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Managing Editor

Logan Stanley

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Easterner Asks:

Amanda Haworth

News Editor

Josh Fletcher

Sports Editor

Nick Zellerhoff, Sophomore

Michael Brock

Arts & Entertainment and Features Editor Dayana Morales

Multimedia Editor

Audrey Seda

Art Director

Hailea Swayze, Junior

Andrew Darnland, Junior “Probably the fact that it’s going to feel like I have more time to get everything done because of how sunny it is and I’ll have a lighter class load. I’m really into hiking and stuff like that too.”

Andrew Watson

Social Media Director

Richard Clark IV


Sam Jackson Jeremy Burnham Katherine Senechal Kaitlyn Engen

Graphic Designer Gail Powers


“I’m most excited for the sun and not having class on Friday.”

“The sun and more hammocking. Hanging out with friends outside and doing more homework outside.”

Chief Copy Editor

What are you most looking forward to about Spring and why?

Ali Alabdulwahed, Sophomore

Alexis Magallon, Freshman “I’m trying to just focus more on classes, try and keep the good grades up. We’re waiting for that good weather so we can spend time outside and hangout with friends.”

Taliya Gittleman, Sophomore

“In the fall it was dope because there was always something happening in the week. Pretty excited for the heat, to see the people and get more involved in my fraternity. ”

“I’m looking forward to the weather getting a lot better, not having to trek through a bunch of snow. Also I’m looking forward to getting in more classes for my major, furthering my career.”

Student Photo Corner

EWU Double Rainbow Nate Clark stook this photo on March 8th on EWU’s campus. “I spotted this beautiful double rainbow view from the 6th floor of Pearce Hall. Freshman standing. I was studying in my dorm when I looked out the window and saw the double rainbow. I grabbed my camera and took pictures until it was gone.”

Mckenzie Ford Bailey Monteith

Faculty Adviser Carleigh Hill

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Chavez finds himself in “Hailing Cesar” Kaitlyn Engen Reporter Eduardo Chavez took his curious endeavor of discovering his family’s past to the screen in his documentary “Hailing Cesar” presented at the JFK Library March 5. Growing up, Chavez inherited the benefits of his father and grandfather’s hard work and successes. However, Chavez was always left with a void that longed for the true story of how it all came to be. “My grandfather passed away when I was a year old and my father didn’t really tell me much about him growing up,” Chavez said. “I thought [the documentary] was a great opportunity where I could take it upon myself to learn about my family’s history and to learn about my roots.” Chavez initially knew as much about his grandfather as would a random passerby on the streets of his hometown in Los Angeles. To the Mexican-American community of California, Chavez’s grandfather, Cesar Chavez, is considered a legendary Ghandian. Cesar Chavez was an immigrant farmworker in the 1960s who protested and fought for the movement that would win rights for many other underpaidand-overworked immigrants like him. “I knew he was successful in organizing farmworkers, I knew he had a lot of fame and he had a lot of power in bringing people together,” said Chavez. “Really it was just his relentless pursuit of getting his farmworkers rights and getting them to be treated like human beings.” Chavez’s father, Fernando Chavez, labored with his own father in the fields as a young child for $1 an hour. He, however, broke away from the farm life later on attending UCLA to become a lawyer. Chavez was eventually able to provide a comfortable life for his family in the Bay Area, but the well-off lifestyle had the one downside of masking his rough history from his children. In the pursuit to uncover this history,

Chavez started formulating ideas for the documentary upon meeting Sirous Thampi in an acting class, who ended up producing the film. Other major contributors included cameraman Daniel Castillo and editor Corrine Marquardt. The process of the documentary’s creation lasted over a span of about a year and a half. One month of preparation, one month of filming and a year of editing which was broken up by occasional breaks to fundraise. The film for the most part was set in the fields of Sonoma, California, where Chavez spent a month grinding through backbreaking 10-hour days alongside Sonoma’s hardworking grape-pickers. Chavez was able to realize first-hand what his grandfather and father went through to give him the privileged life he had in his childhood, and the barriers his grandfather overcame to give better conditions to his fellow farmworkers. “It was the most amazing thing how someone could sacrifice so much and benefit the lives of so many people,” Chavez said in regards to his grandfather. The film’s presentation on Monday received positive reactions from viewers, as shown in the question-and-answer session that followed. Sarahi Gutierrez, M.E.Ch.A cochair and organizer for the event, said the film could resonate with a lot of EWU’s student population given that many of them come from families of immigrant and/or agricultural working backgrounds. “I come from a town with big agriculture, so this movie really spoke to me,” Gutierrez said. “It’s hard for people whose parents have two jobs and are always away from home.” Chavez’s film showings are not just limited to EWU. He plans to tour around colleges as far as Michigan and Washington D.C. to spread his grandfather’s legacy. “My grandfather’s message today is still a relevant message of compassion, nonviolence, sacrificing yourself for a better cause,” Chavez said. Chavez came out of his filming

Photo courtesy IMDB The movie poster for “Hailing Cesar.” The filmmaker, Eduardo Chavez grandson of Cesar Chavez, made this film to explore his roots. experience a changed person, and he hopes for the same for his audiences. “The main thing that I hope people will take away from this is it is so important to know where we come from

and know what our families did in the past—the sacrifices they made. I think it’s a very universal message in exploring your roots,” Chavez said. •

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EWU strives to go further with food during Nutrition Week Josh Fletcher News Editor The month of March is National Nutrition Month and EWU is celebrating all this week. This year’s theme is “Go Further with Food.” EWU Dining Services and campus Dietitian Natalie Stein started the week with a cornhole game for a way to get students to eat more beans no matter how bad their farts may end up smelling. “This week we want to highlight key messages and a theme,” Stein said. “With beans being a really cheap source of protein and carbohydrates[...]we want students trying foods in ways they may not have thought of.” At the table outside of Tawanka, Stein made a black bean corn salsa for students to try while they learned the health benefits of adding beans to their diet. Students who wanted to try their luck in cornhole could win a small bag of preprepared “southwestern three bean soup mix” if they made one of their two throws. There will be events throughout the week. On March 13, 2nd Harvest was on campus giving away packages of bread and peanut butter with the goal of reducing food waste and food insecurity. Food insecurity is a problem some students deal with where they do not have enough food or know where their next meal is coming from.

The objective was to get students to sign up and volunteer to help Feed Cheney. Feed Cheney is an organization in town that has a monthly dinner on the last Monday of every month. Each year, Feed Cheney serves 1,500 guests and distributes over 20,000 pounds of food according to their website. On March 14 it was “Celebrate Whole Grains Day,” where students could sample a “Mediterranean Spelt Salad.” “All day Tawanka will have whole grain food items that are not normally on the menu,” Stein said. March 15 is “Try a New Food,” from 1-4 p.m. in the JFK Library where kombucha and different snack foods will be available for sampling. “We are going to test out some new snacks to see what students would like in the PUB when it opens,” Stein said. March 16, students can play “Wheel of Portion,” in an effort to guess what size of portions they should actually eat. At the event will be more food samples and those who can guess the portion sizes can win “a tasty prize!” Recently the online web series “Get TU Class,” did an episode with Stein where they drove around campus asking students what they usually eat, and Josh Fletcher for The Easterner tempted them with donuts. All in an Students play cornhole outside Tawanka. March is National Nutrition Month and this week EWU is effort to raise awareness for National celebrating Nutrtion week. Nutrition Month. •

Republic Parking to take control of P11 come spring quarter Sam Jackson Reporter Due to an increase in rent, lot P11 will no longer be operated by EWU and is effective April 1. Lot P11 is currently owned by the Newman Center. Paul Heric, the priest and director of the center had raised the rent of the lot by 34.8 percent. According to Michelle Rasmussen, the director of parking and transportation services, this rate increase wasn’t going to financially work for EWU anymore.

“It was just too much,” said Rasmussen. “We would’ve had to raise the rate of parking in that lot and it was just going to be too much.” From Rasmussen’s understanding of what Heric reiterated to her, was that the lot will be contracted by the Newman Center to Republic Parking. Republic Parking already operates the 46-space lot that is adjacent to P11. “It will be a paid public parking lot,” said Rasmussen. “Which means that there will be an hourly rate or even a monthly rate offered.”

The notification for the lot becoming unoperated by EWU was just updated this week and some students are already making plans for where they will be parking next year. “This morning I saw it was closing and I was really upset about it,” senior Kristin Jones said. “It was so central to everything for me. Next year I will be walking from the free lot because I don’t want to spend a lot of money on a lot that’s not really perfect for me and this one was.” Students appreciated the competitive price and convenient location of the lot.

Therefore, some are disappointed by the news. “Well it was one of the cheaper lots and it’s just easier for me,” junior Ericka Martinez said. “I work on campus too so it’s just closer to everything for me. So, I am kind of sad about it.” Rasmussen suggests to students that P17 is at the same price as P11, which is $94. She also recommends students use P12, the free parking lot with 1,112 spaces available. Parking permits will be available to purchase starting Friday, March 16. •

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News EWU honor students head to Oklahoma for undergrad conference Jeremy Burnham Reporter Four EWU students from an honors class for transfer students will be heading to Oklahoma this April to participate in the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The conference is put on each year by the Council of Undergraduate Research. According to its website, the CUR “is strongly committed to the wide expression of all forms and topics of undergraduate research, by all members of the undergraduate research community.” While students will be presenting a wide range of subjects, the EWU honor students will be discussing philosophy. Dr. Dana Elder, director of the EWU Honors Program, presented a question to his Honors 301 class, Classical Ethics and Rhetoric. “The prompt I gave them was ‘what can modern society learn from the ancient Greeks?’” Elder said. “These students submitted some very strong

conference proposals. They were very engaged in the material and could see connection to their lives today in a tradition that is at least 2,400 years old.” Sending students to NCUR is part of the university’s broader focus on undergraduate research. “I like that the university is featuring undergraduate research as part of its new strategic plan,” said Elder. “It’s one of the hallmarks of the emerging version of Eastern Washington University, and I think that’s a good thing.” Sophomore Parker Burchett’s presentation was about applying the concept of sophrosyne to cell phone use. Sophrosyne loosely translates to “selfcontrol based on self-knowledge.” “The presentation is titled ‘How to Sophrosynize Your Phone,’” Burchett said. “For most people, phones are used in an auto-pilot kind of way. And we say ‘OK’ whenever they ask for our attention. My presentation is how to use psychological tricks to use your phone more effectively.” Burchett suggests simple things like moving apps that you spend too much

time on off the home screen, and turning down the color display on your phone. “If you have colorful apps, they are designed to attract your attention,” said Burchett. “Turning down the color makes them less appealing.” Elder says that accepting transfer students into the Honors Program is something he is happy to be able to do, and that not a lot of four-year universities do it. Junior Isis Tilton said that is just one of the aspects that makes EWU transfer friendly. “It was a very easy transfer,” Tilton said. “Everything went well, and I’m lucky to be able to be in the Honors Program and receive the honors scholarship. Tilton’s presentation is on the concept of Eudaimonia, which translates to “living in accord with your life’s true purpose.” “It’s about taking life as it comes,” said Tilton. “It’s not something you can just do, it’s something that you keep striving for and keep working towards.” Freshman Carissa Teeters is not a transfer student, but found herself in the transfer honors class after coming

to EWU with 20 college credits that she earned in high school. Her presentation focuses on why schools don’t teach ethics classes to younger students. “Children aren’t taught ethics in schools,” Teeters said. “Graduate programs often require ethics as a course in order to move on into the program. I explore why it isn’t required until higher education.” Elder said that these students only make up a part of EWU’s group of students attending NCUR. He said that Dr. Chuck Lopez, EWU’s associate dean of the University College, has made this, and other undergraduate research opportunities, a focus. In all, there will be 58 EWU students attending NCUR. “This whole effort is about students,” said Elder. “It’s about their work, and what they’re doing to shape the world of the future.” •

Proposed free speech policy aims to break down barriers for student voices Kaitlyn Engen Reporter A newly proposed First Amendment activities policy could affect student engagement in “Free Speech” activities while also re-introducing the conversation of student expression on campus. The proposed policy for the “Use of Outdoor Areas for First Amendment Activities” takes on a more definitive nature compared to the previous policy. The main change to the policy opens up the prior restrictions of the location of “Free Speech” activities limited to the Southeast Mall, the Northeast PUB, and sidewalks adjacent to public roads—to any “open, outdoor space” on EWU campus. The hope is that softening the boundaries will reinforce the university’s commitment to freedom of expression and First Amendment principles.

Pride Center Manager Nick Franco, who posted the university’s policy proposal link to Facebook on Feb. 28, took an interest, and critique, to some of the new policy’s elements. “My main comment on the proposal is that there is a definition of ‘harassment,’” Franco said. “I have never seen a university define ‘harassment’ before. My understanding is that we would be defining ‘harassment’ for the first time in this policy.” The proposed policy, unlike the previous one, also defines what is not protected, including hate speech and direct threats. EWU student Julia Nelson is in favor of the newly enforced restrictions on “Free Speech.” “I think [free speech] is a good thing, except when you get into the arena of hate speech,” Nelson said. “Some people have this idea that they have protected

hate speech, that’s not the same thing as having ‘Free Speech.’” Despite the policy restriction, however, “hate speakers” might still want to make their presence known on campus. Students, though, will be equipped to speak against. “My hope moving forward is that we see this less as an invitation for hate groups to come on campus, and even if we do, that students can feel empowered, that their voices are valid, and are also heard, and they have a means now of making that known,” Franco said. Not only will this proposed policy serve as a tool to counteract “hate speakers,” but it will, in theory, provide all “Free Speech” practicing students feelings of security in the fact that there will be a more clarified policy to back them up. “Policies like this will be able to provide structure,” said Franco. “I think there were policies, they just were not explicit.

Sometimes what can happen when there’s not a specific policy that someone can point to is it might feel discriminatory.” This policy change has the potential to revamp the conversation regarding “Free Speech” and First Amendment rights at EWU. Universities, like EWU, are still struggling to find effective and definitive policies that align with these same rights. “It’s a struggle, and I don’t think it’s a struggle that’s unique to Eastern,” said Franco. “Campuses across the country are trying to figure out how to navigate first amendment and free speech. We are so divided as a country, and people feel so strongly, that it is challenging to uphold the first amendment.” Nevertheless, the progression towards a more open and safe environment for EWU student voices continues, one policy at a time. •

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Television Review: “Frontier” Emily Bonsant Contributor Michael Smith (Landon Liboiron), an Irish man in London, just wanted to steal enough to buy dinner. But when a burglary goes wrong he ends up becoming a stowaway to the Canadian wilderness that is the disputed territory. Once discovered aboard, Smith has to make a deal with the Lord Benton (Alun Armstrong) to find Declan Harp (Jason Momoa), or be thrown overboard. Declan Harp, a past affiliate of the Hudson’s Bay Company, has gone feral and allies with the local Native American tribes against Lord Benton. Smith is caught been the corrupt Hudson’s Bay Company, and the vengeful fur trapper Declan Harp as they fight to corner the market of the Canadian fur trade. It’s a western, but about

the fur trade, instead of gold or railroads. Also, unlike other Westerns Frontier focuses more on the working class and nonEnglish characters that appear in colonizing the Canadian frontier. Frontier is a Canadian Channel Canada and Netflix production. Filmed in Newfoundland the scenery is gorgeous and appears to be a land still untouched by civilization. Frontier is something for everyone: espionage, rivalry, back stabbing, Red Coats, a feisty female tavern owner fighting to keep her business, Native American culture, and the occasionally drunken priest. The show has been continued for a third season. Seasons one and two can be found on Netflix. Rated TV/MA.

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EDITORS’ PICKS Tech: “Amazon Kindle Paperwhite” I still like reading an actual book more than books off a Kindle, but it is hard to beat the convenience. It’s easy to grab and start reading because of how small and light it is, which makes me more likely to read. Instead of scrolling through stuff on my iPhone, I’ll read a few pages of a book instead. Also, if you have a library card, you can download books instantly wherever you are. They are fairly cheap for what they can do and you can check out Kindle’s from the JFK Library to test one out before buying. (Josh Fletcher)

Courtesy of Amazon

Television: “TURN: Washington’s Spies” Set during the fight for American independence, AMC’s “TURN: Washington’s Spies” tells the true story of America’s first spy ring. Abraham Woodhull ( Jamie Bell), an unsuspecting cabbage farmer in Long Island, New York, is the linchpin to delivering verifiable intelligence from the Culper Ring into the hands of General George Washington (Ian Kahn) and Major Benjamin Tallmadge (Seth Numrich), the Courtesy of AMC leader of the spy ring. What follows is four seasons of breathtaking drama with a terrific sense of realism thanks to the outstanding scenery, set designs and costumes. All four seasons of the show are available for streaming on Netf lix. (Brandon Cline)

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A&E wend gaze ‘ The Tempest, ’ tis most wondrous Heigh-ho, brothr,

(Hey, go watch ‘The Tempest,’ it’s great) Colleen Ford Contributor Audience members roared with laughter as the mischief and satire of “The Tempest” played out before them. Passionate acting, impeccable choreography and an astounding original score were part of the EWU Theatre’s opening night production. The EWU theatre was completely filled as actors took to the stage to relive Shakespeare’s final masterpiece. The plot follows Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan who conjures a storm in order to enact revenge on those who wrongfully betrayed him. Mischief, love and chaos ensue as the characters not only find their lost duke, but their humanity, too. The genre of the play flies from comedy to romance and from musical to satire almost seamlessly. Tales of romance are intertwined with themes of betrayal, loyalty, revenge and forgiveness. The cast features guest actor Gene Engene playing Prospero. Engene has 35

years of teaching EWU theatre under his belt, as well as directing nearly 100 productions over his 59-year theatre career. His softly-spoken character radiates power and authority through his skillful oration. The audience giggled at the young romance blossoming between Miranda and Ferdinand. They laughed with gusto as the islander Caliban vigorously licked the stockinged foot of Stephano the butler, who was laughing in glee. They sat entranced as the mystical whispers of Ariel and her spirits crept over the room and over the audience. “‘The Tempest’ is a journey of redemption and of reconciliation,” Director Jeff Sanders said. He has been teaching theatre at EWU for a decade and has directed multiple EWU productions, including “Avenue Q ,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “Twelfth Night” and more. Bailey Monteith for The Easterner “It’s a play about the human capacity Miranda and Ferdinand gazing into each other’s eyes. Miranda was played by Hannah of transcendence.” McLaughlin and Ferdinand was played by Jared Martin. Junior Dalton Emerson plays one of the mystical spirits which inhabits the island “The Tempest” is set on. In the opening scene he backflips across the stage, much to the audience’s delight. “You’re in for one hell of a ride,” said Dalton. “You’ll be gripping your sides with laughter. Everyone here is freaking awesome.” The production has been in the works since winter quarter began in early January, and is comprised of students, faculty and community of EWU. Faculty member and choreographer Vincas Greene was brought in to stage the dancing scenes, and composer Chris Beazer was hired to compose original music. Showtimes for this weekend will be Thursday, March 15 at 5 p.m., and both Friday and Saturday March 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets sell out quickly, said Jeff Sanders, so arrive early to get a seat. Tickets are free to EWU students—$10 for the community—and can be reserved by calling (509) 359-2459. •

Bailey Monteith for The Easterner Ariel, a spirit of the island freed by Prospero, is played by MJ Daly. Daly played Heather in the fall play “Heathers.”

Introducing the cast

Shakespeare Insult Kit

Combine one word from each of the three columns below, prefaced with “Thou”:

Column 1 artless bawdy beslubbering bootless churlish cockered clouted craven currish dankish dissembling droning errant fawning fobbing froward frothy gleeking goatish gorbellied impertinent infectious jarring loggerheaded lumpish mammering mangled mewling paunchy pribbling puking puny qualling rank reeky roguish ruttish saucy spleeny spongy surly tottering unmuzzled vain venomed villainous warped wayward weedy yeasty

Column 2 base-court bat-fowling beef-witted beetle-headed boil-brained clapper-clawed clay-brained common-kissing crook-pated dismal-dreaming dizzy-eyed doghearted dread-bolted earth-vexing elf-skinned fat-kidneyed fen-sucked flap-mouthed fly-bitten folly-fallen fool-born full-gorged guts-griping half-faced hasty-witted hedge-born hell-hated idle-headed ill-breeding ill-nurtured knotty-pated milk-livered motley-minded onion-eyed plume-plucked pottle-deep pox-marked reeling-ripe rough-hewn rude-growing rump-fed shard-borne sheep-biting spur-galled swag-bellied tardy-gaited tickle-brained toad-spotted unchin-snouted weather-bitten

Column 3 apple-john baggage barnacle bladder boar-pig bugbear bum-bailey canker-blossom clack-dish clotpole coxcomb codpiece death-token dewberry flap-dragon flax-wench flirt-gill foot-licker fustilarian giglet gudgeon haggard harpy hedge-pig horn-beast hugger-mugger joithead lewdster lout maggot-pie malt-worm mammet measle minnow miscreant moldwarp mumble-news nut-hook pigeon-egg pignut puttock pumpion ratsbane scut skainsmate strumpet varlot vassal whey-face wagtail

Prospero……………………… played by:

Gene Engene

The exiled Duke of Milan with magical power over the spirits of the island.

With nearly six decades of theatre experience, Gene has held acting roles all over the United States.

Miranda………………………… played by:

Hannah McLaughlin

Prospero’s kind-hearted daughter.

Hannah is a junior studying Theatre and English at EWU. This is her first time in a Shakespeare play.

Ferdinand……………………… played by:

Jared Martin

Prince of Naples. The noble, honest, loving son of King Alonso.


played by:

A junior studying Theatre and VCD, Jared appreciates roses after the show and by that he means money.

Bill Youngs

Kindly courtier of the king’s.

Bill is a history professor at EWU who has traveled the world over. He teaches courses on National Parks and the American Wilderness.

Caliban………………………………… played by:

Danny Pham

The half-human son of the witch Sycorax who orignally inhabited the island.

Danny is an alumni of EWU who has performed for both the EWU and Spokane Civic Theatres. Playing Caliban is one of his dream roles.

Stephano……………………………… played by:

Scott Worley

The boisterous butler of King Alonso.

Trinculo……………………………………played by: The king’s jester and friend of Stephano.


played by:

A spirit of the island, freed by Prospero who does his bidding.

Scott is a theatre major who has performed in many productions, including “Grease,” “The Crucible,” “Avenue Q,” and “Heathers.”

Holly Kirkman This may be Holly’s first Shakespearean play, but she has already participated in various theatre performances, including “Heathers, Our Town,” and “Bedroom Farce.”

MJ Daly A theatre natural, one of MJ’s notable EWU Theatre roles has been as Heather in “Heathers.”

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Students experience the therapeutic effects of art Kaitlyn Engen Reporter EWU students are feeling the stress as the winter quarter comes to a close. For some, it is drowning in tidalwave amounts of papers to write and assignments to turn in. For others, it is gluing noses to textbooks trying to soak in every last bit of information, inhaling the smell of the teardrops that stain the pages beneath them. Either way, “Dead Week,” the week before finals week, almost takes on a literal meaning to a lot of students. Experienced college students have many strategies to alleviate (or work through) the tensions that come with the next week-and-a-half. These might include consuming copious amounts of caffeine, or turning to other potentially harmful coping mechanisms. Crafter Tanya Paul has an alternative method, though, that could help college students survive “Dead Week” and finals week with less long-term damaging effects. Paul, the owner of Cra-Cra Crafts in Spokane, realized the power of crafting about two and a half years ago when she was a Moms of Preschoolers (MOPs) member as the head crafting person. It took some playing around and experimenting to master the wooden palettes she creates today. With all of her home-assembled wooden palettes and over 700 stencil designs in her computer, Paul eventually began selling her work. “That Christmas I ended up selling a handful of them,” said Paul. “I ended up selling 30 signs in 24 hours, and through that I discovered that there’s a little bit of a niche for this.” Paul eventually got connected with an antique shop in the Spokane Valley and started teaching crafting lessons. She has taught a couple hundred classes since then. Late at night Thursday, March 8 in Tawanka, Paul hosted EWU’s annual “Art in the Dark” event that gathered students in all forms of stressed-out for a couple hours of fun, creativity and most importantly a much-needed break from the week. Participants were taught how to

Mckenzie Ford for The Easterner The owner of Cra-Cra Crafts, Tanya Paul, was at EWU on March 8 for her wooden palette class. Paul has been crafting for about two and a half years.

make wooden palette signs with stained backgrounds and painted Pinterest-inspired quotes and messages, much like the signs one would stop to read in a craft-store, or hanging on the walls of a living room. Paul used her expertise to share the rewarding effects that art and crafting can bring to students. “It’s satisfying to be able to start and finish something,” said Paul. “That’s why I think people love this so much, is

you come to a class and you have nothing and you leave with this beautiful thing that you created.” Art and crafting can be an effective form of therapy for college students who are feeling the pressures of school, according to Paul. “I feel like craft therapy is a real thing,” said Paul. “For me, crafting helps me release stress and it helps me detox from life and helps me let go and let my

creative juices f ly.” As Finals Week approaches, many students participating in the event seemed to have very similar experiences. •

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Former sports anchor finds passion in teaching Josh Fletcher News Editor John Collett starts his Introduction to Public Speaking class different each day. To get his students talking, he asks a question of the day. This day’s was “High socks, or low socks?” The students’ answers varied depending on the weather, but that isn’t the point. The point is to get each student comfortable talking in front of others and have a deep respect for each other. Collett is a perfect fit for a public speaking teacher, since he has probably talked to a larger audience than any other teacher at EWU. Collett was a TV sports anchor/reporter for six years before he decided he wanted something else. “I’ve always wanted to teach in college at some capacity,” Collett said. Collett left sports because he wanted more balance. Working in TV, especially sports, is not always quite as glamorous as it looks on ESPN. Collett’s schedule was nights and weekends, when all sporting events take place, and he realized if this is something he is going to be fully committed to, this would be his life. But Collett always had teaching in the back of his mind. “The only thing I ever thought about other than TV was teaching in college, and teaching public speaking in specific,” Collett said. Collett decided he would start looking into going back to school to get his masters degree and try to become a teacher in the process. Photo courtesy of KHQ “I’ll study for [the GRE] and apply while I’m at KHQ , Right: John Collett in the “All Aboard” segment with the voice of EWU athletics and the Spokane Empire, Larry Weir. Collett was a and just see what doors open up,” said Collett. “I was TV sports anchor/reporter for six years. trusting that if it was the right time to move on to something else, God would open a door and provide a hoping to see the radical trick he promised her. Stories the lesson. way for me to do it.” like this keep his class engaged and wanting to come “If my kids go to Eastern someday, I’d love for him to Leaving his sports family was not easy for him or his back tomorrow. be their teacher,” said Adams. “Nobody preps more for co-workers, who loved having him around so much. “I like that [public speaking] is something that their work or cares more about others than John Collett.” “He was my wing man and really the ‘glue guy’ in our everybody is going to use in their career, some more Collett will finish up his Masters of Science and sports department,” KHQ sports anchor Sam Adams than others,” Collett said. Communication this spring. After that, Collett does not said. “I was so happy for him. I told him he had to take But he wants to do more than just help students get know what he will do come fall. this opportunity, because the older you get, the harder over their fear of talking in front of others. “I hope I’m teaching, but I don’t know what I am doing it will get.” “The class is two things: It is teaching how to be a next fall,” Collett said. Adams and Collett were part of the sports team while human being, and teaching how to give a speech,” said Collett is not afraid that he may have made a mistake they were both with KHQ. Together, their joking and Collett. “I try to make it more personal too… everybody or the wrong choice by switching careers. excitement while reviewing the highlights of the day has a different perspective and story and it gives them a “I felt like this had been put on my heart to pursue made their anchoring more like Abbott and Costello. chance to share and learn from one another.” teaching in college,” Collett said. “John and I had a running joke that our producer would It comes as no surprise that his students are receptive Those who know him know he has made a good choice. have to ‘under produce’ our sports show by a good two to this kind of teaching style, and it resonates more with “He’ll be a great example for college students, and will minutes to account for our chit-chat and joking around,” them than other teachers or classes they have taken. inspire them to do great things,” Adams said. • said Adams. “And if one of us laughed, the other one “He really gets across to students a lot better than most would just make it worse. Some of the best laughs I’ve teachers,” Junior Ryan Ward said. “Everyone is interested ever had in this business were with John at my side.” in him. People show up and are engaged in his class and Collett does a good job of keeping it fun in the not just messing around or not paying attention.” classroom, like telling stories of his snowboarding Collett keeps the class entertaining and light by telling wipeouts in front of his eager mom holding the camera, funny stories and keeping the class engaged throughout

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Soccer gears up for 2018 with new-look team Sixteen recruits signed, four spring games set for back-to-back BSC champs Jeremy Burnham Reporter The EWU women’s soccer team will look a whole lot different next season. Sixteen incoming freshmen will be looking to make their mark for an Eagle team that lost 10 players to graduation. Those seniors represented 20 goals and 21 assists for the Big Sky Conference champions last year. The Eagles announced the lineup of freshmen at signing day on Feb. 7. Among the seniors leaving is the BSC all-time leader in points and goals, Chloe Williams. Williams had 12 goals and three assists last season, capping off a decorated career at EWU. Leading the returning Eagles is forward Jenny Chavez, who will be a senior during the 2018 season. Chavez had eight goals and 16 points for the Eagles. Joining Chaves are fellow double-digit scoring forwards Devan Talley, Allison Raniere and Alexis Stephenson. EWU’s new freshmen include players from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona and California. Offensively, the freshmen are led by forward Annabelle Hall from White River High School in the South Puget Sound League. Hall scored 114 goals over four seasons, and was the SPSL MVP in both 2016 and 2017. “Annabelle is a proven goalscorer that we think can develop into something special here at EWU in our style of play,” EWU head coach Chad Bodnar said. “She’s very good inside the 18-yard box and a good finisher. Her accolades in high school speak for themselves and we like her athleticism.” Among the new mid-fielders is Ariana Escobedo from Wenatchee High School. Escobedo was a three-time Columbia Basin Big 9 First Team All-Conference selection. “Ariana is a fantastic person with a very high work ethic,” said Bodnar. “She passes the ball well and plays extremely hard on both sides of the ball. We think she will come in and add to the culture we are trying to build here as a program moving forward.” Vanessa Jones, from Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, California, leads the

new defenders. Jones was on all-conference team all four years of high school, and was the 2018 defensive player of the year. “Vanessa is a tough tackling ball winner that has played at some of the highest levels in the country,” said Bodnar. “Her physical presence and defensive ability was something that caught our eye early on. We look forward to seeing her grow within our program.” The 16 freshmen will join 17 returning players in the fall. Coaches and fans will get their first look at the returning players in April. EWU recently announced a spring schedule of four games, including a home game against Central Washington on April 28. Two of the spring matchups will be against Pac-12 teams, including the University of Washington on April 22 and Oregon State University on May 5. Rounding out the slate will be a game against Western Oregon University on May 6. “I think the spring schedule is a good mix for our group,” said Bodnar. “We have a smaller roster this spring and we have scheduled accordingly [...] We will have an opportunity to get our players a lot of minutes this spring to continue to develop as a group and individuals.” •

Mckenzie Ford for The Easterner Senior forward Jenny Chavez during a home game in 2017. Chavez is one of the main returners for the Eagles, who lost 10 players to graduation.

Notable Returners

Jenny Chavez • Senior forward • 2017 goals: 8 • 2017 assists: 0 • Career goals: 17

Devan Talley • Senior forward • 2017 goals: 3 • 2017 assists: 4 • Career goals: 9

Allison Raniere • Senior forward • 2017 goals: 3 • 2017 assists: 4 • Career goals: 9

Alexis Stephenson • Senior forward • 2017 goals: 5 • 2017 assists: 1 • Career goals: 6

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Photos courtesy of Brooks Nuanez/Skyline Sports Seniors Delaney Hodgins (left) and Mariah Cunningham sit with assistant coaches during the waning moments of EWU’s loss to Portland State. The Eagles ended the season at 17–14 overall.

Women’s basketball upset in Big Sky quarterfinals Jeremy Burnham Reporter All it takes is one off game. The EWU women’s basketball team entered the Big Sky Championship tournament in Reno flying high. The Eagles were on a four-game winning streak and senior forward Delaney Hodgins had scored 30 or more points in four of her last five games while closing the regular season with back-to-back career highs in scoring. Hodgins’ hot hand turned cold at the wrong time, as the Eagles were upset in the quarterfinals by No. 6 Portland State 82–73 on March 7. “I think that with the help of my teammates, I was able to have some big games, but tonight I didn’t show that,” Hodgins said. Hodgins opened the game shooting 2-for-11 and had six points at halftime. She finished the game with 15 points. EWU’s second-leading scorer, junior guard Kapri Morrow, had 14 points.

Hodgins started the scoring off with a triple to give the Eagles a 3–0 lead. Morrow, freshman guard Brittany Klaman and sophomore forward Uriah Howard added three-pointers of their own to help EWU take a 12–6 lead. But the Eagles’ hot hand wouldn’t last. PSU junior guard Ashley Bolston had 10 points before halftime as the Vikings closed the half on a 6–0 run to take a 37–35 lead into the locker room. It was in the third quarter when the wheels really came off for the Eagles. Bolston continued her strong play in the second half and junior guard Sidney Rielly came alive, as the Vikings extended their lead to 64–50 with 2:08 remaining in the third quarter. The teams largely traded baskets in the fourth, and PSU walked away with the upset victory. Howard led the Eagles with 23 points, her season high. Klaman added 13 points and four assists. Hodgins, despite the off

night, broke the program record for most points in a single season, passing her older sister Hayley for the honor. Rielly and Bolston each finished with 20 points for PSU, while junior forward Courtney West had 17 and freshman guard Kylie Jimenez added 12. Emotions ran high for the Eagles after the game as head coach Wendy Schuller came to terms with the realization that she had likely coached her seniors, Hodgins and forward Mariah Cunningham, for the final time. “Delaney and Mariah have both been so fun to coach and I feel blessed to have had them under my tutelage for the last four years,” Schuller said. “I’m going to miss them. As good as they were on the floor I’m going to miss them more off of the floor […] It’s a shame to know that we aren’t going to be together every day.” Portland State advanced to the semifinals, where they lost to No. 2 Idaho. Senior forward Delaney Hodgins boxes out a Idaho then fell to No. 1 Northern Colorado PSU defender on March 7. Hodgins scored 15 in the championship game. • points against the Vikings.

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Photos courtesy of Brooks Nuanez/Skyline Sports Seniors Bogdan Bliznyuk (left) drives past a defender and Sir Washington calls a play during last weekend’s BSC Tournament. The pair finished as the winningest players in school history.

Eagles finish second at Big Sky Tournament After winning eight straight, EWU loses 82–65 to Montana in the title game Michael Brock Sports Editor For the fourth straight season, the EWU men’s basketball team represented the Big Sky Conference in a national postseason tournament. The Eagles accepted an invitation to the College Basketball Invitational and lost 87–65 to Utah Valley in Orem, Utah on Tuesday night. Senior forward Bogdan Bliznyuk led the way with 27 points for the Eagles, who stayed close with UVU most of the first half and trailed by as few as five after halftime. Last weekend, the EWU men’s basketball team came up one win short of qualifying

for the NCAA Tournament, falling 82–65 to Montana in the Big Sky Conference Tournament championship game. To advance to the title game, the Eagles beat Portland State 78–72 in the quarterfinals and Southern Utah 82–70 in the semifinals, before falling to No. 1 Montana 82–65 in the championship. “Although it was disappointing we did not make it to the big dance, getting a chance to play more basketball is always exciting,” EWU head coach Shantay Legans said. “It is another chance for this group of guys to get out there together and represent the EWU community. The selection marks the fourth straight season the Eagles qualified for a

national postseason tournament, and the third CBI appearance in a row. The title bout with Montana on March 10 was largely back-and-forth in the early going. Neither team was able to gain more than a few-point separation for much of the first half, as the game was tied at 25 with 6:57 to go. The Eagles closed the first half on an 18–4 run and led 40–29 at the break. Redshirt freshman Jacob Davison ushered the attack, scoring 11 points for an EWU team that shot 53.3 percent and made eight three-pointers in the first 20 minutes. The second half, however, was a different story. With 14:38 remaining in the game, the Eagles held a 50–43

advantage. Over the next eleven minutes, the Grizzlies went on a spurt of their own, this one a 28–4 run. Montana took a commanding 71–54 lead with 3:33 remaining and never looked back. After leading by 11 at the half, EWU scored just 25 points after the break and fell 82–65. “I’m disappointed and I’ll probably look at this game 1,000 times,” said Legans. “I’m sure there are things we could have done a lot better tonight.” The loss snapped the team’s eightgame winning streak, which began on Feb. 15 against Montana. Senior forward Bogdan Bliznyuk played the entire game and finished with

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Sports a stat line of 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Bliznyuk had all six of his turnovers in the second half when the Grizzlies switched junior guard Ahmaad Rorie onto the BSC MVP. Davison finished with 16 points for the game, while sophomore forward Mason Peatling had 15 points. The Eagles shot 1-of-11 from three after halftime. Four Grizzlies were in double figures, led by junior guard Michael Oguine with 21 points (18 in the second half ) and 15 from Rorie. To advance to the finals against Montana, EWU beat Portland State (78–72) in the quarterfinals and Southern Utah (82–70) in the semifinals. Besides trailing 2–0, the Eagles led for the entirety of the quarterfinal against PSU. They went up by as many as 20 in the first half and led 43–27 at the break. The Vikings were held without a field goal over a ten minute stretch. The second half looked to be more of the same, until EWU got a bit sloppy with the ball. The Eagles turned it over 11 times in the second half, however the Vikings couldn’t pull any closer than four points. “We were solid and we were smart, and our team did a good job,” said Legans.

“Our guys made some plays at the end that separated it a little bit.” Three players scored in double figures for PSU, including junior guard Derek Brown with 14 points. EWU shot 52 percent from the field and made 10 threes, while Bliznyuk scored 35 points. The Eagles held the Vikings to 37.9 percent shooting. Both teams shot over 20 free throws. Bliznyuk entered the semifinals against Southern Utah just eight points from becoming the BSC all-time leading scorer. The senior forward secured the accomplishment on a free throw with 14:45 left in the first half. The Eagles held a 43–31 advantage at halftime, as Bliznyuk poured in 17 points. The team’s lead never dipped below six points in the second half en route to the 82–70 victory. EWU shot 64.6 percent from the field and scored 40 points in the paint. Bliznyuk’s 32 points led the way, while Davison chipped in 16 and senior forward Benas Griciunas scored 14 off the bench. The Thunderbirds turned the ball over 17 times in the game. SUU junior guard Jadon Cohee and junior forward scored 15 points each. •

Photo courtesy of Brooks Nuanez/Skyline Sports Sophomore forward Mason Peatling backs down a Montana defender in the title game on March 10. Peatling finished with 15 points against the Grizzlies.

Photo courtesy of Brooks Nuanez/Skyline Sports Redshirt freshman guard Jacob Davison dunks the ball against Southern Utah on March 9. Davison scored 16 points in the semifinal win over the Thunderbirds.

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Eagles confident as outdoor track begins Taylor Newquist Contributor The EWU track and field team will kick off its outdoor season at the Whitworth University Buc Scoring on Saturday, March 17 in Spokane. The Eagles aim to improve on the men’s seventh place and the women’s fourth place finishes in the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship last month. The women’s fourth-place honor was its second-best finish in the meet all-time. “I was super excited about the indoor finish,” women’s head coach Marcia Mecklenburg said. “The teams that were ranked fourth through 10th, any one of them could’ve been in that fourth-place spot so for us to get it—it was super huge for our crew.” The EWU women had three athletes honored as All-Big Sky. Junior pole vaulter Elizabeth Prouty won her first BSC title, clearing a personal-best height of 13-3 feet. “My mindset was just really focused,” Prouty said. “I knew that I could jump higher than what I was jumping this season, and I had a chance to win Big Sky.” Senior Macey Weitz and sophomore Samantha Raines placed fourth and fifth in the pole vault for the Eagles, securing three of the top five spots. “(Placing fourth) was actually surprisingly really high for us,” said Prouty. “We had a lot of performances that didn’t really happen, so I think that if we all can perform at outdoor, we could place really high.” Coach Mecklenburg agrees. “I actually think we’re going to be stronger outdoors,” said Mecklenburg. “We have a lot of athletes that are coming back from redshirting. There’s just some more added points I feel that we’ll have outdoors that we didn’t have indoor.” Two former All-Big Sky Conference athletes return to the women’s team for the outdoor season: senior Erin Clark (2017 outdoor pole vault champion) and senior Dominique Butler (2017 outdoor shot put champion). Senior Rebecca Tarbert and freshman Alexis Rolan will lead the way for the Eagles’ relay team after both finishing the indoor season All-Big Sky in the 60-meter dash.

“In indoor we have a distance medley relay and outdoors it’s a short relay,” said Mecklenburg. “With our two Big Sky Conference kids coming in that 60 meters, that short relay is going to be really good.” The men’s team slightly improved on the 2016-17 indoor season this year, by moving from eighth to seventh place and going from 38 to 39 on total points. “Throughout the season it was good—I wouldn’t say it was the best at conference,” sophomore jumper Keshun McGee said. “I feel like I could have competed a lot better than I did at conference.” McGee was strong for most of the indoor season climbing to No. 16 in the nation in the triple jump. His 12th-place finish in the triple jump and sixth-place in the long jump missed the expectations set by his first-place long jump and second place triple jump the year before. “The men’s team, I felt like we left a lot on the board (during indoor),” said McGee. “So, probably can do better in scoring-wise for the men.” Junior pole vaulter Larry Still earned the lone first place finish for the men’s team, clearing a height of 16-8 1/4 feet. Still said he is remaining focused on working hard and having fun, while also setting a goal on making it to nationals during the upcoming season. “Larry Still showed why he is a champion today,” men’s head coach Stan Kerr said at the BSC Championships. “Him winning the pole vault was one of those distinguished lifetime performances.” Kerr hopes the men’s team can build off their performance in the indoor season to better results in the spring. “This was the first conference championship for many members of the team,” said Kerr. “They were able to experience the depth of the Big Sky Conference, which is going to serve us well as we now transition to preparation for the outdoor season. The EWU track team will compete in four events in Spokane this outdoor season. The Eagles will host one event, the 46th Pelluer Invitational, at Roos Field on April 13 and 14. •

Eagle Athletes Featured

Larry Still • Junior • Pole vaulter • Three-time BSC


Elizabeth Prouty • Junior • Pole vaulter • BSC champion in

Keshun McGee • Sophomore • Jumper • BSC champion in

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