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February 19, 2010 • Volume 99, Issue 12

Interfaith discussion held on campus



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Luge Witness: Senior Holden Sapp attended the men’s luge, 10k biathlon sprint and the second half of the Nordic Combined.

Olympic intern reports from Vancouver By MARIE KYLE

Feb. 12 marked the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics, which are being held this year in Vancouver, B.C. Ian Jaray, who graduated from Puget Sound last year, is currently interning for the U.S. Olympic Committee. The USOC is a federally appointed organization that serves as the coordinating body for all Olympic-related athletic activity in the United States. “Right now I am the manager of all shipping in and out of Vancouver for the Winter Olympic Games,” Jaray said.

“In addition to my games role, while back in Colorado at the Olympic Training Center, I helped inventory all apparel traveling to the Games, wrote a quarterly news letter and helped organize everything going to Vancouver.” Ian began the internship in September and will continue with the USOC through May. “I have had a ton of fantastic experiences including meeting incredible athletes (Michael Phelps, Apolo Ohno, Chad Hedrick, Dan O’Brian to name a few), playing sports taught by Olympic coaches (team handball, sitting volleyball), and obviously getting to spend six

weeks in Vancouver,” Jaray said. Jaray has also been exposed to the green side of this year’s Winter Olympics, which has implemented a number of innovative techniques to reduce its environmental impact. “There has been a large emphasis on sustainability,” Jaray said. The 2010 Winter Olympics is the first to track its energy consumption and make this information available to the public. The Vancouver Olympic Village reflects attempts to make the 2010 Winter Games more sustainable, too. The Village consists of several apartment buildings and was creat-

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ed to provide housing for the athletes and officials at the time of the Games. Creators of the Vancouver Olympic Village boast that the Village has green buildings, encourages sustainable transportation and is energy efficient. “I have been in and can say in addition to being aesthetically beautiful, it is a really incredible green project,” Jaray said. The 2010 Winter Olympics events will continue through Feb. 28. More information about efforts to be green and the games in general can be found at Vancouver2010. com.

Loggers are going green during the month of February by participating in the second annual, campus-wide Live Green Challenge. This competition encourages residential facilities to reduce their energy consumption by comparing their total consumption in February to that of historic records for this time of year. “[The Live Green Challenge] is a really cool approach because it involves a cooperative effort between top-down organizations and also student, community-level involvement,” said Students for a Sustainable Campus (SSC) coordinator Alana Eakin. “This way, students have a tangible opportunity to participate in campus sustainability without necessarily putting a ton of extra meetings and activities into

their long-term schedules.” Participating facilities include all the residence halls and Greek houses along with various on-campus houses. Each of these facilities’ energy utilities are metered, which means that Facilities Services has the ability to track their individual rates of energy consumption. For each one percent reduction in energy consumption, each residence will earn $50, half of which will go toward the building’s residence community programming fund. The residence will then choose one of four environmentally-conscious local charities to award with the remaining $25 in prize money. Charities include L’Arche Farm & Gardens, which provides meaningful farm and garden work to persons with developmental disabili-


the SSC. This year, the SSC and the Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) have teamed up to sponsor and organize the month’s events. The first Challenge, held in Ocsee LIVE GREEN page 2

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Go Green: Live green events were advertised in the S.U.B. ties, the Emergency Food Network, Operation Homeless Connect and the Puget Creek Restoration Society. The energy challenge concept has been in the works for a few years, originally conceived by members of

Peace Corps maintains popularity Puget Sound has been recognized as this year’s number four contributor of Peace Corps Volunteers among small schools. Recent University alumni explained their love of the Peace Corps and personal reasons for joining. Since the Peace Corps began in 1961, 248 Puget Sound alumni have served, and this year another 20 undergraduate alumni continued the tradition. The University of Puget Sound has consistently placed in the top 10 for contributing volunteers ever since the Peace Corps initiated its annual report back in 2001. Last year the school was ranked at third place. In 2007, the University was rated the number one volunteer contributor for small colleges. So what is it that makes the Peace Corps so popular? Just ask the alumni. Andrew Hewitt, class of 2008 Peace Corps Volunteer, explained his desire to give something back after college. “I wanted to join the Peace Corps because I wanted to make a positive difference in the

Second annual Live Green Challenge underway By GRACE HEERMAN

Puget Sound joined the league of Princeton and Johns Hopkins as a host of Coming Together, a studentrun interfaith conference that took place for the fourth time from Feb. 13 to 14. The conference brought together 62 students of all religious experiences from around the country for workshop, presentations and general discussion. “From all the feedback we received, it sounds like everyone had a great time,” University Chaplain Dave Wright said. “The energy and desire to just keep talking about these things was incredible. It was a really fun conversation all the way around, and the kind that we usually don’t have on this campus.” After two years during which the event did not happen, Puget Sound began organizing to start up the conference again last year. The office of Spirituality, Service, and Social

See Enviro House Recycled Art

Women’s Basketball Players Recover

Get the Inside Scoop on ASUPS Elections

Read Hey You Reactions

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Sports page 10

Features pages 6-7

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February 19, 2010

The Puget Sound Trail

Puget Sound BLP defies national trend By BRAD RICE

According to a report by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) released Thursday, Jan. 14, freshmen entering college in 2009 are less likely to major in business than were freshmen the previous year. The report cited the economic downturn as a major factor in the declining number of freshmen interested in business. Despite this national trend, freshman interest in business at the University of Puget Sound has remained steady according to faculty and students in the program. Nationally, the percentage of freshmen who plan on majoring in business dropped from 16.8 percent to 14.4 percent from 2008 to 2009, the report said, the lowest numbers since 1974 where the figure was 14 percent. The percentage of freshmen who listed business as their probable career also fell from 14.1 percent to 12.1 percent, an alltime low for the survey since its inception in 1966 (the previous low was 2003, with 13.8 percent). In the research brief, the authors of the report attributed the change in this year’s freshman class to the world’s troubled economy. “The global economic downturn is having an impact on the characteristics, attitudes and beliefs of incoming first-time students at four-year institutions. They will be graduating with higher debts and


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Justice paid for attending students’ housing, food and local travel. The majority of visitors were hosted in the residence halls and on-campus houses. “It was exciting for me to have people from all around the country come together on campus,” freshman Josephine Miller said. “They brought a really different perspective; even their idea of interfaith is different.” The emphasis in Interfaith organizations is on bringing people together from backgrounds in different faiths, although students of a more secular orientation are welcomed as well. According to Wright, interfaith discussions currently work to try to understand and engage the real differences between religions. “Coming Together Four was all about the dialogue between student leaders. I learned a lot about specific religions and also about people in general,” sophomore co-chair of the conference Mary Krauszer said. “It was a nice change to be around the discussion. Religion is a stigmatized topic on campus, especially Christianity, I think, because of its connection to social issues and politics.” The event gave Puget Sound students and staff a chance to reflect on their own situation by hearing about life on other campuses. A number of other liberal arts colleges in the Northwest, including

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In Class: Students pursue business despite national decline. have shifted majors and career aspirations away from business fields,” the brief stated. Professor and director of the Business Leadership Program Jeffrey Matthews said that, despite the HERI’s report, he had not noticed any decreased high school senior interest in business since the recession. The BLP accepts up to 25 freshmen annually to its interdisciplinary program which terminates in a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and which features a set of seven BLP-only classes similar to the structure of the University’s Honors Program. Matthews noted that the number of high school seniors applying to the BLP did not decline since last year. “The number of applications to the Business and Leadership ProLewis and Clark, Whitman and Evergreen, attended the conference for the first time. “There’s lots of potential for continuing work with our neighboring institutions. There is a lot we can learn from each other,” Wright said. “There is a definite trend in the Northwest towards secularism that we share in common with a lot of those schools.”

“There is a definite trend in the Northwest towards secularism that we share in common with a lot of those schools.” —Dave Wright

The keynote speaker was Stephen Prothero, chairman of the religion department at Boston University. Prothero spoke to the conference Saturday night on the subject of “Religious Illiteracy” in America and again on Monday night to a general audience. The Swope Endowment booked Prothero and agreed to cover his fee for the conference as well. “Prothero was such a great orator and presenter,” Krauszer said. “He began speaking at seven, and when I left at midnight, students were still there talking in Trimble Forum. He was only paid to speak for 40 minutes and he ended up staying for over three hours.”

gram has remained steady over the last several years. We haven’t noticed any decline in interest from high school seniors,” Matthews said. Matthews suggested that Puget Sound’s divergence from the national trend in this respect had to do with the University’s distinctive approach to business education, which is not strictly focused on business, but rather integrates the teaching of relevant business skills with a classic liberal arts education. “We offer unique education in business that fills a niche area at the undergraduate level for students who are interested in pursuing an education in business as part of a broader liberal-arts perspective,” Matthews said. Countering the apparent collective consciousness of college fresh-

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lives of people in need,” Hewitt said. “The Peace Corps is an adventure and it’s just the kind of challenge I was looking for after graduation from UPS.” Class of 2007 alum Courtney Dunham couldn’t agree more. Dunham served in a town of 700 people in western Honduras. She worked with a group of women to introduce a more efficient type of stove that helped decrease local deforestation and bolster the selfesteem of the women. Dunham remarked that the best part of her whole experience was the bond she formed with the locals. “These people have touched my life in ways that others cannot,” she said. “Their friendships are the greatest thing that I am bringing back from this experience.” Both Hewitt and Dunham agreed that serving in the Peace Corps is a highly rewarding experience but that it comes with its share of challenges. “Being a Peace Corps volunteer can be very difficult, stressful and frustrating at times,” Hewitt said. “But it is all worth it when you see the appreciation for your work from those you are serving.” Dunham adds that “the most important characteristics you can have to be sure you are a good Peace Corps volunteer are an open mind, patience and good self-motivation.” Peace Corps Northwest Re-

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men to shift away from majoring in business that the HERI reported, Matthews commented on the particular advantaged of having a business degree even in this economic downturn. “[Business] is a practical education which develops a set of skills that are valuable in the job market regardless of the current economic situation. These skills are relevant not only in the business sector but over a wide variety of fields,” Matthews said. Freshman and BLP student Andy Galbraith echoed Matthews’ sentiments, stating that he valued the versatile skill set that the Program offers. Galbraith was particularly praiseful of the Program’s academic flexibility, which will allow him to also major in International Political Economy in his pursuit to develop a wide skill base. “I’m trying to keep as many doors open as possible, and a business degree paired with IPE makes a really good skill set,” Galbraith said. Though he acknowledged that the current job market for college graduates is less than desirable, Galbraith was also optimistic that his time spent in the BLP will prepare him for his career in the future. “It’s not a great job market right now, but new thinking and fresh insight is necessary. I think the BLP will give me the chance to gain that insight,” Galbraith said.

tober 2009, yielded encouraging results, according to SAC member Barbara Weist. “In last year’s inaugural challenge, 15 of the 18 residential facilities participating successfully reduced their energy consumption over the course of the month,” she said. Last year’s top energy-reducing house, which is located on Union Avenue, reduced their power consumption by 31 percent. Nevertheless, Challenge sponsors are still working to make the 2010 Challenge even more successful. “This year, we wanted to add more educational efforts to raise overall awareness for the month,” Weist said. “[We] have added speakers or events each week focusing on one of the four major sustainability topics that we concentrate on here at Puget Sound.” “A major goal this month is simply to show students that making small adjustments in their daily lifestyles can collectively create a big difference. This way, students who believe that UPS should act more sustainably in order to keep up with its sustainable reputation, are empowered to help take that change into their own hands,” Eakin said. Events include an EnviroTrivia Night, the presentation of a documentary about sustainable agriculture, info tables in WSC, speakers on waste reduction and the cost of water, and a Pierce Transit info session.

cruitment Coordinator and Puget Sound alum Erin Carlson recently visited campus to share her stories and offer students more information about the Peace Corps. Carlson served in the Peace Corps for two years in Guinea, West Africa working as a health educator. Carlson recommends that students interested in the Peace Corps get more information by first doing some general research, talking with a returned Peace Corps volunteer and attending an informational session. Next, she suggests that students direct any additional questions to the Seattle Peace Corps office. “While researching the Peace Corps, I was impressed with the level of organization and support for volunteers,” Carlson said of her own experiences in applying. “After speaking with returned Peace Corps volunteers, I was inspired to join and embark on a life-changing adventure overseas.”

Securit y Report The following incidents occurred on campus and were reported to Security Services between February 9, 2010 and February 15, 2010: • A student reported an expensive piece of jewelry stolen from the Fieldhouse while she was playing racquetball. She originally thought she lost or misplaced it, but now believes it was stolen. • Several students living in a campus house on N. 17th Street reported about $30 in change missing from their house. They said they left the house unlocked accidentally and discovered they each had change missing from containers in their individual rooms upon their return. • Security staff responded to a complaint about a strong marijuana odor in the basement of Anderson Langdon Hall. A room was located that appeared to be the source of the oder, but the residents were not present. • The fire alarms were malicious activated in two fraternities (Sigma Chi and Beta Theta Pi) simultaneously by unknown suspects. Courtesy of Todd A. Badham, Director of Security Services

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Affirmative action for men considered, rejected By Lizzie Lombardi Where, oh where, did all of the men go? Over the past decade, universities across the country have reported a growing gender gap that has widened to a national average of 57 percent female, 43 percent male students. This disproportionate gender distribution is reflected in the University of Puget Sound class of 2010, though elsewhere in the nation institutions such as Vassar College in New York and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill harbor nearly two women for every man on campus. Some speculation about the causes of this injustice cite program biases and the variable quantities and qualities of applicants, but the most prevalent (and misplaced) concern relating to the gender gap emphasizes the presumed need to discriminately nurture the faltering number of male attendees back to former proportions. Basically, universities are accepting less qualified applicants because of gonads rather than brain capacity. While young ladies might lament this limited pool of potential paramours as men enjoy the propitious odds, apprehension amounts amongst admissions staff, who dread consequences more dire than frustrated campus romance. Imagine a world of stiletto-clad CEOs and medical femme-fatales who once romped innocently in

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Gender Bias: Is the increasingly female-dominated scholastic environment cause for concern? academia but will someday dominate the professional world in unrestrained numbers while male co-workers slowly fade into obsolescence. This nightmare has prompted some schools to resort to pro-male partiality akin to affirmative action, thereby compromising justice and scorning the ideal of equal opportunity. Sorry, did I say ‘nightmare’? I don’t mean to be facetious, but what would be so wrong with a student body or professional workforce dominated by women, so long as each earns her success through equal opportunity? If equal access to college is extended to young men

and women, it seems inevitable that one gender will outnumber the other, and neither should be punished for the others’ secondary representation. Beyond the philosophical implications of discrimination, the plain reality is that universities are institutions meant for education, not socialization. The choice to apply to college theoretically indicates your intention to dedicate at least four years to academic training in order to become as effective as possible, regardless of the ratio of men to women surrounding you in class. If gender influences admissions choices rather than merit, the intellectu-

al value of the institution becomes porous; we might as well officially sanction the M.R.S. degree. Think of it this way: the concept of favoring male applicants because of their meager representation is like that elementary rule in gym class that every soccer team had to have at least one girl on it. I never wanted to be picked because some patronizing teacher forced the captain to do so. I wanted to be picked because I was a good player. On a larger and considerably more relevant scale, this is just the kind of condescension that male applicants face today, and while it might seem like young men benefit

from pity and favoritism, the reality is that the true issue is being sorely neglected. Why are so few young men applying to universities in the first place? Perhaps, as Vice President for Admissions at Puget Sound George Mills points out, professions that do not require a baccalaureate degree are “traditionally male,” or that vocational post-secondary training attracts more men than women, thereby diverting potential college applicants. But more than likely, a main cause of the gender gap is the trend of underachievement in middle and high school boys relative to their overachieving female peers. Before colleges resort to dumbingdown their standards and unfairly favoring less-deserving candidates, we should focus upon pre-college educational flaws to ensure that boys receive proper attention and instruction in school. When it comes to college admissions, it’s what’s between your ears that counts, not what’s between your legs. Regardless of the supposed implications of skewed distribution, the unethical practice of genderbased affirmative action taints the integrity of higher education and betrays youth of both genders by creating an unmerited comparative advantage rather than addressing the deep-seated issue of sexism in the pre-college educational system. It is intolerable.

Life balance needs arts By Noah Kaplan

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Classroom Setting: Students are hesitant to voice their opposition to their peers’ arguments.

Friendliness hinders classroom learning By Josephine Miller If there is one thing that most of us can agree upon, it is that the University of Puget Sound is a friendly place. Our community exists without rampant snobbery or unwelcoming cliques. While this might make for pleasant lunchtime camaraderie in the S.U.B., our school community puts such a high value on friendliness that being sweet acts as an impediment to interesting class discussions and meaningful learning. From the first day of Orientation, we are inundated by ear-to-ear grins and enthusiastic introductions. Because orientation seeks to familiarize us not only with campus life but also academic life, it establishes a formula for both social and scholastic discourse that demands continuous cordiality and cheer. In some cases, disagreement is preferable to politeness because even in times of respectful disagreement we are forced to put more thought into every aspect of our system of ethics. We humans espouse many beliefs without putting much thought into them. Even the most astute social critic’s notion of morality has been shaped by nursery rhymes he recited as a child. This is not inherently bad; a shared set of morals across a culture allows for a smoothly running public sphere. It is, however, important to acknowl-

edge that we rarely scrutinize the foundations of our notions of right and wrong, a convention that can have great implications, especially as we apply our deeply rooted ethical principles to form opinions on political matters that affect an entire society. One of the benefits of a liberal arts education is the opportunity to participate in seminar-style classes. In seminars we can engage with our classmates as well as our professors, offer comments in class and receive feedback. These discussions are the most worthwhile when a student is able to respectfully point out a fault in a classmate’s stance. That classmate is then challenged (in the best way possible) to reconsider his or her own way of thinking, possibly arriving at a conclusion he or she finds more compelling, or becoming more sure of his or her stance through defining the logic of the original argument. Through reconsidering and explaining our process of reason, we are destined to arrive at a more sensible and mindful approach to learning about and analyzing the world around us. Because most of us Loggers are so deeply afraid to move beyond the amiable code of behavior that orientation lays out for us, this process often goes awry before either side has a chance to benefit. I speak from experience when I say that a comment beginning with,

“I’m afraid I have to disagree with that point,” usually serves to offend the original speaker and cause the rest of the room to fall into a silence thick with the judgment that I have only pointed out a fault in another student’s reasoning to appear better in the eyes of my professor. Certainly other students would thoroughly disagree with me and would be able to present personal testimonies that completely tear apart this argument. I say this to recognize the fact that this is a great simplification of a multi-faceted matter. Still, in more cases than not, I have found that my argument holds up. This issue is especially frightening when considered in the long term. Our education here intends to prepare us to be responsible citizens and sources of goodness in the outside world for the rest of our lives, not just the four years we spend here. If we do not learn to be wholly thoughtful in this place, where will we? Our campus would be better off if we were to leave this institutionalized agreeableness behind and adopt a more honest approach to discussing diverging viewpoints. Such a change would, by no means, proscribe respect in the classroom and it would allow for a more worthwhile and deeply personal education of the entire student, the ultimate goal of any liberal arts institution.

Life is a test of balance. To lead healthy lives as individuals and as a society, there are a remarkable number of elements to incorporate into our lives to ensure a healthy understanding of ourselves, our surroundings, and the logical reasoning of our perpetrations. What has become clear over the past decades is that when times are tough, when the world is faced with problems, we turn to the scientists and mathematicians and businessmen to fix our economy, environment and futures, giving us the sense of security for which we have come to long and expect. It is the arts we come to ignore. The first reaction of many people seems to be a sympathetic apathy. A shake of the head, a “that’s a shame” and not a whole lot else. But in times of crisis, it is the arts that give a perspective unlike anything else. Paintings, music, theatre and stories are the things that teach us about what’s important, ask the important questions and make us think. Math, science, economics and business are not only incomplete without an understanding of the importance of the arts, but dangerous as well. The arts are what bind us together as humans, destroying the barriers caused by language and distance to show us our similarities. Not only that, the arts allow us to treasure our differences. Sans the arts, we produce atomic bombs, Milton Freidman’s shock doctrine where profit and the free market drive all aspects of life, China’s sweatshop culture and so much more. I find the understanding of the importance of art to be synonymous with the understanding of all living things. It is a perspective that simplifies our wants and needs,

making the right and wrong decisions easier to see. What worries me is where our arts are going. All over the country they seem to be disappearing. In Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, he stated on more than one occasion the importance of a math and science in education. Additionally, Exxon Mobil is currently running a commercial for no purpose other than to stress these studies. The first step to helping our world, even in the fields of math and science, is to first understand why it is we study and innovate in the places we do. What is our motivation in the world? Is it to make money? To make weapons? To predict the future? Are these things good for us? The answer can be and has been an emphatic no. Yet, because we are so obsessed with progress for progress sake, we don’t see it. We lack the state of mind and control to say that we can do this but we don’t need to. All around us, jazz clubs are closing. Galleries are diminishing. Museums are becoming desolate. A student’s chances of enrolling in one of the limited visual arts classes at Puget Sound are slim to none, unless one is an art major. The advantages of the arts are hard to defend because we benefit from them on a personal level. Only indirectly do we see the greater worth of the arts. But when progress in the core subjects lack an understanding of the human condition, our morals, judgments and ethics become muddled as they conflict with advancement in each field. We get that understanding through expression; creative expression of feelings, thoughts and events that don’t have definitive words or numbers to explain them. It is the artists that will save our world. It is the artists that will teach the citizenry how to use all the marvels of modern day technology and education to truly help our world back on its feet. It is those starving artists that will one day make sure we have all had our fill.



February 19, 2010

The Puget Sound Trail

Letters to THE Editor

Hey You threatens campus safety Dear Editor/Hey You Editor: It has come to my attention that a certain derogatory, incendiary remark made it into this week’s “Hey You”s in The Trail. Like many students, I tend to only read the “Hey You” section of the Trail because I don’t have time for much else and frankly, most of your articles don’t appeal to me. The “Hey You”s are there to make me smile, make me shake my head and laugh with or at someone who is usually vaguely mentioned. Part of the reason that I can laugh at “Hey You”s about jerk ex-boyfriends or crazy girls who eat chalk (these are just examples) is that the person is not singled out by name or in too much of a way that identifies and shames them publicly. Sure, the class might be mentioned and some people might get an inside har-de-har out of it because they also know the person, but specific people aren’t put up for campus-wide mud-slinging. Now, I must put forth that I support free speech. Too much censorship carves the freedom out of our thoughts and the words we share... but not enough can do just as much damage. Thus, I have come here to say this: Who the hell cleared that Godawful remark for publishing?! Are you people fucking incompetent?! We really put ourselves out there on those posters and we are identifiable because we are going to be on-stage in public performances. Yes, we understood that we would in fact be identifiable, and that in itself was a risk we took. Yes, we understood that some people would laugh at the posters and dislike them. I find it reasonable that we did not think that inappropriate, misogynistic comments would be broadcast around a college campus by none other than OUR SCHOOL’S OWN NEWSPAPER. Clearly we have overestimated your and the comment’s authors’ ability to act like mature, intelligent adults

in possession of common sense. Whichever one of you shit-forbrains authorized this comment’s publication needs to offer up a public apology about the publishing of that remark, mainly because it is rude and inappropriate, but also because it has singled out AN ENTIRE GROUP OF PEOPLE. You don’t allow people to post names in “Hey You”s, but let’s cut the bullshit here-that’s exactly what you did. Let me put it this way: the girls participating in the Vagina Monologues this year are, in my opinion, reasonable, stable people who do not have major body issues. But what if someone did? What if some girl actually felt so burned by the remark after having put herself out there that she killed herself? I guarantee that would be the end of the Trail. Maybe next time you should pull your head(s) out of your ass(es) and proofread the page BEFORE running it. Kindly Go Fuck Yourselves, Elle Vargas

You fail, Trail Dear Editor, In your explanation on the requirements for sending a letter to the editor you state that you will not print or edit “material that is considered to be offensive, as determined by The Trail style guide.” So, I’m curious to find out if this “Trail style guide” includes provisions on Sexism? Everyone is entitled to their opinion and to share it, but, as a Newspaper and a figurehead to the University of Puget Sound, The Trail retains higher standards for what it decides to print. In this case, The Trail has once again failed at maintaining its integrity and - for that matter - quality. Printing a simple “Hey You” that expresses someone’s opinion is okay as long as that opinion is tempered down. However, when an opinion openly states that the writer was “objectifying women” then a flag must go off. The writer did not stop there. He (as they openly expressed themselves as male) admitted to sup-

porting the myth that only skinny women are beautiful; I’m under the impression that all women (and for that matter, everyone) is beautiful. By printing this, The Trail has cut off a large amount of its readership by supporting misogynistic belief systems. Every editor has failed at the Trail for this matter, and calling it an “oversight” will not suffice. No apology can forgive The Trail for printing something anti-women, anti-beauty, anti-human. You have failed, Trail. Elliott Sawyer

Trail violates Hey You policy To whom it may concern: The most recent publication of The Trail brought a large concern to my attention. In the Hey You section, there was a particular comment that stated “Hey You, Vagina Monologues, I think you contradicted your feminist cause with those naked posters. Certain parts of my male body can’t stop objectifying women, but don’t worry it didn’t react to the fatties.” I won’t address the author of this comment, as whoever it is is far too thoughtless and misogynistic. However, your newspaper states at the very top of the Hey You page that “The Trail will never publish Hey Yous that explicitly refer to individuals or groups or make drug and alcohol references.” The comment made was, in most people’s opinion, incredibly explicit and, obviously, refers to a group of people — 21 beautiful and brave women, to be exact. Although I support free speech and I believe that the Hey You section adds a lot to the school paper, derogatory remarks are, as your paper states, against the policy of the paper and, I believe, this University. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom of consequence. This comment is sexual harassment and therefore, I am demanding that you write a formal apology to the 21 women in those posters, the 44 women in the cast, and the campus community. I look forward to the next edition of the paper. Ariel Downs

LETTER FROM THE Editor Dear readers, Last week, The Trail published a Hey You that was upsetting, angering and hurtful to some of our readers. I wish to offer sincere apologies to the students who were identified and hurt by the “Hey You,” and to those readers who were offended by its publication. The editors of The Trail spend many hours each week preparing and proofreading all sections of each issue, but the content of the Hey Yous is reader-driven. As an editor it is difficult to predict the entire scope of reactions that content may spark in our readers, and it is sometimes difficult to judge how much information is really enough to identify individuals in the Hey Yous. For this reason eliminating the Hey You section has been a topic of consideration for several years. The editors of The Trail are acutely conscious of the fact that the Hey You section is one of the most popular sections in the newspaper and I have opted to include the section this year in an effort to respond to reader demand. The attitudes and opinions pre-

sented in the Hey You section are not representative of The Trail or its editors. The Hey You section has always existed exclusively to serve as a forum for student opinion and individual expression. However, clearly the inclusion of this Hey You represents a policy oversight that was harmful to some members of our community. While it has been suggested that oversight is too mild of a term to describe the inclusion of this particular Hey You, an oversight is exactly what it was. The clearance of the Hey You in mention was not malicious, nor did it in any way reflect support by The Trail or its editors for the opinions the Hey You contained. The Trail is funded directly by Puget Sound students through the Associated Students of the University of Puget Sound. As such, The Trail has an obligation to represent student opinion on campus. Selective censorship of Hey Yous based on their tone or the opinions they reflect does not align with the fulfillment of this goal. However, The Trail does not exist to provide space for the alienation or harassment of

members of our community. The Trail has taken its Hey You policy under immediate review. Our Hey You policy has been, as many readers have identified, ambiguous, subjective, and inconsistently defined and upheld. One solution may be to change the wording of the existing policy to only exclude Hey Yous that directly name individuals. Another solution may be to remove the Hey You section entirely. The Trail welcomes student involvement in this process, either via e-mail or through attendance at open Media Board meetings, Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. at the Media House. To the individuals who took the time to write letters to the editor or to express their concerns directly to The Trail through other means, your feedback is much appreciated. While as reporters we strive to be as omniscient as possible, your vocal involvement gives us a clearer idea of how we can better serve our readership. Thank you for your loyalty. Sincerely, Merissa Moeller Editor-in-Chief

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Trail on Trial: Last week’s Hey You sparked passionate responses.

Hey Yous not official stance of The Trail By Zane Muller Hey You, horde of angry people condemning The Trail for the publication of a really nasty Hey You: calm down for a minute. The backlash against the paper itself is both overblown and misdirected. People attacking the editorial staff for a failure to uphold “journalistic standards” fail to realize that the Hey You page is not written by the paper, nor are the opinions expressed sanctioned by it. Let me make it clear that I am not defending the comment itself. It was crude, sexist and overtly malicious, and whoever submitted it probably did so out of a strong sense of personal shortcoming. Much of the criticism stems from the fact that the Hey You was targeted at a particular group. But that’s not unique; Hey Yous tend to have specific implications, and frequently do refer to groups outright. Check out last week’s Hey Yous directed at Sigma Chi, or Fox News, or “our Pi Phi Baby Angels.” These call-outs frequently are just as brutal and demeaning as the one about the posters. The fraternities and especially the sororities are antagonized on a weekly basis, and, to their credit, they by and large ignore it, and thus avoid dignifying it. It’s true that the comment about “The Vagina Monologues” was particularly cruel and malicious, especially considering the bodypositive message of the play itself and the real need to change many women’s negative self-image. But, fundamentally, people still have an equal right to express themselves, and an equal right to publish their views. These women did choose to be photographed nude and displayed on posters all over campus. To engage in such a bold, provocative expression of free speech and then to call for the censure of a comment because it offended people is bla-

tantly hypocritical. The Trail has predictably received a massive influx of correspondence, much of which would be most accurately described as hate mail. People are ironically resorting to personal attacks and name-calling, all, of course, in defense of peoples’ feelings. The editorial staff of The Trail happens to be made up of really nice, hardworking people who truly care about publishing a quality paper and who, frankly, do not deserve that kind of shit. When you allow hysterical people to dictate policy, you end up with Red Scares, witch trials and religious warfare. The people doing the condemning might want to consider that “The Vagina Monologues” is not generally associated with calm argumentation nor a particularly moderate political agenda, and that such a vitriolic reaction probably does more to undermine that agenda than promote it. The Hey You page is an important public forum, one that unites the campus by providing students with a public anonymity that allows them to say what they really mean. Groups should be fair game, since they play such an involved and public role in the student community. The Trail ought to have a policy in accordance with legal precedent — that speech which does not threaten or incite violence is protected. As deliberately cruel as the comment was, it was not explicitly threatening. Free press is a fundamental component of liberal democracy, and one that our university ought to promote. Sometimes, this means that peoples’ feelings will be hurt. But we should consider that if partisan outrage was always allowed to triumph over free speech, performance of “The Vagina Monologues” likely would have been banned, which would be a shame considering what a vibrant, impassioned performance I saw last weekend.

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Opinions contained herein do not necessarily reflect the views of The Trail staff, ASUPS, the University, or its Board of Trustees. Articles and letters in the Opinions section are printed at the discretion of the Trail editorial staff. The Trail reserves the right to refuse any letters submitted for publication. Letters to the editor will not be edited for grammar, spelling, or content, except in the case of material that is considered to be offensive, as determined by the Trail style guide. All letters to the editor must be signed and must have an e-mail address or phone number. Letters for publication the following Friday are due no later than Monday at noon and may be sent to: The Puget Sound Trail, 1095 Wheelock Student Center, Tacoma, WA 98416 or


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February 19, 2010

“HEY YOU,” hello sunshine but where the heck did winter go? “HEY YOU,” friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your beards. “HEY YOU,” don’t forget to vote in the ASUPS elections! This is your future and your school!

“HEY YOU,” creepy guy in O.Chem, stop being so creepy! “HEY YOU,” debate tournament jerks, thanks for kicking me out of the room in Jones after I cleared the chairs out of the way for my rehearsal!

G rizz List Submit your posts to:

Want to submit a Hey You? E-mail or put one in the box in Diversions. The Hey You section exists to serve as a public forum for student expression. Hey Yous do not reflect the opinion of the Trail, its editors, ASUPS or the University. Our Hey You policy is currently under review. “HEY YOU,” Vag Mon basher, there’s a special place in hell for asses like you. Learn some respect. “HEY YOU,” asshole, what if your mother were on that poster... I bet that you would still get a chub. “HEY YOU,” Trail, I find it incredibly upsetting that you’ll print misogynistic comments about the Vagina Monologues and the representation of the female body. No wonder you’re such a failure. “HEY YOU,” big girls, you are beautiful!

many found that most men prefer curvaceous women? Sincerely, A “Fatty” “HEY YOU,” curvy girls, you aren’t fat or ugly. You are beautiful and you should never change the way you think about yourself because some loser calls you fat. “HEY YOU,” it would be great if you stopped allowing for the objectification of Alpha Phi as well. No woman deserves the treatment that you print in this section. “HEY YOU,” girls who live two blocks from campus and drive to school... are you serious? WTF. “HEY YOU,” former RDG president haters. You couldn’t have done half the job she did. She had more passion and sacrificed more for RDG than you ever could. “HEY YOU,” umm...cake please! “HEY YOU,” I’m Bunny Beachwood!

thing in the real world. It’s just fodder for your precious yet pointless self-congratulation that one person’s opinion temporarily challenged . “HEY YOU,” I’ll have the cake. “HEY YOU,” team – to quote Young Blood – I am obsessed with all of you. “HEY YOU,” two boys of the same name in Iran/Israel, you make learning Middle-East Politics so much more enjoyable (visually). “HEY YOU,” basketball player who is always on a laptop at the front desk of the gym, you are so gorgeous I just can’t stop staring. “HEY YOU,” seriosuly, if Avatar wins a ton of Oscars I’m gonna be super mad. “HEY YOU,” English professor, why do you look at me like I am dumb? I’m not! “HEY YOU,” cute guy playing chess in the Cellar, grow a pair and ask me out already. Check mate!

“HEY YOU,” one of the messages of the Vagina Monologues is to love yourself and be happy with who you are. The women who put themselves out there and posed for those posters are beautiful, confident, and inspirational women and they would make Eve Ensler proud.

“HEY YOU,” International Programs, I came in for help and walked out feeling helpless.

“HEY YOU,” America, keep winning gold medals and taking names in Vancouver!

“HEY YOU,” let’s play Mexican train this weekend.

“HEY YOU,” Did you know that studies in both Australia and Ger-

“HEY YOU,” I don’t think the Facebook group really achieves any-

“HEY YOU,” Oppenheimer Cafe, your new chairs are great, although it’s sad to see the old ones sitting out in the cold.


Your post should include a brief description, a category (Sale, Service or Event) and a campus e-mail address. We will run your ads for two weeks, but feel free to post them again.*

* We need your sales submissions and requests to get the Grizz List going again this semester.*

Sales: submit now! Services: submit now! Events: • Come to the Speed Read fundraiser for Pi Beta Phi’s literacy philanthropy during the half-time of the men’s basketball game on Saturday February 20th! Representatives from sports teams, greek houses, campus clubs and other organizations will be reading out loud as fast as possible. Come see this hilarious event and donate to support a great cause!

“This is a really cool thing! If you guys want to be cool like me, Grizz the Bear, then you should sell your stuff and buy new stuff.” —Grizz

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Fri-Sun: 12:45, *3:30, 6:15, 8:55 Mon-Thurs: 3:30, 6:15, 8:55

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The North American Thizzly Bear: Though they don’t generally attack humans, they have been known to cause problems for hikers, often replacing their water with Red Bull and their flashlights with glow-jewelry.

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la How Ya! Your fellow Logger, Rob Griswold is running for ASUPS President.  I am a Jr. IPE major and Econ and Music minor.  I believe that my work on campus will serve the student body well.  I am currently Greek Senator and briefly served as Senator-at-large.  I have been involved with IFC as a chapter representative and have sought out opportunities

for leadership since day one. As ASUPS President I would work closely with the school administration to achieve the plans of our clubs and student organizations.  Res Life, my time working for the Dean of Students office, and a brief stint on Union Board has given me the opportunity to develop a good rapport on a weekly basis with many of the individuals whom I would be in contact with as President.  I know many of you and look forward to meeting many more.  (Bear with me as I get names down though!)  ASUPS President is here for the students, not the other way around.  I hope that over these next few weeks of elections I can prove my dedication to this school and continue that energy throughout the year.  Our time here at Puget Sound goes fast and I hope that with your help I can make this next year one of the best!



ey there! I’m Savannah LaFerrière and I’m running for the position of ASUPS Vice-President.  I am Tacoma-born and -raised and I love everything about Puget Sound!  I am a sophomore in the Business Leadership Program and hold multiple leadership positions on campus.  I currently serve as a Senator-at-Large and the Liaison Director for the

ASUPS Senate and I am also a Resident Assistant in Seward Hall as well as the Director of Chapter Events for Alpha Phi. I believe that my campus involvement speaks to my dedication to the improvement of Puget Sound as a university, but also as a community.  I love that my role as an RA allows me to strengthen the bonds within my residence hall and that my position as Director of Chapter Events gives me the opportunity to plan events with other Greek houses to help facilitate close relations among the Greek community.  My time on senate has given me insight to the inner-workings of ASUPS and has shown me how integral the student government is to students at Puget Sound.   I am so excited by the prospect of being elected as ASUPS Vice-President and it’s time for all of us to get excited about our school and home!

Students can vote online at and at the tables in Mashall Hall between Tuesday and Friday. Polls will officially close on Friday, Feb. 26 at 6:00 p.m. • Monday, Feb. 22: Election speeches, Marshall Hall 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. • Tuesday, Feb. 23: Polls open at 9:00 a.m. • Friday, Feb. 26: Polls close at 6:00 p.m.

Karl Rothenbueler, Junior Senator

My name is Karlen Rothenbueler and I am running to be the Junior senator for next year. I am involved in many different aspects of campus life and as a result feel that I would be a good candidate to represent the junior class as a whole. I currently run varsity track, am a member of the Business Leadership Program, tutor with the etc. program, and am involved with Greek life. With the input from our class as well as my diverse background, I believe that if I am elected Junior senator we can make next year a successful one!

Matt Baldwin, Sophmore Senator



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an Miller began his freshman year as a resident on A/L 3rd floor and became involved as the President of RHA and as a sustainability assistant. His sophomore year, Dan became an RA in A/L and a mentor in the Kids Can Do program. He built a relationship with the school administration and learned how to use these connections to further the goals

of his fellow students. His junior year, Dan was promoted to RPA in T/P. As the RPA he has worked to emphasize students over strict adherence to policy. Although he began in Psychology and IPE, Dan is now a Politics and Government major with a minor in Spanish. Dan is known by all of his friends and residents as someone who is patient, trustworthy, and reliable.  In his three years at UPS, Dan has learned the value of each student and his or her ideas. Too many students find their activities and clubs hampered by the administration that is supposed to assist them and Dan has been working within Residence Life to improve support for students. Dan believes that every club and organization is important, from RDG to Rugby. Dan Miller will support every UPS student in their endeavors and looks forward to doing so as your next ASUPS President. It’s Miller Time!



lex is a junior double majoring in Math and Economics. He has been a member of the ASUPS Senate since being elected as a freshman senator.  He has served as the Pro-Tempore for two terms and during this time finished the first successful Senate Project Database and served as a mentor to many Senators as they learned how to more effectively make their

ideas a reality. He has worked closely with the administration throughout his time as a Senator and is recognized as one of the most experienced Senators in ASUPS.  Alex has been fighting for projects that make our school more energy efficient and is committed to making our school as efficient as possible in this respect. Alex’s main goal for his time here at UPS is to make the school as energy efficient as possible but he is also committed to making ASUPS more accessible and relatable to the student body.  Due to his experience, Alex knows the ins and outs of ASUPS.  He is an expert on the protocols and traditions that comprise the job of the Vice-President. Alex has served on the Finance Committee for two terms and knows what works and what does not work when it comes to our school’s finances.  Alex is ready to serve our school in the best way he knows how.  Go with the Fro! Activities:  Soccer, Biology and Chemistry, hanging out in Harrington  Major: Biology/Pre-Med I am looking forward to stepping into a leadership role here at UPS.  My goal is to satisfy the needs and wants of the students of Puget Sound.  I am more than willing to put in the necessary hours to make this happen.  I have no student government experience, but I do have the personal drive to make a difference.  I believe the best leaders lead by example.

Adam Guzek, Senator My name is Adam Guzek, and I am very enthusiastic about our student body and the opportunity to represent them through ASUPS! I think that I would be great at representing the student body because I am currently involved in a diverse collection of on-campus groups and activities. Some of these include the University Wind Ensemble, Greek Life, Peer Board, ASUPS committees past and

present, in addition to being a Resident Assistant in the Todd/Phibbs dormitory. If elected to the ASUPS Senate, I would consider the views and opinions of a variety of Puget Sound students to the best of my ability. I have a strong interest in serving the campus community and making it better for all.

All student government statements were provided by the candidates themselves and do not reflect the opinions or writing of The Trail staff. Published statements are not intended to be an endorsement of a candidate by The Trail.

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February 19, 2010

Combat Zone

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The Combat Zone is intended as a satirical work. The views and opinions expressed by the Combat Zone do not necessarily reflect those of the Puget Sound Trail, ASUPS, concerned parties or the University of Puget Sound. Please submit compliments or complaints in the form of letters to the editor.

Students gear up for another week of avoiding eye contact with tablers By MALLORY TAPLIN A college campus is a place full of ideas. With a constant influx of academic and extracurricular stimulation, students’ minds are always brimming with new interests.  When enough of those sync up a club is often formed, but for many this is easier said than done. In order to locate and draw in comrades, many resort to tabling at Wheelock Student Center — to the utter dismay of the greater campus community. While a select few do fall for the tablers’ candy traps and fancy trifold display boards, the vast majority of students appear to have learned valuable techniques to avoid interaction with the succubus-like recruiters. One such student is Martin Taylor, a sophomore from Madison, Wis.  Taylor learned his lesson the hard way. “Last year, I was just a bright-eyed freshman looking for ways to fit in.  So, one day while I was putting my lunch tray in the cleaning rack I noticed some really nice looking people sitting at a table. I was drawn like a moth to a flame.  They offered me candy and a t-shirt just to write down my name and favorite time of day. Next thing I knew I was sitting in a strange bus decorated with a blatant array of ethnically diverse children while a strange woman sucked blood out of my arm into a bag!” Taylor explained. As horrific as it is, Taylor’s tale is not uncommon.  In fact, nearly 83 percent of the student body reports having been culled into some form of involuntary activity as a result of interaction with the tablers.  Such activities range from the aforementioned bloodletting to joining strange brotherhoods that live and


Watch Out: Tablers in the S.U.B. use your guilt for their gains. drink together in giant houses with a single governing principle known as, “dude, no homo.” In at least one extreme case, one student purportedly wound up in the Marines after accidentally dropping his spoon under an armed forces table. There have been some underground efforts among students to distribute blinders similar to those race horses use to aid the student body. Unfortunately, those promoting the blinders have done so in the S.U.B., where students have forcefully ignored them, not knowing that they were missing out on something good. All in all, it is a vicious cycle.  Based on recent polls, the following appear to be the most popular methods of avoidance: 1) Pretend to be very interested

in something in the distance, such as a sign or an imaginary friend who is waving at you. 2) Check your cell phone, if only to admire the pre-set background image. 3) Check your wristwatch, or if you don’t have one, just check your wrist and then throw your hands up and laugh as if you just goofed yourself big time. 4) As a final resort, you can always just run. Try to do it with purpose, as if you are late for class or forgot your pants at home. 5) Don’t eat anymore. You may die, but at least you’ll have your dignity. This list is by no means exhaustive, and students will surely be employing myriad other techniques to cope with this week’s onslaught of guilt.

Luger’s death just one more reason to hate Canada By ROB WILLIAMSON Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died in a horrific crash during an Olympic training run last Friday. The crash comes after much criticism and doubt about the safety of the Olympic luge track at the Whistler Sliding Center in Vancouver, British Columbia. The track is one of the fastest in the world and, as it turns out, one of the most dangerous as well. The crash does not bode well for the notoriously bad country as Canada hosts its second winter Olympics. “Their Olympic debut in 1988 just sucked,” said Grogel Maepps, International Olympic Committee President of Location Selection. “They had been begging me to give

them another shot, and like an idiot I gave it to them, and look what happened. I have finally been convinced that Canada really is as shitty as everyone says. Now we’re just gonna have to bleach the ice and put up a wall or something. I have better things to do!” This latest event adds to the laundry list of reasons why Canada is at the bottom of every list of world nations. Canada first started its slow descent to the position of worst country in the world when people realized how cold it is there. After that came bear and moose attacks, as well as Celine Dion. Canada’s neutrality has increased animosity. “They can’t choose a side on anything. God!” said James Reich, writer of the blog “They Don’t Even De-

serve to Be Called Canada.” “They let everybody else do everything. They rely on the United States. They are a parasitic entity that can only survive if it sucks the life out of another country.” Universal health care was praised as a path toward making Canada better; however, as long lines in emergency rooms and a lack of Canadian based pharmaceutical companies became the norm, the idealized bubble was burst. The possible decriminalization of marijuana also held promise, but as it turns out their laws really aren’t that different from the United States. People should think long and hard before going to Canada, because the odds are that wherever you already are is much better.

Local drug dealer attempts classic ‘Whoever smelt it dealt it’ defense By RICKY LeBLANC In a court case that could easily extend for several months, alleged drug dealer Tex Lando is pulling out all the classic defensive maneuvers to avoid serious jail time. His defense rests squarely on the shoulders of the seldom used “Whoever Smelt it Dealt it” defense, first established in the infamous Cheech and Chong vs. Wade Roeson case of 1989. When the court was last in session the arresting officer, Sergeant Craig Bristow, testified to locating the cache of drugs hidden in the couch cushions by feel, and not by the overwhelming stench of the narcotics. The defense attorney, however, seemed confident in his allegation that Sgt. Bristow actually used his sense of smell to discover the drugs. If the defense is able to positively link Sgt. Bristow’s discovery of the drugs due to smell, they may be able to convince the jury that Tex Lando is innocent on the grounds of his not having smelt the drugs, and therefore not having dealt the drugs. It is no surprise to the prosecution that the smelt-dealt connec-


Reality: Drugs smell like farts. tion could spell an acquittal, so they will probably spend the entirety of next week’s session in a desperate attempt to substantiate a denial on Lando’s part. If such an admission can be drawn from Lando, the prosecution may well turn the smelt-itdealt-it back on itself with a deniedit-supplied-it approach. At this point, the fate of Tex Lando is in the jury’s hands. It is very unlikely that he will be able to beat a denied-it-supplied-it offense, though all is not lost. In talks with the defense attorney, a last-ditch argument may be made through some sort of rhyme-based guilt classification. Though dubious, a whoevermade-the-rhyme-did-the-crime may just turn out to be Lando’s saving grace. Until the following weeks unfold, everything is simply too close to call.

Cupid accidentally shoots self in foot, develops foot fetish By DANIELLA CORGET As lovers nationwide begin to throw out their boxes of chocolates and stale flowers this week, several graduate students at California Institute of Technology are now looking into the startling absence of Cupid from this year’s Valentine’s Day celebrations. “All week, none of us could find him anywhere,” said Timothy Switzman, chair of the Mathematics department and longtime collector of baby posters and figurines. “Many of our students have relied heavily on Cupid’s assistance over the years, especially this late in the term when hygiene habits always start to drop off a bit. It was a huge disappointment when he didn’t show on Valentine’s Day, as many of our students who were planning on ‘totally getting laid this weekend’ had to make new plans.” Using several pounds of the latest electronic equipment and two iPads, Switzman and his team finally made a breakthrough when one of the students accidentally stumbled upon the little lost cherub late last night. “He was in the bathroom, locked in the furthest stall,” said Jonathon

Wallace, newest member of Switzman’s team and frequent visitor of the third-floor restroom. “I opened the door and he was sitting on the seat, shooting himself continually in the foot between sighs of ecstasy. When he opened his eyes and saw me, he screamed ‘Occupied!’ and I ran out of the room as fast as I could.” Switzman’s team was able to successfully capture and sedate America’s favorite god of love by going into the next stall over and seductively tapping their bare feet under the barrier. Cupid then bounced on the nearest foot and began rubbing himself against it aggressively until he was given a small dose of Nyquil and passed out. “We interviewed the little guy later and he apologized profusely and promised to be on time next year,” Switzman said. “Apparently a fly had landed on his toe around the beginning of February and his buddy dared him to shoot it off. He missed, of course, and developed a nasty appetite for feet, which we were thankfully able to push out of his mind by forcing him to watch this year’s Winter Olympics. He was so bored, he cried.” THE TRAIL/HALLIE BATEMAN



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Swim teams fall to Pirates in NWC championships By ZACK BANKS The Puget Sound Loggers men’s and women’s swim teams were once again upended by Whitworth this past weekend at the Northwest Conference championship meet in Federal Way, Wash. After both the men and women closed out the regular dual-meet season with losses to the Pirates, Whitworth continued to hold off the talented Loggers in the post-season as they rolled to men’s and women’s conference championships. The loss was particularly painful for the Logger women, as they fell short of repeating last year’s NWC championship. Although neither team could avenge their loss to Whitworth, both teams ended very strong with second place finishes. The Logger women ran away with second place with a total score of 753 points. Third place Lewis and Clark scored only 365 points. Whitworth captured the title by a 40 point margin, posting a final score of 793 points. The Logger men did not capture second place as easily as the women, as Whitman, who beat the Loggers by a mere point in a

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Not Finished: Jackson Kowalski will make another trip to nationals for his Logger career finale. 102-101 match on Jan. 29, was close behind. The Loggers posted a total of 611 points while Whitman totaled 607. Whitworth scored a total of 724.5 points on their way to victory. Puget Sound had several individual performances stand out this past weekend. Senior Jackson Kowalski (Keizer, Ore.) improved upon his already storied career as a Logger with a win in the 200-yard backstroke. Kowalski finished the race

with a time of 1:52.41, good enough to win by nearly seven seconds and set a B-cut qualifying mark. Kowalski was also a member of the second-place men’s 400-yard freestyle relay team. Kowalski, sophomores Christopher Daly (Boise, Idaho) and Adam Ganz (Cleveland, Ohio), and freshman Aleksander Jeremic (Skopje, Macedonia) finished second behind the powerful Whitworth team by just over two seconds.

On the women’s side, sophomore Cait Farry (Colorado Springs, Colo.) performed well in the 200-yard backstroke, taking second place behind Cat Menkel-Lawrence of Lewis and Clark. Farry finished with a time of 2:12.35. Whitworth hurt the Logger’s cause again in the women’s 100-yard freestyle race. The Pirate’s Jennifer Benson edged out senior Katie Barton (Boise, Idaho) by one hundredth of a second for the victory. Barton’s second place

time was 53.56. The Logger women also got a B-cut qualifying time of their own when freshman Tracy Wormwood (Elk River, Minn.) cruised to victory in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:23.12 At this point, the Loggers must wait and see if any of their qualifying times will be good enough to earn a spot in the 2010 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. which begin March 17. Kowalski’s performance at the NWC Championships will likely be good enough to send him to the national championship meet again. Kowalski competed on the 200 and 400-yard medley relay and 200 and 400-yard freestyle relay teams for the Loggers last year at the national championship meet at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. He also competed in the 100 yard butterfly and 200-yard backstroke, garnering Division III All-American honors in 2009. For this dynamic Logger senior, a trip to Minneapolis would be the only fitting way to end a tremendous career. For the rest of the team, men’s and women’s second place is nothing to hang their heads about.

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Climbing Mountains: Both tennis teams are looking to improve.

Tennis season underway By HANNAH CHASE As the spring sports season opens, fans and athletes alike hope for a successful year. For the varsity men and women’s tennis teams, this season will hopefully prove to be far stronger than the previous years. This season’s opening matches, however, have shown that there is still a long way to go. Last spring, the men’s tennis team got out of the cellar of the standings within the Northwest Conference, placing sixth with the posted record of 7-14. After going in to conference from a starting record of 0-8, the men’s team wishes to advance to conference in better shape and press forward in the rankings. They look to accomplish what, at this point, appears to be a difficult task. With the announcement of a new men’s tennis coach, there has been hope that the potential that the men’s team showed campus last season will lead to a successful spring. Newly appointed head coach Joe Holland has much to do if victory is to ensue but the relatively young team does provide for a good starting point for the road to victory. Holland has the coaching experience necessary to provide the new energy that will push the team to their limits and will cause for the program to be where it belongs. They want to be higher in the conference standings than sixth place. If this season’s opening matches are to represent the future success of the team, however, then Holland has much to do in terms of improving.

The season opener for the men’s team was Saturday, Feb. 13 and was a loss for the Loggers, posting an 8-1 loss to Whitworth. Hopefully this will not prove to be the start of a trend. The men will be away at Linfield on Friday, Feb. 19 and this game could be the deciding factor as to whether or not change is expected within the men’s tennis team. The season opener for the varsity women’s team also proved to be unsuccessful, posting a record of 7-2 against Willamette. This is representative of how the women’s team performed last spring. Last season the team was comprised of seven freshmen and the young team continued to play timidly throughout. This season, although seven of the 10 team members are seasoned Logger athletes, timidity is still the strongest trait that the team is portraying. Over the last week the women’s team lost to Linfield, Whitman and Whitworth, creating a trend that is in great need of being broken. Head coach and Director of Tennis Steve Bowen has much to do if he wishes to showcase the talent that the team has and create some breathing room for himself and his program. The Loggers will be home at the Memorial Field House Tennis Pavilion on Sat, Feb. 20 attempting to defeat the Willamette Bearcats as they face off for the second time this season. Hopefully, having played them once before this season, the team is prepared and ready to play aggressively.

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Safe?: Every person in the softball program has her work cut out for her during the 2010 season.

Softball opens up 2010 on road By VINCE GHIRINGHELLI

As softball season approaches, one strength the women on the fastpitch diamond won’t have is strength in numbers. For a program perennially strong in players, the women’s softball team will have to find a way to deal with the lack there of in the coming season. With only 13 women on the roster, any mishap could leave the entire program in a sticky situation. Only two substitutes are even available for use. In a schedule in which the conference weekend features two double-headers each day, the worn out rotator cuffs of sophomore Aryn Grause (Corvallis, Ore.) and junior Aureil Sperberg (Spanaway, Wash.) will become key down the stretch. How well they hold up will determine if the team collects wins or losses toward the end of the season. The Loggers were picked to finish sixth in the Northwest Conference in the coaches poll, which is the same place they finished last year with a 16-24 overall record and a 10-17 mark in NWC play. Though they return nearly their entire roster from the previous season, having only one senior creates a lack of experience at the top of the roster needed to be a formidable con-

tender. “I think that if we can stay healthy, we have a chance to compete,” head coach Jennifer Peterson said. “We were able to put up some great games against the top three last season and expect to do the same this year.” The upside to having a small roster this year will likely be reaped next year as the current squad will return extremely prepared to face the NWC schedule. Much like the baseball team last year, they will have growing pains before being set up for a strong showing in following season. “They are developing very quickly and able to develop the confidence necessary for the expectations and responsibilities of being impact players as young players,” Peterson said. Despite all the doubt surrounding the softball team, they have a lot of assets to be optimistic about. Their pitching will undoubtedly be stronger, as Grause and Sperberg carried most of the load in the year before and are prepared for strong campaigns. Besides Grause, there are three other sophomores who will be assuming big roles on the team. Catcher/Outfielder Anthea Aasen (Tacoma, Wash.) was seventh on

the team in batting average at .304 in 115 at bats after starting 37 games and playing in all 40, whereas catcher Megan Janes (Littleton, Colo.) started 38 games and gunned out 18 runners in 2009. Grause, like many of the players on the team, is more than just a one trick pony. Besides pitching, she started more than twenty games in the infield and hit just under .400. As a pitcher, she had a team-leading 3.53 era in 11 starts and a 3-6 record, second only to Sperberg’s 1116 record. For the most part, the Loggers will have to earn every win. With only a few teams looking to be in a worse position to start the year, they will have to prove themselves and likely go through some heavy ups and downs. The odds are against the Loggers. Peterson and her young team have their work cut out for them, but it doesn’t mean they cannot or will not succeed. “We have seen spurts already of some really great things on the field with our group and if we can continue our approach throughout the season, I think we will contend for a spot and put up some great competition against the top half,” Peterson said.



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Perseverance pays off for two basketball players By DAVID SKOLNIK Injuries are an unavoidable part of sports. This is a proven fact. However, most athletes never suffer from a serious injury, and they tell themselves that their love of the game would make it all worth it if it were to happen. Some athletes have to stare that moment in the face: the injury that makes them question their passion. The injury that could be career ending. The injury that makes them ask “Is it worth it?” For two Puget Sound basketball players, that moment happened last year. It was the injury that could have been the end of their time as a Logger athletes. Senior women’s basketball player Caitlyn Faidley tore her ACL last summer for the second time in 15 months. She was told she would likely miss all of her senior season with recovery time needed.

Senior men’s basketball player Conner Gehring ruptured his Achilles tendon around the same time Faidley injured her knee. They were both given the same timetable for recovery: six to nine months of intense rehabilitation. “The rehab process is really slow. The first few weeks are limited to things like leg raises and toe tapping. It took about six weeks before I could walk without a brace,” Faidley said. “I not only had to teach myself how to walk again, but the muscles in my leg had atrophied so a huge part of my rehab was strengthening what muscle I had left.” Gehring agreed about the brutality of the early stages of rehab. “It was slow at first because it had to heal. It wasn’t until about eight weeks later that I could start walking and do some real strengthening.” For Faidley, there was never a moment where she thought of giv-

ing up. “I knew right away what I had done to my knee and the recovery that was in front of me, but I never wanted to give up. I have yet to complete an entire season in my career, but I love the sport so much I will keep trying to play until I am confronted by a reason to stop.” Gehring struggled with doubt after the initial injury but it didn’t take long before he figured out what he wanted to do with himself. “I didn’t know if I really wanted to try and come back or not. But after really thinking about it and weighing the pros and cons, I decided I could not give up. I knew that coming back was going to be my full commitment.” As hard as rehab is, it would be impossible for anyone to recovery from injuries like these without both internal motivation and motivation from those around them. “Knowing it was my last year to

compete at a serious level of basketball, which I suppose is love of the game, and wanting to be out on the court with my teammates is what pushed me to come back as soon as possible,” Gehring said. During Faidley’s recovery, she knew she had to have a sense of purpose. “I felt that my purpose on this team has nothing to do with stats or minutes, but just being part of the team. My teammates have been so patient and supportive, and my family and boyfriend are two of the most influential parts of my recovery. They constantly remind me that life is not easy and that it is how we overcome difficulties is often what defines us as a person.” Both players have now rejoined their teams on the court. After all they’ve been through, each used the same word to describe that first step back onto the court: amazing. “It felt so good to put in all that

work, get cleared, and be able to run up a down the court and play with my teammates. It was one of the best feelings and experiences I’ve ever had,” Gehring said. It is likely that most people will never have to experience the pain of these injuries or the mental and physical brutality of rehab. On the other hand, most will never know the joy that comes from stepping back onto the court for the first time. But for anyone who is faced with a situation that makes them want to give up, be it in athletics or any other part of life, their perspective can be altered by looking at what allowed Faidley and Gehring to persevere. They took on what they could and were proud to be chosen to fight the battle. Their story is an inspiration to all that is Logger athletics and instills a sense of pride in those who call themselves a part of the Puget Sound community.

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Return Trip: Left: Conner Gehring defends a George Fox player. Right: Caitlyn Faidley holds triple-threat in a 2009 game. Faidley made her 2010 debut last Friday.

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S pring re - o pening o f farmers markets


February 19, 2010

“Up in the Air” almost deserves all Hollywood reviewer hype By RYAN ELLIOTT


Variety: Each of the Tacoma Farmers Markets offer a wide selection of local goods to be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Farmers Markets valuable in Tacoma By SID GAINES


here is nothing better than interacting directly with the farmers and purveyors of food who have an intimate connection with the production process. Its “going local” at its most basic level: how we eat. Tacoma, being a relatively small city, still has a wide range of opportunities to “go local” when it comes to shopping for your food. Nothing comparable to the Pike Place Market, Seattle’s waterfront gem rivaled for its magnitude across the country, but there are many markets to help you have a better understanding of your food. Here are a few tips on how to get the best possible produce and make the monotonous chore of grocery shopping enlightening and fun. The vendors at the Tacoma Farmers Markets are only Washington state vendors, so you know that what you are buying is close to home. With markets on 6th and Pine, Proctor and at the Tacoma Dome, the choices can be often overwhelming.

PRESS RELEASE: “ECHO,” STUDENT PRODUCED PLAY: Echo, a play written by Puget Sound senior Matthew Jackson, explores Iraqi war veteran Mark’s return from the war and entry back into his “normal” life. Focusing on Mark’s family life, and intensely character driven, Echo gives audience members an intimate look at the relationships, both past and present that drive his ability to relate and respond to the world around him. Echo gives audiences a moving and emotional look at an Iraqi war vet’s re-entry into his old life, where everything is the same, and yet bewilderingly different. Echo is not only a thought provoking and moving piece of theatre, but also a look at new student theatre at its best. Echo will be performed February 19 and 20 at 5:00 in Rausch Auditorium. Cost of admission is $3.00. All proceeds will be donated in support of the Veteran’s Association. Courtesy of Ella Wrenn, Director

The first one that will be opening is the Proctor’s Farmers Market, starting on March 27, from 9am-2pm, and open every Saturday thereafter. With meats, cheese, fruits and vegetables aplenty, I recommend doing a little research about what is in season at the time you go. A monthly produce calendar provides a quick view of what is newly in season, what is at peak freshness and what is winding down. Print out a copy and take it to the market with you. The most valuable asset you will have in making your market experience one of cultural immersion is the vendors themselves. They are passionate about the products they are selling, with no Marxian separation from production here, and that provides you, as a buyer, with valuable information about your food. If you approach a vendor stand and see something that looks good, ask about it. What is this? How would you recommend preparing it? Steam or sauté? What should I pair it with? They will admire your curiosity in making their product into something edible. Moreover,


Fresh: Tacoma looks forward to when the market re-opens in March. this is the best way to get the most out of your local ingredients. Lastly, I would recommend going not only as a buyer of produce, but also as a spectator, especially if you don’t have the cash flow. Markets and local produce are slowly becoming the norm as people desire a closer connection with what they eat. “Farm to Table” res-

taurants are popping up everywhere, from the Pacific Northwest to the East Coast. It’s a different process that highlights new cultural values at work. So, even if you aren’t an avid chef in search of the best ingredients for your Cobb Salad, just go to take in the cultural phenomenon that is sweeping the nation.

Sackman merges gap between American history and lives of those who created it By JENNY TATE University of Puget Sound Professor of History, Douglas Sackman, recently published “Wild Men: Ishi and Kroeber in the Wilderness of Modern America” as part of the book series, “New Narratives in American History,” which aims at putting the story back into history. According to Sackman, “Wild Men” is in some ways two books in one. The first tale deals with the relationship between two men: Alfred Kroeber, an anthropologist whose livelihood was built upon seeing what makes people “tick,” and Ishi, a Native American man “discovered” in northern California a century ago, who for a long time was thought to be the last man of his Yahi tribe. Ishi, one of a small band of Native Americans that had survived the onslaught of violence following the gold rush in California and taken refuge in remote canyons for approximately 40 years, suddenly finds himself entering modern America.


Historical: “Wild Men” features two men living over a century ago. Sackman marks Ishi’s story as one of survival, noting the ways in which he was able to adapt to a modern age, using discarded beer bottles to make arrowheads when obsidian was scarce. The second story regards the

American public’s fascination with Ishi. Facing an age of urbanization, many people began to feel nostalgia for the past and were drawn to the idea of wildness that Ishi represented for them. In their longing for something authentic, Ishi became a symbol of a world they had lost. During previous research, Sackman had taken note of the frequent objectification of natives by anthropologists. Much of what drew him to this particular story was the idea of turning this gaze around and discovering how the anthropologist appeared to the native people he studied. Sackman discovered that teaching Native American history classes at Puget Sound complemented the process of writing this book, which formed a synergy between teaching and writing. Sackman is also the author of the award-winning “Orange Empire: California and the Fruits of Eden.” He is currently working on more projects and is the editor of a book to debut in the near future.

Jason Reitman, director of past successes “Thank You For Smoking” and “Juno,” brings us another film that has already made a critical splash. While not quite as perfect as the award-show buzz makes it out to be, “Up in the Air” isn’t much worse. Despite a shaky start, its endearing tale of romance and self-discovery displays some technical brilliance alongside a well-woven script. “Up in the Air” follows Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), a self-professed travel addict whose job of kindly firing people in place of their craven bosses allows him to satisfy his passion for globe-trotting. Bingham’s mobile lifestyle is threatened, however, when a visionary (Anna Kendrick) in his company proposes a new method of firing—which would have agents break the news over video chats rather than in person, thus cutting travel expenses and, Bingham notes, the humanity from the practice. Also threatened by his company’s impending policy-shift is the budding relationship between Bingham and businesswoman Alex (Vera Farmiga), who he meets by chance and only gets to see when the two happen to cross paths during work trips. This last bit becomes the main focus of the film. Beginning with an opening credits sequence whose only function is to imbue the film with a trendy vibe akin to the one saturating “Juno,” “Up in the Air” sees some turbulence in the first half-hour. Clooney’s character delivers dialogue that feels more like arranged one-liners than organic responses, moments of frantic editing clash with an otherwise calm pacing, and green actress Anna Kendrick’s inexperience glares beside her better peers. These concerns largely disappear after the plot’s exposition relinquishes the wheel and lets its characters do the driving. After that, it’s a smooth ride, with some excellent conversations and transcendent cinematography that send “Up in the Air’s” love story straight into the hearts of the audience.


Turbulence: Despite the excitement, “Up in the Air” has only some great scenes, which makes it a rocky film.

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Tacoma’s EnviroHouse features sustainable art from local artists


February 19, 2010

Fibers, Etc. : A great place to find any yarn you’re looking for By IDA POBEREZOVSKY

Geared: This recycled clock is made completely of bicycle parts.

By MELANIE REIFF The City of Tacoma EnviroHouse, located at the city landfill, is a permanent model house featuring all green building and natural materials and landscaping. Started at the Pierce County Fair as the Pierce County Greenhouse, the EnviroHouse is an all-sustainable structure using recycled and reusable materials. The EnviroHouse was initially intended to be a demonstration unit, showing people how they can be more sustainable at home. Room by room, the house features eco-friendly materials and products.  Along with each feature, there is a helpful blurb explaining why each material or product is beneficial to the environment. Highlights include the rapid renewable wood counter tops and floors, specifically the cork and bamboo flooring. The exterior of the house features green landscaping and an irrigation system which focuses on using water wisely and planting the right plants in the right places in order to get the most use out of the plants and water. The EnviroHouse is also home to

a yearlong art show featuring different local artists. The current exhibit, running until April 25, features artists Pierce Elaine Davis, Jenny Fillius and Leo Schmidt. All of the artwork featured is made from more than 95 percent salvaged material.  The pieces by Pierce Elaine Davis are made from cardboard that she finds, shapes into boxes and then covers in recycled paper.  The boxes are made from reusable material and are held together with wheat paste.  Jenny Fillius’ works are made from reusing metal containers and reconfiguring them. A particularly unique piece entitled “Rearrangeable Flower Arrangement” features magnetic flowers and birds that can be rearranged on the composition. The pieces by Leo Schmidt are all made from bike parts.  All of his works have practical uses.  In his collection are several clocks, lamps and mirrors. The Live Green Challenge, running throughout the month of February at the University of Puget Sound, has focused on many aspects of sustainability that the EnviroHouse highlights.  One important sustainable mea-

Robotic: This exhibition is made of reassembled metal containers.


Talent: Artists of the works at the EnviroHouse have made art out of ordinary materials. The pieces are displayed until April 25. sure is more efficient water use. As a part of the Live Green Challenge, a week is dedicated to water conservation. The last week of February will feature a lecture by Professor Barry Goldstein on the importance of water, and Tacoma Public Utilities, Tacoma Water, will be at the University to give water conservation tips. The EnviroHouse features lowflush toilets and showerheads that

use as little as 1.5 gallons of water. The EnviroHouse is also giving out shower timers, which have shown up in many dorms on campus as a part of the Live Green Challenge to remind students to take shorter showers in order to conserve water. The EnviroHouse is open Wednesday through Sunday and offers guided tours and information on how to live more sustainably. 

Final season possibilities intrigue ‘Lost’ fans By DAVID LEV If you have never heard of “Lost” (having been living under a rock, or possibly in space, for the last five years), or were one of those people who was too intimidated by the show’s bizarre and complicated plot to get started on it, the following may mean nothing to you. To the rest of you: this next season is going to be the last one, and the show’s producers have promised to tie up all the loose ends and explain all of the mysteries. It therefore should be heavily anticipated by fans eager to finally know what’s going on. Given the show’s reputation for having a plot as Byzantine as it is weird, tying up the loose ends might be a challenge. But looking back on how the story has unfolded, there is less to wrap up than the casual viewer might imagine. The first few seasons introduced us to the characters pretty definitively, and the previous season explained everything that really needed to be explained about the


Finale: The captivating series “Lost” will end this season. Dharma Initiative, the scientific organization that had lived on the island that is the setting for the TV show. All that really needs to be explained now is the menacing Black Smoke, which has appeared every so often since the first season, and the native people of the island, known as the Others. In the first two episodes of the

final season, it seems the story is diving into these two big mysteries, revealing that the Black Smoke appears to be a Satanic force in opposition to the equally mysterious and godlike Jacob (Mark Pellegrino), who was killed off at the end of last season; the show has also introduced us to another band of Others, this one residing in a stone temple on the island and commanded by a Japanese man named Dogen (Hiroyuki Sanada) and his translator, Lennon (John Hawkes). This seems an interesting diversion rather than a pointless detour. Another new element is how the story is now divided into two parallel tales. In the previous season the main cast, trapped in the past, attempted to detonate a nuclear bomb on the island to prevent their plane from crashing on it. The effect of this was to segregate the story into two parts: one where this plan worked, and the plane that all of the characters were on landed safely in Los Angeles, and one where it didn’t, instead rocketing all of the characters back to the

present day. It’s an interesting idea, and offers a comparison between the characters after their various ordeals on the island and the same characters without five seasons of character development. I have every confidence that the plot to “Lost” will resolve itself satisfactorily by the time the series finishes. I look forward to what interesting new twists will show up in coming episodes, with the reintroduction of characters thought dead or gone and explanations for everything. I think, in a few years, the complexity and bizarreness of this story will be looked on in favor, as people will be able to see the big picture to the plot. Come see how it all ends, especially if you, like myself, have been a fanatical viewer since the very beginning. This season should be the payoff for all the investment its fans have put into it for the past five years.




Wandering around downtown Tacoma, questioning each turn we took, going down two wrong forks in the road — it all became worth it when our intricate Yahoo! Directions finally led us to where we’d wanted to go. On the corner of a tiny, sloping side street, embedded among what seemed to be back entrances, stood a small shop with large windows. Behind the windows were overflowing piles of yarn stretching to the ceiling; a treasure trove of color and texture that one would never expect to be behind such a dull gray door. The shop was closed, it seemed; we banged on the windows a few times and began to lose hope. As we were leaving, suddenly the heavy metal door opened behind us, and a gray-haired woman asked, “Can I help you with anything?” We smiled brightly, trying to cover up how much we seemed like rain-soaked, window-bashing neighborhood hoodlums and asked if the store was open. The woman said that technically, the store was closed, but since she was still here, she could let us inside. That was our first introduction to the personal touch at Fibers, Etc., a knitting supply store. The woman toured us through the maze of yarn stacks as we ‘ooh’ed and ‘aah’ed at the incredible colors. Never had something like a skein of yarn recalled such vivid images in my mind: I saw the pearlescent undersides of mussel shells, schools of glowing fish swimming along the depths of the oceans. Many of the skeins are hand-dyed, and the delicate handiwork truly showed. The store was a feast for the eyes. Examples of knitwear are displayed around the store, and I immediately honed in on one that I liked. The woman herself had made it and helped me pick out yarn and needles, even throwing in her pattern for free with my purchase. The buy was not necessarily kind to my wallet — each skein cost me about ten dollars, and I’d chosen some of the cheaper options — but it has definitely proven to be worth it. The woman gave me the confidence and tools needed so that I didn’t have to, for fear of screwing up anything more advanced, stick to making a scarf for the umpteenth time.

Haven: Fibers, Etc. is located at 705 Court C./Opera Alley.

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