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table of CO NT E N T S OUR TOWN

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PULSE polls

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All Wildcats Welcome

VA L E N T I N E ’ S S P E C I A L

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Valentine’s Day on a Budget

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Central’s Worst Dates

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Galentine’s Day

LIFE HACKS

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Hangover Cures

PA S S P O R T

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Winter in Winthrop

ON THE COVER Celebrating diversity on the CWU campus.

Illustration by Matthew Conrardy

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SPOTLIGHT

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Keeping Culture

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New Spirits: An inside look at Eastern Washington’s Heritage Distilling Co.

MIND & BODY

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New Year, New Me

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Healing Crystals

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Oh, Honey

FOOD & DRINK

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The Season of Drinking

SPORTS

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Onto the Next Play

AFTER DARK

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PULSE8 features Gaudino

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Cannabis Calendar

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Bar Calendar


“It provides a creative learning experience allowing growth through leadership.” Bailee Wicks

“The t-shirts...

“I like the

and making cool things.”

artistic freedom!”

Maddie Bush

Elizabeth Mason

“Meeting so many

“Meeting people &

“I like the atmosphere

interesting &

getting to know

and fun stories.”

different people.”

their stories.”

Anakaren Garcia

Ryan Weier

Jocelyn Waite

W H AT ’ S Y O U R F AV O R I T E PA R T O F P U L S E ?


P UL S E staff EDITORIAL

MULTIMEDIA

editor in chief Lexi Phillips

PULSE video Jocelyn Waite

associate editor Bailee Wicks

PULSE radio & social media Rachel Greve

assistant editor Mackenzie Trotter

CONTRIBUTORS

assistant editor Alexi Prante copy editor Jessica Griffin

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

PHOTOGRAPHY director of photography Ryan Weier photographers Rio Allen Leo Andraca Brendan Laird Jack Lambert

CWU Pulse M ag azi n e

Madison Dickey Anakaren Garcia Georgi Halverson Sarah Hoot Brooklyn Isaacs Beau Kelderhouse Miles King Soma Lambert Nenay Norawong

P U B L I C R E L AT I O N S PR agency account supervisor Katie Carlson

ADVERTISING business manager Cait Dalton

[509] 963.1026 / cait.dalton@cwu.edu

ADVISING faculty adviser Jennifer Green

[509] 963.3216 / jennifer.green@cwu.edu

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@ CW U P u l s e

Pulse Magazine is a student-run lifestyle magazine, both in print and online at www.cwupulsemagazine.com. 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 I

t feels like just as soon as we started, another issue is done. Of course, I’m happy to share this issue with the world, but it’s almost like there wasn’t enough time to appreciate it (and take a breath) before putting this one out there. Nevertheless, here we are. This is my third quarter as Editor-in-Chief, and I’m finding myself loving my job—and this magazine—more and more with each issue. PULSE is all about sharing the stories and perspectives of people at CWU and beyond, and this time around, we’re highlighting just a handful of the many culturals of students at CWU, along with their experiences keeping in touch with their heritage while in college. Check out “Keeping Culture” on page 32. And while we’re on the topic, you may have heard about (or seen) the “High School Musical”-themed flash mob that occurred in the SURC just the same day we went live, which was put on as a way to emphasize the need for a multicultural center here on campus. Read more about this in “All Wildcats Welcome” on page 12. Although Ellensburg is surprisingly free of snow this year (certainly not complaining), three PULSE photographers decided they missed the cold, traveling to the Methow Valley to get some shots and appreciate the beauty of winter. You can read about—and see—their experience on page 28. As we get further into the year, read up on how people are keeping up on their New Year’s resolutions (or why they aren’t), and find some ways to follow through on your goals with “New Year, New Me” on page 44. Lastly, as I’m sure you’re aware, we’re coming up on Valentine’s Day fast. Whether you’re in a relationship or kicking it on your own, check out our Valentine’s Day section with “Valentine’s Day on a Budget” on page 16, “Central’s Worst Dates” on page 20 and “Galentine’s Day” on page 22. In the midst of midterms, we all owe it to ourselves to take a moment and reflect on these past few months. If you’re feeling buried underneath this quarter, you will be okay. I know as well as anyone how quickly things can come at you, but trust me—you’re going to come out a better person. Have a fantastic year and be sure to read your PULSE!


reading your PULSE JESSICA GRIFFIN: Writing the “#YouToo?”

story was definitely one of the most meaningful things I’ve done while at CWU. Because this was such a sensitive and important topic, the only thing that mattered to me was getting it right and putting out the strongest story I could. I felt a weight of responsibility with a platform to give a voice to those whose reality was more than just a trending hashtag. Since writing the story, I’ve been almost hyper-focused on stories all over the news following the Golden Globes, the #TimesUp movement and the Larry Nassar case. This issue is far from over, but at least the conversation is out in the open now. My hope for this story is that at the very least it shows people that this isn’t just a Hollywood issue, and even if you don’t have a #MeToo story of your own, all of us should take on the responsibility to not be passive about sexual assault. I hope that people would not be bystanders, but be active and aware and really embody what the #ItsOnUs movement promotes—taking responsibility to look out for one another and speak up for those who may feel as though their power has been taken away from them. JOCELYN

WAITE: “The Weinstein Effect” article I wrote last issue was an experience that will stay with me. There are so many parts to this article that did not end up making it into the final cut (not even the extended version online), but they showed me how deep abuse can strike

into the lives of those we care about. It reshaped how I view sexual harassment and assault and the normalization of it. It’s often a punchline for jokes related to breaking into show business; it’s an expected byproduct of the entertainment industry. Yet, no one really expects their favorite stars to have been affected or to have committed such acts. To watch the headlines pour out day after day and see the number of high-profile celebrities come forward with their stories was both unsettling and inspiring. It was unsettling to see how many celebrities had been abused over the course of their careers by others who held more power than they did, yet it was inspiring to see these celebrities share their stories and unite to affect change in their industry. Long-time predators such as Weinstein are finally facing consequences for their actions—a major step in the right direction. The fight in Hollywood didn’t end there; recently, a group of high-profile women in the entertainment industry teamed up with social activists to create the #TimesUp movement. They took to the golden globes wearing black and standing tall. In order to change the system we are a part of, there needs to be constant criticism and communication. By creating the #TimesUp movement the change brought on by The New York Times Weinstein exposé doesn’t fade away. Rather, it becomes a movement that will continue to fight for change. #TimesUp, Hollywood.

READ THE ORIGINAL #YouToo? Story by Jessica Griffin The Weinstein Effect Story by Jocelyn Waite

www.cwupulsemagazine.com


behind the SCE N E S

Plowing through fields of fresh snow

Photo by Jack Lambert

Behind the scenes at the flash mob after-dark rehearsal

Photo by Leo Andraca


Marc Rodgers suits up to shoot aroundon the court one last time

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Polls conducted by Rachel Greve Design & Illustrations by Maddie Bush

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HOW A FLASH MOB CAN BECOME SO MUCH MORE Story by Bailee Wicks Photos by Ryan Weier & Leo Andraca Design by Maddie Bush 12

Central Washington University has been named one of most diverse schools in the state of Washington for four years in a row, according to Niche, a website of data scientists and engineers to assist people in choosing the right school. No matter where Central students come from—their background, religious beliefs or sexual preferences, they all have one thing in common: they are all Wildcats. Over 120 Central students have joined forces to present a “High School Musical”themed flash mob not only to celebrate our differences and emphasize the message that all are welcome, but to show the need for a multicultural center here on campus.


OUR TOWN

THE START OF SOMETHING NEW

Since Myrinda Wolitarsky, senior public health major and logistics coordinator of the flash mob, was in high school, it was a dream of hers to put on a “High School Musical”-themed flash mob. “I was excited to go to high school and be able to sing and dance all through the hallways, which did not happen on a regular basis,” she says. “So instead when I was looking at colleges, Central was obviously the Wildcats and I thought that’s where it is gonna happen and will be my moment, and yet when I came here, dancing through the hallways was not a common experience. There should be a flash mob in the SURC.” The original idea started as one song and flourished into a seven minute long flash mob featuring songs from all three “High School Musical” movies. This flash mob has been kept a secret until today, Feb. 8, when the performance took place. Nenay Norawong, senior public relations major and the creative director of the project, took this flash mob to the next level using his specialization in project management and past experience as a performing intern for Walt Disney World. Both Norawong and Wolitarsky have put many hours into the project since the official start in Oct. 2017. “On average, I would say there is 15 hours of rehearsals a week on top of five hours of outside meetings with dance captains and office hours. So, I would say I put in 20 hours a week of compensated time and in my personal leisure time, I put in another 20 hours to do presentations, choreograph and fill out paperwork,” says Norawong.

REHEARSALS

There are many groups across campus that were also involved in the project: the Central Dance Team, CWU Cheer squad, the Student Dance Association as well as a student ensemble, which were known as ‘The Homies’ throughout the process. Norawong actually facilitates and leads all rehearsals himself with the homies. “When it came to choreographing, it was more of a collaboration with the team captains and coaches of the other groups within the projects on their specific pieces and songs,” he says. “It was fun to see everyone come together,” adds Hannah Rogers, sophomore business administration major and CWU cheerleader. “Each group practiced their individual parts and then towards the end, we started running through the whole thing together.” The practices were more than just running the numbers over and over. “The first hour of the 13


rehearsals were workshops. There, we do a lot of selfdiscovery with things that I have personally taught them and my philosophy as an artist, like A.D.C., which is absorption, digestion and compel,” explains Norawong. “Where they take the energy in around them and absorb it, then digest it and then use it compel themselves forward with whatever energy they are absorbing around them so they have the best performance.” The practices were held all over campus, but the final run-throughs were in the SURC after hours. “Although they were late, from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., they were exciting,” adds Rogers. “The choreographers and leadership team were sweet and so fun to work with. They all set a very upbeat and positive tone.”

PUSH FOR A MULTICULTURAL CENTER

Wolitarsky is the Vice President of Equity and Community Affairs here on campus. For her, the idea “started as just a fun idea and exciting project, but since working in my position in student gov. this year and working with different demographics and backgrounds is just the importance of having that multicultural space here on campus,” she says, adding that the Center for Diversity and Social Justice, while a helpful resource for students, is only a small space in the SURC. “[A multicultural space] would be educational and [provide] advocacy to give different groups around campus a safe place … to call home is very important on campus. As soon as I came here, I felt directly at home and was happy and content, but there are some students who don’t feel that way, so I think it would be nice to have that space for them,” she says. There are students of different races/ethnicities, religions, majors, genders and sexual preferences all represented in the flash mob “to show the president of the school that a multicultural center should be on the top of the to-do list,” Wolitarsky adds. The flash mob is meant to do more than just share a love of “High School Musical,” but to open up a discussion of something larger, inclusivity. CWU’s slogan ‘You are welcome here’ has been taken literally throughout the creation of the project. “During some of the workshops, we have had guest speakers come in and talk about how one person can make a significant change,” says Wolitarsky. At 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, the SURC was painted a picture of the diversity at Central and shown what can be accomplished when we are all in this together. Stay tuned for behind the scenes footage at www.cwupulsemagazine.com 14


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Valentine’s Day Story by Rachel Greve Design by Hannah Brooks

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VALENTINE’S SPECIAL

Valentine’s Day is that one day each year when you want to spoil your special someone, but that can be difficult to do on the budget of a college student. Whether it be saving a few bucks on flowers or splitting a dinner on a night out, there are many ways to do Cupid’s holiday on a budget!

1. Make reservations in town ($50) Depending on how far you travel for dinner, gas can be a leading factor in an expensive Valentine’s Day. Staying in town (or close to it) allows you more time to spend at dinner as well as at home with your partner, with the added bonus of saving money.

2. Get a couple’s dinner Couple’s dinners are usually around $10 to $15 cheaper than getting separate meals (that are not a part of the special) and are often higher-quality. Some restaurants even offer lobster or crab, and The Porch has a secret Valentine’s Day dinner!

3. Watch a movie at home ($20) Go rent that movie you’ve been dying to see for months, grab some snacks from the store and settle in with your partner for a comfortable night at home.

4. Skip the presents ($35-$40) At this age, presents can be so hard to perfect. Instead of stressing over getting your partner an expensive necklace or the newest Xbox, elect to do something together. Activities such as Sip & Paint at Gallery One or even bowling can be more memorable than a present. Remember—it’s more about the memories and less about the items.

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1. Eat at home ($20) The difference between a steak dinner at a restaurant and a steak dinner at home is all of $20. You can make the same dinner at home for less than half the price and it’ll probably be better (because it won’t be mass produced on one of the busiest days of the year!)

2. Go to RedBox ($1) Instead of dropping $25 on movie tickets alone, grab a $1 movie from RedBox or throw on Netflix and chill in your pajamas, all in the comfort of your own home.

3. Get a Non-Valentine’s Day related present ($5 or more) Your partner will probably forgive you—and might even thank you—if you don’t get them a giant pink teddy bear or expensive chocolate this year. Instead, think about what your partner has been hinting to you about for months, or find a gift that can make their lives just a little bit easier.

4. Skip the roses ($5-$15) I know, how could you NOT get roses for Valentine’s Day? But instead of paying almost double the regular price, get your partner an orchid, potted flower or succulent that will live longer than the month of February.

Places to look into for dinner: The Porch – Reservations are available, and they have a special dinner. Ellensburg Pasta Co. – Reservations are for parties of six or larger, but there is not a special dinner.

Roadhouse Grill – Reservations are available, but they do not have a special dinner. Portles at Suncadia – Reservations are available, but they do not have a special dinner. Swiftwater Cellars – There is a special dinner which includes a four-course meal, but a reservation is required and the dinner is $85 per person. The menu can be found on their website.

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WORST DATES Design by Vanessa Cruz

I matched with a guy on Tinder while I was home over Memorial Day weekend. We talked during the two weeks between then and the time I came home for summer break, and eventually we decided to meet up. We went to happy hour at Applebee's, but once we got there he informed me that he had forgotten we were "hanging out" and had already eaten. He then spent the entirety of the one-sided meal turned slightly away from me and barely meeting my eyes while we made awkward small talk. I didn't text him again. One time on a date in Seattle, I asked a girl to go out sometime, and she invited me to come out for drinks with her and her friends on Valentine's

the guy not only got lost on his way to the Ferris Wheel, but then got lost again on the way to din-

day. I showed up to the bar to

ner! During all the time driving

see this girl and next thing I

around aimlessly, he proceeded

know, she's introducing me to

to talk about his ex-girlfriend

her girlfriend. 

for most of the night.

As a first date we decided to go to an arcade. He picked me up from my house and as we were driving, he told me that earlier that day, he had sex with his ex-girlfriend. Uncomfortable, but I figured honesty was best. A while after we get there he says he's hungry, so we went to grab some pizza. He orders two slices and I get one for myself. Still standing at the register he looks at me and says, "Well I didn't bring any money..." We then ate, on my dime. He drove me home, and that was the last arcade date. 

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VALENTINE’S SPECIAL

We’ve all heard about the bad date stories: they talked about their ex the whole time, they cheaped out on dinner... Sometimes these experiences are only minor setbacks in what becomes a long-term relationship. Other times, though, they’re nothing but an awkward or even hilarious story to tell friends. Read some of CWU students’ worst dates and hope you never have to experience these romance blunders! (Stories edited for length and content.)

It was my birthday dinner and I wanted my friend and her boyfriend

One time I went on a date with a

to join us. Found out they were

guy who had been single for over

fighting because of trust issues (the guy was talking to another girl). There was so much tension at dinner.

two years and after our date, he told me that he couldn't see me anymore because I looked too much like his ex. Unfortunately,

Our checks came and she ended

this date was probably one of

up paying for his dinner and hers

the best dates I had ever been

because he didn't have any money.

on until he told me I looked too

What a loser.

much like his ex.

Working at the rec center on campus, a handsome boy from the baseball team came up and introduced himself. He then asked me to the Monday Movie Madness coming up. We agreed to meet Monday night inside the rec center. He arrived 10 minutes late—no biggie, things happen. But as we walked toward the lawn, we got closer to the crowd. We stopped in front of two other girls, he sits down between them, and introduces them as his first and second dates. I was lucky number three. I said I was allergic to grass and there wasn't enough room on the blanket for four, and went home.

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Galentine’s Day Story by Brooklyn Isaacs Design & Illustrations by Hannah Brooks

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Galentine’s Day gives ladies a chance to express their love and spend quality time with their girlfriends.

“ I magine a group of women sitting around a table decorated with pink balloons, colorful flowers and mimosas. In an episode of the hit show “Parks and Recreation,” Leslie (played by Amy Poehler) hosts a get-together with her friends on Feb. 13 to celebrate Galentine’s Day—a day for celebrating your best female friends. Before the festivities took place, Leslie stands up and announced to the women at the table, “Thank you all for getting together on such short notice, and Happy Galentine’s Day.” “Parks and Recreation” set the bar for what it means to celebrate Galentine’s Day, but the people at CWU have their own way of celebrating the pre-Valentine’s Day holiday. As the holiday season of hearts, candy and love approaches, PULSE spoke with four individuals who all have their own unique way of celebrating Galentine’s Day. Every girl has their dream date night in mind, but why does that dream date have to be spent with a crush or significant other? Jen Rossman, an elementary education major, says her ideal Galentine’s date night involves “a night of pampering,” including face masks, pizza and rom-coms. For those ladies whose friends are inaccessible on Galentine’s Day, there are other ways to share the love with those long-distance friends. Leslie Woodris, a CWU academic adviser in the TRiO SSS program, has her own way of celebrating with her friends on the east coast. “I like to make handmade cards each year and

“ “A night of pampering…, pizza, ...face masks, and… romantic comedies.”

send them out before Galentine’s Day,” she says. “The cards would say they’re my best friends and how much I appreciate and love them.” Love can be sent from anywhere, which is part of what Galentine’s Day is all about. Of course, the day doesn’t just revolve around love and appreciation; Galentine’s Day is also about the food. Drinking is an activity that usually happens when out with the girls. For Galentine’s Day, Bri Drury, a law and justice major, says, “I enjoy drinking margaritas with my girlfriends because margaritas usually include Mexican food, and Mexican food is one of my favorites.” For those who prefer a cheaper route, getting a cheap bottle of wine and ordering take-out can be just as fun and delicious. Although it’s called Galentine’s Day, guys can always join in on the festivities. Law and Justice Major Angel Guzman talks about how he celebrates with his best girlfriend. “Since our first year at Central, my best friend and I have had a ‘best buds night’ where we watch one romantic comedy (her favorite) and one action movie (my favorite) while we eat pints of our favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.” Galentine’s Day gives everyone a chance to express their love and spend quality time with their girlfriends. On Feb. 13, take some time to appreciate those closest to you and remember, you don’t have to be in a relationship to spread the love.

Jess Rossman

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LIFE HACKS

Story by Miles King // Photos by Brendan Laird & Ryan Weier // Design by Hannah Brooks

Sunlight burns your eyes and your head is pounding. Phone? Check. Wallet? Check. You think, “Why am I sleeping in my clothes? Who ordered a pizza?” You had a few too many last night, and now you’re regretting it today. Greasy cheeseburgers, water and Aspirin, mysterious hangover fixer-elixir or the “hair of the dog”; we all have our means of beating a hangover. But what actually works and what doesn’t? Scrolling through a website like WebMD, you’ll find answers a doctor may give you. A student may respond with something more exotic or unorthodox. Whatever your method, the best way to get over a hangover: rehydration. “Most hangover symptoms are from dehydration,” says Doug Fulp, assistant director of wellness at CWU. According to Fulp, the human body loses 125 percent of its fluids when intoxicated, leading to dehydration and hangover. It takes about 72 hours to completely rehydrate after a night of drinking, he adds. We have all heard some interesting hangover cures and questioned if they truly work. For junior Film Major Carl Oswald, he has heard everything from drinking several cups of coffee to the “hair of the dog” method, which means drinking more

alcohol to put off a hangover. Personally, he just tries to replenish fluids. “I try to drink something with electrolytes,” says Oswald. He recommends Pedialyte, an electrolyte replenishing solution mainly used for children suffering from cold symptoms. Oswald’s hangover method consists of three or four Ibuprofen, about a half-gallon of water and a hot shower; no blended, oddly-colored hangover fixes. “Eat foods that have a lot of sodium like Saltine crackers; they make you more thirsty,” suggests Oswald. As for other remedies like coffee, showers and sweating it out, Fulp says they will only dehydrate you further. “Caffeine masks the effects of the alcohol,” says Fulp, adding that hydration over time is the best way to get over a hangover. The most obvious way to get over a hangover is to avoid them in the first place. But phrases like ‘liquor before beer, you’re in the clear,’ or ‘beer before liquor, never sicker,’ are believed by many. “The saying ‘beer before wine and you’ll be fine,’ while a catchy phrase, doesn’t have much truth to it. Regardless of the order, both beverages in excess—or paired together—can cause a hang-

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“ The saying ‘beer before wine and you’ll be fine,’ while a catchy phrase, doesn’t have much truth to it.

“ Katy Figel over,” says Katy Figel, a CWU graduate student and registered dietitian. In the event that you are drinking, it’s best to pace yourself if you want to avoid a hangover, says Fulp. “Everyone processes about one drink per hour,” Fulp explains. One drink is equivalent to 12 ounces of beer, 4 ounces of wine, 1¼-ounce shots of 80-proof alcohol or 1-ounce shots of 100-proof alcohol. Figel also added the importance of drinking water if you are going to consume more than one drink per hour. Some believe drinking water with alcohol kills the buzz, but Fulp disagrees. “The water is not going to dilute the alcohol or reduce the buzz, just rehydrate,” says Fulp. According to Figel, eating while consuming is also helpful to prevent a hangover. Additionally, certain types of alcohol can be less likely to cause hangover. The lighter alcohols are better than dark liquors. “In general, vodka has a lower amount of congeners while bourbon typically has more,” says Figel. Congeners are naturally-occurring components found in alcohol that have been linked to harsher hangovers. Figel also noted that congeners are difficult to study because there are many different types found in alcoholic beverages. Figel also advised against consuming mixed drinks consisting of energy drinks. Energy drinks often contain caffeine, which masks the effects of alcohol. Drinking in moderation is key to preventing a hangover; mixed drinks such as vodka and Redbull can encourage the consumer to drink more and for a longer period of time, says Figel. “According to some studies, people who mix energy drinks and alcohol are four times more likely to binge drink compared to people who don’t mix these two beverages,” he adds.

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Whether you eat Saltine crackers, chow down on some greasy lunch or have a secret hangover cure recipe, the best way to get over a nasty, headpounding hangover is rehydration. Of course, you can always avoid the hangover by drinking moderately and balancing alcohol consumption with water. Party smart, people.


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Winter in Winthrop

Story by Ryan Weier & Jack Lambert Photos by Ryan Weier, Leo Andraca & Jack Lambert 28 Design by Elizabeth Mason


PASSPORT

Saturday

Friday

3:00 p.m. About four hours from Ellensburg lies the Methow Valley which contains a few small towns and an abundance of recreation possibilities. With little planning but snow in the forecast we ventured north towards Mazama, a small town in the valley. Starting out on Highway 97 we crossed Blewett pass, a steep unpredictable pass that could cause travel delays, luckily we passed through with ease. Pro tip: to watch the pass you can log on to www. wsdot.wa.gov to find the current and forecasted weather conditions for the pass. 4:30 p.m. After clearing the pass the drive levels out, the road winds through a multitude of apple towns. We stopped for a early dinner at Taqueria El Chavo, one of my family’s favorite places in Washington for Mexican food. This family owned restaurant boasts a variety of delicious traditional selections on their menu, I recommend the green enchiladas. You can wash this down with a tall glass of horchata, a sweet, spiced, rice-based-drink. After leaving the restaurant with our stomachs full we made our way to the local grocers. We grabbed beer and a few snacks for when we arrived. 7:00 p.m. Continuing on, the drive it winds through Wenatchee which offers a multitude of fast food and caffenation stations right off the highway. The road winds along the awe-inspiring terrain of the Columbia River Valley and sprawling orchards. After a while on Hwy 97, turning left we entered the storm. Mile by mile, snow started to pile up on the sides of the road. We passed through the towns of Twisp and Winthrop, both of which we would visit tomorrow. 8:15 p.m. We arrived in total darkness to a cabin buried in snow tucked away between the trees. Our excitement was visible, and celebratory arrival shots were poured. We unloaded the Forester then plopped down in front of the wood fire to relax and lay out our plans for the following day.

6:30 a.m. Our alarm blared and we all groggily arose from our bunk beds to 8 inches of fresh snow, with more coming. The snow coated the landscape and roads in a blanket of powder. All of us packed up our camera gear and rolled out. We warmed up the Forester, shoveled the driveway, and took off down valley. Stopping by Lost River we got out to explore and shoot. We had a blast wading through the deep snow and experiencing blue hour. After we got done shooting we headed to the Mazama store for breakfast. This little one stop shop has a amazing bakery, coffee, general groceries and gifts. It’s one of my favorite places for food in the valley. We all got bagel sausage egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches. These unique sandwiches boast a all local or homemade ingredient list, including the bagels which are made fresh every morning on location. 10:30 a.m. We rolled into town, cutting some of the first tracks into the snowy highway. Heading to Glover St. Market we got some snacks (check if they have the chocolate peanut butter malt balls, they are to die for) and wine. Most of the items they sell are locally sourced or organic, or both! Lastly we swung by Hanks for the rest of our groceries, it’s the best one stop shop for all your needs in the valley. Before setting off for our snowshoe we caffeinated up at Blue Star Coffee. Blue Star is one of the two local roasters, and are nationally recognized for their espresso beans. It’s my favorite coffee in the world.

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1:00 p.m. With our backpacks full of camera gear, a jet boil, and beer we strapped into our snowshoes and ventured into the snowy forest. We set out along one of the local Atlas snowshoe trails up to Inn view Loop. As we trekked towards the viewpoint frosty trees weighed down by excessive amounts of snow shedded down plumes of snow around us. Once we arrived at the viewpoint we fired up the jet boil, warming ourselves with hot organic tea and ice cold IPA’s, cause Saturdays are for the boys. Although we wouldn’t recommend it to others due safety measures - we ventured off the trail and headed further up the mountain into untouched fields of waist deep powder. The ridiculous amount of snow brought out the inner child in all of us as we jumped off towering boulders, and down cliffs into the snow.

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5:00 p.m. Once we made it back to the cabin hot showers and a fire were in order. We tossed on some music and began preparing a well deserved feast consisting of steak with chimichurri sauce, bruschetta, roasted potatoes, and salad. With our bellies stuffed and wanderlust fulfilled we spent the evening enjoying our last night at the cabin.

Sunday

9:00 a.m. As we woke up and packed up our things we were reluctant to leave this awe-inspiring place. As college students, we had shit to do, so sadly we couldn’t stay. Before departing we stopped by the Mazama store one last time for bagel sandwiches, pastries, and a coffee for the road. Snow continued to fall as we left the quiet town of Mazama and a weekend of memories behind.


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Days later we reflected on our weekend while editing photos at D&M coffee. Glancing out the window at the dry snowless streets of Ellensburg we longed for the snowy cabin.

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Story by Lexi Phillips & Jessica Griffin Design by Vanessa Cruz Photos by Jack Lambert & Ryan Weier

Even in such a small town, Central Washington University is home to a multitude of cultures. From the recent week-long international festival to our study abroad program, it’s almost impossible not to be exposed to different heritages during your time here. However, being away from family in a small town can make it difficult to uphold the traditions students have celebrated throughout their lives. PULSE spoke with students from different heritages to share their experiences and give a deeper look at what it means to celebrate your culture in college.

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( N OT A L WAY S ) H O M E F O R T H E H O L I DAY S

Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr Ramadan, a Muslim tradition which occurs in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is meant to celebrate the Prophet’s discovery of the Quran. Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) During Ramadan, Muslims will fast for 30 days beOne of the most popular holidays celebrated withtween sunrise and sunset. in the Mexican culture is Día de Los Muertos, Ibrahim Alshabanat, a freshman electronic enwhich is celebrated from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 gineering technology major who is Saudi Arabian and is used as a time of remembrance for ancestors and Muslim, says participating in Ramadan here at and relatives who have passed away. Central is very hard for many Muslims. Sophomore Theatre Studies major Alex Ara“To fast over here is so long and so tiring. In gon, who is from Mexican descent, says, “We’ll put Saudi Arabia, if we have Ramadan … we don’t have pictures of our grandparents and family members school, because it’s so tough for us,” he says, addwho have past away on an altar, and it’s a very emoing that having to study and be surrounded by stutional time for all of us.” dents eating a drinking all day makes things much Gerald Lemmon, a freshman English/lanharder, paired with the fact that there are typically guage arts education major who is Latino, adds less hours between sunset that he prefers to celebrate and sunrise in Ellensburg this holiday here at Centhan in Saudi Arabia. tral more than at home “I still think it’s Eid al-Fitr is a threebecause of the rituals and important to day holiday following Racultural roots displayed madan, which Alshabanat understand where our during the holiday here on says is like Christmas. “We campus. He explains that heritage and culture exchange gifts, we have a a lot of the traditions seen comes from—the origins visiting between the famhere on campus aren’t of who I am.” ilies, we have a dinner present in his hometown, Gerald Lemmon and lunch with the other making it exciting to learn families … it’s amazing,” more about the holiday he says. while experiencing it here. However, Alshabanat doesn’t always celebrate Eid “I still think it’s important to understand where al-Fitr while away from his family, either. “I don’t our heritage and culture comes from—the origins celebrate here a lot, except if there are Saudis close of who I am,” he says. to me. We go to mosque in Spokane, and we pray over there and when we’re done, we say ‘Happy Eid Día de Reyes (Three Kings Day) al-Fitr’ or ‘Happy Eid,’” he says. Another popular holiday celebrated within Mexican culture is Día de Reyes which takes place on La Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe (The Jan. 6. Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe) Anakaren Garcia, a PULSE contributor, exSenior Political Science Major Tanya Medina, who plains some of the traditions, “[We] pretty much is Chicana, makes a point to visit family in Mex[bring together] close family, and there’s this big ico to celebrate holidays as often as she can. The donut-looking bread and inside, there’s three baby birthday of the Virgen de Guadelupe, who Medina Jesus’, like little toy ones. Whoever gets baby Jesus says is regarded as the protector of Mexico, is on has to cook a meal for the family on Feb. 6.” Dec. 12. Aragon says, “It’s basically like Christmas all “[It] starts at five in the morning, so they’ll over again, and the kids will leave carrots for the ring the bells in Mexico three times to signal that camels. It’s something that’s pretty prominent.” they are about to leave and that’s your wake up call However, she says she had been too busy this past to wake up and go meet at this designated place to year while at school and didn’t have enough monwalk to the church and then from there they’ll give ey to celebrate the way she would at home, but says you candles,” she explains. She goes on to say how she still reaches out to her mom and grandmother they bring live music to the celebration as well as on that day. 34


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hot drinks and fireworks to end the day. Garcia also adds, “[W]e sing the Mananitas— basically just singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her. [It’s] her day to celebrate.” Mother’s Day In the U.S., Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Within Mexican culture, however, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10 and tends to carry a little more significance than it does in the states. Carlos Murillo, a senior accounting major who identifies as Mexican, says, “That’s the big one for me. Mainly I do it for my mom, just because that’s her special day for her personally, so I’ll still partake in that one.” Murillo adds that the tradition of regarding family as highly important is something he holds dear and hopes to one day pass on to his family. New Year’s Because New Year’s is an international holiday, cultures all over the world have their own unique traditions to ring in a New Year. Chinese New Year, however, isn’t celebrated until after Jan. 1, and the day varies each year. This year, it will take place on Feb. 16. “You’re supposed to eat noodles for good luck in the next year. There’s a traditional dish [gau] … that you’re supposed to eat on Chinese New Year,” explains Jack Collier, a junior film major who is half-Chinese. “I’ve noticed even in recent years, we’ve stopped celebrating like we used to, partly because gau is apparently a bitch to make, so my grandmother says.” Collier mentions that being away from family makes it a little harder to celebrate, though he still tries to talk to his family on holidays. Jinho An, a senior psychology major who is Korean, explains that Korean New Year’s traditions include eating heavier rice cakes made from a salty mix. An says he is still able to celebrate while at college, and even goes to Korea each year around this time.

who is German-American, explains, “On Dec. 6, we celebrate St. Nicholas Day and that’s a tradition we’ve always kept where you just put the boot outside of your house and St. Nicholas comes by and gives you fruit and nuts, which is really funny.” Fasching DuPras, who grew up in Germany and moved to the U.S. around the time she was 10, also mentions the season of Fasching, a time in February where celebrations continue throughout the communities. “[It’s] very big in Germany and we don’t celebrate it a lot here, just because it’s a ... community-type celebration, but we do try to take notice of it and try to talk to our friends in Germany,” she says. TRADITIONS Aside from holidays, of course, different cultures come with different traditions. For Garcia, a big tradition in her family is Quinceañeras, which Garcia says is “like a Sweet 16, but for 15-year-olds.” This traditionally includes the birthday girl wearing a pink ballgown and lots of dancing. Additionally, Garcia’s family does baptisms, First Communions and Confirmation, which are more involved within the Catholic side of her culture. “That’s more towards the church aspect of it, but then we do the parties,” explains Garcia. “For the baptisms, we throw money at kids as a party favor, and then we give out these little things called recuerdos, [which is sort of like] a little gift of [remembrance] for the day to hand out to your guests.” For An, Jesa is a prominent tradition in Korean culture. Jesa is similar to Día de Los Muertos

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in that it serves as a memorial for one’s ancestors. Instead of occurring on one particular day, however, it occurs on the anniversary of the particular ancestor’s death. “We go and sacrifice some of our food—apples and stuff like that—to some of our ancestors,” says An. “We do that every year with all the family—most of our extended family meets up and we pay our respects to past family.” However, An says he hasn’t been able to participate this tradition while he is here at Central. In Native American culture, celebration often shows itself in powwows. “That’s taking pride in your culture. It’s one of those things where if you’re going with a friend, even if you’re not from the same tribe, you guys are celebrating that you’re both indigenous,” explains Junior Anthropology Major LeAnna Chard, who is Native American. However, Chard says she doesn’t follow indigenous beliefs. Because of this, she doesn’t participate in many other Native traditions. “We do harvest,” she says, referring to the event in which Natives eat a big dinner made up of the traditional food of that season, “which I try to celebrate. … But it’s harder to do when you’re not with that group; it’s harder to celebrate alone.” Chard adds that she is minoring in American Indian Studies, which is a way for her to keep in touch with the Native side of her culture and learn more about different indigenous tribes. Traditions aren’t always big events, though: For Medina and An, food is a significant part of keeping in touch with their cultures. An and his family always eat Korean food, while Medina eats carne asada with her family every weekend during the summer, which is one way they keep close. In Collier’s case, visiting his kung-fu school as frequently as possible is one way in which he stays in touch with his Chinese culture. “It’s not necessarily a tradition, but it’s pretty much the closest thing I have to my heritage. The master of the school is Chinese, [and] he still can barely speak a lot of English,” he says. 36

Culture has more to do than what’s in your blood; for many, it’s where you’re from and the circumstances you grew up in. Aragon explains that while she is Mexican by blood, growing up in America has affected her heritage. “I was taken out of Mexico so early in life—I mean, I definitely still have my Mexican heritage, and that’s overall what’s really important to me, but I’ve adopted a lot of American heritage as well. So, it’s mixed,” she says. For Collier, it’s a bit more complicated. “I’m half-Chinese by blood, but after my mom’s side of the family lived in Hawaii so long, it seems like a kind of mixture with Hawaiian culture. And my dad’s just Caucasian,” he says. This has had an interesting effect on the Chinese side of his culture; while people often say ‘kung hei fat choi,’ which basically means ‘Happy Chinese New Year,’ Collier explains that his pronunciation of the phrase is altered. “I pronounce it in a different way than traditional Chinese,” he says. “Apparently, it’s a Chinese/Hawaiian-esque mix.” Culture isn’t always easy to define, though. “It’s very difficult for me to define what my heritage is,” says Medina. “I identify myself as a Chicana, because I’m not from Mexico and I’m from [America]. But then again, I’m still confused in the culture. … It’s like, ‘Where do I belong in this?’” KEEPING FAITH Of course, your culture isn’t just your blood—it’s what you believe in spiritually or religiously. For Medina, who is Catholic, practicing her religion is as simple as going to church every Sunday. However, even that can become difficult with the busy schedule many college students are familiar with. “As a student, it’s kind of hard for me personally to obtain that obligation to go to church every Sunday because I’m piled with homework, especially now that it’s senior year,” she says. “It’s like, ‘I have to go to church,’ but then it’s like, ‘I have this assignment to turn in tonight at 11:59 p.m.’” She adds that she does try to go as much as possible, but will always go when she’s at home with her family. For Chard, who is Jewish, it becomes a bit more complicated. “I used to celebrate Hanukkah, Passover, all of the Jewish holidays. But I kind of


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stopped celebrating since I’ve been in college just verse; there were a lot of white students, and I was because no one here celebrates, and because I pretty much the only Latinx person at school, so moved [away from] my mom when I was 16, so when I went to college, I really wanted to reach the only person in my family who was also Jewish, out.” I didn’t live with and didn’t talk to anymore,” she In our small town, however, it can be difficult explains, adding that her views on religion have to find a community. shifted in the past years. “The community for Koreans is kind of Alshabanat says that practicing his culture small—it’s definitely is under 30 students. But that here at Central can be very difficult. “In Islam, we said, we do kind of try to keep in touch with each have to pray five times a day,” he says. “So, someother. Most of us do,” says An. times I have a class, and the time for prayer is comCollier mentions that off-campus resourcing. ... It’s so hard for us to go back to our house es also make it difficult to keep up with tradition and do all the five prayers together.” Additionally, while at school. “If there was a Chinese store that there is no mosque in Ellensburg for Alshabanat or had gau or mooncake or something, I’d probably any other Muslim to go to. go there a lot more than I do Safeway or whatevHowever, Central has provided a room in er … but it’s just not offered or anything,” he says, Hertz hall for Muslim students to use for a special adding that the “busy lives of college students” also prayer done each Friday, affects how students stay in which an Imam—or in touch with their heriworship leader—gives a tage. speech about Islam and While Chard has “For me personally, the Prophet. also had trouble finding there’s not really one her own community, she does attend the powwows FINDING person who shares organized by the Native COMMUNITY what I am.” American Association at LeAnna Chard the end of each year, in It’s no secret that Ellenswhich anyone can come burg is a small town and and have fun, eat fry bread moving away from family and other Native food and has its effects on how peolearn more about Native culture. ple live outside of the environment they grew up However, fitting in hasn’t always been easy in. for Chard. “For me personally, there’s not really Many students, like Aragon and Medina, have one person who shares what I am,” she says. “I’ve found community in clubs on campus such as found people who are Native, but they’re not the MEChA. Medina thanks this club for giving her same tribe as me.” a community that she feels she can identify with She adds that her light skin tone has made it while here at school. more difficult, saying it’s hard “fitting in with my “Without [MEChA] I wouldn’t have met family because of the way I look, but also not fitpeople who I identify with, because it’s really ting in with the people that I look like, because I’m difficult for me, especially [because] I’m a firstnot white.” generation student,” she says. “But one of my But for anyone struggling with their cultural friends ... inspired me and my other roommates identity or don’t feel in touch with their heritage, to go to MEChA to connect with people who Chard emphasizes that for many, culture “isn’t actually look like us who we can share a bit of our necessarily depending on who you talk to; it isn’t background stories with ... so I’m really thankful necessarily something that you practice. It’s somethat I can identify with them.” thing that you are. It’s the blood that runs through Aragon also found a community in this group your veins. It doesn’t matter if you dye your hair, if as well, saying, “I reached out because it’s someyou move across the world ... it’s your being; you thing that I haven’t had the opportunity to have, can never change that.” unfortunately. [My high school] wasn’t very di-

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NEW SPIRITS An inside look at Eastern Washington’s Heritage Distilling Co. Story by Madison Dickey // Photos by Leo Andraca Design by Maddie Bush

Did you know vodka isn’t actually made from potatoes? Vodka wasn’t even originally made from potatoes, contrary to popular belief. Rather, like most other spirits, it comes from a wheat base. The spirit-making process begins long before it is distilled. Nestled in the old coal-mining town of Roslyn, 80 miles east of Seattle, the elegant Heritage Distillery sits in the historic NWI Building once used for mining operations. While there are locations spreading from the greater Seattle area to Eugene, Ore. with more in the works, this location is the first in Eastern Wash.

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The concept of having a spirits distillery County had 27 more than any other county in the in Roslyn and Kittitas County is a real game- U.S. A craft distillery in Washington can produce changer. Traditionally, Central Washington is up to 150,000 gallons per year. The craft distilleries filled with breweries, wineries and orchards are allowed tasting rooms like the one in Roslyn, throughout the flourishing valleys. Now, we have allowing 2 ounces per person, per day. Heritage the option to purchase spirits of choice outside of Distilling is the first distillery with production in the traditional grocery stores and personalize it both Western and Eastern Washington. along the way. On Nov. 3, 2012, HDC Flagship opened its Not many tourists would believe doors to the public and nearly five NOW, WE HAVE the only place you can fill a growler years later HDC Roslyn opened its THE OPTION TO with a spirit of choice would be in the doors in a small mining community. PURCHASE SPIRITS small town of Roslyn, Wash. In fact, OF CHOICE OUTSIDE With Roslyn being HDC’s first step many people don’t even know Roslyn OF THE TRADITIONAL into Eastern Washington is unique exists. With Heritage Distilling sharing a county with an abundance GROCERY STORES offering event spaces, it can even be AND PERSONALIZE IT of breweries. HDC Roslyn is home ALONG THE WAY. used for more than tastings. College to six stills named after prominent students and residents now have the families in the small mining opportunity to branch outside the beer business community. The 10,000-square foot facility allows and try out unique spirits in the same style. itself for endless possibilities. HDC produces small Justin Stiefel, HDC chief executive officer and batch whiskey, gin and vodka, with ambition to co-founder, distilled his first batch in Spokane, produce all Roslyn products in-house. Wash., while he was in seventh grade. It wasn’t General Manager Beth Marker says, “The until 2008 when distilleries became legal—three opening of Heritage Distilling, Co. in Roslyn this years later, the idea of HDC was born around a past November has been extremely well received campfire after a couple of whiskeys and a cigar. In by both the local communities and area visitors. 2015 there were over 110 craft distilleries licensed, We feel very fortunate to get started on such a more than any other state in the U.S., and King positive note.” 40


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The 10,000-square foot facility, located in the historic NWI Building, is filled with a large retail selection, two tasting bars for the spirit of your choice, six stills and three unique event spaces to fit your needs. The dark wood staircase leads you through the three different event spaces including the Elk Rider and Heritage rooms and the Mezzanine space. The historic space is a great place for any event from board meetings to a rehearsal dinner. The location of HDC offers so much more than just the spirits they will soon be distilling in house. In 2011, Roslyn Downtown Association purchased the historic NWI building which prior to that had been under private ownership. Roslyn is an old coal mining town which was forgotten for a long period of time until the television show “Northern Exposure” was filmed there, though it was set in Alaska. However, Roslyn is the picture-perfect example of Alaska portrayed by Hollywood with the two-block town filled with fronts of mom and pop shops, a saloon, restaurant, general store and now a distillery. HDC takes pride of extending into the 509. The NWI building is also home to many small businesses mostly open on the weekends, as well as the Roslyn Visitor Center. Through

renovations the building has been transformed to a modern facility while still keeping the old-world charm. One of the tasting bars features a growlerfilling wall—like filling a growler at a brewery, except with vodka! The initial purchase is a little bit extra because of the growler; however, afterwards you will only need to pay for your spirit of choice. Beth Marker, HDC general manager, said, “We are still trying to establish the market for college students, they have come to try our spirits, but we still haven’t figured out what exactly they want.” HDC customer Morgan Gayle discovered Heritage Distilling Co. after her sister went and tasted different products at the HDC Gig Harbor facility. “My favorite product is the blood orange vodka, but I want to branch out and try more of the products offered,” says Gayle. She adds that the Heritage products taste a lot less artificial and sugar-packed than other vodkas you find on the shelf. Gayle plans to head up to check out the new Eastern Wash. facility in the near future. The HDC flavored-infused vodka is grown three hours east of Roslyn on Scrupps Family Farm in the small town of Odessa, Wash. Jason Scrupps, owner and grower, is the third-generation in his family to operate a dryland wheat farm. Each year, 41


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they harvest about 2400 acres of wheat during the peak season of late July/early August. Scrupps and his wife Danielle Scrupps met the owners while attending the University of Idaho together. Normally, Jason and Danielle Scrupps don’t sell their wheat to distilleries, but instead to the local grain cooperative, HighLine Grain LLC, who markets the wheat for them. “The best part of being a farmer is the lifestyle. The work is fulfilling and it’s a great occupation to have to raise a family,” says Jason Scrupps. The process starts a year before the wheat begins growing; the farmland is subsoiled in the fall which means the soil is worked from 12 to 20 inches deep. After the winter snow melts, the ground is now fertilized with a plow and worked two to three more times before seeding in late August. The wheat then grows until the next harvest. Eastern Washington is the home to some of the best wheat grown in the world, ranking fifth in the United States top wheat producing states. The field-to-flask process consists of many steps, including the grain being delivered in 2000-pound bags, which is then grinded and mashed prior to fermentation for five to 15 days

depending on the recipe. From fermentation, the mash is put into distillation and then the cuts are made and it is proofed down until the different spirits are pumped into casks. Whiskey is aged for a minimum of two years in a cast. From the cask the products are bottled and labeled for purchase and placed into the customers’ flask of choice. Nick, a first-time Heritage Distilling customer was tasting four different whiskeys from their many different lines. According to him, they have a much better quality than other whiskeys you find on store shelves. He personally enjoyed the dual-barrel bourbon, but if he were to make a whiskey milkshake he’d choose to use the brown sugar bourbon. To taste four different spirits, it only costs $5 and is about the size of two shots. If you choose to purchase a bottle of a spirit after tasting it, however, then the tasting fee is waived! The historic building expresses the old-town feel that Roslyn itself shows; however, Heritage Distilling Co. hasn’t lost its own touch inside the facility. With the facility spread throughout three floors, the atmosphere is unique dependent on which part of the building you’re in without ever feeling over-crowded.

Heritage Event Spaces ELK RIDER ROOM Featuring original brick walls, large windows and unique arched doorway this space is the perfect spot for meetings and small groups. The Elk Rider features a custom wood table with an HDC spirit of choice and take in the historically restored building. A commissary kitchen is adjacent for catering needs.

MEZZANINE SPACE This open space oversees the in-house production area and Cask Club. The ample space is perfect for a work gathering or on the weekends to watch a game while enjoying HDC spirit of choice with the edge wood counter seating and comfortable seating is ideal for groups of all sizes.

HERITAGE ROOM This room is the perfect space to personalize for a dinner party, rehearsal dinner, fundraiser, birthday party, etc., with an open floor plan, private bathroom, and staircase entrance with old-world charm. Rent out the Heritage Room for your next event! 42


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Story by Beau Kelderhouse Design by Elizabeth Mason

t’s New Year’s Eve and the clock strikes 12; you turn straight to your phone and see ‘New Year, new me!’ all over social media. This brings pressure to the table. New Year’s is a time to reflect on your past, and maybe 2017 wasn’t ‘your year,’ but now you have something to look forward to. It’s the perfect time for resolutions... if you’re able to keep them. In fact, losing weight, self-improvement and better financial situations are the top three New Year’s Resolutions of 2017. According to Statistics Brain, only fewer than 30 percent of those are completed during the year. Moreover, University of Scranton research suggests that just eight percent of people achieve their New Year’s goals. Does this make resolutions a fad? Or are they just too difficult to complete in the New Year? When looking into resolutions, we must consider the individuals who are dedicating their time and hard work to reach them. Rhiannon Whitlock, a CWU alumnus in communications and global wine studies, is starting off the year with two resolutions. She wants to start riding her horse more, and not be hungover anymore, which involves

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drinking only on special occasions. Whitlock went through a difficult time last year when her horse died; because of this, she started to drink a lot more. “I would plan on being hungover. I even caught myself planning this when I was going to my friend’s wedding. That’s not something you should be doing and it wasn’t healthy,” she says. Whitlock’s resolutions revolve around breaking habits and turning a new leaf. In the past, Whitlock would be drinking and wasting her time for recovery. She realized she was going to have to change to feel better about herself and feel healthy again. “I want to count the drinks that I have on one hand, and focus on what’s more important,” she says. In the past, she would make resolutions, but found it hard to stick with them. With her resolution going pretty well so far, she is excited to see where it goes. As we come into the new year, we start to see an increase in activity within the community. People are physically acting on their resolutions— going to the gym, for example. Each year, gym rush begins within the first week of the new year


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and then eventually goes back to normal. With losing weight being the number one New Year’s resolution, Statistic Brain accounts 21.4 percent of people doing it, it is obvious that many gyms are at a high attendance rate right now. With already 275 members and maybe more, Ellensburg’s Jazzercise owner Louise Write says, “The new attendees are more of the New Year’s resolutions, the ones who have been coming for years don’t necessarily come here for that.” Savannah Flores Kerbaugh is following a healthier track as well. After graduating from Eastern Washington University with a degree in psychology, she isn’t finding this year’s resolution to be any different from the last. In fact, she is trying to cut back her sugar, but has failed three times already. “It’s hard to change a lifestyle,” says Kerbaugh, adding that many resolutions involve lifestyle changes. “I think resolutions are unsuccessful because either they’re trying to make too big of a change or not a big enough change.” With resolutions being completed at a low rate, according to Credit Donkey, research also shows that the follow-through rate between men and women must be measured differently. Women are more likely to make resolutions than men; 52 percent of women surveyed said they planned to make at least one resolution going into 2014, compared to 48 percent of men. Coulson O’Donell, an EMT resident, says he is focusing on himself and seeing where this year takes him. “I’ve had [a resolution] in the past, but I really think of it as having different goals and tasks that I would complete throughout the year,” he says. “I think it’s more on how you can reflect and make yourself better, not necessarily one big thing to do in the year.” One student this year is working on himself and be more consistent with his health. Sam Young a CWU alumni graduated with a degree in history and is now studying his Masters at Kansas State University. Young says, “I actually have a resolution this year, usually I don’t, but I wanted to see that my health be more consistent with working out and trying to eat healthier.” In terms of how he feels about resolutions, he doesn’t see them as a fad nor a goal that fizzles out. “For me they’re just an extra motivating factor I think about when I wake up in the morning.” For some, following through with a resolution isn’t so easy. Having the whole year means more time for roadblocks to appear, which can halt your

goal. Anna Kelderhouse, an Eastern Washington alumnus and the author’s sister, says she doesn’t have a specific resolution this year, but rather a little saying along the lines of ‘let go.’ After going through a hard break up in 2017, her take on New Year’s resolutions aren’t so generic. She had to start all over with moving back home and finding a job. “Goals are a little hard to maintain because life gets in the way. Anything could happen where you have to figure something out personally, and sometimes that goal gets dropped for a while. I made up the phrase ‘let go’ for this year,” Kelderhouse says. Considering New Year’s resolutions are a 12-month commitment, the thought of completing one may seem impossible, but can be done with time and patience. “I think they’re possible, if you’re someone who is super goal-oriented and focused ... but sometimes there’s a lot of pressure to do them and life interferes and you might feel guilty that you can’t do it,” says Kelderhouse. When it comes to resolutions, find support. Kelderhouse says her motivation wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t the support and help from friends and family. With many people setting large goals that often revolve around bettering their lives, supporting them could be the best possible way to motivate them into finishing strong. If you are set on fulfilling a resolution, it may be helpful to surround yourself with positive people who are willing to hold you accountable. Lastly, don’t be afraid to switch things up. If something isn’t working with your resolution, change it up a bit and try again. Following through with resolutions can be daunting, but with discipline, hard work and support, you may find yourself becoming a better person with each new year. If you fall through, though, don’t worry: there’s always another one.

THE THOUGHT OF COMPLETING THEM SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE, BUT WITH TIME AND PATIENCE IT CAN BE DONE.

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t is the middle of the quarter and you can feel the anxiety and stress in the air. Students have to deal with more than just mental stress from classes; many also experience emotional and physical stress during this hectic time in their lives. What if just wearing something small or carrying something on you helped alleviate this stress? Crystals have energies that align themselves with our bodies. According to Crystal Age, a historic crystal website, crystals have been tracked back to the Ancient Sumerians and Egyptians who used the crystals for protection and healing. Laura J. Attaway, a massage therapist at Divine Wellness and Relaxation who has been working in massage therapy for 25 years, says, “Crystals can support the body by healing it, unblocking pain or energizing the body. My favorite part about crystals is their ability to facilitate and balance out someone’s life because they are multi-faceted in their healing properties.”

the basics

Crystals are meant to help your mind and body open up or energize itself for the day. They want to connect with you and help you on your journey and believing in them is the most important thing you can do. There are different ways to pick out your crystal. If a stone really captures your attention, pick it up and think of why it has got your attention. This would be a good time to see what stone it is and read up on what properties it contains.  There are also different ways to use crystals. You can wear them in jewelry like a pendant or ring, you can keep them in a sachet under your pillow at night to have good dreams, use them in baths, in meditation practice or place them around for room for an aura cleansing.  After returning from the shop, you should cleanse your stones. According to “Earth Blessings” by Judy Hall, this is very important because crystals carry the energy of everyone who touches them. Hall is known for her renowned book, “The Crystal Bible.” If you bring your crystals home and don’t cleanse them, it’s a good idea to purify crystals on a regular basis to restore their energies. According to Jen Mergell, a certified crystal healer and the author of the website Crystal Guidance, the best way to cleanse crystals is to put them into a bowl with water under the full moon, and then leave them the next day during the sun to charge the energies back into each crystal. Many crystals like rose quartz, smoky quartz, citrine

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and amethyst can’t be out in the sun because their colors will fade in the sunlight. Everyone has a different way to do a cleansing; there are many different ways and even the experts have different ways to cleanse. 

on the trend

Crystals have been around for a long time and have made their way back to the forefront of today’s trends and onto the CWU campus. There are crystal-related books at the Wildcat Shop, and you can find plenty of different geodes or crystals from Amazon, Target or Etsy.  Savannah Scriven, a junior tourism management major at Central, has recently gotten into crystals. Scriven grew up collecting random rocks and stones and eventually took a shine to rose quartz.  “Rose quartz represents self-love and when I have it with me, it gives me an extra boost to brighten my day. Crystals emit good vibes and they are awesome way to attract positive energy,” she says. Junior Recreation Management Major Peyton Larson is a recent crystal collector as well. She says she collected stones when she was growing up and enjoyed finding the different styles and designs of stones.  “My favorite stones are amethyst and lavender quartz,” says Larson. “I like to give away stones to people because I feel that it’s a nice present that can represent what the stone represents.”

chakra stones & crystal healing

According to the website chakras.info, crystals tie in with your body’s chakras. Chakras start from the base of your spine and run along your spine to the crown of your head. In Indian belief, Chakras are considered the spiritual power points running through the body.

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Source: chakras.info

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Attaway got involved with crystals after reading books by Katrina Raphaell, an author who specializes in crystals and who also instructed Attaway on how to perform crystal healing. “The process is different for each person,” says Attaway. “Everyone vibrates in different ways and usually past experiences that each person has had will alter and influence their mental, physical and spiritual vibrations.” Attaway has crystals all over the place, from her home to her work as well as on her body, where she wears a piece of crystal as a necklace. She offers crystal healing to her clients during sessions that can take anywhere from half an hour to three hours. According to Attaway, when she performs a healing session, she will ask the client if she can put the crystals in the palms of their hands. It will usually be the left palm because the left side is more receptive and the crystal’s energy flows into the body better.   Attaway also mentioned that she’s had some past experiences with skeptics while living in a different town before coming to Ellensburg.  “I am 99 percent certain they are fake. They are just shiny rocks that people put on their body just to feel better and I don’t believe crystals have any medicinal properties,” says Jack Dutton, a junior mechanical engineering technology major.   “Skeptics are entitled to their opinions and to those people, I would say that crystals have worked wonders for me and my healing journey and that is all the proof that I need,” says Attaway. “It’s important for people to ask questions, curiosity is living and if believing in crystals makes you feel better, you will live better.”


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Oh, Honey Story by Sarah Hoot // Photos by Ryan Weier & Sarah Hoot // Design by Matthew Conrardy

Would you bee-lieve me if I told you that honey can be used for more than just eating? Honey is mainly a sugar substitute, but it can do so much more than that. Honey doesn’t just appear on store shelves in little plastic bear bottles—it starts out as a sweet liquid inside of a flower.   Due to honey being a natural—and less processed—sweetener, it is healthier than refined sugar. This natural sugar can help people with diabetes by promoting good cholesterol, according to Kris Gunnars, founder and CEO of Authority Nutrition. It can also help reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks, and lower blood pressure.   There have also been reports of people using it to help treat allergies. “It’s not a silver bullet,” says Justin Vincett, owner of the Naneum Bee Farm.   “It doesn’t take it away like an antihistamine would or some of the other pharmaceuticals, but it does lesson it a bit and make it tolerable which is what people report.”  In my personal experience, I use it as a way to help soothe sore throats, coughs and as a way to help ease stomach aches. However, honey isn’t just a hack for healthier living—it can be a vital part of your bee-auty routine. 

Honey Hacks 

Back in January, I hosted a honey-themed party (complete with honey lemon tea cakes) to find out what people knew about the uses of honey and try out some face masks. Of the people who came to the party, most of them did not know that honey could be used for things other than eating.   “I kind of felt like there was something you could do beauty-wise,” says Kayla Browleit, a grad student studying social work. “I knew about health benefits. My brother has allergies so he takes local honey as a supplement.”  “I didn’t [know] just because honey is so sweet and has a lot of sugar in it,” says Eric Rosane, digital journalism senior.  

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Others had a lot of experience using it. Caterina Amsler, a freshman physics major, says her mother has a book of homemade recipes that included honey, and would try the recipes out on her because of her sensitive skin.   Together, we tried three different face masks made with honey and other ingredients. There were some mixed feelings during the process since the masks were very sticky and didn’t look very attractive, but once we took them off, we all noticed that the masks were very good at absorbing oil and exfoliating. In fact, honey is great at getting rid of dirt and impurities in your skin as well as removing dead skin cells, making it great for oily and acne-prone skin, according to Best Health Magazine.


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Honey 101 

Picture this: it’s a warm spring day. You are sitting outside enjoying the sunshine when you hear a small buzzing sound. Looking around, you see a small yellow and black bug flying from flower to flower. Bees are often synonymous with being busy—they work all day carrying pollen to different flowers and collecting nectar to bring back to the hive.   “A hive of bees will forage about 10,000 acres when we set it down,” says Vincett. Once the bees finish spreading pollen and collecting nectar they head back to their hives, but their day doesn’t end there.   Here is how the honey making process works, as explained by Joe Hanson, Ph.D., a biologist and writer of the blog “It’s Okay to Be Smart.” The nectar the bees collect goes into their honey stomach, which then gets digested and later regurgitated once they return to the hive for another bee to consume. This process is repeated over and over and transforms the nectar into a simple honey.  To finish the process, bees spit the honey into a cell, blow air onto the honey using their wings and finally cap the cell with beeswax to let the honey age. Now the honey is ready to be eaten by the bees, humans and, in some cases, bears.   Vincett also states that the type of flower the nectar comes from affects the flavor of the honey. “Just like every flower smells different … like lavender doesn’t smell like rose. It’s the same with honey.”  During the interview with Vincett, the two of us tasted some of his honey samples. Each sample has a unique flavor depending on the weather conditions and time of year. Blackberry honey tends to be very sweet but buckwheat honey has a very strong sulfuric taste that is not for everyone.   According to Mother Earth Living Magazine, the first domesticated honey bees came to America with the early colonists. However, the domestication of honey bees dates back to ancient Egypt, and the use of honey dates back all the way to the caveman days. People in ancient Egypt, Greece and the early pilgrims all used honey as the basis for many medicinal remedies. Egyptians even used it as sacrifices to their deities and for embalming.  

Final Tips 

If you would like to get started using honey in your life, here’s a vital thing to consider: honey doesn’t go bad, ever.   “They have pulled it out of tombs in Egypt, 10,000-year-old honey that’s still edible,” Vincett says.   Honey will crystallize after a while but it can be returned toRecipes liquidcourtesy by placing the bottle or jar of Pinterest  in hot water (not directly on the stove). It is also important to bee-aware of the type of honey you are buying. Vincett states that some store-bought honeys are adulterated by syrups and heated up to make them shelf stable. Heating up the honey destroys the enzymes and many of the vitamins within the honey. Finally, when trying face masks, make sure that you are aware of your skin’s reactions. Don’t keep using it if it begins to burn excessively or you break out in hives.   Honey is an un-bee-lievable way to be a little healthier and more natural while not breaking the bank. 

Face Mask Recipes Honey and Baking Soda  2 Tablespoons honey 1 Tablespoon baking soda Source: www.gurl.com

Cinnamon and Honey  2 Tablespoons of honey 1 Teaspoon of cinnamon

Source: www.everydayroots.com

Honey and Strawberries 

3 fresh strawberries (mashed)  2 Teaspoons honey Source: www.everydayroots.com

For other uses for honey, check out our video at www.cwupulsemagazine.com

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the season

of drinking Story by Georgi Halverson // Design by Vanessa Cruz // Photos by Ryan Weier

It’s that awkward time of year where we just celebrated Christmas, the weather is gloomy and bleak, and now we must start thinking about a holiday surrounded by the color pink. Here are a few drinks for any occasion this season, whether that be cozied up in an overstuffed chair with your favorite book or planning the most killer Valentine’s Day date or party. 52


FOOD & DRINK

Valentine Moscato Float

World’s Best Hot Chocolate

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 min. Total Time: 10 min.

Servings: 2 Prep Time: 1 min. Cook Time: 10 min. Total Time: 11 min.

INGREDIENTS: 1 bottle of Moscato wine of your choice 1 L. strawberry soda

INGREDIENTS: ¼ cup cocoa ½ cup granulated sugar

1 qt. vanilla ice cream

½ tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:

4 cups milk

1/3 cup water

1. Place two scoops of the

1 tsp vanilla extract

vanilla ice cream into the

DIRECTIONS:

wine glasses. 2. Add ½ cup strawberry soda to the glasses. 3. Fill the rest of the glasses with Moscato wine. Source: thetaylor-house.com

1. Mix dry ingredients in medium sauce pan. 2. Add water and bring to boil. 3. Let boil for 1 minute. 4. Add the milk and heat to your preferred temperature. 5. Remove from heat and add the vanilla.

Sweetheart Punch

Servings: 8+ Prep Time: 10 min. Total Time: 10 min.

INGREDIENTS: 1 64oz. bottle of strawberry lemonade 1 L lemon-lime soda 1 1/ 2 qt. strawberry or raspberry sorbet

DIRECTIONS: 1. In a punch bowl, combine both strawberry lemonade and lemon-lime soda. 2. Stir ingredients together. 3. Pour mixture into separate glasses. 4. Top drink with a scoop of sorbet. Source: madetobeamomma.com

6. Stir and serve Source: ashleemarie.com

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hatever the sport may be, men and women all over the world are given a platform as professional athletes to be a larger-than-life persona. Before the pride and glory, you must work hard enough so that people notice you. It takes a lot to be recognized: training, practice and the killer instinct to be better than those in front of you. Though, if you are noticed and everything falls in the right place, you might be one of the lucky ones who gets to live their dream and have the life you worked so hard for. Life’s biggest obstacles always seem to come at the worst times, especially in the case of Marc Rodgers, Central’s senior point guard. Rodgers has been through it all with Central Washington’s Men’s Basketball including injuries and personal loss. In his last season of eligibility, Rodgers’ playing career has come to an end. An MRI revealed a torn labrum in Rodgers’ hip, as well as a torn abductor in his groin, two separate debilitating injuries prompting the senior to announce his retirement.

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Every athlete looks for an opportunity; a chance to prove that the time they spent in the gym and the time they spent practicing their craft wasn’t for nothing. The story of how Rodgers became a Wildcat is an intriguing one. It’s a long way from Los Angeles to Ellensburg—1,071 miles, to be exact. Being so far away from home takes its toll on Rodgers, but when the opportunity arose to play for a four-year program, Rodgers took the chance on Ellensburg. “I really had no idea what I was getting into,” says Rodgers. Once a heavily-recruited player coming out of Serra High School in Los Angeles, Rodgers’ playing career took some turns that ended with him

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transferring to Cathedral Prep. Coming off of an cision; the culture change from Los Angeles to injury from his junior year at Serra, Rodgers was Ellensburg is astronomical. It’s been a crazy five looking to re-establish himself in an attempt to years for Rodgers in Ellensburg, years that the Los further his playing career. Angeles native won’t ever forget, but that’s just it. If “Once I got hurt the first time, a lot of the you love your sport the way Rodgers loves basketoffers kind of disappeared,” he says. “Schools like ball, you’ll take any chance you get to keep playing, Miami, Creighton, Pepperdine [and] San Diego even if it means leaving your family and friends State were all looking behind. at me and then in an “MARC IS A TRUE POINT THE UNFORTUinstant they were gone,” says Rodgers. TRUTH GUARD, WHICH IS RARE NATE Some of the coaches You train, practice and around Rodgers’ circle work your entire life, THESE DAYS BECAUSE urged him to stay anand it can all be takother year at Cathedral away in an instant. MOST GUARDS WANNA en in order to have anothMany athletes can tell er chance to play a full that playing while SCORE. SO WHEN I SAW you healthy season to imhurt is just part of the prove scouts. game. “I really didn’t HOW HE PLAYS I WANTED D-1 scholarship like the idea of staying offers will last as long TO GET HIM TO CENTRAL as your body can hananother year in high school,” Rodgers says. dle the grind. The first, IMMEDIATELY.” “I wanted to leave and second, even the third then that’s when coach and fourth injuries are Drew Harris Drew Harris found me.” beatable with the right Drew Harris, the assistant head coach at CWU, attitude and love for the game. Eventually all those found out about Rodgers through Joe Callero, the injuries take their toll. head coach for Cal Poly San-Luis Obispo, a junior Rodgers battled every injury in the book, mulcollege that also had Rodgers on their radar. “I had tiple surgeries that had him on the shelf for multitold Callero that I wasn’t really interested in playple seasons, yet he kept on coming back. ing junior college basketball, so he put me in touch Finally, the wear and tear on Rodgers’ body inwith Drew,” says Rodgers. tensified, and during what would be his last game, “Marc was my first recruit as the head assishe heard a loud ‘pop’ that would end his career. tant, so we’ve always had a special relationship,” “After the game I got to the locker room and I says Harris. “Marc is a true point guard which is couldn’t close my legs,” he says. “I knew something rare these days, because most guards are scorer’s, was wrong.” so when I saw how he plays I wanted to get him to The unfortunate truth is that once you get past Central immediately.” a certain level, sports become a business, and all For Rodgers, coming to CWU was a big deyour talent and hard work won’t earn you an ath-

ONTO THE NEXT PLAY Story by Soma Lambert // Photos by Ryan Weier & Rio Allen // Design by Matthew Conrardy

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letic scholarship if your body doesn’t hold up. One it’s hard to let go of your dreams. As tempting as it bad injury and a future that was laid out right in is to go for one more comeback, the body knows front of you disappears. when it’s time to stop. Two seasons into his collegiate career at CWU, Since his announcement, friends and family Rodgers went down with an injury that made him have asked Rodgers if he would try and come back question if he could keep going. one last time. “I tore my MCL, meniscus and fractured my “I’ve always had intent on playing overseas tibia going into my junior year here at Central,” he like a lot of guys, but no, I’m done,” he says. “What says. “It was pretty tough after that; the patience people don’t know is I’ve had multiple concussions you have to have for an injury like that is someand have also been playing with a broken hand for thing that I think made me a better player,” says the last few seasons, on top of the torn labrum in Rodgers. my hip and abductor in my groin. My body’s too Rodgers was out for nine months after that, beaten up,” says Rodgers. but NCAA rules allowed him to regain a year of If you really love the game, you won’t go back eligibility after taking a medical redshirt year to reto it knowing that you can’t be the same player that cover from his injury. Heart and passion will only you were before; however, that doesn’t mean your get you so far; your body is not a machine that sports career has to be over. you can replace Many in with parts. It Rodgers’ circle “IF I KNEW THE THINGS THAT takes a lot of will tell you he love and dedihas an amazing WOULD’VE HAPPENED AT HOME basketball I.Q., cation. Rodgers which naturalhad enough in BEFORE I COMMITTED TO CENTRAL, ly comes with the tank to earn playing the him a scholar- I WOULD’VE NEVER COMMITTED.” game for more ship with Centhan 15 years. Marc Rodgers tral, but many Rodgers has athletes aren’t so lucky. Dreams are consistently aspirations to become a coach, and with plenty of being taken away, shattered along with the expecconnections who would love to give him opportutations and promising potential. The unfortunate nities, he’s already listening to offers. truth is no matter how much love you give your “My plan right now is to gather as many offers body, no matter how well you take care of it, your as I can and then sit down and make the decision body can betray you at any moment. closer to summer,” says Rodgers. “I’d love to stay in the northwest if I can, I love it here, but I also could see myself heading back home,” says Rodgers. His teammates speak miles about his toughTHE NEXT STEP ness and positive attitude among all the hardships What happens when all you’ve known your whole he’s gone through in his life. When he knew he life what you’ve wanted to be and all you’ve worked could no longer play, his teammates and coaches for is no longer obtainable? Most athletes don’t like were all there for him to help him get through this to admit that they don’t have a ‘plan B.’ Their retough decision. spective sport is their life, and they’ve envisioned One of his teammates and closest friends Jeplaying at the highest level since they were kids;

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rome Bryant, who also played with Rodgers at Cathedral Prep, credits Rodgers for being like his big brother, and only wants the best for him and his future. “I’ve just been telling him to stay positive,” Bryant says. “He’s already such a strong-minded person so he just needs to stay positive, but we think about him before every game we play. He’s our brother.” CWU has a history of bringing on former players as graduate assistants and coaches. Current Graduate Assistant Joey Roppo was a four-year player, with whom Rodgers has a close relationship, and Harris played for Central as well after transferring from Seattle University. “We’ve tried to involve him a lot since he went down because we know that coaching is something that he wants to do,” Harris says. “He has a very intelligent basketball mind, so on the court or off the court he’s going to have a very long career.” Rogers received an outburst of support from his teammates at CWU, as well as players all over the West Coast and beyond who had the opportunity to play for the young man from Los Angeles. Everyone has a story of how they ended up in the life they’re in; Rodgers’ is one of passion, love, heartbreak and amazing resolve that made him someone many believe to be one of Central basketball’s all-time greats. Sports provides you the opportunity to play through your emotions, and pay tribute to lost loved ones by playing your heart out on the court, field or whatever stage you’re given to showcase your talent. Rodgers did just that—every single night he laced up his sneakers, out to prove that he was better than the next guy. Although his heart may not be ready to give up the game that he’s played since four years old, his body knows that it’s time to quit. His story accentuates the love and dedication that athletes put into their sport, even when that love and dedication isn’t reciprocated. For Rodgers, this is not the end of a story, but the beginning of a new chapter. His time on the court may be over, but his time off the court is just getting started.

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features

PRESIDENT GAUDINO Story by Nenay Norawong // Design by Vanessa Cruz // Photo by Rich Villacres

After graduating with his Ph.D. in Communications from Michigan State University and serving in the U.S. Air Force Academy, Dr. James L. Gaudino devoted his time to public opinion formation and communication through technology innovation. In 2009 he became the President of CWU. Among his many achievements, Gaudino is a fan of comedy and is a true family man. PULSE gets personal with this well-known public figure.

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WHAT WORDS DO YOU LIVE BY?

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WHAT’S ONE THING PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

Honor and integrity.

I'm not so much about me. [I put] family first.

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WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

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WHAT MISTAKE DID YOU LEARN FROM?

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BEFORE YOU MET YOUR WIFE, WHAT DID YOU LOOK FOR IN A PARTNER?

My family—all good people. My wife and I have two sons [who are] excellent human beings.

Always do what you know is the right thing to do.

I was never looking. I just found. So, it was chemistry. I wasn’t looking for it, [but] there it was. It was obvious, and I never had a doubt that she is the person for me. … And I don’t know if you can find that if you’re looking.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SONG?

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?

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WHAT GOAL ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING TOWARDS?

It depends on the mood, but there was a Linda Ronstadt song called “Willing.” … Your readers will have never heard of it; it wasn’t one of her more popular songs. I just liked the attitude.

“The Big Lebowski.” … It's more of a cult film; it wasn't all that popular when it [came] out. … It's an acquired taste. It's best to be my age and have grown up in California.

On the professional side, I am trying to position Central to [be able to] do whatever it wants to do after I retire.

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ELLENSBURG

DAILY SPECIALS Monday Iron Horse Brewery Study Session 4-close $5 tasting menu The Porch $5 Mojitos Starlight $5 signature martinis The Tav $1.50 RBR Wings $2 Bud Light

Tuesday Blue Rock $1 tacos Iron Horse Brewery Study Session 4-close $5 tasting menu The Palace 88 cent tacos, $2.50 Coronas, $3.75 loaded Coronas The Porch $2 tacos, $2 Coronas, $5 loaded Coronas, $3 well tequila shot Starlight Half of liquor 9-close The Tav $7 domestic pitchers Wings 59 cent wings, half off bomb shots

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Iron Horse Brewery Study Session 4-close $5 tasting menu The Palace $4 Moscow Mules The Porch $5 glasses of wine Starlight $2.50 single a& $4 double wells The Tav $7 domestic pitchers during happy hour Wings $2 Coronas, $3.50 Loaded Corona, $5 Coronaritas 301 Ladies Night $1 wells

Thursday Blue Rock $1 beer, $5 long island teas The Palace 88 cent tacos, $2.50 Coronas, $3.75 loaded Coronas The Porch $4 pints Starlight $5 long island iced teas The Tav $5 wells, $2 tequila wells, Wings $1 off all bottles & 16 oz beers 301 $1 Rolling Rock beer


AFTER DARK

TIME FOR

HAPPY HOUR Friday The Palace $3 Fireball shots

Starlight $2 shot specials 9-close The Tav $2.50 fireball shots

Saturday Starlight $2 shot specials 9-close The Tav $2.50 Fireball shots

Sunday Wings All drink specials

Blue Rock 2 - 6 p.m. Tuesday - Friday Starlight 3 - 6 p.m. everyday The Palace 4 - 7 p.m. everyday The Porch 3 - 6 p.m. everyday Roadhouse 3 - 6 p.m. & 9 - close Thursday - Tuesday All day Wednesday The Tav 3 - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday 301 5 - 7 p.m. & 9 - 10 p.m. everyday

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

Winter 2018 | Issue One  

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

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