Jan Term Flashback: London by Nick Avery, ’16


People walk around London at a hurried pace, which is why tourists are easy to spot. Weighed down by the history and culture of the city, they are sluggish, contemplative, and absolutely oblivious to those pushing past, whether it be school kids walking to the National Portrait Gallery, shop attendants on a quick tea break, or actors rushing off to their next career-making audition. Yet, despite the constant prodding of more experienced city-goers, tourists are propelled by some driving force to see everything London has to offer at their own pace.

One night my roommates and I participated in the Ghosts by Gaslight walk that wound its way through West End. In the midst of a discussion on how Ann Boleyn holds a record for the most sighted ghost in London, our tour guide halted at a pre-determined location and began an off-script commentary on the malleability of London’s milieu.


Indeed, under the right light the city can become anything. Refractions cause each experience to become personal. Perhaps, this is why tourists mill about; every scene is arresting because of its distinctiveness.

For me, a college student who travelled abroad for the first time this Jan Term, the view was spectacular even from the cheap seats. Three weeks immediately passed, and I regret not acting a little more touristy.


Nick Avery is a sophomore studying literature and writing at Whitworth University. He is the proud owner of a Netflix account, a 1993 Toyota Corolla, and five tobacco pipes. Nick hopes to pursue graduate school following his education at Whitworth.

Nick along with 23 other students spent Jan Term in London studying British Culture through the Arts, co-led by Casey Andrews and Meredith Shimizu.

Want to experience the British Isles for yourself? Check out the British Isles Study Program coming Spring 2015.  If you are interested contact, John Pell at jpell@whitworth.edu, or Katie Creyts at kcreyts@whitworth.edu.

One last reminder, Julia Kasdorf Reading TOMORROW, Feb 25 at 7 pm in the HUB Multipurpose Room. Don’t miss it!


3 Things You Should Know


#1 Poetry Contest Deadline has been extended to Monday, February 24. Don’t forget to turn yours into the front desk by 5 pm. First place prize is a $50 gift card to Auntie’s Books and  second place is $20.

Entries must use the abecedarian form. Attach a title page (name, poem title, year, major, email & phone number). And yes, you can submit as many poems as you would like.

#2 Comprising the grand finale of the sixth annual Leonard Oakland Film Festival  Saturday, February 22, are: The Band’s Visit at 7 pm  and Benny and Joon at 10 pm followed by a Q & A with Steven Ritz-Barr in Robinson Teaching Theatre, Weyerhaeuser Hall.

#3 Start planning your act now for the Pinecone Cabaret. The Whitworth English Department’s Annual Fun(d)raising Talent Show will be April 4 at 6 pm in the Multipurpose Room, HUB.

Tip jar donations (suggested $3 donation, $1 for students) will go to supporting the nonprofit Spokane FAVS.

Email Nicole Sheets at nsheets@whitworth.edu to claim your spot.

Austen, Ardent Love, and Adaptation


You are cordially invited to tea and conversation with Asssistant Professor of Theatre Brooke Kiener and our very own Laura Bloxham. They will lead us in a discussion about courtship and marriage in Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice as well as in an exploration of 19th-century literature adaptations for the contemporary theatre audience.

When: 2:00-3:30 pm on Saturday, March 8

Where: Hardwick Alumni House, 118 W. Hawthorne Road

Cost: $7.50 which includes tea and light appetizers

Click here to register.

Registered guests will receive $2 off any performance of Whitworth Theatre
Department’s spring mainstage performance of Pride and Prejudice in
Cowles Auditorium. A discount code will be provided to attendees after
registration. Performances will take place on March 7, 8, 9, 14 and 15.

For more information, contact Whitworth Institutional Advancement Events at
iaevents@whitworth.edu or 509-777-3449.


Upcoming Spring Semester Events


Spring semester is underway, which means it is time to check out the Westminster Round Spring Calendar (also found under Related Links).

As the snow continues to dump on us, here are some events to look forward to THIS week:

Don’t miss Bad Love Poetry on Friday, Feb. 14 at 6:30 pm in the Mind & Hearth. Make sure to bring your own poems to share!  And don’t forget about the BELIEF conference writing workshop earlier on Friday at 3:00 pm.

The Leonard Oakland Film Festival continues Saturday, Feb. 15 with showings of 20 Feet from Stardom at 7 pm and The Basket at 10 pm in the Robinson Teaching Theatre. More film showings to come Saturday, Feb. 22.

Also to come: Julia Kasdorf Reading, Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 pm in the Hixson Union Building’s Multipurpose Room


Spread the Love: Service Opportunity, Feb. 14th


What are you doing Valentine’s Day?

If the answer is nothing, then this is for you. If the answer is a hot date, then this is still for you.

From 3:00-3:45 p.m. on Feb. 14th, the BELIEF program is holding a writing workshop for 20-40 high school students. This workshop is a part of the all-day BELIEF Conference and will focus on how to write a Personal Statement for college applications and scholarship contests. We all know that getting into college requires a lot of work, and none of us did it alone. The more volunteers, the better.

If anyone is interested in helping lead this writing workshop or would like more information, contact Jonny Whitmore at jwhitmore@whitworth.edu.

The BELIEF program was founded by Whitworth students in Fall 2010 with the objective of providing high school students in the Spokane community with resources that allow students to achieve their dream of attending college.

Click here to find out more about BELIEF (Because Every Life Is Empowering the Future).

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2014 Poetry Contest Announced!

2014 poetry contest

We know you’re working hard on your chapbook contest entries (due Friday, Feb 7, by the way).

Now you have another chance to achieve fame (and a $50 gift card to Auntie’s Bookstore) in our third annual poetry contest. You’ll be leaning on the 26 letters of the alphabet to produce an abecedarian. The contest is open to all current Whitworth students.

Thanks to Dr. Richard Strauch for serving as our guest judge and to Jessica Weber (’14) for designing the rad poster.