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

Staff Writer

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mvoss19@my.whitworth.edu

After storm hit, many students forced out of dorms in search of power

Due to the aftermath of the most damaging windstorm to hit Whitworth’s campus, 650 students were evacuated from their dorms.

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Classes were cancelled for two days in order to deal with the damage and power loss. The university lost 126 trees during the storm, including several power lines that left many students without power for days, according to last Wednesday’s ASWU meeting.

“I live in Warren and during the windstorm, a bunch of us in Warren were like watching the trees fall back and forth,” freshman Jesse Domingo said. “And it was kind of like we were just watching our whole campus be destroyed, which was sad, but entertaining at the same time.”

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When the storm first began, students were kept updated through the blue light speakers and emergency response text messages and emails.

The first text message to be received by students, at 12:12 p.m. on Tuesday read, “Whitworth Alert: is is not a drill. Because of a fallen tree and high wind in the area, please evacuate the loop area. Use caution if outside or driving.”

A text message requested that students go immediately to their place of residence and take shelter until further notice was received by students at 12:37 p.m.

Cowles Memorial Library, Hawthorne Hall and the Lindaman Center were hit by trees and to deal with the logistical and safety issues of having students living in powerless dorms, the school evacuated hundreds of students into residence halls with power or houses off campus.

“For the rst time in my presidency, I cancelled classes, and we began the clean-up,” President Beck Taylor said in the December issue of the Mind and Heart newsletter. “Power was restored to campus late Wednesday night, after we’d moved 600 students to warmer dorms, not wanting them to spend another powerless, cold night in dark residence halls.”

In order to accommodate the influx of fleeing students, mattresses from powerless dorms were moved to provide sleeping arrangements for displaced students.

“That was when it stopped being fun,” freshman Elisah Winnika said. “I was kind of like, ‘Oh this is kind of like exciting!’ and then it was like ‘Now you have to move out of your dorms.’ And I was like ‘Okay. is is not exciting. is is stupid and annoying.’”

All classes resumed on Thursday, Nov. 19, leaving many students upset. Some students said they did not feel this was the right call on the university’s part.

“I was upset that classes were held so soon after the storm,” freshman Paige Rohrbach said. “I feel like whomever was deciding to make us go back thought it would get us back into the swing of things faster but I feel like it put unneeded worries on all of the students.”

“Students might be disappointed that we’re attempting to get back to some sense of normalcy, but we think it’s best to continue the educational programs to the extent we can,” Taylor said in a Nov. 18 Facebook post.

ASWU President Justin Botejue and Executive Vice President Chase Weholt brought snacks to displaced residents the night they had to evacuate from their residence halls. Botejue said that he disagreed with the university’s decision to resume classes Thursday.

“Though I understand why administration would like to have classes the day after our windstorm, I would like to advocate on behalf of all students,” Botejue said. “I would like to say that for their common good, we should have postponed classes until Friday just to give us a little bit more time to adjust, and professors as well.”

In order to help off-campus students affected by the power loss, Sodexo provided free meals for three days for faculty, staff and students.

 

Emily Goodell

Staff Writer

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egoodell17@my.whitworth.edu

Artist Spotlight: Eva Arochena Garcia paints in light of adversity

Senior Eva Arochena Garcia has loved art since she was young. Growing up as an only child, she found entertainment in painting and coloring — especially watercolor. As she grew up, she stopped painting, but rediscovered the passion at age 14, before her move to the United States from Spain.

“I came to the U.S. when I was sixteen and had an art teacher that was super encouraging,” Garcia said. “And she made me realize that I could do this and I had something to show.”

Since coming to Whitworth, Garcia has dedicated herself to her passion, and is currently working on building her portfolio. Influenced by artists like Canadian photographer Petra Collins, Garcia often uses images as inspiration.

She also enjoys the material style of painters Lucian Freud or Francis Bacon, and how they leave the brush stroke visible, the large use of paint and expressiveness of their work. This leaves the images not “super perfect,” which is very fresh to her, Garcia said.

“I guess I’m interested in the darker side of life. I’m interested in private moments that are not supposed to be seen, and showing that intimacy and at the same time try to make the viewer a bit uncomfortable,” Garcia said. “I approach it from a photographic perspective. I’m a photographer too, so I always base all my paintings in photographs.”

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Garcia has not always been encouraged to pursue art, however. Initially, her parents wanted her to study English before she switched her major, and she had some bad experiences with art teachers. Past teachers spoke negatively of her work, focusing on technique and not relating to her style.

After specializing in art in high school, Garcia came to Whitworth, and found herself with more freedom in her art.

As a senior, she has flexibility with her schedule, and can focus on classes to build her skill set while choosing her own subjects for her pieces.

One of her art professors, Gordon Wilson, enjoys her style, and encourages her to portray her visions, especially those that have centered her in life, Garcia said.

“A lot of people influence me — everything that I see influences me,” Garcia said

Currently, Garcia is working on five full paintings that she hopes to finish by the end of the semester. In the spring, she plans to compose another five to complete a ten-painting series.

Garcia is unsure if she wants to pursue an Masters in Fine Art program, but she wants to continue painting. Garcia hopes to build enough work to show at a local coffee shop back home, or to show work in a community center or even at Whitworth.

“I just want to develop a body of work that I can show,” Garcia said. “ at’s where I’m at right now.”

While she is still young and does not have much work for a gallery showing yet, she aims to simply have her art shown, Garcia said.

Whether it be in Spokane or back home in Michigan, Garcia wants build a collection that she can move around to feature in different places and start building a name for herself.

 

Meghan Foulk

Staff Writer

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meghanfoulk19@my.whitworth.edu

Artist Spotlight: Ryan Stewart: Saxophonist and senator

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A talented musician and multi-instrumentalist, sophomore Ryan Stewart is active in the music scene at Whitworth. His ability to play the saxophone, clarinet and piano gave him the opportunity to play professionally throughout high school and college.

“I had jazz combo in high school; it’s like small jazz band with four or five people playing from the same high school,” Stewart said. “We got a gig to play for a big regional company in downtown and played professionally.”

He also performed several times in public places and hotels.

“I performed in Riverfront Park, and at Red Lion Hotel a couple of times, and I played at Davenport hotel for a New Year celebration,” Stewart said.

Although Stewart has had experience playing professionally since high school, he never stops practicing and learning more.

In 2014, Stewart started his music education at Whitworth and is majoring in music performance with a focus on classical and jazz saxophone.

While Stewart has a tight schedule with studying, work and Warren Hall senatorial duties, he is also active in off-campus activities. He joined a local jazz band to play with other music students and professional musicians.

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“It’s a jazz band called The Master-Class Big Band,” Stewart said. “It’s kind of a cool local band that lets student and professionals get together and play gigs around town.”

In addition to playing saxophone, Stewart is interested in classical music history.

“I feel like music in the past teaches us a lot and I always will be a fan of older music,” Stewart said. “I love music stuff from the classical era. Its very cool to see, all the music we have today comes from music of the past.”

One of his favorite musicians from the classical era is Dexter Gordon, an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He admires and looks up to Gordon’s music performance skill.

“His tone and the way he plays, it’s very edgy and simplistic,” Stewart said. “I’d love to go to classical theater, either in France or in Italy. I’d love to perform as a feature. But I’d also enjoy to going to watch professional symphony orchestra.”

Stewart wants to continue his music education beyond Whitworth.

“I’m planning to go to graduate school to get doctorate in saxophone performance, and also hope to teach at a university,” Stewart said.

 

Hana Hetty Manuela

Staff Writer

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Students hypnotized by professional hypnotist during Homecoming week

As part of this week’s Homecoming festivities, Jerry Harris, a noted hypnotist and author came to Whitworth and hypnotized eight willing Whitworth students. The Sept. 30 show was just under two hours and had the audience laughing the whole time.

Harris randomly selected eight eager audience members to go up on stage and be hypnotized.

He also encouraged any other members of the audience to perform the relaxation in order to become hypnotized as well.

A few audience members became hypnotized and Harris gave them a post-hypnotic suggestion which led to them to stand up and chant his name when he introduced himself saying, “My name is Jerry Harris!”

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Many of the volunteers who were hypnotized on stage performed hilarious activities that Harris suggested.

“They respond to suggestions however they feel appropriate,” Harris said.

At one point in the show, volunteers believed that paper napkins were actually $100 bills. Harris convinced the volunteers to store their cash somewhere on their person, which for many, meant straight down their pants.

After the show, sophomore Jake Elder was very confused about the large stash of napkins he had stored in the pockets of his shorts.

“I have no idea why they are there,” Elder said.

Throughout the evening, the volunteers performed as Miley Cyrus and her backup dancers, Russian ballerinas who spoke fluent Russian–or what they believed was Russian–and even strutted their stuff as fashion models.

Freshman Joe Spencer, one of the volunteers, had been hypnotized before.

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“It felt pretty much the same and I remember everything...I knew what was going on,” Spencer said.

Despite being aware while hypnotized, Spencer still responded to Harris’s suggestion that he was “Tinker Bell, King of the Sugarplum Fairies,” a title which he defended by flapping his arms like they were wings.

“It was kind of embarrassing,” Spencer said.

Many students attended the event in order to celebrate homecoming and take a break from studying.

Freshman Dillon King was impressed with the show.

“It was really interesting,” King said. “Hypnotism is different than you think.”

Harris made sure to keep the show PG-13 and respected the volunteers on stage at all times.

“We become a team,” Harris said. “I would never suggest something that I wouldn’t do myself.”

That meant that Harris assured students before the hypnosis that they would not remove any clothing, would replace curse words with foods and would not, under any circumstances, be told to make animal noises.

Harris made the hypnotism process look easy.

He played calming music to relax his subjects and made sure that they main- tained eye contact with him while he slowly talked them through a relaxation exercise. This was meant to encourage their brain to produce alpha waves, which creates an environment similar to the state of mind prior to sleep, Harris said.

“All it is relaxation,” Harris said. “One hour under hypnosis is equivalent to getting eight hours of quality sleep,” Harris said. After their time under hypnosis, the participants verified this statement.

“I really feel well rested,” Elder said, despite the extensive amount of activity he performed, including dancing and singing.

Harris’s career in hypnosis began in 1988 with his wife Linda after he had a major health scare.

“Hypnosis really saved my life,” Harris said.

Hypnosis is medically proven to relieve stress, said Harris, who has authored 24 self-help and hypnotherapy books.

Students believed that the participants were really in a stage of hypnosis as well.

“The brain is so susceptible to anything,” freshman Mae Curtis said. “It’s fun and scary.”

Whitworth students were glad to welcome Harris to campus in order to kick off Homecoming with some “good, clean, quality fun!”

 

Melissa Voss

Staff Writer

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mvoss19@my.whitworth.edu