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Eastern Washington University

December 5, 2012

Volume 64, Issue 10

Hoffer resigns from ASEWU


President steps down after vote of no confidence from council Use your smartphone’s QR code reader to visit

By Amy Meyer and Jane Martin

for the easterner

Upcoming: Counseling and Psychological Services are sponsoring the stress free zone in PUB 261 on Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students can receive free massages, participate in puzzles, games, scrapbooking, card-making, learn relaxation tools and eat snacks. The JFK Library overflow book sale is Dec. 6, starting at 9 a.m. Books will be 50 cents to $1 with a free bin, too. Find books, videos and miscellaneous items in the lobby. The EWU Bookstore will be hosting Santa and Mrs. Claus on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m., a doughnut eating contest at 1 p.m. and a big sale to boot. The James Edmonds Memorial Piano Festival and Competition is from 2 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 7 and all day on Dec. 8 in the Music Building Recital Hall. Extended library hours for finals Hours for the JFK Library will be extended for the end of the quarter. The library will be open from 7:30 a.m. to midnight on Monday through Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 and 10 a.m. to midnight on Sunday, Dec. 9. If you are an EWU student and would like to attend the football game against Illinois St., show your student ID card to the EWU Bookstore and receive a free ticket, courtesy of the ASEWU. Confused about when to take your final? The schedule for next week can be found at http:// The URC Fitness Center will operate on a different schedule for winter break. From Dec. 11 to Jan. 2, the center will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The center will be closed Saturdays and Sundays throughout break. Although select staff will be in the office over break, The Easterner will publish again Jan. 9, 2013.

Photo by Evan Sykes Eagles raise helmets to the fans in thanks for their support at the 29-19 playoff game against Wagner. Eastern will play again on Dec. 8 against Illinois St.

Eagles advance to quarterfinals

Padron makes first start since Sept. 8 By Peter Sowards

staff reporter

When Eagles head coach Beau Baldwin needed the best from his football team, they responded just like they have done all season long. Leading 22-19 with 11:29 remaining, the Eagles looked for a time-consuming touchdown drive to generate a two-possession lead and put their second-round playoff game vs. Wagner on ice. Quarterback Kyle Padron, who started for the first time since a Sept. 8 24-20 loss at Washington State, led the offense on a 15-play drive that took nearly seven and a half minutes off the clock, culminating in a two-yard touchdown run by Demitrius Bronson. It was Bronson’s second score of the game. “He just said, ‘Let’s go score,’” said Padron of his

head coach. “It wasn’t anything magical—that’s just how coach Baldwin is.” Wagner, winner of nine straight games coming into the game at Roos Field on Dec. 1, was forced to resort to throwing the ball to try to catch up and score quickly but ended up turning the ball over on consecutive possessions, allowing the Eagles to take a knee and finish with a 29-19 victory. EWU will host Illinois State on Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals. The No. 15 Redbirds took down

No. 6 Appalachian State on Dec. 1 in a 38-37 overtime victory to advance. Padron completed eight of his 10 attempts on the drive, including four third down conversion throws. He finished with 26 completions on 36 attempts for 327 yards with one touchdown and one interception. “I’m extremely happy for him,” Baldwin said. “He deserves it. He’s just great people. “I’ve had respect for him like no other player I’ve ever had, and I’ve had some players that I’d had a ton of respect for,” said Baldwin. After opening the season as the starting quarterback, Padron was replaced by redshirt freshman Vernon Adams, who started the team’s final 10 regular season games. The Eagles won nine of those games, with victory-page 12

Kaleb Hoffer resigned as president of the ASEWU on Nov. 28, according to a press release from the organization. The ASEWU press release stated that Becca Harrell, the previous vice president, has taken Hoffer’s place, and Justin Hoffer Filla, the previous student services representative, has filled the role of executive vice president. In an Oct. 3 letter, Stacey Reece, director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, informed Hoffer that EWU police reports indicated that he may have violated sections of the student conduct code that prohibit abuse or harm of others and reckless endangerment. Hoffer gave this letter to The Easterner along with another letter from Reece that modified his suspension. Reece informed Hoffer that he was allowed to attend classes, consult with faculty and attend disciplinary hearings. She prohibited him from attending events and other activities or working in the ASEWU office. In a phone interview with The Easterner, Reece declined for legal reasons to discuss the exact charges that were dropped as a result from Hoffer’s Nov. 6 hearing. She did confirm that EWU found Hoffer not responsible for the allegations in this initial findings stage. The student who brought the complaint

against Hoffer has filed an appeal, which forwards the case to Amy Johnson, the dean of students, for another look. While the university has dismissed charges against Hoffer, he still faces charges of second degree assault (strangulation) in Spokane Superior Court. Hoffer’s pretrial conference is scheduled for Dec. 21 and trial for Dec. 31, according to court documents. R e e c e Harrell said that the university reviews whether or not the student code is violated, and that other court proceedings and their findings are separate from the process at EWU. In his resignation letter, Hoffer declared his innocence, but expressed his respect for the ASEWU. Hoffer said that after EWU dropped the code misconduct charges he was free to resume his position as president. In his resignation, Hoffer said, “It became evident through the vote taken on Nov. 27 that my continued presence with this great team would be a distraction.” According to Nick Fell, chief justice of the ASEWU Superior Court, Hoffer signed an agreement that he would return if the ASEWU gave him a vote of confidence. That vote took place after a student government work session on Nov. 27. “[Hoffer] asked for this vote to see if ASEWU supported his return,” Harrell said. “I assure you that this vote was made completely with the students of Eastern Washington University in mind.” succession-page 3

STA reports low Jefferson lot crime statistics By Sasha Kline

staff reporter

There have been 21 crimes committed this year in the Jefferson park and ride lot, which is used heavily by students who park their vehicles and commute to Cheney by bus for school, according to Spokane Transit Authority’s Communication Manager Molly Myers. “That’s really very low [for] incidents over a period of almost an entire year and especially with that volume of traffic going through,” said Myers. “I think that our stats are pretty good.” The 21 crimes that the Spokane Transit Authority shows as having been committed in 2012 were reported by civilians and are not official police reports. Myers said she does not know if their statistics include ev-

Easterner Graphics Malicious mischief, vehicle prowling and theft are the crimes most reported within a half-mile radius of the First Presbyterian Church across from the Jefferson Street park and ride.

ery single crime committed in the lot but that they have several ways for people to contact them with any type of problem. “People are pretty good about reporting stuff

to us,” she said. According to Spokane Police crime mapping statistics, 753 crimes have been committed within a half-mile radius from the

First Presbyterian Church, which is directly across the street from the Jefferson lot. Myers said, regarding the difference in numbers, “We

do patrol [the Jefferson lot] and we do have security in there. A lot of those properties around there don’t.” The Jefferson lot is one of the safest park and rides that the Spokane Transit Authority has because it is patrolled by security and heavily used, according to Myers. “We average four hours a day of being onsite, as far as patrolling that particular park and ride,” Myers said Spokane Police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said, “[Spokane Police] have not identified that particular area as a huge crime-ridden place.” Spokane Police have not categorized the lot as a hot spot to watch for crime because they are currently not seeing a significant rise in crime, according to DeRuwe. According to the Spokane Transit Authority, the two crimes committed the jefferson-page 3


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Few options for nursing mothers on EWU campus Lactation stations required by law for institutions with more than 50 employees

Graphic courtesy of BLRB Architects/EWU Foundation. The Gateway Project includes plans for 8,000 new stadium seats, club seating with a lounge area, loge seats, suites and a grassy berm behind the southern end zone.

Gateway Project gains momentum Big changes on the horizon to revamp stadium and facilities at Roos Field

By Libby Campbell

staff reporter

The schematic design phase of the privately funded Gateway Project is now complete following two presentations last month to the board of trustees and the EWU Foundation Board of Directors, both of which will have final say in formally approving the project. “We were able to have the schematic design phase fully funded with private dollars,” said Mike Westfall, vice president for University Affairs. “The next phase for us is

to identify lead gift funders that will commit to funding this project if and when the two boards approve this project to continue.” The schematic design phase focused on defining the project, providing blueprints and illustrations of its design, recognizing the programs it will serve and its impact on campus and finally establishing how much it will cost. The $60 to $70 milliondollar plan will revamp the stadium at Roos Field while creating a facility that generates revenue and enhances student services and campus culture. “We felt if we were able

to incorporate all three of those things then this is a project that would have a very broad impact across the whole university, from a recruiting retention standpoint, to athletic success, to academic success and finally making the campus more vibrant, particularly with the retail offerings,” Westfall said. The proposed facility will house retail space along Washington Street, potentially including a restaurant, gear shop, medical center, pizza place, coffee shop and banks. Washington Street will also receive a facelift, with on-street parking chang-

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ing from parallel to back-in angled spots, added bike lanes and a safer pedestrian crosswalk. The plan calls for adding 8,000 seats to the stadium, including club seating with a lounge area, loge seats, suites and a grassy berm area behind the southern end zone. Other planned features include locker rooms for the band and mascot, an athletic training facility, a recruiting lounge and media interview room. Some of those involved with the project visited similar facilities on the East Coast, including Appalachian State University, James Madison University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Liberty

University to gather ideas for Eastern’s proposed project. “The goal at the end of the day was to sort of take the best of what we saw and fit that into what our needs are here and get the scope just right,” Westfall said. Appalachian State University, whose football team has won three championships, stuck out in particular because according to Westfall, “[They] were pretty much where we were ten years ago when they won their first championship. They didn’t have the facilities that they have today. It was the momentum from that that enabled them to build facilities that enhanced [their campus],”

he said. Westfall believes momentum is key to making this project a reality. “We’ve had four consecutive years of record enrollment. That momentum allowed us to be able to go out and build a new residence hall,” he said. “The red turf I think created some momentum. We were fortuitous the football team won, and then we were able to leverage that into getting the new video boards. … Now the momentum of that, coupled with our attendance of games, coupled with the success of the football team, has increased interest to where we’re now at this juncture.”


The ASEWU is directed by the constitution to fill any open council position with an appointment from the president with a threefourths vote approval by the council. In response to this requirement, the ASEWU announced that it will accept applications for the position of student services representative through Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. According to McNeilly, the ASEWU did not notify the student body nor any outside organization, including The Easterner, before the meeting took place. No Easterner reporters were present for the vote. McNeilly was unaware of any prior president having charges brought against him or her and said that the constitution had no process for how to proceed. Reece, who is also adviser to the ASEWU, said that while there were no governing documents that explained how to conduct this sort of business, all parties behaved maturely and the

students were represented well. Reece added that the council decided that Hoffer should be paid during his leave of absence on the recommendation of Vice President of Student Affairs Stacey Morgan Foster. Harrell said in an email that when the university suspended Hoffer, he was put on paid administrative leave. “ASEWU felt that when the situation first came about, it was the most fair way to handle the situation. However, we did not expect the process to last as long as it did,” she said. Harrell added that the ASEWU recommended to Hoffer that he quit drawing pay, but he raised legal questions. Instead of pushing the issue, the ASEWU waited to see how his sanctions would resolve, she said. Hoffer said that he continued to draw pay because the constitution required that employees in good academic standing be paid. He added that since the university took action against him and not the ASEWU, he was concerned that a suspension in pay without a verdict would communicate a lack of support from the student government. “I left the decision up to them as acting executives, and they decided to maintain paying me. Obviously, with my resignation came a suspension in pay,” he said. Even if Hoffer is found innocent of assault charges in Spokane Superior Court, Harrell said she will remain ASEWU president. “Nothing will change. [Hoffer] has resigned from his position,” she said. “The changes with myself becoming president and Justin Filla becoming executive vice president will remain for the rest of the academic school year.”

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Frank McNeilly, public relations specialist for the ASEWU, said that Hoffer presented the pros and cons of his return to the role of president and then the council debated the issue. The council’s vote, including the court and presidential cabinet was 13 to eight against Hoffer’s return with one abstention, he said. In a direct message on Facebook, Hoffer said, “The students ... voted in the members who will take over in my absence and the students also voted on the constitution that outlines our succession plan. In this regard I believe ASEWU was justified in their actions.” The ASEWU constitution and bylaws do not address a vote of confidence in the case of a president returning after a leave of absence.

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For nursing mothers, finding an appropriate place to breastfeed or pump on campus can be a major inconvenience. Women at Eastern have resorted to using the Women’s Studies Center, public bathrooms and even their own cars to breastfeed or pump while on campus. The Women’s Studies Center is raising awareness of this issue in hopes to create a “lactation station” at Eastern. “Nursing mothers can benefit from a lactation station because, thinking of it in simple terms, you wouldn't prepare your food in the bathroom, and that is what we are doing,” Danielle Bentow said. “We are preparing our children's food in an un-

sanitary and usually gross bathroom, while people in the next stall wonder what the pumping noise is.” Bentow’s son Jesse is nine months old. “At this point, Jesse is able to go a good amount of time before he needs to be breastfed, so I am able to go to class and make it home before he needs to be fed again,” Bentow said. “But before, when he was only on breast milk and not eating solids, I needed to pump every two hours, and with no lactation station it was always a pain.” President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010. Within that law, Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act requires that most

businesses with more than 50 employees provide a private space and break time for nursing mothers to express breast milk while at work. “The law is for employees, because they didn’t take into consideration students,” said Carol Vines, manager of the Women’s Studies Center. “In our case, students are the ones that don’t have a private room. A lot of employees can find a private room, but students don’t have that.” Central Washington University, Washington State University and the University of Washington all have at least one lactation center on campus. The University of California, Berkeley has as many as 35. Vines hopes that Eastern can have at least five, with one on each corner of campus and one centrally located. Appropriate lactation centers should be equipped with a lockable door, work

surface and chair, a sink, breast-pumps, storage for cleaning supplies, electrical outlets and a refrigerator or cooler. It is possible that fundraising would be necessary to create lactation centers on campus. “Online there are some documents that actually specifically outline what you should do in order to set up a lactation center, and one of them is fundraising,” said Women’s Studies Center volunteer Pamela Parnell. “But they explain right after that it doesn’t take that much funding for a lactation center, unless you want to get more involved in ... breast pumps and supplying more [items] for people that are going to use the lac-

tation center. It just depends on how many people start to utilize that service, and then I think it would develop from there.” Vines says she believes the benefits of breastfeeding are “unending.” “It’s better for bonding between mother and child. Some of the time they’re breastfeeding, and some of the time they’re going to have to pump, but at least they’re getting that good nutrition into their child. When a woman tries to breastfeed part-time and gives formula parttime, her milk declines. So if she’s pumping, she’s at least keeping the flow going and she’s able to continue breastfeeding for as long as the child wants to, or she

The issue of lactation stations will be discussed at a Women’s Commission Open Forum Dec. 6 from noon to 2 p.m. in Tawanka 215.

wants to. It encourages the whole breastfeeding process, which in the long run is healthier,” she said. Bentow said a private lactation center on campus is needed because right now there is “no reasonable place” for nursing mothers to pump or breastfeed. “Getting a lactation station will show we support breastfeeding and our student mothers, as well as [eliminate] some of the stress that comes with finding a place on campus to breastfeed or pump,” she said. Currently four students have contacted the Women’s Studies Center about areas on campus for breastfeeding and pumping. “I think the fact that four people have come [forward], it seems the conversation is starting,” Parnell said. “There can be one person that starts a movement, and it can make something a little bit better for everybody.”

Big developments at last ASEWU meeting of 2012 Hoffer's resignation approved at last ASEWU meeting of the year, Harrell to take over permanently

By Linsey Garrison staff writer lgarrison@gmail.xom

ASEWU gathered for their last fall quarter meeting on Nov. 28 and approved the resignation of ASEWU president Kaleb Hoffer. New president Becca Harrell noted that Hoffer was not present for the meeting. Harrell reported that she had attended the board of trustees meeting two weeks ago as well as the Washington student association meeting where the priorities for the 2013 legislative session were chosen.

“These are, of course, pending the board’s approval on the Dec. 8 meeting. These four items are what we came up with to put all of our time and resources into,” said Harrell. The items include working with the university to encourage more students to register to vote, expanding financial aid, passing a new capital gains tax to stop cuts to higher education and getting financial aid for undocumented students. Harrell, Justin Filla and Markus Hammond reported that they each had attended more meetings about the hiring for the stu-

dent advocacy position. “That position will be helping the dean of students out so that she can advocate for you more. We are excited to hear the results of that and who is chosen for that position,” said Harrell. After Harrell and Filla gave their reports as standing president and standing executive vice president the council voted unanimously to approve the resignation of Hoffer. “And with that, for the rest of the academic year I will be your ASEWU president and Justin will be your ASEWU executive vice president, so I’m go-

ing to go ahead and turn the meetings over to him,” said Harrell. The counc·il approved $1,876 to buy promotional items for ASEWU to hand out during finals week as part of free “finals survival” kits. Around 900 kits will be handed out on EWU’s main campus and about 100 will be given out at the Riverpoint campus. “There’s going to be highlighters, pens, pencils and SAIL has donated some of their drawstring backpacks and stainless steel water bottles. … It’s just kind of a way for us to say thank you for being our students and letting us

represent you,” said Aly Morgan. Money in the amount of $300 and $325 dollars was also approved to pay for free drip coffee and a free massage clinic for students at Riverpoint campus during finals week. Harrell concluded the meeting by reading a press release stating that Hoffer resigned as a result of the feedback given by other members of ASEWU. A copy of his resignation letter was also available for those in attendance. “As you all know, Kaleb Hoffer resigned as president of ASEWU on Nov. 28,” said Harrell. “On the

morning of Nov. 27 Hoffer presented the positives and negatives of his return and resignation to the entire ASEWU in an open meeting. ... The ASEWU work group voted, with a majority not supporting Hoffer’s return to his post.” As a result of Filla taking over Harrell’s position there is now a job opening for ASEWU student services representative. “We’re very excited to be opening up a position and adding someone to our team, so please come see us,” said Harrell. Applications for the position will be accepted through Dec. 5.

Two Sigma Nu members opt for drug treatment

Fraternity members involved in January drug bust take alternative to prosecution

By Linsey Garrison

tinuance in October to participate in the Friendship Diversion Program. Participating in the Friend-

ship Diversion Program is an alternative that allows a defendant to repay their debts or clean up their act without fac-

ing formal prosecution. If the terms set out by the program are not met, the defendant must return to court

to face the formal charges. According to the Friendship Diversion Website, more than 70 percent of defendants

who take part in the program are able to complete the tasks and return to their life without a criminal conviction lingering on their record. Court documents indicate that Tucker will also be participating in a drug treatment program at North East Washington Treatment Alternatives. On Nov. 14 a drug court waiver and agreement was signed stipulating that the defendant comply with all conditions set out by the treatment center and by the court, or else criminal charges would be reinstated. Recent court documents indicate that Hubly still has a trial date set for Dec. 17 at 9:30 a.m. The drug bust and a separate incident in June involving an alleged sexual assault by a different Sigma Nu member led EWU’s disciplinary council to decide shortly before school started to revoke the fraternity’s recognition status. For three academic years, Sigma Nu will not be allowed to participate as a group in any activities at Eastern.

lot area with theft coming in third at 132 counts. According to Washington State Legislature, “A person is guilty of vehicle prowling in the second degree if, with intent to commit a crime against a person or property therein, he or she enters or remains unlawfully in a vehicle.” Malicious mischief is defined by the legislature as a person who knowingly and maliciously causes physical damage to the property of another.

Spokane Transit Authority suggests that bus passengers park underneath a light if possible and close to a loading zone. They also suggest that passengers stay in their vehicles until the bus arrives or wait for the bus with a group of people. In addition, they strongly suggest keeping valuables out of plain sight and the vehicle locked. Spokane Police has a campaign called “Remove It or Lose It” that was launched in an effort to prevent vehicle

prowling, according to Officer DeRuwe. “We try to encourage people to lock up valuables out of sight. … It’s amazing what people leave in their cars.” Upon returning to your vehicle, the Spokane Transit Authority advises passengers to always be aware of their surroundings and to return to the bus if they feel threatened. Otherwise, they suggest bus riders have their keys ready to open the vehicle and to look inside prior to entry. According to Myers, the

lot does not have cameras yet, but that it’s on the list of things to do. The other seven crimes that were reported to the Spokane Transit Authority

were two offenses related to opened or consumed liquor in public, one motor vehicle theft, one abandoned vehicle, two information-only calls, and one police response.

staff writer

Since the arrests of three EWU Sigma Nu fraternity members at a drug bust last January, two of the members have opted to participate in drug treatment programs instead of facing charges in court. On the night of Jan. 17, officers arrested Andrew D. Tucker, Kyle A. Hubly and Joseph L. Welsh on charges of using a building for drug purposes. Andrew Tucker faced an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver cocaine. Police records stated that stashes of cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, mushrooms, pre-packaged drugs ready for sale, guns and $803 in cash were found at their residence. According to court documents, an order was filed in September on behalf of Welsh for the return of a .44-caliber pistol that was confiscated on the night of his arrest. Welsh was granted a con-

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most in the lot are vehicle prowling and malicious mischief with seven counts each. The Spokane crime mapping for one-half mile around that area shows 179 counts of vehicle prowling and 224 counts of malicious mischief. The police statistics also show these two crimes as the most committed in the Jefferson

Photo by Anna Mills Members of the fraternity will not be allowed to participate as a group in any activities at Eastern for three academic years.

Security issues or suspicious happenings can be reported to crime check (509) 456-2233 and Spokane Transit Authority security (509) 444-6817.


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Student legislature discusses financial benefits for undocumented students By Nicole Collier-Adkins and Daymin Mars contributing writers

With several students in attendance at the open forum meeting, the ASEWU committee began to discuss the agenda, “What we are doing here is lobbying for student’s rights,” E.B. Vodde said addressing the room. The ASEWU held an open forum meeting at the fireside lounge in the PUB on Nov. 15. On hand to discuss matters were Legislative Liaison E.B.Vodde, Legislative Affairs Representative Shelby Pelon, council members James Reisenauer, Lizbeth Ramirez and Travis Hughes. The meeting was called to order by Pelon who handed out a list of issues that are set to be heard in Olympia when the session resumes in January 2013. “The items on this agenda are very important and we need to discuss which ones we want to push through,” Vodde said. “It looks like Rep. Kevin Parker, one of our representa-

tives here in the sixth district, will be coming to the EWU campus on Dec. 4. Flyers are in the process of being made and distributed, and we’re planning on providing refreshments for students who attend. It sure would be great to get a big turnout; Parker would like to hear what his constituents want so that he can better legislate on our behalf,” Vodde wrote in an email. One of the main talking points was an issue that Western Washington University is lobbying for: state aid for undocumented students. This issue prompted immediate feedback from the students who attended this meeting. Vice President of EWU’s Republican Committee Mark Balfe “If we make financial aid available to undocumented citizens, aren’t we decreasing the incentives for them to go through the process of becoming official citizens?” According to an article in the Seattle Times last month, Sen. Ed Murray plans to sponsor legislation next year that would open state-funded college aid to low-income gradu-

Tom McArthur passes away EWU loses staff member, friend By Kevin Ireland

contributing writer

The staff, faculty and students of EWU did not just lose a staff member when Tom McArthur passed away; they lost a friend and role model. Tom McArthur was born and raised in Chicago. Upon graduating high school, Tom joined the Marine Corps and served six years in Vietnam before being honorably discharged in 1971. After serving in the military, Tom attended Golden Gate University, where he earned a degree in American studies. He then found his way to Spokane with his wife, Mary, where they settled down and celebrated 41 years of marriage together. Tom began his career at EWU in 1992 working part time as an equipment operator for the grounds crew. He soon impressed his fellow co-workers and employers and earned a fulltime job in the department. Tom spent seven years operating equipment for grounds keeping before he moved to the building maintenance team where he spent the last 13 years of his career. During his time at EWU, McArthur was also a member of the Washington Federal of State Employees Union Local 931 and served as president for four years. “Tom was a confident, great operator and earned respect and trust from all of his co-workers,” said Jim Allers, the supervisor of building maintenance at EWU. Allers spent 20 years, the duration of Tom’s career, working alongside

him and they became very good friends. When Allers heard that Tom would be joining his team, he was more than excited for the opportunity to work with him. “[Tom] was just an allaround great citizen and operator and was very involved on campus,” said Allers. McArthur cared deeply about EWU and his actions showed it. He wrote letters to higher authorities if he felt something was not right and always tried to keep peace within the workplace and on campus. McArthur did not limit his career to just maintenance. He created friendships with students and staff all around campus. “Tom was a longtime union supporter and always had the best interests of EWU at heart. Tom will be missed by all who knew him,” said Bill Turlington, a member of the network support team at EWU. Turlington and Tom met through the union and even though they worked in different departments, they still maintained good relations. Tom soon decided to retire after his 20 years of dedicated service. He officially retired on Sept. 1. Only two short months later, on Oct. 30, McArthur passed away at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. A celebration of his life was held on Nov. 6 at Riplinger Funeral Home and Crematory in Spokane where many family members and friends gathered to celebrate McArthur’s life. Tom McArthur will be missed by many staff members and students at EWU.

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ates of state high schools who are in the country unlawfully. "I feel so strongly about the justice and need for this that I plan to make passage one of my top legislative priorities in 2013," Murray, of Seattle, stated in prepared remarks that were delivered on his behalf at a Latino policy forum Friday to dozens of educators, community leaders and fellow state Democratic lawmakers. Washington already has a similar law in place. According to the July issue of the National Conference of State Legislators, California and Texas were the first states to enact this law into legislation in 2001. In 2002, New York and Utah passed similar legislation. During the 2003 and 2004 legislative sessions, Washington, Oklahoma, Illinois and Kansas all passed such laws. The states that have passed laws to allow undocumented students to receive in-state tuition delineate requirements for eligibility. In general, students must live in-state and attend high school for a specified period

and graduate or receive their GED certificate. Students must be accepted to a public college or university and must sign an affidavit stating their intention to file for legal immigration status. Nine of the 12 states that allow undocumented students to receive in-state tuition rates do not allow undocumented students to receive state-funded financial aid. Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which advocates controlled immigration, told the Seattle Times last month that Washington families are struggling to educate their own children, not subsidize the education of those whose parents broke the law in bringing them here. "The idea that a state that is cutting services everywhere is going to come up with even more money to finance higher education for illegal aliens, something that's not even mandated under federal law, makes no sense.” “We will be lobbying against differential tuition

and cessation of veterans benefits. It looks to be an exciting time to be a student in Olympia, [Wash.]. Plans are starting to take place [on the EWU campus] to organize a charter bus to take students to Olympia from Cheney for a lobbying day and to organize events here on campus in support of WSA and EWU student legislation,” Vodde said. The Student Legislative Actions Coalition’s forums are open to all students. The Washington State Student Achievement

Council listed the qualifications that illegal immigrants must meet in order to obtain Federal funding in Washington. In 2003, Washington granted in-state tuition to undocumented students at public universities in the state (often referred to as policy 1079). The law does not change a student’s legal status or provide citizenship, nor does it qualify students for federal or state financial aid.

To qualify for in-state tuition, a student must have: ·Graduated from a Washington state high school and have lived in the United States for at least three years; or ·Completed the equivalent of a high school diploma and resided in the state of Washington for three years prior to receiving it, and has continuously resided in the state of Washington since earning the high school diploma or equivalent.

Business and Public Relations recognized in national publication by Lorna Hartman

staff writer,

EWU’s College of Business and Public Relations was named one of the top 296 Master of Business Administration programs by The Princeton Review. To compile this list, The Princeton Review gathered data from 2009 to 2012 on each business school. It collected institutional data by surveying students online and by analyzing program information, from admissions requirements to facilities to graduation rates. At the top 296 schools together, more than 19,000 students were surveyed, according to The Princeton Review. “Among the factors that influenced our choice of EWU’s College of Business and Public Administration for our ‘Best 296 Business Schools’ book

was how committed the school is to accommodating the interests and learning styles of its diverse student body,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president of publishing for The Princeton Review. “We were impressed with the wide range of program offerings for every stage of the students’ careers, from younger students to working professionals. Data from our survey of EWU [business] school students also demonstrated a high consensus of opinion about how cuttingedge their courses are and how accessible their [professors] are.” Eastern’s MBA program was recognized for “its blend of affordability, convenience and quality,” according to the college’s two-page summary in the 2013 Princeton Review book. “Students speak highly of the MBA faculty. … Up-to-date facilities,

including a 200-seat auditorium, create a great learning environment and there is plenty of nearby parking.” Martine Duchatelet came on board as the new dean of the College of Business and Public Administration in June 2012. “I am extremely proud of the accomplishment of the college and the recognition the program achieves year after year—because this is not the first year,” said Duchatelet. Eastern's MBA program has been recognized by The Princeton Review for two consecutive school years, according to MBA Program Coordinator Cynthia Parker. The Princeton Review wrote and gathered comments from students about EWU’s MBA program. Students said that the MBA program’s night classes were a good fit for an adult’s standard working schedule and


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More than 1,600 students live in residence halls at EWU, most with a roommate. The majority of these roommates stay together for the whole year. Roommates are matched in three ways, according to Chief Housing Officer Josh Ashcroft. When students apply for housing at EWU, they receive login information to the housing system. This also gives them access to RoomSync, a Facebook app developed by two University of Florida students that utilizes a roommate-matching algorithm. In RoomSync, students answer a series of questions about themselves and about the roommate they want, ranking items on how important they are. RoomSync

analyzes the data and gives them a list of possible roommate matches. They can contact matches they are interested in to get acquainted and talk about details. If the two of them agree, each one must separately contact Room Assignments Coordinator Melanie Duggan Potts to request the other person. “RoomSync is superpopular,” said Ashcroft. “There’s been a huge increase in the number of people who found roommates there.” The current number of room change requests after the school year has begun has decreased by about 100 compared to this time last year, according to Potts. The idea of a Facebook app for housing is unusual, so RoomSync is still gaining traction in the marketplace, according to Potts. Next year Eastern will swap out RoomSync for software called StarRez. It does the

same work, but in a more user-friendly way. Abby Hart, a sophomore elementary education major, is in her second year of living in campus housing. Both years she filled out the standard housing application and the system matched her with a roommate. “I didn’t really use the RoomSync thing, because it was new,” she said. “I just got paired up.” According to Hart, the residence hall’s matching has worked well for her; she has never requested a change. “The more control students feel, the more satisfied they are. They’re more likely to try because they’re invested. If the university chose [the roommate], they’re less invested [in making it work].” Potts said. Potts also warned, “Just because someone is your best friend doesn’t mean

Digital textbooks are still lacking in availability Electronic readers have the potential to solve these problems. Consumers can buy from an online retailer and not wait for books to be shipped because they download to your device. However, of all of the textbooks available from Amazon and other online retailers, only a tiny fraction of them are available for e-readers. Books in certain subjects, such as design and technical writing, are fairly common in digital format. However, it can be nearly impossible to find books for core subjects such as history, mathematics or the sciences. The most popular e-reader, the Amazon Kindle, has been on the market for over five years. Despite the popularity of traditional books in this format, the market for

If you ask any college student to tell you something that frustrates them, you are likely to hear something about textbooks. It is no secret that textbooks are expensive. Students can save a lot of money by buying books from online retailers rather than university bookstores and other brick and mortar locations. Some students are still forced to buy their books from physical stores because they need their books immediately and don’t receive their financial aid until the beginning of the quarter. Even students that can afford to purchase their books before the quarter are well-advised to wait because often books that are listed by the bookstore as required for a course are rarely used, if at all.

Illustration by Vania Tauvela

electronic textbooks has not taken off. This is unfortunate because this technology has the ability to revolutionize the way students buy textbooks. Students are naturally early adopters of technology. So why are we stuck with traditional textbooks? Why is the Kindle store loaded with the newest novels and

biographies while it is so hard to find a textbook? What is stopping textbook publishers from making their products available in electronic format? Technological advances are good for both the consumer and the producer. They are less expensive to produce and shipping costs are eliminat-

Through the Eagle’s Eye

that instructors were understanding and flexible of demands on students’ time and willing to work with students while maintaining high academic standards. Other favorable student comments included praise for the program’s diversity, its significantly smaller expense yet equal accreditation compared to competitors’ and instructors’ current business activities and professional activities, which make them well respected academically and in the business community. The Princeton Review, which also provides test preparation and admissions advice, ranks colleges in several categories with detailed profiles of each college, so there is no “best” school, according to Franek. The company publishes about 150 different types of college guides. It is not affiliated with Princeton University.

they’re your best roommate. … Don’t come in with preconceptions about how it should be.” She emphasized the importance of open communication between roommates, especially to come to an early understanding of daily logistics for living together. She mentioned that in the last few years, comparatively fewer students come to college having shared a room at home. “It’s a big adjustment,” she said. Eastern’s new residence hall project will launch in the fall of 2013 and will add 354 beds to EWU’s student housing. Rooms will be doubles or triples. Every floor will have a full kitchen with tables and chairs as well as a lounge with natural lighting. Also available will be bike storage, laundry on each floor, a covered front porch patio and Wi-Fi connectivity building-wide.

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Do you think the things you have learned in college are actually useful, or do you think college is just a prerequisite to getting a good job? Interviews by Kyle Harding. Photos by Teri Simpson.

“[It is] a prerequisite for getting a job. A lot of things you learn here are not really going to be things that you do later on.”

“Most of the classes I'm currently in, in my senior year, are definitely pertaining to what I want to do.”

Kristeen Hill

Barbara Clark

Roommates matched via Facebook app, mutual requests from students By Lorna Hartman

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“I feel like I'm really here just to get a piece of paper with some words on it.”

“They're pretty useful.”

George Mandella

Mitchell Youngs

“I think it is a prerequisite to getting a job, but it can also have certain things that will be good later in life.”

“Well, it depends on the class, but for the most part, I think a lot of it is just to get the degree to get the job.”

Alyxandria Kelly

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Many people involved with effort to create violence-free campus By Karen Wanjico

Did you know there are 28 universities or organizations in Washington state that are implementing green dot? I want you to know this because sometimes it feels like we are alone in this attempt to end violence. In fact, if you want to see something really encouraging you should visit this webpage and see how green dot is spreading: http://livethegreendot. com/map_by_state.html. Green dot started with one person, Dr. Dorothy Edwards, and she shared her vision with others. She shared the importance of being an active bystander, and people joined her in her vision of a violencefree culture. Green Dot started at EWU when a few staff heard Edwards speaking at a conference in California, and brought the vision and message back to campus. We are now entering our fourth year of promoting green dot. Stories of people stepping up are coming in; people are beginning to do their green dots.

Serving the community since 1916 Kyle Harding

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ed. They take up less space and are easier to carry. Numerous studies have shown that students are not buying electronic textbooks. But how much of this is due to not enough books being available to make it worth it to students to buy an ereader? Other students may be reluctant to buy



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electronic textbooks because they cannot be sold back at the end of the quarter. Although students are lucky to get 50 percent back from a textbook, it is still something. An alternative to this could be digital rentals. The Eastern Bookstore and online retailers rent out physical textbooks. This can be an economical alternative to buying books, which may not even be able to be sold back due to new editions being used. E-book rentals have the potential to be even less expensive. The college students of the future will have been raised on touchscreen tablets. For these students, books and e-books will be synonymous. They will demand digital textbooks. So why wait for the future? Digital textbooks can be adopted now.

If you have made a decision to do green dots, I want you to know, you are not alone. There are many others at EWU who are living the green dot. They step up and step in. They use their influence and lead by example. If you have not done so already, can you take a minute and join Eastern’s green dot community on facebook? Show your support. Receive encouraging updates. Ask questions. Share your green dot stories. Help the community to grow. The alternative to green dot is unimaginable. We go back to a culture where people are not empowered to help one another. We continue to have high rates of violence on college campuses. Men and women continue to be victimized. You have probably heard these quotes, “Be the change you want to see,” and “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” At EWU we are working together to make a nonviolent campus a reality. You are not alone.


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EWU students and staff make beautiful melodies

Teachers pay homage to theatrical music By Jasmine Kemp

staff writer

It was during ˝Dead Elvis˝ that Lynne Feller-Marshall walked out on stage with her bassoon while wearing a white pantsuit with flashy rhinestones, aviators and a black wig. Feller-Marhsall's impersonating of Elvis Presley made the audience laugh and cheer Feller-Marshall and 14 other performers had spent weeks rehearsing material for EWU’s Evening of Theatrical Music on Nov. 30. Kendal Feeney, the producer and director of the performance, said she wanted to have a presence in downtown Spokane. Proceeds from the concert will go to funds for music scholarships at Eastern. It was just a week prior to the concert that the 11 performers were in Feeney’s home rehearsing. They utilized the small space, doing a run-through of the performance’s second act,“L’histoire du Soldat,” or “The Soldier’s Tale,” by Igor Stravinsky and the performance’s first act piece, “Dead Elvis” by Michael Daugherty.

During rehearsal, “Dead Elvis” produced laughs. Feller-Marshall said to her colleague, “I love how disgusting you make it, with the trombone and the trumpet and everything together. If you make it really disgusting it’s going to work really well.” The piece’s twisted and distorted feel of a 1960s spy movie soundtrack was enough to make even the performers smile and chuckle while Foster held a note that she said, “takes four lungs to perform.” Elvis did indeed leave the building, but not without throwing a scarf to the audience where a woman eagerly snatched it from a person sitting in front of her. There were no special lighting techniques or microphones in the dinning room, no crowd to watch the musicians play their instruments. The performers were the listeners and they listened for problems that themselves or others had with the music. Julián Gómez-Giraldo, the conductor, took notes and worked with the musicians on their timing and tempo. “Since they’re profes-

sional musicians you have to work with them more [because they know what they’re doing],” said Giraldo. On stage at the concert, Feeney said to the crowd, “This performance is a showcase of the collaboration between artists.” From Feeney’s house to the sound checks at the theater, the musicians discussed their issues with Giraldo and each other. Tony Kacalek, technical director for the Bing Crosby Theater, said Feeney knew what she wanted for the performance. “A lot of the time we get a promoter or a director who doesn’t know how to run a show, so it forces me to do more,” said Kacalek. The musician’s collaboration was apparent as Feeney and pianist Jody Graves were playing “Cafe 1930” and “Nightclub 1960,” two tango pieces, together on stage. Their facial expressions contorted with the fast and slow paces of the music, their head bobs and hand flourishes were in sync with not only the music but with each other. “It’s just two performers making music,” said Feeney.

According to Feeney, Steve Mortier and Randel Wagner really wanted to do a piece called “Agony,” by Stephen Sondheim. The song is from the musical, “Into the Woods,” a play about what happens after happily ever after. Its dark humor is apparent when the audience realizes that Rapunzel’s and Cinderella’s princes are competing about who is worse off. Eloquently sung with an operatic tone, an inference about dwarf fetishes threw the audience into a fit of laughter in disbelief. During rehearsal there was that balance of fun and work. Jokes were made as well as progress on the pieces. "Everyone here gets along so well," said FellerMarshall. The piece that saw more practice time, “L’histoire du Soldat,” ended the concert. A piece by Stranvinsky, it was one of the first pieces that had been composed for percussion noted Michael Waldrop, percussion instructor and percussionist for the event. Rehearsing those big percussion parts made lighting fixtures in Fee-

ney’s home shake. In the theater, it made the audience shake. The vibrations

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Photo by Teri Simpson Led by conductor Patrick Winters, the Wind Ensemble played four songs at the "Music Mosaics" concert.

According to Winters, most of them are in the Eagle marching band and small chamber groups. “These students should be rec-

in the pitch black space could be felt even after the last drum was struck.

ognized for their great service to the university,” said Winters. The second half of the concert was given by the Symphony Orchestra and conductor Julián Gó-

mez Giraldo. They also played five songs. At the beginning of the Orchestra’s performance, Giraldo recognized eight students who were exchange students from Colombia and Mexico. He explained that this opportunity was given because of President Rodolfo Arévalo’s new policies. “These students have been such a tremendous addition to our orchestra,” said Giraldo. “I wanted to recognize them because in two weeks they will be returning home. Some are thinking about coming back for a master’s degree.” Giraldo explained that one of the reasons they did the concert was to raise money to help these students. Cello instructor John Marshall was given the microphone right before he played a featured duet, Concerto for two Cellos and Orchestra, with his student, Mikaela Elms. Elms is the principal cellist in the orchestra. Marshall explained that a possible reason that the orchestra is small is that there is not enough scholarship funds. “We have the same amount of money for orchestra scholarships now as we did in 1980,” said Marshall. “Back then, that was enough for quite a few scholarships. Now, it is enough for only two full scholarships.” “We would love to have twice as many string players,” said Marshall. “We are so proud of them for playing six hours per week. I want to give them a special recognition.” “If we can do what we are doing with this small orchestra, imagine what we could do with an orchestra twice as big,” said Giraldo.

Film department to premier end of quarter projects By Cody Brokman

contributing writer

Lights, camera, action as the first year film students prepare to unveil their works to the public. First year film students have prepared all quarter for this final project that takes place Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. in RTV 123. The auditorium

can hold a capacity of 50 people plus a few more who are willing to stand along the wall. According to Tom Mullin, the students involved invite fellow students and family to the showing which takes most of the auditorium up. “The juniors have been working on a series of short films the first half of the quarter and this final film is the culmination of every-

thing they have learned,” Mullin said. The senior class, is having a closed door viewing of senior final films that will not be open to the public, but a select few will be shown at the start of winter quarter, according to Mullin. The senior class has been working on their videos the entire quarter, the chosen videos will be shown

Community holds events over holidays Some students are not fortunate enough to afford the trip home over break and EWU closes during the winter, but there are events during break that are free to the public in the area.

By Christina Jordan

Winters recognized the Wind Ensemble members by explaining that some of them do double, triple or quadruple service by playing in different groups.


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Photo by Anna Mills Lynne Feller-Marshall performed dressed as Elvis Presley.

winter quarter during a special showing. This is the first time in several years that the senior class will not be showing their films to the public. According to Marvin Smith, the head of the film department, the event has been running for 15 years because the students must have their work shown to the public. With this being such a public event, comments and discussion

are welcome from those who come to watch, according to Mullin. “It’s a good turnout by students usually filling the auditorium to capacity,” Smith said. “The showings will last roughly an hour and half.” said Mullin. “There are 30 to 31 students showing either a music video or short film and each video being shown is about three minutes long.”

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december 5, 2012 Events and

By Christina Jordan

Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble host "Music Mosaics" An evening of classical music is often just what the soul needs to relax and destress. The EWU Symphony Orchestra ensemble gave a combination concert on Nov. 29 in Showalter Hall. The concert was called “Musical Mosaics.” Entry was $5 for general admission, $3 for seniors and free for students. The first half of the concert was given by the Wind Ensemble and conductor Patrick Winters. “We hope there is a little bit here for everyone tonight,” said Winters. “The second piece,‛Land Between,ʹ has tugged on our heart strings.” The Wind Ensemble played four songs. Josh Lindberg, a clarinet player, took part in the concert. “I think we did really well tonight and I liked all of the songs,” said Lindberg. “We never actually played through the entire last piece before tonight because [the conductor] stopped us every time we played through it. We were all wondering how it would go.” The second piece, “First Suite in F,” had many echos between the flute and brass. “The composer, Thom George, was previously a composer for a military band, so this piece had a nautical feel to it,” said Winters. The last piece was called “Prologue and Dance.” It began with a very eerie, muted and dissonant sound that later resolved. Many different percussion instruments were used, such as maracas, tambourines, triangles, rhythm sticks and cabasa. “This piece literally features everyone on stage at least once,” said Winters. “It is great fun to play.”


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Drive-Thru Nativity Scene This event is held at Amazing Grace Fellowship on the evenings of Dec. 13, 14 and 15. It is set up all around the building in a square formation. As people drive around the church, they will observe scenes that are taken from the Bible depicting the life of Jesus Christ. These scenes are not just painted pictures though. The sets are full of props such as

hay bales, real fires, actors and many live animals such as goats. It will take around 20 minutes to get through the entire set up.

Airway Heights Winter Festival This event will take place in Airway Heights on the day of Dec. 15. There will be breakfast and pictures with Santa Claus available from 9-11 a.m. at the community center. There will be a “Holiday Matinee Movie” showing put on by the Sunset Elementary Parent Teacher Organization at 1 p.m. The movie this year will be “Arthur Christmas.” Following this, at Sunset Park at 6 p.m. will be the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremo-

ny. There will be carriage rides and a bonfire at this event.

Fire Department City Tour On Dec. 15, the members of the Cheney Fire Department will be cruising around the neighborhoods of Cheney. “The firefighters hand out candy canes, there is music and a trailer with lights and sometimes a backhoe,” said Kim Best, the recreation supervisor at the Community Center. There will be someone dressed up as Santa Claus as well. Annual Tree Lighting This event will take place on Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cheney Public Library. According to Leslie Bridges, administrative clerk

at the City of Cheney Community Center, this event has been going on for at least 17 years. Best says that there are many things to do at this event for families. “All the people gather around the tree, the KinderChoir will be singing a few Christmas songs, hot chocolate is provided by the youth commission, and the children can sit in Santa’s lap,” said Best. Regina Ross, who works at the Cheney Public Library, has been to the event several times. “After the tree lighting, a member of the police force will read a story, like [“How The Grinch Stole Christmas”], in the meeting room at the library,” said Ross. “It is a big plug for families.

The fire truck usually comes with Santa on it.” The City of Cheney Parks and Recreation puts this event on. Ross estimated that there is usually around 150 people at the event every year. Free Family Meal On Dec. 31 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., there will be a free meal served at the Wren Pierson Community Center at 615 Fourth Street. This meal is provided by Feed Cheney in conjunction with Women and Children’s Free Restaurant, Second Harvest, Let’s Move Cheney, EWU and a number of Cheney Churches. There will also be free groceries given out at this event. This event is powered by volunteers.


'Wreck it Ralph' and 'Argo' make top five films of 2012 By Paul Sell

contributing writer

Since the world ends within the next month, let’s focus on the great films from the last year of mankind. There were quite a few great films that came out in 2012, some of which will be remembered as shining examples of filmmaking. These are five films that stood out above the rest, creating some of the greatest enjoyment one could receive with a trip to the theater. 5. 'Chronicle' “Chronicle” presents a found footage film with characters that are both relatable and interesting to watch. Over the course of the film, you gain a connection to these three teenagers who gain telekinetic powers through contact with an alien device. These teens change over the course of the film, but not in a way that seems forced or unrealistic. Giv-

en where these three came from and what they want to do with their lives, how they use these powers makes for an unforgettable watch. 4. 'Argo' In “Argo,” which is based on a true story, in the late 1970s, a CIA agent is sent into Iran to rescue six Americans from being held hostage and killed, by posing as a Hollywood producer to shoot a fake movie. Most scenes are done in a competent and well-executed manner, but the scenes that steal the show are the ones revolving around the fake movie itself. In these scenes, we see the tired faces of actors like Alan Arkin and John Goodman, where it shows just how fed up they are with Hollywood and so they just have fun with being harsh and unforgiving. 3. 'Wreck-It Ralph' I’ve never seen a film like “WreckIt Ralph,” set in its own world of arcade games. The story follows the title char-

acter, Wreck-It Ralph, as he tries to break from his programming of being the bad guy and be seen as an equal from those also in his game.“WreckIt Ralph” is creative and unique in how it uses the environments. In one game, "Sugar Rush," everything is made out of sugary snacks and sweets, even the race cars. The film does everything with this, including Oreo guards and a Diet Coke mountain with Mentos. This always puts a smile on my face and reminds me how fun films can be. 2. 'Life Of Pi' This is a very simple film that manages to do a lot interesting things with its surroundings. Pi Patel tells his life story of how he survived the sinking of a freighter, along with losing his family but then had to endure the tougher task of surviving on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. “Life Of Pi” has the most beautifully cinematography of any film this year. There are several shots of the life-

boat on the water that I could see on the cover of National Geographic. At some points, it looks like the lifeboat is sailing among the clouds or stars. 1. 'Cloud Atlas' “Cloud Atlas” tells six different tales spread across time and space that are in some way connected to one another. The way I look at “Cloud Atlas” is that each of these six stories is a different genre of film, with a story in present day England being a comedy, or a 1970s San Francisco tale being a mystery. Each story is interesting and intriguing to watch, and even more intriguing to see how everything will connect. Some might be thrown off by the three hour runtime, but others will be taking notes and paying strict attention to the events of “Cloud Atlas.” Views expressed in this column do not nessecarily reflect the views of the Easterner.

Eastern students, as you get ready to finish finals, here are some recipes to take home and try out over the break. There is also one blank card to write your own recipe. If you would like to share your recipe, send an email to

LORNA’S GINGERBREAD Ingredients • • • • •

½ C margarine 2 Tbsp white sugar 1 egg 1 tsp each ginger and cinnamon 1 C molasses

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1 C boiling water 2.5 C white flour 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375

Brickhouse Deli, located in Brewster Hall, is hosting "Open Mic Night" on Dec. 5 from 6-8 p.m. The EWU Theatre department will be holding auditions for "Ode" on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m at the university theater. Written by Jonathan Johnson and directed by Sara Goff, "Ode" is based on the life of English poet John Keats and his relationship with Fanny Brawne. Performances will take place March 8-16 and April 9. Students and staff who are feeling stress from the upcoming finals will have a chance to relax. Counseling and Psychological Services is hosting their Stress-Free Zone event on Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature free chair massages, board games, puzzles and snacks. EWU music will be holding their last three fall quarter concerts. The Percussion Solo and Ensemble Court will play on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. On Dec. 7 there will be a convocation at 12 p.m. in the recital hall. Following the convocation, the James Edmond Memorial Piano Festival and Competition will take place from 2-5 p.m., and then continue on Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming to visit the EWU Bookstore on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. for the bookstore's children's program. There will also be a doughnut eating contest at 1 p.m. Tawanka Hall is hosting a holiday dinner on Dec. 10 from 4:30-8 p.m. Meal will include carved New York steak tip, manicotti and blackened shrimp with pasta alfredo. There will also be dessert and egg nog. The price is $8.95 or one meal count. The Roost and Baldy's will be closed in support of this event while Swoops will be open from 4-11 p.m.


Quinoa Stuffed bell peppers



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2.25 C white flour 2 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp baking soda

¾ tsp ground cinnamon

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½ tsp ground cloves ¼ tsp salt

¾ C margarine, softened

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1 C white sugar 1 egg 1 Tbsp orange juice ¼ C molasses 2 Tbsp white sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350

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Bell peppers of any color Cooked Quinoa Colby Jack Cheese Garlic and Basil Hummus

Preheat oven to 350




Thoroughly mix margarine, sugar, egg. Blend in molasses and water. In a separate bowl sift flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Add dry mix to wet and beat untill smooth. Pour into greased floured 9x9 pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Serve warm squares with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Sift together flour, baking soda, spices and salt. In a large separate bowl, cream together margarine and sugar till light and fluffy. Beat in egg, then stir in orange juice and molasses. Gradually stir sifted mixture into molasses mixture. Shape dough into walnut-sized balls (be generous, and you may need to spray your hands with cooking spray for this step). Roll each ball in the remaining sugar, if desired. Flatten each ball slightly on cookie sheet. Recommend no more than 16 cookies per standard cookie sheet so they don’t run together. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven.

Cut a circle into the top of the bell pepper, remove seeds and stems. Place repeating layers of cheese, quinoa and hummus to the top of each bell pepper, with cheese at the top. Place completed bell peppers together in a baking dish, and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Allow to cool, then enjoy. This can feed a lot of people very quickly and keeps them full.


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Exclusive: Persian king punishes Hellespont By Davis Hill

staff reporter

Some people think that I should stop making fun of the Greeks. Why don’t I pick on someone my own size? Well, it’s because I don’t want a fair fight. I want to be able to say whatever I want and then hide behind an Hill impenetrable façade of illusion and uncertainty. That’s why I work at a newspaper. But I don’t feel bad because there’s a lot of material there in ancient Greece. I mean, we’re talking about a people whose entire theology is essentially one long soap opera. So we shouldn’t take them too seriously. After all, it’s not as if they’re the foundation of Western culture. That would be really scary. ‛The Trojan Women’ This is the most boring play in the universe. The plot is basically just a bunch of women obnoxiously com-

plaining about their minor everyday problems. OK, so your home was destroyed, your husband was murdered, your children were sold into slavery, you’re starving and your city is a smoldering monument of death. We get it already.

‛Lysistrata’ Written by the great poet Aristophanes, whose name literally means “best of the phanes,” “Lysistrata” tells the tale of a group of women activists during the Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata, the activist ringleader, wants peace between Athens and Sparta. She convinces the women of Greece to stage an “Unoccupy the Bedroom” protest, in which they refuse to sleep with any of the men until a peace treaty has been signed. Lysistrata aims to hit the men where it hurts — figuratively, of course. However, these are not “men as men now are,” as Homer once said. These men are legendary warriors, men who speak with the gods themselves, heroes who can withstand the most horrible of punishments. They have slain monsters. They have saved na-

tions. They have journeyed to the land of Death itself and returned, and their only complaint was that the flight attendants ran out of ginger ale. But the men, who figured the women were just bluffing, quickly realize this is no laughing matter. It starts getting pretty tough, as evidenced by this actual line from the play: “Why do you hide that lance that sticks out under your arms?” “I’ve brought no lance.” As the days roll on, the men get more and more desperate. Finally, delegates from the other nations arrive and begin peace talks. By this time, the best thing anyone can manage is a low growl: the talks don’t last long. The peace treaty is quickly signed, and both men and women are overcome with joy. They decide to celebrate, and everyone retires to the Acropolis for a gigantic, um, party. ’The Histories’ “The Histories” holds a special place in the heart of many classicists, because its author, Herodotus, was the first Westerner to attempt a cohesive history of his time. He travelled all over ancient

Greece, visiting historic sites, investigating myths and talking to all sorts of people. Because of his travels, and because of his focus on fairly presenting every side of a story, most people consider Herodotus the father of history. Some people disagree, though because they think that Herodotus was not very rigorous in his fact-checking. So it’s probably safer to call him the father of journalism rather than the father of history. Herodotus lived during the time of the Persian War between Greece and Persia, and a large part of his work is devoted to talking about the war. The most famous battle of that war was the battle at Thermopylae, where 300 Greek soldiers held off a much larger contingent of Persians. Some of you may remember the movie “300,” which tells the story of this battle. “300” is a historically accurate retelling in which the minutest details are faithfully preserved, and I encourage everyone to go see it. I do have to reread some of my Greek history, though, because I must have missed

the part where the Persians had ninja warriors, and Xerxes was a sadomasochist. Anyway, among other startling revelations, Herodotus discloses that the “Iliad” is a made-forTV movie “based upon true events,” and that the “Odyssey” is backstory for an ancient fantasy role-playing game. Some of his claims are so absurd that they are obviously false, such as reports of giant fire-breathing ants, countries where the sky is made of feathers and societies where the female body isn’t exploited as a corporate advertising tool. Other stories might be true, but are just plain weird: for example, the story about how Egyptians bring miniature skeletons to parties, or how a Persian man loved a tree so much he decked it in gold and became its servant for the rest of his life. My absolute favorite, though, is the story of how Xerxes, king of the Persians, punished the Hellespont River or the Dardanelle Strait. His soldiers built a bridge so they could cross into Europe and invade Greece, but a storm broke it apart. When Xerxes learned

about this, he decreed that the river should receive 300 lashes and be imprisoned by throwing some shackles into the water. Xerxes then called the river a bunch of bad names, and gave a very angry speech admonishing the river for breaking his bridge. He also reminded it that it had missed its curfew last night. And when exactly was it going to repay the 20 dollars it borrowed last week? Okay, so maybe Herodotus is having a bit of fun with his readers. But even though some of his stories might sound a little fishy, in his heart Herodotus is trying his best. He thinks that every story deserves a fair shake, no matter how unlikely it may seem. In conclusion, he mentions that “the Greeks say a great many things that do not stand up to scrutiny,” which is actually really funny when you remember that Herodotus is a Greek who says a great many things that do not stand up to scrutiny. Views expressed in this column do not nessecarily reflect the views of the Easterner.

Scholars share studying advice and techniques By Nicole Collier-Adkins and Daymin Marrs

Tips for studying

for the easterner

Paper is all around as students hustle to memorize that last piece of information before they go take their finals, if only they had allowed themselves more time to study and prepare. There seems to be two main ways of going about studying for finals: planning and studying ahead of time or cramming all of the information in a couple of days before the exam. Some students agree that cramming is bad and sometimes stressful. For some students though, it is unavoidable due to scheduling conflicts. Graduate student Carlos Munoz would cram study throughout his college career due to time constraints from working full time and attending school at the same time. Despite his many obligations, he was able to at least pass all his classes. Munoz said, “If I had better [study] habits I would have done better [in class].” What stressed Munoz out the most was not the act of studying for and taking finals or midterms, but rather the fact that his tests never stopped. After he took one test, he had to start preparing for the next exam in

How you approach studying matters. Aim to think positively when you study, and remind yourself of your skills and abilities. Where you study is important. The library, a nook in a student lounge, study hall or a quiet coffee house are good places to check out Bring everything you need, nothing you do not. Nothing is more time-consuming and wasteful than having to run back and forth regularly because you forget an important book, paper, or some other resource you need to be successful. If you study best with your favorite music playing, make sure your iPod is with you. Outline and rewrite your notes. People find that connecting similar concepts together makes it easier to remember when the exam comes around. The important thing to remember in writing outlines is that an outline only works as a learning tool when it is in you are own words and structure.


Make a schedule you can stick to. Even if you just crack open a book once a week for a class, it is better than waiting until the first exam in a massive cram session.

Photo by Nicole Adkins Andrew Cummings is one of several students studying before finals.

a couple of days. This made studying ahead of time more difficult and cramming a necessity. Munoz made cramming work for him, and anyone that is in a similar position could make cramming work as well.

While Munoz was teaching as a graduate student, it helped having the experience of cramming because he could tell when his students were cramming or studying ahead of time. Knowing this he

was able to take students aside and teach them different tricks to manage their time wisely in the small time frames they were allowing themselves. However, there are many stu-

dents that are able to apply better study habits, and most of them agree that this is better for their grade and stress levels. Studying-page 10



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minute of play (3 Words). 2. Jordan Schoenig made the ___ from 2010- 2011. (4 Words). 3. Tom McArthur began his career at EWU in 1992 working part time as an ___ for the grounds crew (2 Words). 4. Malicious mischief is defined by the legislature as a person who knowingly and maliciously causes ___ to the property of another (2 Words). 5. EWU will host ___ on Dec. 8 in the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals (2 Words). 6. Jamie Redman’s goal is to compete again at the 2015 Pan-American Games and (3 Words). 7. An approved $1,876 was approved to buy promotional items for ASEWU to hand out during finals week as part of free ___ kits (2 Words). 8. The executive president is allowed a leave of absence for illness, family emergency or any other reason deemed excusable by a consensus of the ___ (2 Words).

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Take a package of sugar cookie dough and make one giant cookie out of it. It should be the size of a pizza. Bake according to package direction. Mix a package of softened cream cheese and mix with 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Use this as icing for the pizza. The toppings should be your favorite fruits.

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Beat cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla with an electric mixer until blended. Add sour cream and mix well. Add eggs, one at a time (psh, as if you could really add eggs two at a time), mixing on low speed after each until just blended. Pour over crust. Bake for 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 4 hours. Top with pie filling.

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Photo by Kurt Olson The university had a new path created from Elm street to the PUB Dec. 3. Fed up with the previous path between The Easterner and the rest of campus, Editor-in-chief Amy Meyer dedicated a journal to some of her journeys through the old pathway. Read all about it at

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This juncture includes raising the necessary funds to continue moving the project along. “We have identified a number of individuals that have the potential to fund this,” Westfall said. “We are in the process of engaging them and sharing with them the vision for the project, the design to this point, and then we’ll go from there.” Westfall said he believes both boards’

reactions to the plans were “supportive and positive, pending further information.” Though funds still need to be secured and the project still needs to be formally approved, Westfall thinks the facility could benefit Eastern in many different ways. “I firmly believe from an impact standup it’s much bigger than just athletics,” Westfall said. “I think that this really raises the profile of Eastern. It raises the profile of our athletic program without question, but it also raises the profile of our campus culture.”


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Use memory games. The key to such memory devices is the new phrase or sentence you come up with has to be more memorable and easier to remember than the terms or information you are trying to learn. Practice by yourself or with friends. Different formats work for different groups. Some groups like to work through chapters together, quizzing one another as they go through it. Others like to compare class notes and review materials that way, ensuring they have not missed any critical points.

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hard-working, self-motivated students and is hiring writers. Writing for The Easterner is an opportunity to practice many skills and techniques learned in journalism and other classes taught at EWU. Writers must: • seek campus-pegged stories and submit two ideas per week to supervising editor • write two articles a week in Associated Press Style with a minimum word count of 600 • think critically and be comfortable with researching and interviewing • collaborate with his or her section editor and copy desk to edit articles for grammar, content and style • Promote their stories on Facebook, Twitter and other social media Writers’ meetings are Mondays at 3:30 p.m. Students who have taken Journalism 100 or news writing are preferred. Writers are asked to write and edit two stories per issue within 9 hours at minimum wage. Online assistant: The Easterner needs help with behind-the-scenes maintenance and troubleshooting. We are seeking a skilled student to work five hours an issue as an assistant to the Online Editor. Please send your resume to The Easterner: copy editor The Easterner is looking for copy editors. A wonderful place to work. A copy editor must uses Associated Press style and standard

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Sophomore Macy AlValley studies throughout the quarter to make sure she does not fall behind, but studies more for her psychology and math classes, which are her weaker subjects. She has learned that finals are nothing to freak out about; this has helped her when taking the exams. AlValley said, “Don’t stress about finals, it’s just another test.” Junior Shyla Hatch has tried many little tricks when studying for finals and has found a few ways that work well for her. She rewrites all her notes, along with going through her textbook a couple times to find anything that was not covered in class. Hatch has also found that writing out her notes on a whiteboard is helpful for her. White boards are available for student use in the library. Senior Amber Haston not only rewrites all her notes, but makes flashcards to highlight key points. She

has also learned during her college career that every class is important, not just the classes that pertain to your major. Haston said, “Don’t think that any class is a throwaway class. You’re paying for it and it’s important.” No matter which technique students prefer, the atmosphere has to be correct for the knowledge to stick. What atmosphere works best is a personal decision; some people require it to be quiet and serene while others listen to music or study in a group. Andrew Cummings’ atmosphere required attractive and intelligent women and listening to the ocean waves while studying. For senior Amy Himson it was harder to study in the dorms and living off campus has made it easier for her to be comfortable and study. Eastern students all had their own unique ways of preparing for finals. Here are just some final study tips to get you through the last week of classes.

Easterner Horoscopes: for entertainment purposes only By Al Stover, Josh Friesen and Kristie Hsin for the easterner

Sagittarius Nov. 22-Dec. 21 - Before you leave for home, you are going to find a soda that you had lost at the beginning of the year. Under any circumstances, do not drink it, as it will cause you to become sick while attempting to travel out of Cheney. You will end up spending your winter break alone and sick. Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 19 - Remember that the holidays are a time of peace and love, which means it is probably not a good idea to pour water on your neighbor’s driveway before they leave for work. Use your free time for other things you did not get to do this quarter, like sleep or going to see a movie. Aquarius Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Take a little extra time to enjoy the special moments with family and friends during the break. Do not forget to give your pet a big hug when they come running out the door the moment you get home. You may need these moments to help you get through next quarter and the coming winter weather. Pisces Feb. 19-Mar. 20 As you take your finals, it might be a good idea to invest in a thermos that can carry a liter of coffee and still keep it hot. Also remember to wash the thermos after you use it the first time, otherwise things will grow inside of it that will rival the forests of the “Revolution” television show. Aries Mar. 21-Apr. 19 Enjoy yourself. You have worked hard for the past few weeks and you deserve some time off. Get under a blanket, grab that book you have been putting off and brew some tea. You will feel rejuvenated and ready to take on finals week with a clear head. Taurus Apr. 20-May 20 Talk about irony. Your 1996 Ford Taurus, the car you received your sophomore year of high school from your Uncle Lenny, will finally keel over and die after relentlessly putting on the miles. You will feel an odd sense of sadness after treating your car like a rusty hunk of metal all these years. Now you have

to find another way home for the winter holidays. Gemini May 21-June 20 - You get a boost of confidence everyday for the rest of this month. The material in that class that you have been struggling in will finally click into place. All you have to do now is study hard and give it your all and you will come out on top. Cancer June 21-July 22 - Remember that jerk in middle school that used to pick on you and knock your books out of your hand? Remember that time he punched you? He is on your suggested friends list on Facebook and he is not looking good. After snooping around his profile, you learn that he has been looped into several failed pyramid schemes, is balding and has a massive beerbelly. Score one for you. Leo July 23-Aug. 22 - The item you have been looking everywhere for was actually stolen from you. Do not worry, it was not from anyone who thinks you are useless or stupid. Check the campus lost and found bins. There, you may find what you lost or make a last minute decision to take someone else’s lost item. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22 Unlike Aries, you have been enjoying yourself too much and for far too long. It is now time for you to drop that bag of chips, turn off the TV and step it up. Finals are coming up. Be prepared to take advantage of campus resources and the library's extended hours. Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Take a day out of your busy schedule and do something fun and risky. You have been playing by the rules for too long and it is time for you to have a morning where you wake up and ask yourself, “What the heck happened last night?” or, “Hey, where’d my kidney go?” Start living a life without regrets. Scorpio Oct.23-Nov. 21 No thanks to school and work, you have been under a lot of stress lately and unfortunately there will be more to come. If you are 21 or older, stock up on those six packs, keep your chin up and just hope next month gets better.

Police Beat

SPORTS Sports in brief:

staff writer

Nov. 27

7:30 p.m. Agency assist EWU police assisted the Cheney Police Department with a report of an unsecured residence. Neighbors reported that the front door of a residence was open and that they knew no one was home. Officers checked the residence and noted that it did not look like a break-in and then locked the door.


Offensive tackle Will Post was chosen to the American Football Coaches Association All-America team. Post is the 16th Eagle football player to earn All-America accolades and the first Eagle offensive lineman to be recognized since Michael Roos in 2004. Post has started every game at right tackle and has allowed just one sack this season. He anchors an offensive line that is a part of an offense that is ranked 21st in total offense and ninth in passing offense. The presigious All-America team names only 25 players from the Football Championship Subdivision.

7:53 a.m. Suspicious circumstances A suspicious looking package was reported in lot 3. A passerby noticed a backpack wedged under the driver’s side wheel of a car. Upon further inspection, it was found that the backpack contained fecal matter. There was also a box of kittens being kept in the backseat of the car. Officers contacted SCRAPS, but since the kittens were not in immediate danger, they were left in the car.

A backpack found in a car in lot 3 contained fecal matter. There was also a box of kittens being kept in the backseat of the car. Officers contacted SCRAPS, but since the kittens were not in immediate danger, they were left in the car.

3:22 p.m. Agency assist EWU police assisted Cheney officers with two motorcyclists. The drivers were stopped and issued a citation for reckless driving.

Nov. 28

11:48 a.m. Hit and run A faculty member reported that the back end of their car had been run into in lot 5. The other driver did leave a note. 9:41 p.m. Theft A female student in Pearce Hall reported that her phone had been stolen from a lounge area while she was helping set up Christmas decorations. She then found the phone an hour later in her car.

Nov. 29

10 a.m. Fourth degree assualt A student employee reported that she had been assaulted two days earlier while refereeing a soccer match. A male student who was playing was upset by a call she made and grabbed her arms from behind.

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Nov. 27 - Suspicious circumstances

2:30 p.m. Theft A student accidentally left their backpack containing a Macbook Pro in the women’s bathroom in JFK library. The student returned later and the backpack was gone. Later,

a friend of the student reported that they had found the backpack and held on to it to keep it safe.

posing side. Reports were filed for disorderly conduct but no arrests were made.

Dec. 1

9:20 p.m. Harassment A Streeter Hall resident visiting the ninth floor of Pearce Hall reported that they had been harassed during what allegedly started out as a prank. The student’s “Magic” playing cards were torn in half, and several students began throwing paper towels and shampoo at each other. No arrests were made.

Assault Two girls on the sixth floor of Dressler Hall were reported for a fight that got physical. No injuries were reported and no arrests were made. Officers told the girls to stay away from each other in the future. Attempted theft Parking enforcement reported that a meter near lot 4 had the ground around it disturbed, indicating someone had tried to steal it. There was no direct damage to the meter. 10 a.m. Marijuana report A student walking through the PUB found a bag of marijuana lying on the ground. They called and waited for the police to come inspect the bag, which was found to contain 7.5 grams, or about $90 worth, of marijuana. 3:45 p.m. Alcohol violation Officers were called to the football game after it was reported that underage girls were drinking in the women’s locker room. One student declined a blood alcohol test and was arrested for minor in possession. Disorderly conduct During halftime and after the football game several overzealous EWU fans were reported for picking fights with students from the op-

Dec. 2

1:37 a.m. Assault A fight occurred between two sisters on the ninth floor of Dressler Hall. One of the girls was not a student and was cited for furnishing alcohol to minors. Both sisters were charged with domestic violence fourth degree assault. 9 a.m. Domestic violence EWU police assisted Cheney officers with a domestic violence reported on First Street. The altercation turned out to be verbal only and no arrests were made.

Tip of the week: Tread lightly with the new marijuana laws and read them very carefully. Marijuana still will not be allowed on campus, and if you see someone smoking it in public, contact police.

Tell us what you think of the new marijuana laws and follow us on Twitter @EasternerOnline

Eagles pick up home opener win

The Eagle women's basketball team lost to the Gonzaga Bulldogs 65-50 on Dec. 4. Sophomore Lexie Nelson led the Eagles in scoring with 19 points. Second on the team in scoring was junior Aubrey Ashenfelter with 13 points. Sophomore Melissa Williams registered 10 rebounds along with four points. The Eagles drop to 2-5 on the season. Upcoming: The Eastern football team will take on the Illinois State Redbirds in the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs Dec. 8, at Roos Field. The Eastern men's basketball team will host Idaho on Dec. 6 and Seattle on Dec. 10. Both games will begin at 6:05 p.m. at Reese Court. The Eastern women's basketball team will travel to Boise State on Dec. 7. The game will begin at 6 p.m. The Eastern track and field teams will host the fifth-annual Candy Cane Invitational against Montana on Dec. 7 and 8. The competition will take place inside the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse in Cheney. Be sure to check for team schedules over winter break.

By Josh Friesen

sports editor

The Eagles came back from a nine point deficit in the second half to beat the Cal State Fullerton Titans. Forward Venky Jois led the Eagles in points with 22 and had 13 total rebounds to earn himself a double-double. Guard Justin Crosgile, who shot 50 percent from behind the arc, also registered a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Head coach Jim Hayford said he was proud of his team and the heart they showed. “I’m very proud of them,” Hayford said. “I’m proud of the defensive effort we put up in the second half.” The Eagles, who are now 2-5 on the season, outshot the Titans by nearly 8 percent. Eastern was 45.6 percent from the floor and Cal State Fullerton was 38.1 percent from the floor. The Eagles started strong as they kept pace with a fast Titan team early in the first half. Eastern seemed to slow down,


Photo by Aaron Malmoe Crosgile, a transfer from St. Joseph's University, leads the team in scoring with 14.4 points per game.

however, as the half came to a close and the Titans had taken a 46-39 lead. The Eagles came out in the second half with a renewed vigor. At one point, the Eagles went on an 8-0 run and managed to slowed down the Titans’ hot offense. “I just thought that we played harder in the second half,” Hayford said. The Eagles also began poking holes in the Cal State Fullerton defense.

“We felt … that their pressure defense would wear down through the game and that we would be able to run the offense we needed to in the first half,” Hayford said. “I give my assistant coaches credit for a great scout.” For Crosgile, the win was overdue. “It felt great. I felt like our guys were working hard,” Crosgile said. “It’s a

great confidence booster going into our next six games.” According to Hayford, the team grew during the game. Crosgile said that, at times, the team would begin to let up when leading in games. He said Hayford acknowledged that the team needed to play a full game and not to get comfortable. “All week he’s stressed to us about [how] we have to get

stops. Don’t worry about the score,” Crosgile said. Jois said his team prepared hard for the Cal State Fullerton team and that they were able to expose the Titans’ vulnerabilities. “We saw that they just loved to play transition basketball, and I think in a half-court offense they couldn’t play against us,” Jois said. “Long possessions wear them down. If they don’t run, we’ve got these guys.” Forward Thomas Reuter, who earned the start due to senior Collin Chiverton’s absence, stepped up and shot 50 percent from the field and had 16 points. Hayford praised Reuter’s effort. “I think all Thomas thought was, ‘I need to play up to my ability and that’s the best I can do to fill those shoes,’ and he did a great job,” Hayford said. Chiverton missed the game due to a family emergency. The Eagles’ next game is in Reese Court against the Idaho Vandals on Dec. 6. Jois is excited for the next game, as well as the rest of the season. “We’ve got some guys that are super quick,” Jois said. “We’ve got an exciting team to watch. We’re athletic and skillful. I think we can grow to be a really good team.”

Eastern student an Olympian for team USA Redman's team took the gold for rowing By Kelly Manalo

staff writer

First year physical therapy student Jamie Redman went to the London Olympics this summer as an alternate for the women’s eight boat, who would go on to win an Olympic gold medal. Her full-time job for the past four years was rowing. She was on the national rowing team, competed around the world. She also holds a world record in rowing. “I’m grateful I got the chance to see what all the fuss is about. It’s so unique. I see why people go through pain and poverty for the chance to go,” said Redman. Redman is from Spokane and first started rowing in 2004 with the Spokane River Rowing Association. After graduating from Lewis and Clark High School, she went to college at Yale University and rowed for them for four years. Redman trained in the Under 23 National Team as a collegiate rower. After graduating from Yale, she was invited to join the national team in 2009. She then put her life on hold to live and train at the USRowing Training Center in Princeton, N.J., for the next four years. Redman is a five-time World’s medalist and set the world record for the eight-person rowboat at the 2012 Samsung World Rowing Cup II in May. This record in the 2-kilometer race is still untouched at 5:54.17. Until the Olympics, Redman had not missed a single race with team USA for three years. Twenty women train for the Olympics and only eight get to race, according to Redman. “Going to the Olympics was emo-

tional. It puts you through the ringer,” said Redman. Trials were three weeks before the Olympics. “It’s not about how strong you are for four years, it’s about how strong you are that week you’re in trials,” said Redman. “It’s a little bit hard. If I were a little healthier, if I had done something different I could have been on that boat,” said Redman. “Such a small percent of the population are able to push themselves in the sport of rowing in order to win world champions and set world records. I never had any doubt that she would make it [to the Olympics],” said Lisa Galow, active member of the Spokane River Rowing Association and longtime friend of Redman. Team USA women’s rowing head coach Thomas Terhaar felt Redman helped push her teammates by giving her best in trying to make the team. “She was a great spare with a great attitude the whole way through. It’s not easy and very few alternates are able to be as supportive as she was,” said Terhaar. “Jamie has always been a great teammate and continued her role in London,” said Esther Lofgren, Redman’s teammate who went on to compete in London. According to Galow, Redman is a hard worker and dedicated. “The Spokane River Rowing Association, close friends, family, the community and I are all responsible for supporting Jamie in her efforts to row to the top,” said Galow. The eight-person boat is 60 feet long, weighs 200 pounds and carries 2,500 pounds. All the women on the boat are tall and fit. Redman said she was among one of the shorter ones at 6-feet.

Photo courtesy of Allison Frederick of USRowing Redman is working towards competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The national team rowed 200 km per week, lifted weights three times a week and cross-trained as well. Sundays were their only days off when they did a seven-mile run, according to Redman. Redman loves her teammates and said it was extremely competitive training together. No one takes a rest day because that could jeopardize a spot in the boat. “Excellence brings excellence,” said Redman. Redman is proud of her team for winning gold at the Olympics. “I pushed them everyday,” she said. Redman thinks the United States have the best female athletes for rowing because of Title IX programs, which allow women who compete in the U.S. to compete in sports collegiately. “Americans have been so dominant [in rowing]. Everyone brings their ‘A’ game. When the Olympics come around everyone rises to the challenge when the world is watching,” said Redman.

“Going to the Olympics was a combination of Christmas, birthday, college spring break and happiness every day. It was absolutely surreal,” said Redman. Redman is currently taking a year off to let her body heal after what she explained as a crazy few years. By joining a running club in Spokane, Redman has been rediscovering why she loves athletics. Right now Redman’s focus is education, rehabilitation and getting 100 percent healthy. “Jamie is strong, fit and loves to win. All things you need at the highest level of rowing” said Lofgren. Redman’s goal is to compete again at the 2015 Pan-American Games and World Rowing Championships, but ultimately, she wants to go back to the Olympics. “[Jamie] is young with a lot of potential. She is very young in rowing terms,” said Terhaar. “I have unfinished business with the Olympics,” Redman said. “I was so close and it is fully within my capability to go back.”

Schuller teaches lessons about life, not just basketball By Amye Ellsworth

staff repoter


december 5, 2012

Eagles drop Cal State Fullerton in 79-75 thriller

By Linsey Garrison

11:57 a.m. Welfare check A concerned parent called the Red Barn out of concern for his son. When contacted, the student told officers he just needed some space from his father.

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Head coach Wendy Schuller has helped develop EWU women’s basketball from a team to a program with an emphasis on academics. The changes and progress of the athletic department over the years are what stand out to Schuller the most. Schuller is in her 12th season of coaching this year. “The university has grown. It’s fun to watch it continue to grow,” Schuller said. “I think that’s the biggest thing in the past 12 years. The department has changed tremendously.” According to Schuller, these changes have been helpful in the recruiting process of new athletes. “It’s given us more to sell. Our job has been finding players that have skills and ability, and you need something to sell them.”

During the early signing period, Schuller recruited four new players from Washington, Oregon and California who will come to play for the Eagles next year. Schuller said that a large part of her coaching up to this point has focused on creating a lasting family with her team. “Within our program, we’ve created a culture and a family. It’s not a team anymore. It’s a program,” Schuller said. “That was my goal when I got to Eastern. I said, ‘Let’s create a women’s basketball program that people are proud of and that people want to be a part of.’” Senior guard Jordan Schoening believes Schuller has been successful in accomplishing her goal. “I like the family atmosphere,” she said. “That’s why I came here.” Schoening also views Schuller as more than just a coach. “She’s really good with personal

stuff. I feel like I can go and talk to her,” Schoening said. Being personally involved in her athlete’s lives serves a larger purpose for Schuller. “To me, why I love to do this is watching young women grow from teenagers who still have some things to figure out to young women ready to take on the world,” Schuller said. “I want to see them be confident young women” The life lessons that Schuller teaches her team stand out to Schoenig. “She wants us to be successful in life, not just on the court,” Schoenig said. The lesson that has stood out to Schoenig the most has been overcoming adversity and being persistent even when times are tough. Schuller encourages players to put academics high on their list of priorities. “Our grade point average has to be up there,” Schoening said. “It’s one of her big pushes.”

Emphasizing grades also serves a greater goal for Schuller, who said that the WNBA did not exist while she was playing college basketball. Because of this, young women did not have any opportunities to play basketball beyond the college level. Although this option is open for women now, Schuller stills encourages a strong focus on academics. “Growing up, academics was important for me. When I played college basketball it was something that continued to be important to me,” Schuller said. “We just tell our players that no matter how good you are, you’re going to have to have a life and career beyond basketball.” Schoenig made the Big Sky All-Academic team from 20102011 and is working on a major in elementary education. Schoenig and the rest of the team will be back in Reese Court on Dec. 29 to take on Warner Pacific College.

Photo by Aaron Malmoe Schuller's teams advanced to the Big Sky tournament in eight of her 11 years as coach.


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Games not very cheap

december 5, 2012

Transfer athletes proving themselves Sophomore playing hard for Eagles

Jois named Big Sky Player of the Week

By Amye Ellsworth

By Amy Meyer


All students at EWU must be either single or dating other EWU students. Yeah, this isn't true, but this seems to be the assumption of the ticket office. Last month I went to the bookstore to acquire a ticket with my student ID. My husband and I were going together. I knew I would have to buy a ticket for him since he is not presently a student. During the transaction, I discovered that the free ticket I would have received as a student would have allowed me to sit in the student section, but my husband's ticket would have been in a different section. I couldn't acquire a seat next to him unless I bought it. He couldn't buy a ticket next to me in the student section. Between my conversation with the bookstore attendant and my phone conversation with the ticket office, someone suggested acquiring a ticket from a student who was not attending the game. Evidently the situation is so problematic that even the university is trying to finagle a way around it. I was uneasy about this option and declined. It seemed to me like it would be sneaking my husband in under false pretenses. I propose that EWU sells tickets to people that students bring as guests. Be hospitable. Allow these groups to sit together in either the student section and charge a couple dollars more than the endzone tickets. Guests would probably be willing to pay $12 or $13 for tickets that placed them with their friends. In order to ensure these were student guests, student ID could be a requirement for their purchase and limits could be placed on the number of student guest tickets each student could purchase. One per student would be fair. If a student were going with a large group of nonstudents, this deal would not make sense. It would be better for that student to buy a ticket outside of the student section at a student discount, like half price. After my conversation with the ticket office and then a bit of additional thought, my husband and I purchased tickets for both of us. We went to the game with two EWU students who also purchased their tickets so we could sit as a group. But I am somewhat discouraged from going to games by the price of buying tickets for two. It cost us $41.10. Yeah, we could have had tickets in the endzone for cheaper, but we opted to sit just above the student section. Having said that, it wasn’t a tragedy that we paid full price though. We had a great time, and the Eagles won to boot.


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Photo by Evan Sykes Currently, Baldwin is 43-18 in his five years as Eastern's head football coach. Including this year, he has taken his team to the playoffs in 2009 and 2010.

Everyone wants to know Beau Football coach remains humble despite program's success By Peter Sowards

staff repoter

Walking past a young reporter and one of his assistant coaches, Eagles head football coach Beau Baldwin heard his name spoken, and his ears perked up. “Everybody wants to know Beau,” said Ryan Sawyer, EWU’s defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator, when informed that The Easterner was planning on doing a story on his head coach. From about 15 feet away, between shaking hands and giving hugs to EWU supporters out watching practice, Baldwin turned and asked, “Everybody wants to know what?” “They’re doing a story on you and want to interview me,” Sawyer said. Baldwin playfully rolled his eyes and smiled, finally walking off the track and onto the red speed turf also known as “The Inferno” after catching up with the Eagles fans. Sawyer is right—everybody wants to know Beau, and with good reason. Under Baldwin’s tutelage as head coach, EWU has achieved a tremendous amount of success. His team won a national championship in 2010 and is participating in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs for the third time in four years. One might think that all this success would go to Baldwin’s head. Not true,

said EWU sports information director David Cook. “You’d think that a guy would get an inflated ego or something after winning a national championship, but not Beau. He’s been very humble through it all. “He’s very accommodating. He’ll make the time for just about anybody, anytime. He’s just been unbelievable in terms of our need for media exposure. He’s able to do the interviews and the media love him, and that makes my job that much easier.” Cook’s job includes, but is not limited to, making sure the media has sufficient access to EWU players and coaches, in particular Baldwin, before practice and after games. These are stressful times, especially for the head coach of an elite NCAA Division I college football program, but Baldwin never turns down an interview request or fails to honestly answer questions. “[He’s a] tremendously high-character individual,” said EWU athletic director Bill Chaves, the man who hired Baldwin as the Eagles head coach in 2008. “And obviously you need to be a very good coach as well, but he commands respect of his team and really everyone at the university just by the way that he carries himself, and I think that ends up being a reflection of how his teams play and certain[ly] how they carry themselves both on and off the field.” On the field, Baldwin

Sword play open to all By Cody Brockman

contributing writer

The fencing club took a stab at boredom and allowed students a chance to relieve stress at the same time. Meghan Woods, president of the club, said, “About 10 to 12 people join every quarter, but then the group starts to shrink around midterms and by the end there are seven to eight left.” The joining fee is $20 per quarter. Fencing is a sport that requires patience at first and a certain level of sophistication, according to Woods. The club is open to anyone interested to join. “We are willing to teach anyone that is willing to learn,” Woods said. Michael Schomburg is a club member who discovered he could continue to fence after transferring to Eastern from Western Washington University. Schomburg said “Any skill level can join and have fun in this sport. That’s why I enjoy it.” Chris Palmer, who has been fencing with the team the past two months, said, “It’s fun and not bad to get involved

with. It is as much a physical sport as it is a mental one.” The club provides the equipment necessary to fence, but members can bring their own equipment if they would like. This ensures that all the members involved with the club can participate. The team as a whole does not participate in competitions as part of a club activity, but some members choose to individually compete, according to Woods. “Fencing is largely an individual sport, but there are events in Spokane members of the team compete in.” “It is a lot of fun and you get to stab people safely.” said Woods. Schomburg added, “There are swords and sophistication mixed with safe fighting that leads to a good outlet for stress relief.” The club meets three times a week for two hours to practice Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. “The club can be a lot of work and even overwhelming at times to beginners,” Woods said. “Attending the practices will make you better and that is when you start to have the real fun.”

will never be mistaken for a Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher type coach—that is, one who visibly chews out players and referees, throws clipboards or demonstratively acts in emotional fashion. Instead, Baldwin takes a more consistent approach, never reacting too much or too little to any given situation. “You know that he’s not going to panic in a situation if things go bad,” Sawyer said. Aaron Best, EWU’s offensive coordinator, went to the same high school as Baldwin in Tacoma, Wash., and remembers cheering for him at football games. “When he speaks, people listen,” said Best. “He doesn’t get too high, doesn’t get too low, and that’s what he preaches to the kids.” Best said that Baldwin’s offensive knowledge is unparalleled. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been around a more brilliant mind offensively in the pass game, and he does it without an ego. That’s kind of where the mellowness comes. He’s steady in his ways, and he knows what he’s doing and we all kind of sit back and put our seatbelts on and know he’s driving us to the right destination.” A study of Baldwin’s coaching staff reveals a common theme: familiarity and friendship. John Graham, who has served as EWU’s defensive coordinator since Baldwin became the head coach, went to the same high school as Best and Baldwin and was

Victory: continued from front

both quarterbacks receiving substantial playing time. Baldwin said there was not any one main factor that influenced his position to go with Padron as the starting quarterback vs. Wagner. According to Padron, he was notified that he would be the starter vs. Wagner during the middle of the week of practice leading up to the game. Baldwin did not say who would start at quarterback on Dec. 8 vs. Illinois State. “Whether it’s me or Vern or whoever is out there, our job is to get the ball to these guys [the receivers] and let them do work and get the yards after the catch,” Padron said. “They make our job a little bit easier.” Padron got the ball to junior wide receiver Brandon Kaufman 10 times for 174 yards, giving Kaufman 1,444 receiving yards on the season, just nine yards short of the singleseason record of 1,453 held by Eric Kimble set during the 2004 season. Kaufman’s 174 receiving yards

actually on the same team as Baldwin in 1991, when Graham was a senior and Baldwin was a sophomore. “He’s a great boss; he’s a great friend,” Graham said. “It’s a really good friendship.” Zak Hill had the unique experience of being coached by Baldwin at Central Washington University and now coaching alongside Baldwin at EWU as quarterbacks coach. During Hill’s first four years at CWU—from 1998 to 2001—Baldwin served as Hill’s quarterbacks coach. “He was a very positive coach,” Hill said. “I think that helped myself and I know a lot of other guys out in that position because it can be one of those [positions] where there’s a lot of stress, so it’s nice having a coach that’s always backing you and supporting you. I think that was one of the big things that I learned too, and I carry that into my own coaching.” Aside from the coaches, EWU players have a great deal of respect for Baldwin. In particular, senior wide receiver Nicholas Edwards, a member of Baldwin’s first recruiting class at EWU. Edwards said that he was originally planning on attending Santa Monica Junior College but received a phone call from Baldwin that helped persuade him to take his talents to Cheney instead. “He taught me the whole [offensive] system, from top to bottom, not just the receiver position,” Ed-

were the second-most he has had in a single game in his career, while his 10 catches tied a career-high. “We knew that the middle of the field would be open more,” Kaufman said. “They tried to stop the run and they’re real big-bodied in the middle so we knew there would be some holes in the middle of the field.” Baldwin said Kaufman plays his best when it means the most. “Like a lot of our guys—and you’ve seen it over the years—in those crunch time moments he just has it—he has it,” Baldwin said. “The lights are on and it’s time to make a huge play. He will make it time in and time out.” Wagner head coach Walt Hameline was similarly impressed with Kaufman’s performance. “Coming in, we knew all of them were good receivers, but he is a heck of a receiver,” Hameline said. “He just made plays and it comes down to that in a game when you look back. “Players have to make plays and he made a ton of them.” Defensively the Eagles were spurred by undersized defensive

wards said. “He taught me everything. I think that’s what makes him a good coach; he just doesn’t focus on one thing, he focuses on the whole big picture.” Eagles nose tackle Evan Cook, another member of Baldwin’s first recruiting class, said it took awhile to get to know Baldwin. “He’s a great guy,” Cook said. “At first I feel like he was kind of hard to get a beat on, but now after being around him for five years, he’s just great. He’s always the same.” Cook also appreciated Baldwin’s ability and willingness to connect with the team. “That’s the best thing that a coach can do is be able to communicate with his players; he’s amazing at that.” For senior safety Jeff Minnerly, the team’s confidence in Baldwin’s methods is what allows them to maintain their high levels of success. “We just trust that he’s always going to do what’s best for the team, and that in itself is calming,” Minnerly said. “I think his demeanor always matches what we need it to be.” The job of being a head football coach at a Division I university is a tall order, and one that Baldwin undertakes with help from his complimentary coaches and players. “He’s a team player,” Best said. “He looks after his assistant coaches, and it’s obvious. It’s not something he tells us and we believe, it’s obvious without him even having to tell us.”

end Jerry Ceja, who sacked Seahawks senior quarterback Nick Boscher twice and added three tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries, as well as a blocked field goal attempt. Linebacker Zach Johnson led the team in tackles with 11 and added two tackles for loss. Wagner managed to convert just five of their 14 third-down attempts, which helped led to field goal tries instead of touchdowns. “Probably the biggest difference in this game was our red-zone defense,” Baldwin said. Wagner scored on four of their five red-zone chances, but those four scores went for only 16 points. The Eagles scored at a lesser rate in the red-zone—three for five—but their three scores were touchdowns. The Seahawks kicked field goals of 46, 21, 29 and 32 yards, and had another attempt blocked from 41 yards. EWU’s upcoming opponent, the Illinois State Redbirds, improved their record to 9-3 after defeating Appalachian State 38-37 behind quarterback Matt Brown and his career-high tying five passing touchdowns. The win was their sixth in six tries on the road this season.

By Matt Ward

staff reporter

contributing writer

Martin Seiferth is a 6-foot-10-inch sophomore from Germany who uses his height to his advantage. “He is an outstanding shot blocker and a solid rebounder,” said head coach Jim Hayford. Seiferth currently has 19 blocked shots this season, breaking the school record. “It’s just great,” Seiferth said of breaking the record. “I’ve been working so hard, and it’s a nice reward.” His performance this year has already crushed his freshman year debut while playing at the University of Oregon. Last year, Seiferth had to sit out due to NCAA rules regarding transfer players. At the end of his season at Oregon, however, Seiferth had a total of three blocked shots. During the EWU game against Washington State University alone, Seiferth had two blocks within the first minute of play. Seiferth also holds the distinction of being Eastern’s first transfer student from a Pac-12 school in close to 10 years. Seiferth said that the coach and the team stood out to him the most and they were the reason why he chose to come to Eastern. Seiferth was also named Big Sky Player of the Week, an honor he did not think he would receive.

Venky Jois is enjoying a solid start to his first season with the Eagles. He currently leads the Big Sky in rebounding through seven games this season, averaging 8.9 rebounds per game. Assistant coach Craig Fortier claims effort is the reason Jois is so successful collecting rebounds for the Eagles. "[Jois] has good size and very good athleticism, which are both very important. But more than that, he's just relentless on the boards," Fortier said. "Really, the best rebounders ... are guys who just never stop. They keep going, and they're just hungry to get the ball. That's really the best asset he has." Jois hails from Boronia, Australia. He is one of three Eagle basketball players from Australia, which is something he says has been helpful in acclimating to his new surroundings. “In the beginning, having people you can relate to, you don’t just get swamped with a different culture,” Jois said, Jois is still getting used to his teammates, but he is getting acquainted quickly. “On the court, there’s always going to be mistakes trying to find out the tendencies of people,” Jois said. “Who likes to do what, where they’re going to be at certain times. We’re figuring that out. Off the court, each and every single guy, they’re all great. They’ve been very accepting of me coming in.” Jois brings experience to

Photos by Aaron Malmoe Sieferth transfered from the University of Oregon two years ago.

“I did not expect it,” he said. “I was surprised.” Although Seiferth has already broken the school record, he plans to continue striving for success throughout the rest of the season. “[My goal is] to keep playing hard and get a good overall point and rebound average, and to improve every game,” he said. Beyond these personal goals, Seiferth also has goals he hopes to see his team achieve. “The big goal is the Big Sky Championship and [to] get a lot of wins,” Seiferth said. In order to reach both his personal and team goals, Seifterth plans on taking the advice coach Hayford has given to him.

“As a post player, coach tells me all the time to play tough,” Seiferth said. “The main goal is to get a lot of rebounds and be a solid defender.” Hayford has high hopes that Seiferth will live up to this high potential. “As Martin gains game experience, he will develop over the course of his career and be an outstanding post player in the Big Sky Conference,” Hayford said. Seiferth will attempt to add to his record-breaking statistic on Dec. 6 against Idaho in Reese Court. The Eagles are one game into a three game homestand. They play four of their next five games in Reese Court, where they will try to improve upon their 2-5 record.

Photo by Aaron Malmoe Jois is bonding with his team on and off the court.

the Eagles this season even as a freshman. Prior to coming to EWU, he played in the South East Australian Basketball League for the Dandenong Rangers. According to the league’s website, the league is the premier winter basketball league in Australia. Eagle head coach Jim Hayford says that Jois has been a great teammate thus far for his team. “[He is a] perfect example of what a teammate should be: very encouraging, giving. He’s a good friend to all of his teammates,” Hayford said. Fortier feels that Jois wants to be a good teammate. "I think he wants to have great relationships with his teammates," Fortier said. "Sometimes, as a freshman you get guys who want to sit back and see what the climate

is. He's a guy that really is engaging and is willing to put his voice out there and really wants the locker room to be very close and tight. I think that's really helped early in his career." Jois has played the second highest number of minutes on the team. The only player who has played more minutes is junior guard Justin Crosgile. Jois is also second on the team in scoring this season. He gives credit to his coach for allowing him to succeed on the floor. “I think a lot of it is coach Hayford giving me the freedom to actually perform,” Jois said. “He’s playing me a lot of minutes for a freshman. I guess at this period [I am] just trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Having that freedom allows you to work that out and succeed.”

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