Television shapes perceptions of America unfairly

Television is known to bring forth a perception of violence in America—this is not necessarily the case in other countries.

People overthink how much violence permeates our society. We feel unsafe in certain situations when the likelihood of a dangerous situation is actually slim. People from other cultures may not perceive reality as violent because they might not watch as violent of television.

Most television shows portray society negatively with people having cruel intentions and creating certain stereotypes. is solidifies the perceived idea society is violent. In actuality, society is not as cruel and vicious as it seems.

In other countries, television is shown differently than in the U.S. Some international students at Whitworth shared how television influences their cultures and how it com- pares or contrasts to the prominence of television in the United States.

Senior psychology major Marianne Sfeir grew up in Beirut, Lebanon.

“A lot of the television we watch is American produced. In Lebanon, I don’t know the statistics for crime, but I am sure there is plenty of violence,” Sfeir said. “If I were to guess how much crime there is in Lebanon, I would probably overshoot how much violence there is.”

“Most of the television shows we get are from Russia. That might influence how we see the world because it is a biased opinion from Russia,” Olga Kvak, a freshman from Uzbekistan, said, “I don’t think people are that violent [in Uzbekistan].”

Sara Laguna Garcia is an international student from Spain who is studying English at Whitworth.

“I think American TV shows have more violence compared to Spanish ones,” Laguna Garcia said. “What people want to see on TV are things that they don’t have to think about like talk shows or comedies.”

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There is not much television violence in Taiwan, but it is found more on the news, said Martina Cho, a freshman from Taiwan.

“Everyone wants their opinions heard, but no one is really violent,” Cho said.

She does not think Taiwanese society is violent from the influence of television. Crime dramas are one of the most popular television genres, and they often show the most violence.

Crime dramas and genres which tend to portray more violence are the most popular, especially in America because they stimulate and captivate the audience. The most interesting aspect of these cultures were the producers of their television. In Uzbekistan, there was mainly Russian produced television. However, in Lebanon, most of the television is American-produced.

Americans interpret television violence differently than people from other cultures. We think our society is more violent than it truly is because there is so much violence on television.

I do not think we should perceive society as violent. It is not fair to assume people are dangerous when they are not. There is so much violence on television and we eventually start to think people are not as safe as they appear.


Skyler Noble


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Making the decision to not attend parties does not include judging those who do attend

I do not know the first thing about party etiquette, but it is not fair to assume I would judge anyone because they do party.

Recently, my friends invited me to a Halloween party they were hosting. I was put off when someone asked me if I was uncomfortable with their partying. Another asked me: “Do you judge me for partying?” I asked her why she thought I would judge her. She told me how she thought I was uncomfortable with her partying because I do not drink or party like everyone else she knew.

No, I will not judge you. You have a right to do whatever you want, but it is a personal choice of mine not to party. My opinion about partying is different from other people's, but it should not be an issue or affect the friendships I have.

It was never in my best interest in high school to go out and party. My best friends and I devoted our weekend nights to watching movies, going out to eat and having deep conversations which continued late into the night. We never thought about partying because we did not want to drink or talk to people from school who we barely knew. Even if I were to go to one, I would not know the first thing about party protocol. Not everyone has the mindset partying is bad. It can be a great way to meet new people and form relationships.

Personally, I choose not to party because I think there are other ways to have fun. There should not be an automatic assumption I will judge someone because they choose to party. If people do not judge me for my lack of partying, then it is safe to assume I will not judge them because of their partying.


Skyler Noble


Walking alone: Women take precautions at Whitworth to ensure safety

It is dark and I am alone as I walk to my car. Keys in hand and hyperaware of my surroundings, I think: “Maybe I should have listened to Grandma when she told me to keep bear spray on my keychain.”

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“Women are at far greater risk than men for stalking victimization,” according to the “Women in America,” a report written by White House officials. Both boys and girls are taught at a young age to not talk to strangers or to walk without a buddy. Yet, as adults, women have to maintain these rules because they are targeted more often than men. There are many horror stories about women being abducted in parking lots when they are alone. Women do not want to be the next news headline or on the next missing persons flier. An instinct forms in the back of women’s minds as they choose their potential method of defense.

Typically, I will hold my keys in my hand or I will park under a safety camera conveniently attached to a street light. If I happen to be with one of my guy friends, I will ask him to escort me to my car, just in case. In addition to those strategies, I will call my mother if I have to walk a longer distance so if something does happen, she will know and call for help.

Each woman has a different safety precaution looming in the back of her mind when walking alone. The Whitworthian conducted a survey to see what those precautions might be for women on campus. Men are not taught to be hyper-vigilant because they are not seen as being helpless. On the other hand, women have to worry more about their perceived vulnerability being taken advantage of.

A stranger can strike at any time and it is in a woman’s best interest to be somewhat prepared for a situation such as this. Though we live in the safety and comfort of the Pinecone Curtain, a potential danger is possible.


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Clubs should promote activities to increase interest

When I walk around campus, I do not see many flyers relating to the clubs on campus. Did you know that there is a fly fishing club at Whitworth? How about the Alzheimer’s club?

I probably would not have known about them if I didn’t look into the ASWU website. We do not hear much about the clubs on campus. Yet, they have the funding to inform the community about what they do on and off campus. Clubs do not take advantage of their ability to advertise and they do not tap into their full attendance potential.

There are myriad clubs that have been established at our school; however, most of them do not advertise their meetings or their existence in general. ASWU sets aside money in the school’s budget especially for clubs and I do not see them use that money for any sort of promotion. Every once in awhile I will get an “ASWU Announces” email that elaborates a special event a club is hosting. However, that does not tell me the purpose of the club or its significance to the Whitworth community. In addition, most people will look past these emails because they deem them as junk mail. Clubs should make a thoughtful effort to reach out to students in their spare time and express their values and beliefs.

Clubs that have been established for long periods of time know how to attract students to their meetings. One of these clubs is En Christo. I constantly receive emails from its members about their meetings and its relevance to the Whitworth and Spokane communities. Clubs that know how to organize and attract new members know how to use their funds, which will in turn attract even more members. Recently, I got an email from En Christo that explains what time the group meets and what they do at each meeting. In addition to this, the En Christo team took the time to tape notes on dorm room doors. These notes read, “Love on Spokane by making sandwiches and delivering them to some pretty awesome folks.” This line sparks interest in potential members through an invitation to see what the club stands for.

More clubs at our school should take initiative and advertise their meetings and special events. Club awareness should be spread not only through email, but through posters as well. They can use their budget that to invite students who are unaware of the club.

I am typically unaware of what’s going on with clubs. My ASWU emails will get sent to my junk mail or I will skim my inbox to look for emails that need immediate attention. I would love to hear more about what the clubs have to offer and when they meet. Students should learn more about the clubs that do not receive as much attention. I’m sure the community would like to know when the Mission Club, the Longboard Club or the Political Science club meets; however, there is rarely information about how to get involved in the variety of clubs that serve Whitworth.


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Students underprepared for active shooter scenario

The shooting at Umpqua Community College was a tragedy and I am heartbroken for anyone affected by this horrible situation. This disaster did spur a thought in my mind: Would Whitworth be prepared if there was a state of emergency on campus?

I am not educated about what to do if an active shooter enters campus. Even though Whitworth conducts a few active shooter response drills per year, I do not believe many people would know how to handle a situation such as the one in Roseburg, Oregon.

This past Friday, there were two more deadly campus shootings. One shooting at Northern Arizona University and another at Texas Southern University. There were many people wounded and one student in each shooting was killed. I approve of the fact that there is no tolerance for violence at Whitworth. But, people tend to break rules and in those cases mentioned above, gun violence broke out in the midst of aggressive arguments. Students here are encouraged to check out the safety procedures in an event of any campus emergency. Yet, do students actually research our campus’ safety information?

A campus emergency is a sensitive subject, but it is necessary to learn the survival tips for the safety and welfare of the community. Seattle Pacific University had an active shooter a few years ago and they now have detailed emergency outlines in their syllabus. I have a friend who attends SPU and she said professors are required to go over the emergency information in case such a tragedy were to strike again.

Looking into the Campus Security Report on the Whitworth University website, I found that there is a section about active shooters. It is recommended that members of the Whitworth community take a few minutes to watch a “nationally recognized” active shooter information video. I think it should be required, not recommended. The video would equip the Whitworth community with the knowledge of how to escape a dangerous situation.

We are given scenarios throughout active shooter drills, but this delicate topic varies on the context of the situation. Where do I go if I am outdoors and a shooter comes on campus? What if I am in the same building as the shooter? What happens if there is a threat in a heavily crowded area? These are some important questions I would like to know the answer to if Whitworth was caught in the same situation as SPU or Umpqua Community College.

I can recall one of the active shooter drills last year. The scenario sent to us through email and text message said that the fake shooter would be at Dixon hall and we were told to stay wherever we were because the buildings would be on lockdown. I do not think many people took this drill seriously. Several people went off campus to avoid this drill because it cut into their daily routine and it was not deemed valuable to those who escaped the learning experience. No one realizes the importance of this safety information. Whitworth is usually a safe environment, but we are vulnerable with the lack of safety information.

An active shooter scenario is relatively rare. Yet, I would hope that all of us would have the knowledge of how to handle and react to such a haunting situation. It would be in our community’s best interest to know how to support those affected in any threatening campus emergency. Students should be more aware of what to do in a campus emergency because, at this point, no one realizes how important our safety is.


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Nursing program encourages students to succeed

Nursing is arguably one of the more difficult majors on campus, and I can see why. Whitworth students work hard to receive the education they need in order to get accepted into the WSU nursing school. Yet, despite the competition and difficulties often associated with the program, I think the way Whitworth handles their nursing students is extraordinary with the program’s added academic flexibility.

It is a fact that Whitworth students compete against one another to be one of only a few who get accepted into the WSU nursing school each term. What is not as obvious is that having a smaller class of nursing students’ means more will get accepted.

“Knowing that we have such a small number of students has actually worked to our benefit and we have come out ahead,” said Mike Ediger, associate professor of health science.

Roughly 15 percent of nursing students from Eastern Washington University, Washington State University and Whitworth University get accredited into the 92 seat program at WSU nursing. There are only a few Whitworth students who apply to the WSU nursing school per term, and even fewer actually get accepted.

However, most Whitworth students who are denied acceptance after their first application typically get accepted after a second or third attempt.

The point behind this is that students will be granted access if they keep trying. My initial thought was that if someone wants to be a nurse and he or she is good at what they do, shouldn’t that person be accepted?

After some research and talking to Ediger, I found that it wouldn’t be fair to the other schools if they took the best of the best from all the schools. As an alternative, however, Whitworth succeeds in giving options to those students who don’t get accepted the first time. They can achieve a four year degree in health science or community health, and then apply to the nursing school when they are done.

“Because of the flexibility we have, it allows students to stay here and pursue what they want and apply whenever they are ready to,” Ediger said.

As much work as it is to be a nursing student at Whitworth, it seems that the program here provides many options for students if they do not get accepted their first attempt. After learning this information, I can see the Whitworth nursing program is not as intimidating as it seems on the surface.


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Parking challenges for students

Note:  Corrections were made to this story, which previously claimed that staff of the Whitworth Presbyterian Church were distributing the notes. This is untrue; the notes came from university officials with no affiliation to the church. The Whitworthian apologizes for this error, and thanks Faith Alderete, director of operations at Whitworth Presbyterian, for making the correction.  

Parking on Whitworth campus has become a stressor to many students and staff. With the ongoing construction of the music building, many people are becoming more and more frustrated with the lack of parking. It’s becoming a campus-wide inconvenience.

With the limited resident parking by Warren Hall due to construction, many residents and staff have to adjust where they park their cars. Some may park across the street or in a different lot, causing other student residents and staff members with cars to park places further away from their dorms and classrooms.

“Our original anticipation was that the construction of the music building would be a burden to students who lived on the west side of campus,” said ASWU President, Justin Botejue.

Though I don’t have a car myself, I have friends who come back to campus after a trip to the store and spend a good five minutes trying to find a spot in the B1 or B2 parking lots. The lack of parking forces students to park either in the “no overnight visitor parking” or the Whitworth Presbyterian Church lot. Students and staff should not have to stress about where they are going to park whenever they want to leave or come back to campus.

With the increase of students parking in these typically “No Parking” areas, university staff are distributing notes that read, “WHITWORTH STUDENTS MAY NOT PARK IN THIS LOT. PLEASE FIND THE APPROPRIATE STUDENT LOT. IN THE FUTURE, YOUR VEHICLE MAY BE CITED OR TOWED IF PARKED HERE.”

But where is the appropriate lot anymore? If students attempt to park in the no overnight for a night, they will get a parking violation citation. We shouldn’t have to worry about receiving such violations if there is a parking obstruction.

Additionally, off-campus students are struggling to find parking for the little time they spend on campus per day. Some people have been riding their bikes to school to avoid the parking conflict, but what will they do when they have to get to their classes in snowy and cold weather conditions?

“Students have to register their vehicles. Whitworth has more parking than what the county requires for an institution this size. The thing is that it’s not very convenient,” Botejue said. “When students register their vehicles, they have to park in a certain area across campus. Security can better enforce this if students register their cars.”

Hopefully the parking issue won’t be as prevalent as the year progresses. But for now, it is a major inconvenience to everyone on campus, not just the student residents.


Skyler Noble


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