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

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

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

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

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

What separates you from your fellow candidate?

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

What do you want voters to know more than anything?

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


Jeff DeBray—Financial Vice President Candidate

What gets you excited about this job?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Women's Tennis 4/2/16 update

Whitworth women’s tennis claimed a 7-2 victory against the visiting George Fox Bruins, putting them back in the running for post-season play. The Pirates swept the Bruins in doubles. Junior Bella Hoyos and sophomore Jennifer Adams dominated their George Fox counterparts 8-2. Junior Anabelle Burns and freshman Emma Joe Wiley, the #2 doubles team, won their match 8-6 after a comeback in the sixth game. The #3 duo, freshman Paige Rohrbach and senior KC McConnell also surged back from a substantial deficit late in the match, outscoring their opponents in four straight games to win 9-7.

George Fox answered back, claiming two singles matches. #1 Hoyos lost 6-3, 6-2 and #4 McConnell 7-5, 6-1. But #2 Wiley, #3 Adams, #5 Burns, and #6 Rohrbach all won.

The Bucs improved to 3-5 in conference while the Bruins fell to 4-3. Whitworth faces conference leader, Lewis & Clark at home on Sunday at 11 a.m.


Caleb Mathena

Staff Writer


"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.


“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

Contact Kailee at kcarneau17@my.whitworth.edu

Millennials have never been exposed to conservative ideas

By James Silberman Millennials have no idea what conservatism is. That’s not an accusation, merely an observation. Political correctness has made it so that most of the public square has been scrubbed clean of conservative ideas.

What our generation does know about conservatism, it generally doesn’t like. Conservatives are typically seen as intolerant and regressive, and this has manifested itself publicly all across the nation. Take for example this oft-used chant of Occupy protesters, "Racist, Sexist, Anti-Gay. Tea Party Go Away."

This shouldn’t surprise anyone. If people have never heard the arguments for conservatism, they haven’t been forced to defend or think critically about their own views that they have come to see as progressive and objectively good. Thus, it stands to reason that millennials see conservative ideas as triggering and offensive. While at Tacoma Community College, I once detailed conservative, free market solutions in a presentation. A girl started crying. That’s a true story.

Now that I have illuminated the problem, here are the basics of conservative thought, brought to you by some of the greatest minds in the history of our nation.  

Conservative Economics

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer,” Ben Franklin said in 1766.

This is the basis of conservative economics. The premise is that a nation’s economic success is defined not by how many of its people receive government handouts, but by how many are able to live their lives independent of them.

Which brings us to our next point…

Conservative Opposition to Socialism and Big Government

“Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have,” said Barry Goldwater in 1964.

When one relies on the government to provide for them, they are at the whim of said government. Politicians are free to dictate that someone else needs that aid more, or more likely, they decide to give themselves a pay raise, and the needy citizen is left out to dry. This is the basis of the conservative view of limited government.

"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking is freedom,” said Dwight Eisenhower in 1953.

Free healthcare, free education, expanded food stamp programs and income redistribution all sound great when politicians get up on stage and promise to give them to you. However, what they don’t tell you is what you lose in the process: your freedom. For the government to give these things to you, taxes have to be so high that you are unable to provide for yourself. You become dependent on the government for your very existence, giving up your independence for comfort and a false sense of security. This is the basis for conservative opposition to socialism in any form.

Conservative Foreign Policy

"[He] had seen firsthand the horrific results of appeasement. It was a path chosen by feebleminded people who were morally incapable of confronting evil,” Vince Flynn said in his 2012 book Kill Shot.

Something I’ve never been able to wrap my mind around is the way that pacifism is seen as the moral high-ground nowadays. Let me be perfectly clear: There is nothing compassionate about sitting idly and allowing ISIS to roam the Middle East and North Africa sawing off the heads of journalists and burning apostates in cages when our military has the capacity to do something about it. War is hell, no one denies that. But sometimes, it is necessary in order to confront great evil and protect those who cannot protect themselves. If America had given in to the allures of pacifism during the mid-twentieth century, Hitler likely wins World War II and we’d all be speaking German right now.

The left can say whatever they want about the cost of war, but we must also take into consideration the cost of doing nothing. Weighing these considerations, and being willing to confront perpetrators of evil if necessary is the basis of conservative foreign policy.

The Foundation of the Conservative Worldview

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence.

This is the big one. This is the bedrock on which every other conservative idea rests. Free enterprise, freedom of speech, of association and of religion, the right to bear arms and the rest of the Bill of Rights all stem from this revolutionary idea that our freedoms don’t come from government. They are endowed to us by our creator, thus, no earthly authority can rightfully take them away. But that doesn’t stop them from trying.

In conclusion, the conservative seeks freedom for all. Where the liberal strives to create equality of outcome, the conservative seeks equality of opportunity. It is important to note that the Declaration of Independence does not guarantee happiness, but the pursuit of happiness. The role of government is not to give us things but to remove barriers to our ascent in life and allow us to become self-sufficient adults and contributing Americans.

For you were strangers in the land of Egypt

By Jacob Schmidt Every year, Spokane welcomes around 500 refugees to call our city home. Many of those people live within a few blocks of Whitworth. Despite what you may have heard from cable news or your Facebook-happy uncle, they are not dangerous. In fact, they could really use your help.

As a nation, we seem to have a short attention span and faulty memory. I have been astonished by the number of people who act as if they had never heard the word “refugee” prior to this past fall. While the “global refugee crisis” has certainly increased the number of displaced peoples, the United States has been taking in a constant stream of asylum seekers for centuries. In fact, many of the churches you may attend have likely taken special offerings to support an organization called World Relief, a Christ-centered refugee resettlement organization. But we all seem to have ignored or forgotten about this, as I hear more buzzword-laden talk about how dangerous and “un-vettable” these people are. This is simply not the case.

All immigrants and visitors to the U.S. have to pass certain security checks through the departments of State and Homeland Security (DHS). These are just ordinary tourists and legal immigrants; for refugees, the process is much longer. A displaced person looking to resettle here must first apply for an interview with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) and if she passes this, another interview with the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. This process can take years.

Meanwhile, the majority of them are living in camps in which they are not allowed to hold a job and thus become completely dependant on the support provided by the UN and local groups. The UNHCR restricts employment in order to avoid the transformation of refugee camps into a source of slave labor. The largest of these camps are in Kenya and Jordan, with some housing as many as 330,000 people in a crowded array of tents. These people do not want to live in the Kenyan or Jordanian desert. They would have preferred to stay in their homes. However, because of civil wars, religious persecution, or the vast unintended consequences of our global war on terror, returning home is not an option.

For someone lucky enough to make it through the interview process proceed to U.S. interagency biographical security checks performed by the DHS, FBI, NCCIC, and State Department. If this search does not unearth any criminal history, she will be interviewed by the DHS. Then another round of background checks by the Department of Defense. Then even more database cross referencing until finally, she is allowed to get on a plane and come to the United States. Upon arrival, she will be given 90 days of support before she must apply to other government programs to receive assistance. During this time she must pay back the cost of her travel to the U.S.

It should be clear from all of this that these people are not simply walking off the battlefield and onto a plane. In fact they are the most heavily vetted people in this country. If someone wished to carry out an attack on the United States, they would be far wiser to pose as a tourist than a refugee. To claim that we should not be helping these people because of inflated fears about the very groups that many of them are fleeing is to disregard Christian teaching and basic human morality.

If any of this is even remotely compelling to you, if you have even a shard of guilt for the damage your country has done in the Middle East, and especially if you take seriously the Christian imperative to welcome the stranger into your home, then please contact World Relief Spokane. I have been working with this wonderful organization for the past year as a mentor and employment specialist. We are always in need of volunteers to help refugees learn their way around Spokane, figure out the bus schedule, go grocery shopping or practice their English. My interactions with Spokane’s vibrant refugee population has taught me so much about the world we live in and what it looks like to build the Kingdom of God, I ask that you join me.

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

Contact Kailee Carneau at kcarneau17@my.whitworth.edu

Women’s basketball splits last home games

The Whitworth women’s basketball team continued their regular season in the Fieldhouse with a 65-57 loss to the undefeated No. 2, George Fox Bruins and a 67-61 victory over the Willamette Bearcats. The win against the Bearcats puts the Pirates in their fourth consecutive Northwest Conference playoffs. George Fox barely led Whitworth by two points in the first quarter, 15-13, and by four points at halftime, 28-24. Though the game was tied 10 times in the first half, the Pirates struggled to put shots up in the paint. George Fox’s tight defense held the Pirates at a 25 percent shooting average (9-35).

“They’re a really high intensity team and we just had to counter that with our own intensity and poise,” senior Faith Emerson said. “Poise is really important on the offensive end, not just the defensive, and [George Fox] is just a great team overall.”

The Pirates came out strong in the second half with a quick layup by sophomore Callie Harwood.

“[George Fox’s] press is what really got the best of us the last time we played them and it hurt us in the end because they try to make the ball handlers frantic and force turnovers” Harwood said. “When we play with the same heart and intensity and eliminate the little [mistakes] we can win.”

The Pirates continued to trail the Bruins by no more than four points throughout the second half. The offensive leadership of senior KC McConnell, who scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half, kept the Pirates within close reach of the Bruins. McConnell was the second-highest scorer of the game behind Emerson, who had 18 points.

With 5:51 to go in the fourth quarter, Harwood made two free throws for the Pirates to tie the Bruins, 50-50. However, the Bruins answered with a full court press forcing three consecutive turnovers from the Pirates. Whitworth, unable to recover, fell to George Fox in a 65-57 defeat and lost its three-game winning streak.

“I felt like we played really hard,” head coach Helen Higgs said. “We didn’t execute some things we worked on and against a high level team like [George Fox] you have to really perfect your execution, but overall I was really happy with our effort.”

In the following evening the Pirate offense started off their Senior Night game slow against the Bearcats, who held the lead for most of the first quarter.

“We needed to focus more on the little things: rebounding, boxing out and help side on defense. That’s where we struggled a little bit tonight,” McConnell said.

The Bearcats gained momentum on a 13-1 run extending their lead by more than 10 points with 2:54 to go in the second quarter. The Pirates would not stay behind for long as McConnell, senior Jessica Thoens and senior Taylor Flemming contributed to a 14-point run to finish the half trailing the Bearcats, 29-27.

The second half commenced with a battle for the lead, but a 12-point run kickstarted by a jumper from Thoens gave the Pirates a lead that the Bearcats would not recapture.

“We really wanted to dig in on the defensive end,” McConnell said. “We didn’t get it done in the first half so we wanted our defense to feed our offense and that is how we got our comeback going.”

Whitworth secured a 46-39 win with top performances by McConnell who led the Pirates offensively and defensively with 17 points and six defensive rebounds (seven total). Flemming finished the night as the second-highest scorer with a Whitworth career high of 15 points. In addition, Emerson finished with 13 points.

“It wasn’t our prettiest win but it was fun to go out there,” McConnell said. “It’s sad knowing it was our last game at home but it was good because we got to come back from behind and it was a big win for us that put us in playoffs.”

The Pirates will face off against the Puget Sound Loggers and Pacific Lutheran Lutes in Western Washington on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m., respectively.


Jordanne Perry

Staff Writer

Pirates win twice in final home weekend

The Pirates, who just recently dropped from No. 1 to No. 5 in the nation after an unexpected loss to Whitman College two weeks ago, secured two more wins last weekend against the George Fox Bruins 83-67 and Willamette Bearcats 72-53 in their final two home games of the regular season. The victories improved the Buc’s  overall record to 22-1 and 13-1 in conference. The Pirates got off to a slow start Friday night as the Bruins acquired an early lead in the first half with a quick steal and score.

“We knew going in that they were a really aggressive team that uses the 3-point line to attack you with their guard play,” head coach Matt Logie said. “We just didn’t do a great job in the first half defending against that.”

But the Bucs responded quickly and overtook George Fox with a three-point play by senior George Valle, putting the Pirates up 27-22.

Valle would go on to get ten rebounds and score 23 points before the end of the night, making it his fifth double-double of the season.

By the end of the half, Whitworth had extended their lead to 46-35, which was emphasized with a dunk by junior Drew Sears in the final minutes.

The Pirates held the Bruins scoreless for the first three minutes of the second half and increased their lead to 54-35 with consecutive scores from Jurlina, Sears and Valle. While the Bruins’ 3-point accuracy was well above their average of 37.4 percent in the first half (44.4 percent), the Bucs managed to hold them to 38.5 percent after the break.

Whitworth finished out strong, making 61.9 percent of their field goals. Their final push insured the Pirate win, 83-67.

“It was a sloppy win, but we’ll take it” Roach said. “We’ll bounce back tomorrow.”

The Pirates made the adjustment and seized the lead early in their Senior Night game against the Bearcats, scoring 11 unanswered points before their opponent was able to respond. The Pirate defense smothered Willamette, holding them to just 21 points in the first half. The Bearcats were only able to sink 23.8 percent of their shots before halftime.

The Bearcats finally got on the board around the seven-minute mark with a layup, but it was too late. The Bucs dominated the boards with 28 rebounds to their opponent’s 18. Sears led the team with 14 total rebounds, seven of which were in the first half. With 13 points of his own, Valle led the Bucs to a 33-21 lead over Willamette at the break.

“It’s a big credit to our defense,” Valle said. “Yesterday, we struggled to get stops and we weren’t contesting their 3-point shots, but today we brought the energy which allowed us to get off to a fast start.”

The second half opened with a quick three-point play by Jurlina in the first minute. Jurlina finished the night with a total of 15 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Kenny Love also made a big impact with 13 points of his own. Love made an impressive 61.5 percent of his attempted shots.

“When you focus on the defensive end of the floor it really carries over to your offensive game,” Love said. “It was just a matter of bringing that same defensive prowess we had yesterday to today and then just trusting myself on the offensive end.”

Whitworth put it away in the end 72-53.

The Pirates travel to Tacoma next weekend for their final two regular season games against Puget Sound Friday at 8 p.m. and Pacific Lutheran Saturday at 6 p.m.


Caleb Mathena

Staff Writer


Swim teams score big at Conference meet

The women’s swim team took third place with a score of 475 at the NWC Swimming Championships last weekend while the men’s team took first place with a score of 700.  The victories at the meet in Federal Way, Washington allowed the men’s team to remain at the top of conference holding a 7-0 record. The women’s team holds third place in conference with a record of 5-2. The men started off the meet strong and won two events. Senior Wes Walton took first in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:49. Walton, along with sophomore Patrick Wilber, senior Kyle Wicks and freshman Eben Schumann, gained 40 points for the Pirates for winning the 400-yard medley relay in 3:20.

“I got the points for the team and that’s what really matters,” Walton said. “Last year we lost our conference championship streak and so this year we’ve been out for blood.”

The women’s team finished Friday with only one win from junior Jacqueline Beal in the 200-yard individual medley. However, the team received a total of 103 points. With four athletes placing in the top eight for the event, the team collected 53 points in the event. The women ended the night in fourth place behind Whitman College.

The men increased their standing on Saturday by winning four events and reaching a score of 475. The relay team beat Linfield in the 200-yard medley relay by just under three seconds. Walton finished first in the 400-yard IM with a time of 3:58 and Schumann won the 100-yard butterfly in 49 seconds.

With this conference meet being his first, Schumann took time to prepare weeks ahead of time and perfect his technique.

“I found time to come in during practice to do some filming with the GoPro and iPad just to look at my slow-motion form underwater,” Schumann said. “It showed me what I needed to fix in the next couple weeks.”

Bael took first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57 seconds. Bael helped the Pirates collect 193 points on Saturday giving them a total of 296 and a solid third place standing.

The men won four events on Sunday giving them a total of 700 points for the meet. The men’s team took first place with more than a 150-point lead.

The women won one event on Sunday and ended the meet with a total of 475 points. The women’s team ended in third place three points behind Whitman College.

“A lot of people stepped up and swam really well this weekend,” junior Jerusha Dressel said. “Our improvement from last year is due to the fact that so many freshman and sophomores were able to step up.”

The swim team has yet to learn which of their athletes will attend the NCAA Division III Championships in March.


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Men's basketball wins 15 consecutive games after successful weekend

The men’s basketball team added two more victories to their now 15-game winning streak last weekend. The Pirates defeated the Pacific Lutheran Lutes, 93-62 and the Puget Sound Loggers, 87-68 to keep their top spot in the NWC, 8-0 and their No. 1 spot in the nation.The Friday-night match began with an early lead assisted by senior George Valle. Valle scored eight shots from the field as well as a 3-pointer in the first half. The Pirates surged ahead and less than ten minutes into the game, the score was 26-6. “We were able to come out really fast,” Valle said. “So I just took what the game flow gave me. I was able to knock down a couple open looks and get my confidence up.”

Junior Kenny Love also assisted the Pirates in the first half by scoring four shots from the field and two 3-pointers.

The rest of the half consisted of the Pirates strengthening their lead and shutting down the Lutes. By the end of the first half, the score had reached 47-25.

The Pirates did not ease up on the Lutes in the second half. Junior Christian Jurlina greatly assisted the team in the second half by scoring two 3-pointers. Jurlina made a total of eight shots from the field on Friday night.

The Pirates nearly doubled their score in the second half, while the Lutes were only able to make 37 points. The Pirates made 55.7 percent of their shots from the field Friday night compared to Pacific Lutheran’s 33.9 percent. The match ended with a score of 93-62.

“We wanted to attack quickly in transition,” Head Coach Matt Logie said. “It starts with your defense. You have got to get stops. I thought our guys did a good job of attacking.”

The Puget Sound Loggers brought an early pressure to Saturday’s match. The Loggers briefly took the lead at 5-4, but the Pirates soon took it back and would hold it for the rest of the game. However, they did not do so with ease. For the entire first half, the Loggers closely trailed Whitworth and never fell behind more than nine points.

“UPS is a really good team,” Logie said. “Coming into this weekend they won five of their last six games so you never feel like you’re out of the woods.”

Valle succeeded in scoring two three pointers in the first half and led the Pirate’s offensively. The half ended with a score of 41-33.

The Pirates pulled ahead in the second half with the help of Jurlina. Jurlina scored four shots from the field in the second half and 22 for the entire match. The Pirates slowly increased their score throughout the second half, gaining as much as a 24-point lead. The match ended with a score of 87-68.

“I think it came down to defense,” Jurlina said. “We had to step up, make sure that we didn’t let them have wide-open three [pointers], we didn’t let their drivers have easy driving lanes.”

The Pirates will face Linfield College and Lewis & Clark College in Oregon this coming weekend. The games will be held on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m., respectfully.

Peter Houston-Hencken

Sports Editor

Women’s team starts season with back-to-back wins

The Pirates had a successful weekend as they battled both the Lewis & Clark Pioneers and the Linfield Wildcats in the first conference games of the season. The Pirates defeated the Pioneers, 67-42, and the Wildcats, 77-65.


On Friday, Dec. 4, the Pirates quickly jumped to a 25-5 lead in the first quarter against the Pioneers. Senior KC McConnell and sophomore Callie Hardwood both scored eight points in the quarter. Whitworth continued to battle throughout the game and ended the half with a 47-11 lead.

“This game went really well,” Hardwood said. “We jumped on them at the very beginning which set the momentum for the rest of the game and we just carried it on from there.”

Starting the second half, the Pirates extended their lead to 59-25. Whitworth kept their lead in the fourth quarter and ended the game 77-65.


“We started off very focused and solid tonight,” head coach Helen Higgs said. “We nally were able to overcome the nerves and new roles that we had been experiencing in earlier games this season.”

McConnell finished with a season high of 21 points with senior Faith Emerson adding nine points. Hardwood and sophomore Grace Douglas both contributed eight points.

“Defensively, our intensity has been the best it has been this year,” Higgs said. “KC McConnell stepped up and had a great game. She did a great job defensively, also. Jessica Thoens also did a really nice job of distributing the ball and rebounding.”

Coming off a strong victory, the Pirates emerged with another win against the Linfield Wildcats the following night. Whitworth started out slow, trailing the Wildcats 8-0 in the first quarter. However by the end of the quarter, the Pirates were able to shorten the distance between the two teams by trailing 19-16.

Emerson helped get the first lead of the game for the Pirates with a layup putting the lead at 20-19. The Wildcats pulled ahead once again to nish the half with a 36-34 score.

The big difference came in the third quarter when the Pirates’ defense stepped up and took better control. The Pirates ended the third quarter with a 58-56 lead.

Whitworth outscored the Wildcats 14-2 for the first six minutes of the fourth quarter to increase their lead to 72-58. The Pirates were able to maintain this lead throughout the rest of the quarter and defeated the Wildcats with a nal score of 77-65.

McConnell finished with another season high record of 23 points, breaking the previously achieved season high of 21 points that had been set the night before. Emerson had 19 points and a team high of nine rebounds.

“It’s just really exciting to watch the team come together and play really well and get ahead at the beginning of the season,” senior Mikayla Kraemer said.

The Pirates continue their season next weekend at the Kim Evanger Raney Classic in Walla Walla, Washington.


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Dr. Clark orchestrates China symposium

Sealing Fate & Changing Course: French Catholicism & Chinese Conversion

Lecture by Dr. Anthony E. Clark

Whitworth history professor Anthony Clark began the lecture series by discussing French Catholic missions in China. French missions constituted about 60-70 percent of all Christian missions, and by the 19th century, had declared itself the “country of the missions,” Clark said. However, the early 20th century mission in Xuijahui looked more like Paris than China, he said. It was not uncommon for missions to be surrounded by walls within the Chinese cities, and to have significant features of European architecture.

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China Missionary Zeal & Japanese Internment: Father Leonard Amrhein, CP

Lecture by Fr. Robert E. Carbonneau, CP, Ph.D.

Father Robert Carbonneau discussed the passionist mission to China. He expanded on how American missionaries survived imprisonment in Chinese-Japanese camps during World War II.

Adjustment & Advocacy: Charles McCarthy, SJ & China’s Jesuit Mission in Transition

Lecture by Dr. Amanda C. R. Clark


In her research of Chinese missions, Clark met a woman in Spokane whose uncle, Charles McCarthy, was a missionary in China. After some discussion, the woman requested that Clark write a book about McCarthy, and Clark gladly agreed, she said. McCarthy began his mission to China in the 1950s but was interred by the Japanese occupation. Later, he was again imprisoned for being a priest by the communist regime.

The Making of an Indigenous Church as Lived by Chinese Christians

Lecture by Dr. Jean-Paul Wiest

Up until recently, research in the area of Chinese Christianity has focused on the missionaries rather than Chinese Christians themselves, Jean-Paul Wiest said. Following in this spirit, Wiest shared four examples of “simple Christians that started the spread of faith in the region.” The first story he told was about a man who worked to bring a priest and baptism to his small mountain village.


Imaging Missions, Visualizing Experience: American Presbyterian Photography and Filmmaking in Republican China

Lecture by Mr. Joseph Ho

Joseph Ho, who is currently working on his dissertation, focused his lecture on photography and video from missions in China, specifically those of Ralph Lewis and the Henke family. In 1993, Lewis arrived and used a Roloflex camera, the model of which Ho passed around to the audience, to collect photos and “document the Christian community as it was coming together [in that region],” Ho said. Prints of the photos were inserted into Lewis family albums or church publications and sent to family members overseas. They were used in lectures on both sides of the Pacific, Ho said. Photography was a significant part of the Chinese Christian community.



Testing the Limits of Proper Behavior: Women Students in & Beyond the Weimar Mission Schools in Qingdao 1905-1914

Lecture by Dr. Lydia Gerber

Lydia Gerber presented on the unusual Weimar Mission Schools in 20th century China. In the early 20th century, opinions on female education in China varied: some believed in challenging traditional values promoted by the Chinese government of quietness and obedience; others, many Protestant missionaries included, wanted education on homemaking and motherhood for women. The Weimar Mission did not advocate baptism, and did not even believe the Bible to be necessary. They believed the church of God was for everyone, and as long as a practice was not obviously oppose Christian dogma, it was not a problem, Gerber said.


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House hunting advice for and from Whitworth students

Where to start looking

The Whitworth website:

The Whitworth website offers links that can direct students to local rental property listings.

The Whitworth off-campus Facebook page:

The Facebook page provides a space for students to list off-campus housing needs and collaborate to fill them.


The properties listed on the site, “house up to 100 Whitworth Students each year,” according to the website, and are all within a short distance from campus. These properties, recently owned by Bill Meyers, have been taken over by Jasbir Thabel and Patrick Cardinal. Meyers had been renting properties since 1994. However, after undergoing brain surgery to control his Parkinson’s, “it was time to move on while I still could,” Meyers said in a notice to his residents.


Encountering tricky situations

Some rentals come with issues and, “even if it is not in your rental agreement or lease, your landlord is required to keep your building and unit in a habitable condition,” according to nolo.com’s legal encyclopedia.

“We had some damage to a railing outside of our house that was a real safety concern. We tried telling our realtor about it and he didn’t listen,” senior Jacob Forrest said in regard to his previous residence. “Eventually it broke and someone fell and got hurt. We almost got in trouble as a result.”

However, because they had reported the damage to the landlord, they were not responsible for the injury, Forrest said. As a result he recommends you always report problems to your landlords so they can get issues fixed quickly and effectively, he said.

Senior Matthew Thomas shared a similar story.

“We had a realtor who wouldn’t respond to our needs,” Thomas said. “He wouldn’t fix the sealant so our house was always freezing cold. We had mold, a broken door and a mouse infestation.”

The main issue was each of the prospective tenants didn’t check out the house for themselves before hand, he said.

“In retrospect, I would have gone and checked out the house so I knew what I was getting into and made sure they fixed it beforehand,” Thomas said.


Beginning the search early

Sometimes it is difficult to nd a house that fits students’ needs if they don’t start their search early.

“We had a lot of guys that wanted to live together. We ended up renting both sides of a duplex so that we could all be in the same place,” senior Bryan Walsh said. “However, we had to sacrifice some amenities we wanted in order to do so.”

Most of the houses that fit their large numbers were already rented by the time they began their search in January and February. Because of that, most of the housing attributes they wanted were missing, including a large living room area, a garbage disposal and a second fridge, he said.

Other students, such as junior Maggie Callan and senior Shawna Angle, began searching for rentals a lot earlier in late October and early November. Both were happy with their house rentals.

“We started searching early and signed the lease before Christmas break, and even then a lot of houses were already gone by the time we settled on ours,” Angle said. “Overall we’re very happy with the house and glad we got started early.”

The general consensus of off-campus students is that sophomores should start their search early in order to find a house that fits their needs and number of people.


Staying connected to on-campus life

Moving off campus brings a lot of questions, fears and excitement.

“I’m excited about having my own space that I can relax in, but a little worried about the difficulty of staying involved on campus,” sophomore Jaime Quaresma said. “I want to be involved with people that I am not living with.”

Those fears echoed those of other students. However, students who entered the year with those same worries were quick to calm these fears.

“I thought I wouldn’t get to be connected with campus life,” Callan said. “But I feel like it was easy to maintain connection through sports, campus activities and putting effort into relationships.”


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The title of tenure

The tenure process at Whitworth is laborious and typically takes seven years to accomplish.

When being considered for tenure, faculty write essays on different prompts that show how they see their teaching philosophy, their faith and their service fit into the university’s mission, Provost Carol Simon said.

“Some institutions will hire people [and automatically give them tenure] but Whitworth won’t do that,” theater professor Diana Trotter said. “You have to earn tenure here.”

In addition to the written essays, peer evaluations and student evaluations are an integral part of the evaluation process as well, Simon said.

“Tenure is really, really important,” Trotter said.

It allows a university to build and maintain a high quality of faculty and have some sense that those people are going to be invested in the institution for the long term, Trotter said.

However, every so often there is a movement by various constitu- ents in academia that questions whether tenure should exist, she said. Some people think that tenure may cause professors to become lazy, Trotter said.

Trotter objects to that perspective because the person who was hired into the job in the first place, may have competed nationally against hundreds of other people and had to be the top candidate to get the job, she said.

“You’re dealing with someone of a pretty high level. They spend around seven yearsvbeing evaluated to receive tenure,” Trotter said. “What are the odds that person is going to suddenly become a lousy teacher? The amount of evaluation is more significant than any other field I can think of."


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Volleyball finishes season as conference champions

The volleyball team ended their preliminary conference season with a loss to the Willamette Bearcats and a win over the Lewis & Clark Pioneers. The Pirates took first place in the Northwest Conference with a record of 13-3.

The Pirates began their weekend on Saturday, Nov. 6, by losing to the Bearcats in a close match, 3-2. The first set played out well for the Pirates. Whitworth held a lead for most of the set and finished with a score of 25-22.

However, the Bearcats came back strong and only lost their lead once in the second set. The Bearcats repeated their success in the third set and ended both sets with identical scores of 25-21.

"They're a very scrappy team," junior Breanna Buil said. "They Block really well against us. They just didn’t give up and kept coming after us.”

Whitworth attempted to turn the game around by winning the fourth set. Bruil led the Pirates offensively by scoring three kills in the set and 40 attacks for the night. The Pirates ended the set with a score of 25-16.

With the set score tied at 2-2, both teams came in prepared to end the game. The Pirates seemed to take the win by holding the lead for most of the set. However, at 14-14 one Bearcat kill and one Whitworth attack error gave the win to Willamette. The set ended at 16-14. While the Pirates led in kills and attacks, the Bearcats were able to take the victory and place third in the NWC.

“We just got a little hesitant,” head coach Kati Bodecker said. “We started making careful plays instead of executing with confidence. Willamette, on their end, did a great job of earning those last five points.”

Saturday night began with a rough start in the first set against the Pioneers. The Pirates held a strong lead at 21-16. However, the Pioneers were unwilling to give up and stole the first set with a score of 31-29.

The Pirates came back in the second set playing a much faster game to counter the Pioneers’ skill in blocking. Whitworth built a strong lead and was able to follow through to the end of the set, winning with a score of 25-21.

“I think it was our intensity,” senior Nicole Leonard said. “We were able to keep pushing and keep playing our game.”

The third set mirrored the second and gave the Pirates another set point. The Pirates entered the fourth game with a set score of 2-1. The Pirates ended the game with their best set of the weekend. The Pirates made an impressive 11-point run that brought their score to 17-3. The Pirates did not relent and ended the game with a score of 25-8.

“We just really wanted to prove ourselves,” Bruil said. “We wanted to prove that we are the outright conference champion. We wanted to make a statement that we are a great team that can play together with passion.”

The Pirates received a bid to the next stage of the NWC tournament, Bodecker said. The schedule will be posted on the Whitworth Pirates website. To find their schedule and who they will play next please go to www.whitworthpirates.com.


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John Roskelley inaugurates new library collection

Bill and Harriet Fix have been members of the Whitworth community for over 50 years, and their legacy is now continuing through their generous donation of the William C. Fix Mountaineering Collection to the Harriet Cheney Cowles Library. The extensive collection of biographies, autobiographies and mountaineering memorabilia will be an timely addition to Whitworth culture by contributing to the growing climbing movement in the Pacific Northwest. Bill Fix began serving on the Whitworth Board of Trustees in 1976 and joined the Spokane Mountaineers club since 1956. His contributions to the community go far beyond his donation of the collection. Fix himself is an accomplished mountaineer, and has completed over 23 notable trips in locations as varied as the Himalayas and the Pacific Northwest.

The donation was commemorated with a guest lecture by mountaineer and author John Roskelley on Friday, Sept. 25, followed by a reception in the library where several items from the collection were on display.

Fix’s donated collection included 232 rare, often first-edition, copies of books covering all aspects of the sport of mountaineering. The library also has over 20,000 digital items available in the collection.

“Having little collections that are unique to that place make libraries healthy and unique,” said Amanda Clark, director of the library. “The books Bill has given are like his children. It is a true gift from his heart and his life.”

In his lecture, “From ‘Annapurna’ to ‘Seven Summits,'" Roskelley spoke of the many mountaineering adventures that he has gone on, as well as the many books about said adventures. Since he was 16, the native Spokane resident has embarked on journeys, from the Grand Tetons to Mt. Everest, and seemingly every other mountain range in between.

Along with his lifetime of adventuring, Roskelley has been an active member of the Spokane community. He served as county commissioner and a prominent member of the Spokane Mountaineers club for 50 years.

Roskelley was originally inspired by the novel, “Annapurna,” by Maurice Herzog, which documented his ascent to the summit of Annapurna that, in 1950, led to Herzog’s loss of all his fingers and toes. Despite the obvious physical risks, Roskelley continued to make climbing his life.

“Adventure literature transports you to an adventure and makes you ask yourself, ‘Can I do that?” Roskelley said.

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Roskelley wrote four novels about his lifetime of climbing adventures. He is also a prominent name in other mountaineering literature. Roskelley’s first ascent of “Great Tango Tower” is documented in his climbing-mate’s novel, “In the Throne Room of the Gods,” one of the most popular works of mountaineering literature of its time. This and many other novels by and about Roskelley are available in the library’s new collection.

“These are really cool stories that you don’t have to be into mountaineering to appreciate,” senior Joe Schwalbach said.

This collection is an exciting addition to Whitworth’s library as it will provide both inspiration and information for any students looking to learn a bit about the history of mountaineering or to just read something that is a non-stop adventure.

The books are stored in the library’s special collection, keeping some of the rare ones protected yet still accessible for all students to enjoy for years to come. “You page through ‘em and you find objectives– that’s what books do for you,” Roskelley said.


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Double victory for volleyball in western Washington

The volleyball team began their conference season with two great performances this past weekend. The Pirates walked away from a match against Pacific Lutheran University with a 3-0 victory. However, the real challenge of their western state matches came on Saturday night when they faced the Puget Sound University Loggers.

The first set against the Loggers did not have a good start. About halfway through the set, Loggers held the lead at 20-13. However, the Pirates gained a lot of ground with the help of seniors Nicole Leonard and Shawna Korshavn. By the end of the game, Leonard and Korshavn made 12 and 10 kills, respectively.

The Pirates were able to tie up the game, 24-24. The Pirates ended up losing the first set, but were able to make a comeback and take the second set with a score of 25-20.

“One of the biggest things was our mentality,” junior Brenna Bruil said. “We worked really hard and believed that we were going to win in our hearts.”

The Pirates heavily dominated the beginning of the third set. Sophomore Cassandra Mendoza led the Pirates to a 18-7 lead halfway through the set. Mendoza was able to make a staggering 16 kills in the game on Saturday. Unfortunately, the Loggers began to gain ground and worked their way up to a deficit of only five points.

“I don’t think we ever lost our confidence,” head coach Kati Bodecker said. “If anything our frustration became more evident. But they found a way to persevere and they’re very resilient and when push comes to shove they find a way to score points.”

The Loggers won the fourth set, placing the score at 2-2. The Pirates were prepared to win and brought their best game to the fifth set.

“We really had a fire to win,” Mendoza said. “We knew we were the better team. We like the challenge and so we just went into it with a positive mindset.”

The Pirates were able to win the set with a score of 15-10, as well as win the game with a set score of 3-2.

Volleyball will be facing off with Whitman on Wednesday in Walla Walla at 6 p.m.

Peter Houston-Hencken

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