminster Round meetings on Thursday mornings and attending both ASWU and English department meetings, thinks the club is good at connecting the department, students and Whitworth community.

Reading pieces aloud can be nerve-wracking to many students, but the off-campus reading provided a safe environment to get over this fear and become comfortable with performing what they have written.

Sheets admitted that she still gets nervous before she reads, even though she performs her work regularly and reads aloud when she revises pieces. To her, the nervousness is not purely a bad thing.

“It’s constructive to see when people laugh, and how the pauses sound in a piece,” Sheets said.

Sheets, who usually reads excerpts from longer essays, was also inspired by the variety of work performed at the reading. It’s a misconception that you can only read poetry at a reading, Sheets said.

Students performed a wide variety of original work at the reading. One creative performer was senior Josh Tuttle, who presented a how-to guide-esque description of how to go about entering a graveyard in the middle of the night.

The off-campus reading was freshman Lauren Klepinger’s first chance to read her work in a formal setting.

Most of the time, Klepinger prefers to write prose, but at the reading she performed two poems. Her prose narratives require more planning, and poetry is less planned, Klepinger said.

“I’m somewhat inspired because there are people here who are better than me, but I...can learn from them,” Klepinger said, about reading with other students and successful professors such as Sheets, Johnson and Caraway.

“I feel like I know them well even though there’s this whole ‘I would be afraid of them if I had read their bio before I had a class with them’ type of thing,” Cunningham said.

Through events like the various readings put on throughout the year, Westminster Round hopes to foster a community of fun in the English department and across campus. It also aims to show people that English teaches valuable practical skills, such as analysis, oral and written communication and persistence.

“[Westminster Round] makes the English department not merely just an academic department but kind of a social department—a department where you make a lot of friends and you feel really comfortable,” Cunningham said.

If you are interested in being involved in Westminster Round or learning more about their events, you can attend their meetings Thursdays at 8 a.m. at Le Petit Chat.

Courtney Murphy

Staff Writer

Men's tennis ends 2015 season with UPS and PLU victories

The men’s tennis team ended the season by shutting out both the University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University at home last weekend. Whitworth swept Puget Sound 9-0 Saturday, in what turned into a one-sided victory outside at the Scotford Tennis Center.

“For both doubles and singles we had a rough season not getting into the top four of conference,” junior Drew Brigham said. “So today we had a desire to prove that we are better than our No. 5 ranking.”

Brigham started off the day with an 8-1 win in his doubles match partnered with senior Matt Goebel, and then dominated his singles match, winning both sets, 6-1. The Bucs swept through their matches with ease, winning all three of their doubles matches and not dropping a single set in any of their six singles matches.

The Bucs were knocked out of the playoffs with their loss to Pacific University last week, so the competition last weekend had no bearing on their playoff hopes. The win bumped Whitworth up to 5-6 in the Northwest Conference, and dropped Puget Sound’s Conference record to 0-12.

Sophomore Shane Sandlin also had a dominant performance, winning his doubles match with junior Drew Adams, 8-2, and his singles match in two quick sets.

“In doubles, my first serve percentage was important, while in singles, I focused on hitting to my opponent’s backhand, since he had a very powerful forehand,” Sandlin said. “I think my consistency has gotten better throughout the season as I have been focusing on not going too big when I don’t need to.”

Whitworth blew out PLU, 9-0, in their final match of the season with Senior Day on Sunday at the Scotford Tennis Center.

“In doubles, Drew and I were really aggressive and attacked the net well, while in singles I focused on hitting it to my opponent’s backhand, attacking and hitting winners,” Goebel said. “It’s going to be different leaving Whitworth. I’ve made a lot of good friends and had a lot of great experiences, but I’m looking forward to the next big adventure to see where life takes me.”

The Bucs started the day with three quick doubles win, as Goebel won his match partnered with Brigham, 8-1, while junior Blake Miller and sophomore Caleb Hughes won their doubles match, 8-2. The Bucs then swept PLU, 6-0, in singles- every single match won in straight sets except for Brigham’s win in a tiebreak.

Adams won his singles match, 6-0, in both sets, while Goebel, Hughes, and Miller also had fairly comfortable matches. Sandlin also continued his run of success with a convincing win in straight sets.

Goebel was not the only senior to finish his Whitworth career today, as fellow senior Chris Engelmann cheered on his teammates on the sideline, while continuing to recover from a knee injury.

“These are two seniors that for the rest of our lives I can easily call friends,” Coach Shanks said. “They weren’t just players. They will leave an indelible mark on the fabric of this team for years to come.”


Kyle Cacoyannis

Staff Writer


Women's tennis ends regular season with a bang, preps for Whitman

The women’s tennis team won both of their matches last weekend for their final two regular season conference games against the University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University. Whitworth blew out Puget Sound 9-0 Saturday, clinching a No. 4 Northwest Conference playoff spot in the process.

“I feel good about my game personally, and feel confident in the team as well going into next week’s conference playoffs,” senior Saryn Mooney said. “These are two solid games this weekend and are important preparation for us next week.”

Mooney won her doubles match partnered with sophomore Bella Hoyos, 8-2, and won her singles match in two quick sets starting at the number three spot. Due to injury, Puget Sound only had 5 active starters, so there were only two doubles matches and five singles matches, but the Bucs won them all in convincing fashion.

Whitworth started of the day with two dominant doubles wins, and then finished it off by not dropping a set in all five of their singles matches. Junior Taylor Peña and sophomore Anabelle Burns did not drop a game in their respective singles matches, while Hoyos started at the No. 1 spot and had a convincing win.

On Sunday, the Bucs won their final regular season match of the season, 5-4, against PLU in Parkland, Washington.

“It was rewarding to play with Morgan, another senior, in doubles today,” senior Caylee Lamm said. “I think we were consistent and played our game, as we had to be the aggressor for the most part of it, but once we figured that out, it worked pretty well.”

Whitworth started off the day winning two out of their three doubles matches, and then tied their singles matches, 3-3. Lamm won her doubles match partnered with fellow senior, Morgan McDivitt, 8-4, while Mooney and Hoyos had a dominant 8-1 win in their doubles match. In singles, Mooney and Burns both won their respective matches fairly easily in straight sets, while McDivitt had a thrilling 8-6 win in the third set.

The Bucs will enter the NWC Tournament on Friday against undefeated and regular-season conference champions: Whitman. Whitworth is in a must-win situation in order to continue their season with hopes of making the NCAA Tournament.

“If we are going to beat Whitman we are going to have to come out with more intensity and energy than we did today, and just have confidence with our game,” McDivitt said. “In doubles, the key was keeping the ball cross-court, and then Caylee did a good job with poaching at the net and attacking the right short ball. In singles I played well also so hopefully I can take this confidence into the next match at Whitman.”

Lamm is also not ready for her tennis career at Whitworth to be over, and says that for Whitworth to beat Whitman in the rivalry, “having a positive attitude and playing to our strengths will be key.”

  Kyle Cacoyannis

Staff Writer

Pirates sweep Willamette on Senior Weekend, earn Conference Playoff spot

Whitworth celebrated ten seniors on their club and did so in  winning fashion by wrapping up the regular season with a three-game sweep of the Willamette Bearcats. In the process, the Pirates clinched a berth in the inaugural Northwest Conference baseball playoff tournament, which will be hosted by Pacific Lutheran this weekend. Whitworth senior Dan Scheibe got the ball rolling on Saturday, fanning nine Willamette batters in just over six innings of work, while allowing only two runs to score. Scheibe now has 295 career strikeouts in his Whitworth career.

The Pirates got solid relief efforts from freshman T.J. Orchard and senior Carson Blumenthal en route to winning the first game of the day on Saturday, 5-3.

Whitworth’s offense in the game came from a two-run double by senior Thomas Wakem in the second inning, solo home runs by senior Nick Motsinger and senior Josh Davis in the fourth and seventh innings, respectively, and an RBI single from junior Skyler Lookabill in the seventh inning.

It was after that first victory that the Pirates had clinched their berth into the Northwest Conference playoffs.

The game of the weekend – from a purist baseball viewer’s perspective – was the second game of the Saturday doubleheader. Whitworth mounted a three-run ninth inning comeback, all sparked by a pinch hitter.

Whitworth senior Spencer Ansett was roughed up a bit, allowing seven runs in six and two-thirds innings of work. However, the Pirates were able to stay close with the Bearcats, entering the ninth inning down by a pair of runs with the middle of the order coming up.

After senior Josh Davis and sophomore Matt Nelson singled to start the inning, Whitworth coach Dan Ramsay sent freshman Brett Moser to pinch-run for Nelson, and Lookabill to the plate to pinch hit. With those substitutions, Whitworth would have had some players play out of position on defense if the game went into extra innings.

“To be honest, I hadn’t thought that far ahead,” Ramsay said. “There’s something special about (Lookabill), I knew he’d pull through for us.”

Lookabill was attempting to sacrifice the runners into scoring position with a bunt. After the second strike on him, Willamette’s catcher Jacob Parra tried to pick-off Davis from second base. The ball was thrown away, and the Pirates runners moved into scoring position.

“I wasn’t really thinking, which is probably a good thing. If I was thinking anything, it was just that I was grateful to get a second chance,” Lookabill said.

On the 0-2 pitch, Lookabill shot a grounder through the middle of the infield to drive in the two runs to tie the game at seven. The Pirates were then able to sacrifice Lookabill to third base. Willamette elected to intentionally walk a pair of Pirate players to load the bases, so there were force outs at every base.

With two outs, senior Nick Motsinger came to the plate with the bases loaded. Motsinger waited out the Bearcats pitcher and earned a walk, which forced in Lookabill for the game-winning run.

After those two big wins on Saturday, the Pirates returned to the field Sunday for Senior Day, where they honored the team’s ten senior players. Before the game, the team got a surprise when faculty advisor Eric Sartell showed up at Merkel Field. Sartell had been teaching abroad in the British Isles for the past month.

“I took a red-eye flight to get back yesterday. There was no way I was going to miss Senior Day,” Sartell said.

After a ceremony honoring the seniors before the game, the Pirates came out on fire, scoring four runs in the first inning of the game. Senior Cory Mack lasted seven innings for the Pirates on the mound, allowing four runs (two earned).

“I felt really good today,” Mack said. “Other than the home run – which I’m impressed with how (Willamette senior Tiras Koon) was able to take a slider that was at his feet and put it over the wall – today was a great day.”

After Mack exited the game, Coach Ramsay handed the ball to senior Nick Scourey for the final two innings. “It was surreal. I’ve been struggling lately, and to be able to come out and pound the zone like that was good for me, especially with it being my last time here at Merkel Field,” Scourey said.

The Pirates closed out the game with a win 11-4, completing their fourth conference sweep of the season. Whitworth finished the season with a 25-13 record overall, 16-8 in the Northwest Conference. Whitworth will travel to Pacific Lutheran on Friday for the Northwest Conference tournament and will take on Linfield in the first round.


John Ekberg

Staff Writer

The Queen and Her Court

Many coaches of college-level sports have competed in that specific sport in their past. It is not uncommon for them to have played their sport in high school and college. However, this is not the case for Whitworth javelin coach Eloise Cappellano. Finishing up her eighth year of coaching for Whitworth, Cappellano has had some impressive achievements. Her first major achievement while coaching at Whitworth was the NCAA West Region Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year for 2011. In 2012, Cappellano began a string of successes by sending two javelin throwers to the NCAA Division III Championships, one of which earned an All-American Honor. Since then, Cappellano has coached 12 throwers to earn All-American honors. In one of her most impressive years—2013—Cappellano coached five of the top 20 male throwers in the country as well as two of the top 20 female throwers.

“It was almost like a perfect storm of a year where everyone peaked at the time they were supposed to peak,” Cappellano said. “They were throwing their best throws of the season right before we went to nationals.”

What makes these achievements even greater is that Cappellano has never thrown in any sort of javelin competition. After competing as a runner for Glassboro State College’s track and field team, Cappellano graduated and took a job at Deer Park High School teaching special education classes. She was encouraged by the Deer Park cross country coach to apply for a job coaching track and field. Upon learning that she could only apply for a position coaching throwing events, Cappellano attended a clinic that would teach her how to coach the throws.

Unfortunately, Cappellano said the clinic was not helpful, so Cappellano began meeting with Mead High School track and field coach Gary Baskett.

“He is a great coach and he was and still is a great mentor and I just learned a ton from him,” Cappellano said.

Cappellano began talking to as many javelin coaches and professionals in the sport as she could in order to get better and learn every secret there was to know.

In 2007, Cappellano took a position at Whitworth and began coaching javelin at the college level.

“She is someone who is competitive…. She loves to learn. She learned the craft of the javelin. That’s why I hired her to coach the javelin,” head track coach Toby Schwarz said.

Cappellano’s athletes said she gives specific instructions regarding specific students’ needs.

Sophomore Kelee Lambert believes Cappellano’s lack of personal experience throwing allows her to look at each student differently.

“She doesn’t really have the view of the thrower. So none of her opinions are biased in that way. She’s focused on you and your difference,” Lambert said.

Cappellano is not only limited to teaching throwers who have never played a sport before. She has also taught athletes who have picked up alternative ways of throwing from playing different sports.

“I played baseball my whole life. I had never touched a javelin until my junior year and she’s the one that really turned me around,” junior Tyler Coopman said. “I wouldn’t have had the success that I did without her.

However, one thing that truly stands out to her athletes and fellow coaches is how much time and effort she has put into learning the sport of javelin.

“She’s put in so much work going to extra clinics,” senior Chase Wright said. “She didn’t throw, but she knows so much about the event and has talked to so many professionals from all over the world.”

During the practices, Cappellano does not throw the javelin in order to show her athletes what a throw should look like. Instead, she focuses on detailed explanation and examples from the upperclassmen on how to throw effectively.

“She’s so good at explaining it in detail. A lot of times she can push us and shove us and pull us in different directions to make us feel what it’s supposed to be like. We don’t really need to watch her throw in order to know what’s good,” Coopman said.

Cappellano has said that she loves working with athletes on the college level and would like to continue coaching javelin at Whitworth in the years to come.

“The young people that I get the opportunity to work with are extraordinary. It is an absolute labor of love every day,” Cappellano said.


Peter Houston-Hencken

Staff Writer

Well-rounded games lift softball to NWC crown

The Whitworth softball team claimed another series on Saturday and Sunday with three winning games and one loss against the Lewis & Clark Pioneers, resulting in winning the Northwest Conference Championship. The Bucs can lay claim to winning every series with the exception of one, in which they tied against Linfield. With the performance this weekend, the team has won the first Conference title in the program’s history. The first game of the series yielded early scoring for the Bucs, with sophomore utility player Shannon Wessel hitting a sacrifice fly to bring freshman outfielder Chelsey Hayes to the home plate in the bottom of the first inning. That was shortly followed by senior outfielder Peyton McMahon hitting another sacrifice fly to bring junior catcher Megan John home. The team followed that up in the second inning with three more runs. Sophomore infielder Kelsey Stroshine landed a hit that resulted in a run by sophomore utility player Molly Steck scoring. Stroshine and senior outfielder Sacha Clow made it home after the Pioneers’ pitcher made a throwing error against junior outfielder Alyssa Hall, allowing Clow to walk in. Stroshine later scored after a hit by Hayes in the bottom of the sixth inning, leading to a final score of the first game to be 7-0, Bucs.

The team once again scored right off the bat in the second game of the day, with McMahon hitting a triple to left field that resulted in John and Hayes making runs and McMahon herself scoring due to a throwing error by the catcher, all in the bottom of the first inning. The Bucs scored again in the bottom of the third when sophomore infielder Tessa Matthews landed a double that brought McMahon home, while sophomore catcher Kayla Batastini later brought home Matthews with a hit of her own. In the top of the fourth inning, the Pioneers struck back with a home run of their own, but due to the Bucs defense, no more runs were scored, ending the game on a 5-1 Whitworth victory.

Of particular note was sophomore pitcher Makayla Lefever starting in her position for the first time this season. She pitched the entirety of the first two games due to sophomore Madi Perez suffering from an injury.

“It was really a lot of pressure, but I know I had my team behind my back,” Lefever said.

Perez was back for the next two games on Sunday and it proved to be a suspenseful ordeal for the Bucs as the first game resulted in a loss. In the first, sixth and seventh innings, the Pioneers managed to accumulate seven runs against the Bucs, though a hit landed by Hayes in the bottom of the seventh brought home freshman utility player Kelsey Downey and senior outfielder Sacha Clow, preventing the game from being a shutout, with the game ending in a 2-7 defeat. However, the loss put Whitworth’s conference title temporarily in question, as another win from the Pioneers would have resulted in a tie for the series.

“Our goal for the weekend was to play like champions, and even after that first game, we pulled together and worked really hard,” Wessel said.

The last game of the day resulted in one final Whitworth victory. For the first two innings, the scoreboard remained unmoved, as both teams utilized their defenses to cancel out the opposition. In the top of the third, Lewis & Clark managed to land three runs, pushing themselves ahead of Whitworth. The lead would not last long however, as a Hayes single resulted in Clow and Stroshine crossing the plate. John landed a single that brought Hall home and McMahon hit a sacrifice fly to bring Hayes home as well, putting the Bucs up in first at the bottom of the third by one run. Hayes later landed another hit in the bottom of the fourth that brought Clow in once again, while John, Wessel and McMahon all landed hits that resulted in runs, bringing the score up to 9-3 at the bottom of the fourth. McMahon landed a hit that brought Wessel home, and sophomore infielder Tessa Matthews concluded the game with a left-field double that brought McMahon to home plate, ending the game at 11-3.

The series victory marks the first time the Bucs have won an NWC title, and though individual games were lost, the Bucs managed to make it through the season without a single series loss on their record.

“There are hard days, but it’s about being able to come together and have these highs to carry you through to points like this. There’s always room for improvement, and I believe we can come and do this at the tournament next weekend,” John said.

The Bucs will move on to the NWC Tournament on Friday and Saturday with their first matchup against 2014 NWC champion Linfield.


Will Carsh

Staff Writer

New School of Education employees

“Coincidences mean you’re on the right path,” British author Simon Van Booy once said. For assistant professors Stacy Hill and Doreen Keller, working at the same school districts seem to be their right path. Both Hill and Keller previously worked in the Whitworth School of Education as visiting professors and will resume their roles as educators for the next school year.

Hill has been teaching in varying capacities for the last 17 years, and many of those years have been at Whitworth, she said, but it is not the first time she and Keller have worked together.

“We have been friends since we were both hired to teach English at Mt. Spokane High School in 1998,” Hill said. “After we both left Mt. Spokane, Doreen went to teach at Gonzaga and I came here, but now we are back together at Whitworth as assistant professors.”

Keller also discussed in an e-mail the importance of her friendship with Hill that began in 1998.

“We quickly became good friends along with another colleague who was hired the same year,” Keller said. “When I advise teacher candidates about managing collegial relationships, I always share that they need to find trusted and respected colleagues with whom they can process and confide in. This makes all the difference in getting careers off on the right start. I am thankful every day for my friendship with Stacy.”

Hill was an educator for both the Masters in Teaching Program and the Evening Teacher Certification Program in the past, but next year she will be assigned full time to the ETC.

“I have a soft spot in my heart for adults returning to school,” she said.

The ETC is designed for working adults, Hill said.

“The evening classes are nice because the students can continue to work while in school,” she said. “Most people are juggling full-time jobs and families along with their class schedule.”

Hill will miss the MIT Program, she said, but she is looking forward to continuing at ETC.

Keller acted as a visiting professor this year for MIT and will continue with the program next year.

“The more I continue to learn about the program and the more I am a part of it, the more I am convinced we are as good or better than the best comparable programs in the country,” Keller said. “I am proud to be part of the team that makes it so great.”

Even though both of the professors are going to be assigned to a specific program, there may be possibilities where they can branch out and teach in different settings.

“For the most part, they will remain in their set program, but there is some fluidity in terms of what courses they teach and the terms they teach them in,” said Scott D’Amico, the assistant director of the MIT Program.

A strength that each professor shares is the fact that they have experience teaching in the Spokane School District.

“Stacy and Doreen know the public school climate in this area, so they have numerous connections, which are always beneficial as they help to place our students into the districts,” D’Amico said.

Hill and Keller both said they look forward to continuing their careers at Whitworth, emphasizing the inviting environment Whitworth has to offer.

“I had heard about how great the community was from Stacy and others who are Whitworth alums,” Keller said. “What I found when I arrived was how open and supportive and grace-filled the community is.”


Lee Morgan

Staff Writer

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Executive assistant to the president retires

Patricia Green, executive assistant to president Beck Taylor and board secretary, will be retiring on June 30 after working at Whitworth for almost 20 years. “It’s been my family. It’s been my community. It’s been my friends,” Green said, tearing up. “But it’s time.”

Ruth Pells, assistant to the dean of the school of education, will fill the position come June.

Over the past five years, Green’s role of executive assistant to the president and board secretary entailed arranging the president’s schedule, attending weekly cabinet and university council meetings as the minute recorder, coordinating the three Board of Trustee meetings that take place each year and sponsoring events in conjunction with Institutional Advancement department such as the president’s Leadership Forum.

“She’s absolutely been committed to making sure that everything that comes  out of my office—the office of the president—represents the quality that Whitworth aspires to whether that be correspondence or communication,” President Beck Taylor said.

Green also has a reputation in the president’s office as the life of the party.

“They always say that if there’s a party going on, Patti’s in the middle of it,” Green said.

Green has that reputation because she can’t hear people having fun outside her office without joining in, she said. She also has been known to prank her coworkers every so often.

“She’s funny. She loves a party,” Taylor said. “She keeps the mood light in our office and frankly that’s important because we’re dealing with difficult stuff sometimes.”

She is notorious for redecorating co-workers’ offices while they are away at a conference or gone for vacation. The person’s office whom she pranked the most was Tammy Reid’s who at the time was the chief academic officer, Green said.

In one instance Reid came back to a beauty parlor instead of an office.

“I had 50 bottles of fingernail polish, hair dryers, towels and shampoo all over her office, and a big banner that said ‘Welcome to Big Bill’s School of Cosmetology,’” Green said. “I told her we sold the university to an Asian group and they changed the name to that.”

Another time Reid came back to find her office covered in beach towels, lawn chairs and the home of a swimming pool, she said.

“The best one was [when] she came back and I borrowed Bill Robinson’s motor bike and it was in her office with leathers and Hog Tails,” Green said.

Green believes her sense of humor is one of the reasons she was hired in 1996, she said.

When retelling the story of her interview Green said, “One of the faculty on the hiring committee asked me if I had a sense of humor and this is what I said: ‘I am one of the funniest people I know.’ And he laughed and I asked if he had a sense of humor and everybody laughed.”

Another reason Green landed the job may have been due to her experience working at Seattle Pacific University and the other administrative positions she worked at while her husband worked as a pastor, she said.

“I was a person that wanted to try different things,” Green said.  “So my husband would take a new church and I would say ‘I think I’m going to go to work and I want to work at a law firm’ and pretty soon I’m working in a law firm. And then, ‘No I think I’m going to work in a hospital’ and then pretty soon I’m working for the administrator.”

Her favorite jobs, however, have been in higher education, she said.

“I love working in an environment where people are always learning and there are always wonderful conversations,” Green said. “You can walk into a conversation and feel like you can participate and learn something.”

Green loves working at Whitworth because of the school’s mission to provide a mind and heart education, she said.

“I love that we have this mix of great students who some have faith and some don’t and we’re all on this journey together and we find out how to work that through together,” Green said.

Another reason Green loves Whitworth is the wonderful faculty, she said.

“I have so many friends here. They’ve been dear friends and I’ve had so many connections with them,” she said.

“I’ve tried to, wherever I’ve been, make it feel like it’s my ministry—like I’m contributing something,” Green said. “I don’t want to go to a place and just take from people. I want to contribute- I want to make it better.”

She said she feels she has achieved that goal at Whitworth.

“We’re a very very close team and that’s what’s going to be so hard to leave,” Green said.


Hayley O’Brien

Staff Writer

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East Hall renamed to honor former board chair

Students, faculty and trustee members gathered on the sunny lawn outside of East Hall on Thursday, April 16 for the last time. It’s not the last time such a community will be in front of the dormitory, but the last time the building will be a gathering place under the name East Hall. The six-year-old dormitory has been renamed Oliver Hall in honor of the former chair of the Board of Trustees and ‘67 Whitworth alumnus Walt Oliver.

“This is a special day in the life of Whitworth University as we honor our good friend, Walt Oliver,” President Beck Taylor said at the ceremony.

The Board of Trustees made the decision earlier this year to dedicate the hall to Oliver. According to Whitworth’s website, Oliver joined Whitworth’s Board of Trustees in 1996 and served as its chair from 2008 to 2014. He stepped down from that position last year.

Renaming the hall in Oliver’s honor took a bit of arm-twisting from Oliver himself, Taylor said.

“This is the spirit of Walt—ever humble and understated, and always generous and encouraging,” Taylor said at the event. “Honoring you [Oliver] in this way will educate students for decades of the man you are.”

Oliver’s story and legacy will begin to be implemented in the script of campus tours as well as the resident orientation.

Current residents of the formerly named East Hall attended the ceremony wearing t-shirts with the dorm’s new name. The current resident director of Oliver Hall, Cris Tietsort used shared his experiences working in the dorm. While it is not a perfect hall, he said, those imperfections give the dorm personality.

“My prayer moving forward is that we honor Walter through the conduct of Oliver Hall,” Tietsort said.

It was under Oliver’s leadership that Taylor became the university’s new president, the Whitworth 2021 plan was launched and the campus received major additions, including Robinson Science Hall, the Hixson Union Building expansion, the University Recreation Center and the Lied Center for the Visual Arts, according to Whitworth’s website,  In fact, the Lied Center’s Bryan Oliver Gallery is one of many gifts made by Oliver and is named in honor of his late son.

Additionally, Oliver and his wife Kay pledged a gift of $3 million to the Campaign for Whitworth in October.

“For your leadership, for your generosity, and for the role model you are, I hereby dedicate this building Oliver Hall,” Taylor said, revealing a replica of the naming plaque.

Oliver closed the ceremony with words of thanks. The crowd laughed as Oliver explained he simply wanted to walk by the building and made Taylor promise not to have a large ceremony.

Because of their own financial struggles, Oliver’s parents were insistent that he would have a better life that they did, he said. The cornerstone that they suggested would make the difference was education, he said.

“Having had that clarity, my prayer is that the students in this hall, in these rooms, on this campus can have the freedom of learning, and that that freedom will give them the clarity to follow Christ, honor God and serve humanity,” Oliver said.


Rebekah Bresee

News Editor

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Aaron Leetch remembered by faculty and students

The outpouring of emotion during former Whitworth Athletic Director Aaron Leetch’s memorial service illustrated the high level of impact Leetch had on the Whitworth community. According to a campus-wide email from president Beck Taylor, Leetch was killed Monday, April 6, in a plane crash near Normal, Illinois. He was traveling with donors from an ISU event on a private airplane which crashed during landing. There were no survivors.

Leetch had returned to work at Illinois State University after serving as Whitworth’s athletic director from 2011-2013.

With attendants ranging from Whitworth president Beck Taylor to athletic coaches, athletes and professors, there was a palpable feeling of loss among those in attendance Tuesday in the Seeley G. Mudd Chapel who called Leetch their friend.

As Taylor gave his opening remarks and time was allowed for those who wished to say something about their experience with Leetch, women’s basketball coach Helen Higgs and baseball coach Dan Ramsay were keen on relating an anecdote or two of their experience with Leetch.

“There was something I teased Aaron about. It was that, ‘you’re in the Northwest, you don’t need to wear a suit to a football game. This isn’t Texas. It’s not the 1950s,’” Higgs said amid laughter from the audience.

“He loved to win and hated to lose. On multiple occasions, I recall him saying, ‘I will not lose to my 3-year-old daughter in checkers. I love to win,’” Ramsay said to reactions of laughs and nods from audience members.

Higgs, as well as Ramsay and men’s basketball coach Matt Logie, spent most of their speaking time telling the audience not only what made Leetch great, but why they admired him so much.

“He was not afraid of [success]. He made no bones about his desire to compete and to win and as a young coach, also new to this institution, to the Division III landscape, I appreciated that vigor,” Logie said. “I appreciated that passion for victory and I knew that I could go out with this program and achieve victory.”

That competitive attitude was a heavy talking point in both Higgs’ and Ramsay’s remarks about Leetch and each account brought forth a different angle highlighting Leetch’s interaction with the vast array of Whitworth athletics.

“Whether he was pacing the sidelines at football games, hiding behind the scoreboard at basketball games over in the Fieldhouse, or pacing the bleachers and rubbing his bald head at baseball games. There were times I feared he wanted to win more badly than I did myself,” Ramsay said.

However, Higgs chose to highlight how being a man of action and competitiveness influenced Leetch’s outlook on his job as athletic director.

“He was going to get things done. He was going to get out and be active, and one of the places that was most important was getting out and building relationships,” Higgs said. “He didn’t expect people to come to him. He went out and reached out to people.”

Higgs then went on to explain the significance of the McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports trophy and how the fact that Whitworth won the award regularly was a symbol of more than athletic success to Leetch.

“He was proud that we won the All-Sports trophy because it showed we were excellent in a lot of things if not all things,” Higgs said. “I remember him sitting and telling students, ‘You need to be excellent in the classroom. For some of you that’s an ‘A,’ for some of you it might not be an ‘A.’ You need to be excellent in your sport. You need to be the best you can be in your sport. You need to be an excellent roommate...When you’re older, you need to be excellent at your job. You need to be an excellent husband, wife, father, mother. You need to be an excellent friend.’ It was in every part of his life.”

Looking forward, Logie and Ramsay reflected on the impact Leetch has had and continues to have on their lives.

“To this day, he’s the only person I see standing behind the scoreboard. I’ll see him there for each game that I coach from now on,” Logie said.

Logie reflected upon his experience with the frequently heartbreaking way the basketball season ends for him, and how Leetch was always there in success and defeat.

“Aaron may not have had a lot of hair on his head, but he wore many hats. He celebrated with you after victory and he genuinely hurt with you after defeat,” Logie said. “He listened when you needed to talk. He mentored when you needed advice. Most of all, the hat he wore was the hat of a friend.”

On the other hand, Ramsay said he saw Leetch as the epitome of the kind of person he wanted to be.

“I revered Aaron. I wanted to be like him. I wanted to talk the way he talked, speak with the passion and flair he had, wear cowboy boots, workout like he did, love my wife like he loved Lindsay and be a father to my little girl like he was to Avery and Emmersen,” Ramsay said. “He was a man’s man. He exemplified in my eyes what it meant to be a man of courage and faith, a friend, a husband and a father. I’ll be forever grateful that our paths crossed and I was able to call him a friend. Although it was only for a short period of time, Aaron’s impact on my life was unspeakable. He made a difference and created memories that will last a lifetime.”


Connor Soudani

Sports Editor

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Letter to the Editor: Whitworth should divest from fossil fuels because of its Christian identity

Dear Whitworth Community, This university has a Christian duty to divest its endowment from fossil fuel extracting companies. Ever since God called humans to care for the land from which we were formed in Genesis 3:23, our vocation has been to steward the land. Paul says in Romans 8:21 that “The creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.” And so Christian hope lies in the restoration of all creation. Knowing where Christian hope lies and Christian vocation lies, it makes no sense for a Christian university to profit from companies that hurt the earth. And guess what? 97 percent of climate scientists agree that global warming is real and it is caused by human fossil fuel consumption. The ramifications are staggering: continuing loss of biodiversity, increasing extreme weather patterns, and increasingly vulnerable human coastal populations. God’s earth is being scarred by our dependence on coal and oil. Union Theological Seminary recognized this and chose to divest from, as they said, the sin of fossil fuel holdings. Michael Johnston, a former executive of financial giant Capital Group Companies and the chair of Union’s investment committee said: “I hope that people see our actions as a beacon of hope, and recognize that there are things we can do...to cut down on our greenhouse gas emissions.” It is time for Whitworth to follow suit. Let us put our money where our faith is.

Niko Aberle niko.aberle@gmail.com

Editorial: IN THE LOOP Unknown risk of electronic cigarettes outweighs possible benefits

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigs, are becoming fairly popular with smokers trying to quit, smokers seeking out different flavors and even with younger people who aren’t smokers looking to start smoking traditional cigarettes but want the flavor that e-cigarettes provide.However, e-cigs are not as good as one may think. Granted, they lack a good majority of the chemicals and carcinogens that burning traditional tobacco has, but the chemicals in the liquids that e-cigs use have not been FDA tested. The $3 billion a year industry hawks itself as being healthier, but we honestly don’t know if what we are inhaling is any healthier than traditional cigarettes. Many e-cigarette smokers believe that because there hasn’t been a warning label placed on these products that it is OK to smoke them in buildings and other public spaces. Many buildings and airlines have banned e-cigs from being smoked in their facilities, due to the unknown risk factors of the secondhand smoke and the smoke itself.  Many people who do not want to inhale secondhand smoke from traditional cigarettes do not want to inhale the smoke from e-cigs. E-cigarettes should be banned from all campus buildings and be treated like traditional cigarettes, at least until the FDA tests e-cigarettes and determines if they are a health risk for both the smokers and people who potentially inhale the secondhand smoke.

Editorials in the “In the Loop” section reflect the majority opinion of the Editorial Board, comprised of five editors.