Dr. Clark orchestrates China symposium

Sealing Fate & Changing Course: French Catholicism & Chinese Conversion

Lecture by Dr. Anthony E. Clark

Whitworth history professor Anthony Clark began the lecture series by discussing French Catholic missions in China. French missions constituted about 60-70 percent of all Christian missions, and by the 19th century, had declared itself the “country of the missions,” Clark said. However, the early 20th century mission in Xuijahui looked more like Paris than China, he said. It was not uncommon for missions to be surrounded by walls within the Chinese cities, and to have significant features of European architecture.

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China Missionary Zeal & Japanese Internment: Father Leonard Amrhein, CP

Lecture by Fr. Robert E. Carbonneau, CP, Ph.D.

Father Robert Carbonneau discussed the passionist mission to China. He expanded on how American missionaries survived imprisonment in Chinese-Japanese camps during World War II.

Adjustment & Advocacy: Charles McCarthy, SJ & China’s Jesuit Mission in Transition

Lecture by Dr. Amanda C. R. Clark


In her research of Chinese missions, Clark met a woman in Spokane whose uncle, Charles McCarthy, was a missionary in China. After some discussion, the woman requested that Clark write a book about McCarthy, and Clark gladly agreed, she said. McCarthy began his mission to China in the 1950s but was interred by the Japanese occupation. Later, he was again imprisoned for being a priest by the communist regime.

The Making of an Indigenous Church as Lived by Chinese Christians

Lecture by Dr. Jean-Paul Wiest

Up until recently, research in the area of Chinese Christianity has focused on the missionaries rather than Chinese Christians themselves, Jean-Paul Wiest said. Following in this spirit, Wiest shared four examples of “simple Christians that started the spread of faith in the region.” The first story he told was about a man who worked to bring a priest and baptism to his small mountain village.


Imaging Missions, Visualizing Experience: American Presbyterian Photography and Filmmaking in Republican China

Lecture by Mr. Joseph Ho

Joseph Ho, who is currently working on his dissertation, focused his lecture on photography and video from missions in China, specifically those of Ralph Lewis and the Henke family. In 1993, Lewis arrived and used a Roloflex camera, the model of which Ho passed around to the audience, to collect photos and “document the Christian community as it was coming together [in that region],” Ho said. Prints of the photos were inserted into Lewis family albums or church publications and sent to family members overseas. They were used in lectures on both sides of the Pacific, Ho said. Photography was a significant part of the Chinese Christian community.



Testing the Limits of Proper Behavior: Women Students in & Beyond the Weimar Mission Schools in Qingdao 1905-1914

Lecture by Dr. Lydia Gerber

Lydia Gerber presented on the unusual Weimar Mission Schools in 20th century China. In the early 20th century, opinions on female education in China varied: some believed in challenging traditional values promoted by the Chinese government of quietness and obedience; others, many Protestant missionaries included, wanted education on homemaking and motherhood for women. The Weimar Mission did not advocate baptism, and did not even believe the Bible to be necessary. They believed the church of God was for everyone, and as long as a practice was not obviously oppose Christian dogma, it was not a problem, Gerber said.


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House hunting advice for and from Whitworth students

Where to start looking

The Whitworth website:

The Whitworth website offers links that can direct students to local rental property listings.

The Whitworth off-campus Facebook page:

The Facebook page provides a space for students to list off-campus housing needs and collaborate to fill them.


The properties listed on the site, “house up to 100 Whitworth Students each year,” according to the website, and are all within a short distance from campus. These properties, recently owned by Bill Meyers, have been taken over by Jasbir Thabel and Patrick Cardinal. Meyers had been renting properties since 1994. However, after undergoing brain surgery to control his Parkinson’s, “it was time to move on while I still could,” Meyers said in a notice to his residents.


Encountering tricky situations

Some rentals come with issues and, “even if it is not in your rental agreement or lease, your landlord is required to keep your building and unit in a habitable condition,” according to nolo.com’s legal encyclopedia.

“We had some damage to a railing outside of our house that was a real safety concern. We tried telling our realtor about it and he didn’t listen,” senior Jacob Forrest said in regard to his previous residence. “Eventually it broke and someone fell and got hurt. We almost got in trouble as a result.”

However, because they had reported the damage to the landlord, they were not responsible for the injury, Forrest said. As a result he recommends you always report problems to your landlords so they can get issues fixed quickly and effectively, he said.

Senior Matthew Thomas shared a similar story.

“We had a realtor who wouldn’t respond to our needs,” Thomas said. “He wouldn’t fix the sealant so our house was always freezing cold. We had mold, a broken door and a mouse infestation.”

The main issue was each of the prospective tenants didn’t check out the house for themselves before hand, he said.

“In retrospect, I would have gone and checked out the house so I knew what I was getting into and made sure they fixed it beforehand,” Thomas said.


Beginning the search early

Sometimes it is difficult to nd a house that fits students’ needs if they don’t start their search early.

“We had a lot of guys that wanted to live together. We ended up renting both sides of a duplex so that we could all be in the same place,” senior Bryan Walsh said. “However, we had to sacrifice some amenities we wanted in order to do so.”

Most of the houses that fit their large numbers were already rented by the time they began their search in January and February. Because of that, most of the housing attributes they wanted were missing, including a large living room area, a garbage disposal and a second fridge, he said.

Other students, such as junior Maggie Callan and senior Shawna Angle, began searching for rentals a lot earlier in late October and early November. Both were happy with their house rentals.

“We started searching early and signed the lease before Christmas break, and even then a lot of houses were already gone by the time we settled on ours,” Angle said. “Overall we’re very happy with the house and glad we got started early.”

The general consensus of off-campus students is that sophomores should start their search early in order to find a house that fits their needs and number of people.


Staying connected to on-campus life

Moving off campus brings a lot of questions, fears and excitement.

“I’m excited about having my own space that I can relax in, but a little worried about the difficulty of staying involved on campus,” sophomore Jaime Quaresma said. “I want to be involved with people that I am not living with.”

Those fears echoed those of other students. However, students who entered the year with those same worries were quick to calm these fears.

“I thought I wouldn’t get to be connected with campus life,” Callan said. “But I feel like it was easy to maintain connection through sports, campus activities and putting effort into relationships.”


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The title of tenure

The tenure process at Whitworth is laborious and typically takes seven years to accomplish.

When being considered for tenure, faculty write essays on different prompts that show how they see their teaching philosophy, their faith and their service fit into the university’s mission, Provost Carol Simon said.

“Some institutions will hire people [and automatically give them tenure] but Whitworth won’t do that,” theater professor Diana Trotter said. “You have to earn tenure here.”

In addition to the written essays, peer evaluations and student evaluations are an integral part of the evaluation process as well, Simon said.

“Tenure is really, really important,” Trotter said.

It allows a university to build and maintain a high quality of faculty and have some sense that those people are going to be invested in the institution for the long term, Trotter said.

However, every so often there is a movement by various constitu- ents in academia that questions whether tenure should exist, she said. Some people think that tenure may cause professors to become lazy, Trotter said.

Trotter objects to that perspective because the person who was hired into the job in the first place, may have competed nationally against hundreds of other people and had to be the top candidate to get the job, she said.

“You’re dealing with someone of a pretty high level. They spend around seven yearsvbeing evaluated to receive tenure,” Trotter said. “What are the odds that person is going to suddenly become a lousy teacher? The amount of evaluation is more significant than any other field I can think of."


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Increase in honors requirements

Next year’s incoming class of 2020 will encounter a new standard when it comes to the honors program.

Currently, the Whitworth website lists the requirements for George Whitworth Honors to be 15 credits at a grade level of C or higher. However, the requirements will increase required credits to 18 beginning next year.

This change comes at the recommendation of the National Collegiate honors council, director of honors Doug Sugano said. The NCHC “provide support for institutions and individuals developing, implementing, and expanding honors education through curriculum development,” according to the website nchchonors.org.

Since the NCHC sends evaluators to each of their member schools every three years, Sugano and the Honors Committee wanted to implement the new policy before the NCHC visits this year, he said.

Whitworth has fewer honors credits required than most other Washington private schools such as Seattle Pacific, Whitman and Pacific Lutheran University.

According to the Pacific Lutheran University website, honors students need about the equivalent of 28 credit hours for their honors program. Seattle Pacific University requires 66 credits for their University Scholars program; however, each class is five credits.

The base standards for Whitworth’s honors program remain high. Whitworth requires the credits to be taken within multiple academic departments with no more than nine credits earned within a single department, according to the Whitworth website. The system allows for honors students to get a well-rounded education, according to the website.

These credits also have to be earned in different types of courses such as: honors courses, honors research, honors internship, honors off-campus program, honors creative project and honors discussion groups, according to the Whitworth website. Whitworth offers a lighter course load but makes the honors system well rounded, Sugano said.

“I know how busy Whitworth students are,” Sugano said. “Some have two majors, and those that don’t have multiple minors. Honors are important but I don’t want it competing with everything else that is present in students' lives.”

Any incoming freshmen that enter the school with honors, as noted by their incoming GPA, are entered into the program for their first year of attendance. Each year, the incoming freshmen class has about 240 honors students, which drops to around 50 by a class’ sophomore year, Sugano said. This is due to opting out of the program or a drop in GPA and sequential removal from the program, Sugano said.

The honors program is working on expanding it’s o erings, recently offering the priority opportunity for eight George Whitworth Honors students to intern at the Smithsonian during Jan Term, which afterwards opens to general students. The committee plans to expand this to May Term as well, Sugano said.

Honors students also have the opportunity to drink coffee and have conversations with important guest speakers. For example, the past month students have had co ee with B.H. Fairchild, breakfast with Dena Samuels, and attended the President’s Leadership Forum with David Brooks. Exciting opportunities continue to be offered throughout the year for honors students, Sugano said.

Further information about the Honors program can be found on the honors section of the Whitworth website, or by contacting the members of the Honors Steering Committee.


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Taylor announces $2.05 million endowment

President Beck Taylor announced a $2.05 million endowment for a professorship in chemistry gifted by the late retired Whitworth professor and library archivist, Hugh W. Johnston, last Thursday.

In addition to the endowed professorship, the gift will allow Whitworth to establish a fund for research in chemistry. The fund helps fulfill the Whitworth 2021 strategic plan that was developed five years ago.

“Because of Hugh Johnston’s generosity to Whitworth in addition to the endowed professorship, the university will place an additional sum of $550,000 into this newly endowed fund to support interdisciplinary research, moving us more than halfway toward our $1 million goal in that area,” Taylor said. The university plans to have 10 endowed faculty positions at the uni- versity by 2021, Taylor said. The Hugh W. Johnston endowed professorship in chemistry is the seventh endowed professorship.

"This gift will further strengthen Whitworth’s already strong chemistry program and will stimulate research in this important field,” said Caroline Simon, Whitworth provost and executive vice president.

The Hugh W. Johnston endowed research fund will enable faculty and student research collaborations across many disciplines in the university and connect multiple disciplines, Simon said.

“We in the chemistry department are very excited to hear about this announcement, “ said chemistry de- partment chair Dr. Deanna Ojennus. “We rmly believe that faculty-directed research in an essential part of a Whitworth chemistry major’s education.”

The chemistry department believes the fund will help foster faculty and student research, Ojennus said.

“We look forward to how this endowed professorship will raise Whitworth’s academic profile in the sciences,” Ojennus said.

“Knowing Hugh and his love for the sciences, especially for chemistry, it’s appropriate that the majority of his gift will enable strong faculty support in that area through the new endowed professorship,” Taylor said. “And there’s no question that Hugh loved his students, so the generous fund to support student-faculty collaborative and interdisciplinary scholarship would make him smile. Thank God for Hugh Johnston.”

Hugh Johnston was an archaeologist, Egyptologist and stamp collector. He started teaching at Whitworth in 1957, teaching chemistry for 16 years. His last 12 years on the Whitworth staff were as director of development services. After his retirement, he served in the archive department of Whitworth as the library’s head archivist.


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The Empathy Project: who tells your story?

The Empathy Project, created last year by senior Bryce Bagley, is an audio storytelling project that seeks to facilitate empathy by sharing people’s unique stories.

Hoping to partner with Whitworth.FM., Bagley is asking students from all backgrounds to record their experiences and stories and share them with the Whitworth community.

“When there’s some group or culture or even just means of identifying a person that we’re prejudiced against, it’s because we’ve never actually encountered real people who are transgender or who are Muslim or atheist,” Bagley said.

It’s a lot harder for an individual to express hate toward a group of people when that individual is presented with a real person from that demographic Bagley said.

“By recording these interviews...we can encourage empathy, because you have a real person that’s attached to this idea,” Bagley said. “It’s not just an abstraction anymore. It’s a human being.”

The reason why Bagley chose to present stories in this way, was inspired by an audio storytelling class that Bagley took last Jan Term, where they listened to podcasts about people’s experiences in life.

“I use audio recordings because there’s so much about the emotion of the story that’s captured in a person’s voice,” Bagley said.

Bagley has interviewed five individuals so far, both people from Whitworth and people he knew before coming to Whitworth, Bagley said.

One of the impacts he hopes to have is people changing their perspective on certain minority groups or underrepresented cultures, Bagley said.

“By being open with people, you learn something about being human, regardless of who you’re being open with,” Bagley said. “My policy with the people I interview is that after I’m done interviewing them, they can ask me any question they want.”

One person Bagley interviewed is sophomore Kai Eder, who said that telling his life story was interesting, because having a third party to help him process through it helped him to see things he hadn’t before.

“It really made me think deeply about if I was the person who truly knew my own story the best,” Eder said.

Eder hopes his story will impact people and change people’s opinions on hard issues, he said.

“I think people will start being a little more mindful of the issues that transgender people or non-binary people have to deal with,” Eder said.

Bagley was impacted by Eder’s interview, he said.

“I had no idea experientially what it meant to be transgender until I talked to Kai,” Bagley said. “It completely opened my mind to what that means to live through that. To live through what it’s like to be a transgender person today.”

The implementation of the project has met with some issues. The people that have been helping with the project have either graduated or not had enough time to work on the project, including Bagley himself.

“I’ve had some setbacks... I can’t do all of it on my own and that’s definitely slowed me down a lot,” Bagley said. “But I really do want to get at least enough inertia set up before I leave that it doesn’t die.”

Bagley said that he hopes the stories will be available to listen to over Whit- worth.FM., but has not yet heard back from the new director of Whitworth.FM.

Bagley’s ultimate goal is to create deeper levels of acceptance and tolerance, he said.


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New institutional repository introduced in library

Whitworth University has an institutional repository allowing student and faculty research available on worldwide scale.

“The institutional repository is a third party hosted site where we can collect all of the digital versions of research that students or faculty do,” library instructor Kathy Watts said. “It’s all in a web portal on the Whitworth page.”

Students now have access to see their professors’ work, and students also have an opportunity to include their own work in the database.

Students, depending on their program, can post their work and research on the program, making it discoverable. is is especially important if students want to go to graduate school.

Students can put on their resume that they have a paper published and uploaded on a database.

This provides students a permanent URL, where their work can be discovered by anybody, even potential employers, Watts said.

The librarians hope to get as much faculty work into the database as possible. The librarians are looking to upload student work from honors students in particular,library director Amanda Clark said.

Next year the librarians want to start focusing more on uploading student work.

"The best part about this is that anything we put in the web portal is discoverable on Google," Clark said. "That is what is so exciting, because within the couple months since we started, hundreds of things have been downloaded because people can find them on Google.”

The database stores faculty papers including papers students might not have known existed such as lectures faculty presented at conferences.

The database also holds master’s theses and Whitworth archives such as the yearbooks and newspapers, Clark said.

Whitworth had no place to physically store projects, audio clips, lectures and videos, and they would end up being forgotten despite the work and research put into them, Watts said.

“It's expanding what people can find out about Whitworth, about the research that goes on here at Whitworth, so suddenly we are broadcast all across the planet,” Clark said. “Everything in the database is branded for Whitworth, it’s a great promotion. A lot of what we were doing here just stayed here at Whitworth, and now we are able to distribute stuff much more broadly.”


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Whitworth hosts first home speech and debate tournament in university’s history

A historic event happened last weekend on the Whitworth campus. Students in professional attire flooded the MPR, men in suits swarmed Sodexo and women in blazers crowded Dixon, Robinson and Weyerhaeuser. The cause?

Whitworth hosted its first speech and debate home tournament.

Traditionally, Whitworth’s award-winning forensics team, which was resurrected in 2010 by professor and forensics coach Mike Ingram, attends only away tournaments.

“We are always the road warriors going someplace else,” Ingram said.

Last weekend, that tradition changed.

Having a tournament on Whitworth’s campus allowed students to show off their home to the other eight schools who attended and provided a greater opportunity for the Whitworth community to watch the team compete, Ingram said.


Those eight schools included: Carroll College, Montana; Lewis & Clark College, Oregon; Linfield, Oregon; Oregon State University; Northwest Nazarene University, Idaho; Pacific University, Oregon; Southern Methodist University, Texas; University of Washington, Washington.

Professors, family and friends of the forensic team members “can’t get in the van and drive 300 miles to Lewis and Clark with us but they can come this weekend, which is really exciting,” Ingram said.

The Northwest Forensics Conference season is composed of six speech tournaments. However, Whitworth’s team attends only three of them because the rst and last competitions fall too close to the beginning and end of the semester, Ingram said.

Pacific University’s forensics coach Dan Broyles and Ingram partnered to create the additional tournament to provide another avenue for students to compete and gain feedback, Ingram said.

“Coach Ingram is a linchpin of the community of de- bate, of forensics, in the Northwest— if not the country— and really anywhere he goes is a home tournament for him,” junior forensics member James Eccles said.

The tournament took weeks of planning to reserve classrooms, prepare the itinerary and invite schools and judges.

Some people invited to judge were former Whitworth forensics students such as Sarah Streyder, ‘15, Stephanie Saracco, ‘15, Sarah Dice, ‘15, Bri Miller, ‘15, Rebecca Korf, ‘15, Kym Davis, ‘95 and Lori Welch, ‘90.

“It’s a great mini-reunion of people who were and are dear to me and who love the institution and the program and help make this thing go,” Ingram said.

Ingram also hired local high school speech coaches, pastors, other educators, friends of friends and intelligent college graduates to create both an educated and a lay audience for the competitions, he said.

“It’s a high value that the students need to speak persuasively not just to the P.H.D.s who understand rhetoric like Dr. [Ron] Pyle [Whitworth communications professor] but also to an educated lay person,” Ingram said.

Under Ingram’s leadership the Whitworth forensics team won first place last year in the year- long standings of the NFC, was recognized as the best International Public Debate Association program in the NFC and dominated their first competition three weeks ago.

Currently, there are 20 members of the forensic team, 12 of whom are new this year.

“Having a large team certainly positions us mathematically to be competitive, but I like to think it is more of the quality than the quantity that makes a difference,” Ingram said

Quantity of team members gave schools less of a mathematical advantage at the home competition last weekend than at other competitions, however, because it was a swing tournament. At a swing tournament, the two schools each host one day of the tournament. Whitworth hosted the Saturday tournament and Pacific hosted on Sunday.

Last weekend, students who typically compete in both speech and debate were forced to chose between the two events.

“This will...force a lot of people to focus down into specific events and I think you might see a higher quality of specific events,” Eccles said.

Last year the additional swing tournament occurred on Pacific University’s campus and the coaches plan to continue offering the competition every year, alternating the venue between the two universities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Hiring professors: The process at Whitworth

Whitworth University obtains qualified professors from nationwide searches from a process that selects only the best and most capable for students.

“We have different categories of teaching instructional faculty at Whitworth and the hiring process of these faculties can be very different,” Craig Hinnenkamp, associate dean in the school of business, said.

When looking to hire permanent faculty the hiring process is very extensive and intense. There are two different types of permanent professors: track one: tenure track, and track two: non tenure track. The difference between the two tracks lies in their contracts. However, the hiring process is the same for both.

The first step in hiring a permanent position is to fill a vacancy with approval from the provost. The next step is to conduct a nationwide search. The recruiting announcement includes a job description and then that is sent across the nation, Hinnenkamp said.

“I saw a posting that was on the Whitworth University website but it was also put through a professional organization. I contacted the chair of the [communications] department to find out more about the job on my own,” Dr. Kevin Grieves, associate professor in the communication studies department said.

Search committees are appointed by the discipline to search for and to evaluate potential professors.

“The standard for a search committee is to get diverse representation as best as possible within a department,” Hinnenkamp said.

The search committee usually includes members from the hiring discipline, an outside faculty member and a student representative. The students are usually pulled from the discipline that forms the search committee and are usually the top students in their discipline.

After receiving applications, the search committees will review all of the applications sent in and narrow it down to a manageable number. Depending on the discipline, that number can vary greatly.

After the narrowing process, there are interviews with potential candidates, conducted through Skype. After these interviews, the search committee will bring the best candidates to campus. Usually there are around three brought for their trial-run.

“I submitted my application online and I was invited to do a Skype interview with the committee, Grieves said. “After that I was invited to come here to Spokane to visit and interview.”

Generally, the campus visits last for two days. During that two-day period potential professors will be interviewed by the search committee, the provost, the chaplain and President Beck Taylor, Hinnenkamp said.

Candidates are required to teach a class and put on presentations demonstrating their research, Hinnenkamp said.

“It truly is a grueling process. It is a good process because there are multiple layers to it and multiple pieces of accountability,” Hinnenkamp said. “Our permanent faculty will be a part of our community at Whitworth and we want them to be the best in the country.”

However, there is a less formal process when looking at hiring contingent faculty, or professors who are not considered permanent such as lecturers and adjunct professors, Hinnenkamp said.

The interviewing process for contingent faculty varies across campus. Some departments have the department chair hold responsibility for potential hires, using input from faculty within the discipline, Hinnenkamp said.

Other departments have their applicants come to the university and guest lecture in an existing class. This way the department can get feedback from the student and the faculty that attend the class.

Whitworth requires permanent professors to give a statement of faith, while contingent faculty does not have this requirement.

“They do not require us to sign any sort of statement that somebody else has prepared, which is something I really liked about Whitworth. We can put in our own words our Christian beliefs,” Grieves said.

To be hired, a lecturer’s beliefs have to be consistent with Whitworth’s Christian mission. This consistency is determined by the provost. However, adjunct professors are not required to write a statement of faith or have beliefs consistent with Whitworth’s Christian mission.


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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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Canceled: Turkey Jan Term

Whitworth University has canceled the 2016 study abroad trip to Turkey due to the recent civil unrest in Syria. The Syrian crisis has spilled into Turkey resulting in heightened concerns for student safety while studying abroad. “The hotspot of the Syrian Crisis in Turkey is the southeastern corner,” junior Chase Weholt, a student who was to attend the 2016 Turkey trip said. “There is a group of people that have been wanting to create their own state.”

Due to the Syrian crisis, Whitworth has canceled the 2016 trip to Turkey for liability and safety purposes, Weholt said.

U.S. citizens can travel to Turkey, but there is an official travel warning put out by the U.S. State Department. It cautions travelers from going to the region due to an unstable government, civil war, ongoing intense crime and violence or frequent terrorist attacks, according to the Bureau of Consular Affairs.

The Syrian Civil war has raged for four years, beginning in 2011.

The 15 day trip would have taken place during the 2016 January Term, according to the Whitworth website. This trip is usually available every three years.

In place of the trip to Turkey the administration has scheduled a trip to Greece, Weholt said.

“It’s in the works right now. Jonathan Woo [the trip leader] came to us and gave us the news and out of anyone this had been more tough on him,” Weholt said. “Years of planning go into a study abroad trip. Turkey’s history bleeds into Greece. The next best place to go is Greece.”

The Greece trip has been confirmed, but the economic crisis in Greece could affect the trip.

“It’s not promising. Our dollar is going to have a lot of power in Greece, so that should be helpful when it comes to expenses,” Weholt said. “On the flip side, making changes now to the trip and rescheduling, there will probably be some increased fees. I don’t have any worries in its stability in where we would be able to go.”

Twenty-four students had been scheduled to go on the trip to Turkey and they expressed sadness in the cancellation of the trip, Weholt said.

“Students, when they came to me, prepared a paper on a specific aspect of the trip that gave them an expert voice in that particular field and then when we were at a place in the journey that was relevant to their paper, they would give to the entire group a summary of their findings,” Jim Edwards, the previous trip leader and retired theology professor said.

“There are wonderful advantages to Turkey. Turkey is a large country with a diverse and beautiful landscape,” Edwards said.

The theology department holds this trip for students to experience the birthplace of Christianity, Edwards said.

“I devised and established the trip back in 2007,” Edwards said. “For our purposes we were studying the history of Christianity there. It has tremendous antiquities especially when referenced to Christianity. That was our primary objective. The Turkish people always treated us with great friendliness.


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Whitworth added to BlueLight app network

This summer, Whitworth, along with 150 schools nationwide, joined the BlueLight network. Not to be confused with the blue light emergency stations located throughout campus, BlueLight is a safety app which, using GPS, connects users to their closest emergency dispatchers and allows selected people to receive updates on the user’s whereabouts, said Ceci Marshall, a BlueLight marketing intern .

Campuses are added to the BlueLight network when the company recognizes a large number of people in an area are using the app or when there are multiple requests made to have the campus added, Marshall said.

Approximately 10 requests were made to the company this summer to add Whitworth to the safety app’s network, Marshall said.

BlueLight consists of two main features: “Request Help” and “On My Way.”

A user who presses “Request Help” is connected to the nearest 911 dispatcher and the location is relayed to the dispatcher as well as displayed at the top of the user’s phone screen, Marshall said.

When a school is added to the BlueLight network, the users who clicked “Request help” on campus are connected directly to campus security and the names of campus buildings are added to the BlueLight network, Marshall said.

The Whitworth campus being added to the BlueLight network means that if a Whitworth student with the app were to use the “Request Help” feature while on campus, campus security would receive a call relaying the student’s location measured by the proximity to a building such as “200 feet from Weyerhaeuser hall.”

Whitworth employs nine security officers, two of whom are on duty at a time, Whitworth security officer Phil Hinckley said.

Hinckley, who has been a security officer at Whitworth for 20 years, said he has never received a call from a student who felt unsafe walking across campus at night.

Most calls the security officers receive are for unlocking doors, Hinckley said.

“Whitworth, believe it or not, is not well known by criminals because most people don’t know where it is,” Hinckley said.

Most student concerns about assault and harassment are taken to leadership in student life, not campus security, Hinckley said.

“I’ve never received a call from someone saying ‘I’ve just been assaulted,’” Hinckley said.

BlueLight’s “On My Way” feature allows a student to enter a destination and select people they want BlueLight to notify via a text message when the individual begins their journey and reaches their destination.

For students on campus who do not feel safe walking across campus, Whitworth offers a safe rides service. The service provides students rides across campus in security vehicles.

Currently there is an average of one to two safe rides per night, Jacquelyn McCord, chief of Whitworth security, said.

Safe rides are used mostly by students who are injured or don’t want to walk in the cold, Hinckley said.

Users who feel unsafe in places other than campus can use the app off campus as well.

The BlueLight app can be used anywhere, such as downtown Spokane.

When users of the app aren’t on campus the “Request Help” feature will connect them to the nearest emergency dispatcher and send the dispatcher the user’s location’s address.

The app is also often used to help students know where they are when they are lost because their location will appear on the phone screen, Marshall said.

The app costs $9.99 a year for students and $19.99 for all other users, according to getbluelight.com.



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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf speaks at Gonzaga

“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough,” Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said during a speech at the Gonzaga University Presidential Speaker series last Sunday. Whitworth students who attended the event held at the McCarthey Athletic Center said they were profoundly impacted by her words.

“I think when you have someone like her who’s done a lot of great things and especially being who she is...being the first female head of state in Africa, being a Nobel Peace Prize winner-these are things that are amazing and that people should aspire to,” junior political science major James Eccles said. “I think people are more likely to be inspired to aspire to those things if they meet her face to face. I think that’s incredibly important.”

Sirleaf’s perspective on Africa impacted senior communication major Addy Koneval, she said.

“She told this intricate and interesting narrative about West Africa that’s different than our preconceptions about what Africa is,” Koneval said.

“If asked to describe my homeland in a sentence, I might say something like this: Liberia is a wonderful, beautiful, mixed-up country struggling mightily to find itself,” Sirleaf wrote in her autobiography, “This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President.”

One of the struggles Liberia has faced is with the 2014 Ebola outbreak that infected over 10,000 people and killed nearly 5,000 in Liberia, according to the Center for Disease Control.

People were confused, frightened and did not know what to do against an enemy that they couldn’t see, hide from or understand, Sirleaf said.

The initial lack of response from other countries to come to West Africa’s aid prompted Sirleaf to write a letter to the world, asking for help.

“It is the duty of all of us, as global citizens, to send a message that we will not leave millions of West Africans to fend for themselves against an enemy that they do not know, and against whom they have little defense,” Sirleaf said. “The time for talking or theorizing is over. Only concerted action will save my country, and our neighbors, from experiencing another national tragedy.”

The president’s perspective on the Ebola crisis in Liberia and West Africa as a whole, specifically the involvement of the United States in the crisis impacted Eccles, he said.

“We turned our back on West Africa and didn’t really care about it until it seemed like it might affect us personally and I think that is a dangerous, dangerous mindset to have in the world that we live in today,” Eccles said. “I think it’s important to hear someone that was there experiencing that firsthand to say, ‘Hey, where were you? This is a global community and you’re a part of it. You should be doing better.’”

During her speech, Sirleaf reminded the crowd that although she is many things, the first female president to ever be democratically elected in any African nation, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, an avid advocate for women’s rights, education and peace, she is also a grandmother and that has an impact on her presidency.

“I like that she draws on the strength of being a grandmother to run the country,” senior history and Spanish major Hannah Tweet said.

“She started out as a mother of four. Her grandmothers on both sides spent their entire lives illiterate. Her mother was the first one in her family that was literate, but she still worked an incredibly hard life of labor,” Eccles said. “For her to rise above that, I think is a pretty profound message: that people should get involved and don’t let perceived barriers prevent you from doing so.”

Liberia celebrates 12 years of peace this year, Sirleaf said. When asked about her excitement for the future of Liberia, Sirleaf said that she hopes for world peace, “a peace that allows human dignity to prevail.”

Sirleaf has been abused, imprisoned and exiled, according to her autobiography. During her imprisonment, she did not know whether she would live or die, Sirleaf said.

“The way that she downplayed her personal trials, like going to prison, is a testament to the strength and resilience she has,” Tweet said.

What mainly resonated with students is her advice about dreams, the same advice she gave to Harvard students during her commencement address in 2011.

“I think her closing comments that if your dream doesn’t scare you, then you’re not dreaming big enough... means that the barriers that scare us should not stop us,” Eccles said.


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Student earns grant to start Madagascar camp

IMG_6263 Last semester junior Jessica Razanadrakoto traveled the world by ship and earned the opportunity to positively impact her home country, Madagascar, with its first-ever summer camp.

Razanadrakoto said she didn’t know what to expect because she had never been on a cruise ship before, but she entered into a competition created by the Resolution Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating “leaders with a lifelong commitment to social responsibility,” according to the organization’s website.

The founders were tired of being referred to as the leaders of tomorrow and they decided to inspire the generation to be the leaders of today, according to their mission statement and story.

Through winning the Resolution Fellowship Razanadrakoto and two teammates received a U.S. Grant to develop a summer camp in her home of Moramanga, Madagascar.

Razanadrakoto believes Madagascar’s untouched potential helped them win. Razanadrakoto’s team’s camp would be the first summer camp in Madagascar, Razanadrakoto said.

“Madagascar’s education is based on memorization. Students’ performance is measured on how well they memorize the information and how well they get on the test,” Razanadrakoto said. “Though grammar, math, and history for instance could be done this way, leadership skills can’t.”

The goal of the camp is to teach the kids of Moramanga the leadership skills they don’t learn in school, Razanadrakoto said.

The first year of camp will begin in July of 2016 with an expected enrollment of 30 students.

“We will be teaching students leadership skills through sports and activities, such as Lacrosse and the human knot,” Razanadrakoto said.

An ideal day at camp would include sports in the morning, followed by lunch. Then arts and crafts and other activities, and closing the day with a discussion session on what the students learned on and off the field and why it matters in their everyday life, Razanadrakoto said.

The team working at the camp will be made up of Razanadrakoto’s winning team and five native Malagasies and five international volunteers. The 10 leaders will work with students 10-15 years old for two-week periods who were suggested by teachers in Moramanga.

Razanadrakoto had the opportunity to join in the competition that Resolution Projects hosts during the Semester at Sea program. Resolution Projects brings their Resolution Fellowship to the Semester at Sea program to find undergraduate students and helps “them implement their idea and develop as socially-responsible leaders,” according to the program description.

She struggled to find a team at first, but then came together with two other women, Laura Patterson, a D1 lacrosse player, and Sophia Connot, a student heavily involved in student leadership. Together, these near-strangers combined their skills to build a sports camp in Madagascar for leadership development for today and tomorrow, Razanadrakoto said.

The idea for the camp partially originated from Razanadrakoto’s experience in the U.S., she said.

After moving from Madagascar she began attending high school in Seattle her sophomore year. During that time she recognized Madagascar doesn’t offer nearly as many extra-curricular activities as the United States, Razanadrakoto said.

Participating in the Resolution Project gave her the chance to increase the opportunities offered to children in Madagascar, she said.

The project was not an easy one, Razanadrakoto said.

“This [process] took late nights and very little sleep,” Razanadrakoto said.

The Resolution Project competition consists of three rounds of presentations before a judging panel in which teams explain their plans for finances and organization.

The hard work paid off, Razanadrakoto said. The team felt confident in their idea after the final stage of presentations, where they competed against three other teams. She and the other members of their team knew in the back of their minds that they would win because of how well the presentation had gone, she said.

Razanadrakoto and her teammates want to create as many leaders as possible in the country, while allowing the students to have fun at the camp.

Razanadrakoto’s parents gave her a piece of land that is big enough for a school. The land is in the same area as the camp so she hopes to be able to incorporate this to further the purpose of the camp, she said. Razanadrakoto plans to be at the camp for the first few years, eventually planning on teaching others how to sustain the camp.

The time at sea wasn’t all about the project. Class would stop when a family of dolphins swam by, Razanadrakoto said of her time on the ship.

They spent two to 14 days on the water between ports, Razanadrakoto said, calling the trip amazing. The students on the ship took classes and admired the sights and cultures that come with a trip around the world.

Their journey included 12 countries, many of which were in Africa and Asia.

Departing from Ensenada, Mexico, the ship’s passengers and crew gathered on the upper deck and clapped. They continued clapping as they saw beautiful sunsets and sunrises the likes of which they had not experienced on land, Razanadrakoto said.

Razanadrakoto initially went on the trip because “traveling the world was on her bucket list” and when she saw the Semester at Sea program she couldn’t help but agree to it, she said, adding that she was excited to get to know other peoples and cultures.

Students who have an interest in a similar trip can find more information at semesteratsea.org.

More information on the Resolution Project can be found at www.resolutionproject.org. Anyone who wishes to get involved with Razanadrakoto and her team’s project can apply as an international volunteer as the camp gets started. Donations toward sports equipment/volunteers travels are also welcome as the camp enters its growth period, Razanadrakoto said.


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Campus frolfing course redesigned

Frolfing, also known as Frisbee Golf, has long been a tradition at Whitworth. For as long as students can remember there has been the dull ringing of a Frisbee making contact with the intended target. This summer facility services and ASWU joined together to create a more sustainable and visible frolfing course on campus ASWU president Justin Botejue, and the director of facilities services, Chris Eichorst said.

One reason for the change was the risk of property damage caused by the Frisbees hitting their traditional targets such as resident hall signs.

Eichorst said he estimates the costs of new signs to be about $5000 with a general re-facing to be at least $800.

“We don’t want to have to raise tuition or have to fine students to pay for these damages,” Botejue said.

Property damage isn’t the only concern pertaining to the previous course. Certain holes in the previous course were aimed towards doors, specifically the HUB doors.

This creates worry as discs are blindly flying towards unsuspecting students exiting the building. The danger comes when the disc hits a student and causes bodily harm.

“We wanted to come up with something where we have the culture because we know it’s fun, but we want to limit the damages and concerns associated with it,” Eichorst said of frolfing.

Facility services and ASWU devised a campus map with the location of each hole and course possibilities shown. They also added signs and targets that show students which items to hit and which to avoid.

Dorm signs can be seen spotting a plea to avoid hitting the sign and thus preventing expensive damage repairs.

However, not every student is sold on this new course.

“I’m paying close to $160,000 for my degree alone,” senior Bryan Walsh said. “That alone could cover the property damage for the rest of Whitworth’s existence. It’s not that I don’t care about my campus’ property, but I feel like such a rich tradition shouldn’t be taken away.”

Botejue and Eichorst said they are hoping to provide the safest route while still allowing this integral part of Whitworthian culture and fun student activity to continue.

They also hope to add a par to the course soon, Eichorst said.


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One hundred parking spaces lost because of remodel

Due to the remodel of the music building, Whitworth’s parking availability is down by 200 parking spaces, half of which will not be recovered until after the completion of construction in Fall 2016. One of the reasons there’s less parking is because Fire District 9 requires that Whitworth has an additional fire lane to accommodate the expansion, which will be put in the lot behind Cowles Auditorium, Facility Services Director Chris Eichorst said.

One way Whitworth is hoping to combat the issue of having less spaces is by eventually trying to add more parking, an addition to the 100 spaces Whitworth will be getting back, Eichorst said.

“There are plans on the shelf for a new expansion to the A1 parking lot,” Eichorst said. “That would add 52 back to what we have.”

Many students on campus have expressed displeasure with the amount of parking; however, Eichorst said the numbers are favorable.

As of this week, there are 1,238 parking permits issued to on-campus students, off-campus students, faculty, staff and contractors,` and 1,662 available parking spots, according to Eichorst.

“If you look at the overall numbers that we have, we have plenty of parking. The unfortunate thing is people perceive that we don’t have convenient parking and that’s true,” Eichorst said. “We don’t intend to have convenient parking for a walking campus that Whitworth is…It’s only a ten minute walk from end to end on campus.”

Another way the parking issue is being combated is by the parking task force, a campus organization geared toward dealing with parking concerns.

Eichorst is a member of the parking task force and said that they deal mainly with the issues of parking distribution. The task force consists of various members of faculty, staff, security and student representatives Kai Eder and Breanna Lyons. The force decides which dorms should park in which parking lots and meet as needed to change or discuss distribution issues.

“We don’t have a parking problem here, we have kind of a distribution problem, so people aren’t parking in their right spaces,” Eichorst said. “If we can correct that, that would help everyone out.”

Some students agree and don’t believe there is a parking problem such as sophomore Lindsay Lackey.

“There’s less parking for sure. It’s really hard to find a spot near Ballard,” Lackey said. “A couple times I’ve had to park across the street.”

While parking on campus may be inconvenient, it is available, Eichorst said.

“We understand it’s definitely a change and we’ll get more parking spaces back, but we do have enough capacity to handle everyone’s parking needs,” Eichorst said. “If everybody parks where they’re supposed to, it will fit.”

Security officer LeRoy McCall said that the amount of people whose cars remain unregistered is a problem when addressing whether or not all cars will fit in the lot.

Students who fail to register their cars or park in lots in which they are not allowed to park may be fined, and that the consequences of not paying those fines by graduation could be a withholding of your diploma until fines are paid, McCall said.

Students who register their cars, but do not put the registration decal up may be fined, McCall said.

When one student parks in the wrong space a domino effect happens and the student who actually needs that space because it’s their designated area to park is forced to park in someone else’s spot until everyone is parking where they shouldn’t McCall said.

Aside from the issue of parking availability, concern has been raised regarding safety and lighting in the lots behind Oliver and Duvall.

“We know it’s a little dark back there,” Duvall senator Katie Holtzheimer said in an email sent to Duvall residents. “Although security is absolutely wonderful and you are safe in the back parking lot, we are looking into ways to light it up back there so we all feel a little more comfortable at night.”

The parking lots behind Oliver and Duvall are lit, with the exception of lot C4, which is not lit because it was just recently added as an expansion to accommodate more east side residents, Eichorst said. Facility services is taking student concerns regarding lighting into consideration and is working toward getting better lighting, he said.

“If people feel unsafe anywhere on campus, we always encourage them to call security and ask for either an escort or a safe ride,” Eichorst said.

McCall echoed this, saying that security is there to help.

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Dick Mandeville resigns after 25 years of service

After 25 years at Whitworth, previous Vice President of Student life Dr. Richard Mandeville resigns, leaving students questioning the rapid changes occurring in the student life department. This past year there have been a multitude of changes in Student Life including the creation of new positions and the resignation of Dick Mandeville whose position is now filled by Rhosetta Rhodes.

“I resigned. It was my choice to do that. I’d been contemplating it for some time. It may become retirement or it may be the first retirements of several.” Mandeville said, he plans on completing his bucket list after he officially leaves Whitworth on Sept. 30.

Mandeville wanted to be sure that he stayed focused on my job through Sept. 29, his last day at the university.

Students are questioning why there have been new hires and positions in the Student Life department.

“I think last year was a pretty tough year on this campus in general. I’m not necessarily sure why, but a lot of sexual assaults happened,” senior Naji Saker and student life worker said when asked about the changes in student life.

“Nobody really imagines that anything bad would happen at Whitworth,” Saker said. “I think that puts a lot of stress under the position here in [resident] life, but they’re handling it really well this year. The environment in student life has been phenomenal.”

While the university is sad to see such a wonderful faculty member depart, students, staff and faculty are thankful for his legacy.

“Those who knew Dr. Mandeville are sad to see him leave, but also have high hopes for the future of student life,” Rhosetta Rhodes, interim Vice President of Student Life said. The Student Life department is better because of Mandeville’s presence, Rhodes said.

The Student Life department with Dr. Mandeville accomplished the creation of three new residence halls Boppell, Duvall and Oliver, hiring and training 40 Resident Directors and helping create great collaborative working relationships with faculty.

"One of the things I feel very good about is our student leadership program in the residence halls. I think that it reflects the values of the institution well and it also adds a focus on the mission of the institution,” Mandeville said. “We are trying to develop wellness programs at a high level and are consistent and presented around campus.”

“No one can speak or translate student life to the general campus community better than Dick,” Rhodes said. “He knew student development and his practice resulted from his knowledge of student development. He made friends out of students, faculty and staff. He will be missed.”

“I think it’s bitter sweet. Knowing him, this is a good decision for him. I think that everybody gets to the point where they need to retire,” Saker said. Saker said that Mandeville was an important mentor and good friend to him throughout his time at Whitworth.

“I’m sad to see him leave but happy to see him go because I know he’s going to be doing other stuff and probably get to spend more time with his family after being here for 25 years,” Saker said.

He will miss watching students grow through a leadership opportunity and through healthy relationships fostered in our residence halls, Mandeville said.

“When I interviewed here, I met with a small group of students and I remembered thinking if these are the kinds of students that this place attracts, this is going to be a great place to be, and it has been,” Mandeville said. “Our students are remarkable and talented and I think that we’ve done a great job of creating a place for them to grow into their best selves. It has been exciting work.”

While sad to see Mandeville depart, Saker is reassured by the interim vice president who stepped into office Aug. 1.

“It’s hard to see him leave, but I think that Rosetta is doing a wonderful job,” Saker said. “She is so intelligent and it’s cool to have her up here [in student life].”

“We have new staff members, which will result in different activities and different projects from those Dr. Mandeville started,” Rhodes said.

“We are looking at an anti-alcohol consumption campaign. Although alcohol doesn’t commit assault, we recognize that it is used by some perpetrators to control their victim and render them helpless. It is one of many tools that perpetrators use,” Rhodes said.

While the Student Life department had a difficult time last year, they look forward to the new semester under Rhosetta Rhodes as Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students and wish Dick Mandeville the best in his new endeavors.


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Campus leaders can't guarantee confidentiality

Starting this fall, student leaders and most faculty and staff at Whitworth are required to report any issue which violates Title IX including sexual assault. The policy comes in part after the administration was notified of 25 sexual assaults last year all involving alcohol, Rhosetta Rhodes, Whitworth’s Title IX Coordinator, said in an ASWU meeting earlier this month. The policy ends staff and leadership confidentiality with the exception of chapel staff, counselors and others in the health center.

The newly enforced rule stating Title IX violations must be reported has the potential to alter the relationships between staff, leadership and students, faculty Kathryn Lee said.

“When I first was told about this new term, it did take me aback because there is a sense in which you want to provide a safe space for someone, and safety usually includes confidentiality,” Lee said. “That said, I also understand that Title IX is to protect the student and if nothing is ever done then there can be recurrences, a pattern that isn’t stopped at the very beginning. It’s hard.”

Title IX, enacted in 1971 to combat gender inequality in education, states “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance,” according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Recently the clarifications of the law have come to include the process of reporting and investigating claims of sexual violence and harassment. An act is considered sexual assault when it is intentional and occurs through physical force, disregards consent or an individual is incapacitated, according to the Whitworth student handbook.

The Office of Civil Rights recommends training for all education employees that includes “practical information about how to identify and report sexual harassment and violence,” according to the Dear Colleague Letter published in 2011.

At Whitworth, student leaders also are required to report all conversations with peers that include direct details about sexual violence or students questioning if they were assaulted, Rhodes said.

Both HEAT members and dorm student leaders did not know specifics on how the reporting and investigation process worked. “I still have questions about Title IX, the more nitty-gritty details about it. I would like better training on how to use being a mandatory reporter,” Oliver resident assistant Hannah Palmer said. “I don’t know how best to throw into a conversation, ‘Hey I’m a mandatory reporter,’ and then people still feel comfortable with opening up.”

While speaking to ASWU members, Rhodes said each reported alleged assault is assigned an investigator. The process begins with specific timelines to follow and those accused will receive a letter containing the allegations against them. Witnesses and information will be gathered including text messages. At the conclusion of the investigation both parties will be informed of the decision and appeals may be granted due to new evidence or procedural errors. Heat members said they believe the investigation process protects victims well.

“I think they handle it pretty sensitively so that person feels safe and it’s confidential because they don’t want someone to feel embarrassed,” HEAT member Meghan McMichael said.

In contrast, faculty member Karr-Cornejo said she has heard some students have been dissatisfied with the investigation process.

“At least in a certain kind of nuclei of students there is dissatisfaction, which is in part I believe why the policies have been changing nationwide,” Karr-Cornejo said in regards to how students feel about the investigation process.

There are also concerns regarding the possible emotional toll the reporting process can have on students.

“The process is difficult. The process is emotionally challenging. The process is emotionally draining,” Karr-Cornejo said. “Having to relive and having the veracity of what happened to you questioned over and over and over again, having to deal with whoever did things to you particularly if it is another student.”

Student leaders expressed more support for being mandatory reporters as it stopped them from having to make the hard choice of if information requires reporting.

“They’re reconstructing it because sexual assault is a problem on Whitworth’s campus, and so this is a way of addressing it. By making student leaders mandatory reporters we’re hoping to create a structure that will allow for students to have a safe place to go,” Oliver Senator Peter Schoening said.

Other leaders felt the change of policy would positively affect how students were protected while at Whitworth.

“If people hurt in some way and they are opening up to people and then people aren’t doing anything with that and letting them be hurt and wounded, [mandatory reporting] will allow them to find healing or at least get the help that they need,” Palmer said.

Staff and faculty heard about this initiative through staff wide emails or at the meeting for department chairs. Despite this information some faculty feel they still need more education on the topic.

Since the first announcement, Chatriand was invited by the political science department to speak further on faculties’ role as reporters.

“It was more just a general this is what my responsibilities are,” Lee said. “But it was obvious that all four of us want to know more. Give us some scenarios, walk us through some scenarios that we might come up against.”

Through more training, both staff and student leaders said they hope to be ready for the year ahead and students’ reactions to this policy.

“My perception is that people are worried about getting it wrong,” Karr-Cornejo said. “If we’re faced with particular situations we won’t get it right and that’s not what we want, we want to get it right, both for the students and for the institution.”


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