Swipe left for finding love on Tinder

By Liz Jacobs Welcome to the twenty first century, where you carry a HD video camera in your pocket and you can talk to anyone with a few taps on a touch screen. We live in a drastically different world than our parents and it is affecting everything from how you frantically research for your Core 350 paper to how you meet your significant other.

Unfortunately, the advent of technology as a ubiquitous part of the millennial life has welcomed habits and applications that have serious consequences on relational development. The dating app Tinder is one of those harmful side effects. I will argue that Tinder is a negative aspect of new dating culture because it alters and damages standards of beauty.

If you are thinking that Tinder’s effects on dating don’t really matter because users are not looking for real, serious relationships, think again. Tinder CEO, Sean Rad, said 80 percent of Tinder users are seeking long term relationships. (Also, I wish all CEO’s had such RADicle last names).

Let’s say you are in the 80 percent of people looking for love on Tinder. What’s the problem?

Tinder is based on initial physical attraction. The dating scheme is simple, you swipe left if you like the potential match and right if you don’t. Some will say that people on Tinder also have profiles about their personality and interests, so it is not completely superficial. However, if you really want to look beyond physical appearance there are a hundreds of online dating websites with complicated algorithms that will determine compatibility beyond physical attraction. Tinder’s main selling point is quick connections based almost solely on external beauty.

Who you are is not on display, it’s all about those initial few seconds where people decide whether or not you fit their arbitrary standards for what is beautiful. Your worth as a romantic prospect is based on a few photos. This is intuitively harmful, most people agree that there is more to a human being than Instagram filters and “candid” photos.

This creates physical standards for attractiveness that set up broad implications for the way men and women behave in romantic scenarios. Participants are forced to mirror Instagram models. Ironically, those beacons of beauty are beginning to admit the unattainable nature of these unrealistic expectations.

Essena O’Neill had over half a million Instagram followers. In her photos, she looking stunning. She’s thin, well-dressed and seems effortlessly gorgeous. Eventually, she started making money on her account. O’Neill made about $1,500 per photo. She fit the standards that create awesome matches on Tinder.

However, O’Neill recently quit instagram and deleted 2,000 posts. She said although she achieved what society sees as the ultimate goal, she was miserable.

“We are a generation told to consume and consume, with no thought of where it all comes from and where it all goes,” O’Neill said.

This is an excellent example of how quickly visual-based media distorts reality and sets up unrealistic expectations. That is exactly what happens on Tinder. Users market themselves through photos. Quickly, this devolves into over-edited photos and ridiculous standards.

The more society reinforces outward beauty, the more it becomes important. Naomi Wolf reinforced this idea in her book “The Beauty Myth,” which claims that images of beauty in society harm both sexes. Media and culture create unfair standards that stagnate social progression.

Overall, Tinder focuses on one aspect of person. It elevates external aesthetics as the most important selling point to begin a romantic relationship. The negative impacts are not merely intuitive. People like O’Neill who seemingly achieve perfection are miserable. Both men and women are shamed based on a myth of beauty. It’s not worth it.

Some people may disagree with everything above, arguing that attractiveness is an important component of romance. I agree. Of course, physical attraction matters. People date people they find attractive.

Unfortunately, Tinder still fails on this front.  Attraction changes over time. Your initial perception is almost irrelevant. Helen Fisher, an anthropologist who works for Match.com, said that a change in attraction over time is fairly common.  Tinder ignores the fluidity of attraction. Those first perceptions quickly fade, and Tinder doesn’t recognize that.

Tinder doesn’t help you find love, it’s a game. A man revealed his strategy for maximizing matches in AdWeek. He gained 2,000 matches using marketing techniques to increase his prospects. He broke down his approach to AdWeek so other social media experts could pick up his tricks to use in the business world.

Tinder isn’t evil. It’s just a some code you download on your phone. However, the way it’s used and the standards creates are detrimental to the people who use it.

Swipe left for Tinder. It’s not likeable.

Lessons learned from Umpqua

By James Silberman Some things in life are difficult to accept, with the existence of evil being probably the most difficult. But as much as we want to go about our lives smelling the roses and having a good time, it is foolish to live life without the proper safeguards for when evil inevitably does rear its ugly head.

College campuses have been an unfortunate hotspot for deadly shootings over the past few decades. This is a fact we have to confront. That doesn’t mean living in fear, but it does mean being prepared.

According to the Whitworth Student Bill of Rights, guns are prohibited on campus. This applies not only to students and faculty, but to security officers as well. This begs the question, if students are told they can’t protect themselves and campus security are disarmed, if there were to be an active shooter on campus, what is to stop him or her from killing people?

Google maps estimates that the Spokane Police Department is a fifteen minute drive from Whitworth’s campus with no traffic. It is reasonable to assume that police could make the trip in seven to eight minutes, but it would also take a few minutes for people to realize that a shooter was on campus. That gives a potential armed assailant roughly ten minutes do as much damage as they can; hardly an ideal response to such a serious situation.

Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon discovered this the hard way in October of 2015 when a gunman killed 10 people and injured nine more. According to former president of the school, Joe Olson, prior to the 2015–16 school year, there was contentious debate within the administration and student body over whether armed security would be present on campus. In the end, Umpqua opted to employ a single, unarmed guard who was obviously unable to provide the needed protection.

The only defense they did have was former Joint Base Lewis-McChord army veteran, Chris Mintz. Without a weapon, Mintz was still able to prevent more damage by running into the hall and pulling a fire alarm before making his way back to his classroom and confronting the shooter face-to-face. He tried to keep the door shut as the gunman attempted to enter, but was unsuccessful and Mintz was shot five times. Miraculously, he survived and is able to tell the story.

Judging from his Instagram account, Mintz is a gun enthusiast. If he had been allowed to concealed carry, as a former member of the Army, there is no question that he would have been able to stop the shooter completely.

This is a similar situation to that of Whitworth, with our officers being unarmed and practically unable to respond adequately should something tragic happen. Additionally, the Roseburg Police Department  is only 10 minutes from campus without traffic, much closer than Spokane Police Department is to Whitworth. Still, at Umpqua the shooter was still able to kill ten people.

There is evil in the world, and every person alive has the right to self-preservation. That being said, there are good arguments to be made for why students shouldn’t be allowed to carry firearms on campus. We are at Whitworth to learn, and carrying a gun around could be a distraction. Also, having possibly untrained people responding to an active shooter situation could make it worse.

However, I do not think there is any defensible argument for not having armed security guards. As long as they know only to use lethal force in the case of an active shooter or some other life or death situation, there is no legitimate downside that I can see. Surely there is no downside that outweighs the possible costs if something were to happen?

It is understandable if the university does choose to prohibit students from protecting themselves. But if Whitworth does prohibit concealed carry, that means that it is solely responsible for our protection. If the school fails to provide that protection, then the university should be held liable for the damage done should tragedy strike.

Get on board the intern-ship

By Josiah VanWingerden Several departments at Whitworth require an off-campus internship as a part of students’ undergraduate experience. It is common for students to fulfill that requirement during their junior or senior year. Some departments have a list of required credit hours and courses that students must take before being considered eligible to intern. However, other departments believe that it would be beneficial for the student to intern as early as possible.

The argument for students to intern sooner rather than later, particularly during their sophomore year, is that an internship can help students get past what is commonly known as “the sophomore slump.”

According to the Whitworth website, sophomore students are actually encouraged to attend the annual fall internship fair and the spring job fair, which are both hosted in the HUB. Students are also encouraged to go to the Career Services department to get help on resume building, interview preparation and exploring potential career options as the deadline to choose a major approaches. This will help students establish connections and exchange contact information with potential organizations that each student is interested in working for.

For most students, sophomore year is when they begin establishing relationships on a deeper more intimate level – not only with fellow students, but also with professors and in their communities. It is truly a crucial year. Students are allowed to apply for multiple leadership positions, volunteer for service projects, be a TA for professors and are encouraged to begin searching for potential majors and career interests.

Whitworth’s website argues the best way to combat the “sophomore slump” is to get involved around the community as much as possible. Internships provide a unique opportunity for students to do that. It makes sense why some departments encourage an early internship.

Some may say that students should not intern during sophomore year because they are unsure of what they want to pursue as a career. However, that’s exactly why they should intern! Students are beginning to explore the various options that Whitworth offers in terms of majors. The purpose of an internship is to provide the student with hands-on experience in a particular field of interest. A student could then assess whether she wants to continue down a career path after an internship experience, or switch before choosing a definite major to study. It could also relieve some stress that students have during their junior and senior years.

Mike Ingram, professor of communication studies, does not believe that students should intern in their second year. He is the internship coordinator for the department, and supports the department’s requirement for students to complete at least 18 credit hours in one of the three tracks offered before being eligible for an internship. He said that this requirement prepares the students to offer something to the place of the internship.

“It doesn’t make any sense for somebody who took Public Speaking, but not writing for Mass Media to get an internship at a newspaper,” Ingram said. “They’ve got to have some foundations there first.”

He would much rather see a student who is prepared, organized and responsible take on an internship, rather than someone just trying to get it over with. Because juniors and seniors have taken various upper division courses that they would have something to give the place where they intern because they know the field. This knowledge provides the best overall internship experience for both the student and place of the internship.

“Students who have taken Reporting [for Mass Media] with Dr. [Jim] McPherson and get a job at the Spokesman-Review newspaper get to see that Jim wasn’t just whistling Dixie,” Ingram said. “The process of thinking about stories, of interviewing people, asking legal questions in a particular way all really have value and cache.”

However, the value of an internship extends beyond helping students to choose their careers. Students can benefit and gain experience through an internship without having to take a required number classes. Internships present an opportunity for students to learn what a career field is like. Whitworth’s Career Services department refers to them as “test-drives” into potential careers. Juniors and seniors have to declare majors and are stuck to them. Sophomores are not bound to any major yet, which is why it is the perfect year to intern. Sophomores, get on board the internship!

Golf plays Spring Classic

After a career-best round of four-under par 68 on Saturday at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, senior Austin Billeter followed with a solid two-over par round of 74 on Sunday to finish in sole possession of third place. Billeter’s performance gave him sole possession of first-place after day one, and helped lead the Whitworth men to a second place team finish, falling short of Willamette by only one stroke. In addition to the good showing by the men’s team, the women had a solid fourth place finish, largely in thanks to an opening round of four-over par 76 from senior Chelsea Bayley. Junior Michal Schuster closed out the weekend well, carding a five-over par 77 for the women on Sunday, the Bucs’ only sub-80 round on day two.

For the men, senior Andrew Dodge fired a bogey free five-under par 67 for the low round of the day Sunday, bolstering the strong Sunday efforts from Billeter and senior Oliver Rudnicki, who carded a round of one-under par 71 on day 2. According to head golf coach Warren Friedrichs, the competition is strong this season and the Northwest Conference Championship in Sunriver, Oregon will be a true test.

“We knew it would be close, Willamette is tough this year,” Friedrichs said. “Crosswater will test all phases of your game. It’s a really good course, but we’ll have to be on top of our game.”

Before the Pirates head to Sunriver, Oregon for the NWC Tournament, they will first try and get some hardware in Bend, Oregon at the Willamette Spring Thaw. That will be a big tournament for the men, who are looking to establish their dominance over their close rivals--and the hosts of the tournament--the Willamette Bearcats.

As it stands, the men’s team is tied with Willamette for first place in the Northwest Conference. As far as conference points go, the only remaining event is the NWC Tournament at Crosswater Golf Club. Both Willamette and Whitworth sit at the top with 15 points.

Max Carter

Multimedia Specialist

Pirates enter World War meet

The Whitworth men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Northwest Scoring Clash (World War 9) meet this past weekend hosted by Spokane Falls Community College where the Pirates took four event victories. The ninth-annual meet featured 21 schools from Washington competing against programs from Idaho, Oregon and Montana of all three NCAA divisions and NAIA.

The men’s team had two first place finishes from sophomore Andrew Bloom in the javelin and senior Corey Burt in the shot put event.

For the third week in a row, Bloom set a new personal record and took a victory over 30 other competitors.

“I always pray and visualize right before I throw,” Bloom said. “I talk to my coach between each throw for pointers.”

Bloom set a new Whitworth record mark of 219’ 2” breaking the previous 216’ 10” record set in 2011. This season, his throw is currently best in the nation.

“I try not to think so much about the rankings and scores because all that really matters is how I do at conference and nationals,” Bloom said. “The rankings aren’t too important until you get there, but I am happy that I am [setting personal records]”.

In the shot put, Burt finished in first place out of 23 opponents with a mark of 53’ 7.5”. Burt also took second place in the discus with a 46.16 m throw.

Sophomore John-Robert Woolley set a new personal best time of 54.10 with a fifth place finish in the 400-meter hurdles event.

“[John-Robert Woolley] has been really consistent and running close to his lifetime best all year,” senior decathlete Lucas McGill said. “Usually he is one of the fastest guys but this meet was huge so he got to run with better competition and had a really good race.”

The women’s team also had two first place finishes and six top five finishes.

“A lot of people got really close to getting conference qualifying marks, a lot of people came close to season best, a lot of people got season best, and we had some national caliber marks across the board,” senior Katie McKay said.

With a time of 11:11.43, senior Kellyn Roiko posted a first place finish in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.

In the 800-meter event, sophomore Kayla Leland took a first place victory over 35 other competitors and posted a season-best time of 2:11.82.

Six Pirate athletes returned to action  to compete in the NWC Combined Championships. The group of six consists of seniors McGill, Olivia Newman, Ally McConnell, junior Dane Larson, sophomore Kayla Brase and freshman Thomas Harshaw. The Pirates will also host the Whitworth Twilight Invite, beginning on Thursday April 14.

Jordanne Perry

Staff Writer

Women’s tennis gets closer to NWC tournament bid

Still in the running for an NWC tournament berth, the women’s tennis team defeated conference opponents, the Pacific University Boxers, 7-2 last Saturday but fell to non-conference Lewis-Clark St. 5-4 on Sunday. The Pirates improved to 4-6 in the NWC and are now 5-11 overall. The Bucs swept doubles to begin the match, giving them a 3-0 lead over the Boxers. Junior Anabelle Burns and freshman Emma Jo Wiley won by a decisive 8-1 margin at No. 2 doubles. But both the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles matches came down to the wire. On court 1, junior Bella Hoyos and sophomore Jenny Adams won their match 8-6 while court 3 featured a 9-7 victory for senior KC McConnell and freshman Paige Rohrbach.

Junior Ashley Winslow was the first to finish in singles play. Winslow grabbed the quick win, going 6-2 and 6-0. Pacific scored their only two points on courts 2 and 3 against Wiley and Adams, respectively. However, Burns’ 6-0, 6-2 victory decided the match, giving Whitworth an insurmountable 5-1 lead.

“My goal for singles was just to try and stay energized from the beginning,” Burns said. “I think I was able to place the ball really well and move her around more, which gave me the opportunity to get a winner.”

The Pirates ended the day with a 7-2 win over the Boxers.

Sunday’s non-conference match against Lewis-Clark St. gave the Bucs a chance to try out some new combinations in doubles. Hoyos and McConnell made short work of their opponents on court 1 with an 8-2 win.

“I thought we played really well right from the beginning,” McConnell said. “We started out on fire, hit a lot of good shots, and made our opponents just play a lot of balls. We were really excited to play together too. It was a good match up.”

No. 2 doubles team, Wiley and Adams sustained a narrow 8-6 loss, but the Pirates came out on top after Rohrbach and Winslow won 9-7 on court 3.

In singles, Hoyos got up early with a 2-1 lead in her first set, but could not recover after losing the next four games and eventually fell to her opponent 7-5 and 6-4. McConnell defeated her counterpart 6-3, 6-2 on court 4 and No. 6 Rohrbach went to a third set to win hers 6-1, 4-6, and 10-2.

Despite the strong showing, the Bucs ended up losing to Lewis-Clark St. 5-4. Although, this loss does not affect the Pirates’ chances of getting into post-season play. Whitworth will travel to Tacoma next weekend to play Pacific Lutheran, Saturday and Puget Sound on Sunday. The Bucs must win both matches in order to earn the final NWC tournament bid.

“We are cautiously optimistic,” head coach Rachel Aldridge said. “The two teams we play next weekend are solid competitors, so we can’t look past them, but we are definitely playing much better tennis than we were at the front of our season. Whatever the results are, I feel strongly about us competing to the best of our abilities next weekend.”

Caleb Mathena

Staff Writer

Freshmen pitchers prove their talent on the diamond

Losing senior leadership in any sport can be a challenge. For the Whitworth baseball team, the graduation of last year’s seniors did not just mean losing a few mentors. It meant losing its entire starting rotation and some key pieces of its bullpen. However, a trio of freshmen in Ryan Kingma, Hugh Smith and Tim Bever have come in and filled the massive holes left after last year’s graduation.

Pitching coach CJ Perry describes the team’s recruiting focus in attempting to replace the starting rotation filled with seniors who had accumulated multiple First and Second Team All-NWC accolades in addition to a handful of Honorable Mentions.

“We were just looking for guys that could compete and we would take two guys to match one guy’s production,” Perry said.

The coaches sought to find people who could compete and collectively match the production.

Going into the year, the Whitworth coaching staff was pretty happy with where they stood as far as pitching recruits. But good recruiting does not always equal success.

For freshmen pitchers it is difficult to tell how they will perform. Sometimes recruits never pan out or for others it takes a few years, Perry said.

Fortunately, Whitworth’s young pitching additions seem to have college pitching figured out pretty well so far. Smith and Kingma, have filled slots in the starting rotation while Bever has seen significant time out of the bullpen.

But none of these pitchers necessarily fit the mold of power and dominance that came before them. Instead, they are playing to their personal strengths.

Bever defines his pitching style as that of a junk baller.

“I throw a lot of curveballs and changes to keep opposing hitters off balanced,” Bever said.

The Redondo Beach, California native has been a major help as a long reliever, allowing the Pirates to keep their bullpen fresh all year. Despite only making one start and four other appearances, Bever has logged an impressive 24.33 innings with an impressive 2.22 earned run average.

Kingma on the other hand embraces the role of a crafty lefty. The freshman from Bellevue, Washington knows he is not going to overpower opposing hitters. Instead, he focuses in on hitting the edges of the strike zone. In his first season, Kingma has already accumulated six wins, tying him for second in the NWC in that category.

One of the biggest surprises for the Pirates has been 6’7” freshman Hugh Smith. Initially working out of the bullpen, Smith quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with and moved into the starting rotation.

“He is so long and the arm is so loose that the fastball jumps,” Perry said describing Smith’s style.

His height and velocity combine to really shorten the distance between the pitcher’s mound and the plate. So much so that Smith has an impressive WHIP (walks, hit by pitches, and hits per inning) of 1.01 and ranks second in the Northwest Conference in earned run average at 1.99.

Collectively, all of Whitworth baseball’s freshman class pitchers have posted a 13-3 record. It will be interesting to watch how these freshmen respond to the pressure of crunch time as the conference tournament and postseason play are approaching rapidly.

Matt Spencer

Staff Writer

EDITORIAL: Trustees should take time to know students

The trustees are a collection of businesspeople, philanthropists and clergy members who have donated and continue to donate large amounts of money to Whitworth University.Trustees make or approve most of the decisions that affect students on a day-to-day basis. While they hold  weight in the institutional advancement discussion, they also appear to put little stock in understanding student life. A recent survey done by The Whitworthian found that students largely cannot name a trustee member without seeing their names and even less students feel as though they could recognize a trustee member if they walked past one on the Hello Walk.

It appears that trustees are out of touch with the student body, which  contradicts reason as a planned strategy. When considering that trustees make important decisions that intimately influence students and life on campus, it seems that trustees should have some understanding of what students think. Student’s concerns should at least be a factor in future decisions concerning this institution.

We are not asking for trustees to attend prime times and join us in the student section of basketball games (although we won’t oppose it). Rather, we hope trustees will see the value in hearing student voices firsthand and gaining a perception of Whitworth not solely based on the views of ASWU President Justin Botejue and Whitworth President Beck Taylor. We recognize the difficulty many trustee members have in being on campus consistently, as a result of their distance from the campus and other important obligations they are apart of.

However, as significant investors in the futures of Whitworth and the students within it, we believe trustees need to make a more intentional effort to invest time as well as money in Whitworth’s future.

We appreciate Whitworth trustees and their continued investment in our community. Trustees are invested in this campus and the best interest of our university. We simply think students are a part of those decisions.

Computers will take over the world

By Josiah VanWingerden Last year, the Computer Science department at Whitworth experienced major turnover, losing two of its four full-time faculty members. However, the amount of interest among students has doubled in the past year, rising from 50 declared majors three years ago to around 100 this year

Although Whitworth faculty is happy to see the growth of the department, it has placed stress on the full-time faculty members, particularly during advising week. Right now, the department only has two full-time faculty members on staff.  Even though Whitworth hired two lecturers over the summer to help alleviate the stress, perhaps it is time for Whitworth to implement another possible solution.

For instance, if computer science were made a general education requirement, the demand for full-time faculty members would increase. This designation would help sooth some of the concerns facing the department. The mathematics department, for example, is a general education requirement and has nine full-time faculty members and three lecturers. I would be willing to bet the computer science department would increase as well.

As the department’s search for full-time faculty intensifies, potential professors would be encouraged to look into Whitworth seriously. They would earn a comfortable salary, guarantee themselves a long-term position and be a part of a committed program that wants to prepare students for success in the field.  It would benefit the current staff by splitting up the course load and number of advisees, which would allow them to be fully invested and energized.

Students would benefit the most. Funding for the department would naturally rise, enabling Whitworth faculty to add a third computer lab or a fifth faculty member. This increased emphasis would lead to a department that is robust and prepared for the growth it's experiencing.

This change would not happen overnight. I know that it would take a lot of logistical planning in order to make a computer science course a part of the general education requirements, but it is certainly possible and it makes sense. Technology is rapidly evolving and employers are looking for people who are equipped with basic computer programming skills.

The department chair, Pete Tucker, said that the number of jobs for computer science majors is expected to nearly double in just five years. It is anticipated to have the most job growth of all the other STEM majors.

“I know that parents are paying attention, I know that high school kids are paying attention to where the jobs are going to be, and computer science is where it is,” Tucker said. “I do think that there’s going to be a lot more interest in students as they come in, in computer science.”

Tucker went on further and said that 80 students have indicated computer science as a possible major next year. Even in the unlikely event that all 80 students do not choose to study computer science, it is still clear that interest is growing. This needs to be effectively accommodated.

Tucker said he fully believes that computer science should be a gen. ed. and is most likely on its way to becoming one, the number of professors available is small. There is more money to be made in the industry. He said that professors are out there and he is willing to be patient to find the right fit for Whitworth.

The computer science department has four faculty members in total. There is simply no way for the current faculty to keep track of that many potential students. Tucker himself currently advises 72 students and spoke about the need for more faculty.

“Where it really caused some strain is this week and last, which are advising weeks…” Tucker said. “The number of students that Kent [Jones] and I have to help get through advising week, internship searches, those kinds of things, that number doubled.”

The number of non-majors in computer science courses has risen as they are starting to take notice of the benefits of computer science skills. For example, this spring, Tucker offered a class called “How to Make Darn near Anything” and it was specifically developed to bring majors and non-majors together.

He said he originally thought twelve students would be enough. However, twenty- six students are currently enrolled in the class. Half of them are non-majors. Willingness among students to learn about computers is not lacking and interest will only grow with the prevalence of technology.

Whitworth needs to address the rapid growth of the computer science department and mounting student interest. Requiring computer science courses as a part of Whitworth’s general education requirements would tackle these problems.

It would benefit the students by enabling them to gain practical skills and set them up for success for their careers. It would motivate potential professors by showing them that our university is committed to changing with the times, placing more emphasis on a subject that deserves more respect. Finally, the move would necessitate a rise in number of faculty, leading to a better overall department for all students.

When computers take over the world, Whitworth should be prepared.

Whitworth ought to raise student wages

By Jacob Schmidt Before you make any assumptions about me, yes I did vote for Bernie Sanders, but this article is not about economics. Rather, I want to speak to the Christian imperative to do more than what is asked, to go the extra mile. I don’t want a living wage, I don’t want to bankrupt Whitworth, and I am not merely in this for myself. I simply wish for a symbolic gesture by which my school might honor its Christian identity. I think Whitworth should raise student wages.

For those who clamor for a hike in wages to that rhetorically powerful $15 per hour, I support your efforts, but do not wish to express them here. The source of the magic $15 number is the desire for working families to be able to earn a living wage. This is a noble goal, but not one which pertains so much to students directly, as few among us work full time or support a family - all praise and honor be unto those that do. In fact, there are government support services in place for students who work even 20 hours per week, so the question of a living wage is at least more complicated when it comes to student workers. For a more in depth look at the economic nuances of student wages, I would encourage readers to check out a recent article in Fortune magazine. While I believe that a $15 minimum wage ought to be considered for all, I will leave this debate to be settled in the political arena.

What I want from Whitworth need not be $15 per hour for my work as a tour guide, climbing wall attendant and shuttle driver. All I ask is to not be paid minimum wage. Were the minimum wage $11 or $12 or even $17 I would still be asking for this as a Christian gesture. It is at the very heart of the Judeo-Christian tradition that we are called to do more than what is asked of us by governing authorities. Take the practice of tithing for example, God calls upon His people to give, not of their left-overs, but of their first-fruits (Lev. 27:30, Prov. 3:9, Gen. 28:22). This practice encourages Christians to prioritize giving over all else, not to do only what is required of them. The notion of above-and-beyond giving is made even more clear in the New Testament as Jesus says that, “if anyone forces you to go with him one mile, go with him two miles” (Matt. 5:41 ESV). Many biblical historians  believe that this verse refers to a practice by which soldiers would have a civilian carry their bags for a mile. What we have in Jesus’ words is a direct commandment to do more than what the representatives of the government have insisted that you do. This message is reiterated by Paul in his letter to the Corinthians: “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7 ESV). It seems that paying your workers the minimum wage is a case of giving under compulsion.

These biblical examples make it clear that Whitworth ought to be paying student workers and other minimum wage campus employees greater than what the government mandates. Even if this was a mere $.25 per hour raise, the gesture would be felt. This modest raise may have some repercussions for Whitworth in terms of the number of student worker hours, requiring some areas such as the U-rec to employ fewer workers. To this I reply that Whitworth would better sell itself as an institution which cares about its student workers by hiring fewer of them at a decent wage than hiring large numbers of minimum wage workers for a couple of hours a week.

Let's go (volunteer) bucs!

By James Silberman Whitworth students, I’m calling you out. We all need to be a little more giving.

This may surprise some returning readers of the column who know that I espouse conservative principles on just about every issue, including economics. I am strictly opposed to expansive welfare programs, but that doesn’t mean us right-wingers are a bunch of Scrooges. It means that we recognize the deficiencies and harmful effects of state welfare programs. However, while we advocate for less charity from the federal government, we lobby for more charitable giving on the part of private citizens.

First, let me explain why federal charity doesn’t work. The money that goes to welfare programs comes from taxpayers and goes through a web of bureaucracy before reaching recipients. It also has to fund the (sometimes exorbitant) salaries of politicians. State welfare is an incredibly inefficient strategy for reducing poverty. Today, the U.S. government spends just under $1 trillion per year on anti-poverty programs. However, more than 50 years since Lyndon B. Johnson launched the so-called “War on Poverty”, the poverty rate still hovers around 15 percent, right where it was in 1964.

There are also documented negative consequences of government welfare. It creates a permanent underclass of people that live in a state of dependency. A study conducted by University of Ohio professors Lowell Galloway and Richard Vedder found that, among individuals below the poverty line, those who do not receive welfare payouts are two-and-a-half times more likely to escape poverty and be above the poverty line within a year compared to those who do.

Massive increases in welfare payouts beginning in the 1960s also had adverse social effects, especially on low-income families. The “War on Poverty” directly correlates with dramatic upticks in crime and the children born out of wedlock, which has been shown to be, far-and-away, the biggest factor leading to child poverty. Studies conducted by Ellen Freeman at the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. June O’Neill at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirm not only correlation, but some degree of causation between welfare payouts and these unfortunate effects.

But as I mentioned earlier, if state charity decreases, we as individuals will be responsible for picking up the slack. Individual charity allows for more streamlined giving without the negative consequences. Food banks and soup kitchens personalize the giving process as volunteers often interact with the people they serve and show interest in their lives. The recipients also understand that private charity is provided for by willful givers and volunteers who dedicate their lives to helping people in need. This is a far cry from the government welfare system where recipients get in line to reload a food card every month from a taxpayer-funded government account.

Not only is private charity more effective than federal welfare, it is more rewarding. While paying taxes is the bane of our collective existence, study after study shows a correlation between charitable giving and positive changes in mood.

Given the adverse unintended consequences of state welfare programs, it is my firm belief that the money that is currently being taken in by the government would be much better served as a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for individuals who give to charity. So the first step is to lower taxes and put more money back in the hands of individuals and charity organizations, but the second step is for those individuals (AKA everyone reading this) to start giving! Whether it be of their time or of their money.

Former ASWU Presidential candidate, Mak Karge, pointed out a lack of volunteering among Whitworth students in a debate. I concur. In an interview, Karge said that students should be more purposeful about actively seeking out volunteer opportunities, and also thinks that the volunteer programs on campus currently being run need to be advertised.

If you are interested in giving or volunteering, get in touch with the people at the Dornsife Center on campus, or contact an organization directly. There are many great charities right here in Spokane such as Blessings Under the Bridge, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Project Hope, Union Gospel Mission and One Heart Spokane (links with more information about these organizations will be in the online version of this article at TheWhitworthian.com).

Give me a sign! On the promulgation of parking law on campus

By Jacob Schmidt Set aside race, gender, economic inequality, and even biblical hermeneutics for a second; we need to have a courageous conversation about parking. Even a cursory survey of student opinions should make it clear that something must change with regard to parking enforcement. I believe much of the outcry surrounding injustices in campus parking can be resolved by the clarification of signage, while another portion of the debate will only be resolved with a shift in the habits and mindset of Whitworth students as a whole.

Few topics have the power to elicit the sort of impassioned declarations from students of all stripes as does campus parking. Even those who do not own cars have heard enough of their friends’ complaints to carry on a debate over how best to store our vehicles on campus. Complaints about parking fall into two basic categories explained by two anonymous responses to our student survey: 1-“there isn’t enough parking” and 2-“getting a ticket should not be how we know [where] not to park.” I will be dealing primarily with the second of these concerns.

A recent poll of Whitworth students showed that 92 of 254 respondents had received a parking ticket on campus. That’s 36 percent of those participating in the survey. An even greater number (68 percent) expressed that Whitworth’s parking signage needs to be clarified in some way. While many other students and those in the security office have been quick to point out parking maps exist online and that the rules are detailed in the student handbook, the number of parking violations demonstrates the existing system could benefit from some clarity and visual reinforcement. In defense of this, I turn to a Thomistic account of parking justice.

St. Thomas Aquinas listed criteria for a just law, among which is the mandate of promulgation. Promulgation is a fancy word for informing people. In order for a law to be just, the people upon whom the law is enforced must be informed of the law. This does not mean simply that laws be written down somewhere, but that they must be accessible. Take the example of seat belt laws; while the legislation requiring seat belts in cars is in law books at the library, the government still finds it necessary to place signs on highways reading “click-it or ticket.”  Which parking lots are available to which vehicles can be read in the student handbook or online. Is this just promulgation? I argue that it is not.  There are numerous visitors to campus who cannot be expected to research parking prior to their arrival. In addition, I assume the 92 ticketed students mentioned above are not stupid, so something is not being made clear.

I propose new signs be placed in parking lots which indicate what permits are required and how long one can park there. As it stands several lots display only the lot number, and nothing else. This could be improved by a simple system each row with the colors red, green and yellow to indicate overnight permit, day permit and visitor spaces. I am aware that signage is expensive, however this only makes it more important that the process is done justly so that additional clarifying signs will not be called for in the near future. In the meantime, while this system is being implemented, I propose students receiving tickets be allowed to put a portion of their fine toward the purchase of a parking pass, such that paying a $60 ticket grants a student a coupon for a $30 parking permit.

To the objection that there simply is not enough parking on campus, I would remind students that having a car as an on-campus student is a privilege that not all colleges afford their students. As someone who survived seven semesters without a car and still managed to get out into the city and the surrounding wilderness, I think we can drive less.

My answers on each of the two points are summed up well by two respondents: “Make love, not tickets.” And “more people [ought] to bike/walk to campus.” The first of these can be done through the just installment of new signage and my fines-to-permit program. The second can only be accomplished by a revolution in consciousness, and warmer weather. At least one of those is starting to arrive.

What's wrong with Whitworth's cohab policy

By Emily Goodell When new students are welcomed to Whitworth, they are reminded they are only forbidden three things on campus: Cohabitation, drugs/alcohol and disturbance of peace. Seems pretty straightforward, right?

The principles themselves make sense, but the policies do not. While the administration’s rules governing the latter two are fairly explicit, the first of the three is an intimate matter that is hard to legislate. The nature of cohabitation means that the policy is less straightforward because what constitutes sex is ambiguous.

I believe that the fundamental conviction of the cohabitation policy is valid and necessary for a Christian university to uphold.  According to the student handbook, this policy exists because of Whitworth’s, “commitment to the authority of scripture leads us to believe that the genital sexual relationship is to be understood and experienced within the context of marriage, and that to express it otherwise would diminish the high regard we have for this gift from God.”

While I agree with the university's commitment to the value, I do not think that the policy is effective in upholding that value.

In order to understand the arguments against the effectiveness of the policy, we need to look at what cohabitation is and what it is not. The student handbook says, “We understand the term ‘cohabitation’ to include genital sexual contact outside marriage, and/or the spending of a night together by two people engaged in a romantic or sexual relationship or encounter.”

The handbook also provides a practical application definition of the policy: “persons who

spend extended hours of a night together, who sleep together, and/or who engage in genital contact even if it falls short of actual intercourse.”

Despite these regulations, 103 of 291 students said they have violated the cohabitation policy without getting caught according to a Whitworthian survey. While every policy has its share of violations, I believe that number is significant enough to indicate that the policy is not working effectively.

One problem is the process of investigation because it’s based on preponderance of evidence. Dean of Student Life Rhosetta Rhodes addressed this in an interview. She explained that when a complaint arises against a student, indicating that they may have violated the policy, Student Life talks to the student to see if they violated policy.

If the student in question says that he or she has not violated the policy, then the student is taken at their word unless enough evidence arises to prove differently. Much of the evidence that is brought forth refers to testimony from a witness or complainant.

Hypothetically, there could be an incident in which numerous witnesses  attest that a student violated the policy when they in truth did not. Rhodes addressed this, saying that the administration does not charge people on the basis of unfounded allegations.

“Someone comes up and alleges a policy violation, you’re going to do due diligence to investigating whether or not it happened,” Rhodes said.

However, the more problematic issue is that if there is not sufficient evidence against a student that has violated the policy, and they say that they haven’t violated the policy, they are taken at their word.

Another issue with the policy is its ambiguity or vagueness. The first definition that describes the actual premise of the policy is the foundation on which the policy rests. Seeing as administrators are not policing the grounds for cohabitation or in the room with the students witnessing the violation firsthand, they provide three extra definitions: spending extended hours of a night together, sleeping together and any kind of genital contact.

The no genital contact rule adheres with the “no sex” intention of the policy. However, the extended hours rule and sleeping rule are problematic. There is no mention of what counts as extended hours.

The vagueness is felt by the students. When surveyed, one anonymous respondent said, “I feel the current cohab policy is very ambiguous, hard to enforce and easy to break.”

Rhodes said that the vagueness is on purpose, because its intention is to apply to students who spend the night together. This still does not provide adequate information for students. With many dorms having 24-hour visitation policies, the phrase “extended hours of a night” is too vague to be effective.

The issue of the term “sleeping together” is that it is unclear if this refers to sleeping together in the connotative sexual manner or if they mean taking a nap. I assume it to be the former, or if it is the latter, I assume that it is because there are few ways for the administration to discern whether students are having sex if they are allowed to spend the night together. Either way, it needs to be more explicitly stated.

A survey respondent said, “I have violated cohab in the sense that I have accidentally fallen asleep in a room of the opposite gender whilst watching a movie. There is a huge distinction between sleeping and having sex and the current policy does not see that distinction.”

This indicates a startling lack of awareness for student rights and responsibilities regarding cohabitation.

This is important because this policy is foundational to Whitworth culture. We live by the Big Three religiously, literally. If there is an issue with one of those policies, however large or small, it affects every single student in this university.

I’d like to again point out that I am critiquing the cohabitation policy as being ineffective and needing further clarification, but am in no way criticizing the value or necessity of the policy itself. I have simply reviewed the effectiveness relative to ineffectiveness of the policy, indicating that there are issues that need to resolved.

I am advocating that students, as well as the administration,  review the policy to ascertain the presence of any flaws in the policy and  address whether changes need to be made to the policy. In order to fulfill Whitworth’s Christian commitment to maintain that its students adhere to scripture and not have sex until marriage, the cohabitation policy needs to be revisited.

In defense of conviction

By James Silberman Ontologically speaking, what separates human from animal is the conscience. The ability to discern right from wrong is one of the foundational aspects of being created in God’s image. If we have no conscience, or no ability to express our conscience, then we are barely human.

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, citizens Rob Ingersoll and Curt Freed, and the ironically named American Civil Liberties Union are currently campaigning to take the freedom of conscience away from every Washington state citizen.

This is not about homosexuality and it’s not about Christianity. This is about the fundamental liberty of each one of us as American citizens to live our lives according to our deeply-held beliefs.

Baronelle Stutzman, 71, is a small business owner in Richland, Washington. In the summer of 2013, Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers, was approached by Ingersoll, a longtime friend and customer. Ingersoll was engaged to be married and wanted Stutzman to supply the flowers for the wedding between him and Freed, his husband-to-be.

“That was a real struggle to decide what to do with that,” Stutzman said in a video released by her defense attorney at Alliance for Defending Freedom (ADF). “My husband and I talked it over, and as much as I loved Rob, I just couldn’t be a part of that. If I did Rob’s wedding, it would be from my heart, because he’s a really special person, and I would want to make it really special for him.”

Upon telling Ingersoll that her conscience would not allow her to provide flowers for the wedding, according to Stutzman, they hugged and left on good terms.

“It was a painful thing to try to explain to someone I cared about — one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life,” Stutzman said according to a Seattle Times article. “But Rob assured me he understood. And I suggested three other nearby florists... We seemed to part as friends. But then I was sued.”

Keep in mind that Stutzman does not refuse to serve to anybody. Ingersoll was a client of hers for more than nine years. She only refused to use her artistic abilities to participate in the celebration of something that she saw as immoral.

“Barronelle and many others like her around the country have been willing to serve any and all customers, but they are understandably not willing to promote any and all messages,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner in an ADF press release.

Stutzman and Ingersoll are now locked in a drawn-out court battle that will be heard by the Washington State Supreme Court. Based on the precedent being set by other similar cases from around the nation, everything Stutzman owns is at risk of being taken from her if she refuses to violate her convictions about marriage.

In New York, Cynthia and Robert Gifford, owners of Liberty Ridge Farm, were fined $13,000 for refusing to perform a gay marriage in their own backyard.

In Oregon, Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of a family bakery, were ordered to pay damages of $135,000 for refusing to cater a gay wedding. They were also given a gag order declaring that they must “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about the details of the case or their religious beliefs. Their business, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, has since closed down.

In Coeur d’Alene, ministers Donald and Evelyn Knapp were threatened with jail time, misdemeanor charges and thousands of dollars in fines by local officials if they refused to officiate same-sex weddings.

These are just a few cases among many.

For Christian small business owners everywhere, the government has made their position clear: spit on your own conscience or pay thousands of dollars while watching your business crumble.

Canadian philosopher, Stefan Molyneux, frames the issue rather succinctly. Molyneux is a libertarian, meaning that he believes gay marriage should be legal in the eyes of the government. But for the same reasons, he also believes that every individual must be free from government coercion in all areas of their lives.

“If you have no freedom of conscience, you have no freedom at all. Conscious must be inviolate. It’s the essence of who we are,” Molyneux said on his Freedomain Radio show. “When people can force you to go against what your conscience dictates, they own you more deeply than any slave master.”

If things continue to go the way they are going, the government will soon have the unchecked capability to strong-arm individuals of any race, religion or creed into acting in violation of their conscience. It is my hope that every individual, Christian and Atheist, liberal and conservative, Democrat and Republican, straight and gay, will reject that kind of totalitarianism.

Nothing is really free

By James Silberman The amount of debt being racked up by college students is a startling problem. Nationally, members of the class of 2015 graduated with an average of over $35,000 of debt according to education finance expert Mark Kantrowitz.

This is clearly an issue that must be addressed, and making state universities tuition-free appears to be the favored solution of college students. This is evidenced by the massive support among millennials for Bernie Sanders. But is it that simple? In other words, is making college tuition-free enough to solve the complex problem of rising tuition costs?

In short, no.

First of all, nothing is free. I know. Shocking, right? “Free” tuition simply shifts the burden from the student to the taxpayer. Second, free tuition does nothing to alleviate the root causes of rising tuition costs. In fact, it would worsen them. Dinesh D’Souza, a prominent political commentator, uses the following illustration to explain why the shift of this burden is neither efficient nor fair.

Let’s pretend the government decided to make food free. If college is human right, surely food is as well?

If food was free, customers would not be concerned with how much they spend on food, or how much of that food they end up wasting because they know that someone else is picking up the tab. Similarly, the grocery stores can jack up the prices because they know customers aren’t concerned with how much the food costs because someone else is paying for it.

It isn’t difficult to project what happens next. Whoever is picking up this tab is getting cheated, and it won’t be long before they’re out of money and the whole system collapses on itself.

So who is this third person? It’s the taxpayer; A.K.A. all of us.

As you can see, there are massive inefficiencies created when something becomes “free.” Just like the food illustration, if tuition is free to the student, universities have no reason to be efficient with their funds. They can build huge new buildings, and give themselves all a raise and spend however much money they want. In fact, it would benefit them to do so. Big, expensive facilities make a school look good to prospective students. Sure, that means the annual cost per student to attend the school is now $70,000 instead of $40,000, but who cares! It’s all free!

Thus it goes with government-run institutions. Nothing will run fairly or efficiently as long as the person receiving the service is not the person paying for the service.

The answer to our problem is not more government, but less government. Make schools streamline their budgets and compete for students by offering competitive prices. The free market used to provide a college education for a sum of money that one could reasonably obtain working as a dishwasher during the summer months.

And just for the record, I am a student who is going to graduate with a large amount of debt, in the same boat as most of the people reading this. I am not a political tool being used by the “one-percent” or “the establishment” to pull one over on you guys. Free market solutions really do work and they make life better for more people. So let’s treat the root causes of our rising tuition problem and cut it out with the free college nonsense, shall we?

"Ask a Neighbor" series gives students an opportunity to learn about other faiths

Students gathered Tuesday night in the HUB Multipurpose Room for the “Ask a Neighbor” discussion, an opportunity for students to engage in an interfaith dialogue with Darrell Moseley, Spokane Washington Stake President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Moseley joined the church at age 18, and has since then become a leader in the church.

Moseley was chosen to be a stake president last June. As a stake president, Moseley is the leader of the Spokane wards, which are congregations grouped together geographically.

The students in attendance asked Moseley questions and listened as he shared the beliefs and practices of his church.

The conversation covered a wide range of topics relevant to the Latter-day Saints faith including ward boundaries, drinking caffeine, gender roles in the church, diversity, missions, scripture and more. One audience member asked Moseley to talk about the temple of their church.

“We look at the temple as another place of worship,” Moseley said. “It’s reserved; not all members of the church can go there, only those who pay the highest devotions to the church, who are in tune with everything the church is doing, obeying all the commandments, and the covenants, are welcome to go in the temple.”

Moseley later explained that temple access is determined through an interview process with a bishop and stake president of the church. Members who meet the requirements are given a temple recommend card, which gives them access to the temple for two years assuming they stay true to the commandments.

“The gospel of Jesus Christ is all about repentance,” Moseley said. “If someone does something wrong that would cause them to lose their temple recommend, they should go to their bishop, who would work through the repentance process with them and get them back their temple recommend.”

The discussion was the first event of the “Know your Neighbors” interfaith dialogue series launched this spring. The series allows Whitworth students to actively engage with people of other faiths from around the Spokane community.

The event is coordinated by Ross Watts, Whitworth director of service learning and community engagement, and campus pastor Mindy Smith.

“One of things that we were interested to do was to create a space on campus where students could learn a little bit about other faiths because that might reduce some of the fear of the unknown,” Watts said.

The long-term plan for the series is that students will begin with “Ask a Neighbor,” which are on-campus discussions with people of other faiths from churches around the Spokane community, and then attend “Meet your Neighbors,” events with the Spokane Interfaith Council, which offers open houses at places of worship around Spokane, and then finally “Be a Neighbor,” which would ask students to complete a service project with people of different faiths.

“The series is a set of opportunities for Whitworth students to engage with somebody from a different faith and become comfortable around them,” Watts said. The next “Ask a Neighbor” discussion will be Tuesday, April 19, at 8 a.m. in the HUB chambers. Students will have the chance to speak with Amer Ahmed, an intercultural diversity consultant, about his Islamic faith.


Contact Kailee Carneau at kcarneau17@my.whitworth.edu

Diversity Monologues: What is a community?

Robinson Teaching Theatre was filled with tears, laughter and applause March 31 as students shared personal monologues on how they come to know community. The Diversity Monologues were established by the Director of Diversity Initiatives and Social Justice Michael Benitez Jr. at Dickinson College. The monologues were created in order to showcase the talents of students while calling attention to issues of diversity and social justice, according to speakoutnow.org. Benitez is currently the dean of diversity and inclusion and the chief officer diversity at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

The monologues began with an introduction from President Beck Taylor. Taylor referred to Whitworth’s mission statement which states, “The University’s mission is to provide its diverse student body an education of the mind and the heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.” To be Christian means to be radically inclusive. To be Christian means to see ourselves as a part of a larger tapestry of human creation, Taylor said.

Coordinator for Diversity, Equity & Inclusive Ministries Stephanie Nobles-Beans prayed with the audience and for the students who shared their monologues before introducing David Garcia, assistant director of diversity, equity and inclusion. Garcia thanked some of the forty individuals who played a role in putting the event together.

Benitez introduced the students sharing their monologues and provided commentary on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in between student performances. Benitez also shared some of his own poetry.

Senior Marianne Sfeir was the first student to share her monologue, “Tired: Reflection of a Lebanese-American.” Sfeir is from Beirut, Lebanon which has suffered from the ramifications of a religious civil war, she said.

“Politics, religion, war,” Sfeir said “These three words were the axis of my world. They told me who I was and who I am and who I am is Lebanese.”

Junior Emily Thorpe thinks diversity is about more than people’s race or ethnicity, which is a factor of diversity, but it is also about people’s experiences.

“No two people have the same story and no two people see the world in the same way,” Thorpe said. “So I think that’s what diversity means to me.”

Sfeir said that she’s tired of the sectarianism in Lebanon, which divides people who hate and use that hate in the name of God. She’s tired of the division that is created by the language of people, Sfeir. She came to the United States hoping to find something different. But she was disappointed, Sfeir said.

“In China they created this great wall,” Sfeir said. “In America this great wall is called 'eamana' for which the English translation is blindness.”

Blindness is a system that glorifies winners and losers, Sfeir said. It is calling others too sensitive when you have not taken the time to listen, Sfeir said.

“Community is when a human being looks into the eyes of another human being and doesn’t stop at the divisions created by politics, religion, war,” Sfeir said. “But with humility acknowledges their blindness and says, ‘please teach me more’.”

Freshman Olyvia Salter shared her monologue “The Art of Storytelling” about the elders of her family as well as the individuals who helped motivate her goals and dreams which include artists, writers and family members.

“I stand on the shoulders of giants. A foster child and militaristic man are my parents. A bipolar published poet is my aunt and a recovered addict is my grandmother,” Salter said. “I am a product of survival.”

Her habitat does not shape who she is but it creates knowledge and understanding, Salter said. She wants to use that knowledge to conform hearts and use her education, love, respect and creativity to reconstruct society, she said. She loves to converse with the older generation and the stories they tell, which may fall on their last set of ears, Salter said.

“I stand on the shoulders of giants. A believer and a war veteran are my parents. A social activist is my aunt. A caregiver is my grandmother,” Salter said. “I am a product of survival.”

The best part about the monologues was hearing from each individual, Thorpe said.

“It is so incredible that even though everyone was given the same prompt, each performance was completely different than the one before it.”

Literary Live Action Clue

A quarter after 7 p.m. last Friday night, about 20 students pulled out their magnifying glasses and detective hats and started searching for clues around the halls of Westminster. Westminster Round hosted the event, and brought the board game to life.  Before the event, Westminster Round members hid cards with names of literary characters, places and weapons around the rooms of Westminster.

Teams of students had seven minutes in each of the eight  rooms to find the cards. Teams could also re-hide cards once they found them and come up with their own team names.

“I’m pretty proud of the one I put in the hand sanitizer dispenser,” junior Lydia Pierson said, a member of the winning team.

Senior Vanessa Henzler said she liked the event because it’s fun to search, find and hide things.

“In elementary school, I was playing hide and seek with my brother and babysitter, and I hid in a shirt rack, behind the shirts,” Henzler said. “I knew at that moment, 'I’m pretty good at this.'”

Although Henzler’s team didn’t win, the “Sneaky Sleuths” was one of the teams to find the most clues. The team “Mystery Machine” guessed two out of three of the right answers.

This was the fourth annual Literary Live Action Clue, said senior Katie Cunningham, Westminster Round president. There have been small refinements made to the game over the years, like designing and printing nicer clue cards and allowing all teams to move the cards in the rooms. Theming the rooms was also not part of the original game.

Each classroom had an image projected on the screen and music playing that fit a certain theme. One room had the character and music from “The Shining,” while another was decorated as the Room of Requirement from “Harry Potter.”

Cunningham and the rest of the Westminster Round team came up with the names for the characters, weapons and rooms.

“We had one meeting where we just hung out in a classroom [to come up with the names]; everyone just shouts stuff out and we vote on what we want to use,” Cunningham said. “It only took about 30 minutes.”

One character card featured “Stately, plump Buck Mulligan,” the first line of the novel “Ulysses,” which is the focus of a class many English majors are currently taking.

“It’s fun because the stuff that we use is kind of reflective of what people are reading in the department that year,” Cunningham said. “In English we have a lot of events that happen every year, but they’re also fresh because different people are reading different books.”

Students got familiar with the department building as well as the reading list.

“Checking out the computers, the white board, creates a relationship with the space and department and breaks down boundaries,” Cunningham said. “I think when you come back to school [after the event] it makes you feel more comfortable with the spaces.”

Softball wins final away games

Whitworth’s softball team won the last three games of its series at Puget Sound in Tacoma after losing the first game 11-7. The Pirates (22-9 overall) continue to have success in Northwest Conference play as they currently hold a three game lead for first place. The weekend started out with a 11-7 loss in which Whitworth allowed  the highest amount of runs against of the season. Puget Sound put up seven runs through two innings, capitalizing on a couple defensive errors. The Loggers also hit two home runs early to the game one win.

Whitworth bounced back and went on to claim game two, 6-0, followed by doubleheader victories on Sunday with 2-0 and 8-1 wins. The difference between the first game and those that followed were defense and pitching.

Junior Makayla Lefever (13-3) collected victories in games 2 and 3 pitching 14 straight innings without a run surrendering a run and allowing only five total hits and two walks.

This strong performance came after those seven runs in game 1.

“I knew my team had my back. I was not thinking too much about [the first game] because I know we could come back from it,” Lefever said.

The Whitworth pitching staff had help throughout the weekend. Softball coach Cristal Brown was happy with the way the team settled down after the first defeat. Brown also credited the players for making adjustments between games 1 and 2.

“They talked amongst themselves and figured it out as a team,” Brown said.

Michelle Silva played a key role in turning things around for Whitworth. The sophomore third baseman had a home run and a double in game two and drove in the only two runs on a fourth inning double during game three.

“It meant a lot. Losing the first game was hard, and it was really cool to see us come together and pick each other up. We came out and played hard,” Silva said.

In the last game, junior Shannon Wessel helped produce run support for Whitworth. Wessel went two for four on the day with a three-run home run in the fifth inning to help break the game open.

For Wessel and her teammates, the weekend signified the team’s ability to work together after a tough loss.

“I think today was about all of us playing for each other. We have put a lot of hard work into the season and it’s getting down to crunch time,” Wessel said.

Next weekend, Whitworth (14-6 NWC) will take on Pacific Lutheran (11-9 NWC) here in Spokane. The dual doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday will each start at noon.

Matt Spencer

Staff Writer

Tennis splits home weekend

Whitworth women’s tennis split their matches at home this weekend, claiming a key 7-2 victory over George Fox on Saturday while falling to nationally-ranked Lewis & Clark, 0-9 on Sunday. The Pirates began Saturday’s match by sweeping the Bruins in doubles. Junior Bella Hoyos and sophomore Jennifer Adams dominated their George Fox counterparts, 8-2.

“I think, as a team, we were both just very patient,” Adams said. “We set each other up for the ball really well. Both of us hit really consistent, deep shots and it gave us so many opportunities to poach and hit winners at the net.”

The No. 2 doubles team, junior Anabelle Burns and freshman Emma Joe Wiley, won their match, 8-6, after a comeback in the sixth game. The No. 3 duo, freshman Paige Rohrbach and senior KC McConnell also surged back from a substantial deficit late in the match, outscoring their opponents in four straight games to win 9-7.

George Fox answered back by winning two singles matches. No. 1 Hoyos lost 6-3, 6-2 and No. 4 McConnell 7-5, 6-1. But wins by Wiley, Adams, Burns, and Rohrbach clinched the match for the Pirates.

The win put Whitworth back in the running for a playoff bid. Should it come down to a tie in record with George Fox, Whitworth would hold the tiebreaker.

“Our number one goal today was just to compete well and leave it all out on the court,” head coach Rachel Aldridge said. “We knew on paper going into today that it was going to be an uphill climb. And so, rather than focusing on winning and losing matches or sets, we really just tried to focus on being in every point and making them earn it.”

The Pioneers took all three doubles matches, winning 8-3 on courts 1 and 2 and 8-2 on court 3.

The most contentious match was on court No. 1, where Hoyos faced off against seventh-ranked Summer Garrison. Garrison struck quickly in the first set, winning five of the first seven games, but Hoyos battled back in games eight and nine to make it 4-5. The set came down to a tiebreaker, which Garrison managed to win, and so the first set went to L&C 5-7.

Hoyos and Garrison traded games for the majority of the second set. However, Garrison managed to stay a game ahead until she pulled away late with a 6-3 win.

“For me, the highlight was my comeback in the first set,” Hoyos said. “The first set kind of sets the tone for the whole match, so if I would’ve lost that first set, say 1-6, I don’t think I would have been able to play as tough as I did in the second set.”

Whitworth now sits at 4-6 in the Northwest Conference after this weekend. The Bucs will stay at home next weekend when they take on Bellevue Community College at 4 p.m. on Friday the 9th, Pacific at 11 a.m. on Saturday the 10th, and Lewis-Clark State at 10 a.m. on Sunday the 11th.

Caleb Mathena

Staff Writer