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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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.”

Understanding the refugee crisis

Whitworth students and other members of the Spokane community filled the Robinson Teaching Theatre last Wednesday night for a Q&A panel discussion centered around the topic of the Syrian refugee crisis.The panel consisted of six individual panelists, each bringing different perspectives on the issue and different levels of experience with refugees. Three of the panelists work with World Relief, an organization that helps settle and integrate refugees after they arrive in a new country. Among them were professor of political science and environmental studies at Gonzaga University Jon Isacoff and sociology professor Raja Tanas. The final panelist sharing her insight was Bushra Alshalah, a civil engineer and refugee from Iraq. The event was organized by senior Juliana Zajicek, who wanted to provide an opportunity for open dialogue around the subject. “There is a lot of hype and commotion right now about Syria, the Middle East and the refugee crisis,” Zajicek said. “I really wanted to carve out a space for our community to talk about it.” The session began with a brief introduction on what the Syrian refugee crisis is and how it affects people by Myron Jespersen, the Middle East program director for World Relief. “The one takeaway I hope that you have, if you don’t understand the situation already, is that it is an incredibly complex situation and there isn’t a simple fix,”  Jespersen said. Each panelist opened with a description of themselves and the aspects of the Middle Eastern refugee crisis that are important to them. Alshalah spoke of her transition from Iraq to the United States. “It’s a big risk to stay there, and a big challenge to come here,” Alshalah said. “My decision [was] to come here, to be more safe and to protect my family.” Mark Kadel, director of Spokane's World Relief office, followed up with some statistics on refugees. “Out of nearly 20 million refugees in the world today, the United States resettles less than one half of one percent,” Kadel said. “The average length of time that a refugee is in a refugee camp, before having an opportunity for a solution is 17 years.” The rest of the time was left open for the audience to ask the panelists questions about the crisis and the work World Relief is doing in Spokane. One audience member asked how big a community needs to be and what resources it needs in order to sustain Middle Eastern refugees. “How many? Well, if you drive between Spokane and Seattle, how many communities do you meet?" Tanas said. "There’s Ritzville, there’s Moses Lake, Ellensburg, and the rest of Washington state is vacant." Washington has the space and resources to accept refugees, Tanas said. Kadel followed up Tanas’s comment with some information on the government regulations on refugees. “This year, because of the staggering refugee crisis around the world, the greatest crisis since World War II, Obama set that cap at 85,000 [refugees], and out of that 85,000, up to 10,000 of them can be from the country of Syria,” Kadel said. World Relief and other like-minded organizations have petitioned the state and national governments to increase the number of foreign refugees to be over 85,000. Several panel members mentioned education was a key step toward both alleviating the crisis and correcting any misconceptions people may have about it. “I think the answer to your question is education,” Tanas said. “Education, information, there’s so much misinformation via the media, the social media especially, and our leaders, some of them give us false information.” Kadel had similar sentiments about education. “The best thing to do is to educate yourselves and make sure you are giving the right information when you’re having discussions with people,” Kadel said. Those interested in knowing more about World Relief or working with them locally in and around Spokane should contact Johnna Nickoloff at jnickoloff@wr.org or visit www.worldrelief.org/spokane. Those interested in learning more about the Middle East should contact the Middle East Club, which is open to new members. For more information about Middle East Club, contact Catherine Rishmawi at crishmawi18@whitworth.edu.

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Living with autism

Students, faculty, local educators and community members gathered in Cowles Auditorium on Friday for a collaborative presentation titled “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds,” hosted by Whitworth’s Center for Gifted Education and the university’s special education department. Among the five presenters was autism and animal welfare activist, Temple Grandin, Ph.D.The main focus of the event was to “provide strategies and practices to address the range of diverse needs of students,” according to event posters. Specifically, the presentation focused on twice-exceptional students: “students who are cognitively advanced, yet their talents may be overlooked due to a disability-often ADHD or an autism spectrum disorder,” according to the event posters. “Temple is coming to provide educators knowledge about the ways that other kinds of kids think, [because] sometimes we think they think all alike, in the same way, and they don’t, and what she worries about is that students sometimes who are on the [autism] spectrum won’t have their talent developed, and many of them will have talent areas that they absolutely adore," said Jann Leppien, the Margo Long Chair of gifted education and event coordinator. “Rather than fixing the child, putting a focus on the strength of the child. So that’s really what the conference is about for educators. The why is to bring recognition to the neurodiversity of the mind.” Grandin is currently a professor at Colorado State University, and remains an active advocate for both animal welfare and students with disabilities. As an individual with autism, Temple presented her perspective on helping students who are on the spectrum, and the value of all different kinds of minds. “Different kinds of people have different kinds of skills, like some people are visual thinkers–they’re very good at art and design,” Grandin said. “Other people are more the engineering and mathematical minded. You take a product like the iPhone: Steve jobs was an artist; he designed the interface, the more mathematically inclined engineers had to make it work, so when you swipe this and swipe this, it would actually work. That’s an example of needing the different kinds of minds.” Approximately 300 educators came from around the Spokane area, and 250 students and faculty signed up for the day-long event. Grandin also spoke Friday evening, at North Central High School to a crowd of about 500 people. This presentation was called “Helping Different Kinds of Minds Be Successful.” “This is really about different kinds of minds and how they can be successful and the focus is on families, who have kids on the spectrum, and how to help their child be successful,” Leppien said. The Robinson Teaching Theatre was filled to capacity for Grandin’s final presentation, “Understanding Animal Behavior.” Approximately 250 people came to listen to Grandin speak. Among them were local farmers, cattlemen, FFA (Future Farmers of America) and 4-H kids. In two days, over 1,000 people heard Grandin present. “The reason she is so doggone popular is she is one of the very first people that spoke out about being on the [autism] spectrum, and being bright, and that it is not such a disability, it’s actually a gift,” Leppien said. Grandin and Leppien first met at a conference 20 years ago where Leppien was speaking about kids advanced for their grade and Grandin was speaking about children on the autism spectrum. Since then, Leppien has invited Grandin to numerous conferences. Leppien works in Whitworth’s Center for Gifted education, which works with students, educators and the university’s special education department to navigate the complexities of students who are on the spectrum or have disabilities, but are also very bright. “Life is too hard to have people beating us up for what we can’t do,” Leppien said. “I’d rather we spend our time on what we can do, and so we have a tendency to be very strengths-based, what are you good at, what do you love, make that your life goal.” Grandin mentioned the tendency for people to look at what others can’t do repeatedly during “The World Needs all Different Kinds of Minds”. “I want you thinking about this; people get too hung up on the labels, the words of the label,” Grandin said. “We've got to start looking at what a kid can do. I want to see kids be everything that they can be, we've got to emphasize what the kid can do, build up on areas of strengths.” “My favorite overarching theme of her presentation was getting rid of the labels, and just really practicing inclusion, thinking more about the individual, instead of their diagnosis,” junior elementary education major Kendall Todd said. Grandin discussed the different types of thinking and processing. She discussed bottom-up versus top-down processing, auditory versus visual thinkers, and best practices for teaching. “I sometimes see way too much of that in education; they want to ram every kid into the same theory and that doesn’t work,” Grandin said. “You see the thing is, one size doesn’t fit all. I want to see kids that think differently, to be successful and get into good careers.” There are many resources available online for people looking for more information about Grandin and her work. Grandin has also written books, her most recent book being “The Autistic Brain,” which talks about the neurological differences of people with autism and how to best nourish those differences. Kailee Carneau Staff Writer

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Students flock to U-Rec for Winter Carnival

A bounce house, bubble ball, an inflatable obstacle course and free popcorn were brought into the University Recreation Center (U-Rec) basketball courts to create a winter carnival aimed at getting students more familiar with the U-Rec facilities. On Friday night, students were invited to visit and familiarize themselves with the U-Rec while having a lot of fun in the process.

“We wanted to bring all of these things into a controlled, safe environment so students could have some fun,” said Todd Sandberg, director of the U-Rec. “There are a lot of activities that students may not particularly participate in just out of hesitation or reservation but hopefully this can reduce some of those anxieties.”



The carnival featured a crate stacking competition where students were harnessed and had to climb and stack crates on top of each other in the middle of the basketball courts. Many students were eager to try the activity and found it to be an exciting challenge.

“Crate stacking was very hard,” freshman Nate English said.

Freshman Kaitlyn Halsted attended with a group of friends and found the event to be extremely rewarding.

“We have definitely been entertained well,” Halsted said.

Also offered at the carnival was bubble ball, a game which puts students in inflatables and lets them serve as human soccer balls.

“I didn’t know that I needed bubble ball in my life until I tried it,” freshman Joe Spencer said.

Friday’s carnival was the first event of its type hosted by the U-Rec.

“Because it was the first time we’ve ever done this it was really unknown how many students were going to come,” Sandberg said. “I think it has been really successful.”

Sandberg was first presented with the idea of the carnival at a recreation conference at Montana State University over the summer.

“They did something similar and it was really successful, so that spurred the idea,” Sandberg said.

The carnival helped to bring students into the U-Rec who may not usually use the facilities.

“We wanted to do something different and try to reach all students to bring them into the U-Rec,” Sandberg said.

Students were provided with information about the programs put on by the U-Rec, including Outdoor Recreation activities, while at the carnival.

“Hopefully we can get them on to the climbing wall or out into intramurals,” Sandberg said.

Along with providing a free, fun Friday night event, Sandberg hopes that the carnival helped alleviate some people’s fears about using the rec center.

“The U-Rec shouldn’t be intimidating,” Sandberg said. “Ultimately, about two-thirds of the student population come in here for one reason or another but our goal is always to bring more people in.”


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"What is a feminist?": Panel put on by the women and gender studies minor discusses what it means to be a feminist

If one uses the word feminist to describe themselves, it means they believe in equal rights for men and women, according to some students, faculty and staff at Whitworth.


The women and gender studies program held a discussion called “What is a feminist?” with a panel of students, faculty and staff who shared stories of what it meant to them to be a feminist.

English professor LuElla D’Amico, one of five panelists, began the discussion by talking about how she became a feminist.

D'Amico has considered herself a feminist since she was young, but was awoken to the real issues concerning feminism when she took a feminist theory class in college, she said.


"For me, feminism has become something very personal,” D'Amico said. She struggled with the issue of having to choose whether or not to take her husband's last name when they got married. Some feminists argue about whether or not a woman taking a man’s last name in marriage is considered true equality. She decided to take her husband’s name, but everybody is different and feminism means something different for everyone, D'Amico said.

Junior Emily Thorpe considers herself a feminist. Feminism is about equal rights for men and women, she said. However, there are people who don't actually know what it means to be a feminist and that has given the word a negative connotation and made some people not want to use that label, Thorpe said.

The other panelists, seniors John Hope and Kayla Countryman, campus pastor Mindy Smith and communication studies professor Jim McPherson shared personal stories on how they came to consider themselves feminists.

The panelists also took questions from individuals about feminism and what it means to be a feminist for those with different racial and ethnic identities, as well as questions on individuals who they considered to be their feminist role models.

The word feminist had a negative connotation in the past but it's getting better. But, there's a power balance that some are afraid of, Thorpe said.

"A lot of men are afraid of it because they think it's about women becoming superior to men and being in a higher position, but that's not what is," Thorpe said.

Hope shared his story about growing up in a conservative household. He played sports and even though he was in these traditionally masculine positions, he still felt like he did not fit the masculine ideal. His sisters were encouraged to start a family and raise children while he was not, Hope said. After entering college he realized that being a feminist meant being able to make a choice whether or not to follow tradition, Hope said.

"It's not about hating all these traditional things that we've inherited. It's about being able to choose," Hope said.

Sophomore Kyla Perkins said that she considers herself a feminist.

"When I hear feminism I think of equality, not just for women, but for everybody," Perkins said.

Senior Stephanie Turner also considers herself a feminist and believes that a feminist is a person who believes in the empowerment of women.

"A lot of people see feminism as extreme protesters who riot," Turner said. "That's not what it is. It's about empowerment. I think it's getting better but there's still that stigma. There's still a negative connotation to call yourself a feminist.”

Sophomore Emily Wilson believes that feminism is about equal rights for men and women, but she's hesitant to call herself a feminist, she said.

"I feel like I am and I believe everything feminists do but I don't consider myself one," Wilson said. "I wouldn't go to a feminist rally just because I don't fully know what it means to be a feminist."

Feminism is something that’s personal not just for her, but for everybody, D'Amico said.

While feminism is supposed to include everybody, sometimes that is not the case, Countryman said. Intersectional feminism aims to include voices of those who feel marginalized but the fact that there was to be a distinction from these types of feminism is problematic, she said.

"I think it's wonderful that we can recognize progress and celebrate progress," D'Amico said. "But we haven't made it and we need to constantly be questioning how far we can go."


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Cultural diversity celebrated through National Hispanic Heritage Month

Whitworth students, faculty and staff celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month this October. Whitworth brought Nydia Martinez, Ph.D., to campus to lecture about “Honoring Diversity or Ho- mogenizing Identities?”, and held a fair trade festival and invited a taco truck to feed students on campus.

Martinez, a history professor at Eastern Washington University, talked about the terms “Hispanic” and “Latino/a.”


These terms create homogeneous labels for a diverse group of people, Martinez said. There are Latinos of Afro, Asian and Middle Eastern descent, and that mixed identity breaks the myth of a binary existing in terms of Latino identity, Martinez said.

Although Martinez focused mostly on the history of Mexicans in the U.S., she also touched on the history of Puerto Ricans in the U.S. as well. The U.S. has had a complicated relationship with Mexico. The U.S. calls upon Mexicans to help during times of war, but then push them out after the war and blame the fall of the economy on Mexican immigrants, Martinez said.

“You have to remember how it is this community, how it is they came to this community,” Martinez said, when talking about the platform of undocumented immigration that politicians such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are running on.

While terms like "Hispanic" and "Latino/a" are sometimes misleading labels for those communities, there is political significance and power that comes with the labels, Martinez said.

Martinez also talked about the media and how individuals get their information about Hispanic and Latino/a identities. The media present a homogenized version of what it means to be Latino, Martinez said.

Whitworth’s H.O.L.A. club participated in Hispanic Heritage month by holding their third annual Latino Heritage Festival Oct. 23.


H.O.L.A. club president Karen Fierro and vice president Celeste Cam- pos spent the past couple of weeks planning to have Patty’s Taco Truck come to campus, inviting vendors to participate in the fair festival and putting together a Ven Bailalo dance event. At the dance, experienced students taught their peers how to dance bachata, salsa and merengue. A photo booth and refreshments were provided at the dance.

The first 50 tacos provided by Patty’s Taco Truck were free. Students lined up outside of Arend to get tacos and burritos even in the cold weather. Junior Lauren Drury attended the event for a burrito.

“I love having the taco truck on campus,” Drury said. “I would love to see more events like this on our cam- pus and I hope Whitworth would get behind those students who want to make it happen.”

ere is importance in having events like this and bringing aware- ness to di erent cultures, especially for minority groups, Campos said. Some clubs such as the Asian Amer- ican Club, the Hawaiian Club and H.O.L.A. Club exist on campus to

bring that awareness into Whitworth. “When learning about a di erent culture you have to be open-minded," Campos said. “Events like the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration help others be more open-minded and see di erent perspectives that di erent cultures have to o er. I think having di erent perspec-

tives is good, having a perspective that is not just your own.”

e Whitworth community tries to foster support for students who want to bring awareness about other cultures but there could be more support from the students, Campos said.

“It is important that we continually strive to learn more about other cultures because it helps us to better understand each other and to be more compassion- ate in our interactions,” Drury said.

H.O.L.A. meets in Hendrick Hall ev- ery other ursday from 6-7 p.m.


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Students create fiber-based projects with 'Devil is in the Details' featured artist Joetta Maue

“The Devil is in the Details” art showcase in the Lied Center for the Visual Arts houses a rotating gallery that changes twice a semester. Along with the galleries, the art department occasionally hosts classes to coincide with the featured art.

In a workshop on Saturday, Oct. 10, students had the opportunity to work with Massachusetts-based artist, Joetta Maue, to create unique textile art.

“We are working autobiographically with stitches,” Maue said. “Working from ourselves.”


The workshop taught students stitching techniques in order to create their fiber-based projects.

Textiles and fabrics, which some students brought or were provided in the workshop, served as their canvas upon which to create their projects.

They used embroidery thread, water soluble markers and even buttons to create their vision on the textiles.

“I discovered that stitching and textile art is cool and easy,” junior Annette Peppel said. “You can do it anywhere, even in a dorm room.”

Working with textiles and embroidery, or “drawing with thread,” as the artist called it , was a new experience for some students.

“It is peaceful and therapeutic,” senior Olivia Newman said. “Very calming.” Newman worked to create a piece reflecting on the experience of relationships, and the struggles that go along with them.

“Embroidery and textile is a cool way to create,” senior Kolina Chitta said.

Students were encouraged to find inspiration through meaningful words or concepts for their projects, each finding a vision that was unique to them.


They spent time brainstorming and mapping out these words as well as how the colors, images and senses associated with them, may be interpreted into their art.

“We are pulling from our own experiences,” Peppel said.

Peppel’s project, a skirt, was inspired by the loss and mess of high school relationships and friendships, and the feelings that go along with it.

Each student that participated in the workshop chose to tell his or her story differently.

Junior Annika Stough’s project was a clock with gears in it to represent the chaos of experiencing anxiety.

"I'm trying to make the concept of anxiety with a physical representation" Stough said.

“I am working off the theme of ‘Where is Home’, which is a big question for people, especially in college,” Chitta said.

The goal of the workshop, as well as for the art exhibit in the gallery, was influenced by the grant that helped to fund it.

"The theme of the grant was ‘Making as Knowledge’," Art professor Katie Creyts said, "We wanted to make an exhibit where handicraft played a role with contemporary materials."

Maue taught students unique ways to create, and encouraged them to work from within themselves.

“Your intuition is a really powerful thing,” Maue said.

Students in the workshop were exposed to new art forms and concepts that are not the most common ways to create. The workshop as a whole supplied students with the opportunity, skill and mindset to create their personalized projects and communicate their own message through them.

“The goal of an artist is to communicate,” Maue said.

This is the goal that she taught students to embrace in their art.

“As an artist, I celebrate, question, and reveal beauty in the sloppiness of our lives,” Maue said in her artist statement in the art gallery.

"The Devil is in the Details" art gallery will be on display in the Lied Center for the Visual Arts until Oct. 30.


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New Dean of Spiritual Life

This year, Whitworth welcomed a new faculty member. Whitworth University hired Forrest Buckner at the end of the last calendar year as the new dean of spiritual life. Buckner filled the position of Terry McGonigal, beginning his first full year in July.

Buckner’s full title is Dean of Spiritual Life and Campus Pastor.

“This position encompasses three main categories: campus ministry, administration, and teaching,” Buckner said.


The first category is the overseeing and leading of staff, pastors and students in the chapel. The other staff members have welcomed him with open arms, which makes this part of the job a lot easier, Buckner said.

The second part of his job means he sits on President Beck Taylor’s Cabinet and helps make adjustments in regard to the big picture of campus. Specifically, the dean of spiritual life holds the position because there is a want for someone with a lens dedicated to how Whitworth is fulfilling their Christian mission, Buckner said of his administrative position.

The third and final part of his job is to teach one class a year. He is currently co-teaching Foundations of Christian Theology with Jerry Sittser. That may increase to more than one class a year as he grows into his position, Buckner said.


“I want everyone who comes to Whitworth, wherever they are on the spectrum of faith to have the chance to know the truth and reality of Jesus,” Buckner said with regard to his goals for the future.

Bucker wants to help by opening doors that can help this happen. He desires to get to know everyone and walk with them toward Jesus, Buckner said.

Beyond that, Buckner wants the campus to continue to bring a new energy and atmosphere to Tuesday and Thursday chapel. His hope is that people will tell him what to change and what will make the process better. Through them, he will be able to help allow people to enjoy the influence of Jesus on campus, Buckner said.

Buckner joins Whitworth faculty after spending three years in Scotland where he received his Ph.D. in systematic theology at St. Andrews. He began his schooling with a degree in engineering at Colorado School of Mines, where he also played football. Buckner continued his education at Fuller Seminary where he received a masters in divinity in 2012.

“Two friends, not connected at all, both told me about this job and said it would fit me within two days of one another,” Buckner said when asked how he heard about the position. He decided to apply as he found himself interested and excited.

Some of the aspects that stood out most to him were Whitworth’s commitment to provide an education of mind and heart, and the decisions of students and faculty to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity, Buckner said.

Finally, Buckner said he felt, “this was written for me,” as he read the job description.

It combined both of his desires when it came to ministry, pastoring and theological study, Buckner said. For 10 years, both before and during his time at Fuller, Buckner worked as a youth pastor in Colorado. He was at the position because First Presbyterian Church of Boulder was part of what had given rise to his faith in the first place, Buckner said. The former pastor had told him to apply, and his acceptance gave him a new passion as a pastor.

As he spent time at Fuller, he realized he also had a passion for learning. The job offered him the ability to spend time getting to know more about theology, Buckner said. He loves reading about the topic and using it to reach more people accurately.

Buckner brings with him his wife Janelle, his two daughters Esther, eight, and Bella, six, and his son River, three. As he approaches this job, his personal priority is to make sure his family knows they are loved and he spends time giving his heart fully to them and to Whitworth, Buckner said. Managing this has been made easier because he is “already surrounded by students and faculty who already have shown love to his family,” Buckner said.

“I am very thankful for the open arms and people on this campus and I want to get to know the students,” Buckner said.


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Homecoming parade revisits old traditions

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This year an old tradition was revived for Whitworth Homecoming: a parade. For many students Oct. 3 was a new experience, but the Homecoming parade was once a yearly tradition among the Whitworth community. The Associated Students of Whitworth University (ASWU) came up with the idea of a Homecoming parade after looking in old yearbooks from Whitworth’s past.

“The goal is to give the whole cam- pus opportunities to be involved,” ASWU executive vice president Chase Weholt said.

The parade included 10 floats decorated by each dorm community and off-campus students. From a pirate ship to a camping scene, the dorms were creative with their decorations.

President Beck Taylor and his wife Julie were also a part of the Homecoming parade. They rode at the back of the parade in a convertible chauffeured by Ballard and McMillan resident director, Matthew Baker.


“It’s a reintroduction of an old tradition,” Taylor said.

Taylor was excited about the addition of the homecoming parade as a way for students to be more involved in the Homecoming festivities, he said.

“It’s great to see alumni and current students,” Taylor said.

Some alumni were on campus for Homecoming after being away from Whitworth for decades.

“We love seeing old friends,” said Beth Wentworth-Strickland, class of 1985. The parade was a great way to welcome Whitworth alums back to campus.

“This was a really cool idea,” senior Cass Busch said. “It’s cool to see different people take on decorating their float.”

Students and alumni voted for their favorite float after the parade, which proceeded along the loop road and ended in front of the Hixson Union Building. Each person put a voting slip in the box of their favorite float to vote for the best one. Junior Bailey Vallee helped hand out slips.

“This creates a cool activity for alumni and students to be a part of,” Vallee said. “There is a sense of camaraderie.”

The vote resulted in BMac’s pirate ship taking home the win as the crowd favorite float.

The parade took the place of a Homecoming dance which had been put on for several years. Instead of the dance this year, the committee decided to create an activity that any student could be a part of.

“Not everyone wants to go to a dance,” Weholt said.

The parade allowed students to celebrate Homecoming creatively and inclusively, Weholt said.


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