18 October 2012 Volume 97 Issue 4
50 FELLOWSHIP YEARS OF
HEAD LAYOUT EDITOR Ricky Barbosa HEAD COPY EDITOR Cedric Thiel HEAD PHOTO EDITOR Josh McKinney
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Last year, The Collegian launched a new website: collegian.wallawalla.edu. This online version of the publication drew attention to The Collegian, especially surrounding special issues, by making the discussion more accessible to both intended and unintended audiences. While this move to making content available online contributed to heated conversations, it was also an opportunity for
those interested parties to more easily enter into discussion. Yesterday, Facebook welcomed a new page: The Collegian (facebook.com/wallawalla collegian). This development is part of an initiative to make the content of the publication even more accessible, focusing on the issues covered in each issue rather than the publication as an institution. Content
available online may still be limited in order to protect the privacy of the WWU community. We hope this format will increase the availability and quality of discussion. In this issue of The Collegian we have included political platforms of the two major presidential candidates: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. This is an effort to raise awareness of the candidate’s stances on major social and economic issues so that students have an opportunity to be informed in their voting decisions. I would encourage you to seek out more information on the candidates from a variety of sources as we approach election day.
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UNIVERSITY CHURCH CELEBRATES
50TH ANNIVERSARY Jennifer Buyco Staff Writer
A special service is planned this Sabbath, Oct. 20, that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the WWU church, featuring some of the same music from the first church service in 1962. Additionally, there will be a special Sabbath school in the FAC auditorium at 10:30 a.m. about the history of the WWU church. In connection with the 50th anniversary, two major renovations will be underway. The windows in the church’s main sanctuary are going to be replaced and Heubach Chapel — named after Paul Heubach, the former church pastor and former dean of the School of Theology — will undergo a major facelift. The plan is to replace the pews with flexible seating, install wood flooring, build a new platform, and redo the windows with glass to let in more light. Also, new overhead lighting, a PA system, and video projection equipment are being planned to make Heubach a much more welcoming space.
Before there was an SDA church in College Place, there was already an existing congregation. In 1891, a small group of Seventh-day Adventists gathered together for worship every week in the Walla Walla College administration building. In 1912, that group began the construction of a church that could seat 700 people. Sadly, it burned to the ground in 1918 in an act of arson. The church was rebuilt and reopened in 1920, seating 1,100 people. Overgrown with ivy leaves and decked in stained glass, this church still stands on campus. It is known today as Village Hall. Soon, that church began to overflow with members, both from the community, student body, and faculty. In 1939, the students and faculty began to congregate in the gym of the Columbia Auditorium (the current location of Havstad Alumni Center) for their church services. However, the members longed for a more reverent atmosphere. In 1961, under the leadership of Elder Paul Heubach, construction began for what is now the University Church. Fifty years ago, on Oct. 20, 1962, several church
members marched to majestic trumpets and a melodious choir in a processional to the opening of what is now the University Church. One of the most prevalent pieces in the church is its massive organ. From 1966 through 2000, the church’s organ was the biggest organ west of Salt Lake City and north of San Francisco. On Dec. 1, 1962, a contract was signed to install an organ. Melvin K. West, the chair of the music department and an organ professor, wanted to make sure that the church had an outstanding organ. The organ cost about $56,000. The second part of the organ, completed in 1966, cost about $46,000, making the organ’s total cost approximately $102,000. Dr. Kraig Scott, minister of music at the University Church, estimates its current value is “a minimum of $2 million, and very likely more than that.” This Sabbath’s service will include remarks from church members who were in the original procession, as well as the same prelude, hymn, call to prayer, doxology, and benediction as was used at the very first service 50 years ago.
TWO REMODELING PLANS Liz Pham
The Walla Walla School Board had a work session on Oct. 2 to discuss improvement options for Lincoln High School and Walla Walla High School. According to the Walla Walla UnionBulletin, the board has until Nov. 6 to decide if it will seek money for an overhaul of Wa-Hi. The school buildings were built in 1964, and are currently accommodating 1,800 students from Walla Walla and College Place. The goal is to enlarge the
current buildings but still to keep the brick exteriors and open campus. Due to the residents’ approval of a bond for College Place’s first public high school, Wa-Hi faces the possibility of losing over 350 students during the next few years. Therefore, the remodeling plans were modified to lower costs. Currently, the most favored proposal cost $46 million for minor improvements to the career and technical education building. On the other hand, for Lincoln High School, the Union-Bulletin reports that the board still couldn’t decide whether the district should preserve the nearly 100-yearold building by remodeling and adding
some new construction, or if it should demolish and rebuild it into a new twostory building. Both proposals cost about $8 million. With 200 students and no major improvements since its construction, Lincoln High School is in need of bathrooms suitable for students. It also needs wheelchair access because the building has two floors and a basement but no elevator. For now, the board is focusing more on coming to a resolution for a bond to remodel Wa-Hi, while planning on using the reserve or finding other resources to improve Lincoln High School.
The age of the blind Colin Farmer, tased in England after his cane was mistaken for a samurai sword.
The amount paid to make Sprint a consolidated subsidiary of SoftBank.
Screen size of iPad Mini, rumored to be released Nov. 2.
The increase in violent crimes in the U.S. in 2011.
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DONATIONS FOR DAVIS Jennifer Buyco Staff Writer
In May 2012, a bond was approved by the College Place School Board to rebuild Davis Elementary and establish a public high school for College Place students. With the growth of College Place, there was a great need to rebuild Davis Elementary. Currently, Davis is a decrepit building and “ready to fall down,” according to Pastor Troy Fitzgerald. The only way to replace it was with a majority vote of 60 percent by the residents who were registered to vote. However, the bond didn’t pass the first time.
Everyone in the College Place School District is responsible to pay taxes for students’ tuition. In a town where the majority of citizens are Adventist or Catholic, it was difficult getting the bond to pass because most of the College Place residents send their kids to private schools instead of to public schools.
A few years ago, Fitzgerald was invited to join the school board. He tried to infuse the school with more volunteers. He also educated people on how Davis Elementary students have the highest poverty rate in Walla Walla Valley and how the poor should not be neglected. Fitzgerald helped to steer the bond into
the community by encouraging people to vote for it. As a result, more collegiate students registered to vote in order to vote for the bond, and more community members decided it was time to rebuild Davis Elementary. “It was really an exciting movement and a collaborative effort,” says Fitzgerald. It passed the second time with a majority of 61 percent.
Construction plans for Davis Elementary will start in the summer. The school will be rebuilt at its current site with two additional grades. A design is currently in
WWU RE-ACCREDITATION Annie Palumbo
This fall Walla Walla University is up for re-accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The process of being accredited involves a series of multi-year events. Every year the university submits at least one report to the NWCCU containing basic information and data about how the university is fulfilling its goals and expectations. Every three years a more detailed report is generated and a small site team designated by NWCCU visits the campus. Beyond that, every seven years a full-sized site visit takes place, along with a comprehensive self-evaluation. For Walla Walla University, this is year seven. As part of the review, the university carefully examines the quality of all its activities, including everything from the physical layout of the university to its finances, and reviews its compliance with standards specified by the NWCCU. In preperation for the site visit, this evaluation was sent in a few weeks ago. The site visit by
nine professional evaluators will take place from Oct. 22 through 24. According to Scott Ligman: “Regional accreditation is valuable for WWU and its students because the process provides a careful review of the quality of the institution by an organization and individuals outside the institution. This helps the university to maintain quality academic programs and services across all aspects of the university. Additionally, regional accreditation is valuable to the university and its students because colleges and universities that are regionally accredited readily accept transfer credits from another regionally accredited institution and an institution must be regionally accredited in order to be eligible to receive federal student financial aid monies. It also provides a continuous stimulus for colleges and universities to strive to serve the needs of students and their constituents as effectively and responsibly as possible.” While the visitation team is on campus they will hold several meetings. On Tuesday, Oct. 23, they will meet with any interested students in the Alaska Room at noon for 50 minutes; then, at 2 p.m., they will
the works for the high school. Each grade will be started one year at a time, beginning with ninth grade. Walla Walla University students could be affected by these construction plans. With a rebuilt elementary school and a new high school across from Conard and Foreman Halls, there is a new realm of possible work–study opportunities. Also, it gives students a chance to get more involved in the community by participating in school programs.
meet with ASWWU officers. There will also be an exit meeting that is open to faculty, staff, and students. During the exit meeting, the site visitors will present their preliminary recommendations.
THE DAILY SHOW Annie Palumbo Staff Writer
President Obama will be a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Thursday, Oct. 18. While Jon Stewart has been critical of Obama’s recent actions, including his making an appearance on The View and not meeting with world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, Stewart has also been vying for President Obama to make an appearance on his show. It will be Obama’s second visit to the show since he took office and his sixth appearance on the show overall. Watch it tonight on Comedy Central or tomorrow on Hulu.
ADVENTISTS Annie Palumbo
Tonight, Oct. 18, a screening of SeventhGay Adventists will take place in Walla Walla at the Power House Theatre at 7 p.m. Producers Daneen Akers and Stephen Eyer, a husband-and-wife team from San Francisco, have devoted the last several years to the making, producing, and now showing of this documentary. Following three gay or lesbian couples, but focusing on an individual in each relationship, Seventh-Gay Adventists shows the struggle to balance Adventism and their sexuality. Although the showing is not associated with the university, a number of WWU community members have made donations to help sponsor the showing in Walla Walla. Tickets are currently sold out, but a waiting list is available for those who are still interested. To learn more about the movie and the cause, visit sgamovie.com.
REVIEW Photo by SXC.hu
Graduate School Fair 11 October Over 30 graduate schools were represented at the fair held in the fourth floor of the Ad Building. Students were able to network with recruiters and learned more about programs available to them.
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ASWWU Battleground 12 October At vespers Friday night, Gabby Smith & Co. led song service, followed by a worship thought by Matthew Randall, ASWWU spiritual vice president. Sabbath morning, students Savonna Greer and Becka Hanan both gave short worship talks.
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Circle Church 13 October The first gathering of the Circle Church was held at 11:07 a.m. in the Black Box Theatre. The Circle Church is a movement dedicated to providing community and true worship.
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Serena Tonstad, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., spoke about â€œObesity and Lifestyle Changes: Combatting a Global Epidemicâ€? in the FAC and addressed issues such as dieting, exercising, and weight-loss counseling.
Elections were held at a special CommUnity in the WEC where students voted for their district representatives and received their annual ASWWU T-shirt.
FORECAST Photo by Facebook user Seventh-Gay Adventists
Thursday | 18 OCT
Seventh-Gay Adventists Screening
Vespers: Tommy Poole
Doors open 6:30 p.m. Film 7–10 p.m. Power House Theatre
Photo by Erik Sanders
Photo by The Mask
19 OCT 70° 45°
8 p.m. University Church
20 OCT 54° 32°
WWU Church’s 50th Anniversary Presentation 10:30 a.m. FAC
Impact by BSCF 9:30 p.m. SAC
8 p.m. WEC Gym
2 p.m. Softball Field
Photo by Kai Kopitzke
Photo by Josh McKinney
Photo by Kai Kopitzke
Sunday | 21 OCT
NWCCU Accreditation Site Visit Begins
CommUnity: Buell Fogg
All Day Softball Field
Final Men’s Soccer Game 3 p.m. Soccer Field
6–7:30 p.m. Major News Networks
22 OCT 66° 49°
Tuesday | 11 a.m. University Church Noon KRH 345
23 OCT 59° 50°
Photo by Josh McKinney
Wednesday | United Nations Day
24 OCT 63° 53°
Question “What is the first step in forgiving someone who has hurt you severely?”
Response Our daughter, Shannon, was murdered. That horrific event changed our lives and launched me on a study of forgiveness. In winter quarter I teach a class on the subject, but here is a quick overview of the bottom line: ■ Forgiveness is a GIFT, not an accomplishment. That's especially true when the injury is severe. Comparatively lesser injuries allow us to "produce" forgiveness and lead us to think we can do it on our own. The big injuries, the tough ones, don't go easily away. The hurt, anger, resentment, rage, and despair hang on, facing us with our inability to let go and forgive. We fail if we try to forgive by ourselves. ■ We are all failures, unable to live up to our and God's standards. That hurts God, and for hurting God we all need to be redeemed. Working harder doesn't make us successful. We cannot adequately forgive. God reclaims us in spite of ourselves and in spite of our failures and inadequacies. That is God's gift to us, the gift of forgiveness. By that gift, God changes us. ■ Until we profoundly experience God’s forgiveness of us, we cannot adequately forgive others. — Dr. Darold Bigger
Have a good question? Email — Pastor Troy Fitzgerald firstname.lastname@example.org.
A CASE FOR CONVENTIONS Rob Folkenberg
Week of Worship. Conventions. Battleground. Retreats. Short, spiritually packed events have become popular in Christianity. Student groups have them and religious organizations host them, each with its own theme and stated purposes. You’ve probably been to a number of these yourself. Spiritual gatherings have been a big part of church history and are great opportunities for growth. The Bible stresses the importance of gathering together for worship and encouragement. In Hebrews it says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”1 Notice the verbiage the author uses to describe believers gathering together. The ESV here says “stir up,” the KJV says “provoke,” and the NIV renders it “spur one another on.” There’s a sense of energy, of real motion. It sounds like an exciting, synergetic experience where people come together and get excited about Jesus and living for Him. Gathering together to build camaraderie and to be trained for service seems to be a biblical thing.
the experience it provided. Convention junkies will travel each year to numerous gatherings where they’ll get a spiritual high followed by relapses into spiritual apathy. That’s not good. But if a gathering can encourage those present to continue in the faith and stay strong, if they work and pray for connection between meetings and accountability at home, I believe spiritual gatherings can be a real benefit. There are obviously many options and opportunities for special spiritual gatherings these days. One I’m really excited about is just around the corner. Generation of Youth for Christ will be in Seattle from Dec. 28 to Jan. 1. GYC is “A youthinitiated and [youth]-led movement of Seventhday Adventists from diverse backgrounds, united in a common commitment to serious Bible study, intense prayer, uncompromising lifestyle, and boldness in sharing Christ with others.”3 I’ve been to three GYC conventions and appreciated each one. One thing I especially like is the leadership’s deliberate decisions to
encourage a culture of living radically for Christ, not a culture of yearly convention attendance. In fact, there’s a whole section of the convention dedicated specifically to aspects of local church life, encouraging young people to go back home, get involved, and make a difference. GYC is more than just a camp meeting or convention; it’s a movement dedicated to Jesus and looking forward to His soon return. I believe it’s fulfilling a biblical calling, and I hope to see some of you in Seattle!
Interested in attending GYC? Email me at email@example.com. WWU marketing and enrollment services is looking for a list of students who plan to attend. We’ll register together for group discounts and will work to provide inexpensive lodging and maybe even a T-shirt. 1. Heb. 10:24–25, ESV. 2. Testimonies for the Church (Volume Six), 40. 3. gycweb.org/about/what-is-gyc.
Ever since very early Adventism, believers have gathered around the world at camp meetings. Ellen White herself made a compelling appeal for camp meeting attendance. She compared these gatherings to ancient Israelite festivals. “If the children of Israel needed the benefit of these holy convocations in their time,” she wrote, “how much more do we need them in these last days of peril and conflict! And if the people of the world then needed the light which God had committed to His church, how much more do they need it now!”2 Even with this type of support, conventions and camp meetings aren’t without criticisms, and there are potential dangers. Here’s one: There is the possibility of encouraging what we’ll call a “roller coaster religion.” What do I mean by this? I’ve been to many conventions where by the end I’m enthusiastic, excited for Jesus, and pumped about sharing Him. A week later, I’ve all but forgotten about the experience. A convention’s greatest weakness is its inability to follow up on
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COLUMN & CREATIVE WRITING
THE ROAD TO CHINESE DRAGONHOOD Rebecca Brothers Columnist By week four of fall quarter, things have usually settled into a comfortingly familiar state of panic. The first set of colds has made the rounds just in time for midterms, and the farmers’ market forces you to consider how many varieties of pumpkin you can put on your doorstep before you turn into the gourd equivalent of a crazy cat lady. The daily apparel decision has gone from “sundress vs. shorts” to “sweater vs. coat.” The most commonly heard question on campus is no longer “What’s your major?” or “Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?”, but “What’s your costume for the Barn Party?”
“She rejected string theory as ‘too nerdy,’ then suggested that I go as a hydrogen ion.”
The Barn Party is one of many things that has stamped WWU forever on my heart, partly because I enjoy any chance to stop studying and go out with friends, and partly because you’ve got to love a place where pumpkins can be a theological issue. The costume decision, however, does present a bit of a pickle. When I was a freshman, my sister and I went to Goodwill for plaid skirts, borrowed ties from obliging male friends, and went as British schoolgirls. The year after that, two friends and I bought tulle at Le Wal Marté and dressed up as teabags. Last year
CRAYOLA EYES Jalynn Berglund
I ran several ideas past my sister (Freudian slip, Emily Dickinson, string theory, Betty Crocker, Emily Webb) and watched them all go down in flames. (She rejected string theory as “too nerdy,” then suggested that I go as a hydrogen ion.) In the end, I dithered until fifteen minutes before the Barn Party, got out my old British schoolgirl costume, and finally arrived at the WEC dressed as a homeless English major before getting recruited to be one-ninth of a Chinese dragon. This year, I’m still conflicted, but at least I’ve narrowed it down to a ceiling fan or a short-haired Amy Pond.
Contributing Writer Blizzard Blue, Cerulean
Denim and Caribbean Green. I try to create your eyes Using my box of Crayola, But it turns out so dull, a Sad replica — after twenty tries.
Here are five costume ideas that I’m betting we’ll see at this year’s Barn Party:
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1. The Avengers. You can’t earn $207 million in the U.S. on opening weekend and not have doppelgängers make an appearance at the ASWWU Barn Party. It simply isn’t done.
The way you whispered “you’re mine,”
The laughter, the mystery,
Just by looking at me.
When staring in your eyes,
2. Obama and Romney. Extra points if you accessorize with the respective dogs.
My whole body would tingle. Maybe if I add Manatee,
3. Gru and some Minions, from Despicable Me. You just can’t go wrong with Minions.
A touch of Periwinkle.
4. Psy. I won’t pretend to have an in-depth understanding of “Gangnam Style,” but from what I’ve heard, it’s the 2012 equivalent of the hula hoop.
The tip crumbles. My frustration Crushes the little crayon. You were never going to leave.
5. Meme characters. The easiest options are probably Bad Luck Brian, Ermahgerd, and Conspiracy Keanu, but if you want to go the extra mile, there’s always Philosoraptor, Joseph Ducreux, Sarcastic Willy Wonka, and Socially Awkward Penguin. Group costumes, I’ve noticed, seem to be the way to go. They solve that ticklish problem of walking into the gym by oneself, and they tend to open up a lot more options. Star Wars characters, the Wizard of Oz group, meteorological phenomena, the food pyramid, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs ... the options are infinite, assuming you don’t wait until 7:59 on Saturday night to decide.
Remember? That was the plan!
Blizzard Blue, Cerulean Denim and Caribbean Green. Baby, I miss your eyes.
Photos by ASWWU (Barn Party 2011)
POVERTY IN PERU Robbie Hill
Contributing Writer What are your first thoughts when you hear the word poverty? Do you think about the homeless that walk the streets in Portland, Seattle, or nearly every large city across the United States? Do the commercials that ask you to adopt a frail African child come to mind, maybe the victims of Hurricane Katrina, or possibly yourself living on cup of noodles and swimming in student loans? Until recently that has been my only exposure to poverty. I am currently serving as a student missionary in Pucallpa, Peru, and truly experiencing poverty firsthand comes as a bit of a shock. Now, my intent is not to belittle the poverty found in the United States, for those people are also much in need, but to outline the extent of poverty I have seen here in Pucallpa and its surrounding villages. During my first two weeks in Peru we had two internal medicine physicians from the U.S., so we were able to provide mobile clinics for some of the local villages. We visited a community that lived on the site of a garbage dump in which you could see them searching for some pieces of food in
the trash. Their sole source of income came from digging through the piles in order to find bottles and other recyclables that they would turn in for cash — yet they were happy just sitting in the hammocks that hung from the structures they called their homes. Another time, when I was walking around the city with my friend and fellow missionary Martin Corona, we happened to run into a young boy, and we asked him to show us around Pucallpa. We learned that his name was Renzo and both of his parents were in prison, so he lived with his grandpa in the city. He told us about a Canadian priest that would help purchase the required school uniforms for kids who could not afford them. (These uniforms cost around 15 USD.) Renzo said that some nights he just doesn’t eat, so we decided to buy him dinner and gave him some of our water. He was such a rad kid, and his positive attitude despite his current circumstances greatly impacted me, reminding me of what is truly important in life — building relationships and helping those in need. One Sabbath, Martin and I decided to visit some families in a community that did a lot of charcoal production. We walked
Photo by Robbie Hill
through the production area and ran into a family that Martin had met when he was a student missionary here two years ago. We asked them a little bit about the charcoal. They said they sell a sack that comes up to my chest for about 1.50 USD and the process to make the charcoal takes about 15 days. They ended up inviting us over to their house for a lunch of fried eggs and plantains, but Martin and I were the only ones that were eating. It
amazes me, the generosity of those that have next to nothing. The poverty here is a daily struggle, yet the people are surprisingly content with their lives. I hear no cries of “we are the 99 percent,” but I do hear laughter around the lunch table. The people here in Peru are some of the most welcoming, light-hearted people that I have met. It makes me wonder if they understand that the key to a happy life is simpler than most Americans make it.
LIFEGUARDING IN AN IRRIGATION DITCH Mackenzie Thompson Contributing Writer
Photo by Mackenzie Thompson
Sunbeams glisten through the banana tree leaves, sending a spray of light on the droplets of water flying through the air as children giggle with delight, the splashes of water washing their sweaty little faces clean. I’m standing in an irrigation ditch on the far side of the Bangla Hope campus with 20 or so kids trying to splash me in the face as I pour buckets of water over them. In this moment, for maybe the first time since I have been here, I catch myself pausing and taking it all in: the sun, the refreshing water washing over my feet, and the children’s faces filled with pure joy. “Everyone should have an irrigation ditch to play in at home, if it makes little and big humans alike this full of joy!”, I think to myself. The boys are sliding head first on their
tummies down the ditch as the girls suds up their hair with shampoo and I pour a shower of cool water over their smiling faces to rinse their hair out. What a way to take a bath! “Kengie Teacher, watch me swim!” (In all of the notes I’ve received, they spell my name with a “g” instead of a “z”.) God is good. Despite the awful circumstances that brought many of these children to the orphanage, the kids are experiencing something good even still. They are rich, but not in material items. They don’t have much to play with, such as toys, but watching them spend 30 minutes in a ditch, playing with buckets of water with each other, is such a beautiful connection of humans just being, existing, and dwelling together. Today I’m thanking God for irrigation ditches, because I found joy in connecting with these children in a new and simple way.
CONVERSATION: ACCEPTED There is a funny thing about our planet. Out of seven billion people, no two of us are perfectly alike. We may copy each other’s looks, but we still have our genes; we may share a school, but our beliefs are sure to differ. Differences are things to be noticed; they are what give people potential and personality. But they can be dangerous. Walla Walla University is a school that aims to lead its students to live a Christlike life, but its effectiveness is being tainted by the unaccepted differences among its students.
One amazing group working to fight prejudices and improve the effectiveness of the university is Students for Equality. Their mission states that they attempt to “provide a safe environment, promote awareness, and start the conversation of tolerance and equality of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/ Questioning) on the WWU campus and to inform and educate students, faculty, and staff through peaceful means.” Receiving a Christian education should be nothing less than fair for everyone, yet seeing how those who either claim or are suspected of being a part of the LGBTQ community
School is where we come to think, learn, and discover. Students for Equality works to create an atmosphere of learning and acceptance, where there is beauty in expressing yourself, differences and all. For the university to grow, hard questions must be asked and the answers must be accepted. Let’s strive to become a university that is so firm in our beliefs that we can responsibly discuss any topic and allow the conversations to bring us to a better understanding of our God.
A few weeks ago, our beloved Campus Ministries team introduced the spiritual theme “Lovewell” during a Week of Worship session. The theme encompasses loving each other as Jesus does and changing the view some have of Christianity. In my opinion, there could not be a better theme for our school or our church to have. Walla Walla University should be known as a place where faith and love of God are witnessed through interactions with everyone who comes in contact with this campus. So, perhaps it would be walking the plank to say that I am occasionally shocked when I hear the stories of bullying and prejudice some face when going to an Adventist school, especially the stories from the LGBTQ community.
“A Christian university should not be dormant on social issues.”
Plans have been devised to increase discussion of this treatment and how it affects our school and church, yet there is resistance to do so. The problem is not necessarily that students are being quietly mistreated; the problem is that there is so little conversation taking place that not enough people are speaking up to be heard. This creates ignorance of differences among a community. When I met with some leaders of Students for Equality, the majority of the points made were about communicating. The meeting was as one point summed up by ten words: “We would love to have a safe place to talk.” There is a hesitance when discussing homosexuality in our school, and there are some who oppose having these conversations here in general. Why are we avoiding some of these issues? There is no better place to discuss what we believe than in this school.
Presidential debates continue. When in doubt, answer a different question.
European Union wins Nobel Peace Prize. Adventist Church hopeful for next year.
ASWWU T-shirts look great! Can’t wait for the double deep V.
Defense secretary urges investments in cyber security. Security experts at Facebook consulted.
are treated by some on campus shows a strong disregard of “loving well.”
A Christian institution should never be a place where people feel unwelcome. It’s important not to forget that there are a significant number of students attending WWU that are part of the LGBTQ community. These social issues of inequality cannot remain dormant in a school setting where the primary goal is to increase the intellectual and spiritual growth of students. Overlooking how the students are being treated on campus is overlooking the goal of the university.
Austrian skydiver freefalls 24 miles. Red Bull forgot to give him wings.
Southern video discounts Walla Walla girls. Southern discovers girls.
COLLEGIAN WISDOM Photo by ASWWU
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BLUE PAINT, BUTTERFLIES, AND PHONICS Brenna Nakamura Contributing Writer
The chilly morning air rushes past my knuckles as I bike my way over to that lovely land of literacy, arithmetic, and tempera paint. It’s 7:15 a.m., and the town of College Place is still in a sleepy state of existence as the pale light of dawn breaks loose over the horizon. I zoom down the hill near Bowers Hall, the frigid wind rushing past my stilldamp hair. I finally arrive to my destination: Rogers Adventist School, the land of learning where small ones come to get sprinkles of friendly sunshine amidst homework and projects. It’s a place where a Christian education is of the utmost importance.
rating all in one amazing package. My days are filled with children’s laughter, pencil scribbles, and crayon artwork. To me, it is worth every single second. I’ve been sneezed on, spit on, and occasionally coughed on. I’ve listened to small children’s frustrations, settled disputes about playground toys, and been pestered with questions … but that’s all OK. I am living my dream, that dream to go and teach those little ones about life, knowledge of their world, and of a God who unconditionally loves them.
“They are not just little human beings soaking up knowledge; these kids are God’s children.”
This is my life this quarter, and I love it. Student teaching is exhausting and exhila-
It’s not uncommon for me to find little girls chasing frogs, a small child upset over a science project, or some boys playing outside during recess with the sneaky intention of somehow role playing a fake “battle” without Ms. Nakamura knowing about it. If a child spills his or her applesauce, gets a bad scrape on the knee, or comes to me with
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three friends yelling that their butterfly is “pollinating” while drinking nectar … it’s another usual day at Rogers Adventist School. The truth is that no day is ever the same. The students have taught me incredible things about life as seen through a child’s eyes. Every new day is the start of another grand adventure. This is my dream, my passion. Teaching is what gets me out of bed at unearthly hours in the morning: It’s what gives me true satisfaction in knowing that every day I have the chance to make a difference in the life of a child. It’s a job that makes me realize the potential these precious children have. They are not just little human beings soaking up knowledge; these kids are God’s children. They need to know how much
God loves them, how to seek true wisdom, and how to think for themselves. Why do I want to teach? Because it is my calling. Because God loves these little children: He wants them to know of His plans for their lives. What about you? Have you found your passion? The world is out there to lure you away from your Godgiven passion in life, but don’t let it change your mind. Seek God’s leading in your life. Go out there and live your dream, that dream that God has placed on your heart. You will never regret it.
“The students have taught me incredible things about life as seen through a child’s eyes.”
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MIDDLE EAST UNIVERSITY INTRODUCES ACA PROGRAM
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Contributing Writer Arabic is ranked by most studies as the fifth-most-spoken language in the world. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations. This is the first academic year that the Seventh-day Adventist church has a coordinated initiative to provide Adventist college students with an immersion experience to learn the language. Starting this year, Middle East University in Lebanon — the only Adventist institution of higher education in the region — began a new branch of the Adventist Colleges Abroad program on its campus. For many years, ACA has provided students attending Adventist institutions in North America and Australia with the opportunity to study foreign languages at sister institutions abroad. Many generations of students have greatly benefited from their experiences learning French, Spanish, Italian, German, and several other languages through the program.
And now Arabic has been added to the list. Along with support from the Greater Middle East Union, MEU has created a program which allows students to study the language for a full academic year. Rachel Lemons, director of MEU’s ACA program, explains some of the reasoning behind implementing the program, saying, “[MEU] is the only Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher learning in the Middle East, and it seemed natural that we should be teaching Arabic. Having participated twice in ACA as a student, I understand the positive impact it can have on a student’s life and the positive impact it can have on an institution.” Besides teaching Arabic, the program includes trips for participating students in order to create further avenues of cultural exploration. Lemons comments that, “One of the hallmarks of the ACA program is that [we] incorporate travel into the learning process.” Trips within Lebanon to places like Baalbek, Byblos, Harissa, Jeita Grotto, and other sites are planned throughout the
year for ACA students at MEU. A couple of excursions to surrounding countries, like Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, will be included as well. Sigorney Creighton, junior communications major at Southern Adventist University, is one of the students participating in the first year of the ACA Arabic program. Having been searching for a way to study Arabic, she commented, “I was looking for an Arabic program for quite some time, and I prayed about it a lot.” When the program officially opened in the spring, she eagerly applied to participate. Talking about the experience thus far, she said, “It has been much better than I could have ever dreamed — it’s amazing!” MEU is located on the edge of Beirut, the largest city in Lebanon. This location provides students with convenient access to the vibrant culture of the city. Located on a hill, MEU also boasts a breathtaking view looking out across the city and toward the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors to the university often comment on the beauty of the
location and the peaceful atmosphere of the campus. Discussing the future of the new Arabic program, Lemons comments, “As I gauge the potential for this program, I see it growing and expanding to include students from other continents. I imagine that, eventually, people throughout the Adventist world will see this as the center for learning about the Middle East and learning Arabic.” With the increasing prominence of Arabic within our world, it is evident that the possibilities for growth and expansion are definitely attainable. If you are interested in finding out more about learning Arabic at MEU, visit meu. edu.lb. For more general information about ACA, talk to your university’s international languages department or visit aca-noborders.org. Jason Lemon is a journalist/editor for the office of communications at MEU.
DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. Birth Date: August 4, 1961 (Age 51)
Other Professional Experience:
Community organizer; civil rights lawyer; constitutional law professor
Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii Education: B.A. in Political Science from Co-
lumbia University; J.D. from Harvard Law School
Family: Wife Michelle; daughters Malia Ann and Natasha
President of the United States; elected U.S. Senator in 2004; elected Illinois State Senator in 1996
VICE PRESIDENT Name: Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. Birth Date: November 20, 1942 (Age 69) Place of Birth: Scranton, Pennsylvania Education: B.A. in History and Political Science from University of Delaware; J.D. from Syracuse University Law School Photo by whitehouse.gov
PRESIDENT OBAMAâ€™S PLATFORM Health Care/Medicare: Asserts that accessible, affordable, high-quality health care is part of the American promise; extend health care coverage to all Americans, including those with pre-existing conditions; expand Medicare coverage and opposes any efforts to privatize or voucherize.
Foreign Policy: Combat emerging threats such as nu-
Taxes: Extend middle-class tax cuts for the 98
to teacher workforce; invests in community colleges; ensures that federal aid for college is accessible; increases Pell Grant scholarships and maintains tax credits for students in college.
percent of families who make less than $250,000 a year; discontinue Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy and close loopholes and deductions for the largest corporations.
Debt/Deficit: Offset the debt by reducing spending
and raising taxes on the wealthy; cut defense spending; savings or revenue increases must accompany all new spending and tax cuts to lessen the deficit.
Jobs: Cut taxes for small businesses to stimulate hiring and growth; invest in infrastructure and manufacturing; eliminate tax incentives for corporations to move jobs overseas.
Immigration: Make path to citizenship more streamlined for immigrants; support the DREAM Act; enforce legal code against undocumented immigrants.
clear proliferation, cyber and biological warfare, and transnational crime; strengthen alliances around the world and focus on rebuilding relationships; responsibly end the war in Afghanistan; increase pressure and sanctions against Iran and North Korea.
Education: Raises educational standards and opposes cuts
Environment: Acknowledges the threat of global warm-
ing and the need to cut pollution levels; seeks to encourage growth of alternative energy sources by investing in clean energy; continues and expands conservation of wilderness areas.
Abortion: Supports Roe v. Wade, thereby affirms constitutional right to an abortion; supports the right for women to make decisions regarding abortion.
Same-Sex Marriage: Supports equal legal treatment
for same-sex couples, but affirms the freedom of religious entities to administer marriage without government interference.
Sources: biography.com/people/joe-biden-39995 | biography.com/people/barack-obama-12782369 | freep.com/article/20120905/NEWS15/309050067/The-Democratic-Party-s-2012-platform democrats.org/democratic-national-platform | isidewith.com | nytimes.com/2012/09/05/us/politics/how-the-party-platforms-differ.html?_r=0
REPUBLICAN NOMINEE Willard Mitt Romney
Birth Date: March 12, 1947 (Age 65)
Other Professional Experience:
CEO, 2002 Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; CEO, Bain & Company; Co-Founder and CEO, Bain Capital
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan Education: B.A. in Economics, Brigham Young University; J.D., Harvard Law School; M.B.A., Harvard Business School Family: Wife Anne; sons Taggart, Benjamin, Craig, Joshua, and Matthew
Governor of Massachusetts
VICE PRESIDENT Name: Paul Davis Ryan Birth Date: January 29, 1970 (Age 42) Place of Birth: Janesville, Wisconsin Education: B.A. in Economics and Political Science, Miami University in Ohio. Photo by house.gov
GOVERNOR ROMNEY’S PLATFORM
s nu�Health Care/Medicare: Vows to “repeal and replace” rans� Obamacare upon election; will pursue policies that give each d and state the power to craft a health care reform plan that is best for war in its own citizens; the federal government’s role will be to help n and markets work by creating a level playing field for competition.
Taxes: Reduce the current middle tax rate paid on income
Foreign Policy: Calls for an “Ameri�
can Century” where the U.S. is established as leader of the free world; in the Middle East, supports Israel as our closest ally, and favors tough sanctions to stem Iran’s nuclear endeavors; will not cut military spending.
from 25 percent to 20 percent, with similar reductions across all tax brackets; asserts that tax cuts will spur economic growth, and along with closing loopholes and deductions for top earners, will remain “budget neutral.”
Education: Emphasizes school choice for parents
arm�Debt/Deficit: Calls the national debt a “moral impera� urage tive” since every dollar that is paid to the deficit must be bor� n en� rowed; cut spending by eliminating and privatizing govern� areas. ment programs such as Amtrak and Obamacare and cutting foreign aid. stitu� en toJobs: Heavy investment in “Human Capital,” a plan to cut the corporate t���������������������������������������������� ax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent, repeal� ing health care reform, and continuing the Bush-era tax cuts. ment giousImmigration: Create long-term solution to immigration erfer� reform; believes illegal immigration must be stopped to pro� tect legal pathways to citizenship; supports increased legal immigration, especially for skilled and educated workers.
Environment: Supports additional drilling in
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of low-income and special-needs students by creating a voucher program; encourages private-sector partici� pation in higher education. onshore and offshore federal lands. Seeks to deregu� late many of the energy industries, relying on “con� servative values” of less government intervention in businesses; vows to approve the Keystone Pipeline on day one.
Abortion: Supports an overturn of Roe v. Wade; believes that abortion should be decided at the state level; will not require religious organizations to provide contraceptives.
Same-Sex Marriage: Believes that marriage is a union between a man and a woman; however, supports domestic partnership rights.
Sources: cnn.com/election/2012/campaign-issues.html | wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_Mitt_Romney | aboutmittromney.com/healthcare.htm mittromney.com/issues/
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EXOTIC ESCAPES Megan Cleveland Travel Editor
Want to get away? Here are a few exotic hotels to add to your bucket list and inspire your inner wanderlust: MOMBO CAMPS 1 Location: Moremi, Botswana Price: 2,199 USD
opt to stay in futuristic glass igloos that provide an amazing opportunity to watch the northern lights dance across the sky from the comfort of their cozy beds. A special thermal glass is used to keep the temperature inside the igloo at comfortable levels while preventing the glass from fogging or frosting over. Visitors dine in Lappish kotas, traditional Finnish huts, that serve local Lappish specialties. During wintertime, Hotel Kakslauttanen offers a variety of activities including cross-country skiing, snowboarding, downhill skiing, husky safaris, reindeer sledges, and snowmobiling. THE ICEHOTEL 3 Location: Jukkasjärvi, Sweden Price: 2250 SEK / 335 USD
The Mombo and Little Mombo Camps are located in Moremi in northern Botswana. The camp is on Mombo Island, situated near bush, plains, and wetlands. This diverse terrain allows guests to see a variety of game that includes lions, leopards, zebras, and many more. The “rooms” are located in luxury safari tents elevated into the tree canopy, providing views of the magnificent African wilderness. Rooms are beautifully decorated with indoor bathrooms and outdoor showers, and each unit has a private veranda. The camp facilitates morning and afternoon game drives in open four-wheel-drive lorries to provide an enjoyable and unique experience for visitors. HOTEL KAKSLAUTTANEN 2 Location: Saariselkä, Finland Price: 300 EUR / 387 USD
Hotel Kakslauttanen is an igloo village nestled in beautiful Lapland scenery. During the winter, guests can
FOUR SEASONS RESORT BORA BORA4
Location: Bora Bora, French Polynesia Price: 125,000 XPF / 1,357 USD
ARIAU AMAZON TOWERS HOTEL6 Location: Manaus, Brazil Price: 375 USD
Spend your vacation surrounded by paradise! Resting atop crystal clear waters and under the heights of Mount Otemanu, the Four Seasons resort in Bora Bora, French Polynesia, is a taste of heaven on earth. From the overwater bungalows, guests can spot fish in the water below or admire birds gliding above. Each bungalow has a large deck stretching the length of the dwelling and a ladder providing access to the turquoise lagoon. Guests can enjoy relaxing spa treatments, take a ride on the resort’s catamaran, and sample authentic French Polynesian dishes. OBEROI VANYAVILAS 5 Location: Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan, India Price: 53,000 INR / 1,000 USD
Located in the small Swedish town of Jukkasjärvi, the ICEHOTEL represents an ever-changing work of art that also serves as a hotel. Beginning in December, guests arrive and the ICEHOTEL starts to transform. Each week a new piece of the hotel is completed and opened to guests. Visitors can choose between a traditional warm hotel room and a snow room, containing furniture made completely of ice. If you choose a snow room, you are provided with warm winter clothes and bedding. Forty special snow rooms are available, each uniquely crafted by artists from around the world.
a vast array of birds. Indian, Thai, and Western cuisine (for those less adventurous travelers) are served in the resort’s dining room.
Perfectly located on the edge of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, the Oberoi Vanyavilas in Rajasthan, India, is the ultimate exotic getaway. When they arrive, guests are greeted by elephants and guided to spacious private tents. Surrounding the exquisite dwellings — complete with canopy beds, luxurious claw-foot tubs, and private walled gardens — are pristine lagoons, lemon trees, and mango trees. The resort offers twice-daily game drives on which guests may happen upon bears, leopards, and
Sitting 70 feet above the jungle floor rests the Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel, just outside Manaus, Brazil. The hotel is located on the Rio Negro in the Anavilhanas Archipelago and features over six miles of canopy walkways through the Amazon forest. At this treetop resort, guests are surrounded by beautiful views and exotic animals, including monkeys, sloths, and parrots. Standard rooms are available in addition to the more elevated Ariau suites complete with private balconies overlooking the rainforest and river. Many activities are available through the hotel, including boat trips, visits to an Amazonian village, guided night alligator-spotting tours, and piranha fishing. If none of these activities appeals to you, the hotel also features treetop-level private pools. Photo Credits: 1. wilderness-safaris.com/botswana_okavango_delta/little_vumbura/introduction. 2. kakslauttanen.fi. 3. icehotel.com. 4. fourseasons.com/borabora. 5. oberoihotels.com/oberoi_vanyavilas. 6. ariauamazontowers.com.
GARLIC PARMESAN PULL–APART BREAD Amy Alderman Food Editor
Do you ever browse Pinterest and see a beautiful photo of food that looks absolute-
ly to die for? Well, that’s recently been garlic Parmesan pull-apart bread for me. After doing some searching around, I found the original page1 for the recipe and was anxious to try it. The upside: It is delicious. The downside:
The recipe requires a lot of sitting and waiting around, as the dough must rise twice. However, I guarantee you that it is incredibly worth it. If you’re a fan of pizza crust, this recipe is especially for you. The garlic Parmesan
pull-apart bread is crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and ridiculously good dipped in marinara sauce. 1. pastryaffair.com/blog/2011/6/10/garlicparmesan-pull-apart-bread.html.
Garlic Parmesan Pull–Apart Bread Yields: Approx. 1 loaf | Preheat oven to 350°F
Photos by Amy Alderman
What you’ll need: Bundt pan, large bowl, small bowl, mixer (optional) 2 tsp. active dry yeast ¼ cup butter, melted 1 ⅓ cups barely warm water 1 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp. salt ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 3 ½ cups all purpose flour In a large mixing bowl, stir together yeast and water. Let sit 5 minutes until yeast is foamy. Mix in olive oil, salt, and flour. If you have a stand mixer, attach the dough hook and knead the dough for 5–6 minutes until elastic. If you are kneading by hand, knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until elastic approximately, 7–10 minutes. Transfer dough to a very lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow to rise for 1½ to 2 hours, or until dough is doubled in size. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, parsley flakes, and minced garlic. Set aside. Punch down the dough. Tear off small pieces of dough (roughly the size of a medium spoon), coat in butter mixture, and place in the bottom of a Bundt pan. Repeat process until you have one layer of dough balls. Sprinkle on ⅓ of the Parmesan cheese. Continue layering dough balls and cheese until you have three layers. Cover the pan with a clean towel and allow to sit until doubled in size, approximately 20–30 minutes. Bake 25–30 minutes, or until bread is golden brown. Serve hot with a side of marinara sauce.
So you’re in the mood for something sweeter? Try making monkey bread! You still use a Bundt pan for this recipe, but it turns out ooey and gooey just like a cinnamon roll. Check out the recipe here: recipegirl.com/2011/03/23/monkey-bread.
SECONDHAND REVELATIONS: THE POWER OF THE THRIFT SHOP Grant Perdew Culture Editor
So, it’s a Friday afternoon and you’ve only got 20 dollars in your pocket. Things have become dull as dishwater and you need something to do. Obviously, the best action to take here is to pop some tags, look for a come up, and hit the thrift shop. Yes, Macklemore’s glorious single “Thrift Shop,” re-released on his new masterpiece The Heist, has swept the nation and been the incentive for all sorts of new frugal finds. But unbeknownst to college kids all over the nation, thrifting has actually been around since before Macklemore was born. Goodwill Industries, a major thrift organization, was started in 1902. But only in the last de-
cade or so, with the rise of the hipster, has thrifting become such a splendid pastime. Thrifting, to some, just refers to the act of shopping at a resale store, with the hope of finding interesting goods for cheap. But the act of thrifting also celebrates the recycling of formerly owned items. New love and brilliant creations can come out of the things one finds while bargain hunting at Value Village. Thrift stores are a godsend for the poor and the tragically hip. You can find almost anything there, and for dirt cheap! Now to enhance the experience of your thrift run, I’ve compiled a list of some treasures that are regrettably always found in secondhand shops. Go see if you can find all 11 of them!
1. At least three copies of Jurassic Park and Titanic on VHS (also in novel form).
8. Flower-print roller backpack. Please purchase this if you wish to lose all credibility in your friendships.
2. Several men’s suits from the 1970s that are aching to be worn awkwardly at vespers throughout the year.
9. Windows 95 software and “For Dummies” books. Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, anyone?
3. A rusty (aka trendy) ten-speed bike that can be used and then returned within the week for impracticality.
10. The terribly painted (and framed) 45-year-old portrait of your uncle and his cat.
4. Dual–tape deck stereo. Does anyone actually know what a cassette tape is?
11. A vintage vinyl record of The Faith Tones. Classy. (Google it; I dare you.)
5. A couch from your great-aunt’s 1965-furnished country cottage.
Once you’ve found and purchased all of these precious gems, you are well on your way to bargain-hunting hipsterdom, decked out in your grandad’s clothes. Happy hunting!
6. A Nordic track. Go ahead and buy this steal; who would want to actually ski this winter? 7. Legit “silver” necklaces. These are kept in a glass case to give the air of exclusivity.
ANTHEMS OF THE HAND-ME-DOWNS A trip to the thrift store becomes worthless without a good mix of tunes to pump yourself up for all those discoveries of ceramic cats, leather coats, and disturbing dolls.
Rihanna “Diamonds” Rihanna’s new single gives up the strobe lights of her recent summer hits like “Where Have You Been” and “We Found Love” for more of a serene vibe that brings inspiration as it lifts listeners to “shine bright like a diamond.” This break of energy helps accentuate Rihanna’s strong vocals and bears a pleasing lightness to the world.
Capital Cities “Safe and Sound” Whether you’re a fan of an upbeat tempo or a more mellow soul jam, this L.A.-based electronic pop duo brings it all to the table with their debut self-titled EP. Hugely catchy and enthusiastic, your head will be nodding along in no time. And though it does sound like an early 90s dance classic, the EP was recorded just last year.
Flight of the Conchords “Fashion is Danger” This powerful new-wave synth exercise from New Zealanders Bret and Jemaine’s hilarious TV show is a glorious pump-up to make those finishes on your Lady Gaga costume for this weekend’s Barn Party. Jazzercise never sounded so fun until now.
David Bowie “Life on Mars?” Yes, this song was released in 1971, but its chorus spectacularly leads us to unearth wonderful thrift store finds even today! Used as the centerpiece for Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Bowie’s anthem cascades in sublime triumph and ignites little fires in our second-handyearning hearts.
Kithkin “Ampersand” These four Seattle festival rockers structure their songs with crazy polyrhythms and chanty percussive beats that, once channeled through pop music, become fun, fantastic expeditions of sound. Kithkin has created their own little universe that is quite a delight to be a part of.
Taylor Swift “I Knew You Were Trouble” “Dubstep” and “Taylor Swift” in the same sentence seems like enough to throw the entire world into utter chaos, but this boundary-shattering move could send her beyond the country genre and into a much brighter world. However, it appears that she is on some sort of mad spree of post-relationship songs. Hey, it’s gonna be okay, Taylor!
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LET’S GET REAL ... Ladies, an injustice has been committed against men in this country and it needs to be addressed. There is only one person to blame for this cruelty and his name is Ryan Gosling. Here is a list of myths that we are unable to live up to: 1. We cannot grate cheese on our abs. We can try. It will be gross. 2. We will not write you a letter every day for a year. We have lives. 3. We can either dress like hipsters or buy you flowers. Pick one. Ryan Gosling is an anomaly and is not to be trusted.
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Timberwolves’ Kevin Love will miss 6–8 weeks with a broken hand.
U.S. Men’s Soccer advanced to the final round of World Cup qualifying by beating Guatemala 3–1.
Following the revelation of doping evidence, Nike Livestrong is no longer in contract with Lance Armstrong.
THIS WEEK IN SPORTS
TESTING THE LIMITS Trevor Boyson
On Sunday, Oct. 14, Felix Baumgartner took a balloon up to 128,000 feet and jumped. Actually, he stepped out into nothing. Twenty-four miles above the surface of the earth, after years of preparation, all he could do was pray. At that altitude, the air resistance isn’t enough for you to manually control your fall. Once in free fall, you’re committed until lower elevations bring an atmosphere thick enough to affect your flight. The catch? Uncontrolled falling can quickly turn into an unstoppable spin. Combine that with high altitude, and the only things you have to worry about are passing out and crashing, snapping your neck, or dying if your blood starts to boil. What kind of idiot would do something like this? Only the smartest, most daring kind of idiot. Sixty-five years to the day after Chuck Yeager broke Mach 1 in a plane for the first time, the Red Bull Stratos mission set out to reach the record again, this time unaided by any vehicle. On Sunday, Baumgartner succeeded by flying over 700 miles per hour. Sports have always been about testing ourselves. They place us in challenging situations where our abilities, determination, and will are actually put to use. In this way, sports tell a story. They place us in a venue where we learn
Photo by Trevor Boyson
about what we ourselves and others can do in different situations. The results can be seen through history: gut-wrenching comebacks, close battles, and glorious blowouts. Sponsored by the energy drink company Red Bull and Zenith watches, Felix set out to tell another story, backed by a skilled team. Instead of testing his mettle against others, he set out to defy nature by going to the edge of space, by stepping into nothing. A talented pilot, skilled BASE jumper, and physically gifted athlete, Felix has more importantly always been a dreamer — the kind willing to set out to do the impossible. With the aid of Red Bull, he has set out to tackle various challenges in the human flight arena.
Where would we be without dreamers? What would basketball look without Michael Jordan willing to prove himself against any as the greatest of all time? Would Olympic swimming mean the same thing to us if Michael Phelps had decided that one gold was enough and retired? Could cancer patients have the same hope without the determination of Lance Armstrong? Sports challenge us to improve, not only in the arena of competition, but as people. They give us hope, drive, and inspiration to overcome. The world wasn’t built on the backs of those willing to live with mediocrity. Don’t settle. Up your reps, run another mile, test your limits, and find out what you’re truly capable of.
WOLVES BASKETBALL: LOOKING AHEAD Tye Forshee
Wolves Basketball has the makings of an improved team this year with several additions to the team. Guard Tristan Greenidge has returned to Walla Walla, which should help bolster their backcourt. Ryan Spady returned from ACA in Argentina and will add depth in the front court with Josh Hough. Jermaine Lattimore should also be a force down in
the low post. Center Miguel Martinez and guard Tyreek Luckett provide some much-needed athleticism to the team. The Wolves also added several freshmen that could be promising additions to the team including Jake Patterson and Chad Torkelsen. Coach Jimmy Hill, in his second year with the Wolves, will look to improve on last year, which was a big adjustment for players transitioning to a new system. With an established system and more talent, the Wolves should be able to spend
“The Wolves should be able to spend less time learning a new system and more time executing it.”
less time learning a new system and more time executing it. The team will also enjoy some new facilities this season, including new team rooms and individual lockers. The Wolves travel to Dillon, Mont., on Oct. 26 to take part in a tournament. Their first home game is Oct. 29 against New Hope Christian College at 7 p.m.
Check out wallawalla.edu/life-at-wwu/ athletics/mens-sports/mens-basketball for more information on the team, schedule, and more.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
STRESS VS. EXERCISE Karl Wallenkampf Health & Wellness Editor
We are nearly done with our fourth week: nearly half of fall quarter. By now I’m certainly feeling the stresses. General Physics has its first midterm exam tomorrow, and many exams and papers have already trammeled our schedules this week, so suffice it to say that stress level has reached cruising altitude, minus the aerobatics at the end. To deal with the stresses now and to prepare for those to come, I researched about stress, exercise, and mental ability in the eons of spare time I had last weekend.
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The much-awaited ASWWU Barn Party will be happening this Saturday, Oct. 20, from 8–10 p.m. in the WEC Gym. Similar to previous years, this year’s Barn Party promises great fun with traditional western theme decorations, an ASWWU photo opportunity, bull riding, bike racing, interactive games, and many other surprises. Unlike previous years, the Barn Party will be held on a Saturday night this year. Douglas Wheeler, ASWWU social vice president, says, “Holding this event on Saturday night is a way to involve students on Portland campus. It gives them the chance to come and enjoy themselves with us.”
I found two studies that, when viewed in combination, provide some compelling reasons to get out and exercise to relieve stress, with special respect to physical health and workload. The first was a study performed in Florida and published in the Journal of School Health concerning the effects of intense physical activity in adolescents. The researchers found that, of the 822 adolescents studied, those who engaged in “vigorous physical activity” on a frequent basis (about five times per week of high-heart-rate exercise) had significant health benefits. Some examples were reduced use of marijuana, increased intake of healthier carbohydrates and fats, greater use of stress-relieving techniques such as prayer and relaxation, and better sleep.2 Given that adolescent health (at least as far as exercise is concerned) is not far removed from collegiate health, the implication of these findings is clear: Increased vigorous exercise not only affects the body immediately
through better aerobic health, but it may also affect other areas of life through better choices made for all-around health. The second study conducted by the University of Basel in Switzerland and published in Mental Health and Physical Activity researched 284 high schoolers, giving them both the Mental Toughness Questionnaire and the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. The Swiss found that those who engaged in “vigorous exercise and moderate physical activity” scored higher than sedentary individuals “for most subscales” on the test for mental toughness.3 The implication: Vigorous physical activity may actually increase your mental toughness — your ability to churn out the work before those deadlines and exams.
“Stress has reached cruising altitude.”
These findings from Florida and Switzerland indicate that vigorous exercise can increase overall health beyond the
obvious aerobic benefits, going even into decision-making processes, and improve your mental stamina. Both groups of researchers noted the necessity for future studies to provide more explanation of the benefits of exercise they found;4 however, these studies show the great power that exercise can have in beating back stress. So, even if you don’t think exercise can fit in your schedule, go run, play football, use the elliptical, chase post office trucks, and begin to reap the benefits. 1. Adam Campbell, The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises (New York: Rodale, 2009), 237. 2. Delisle, T.T., C.E. Werch, A.H. Wong, H. Bian, and R. Weiler, 2010. “Relationship between frequency and intensity of physical activity and health behaviors of adolescents.” Journal Of School Health 80, 3:134–140. 3. Gerber, M., N. Kalak, S. Lemola, P.J. Clough, U. Pühse, C. Elliot, E. Holsboer-Trachsler, and S. Brand, 2012. “Adolescents’ exercise and physical activity are associated with mental toughness.” Mental Health And Physical Activity 5, 1:35-42. 4. Delisle et al., “Physical activity and health behaviors of adolescents”; Gerber et al., “Mental toughness.”
Julian Weller The Heel Editor
All right, Walla Walla, who angered God? Fess up: Who brought this plague of beetles and houseflies upon us? I’d blame SMs returned with dreads, but all the Dean Elloways and Brandon Torkelsens on earth couldn’t carry all the of scuttling friends I keep finding in my apartment, my shower, and on people in CommUnity. What’s with the creepy creatures and the Old World lifestyle? This is Walla Walla, not Southern. Anyway, friends and lovers, my mind’s been all over the place, but here are the main themes I’ve untangled: 1. SDAs need to change how we approach dating. We’ve got a fly campus, but I know many kids who are scared to
approach each other in case it seems too forward. How are underclassmen supposed to hang out and get to know each other if there aren’t any neutral, welcoming spots on campus where both genders are allowed to mingle (you know, just hypothetically speaking)? Not to knock the dorm lobbies, but ... wait, yeah, I’ll do that. They are bad. Lovelorn tomodachi, here’s what to do: Jump in. Go for it. Asking someone to lunch doesn’t mean it’s a date, it only means you’re both hungry and willing to speak to humans you don’t already know. You don’t have to be all hand-holding, Southern awakwardness about this. It’s all about your approach. For instance, there are definite connotations if you say, “Hey, wanna get tacos and talk mo’?” Rhymes work like vanilla candles. 2. Some of you have used too many rhymes. Maybe everyone who’s gotten hitched
VERBATIM “It’s not about my voice; it’s about me being T-Pain.” — Grant Perdew, on Auto-Tune
here is just miles ahead of me, but then again maybe not. I’m pretty thoughtful and suave … ladies. Really, though. If you’re getting married before you’ve lived alone, you might be getting married too soon. I hope this doesn’t end any engagements … ladies. 3. The close-knit community fostered by Adventism has great social- and supportrelated PROS. While backpacking this summer, I stayed with more SDA friends’ friends than I did CouchSurfers. But I’ve also noticed some phony, risk-free CONS. Be who you are, Onions! If you’re jogging by, don’t orate, but if we’re going to be sitting for a while in the same place, or handcuffed to the same radiator during a hostage situation, please tell me something real about yourself. Put something on the line. Be proud of who you are. In Humanities Seminar we’ve been talking about gestalt, the feeling
SUPER JEWEL QUEST Friends, you’ve found half my jewels. Please return the ones you’re holding on to.
— Sammy Schnell
— Ferdinand Regalado, on a Hebrew transliteration
“I had a serious question, then you go and stick your nose down my finger.” — Alix Harris
“This person doesn’t even have a picture, but I’m sure they’re cool.” — Jason Birkenstock, on senate elections Hear something funny? Report it! firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Aaaahhh! Buuugsss!
IF ASWWU COMMUNITY WERE A CARTOON CHARACTER, WHO WOULD IT BE? “Snorlax.” Erik Sanders
“What’s that thing that spins around really fast? The Tasmanian Devil.”
“You know what sucks? I can’t even draw a straight line with a ruler.” “According to the rules, there are no rules.”
you get from art when its different parts (shapes, melodies, etc.) work together in harmony. When we’re insincere, our social gestalt is ruined. It feels poopy to be around fakeness. Recently, a honey asked me what was going on, and I said, “I’m fine. I’m kind of sleepy.” Gestalt ruined! It was a lie! I was in a coffee house! Luckily, I caught myself and said something I was actually thinking, and you know what? It so was cool. I’ll probably marry that girl now. Thanks, Reigl! 4. It’s hard to live well and do school at the same time. After thinking all that jive, I finally exhausted myself and resumed trying to live a healthy life. I bought groceries for the first time in three weeks, I experienced sunlight, and I got away from campus for a bit. Thinking is so bad for you!
Like the Half-Blood Prince, My jewels are a mystery. The first’s filed high Near a desk with name-history. Done reading? Now listen, The second’s carved better.
Like a sea in the middle, but note: It’s not wetter. The third jewel must be asked for To bring you relief. Two fewer legs than the first, Find the editor-in …
“Bugs Bunny?” James Norton
“Eeyore ... Or maybe don’t quote me on that.” Lizzy Kim