Students flock to library for live jazz music and free ice cream

Students lounged outside of the Harriet Cheney Cowles library for an event combining free ice cream and jazz music on Thursday, Sept 24, . ice cream

“Jazz music is essentially perfect and ice cream is essentially perfect, so they go really well together,” freshman Jesse Denton said.

Ice cream and Jazz is an event that the library puts on every year in order to familiarize students with the library.

“It’s always really appreciated. People vote with their feet and this is clearly very popular,” said Amanda Clark, director of the library, about the extensive student turnout.

Many students came throughout the afternoon to sample the delicious offerings. The flavors of ice cream ranged from chocolate to huckleberry to mint chocolate chip which offered students many options for their sweet indulgence.

Sophomores Shari Scott and Kim Cook stopped by the event to take a break from studying.

“I told her there is ice cream, and we are going to go,” Scott said.

Clark said that the event is something that she “inherited” when she took over the position a few years ago. She hopes that students are able to experience an “atmosphere of welcome and study” when they come to the library.

Over the past few years, the library has undergone many changes to make it a more comfortable and conducive space for students to study and hang out. A white board wall, more dedicated quiet zones and study rooms, comfortable furniture and a fireplace are among the new additions, Clark.


“I love that people can come and meet and casually enjoy ice cream and jazz; it’s a really sweet way to relax,” freshman Alana Fujimoto said.

Students appreciated the environment that the event provided.

“It has a really classy and relaxed feeling,” freshman Maddie Gregory said.

As an opportunity to advertise for available and helpful library resources, the event seemed to be successful.

Not only was there a great turnout of students, but for some it was their first time experiencing the library.

“It worked, because this is the closest I’ve been to the library,” Denton said.

Students enjoyed the music as well. The jazz helped to create a relaxed and fun atmosphere for students to chat and enjoy their ice cream with friends while also being able to appreciate the musical talent of their fellow students.

“The jazz is one of the best parts, our student musicians are phenomenal,” Clark said.

Ultimately, the event was a successful and fun way to kick off the beginning of the year, say goodbye to summer and celebrate all that the library has to offer, agreed students and library staff.


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Melissa Johnson: Avid animator and illustrator

Everyone has an imagination but not everyone can express it visually. Melissa Johnson, a sophomore art student, found a way to express her imagination through animation and illustration. She shares her experience, how the first time she found herself in art. “I remember when I was little, I started drawing and just did it for fun," Johnson said. "Then the more I got into it, the more I realized that I feel like God gave me this gift and I really want to use it.”

She has a love of art from her grandmother and father, who both shaped the way she is today, Johnson said.

Johnson loves animation. Much of her inspiration comes from Disney. Many of her sketches are inspired by characters from the “Lion King.” One influential person who significantly impacted her artwork and animation is Glen Keane.

“He was an animator for Disney and he has done a lot animation and illustration kinds of things, and his characters are so alive,” Johnson said. “It’s like 2-D images on a piece of paper, but you can feel them moving. The characters are very well done. He is very gestural.”

She adores Keane’s creations and tries to apply his drawing skills to her work, she said.

“How he draws, you can feel the movement and emotion of the character. I think, that’s so cool,” Johnson said.

Johnson always carries a sketchbook and a pencil with her, she said. Anytime, anywhere, Johnson can project her imagination onto paper by drawing her favorite characters, both animal and human. She describes her animation characters as having deep emotion, live movement and body language.

She also enjoys doing character animation as a form of stress relief, she said. By drawing animated characters, she can express her mood.

It is not easy to create animated characters. She faces many challenges while brainstorming designs.

“I think the biggest challenge for me and something that I have been working on lately is making different characters," Johnson said. “So not just focusing on a specific person or one specific character, expression or poses–make them dynamic and different.”

Since Johnson first realized she had a passion for animation, she began making characters and kept improving every year.

“I have some characters that I have been drawing since the beginning, there’s some animals that even now I still draw,” Johnson said. “There’s one character that I draw once every year in the same position, doing the same things, so I can see the progress that I made."

At Whitworth, Johnson has learned a lot about 2-D and 3-D formats. She believes that Whitworth has helped develop her artistic skills. “I’m actually really thankful that, in Whitworth’s program, I get a broad kind of education, where I can get more experience with traditional drawing and painting," Johnson said.

Apart from her studies, Johnson is preparing to launch a blog or website as a medium to display her artwork. By having this online portfolio, she is hoping to kick-start her dream of being a Disney animator and illustrator for children’s books.

“That’s the dream someday; illustrate children’s books and work for Disney. I want to tell stories with these characters,” Johnson said.


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Campus frolfing course redesigned

Frolfing, also known as Frisbee Golf, has long been a tradition at Whitworth. For as long as students can remember there has been the dull ringing of a Frisbee making contact with the intended target. This summer facility services and ASWU joined together to create a more sustainable and visible frolfing course on campus ASWU president Justin Botejue, and the director of facilities services, Chris Eichorst said.

One reason for the change was the risk of property damage caused by the Frisbees hitting their traditional targets such as resident hall signs.

Eichorst said he estimates the costs of new signs to be about $5000 with a general re-facing to be at least $800.

“We don’t want to have to raise tuition or have to fine students to pay for these damages,” Botejue said.

Property damage isn’t the only concern pertaining to the previous course. Certain holes in the previous course were aimed towards doors, specifically the HUB doors.

This creates worry as discs are blindly flying towards unsuspecting students exiting the building. The danger comes when the disc hits a student and causes bodily harm.

“We wanted to come up with something where we have the culture because we know it’s fun, but we want to limit the damages and concerns associated with it,” Eichorst said of frolfing.

Facility services and ASWU devised a campus map with the location of each hole and course possibilities shown. They also added signs and targets that show students which items to hit and which to avoid.

Dorm signs can be seen spotting a plea to avoid hitting the sign and thus preventing expensive damage repairs.

However, not every student is sold on this new course.

“I’m paying close to $160,000 for my degree alone,” senior Bryan Walsh said. “That alone could cover the property damage for the rest of Whitworth’s existence. It’s not that I don’t care about my campus’ property, but I feel like such a rich tradition shouldn’t be taken away.”

Botejue and Eichorst said they are hoping to provide the safest route while still allowing this integral part of Whitworthian culture and fun student activity to continue.

They also hope to add a par to the course soon, Eichorst said.


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One hundred parking spaces lost because of remodel

Due to the remodel of the music building, Whitworth’s parking availability is down by 200 parking spaces, half of which will not be recovered until after the completion of construction in Fall 2016. One of the reasons there’s less parking is because Fire District 9 requires that Whitworth has an additional fire lane to accommodate the expansion, which will be put in the lot behind Cowles Auditorium, Facility Services Director Chris Eichorst said.

One way Whitworth is hoping to combat the issue of having less spaces is by eventually trying to add more parking, an addition to the 100 spaces Whitworth will be getting back, Eichorst said.

“There are plans on the shelf for a new expansion to the A1 parking lot,” Eichorst said. “That would add 52 back to what we have.”

Many students on campus have expressed displeasure with the amount of parking; however, Eichorst said the numbers are favorable.

As of this week, there are 1,238 parking permits issued to on-campus students, off-campus students, faculty, staff and contractors,` and 1,662 available parking spots, according to Eichorst.

“If you look at the overall numbers that we have, we have plenty of parking. The unfortunate thing is people perceive that we don’t have convenient parking and that’s true,” Eichorst said. “We don’t intend to have convenient parking for a walking campus that Whitworth is…It’s only a ten minute walk from end to end on campus.”

Another way the parking issue is being combated is by the parking task force, a campus organization geared toward dealing with parking concerns.

Eichorst is a member of the parking task force and said that they deal mainly with the issues of parking distribution. The task force consists of various members of faculty, staff, security and student representatives Kai Eder and Breanna Lyons. The force decides which dorms should park in which parking lots and meet as needed to change or discuss distribution issues.

“We don’t have a parking problem here, we have kind of a distribution problem, so people aren’t parking in their right spaces,” Eichorst said. “If we can correct that, that would help everyone out.”

Some students agree and don’t believe there is a parking problem such as sophomore Lindsay Lackey.

“There’s less parking for sure. It’s really hard to find a spot near Ballard,” Lackey said. “A couple times I’ve had to park across the street.”

While parking on campus may be inconvenient, it is available, Eichorst said.

“We understand it’s definitely a change and we’ll get more parking spaces back, but we do have enough capacity to handle everyone’s parking needs,” Eichorst said. “If everybody parks where they’re supposed to, it will fit.”

Security officer LeRoy McCall said that the amount of people whose cars remain unregistered is a problem when addressing whether or not all cars will fit in the lot.

Students who fail to register their cars or park in lots in which they are not allowed to park may be fined, and that the consequences of not paying those fines by graduation could be a withholding of your diploma until fines are paid, McCall said.

Students who register their cars, but do not put the registration decal up may be fined, McCall said.

When one student parks in the wrong space a domino effect happens and the student who actually needs that space because it’s their designated area to park is forced to park in someone else’s spot until everyone is parking where they shouldn’t McCall said.

Aside from the issue of parking availability, concern has been raised regarding safety and lighting in the lots behind Oliver and Duvall.

“We know it’s a little dark back there,” Duvall senator Katie Holtzheimer said in an email sent to Duvall residents. “Although security is absolutely wonderful and you are safe in the back parking lot, we are looking into ways to light it up back there so we all feel a little more comfortable at night.”

The parking lots behind Oliver and Duvall are lit, with the exception of lot C4, which is not lit because it was just recently added as an expansion to accommodate more east side residents, Eichorst said. Facility services is taking student concerns regarding lighting into consideration and is working toward getting better lighting, he said.

“If people feel unsafe anywhere on campus, we always encourage them to call security and ask for either an escort or a safe ride,” Eichorst said.

McCall echoed this, saying that security is there to help.

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Whitworth responds to cultural appropriation

An Instagram photo of the Whitworth women’s soccer team unknowingly adorning blackface gained coverage and publicity, bringing to light a larger conversation: How can college students in 2015 not know the history of blackface? Students, faculty and staff alike have expressed concerns about racial recognition and reconciliation at Whitworth for years. Some see this incident as an opportunity to address those concerns.

“I think it’s important to ask: What are the responsibilities of Whitworth to create learning spaces where that kind of ignorance or what we don’t know is not an outcome of an education of the mind and heart?” said Lawrence Burnley, the associate vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “What else don’t we know? How is it that we don’t know such critical aspects of our history?"

Burnley sent an email to the general Whitworth community the day after the event. In the email he addresses the critical need for the student body and Whitworth community to learn from the incident and consider the real or perceived intent of such actions.

President Beck Taylor also sent an email in response to the incident, in which he announced the a new initiative called #WhitworthUnited. In the email, he defines #WhitworthUnited as “a broad-based effort to educate, to inform, and to encourage dialogue so that we may seek the unity of Christ through racial reconciliation on our campus and in our community.” “At it’s core, #WhitworthUnited is an opportunity to exhibit leadership and ideas,” Taylor said.

The inclusion of the hashtag is intentional. Social media was the primary venue where discussion and concern ,much of which was not constructive, grew around the incident Taylor said.

“The idea behind the hashtag; I wanted to appropriate the same tool that was used to talk about these issues but in helpful ways,” Taylor said. “To use social media in constructive and healthy ways.”

#WhitworthUnited is being led by Carol Simon, provost and executive vice president, and Rhosetta Rhodes, interim vice president for student life and dean of students. Simon and Rhodes are collaborating with the president of Associated Students of Whitworth University Justin Botejue and Burnley to framework the initiative.

“#WhitworthUnited is not a quick fix, but it is a response,” Burnley said. “Response to foster healing and support to those seeking to bring about positive change.”

Simon, Rhodes, Botejue and Burnley met on Thursday, Sept. 17, to discuss and identify three areas where they felt Whitworth resources should rest.

One of those ideas is more resources into areas of the university that are already effective, but under-resourced, Taylor said.

For example, providing resources for faculty to evolve their curriculum to include diverse voices and cover cultural topics.

During traditiation, new students are educated in Whitworth’s history by a slide show presentation put together by history professor Dale Soden. This year, Soden included a slide about blackface minstrel shows put on by the Whitworth theater department.

“Whitworth has a complex history around issues such as race, gender, and sexual-orientation,” Soden said. “Whitworth students should be aware that larger social forces that influence other colleges and universities also influence us.”

A second area #WhitworthUnited put  resources is in providing opportunities to share information about diversity.

“One way where #WhitworthUnited can really help is by facilitating opportunities to make students aware and highlight the diversity on campus,” Taylor said.

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, all residence halls hosted Prime Times which facilitated discussions about the blackface incident as well as other diversity issues. Fronting the Prime Times was assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion David Garcia.

“[The idea] didn’t come from a directive,” Garcia said. “We already heard students talking about it and we wanted to facilitate those discussions.”

A staff or faculty member was assigned to each residence hall to lead the discussion. About 200 students across campus attended those prime times, Garcia said.

The third area where a need for resources is recognized is for new programming. Examples include bringing diverse speakers, supporting activities of Whitworth clubs and organizations and coordinating events around cultural awareness.

“We want to make sure that any student, faculty or staff who has an idea, we want to make sure they have an opportunity to bring these ideas forward,” Taylor said. “That’s the main idea of #WhitworthUnited.”

The basic goals of #WhitworthUnited are to educate, inform and encourage dialogue about issues related not only to race, but other social identities such as gender and sexual orientation, and how they intersect, Burnley said.

Taylor recognizes that the Whitworth community has a lot to do to facilitate diversity issues, but he is excited and energized by the challenge, he said.

“I am really encouraged by the enduring commitment this president [Beck Taylor] and this institution has in creating an environment where all persons can feel welcome and safe, particularly people who haven’t felt that way historically,” Burnley said. “Where thoughtful Christians, and non-Christians, can have thoughtful discussions on difficult and challenging issues in our society. That the work we’re doing will better prepare you as students to live in an increasingly diverse society.”

Rebekah Bresee