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Easterner Asks: What do you do to help out in the EWU community?

Staff List Editor-in-Chief Rosie Perry 509-359-6737 Managing Editor Brad Brown Web and Social Media Director Jordan Perry Chief Copy Editor Natasha Nellis News Editor Kristi Lucchetta Arts, Entertainment and Features Editor Erin Rebar Sports Editor Brandon Cline

Conlan Vance junior “Usually I look for postings around campus that are talking about ways to get involved. This is the first time out of the dorms in two years, and I’ve actually gotten out more. ”

Cody Hunt junior “Just picking up the occasional wrapper off the ground around campus and that’s really it.”

Tanya Renteria junior “I work in student academic advising. It’s nice because I know all the little details and help my friends with registration.”

Cassidy Doohan junior “I do things like this [working for Alpha Kappa Psi], volunteering on campus and supporting other clubs and orgs with all their different events.”

Mason Abernathy junior “One of the professors gets out of class around the same time I do and we both park up at the top of the hill by the football field. She has this big heavy suitcase so I usually roll it up there for her.”

Alondra Rodriquez sophomore “I volunteer with the kids, help them with homework or just talk to them about what is going on in their lives.”

Art Director Abbi Vance Designer Gerald Maib Content Editor Ian Bouchard Copy Editor Colette-Janae Buck Staff Reporters Riley Baker Logan Stanley Kyle Fredricks Photographer Ivone Garza Whitney Bolar Faculty Adviser Carleigh Hill

Featured picture of the week: Submission Guidelines:

From the East Colette-Janae Buck for The Easterner

To submit photos, attach the largest file size in an email to the Art Director at e a s t e r n e r. p h o t o @ g m a i l . c o m , accompanied by your first and last name, photo name and no more than 50 words describing your photograph. The picture does not have to correlate with any content being printed the week of. All submissions must be recieved by Monday night the week you would like it to be published. Photos must be appropriate and not include any obsceneties.

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve woken up a few minutes before my alarm was scheduled to go off. Sitting up in a groggy haze, I always turn my attention to the view outside my window, catching the last moments of the early sunrise. I nearly always grab my camera to snap a picture to document the beauty that exists while the world is continuously frigid and cold.

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Abbi Vance | Art Director This week for front, I decided to choose a picture that represented the drag show as a whole. Since this year’s theme was Queens Under the Sea, what better way to capture the essence of this year’s drag show than a picture of Nova Kaine as Ursula and Neveah Belle as Ariel? Photo by Abbi Vance

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The Spokane community came together to support refugees and listen to local refugees tell their stories | Ivone Garza for The Easterner

Gonzaga Hosts Rally for Refugees for Spokane Community Colette-Janae Buck Copy Editor Spokane community members rallied in support of refugee communities by packing Gonzaga’s John J. Hemmingson Center ballroom Sunday. In conjunction with both Gonzaga University and Whitworth University, World Relief, Spokane’s largest refugee resettlement agency,

brought specific attention and support to the refugees already settled in Spokane. “This is an educational experience,” said Mark Finney, resettlement specialist with World Relief Spokane. “That’s why we’ve done this as a collaboration with the two universities.” The rally featured introductions by Finney, Gonzaga’s Student Body President Caleb Dawson,

Whitworth President Beck Taylor and Jack Lewis, Ph.D., dean of the Moody Bible Institute Spokane. All introductions featured welcoming words of support for refugees and thanks to the individuals in the community who continue to support the resettlement of refugees. “I am so grateful you all are gathered there to express support and love for our refugees,” said Taylor via a prerecorded video

message. “There is no question in my mind that Spokane benefits from the refugees in our community.” Both City Council President Ben Stuckart and Spokane Police Department Sgt. Glen Bartlett made appearances at the rally to voice their support for the solidarity shown by the community. Stuckart called on the community to continuously support the refugees in the Spokane community and

to support refugees nationally by reaching out to elected officials. Upendra Acharya, associate professor of law at Gonzaga University, also spoke at the rally as a portion of the event’s educational component. Acharya gave a brief overview of refugee’s rights and the vetting processes employed to screen potential

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Refugee Rally continued... refugees before they are accepted into the United States. “The people who fear political or other forms of persecution and torture based on race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, those are refugees,” Acharya said. Individuals who qualify as a refugee using the terms above are entitled to specific rights, such as the right to education, the right to fair housing, the right to freedom of religion and the right to gainful employment in their new country, Acharya said. Acharya cited both the United Nation’s 1942 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 1969 OAU Refugee Convention treaty as the two documents that laid the groundwork for refugee policies today. “The United States government has ratified that treaty,” said Acharya. “Those treaties are the supreme law of the land under Article VI of the U.S. constitution. So therefore, the United States has a treaty obligation, even under constitutional law.” According to treaty law, refugees who have come to a country seeking asylum cannot be deterred and sent back to the territory they came from, nor can they be penalized if they enter a country illegally, Acharya said when distinguishing the difference between a refugee and an immigrant. Vetting processes for refugee entry are extensive and can take two to six years, Acharya said.

Potential refugees who want to seek asylum must first register with the the United Nations and go through various interviews, which determines their eligibility for refugee status. From there, if an individual is granted refugee status, they are referred to the various countries that accept refugees. If a refugee is referred to the United States, they must be interviewed by the U.S. State Department to determine their eligibility to enter the United States. In total, potential refugees who wish to settle in the United States will undergo approximately 20 steps of verification, including an extensive interview with a Homeland Security officer, an indepth health screening and around eight background checks. By the time the refugee has completed the process, Acharya said they have taken almost 600 questionnaires. The rally also featured stories told by former refugees who have settled in Spokane. Sooraya, a refugee from Afghanistan, came to the United States two years ago after being a refugee for 15 years. After fleeing to Iran with her husband and two sons, Sooraya said her family was unhappy in Iran because of the way the country treats refugees. “We couldn’t work, we couldn’t go to school, and I couldn’t send my children to school,” Sooraya said. Former refugees Nesreen and Jinan also told their stories to the crowd, followed by Amina Fields, president of Refugee Connection Spokane’s Board of Directors,

Young refugees share their gratitude for the local refugee supporters Ivone Garza for The Easterner

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whose family came to the United States as refugees from Vietnam in the 1980s to flee religious and ethnic persecution. “I feel I should speak out against the ban that hurts the policies my family benefited from,” said Fields. “It’s un-American.” EWU senior Leah Wilson was in attendance at the rally, helping to support the World Relief booth outside the event. Wilson studies International Affairs and interned for World Relief Spokane while doing her senior capstone on refugee studies. Wilson was invited to present her capstone research on the European refugee crisis at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Memphis, Tennessee in April 2017. “[This event] is important for the community of Spokane because we have a lot of refugees in this community,” said Wilson. “It’s important for the community to be informed.” Wilson is currently working alongside two EWU professors, Kristin Edquist, director of international affairs, and Kassahun Kebede, associate professor of anthropology, to bring a refugee panel to EWU. “Ever since the Executive Order, I have felt very responsible to be an adovcate for refugees,” said Wilson. “I wanted to bring an understanding to EWU by bringing a variety of refugee testimonies and scholary analysis to the community.” •

According to treaty law, refugees who have come to a country seeking asylum cannot be deterred and sent back | Ivone Garza for The Easterner

Those in attendance showed their support Ivone Garza for The Easterner

A local Spokane refugee, Nesreen explains her experience coming to the United States Ivone Garza for The Easterner

Former Employees Strike Back With Anti-Yokes Campaign Logan Stanley Staff Reporter The Spokane branch of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) started an anti-Yoke’s campaign in response to their clients, previously Cheney Trading Company, who said they were let go from their positions once Yoke’s Fresh Market took over the Cheney Trading Co. location. “Inform the public,” said UFCW secretarytreasurer Eric Renner about the campaign. “Let people know. [Yoke’s] is telling you that they’re this great, locally-owned company that does these wonderful things, but, you know, let’s pull back the curtain here and see what’s really going on.” The campaign’s message has reached Yoke’s, in which the chief executive officer, John Bole, called the campaign a “low blow, according to a Nov. 25 Spokesman-Review article. Bole said “I’m proud of what we did.” Yoke’s store manager, Chad Moses, echoed similar sentiments. “My thoughts are people are going to say what they want to say,” said Moses. “We’re a local company that’s been around since 1946. We employ a lot of people in this town … we’re a great company. As far as the negative stuff, I’m not going to dwell on the negative.” Back in July 2016, Paul Matejovski and Gary Morgan, who previously owned the Trading Company, decided to sell the chain as the two were looking to retire, Yoke’s store manager Chad Moses said. It was written in the purchase agreement that once the trading company stores were sold, Yoke’s had no obligation to hire back any Trading Company employees. Once Yoke’s took over, the employees who were terminated were then told to reapply in order to get their jobs back, but as stated, there was no guarantee that the employees would be hired. This left employees who had worked there for numerous years out of their current job, no health care benefits and their vested pension interrupted. Although the contract said Yoke’s had no preference to hire any Trading Company employees, Moses said there was preference for those employees. “They were given preference,” said Moses. “They were all interviewed. They were all offered an interview, and they all chose to come to the interview or not come to the interview, and that was the preference.” Renner said what happened at the Cheney Trading Company was not the first time. It all began in December 2014 and January 2015, when Haggen Grocery Store




Gerald Maib for The Easterner purchased a number of stores in the Pacific Northwest, Renner said. One of those locations included was the Safeway store in Liberty Lake, in which UFCW was the representative for some employees at the time of the switch. Renner said the unions and Haggen’s came to an agreement there would be no interruption when it came to the switch; employees were able to continue their jobs and keep their benefits. Then, about eight months later, Haggen’s went bankrupt. Initially, Rosauer’s had agreed to acquire the store. Renner said there was an agreement in place between Rosauer’s and the UFCW to ensure there would be no interruption regarding their employees’ status, just as Haggen did when they first made the purchase. When the actual time came to bid for the store location, Rosauer’s was outbid by Yoke’s. Hoping to reach a similar outcome as they were able to with Rosauer’s, Renner sent a letter to Yoke’s to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement in December 2015. After not receiving a response, Renner sent another letter in February 2016. He received a response, in which Yoke’s directed them to Michael Harrington of Helsell Fetterman law firm to answer additional questions. “So, they weren’t willing to talk to us,” Renner said.

In all, Renner said at least 65 employees jobs were interrupted, a good percentage of them being long-term workers. He said he is not exactly sure the total number of affected employees who were hired back, as Yoke’s would not release that information. Fast-forward to summer 2016 after the Trading Company sale went through, Renner said he sent a letter to Yoke’s again, asking to negotiate collective bargaining agreements. Again, Renner said he was deferred to Harrington. “Here we have, you know, these people, once again their lives are completely disrupted,” said Renner. “We have one member that was out on leave with stage-four cancer that was never offered a job, Don Damon. Here he is, losing his health care plan and everything else.” When asked about why some of those employees were not hired back, Moses said he would not speak on the matter. “I’m not going to get into that,” said Moses. “That’s beyond me. I don’t know, that’s a question for my corporate office. As far as I know, most people were offered a job back.” As for the campaign, Renner said he has received mostly positive feedback from the community. Moving forward, there is no real end date for the campaign in Renner’s eyes. “It’s going to continue,” says Renner. “It’s not going to stop any time soon.” •

Section 4.4(b) and Section 4.4(c) of the purchase agreement obtained from UFCW counsel Scott Habenicht (Bonner is Trading Company) -“‘Any intent of Yoke’s to interview any Bonner employees who apply for employment with Yoke’s does not constitute any commitment, contract or understanding of any obligation on the part of Yoke’s to a post-closing employment relationship with said employees of any kind whatsoever.” -‘Yoke’s is not required to hire any Bonner employee.’ -‘Any employment offered by Yoke’s will be “at will” and may be terminated by Yoke’s or by an employee at any time for any reason.’ -‘Yoke’s will not assume any obligations of liabilities of Bonner under, or become a party to, any collective bargaining agreements.’”

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EXTRAS Kristi Lucchetta News Editor

EWU Hosts Dialogues on Diversity The Movement On Feb. 28, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Showalter Auditorium. Ron Jones plays multiple characters which takes the audience through a multifaceted journey through the changing face of the African American experience. The Movement will show an archival video and music that moved a generation to illustrate the best and worst times of African American history.

Immigration Conference Allows Students Further Education and Support There will be a conference on immigration and refugee rights on Feb. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. This conference is hosted by SAIL and Academic Affairs. There will be an open keynote by Network for Immigrants and Refugee Rights, followed by educational breakout sessions.

EWU Now Offering a Nursing Home Major Riley Baker Staff Reporter EWU’s Health Services Administration (HSAD) program now offers a new long-term care option. This new option for the Bachelor of Arts in HSAD has been added for students who want to fulfill the growing career opportunities in nursing home administration, assisted living or other types of residential and long term care. “There’s tremendous job opportunity,” said Mary Ann Keogh Hoss, HSAD professor and program director. “Students will be able to gain the competencies to work in nursing home administration.” Students who choose this option will be required to take eight credits relevant to the older population within the 120 total credits required for the HSAD major. The new interdisciplinary program will give student access to more options in the HSAD program. In addition to medical classes, students are required to take classes pertaining to business and accounting in order to receive their HSAD degree. Also, students are also required to perform 1,000 hours of practicum in order to graduate. The new long-term care option was introduced to EWU in the fall of 2016 and is only available at the Spokane campus. On April 19, a group will

visit the campus with the intention to make this an accredited program. If the long-term care option gets accredited, it will be the only one on this side of the Mississippi River. Hoss said this program gives students knowledge on a variety of levels of care. Jobs in this field are becoming more available and individuals with this degree are needed. “There’s a need for more positions in nursing homes and long-term care facilities,” EWU graduate student Eddie Hopkins said. This program meets the criteria for the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards, as well as the Washington State Department of Health Nursing Home Administrator license requirements, who recommended that EWU provides this option, Hopkins said. •

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POLICE BEAT Kristi Lucchetta News Editor



A female resident expected a package to be delivered between 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., but UPS delivered the package on Feb. 7 at 12:45 p.m. When the resident came home, the package was gone. The package had a pair of black boots valued at $50. There are currently no suspects.

A female student was taking a test in Showalter Hall in room 109 when she left and realized she left her coat. The student went back into the classroom and the coat was gone. The coat was a lululemon black long coat worth $200. The last person she saw in the classroom was a white female with medium length brown hair. If anyone has anyone information about this, please contact campus police.

February 6

Drug Violation February 7

Around 12:15 a.m., officers responded to a report of an odor of marijuana coming from the seventh floor in Pearce Hall. The officers made contact with a female student and after the student signed a consent-to-search form, officers found 3.2 grams of marijuana. The student was arrested and referred to Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Drug Violation February 9

Officers were performing a safety check in Pearce Hall when they noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the eleventh floor. When officers made contact with the room the odor was coming from, the underage female resident signed a search warrant. The officers found 24.9 grams included in the packaging. While the officers were taking pictures, the student put her middle finger in the picture. The student was arrested and referred to Student Rights and Responsibilities.

February 10

Drug Violation Reckless Driving February 10

An officer was running radar he observed a vehicle traveling 70 mph in a 25 mph zone. The officer made the stop on the vehicle and the passenger told the officer he had marijuana on him. The passenger was underage and arrested. The driver was also arrested for reckless driving and operating a vehicle without an interlock system because he had a past DUI.

Alcohol Offense February 11

Officers received a call from CAs in Streeter Hall around 3 a.m. about a male student stumbling. Officers made contact with the student, and he was found to be underage. He refused to have a breathalyzer and the student was arrested and referred to Student Rights and Responsibilities.

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Driving while license Drug Violation/Alcohol Suspicious is suspended offense/Tampering Circumstance February 12 with fire equipment February 12 An officer observed a vehicle traveling southbound on Seventh Street when he failed to stop at a stop sign. The officer ran the license plate and the driver of the car appeared to have a suspended license. The male was cited for driving with a suspended license and failing to stop.

Driving while license is suspended February 12

An officer observed a vehicle speeding down Elm Street. When the officer made contact with the driver, he found out his license was suspended in the third degree. The driver was cited into Cheney Court.

February 12

An officer received a report of an odor of marijuana coming from the second floor of Pearce Hall. When officers made contact with the female resident, she signed a consent to search. Officers found wine bottles, beer bottles, marijuana and a fake I.D. The smoke detector also had a plastic bag over it. The student was arrested and referred to Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Around 11 p.m., officers responded to a possible protection order violation between a male and female student. The students were permitted to be within 100 feet of each other. The student told the officers that the other student entered into the lobby when they were in there. Officers reported the offense.

Anyone who has any information on a pending investigation please call EWU Police Department at (509)359-7676 or the Anonymous Tip Line at (509)359-4286.

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(front left to right) Jessica Rabbid, Lita De Moi, La Saveona Hunt, Nova Kaine, Arianna D. Spanic, Neveah Belle (back left to right) Blair De Moi, Nikita Romanoff | Abbi Vance for The Easterner

Kicks, Flips and Tips 19th Annual Drag Show comes to EWU from under the sea Abbi Vance Art Director With renditions of The Little Mermaid, sparkling bejeweled gowns, humor and a coming out announcement from an audience member pulled on stage, the night was nothing less than entertaining. La Saveona Hunt hosted the 19th Annual EWU Drag Show for the first time in her career Friday night on the University Rec Center (URC) ice rink. The show is the biggest indoor drag show in Washington state. Those who attended The History of Drag event received preferred seating to the event before VIP or regular ticket holders.

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By 6 p.m. the night of the event, the URC service desk sold 651 tickets, with an anticipated 900 in attendance based on previous years. All proceeds from the event went towards the Odyssey Youth Movement. Hannah Rexia, dressed in a red mesh and bejeweled body suit and spiked pink hair, walked between seating isles and mingled with guests to entertain them with her presence for a half-hour before the event started. “My favorite part of last year was the interaction,” said Anastasiya Mayerchuk. “They really try to incorporate everyone,” La Saveona Hunt started the show with a simple interactive get-to-know-you game of

“If You’re Happy and You Know It” by adding her own twist of having the audience clap to specific verses. During the first verse, the audience was to clap only if they were gay, the second round if they were lesbian and the third round if they were young. “I want you to cheer so loud that they can’t hear their music,” La Saveona Hunt said as she welcomed the queens to the stage to kick off the night. Nova Kaine was the first to hit the stage wearing a simple gold blazer with shoulder pads. “Places, the show is about to start,” began the song “Fashionista” by Jimmy James while Nova Kaine lipsung.

“You have to show a look, have a look or give a look. Faces, beautiful. No one ugly allowed,” the chorus continued as Le Gurlz made a fashion show like entrance and strutted their stuff down the stage and back again. “I look forward to more variety in the queens this year,” Hope Caruthers said. A total of 11 queens from visiting parts of Washington performed throughout the night to mixes of Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, The Little Mermaid soundtrack and more showing off their own unique styles and tricks/stunts.

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Cirque du Soleil: OVO Enjoy an acrobatic show by Cirque du Soleil. The show features high flying performers, acting as members of an insect community in a fanciful tale of love at first sight.

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River City Rockfest Participate in a two day music festival. This festival will feature five different bands per night. When: Feb. 17-18 Where: 412 W. Spraque Ave. Spokane, WA

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Time: 4:30 p.m. Cost: $15 advance $20 door

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Lip Sync Battle

Harlem Globetrotters

Laser Tag

Watch students compete in the 3rd Annual Lip Sync Battle.

Watch a performance by the original Harlem Globetrotters. After the game, the globetrotters will stay for autographs and photos.

Play laser tag with fellow students at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse. The event is free to students when they present their Eagle Card.

When: Feb. 21 Time: 7 p.m. Where: 720 W. Mallon Ave. Spokane, WA Cost: Tickets start at $24

When: Feb. 22 Time: 7-9 p.m. Where: Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse Cost: Free

When: Feb. 16 Time: 7 p.m. Where: Showalter Auditorium Cost: Free

When: Feb. 16-19 Time: Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Where: 720 W. Mallon Ave. Spokane, WA Cost: Tickets for adults start at $32

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Illenium Listen to live music and enjoy a concert filled with the electronic music of Nick Miller, better known as Illenium. When: Feb. 16 Time: 8 p.m. Where: The Knitting Factory Concert House 919 W. Sprague Avenue Spokane, WA Cost: Tickets start at $24

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“Dressed Resembling A Girl�

-Nova Kaine

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Drag show continued from page 8 ... “[Drag] has become more socially acceptable,” Nova Kaine said. “When I started, we had to sneak in the back of the club because walking down the street was not something you wanted to do, especially in Wyoming at the time.” Nova Kaine, who was a theatre major at the University of Wyoming, got her start from a Dude Looks Like a Lady competition put on by Nova Kaine the fifth. “I didn’t think anything of it since I was just a theatre major, 29 years later and I’m still wearing a dress,” Nova Kaine said. While the queens more or less got their start from a similar experience of being randomly discovered, dressing up for a contest or because it was more natural for them, some continue to perform for the money, the attention or for the people and community. “I started drag to get into bars because I wasn’t old enough and then it turned into doing it for fame and attention after that,” Savannah SoReal said. When it comes to choosing a name, queens make one for themselves, whether symbolic like Lita De Moi, a play on words like Hannah Rexia or they base it on their birth names such as Nikita Romanoff, whose birth name is Nick. “My female name when I was born was supposed to be Olita, so I just took off the O and put Lita, and De Moi

means ‘of myself’ and it’s Lita Of Myself, of my own drag, of my own person,” Lita De Moi said. Students, when asked what their drag name would be, followed the humorous, play-on-words route. Brandon Sparks, EWU freshman, said his name would be Cindy Nudes, while his fraternity brother, Francisco Flores, said jokingly his would be Skittles since it was “his stripper name.” Others inherit the last names of queens who raised them, like Arianna D. Spanic Kaine and Lelani Kaine, or the full name such as Nova Kaine. “The original Nova Kaine was one of the drag queens at the Stonewall Riots in 1959, and she was actually beaten to death. Her lover, a dentist and the origin for the name [Nova Kaine] … thought that it was too much of a legacy to let die. On the one year anniversary of her death, they did a resurrection and it was Nova Kaine the second and it’s basically been handed down,” said Nova Kaine the sixth. “When I get ready to retire, I will look at my cast and decide which one has the best qualities to become Nova Kaine.” La Saveona Hunt ended the night with a bang, performing “Crazy Right Now” by Beyonce, dressed as Beyonce, in her second performance of the night to get the crowd pumped up one last time. After the show, VIP ticket holders were able to go up stairs to meet, talk to and get a handout signed by the queens. •

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Professor Joseph Lenti advocates for the importance of culture | Courtesy of Joseph Lenti

Professor Lenti Brings Diversity and Enlightenment to EWU Kristi Lucchetta News Editor It was on the desert range of Arizona while driving a van full of visitors for the Chiricahua National Park, that he saw the group of migrant men crouching low to fill up their milk jugs with puddle water. Being 21 and from Massachusetts, this was new to EWU History Professor Joseph Lenti, Ph.D.

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Having little knowledge of U.S.Mexico border policies, he began to slow down until the passengers showed their trepidation and encouraged him to keep driving. Lenti said he now knows from his experiences and extensive research on Latin America and European history, he would have acted more compassionately for the migrants than he did that day. Others told Lenti to report the migrant

men to National Park Services officials, which he decided not to do. So he continued to drive on. “I think about that moment a lot, and it fills me with regret,” said Lenti. “I could have helped them, or at the very least, I could have tried.” Lenti said knowing what he knows now about the inequalities of opportunity and the risks migrants go through in pursuit

of a better future, losing his job would of been the sacrifice he could have made. When Lenti went to the Southwest, he said it was those experiences that changed his perspective on life and opened his eyes to a new kind of career and value system. “I’ve learned a lot from that, and I like to think that it molded me into a more compassionate and better citizen of the world,” Lenti said.

From a medium sized town in the center of Massachusetts, Southbridge is where Lenti holds young memories and his first cultural experiences being a second generation Italian-American migrant. His father came to the United States when he was 32, and his mother is the daughter of two Italian migrants. Lenti lived among a tight ethnic Italian community that was surrounded by many other ethnic communities like Latinos, Columbians and Irish. “I grew up around the Italian Club in my hometown, my father was President of the Italian Club and it was really where I was raised,” said Lenti. “Those old guys and those ladies, they didn’t speak English and they’ve been in the country for 60 years, so it was pretty amazing.” Lenti said he thinks sometimes people make decisions that are completely unrooted from something inside of that person. This leads him to believe his connection with the people he grew up with made him gravitate towards studying the Latin American culture. Lenti said a main memory of his was watching the 1960s western films that were produced by Italian directors at his grandparent’s house. The Italian actors would portray the mexican bandito characters. “And I can honestly say that something like that is a factor of my life story,” said Lenti. “It’s kind of goofy and somewhat trivial, but it’s not to say it’s not real.” Lenti entered college pursuing a criminal justice degree after he witnessed the OJ Simpson trial during his high school years. After working several jobs during college, his heart was pulled into the realm of history. He then started working for The National Park Service, which allowed him to further learn and discuss history. Lenti has given many historical talks, including the Battle of Lexington and Concord and on the Apaches in Arizona. Once he spent time in the Southwest, he said he knew that is where he wanted to live, among the great west and the big sky. During his time in college, Lenti visited Mexico and lived there for three years. This is the place where he met and married his wife. “I was very interested by the country and fascinated with the ancient cultures and contemporary cultures,” said Lenti. “So, intellectually, I was drawn more to Latin American, but I never realized all these cultural connections with it.” His first major project, which will be a book released later this year, examines the relationship between the Mexican government and the labor unions in that country in the 1960s and 70s. EWU graduate candidate Logan Camporeale describes Lenti as a huge

motivating factor and a selfless, helping professor that has encouraged him to travel to two different countries to present his own research. “A couple of weeks ago, I approached Dr. Lenti with a last minute idea that I needed help with,” said Camporeale. “Without much notice, he jumped into action and guided me to necessary resources to accomplish my goal.” Camporeale said he would not be the same scholar and researcher without Lenti’s guidance. He often finds himself knocking on his door when he is confused with a particular topic. Camporeale emphasizes the importance of having Lenti’s presence on campus for preserving diversity and enlightenment among students. “[Lenti’s] perspectives on how U.S. policies have impacted Central and South America are valuable to students trying to understand the situation of countries in those regions,” said Camporeale. “His involvement on campus is important because he seems constantly preoccupied with locating and creating extra opportunities for students to dig deeper into their scholarship and interests.” Lenti also recognizes the United States is undergoing immigration policies, and said Trump is among a long line of politicians who use the rhetoric of nationalism to stir up a public frenzy about globalization. “I think that’s interesting because even though we know it’s happening, the United States is a country that doesn’t openly tolerate explicit discrimination, but it may tolerate in a sort of covert and defecto way. But even Donald Trump can’t say we are going to reduce the immigration of Muslims in this country, but he can pass laws and admit orders that do that,” Lenti said. Lenti said, historically, these kinds of legislation have been put into place to target certain ethnic groups without ever explicitly mentioning them, but they use clever legal mechanisms that do this. Even though he has made a life for himself in the Spokane area, he said Boston will always be his home and the Italian culture will always be rooted within. “I’ve always considered myself an Italian-American,” said Lenti. “American being first but a lot of immigrants have a community with their culture that you exist within, and it’s a beautiful thing and a crucial part of the American experience.” •

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Identifying the Right and Wrong Ways to Create a Safe Space The Easterner Editorial Board Following the recent violent protests at UC Berkeley, the national debate on safe spaces has resparked. So what is a safe space? Some define safe spaces as a place to go where one will not have to face unpleasant topics - a real world trigger-warning. Others say it is a place where one can go to openly discuss topics they don’t understand without fear of repercussions. Of course, if you ask the writers of South Park, it means placing yourself into a room where, and singing a song about how, nobody can ever be mean to you and making sure that you never feel bad about yourself. The Oxford Dictionary defines a safe space as “a place or environment in which a person or category of people can feel confident that they will not be exposed to discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any other emotional or physical harm.” The thing with safe spaces is that it brings up questions about free speech and personal protection. If you choose to believe the

definition that it is a place to go where you won’t have to face the topics that upset you or you that don’t agree with, then it is a place that impedes a person’s constitutional right to freedom of speech. It impedes a person’s right to disagree with someone else. However, if you choose to define a safe space as a place one can go to discuss different subjects without worrying they will be harmed or harassed, as the EWU Pride Center defines it, then a safe space is a great idea. According to the EWU Pride Center mission statement, “the Pride Center provides support and advocacy, empowers student voices, connects community members to on-campus and local resources, creates and facilitates inspiring programs and events, and delivers educational trainings and workshops to members of the EWU community.” People should be able to openly discuss different, potentially touchy subjects without worrying they will be harassed or openly mocked. Honestly, the protestors at UC Berkeley went about it all wrong. According to the

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press release from UC Berkeley, protesters were setting fires, throwing fireworks at police and breaking windows. Say what you will about Milo Yiannopoulous, but he does have a right to speak, however pointed his beliefs are. Being violent simply because one doesn’t agree with another person’s beliefs should never be the answer. According to the UC Berkeley press release, the event was cancelled to ensure that those attending the event, Yiannopoulous and those who were protesting the right way were safe from harm. Several universities in the Northwest have cancelled their scheduled Yiannopoulous talks in response to the protests in Seattle and Berkeley, and while they claim to do so in order to protect their students, it is also impeding the free speech of not only Yiannopoulous but those students who support him. We can’t just curl-up in a ball in the corner and cover our ears because we don’t like what we are hearing. That is not the way

to handle things. We are, for all intents and purposes, adults, and we need to act like it. There are people in the world who might not agree with our beliefs and positions, and that is okay. If fact, it should be encouraged. The only way to learn and grow is to encounter new ideas and beliefs. Shutting yourself off or becoming violent because someone says something you don’t agree with is childish. Universities should not be the breeding ground for the safe space movement. As the writers of South Park said, “The world is not one big liberal arts college campus.” People come to college to learn and expand their horizons; to encounter new ideas and form their own opinions; to become a welleducated member of society, not to pout and throw a temper tantrum because someone said something they don’t agree with. There is always going to be someone out there who doesn’t agree with you, but they have a right to their own opinion, as do you. If the topic is emotionally traumatic, don’t go. You have the right to not go, just as others have the right to go and listen. •

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Style Nest Explore your inner fashion designer with Covet Fashion

Colette-Janae Buck Copy Editor It’s week six of winter quarter, you know what that means. Midterms are approaching and you’re probably in desperate need of another excuse to put off studying. Enter Covet Fashion, an application for both iPhone and Android that allows fashionistas to create outfits and enter contests on the app to win in-app clothing items, dollars and diamonds. You can then use those in-app currencies to purchase other items of clothing for other style challenges as the app calls them. I’ve been obsessed with this game on and off for around three years now, frequently starting and stopping my gameplay, but I always come wandering back because of the satisfaction of being able to create outfits is too appealing. Recently, I’ve been drawn back into the world of Covet, finding their app upgrade, clothing additions and style challenges to be far more superior than the app’s previous additions. In Covet, you have free range to create any look and outfit with the clothing items you buy in the app’s store. The items offered change by season, just like they would in the real-life fashion world. You then use the items you buy to enter style challenges where you can earn in-app Covet dollars, diamonds and special items of clothing. Each style challenge has certain item requirements that you must include in your outfit in order to be able to submit the look.



It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” melds five narcissistic friends (who masquerade as the owners of Paddy’s Pub in downtown Philadelphia) and an endless supply of cash into 12 seasons of utterly hysterical television that Courtesy of 20th Television continuously breaks standard television barriers. Greed, laziness, ignorance and corruption are just a few of the character traits that define the self-described heroes of this black-comedy sitcom, with each episode providing fresh and bizarre storylines and character choices that leave viewers gasping for breath. Season 12 is currently airing on FXX, and the first 11 seasons are available to watch on Netflix. (Brandon Cline)


“a girl a bottle a boat” - Train Gerald Maib for The Easterner The supreme object of the game is create a “top look” that matches the description of the style challenge that’s given to you. You are then rated out of five stars by your fellow coveters on how well your outfit fit the theme and how stylish it is. If you do achieve a top look, you are awarded $5,000 diamonds. Diamonds are essentially used to purchase exclusive clothing items or items given as prizes for scoring over a four star rating on a style challenge that you failed to win. With clothing categories ranging from accessories like hats and gloves to vests, tops, shoes and pants, the outfit possibilities are endless in Covet. Once you create an outfit, you enter the contest by using the tickets you earn by logging in everyday or by voting on looks submitted to other style challenges by other individuals. Daily diamonds are also given alongside daily tickets, so you don’t always have to get a top look to earn diamonds. The more style challenges you enter and win, the higher your style score becomes.

If you so choose to, you may also join a fashion house, such as StatementinStilettos and Gone Rouge, which allows you to share closet items for regular challenges and enter rally challenges created by the fashion house’s leader where you can receive prizes, such as diamonds or other items of clothing, for winning. Adding friends on Facebook who play Covet and joining a fashion house are great ways to extend your closet, as you can “borrow” items of clothing from the closets you are connected to. It’s a great way to save your in-game Covet cash if you need an item for a style challenge that you don’t already have. Covet Fashion is an enjoyable game that sucks you in the moment you first scroll through the clothing categories. This app also allows me to satisfy my craving for creating highfashion and street style looks that I would love to wear but can’t afford to purchase on my college student budget. I know I’ll be using it as an excuse to skip out on studying for my midterms. •

I have loved Train since they released “Drops of Jupiter” all the way back in 2001. I may have only been four years old, but I loved to watch the music video channel as one of my past times, which is where I first encountered Train. From “Drops Of Jupiter” to “Mermaid,” and now “Play That Song,” Train has always had a sound for every occasion/person. Their Courtesy of Sunken Forest, LLC new album, which dropped at the end of January, is everything you look for when picking a summer playlist … or to get you in the mood for summer with our current weather. The album is available for free on Amazon Prime Music or $9.99 on iTunes. (Abbi Vance)


Funhaus Mix a let’s-play channel with Mystery Science Theater 3000, and you end up with amazing, off color comedy and a bunch of shitty games. Formerly affiliated with Machinima’s Inside Gaming, and now part of the the Rooster Teeth Network, Funhaus provides daily content ranging from gameplay with commentary to a weekly podcast. I look forward to a new Funhaus Courtesy of Funhaus video every morning. My favorite series are demo disk, where the gang plays old pc games from free demo disks and Wheelhaus, where they play steam games chosen at random. Funhaus is a great channel, whether you like let’s players or not. (Jordan Perry)

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For EWU Football, the Best Choice has Always Been In-House Riley Baker

Staff Reporter On Feb. 13, EWU’s new head football coach, Aaron Best, officially signed his new contract, which pays a base salary of $180,000 in 2017 and increases by $5,000 each year through 2021. Before the contract was signed, a hiring process had to first take place. On Jan. 14, EWU Athletic Director Bill Chaves received a phone call. It was from Beau Baldwin, EWU’s head coach since

2008, to inform Chaves he had accepted the offensive coordinator job at Cal. “You pick up the phone on a Saturday night and you can tell, maybe it was a little bit different,” Chaves said during the press conference the following Monday. Later in the press conference, it was announced that assistant coaches Aaron Best and Jeff Schmedding would be co-interim head coaches, and the search for a replacement began. “This [hiring] was kind of unique,” said Chaves. “When you have potentially internal

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candidates, you can have conversations with someone and then ultimately reassign them from one position to another.” Typically when a collegiate athletic department searches for a new head coach, they will consider external options. In that case, the department and human resources have to publicly post the job opening and undergo a recruitment process. Instead, this was a reassignment from one coaching position to another, so no public job posting was required. “It was a reappointment of a current [EWU] employee to a new position,” Karthauser said.

For this hire, Chaves said they only looked internally to fill the vacancy. “Because we had co-interims, it made sense to have conversations with both,” said Chaves. “Only one person ends up getting the job, so from that perspective, we thought Aaron [Best] was the right fit at the right time.” The main points of the contract were already being discussed by EWU and Best when the job was officially offered to him, Karthauser said. “Once you have identified the right person, then you figure out

what [the contract] will look like from a yearly basis,” Karthauser said. All aspects of the contract are looked over by both parties, and once they are all agreed upon, it needs to be signed by Chaves, Best and by EWU President Mary Cullinan. Now, a month after Baldwin has moved on from EWU, Best officially takes over and a new era of Eagle football begins. •

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“Way to knock off the league leaders @EWUWBB / Big home W and nice @BigSkyConf sweep today for hoops!! #GoEags”

QUOTE OF THE WEEK Wendy Schuller

“We proved to ourselves today what we are capable of. When we get to Reno we know we can play with anyone when we play defense like we did today.” On EWU’s win vs. Northern Colorado.



The percent that the women’s basketball team shot from threepoint range against North Dakota in their 71-75 loss on Feb. 9.

The percent that the Eagles shot from beyond the arc against Northern Colorado in their 6761 win on Feb. 11.

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Junior Delaney Hodgins stepped up big again for the Eagles, scoring 22 points in a win against Northern Colorado Whitney Bolar for The Easterner

Women’s Basketball Splits Home Stand Against Pair of Big Sky’s Best Sam Cropper For The Easterner The EWU women’s basketball team split a pair of Big Sky Conference (BSC) home matchups against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks and the Northern Colorado Bears over the weekend, and they now sit at 9-4 in conference play with five games remaining before the BSC Tournament. The Eagles competed in two tightly contested games against the teams sitting atop the BSC standings, with both games coming down to the final seconds. In the game against North Dakota on Feb. 9, the Eagles held the Fighting Hawks to 39.3 percent shooting from the field in the second half, after they shot 53.6 percent in the first half. After trailing by six points heading into the fourth quarter, the Eagles were able to cut the deficit to one, but EWU missed five of their next seven shots and

the Fighting Hawks were able to hold off the Eagles, 75-71. Offensively, the Eagles had four players score in doublefigures, led by junior Delaney Hodgins with 19 points. EWU shot just 16.7 percent from three-point range, while North Dakota shot 40 percent. Freshman Symone Starks had a well-balanced game, finishing with 10 points, six steals, five rebounds and five assists. “They are a really good basketball team, and we had our opportunities down the stretch, but we couldn’t convert on a couple possessions,” said head coach Wendy Schuller. “We are improving as a team, and we have to put our best foot forward from here because we have the other first place team coming in on Saturday.” The Eagles did just that, beating Northern Colorado 67-61 on Feb. 11 to end the weekend on a high note. EWU’s ‘big three,’ of Hodgins and seniors Ashli Payne and Tisha Phillips, combined for

52 of the Eagles’ 67 points, as well as combining to shoot 57.9 percent from the field. Hodgins was clutch from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter, nailing back-to-back three-pointers to put the Eagles up double-digits and sealing the victory. Hodgins finished the game making four of her five three-point attempts. “Delaney understands when she needs to step up,” said Schuller. “She got some really good open looks from three and knocked them down at a crucial time for us.” The Eagles remain in fourth place in the BSC and have just one game this weekend against the Idaho Vandals in Moscow, Idaho on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. The Vandals are 8-5 in BSC play, with the Eagles winning the first matchup between the two on Dec. 31, 67-57. •



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Eagles Put the Clamps on the Bears After Shootout Loss to the Fighting Hawks Kyle Fredricks Staff Reporter With only a handful of games remaining, the EWU men’s basketball team looks to close out the regular season on a high note. A 70-44 victory over the Northern Colorado Bears on Feb. 11 got the team back on track after a loss to the North Dakota Fighting Hawks on Feb. 9. Sophomore guard Ty Gibson led the Eagles in scoring, setting a career-high with 21 points and making six of his eight three-point attempts. It was EWU’s lockdown defense that set the tone though, as the Eagles held Northern Colorado to 28 percent shooting overall, including just 14 percent from beyond the arc. The 44 points allowed was a season best for the Eagles. “I am just really proud of our team,” said head coach Jim Hayford. “Our players just

executed well and that is how you get the win. They responded to the challenge. We are very fortunate to get a road win like this -- it was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. We played really good.” The win on the road against Northern Colorado was crucial after losing to North Dakota in a 95-86 shootout to get the Eagles back on track. Senior Jake Wiley poured in 33 points on 11-17 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds and played every minute of the game, but it was not enough to overcome the hot-shooting Fighting Hawks. Hayford said he admired the the team’s effort but thought the team did not execute well enough. “We got down by 17 and came back to take the lead, but we shouldn’t have ever been down by 17 early,” Hayford said. Wiley has been one of the nation’s best scorers throughout

the season at 20.4 PPG but has turned it on as of late, scoring 34, 38, 45, 33 and 19 points against Northern Colorado as he dealt with foul trouble. The Eagles need Wiley to continue his sensational play after the tough loss to North Dakota dropped the Eagles to third place in the Big Sky Conference, holding a conference record of 9-4, one game behind North Dakota and one and a half games out of first place, held by the Weber State Wildcats. Looking to build off their stellar defensive performance, the Eagles return to Reese Court for three consecutive home games over the next two weekends. EWU next plays on Feb. 17 against the Idaho Vandals at 6 p.m. The game can be heard live on 700-AM ESPN. •



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Ty Gibson poured in a career-high 21 points on 6-8 three-point shooting in EWU’s 70-44 win over the Bears on Feb. 11 Brad Brown for The Easterner

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“Guys played with energy and this guy @tygib3 made some shots! Great team win. #GoEags”


“We will see what we do with this home stand. We will keep their bodies fresh and their minds alert. Friday is going to be fun just for Beau Baldwin to be able to say goodbye to everyone.” - On the upcoming home stand.



The percent that the men’s basketball team is shooting from the freethrow line this season, first in the Big Sky.

The percent that the team shot from the free-throw line last season, eighth in the Big Sky.

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