At the Feb. 17 meeting of the Logos School Board, members discussed pertinent business matters such as what the school's philosophy has been on such nonchurch holidays as Valentine's Day, insurance costs for the Fight Night event, and an update on disciplinary matters. Then discussions turn to more important matters.
A motion by Marc Rust, seconded by Moscow's prominent holy man Doug Wilson, proposed a by-laws change to allow only men on the Logos School Board. The motion passed 4-2, with Scott Barrie and Keith McIvor (by proxy) opposing.
Since the school has gained a stellar reputation for providing classical education during its 22 years, the INKster was curious as to what kind of message this sent to the school's female students. So she called her old friend, Superintendent Tom Garfield.
"It sends rather a reassuring message to them that a number of fathers and grandfathers in the school are interested and involved enough to take that kind of leadership," Tom said Wednesday.
Tom said only men had served on the board for the last 14 years, but quickly noted one of the school board's founding members was Shirley Quist of Moscow.
"She was a very capable woman and we were pleased to have her," Tom said.
During the conversation, Tom offered to fax a copy of the recent Logos newsletter that explained in more detail the board's amendment to its by-laws that would limit membership to men.
"First, we are not considering this amendment because we believe that the scriptural requirement of men only in the eldership of a church applies to the board of the school," the newsletter noted. "Thus, it is our view, it is not a question of whether it is a 'sin' to have a woman on the board, but rather a question of wisdom and prudence in our cultural circumstances."
"Second, in regard to those circumstances, we believe that it is necessary to resist egalitarian feminism, which has spread throughout our culture and has even affected many parts of the church. As a classical Christian school committed to the Scriptures as our ultimate rule of faith and practice, we believe we have an obligation to set a positive example. Sad to say, frequently in the current climate, women seeking positions of authority (e.g. on a school board) subscribe to some form of feminist philosophy. Rather than vetoing a nomination of this sort (which would appear personal instead of principled), we would rather address the issue this way, without involving personalities."
Minutes of the February meeting noted the session opened and closed with prayer. The INKster hopes She wasn't listening!
It seems the Sage got it wrong when it came to the exact local station running the Pullman Aquatics Center ad mentioned in INK last week. At least it can't be verified as having been written or run on KQQQ, according to Tri-Q's sales manager, Rod Schwartz.
For that, the Sage and the INKster tip their hats to Rod and his gang. Again, according to the Sage, the ironic, so-called "swimsuit ad" is running on local radio and is part of the pool and fitness facilities' six-month market plan. This caused the Sage to wonder why such a great Pullman facility isn't advertising on one of the most listened-to local AM stations. Hopefully, Rod and Tri-Q crew will land a part of the campaign.
Rod assured the INKster the writers at KQQQ do read their commercial copy in advance.
Speaking of KQQQ, Rod had a timely and interesting tip about the station's short radio auction program on KQQQ NewsTalk 1150 weekday mornings at 8:40 a.m.
"From now until further notice, our Monday auctions will be designated 'Troop Support Auctions,' " Rod explained. "All proceeds collected from our Monday morning auctions will go to purchasing items for the troops serving in the Iraq arena."
The station will purchase the items and either donate them to the various drives going on (e.g. the "Hero Baggies" project being coordinated locally by Dave Tharp of ICS, the Washington State University Veteran's Affairs Office drive, and others), or assemble their own packages for service members from their listening area.
"We recently started soliciting from our listeners names and contact information for relatives serving abroad, and are beginning to get in a few," Rod added.
It is a generous gesture that will be much appreciated by the military personnel from the region.
Remember Laura Love, the popular singer who appeared at a Moscow Renaissance Fair a few years ago? The INKster learned this week she's coming back to this year's Ren Fair, which is scheduled for May 3 and 4.
Interestingly, Love also has been booked for Rendezvous in the Park this summer as well.
The INKster learned this week that to Ren Fair's credit, organizers have agreed to let Rendezvous people announce their concert at the May event, as well as sell tickets on site.
The Moscow Food Co-op (as part of the 30th anniversary of both the Co-op and Ren Fair) is helping pay for Love's appearance.
Since Rendezvous won't have Director Julie Ketchum around this year to lead the way, rumor has it they may be on shaky ground. The double-booking of Love in Moscow might also make it a tougher sell to get locals to pay for a ticket to see the singer in July after seeing her for free in May.
And then of course there are always those around who distrust any group that makes them pay to go to a public park -- grumble, grumble, grumble.
E the blotter rests.
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