UW gay discrimination case reinstated by appeals court

12 08 2011

Editor’s note: Story was originally posted from Public Eye Northwest on June 28, 2011.
SUMMARY:The Washington State Court of Appeals yesterday rescinded an April 2010 King County Superior Court ruling that dismissed a gay discrimination case against the University of Washington and a former supervisor. Debra Loeffelholz alleges UW and her former supervisor, James Lukehart, created a hostile work environment by discriminating against her based on sexual orientation. The appeals court concluded the trial court erred in its ruling that the alleged discriminatory acts against Loeffelholz did not meet the three-year statute of limitations. At the center of the case – which has now been kicked back to the lower court – is whether or not Lukehart’s last alleged hostile act does in fact fall within the statute of limitations. Read the rest of this entry »


Poverty and race play into state child welfare system

31 05 2011

By Kyle Kim

Editors note: the story was originally published for the May 10 print issue of The Whitworthian. You can access both the issue and online edition here.

Native American children represent 7 percent of Washington State’s child population and are roughly five times more likely to be victims of abuse or neglect compared to white children, according to data from Child Protective Services. Statewide, Native American children are three times more likely to be referred to child welfare than their white counterparts.

Census figures show the city of Spokane alone holds the eighth-largest Native American population in the nation.

Alaska native Tara Dowd, who grew up in Washington’s child welfare system for most of her early life, said there’s a saying among foster kids: those who make it out call each other alumni.

“An alumni means you’ve earned something,” Dowd said. “I’ve lost more than I’ve gained in the child welfare system.”
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The Grimmer side of fairy tales

14 04 2011

Viktor Vasnetsov: The Sleeping Beauty (Early 20th century)

Fairy tales are a part of everyone’s childhood memory. Who doesn’t know a 5-year-old American girl that doesn’t know at least one of the Disney fairy tale princesses? There’s a reason why Disney (with its trademark logo resembling a fairy tale castle might I add) has produced 50 fairy tale remakes: we love the classic prince and princess stories that have happy endings.

But as I found out,  the fairy tales of the past and interpretations of the present have a not-so-Disney-friendly vibe.

From the Grimm Brothers to psychoanalysis of fairy tales, this radio feature explores the darker side of fairy tales.

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Response plan: Assess and address

16 03 2011

Illustration by Annette Farrell

An in-depth look at Whitworth University’s emergency response plan

By Kyle Kim

Editor’s note: this story was originally published for The Whitworthian’s March 14. 2011 issue.

Whitworth’s emergency response plan, which outlines response strategies in times of campus emergencies, provides flexibility while still providing a uniform and efficient guide to managing disasters, said the university risk management official who compiled the plan.

The university emergency plan that complies to standards set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a departure from previous Whitworth response plans in which emergency procedures have been categorized by incident, said Marisha Hamm, manager of environmental health, safety and risk management, who developed the plan.

“Emergencies aren’t predictable so you can’t have a predictable emergency response plan,” Hamm said. “The whole point of ICS is that you can’t plan emergencies.”

The Whitworth University Emergency Response Plan follows the structure of an Incident Command System (ICS) which is an approach developed by the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Homeland Security.

Homeland Security developed NIMS and ICS to create “a core set of doctrine, principles, terminology, and organizational processes to enable effective, efficient and collaborative incident management at all levels,” according to the FEMA website.
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A juggling act for women

8 03 2011

A recent report released by the White House shows women are making strides in higher education and the workplace, but still remain at a disadvantage.

Editor’s note: the story was originally published on the March 8 issue of The Whitworthian. The story is also available online.

By Kyle Kim

Although a recent federal study shows women outpacing men in college enrollment and graduation rates at all academic levels, the report also reinforces prevailing data on the existence of gender inequality for working women.

Federal data shows females will soon make up the majority of the workforce but the percentage of women working in high-wage fields traditionally dominated by men like management, business, finance, science, technology and engineering remains low.

The findings are part of a comprehensive report released Tuesday by the White House called “Women in America.” The report is a compilation of pre-existing data documented by various federal agencies outlining the state of income, education, employment, health and violence for American women.

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From periodic elements to the Packers

7 03 2011

A professor’s love for both chemistry and the Green Bay team

By Kyle Kim

Editor’s note: the feature was originally published on thewhitworthian.com on March 5, 2011.

Among the chemistry books and science articles spread throughout professor Karen Stevens’ office, another passion of hers becomes clearly evident. The native Wisconsinite is a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan.
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Panelists question claims of female progress in today’s society

18 02 2011
Editor’s note: The following story was originally published on thewhitworthian.com for the Feb. 18, 2011.

By Kyle Kim

Photo courtesy of John Ritter, The Atlantic

American women might not have been able to vote 100 years ago, but a recent article from The Atlantic claims women today dominate both the boardroom and bedroom in today’s society.Hanna Rosin’s “The End of Men” article for The Atlantic served as a springboard for a faculty-led panel discussion on the progress of women’s rights Tuesday night at Whitworth University.

Rosin wrote that not only are women making up the majority of today’s U.S. workforce and universities, but females are better suited for today’s postindustrial society where the fastest growing jobs require attributes more associated with women.

“The postindustrial economy is indifferent to men’s size and strength,” Rosin wrote. “The attributes that are most valuable today–social intelligence, open communication, the ability to sit still and focus–are, at a minimum, not predominantly male.”
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