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Community Calendar Friday 10/11 BYOD : B ring Your Own Denim , lea rn to dist ress . Starting at 5 p.m., the Student Entertainment Board and the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles will work together for this month’s arts hour. Shirts and spray paint will be provided to decorate and tie. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn how to distress denim if they bring their own garments or fabric to practice on. This event is free and located at the Chinook Student Center in room 150.

Friday 10/11 Children put on play at WSU campus. Beginning at 7 p.m., Missoula Children’s Theatre will put on a production of Johnny Appleseed. A second performance will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. The production Johnny Appleseed will feature up to 50 local children. This event is located at Beasley Coliseum. To submit, email events to meditor@dailyevergreen.com. 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.

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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, 3:11 p.m. Ag e n c y A s s i s t a n c e Report of a subject not getting out of SE Stadium Way & SE Nevada St, 8:09 p.m. a vehicle. Officer responded. Officers responded to a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian accident. Ac c i d e n t N o n - I n j u r y NE B St & NE Alpha Rd, 3:50 p.m. Noise Complaint Officer responded to a report of a NE Ruby Street, 10:02 p.m. motor vehicle collision. Report of a noise complaint. Officers responded. Burglary NW Irving Street, 4:01 p.m. Wednesday Officer responded to a report of a Noise Complaint possible burglary. NE Spaulding Street, 1:47 a.m. Officer responded and warned subject. T h r e a t e n i n g NE Stadium Way, 4:40 p.m. Ac c i d e n t N o n - I n j u r y Report of subjects wanting to fight. N Grand Ave & NE Terre View Dr, 7:57 a.m. Officer responded. Report of a motor vehicle collision. Officer responded. Controlled Substance Problem SE Bishop Boulevard, 5:47 p.m. S ex O f f e n s e Officers responded to a report of SE Bishop Boulevard, 12:00 p.m. a possible cocaine exchange in the Officer responded to a report of parking lot. possible prostitution. Other Law Enforcement Calls H a ra s s m e n t NE Westwood Drive, 5:55 p.m. NE Terre View Drive, 12:11 p.m. Report of bologna and mustard placed Report of possible child abuse. Officers responded. on a vehicle. Officer responded. S t ra y A n i m a l s NE Providence Court, 1:21 p.m. Officer responded to a report of a stray dog under a porch.

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 NW Clay Court, 6:19 p.m. Report of a garage door open for three days. Officer responded.

H a ra s s m e n t SE Crestview Street, 2:08 p.m. Officer responded to an argument between two students.

We l f a r e C h e c k NE Terre View Drive, 8:30 p.m. Officer responded and contacted the subject whose phone had died.

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Former student sentenced to prison Plea deal includes 28 months in prison, three years of supervision By Jayce Carral Evergreen reporter

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Karen Miles, civil engineering project manager for the FAA, Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson and Moscow Mayor Bill Lambert cut the ribbon for the reopening of the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport on Thursday.

New runway will be able to accommodate larger planes with max capacity of 440 By Luke Hudson Evergreen reporter

After a month of upgrades to the landing system, city administrators at the Pullman-Moscow Airport unveiled the airport’s new runway Thursday when it reopened. Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson and Moscow Mayor Bill Lambert cut the 150foot ribbon in the middle of the new runway. “We are the Palouse, I don’t see a vision of a state line between us,” Lambert said. “And we’re all friends, we got to make it happen through our two communities.” The airport’s director, Tony Bean, said he is grateful to the individuals and organizations that came together to finish the project. The collaboration between so many people gives him confidence that the next phase of construction will

go just as smoothly. The next phase of construction includes a taxiing runway and a new, larger terminal, Bean said. “It is not just our quality of life here in our region that is affected by a project like this,” he said. “It is a quality of life that happens regionally, nationally and globally from the products and services produced.” Bean said projects like this are successful because of peoples’ commitment to completing it. “Airports are a window into the vitality of our community,” Bean said. “And although the project was about a runway, it was about more than that. It was about a belief in what the future of our communities needed to be.” The new runway will be able to accommodate larger aircraft such as the Boeing 747, according to an article published in Northwest Public Broadcasting. That aircraft can carry up to 440 passengers in a typical layout, according to Boeing.

Before the upgrades, the runway could only handle smaller planes that carry fewer people such as the Bombardier Q-400, according to NWPB. The total cost for the project is about $140 million, according to an article published by The Daily Evergreen. Stacy Pearson, WSU vice president of finance and administration, said these upgrades will help the WSU community and make traveling to WSU easier. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) said this project is important infrastructure for the region and that the country is focusing on infrastructure right now. She said the airport has connected Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories to over 39 countries, with over 1,500 takeoffs and landings every year. “I want to say thanks to Mayor Johnson, and Mayor Lambert and the entire board and everyone that was a part of making this happen,” McMorris Rodgers said. “It really is an example See Airport Page 10

Guest covers LGBTQ history of the Palouse ‘Gay history is not necessarily a story of linear progress... not.. everything gets better’ By Kaitlyn Tejero Evergreen reporter

Neill Public Library hosted a guest speaker to talk about queer history in the Palouse region from the 1970s to today. Brian Stack, Ph.D. candidate in the WSU history department, introduced the Palouse LGBTQ history project, a digital exhibit consisting of articles, photographs and other artifacts. This project addressed topics which have impacted university members as well as the broader community. He said the LGBTQ community has faced a difficult journey to receive the recognition they have today. “One thing I want to stress is, gay history is not necessarily a story of linear progress. It’s not necessarily everything gets better and better,” he said. “We often think of history as moving See History Page 10

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Brian Stack, Ph.D. candidate in the WSU history department, talks about the Palouse LGBTQ History Project Thursday at the Neill Public Library.

Former WSU student Kyle Gaumnitz was sentenced to 28 months in prison on Oct. 4 that will be followed by three years of supervision after pleading guilty on Sept. 5 to extortion in the second degree with sexual motivation. Whitman County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Dan LeBeau said Gaumnitz’s initial charges included five counts of extortion in the second degree with sexual motivation. According to the plea agreement, Gaumntiz is required to register as a sex offender, spend 28 months in prison and forfeit any property seized during the execution of search warrants. Gaumnitz will also have to pay $800 in fees. LeBeau said Gaumnitz will be supervised by the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) for three years after he is released from prison. Sexual assault protection orders have been issued for the five victims, according to the plea agreement. The protection orders will last for seven years. LeBeau said the victims will be able to get the order extended if they choose to do so. WSU Police Department Administrative Sgt. Dawn Daniels said there were multiple reports of attempted extortion over the years. She said the investigation was led by Corporal Brett Boyd and Officer Jeff Olmstead. Daniels said the investigating officers found a pattern between several reports. “Back in ’17, we got a case where somebody reported that they’re being threatened by somebody,” she said. Daniels said Gaumnitz’s modus operandi (MO) included using social media to find information about his victims such as the names of their family and friends. She said Gaumnitz would use the information he found to extort the victims into sending him nude photographs of themselves. According to the Certificate of Probable Cause and the Summary of Facts, Gaumnitz’s victims included women he knew such as coworkers, high school classmates, WSU classmates, ex-girlfriends and friends. Gaumnitz would contact them through social media such as Facebook, Snapchat and Tinder and tell the victims he had nude photographs of them. Gaumnitz would then threaten to send those photographs to his victims’ family and friends unless they sent him more photographs, See Gaumnitz Page 10


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The recent abortion protest used graphic and offensive imagery to compare abortion to the Holocaust, lynchings and other historical genocides. This didn’t further any discussion; it only upset and offended, creating a hostile environment.

Demonstrations, discussions should be productive Recent abortion protest relied on inflammatory imagery, didn’t create constructive conversation critically about complex ideas and different perspectives, and the only By Derrek Speakman way to do that is to engage with Evergreen those we disagree with. columnist The Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) is a nationwide anti-abortion demonstration group that believes abortion is murder, and by extenith the recent and sion, genocide. controversial anti“The GAP project basically goes abortion demonstra- to campuses and brings awareness tion at WSU, we need to emphasize of abortion, what it is, [and] what it genuine discussion of not just abor- looks like,” said Sabrina Johnson, a tion, but all difficult topics. College junior at WSU who volunteered for students need to be able to think GAP during their appearance.

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GAP demonstrations come to campus after being invited by a student organization. While some might disagree, the point of GAP’s demonstration — as described by Johnson and their materials — is not more contentious than what one would expect from any antiabortion organization. One of the main controversies surrounding the demonstration wasn’t its anti-abortion message, but the imagery used to convey it: graphic images of allegedly aborted fetuses positioned directly next to images from the Holocaust, lynchings and historic atrocities. The

demonstration had a strong message that some took as extremely hostile. Even though the protesters may have genuinely believed that abortion is genocide and had the demonstration with the intention of sparking conversation and debate, but many onlookers did not leave with the notion of intellectual discourse. That’s the real crux of the issue, not that GAP was spreading an antiabortion message, but that it did so in an inflammatory way. While Johnson said she believes that she was able to have good conversations with those that would talk, the See Protest Page 12

Panic around potentially offensive content isn’t always warranted value entertainment, predicated on clicks and likes. The easiest way for a tion feeds mean that, for the news organization to do this? most part, the average citizen Capitalize on online reactionBy Jacob Hersh is more educated and knowl- ary movements and theories Evergreen columnist posited by bloggers, Tweeters edgeable about foreign and and Facebookers, and watch domestic affairs. Mass media has connected the articles fly in. and educated us. But it has The most recent example We live in a society. A soci- also misinformed us. The of this is the craze around ety that is interconnected and the new “Joker” film. In the groupthink and instant-share informed to a greater degree dynamic of Twitter, Facebook months leading to the film’s than one would ever have and Instagram combined with release, conspiracy theories thought possible. Cable news, and opinion pieces flew at the attention-grabbing headsmartphone headline alerts and lines of Fox and CNN have cre- lightspeed around the internet, especially pertaining to the personalized 24/7 informaated a feedback loop of shock

New “Joker” movie was expected to be altright and pro-incel, didn’t live up to outrage

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film’s alleged connection to the alt-right and “incel” culture. Now, perhaps some of these fears and theories were founded. Certainly, some aspects of the Joker’s status as a pop culture character have made him appealing to members of the alt-right (outsider status, anti-society stance, etc). The character has also historically struck a chord with members of the incel/MRA movement, and individuals who identify as anarchists or advocate for a dramatic restructuring of society will often rally around

images or videos of the Joker, in his many incarnations. “I think that it has the potential to inspire the underground incel culture,” said freshman neuroscience major Isabella Butcher. “The thing with the ‘Joker’ movie is that it gives us this horrible, legitimately bad person, and expects us to feel bad for him ... I think that’s super dangerous.” However, it’s also worth mentioning that there was no codified movement by any major alt-right group to See Media Page 12

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Wildcats out of the bag, into the net

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Senior forward Morgan Weaver weaves past Arizona defenders Thursday night at the Lower Soccer Field.

Cougars can’t take Arizona heat, lose on Thursday night By Jaclyn Seifert Evergreen reporter

The weather in Pullman was cold this week but No. 25 Arizona Wildcats brought the heat against No. 15 WSU soccer. The Wildcats brought home a 1-0 win Thursday night on the Lower Soccer Field. “It stings,” said Washington State sophomore defender Mykiaa Minniss. Since 2014, Washington State has lost to Arizona in the last six matches, four of those matches ending within a one goal difference From start to finish the two nationally ranked teams played eager for a win. It was

a fight for a goal between both teams. Despite fifteen shots on goal and 12 corner kicks by the end of the two halves for the Cougars (9-2-0, 2-10), WSU could not put one away against the Wildcats (7-3-0, 1-2-0). “We have got to get back on the scoring track,” head coach Todd Shulenberger said after the game. “Technical finishing was off tonight. We have got to finish.” In the 81 minute, the Wildcats battled through the Cougars as senior forward Kelcey Cavarra fired the ball to the back of the net after sophomore defender Hallie Pearson and senior defender Samantha Falasco assisted her from a corner kick. The goal marked Cavarra’s first goal of the season.

Shot after shot, the Cougars and Wildcats battled through tackles and headers to put a goal on the board for their teams. While Arizona’s freshman goalkeeper Hope Hisey only made seven saves, each save was vital for the Wildcats against the Cougars. Hisey broke her career high for saves in a game, just passing her previous record of six against Colorado in late September. “At the end of the day my teammates believe in me,” Hisey said. “It is obviously intimidating to come out and play a team that is ranked ten spots higher than you on their home floor in their weather.” In the 22 minute, Hisey dove deep to her right to stop Washington State’s junior forward Elyse Bennett shot

on goal that would have put the Cougars on the board early. In the 54 minute, Hisey and her backline stopped the Cougars senior forward Morgan Weaver from scoring. Hisy tipped the ball after just skimming the tops of her hands passing over the top of the cross bar. “It was just great to do everything I could to help the team win, that’s the end goal,” Hisey said. Only minutes later, Weaver just outside the 18 yard-box flicked graduate student midfielder Averie Collins a shot on goal. Collins missed the back of the net after another save from Hisey. The Cougars graduate student goalkeeper Ella Dedrick made two back-to-back important saves in the second

half for her team. She stopped one after a cross back post and then again calmly came out of her box reaching above Arizona’s offense to settle the ball in her hands for a save. With only 20 seconds left in the match, Collins just missed the back of the net to end the game with a tie. Shulenberger said his team plans to bounce back, move on, and be resilient in their next match Sunday. Washington State will continue to face the Arizona schools this weekend, finishing against Arizona State for a Sunday morning matchup in Pullman. “We gave everything we had today and we just need to get the ball in the back of the net so hopefully on Sunday we can do that,” Minniss said.

WSU Volleyball returns to Bohler Gym Cougars will take on Oregon and Oregon State this weekend By Damien Alvarado Evergreen reporter

The No. 24 Cougars (13-3, 2-2) will look to defend their home court as they return to Bohler gym this weekend. They will play the University of Oregon (5-8, 1-3) at 6 p.m. on Friday and finish off their weekend against Oregon State University (8-7, 2-2) at noon on Sunday. Friday’s matchup features a Ducks team that is on a two-game losing streak. Head coach Jen Greeny said in Tuesday’s press conference that her team must HSING-HAN CHEN | DAILY EVEGREEN FILE not take this game lightly. Freshman outside hitter Alexcis Lusby blocks the ball from Husky sophomore outside hitter Shannon See VB Page 8

Crenshaw during the game on Sept. 25 at Bohler Gym.


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Football travels to Tempe for sunny game

Hunter Dale returns to WSU football From staff reports

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Redshirt freshman wide receiver Rodrick Fisher catches a 41-yard touchdown pass to lead New Mexico State 7-0 in the first quarter on Aug. 31 in Martin Stadium.

Cougars to play in sunny 90 degree weather Saturday By Kuria Pounds Evergreen reporter

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ougar football travels down to Tempe, Ariz. to play the No. 18 Arizona State University Sun Devils for their third conference game of the season at 12:40 p.m. on Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium.

WSU (3-2, 0-2) has a 15-262 all-time record against the Sun Devils (4-1, 1-1), even with winning the last matchup 37-32 in Tempe on Oct. 22, 2016. The Cougars are coming off their bye this past week, but also coming off a 38-13 loss to the University of Utah Utes in Salt Lake City in their last game. Josh Watson, redshirt junior offensive lineman, said that after this bye week, the team must focus on the next

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game and improve upon their mistakes. “We need to start picking up on the small details around here,” Watson said. Arizona State is also coming off a bye week, but also riding a 24-17 win against California in Berkeley in their last game. Even with the bye, the Sun Devils still climbed to the 18th spot in the AP Top 25 poll for this week. Watson said he noticed the defense picked up in attitude and the defensive line pre-

pared for Arizona State. “I see a higher energy, just from the last three or four practices I’ve been at,” Watson said. Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Gordon still leads the nation in passing yards with 2,146 passing yards but has slipped into a tie for second place for passing touchdowns with 22 touchdowns. Easop Winston Jr., redshirt senior wide receiver, See Football Page 8

Former Cougar nickel defensive back Hunter Dale returned to WSU as a defensive quality control assistant, confirmed by Bill Stevens, Associate Director of Athletics, Athletic C O U R T E S Y O F Communications, on WSU ATHLETICS Thursday afternoon. This comes off the heels of Tracy Claeys, former two-year defensive coordinator, abruptly resigning from his position this past week. Claeys stated in a tweet this last Friday that the reason for his departure is a difference of opinion of how to fix WSU defense’s problems. Dale, who graduated from WSU this spring, worked back at his New Orleans home and considered playing in the XFL before accepting the position at WSU. While a player at WSU, Dale lead not only on the defense, but also with the defensive backs. He helped the team achieve a 11-2 record last year, the best in WSU history. He started in 26-straight games for the Cougars for both the 2017 and 2018 season. Football head coach Mike Leach named linebackers coach Roc Bellantoni and corners coach Darcel McBath as co-defensive coordinators after Claeys’ departure. Bellatoni will be in the coaches’ booth while McBath will be on the sideline during this Saturday’s game. WSU currently ranks 107 out of 130 FBS teams in total defense and surrendered 101 points in the two Pac-12 games they played this season. Dale already returned to Pullman and made his impact known on the field at practice Thursday. Reporting

by kuria pounds

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Cougars to return to ‘Speed D’

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Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Nnamdi Oguayo celebrates a sack of Boise State redshirt senior quarterback Montell Cozart on Sept. 9, 2017 at Martin Stadium. The Washington State Cougars won the game 47-44. announced on Oct. 4 he would be resigning from his position. This could signify a return to the same brand of By Cody Schoeler defense the Cougars employed the Evergreen columnist past couple of seasons. The Cougs built their defense the last few seasons on being able to get to the quarterback and create turnovers. Those have been two areas this year’s iteration of the SPEED D have been lacking. In 2017 and 2018 the WSU defense Columnist talks Cougars’ new registered 37 sacks, 15 interceptions, but old defense; here’s what 13 fumble recoveries and 38 sacks, 12 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries he expects this weekend respectively. Five games into the 2019 season, After dropping their last two games, the Washington State Cougars decided to the Cougs have nine sacks, three interceptions and seven fumble shake up their defense. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys recoveries. This puts them on pace to finish with 23.4 sacks, 7.8 intercep-

tions and 18.2 fumble recoveries. The fumble recoveries are misleading as they have not recorded a single fumble recovery in PAC-12 play. They have benefitted from sloppy play from their nonconference opponents which suggests this pace is not sustainable. The root of these issues stems from the pass rush. If they are not creating pressure then the opposing quarterback is able to sit in the pocket and wait to find a receiver that gets open. That leads to a lack of interceptions and turnovers overall. Look for the new defensive scheme to emphasize rushing the passer and trying to get their sack numbers up on the season. If they are able to do that they should create more rushed and errant throws that result in interceptions.

The Cougar’s defense has always employed a “bend but don’t break” strategy. Bending refers to the total yards they give up and breaking refers to the points they allow. This year they have been bending a lot more than usual and breaking with more frequency. In 2019, WSU has been the 105th best defense in the country in yards per game, allowing 444.4 per contest. That is almost 100 yards worse than last year’s mark of 358.9 yards per game that ranked 42nd in the NCAA. It is more than 150 yards higher than the 2017 team allowed when they ranked 16th in the nation after allowing 323.6 points per game. The new-look defense will need to See Speed D Page 8

Leave it all on the court Junior forward returns to the Cougars’ impressive roster By Ryan Root Evergreen reporter

As senior defensive specialist libero Alexis Dirige finishes her time at WSU, she strives to pass on her heart for volleyball to the up and coming players. From a young age, Alexis has always been fascinated with the game of volleyball. She played in her first club volleyball game when she was 7 years old. Before then, she was known as the team’s mascot, her sister according to her sisters Bianca Dirige said. “That has been what’s given me such a good volleyball IQ because I’ve been watching volleyball since I was 6 years old and always having a volleyball in my hand at my sisters’ tournaments,” Alexis said. Bianca said she witnessed Alexis’ passion for volleyball firsthand. As Bianca looks back now, she recalls Alexis always having competition and support in volleyball. “I think she is definitely a leader and she wants to encourage [her teammates] to play their hearts out” Bianca said. Alexis’ mindset this season has been to connect the players not only as a team, but as a close-knit family. Current freshman liberos Julia Norville and Aria McComber are ready to take her place next year and Alexis took them under her wing to not only learn from the game, but to feed off the competition. “I try and teach them a lot in practice and teach them the new skills they need to know for this level,” Alexis said. WSU Volleyball Coach Jen Greeny says even with Alexis’ stability within her position, she continuously looks to improve for her-

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Alexis Dirige stands with her team as the WSU band plays the national anthem before the Cougars upset the University of Washington Huskies on Sept. 25 at Bohler Gym. self and every player on the team. “This year, she is definitely the vocal leader of the team and [she] is not only focused on her position, but everyone else around her,” coach Greeny said. Alexis started for the team as a freshman in 2016 after previous libero Kate Sommer graduated. Greeny said this was a rare feat for the Pac-12 and Alexis proved her talents in every way to become the starter. “Even by her numbers you can tell that she has helped our team

be successful and get back to the NCAA tournament,” Greeny said. During her sophomore year, Alexis broke records for most digs in a three-set match and shortest number of of sets to obtain 1,000 career digs. This has Alexis on track to break the all-time digs record for WSU this season. This accomplishment will set the bar high for future players, Greeny said. Apart from statistics, she received notable accolades as well. From being a part of

the 2018 National Collegiate Volleyball team and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last season, though she said she tries not to get caught up in the statistics. “I think it’s important to stay steady and enjoy those accomplishments,” Alexis said, “that doesn’t change what I need to do.” Alexis plans to graduate this fall with an undergraduate degree in psychology, but she will then attend Concordia University

in the spring to obtain her master’s degree in counseling and join their beach volleyball team. She says she’ll miss her teammates and the hardworking atmosphere the most. She will consider coaching volleyball in the future, Alexis said. “I’m hoping she can take what she’s learned from all these years playing volleyball and being on a team and encouraging other people and I hope she can take that into her career as a psychologist,” Bianca said.


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The WSU women’s tennis team will escape the cold and travel out to Southern California this Friday, to face off in the three-day Beach Tennis Tournament held in Long Beach, Calif. The Cougars will only take underclassmen to this match, to help build confidence and experience Sophomores Yang Lee, Savanna Ly-Nguyen and Hikaru Sato and freshmen Maddie Egan, Pang Jittakoat and Carla Quadflieg will compete. “It’s all undergrad teammates, so it is exciting to travel with them. It feels weird that the whole team is not going, but I am actually stoked to travel with the new people,” Lee said. California State University, Long Beach will host the tournament. The Cougars will compete against players from California State University, Fullerton, University of California, Riverside, University of California, Loyola Marymount University and California State University, Northridge. WSU hosted its first tournament of the year last weekend. Head coach Lisa Hart said she felt her team performed well. “I am really proud of the way OLIVIA WOLF | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE they performed. I think everyone gave their best effort, and I think Then-freshman Hikaru Sato swings at the ball during a match against Arizona State on March 29 in they were rewarded a lot of wins Hollingbery Fieldhouse. on the court,” Hart said. “It was Single final vs. WSU teammate Sato the last month and a half, and it’s really “I think we are playing really good tenexciting to see all of their hard work and took second against Utah State in exciting to go compete,” Ly-Nguyen said. nis right now, it will be great to see the difand practice pay off.” the Crimson Flight Doubles title with The Cougar Classic was an event to get ferent style of players and different teams Ly-Nguyen is looking forward to this Quadflieg as her partner. things swinging for the Cougars, but Hart weekend’s tournament after a great per“I am really excited for the competi- said she knows that this trip will give her … this fall is just a good time to get a lot formance in the Cougar Classic. She tion. It is our second tournament and younger athletes a lot of experience and of matches, keep working on things, and placed second in the Crimson Flight we have been practicing really hard for prepare them for the upcoming season. trying to get better every day,” Hart said.

Speed D | Continued from Page 6 about anything else. If the defense focuses on tackling and getting to the ball carrier then expect this number to go down and the defense to look much more improved. WSU also is giving up points at an alarming rate, 30.6 points per game, good for the 100th best scoring defense in the country. This has not been the Cougs specialty in previous years. They have finished 42nd in the nation in 2018 with 23.3 points per game and 56th in 2017 with 25.8 points per game. Even though this discrepancy is not as alarming as yards per game, it is still a concern.

The new defense is going to have to put a lot of effort into holding their own in the red zone. When the opposing team gets inside the 20-yard line, the SPEED D needs to make sure they keep them out of the endzone and limit them to a field goal, or even better force a turnover. If the defense can fix those key issues then they have a chance to get back to the ideal iterations of the SPEED D. Fortunately for the Cougs, the first test for this defense should not prove to be too difficult. WSU will face off against the Sun Devils of Arizona State in Tempe, Arizona. ASU has been the 88th best

team in yards per game with 376.8 yards per game. The Sun Devils are also only averaging 22.8 points per game, so they are not a huge threat to light up the scoreboard. One thing the Sun Devils have done well this season is take care of the football. They are 19th in the NCAA in turnovers per game, averaging less than one per game. Their quarterback Jayden Daniels takes especially good care of the ball. He has thrown only one interception in five games. That gives him an interception on less than

one percent of his passing attempts. In comparison, Anthony Gordon has an interception on two point five percent of his passing attempts, which is not bad by any means, The Cougars are going to have to force Daniels to make mistakes if they want to win. They need to find a way to create pressure that leads to either drive-killing sacks or momentum-shifting interceptions. WSU should be able to slow down, or even shut down, the offense of the Sun Devils and set the tone of this new-look defense for the rest of the season.

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has also slipped down to a three-way tie for fourth place for most receiving touchdowns with eight touchdowns. Head coach Mike Leach said team meetings are very important toward future improvement but expects more out of it as well. “I think it’s really important, but it’s got to be actions too,” Leach said. “There’s got to be something behind it.” Gordon said the team used OLIVER MCKENNA | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE the bye week to Then senior nickel back Hunter Dale celebrates after come together and an interception on Oct. 20 2018 at Martin Stadium. strengthen themgized, Gordon said. better, play with energy selves to get ready “We’re ready to go,” and be ready to be 1-0,” for the Sun Devils. “Part of our standard is Gordon said. “We’re ready Rogers said. “We got to holding each other account- to take on the Sun Devils.” turn it up a notch.” Redshirt junior lineable, you know, making Kickoff is set for 12:40 sure we are all on the same backer Justus Rogers p.m. on Saturday at page,” Gordon said. said there is definitely The morale of locker a boost on the defense Sun Devil Stadium. The room and the team on and under new leadership. game can be viewed on off the field is re-ener“We’re just trying to get the Pac-12 Networks.

Four of Oregon’s losses have come from top 10 ranked teams and the other was from No. 19 Cal. “It’s the Pac-12 it has been a little crazy so far, people beating up on each other, but Oregon is a fantastic team and they have had a couple injuries and have had a tough preseason schedule,” Greeny said. Her players must be ready to adjust and play a tough match against a highly athletic Ducks team, Greeny said. Last weekend the Cougars went to five sets with the USC Trojans. The Cougars eventually won the match after coming back in the fifth set after the Trojans gained momentum with third and fourth set wins. “In that moment we all just had to trust ourselves more than anything, and we looked at each other for confidence, to know that we have it and we can comeback,” junior outside hitter Penny Tusa said. Though the Cougars have a winning record Greeny wants to make sure that her team takes each weekend as a learning matter and understand what they need to get better, Greeny said. Sunday’s matchup will be against Oregon State, who is currently 2-2 in Pac-12 play. Its only losses in Pac-12 play were to top 25 ranked teams. The last time these teams faced

off, WSU came out on top 3-0. This season the Beavers were successful at home. They beat Oregon and University of Colorado in their first two matches of the season. However, they have lost the last two matches to No. 16 California and No. 2 Stanford. The Beavers play No. 11 Washington before making the trip to the Palouse to take on the Cougars.

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UndocuQueer conference takes place in Seattle Fourth iteration of annual event to be held on Saturday By Kaitlyn Tejero Evergreen reporter

WSU and the University of Washington will host a conference that examines the intersections between immigration status and LGBTQ+ identity. The fourth annual UndocuQueer conference will take place on Saturday at the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center located at the University of Washington-Seattle. Marcela Pattinson, co-chair of the UndocuQueer conference, said the conference was created when herself, the Crimson Group and former GIESORC Director Heidi Stanton Schnebly realized there was a gap between both the undocumented and queer community. Pattinson said this year the conference has partnered up with the University of Washington in hopes to attract more student participation. “We wanted to create a space for voices to be heard,” she said. Matthew Jeffries, GIESORC Director and co-chair of Undocuqueer, said the conference will feature guest speaker Catalina Velasquez, UW graduate student. Velasquez will talk about what it is like being a queer undocumented person. He said the conference will also feature DACA renewal stations and information for the LGBTQ+ and immigrant com-

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Matthew Jeffries, GIESORC director and co-chair of the UndocuQueer conference, discusses the upcoming UndocuQueer conference in Seattle this weekend at the CUB on Monday. munities both together and separately. “We’ll even talk a little bit about knowing your rights for undocumented students or students that want to be undocumented allies,” he said Pattinson said the conference

is open to all students that register. It benefits everyone to have the opportunity to learn in a safe place with people that you relate to, she said Undocumented Initiatives Ambassador Linda Vargas said the conference is completely

free for students that want to attend. Transportation, food and a hotel room will be provided for each attendee. “The most important thing about the conference is that it is completely free for students and all that want to attend,” she

said. “With most conferences, there is a financial burden that can come from them and we don’t want that to be a limitation for students.” Vargas said she has been helping with the conference programSee Conference Page 11

WSU graduate, colleague named visionary of the year Pair recognized for commitment to work with immigrant families By Shanel Haynes Evergreen reporter

WSU alumna Brenda Rodriguez was named visionary of the year by Columbia Legal Services. Rodriguez, along with colleague Monserrat Padilla of the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN), will be honored on Oct. 16 at the Imagine Justice fundraiser held by Columbia Legal Services. The legal service honors leaders each year for their impact and commitment to racial equality, and for having inspiring and transformative visions, according to its

website. Rodriguez said not only is it an honor to receive the award, but it is an honor to receive the award with her colleague Padilla. Padilla, westside coordinator for WAISN, said it was very humbling to be recognized as two young immigrants doing work that helps the community. She is also humbled that more people are showing support and sharing the visions that her and Rodriguez have. Rodriguez said that during her final year at WSU she wrote a paper on Padilla and the work that she had done for the community, so she’s grateful to now be receiving an award with such a prevalent person. A lot of the work Rodriguez does with WAISN has been on the ground visiting commu-

nities in Central and Eastern Washington, she said. She has learned about what happens in those communities regarding immigration issues. “It’s nice to see that some of the work we do here on the ground is being recognized,” she said. Rodriguez has been working with Columbia Legal Services particularly when it comes to issues regarding courthouse arrests, she said. “ICE is conducting arrests all across the state and they are targeting courthouses, so when people are going or leaving the courthouse, they are arrested regardless of why they are there,” she said. Rodriguez said her personal background is what motivated See Visionary Page 11

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Brenda Rodriguez and colleague Monserrat Padilla will be honored at the Imagine Justice fundraiser on Oct. 16.

Interim provost hopes to move WSU toward excellence Bryan Slinker asked by President Schulz to take over for nine months By Andrea Gonzalez Evergreen reporter

WSU’s newly appointed interim provost Bryan Slinker plans to focus on increasing the access of university programs for students while finding a way to best achieve the land-grant mission. Slinker said he was asked by President Schulz to take the job until they find a permanent replacement for the position. “I have been at WSU for a long time, very loyal to WSU. So I agreed to do it,” he said. All academic programs are the responsibility of the provost, he said. The provost works with the deans of different colleges, department chairs and faculty to build excellent academic pro-

grams, he said. There are several vice provosts here with different portfolios of work to help advance those interests, Slinker said. “Access issues are important to me because I’m a first-generation student myself,” Slinker said. His hard work ethic and scholarships enabled him to continue with his education which is something that is important to him, he said. Slinker said there are many initiatives that he plans on continuing to work on. Those initiatives include creating new budget models and effectively using all elements of WSU’s system for advancing the university’s interests of achieving excellence. In general, the university will try to move to a system ABIGAIL LINNENKOHL | THE DAILY EVERGREEN with better alignment to priNew interim provost Bryan Slinker, Dean of WSU’s College of Veterinary oritize budgeting decisions to See Slinker Page 11

Medicine, describes how he wants to approach everything collaboratively in his new position on Monday evening in the French Administration Building.


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they knew,� Daniels said. LeBeau said during the investigation, over 75 victims’ cases were connected to Gaumnitz. “We charged for five of those women,� LeBeau said. “And he actually got convicted for doing something to all five of them by pleading guilty to each of the five counts.� LeBeau said there were four main reasons not all the victims’ cases were tried. First, several victims did not want to participate in court proceedings, he said. Second, some cases did not meet the definition of the crime. Third, some cases could not be undeniably linked to Gaumnitz, he said. In some cases, the victims ceased all contact with Gaumnitz after being threatened, LeBeau said. “They cut off contact and he didn’t get to the point where he could try to extort anything,� LeBeau said. He said the fourth reason was that some cases were not in the prosecution’s jurisdiction. Some cases were based in Moscow, he said. Daniels said some cases were based in Walla Walla, Washington. Daniels said the WSU Police Department investigated cases involving victims from ROTC, of which Gaumnitz was a member. She said the Pullman Police Department also investigated cases involving victims from the

of a local community coming together, imagining what’s possible.� Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) was scheduled to attend but sent State Director Tommy Bauer in her place. “We know that in our state 97 percent of gross business income is generated by businesses within 10 miles of an airport, and 70 percent by businesses within five miles of an airport,� Bauer said. “This project is a huge step forward for the

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History | Continued from Page 3 towards a progressive narrative, but not so much with lesbian and gay history.� Stack said he found more information relating to the topic than he initially thought he would. “When I was looking for information from The Daily Evergreen, I was expecting to find a dozen articles, but I found hundreds,� he said. Stack discussed a few organizations in the Pacific Northwest and WSU that have supported the LGBTQ community. One of the organizations is Northwest Gay Peoples Alliance (NWGPA) which was established in 1974 by Vicki Rishling. He said this alliance was a result of people who did not think enough was being done

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for the LGBTQ members. Stack said another organization to help the beginning of this movement at WSU, was the Gay Awareness Committee (GAC) formed within ASWSU. “It was on November 19, 1975 that it was established and the vote was 14 to 3, so there was quite a bit of support,� he said. However, in 1979, WSU questioned if ASWSU should remove funding for gay awareness and unrecognize them as a club altogether, he said. The issue was later put on the ASWSU ballot and 61 percent voted it should not receive funding. Stack said later on, an organization named Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Allies

Program (GLBA) opened in the CUB basement and led to the beginning of what is known today as GIESORC in 2006. Audience member Valerie Rice asked Stack if he is planning to expand his project with information before the 1970s. “When I did a search, I didn’t find anything very cool and fascinating for that time period, which was disappointing,� he said. “I would love to have more from an earlier era.� Rice also asked if any of his work will be on display. “If you know of people who have more artifacts, I would love to expand the project and display it,� he said.

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Palouse region.� as well as the office of Mayor Johnson said the McMorris Rodgers, worked Republican Delegation of together to fund construction. “Yes, ladies and gentleThis is an example men, this is an example that actually can get things that they actually they done,� Johnson said. Karen Miles, civil engican get things neering project manager done for the Federal Aviation Glenn Johnson Administration, said that in 35-year career, this is Pullman Mayor her only the third time a new was built. Idaho and the Democratic runway “I’ve never seen anything Delegation of Washington, like it,� she said.

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according to the Summary of Facts. Daniels said Gaumnitz was able to access a lot of information about the victims from social media and internet searches. “He did a lot of threatening within the posts, but he also had a lot of information about people,� she said. “That made them think that he actually knew them and was watching them.� Daniels said Gaumnitz would use aliases when creating the social media accounts he used to extort the victims. The profiles he used were based on people he knew such as his acquaintances or acquaintances of his friends. “He would go on and look at their Facebook page and steal their identity,� she said. Two aliases Gaumnitz used were Nathan Giles and Jake Johnson, according to the Summary of Facts. Daniels said several search warrants were issued during the investigation. Some warrants included looking at social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat and Tinder. Search warrants for Gaumnitz’s property were issued where different technology devices were seized. The forensics department analyzed the computer and found information for several possible victims, Daniels said. The information found included search history, possible victim names and phone numbers, she said. “We had to contact every single one of them to find out what had happened to them and what

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her to do the work she does now. “I’m somebody who migrated to this country at the age of 9, who comes from immigrant parents and family,” she said. “I was often at times ashamed of my own immigration status.” Under the current federal administration, she said she knew communities like the one she grew up in would be attacked and targeted. “For me I started doing this work out of survival. I wanted to not only protect myself, but I wanted to protect my family and the people that I know

keep continuous improvement, Slinker said. The five-year strategic plan for WSU is still under development and it is a work in progress, he said. The provost does not directly deal with admissions or financial aid but he wants to make sure those areas have the correct systems in place. There are a few programs that do run out of the provost’s office such as undergraduate research, Slinker said. As provost, Slinker is looking forward to engaging with other leadership in the university to keep WSU moving towards excellence, he said. The provost collaborates with others to promote the interests of the university, and the success of faculty in their research and scholarly programs. Slinker said it is important to approach the job critically, carefully and collaboratively. He looks forward to the challenge of complex problems and working with others to find solutions, he said. “I’ve worked with several problems for a long time but, when you get into a new position, it seems like I’m learning everything and getting up to speed on projects but learning new things is always fun,” Slinker said. It is important to have a staff that is experienced, he said. They do a lot of the work to help him understand his new job. Slinker said he has no plans

who have been in this country for decades,” she said. Padilla said that when you come from a family that has lived with challenges and displacement you get to see a different world that many other people do not get to see. She said that she grew up with a similar background to that of Rodriguez and worked toward a career in helping immigrants. “My mother worked in a sweatshop for 20 years, being pushed into horrible labor conditions and made very little money just to provide for her three children,” she said.

Rodriguez said she wants to continue doing immigration work for a few more years. She said the work she does now allows her to play several roles. She does hope to find one area that she can focus on and invest more time in, she said. She also wants to pursue higher education in the future. “Right now, going back to school is something that I would like to do, but I can’t do knowing that on a day-to-day basis people are being arrested trying to exit the courthouse and families are being torn apart,” she said.

Conference | Continued Gaumitz | Continued from Page 9 from Page 10 ming this year. She said that for this year’s conference the group has thought more about topics on which they want to focus. This year the group wanted to incorporate a workshop on coming out. “Specifically, in our community, that can be something that is looked down on,” she said. “Speaking from my Latino background, sometimes our families won’t be so understanding about issues like that.” Jeffries said he has high expectations for the conference in the next few years. He said he loves that the conference continues to rotate where it is held and that it continues to grow. Jeffries said he wants the conversation about immigration and the LGBTQ+ community to continue even when the conference is over. “Folks that don’t know anything about these topics should know we are here to help them learn more,” he said.

Grove where Gaumnitz worked. “We traced things back to him when he was in high school,” she said. “Some of the people that he went to high school with were victims. Being able to track him back prior to WSU; this pattern of behavior was starting [then].” According to the Summary of Facts, Gaumnitz is currently a suspect in an investigation led by the Richland Police Department in Richland, Washington where Gaumnitz went to high school. After pleading guilty on Sept. 5, Gaumnitz was booked into the Whitman County Jail where he remained until the sentencing on Oct. 4. Gaumnitz will get credit for time served, meaning about a month will be subtracted from his sentence. The DOC transferred Gaumnitz to prison on Oct. 9. The Daily Evergreen reached out to Gaumnitz’s attorney for comment but did not receive a response by the time of publication.

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Media | Cont. from Page 4 cement the new “Joker” film as a rallying cry for violence and hate. Some scattered individual online reactionaries may have, for the sake of irony (or “the lulz”), posted their allegiance to the Joker or adopted the new film as their guiding star, but those who genuinely believe this are (at least ostensibly) few and far between. “I feel like it’s an oversimplification of a complicated issue,” said Luke Pietsch, freshman animal sciences major, when asked whether there was a connection between the movie and mass violence. “I don’t feel like it’s a deep enough look into the issue.” For the most part, however, the main actors behind the flood of think pieces and selfrighteous tweet threads were journalists and media writers. Those who made the most noise about the film’s alleged status as a hate symbol were also those operating off little to no proof. Instead, online media outlets churned out hit pieces about the film without actually having seen it and criticized the actors and those connected with the film, most of whom had no allegiance to any cause resembling right-wing or violent extremism. All of this is a roundabout way of saying that in many cases when a political panic or a moral outrage takes hold of the American zeitgeist for even a short while, mass media is most often the one whipping it into a whirlwind. Consider the Satanic panic of the 1980s, the tenuous con-

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The new “Joker” movie caused a lot of controversy on social media. People were worried that it would feed into alt-right ideology. Upon the movie’s release, these rumors were revealed to have been blown out of proportion. nection between video games and mass violence or even the Dungeons & Dragons moral panic, when parents and media outlets alike confused a game meant for sweaty virgins with the latest and greatest means to summon Beelzebub. Most of these collective freakouts happened because we were told they were inevitable. The message in the 1950s was, “If you’re not scared of communism, you sure as hell should be.” It seemed every day you’d hear, “Maybe your neighbor’s a communist. We

don’t know,” from NBC, coyly winking and sucking on an oversized lollipop. To clarify, this is in no way blaming mass shootings or any kind of real violence on the media, though if someone’s intent on violence, a media portrayal can push them over the edge. “If someone’s already inclined to do some sort of violent act, a media portrayal can encourage that, although obviously not in the cases of all viewers,” said Traci Gillig, WSU professor of communication. However, this article is not

calling for a collective dismantling of all media outlets. Interconnectivity and commodification of information has helped inform members of the population that otherwise might stay woefully ignorant. What it is calling for is nuance and research in mass media, by both news outlets and news consumers. It is the responsibility of both suppliers and consumers of information to vet that information, and make sure it’s sound. I don’t expect the readers of the Evergreen to take everything I

say as gospel. Do independent research, and don’t trust everything you hear. If individuals can live by that standard, the capacity for misinformation to spread will be greatly lowered, and these moral panics will slowly become less and less common. The Joker character may be an agent of chaos, but that doesn’t mean CNN has to be. Jacob Hersh is a freshman computer science major from Anchorage, Alaska. He can be contacted at 335-2290 or by opinion@dailyevergreen.com.

Protest | Cont. from Page 4 environment did not foster peaceful discussions.

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The demonstration didn’t create a campus-wide murmur about just the imagery, but of the nature of the speech demonstrated and whether it had a place on campus. While many found the way that the demonstrators went about their message offensive, that doesn’t mean that the group shouldn’t be allowed to demonstrate. “Simply saying offensive things that people may be offended by, that’s not fighting words, that’s not incitement,” WSU government professor Cornell Clayton said. “The speech has got to be the verbal equivalent of punching somebody in the nose. It’s got to be aimed at specific individuals, not groups of people.” While the comparisons given may have felt correct to the anti-abortion demonstrators, it doesn’t change the fact that the brutal imagery wasn’t conducive to a free discussion of the abortion debate. “The real question, it seems to me, is not ‘whether they have the right to express those views,’ the question ought to be ‘what is an effective communication strategy?’” Clayton said. “If the goal is to convince other people to your point of view, is the best way to do that to offend them? Or is a more effective communication strategy one where you engage in a reasoned form of discussion and discourse?” In our polarized society, we tend to separate from those with whom we disagree. Sometimes it’s for the best, you shouldn’t surround yourself with people who hate you for your ideas or actively persecute your beliefs. By using more aggressive tactics to capture attention, you lose respect and the potential for a good conversation. In the end, even those protesting may feel these tactics are unproductive and are more trouble than they’re worth. “I’m kind of disappointed that [the posters comparing abortion to historical genocide] is one of the only things that people took away. Of course, I wish it wasn’t,” Johnson said. “It was at a point then where people weren’t even necessarily talking about abortion.” Derrek Speakman is a freshman bio-engineering major from Vancouver, Washington. He can be contacted at 335-2290 or by opinion@ dailyevergreen.com.

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