Poetry and Pie sweetens a Friday night

If there is one thing that makes people come together universally, it is pie. But pie is only one of the attention grabbers for Poetry & Pie, an event hosted by Westminster Round, the English Club.

The event allows for students, alumni and faculty to come together and share poetry that they have created with an audience, while enjoying free pie. The event took place in the Mind and Hearth and drew a crowd that filled in the area and milled around  the coffee shop.

“One thing that is important about Poetry and Pie is that it allows us to bring our love of literature to the greater community. It is not just English majors, but everyone can come and share and listen to the poetry,” junior and Westminster Round president Luke Eldredge said.

“The feeling of the crowd laughing when I wanted them to when I read my first piece was exhilarating and it certainly helped boost my confidence as a writer and performer of the written word,” senior reader Kyler Lacey said.

Many of the poetry performers were students, but there were a few exceptions. Cathy Bobb, the wife of English professor Vic Bobb, also shared poetry, as did a few Whitworth alumni. English professor and Spokane poet laureate Thom Caraway also shared some of his work.

The content of the poetry varied for each person, which allowed for myriad different topics and emotions to be present at the event. One poem was a tongue-in-cheek representation of selling typewriters, while another was about parents fighting downstairs while siblings hold each other in their bedroom. The mixed bag of topics is one of the important parts of Poetry and Pie, Eldredge said.

“It was great to be a part of an event where I was able to share something I had written with the community as a whole,” Lacey said.

“There is such a diversity of experiences reflected in the people’s poems, and so when different majors come they can share their own experiences through poetry,” Eldredge said.

 

Jacob Millay

Staff Writer

Faculty art exhibit opens to students and community

On Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. in the Bryan Oliver Gallery of the Lied Center for the Visual Arts, the 2014 Whitworth Faculty Exhibition entitled “Parole,” opened for students to walk through. “It’s cool that professors can show their art and students can see it. We can get an understanding of who they are outside of the classroom,” senior Amanda Blankenship said.

At 6:30 p.m., students and faculty gathered in the center of the gallery so each professor could explain their art and students could ask questions or comment on them. Professors strongly encouraged students to comment and even critique their pieces, since professors are often the ones who do the critiquing in the classroom. However, the discussion was still mainly driven by conversation between the professors.

A piece called “Nightie” by professor Katie Creyts was a night gown sewn out of handkerchiefs, in the form of a straight jacket. She explained the piece as a possible representation of being in love with your own sorrow and the soft material representing the ease of breaking free of that. During the discussion, a student perceived the resemblance of the piece to the stereotypical housewife and how she may feel trapped in her duties and expectations as a mother and wife.

Another student recognized the contrast between the cheerfulness of the patterns on the handkerchiefs and the sadness of its overall structure.

From the beginning of the discussion, professor Gordon Wilson stated the importance of responding to art and how each person’s response will differ from one another. Kirk Hirota said that when he took the photographs that were being displayed, his perspective was to capture the moment as best he could. In his piece, “Trondheim Cathedral, Norway”, Meredith Shimizu pointed out how one of the architectural structures appeared to be looking down on a woman in a robe. A student pointed out the contrast in how all the architectural structures in robes were males and the person being photographed was a female in a robe.

Many students were drawn to three pieces of oil on canvas, by professor Robert Fifield, who is in the middle of his second year at Whitworth. In the most basic terms, they were paintings of circles in different positions with different colors.

But the underlying message is much more expansive. His inspiration included his grandma, composition theory, bending the color spectrum of Newton’s color theory, Manifest Destiny, satellites, Thomas Jefferson, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and many more concepts, he said.

“If you want to look at where it all started, go on Google Earth and search the Ogallala aquifer in Nebraska or the fields in Middle Eastern places such as Saudi Arabia. They have circular fields that produce food in places where agriculture shouldn’t exist because they are such arid regions. The global homogeneity of agricultural land and food,” Fifield said.

Hope Barnes | Photographer

Fifield has dedicated hours and hours to the pieces since May and a few pieces in the series are not yet finished he said.

“The most important part of these pieces is that they’re super pretty to look at. I can talk until someone falls asleep, but they won’t fall asleep while looking at them,” Fifield said.

Another interesting piece was a mixed-media piece, entitled “Transitions”, created by Jeff Huston. There was a background projection of uniform suburbs houses, figures made of iron and standing on wooden carts, that were tied with rope to a block of wood that held three blades. His focus was on the concept of contemporary masculinity that involves being different from the conformity implicated in society, and connecting with others and the earth in the presence of harsh figures that we are forced to be connected to, he said.

The faculty exhibit will be showing until Jan. 30. For more information, contact 509-777-3258.

Rachelle Robley

Staff Writer

Gearing up for This Whitworth Life

They are students. They are staff. They are faculty. They are alumni. These are the faces that create the Whitworth University community. What is their story? Who are these people? Through a storytelling event titled This Whitworth Life, assistant professor of English Nicole Sheets is striving to awaken the Whitworth community to various personalities and perspectives campus-wide. Sheets attended a similar event at Gonzaga University a few years ago and appreciated the idea of uniting a community through the sharing of experiences. She decided to pilot the event last year and is repeating it with new speakers on

Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Seeley G. Mudd Chapel. Sheets hopes this will be an annual fall event.

The goal of This Whitworth Life is to illuminate some of the untold stories of Whitworth’s faculty, staff and students, she said.

“I’m calling it a storytelling event. I’ve asked several people from different facets of the university to share a short nonfiction story,” Sheets said. “Their prompt was to write about a significant moment in their personal or professional lives.”

By inviting speakers from different parts of Whitworth life, Sheets said she may expose the audience to unfamiliar but valuable perspectives.

“I don’t know a lot of people on the facilities, services and custodial service side of things because they’re often working in other parts of campus, but I know I benefit so much from their work,” Sheets said.

Each speaker will share his/her story, followed by a short reflection by panelists Karin Heller and Fred Johnson.  Sheets said that short reflection is designed to let the audience catch a breath between performances.

Speakers include basketball coach Helen Higgs and Amanda Clark, director of the Harriet Cheney Cowles Memorial Library.

“I expect it to be a time of growth and understanding as we share our stories with each other,” Higgs said.

Part of sharing stories is inviting the audience to experience the speaker’s story as if it were their own.

“This event is very much about the process of being an author and part of that is oral communication,” Clark said. “You have to think about how your audience will engage with your personal story so that it becomes personal to them in a way.”

Two students from Sheets’ creative nonfiction class will also share their stories.  Sheets required each student to write and share an answer to the prompt and then offer evaluations and possible improvements to others. In the end, senior

Katie Ferris and junior Henry Stelter were chosen by the class to share their stories.

Ferris said she is writing about the experience of being a “prefrosh,” or a high school senior looking at Whitworth. Stelter said his story will be inspired by a somewhat traumatic experience in his childhood that helped shape his current self.

“I think it’s very unique event, as it brings people from different roles and disciplines together: professors, students and other types of faculty,” Stelter said. “I think it’s a great way of illustrating how distinct and different the individuals who make up the Whitworth community are.”

For more information on This Whitworth Life, contact Sheets at nsheets@whitworth.edu.

 

Kyla Parkins

Staff Writer

Music Preview: Francisco the Man rolls into Spokane

Francisco the Man has been playing since 2010, but their first full length album,“Loose Ends” was released on Oct. 27, 2014. With the first full length, the band is setting out on a tour along the west coast of America. That tour will bring them right here to Spokane to play a show at the Bartlett on Dec. 6. The band hails from Los Angeles and they have released several EPs and singles, but Loose Ends is their first full album. Signed with Fat Possum Records, the band is offering the album as vinyl as well as CD or digital format.

Francisco the Man blends several genres and sensibilities into one smart package. At certain points of their album, the fuzz pedals are kicked on and the drums kick into high gear and the band sounds similar to early punk like The Clash. But other times throughout the album, there are rhythmic melodies and catchy hooks that bring to mind indie pop bands of the early 2000’s. The band blends these two lines very easily and can bring both sounds to listeners.

However, the band is not afraid to fade into some ethereal noise through reverb. The first track called “You & I” kicks off with a fade in through feedback and noise, which fits into shoegaze or garage rock genres or even some other noisy indie rock bands. Think Youth Lagoon with more electric guitar and drums.

The band is not afraid to push the boundaries or jump into different categories. They drift through several different sounds, but at the core they give the same punk-indie performance throughout the album.

The show at the Bartlett should not be missed. It would not be surprising to see this band go on to bigger and better things in the future, so why not see them now?

 

Jacob Millay

Staff Writer

Operation Christmas Child packs shoeboxes for children worldwide

Now is the time for an empty shoebox to transform into something new. Algelito Panot said he was an honored person to receive his shoebox last year. Though he didn’t know the donor, he thanked her from the bottom of his heart, saying he was grateful to become her friend.

Panot’s shoebox wasn’t empty, but filled with gifts from junior Alicen Freeman through a program called Operation Christmas Child.

“Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christmas relief organization,” Freeman said.

Freeman said the annual project started in 1993 and has brought shoeboxes filled with gifts to over 113 million children in 150 countries.

“These shoeboxes are a powerful way to let children around the world know that they are special and introduce them to God’s greatest gift, salvation through Jesus Christ!” Freeman said.

Whitworth University contributes to Operation Christmas Child through an on-campus collection of shoeboxes. Freeman said 182 shoeboxes were collected last year and they hope to collect even more this year.

You can pick up a shoebox in the HUB, along with an information packet. Filled shoeboxes must be returned to the HUB by Nov. 23 wrapped in a rubber band.

Shoeboxes can be filled with various items including toys, school supplies, letters, hats and anything else you’d like to give.

“Packing a shoebox is lots of fun! By going to the Dollar Store, you can easily fill a shoebox for $10,” Freeman said.

If you desire some company while packing your shoebox, Warren Hall is hosting a Shoebox Packing Party Nov. 21 from 7-9 p.m.

“We will have shoebox supplies available, but encourage students to bring some of their own items to make their shoeboxes special,” Freeman said.

Once a box is packed, students can add the $7 shipping fee as well as a shipping label. Freeman said that if students are unable to cover the entire shipping cost, they can place as much as possible in an envelope in the box. Donors will cover the rest.

“Operation Christmas Child is an opportunity to serve others around the world and share the wonderful gifts we’ve been given,” Freeman said.

 

Kyla Parkins

Staff Writer

Artist Spotlight: Emily Moline decodes the world in her music

For sophomore Emily Moline, music is not just something you hear on the radio. Music has always been an important part of the singer-songwriter’s life, especially since she learned to play guitar at the age of 12, inspired by her father’s own musical tendencies. “My family always played and sang songs together,” said Moline, who plays the guitar, piano and harmonica.

Moline’s involvement with music increased during her junior year of high school, when she began publishing her songs through a literary magazine she was a part of.

Although Moline is a sociology major with a minor in women’s and gender studies, she uses music to express herself and causes that are important to her.

“When it comes to songwriting, you have a platform for your voice that gives you a chance to say things you might not express to your friends,” Moline said.

Moline describes her sound as a combination of folk and alternative, but is also inspired by her love of R&B, describing that her music is like “if Beyoncé and Ray Lamontagne had a love child.”

“My music taste is so diverse, I just hear something and I go with it,” Moline said.

Backed by her unique sound, Moline writes honest and simple lyrics that are generally reflective in nature.

“A lot of my songs focus on how broken I am or have been in the past, and then I reassert my value in a way,” Moline said.

Her songs generally focus on themes such as how she and other women are worth loving and how love is possible, Moline said.

“I don’t write a lot of happy songs. If you never acknowledge that you’re feeling low or unhappy you might not be feeling anything,” Moline said about her pledge to honest songwriting.

Moline is most proud of a song she wrote called “Cascading Words,” which expresses hurt that she was feeling in response to being knocked down.

Because of her singing, Moline is a more confident individual—able to speak in front of people without fear, she said.

“[Giving a] presentation doesn’t bother me anymore because I am used to performing,” Moline said.

Although she has not performed any gigs since she has lived in Spokane, Moline has experience as a performer. Throughout her high school years, Moline participated in various talent shows, sang at open mic nights and was a part of many musical theater performances, which gave her the confidence to perform in front of other people and “gave [her] a face in the community,” Moline said.

A few weeks ago, Moline performed a set on Whitworth FM as part of the Friend Jam series, something which she hopes to do more of in the future.

Although Moline will always be involved in music, she intends to pursue a separate career she said.

“I didn’t want to pursue it as a career because it would take some of the fun out of it,” Moline said, because of the stress of having to produce music for people to buy.

“Because it’s something I do on the side, it’s a really good outlet,” Moline said.

 

Courtney Murphy

Staff Writer

Spokane explores the magic of coffee and chocolate

According to some cultures, chocolate is a gift from the gods and coffee can give a person certain mental powers. Although these are different products produced from different crops, they are quite similar in their history and the addictive qualities they possess. Anne of Austria refused to marry Louis XIII of France unless she was able to bring along her chocolatier, and monks relied on coffee for longer and more focused prayer sessions. Karen Decristoforo from Chocolate Apothecary and Katie Blom, head barista at Revel 77 Coffee, spoke about the history, importance and some surprising facts about chocolate and coffee, even passing out some samples at the event, Sip and Savor. The event was hosted at Revel 77 Coffee in South Hill Spokane and organized by Aileen Luppert, librarian at the Moran Prairie library.

Luppert opened the event, welcoming about 30 audience members in the homey and artistic environment of Revel 77.

“We’re trying to think outside of the book,” Luppert said. She explained that Sip and Savor is the first of many events that will be working with local businesses to help them promote and network by creating a support system that will allow businesses to give each other tips and promote each other.

Blom began with an Arabian poem about coffee. Historical legends state that the coffee bean originated in Ethiopia and the Arabian Peninsula around 1000 A.D. According to the legends, Kaldi, a goat herder, noticed his goats became rambunctious after they had eaten a certain berry and would not sleep at night. Kaldi reported his findings to a local monastery, where monks made a drink with the berries. The energizing effects the berries contained were recognized and the brew became a religious drink, allowing the monks to stay awake and focus on prayer.

Decristoforo discussed some chocolate background and specifics on the South American chocolate samples offered to the audience.

“Chocolate is a full-body experience using all the senses,” Decristoforo said. “Chocolate has a distinct texture when it melts in your mouth, a crisp snap when you break it and a smooth, shiny look to it.”

Chocolate was first used as a currency and a bitter, spicy beverage. Theobroma cacao, meaning “gift of the gods,” was used during Mayan rituals of marriage and sacrifice. During times of war, warriors would feast on the chocolate drink to nourish their bodies with the blessing of the gods before battle. Over the years chocolate transformed from a bitter drink, to baked goods, and eventually to sweet solid chocolate.

Death by chocolate is not only a dessert, but holds truth to many cases, such as the death of the bishop of Chiapas. It is said that he and some women of the church had a falling out when the bishop banned chocolate from mass. The ladies then settled this by apologizing with a chocolate gift said to be poisoned, ending his life, Decristoforo said.

“The more I learn about chocolate, the more I love it.” Decristoforo said.

“Chocolate was designed to be consumed by humans. The perfect melting point for chocolate is about 94 degrees, the same temperature it melts at on the tip of your tongue,” Decristoforo said.

For other events like Sip and Savor, check out the Spokane County Library District website or a local library for details.

Alyssa Saari

Staff Writer

Club Update: Eagle Club

The Eagle Club was founded by senior Eric Nikssarian, and was established in the spring of 2014.The club was initially based on the idea of joining previous Boy Scouts together in attempts to influence and volunteer within the scouting community. Nikssarian wanted the club to be open to everyone, regardless of any past scouting experience. He extended the club to include volunteer opportunities with nonprofit organizations, such as Christ Kitchen, in order to encourage and influence anyone and everyone who wants to make a difference to join.

“Join the club and we’ll find a place for you,” Nikssarian said. As the president of the Eagle Club, Nikssarian believes it’s important for students to find what inspires them and to feel comfortable volunteering in a position they know will work for them. Regardless of scouting or volunteer experience, there is a place for everyone and Nikssarian works with his members to find their place.

Nikssarian was initially given the idea to start the Eagle Club by a Tiger Scout Den Leader. As a sophomore, Nikssarian was convinced by a very influential classmate, John Ekber, to become a sports broadcaster for Whitworth FM during the current basketball season. At the first home game of the season, Nikssarian spotted a group of Tiger Scouts and their Den Leader. A former scout, he appreciated their presence and introduced himself. The Den Leader asked for Nikssarian to speak to the boys and they kept in contact.

A few months later, the Den Leader gave Nikssarian the idea to start the club.

“At first I didn’t know what the club was going to do,” Nikssarian said. He started the club and went with the flow. Eventually an opportunity presented itself and it all fell together.

Today the club has been active in many scouting and nonprofit opportunities as well as nature hikes. Their next coming event is Food for Thought on November 19th, working to feed the homeless in downtown Spokane at the House of Charity.  The club meets every Monday night at 7 p.m in Weyerheuser 305. For more information, contact Eric Nikssarian at enikssarian15@my.whitworth.edu.

 

Alyssa Saari

Staff Writer

Whitworthian about town

Do you really know Spokane? How many of you will venture off-campus and will have first-hand experience of the places about to be introduced in this article? For those who have not gone off-campus or do so very seldomly, downtown Spokane is home to many small and locally owned boutiques, restaurants, pubs and theaters, as well as other and more commonly known chains.

The entertainment district of downtown, excluding the Spokane Convention center, is located off of Sprague Avenue. The most popular venues include Bing Crosby Theater, Fox Theater and the Knitting Factory Concert House.

Bing Crosby Theater hosts a hodge-podge of events including Broadway-like productions, comedy competitions, concerts, movie premieres and film festivals and much more. The Fox Theater is known primarily for local symphonies, such as the Spokane Symphony and local university symphonies, including Whitworth’s Christmas Festival. The Knitting Factory is primarily a concert venue ranging in artists such as Drowning Pool, Eric Hutchinson and Odesza. Tickets are fairly cheap, beginning anywhere from $10 to $13 per ticket, depending on the artist you wish to see.

It’s recommended that before any of the above mentioned events, one should fill one’s stomach. There are numerous downtown restaurants to choose from. Some smaller-scale and more intimate hotspots include Wild Sage American

Bistro, Nudo, Zola, Saranac, Boots and Method Organic Juice Cafe, just to name a few. Saranac, Boots and Method are popular vegetarian and vegan inspired restaurants with very creative and cozy environments. For any students who are planning to have their own apartment and need some feng shui ideas on how to match their mismatched furniture and spruce up the place, Boots is the perfect place to gain some inspiration. Some famous and upscale restaurants located downtown include The Old Spaghetti Factory, The Melting Pot, P.F. Changs and Shogun.

Of course, any restaurant will have its own supply of dessert selections, but some other local sweet spots are Bruttles Gourmet Candy, Spokane Cheesecakes, Sweet Frostings and quite a few other dessert/coffee shops. Bruttles Gourmet

Candy shop will have any sweet tooth wanting to fall head over heels and not leave the store without buying half of the store’s inventory.

For the individuals who would like to avoid the cliche “freshman 15”, there are small and privately owned dance studios, for example, Simply Dance Studio, home of the Saturday Night Salsa and yoga houses, such as Lila’s.

There are also many classy downtown hotels which house popular lounges and contain historic architecture, mini exhibits and themes. The Davenport Hotel is an upscale hotel with very intricate architectural work, including the Grand Pennington Hall of Doges.

Downtown is also filled with tons of undiscovered boutiques, gag stores and a market store. A great boutique for formal dresses is Finders Keepers II on Main Avenue, across from Saranac Public House. Looking for that perfect gift for your best goofy pal? Boo Radley’s is a novelty shop named after the character in “To Kill A Mockingbird” who collects random and bizarre things.

One important store that the Whitworth community should be aware of is Auntie’s bookstore, where you can buy new and used books and sell unneeded textbooks or novels from past English classes for a little extra pocket change or store credit.

Don’t just research and Google places and events, get out and explore your community! There are masses of minor scale places or famously unknown places the Internet might miss. You may be surprised at what you will find.

 

Alyssa Saari

Staff Writer

Club Update: Adopted Pirates

The Adopted Pirates of Whitworth was established by freshman Jian Rzeszewicz about a month ago in order to help foster children in Spokane and around the globe. Rzeszewicz is currently working with her secretary to contact about 20 local Spokane Children’s homes in order to work with them to set up volunteer opportunities, help host events, and provide donations. Rzeszewicz’s intends to help local foster children, but she’s also determined to help fellow pirates who have been adopted. Her hopes for the future are that as more members join, they can begin to form a community, bond, and become a support system for one another.

“You can’t help others without first helping yourself,” Rzeszewicz said, explaining the importance of the support group.

“Most of the time being a foster kid is difficult,” Rzeszewicz’s said, speaking from personal experience.

Rzeszewicz was born in Zhan-Jiang, China and at just a few days old was left on the street where a police officer found her and brought her to the local orphanage. At five months old, she was adopted by Kim and Dan Rzeszewicz and she has lived in Puget Sound, WA ever since.

Before she was adopted, her name was Guojiantao and her adopted parents then named her Hannah and used her chinese name as a middle name. Rzeszewicz finds it important to stay in touch with her culture and has gone by Jian.

As an adopted child, she understands the mixed emotions one might feel; abandonment, confusion, hurt, etc. Rzeszewicz hopes to help children through these trying emotions and help them find their place within their own lives.

The club meets every other Thursday night at 7 p.m in Eric Johnson 233. If you have any further questions or need more info about the club you can reach Jian Rzeszewicz at hrzeszewicz18@my.whitworth.edu.

 

Alyssa Saari

Staff Writer

Over the Rhine meets Whitworth

Over the Rhine is not a new band. They have performed for 25 years, but that doesn’t stop them from making more music and touring. Their current tour is what brought them to Whitworth on Wednesday, Nov. 5 for a concert as well as a lecture hosted by English professor Fred Johnson. Although this wasn’t the first time  Linford Detweiler and  Karin Bergquist, members of

Over the Rhine, played at Whitworth, the last time was nearly 15 years ago. Detweiler commented during the performance that the first time they came to Spokane, they played at “a little place called Whitworth College.”

The lecture was in the chapel and it allowed for the duo to discuss their music and their songwriting in a more intimate setting with the students and fans who attended.

“Once the band started to sing at the lecture, it solidified a lot of attendance at the concert. They capture something special in live music.” Johnson said.

The actual performance took place in the MPR at 7:00. Detweiler and Bergquist were accompanied by a third member, Bradly Meinerding,  who played a myriad of instruments throughout the night including the mandolin, resonator, banjo, and guitar.

The band played several different selections of songs from their discography. A good portion of the songs were from Meet Me At The Edge of the World, one of the more recent releases from the band. There was also a song played from the newest album, Blood Orange in the Snow, which is the group’s Christmas album. It was released the day before the concert at Whitworth on Nov. 4.

The band not only writes and records their own music, but they also release it themselves on their own music label that they operate, Great Speckled Dog.

Bradly Meinerding joined Detweiler and Bergquist. Hannah Palmer | Photographer

The songwriting of the band lyrically is perhaps the centerpiece for the group. While talented musically, the lyrics really lead the songs. Topics of the songs include a sense of home, love, the country and family.

The band’s lyrics have references to literature. For example, Over the Rhine’s first album, “Till We Have Faces,” was named after C.S. Lewis’ book of the same name. That prompted the English department to head the event and sponsor the band’s visit to Whitworth. The department helped with security, ran the merchandise table and helped load the band’s equipment before and after the show.

The concert ran for roughly an hour and fifteen minutes. Not only was there music, but the exchanges between the husband and wife and the crowd added to the overall atmosphere of the concert and showed their proficiency with language.

“It was like whenever they talked they were reciting poetry” senior Caleb Dreschel said.

If you missed the Over the Rhine concert on campus, they are playing two shows over the weekend in Seattle at the Triple Door. Tickets are $35 each.

 

Jacob Millay

Staff Writer

Whitworth Jazz Program hits a high note in the 2014 season

On Oct. 30, 2014 at 8 p.m. in the recital hall of the Music Building, about 80 people showed up to watch and listen to the Jazz Combos in Concert. Half of the audience were parents, and the other half were students. “There were a few more people than usual,” sophomore Lauren Trittin said.

The first segment was of the band Tricom consisting of the guitar, piano and bass instruments.

The second segment featured the band Cold Mukluk Time, which had alto sax, tenor sax, guitar, bass, vibes and drums instruments. Audience members, including parents, were nodding their heads to the fast and upbeat song “Fall” by Wayne Shorter.

The Jazz Ensemble program focuses on the fundamentals of jazz, while incorporating improvisation and swing style. Throughout performances, each musician was given time to skillfully play one or more solo pieces.

“I’m a psychology and theology double major, but I come to these performances because my friends are in them and I like jazz in general,” Trittin said.

Many of the musicians were freshmen, performing in a small group setting for the first time. The last song played by the Tricom band was called “11 and 3” and was written by freshman Denin Koch, who explained that the song was inspired by how often he believed the number three happened in daily life.

“I was nervous, but it was exciting. I’m usually more comfortable playing in a big band,” freshman Josh Nay, who was on percussion, said.

The musicians’ passions for music were evident in their performance. The jazz ensemble musicians take private lessons independently, then reconvene with each other to practice more and go through what they’ve each learned.

“When you’re passionate about something, it brings balance to your life. With the insanity of school, I look forward to practicing for an hour or getting to beat on a drumset for a rehearsal,” junior Jansen Leggett, who played vibes, said.

There was also a sense of comradery between the musicians. Whenever one musician was performing a solo piece, the others would watch and smile in assurance of their ability to finish the piece flawlessly.

“When people are writing jazz compositions and aren’t sure what to do with the percussion portion, I’ll often help them with it,” Leggett said.

On Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m., Grammy Award winner Arturo Sandoval celebrated his 65th birthday with Whitworth students and middle and high schoolers from the Spokane area for a jazz clinic. Sandoval came from a poor family and did not have any connection to music as a young child. When he was 10 years old, he joined a marching band in his village.

“You can be rich of money but poor of heart,” Sandoval said.

Sandoval mainly learned to play music by ear and had few formal lessons. He explained his belief that to become a good musician, you must first imitate your idols, then emulate their sound, and then create music yourself. During the clinic, he heard a cell phone ring that sounded like a bird, and then played a song based on the sound on the piano that he made up on the spot.

On Nov. 7 at 8 p.m., Whitworth students and people of the Spokane community filled Cowles auditorium to watch the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble play alongside Sandoval. They laughed and cheered to Sandoval’s skilled bebop stylings.

Sandoval also played an improvisational piano piece that made everyone feel as though they were part of an important moment in Whitworth history.

Sandoval was the protege of jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, who was the first musician to bring Latin influences into American jazz. Sandoval has played for many award shows with famous musicians such as Celine Dion, Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys. Not only is he an incredibly talented jazz trumpeter, but he is also known for his extensive skills as a fluegelhorn player, pianist, composer and overall classical artist. He regularly performs with leadings symphony orchestras around the world.

The next Jazz Combos in Concert performance will be on Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall in the Music Building.

 

Rachelle Robley and Courtney Murphy

Staff Writers

Artist Spotlight: Maggie Montague drafts her career as a professional freelance author

It all started with a monkey queen. A young Maggie Montague invented the furry character in her first story. Now a senior, Montague has published several fiction and nonfiction pieces.

“Stories have always been a part of my life,” Montague said. “When I was little, my dad and I would create stories, usually rhyming and ridiculous, before bedtime each night. And my mom would always read me fairytales.”

Implementing her story background, Montague self-published a book in high school.  She described the book as a fiction fantasy coming-of-age story.

“There were dwarves and elves and that type of thing,” Montague said. “But it was about a girl who leaves home when she’s 13 because of a deal her parents made a long time ago…I still have people who come up to me and their kids are reading my book and they say, ‘My son stayed up all night reading this.’”

Beyond the book, a few of Montague’s pieces have appeared in literary journals. Two of her works were published in Script, the student-run literary journal on campus.

“My advice to students who are looking for ways to get their writing out there is to take advantage of Script on our campus,” Montague said. “Script offers students the chance to submit their work and is a good place to start building up confidence in your work, even if it’s just in the Whitworth community.”

Montague also had a creative nonfiction piece titled “From One Synapse to Another” published in Apeiron Review, an online journal based in Philadelphia.

What’s the next step? Montague is currently working on a young adult trilogy.

“I would describe it as Indiana Jones meets the Avengers,” Montague said. “The only thing I have left is to finish revising book three and then I have to look more into literary agents and publishers.”

Although she used to consider herself a fiction writer, Montague said she has found a new voice in creative nonfiction.

“I like creative nonfiction because it lets you look at the world from your own perspective in new ways, which sounds strange, but you see new parallels and new connections that even when you were living in the moment, you didn’t see,”

Montague said. When writing a piece, Montague said inspiration can come from anything someone says, or even an unusual scene.

“The other day I saw a nun driving in a car and for some reason, that just struck me,” Montague said.  “I mean, I know nuns drive cars, but I just had never really thought about it and it caught my attention.”

Montague said her initial inspirations can take her down unexpected pathways.

“I never know exactly where the inspiration will take me,” Montague said. “Sometimes you end up at a place that’s completely unrelated and you wonder how you even got there.”

Although the path can be unpredictable, Montague said writing helps her make sense of life and her experiences.

“It’s a way of translating the things I see in the world, or perhaps what I wish I would see in the world, into something that means more than the summation of its parts,” Montague said.

Writing also alleviates Montague’s stress level. She said it helps her regain sanity and composure.

In addition to that benefit, Montague said writing helps her learn how to live an effective life.

“Writing teaches you the value of being in community and of engaging with new perspectives,” Montague said. “In order to write, you can’t shut yourself off from the world; instead, you have to interact with the world around you. If you write in isolation, what new thoughts can you offer the world?”

Kyla Parkins

Staff Writer

W.U. Orchestra performs for Shakespeare’s 450th

In celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, the Whitworth Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Philip Baldwin, focused their Nov. 1 concert on the music that traditionally accompanied the bard’s plays. Before the concert, Dr. Dean R. Baldwin gave a speech explaining the relationship between Shakespeare and music, a topic on which he has published several books.

Shakespeare’s plays are full of music. From incidental music from trumpet fanfare accompanying royalty, to full songs sang by individual characters, music helps to advance the story, Baldwin said.

The orchestra played a variety of music and overtures from the plays “Richard III,” “Hamlet,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” among others. Depending on how well one knows Shakespeare, it is possible to hear distinctive aspects of the play, such as the bray of a donkey in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” or the patterns of love and loss in “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”

Many students were impressed by the orchestra’s performance and its connection to Shakespeare.

“There were many great pieces that really resonated, and they were stuck in my head for the rest of the day,” sophomore Clarisa Watkins said.

Watkins, who makes attending orchestra concerts a priority, “loved the fact that they identified certain things in the music,” such as the bray of the donkey which Baldwin described.

Concertmaster Haley Kovach, a junior violinist, especially enjoyed Walton’s “Richard III” because of the dramatic musical shift from the entire orchestra to a smaller quartet composed entirely of strings.

A music performance major, Kovach played in orchestras throughout junior high and high school beginning at the age of eight, and realized it was something she wanted to do all of her life.

“I want to teach violin lessons and always keep performing in some aspect,” Kovach said. For performance, she will be a part of either a community or professional orchestra, Kovach said.

As concertmaster, Kovach has responsibilities such as tuning the orchestra, overseeing the violins and leading the music with her body so orchestra members who cannot see the conductor can follow along more easily, Kovach said.

Orchestra provides many leadership positions “in a safe environment,” Kovach said, as well as providing a social aspect for musicians. Instead of only taking individual lessons and spending hours alone in practice rooms, orchestra brings people together to learn how to work together and pay attention to others around you, Kovach said.

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Outside of performing concerts at Whitworth, the orchestra sometimes has additional opportunities to perform.

“We took a tour freshman year to Idaho and Utah,” Kovach said. “It was a lot of being on a bus, but it was fun getting to know [the other musicians] and perform with them as more of a unit,” Kovach said.

Preparation for a concert is endless practicing and rehearsing. Each musician practices their part individually, Kovach said. Then in group rehearsals, all of the individual pieces are integrated together until the orchestra masters the piece, which Kovach describes as feeling “glorious.”

And the result of Symphonic Shakespeare was glorious, Watkins said.

“They always make it exceptional,” Watkins said. “I’m so glad I went. I would recommend going to anybody.”

 

Courtney Murphy

Staff Writer

Cool Whip steals the show

There is only one place on campus where you can experience a rap battle, Nicolas Cage at a cash register, and a lovesick frying pan all at the same time–a Cool Whip improv show. On Friday, Oct. 30, Cool Whip performed their first show of the year on Stage II of Cowles Auditorium. Cool Whip usually performs one or two shows a month, depending on the troupe members’ schedules.

Ten members strong this year, the troupe is co-directed by juniors Nate Strain and Rebecca Seideman. Shows typically consist of a combination of improv games such as Return Desk, Les Jeux and Four Square, where the players come up with comical scenes and interact with each other and the audience on the spot.

Sophomore Alyson King joined Cool Whip last year after participating in her high school’s improv troupe for the last four years. Last year, King was the only freshman on the troupe after tryouts.

“[In tryouts] there’s a current member who judges your performances with a group of other people trying out,” King said. “You play a game like Freeze, and the judge decides if you make it based on how you play the game and interact with other people.”

In Freeze, two players start a scene and must quickly develop it using key basics of improv, such as character, relationship and location. Then, at some point in the scene, someone in the audience yells, “Freeze!” The person who yelled must take the place of one of the frozen characters, and begin an entirely new scene inspired by the replaced player’s final pose, King said.

Cool Whip practice consists of playing “games [the troupe] hasn’t played in a while,” learning new ones or doing workshops that focus on skills such as pantomiming, King said. Cool Whip members perform games they often practice, but due to the nature of improv and the creativity of the players, the results are different each time.

Besides just being entertaining, improv can also be beneficial and transformative for the players. In middle school, King was shy and had difficulty talking to people.

“As soon as I got into improv, it boosted my confidence, and now I’m able to be in front of people and hold conversations,” King said.

The audience was very involved in the show, offering suggestions as to what the troupe would be acting out. Some attendees had been to many shows, and some, like junior Tori Grace, were seeing Cool Whip perform for the first time.

“I really liked it,” Grace said. “My favorite part was [senior Seth Flanders] when he was trying to act out the Kim Kardashian story–that was hilarious.”

In the game Les Jeux, King told a story involving Timbuktu, Kim Kardashian and explosions. Afterwards, Flanders acted out the same story without using words. Finally, a third Cool Whip member attempted to re-tell the original story based on Flander’s humorous actions.

For the Cool Whip members, performing each show is a unique experience, with a new audience and new possibilities

“It’s a ton of fun,” said junior Nate Strain, Cool Whip co-director. “We just have a passion for [improv] that is infinite.”

 

Courtney Murphy

Staff Writer

Club Update: Gaming Club

The Whitworth Gaming Club’s mission is “to provide a place for everyone to unwind by just having some fun and playing games, as well as [to] connect gamers of all sorts in a welcoming community.” The club meets most Saturday nights in Hendrick Hall, which is behind Stewart, from 6-10 p.m. Club members enjoy card games, video games, and tabletop games, and encourage club attendees to bring their favorite games to share. Whitworth Gaming Club also organizes WhitCon, which is an annual spring convention that celebrates gaming, movies, TV, and nerd culture in general around Whitworth.

WhitCon is run much like Comic Con, a multi-genre entertainment and comic book fan convention, with events, competitions, and more. Last year, WhitCon featured Live Action Role Playing, or LARPing, a League of Legends tournament, a Super Smash Bros Melee tournament, movie and anime showings, and a cosplay contest, along with the opportunity to purchase WhitCon merchandise and support Whitworth artists.

If you enjoy gaming of any variety, or wish to learn more about WhitCon, the Whitworth Gaming Club is the place to go.

 

Courtney Murphy

Staff Writer

Club Update: Pirate PRIDE

This year Pirate PRIDE has been “revamped and brought back to life to represent a larger population of Whitworth than ever before,” said President Jessica Bondurant, sophomore. Pirate PRIDE strives to create a fun and safe environment for open conversation about the issues surrounding LGBTQ students. This is an inclusive group that welcomes LGBTQ students and anyone wishing to show their support.

The club meets every other Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. upstairs in the HUB’s ABC room. Many meetings are an opportunity to discuss LGBTQ issues, but the club also hosts activity nights involving crafts, games, etc.

Although they facilitate several big events on campus, Pirate PRIDE is currently focused on involvement with community organizations. Their next planned campus event takes place in April during the annual PRIDE week. For more information, contact Bondurant at jbondurant17@my.whitworth.edu.

 

Kyla Parkins

Staff Writer

Club Update: Pep Band

Pep Band is a new club in its first year at Whitworth. At the end of last semester, sophomore Madison Artis and a group of fellow music enthusiasts were determined to start a Pep Band, even though no group had been successful in starting one in the past. Once the group gained support from the school, they became an official club.

So far, the band has played at three football games, and hope to continue to play at basketball games after football season is over. The band plays classic pep songs, popular music, and also a newly-arranged version of the Whitworth fight song.

The Pep Band brings spirit and liveliness to football games, and hopes to someday expand to be a full-sized band. The band’s goal for next year is to play at the homecoming football game, and to invite alumni musicians to play with them.

If you have any questions about Pep Band or want to join, contact Madison Artis.

 

Courtney Murphy

Staff Writer

Club Update: Jubilation Dance Ministry

“Jubilation Dance Ministry is a Christ-centered group of Whitworth University dancers that seeks to enjoy and honor God, develop relationships, and express authentic emotion through dance,” said junior Logan Shenkel, public relations and costume coordinator. Jubilation welcomes dancers of every skill level and at any point in the semester.  Different Jubilation classes include Irish dance, contemporary, musical theatre, jazz, hip-hip and both advanced and beginning ballet. The class schedule can be found on the Whitworth Clubs website.

According to Shenkel, the Jubilation leadership team shares a dance in Chapel monthly, as well as performing in local Spokane churches during the Advent season. Jubilation is performing their Fall Showcase on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. on Stage II of Cowles Auditorium.

Overall, Jubilation’s goal is to “bring people closer to God while simultaneously praising and worshipping our Savior with a gift He has given us,” Shenkel said. Contact Shenkel at lshenkel16@my.whitworth.edu for more information.

 

Kyla Parkins

Staff Writer

Club Update: Ultimate Frisbee Club

Ultimate frisbee is a very popular activity around Whitworth’s campus. Walking around the Loop on a sunny day, it is  hard to avoid the frisbees flying through the air. It is only natural that Whitworth would have their own Ultimate Frisbee Club. The club is primarily based around the Bangarang Ultimate Team, which is a competitive ultimate frisbee team that travels to various tournaments around the country to play other college-based teams.

Ultimate frisbee has grown in popularity so much that there are now multiple college leagues that give universities, even smaller ones like Whitworth, a chance to play in national tournaments. The Whitworth Men’s competitive team has been only one game away from attending the national tournament for the past two years, so the team has had some success.

However, the Ultimate Frisbee Club is more than just a competitive team. It also allows beginners to learn the game of ultimate frisbee in a friendly environment.

The club is trying to expand the sport of ultimate frisbee to as many people as it can, regardless of gender or athletic ability. There are around 25 members of the club, and the team meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 P.M. for team practices and Saturdays at 1:00 P.M. The practices take place at Holmberg Park.

There are also various other meetings for tournaments, frolfing, casual frisbee play or just to hang out. The Ultimate Frisbee club is a great way to get to know more about this ever-growing sport and get to know people who you can play with. It is also a great way to get active outside.

For more information, contact the Club President Daniel Khoe at dkhoe15@my.whitworth.edu or the Woman’s Team Captain at tlim16@my.whitworth.edu.

 

Jacob Millay

Staff Writer