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Know Your Lingo


Behind the Bar


I Bet You Own...


Type 1


Gambling Guide





Put Your Best Profile Forward


Summer Flings



Boozy Popsicles


People of the Pond



Hammocking 101


Car Culture


Feel the Burn


Pulse8 ft. Hi Crime


Hack Your Campfire Snack


Cannabis Calendar


Style in the Shade


Bar Calendar

ON THE COVER PULSE gets fruity with this stylish pineapple.

Photo by Ryan Weier Design by Vanessa Cruz & Maddie Bush Back cover design by Matthew Conrardy


Lexi Phillips

Matthew Conrardy

Ryan Weier

Bailee Wicks

Mackenzie Trotter

Jessica Griffin

Vanessa Cruz

“Keep on keepin’ on. Life’s a garden: dig it.” -Joe Dirt

“Plan? I don’t even have a ‘pla.’” -Phoebe Buffay

I don’t really know what I’m doing but I know I’m doing it well.

Kaitlyn Kurisu

Maddie Bush

Hannah Brooks

Still waiting for my PULSE t-shirt....

“Catch you on the flippity flip.” -Michael Scott

Zahn Schultz

LeAnna Chard

Shelby Bryant

Anakaren Garcia

Elizabeth Mason

Believe in yourself and you can do anything. <3

Kendall Yoder

Jocelyn Waite

Time is money, time is gold. It can’t be pawned and it can’t be sold.

Brooklyn Isaacs

Jason Morales

Gas prices are higher than most GPAs nowadays. RIP

Garrett-Neiman McGahan

Ted Wolfe

Work hard, play harder.

Bill Miller



editor-in-chief Lexi Phillips

PULSE video Jocelyn Waite

associate editor Bailee Wicks

web manager Brooklyn Isaacs

assistant editors Mackenzie Trotter Jessica Griffin


DESIGN creative director Vanessa Cruz assistant creative director Matthew Conrardy graphic designers Hannah Brooks Maddie Bush Kaitlyn Kurisu Elizabeth Mason

PHOTOGRAPHY director of photography Ryan Weier assistant director of photography Zahn Schultz

Shelby Bryant Anakaren Garcia Garrett-Neiman McGahan Bill Miller Jason Morales Ted Wolfe

ADVERTISING business manager Cait Dalton [509] 963.1026

ADVISING faculty adviser Jennifer Green [509] 963.3216

photographers LeAnna Chard Kendall Yoder

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PULSE magazine is a student-run lifestyle magazine, both in print and online at PULSE produces two issues an academic quarter. Student editors make policy and content decisions for the magazine, which serves as a public forum for student expression. PULSE serves the Central Washington University community with informative, engaging and interactive content covering campus and community life, trends and issues, and providing practical magazine and multimedia training.

ED ITO R’ S note W

e’re almost to the finish line, and it’s time to say goodbye to the graduating seniors and, if you’re graduating, to the place that’s been your home for the past several years. I can’t express enough how amazing this year has been, both for myself and PULSE. My role as editor-in-chief has challenged me in ways I never thought it would and has helped me become a better leader, writer, communicator and overall person. I’ve been incredibly lucky to watch PULSE become an even more amazing magazine and win a multitude of awards, including our most recent SOURCE award for our presentation on the magazine’s process, growth and future. For all of the avid PULSE readers, I hope you enjoy these editor’s notes as much as I love writing them, and most importantly, I hope you’ve enjoyed the content we’ve put our hearts into this year. I am both sad and happy to announce that this is my last editor’s note, as I am passing the baton to a new leader. Don’t worry, though—I’ll still be around. To the brilliant talents who have worked with us over the past few quarters (or years, for some), I hope—and know—you’ll go far. Vanessa & Ryan – All of the work and dedication you’ve put into PULSE in your time here has been an inspiration. You two have taken each issue further than I ever imagined it could go. Mackenzie – Your stories over the past few quarters, whether serious or lighthearted, have allowed your true talent to shine. I know you’re only going to get better and better with whatever you put your mind to. Jess – I’ve loved getting to know you over the past three quarters. Your dedication to bettering your work and your passion for writing about important societal and political movements is wonderful. This passion is going to take you far, so don’t forget all of us here at PULSE! And to next year’s staff: I’m so excited to work with you all and see how much further we can take this magazine. I know you’ll put everything you have into this, just as you have been doing. Let’s keep making some magic. Now for the good stuff. For a deeper look into the experiences of bartenders, read “Behind the Bar” on page 40. For a glance into the lives of students with type one diabetes, check out “Type 1” on page 44. On page 22, find the ultimate guide to summer with “Spring Into Summer.” Thank you so much for an amazing year, and I hope we have many more to come.

behind the SCE N E S An inside look at what goes on in the making of an issue.

Assistant Director of Photography Zahn Schultz paddles to set up the perfect hammock shot.

Creative Director Vanessa Cruz arranges the ingredients for the Boozy Popsicles photoshoot.

Felix poses some stylish shades in the grass. Photo by Kendall Yoder

Photo by Ryan Weier

Photo by Ryan Weier

In the last issue of PULSE, CWU alumnus Michael Hanscom’s full name wasn’t stated in “Grad Bucket List.” We apologize, and thank you for your contributions!

goodbye S E N IOR S Through thick, thin and multiple magazines, PULSE has been able to count on these key seniors. Thank you for your hard work and passion for the betterment of PULSE. These are their official goodbyes:

congrats c/o 201 8 !

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Story by Ted Wolfe // Design & Photo by Kaitlyn Kurisu



Yo it’s hut, that test was lowkey big yikes. The world of slang is ever-changing. Slang originated as shortened verbiage for phrases to communicate efficiently and effectively. Nowadays, it can be a combination of words or even something completely made-up. No matter your age, slang has a pattern of use within cliques and subgroups and which then transitions into the mainstream. To keep up with what the kids are saying, here’s an in-depth look at today’s slang from the experts themselves.

Used to describe something that’s over or finished with. Example: If a friend asks you to go bowling, but you don’t want to go then you would say it’s hut. Synonyms: Not happening anymore, it’s over, nope

When someone says something and you 100% agree with that statement. Example: “SURC food sucks.” “Facts.” Synonyms: Agreed, true that, valid.

When something doesn’t go right or is sketchy; Taking a turn for the worst. Example: “I failed my test. Big yikes.” Synonyms: Oh no, that’s an L.

Focusing on yourself; Using your tools you’ve been working on. Example: “I’ve been in my bag this quarter.” Synonyms: Cookin, he’s goin’ off, going yay yay.

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GAMBLING GUIDE Story by Garrett-Neiman McGahan Photos by Kendall Yoder // Design by Vanessa Cruz

The school year can be a grind and sometimes it seems overwhelming; students must find time to relax and step back from jam-packed schedules and unrelenting course loads. A casino visit might be just what the doctor orders. Central Washington University happens to be positioned within a 90-minute drive of several different casinos, each with their own ups and downs. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take a tour of everything Central Washington has to offer when it comes to the gambling scene. 16



1600 Currier St. Ellensburg, Wash. • 18+/21+ for full bar access Travel time from campus: 5 min. by car • 45 min. by foot

For Ellensburg residents, the Wild Goose Casino is the closest option and is open to those 18 and over. While this casino is more of a card house as it does not offer slot machines or dice games, don’t let that turn you away. Wednesday through Sunday between 3 p.m. and 2 a.m., you can drop in for some card games like Blackjack or Pai Gow Poker. For refreshments, grab a drink at the bar if you’re 21 or older or get some grub with your friends at the in-house café and save a buck or two during happy hour.


MY OPINION: Admittedly, card houses are not my go-to spot for gambling. I don’t do well with card games outside of Texas Hold’em and for that reason I don’t spend much time in places without dice games. That being said, it is an awesome option to have within five minutes of campus. I would suggest going here first if you haven’t been to a casino yet. Play some Blackjack or Texas Hold’em and learn the ropes. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn how betting works.

580 Fort Rd. Toppenish, Wash. • 18+ Travel time from campus: 60 min. by car

If a card house doesn’t fulfill your need to gamble fully, there is another casino within an hour drive of campus. Legends Casino offers all the card games that The Wild Goose has, but it adds on hundreds of slot machines. If you’re thinking the drive isn’t worth it just for slots, there are a few more options. Maybe you have a hot hand at dice games and you need to shoot some craps; Legends has multiple craps tables at your disposal and the limits won’t break the bank as the lowest bets are between one and five dollars. For those of you who don’t want the pressure in your hands, take a chance on the roulette tables where the dealers do the rolling and you need not do any more than pick your lucky numbers. Casinos are not all about winning and losing money on the games. Some people visit Legends for the food court and the full buffet. While this casino



does not offer alcohol as it is fully dry, that does mean anyone 18 and over can go and gamble. Legends also offers you a place to stay at their hotel that is attached to the casino. Maybe your dorm mate has company coming to town and you need a spot to get away for a night. Why not snag a room at the hotel? Stay the night, gamble from sundown to sunup, and sleep the day away. MY OPINION: Since moving to Ellensburg I have been out to Legends multiple times. I even joined the player’s club and do enjoy some of those perks. This is a casino with all gambling options including Keno. While not offering alcohol is something I frown upon, it has saved me from making a few betting mistakes. If you can make the trip to Toppenish, I would suggest going for the experience. Go and play craps or roulette sober, ask a lot of questions and find your comfort zone. 17




37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, Wash. • 21+ Travel time from campus: 90 min. by car

For those of you who want the closest experience to a Vegas casino, you’ll have to traverse the pass and head to North Bend. Snoqualmie Casino is a classic casino in every sense of the phrase. You’ll have access to all the slots and games you might be looking for; with over 1700 slots, 50+ gaming tables and multiple options for food and drink, you should be able to find your comfort zone. This casino offers full bar options, smoke shops for cigars and cigarettes (as well as a dedicated non-smoking area) and live entertainment. Grab some friends and head out to the 11,000-square foot Snoqualmie Ballroom to


see live events like Kansas, The Temptations, Loverboy and even Thunder From Down Under. While the casino doesn’t offer lodging, you can always head into Seattle after your visit and stay the night in the big city. MY OPINION: This casino is my personal favorite of the three for the things the other two lack. I can hit the craps table and drink Stella to my hearts content at the same time. I’m a firm believer of being loose and having fun with other people when gambling, and outside of Vegas I look for casinos that allow me that privilege.


While Central is located conveniently enough to offer these fun escapes, always know your limits. Gambling should be fun, not the source of your financial issues. It’s nice to have an escape from school’s stress, but don’t let these fun options derail you from your school work and future goals. With that being said—go out, have some fun and see what happens when you play your hand at any of these local casinos.










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Employers use LinkedIn as a way to get to know you on a personal level. Employers can see how an Story by Brooklyn Isaacs Design by Hannah Brooks

individual presents themselves on social media.

Jessey Allen


ince 2002, LinkedIn has bridged the gap between a business and a potential employee. LinkedIn is a business-to-employee web connection that allows professional interaction. You could say LinkedIn is the hammer in your box of professional tools—but how do we get the most out of it? PULSE talked to a few individuals about their experiences on LinkedIn and how your profile can stand out. “I would consider it to be supplemental. Although there are many recruiters [and] head hunters on LinkedIn, most employers are going to see your resume first and then go to check if you have a LinkedIn,” says CWU Career Counselor Jessey


Allen, adding that employers use LinkedIn as a way to get to know you on a personal level. Employers can see how an individual presents themselves on social media. There are seven sections of a LinkedIn profile that must be highlighted. The title that you use for yourself is section one. Within a person’s title you can find their name, job title and their school or place of work. This section is crucial when trying to be professional on the web. The second section on a LinkedIn profile is the description of yourself. This section is a mini biography that allows a person to introduce themselves by telling the reader who they are, what they do and how they stand out. Having work experience is crucial in the business world.

Experience is our third section and is also a key player in forming a strong profile. Beneath the experience section you will find past and present job experiences, the name of any companies worked for, the month and year you started and finished the job, a description of what you did at that job and the skills you gained. The fourth section on a LinkedIn profile is education. Though this section is short, it can be a fundamental way for a person stand out amongst their colleagues. In the education section, there are four items that need to be shared, the name of your school, the major you’re studying or studied, the amount of years you attended and a description of what you did while attending school. Section five includes a person’s volunteer experience.


Some might say volunteer work is just as important as a paid position; the volunteer work you do really shows an employer who you are as a person when not driven by money. A broad list of skills is important when trying to land that dream job. Luckily, LinkedIn has a section for that. Section six gives the reader a list of the person’s skills and the people who have endorsed those skills. Jay Pfeiffer, another CWU career counselor, says, “LinkedIn relies heavily on search engine optimization (SEO) for keywords and account activity.” Having key words evident on your LinkedIn profile is going

to put you on the map in the professional web community. Finally, having solid recommendations is what rounds out a person’s profile for the better. A list of individuals who have positive work experiences with you can speak louder than anything you put on your resume or profile. Gina Gilbert, ITAM major and TRiO SSS office assistant, says, “I feel that it’s important to keep your LinkedIn profile current and up-to-date.” It is essential to portray yourself in a professional manner, and sometimes your LinkedIn profile can get messy in the midst of everything. Being a student and

businesswoman, Gilbert strives to be organized when she’s building up her profile. Having a solid foundation of contacts and professional connections will only benefit an individual. Pfieffer says, “Don’t just start a profile and say [it’s] good enough.  Build your profile, join groups, ask questions, follow companies.” Reaching out to experienced business professionals will give a person insight on how a real work environment functions. If you’re on the search for your next job or a potential career, it’s all about how you present yourself. Good luck and go make that paper.

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e're officially well into summer weather, so it's likely you're already out enjoying the refreshing sun here in Ellensburg. No better way to relax than to going to People’s Pond, right? If you've visited this Ellensburg hot spot enough, you've likely noticed certain types of people... Have you ever wondered if you're one of them? Here are the five kinds of people you'll find at this summer hot spot—no pun intended.

The One Who Uses a Tad Too Much Sunblock:

The sun is out, the heat is blaring and the water looks good, but you probably would like to keep your skin intact. So, what do you do? Obviously, put some sunblock on that bad boy. However, some have noticed that the pond smells more like a tub of sun lotion than a pond—and it might be because of the person that just walked by.

The Douchebag:

Do you have shorts above the knee? Do you have the upside-down visor hat? And are you rocking them sunglasses? If so, then we’re sorry, but you are considered a douchebag. The research doesn’t lie. Okay, maybe 'douchebag' is too drastic a term, but “it’s usually more like the popular people, jocks and athletic people," says Senior Business Administration Major Julia Felici. "Basically, everyone you see at the gym, you see at People’s Pond.”



The Litter Bug:

The sun is tired, you’re tired, even the dog is like, “take me home,” so you and your crew pack up and head home—right? Or did you leave your trash spread everywhere? It’s all fun and games until someone leaves a mess. “What I hear from my group is that people just leave garbage there all the time,” says First-Year Cisco Rojas Jr. What do you think happens with all your trash? It doesn’t just magically pick itself up. Be aware of everything you leave on the ground, and even bring a plastic bag to put all the trash in. Remember, only you can prevent forest fires, or something of that nature.

The Olympian:

You’re at the pond and you want to have a good time, so what do you do for fun? Well, there’s a sand pit designated for volleyball. Your squad just wants to play a friendly game, but there’s always someone who goes a little too hard in the paint. “They pretend they’re in the Olympics. Some people take [volleyball] seriously,” says Junior Jessica Luna. Come on, people—don't sacrifice fun just to show off.

The Drunk White Girl:

Although dipping your body in the water seems like the best way to cool down, people at the pond have a quicker way, and it involves booze. Sometimes, you can’t turn any direction without seeing someone with a can of alcohol. And the most noticeable person drinking is the white girl. These girls even go out of their way to be “drinking wine out of a bag,” says Senior Business Major Maddie Crowell. “I drank wine out of a bag. Some person just came over and was like ‘aahh,’ and then I just opened my mouth and they poured wine in.”

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HAMMOCKING 101 Story by Jessica Griffin // Photos by Ryan Weier & Zahn Schultz Design by Matthew Conrardy

As people of the Pacific Northwest, there are a few things we stereotypically love: the mountains, the trees and a good cup of coffee. Now that spring is here, it’s easy to see our ‘tree hugger’ tendencies coming forth as a multitude of students across campus find trees to—literally—hang out in now that the sun is shining. Hammocking is becoming ever-popular, so PULSE is here to drop some knowledge on everything you need to know before you take to the trees. 26



Though it may seem like more of an ‘upper-left U.S.A.’ pastime, Junior Graphic Design Major Joe Petrick has taken his hammock across the globe. “I first started hammocking about five years ago and I first noticed them at music festivals I was going to,” says Petrick. “I would see groups of people hanging out in trees, of course, and it just looked like a fun way to meet people and make friends.” At the time, however, Petrick was the only one in his friend group who was getting into the activity so most of his knowledge came from Google or the people he saw doing it. “I just kind of Googled ‘hammocks’ and I saw a particular brand that I had seen some other friends with and they had all had nothing but good things to say about that, so I just went with what they had,” he says.

Around Washington, some of Petrick’s favorite places are the forests around Mt. Baker and some areas around Blewett Pass, but he has had some pretty unique hammocking experiences outside of our Evergreen state. “I think my most unique was last summer. I set up my hammock on the back of a boat that I fish on during the summer [in Alaska],” says Petrick. “When we were on anchor it was really great. … You have the breeze off the water, but I left it up and I tried to go hammock when we were underway and that proved to be very difficult and it was like I was on a mad swing set or something.” It was about a year a go, however, that Petrick swapped in the chill of hammocking on a boat in Alaska for the warm beaches of Thailand. With all the palm trees and different beach environments, he thought his hammock would be an essential item to bring.



Along with the physical environment, Petrick mentions it was the social environment that made his experience, “You meet a lot of like-minded people … who are interested in the same kind of lifestyle, which is ‘relax.’” Whether it’s on a beach, a boat or in the mountains, he says the best part about hammocking for him is being able to get away on his own and have time for peace, relaxation and meditation. For him, the draw to hammocking has two parts, the first being that it gives people a chance to escape from the hectic parts of life. “You can cocoon up in the hammock and have your own little safe space.” The second draw that he mentions is the community surrounding this outdoor activity. “It’s always fun to throw up your hammock by someone else who is doing the same thing and I think there’s somewhat of a community around it,” he says.


It’s no secret that hammocking on campus has become a popular spring pastime, with people setting up on trees in front of Barto, by the library and between Bouillon and Black Hall. On a sunny afternoon, it’s pretty impossible to pass by a patch of trees on campus and not find a group of hammocks set up. One group of friends has started getting together regularly to set up their hammocks and invite new people to join. Courtney Clay, a senior graphic design major, and Myrinda Wolitarsky, a senior public health major, both explain that their group decided to go hammocking on campus on Earth Day and they’ve been doing it ever since. The most unique part of their experience is that they have started setting up their hammocks on the trees by Brooks Library and found they could have pizza delivered right to their trees. “We found out we could order pizza because we were hungry and no one can say no to pizza,” Clay explains, “So, I called Dominos and explained where the spot was and asked if they could deliver to us and the guy basically said, ‘I know exactly where that is, I’ll send my delivery guy over there as soon as your order is ready!’ I didn’t even have to give a real address.” 28


We all know that the place on campus to go for anything outdoor recreation-related is Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals (OPR). However, most students are noticing that OPR actually doesn’t rent out hammocks or any hammocking equipment. “We get a lot of people who come in here asking for hammocks, but unfortunately we don’t do that for liability reasons,” says an OPR employee. Along with this, one of the other major reasons they don’t get involved with hammocking is because there is actually a right and wrong way to set up a hammock on trees, and doing it the wrong way can actually cause significant damage to the tree itself. Essentially, tightening the straps around the bark of the tree without using a blanket or felt piece to go between the straps and the tree can strip the bark, which, over time, can be fatal to the tree. “Really that’s what it’s about—protecting the bark—because once the bark goes the tree has potential to die,” an OPR employee explains. “So, you have to be a bit careful on where you actually hang it up too so you don’t damage the tree in how you do it.” By choosing trees with thicker trunks and using a folded blanket or thick felt piece as a buffer between the bark and the straps, it helps prevent any snapping of the limbs or sliding of the straps that strip the bark. An OPR employee mentions that the lack of awareness around this fact can cause a lot of damage, specifically on campus. “If everyone is going to the same trees over and over, because they’re really good hammocking trees, over time that tree’s going to die.” If you’re new to the hammocking, they do suggest investing in the brand names like ENO since they are so durable and will last you a really long time. They also suggest double-nest hammocks as well, which are big enough to fit two people. If you’re really into hammocking, things like sleeping pads for sleeping in your hammock overnight are really helpful as well. Petrick suggests opting for longer straps for a few reasons. “It works for bigger trees and also if you have two small trees that are further apart, it gives you a little more line to work with,” he says, adding that if you’re a real pro, accessories like a bug net or a rain fly also come in very handy when camping with your hammock.




Whether you’ve been hammocking for years or you’re ordering your first hammock this week, it’s easy to see that not only is hammocking a way to get out and get away for some peaceful solitude in all sorts of different environments, but it’s a way to meet people and have fun with friends!




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The sun is already shining bright this time of year, bringing with it these 80-degree days. Students are flocking to swim at People’s Pond, playing in the soft grassy areas on campus and strolling through downtown. In all of this fun and play, beware the burn... Sunburn. It is important to remember to take precautions so you don’t end up a lobster later. If you do end up with a burn, don’t worry, because you’re not alone. From a survey conducted online, 70 percent of participants said they sunburn easily, and 75 percent said they have gotten a really bad sunburn before. Out of all the places most susceptible to sunburns, the unanimous choice was shoulders. Though the face was a close second, Angel Steinhoff Pipinich from Redmond, Wash. puts it simply, “If I think about the sun, I’m sunburnt.” For those of us that want to go join the summer fun, and especially if you burn easily, here are some measures to take to prevent sunburns. Larry Larson, pharmacy manager at the Ellensburg Safeway Pharmacy, recommends

using plenty of sunscreen or sunblock, saying “The higher SPF the better. Reapply throughout the day.” Another good precaution you can take is wearing hats. “For people like me who are losing hair on top of their head,” says Larson, “wear a hat!” Lightweight shirts are also an additional protection for sensitive skin. When coupled with hats and reapplying sunscreen, you should be good to go! So, let’s say you still end up with a nasty burn. Aloe vera is the holy grail of all your sunburn treatment needs. Larson says, “The sooner you can get some aloe vera on there, the less severe the sunburn will be.” Other recommendations for relief from the sting include cold washcloths, breathable clothing, lots of hydration and cold showers. “Taking a cold shower will take out some of the heat,” says Charlotte Beneteau from Naples, Fla. But there a few unconventional sunburn hacks you could also try. Shawn Phillips from Battle Ground, Wash. says, “Tea bags. Steep in warm water, let cool completely [and place] di-

rectly on sunburn. You can also soak a wash cloth in the tea and place gently on [the] sunburn.” Another hack comes from Cindy Moore Wright, a traveling camp host at Yosemite National Park, “Pour vinegar on a soft cloth and dab it on... it will instantly take the pain away!” Wright uses white vinegar, while Beneteau uses apple cider vinegar. Whether you’re sitting on the SURC lawn, tanning at the side of the lake or just walking around downtown, know your skin. If you know how easily you burn, you know how much you need to protect your skin. Use the correct SPF accordingly, and if you need to wear a light longsleeve? Go for it! No one’s judging. Besides, they’d be too focused on that cute hat of yours. Make note if your skin starts feeling hot when you’re out there, and start applying lotion and drinking plenty of water as soon as you can. Otherwise, you could end up a looking forward to cold showers, tea bags and plenty of aloe. So, go out there and have some fun in the sun!

Weather to Watch Out For

Fan Favorite: Aloe Vera!

You might not feel like you’re burning yet, but the UV index is still high for these weathers, so you’ll feel it later.

There are all kinds of ways to use aloe vera to help with that nasty sunburn.

> Windy and Sunny > Broken Cloud Cover > Brisk Temperatures with Clear Skies

ensures plenty of aloe for a lower cost. Aloe vera with lidocaine – for extra pain relief. Refrigerated aloe gel – this allows for a cooler relief.

Aloe vera plant – this



Story by Bill Miller // Design & Illustrations by Maddie Bush

It’s almost summer, which means it’s time to start planning the ultimate camping trip. Hot dogs and s’mores are the go-to grub for the grill, but let’s be real—we could do better. For a new take on the campfire snack, PULSE set out to find some out-of-the-box recipes to try on your next trip to the great outdoors.




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SHADE As the sun comes out, so do the shades. It’s been a long time since sunglasses were just a tool for protecting your eyes from UV rays—now, they’re a stylish addition to a summer look. According to Andrea Eklund, associate professor and program director for apparel, textiles and merchandising at CWU, “Sunglasses can really make a look.” The general public seems to agree—especially since many people often own multiple pairs of sunglasses at a time, usually going for look over protection. Eklund says this is largely due to the accessibility and price, as well as the brand name. “The designers actually license out their name, and it’s a glasses company creating them and putting their name on them,” she explains. “It’s the name that you’re buying.” While designer sunglasses can be more expensive, though, Eklund warns, “Never buy knock-off sunglasses, because they usually don’t have the UVA and UVB protection in the lenses.” So whether your focus is on protection or style, there’s a pair for you. Stay stylish, not shady.



“Sunglasses can make

people a bit mysterious.” Andrea Eklund

“I really like how personal sunglasses can be.”

Nikole Chumley

“I look for glasses that are unique but aren’t over-thetop that I can use daily.” Ted Wolfe

“I like sunglasses because they can easily transform

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any look.”


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A look into the lives of bartenders

Story by Lexi Phillips Photos by Ryan Weier Design by Elizabeth Mason




s bar-goers, our primary focus tends to be more on the drinks we’re served, and less on the people serving them. The role of a bartender is to ensure we have a fun (but safe) night out by making and serving beer, cocktails and shots, but their job often extends beyond that task. Whether it be making idle conversation with chatty customers, cleaning up spills and messes or having to ward off or even kick out the overlyintoxicated, bartending is by no means a simple job. It becomes harder, of course, when bartenders have to deal with harassment from the other side of the bar. This sort of behavior can range from general rudeness to outright assault; not only this, but it often has a correlation with gender. Though Data USA states that as of 2016, 55.4 percent of bartenders are female, it seems more common for female bartenders to receive certain treatment, harassment or otherwise, relating to their gender. Of course, this doesn’t mean male bartenders don’t also receive similar treatment. PULSE spoke to bar employees around Ellensburg for a deeper look at the experiences of male and female bartenders and how not to treat them. “If I look cuter, people will tip me more.” Many bartenders will tell you that while they may not always have a uniform, dressing to impress is still beneficial. “One of my [male] friends told me … to start dressing up on nights, because when he works Fridays and Saturdays, he’s like, ‘I dress up like I go out, because I get more

tips,’” says Lexi Veatch, a bartender at The Palace. “Girls will flirt with him all of the time and tip him more.” Of course, this isn’t just applicable to men. Veatch adds that she takes her friend’s advice. “On nights that I do get to work— busier nights—I do try to look prettier than on a Wednesday,” she says. “If I look cuter, people will tip me more.” With this being a common occurrence among bartenders, it may come as no surprise that employers will sometimes use this to their advantage as a way to garner more business. “I’ve had comments made about my gender, as in, ‘Hopefully having you tend bar will bring in more tips’ or ‘Maybe you can dress a certain way in order to emphasize your female-ness,’” explains Julie*, a bartender and senior lecturer in the College of Arts & Humanities. “I tend to de-

cline those invitations to exploit my gender or to feel as though I’m being exploited in order to do something that is largely just something that I do because I enjoy it and I’m good at it.” “I think it’s a good idea not to be heavy on one [gender] or the other.” With both male and female bartenders receiving genderrelated treatment, bar dynamics are affected when both a man and a woman are working the bar. “We have a few good guys and a few good girls, and I think it’s a good idea not to be heavy on one side or the other in a place,” says Mike Wooldridge, a manager at Blue Rock Saloon. “There are people who—for whatever reason, like it or not— they’re going to want to go to a girl and get a drink from a girl, or they’re going to want to go to this guy who makes this kind of drink for them.” For Veatch, this is a common occurrence. “Most of my customers are males. I don’t know if that’s just an [every] bar thing, or if that’s just The Palace, but that kind of helps tip-wise,” she says, adding that many older male customers have a habit of using the terms “sweetheart” or “sweetie” when speaking with her. “It’s starting to piss me off because now I feel like I’m not a bartender; now I feel like I’m a kid getting you something really quick.” It’s not just about extra tips or microaggressions, though. Julie says that while she does tend to get more tips from her male customers, she also receives harassment. “Most of the time I’ve tended bar with men,” she says, noting that the customers



who “come up and make inappropriate or sexual comments is [almost] exclusively towards the women.” Julie explains that the reason behind this is directly correlated “to a sense of entitlement or distinction that’s made based on gender and how that’s represented.” It’s not necessarily all bad, though. According to Wooldridge, “One of the girls who works at Blue Rock has a group of, like, 12 dudes that comes in religiously every Tuesday and will only sit in her section and will only be served by her. They’re great guys and they’re great tippers and they’ll always take care of her and the staff … but they’re there for her.” “The first thing he said to me was, ‘Put this on daddy’s card.’” When it comes to inappropriate conversations with customers, it’s not all just casual flirting. Sometimes, it’s an interaction that can leave someone 42

feeling icky or even vulnerable. Veatch recalls an interaction with a customer who came in with his friend and girlfriend. “The first thing he said to me was, ‘Put this on daddy’s card.’ He was disgusting,” she says. “He was just really rude and kind of demanding but [would] also [say], ‘Come on, laugh a little.’” To her surprise, neither of the man’s companions commented on the interaction. Julie adds that while she does get hit on by male customers, things get especially awkward when students come to the bar and try to flirt with her or buy her drinks. Otherwise, she says, encountering students while bartending is only awkward for them. “I’ve had a number of occasions in which students have come in to the bar or come to the event and don’t immediately recognize me,” she explains. “Once they do, you can tell there’s sort of this shift of, like, ‘What did I say? How am I behaving, and is that going to be an issue?” Inappropriate or sexist remarks don’t always come from

customers, though. According to Michaela Meeker, a bartender at Starlight Lounge, “I did have one old coworker that would belittle me or didn’t take me seriously because I was a female and [he] acted superior to me, even though I trained him, and we had the same job title.” “This older gentleman… jumped over the table and pinned her against the wall.” Harassment doesn’t stop at words, though. Ashley Perkins, a cocktail waitress at Blue Rock Saloon, recalls a time when some male customers waited outside for her to get off work, which occurred in the late hours of the night, making her feel vulnerable. Since then, security has started escorting her to her car after late shifts. “That happens on both sides, too,” comments Wooldridge. “I would say that maybe just the overall societal mentality is that it’s a little more acceptable for that kind of action towards guys,


so girls hitting on guys behind the bar is going to be received differently than if a guy’s being blatantly gross to a chick.” Max Wicklander, a bartender at Bruce’s Place, says he doesn’t really ever feel unsafe while working, even during his time at Blue Rock Saloon. “I don’t think I’ve ever been in a situation where I didn’t feel like I had at least a majority of control over what was going on,” he says. “It’s kind of weird, but that bar-top is almost like a barrier.” The bar-top isn’t protective to all, though. Veatch tells of an incident in which a female coworker was physically assaulted by a male customer. “This older gentleman … jumped over the table and pinned her against the wall. She said [she didn’t] have his card … and that’s how he freaked out,” she says. “I don’t ever want that to happen to me.” According to Julie, the limitation placed on her because of her gender is frustrating. “I have been incredibly frustrated to have to rely on not being able to stay on my own until the end of the night because of concerns of customers who have been particularly aggressive based on my gender,” she says, adding that it has gotten to the point where higher-ups have to take that into account when scheduling shifts. “I’m not always super comfortable having to acknowledge those imposed limitations on my own comfort and safety.”

they serve influence the sort of behavior they see. Many of the bartenders we spoke with said they liked the atmosphere of the bars they work at and the connections they get to make with customers. However, not each bar is the same. Wicklander says his experiences at Blue Rock Saloon were much different from his experience at Bruce’s Place now— namely, his time at Blue Rock Saloon came with more flirting “by females and males,” he says. “Now that I work at Bruce’s Place, we don’t really have much of a college crowd; it’s kind of a different kind of bar, and it closes at ten at the latest, so you never get any of that late-night kind of craziness that you get downtown.” Different bars always bring “a different energy,” says Julie. “So,

that’s fun. And … the negative experiences are almost always to do with when that energy is disrupted in some way by difficult customers.” Even being in a small college town affects experiences. While Meeker says she doesn’t really feel unsafe bartending in Ellensburg, “If I lived in Seattle and had to close the bar by myself, maybe it would be different.” A bigger city means a larger variety of customers and a more bustling— and dangerous—nightlife. With all of this is mind, be sure to treat everyone you encounter with respect. Though bartenders may be the ones helping raise your blood-alcohol level, don’t let the intoxication turn you into a bad night for someone else.

“If I lived in Seattle and had to close the bar by myself, maybe it would be different.” Gender isn’t the only thing to take into account with how bartenders are treated, though. The location of the bar at which they work and the types of customers 43




LIVING WITH A LIFELONG DIAGNOSIS Story by Bailee Wicks // Design & Photos by Kaitlyn Kurisu

By 2050, five million people in the United States will have type one diabetes compared to the 1.25 million that currently live with it according to JDRF’s, the leading non-profit organization that funds type one diabetes research, website.

Science and the Stigma Diabetes is where the body can’t regulate blood sugar and glucose levels. There are two different types of diabetes: type one and type two. Type one diabetes, (T1D), is “an autoimmune disease  in which insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune

system. T1D seems to have a genetic component and can be diagnosed early in life but also in adulthood. Its causes are not fully known, and there is currently no cure. People with T1D are dependent on injected or pumped insulin to survive” JDRF says. Whereas type two diabetes is normally developed later on in life. JDRF states that type two “can be due to genetic predisposition or behavior. T2D is a metabolic disorder in which a person’s body still produces insulin but is unable to use it effectively. It can be managed with diet and exercise or medication. More serious cases may require insulin therapy.” Although they are both forms of diabetes, they are very different and are treated as such. Junior Business Administration Major Christian Stafford, who was diagnosed with type one diabetes in sixth grade, says anytime he tells others about his T1D he gets responses like, “oh my grandma has diabetes” or as Junior Nutrition Major Kendra Turner adds, “you’re not fat.” The misconceptions about type one just start with the confusion between the two types of diabetes. “I either get people thinking I can’t have any sweets at all, which I can, or people say I am lucky because I have to carry around simple and complex sugars to eat when my blood sugar goes low,” Stafford adds. You can’t neglect it, there are major side effects to being too low or too high.

“When your blood sugars get low you shake vigorously and can have seizures and when it spikes up, you can go into a coma,” Freshman Leontre Griffin explains.

Diagnosis The average age to be diagnosed with T1D in the United States is 14 years old according to the endocrine website. Griffin was diagnosed in fourth grade. Immediately after being diagnosed, “I felt different and that I wouldn’t be like a regular kid anymore. My mom was freaking out and thinking this would hinder me and everything I wanted to do in life and I had a nurse who told me that everything would be fine if I just took care of my body and myself,” Griffin says. “The last few days in the hospital, I was walking around and saw another diabetic and pretty much told him what that nurse told me, that is when I decided to not enjoy diabetes, but live with it.” Stafford was diagnosed the day after Christmas in sixth grade. “My parents knew that T1D could be a possibility, but wanted to wait until after Christmas to take me to the doctor, so it didn’t ruin the holiday season,” Stafford says. “I was playing outside with my younger brothers in the little snow we had in Federal Way, and I must have had high blood sugar because I just remember waking up later still in the snow. That is when my parents decided to take me in the following day.” Stafford remembers his last piece 45


of candy as a non-diabetic. “My parents gave me licorice from Trader Joe’s and the rest is history,” Stafford adds. Turner was diagnosed in January of 2011 while she was in 8th grade. “I had really bad social anxiety right after being diagnosed,” Turner says. “I was so worried about having a low [blood sugar] and having to eat like five fruit snack packs all at once and have people stare at me…I even had special arrangements to show up late to some classes and sit in the back.” A common theme with type one diabetics after being diagnosed is not sharing their diagnosis with others. “I used to put my pump in my pocket and cut holes for my tubing so no one ever saw it,” Stafford says. “I even dated a girl for over four months without her knowing that I had T1D.” “I used to just tell people I was sick and never got into my diagnosis for a long time,” Griffin adds.

Day to Day Griffin takes PULSE through an average day with his diabetes. “Basically, I wake up in the morning and make sure my blood sugar is regulated,” Griffin says. Morning carbs then provide the energy to go about his day. “I go to class and make sure I have a snack with me. I also make sure my blood sugar is on the higher side. Then I work out and immediately eat a carb load because I know my levels will get low from the workout.” The differences between men and women with T1D is primarily the placement of the pump. “I keep my pump in my bra because girl’s pockets are not large enough and if it falls out and pulls, the sight where it is attached in my


body hurts, so I know it won’t move in my bra,” Turner says. “So sometimes I just have to reach down my shirt to pull it out if I need to check my levels or administer insulin.” Stafford is a wide receiver on the CWU Football team. “Practice is the major kink in my day to day or week to week when it comes to managing my diabetes,” Stafford says. “Usually if I have a bad adrenaline high during practice, I start this cycle of my blood sugar going high and then dropping low which is not helpful with my overall management of my health.”

“The Dark and the Light” With any life-long diagnosis, there comes good and bad times, Stafford refers to them as the dark and the light. Griffin recalls a time where he was not able to get test strips for a month and a half due to the cost of the strips after insurance. “I just had to feel when I was high and low. I am just grateful I have insurance, I don’t know what would happen if I didn’t,” Griffin says. Griffin has also had a few seizures at CWU this year. “My roommates now know why I have them and know how to help,” Griffin adds. Having T1D can ruin some of the little things that others without diabetes enjoys. “My roommate will drink juice out of the container and it makes me cringe,” Stafford says. “When we have lows we are force fed juice, fruit snacks and raw honey. It ruins those items for me.” Playing on a D2 collegiate football team is already a huge commitment, not only to add the job of managing your insulin levels. “It affects me more

mentally than anything. I have had it since I’ve started playing football and had a love for it, so there was no football before I had T1D, they just go hand in hand,” Stafford says. “There’s always this stigma that as a T1D, you cannot play sports or at least play them well and people use T1D as a crutch. I have had my fair share of missing stuff for my T1D and it is frustrating, whether it be a low blood sugar or high blood sugar. For me, getting awareness for a coach to be empathetic and understand what I am going through or teammates and people in general not see it as a disadvantage. Just getting the word out about T1D will be a huge deal.” Griffin adds that he has had track teammates in the past think he had to sit out for an exercise or run as an excuse. “People thought I was faking it or didn’t want to do the activity, when I physically could have gone into a seizure because of how low I was and needed insulin.” Experiences are not all bad though. Seattle Sounders forward, Jordan Morris, held an event May 6 for type one diabetics. Stafford was able to not only attend the event, but was able to talk to meet Morris as well. “We both were diagnosed the day after Christmas and both have a T1D tattoo,” Stafford says. There seems to be an instant friendship connection when two type ones find each other. “Just meeting people like [Stafford] and being able to talk to them and have them completely understand what you have to go through is a huge deal and I advise that other diabetics reach out when you feel ready,” Turner says.



Medicine T1D does not have a cure and people with it rely on insulin to survive. Fifteen minutes before eating, you have to take insulin in order for it to be affective. “I eat the same thing every day so I figured out how much insulin to take for breakfast. I’ll have a bowl of frosted mini wheats and I know that 21 mini wheats is 46 carbs plus half a cup of milk and sometimes coffee so it’s usually like 65 carbs,” Turner says. Insulin is necessary, but “food is our medicine,” Stafford adds. The supplies needed to manage your diabetes are extensive and in result can get expensive. “One little bottle of 50 test strips are $100 with insurance,” Stafford says. And that is only one of the many items type one diabetics have to have on them at all times.

Each diabetic is different and not all advice works for people. “For the longest time, I did not want to hear any advice from anyone. People telling me to get involved and go to camps as a teen pissed me off,” Turner says. “My best advice is to listen to yourself and know when to reach out and talk to other diabetics and doctors, but it does not have to be right away. It took me seven years,” Turner adds. Stafford reaches out to everyone who is not diabetic and suggests that “you be an ear and not a voice. Sometimes you just want to hear ‘you’re right, that sucks’ and not be told all these solution to a problem that is not going away.”

Programs and Outreach The center for information and community support phone number is 1-800-DIABETES American Diabetes Month is in November The Stop Diabetes, is a movement to help people in the fight against diabetes., educational website as well as nonprofit to raise money for research to find a cure.

Kendra Turner, Christian Stafford and Leontre Griffin



Story by Anakaren Garcia Design by Vanessa Cruz

With summer coming up, love is in the air—well, maybe not love. Whether you’re looking for longterm or maybe just someone to ‘Netflix & Chill’ with all summer, it’s that time of year where summer flings are prevalent. It’s nothing to be ashamed of; lots of people do it. The real shame is when your summer fling goes awry. PULSE spoke to experts and seasoned summer flingers to help you avoid a romantic mishap this summer. Sure, summer flings can be all fun and games, but before getting into it you might want to talk about some things with the other person involved. CWU Health Education Coordinator Erin Reeh says that communicating from the very beginning what you want out of the relationship is important and adds that if throughout the course of time your emotions or desires change, you should also communicate that. This way, no one is caught off guard and you’re both on the same page. People often affiliate summer flings with ‘no strings attached’ and no hard feelings in the end and although that’s generally the idea, it all depends on how you approach it. “I think it really is about being honest with yourself and figuring out what your boundaries are in your relationship, whether it be short-term relationship or long-term,” says Reeh. Now, just because summer flings are about having fun


doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be safe. According to Reeh, safety should be your number one priority, especially if your summer fling is a sexual one. “Make sure that you’re using all types of protection, you communicate with your partner about being tested—if you’ve been tested before [and] if your partner has gotten tested afterwards,” Reeh suggests. Also, make sure that if you’re going to have multiple partners, let each partner know that you are. Honesty is the best policy. So, it comes time to end the summer fling of yours. It was fun and exciting—or maybe it was horrible and you regret it completely—but whatever the case may be, it’s come to an end and now you’re wondering how to officially end it. You may think to yourself, “Do I talk to them or just ghost them?” Your best bet is to talk to them. If you had already talked to them in the beginning of the fling about your desires for this relationship, then the process of ending it shouldn’t be a hard one. But still, talk to them and let them know what you guys had and did was fun, but it’s time to face reality and head back to the real world. And for those of you thinking, “Are summer flings actually real?” Yes… yes they are. PULSE got some summer fling stories for you to read about!



It lasted about a month. We matched on Tinder at the end of August and went on an ice cream date. I wanted more of a relationship, so we didn’t go back to anyone’s place. But the next time we met up it was a movie night at my house and we didn’t really watch the movie. The next couple of times we got together it was the same thing. I TRIED


fling, so I was antsy and awkward, and we ended up having a ‘what are we’ talk during our fifth date when we were in bed together. Yikes. It wasn’t great in the moment, but I think it’s so funny now. And we still say hi to each other on campus so there’s no hard feelings there.

It probably started on Twitter or Instagram—we started a conversation from it and here and there we’d tweet responses to each other. And then I went and saw her out every now and then and we started hanging out after that. Just one day we were just like ‘Yeah, we should go get something to eat.’ We never really got past the ‘friends’ stage. I mean we did stuff, but IT NEVER REALLY GOT PAST THE FRIENDS STAGE JUST BECAUSE THERE WERE SOME THINGS THAT WE DIDN’T LIKE IN EACH OTHER AFTER HANGING OUT AND EVERYTHING. I mean, we were fighting a lot as friends, so I was like,

‘eehhh.’ We’re more acquaintances than friends now, I would say.

She knew one of my best friends, grew up with him and then she knew of me through soccer and stuff. She and I would say hi whenever we saw each other. We never really hung out or anything like that, and then one day she got my Snapchat from my buddy. We were snapping that night, and that’s how it really started—it was just through Snapchat. We talked for like five months. We went on hikes, played soccer, ‘Netflix & chilled’. But we knew we weren’t ready for a relationship, so it was sort of just to have fun at the time. We both knew that if we started talking to anybody else, we would tell the other one. And one of us started talking to somebody else and told the other one and, I mean, we could still keep it cool. WE KNEW OUR BOUNDARIES FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. WE ALWAYS KNEW TO TAKE A STEP BACK BEFORE IT WENT TOO FAR.

*Stories edited for length and content.



Story by Mackenzie Trotter // Photos by Ryan Weier // Design & Illustrations by Vanessa Cruz The days are getting longer and the weather’s heating up. You know what that means – summer is here. Whether you’re looking to celebrate graduation, destress from finals or kick off the start of summer break, we’ve got just the treat for you: Boozy Popsicles. This childhood snack combined with adult beverages forms exactly what you’ve been needing. The official mood for the next few months – stay cool and boozy. 50

We scoured Pinterest for the best recipes and here’s what we found.








Mix the pureed pineapple, tequila and pineapple juice together. • Stir until completely mixed. • Pour 1 teaspoon of grenadine in the bottom of the popsicle molds and then fill ¾ the way full with the pineapple mix. • Freeze until solid and enjoy! S O U R C E :








Soak the gummy bears in vodka and leave them until they are nice and plump, between 24 to 72 hours. • You can either let the soda go flat before you freeze or

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U LT U RE Story & Photos by Zahn Schultz Design by Hannah Brooks

As the rain starts to go away, car season comes into full

swing. Students around Ellensburg express themselves through their rides as a part of who they are. The connection between car and driver reaches its peak, and these enthusiasts take pride in their machinery.



BRENDAN CROUSE Senior law & justice major 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Brendan Crouse drives a 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. His interest in cars started from a young age. “My grandpa has been a diesel mechanic for almost 20 years now. I was always fascinated when he would be working on cars at home,” he says. “Fast cars were always cool to me. I didn’t get into the tuner car scene until about high school.”


For Crouse, picking a car was more than just a something to get him from point A to point B. “I knew I wanted an Evo as soon as I had seen the movie ‘2 Fast 2 Furious,’” he explains. “I was considering buying a [Subaru] STI, But after seeing my friend blow up his motor multiple times in his Subaru I knew I had to stick to my gut.” This car is very special and has become a part of Crouse. “I ‘jokingly’ tell people that when I pass away I will be buried in my Evo because I plan to have this car forever,” he says.


CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS Wenatchee, Wash. 2017 Toyota 86 Widebody

Christopher Hollis just finished up his widebody Toyota 86. He says he came about his ride unexpectedly, recalling, “I walked into the dealership wanting a new car. My mom wanted to show me a special edition TC and this was right behind it, and it was love at first sight. I went for a test drive and three hours later it was mine.” There came a point where he just had to jump in and start building his car. “I would get off work late at night and I would over-think, and I just started pulling the trigger on everything, started ordering everything,” he says. “Next thing you know, parts start showing up, and I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m doing this.’” Like many others, Christopher got pulled into the car scene by his friends. “My friend Dustin showed me the way. I used to play card games all day, but I sold off everything and got into cars, and it’s been about a year [since],” he says.


JACOB CORPMAN Sophomore business major 2005 Subaru WRX

Jacob Corpman drives a Bagged 2005 Subaru WRX. “My favorite aspect of the car is being on bags, because you get the best of both worlds,” he says. “It allows you to ride much higher off the ground while driving on the street, but when parked you air out and get real low.” Jacob has been going to car meets for years and over time

has become a member of the car community. “I enjoy the car community because people are friendly and you can get some real cool inspiration from other people’s builds at any kind of car meet,” he explains. “It’s nice meeting people with a shared interest and seeing what people have put into their car.” 57



H I Cr i m e

Story by Ted Wolfe & Lexi Phillips // Design by Matthew Conrardy // Photo by Kevin Hense

A mellow and self-described "shiny, dance-y, poppy, fun" sound is what you can expect from the Seattle-based band Hi Crime, made up of former PULSE Editor-in-Chief Brielle Rutledge (vocals and keys), Mitch Etter (vocals and guitar), Hannah Chase (bass) and Cody McCann (drums). The band originated as a recording project with Rutledge and Etter, according to Rutledge, and has recently grown two members in preparation for their first live performances. Now, they are set to release their first full album in the coming months and have upcoming performances in Seattle and San Francisco.



5 What is your favorite song you have produced? CODY: With Hi Crime, "Doin' Alright". Not too often you get a drum solo in an indie band.

BRIELLE: "Fallacies" which is a song off the new

record. Not because of what it was about necessarily but because that song showed me how to write from a space that felt truly authentic.

1 What words do you live by? CODY: "You can't change the world, but you can make a dent." -Smoochy the Rhino.

HANNAH: “Life's like a movie, write your own end-

6 What’s your favorite song? CODY: "So Come Back, I Am Waiting" by Okkervil River. "In The Air Tonight" is a close second. has the same effect on me.

ing. Keep believing, keep pretending” - Jim Henson

HANNAH: “Head Over Heels” by The Go-Go’s is my

2 What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

7 What’s your favorite movie?

CODY: I can drum entire metal songs with my teeth. Terrible habit.

BRIELLE: Songs that have a whistling melody in them drive me crazy. I think it’s the lamest thing ever.

MITCH: I have a very hard time pronouncing the word 'wolf '.

3 What are you most proud of? CODY: I've been flossing more, so that's a big win. MITCH: When I pronounce the word 'wolf ' properly. HANNAH: I am known for being a little work-obsessed so I am pretty proud of myself that I can now take time for me and not feel bad about it.

4 What mistake did you learn from? BRIELLE: A big mistake I’ve made in the past was

not knowing my worth. Whether that was in a relationship, a job, etc. And I think that’s something that just comes with experience and time.

number one go to song. I am a big sap for 80s.

MITCH: Probably Moonrise Kingdom. I really enjoy coming-of-age stories, and this story in particular feels very familiar to me.

HANNAH: Fight Club. The book was phenomenal,

and I think the movie did a wonderful job of keeping true to the book while adding its own elements, which are basically necessary for the plot twist.


What goals are you currently working towards?

BRIELLE: We're almost done with our debut full-

length record, and we're getting stoked to have that finished by June. As for broader goals: working toward creating more quality content, connecting more with artists and people in the community and becoming a better version of myself.

MITCH: I've gotten more serious about writing

songs and learning to mix lately, so I haven't been practicing guitar like I want to. Flashy, technical playing doesn’t excite me much, but I’m working on becoming a more impressive guitarist without letting showboating distract from the song itself.

HANNAH: When I went to college I was following

my family’s dreams of having a doctor in the family. I hated every moment of it and eventually changed my major way late in the game. I learned that it is best to be true to you and not be pressured by others. I was so much happier when I actually followed my own interests.

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Spring 2018 | Issue Two  

PULSE Magazine is an online, student-run lifestyle magazine produced by and for the Central Washington University community. Now available i...

Spring 2018 | Issue Two  

PULSE Magazine is an online, student-run lifestyle magazine produced by and for the Central Washington University community. Now available i...

Profile for cwupulse