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V Dayalenti For Spene’s all t c o or Cele ial Ha bra te t .


Extreme Couponing – College Edition Find out all the ways to save!

IN RESIDENCE What is like to live in the resident halls? A visual depiction of Wildcats on campus.

Geocaching 101: Have you Geo’d? Be the first to find Pulse’s Geocache! Details inside.

PULSE / February / 2012


CONTENTS Editor’s Note Staff Page

03 04

OUR TOWN Respect My Region Back History Month

06 08

SPARE CHANGE Extreme Couponing: College Edition Food Stamp Stigma Ten Dollars at the Dollar Tree Which Store Takes Your Dollar the Furthest?

10 12 14

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MIND & BODY Seasonal Depression Extreme Lifestyles

18 20

PASSPORT Vegas Fever Lost in Translation

25 26

SPOTLIGHT Valentine’s Day Special In Residence Geocaching 101: Have you geo’d? 2012: Last Year on Earth?!

28 34 46 52


FASHION Wildcat Wardrobe


Boots, Scarves and Cable Knits: Winter Essentials 56 The Cologne Zone


FOOD & DRINK Warm Drinks


Healthy Alcohol Choices


AFTER DARK Surviving Ellensburg as a Black Man 64


Photo Credits






EDITOR’S NOTE As I’m sitting here writing my very first editor’s letter (which I am clearly overthinking), I am interrupted by out of control snoring and panting from my dogs Kudo and Clyde. Look guys, if I got tired after chewing a bone, I wouldn’t make it one day being Pulse’s editor-in-chief. As if attending class, doing homework and trying to have some sort of social life wasn’t enough, I recently was given this amazing opportunity to become more involved in Central’s student media. For those of you who feel just as overwhelmed at times feel free to lounge around in your dorm viewing a photo essay of “In Residence” on pg. 34. If you’re more the type who needs to unwind by being outdoors, try to be discreet. You don’t want to give away your location while hunting for the Pulse Geocache. Don’t know what that is? Check out the ins and outs of Geocaching with Cambree Benetua as she explored the caches around Ellensburg on pg. 46.

Editor-in-Chief Devin Larson

Sometimes it can feel that the world is going to end and this year it’s been said to happen. Get prepared by looking at the essentials for surviving on pg. 52. I’ll probably just grab a drink and catch some zzz’s with my dogs (animals have this sense for danger, so until they start to panic I think I’ll be in the clear). There is no better way to wind down than with a little extra warmth to get you through the Ellensburg winter. Warm winter drinks, including nonalcoholic beverages, can be found on pg. 60. cwupulsemagazine Art director Virginia Holman Adviser Jennifer Green

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, don’t forget to check out the Valentine’s Day special. There’s something there for singles who are ready to mingle, dates who hate Valentine’s Day or the pairs that care.

Business & Advertising Manager Kristin Gaskill

Whether you feel like your life is in shambles or you have everything under control, do what I do and flip through Pulse for that burst of inspiration to get you through a week in the life of a Wildcat.

Cover: 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

Mostly everything makes Garrett Nelson smile and happy, especially Starbucks. For him, it’s a great place to escape his room in Wendell Hall and the calamity of campus. He not only patrons there but also he’s an enthusiastic employee who is considering career management in the business. . PULSE / February / 2012





Who is your favorite photographer? Diane Arbus. I love her ideas and approach to photographing people.

What’s my favorite animal? I am obsessed with tigers! If one could be my pet, it would be.

Is a picture worth a thousand words? Nope, that’s why they invented the photo caption.


What is your favorite food? Peanut Butter and carrots.

For the impending zombie apocalypse, what will be your weapon of choice? A Machete, it can’t run out of bullets, and I can always double tap with it.

What is your plan after graduation this year? Backpacking for six weeks. USA->Dublin->London>Paris->Southern France>Italy->USA.

If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be? Backpacking through Europe!

KELSEY GREUPNER What coffee drink best describes you? A salted caramel americano w/ a splash of half &half What’s Ellensburg missing in our town? Trader Joe’s and Panera Bread What’s your favorite type of shoes? VANS.



Weirdest habit? Talking to my dog in a baby voice, people think it’s ridiculous that I treat her like a person; hey she’s the best listener.



What came first the chicken or the egg?

People say you can never have bad pizza. That is a lie. Ever had broccoli pizza? That stuff is nasty. And Santa’s real, he’s just not very nice and doesn’t go to third world countries.

The chicken, an egg doesn’t start randomly producing a life just naturally, something made the chicken, and then the chicken made the egg.



Who was the all time sexiest president of the US? John F. Kennedy, I’m not sure why, but ever since 5th grade I remember I had the biggestcrush on him.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now? Working for Oprah or Andy Cohen.

SCOTT HERMAN Are you a morning person or a night person? A morning night I turn into a bat.

What is one book that you would recommend? Dale Carnegie’s “How To Win Friends and Influence People.”



Raised in Enumclaw, WA, Bryan is a Journalism major with a minor in IT. An avid gamer, he spent 6 months as a game reviewer for the CWU Observer during the 2010 2011 school year. In his spare time, Bryan writes short stories and poetry and designs video games. His tech skills make him a go-to guy for stories about matters in the digital age.

If you could have had the starring role in one film already made, which would you pick? Becky in Morning Glory. Crunchy or smooth peanut butter? Smooth, it just taste better.

VIRGINIA HOLMAN What is your weirdest habit? Sampling drip coffee at every restaurant establishment that I go to. This includes sushi restaurants. What is your favorite medium? Ink.

KIEVIN CHANG What is your favorite thing about Pulse? Working with Virginia and Devin, of course! If I was salsa I would be Salsa Verde because I’m super chill.

PULSE / February / 2012


RESPECT [their region]


Damn it feels good to be from the northwest. Well, doesn’t it? By laying claim to the upper left corner, the guys of respect my region have given those with pride in their hometown a flag to wear on their chest. For those of you completely unaware of the Respect My Region movement, take notice. RMR sells urban apparel— shirts, hats, tanks and sweatshirts — with laidback yet classy designs expressive of what it means to be from the Northwest. Now RMR is taking another step forward with a display of their merchandise in the newly opened Royal Sports on Main Street. The display itself was hand built by co-owner Mitch Pfeifer and his father, who supports Mitch in every way but didn’t lay a dime in his son’s hand through the startup process. Despite the success of finding a store to house their goods, Pfeifer is content to let their reputation solidify locally before venturing into deeper waters. “It’s more about building the brand because your shirt in the store, is just another shirt. We want to be more than just a cool design,” Pfeifer says. “Everyone tries to over-expand. That’s the failure of a lot of street wear brands.”



“We all want it to be special, no matter how long that takes, as long as it’s the best we have to give out, people will respect that.”

Since RMR first pulled itself up by the bootstraps a year ago, nothing but success has greeted the brand. The mountainthemed logo and various RMR mantras such as “Friends Over Everything” and “That Northwest Good” are visible on clothing all over Central’s campus. The designs and messages on the apparel are meant to embody the northwest persona, but they also reflect the values Pfeifer says he and his group of friends feel are important. “We can all be from different walks of life and have different goals, backgrounds, different styles, but we can at least connect that we’re from the same region.” Pfeifer says his close-knit group of friends is a big reason the company has been so successful. His friends know that when they come over they run the risk of getting put to work. Andy Layman, co-owner, is the web and graphics genius behind the shirt designs and flashy website. Most of what you see in public is his creation. Two other major contributors to the movement are aspiring rapper Mike Champoux and Isaac Lanier. Both express loyalty to their supporters.

When they see the brand name being worn out on campus they can’t help but feel a sense of pride in their efforts. “I make sure I say something every time,” says Lanier. “Something like, ‘Thanks for the support! I like that shirt you’ve got on.’” There’s no rush to build an empire just yet: after all, the whole adventure started simply because the friends wanted to make a statement. Pfeifer has his own descriptive metaphor to describe the start-up process: “We’re slow-cooking, we’re not heating in the microwave, we’re in the crockpot trying to make that perfect roast beef.”

“We want to grow obviously. We want to get big,” admits Lanier. “It means nothing if it means the quality of everything is just mediocre. We all want it to be special, no matter how long that takes, as long as it’s the best we have to give out, people will Might want to check the timer soon, though. respect that.” Respect My Region could be ready to explode.

PULSE / February / 2012



History Month BRYAN EATON

It has been 49 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech that forever served as emblem for the Civil Rights Movement. Half a century later, it would seem equality is something we’ve achieved. Schools are no longer segregated by race, interracial couples are considered a norm, and you certainly won’t find a restaurant proclaiming that they “don’t serve negroes.” It seems like King’s dream has come true, right? And yet, we live in an era where those who deviate from accepted “norms” still encounter opposition: homosexual lives are met with hate, Hispanics are often assumed to be illegal immigrants, and many Muslims claim they are treated like members of the Taliban. “We got the integration, but there are still some people who didn’t get the rights,” says Octavio Garcia-Ruiz, student programmer with Central Washington University’s Diversity Education Center (DEC) and sophomore Spanish major. “There are still these things going on today.” The month of February is Black History Month in North America, and this year DEC has decided to showcase how the Civil Rights movement isn’t just about the mistreatment of


African Americans, but represents a universal human issue. During the week of Feb. 6 through 10, DEC is putting on an exhibit showcasing the many facets of the Civil Rights Movement that have been forgotten. Everyone knows Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man, but how many know she also led an organization protesting the rape of black women? “Race is a social construct,” says Garcia-Ruiz. “It’s not real. We want to put everything in perspective. Why was it constructed? Why put down all these people? Segregation didn’t just appear.” The exhibit also allows participants to experience firsthand what happened to minority prisoners during the civil rights movement. The event is mostly focused on the southern United States where Dr. King’s movement came from. Several components will include details on racial inequality laws such as Jim Crowe laws and Separate But Equal laws. There are also pieces on the differences in education, lunch counter sitins and voting rights leading up to the bus boycotts and Brown v. Board of Education. DEC will also showcase forgotten organizations that were involved in civil rights at the time, such as the Yellow Power movement and Chicanos, and also explore how these groups had interconnectivity and worked together to further their goals. Last summer, 12 Central students traveled to Alabama on their own Freedom Ride through the south. These students got to experience what it was like to be on one of the Freedom Rides of protesters during the 1950s and


Black History Month isn’t just about the existence of racial issues between blacks and whites, but about the greater human issue of inequality, injustice and discrimination. 1960s. Along the way they also got to visit many of the important landmarks of the civil rights movement. These experiences were compiled into a documentary film. Black History Month is one month out of the year, but equal rights issues aren’t limited to February. An event last month celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day featured skits showing real examples of day-to-day experiences of modern discrimination and how most people fail to realize their role in it. The Black Student Union put on a skit focused on how black women today are still treated with disdain due to stereotypes while EQUaL showed the dangers of so-called micro-aggression: little actions that are offensive but build up over time, such as a comment here or there. These demonstrations are part of an effort to illustrate that intolerance isn’t a thing of the past but a very real and ongoing issue in people’s lives. For DEC student programmers, the main goals of these events are to showcase how we are still struggling with these issues and to try to show the forgotten history of the movement. To them, Black History Month isn’t just about the existence of racial issues between blacks and whites, but about the greater human issue of inequality, injustice and discrimination. If we truly want to live the dream that Dr. King had, we need to explore those dark depths in each of us and drive them out, one person at a time through soul searching and personal revelation. We may not be able to change others, but we can change ourselves. If even just one more person can open their eyes and make a step towards equality, it is one step forward to the dream we are all still marching towards.



Couponing: College Edition

Cassie Lewis


You’re sitting on the couch flipping through the channels and you stop on the infamous reality TV show “Extreme Couponing.” The hours and time you see these people putting into couponing is so daunting the only thing you could make it out alive with is

a lifetime worth of paper cuts. The one alluring aspect: they end up with enough food and amenities to last them through the apocalypse. From binders to baseball cardholders, these ladies and men aren’t messing around when they step foot into a grocery store; in the game to beat the register, they keep their eyes on the prize. With their coupons organized and sorted, extreme couponers have been able

to walk out of the grocery store with more money in their pockets then they went in with. “Today’s savvy coupon shopper is younger, richer, more educated and better looking than the coupon shoppers of the last two decades,” according to Joanie Demer and Heather Wheeler, founders of “The stigma surrounding coupon use is lifting, and it’s becoming chic to clip coupons and more fun than ever to get stuff from the grocery store for absolutely free.” So how do you do it? Not everyone has the time to dedicate hours a week to couponing, especially college students, but what if you knew that it was actually really easy to do and you can save money. And let’s face it, as a college student, anything you can do to save money helps! Taylor Burbank, sophomore Public Relations major, is one of the few students that knows the down low


SPARE CHANGE on saving dough. “I started in the summer of last year just because I was bored and worked at a grocery store,” says Burbank. “It was really cool seeing all the people come through and save money so I taught myself how to do it and now I can turn a $100 grocery bill into $35.” Burbanks has even helped her friend, junior Fashion Merchandising major Cassie Lewis. Getting your friends involved turns couponing into a social event every week, a way to see your friends and save money at the same time. “When I first saw the TLC show I thought ‘this is so cool they’re basically getting paid to grocery shop,’” says Lewis. “This is the first year that I have lived off campus so I am paying for rent, my books and everything else so I was looking for other ways to save money, this turned out to be the perfect way to do it.”

“Today’s savvy coupon shopper is younger, richer, more educated and better looking than the coupon shoppers of the last two decades.”

date. Even if you don’t need it now, you may in the future, so stockpile it. “Routinely I go for 40-60 percent savings on all my grocery purchases,” says Lewis.

4) Ready, set, match: Take a look at the weekly sales that each grocery store has and see if you can piggyback a coupon on top of it to make it even cheaper. “Last week I got deodorant that I didn’t even have to pay for because the store had a sale and I also had a coupon for it,” says Burbank.

5) Shop til your total drops: Make a list; go in with a game plan of what you are getting and what coupons you are using. “I never even walk into Safeway without my binder, you never know when you’re going to see a mega deal,” Lewis enthuses. By changing the way you shop, you can save cartloads of cash and have fun doing it. Extreme couponing is a simple way to beat the growling stomach on a college budget!

Burbank says making couponing part of your grocery routine is easy if you don’t just throw yourself in headfirst. Trying to accomplish what you see on TV is not going to do you any favors. “I’ve always used the Krazy Coupon Lady blog to help me maximize my savings,” says Lewis. “I’ve learned a lot by my own trial and error but this website has a lot of tutorials and tips for people new to couponing.”

Follow these steps to get started: 1) Get a Sunday paper: This is where you find the bulk of your coupons as well as the weekly grocery store ads that you can use to guide your list and match up for the most savings.

2) Organize it: Get a binder or other kind of accordion folder that you can use to organize and label the different categories of the coupons you collect, like snacks, freezer, toiletries, etc. “People look at me funny when I have my binder, it used to be embarrassing but I just figure, hey I’m the one saving money,” says Burbank.

3) Get to cutting: A lot of coupons don’t expire for 1-3 months, even 6 months after the initial distribution

Taylor Burbank: “...I was looking for other ways to save money, this turned out to be the perfect way.”

PULSE / February / 2012


It’s not welfare,

it’s a helping hand for food: (Food Stamp Stigma) BRYAN EATON

It’s the end of the quarter, your financial aid refund has run out and Mom’s tapped out on cash. Your job is paying the bills, but your stomach is rumbling. There’s a jar of peanut butter and some milk in the fridge but that’s all the food left in your apartment. Your bank account has $13 to your name. What do you do? Ask a friend for help? Pawn something? For some college students, just putting food on the table is a daily struggle. But what many don’t know is that if you’re a student working at least 20 paid hours per week, you might qualify for food stamps. Though most are unaware they qualify, the ones who do generally don’t admit it to anyone besides close friends. Between the economic crisis, the conservative environment of Ellensburg, the nationwide criticism of welfare programs and the general perception of college students as lazy bums, who can blame

them for wanting to hide it? It seems there is a stigma around food stamps. While reporting this piece, Pulse attempted to interview over 30 students about food stamps and if they would apply for them or were currently on them. All of them refused to comment, even when offered anonymity. Most of these students behaved like even talking about it was something that was not to be done, as if the subject should be swept under the carpet and not thought about. Working full-time is impossible for most students and there’s not exactly a plethora of jobs, even at the best of times. What is Central Washington University doing to help? The school isn’t involved in getting their students set up in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, as it falls outside their jurisdiction. The student employment office does have forms for students to pick up to apply for the program, though sources there note that very few students do so. According to current figures, as reported by the Associated Press and Reuters, 1 in 7 Americans are on food stamps. Most of those who are in the program are either working or became unemployed during the economic recession. To qualify, the household requesting to be put into SNAP

1 in 7 Americans are on on food stamps. Mosfood t of tho stamps. se who are in the program ar e either working or became unemployed during the economic recessio n.


SPARE CHANGE must not have a gross monthly income greater than 130% above the poverty line. For a single person living alone, this is $1,180 after deductions, according to the official guidelines. Ten years ago, the thought of 46 million Americans living under the poverty line was unimaginable, now it’s a reality.

program. He also said that many of the reasons for the stigma have to do with the association of food stamps with welfare. “The whole point of the program is to supplement their primary way of getting food,” says Martian. “It’s not supposed to be their only source. It’s not welfare.”

“...the nationwide criticism of welfare programs and the general perception of college students as lazy bums, who can blame them for wanting to hide it? “

According to DSHS rules, any student can apply if they work more than 20 hours of paid work a week or in a work-study program. However, students with a meal plan are not eligible to apply for SNAP. If you don’t qualify based on those two requirements, there are still other requirements that might allow you to apply (see sidebar). If you are in need of help, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance. Food stamps are nothing to be ashamed of. It’s better to seek assistance than to put your health and life in jeopardy, no matter how it may look to others.

According to Tom Martian, the lead worker of Ellensburg’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Community Service Office, in the last year more students than ever have applied for the SNAP

What students need to get on food stamps: If you are a college student, you only need to qualify for one of these: • Employed and paid for at least 20 hours per week or self-employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week and paid the equivalent of working at least 20 hours per week at the federal minimum hourly wage (this includes onthe-job training, internships, and apprenticeships) • Physically or mentally unable to work • Qualify for a state or federallyfinanced work study program (eligibility begins the date the person is approved for work study or the beginning of the school year, whichever is later, and continues over the period the work study is intended to cover, unless the student rejects or refuses a work study assignment) • Age 17 or younger or age 50 or older

• A full-time student who is a single parent or grandparent (natural or adoptive) with responsibility for a child under age 12

Map to Ellens burg DSHS

• Responsible for the physical care of a dependent household member under age 6, or under the age of 12 when adequate childcare is not available to allow for work • Receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (government cash assistance) or Supplemental Social Security • Assigned to an institution of higher education through a program under the Job Training Partnership Act, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA), or SNAP Employment & Training. For more information go to student_foodstamp_flyer.pdf

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Not many, that’s for sure. It’s tough going anywhere these days without having to spend a pretty penny. A Fortune 500 company, Dollar Tree is headquartered in Chesapeake, VA and operates more than 4,100 Dollar Tree stores in the United States. With a struggling economy, it’s nice to have a store that offers customers extreme value for great products. That’s why having a Dollar Tree nerby is helpful for your everyday, every occasion needs. By getting each item for $1 (or less!) you are able to spend less and leave with more. Trusted brands and unique products fill the aisles. There are decorations for every holiday you can think of. Currently, it’s stocked up on hearts, cupids, and green clovers to celebrate Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. When you’re on the go, the Dollar Tree is a quick stop. - Kelsey Greupner

“I like to go to their candy section before I go to a movie to stock up on candy, so I don’t have to pay the ridiculous movie candy prices. And they have really good cleaning supplies.” Matt Buckingham Business Administration major (senior)



PULSE / February / 2012


Which Store Takes Your

DOLLAR THE FURTHEST When it’s time to go grocery shopping, it seems like it would be a no-brainer on choosing where to go since Safeway is technically the closest to campus. However, Fred Meyer and Super1 aren’t out of reach and offer their own attractions. It’s tough to decide where to spend your precious pennies and where you’ll get the most bang for your buck. The grocery stores in town offer studentfriendly prices, you just have to be a smart shopper. Safeway, Fred Meyer and Super1 all offer reward cards and their own store off-brand on a variety of products. It’s a huge money saver and tastes exactly like


the name brand. An important factor to consider before leaving is to make a grocery list of exactly what you need. This helps prevent overspending and buying things you don’t need. But even with advance planning, every grocery store is not created equal. Pulse went shopping to see what’s really going on down those aisles. We recorded the prices of ten different college friendly food and drink items at the three grocery stores in Ellensburg. We did a straightacross comparison. You might be surprised by the results. -Kelsey Greupner


Frozen Chicken (2.5 lb)

Smart Balance Butter (15 oz.)

Fred Meyer

$6.99 ($2.80 per lb)

Fred Meyer



$6.23 ($2.49 per lb)



Super1 Foods

$6.68 ($2.67 per lb)

Super1 Foods


What’s your favorite grocery store? “Fred Meyer is my favorite because of the variety.” Aaron Tumley Geology (senior)


12 Pack Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer

Fred Meyer


Fred Meyer






Super1 Foods


Super1 Foods


Milk (1 Gallon)

Red Baron Frozen Pizza

Fred Meyer


Fred Meyer






Super1 Foods


Super1 Foods


Land O Frost Turkey Meat (1 lb)

Loaf of Orroweat Bread

Fred Meyer


Fred Meyer






Super1 Foods


Super1 Foods


Dole Bananas (6 count)

Red Delicious Apples

Fred Meyer

$0.64 cents per lb

Fred Meyer

$1.29 per lb


$0.64 cents per lb


$1.49 per lb

Super1 Foods

$0.68 cents per lb

Super1 Foods

$1.58 per lb

“My favorite is Safeway because I find it to be cheaper than Freddie’s, but I’ve never gone to Super1, but have always wanted to. I feel like they would be way cheaper than both.” Katie Moen Pre-Nursing (junior) “Safeway is my favorite because it’s just groceries and it’s what I am most familiar with.” Matt Buckingham Business Administration (senior) “Safeway is my go-to because it is closest to campus and has everything I need.” Alex Gaiani Food Service Management (senior)

PULSE / February / 2012


Got the Winter Blues? It May Be



Ever feel like your sheets are made of lead? As you turn over to face the wall when your alarm sounds, are you hoping the world will wait one more hour for you to catch up? Out of ideas on how you’re going to muster the energy to get through another dawn-to-dusk load of classes? Many students notice that during the winter season they feel a dip in energy, and some resort to staying in more frequently. Seasonal Affective Disorder is an upward trending malady that lacks the seriousness of long term depression but induces a shortage of energy that has left countless students worn out and feeling low. Symptoms range, but generally they include: reclusiveness, feelings of hopelessness, sleep irregularities, changes in energy levels, weight gain and irritable behavior. Although students are encouraged to seek counsel, the social stigma that accompanies getting help leaves many people with nowhere to turn. Aaron Love, a senior Psychology major, is one of few to admit he endures the effects of the season. He equates going about his daily routine to swimming through mud, a frustrating and slow process. “It’s like I’m in zombie mode. I wake up and I know that I should probably get up and get stuff done or get up and start my day,” Love says. “I didn’t want to get out of bed, I’d stay there. Next thing I know it’s like twelve-thirty.” His main complaint about winter comes at the end of each school day when his last class ends. He steps outside into the sudden darkness and feels as if his day is over before it ever really had a chance to begin. Jon Luc Klinker, a senior Engineering major, finds that having to stay inside for most of the winter deprives him of his need to be physically active and in turn causes distress. He’s normally a socialite, making friends with anyone who will spend five minutes with him, yet during the winter months he withdraws from friends. “I’m a very happy person. I like to smile. I like to see people smile, make people smile,” Klinker says. “It’s hard for me to do what I actually do when I feel like [crap].” He adds that the feeling “is like walking around in a suit of armor, and it’s not a shiny one either.”



“As our lifestyles have changed, the rate of depression has skyrocketed in this country,” notes Rhonda McKinney, director of Counseling Services at Central Washington University. “And if you think about it, we’re one of the richest countries in the world, we’ve got the easiest lifestyle of most countries in the world. There’s really no logical reason why we’re so depressed.” And yet, many are. With the winter months in full swing, you may have heard people talking about someone they know who “seems more depressed” or about friends who “just aren’t themselves lately.” Considering the colder, darker time of year we’re in, it may be seasonal depression, which typically occurs in the winter months and begins because of the lack of light in general. The sun brings life and gives you that warm feeling inside. In the colder months, there are just fewer options of ways to keep busy and motivated. People tend to stay indoors more. “It’s almost like a little hibernation faze, you sleep

and eat more,” says Central Washington University’s Psychology Department Chair, Stephanie Stein. With hibernation and lack of activities, you become “bored” with life. But just because it’s called “seasonal” doesn’t mean it won’t affect you once spring rolls around. Seasonal depression can stay with you into the next season. “It is repeatable, it tends to reoccur. It doesn’t mean you will get it for sure, but depression is treated - not cured,” Stein says. As with other forms of depression, typical ways to treat seasonal depression include therapy, socializing with others, anti-depressants and (exclusively for winter depression) light therapy. If you find yourself suffering from some of the described symptoms, you can help yourself by eating right, following a consistent sleeping pattern and exercising regularly. McKinney encourages students who feel troubled to seek healthy options to help them cope with what they’re going through. * Corey Smith contributed to this article

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EXTREME LIFESTYLES immediately. This is not any ordinary gym. This is exactly Walking into a giant warehouse what you would walk into prior strewn with climbing ropes to engaging in a grueling and hanging from the high ceilings, sweaty sixty-minute workout of giant tires and gymnastics CrossFit, one of the biggest fitness equipment, you feel the intensity sensations. DESSA BOYLE


MIND & BODY Originally used for police training academies and military conditioning practice, CrossFit expanded in the last few years inviting every person at any fitness level to join. It is known as one of the most vigorous and difficult of all fitness clubs because of its extreme intensity, both physically and mentally. Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit, has said the majority of CrossFit deals with a few different elements, such as practicing major lifts and mastering gymnastic moves such as dips, pull-ups and rope climbs. Besides the muscular strength required for this type of fitness system, Glassman also advises that you should bike, run, swim or row “hard and fast” five to six times a week, combining as many patterns as you possibly can. With Crossfit, “routine is the enemy.”

“I tried CrossFit and fell in love instantly. They make it extremely fun but just as intense,” said Amber Gruger, senior, Exercise Science major. “It’s basically blood, sweat and tears all rolled into one.” CrossFit’s popularity is growing rapidly because of its effectiveness. It has created a celebrity following of all kinds. Madonna has been known to take part in CrossFit centers, as well as the incredibly buff babes Cameron Diaz and Jessica Biel. CrossFit isn’t only for celebrities and professional athletes. In fact, as of a just few months ago a new CrossFit center was brought to Ellensburg, inviting anyone to join with discounts for students and teachers as well. Personal training is also available at the Ellensburg CrossFit and as mentioned on the Ellensburg CrossFit website, Every new member gets a free 1-on-1 personal training session which will go over

all of the CrossFit basics and set you on the right path for fitness success. However, CrossFit isn’t the only effective workout experience to hit America. At home work-out videos have become a huge success, mainly DVD collections such as P90X and Insanity Like the CrossFit idea, both P90X and Insanity incorporate different kinds of workout moves into each session, keeping up the idea that routine is the enemy. This results in never ending at a plateau during a workout phase. P90X is a ninety-day program that promises to get you ripped without ever getting bored of a workout. An in-depth look at the science behind

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P90X is shown on, explaining that the workout sends the athlete into a week-by-week training process including a mix of yoga, plyometric and free weight exercises. The result? A lean and strong body by the end of the three months, assured by a 90-day guarantee on the DVD set. “P90X has some of the most intense exercises I have ever experienced and leaves you dripping in sweat by the end,” says Gruger, who completed P90X before moving onto CrossFit. “It leaves you sore for about three days after.” Insanity, much like P90X, focuses on interval training to maximize physical strength and endurance. As described on the official Insanity website, each workout consists of “plyometric drills on top of nonstop intervals of strength, power, resistance, and abs and core training moves,” and promises to burn up to 1000 calories per hour. “It freaking kicked my butt,” said Ashley Fried, senior, Education major. “I was always dripping in sweat...and that was just after the warm up”. As of current, P90X is the top selling at-home fitness program, with Insanity hot on its heels.

Of course, as with any exercise program, diets have an enormous effect on the success of different fitness ventures. All of these fitness plans encourage different types of diet. P90X and Insanity both provide their very own diet plans while CrossFit is a major supporter of the somewhat controversial Paleolithic diet. With everyone looking for a quick fix, many fad diets have come and gone. Yet, certain diet routines have stuck because of their success. Two of the most controversial—and contradicting—diets being the previously mentioned Paleolithic diet and the Vegan diet. Paleolithic and Vegan diets come from two complete opposite ends of the diet and meal plan spectrum. Promoted by the CrossFit phenomena, the Paleo diet consists strictly of foods that one would find as a “caveman”, such as lean meat, vegetables, fresh fruits and seafood. It excludes legumes, dairy and grains. The Paleolithic diet, originating in the 1970s, has made extreme headway in the past few years, becoming extremely popular



amongst hardcore diet enthusiasts across the country. As with the vegan diet, many celebrities have found their niche within the Paleo diet, including Megan Fox and Matthew McConaughey, both who have stellar bodies. In short, a Vegan diet consists of strictly plant foods and absolutely no dairy, eggs or meat. Popularized by PETA as well as multiple outspoken celebrities such as Natalie Portman, Carrie Underwood and even former President Bill Clinton, the Vegan diet has come to the forefront of nutrition, receiving both praise and question in the process. It has been known as one of the more difficult diets to maintain because of its strictness and has fallen victim to the lack-of-protein myth multiple times. Yet, despite its strictness, difficulty and controversy, a multitude of books praising the diet such as “Skinny Bitch” and “The China Study”, give the Vegan diet recognition across the country. Both of these extreme diets have positive and negative aspects to them. Whether you choose to partake in an “extreme lifestyle,” be it fitness, diet or both, always remember that balance, research and listening to your body is key in creating a healthy way of life.

MIND & BODY Paleo, Vegan, Food Industry and CrossFit

DOCUMENTARIEs Food Inc—Synopsis from Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have biggerbreasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.”

My Big Fat Diet—Synopsis from Alert Bay is small community made largely of aboriginal Canadians of the Namgis tribe. This one-hour documentary follows a group of 100 residents as they follow a diet based on the precepts of the dietary habits of their ancestors in order to combat extremely high rates of obesity and diabetes. The Namgis’ traditional diet was largely seafood, wild game, and a fat – called oolichan grease – extracted from local fish. Fats comprised most of the calories of the traditional diet and the grease was liberally used in most traditional dishes. The only plant foods eaten were seasonal wild plants and berries.

Every Second Counts—Synopsis from http://www.everysecondcounts-themovie. com Every Second Counts takes an inside look at the CrossFit culture and community, where time on a stopwatch reigns as the supreme measure of performance. Those who reach the elite ranks in the burgeoning sport of CrossFit push themselves beyond limitations imposed by the mind and flirt with the limits of physical capacity. Human perseverance has never voluntarily gone this far.”

King Corn—Synopsis from King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm”

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Celebrity Influence On Extreme Lifestyles:


Jessica Biel

Cameron Diaz

VEGAN: Zooey Deschanel

Bill Clinton

Carrie Underwood

PALEO: Megan Fox

P90X / INSANITY: Taylor Lautner


Ashton Kutcher

Demi Moore

Uma Thermon

Matthew McConaughey



What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…or so they say. Viva Las Vegas is one of those places that every 21-year-old (or future 21-year-old) wants to go. It’s the place where legal drinking adults can be a kid, or in other words, it’s the adult version of Chuck E. Cheese. You can drink all day and party all night while running on no sleep. But what is Vegas really like? Pulse Magazine goes in depth to see what the hype is behind Sin City. Let us not forget about the sensational movie, The Hangover, which is a favorite among our generation. The movie may scare future Vegas visitors from

experiencing the party lifestyle because, let’s be honest, nobody wants to end up roofied or dead in a ditch. However, according to Alida Linavat, a senior Psychology major who has been to Las Vegas four times, there’s no need to worry... or is there? “I didn’t meet Mike Tyson, wake up with a tiger in my bathroom or get roofied,” Linavat says. “There were some similarities, though, when it came to drinking and partying. I didn’t spend my days looking for my friends although one night my sister went missing, but we eventually found her in the morning.” Another Vegas veteran, Business Administration senior Nick Ringbom, has been to the city of lights four times since turning 21. Ringbom had been a few times before he was 21, so the anticipation of the adult Vegas experience was killing him. “The whole atmosphere of the strip is what makes me want to go back. The fact that you can

literally do anything you want, it’s just fun going into all the casinos and experiencing a completely different atmosphere.” But Vegas isn’t something you can just go do without planning ahead. “I’d suggest saving for it, so you can have a great trip,” says Ringbom. “Also pacing yourself: as you gamble they give you alcohol, it catches up to you when you stand up from the table. The last thing is to make sure you look up the dress codes of the clubs you might want to go to - a lot of them are pretty specific on what you can wear.” If you want to experience the city and gamble with your sins, go for it. Just be careful, plan ahead and get ready for the best time of your life.

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Travel brochures lie. They always show some perfect vacation in some happy place and never tell you about all the things that can go wrong. And things do go wrong. Murphy’s Law is real and it will find you. These are real stories. Getting Jack in Paris It was the chance of a lifetime for Jack Moores: his high school band was taking a trip to Paris. Jack would get to hang out with his friends without parents around, take in all the sights and sounds and woo the ladies in the most romantic city in the world. Or so he thought. The trip started rough. Really, really rough. All of Jack’s friends roomed together, abandoning Jack, effectively leaving him all by his lonesome. He ended up being paired with a random guy who ended up puking everywhere. After being forced to mime to a bellhop who spoke no English, Jack was relocated with possibly the worst roommates ever: the man dating the love of Jack’s young life and a “tool,” as Jack described him, who wouldn’t let them sleep and spent his free time masturbating in the shower. “I got up to take a shower and he was in there for 45 minutes fapping away like a madman,” Jack recalls.


“Like, have you no shame?” Bad times kept-a-rolling when the group went to visit the Napoleon Museum. “I really needed to take a [pee] and I could not find a bathroom to save my life. I was running around in a French museum… guess what happened next.” That’s right, readers. Jack Moores wet himself in the Napoleon Museum. But he is a quick thinker. As the warm liquid trailed down his pants, he thought of a plan. “Oh man, I totally just had a gnarly accident and spilled a whole bottle of water on my pants,” Jack told his friends, playing it cool. Everyone believed him. But that wasn’t the worst part of his trip. Jack said the worst part was being in Paris, the most romantic city on earth, and having to watch the girl he liked making out with the guy he had to room with. “She had her d-bag boyfriend… it just made it harder to enjoy. Can you imagine, man, you’re at the Eifel Tower and everything, it’s just rough.” Not everything was bad though. Jack liked the bakeries and he got to eat pigeon, which he describes as tasting like “chicken mixed with garbage.” Jack has no evidence whatsoever that he was actually in Paris, not


RANSLATION RANSLATION even his favorite stop, the Louvre, which he says made up for all the rest of his fiascos. But after buying a cheap disposable camera, he lost it in the Louvre. Mona Lisa was probably smirking.

back roads and they needed gas. They pulled into a gas station and there was no one around… except for one car.

Lost in a Foreign Land Jay Pederson and his brother were traveling around Japan when they decided they wanted to go to a place a little different than Tokyo. One of the locations recommended to them was Rebun, a small island off the coast of Northern Japan. When they got to the hostel on the island the host started yelling at them in Japanese. Yelling for real, at the top of his lungs. The brothers were confused, but Jay let it slide as cultural difference: “Maybe they’re just being enthusiastic.” The hostel was really traditional and there was a shared bath which also meant shared nakedness. “For my brother that was a huge culture shock… that didn’t really add to the experience.” After the bath they went for dinner and were met with octopus and lamb stew. Yummy. Then all of a sudden the yelling started again. “I [couldn’t] understand what they are saying at all, even though I can understand a little Japanese, because they are yelling at the top of their lungs,” remembers Jay. He heard something about a hike, but they were tired and went to sleep.

Jay and his brother woke up the next morning completely alone. They learned everyone else had taken a shuttle to go on a hike and left them there. They decided that hey, they’re in shape, they can hike from the hostel. This turned out to be a bad idea. They made a wrong turn and ended up nowhere near where they wanted to be. They were effectively lost on a “desolate” island where they didn’t speak the language, with no food, no water and under the baking 85 degree sun. After two hours of searching, they finally found a bus. “Imagine the most terrible things that can happen to you in rural Japan and that’s pretty much what it was,” says Jay.

Gangstas It was 3 a.m. when Shannon Lowry and Lana Abuhudra were en route to California on a road trip with their Australian friends Jeff and Dave. They weren’t on the freeway because they heard it would be faster going town to town on the

“The car looked sketch,” Lana recalls. “It was a ghetto Cadillac like what gangsters would drive,” Shannon agrees. So they parked away from it and went inside the gas station. But when Shannon and Lana come out, the gangsters had moved their car next to theirs and began hollering at them, “Hey baby, what’s up?” Jeff and Dave then come out of the gas station and the gangsters realized Shannon and Lana were with two other guys. They didn’t like this. “What the [fudge]!?” (They didn’t say fudge.) As Jeff got in the car, Dave decided he was going to mock the gangsters, saying, “Yeah! Hey baby!” The gangsters didn’t appreciate this. They yelled, “You want to fight?” Shannon and Lana hurried to the car and tried to pull out of the gas station, but the gangsters pulled right behind them and blocked them in. One of them then got out of the car and slammed a giant can, like an Arizona Iced Tea, at Shannon’s window. “I thought my window was going to break,” Shannon says. “It was really scary, I thought I was going to die.” They didn’t die, and like Jack Moores and the Pederson brothers, they lived to tell the tale.

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How to Spend




Staying in: •Home-stay dates are an awesome way to spend major alone time together, enjoying champagne, turning off all electronics and just snuggling up on the couch to enjoy being with one another. Order a pizza! •Cooking together on Valentine’s Day is special and can be even better if you get a little adventurous in the kitchen and whip up something totally new. •Pick-up or make your loved one’s favorite meal and have it by candle light (this can even be Taco Bell or McDonald’s…It’s the thought that counts). •Have a picnic in your living room. Spread a blanket, buy some cheap wine, cheese, bread and light some candles.



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Love is in the air and Cupid is on his way. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it is time to figure out the best way to spend it. Sometimes spending a holiday in a different town can be tough when you aren’t in your hometown, surrounded by the familiar. It takes getting creative and trying something new. In little Ellensburg you wouldn’t think there would be much to do, but you might be surprised. Depending on if you’re looking for a low-key evening or a night “on the town,” there is plenty to do on Valentine’s Day.


Day trippin’ to Dinner: •A lovely drive to Leavenworth, WA for some gourmet German food and being in a little Bavarian Village is very romantic. •Take a 40 minute drive to Yakima, WA for some Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Outback Steakhouse and more. •Visit Suncadia Resort in Roslyn, WA for some outside Ice skating, Snow-shoeing in the mountains and top it off with dinner in one of Suncadia’s fancy restaurants, such as Fifty-6 Degrees. Only about 35 minutes from CWU.

Going out: •Some popular restaurants to go out to in town include: Ellensburg Pasta Co., Morelli’s Café Italiano, Dakota Café, Palace Café, JJ’s on Main and Valley Café. •Go out for cocktails and happy hour. Some great happy hours in town include: The Roadhouse Bar & Grill, Starlight, and The Tav.


What Else to Do? •Rent a few redbox’s and stay in with pizza, beer and popcorn. •Go for a hike on Manastash Ridge and bring a picnic. •See a movie at Grand Meridian in town. •Drive an hour away to Soap Lake to rejuvenate in their mineral pools. •Make a scavenger hunt for your loved one and have each clue lead eventually to a small gift or even dessert. •Make something by hand, like a special treat or dessert to share together. Homemade is always better.

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Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year completely devoted to love and romance. Embrace the day and appreciate those that make your life worthwhile. There is no wrong or right way to celebrate it, as long as it’s personalized to you full of love. Amore!

Valentine’s Day Dinner Specials: According to Jennifer Vertrees, owner and chef at JJ’s on Main, if you bring your CWU ID, you will receive a 10% discount on Valentine’s Day. “We have a very inviting romantic environment for a great Valentine’s Day date! Live music, price fixed menu with options such as mushroom and chevre lasagna, and oven roasted tenderloin with a whiskey cream sauce. The meal is $40.00 a person, $75.00 couple and also includes an appetizer, soup or salad a choice of dessert, complimentary glass of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. We have lots of beer and wine also.” Reservations are required. Ellensburg Pasta Company is also offering a special Valentine’s Day dinner: “We love being a part of the hospitality industry on Valentine’s Day—we love serving people on this special day! We will be open for lunch and dinner on Valentine’s Day. We offer our regular menu and a ‘special menu’ just for Valentine’s Day. It includes featured appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages.”

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Most students cannot afford 5-star restaurant food for Valentine’s Day, so something homemade, sweet and made with the secret ingredient (love) will do the trick most of the time. Some of the most common Valentine’s Day treats include: cakes, cookies and

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cupcakes. These treats, while they taste great, can leave a bitter taste in our mouth after you look at how many calories you’ve just eaten! However, here are three very simple tips you can follow to make your Valentine’s day treats healthier. (Note: you should use the amount of the alternative ingredient that it said for the original.)


BONUS TIP — USE FRUIT: You can incorporate

Who can blame anyone for needing chocolate to cook for Valentine’s Day, no other candy says or tastes like love, more then chocolate. However, it does matter what kind of chocolate you use. “Milk chocolate has the most fat and sugar” said Vinman’s baker, Shawn Melvin. If you really want to cut the fat and calories out, then you can try unsweetened or chocolate liquor. “Unsweetened chocolate or chocolate liquor used as an ingredient have very little fat and no sugar,” says Melvin.

fruit into the theme of your treat. Some fruits include: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or cherries. Some of the most popular things to do with the berries can be to cover it in chocolate (ironic, but some fruits better then no fruit), decorate the sides of the dish with the berries, and our personal favorite, place the fruit on top of the treats in the shape of a heart.


According to, you can substitute apple sauce for a lot of the shortenings in your treats. You can also get sugar-free applesauce to reduce the calorie intake even more.


Pretty basic, but virtually all of the products can be found in reduced or lower fat. So if you don’t want to try the alternatives, you can use lowfat ingredients for your treats, and save a few calories. Some examples include: low-fat milk and low-fat butter.

Now, after reading this, hopefully you can bake your significant other something sweet, with no fear of the calories. Depending on whom is baking, finished treats can taste similar or better then the original. Also, one more important thing (maybe the most important), make sure you tell your partner in a delicate way that the Valentine’s Day treats they’re about to enjoy are healthy. You don’t want to leave the impression you are eating healthy for Valentine’s Day treats because you want your partner to lose weight. In fact, just say, “It’s not you, it’s me” why you two are eating healthy tonight.


A Very S.A.D. Story – Single Awareness Day • Get out of the house. Call up KIM FAIRBANKS your other single friends and go catch a movie (make sure it is February 14 may traditionally be nothing like “The Notebook”). recognized as Valentine’s Day in Afterwards you can make a “family” the United States, but what you dinner of sorts for you and your might not know is that a growing single friends. Even if you can’t number of people celebrate an be with someone on this day opposite holiday on the same day: celebrating relationships, at least Single Awareness Day, otherwise you can spend some quality time known as S.A.D. with your friends or family. There is not a single way to • Avoid alcohol at all costs. This celebrate S.A.D., but one option only brings out the depression includes wearing green. Green inside and reminds you that you is the contrast of red on the color are single. It also may cause you wheel, making it a great way to to act out and make bad decisions. demonstrate your opposition. You • Enjoy your single days. You can also celebrate S.A.D on either may one day miss them when February 13 or 15. you are in a relationship. Start a Anna Moore, a 25-year-old recent journal, set goals for yourself and graduate of the University of do things to make a better you Washington, says she usually while you can. numbs the pain of being single on • Save your money. Some people a couple’s holiday by pretending really enjoy not having to spend there is nothing special about the money on this holiday. This can day. She continues on with her also have positive secondary day and does her normal routine. effects, where not having to Just plain old ignoring the fact that celebrate Valentine’s Day can it’s Valentine’s Day works for many. come in handy: you avoid the Ryan Turner, a senior and Film and crowds at restaurants and you Video Studies major at CWU says never let anyone down by not that he doesn’t like Valentine’s buying the right present. Day and believes you shouldn’t On a more serious note, if you do only celebrate your love for your feel depressed about being single significant other on just one day; this can be a great time to reflect it should be all year long. and work on yourself. Scheduling We’ve come up with a few a counseling appointment with suggestions for ways to spend a professional may ease the this holiday when you don’t have anxiety of being alone and give a special someone to share it with. you coping skills. Most people You don’t have to be single and will not be single forever and disappointed. This doesn’t have to one day you too will have the be a day spent in your pajamas opportunity, if you so choose, to crying over a box of chocolates enjoy a Valentine’s Day with that that you bought for yourself. special someone.

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Dear Valentine’s Day,

I heart hate you:

Four Reasons Why Valentine’s Day is EVIL A COLUMN BY JAKE UPDEGRAFF

Cupid doesn’t like Valentine’s Day, nor does he like love. What he does like is making your life a living hell. Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be a holiday and if it’s to be considered a holiday, it should be for children 12 and under. At least when we’re kids we get to celebrate by receiving signed cards, free candy and most important, we use class time to do this. Once you grow up, you realize it sucks. Cupid is the enemy and you unfortunately are the victim that must deal with the consequences of his mind playing games. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a relationship, just got out of a relationship or single, you’re shit out of luck. Sure, I may be a little bitter since I’ve never had a Valentine, but come on, be real with yourself and understand this holiday is a waste of time, money and effort. I will be supplying my argument with four reasons why Valentine’s Day is so damn evil.

1 is the loneliest number. This holiday only

caters to those in a relationship. If you’re single, this day will constantly remind you that you’re single, no one likes you and you won’t be receiving any gifts at work. Instead, you will get the honor of listening to the endless amount of people you know brag about how their Valentine’s Day was spoiled with candy, perfume and roses. This is all part of Cupid’s plan to make you feel lonely and most of the time, it works.


2 much weight put on. This holiday also affects a much more

meaningful holiday we celebrate, and that’s New Year’s Eve. That holiday is one everyone can celebrate and generally lets people start fresh with a new year by setting a goal. As everyone knows, most of those goals will include weight loss, more exercise and less food… at least until Feb. 14. It’s the day where chocolates are as abundant as condoms in a Planned Parenthood. This holiday will make you fat, get in the way of your new year’s resolution and potentially cause a trip to the dentist—which leads us to the next factor: money.

3 things you’ll waste your $ on. Get ready to spend your

money on roses that will dry out in a week, half eaten chocolates (because everyone knows people eat halfway through the chocolate to see what kind it is) and signed cards that will be tossed in the trash after a month, or a horrible breakup, whichever comes first. The pressure will be on, too. Don’t think you can get away with a good gift at the Dollar Store. Unless you’ve got an inner Martha Stewart and can find creative ways to make gifts, you’ll be spending a hefty amount. Though, this could help those wanting to get out of a relationship: just give your significant other a really awful present and the rest will be history.


4 that awkward moment. This “holiday” can really make things




awkward for some people. As mentioned earlier, you might be the only one out of your group of friends or co-workers who did not receive a single thing on Valentine’s Day. It could make things uncomfortable if you’re a private person or in a new relationship you haven’t told anyone about. Yet a dozen roses and a singing choir show up at your work to remind you that you’re in a relationship… letting every single person around you know that you’re in one. You can thank Cupid for the uncomfortable conversation you had with your work friends about keeping your boyfriend a secret.


When you’re feeling unwanted, lonely or depressed by this horrific day, don’t say I didn’t warn you. I can guarantee if you are single, you will feel more alone than any other day of the year. No matter if you’re in a relationship or not, you will most likely gain a few pounds, which ultimately sucks because spring is right around the corner and you don’t want to jeopardize laying out in the sun in your bathing suit because of one day’s sinful temptations. You’ll be wasting your money all while enjoying awkward moments throughout the day. Just sounds peachy, right? Instead, why not do what I do every Valentine’s Day, while not having to partake in the atrocious events. I will be doing homework, attending classes, hitting the gym and watching my favorite TV shows… and maybe having a bottle of wine to myself or to share with some friends. You know why? Because, yes, Valentine’s Day, I hate you.

SINGLES MINGLE I’m single let’s mingle screams Club 301’s Facebook invite to the potentially 1,102 lonely souls that dread this day of love. Claiming that Valentine’s day is “made up,” they invite you to drink the night away Feb. 14 from 8 p.m. to midnight. The drink specials are themed to spike your libido with drinks like $2.00 Sex up against the wall and $5.00 double Screaming Orgasms. “These are some great specials here,” the Facebook posts exclaim. “If you can’t close the deal with these drinks you need some help.” Err-well single people put your hands up because here’s another invite to your endless Valentine’s Day agenda. -Cambree Benetua Inside 301 bar: It may b e empty in this photo, but on Feb 14 this place should be packed with singles.

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The buzzing of hair clippers can be heard inside of Isrrael Fernandez’ Meisner Hall room. He’s cutting JD Charest who is part of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Central. One of Isrrael’s family members gave him the barber chair so he can cut his friends’ hair in style.



A Photo Essay By Matthew Worden Students from all over the state, country and world descend onto Central Washington’s University’s 380-acre campus each year. For many students, campus becomes their home; a place where they peruse their academic dream, build lifelong friends and live on their own for the first time. Central requires that all first year freshmen, under the age of 20, live on campus in one of the 19 resident halls nestled throughout campus. Currently, Central can house 2,750 students but will be adding 360 more beds when a new resident hall opens in 2012. The first and oldest resident hall on campus is Kamola Hall, which is over 100 years old and can house 212 students. Each resident hall has its own staff and its own government. The halls plan different outings, create gatherings and hold hall events. Halls even connect academically with the college. In the past, graphic design students have redecorated and redesigned their halls. Professors will go into the halls to help groups of students study.

“Resident halls are not dorms,” says Richard DeShields, associate dean of students, University Housing and New Student Programs. “Resident halls are part of a community, a home away from home.” Before a student moves into one of the resident halls, the living space is like an untouched blank canvas, with plain bare walls, empty drawers and exposed mattresses. Once the student unpacks and settles in, that once blank canvas now becomes livable art inspired by that student’s personality. Their background, style, interests, feelings and loves are just some of the traits that can be reflected in the décor of their rooms. The photographs on the following pages offer a small glimpse into those lives, and the place on campus they call home. Top right: Jessie Rosenow loves the western lifestyle and her room displays many photos of her 3 quarter horses back home in Moses Lake. She is the co-president of Sparks Hall Resident Hall Leadership Council (RHLC) and belongs to the American Sign Language (ASL) club on campus.


Bottom right: Photos of friends and family are displayed everywhere in Alexandra Smith’s room in Stephens-Whitney Hall. The photos help her remember why she is in school and the people that are waiting for her back home.

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Colin Young’s large windows illuminate the many copies of Van Gogh‘s Starry Night painting hanging throughout his room. He’s not an art connoisseur but something about the Starry Night painting moves him. His betta fish Wendell, who coincidently lives in Wendell Hall B with Colin, resembles the same color and movements 36 as the painting around him.


Colorful dim lights and hanging fabric give Kris Coen’s room in Quigley Hall the ambiance that reflects this Graphic Design PULSE / February / 2012 37 major’s creativity.

Cody Katow doesn’t have time to open and close his closet doors in his Whales room. Removing the doors allows quicker access to his things, which makes for more time in the outdoors. He enjoys camping, biking, running, climbing and swimming, to name just a few. 38

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Sarah Bair was born blind but that never slowed her down. She can be seen riding her bike to her Special Education and Early Childhood Education classes in hopes of being a teacher one day. When she’s not busy with her commitments to the Resident Hall Association (RHA) and Resident Hall Leadership Council (RHLC) she can be found relaxing by completing puzzles in her room at Komola Hall.


SPOTLIGHT Everyone giggles the first time walk into Kari Kenyon’s room in Quigley Hall. The blow-up men have nothing to do with her major, even though she is studying pre-nursing. All of the comical objects and funny writings that adorn her walls lighten moods and make people laugh, which is one of the reasons why her room is usually the place her friends go to hang out.

Giovanna Herrera calls Meisner Hall home for now, but her family originated from Oaxaca, Mexico, she is studying Law & Justice with the help of Central’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). She plays soccer for an intramural soccer team called FC Sparta and is also a member of Central’s Casa Latina Community.

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Spencer Moore’s room in Wendall B might be covered with half-naked women but that doesn’t distract him from his Psychology studies. He respects beauty in many forms, like his interest in the performance art of fire poi. Fire poi involves tethered weights, from the end of a cord, which are soaked in fuel and set ablaze. The fireballs are then whipped around in rhythmical and geometric patterns. 42

SPOTLIGHT SPOTLIGHT After wrestling on her high school team, Alanna Algeria can tackle almost anything, like the 16 musical instruments she currently plays. This freshman, studying Education and Sociology, has the coldest room in North Hall. She enjoys having the window open even in the dead of winter.

“I love Capitalism,” hangs proudly on Jack Johannessen’s wall. He hopes his major in Business Administration will lead him to Wall Street, where he plans on becoming a member of the 1 percent. With wealth like that he will be able to display even more flags of countries he has traveled to, like he does now inPULSE his North Hall room. / February / 2012 43

As the Executive Vice President for the Resident Hall Association (RHA), Daniel Harada is very familiar with resident hall life on campus. When this senior is not studying Elementary Education in his room at Moore Hall, you can find him shopping for new cloths so he doesn’t have to do laundry.

Top right: Quotes from people like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn decorate Cameron Wood’s walls in Carmody-Munro Hall. When she’s not busy in the Resident Hall Association (RHA) or studying to become a nurse, you can find Cameron laughing and spending time with friends.


Mayra Hurtado is a freshman majoring in Psychology who lives in Meisner Hall. She enjoys exercising, dance and animal prints.


When Liz Keck plays women’s rugby she leaves her kindness and soft-spoken words in her room at Carmody-Munro, and becomes a warrior on the field. Having always been interested in sports, she is planning on majoring in Business and owning a training one /day. PULSE /facility February 2012 45



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* These are pseudonyms that they use to protect their geocaching identities. something different from the traditional types of sports and physical activities offered in physical education,” Jefferies says. “We need to think creatively about the different ways we can get everyone to move. We need to find effective ways to combat our increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Geocaching is one of the ways that technology can actually increase people’s physical activity rather than eliminating the need to move.” To get started on your first geocache you need to create a log-in at www.geocaching. com. It’s free and it gives you access to all the coordinates and clues for the caches. The only equipment you need is yourself; maybe a friend and a GPS or your smart phone that is GPS enabled so that you can navigate to the cache and find your prize.

Going on a Geocache: You’ve heard the word, seen the logo, but what in the world is Geocaching? And no, someone did not sneeze: Geocaching is an actual noun in the dictionary and an outdoor treasure hunting game that people all around the world participate in every day. It incorporates the outdoors, various difficulty levels and puzzles that send you on an adventure to find a hidden treasure with your GPS, phone and natural instincts. People have hidden caches all over the world in places that are special to them, or that they want others to discover. Believe it or not, you may walk past a cache every day on the street or in a park. There have even been caches hidden underwater. Every geocache is different so the hidden treasure is never a bore; you never know what will be under the big red X. Geocaching has taken the world by storm incorporating itself into so many different aspects of life, including the physical education program curriculum here at Central Washington University. Dr. Stephen C. Jefferies, professor of Physical Education uses geocaching to teach his students how important integrating physical activity into everyday life is. “Geocaching is excellent because it integrates physical activity with various other types of learning. It’s also


Gizmo and Gidget* the Central students I like to call the geo dynamic duo took me out on my first “geo” as they call it in the pouring snow. Dressed to the T in dark snow gear and sock toboggans in order to be inconspicuous, we set out on our mission like Tom Cruise; we didn’t want to be seen or heard. The duo scolded us as I brought a partner in crime for this adventure and she wore a neon pink jacket, this is not ideal when you are trying to blend in with the scenery. “It may make it more difficult in the snow, but it’s just more of a challenge for us!” Gizmo was encouraging. “We first started Geoing with our friends randomly one night when we were coming home from the bars,” Gidget recounts. “I remember it was a group of random friends walking home and someone pulled out their geocache app and we made it a mission to find as many as we could on our way,” Gizmo adds.

“All of us were running and jumping

SPOTLIGHT around looking for them. Whenever we found one it was epic. We would all high five, jump up in celebration, and even though it was freezing we took off our shirts and chest bumped, then we’d move on to the next one. It’s actually a really fun activity when you’re drunk with friends.”

inside. You then had to pulley the string up and there was a flashlight attached to the bottom and inside the flashlight was the geo log, it was awesome.” Pressing on to scout out more locations we ended up finding two more caches, one was missing it’s log but Geoing is a gamble, you never know what you may or may not find!

Before we started the navigation to our first location they informed me we had to be covert: as one of Challenge to our Readers! the rules of geocaching is you are not to be seen by “muggles.” These are people who have never Geo’d The Pulse Staff challenges our readers to try something and could serve as a threat when locating the treasure. new and find the Pulse Geocache. Anyone can create a new geocache for others to find once they become As we stood in Central Washington University’s parking a member of the website. They just have to meet lot along D Street, Gidget whipped out his iPhone requirements listed on the website which consist of and proceeded to open his geocaching app, which is the coordinates, a clue, description and a rating of the essential for the modern Geocacher (although it is really difficulty level and terrain. All you have to do is fill out helpful, the geocache app is not needed to navigate an online submission form after you’ve placed your to caches). It listed at least 10 geos in the surrounding geo, then wait about 3 days and volunteer with the two miles that we could attempt to find. Our campus geocache website will review your cache and post it alone is home to at least five geos, which range from live to the website for others to find! 1 to 5 stars on the difficulty scale. When we chose our first geo the app presented a compass to lead us in the right direction. It will put you within a few feet of the treasure but will not give exact locations. Some geo’s contain an encrypted hint that can be anything from a riddle or word that could help you find it. These hints can also be encrypted in a code that you have to unscramble, but not always will you be graced with a hint. Before we knew it, we had traipsed our way in to kneedeep snow to within three feet of the cache, and the hunt was on. I was crouching down, leaping around and looking relentlessly for an object that may or may not be right in front of me. We didn’t know what it was, the shape, size or color of the cache; it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. Then, in an instant, victory was ours! We had found our first geo. Of course, I am not going to reveal its location; that would be very ungeo of me. But tucked away in a small store, a key container folded into an origami square of some kind was a crumpled, worn out piece of paper that listed all the names and dates of Geocacher’s before us. I had never been so excited to sign my name on a piece of paper in my life; it’s a pure adrenaline rush. The best geo that I ever found was under this fake rock at the base of a tree back on the west side,” Gidget recalls. “Under the rock there was a deep hole, when you pulled up the rock there was a string tied onto the

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Geocaching Lingo:

Cache: the item that someone places to be found can consist of anything that non perishable or inappropriate as there are geocachers of all ages. Muggle: a person who has never heard of geocaching or been on a geocache before. Geo: to geo is an expression you use during a geocache ex. “This geo is really challenging!�




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What is your current grade level?

What is your current grade level?

What is your current grade level?




What is your major?

What is your major?

What is your major?

Tourism Management

Elementary Education

What inspires your style of fashion?

Vocal Performance & Music Education

What is your fashion icon?

Count Chocula

What inspires your style of fashion?

Tell us about your outfit. I found this on the ground in my room on my way to an Edward Sharpe concert.

I like to watch TV and see what’s fashionable and shop in the BP section of Nordstrom.

What is your current grade level?

What is your current grade level?

What is your current grade level?



Post Grad

What is your major?

What is your major?

What do you do now?

Fashion Merchandising


I work in a library.

What inspires your style?

What inspires your style?

What inspires your style?

I like to wear something different. I like Marc Jacobs.

Whatever’s comfortable.

I rarely throw clothes away and pick out whatever looks good.

Rachel Bilson because she’s edgy and dressy, but still comfortable.


Who is your fashion icon?

Edward Scissorhands.


What is your current grade level?

What is your current grade level?

What is your current grade level?

Graduate Student



What is your major?

What is your major?

What is your major?

Jewelry and Metals

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

What inspires your style?

What inspires your style?

Who is your fashion icon?

My style is an amalgamation of middle school and high school phases, so a little bit of circus/goth.

I like to buy clothes from exclusive international brands like “Super Dry” and “Zane Robe.”

Jennifer Aniston.

What is your current grade level?

What is your current grade level?

What is your current grade level?




What is your major?

What is your major?

What is your major?

Graphic Design

Exercise Science

Exercise Science

What inspires your style?

What inspires your style?

What inspires your style?

I like to wear clothes that are comfortable and cute.

Whatever matches.

Whatever’s in my closet.

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Scarves, and Cable Knits: Winter Essentials


The world of fashion is always changing. Every season the colors, patterns and textures of clothing reflect the styles of the year. It’s hard to keep up when you’re just trying to balance college, work and a social life. We asked a panel of experts what the trends for this season would be. Our panel included Mia Peterson, owner of Ellensburg boutique Flirt, and three fashion majors: freshman Laura Kawano, junior Megan Jones and senior Amy Westendorf.

Women: Shoes: Ugg boots, Bearpaws and riding boots. It’s been the thing for a couple years now but Kawano still cites a “boot obsession.” Now, a newer trend that has been catching on is boot liners. Jones says students can put boot linters in rain boots and the fur that is on the top of the liner goes over the boot. This adds a winter look to regular rain boots.

Print:Comfort is the number one priority, Peterson says, which translates to materials of “soft texture and cozy fabrics.” These types of clothing Peterson describes as more of a vintage feel.


FASHION In style are flowing tunics or slightly off the shoulder shirts that fit a lot of different body types. Kawano adds that animal print is something that has stayed trendy.

Accessory: Scarves are a must in the winter, and for women chunky scarves are in. Westendorf says that when her friends see her without a scarf they think something is wrong because she always has one on. Infinity scarves are in as well: scarves that loop or look as if they are continual.

Texture: Sweater material is a must: for scarves or shirts; it’s a big thing for this winter. Corduroy is also making a comeback for pants, especially ones in brighter colors. As Flirt’s Peterson notes, softer “comfort clothing” has really influenced winter styles.

Hue: You can stand out in the bleakness of winter by wearing bright pops of color. Jones cites tangerine and teal as some of the colors she has seen around campus. Use color for color blocking in clothing and accessories. Color blocking is when there are two colors that no one would think go together but actually complement one another. Westendof gives the example of orange and blue. Some other colors that are in right now in the fashion world are pure white, bold red, emerald green and neons.

Men: Shoes: In some cases guys tend to be more athletic and that transfers to their shoe choice. Peterson says that athletic shoes are and have been for a while the choice of shoe for guys. “Keeps Nike thriving,” she says, noting some guys that follow fashion will deliberately match their shoes with the color of their pants or shirts. For example, if the shoe has accents of green, they may wear a shirt with accents of green.


Plaid, plaid, plaid. It’s a trend that has not faded and is continuing this year for men. Peterson jokes she is almost getting a little tired of it. But she has noticed softer fabrics for guys’ clothing as well. Here on campus it’s all about school pride. Kawano says that most guys wear CWU gear year-round.

Accessories: Just like girls, scarves are an accessory for guys this season and beginning to show up on campus. “It’s definitely an east coast thing,” Jones says. To complete the outfit, Peterson says another accessory is hats, especially in winter.

Texture: Fur is something that’s back for guys this winter. For example, coats with fur-lined hoods. Sweater material is also big for guys, especially the Nordic sweater look. Guys are wearing “Sparkle Butts,” Jones explains: there is a lot more bedazzling of jeans pockets for guys.

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Hue: Unlike women’s styles, where color changes constantly, guys continue to wear soft heather grays. Peterson suggests navy and traditional reds are in. Moving more into the warmer temperatures of spring, khaki will emerge into the color palate. As Peterson says, the cold weather (and accompanying snow) “curtails some of our fashion fun.” Nevertheless, it’s not too soon to look for spring trends or something to wear for a spring break trip. Peterson suggests looking around to see what interests you before you go shopping. Then with those interests in mind, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most boutiques, like Flirt, have their employees trained in the latest styles to fit any body.

ear tinue to w “guys con . soft heather grays.. navy’s and traditional reds.”

Remember, fashion is “different for everyone. Just have fun and be yourself,” advises Westendorf. “Trends are what you make them, so be true to yourself,” Kawano agrees.

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feet from you, you’re [messing] up,” said Japanese major Brittni Hedstrom.

There is no excuse for being stinky. Unless Hedstrom also gives a little advice, “Don’t try to smell you’re a mud wrestler or your clean like fruit… I like it when men have more musky scents... clothes smell like mildew because your like they’ve been running through the woods wrestling dryer doesn’t work, but other than that, bears.” Think about your culture: there is no excuse. In a lot of Middle Eastern cultures scents and colognes First of all, if you are over 16, don’t wear scents like are a big deal, but in America that is not the case. Axe or Bod body sprays. Just don’t. Bikini clad women don’t come running out of nowhere to molest you. Eklund says, “We have ideas and standards [and] our Disappointing? Yes. And they smell terrible so don’t goal in our culture is to not be bad smelling.” do that, but don’t just go out and buy any old cologne. Choose your scent wisely and try it before you buy it. Whatever you get, you must try it on first: Don’t be that guy no one wants to be around because he smells bad. Chances are you won’t notice and you’ll Andrea Eklund, Program Coordinator and Professor of just think everyone hates you and your confidence will Fashion Merchandising says to not rush out and buy the go down. And that’s just not a good look. Save yourself. newest $70 scent from the latest designer, “You don’t Don’t smell bad. know how it’s going to react. It may smell different on you.” And if it smells bad, you just wasted $70. She also warns that it may smell different on the test paper than it does on your skin. Ladies, if you are trying to buy cologne for your significant other as a gift, it’ll be tricky to get them to try it on first. Here is where you can harness your inner ninja and sneak it onto them. That way, you can smell it as much as you like and decide for yourself how good it smells.

Don’t bathe in the cologne: “If you douse yourself in any kind cologne to the point where I’d rather huff gasoline than stand less than 10

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s k n i r D Warm

wants. Topping the list of hot drinks featured at the Starlight is the Coffee Nudge followed by the Hot Butter Rum. The Hot Toddy is one of Smith’s favorites because There’s a chance of snow and it’s 32 degrees outside. It of the aroma of the added cinnamon stick. The Peach definitely sounds like a time to curl up by the fire with Cobbler is another featured hot drink that is especially a warm drink. Spice up some Apple Cider with peach popular in the winter. Fairly simple, but Smith advises schnapps or add a little Irish whiskey to coffee, perhaps? that the key ingredient, Goldschläger is “very strong.” Ellensburg’s Starlight Lounge is known for its array of Adding too much could ruin the drink. With any drink, mixed drinks. General Manager Joe Smith says the Smith says, “it’s not so much about the alcohol, but you Starlight offers to make warm drinks any way a customer want the right amount so it tastes good.” MAECY ENGER

HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITES: ½ oz 1 oz 1 oz ½ oz 1 oz Rum Peach Schnapps Goldschläger* Silver

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Mix all ingredients together and if preferred garnish with cinnamon stick. *Very strong flavored alcohol; add to taste preference

1 bottle red wine


1 orange (to zest)


5 cloves

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4 Tbs. granulated sugar

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Pour all ingredients into sauce pan. Bring to a simmer on low heat on stove top. Don’t let the wine to boil. When warm, strain spices through a mesh strainer add 1-2 teaspoons of cognac. Then add mulled wine in to mug. (Source Lauren Hayes)

FOOD & DRINK 1 oz. Rum

1 lb. Butter

1 lb. Brown Sugar

1 lb. Confection Sugar

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(BATTER) Melt butter in large pot over med. heat. Blend brown sugar & confectioners’ sugar, remove from heat, whisk in ice cream, cinnamon & nutmeg. Sweet with a hint of cinnamon, Hot Butter Rum is pretty well known. This drink can Mix into plastic be container, seal freeze. made alcoholic using& rum but change it up by replacing the rum with coffee. Creating an extra sweet drink for the morning.

In coffee mug measure 1 Tbs. Hot Buttered Rum batter & 1 fluid oz. rum, add boiling water to fill mug. Stir & sprinkle w/nutmeg and whip crème. (Colorado Cook Book) Sweet with a hint of cinnamon, Hot Butter Rum is pretty well known. This drink can be made alcoholic using rum but change it up by replacing the rum with coffee. Creating an extra sweet drink for the morning. As far as wines go, McMahon said that red wine is generally considered more of a winter wine because of the warmer temperature it’s served at and it generally goes better with heavier warm foods. Ruby Port, Merlots and Pinot Noir are some good examples. However, if there is a preference for white wines’ Hayes said that German Riesling is one

more for the winter. When cooking wine Tuson said that if you have to bring a recipe to simmer, don’t add the alcohol until after the heating is done. “Hot spiced wines hit the spot,” Tuson. Even if the snows not around the temperature’s certainly will stay cold. What better way to end the day then with a warm drink. Plus, with Valentines around the corner, take the opportunity to learn a new recipe to make for your Sweetheart. McMahon said there are “endless variations,” to wine and alcoholic drinks. So find one you like or try something new.

Pulse surveyed 44 Central students on their favorite warm drink, and here are the results: #1 Hot Chocolate (21 votes) #2 Hot Apple Cider (11 votes) #3 Peppermint Mocha (8 votes) #4 Hot Buttered Rum (3 votes) #5 Irish coffee (1 vote)

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Healthy Alcohol Choices LINDSAY ROSE

While the chant “DRINK! DRINK! DRINK!” echoes in your ears, you rarely stop to think about how the alcohol you are about to chug is going to affect your health. Calories are hardly ever a factor when it comes to choosing what alcoholic beverage to consume. Most are looking for taste, a quick drunk or whatever is available. “It’s comical how people think about drinking,” says Adam Yabarra, CWU alum and recipient of the craft beer brewing trade certificate. “People will intake more calories in one night than the whole day. Drinking is the only time people don’t really care about the calories they consume.” Here is some exciting news for those who don’t know: drinking healthy is possible. The best way to achieve

of e glass an averag wine is 100 calories

this is to drink responsibly and know the facts about the alcohol you are about to consume. According to, a website produced by medical professionals to offer health information, self-improvement and disease management tools, “Moderate alcohol consumption may provide some health benefits. It may reduce your risk of developing heart disease, reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack, possibly reduce your risk of strokes, particularly ischemic strokes, lower your risk of gallstones and possibly reduce your risk of diabetes.” Being a responsible drinker is the most important factor for healthy drinking. One must know when it is okay to have another drink or when it is time to stop. Blackouts should not occur if you are being a conscientious drinker, but having a few drinks here and there is not as harmful as some might think. When Leanne Beattie, a health and fitness writer from, a website dedicated to healthy living, ranked alcohol on a scale of best to worst, she ranked wine the healthiest alcohol to consume. For one ounce of wine, red or white, only 20 calories are consumed. An average glass of wine equals five ounces, which would mean one glass of wine is 100 calories. The second healthiest alcohol, according to Beattie, is hard liquor. The calorie count on liquor averages out to about 64 calories per ounce. This wouldn’t be so bad if most hard liquors weren’t mixed with other beverages that add to the calorie count. It is also important to point out that a shot is 1.5 ounces, which means you are consuming close to 100 calories per shot along with the mixer. Beattie ranked beer the secone healthiest alcohol to consume. Beer is harder to assign a calorie count to because there are so many different types of beer including light, draft, lager and ale. Obviously the light beer will have a lower calorie count, which can sometimes be better than wine. On average, beer has 160 calories per 12-ounce can. This paired with the amount most college students consume in one night can add up really fast. Liqueurs, though sweet and delicious, came in last on Beattie’s health scale. For every ounce of liqueur, an average of 103 calories are consumed. Again, most



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liqueurs are poured in 1.5-ounce size, which equals out to 155 calories per serving. This is another type of alcohol that is often mixed with beverages that will increase the calorie count. The amount of calories each alcoholic beverage has is already a high number but when adding a mixer, it skyrockets. The best way to avoid additional calories is to use diet sodas and diet tonic water. “A lot of people think that by getting juices they are getting healthier drinks,” says Amanda Lotz, former waitress at the Starlight Lounge. “In reality the juices the starlight uses are concentrates mixed with water and those are mostly sugar based. By getting these juices, A: you are getting a lot of calories and B: you are getting a lot of sugar.” Another factor that adds to high calorie consumption when drinking is food. After a few drinks your decisionmaking abilities decrease and you are more likely to consume food without thinking about what you’re eating. This is especially difficult because many fast food restaurants surround bar areas.

Beer averages 160 calo ries per 12-ounce can.

It is easy to look at the numbers set in front of you and think that they are small. It’s true when only consuming one alcoholic drink. Once you surpass two drinks, the numbers start to get high. Being a responsible drinker can prevent you from taking in too many calories in one night. Let’s get rid of the bad reputation alcohol has and drink sensibly.

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Step 2: Embrace your blackness




You may feel uncomfortable as a new black guy. Things that made sense before may not make sense at all anymore. For example, for some reason everyone will think you can fight. I’ve never actually been in a fight, but I’ve definitely escaped simply by yelling “DON’T!” at well-timed moments. Now maybe they just decided that fighting was not worth it, but probably not, because remember white people are crazy. What probably happened is they thought I was going to go AfroSamurai on their ass if they started something. Another good thing to know is that if you are ever in a bad situation and it’s dark, just slip into a shadow. Your dark skin will help you become invisible (Unless you dyed your hair blond, in which case, you are screwed). Just remember to close your mouth; they’ll be able to see your teeth. Don’t let all of this go to your head though, because like Uncle Ben told Spider-Man, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Use your blackness my friends, but don’t abuse it.

Step 3: Accept Ellensburg

Ellensburg is a pit. There is nothing to do and the A COLUMN BY TRAVIS KLECKLEY local children are nutcases. I once saw a group of kids throwing a bike out of a tree and going into this At some point or another you may end up as a black sketchy house that I’m pretty sure was an opium den. guy. Now I hate to ruin that feeling of excitement, but Ellensburg is also filled with racists. I’ve seen more you may also end up in Ellensburg at the same time. confederate flags in the five years I’ve been here than It will be hard, and it is hard, but I survived and if you the 17 years I’ve been everywhere else. In fact, I had follow these steps, you too can survive Ellensburg as never seen one in real life until I came to Ellensburg. a black guy. The people always go on about southern pride or some BS like that, which is a load of crap because we Step 1: Get White Friends are nowhere near the south. Also, some people have After transforming, you’ve got to get a white friend. You never even seen a black person before and to them, see, white people are crazy—absolutely crazy. You never you are an alien creature that must be killed before see black people climbing rocks or kayaking because you lay eggs and take over the world, but hey, it’s part we simply are not as crazy as our white brethren. of the deal and the sooner you accept that, the better Having a good white friend around will save you from off you’ll be. Just hang around with your crazy white many hairy situations. I once was walking to 7/11 and friend and you’ll be ok. as I was crossing the street this guy in a tan Toyota truck with a red hat yelled, “Get out the road [n-word Pro-tip:Don’t play the race card, especially not to (rhymes with bigger)].” The Japanese people I was police, they don’t like that. with immediately said, “Is that your friend?” because they did not know what had just taken place in front Should that fateful day come that you end up a black guy of them, but my awesome white friend exploded in in Ellensburg, you will be ready. Your transformation may anger and started running after the truck, screaming, not be permanent, but you can still use this experience “WHY DON’T YOU SAY THAT AGAIN!?” The bigot in the and learn from it. You can also put it on your resume. “I truck ran like a small child to his parent’s room after was once a black guy in Ellensburg, Wash.” Employers a nightmare. That could have been bad, but I had a love that. savior. It was also the first time I’ve ever been seriously called a racial slur. Thanks, Ellensburg.


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