Thursday, March 31, 2016

Two students make Case contest finals

Kari Whitney and Victoria ButtressKari Whitney, left, and Victoria Buttress.

For the first time, two WSU Global Campus students are finalists in the Global Case Competition. Each is on one of five teams selected to solve a global issue. This year’s topic is arbitrary detention in the United States.

Kari Whitney and Victoria Buttress are the two finalists. Kari will be presenting remotely, and Victoria is coming to Pullman.

“While I am still just beginning to understand what arbitrary detention is, I am thrilled to have teased out some of its weighty issues and come up with some quite workable solutions,” said Kari, a Tacoma resident majoring in humanities. She’s working with students who have chemical engineering, economics, and political science backgrounds. “Together, we make a strong team,” she said.

Victoria, a human development major from Turlock, Calif., also praised the diversity of the teams. “The way the competition is set up—to include students at all levels and all backgrounds—is absolutely brilliant,” she said. “If I weren't graduating in December, I would definitely enter the competition next year too.”

The winning team will go to Geneva this fall to present its solutions to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

“As an undergrad student,” Victoria said, “this opportunity is almost unheard of!”

The final presentations start at 3 p.m. (PT) April 8, and Global Campus students are invited to watch them live. Register here.

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