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Stubblefields alleged arson harmless, managers say

Meeting cancellations raise concerns

Employee put out fire with water from sink, alarms did not go off By Jayce Carral Evergreen reporter

The arson that occurred early Friday morning at Stubblefields Bar and Grill was not significant enough to cause damage or evacuate the building, according to the managers. DJ Goldfinger, Stubblefields Bar and Grill general manager, said an employee who had just finished his shift noticed smoke coming from the bathroom garbage can while washing his hands. “It was just one of our employees that was downstairs... he was able to see, ‘Hey, there’s a situation here,’” Goldfinger said. “He was just able to deal with it quickly.” Tommy, Stubblefields Bar and Grill manager who chose to omit his last name, said the employee put the fire out with water from the sink before sending a text message to him. Tommy said despite not seeing it himself, he knows there were not any flames. “The fire alarms didn’t go off or anything,” he said. “I know that he was able to put it out with a little bit of water from the sink.” Tommy said he proceeded to


Councilmember Brandon Chapman says the Pullman City Council can push back meetings that are not time sensitive in order to make meetings that are more valuable for both the public and the staff.

Fewer agenda items resulted in cancelled council meetings, members continue working


By Benjamin White Evergreen reporter

ix regularly scheduled Pullman city council meetings have been canceled since August, raising questions of transparency and com-

munication between city officials and residents. Councilmember Dan Records said the city is required by the Public Meetings Act to advertise meetings where four or more councilmembers are present to discuss city business. The city has a regular city council meeting scheduled every week to meet the public notice requirements set by the state, Records said. Although there

often is not enough on the agenda to justify a regular city council meeting. Councilmember Brandon Chapman said the council can either have meetings with one item of business or some of the issues can be pushed back to make meetings more valuable if the issues are not time-sensitive. Staff time is valuable, and it is important to respect their time because See Council Page 3

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Coffee grounds could create a stronger type of plastic Discovery could lead to customizable shin guard for athletes By Madysen McLain Evergreen reporter


Researchers created a small cube out of plastic and coffee grounds to test its strength. They found that it is tougher if coffee grounds took up 20 percent of the material. In this issue: News tip? Contact news editor Daisy Zavala

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WSU research shows that coffee grounds, usually viewed as a waste product, can be used to form a new, stronger type of plastic. Poly lactic acid (PLA), derived from corn starch, is used in medical supplies and for 3D printing, said Yu-Chung Chang, research lead and Ph.D. candidate in material engineering. On its own, PLA is brittle but when combined with oil coming

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from used coffee grounds, it’s more sustainable and cleaner, he said. “What we use is actually the waste part of the waste, where it has almost no monetary value,” Chang said. “But once we add it into our 3D printing subject, and it becomes something better.” Oil can be extracted out of the coffee grounds to turn into biodiesel, which in turn is created into a roll of string-like plastic, Chang said. The researchers used a 3D printer patented by a WSU alum 30 years ago to create test objects out of the plastic, like a small cube, he said.

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Status of democracy

Funding sustainability

Beware crazy men

Published author and Harvard professor speaks about authoritarianism in the U.S.

Is it worth it to use university money on researching sustainable farming? One professor says yes.

This satire writer has some tips for you to stay safe during Halloweek. It’s a jungle out there.

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Community Calendar Wednesday 10/9 Get help filing your FAFSA. Starting at 2:30 p.m., the Pullman Campus of the Spokane Falls Community College will host a Federal Student Aid General Assistance Workshop. Attendees will receive help regarding what the FAFSA is, what information is needed to fill it out, how to create a user ID and what the financial aid deadlines. A question and answer session will follow. This event is free and located in the Math and Learning Annex room 202.

Wednesday 10/9 Students connect with research opportunities. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., WSU Crop and Soil Grad Students club will host a CAHNRS Lab Crawl. Attendees have the opportunity to connect with job opportunities in research labs within CAHNRS and the diversity of research being conducted within the college. This event is geared towards undergraduate students. A link can be found on the club’s Facebook page to register for the event and reserve a space at the kick-off dinner. This event is free and located at the Ensminger Pavilion. To submit, email events to Preference will be given to events that are free and open to the public or are hosted by an RSO, and must include time, date and place.



Daily Police Log Sunday

S u s p i c i o u s P e r s o n /C i r c u m s t a n c e SE Bishop Boulevard, 9:47 p.m. Officer responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle.

Found Property SE Kamiaken Street, 5:58 a.m. Case created for a found set of keys.

Alarm Other NE Stadium Way, 10:28 p.m. Officer responded to the report of a car alarm going off.

Threatening NE Brandi Way, 8:47 a.m. An officer contacted the reporting party in regards to being threatened.


We l f a r e C h e c k E Main St & SE Bishop Blvd, 10:34 a.m. Officers responded to the request for a welfare check of an elderly woman walking on the road. Unable to locate. Ac c i d e n t N o n - I n j u r y NE Terre View Dr & NE Brandi Way, 6:42 p.m. Reporting party called to report a dead deer in the roadway. Officers removed deer.

Disorderly Conduct NE Maiden Lane, 8:55 a.m. Pullman law, fire and EMS responded to the report of a disorderly person. Subject was taken into protective custody and transported to the hospital. Theft of Automobile E Main Street, 10:05 a.m. Report of a stolen vehicle. Officer responded. Reporting party determined the vehicle was towed.

Parking Problem J u ve n i l e P r o b l e m NE Michigan Street, 6:51 p.m. Officer responded to a parking problem. NW Bryant Street, 10:25 a.m. Officers responded to the report of two runaway juveniles. Juveniles were located. S t ra y A n i m a l s NE Terre View Dr & NW Palouse View Ct, 7:23 p.m. T h e f t o f A u t o m o b i l e Report of a stray dog. Officer responded. SE Bishop Boulevard, 11:03 a.m. Report of a stolen trailer. Officer S u s p i c i o u s P e r s o n /C i r c u m s t a n c e responded. NE Providence Court, 7:53 p.m. Officers responded to the report of a * * * Th e D a i l y E ve r g r e e n c o n t a c t e d the Pullman Police Department suspicious male. Unable to locate. r e g a r d i n g t h e D a i l y Ac t i v i t y Lo g f o r t h e i n c i d e n t s o c c u r r i n g S u n d ay, We l f a r e C h e c k O c t . 6 t o M o n d ay, O c t . 7. Th e SE Jackson Street, 9:02 p.m. c i r c u m s t a n c e s d o n o t i nvo l ve a ny i l l Officer responded to the request for i n t e n t , a n d t h e l o g i s n ow ava i l a b l e . a welfare check on a man yelling. To d ay ’s p a p e r r e f l e c t s t h a t a c t i v i t y Unable to locate the subject. log, and the one for Oct. 7 to Oct. 8.

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Author speaks about democracy in America Increasing polarization, move toward authoritarian tendencies are root problems, Levitsky says By Shanel Haynes Evergreen reporter

The Foley Institute welcomed Steven Levitsky, co-author of “How Democracies Die” and Harvard University professor of government, to discuss authoritarianism and democracy in the U.S. Levitsky said there are at least three reasons the U.S. might have entered uncharted territory when it comes to potential dangers in democracy. He said one reason American democracy may be in danger is based on the levels of income inequality today in the U.S. Income inequality is higher than any other time since the great depression. Another danger is that the U.S. has begun to transition into a state where a previously dominant ethnic group is losing its majority status, he said. The final reason the U.S. might face potential dangers to democracy is that voters elected a president with visible authoritarian instincts, Levitsky said. “None of that means American democracy is dead and none of that means American democracy is dying but we do think it’s cause for concern,” he said. Democracies no longer die in the same way they used to, Levitsky said, which was at the hands of men with guns. “Today democracies die in a much more subtle way,” he said, “they die in the hands, not of generals, but of elected leaders,” He said today politicians use things such as elections, acts of parliament or congress to gain authority. “What is so dangerous about this electoral road to autocracy is that it happens behind a pretty crowded façade of


Steven Levitsky, Harvard University government professor and “How Democracies Die” bestselling author, answers questions after a Foley Talk Tuesday evening at the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education. democracy,” Levitsky said. He said as a result of this façade the world is not given the information it needs to make decisions until it’s too late. One of the keys to protecting democracy lies in keeping authoritarians from getting elected at all. Levitsky used examples of the history of presidential term limits to show how the U.S. can sustain its democracy. He said what will prevent a democ-

racy such as America’s from descending into a destructive spiral of constitutional hardball is forbearance, which is a shared commitment of institutional restraint. “Norms of mutual toleration and forbearance really only took hold in this country in the late nineteenth century,” he said. Levitsky said polarization causes a lot of dysfunction in the U.S. as well.

“Many of our country’s democratic institutions are biased towards sparsely populated territories,” he said. The electoral college and senate are both biased to highly populated territories as well as the supreme court, Levitsky said. “The growing gap between who wins the most votes and who holds power could seriously erode the legitimacy of our constitution system,” he said.

Council | Continued from Page 1 they work very hard, he said. The city councilmembers have discussed having work sessions on Tuesdays when the regular city council meetings are canceled, Records said. “There has been interest in looking in [work sessions] as a framework, having a business-focused meeting where we’re approving grants and things like that and voting on ordinances and zone changes,” Records said. Tuesday evening is a time set aside for council meetings and if the city council meeting is canceled it is still important to do something council related with that time, Chapman said. Having public work sessions could also give residents a chance to voice their concerns in a less formal manner than a regular council meeting, he said. Normally at city council meetings, members of the public are able to address

issues during the “new business” portion of the meeting. Chapman said there is a three-minute time limit for speaking at regular council meetings, and as a resident, it can be intimidating to stand at the podium and speak. Despite the time limits for community members to speak, they have been able to effectively communicate their ideas and issues, Records said. The city could be clearer about what is allowed in the new business section of the meeting. Transparency and communication often come up in city government, Records said. Concerns have been raised about those topics over the last six months. “Here’s the unfortunate thing about the word transparency, there’s something inherent in it that makes it sound like your hiding something,” Chapman said. “I certainly don’t feel like staff are hiding anything, they will

absolutely turn things over if there’s a public records request.” Records said there are limitations for what councilmembers can talk about and often they must redirect residents to other officials to get information. It is hard for all the departments in the city to provide good communication plans because some of them have few employees, he said. Hiring a city communications officer would help solve this issue and it is something they are interested in, but the city does not have the funds for that right now, Records said. “Really the conversation about transparency is, ‘what is it truly that residents are looking for and how can we do a better job getting them that?’” Chapman said. “Again, it’s not like anyone’s GRACE JOO | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE hiding anything, it’s just that we have to look at different Councilmember Dan Records discusses emotional support ways to give [information].” animals on Aug. 20 at the French Administration Building.

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“It was a game-changer to have that kind of funding,” John P. Reganold, soil scientist and WSU professor in agriculture ecology said on Oct. 1.

A Wasteful Life: Should WSU fund sustainability By Sydney Brown Evergreen reporter

Some researchers at WSU say the future of agriculture can be found in the soft mud of the 30-acre organic student farm, a little-known donation from alumni that serves as the main research facility for sustainable agriculture. The Agricultural Act of 2014 was updated and re-implemented across the country in December 2018, detailing new funds for renewable energy, organic agriculture and research on climate change.

The bill will cost about $956 billion over the next decade, but most of that money will fund food stamps, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs, to help with growing food insecurity. For

ing techniques, and that the school has been a leader of sustainable agriculture for “at least 30 years,” he said. In regards to the food insecurity problem, which in a food pol-

We can’t keep farming just for the yields, we have to protect organisms and the environment John P. Reganold

example, Whitman County has at least 18 percent of residents who experience food insecurity in Washington state. John P. Reganold, soil scientist and WSU professor in agriculture ecology, said WSU absolutely leads the way in sustainable farm-

Natural approach to farming can sustain the enviornment

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icy report from the International Food Policy Research Institute is projected to get worse because of climate change, Reganold said the problem is not food production — it’s food waste. The long-term solution, Reganold said, is to continue

research on organic systems and establish them as the norm for farms everywhere. “If you throw everything together, organic is more sustainable. It’s not gonna get the yields, in general, but we can’t keep farming just for yields, we have to protect organisms and the environment,” Reganold said. The student research facility, known as the Eggert Family Organic Farm, had its 30 acres donated by WSU. Reganold said that about $9.5 million of the $15 million needed came from Chuck and Louanna Eggert, who previously owned a Pacific Northwest food operation. The Eggerts also See Wasteful Page 10

Yoga classes offered in many languages Instructors teach in Spanish, Mandrine to include a wide range of cultures, involve as many people as possible By Eurus Thach Evergreen columnist

Yoga instructors at WSU are offering classes in different languages to form a connection with Cougars from different countries and backgrounds. “I think that yoga moves people all around the world,” said Maria Serenella Previto, a clinical associate professor of Italian and Spanish, “And inviting to meditate, to relax, to breathe or to get into [a] yoga posture and to certain balance in different languages might be nice.” Yoga balances the connection between body movements and emotion, Previto said. Previto was a co-translator on some Spanish texts related to yoga. Each language’s tone induces different levels of relaxation, which links to various, serene psychological states of a person, she said. Yoga classes in different languages help international students with homesickness, Previto said. In offering these classes, WSU has boosted the importance of other cultures, which helps these Cougs feel they belong. Another beneficial side of these yoga classes is the presence of various perspectives, said Helen Shell, junior biochemistry major. With yoga classes in different languages, WSU has revealed its respect to the diverse community, Previto said. “[Yoga in different languages] can help you learn the


“I think that yoga moves people all around the world and inviting to meditate, to relax,” Maria Serenella Previto, a clinical associate professor of Italian and Spanish said. culture,” Shell said. The connection of body language creates a spiritual connection between people, Shell said. Besides international Cougars, native Cougs with curiosity surrounding diverse cultures can benefit from these classes by exploring the link between body language and different verbal languages, Shell said.

“It might be the first stage to settle the meaning of the word,” Previto said. “The instructor can repeat the instructions in [multiple] languages.” The instructors work to bridge verbal and cultural divides,Previto said. “It is possible,” Previto said, “to give students ... the peaceful tone kept in each language.”


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Gabe Condon, instructor of classical and jazz guitar, plays a song for his students at the beginning of his Music 120 class Friday morning in Kimbrough Music Hall. The New York native says he was fortunate to grow around other musicians.

Music school welcomes new member New instructor says he enjoys watching students progress, pursue the arts as careers more often Condon said he began studying music when he connected him with the guitar professor at the was in second grade, when he started taking Suzuki Eastman School of Music, where Condon later got violin lessons at his public school. his bachelor’s degree in jazz and contemporary he WSU School of Music welcomed one of “I had a great experience in the public schools media. its newest classical and jazz guitar faculty members this semester. I enjoy learning from musicians who play other instruments Gabe Condon will start in August. “Everybody has just been very welcoming and . . . and finding ways that jazz and classical music can I really like the community that’s in the [WSU] coexist in the same concert or the same piece. School of Music,” Condon said. Condon grew up in Penfield, New York, where school of music faculty member Gabe Condon he first discovered his love of music. The area of While he was in college, Condon was part of the upstate New York where he comes from has a very in Penfield,” Condon said. “My middle school band vibrant music scene and he believes he was fortu- director became a big mentor of mine and he gave National YoungArts Foundation, where he worked nate to grow up in a community with many great me my first jazz album.” musicians, he said. Condon’s middle school band director also See Gabe Condon Page 12


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Letter from the editor: Mint is getting creative sen to publish, I will send you an email (or however you chose to contact us) that explains the rest of the process. We will need some informaBy Sydney Brown Evergreen Mint editor tion for your byline and author biography and may have to edit the piece for style or spelling errors. We, as a student newspaper, have an irresistible opportunity here to showcase student voices. his is the third letter of this Also, Mint and Life have spent nature that I have written, so most of their lives stepping on each I will keep this one short. other’s toes. As an arts and culture I started as a Life reporter for The section, Mint was supposed to cover musical events and campus events. Daily Evergreen, but I always loved As the community and involvement the loose feeling of Mint. It seemed section, Life would cover campus a place to go for more creative nonclubs and businesses. Do you see the fiction. As someone whose love of writing came in the form of creative issue here? As the former Life editor, I can say it’s been a hard line to walk fiction and poetry, I think this shift could help Mint expand its potential. to the point where our own advisers here think it’s best to merge Mint At least until the end of the semester, we’re doing just that. Mint and Life. Instead of that, I think we can give will accept written works from you, this section the revamp it needs, and or someone you know, to possibly get your creative works published in what better time to do that than in the middle of the semester ... right? the Evergreen. Send your submisSend us your voices, your stories. We sions to are ready to listen. or, if you’re more traditional, to 122 Murrow Hall on campus. Sydney Brown is a junior multimeCOURTESY OF GRACE ARNIS I will accept any entries — poetry, dia journalism major from Las Vegas, short stories, personal essays and Sydney Brown started at The Daily Evergreen as a Life reporter, but she’s ready to try Nevada. She can be contacted at 335her hand as Mint editor. The rest of the semester will feature more creative pieces. anything inbetween. If yours is cho1140 or by


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Stereotypes hurt black women’s self-esteem


I heard whispers from kids near me, saying that if anyone touched me, they would get a disease. I remember running to the bathroom crying. I didn’t understand why this happening to me. That night I told my parents what happened, and the following day, I remember my dad was beyond mad. He By Pere Amughan called the teacher. Evergreen contributor The two boys were forced to apologize to me that same day. Looking back on ’ve written about conventional beauty standards before. I’d like to talk about it now, I know I was singled out because of the color of my skin. I’ve always had a love and hate relationship with my blackness. I was raised how those conventional beauty standards have personally affected me and other black women like myself. to take pride in it, but as soon as I walked out my front door, I was taught to be When I was in fifth grade, “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney was ashamed of it. extremely popular — almost everyone on the playground had a copy. This is a phenomenon that is all too familiar among other black women. In the story, a piece of moldy cheese is left on the playground of the fictional As I got older and started to come into who I am as a person, I stopped letting school. Whoever touched the piece of cheese had the “cheese touch” and was the subtle racism slide past me. automatically alienated by the rest of the kids on the playground. In my dating life I gravitate toward white men — I don’t know why, you just At the time, I thought this was the funniest thing, until something similar like what you like. happened to me. One day at recess, these two white boys tugged on one of my Because of my interest in men outside my race, I cannot count the number of braids, then his friend yelled “eww.” times I’ve heard “I’ve never been with a black girl before,” “you’re such a beautiThat’s when the “Pere touch” started. At first, I thought it was funny and ful black woman,” or “you’re so exotic.” would chase after them. As the joke continued, it started to get less and less While many people outside my race might not find any problem with these funny and it carried into the classroom after recess. statements, the truth of the matter is that they are toxic to a black woman’s self-esteem. The idea of being no more than a fetish is all too real when it comes to dating outside your race, and I often feel as though sometimes all men see is my color and not me. It hurts. There are so many negative stereotypes placed on black women. I don’t even know where to start. How about the depiction of black women in the media? Or the toxic rhetoric of the stereotypical angry black woman? I am sure you can think of plenty more — you’ve no doubt heard them yourself. An article called “Stereotypes of Black American Women Related to Sexuality and Motherhood” published in Psychology of Women Quarterly explains this. The author, Lisa Rosenthal, wrote that stereotypes lead to inaccurate overgeneralizations to all members of a group and to ignoring other important information about the individual character. I’ve never heard a wiser statement. Black women succumb to preconceived notions that we are loud, aggressive, ratchet, gold diggers, or simply uneducated. All this ugliness affects a black woman’s self-esteem, especially when dating. I’m either written off before I even say a word or my partners are shocked and claim I’m “different” from other black girls. However, young black women are starting to wake up and realize our worth. In 2013, CaShawn Thompson popularized the #BlackGirlMagic movement. In doing so, she created a movement to celebrate the beauty and resilience of what COURTESY OF MAX PIXEL a black woman goes through. One-step-at-a-time ladies. Black excellence is on the rise and our voices will Stereotypes that target black women are nothing new, but they can hurt be heard. confidence while dating, especially dating outside of one’s own race.

Depiction of black women in media, ‘angry black woman’ stereotypes can cause self-doubt, toxic ideas when dating



Do you really still buy your food from grocery stores? Everyone knows Peruvian organic produce is the only way to be healthy.

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SU announced the arrival of a new program with the goal of enriching campus morale and improving students’ mental and physical health. The program, called Reviving Intellect, Comfort and Health (RICH) will launch in 2020, program director Marshall St. Ewen III said. “RICH will function a bit like our study abroad programs,” St. Ewen said, straightening his cravat. “Students can apply for various tracks which will have workshops and travel opportunities. It will be completely accessible to all students.” St. Ewen said he and other program members began formulating RICH to address concerns about poor mental health. According to the World Health Organization,

35 percent of college freshmen struggle with mental health disorders. After extensive field research, RICH’s health consultant Marie Cavalo pinned down the culprit of mental illness — a lack of self-discovery and unsatisfactory environmental conditions. “We asked students how they spent their waking hours,” Cavalo said. “Homework? Classes? Twitter? And then, to top it off, they’re eating garbage. Store-bought, GMO-laden brain killers. It’s truly tragic.” Cavalo proposed many of the workshops RICH will offer, and St. Ewen devised the corresponding educational trips. Students can partake in any or all of the three avail-

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Rent-a-rower goes rogue “It was pretty loose before,” President Rodney Ranger said. “We wanted to give people plenty of options. Unfortunately, they took advantage of that.” The change was sparked last Tuesday when rower Rick Ryans By Joel Kemegue was hired for what he thought Evergreen columnist would be a day of yard work. His client needed branches cut down. While Ryans worked, his client decided to move her yoga session to the backyard, reportent-a-Rower at WSU edly spending “an uncomfortable is in the process of amount of time” on downward putting down stricter dog. guidelines regarding what rowRecently Rent-a-Rower has ers can and cannot be hired for. experienced an uptick in strange The Rent-a-Rower program requests like this, different from allows for people to hire mem- the manual labor the group is used bers of WSU’s Cougar Crew to. team to do manual work for Rower Roy Rannigan reported $15 per hour per rower. The that once he arrived on site to find program helps the rowing team his client sunbathing and invited fund itself. Roy to “take his shirt off” and join After a week where rowers her, saying that it was too hot to reported feeling “uncomfortwork. Rannigan reports that it was FEIRAN ZOU | DAILY EVERGREEN ILLUSTRATION able” and “used,” they’re changSee Rent-a-rower Page 8 ing the rules. If you think you’re doing yard work, you’d better think again. And lose the shirt while you’re at it.

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‘Lion King’ is fun but adds nothing to original Newest film in live action lineups offers photorealism, but not much else this time animated glory. However, this was also the movies biggest weakness is the lack of an original spin on the classic. When I say everything is the same, I mean everything. Shot-for-shot, this is the same movie except it’s photorealistic. It is an amazing movie if you are okay with re-watching a revamped

By Roos Helgesen Evergreen columnist


h my god is that a real lion? The live-action remake of the Lion King has top of the line animation, creating a second per second photorealistic world that looks almost better than reality. Is it really a live-action remake? It’s totally not live action — it’s animated. The king himself returns, James Earl Jones, resuming his role as Mufasa. Seth Rogan plays Pumba. Boy, was it nostalgic hearing Jones play the part. It brought me back to the time when I first watched the original movie. And Rogan’s laugh captured in a warthog’s body is beautiful. It’s definitely worth the watch just for that alone. Director John Favreau brings the classic story alive, replicating the original scene-for-scene, in all its beautiful

It’s totally not live action — it’s animated. version of the original, but if you’re looking for something new, you’re out of luck. I mean most people in that sense will just watch the original instead. I think Favreau could not change the movie for fear of a massive backlash. So, what was the point of making the movie? By creating a photorealistic world, you can no longer see the emotions the original movie had. The biggest problem with the movie is that the song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” is set in the daytime.


The original Lion King captured so many hearts that it would be difficult to imagine a way to top it, but this live action remake definitely falls short. This is an outrage. I would recommend this movie to people who want to see a photorealistic Lion King, but we’re all just going to go and watch the original

instead. Roos Helgesen is a freshman The Lion King will play at 6 p.m. international business major from and 9 p.m. on Friday, and at 4 p.m. Anchorage, Alaska. He can be conand 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday tacted at 335-1140 or by in the CUB Auditorium.

Frat murder rates skyrocket during spooky season Watch out for brushes with death on Greek Row this October; it takes one crazy guy with a bottle to end it all That wasn’t an accident, that was a brush with death you may have experiBy Paul Medrud enced. Evergreen columnist Many Frat Fiends see a student crossing the street while on their phone as easy pickings to hit. They’ll drive just fast enough to cause the person to slam into their windshield and collapse on the ground, landing on the road a crumpled his Halloween season, with all mess and near-death. This gives them a chance to drive off, the horror-filled celebrations free of any guilt or responsibility for their going on, be aware of your target’s demise. potential demise. “Sometimes I see a pedestrian walk Reports show frat members have been out not paying attention like they’re texarrested for a large number of homicides ting,” Zorgees said. “I’m just like, literally this fall. I wish I hit you.” It won’t be scary movies or haunted With blunt weapons, we aren’t talkhouses that will scare you to your core: ing about the usual suspects like bats, it’ll be the lurking fear of a Frat Fiend shovels, rakes and sports equipment, as it hunting you down and brutally killing takes effort to acquire those things. Frat you like the wild animal you truly are. Fiends don’t like effort, no, no. “It’s a prank bro,” said Beta Omicron We’re talking about bottles, the party Omicron (BOO) member Jason Zorgees. decoration of every frat rave rampage. “If you die in the process, that’s on you. It doesn’t take much for one well-armed Welcome to real life, this is college.” and maniacal guy to take a bottle and use This story is meant to be a guide to it in many devious ways. the possible ways you could die horribly If you’re enjoying the party a little bit at the hands of this Fiend and to possibly too much for his liking, he could wait protect yourself from a grisly fate. for you to go into a different room and Let’s start with the classic, vehicular “knock” some sense into you. homicide. A couple of whacks and smacks later Have you ever been walking around and your head is spaghetti sauce against Northside and saw a car passing by a the carpet of a bedroom in Rho Omicron crosswalk a little too fast? Did you ever Omicron. Not the Viking funeral you feel close to being hit by a car while were expecting, now was it? sneaking out of Greek Row? Guns are obvious weapons. However,



Life is a jungle, so don’t get caught out there in the wild. Protect yourself from drunkened fraternity men during Spooktober. balconies are a good location for frat guys to take people out. Because, though balconies are great for causing an unexpected fall, they’re better for manslaughter. But with masking tape and some paper towel tubes, you can turn that cheap hunting rifle bought at Walmart into a really long smoking pipe in no time at all. This does seem terrifying — the idea that your life could rest in the hands of

some of the most immature people on the face of the planet. However, there is hope in this safari we call our campus. It’s the safety and solace of calling the campus police. Because if there is anything we can do, it’s getting someone else to do the dirty work for us. Paul Medrud is a freshman science communications major from Olympia. He can be contacted at 335-1140 or by

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40 degrees outside. “I don’t get why she needed tanning lotion when the sun wasn’t even out,” Rannigan said. “Or why she needed me to put it on her.” Another rower, Robby Roberts, reported that after he finished his job, his client invited him inside for dinner. The client had a bottle of wine on the table and the song “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye playing. Supposedly the client sat down with the rower and started talking about her failing marriage, getting progressively more drunk over the course of the night. Roberts, who claims he stayed because the client was still being charged, was then taken upstairs and made to watch half of “The Graduate” before a car pulled into the driveway and the client rushed him out the window. Ranger said he appreciates

able tracks: physical health, mental health and self-discovery. Cavalo’s workshop in the physical health track, “Food: Getting to the Source” will provide attendees with nutritional advice and practices — handcrushing campus acorns for milk, for example, or importing vegetables directly from family-owned, organic farms in Peru. St. Ewen will then take attendees to the Himalayas on a weekend trip, where he said they can lick unprocessed pink salt directly on the mountains. “This may be a physical health workshop, but the benefits overlap,” he said. “If you can get your salt free of toxins, your depression or anxiety will certainly disappear.” Another of St. Ewen’s trips involves a week-long excursion into the Bahamas at the end of February 2020. Sophomore Edwin Hollingsworth Jr. said he looks forward to attending this

all the service the team gets from their clients, but rowers have been saying they feel uncomfortable. “My guys don’t really want to do yoga or sunbathe or watch classic ‘60s films,” Ranger said. “We’re just here to do the work. We’re not trying to do anybo — anything else.” Ranger is not sure what the restrictions will be yet, but he said he was certain of a few things. “Clients need to be fully dressed,” Ranger said. “No lingerie, no going upstairs with rowers, no physical contact, no alcohol, no putting ones in their waist. I’ll think of more later.” Joel Kemegue is a freshman creative writing major from Bellevue. He can be contacted at 335-1140 or by

mental health workshop. “Pullman winters can be a bummer, and sometimes I just need a little ‘me time,’ ” Hollingsworth said. “This is an easy way to do that.” Some students might worry about the price tag on these opportunities, but St. Ewen said not to worry. He said he designed the programs based on their own budgets from when he was a student at Columbia University. “I remember the struggle,” he said. “Sometimes I would eat nothing but T-bone steak for weeks because my parents would forget to send me money for porterhouse. And don’t mention the frat parties! I’d go just to get free Screaming Eagle Cabernet when I couldn’t afford my own.” Anna Young is a junior creative writing major from Helena, Montana. She can be contacted at 335-1140 or by


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Jewish leaders release statement regarding hate Anti-Defamation League sees spike of anti-Semitic incidents in Washington By Nina Shapiro The Seattle Times

David Frockt, the Seattle legislator, went to San Diego this spring for a bar mitzvah, the religious initiation ceremony for a Jewish boy who has reached the age of 13. At the synagogue stood two armed guards. “Sadly, this is the reality of Jewish life in 2019,” said Frockt, noting that weeks before the bar mitzvah, a man walked into a synagogue 20 miles north of San Diego and opened fire, killing a woman who jumped in front of the rabbi. He thinks about that, and other recent violence against Jews, when he takes his own kids to synagogue in Seattle, worrying for their safety. “Honestly, it crosses my mind every time,” the Democrat said. He told the story Tuesday as Jewish leaders released a statement against anti-Semitism six months in the making. They are asking elected and civic officials to sign a separate pledge to fight such hatred. About 80 have already done so, including members of Congress, the Legislature and Seattle and King County councils. The effort started after the October shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11, and gained momentum amid an uptick in reported anti-Semitic incidents in Washington, along with other kinds of hate crimes. While a fatal shooting took place in 2006 at the offices of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, there’s a new and visceral unease many Jews are feeling now, said federation President and CEO Nancy Greer. “I have not experienced this level of edginess or fear,” she said. Even so, Greer said before the news conference at the Holocaust Center for Humanity in downtown Seattle, coming up with a statement “took some time to really have deep discussions.” She explained, “The Jewish community is complex. Organizations came from across religious and political perspectives.” One of the challenges was simply defining anti-Semitism, taking into account thorny issues


Two armed guards stood outside the synagogue when attending for a bar mitzvah, Seattle legislator David Frockt recalls. like if and when criticism of Israel crosses that line. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) tracks reports of antiSemitic incidents across the country taken from police documents, the media and watchdog investigations. In Washington last year, the ADL’s database cites 32 incidents, up from 20 the year before. They include many instances of graffiti, with a swastika being a common image, found everywhere from a park bathroom in Seattle to a fence in Maple Valley to a dry erase board at Whitman College in Walla Walla. A Jewish woman in Seattle also had her garage and pavement outside her home spray-painted with the words “Jew” and “[expletive] Jew thieve.” Alt-right and white-nationalist groups have also distributed anti-Semitic flyers in the region, according to the database. Occasionally, anti-Semitism has turned confrontational, with one woman and child in Seattle verbally accosted outside by someone yelling slurs. The ADL also collects information about other types of extremist and white-supremacist

incidents, reports of which are also increasing in Washington, from 18 in 2017 to 45 last year. Jewish leaders at the news conference acknowledged their common ground with others facing hate. Also attending was Nina Martinez, board chair of Latino Civic Alliance, an advocacy group, who spoke about verbal and physical assaults on immigrants in rural parts of the state. Even kids, she said, are spit upon, pushed and told “you’re illegal” or “go back to your country.” She said she worked with Jewish leaders for the first time during the last legislative session on a bill that increased the penalties for hate crimes. “Phenomenal,” she said of their efforts, impressed by their energy and willingness to invest resources in the cause. The bill passed. “They understood about our challenges,” Martinez added of Jewish leaders. “Sometimes we didn’t have to say too much.” Still, there was a lot to talk about when it came to the statement on anti-Semitism. Many agree such hate is on the rise, says Noam Pianko, a

University of Washington (UW) professor of Jewish studies. “The real debate and difficulty is trying to understand where the antiSemitism is coming from and how to address it.” Liberals denounce far-right hate they feel has seeped into the mainstream under President Donald Trump, obscured by a pro-Israel stance. Conservatives find anti-Semitism in the harsh criticism of Israel on the left, and the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. Complicating it even more is that even liberal Jews have historically seen criticism of Israel the same way. In the past, Jews who took issue with Israeli policies were often labeled “selfhating Jews,” said Susan Glenn, another UW professor of Jewish studies. Rabbi Jason Levine of Temple Beth Am, who participated in hammering out the statement, said, “it was very important to us that anti-Semitism did not become a partisan issue.” As such, the final product, signed by 46 synagogues and Jewish organizations, says “antiSemitism is found across the ide-

ological spectrum.” While condemning “virulent antagonism toward Israel” and “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israel policy to that of the Nazis,” the statement also says, “it is important to note that criticism of Israeli government policies is not inherently anti-Semitic.” The statement is not meant to definitively say whether any given remark or action is antiSemitic, says Greer of the Jewish Federation, but to serve as a “starting point” for questions and conversation. Sometimes, said Dee Simon, executive director of the Holocaust Center, “perpetrators don’t know what they’re doing.” She referred to the Mercer Island teens photographed this spring giving a Nazi salute. A week later, their parents brought them into the center, which displays pictures and artifacts documenting the history of the Holocaust. She didn’t ask why they did what they did. She wanted to give them a tour like they were anybody else. They seemed engaged and asked lots of questions, she was pleased to note. “One kid at a time,” she said.

Idaho county commissioners open budget for sheriff Additional $75,000 of funds may be given after vehicle totaled last month By Garrett Cabeza Moscow-Pullman Daily News

The Latah County Sheriff’s Office may have $275,000 to spend on five new vehicles instead of the $200,000 allotment approved in August to purchase four patrol vehicles after Latah County commissioners agreed to open the fiscal 2020 budget Monday. The commissioners will hold a public comment period at a later date before choosing to approve the $75,000 increase. Sheriff Richie Skiles and Chief Deputy Tim Besst requested the extra money after one of its 2016 Ford Explorers was totaled in a crash Sept. 17 on State Highway 8 east of Troy. The two deputies in the vehicle sustained minor injuries after a semitractor-trailer attempted to make a U-turn and the Explorer, with lights and sirens on, struck the truck, according to an Idaho State Police news release. Both deputies were released from Gritman Medical Center in Moscow the night of the crash and returned to work within a few days, Skiles said. Besst said the four Ford Explorers and one Ford F-150 pickup truck,

including installation of police equipment in the vehicles, will cost about $278,000. Besst said $275,000 would be sufficient. Some of the equipment in the totaled vehicle can be used in one of the new Ford Explorers. Skiles estimated receiving $15,000 to $20,000 in insurance money from the crash. Besides replacing the crashed vehicle, Skiles said the request for $75,000 in extra money stemmed from price estimates for Explorers increasing higher than expected. “We’re trying really hard to get our fleet back up into shape,” Commissioner Dave McGraw said. Besst said after the meeting, the sheriff’s office goal is to rotate patrol vehicles out of patrol at 120,000 miles. He said some patrol vehicles are at 120,000 miles. Besst said two vehicles are in reserve -- a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria and a 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe. The Tahoe has been used as a replacement for the crashed Explorer. County Clerk/Auditor/Recorder Henrianne Westberg said the commissioners passed a conservative fiscal 2020 budget, which started Oct. 1, and she was glad they did. Without knowing what will happen with items like Medicaid expansion and revenue -- both of which could affect the county financially -- Westberg said she


Despite the commissioners’ agreement to open the budget, County Clerk Henrianne Westberg encourages fiscal conservation going forward. pressed for a conservative budget. The commissioners approved the $20.6 million budget in August, which is about $800,000 more than last fiscal year’s budget. “I would appreciate the board’s support in being fiscally conservative in

Latah County and not feeling like we can open the budget anytime and push money -- working capital -- into different areas,” she said. “We have money, but we really need to be careful about how we spend it,” Westberg added.

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WSU UREC hosts ‘AquaPatch’ for fall festivities Over 100 pumpkins will be available for people to paint, carve, decorate; to bring the halloween spirit to Pullman By Carolynn Clarey Evergreen reporter

You‘ve heard of bobbing for apples, but haYou‘ve heard of bobbing for apples, but have you heard of diving for pumpkins? Just imagine a pool full of pumpkins and people diving in to get them. A few tables in the corner full of supplies for those same students to carve and decorate their catch. At the WSU Student Recreation Center this odd picture comes to life. From 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, people with an SRC membership can go to “AquaPatch” to pick from over 100 pumpkins to decorate, carve, paint and then bring them home, according to the WSU UREC website.  Christopher  Perry, a lifeguard guard for the UREC, worked the event last year. Perry’s role during the event was to retrieve pumpkins for the people who didn’t want to jump in the pool. While he didn’t recall any families attending the

event, it was mostly WSU students, Perry said. Perry also pointed out that this was a great way to check out the facilities and get into the fall festivities. “It’s just a fun way to get involved with the UREC … and kinda just get into the festivities of the fall time,” Perry said. Perry is also a lifeguard for this year’s event and is looking forward to seeing people’s reactions. The UREC also hosts one other seasonal event in the Spring. It is called the Self-Directed Swim Challenges designed to get people swimming. Participants swim a specified number of yards and complete either beginner, intermediate, or advanced courses. Thesecoursesaredesignedtomimicspecific swim events in the Pac-12. Swimmers TAYLOR OLSON | THE DAILY EVERGREEN are given from Jan. 21 to April 21 of next year to complete their chosen course. C h r i sto p h e r P e r r y, l i fe g a u rd a t t h e WS U U R E C , d i s c u ss e s For more information on pool availability t h e Aq u a P a tc h eve n t o n Tu e s d ay a f te r n o o n a t t h e S p a r k . see Th e eve n t w i l l t a ke p l a ce o n We d n e s d ay a t 5 p. m .

Wasteful | Continued from Page 4 graduated from WSU. “It was a game-changer to have that kind of funding,” Reganold said. All organic farms on campus must completely support themselves, said Brad Jaeckel, the farm’s manager. While this helps students get hands-on experience, he said it can be frustrating to work with WSU on big-picture issues or projects. Jaeckel also said the search for research funding can feel tedious. Researchers are often at the whim of their source for funding, which can take away opportunities for them in their work. Under the Farm Bill of 2018, federal research grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture prioritize land-grant universities such as WSU. The university’s 2018 federal legislative agenda outlined its top goals to fund sustainable and responsible agriculture with the federal money. According to a document provided by the WSU Office of Research Support and Operations, the only federal grant provided for organic research since December 2018 was an organic study at WSU Mount Vernon in July of this year. Jaeckel said people don’t realize how hard it can

be to get funding, and that WSU cannot afford to invest its own money into research. Instead, most research done especially on sustainable agriculture is completely outside sourced. “They [WSU] enjoy that we do well, that we get good press, but we didn’t get a lot of infrastructure support [on the organic farm],” Jaeckel said. Organic farm owner Dave Sutherland started in Oregon as an agronomist and saw firsthand the amount of both space and time an organic farm needs to develop well. He used his experience in crop and soil sciences to build his own organic farm in Moscow, Idaho. Sutherland said the main problem with conventional farming is the use of pesticides, which poisons the soil. These chemicals, even if inactive, seep into the food people consume. After World War II, a population boom demanded that crops become commodities in order to feed everyone, he said. Large-scale commercial farms still produce these commodities with little to no responsibility for the environment. Moreover, conventional farming techniques, especially those involved in animal agriculture, produce methane and carbon that accounts for a

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large chunk of the world’s collected greenhouse gases, Sutherland said. While students can feel disconnected from the world of sustainable agriculture, Reganold said consumers have to put thought into what they buy and eat. “We’re the ones that are demanding the food they [farmers] are producing,” Reganold said. “So if we say, hey, we want more plant-based foods, or we want more organic food, then they will respond and do that. But we have to demand that.” However, Jaeckel said farmers carry the responsibility of ethical food production, and engagement with the community to encourage more organic eating habits is a slow process, which is why funding matters. Jaeckel said he hasn’t seen the effects of the farm bill on research. However, he said that new organic farming techniques and research such as the Eggert farm need more funding in order to improve agriculture in an era of climate change.



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Coffee | Continued from Page 1 The objects are tested for how much impact they can withstand, he said. When the researchers combined 20 percent of the coffee extract with PLA, the toughness of the plastic increased by 400 percent, Chang said. Chang’s vision for this discovery includes using the new plastic for sports equipment, he said. Chang hopes one day he can create a customizable shin guard that can be thrown out in the garden when a player is done with it. “The coffee mixes very well with the PLA for this use,” said Cheng Hao, Ph.D. candidate in material science. Adding a waste product to the plastic keeps the cost down and makes it almost completely biodegradable, Chang said. Hao said in the research field 3D printing is costintensive. Chang said he was inspired by a company in Taiwan that uses coffee grounds to make fiber that is sold to apparel companies. “This is basically from a source that we have, literally infinite amounts,” he said. The team has not done any cost calculations yet, but it will be cost-effective, Chang said. A challenge the researchers faced included making sure bacteria or fungus does not destroy the plastic since it’s natural-based. Research started about a year ago, Chang said. “There is no burden to our environment,” Hao said. The researchers are now investigating how long the plastic takes to degrade into the soil. As of now, it takes six months in the right conditions. SERENA HOFDAHL | THE DAILY EVERGREEN “There is a lot of plastic problems in the world,” Chang said. “As tragic as they are fixable, you can reverse Ph.D. candidates Yu-Chung Chang, right, and Cheng Hao discuss their research towards using coffee the trend if you start having scientific discoveries.” grounds to create plastic on Thursday afternoon in the Engineering Teaching Research Laboratory.

Arson | Continued from Page 1 go through security camera tapes to identify who went into the bathroom before the employee. Goldfinger said there are 23 cameras inside the building, as well as some outside the building and in the neighborhood. He said IDs are also scanned upon entry. Goldfinger said it took about five minutes to find the individual who went into the bathroom before the employee. Tommy said staff then went to look for the individual they had identified from the security tapes. He said it took about 10 to 15 minutes in total. Tommy said he and staff, including the head of security, approached the individual and asked to see his ID. Tommy said he also asked the individual to

empty his pockets. “He pulled the lighter out of his back pocket,” he said. “Then I called the police because he had a lighter. That was the last thing he pulled out of his pocket.” Goldfinger said the staff did not want to panic other customers. “It was such a small situation,” he said. “We don’t want to run it to evacuating the whole building, because that’s going to cause a panic.” He said there is an evacuation procedure that is reviewed with the staff before every school year. Goldfinger and Tommy both said the fire was mostly smoke. “I don’t want people to walk away [and say there were] three-foot flames in the bathroom,” Goldfinger

said. “So it could have been a fire, but it wasn’t.” Tommy said the Pullman Police Department responded quickly. Police arrested Jesus Flores German at about 1 a.m. on Friday for allegedly committing the arson at Stubblefields Bar and Grill. Tommy said the police later brought in a Pullman Fire Department investigator. Goldfinger said the bar is a safe environment he and the staff have worked on for decades to create. “Anytime somebody comes here for malicious activity, they should be warned that there’s cameras that surround this whole block, cameras inside this building,” he said. “You’re SERENA HOFDAHL | THE DAILY EVERGREEN going to get caught immeGeneral manager at Stubblefields, DJ Goldfinger, explains the recent diately. There’s just no way to beat the cameras.” bathroom arson on Monday afternoon at Stubblefields Bar & Grill.


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Gabe Condon | Continued from Page 5 with high-level jazz performers and other musicians, he said. “Getting to work with all those other young artists in different disciplines was really influential,” Condon said. “Seeing other students that were planning to pursue arts as a career really encouraged me to also think it was possible.” Condon taught as a lecturer of jazz studies at Ithaca College for two years before coming here to work at WSU. “[Condon] is very eager to find out how the WSU School of Music works,” said Meredith Arksey, associate professor of music for violin and viola. “Students and faculty have really said, ‘hey, we love having Gabe here’ … I think it’s a very good fit.” Condon said he feels his fellow

school of music faculty members are inspiring as fellow artists. “Their creative output is really amazing,” he said. Condon will perform a guitar recital as part of the faculty artist series at 7:30 p.m. on November 1 in the Kimbrough Concert Hall. The recital is an opportunity to see the different styles that Condon plays on guitar. The first half will be classical and the second half will be jazz pieces featuring other jazz faculty members, Condon said. “I enjoy learning from musicians who play other instruments … and finding ways that jazz and classical music can coexist in the same concert or the same piece, that’s really interesting to me,” Condon said.

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How a Radiohead song inspired ‘Where Cards Fall,’ one of Apple Arcade’s must-play games Free-to-play comic style cards come with different mechanics By Todd Martens Los Angeles Times

Architecture is shuffled and folded to heighten a sense of fragility in “Where Cards Fall,” a puzzle game based on vignettes. The look is alternately realistic — we see glimpses of a home, a community and friendships — and abstract, where some moments are dreamscapes that explore life passions. Each one of its challenges feels a bit like a song, since “Where Cards Fall” presents us with a character and a life and then leaves plenty open to interpretation. No puzzle should take more than a few minutes, and they’re stitched together with narrative bridges that give us glimpses into someone’s home and work over a lifetime. While it’s far from a visual album such as “Sayonara Wild Hearts,” a game that feels like an experimental music video, there’s something visually and playfully lyrical about “Where Cards Fall.” It’s no surprise, then, that the game, available now for Apple Arcade, the tech company’s new $4.99-per-month subscription service, was inspired by song. In the mind of 28-year-old developer Sam Rosenthal for nearly a decade now, “Where Cards Fall” sprung initially from Radiohead’s 2007 single “House of Cards,” which sees the band shifting between lullaby-like guitar tones and disquieting digital symphonies. It served as an inspiration in more ways than

one. Radiohead as a whole is adventurous yet accessible, with music that takes risks while still being made for the masses — not unlike the sort of playable-to-all games that Rosenthal hopes to make. And the melancholic yet tender feel of the tune is similar to the tone that permeates “Where Cards Fall.” Then there’s the core message of the song, of breaking something down only to create anew. Throughout “Where Cards Fall,” players assemble and disassemble buildings and platforms made of cards in an attempt to navigate life’s unexpected challenges. “I always interpreted the song as kind of a plea from a man or a woman to leave their life behind — leave your marriage behind — and let their life collapse and rebuild something greater together,” Rosenthal says. “It’s a fairly dark theme, and I didn’t know too much — and I still don’t know too much — about married life. But at the very least, I thought there’s something beautiful in the idea of knocking down something that seems very structured and very safe and creating something greater out of it.” “Where Cards Fall,” however, is less about domesticated married life and more simply about life as a whole. It’s framed around a character looking back and the choices made in getting from one point to another. The game’s animated sequences are never too direct — a lonely, solitary dinner at a diner, for instance, or an escape into the wonders of an arcade or the joys of music, the latter visualized with cloud-like platforms and guitars the size

of skyscrapers. They give space for players to think about their own childhood and artistic discoveries. Arriving at this point of view, however, wasn’t a direct path for Rosenthal, who studied undergraduate game design at USC. He began with a more literal approach, something that was influenced by games such as “The Sims.” “I was pitching an actual house of cards,” he says, “with these fragile lives unfolding inside of them. I thought that since cards were such a classic game piece, there might be some way of expressing that metaphor in a video game. But all of the ideas I tried were very complicated. I had individual cards that represented a person, a place or a profession and you’d put them together and you would see how the combination would lead to a family event or a life event.” The game Rosenthal and his small team eventually developed at his downtown studio the Game Band, however, is rather simple. Designed specifically for touch devices, Rosenthal uses game mechanics that should be familiar to anyone who has scrolled through photos on a phone and enlarged them or made them smaller. To build a card formation, you pinch two fingers together and then move them apart, utilizing the opposite move to break down the same creation. “I see friends and family stuck in a groove. So if someone can play through this game and look at their own life and make a change for the better, that would be the greatest sense of accomplishment.”

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