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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Unplugged: Boppell Coffeehouse

Boppell Coffeehouse provided students with a relaxing way to decompress before finals week, and saw a large turnout of students. “It’s so lively here,” sophomore Ashley Yang said.

The event, a Boppell tradition, drew students in with the promise of free coffee and student performances.

“Who can say no to free coffee?” Boppell senator Norma Heredia said about why some students came to the event.

Along with the coffee provided by Boppell, the night featured live performances by Whitworth students.

“Whitworth students are always good at wanting to express their talent, which is great because everyone is so talented,” Heredia said.

Karina Dautenhahn, a junior, attended the event in order to support some friends who were showcasing their talents.

“It’s like a talent show,” Dautenhahn said.


Amidst the rumble of the crowd and the music, the event offered students the ability to learn about the importance of mental illness awareness. Boppell leadership teamed up with the HEAT, Whitworth’s health organization, to put on events simultaneously. The HEAT provided free popcorn, displayed pieces of art and contributed slam poetry to the coffeehouse performances to facilitate discussion about mental health awareness.

Through the help of Off the Page, a poetry club, the HEAT was able to bring in performers for the coffeehouse event who shared slam poetry about the topic. The partnership of the two events provided an atmosphere for students to come and feel comfortable, following the theme of “finding your shalom.”

“The HEAT is doing amazing things on campus and had a truly positive impact on our event,” Heredia said.

Although the recent windstorm caused some setbacks in the advertisement of the event, Boppell was able to recruit many performers for the event.

“It just goes to show how amazing Whitworth is,” Heredia said. “When someone is in need the community comes together to help each other out.”

Unplugged events, such as the Boppell Coffeehouse, provide students an opportunity to showcase their talents in a comfortable atmosphere.

“These kinds of events helped build confidence within the little family that you already have built here,” Heredia said.

Providing a chance for students to either express themselves, or enjoy the talents of others, was the main goal of the event.

“The talent on our campus is just unbelievable,” Yang said. “It is all too great to leave. It’s just really nice, warm and relaxing.”

Boppell residents appreciated the event as well.

“It’s just like Whitworth is one big family,” Heredia said.

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Alumni musicians perform

Many Whitworth graduates have gone on to find success in unexpected places. Tyson Motsenbocker graduated in 2009 and is now touring all around the country with his friend Mike Edel and their band.

Motsenbocker left Whitworth with a degree in English and a passion for music. On Tuesday, Nov. 3, he was able to share that passion with an audience of Whitworth students.



During his time at Whitworth, Motsenbocker wrote for The Whitworthian and started a band with a group of friends. Their band, “Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful,” was originally formed just for fun.

“We would play on the porch of the Village,” Motsenbocker said.

Eventually, the band became a popular part of the Whitworth campus culture, Motsenbocker said. During a performance at the Imperion, many Whitworth students went out to show their support for Motsenbocker and his band.

“It was like the whole college came,” Motsenbocker said. “It was really an amazing moment.”

“Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful” and many other musicians from the class of 2009 had the opportunity to play in the multipurpose room of the Hixson Union Building toward the end of their senior year. The turnout for the event was extensive, Motsenbocker said.

“You couldn’t fit anyone else in here,” Motsenbocker said.

Several years after his final performance as a Whitworth student, Motsenbocker was able to return to Whitworth and share his musical talents.

Bringing successful Whitworth alumni back to campus to share their success is extremely important for students.

“They can just encourage students and show them the awesome things they are doing with their lives,” freshman Skyler Boehnke said. “They encourage us that we can do cool things like that too.”

Motsenbocker did not always intend to become a musician.

“After college I thought I was done [with music],” Motsenbocker said. “Until someone basically wrote me a check to make a record.” Despite pursuing a career not directly related to his major, Motsenbocker is extremely grateful for his degree and his time at Whitworth.

“I use what I learned every day, the way I am as a person is infinitely different because of Whitworth,” Motsenbocker said.

The band, led by Motsenbocker and Edel, played original songs, many of which were written about events in their lives. His Foundations of Christian Leadership professor Kent McDonald inspired his first song, Motsenboker said.

“Kent [taught] me that it's OK to question the things that you believe,” Motsenbocker said.

"College isn't just a piece of paper; the knowledge and experiences and people mean everything," Motsenbocker said.

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Whitworth.FM provides broadcasting experience

Led by general manager and senior Jordan Runk, Whitworth’s radio station Whitworth.FM offers shows of all genres throughout the week. A member of Whitworth.FM since his freshman year, Runk has a vision for where he would like the station go in the future.

“There’s going to be more people recording, doing promotions for other events, talking to people about those events, advertising Whitworth events,” Runk said. “I want to take apart what it used to be, and kind of build off of that.”

One way that Runk is implementing change at Whitworth.FM is by decreasing his class load this semester and putting more time and focus into equipping students to create high-quality content for their shows.

There are eight shows this year, ranging from rap, electronic, indie and even European music. Runk encourages the students to get creative with their show names and that is apparent, with monikers such as “The Transient” and “Intrepid Grooves.”

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Runk is passionate about the success of Whitworth.FM, and this year aims to expand its audience with the help of three exchange students, Runk said.

Seniors Emma De Cocker, Eva Arochena Garcia and Sara Laguna Garcia are international students at Whitworth this year. De Cocker is from Belgium and Arochena Garcia and Laguna Garcia are both from Spain. Those women have teamed up to bring the sounds of their cultures to the ears of Whitworth students.

Every Thursday night at 9 p.m., tune in to Whitworth.FM for “Euro Sound,” which highlights the best independent European music from Belgium, Spain and other countries all over the continent. Arochena Garcia and De Cocker both have past experience in radio, giving the show some serious potential.

“We have a radio station at our school, but I mostly made news pieces for it,” De Cocker said. “So I would like to discover more about the actual radio making and the whole show and playing the music.”

While De Cocker has experience with college radio, Arochena Garcia hosted a show for a community radio station in her home town. Arochena Garcia hopes to be able to use her past experience to create new, exciting ideas for “Euro Sound” as the year progresses, she said. Despite their past experience with radio, the three hosts have still had to overcome challenges in establishing their show.

“The biggest challenge for me is to play music that is appropriate,” De Cocker said. “Belgian artists sing in English most of the time, and they don’t get censored, so...we are trying to get that figured out the best we can.”

For Laguna Garcia, her university in Spain did not offer a radio class, but her goal is to use her experience at Whitworth to change that.

“I suggested it once and my university didn’t want to add a radio station,” Laguna Garcia said. “I hope to be able to take this experience back home and use it to create a better platform to propose a radio station.”

For De Cocker, Arochena Garcia and Laguna Garcia, Whitworth.FM provides an opportunity to get involved on campus and to become a part of student life at their new university.


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The Qadim Ensemble promotes unity through music

Melissa Voss Staff Writer

When people think about the Middle East, they first think of the political turmoil that frequents the news. However, On Friday night, Sept. 18, the Qadim Ensemble showed a different perspective of the Middle East that is often overlooked.

The Bay Area-based music group performed ancient, soulful music of the Near East in the HUB Multipurpose room. Their repertoire included music spanning several centuries. From traditional Andalucian music written over 700 years ago to modern Arabic style music incorporating western and flamenco influence, the trio’s array of music was as wide as it was beautiful. Similarly, the band performed music from many Middle Eastern regions: Morocco, Iraq, Yemen and Turkey being among the nations represented.

The Qadim Ensemble offers an important look into the Middle Eastern culture. The trio, comprised of Eliyahu Sills, Bouchaib Abdelhadi and Faisal Zedan, are all from distinctly unique cultural and religious backgrounds, a fact that they were open about throughout their performance. Despite their differences, they come together to make incredible music.

Whitworth senior Marianne Sfeir attended the event and was enthusiastic about the message and the music that the ensemble had to offer to Whitworth students and the world. Due to her half-Arab identity, Sfeir said the music reminded her of back home.

“Given the political conflicts in the Middle East, the common pleasure of music to unite religions in important for the Middle East,” Sfeir said.

The event was put on by the Associated Students of Whitworth University (ASWU) cultural events coordinator, senior Kaysee-Li Tomkins.

“The goal of the event was to destigmatize diversity by showing students how we are all diverse,” Tomkins said. She also lauded the ensemble for their ability to express religion through music, stating that people often overlook religion as something that makes us diverse.

“Everyone is diverse,” Tomkins said. “From race and religions to hair color and eye color.” Tomkins hopes the event helped students to expand their horizons on what it means to be diverse, as well as give them an opportunity to listen to good music.

Not only was their message inspiring, the Qadim Ensemble also provided an exciting performance. The band was very involved with the audience, encouraging them to clap, sing and even dance along to the music. They played numerous exotic Middle Eastern instruments including a Riqq, which is similar to a tambourine, an Oud, the predecessor of guitars, and several reed flutes known as Ney, each with distinctive regional identities.

Photographer: Stuart Beeksma The Qadim Ensemble performs a historic song from Arabic culture during their concert on Friday, Sept. 18.  They play traditional instruments from several Middle Eastern countries. Photographer: Stuart Beeksma  

In Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi and Turkish, the word Qadim means “ancient,” but it is also commonly taken to mean “moving forward”, Sills said. The ensemble embodied this meaning in their artful of ancient music and instrument, making music that connects the past with their goal of moving forward into the future, as well as providing a picture of global unity through the increasingly divided world of the Middle East.