"Ask a Neighbor" series gives students an opportunity to learn about other faiths

Students gathered Tuesday night in the HUB Multipurpose Room for the “Ask a Neighbor” discussion, an opportunity for students to engage in an interfaith dialogue with Darrell Moseley, Spokane Washington Stake President for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Moseley joined the church at age 18, and has since then become a leader in the church.

Moseley was chosen to be a stake president last June. As a stake president, Moseley is the leader of the Spokane wards, which are congregations grouped together geographically.

The students in attendance asked Moseley questions and listened as he shared the beliefs and practices of his church.

The conversation covered a wide range of topics relevant to the Latter-day Saints faith including ward boundaries, drinking caffeine, gender roles in the church, diversity, missions, scripture and more. One audience member asked Moseley to talk about the temple of their church.

“We look at the temple as another place of worship,” Moseley said. “It’s reserved; not all members of the church can go there, only those who pay the highest devotions to the church, who are in tune with everything the church is doing, obeying all the commandments, and the covenants, are welcome to go in the temple.”

Moseley later explained that temple access is determined through an interview process with a bishop and stake president of the church. Members who meet the requirements are given a temple recommend card, which gives them access to the temple for two years assuming they stay true to the commandments.

“The gospel of Jesus Christ is all about repentance,” Moseley said. “If someone does something wrong that would cause them to lose their temple recommend, they should go to their bishop, who would work through the repentance process with them and get them back their temple recommend.”

The discussion was the first event of the “Know your Neighbors” interfaith dialogue series launched this spring. The series allows Whitworth students to actively engage with people of other faiths from around the Spokane community.

The event is coordinated by Ross Watts, Whitworth director of service learning and community engagement, and campus pastor Mindy Smith.

“One of things that we were interested to do was to create a space on campus where students could learn a little bit about other faiths because that might reduce some of the fear of the unknown,” Watts said.

The long-term plan for the series is that students will begin with “Ask a Neighbor,” which are on-campus discussions with people of other faiths from churches around the Spokane community, and then attend “Meet your Neighbors,” events with the Spokane Interfaith Council, which offers open houses at places of worship around Spokane, and then finally “Be a Neighbor,” which would ask students to complete a service project with people of different faiths.

“The series is a set of opportunities for Whitworth students to engage with somebody from a different faith and become comfortable around them,” Watts said. The next “Ask a Neighbor” discussion will be Tuesday, April 19, at 8 a.m. in the HUB chambers. Students will have the chance to speak with Amer Ahmed, an intercultural diversity consultant, about his Islamic faith.

 

Contact Kailee Carneau at kcarneau17@my.whitworth.edu

It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad basketball court: Basketball season begins with Monday Madness and a midnight win

On Monday, Nov. 9, the Whitworth community gathered in the Fieldhouse to kick off Monday Madness for the 2015-16 basketball season for both women and men’s basketball. The men’s team also took on La Verne in a midnight showdown, Friday morning, coming out with a 87-80 victory for the first game of the season.

The stands were packed on Monday as students and faculty crowded into the Fieldhouse to experience Monday Madness. Associated Students of Whitworth University Sports Events/Tour- naments Coordinator Bailey Kasler and ASWU Activities Coordinator Bailey Vallee were the emcees for the night, leading the crowd in multiple activities.

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To start off the night, the Whitworth version of “Downtown” by Macklemore was shown featuring all the sports teams. Soon after, the players from both the men’s and the women’s teams were introduced along with their positions. Free pizza and donuts followed and led into a “bump” tournament with a player versus a friend they had previously chosen.

A dunking competition came later in the night, with three players from the men’s team showing the crowd their skills and receiving scores from a panel of esteemed professors. Bouncy ball musical chairs continued to be a crowd favorite similar to last year’s Midnight Madness. At end the night, more donuts and pizza were passed out and everyone received a free T-shirt.

“Monday Madness got me pumped for basketball season,” sophomore Kathryn Bischo said. “I am so ready now, I want to go to all the games and cheer everyone on.

All of this was in anticipation for Friday’s season opener against the La Verne Leopards. The game tipped off at 12:01 a.m., the earliest possible starting time for NCAA division III schools. The Pirates built a strong 18-point lead in the rst half but were challenged when the Leopards fought back with strong shooting. Whitworth was able to ght back and ended the half with a 42-37 lead.

“La Verne shot the ball really well,” Pirates’ head coach Matt Logie said. “Even when we played good defense some of those shots still went in. That can be defeating, but I think our guys handled it well and kept attacking on offense.”

The Pirates continued to battle throughout the second half but struggled with La Verne’s three point shooting. This took the Leopards to a 69-67 trail to the Pirates with just 3:22 left in the half. Whitworth then took control with a 7-0 run, finishing out the game with a 87-80 victory over the Leopards.

“La Verne shot really well and I thought that we played well also,” senior guard Derek Isaak said. “They continued to make shots and make it tough. Overall, I thought we played well and did what we needed to do to get the win.”

“I was proud of our guys for battling through some adversity,” Coach Logie said. “It was a typical first game of the year with some ups and downs and momentum swings but we really relied on our leadership and our experience.”

Senior guard George Valle led the scoring finishing with 29 points and 10 rebounds, just one point shy of his career high. Junior guard Kenny Love finished with 24 points and junior Christian Jurlina contributed 17 points.

“George Valle was terrific all night long and gave us energy while tearing up the paint with offensive rebounds,” Logie said. “Christian [Jurlina], Kenny [Love], and Matt [Staudacher], all the guys that had been there before were really solid and I thought that everyone made a contribution.”

The Pirates take on Caltech on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Fieldhouse.

 

McKinley Powers

Staff Writer

Contact McKinley Powers at

mpowers18@my.whitworth.edu

Poetry and Pie: Students gathered for a night of pie and self-expression

The coffee shop opened to students and faculty ready to share stanzas and dessert on Nov. 13 . Students shared their work, with topics ranging from grandfathers to Italian plums to small moments that would be otherwise forgotten.

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On Friday evening students gathered in the Mind and Hearth to share their thoughts and ideas through poetry. Along with poetry, the event hosted by English department club Westminster Round featured blueberry, apple and pumpkin pie.

Senior Hannah Cobb has attended Poetry and Pie three times prior to this year, and has always enjoyed hearing what peers and faculty read, she said.

This year, she read her poetry aloud for the rst time at the event.

“[Reading] was terrifying," Cobb said. I had never done this before...this is me kind of forcing myself out of my comfort zone a little bit to share it.”

Cobb draws inspiration for her poems through moments she notices, she said. Poetry and Pie is a time for her not just to express her thoughts, but to hear everyone else’s, she said.

“I just love hearing what everyone else is thinking,” Cobb said. “I think poems are such an honest re ection of yourself and who you are and what’s going on in your brain.”

Some of the poets touched on serious subjects, but other works brought laughter to the coffee shop. One such poem by English professor Fred Johnson expressed a list of 10 situations a possum might find itself in, which had students chuckling all the way through.

The event also featured poet Cathy Bobb, wife of English professor Vic Bobb, who shared a handful of poems reflecting on tragedies in her life and on her family’s struggles with mental illness.

Freshman Ainsley Detwiler attended the event, and liked Cathy Bobb’s work for the background and depth that she put into her poetry, along with the eerie feeling Detwiler got after hearing some of the poems, Detwiler said. Cathy Bobb’s work also features a favorite, titled “The Politics of Pie,” where Cathy Bobb makes a pie for her family, but continuously eats it, making up excuses for each new helping.

Detwiler was also impressed by the unintimidating atmosphere the audience created.

“It was really relaxed...the people surrounding were very nonjudgmental, if anything they were really encouraging,” Detwiler said. “It was all around very welcoming and cozy and supportive.”

 

Meghan Foulk

Staff Writer

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meghanfoulk19@my.whitworth.edu

Brett Moser inspires teammates to be #MoserStrong

Sports have always been an important part of sophomore Brett Moser’s life. Playing sports, watching sports, learning and diving into a sport was and still is something that brings Moser happiness.

“Sports mean everything to me; sports are my life,” Moser said. “If I’m not playing, I’m watching. If I’m not watching, I’m on the ESPN app just looking stu up and trying to learn more.”

Playing both football and baseball at Moses Lake High School, Moser racked up quite a few awards and recognitions. His junior year of football, he was awarded first-team wide receiver and first-team in baseball as a shortstop. His senior year he was awarded first-team and all-state in football and baseball and was also a team captain in both.

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“I’ve been playing baseball since I can remember,” Moser said. “With football I’ve been playing since...third grade.”

Moser was excited to come to Whitworth and get the opportunity to play both the sports he devoted a large part of his life to in high school. However, toward the end of his freshman year of college, on his dad’s birthday, Moser headed to the doctor after discovering a lump on his stomach. After getting it checked and tested, the doctor concluded that it was a tumor touching a renal artery. Moser was then sent to Seattle for further testing in search of a further diagnosis.

“I had really good doctors who were able to gure out what it was very quickly,” Moser said. “They found out it was testicular [cancer].”

With this diagnosis, Moser started a nine-week journey with chemotherapy. Throughout those nine weeks, chemo was distributed in three sessions—each a full week long lasting four hours— each day. For the remaining two weeks, the chemo would be every Monday for three hours. Moser went into surgery a couple of weeks after this routine. The purpose of the 10 hour surgery was to remove the cancer and a kidney.

Head football coach Rod Sandberg spoke highly of Moser and the things that Moser has personally taught him.

“Brett is so positive and strong-willed,” Sandberg said. “He also has an incredible amount of confidence. It is hard for us to imagine what he has gone through at such a young age, but his confidence is inspiring to all of us and to take his perspective is important to our entire team.”

Since the surgery, Moser has been on a low fat diet and regaining his strength now that he is cancer free.

“It’s gone and there is a 98 percent chance that it won’t come back,” Moser said. “Going from being able to do stuff everyday to barely being able to walk and getting fatigued so easily has probably been my biggest struggle in this.”

Moser spoke highly about his two teams which were his main support systems. During his freshman year at Whitworth, Moser played football and baseball, contributing to both teams in important ways.

“It’s so awesome to have so many people supporting me; it really helps,” Moser said. “It’s really cool because some of my closest friends are on the football team so I get a lot of support from them and even the coaches. During one of my chemo sessions, Sandberg and his family came down and hung out with me so that was really appreciated.”

The football team has made Moser an important part of their mindset this season by starting the hashtag #MoserStrong and printing it on the back of their team shirts. The baseball team has also been keeping Moser in their thoughts by wearing bracelets during their preseason.

“‘Moser Strong’ is a vivid reminder to take some perspective in our everyday lives,” Sandberg said. “It is a reminder that life is bigger than school and football, that there are many things more important than all those things. He is so strong and such an inspiration to us. He is inspiring us everyday and we keep ‘Moser Strong’ as a reminder to us of his inspiration.”

Moser plans to return to play both football and baseball next year. His teammates are excited to get him back, but also are thankful for the lessons Moser has taught them through this journey.

“He has had such a great spirit throughout all of this,” sophomore JT Phelan said. Phelan plays both football and baseball with Moser and describes him as “hilarious, caring, and a punk.”

Moser has not only been an inspiration to his friends and relatives, but has inspired an entire team and community to be “Moser Strong.”

 

McKinley Powers

Staff Writer

Contact McKinley Powers at

mpowers18@my.whitworth.edu

Men’s soccer remains undefeated against Whitman

The men’s soccer team came off the field with a 2-0 win over the Whitman Missionaries on Saturday, Oct. 10. The Pirates (10-0-1) continue to lead the Northwest Conference and are ranked third in the most recent national Division III polls.

The Pirates came out eager to continue their successful season. The defense was able to maintain a strong and consistent line of stops as they worked to lead the Pirates to their eighth consecutive shutout of the season. The Pirates’ attacking players were able to make the opportunities created by the defense count by capitalizing with two goals.

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“Our guys made it difficult for them to create the overall chance to score,” head coach Morgan Cathey said. “It was a great performance top to bottom for our guys.”

Senior forward Karl Muelheims gave the Pirates an early lead by scoring within the first 10 minutes of the first half. Muelheims fought through several defenders in the box before scoring from five-yards out into the lower left corner of the goal. This marks Muelheims’ ninth goal of the season, leading the conference.

“With a solid defense it allows for the forwards to be more free and create chances and get into advanced positions,” Muelheims said.

The Pirates finished out the half with 10 shots on goal and three saves by junior goalkeeper Timmy Costa.

“Starting at the back, our defense is very new this year for the most part,” Cathey said. “Besides Timmy, all of the players have just started playing at those positions this year. To have all of the players new to the system and new to each other, we are very proud on how we have handled every situation.”

The Pirates started the second half strong and determined to maintain their lead. Ju- nior forward Rylan Berriman scored 10 minutes into the half, putting the Pirates’ lead to 2-0 over the Missionaries. Berriman received the ball from the midfield and took a shot from the right side, resulting in a goal. Whitworth then finished the game with an additional six shots on goal.

“We played well today and got the win,” Berriman said. “Our focus on being excellent is really evident. We can’t wait to get some revenge on George Fox next Saturday.”

After playing the Bruins earlier this season, the Pirates tied 1-1 after two overtimes. This is the only mark on their season that Whitworth hasn’t come out with a win.

“We have hit the halfway point in conference games so now we go back and play all these teams again,” Cathey said. “Throughout this next round we are really working on being in the NCAA tournament and in order to do that we have to win the conference. We are in front right now and we just have to stay there. We want to make a big impact in the tournament this year.”

The Pirates will continue to play at home as they take on the George Fox Bruins next Saturday, Oct. 17.

 

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Staff Writer

Contact McKinley Powers at

mpowers18@my.whitworth.edu