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Journal We s t e r n O r e g o n U n i v e r s i t y

OCTOBER 13, 2010


VOL. 11, ISSUE 4

Kemper, Ward lead the Wolves to victory




Western defeats Saint Martin’s, lifts record to 6-3


Jeffrey Larson | Sports Editor


expire until six to 12 months after being purchased. The CourseSmart eBooks have a limit to how many pages may be printed from the text each week which is usually about 100 pages. CourseSmart eBooks cost about 50 percent less than new textbooks do.

Led by redshirt freshman Krissi Kemper and sophomore Samantha Ward’s 11 kills, the Wolves beat Saint Martin’s in three straight sets (25-16, 25-18 and 26-24) on Saturday, Oct. 9. The victory put the Wolves at fourth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) with a record of 6-3 in the GNAC, 8-6 overall. Kemper had an astonishing .412 hitting percentage, going 11-for17, to lead the Wolves’ offense. Senior Stephanie Beeler and freshman Corynn Kopra each added seven kills to help bring home the victory. "Krissi was really good tonight with her 11 kills in 17 swings," said head coach Brad Saindon. "We also got great play out of Corynn all match with seven kills in 15 attempts.” The Wolves, yet again, had a balanced attack by earning 12 kills in the first set, 16 in the second and 14 in the final set. Senior Jorden Burrows also had a terrific game as she had 35 assists compared to Saint Martin’s leader, Kristeen Juarez, who had only 12 assists. Burrows also chipped in two kills on three attempts for a .667 average. Freshman Katie Bashaw was spectacular at libero by getting 12 of the Wolves’ 50 digs. Redshirt sophomore Danielle Reese added 11 digs, freshman Megan Triggs, Kopra and Ward all added six digs. “It was also great to see Katie at libero, and I thought she did a nice job,” added Saindon.






Photo by | Emily Laughlin

Rescued at Sea When Brandon Woodard signed up as a deckhand while traveling home from Oahu, Hawaii, he never expected to be stranded on the ocean and end up in Beijing, China. Turn to page 3 to learn about his adventures lost at sea. SEE PAGE 3


Neighboring History Independence has a long standing history in Oregon, but few students know the details of this interesting, unique town. Resident historian takes The Journal on a tour of Monmouth’s nearby neighbor. SEE PAGE 6


Students and staff dig into the wurstl sausage and sauerkraut at the annual Oktoberfest feast.

OKTOBERFEST: A taste of Germany

Feeding students, faculty and staff at this year’s Oktoberfest proved to be an entertaining and delicious endeavor for the German Club Heather Worthing | Freelancer

A 25 year tradition at Western was upheld on Oct. 6. For nearly a quarter of a century, the German program has been making the Oktoberfest an exciting part of the Western experience. Gudrun Hoobler, head professor and adviser of the German program, expressed her motivation for returning each year. “Working with the students, and being in such a party atmosphere is always so much fun,” Gudrun stated. “There have been some years that

we were rained on, and when wind was threatening the integrity of the tents. But no matter what it all worked out because we believed in what we were doing and were having a fun time doing it.” However, on this particular Wednesday, weather was in no way an issue. With sunny skies and a moderate breeze, the atmosphere was comfortable and welcoming. The smell of wurstl sausage and sauerkraut wafted through the air, enticing unassuming students that

came to check out the festivities. “I was very impressed with the overall display,” said freshman Keifer Arce. “They had great food and I think I really got a fresh perspective on the German culture.” That is precisely the feedback Alexander Bellairs, President of German Club wanted to hear. “Planning such an event as this, it is vital that the general public find it interesting,” Bellairs said. This event was not just put on by German

Club however, it was an opportunity for all those involved in the German program to get connected. When asked about the overall reaction to Oktoberfest, Treasurer Kristin Howe stated, “It has been a good response. Those who come leave with an awareness of the German program and I think it’s a great way to promote the culture also.” Taylor Gobel, secretary of the German Club, echoed this sentiment, stating, “Oktoberfest was a chance for people to get a little German.”

eBooks, textbook rental system: a cheaper alternative to traditional textbooks Bookstore provides new textbook options, awarded $1 million grant Kelsey Davais | News Editor

Football Late spark gives the Wolves’ football program the 40-27 road victory against Dixie State on Saturday, Oct. 9. SEE PAGE 10



A new feature is now available at Western’s bookstore: eBooks. Although eBooks are not the most popular type of textbook, the bookstore has provided this option for a number of reasons. More students are bringing laptops to class, and having eBooks would make it even more convenient for students who prefer technology to


pen and paper. “As electronic delivery becomes an increasingly popular format, we want to ensure that we are able to provide students with the product they want,” said bookstore manager Mark Lane. Also, buying eBooks is a more sustainable way to purchase materials. Students can be “green” by choosing to print as few


pages as they want or none at all and save a great deal of paper from being used. Another advantage to buying eBooks rather than textbooks is the cost. eBooks are sold at a much lower price than regular textbooks. Currently, the bookstore offers eBooks from two different companies. CourseSmart provides eBooks that do not


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October 13, 2010

Pardew recognized as one of top 10 Special Education professors in the nation Professor of Special Education, Dr. Mickey Pardew, is noted by TeachTechTopia as one of the best professors in her field in the nation Kelsey Davais | News Editor

Dr. Mickey Pardew has been devoted to helping people with learning disabilities and special needs for her entire life. She has an older brother who has learning disabilities and a younger brother who has Autism. Because no laws existed to guide education for students with disabilities when they were growing up, Pardew was determined to make a difference in the Special Education field. “Since 1974, I have had the pleasure of working in an era of support and services for individuals with disabilities,” she said. Pardew graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Elmira College in New York and a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of North Dakota. Pardew later moved to Oregon and obtained her Ph.D. in Education from Oregon State University. Pardew has worked at Western since 1985 as a research assistant, instructor, project director and coordinator and finally, a professor of Special Education. As a professor, Pardew teaches courses for both the undergraduate minor and graduate degrees in Special Education. Western provides a minor for Special Education and Rehabilitation. This minor prepares students for entry

level positions for working with community or adult services for people with disabilities. This minor can also prepare students for graduate programs in Special Education. Western also provides a graduate program called the Special Educator program, an extended program for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and a program for Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education for working with

individuals with ASD and their families. She is a board member for the Northwest Autistic Foundation (NWAF) which is a non-profit organization which strives to provide information about Autism to families, teachers and caregivers for free or the lowest price possible. She is also a board member for the Polk Adolescent Day Treatment Center and the George E. Miller Children’s Foundation.

“[Pardew] is passionate in her belief that teachers can and do make a tremendous difference to those with disabilities. . .” - Dr. Robert Brownbridge

children from birth to eight years old. Te a c h Te c h To p i a , which is provided by the Masters in Special Education website, placed Pardew on the list for being one of the top ten most influential Special Education teachers in the nation. Pardew is recognized for her teaching at Western, but her involvement in programs outside of Western is also mentioned. She is a member of the Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder which provides services and support to

Special Education professor

When asked what was most meaningful to Pardew in making the list she responded, “… to have the organizations I work with in Oregon recognized on a national basis. We have a wonderful university, and the boards and commission I work with have produced some exciting results on a state, national and international level. Having them linked in my listing was quite exciting!” Pardew finds teaching to be the most rewarding aspect of her work. “I find Western Oregon University to be

the ideal environment for me to teach. It is a perfect fit.” She enjoys teaching and supervising students in their student teaching assignments. “She is passionate in her belief that teachers can and do make a tremendous difference to those with disabilities both by effective teaching and by serving as a model to other adults about how to work [and] interact effectively with exceptional individuals,” said Special Education associate professor Dr. Robert Brownbridge. Pardew finds that lack of funding is the most difficult aspect of her work. She has noticed a decrease in funding for higher education in the years that she has worked for Western. “Many of the recommendations we are making on this commission [Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder] will be difficult to implement immediately due to our state’s fiscal crisis,” she explained. Despite the decrease in funding, she hopes that services will continue to improve for people with disabilities. “The one word that describes Dr. Pardew’s success is dedication… she is dedicated to keeping WOU as the place to study Special Education…” said Special Education professor, Hank Bersani.

Western’s mascot and student center go green

E-BOOKS | FROM PAGE 1 VitalSource is the other provider for eBooks. These eBooks cost approximately 30 percent less than the new textbooks. However, these texts will never expire, and there are no printing limits on the text. eBooks became available this fall term with eBook options for over 100 of the textbooks in the bookstore. Even more eBooks will be available in the following terms. If students want to see if an eBook option is available, they can look at shelf tags in the textbook section. In the future, the bookstore will show eBook availability on its website. Students can pick up eBook cards on the shelves and purchase them. The eBooks do not automatically activate at the time of purchase, but, instead, they must be activated online. This is so they can be used for the length of time that the student wishes. In addition to eBooks, the bookstore will begin a textbook rental program in the future. The program will give students another opportunity to save money by renting books at a lower price instead of purchasing new textbooks. The process of creating a system began long before this fall. First, a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Education was applied for. Associate Provost David McDonald was involved with applying for the application and explained that it was a 20 page proposal which was one of only two from universities that was accepted. Of all the applicants, less than 20 percent received the grant which would supply funds for creating a textbook rental program. The grant requires its recipients to create a successful textbook rental program by the end of two years. McDonald continued, “The grant required that at the end of the two year grant award that WOU would have an operational textbook rental program that was sustainable and replicable by other colleges.” Yasmin Ibarra, ASWOU president, was also involved in the grant application process. The previous ASWOU president began a bookstore committee which included McDonald, Lane, the ASWOU president and other students. Their goal was to determine the best ways to aid students with the cost of textbooks. Implementing eBooks and a textbook rental program were two ways to combat the expensive required texts. The bookstore plans to begin the process of creating a rental program this year. So far, goals have been made, but a definite plan was not made until word was heard of receiving the grant. A plan has been made to create a Textbook Rental Advisory Committee which Ibarra will be a part of. “My role is to be a student representative and a voice for all students and be involved in the starting conversations about the implementation of this program on our campus,” said Ibarra. Books required for some LACC courses will be available for renting this year, but next year many more books will be available. Beginning next year, books will be available to rent for upper division and graduate classes, as well.

$10,000 to be allocated annually to student-ran Green Wolf campaign Paige O’Rourke | Editor-in-chief

Although Western students are undoubtedly familiar with the University’s mascot, Wolfy, some may be surprised by the new look he has donned within the Werner University Center (WUC). As part of the Green Wolf campaign to increase sustainability in the WUC, images of Western’s bestloved wolf will be featured in green and posted throughout the student center, keeping the campus community abreast to the eco-friendly measures being taken within the building. “There are a couple reasons to be more sustainable, like saving on energy costs and water so that can translate to lower student costs as well,”

WUC director Jon Tucker stated. “My philosophy is to make it as easy as possible [for students and staff to be more ecofriendly]. Sustainability is such an important element of our society, and it’s important we offer that to our students.” Although a committee of students will ultimately run this campaign, Tucker was the individual who spearheaded the idea. He stated that he chose the green wolf logo when he was trying to find a way to catch the attention of the students, staff and faculty on campus. “I thought about what symbols already exist on campus, and we got permission to modify the logo [for the campaign],”

Tucker said. Although a number of participants have stepped forward with a desire to be involved in the campaign, the committee has yet to formally meet, with a rolling application date currently in place. Nevertheless, a draft of the committee by-laws has been put in place, with Tucker explaining that all changes within the building are to be implemented based on these students’ choices. “The committee will be making the decisions [about the sustainability measures taken],” Tucker stated. “Students should be the driving force behind the efforts, and we [the staff and faculty] will be the best cheerleaders we can.”

When asked if the Green Wolf campaign would remain exclusive to the WUC, Tucker stated, “that’s where it starts. My hope is that we’ll get more students involved and then it might branch out.” Other renovation plans for the building include new carpeting, the process of which has already been put in place in such areas as The Den. Depending upon the costs associated, Tucker stated that 3,000 square feet will also be added to the building, with this new area being created directly over what is currently the roof of the Pacific room. This


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The gray shadings outline the potential areas of change for the WUC’s floorplans in the near future.


October 13, 2010

Rescued at sea: From familiar waters to the unknown Western student Brandon Woodard gets more than he bargained for while working as a summer deckhand Jodessa Chapa | Freelancer

When Brandon Woodard agreed to be a deckhand on a 52 foot sailboat traveling from Oahu, Hawaii to Los Angeles, Calif. and back, he had no idea he would be in for the journey of a lifetime. Woodard was offered the job when Elizabeth Richmond, a close family friend, dropped his name in the ear of a sailboat captain named Lloyd Carey. After a call to Carey, plans were made, and Woodard made his way to Oahu. Once there, he met with Carey, the second deckhand, Brent Curry, and the owner of the boat, Alnasir Megji, nicknamed Nash. The boat is named the Nomad. The four of them waited a week in Oahu for some parts for the boat. On Aug. 25, they left for Los Angeles. He and the other three men rotated watch on six-hour shifts. According to Woodard, “the water was a little rough the first three days, but not bad.” The fourth day at sea brought bad news. The boat was having engine trouble, and a closer examination revealed that water was leaking into the fuel tank. From then on, Carey worked on the engine nonstop, but Woodard said there was nothing to be worried about at that point. They were making a basic route to Los Angeles and were confident the boat would make it. On Sept. 4, another discovery was made. The Nomad had no oil in the reserve, but it had enough to run the engine. Carey decided not to take any chances and radioed a nearby freighter to ask for some more oil. The ship was full of a Greek crew and unfortunately, the request was misunderstood. The ship gave them more fuel instead of lube oil for the engine. At this point, they were 1,000 nautical miles (about 1,150 miles) from


space will become a lounge and study area for students. “It will be an airy room with lots of [natural] light,” Tucker said. A push for more natural lighting throughout the building is a large part of the future renovation plans, with Tucker stating, “I’ve been told that if students want to sit next to

the shore of Oahu, and they decided to turn around and head back. On Sept. fifth, more bad news came for the Nomad and its crew. Woodard got off his watch at 6 p.m. and went below deck. At 6:15 p.m., he heard a loud bang. The owner, Nash, had been living on the boat. “He had a lot of stuff, and I just figured it

were 750 nautical miles away and that was too far for a rescue. Luckily, there was another freight ship about 176 miles away that could come get them. The bad news was that they would probably have to go to China with them. “The options were stay in the water or go to China,” says Woodard. They tried to contact

was about two feet away from cutting me in half.” Woodard says, “I remember as I was climbing up the ladder, I remember thinking, this kind of thing happens to my brothers, not to me.” Carey turned the rudder all the way to the right to avoid hitting him, and Woodard moved up the ladder as fast as he

crew welcomed us with open arms, and we were given free reign of the ship.” Woodard said the ship was carrying 40,000 tons of soybean oil and he got to see places of the ship that civilians aren’t normally allowed to see. He also commented, “I’ve had enough curry and rice to last a lifetime.” Woodard stated,

Photo Courtesy | Brandon Woodard

Woodard awaits his flight home at the Beijing airport after spending several days at sea and in China.

was something of his,” said Woodard. Curry, the other deckhand, yelled below to Woodard, “we need you!” Once on deck, Woodard saw that one of the four steel cables to the main sail had snapped. The weight had been unevenly distributed and put too much pressure on one of the cables. Now the main sail was broken, there was not enough wind to power the ship with the smaller sails, and the engine was making strange noises. To make matters worse, the life raft had expired about five years earlier and the dinghy on the boat couldn’t hold all four of them. Woodard said, “after the cable broke I was thinking, ‘forget classes, am I going to be able to make it home?’” Carey used the boat’s satellite phone to contact the Coast Guard, but they

the freight ship via radio from 11:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. the next morning. The ship was called the Alpine Maya, and it was 603 feet long. The crew of the Alpine Maya threw down ropes to get the Nomad closer to the ship. Woodard commented, “One of the most dangerous things you can do is try to change ships while they are both moving.” The deck of the ship was 30 feet above the deck of the Nomad. The Alpine Maya crew members got all of their bags onto the ship and then threw down a rope ladder for the four men. Curry went first, “I’ve never seen anyone climb up a ladder that fast,” said Woodard. Then it was his turn. He began up the ladder when the captain yelled, “Brandon move!” Woodard said, “I looked back and saw that the boat

could. Carey came up next and Nash came up the ladder last. While Nash was halfway up the side, the engine was smoking. By the time they were all on board and leaving the sailboat behind, the engine had stopped smoking and the boat was still. “It was like the boat only made it long enough for us to get aboard the Alpine Maya,” said Woodard. Carey and Nash went to speak with the captain of the Alpine Maya, named Mohan Dhinakaran, about the possibility of dropping them off before they made their way to China. It was impossible for the ship to detour again; it already cost about $500,000 to rescue them. Woodard said, “as far as rescue ships go, we did pretty well. The ship was only six months old, the

“Nash spent the first three days grieving in his room. He didn’t just lose a boat, he lost his home.” The four men also had to figure out what they would do about passports. Only Carey had one, and they all needed passports to make berth in China. They spent the remaining two weeks of the voyage using the satellite phone to talk with their families and the port authorities. On Sept. 20, they arrived in Nanjing, China but had to wait two days to make berth because they didn’t have passports. The crew was a little impatient while the four men fought the language barrier between them and the authorities. Woodard says that the interpreter was reliable, but he only knew enough English to get by. They were finally issued temporary Visas in

a window [in the WUC], they can only go to the Summit area. That’s not a good thing. Since this is a student center, we want to create a prime space for students.” In addition to this, Tucker is hoping to “change the face of the building” by relocating the ASWOU and WUC staff downstairs, leaving the majority of the upper floor as a student lounge and study area.

“We will also create a genuine coffeehouse feel next to Allegro with soft chairs,” Tucker stated. Should these plans go into effect, the offices of Student Media will be re-located to the Den. The Oregon room will also be transformed, creating an enclosed room for Multicultural Student Services and Programs (MSSP). The committee

necessary to put such plans into action is within the beginning stages of meeting to discuss the changes. Should everything go as planned, however, Tucker estimates that construction could begin as early as March, concluding during the following September in time with the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year. “[Sustainability] is not a trend, but a way of

doing business. We’re always going to be doing what reflects student values as their ideas progress,” Tucker stated. “Other campuses that are bigger have whole departments to deal with these issues. For us, so many of our staff and students do it because it’s important to them. They think, ‘This is our campus home,’ and they own up to that responsibility.”

order to get off the ship. The four made their way to a police station to take photos for the passports. There were already two TV crews there. They interviewed Nash, but the others were just too tired. An agent drove them to a nearby hotel and they stayed there while they waited for the passports to be processed. When the agent came with their passports, he also came with a bill for each man of $1,500. They later figured out that they had been charged as members of the crew of the Alpine Maya. By this time they had each bought their plane tickets and decided not to argue. They just paid the money and flew out within the next two days. Each man had a different route home, but they all went to Beijing first. Woodard then flew from Beijing to Seattle, and from Seattle to Portland. He went through the day of Sept. 24 twice, due to the crossing of so many time zones. Woodard met his parents, sister and brotherin-law, along with his eight-month-old nephew at the airport. Woodard said, “I went to hug my mom and she just didn’t let go of me.” Classes started here at Western just three days later and Woodard says he is still trying to get his feet under him. He said, “I was so glad to be home. I slept so much. Every time I woke up it was like I was still tired. I am still trying to recover.” Woodard commented, “When I tell people about this, they all say, ‘what an adventure!’ and I just think that China would have been cooler under different circumstances. The four of us were just really stressed most of the time.” Woodard is back at Western finishing his senior year. He doesn’t plan on sailing anytime soon.

Quick Facts: 2009 WUC energy costs:

- Electricity: $56,700 - Natural Gas: $9,000 - Sewage: $8,000


October 13, 2010

Poet Elon “Gerry” Eidenier reads from his two collections of poetry, “Sonnets to Eurydice” and “Draw Flame, Catch Fire” An audience of students, faculty and community members gathered in Hamersly Library last Thursday to listen to the North Carolina poet read a diverse collection of poetry written over the past 50 years Christina Tilicki | Campus Life Editor

Horses, Greek mythology, love and loss are just a few of the themes seen throughout the diverse collection of poetry by Elon Eidenier. Though he now loves the written language, Eidenier wasn’t always passionate about writing. Prior to finding his passion in college, Eidenier found the linguistic mechanics of language daunting. Not only did he find his passion for writing poetry in college, it was also at Duke University that Eidenier met his long-time friend, Dr. Dale Cannon. Meeting in the mid-60s, Cannon and Eidenier had common interests and their friendship has continued to grow since. “I got to know him because he was very interested in a teacher that was teaching in religious studies at Duke University,” explained Cannon. “This teacher was really an exciting and dynamic teacher. He [Eidenier] was interested in the impact in the rise of modern sciences, especially upon our understanding of ourselves. I ended up studying with him.” “Toward the end of my time at Duke, a group of us that were studying under this professor, agreed to get together annually for a couple of days in the mountains of North Carolina,” said Cannon. “We found a great place and met annually for about seven years. That’s where I got to know him and he’s been a close personal friend to both me and my wife.” Unlike Cannon, who moved away from North Carolina, Eidenier stayed in the area and has been there ever since. Recently retired as the “Bookman Emeritus” at the Gothic Bookshop (named such for it’s Gothic architecture) at Duke University, Eidenier carried many books that would be of interest to those on campus. Rather than carrying standard textbooks, the Gothic Bookshop featured unique retail books. With free time now on his hands, Eidenier and his wife, Betty, are traveling along the western coast. A brief stop at Western for a reading and an opportunity to visit with old friends in the area was a must. At 4:30 pm, the Crawford Classroom in Hamersly Library opened to students, faculty and community members who wanted to hear this poet read from decades worth of work. After a brief introduction from Cannon, Eidenier took the floor, giving the audience an informative background of his history as a poet.

Photo by | Mackenzie Brown

Elon Eidenier pauses in between his readings to answer questions and explain his poetry. Eidenier was full of advice throughout the reading, constantly stopping in between reading his poetry to answer questions and explain how a certain poem developed. “When I first started writing poetry I would read it into a tape recorder and would play it back to myself,” said Eidenier, explaining techniques that have helped him through the years. “Tonal inflection means so much. Like music composers, they can hear what they’re writing. When you’re writing poetry, you hear it, play it back to yourself and say ‘I don’t like that inflection of words’ this doesn’t work. It might work on paper but not to my ears.” Yet another bit of advice that Eidenier had for the audience was the keeping of a notebook to jot down thoughts. “I keep a notebook of thoughts, images that come to me,” explained Eidenier. “This poem stretches over three to four years of notebooks.”

The poem Eidenier was referring to was titled “In the Absence of Horses,” a touching poem in which Eidenier combined his fascination of this magnificent animal with human feelings of love and loss Professor of English, Dr. Henry Hughes asked after he read this poem if Eidenier had ever had to euthanize a horse. “I did not, but I was with a friend and we were biking along a path,” explained Eidenier. “She told me that she had to do that. I wrote that in my notebook and it has really stuck with me.” These emotions surrounding the universal feelings of love and loss, of the human condition are seen throughout Eidenier’s poetry. Whether a poem about horses, mythology or open-heart surgery, Eidenier was able to make the audience feel a variety of emotions from humor to empathy. A true treat for poetry lovers, Eidenier’s reading was an inspiring cultural experience.

Formerly “Fellowship House,” the campus ministry gets a new title and mission Recently renamed “Western Compass” the local establishment provides a safe religious community to students Alex Riecke-Gonzales | Freelancer

Groups like “Western Compass” are giving students at Western the opportunity to continue practicing their religious beliefs. Originally known as “Fellowship House,” “Western Compass” began to evolve from a church to a campus ministry in the 1960s and 70s. It began “with a church denomination, either locally, regionally or nationally, offering programs and sometimes housing on larger campuses to support students… who wished to continue their religious experience while in college,” said Denvy Saxowsky, who is the Chair of the Program Team. “Fellowship House” originally had a house just north of the library, but once the Harmersly library was built in 2003 the university

bought and demolished the building in order to put in new classrooms. With the demolition, the board of “Fellowship

2006, a campus minister brought to the board’s attention the fact that the programs used were becoming outdated and no

“The revamping involved changing the structure of the board to an advisory board and a program board,” Saxowsky says. They put a new focus on input from students and faculty, and decided to put a lot of the leadership power in students’ hands and the program group.” - Denvy Saxowsky

House” decided to relocate to a building on Main Street, and a new problem arose for the group. Around

Chairman of Program Team

longer effective. The very same minister designed a program “of going to the students on

campus instead of having the students coming to a building like going to church,” Saxowsky recalls. Now, with the recent campus minister resigned, the board of the “Fellowship House” decided to completely revamp their ineffective program. “The revamping involved changing the structure of the board to an advisory board and a program board,” Saxowsky says. They put a new focus on input from students and faculty, deciding to put a lot of the leadership power in students’ hands and the program group; something vital to it’s success. The board went so far as to completely revisit the mission of the organization, which now reads ‘Western Compass’ (formerly

Fellowship House) seeks to provide a safe welcoming community for all students as well as faculty and staff at Western Oregon University,” according to their website, http://www. fhwou/index.php. With the changes made, the three denominations (Presbyterian, Methodist and Episcopal) are viewed more as a warehouse for students’ needs rather than the leaders of the group. The new name “Western Compass” was chosen decisively. “Western reflecting Western Oregon University, western United States… and western civilization which is the source of Christian religion,” Saxowsky says. “Western Compass” invites the ideas

of finding direction or giving guidance. With its new name and new mission “Western Compass” looks eagerly towards the future, hoping to make a good name for itself. “Western Compass” also offers open and safe religious discussions every other Monday in Hamersly Library Room 107 at 7 pm. “To me, the group is all about getting together and sharing your opinions and thoughts,” said sophomore Konner Knudsen. “Instead of segregation, we joing to together to share ideas and experiences.” “Those discussions tend to lapse into religion but tend to be more philosophical to the purpose of our existence and how it fits with social justice,” Saxowsky explains.


October 13, 2010

The Northwest Passage prepares for another year exhibiting the diverse literary and artistic creations of Western students

With minor changes made to the student-run press, the Northwest Passage plans to boast two publications for the 2010-2011 school year, reaching out to students from a variety of backgrounds Christina Tilicki | Campus Life Editor

The Northwest Passage has been around for decades. A student-run publication, this literary journal prides itself in displaying a variety of student and staff art such as photography, paintings, sketches, poetry, prose, short stories and much more. A fantastic outlet for students to get their name out there, the Northwest Passage “Dates back to the 70’s and since then, it has served to publish the creativity on campus,” said newly appointed Editor-InChief, Leslie Martinez. “It is truly a reflection of the times and it takes on the individual personality of the editor.” Martinez, a senior here at Western, is an art and business major. Combining both of her majors perfectly, Martinez is able to use her art background to exercise her creativity and her business major to manage the publication’s business aspects such as handling the budget and managing the editorial board. “We had several good candidates for the editorin-chief position at the

Northwest Passage,” said Student Media Advisor, Shelby Case. “I think Leslie showed a certain maturity in her comments. Her business background might be good in terms of marketing the magazine and her art background is good in the sense of focusing a little more on the visual arts.” This year, the editorial board consists of four fellow students at Western: Jodessa Chapa, Mark Greenwood, Erica DeHart and Rosiee Thormahlan as well as Case, who has been advising since the fall of 2008. When selecting this group, Martinez looked for diversity. Because it is such a small group, she wanted a good representation of some of the predominant fields of creativity such as art, writing, music, etc. The group meets a total of three to four times. Once for planning the publication and times for reading over and selecting which submissions will be published. In the past, editors have looked for content, style, imagery, voice and overall professionalism in the

submissions. “I will look for exactly the same things but I will strive

so that it is more like a magazine,” said Martinez. Case echoed that sentiment

Photo by | Emily Laughlin

“I will look for exactly the same things [as in the past] but I will strive to create a publication that creates a connection between the submissions so that it is more like a magazine.” to create a publication that creates a connection between the submissions

-Leslie Martinez Editor-in-chief

stating that “Creativity is what we’re looking at and also originality. In terms

of journalistic writing, a lot of writing is re-writing. The same thing is true for poetry and short fiction and some other things.” “Budget is probably the most important factor in creating the publication,” Martinez explained. “This time, I will be using a type of binding called fastback strip which basically looks like a magazine but with black tape covering the spine.” The format of the Northwest Passage in recent years has taken on a variety of forms such as a small magazine, spiral ringed and most recently, a pamphlet form. This year, the budget will allow for the Northwest Passage to put out two issues. The first will come out early January, the second will be released sometime in the spring. Putting together the publication is a termlong process. Getting promotional materials out such as putting up fliers and sending out emails is the first step. “When we begin receiving submissions, we have to save them and print them for the board,” said

Martinez. “During this time I will also set up a template for the actual publication onto which the chosen submissions will go. After the deadline has passed, we will meet to narrow down the submissions. Once we have chosen all the submissions, I will set them up on the template and send it to the printers. Then just wait for it to be printed.” The sooner submissions are received, the better. This allows more time for Martinez and her editorial board to really examine the submissions rather than rushing through. For this year’s fall edition, submissions are due no later than November 30th. After this deadline, it will take an additional two weeks to get everything put together and sent off to the printers. Distributing a publication that is full of high-quality and diverse student and staff material is an attainable goal for Martinez this year. “I ultimately want to see an increase in readership and an increase in submissions.” Submissions for the fall issue can be emailed to

After years of planning, Western’s local radio station airs online

With a wide variety of musical selections and a staff ready to rock and roll, KWOU prepares to hit the airwaves Joanna Walker | Freelancer

“Good morning! We’re coming to you live from the booming metropolis of Monmouth, where we have a partially cloudy day ahead with slight chance of showers. Today we will be interviewing a visiting professor from overseas.” This is something similar to what one might expect to hear on the new Western radio station, KWOU, expected to air in late October. This new online radio station is intended to reach both the campus community and local surrounding communities. Anyone can listen to it, but the focus will be more directed towards college and campus life. KWOU will be the first of its kind here at Western; though the idea came about a few years ago, it didn’t start taking effect until last year. Senior communications major Sasha Williams, exclaimed, “It’s finally happening!” After two or three years of planning and finding out what needed to be done to get a radio station going, Williams, the station manager, along with Alex Knapton, Greg Hartley, and student media advisor Shelby Case, and other radio station subcommittee members have been working hard to start this project of radio journalism. Williams also explained that the goal is to air as much of a variety of music as they can. Genres include, but are not limited to: rock, R&B, pop, and even Latin/Spanish music. Another goal is to have around three hours a week when there are Spanish-speaking DJs and music playing. Senior English Literature major Chris Marsaglia’s role for the station is DJ and underwriter. Marsaglia will be responsible for going out to get ads to be played during airtime, building play lists to be aired, and making various announcements. “I’ve always wanted to be some type of personality. This seems like a good opportunity,” said

Marsaglia. Both Marsaglia and Williams have no intention of making radio as their careers, but they both hope to leave a lasting impression as part of the first year of the radio station. There will be a team of DJs and various other people working hard to keep the station running and going, to keep students interested and wanting to listen after the creators move on. The idea, according to Williams, is to have some kind of bright music in the mornings, “So, if someone is making breakfast, they can just pull up the station online and listen to it…or in the afternoon, listen to the DJ as they study after school.” Other goals of the station are to play music from local bands, conduct interviews with students and faculty, as well try to make the station as community friendly as possible by sharing news and covering local events, such as visiting guest speakers. Due to FCC (Federal Communications Commission) regulations, DJs and other workers will be required to follow a set of standards, which, Williams eagerly noted, “We are more than happy to follow.” As those who are working on the start-up of the station talk about how far it has come in the process of it finally being ready, there is a mutual feeling of excitement. Many of the people behind the tidying up and fixing up of the issues surrounding the creation of KWOU have been helped by many people in the ITC building, as well as many other peoples’ knowledge and skills which do not go unnoticed in this process. The station, expected to be up and running by late October, will be announced through a campus-wide email to let students know it’s ready, and will be found at: www. The idea is to have students navigate to this site and then simply go to “Click to Listen” and be connected to one another through the music on air. Who knows? One may find that, one of the DJs is a classmate or someone from a club he or she goes to. Though the process may seem tedious, long and arduous, Marsaglia remarked that, “I think that a college radio station is such great necessity to the whole atmosphere; a radio station allows the voice of the student body to reach not just the entire campus but the larger community that surrounds it.”

Photo by | Emily Laughlin

Station Manager Sasha Williams shows off the equipment she and her team will be using this year.


October 13, 2010

A historic look at our neighbor In d e p e n d e n c e m a y b e v e r y c l o s e l y l o c a t e d to Monmouth, but the town’s histories vary in several ways, as are the ways they function today Sydni Wiese | Culture Editor

Students at Western are hardly ignorant of their schools’ foundations. Most learn the details of the place they are attending school quickly as they research their choices for higher education. However, as one looks around, it is quite obvious that the town of Monmouth is indeed tiny. Though, with its neighboring city, Independence, the ability to branch out and visit new areas is fairly simple. But what’s the history there? Settlers from Independence, Missouri, who traveled the Oregon Trail in wagons to farm Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley in the 1840s, founded Independence in Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley. The town was platted in the heart of the valley, just a few miles from the state capitol

of Salem, and on the bank of the Willamette River. Independence was incorporated in 1884, and by the turn of the century, a thriving business district had grown along wide, dirt-surfaced Main Street. Independence had become an important river landing, where valley produce was loaded onto rail and barges destined for Portland's seaport, 50 miles downstream. Ester Millar, historical expert and resident of the town took myself and a friend on a tour of the main streets, showing off the glory of the antique city. “The story really starts early in the last century,” Millar said. “The city of Independence was making improvements to modernize the dirt surface of Main Street, and paving the way for the automobile.

“In over a century, the stately buildings (like the 1889 Cooper Block) that line Main Street in Independence have changed little, a welcome exception to the scores of small towns that allowed their historic business districts to be destroyed in the name of progress. By the 1950s, highway engineers had begun to modernize Main Street, complete with highway-style light fixtures and wide corner turn radii in an already declining historic district.” As we walked the town, Esther became enthusiastic about the college impact on Independence. “The town itself is old, but the people never are,” she joked. “There are always new faces to see and greet. And it is the [college students] that bring life to this town and spread its name across the United States. “In older times, it

was the good fortune of Independence that Highway 51, itself, would be bypassed by larger routes north and west of historic downtown. Today, the city's street reconstruction project expands sidewalks, restores historic fixtures and shortens turn radii to calm traffic. The renewed district captures its vintage charm and is once again thriving in a new economic niche centered on tourism.” Another view of the Cooper Block and adjacent streetscape at the north end of Main Street shows the stately, well-preserved architecture that gives Independence a uniqueness that differentiates the historic town from other places. From t h i s v i e w, the c u r b extensions, street trees and traditional street lamps announce

Photo by | Esther Millar

From 1959 to this more current 2002 picture, Independence has been flourishing.





to drivers that "they have arrived", and that reduced travel speeds and pedestrian activity are ahead. Some of the landmarks have a great history themselves. “At the south end of Main Street, the magnificent Independence Bank Building (1889) anchors the district,” continued Millar. Still a functioning bank, modern features like a drive-thru window have been incorporated into the rear of the building. The street reconstruction project improved the bank's streetscape by removing old cobra lamp fixtures, and installing pedestrian-scale street lamps, street trees, benches and waste bins, all in a coordinated style and color. A key part of the Independence Main Street project was to expand sidewalks to generally 14 feet in width. This allows for easier walking, and makes room for street furniture and outdoor commercial displays. Most buildings use awnings and alcoves to create a protected outdoor area for seating, displays and portable shop signs. In the right image, a change in paving detail marks the pedestrian travel way along the storefronts from the outer portion of the sidewalk, where street trees, benches and other fixtures are located. Millar expressed a great feature of Independence in it’s sidewalks. “It gives us

a place to walk, and this is really a very walkable town,” she laughed. “The expanded sidewalk is especially creative in front of the Town and Country Hardware building. Here, an overhanging balcony meant that the wider sidewalk would have to straddle the posts. But instead of simply building to the new width, project designers took the opportunity to build a wide curb extension at this point, where the Highway 51 route

Main Street (right). The two large curb extensions that anchor this crossing do a fine job of slowing traffic, and allowing approaching vehicles to spot pedestrians as they are entering the crosswalk. While going green continues to grow on campus, Independence is ahead of the game in more ways than one, according to Millar: “An essential ingredient to any main street project, the street trees in Independence

“The town itself may be old, but the people never are. . .[it’s the college students] that bring this town to life.” -Esther Millar

turns west from Main onto intersecting Monmouth Street. “The result is a miniplaza that serves as a gateway to visitors approaching from the west and needed traffic calming to approaching traffic. Seen from the sidewalk the travel way below the balcony provides ample travel room for pedestrians, leaving the balance of the expanded sidewalk for special events or seasonal displays.” From the miniplaza shown on the previous page, this is the view across Main Street to Taylor's Fountain, a popular stop for students in Independence. The heaviest traffic pattern at this T-intersection is the turn movement from the west leg of Highway 51 on Monmouth Street (left) to the north leg on

Resident historian

are no-nonsense, and quite effective,” she states matter-of-factly. “They are planted in simple, well-spaced tree wells with sturdy steel grates that will withstand heavy foot traffic. Most importantly, large species were possible, since overhead utilities had been located away from Main Street. This will allow for a large, mature canopy to develop in the future.” Street furniture along Main Street is handsome, traditional and understated. Sidewalk benches are located at half-block intervals, and are made with waterproof engineered lumber. Street lamps are located at all intersections and at some mid-block locations, often with bench, bike rack and trash bin groupings.

“Many Independence storefronts along Main Street have been renovated in recent years,” continued Millar, “Especially in response to the street reconstruction project. The idea is to remember our history, instead of destroy it with new things, even in its looks. Other businesses that have weathered more difficult times, like Taylor's Fountain,” she commented, “But they help connect the emerging new commercial identity of Independence to its rich, historic past.” At the center of Main Street, the City of Independence has created a small plaza, first built years ago, and renovated more recently to include history murals that chronicle the development and identity of the city. The mural story begins with the arrival of settlers in wagons trains and the importance of river travel to the early growth of Independence. The display concludes with the 1920s in Independence, and the arrival of the automobile. All of the murals pay homage to the lush farms and forests that surround the community, and are the foundation of the town's traditions and identity. The City of Independence has made the gamble that embracing its pioneer history will translate into economic prosperity a safe bet, given the historic richness of the town. All indications are that the strategy is a success, and is drawing a promising stream of visitors and potential investors who share an appreciation for history and a freshly updated main street.

Salem’s Pentacle Theater presents “Night Watch” In time for the Halloween season, Lucille Fletcher offers viewers murder, mystery and suspense Paige O’Rourke | Editor-in-chief

Originally performed on Broadway in 1972, Lucille Fletcher’s “Night Watch” tells the tale of Elaine Wheeler, a woman who discovers a string of dead bodies in her town. The catch? Whenever the police arrive to investigate the situation, they find no evidence of said bodies or any indication of foul play. With her family, friends and the police chalking her experiences up to delusion, Wheeler finds herself at the edge of insanity. When a psychiatrist is brought in to address Wheeler’s

apparent mental breakdown, she advises the distressed woman to check herself into a sanitarium. However, Wheeler’s paranoia only increases with her growing suspicion towards her house guest and longtime friend, Blanche, her intrusive male neighbor and her snooping maid. In addition to “Night Watch,” Fletcher has written teleplays for both the “Twilight Zone” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” Above and beyond these works, however, Fletcher is perhaps best known for

“Sorry, Wrong Number,” a 1948 suspense film noir. For this rendition of the play, director Susan Schoaps is assisted by Western theater professor David Janoviak, who helped create the light and set design for the show. Described by the “New York Times” as “a most superior thriller… which from its first bloodcurdling scream to its last charming surprise is a first-class example of its genre,” Fletcher’s “Night Watch” offers Western students another chance to seek thrills and chills this Halloween season.

Having debuted at the Pentacle Theatre on Oct. 1, the show is scheduled to run through the 23rd of the month, with performances every Wednesday through Sunday. Evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. For more information on the show or directions to the Pentacle Theatre, go to www. or call 503-485-4300.

WHERE: 145 Liberty St. NE in downtown Salem COST: $17.00 on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings; $18.00 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (matinee)

Book Review

Understanding silence Joanna Walker | Freelancer

As humans, we all can identify the presence of ‘silence,’ yet, how does one define this concept? How would one go about explaining this to someone who only knows silence and has never heard sound? Arden Neisser attempts to define and gain a more rounded definition and understanding of this concept in her book “The Other Side of Silence.” Nasser explores the use of sign language within the deaf community and explores other social issues that arise. Combining the history of the deaf and the use of sign language through the turn of the century is one of the many topics discussed in this book. Although “deafness” and the deaf culture are two of the central themes in this book, other anthropological aspects are brought up in discussing the argument of whether or not American Sign Language (ASL) is, indeed, a language. Through many years of research speaking with well-known figures in this field and in the deaf world, Neisser is able to uncover a lot of “mystery” that has seemed to confuse many hearing individuals, causing misconceptions about deaf individuals and their ability to live an everyday life in a hearing world. Countless articles read, hours upon hours of watching videos in addition to numerous interviews with various persons of varying ages from quite an array of backgrounds allows the author to get a more rounded perspective to share with a larger audience. The use of interpreters

and proper etiquette while conversing with deaf individuals is brought up throughout the book since most people she tended to interview on a one-on-one basis needed the use of an interpreter. The many schools and research institutes she visited seemed to go back and forth regarding various controversial social issues, such as the use of sign language in the educational system, and one struggles along with the author to find the “right answer,” or the “right way.” Though not established in a memoir story format like some topical books regarding growing up deaf or growing up in a deaf world, “The Other Side of Silence” serves as an informational resource-foundation regarding the many studies and research that had already been conducted when the book was first published. Though some information is a bit old and out of date, such as the reference to the popular use of the teletypewriter (TTY) which is a communication device Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HOH) individuals use to more easily communicate amongst one another, or the technology researchers viewed as advanced in today’s twenty-first century access to equipment is considered to be outdated. Despite the reader’s need to shift their mindset to life “back then,” the author provides a strong foundation and a wealth of information to help others to better understand “the other side of silence” and the many facets to this world of silence that so many experience, live and thrive keep on a daily basis.

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October 13, 2010

Women and technology Noonie

EDITOR IN CHIEF Paige O’Rourke porourke@ westernoregon

Web Designer MANAGING EDITOR Chris Reed creed@ westernoregon NEWS EDITOR Kelsey Davais kdavais@ westernoregon CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR Christina Tilicki ctilicki@ westernoregon CULTURE EDITOR Sydni Wiese swiese@ westernoregon SPORTS EDITOR Jeffrey Larson jlarson@ westernoregon DESIGN EDITORS Noonie nsawir@ westernoregon

We live in an information age. The past decade has been a glittering digital revolution, and a time in which technology has become ubiquitous –present in our lives in ways we could have never imagined. Technology has brought the world to our fingertips. With one touch of a button we are enlightened almost instantaneously with coverage of events that are occurring hundreds of thousands of miles away. A record-shattering earthquake hits somewhere in the southern hemisphere, and moments later we are viewing the images on our iPhones from the passenger seat of a moving car here in Oregon. The Nobel Institute in Norway boldly awards the Peace Prize to a Chinese dissident jailed for speaking out against the state halfway across the world, and within Sara Davis sdavis@ westernoregon Stephanie Merritt smerritt@ westernoregon

seconds Twitter is abuzz with discussion of the unprecedented move. An American president tobe riles up the hopes and dreams of a generation of young people like never before, and does so through the means of social networking and the web. Advancements in technology have certainly made the world a smaller place, and through technology we have found connection – not only to the world as a whole, but to the people we love that live in it. We keep in touch with those near and far – we webcam with friends and family across oceans and continents, and we instant message with our roommates sitting five feet away. Gone are the days of passing intricately-folded notes scribbled on collegeruled paper in class – after all, we have texting for that. And if all else fails with what to do with our precious time? We Youtube funny cat videos. We connect, we learn, we laugh. All this in ways we never could have before, and all this thanks to technology. Yet, it’s easy to get lost in the hype and excitement of what technology has done for our lives while

forgetting how we got there in the first place. Computer science is a field portrayed in popular culture as a world full of unwashed, shut-in geeks and nerds with no social skills to speak of, who prefer coding away the long hours of the night in front of Matrix-like screens of neon green text to actually going outside in the sunlight and interacting with others. To be frank, the stereotypes are not exactly appealing. But the worst aspect of the social stereotypes that exist around computer science, engineering and the other math/science fields that are the lifeblood to the technology we enjoy and soheavily depend on today, is that these fields are primarily male-dominated, and not just by a small margin. According to the National Science Foundation, the proportion of women studying computer science has actually decreased significantly in the past few decades, from 37 percent in 1985 to a mere 19 percent, today. Even further, of the much-hyped-about hightech startups that currently


INDEPENDENCE CINEMA 8 Showtimes for Oct. 15 - Oct. 21 Matinees are all shows starting before 6PM.

Tickets available at box office, WOU bookstore and online at *No passes on starred attrations RED (PG13) (11:30) (1:55) (4:45) 7:00 9:45

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Having joy for the job Sara Davis Page Designer

When I became a freshman at Western in 2008, I automatically thought to myself: ‘wow, how am I going to survive living on my own, if I cannot even afford anything?’ After SOAR (summer orientation), I decided that I should look up jobs to apply for on Western’s website. I found a few that I qualified for and sent my resume and activities chart right away. I knew I wanted a job because I assumed being an art student would be very expensive (and boy, I was correct). Some replied saying that the position had been filled. Others were interested. I instantly received a reply for the Football Marketing position from Coach Todd Smith. He asked to meet up once I was on campus to discuss the job further. Two weeks later, towards the end of September, I moved into Heritage Hall. Coach Smith and I met up right away and he had set me up to work quickly. I sat behind a booth at the home football games and sold the Wolves’ Football merchandise. Because it was a seasonal, I wanted something more long term. I always saw the PLUS Team and Advocate postings around campus, which were hiring. I decided to apply for the Advocates 20092010, in Admissions. After the long interview process, Kimberly Kerr

hired me. Once school began that following fall as a sophomore, I gave tours of the campus and residence halls to prospective students and parents at least once every week. I also sat on panels to answer questions about Western and my experiences here. Both jobs have increased my communication and service skills. Giving tours pushed me to be more outgoing than I have ever been. Currently, I am a junior and work in the Dan and Gail Cannon Gallery of Art for Paula Booth and as a page designer for “The Journal”. At the gallery, I help set up and take down artist’s exhibitions. I am thrilled to receive this opportunity because I personally get to meet various artists across the country. I enjoy myself, while being professional. I have been gaining experience for my area of expertise. Even being a page designer goes along with my major. Every oncampus job has taught me more than I would have ever known. I have met amazing people through these jobs along with my bosses. I have always felt welcome by each person and I strongly encourage experimenting with jobs on campus. There are several to choose from and they vary from a term to term; some are even off- campus. You can even use your workstudy, if needed. They are set to be part time, being twenty hours or less, which means you can keep on top of your classes but still get paid. I learned about myself through them and found exactly what I love and what fits for me.

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October 13, 2010

ASWOU urges students to vote The dying art of domestic creativity Cristal Sandoval | ASWOU director of State and Federal Affairs

I want to remind my fellow students that starting October 15th – 19th ballots will be sent out. ASWOU and the VOTE TEAM have been working endlessly with the Oregon Student Association’s Vote OR Vote campaign to get as many of you registered as possible, so let me take a moment to

explain why. When we vote, decision makers have to listen to our needs. It’s not magic. It’s not like voting will solve all of our problems. But we are going to be choosing the people who will deal with our problems. Whatever your opinion on the issues, if you want change,

you have only got two choices: Vote OR Vote! So turn in your ballots and make them listen! So now that you have registered you have got to turn in those ballots and become educated on the issues. Stop by the ASWOU office and pick up a non-partisan voter’s pamphlet.

Abuse of food stamps needs to stop Food stamps serve a purpose. There are families out there who work hard to make ends meet and need a little extra to put food on the table. Whether these individuals have been hit hard by the economy, are single parents trying to juggle it all or are students living on their own, there are people who honestly deserve some help. Unfortunately, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is far too easy to manipulate. It is insanely easy to obtain an allotted amount per month, “lowincome” being one of a few eligibility requirements. How do you then determine which applicants are truly in need of additional help and which applicants know how to milk the system for all it’s worth? You don’t. There are certain things you can and cannot buy with food stamps. Tobacco, alcohol and non-food items for your home are among some of the items on the list of items one cannot buy with food stamps. So, let’s say an alcoholic who is a part of the SNAP program is in need of a drink. He can’t use food stamps at a


rule Silicon Valley and other tech-centric areas of the country, only one percent can boast a female CEO. A recent viewing of the new film “The Social Network,” a true-story portrayal of the origins of Facebook, had me leaving the theater with a bad taste in my mouth. Not only were there absolutely no women involved in the founding (to be fair, a total fact), but the only women that did have a role in the film were often depicted as dim-witted floozies and objects of desire

store so what does he do? Cash back. That’s right. Cash back. The amount varies and is limited but the fact that someone can bounce from store to store using his card to get cash until he has enough to make a trip to the liquor store is infuriating. This is what our tax dollars are being used for. Not only can you get cash back on food stamps, but there is very little being done about monitoring what is being bought. Apparently, sugary, high-calorie soft drinks, bags upon bags of potato chips and countless boxes of candy are considered necessary staples to every kitchen pantry. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen an obese family walk up to a register at Walmart with a cart full of 24 packs of soda, cartons of theater candy and multiple bags of Doritos and swipe their handy little Oregon Trail card to make their purchase. This is what

these “parents” are feeding their children and they’re not even using their own money for it! I don’t buy that garbage for myself, why would I be cool with my money going towards that for someone else? On the Food and Nutrition Service’s website there are clear and helpful nutritional tips for people who don’t know how to grocery shop. It’s right there in black and white and yet, thousands of empty calories are being stuffed into the mouths of low-income families across the country. New York State is pushing a ban on the use of food stamps for the purchase of sugary drinks, mainly soda. Every state needs to follow suit and do more than just put a ban on soft drink purchases. There needs to be no cash back and what is being purchased needs to be monitored. There are many more programs our tax dollars can and should go towards if this abuse continues. All the misuse of this program is doing is putting a negative stereotype on those individuals who are truly in need and deserving of financial assistance.

who were incapable of contributing (in any way, shape or form, programming aside) to what would become one of the most successful web companies in history. To me, all this is tragic. If the rapid growth and integration of technology into our daily lives in the past few years is any indication of where the future is headed, women need to be there, and women need to be involved. Not only is the gender gap very much an issue, it’s also widening. Whether this is because of the typically-masculine, ‘geek’ stereotype surrounding computer science as many now

argue, or otherwise; it’s time for women to take a stand. Recent reports show that women are now receiving the majority of doctorates, so capability certainly isn’t an issue. To all the undecidedmajor freshmen girls reading this, I have a proposition: take a look at Western’s computer science and information systems programs. An investment into a computer sciencerelated education is an investment in the future, as well as a chance to represent females in a place where we need to have a presence. At the very least, you may find something you like.

Christie Tilicki Campus Life Editor

Life as a 50s housewife in today’s standards seems fairly ridiculous. Most of us aren’t going to get up before our husbands do, just to fix our hair and make-up to look pretty before he wakes. Most of us aren’t going to wear our best dress just to mop the floor. And as much as we’d like it, most of us don’t keep our 18-year-old body for the length of our entire marriage. However, the ability to make a good meal from scratch or the ability to sew a project or an outfit is something I think we should hold onto. Growing up, I was lucky enough to have a stay-at-home mom who cooked, cleaned and made doll clothes for my sisters and I when we wanted them. Birthdays were always exciting with the homemade birthday cakes that she painstakingly decorated to our liking. She had her box of recipes with decorating ideas and cake flavors. There was even a time when she made a dress for a doll I had and then made a life-size matching dress for me. To some, that may seem a little cheesy, or even spoiled, but for an eight-year-old girl, it was one of the coolest things I owned.

Emily Laughlin Photo Editor

As I got older, I was able to learn from her family recipes as well as the ins and outs of crocheting and sewing. Part of it, I’m sure is whether or not you have the desire to cook or sew. When I moved to the Monmouth/ Independence area, I started school at Talmadge Middle School. One of the classes I was enrolled in was Home Economics, which was taught by Mrs. Herbert at the time. In that class, we learned how to sew stuffed pigs, make crepes and the correct way to clean a frying pan. FYI: Never run cold water on a hot frying pan or it can warp. After that year, they got rid of that class. I guess I can understand why they got rid of it, what with all the budget cuts that had been happening. But, I feel as though the students after me got cheated. There are so many girls, and even boys, that I know that have no idea how to make a home cooked meal. When I tell people about meals that I’ve made from scratch, or even that I’ve hemmed my own

pants, and am sewing my Halloween costume, they are shocked. To me, making a pie crust from scratch and not having it fall apart is common knowledge, but for others, it baffles them. And like I said, this isn’t just for women. Many women consider it an excellent quality in a man if he can cook (hint, hint guys). The ability to make your own meals gives you more control over the quality of food you eat. You can eat healthier and have more energy. If you can figure out how to sew your own clothes, you can save money on shopping. And, it doesn’t even have to be clothes. Your friends and family appreciate gifts that you’ve put time, thought and effort into creating something just for them. As we grow up, get married and have children, we should do our best not to lose those special talents that our mothers and fathers had before us. We are growing ever more technological and there are even more products that are being processed without a second thought. I can only hope that those talents can be carried on, so that our greatgreat-grandchildren can know how special everything can be.

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October 13, 2010

Chew on this, baseball: Wolves fall short against Saints time to drop the dip Thompson scores Western’s lone goal in 2-1 loss, ninth GNAC loss Lexington Martin | Freelancer

Chris Reed Managing Editor

Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Glynn announced Sunday that he had been diagnosed with cancer of a salivary gland, a condition he suspects is the result of years of smokeless tobacco use. Although there is little conclusive evidence on the subject, I would be surprised if the two variables were unrelated. This brings up the everlasting debate on tobacco use in Major League Baseball (MLB). Just last April, Congressman Henry Waxman and some of his colleagues asked MLB to consider banning smokeless tobacco use. I don’t believe government intervention is the solution to the issue. Realistically, dipping is not illegal, so for Congress to ban the use of smokeless tobacco in one particular workplace and not all others would be inconsistent and the policy would hold no water. That said, Waxman does have a point: “We don’t let baseball players go stand out there in the field and drink beer. Major League Baseball won’t allow them to step on the field and smoke cigarettes. So why should they be out there on the field - in sight of all their fans on television and at the ballpark-using smokeless tobacco?” The use of smokeless tobacco was banned in the minor leagues in 1993, and many, including former Kansas City manager Trey Hillman, have pointed to that change as a major

cause of the perceptual drop of overall usage in the major leagues. “I think it’s greatly diminished over the years, from the time [the ban] was implemented in the Minor Leagues,” said Royals manager Trey Hillman. “We are pleased that our Minor League tobacco policy is having an impact on current use in the Major Leagues,” adds MLB vice president of public relations Pat Courtney. “By preventing use throughout the Minor Leagues, our hope was that players would not get into the habit of using during games.” MLB took a large step forward in 1998 when it banned companies and teams from providing tobacco to the players. Instead of feeling free to use some of the sizeable quantities left in the dugout before each game, players now must bring their own chew, often enough of a hassle to discourage heavy use. Many players now choose to chew on gum or sunflower seeds instead, obviously a much healthier alternative. “I’ll tell you why the numbers are down for players now,” said former Cleveland pitcher Len Barker. “The teams don’t provide it anymore. That’s a big part of it. It used to be right in your face. And everybody used it.” But perhaps the right course of action for completely ridding the game of smokeless tobacco lies not in the hands of the government or the MLB commissioner’s office but in those of the players. Whether or not they choose


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Junior forward LaChante Horton (21) splits two Saint Martin’s defenders. Horton connected with freshman Taylor Thompson for the Wolves’ only goal of the game, her second goal of the season. As the Wolves came from one direction of the field, the Saints were marching in from the opposite side. If the tension between the two wasn’t enough for sharing the same record (2-8-0) the intense fury of sweat dripping, down each athletes face, mixed with the rain above, made this battle, last Sunday, Oct. 10, an epic battle between Western and Saint Martin’s University (SMU). “It’s just another game – there is no difference to what a team’s record is. It’s about that day and how a team capitalizes on their strengths and using their ability to work together… using their knowledge and attacking each game head on,” said head coach Rod Fretz in response to the knowledge that both teams share the same record. Before the game, the adrenaline moved through

every athlete on the field with each warm-up practice. This game not only brought out the fierceness of adrenaline keeping each player focused, but also determined to prove a message. Each young

following message in honor of the decision to wear the pink tees. “As young women athletes, we definitely wanted to show our respect and support for this disease. With it being Breast Cancer

“As young women athletes, we definitely wanted to show our respect and support for this disease. With it being Breast Cancer Awareness month, it’s more than just showing our support…it’s about giving it.”

woman on Western’s soccer team wore a breast cancer awareness shirt in honor of supporting the men and women affected by this disease. Sophomore Rebecca Hoiland said this

- Rebecca Hoiland Sophomore Defender

Awareness month, it’s more than just showing our support…it’s about giving it.” Hoiland added how much fun it was do this with her teammates, with a grin on her face while

speaking about the cause. Soon enough the preparation ended, and the fight to come out on top began. Early on in the first half Western’s athletes, to quote Fretz, ‘lacked intensity defensively’, however as for as offensive physicality, sophomore Marina Austin took the first shot of the day, missing it high. “If we really want to win these games we need to want it more,” said sophomore Kym Witmer. Soon after Austin’s effort, both junior Danielle Hayward and senior Rachelle Kliewer took shots that went wide. Then, after one more attempt by Kliewer, SMU senior forward Jill Webb scored the first goal. With five minutes until halftime, the


After a slow start, Wolves play lights out Western turns a 20-6 deficit into a 40-27 victory on the road Chris Reed | Managing Editor

Winning on the road is often a sign of a strong football team, especially when playing against a conference foe. Matters are not made any easier when trailing early, as the Wolves were against Dixie State College on Saturday in St. George, Utah. Despite the adversity, Western found a spark and came away with a key victory as it heads into a marquee matchup versus Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) rival

Central Washington this weekend in Seattle. The Wolves (4-2, 3-1 GNAC) struggled early in their matchup against opponent Dixie (1-5, 1-4), falling behind 20-6 with 10:35 left in the first half. Western gained momentum shortly thereafter starting with senior Caleb Singleton’s PAT block. Freshman Lucas Gonsalves returned the ensuing kickoff all the way to midfield, setting

up a quick drive for the Wolves’ offense. Capped by a 25-yard strike from A.J. Robinson to Justin Ore, the Wolves tightened the gap to 20-13. After trailing 20-16 at halftime, the Wolves got to work right away in the second half. Another big kickoff return, this one a 52-yarder by senior Justin Cueller, put the offense in favorable field position. Less than a minute into the third, Western took its first

lead of the game, 23-20, via Robinson’s 33-yard pass to senior Justin Wright. The Wolves never looked back. Robinson found Ore for another touchdown, this one for two yards, and defensive lineman Robert Young returned a Dixie fumble 36 yards for a score to give his team a 37-20 lead. Dixie scored on the first play of the fourth quarter to make things interesting, the Red

Storm’s first points since the opening period. Robinson played arguably the best game of his career, throwing for 292 yards on 25-for-38 passing. He also had zero turnovers, and, much to the credit of Western’s offensive front, was never sacked. Singleton was stellar as well, intercepting two passes in the fourth quarter, including one in the end zone. He was recognized as the senior safety was

named GNAC Defensive Player of the Week. Special teams were indeed special for the Wolves Saturday. In addition to the kick returns and Singleton’s PAT block, senior punter Scott Buche had all four of his kicks downed inside Dixie’s 20yard line, including one at the 1-yard line. Kicker Kelly Morgan, sophomore, made both of his field goal attempts, one for 40 yards and the other for 43.


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Photos by | Emily Laughlin

Sophomore Kym Witmer (14) dribbles by a defender. Witmer had four shots on goal in the loss.


Saints’ heads were in the game, whipping out another goal by senior Jenny Baker heading the ball in the net with an assist from Webb making the score 2-0 before the second half. Witmer, from the sound of the whistle, proved she was ‘wanting it’ battling against any opponent she faced from SMU. Witmer was strategic in her plays and possessed the much needed strength to pull away from her defender, which worked to her advantage when shooting. Witmer had two

shots during the beginning of the second half – even though both shots were saved by freshman goal keeper Gina Cardenas, she helped the Wolves find their needed focus in the second half. “In the second half, pressuring [SMU] and wanting the ball was key,” said Hoiland. Adding, “We are evenly matched teams as far as talent goes, staying committed is something we need throughout the whole game…from start to finish.” After Hoiland made two goal attempts during the opening of the second half, it was freshman Taylor Thompson who

got Western on the board, giving hope to the Wolves with a score of 2-1. During

a team just has gotta have some heart to win.” Tomorrow, Thursday, Oct.

“If you have heart, you can come out with a win… a team just has gotta have some heart.”

the last game against Northwest Nazarene on Oct. 2, Thompson led the way for Western to claim victory. Nevertheless, throughout the rest of the second half the final score stayed at 2-1 for SMU. Like Witmer says, “If you have heart, you can come out with a win…

- Kym Witmer Sophomore Midfielder

14, the Wolves will play on their home field against Simon Fraser, the brawl will begin at 3 p.m. Western will remain home on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m., where they will face No. 1 in GNAC, Western Washington (5-1 in the GNAC, 8-1 overall).

to continue dipping is their own choice, but I feel more players should make a concerted effort to refrain from portraying a negative image in plain sight of the game’s audience, especially the under-18 crowd. The younger fans tend to be heavily influenced by their favorite players and often imitate their habits. Heck, I’m not a de facto member of that demographic, yet I still cringe when I see Tim Lincecum, Dustin Pedroia, Billy Wagner, Johnny Damon, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Bobby Jenks or Nick Swisher with fat lower lips spitting into a cup. Evidence supports that the use of smokeless tobacco among major league ballplayers has diminished over the last couple of decades, which is a good thing, in my opinion. Furthermore, many players and managers who can’t break the habit

take appropriate measures to help ensure that future generations don’t become addicted. Oakland general manager Billy Beane, for example, won’t allow himself to be filmed when he has a dip in his mouth. “The last thing I think anyone associated with the game wants is for little Timmy at home to see any of us doing something we all know is bad and thinking, ‘If they can do it, I can do it,’” Beane said. “So if you can keep it out of the public eye, you do it. It’s not the best solution, obviously, but short of the ideal, that’s probably the way a lot of guys are going these days.” Ultimately, it would be idyllic if player could find a way to drop the habit, as Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire did 16 years ago. But, in an imperfect world, I guess all I’m asking is for baseball players to, if they haven’t already, follow Beane’s example and be positive role models for the fans who adore them so much.

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APPLICANTS MUST • Have U.S. Citizenship Or hold citizenship of one of the other 35 participating countries. You must also apply in your home country. • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree by July 1st, 2011 No Japanese language ability required for the Assistant Language Teacher position. Applications must be received at the Embassy by: Mid-November, 2010 (Check website for more details and exact due date) The Consulate-General of Japan in Portland, Oregon will be at Western Oregon University for an informational orientation on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program on the following day: Date: October 18th, 2010 Time: 11:00 – 2:00 p.m. Building: Werner University Center Room: East Foyer (11:00 - 12:00 p.m.) / Calapooia Room (12:30 - 2:00 p.m.) Applications will become available in early October at:

Freshman defender Rebecca Hoiland kicks one of Western’s five corners, Saint Martin’s had seven corners in the afternoon game.

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Photos by | Emily Laughlin

Senior Stephanie Beeler goes for the spike and the Wolves look on as Saint Martin’s defends. She had seven kills in the victory over Saint Martin’s.


Kemper led the Wolves’ service aces as well by obtaining two of Western’s six aces, double the total aces of Saint Martin’s (3). The Wolves, however, continued to struggle at serving by getting 15 service errors, Saint Martin’s had 11.

The crowd of 176 screaming Western fans helped cheer the Wolves on to another home victory, taking their overall home record to 6-4. Saindon said that the Wolves crowd has been a tremendous factor in their home victories and "I hope that next Thursday the whole student body shows up for our toughest match of the year, against Western

Washington." Western’s next match is against No. 2 in the GNAC, Western Washington (8-1 in the GNAC, 11-2 overall), at home on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. The Wolves will remain at home the following night, Oct. 15th, to take on Simon Faser (SFU) at 7 p.m. Western defeated SFU on Thursday, Sept 16th, 3-2.

Senior Samantha Ward (16) bumps the ball as redshirt freshman Krissi Kemper (5) and senior Jorden Burrows (4) prepare for the kill.

2010-2011 GNAC Volleyball Standings

Seattle Pacific Western Washington Alaska Anchorage Western Oregon Central Washington Northwest Nazarene Alaska Fairbanks MSU Billings Simon Fraser Saint Martin’s

Conf. W 8 8 6 6 5 5 3 2 2 1

L 1 1 3 3 4 5 6 7 8 8

All W 16 11 11 8 7 5 5 2 2 1

L 1 2 6 6 7 10 10 16 12 13

H 5-0 4-0 6-1 6-4 4-2 3-3 2-6 1-4 1-5 0-3

A 7-1 4-1 3-3 2-2 2-2 2-3 2-3 1-8 1-6 1-7

N 4-0 3-1 2-2 0-0 1-3 0-4 1-1 0-4 0-1 0-3

The Wolves huddle together during a break in the action for a few words of encouragement before finishing off Saint Martin’s University.





OCTOBER 13, 2010


We s t e r n O r e g o n U n i v e r s i t y

Battle in Seattle This Saturday, Oct. 16, Central Washington

Romanick took the ball from a CWU receiver

University (CWU) and Western will face off in the

and ran for a 55-yard touchdown that gave

eighth annual Battle in Seattle at Qwest Field in

Western the 21-0 lead.

Seattle, Wash. The location is a neutral site for both

At halftime, the Wolves went into the locker

teams as Western travels north from Monmouth,

room with a three touchdown lead over the then-

Ore., a 233 mile journey, and CWU will make the 110 mile trek from Ellensburg, Wash.

No. 3 team in the nation. The Wildcats came back in the

to Washington’s largest city and

second half on fire with a 45-yard

home to the National Football League’s

touchdown pass by Cole



Morgan, making the




score 21-7. CWU


would soon score a

only the second time

field goal to cut into

that Western has had the

the lead, 21-10.

pleasure of playing on the

With Western close

same turf that many NFL greats have

to scoring another touchdown, CWU

practiced on since it was opened in 2002.










intercepted the short pass and ran,

participating in the Battle in Seattle.

untouched, for the 100-yard touchdown

The first six years of which, they

to narrow Western’s lead to 21-17.



CWU then ended a seven minute

Conference (GNAC) opponent Western

and 30 second drive with a 22-yard field


goal to end the third quarter down by one

In 29-20


Northwest University

2003, in








point to the Wolves, 21-20.


With only 2:27 left in the game, CWU

Seattle. In 2004, however, WWU got

gained possession off a Western turnover at

the better of CWU,

winning 28-21.

the 50-yard line. The Wildcats ran and passed

CWU got its revenge on WWU

for 31 yards to put them in perfect field goal

in 2005 by winning 37-17 and never

position. CWU converted the field goal

let up, winning also in 2006 (42-28),

to get the 23-21 lead with only 26 seconds

in 2007 (24-7) and in 2008 (50-28).


Beginning in 2009, CWU faced a

Western got to the 50-yard line before

new conference opponent for this epic

giving the reigns to then-freshman kicker

yearly battle—the Western Oregon Wolves.

Kelly Morgan, but, as the pigskin was slowly





spiraling threw the air and Western fans and

fans, in 2009 their football program

players were holding their breath, the ball

was disbanded for financial reasons;

came crashing, like the hearts of Western

however, this disbandment gave Western

fans and players, into the turf 15 yards short

the perfect opportunity to join CWU

of a game-winning field.

at Qwest Field for the annual event. October



This crushing defeat has led to


determination for the Wolves as they

Western’s first opportunity to play in

prepare for yet another epic battle against,

the vast expanses that is Qwest Field.

perhaps, their biggest GNAC rival, CWU.

Western opened this epic battle with a

The Wildcats go to Qwest Field with a

quick touchdown by then-junior running

6-1 record in the stadium built to hold

back D.J. Jackson to give Western the

67,000 roaring fans and will look to

7-0 lead. Western’s ensuing drive,

defeat Western for the second year in a

again by Jackson, gave the Wolves

row. CWU also has a five-game winning

an astonishing 14-0 lead within

streak at the Battle in Seattle and will

the first six minutes of the game.

look to extend it to six.

Western’s offense was not the

This battle will take place this

only strength for the Wolves. Later

Saturday, Oct. 16, at Qwest Field in

in the first half, then-senior Gavin

Seattle, Wash. at 6 p.m.




Jeffrey Larson | Sports Editor


BATTLE IN Western Oregon University Western at Simon Fraser (38-0) The Wolves opened the 2010 season on Saturday, Sept. 4, by shutting out Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) opponent Simon Fraser (SFU) with a score of 38-0. This was their first GNAC shutout since blanking Humboldt State (64-0) in 2007. This victory signified the Wolves’ hunger to be the 2010 GNAC Champion. Senior quarterback A.J. Robinson led the Wolves’ offense against SFU by earning 261 yards and three touchdowns. Senior running back Darryl Valdez gained 98 yards on 21 carries for the Wolves in the victory. The Wolves had an impressive 469 yards of total offense. The Wolves’ defense proved to be crucial to leading the team to the top of the GNAC. In the opening game, redshirt sophomore Bryce Peila led the Wolves’ defense with eight tackles and redshirt sophomore Scotland Foss and redshirt senior Gerritt Vincent added six tackles each. The defense was able to hold SFU to only 266 yards of total offense. Western at Sacramento State (17-31) On Saturday, Sept. 11, the Wolves made the trek to the Golden State where they lost to non-conference opponent Sacramento State, 17-31. Penalties were the pitfall for the Wolves as they committed 17 penalties for 121 yards. Additionally, Robinson was sacked three times in the loss. Western’s offense had a solid 340 yards of total offense, but loss of 121 yards due to penalties proved to be crucial in the loss. The defense was barely able to keep Sacramento State below 400 yards, allowing 391 yards of total offense. Western vs. Simon Fraser (48-25) The Wolves home opener, on Saturday, Sept. 18, was a success, beating SFU for the second time in the 2010 season (48-25) to take their GNAC record to an undefeated 2-0, 2-1 overall. Robinson obtained a career-high 298 passing yards on 16-of-24 passes. Junior quarterback Evan Mozzochi added 111 yards on four-of-four passing to help lead the Wolves to a record 684 yards of total offense. Peila again led the Wolves’ defense by getting nine tackles. The Wolves’ defense was superb against SFU as they held the Clan to 10-of-30 passing for 147 yards. Western vs. Humboldt State (7-14) Western was not as successful against the GNAC leading Humboldt State (HSU) on Saturday, Sept. 25. The Wolves played their second straight game at home, but were unable to hold off HSU to obtain a victory. Although the defense kept HSU to only 307 yards of total offense, the Lumberjacks’ defense kept the Wolves’ to only 290 yards of total offense. Mozzochi lead the Wolves’ offense with 87 yards on 8-of-17 passing. The loss put the Wolves at 2-1 in the GNAC, 2-2 overall. Western at Southern Oregon (24-23) On Saturday, Oct. 2, the Wolves would travel to Ashland, Ore. to face non-conference opponent Southern Oregon (SOU). Sophomore kicker Kelly Morgan laid SOU to rest with his 42-yard field goal to give the Wolves the 24-23 lead with just over six minutes remaining in the game. With Robinson out because of injury, Mozzochi would take the reigns and complete 9-of-18 passes for 83 yards, but it was the running game led by Valdez’s 89 yards that would make the difference for the offense. The Wolves’ defense would again prove to be the key to winning as Vincent led the defense with an outstanding 15 tackles. Foss would add 11, redshirt senior Caleb Singelton and redshirt junior Sherman Vercher would both add seven tackles, respectively. The win brought the Wolves’ record to 3-2 overall, 2-1 in the GNAC. Western Oregon at Dixie State (40-27) Western continued its road trip on Saturday, Oct. 9, by going to St. George, Utah, to face Dixie State. The Wolves’ came back from a 20-16 deficit at halftime by scoring 24 second-half points to obtain the 40-27 victory over their GNAC opponent. The victory puts Western at 4-2 overall, 3-1 in the GNAC. Robinson completed 25-for-38 passes and gained 292 yards for the Wolves. The Wolves’ defense again proved to be game-changing as redshirt sophomore Robert Young would scoop up a fumble by Dixie State’s Cody Stevenson and run for 36 yards and the final touchdown of the game. Western vs. Central Washington (?-?) Western sits at second place in the GNAC with a 3-1 GNAC record behind Humboldt State with a 3-0 GNAC record. The Wolves will go into the Battle in Seattle against CWU who sit just behind Western at third place in the GNAC with a 3-1 record. Western’s record-breaking offense and a tremendous defense has not allowed more than 31 points in a single game this season. Look forward to Robinson leading the Wolves from behind the center as well as Peila, Vincent and Foss leading the defensive efforts to take down CWU. Western has lost 27 out of 43 meetings between Western and CWU, including losing the previous 11 games against, perhaps, Western’s biggest GNAC rival.

(LEFT) Western quarterback, senior A.J. Robinson (RIGHT) CWU quarterback, sophomore Ryan Robertson Photo by Emily Laughlin


N Central SEATTLE Washington University Central Washington vs. Minnesota Duluth (10-35) The Central Washington (CWU) Wildcats opened the season against Minnesota Duluth (UMD) but failed to keep their 17-game regular season win streak alive, losing 1035. CWU’s offense was able to get 370 yards of offense, respectively. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Robertson took over the Wildcats’ offense in the second half and completed 21-of-31 pass attempts and gave the Wildcats 236 passing yards. The Wildcats’ defense was able to keep UMD to only 341 yards of total offense, a 29-yard Wildcat advantage. The defense also contained UMD’s All-American senior running back Isaac Odim by only allowing him to get 50 yards on 20 carries in the Saturday, Aug. 28 Wildcat loss. Central Washington at Dixie State (24-14) The Wildcats then traveled to St. George, Utah, where they faced Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) opponent Dixie State on Saturday, Sept. 4. Senior running back Bryson Kelly achieved a career-high 110 yards on 30 carries help lead CWU to the 24-14 victory. The victory put the Wildcats at 1-1 on the season, 1-0 in the GNAC. CWU’s offense was held to only 253 yards of total offense, but the defense gave the Wildcats the edge by containing Dixie State to only 206 yards of total offense. CWU senior Adam Bighill led the defense with nine tackles and senior Jared Silva-Purcell added six tackles to bring CWU the victory. Central Washington vs. Eastern Washington (32-35) On Saturday, Sept. 11, the Wildcats traveled to Seattle, Wash. to face Division I, Eastern Washington (EWU). Although making a late comeback, the Wildcats were unable to contain EWU and lost the game by a mere three points (32-35). Robertson led the offense by throwing for 251 yards on 29-of-46 passes. Again, CWU had the advantage in total yards of offense, CWU had 357 yards and the defense held EWU to only 311 yards of total offense. The loss put CWU at 1-2 overall, 1-0 in the GNAC. Central Washington vs. Dixie State (43-21) Kelly led the Wildcats, again, with 88 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns to give CWU the 43-21 victory over Dixie State. Robertson added 177 yards on 14-of-21 passing from behind the center. Dixie State controlled the fourth quarter by scoring two touchdowns and adding 99 yards of total offense in the quarter, but the efforts fell short as CWU held a healthy 40-7 lead going into the final quarter. CWU again beat Dixie State in total yards of offense by earning 282 yards, and the Wildcats defense kept Dixie State to 270 yards to give CWU its second win of the season, bringing the Wildcats record to 2-2 overall, 2-0 in the GNAC. Central Washington at Simon Fraser (44-30) Kelly and redshirt freshman Ishmael Stinson led CWU to the 44-30 victory over Simon Fraser with a combined 400 yards, Kelly ran for 246 yards and Stinson racked in 154 yards.CWU’s defense kept Simon Fraser to 459 yards, the most yards allowed this season by CWU, but the offense was able to give CWU 508 yards of total offense thanks to Robertson’s 127 passing yards on 15-of-28 passing. The win took the Wildcats record to 3-2 overall, 3-0 in the GNAC. Central Washington at Humboldt State (24-25) The Wildcats only GNAC loss this season came in Arcata, Calif. against GNAC No. 1 Humboldt State (3-0 in the GNAC, 5-1 overall). CWU held a 17-16 lead going into the fourth quarter, but was unable to obtain the victory. Humboldt State made an 18-yard field goal with 1:12 remaining in the fourth to win 24-25.Once again, CWU’s defense was superb only allowing 342 yards of total offense and the Wildcats offense was able to get 347 yards of a total offense. Robertson threw 19-for-30 to give the Wildcats 195 yards and Kelly added 81 yards on 22 carries. The loss put CWU even at 3-3 overall, 3-1 in the GNAC. Central Washington vs. Southern Oregon (27-0) The Wildcats returned home to shutout non-conference opponent Southern Oregon (SOU) on Saturday, Oct. 9, 27-0. Robertson led the offense with a career-high 322 yards on 29-of-38 passing. Robertson connected with true freshman Levi Taylor six times for 62 yards and a touchdown. Taylor’s collegiate debut was successful as he added a game-high 106 all-purpose yards.CWU’s defense prevented SOU from getting on the score board and kept them to only 112 yards of total offense. CWU was able to get 432 yards in the victory that brought the Wildcats to 4-3 overall, 3-1 in the GNAC. Central Washington vs. Western Oregon (?-?)

Photo courtesy Jonathan Gordon

CWU, ranked No. 3 in the GNAC, is just below Western, ranked No. 2 in the GNAC. The epic Battle in Seattle on Oct. 16 will decide who will be second in the GNAC rankings. With the victory, CWU will inch ahead of Western and be one game behind GNAC No. 1 Humboldt State. Look for Robertson to lead the Wildcats offense at quarterback as well as make connections with Kelly and Stinson who will try to penetrate Western’s defense. CWU has defeated every team this season in total yards of offense, so CWU’s defense led by Bighill and Silva-Purcell will look to keep Western’s total yards to a minimum. CWU will be looking for their 12th straight victory over GNAC rival Western.


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Western Oregon Journal (2010-2011) Issue 4  

The fourth issue of the 2010-2011 school year (year that I was the Sports Editor) for the Western Oregon Journal.

Western Oregon Journal (2010-2011) Issue 4  

The fourth issue of the 2010-2011 school year (year that I was the Sports Editor) for the Western Oregon Journal.