Literary Live Action Clue

A quarter after 7 p.m. last Friday night, about 20 students pulled out their magnifying glasses and detective hats and started searching for clues around the halls of Westminster. Westminster Round hosted the event, and brought the board game to life.  Before the event, Westminster Round members hid cards with names of literary characters, places and weapons around the rooms of Westminster.

Teams of students had seven minutes in each of the eight  rooms to find the cards. Teams could also re-hide cards once they found them and come up with their own team names.

“I’m pretty proud of the one I put in the hand sanitizer dispenser,” junior Lydia Pierson said, a member of the winning team.

Senior Vanessa Henzler said she liked the event because it’s fun to search, find and hide things.

“In elementary school, I was playing hide and seek with my brother and babysitter, and I hid in a shirt rack, behind the shirts,” Henzler said. “I knew at that moment, 'I’m pretty good at this.'”

Although Henzler’s team didn’t win, the “Sneaky Sleuths” was one of the teams to find the most clues. The team “Mystery Machine” guessed two out of three of the right answers.

This was the fourth annual Literary Live Action Clue, said senior Katie Cunningham, Westminster Round president. There have been small refinements made to the game over the years, like designing and printing nicer clue cards and allowing all teams to move the cards in the rooms. Theming the rooms was also not part of the original game.

Each classroom had an image projected on the screen and music playing that fit a certain theme. One room had the character and music from “The Shining,” while another was decorated as the Room of Requirement from “Harry Potter.”

Cunningham and the rest of the Westminster Round team came up with the names for the characters, weapons and rooms.

“We had one meeting where we just hung out in a classroom [to come up with the names]; everyone just shouts stuff out and we vote on what we want to use,” Cunningham said. “It only took about 30 minutes.”

One character card featured “Stately, plump Buck Mulligan,” the first line of the novel “Ulysses,” which is the focus of a class many English majors are currently taking.

“It’s fun because the stuff that we use is kind of reflective of what people are reading in the department that year,” Cunningham said. “In English we have a lot of events that happen every year, but they’re also fresh because different people are reading different books.”

Students got familiar with the department building as well as the reading list.

“Checking out the computers, the white board, creates a relationship with the space and department and breaks down boundaries,” Cunningham said. “I think when you come back to school [after the event] it makes you feel more comfortable with the spaces.”

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

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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.

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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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ASWU fails to comply with ambiguous election rules, holds no re-election

Last Wednesday, the Associated Students of Whitworth University (ASWU) voted not to hold re-elections for campus representatives, despite the unanimous recommendation of the Student Election Committee (SEC) to hold a re-election.

The recommendation from the SEC came after a procedural failure to comply with ambiguous election policies in the ASWU bylaws concerning candidate reference forms.

As a result, the election policies requiring candidates to submit reference forms before general elections are being revised, according to an email sent to the ASWU assembly by ASWU executive vice president Chase Weholt.

In previous elections, write-in candidates were not required to have references submitted to the SEC before general elections.

“The difference about being a write-in is that you only have 24 hours to complete a process that the other people had a whole week to do,” said Bre Lyons, ASWU special events coordinator.

Official candidates, or those students who have their name on the ballot, are required to have their applications turned into the SEC the Friday before primary elections, Weholt said.

In accordance with this policy, freshman Aundrea Temple was prohibited from running for Arend representative in the primary elections as an official candidate because one of her references did not submit the form before the deadline.

“It’s kinda like when you do a group project and the people don’t help out in your group and your grade is determined by their lack of effort,” Temple said.

Temple had formulated a campaign strategy, submitted her application and informed her three references of their role in her application process days before the application had been due, she said. However, because her resident director hadn’t turned in a reference, she was banned from campaigning and only allowed to run as a write-in candidate.

Write-ins have traditionally not been required to have references in by election day.

Although no official grievance was submitted, a concern about the reference form policy was brought to SEC’s attention soon after the primary elections were held: Should official candidates be required to submit three completed reference forms before elections when write-in candidates are not?

Prompted by the concern about the election process, the SEC took a closer look at the election bylaws and realized some of the terms in the bylaws and election information packet were vague, particularly what the word “application” meant, which has now been interpreted to mean both the written component and the three references, Weholt said.

“When we looked at the bylaws, we discovered that there were some discrepancies: write-ins needed to have references,” Weholt said.

According to the current interpretation of ASWU bylaws, both official and write-in candidates must submit references before general elections to run for a representative position.

Three days after general elections, in light of the new information, the SEC, consisting of three ASWU members and four other students, unanimously voted to hold a re-election of the six dorm representative positions.

The Ballard and McMillan and Boppell communities will not have a representative other than their senators this year.

On Oct. 7, nine of the 12 ASWU voting body, compiled of nine senators and three newly elected campus representatives who ran solely against other official candidates, voted to overrule the SEC’s decision.

“I think people are just exhausted with the whole process, that I think we would have been re-doing it for our own sake,” said Lyons, who is not a voting member. “That’s something we talked a lot about: who would we have been benefiting by re-voting? I think it really would have just benefited ASWU and ASWU’s image, and not necessarily the people that ran, or would’ve run.”

Temple said she disagreed that the decision to hold re-elections wouldn’t have benefited the students who ran and would have run again.

“By looking at the situation, [ASWU] could tell it wasn’t a fair situation and to not really do anything about it makes me wonder whats going to happen in the future,” Temple said.

The SEC is currently working to change the electoral process and procedures by requiring applicants to list reference contact information instead of have the references completed and submitted. It will be up to the EVP to contact references when needed, Weholt said. The SEC also plans to make the language clear and consistent throughout the election documents.

“We’ll [ASWU] do whatever we can in our power to make sure elections are to procedure, and we’ll be as inclusive as possible,” ASWU President Justin Botejue said.

Weholt added, “We want to have the print match the principle.”

 

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