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Volume 63, Issue 7
Hunting for school spirits Seattle-based ghost hunter uncovers EWU’s haunts By Desireé Hood staff writer
By Nicole Livingston copy editor
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This week DON’T MISS: Jonathan Middleton will be at the Music Building Recital hall Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. for the EWU Composer’s Forum.
For veteran ghost hunter Ross Allison, the search for specters is no joke. “I believe that there is something out there. I’ve had enough experience to know there is something to this,” Allison said. Eagle Entertainment invited Allison to tour campus with students to investigate tales of campus hauntings. Ross Allison has been a fulltime ghost hunter for more than eight years. He teaches ghostology classes based at the University of Washington campus and has been featured on several cable channels, in-
cluding Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, and MTV. Allison is co-owner of Spooked in Seattle and founder of Advanced Ghost Hunters Of Seattle – Tacoma (A.G.H.O.S.T.) Allison has authored many books, including “Ghosts on Campus,” which features campus hauntings from around the U.S. According to Allison, some of his best evidence and activity came from the campus of St. Louis University. He has been interested in hunting ghosts since childhood. “I blame my mother,” Allison said. “There are some things you can blame your parents for, and my mother used to read me and my sister ghost stories ever since we were little kids.” This fascination led him to
Eastern with the help of Berto Cerrillo, advisor for Eagle Entertainment. There have been past events held with ghost hunters who came and explained their job, but didn’t tour the campus. “When I saw the opportunity to bring someone who was actually going to take the time to bring our students out on a ghost hunt, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity,” Cerrillo said. Allison gave a short presentation, showing video evidence from past investigations and ghosts-page 9
The EWU Association for Computing Machinery is raffling a Kindle Fire. Email email@example.com to purchase tickets: 1 for $2, 6 for $10. EWU alumni Martin Beran and Zachary Lingo present Spread the Shred – a snowboard film premier event at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Garland Theatre in Spokane. Entry is $5 and goes to benefit SOS Outreach. Business casual dress will be required for the Washington Society of CPA Presentation on Monday, Nov. 7 from 5 to 5:50 p.m. in room 148 of Phase I Building at Riverpoint Campus. Wear your I.M. Champions T-shirt into either the Cheney Subway or Cheney Loco Dogz and get 50 cents off a sandwich or hot dog on every visit. LATE BREAKING: EagleNET will be down for maintenance from 7 p.m. Nov. 4 to 8 a.m. Nov. 7. The system will be up in time for registration. During the outage, there will be no access to EagleNET. According to Erick Keating, director of information systems, the cost to upgrade the outdated system is less than repairing it. Pearce Hall did not burn. The fire alarms were set off by the building’s heaters around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. Residents were evacuated. The low-hanging smoke in the air was unrelated. Louise Anderson Hall did not burn. The fire alarms sounded when a student on the second floor reportedly had an enchilada mishap.
GI Bill benefits cut for non-resident student veterans By Kyle Harding senior reporter
Military veteran students who are not Washington state residents are having their benefits affected by changes made to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Previously, the Post9/11 GI Bill had paid tuition for eligible military veterans up to the highest rate charged at a public university in a given state, whether that student was a resident of the state or not. The new changes mean that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will now only pay up to the highest resident tuition rate at the school the students attend. Army veteran Ben Moree, a Montana native and EWU senior who works in the veterans services office, says the changes mean he has to come up with the roughly $2,000 gap between the in-state tuition and the tu-
ition he is charged as a participant in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). The resident tuition rate for undergraduate students is $222.97 per credit, while nonresidents pay $545.60. WUE reduces tuition costs for eligible students from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming to one-and-ahalf times the resident rate. “I’ve already talked to four students because the VA didn’t tell them,” Moree said. “We ended the school year last year thinking we were going to be covered.” The new policy is frustrating for Joel Adams, who moved here with his family from Fairbanks, Alaska while he was still under the impression that his benefits would pay for his entire tuition. “We moved and found Gi Bill-page 2
Courageous woman Business major awarded for community contributions By Kristie Hsin senior reporter
Eastern’s own Brightspirit Hendrix is one of ten women selected for the 2011 Women of Courage: Inspiring a New World Award. Hendrix was nominated by Washington Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens. The duo Hendrix shared countless conversations on making real differences and creating long-term, sustainable changes. “Women of Courage” awards women from different backgrounds who’ve all worked towards forging better paths for their community. The women were awarded at the university’s gala on Oct. 22. “I was stunned. I had no idea it was coming and I am really busy and impossible to get a hold of so they had been trying to get a hold of me for about
three weeks, which was really funny,” Hendrix said. This year, the Women’s Center decided to focus specifically on Washington women. Gov. Christine Gregoire is among the ten women selected. The Women’s Center from the University of Washington generates the award. In the award letter to Hendrix, the Women’s Center wrote, “We are truly inspired by the work that you do and thank you for the tremendous impact you are having in our community and around the world.” Senior Kali Green, Hendrix’s friend and coworker, said, “I would say her drive, dedication and innovation are inspiring. She is always thinking of ways to reach people who may not have had the opportunity to access local, safe or organic fruits and vegetables.” “She’s been a local activist for years,” said Green. “She’s very caring and very passionate about helping others and the community. … Her passion
for social and food justice gives you strength when the task might feel a bit overwhelming.” In the midst of her busy schedule, Hendrix finds time to go on hikes, go rock climbing and kick back. “I love to go out and drink and dance. I’m not all work,” said Hendrix. “I have to have time that is just quiet and hiking gives me that.” Hendrix is the owner of Fresh Abundance, a local food service for the local community. She is also the leader and co-founder People for Environmental Actions and Community Health (P.E.A.C.H). P.E.A.C.H is a community farm that produces agricultural work and sustainable food for low income people. “We’re starting a new pilot that starts this next growing season and we will no longer be running the low income farmer’s market we’re now moving to a system where we can reach way more hendrix-page 3
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NEWS Record food drive hits homecoming By Kyle Harding senior reporter
nonperishable food collected last year
nonperishable food collected this year
The Easterner/Graphics This graphic is representative of the 2011 food drive donations. Each unit is equal to 108 items.
Residence halls, clubs and organizations competed to see who could collect the most food in the 2011 homecoming student food drive. The drive saw a 75 percent increase over last year with 10,763 items of nonperishable food tallied. Dryden Hall won the award for most food collected overall, as well as most food per person. Dryden residents contributed 2,758 items, or nearly 16 items per person. Alpha Omicron Pi and Phi Delta Theta collected the most of the clubs and organizations with 296 items. For their efforts, the winners were rewarded with a 25 percent discount on EWU clothing at the
bookstore for the remainder of the year. “A lot of the residence halls, they have money that they save up to purchase food for the competition, others go around their homes and residence areas to collect food,” said Humberto Cerrillo, advisor for campus programs in the office of student activities. The drive was organized by the bookstore. Eagle Entertainment helped by making the food drive part of their Homecoming week team challenge. “The amount of effort, time and personal resources they put into this is phenomenal,” bookstore director Bob Anderson said. “The most important part is students getting together to help the community,” Anderson said.
New chief to police streets of Cheney Selection process narrows choices to four applicants with experience from across the state By Trevor Parus staff writer
The City of Cheney is in the process of hiring a new police chief, narrowing their choices down to four candidates. Last summer, former Police Chief Jeff Sale left after seven years as chief to take a position in Bend, Ore. The city of Cheney posted an opening for the position in September and received 35 applications. According to Mayor Tom Trulove, the candidates must have had a connection to a college atmosphere to be considered. While the candidates left are different in many ways, all of them are similar in that they fulfill this criteria. The candidates have been interviewed by multiple committees consisting of Cheney residents, as well as city and school administrators. However, the candidates have only begun the selection process. “We're a little more than a fourth through the process, but there is a lot more steps. The next steps involve extensive background checks, ... psychological analysis testing, polygraphing, [and] physical examinations,” Trulove said. The four remaining candidates are Rick Campbell, John Hensley, Steve Johnson and Bob Curlan. Campbell is the interim chief of police and
Robert Kerwin Photos by Evan Sykes
has been working with the Cheney Police Department for 22 years. Campbell has been a resident of Cheney since he was 11. Campbell attended Eastern and worked as a 911 operator for most of his collegiate years. Campbell dropped out his junior year to take a full-time position with the Cheney Police Department. Campbell hopes his experience working with EWU students will be recognized when being considered. “We want [students] to have a safe experience as a student here at Eastern. The police are not about ruining your college experience, but we ask that [students] be mindful of the other residents who are not students,” Campbell said. Hensley is the last outof-state candidate left. Hensley moved from California, where he had held previous police chief positions in the past. He hopes
that his experience as a chief will transition well to a college community. “In Costa Mesa, we had Vanguard University, which was situated right next to the police station. I'm not unfamiliar with the unique challenges that are presented,” Hensley said. Hensley lives outside of Cheney in Sprague and has lived in the area since his retirement three years ago. Hensley said that retirement was unfulfilling and was eager to police again. Steve Johnson started his law enforcement career as a security guard at Spokane Community College, later joining the Department of Corrections as a corrections officer. Johnson currently works for the Washington Sate Patrol where he’s worked for the past 25 years. In addition to working for the Washington State Patrol, Johnson is an adjunct professor at
SPORTS IN THE DIGITAL AGE The 13th Annual E. Clair Daniels Symposium presents guest speaker
Gregg Olson Senior Vice President/CFO, Portland Trail Blazers This presentation will explore the impact of digital and social media on the sports industry.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 Noon-2 p.m. at the Spokane Club 1002 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane Student price of $15 includes lunch. Register and pay by 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 at EWU Riverpoint Student Services.
Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. He teaches business management and public administration. Johnson is hoping to be able to bridge a relationship between students and the police. “I understand that the students have rights and the students have questions. It’s important that we answer those questions and meet with the students,” Johnson said. Curlan began his career as a state trooper for the Washington State Patrol. He later moved onto working as a detective investigating staged auto accidents in Pierce County. Curlan currently resides in Spokane and works as lieutenant overseeing the evidence office. He hopes to have an active role with the students at Eastern. “I think it’s important for the police chief to be out there with the students so they understand
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who the chief is, what kind of expectations that they have, that he is a regular guy, he’s part of the community. I want to give them a voice in the community so they can be able to express themselves in a constructive way,” Curlan said. Although the candidates will go through several interviews and community meetings, the decision lies ultimately with the mayor. “This is a huge decision that the mayor has to make for the community. This is our community and we want the best person and the best fit for Cheney,” said Arlene Fisher, city administrator. “It’s an unusual community where the university is the same size as the community and so clearly, the students are a very important factor. We wanted to make sure that who ever we choose understands that,” Trulove said.
“The most important part is students getting together to help the community.” Bob Anderson After the food was gathered, it was delivered to the Cheney Food Bank. According to Anderson, the amount collected was by far the most in the food drive’s 12-year history. “We’re never sure until the students bring it to the event how much they’ve collected,” Anderson said.
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out the changes took place,” said Adams, who grew up in Spokane but changed his residency to Alaska while he was serving in the Army. If he were to drop his Alaskan residency in order to become a Washington resident, Adams would become ineligible for the WUE program. The process of becoming a Washington resident takes a year, during which he would be charged the full non-resident tuition. “We’re trying to keep the right perspective because it’s a blessing to even have the benefits,” Adams said. According to Lane Anderson, the VA certifying official in the office of records and registration, the changes affect individual students in different ways. “The maximum it pays for is what we charge for in-state tuition,” Anderson said. The changes have left some GI Bill recipients looking to elected officials for answers. Todd Winer, communications director for congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, said in an email, “We’ve received several calls from veteran students who have concerns about the GI Bill and Rep. McMorris Rodgers herself met with a veteran in Walla Walla, Wash. about that issue recently. We’re continuing to monitor the situation.”
graduate school fair
Nov. 3, 2011 • 11a.m. – 2p.m. Hargreaves Hall, 2nd floor - Cheney Campus Walter and Myrtle Powers Reading Room
Considering graduate or professional school? Attend the EWU graduate school fair! Representatives from EWU, as well as graduate/professional schools from across the Pacific Northwest, will be in attendance! Come pick up information and application materials and get answers to all your questions. Free and open to the public. For more information on the fair, call 509.359.2491. Persons with special needs may make arrangements by calling Graduate Studies at 509.359.2491 by November 2, 2011.
2, 2011 • news
Photo by Evan Sykes The Women’s Commission gathered last week at this year’s first forum to discuss campus safety, including improving campus light sources and making crosswalks more visible to drivers.
First forum of the year discusses equality Issues addressed not restricted to the involvement of women, entire university welcome By Kristie Hsin senior reporter
The Women’s Commission held the year’s first forum Thursday, Oct. 27 in the PUB. The forum addressed issues concerning women’s involvement and safety on campus. The forum started off with Jennifer Stucker, chair of the Women’s Commission, asking the eight in attendance what issues or concerns they had involving women on campus. Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Sally Winkle said, “The lights around campus have improved. It’s brighter and better now.”
The Women’s Commission addressed the problem and safety hazard of the campus’s diminutive light access at night. Though more lighting has been installed around campus, the Women’s Commissions feels there should be more. “It’s not safe … especially the area by Reid School,” English professor LaVona Reeves said. Other topics included the commission’s proposed involvement with the National Science Foundation grant, non-working lights from the campus’s blue stations, “The Vagina Monologues” and wanting more students who have been victimized to come forward. “It’s very disturbing to
me that they don’t have a voice,” said graduate student Taunnia Bockmier. “Many young women are not aware of what’s going on around them. … They don’t understand what their actions can lead to.” According to Bockmier, she often sees this in women between the ages of 18 and 23. The group also brought up the issue of crosswalks and the number of cars that don’t stop. The commission suggests more flashing lights and signs should be implemented. “I was walking to Senior Hall just earlier and I almost got run over,” Stucker said. Dorlie Schmidt from the Office of Students Rights
Seniors reach final stretch Potential 2012 graduates must submit graduation applications by Nov. 4th By Ryan Van Doren contributing writer
With fall midterms already flying by, 2012 graduate hopefuls rush to meet deadlines, ensuring they’re on pace for commencement day this spring. Each school year, certain procedures change. Modifications have been made to this year’s graduation applications, but three things remain: credits must be fulfilled, deadlines must be met and fees must be paid. Eastern requires at least 180 credits to graduate. A minimum of 45 “in residence” credits must be taken through the university. Transfer students are encouraged never to assume that they are set to graduate until meeting with the advisor of the department (college) that their major is in. “The sooner the transfer students get those questions answered, the more clear it’s going to be exactly
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families. So what I’m looking for as founder is I want to consistently reach families,” said Hendrix. “I don’t want to be like a food bank, I want to actually change the way [people] consume really dense nutritious food.” Studying business, Hendrix feels that Eastern has taught her a lot and she enjoys the university. “My goal is to be retired in four-and-a-half years. … All of these people who work on the farm … are all absolutely committed,” said Hendrix. “It’s more like a family; they don’t act like employees, they act like family.”
what they have to do to finish up the major requirements and be ready for graduation,” Jill Wagner, an academic advisor, said. Wagner said that because majors can range from 45 to 120 credits, the importance of additional credits should be stressed. “So that 180 does matter in that you need to pay attention and see, make sure that you are throwing in those extra classes if your major and your general requirements aren’t going to add up to 180.” The university requires that 15 credits of upper (300-400 level) classes be taken through Eastern. These can go towards the 45 “in residence” courses, but must include a senior capstone class. “It’s designed as a course to bring together everything that you’ve learned in your major,” Wagner said. “Sometimes it’s a community project, sometimes it’s a written project.” Credits aren’t the only
burden that seniors face. On Nov. 4, the Graduation Application Major/Minor Requirements Approval Form (grad app) is due. “I get approximately 1,200 grad apps for those students planning to be done in June,” Dale Smith, Eastern’s graduation evaluator, said. If the Nov. 4 date is missed, Smith extends a grace period until the end of the fall quarter. Submitting the graduation application by the quarter’s end is the best way to assure timely graduation. “If a student misses the grace period, then we place their application in for the next application deadline and may not be able to complete their graduation checklist prior to the start of their ‘final’ quarter. We also award their degree a quarter later.” Upon evaluation, Smith completes a graduation checklist, which covers the student’s remaining requirements and sends it to the student’s email. “I
and Responsibilities followed, bringing up how the commission should publicize the resources offered to students. Resources include Counseling and Psychological Services, Health and Wellness and a Violence Prevention Advocate. Many students don’t understand their options and what services offered can do for them, according to Schmidt. Stucker said, “I guess it’s good that we don’t have a bunch of people filing in here with gender issues.” Having more outreach to Eastern’s Riverpoint campus was also suggested. Vice President of Student Affairs Stacey Morgan Foster suggested the next fo-
rum be held at Riverpoint. The commission retains a minimum of three administrative members, three faculty members and three students. However, the group has yet to confirm their three student representatives. EWU’s student government appoints each student representative. The commission holds quarterly forums and encourages students, staff and faculty members to attend. Many issues addressed are not restricted to women involvement. “It’s hard to get students to come unless there is a big concern,” Stucker said. EWU’s online homepage does not currently have a website specific to
the Women’s Commission. The commission hopes to change that soon. Reeves brought up the question of why the majority of teachers stationed in the portables out by the PHASE are women. “Is there a specific reason or did that just happen?” Reeves said. EWU’s Women’s Commission does not make decisions, only suggestions. Final decisions are made by President Arévalo. Forum announcements can be found in The Focus. “We are here to hear concerns or issues that impact women,” said Stucker. “We want to make sure the women on campus are safe.”
• november 2, 2011
Gyros easier with Flex Professor evaluations Lack of phone lines disallows card reader technology, resulting in Swoop’s assisting with EagleFlex transactions
made cheaper, easier
By Trevor Parus
By Kyle Harding
Alaa-eldin Aamer, owner of the PUB’s Aladdin’s Egyptian Food, accommodates students craving a quick Middle Eastern meal. As of Monday, Oct. 31, Aamer’s cuisine is available to students wishing to purchase gyros and other Mediterranean foods with EagleFlex. EagleFlex is similar to a debit card. Students, faculty and staff can set up EagleFlex at Tawanka with an EagleCard. To use your flex to pay at Aladdin’s Egyptian Food, a dining slip would have to be filled out at Swoop’s and then a receipt would have to be presented to Aamer. “In order to facilitate his use of Flex, we just made him a dining slip. ... You can go order as you would at Swoop’s or the Roost and then they’ll take it to Swoop’s and pay for it there with flex,” Associate Vice President of Business and Auxiliary Services LeeAnn Case said. Students and staff can still be able to pay as they always have, but will also have the option of paying with Flex. Aladdin’s Egyptian Food was unable to accept Flex due to the location of the stand. The stand is located where there is no phone line to operate the machine that is required for EagleFlex. The machine is similar to one that would run a debit card. Case said that this is not an issue of not wanting to establish Flex with the Aladdin’s Egyptian Food, but an issue that requires extensive work to be done to put a phone line in the area. “In the case of Alaa-eldin [Aamer], the problem is that there is no phone line over there, so we had to put in a work order through the university to get a phone line for him. ... It was about $3,000,” Case, said. According to Aamer, his stand suffers without having a phone line. Some students use their debit or credit card. Since Aamer does not have a phone line, he uses a manual card imprinter. Due to the outdated technology, Aamer
Students are probably familiar with the professor evaluation forms they fill out at the end of the quarter, but they may not realize that those evaluations actually have an effect on the instructors’ careers. The evaluations were changed last year. They now have four standard questions asking the students to rate the course as a whole, course content, the instructor’s effectiveness, and the instructor’s overall contribution to the course. There are five different ratings on each question, from “very poor” to “excellent.” Departments and programs can add in specific questions and there is a box for additional comments. “Instructors are really expected to have, on the five-point scale, above a three, and in some departments, above a 3.5. If they don’t, that’s a situation where the chair and maybe some of the senior faculty will take a look and try to determine ‘What is the problem? Is this a onetime situation, did they try something that didn’t work?’,” Linda Kieffer,
Photo by Aaron Malmoe Alaa-eldin Aamer prepares greek style gyros.
sometimes will have already given food to the customer and the card comes back declined. Rather than making a claim, he contacts the customer himself. “Some cards get declined and I call them. The people came and paid,” Aamer said. According to Aamer, being able to pay at Aladdin’s Egyptian Food through Swoop’s is just to test the waters and the next step is to see if there is an increase in business. “A lot of people have said that they want Flex here at my stand. We’ll see how it goes,” Aamer said. Aamer is known to be more than generous with students if they’re unable to afford something to eat. Aamer will extend the courtesy to students to pay him back when they have the money. “Someone who forgets money and needs something to eat, I’ll let them pay me back. This builds trust,” Aamer said. “I know that everyone sometimes has a difficult situation, ups and downs.”
vice provost of academic affairs, said. “For those faculty going up for promotion and tenure, they must have good course evaluations,” Kieffer said. Steve Blewett, journalism professor emeritus, thinks the student evaluations are an important component of the performance evaluation process. “Fundamentally, I agree that students should have a right to rate their instructor’s effectiveness,” Blewett said. “There have been times when a good faculty member gets a bad evaluation.” In order to use the new evaluations, the school had to purchase software and scanners for the evaluations to be tallied inhouse. The old evaluations were contracted to a company in Kansas. The university was required to pay for the forms to be shipped to EWU and pay to ship them back to Kansas to be tabulated and then shipped back to Eastern. “You can imagine this got very expensive,” Kieffer said. “And all the information we were getting, faculty were saying it wasn’t really helpful information.”
“While we had to purchase scanners, this, in the long run, is much less expensive,” Kieffer said. “Unfortunately, because handwriting is not real easy to recognize, we’re still having to have the secretaries type up the comments.” The student evaluations are not the only way an instructor’s performance is measured. “They do peer evaluations. Usually faculty have this done once or twice a year by other faculty in their department. Faculty also can produce course materials that they use in class and submit those to the department to show work they’ve done,” said Keiffer. As for ways for students to deal with problems with faculty, Keiffer thinks students should start at the source. “Normally, you’d follow the chain of command. You’d start talking to the professor. If that can’t be worked out, then you need to go to the department chair. And if that totally fails, which we’d certainly hope it would not, then there would be the dean. We also have an appeal process for grades; that’s a formal process,” Keiffer said.
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2, 2011 • opinion
Starving artist no mere joke on the far side of campus break on through to the other side? We’re already three minutes in at this point. There’s no going back now. Spirits are high. Reputations are on the line. Our newspaper’s credibility is at stake. Our backpack now slides further down, past the hind-quarters, lower back begins to hurt. Students walk by like machinery. Their sauntering is reminiscent of the Monster Mash. All the walkPhoto by Derek Brown ing back and forth leaves them with an insatiable This empty box of FritoLays may be the only reminder that food appetite. ever existed over here on the weird, south side of campus. Finally, we arrive at the labyrinth of the art feeling part of campus. through the floor plan. building, a confusing cirThe walls of the art What kind of place is this? cular structure that holds building are slathered in And still, there’s not its own minotaur. scrawling chalk art. Mesa vendor in sight, only Still, no food. Not a sages appear in great paintings of naked old beverage vendor in sight. white streaks across the men standing in various Our clock indicates red brick. Elvis has left poses in limited garments. that nearly six full minutes the building. Many students have have passed for us to get We enter the centercomplained of the long here from the PUB. That’s piece and we immediately walk to and from the PUB. a 12 minute round trip. see logs on the floor. Either They complain of a feeling Compare that to the mere this is the only meal these of isolation from the rest two minute marches from students have seen in a of the campus. Nothing anywhere else on camlong time, or this is art. We ever happens over here, pus. Even students coming hear what sounds like bitthey say. The lack of some from Kingston or Showaling and scraping against kind of unifying element ter can go to Tawanka to the ceiling and walls, like to the rest of campus grab food or coffee, thus giant mice eating holes makes them feel sad. They
We begin the formidable walk from the PUB to the Art Building in search of food and beverages, a rare commodity in the art, music, theater and communications areas of campus. We start the clock at zero and begin the daunting walk. Our medium pace is no mere accident: laden with 25 pounds of books, we can’t walk any faster. It’s probably the same for every other student, some walking slower with scowls of burden on their faces and others walking faster, intent on getting to class on time. We’re betting the faster ones made the mistake of going all the way to the PUB to get coffee, food or whatever. We make it through the Campus Mall and approach the great stretch, as some students call it (no one actually calls it this). Google Maps approximates the stretch at 700 feet. We approximate eternity. Doubts are high that we’ll make it out of this thing alive. Can The Easterner
don’t have any places to get food and beverages and would like very much for these services to exist . We agree. “Juggling the duties I did as a graduate student meant little to no time to walk across campus, eat properly and walk back to the music building,” said Mary Sims Johnson. “Consequently, I survived on Doritos from the vending machine. It was less than ideal.” We call Dave McKay, Dining Services Director, but he wasn’t in. He’s on vacation until next week. If anyone knows about this matter, if would be him. So, we contact the next best source: the ASEWU. “This is the first time I’ve heard about something like that,” Clem Bustamante, executive vice president of the ASEWU, said when asked about getting a shop of some kind placed on that side of campus. Back outside, we begin our humiliating six minute walk back to the PUB to get some coffee. Ahhhhhh. Tastes good. “I know there are students out there in the win-
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ter when it’s snowing and have to walk all the way back [to the PUB],” Bustamante said. “It’s definitely something to look into. Find out about the cost and all that because that would be the biggest factor because of the budget cuts.” From the looks of the art building, the cuts have long been enacted. We agree with Bustamante about the weather. By the time we get back to the office, our hands are cold. We can barely write. Artists and musicians need their fingers, as it’s essentially what they do. That is why we need to look into bringing a vendor to the art building, setting up a shop, or holding more school events in the oblivion of south campus. The starving artist is alive and well and is only six minutes south of the PUB. With them, an army of hungry, tired and thirsty communications majors and musicians wait for the day their great Gandhi arrives to free them from the marginalization. And the day they finally feel accepted as part of the campus.
Photos by Aaron Malmoe
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Girl run down by van in China reminds us that we are the future By Fedor Gaponenko contributor
A big white van runs over a 2-year-old girl in China and leaves her bleeding in an alley. Over a dozen people ignore the scene and pass by. Before it’s over, another trucker manages to run over the writhing girl. Both drivers have been found and arrested. Finally, an older woman salvaging for garbage moves the 2-year-old Wang Yue – known as Yue Yue - out of harm’s way. Moments later, her mother runs to her child and falls to her knees uncontrollably sobbing and screaming. This whole scene was caught by an alleyway camera. The graphic nature of the video and the noncha-
lant way the people reacted has sparked a huge soulsearch in China and the rest of the world. After being in a coma and intensive care for over a week, Yue Yue passed away Friday, Oct. 21, when her brain and other organs failed. Why? It happened in China and it has happened in America. Sadly, it will happen again. And it can happen anywhere. No country is exempt from the sometimes cold nature of some people’s apathy. The social phenomenon is commonly known as displacement or diffusion of responsibility. In America, it is referred to as the “Genovese Syndrome.” The syn-
drome was named after a New York woman, Catherine Genovese, who was stabbed to death in 1964. According to a New York Times article, 38 “respectable, law-abiding citizens” watched the event take place and no one called the police or did anything about it. The common excuse was, “I thought someone else would do it.” Stanley Milgram is the psychologist that came up with the Theory of Obedience. His theory states that people will do things contrary to their own good judgment and moral beliefs if they are ordered to. The human rationale is that if I’m ordered to do something wrong by an authority, it is no longer my responsibility, but theirs. On the streets of China,
both of these types of responsibility displacements were present. No doubt, when one busy person after another passed by, they assumed that someone else was getting help or someone else had taken care of it. Of course, no one was ordered to leave the girl alone, but the excuse is that it’s better to not get involved because the blame will just fall on you. Not too long ago in China, an elderly man was lying beat-up on the ground and the people who tried to help him were sued. Some might argue that good samaritans have been punished in the past. Still the majority would have to say that basic human instinct teaches us to not be so heartless. “This society is seri-
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STA route changes not bad for everyone on campus Students should not be upset over bus route cutbacks. It’s amazing to me that I still hear students around campus complaining about the STA cutting back the number of buses out to EWU. As students, we pay a $6.50 transportation fee each quarter (in comparison, students at WSU pay a $25 transit fee), which allows us to swipe our student ID and ride the bus without paying the fare. Without that, we would have to pay the full $1.50 fare each time, which could total up
to $150 per quarter! That means that we, as students, are paying less than 5% of the fare. Imagine how great it would be if we could get books, food, or even a car for only 5%! A brand new Toyota Carolla would only cost $800! Like all other businesses, STA is facing budget cuts and reduced revenue, so it is reasonable to reduce routes across the board. Should students want to be proactive and help bring more routes through the area, they could pay the full fare instead of swiping their card.
If STA had 1,000 fares to and from EWU every day, they would bring in $1,500 per day, a whopping $75,000 per quarter! Imagine how many more buses would run with that money. Of course this is not a realistic expectation, but perhaps students could have a little better perspective on exactly how fortunate we are to still have buses running at all.
ously ill. Even cats and dogs shouldn’t be treated so heartlessly,” says an anonymous Chinese blogger. Another Chinese blogger named Johnny Yao said, “Everyone is praising the rubbish-collecting granny for helping, but isn’t it normal to help someone who is wounded or dying? This just shows how abnormal is the moral situation in this society! The sad Chinese, poor China, are we even rescuable?” What Now? The truth is, it’s not just “sad Chinese and poor Chi-
na.” It’s not for me to preach about societal ills, but I will still add: sad us and poor world. Are we so caught up in our daily grind that we don’t notice the need of others around us? We don’t have to wait to come across a dying person to finally take action. We, as students and future leaders of this country, have a responsibility to create a better society now, a society where we know that we have each other’s wellbeing in mind. Not because we’re all best friends, but because we are all human.
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The Easterner took seventh place at the Associated Collegiate Press Best of Show in the four-year weekly broadsheet category. Amy Meyer, editor-inchief, and members of The Easterner’s editorial staff attended the annual National College Media Convention held in Orlando, Fla. last week. The Easterner staff had been working together for only five weeks when the convention was held.
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Herd said, “He might stay there more than he stays at his house” All-American wide receiver Brandon Kaufman is out for the rest of the season with an injury, which has opened the door for the other receivers to shine. “There hasn’t really
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injured players include wide receivers Brandon Kaufman and Tyler Hart, offensive guards Ashton Miller, Steven Forgette and Jase Butorac, along with Johnson’s twin brother linebacker Zach Johnson.
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been additional pressure since Brandon got hurt,” Edwards said. “We all knew what was at stake. We all had to step up.” The Eagles next game is against Cal Poly, Nov. 5. “We got to practice even harder to be more efficient in the red zone,” Edwards said.“ Me, Bo and Greg have been talking a lot about how to get a better red zone production.”
Johnson has been attending every practice and meeting. “He is constantly trying to help us get better,” Schuetzle said. Johnson is a big supporter of the team, according to Baldwin. “It gets the other guys motivated,” Baldwin said.
the search box. EagleNet has also added features helpful for seniors. “Our new degree audit system, SOAR (Student Online Academic Review), accessible through EagleNet, is a great tool to determine remaining undergraduate degree requirements,” Smith said. The 2012 Grad Finale, which offers seniors the chance to be fitted for their cap and gown, as well as details on the upcoming commencement, will see some changes from last year’s event. Bob Anderson, univer-
sity bookstore and student union building director, said the finale, which saw roughly 1,100 students in three days this past year, will be held a month later this spring. According to Anderson, April 24 to 25 in the university bookstore followed by April 26 at Riverpoint are the tentative dates for the event. Seniors will be happy to find out that although the dates and locations vary from last year’s finale, bachelor cap, gown and tassel packages for purchase will remain at last year’s price of $24.85.
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2, 2011 • eagle life
Photo by Mikayla Napier Nine actresses perfomed 11 monologues in Hayley Guthrie’s version of “The Vagina Monologues.”
Monologues embarrass some, entertain others By Desireé Hood staff writer
“We were worried about vaginas,” the cast members, all wearing a light shade of gray from head to bare feet, said in unison, setting the stage for the next two hours. Each cast member gave a monologue with group interactions as well. Questions directed at the vagina ranged from how it might be dressed if it wore clothes to what it would say if it could speak. From leather to lace and pineapples to musk, all women answered with an array of responses. Most monologues were attributed to past tales of women who have been abused or violated in some way. The topics of the monologues ranged from menstrual cycles, masturbation and everything in between. The Vagina Monologues
began in October 1996 in New York City. The creator, Eve Ensler, interviewed numerous women about sex and violence, among other things. From there, the monologues were born. Ensler’s first play led to more plays over the years and has since spread across the globe. New monologues are created all the time, usually relating to violence against women. Here at Eastern, nine women total were cast out of the 200 who auditioned. The play was directed by Hayley Guthrie. The audience laughed at various scenes and shifted uncomfortably at others, but responded with a standing ovation on opening night. “It’s a topic and subject that is not talked about all the time and needs to be brought up and people need to hear the different concerns,” said Chailee Friant,
a cast member. “The reaction from [the audience] was probably the greatest.” Most of the audience seemed to feel like the cast achieved their goal of bringing this topic to the surface. “They did phenomenal, I loved it,” Devyn Johnsen, an audience member, said. “It was interesting at first, but it got better as it went on,” Cole Gerard, another audience member, said. However, The Vagina Monologues may not be for everyone. Students in certain classes were asked to go to the play for extra credit. One student felt the play was a little extreme. “It really drove home the point that women try to dominate men, in general,” junior Brad Pederson said. “It was very feminist driven.” Whatever the personal sentiment, The Vagina Monologues went off without a hitch.
Trombonist slides in to educate By Frank McNeilly contributing writer
Bill Watrous, a world famous trombonist who’s played with music legends including Quincy Jones and Maynard Ferguson, is coming to Eastern to give a clinic and to perform in Spokane. Rob Tapper, director of jazz studies, remembers when he first met Watrous and how they were able to set up a clinic at Eastern. “I met Bill when I attended college in 1987,” Tapper said. “I saw him perform in Massachusetts. We were trying to set up a gig in Seattle, but he had time to come to Eastern to give a jazz clinic.” Tapper said Watrous will teach trombonists more methods than what are al-
ready taught at Eastern. “Bill will be inspirational for the trombonists who go to his clinic. He can do phenomenal techniques with the trombone and players will be intrigued by his skills,” Tapper said. Watrous’ career took off in the early 1960s. With his work, he is well known in the music industry. “Bill is world famous. He has played with many jazz legends and has performed with television bands and did music in movies. People will be excited to see him play when he comes to teach his clinic and perform in Spokane,” Tapper said. Watrous doesn’t just perform with famous musicians. He teaches music at the University of Southern California Thornton School Of Music. “The jazz students will
really benefit from Bill’s clinic because he has a very high level of playing and he has experience working with high school and university students,” Tapper said. Watrous is teaching his clinics and performing on Nov. 3. The trombone master class is at 3:30 p.m. and the jazz clinic is at 5 p.m., both held in the music building. Watrous will be performing with his quartet at the Ichiban Sushi Lounge on 202 W. Third Ave. at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. The clinics and concert are open not only for Eastern’s jazz students, but to the public as well. Fliers have been sent out to local middle schools and high schools inviting music students to come to Watrous’ clinics.
Lecture provides students with tools to expand their leadership abilities and organizational skills By Matt Ward contributing writer
A three-part series on leadership kicked off the week of Oct. 23 at EWU, giving students the opportunity to improve their skills as leaders. Tasia Duske describes the series as “three seminars designed to educate, challenge and inspire upcoming and current leaders.” Duske is the graduate assistant of leadership education for the office of student activities at Eastern. “I think it’s a great opportunity if you’re interested in doing more in your organization or even in your community,” Duske said. Leadership Without
Easy Answers was the topic of the first part of the series. Craig Fischer of the office of admissions at EWU led the presentation. Fischer referenced the book, “Leadership Without Easy Answers,” by Ronald Heifetz, several times during his presentation. Fischer discussed the importance of leadership, with and without authority, and three types of problems a leader may face. “It’s a large misconception that you have to have a position and a title to be a leader. Most influential people actually do not have those titles,” Duske said. Abbie Poirier shared this outlook. “It shows that just because you have a position,
it doesn’t mean people are going to follow you,” Poirier said. “You can still be a leader without a position. Sometimes, those are the most effective leaders.” Ellen Stuart, a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies, said her favorite topic was “identifying types of problems. I think that’s a really hard part with leadership, ... actually identifying the true problem in an organization.” The series will continue on Nov. 1 from noon to 1 p.m. in PUB 261. The final installment of the series will be Nov. 6. “Next week [Nov. 1] will be negotiation skills and the following week [Nov. 6] will be non-verbal communication,” Duske said.
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EWU professor receives Spokane’s Individual Artist Award Spatz will release a novel, “Inushuk,” and a collection of short stories, “Half as Happy,” next year
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“No One But Us.” Two new works, “Inukshuk” and “Half as Happy,” are coming out in 2012. Spatz has been a professional fiddler for most of his life. He plays throughout the U.S. and Canada with the bands John Reischman and the Jaybirds and Mighty Squirrel. “I love teaching creative writing,” he said over the phone. “[Eastern has] a great community of student writers and terrific colleagues. I’ve worked with a lot of grad students who came through the program.” The Spokane Arts Commission website lists several criteria for the Individual Artist Award. Among them are consistent quality of artistic work, commitment to the arts, visibility within the community and service as a role model for youth or other artists. “From what I know, this award involves a body of creative work,” Spatz said. “In my case, I have two
On Oct 3, Eastern creative writing professor Gregory Spatz was awarded the Individual Artist Award by the Spokane Arts ComSpatz mission for the 20th Annual City of Spokane Arts Awards. Spatz, who has been teaching at Eastern for 13 years, grew up in New England. He studied at Haverford College, University of New Hampshire and University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His work has been published in many publications, such as the New Yorker and New England Review. Spatz has authored five books, including the acclaimed “Fiddler’s Dream,” and the story collection
English professor explains true meaning of “cult,” inhibited sexuality of women By Abby Grytdal contributing writer
On Wednesday, Oct. 26, English professor Logan Greene, Ph.D., gave a presentation titled, “In the Shadow of the Goddess: The Cult of Mary and the Burning Times.” Greene explained that “cult” does not always have to carry the negative connotations society attaches to it today, but rather is a group of people dedicated to worshipping a particular figure. The lecture focused mostly on the inhibited sexuality of women, especially in the “Burning Times,” which is a time period that refers to mostly the 16th and 17th centuries, according to Greene. Greene said that the divinity of ancient goddesses, particularly Isis, Ishtar and Persephone (of Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Greek mythology, respectively) may have morphed into the sacredness of the Virgin Mary. “The difference between divine and sacred,” she said, “is that divine is inhuman,
while sacred is human.” Mary was the ideal woman because of her celibacy, whereas the divinities of ancient mythology were worshipped, despite embracing their sexuality, according to Greene’s lecture. Greene also pressed the idea that women were persecuted for witchcraft or heresy if they embraced their sexuality. In her lecture, she stressed that during the first few centuries of the common era, many Orthodox Christians and Roman Catholics believed that celibacy was the only pure form of life, even in marriage. Greene referred to this belief as Asceticism. In addition to the Cult of Mary, Greene discussed the controversy and legacy of Mary Magdalene, who was believed to be the wife of Jesus Christ. “Mary Magdalene was believed to be a prostitute after Pope Gregory I declared her to be one,” said Greene. The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is planning to have one more presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
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books coming out this year, all the [material] I’ve published and all the music work I’ve done.” Spatz is Director of Eastern’s Inland Northwest Center for Creative Writing Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA) program. He has also been involved in Writers in the Community, the creative writing program’s community outreach teaching internship program. This program places MFA candidates as teachers of creative writing in Spokane-area high schools, grade schools, middle schools, prisons, women’s shelters and nursing homes. Members of the MFA program attest to Spatz’s dedication and excellence. “His attention to my work and his interest in my growth as a writer profoundly shaped the way I now approach my work,” said Marianne Salina, a June 2011 graduate, in an email. “He’s well deserving of this award.” Awards are nothing new for
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On Oct. 27 over 50 people at the Spokane Riverpoint campus set aside two and a half hours to learn, experience, discuss and raise awareness of what it is like to live on an extremely limited income. This was the first time a Community Action Poverty Simulation was hosted. There was an open invitations to all students of the health science programs. Participants included faculty, staff and students of the various health science Photo by Judith Van Dongen. WSU Spokane programs of EWU, WSU Two students take care of their families during the simulation. and UW, all of which are located at Riverpoint campus. for others to begin to under- organizations, their reVolunteers of the com- stand what it is like to live on sources, who they help and munity and the faculty and a short budget and an abun- what others can do to volstaff led the students in an dance of stress. unteer. hour-long community acAccording to Barbara Those represented intion poverty simulation. Richardson, a registered cluded Volunteers of AmerParticipants were given nurse with a doctorate de- ica, Vanessa Behan Crisis an identity and played the gree from WSU, the pov- Nursery, Catholic Charities role of a husband, wife, girl- erty simulation was devel- Spokane, private and nonfriend, boyfriend or child. oped in Missouri, Mont., as profit community action Each made-up fam- a way to help community agency SNAP and YWCA. ily member had different members understand povMark McLeod, a sophoresponsibilities, such as erty and motivate them to more obtaining his docpaying bills, going to work, make a difference and vol- torate in physical therapy, school, day care, the pawn unteer. She was the orga- said, “I thought it was reshop, grocery shopping nizer of the event. ally eye opening and inand finding community The event took place at sightful experience. I never outreach resources. WSU’s nursing facility on the realized people face these There was even a police Riverpoint Spokane campus. circumstances every day. It officer who would send bad It was hosted by Riv- was also really cool to learn children to juvenile deten- erpoint Interprofessional that there are so many suption, a person that handed Education and Research port services in Spokane.” out flat tires that needed fix- (RIPER), as well as funded According to Missouri ing and someone who would by ASWSU. Association for Communirelieve families of having to The simulation materi- ty Action, 38.1 million U.S. spend money on food by do- als were provided by the citizens live with incomes nating food baskets. WSU nursing facility. below the poverty line. According to the creators, Organizations of the Students in attendance Missouri Association from area volunteered to help were from the health sciCommunity Action, the goal put on this simulation. At ence programs of EWU, was to make the simulation the end of the simulation, WSU and UW. Eastern as realistic as possible and they each explained their students present were pur-
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suing degrees in physical therapy, occupational therapy and dental hygiene. All students were from the Riverpoint Campus in Spokane. Allison Greenberg, a sophomore working toward her doctorate in physical therapy, said, “For me, [the simulation] brought poverty to the forefront. It was good for me to be a part of, seeing how many resources there are and that not being enough. I definitely want to volunteer. It was really inspiring.” After the simulation, a debriefing discussion was held. Students were asked if their situations got better or worse and what resources they used to try to combat the poverty they were supposedly in. Most speculated how they did not have enough money to pay all their bills. Some came to realize what or where resources were available in the community. Ann O’Kelley, EWU dental faculty and volunteer, was asked about her thoughts on the simulation. “Well, it was an awesome learning experience on how too many people in Spokane live.” Barbara Richardson, organizer of the event, said, “My hope was to create an opportunity for health science students in various health fields and create relationships among one another. Several people said they would like to do it again.”
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Spatz. He is also the recipient of an Iowa Arts Fellowship, a Michener Fellowship and a Washington State Book Award. However, Spatz remains humble. “Awards are good, but nowhere near as satisfying as just a good day of [creative] work,” he said. “There is nothing more satisfying than spending the day at the work you love, engaged in the creative process.” Spatz wants to remind students within a creative discipline that success is hard-won and getting recognized can often be a lifelong endeavor. “Be very persistent and expect lots of failure, defeat and discouragement. ” he said. “[Keep going], despite every indication that you should quit.” “As long as you’re true to what you want to do, ... you’re clear as to what it is, and as long as you love it, you’ll do okay.” To learn more about Gregory
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6:30 p.m. Fire call Flames were seen through the second story window of the Computer Science Building. The fire department put out the four-foot flames before anything was damaged. The fire is believed to have been started by a burner that was accidentally left on. Harassment A student in Streeter Hall returned to his or her room to find a bucket of toiletries and offensive photos in front of the door. The incident is under investigation.
Stalking A female student reported being followed. The incident has occurred several times over a two-week period while the student was walking from Kings-
ton to Senior Hall. The suspect, also seen loitering around the PUB bus stop, is described as a clean shaven white male in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall with a medium build and short brown hair. He is not believed to be a student. The incident is under investigation.
Malicious mischief Library custodians found offensive writing in the third floor men’s restroom. The graffiti has been removed. Suspicious circumstances A female student reported an unknown man following her to work and making strange comments. It was initially believed to be the same man that was reported on the campus alert system, but it was later verified that the suspect was another man because the description was different.
1 p.m. Malicious mischief Officers responded to a call about graffiti in a restroom on the fifth floor of Dressler Hall. The incident has been forwarded to the gang unit. 10 p.m. Suspended license A driver was pulled over for driving without headlights on. The non-student had a revoked license.
8:41 a.m. Fraud An EWU employee was reviewing records and saw an Internet order placed for a book where the shipping address was out of state. The incident is under investigation. 11:02 a.m. Agency Assist EWU police assisted Cheney PD in setting up a perimeter for the violation of a restraining order near Washington and First Street. The suspect had
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Alcohol Violation While conducting a follow-up at Sigma Nu, officers observed an intoxicated female student. Officers called The Cheney Fire Department to evaluate the minor, and she was later taken to Alphi Phi and released to a sober individual. The student was referred to OSRR.
3:47 p.m. Accident A silver Honda CR-V stopped near Pearce Hall and the driver got out without putting the car in park. The vehicle rolled and hit a tan Chevy Malibu with the driver in it, who was unable to avoid being hit. The rolling vehicle then knocked down a flashing electronic speed sign at the crosswalk by the PUB and came to a stop after colliding with a cement light pole.
Green Dot Spot: By Karen Wanjico ewu violence prevention advocate
Coutesy EWU Libraries, Archives & Special Collections A calculator in one of the Kingston Hall classrooms in the early 1980s. Limited battery life made most pocket calculators impractical for business applications.
Photo by Evan Sykes A modern scientific calculator has an extended battery life, enabling months of use.
Green dots are words, actions, attitudes, or behaviors that express intolerance for violence and actively, visibly work to reduce violence. Here are examples of proactive and reactive green dots that people from EWU did last year: •Friends started making plans before they went out so that no one who was drunk got left behind where another person could isolate them and sexually assault them. •Several people walked their friend home after a night of partying. •A couple noticed that a man was buying drinks for their friend all night. She was getting very drunk. The couple talked it over and the female went to the stranger and said, “Thanks for buying our friend drinks all night. She appreciates it. Now were taking her home.” •Another person did an impromptu speech in class and spoke about the green dot. •One student observed a man trying to take a very drunk woman home. The person stepped in and asked if she was ok and if her friends could be called. •The women’s rugby team got a green dot on their Jersey and had training for the entire team. Beyond these examples, many students heard about the green dot and talked with their friends and family members and got them to start doing green dots. Forty-one students spent six hours learning how to identify an abuser or sexual predator. If you do green dots, please send us a message at EWU green dot on Facebook. We will share your stories in future green dot spots.
Comic magician nails performance Brushwood wows the crowd with stunts and escapes By Nicole Ruse copy editor
Brian Brushwood, a well-known comic magician and fire-eater, came to Eastern to perform his live show titled “Brian Brushwood: Bizarre Magic.” The event was hosted by Eagle Entertainment. Brushwood has been on many television shows, such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” The show featured fireeating tricks, mind reading, escaping a straitjacket in less than two minutes and a puppet by the name of Mr. Happy Pants. Nails were a favorite prop of Brushwood’s; he stuck a 5-inch nail through his nose with the help of a hammer, as well as stuck a small nail into his eyeball. A popular trick that helped to gain him recognition is called the “human crazy straw.”
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explained the history of ghost hunting. When the presentation was complete, he led the students on a ghost hunt around campus. The hunt led students to Showalter, Dryden and Streeter. According to Allison, the chances of getting any activity with a group of 50-60 people is rare. “When you are doing an investigation, the biggest thing is having a controlled environment,” Allison said. “I do most of this just to educate people. If they are going to go out there and do it, I just want to make sure that they are doing it right.” No ghostly activity occurred at Showalter or Dryden, but Streeter was a little more active. According to students on the tour, the seventh floor of Streeter has weird activity, including elevator doors opening and objects moving.
Brushwood set up a liquid dispenser filled with water, milk, Coca-Cola, and orange juice on top of a ladder. He connected one end of a 20foot straw to the spout and wrapped the straw around his body with the other end through his nose and out his mouth. With a set pose, the liquid came through the straw, out of his mouth, and into a cup placed on the floor in front of him, which he drank. His wide array of stunts, magic tricks, and pranks made the audience laugh and gasp on more than one occasion. Many audience members were intrigued by these tricks, yet many covered their mouths in complete bewilderment. Combining magic with comedy made for a laughfilled evening that students are sure to remember. The group was broken up into three small groups and spread out into different areas of Streeter. Two groups reported activity in the same corner at different times. One group had the EMF monitor spike to red one time and another had the compass respond. “Streeter was definitely the most interesting. I was in one of the groups and the compass was definitely spinning around,” Annika Miller, an EWU sophomore, said. “There was definitely something there. … I came into this thinking that we weren’t going to find anything.” Allison mainly does this for educational purposes to keep those interested in hunting ghosts informed and safe. “Be safe out there,” Allison said. “Because I don’t want to have to come back and ghost hunt for you.” For more information on Allison and his investigations, go to www.AGHOST.org.
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• november 2, 2011
Eastern soccer shut out in last game of season Visiting Redhawks beat Eagles 5-0 By Kyle Franko staff writer
As the rain drizzled down onto the pitch Oct. 29, the EWU women’s soccer team was defeated 5-0. The Eagles’ regular season ended 2-13-1 on Senior Day against Seattle University. The Seattle Redhawks (12-6), a persistent, talented and senior-laden squad, controlled possession throughout the match and limited EWU’s scoring chances with a 4-4-3 alignment that proved to overwhelm the young Eagle’s squad. In the 21st minute, Redhawk sophomore Stephanie Verdoia deftly passed the ball to freshman Ava Ames, who scored the game’s first goal with a left footed kick to the bottom right corner, just past the diving EWU goalkeeper. For the rest of the first half, the two teams played to a stalemate until the final five minutes, when Seattle began to press and attack the EWU defense. At the 41st minute a Seattle senior mid-
fielder, Taylor Fannin, recovered a rebound of the crossbar and swiped the ball across the goalkeeper’s face. Just like that, it was 2-0 heading into halftime. Down to goals in the second half, EWU head coach George Hageage searched for a trigger to reverse the momentum with situational substitutions. Senior defender, Dashia Huff, moved from the back line forward, as Hageage aimed for an aggressive attack. In addition, freshman Katie Cashman and sophomore Brianna Brannan were inserted as centerbacks. Initially, the substitutions backfired as the two young players showed confusion. Seattle took advantage scoring only after 36 seconds into the second half and then again four minutes later. However, the Eagle’s defense began to settle in as the final 45 minutes wore down. “In the second half, Lauren Jacobsen and Marianne Johnson started to control the center a little bit,” Hageage said. Hageage said the run of play improved in the final 40 minutes as the Eagles possessed the ball more, taking nine of the team’s 10
Photo by Casey Picha Redhawks freshman Megan Daniels deflects the ball away from Eastern sophomore Amanda Hall.
shots on goal. Still, no goals were scored. “They’re a little bit faster, a little bit stronger and that’s kinda been the story when we play these teams that are … senior-laden,” Hageage said. Even though EWU was able to maintain greater possession in second half, the Eagles were unable to take advantage, unlike Se-
attle who repeatedly broke through to score. “Three out of the five [Seattle goals] were seniors putting the ball in the back of the net,” Hageage said. “They had great opportunity and they finished it.” The final two minutes proved to be as fast and furious as the previous 88. An EWU corner kick by senior Whitney Brannan sailed
into the box where senior Melanie Kitsman smacked a header towards the goal. The ball sailed wide, falling harmlessly outside the net. In the last minute, freshman EWU goalkeeper, Nathalie Schwery, made two stops, the last of which was a diving save, interrupting a charging Seattle attack. “You saw glimpses once in a while from us,”
Hageage said. “They’ve [Seattle University] basically instituted a system that they wanted to play, a style they want to play and that’s kind of a similar thing we’re heading to.” Although a five goal defeat is a tough way to end the season, Hageage said he saw a lot of promise in many of his young players on the team, including Haley Stading, Kayla Sutter, Marianne Johnson, Katie Cashman, Cassie Black and Alisha Stott. “Haley Stading was awesome today,” Hageage said. “Haley’s great. That’s the future. That’s what I’m talking about.” While the last game of the season left Hageage talking about the future of the program, he also reflected on the four seniors honored at centerfield before the match. In particular, he said he regretted Brannan was unable to score in her final game to become the new career leader in goals scored. Hageage said the seniors, Dashia Huff, Whitney Brannan, Kirsten Fausko and Melanie Kitsman, were a dedicated group, both on the pitch and in the classroom. “We’re going to miss them next year,” Hageage said.
An abandoned dug out, a comeback dream
Student soars as hockey referee
Baseball club revives legacy
Guzzo hopes to reach NHL
By Jason McAllister contributing writer
Twenty-two years ago, the varsity baseball team played its last game before it was disbanded. It was brought back in the fall of 1993 by two students with a never-ending passion for the sport. The club is ongoing and is now the oldest club in EWU history. Three years the field sat abandoned; weeds grew, dust built and the rust was becoming visible. Then a decision was made to use the field once more as a challenge course. In 1993 brothers Shon and Robert Schreiber, former varsity players, came to the office of Kerry Pease, the sports and recreation center director, asking for information on starting a baseball club. Pease, a former baseball player, wanted to see if the baseball club could actually take off. He gave them a basic step-by-step guide on how to start a club and the boys were off. Within two weeks, Shon and Robert were back and asked Pease to be their new adviser. “It’s been 11 years since I’ve picked up a baseball, but boys, I want to see what you can do,” Pease said. Like an opening pitch, the game was on. Though it started off as a rag-tag form of baseball, it began to match and on many occasions excel its varsity predecessor. With the aid of Pease, they managed to get other universities to start up clubs and formed leagues. The leagues have as many as 10 teams each. The two teams who win their leagues compete in a regional game where one victor emerges. Eastern’s Baseball Club was later picked up by the National Club Baseball Association (NCBA), which has two divisions made of several teams from across the nation. The teams compete amongst themselves until one in each division is left. Then those two compete in the NCBA World Series at the end of the season. Mike Campitelli, who was coach from
2000 to 2007, found there was always a silver lining to each chapter of the baseball club’s journey. “Through [the] process of changing the diamond to a challenge course, intramural was given lights on the fields,” Campitelli said. “[It is] one of the biggest improvements to intramural.” In the end, the intramural as well as the baseball club benefited. The baseball club currently practices and holds tryouts at Cheney High School. However when the big games come, they rent out the minor league baseball field, Avista Stadium, where the Spokane Indians play “It’s such a great honor to have a club be playing at a minor league field. I think it’s just really cool,” Campitelli said. The cost for renting is raised by the club through their multiple fundraisers and activities. “We sell T-shirts and raffle tickets year round, and we’re also going to be selling Krispy Kremes after the holiday,” said Cash Ulrich, president of the club. In addition to playing in the NCBA, the club also hosts a one-day baseball camp where kids get to meet the players and learn baseball fundamentals. After raising money, the club will fly to Las Vegas, Nev. to participate in the Spring Swing tournament in early April. The club’s adviser, Rick Scott has pride in its progress and admiration for the club’s success. “If there is one thing I want, [it] is more people going to the games,especially at Avista Stadium,” Scott Said. “it’s completely free to students”. This year, including new recruits and a stronger push to get the NCBA World Series, have caused the players to change their tactics. They play a full year rather then just in the spring. “We normally play about 15 games a season, where Arizona plays about 80 to 90,” Brennan Mcinertie, three-year veteran of the club, said. According to Ulrich, the club is competitive but also casual enough for players to still have fun. Ulrich also said that a new game tactic is to play all year, it allows them to see each players playing ability as well as give each member the opportunity to play in a game.
By Matt Ward contributing writer
Ten years ago Anthony Guzzo, a junior majoring in nursing at EWU, decided to take a shot at becoming a hockey referee. He hasn’t looked back since. “I played my entire life,” said Guzzo. “I just naturally got into it. Some people came up to me and told me it was a Guzzo great way to make money and I should try it. I loved it.” Since then, Guzzo has worked in several leagues in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the country, including the Northern Pacific Hockey League, American Collegiate Hockey Association, Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, and the North American Hockey League amongst others. Guzzo’s efforts have him working for the Western Hockey League (WHL). The WHL has been a gateway for some into higher ranks of hockey, including the NHL. “I was working out and working the leagues,” Guzzo said. “Two years ago I went up to Calgary for the WHL Summer Development Camp
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Leagues where Guzzo has been an official Western Hockey League Northern Pacific Hockey League American Collegiate Hockey Association Kootney International Junior Hockey League Northern American Hockey League … and got evaluated by some WHL supervisors. I left there not sure what to expect. The next year after that I got an invite to linesman camp in Everett, [Wash.]” From there he was evaluated while working games during a preseason tournament in Kennewick, Wash. “They threw me in some preseason games,” Guzzo said. “I got hired out of that.” His first regular season game for the WHL was on Oct. 20, 2010. The game was a matchup between the Calgary Hitmen and the Spokane Chiefs at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. “I remember being ridiculously nervous,” he said. “We were playing wallball for an unreal amount of time. It obviously flew by because I was nervous.” Before the game, Guzzo got a word of advice from longtime WHL linesman Chris Carlson. “He looked at me and said, ‘I’m going to be real honest with you. You’re going to mess up. It’s just going to happen. You won’t be able to avoid it. Let’s get out there, get that out of the way and have a good game.’” Guzzo said that he did
eight or ten games last year. He plans on doing more this season. He was one of the men in stripes for the Spokane Chiefs home opener this season against the Tri-City Americans. One of Guzzo’s supervisors, Steve Stevens, says he noticed a number of desirable attributes in the young official. “I would say [he has] desire, hustle and he’s always applying himself in the right areas,” Stevens said. “He’s always trying to find a place to show himself.” His colleagues don’t mind working with him, either. “He has extreme attention to detail. He’s always in position and he doesn’t miss anything. He’s always watching stuff. He also communicates wonderfully,” referee Chris Duncan said. Another referee, Sean MacFarlane, said, “He knows the game because he has been around it so long. He has respect for the game too.” Guzzo hopes to move up to the professional level. The WHL has been a stepping stone to the NHL for other referees from the region, including Tom Kowel and Dennis Larue.
2, 2011 • sports
Upcoming EWU Sports Nov. 4 EWU Men’s Tennis in Pacific Northwest Collegiate Invitational at Eugene, Ore.
Nov. 5 EWU Men’s Tennis in Pacific Northwest Collegiate Invitational at Eugene, Ore. * EWU Volleyball vs. Northern Colorado at Greeley, Colo. at 6 p.m.
Nov. 6 EWU Men’s Tennis in Pacific Northwest Collegiate Invitational at Eugene, Ore. * EWU Women’s Basketball vs. Warner Pacific at 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 11 EWU Women’s Tennis in San Diego State Fall Classic at San Diego, Calif. EWU Women’s Basketball vs. Corban at 6:05 p.m. EWU Men’s Basketball vs. Gonzaga at Spokane at 7 p.m.
Nov. 12 EWU Women’s Tennis in San Diego State Fall Classic at San Diego, Calif. * EWU Cross Country in NCAA West Regionals * EWU Football vs. Cal Poly Pomona, Calif. at 6:05 p.m. * EWU Volleyball vs. Portland State at 7 p.m.
Nov. 13 EWU Women’s Tennis in San Diego State Fall Classic at San Diego, Calif. * EWU Women’s Basketball vs. Hofstra at 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 15 EWU Men’s Basketball vs. South Dakota at 6: 05 p.m.
Nov. 17 EWU Women’s Basketball vs. San Diego at 6:05 p.m. * EWU Men’s Basketball vs. Oregon at Eugene, Ore. at 7 p.m.
Photo by Aaron Malmoe Senior Brianne Ryan was selected as a member of the 2010-11 All-Big Sky First Team. She averaged 13.9 points per game and was ranked in the top 100 players in the nation.
Women’s basketball shooting for the ‘Sky’ Team determined to win conference title By Al Stover sports editor
Kylie Heurta adjusts her headband as the squeaking of her shoes echoes across the court. On the opposite side, Chene Cooper and Brianne Ryan are setting up the rebounder. The Eastern women’s basketball team is getting ready to begin their 201112 season against Warner Pacific, Nov. 6. The team ended their 2010-2011 season with an overall record of 13-18. According to head coach Wendy Schuller, who led the Eagles to their first Big Sky Championship in 2009, the 12 returning players have gained experience since last season. “We were pretty young in the paint,” Schuller said. “I really think our post players have matured physically and mentally. The other thing is we’ve worked really hard in the offseason. I think this is
going to be a more athletic team than last year.” Schuller, who has high expectations for the season, has the team scrimmage each practice, as well as focus on getting more fluid in offense and defense. “We take a lot of pride in our defense,” Schuller said. “We play a pressure type of system that is team oriented. It’s not just about individuals guarding individuals.” Cooper, senior point guard who led the Big Sky in free throws, and Ryan, who was all league in 2010-11, are two players who were a part of the team that captured the Big Sky Championship. “Last year was disappointing because we wanted to do as well as we did last year,” Ryan said. “We’re hoping this year we can do what we did sophomore year.” Cooper, Ryan and the rest of the returning players want to use the competitive edge they have gained over the years. “We get after it a lot more in practice,” Cooper said. “We know what
it’s like not to do so well. We’re pretty much aiming high.” In addition to the returning players, four freshmen have joined the team. Schuller and the rest of the coaching staff have been impressed with the new players for making the leap from high school to college play. “It’s a big adjustment for any student coming from high school to college, living in the dorms and being on your own,” Schuller said. “We feel that those kids have acclimated well and fit into the team quickly. I think the team has done a great job of welcoming them with open arms.” Huerta, a four-year letter winner from Kentwood High School, has also grown close to the older players. “The upperclassmen help us out,” Huerta said. “They tell us where we need to go or what something should look like.” Along with the new players, Steve Lowe is the new assistant coach for the team.
Lowe is transferring from Cameron University as an assistant coach under Tom Webb, a former Eagles women’s basketball assistant coach. Lowe had also worked under Cheryl Sorenson at Bellevue Community College. Sorenson is also a former EWU assistant coach. “I filled out some paperwork and started on July 1,” Lowe said. “I was recruiting July 5. It was hectic, but a fun hectic; a new, exciting change in our lives.” Although it was a new transition from Sorenson, Schuller and the rest of the team are cohesive with the new addition to the women’s team’s coaching staff. “He’s tried to learn what we’re trying to do, but he has also been great with new ideas,” Schuller said. Along with facing teams in the Big Sky Conference, the Eagles will be facing Gonzaga, St. Mary’s and Brigham Young University (BYU). Although they will be facing different teams
across the country, they do not change strategy for specific opponents. “We put our system in and we work all year just to get better,” Schuller said. “We’ll have specific scouting reports for each opponent and each game, but it’s putting the whole product together and making it a good finished product by February.” Cooper and Ryan are hoping to beat is the University of Portland, where Sorenson is currently an assistant coach. “We’re going to get Cheryl [Sorenson] back,” Cooper said. “As far as conference, we’re aiming for everybody.” Hodgins and Huerta have high school friends on opposing teams they would like to beat. In addition to having a winning season, Huerta would also like to find her role on the team as the season progresses. “Doing what the team needs me to do,” Huerta said. “Just being there for the girls and cheering them on. Giving it all that I have and making it competitive.”
Cross-country’s uphill run lands them seventh Eagles traveled to Idaho for championship run By Kyle Franko staff writer
EWU men’s and women’s cross-country teams dashed up and down hills in high elevation Oct. 29, to both finish seventh at the Big Sky Conference Championships. Heading into the race, head coach Chris Zeller understood Pocatello, Idaho’s high elevation of 4,462 feet posed a challenge for his runners who are used to conditioning at 2,352 feet in Cheney. “Any time a low-elevation school goes to altitude it’s kinda tough,” said Zeller. “Our kids had a pretty good game plan of going out and being somewhat conservative early. For a large number of our kids, I think they did a pretty good job with that.” While the team expected to deal with increased elevation, the course’s hills posed an unrelenting test. “The course was crazy hilly,” Zeller said. “There was not a 10 meter flat section on that course, so you were either running up or down the entire way.” EWU’s women finished with
192 points in the 5K race, led by senior Tonya Turner, who placed 22nd overall. Freshman Katie Mahoney (36th), senior Stephanie Dye (41st), freshman Dani Moon (45th) and sophomore Micaela Rasmussen (48th) rounded out the top five. Zeller said he knows Turner, who had finished in the top ten every race this year, would have liked to finish higher but encountered trouble on the hills. Leading into the Big Sky Championships, the women’s steady improvement illustrated the evolution of a young team. Zeller said, on paper, the girls were probably the seventh best team: right where they finished. However, there was one unexpected performance. “The big surprise of the night … for us was Dani Moon on the women’s side,” Zeller said. “She just kinda made the travel squad to come to this meet in our last race, and then ended up finishing fourth for us. She moved up considerably as far as where she’s at on the team.” The men finished their 8K race with 167 points. Junior Simon Sorenson was the top runner, finishing 19th. The other top five men were seniors Graham Vaux (22nd), and Bowe Ebding (23rd), junior
Top Eagle performances in Big Sky Championships Men Simon Sorenson Graham Vaux Bowe Ebding Jordan Curnutt Nathan Fall Quin Olivas
26:20.59 26:27.33 26:36.35 28:14.89 28:59.32 29:12.95
Women Tonya Turner Katie Mahoney Stephanie Dye Dani Moon Micaela Rasmussen Acacia Smith
19:11.54 19:59.74 20:14.97 20:31.70 20:38.32 20:47.01
Jordan Curnutt (50th) and freshman Nathan Fall (53rd). “On the guys side, we kind of had that trio up-front with Simon [Sorenson], Graham [Vaux] and Bowe [Ebding] all season,” Zeller said. “They run pretty smart.” Only 16 seconds separated Sorenson, Vaux and Ebding in the final results, a spread that Zeller said may have been the smallest all year. “I was pretty pleased with those three,” Zeller said. “I know Graham and Bowe, fifth year seniors, would have liked to finish a little higher individually.”
Like Moon on the women’s team, the men also had a runner who stepped up unexpectedly in the championship race: junior Jordan Curnow. “We were just gonna have him … start training this fall to get ready for indoor [track],” Zeller said. “[We] decided to have him race, kind of last minute, just to give us some insurance since we’ve been battling low numbers. He ended up being our fourth guy.” Zeller said he appreciated how Curnutt, who had missed training last summer because of a knee injury, was willing to jump into the race and contribute any way he could. “Certainly, we’d like to do better, but I don’t feel like the team underperformed,” Zeller said. “It’s just kind of where we’re at.” With a record setting fifth straight championship, Northern Arizona won on the men’s side with 26 points. Weber State took the women’s side with 40 points, besting runner-up Idaho State by 10. Up next for the EWU crosscountry teams are the NCAA West Regionals, Nov 12 in Stanford, Calif. Zeller said Turner, Dye and Mahoney will travel for the women’s team. For the men, Ebding, Vaux, Sorenson, Fall and Olivas will run.
• november 2, 2011
EWU Sports in Brief
Eagles’ hopes dashed after loss to Vikings
Women’s soccer players earns Big Sky honors — Senior Whitney Brannan was selected for the All-Big Sky Second Team. This is Brannan’s third year as a conference allstar. Senior Dashia Huff was selected for the All-Big Sky Honorable Mention team. Joining Huff are juniors Lauren Jacobsen and Jamie Walker, and freshman Katie Cashman. To see how the Eagles played in their last season game, turn to page 9. Volleyball moves to third in Big Sky Conference — Eastern’s volleyball team won back to back games against Montana, 3-2, and Montana State, 3-1, Oct. 28-29. According to goeags.com, the victory against Montana marked the 16th consecutive victory over the Grizzlies at Reese Court, while the win over the Bobcats was Eastern’s 11th time defeating them at home. Senior Lindsey Petroni had 30 digs for both games, junior Laney Brown had a career-high of 19 digs in the game against Montana. The team’s next game will be Nov. 3 against Northern Arizona. Kellerman snags second Player of the Week award— Junior Cora Kellerman earned her second Big Sky Conference Player of the Week award, for the week of Oct. 31. She made a career high 25 kills during Eagles’ match against Montana. She currently leads Eastern in kills with 291, and is second in points with 316. Mitchell leading FCS in passing— Senior quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell currently leads the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in passing yards per game with 352.89. He is ahead of Lehigh’s Chris Lum who is at 352 yards per game and Murray State’s Casey Brockman, who is at 313.38. Eastern currently ranks 23rd in overall offense. Eastern player wins goalkeeper award — Sophomore Jason Greenwell was selected as British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League’s (BCIHL) Goaltender of the Month. Greenwell made 38 saves in the game against Thompson Rivers University and 42 stops in the first game against Trinity Western University.
Photo by Aaron Malmoe Nicholas Edwards had nine receptions for 166 yards and three touchdowns against the Vikings. He currently has 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and 14 touchdowns for the season.
Portland snaps four win streak By Fedor Gaponenko staff writer
It’s the fourth quarter and a hushed crowd of 9,003 watches as the defending champion Eagles’ playoff hopes slip away. Star quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell and the EWU receivers accounted for 440 yards and four Eagles touchdowns, yet that wasn’t enough to overcome a punishing Portland State running game. The Vikings compiled 338 yards while wearing down the defense and crowd of Eastern fans. The first quarter started out being very messy for the Eagles as the patchwork offensive line was caught holding on a big opening run and allowed four quick sacks on Mitchell. A forced fumble by
Edwards gains national honors By Sarah MacDonald contributing writer
Junior wide receiver Nicholas Edwards was awarded several NCAA Football Championship Subdivision honors, including Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 24. He was The Sports Network/Fathead.com co-National player of the week and National Performer and National Wide Receiver of the Week from College Football Performance awards for the week of Oct. 24 . Edwards tied EWU’s school record of four touchdown receptions on Oct. 22 at Sacramento State, helping the Eagles seize the win in over-time, 42-35. Three of the four touchdowns were scored in the fourth quarter. “It feels good to get the recognition but we won a National Championship last year. All the awards don’t really mean anything, I’d rather have another ring
the Eagles’ punt team and good red-zone defense held the Vikings to a field goal on one drive and stopped them on the one yard line, keeping the game from getting out of hand early. The Eagles finally scored, driving 99 yards in three plays, 96 of which came on a short pass over the middle to Greg Herd, who turned it up field for the second longest touchdown pass in Eagles football history. After a quick Vikings three-and-out, the Eagles opened the second quarter with another long touchdown pass, this time 59 yards from Mitchell to Nicholas Edwards. The Eagles were ahead with a score of 14-3. Other than a second touchdown pass to Edwards, which momentarily put the Eagles in front, the remainder of the second quarter belonged to the Vikings. They kept chewing away at the on my finger.” Edwards said. According to Edward’s teammates, the recognition is well deserved. “It has a lot to do with how he prepares. Nick is that Jerry Rice type of guy, he puts in all the time necessary and more,” said senior quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell. “He stays in the weight room, he stays in the film room and he’s always preparing for what is coming up against him.” Edwards said he and Mitchell have a great chemistry on the field. “We study a lot together. We have a common knowledge for the game and we’re both so dedicated. We know what will happen before the play even starts,” said Edwards. Mitchell, who also feels the chemistry, said, “He gets with me and sees how I feel about routes and how I want to run. I think that’s why we connect so well.” According to wide receiver, Greg Herd, Edwards is one of the hardest working players on the team. Edwards-page 6
scoreboard with field goals and at the morale of the fans. Especially when quarterback Connor Kavanaugh would run for one devastating first down after another. One of the defining plays came on a Vikings trick play. The play is designed for a receiver to take a reverse hand off and then throw the ball instead of run it. None of the Eagles defenders were caught off guard and everyone was covered down field, but the ball was bobbled in the end zone when two Eagles defenders collided. What looked like a sure interception ended up being caught for a touchdown. Although the Eagles were only down 22-20 at the half, the Vikings scored first in the third quarter on a 1-yard run. They picked off Mitchell on the ensuing Eagles drive, causing the ball to be returned for another quick touchdown. With the score 36-20, the
Eagles were still alive midway through the third quarter, but the Viking power run game, led by Kavanaugh, kept the Eagles from making a run. Wide receiver Greg Herd had a huge day with the 96yard touchdown and 196 total yards, but none of that mattered, according to Herd. “All I’m worried about is the score board,” Herd said. “I’d rather have no catches with a win then stats like this and a loss.” Most fans were quick to blame injuries, but Coach Beau Baldwin and the players were of a different mindset. “We have been fighting and scrapping and finding a way,” Baldwin said. “Whether or not it comes down to injuries, it was still a game where we felt [that] if we could have done a few things differently or played with a lead, it might have been a different outcome. It’s been a difficult year in terms of injuries, but
at the same time, it is not an excuse.” Mitchell wasn’t satisfied with the outcome of his final home game at Eastern, but will never forget the memories he had here. “It meant more than I could ever say,” Mitchell said about playing for EWU. “Just the acceptance, not only of this school, but this community, these fans, the players and the team.” Though the playoff hunt is over and some players won’t be back next year, the season isn’t done and neither is the future of this team. Mitchell isn’t going to let this loss affect the team’s efforts in future games and is looking to help prepare them for upcoming years without him. “You got to fight when you’re on top and you’re on bottom,” Mitchell said. “I’m going to keep my head up and get on the guys to keep their heads up.”
Shoulder injury sidelines senior defensive back By Sierra Schmidt contributing writer
A subluxed bicep tendon has lead senior defensive back Matt Johnson to the operating room Oct. 27 and on the sidelines for the rest of the season. Johnson has been playing with the injury since the second game of the season. Recently, the pain became too much to bear. According to head athletic trainer Brian Norton, Johnson surgery was the only way to repair the damage. “It wasn’t fair for the team or myself,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t able to play to my full potential.” Johnson wasn’t able to practice during the week when he was playing games and found it hard to concentrate when playing. “It is something that is sits in the back of your head,” Johnson said. “It makes it hard to play the game because it is so painful.” He will not end his career without a name to carry on. Johnson is the fifthleading tackler in school history with 341 and second on the school’s all-time list for interceptions, 17, and interception return yards, 219. The surgery needed to be done right away so Johnson could be ready in the spring when NFL scouts are looking to re-
cruit, according to defensive line coach Ryan Sawyer. “When you come from a small school, you need to have everything lined up the best you can,” Sawyer said. “Matt has had two surgeries and that’s obviously going to be a red flag.” Head coach Beau Baldwin has confidence that Johnson will continue to play. “He just needs to get surgery and get healthy,” Baldwin said. Johnson had surgery on the same shoulder his sophomore season. Johnson’s injury was not only physically painful, but emotionally painful as well. “There were a lot of tears on both sides,” Sawyer said. “You don’t want to see things like that happen to the good kids.” Senior defensive back Jeff Minnerly would give anything to be playing next to Johnson. “It’s difficult because you feel for him,” Minnerly said. “You know how much he loves the game and wants to be out there.” Players have been stepping up where it would be easy to call it quits, according to Baldwin. “I can’t fill his shoes,” Minnerly said. “Allen and Billy can’t. Each of us has to step up to try and replace Matt and even then you can’t make up for the caliber Matt plays at.” There is more responsibility knowing players need to be ready at all times, according to sophomore defensive back Bo Schuetzle. “A lot of players have stepped up and we will be fine,” Sawyer said. Johnson is one of the seven starters lost for the season because of injuries. The other Johnson-page 6