"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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"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 work...is 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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"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.”

"Enchanted April" has successful opening weekend

This weekend marked the kick off of Whitworth Theatre’s spring production, “Enchanted April.” The play is a romantic comedy, centered around two housewives from London who vacation in Italy. As the story unfolds, the two of them get more out of the vacation than either could have anticipated. Performances were on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Friday showing was incorporated into Whitworth’s semi-annual Faculty Development Day. The faculty joined one another for dinner and were invited to see the show altogether Friday evening. Many of the faculty stayed to enjoy the show along with other members of the community, and Whitworth students.

Amongst the crowd was Stacy Keogh-George, assistant professor of sociology.

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“It was great, the set was beautiful, the students did an amazing job,” Keogh-George said.

The two main characters, Lottie Wilkins and Rose Arbuthnot, are played by juniors Michela Munoz and Alanna Hamilton.

“It was funny, there were parts that were really sad, the characters had really sad stories to tell, so it was fun to see them develop throughout the play,” George said. “I got really involved with a couple of the characters, they did a great job connecting with the audience.”

Many hours of design and practice have been put into the production. Typically, the cast has been rehearsing six days a week, for three to four hours a day, since the start of spring term. Aaron Dyszelski, a fifth year professor of theater design and tech, has been one of the many people putting a lot of time in to help bring the play to fruition. Dyszelski is heading up costume and set design for “Enchanted April.”

“I think it’s not a well known-script, so people aren’t sure what to expect, but it’s got a little bit of everything, it’s funny, there some serious moments, Dyszelski said. “All the characters are real people dealing with real problems.”

The production is guest directed by Jadd Davis, Artistic Director for Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre. This is his first production with Whitworth, but he has acted and directed on many other occasions for local theaters.

The show’s final weekend  is March 11 and 12. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. both evenings in Cowles Auditorium and runs about two hours. Whitworth students get in free with student I.D.

Kailee Carneau

Staff Writer

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History: A black perspective

Courses that include narratives of historically marginalized groups are offered as electives and not part of core curriculum, said Kellie Carter Jackson, Ph.D. Members of the Whitworth community gathered Feb. 23 to listen to Jackson speak on why black perspectives matter in history.Jackson is a 19th-century historian and was a Harvard College Fellow in the department of African & African American studies before she became a history professor at Hunter College, City University of New York. For students who do not study history, the African American figures that they recognize are limited to maybe two per century, which is a problem, Jackson said. “I’m always asking students, pay attention to perspective,” Jackson said. “Pay attention to what’s being included. Pay attention to what’s not being included.” Jackson gave a brief overview of the black perspective of history. Instead of speaking about the Atlantic slave trade, Jackson spoke about Mansa Musa. Musa was not only the richest African to ever live, but the richest person. Yet, students often do not learn about the kingdoms of Africa before colonization began, Jackson said. Several presidents of the country were slaveholders who made their livelihood by owning tobacco plantations, Jackson said. George Washington lived in Virginia, the largest slave-owning colony. By the end of his lifetime he had 300 slaves. “While [George Washington] is fighting for liberty and freedom16 of his slaves run away and he sends out slave catchers to find them,” Jackson said. “While he’s fighting for liberty and freedom he’s hiring slave catchers to bring back his slaves.” Jackson spoke about the Haitian revolution and how it is rarely discussed. Those enslaved in Haiti started a rebellion to overturn slavery and they won. That was a transformative moment because slaves fought against their enslavement and won freedom for themselves, Jackson said. How they fought and how the Haitian slaves fought to create the first black nation spread throughout the Western Hemisphere. “It’s the only revolution because they actually free their slaves. They actually abolish slavery,” Jackson said. Junior Austriauna Brooks attended the event because she was interested in hearing a black woman’s perspective since it is usually the male perspective. “I think a lot of people are going to leave mad,” Brooks said. “You know, there are a couple things that people can do with that. One, you have a conversation about it with other people who live in this perspective or they’re just going to stay ignorant about things. Some people will take away from the perspective but be passive about the issue at hand.” Jackson also talked about the Underground Railroad and how Harriet Tubman played a crucial role in the railroad, but how William Still was the father of the Underground Railroad. In his lifetime he helped over 800 people, Jackson said. Senior Kamau Chege attended the event because he saw the posters for the lecture around campus and was interested in hearing from Jackson. “I think with most of these things, [people will] come, they’ll listen and then they’ll dismiss it,” Chege said. Skipping to the 19th century, the Plessy v. Ferguson case resulted in the creation of separate but equal legislation. Segregation does not just create separation; it creates a negative connotation with being black and it tells white people that they are special and better, Jackson said. The black doll test implemented by psychologist Kiri Davis in 1954 showed a damaging psychological effect on black children. When black children were presented with a black doll and a white doll and asked which was the bad doll, they pointed to the black one. For all the positive questions asked, the children largely pointed to the white doll and pointed to the black doll for all the negatives questions asked. “It’s so disturbing because even at a young age…you don’t have to tell students, you don’t have to tell children who’s the smart race, who’s the pretty race because every sign is pointing to them,” Jackson said. “And it shows the damages of being white and the damages of being black.” Since apps like Yik Yak give users the opportunity to stay anonymous, ignorance in the Whitworth community is shown, Brooks said. People are comfortable with that anonymity. However, students didn’t engage with a student leader last year to talk about the conversations around a sit-in that several students held when that conversation was offered. “Whenever [Whitworth students]  have to be uncomfortable with conversations like this, that’s something that they don’t want to do,” Chege said. "Either they don’t have that conversation to begin with or quickly change the subject.”

 

Krystiana Morales Staff Writer

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Understanding the refugee crisis

Whitworth students and other members of the Spokane community filled the Robinson Teaching Theatre last Wednesday night for a Q&A panel discussion centered around the topic of the Syrian refugee crisis.The panel consisted of six individual panelists, each bringing different perspectives on the issue and different levels of experience with refugees. Three of the panelists work with World Relief, an organization that helps settle and integrate refugees after they arrive in a new country. Among them were professor of political science and environmental studies at Gonzaga University Jon Isacoff and sociology professor Raja Tanas. The final panelist sharing her insight was Bushra Alshalah, a civil engineer and refugee from Iraq. The event was organized by senior Juliana Zajicek, who wanted to provide an opportunity for open dialogue around the subject. “There is a lot of hype and commotion right now about Syria, the Middle East and the refugee crisis,” Zajicek said. “I really wanted to carve out a space for our community to talk about it.” The session began with a brief introduction on what the Syrian refugee crisis is and how it affects people by Myron Jespersen, the Middle East program director for World Relief. “The one takeaway I hope that you have, if you don’t understand the situation already, is that it is an incredibly complex situation and there isn’t a simple fix,”  Jespersen said. Each panelist opened with a description of themselves and the aspects of the Middle Eastern refugee crisis that are important to them. Alshalah spoke of her transition from Iraq to the United States. “It’s a big risk to stay there, and a big challenge to come here,” Alshalah said. “My decision [was] to come here, to be more safe and to protect my family.” Mark Kadel, director of Spokane's World Relief office, followed up with some statistics on refugees. “Out of nearly 20 million refugees in the world today, the United States resettles less than one half of one percent,” Kadel said. “The average length of time that a refugee is in a refugee camp, before having an opportunity for a solution is 17 years.” The rest of the time was left open for the audience to ask the panelists questions about the crisis and the work World Relief is doing in Spokane. One audience member asked how big a community needs to be and what resources it needs in order to sustain Middle Eastern refugees. “How many? Well, if you drive between Spokane and Seattle, how many communities do you meet?" Tanas said. "There’s Ritzville, there’s Moses Lake, Ellensburg, and the rest of Washington state is vacant." Washington has the space and resources to accept refugees, Tanas said. Kadel followed up Tanas’s comment with some information on the government regulations on refugees. “This year, because of the staggering refugee crisis around the world, the greatest crisis since World War II, Obama set that cap at 85,000 [refugees], and out of that 85,000, up to 10,000 of them can be from the country of Syria,” Kadel said. World Relief and other like-minded organizations have petitioned the state and national governments to increase the number of foreign refugees to be over 85,000. Several panel members mentioned education was a key step toward both alleviating the crisis and correcting any misconceptions people may have about it. “I think the answer to your question is education,” Tanas said. “Education, information, there’s so much misinformation via the media, the social media especially, and our leaders, some of them give us false information.” Kadel had similar sentiments about education. “The best thing to do is to educate yourselves and make sure you are giving the right information when you’re having discussions with people,” Kadel said. Those interested in knowing more about World Relief or working with them locally in and around Spokane should contact Johnna Nickoloff at jnickoloff@wr.org or visit www.worldrelief.org/spokane. Those interested in learning more about the Middle East should contact the Middle East Club, which is open to new members. For more information about Middle East Club, contact Catherine Rishmawi at crishmawi18@whitworth.edu.

Kailee Carneau Staff Writer

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Living with autism

Students, faculty, local educators and community members gathered in Cowles Auditorium on Friday for a collaborative presentation titled “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds,” hosted by Whitworth’s Center for Gifted Education and the university’s special education department. Among the five presenters was autism and animal welfare activist, Temple Grandin, Ph.D.The main focus of the event was to “provide strategies and practices to address the range of diverse needs of students,” according to event posters. Specifically, the presentation focused on twice-exceptional students: “students who are cognitively advanced, yet their talents may be overlooked due to a disability-often ADHD or an autism spectrum disorder,” according to the event posters. “Temple is coming to provide educators knowledge about the ways that other kinds of kids think, [because] sometimes we think they think all alike, in the same way, and they don’t, and what she worries about is that students sometimes who are on the [autism] spectrum won’t have their talent developed, and many of them will have talent areas that they absolutely adore," said Jann Leppien, the Margo Long Chair of gifted education and event coordinator. “Rather than fixing the child, putting a focus on the strength of the child. So that’s really what the conference is about for educators. The why is to bring recognition to the neurodiversity of the mind.” Grandin is currently a professor at Colorado State University, and remains an active advocate for both animal welfare and students with disabilities. As an individual with autism, Temple presented her perspective on helping students who are on the spectrum, and the value of all different kinds of minds. “Different kinds of people have different kinds of skills, like some people are visual thinkers–they’re very good at art and design,” Grandin said. “Other people are more the engineering and mathematical minded. You take a product like the iPhone: Steve jobs was an artist; he designed the interface, the more mathematically inclined engineers had to make it work, so when you swipe this and swipe this, it would actually work. That’s an example of needing the different kinds of minds.” Approximately 300 educators came from around the Spokane area, and 250 students and faculty signed up for the day-long event. Grandin also spoke Friday evening, at North Central High School to a crowd of about 500 people. This presentation was called “Helping Different Kinds of Minds Be Successful.” “This is really about different kinds of minds and how they can be successful and the focus is on families, who have kids on the spectrum, and how to help their child be successful,” Leppien said. The Robinson Teaching Theatre was filled to capacity for Grandin’s final presentation, “Understanding Animal Behavior.” Approximately 250 people came to listen to Grandin speak. Among them were local farmers, cattlemen, FFA (Future Farmers of America) and 4-H kids. In two days, over 1,000 people heard Grandin present. “The reason she is so doggone popular is she is one of the very first people that spoke out about being on the [autism] spectrum, and being bright, and that it is not such a disability, it’s actually a gift,” Leppien said. Grandin and Leppien first met at a conference 20 years ago where Leppien was speaking about kids advanced for their grade and Grandin was speaking about children on the autism spectrum. Since then, Leppien has invited Grandin to numerous conferences. Leppien works in Whitworth’s Center for Gifted education, which works with students, educators and the university’s special education department to navigate the complexities of students who are on the spectrum or have disabilities, but are also very bright. “Life is too hard to have people beating us up for what we can’t do,” Leppien said. “I’d rather we spend our time on what we can do, and so we have a tendency to be very strengths-based, what are you good at, what do you love, make that your life goal.” Grandin mentioned the tendency for people to look at what others can’t do repeatedly during “The World Needs all Different Kinds of Minds”. “I want you thinking about this; people get too hung up on the labels, the words of the label,” Grandin said. “We've got to start looking at what a kid can do. I want to see kids be everything that they can be, we've got to emphasize what the kid can do, build up on areas of strengths.” “My favorite overarching theme of her presentation was getting rid of the labels, and just really practicing inclusion, thinking more about the individual, instead of their diagnosis,” junior elementary education major Kendall Todd said. Grandin discussed the different types of thinking and processing. She discussed bottom-up versus top-down processing, auditory versus visual thinkers, and best practices for teaching. “I sometimes see way too much of that in education; they want to ram every kid into the same theory and that doesn’t work,” Grandin said. “You see the thing is, one size doesn’t fit all. I want to see kids that think differently, to be successful and get into good careers.” There are many resources available online for people looking for more information about Grandin and her work. Grandin has also written books, her most recent book being “The Autistic Brain,” which talks about the neurological differences of people with autism and how to best nourish those differences. Kailee Carneau Staff Writer

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"God and Guns": Gun control perspectives

Dozens of students filled the HUB multipurpose room to attend the “God and Guns” panel on Feb. 17. Lead by world languages professor Lindy Scott, sociology professor Stacy Keogh-George and political science professor Julia Stronks, the panelists discussed gun control in the United States. Each panelist gave a different perspective on gun control. Scott gave a brief overview of the biblical understanding of how to respond to conflict.For the first three centuries Christians were largely pacifists following Jesus’ teachings. When joining the Roman army, soldiers had to swear allegiance to a Roman god or affirm the deity of the emperor. Because of this, Christians would not join the army, Scott said. Today soldiers do not have to swear allegiance to any God. This begs the question of whether or not Christians should participate in the military, he said. “Although they were pacifists, generally, in the New Testament, there is a conception of the society,” Scott said. While Christians were not active in the military in those times, they were still active members of society, Scott said. In Romans 13, the apostle Paul writes how the diaconates are to fight against evil, which leaves Paul to question what God wants from Christians. When Jews were in captivity in Babylon, they sought to leave but were told to find the shalom of Babylon. Followers of Christ should bring health to society, Scott said. “It’s a tricky balance,” Scott said. “How do people use their faith, practice their faith in ways to heal their country?” Scott said that it is not necessary for believers to arm themselves if they believe in the power of God. The Bible does not talk about the Second Amendment but it does reference swords. In one case, Jesus tells his followers to take the swords, Scott said. In another mission trip, he tells them to leave the swords.  The purpose of the swords is an open question. A Christian response to the political issue of gun control, which usually represents the two extremes in favor or not in favor of the second amendment, is compromise. Misikir Adnew, a freshman from Ethiopia attended the panel. In Ethiopia, gun control is not really discussed, Adnew said. She does not hear a lot of stories of people buying guns for individual use, except for hunting, as guns are largely used only in the military. Keogh-George spoke about guns in society and provided a PowerPoint with statistics on gun ownership. The 2010 general social survey shows that 34 percent of United States citizens own a firearm. When asked why they owned a gun in a 2013 survey, 48 percent polled said for protection, 32 percent said for hunting and 7 percent said for target/sport shooting, according to the presentation. “All of what was discussed was as shock to me to learn because it's a huge contrast from where I'm from,” Adnew said. Keogh-George also provided statistics of gun violence, including mass shootings. A mass shooting is defined as a single shooting incident which kills multiple victims. There were 372 mass shootings worldwide in 2015 which led to 475 deaths and more than 1,800 people injured, Keogh-George said. “That’s pretty scary,” Keogh-George said. “If that number doesn’t scare you that’s probably a product of desensitization we get from the media because we’re hearing about this so often. That’s a pretty significant number.” There is a disproportionality when the percentage of guns owned by U.S. citizens is compared to the percentage of the U.S. in the global population. The U.S. owns 46 percent of the world’s guns while making up 4 percent of the world’s population. “Our country is founded on the right to bear arms,” Keogh-George said. “That’s deeply, deeply embedded in our culture and ideology.” People perceive gun control as a policy to strip them of their guns. That’s not the case, Keogh-George said. Instead, gun control policy focuses on how guns can be used in a safer way in our country. Senior Nicholas Gosselin said he has always felt like gun control is a hot topic. “I agreed with most of what they said but my only questions came around when they were talking about stats and the fact that this is a huge problem because the numbers were low,” Gosselin said. “It seemed like for a large group of people, not even a full percentage of people, are actually hurt or harmed by guns…So why is the topic so controversial as it is?” Stronks spoke about the Second Amendment. In the colonies, Native Americans and people with mental instabilities were not allowed to have guns. Citizens carried guns because of the rural nature of the colonies, Stronks said. There was no law enforcement, so instead citizens had the responsibility to protect the community. Stronks read the second amendment which states, “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”. The language of the Second Amendment has sparked a debate of whether or not U.S. citizens should own guns, considering that we no longer live in a country with a militia, Stronks said. “We [haven’t had] very much Supreme Court guidance on how to interpret the Second Amendment for 200 years,” Stronks said. In the 1970s and 80s as a result of increased violence, partially due to gang violence, individual states started to pass fairly restrictive gun control laws, Stronks said. In 1975 in Washington, D.C., officials passed a law in which residents could only be granted the right to purchase a gun through the approval of the police commissioner. "I have no clear cut view of gun control just because I'm not that exposed to it back home," Adnew said. "I don't want to think the U.S. is more violent but I think that maybe in the U.S. people are more focused on individual rights.” However, a 2008 case in which a former police officer was denied a gun by the police commissioner led to the officer’s arrest for the possession of a gun. The National Rifle Association represented the man in court and the Supreme Court determined that his arrest was illegal because the Washington, D.C. law violated his Second amendment right, Stronks said. Although Supreme Court Justice Scalia said that it is an individual right to own guns, he also said that no rights are absolute, Stronks said. States across the country have laws that reflect their views on gun control. States are responsible for the safety, health and welfare of the people, not the federal government. That is why individual state laws regarding gun control are different. “As a person of faith I believe…in responsible gun control,” Stronks said.

Krystiana Morales Staff Writer

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"This Whitworth Life" gives Whitworthians a place to share

STU_9797 “Community” is a huge buzz word at Whitworth. However, sometimes parts of the Whitworth community go unnoticed. There are the students, the professors, trustees, the cafeteria workers, custodians and many other staff members who all make up the community. Everyone shares the experience of being at Whitworth, but everyone has different stories that define them.

Sharing these stories is what the third annual “This Whitworth Life: Whitworth’s Untold Stories” strove to do on Wed., Dec 5.

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A project of English professor Nicole Sheets’ Creative Nonfiction class, “This Whitworth Life” was inspired by NPR’s journalistic non-fiction show “This American Life.” In a similar fashion, the goal of the event is to bring together diverse Whitworthians and build community through the sharing of stories.

“We use that word ‘community’ a lot, but this project [is] a way to really contribute and develop that, so we [do] not just know the faces and names, but about people who [are] in our community,” Sheets said.

The event in the MPR drew in a large audience of Whitworthians and community members, including President Beck Taylor. Eight pre-selected students, staff and faculty members shared their stories, often reflecting on past memories full of bittersweetness, vulnerability and grief.

Senior Molly Daniels reflected on childhood summers spent at her grandparents’ cabin, specifically one where her parents planned a pirate-themed trip, complete with wooden raft and their own treasure chests to paint, Daniels said. The memories were nostalgic for her, as the family cabin was sold and she cannot return to relive her memories.

“[My story] touches on how painful it is to remember things that you can’t ever revisit,” Daniels said. “I feel that people don’t talk enough about how painful it is to have those memories and know that you’re never going to have any kind of contact with them again.”

Sheets got the idea for the event after attending a similar one put on by Gonzaga University featuring individuals involved with all different aspects of the school, and wanted to emulate the experience back to Whitworth in order to bring empathy and compassion to our own campus, Sheets said.

“One of the goals too is to have people from a cross section of the university,” Sheets said. “I’ve had a trustee, I’ve had a custodian, there are so many people that work here and are a part of this community that I just don’t know. I benefit from what they do, but I don’t know them and I don’t know anything about them.”

The event is made unique as the stories shared are from Whitworth voices. Everyone has their own unique experiences, but there is the shared experience that comes from all being at Whitworth in one way or another, Daniels said.

“You learn so much about people,” Daniels said. “You learn about the horrible, tragic experiences that they’ve had, or their moments of struggle or the things that have made them as strong as they are today, the things that have affected them.”

Sheets sees the event as an opportunity to look past the assumptions we make about people, and wants those who have heard the stories shared will see that people are far more complex and that there are a lot of details that we do not know about them, Sheets said.

“The idea that what you may think of someone without getting to know them isn’t the correct idea,” Daniels said. “You don’t know what they’ve gone through, you don’t know what’s built them up over the years, and it’s important to hear those stories.”

 

Meghan Foulk

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.

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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.

Melissa Voss

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Magazine industry: Senior editor of WIRED speaks on the evolution of magazines

Peter Rubin, a senior editor at WIRED magazine, has worked in the magazine industry for 15 years and came to Whitworth on Tuesday, Nov. 3, to present on the progression of magazines and their conversion to digital format within the past decade.

Rubin’s presentation about his journey in the magazine business attracted students interested in media. Freshman Michaela Mulligan was drawn due to her interest in entering the magazine industry.

“I think [the shift to digital media] is important because we do have smartphones, and it’s a lot easier and quicker to get information and you can do a lot of cool stuff with digital media, like video, and writing, and photography," Mulligan said. "It makes it all look really cool."

After starting out as a fact checker at GQ Magazine, Rubin gained experience while surrounded by well-known writers such as Michael Hainey, author of the memoir “After Visiting Friends,” and even worked with Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love” on occasion.

Rubin became an editorial assistant for GQ Magazine, and decided he was established enough to become a freelance writer. He wrote for magazines including Elle, XXL, Vibe, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and the TV Guide. After freelancing for a while, Rubin wanted to find a job in an office setting with more people, he said.

Unfortunately, starting in 2007, many magazines began to go out of business. By 2009, a total of 1,684 magazines had ceased publication, due to the financial crisis making print publication difficult, Rubin said. However, the downfall led to the “birth of content,” Rubin said. Media began its shift to the digital age, and the reader’s perception of media and news began to change as well.

His company adopted the tag line “more than a magazine,” to adapt to the transition toward digital content. The change to a new platform began the long process of finding the niche of the magazine industry, for the consumers no longer read the content the same way, Rubin said.

“I’d say that magazines aren’t dead, that there’s new ways to make them appealing like [Rubin] said... how they transferred a lot of stuff online, and redesigned their website so it works well with the magazine,” Mulligan said.

During this transition, Rubin accepted his current position as a senior editor at WIRED, and now covers pop culture and entertainment. That includes topics such as movies and television, music, video games, comic books and “anything else that is absolutely integral to the survival of our species,” according to Rubin’s profile.

Rubin’s work at WIRED includes extensive coverage on virtual reality, as he wrote the magazine’s cover story for the June 2014 issue focusing on the Oculus VR, and the development of the Oculus Rift, a head-mounted display for immersive virtual reality.

Rubin was able to change the method of news writing with what he refers to as the “inverted process.” Instead of months of coverage, he wrote stories as the development continued, becoming the first and the last word on the subject. He became an expert on the new technology, and WIRED was able to get exclusive content on the topic.

Making a magazine is a combination of art, writing, rhythm, wit, but most of all chemistry. Without that spark, the content will fall at, Rubin said. The digital platform has altered how media are displayed and consumed by the readers, but those changes have allowed creativity to blossom. WIRED recently published a story that did not make it into the issue on their Instagram account, breaking up the story into 10 different posts each with a nature shot as the image, Rubin said.

“I think it’s relevant because it shows how what he’s doing reflects trends in other areas of future careers,” Mulligan said. “It’s definitely more geared toward people in journalism or mass communication, but it shows that any eld you go into you have to be ready to do digital things...it’s helpful because everything now includes something digital.”

The media industry is changing, with technology constantly improving and developing, and as platforms and formats change, one thing remains the same: the art of storytelling.

 

Meghan Foulk

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"What is a feminist?": Panel put on by the women and gender studies minor discusses what it means to be a feminist

If one uses the word feminist to describe themselves, it means they believe in equal rights for men and women, according to some students, faculty and staff at Whitworth.

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The women and gender studies program held a discussion called “What is a feminist?” with a panel of students, faculty and staff who shared stories of what it meant to them to be a feminist.

English professor LuElla D’Amico, one of five panelists, began the discussion by talking about how she became a feminist.

D'Amico has considered herself a feminist since she was young, but was awoken to the real issues concerning feminism when she took a feminist theory class in college, she said.

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"For me, feminism has become something very personal,” D'Amico said. She struggled with the issue of having to choose whether or not to take her husband's last name when they got married. Some feminists argue about whether or not a woman taking a man’s last name in marriage is considered true equality. She decided to take her husband’s name, but everybody is different and feminism means something different for everyone, D'Amico said.

Junior Emily Thorpe considers herself a feminist. Feminism is about equal rights for men and women, she said. However, there are people who don't actually know what it means to be a feminist and that has given the word a negative connotation and made some people not want to use that label, Thorpe said.

The other panelists, seniors John Hope and Kayla Countryman, campus pastor Mindy Smith and communication studies professor Jim McPherson shared personal stories on how they came to consider themselves feminists.

The panelists also took questions from individuals about feminism and what it means to be a feminist for those with different racial and ethnic identities, as well as questions on individuals who they considered to be their feminist role models.

The word feminist had a negative connotation in the past but it's getting better. But, there's a power balance that some are afraid of, Thorpe said.

"A lot of men are afraid of it because they think it's about women becoming superior to men and being in a higher position, but that's not what is," Thorpe said.

Hope shared his story about growing up in a conservative household. He played sports and even though he was in these traditionally masculine positions, he still felt like he did not fit the masculine ideal. His sisters were encouraged to start a family and raise children while he was not, Hope said. After entering college he realized that being a feminist meant being able to make a choice whether or not to follow tradition, Hope said.

"It's not about hating all these traditional things that we've inherited. It's about being able to choose," Hope said.

Sophomore Kyla Perkins said that she considers herself a feminist.

"When I hear feminism I think of equality, not just for women, but for everybody," Perkins said.

Senior Stephanie Turner also considers herself a feminist and believes that a feminist is a person who believes in the empowerment of women.

"A lot of people see feminism as extreme protesters who riot," Turner said. "That's not what it is. It's about empowerment. I think it's getting better but there's still that stigma. There's still a negative connotation to call yourself a feminist.”

Sophomore Emily Wilson believes that feminism is about equal rights for men and women, but she's hesitant to call herself a feminist, she said.

"I feel like I am and I believe everything feminists do but I don't consider myself one," Wilson said. "I wouldn't go to a feminist rally just because I don't fully know what it means to be a feminist."

Feminism is something that’s personal not just for her, but for everybody, D'Amico said.

While feminism is supposed to include everybody, sometimes that is not the case, Countryman said. Intersectional feminism aims to include voices of those who feel marginalized but the fact that there was to be a distinction from these types of feminism is problematic, she said.

"I think it's wonderful that we can recognize progress and celebrate progress," D'Amico said. "But we haven't made it and we need to constantly be questioning how far we can go."

 

Krystiana Morales

Staff Writer

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kmorales17@my.whitworth.edu

Monster Mash and Mac Haunted House

McMillan Hall was transformed into a haunted house of horrors complete with the undead, strobe lights and clowns. On Saturday, Oct. 24 the all-men’s dorm opened its doors at 8 p.m., ushering in groups of students ready to scream.

There was no waiting in the cold weather. Warren’s Monster Mash was held in Graves Gym, and students were able to hang out and dance until their group number was called. The gym was full of students in various costumes, ranging from butter ies to bananas to broke college students in Gonzaga University T-shirts.

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A costume contest had students post pictures of the costumes to social media, and whoever got the most likes won a gift card to Dutch Bros Coffee. Freshman Natalie Benner and sophomore Alyssa La Fleur both attended the event in costume. Benner went as a motorcycle “biker girl” and La Fleur went as uranium, complete with glow sticks and glow-in-the-dark face paint.

Besides dancing, the Monster Mash offered various drinks and snacks, as well as water pong for those who struggle with breaking a move on the dance oor or for whoever simply wanted a break from dancing their socks o .

Once a group’s number was called, they were ushered out into the gym’s lobby, and taken over in the small groups to the back of Mac. Inside, the walls were lined with black trash bags and cobwebs, the flashing strobe lights ahead making the experience creepier as a high pitch voice screeched. The groups were led through a room of mirrors, various dark hallways and even a creepy guy inviting you to dinner, which was unsurprisingly full of dead bodies and blood.

“I thought it was very well put together,” Benner said. “You could tell that they put a lot of effort into it, so I thought that was really cool.”

There were some not-so-spooky things that came out of the haunted evening as well. The dual events were fundraising for the Jamaican Service Trip, which is put on by the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement. The program hosts a variety of annual spring break service trips, and includes locations such as Seattle, New York City and the Dominican Republic.

They focus on expanding the education of students and aim to bring a sense of cultural awareness through community-service projects, according to the Dornsife Center webpage.

Whether you are scared of zombies, clowns or that one guys that screams, "Here's Johnny!" you were bound to have at least one terrifying moment int he Mac Haunted House. Crawling through small tunnels made of the residents' mattresses, stepping around a guy being eaten by one of the undead and avoiding eye contact with the muttering individuals in the corners completed the horrific experience.

 

Meghan Foulk

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Pirate Pride facilitates coming out stories

Students filled the Mind and Hearth, waiting to hear stories from their peers about their experiences coming out as LGBTQ+. Whitworth’s LGBTQ+ club, Pirate Pride, hosted the event on Oct. 11 from 7-8 p.m. to invite students who identify as LGBTQ+ to share their coming out stories. The event began with a brief introduction from sexual diversity advocate Jessica Bondurant. Members of the audience were encouraged to share their stories about being part of the LGBTQ+ community or their experience being an ally. Students were also reminded to be respectful of the individuals sharing their stories and experiences.

As the event progressed, several students shared their stories about coming out as gay, lesbian, queer, transgender or being an ally. During the event, members of Pirate Pride clarified terms that they be unclear to some students in attendance, such as “cisgender.” Cisgender refers to someone who identifies with the gender that was assigned to them at birth, Bondurant said.

Sophomore Madison Artis shared his story about coming out as transgender. Artis grew up in a Mormon household, and had fears about coming out as lesbian to his family before realizing that he was transgender, Artis said. However, his family was very accepting and understanding when he did come out.

It wasn’t until coming to Whitworth that he realized that he identified as male, Artis said.

“I felt that I identified as male but didn’t know what came next,” Artis said.

When he started to make his  transition from female to male, the Whitworth community was very understanding and accepting, Artis said.

“I had the same personality and that doesn't change about a person, despite any changes in how they identify and/or physical changes throughout the transition process,” Artis said.

Sophomore Abbi Bailey attended the event with friends and said these types of events at Whitworth are important because they help broaden people’s perspectives.

“My favorite thing about Whitworth as a whole is that they try to include and accept everyone and they meet them where they’re at,” Bailey said.

Junior Ashley Fitzgerald attended the event to speak about her experience being an ally.

“It’s not right to judge a person based on what they look like or what their sexuality is,” Fitzgerald said.

The event encouraged members of the LGBTQ+ community to share their experiences and allowed members of Whitworth who do not identify as LGBTQ+ to hear stories from those within the community.

“It was so refreshing to hear from so many people who identified as LGBTQ+ and hear their stories,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s something people at Whitworth need to know. I think it’s good for the culture of Whitworth.”

“There were a lot of brave people tonight,” Bailey said.

Pirate Pride meets every Wednesday at 9:30p.m. in the HUB ABC room for anyone interested in joining the club or learning more about the LGBTQ community.

 

Krystiana Morales

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Painted pumpkins embody Fall spirit

Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes filled the tables in the HUB Multipurpose Room. Ranging from short and squat to long and oblong, some full of warts and others that fit neatly into the palm of a hand.

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All of the pumpkins were grown in the Kipos garden near Whitworth off Lola Lane.

On Friday, Oct. 9, the Kipos Garden hosted a pumpkin painting gathering at 6 p.m., which was quickly filled with students painting pumpkins with various characters, Halloween motifs or simply creative designs.

The garden, which is run by student volunteers, produces beans, pumpkins, squash, various tomatoes and tomatillos, apples, asparagus, kale, Swiss chard, sunflowers, and many different kinds of herbs such as fennel, dill, mint, parsley and taro.

Sophomore Shelby Beedle painted her pumpkin as Frankenstein due to a small scar on the surface.

Beedle was excited to paint, but was also enthusiastic about the cause.

“It’s really exciting to see the Kipos garden getting involved in campus and being on campus, where we can come and support them, and the money stays here so that’s really nice,” Beedle said.

Senior Kiersten Signalness organized the event, and has been involved with Kipos and is the ASWU Sustainability Coordinator.

“I really want people to realize that the Kipos garden exists, and that we actually have a lot of produce. So why not make it available to the public?” Signalness said.

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Students were free to bring their own pumpkins to the event, but the ones from the garden were sold at the event for people to paint. The money will go toward the garden and the Kipos club, Signalness said.

“Yeah, I told our garden manager that since [the pumpkins] came from the garden, I would love to raise money for the garden,” Signalness said. “Maybe we

can brainstorm towards putting it toward Kipos, because Kipos is becoming a club this year.”

The group began as a club and, despite not being one last year, they are currently going through the process to become a club once more.

The Kipos garden reaches out through little events such as this, but also does other things to get involved in the community.

When there is surplus produce, like apples, Kipos takes them to Sodexo so that it can be used in some of the food, Signalness said.

Kipos is also working with organizations such as Second Harvest, a hunger-relief organization, and The Campus Kitchens Project, which is a program that provides meals for low- income families. They donate extra produce to these organizations.

Anyone who comes to help on a garden workday can leave with produce, as there is so much produce that they do not want to go to waste, Signalness said.

Junior Brittany Boring commented on how the event was a good way to bring awareness to the Kipos program.

“I think that the more that students see the things from the garden on campus...the more awareness can grow about the garden,” Boring said.

For students who are interested in learning more about Kipos, they meet Saturdays from 9:30-11 a.m., and can receive updates on the Kipos Facebook page.

 

Meghan Foulk

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Students create fiber-based projects with 'Devil is in the Details' featured artist Joetta Maue

“The Devil is in the Details” art showcase in the Lied Center for the Visual Arts houses a rotating gallery that changes twice a semester. Along with the galleries, the art department occasionally hosts classes to coincide with the featured art.

In a workshop on Saturday, Oct. 10, students had the opportunity to work with Massachusetts-based artist, Joetta Maue, to create unique textile art.

“We are working autobiographically with stitches,” Maue said. “Working from ourselves.”

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The workshop taught students stitching techniques in order to create their fiber-based projects.

Textiles and fabrics, which some students brought or were provided in the workshop, served as their canvas upon which to create their projects.

They used embroidery thread, water soluble markers and even buttons to create their vision on the textiles.

“I discovered that stitching and textile art is cool and easy,” junior Annette Peppel said. “You can do it anywhere, even in a dorm room.”

Working with textiles and embroidery, or “drawing with thread,” as the artist called it , was a new experience for some students.

“It is peaceful and therapeutic,” senior Olivia Newman said. “Very calming.” Newman worked to create a piece reflecting on the experience of relationships, and the struggles that go along with them.

“Embroidery and textile is a cool way to create,” senior Kolina Chitta said.

Students were encouraged to find inspiration through meaningful words or concepts for their projects, each finding a vision that was unique to them.

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They spent time brainstorming and mapping out these words as well as how the colors, images and senses associated with them, may be interpreted into their art.

“We are pulling from our own experiences,” Peppel said.

Peppel’s project, a skirt, was inspired by the loss and mess of high school relationships and friendships, and the feelings that go along with it.

Each student that participated in the workshop chose to tell his or her story differently.

Junior Annika Stough’s project was a clock with gears in it to represent the chaos of experiencing anxiety.

"I'm trying to make the concept of anxiety with a physical representation" Stough said.

“I am working off the theme of ‘Where is Home’, which is a big question for people, especially in college,” Chitta said.

The goal of the workshop, as well as for the art exhibit in the gallery, was influenced by the grant that helped to fund it.

"The theme of the grant was ‘Making as Knowledge’," Art professor Katie Creyts said, "We wanted to make an exhibit where handicraft played a role with contemporary materials."

Maue taught students unique ways to create, and encouraged them to work from within themselves.

“Your intuition is a really powerful thing,” Maue said.

Students in the workshop were exposed to new art forms and concepts that are not the most common ways to create. The workshop as a whole supplied students with the opportunity, skill and mindset to create their personalized projects and communicate their own message through them.

“The goal of an artist is to communicate,” Maue said.

This is the goal that she taught students to embrace in their art.

“As an artist, I celebrate, question, and reveal beauty in the sloppiness of our lives,” Maue said in her artist statement in the art gallery.

"The Devil is in the Details" art gallery will be on display in the Lied Center for the Visual Arts until Oct. 30.

 

Melissa Voss

Staff Writer

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mvoss19@my.whitworth.edu

Annual Freshman Fall Fest attracts all grades

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Students from dorms all across campus gathered in and around Baldwin-Jenkins and Stewart hall for Freshman Fall Fest. The Saturday, Oct. 10 event hosted dancing, a puppy Prime Time and a photo booth complete with Christmas lights.

Freshman Fall Fest, a second annual harvest festival put on by freshman dorms Baldwin-Jenkins, Stewart and The Village, took place from 7-10 p.m. in the lounges and outside of the dorms.

While the event is open to all on-campus students, the target audience is primarily freshman.

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“The name itself is enough to say it’s a freshman event. It helps enrich the freshman community,” StewVille senator Jeff Debray said.

The process of planning the event took about three weeks, Debray said. Debray and Baldwin-Jenkins senator Brendan Finch worked together to plan the event.

The leadership teams from the freshman dorms were also integrated into the process, Debray said. Members of the Baldwin-Jenkins and StewVille leadership teams helped facilitate a puppy prime time and dance session for students who attended the event.

Although the event was targeted towards freshmen, students from other years attended. Freshman Emily Boettcher and Mallory Beane, residents of Baldwin-Jenkins, attended the event with friends and were excited to see the puppies.

“We all got some puppy therapy,” freshman Boettcher said. “It was great.” Even with rain and wind, freshmen gathered in front of Baldwin-Jenkins to show off their dance moves and swing dance skills. Food and drinks were provided inside of Stewart, where students chatted, ate caramel apples and sipped on apple cider.

“The caramel apples were a smash,” Boettcher said. “I loved them.”

Along with music and food, the event included activities such as croquet outside of Stewart, sack races and relay games.

“This event is really building community between the dorms,” freshman Mallory Beane said, “I don’t know half of the people here.”

Beane and other students agreed that the event was great and that the apple cider and caramel apples were great. The activities and dancing was a great way for freshmen from all the dorms to come together, Beane said.

“This is the first time all of the freshman dorms have been together,” Beane said. “It’s pretty cool.”

 

Krystiana Morales

Staff Writer

Contact Krystiana Morales at

kmorales17@my.whitworth.edu

Influential poet B.H. Fairchild inspires students

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The audience listened with rapt attention as poetry filled the hall. The poet had each member hanging on for the next phrase, filling the space with the flow of his stanzas, spinning imagery and narrative.

B.H. Fairchild is an accomplished poet, and has won many awards such as the Beatrice Hawley Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, according to his Poetry Foundation profile.

Fairchild’s poetry reading was held on Tuesday, Sept. 29 in Weyerhaeuser Hall. The performance drew in faculty, students and other members of the Spokane community. Some students were required to attend for various classes, and many were excited to hear the writer’s work.

“I had read a few B.H. Fairchild poems in high school and I really liked it,” freshman Jordan Seiersen said. “It was interesting hearing his poems out loud rather than reading them.”

The reading reinforced the importance of reading poems out loud. That was especially true for Fairchild’s poems because they are from personal experience, which gives his stories a deeper meaning and makes them applicable to the population. They are quite beautiful, Seiersen said.

English professor Thomas Caraway introduced Fairchild to the audience. A long-time fan of the poet’s work, Caraway loves how Fairchild brings in sound, metaphor, figurative language, as well as interesting narratives and characters, which makes him such a powerful writer, Caraway said.

“He’s able to combine all of the elements that make poetry so important,” Caraway said. “All these things kind of come together like at the end of a symphony where you’ve had all of these individual strings. You know, the choir part is good over here, and the strings are good over here, and the brass, every- thing, and with the end, the crescendo it all comes together. And that’s what his poetry does for me.”

Fairchild read the poems “Language, Nonsense, Desire,” “The Limits of my Language: English 85B,” “The Deposition,” “Cigarettes,” “What He Said, What She Said” and other pieces from his book “The Blue Buick.”

Fairchild provided commentary on each poem before he read them to provide insight into his personal experiences. He explained the inspirations for each piece, ranging from a high school Spanish video to his days working as a young adult in his hometown.

Fairchild spoke of his days before poetry, and his revelation that days of “work, eat, sleep” were aimless. He wanted a purpose, which he found in literature, because there is always a point and a promise. Poetry fulfilled that purpose, and the influences of growing up in a blue-collar American society is evident, Fairchild said.

His work explores the area where he was born and the empty landscapes that accompany it, along with the lives of the working residents. Many times his poems include his own family and friends, according to his Poetry Foundation profile.

The audience didn’t stay silent throughout the performance. Many times the silence was broken by laughter, usually caused by Fairchild’s humorous anecdotes. Students often take too many literary classes, and could not accept a poem for what it was an enjoy it, Fairchild said.

The friendly atmosphere brought many poetry lovers and new enthusiasts together.

 

Meghan Foulk

Staff Writer

Contact Meghan Foulk at

meghanfoulk19@my.whitworth.edu