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EWU police arrest dorm intruder By Chris Mudd

staff writer

A non-student, who was living at the university, was arrested on Oct. 15.  The man previously served time in a correctional facility, yet upon his release, failed to contact his corrections officer and a felony warrant was released for his arrest out of Kent, Wash.  “He was wanted as an escapee,” Gary Gasseling, deputy chief of the EWU police said. “I’m sure the young man is back in Kent spending some more time in jail, but we got somebody out of school that shouldn't have been here,” said Gasseling  The police were contacted around 5 p.m. on Oct. 15 and apprehended the intruder.  The felon’s criminal record contained “robbery in the first degree with a weapon, burglary, malicious mischief, harassment [and] disorderly conduct,” Gasseling clarified.

 Josh Ashcroft, Chief Housing Officer, offers assurance to students saying, “Housing and Residential Life takes student safety very seriously. Our residence halls are locked 24/7 and students only have access to the building they live in.”  Ariel Wolfe, a student living in Pearce Hall still feels safe. “I don’t know how the felon was able to stay the night without rousing suspicion but I believe that’s more on the students not reporting and being aware,” Wolfe said.  According to the dormitory living guide, students are required to register all overnight guests in the hall office.  The dorm guide advises students to lock their doors at all times. The guide also recommends that students watch for students they do not recognize and speak up to ask strangers whether they belong in the building.  Ashcroft also emphasized the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the EWU police and residence hall staff.

Inside: Car Accident on Campus Page 3 Car accident on Washington Street stops traffic

ASEWU Haunted House Page 6 ASEWU sponsors haunted house to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

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Epic carves out time for Rail Jam

By Sam Sargeant

staff photographer

EWU’s Epic Adventures treated local snowboarders and skiers to a preseason rail jam behind the JFK Library on Oct. 26.  Epic Adventures invited skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels to use box, rail and ramp equipment to compete for prizes. Over 70 skiers and snowboarders participated and dozens of spectators observed the event.  Former semi-pro snowboarder Dustin Semb, also a recreation specialist for Epic Adventures, helped organize the event. “Every year, it’s got bigger and better with lots of vendors and members of the community involved,” Semb said. “It’s an open invite, anyone can participate.”  Over $16,000 in prizes was given away to participants and spectators including snowboards, goggles, shirts and a trip to Whistler Blackcomb ski resort.  The event welcomed anyone over the age of 16 to compete for the price of $10 and Epic Adventures rented out equipment free of charge. Caitlyn Kelling, a junior at EWU, worked at the Epic rental booth “It’s pretty cool, people coming out and getting a head start on the season.”  The Rail Jam called for 12 tons of snow from Pacific Park Ice to be scattered on the slopes and equipment behind the JFK Library. It is one of the biggest rail jams in the Northwest according to Semb. Troy Cecie, an avid snowboarder from Spokane, attended the event for the second time this year. “It’s a great event; it’s sick because there aren’t many rail jams around,” Cecie said.  EWU student Tyler Hymer said it was a good way to start the season and that he enjoyed the event because “EWU doesn’t put on much for snowboarders.” The Rail Jam included multiple features like wide ramps, boxes and a 16-stair down rail.  Numerous vendors sponsored the event, like Thrive Snowboards, Phunkshun Wear, Bataleon and 49 Degrees North.

Photo by Sam Sargeant

Various winter sport enthusiasts attended Rail Jam to show off their snowboarding and skiing skills. Photo by Sam Sargeant

Opinion: Informed Voting Page 8 Don’t vote if you have no clue what you are doing

EWU vs. Montana Game Page 12 Adams, Kupp dominate in 42-37 win over rival Montana Grizzlies

Photo by Sam Sargeant

Upcoming Events:


Kiwanis club is hosting a carnival in the PUB lounges 204-206. The festival is for toddlers through students in fifth grade that are dressed in costumes. EWU students will lead the little ghosts and witches through a campus tour, complete with candy.

Students can participate in the EWU bookstore costume contest by arriving in their best costume from noon to 3 p.m. on Oct. 31. Participants will have their picture taken and uploaded to Facebook. The costume with the most “likes” will receive a prize. The bookstore is also having a special

Halloween sale. All black clothing is 31 percent off on Oct. 31.

Halloween themed dishes. The event runs from 5-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

EWU Dining Services is hosting a Halloween progressive dinner. The cost is $8.95 for dinner at The Roost, Baldy’s, Tawanka and Swoop’s. Each venue is serving special

The women’s basketball team opens their season at 6 p.m. on Nov. 1 as they take on Master’s College in Reese Court.

The EWU campus will be closed on Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. No classes will be conducted on this day. Priority registration for winter quarter will begin on Nov. 12. Fall quarter officially ends Dec. 6, with finals week running from Dec. 9-12.


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Discussion on same-sex marriage raises questions By Chris Mudd

staff writer

A discussion on the controversy surrounding same-sex marriage was held by Betsy White on Oct. 22 to a small gathering of students and faculty. White, herself a mother of a gender-variant child, began by asking, “Why are they not equal in the eyes of the law?” The arguments presented by White were exhibited in a 45 minute discussion that covered historical context for the current debate regarding equality, as well as outlined and refuted the top 10 arguments against legalization of same-sex marriage by first telling the audience to “hear what the Constitution has to say,” according to White. White claims that many arguments endorse the use of what is known as a bill of attainder. A bill of attainder is defined as a legislative act that singles out an individual or group for punishment without trial. “Laws against same-sex marriage are bills of attainder by definition,” she said. For nearly the remainder of the allotted presentation time, White discussed what are perhaps the 10 most popular arguments in opposition to the legalization of gay marriage.

TOP 10




It is not natural.


contributing writer asewupublicrelations@ewu. edu

What about single-parent kids? Reverse discrimination.

Many couples are unable to procreate. Is this considered an illegal marriage?

Organizations that receive money from the public should be open to scrutiny.

The slippery slope argument.

Marriage doesn’t require religion.

It redefines the institution of marriage.

By Markus Hammond

Not having one mother and one father will harm the children.

Marriage is a SOCIAL contract.


The Institution of marriage is changing. It was at one point a

A very offensive comparison. This only involves two consenting adults.

Aren’t civil unions good enough?

means to own women.

It will corrupt the sanctity of marriage.

Quarter to semester switch possible

What about

divorced couples?

States have the right to oppose legalization.

This makes them secondclass citizens.

The 14th Amendment begs to differ.

Graphic by Vania Tauvela

‘Silent STD’ increases in Spokane By Brandi Fiscus

contributing writer

Gonorrhea cases in Spokane have increased by 58 percent in the past year, causing the Washington State Department of Health to declare an outbreak for the county, according to the Spokane Regional Health District. Not only have the number of gonorrhea cases increased in Spokane, but they have also increased 33 percent statewide from September 2012 to the end of Sept. 2013. “Gonorrhea is spread during sexual intercourse — vaginal, oral and anal,” said Tricia

Hughes, Health, Wellness and Prevention Services director at EWU. “By using male latex condoms correctly and consistently during vaginal, anal or rectal sexual activity, you can reduce your risk of getting gonorrhea. Other preventative measures are limiting the number of sex partners, practicing sexual abstinence and avoiding sexual contact if you think you are infected.” Some of the symptoms may include burning during urination, abdominal pain in women, discharge and pain during intercourse, according to the Spokane Regional Health District. Gonorrhea is an STD that



can be treated with antibiotics, but it can still cause permanent or serious damage to males and females. In women, untreated gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and damage the reproductive organs, making it harder to conceive children. Untreated gonorrhea in men can cause pain and infection in the tube that carries sperm from the testes. Gonorrhea infections can also spread to the blood and joints if untreated in both men and women, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Students can be tested for STDs at any Rockwood Clinic. There are four Rockwood Clinics in Spokane and one in both Cheney and Medical Lake. “EWU contracts with Rockwood Clinic to provide ambulatory health services for students taking six or more credits. The student health services are designed to cover most routine health needs,” Hughes said. “Health, Wellness and Prevention Services provides education and outreach on the health and wellness issues that most affect college students. This includes sexual health issues and free condoms that are available in

our office.” The Health, Wellness and Prevention services office is located on campus in the University Recreation Center, room 201. Students can also contact them at stuhealth@ The Health, Wellness and Prevention services do not have any kind of support groups, but if students want to talk to a counselor, they can contact CAPS in Martin Hall, room 225. “CAPS offers individual counseling for students who want to explore personal concerns with a therapist and is free for EWU students,” Hughes said. Planned Parenthood also offers STD testing, STD prevention and safer sex education. STD screenings can be set up by appointment during business hours. “We have two locations here in Spokane. We have one in the Valley and then one in the north Spokane off of Indiana,” said Soledad, a Planned Parenthood employee. For privacy purposes, she asked for her last name not to be printed. The Planned Parent-

hood located on 123 E. Indiana Ave. is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The other clinic is on 12104 E. Main Ave. in the Spokane Valley and is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We offer chlamydia and gonorrhea screenings. If you are under the age of 24 and you are a female, it is $20,” Soledad said. “You can be tested three days after you have unprotected intercourse. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are known for not having any symptoms at all. They are silent STDs.” Planned Parenthood advises patients to have an STD screening every six months or every time they change sexual partners. If there is a possibility a student could have gonorrhea, it is a good idea to get tested, even if there are no symptoms. “Gonorrhea often has no symptoms, especially in women, and due to its asymptomatic nature, testing for gonorrhea remains as important as ever,” according to the Spokane Regional Health District.

Cheney, Wash. — The ASEWU will be hosting an open forum on Nov. 4, 2013, in regards to the discussion occurring to change from a quarter to semester system. (Q2S) The purpose of this forum is to help students become informed about this topic and to prepare the student body for the November board of trustee meeting in which this matter will be discussed. “The ASEWU hopes to achieve an accurate representation of what the students want. It is not up to a few individuals to make such an impactful decision, this is something that we should all be a part of,” said Mr. Jigre, president of the Associated Students. “We want to know exactly how the students feel, that way we can really represent Eastern Washington students.” Jigre emphasized the importance of people attending these meetings, and reaching out to other resources in order to be knowledgeable about Q2S. Along with the meeting on Nov. 4, students can go to http://sites., and complete a survey at https://www. asp?k=138254975823, which will assist the ASEWU in collecting student input. The ASEWU is also pleased to announce the success of some earlier work done this year. The first annual ASEWU blood drive, which was held on Oct. 7, had over a hundred people donate blood — all of which was collected by the Inland Northwest Blood Center. Also this month, the first ever ASEWU/Sigma Phi Epsilon Haunted House was an incredible accomplishment with just short of a thousand dollars raised, and roughly 870 people in attendance. All proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project as advertised. For more information pertaining to this press release, please contact the ASEWU Public Relations Specialist at 509-359-2514 —


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Minor car accident disrupts traffic By Chris Mudd

staff writer

A car crash brought Washington street to a brief halt when two vehicles outside of the Computer Engineering Building collided around 3 p.m. on Oct. 23. A vehicle exiting a metered parking space on the side of the road struck a vehicle driving on Washington Street.

Both vehicles sustained damage and were towed from the scene. Officers and aid unit personnel removed the minor debris and oil left on the road. One driver, who was standing and speaking to police and medical personnel was transported to the hospital after complaining about neck pain. The injuries were minor according to an officer from the campus police department.

Photo by Sam Sargeant Emergency crews respond to the accident.

Photo by Sam Sargeant Cleaning crews sweep up shards of glass from one of the wrecked cars after an accident on Oct. 25.

Lack of crosswalks potential threat City of Cheney investigates installing crosswalks on Betz By Eric Long

staff writer

A $90,000 grant will be used to put in three crosswalks around Eagle Point Apartments, according to Cheney public works director Todd Ablemen. “By any means, we haven’t ignored this [situation],” said Ableman. According to Ableman, depending on when the grant money kicks in, this project will be completed either next year or in 2015. The crosswalks will not just be lines across the road, though. According to Ableman, because these crosswalks will not be in an intersection, they will need lights to catch the attention of drivers. Otherwise drivers will just drive through.

For now, Ableman suggests that people who catch the bus on Betz Road at Eagle Point heading towards EWU catch the bus at the Mike Mckeehan Way bus stop. Though it is a further walk, Ableman said it is safer. For those who do cross on Betz Road, the fact that there is no crosswalk can make catching the bus a challenging and alarming experience. “It’s kind of scary,” said Cori Olson, a senior at EWU. “You walk from behind the bus and there are cars coming right at you. Most of the time, they don’t even stop to let you cross.” She also does not like when, in the morning, she gets stuck waiting to cross the street to catch the bus. ”Some mornings it’s hard [to cross the street]

because you can’t get across with all the cars coming, and other mornings when it’s really dead or foggy it’s really hard to see the cars coming,” said junior Rebecca Spurgeon. Spurgeon said that the best place to put a crosswalk would be at the middle school. The dangers of crossing an unmarked crosswalk became clear when a family of three were hit by a car in Spokane on Oct. 18. According to the article, “Police: Family not in crosswalk at time of deadly accident,” by KXLY reporter Aaron Luna, the mother was walking her son and daughter across a street when the three were struck by a car. All three were rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately, only the mother and son survived.

Live without regrets, Learn without borders. Photo by Laura Jones Bus riders for the STA route 68 have to play “Frogger” to cross the street in the morning.

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Photo contributed by Cameron Maleki This cathedral, located in Salamonca, Spain, was constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries and can be seen by students on various study abroad trips.

Study abroad fair exhibits globe-trotting options for students

By Shannon Bedell

staff writer

From Cheney to Japan, Costa Rica or Spain, the sky is the limit when it comes to opportunities for EWU students to study abroad. On Oct. 21, students got the chance to explore different study abroad options, such

as international internships, study abroad scholarships and overseas destinations offered through EWU at the bi-annual study abroad fair sponsored by the Office of Global Initiatives. “[Studying abroad] gives [students] an international perspective, which can help them be more rounded global citizens and potentially give them

a leg-up in the job market,” said Elena Axton, EWU Study Abroad Adviser. EWU has 18 students abroad this quarter in 12 countries on five different continents. In the last two years, EWU has had over 100 students go abroad, half of whom went through a faculty-led program and the other half on an individual experience.

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Staff at the Office of Global Initiatives assist students in finding suitable study abroad programs and accompanying financial needs. They also help international students who are studying at EWU. Many students may not know that regular financial aid received through EWU can be used for study-abroad expenses. “[Students] can use any regular aid they receive: Stafford loan, Perkins loan, Pell grant, all of that is still applicable to their study abroad. A student is registered in a study abroad placeholder course at Eastern, so they are still fulltime students here and eligible to receive their aid,” said Axton. The Office of Global Initiatives can help connect students to many different types of programs. Some students might choose to go for several quarters, while others can only commit to short term programs that fall during summer vacation. One type of program is a third-party study abroad trip. Some of the third-party organizations that work with Eastern are the Center for International Studies, Academic Programs International and Cultural Experiences Abroad. “I studied in Amman, Jordan for a semester because I

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led up to. We learned a lot through the experience,” said Maleki. Another faculty-led opportunity is the summer program in Nice, France. Similar to the trip to Salamanca, students complete classes Monday through Friday and have the weekends available to explore the area and go on excursions. “I am a French minor and this program is really inexpensive and a blast,” said Scotty Reed, a study abroad student worker and pre-law student. EWU is home to more than 600 international students who have chosen the United States for their study abroad destination. One student that is currently attending EWU is Stephanie Diller from University of Passau, Germany. Stephanie is primarily studying English and psychology in preparation to return to Germany where she will teach English. “I previously came to the United States as an au pair, but I didn’t get to experience people my age, so I decided I needed to come to college to be around people my age. From studying over here, I know that I can go back and teach English and have the experience that I have been to the United States and have cultural insight for my students,” said Diller.

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had ties to international students at Eastern who spoke Arabic. This was a third-party program called the School for International Trading,” said Paige Webley, study abroad assistant in the Office of Global Initiatives and EWU graduate in International Affairs. For students looking to do a short term trip, faculty-led trips might be the best option. One faculty-led trip is Professor José García Sánchez’s trip to Salamanca, Spain which is in its 11th year. The trip is a three-week Spanish intensive program at Colegio Delibes. The trip allows students with different skillsets of the Spanish language to immerse themselves in the culture while earning five credits of Spanish. “There are no requirements set. Most of the students have studied at least a quarter or have some background with Spanish. Students take a proficiency test and take class Monday through Friday for four hours,” said García Sánchez. One of the students on the 2013 trip was Cameron Maleki, a junior majoring in Spanish. Maleki, like most of the students who went, has been learning Spanish all his life. “This was kind of like the big gift of what it all

We are all human. We just tend to think a little differently. That is the message that Eastern Washington University’s Alpha Xi Delta’s sorority hopes to spread. On Nov. 3, Alpha Xi Delta will host the first ever Football Frenxi. The event will take place on Roos Field from noon4 p.m. and is open to the public. Proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks, Alpha Xi Delta’s national philanthropy. Teams may consist of eight to 10 players, and are split into a men’s division and women’s division. “We chose to do the Football Frenxi since Eastern is a huge football school. Everyone is going to get a goodie bag,“ said Madison Azim, Alpha Xi Delta’s philanthropy chairwoman. “We are just trying to make it all fun.” In addition to the goodie bags, there will be an award

for Most Valuable Player, Most Spirited Team and overall winners in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Those who do not wish to play are still encouraged to attend. According to Azim, Alpha Xi Delta plans to have plenty of opportunities to get involved on the sidelines. “We are going to have donation buckets. We are having activity stations. We will have bracelets and blue puzzlepiece cookies,” said Azim. Also in the works is a kicker contest to see who can kick a football the furthest. Donations will benefit Autism Speaks because autism is something that Alpha Xi Delta member, Nicole Branstetter says she is familiar with. Branstetter has two halfsisters and two nephews who have been diagnosed with some form of autism. “[Autism] has been a really big part of my life,” says Branstetter. “It’s one of the main reasons I am in Alpha Xi Delta.”

According to the Autism Speaks website, 1 in 88 people will be diagnosed with some type of autism, affecting over tens of millions of people worldwide. Boys are four to five times more likely to develop the disorder than girls. Branstetter said she hopes to educate the community and act as an advocate for her nephews. “Honestly, the biggest thing is spreading awareness in our community,” she said. “I want my nephews to feel like they belong … I just want people to have a better understanding of what autism is.” “When you bring people together, you can accomplish great things,” said Azim. Each player is asked to pay a $10 registration fee, and players must register for a team by Nov. 2. For more information, visit the Alpha Xi Delta Eastern Washington University page on Facebook. To register a team or for further questions, email Madison Azim at

Photo by Karissa Berg National Food Day brought together students and citizens from the community in celebration of heathy and sustainable food options.

By Dayna Juchmes

contributing writer

In a tucked away area of campus, the aromas of organic apple cider filled the air while students, faculty and community members feasted on free sustainably-sourced chili and cornbread. Live music was performed by students Sam Adams and Justin Mitchell. On Oct. 24, over 330 colleges nationwide, including Eastern, celebrated National Food Day. The event was sponsored by Real Food Challenge and the Center of Science for the Public Interest. Those attending took part in the experience by planting garlic, donated from Project Hope, Don’s Greenhouse and NW Seed and Pet, or testing their palate with a variety of raw vegetables including little baby beets. The event took place behind the Red Barn where Eastern’s organic garden delivers in bountiful quantities. This year, workers harvested over 200 pounds of produce which was sold at the Fresh Market on campus, EWU Dining Services Administra-

tive Assistant for Sustainability Initiative, Kelsey Crane said. Senior Tristan Fox was helping out at the event by passing out garlic buds to potential planters. Fox said he enjoys being a part of the Fresh Market team and being able to provide organic produce to other students. Crane, along with EWU alumni Nathan Calene, were the driving force of the production and growth of a sustainable garden on campus three years ago. “The idea is to bridge indoor and outdoor learning. We spend so much time inside with technology that we don’t spend enough time with each other outside interacting with nature,” said Crane. EWU Sustainability Project is also part of an outreach program connecting with local elementary schools to teach children about holistic and healthy eating over a six-week period with a hopeful end goal of those schools starting a garden of their own food. Senior Olivia Fox, elementary education major, said she became involved with the Fresh Market and Food Day events after her brother Na-

than Calene suggested it. She said her favorite part about being able to help out at these events is the opportunity to go to the schools to pass her knowledge down to the kids about healthy eating choices. Crane believes that the best forum for progressive change in our society is to grow gardens on school campuses to raise awareness to what exactly we are putting into our body. Crane’s academic background includes a bachelors of arts in interdisciplinary studies and communication, with a master’s in urban and regional planning and environmental sustainability. “The goal here really is to get as many students, faculty and staff from an interdisciplinary array together as a community, working together to build up the local food economy,” said Crane. “It doesn’t sound very radical, but one of the most revolutionary things a person can do is plant a fruit tree.” To learn how to become involved, or if you wish to learn more about the Sustainability Initiative, visit the website

Photo by Karissa Berg Zach Neufeldt enjoyed a bowl of free chili that was passed out on Food Day.

Aleks math program contributed to increase in student success rates By Wilson Criscione

contributing writer

Aleks, the web-based learning program implemented for Math 103 and as an option for Math 104 last year, appears to have contributed to an increased student success rate. “I think we’re offering something great for students here,” said developmental Aleks lab services manager, Anthony Baraconi. Aleks, which stands for Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces, determines what a student knows and what a student

needs to work on using adaptive questioning, and bases its instruction and assessments on this information, according to the Aleks website. The course is graded on a pass or fail system. The university used the program to replace graduate students who previously taught the courses. “When we lost our graduate program, we lost the people who taught 103 and 104 and we thought while we were at it, let’s see if we can do something better,” Baraconi said. According to Baraconi, the students now receive more individualized instruction, with each per-

son getting their own custom course. Tina Pitsnogle, a criminal justice and addiction studies double major, has benefited from Aleks. “It’s basically like a one-on-one situation, and when I don’t understand something, the computer comes back with multiple problems and explanations and shows me how to work through them stepby-step,” she said. “It’s a lot different than a teacher who has 40 kids asking them questions they can’t get to.” If a student is still having problems, there is help available for them. “There’s resources ev-

erywhere for these students,” said Mike Souza, a tutor for students in the Aleks program. “Sometimes, the program can be a little odd, but that’s why we’re here.” Souza said he believes the pacing of the program may prepare students better for future classes. “It makes them really think about what’s going on,” he said. This helps students retain information so they can use it for more advanced courses. Early data supports this notion. According to Baraconi, students coming from Aleks in Math 103 had a higher passing rate in Math 104 than non-

Aleks students. However, the department has not had the chance to look into how Aleks has affected the success in higher-level courses. Even though students may theoretically finish the Aleks program before the 10-week period of the Math 103 or 104 course, there is no reason to think the class is easier. “We’re actually requiring more work of the student than we used to,” Baraconi said. Baraconi points to the lack of communication with teachers as one possible flaw in the Aleks program, since students are learning from a computer instead of a person. But he says stu-

dents are still able to ask the teachers about any problems they may encounter. “We still want you to to be able to communicate in mathematics. And I think that’s the biggest flaw with Aleks is they don’t communicate,” Baraconi said. The university does not plan on expanding Aleks into other courses at this point. But so far, the change to Aleks in Math 103 and 104 has proved to be beneficial to students. “We saw a completion rate of 73 percent last year. From what I understand, that’s better than national average. So we’re happy,” Baraconi said.


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The Easterner places sixth in New Orleans

By Fetlew Gebreziabher contributing writer

Photo by Laura Jones New Orleans hosts many street performers, musicians and colorful characters all year long.

From Oct. 23 to Oct. 27, New Orleans hosted the 96th annual ACP/ CMA National College Media Convention, which was attended by Professor Jamie Neely along with six of the editorial staff of The Easterner. The convention was attended by nearly 2,500 students and advisers from several colleges, hosted hundreds of educational sessions, keynotes, workshops and award ceremonies. “It’s the most worthwhile conference we attend,” said Neely. Neely, who is the adviser for The Easterner, has been attending this convention for the past four years. “This conference was loaded,” she said. “It was filled with great advice on how to make the student paper stronger and help students learn more.” The editorial staff did not leave New Orleans empty handed either. The Easterner took sixth place for Best Website against schools with similar enrollment.

Chief copy editor Mollie Gower really enjoyed her time in New Orleans. “We didn’t have too much free time to really explore New Orleans, but having our hotel within walking distance to the convention gave us a chance to see a little bit of the city.” She also spoke about their chance to network with people. “There were a lot of trade show booths that gave us an opportunity to speak with professionals.” One of the keynote speakers was Today Show anchor Hoda Kotb who spoke about her history in New Orleans, how she started and her experiences reporting overseas. The trip was funded by the budget of The Easterner and is one of two convention trips that are usually taken by the editorial staff. Neely recommends future journalists to join The Easterner to have a chance to attend conferences like this. “The conference is geared for student newspaper staffs to become stronger journalists and better the paper as a whole,” said Neely.

ASEWU sponsors haunted house, proceeds benefit wounded warriors By Shannon Bedell

staff writer

Students and community members joined in the Halloween spirit Oct. 24-25 to walk through the ASEWUsponsored haunted house benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project serves veterans and service members who incurred physical injury or mental illness during their military ser-

vice on or after Sept. 11, 2001. Veterans and service members can receive help with combat and stress recovery, family support and peer mentoring. Along with those services, the project helps with transitional training and placing individuals in the work place. From October 2011 to September 2012, 504 veterans were placed in employment and 83.2 percent of those employed stayed in that position for over a year, according to

the Wounded Warrior Project website. ASEWU sponsored this event in an effort to try to give back to EWU students. Markus Hammond, ASEWU Public Relations Specialist, explained that most students go elsewhere for holidays and do not necessarily seek on-campus activities because of a lack of events. Hammond said he hopes the first ASEWU-sponsored haunted house will start a new tradition.

Photo by Karissa Berg Leatherface strikes terror in students during the Oct. 24-25 haunted house.

D.J. Jigre, ASEWU President, explained that this project came from a request from Sigma Phi Epsilon for supplemental budget to fund this project. The project was initially approved, but the executive board realized that the project did not necessarily go through the correct channels and went against the bylaws. As a solution, ASEWU decided to take half of the $3,000 budget out of the executive fund and half came from a

partnership with Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership. “It is an opportunity for [ASEWU] to not only collaborate with a community organization, but also show student organizations that ASEWU is here for a reason," said Jigre. “We are here to help the students out and, by all means, we can help you and get together to make it a fun opportunity. Student government is here to back you up.”

The house was open Oct. 24-25 from 7-11 p.m. with free admission. Those who attended were asked to donate as they saw fit and 100 percent of those proceeds were donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. “It is our hope that this small contribution will show the local veterans that we really do appreciate their sacrifice,” said Hammond. “It is not possible to say ‘Thank you’ enough, but hopefully, this will be a step in the right direction.”

Photo by Karissa Berg ASEWU President D.J. Jigre reacts to the mask room as he walks through the haunted house.

OPINION Uninformed voting wreaks havoc page 8

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opinion editor



Concerning Intiative and Referendum Measures

Concerning the Labeling of Genetically-Engineered Foods

. Increase the time for gathering petition signatures by up to six months . Allow the initiatives proposed to be filed a maximum of 16 months before the next election . Label the interference of signature gathering for a state or local initiative as a misdemeanor of disorderly conduct

. Impose labeling requirements of genetically engineered foods

If approved, this initiative would:


and seeds offered for retail in Washington state -This includes any food produced using genetic engineering and genetically engineered seed and stock . Exempted products would include alcoholic beverages, certified organic foods and foods served in restaurants or in food service establishments . Fine those guilty of ‘misbranding’ foods that are gentically engineered up to $1,000 per day for each violation


“If I don’t have enough information, I don’t vote.”

“You should be more informed to vote.”


Advisory vote 3 Substitute Senate Bill 5444

This vote will gauge the public’s opinion as to whether a tax credit for taxpayers who leased publicly-owned property should be repealed, reinstated or maintained.

Marina Gruis

Mina Vassey

“Don’t vote if you don’t know.”

“Find the information and vote accordingly.”

Debbie Smith

Bryan Caesar

Advisory vote 4 Senate Bill 5627

This vote will gauge the public’s opinion as to whether a tax placed upon commuter air carriers instead of on property should be repealed or maintained.

Advisory vote 5 Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1846

This vote will gauge the public’s opinion as to whether a tax added to insurance premiums to some insurances for pediatric oral services should be repealed or maintained.

Advisory vote 6 Second Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1971

This vote will gauge the public’s opinion as to whether a retail tax exemption for certain telephone and telecommunications services should be repealed, reinstated or maintatined.

Advisory vote 7 Engrossed House Bill 2075

This vote will gauge the public’s opinion as to whether an extension of estate tax on certain property transfers and increased rates for estates over $4 million should be repealed or maintained.

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“How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?” Letter to the Editor Trick or Treat As Halloween approaches, children across the nation are gearing up to knock on people's door with those three infamous words: “Trick or treat!“ Some young adults, on the other hand, may plan to celebrate this joyful event with bubbly alcoholic beverages. However, it is imperative that our partygoers know how important it is for them to abstain from drinking and driving on Halloween. Children are going to be more focused on that house across the street that has been giving out king sized candy bars, rather than the car that is headed in their direction. As a 21-year-old myself, I can only imagine the impact my poor decision to drink and drive could have on an entire family and a community as well. So please join me in making the right choice by having a designated driver for this glorious night of children in the streets. K. Ash

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The State Senator’s term is four years, and the only exclusive duty of this office is to confirm appointments made by the governor.

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Issue 5 Corrections:

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“Do you think it would be better not to vote if you are uninformed?”

If approved, this initiative would:

Advisory Votes Y - YEA

October 30, 2013

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Laws by the People

HOUSE votes

Many students may have noticed small packets arrive in the mail containing important information concerning the upcoming Election Day on Nov. 4. While voting is one of those patriotic duties Schmitz that is drilled into students’ brains beginning in high school, how many people actually take the time to learn about the initiatives and topics that are on the ballot? Being an informed voter is probably more important than just simply sending in your ballot. The initiatives and topics that are brought to voters on Election Day have a direct impact on the workings of the government. While this year may not bring heavy-hitting electoral battles like a presidential election, the topics are still relative to the EWU community. One topic, for instance, is Washington Initiative 522, which regards the labelling of genetically modified foods. If passed, this initiative may require the university to label food products that contain genetically modified materials. If a voter did not read the packet that is sent out before Election Day, then unless they are able to get information from a different source, they would not have any way of knowing fully what Initiative 522 was for. By voting without being informed on the topics, a person may help an initiative to pass that they might not even want to go into effect. Dr. Thomas Hawley, department of government associate professor and chairman, noted the hardships voters might experience in the search for information. “Unfortunately it’s not as easy to become informed on these things as we might hope it would be.” Should a person vote if they are not informed on the topics presented on the ballot? Perhaps it would be better if they abstained from voting if they aren’t fully informed on the topics presented. If an initiative were to pass and the voter would then not like the initiative, then the fault falls upon the voter for not being informed on the ballot. “Short of the ideal [world], vote for what you know.” Hawley said. What should someone do in a situation where you are informed on only some of the topics presented in the ballot? If this is the case, then only vote for the topics you know about, and leave the rest blank. Try to avoid that need to fill in every bubble for the sake of completing the ballot — this is just like the SATs. Sending in an incomplete ballot is allowed, and those votes that were cast will count. “It does not invalidate a ballot to only answer some of the questions that are on it.” Hawley said. “So you are really clear on two of the four issues, and totally unclear on the other two, you can just vote for the two [that you know].” Hawley cited sources like newspapers, editorial pieces, Google and other countries’ enactments of similar initiatives as sources of information available to voters. However, sometimes it is not that easy to find information. When that happens, perhaps it would be better if a person abstained from voting. Abstaining from voting when not informed, while at first seeming like bad advice, will lead to more informed voters having a voice. Instead of having the most voters with the least information, there will be fewer voters with more knowledge.

SENATE votes

By Elsa Schmitz


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left to right, Paden Vance, Remington Klein, Marlee Andrews, Dominick Betts. -Actors in kiss photo are Paden Vance and Brooke McCormick.

Both Prefer Republican Party

-Degree for Davis Hill is a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition, not a Bachelor of Arts.

Letter to the Editor International students need to speak up if they want to become bilingual There are several things that a student who speaks English as the second language should put into consideration in order to be able to learn the language faster. Initially, the student should speak the language without fear. This is a serious problem that affects most students learning English because they think that when they speak, they speak wrongly. However, this is not so since the fastest way of learning anything is to keep practicing as the saying goes, practice makes perfect. Additionally, such student should use various resources such as books, the Internet, magazine and friends in learning the language. Besides the fastest way to learn the language is to ensure that the surrounding environment is full of English. This can be through writing notes in English, listening to English songs, watch English movies, buy English books and speak English when hanging with family members or friends.

Remarkably, a student learning English as a second language can enhance the process by communicating with native speakers. This is imperative because their English flows naturally, hence enabling the learner to imitate, thus speeding the learning process. Moreover, the learning student should ensure regular exercises in the language by taking tests. Learners significantly benefit from tests because they make progress on every test that they undertake. The process can be efficient through recording the voice of the learner so that he or she can be comparing the records. Finally, a student learning English as a second language can speed the process through using the Internet. This is because it has free language courses, which help learners to measure their performances.

Habeeb Alhyrani

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Police Beat Oct. 26

By Amye Ellsworth


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A woman reported being harassed over the phone by a fellow male student who wished to develop a relationship with her. She asked the man to leave her alone, but he refused. The woman also contacted the EWU Dean of Students, who also contacted the male. When he still refused to leave the woman alone, police cited and released him with cyber-stalking and harassment charges.

Oct. 21

Suspicious circumstance

A student thought they were being videotaped in a Martin Hall bathroom because a phone was lying face up on the floor. Police did not think the person was being videotaped, but rather that a phone was just forgotten on the floor.

Oct. 26

Oct. 21

Malicious mischief


Graffiti was reported on the landscaping rock near the Computer Engineering building around the time of the EPIC rail jam event. The graffiti read: “K713.” There are no suspects at this time.

A student was cited on the ninth floor of Pearce Hall. The student was found to be in possession of Roman candles. This was considered a misdemeanor because the amount of fireworks was under 1 pound. Follow-up The police confiscated a briefcase from the student’s dorm because they thought it contained more fireworks. This briefcase contained heroin. The student was arrested on Oct. 25 on felony charges and booked in county jail. He is now restricted from campus.

Oct. 22 Theft

A backpack was stolen from the science building. The backpack contained a MacBook, cell phone, personal items and a textbook. Police estimated the backpack held about $1,100 worth of items. There are no suspects at this time.

COMMUNITY Crossword Crossword 1


An unattended vehicle in front of Morrison Hall was discovered to have damage to the rear end of the car. There are no suspects at this time.

2. A wanted ______ was recently found to be living in residence halls. 4



6. What is one code word haunted house workers used to alert the actors that children were coming through? 8. The Easterner editorial staff recently visited this city. 9. On Oct. 24, Eastern participated in National _____ Day.

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Oct. 27


Minor in possession

An underage, intoxicated female student was found hunched over a garbage can on the second floor of Brewster Hall. The student was cognitive, but had a blood alcohol level of 0.18. She was cited and reIllustration by Jessie Corigliano leased. A student was found to be in possession of Roman candles. The student was cited with a misdemeanor. Police later confiscated a brief case from the same dorm room which contained heroin. Oct. 27

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Oct. 26

Hit and Run

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10. A rodeo team member competed in an event that involved tying up which animal?

Down 1. Cassie Black recently broke a school record for most career ______ scored. 3. What apartment complex will be receiving three crosswalks?

Across Down 4. A gas leak on campus resulted in a ______ eggs smell. Two children were playing outside of the Collision Intoxication 2 A wanted ____ was Cassie townhouse apartment complex in Cheney. The university police assisted the Two men assisted a female student in Answer key can1be found at Black recently 5. What is one country in which EWU students can choose One child hit another with a bat and said it Cheney Police Department with traffic con- Streeter Hall who was intoxicated and Tip of the Week recently found to be broke a school record was an accident. The child’s parent did not trol after two vehicles collided outside of vomiting in the bathroom. She was not Try not to leave your personal items unatto study abroad? believe it was an accident and an argument the Computer Engineering Building. Only underage, but had a blood alcohol level of tended. If they must be left behind, make living in residence for most career _____ ensued between the parents of the children. minor injuries were reported. 0.15. The female was released and sent to sure that they contain no valuables, or anyStudent Rights and Responsibilities. thing that would entice theft. 7. A student on campus was caught in possession of which halls. scored. illegal drug? 6 What is one code 3 What apartment word haunted house complex will be Horoscopes workers used to alert Easterner Madlibs receiving three the actors that crosswalks? Horoscopes are for entertainment purposes only By Mollie Gower The reason: a small gas dences who lived in the By Amye Ellsworth children were coming 4 A gas leak on campus leak caused by digging. area should stay away for Drivers must stop and remain stopped when a pedestrian is crossing the The smell of rotting that hour. Aries eggs permeated the area Officials also said that March 21-April 19 through the house? resulted in a ______ street, even if the crosswalk is _____________. Students driving along as firefighters worked to open flames, or combustiYou know that person you sit next to on the bus every morning? On your next Erie Street at 9 a.m. on contain the gas leak and ble materials, were to stay trip into the great unknown, say hello. Maybe they have a 8 little nugget of wis- Easterner The eggs smell. Oct. 28 would have seen clear students out. away from the area. dom to share with you and make your day better. firetrucks pulling up and Officials at the scene The gas leak was editorial staff 5 What is one country in From Cheney to Japan, Costa Rica or ____________, the sky is the limit when surrounding the clos- said that the containment caused by construction Taurus est block of Erie Street to of the leak would only workers digging and acciApril 20-May 20 recently visited this which EWU students it comes to opportunities for EWU students to study abroad. campus. take an hour, and resi- dentally striking the line. It may seem tempting to go out and party into the wee hours of the morning on Halloween night but, your sexy butterfly costume does not properly cover you can choose to study from the frigid night temperatures. Party if you wish, but stay insidecity. and end early. Your body will thank you and so will the professor for your 8 a.m. class. 9 On Oct. 24, Eastern abroad? Epic Adventures invited skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels to use Gemini box, rail and ramp equipment to compete for _____________. May 21-June 20 participated in 7 A student on campus Face it, you have been living in a mess of filth. Cleaning up that spaghetti plate from two weeks ago and emptying the trash will clear your apartment and your National _____ Day. was caught in mind. Untreated gonorrhea in men can cause pain and infection in the tube that car10 A rodeo team possession of which Cancer ries sperm from the _______________. June 21-July 22 illegal drug? You are doing just fine. You don’t need my help. Eat a slice of cheese. member competed in an event that Leo We are all ___________. We just tend to ____________ a little differently. July 23-Aug. 22 It may be time to go out on the town like the lion you were named for. Stop waitinvolved tying which ing on text messages from your significant other and take the initiative. animal? Virgo EWU Sustainability Project is also part of an outreach program connecting Minor in pwossession

Oct. 22

Another underage intoxicated female was cited and released on the second floor of Brewster Hall. Her blood alcohol level was 0.21.

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Aug. 23-Sept. 22 Sure, the Seahawks are playing great, but football isn’t everything. Try mixing it up this weekend by stepping away from the Bud Light, potato chips and touchdowns.

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The crowd at the Washington-Grizzly stadium also broke the _____________ Adjective

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Some Eastern students gather up their equipment in the Phase, in preparation for a night of ________________. Verb ending in "ing"

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Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Finals week is coming sooner than you think, and planning ahead is not just for your compulsively organized roommate. Schedule in some study time to reduce stress in the long run. Oct. 23-Nov. 21 All of your Facebook friends have turned into giraffes before your very eyes. Fortunately, it’s just because they didn’t know the answer to a silly riddle. Save yourself some trouble by answering “the door.” Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Miley Cyrus isn’t the only one making headlines. Within the next week expect to come in like a wrecking ball yourself.


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Adams, Kupp dominate in 42-37 win over rival Montana Grizzlies


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Junior shatters scoring record Women’s soccer forward makes 18th career goal

By Erika Meyer

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In the premiere Big Sky showdown, the No. 3 Eagles held off rival No. 10 Montana Grizzlies 42-37 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Mont. Leaving Washington-Grizzly Stadium with a victory is something the Eagles have not accomplished since 2005, but they did in 2013. The crowd at the Washington-Grizzly stadium also broke the noise record, but that did not stop the Eagles from sending the Montana faithful home with a loss. “What an emotional roller coaster,” said Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin. “That was Montana’s credit, because how much they fight and how good they are at home. It doesn’t shock me that it came down to the wire.” The Eagles played impressively on both sides of the ball for a strong three quarters. Going into the fourth quarter Montana put up 20 points and their defense held the Eagles scoreless. But the Eagles finished strong, with game winning plays. The running game started a little slow during the first half of the game and according to Baldwin, for the second half of play, he wanted to see more improvements from his rushing attack. On the other hand, the passing game was unstoppable. Adams and redshirt freshman receiver Cooper Kupp had a phenomenal outing. “Everyone did their job and I am so glad we’re getting out of here with this win,” said sophomore quarterback Vernon Adams. Adams was 27-of-40 for a career high of 457 yards, with two interceptions and six touchdowns that tied Adams’ previous high against Sam Houston State in last year’s FCS semi-final, a game the Eagles ultimately lost. Coming back from a knee sprain from a few weeks back, sophomore receiver Shaquille Hill continued his knack for finding big plays with three receptions for 112 yards including an 86 yard touchdown. Kupp had 11 receptions with a career high of 182 yards and the game clinching onside kick recovery with a 1:41 left in the game to give the Eagles the win. “Cooper Kupp, oh my gosh, he is amazing. I can’t wait to play with him these next two and a half years,” said Adams. Despite the 20 points the Grizzlies scored in the fourth quarter, the Eagles defense held the Grizzlies to 17 points in the first half and scoreless in the third quarter. EWU senior linebacker and Buchanan award watch list finalist Ronnie Hamlin led the defense with 10 tackles and junior defensive lineman Evan Day was the only player who recorded a sack. “I’d like to see us finish better, but you have to credit Montana for that too,” said Baldwin. The Eagles finished with 540 yards of total offense and held the Grizzlies to 489 in the victory. The Eagles travel once again on Nov. 2 to play Idaho State who are in Pocatello, Idaho. The Eagles will then return to Roos Field on Nov. 9 to take on the Montana State Bobcats.

By Ashlee Coffey

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Katie Mahoney and Chris Schroll, members of Eastern’ s cross-country team, practice on the track around Roos Field.

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Cross-country preps for Big Sky Championships By Erika Meyer

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Photo contributed by Brady Rieckers Quarterback Vernon Adams leads the Eagles out on the field at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Mont. on Oct. 27.

Photo contributed by Brady Rieckers Defensive lineman Andru Pulu gets in on a tackle.

Photo contributed by Brady Rieckers Wide receiver, Cooper Kupp, scores one of his two touchdowns against the Grizzlies.

Women’s hockey ready for any upset Eagle women have only played a few games this year By Elohino Theodore

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With a tentative schedule, the EWU women’s hockey club never knows what to expect. Earlier in October, the Eagles had played two games with the Spokane women’s team. “We had two games so far, we were actually leading in the first game, pretty much the whole game until the end. The other team tied it up and we went to overtime,” Coach John Connor said. “We lost in overtime, but then the second game, the next day, we won three to nothing,” Connor said. During the first game against Spokane women’s team, the Eagles lost 4-3 in overtime. After they won the second game against the Spokane women’s team, Connor was very excited to see his team win

due to the fact that Spokane is a highly skilled team. The club was supposed to play Seattle this past weekend, but Seattle canceled because they could not get enough players for the game. As a club, sometimes it is difficult for them to rely on their competition to always be there. “We basically [have to] just rely on them being able to play. [Because] we’re always ready to play,” Connor said. Club president Alexia Diablo has a positive outlook on how the club has played so far. “Our team has been doing really well lately; it looks a lot better than we did last year. We picked up a couple of girls that have been playing for a really long time,” Diablo said. “We look like we [are] working together really well this year.” Diablo also thinks that

as a team one of their goals is to have a better season than last year. “For our team, I would say that we definitely want to become more solid. We’re really trying to put our names out there this year,” Diablo said. For club member Alex Gellhaus, she is enjoying her last year on the hockey club. Gellhaus also wants to have a better season this year. “We were .500 last year, so we won half the games we played. For this year, our goal is to have our best season yet, so we kind of would like to win the majority of the games,” Gellhaus said. According to Gellhaus, winning games was not the primary objective in past seasons, but this year the team has a new attitude and a chance to win a lot more games. During practices, Connor has his players work

on a variety of strategies. He wants the team to score when the opportunity presents itself, but he also wants the team to be exceptional defensively. Connor has some more things that he would like to see the team try to achieve. “For the season [we] probably [need] to improve our skating [and] our stick-handling,” Connor said. Connor states that,the club tries to start the season as early as possible. “We try and start fairly soon, like mid-September we start. We actually had our first game a couple weeks earlier this year,” Connor said. He was impressed with how his team played in the first couple of games despite only practicing three to four times prior to playing. Connor would like his players to stay on the same page with each other for a successful season.

The Eastern Washington cross-country team has high hopes going into the Big Sky Conference Championships. The Eagles men’s and women’s teams both performed exceptionally, earning third and first place finishes respectively. “I was really happy, not only on how they did, but when they did it. For the last meet before the conference meet, they seem to be putting all the pieces to the puzzle together at the right time. As a coach that is what you’re hoping for,” said Zeller. “I’d rather see that now than at the start of the season.” Sophomore runner Katie Mahoney led the Eagles in a second place finish with a time of 17:17. “This past meet went really well, all of us had personal records on our 5k times,” said Mahoney. “And all of us are pretty healthy, also our spread in the top five was 33 seconds, which is awesome for us. We placed first and we beat Washington State, Gonzaga and University of Idaho, which are bigger schools.” As the season progressed for the women they improved by the day and did better individually in each meet. This past meet was a success for the women as they placed first, giving them the momentum for the conference championships.

According to Zeller, the Big Sky Championships are wide open for the men and women. “Our kids can finish in any number of places in the conference, depending on how they do on that given day. If they can run like they did in the Inland Empire Invitational, they’re going to give themselves every opportunity to do quite well.” Being the underdog around the Big Sky Conference, the EWU cross-country team has high hopes and big goals while the other schools look at them and think EWU will not place. The Northern Arizona University men’s team is ranked second in the country and the rest of the Big Sky as a whole is very strong, but the Eastern men’s team have opportunities to pull together and place in the top three. According to junior runner Chris Schroll, placing in the top three for conference championships is their team goal, as Northern Arizona and Southern Utah are in the top 25 rankings for long distance running. “I was very excited for our team and what a lot of what our guys did, three out of the five guys that scored for us were freshman, it’s exciting to see those young guys take that big jump and perform really well,” said Schroll. “And we’re missing one of our guys, it will be good to have him back for conference.“ Coming into the Inland Empire Invitational, Schroll was a little discouraged, but running without fear he placed seventh, with a personal re-

Photo by Sam Sargeant Katie Mahoney, a member of Eastern’ s crosscountry team, runs on the track around Roos

cord of 24:13. Giving the men’s team more confidence going into the conference championships. “As a team, we are really looking for that third spot, beside those big targets [NAU and SUU] every other school is vulnerable in our eyes and if we put together our race, we will take down any other school.” Going into the conference championships, the men and women are exactly where they want to be, they are at their strongest and are looking forward to compete fearlessly. The event takes place Nov. 2 in Bozeman, Mont.

Junior starting forward for EWU women’s soccer, Cassie Black, now has the record for career number of goals scored, putting her in the history books at Eastern. Breaking the previous record of 17 goals scored, Black has the record with 18 career goals scored. With this honor coming in a game against Sacramento State University Oct. 2. Having played soccer since she was a mere three years old, Black has experience as a forward. “I have always played the forward position,” Black said. Breaking a record is no easy task. “This summer I stayed for classes. While I was here, I worked with some of my other teammates that were around. It was beneficial. You get an early start.” This record was an important one for Black, but not her only focus. “The season goal was to make it to the Big Sky playoffs. [Breaking the record] is an accomplishment that I am really excited about. It was definitely a personal goal going into this season. At the same time I wish we would have had a winning season to go along with it. It would have been ideal. “Next season I want to keep scoring goals. I want to keep adding


to the record. But I also want us [as a team] to have a strong preseason. Even though preseason doesn’t count towards Big Sky playoffs, it is important to gain confidence and momentum going into conference play.” George Hageage, head Women’s Soccer coach, praised Black for her leadership, both on and off the field. “A couple of years ago, in 2011, we were rebuilding the team that year. We had 13 incoming freshman. We set up an offense that revolves around Cassie,” Hageage continued, “It’s been that way since she was a freshman. We didn’t have a choice. We recruited her to score goals and that is what she has been doing.” Being a leader, according to her coach, is something that she does both on and off the field.“She is a leader off the field as well. She has been involved in everything that we do that involves community outreach. She set up a trip the Ronald McDonald house to cook meals for families.” Black also spends her free time giving back to the community and doing volunteer work. “I volunteer at Sacred Heart Hospital. I am a pre-med major. I love giving back to the community in a way that not only helps others, but also gives me insight to what my future entails. Giving back to community feels good.”


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Sports Bulletin Oct. 27 Women’s soccer falls to Northern Arizona University. Cassie Black had a career high shot total of eight. EWU lost to NAU 2-0, but the eagles kept NAU scoreless for 85 minutes. During senior day, Eastern honored seven seniors and closed out the 2013 season against NAU. EWU volleyball lost in four sets to Sacramento State. EWU falls to 7-15 in the Big Sky while Sac State improves to 12-11. Talia Fermantez led Eastern with 11 kills and seven blocks, along with four digs. Allison Doerpinghaus had eight kills, eight blocks and three digs. Lindsay Niemeier had 36 assists with six digs and four blocks.

Oct. 28 EWU wide receiver Cooper Kupp has earned NCAA Football

Championship Subdivision CoFreshman of the Week honors from The Sports Network for his effort in third-ranked EWU’s 4237 victory over then 10th-ranked Montana in Missoula on Oct. 26. He was also selected as the FCS Wide Receiver Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards. Kupp had 11 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns against the Grizzlies, and also recovered an onside kick with 1:41 left to preserve the win for the Eagles. Kupp now has 11 touchdown receptions for the season to rank third in the FCS. EWU women’s soccer head coach George Hageage will step down from his post at the conclusion of his contract on Nov. 30, 2013, announced by athletic director Bill Chaves. Assistant coach Julio Morales will lead the program on an interim basis while a national coaching search is conducted.

The Eastern Washington women’s volleyball team dropped a hardfought decision to visiting Portland State Oct. 28, losing in four sets in a Big Sky match at Reese Court. Eastern falls to 7-16 and 4-8 in Big Sky play with the loss while the Vikings improve to 12-10 (9-3 BSC). Set scores for the match were: 22-25, 16-25, 25-20, 11-25.

Oct. 29 Former 2011-2012 Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year Collin Chiverton has joined the Al Maseerah basketball team in Saudi Arabia. Chiverton, who played the past two seasons for the Eagles, will join the team for its upcoming season in the Saudi Arabia Premier League. His signing brings to 21, the number of former Eastern players who have been on rosters of professional teams within the last year.

Nov. 2 Eagle football is back on the road to face the Idaho State Bengals in Pocatello, Idaho on Nov. 2. Kickoff is at 2:05 p.m. The game will not be televised, but fans can still find the game online at http://www. or catch the radio broadcast on 700 ESPN. The Eastern Washington University men’s and women’s crosscountry teams will be making their way over to Bozeman, Mont. for the second time this season as they prepare to compete at the Big Sky Championships on Nov. 2. The meet, which is hosted by Montana State, will be held at Bridger Creek Golf Course.

SPORTS Rodeo team ropes a comeback page 14

October 30, 2013

By Erika Meyer

staff writer

The 2013 rodeo team competed in their first and only event for the fall in Ontario, Ore. A good number of the members on the EWU rodeo team have competed for many years now. EWU finally brought back this team from the 90s. The members were very excited to finally compete and come together as a team. At their first event, they competed in roping, breakaway, goat tying, calf roper and bull riding. For their first event of the season, it went well for some members, but there is still a need to practice and train for the spring season. According to Marrisa Dormaier, competitor in barrel racing, the first team rodeo was one of a kind. “As with any new team, things can be hectic and we ran into a few road bumps on the way, but we all made it, the horses made it and we had fun,” said Dormaier. “For the first rodeo of the season, I was happy with how things worked out and the team’s performance and willingness to work together.” Member Shaina Johnson competed in goat tie, breakaway and team rope placed third in goat tying, in her first fall event. “I did place third, but there is still a lot I can improve on. For the first event in the fall ,I was happy with all the performances,” said Johnson. “It’s exciting to compete with a team behind you, just to know you have emotional support. It makes it a lot easier.” So far, the team has gotten along great, but according to team roper and calf roper Shaina Johnson successfully ropes a calf during the rodeo team’s first trip to Ontario, Ore., this fall. Hayden Winn, he wished they would have stuck more together and performed better as a are looking forward to training harder during After the first event with one of the memteam But coming into their first event, things practice. When spring comes around, they bers out of ten placing third, they know what got a little difficult. “Everyone had the oppor- will be traveling around the Northwest re- to look forward into spring competition. tunity to place, but it was a no go,” said Winn. gion, competing against Treasure Valley, Or- There were a few mistakes that were made in The team will have a few weeks off before egon State, Walla Walla, University of Idaho their first competition that the team can limit winter season hits. The members of the team and Central Washington. for other events and have good times for each

Photo contributed by Rodeo Club

one. The best times recorded are usually seven to eight seconds. The team has higher expectations and individuals goals to accomplish before season “We have a lot of improvements to make, but that is what winter is for,” said Winn.

Eagles lunge towards fencing

EWU fencing club teaches recreational combat to all skill levels By Elohino Theodore

staff writer

Photo by Laura Jones Meghan Woods, EWU fencing president, mentally prepares for an electric fencing bout.

Some Eastern students gather up their equipment in the Phase, in preparation for a night of fencing. According to Thinkquest, fencing goes as far back as the beginning of the evolution of man. Fencing has been active in places such as ancient Egypt and Rome. Fencing has also been around during the dark ages as well. Ancient Egyptians had carvings of figures from dates as early as 1200 B.C. that illustrated athletes fencing with masks and weapons. Greek and Roman civilizations used short swords and light spears and they ended up teaching their students in schools. The 15th century is when modern fencing started and Spain brought the first official fencers. Fencing eventually spread throughout Germany and Italy, as people became more interested to take up the sport of fencing. The 16th century started the popularity of dueling. Many fencing athletes were killed because of the amount of fierce competition during those times. President of the fencing club Meghan Woods said, “Fencing, in some respects is like track, in that you

compete as an individual.” The EWU fencing club focuses on individual performance rather than team performance. According to Woods, the fencing club does not necessarily compete as a school. Woods went on to explain what specifically goes on in fencing competitions. “So, competition starts, they divide the fencers into groups of about five to eight, depending on how many are there and that’s your pool,” Woods said. “So you fence everybody in your pool, and then depending on how you do in your pool, they list you in numerical order from best person to worst person.” According to Woods, after that part of a typical fencing competition, the top fencers will proceed to play the fencers with the worst rankings, for example, No. 1 will play No. 10 and No. 2 will play No. 9. That pattern will continue until there is one winner. For pool competitions, whoever gets five touches in 3 minutes wins the match. The club has mostly been fencing recreationally so far this year. A few years ago, some of the members competed at a fencing club in Spokane. Club member, Zach Lesperance explained what the club does during practice. “Tuesdays and Thursdays what we do is

we practice footwork, blade work, just a bunch of drills.” He also points out that on Saturdays, the team spears against each other. Lesperance explains the type of equipment the club uses. This includes jackets, helmets, swords and electrical score-keeping equipment. The club also funds for the equipment they need. “We do fundraisers, we sell sweatshirts. I think we do a couple other fundraisers throughout the year,” Lesperance said. The club has gotten more members during its tenure on campus. “There are a lot of new members this year,” Lesperance said. “Typically our club is rather small, we get maybe about 10 people at the most.” “I was looking for a club that I can join to be somewhat sports related. But wouldn’t be too involved that I wouldn’t be able to study or would take too much time,” Parks said. He states that fencing is not too time consuming and along with his fellow club members, he simply enjoys it. Club member Kevin Parks talks about how much he likes fencing. “I do this for fun a lot, but I really enjoy improving as well,” Parks said. When looking for an activity on campus, Parks found that fencing was the perfect thing to do.

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