Larry Burnley announces move to University of Dayton

A farewell celebration for Dr. Larry Burnley, associate vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer was held Thursday afternoon commemorating Burnley’s time at Whitworth. Burnley is leaving Whitworth to take a similar position at the University of Dayton in Burnley’s home state of Ohio. President Beck Taylor remarked on Burnley’s work within his hired position as he expanded the diversity of Whitworth, but quickly pointed out Burnley’s contributions to Whitworth as a whole along with Burnley’s efforts to increase “courageous conversations” within Christian higher education. Taylor expressed thankfulness for the entire Burnley family along with Burnley’s wife, Naima’s, work within the Spokane community, most recently as president of the NAACP Spokane.

Burnley said that while leaving Whitworth was a hard decision, he and his family felt called by God to move to Ohio. Burnley expressed thankfulness to his friends at the celebration and the entire Whitworth community for accepting his family and creating an environment where his work could flourish.

Burnley’s time at Whitworth since January 2010 has developed as he has taken on more roles, with most recently becoming Whitworth’s first chief diversity officer. His tenure has also has been marked by a campus-wide desire to increase the university’s diversity while the administration and students grapple with what “diversity” means to the institution.

“With the help of Larry’s important contributions, Whitworth’s population of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic students, as well as first-generation college students, has doubled,” Taylor wrote in an announcement to the Whitworth community on May 26 after Burnley initially announced his resignation. “In addition to these achievements, Larry has brought a decidedly Christ-centered posture to [his] work, and he has been faithful to articulate Whitworth’s goals in these areas within the context of Whitworth’s mission to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity.”

Taylor commended Burnley’s leadership throughout his time at Whitworth and the efforts he has made toward furthering the Whitworth 2021 goals, especially those relating to diversity.

With those challenges Burnley has served on Whitworth’s Institutional Diversity Committee and Diversity Cabinet, a leadership role Taylor believes has led the university to be on “the cusp of developing its first-ever Institutional Diversity Action Plan.”

Burnley’s focus has traveled outside racial minorities with his leadership on cabinets and involvement with students supporting all groups of marginalized individuals.

“One of the things I’ve wanted to do is cultivate a culture of conversation about, when we say ‘diversity,’ what are we talking about?” Burnley told the Whitworthian in 2013. “Is this something the university is doing for ‘them,’ whoever ‘they’ are,  or does the university see a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as being essential to the gospel of Jesus Christ and central to its mission?”

His influence at Whitworth also extended outside of administration as he taught history courses focusing on American diversity courses. Specific courses taught students the American history and authors students prior classes did not discuss along with examining the pattern of storytellers and how groups are oppressed through history.

The perspective of diversity of campus has shifted since Burnley came to Whitworth.

“I’ve seen a change in the way the institution understands how these issues pervade the entire life of Whitworth,” Burnley said in 2013. “It’s not just a student life thing, it’s not just an academic thing, it’s a Whitworth thing.”

Burnley assured attendees at his celebration that he was a lifetime Whitworthian and would return to visit the campus.

Karlin Andersen


Male Athlete of the Year: Andrew Bloom

Senior Andrew Bloom has been selected as the Whitworthian’s male athlete of the year. From placing second in the 2016 Northwest Conference Championship to holding the best Division III mark in the nation (220‘2‘‘), it would seem as if Bloom was born with a javelin in his hand.

Bloom grew up on Camano Island, Washington, where he played a variety of sports, including basketball, football and golf. He attended Stanwood High School where he played baseball as his main sport for the Spartans.

As a freshman at Whitworth, Bloom intended to play four years of baseball for the Pirates, but injuries and other obstacles led Bloom to stop after his first year.

“I went from [playing sports] all the time to not playing anything,” Bloom said. “I decided I wanted to compete again in something.”

In a strange turn of events, during his sophomore year, Bloom was challenged by a friend to see who could throw a javelin the farthest. “I was absolutely awful,” Bloom said. “[Chase Wright] who had just won second in the nation [in javelin] was watching and said ‘Hey, you have a good arm but just need to learn the techniques. You should try out next year for the track team.'”

After practicing and learning how to properly throw with friends, Bloom talked to Whitworth’s track and field head coach, Toby Schwarz, and developed into a javelin thrower his junior year.

“[Bloom] is a work horse,” junior Dane Larson said. “He hasn’t been [throwing the javelin] long but he genuinely loves the sport and he’s  always willing to help out his teammates.”

Bloom proved after only a couple meets that he was a force to be reckoned with in the javelin community.

“He has always had a great throwing arm, but in terms of how fast he has progressed in an event that is technically very difficult, it is extraordinary,” assistant coach Eloise Cappellano said. “He made it to nationals his first year; that doesn’t happen all the time and so that in itself is quite an achievement.”

With one season under his belt, Bloom became more comfortable with the mechanics of the javelin and over the span of a couple of weeks improved his personal record by 20 feet.

“I started making a lot of minor adjustments and bringing in more speed from last season that really has taken me over the top,” Bloom said. “My marks would increase every week. I went from 194 to 199 to a 10-foot [personal record] of 209 then to 213 and 219.”

One of Bloom’s biggest feats this season was breaking the Whitworth men’s javelin record with a mark of 220‘2‘‘ at the World War 9 meet, a record that was set back in 2011.

“He is way advanced and off of the charts right now. He has great speed, is a very smart guy and has figured out what needs to happen technically in order to throw [the javelin] very far,” Cappellano said. “[Bloom] is a joy to coach and honestly very easy to coach because he picks up things easily and quickly.”

Bloom has already qualified and will compete in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in Waverly, Iowa at the end of May.

“He is a very level=headed and intelligent young man. I think he will handle the pressure of nationals well,” Cappellano said.

Even though he is graduating this year, Bloom has saved one course to be able to return and compete again for the Pirates next season.

“I am thankful for the opportunities that I’ve had,” Bloom said, “but I don’t want to take personal credit for it because it’s been God, my coaches, my teammates and my trainers that have done so much.”

Jordanne Perry

Staff Writer

Female Athlete of the Year: Makayla Lefever

The Whitworthian has selected junior pitcher Makayla Lefever as the female athlete of the year. When Lefever injured her knee her freshman year, there were some questions about what the future of her career would look like with the Pirates. After an up-and-down freshman year due to the injury, Lefever returned for her sophomore season with renewed strength and focus, putting together a nice 2015 campaign. As the 2015 season developed, Lefever and junior Madi Perez were swapping starts for head coach Cristal Brown.

“Sophomore year she came back over the summer, and she was just a completely new pitcher,” senior Alyssa Hall said. “All of her pitches were just great, she was hitting her spots and increased her velocity a lot. It was really cool to see those changes that she had made after just one season.”

One of the most noticeable changes that Lefever made between freshman and sophomore year was her spinning pitches. Throughout her sophomore year, Lefever consistently produced swings and misses.

Then came 2016, in which all of Lefever’s hard work resulted in some of the best numbers in the league. Lefever earned first-team All-Northwest Conference honors with a record of 19-4 and a second-place ranked ERA of 1.98, leading the Northwest Conference in wins. In 2016, however, the opposition knew what to expect from Lefever and the Pirates’ ace had to make some adjustments.

“Makayla’s strength has always been putting spin on her pitches,” coach Brown said. “She has a great high screw, but hitters knew to expect that this season, so she had to reinvent herself as the season went on.”

Though she put together a fantastic athletic career and a mind-boggling 2016 season on the mound, Lefever made a difficult decision to end her softball career and pursue her academic goals. Lefever will head to Washington State University’s nursing school in Spokane this upcoming fall.

“We knew last year at the end of season that nursing school was in the future for Makayla,” Coach Brown said. “She really has her priorities straight, and while she has accomplished some great things in softball, being accepted to nursing school is a very exciting achievement for her.”

“The friendships I’ve made, I’ll always keep that with me,” Lefever said. “I’ll also still be really close with the girls, even though I won’t be on the team anymore.”

“It’s been really cool to form all of these bonds, and it’s totally off the field too,” senior Megan John said. “We don’t just show up and all of a sudden we are all ‘buddy-buddy’, it’s all of the time.”

As Lefever ends her Whitworth career and the 2016 season comes to an end, there is no doubt she was a force to be reckoned with.

Max Carter

Staff Writer

Coach of the Year: Toby Schwarz

Toby Schwarz has been selected as the Whitworthian’s coach of the year. It has been 20 years since Whitworth track made the decision to hire Toby Schwarz, a young coach out of Pullman high school.

Schwarz began his track career at Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma, Washington where he ran the 800m and 4x400m relay. After graduation, he was presented with opportunities to continue competing but instead chose to join his brothers at Washington State University and pursued his master’s in athletic administration with the hopes of becoming a high school athletic director.

During that time, he was notified that Pullman High School was hiring track coaches.

That led to a four-year stretch at Pullman as the assistant track coach until, in a similar turn of events, Schwarz found out about an opening for a coaching position at a small Division III school in Spokane that he had never heard of.

“My mentor professor at WSU, he was a graduate of Whitworth and he said, ‘Hey, Whitworth’s hiring a new track coach.’ And I said, ‘What’s Whitworth?’... I guess I never really asked him where he went to school. And so I applied and so did 54 other people nationwide,” Schwarz said.

Seventy-four All-Americans later, it is apparent that Schwarz has turned Whitworth track into a powerhouse program, but more than that, he has created a family of hard-working athletes and caring coaches who strive for perfection in everything they do.

“There’s a verse in the Bible, Matthew 5:48, that says ‘Be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect.’ Now the problem with most people’s understanding of that verse is that they think it means that we need to be perfect, that we need to not make mistakes, be flawless,” Schwarz said. “But really what that verse refers to is being mature and complete as our Heavenly Father is mature and complete. God is complete and he wants us to be as well, but he understands it’s a process.”

Coaching nine athletes to outdoor national titles, leading the men’s and women’s teams to 12 combined NWC championships since 2001 and managing to get 75 percent of one’s athletes to qualify for conference 10 seasons in a row are accomplishments you might think to see on a DI track squad’s résumé. Schwarz has done all of that and more partly by creating a team-first culture with a perfect effort mentality.

The effect of that drive to be ‘perfect’ in one’s own capacity reaches far beyond the track. The goal is to change lives, and it certainly seems as though it is working.

“A theme that encompasses all of what Toby teaches us is this idea of control,” sophomore sprinter J.R. Woolley said. “He tells us that in sports, as in life, there are things you can control and things that you can’t and that we must focus on what we can control in order to be successful.”

Junior pole-vaulter Everett Kleven said his favorite aspect of Schwarz’ coaching style is “his emphasis on team. It’s the single biggest reason he is successful as a track coach. Every time he writes the word, he capitalizes it so as to further exaggerate the importance.”

Good thing Schwarz has no intention of leaving.

“If I had aspirations of going somewhere else, I would’ve left a long time ago” Schwarz said. “I’ve had opportunities to go coach other places, but I’ve chosen not to take them because I don’t look at the grass as being greener somewhere else. I could go to a DI school, somewhere that has nicer facilities, but that doesn’t make those programs any better. I love Whitworth.”

Caleb Mathena

Staff Writer

Vote Ted Cruz/Carly Fiorina in 2016

By James Silberman We are in a vicious period in the history of American politics. Frustrations have long been building due to a host of issues including a growing national debt, a stagnant economy and a workforce participation rate that is the lowest since the 70s, according to the Bureau of Labor. The past decade has been economically disastrous by just about every measure, and Americans on both ends of the political spectrum have become hostile towards America’s elite, which they have dubbed the “establishment”.

Warring factions are breaking out within the Republican and Democratic parties, and especially between them. The primary races are more hectic and convoluted than any in recent memory. Let me break down who the candidates are, and why voters should support Texas Senator Ted Cruz for president.

If you’re happy with the way things are going now, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ohio Governor John Kasich are your best options. Both are career politicians in their mid-sixties who have not promised to change a lot if elected president. They are the business-as-usual candidates. For this reason, I have crossed both off my list. If you look at America and see a place that is healing and improving and is on the right track, look harder.

If you’re angry, but you don’t really know why you’re angry, oh boy do I have a candidate for you. I am of course referring to Donald Trump. If the people who support this man understood why they were angry, they’d realize that Trump epitomizes everything they claim to despise: cronyism, deception and political pandering.

This leaves two candidates: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Cruz. The quintessential progressive vs. the quintessential conservative.

These two ideologies give vastly different diagnoses of America’s problems. Progressives blame the economically powerful and the free enterprise system, while conservatives blame the politically powerful and the expansion of the federal government beyond its constitutional limits.

In truth, both are correct in their criticisms. Both the financial elite at the Federal Reserve and other economic powerhouses and the political elite in the federal government have far too much central control over the American economy. The amount of power accumulated in those institutions is easily harnessable for those who wish to rig the system in their own favor.

So if both big business and big government are to blame, what then is the solution?

Sanders argues that bigger government will solve the problem. More taxes, more regulations and more power in the hands of politicians to keep businesses in check. Sounds good, right? The vast majority of our generation seems to think so, according to Pew Research.

However, this idea ignores something very important: The bigger the government, the bigger the corruption. That is not political rhetoric, but simply an observable fact of human nature. The bigger the government is, the more incentive there is for people to bribe politicians because of how much power politicians hold in a big-government society. The current application of this is lobbyists and special interest groups, who have an extraordinarily large impact on the running of our federal government today. This is a direct result of increased government power.

Also, the more access politicians have to the flow of money through the economy, the more corruption will inevitably follow. Under Sanders’ tax plan, roughly one-third of America’s GDP will be owned by federal government, according to the Tax Foundation. That’s not even taking into account state governments.

Right now, many of you are saying “But Bernie is all about protecting the little guy! Isn’t it a good thing if the government enforces higher taxes and has more regulatory power so they can take down the big businesses and help small ones?”

Not. In. The. Slightest.

Do you really think Coca-Cola or Nike or Costco are going to be affected by a tax hike or some regulations? No. They have the resources to hire lawyers and lobbyists who find ways to get around these regulations and skimp on taxes. It’s small businesses who get choked out by big government. It’s the local machinery plant, it’s the mom-and-pop bakery, it’s your favorite breakfast joint. The more power is harnessed by central institutions, including the government, the more those who wish to manipulate the system will be able to do so, and the more the economically and politically powerful will have a stranglehold on the American economy.

On the other hand, Ted Cruz has aspirations to shrink government by lowering federal taxes to a flat 10% individual rate with nothing paid on the first $36,000. This means that everyone, but especially low-income earners, get to keep the money they earn and become more economically empowered instead of being forced to send their earnings into the disappearing black hole of big government. It means an even playing field and the elimination of tax lobbyists who help big corporations find loopholes. It means a lower business tax rate that will incent companies to bring their offshore accounts back stateside.

Most importantly, Ted Cruz being elected President would mean no more central control of our economy. Along with shrinking government, Cruz would go after the banking elites at the Federal Reserve. He, along with Senate colleague Rand Paul, wrote the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015, which would have allowed for effective audits of the Fed. However, the bill didn’t pass through the senate, as 44 Democrats voted against it and President Barack Obama threatened to veto it. However, as president, Cruz would have the ability to hold America’s central bank accountable for its actions.

While Sanders wants more central control, Cruz wants to give economic power back to small businesses and individuals. That is what conservatism is all about. Cruz’s running mate, Carly Fiorina said it best: “power concentrated is power abused”.

Cruz is far and away, the most economically and constitutionally sound candidate in the field, and his plans will put an end to the collusion of big business and big government against the American people. For the above reasons, I encourage you to vote for Ted Cruz in the upcoming Washington State primary on May 24, and Ted Cruz/Carly Fiorina in the general election in November.

The faces we wear

By Jacob Schmidt The college experience is intrinsically tied to a search for identity, for defining oneself and aligning with groups. While this has been the case as long as institutions of higher education have existed, the invasive presence of social media platforms has accelerated, redefined, and most of all cheapened our understanding of identity.

The presented self often does not align with the lived self. Being present and honest with friends and relatives grows more difficult as we place more of our lives online, fitting our look to match one of several models conveniently provided for us by social media.

False representation of the self is a crime of which most of us are guilty. In my own life, I have clung to the title of cyclist, despite spending very little time on my bike. I felt like I was a cyclist. I owned all of the proper equipment. I had extensive knowledge of professional riders. I could properly use the words peloton and cadence. Yet I lacked the essential characteristic of cyclists--I didn’t ride my bike. By calling myself a cyclist, I was aligning myself with an identity which was not mine because it made me more interesting; it gave me respect which I didn’t deserve.

I suspect that each one of us--especially those in their first years of college--has an identity which we claim, but do not deserve. Platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat only make it easier to maintain these false fronts. One such identity which I have been in a position to see falsely presented by a great number of Whitworth students, is that Pacific Northwesterly brand of outdoorsiness. A cursory check of student Facebook and Instagram accounts shows myriad outdoor scenes captured through a set of filters. Yet, as a member of the outdoor rec staff, I have often found it difficult to get students to sign up for trips with many of the trips cancelling due to lack of participation. Speaking with students about trails and crags in the inland northwest, many are clueless about what is right in their backyard. Yet the hammock photos and Chaco clad foot pics continue to populate our news feeds, presenting the image of outdoorsiness without the effort. I like laying in a hammock as much as the next guy and I love my adventure sandals, but these are often used as a PNW membership card.

This lack of authenticity is not limited to outdoorsiness, there is a more general countercultural facade which many present. This is exemplified in the “Spokane doesn’t suck” t-shirt. While I agree with this campaign and the sentiment behind it, these shirts and stickers have shown up on the bodies and water bottles of many who never leave “the pine-cone curtain.” Spokane doesn’t suck, but if you really believe that, go down to west central and volunteer with Project Hope, ride the bus when you do it, interact with your non-Whitworth neighbors.

Perhaps I am just complaining too much. Maybe this article is the journalistic equivalent of an older dude at the skatepark yelling, “Poser!” at the kids that are new to the sport. I would like that to be the case, but my experience in the past four years has shown me an increasing problem of activity for the sake of appearances and identity over and above the actual, real benefits of that activity. There is beauty and fear and a connection with the divine that I believe is best actualized when one removes themselves from comfortable circumstances and embarks into the wilderness of either nature or the city.

EDITORS NOTE: Burning down the Pinecone Curtain

By Connor Soudani, Editor-in-chief Honor God, Follow Christ and Serve Humanity. It’s profound isn’t it? I don’t think we think about it enough. That message gets pounded into our innocent, unassuming skulls from day one and yet by the time we are seniors, those words are sometimes still just words to us. We are taught to be Christ-like in our endeavors not simply because many of us ought to as Christians, but because it is a great way to live in harmony with each other. As such, it is important to realize that embodying that Christ-like mission involves taking bold steps to eliminate the Pinecone Curtain from the equation for good.

For me as a non-Christian, I have tended to gravitate toward the last part of the phrase, “serve humanity” when I consider how best to make an impact that means something. Above all, I find that resource allocation aside from time becomes the most adequate form of giving back I am aware of. As such, after gaining experience in some of the underpinnings of ASWU, I propose the somewhat radical notion that we devote almost all $493,925 in the ASWU budget to charitable functions here in Spokane and beyond.

The ASWU budget funds everything from clubs to concerts to my salary. If we were to look through the line items, we would see a lot of fluffy expenditures (some more fluffy than others) that Whitworth and us as students could most certainly live without and would probably be better without. Allow me to break it down as follows:

Club funding on campus totaled to $13,596 for the last academic year. Salaries for ASWU student workers and ASWU administrators along with operations for everything from coordinators to executives to dorms to Whitworthian total $480,329. That’s a lot of money put into things we could mostly live without. Now, this is not to say that ASWU does not do a lot of great things or that the people involved within do not have good intentions for the funds they have to deal with. I just think there are better ways to utilize resources available to promote the mission of the university.

For club funding, I would propose we cut all funding for clubs except for clubs such as En Christo who largely deal with charitable giving anyway. In addition, I propose we cut all student salaries ($136,575) for ASWU positions and all operating costs for media as well as executive, coordinator and dorm operations. Many will argue with me about the need for such a practice, but I once again draw back on an appeal to helping the least of these in our Spokane community.

For an example of how such a system would be able to function, I turn to the example of The Whitworthian. Without ASWU funding, we would still be able to exist and publish. The revenue we gain from advertising would allow us to support functions such as our media conference trip as well as any contest entry fees we need to stay current on. We would lose the funding we needed to print our issue week-to-week, but with the advent of online capabilities, we would have no problem continuing to put out a consistent product.

In the case of clubs, each would be forced to fundraise the money they need in order to continue some of the functions they desire. However, it is important to note that there is no club or organization on campus currently funded under ASWU that would lose the ability to continue functioning under my proposed system.

ASWU would in effect become a charitable foundation run by students of the university who work as volunteers and manage the near-$500,000 budget as it is distributed in various charitable efforts around campus. The idea may seem radical in its entirety; however, when considering the mission of the university as well as the personal missions so many Whitworth students should try to be living out, finding constructive ways to utilize the massive ASWU budget aside from the ways we use it now may be the best way to finally serve humanity and in effect burn the Pinecone Curtain to the ground.

Aristotle, elevators and disability advocacy

By Josiah VanWingerden Before I transferred to Whitworth last fall, the first thing I considered was the accessibility of the campus for students with disabilities. I have cerebral palsy and in a wheelchair, so it was important for me to know that I could get around campus. Because I was a late applicant, I was in a unique situation: I did not have time to visit campus before the school year began. Nevertheless, I made several phone calls to the admissions and facilities offices to coordinate with them on the accessible areas of campus and get a picture of what it looked like.

When I was met with a resounding, “Yes, our campus is handicap accessible!” from various people over the phone, it was truly one of many deciding factors for me choosing this university.

When I arrived to campus for an interesting Traditiation experience, during which I saw my dormitory’s leadership team adapt around me to accommodate my physical needs, I could not help but feel that the university could do more for students like me.

During the first day of classes, I had several in Weyerhaeuser, where the handicap button to activate the automatic doors did not work. I recognize that sometimes technology is difficult to work with, so I brought it to the attention of the facilities office hoping that it would be fixed. It was not until the end of fall semester that I stopped having issues with that door. Additionally, Lindaman Center did not have handicap access until I arrived. There is something wrong with that.

Before I am misunderstood, however, I want to make my message in this article crystal clear: this is not an article to complain about Whitworth. The university has been willing to work with my needs and I am thankful for that. Rather, my intention is to bring Whitworth’s attention to a need on campus that needs to be addressed: disability advocacy.

No such place currently exists on campus that specifically represents and  advocates for students with physical disabilities and that needs to change. There are no events right now that bring physical disabilities to students or faculty's attention. If Whitworth’s message is one that promotes, “Diversity, equity and inclusion” yet it fails to include a certain demographic under that representation umbrella, then it might as well add an ellipsis and insert “for some” to the end of it.

Consequently, students like me are pushed out of agendas and have no voice to bring about change. That is why I am writing this article and why it is so important to me. There needs to be a place where students with disabilities feel represented. The same can be said for students with learning disabilities as well. No place exists for them either.

One might say that it has not been a need in the past for the university because there are not a lot of students here with physical disabilities here anyway. To that I say that now there is a need.  Students like me create it. Let us not confuse negligence with ignorance. Even so, ignorance should never be an excuse.

Whitworth should make a few changes to meet needs of students with disabilities. Possibly by installing elevators into more dorms. I know that because some of the dorms are older buildings, that this is costly and challenging. However, there are only two dorms on campus with elevators, Oliver and Duvall. Students like me are actively cut off from participating in events or activities hosted by those seven other communities.

That became apparent to me when I attended “Milk & Cookies” in Mac. It took five guys to haul me up the flight of stairs so that I could be a part of the tradition. I am not asking for elevators to be put in every dorm, but then again, why shouldn’t I be? I am just as much of a student here as any other, and yet I do not have equal opportunity to participate. That’s a shame.

This year, almost every candidate running for ASWU this year proposed cuts to the student-funded budget. Instead, what if those funds were repurposed into funding for an elevator? It may not end up being enough, but it may be enough to start a place of representation for students with disabilities.

Aristotle once observed “The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.”  I have had several conversations with students about how they never noticed things like the cracks in the sidewalks before they met me. Education to raise awareness of this issue is key to change.

Even if it does not accomplish either of those things right away, both students and faculty would become aware of the need and I hope work together to bring about meaningful change. Moreover, if Whitworth does take action to address the needs that I have mentioned, it would show students with physical and/or learning disabilities that our university cares.

Track and Field Championships update 4/23/2016

The Whitworth men’s and women’s track and field team took first place victories with scores of 187 and 216.5, respectively, at the Northwest Conference Championship meet this past weekend at Lewis & Clark. With their second consecutive NWC victory, the women’s team had eight athletes take first place finishes and had over 20 with top five finishes.

Some Pirate first place performances came from the throwing events where senior Kerry Wright became the NWC champion in the javelin for the fourth consecutive year with a throw of 140‘ 8.25“. In addition, seniors Dakota Kliamovich and Courtney Fairhart became a third time NCW champions in the hammer (164‘ 11“) and discus (132‘ 2.5“) events, respectively.

The men took earned their seventh consecutive NWC victory after making a comeback from being behind George Fox on the first day.

Over 25 had top five finishes in various events and the men had five athletes take first place victories.

For the second time, Senior Everett Kleven was among the first place victors with a cleared 16‘ jump in the pole vault event. In addition, the 4x400-meter relay team consisting of freshman Jalen Robinson-McClure, senior Alex Hardlund, sophomore John-Robert Woolley, and senior Nicholas Gosselin won first place in a season-best time of 3:17.36.

Whitworth will return to action this Saturday at the Cougar Invite in Pullman, WA beginning 10:00 a.m.

Jordanne Perry

Staff Writer

Softball Recap 4/23/2016

After winning the opening game of the NWC Tournament on Friday at Marks Field, Mother Nature had some different plans for Whitworth Softball as the Bucs fell to Linfield in the semifinal game. The Pirates opened up a commanding 6-1 lead through four innings over the Wildcats before lightning struck for Linfield--both literally and physically.

With a four-run top of the fifth, Linfield had pulled within one as thunder and lightning storms became scattered throughout the Inland Northwest, temporarily stopping play. The lightning ceased and the game resumed around 10 am pacific standard time.

The delay worked in Linfield’s favor, as they scored two in the top of the seventh to take a one-run lead. With a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly, Linfield brought in the crucial runs, advancing to the championship game.

With the loss, Whitworth would face George Fox, the winner of the loser’s bracket game in which Pacific (Or.) was eliminated from the tournament.

The game was hard fought, with both pitchers turning in valiant efforts. In the end, George Fox prevailed behind the arm of sophomore Madison Sorenson, who threw a complete-game shutout, allowing only four hits and five baserunners.

Whitworth junior Makayla Lefever started every game for the Bucs in the NWC Tourney. The loss on Saturday morning was only her fourth of 2016, in which she compiled 19 wins and a 1.98 ERA over 148.1 innings of work.

Though the season may not have ended in the way the Pirates wanted, it was a fantastic year and an exciting weekend for the Whitworth Softball program. The first two seniors recruited by head coach Cristal Brown--catcher Megan John and outfielder Alyssa Hall--will be graduating this May. According to Brown, the two have done a wonderful job of instilling the Whitworth Softball culture for years to come. With the epic arm of Makayla Lefever and two straight regular season NWC championships, 2017 is sure to bring riches for Brown and the Pirates.

Max Carter

Staff Writer

Women's tennis championship update 4/23/2016

The women’s tennis team ended their 2016 season with a loss to Lewis & Clark last Saturday. The Pirates entered the NWC Championships with a conference record of 6-6, compared to Lewis & Clark’s record of 12-0. The Pirates lost their match to the Pioneers with a score of 5-0. The second game of the No. 1 singles match was the closest game of the day. Junior Bella Hoyos did her best to redeem her loss of the first game. However, she was unable to take the lead and ended the game with a score of 4-3.

The Pioneers went on to win the Conference Championships with a score of 8 total points. Lewis & Clark also took first in Conference with an overall record of 17-2.

The women’s tennis team will return next year.

Peter Houston-Hencken

Sports Editor

EDITORIAL BOARD-IN THE LOOP: Financial Vice President candidate interviews and endorsements

Jordan Dale—Financial Vice President Candidate What gets you excited about this job?

Executive positions that are associated with ASWU are something I have had an interest in for the past few years. I have really enjoyed my time in ASWU and I enjoyed the ability to meet so many people in the position. In Intramurals with its proximity to UREC, I have missed the presence and the involvement. I think there is a lot that has gone on this year that I haven’t been a part of and I was very involved last year. That could be my own fault and also I think it’s part of the separation of the two groups. Mid-year, I was looking at how I could get back involved with ASWU. I like intramurals but I like the student government part of it. I was going through the positions and what would be my best fit. Immediately accounting and numbers and Financial Vice President is kind of where I glided toward. Transparency and involvement are what I have been building on in this campaign and getting people involved is another aspect of the position that is exciting to me.

Do you have any specific plans for next year if you were to get the job?

I’m starting with the involvement aspect. Clubs do a great job on campus and they always want more members so how do we make that happen. I think our biggest target in terms of getting people involved in our clubs is targeting freshmen. Orientation is the time when people are most looking for stuff to do. Portraying those options as clearly as possible gives the best chance for participation. I would set up a table at orientation and we would set it up so there are incentives to go there. Whether it’s a sticker or whatever, and then they have to list four or five clubs they are interested in. In doing so, I would be able to provide club leadership with a contact list of people interested in what they were doing.

What separates you from your fellow candidate?

I think it’s definitely experience. In terms of experience with the budget, $30,000 versus a $670 budget is much more real opportunity for mistakes there and thus a lot more responsibility. I think in terms of awareness, students on this campus love to get involved but they need a helping hand. People like these incentives and reasons to get involved and so I think I bring a little more than Jeff does.

What do you want voters to know more than anything?

I refer to my passion for the position. I want voters to know that what I am saying now will carry through and I want to be held accountable for the things I campaigned on. I want to make sure they become a reality. I think a lot of people run for these positions and have these great ideas, but no one ever holds them accountable for actually putting them in place. I want these things to be publicized. I want to go through with what I promised to the students.


Jeff DeBray—Financial Vice President Candidate

What gets you excited about this job?

The biggest reason why I am running to be your next Financial Vice President is here everyone pays $230 toward an ASWU student fee. However, I feel like students don’t know where their money is going. As your FVP, I just want to make the spending of student money in our budget more accessible and transparent to the student body. I feel like students deserve to know where their money is being spent. Secondly, FVP also works very closely with clubs on campus, just empowering them in any way you can. One addition I would make to that job description is to meet with each club president and each club leadership one-on-one regularly to create a more personal environment. I feel like that kind of relationship can be more successful when you develop a personal relationship with them. Those are two of the biggest reasons why I am excited about running for FVP.

After watching the debate yesterday, it became clear to us that the FVP position has a different feel among voters. Not very many people know much about what the FVP does. It’s not a popularity contest, but rather feels more like a competence test. Both you and Jordan Dale spent much of your time at the debate talking about what the FVP does. Putting aside the fact that you both are competent in the field of finances, what separates you from your fellow candidate?

(Jeff discussed his qualifications at length including his work as a senator, his summer accounting job, his involvement with the ASWU club chartering and finance committee, finance and administration committee for board of trustees).

Something that some people don’t necessarily know: The FVP is often a face for ASWU more than any other position because they meet one on one with clubs and administration frequently to discuss finances. On a daily basis, they are dealing with deposits and balancing the books between ASWU and the business office here at Whitworth. They’re counting the money we receive each day and making sure those two things balance. The also are the chair of club chartering and finance committee as well as Budget committee in spring during May. The biggest thing I want to bring to this position is transparency and accessibility. Too few students just don’t know how their money is being spent and that’s over 500,000 dollars we are getting from students, but students just don’t know where it is going. I just think students deserve to know and that’s the biggest change I want to bring to this position.

You and Jordan are both very qualified, but oftentimes it is not simply about the qualifications, but more how one applies those qualifications.

Four or five weeks ago, I met one on one with Skyler to get an inside scoop on the position and he said it’s not that accounting experience that matters. It’s the communication that’s really important as well because you are the person who is talking to those clubs and your strong communication skills and being able to direct people and manage people as well as tell people yes or no when that is necessary and how they are spending their budget is all really important. I think students often think qualifications are the sole part of the position and that’s partially true. There is an extra piece though that I really plan on bringing to the table.

What do you want voters to know about you more than anything else?

I really care about this university and I have been continuously humbled and just impressed when meeting new students in this campaign. Them approaching me and expressing their support—expressing what they want to see happen from an FVP. So, I really have a desire to meet student needs and where they’re at and communicate accessibility and transparency to how we are spending student money. I hope this been communicated in my campaign, but I am in this for the university; I am in this for Whitworth. We can do better.



It is the opinion of this editorial board that Jeff DeBray be elected Financial Vice President over his contender--Jordan Dale. While Dale can claim a prominent money management position with his dealings in intramurals, DeBray claims a wider range of experience and can boast a prominent understanding of Whitworth financials on a student and administration level. It is also evident that DeBray is running for FVP with a larger purpose in mind of bettering the university, while Dale, who does support the idea of transparency along with DeBray, expressed his primary goal of being a personal one. While personal motivations are not necessarily a bad reasoning for wanting a job, we feel the larger purpose of serving the Whitworth community (as made evident from DeBray) plays a key role in evaluating the willingness of each candidate to go above and beyond their monetary call of duty. We would like to close by making clear that both candidates exhibit exemplary qualifications. We are fortunate to have two fantastic people running for the position, but in the case of ASWU FVP as in the case of many other ASWU positions, the question of who would make the best candidate is not solely defined by qualifications, but also what the candidates plan to do with those qualifications.

Softball Recap 4/22

Junior Makayla Lefever continued her dominant season on Friday morning with seven more epic innings, allowing only two runs and striking out five as she led the Bucs to a 4-2 victory over the Pacific (Or.) Boxers in the opening game of the 2016 Northwest Conference Tournament. Last weekend, Lefever fired off 15 straight innings in games two and three of their quad with Linfield to secure two crucial victories, and a regular season NWC championship.

“We had a lot of resting time during the week so we could prepare to go in fresh this weekend,” Lefever said. “I think that helped with our success this morning. We weren’t tired and we knew that we prepared well.”

On the other side of the diamond, Pacific senior Marissa Reichard threw the ball well, but the Bucs’ offense got the job done when it mattered.

Sophomore Kelsey Downey picked up a pair of hits and scored two runs, one of which she scored on sophomore Michelle Silva’s two-run bomb with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman Morgan Portlock got a piece of the action as well, notching a pinch-hit RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to pad the Pirates’ lead.

With one tournament victory in the bag, the Pirates are far from done, as their sights are set beyond the confines of Marks Field and their Northwest Conference opponents. The Bucs will play again this afternoon at 4:30 pm against the winner of George Fox vs. Linfield.

Max Carter

Staff Writer

Pirates race to make final cut at Twilight

The Whitworth men’s and women’s track and field team competed in the Twilight Invite last Thursday in the Pine Bowl where both teams took first place victories. With 124 and 120 total points scored by the men and women, respectively, both teams bested four other teams consisting of Lewis-Clark, Eastern Washington, Spokane Community College, and Washington State.

Since the Twilight Invite was the last opportunity for the athletes to qualify for the Northwest Conference Championships, seven men and 21 women were able to make and/or improve their qualifying marks.

The men’s team won eight events total with 35 top five finishes in various events.

“Since this is my first year [at Whitworth], I didn’t know that we were such a powerhouse team that had won conference six years in a row,” freshman Jared James said. “This year I feel our team has done exceptionally well and even with injuries that we have had, we have performed to the best of our ability.”

James won the triple jump with a personal best of 41‘3.25“ and also took second place in the pole vault with a personal best of 13’11.25“. Both marks qualify James to compete in the NWC Championship Meet.

Other first place wins came from sophomore John-Robert Woolley in the 110-hurdles event (15.60, personal-best), senior Nicholas Gosselin in the 200-meter dash (22.89, season-best), and junior Dane Larson in the long jump (20‘7.25“, season-best).

Larson, who has competed in various events this year including the 100-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, pole vault, shot put, and others, did not officially qualify for the NWC Championships but received two wild card picks in both the decathlon and long jump events.

“I thought my season was over and I was very frustrated about it,” Larson said. “It was a very nice surprise the next morning when my coach texted me saying I had one more shot.” On the women’s side, the Pirates won six events total with 32 top five finishes.

“It was a high intensity meet because there were a lot of people that hadn’t qualified yet [for conference] and had to get those last minute marks,” freshman Olivia Lytle said.

In the jumping events, Lytle made NWC qualifying marks in a first place triple jump finish with a mark of 10.63m. Lytle also took first place in the high jump with a height of 1.48m and will compete in the championships in the high and triple jump events.

“I’m really excited to see how the team comes together at [the NWC Championships],” Lytle said. “I’ve heard the team aspect is a lot different at conference. Everyone watches and cheers each other on more than they do in the regular season.”

In the 400-meter dash, senior Katie McKay broke Whitworth’s school record with a second place finish and time of 58.56. McKay will move on to compete in the NWC Championships in the 400-, 800- and 1500-meter dash.

Senior Christina Dobbins took first place in the 100-meter hurdles (15.84) and will also compete in the championship meet in three events including the 100-meter hurdles, high jump and long jump.

Whitworth will have athletes compete in 38 different events in the NWC Championships in Portland, Oregon on April 22 and 23 beginning at 9.

“I believe this team is the type of team that will come together and really try to give it our best this year,” Larson said. “No matter the outcome, this team will lay everything out on the track.”

Jordanne Perry

Staff Writer

Baseball ends season first in conference

Whitworth’s baseball team took two games of the three game series at Willamette this weekend, clinching the Northwest Conference regular season crown. After a tough 8-7 extra inning loss in game one, the Pirates upended the Bearcats 7-2 in the nightcap and 3-2 on Sunday. The first game was a dramatic one as both teams gave up sizable leads late in the game. After leading 4-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, Willamette had two walks and a hit batter come around to score courtesy of the double by Ty Wyatt. The Pirates’ last chance at the plate resulted in a string of three runs to take the lead.

But the Bearcats responded tying the game before going on to win the first game in the tenth inning, 8-7.

Whitworth coach Dan Ramsay told his players not to let the first game get to his team.

“We showed a lot of fight that game but just had some things that didn’t go our way,” Ramsay says.

On Saturday, the Pirates responded well. Freshman Ryan Kingma (7-2) picked up the victory throwing eight innings of one run baseball and allowing only three hits and two walks.

Collectively, the Pirates had a batting average of .321 over the weekend and added four home runs to the team total. Senior Jeremey Druffel had an especially productive weekend, finishing seven for 14 with three doubles and three RBIs.

That game helped promise Whitworth at least a share of the conference title and the hosting of the tournament at Merkel Field.

Sophomore TJ Orchard started Sunday’s rubber match, seeking to claim the conference title outright. The game started off rocky when Whitworth fell to 2-0 in the first. The Bearcats led through six innings.

“I was a little jumpy in the first inning and missed a couple of spots,” Orchard said. “I ended up shutting the door by getting my pitches where I wanted them, low in the zone.”

Orchard (6-1) held the Bearcats scoreless for the next seven innings allowing Whitworth to take a 3-2 on a Druffel RBI. With that, the Pirates were able to hold on and take the regular season title on their own.

Winning the conference crown was an awesome feeling, especially considering the changes the team underwent in the off season losing a lot of seniors, Druffel said.

“Just a whole different group of guys from last year, I didn’t know what to expect coming in,” Druffel said.

This Pirate team has a blend of postseason experience and young talent which hope to make them a tough opponent in conference play opening up this Friday, April 22.

Whitworth will take on the Pacific Boxers at noon in their home ballpark, Merkel Field.

Coach Ramsay is already looking forward to the weekend action.

“There is going to be some good baseball,” Ramsay said. “Everyone is fighting for the opportunity to go into postseason play. It’s going to be fun.”

Matt Spencer

Staff Writer

Tennis ends conference play victorious

The men’s tennis team finished out the regular season strong last weekend with a pair of wins against visiting Pacific Lutheran University and University of Puget Sound. The Pirates are now guaranteed the fourth and final bid for the 2016 Northwest Conference tournament. The Bucs led off on Saturday with a sweep in doubles against the Lutes. Court one saw the most contentious match of the day when seniors Drew Brigham and Drew Adams claimed an 8-5 victory. No. 2 doubles team, juniors Shane Sandlin and Caleb Hughes dominated their opponents 8-2 while freshman Layne Ryerson and senior Blake Miller won on court three 8-1.

“I think Shane and I both served pretty well, which set us up for some great put-aways,” Hughes said. “Something we’ve been trying to work on is making sure that our returns are clean and just making sure that we are sharp at the beginning of the match. We closed really strong, but the first couple games were a little iffy.”

The Pirates rolled passed the Lutes in singles as well, managing to win every single set. Every match, from courts one to six was decided in just two quick sets. Whitworth finished out the day with a decisive 9-0 victory, increasing their record to 7-4 in the NWC.

Sunday was more of the same for the Bucs. Once again, Whitworth was able to grab all three matches in doubles play with an 8-0 win on court one and 8-1 wins on courts two and three.

In singles play, Brigham finished first with a 6-0, 6-1 win, putting Whitworth up 4-0. The coup de gras came from sophomore Ryan Adams on court six who won 6-0, 6-1.

Miller beat his opponent 6-1, 6-1 on court 2 and Ryerson grabbed a 6-1, 6-2 victory on court 4.

“I just tried to envision myself playing next week in the conference tournament,” Miller said. “I was really working on my serve. That’s been a focus recently. I’ve just been trying to go a little bit bigger and choose my spots a little bit better.”

Whitworth toppled Puget Sound 9-0, increasing their record to 8-4 in conference. The win secured their place in the conference tournament next weekend.

“It was a good weekend,” head coach Mike Shanks said. “We haven’t swept these two teams like that, I think, ever before. Granted, they aren’t as good as they have been in the past, but we’re playing really good.”

As his team moves forward, Shanks said “don’t count us out.”

Caleb Mathena

Staff Writer

Bucs play intense final home games

Following a rough 15-2 loss to visiting Linfield on Saturday morning, the Bucs held a slim one-game lead over the Wildcats with three games remaining in the weekend quad. However, the Pirates followed the crushing defeat with two crucial, well-fought victories to win their second straight regular season Northwest Conference championship. Led by their two seniors, Alyssa Hall and Megan John, the Pirates have become a close-knit, relationship-focused team. Hall and John have been the driving force for head coach Cristal Brown in helping to establish that atmosphere over the last four years.

“They were our first two recruits, and they both have bought into the culture of Whitworth softball and the vision that we had for that,” Brown said. “They have been the centerpiece for carrying that out and making that transformation from year to year.”

While winning is the primary goal for the Pirates when they take to the diamond, the victories and achievements are not what Hall will remember when she hangs up her cleats.

“I’ll take away the personal relationships, memories and the social aspect of it more than the softball,” Hall said. “Yeah, I’ll always love the sport, but the more important part is the relationships that I’ve made and how that has impacted my life.”

Although Hall and John will be graduating in May, Brown and her team are in good shape for the future, with six players set to return as seniors in 2017. Juniors Makayla Lefever, Shannon Wessel and Tessa Matthews are three of those six, and they all stepped up when it mattered this weekend. But despite pulling off the victory in game two on Saturday, it didn’t look very good for the Bucs until late in the contest.

After the Wildcats scored three in the fifth inning and one in the sixth, the Bucs found themselves down 5-1. Then, in the bottom of the seventh inning, an RBI single from sophomore Chelsey Hayes gave the Pirates the opening they needed.

Down to their final out with the bases loaded, sophomore Kelsey Downey ripped a bases-clearing triple to right field to level the score and send the game into extras. With the score tied 5-5, Lefever pitched a scoreless eighth to get the bats in the Pirates’ hands once again. Following two quick outs, Matthews stepped up to the plate and crushed a walk-off homer to center field to end the game and return the two-game NWC lead to the Pirates.

Of all the fantastic play by the Pirates, the performance on the mound by Lefever was likely the most impressive part of the Bucs’ weekend. There is a reason why Lefever has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the NWC in 2016, assistant coach Bob Castle said.

“It goes back to how hard coach Brown works with the pitchers and catchers to focus on working pitch by pitch,” Castle said.

With the regular season NWC championship in their possession, the Pirates have the upper hand as they will host the NWC tournament as the No. 1 seed. The tournament will open on Friday, April 22 at 9 a.m. as the Pirates take on the No. 4 seed Pacific Boxers.

Max Carter

Staff Writer

"Is Jesus a Pacifist?" follows "God and Guns"

After the "God and Guns" panel in February, a group of small group coordinators wanted to continue the conversation by creating the “Is Jesus a Pacifist?” panel. The panel was more theology based than “God and Guns.” During the panel, audience members texted questions to a number projected behind the panelists. The panelists were sophomore Andrew Langbehn, Provost Carol Simon and Director of Church Engagement Terry McGonigal. Langbehn served in the military for six and a half years and since then his position on pacifism has evolved. He went into the military in 2008. In the military he had an identity crisis, but Christ became his identity which changed his perspective, Langbehn said.

“As a Christian I had to look hard at what I was participating in and see if that was for the interest of America or actually for the global human interest,” Langbehn said.

Langbehn accepted principles of Just War theory without knowing it when faced with operations and tasks, he said.

Just War theory was a practice used by early Christians to determine whether a war was just. Some principles of the theory included determining if military involvement was necessary to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people and if nothing else could solve conflict.

He had to come to terms with whether he was trying to put an end to the violence or furthering the violence, Langbehn said.

“In my position I would say use the just war theory,” Langbehn said. “And principles of that to approach situations, to approach wars.”

Simon agreed with Langbehn’s use of the Just War theory but said she doubts someone can know if they are using it correctly.

Just War theory was developed as a way for Christian leaders to know when and how they should seek military solutions to conflict, Simon said. In most times, however, people had no choice whether or not to participate in the military.

“As a Christian I find the view of that I will call modern military pacifism compelling,” Simon said. “As an ordinary citizen I have no way of knowing if officials have tried every other way.”

McGonigal recalled his discussion with a friend of his who is a military chaplain who had been involved in multiple combat situations. There is a lot of violence in the Bible and some justifies violence, McGonigal said. The military chaplain said that Christians who think in the way that the culture has given them is frustrating because it creates a binary thinking, McGonigal said.

In Joshua 5, before the people of Israel escape oppression in Egypt, Joshua is leading the people across. When he sees someone holding a sword, Joshua asks “are you with us or against us or are you for us?”, McGonigal said. The person responds with “Neither. I am the commander of the army of the lord”.

“Joshua came with a binary,” McGonigal said. “Are you with us or against us?”

Sophomore Clare Newell found the perspectives from the panelists on the relationship between violence, pacifism and Jesus interesting.

“The stories and personal anecdotes from what they’ve learned from other people was really interesting,” Newell said. “Particularly, I liked the story McGonigal shared of how Mennonites define pacifism a little bit differently.”

Sophomore Eric Espinoza said his biggest takeaway was that there were lots of references to violence in the Bible.

“We’re talking a lot [in Nonviolent Defense] about how love fosters movements for change. If you go based on love, you can change a person’s heart. The idea that Jesus Christ faced so much and suffered is interesting. He could have defended himself but he didn’t, he didn't avoid it because he knew in order to teach his people [his oppressors] he needed to endure torment.”


Krystiana Morales

Staff Writer

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Over 200 students attend Second Chance Prom dance

On Saturday night over 200 Whitworth students traveled to the historic Bozarth Mansion and Retreat Center, to attend “Second Chance Prom.” The event was sponsored by ASWU. The Bozarth Mansion was purchased by Gonzaga University in 1963 and is now an event center. Sophomores Scott Bingham and Madeline Misterek enjoyed the ambiance of the location and the dancing.

“It’s wonderful here, I love the vintage feel of the mansion, and we got to see the sunset right when we got here,” Misterek said. “There are lots of great people, and it’s a fun place because we even got to go outside and dance too.”

The two especially enjoyed getting to dance to the Wobble and the Stanky Leg.

“I like the wobble because there’s already moves, so I don’t have to come up with my own, and I am not very good at dancing so that’s nice,” Misterek said. “We even looked up a YouTube video and our instructor, Randy was his name, taught us how to do the Stanky Leg.”

“We were actually practicing the Stanky Leg just for this night, so we could get our groove on," Bingham said. Bingham and Misterek both hope to see this event or events like it continued on in the future.

“Its nice to have it off campus,  but still close by,” Misterek said.

Freshman Christina Locatelli also attended the dance and enjoyed being at such a unique location with so many people.

“I think it has been fun, there are a lot of people here. I was surprised,” Locatelli said. “It's beautiful, it’s a great location, gorgeous view and gorgeous building.”

The event was planned by several dorm senators and ASWU special events coordinator Bre Lyons. Sophomore and Boppell senator Norma Heredia helped plan and set up for the event.

“It’s so great to see the students having fun, looking beautiful, and especially seeing how the year is going to be over and finals are coming up and the stress level is soon going to go up," Heredia said.

The historic location and the free event attracted many students both from on and off-campus.

“The minute I walked in, all I heard was positive reviews,” Heredia said. "I am just glad to see everybody all dressed up, and looking happy, because that was the original intent.”

Another student integral in planning the dance was sophomore Ballard senator Rachel Henson.

“We realized that students really like having bigger dances and off campus events, especially the on campus students, because they don’t always have opportunities to get off for Whitworth-sponsored events, so a whole group of ASWU dorm senators came together and decided it was something we wanted to do,” Henson said.

There have been off-campus dances in recent years, but this is the first time in three years that “prom” was brought back and the first time having a Whitworth event at the Bozarth Mansion.

Thanks to the work of the dorm senators and Lyons, the event was subsidized by ASWU and was free of charge for students.


Kailee Carneau Staff Writer

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"The Space Between" showcases senior art

Last Tuesday marked the opening day for the 2016 senior exhibition, “The Space Between.” Located in the Bryan Oliver gallery inside of the Lied Arts Center, "The Space Between" exhibit is a compilation of works from Whitworth senior visual art students. The show features a wide variety of projects, including a wire installation, graphic designs, screen prints, paintings, photographs and even an artist book. Before graduating seniors are asked to come up with a final project that reflects both their time at Whitworth and their chosen field of study.

Senior art and psychology major Christina Dobbins prepared a four-panel mixed media work, a painted photograph of a bustling city on canvas. Using a photograph and a gel medium, Dobbins transferred the black and white photo to the canvases and then painted over selected parts of the image with oil paint.

“I am from the San Francisco area, California, so I came up with the idea from some pictures I took of street life when I was home,” Dobbins said. “I really like the busyness of cities, and the diversity of people in them, and so that's where I got the idea.”

Dobbins' work is neither fully a photograph nor fully a painting, but rather it is a unique combination.

Senior Britney Baker chose to share both her love for photography and for her older sister. For her project, she displayed a series of photographs that she took of her sister and her husband titled, “The Story of Them.”

“The pictures on the wall is a storyline of my sister and the few big moments that have happened in her life so far, her getting engaged, her newborn pictures and having her first child.”

Additionally, Baker put together a book of photographs she has taken that the viewer is invited to flip through to experience her style of photography.

“The book is a compilation of all the things I have been recently working on,” Baker said. “I wanted the book to be a product I would be able to show to clients in the future.”

Senior Jeff Skaggs’ work “Aging Process” is made of six similar but slightly different labels on aging bottles of wine, to show the evolution of his knowledge and skills as a graphic design major and his aging process.

“My my reflection on the change throughout my collegiate career, a change as a person, and now I am getting ready to enter the workforce and what we would classify as the ‘real world,’” Skaggs said. “It’s a change and a progression, so it’s an aging process, and that’s why I labeled it that.”

The faculty in the art department work to equip and discuss with their students the reality of life after college, but not without presenting some healthy challenges for them along the way.

Dobbins’ challenge has been juggling a psychology and art major, and trying to navigate life after Whitworth.

“I’m a psychology and art major, so it has been interesting trying to balance the two, and figuring out what I want to do,” Dobbins said. “We have some really good professors, that are always willing to help talk through things and come up with ideas, so that’s been really helpful.”

Growing as an artist and a person at Whitworth has proven to be sometimes difficult for Baker.

“It’s definitely been a bumpy road at times, I have learned a lot about myself,” Baker said. “[The professors] really push you to do your best and they push you sometimes when you don’t want to be pushed, but they do anyways, and I am better artist because of that.”

Skaggs has been challenged to grow his knowledge in areas beyond his major and. “I have felt really happy here at Whitworth,” Skaggs said. “I am really thankful that I didn't just spend all my time dedicated in one specific area, because then I feel like I wouldn’t have had the knowledge and skills to apply other areas into my work.”

The artwork of these seniors and their classmates will be on display in the Bryan Oliver Gallery from now until May 21.


Kailee Carneau Staff Writer

Freshman Jira Hammond interprets senior Annie Feuerstein’s piece titled “Set Time, Face Self”.

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