Journal We s t e r n O r e g o n U n i v e r s i t y
APRIL 6, 2011
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VOL. 11, ISSUE 23
PROVIDING THE TOTAL BODY WORKOUT EXPERIENCE
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BATTLE FOR THE BENEFIT CONCERT
Western students hosted a battle of the bands to raise funds for a trip to work in Tanzania, Africa, with Orphans Foundation Fund.
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STUDENTS GIVE SERVICE IN MONTANA Students and staff spend their spring break aiding homeless and atrisk families and at a nokill shelter for abandoned animals. SEE PAGE 5
HUMANS VS. ZOMBIES Students gear up to play a game of undead tag, pinning humans against zombies. This schoolwide event hopes to provide students with an fun break from classes. SEE PAGE 7
Western students take advantage of the pristine, open and sun-filled layout of the gym in the Health and Wellness Center.
Beginning during spring break, the new center has allowed students and faculty a chance to squeeze in a workout between classes Heather Worthing | Freelancer
“Mens sana in corpora sano” — a sound mind, a sound body. On March 28, the Health and Wellness Center opened its doors. There were more than 2,000 visits from students, faculty and community members that day, all excited to be a part of a new facility whose aim is to develop a culture of healthy minds and bodies. “I have been at the university for seven years and the interest
for such a building was being discussed long before I was here. It is an amazing building with amazing possibilities,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Gary Dukes. Now that the dream of such a building is a reality, so are many questions about eligibility, equipment, classes and the rock wall. “It is the desire of the Health and Wellness Center to create an environment of information and
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BASEBALL WINS 3-OF-4 GNAC GAMES Ward and Wood lead the Wolves to 3 commanding victories over West Region No. 6 ranked Northwest Nazarene University. SEE PAGE 11
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time and fill out a belay waiver which represents placement in class line. Classes are free and there can be up to four individuals in each class. After a student has completed the orientation he or she can come anytime and climb with a buddy, enjoying the challenge of climbing independently with only the supervision of a specialist. “I am very excited about
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Water bottle refill Cities statewide welcome the stations make big spring season in unique way the next few months, a variety of flower splash on campus Over celebrations and festivals wiprepare to commence Werner Center’s newest sustainability installation faces mixed reviews as some students question their necessity
get everyone on the same page so that each student here can take ownership of this building and what it has to offer,” said Health and Wellness Center Director, Rip Horsey. Orientation for the rock wall began on Monday with classes being held at 4:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday, 4:15 p.m. on Friday, and 1:15 p.m. on Saturday. To sign up for class one only has to come 30 minutes before the appointed
A new feature has been added to the Werner University Center, with water bottle refill stations now located adjacent to the drinking fountains throughout the building. These stations were added in an effort to help Werner accomplish its goal of creating a more sustainable environment. The hope is that these stations will help to decrease the number of water bottles that are
thrown away on a daily basis, with students having an easily accessible option for refilling them instead. The biggest push for the installation of the stations came from the student body. Students had been coming to Jon Tucker, director of the Werner University Center, and other staff and
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Alex Riecke-Gonzales Freelancer
As Oregonians begin to get excited over blue skies and lukewarm weather, flowers are blooming and the festivals in celebration of these colorful configurations have been planned. What better way to welcome spring than with a celebration of the new life of beautiful flowers? The Daffodil Drive Festival in Junction City, Ore., which occurred on March 12 and 13, involved a nice country drive down Ferguson Road
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Rows of flowers at the Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Ore.
to view miles of golden daffodils. Activities at the festival itself included free entertainment, a classic car display, wagon rides, an art show, homemade cinnamon
rolls, quilt displays and craft booths. There were
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April 6, 2011
Raising critical social consciousness through film
Monica Millner | Freelancer
In 2008, the U.S. government lent $700 billion to major bank corporations to bail them out during the major subprime mortgage crisis. Currently, 1.3 billion people, over a fifth of the world’s population, suffers from poverty. About 39 million tons of “bycatch”, fish caught by accident, are caught, killed and dumped right
back into the ocean each year thanks to unsafe fishing practices. Ten percent of plastic water bottles produced each year end up in the ocean, 70 percent of those fall to the ocean floor where they will most likely never degrade. These are all facts. Facts suround us, if only people paid attention and listened.
Professor Dean Braa, is the department chair of the sociology department at Western and has taught here for 20 years. “Sociology – we’re the discipline that's critical of society,” said Braa “That’s certainly correct. Sociologists study social life, its characteristics, changes, causes and consequences. They study many things about
humanity including family life, work structure, social class, and the relationship between the individual and society.” Braa is very interested in, “raising critical social consciousness so people aren’t so easily manipulated.” He teaches classes, of course, but decided that was not enough; he also wanted to inform those who simply
wanted to learn. As a result, he started showing his Critical Film Series. This year will be the third year that it will be running and everyone is free to attend. “I’ve seen people from off-campus attend the series,” said Jeanne Deane, Administration Program assistant in the social science division. It’s a free way to
become informed and to watch good movies with other people interested in what is really going on in the world. There are additional perks, too. For sociology and social science majors or minors, the series can be taken as a real class for credits.
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Battle for the Benefit promotes international service
Students and local community work to raise funds for upcoming summer service trip to Tanzania, Africa Jake Logan | News Editor
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Dr. James Lace and Tanzanian native Gladness presented on the hardships that many Tanzanian men and women face today. Desmond Tutu once said, “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” Such sentiments were felt at the Battle for the Benefit on Thursday, March 31. This benefit showcased various musicians and music groups from Oregon put on by a group of students and various community members. The group describes themselves as “a team of nine Western Oregon students, faculty members, and various community members [ who are traveling to Tanzania to work with orphans and villagers through Orphans Foundation Fund (OFF) on projects in education, health care and water supplies.” The town in which the group is going to has a population of 6,000 and of the 6,000 4,000 children.
One of the various community members is Dr. James Lace, a Salem based pediatrician, who has been working with OFF in Tanzania since 2001. James Lace appeared on stage with a Tanzanian woman named Gladness. Lace told of the conditions of living in Tanzania, especially in the lives of the children. Male and female children are circumcised at the ages 13-15, the male children are supposed to remain silent and still, and mocked if they cry, flinch or yell during the ritual. Lace also said that are about 2.5 million orphans in Tanzania. Gladness shared her story of struggle and success in Tanzania. Gladness is the fifth wife of a Masai man. She decided that she had to escape from her small village of Mbuguni to
Caleb Ray, one of the solo acts for the benefit, taught the audience to sing along with one of his original songs. Ray donated half of his proceeds to the benefit.
a bigger town named Moivoro, where Gladness learned to make crafts and sell them for profit. Gladness said that first her husband wanted her to stop and to move back to the village. She refused. Gladness eventually earned enough money to buy her own house in her village and to send her three children to school. “But now he is okay with it, now he’s happy to help the village, but slowly,” Gladness said. She eventually moved back to Mbuguni where she started to teach other women how to start their own crafts businesses. These crafts were sold at the benefit with the profits all going back to the women in Africa. Some of these crafts were hand painted fabrics, necklaces, bracelets, and wood carvings. It was one more way people could
help support the efforts in Tanzania. Ashley Matchett, a Western student and group member, stated “[We are here to] raise awareness in the community to what we are going to do and raise funds to go to Africa.” With regards to getting musical talents to perform Matchett said, “We asked people we all knew, advertised and through the church.” The musical act included soloists Christopher Buckley, Kiet Trean, Michael “Mikey” Sullivan, Kalaya Cook, Brett Koch and Caleb Ray. Musical groups included Nick, Evan, and Caleb, Mill About Smartly, Joshua and Steven, and the headlining band Violet Isle. Both Cook and Koch gave special performances of American Sign Language singing, Cook signed Pink’s “Perfect” and Koch signed DMX’s “Angel.”
Solo performer Caleb Ray is a Western graduate with a business degree. Ray has performed at previous charity events before. He performed for the Alternative Break to Costa Rica and that was how group member Catherine Choute recruited him for the Benefit for Tanzania. Ray described his music as “pop rock.” “I want people to leave feeling good,” he said. On performing at charity events, Ray said, “I love doing benefits. I am performing at the next Relay for Life [at Western].” Ray donated half of his merchandise profits to the benefit. It was the connection through Choute that musical duo Joshua and Steven received the chance to perform for the benefit. Joshua Du Chene, a Western alum, received his Bachelor of Arts in the arts in 2007,
and Steven Frassen, also a Western alum, received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and afterwords earned his Master of Teaching in 2010. Both were asked by Choute to perform. They thought it would be a great last performance, since Du Chene is moving to Corvallis to pursure graduate school at Oregon State University, and Frassen is leaving the country to pursue music. During the evening events, the group had slides of the various children who are being aided by the OFF. This included children like Lameck, 15, who dreams of one day being a journalist, Margeth, 10, who wants to be a teacher, and Benson, 8, wants to be president “and that’s it.” These informational slides allowed the volunteers to gain a better insight into the population they will soon be immsersed within.
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faculty members at Werner, with ideas on how to offer alternatives to purchasing bottled water on campus. “As a studentoriented faculty, we take suggestions all the time on how to improve services and offerings on campus,” Tucker stated. Much planning went into making these refill stations a reality. “My Assistant Director for Operations, Chelsee Blatner, and I looked at budgetary pieces for the facility and made the decision to install the stations,” Tucker stated. Tucker said that he believes these stations to continue to help “our little campus” towards further sustainability. “By using these water bottle refill stations, people will be able to reuse their water bottles more easily and be less likely to purchase disposable plastic water bottles which
use precious resources or many don’t get recycled,” explained Tucker. He went on to say that an added bonus of the change is “[saving] student’s money because it becomes easier to refill water bottles for free instead of purchasing water or other beverages.” Having been installed over spring break, these refill stations can be found attached to the drinking fountains in Werner on the upper and lower levels, with an additional station located in the new Health and Wellness Center (HWC). According to Tucker, these stations may help “sav[e] the equivalent of 275 water bottles [per day].” “At this rate, we will save the equivalent of tens of thousands of disposable water bottles [over time] from our little campus effort,” he concluded. Some students, like junior Victoria Hough, have enjoyed the refill stations. “I like it,” she stated.
“It’s super convenient and encourages students to reuse rather than buy bottle over and over.” Many others have shared Hough’s opinion and feel that it is a good investment for the campus. However, some students have not been thrilled with the idea, believing that the existing water fountains provided the same service as the new refill stations. “I think that they’re unnecessary and a waste of our money,” Kayla Ward stated. “It really isn’t that hard to tilt a water bottle [to fill it]. They could have put our student fees to something more productive.” These week-old stations have increased the conversation on campus about both the strengths and pitfalls of an increased desire for sustainability, as well as how best student fees can be used to create a greener atmosphere and mindset on campus.
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Freshman Ryann Rodenberger utilizes the new refill station in the HWC.
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“It’s a real easy way to take a class,” Deane confirmed. Braa backed this up as well, saying his film series can be taken as an independent study course for three upper division credits. If this option is taken, the student has to write a review for each of the eight films, and a five to six page paper on a related topic. Everyone who attends is invited to participate in a post-film discussion where the film might be agreed with, criticized or even made fun of. “Bring some popcorn and have some fun,” Deane said. In previous years, anywhere from 30 to 40 people have attended, which is a healthy number, but Braa hopes that as many as possible will attend this year to raise their awareness of what is happening not only in our country, but what is happening worldwide. Each film lasts anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours, but each and every one of them is interesting in their own right. The first film was on April 4, the second is on April 11, in ITC 211 from 6 to 8:30 pm. Students who would like more imformation on the film series or how to gain class credit, Dr. Braa can be contacted by phone at 8388270 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Critical Film Series April 4 “Capitalism: A Love Story” (Michael Moore's critical look capitalism)
April 11 “Inside Job” (Academy Award Winner on corrupt banks and the bail-out) April 18 “The Corporations” (Acclaimed history and analysis of the rise of corporations)
April 25 “The End of Poverty” (Causes and consequences of growing global poverty)
May 2 “Religulous” (Bill Maher's humorous and critical look at major religions)
May 9 “The End of the Line” Devastating impact of overfishing on oceans of the world) May 16 “Gasland” (Destruction of environment as result of hydraulic fracking by natural gas corporations)
May 23 “Tapped” (How the bottled water industry has misled the public and added to environmental problems)
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April 6, 2011
The musical production ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ to debut at Western Performed as a series of vignettes, this theatrical piece focuses on love and relationships Katrina Pettigrew | Freelancer
The show with everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and inlaws will come to Western in the musical production, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” on Wednesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. The book and lyrics were written by Joe DiPietro, with music by Jimmy Roberts. First premiering in New York City in August 1996 and closing in July 2008, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” was able to boast 5,003 performances. The show has been translated into 13 different languages and shown around the world. Now it has come to Western. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is presented in the form of a series of vignettes that are all connected by the
central themes of love and relationships. Most of the scenes are independent of one another, with a few exceptions, and as a whole, the musical is slightly reminiscent of the chick-flick, “Valentine’s Day” and of Saturday Night Live. According to Dr. Solveig Holmquist, professor of music at Western, it is difficult to find smaller musicals to fill the off season when there is not a big production going on. Having small productions during the off-season provides more opportunities for theater majors, music majors and other individuals who need experience in lighting, sound, props and costuming. “‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ was recommended highly to me, [though] I’d never seen it,” Holmquist said. “It’s a powerful show with funny and serious scenes
and the music is just so great.” There are four cast members who play multiple characters throughout the show;
provided for $25 a term or you can bring your own for the day,” said Horsey. Classes are another addition students will soon be seeing at the center. Mini sessions will start up this spring term so that interest levels can determine what classes to regularly offer next year and get established for fall term. The culture of this building is being developed right now and everyone
shortness of breath. “When students come to the HWC they want to utilize the facility. The staff is here to take away the risk that students are unaware of. That’s why we are trying to create a culture of respect for the policies because the purpose of those policies is to make the experience of working out and socializing as fun and safe as possible,” Horsey explained. The response towards the center has been a tremendously positive one. With more than 8,000 visits so far, students and staff are talking around campus about their experiences. “My experience as a supervisor so far has been such an honor,” said facility supervisor sophomore Marco Garcia. “I have developed a deeper appreciation for the facility because I see how much hard work goes into making this building the fun and safe place for students to come and get healthy once again.” “It’s so convenient to work out now; I have no excuse not to utilize this facility and achieve my best here,” said sophomore Shelby Furtado. March 28 marked the beginning of a building creating a culture of students and faculty who not only strive towards academic excellence but optimal physical well being.
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this rock wall once available to students. The climbing culture is such an exciting one and we trust it has the potential to really take off here at Western,” said rock climbing specialist senior Josh Rau. Already students can check out basketballs, but eventually rentals will be available for activities such
“It’s so convenient to work out now; I have no excuse not to utilize this facility and achieve my best here.” - Shelby Furtado
as racketball and climbing, allowing students to check out and enjoy these items without investing in the expensive equipment themselves. When a 25,000 square-foot building is open, it is difficult to determine exactly what and where equipment will need to go. New equipment is on its way, including weighted medicine balls, yoga mats, ab equipment and cubbies. “We are planning for cubbies, but we want to observe the behavior first off, [such as] where people place the majority of their belongings, and then follow suit. Locks will be
has the opportunity to create and adopt a fun and functional culture which will last for decades here at Western. Some of that culture refers to policies. For example low cut shirts and altered tanks that expose the sides of your body are not permitted when working out (an exception being when playing on the court). This is because when that area of skin comes into contact with equipment there is a high risk of MRSA, a strain of bacterial infection that is highly resistant to antibiotics and can, among other symptoms, cause fever, chest pains, rash and
like collaborative thing going on,” Greenhalgh said. “[Being] multiple characters is a good challenge. Some are easier than others, but it’s
“It’s about love. Yeah, [there are parts where] we talk about sex and stuff, but that’s a part of love. It’s one of the things I love about theater: you get to fall in love every night. Sure, it’s pretend, but it’s love.” - Sam Benedict SENIOR
freshman Hannah Williams, junior Christine Greenhalgh, senior Sam Benedict and senior Evan Christopher are the cast members in the production. “I like having only three other people in the cast. We have a family-
a breeze.” While the central themes of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” are love and relationships, the scenes also focus on romance in general and the various parts of love. “It’s about love.
Yeah, [there are parts where] we talk about sex and stuff, but that’s a part of love,” Benedict said. “It’s one of the things I love about theater: you get to fall in love every night. Sure, it’s pretend, but it’s love.” A c c o r d i n g to Holmquist, the show portrays real life theatrically and artistically. Benedict echoed this statement, adding that the show was mild compared to other theater productions that he has been exposed to in the past. “Everything is presented very theatrically, but it’s all true to life,” Greenhalgh said. “I’m conservative, but once you understand that it’s not presented in a mean spirited way, you can sit back and enjoy it.” There will be four performances of “I Love You, You’re
Perfect, Now Change,” beginning on Wednesday, April 6, through Saturday, April 9. Each show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is expected to end around 9:30 p.m. The show will be in room 121, the recital hall, of Smith Music Hall. General admission tickets are $8 while tickets for students and seniors are $5. Please keep in mind that “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is not appropriate for children due to language and some adult themes. However, none of the cast and crew feel that this will lead to the show being perceived negatively. “Unless you hate love, you have absolutely no excuse not to see this show,” said Benedict. What: “I love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change” Where: Smith Music Hall When: Wednesday, April 6 through Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Photos by | Brandon Woodard
(Top) Gabriel Jenks works out on the weight machines. (Bottom) Kristen Chun and Shelby Furtado take advantage of the raquetball courts.
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April 6, 2011
Finding a unique way to spend spring break
Students, staff utilize spring vacation serving at-risk families and abandoned animals in Montana Joanna Walker | Freelancer
While most college students think of hitting the beaches and some work to earn an extra buck or two, there are those select few who have made the decision to forego these endeavors and instead of doing the “norm,” have dedicated their week of spring break to volunteering. Seven students, accompanied by two Western staff members, made the long journey from Monmouth, Ore., to the mountainous region of Missoula, Mont., leaving early Sunday morning, March 20 and returning early evening Saturday, March 26. Team members met weekly to review and discuss updates from their service sites, primarily at the Poverello Center, Inc. and AniMeals and discuss other details about the trip. Though, as a special treat, the team volunteered at a Carousel in Missoula, one of few hand-carved carousels in the U.S. built since the Great Depression. Little did they anticipate the adventures that lay ahead and the life-changing experiences they would have. Co-leader and sophomore Luanne Carrillo was a past participant of a San Francisco service trip. Her work as a member spurred her interest to become a leader, hoping to “encourage students to gain the same feeling of achievement and learn about the real world outside of our bubble.” “I wanted to support the two trip leaders and the other students going on the trip. Having participated in service trips before, I know that not everything goes smoothly all the time and wanted to do my part to help,” remarked Adviser Marshall Guthrie,
educational adviser for the Student Enrichment Program. “I thought it would be a great way to meet students I don’t normally work with and help them learn in a unique way,” said Megan Habermann, the co-adviser for the trip and the assistant director for Student Leadership & Activities. As expectations for a great week of service were high, and the time drew near to depart, Guthrie noted, “I was most looking forward to traveling and experiencing new things while meeting new people.” S o p h o m o r e psychology and communications major Mayra Perez, the other colead of the trip, was looking forward more to “seeing what an impact the trip had in all the participants.” Carrillo shared a similar idea when she added, “I was looking forward to meeting my goal of giving my team the opportunity to gain a great new experience and come back with lots of memories to share.” Monday through Thursday, the crew volunteered at the Poverello Center, Inc. – or “the Pov” as it is commonly known and referred – for part of a day, and then spent the other part at AniMeals. According to the website, “the Pov” has a mission “to work collaboratively toward the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for homeless and at-risk families, children, and individuals throughout the State advocating for and providing a continuum of housing and a variety of services to improve the health, well-being, and stability of those it serves.” Also listed on their homepage are shocking
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Western students helped a Montana community by participating in a number of daily duties. statistics about the center itself, for example, the shelter sleeps up to one hundred homeless residents a night and serves 100,000 hot meals, 365 days a year. There are three other main programs that come out of “the Pov,” which includes the Joseph Residence, a 24 month, service-enriched transitional housing. Also part of “the Pov” is the Valor House which addresses “the multifaceted needs of one of this nation’s largest homeless demographics: homeless veterans” and the Salcido Center, currently located in the basement of “the Pov,” provides a “daytime drop-in center serving individuals experiencing chronic homelessness, mental illness and/or chemical dependency.” AniMeals, the other service site, is a no-kill adoption center for cats and also serves as a food bank. Found online at their website, their mission is “save the hungry, the helpless, the lost and the
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Helping the community through various projects, these participants gained real world experience and a sense of accomplishment.
little ones just struggling to survive; to house and feed as many animals as possible; to ease the suffering of the weak and unloved; to build a no-kill community and realize the achievement of a no-kill nation.” Community members
Through working at both locations for the majority of the week, everyone was able to take a “favorite” away from the service trip. “My favorite part was having the opportunity to experience tasks at two different sites, because we
“I think Alternative Break is an experience that you just won’t have the opportunity to take part in after leaving college (unless you tag along as an adviser). Do yourself a solid and take advantage of the opportunity to do new things and meet new people.” - Marshall Guthrie TRIP ADVISER
can apply to be foster care families, through filling out an application and going through that process or can serve in various volunteer positions. Shawn Watts, who namely works in the infirmary at the shelter, remarked that “they managed to get a lot of cleaning done and other things changed around; lots of things got done. It was really helpful.” Watts noted that his favorite part of the week was having a big group of people “who came a long way just to help out” was really nice. “It was nice to meet people who support what we’re doing, to give time and energy helping out with the cats . . . it makes me feel good about what we are doing.”
got to learn more about both the caring of homeless people, as well as the caring of cats,” explained Carrillo. “My favorite part was watching the group learn and create bonds with each other,” reflected Habermann. Guthrie offered a different perspective as he commented, “I’m a cat person; so, I liked working in the AniMeals no-kill shelter. I was very impressed with the quality of care the cats received.” Through the thick and thin, beyond the favorite aspects of working or playing, lessons were learned, memories were made and lives were changed. Though it was exhausting doing all of the chores and work that was performed, both leaders
and advisers speak highly of the overall feeling of the group as they commented that they would want to return. “The church we stayed at felt as if we were at home, because they had everything to meet our needs, such as showers and a kitchen, both in the same building,” Carrillo noted. Perez quickly added, “The community was just so loving and so welcoming.” “I would like to go back to continue the connections WOU has made and to see how the organizations have grown and improved,” Habermann concluded. To those who missed out on this trip, or any Alternative Break trip this year, both leaders and advisers recommend students to participate, as does Watts. “Before I worked here [at AniMeals,] I volunteered extensively, and it was a good use of my time. It’s nice to expend hard work to achieve something, putting it towards a cause you believe in,” Watts reflected. “If you are a student who wants to feel good about what you did, then Alternative Break is for you. Not only [do] you gain this positive feeling, but you get to go around the world, learning and experiencing this,” Carrillo remarked. “It’s a great way to make friends and to network with people in a different community. It’s a lot of work, but at the end of the day you feel accomplished,” said Habermann.
April 6, 2011
Photos by | Emily Laughlin
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goats and even bunnies, with visitors enjoying the unique delight of watching thread being spun directly from their fur as they sat on the spinners’ lap. March 12 and 13 also ushered in Amity’s 17th annual Daffodil Festival. Unlike the other festivals, the Amity Daffodil Festival is an educational program created by Amity School District 4J. It is produced by the hospitality, tourism and recreation class of Amity High School,
introducing students to the various fields of hospitality. Activities included an art show, a daffodil volkswalk, a society show and a children’s activity room. The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn is hosting their 26th Annual Tulip Fest from March 25 through May 1. Not only does this include the viewing of over 40 acres of tulips and daffodils, but it is comprised of daily activities and the opportunity to take home cut flowers, bulbs for planting and other items from the gift shop. “We started Wooden
Shoe Bulb Company 28 years ago to sell the tulip bulbs my brother [was] growing on the family farm,” said Barb Iverson with the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. “They had bought the bulbs from a gentleman who was retiring from the business,” she said. “After a couple of years in the wholesale market with poor results, we started Wooden Shoe to market the bulbs. “After two years of going to garden shows, etc. with poor sales, we decided to open the field to the public for Easter
weekend. Each year we try to improve something until it is where it is today.” Daily activities include a children’s play area, the Tulip Café, a farm equipment display and a country store. Beyond these daily activities, weekends include a crafter’s marketplace, pony rides for $5, wine tasting, wooden shoe making, steam tractors and rescue birds. Then on specific days there are events such as a digital Macro Photography class for $10 and a Wine Down. Admission is only $10 per car on the weekends and $5
on the weekdays. Both the fields and the gift shop are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Keizer Iris Festival in Keizer, Ore., goes throughout the month of May and is more of a shopping frenzy than an opportunity to view flowers. Exhibitors from across Oregon bring their products and services to the Keizer Iris Festival to share them with any passersby. Events include the Iris Festival Parade, the Keizer Iris Run, a classic car show, Crown the Hound (a dog show) and the mayor’s pet parade among others. Paula Mosley, the
associate director of the Keizer Iris Festival said that “the festival is really to promote our area and put out a family friendly event that anyone, not just Keizer residents can enjoy.” Mosley added that they chose the iris because Keizer is known to be the iris capital of the world. Though the festivals in Amity and Junction City have passed, the Tulip Festival in Woodburn and the Keizer Iris Festival are still available for a fun weekend outing or a great way to spend any beautiful spring day.
(Top) Flowers at the Woodburn Tulip Farm. (Above) Daffodils on campus.
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April 6, 2011
A play about the reality of relationships, ‘Jack Goes Boating’ will be performed in Portland now through April 17
Caitlin Finnell | Freelancer
From March 15 to April 17, the Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Ore., will be presenting Robert Glaudini’s romantic comedy “Jack Goes Boating.” The play depicts the challenges of finding love and keeping it, along with the ups and downs that relationships go through. The production has been called “a romantic comedy about a big lug with a heart of gold” by “The Oregonian’s” Marty Hughley, and “an endearing romantic comedy . . . witty and knowing and all heart.” by “Variety Magazine.” “Jack Goes Boating” was brought to the LAByrinth Company by member Robert Glaudini as a stage reading in 2005. The script had many aspects of Glaudini’s own experiences with relationships. “The emotional thing that is true for me and I tried to make true for the characters is the anxiety of ending a relationship in a bad way and the anxiety of beginning a new one,” Glaudini explained in an
interview with examiner. com. “Both of those things I could draw from personal experience.” Two years later, the LAByrinth Company held their first production of the romantic comedy at the Public Theater starring Oscar-winning movie star Phillip Seymour Hoffman, along with John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Beth Cole. After finding success, Glaudini decided to take his work to the big screen in the 2010 production of “Jack Goes Boating” starring three of the original cast members, and directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Since the premier in 2007, “Jack Goes Boating” has been produced by Chicago’s Thunder and Lightning Ensemble, Berkley’s Aurora Theatre and even made its way to Australia for its premier at The Red Stitch Actor’s Theatre. The play is set in New York City and begins in winter where we meet Jack, a pot-head limo driver with dreadlocks and an obsession with reggae music. Jack spends much of his
time with his co-worker Clyde, and his wife, Lucy. Clyde and Lucy set Jack up on a date with Connie, a woman Lucy works with in Brooklyn. After hitting it off with Connie, Jack is inspired to try new things in his life, such as taking cooking lessons and pursuing a new career path. Clyde also teaches Jack how to swim so he can take Connie boating. Just as Jack and Connie’s relationship is taking off, Clyde’s and Lucy’s marriage is falling apart. Both couples must face the reality of where their relationships are headed; indeed,“Jack Goes Boating” is ultimately about taking the risk of falling in love. “Being in love means that you basically put your heart in someone else’s hands,” said Hoffman to Rick Florino of Artist Direct. “You really do. If I love someone as much as I can, that means I’ll probably be hurt by that person and disappointed eventually. You need to take the risk of being hurt or disappointed in order to be really close to someone.”
Robert Glaudini, an Italian-American actor, made his debut film appearance in the 1971 comedy, “Lady Liberty.” He continued his acting career by starring in several other films, including the 1982 sci-fi/ horror film “Parasite” and playing an evil magician in the 1984 horror film “The Alchemist.” Glaudini has also guest starred on various TV shows, along with being a prominent stage actor and playwright. Glaudini has been a member of the LABryinth Theatre Company since 2004. Along with “Jack Goes Boating,” Glaudini has written “The Poison Tree” and “Dutch Heart of Man.” “Jack Goes Boating” will be performed Tuesdays through Sundays, until April 17, at 7:30 p.m., along with matinee performances on Sundays at 2 p.m. and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at artistsrep.org or at the box office. Prices range from $26 to $50, with a special student price of $20 per person.
Humans vs. Zombies comes to Western For those participating, the Zombie Apocalypse is headed your way Caetlyn Padgett | Freelancer
This past Monday, April 4, Western began participating in a huge game of tag known as “Humans Vs. Zombies” (HVZ). Students who play as “zombies” must “feed” (i.e. tag) on a “human” every 48 hours, or they will starve. Every participant is also required to wear a bandanna, which zombies wear on their head and humans around their arm, and carry an index card with an identifying number. If tagged by a zombie, a human must give their ID card to the zombie team. One hour later, they become a member of the zombie team. The humans win if all the zombies starve to death and the zombies win if there are no members remaining on the human team. Safe zones, where no member of either team may be tagged, include personal dorm rooms,
dining halls, Hamersly Library, Western academic buildings and gyms/athletic centers. Prospective zombies (or humans) must also fill out an application and agree to abide by the rules of the game. The official website for HVZ, http:// humansvszombies.org, states that the game, “especially on college campuses . . . provides a social opportunity that is unmatched by any other academic or extracurricular activity. Many players tell us that they found their best friends while playing this game. That’s no coincidence; this game breeds close interpersonal connections unheard of from traditional team athletics. The nature of the game requires you to put your “life” (or “un-life”) in the hands of your fellow players. If you’re willing to commit yourself to it,
participation in HVZ can result in camaraderie that lasts far beyond the game’s time frame.” HVZ has been hosted at many other colleges in the area, including Oregon State University. Lyndon State College (LSC) in Vermont recently participated in this event, with LSC’s campus newspaper, “The Critic,” interviewing several players. “It's one of the best events on campus at LSC,” said Kevin Lessard, one of the human survivors from the last game. “It was something to look forward to, it creates a lot of excitement,” said sophomore Alyssa Sylvia. “I had witnessed other campuses playing this game and I noticed how it inspired people to work together as a team to complete a goal,” said Ian Gard, organizer of the event. “Group projects in school are never fun and therefore the team has very little incentive to truly work
together. HVZ gives people an actual reason to work together because it is fun.” Stephen Cucchiara, coordinator for student activities at Western, said that HVZ is a great opportunity for students. “It provides a unique experience for students,” he said. “I mean, when else will you get a chance to play a giant, zombiethemed game of tag?! It will also be a great way to meet new people and try something you maybe haven’t before. I strongly encourage Western students to get involved.” Organizers faced some challenges when adapting HVZ for this campus, partly because Western’s policies ban any sort of gun-like object or toy. Traditionally, the human team uses Nerf guns to shoot zombies, but Western’s humans will stun the zombies by “bonking” them with rolled-up socks.
Running from the past into a brand new future. This wild west story yields adventure with a dash of romance. Joanna Walker | Freelancer
Running. You are running away from the only life you’ve known for the past seven years. Before that, your focus was escaping an abusive father and a mother who died. You feel like you’re the bad guy, though you did nothing wrong. The law has a high price on your head, but the man you’re running from, Jenkins, is someone who leads the most dangerous gangs at that time and he’s not going to stop until he finds you. Then, one night, you are held at gunpoint and are forced to give up your guns, your only means of protection, to a stranger with piercing turquoise eyes. This man wants to use you as bait to get back at the very man you are running from. What else can you do? All you want is to run to a place where nobody knows your name or your face, to try to start your life fresh with nobody chasing you, with no fear of looking over your shoulder to see if someone is following you. This is the beginning of the story of Casey O’Hare as she seeks to start her life fresh, to do good in the world, to escape the horrible and haunting memories of Jenkins and his gang in DiAnn Mills’ “Leather and Lace.” Mills takes the reader on a wild adventure into the southwest as she puts her main characters through trial and tribulation, changing each and challenging them to become more than who
they are. Follow Casey as she makes her way out of the cool air of the Rockies into the warm sunshine which radiates down into the heart of Texas, where she will end up finding a group of individuals who love and accept her for who she is, not who she was or what she has done. Learn along with Casey who this mysterious man is, what his true intentions are, and what the stories are behind why each person is the way they are. Learn with them about the true meaning of love and forgiveness and how to let go of the past. Also, discover the importance of not allowing memories to cloud your view and to take a stronghold on your heart, so that you do not lose that which you hold dear and treasure most. In the process of making these discoveries, readers must lay low with Casey as she clings to the hope that Jenkins does not find her. If he does get wind of where she is, he will stop at nothing to take her back and destroy anyone or anything that is in his way, even if it means killing those Casey has come to love and cherish deep within her heart. With over 40 books published, DiAnn Mills has sparked the interest of readers across the globe, with the award-winning author remarking in a past interview that one should “expect an adventure” when they pick up her novels.
“HVZ brings two main contributions to the campus, teamwork and fun,” explained Gard. “In classroom group projects there are always people who simply don't do anything at all because they are not motivated to. In HVZ everyone is motivated, because it’s fun. Every campus needs fun activities; it’s the way students work off stress. If throwing socks at ‘zombies’ doesn't relieve stress nothing will.” HVZ’s website also
offers their main reason for playing, stating, “Part of going to college is learning to take yourself more seriously, be it through developing your opinions, honing your discipline or by many other means. When we look at the professional world, we see many intelligent, disciplined, serious people, but we’re worried that it comes at a price. It’s easy to become so wrapped up in your own professional serious image that you forget how to have fun.”
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April 6, 2011
“UCLA Girl” Poli Sci Racist Small acts done
Alexandra Wallace, a.k.a. “UCLA Girl,” has stirred up some controversy for the past few weeks. For those who may not recognize the name, she is now infamous for a Youtube video in which she goes on a tirade about Asian exchange students at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She had two major complaints, one being Asian families visiting their children on the weekends around her apartment complex. This complaint is downright confusing to me; if most of the Asian student population is made up of exchange students, that indicates that their families are still in the country that the student came from. Her other complaint was stereotyping Asian students for talking loudly on their cellphones in the library. She complains that “old Asian people” come and do housekeeping for their children while not teaching them to “fend for themselves,” as well as neglecting to teach them manners. She then goes on to cellphone use in the library, at which point she
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mimics some type of Asian language to show how loud and disruptive Asian students are. The thing is, not all Asian students are like this, and the only reason she is seeing mostly Asian students doing this is because they are different from her. Of course, exchange students from Asia are probably not fluent in English, and this foreign language is picked up by a domestic student’s ear more than English simply because it’s foreign and not the norm. I completely agree that students should not talk on their cellphones in the library; however, I am confused about why Wallace had to make it racial. Not every student that talks in the library is Asian, just like not everyone who talks in a movie theater is Black, or not every lazy alcoholic is Native American. Racial
stereotyping is so obviously wrong and beside the point; she could have left the race issue out of her rant and would not have received as much of the negative feed back as she did. Some comments on the video include, “Respect differences in culture you can’t ‘Americanize’ everyone, you need to deal with it or go live in the ocean,” “Not politically correct and studying political science? Questions...questions...” Some even called for her expulsion from UCLA. Wallace claims to be a political science major while ironically noting that she is not the “most politically correct person.” She uses words such as “epiphany” in a sad attempt to mask her racism. She claims to be a “polite American girl” that her “mama” raised to her to be, but truly polite people would just ignore the impolite person and go about their business. If people talking in the library
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This last Saturday, I went to a booster club auction in my hometown of Oakridge, Ore. Usually I would not be attending this auction, which raises money to benefit the children of the community, but this year they were honoring a devoted member of the community: my mother. She is never one to think that being honored is a big deal, because she is also one of the most humble people you could meet in this world. I’ve seen how she has impacted my small hometown all my life though. I can tell the community appreciates the spare time she has devoted to volunteering, whether she is acting as the head of the school board or refereeing Upper Willamette Youth Basketball and Soccer. Her story started a while ago, but her volunteering really started in the 1970s when she graduated from Western Oregon University (known then as Oregon College of Education). Oregon was going through a recession then too, and my mother was having a hard time finding a job in her field, so she decided to fill her time with volunteering. I found this very interesting
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since our country is once again going through a recession and many people are worried about finding or keeping a job. One joke my mom always loves to make is that some days she feels like she’s that little old lady that lives in a shoe who has a bunch of children. Technically, she only has two biological children, but since she’s helped raise the children of the Oakridge community, she has invested in their lives too. The saying “the children are our future” comes to my mind as being a very important concept to her, as well as the idea that we should make their success our main priority, although our country seems to have much higher priorities on its list. An important point made at the end of the night was a quote my mom paraphrased from Mother Theresa: “Small acts done with great love.” Those are the things that matter. No one has to be a colossal hero, like out of the movies. Everyone can donate a little bit of their time to small acts of kindness that make our communities better places to live in. Anyone can do this, whether it’s helping a neighbor take in some groceries or simply holding a door open for someone. What I’ve taken away from the evening, is that my mom has inspired people to do so much more than what they thought was possible. I take inspiration from that as well; it makes me want to do more than I have, and give back to the community the way I have seen her give back. They seem like impossibly large shoes to fill, but perhaps if we all took a little more time to fill them, it wouldn’t seem nearly as daunting.
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April 6, 2011
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Get involved and do what is right Western Student Health and Counseling Center
It’s time . . . to get involved. You, as an engaged bystander, have the opportunity to act and safely change the outcome — to prevent an assault by stepping in when you see something that doesn’t look right. Maybe you heard someone say something sexist or degrading. Maybe you witnessed someone trying to take advantage of a friend. Studies have shown that the occurrence of rape is far more extensive than reported in
official statistics and that a large majority of rapists are never apprehended. In a society that promotes a ‘mind-yourown-business’ message, speaking up might seem difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. Try to approach the situation as if it involved one of your friends. If you see something that doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. If you think someone is in trouble, ask if they are okay. Be honest and direct in explaining
your concerns and reasons for intervening. If you don’t feel comfortable approaching the situation on your own, ask a friend, a co-worker — anyone — for help. You aren’t ruining someone’s fun or being a jerk if you speak up. You are watching out for someone’s brother, sister, child, neighbor or friend. Next time, it could be your loved one that needs help. It’s time . . . to get involved and do what is right.
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are such a distraction to her, then I advise her to invest in an iPod, so she can drown out the surrounding noise with music. Moreover, just because one is American
does not mean one is polite. I know many rude white Americans. Politeness has nothing to do with race, and to even begin to think Americans are the most polite people in the world is preposterous. American teenagers are some of the most over-privileged
and rude teenagers in the world. The truth is that every culture and country has its own etiquette and manners; however, I don’t think it should be part of the American etiquette to whine and complain about issues wrapped up in racism.
Final Four proves tourney needs reform Kyle Bruce Freelancer
I refuse to call the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team the national champions. Sure, they won the 2011 NCAA Tournament, which makes them the de facto champion, in theory. I am just having trouble buying the Huskies as the best team in the nation. Instead, I will choose to think of them as the “Team That Managed to Win Six Games in a Row at the Right Time.” Don’t get me wrong, winning the NCAA Tournament is not easy. The turnaround time between games is short and the mental and physical aspects of the game get more intense as the tournament progresses. But this year’s incarnation of March Madness has been so maddening that getting to the Final Four wasn’t as hard as it normally is. This is the first season that no one or two seeds made the Final Four. Does that mean there were no truly “great” teams? Probably. But that does not mean the ninth-placed team in the Big East should also be known as “national champion.” I mean, look at the teams that made the Final Four. Aside from UConn, there was Butler (13-5 in the Horizon League), Kentucky (10-6 in the Southeastern Conference), and Virginia Commonwealth University (12-6 in the Colonial Athletic Association). Not exactly Duke, Ohio State, Kansas, or Pittsburgh. Heck, even Oregon would have had a shot this year. I hope the way this year’s tournament went down wakes some people up. The reason why I like college football’s Bowl Championship Series (BCS) system is because it makes the regular season relevant. I understand that rankings and computer formulas have too much of an impact on deciding a national champion in football. But, in all fairness, a team that finishes ninth in their league should not get to play for a championship. Period. If that were the case, we would have seen a BCS game featuring Rutgers and Kent State. Who wants that? People may argue that the reward for a good
regular season record in basketball is a one or two seed in the NCAA Tournament. That’s all fine and good, but you still have to win six games no matter what seed you are. VCU is a prime example; as a First Four participant and 11 seed, the Rams made a never-to-be-seen-again run to the Final Four. All they had to do was win five games at the right time. Taking this year’s tournament into account, there really is no advantage to being a top seed. I would like to see the NCAA Tournament work like the Big East Tournament. At 16 teams, the Big East is too large to have a typical 16-team tournament. Instead, they seed based on regular season finish. The top four teams in the final standings get double-byes. The next four teams get single-byes while the final eight teams are left to duke it out in the first round. This means that the teams with the best regular season records are rewarded by not having to play in the first two rounds of the tournament. They get more rest and more chances to scout while their opponents get tired. Most coaches would take those benefits in a heartbeat. The new bracket would see 16 games in the first three rounds, respectively, instead of the 32 first-round, 16 second-round, and eight third-round games that are presently played. The number of teams and games would be the same, so it would take the same amount of time to play. Seeding could also be done the same as it is presently, with the NCAA Selection Committee determining the top 68 teams. Granted, this scenario would widely reduce the number of upsets that March is commonly known for. Believe me, I am as big a fan of tournament upsets as anyone. They are great for television and give small schools everywhere hope that they, too, can one day take down the big, bad blue bloods like UCLA and North Carolina. Having said that, I never want to see another Final Four like the one we had this year. Give me Duke, Kansas, Ohio State, or Pitt any day. At least that way I’ll know that the national champion was dominant throughout the season instead of three weekends in March.
April 6, 2011
Lacrosse wins division opener
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Sophomore Daniel Hochspeier scored six points in Western’s first PNCLL division game of 2011.
Ian Bohince, Brock, Hochspeier score six points apiece in 20-2 victory over University of Portland Chris Curtis | Freelancer
Western’s Lacrosse team opened up their Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL) divisional matches with a massive win over the University of Portland, 202, on Saturday, April 2. Everything went Western’s way for the afternoon match, even the weather cooperated bringing a chilly but overall sunny day. Both teams really looked to feel each other out at the beginning of the game before Western started to get into a rhythm. Junior Matt Frutiger was able to find fellow junior Spenser Brock for the first tally of the game five minutes in. A stifling Wolves ride helped cause several Pilot turnovers and Western capitalized again with Brock finding senior Ian Bohince for his first score of the game. The first quarter seemed to be all business for the Wolves as they looked very calm and reserved as they headed into the first break up 2-0. The second quarter opened up the game a little bit more as the offense started to find cracks in the Portland defense. Bohince was able to string back to back goals in the opening minutes to earn the early hat trick. After the defense forced another turnover it was sophomore Dan Hochspeier’s time to
get on the score sheet as he fired a goal home as well as assisting freshman Clay Malensek’s first goal of the game shortly after. As the Wolves offense started to pick apart the Pilot defense, Western started to draw penalties on Portland and Bohince was able to capitalize on a power play to close out the half up 7-0. The third quarter is when the flood gates opened for Western. Freshman Taylor Dougan took a big hit while shooting but the ball still found a way into the net. A strange turn of events happened shortly after the Western goal as two calls left the untouchable Western defense down to two men for a minute. As strong as the Western defense had been, the Pilots were finally able to score with the player advantage. Unfazed by the blemish, junior Mark Iliyn won the next faceoff by running through the defense and feeding Malensek for the quick answer.
Frutiger found Brock for the second time in the game shortly after and long stick midfielder Justin Cox assisted Andrew Cox for another quick goal. Western closed out the third quarter with three more tallies including sophomore Joe Gerhig’s first career goal. The Wolves entered the final frame up 14-1. Western appeared to have plenty left in the tank and looked to enforce its dominance with a laser of a shot off the stick of Bohince. With the defense continuing to deny all feeble attempts and the men winning possession after possession, the Wolves kept on the attack with Frutiger dodging through the Pilots for a score. Bohince, who finished the day with six goals, scored another massive shot. Western closed out a 12 goal run with Hochspeier finding Malensek again for the easy score on the crease. The Pilots were able to get the last goal of the game on another extraman opportunity but it was too little too late as Western
ran out the clock for a 20-2 victory. The Wolves are back in action this Saturday, April 9 when they travel to Willamette University to take on the Bearcats at 1:00 p.m. Notes: Western outshot the Pilots 56 to 6 and set a team record by holding the Pilots to zero shots in the first half. Bohince, Brock and Hochspeier led the offense with six points each. Western racked up 60 ground balls with Tyler Bolton registering a team high eight. Western corrected a lot of issues at the face off “x,” winning 16 of 23 draws with Matt Hill leading the way, winning 7 of 9. Ronnie Rothstein played all sixty minutes in the cage for the Wolves registering two saves on two goals against. The Western special teams came out victorious on both ends with the extra man unit scoring on four of seven attempts while the defense stopped three of five attempts.
2011 LACROSSE PNCLL DII STANDINGS SOUTH Western Oregon Southern Oregon Willamette Portland College of Idaho
GF 130 66 81 32 12
GA 78 47 100 49 50
DIVISION 1 - 0 1 - 0 1 - 1 0 - 1 0 - 1
OVERALL 9-1 5-3 3-5 3-3 0-3
April 6, 2011
Baseball takes 3 from NNU in 4 game away series Ward, Wood combine to give up only 9 hits and 2 runs in first pair of games in the series Matthew Curran | Freelancer
Western baseball played one of their toughest series of the season against Northwest Nazarene University (NNU). They played a four game series of two double-headers. Western won the series, 3-1. The Wolves are 16-10 overall, 9-3 in conference. NNU dropped to 22-10 overall, 7-9 in conference. Both baseball squads are nationally ranked in the West Region baseball poll. No. 9 Western had an extra week off due to poor weather conditions in Billings, Mont. They are currently in second place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). NNU’s baseball team is ranked No. 6 in the West Region Poll. They have a balanced attack of pitching with offense and trail the Wolves in third place in the GNAC. On Friday, April 1, Western swept the day by winning two games, 6-1 and 5-1. In the first game, senior pitcher Michael Ward put on a show for the Wolves. He struck out ten batters and allowed one run. Ward is currently 4-2 and he pitched an entire eight innings. He allowed five hits and one walk in his sixth start of the season. Western had the lead throughout the game, taking some of the pressure off of Ward. Senior Brad Carter pitched the last inning of the game for the save. Western’s first run came on a twoout double by junior Austin “Bo” Folkinga. Senior Miles Kizer recorded his first homerun of the season. The second game of the day was highlighted by another strong pitching performance from junior Grady Wood. Wood’s performance was even more impressive then Ward’s game. NNU could only manage two hits off of Wood. He pitched the entire game and he forced 14-ground balls for outs. Wood did not allow any extra
base hits and improved his record to 2-4. In the top of the fifth inning, the game was a scoreless tie. A double, a walk and a single due to a bunt suddenly got the bases loaded for the Wolves. The person who had the honor to bat with the bases loaded was senior slugger, Daniel Dillard. He smacked the ball out of the park for a grand slam to give the Wolves a 4-0 lead. Griffin Boyd capped off the sixth inning with another homerun. The second day of the series, the teams split both games 5-6 and 7-3 on Saturday, April 2. The first game was an instant classic. NNU had two single runs in the eighth and ninth inning. Senior pitcher Cam Nobles got the start as four different Wolves pitched the game. In the top of the eighth inning, Western took the lead on an RBI-single by Kizter. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and a runner on third base, NNU hit a pitch to right field for the gamewinning run. Western closed out the series by winning the final game. Western won the series in dominant fashion against a team nationally ranked higher then them. In the second game, junior Kirk Lind made the transition from closer to starter for the Wolves. The switch proved to be a very useful method. Lind pitched six scoreless innings and allowed one hit in his starting debut. “Each of our pitchers in the wins really competed and filled up the strike zone,” said Western head coach Jeremiah Robbins. Western’s offensive was very productive in the game. They scored a run in the first inning, four in the fourth and two runs in the sixth. Senior Aaron Headrick went 3-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored. The Wolves will now travel back to Monmouth for another four-game series against Lewis-Clark State. Instead of playing two double-headers, the series will be played over a four-day span, starting on Thursday, April 7. Lewis-Clark State is 19-7 overall, 9-6 in conference. Western beat them in a tournament earlier this year, 5-2.
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Senior pitcher Michael Ward improved his record to 4-2 with Western’s 6-1 victory in game one of the four game series against West Region No. 6 NNU.
Baseball 2011 BASEBALL GNAC STANDINGS Saint Martin’s Western Oregon Northwest Nazarene MSU Billings Central Washington W=Win
W 13 9 7 5 2
L 3 3 9 7 14
PCT GB .813 -.750 2 .438 6 .417 6 .125 10
W 16 16 22 12 7
L 13 10 10 13 19
PCT .552 .615 .688 .480 .269 Back
* Standings as of press time.
Wolves struggle in Tournament of Champions Hallmark hit 4 doubles and 1 homerun, Ruek had 6 hits in the 6 games of the tournament Kyle Bruce | Freelancer
Western’s softball team faced six different foes as part of the prestigious 22-team Mizuno Tournament of Champions this past weekend in Turlock, Calif. While the Wolves managed to make the games interesting, they finished the tournament with an 0-6 record, dropping them to 9-19 on the year. Western’s tournament opener came against Chico State, the fourth-ranked team in the West Region. The Wildcats defeated Western 9-1 in six innings behind 13 hits and an excellent outing from pitcher Jessica McDermott. Chico State led 7-0 before Western sophomore Andrea Bailey’s RBI single scored junior Danyelle Hutchinson in the top of the fifth. The Wildcats would add another run in the bottom of the fifth before homering to end the game an inning later. McDermott (4-1) pitched a complete game for Chico State, striking out seven while giving up just three hits. She surrendered five walks. Western junior Bailey Rueck and senior Jessica Wood also registered hits for the Wolves. Wood (4-10) was saddled with the loss. The second game saw Western face Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB). The Otters scored seven runs in
the sixth inning, turning a 1-1 tie into an 8-1 victory. CSUMB struck first, scoring one run in the bottom of the first thanks to a two-out RBI double. The Wolves opened the fourth inning with a groundrule double from senior Jessica Hallmark. She was replaced on the base paths with junior Kendra George who put Western on the scoreboard behind an error later in the inning. The game was knotted at 1-1 entering the sixth inning before the Otters exploded for seven runs. Western was able to load the bases in the seventh, but could not cash in. Wolves’ freshman Alex Hillmick (4-5) took the loss. She notched three K’s and gave up four earned runs. Hallmark registered two hits, including her third double of the season. Rueck and senior Tierra-Lyn Cuba had one hit apiece. Freshman Ashley Worthey stole her fourth base of the season. CSUMB’s Diane Ortiz (5-11) earned the win, striking out four while ceding four hits and six walks. Angelina Orozco drove in three runs for the Otters. Western’s third game came against tournament host Cal State Stanislaus (CSUS). The Warriors hung on despite a late charge from Western to win 2-1. Cal State Stanislaus tallied two runs in the fourth inning behind a two-RBI single from Kiley Mendez. The Warriors still held a 2-0 lead going into the seventh before Western junior Kelsie Didion’s two-out sacrifice fly scored Rueck. Runners remained on second and third but a strikeout ended any hope of a comeback.
CSUS pitcher Weatherford (8-13) notched five strikeouts while giving up four hits and three walks. Wood (4-11) struck out two in 5.1 innings of work. She did not surrender a walk in the loss. Bailey recorded her seventh double of the season while Hallmark registered her fourth. The fourth game of the tournament pitted the Wolves against No. 16 UC San Diego (UCSD). The Tritons were able to overcome an early deficit to defeat Western 3-1. Western struck first in the third inning. After two quick outs, Bailey drew a walk. Cub followed with a single to center field before Rueck hit a single down the right field line, scoring Bailey. UCSD evened the score in the fourth on an RBI single. The go-ahead run came in the sixth inning on a fielder’s choice. The Tritons would add an insurance run later in the inning on a second RBI single. Didion was walked to start the seventh but was left stranded on first as UCSD recorded three consecutive outs to end the game. Wood (4-12) pitched 5.1 innings and allowed seven hits and two walks. She fanned three. Hallmark hit her third double of the tournament. Western’s final game of pool play saw Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) come out on top 2-1. CSUSB took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning behind an error. The Wolves responded with a run of their own in the SOFTBALL | SEE PAGE 12
April 6, 2011
Willamette Preview brings the heat for runners Massari, Slowey earn first place marks for competition, Crook achieves NCAA provisional qualifying standard Paige O’Rourke | Editor-in-Chief
Western’s track and field teams faced a tough race at the Willamette Preview in Salem, Ore., this past Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2. Held at the Charles Bowles Track, 41 teams competed from across the West Region, culminating in 1,078 participants. “We went into the meet hoping for solid performances to conclude the first part of our season, and the athletes were very successful in achieving their personal training and performance goals,” Assistant Coach Jessica Harper stated. In the women’s 100 meter dash, sophomore Sarah Kathrein earned seventh place with a time of 12.99 seconds. Freshman Annie Hayward placed sixth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.58 seconds. Hayward was joined by sophomore Emily Pieren during the race. Having achieved 11th place in the 100 meter race, Pieren came in at No. 8 in this slightly longer race with a time of 26.79 seconds. In the 400 meter dash, junior Janelle Everetts placed sixth with a time of 59.54 seconds. Sister and junior Megan Everetts followed suit with a seventh place run in the 800 meter race, recorded at a time of 2:19.60. In the 100 meter hurdles, junior Janna Vander Meulen placed sixth with a time of 15.44 seconds. Meulen also competed in the 400 meter hurdles, placing eighth there with a time of 1:09.71. Fellow lady Wolves senior Kaitlyn Reid and junior Ali Mosher joined Meulen in the 100 meter hurdle competition, earning fourth place with a time of 1:04.57 and sixth place with a time of 1:07.07, respectively. Freshman Katie Pelchar earned seventh place in the women’s long jump, achieving a distance of 4.70 meters. Pelchar additionally competed in the triple jump, placing fourth at 10.08 meters. Among the women javelin throwers, freshman Seabre Church placed seventh with a 36.89 meter throw. Overall, the men’s team fared better than the lady Wolves, earning several
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third. Bailey hit a one-out single up the middle before senior Jessica Hallmark’s double drove her in two atbats later. An RBI double in the fourth put the Coyotes back on top for good. Western left one player on base in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, but were unable to get anything going down the stretch. Hillmick (4-6) gave up six hits in six innings of work. She allowed one earned run while fanning three and walking two. Bailey led Western with two hits and matched Hallmark with a double of her own. She also registered a stolen base. The Wolves finished
noteworthy achievements. In the 400 meter dash, sophomore Tyler Thomas placed seventh with a time of 50.37 seconds. Freshman Lukas Fenley brought up the No. 10 spot in the men’s 800 meter run with a time of 1:57.07. Junior Zach Massari achieved one of two first place scores of the meet for Western, coming in with a time of 4:00.61 in the 1500 meter race. This marks a season-best for Massari, sitting him at eighth place in the Great Northwest Athletic Association’s (GNAC) top 10. Freshman Michael Shogren narrowly missed first place in the 5000 meter run, coming in with a time of 15:18.51 and losing to Southern Oregon University’s Josh Seitz by a narrow 1.76 seconds. In the men’s 110 meter hurdles, senior Jordan Werner came in at fourth place with a time of 15.48 seconds. Freshman Brett Campbell immediately followed Werner, coming in at No. 5 with a time of 15.56 seconds. Senior Andy Loscutoff came in at fifth place with a time of 56.07 seconds in the 400 meter hurdles, followed thereafter by freshmen Kody Rhodes and Kevin McCurdy who tied for sixth place with identical times of 56.86 seconds. Like Rhodes and McCurdy, freshmen Gabe Mendenhall and Elrycc Berkman performed a double act in the men’s high jump, tying for sixth place with a distance of 1.78 meters. Senior Tim Lundy placed third in the pole vault at 4.50 meters, retaining his second place standing in the GNAC. In the javelin throw, sophomore Will Crook placed second with a 59.67 meter throw. Among other things, positive thinking kept Crook going strong during the race, with the athlete stating, “At this meet I was confident that I had a strong and consistent run-up. That’s something I had lacked in the first two meets this year.” This score earned Crook a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) provisional qualifying standard, marking Western’s fifth of the season and placing Crook alongside fellow team members seniors
pool play fourth out of the five teams in its pool, slotting them for a spot in the Bronze Bracket against Cal State Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). Despite taking a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning, Western was bested by the Toros 3-2. Western took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning thanks to a solo home run from Wood. The shot over right center was the first of her career. The Wolves would put runners on first and second in the third inning behind a pair of two-out singles from Bailey and Cuba. Hallmark was then walked, loading the bases, but CSUDH forced a flyout on Western’s next atbat, getting out of the jam. Western’s half of the fifth inning saw Hallmark go yard on a two-out swing,
giving the Wolves a 2-0 lead. The homer was her seventh of the season. The Toros came alive in the sixth, however, erasing Western’s lead with three runs of their own. A double scored the first run while a sacrifice fly scored the second. A second double and two walks loaded the bases before the next CSUDH batter was hit a pitch, forcing the winning run in. Bailey was able to get on base in the seventh inning behind a single to right field, but two consecutive outs ended the inning and the game. Wood (4-13) had a three-hit shutout going through 5.1 innings before CSUDH broke through in the sixth. She tallied seven strikeouts while allowing just one walk. The seven
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Sophomore Will Crook earned an NCAA provisional qualifying standard with a 195-9 (59.67m) javelin toss, placing him in line with five other Western students.
Brandon Snook and Chris Reed, junior Ashley Potter and sophomore Amanda Shumaker. “I feel good about the outcome of this meet,” he stated. “I keep improving every week and that’s what I’m looking for. It was an especially nice outcome for me considering I was competing with strep throat. It was a good day for the throwers all over the board.” Crook took a moment to also give thanks to those professional staff members aiding the team and specifically those involved in throws, stating, “I am very appreciative of Coach Adam Kriz and, whenever he can come out and help, Stewart Togher.” Junior Kody Reavis also competed in the javelin throw, earning ninth place with a distance of 51.21 meters. Senior Jason Slowey brought the team their second and final first place score, winning the men’s shot put with a distance of 15.76 meters and outscoring K’s were the third most for Wood this season. Bailey, Wood and Worthey all had two hits apiece for Western. Bailey finished the tournament batting .389. She led the team with seven hits, including a pair of doubles. Her on base percentage (.476) was tops on the team while her
Willamette University’s David Oppat by four meters. Slowey then returned to earn second place in the discus throw at 47.78 meters. He was joined in this competition by freshman Greg Cruise, who came in fifth place with a distance of 44.40 meters. Slowey made his final impact on the team during the men’s hammer throw, at which time he came in seventh place with a 47.93 meter throw. The Wolves will compete on their home turf for the only time this season during the John Knight Twilight race on Friday, April 8. “It’s exciting to see the team gearing up for good, solid competition in the meets to come,” Harper stated. “This weekend and continuing on to our meets in California next weekend we enter a second phase of training and competition as we prepare for our championship meets, and we are really starting to get after it. We’d love to see as much community and campus support at our home meet this Friday.”
slugging percentage (.500) was second. Hallmark hit four doubles and one home run, giving her a team-best slugging percentage of .722 for the tournament. Wood and Rueck batted .333, respectively. Rueck had six hits over the six games while Wood’s slugging percentage (.467) was third on the team.
Western will resume Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) play next weekend with a pair of doubleheaders at Northwest Nazarene University (NNU). The first set of games will be played on Saturday (April 8), beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday’s games are set to start at noon.
2011 SOFTBALL GNAC STANDINGS Western Washington Central Washington MSU Billings Northwest Nazarene Simon Fraser Western Oregon Saint Martin’s W=Win
W 14 7 10 9 6 6 2
L 2 5 10 9 8 10 10
PCT GB .875 -.583 5 .500 6 .500 6 .429 7 .375 8 .167 10
* Standings as of press time.
W 26 13 15 10 6 9 3
L 5 11 17 18 10 19 14
PCT .839 .542 .469 .357 .375 .321 .176
The twenty-third issue of the 2010-2011 school year (year that I was the Sports Editor) for the Western Oregon Journal.