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CONTENTS Editor’s Note


Staff Page




Sober Night Life


In the Dawg Haus


SPARE CHANGE Credit What? Credit Who? Credit When? Loans


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MIND & BODY Train Like an Athlete


Detoxing Benefits for College Students



KISS & TELL LGBTQ Modern Day Bullies


Diaries of a Little Girl


PASSPORT Do-able Road Trips


SPOTLIGHT F is for Facebook = F is for school


Exploring E-readers on Campus


Maintaining iContact


Exchanging iNFORMATION


Kony 2012


AFTER DARK After Dark Party, Party, Party

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FOOD & DRINK Nutrient Dense = Expense?


Rant on Raisins


Raw Space Calendar


Photo Credits



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EDITOR’S NOTE Spring is here. The sun is shining, the Ellensburg wind is blowing all of us over and the gym is crowded again. Hey guys, I get it. I’m trying to work on that “Chelan” body too. Which is why, recently, I let my good friend Olivia talk me into 6 a.m. SPIN classes, night time hot yoga, mile runs and Sunday hikes. I didn’t realize I signed up to struggle walking downstairs from all my second floor classes, extra showers and eating twice as much as I usually do. Sorry mom, I took the left over burgers, a loaf of bread and the rest of the Girl Scout cookies. For those of you who are looking for ways to get that “Chelan” body without going crazy, a detox may or may not be your answer. Check out page 20 to learn more.

Editor-in-Chief Devin Larson cwupulsemagazine Art director Virginia Holman

Speaking of technology, Pulse is becoming more and more interactive. For those of you who read last issue, we linked to staff writer Jake Updegraff’s Justin Bieber videos. This issue is full of entertaining links that go beyond the article. Be sure to click around.

Adviser Jennifer Green Business & Advertising Manager Kristin Gaskill Central Washington University’s policies and practices affirm and actively promote the rights of all individuals to equal opportunity in education in employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, age, material status, disability, or status as a protected veteran.The person responsible for CWU’s institutional compliance with various federal and state laws and institutional policies dealing with discrimination is Staci Sleigh-Layman, Interim Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, Barge Hall 221, -509-963-2205 TTD 509-963-2207. CWU is an AA/EEO/ Title IX institution. Upon request, this document is available in accessible formats (Braille, large print or audio cassette). Contact Disability Support Services at 509-963-2171 TDD 509-9632146. Pulse falls under the auspices of the Student Media Board at Central Washington University. For more information, contact the Communication Department at


Graduation is near and our schedules are becoming more like a juggling act. Between all the working out and homework, there is one thing that we always find time for: social media. Page 34 begins the spotlight on how social media may or not be affecting your relationships with school, friends, family, significant others and technology.

Pulse wants your input and what better to get it than on Facebook or Twitter: @cwupulse (most of us are on it about three hours a day anyway). We encourage you to tell us which article is your favorite, post videos and links or what interests you. Feeling old fashioned (or less inclined to use social media)? Write me a letter or shoot me an email. Looking forward to hearing from you, our loyal readers.

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Pulse’s bad habits.



Netflix. I carry my iPhone with me EVERYWHERE (including the bath tub....with otter box of course...) and mostly watch Law and Order SVU. And The Office. And Ancient Aliens.

I’m on my cell phone. All the time. If I’m not checking email, using an app or listening to music, I’m texting someone. I am usually up late because I’ll be having a text conversation with someone well past midnight. It’s at the point where I don’t think I could function without my phone.



I eavesdrop a lot and it gets My bad habit is that I laugh at me into trouble sometimes. everything. Even when I don’t Plus, I am phenomenally understand what is going on. bad at spelling.


I become a cookie monster whenever I get really overwhelmed. I can make and eat a whole tray in no time.

AARON BECK: Procrastination, biting my nails and not being patient.



I don’t do it around people, but when I’m alone I pick my nose. I pick the absolute hell out of my nose... but I do not eat them. That’s just gross.

I don’t eat vegetables unless it is absolutely necessary.



Finishing other peoples sentences.

Not turning my staff picture My bad habit, among many caption in on time. others, is falling asleep with food in my mouth. This generally seems to only happen on Friday and Saturday nights. My weakness is Wheat Thins. It’s like I can feel the cavities forming...


CATRENA HAMPTON I can’t think of one...





Procrastination and I am overly protective of my shoes getting stepped on.

I overanalyze everything in my life and it makes things more complicated than it should.

I bite my nails.

Not making deadlines and unable to count to 25.


PULSE / May / 2012


BAR NOIR Madelynn Shortt

If Ellensburg has an underground scene, it’s definitely found at Bar Noir. Bar Noir isn’t simply a “thing” per-se, it’s a feeling and a mood. Venturing up the steep stairs of the swank downtown art gallery known as Gallery One, you’ll recognize what people mean when they say “it’s different.” The electronic music hits you in the face the minute the staircase opens into the room. Students and locals alike seem to let go. Bodies twist to the music, arms swaying in unison. Everyone is smiling and extremely energetic. Tucked into the far right corner of the room is the epicenter of it all: the DJ equipment. Speakers, turntables, dials and computers, pulsate in unison with the beat of the music. A small number of DJs and producers play at each event. Remaining at each is


Cam Jessup, senior Film and Video Studies major. Going by the stage name Laughing Fox, Jessup’s the mastermind behind Bar Noir as it is now. President of the Ellensburg Film Festival, Jessup uses Bar Noir as an opportunity to help raise money for the event. Music has always played a large role in Jessup’s life. His parents raised him around it, his mom a country fanatic and his dad a ‘90s rock fan. Although both parents had a hand in building their son’s appreciation for music, Jessup credits his obsession to his dad. “We’re both always listening to music,” he says. Jessup’s inherent involvement in music is obvious in everything from his sweatshirt covered with images of cassette tapes, to his apartment, which from the outside looks completely average. It’s a stretch

OUR TOWN to say that what’s inside is anything close to typical. The walls are covered in 20 posters—a variety from Radiohead to Hendrix. He has turntables and speakers against the wall and cords stretch across the ceiling and floor. Mixing, he says, is warping and blending two songs together into one. Jessup describes the type of music he mixes at Bar Noir as “sexy, foot to the floor, sex on the dance floor, housey goodness,” something that has taken four years of experience to create. Jessup’s parents didn’t raise him around electronic music and DJ equipment. It’s more of an interest he developed on his own. “I’ve always liked electronic music,” says Jessup. After growing up listening to Moby, Eiffel 65 and Daft Punk, and inheriting a pair of old turntables from a friend, Jessup started honing in on this broad style of music. While working at a radio station, he started enjoying finding songs that went well together. It was then he realized the passive form of playing music on the radio was no longer scratching that itch. He wanted to DJ. While volunteering at the Ellensburg Film Festival, Jessup discussed the idea of re-sparking Bar Noir. It had been a tradition carried on by the Ellensburg Film Festival for years. “It was more low-key then,” he says. “They would have different DJs and sometimes it’d be top 40, sometimes it’d just be run-of-the-mill electronic dance music.” Jessup says he hears people referring to Bar Noir as “something similar to a 1960s New York loft party,” an energy he can’t really define. “It’s very inspiring,” he says. This secret sort of, “tucked-away” vibe that Bar Noir gives out is partially due to the fact that it’s not widely advertised. All of the advertisement and publicity is done either through word of mouth or Facebook events that Jessup creates. What may come as a surprise, Bar Noir’s “underground feeling” exists right smack in the middle of downtown, sharing its


walls with the Starlight Lounge. Katie Brown, junior Paramedicine major, has been to Bar Noir twice. “I go for the atmosphere,” she says. Brown describes one night she went: there was a simple white bed sheet hanging in a corner that had various videos playing across it. “One video had sheep that were multiplying and sprouting heads. It was really bazaar.” Olin Glafke, senior Psychology major, has been to Bar Noir once and says he went to support his friend Jessup. “It was totally not what I expected after [Jessup] had described it to me many times,” says Glafke. “I had no idea the kind of building it was in and how much art stuff was all around.” In addition to the unique atmosphere, Glafke says he can appreciate that it’s all student-run. “You can only experience the Starlight Lounge and The Tav before you want to try something new.” Jessup will be graduating this year passing the “Bar Noir baton” to Chris Pearce, whose stage name is Acropora. He, too, performs at the events with Jessup. Jessup still plans to participate in the film festival, but will focus most of his attention on outside endeavors after graduation. Jessup plans to stay involved with music through his videographer position at the electronic-based event, Decibel. This massive event sprawls over Seattle. After his positive experiences interviewing Moby and film producers Benny Bennassi and David Guetta, Jessup decided he wants to do similar work for a living. “I want to do music videos, documentaries, shoot concerts and whatever allows me to pay the bills but continue to become totally absorbed in the electronic music scene.” Jessup says it is music that he loves more than anything else.

PULSE / May / 2012


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Believe it or not, some people in Ellensburg do not drink. In fact, a survey from the Central Washington University Wellness Center found 22 percent of students did not drink the last time they partied. The question now becomes, “What do they do with themselves?” Pulse hit the streets to find out. 18-year-old Mechanical Engineering major Eric Johnson “lives with two raging alcoholics.” He chooses not to drink, smoke or become inebriated in any way. Not because it’s illegal, but because his mom was an alcoholic and he doesn’t want to follow the same path. He spends his free time either working out, Skyping with his girlfriend or playing video games—what he describes as hiding in his room. “I just try to relax,” he says. When his roommates throw parties, he does his best to avoid dealing with drunken people but doesn’t always succeed. Johnson says it’s interesting watching how people get influenced. Occasionally when he does leave, he’ll hit up Central City Comics or the guitar shop. Primate Behavior major Laura Burwell, 24, has never drank or smoked for religious reasons and never plans to. She enjoys drawing, reading, spending time outdoors, hiking, going on walks and browsing YouTube. “I’m kind of an old lady, I like cross stitching,” she says. When she gets together with friends, they watch movies or sometimes do puzzles. Drunken people make her uncomfortable. Similar to Johnson, Burwell would find herself unwillingly at parties after her roommate would throw them. She often escapes to a friend’s house. “I really wish there was more to do in Ellensburg,” says Burwell.

Jake Vandervloed, a 20-year-old undeclared major, also does not drink or smoke. Unlike the others, he has no problem being around drunken people and even finds it enjoyable, “[It’s] exciting when [my roommates are] yelling and screaming in the other room,” he says. Vandervloed chooses not to drink because he didn’t like the way it made him feel. Instead of going out to party and get drunk, he watches movies, reads, plays video games or “has some sort of kitchen disaster and cry myself to sleep after burning the kitchen down.” He says those are probably also things you can do when you’re drunk. Vandervloed enjoys going to the fourth floor of the CWU Brooks Library and reading random books. He likes the fact that there is no one around. “There would never be anyone there, it’s like no one knows about it,” he says. According to the Wellness Center, 70 percent of students have never used marijuana while 6.7 percent use it on a daily basis. Maybe getting inebriated isn’t for you. Maybe you’re quitting. In either case, pick up a book, do a puzzle, watch a good movie, make some music or knock out a video game. Your liver and wallet will thank you.



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in the

Dawg Haus Mende Smith

Gregory La Riviere walks into the old Wippel Station turned drive-thru restaurant at the corner of Main and Manitoba streets wearing a white T-shirt, faded-out belted jeans and a crooked smile. “I am ready for this,� says La Riviere as he pours himself a paper cup of Coca-Cola from the fountain.


La Riviere is a new addition to Ellensburg’s Main Street where he works alone in the little service station conversion that was home to the first D&M coffee stand. Rewind to 1992: he vended 90 Grateful Dead shows over 15 years in North America and is now open for business in a single location since 2011. “Everything you see in here—I have built. From the ground up I have put this all together. Business partners, who are no longer here with me, helped me out. I have designed this place to work. It is still a work in progress,” says La Riviere, “but it is finally getting started.” He can be heard singing to the iPod dock behind an open door, crooning lyrics of old Dead songs from memory. On the stove there are simmering pots of homemade gumbo and water at a rolling boil—his alto voice warbles with Jerry Garcia’s guitar


strings, rising up with steam from the stove and heat from the pizza ovens. He is not only beginning a solo tour into the industry that he loves; he is unveiling a rebirth. La Riviere has made his share of mistakes and has a clear mind pertaining to his future adventures in gourmet hot dog and pizza creations. Once a long-haul trucker, he spent his share of hours behind the wheel. As he talks, the nearby traffic sounds permeate the open drive-thru window and send him into memoirs of life on the road. “I can hear the trucks outside and know what gear they are in or if they are in the right gear for what they are hauling. I will never be back out there again,” he says. Having worked seventy days straight at Wippel Station, he has not promoted the restaurant outside of word-of-mouth. Parking every day at the station, he remains uncertain how or if his business will grow to a sit-in venue.

“I am sorting out the new menu in my head, it is all there I just haven’t written it down yet,” admits La Riviere. He recalls the early months before he found the abandoned restaurant space where his second-hand equipment now stands at the ready. “I worked out the different styles of my ‘Dawgs’ into regional faire and then the rest just started coming to me. [For] the most part, this whole gig just came to me all at once, and with the help of my brother and my family, partners and friends, the place is here.” The station opened for business August 4, 2011. But after two short months, La Riviere found himself in the throes of small business alone—both his partners quit, because they “just did not put both feet into it” the way that he did. La Riviere has plans for the dawg stand ranging from short to long term. He owns a 1947 city park bus that is still in Minneapolis—his dining car he calls it. He hopes to raise money to move it here and park it in the empty service patio beside the station. “The seats are already pulled out and I really want to finish the job restoring it,” he says.

For now, there a single table and three chairs for patrons. If not for the bastion of La Riviere’s hand-painted tent signs, one might think that stopping by the vintage gas pumps might fuel their engines, rather than their bellies. “This old place was known for being a full service station back in the day. It was known for miles that if you came here than you would have the service whether you wanted it or not.” La Riviere says that he tries to carry on the tradition that Mike Whippel began—full service to one customer at a time. On the walk-up side of the station stand two regulars. The order is four dawgs for two men. “Two Miami’s and two Anchorage dawgs?” La Riviere asks. He gets right to work on the order, not stopping to take their money. La Riviere has lived on Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands where he says salmon is a way of life. As he peels the mornings smoked salmon from its warm skin, a fury of rhythms and murky-treble guitar play fills the room. The hot dawg artist works

with the instruments of his hands in his kitchen with the same Garcian precision that his inspiration takes to guitar strings. Before the multi-grain bread is toasted for the order, La Riviere breaks again into song. The Anchorage is like the three-piece suit of the menu. Luscious pink smoked salmon, red onions, tiny green capers and fresh cream cheese. Two dawgs down, he goes to the islands. What starts as mango and pineapple slices is diced into fresh fruit salsa, acting as a fiery crown on top of warm Caribbean black beans—hidden beneath is the whole beef dawg. “Now that it is just me here, I have to come up with the new stuff myself—I am fine with that. I’m going to do this place the way I am going to do it,” says La Riviere. Both Central students waiting at the outside table, nod in approval as their meal arrives. The service bell rings at the drive-thru window and a car slides up. La Riviere sets down his empty cup and hurries to the window to see who waits for him. Seeing a familiar face he smiles, “The yooj?” He orders the same hot dawg once or twice a week, about the same time every day. In the cab of the truck, there is a little black dog that hops into the driver’s lap at the first waft of the Chicago: piled high with sweet relish, mustard and onions. A classicist’s hot dawg arrives open-faced in a paper boat. The gourmet hotdog stand came together as an afterthought, fueled with more and more ingredients and imagination. “It’s like the light went on when I came up with the Bangkok Dawg, and it just kept getting brighter,” laughs La Riviere. “Then the Tokyo and then the Vancouver dawg.” The Vancouver Dawg—bacon, smoked salmon, a slice of provolone cheese and fresh Roma tomatoes—is a favorite of Marty Miller, a local who has been coming to the station since the first week.


“I have actually been coming here for six years—it was D&M. Donna and Mark are great friends of mine. I knew Greg’s father too and he was just as crazy as this kid,” says Miller. No dawg today, but he has come for a hand-dipped ice cream bar. He forgot his debit card, telling La Riviere he can have the first bill that he pulls out of his pocket. “Is that okay with you?” asks Miller, “Even if it is a one?” La Riviere smiles saying he can catch him next time. Miller smiles pulling a 50 dollar bill out of his right pocket. “You had a chance,” he laughs. “You had your chance.” All regulars seem to love him. “My enthusiasm comes from my grandfather Romeo—he’s right there in that picture,” says La Riviere. The sun-faded photograph of an elderly man with a rod and three fish rests in a brass frame. “Romeo was really a special man, an inspiration—he had Polio for over 40 years.” Another walkup customer, La Riviere turns to brew an espresso. “What’s really been kind of great is the community that’s been coming together— it’s growing. We haven’t had our first summer yet. I am anxious to see how well she’ll fly,” he says. “I really like what I am doing now more than anything ever in my life—it became kind of a stroke of genius—out of pure dumb luck too. Using quality ingredients like when I worked with high-end chefs in my 20s. I have been on the bus. And now I am, well, I’m at the station” ready to serve his next customer, and the next one and the next one and the next one.




? T A H W T I ? CRED O H W T I D ? CRE N E H W T I D E R C

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Credit What? Picture being 26-years-old, newly married and ready to settle down to buy your first home. The bank declines your loan request because you have yet to establish a credit history. Immediately, you regret shredding all of the credit card offers that began pouring in the mail soon after your 18 birthday. “Building credit is important for everyday things,” says U.S. Bank Branch Manager Selena Salmon. “It’s important for getting a house, buying a car and sometimes employers will look at credit.” Establishing credit may not seem pertinent to any immediate wants of a sophomore in college. However, building it early will support your wants in the future.

Credit Who? Salmon doesn’t agree with the statement that no credit equals bad credit. But she recognizes that good credit is better than no credit, believing that individuals should start building credit early. “Students should start building credit at age 18,” says Salmon. Individual student’s views of credit play a role in when or if they decide to open credit cards. “I’ve tried for the longest time to avoid getting credit,” says Vanessa O’Francia a junior Psychology major at Central Washington University. “I don’t like the idea of owing someone or paying something back.” O’Francia’s only line of credit is a dental credit card. She applied for this card because the health and care of her teeth are quite important to her. “Honestly, I just do it [build credit] because my parents told me I need to do it,” says Arturo Arellano, a CWU sophomore Political Science major.


Arellano, whose parents made him apply for a credit card after turning 18, is now two years later, seeing the benefit of building his credit. Arturo has also been exposed to the downside of debt, maxing out a card with a $2,000 limit. Though his parents helped bail him out this first time, they required him to pay half of the balanced owed.

Credit When? “Using [your card] responsibly, you’ll raise your credit score,” says Salmon. The general consensus: it’s better to not have a credit card than to have one and abuse it. “It’s all about when you feel comfortable with the responsibility,” says Arellano. “When you have a sustainable monthly income, you’re not relying on you card alone to pay bills.” It’s encouraged that individuals start building credit at age 18, but it comes down to personal preference. “You should really start no later than age 20,” says Quy Dai Lam Quach, a senior Business Finance major at Seattle University. “By that age, you’re somewhat understanding of the financial responsibilities… but it’s different for everybody.” Not using your card in a responsible fashion will cause you to both damage your credit and be out of a lot of money.“There is a tendency to spend more than you can pay back,” says Lam Quach.



Though a general credit card is the most popular way for students to build credit—it may not be the best way for you to do so.

Catrena Hampton

The recession our nation is experiencing has made it challenging for individuals to find employment. It has also caused college tuition to rise, leading to more students having to rely on financial aid to get through their college education. “The national average for student loan debt is $25,250 for college seniors that graduated in 2010,” says Assistant Director for Loans Lisa Plesha. Loans, the primary source of aid offered by the federal government, are the heartbeat of many students’ college budget. Loans allow you to purchase items without paying any money upfront. They are offered privately by most financial institutions and publicly through the Federal Student Aid Program. “Loans are extra money you can borrow,” says Quy Dai Lam Quach, a senior Business Finance major at Seattle University. “[If paid responsibly] they show that you aren’t a big liability.”


When applying for loans, it’s important that students keep track of how many they are accepting and to only use them for necessities. “So many students take out loans only because they are offered to them in their financial aid package,” says Plesha. “I would always recommend that a student work on a budget each quarter to decide whether they really need the loans that are offered to them.” Though loans do look better for credit than credit cards, they can bring economic problems. “You should always be aware of your revolving debt,” says U.S. Bank Branch Manager Selena Salmon. “Once you use a loan you’re done. [They’re] not revolving.” Not paid they will affect your credit negatively. “There are a lot of penalties for not making your monthly payment on time,” says Plesh. “Because you are borrowing from the federal government, they have the ability to garnish your wages, garnish your income tax refund and even your Social Security benefits if you default on your student loan payments.”

Student Credit Card: Created for individuals who are in school and need to begin the credit building process, these cards usually have a limit of around 300 dollars and are fairly easy to qualify for. Secured Credit Card: An excellent way to build credit, and a great way to go if you have got declined for other cards. When applying for a secured card, you put the spending limit amount in a bank account as collateral. This way the bank is assured that they will receive payment for the money you spend.

Train Like an Athlete Jordan Cox-Smith

Want to see results? Train like an athlete. Sports apparel empire Nike says it themselves, “If you have a body, you are an athlete.” With that being the case, there’s an opportunity for people to take advantage of programs and resources such as P90x that allow individuals to train like professional athletes. “As a college athlete, I am told by my athletic trainers that it is important to incorporate short intensive intervals in your workout to receive optimal gain,” said Carson McKole, Central Washington University Communication Studies major and forward of the women’s soccer team. “Whether it is training in the off season or in season, we are always focused on going hard in our short intervals in our workouts.”


Another important element is incorporating different workouts into your program. Searching for new techniques regularly, athletes do the same workouts over and over again eventually familiarization with routines that cause progress to plateau. “I think training like an athlete is important to anyone who wants to get in shape,” says Ryan Robertson, CWU quarterback and senior Business major. “To me, training is all about doing new things to your body, so mixing in workouts is a good way to freshen things up and push your body.” You don’t have to be a professional to be able to train like one. Short interval training combined with a focus on core strength has the potential for workout enthusiasts to see true gains in their workouts compared to basic routines. “Like professional athletes in their training, P90x focuses on building core strength, another common theme among professional athletic training,” says workout enthusiast Ena Grabovica, a Highline Community College Business Administration sophomore. “Athlete or not, it will take a high level of commitment to get the results that you are hoping for when training like an athlete. If you are not ready to work hard, then don’t even think about doing it.”




Does college life have you feeling sluggish, fatigued, drained or worn down? Applying detoxification cleansing systems may benefit students who feel college life is destroying their bodies. The typical college lifestyle incorporates late nights, stress from school, unhealthy meals and occasional partying. Your body works to get rid of all toxins but sometimes that’s not enough. There are a variety of methods that can be used to naturally cleanse your body from the accumulation of toxins. Detox systems provide cleaning blood by removing impurities that come through your lungs, kidneys, skin, intestines and lymphoid. Completing a detox cleanse can promote weight loss, clearer skin, mental clarity, an improved immune system and stress release.


The more popular detoxes include specific diet cleanses, herbal cleanses, master cleanses and colon cleanses. “The master cleanse that I took only had a few ingredients: organic lemon juice, cayenne pepper, organic maple syrup and filtered water. After drinking that concoction for 10 days, I felt extremely hungry and irritable. But, after I began to feel revitalized and clear,” says Brady McGuire, former baseball player and current Economics senior at University of Washington. “I cut nine pounds drinking about 12 drinks per day. It was a great way to refresh my body after four years of Division I college partying to be honest.” The negatives of detoxing include possible headaches, stomach aches, dizziness and nutritional deficiencies. Whether a diet detox or a cleansing system, your body will react to the changing levels of nutrients that you are taking in. - Jordan Cox-Smith


Everyone knows what it feels like to be bullied. Those who don’t will no doubt experience it at some point in their lives. It’s almost a kind of rite of passage to experience some form of pain or humiliation at the hands of our peers. If you’re different in any way, you’ll get bullied for it.


*Warning for racism, homophobia, body shaming, explicit language *Names have been changed for confidentiality

The scary part is that it isn’t always like what parents tell their children—where bullying will stop once they grow up or those things will change and get better. Bullying continues well into adulthood. It just goes by different names—like sexism, racism and homophobia—and is sometimes more subtle. *John Johnson has been bullied his entire life. During his elementary and middle school years, he was frequently bullied for being overweight and exhibiting antisocial behavior, which people didn’t realize was the result of his being physically abused by his mother. Around high school, however, the bullying Johnson faced appeared to subside. But then he came out of the closet, and the bullying started all over again; this time for being overweight and gay.


He recalls victimization by his peers contributed to his depression as a child and made him feel as though his mother was justified in abusing him. “Overall it dragged down my self-respect and self-confidence, especially because the people that did it were at one time friends and some family members.” Today Johnson’s persecution continues. He says that recently while walking home from the subway station to his apartment, he was harassed by people who drove past him. “Two men in a Honda Civic from the 90s slowed down on the major avenue I live on to yell, ‘You’re a fucking fatass, faggot,’ even though I didn’t know who they were.”

“I guess because I’m a member of minority— homosexuals—and still overweight, that leads people to bully me, although not on a continuous basis.” Johnson sees people bullying others all the time: commuting to work, in the workplace, shopping at the grocery store and on the television. “People making racist remarks about others, people calling people faggots, guys calling girls sluts or c***s for not sleeping with them.” The same things Johnson witnesses in his daily life happen within the LGBTQ community. But Johnson himself isn’t always the victim of such bullying. *Denzel Mackie was bullied in elementary school for things like being too tall or too ‘white.’ but otherwise had a pretty easy time in school. Mackie never really felt that he was bullied by other people, even after he came out at the age 22. During his time in the Navy, others were comfortable with his sexuality, if not curious and inquisitive.


“I had a few people I used to go to church with tell me I was going to hell, and my ex-fiancé’s brother apparently said he was going to kill me. But by that time I was in the Navy and living on my own in western Wash. in a Navy town, so bullying was never really an issue, in my military or civilian life. Well, unless you talk about in dating.” In the gay dating world, Mackie feels he is at a major disadvantage because of his ethnicity. In the last eight years that he has lived in Wash., he has come to realize that being black in the gay community is not all that great. “I’ve been told straight up that, simply because I was black, I was un-dateable,” Mackie says. “An old friend of mine told me when I first came out that, as a gay black man, I would only be considered a fetish. Unfortunately I have experienced that more than I would have liked.” “I tell you what, if I had a dollar for every time I’ve been told, ‘I don’t date black guys,’ or ‘black guys are ugly,’ I would be able to pay off some serious bills right now,” Mackie says.

Despite the constant rejection, however, his experiences have made him stronger. “I think anytime you go through any of that stuff, you have to look at it as a part of life and say, ‘I’m going to make it through this.’ Once you make that commitment you have no other choice but to learn from it, and—more importantly—grow from it.” People who identify as female or are more gender neutral also end up on the receiving end of discrimination. *Ellen Rossi knows this only too well. For Rossi, bullying is an everyday occurrence, even as an adult at Central. “It is not very often that I feel that I am


physically in danger, however that does happen, but more often I am microaggressed on a regular basis because of both my gender and sexual identity,” Rossi says. The most common micro-aggressions that Rossi hears consist of comments such as, “you would be so pretty if you dressed like a girl,” and “you’re a lesbian right? So have you ever been with a guy?” (Rossi does not identify as a lesbian). “It is even worse when I am out at the bars with my girlfriend,” Rossi says. “We have yet to go out without a guy asking if we wanted to have a threesome, if they could watch, how we have sex or my favorite: ‘Do you miss dick?’ Guys feel like it is okay

to be physical with me as a ‘bro’, ignore my identity as a whole and completely objectify me or hit on my girlfriend because ‘it doesn’t count because I’m a girl.’”

classes because my professors have to be careful of their language and I can’t walk anywhere without getting stared at. I just don’t fit and people don’t like that.”

Sometimes, the bullying Rossi sees isn’t even aimed at her. She sees other forms of bullying and micro-aggression constantly being committed against people of color, women and handicapped people throughout her day. “Once you have experienced oppression, it becomes much more apparent around you.”

In order to understand how to stop bullying, one must first understand what bullying is. Bullying may have a different definition to each person, but it’s any act that has the same effect: puting down victims and raising the aggressor to a position of power.

*Jane Jameson also faces bullying and harassment on a daily basis. In addition to constantly experiencing instances of sexism and street harassment from her peers (both on Central’s campus and in the city of Ellensburg), Jameson is frequently bugged about her sexuality. Jameson says her own professors at this school say homophobic things and specifically target and mock her in a way that they don’t toward other students. She feels that the harassment she faces is constant. As a result, her stress levels are significantly higher than that of other students. “I am often irritable or upset by the end of the day because of the amount of comments I have received that are unsolicited and unwanted,” she says. And Jameson knows she is not the only one. “I think there is a lot of bullying [that occurs] on campus that no one is talking about. I think we’re expected to come to college and have that disappear, and I think a lot of people are excited for it to disappear. But the fact is there is a lot of bullying going on in and outside of the classroom.” “Unfortunately for me,” Rossi says, “I tend to stand out because of the way I dress and act. I am a hindrance in a majority of my


According to Dr. Robyn Brammer, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Psychology, Director for Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling Programs, and CoDirector of the Community Counseling and Psychological Assessment Center at Central, there is no one answer for why anyone commits a certain behavioral act. But the most common reasons are usually because the bully feels a sort of increased sense of self-worth when someone else’s decreases. “There’s a social learning component to it,” she says. “Bullies have been bullied [themselves], so they try to replicate that sense of power over others.” The bullying that tends to go on within the LGBTQ community is quite possibly a manifestation of this component. Mackie believes the issue of racism in the gay dating world is the fault of society as a whole, rather than individual people. “We’re constantly pushed with images of white beauty and other ethnicities rarely get a time to shine,” he says. Proof of this exists on Google. Type in the word “gay” in a Google image search and you’ll be bombarded with images of white, normatively attractive men with very little clothing. Of course, there’s the occasional person of color in there to add some misguided sense of diversity to the mix.

“We live in a society where ‘white privilege’ spills from our very seams, yet we deny it and mask it by calling it things like ‘preference’, and not addressing the real issue,” Mackie says. Phenomena like that which Mackie speaks of is what Brammer calls unexamined prejudice. Simply put, they are a sort of life outlook you have that can be considered prejudicial (disliking non-heterosexual or black people, for example), yet are things you’ve never even thought about why you have them or feel that way. According to Brammer, these unexplained assumptions can be the root of our prejudices. Everyone has them (even you), and if you can figure out what they are, ask yourself what you think you should do about them. “If it’s unexamined, it’s easier to lie to yourself about why you’re doing what you’re doing and that makes the pattern impossible to break,” she says. By taking the time to ask yourself why you feel a certain way about something, you can more easily understand what the problem is and how to fix it. But how exactly do you fix the problem once you know you have an unexamined prejudice against something?


Brammer suggests finding a way to expose oneself to the culture one is prejudiced against can help to reverse said prejudice. Do so by spending time with at least one person from that community to start with. “You should find a mentor(s) within that community that you respect,” Brammer further suggests. “Move into that culture slowly—don’t just jump in.” Mackie’s suggestion is largely the same. “I’m not saying that you need to go out tomorrow and start dating a black person: I am saying assess your reasons for not ever having dated one. There’s more to dating than the color of someone’s skin. I’ve never understood why people discriminate like that. I find beauty in people of all ethnicities.” Despite the number of internal and external hardships faced by the LGBTQ community, Mackie says he has started to see a shift. “Younger people are definitely more accepting than they used to be and I think a lot of that has to do with their eyes being opened, realizing that everyone—regardless of sexual orientation—is human.”

THE DIARIES OF A LITTLE GIRL: Pivotal Moments In My Life

A column by Jake Updegraff

Remember when you were a child sitting in the backseat of your parent’s car in a McDonald’s drivethru anxiously waiting to see what toy you’d get inside the box shaped happy meal? There were two options of toy choices: one for boys, a car or transformer, and one for girls, usually a Barbie. I was the kid who asked for a Barbie. My grandma often brings up the story at family gatherings or holiday dinners to ensure that memory will never fade away, though we’ve heard it at least 50 times. Fascinated with the movie The Wizard of Oz, specifically the wicked witch (I was always obsessed with villains in movies), I reached into my happy meal grabbing my Barbie. Holding onto her from her blonde hair, I swung her across the room yelling “the wicked witch of the west.”


Pivotal moments like this helped shape the woman I’ve grown into today. I grew up as an only child, raised by a single mother. When I was 9-years-old, my mom decided to leave California and come to Washington State. Shortly after moving my mom met a guy, Rick, who became her boyfriend. First impressions are a must, being the diva I am, I thought I would give my mom and her new boyfriend a show of what I could offer their new relationship. It was in fifth grade when I decided it would be socially acceptable to put on my mom’s bra and strip to my undies performing to Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle.” I thought it was a performance that gave Aguilera a run for her money. Apparently it prompted Rick to ask my mom, “what the hell was that?” It freaked him out. I only know this because I found this out two Christmases ago. The good news: it didn’t scare him off, marrying my

mom years later. The bad news: I never got a call from Aguilera to be one of her backup dancers. Ask my peers from elementary about me and you’d hear about my obsession with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Spears was my original idol after coming out with “… Baby one more time.” I cannot count for the life of me how many times debates would arise over the Queen of Pop’s performances and boobs. Students loved harassing me, saying Britney was nothing but a lip-syncing bimbo with fake implants. Mostly upsetting were comments about her boobs. She did not get implants. The fact that these kids were saying awful things about her to my face was like a stab to my heart. Spears was my first concert—I was in eighth grade. My mom took me. We rented a room at the hotel down from the venue. Excitement struck and I couldn’t control myself. For her opening number of “Toxic,” I broke into tears as if I saw Titanic for the first time (you get the picture). My mom, getting frustrated, yelled “Stop crying and have fun.” I wanted to shout back, “…but it’s Britney, bitch!” After the Britney phase, came the Paris Hilton phase. A diehard fan of the heiress, I was a junior in high school when she went to jail. I did what every true Paris fan does: I sent her a letter, spending the whole period of English making sure I had written everything I wanted to in two pages. With the letter, I sent a calling card with my phone number letting her know if she ever needed anyone to talk with, I was there (some people may take advantage of her but I genuinely wanted to let her know we could talk without it going to the press). The following year became one of the best times of my life. Paris announced she was getting a reality show in search for her “new BFF.” The minute I heard this, I applied. The application included a picture, biography and campaign to get the most votes. I went crazy – I made posters, fliers and cards to make sure people


went to the website to vote for me. Teachers from my school went as far to give out extra credit if students voted for me. I didn’t make it, but my friend Vanessa did. Making it to the finals she finished second, taking me to the best part of this story… the day Paris Hilton called me. Packing for California, I received a phone call from my friend Vanessa. My heart instantly stopping because I knew she was in Las Vegas meeting Paris. As I answered Vanessa said, “hey my friend wants to talk to you.” Suddenly a soft spoken voice said, “hey sexy.” I responded with “who’s this?” though I already knew. The moment she said Paris Hilton, I shouted, repeating “shut the ---- up!” for a minute straight. The brief conversation consisted of just those words and it was awesome. Life as a little girl had some great moments that I will cherish forever. Playing with Barbie’s, wearing my mom’s bra and obsessing over pop singers and socialites, has made me the woman I’ve become today.

Do-able Road Trips Must-sees before degrees

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Boredom may strike when stuck in the center of the state with not much to do except study or go to work. But there is one advantage of being in Ellensburg: the ability to drive every direction and find something fun or exciting. Pulse routed seven quick car getaways to make by your self or with friends. Historical sites to outdoor excursions and indoor activities appeal to various personalities. *All trips start from Central Washington University

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According to David Scott, a junior Chinese major who works at Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals (OPR) at CWU, Manastash is popular for geography and geology students to explore. The hike is five miles round-trip and only gains 1,700 feet in elevation. Local volunteers help maintain the trail and many students use it for conditioning. Wildflowers throughout the hike change constantly and the valley can be seen at the top. Manastash Ridge hasn’t always been there, according to Nick Zetner, Geology senior lecturer at CWU. “Manastash is there because the layers have been folded and faulted.” OPR leads weekly Sunset Hikes to surrounding trails for three or 15 dollars for a quarter pass (nine weeks). Scott, a group leader, says there are often six to 20 people who participate weekly. Preregistration for each trip is required. OPR is located on the east patio of the Student Union and Recreation Center.


Part of the Yakama Indian Nation, Toppenish has more than 70 outdoor murals celebrating the Native American heritage of the area. From May through September, a horse drawn wagon ride is offered to tourists. There are three museums in Toppenish including the American Hop Museum, the Northern Pacific Railway Museum and the Yakama Nation Cultural Center.

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The Toppenish Wildlife Refuge homes hundreds of animals and birds allowing enthusiasts to view waterfowls. For another outdoor activity, Mt. Adams Country Club offers 18-holes of golf. This course is open almost 10 months a year (Dec. 1 to Feb. 1 is bonus play depending on weather), 7 a.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. on weekends. The cost for 18-holes is 24 dollars on weekdays and 28 dollars on weekends.

Right down the road from Toppenish is Legends Casino. This 18 and over venue features card games, slots, Keno, entertainment, buffets, delis and an espresso bar. They are open Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. and, on Friday at 9 a.m. for 24-hours throughout the weekend. Having a huge river run right by Ellensburg allows: fishing, camping, swimming, floating, kayaking and rafting. “The canyon is unique because it’s not a straight canyon,” says Zetner. “It kind of loops around. It’s unusual because the river was there first before the ridges started to grow.” OPR offers equipment rentals to students at discounted rates. “I would totally recommend OPR for equipment,” says Scott. OPR carries inflatable kayaks, which are available to anyone, and hard kayaks. To rent the hard kayaks, the Introduction to White Water class must be taken. It includes two class sessions in the CWU pool to practice and learn skills and then a weekend excursion on the river to apply what was taught. Scott is also a trip guide for floating the Yakima River. He says if enough people showed interest in camping along the river, OPR guides could lead the trip.


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Just past Vantage across the bridge and one mile north, sit 15 metal silhouettes of wild horses stampeding above the Columbia River. Vantage offers visitors two restaurants and a private RV park and campground. Rock climbing is a popular outdoor activity here on the basalt columns, lava flow rock. “Fifteen million years ago, we had Hawaiian-like flows here,” says Zetner. The small town is known for Ginkgo/Wanapum State Park and holds over 50 species of petrified wood. A museum for the park includes Wanapum Native Americans’ petro glyphs (rock engravings). Also on the Columbia, the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington hosts festivals, performances and other events as well as views of the Columbia and the Cascades. Frenchman Coulee is easily accessible off I-90. Follow the signs for the Gorge (on Silica Road) and take the left onto Vantage Road. “That place features or highlights the two things that make Washington famous,” says Zetner. “You get a good look at the lava flows but there is also a Dry Falls from the Ice Age floods.” Just north of the Gorge is Pot Holes Coulee. “It will give you a taste of the Gorge and Dry Falls so you don’t have to drive that far. It was shaped by the Missoula floods,” says Lillquist. “Because of the Columbia Basin Project, there is water in those basins again but the water doesn’t over flow.”



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In the early 1960s, citizens remodeled Leavenworth into a Bavarian-style village to increase tourism and keep the town alive. Besides exploring the buildings inside and out and the gift shops, Leavenworth offers other activities such as the Farmer’s Market on Thursday nights from June through October. The Icicle Brewing Company uses the waters from the Icicle River to make a variety of ales and lagers. The brews are featured as a special at the München Haus Bavarian Grill & Beer Garden and paired with authentic German food and outside seating.

A hike close to CWU’s campus, Umtanum Falls is three miles round trip and has a 2,000-mile altitude rise. Wildlife, flora and fauna can be seen right from the trail. After reaching the falls, hike down to the bottom to see a pool of bright blue mountain runoff water. It’s the perfect place to cool off or have a picnic. Bugs may be a problem in shaded areas. To park at the trailhead requires a Discovery Pass which can be bought from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Web site for $11. “Umtanum Falls is unique because of the falls, it’s not just a river running,” says Karl Lillquist, CWU Geography professor and codirector of Resource Management Graduate Program.

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Tucked in Upper Kittitas County there lays a little town with a lot of history. Roslyn is infamous for different sites, including The Brick Tavern. In the early 1990s, CBS ran a hit show called “Northern Exposure” which was filmed in Roslyn and the surrounding areas. Featured in the show, The Brick was actually founded in 1889, rebuilt in 1898 and is now considered the oldest operational tavern in Washington state.

opened over 20 years ago and remains packed on weekend nights. Roslyn Theatre is a true vintage venue. Comfortable reclinerlike seats, upper deck viewing area and no credit or debit cards accepted, takes a person back to the olden day theatres. The prices are reasonable: $8.50 general admission, $6.50 matinees and $6 for ages 12 and under and 65+. The loge area upstairs costs an extra dollar. The best-kept secret of this theatre is the popcorn. Regular toppings are available: extra butter, salt, Parmesan cheese… but brewer’s yeast is also available.

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Rosly n Theatre is a true vintage venue. Comfortable recliner-like seats, upper deck viewing area and no credit or debit cards accepted, takes a person back to the olden day theatres. The prices are reasonable: $8.50 general admission, $6.50 matinees and $6 for ages 12 and under and 65+. The loge area upstairs costs an extra dollar. The best-kept secret of this theatre is the popcorn. Regular toppings are available: extra butter, salt, Parmesan cheese… but brewer’s yeast is also available.

For non-drinking visitors, Village Pizza is located on 105 E Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. It opened over 20 years ago and remains packed on weekend nights.

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F for school Katie Larsen

Walk around James L. Brooks Library at Central Washington University and you will see two groups of computers and scattered students with open laptops and phones. Zooming in, most students have Facebook open, multi-tasking with the site and their homework. Many of them are browsing through their newsfeed while others are updating their status, chatting or looking at friends’ pictures. Social media has become a worldwide phenomenon of communication, but how do these outlets influence academic performance?

Studies Show… Almost all college students across the country use social media sites that include-


but aren’t limited to- Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, blogs and Pinterest. How do students balance using these sites and studying? According to a 2009 study by Ohio State University, students who used Facebook and studied between one and five hours a week had grade point averages (GPAs) of 3.0-3.5, but nonusers who studied 11 to 15 hours per week had GPAs of 3.5-4.0. Out of students surveyed by Ohio State, 79 percent said they didn’t find the site interfering with their studies. A Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania study published in the academic journal “Computers in Human Behavior” in 2011, also concluded using Facebook while studying correlates with lower GPAs. The study went further to compare kinds of activity on Facebook. Sharing links and checking friends’ status updates are positively related to GPAs, while posting

SPOTLIGHT your own updates are negatively related, as is Facebook chat. Professor and study author Rey Junco found that students spent an average of 106 minutes on Facebook per day. If they spent 93 minutes over the average, they had a .12 decrease in their GPAs. “Information is so easily accessed as a result of technology,” says CWU Sociology Professor Tracey Hoover. Especially in larger classes, students claim to bring their laptops to take notes. As a past teacher assistant who sat in the back of the room, she knows students are not exclusively taking notes. Today, she sees many students on their phones texting or on Facebook during class. Appeal of the Network “Though we need to understand the functions of social media, it is no substitute for face-to-face communication,” says Sacheen Mobley-Welsh, CWU Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. “As part of Communication Studies, we need to understand the balance. Students, too, are trying to find the balance. Facebook is the second most visited site on the Internet after Google with more than 400 million active users worldwide. Nearly half of users are between the ages of 18 and 34. Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook in 2004 and bought the domain name in 2005 for $200,000. It is now worth almost $4 billion.

One of the main reasons students use social media—as the name suggests—is to keep in touch more easily. “It’s a really good procrastination tool. I spend most of my time on blogs like Tumblr,” says Laura Martin, junior Communication Studies major. Other students use it as a reward for completing an assignment or studying. Alternative Excel high school student Naomi Crouse says, “I think it really distracts people from doing their work.” Mobley-Welsh believes that social media sites have three functions. “Number one, it’s the ability to connect us with places we will never see and people we will never meet. Number two, to connect us with ideas to help us grow as individuals and citizens of the world,” she says. “Number three, social media is a way for people in a position not able to communicate face-toface to have a voice.”

The Blame Game ...students who used Facebook and studied between one and five hours a week had grade point averages (GPAs) of 3.0-3.5...


“It is hard to isolate one cause as the result of lower grades,” says Hoover. Other distractions such as email, texting, and working, could be to blame for poorer academic performance. Students at CWU seem to spend an equal amount of time on social media sites and studies.

“Social media has a place but it is a great time vacuum which sucks students in,” says Mobley-Welsh. College students aren’t alone. High school students face their own online problems. Ellensburg High School Counselor Sherri Stockman says she doesn’t see that grades are impacted but occasionally, fights that start on Facebook find their way into school. More often, Stockman finds socially withdrawn students spending their time with online games, rather than social media sites.

Going Against the Norm Unlike the majority of college students, Janaye Birkland, senior Broadcast Journalism major, feels that the main

reason she doesn’t use Facebook is because it’s very impersonal. “Sometimes I think society uses Facebook to take the easy way out.” Although she says academics don’t play a part in her decision, she believes Facebook would be a huge distraction for her if she started a page. “I do not know how my friends’ grades are, but I do see them on Facebook a lot,” she says. “Especially on their phones…It drives me crazy!” She is sure that some of her friends miss information during class because they are on the site instead. Facebook of the Future Facebook is known for its ability to take in user input and change. “I think it is evolving just like other types of media. It may die out, but will probably evolve,” says Hoover. Both CWU professors Mobley-Welsh and Hoover agree: social media will stick around but will change into something different than now much like the changes made from the old layout to the new Facebook “Timeline.”

EXPLORING E-READERS ON CAMPUS Will E-books replace textbooks? Technology impacts the book market Leah Hovde

in a major way. Readers are turning to electronic devices like Kindles, Nooks and iPads. E-books were first available to the public via Web but were considered “specialty books.” Taking off in 2007, a Pew Research study showed “considerable growth in e-reader ownership.” One-fifth of college students now own an e-reader.

Pew Study Chart: E-readers are making an appearance at Central Washington University, but the college is slow to jump into the “national” trend of replacing books-on-page with books-on-screen. Many students and professors are wary of using the screen as a way to study, they rely on textbooks.


But e-readers have the advantage of portability. Lugging around books is harder than carrying a sleek screen ready at a finger-tap. Plus, e-readers can store more books than a backpack and are sometimes more affordable. The issue of e-readers replacing textbooks has Michelle Adams’s interest, working as head of Custom Publishing at Central for 16 years.

Adams knows instructors who load their material onto Blackboard—comparable to an e-reader. Her department deals with copyright issues, where she often gets calls asking if entire books can be uploaded. A resource for similar issues, Adams suggests students can buy e-books by purchasing an access code to download them.

“I don’t think it has been quiet the explosion predicted,” says Adams. “I think the biggest reason they haven’t reached the right level, is that students find that [e-readers] are not the best way to study. A lot of professors who have tried online books often go back to print. [The primary] reason most people want an e-reader is that they believe it will save money, but they find it isn’t that much cheaper. It’s the royalties that’s most of the cost.” Adams constantly researches and discusses topics like e-readers with peers in her industry. She’s looked into Campus Market Place, a Web site that provides the latest statistics around college campuses. “In general the website is slanted toward the e-book industry,” says Adams. When she shows professors that printing is the least of the expenses, only saving students four or five dollars, instructors often decide e-books are not worth the trouble. A textbook costing 100 dollars in the store could cost 85 dollars through Course Smart, but at the end of term the site locks the buyer out. “You can’t get anything back for it. You can’t sell it back. All of a sudden that book ends up costing you more,” says Adams. Nevertheless, her department does have upcoming plans for incorporating e-books. “We are actually working on program this summer. Hopefully, it will allow us to do some of the course packs as e-readers by fall. We’re crossing our fingers and trying to make it possible. But when students find out it won’t save them that much money I honestly don’t think they’ll be interested.” Adams isn’t the only one interested in the issue of e-readers. CWU is not the only college testing the waters when it comes to using e-readers for studying. Bloomberg Businessweek reported “high


hopes” for a pilot program of e-readers distributed to a group of students at seven universities around the country. Students could download whatever classes required, predicting the era of print and textbooks as over. Just a few months later, “hopes were dashed.” Many students reported the Kindle as a “poor replacement” for textbooks, “hard to use in the classroom and difficult to navigate.” This being the biggest problem with technical classes. The Kindle’s lack of “folder management structure” made it difficult for the students to keep track of their business cases. Daniel Turner, Associate Dean of the Masters and Executive Educations Programs at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business says, “It’s an amazing device for recreational reading, but it’s not quite ready for prime time in higher education.” An article from Campus Market Place, “The Electronic Book and e-Reader Device Report,” found that one-third of college students prefer the print book to an electronic e-book. Students list the drawbacks of e-readers: the cost (too high) and availability (no buy back option). In addition, content can be lost at the end of the semester or quarter.

Many students like to pick up a book and flip to the page they want—no waiting for a textbook to charge up. The study revealed that 73 percent prefer print while 26 percent prefer digital/electronic text. E-readers have benefits like having content in one place at one time. Yet changes would have to be made: bigger font that won’t strain the eyes and the ability to take notes and use highlights. CWU has had its share of struggles keeping up with e-readers, especially when an e-book bought online doesn’t work right. “I didn’t even buy it. The electronic version of the book was supposed to have the quizzes...But we never ended up doing the quizzes,” says Kathryn Gradwohl, a senior Education major at Central.

She is referring to the mandatory e-book her class was supposed to read in a General Education Class during winter quarter. The goal: to use the e-book in conjunction with MyEducationLab, an online resource for Education professors. Technical difficulties rose when accessing the e-book. The future of e-books is slowly rising. It’s hard to tell if they will ever replace textbooks. “I think that in five to ten years [using e-readers] may be one way, or main way to study. So it’s good to start implementing them,” says Clara Oborne, a senior Education major at CWU. “I don’t know if we’re ready to have them for all of our classes.” Generations entering college are more tech savvy and may cause an influx of students eager and ready to handle e-readers. They may even prefer them to clunky textbooks. “I truly think we’re of that last generation that still likes to flip through the books as opposed to scrolling or clicking,” says Oborne. “I’m really excited for the opportunity to just try an e-reader. It’s something we are going to implement a lot more in our society.”


PULSE / May / 2012


MAINTAINING GOOD The middle cushion of a couch is all that separates Chris Skoglun from his girlfriend Amy O’Banion. Both of their retinas are buried deep into the screens of their respective smart phones. It appears as if the distance in their relationship is immeasurable and that single cushion might as well be an ocean. Yet just one question reveals that the situation isn’t as dire as one might assume. “Chris, who are you texting?” “Amy. And we’re not texting, we’re playing ‘Words with Friends,’” Skoglun says, referring to the Scrabble inspired online game, where friends take turns playing off each other’s words to score points.


iCONTACT Scott Herman

This is becoming the norm, thanks to handheld technologies that people wouldn’t have been able to dream up 20 years ago. With the rise of social media, and countless hours spent by millions of people toiling behind their computer screens, many are left wondering what the impact of “being connected” will be. The effect of social media and texting on young people’s ability to communicate is a widely debated topic. According to James Gurd, a social media blogger on, “The medium through which you communicate does not destroy your interpersonal skills, it merely reflects and amplifies them.” New Age Ways

Skoglun, a senior Information Technology major, knows that his reputation as an outgoing person will never change despite his obsessive social media use. He uses Twitter and Facebook to arrange parties and ‘stalk friends.’ But Skoglun also sees its potential to make the smaller hassles in life, such as giving directions to people by way of the ‘Drop-in’ feature on his phone, a little less grueling. Despite his admitted self-reliance on all things tech, Skoglun hopes that younger people learn to take responsibility for what they say, whether it’s said aloud to someone’s face or posted on a message board. “I feel that anonymity should be eliminated. If you’re going to put something on the Internet, you should have to own up to it,” says Skoglun. “If you’re going to have the guts to post it, you better have the guts to say ‘I said that.’” Those who experienced the arrival of the tech age and were blown away by its cool gadgets saw ideas and endless opportunities. But, what about those who are growing up in it? Will the ability to converse with another person become an extinct skill?

Old School Isaac Lanier, a 30-year-old non-traditional student at Central Washington University, is “old school.” He is one of the few people now-a-days who doesn’t have a cell phone. He relies on Facebook messages to arrange hangouts with buddies, and is not afraid to drop by at a friend’s house knowing full well he could be turned away for showing up uninvited. Lanier is proud of the fact he was raised with a family who “actually spent time together, no television and no video games.” Lanier watched firsthand the rise of texting and other social media outlets, seeing how it affected younger generation’s communication skills and manners.


“It really diminishes how you interact with people, one-on-one, face-to-face,” Lanier says. “Your interaction with people in the same room—the way you talk to someone. You could go on a date and your phone goes off constantly. You could ruin a date like that.” As for dealing with the social ostracism that comes with not having a phone, he brushes it off, relaying that there may be more important things to his daily routine. “I’m not proud of it, but I don’t need it to survive,” Lanier says.

Slippery Slope It is important, particularly to college aged students, to realize that although communicating from behind a keyboard may be convenient, it may not be in their best interest over the long run. A generation of a socially inept work force has the potential to do irreparable harm to society. Aurea Mosio, a 60-year-old nurse of 22 years and mother of three, sees a future of hardship for younger people, hinting that the assimilation into the work environment may be difficult for young people who lack the communication skills to have success in job interviews. “You see so many kids with bad grammar now, more than it used to be,” Mosio says. “They don’t read anymore and I have a feeling that’s affecting their ability to articulate their feelings.” Or, in an even worse scenario, what if the youth of America suddenly finds itself without the precious gadgets and the Internet? Lanier suggests, “Younger generations want the coolest tech stuff, but if the Internet cuts out nationwide, we’ll have a full scale pre-teen riot.”


iNFORMATION Madelynn Shortt

For many Americans, the start of baseball season signifies the onset of warm weather, BBQs and beer. All of this true for Myles Turpen, a junior Recreation and Tourism major at Central Washington Univesity. But what makes baseball season different for this fan is the fact that it’s not just America that comes to his mind. For Turpen, baseball season brings up thoughts of Korea. Four years ago, Kideog Park, a junior ESL CWU student from Korea, moved into Anderson Hall for what would be six months of friendship-building, stereotypebreaking, video game-playing madness. After coaxing the Korean transplant out of his shell, Turpen and the rest of his Anderson friends welcomed Park with open arms. Andrew Tylosky, a senior Public Relations major at CWU, lived in Anderson as well. “Playing video games helped us to break


the language barrier with Kideog … FIFA (a soccer-based video game) helped us to make a connection with him,” says Tylosky. According to Turpen, it took about a month of living with Park before everyone could really start to understand one another. “He spoke horrible English,” says Turpen, jokingly. After Park opened up, he began to realize they shared a passion for baseball. At the start of every baseball season, Turpen calls his old roomie in his hometown of Seoul, Korea. Their shared love for baseball is just one thing that’s helped to build such a long-lasting, long-distance friendship. During winter, Turpen introduced Park to football games in the snow as well as his family and their Christmas traditions. After inviting Park to his family’s cabin in Cle Elum, Turpen introduced him to hunting and snowmobiling. “Hunting was very cool and it was very life changing because you can’t hunt in Korea,” says Park. Park came to the United States with some preconceived judgments about the people he would meet. “I learned a lot about family because before, I honestly thought that American’s didn’t care for their family

SPOTLIGHT members like we do in Korea,” says Park. “But once I saw Myles’ family, I saw how much families here do love each other.” Park refers to Turpen’s little brother by his family-assigned nickname “Jordy,” short for Jordan. “I met Myle’s father, who made me nervous,” says Park. “Steve looked so strong and kind of scary, but once we started talking, he reminded me of my father and I felt better.” After family introductions, Turpen says he thinks of Park as an older brother. Park learned other things about American culture that didn’t have anything to do with family. They have exchanged drinking games and cuss words. Park introduced new drinking games to Turpen and introduced him to beer pong. This same trade off can be said for cuss words, which Park proudly remembers to this day. After six months of bunking with Turpen in Anderson, Park moved back to Korea. A year went by and Park jokingly suggested Turpen come to visit him in Seoul—except Turpen actually went. Everything Turpen did for Park in America, Park did for Turpen in Korea, but in a different way. “I showed Myles things I would not normally show other tourists, like the traditional Korean fish market for example,” says Park who felt that Turpen “caught onto Korean culture well.” Park also took pride in taking Turpen to a baseball game to see the Doosan Bears play. “I went to see Kideog because it was the opportunity of a lifetime,” says Turpen. “I didn’t need a place to stay and I basically had a tour guide who was also my friend.” Visiting a new country had potential to be overwhelming for Turpen since he hadn’t been out of the country before. He says he’s thankful he had Park to guide him along or the transition into Korean life would have been extremely overwhelming. Turpen’s time in Korea was like Park’s time in America…not as a tourist, just real day-


to-day life. “We went to pool halls and got drunk and shot pool,” says Turpen. Park and Turpen talk about once a month on the phone and use Facebook occasionally. Turpen says their conversations consist of making fun of one another and talking about graduation and baseball. He says everyone in Anderson had a joking relationship with Park, something that carries over to their phone calls. This behavior is mutual and Park demonstrates that he does in fact have a plethora of American swear words memorized. Even after baseball season is over, Park’s and Turpen’s relationship will remain through phone calls and Facebook messages. Turpen says that given the chance he would love to visit Park again.

The first two days of its posting on YouTube, ‘Kony 2012’ received 10 million views. Through the duration of one month, the film received over 100 million hits on YouTube and Vimeo combined. The movement developed the kind of popularity a sneezing panda couldn’t thumb his nose at. ‘Stop Kony’, as well as several of its related hash tags instantly found themselves trending on Twitter, sparking discussion and doing what the filmmakers had hoped to do, raise awareness of the issue and lobby for the arrest of Kony.

#WhatNow? Scott Herman

It was everywhere. For three solid weeks, you couldn’t open Facebook or pursue any kind of media outlet without being barraged by the message of the ambitious viral video. The message made the viewer that much more curious, was it some dark horse republican candidate they hadn’t cared to read up on? After all, the logo for the Stop Kony movement was similar to the presidential banners that are plastered everywhere during election years. Eager for answers, people clicked to watch the video to learn more about Joseph Kony and the crisis in Uganda. And boy did they click.


According to their website, The Invisible Children movement began in 2003, when filmmakers Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey and Laren Poole created a documentary following the children of a region in Uganda who trekked miles to spend the night in town to avoid being captured by Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army or LRA. The first film gained national attention and resulted in the creation of Invisible Children. The ‘Kony 2012’ film was poignant and thought provoking, it appealed to the masses on an emotional level. That power of emotion and doing right by the world enabled Jason Russell and his cohort to mobilize millions towards a common goal. Achieving that goal would be a milestone for social media and a testament to the power a truly connected world can have.

#Backlash The movement, as large as it became, couldn’t avoid the harsh criticisms that were bound to be aimed in its direction. The questions and accusations were so abundant it prompted the Invisible Children organization to produce yet another film, ‘Beyond Famous’ to clarify some of the vague portions of the first movie. According to CNN, a Foreign Affairs story published in 2011 accused Invisible Children of “exaggerating the scale of LRA abductions and murders.” The same story also claimed the foundation emphasized the innocent

children used as soldiers in order to garner more support. Invisible Children also came under fire for financial questions, centered mainly on why only a third of the donated funds reached those who truly needed it in Uganda. These events coupled with the now infamous public nudity episode by Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell have poked serious holes in the idea’s credibility. It remains to be seen if the movement can still retain its power.

#WhatWeLearned The internet phenomenon provided people with a connection to a significant movement where they could take part in improving the world. Those aspects, along with the powerful role social media has played in the whole campaign, is what will be remembered most by Central students. Senior Nicole Brown, minoring in Sociology, noted how social media has brought the whole world closer.

“Social media was used in the whole Arab spring thing, it’s giving a voice to people so they can mass communicate to others, but I don’t think people have really mastered how to do that.”

#CovertheNight The purpose of “Cover the Night” was to spread the portrait of Kony all over towns, it was also an opportunity to give back to the community by doing simple things: picking up litter and volunteering in the community. However, the movement that had gained so much traction on the internet failed to find its footing in reality. Many of the same supporters who had so adequately devoted their Facebook walls to Kony just weeks prior, found it much more trying to spread their message on actual walls. The low support could be a result of the bad publicity the movement had been receiving lately, causing the momentum that so quickly generated to slow down and fade.

#WhatsNext “It just shows you how much social networking we’re doing now,” says Brown. “Our social networking and our globalization has now become this small world, you’re in this small world.” Senior Michael Ramirez, Broadcast major, first picked up on the movement via Facebook.“The whole social media thing got everyone talking, the message really got spread quickly, it was trending like crazy, that’s how I heard about it.”. As for social media’s ability to change the world, Ramirez sees its potential.


The Kony movement provided a schem for how powerful a single idea can become if it reaches and captures the attention of enough people. In the past year social media has aided in coordinating revolutions in the Middle East and now started a mass movement for good. The only question for the future of social media and its crusade change the world: what’s next?

AF TER DARK There’s something about the night that awakens me. Nighttime is when my energy is peeked and creativity thrives. A time when my thoughts and mind are crisp, a place where profound ideas and decisions flow easily and life comes into sharp focus. When I was young and tucked away in bed for the night, I always felt that outside my window the night’s darkness was performing magic in the moonlit sky. Softly transforming the present day into the past, giving way to anew. These days, as I photograph deep in the night, I realize that my young idea wasn’t that far off. There is a magic moment in the night when a new day begins. Although like the





changing of an ocean tide, you never know exactly when the change happens you just know it does. I’ve always taken pleasure in wading through these hours of darkness; gliding around on the world stage we call life. When all the props have stopped moving and the actors have bowed for the night, remaining are buildings and landscapes that take on personalities all there own. I enjoy photographing these places, only seen by adorned industrial nightlights that people have left them. The night in a way is a mistress to me, and from the darkness she beckons me to capture her beauty. She is my muse and these are her scenes.












Party Party



Aaron Beck

Let's All Get Sponsored

With five jurisdictions of police and one Loko incident in Roslyn, Wash. it is easy to see why college students are looking for a way to gather and have fun besides the typical college house party. Students want something fun to do on the weekend because of their strenuous curriculum and tough schedules. Students are getting fed up with the regular party scene and are deciding to start booking venues where sponsored parties aren’t interrupted and there isn’t confusion on how hard they can party.

Central Students Willing to Pay to Party Parties have been an outlet for college students in the past to gather and meet new people. These ideas are seen in movies such as “Van Wilder” and “Animal House”


where they portray college as one giant party. Parties nowadays seemed to be centered on alcohol. This is where conflict comes in. Police usually have parties shut down before midnight because of underage drinking and noise complaints. Sponsored parties that have been thrown at houses or apartment property have been under the responsibility of Monster, an energy drink brand with a street team that promotes their products by hosting events. Most recently was The Grove pool party. Held once a year, it usually doesn’t go into the night but ends mid-day. Students can receive free merchandise from vendors who attend and there’s typically a DJ. Joey Brabo, a junior at Central Washington University majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies, wanted to take matters into his own hands—organizing parties where people can gather without alcohol for a fun time.

“We pick a date, pick a venue and decide what message we want to promote,” says Brabo. “At previous events we have promoted safe sex and also no drinking and driving. We work with non-profits such as Planned Parenthood to get out message across. We want people to have fun, but we also want them to practice safe habits.”

Essentially, sponsored parties help everyone. Students have a safe placeto have fun, while the community reaps benefits of making money and promoting businesses in Ellensburg.

Party Plans for the Future The recent boom in parties has opened opportunities for other students to acquire the benefits of sponsored parties. Jacoby Sampson, junior Broadcast Journalism major, has big plans for Ellensburg and is willing to do whatever it takes to put Ellensburg on the map.

"You gotta fight, for your right... to party."

Eugene Harden, a junior Construction Management major who is also a new student to CWU, said that sponsored parties caught his eye when he was visiting campus.

“I heard about the party [Pajama Jam] through Facebook, so I decided to come up from the west side,” says Harden. “The party was fun, and it was a great way to meet new people around campus.”

“Sponsored parties create a following, and a new crowd due to the business that is sponsoring the event,” says Sampson. “If you have Monster sponsor an event, most

The recent emergence of parties has created a new culture for Ellensburg life. People are turning away from house parties and there is a growing population attending parties. Celebrities have trekked to our small town, including the rapper Too $hort. Recently the most popular venue to host parties is the Kittitas County Fairgrounds. With two rooms and open space, this site provides enough space for large gatherings and provides an area for people to dance. Since the first party held at the fairgrounds, there has been uproar of something to do every weekend including everything from Pajama Jam to the ‘90s Rewind Party. Most students don’t mind paying money to get in. Courtney Johnson, an undeclared freshman at CWU, says the extra couple bucks are worth it. “I like going to sponsored parties because it is a safe destination. I am familiar with the location usually and I tend to know almost everyone going. Also, partying without the cops coming is always better.”


likely there are going to be people who drink Monster and live that lifestyle.” As for future party plans, Sampson and Brabo say they want to end the year with a bang. “We have so much room to grow, so why not take advantage of it.” The Beastie Boys said it best, “You gotta fight, for your party.”

Fact or Fiction: Nutrient Dense = Expense?


All I really want is [insert junk food of choice here]. Why not buy a bag of chips if it’s only a dollar? Requiring less cooking than a real meal, it’s what you wanted. As college students, it doesn’t come as any surprise that our daily diet may be lacking in some essential nutrients. “College students don’t receive enough calcium or vitamin D in their diets, which leads to poor bone health and an increased risk of osteoporosis later in life,” says Morgan Medeiros, a senior Nutrition major and peer nutritionist at Central Washington University. “The best way to ensure an adequate intake is to consume these nutrients through three to four servings of dairy a day, or calcium and vitamin D enriched dairy-free alternatives.” Medeiros suggests less ex pensive alternatives to fulfill calcium and vitamin D intake. “Milk and yogurt are cheaper than cheese products and are often lower in calories and fat. When purchasing dair y products, be sure to go w ith low or nonfat dair y,” says Medeiros. According to Medeiros, a multivitamin can help fulfill nutrient needs inflicted by poor diet. “Studies suggest that multivitamins don’t contain the amount of product listed on the label, or that vitamins in pill form aren’t absorbed as well by the body,” she says. “Nutrients found in whole foods work in concert to ensure the best


possible absorption and allow for optimum utilization of the nutrient’s properties.” The best way to assure an adequate intake of all vitamins and minerals is to eat a varied diet and not avoid any one particular food, suggests Medeiros. All foods have a place in a healthy diet, because each works differently within the body to promote a healthy system. “As long as 90 percent of your diet is healthy, the additional 10 percent can be used for ‘fun’ foods,” says Medeiros. “Because you know that you’ve already consumed the nutrients essential for a healthy life. And what’s life without a few French fries here and there.” It seems as though all cravings are really all in your head. “ T he only real scientifically proven crav ings are [for] nonfood items in relation to iron deficiency, it’s a condition known as pica,” says Medeiros. “People who are ex tremely iron def icient crave ice, dirt or paper—strange but true. The others are pure speculation.” [] It won’t drain your bank account to stock up on a few satisfying low calorie dairy products or food without artificial coloring. According to, “Certain foods are typically low-cost options all year round. Try beans for a less expensive protein. For vegetables, buy carrots, greens or potatoes. As for fruits, apples and bananas are good choices.”






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T ravis

A column

A long, long time ago, before any of us were born, a terrible person did a terrible thing. He (or she, women can be evil too #equalrights) invented raisins. They took everything good about grapes: the smooth texture, the sweet juice, the stem (how are we supposed to be fed by beautiful women without the stem?) and took it all that away. In their purest form, raisins look like poop from a small animal. It’s terrible, but even more terrible is that they are devious imposters of chocolate chips. Now, getting stabbed is a terrible thing, but I’ll tell you what’s worse: when you’re about to bite into that warm cookie or muffin. Thinking you’ll be met with some gooey chocolate chips, but nope. Raisins! Freakin’ raisins. They got you again. It’s like taking a beautiful woman home and then surprise—she’s a man.


Why can’t we just eat grapes? Grapes make awesome things like wine. And wine makes people happy. You know what raisins make? Sadness. Pretend a friend offered you some trail mix. Now right now, you’re as happy as a freakin’ clam. Trail mix is awesome. He (or she) hands you the bag, you gleefully open it up and glance down only to find they’ve eaten all of the good stuff. The peanuts, the M&Ms, the pretzels—all gone, leaving you with only a bag filled with rabbit turds and shattered dreams. Screw raisins. That is all. Thank you.

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