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Week 1 in Review

Hey fellow off-campus students,


Here's what you really need to know:


1. If you'd like to run for one of the two Off-Campus Representative positions, there is a mandatory meeting this Tuesday at 9:30pm in the HUB Chambers (upstairs). Pay is 3hrs/week at minimum wage, plus one free meal at every ASWU meeting. You'll be required to attend GE-330 each Tuesday and Thursday in the 11:45 block. It'll be fun. 


2. Title IX concerns are a big deal. Students need to have a good understanding of what constitutes sexual assault. Here are two guidelines:

 - Yes means yes. Rather than the old 'no means no' idea, the University wants students to know that they are legally required to obtain explicit consent from a romantic partner before engaging in sexual activity. 

 - This consent is only valid if the other person is in good mental condition. The exact term is 'incapacitation,' which is very broad - it can mean that the person may be stumbling, or slurring, or are acting or speaking different in any way than they normally do. It's a very broad definition. So, if a person is 'incapacitated' in this broad sense, they actually cannot give consent and their romantic partner could be legally accused of sexual assault. 


Last year, Whitworth University processed 25 Title IX sexual assault claims. Every single one of them had to do with alcohol consumption. Keep that in mind the next time you go to a party. 


Feel free to get in touch with me for more information on the week's ASWU happenings. I try to only use these emails for really important communications so that I don't clutter up your inbox. 

Welcome back, here's what you need to know

Hey Off Campus Students!

 My name is Kevin Glover and I'm your Off Campus Senator for the year. That means that I represent your opinions to the student government (ASWU) and will be responsible for communicating to you about events and happenings that are relevant to you. I'll also clue you in when there's free food. I'll keep this short and sweet - there are three things that you really should know about:

1. Off Campus BBQ: This is a yearly tradition, but this year it's going to be bigger than ever. Here's why you should come:

  •  The beef is free range, grass-fed angus from Painted Hills Farm near Portland, OR. You asked for ethical beef, here it is!
  • There will be hundreds of dollars in prizes and giveaways that are tailored for the needs of off campus students
  • You'll get to see all of your friends, all in one place, all eating the same delicious ethical beef
  • Did I mention there will be a 60' inflatable obstacle course that you can race your friends on?
Show up! It's Friday, September 11 at 5:30 at Holmberg Park. There will be music, dancing and joy. 

2. Parking: With the music building expansion, we lost 200 parking spaces. The upshot is that you will now have to park in the lots near Hawthorne Hall (lots H1 and H2), the dirt lots near the field house (lots C4 and G6) or across the street from the music building (lot A1) and then walk from class. I've talked with security and you should expect to get a ticket if you park on campus outside of where you have a pass for. They're going to be strict. Check out the parking map to find out exactly where these lots are. Also, registration for vehicles has increased in price to $60.

3. Paid ASWU positions opening up: ASWU is hiring two representatives this year to better represent the off campus population. Election information will be coming out soon, but for now just keep it in mind. You get paid three hours a week at $10/hr. I'll let you know about the job description and duties soon. 
 
Alright, that's it! I'm trying to keep this short and sweet with just the information you need to know. I'm your senator, so feel free to contact me!
 
 
Kevin Glover
kevinglover16@my.whitworth.edu
(775)340-0170
 
 

 

Rules of Engagement // November 20

 Hey Off-Campusers,

 Hola. Hey. Hey. Hi.  It's been awhile, sorry about that.  

This week in ASWU, we got some club updates, we heard some people say some things, and we spent some money.  Details:

Beckah Brown from Global Servants for Christ came and shared what the club has been up to.  This group exists to pray for missionaries and the persecuted church across the world.  They connect with missionaries in the Spokane community and also get students connected to missionaries.  They are in charge of putting on the Missions Fair, happening Spring Semester.  Interested?  Get in touch with rbrown16@my.whitworth.edu

The Asian American Student Association also talked to us.  They were responsible for the Liberty in North Korea event that happened a few weeks ago.  For their next event, the club is getting boba bubble tea together.  Anyone can join!  The club also connects with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders within the Spokane community at large.  Interested?  Contact Gina Nakagawa at gnakagawa16@my.whitworth.edu

Dan Schiebe from Psi Chi, the psychology club on campus, also updated us about a fundraiser the club is putting on.  Coloring Cookies is an effort to raise money for Professor of Psychology Dr. Adrian Teo, who is currently battling cancer.  At the HUB info desk you can buy a cookie coloring page for $2, color it, and post it up in the entryway to Saga.  Another option is to enter a raffle for $5.  All proceeds go to the Teo family.

Our speaker this week was Dr. Terry McGonigal of the Office of Church Engagement.  This is a new office, and a new position for McGonigal, who was formerly the school's Dean of Spiritual Life for 20 years.  This office manages funds granted to the school from the Lilly Foundation.  The office functions to listen to churches, discern their needs, and ask how Whitworth University can support what is going on within the churches.  The majority of churches the OCE contracts with are located along the I-90 corridor, such as 1st Presbyterian Missoula or 1st Pres Coeur d'Alene.  Using the grant from the Lilly Foundation, the OCE has established thirty or so internships for WU students in connection with the churches.  These internships are not solely ministry, or for theology majors only.  Dr. Stacy Keogh of the Sociology Department is working with some churches in rural Montana, conducting research on the nature of rural churches.  Soc students are the interns in this case, compiling data on their worksites.  History internships are also offered - 1st Pres. Missoula is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, for example.  International internships are available through the Office, as well as ones located here in Spokane.  Applications for these internships, open to all majors, close at the semester's end.  Does this sound like something you want to do?  Go to http://www.whitworth.edu/Administration/ChurchEngagement/SummerInternships.htm and fill out the app!

A note from Sustainability Coordinator Matthew Keiper: "Last Tuesday Sodexo collected all the food wasted during lunch. The total came out to over 90lbs in 1.5 hours! That’s a small person. Cut back on your waste by taking smaller amounts of food to begin with and by finishing what you take to eat".   

That's all, folks!  This was our last ASWU meeting for the year, so next week I'll just post up a bunch of cat videos and encouraging words for finals.  And memes.  Always memes.  You are all a lovely bunch.  Stay warm during the commute, and if you are traveling for the holidays, be safe!  Many winter blessings (i.e., don't freeze your limbs off),

Erika R. Boyd

Off-Campus Senator, Ruler of the Place Beyond the Pines, Conqueror of the Commute, Khaleesi of the Squirrels, etc.

^I really have to stop coming up with more titles for myself.  It's undemocratic. 

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 Weekly Events 

Saturday, November 22nd

SBDC: Ben White Lindy Hop Workshop

10am

Cornerstone Dance Studio

$25 fee

Movie Night - The Giver

8pm

Eric Johnston 233

Duvall 4th Floor Party

9pm

Duvall Hall 4th Floor

Sunday, November 23rd

Food for Thought Discussion Panel

6pm

HUB MPR

Monday, November 24th

Whitworth Voice Area Recital

7:30pm

Music Building Recital Hall

Tuesday, November 25th

Whitworth Voice Area Recital

7:30pm

Music Building Recital Hall

Monday, December 1st

President’s Christmas Reception

4pm

HUB

Chamber Ensemble Concert

8pm

Music Building Recital Hall

Tuesday, December 2nd

Fitness Fusion

6:30pm

URec Center

Wednesday, December 3rd

Wednesday Wisdom

12pm

HUB Crow’s Nest

Stage II Shorts: A Festival of Shorts Play

7pm

Cowles Auditorium Stage II

Theological Understanding of the LGBT Community

7:30pm

Weyerhaeuser Teaching Theater

Night of Guitar

8pm

Music Building Recital Hall

Thursday, December 4th

Stage II Shorts: A Festival of Short Plays

7pm

Cowles Auditorium Stage II

Holiday Movie Night

8pm

Weyerhaeuser Teaching Theater

Sport Events 

Saturday, November 22nd

Men’s Soccer NCAA round 16

10:30am

HUB MPR

Men’s Basketball Game

7pm

Fieldhouse

Sunday, November 23rd

Men’s Soccer NCAA round 16

9:45am

HUB MPR 

Get Through This

 

Hey Off-Campus Citizens of Whitworthia,

As my gift to you, this newsletter will include merely events and funnies.  I want you all to go out there and utterly DESTROY all your final quizzes, tests, papers, presentations, performances, projects, whatever the heck you gotta do before we all go home for the holidays.  I wish you all safe travels to wherever you go at semester's end.  It's been a blast, kids.  Have such a good, peaceful, restful break.

XOXO,

Erika R. Boyd

Off-Campus Senator

Keeper of the Place Beyond the Pines

Mother of Squirrels, Breaker of Pinecones, etc.

Events:

 Friday, Dec. 5th 

Whitworth Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale 
9am 
HUB Leid Square 

2014 Winterfest 
9am 
HUB MPR 

Entertainer Brett Young 
6pm 
HUB Dining Hall 

Logic games Competition 
7pm 
HUB ABC Conference Room 

East Hall Ball 
9pm 
East Hall 
$2 fee

Saturday, Dec. 6th 
Deck the Halls 
7pm 
Arend Hall 
$1 fee 

Sunday, Dec. 7th 
Basketball Intramural Championship 
5pm 
Fieldhouse 

Monday, Dec 8th 
Candlelight Nativity Service 
7pm 
Seeley Mudd Chapel 

Chamber Ensemble Concerts 
8pm 
Music Building Recital Hall
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Protect this House // November 7th

Hey Off-Campus Folks,

This week in ASWU, we heard from Jacquelyn McChord, head of Security Services here at Whitworth.  Jac briefed ASWU on the car prowls, car break-ins, and car thefts that have happened on campus within the past few months.  These are not Whitworth students - it is a specific group of *most likely* felons operating out of an SUV reported as stolen according to the Spokane County Sherriff's database (they run the plate and it pops up with a flag).  They target '80's-'90's model Hondas and Toyotas because these are the easiest cars to fit a shaved key into and therefore break-in or completely steal.  Jac's advice: do not keep valuables in your car.  Take your purse/backpack/computer/etc. with you.  If you absolutely cannot do this, stuff it out of sight or stick it in the trunk - but know that it can still be broken into.  If you see anyone prowling around the parking lot that looks like they don't belong (i.e not a student), call Security at 509-777-7777.  If they've got nothing to hide, they shouldn't mind having a nice conversation with Bill or Tom or Leah from Security.  Also important, if you witness a crime in progress, make sure you call 911 before security.

Jac also addressed the email that went out about the physical assault on campus a few days ago.  It was a rather isolated incident where the victim knew the attacker, and was a part of a larger conflict.  That being said, be smart.  Don't be out in the dark if you don't have to be.  Take a buddy.  Guys, I really wish the world was perfect and that we could all be comfortable walking around in the dark and be friends.  But that is just not the status quo of the world.  Personally, if I have to walk by myself, I make myself look bigger (i.e. I am literally straight-flexin until I get home), my eyes scan the perimeter, I always have an exit plan, and have the mentality that you are the biggest baddest wolf out there.  It might not be true, but it helps ease my mind. 

Jac is looking to hire on even more Security personnel so that Whitworth will be doubly guarded.  They are systematically replacing the security cameras around campus so that footage will be of a higher quality.  Got safety questions?  Notice that there's a part of campus not well lit enough/the lights are burnt out?  Email jacquelynchristensen@whitworth.edu

ASWU also heard from Jubilation, the student dance coalition.  Jub offers classes of all kinds and for all levels, whether you've never danced in your life or you narrowly missed that acceptance into the Kirov Ballet.  Pick up a schedule of classes offered from the HUB Info desk or email Artistic Director Brooke Grissom at bgrissom15@my.whitworth.edu

Big shout-out to all you peeps that came to Froyo Earth last night!  That was fun.  Let's hang out again sometime.  Specifically, at the Off-Campus Barn Dance at Clint Bosma's barn?  Graham the Rep and I are working on making that event happen - possibly on the 15th of November.  It was quite the hoot last year, so we're bringing it back - check your emails/social media for more info in the upcoming weeks.

Got a question?  Something to talk about?  As always, email me eboyd15@my.whitworth.edu, call my office at 509-777-4237, or just waltz up the stairs in the HUB to the Chambers and hang out with me waaaay in the back in my office.  I'm there around lunch Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Okay friends.  Before I sign off, watch this sick Midnight Madness promo video:

 

Keep the commute going strong,

Erika R. Boyd

 Laughed way too hard at this

 

Weekly Events

Friday, November 7th

Whitworth Jazz Concert

8pm

Cowles Auditorium

$15 fee

Saturday, November 8th

Midnight Madness

7pm

Fieldhouse

Monday, November 10th

Fly Fishing Club Movie Night

9:15pm

HUB Multipurpose Room

Tuesday, November 11th

Veterans Day Service

11:30am

Veterans’ Memorial Plaza

Student Symposium

7pm

Weyerhaeuser Teaching Theater

Wednesday, November 12th

Wednesday Wisdom

12pm

HUB Chambers

Ladies Who Lead

7pm

HUB ABC Conference Room

Whitworth Jazz Combos in Concert

8pm

Music Building Recital Hall

Thursday, November 13th

Boppell Coffeehouse

8pm

Boppell Hall Lounge

Friday, November 14th

Poetry and Pie

7pm

HUB Mind and Hearth Coffee Shop

East Hall Ball

8:30pm

East Hall

Sport Events

Friday, November 7th

Swim Meet

6pm

Whitworth Aquatic Center

Saturday, November 8th

Women’s Soccer Game

11am

Soccer Field

Swim Meet

1pm Whitworth Aquatic Center

Saturday, November 15th

Women’s Basketball Game

5pm

Fieldhouse

Men’s Basketball Game

7pm

Fieldhouse

Midnight Madness

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A Time for Reflection //October 31

  Hello Off-Campus Peeps,

So last week (10/22) in ASWU, new Assistant Dean of Intercultural Student Development Ahyana King came and spoke to us on how the Intercultural Student Center, Cultural Diversity Advocate Program, and other diverse initiatives are coming along since she's been on board.  So far she likes what she sees at Whitworth.  I guess we are a very kind bunch.  However, we still have a ways to go.  One of the questions she and her office are tackling comes out of last year's cultural climate survey done by Halualani and Associates.  When surveyed, only one quarter of all students of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups said they would recommend Whitworth to another person of an underrepresented racial and ethnic group.  King wants to change this, and the first step is finding what is causing the folks surveyed to answer this way.

We also heard a club update from Students for Life.  Michael Dumais reported on the Planned Parenthood protest event the Students for Life had put on that Tuesday before.  This was met with a few questions by ASWU members.  A quote from a student who disagreed with the protest was read, and Dumais was asked to respond.  This is where the conversation divulged from an update to something more political. 

That evening, all ASWU members received an email asking us to reflect on the nature of the conversation that had just went down.  This individual felt that ASWU, which always tries to be open and transparent (see mission statement at http://whitworthaswu.com/) was not holding itself up to standards that night, based off of body language and facial expressions of those around the table.  The email called for this to be discussed in another meeting, which is what we did this week in ASWU.

Dearest Off-Campusers, I would like to be the first to admit and apologize for my participation in that meeting.  My body language was hostile, and was a reflection of what I, Erika Boyd the individual felt, not what Erika Boyd the representative of the Off-Campus demographic felt.  I know that there are a plethora of views on this issue and many other issues out in our constituency.  And I failed to express that.  I want you guys to know that I will do my best to do better.  We can only go up from here.  ASWU made it clear that we need to stick to our mission, do a better job of having neutral faces, and making sure that space is provided for political discourse - maybe just not in an ASWU meeting, though.

 Sara Wescott of the Japanese Visual Arts Club updated us on club activity.  They meet every Friday at 7pm and enjoy anime shows together.  They are hoping to have a movie night soon open to campus at large, where they screen Pokémon or a more popular anime-based film.  Is Japanese Visual Arts your jam?  Contact swescott17@my.whitworth.edu

A message from the Communications Office of Whitworth University: Don’t forget about the active shooter drill happening on Nov. 6th at 1:55pm. Please be ready to participate. In addition please check your RAVE contact information on Whitnet to make sure that we can reach you during a campus wide emergency.   PiratePort —> Whitnet —> User Account —> RAVE

Lastly but definitely not the least, Graham and I are giving away froyo!  Come to Froyo Earth (Wandemere location, across from the movie theatre) on Wednesday from 7-8 with your Off-Campus friends and your froyo is on us!  Make sure you bring your ID and find me or Graham (or Snarf, Graham's ferret.  Just kidding, he probably won't be there.  Do ferrets like froyo?) because there are like 1,000 people that live off campus and as much as I love and represent you all, I don't actually know all of your faces.  It's a life goal of mine.

Okay folks, that's it.  If you ever have questions or want to talk, I'm always listening at eboyd15@my.whitworth.edu or 509-777-4237 or up in my office way back in the ASWU Chambers around lunchtime most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Let me know if you want dinner if and when you come to ASWU meetings on Wednesday nights at 5pm - just email me and I'll get ya on the café dinner list.

Much Off-Campus love,

Erika R. Boyd

Off-Campus Senator, keeper of the Realm Beyond the Pines, Mother of Dragons, etc.

^Let me know if you think of other sick titles.

*PSA: I want you all to have a good, safe, fun Halloween weekend.  If you are having fun involving alcohol, remember to stay hydrated, eat food, make sure you're clear to drive or get a ride, and never let your cup out of sight.  Pour your own drinks if you can.  If not, watch them being poured.  You get the idea.  Your liver, potential criminal record, and mental state will thank me later.  With love from someone who has tested this method to be tried and true.

 Check out the latest  Whitworth 125 second lecture given by my favorite professor, Dr. Kathy Lee.

 

 

Weekly Events

Friday, October 31st

Fright Fest Halloween Climb

7pm

U-Rec Indoor Climbing Center

Saturday, November 1st

 Whitworth Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert

2:30pm

Cowles Auditorium

Monster Mash & Mac Haunted House

8pm

Warren Hall

$1 for Dance, $2 for Haunted House

Sunday, November 2nd

Bryan Peterson - Senior Project

4pm

Cowles Auditorium Stage II

$2 fee

Adolphe Sax: A Bicentennial Rugged Retrospective

7pm

Music Building Recital Hall

Wednesday, November 5th

 Wednesday Wisdom Talk

12pm

HUB Crow’s Nest

HEAT Event: An Evening with Restoring Hope

6pm

Chapel

Listen to testimonies of personal struggle and hope also FREE MUGS

Over the Rhine

7pm

HUB Multipurpose Room

Thursday, November 6th

Seminary Fair 2014

10am

HUB Multipurpose Room

General Education Forum

11:45am

HUB Crow’s Nest

Jazz Clinic with Arturo Sandoval

 5:30pm

Cowles Auditorium Main Stage

Snow Film Festival

7pm

HUB Multipurpose Room

Movie Night

8pm

Eric Johnston 223

Friday, November 7th

Whitworth Jazz Concert

8pm

Cowles Auditorium

$15 fee

Saturday, November 7th

Midnight Madness

7pm

Fieldhouse

Sport Events

Friday, October 31st

Volleyball

7pm

Field House

Saturday, November 1st

Football Game vs. George Fox

1pm

Pine Bowl

Volleyball

5pm

Fieldhouse

When the Speaker Cancels, ASWU Still Has A Lot to Talk About //October 17

Whattup my Off-Campus folks,

This week in ASWU, our speaker had to cancel at the last minute.  However, there was still a ton of stuff to talk about, so I still have content for this newsletter.  The Whitworth Student Investment Club came and presented what they've been up to as of late.  So if you've had any classes in Weyerhauser recently, you've probably seen (or heard) the newly constructed Larry HH Larison Trading Room.  This club meets every Thursday at 6:15am (!) to discuss their portfolio, what to invest in, listen to stock pitches, when to sell, etc.  These students manage $110,000.  They recently had a volunteer day with Christ Kitchen, helping package brownie mixes.  In the future, they hope to retain at least 10 members (the group is comprised of mostly Juniors and Seniors) and eventually invest their entire portfolio (it's at about 50%) right now.  Interested in membership?  Contact asievers15@my.whitworth.edu or enikssarian15@my.whitworth.edu for an application.

Last week, in addition to Homecoming Week, 125th Birthday Week, and Family Weekend, the Board of Trustees also flew in for their annual meetings.  I was present at the Academic Affairs Committee.  They talked a bit about enrollment, getting more online and hybrid classes, changing the lingo in the faculty handbook concerning adjunct professors, and the closing of the Costa Rica Campus.  They passed a resolution conveying their gratitude towards Drs. Lindy and Dinorah Scott for overseeing Whitworth South.  Also, Dr. Amanda Clark, Director of the Library, presented on some updates and new features in the library.  I encourage all of you to utilize their resources!  They have a new website, a sick new scanner, a "collaboration station" that multiple people can plug their laptops into for group projects, and more study rooms.  Check it.

Natsihi (aka Whitworth Yearbook) editor-in-chief Kelsey Glynn wants your photos of off-campus happenings, events, and houses.  Get the people you live with together, snap a group selfie (a groupie?  That doesn't sound okay...) and submit it with your house name (if you call it something, aka The Manor/Front House/Rear House/Porch House/Basketball House etc) and the house members' names to kglynn16@my.whitworth.edu

Weekly tip from Sustainability Coordinator Matt Kieper:Parents in the buying you things mood? Buy things in bulk instead of individually packaged products. Yogurt from a large container can be put into a small reusable container for lunch everyday. This cuts down on plastic used and actually saves you a lot of money!

 Lastly, I am excited to announce that we will be having an Off-Campus free froyo night at Froyo Earth (Wandemere location on Division across from the movie theatre)!  I need email confirmation, but expect it to be next Wednesday.  I'll send out emails and blow up Facebook so you guys know when it is.  Just don't forget your Whitworth ID.

Super-lastly, I have had a suggestion from one Matthew Kieper to potentially sell off-campus mittens.  All the dorms have sweatshirts.  But we're beyond that.  If anyone wants to pick up this project and knit ALL THE THINGS, let me know.

^lololol at that paragraph.  Mostly a joke.  But if you honestly want to whip up hundreds of mittens, be my guest.

Alrighty then my Off-Campusers.  Keep the commute strong.  Have an excellent week,

Erika R. Boyd

Lol cute

 

Weekly Events

Friday, October 17th

Freshmen Fall Fest

6pm

Driveway between Stewart and BJ

Whitworth Theater Fall Production

7:30pm

Cowles Auditorium

$8 fee  

Saturday, October 18th

League of Pirates Open Lab

6pm

Eric Johnston Science Center 304

Whitworth Theater Fall Production

7:30pm

Cowles Auditorium

$8 fee

Sunday, October 19th

League of Legends World Championship Viewing Party

4pm

Eric Johnston Science Center 304

Monday, October 20th

Flu Clinic 2014-2015

10am

Lied Square

Unplugged

7pm

HUB Multipurpose Room

Tuesday, October 21st

 France Study Program 2016 Info Meeting

4pm

Westminster Hall 252

HEAT Sexual Health and Safety Discussion

7pm

HUB Multipurpose Room

Wednesday, October 22nd

Wednesday Wisdom

Noon

HUB Chambers

Thursday, October 23rd

Living Soils: The Soil Food Web

Dr. Elaine Ingham

7pm

Weyerhaeuser Teaching Theater

Sport Events

Friday, October 17th

Volleyball Game

7pm

Fieldhouse

Saturday, October 18th

Volleyball Game

5pm

Fieldhouse

 

Good Housekeeping // November 14th

Hey Off-Campusers,

This week in ASWU the man himself Dr. Dick Mandeville came asking for feedback on the Active Shooter Drill which took place on Thursday November 6th in the afternoon.  Dr. Mandeville reported that the drill overall went smoothly but exposed some holes and gaps in the system - which is good, that was part of its purpose!  This way Whitworth knows what to make safer, what plans to make new, what routes to improve on, etc.  Whitworth will conduct different types of drills each semester from now on.  Other drills include fire drills in larger classroom buildings (in addition to the ones already undertaken in dorm buildings) and adverse weather drills.  The need for the latter was realized after the summer windstorms happened.  Pretty much, if trees are crashing down all around us, the school wants us to have a plan of action aka DON'T RUN TOWARDS THE TREES.  The RAVE alert system was also tested.  It was discovered some phone companies field the texts differently so that they are delayed, and a few students noted that they did not receive a text at all.   

Dr. Mandeville also reiterated some points Jac McChord touched on at last week's meeting.  Always  be thinking about your location.  Do you have an exit plan?  *Think Finding Nemo: "DO YOU HAVE YOUR EXIT BUDDY?"*  Be aware of your surroundings.  Note nearest points of escape, where the fire extinguisher is, rally point, things that could be used as weapons, etc.  Just be smart.

Two clubs gave us updates.  Westminster Round is the club primarily focused on English Majors, but anyone can join!  They serve to promote a love of literature within the greater Whitworth community.  Their next event is the annual Poetry + Pie party happening thisFriday the 14th at 7pm in the coffeeshop.  Free pie for all!  Interested in this club?  Contact Luke Eldredge at leldredge16@my.whitworth.edu

En Christo also came and updated us on their activities.  This group meets in Saga every Saturday at 1:30pm to pack paper sack lunches and distribute them downtown and in the Park Tower between 2 and 6pm.  This club has been meeting for 20 years, and serves "to be God's hands and feet".  Interested in doing that?  contact Chasen at cshaw14@my.whitworth.edu.

Special Events Coordinator Raleigh Addington has 25 free tickets to The Resiliency Project, an event put on by Youth for Christ, happening December 3rd.  Email raddington15@my.whitworth.edu for more details.

Off-Campus specifics: Graham and I worked real hard to try and put together a barn dance.  However, the earliest date that could happen is December 6th (that's when it worked for the caller) and that is the weekend before finals.  Additionally, the Bosma's barn might be a little bit chilly this time of year.  So, we've decided to wait until spring.  Not to worry, we'll have plenty of events like bowling, roller skating, and movies for us to all hang out between now and then.

I hope you folks are keeping warm, even if it means electric bills go up.  Keep being you.  A little less frozen you.  Deuces,

Erika R. Boyd  

 

 Weekly Events

 Friday, November 14th

Poetry and Pie

Mind and Hearth, 7pm

Saturday, November 15th

Haley Kovach and Teague Starbuck Recital

Music Building Recital Hall, 8pm

Sunday, November 16th

Whitworth Wind Symphony Fall Concert

Cowles Main Stage Auditorium, 3pm, $5

Tuesday, November 18th

Joe Jencks Concert

HUB MPR, 7pm

Whitworth Concert Band and Jazz II Fall Concert 

Cowles Main Stage Auditorium, 8pm

Wednesday, November 19th

Wednesday Wisdom Talk

HUB Crow's Nest, 12pm

Thursday, November 20th

Unplugged

HUB MPR, 7pm

Friday, November 21st

International Festival Dinner and Entertainment

HUB Main Dining Hall, 5pm

Cathy Bronson Piano Recital

Music Building Recital Hall, 7pm 

Telekinesis! Then I could poke rude people in the face and freak them out 

The Safety Issue // October 10

  Hello all Off-Campus Pirates,

This week in ASWU, Director of Facilities Services and Emergency Management Chris Eichorst gave us the low down on all things emergency preparedness here at Whitworth.  Some of the worst things that could happen on campus are nature-based: snow storms, ice storms, tree storms (that was definitely a thing this summer...), power outages, packs of rabid squirrels (so that hasn't happened yet, and Whitworth doesn't necessarily have a plan for that, but I'm not ruling it out.  I think the zombie apocalypse could start with squirrels), and other things that fall under the category of "acts of God" (that's definitely a legal term, no joke). 

However, natural emergencies are only one category that can adversely effect this campus.  The second category is human-caused emergencies, and the biggest one of these is an active shooter situation.  This is a situation no one wants to find themselves in, but everyone must be prepared for.  Recent events at SPU have prompted Whitworth to amp up it's planning and strategy.  Fun Fact: type in Emergency Response in the Search window of the Whitworth website, and you can view this beauty for yourself.  There's a PDF and everything.  Part of Whitworth's move to have a flawless (we woke up like this)plan of action is to practice, practice, practice.  This is why we are having an active shooter drill on November 6th.  This will be an all-systems-go exercise that will test the current plan, and also the RAVE text-alert notification system. 

Eichorst also gave some tips on what to do when a real situation like the drill occurs.  Step 1: Call 911 Step 2: Call Security Step 3: Don't be a hero.  It is advised that you follow the Run, Hide, Fight plan.  This means that in a lockdown/when you hear shots fired, first try and get yourself to safety - this usually means outside the building.  If you can, help those around you, but remember, ultimately it is your life to be concerned for.  Don't be a hero.  If it is not feasible to get out, then hunker down.  Turn off the lights of the room you are in, lock the door, barricade as much as you can, silence your phone, and try to make as little noise as possible.  Don't panic.  Lastly, when the situation is dire, FIGHT.  A wise man (okay, my father - still a wise guy) once told me to never bring a knife to a gun fight or just my fists to a knife fight.  However, if it is inevitable that conflict will occur, do your best to disarm the shooter.  While I do not know all the details, I believe that during the SPU tragedy, Jon Meis disarmed the shooter while he was reloading.  Be smart.  Look for opportunities.  Watch this video for more instruction *warning it is slightly graphic.  No gore, but a little sudden*:

 This whole past week has been Homecoming as well as the celebration of Whitworth's 125th Birthday.  Shoutout to Megan Montzingo, Kiana Young, Josh Adrian, and Jacob T. Schmidt for representing the Off-Campus community during the homecoming events!  Trustees are here, alumni are here, and of course we are here, so there are some serious events happening - sports and games, dances, parties downtown, and a culminating worship service.  Taking selfies (or any other photos, for that matter) at these events?  Use the hashtag #whitworth125 - per request of the Whitworth University Communications Office.

As usual, ASWU heard from some clubs and chartered some clubs during the meeting.  Psi Chi, the Psychology Club, is off to a great year.  This Monday night they will be hosting a Trivia Night everyone is invited to at the MPR at 6pm.  At the end of October, they are planning a Halloween Party, hosted by Psych faculty.  They are also in the midst of a cancer fundraiser, as one of the department professors is battling the disease.  Lastly, they will be hosting another Mental Health Awareness Week in the Spring.

The Whitworth University Pep Band is 1) a thing and 2) looking for more members!  There are currently 15 members.  If you are already a part of a Whitworth ensemble, they want YOU to add pep during games.  These guys are legit.  They are working on putting out 10 new songs to play during the next game, and the Athletic Department is buying them uniforms.  Interested in playing?  Contact Ashley Senf at asenf16@my.whitworth.edu or Madison Artis at martis17@my.whitworth.edu

Two new clubs were inducted: The Longboard Club and the Whitworth University Pre-Law Society.  Like Longboards or any other unconventional method of transportation i.e. mountainboard, roller skates, or scooter?  Want to learn cool tricks?  email Orion Keller at okeller17@my.whitworth.edu for more info.

The Whitworth University Pre-Law Society is up and running.  This club endeavors to offer advice on law schools, how to write a personal statement, and eventually an LSAT prep course.  The pre-med track at Whitworth offers an MCAT prep course.  Some thought it was high time pre-law students get adequate training as well.  Are you a pre-law student?  Or even considering law school post-undergrad?  Contact Jonathan Kim at jkim15@my.whitworth.edu.

Okay, time to wrap it up.  A message from ASWU: be on the lookout in your email for a very little, not-time-consuming survey about diversity at Whitworth.  Take this and you are GOLDEN.  Next, a word from Sustainability Coordinator Matthew Keiper: "Whitworth has a solar array on top of the Aquatic Center! The system of 300 panels generates enough electricity to power Warren all year. Search “Whitworth Deck Monitoring” for LIVE analysis of our solar array. Whitworth is considering expanding its renewable energy commitment with arrays on the HUB and the URec!"

Alright friends.  Thanks for reading.  Y'all stay beautiful,

Erika R. Boyd

Pusheen the cat.  @Emily Schoenfeld Rau it kinds reminds of me big moose little moose eat a moose

 

Weekly Events 

Friday, October 10th

HOLA Club Craft Fair & Taco Truck 

11am 

HUB Lied Square 

Whitworth Theatre Fall Production 

7:30pm 

Cowles Auditorium 

$8 fee 

Saturday, October 11th

Whitworth Theatre Fall Production 

8pm 

Cowles Auditorium 

$8 fee 

Homecoming Dance from the Past 

8:30pm 

HUB Lied Square / Multipurpose Room 

Sunday, October 12th

125 Weekend: Community Worship Service 

9:30pm 

Fieldhouse 

Whitworth Theatre Fall Production 

2pm 

Cowles Auditorium 

$8 fee 

Monday, October 13th

General Education Forum

11:45am 

Crow’s Nest 

English Faculty Reading/Presentation 

7pm 

Lied Center for the Visual Arts 102

Tuesday, October 14th

Senior Pictures 

1:30pm 

HUB Chambers 

Wednesday, October 15th

Senior Pictures 

8am 

HUB Chambers

Wednesday Wisdom - Hann Leppien 

12pm

Rome May Term Informational Meeting 

7pm 

Weyerhaeuser 205

Comedian Sammy Obeid 

8pm 

HUB Multipurpose Room

Thursday, October 16th

The Struggle for Justice in Palestine 

7pm 

Weyerhaeuser Teaching Theater 

Water Pong Tournament 

7pm 

HUB Multipurpose Room 

$4 entrance fee prior to Oct. 16th 

$6 entrance fee on the day of the event 

Friday, October 17th

 Freshmen Fall Fest 

6pm 

Driveway between Stewart and BJ 

Whitworth Theater Fall Production 

7:30pm 

Cowles Auditorium 

$8 fee 

HOLA Club “Ven Bailalo” - Latin Dance Lessons

8pm 

Graves Gym 

Sport Events 

Friday, October 10th

Volleyball Game vs. George Fox 

7pm 

Fieldhouse 

Saturday, October 11th

Football Game 

1pm 

Pine Bowl 

Men’s Soccer Game 

2:30pm 

Soccer Field 

Volleyball Game 

6pm 

Fieldhouse

Friday, October 17th

Volleyball Game 

7pm

Fieldhouse

Saturday, October 18th

Volleyball Game 

5pm

Fieldhouse

Hasta la Victoria siempre!

Helloooo all my Off-Campusers,

This week in ASWU, some clubs were chartered, some things were bought, and some people spoke.  Let's be real, that's what happens in ASWU pretty much every Wednesday.  Details, details.  Here they are:

Whitworth now has both a fly-fishing club and a fencing club.  So, if you want to do either of those things, or didn't at first but now they sound kind of fun, you should join.  The Fly-Fishing Club is headed up by Tyler McKay (tmckay17@my.whitworth.edu) and plans on holding lessons/clinics on how to cast, make your own rod, make your own flies, and eventually go fishing.  The Whitworth Fencing Club is headed up by Andrew Wheeler (andrewwheeler15@my.whitworth.edu) and Rachel Teo (rteo16@my.whitworth.edu).  This club hopes to meet twice a week: once for a lesson, once for an actual bout.  Come even if you have no previous experience and just want to learn.

Raleigh Addington is plugging away at planning Homecoming, happening next week already!  The dance, themed "Homecoming Dance from the Past", will be on Friday at 8:30pm in Lied Square/the MPR in the HUB.  There are other activities happening throughout the week - all of which need some Off-Campus participation.  On Monday, I need some Off-Campus peeps to create a throwback-themed banner, representing our community (so, like, just put the word "Off-Campus" and you're good), to be hung upstairs in the HUB.  Get yo' housemates together, grab an old sheet, pick a decade, and paint a banner!

On Tuesday, October 7th, the Homecoming Event is "Badminton for the Ages".  Happening at 4pm in the UREC, this requires a handful of members to play badminton against the dorm teams.  Bonus points if you show up in historical costume, whatever that looks like to you.  Again, grab your housemates, some rackets, and whack that birdie across the net.

On Wednesday, the event is a "1920's Swimsuit Competition".  Before all your alarms and desire to fight against sexist pageants goes off, hear me out: it's just a title (also, they wore straight-up bloomers to swim in the 1920's.  Super conservative, folks).  What this really is is a fashion show at noon in the dining hall.  I need a couple of people, any gender, to be willing to throw together their best flapper getup, or beatnik look, or their best grungy 90's Kurt Cobain impression, or any other decade, and strut their stuff down the runway in Saga.  It will take like two seconds, you'll look fabulous (provided you put together something that's convincing of the decade you decide to represent), and you'll represent the Off-Campus Community well, good and faithful servant.

I will be email and Facebook spamming the Off-Campus community until I get participation.  Is this strong-arming?  Yes.  But is Homecoming fun?  Absolutely, and this is the time for the Off-Campus community to show all those other dorm communities who's the biggest, who's the baddest, and who's the boss.  Let's do this thing.

Lastly, ASWU was updated by Provost Dr. Carol Simon on the recommendation of the Costa Rica Campus Task Force.  Ultimately, due to financial unsustainability, the Task Force recommended that the property be sold immediately, but that if faculty are interested in carrying on a program, that a study-abroad model similar to that of the British Isles, China, and Tanzania trips be put in the CRC's stead.  This still would allow for semester-long study, host family experiences, and cultural immersion, but solve some of the financial problems Whitworth faced with the satellite campus model.

I hope all you lovely Off-Campus Pirates have been enjoying classes, enjoying fall, enjoying the commute, and enjoying life.  Take a couple seconds to take it all in - life as a Whitworthian should be beautiful.  Keep doin' your thang,

Erika R. Boyd

Check out this video of Kamesh explaining rocket science in 125 seconds: "A rocket is like a bomb, but with a hole in the back!" 

Weekly Events

Friday, October 3rd

Noah Gunderson

7pm 

Pirates Cove

Saturday, October 4th

Whitworth History Club Movie Night: Gladiator 

7pm 

Weyerhaeuser 111

Frosh on Stage 

7:30pm 

Cowles Auditorium Stage II 

$2 fee 

Monday, October 6th

English Endowed Reading - B.H. Fairchild 

7pm 

HUB Multipurpose Room 

Sodexo Homecoming Movie 

9pm 

Dining Hall 

Wednesday, October 8th

Wednesday Wisdom - Keith Beebe 

Noon 

Crow’s Nest 

Friday, October 10th

HOLA Club Craft Fair & Taco Truck 

11am 

HUB Lied Square 

Whitworth Theatre Fall Production: The Drowsy Chaperone 

7:30pm 

Cowles Auditorium 

$8 fee 

Sport Events 

Saturday, October 4th

Women’s Soccer Game 

12pm 

Soccer Field 

Men’s Soccer Game 

2:30pm 

Soccer Field 

Sunday, October 5th

Women’s Soccer Game 

12pm 

Soccer Field 

Men’s Soccer Game 

2:30pm 

Soccer Field

Friday, October 10th

Volleyball Game vs. George Fox 

7pm 

Fieldhouse 

Saturday, October 11th

Football Game 

1pm 

Pine Bowl 

Men’s Soccer Game 

2:30pm 

Soccer Field 

Volleyball Game 

6pm 

Fieldhouse 

Yay Sports! // September 26th

Off-Campus Peeps,

This week in ASWU, newly hired Athletic Director Tim Demant spoke a bit about what he does and what he is looking forward to.  This charismatic individual, a native of Canada and former champion men's volleyball player while in college at Trinity Western University, a small Christian liberal arts college (men's is HUGE in Canada.  Come on USA, get with it).  AD Demant loves Whitworth's mission and vision as a whole, and specifically of the Athletic Department.  Other favorites about Whitworth athletes include: 1) their winning record 2) their academic achievement 3) the opportunity for character development 4) the opportunity for leadership development 5) their sportsmanship and 6) their service.  Fun fact, coaches encourage their teams to participate in some kind of service project, from stocking shelves at soup kitchens to coin drives.  Demant understands that at the DIII level, students are at college to learn.  But that doesn't mean excellence has to stop at the classroom; for the Pirates, it carries onto the field/track/court/pool/course.  A few wise snippets from Demant: " Leadership is impacting someone", and "The lessons you learn as a student are the things you'll do when you leave here".  

In other news, the History Club came and updated us.  In addition to promoting historical awareness, they do fun things like take historical tours of downtown Spokane, visit museums, drink chai tea and do tai chi with Dr. Anthony Clark, have sing-a-longs with Dr. Soden, and so much more.  Their next event is on October 4th at 7pm in Weyerhauser 111, where they'll be hosting a screening of Gladiator. Hit up Brandon at bemerson15@my.whitworth.edu for more info.

Eagle Scout Eric Nikssarian, president of the Eagle Club, updated us on their activity.  Eagle Club is not just for Eagle Scouts, or even any kind of scouts.  If you want to go into schools, help kids, and run around/have fun with some Cub Scouts, this is the club for you. On October 11th, the Eagle Club is assisting with Trailblazers, and event where 600 Cub Scouts will be massed at Camp Cowles on Diamond Lake.  Now, to me, this sounds like herding cats.  But for you, this could be the most fun experience to be a part of.  If you're interested, hit up  enikssarian15@my.whitworth.edu

Next week Dr. Carol Simon, Provost, is coming to ASWU to talk about the plans for the Costa Rica Campus aka Whitworth South.  If you are a CRC alumni/CASP-y type or just concerned about Whitworth events in general, you should come to this meeting.  5pm upstairs in the HUB ASWU Chambers.  Let me know if your coming (eboyd15@my.whitworth.edu) and I can hook you up with some free cafe food.  

Disney on Ice tickets go on sale at the HUB Info Desk on Monday.  Special Events Coordinator Raleigh Addington has reserved 60 for Whitworth students.  Disney on Ice comes to Spokane November 7-9.  Contact raddington15@my.whitworth.edu for more info.

And lastly, as of last Wednesday at approximately 6pm, the Off-Campus crowd will soon have 15 more lockers in the HUB to store their stuff in!  Graham and I requisitioned for $4,700 from the capital account and gave our pitch.  All the other lockers downstairs were filled up before school had even started.  The Info Desk had received numerous requests for more.  Facilities Services will be installing them shortly.  Personally, I felt like Beyonce after pitching that requisition, it was so airtight.  I'm sure Graham did as well...

So much love to all you Off-Campus kids.  Keep reppin' the fringes of Whitworthia like the bosses you are,

Erika R. Boyd 

Pssst... Check out the next 125 second lecture by Professor of Communications Dr. Ron Pyle: 

 

 I wish I were a glow worm A glow worm's never glum. 'Cause how can you be grumpy, when the sun shines out of your bum?  #quotes #glow #glowstones

 Rarely

 

 

 

 

 Weekly Events

Saturday, September 27th

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course

8am

Weyerhaeuser 203

$185 fee

League of Pirates First Meeting & Try Outs

12pm

Eric Johnston Science Center 304 & 308

Sunday, September 28th

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course

8am

Weyerhaeuser 203

$185 fee

The World Outside Warren

8pm

Warren Main Lounge

Spring Break Service Trips Info Meeting

8pm

HUB ABC

Monday, September 29th

Randall Balmer Lecture : His Own Received Him Not

7pm

Weyerhaeuser Teaching Theater

Tuesday, September 30th

Brenda Allen: Communicating Differences Matter

7pm

Weyerhaeuser Teaching Theater

Wednesday, October 1st

Wednesday Wisdom Talk - Jolyn Dahlvig

Noon

Crow’s Nest

Awake

9:30pm

Seeley Mudd Chapel

Thursday, October 2nd

Annual Lindaman Chair Lecture

7pm

Weyerhaeuser Teaching Theater 

Sister Outsider Poet Performance

9:30pm

Hub Multipurpose Room

Friday, October 3rd

Noah Gunderson

7pm

Pirates Cove

Saturday, October 4th

Whitworth History Club Movie Night

7pm

Weyerhaeuser 111

Sunday, October 5th

Frosh On Stage

4pm

Cowles Auditorium Stage II

$2 fee  

Sport Events

Saturday, September 27th

Football Game vs. Chapman

1pm

Pine Bowl

WHITEOUT

Volleyball vs. Pacific

5pm

Fieldhouse

Outdoor Rec Events

Saturday, September 27th

Verbrugge Environmental Center Trail Building Day

Sunday, September 28th

Rock Climbing - Vantage

Contact Jacob Schmidt jschmdit16@my.whitworth.edu  for more information

Hail to the Chief //September 19th

Hello hello my dear Off-Campusers,

 This week in ASWU, Beck Taylor himself showed up to the meeting and updated us on all things Whitworthia.  After reading the University's mission statement, vision statement (did you know we had one of those?) and outlining some of the Whitworth 2021 goals (http://www.whitworth.edu/GeneralInformation/Whitworth2021/Index.htm), Beck dove right in to talking about a few, uhm, landscaping issues on campus.  If you were around Spokane over the summer, you know that some pretty massive storms passed through.  Between two of these storms, 90 trees were downed or removed due to damage sustained during the storm.  While it is sad to lose our beloved, tall, bearers-of-virgin-pinecone friends, the campus arborist (yes, we have one of those) and the grounds crew are hard at work planning what replacement trees to plant and where.  Most of the planting will happen in the spring.  Because of how many trees there are on campus, the arborist treats it like a forest, meaning that if only one species is planted, the entire "forest" could be wiped out by disease, bugs, and bad weather, etc.  But a diversified forest serves to avoid that problem.  Look at that - Whitworth even has diversity initiatives for the trees!

Financially, last year was a doozie.  Due to under-enrollment, increased financial aid need, and various other factors, Whitworth faced a 2.1 million dollar deficit.  Measures were taken to close the gap, such as the closure of the Costa Rica Campus, a reduced student printing budget, and a student health center fee.  But there is good news.  In the words of President Taylor, "we're over the hump".  Enrollment was stabilized this year, with the freshman class consisting of 619 students, bringing the daytime undergraduate count to 2,260 students.  Add in the graduate programs and Whitworth totals up to 2, 983 students.  Beck was proud to note that numbers were up for the graduate programs.  Whitworth has an 85% freshman-to-sophomore retention rate.  Beck wants to increase that as much as possible (90% is ideal).  So, fear not.  We are *mostly* out of the storm.  As for the Costa Rica Campus, there is a task force dedicated to deciding the fate of Whitworth South, and their announcement should be broadcasted sometime next week.  Viva la revolucion!

So, our school turns 125 this year.  And to celebrate + commemorate, in addition to copious amounts of cake, some of Whitworth's legendary professors are giving 125-second lectures.  Check out this one by Brook Kiener of the Theatre Department:   ^This is really cool stuff, guys.  Check out the other one by Forrest Baird, of the Philosophy Department and Core 150 fame.  More 125-second lectures are to be released throughout the upcoming months, so keep checking up on that Youtube.  In addition to celebrating, there are also ambitious goals.  The Campaign for Whitworth has been launched, aiming to raise $125 million dollars.  Already in the silent period of this campaign, $60 million has been raised.  This money will be used for campus improvements, scholarships, and so many more things to benefit the university and ultimately the students.  Basically, our school is getting all the bells and whistles out.  Go to http://whitworth125.com/ if you want more info.

Whitworth will be having an active campus shooter drill on November 6.  Over the summer, the coordinating forces of Campus Security, the Spokane PD, and Spokane County Sherriff's emergency response teams and SWAT/SRT units held exercises on campus so that all may be better equipped for a situation we all hope to never find ourselves in, but need to be prepared for.  After recent events at Seattle Pacific University, Beck and other University administration decided that Whitworth needed to step up it's game.  Beck recounted how the situation at SPU was actually dealt with smoothly because their campus had conducted many drills.  Now it's our turn.  Fun fact: your smartphone is hooked up to the school's RAVE emergency text/email alert system, so that you know when something is going down and what you should do/where you should be.  Some of my friends at bigger state universities use systems like these, and it can actually be very helpful.  If you want to opt-out of this service, call Campus Security at 509.777.3712.

FUN NEWS from Sustainability Coordinator Matt Keiper: The Whitworth Community Garden harvest party is this Sunday at 1pm in the Garden, located near the Taylor's house, by the Marriage & Family Therapy Center.  Come for pumpkin donuts, chilled ciders, veggie Olympics, and live music like Cold Mountain Yeti and Quincy Cooper + Jessica Bronte.  This will be fun!

Special Events Coordinator Raleigh Addington wants YOU, yes you, you talented individual, to sign up for Unplugged.  Play an instrument, sing a song, contort yourself in a weird way, or open a Starburst with your tongue.  You get the picture.  Sign-ups are at the HUB Info Desk and the actual event is on Monday the 22nd from 7-8:30pm.  Free mugs and coffee/tea!

Sports Events and Tournaments Coordinator Jacob Dansereau reports that Booty Club sign-ups are reopened.  If you have already ordered a shirt and are waiting, it should get here by the 27th.

Intramurals Coordinator Jordan Dale wants you to know that IM basketball jerseys are for sale at the URec.  They're pretty sick, reversible, and come in white/black, white/maroon, and white/gold.  If you buy them when you pay your team fee, they are $12 each.  Otherwise they are $15 a piece until September 26th.  Jerseys are required for all basketball IM teams, but if you do not want to buy a jersey, a number on the back of your shirt is good enough.  Just make sure no one else on your team has that number (they're use for keepin track of stats).

And with that, I bid you readers farewell.  Always know that you are welcome to ASWU meetings Wednesday nights from 5-6:30pm in the Chambers upstairs.  Email me at eboyd15@my.whitworth.edu or the EVP Eli Casteel at ecasteel15@my.whitworth.edu by noon on Wednesday if you want a free café dinner.

So much Off-Campus love,

Erika R. Boyd

  

 

 

Weekly Events

Sunday, September 21st

Kipos Harvest Festival 

1pm 

Lawn Kipos Garden 

Monday, September 22nd

Unplugged 

7pm

HUB MPR (Multipurpose Room) 

Wednesday, September 24th

Wednesday Wisdom - Toby Schwarz

12pm 

Crow’s Nest 

Student Symposium 

7pm 

Weyerhaeuser Teaching Theater 

Unplugged 

7pm

HUB MPR (Multipurpose Room) 

Thursday, September 25th

Markie Hancock Documentary Showing &

Presentation 

7pm

Weyerhaeuser Teaching Theater 

Saturday, September 27th

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course 

8am 

Weyerhaeuser 203

$185 fee 

Sunday, September 28th

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course 

8am 

Weyerhaeuser 203

$185 fee

Spring Break Service Trips Info Meeting 

8pm 

HUB ABC 

Sport Events 

Saturday, September 20th

Women’s Soccer Game 

12pm

Soccer Field 

Men’s Soccer Game 

2:30pm 

Soccer Field 

Sunday, September 21st

Women’s Soccer Game 

12pm

Soccer Field 

Men’s Soccer Game 

2:30pm 

Soccer Field

Wednesday, September 24th

Volleyball Game vs. Whitman

6pm

Fieldhouse 

Outdoor Rec Events

Saturday, September 20th 

Mtn. Biking Day Trip - Silver Mountain  &  Hike of the Month - Liberty Lake

Friday, September 26 

CPR Training with Peak 7 

Contact Jacob Schmidt  jschmdit16@my.whitworth.edu

for more information

I like this cat. Now get me some pie. http://kittyflix.com

The September Issue // September 12th

 Hello Off-Campus citizens,

I hope the coming of fall and the onset of classes has flowed smoothly into your life.  Drink some hot liquid.  Do your homework.  Settle back into the routine.

This week in ASWU, the Whitworth Symposium gave us the rundown on their program.  Symposium is a lecture series given by students, moderated by students, and presented to students and the Whitworth community at large.  At Whitworth, we hear a lot about this "Mind and Heart" business.  Symposium targets the mind, and serves to enhance intellectual discourse on campus.  The program hosts two lectures in the fall, one over JanTerm, and two in the Spring.  The student prevents their research question, hypothesis, relevant research, and concludes.  The job of the moderator is to object and bring about discussion.  Lectures tend to be 25-35 minutes.  Attendees come away enlightened, thinking deeper, and possibly with some Core 150 or GE 125 credit.  The coolest part about all of this in my opinion?  It's all about the students.  The Student Symposium is overseen by the Philosophy Department and is a part of Whitworth's Speakers and Artists Series, but is run by a board of students including (but not limited to) Samuel Director, Sarah Sauter, and Eli Casteel, and includes "junior members" so that Symposium might self-perpetuate.  There is an application process for all presenters, so that the board may become familiar with the topic and analyze the research.  Look for the next lecture, given by Andrew Wheeler, political science student, on Just War Theory and how it applies to ISIS and the current situation in the Middle East.  The opening lecture is slated for Wednesday September 24th from 7-8pm in the Robinson Teaching Theater.  Interested in this program?  Email any of these lovely, intellectual folks at sdirector15@my.whitworth.edu or ssauter15@my.whitworth.edu or ecasteel15@my.whitworth.edu.

Want to hang out with professors more that you already do?  Wednesday Wisdom Talks are a new program headed up by History Professor Dale Soden.  Head to the Crow's Nest (upper part of Saga, in the new addition) at noon every Wednesday to hear life stories and life advice from Whitworth legends.  So far food is not included... but stay tuned.

Katie Shaw, Editor-in-Chief of The Whitworthian, wants you to know that you can still sign up to be on staff!  Especially if you want to be a sportswriter.  They need those.  Email kshaw17@my.whitworth.edu for more info.

Raleigh Addington, Special Events Coordinator, is in charge of Homecoming and needs your help!  If you would like to assist Raleigh in either the planning or logistics/set-up for this week (happening at the end of October), email raddington15@my.whitworth.edu

Matt Keiper, of Sustainability and Kipos fame, wants you to know that Kipos meetings are every Sunday at 6pm in the Crow's Nest.  Pro tip: Saga dinner is only $3 on Sundays so even if you don't have a meal plan, you eat for cheap.  Matt also wants you to know that garden workdays are on Saturdays from 11pm-2pm.  You should also know about, and attend, the Harvest Festival, happening Sunday September 21st at 1pm in the garden (aka the Avant-Garden).  There will be free veggies, food, and live music.  An excellent combination.

Lastly, a message from your local Health Education Action Team: "Have you heard of the new HEAT on campus? H.E.A.T. stands for the Health Education Action Team, and they are raising the temp! Kyle, Emily, Anneliese, Hailey, and Cindy are student leaders who make up the HEAT, and they will be providing education programs relevant to college health to promote the wellbeing of Whitworth’s community. All that to say that they have some awesome events coming up. This week, the HEAT will be at Prime Time with some activities and info on alcohol. I hear rumor of Mario cart while wearing drunk goggles! Prepare to crash and burn."

Okay Off-Campus kids, I think that's everything.  Thank-you to one and all for coming to the barbeque last Friday - I had fun, we rocked Holmberg, and y'all made me feel that Off-Campus love.  Let's hang out again - soon (stay posted).

As always, you can reach me via email (eboyd15@my.whitworth.edu), office phone (509-777-4237) or come catch me in my office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 11:45-1:45, and Thursdays 11:30-12:50.  If I'm not at my desk upstairs in the ASWU Chambers (in the media room, past all the coordinator offices) then it just means I got antsy and switched locations to the coffee shop or am on an errand.  Track me down. 

Thanks for living off-campus.  Enjoy being an outsider insider.  Much love,

Erika R. Boyd

 

 

Weekly Events 

Saturday, September 13th 

Makahiki 

9:15am

The Loop

Movie in the Loop

8pm

The Loop by the Campanelle

Ready Set Glow 

8pm 

Graves Gym 

Monday, September 15th

Fall Service-Learning Fair

  11am 

HUB Multipurpose Room 

Wednesday, September 17th

Wednesday Wisdom Talk - Erica Salkin 

12pm 

HUB Crow’s Nest 

Constitution Day 2014 

7pm 

Robinson Teaching Theater 

Awake 

9:30pm 

Seeley Mudd Chapel 

Thursday, September 18th

Reel Rock Film Festival 

7pm 

SCI 223 - Auditorium 

Friday, September 19th

Campus Feud Game Show 

8pm 

HUB Multipurpose Room 

Sunday, September 21st

Kipos Harvest Festival 

1pm 

Lawn Kipos Garden

Sport Events                                                                                  

 

Saturday, September 20th

Women’s Soccer Game 

12pm

Soccer Field 

Men’s Soccer Game 

2:30pm  Soccer Field 

 

Outdoor Rec

Events

Saturday, September 13th

Paddleboarding - Little Spokane River

Sunday, September 14th 

Kayak Roll Session

Tuesday, September 16th 

Community Building Day - Trail Building 

Friday, September 19th 

Rock Climbing - Post Falls

Q’Emiln Park 

Saturday, September 20th 

Mtn. Biking Day Trip - Silver Mountain 

& Hike of the Month - Liberty Lake

Contact Jacob Schmidt:  jschmdit16@my.whitworth.edu

for more information 

Sodexo Events 

Friday, September 12th

 Tuscan Italian Pasta Station 

Monday, September 15th

Get Local During Dinner   

Wednesday, September 17th

S’more BBQ Fun with Dan King

Don't forget to hit up Whitworth Off-Campus Pirates on Facebook, Whitworth Off-Campus Recipe Exchange on Facebook, and Whitworth ASWU on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Follow/Like ALL THE THINGS!  

 

 

Back in Business // September 5th

Hello Off-Campus friends,

This week in ASWU, Sodexo Managers and all-around awesome folks Dan King and Jim O'Brien stopped by and updated us on some changes in and around the eatery on campus.  While most of us off-campus pirates cook for ourselves, it's always good to know what's going on just in case the fridge breaks or it's a long day and you want some ready-made grub.  Speaking of ready-made, the pasta bar section is now cooked to order.  They will also serve cooked fresh veggies.  Amazingly enough, Jim and Dan announced that they have stopped the sale of plastic water bottles.  This helps the school's goal of sustainability.  The area formerly known as Simple Servings, which served foods not containing the 8 main allergens, will now serve vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.  If you are concerned about allergies, Sodexo encourages you to go to the back of the kitchen, where the chefs can either prepare a personal meal for you or advise you what to eat.  But here's the real news: Sodexo is having a big push for Off-Campus Pirates.  If you are living off-Campus/commuting to school, the regular meals (Traditional and Blocks A/B) are for sale at a 20% discount for the month of September.  Also a deal, Sodexo is offering $240 in Flex Dollars + 15 meal swipes into the dining hall for only $290.  This discounts the meal swipes (if my math is correct, but don't bank on it..).  Shop around for what interests you at https://whitworthdining.sodexomyway.com/index.html and email the housing department for that discount. Sodexo is also planning cool events like Taco Tuesday on October 14th.  In addition, if you go to http://www.gobigsweepstakes.com/index.html you can win things like a PS3 or big screen or tablet or sound system.  In sum, the people that make food on campus are cool, and want you to win things.

Ever wanted a radio show?  C'mon, do it.  You know it's on your bucket list.  My good friend Danny Parker, General Manager of Whitworth.fm, wants YOU to host a show on wfm.  The class is one credit and on Tuesdays from 5-5:40.  Get on those airwaves.  Email dparker15@my.whitworth.edu.

Intramurals are approaching fast!  Signups for indoor sports like Tennis, frisbee, football, and soccer end between the 13th and 14th of September, depending on the sport.  Indoor sports like basketball and volleyball begin on the 31st of October.  Go to https://urecservices.whitworth.edu/Login.aspx?soi=IM to sign yourself up!  $15 per team.  Email jdale17@my.whitworth.edu for questions.

Sustainability Coordinator Matthew Keiper is looking for a Sustainibility Project Manager.  This is a paid position, working closely with Matt and the rest of the Kipos (Whitworth's Garden Club) team.  Kipos is actually now known as Students Advocating for Environmental Justice.  As if they weren't already legit enough.

Last but not least, come to my party!  The Off-Campus Barbecue is happening at Holmberg Park (off of Wall Street) THIS Friday the 5th at 5:30.  Hang out with me and Graham.  Or, just eat your burger and run.  That's cool too... 

Okay, sorry I just wrote you all a novel.  It might look like this while I get back in the swing of ASWU, until I become better at editing my own notes.  As always, you are welcome to meetings.  Wednesday nights at 5pm.  Email me (eboyd15@my.whitworth.edu) Graham the Rep (gsilcher15@my.whitworth.edu) or EVP Eli Casteel (ecasteel15@my.whitworth.edu) by noon on Wednesday if you want to come, and want a free cafe dinner. 

Peace and love to all my fellow Off-Campus folks,

Erika R. Boyd

 

 

Weekly Events!

Friday, September 5th

Church and Ministry Fair

10:45am

Outside the HUB

Off Campus/Commuter BBQ

5:30pm

Holmberg Park

Whitworthian Root Beer Float Info Night

5:30pm

Outside the HUB

BINGO

8pm

Cowles Auditorium

Saturday, September 6th

Whitworth Pre-game Football Block Party

11am

Behind McMillan Hall

Stewville Mystery Mix

8pm

Location TBA

Tuesday, September 9th

Hosanna

9:45pm

Seeley Mudd Chapel

Wednesday, September 10th

ASWU Meeting

5pm

HUB Chambers

AWAKE

9:30pm

Seeley Mudd Chapel

Thursday, September 11th

Fall Job & Internship Fair

11am

HUB MPR

Saturday, September 13th

Makahiki

9:15am

The Loop

Movie in the Loop

8pm

The Loop by the Campanelle

Sport Events

Saturday, September 6th

Football Game

1pm

Pine Bowl

Men’s Soccer

4pm

Soccer Field

 

Outdoor Rec Events

Saturday, September 6th

Rock Climbing - Post Falls

Q’Emilin Park

Sunday, September 7th

Spokefest

Saturday, September 13th

Paddleboarding - Little

Spokane River

Sunday, September 14th

Kayak Roll Session

Contact Jacob Schmidt jschmdit16@my.whitworth.edu

for more information

 

Sodexo Events

Saturday, September 6th

Flatbread Pizza Bar

Tuesday, September 9th

“Go Big” Kick-off Event

Thursday, September 11th

Facebook Scavenger Hunt facebook.com/whitworthdining

Friday, September 12th

Tuscan Italian Pasta Station

 

Welcome Back // August 29th

 

Hello my Off-Campus Pirate friends!  Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Erika Boyd, and I am your new Off-Campus Senator representing you in the Associated Students of Whitworth University (ASWU).  Also representing you is Off-Campus Representative aka my right-hand man Graham Silcher.  Not only does he completely rock as a person and as a member of ASWU, but he also has a pet ferret.  Named Snarf.  He’s pretty neat.

 

A little about me:  last year I served on ASWU as the Ballard/Cornerstone Senator.  I got this ASWU thing handled.  I am a senior (Class of 2015 REPRESENT) majoring in political science/pre-law track and minoring in theatre dance.  My life is Politics: The Musical.  But that’s just my cup of tea.  I currently live with seven other girls in this big white house off of Waikiki -  we call it The Manor.  Stop by sometime, I bake things.  A lot. 

 

I would also love it if all of you Off-Campus/Commuter students would give me your thoughts, praises, questions, and complaints, and suggestions about any and all things Whitworth.  That is literally my job – to voice your opinions to the student government, who in turn will make recommendations to the administration of the university.  We’re the students.  We are the most important part of this school (hey maybe I’m biased, but you get my point).  The admin and other powers-that-be really want to hear from us what we love about The Whit and what could be changed.  Graham and I have offices upstairs in the ASWU Chambers.  Climb up the big staircase in the middle of the HUB, take a left, walk all the way past the front desk, past the offices of the coordinators and the president (Ian Robins – get to know him, he’s a gem), into the large meeting room and it’s on your right.  Official office hours are TBD, I’ll post those up as soon as I know my schedule.  Come up and see me sometime!

 

The senators, executives, representatives, coordinators, and media heads of ASWU are all working for you.  As the Associated Students of Whitworth University, we commit to being a supportive resource and an honest representation of our diverse student body to the Whitworth Community.  Each day, we strive to create an inclusive environment, provide a variety of opportunities, and practice servant leadership.  That’s our mission, we want to stick to it.

Normally for the newsletter I’ll let y’all know what we talked about in our ASWU meeting and what events are coming up. This week is just get to know us stuff since ASWU hasn’t had a session yet.  But we will!  Every Wednesday night upstairs in the HUB at 5pm.  We want you to come join us.  Guests at meetings are highly valued, and if you email me, Graham, or Eli Casteel the Executive Vice President, by noon on Wednesday, you get a free dinner from the Café on campus.

 

Another big event coming up that YOU, yes you, should be at is the Off-Campus Barbecue happening Friday, September 5th at 5:30pm at Holmberg Park on North Wall Street.  Free food, volleyball, badminton, bocce, and hanging out with us!  Tunes will be provided by DJ Danny Parker of Whitworth.fm (Whitworth’s radio station, yeah we have one of those), and Sodexo will have some great deals for meal plans (20% off, whaa?) and door prizes.  Seriously, it should be quite the occasion.  Hope to see your faces there.

Much Off-Campus love, from us to you,

            Erika R. Boyd

            Graham Silcher

 

   Off-Campus Senator       Off Campus Representative

     Erika Boyd                                    Graham Silcher

     eboyd15@my.whitworth.edu   gsilcher15@my.whitworth.edu

     Office Phone: (509) 777-4237

 

 

Funnies!

   

 

 

 

Simon's Cat is one of my favorite things on YouTube.  Check it out!

Off Campus Pirate Pages:

Facebook: Off-Campus Whitworth Pirates

Facebook: Whitworth Off-Campus Housing Search

Facebook: Whitworth Off-Campus Recipe Exchange

Facebook: Whitworth ASWU

Web: www.offcampuspirates.com

Instagram: @whitworthaswu

Twitter: @whitworthaswu

 

Monday, September 1st Events              

Target Night

September 1st @ 10:30pm

Target on Newport Highway

Tuesday, September 2nd Events

Plug-In Picnic

September 2nd @ 11am

Outside the HUB on the lawn

Theatre Department Ice Cream Social

September 2nd @ 2:45pm

Cowles Auditorium

Class Meetings

September 2nd @ 4:30pm

Freshmen – Cowles Auditorium

Sophomores – Graves Gym

Juniors – Seeley Mudd Chapel

Seniors - Weyerhaeuser RTT

Mock Rock

September 2nd @ 8pm

Fieldhouse

Thursday, September 4th Events

Opening Convocation

September 4th @ 11am

Fieldhouse

Comedian Matthew Jackson

September 4th @ 8pm

HUB Multipurpose Room

Friday, September 5th Events

Off Campus/Commuter Student BBQ

September 5th @ 5:30pm

Holmberg Park

BINGO

September 5th @ 8pm

Cowles Auditorium

Saturday, September 6th Events

Whitworth Pre-Game Football Block Party

September 6th @ 11am

Road Behind Mac

Stewville Mystery Mix

September 6th @ 8pm

Clues will be given all week for the location

Athletic Events

Football Game

Saturday, September 6th @ 1pm

Pine Bowl

Men’s Soccer

Saturday, September 6th @ 4pm

Soccer Field

 

 

Easter & Events // April 17th

Have a peaceful Easter break. A lot of good folks are preparing for upcoming events:

  

 

...also Earth Day Celebration (22nd, 11-2, Leid Sq.), Graduation Fair (22nd, 11-2, MPR) and Comedian Tracey Ashley (26th, MPR).

 

PHOTO OF THE WEEK:

Nati'l Geo Photo of the Day: "Born on the ice, a harp seal pup peers underwater near Quebec’s Madeleine Islands. The islands are among the hosts of wildlife—including fish, birds, and marine mammals—in and around the Gulf of St. Lawrence."

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

"A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act."

-Gandhi 


VIDEO OF THE WEEK:

 

Phil Moore | Off-Campus Senator                                                  

Office: 509.777.4285 Email: arthurmoore15@my.whitworth.edu   


 

[LAST EDITION.] Boppell, CDA's, and Star Wars // April 10th

 

Does this little chorus from The Head and the Heart strike a familiar chord in you?

         “The world’s just spinning

         A little too fast

         If we don’t slow down soon we might not last

         So just for a moment, let’s be still.”

It’s nearly mid April. And slowing down is a worthwhile challenge in this quick and full month!

Speaking of full, Alan Jacobs came to the ASWU and spoke about how Boppell will be a fully female dorm starting in the Fall. He also talked about the housing lottery.

This last meeting, Esther Louie discussed the Cultural Diversity Advocate position—its communal ambiguity, significant role, and history. She briefly explored the Halualani report (or Campus Climate Survey) and on the role of CDA’s said, “They hopefully can step out of their own box and be able to engage the other and make people feel welcome.” Keep your eyes open for results from the Campus Climate Survey taken in the Fall.

Did you know there was a Sci-Fi club? They've done a Dr. Who 50th anniversary party, Lord of the Rings game night, Harry Potter wand-making tutorial night, and other crazy events. And if you're like me, your eyes will widen at the sight of a Star Wars event coming up soon.

 

HAPPENINGS:

Whitworth’s So You Think You Can Dance 

  Friday, April 11, 7:30pm, HUB mpr

 

If you're doing the Triathlon this Sunday. Here's a map of the routes. (Swim = the pool. Bike = Bottom route. Run = Top route.)

 

 

Many Senior music students have spent a great deal of time preparing for their senior recitals:

Andrew Isom & Kyle Moreen Composition Recital (7pm Friday, April 11)

Rachel Means Senior Violin Recital (2pm Saturday, April 12)

Anneliese Dailey Piano Recital (4pm Saturday, April 12)

Sarah Nadreau & Anna Willson Voice Recital (6pm Sunday, April 13)

Steven Munson Senior French Horn Recital (8pm Sunday, April 13) 

(All in the music building.)

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

"In order to live, man must believe in that which he lives." -Huston Smith.

 

PHOTO OF THE WEEK:

 "Surfacing" by Nadia Aly. 

 

 VIDEO OF THE WEEK:

 

 

Phil Moore | Off-Campus Senator                                                  

Office: 509.777.4285 Email: arthurmoore15@my.whitworth.edu   

 

 

 

Health, Food, Music, & Extinct Animals // March 5th-March 19th.

Here’s some neat information from the past week or so that may help keep you in the loop: 

From March 12th's meeting.

Dick Mandeville and Kristiana Holmes came to our meeting to speak on the health center is affected by budget changes. Next year there will be a fee for all students (whether you use the health center every day or still don’t know where it is) between $140 to $240. This fee would pay for “X” amount of services. With the adjustments to the health center (finalized date TBA) we will also see adjustments to the health advocate position.

 

Do you like history and wish there was a history club? Well there is. And they do sweet, sweet things like panel discussions, films, and tai chi and chai tea with Dr. Clark and other worthy events.

 

The Swing & Ballroom Dance Club meets on Saturday nights in graves. They (you could be included in the “they” if you wanted! They’re real friendly.) do all sorts of genres of dance and have a 4-hour workshop coming up on April 5th on basic dancing from a local instructor. 

 

From March  5th's meeting.

Sodexo’s Jim O’Brien and Dan King talked to us. Did you know 50 years ago in April, Sodexo set up shop here at Whitworth? If I’m doing my math correctly, that means that Sodexo is celebrating its 50th year here on campus! Dan (if you don’t know Dan by face, you ought to. Among many other Sodexo-folk, he's a real servant-driven and cool guy in general) is going to break out the grill soon outside, where you can use flex bucks to buy grilled food.

 

The Climbing Club got back from their second climbing (bouldering) competition at the University of Idaho. 8 people went and it seems like they had a thrilling time. If you like climbing, any and all skill levels are encouraged to compete at Whitworth’s very own bouldering competition April 12th!

 

SHAPE is a new club this year that stands for Support, Health, Admiration, Prayer, and Exercise. Recently they’ve had a panel discussion in Warren on body image and awareness of depression.

  

 

upcoming off-campus event: 

OFF-CAMPUS UNPLUGGED at The Bartlett

228 W. Sprague Ave.

Saturday, April 5th at 8pm (Free)

Imagine music, poetry, and other arts performed by you or familiar Whitworth faces. Imagine food and good conversation. Imagine all of this at the wonderful new Spokane concert venue, The Bartlett. Keep imagining until you show up on April 5th for this swell experience.

Email me if you (and maybe your friends) want to sign up - (arthurmoore15@my.whitworth.edu) 

 

Quote of the Week:

“Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.”

― Bonhoeffer The Cost of Discipleship

 

Photo of the Week: 

Ivangorod Fortress taken by Anastasiia Shikina. National Geographic – (http://on.natgeo.com/1qNCaFd)

“From time to time I use materials [I find] nearby, such as paper or glass, to get more interesting pictures. In this case, I [had] found a piece of broken bottle. It was a rainy day, so there were a lot of raindrops on the glass. I held the glass close to my camera lens and got this shot.”

 

Video of the Week: 

 

Phil Moore | Off-Campus Senator                                                  

Office: 509.777.4285 Email: arthurmoore15@my.whitworth.edu   

 

 

 

  

Talk of the CRC, Health Center, & More // Feb. 27th-March 7th

Last week at the ASWU meeting, many gathered in the crow's nest to hear Beck discuss how the Costa Rica Center and Health Center (among other things) are affected by next fiscal year's budget cuts. Beck began by saying,

"Its fantastic to see everyone here. I have read several emails. I applaud you for being here, this is what students ought to be doing: speaking up for what they believe in." 

For the next 45 minutes or so, Beck talked about budget cuts and a few prominent programs that will be effected and will directly effect students--the CRC, health center and printing money. 

First Beck gave a brief review of our current financial status. "The financial health of [this] institution is strong," he said going on to point out that while it is not a "budget crisis" at the institutional level per se, it is for "certain individuals and programs." He explained that our debt was due, in large part, to "not hitting our numbers" in student enrollment for instance and thus not meeting budget expectations. He emphasized a desire for transparency as the institution works to meet these financial challenges.

After he explained some number crunching, he assured the students that this data and these decisions are products of "a long process beginning in October" made up of a "representative task force including students, staff, and faculty."

Then he began unravelling three key programs that will be directly effected by these budget cuts..

In the interest of accuracy and transparency, I'll display the email Beck sent to the whole campus on February 28th:

A Message from President Taylor on the Costa Rica Center on Feb. 28th, 2014.

Dear Whitworth community,

After hearing input from students, faculty and staff concerning measures under consideration for closing Whitworth’s projected $1.34 million budget gap next year, I met with fellow cabinet members recently to make some final decisions. Among the most difficult choices that we made was our final decision to suspend semester-long programming at Whitworth’s Costa Rica Center (CRC) for the 2014-15 academic year. Many members of our community were present at public presentations last week leading up to this decision, and many followed up with written comments and questions; others who were not able to attend those presentations let their voices be heard through emails and other correspondence. The feedback reflected both support for and disagreement with the proposal to suspend CRC programming. Without exception, those communications have been received with much appreciation.

The CRC has been successful on many fronts. The students who have studied there have had valuable, and in many cases transformative, educational and cultural experiences. There is no debate on this front, which is why this decision is so difficult. Much of the communication we’ve received in the past week has pointed to those shared experiences, and we celebrate all of the ways that the CRC has enriched the life of the university and the lives of our students. I’m so grateful for directors Lindy and Dinorah Scott, and for the many U.S. and Costa Rican staff members who have served so well at the CRC. This decision is no reflection on their fine work. I am deeply aware of the human costs associated with this decision, both in terms of displaced employees and the ways this suspension will impact our host families, internship sites, and the greater San Jose community. We will work hard to ease those transitions, to the extent we are able, and to maintain as many of those relationships as possible in case the CRC reopens in the future.

The CRC has experienced various challenges in its first four years of operation, including the difficulty of delivering a predictable curriculum and the challenge of low, unstable and unpredictable enrollment, resulting in a high cost per student. The anticipated direct costs (operating and non-operating) of the CRC for the Fall, January and Spring terms in 2014-15 are $902,000. The estimated savings for suspending the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 programming, while continuing to offer programming during Jan Term 2015, is estimated to be $457,000. This accounts for the Costa Rican personnel and other expenses needed to maintain the facility well, even in our absence, and for the interest expense the university must pay on its internal loan. The forgone room and board revenue of approximately $52,000 brings the net savings anticipated from the suspension to $405,000.

 Contemporaneous with this decision, I’ve asked Provost Carol Simon to immediately form a Costa Rica Center Task Force made up of students, faculty and staff. The group’s charge will include outlining and evaluating alternatives for curricular design, staffing, student recruitment, cooperative agreements with other educational institutions, and more sustainable business models. This task force, chaired by former faculty president and professor Donna Pierce, will start its work immediately. I’m grateful to Donna and her fellow task force members, Professors Bob Buckham, Grant Casady, Katie Creyts, Katherine Karr-Cornejo, staff members Jolyn Dahlvig and Sue Jackson, and students Audrey Evans and Danny Parker, for their important service. It’s important to note that even if the task force ultimately recommends and the university decides to permanently close the CRC, it would be our intention to re-direct the funds currently being invested in the CRC toward other international-study initiatives. The question before us is not about our commitment to equipping global citizens, but whether the CRC represents the best use of resources for achieving our ambitious and important goals for study-abroad participation.

 I have received several questions from community members, including ASWU, concerning alternative estimates of CRC costs and the projected savings of suspending semester programming. Many of these alternative narratives have arisen from comparing the budgeted costs and savings I’ve outlined above with figures that have been part of an internal accounting report used to provide year-to-year comparisons for sources and uses of certain funds. This internal report does show that the financial health of the CRC has gradually improved over time. Some have used these figures to argue that the CRC is profitable. But this report does not capture the total cost of running the CRC. This accounting report was never intended to do so. It does not fully reflect such factors as the considerable capital improvements that have been made (and may continue to be made) to the facility and equipment, scheduled loan repayment and interest expense on the approximately $3 million of capital expense the university is carrying on the facility, and the full cost of providing Whitworth faculty to teach in Costa Rica. Indeed, all of these costs are not fully reflected even in the $902,000 total budget figure I reported earlier in this message. In the four years of CRC operation, the revenues derived from the program have contributed nothing to its interest and debt obligations. This is on top of the large investments and subsidies the university is providing.

 I have also received questions about whether alternative plans for continuing semester programming in a less costly way next year were fully considered. The cabinet and I did consider all alternative plans that were forwarded to us. We decided not to pursue those alternatives because we had serious doubts about their financial and academic viability. For example, one of the alternatives called for having a very large percentage of courses taught by adjunct instructors. My fellow cabinet members and I determined that this proposal was not consistent with the Whitworth-like experience we are promising our students. Another proposal was based on estimates of enrollment for next year that we judged to be overly optimistic. The cabinet determined that basing such a large and important budget decision on uncertain outcomes was not responsible. All of this reinforced our sense that time and a task force are needed to systematically explore the best ways forward for the CRC.

I want you to know that many hours of thought and prayer have been put into making this decision and the other decisions that will help us achieve a sustainable budget for Whitworth University. We have made every effort to listen carefully to the input that we have received. This decision will not find universal agreement, and it is disappointing and disheartening to many, including me. I find great comfort in knowing that Whitworth is filled with energetic and bright students, and dedicated faculty and staff, each of whom is committed to the value of international education. Those commitments give me confidence in the road ahead.

Beck A. Taylor

President 

In other news, the results are back from the Campus Experience Survey. Keep your eyes open for those results soon.

Here are some cool things happening this week if you're interested!:


 

 

Forecast Sat. 1st-Sat. 8th:


 

Quote of the week:

"Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared with love in dreams." -Dostoevsky 

 

Photo of the week:

National Geographic (http://on.natgeo.com/1fmuDtq) 

"'There was a beautiful morning crescent moon, and the ice was cracking on the frozen lake,' says Your Shot contributor Sho Shibata, who had spent the night in his car waiting for dawn on Lake Towada in Aomori, Japan. The peaceful scene wasn't captured without incident: As he walked out to get the shot, Shibata's leg fell through the ice."

 

Video of the Week:

 

 

Phil Moore, Off-Campus Senator                                                  

Office: 509.777.4285 Email: arthurmoore15@my.whitworth.edu   

[A WHILE AGO.] A Return // Feb. 13th-20th

I hope you're off to swell start this Spring 2014 semester. 

In back-to-back meetings, ASWU's been visited by new faces around Whitworth: last week we heard from Gerry Gimmill, the new VP of Finance and Administration and this week we met Rod Sandberg, our new football coach.

Gerry graduated from Whitworth in '85 and really loves Spokane. He's been working with different departments around campus like risk management, IT, facilities, etc. as well as partnering with others to handle the 1.5 million dollar budget deficit since he began in early November. The plan for the budget will be released in April at the latest. When we asked Gerry if he had any words for the student body, he said:

I’ve been here for three months, but I’ve found that there are many dedicated people here that work really hard for all of you and it’s beyond just a business venture. These people love you guys a lot and care a lot about your experience here at Whitworth. 

Rod also had some great things to say. He talked about his story, which gave us cool insight into the kind of guy he is as well as his vision for our football team. Coach Sandberg and his family have been at Wheaton College in Illinois for the past 18 years. He told us about his 4 program goals: Faith, Future, Family, and Fun. He seems really interested in investing in the lives of his players and coaches as well as the greater Whitworth and Spokane communities--and he's serious about it too!

 

Have you heard about the plan to pack 1 million meals for families in need in Spokane and the greater Northwest? This'll take place at the beginning of May. The idea is for us to fill the fieldhouse with tons of folks from Whitworth and around the community to pack meals--assembly line style. You might want to know more specifically where the food is going, or how much money we still need to raise, or how we're actually going to pull this off, or why the newsletter is so long this week.

In any case, please talk to me (arthurmoore15@my.whitworth.edu) or others so that you can be heard and I can do my job better.

And for more info: http://bit.ly/1dLL7VA

 

 

 

 upcoming off-campus event:

ICE SKATE NIGHT at Riverfront Park

507 N. Howard St. 

Wednesday, February 19th from 7-830pm

$1 

 

 

Some Campus Happenings: 

Outdoor Rec: Ski van to 49 for night skiing leaves URec Sunday at 2:30pm and returns around 9:15pm. Shuttle is $5, lift ticket $4 and 2 cans of food. CPR class Feb. 21. Wilderness first aid course certification Feb. 22-23. Snowshoe night hike Feb. 28. Keep an eye out for two spring break trips. 

Climbing wall: climb the height of El Capitan (3,000 ft.) in a month. $5 to being, t-shirt for finishers.

League of Pirates: 4 competitive teams. Practice on Saturday night. Whitworth Spring Championship. $500 worth in prizes. First Cyber Battle of Spokane coming soon!

Polar Plunge: service opportunity, fundraising effort organized by law enforcement agencies throughout the state benefiting Special Olympics Washington. find out more at http://bit.ly/1gcFEMm        

email acollett14@my.whitworth.edu            

Leadership Fair: Monday, February 17th, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, HUB Lied Square

Service-Learning Fair: Wednesday, Feb. 19th 11am-1pm HUB MPR Come meet community partners and find a place to serve in the Spokane community! Enter to win a $50 gift card simply by talking to 4 partners.

 

Forecast for Thurs. 13th - Thurs. 20th.

 

 

Old saying of the week:

"Two men looked out through prison bars, one saw mud, the other stars."

 

Photo of the week:

National Geographic (http://on.natgeo.com/1b6t41R) 

"Having gorged on salmon to lay on fat for hibernation, a grizzly wears a coat of ice in Canada's Yokon."

 

Video of the Week:

(Thanks for this video, Josh.) 
 

Phil Moore, Off-Campus Senator                                                  

Office: 509.777.4285 Email: arthurmoore15@my.whitworth.edu  

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