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The Whitworthian has served as the main source of news and sports coverage for the Whitworth community since 1905. The Whitworthian is an organization composed entirely by students which produces The Whitworthian weekly newspaper and thewhitworthian.com. OUR MISSION The Whitworthian staff is dedicated to presenting accurate and relevant information in an innovative manner. Our goal is to be accountable while informing, entertaining and providing a forum for expressing the interests of the Whitworth community. GENERAL INFORMATION The print edition of The Whitworthian is published weekly, except during January and student vacations. The content is generated entirely by students. The college administration does not review the newspaper’s content. Opinions and ideas expressed in The Whitworthian are those of the individual artists, writers and student editors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Associated Students of Whitworth University (ASWU), the university, its administration, faculty/staff or advertisers. The Whitworthian is paid for through advertising and subscription revenue and in part by student activity fees as budgeted by ASWU. OPINIONS POLICY Columns, editorial cartoons and reviews are the opinions of their individual creators and not necessarily the opinion of The Whitworthian, its editors or its staff. PUBLIC FORUM The Whitworthian is a public forum that believes in freedom of speech and expression as guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. CONTACT US The Whitworthian c/o Whitworth University 300 W. Hawthorne Rd. Spokane, WA 99251 509.777.3248 ONLINE AT www.thewhitworthian.com QUESTIONS? jvalencia12@my.whitworth.edu

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4 | Whitworth celebrates cultural diversity 12 | Standardized tests needed Cultural Awareness and International Education Week offers opportunities to learn about other cultures, both domestic and worldwide.

5 | France study program restructured

The France Study Abroad Program will include four professors in order to allow longer homestays.

6 | ASWU identifies important campus issues

ASWU uses the biannual Campus Climate Survey to find out what issues are on students’ minds.

Arts & culture 10 | Spokane’s roller derby team

11 | Professors utilize Twitter, blogs, Wikis Classes use social media to connect students and add to the learning experience.

12 | Project Six19 approaches sex education a comment or question about the fairness or accuracy of a story, send an email to jvalencia12@my.whitworth.edu.

Physical requirements for men and women should be equal in the workforce.

12 | Through the Lens: Photo editor

The Lilac City Roller Girls prepare for their final bout of the season, a benefit for the YWCA on Thursday.

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The non-profit Christian organization talks to students and youth groups about biblical sex and integrity.

Our photo editor offers commentary on No-Shave November.

13 | Sex education reform ill-advise

Public schools should continue mandatory sex education.

sports 14 | Splashing into the season

The Whitworth men’s and women’s swim teams swept the Pacific University Boxers and Lewis & Clark College Pioneers this past weekend in their first home meets of the season.

15 | Spotted from the crow’s nest

Highlighting freshman swimmer Nicole Lecoq as she looks to carry on her family legacy at Whitworth.

15 | Heart-wrenching end to the season

The Whitworth volleyball team finished its season last Friday, Nov. 11 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament against California Lutheran University.

Cover photographer: Remi Omodara


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Paper to publish only uplifting material; negativity detrimental to community

sTaFF sprING 2012 Ex-Bawce Jessica Valencia jvalencia12@my.whitworth.edu Fired Lindsie Wagner lwagner14@my.whitworth.edu Fired Jo Miller joannamiller14@my.whitworth.edu Fired Remi Omodara romodara14@my.whitworth.edu Fired Kara Fisher karafisher12@my.whitworth.edu Fired Andrew Forhan aforhan14@my.whitworth.edu Fired Chrissy Roach croach14@my.whitworth.edu

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na make you cry (tears of joy excluded) and fifth we’re never gonna say goodbye. Last but certainly not least, we’re never gonna tell a lie and hurt you, barring a lie told in your best interest. With this change also comes a change in the Letter to the Editor. In the past this has been a venue for readers to voice their own opinions and concerns about issues raised in the content of the Whitworthian. Since our method of choosing articles to publish will depend largely on popularity, any and all opinions that go against the majority will be promptly ignored. Instead the Letter to the Editor will now be used as a way to shed praise and adoration on the Whitworthian staff. In the past staff members and editorial teams alike have been forced to bear the brunt of criticism from our readers. Studies conducted in haste in preparation for this editorial have shown that this leads to angry outbursts and a general angsty disposition, which is unacceptable. In order for this change to be executed quickly and efficiently this board recognizes a shift in management is needed. As of today, every editor including the current Editor-in-chief will be fired. In fact, the Editorial board no longer exists. It’s just me, Jim McPherson, writing from my small, poorly lit office, which is currently flooding. Let’s be honest, I tried to quit too, but Dayna Coleman said she would burn down my house and slash my tires. This board would like to make formal apologies to any and all that have been offended by our editorial choices in the past, and to those that probably should have been offended but weren’t paying enough attention to notice. Please love us again. Or we’ll be forced to slash some tires. I mean, Dayna will be forced to slash some tires.

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Today marks a change in the history of this paper. Following this issue, the goal of the Whitworthian will be to only publish content that is uplifting and/or positive and/or features cute baby animals. When considering the newsworthiness of articles we will now weigh the perceived popularity of said article by the student body. Today we throw away journalistic integrity. Truth is no longer what we seek. Instead, the Whitworthian will focus all of its efforts on ensuring the student body remains as upbeat as possible. In the past, our desire to seek out truth and inform the student body about issues on campus has gotten in the way of what it means to have an education of the mind and heart. We have made a decision that it is better to lift up our students, faculty and staff rather than bring them down as it no longer makes them feel part of the community, something that has made Whitworth unique and inviting. But wait; there’s more. In an effort to ensure that editorial discretion is sound, final article recommendations will be brought before the ASWU assembly by the editor-in-chief for a vote every Wednesday. Final articles will then be selected by majority vote by the assembly. Articles that do not receive majority vote will summarily be burned in the Back 40 by the executive team. The Editor-inchief may or may not be present sobbing into her hands, muttering about the state of journalism today. This board would like to unveil the motto of the new and improved Whitworthian, a short 6-part mantra meant to instill hope and promise in the paper again: First, we’re never gonna give you up. Once that is made apparent, we’re never gonna let you down; promise. Third, we’re never gonna run around and desert you. Fourth, we’re never gon-

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Honors program delayed pending study

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program.” Sugano said he hopes more students will attend ASWU meetings in the future this program will be in Provost and executive vice president Michael Le Roy place perhaps within the next decade. “If the university gets something in place before I said that the university has been thinking about the addition of an honors program for over 50 years. The retire in 2021, then I will feel very good about my time administration has been working around the clock here,” he said. Le Roy plans to have another round of town hall with ASWU and many staff members to brainstorm a way to make Whitworth a more appealing institution. meetings later this month so more students and A decision was made in a town hall meeting held ASWU representatives can claim to have heard of the Thursday March 15th that the proposed George program and weigh in on it. As the George Whitworth Whitworth honors program is not the best idea for the program is placed on hold, many alternative options have been voiced with ways university at this time. Le Roy include every student at the then officially announced that “This gives us more time to to university. the administration has decided One new option proposed by develop a disc golf course to postpone the honors program several residents of Baldwinall together. in the Back 40 which might Jenkins is a way for students to “After hearing from the students who attended the draw the kind of students we receive an honorable mention by maintaining at least a 3.0 ASWU meetings, we decided really want at Whitworth.” GPA. This proposal would also they spoke loudly for the silent give students honors credit for majority,” Le Roy said. This Greg Orwig all classes they enroll in that decision means the university includes the letter “h” in the will cease advertising the vice president for enrollment title. This would mean taking proposed program immediately. courses such as EnglisH, After a total of eight community hearings were held this past month where FrencH and the THeology seminar would count for no more than 12 students attended, Le Roy decided honors credit, but it would exclude classes like Biology it was in the best interest of those who attended to and Music ensembles. The table tents in Sodexo will be replaced with a cancel the program. ballot where students can vote on one of several new Honors Program Director Doug Sugano was quite options for the program. relieved by the decision. Another proposed change is to make all current “I was afraid we were rushing into this new curriculum,” Sugano said. “I’ve spent two decades of internships designated as honors internships. Sugano my career thinking about this honors program and said this change would make sure no student feels sharing ideas with faculty and administrators. Now academically discriminated, no one will be excluded I am looking forward to another decade of surveying and everyone will feel like a winner. To facilitate this every single student before implementing a new change, effective this spring, all transcripts will list

internships as honors experiences, and Le Roy will give every student who completes an internship a ribbon at Commencement. Le Roy has decided to cease all efforts of recruiting high achieving students who have turned down Whitworth to enroll at other universities with honors programs. This way, he argues, Whitworth will remain a small university where everyone knows everyone better. This will also be more egalitarian and reduce pressures on students to do well on the SAT, thus lowering both stress levels and outbreaks of acne. Vice President for Enrollment Greg Orwig is onboard with the postponement. He said this will give the university opportunities to do other, more prominent things around campus with the use of the honors funding. “This gives us more time to develop a disc golf course in the Back 40 which might draw the kind of students we really want at Whitworth,” Orwig said. Other uses of the money will include the protection of the gold letters on the two brick entrance signs on campus. “Instead of offering advanced courses in philosophy and math, the money slated for the honors program will be used to encase the gold letters in razor wire,” he said. “We are also planning to install a high tech laser system to protect the letters.” “How can honors students even attend our university if our name is missing and they cannot find us,” Orwig said. The ASWU response to this delay was full of enthusiasm. Blah blah.

Contact Jennifer Ingram at jingram13@my.whitworth.edu.

Students too envious; lands alum in ER Remi Omodara Opinions Editor

A Whitworth alumnus was sent to the hospital after being trampled during the Green with Envy dance. “Everyone was dancing and having a good time,” said senior Becky Winston. “Then all the sudden there was a girl on the ground.” News of the incident was kept quiet by most of the students present at the dance. Norma Rucker decided to attend the Green with Envy dance with her boyfriend, who is a Whitworth senior. “I love Whitworth and I enjoy coming back for events like this,” Rucker said. “I never would have imagined what would happen to me.” Rucker was dancing with her boyfriend when suddenly a song cam eon that cause Whitworth students to jump. “I didn’t really understand what was going on until my boyfriend started jumping with them,” Rucker said.

“I heard faint screams from across Before she could participate in the fun, Rucker lost her balance and found the room,” Jennifer Gibs said. She wasn’t alone. After awhile, some herself on the ground. For some reason, she couldn’t find students began to notice what was going on and people started freaking the strength to get back up to her feet. out. St udent s “My heart continued to jump and even “Everyone was dancing and dropped when began jumping having a good time, then all I saw her on the ground,” Gibs on her. She screamed for of the sudden there was a girl said. “ I yelled for people to stop but them to stop but on the ground.” it was too late.” her voice was Once people drowned out by - Becky Winston got off, Gibs the music. noticed that “I started to Senior Norma wasn’t cry because I couldn’t get up,” Rucker said. “People breathing. By this time, Fryer had noticed what was going on and started were literally stepping on my body.” Rucker’s boyfriend didn’t notice panting. “I called 911 and I couldn’t really that she was on the ground. “I turned around and she was gone,” breathe until they got there,” Fryer Jimmy Fryer said. “I thought she had said. “I seriously wanted to beat the people up who were stepping on her.” gone to the bathroom.” Rucker was rushed to the hospital Some students noticed that something wasn’t right and began to where she was given CPR and observed for a few days. panic.

Administration was notified of the incident but things were kept quiet due to the fact that it was an accident. “I decided not to press charges because I understand that it was an accident,” Rucker said. “I was fine after a couple days in the hospital anyway.” The hospital charges were not high and Rucker experienced the support of her family and friends. Although understanding the accident, Rucker’s boyfriend thought it would be more wise to press charges. “I thought it would be fair and resourceful to press charges,” Fryer said. “They shouldn’t just get away with what they did.” Although charges were not pressed, formal apologies were made and cards were given to Rucker while she was in the hospital. Rucker has returned to work as normal and is doing fine.

Contact Remi Omodara at romodara14@my.whitworth.edu.


Hockey team returns after 20-year hiatus

NEWS Photographer: Giles Gunther With the announcement of the hockey team restarting, the bookstore is already stocked with fan gear. Doug agrees, saying hockey is a bonding sport for the team. “When a group of people are all fighting toward the same goal with so much intensity, they automatically become closer to one another,” Doug said. The Whitworth hockey team will compete mostly in the fall, with a few small events being planned during the off-season to keep up interest in the sport and generate revenue for the team.

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As part of the grandfathering-in process, the quotas entrance into majors. In cases where students are applying for the same will be lenient at first, but gradually move towards no more than a 60-40 split in any given major. Within five spot at the same time, grades in relevant classes may In a press release Sunday Whitworth University years the numbers should arrive at the specified split. be taken into account. “This method is not unique to Whitworth,” Daiken While the school hopes to achieve most of the goals announced that due to the large gender disparities in many majors the university would begin to set gender by incentives, in some cases majors may be closed to said. “In some schools in Europe, students apply a certain gender after they have reached too high of a directly to a major or majors at the university. While quotas. the gender of the student is not officially taken into “The new measures will begin to be enforced fall of disparity. “This may become an incentive for students to account in these cases, they do have standards for 2012 with the freshman class,” decide earlier which major to how many students to accept for each field of study.” according to the release. “This may become an While the press release describes the motive enter,” admissions counselor The measures would not behind the switch as “promoting gender equality,” Nancy Daiken said. require current students to incentive for students to professor of woman and gender studies, Jennifer Durr Freshman Ben Dere expressed switch majors, the release assures. Instead, the quotas decide earlier which major to concerns over the pressure to views the quotas as a step backwards. “I understand that the goal is equality, but really make a decision. are meant to encourage this will limit both male and female students on one “I’ve been here a year and enter. ” incoming classes to choose a half now, and I have no idea hand, and on the other hand promote enmity,” Durr to spread themselves more - Nancy Daiken what I want to do,” he said. said. evenly. Limiting the choices of men and women in college “What if I spend a year and a “At the beginning, Admissions counselor will not likely do anything to change gender gaps in half discovering I want to be a freshmen will be offered the job field itself, she said. computer science major, only to incentives to choose a major “In journalism, for instance, there have been more that helps to close the gender disparity,” according find it’s no longer an option? That kind of nullifies the females than males graduating for years, and yet men to the release. “Scholarships will be offered for men draw a of a liberal arts college.” still hold the majority of journalism jobs, and many Junior Donna Datte changed majors 6 times over and women who choose to go into majors where they of the more prestigious positions in journalism are would be the minority. Care would be taken that the her time at Whitworth. dominated by males,” Durr said. “I guess it would be alright as long as you happened same number of scholarships are available for men While the effectiveness and fairness of the quota to choose a major with more guys in it,” she said. “Still, and women.” system have yet to be proved, this step is a radical I don’t think limiting students’ choices will attract Men could receive scholarships for choosing majors change in the Whitworth academic system. strong students. such as education, psychology, or communications, While the press release was vague in describing whereas women will be given incentives to choose subjects like physics, philosophy or math and processes for switching majors, it touched on the Contact Evanne Montoya at methods the school plans to employ for regulating emontoya13@my.whitworth.edu. computer science.

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generate more interest in the NHL for students. Although Canada is wellknown for its passion with hockey, the United States has a passionate fan base in the United States, which is continuously growing. Smith said hockey is one of his favorite sports because of its ability to test the players’ mental and physical capacities. “You can really tell when someone is good at hockey, because they have this look and feeling about them,” Smith said. “Hockey can bring out the best – and worst – in a person, and then the fans know who they truly are.”

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After several years, the Pirates will once again be competing on the ice. Whitworth officials recently announced that a hockey team will once again be formed for the university, thanks to the new recreation facility that will be built on campus within the next year. The recreation facilities are being built as part of the Whitworth 2021 plan to improve the campus atmosphere. The plan will also add a new dorm facility, baseball field improvements, and the dining expansion to the HUB, among other things. Whitworth freshman George Smith said he is excited for the new team. “We haven’t had a hockey team on campus since 1991, ” Smith said. “It will be good to be able to watch this sport in the comfort of our own arena.” After Whitworth dropped its intercollegiate hockey program in 1982, the school continued to hold an intramural hockey league for the next nine years. The intramural Whitworth hockey league ended in 1991 when two players got into a fight, beating each other to a pulp with their hockey sticks in the Loop during an intramural championship. “It doesn’t matter who wins or loses,” senior Kara Fisher said. “What matters is who takes home the intramural hockey jersey.” Ever since then, the Spokane Chiefs,

a junior ice hockey team part of the Western Hockey League, have been the only hockey team to play in the Spokane area. Whitworth senior Erick Doug said he thinks the added sport will give Whitworth more attention in the community. “Since there are limited hockey teams in Spokane, the Pirates’ team will probably be one of the more popular ones to watch,” Doug said. Whitworth officials said they will start looking for a new coach immediately, as well as recruiting players for the hockey team. They said they will use a panel of alumni that have past experience with hockey to help them make these decisions. Since there are currently no other hockey teams in the NCAA DIII league that the Pirates are part of, Whitworth officials also announced that the Whitworth hockey team may have to join another league for this sport, or start out as an independent team competing without being affiliated to a particular league. Among the leagues that the Pirate hockey team might play against are the Northwestern Pacific Conference (NPC), which includes teams from the Idaho, Montana and Wyoming areas, or the CanadianAmerican Regional Conference (CARC), which brings hockey teams down from Canada for universities’ hockey teams to play against. According to Whitworth officials, a hockey team at Whitworth might help

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Sena Hughes Staff Writer Subway, the beloved American sub sandwich chain, is going to be bringing in some South African flare. It all started last weekend for Rory Buck. Upon defending his 100 and 200 breaststroke NCAA Division III championships, he was selected to hop in the pool for one more race. 16-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps lined up next to the Whitworth storied swimmer in an exhibition race, which Phelps had agreed to come swim months prior to knowing who would be his competition. “Honestly, being on the starting blocks next to the world’s most accomplished swimmer is nothing short of terrifying,” Buck said. “It was exhilarating.” Buck, already a Whitworth, Northwest Conference, and Division III national record holder, swam the race of his life. In a tight finish, he touched the wall less than two-tenths of a second ahead of the world-renowned champion. The handful of spectators still around during the evening stood in shock. Belatedly the arena burst into overwhelming applause and cheering. “The guy can swim,” Phelps said of Buck. “He’s a competitor.” Then showered with accolades from teammates, fellow collegiate competitors, coaches, and the press, corporate America finally made their move for the newly discovered star. Subway approached Buck to join Phelps in their familiar television advertisements. Buck gladly accepted the offer, under one condition: the native South African accent stays strong. “I think it’s great,” Phelps said. “The thing is, nobody remembers my voice. Rory’s can be distinct.” Let’s not forget the business part here. The paycheck is definitely a perk for Buck. “I just thought, ‘hey, a graduating college senior is never going to turn down a little extra cash,’” Buck said with a laugh. So here’s one Whitworth senior who won’t be graduating with loans. Buck will begin his public endorsement of Subway this summer under a generous contract, that’s numbers are withheld for personal privacy reasons. While legalities continue to be negotiated, Buck is savoring the moment. “Sometimes life throws you curveballs,” Buck said. “This was a really spectacular curveball that I definitely did not see coming.”

Contact Sena Hughes at shughes15@my.whitworth.edu.

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Squirrelly figure tells all Anne Roth Maker of the Broth Little did you know, one of our very own grey squirrels has been monitoring the activity on Whitworth’s campus. This squirrel, affectionately known as Little Steve, makes regular rounds of the campus, preferring to begin the day at the HUB observing the early arriving Sodexo employees. After insuring that everyone arrives safely, Little Steve then scampers through the campus, keeping his eyes open for trouble. Thanks to his watchful eyes, everything tends to go pretty smoothly around the university. Under Little Steve’s careful watch fewer bicycles go missing, more students get to class on time, and more virgin pinecones fall into the hands of eagerly awaiting students. “My favorite time of day is 10:15, right when Core 150 is over…I love the look of freedom and relief on the students’ faces,” Little Steve said. For the most part, Little Steve loves living on Whitworth’s campus. He says the people are friendly, the food is plentiful, and the trees are the most beautiful he has ever seen. His favorite time of year, much like many others at Whitworth, is when the sun is out and shining bright. “I love seeing everyone out in the loop; throwing Frisbees, bicycling, slack lining, and just generally so happy!” said Little Steve. “I just have to be careful not to get under foot.” Unfortunately, on the job Little Steve will sometimes run into some nuts, and not the kind

that he likes to eat. He has witnessed the recent acts of vandalism on our campus, and is currently working with campus security to try and identify the suspects. “I was shocked that anyone would de such a thing to my wonderful home,” Little Steve said. “I witnessed the thievery of the golden letters, but I was just too small and helpless to do anything at the time.” Little stave also commented on the recent spray paint vandalism that was spotted throughout the campus. “I’m just as much a fan of the A-team as anyone, but really?!” Little Steve has been hurt deeply by the recent disrespect paid to his home, and hopes that no further repetitions of these actions will continue. He didn’t want to have to play the role of the bad cop, but he feels that future crimes might force his hand. “It just makes my little furry heart so sad,” Little Steve said tearfully. Despite these recent disappointments, Little Steve is still optimistic about the students of Whitworth. When asked if Little Steve had anything else to say to the Whitworth student body, he responded, “I missed you all this last week when you were away on Spring Break. I’m glad you’re back.”

Contact Anne Roth at aroth12@my.whitworth.edu.


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Here at Whitworth we are fortunate enough to enjoy a community where large varieties of people can express themselves and talk about their differences. Since its founding, the school has strived to maintain an environment of relative diversity, both in ideas and social backgrounds. One area that has perhaps become too diverse however, is the inclusion of multiple genders. Whitworth, as a co-ed school has been able to cultivate community with relative effectiveness, but this would be far easier if the university were to limit itself to male applicants exclusively. A recent survey of Whitworth students conducted by an independent research group known as Life in Education (LIE) suggested that “over 92% of students feel that Whitworth should be a male-only school.” Of the 134 students polled, 54 were female. A seemingly controversial survey met surprisingly low disagreement, and though the idea seems a tad extreme, there are many benefits to limiting the enrollment of Whitworth to only men. The fi rst major benefit would be that housing confl icts and rules would be easier to deal with. Mandates against cohabitation would be essentially nonexistent, due to the exclusivity of gender on the campus, and housing difficulties would be much easier to solve as a result of having only guys living in the dorms. Th is would not only create a much simpler method of deciding which students live in which dorms (because gender specific halls would not exist) but would also drastically expedite the housing registration process. Projections by an

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administrative committee responsible for the is often more prevalent in single gender schools department of Fiscal and Keystone Education than in those of intermingled sexes.” Fib relates (FAKE) dictate that uniform gender enrollment her own experiences and the Worthington-Riley would cut the time necessary for housing by Occupational University for Neuroscience and between 44-56%, which would result in slightly Geology (WRONG University). She says that her lower housing costs. FAKE’s analysis of the option to time at an all-girls school has made her more limit Whitworth’s attendance is in strong fi nancial “open-minded towards real-world challenges of diversity and discrimination.” advocacy of the proposition. Fib argues that her school In addition to housing A recent survey of prepared her for many benefits, recent studies have difficult situations with the shown that all-male schools Whitworth students opposite gender in her current perform higher academically than those with both genders. conducted by an independent workplace. Furthermore, some students “Th is does not by any means research group...suggested argue that creating a school for suggest that women are men would promote more inferior academically to that “over 92% of students all school spirit. Whitworth’s men” says Faux Mentir, is assertively author of an analytical essay feel that Whitworth should mascot masculine, and many students on a prominent research be a male-only school” feel that a school entirely project entitled “Financing comprised of men would Academic Leisure and Student strengthen the school spirit Expenses” (FALSE). The essay explores the pros and cons of student involvement through a closer relationship with its symbol. The shift to an all-male school would have to in extracurricular activities and their correlation to GPA. “The grades of female students are not the be gradual, and I’m not advocating an immediate problem,” Mentir says, “In fact all-female schools shift, merely suggesting that it may be time for the have significantly higher grades as well. The issues administration to entertain the idea of a school with education come when both genders mix on only for men. campus.” According to Mentir’s study, dual gender schools provide inherently more distractions from schoolwork, due to the fact that interactions between the sexes distract from coursework. Opposition to Mentir’s research, though often the minority opinion, argues that limiting a school to a single gender detracts from diversity. Th is couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, a recent STEVENS is a freshman majoring in English and French. Comments can be sent to article in the New York Times cited well-known rstevens15@my.whitworth.edu. sociologist Cindy Fib, who says that “Diversity


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