The Moody Bible Institute will close its Spokane campus at the end of the school year, leaving students to continue pursuing their undergraduate degrees online or at the Christian evangelical school’s main campus in Chicago.
Over the last 20 years each of Spokane’s five comprehensive high schools have either discontinued or drastically scaled back their marching band programs. What was once a staple of high school football games is now often reserved for special events and parades. And, that change is illustrative of wider, cultural changes, said Spokane-area marching band directors.
After decades of declining attendance and funding, American symphonic orchestras are increasingly turning their efforts toward musical education and outreach in the hopes of cultivating a new generation of connoisseurs.
About halfway through her lecture at Gonzaga University, Angela Davis asked if anyone in the audience was familiar with “the box.” While the remark drew puzzled expressions from many in the audience, a few near the front spoke up to inform Davis that Gonzaga officials have been working to get rid of “the box.”
Some parents at an Ohio middle school have said they were shocked to hear an eighth-grade choir sing about picking cotton just days after other students in the district took photos and videos of themselves with a Confederate flag outside the high school.
Cherie Buckner-Webb isn’t just Idaho’s only African-American state legislator – she’s the first and only. When she goes to events in other states, “I say I live in Boise, Idaho, and I don’t know who’s more alarmed – black folks or white folks,” she said with a laugh. “It doesn’t bother me, but it’s my goal to change it.”
Red or blue. Donkey or elephant. Liberal or conservative. For Dan Garrity and his broadcast journalism students, politics is looking awfully binary these days. Like two sports teams pitted against each other, the TV news reporter turned Gonzaga professor said the United States is as divided as he can remember – with lines drawn, and little effort to empathize with ideas on the other side.