Over 200 students attend Second Chance Prom dance

On Saturday night over 200 Whitworth students traveled to the historic Bozarth Mansion and Retreat Center, to attend “Second Chance Prom.” The event was sponsored by ASWU. The Bozarth Mansion was purchased by Gonzaga University in 1963 and is now an event center. Sophomores Scott Bingham and Madeline Misterek enjoyed the ambiance of the location and the dancing.

“It’s wonderful here, I love the vintage feel of the mansion, and we got to see the sunset right when we got here,” Misterek said. “There are lots of great people, and it’s a fun place because we even got to go outside and dance too.”

The two especially enjoyed getting to dance to the Wobble and the Stanky Leg.

“I like the wobble because there’s already moves, so I don’t have to come up with my own, and I am not very good at dancing so that’s nice,” Misterek said. “We even looked up a YouTube video and our instructor, Randy was his name, taught us how to do the Stanky Leg.”

“We were actually practicing the Stanky Leg just for this night, so we could get our groove on," Bingham said. Bingham and Misterek both hope to see this event or events like it continued on in the future.

“Its nice to have it off campus,  but still close by,” Misterek said.

Freshman Christina Locatelli also attended the dance and enjoyed being at such a unique location with so many people.

“I think it has been fun, there are a lot of people here. I was surprised,” Locatelli said. “It's beautiful, it’s a great location, gorgeous view and gorgeous building.”

The event was planned by several dorm senators and ASWU special events coordinator Bre Lyons. Sophomore and Boppell senator Norma Heredia helped plan and set up for the event.

“It’s so great to see the students having fun, looking beautiful, and especially seeing how the year is going to be over and finals are coming up and the stress level is soon going to go up," Heredia said.

The historic location and the free event attracted many students both from on and off-campus.

“The minute I walked in, all I heard was positive reviews,” Heredia said. "I am just glad to see everybody all dressed up, and looking happy, because that was the original intent.”

Another student integral in planning the dance was sophomore Ballard senator Rachel Henson.

“We realized that students really like having bigger dances and off campus events, especially the on campus students, because they don’t always have opportunities to get off for Whitworth-sponsored events, so a whole group of ASWU dorm senators came together and decided it was something we wanted to do,” Henson said.

There have been off-campus dances in recent years, but this is the first time in three years that “prom” was brought back and the first time having a Whitworth event at the Bozarth Mansion.

Thanks to the work of the dorm senators and Lyons, the event was subsidized by ASWU and was free of charge for students.


Kailee Carneau Staff Writer

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"The Space Between" showcases senior art

Last Tuesday marked the opening day for the 2016 senior exhibition, “The Space Between.” Located in the Bryan Oliver gallery inside of the Lied Arts Center, "The Space Between" exhibit is a compilation of works from Whitworth senior visual art students. The show features a wide variety of projects, including a wire installation, graphic designs, screen prints, paintings, photographs and even an artist book. Before graduating seniors are asked to come up with a final project that reflects both their time at Whitworth and their chosen field of study.

Senior art and psychology major Christina Dobbins prepared a four-panel mixed media work, a painted photograph of a bustling city on canvas. Using a photograph and a gel medium, Dobbins transferred the black and white photo to the canvases and then painted over selected parts of the image with oil paint.

“I am from the San Francisco area, California, so I came up with the idea from some pictures I took of street life when I was home,” Dobbins said. “I really like the busyness of cities, and the diversity of people in them, and so that's where I got the idea.”

Dobbins' work is neither fully a photograph nor fully a painting, but rather it is a unique combination.

Senior Britney Baker chose to share both her love for photography and for her older sister. For her project, she displayed a series of photographs that she took of her sister and her husband titled, “The Story of Them.”

“The pictures on the wall is a storyline of my sister and the few big moments that have happened in her life so far, her getting engaged, her newborn pictures and having her first child.”

Additionally, Baker put together a book of photographs she has taken that the viewer is invited to flip through to experience her style of photography.

“The book is a compilation of all the things I have been recently working on,” Baker said. “I wanted the book to be a product I would be able to show to clients in the future.”

Senior Jeff Skaggs’ work “Aging Process” is made of six similar but slightly different labels on aging bottles of wine, to show the evolution of his knowledge and skills as a graphic design major and his aging process.

“My work...is my reflection on the change throughout my collegiate career, a change as a person, and now I am getting ready to enter the workforce and what we would classify as the ‘real world,’” Skaggs said. “It’s a change and a progression, so it’s an aging process, and that’s why I labeled it that.”

The faculty in the art department work to equip and discuss with their students the reality of life after college, but not without presenting some healthy challenges for them along the way.

Dobbins’ challenge has been juggling a psychology and art major, and trying to navigate life after Whitworth.

“I’m a psychology and art major, so it has been interesting trying to balance the two, and figuring out what I want to do,” Dobbins said. “We have some really good professors, that are always willing to help talk through things and come up with ideas, so that’s been really helpful.”

Growing as an artist and a person at Whitworth has proven to be sometimes difficult for Baker.

“It’s definitely been a bumpy road at times, I have learned a lot about myself,” Baker said. “[The professors] really push you to do your best and they push you sometimes when you don’t want to be pushed, but they do anyways, and I am better artist because of that.”

Skaggs has been challenged to grow his knowledge in areas beyond his major and. “I have felt really happy here at Whitworth,” Skaggs said. “I am really thankful that I didn't just spend all my time dedicated in one specific area, because then I feel like I wouldn’t have had the knowledge and skills to apply other areas into my work.”

The artwork of these seniors and their classmates will be on display in the Bryan Oliver Gallery from now until May 21.


Kailee Carneau Staff Writer

Freshman Jira Hammond interprets senior Annie Feuerstein’s piece titled “Set Time, Face Self”.

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"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

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History: A black perspective

Courses that include narratives of historically marginalized groups are offered as electives and not part of core curriculum, said Kellie Carter Jackson, Ph.D. Members of the Whitworth community gathered Feb. 23 to listen to Jackson speak on why black perspectives matter in history.Jackson is a 19th-century historian and was a Harvard College Fellow in the department of African & African American studies before she became a history professor at Hunter College, City University of New York. For students who do not study history, the African American figures that they recognize are limited to maybe two per century, which is a problem, Jackson said. “I’m always asking students, pay attention to perspective,” Jackson said. “Pay attention to what’s being included. Pay attention to what’s not being included.” Jackson gave a brief overview of the black perspective of history. Instead of speaking about the Atlantic slave trade, Jackson spoke about Mansa Musa. Musa was not only the richest African to ever live, but the richest person. Yet, students often do not learn about the kingdoms of Africa before colonization began, Jackson said. Several presidents of the country were slaveholders who made their livelihood by owning tobacco plantations, Jackson said. George Washington lived in Virginia, the largest slave-owning colony. By the end of his lifetime he had 300 slaves. “While [George Washington] is fighting for liberty and freedom16 of his slaves run away and he sends out slave catchers to find them,” Jackson said. “While he’s fighting for liberty and freedom he’s hiring slave catchers to bring back his slaves.” Jackson spoke about the Haitian revolution and how it is rarely discussed. Those enslaved in Haiti started a rebellion to overturn slavery and they won. That was a transformative moment because slaves fought against their enslavement and won freedom for themselves, Jackson said. How they fought and how the Haitian slaves fought to create the first black nation spread throughout the Western Hemisphere. “It’s the only revolution because they actually free their slaves. They actually abolish slavery,” Jackson said. Junior Austriauna Brooks attended the event because she was interested in hearing a black woman’s perspective since it is usually the male perspective. “I think a lot of people are going to leave mad,” Brooks said. “You know, there are a couple things that people can do with that. One, you have a conversation about it with other people who live in this perspective or they’re just going to stay ignorant about things. Some people will take away from the perspective but be passive about the issue at hand.” Jackson also talked about the Underground Railroad and how Harriet Tubman played a crucial role in the railroad, but how William Still was the father of the Underground Railroad. In his lifetime he helped over 800 people, Jackson said. Senior Kamau Chege attended the event because he saw the posters for the lecture around campus and was interested in hearing from Jackson. “I think with most of these things, [people will] come, they’ll listen and then they’ll dismiss it,” Chege said. Skipping to the 19th century, the Plessy v. Ferguson case resulted in the creation of separate but equal legislation. Segregation does not just create separation; it creates a negative connotation with being black and it tells white people that they are special and better, Jackson said. The black doll test implemented by psychologist Kiri Davis in 1954 showed a damaging psychological effect on black children. When black children were presented with a black doll and a white doll and asked which was the bad doll, they pointed to the black one. For all the positive questions asked, the children largely pointed to the white doll and pointed to the black doll for all the negatives questions asked. “It’s so disturbing because even at a young age…you don’t have to tell students, you don’t have to tell children who’s the smart race, who’s the pretty race because every sign is pointing to them,” Jackson said. “And it shows the damages of being white and the damages of being black.” Since apps like Yik Yak give users the opportunity to stay anonymous, ignorance in the Whitworth community is shown, Brooks said. People are comfortable with that anonymity. However, students didn’t engage with a student leader last year to talk about the conversations around a sit-in that several students held when that conversation was offered. “Whenever [Whitworth students]  have to be uncomfortable with conversations like this, that’s something that they don’t want to do,” Chege said. "Either they don’t have that conversation to begin with or quickly change the subject.”


Krystiana Morales Staff Writer

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Preparing for emergencies

At the end of Chapel service last Thursday, an estimated over 200 students, staff and faculty sat in silence behind locked doors and closed windows as messages broadcasted across campus from phones, emails and Blue Light poles. The lockdown drill allowed security and facilities to test a large group of peoples’ response to an emergency in a controlled setting. “I think the drills are a huge step forward to prepare students,” Chris Eichorst, director of facilities, said.

After last semester’s drill a survey was sent to students, staff and faculty asked for feedback and comments on where participants were during the time of the drill and how individuals responded.


Over 500 people responded to the survey, and of those who answered the question, 32 percent said they were notified of the drill through the RAVE text messages closely followed by the Blue Light audio broadcasts.

Despite the effectiveness of the RAVE system, Eichorst says the university does not solely rely on the alert system and acknowledges the delays between cellphone carriers.

“RAVE is probably not our primary means of notifications; obviously it is if you’re off campus, or if you’re not in a building with an IP clock,” Eichorst said. “Because of that, that’s why we put the IP clocks and use the Blue Light, because they are a lot more reliable and we can count on them.”

Last Thursday’s drill involved coordination and planning to choose a time that would test the emergency system and the Whitworth community under new circumstances in order to combat “drill fatigue” a worry Eichorst’s department has that students and staff have become unresponsive to drills.

“Training creates good habits; it creates a response and a reaction that you don’t have to create or think of,” Eichorst said. “So that’s what we’re after, is so people get used to it.”

In early November, Eichorst and the university’s emergency response team carried out a table top scenario in which a disaster struck campus. Labeled “Ice Storm II” after the immense ice storm of 1996, the exercise played through how facilities, security and other departments would respond to power outages, the need to feed students and possible student relocation.


Ten days later, half of campus lost power, students, staff and faculty were fed for days by Sodexo and multiple dorms were rehoused due to the windstorm of Nov. 17.

“We used all the tools we had,” Eichorst said, adding that University Communications and President Beck Taylor also helped communicate to students and staff through social media, a medium Eichorst hopes to utilize more in the future.

While emergency decisions were made in the following days, ASWU President Justin Botejue believes students were left out of the conversation as neither he nor ASWU Executive Vice President Chase Weholt were contacted.

“They did not have any direct student consultation with policies moving forward and we recognize it was a time of an emergency, but ASWU would definitely like to stress the importance of having the student voice in any crisis,” Botejue said.

A survey has been sent via email and Pirate Port for students, staff and faculty to give feedback on last week’s lockdown drill.









Karlin Andersen

News Editor

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"This Whitworth Life" gives Whitworthians a place to share

STU_9797 “Community” is a huge buzz word at Whitworth. However, sometimes parts of the Whitworth community go unnoticed. There are the students, the professors, trustees, the cafeteria workers, custodians and many other staff members who all make up the community. Everyone shares the experience of being at Whitworth, but everyone has different stories that define them.

Sharing these stories is what the third annual “This Whitworth Life: Whitworth’s Untold Stories” strove to do on Wed., Dec 5.


A project of English professor Nicole Sheets’ Creative Nonfiction class, “This Whitworth Life” was inspired by NPR’s journalistic non-fiction show “This American Life.” In a similar fashion, the goal of the event is to bring together diverse Whitworthians and build community through the sharing of stories.

“We use that word ‘community’ a lot, but this project [is] a way to really contribute and develop that, so we [do] not just know the faces and names, but about people who [are] in our community,” Sheets said.

The event in the MPR drew in a large audience of Whitworthians and community members, including President Beck Taylor. Eight pre-selected students, staff and faculty members shared their stories, often reflecting on past memories full of bittersweetness, vulnerability and grief.

Senior Molly Daniels reflected on childhood summers spent at her grandparents’ cabin, specifically one where her parents planned a pirate-themed trip, complete with wooden raft and their own treasure chests to paint, Daniels said. The memories were nostalgic for her, as the family cabin was sold and she cannot return to relive her memories.

“[My story] touches on how painful it is to remember things that you can’t ever revisit,” Daniels said. “I feel that people don’t talk enough about how painful it is to have those memories and know that you’re never going to have any kind of contact with them again.”

Sheets got the idea for the event after attending a similar one put on by Gonzaga University featuring individuals involved with all different aspects of the school, and wanted to emulate the experience back to Whitworth in order to bring empathy and compassion to our own campus, Sheets said.

“One of the goals too is to have people from a cross section of the university,” Sheets said. “I’ve had a trustee, I’ve had a custodian, there are so many people that work here and are a part of this community that I just don’t know. I benefit from what they do, but I don’t know them and I don’t know anything about them.”

The event is made unique as the stories shared are from Whitworth voices. Everyone has their own unique experiences, but there is the shared experience that comes from all being at Whitworth in one way or another, Daniels said.

“You learn so much about people,” Daniels said. “You learn about the horrible, tragic experiences that they’ve had, or their moments of struggle or the things that have made them as strong as they are today, the things that have affected them.”

Sheets sees the event as an opportunity to look past the assumptions we make about people, and wants those who have heard the stories shared will see that people are far more complex and that there are a lot of details that we do not know about them, Sheets said.

“The idea that what you may think of someone without getting to know them isn’t the correct idea,” Daniels said. “You don’t know what they’ve gone through, you don’t know what’s built them up over the years, and it’s important to hear those stories.”


Meghan Foulk

Staff Writer

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Alumni musicians perform

Many Whitworth graduates have gone on to find success in unexpected places. Tyson Motsenbocker graduated in 2009 and is now touring all around the country with his friend Mike Edel and their band.

Motsenbocker left Whitworth with a degree in English and a passion for music. On Tuesday, Nov. 3, he was able to share that passion with an audience of Whitworth students.



During his time at Whitworth, Motsenbocker wrote for The Whitworthian and started a band with a group of friends. Their band, “Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful,” was originally formed just for fun.

“We would play on the porch of the Village,” Motsenbocker said.

Eventually, the band became a popular part of the Whitworth campus culture, Motsenbocker said. During a performance at the Imperion, many Whitworth students went out to show their support for Motsenbocker and his band.

“It was like the whole college came,” Motsenbocker said. “It was really an amazing moment.”

“Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful” and many other musicians from the class of 2009 had the opportunity to play in the multipurpose room of the Hixson Union Building toward the end of their senior year. The turnout for the event was extensive, Motsenbocker said.

“You couldn’t fit anyone else in here,” Motsenbocker said.

Several years after his final performance as a Whitworth student, Motsenbocker was able to return to Whitworth and share his musical talents.

Bringing successful Whitworth alumni back to campus to share their success is extremely important for students.

“They can just encourage students and show them the awesome things they are doing with their lives,” freshman Skyler Boehnke said. “They encourage us that we can do cool things like that too.”

Motsenbocker did not always intend to become a musician.

“After college I thought I was done [with music],” Motsenbocker said. “Until someone basically wrote me a check to make a record.” Despite pursuing a career not directly related to his major, Motsenbocker is extremely grateful for his degree and his time at Whitworth.

“I use what I learned every day, the way I am as a person is infinitely different because of Whitworth,” Motsenbocker said.

The band, led by Motsenbocker and Edel, played original songs, many of which were written about events in their lives. His Foundations of Christian Leadership professor Kent McDonald inspired his first song, Motsenboker said.

“Kent [taught] me that it's OK to question the things that you believe,” Motsenbocker said.

"College isn't just a piece of paper; the knowledge and experiences and people mean everything," Motsenbocker said.

Melissa Voss

Staff Writer

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Women’s soccer ends week with back-to-back draws

The women’s soccer team ended this last weekend by entering double overtime twice, and ending both games in a draw. The Pirates faced the Linfield Wildcats (1-1) on Satu day and the Willamette Bearcats (0-0) on Sunday.

The Pirates were unable to recreate their last matchup against the Wildcats when they won with a score of 1-0. Instead, the Wildcats improved their game and created a diffcult match for the Pirates.

The first half featured Linfield’s skilled passing, however the Pirates were able to keep up by using a strong defensive strategy. While the Wildcats had more possession of the ball, the Pirates were able to keep the ball in Linfield’s territory for most of the half.


“We were just trying to make sure that we were tracking our runs, getting the ball settled and working it up the field,” head coach Jael Hagerott said.

With less than 16 minutes left in the half, Linfield’s midfielder Emma Vukic was able to score a goal and end the first half in the lead (0-1).

As they entered the second half, the Pirates changed their strategy and put more emphasis on their offensive ability.

Less than a minute into the half, senior goalkeeper Andrea Stump made an impressive diving save, preventing Linfield from collecting another point. Stump saved four out of the five shots on goal for the game on Saturday.

Nine minutes later, a confusing call by the game officials resulted in the Pirates scoring. After the ball rolled out of bounds, most of the Wildcats moved downfield into Pirate territory believing they would have possession. However, the Pirates were granted the throw. Sophomore Courtney Potter quickly took the ball and ran downfield. With little defense to pressure her, Potter took the shot. The ball ricochet off of the left frame and landed in the goal. Potter’s goal marked her first goal for the season.


“It started in the back-left corner... and it was a combination play up top,” Potter said. “I just ran through the middle and [Tiara Pajimola] played a perfect ball through.”

The game entered two overtime matches with neither team scoring a point. The game ended with Linfield making a total of five shots on goal compared to Whitworth’s four.

On Sunday, the Pirates took on the Willamette Bearcats in an extremely physical game. The Pirates struggled in the first half to keep up with the Bearcats’ fast plays and physical defense. Willamette took the first shot on goal within less than a minute of starting the game. They would hold the lead for number of shots on goal for the entire game.

The first half ended with neither team scoring and the Bearcats gaining four shots on goal compared to Whitworth’s one.

Junior Hannah Langbehn helped keep the ball on Willamette’s half for most of the second half by disrupting many of the Bearcats’ plays and gaining possession.

“This weekend we were really working on pushing players inside and pulling an offsides trap,” Lang- behn said.

The second half ended with the same score and the Pirates losing their defensive edge. Towards the end of the half, neither team held a majority of the possession. However, as the teams entered overtime, the game began to heat up.

In just ten minutes of play, three fouls took place and two yellow cards were issued. Willamette showed their aggression and were issued two of the fouls. A yellow card was issued to Willamette junior Emma Sanders. Whitworth tried to keep up with the physicality and were issued one foul and a yellow card to junior Jennifer Loehner.

“Our girls were ready to dig in and to battle,” Hagerott said. “And then also deal with [Willamette’s physicality] by just moving the ball well on the field.”

The first overtime ended without either team making any progress. In the final round of overtime, both teams made a shot on goal, but were unsuccessful at winning the match.


Peter Houston-Hencken

Sports Editor

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Painted pumpkins embody Fall spirit

Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes filled the tables in the HUB Multipurpose Room. Ranging from short and squat to long and oblong, some full of warts and others that fit neatly into the palm of a hand.


All of the pumpkins were grown in the Kipos garden near Whitworth off Lola Lane.

On Friday, Oct. 9, the Kipos Garden hosted a pumpkin painting gathering at 6 p.m., which was quickly filled with students painting pumpkins with various characters, Halloween motifs or simply creative designs.

The garden, which is run by student volunteers, produces beans, pumpkins, squash, various tomatoes and tomatillos, apples, asparagus, kale, Swiss chard, sunflowers, and many different kinds of herbs such as fennel, dill, mint, parsley and taro.

Sophomore Shelby Beedle painted her pumpkin as Frankenstein due to a small scar on the surface.

Beedle was excited to paint, but was also enthusiastic about the cause.

“It’s really exciting to see the Kipos garden getting involved in campus and being on campus, where we can come and support them, and the money stays here so that’s really nice,” Beedle said.

Senior Kiersten Signalness organized the event, and has been involved with Kipos and is the ASWU Sustainability Coordinator.

“I really want people to realize that the Kipos garden exists, and that we actually have a lot of produce. So why not make it available to the public?” Signalness said.


Students were free to bring their own pumpkins to the event, but the ones from the garden were sold at the event for people to paint. The money will go toward the garden and the Kipos club, Signalness said.

“Yeah, I told our garden manager that since [the pumpkins] came from the garden, I would love to raise money for the garden,” Signalness said. “Maybe we

can brainstorm towards putting it toward Kipos, because Kipos is becoming a club this year.”

The group began as a club and, despite not being one last year, they are currently going through the process to become a club once more.

The Kipos garden reaches out through little events such as this, but also does other things to get involved in the community.

When there is surplus produce, like apples, Kipos takes them to Sodexo so that it can be used in some of the food, Signalness said.

Kipos is also working with organizations such as Second Harvest, a hunger-relief organization, and The Campus Kitchens Project, which is a program that provides meals for low- income families. They donate extra produce to these organizations.

Anyone who comes to help on a garden workday can leave with produce, as there is so much produce that they do not want to go to waste, Signalness said.

Junior Brittany Boring commented on how the event was a good way to bring awareness to the Kipos program.

“I think that the more that students see the things from the garden on campus...the more awareness can grow about the garden,” Boring said.

For students who are interested in learning more about Kipos, they meet Saturdays from 9:30-11 a.m., and can receive updates on the Kipos Facebook page.


Meghan Foulk

Staff Writer

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Annual Freshman Fall Fest attracts all grades


Students from dorms all across campus gathered in and around Baldwin-Jenkins and Stewart hall for Freshman Fall Fest. The Saturday, Oct. 10 event hosted dancing, a puppy Prime Time and a photo booth complete with Christmas lights.

Freshman Fall Fest, a second annual harvest festival put on by freshman dorms Baldwin-Jenkins, Stewart and The Village, took place from 7-10 p.m. in the lounges and outside of the dorms.

While the event is open to all on-campus students, the target audience is primarily freshman.


“The name itself is enough to say it’s a freshman event. It helps enrich the freshman community,” StewVille senator Jeff Debray said.

The process of planning the event took about three weeks, Debray said. Debray and Baldwin-Jenkins senator Brendan Finch worked together to plan the event.

The leadership teams from the freshman dorms were also integrated into the process, Debray said. Members of the Baldwin-Jenkins and StewVille leadership teams helped facilitate a puppy prime time and dance session for students who attended the event.

Although the event was targeted towards freshmen, students from other years attended. Freshman Emily Boettcher and Mallory Beane, residents of Baldwin-Jenkins, attended the event with friends and were excited to see the puppies.

“We all got some puppy therapy,” freshman Boettcher said. “It was great.” Even with rain and wind, freshmen gathered in front of Baldwin-Jenkins to show off their dance moves and swing dance skills. Food and drinks were provided inside of Stewart, where students chatted, ate caramel apples and sipped on apple cider.

“The caramel apples were a smash,” Boettcher said. “I loved them.”

Along with music and food, the event included activities such as croquet outside of Stewart, sack races and relay games.

“This event is really building community between the dorms,” freshman Mallory Beane said, “I don’t know half of the people here.”

Beane and other students agreed that the event was great and that the apple cider and caramel apples were great. The activities and dancing was a great way for freshmen from all the dorms to come together, Beane said.

“This is the first time all of the freshman dorms have been together,” Beane said. “It’s pretty cool.”


Krystiana Morales

Staff Writer

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Sodexo employees share their experiences as refugees


The world’s increasing amount of refugees may seem to be an issue far removed from Whitworth, but for refugees working in Sodexo, the issue is much closer to home.

Sodexo employee Waad Noah is a 29-year-old college student working toward a degree in automotive technology at Spokane Community College. Noah and his family immigrated to the United States six years ago from Iraq, Noah said.

In 2003 early members of ISIS came to their machine shop with prints to make weapons, Noah said.

“They started to show up at the shop, giving us prints for guns to produce and stuff, for them to murder people. And as me and my dad looked at the print, we said ‘We’re not doing that,’” Noah said. “They’re gonna use these weapons to murder innocents and if we refused them, they would have killed us. So we just left everything behind and moved to Syria.”

His mother had a good job working as a nurse, so she stayed behind for a few months in Iraq to make sure she had sustainable income, Noah said.


Noah and his family lived in Syria for three years before they were accepted to immigrate to the U.S., Noah said.

“What made us decide to come here was not us,” Noah said. “We just wanted to get away from the situation in the Middle East...We wanted to go somewhere where it’s safe.”

Sodexo employee Rim Ado was safe in Sudan before the wars started in 2011, Ado said. She and her family moved to a refugee camp between Libya and Egypt.

“We stayed in a camp about two years,” Ado said. “Oh my gosh, it was difficult time. A hard time.”

Ado stayed in a tent with eight of her family members.

“We are close...We have to share everything together, the bad things and the happy things,” Ado said.

Ado and her family came to the U.S. in 2013. She is now a student at SCC. After finishing her education at SCC, she plans to study international relations at Gonzaga, Ado said.


Ado said she wants her children to grow up in America, but that she also wants them to know the culture they come from.

“I am hopeful in the future that everyone in the world will be safe,” Ado said.

Senior Marianne Sfeir is from Lebanon, a country that houses a lot of refugees, some of whom Sfeir said she is happy to have as close friends.

“The only extraordinary thing about them is the unjust things that have happened to them,” Sfeir said.


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High-ranking opponents beat women’s soccer team

Two of the top teams in the Northwest Conference visited the Whitworth Soccer Field in Spokane Saturday and Sunday. The Pirates lost to the University of Puget Sound Loggers 1-0, before losing to the Pacific Lutheran Lutes, 2-0. The Loggers scored the only goal early in the second half during Saturday afternoon’s game. Puget Sound’s Junior midfielder Grayson Williams-Krebs snuck an unassisted goal by the goalkeeper five minutes into the half.

The Pirates’ aggressive defense was able to keep pace with the Loggers fast style of play. The majority of the second half was played on Puget Sound’s side of the field.

Statistically, each team attempted 10 shots a piece. The Loggers held a slight 6-5 advantage in corner kicks, while the Pirates committed only one foul to the Loggers’ four.

The Pirates came close to tying the game on several occasions throughout, and looked to attack aggressively for Sunday’s game.

“I thought we attacked really well,” senior midfielder DeNae Vandam said. “[We] had a couple good opportunities on goal; we just need to finish those tomorrow.”

Despite the loss to Puget Sound, the Pirates’ focus was on the positives of the game.

“I think we had some moments of brilliance on the field today, and we had some moments where maybe we weren’t as good as we could’ve been,” head coach Jael Hagerott said. “But I’m very pleased with the effort that we put in consistently.”

However, the ‘moments of brilliance’ did not translate onto the field Sunday afternoon against Pacific Lutheran, as the Pirates lost their third in a row.

The Lutes boast the leading-scorer in the Northwest Conference, Machaela Graddy, and the top goalkeeper, Takara Mitsui.

Sophomore Ashley Mindnich scored the game’s first goal for the Lutes in the 39th minute of the first half, coming out of a corner kick. Senior forward Jamie Hoffman followed that with a well-executed goal from nine yards out in the 88th minute, effectively ending the game.

However, senior goalkeeper Andrea Stump kept the Pirates in the game by diving to block a penalty kick. Additionally, Stump made two other saves.

The Lutes held on to two key advantages throughout the game, outshooting the Pirates 15-10, while also shooting three times as many corner kicks, 6-2.

The Pirates, however, were pleased with the overall team effort.

“Overall, I would say we were fairly solid defensively,” Hagerott said. “We took a few injuries that affected what we did on the field at times, but we were pleased with the effort of the team.”

Even though the Pirates were out-matched, they never stopped fighting. Defensively, they didn’t allow the Lutes to control the middle of the field or dominate possession, as they are accustomed to in most games.

“I thought the way we responded to the first goal especially was really great,” team captain Sarah Mickelsen said. “Right now I’m super proud of our hard work, and we don’t quit. So I think that’s something that can be built on, just keep working hard.”

The women’s soccer team travels to Portland, Oregon, on Saturday to face the Lewis & Clark Pioneers in a non-conference match-up.




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Pirates win Homecoming Game and first NWC match


The stands were packed with fans on Homecoming weekend eager to watch the Whitworth Pirates take on the George Fox Bruins in the first conference matchup of the season. The Pirates came out strong and finished the Bruins with a final score of 37-14.

After defeating the Bruins last season 30-7, the Pirates were looking for a similar outcome as they stormed the Pine Bowl on Saturday. The first two touchdowns came within the first five minutes of the game with sophomore receiver Nick Kiourkas and junior running back Duke DeGaetano both putting points on the board for the Pirates. Freshman kicker Rehn Reiley then kicked a 51-yard field goal after the Bruins stopped the Pirates on downs to finish out the first quarter 20-0.

“The game was great,” McKeown said. “Offense didn’t play the best but I had the opportunity to play a little more today and do what I had to do.”

The Pirates started out the second quarter with a double pass trick play by sophomore receivers Kevin Thomas and Mike McKeown, which resulted in a touchdown. The Pirate’s defense then made a mark with a sack by sophomore outside linebacker JT Phelan. The Pirates finished the half up 27-0.

During halftime, President Beck Taylor honored the class of 2015 inductees into the Whitworth Hall of Fame. Those were Whitworth Alumni who made a significant impact in sports at Whitworth and have continued to fulfill Whitworth’s mission of serving humanity after graduation. The inductees included former coaches and former athletes whom many of which still hold athletic records at Whitworth and in the NWC.

The third quarter got under way with a 48-yard field goal by Reiley, but no further points for the Pirates. In the fourth quarter junior linebacker Dalin McDonnell had one interception, which George Fox answered with one of their own. Following the play, senior defensive lineman Danny Welstad sacked the Bruins quarterback. The Pirates finished the game with a touchdown by Degaetano. The final score came out to 37-14.

“I thought we came out fast and played good assignment football,” senior team captain Welstad said. “We came out a little slow in the second half but we were able to finish strong. Overall I thought we did really well.”

Overall, the Pirates offense showed up with 513 total yards compared to George Fox’s 270 total yards. That included a total of 427 passing yards by the Pirates compared to the Bruin’s 139 yards.

“We came out knowing they wanted to smash us in the mouth,” McDonnell said. “We executed our assignments and stayed strong throughout the whole game. It was awesome.”

Whitworth leads the Northwest Conference along with Linfield, Pacific University and the University of Puget Sound. The Pirates currently stand with 37 total points behind Linfield’s 73 total points for conference.

The Pirates will hit the road this following Saturday to take on the University of Puget Sound. The game will be held in Tacoma, with kickoff at 1 p.m.


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