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WSU Vancouver adds neuroscience major

Story on page 5

Study of human brain and behavior expected to draw students

Think before you withdraw

The rumor mill

Show me the money Why some students are worried about financial aid. Story on page 4

August 20, 2012

Is WSU Vancouver going residential? Will Vancouver become the main WSU campus? Story on page 5

New policy could change your plan to drop classes. Story on page 5


Issue 1 · Volume 19

Welcome back, Cougs! A special issue of The VanCougar featuring a student-to-student guide to campus

A welcome from our new chancellor on page 8

PHOTO | New Cougars learn to ROAR!

Photo by Cyndie Meyer

Students welcoming students

Got questions? Ask the Cougs in blue By MARGARITA TOPAl, The VanCougar Enthusiastic students, staff and faculty dressed in bright blue Week of Welcome t-shirts are hard to miss the first week of school. Student greeters wait under the Week of Welcome canopy to help fellow students find their way around campus and to answer questions that often arise during the first week of school each semester.

Fifty shades of… what? ‘Hey! That’s our school!’


By LUCAS WISEMAN, The VanCougar “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the summer’s bestselling novel by E.L. James, has a surprising relationship to WSU Vancouver. The book follows the adventures of Anastasia Steel, a senior at WSU Vancouver. When Steel’s roommate, a reporter for The VanCougar, falls ill, Steel steps in to interview Christian Grey, billionaire businessman. Steel drives to Seattle for the interview, and a relationship between Steel and Grey commences. The book’s controversial reception stems from its erotic scenes featuring an emphasis on bondage and dominance. The small matter of WSU Vancouver being the initial setting led to a flurry of media attention for Brenda Alling, director of marketing and communications at WSU Vancouver. While the average student may not know Alling by name, they are most certainly familiar with her work. Among other things, she runs the school’s website and

puts ads on the sides of buses, billboards and newspapers around Vancouver. Alling said “Fifty Shades of Grey” had an almost daily impact on her work at one point during the summer. She was interviewed by reporters from KATU, KOIN, The Columbian and even People magazine concerning the relationship between the school and book. When asked why the book’s author selected WSU Vancouver as the protagonist’s school, Alling simply replied: “I don’t know.” Alling’s attempts to reach author E.L. James or the book’s publisher have been unsuccessful. “The impact ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is having on the school is difficult to determine at this early stage,” Alling said. Alling is amused by the book’s inaccuracies regarding the campus’ size and facilities. She has found a positive way to

‘“Fifty Shades” is on sale in The Bookie.

“Our goal is to help as many students as possible,” said Nancy Youlden, WSU Vancouver vice chancellor for student affairs and Week of Welcome advisor. “It is a very simple program that I think is very good for our campus.” Participating in the Week of Welcome are members of the Office of Student Involvement, ASWSUV student leaders, campus ambassadors and university faculty and staff. All wear the blue Week of Welcome t-shirt or an “Ask Me” button. One of the best places to find a student ambassador is at the “Ask Me” table under the blue Week of Welcome canopy. The “Ask Me” table is staffed throughout the day Monday through Thursday. WSU Vancouver initiated Week of Welcome last fall based on an idea that originated from a student’s comment. A new transfer student from Clark College said although people on the WSU Vancouver campus were nice, nothing stood out to make him feel particularly welcome during

See Week of Welcome on p.2

See ‘Fifty Shades’ on p. 6

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OSI requests new home for rec program Campus recreation program may move to the Annex next year Story and photos by MARGARITA TOPAL, The VanCougar


The Annex would provide additional room for equipment storage, but the location is farther from the center of campus.

The WSU Vancouver campus recreation office resembles a crowded closet overflowing with tents, bikes, skis and staff members who can barely find a place to work. These conditions led Michelle McIlvoy, manager of the WSU Vancouver Office of Student Involvement, to formally request space in the Annex for the campus recreation program. The Annex is the 1,45- squarefoot house that sits on the east part of campus downhill from the Undergraduate building. Two days before the fall semester began McIlvoy received news that the request was denied. “We were told the building needs to be brought up to code to comply with the requirements specified in the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure it is accessible to

everyone,” McIlvoy said. “But our request is still under review and could be granted sometime later this year or next.” McIlvoy and Anthony Deringer, recreation coordinator, remain hopeful. “Our submission included the concept of having more space to display our rental equipment, dedicated office space for our full-time professional staff and student interns,” McIlvoy said. “[A larger space] would allow for small pre-trip meetings, storage of our equipment would be better and post-trip cleanup of dishes and equipment would be easier.” According to McIlvoy, there are currently no other requests to move clubs or other student organizations to the Annex. The Annex, a part of WSU Vancouver for the last 15 years,

was last used as office space for Capital Planning and Development, the department responsible for campus construction and renovations. “We do not currently have any full-time CP&D staff on campus because there is no building slated for Vancouver in the next couple of years,” McIlvoy said. Ryan Ruffcorn, director of CP&D on the Spokane campus, comes to Vancouver only periodically to help serve campus needs, said McIlvoy. Ruffcorn agreed with McIlvoy. “Capital Planning and Development will no longer have an office on the WSU Vancouver campus, so the Annex is being evaluated for other uses,” Ruffcorn said. “Efficient use of university space is a priority, and student recreation appears to be a good use for the

Annex.” “We would be really excited to move the recreation program to the Annex,” Deringer said. This year the recreation program may lose access to extra space in Classroom building where they have stored off-season equipment, said Deringer. “We will be more crowded or may have to store equipment in a storage pod farther from the office,” Deringer said. The Annex was built in 1956. It was once the home of the Plamondon family who owned

approximately two acres around the building. “Art and Eleanor ‘Helen’ Plamondon were some of the original land owners of what is now the WSU Vancouver campus. They lived on the property for approximately 41 years,” said Nancy Youlden, WSU Vancouver vice chancellor for student affairs. “They sold their property to WSU in June 1997 for $220,000.” n

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CAMPUS EVENTS Tuesday, Aug. 21 Wednesday, Aug. 29

JJ Ice Cream Social

Noon –1 p.m. Firstenburg Student Commons Free

JJ “The Avengers” Movie Night

Involvement Fair 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Quad Free

Wednesday, Aug. 22 JJ Paintball

8 p.m. WSU Vancouver Outdoor Amphitheater Free tickets available in OSI

Tuesday, Sept. 4

JJ 2012 Washington Gubernatorial

Sign up in advance in the Recreation Office 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Students: $15; Non-students: $20

JJ Connections 2012

Candidates Debate Live feed of debate 8 – 9 p.m. Firstenburg Student Commons Free

Thursday, Aug. 23 JJ Scavenger Hunt

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Meet in Firstenburg Student Commons Free

Thursday, Aug. 30

JJ Back-to-school Barbecue and

Student Diversity Event 4 – 5:30 p.m. Firstenburg Student Commons Free

Thursday, Sept.6 Thursday, Aug. 30

Tuesday, Aug. 28 JJ “The Avengers” Mask Making

3 – 5 p.m. Firstenburg Student Commons Free

JJ A-Z of Financial Aid and Scholarships Workshop 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Student Services Center Room 101 Free

JJ Back-to-school Barbecue and Involvement Fair 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Quad Free

Friday Sept. 7 – Sunday Sept. 9 JJ Sheep Lake Weekend Backpacking Trip

Sign up in advance in the Recreation Office Students: $10; Non-students: $20

Fall semester enrollment flat

Vice Chancellor Youlden says WSU Vancouver demographic is “vulnerable” By CYNDIE MEYER, The VanCougar WSU Vancouver expects minimal growth this semester compared with last year’s enrollment figures, according to Nancy Youlden, vice chancellor for student affairs. August enrollment indicates the freshman class size will be slightly larger than last year and the number of transfer students will remain about the same. The number of continuing students is the biggest unknown. “Continuing students are always a big x- factor because

we have students who are close to graduating but who stop out,” Youlden said. “An older student population doesn’t necessarily drop out, they stop out, meaning that they have the full intention of coming back, but they stop out because of work or family.” Youlden points to a vulnerable student demographic to partially explain enrollment trends. “[WSU Vancouver] has a lot of first generation students and a number of students who are adults, who are working and


now that haven’t. They aren’t familiar with [the new registration process] yet.” Youlden said that input from other local colleges and universities indicates that transfer numbers are depressed statewide. She also notes that the number of high school graduates is beginning to decline this year. “Nationally the number of high school grads peaked at 3.33 million in 2009. That number is expected to decline in 2014–2015 and is projected to remain below

2009 levels until 2020–2021,” Youlden said. Final enrollment figures will not be available until sometime after the 10th day of classes, the official “census day” for state schools. Youlden said August is a busy month for enrollment, so the final numbers are hard to predict. “There are a lot of things that can happen between now and the tenth day of classes,” Youlden said. n

Commonly asked Week of Welcome questions

Continued from page 1 his first days on campus. “The campus communications committee really took that as a nugget and worked with marketing and communications to develop the [event],” Youlden said. “It turned out to be a very impactful program.”

supporting a family while going to school. I think they are more vulnerable,” Youlden said. “We also have many students from a lower socio-economic [group]. When you raise tuition 16 percent for two years in a row on top of a significant increase the year before that, you have some people who have to opt out for a while.” Youlden also said she thought the change in zzusis may have impacted registration. “There are probably some students who might have usually registered by

The future of Week of Welcome looks bright. “I think Week of Welcome will be a campus tradition,” Youlden said. “We can add more detail as our resources and budgets allow.”


New Cougs line up for ROAR orientation.

Where do I get a parking permit?

Daily short-term permits may be purchased in Parking Services, the Student Services Center and cafeteria. Daily parking is available in the blue daily pay lot for $3. Long-term permits are available for purchase online at and at Parking Services.

Where are my classes?

Check your zzusis account using “view schedule” for class times, days and locations. The campus map can be found by clicking on the address in the footer of WSU Vancouver website or on the back page of this issue of The VanCougar.

Where do I go to change a class?

Many classes can be changed using zzusis. You may also visit the Cougar Center front desk in the Student Services Center.

Where can I get something to eat?

The cafeteria is in Dengerink Administration building. A café that serves pizza, sandwiches, coffee and soft drinks is also open from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Firstenburg Student Commons.

Where do I pay my tuition, check on financial aid and add money to my Cougar Card? Visit the Student Services Center.

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Show me the money!

Commuters BEWARE

Parking without a campus parking permit could cost you plenty Story and photos by CYNDIE MEYER, The VanCougar

Concerns about financial aid worry students By CYNDIE MEYER, The VanCougar Students who are still unable to view their financial aid packages by the first week of school are beginning to worry about how they will pay their expenses. April Lappin, WSU Vancouver financial aid and scholarships manager, said WSU Vancouver offers options to help students buy books and pay living expenses through short-term loans. “Short-term loans, although not very large, help bridge the gap for students whose financial aid is delayed, regardless of the reason for the delay,” Lappin said. “Essentially, the financial aid package pays back the shortterm loan when it arrives.” Short-term loans are available in amounts up to $1,000. Students may incur a $5 loan fee. Helen Gregory, administrative manager for the WSU Vancouver department of student affairs explains that some students are still unable to view their financial aid packages because they have not submitted all required paperwork. “[WSU Vancouver] is required by the federal government to randomly verify information for 30 percent of our students [who apply for financial aid],” Gregory said. WSU Vancouver sent audit requests in March to this group of students asking for additional information such as tax documents or number of family members. Email reminders were sent in July. “If [students] haven’t gotten that information to us, they cannot view their financial aid packages at this point in time,” Gregory said. “In the past, students were able to view their packages

even if they didn’t have all their information turned in. Now they are not able to.” Students who have applied for financial aid, but who have yet to receive notification of their award package should check the Student Center on zzusis. There, they can see if additional documentation is needed or whether the university has received the required paperwork. “After that it is a waiting game,” Gregory said. “It can take up to eight weeks to complete the whole verification process at the beginning of fall semester.” If audited students failed to submit information on time, their financial aid packages may not be available until sometime after the first day of school. “Students need to be proactive,” said Nancy Youlden, vice chancellor for student affairs. “This is not the place to assume everything will be okay. If you get a letter that says you need to provide additional documentation, be sure to do that. Students must pay attention to the information that is sent to them.” Students interested in shortterm loans should visit the Cougar Center in the Student Services Center, complete a short-term loan application and talk to a financial aid counselor. In prior years, preliminary notifications of eligibility for financial aid were sent to all financial aid applicants in April. Preliminary notices were sent later this year and were only sent to new applicants. Confirmation notices were also later than usual. “Financial aid letters weren’t sent out until mid-July which is [approximately one month] later than normal,” Youlden said. “In part, this was because

of the transition to the new student information system — zzusis. There were also a record number of financial aid applicants in the pipeline at WSU this year.” Youlden and Gregory both confirmed that although financial aid notification letters were slightly delayed, the actual awards were not. When will students get their money? “They will get it before tuition is due as long as they have turned in final documents,” Gregory said. “Even if students have financial-award packages available right now, that doesn’t mean the money comes to students right now. [Financial aid] doesn’t come until the first day of classes. It pays tuition first. Then if there is additional money available to the student, that comes to them either in the form of a check to the address we have on file or to direct deposit if the student has signed up for [that service].” Youlden said she recognizes the financial aid process can worry students. However, she still encourages them to take advantage of the resources that are available. “We have lots of scholarships, financial aid and short-term loans available. Do all students get what they need? No. But students need to be diligent and be proactive and take the time to apply,” Youlden said. WSU Vancouver offers financial aid and scholarship resources for all students. “A-Z of Financial Aid and Scholarships” is a one-hour workshop that helps students explore many options to pay for college. The workshop is scheduled twice in September: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6, and 6 – 7 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Student Services Center Room 101. n


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WSU Vancouver Parking Services is serious about parking violations. Other than a few free spaces in the metered lots, payment parking is required from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Friday. Parking Citations Although parking permits are not inexpensive, a pile of parking citations can cost students even more. Parking infractions are subject to ticketing by one of two parking service officers on campus. “Parking officers do not follow a set route for checking parking permits. Every week is different,” said Katrina Long, office assistant for WSU Vancouver Parking Services. Parking citation fees vary. A ticket for using a counterfeit, stolen or lost permit or for parking in a handicap zone costs $250. Failure to display the permit properly costs $5. Parking without a permit will cost the vehicle owner $25 and parking overtime in a metered space runs $10 per offense, although meter infractions are typically reduced by half if paid within 24 hours. All citations must be appealed, online or in-person, within 10 calendar days. A five-person committee of students, staff and/or faculty reviews all appeals. Depending on the ruling, citations may be enforced for the full amount, may be reduced or voided completely. “The committee’s decision depends on the number of prior parking violations, whether the violator’s account is paid up, and how recently previous violations took place,” Long said. “Our parking policies follow the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) approved by the WSU Vancouver Board of Regents and the legislature.” Citations must be paid within 30 calendar days, at which point they are eligible for an uplift fee. Parking Services rarely tows vehicles, although it is within their purview. Vehicles may be wheel-locked if the account remains unpaid after three or more outstanding citations and three individual outstanding fine notifications per citation. According to WAC, if all citations remain unpaid for 24 hours after the wheel lock is applied, the vehicle is eligible to be towed. “We only tow as a last resort,” Long said. “We usually allow a full week for vehicles to be moved before we consider towing.” Parking Options Approximately 1200 parking passes were purchased last year by students, staff and faculty. “Gray and orange passes are

the most popular. Gray because they are the least expensive and orange because they are the most convenient,” Long said. The cost of gray and orange passes both increased by 2.8 percent this year to $144.40 and $250.20 respectively.. Thinking about sharing a parking permit with a friend?

PHOTO | Metered spaces

are carefully monitored by Parking Services.

Better not. According to Washington Administrative Code, permits cannot be shared. “Many students who only come to campus one or two days per week or who attend evening classes opt for daily parking passes on a pay-as-you-go basis rather than buying a semester- or year-long permit,” Long said. Daily permits cost $3 and may be purchased at the Student Services Center, cafeteria or the Parking Services office. Daily permits may be used in any gray, green or orange, non-metered parking space on campus. Daily parking passes for orange lots may be purchased online, printed and displayed on the vehicle’s dashboard. Daily passes for the blue lot on the northwest side of campus are available from the automated kiosks in either the blue lot or at the information station in the orange 3 lot near the entrance to campus. A limited number of 30-minute free metered spaces are designated outside the Student Services Center on the north end of campus and on the west side of the bus loop outside Dengerink Administration building. Parking citations are not the only way to waste money on campus. The speed limit on campus is a strictly enforced 15 mph. Speeding tickets are generated by WSU Vancouver police officers, not Parking Services. n



The Rumor Mill New degree in Chancellor Youlden sets the neuroscience launched Vice record straight By KELSEY SMITH, The VanCougar A new degree in neuroscience is among the academic majors attracting students to WSU Vancouver this fall. Until this year, the degree was only offered at the Pullman campus. For the past five years, Mike Morgan, professor of psychology and neuroscience at WSU Vancouver, and Susan Ingram, a neuroscientist at Oregon Health and Science University, have advocated to extend the major to the Vancouver campus. Their 50-page proposal received the stamp of approval last spring. Neuroscience, the study of the human nervous system with a focus on behavior and disease, provides another option for WSU Vancouver students interested in health-related or research fields. “Neuroscience is a wonderful degree for healthcare-focused students. It combines medicine, or the biology aspect, with the human piece…the psychology aspect,” Morgan said. “It fits in well with existing biology and psychology degrees here at WSU Vancouver.” According to Morgan, a neuroscience degree is excellent preparation for careers in medicine, veterinary medicine or pharmacy. It is also appropriate for students who aspire to a career in research or the allied health professions. The degree itself is made up of five neuroscience classes that rotate between fall and spring semesters. Neuro 301 or 302 will be offered every fall. Prerequisites for these classes include one year each of college-level biology,

By CYNDIE MEYER, The VanCougar

chemistry, physics and math 140 or 171. In addition, students are required to complete a practical or community outreach experience and to assist with research at WSU Vancouver, OHSU or Legacy Health Research Institute. “An example of a community outreach project for the neuroscience degree pairs undergraduates from Psychology 473 with OHSU graduate students to teach neuroscience basics to middle school students,” Morgan said. Professors from the science and liberal arts departments will collaborate to teach the courses required for the neuroscience degree. In fact, the Vancouver campus hired only one new professor for the program: Alison Coffin, professor of veterinary and comparative anatomy, pharmacology and physiology. The program’s remaining faculty are current WSU Vancouver professors: Mike Morgan, professor of psychology; Christine Portfors, professor of biology; Barbara Sorg Ingermann, professor of veterinary and comparative anatomy, pharmacology and physiology; Alex Dimtrov, professor of mathematics; and Bill Griesar, adjunct professor and neuroscientist at OHSU. Upon completion, students majoring in neuroscience will

The rumor mill is always hard at work. It is difficult to know whether the stories it churns are myth or fact. Nancy Youlden, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at WSU Vancouver addresses two rumors that

surface time and again on the WSU Vancouver campus. Myth or Fact? Dorms will soon be available at WSU Vancouver.

graduate with a bachelor of science. An advanced degree in neuroscience is not available on the Vancouver campus, but students may earn a doctorate in neuroscience at the WSU Pullman campus, at University of Oregon, University of Washington or at OHSU. WSU Vancouver students may minor in neuroscience, but must fulfill all prerequisite courses before taking the neuroscience courses required for a minor. The first few students to earn the new degree will graduate in spring 2014. Because neuroscience is a new degree on the Vancouver campus, enrollment is expected to ramp up slowly. “We hope to enroll fifteen students per year for the first two years, followed by an enrollment of twenty undergraduates a year,” Morgan said. “Our five-year goal is to have a total of 80 undergraduates enrolled in the major. By that time, students will have to apply for acceptance to the program.” n

According to Youlden, university administrators are interested in residence hall housing. “When we opened our doors to freshman in 2006, the first thing our admission recruiters heard was ‘Do you have housing?’” Youlden said. “We have room on our campus for housing facilities and we know there is existing demand.” WSU conducted a feasibility study to quantify the demand for residence halls on the Vancouver, Spokane and Tri-Cities urban campuses a few years ago. “The study suggested we dip our toe in the water and work with an apartment complex or something to rent a floor. At this point, we have not found the right ‘dip your toe’ opportunity,” Youlden said, “but we are definitely exploring because this has comes up time and again.” Youlden said the academic programs now offered at WSU Vancouver could become “destination programs.” “We now offer programs that people from around the state or region would be interested in coming for,” Youlden said. “We

also know that, especially with out of town freshman, parents don’t want their moving just anywhere but would prefer university-sponsored housing.” One reason university administrators are cautious is that student housing is not state-funded. It must be self-sustaining. “When you open the doors, you have to get enough revenue to make it operational,” Youlden said. For that reason, Youlden said, the university may try something like a master lease on an apartment complex as a first step. “It is hard to say if progress will happen this year. Maybe… but who knows?” Youlden said. Myth or Fact? WSU Vancouver will become the main WSU campus. “I think this rumor comes from a good place. People see this campus and think ‘Wow! This is such a gem.’ But it is not founded in truth,” Youlden said. “Will WSU Vancouver replace Pullman? No, there’s no plan for that. We don’t need to move Pullman here. We have a chance to grow and develop on our own. That’s what’s exciting,” “We are part of a WSU system that gives students options to live in a residential community on

“People see this campus and think ‘Wow! This is such a gem!’” — Nancy Youlden Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs the Pullman campus or to study in Spokane or the Tri-Cities. It is great to be part of a university system that has this kind of diversity,” Youlden said. n

Think before you withdraw

Revisions to the university policy for course withdrawal could impact students’ plans By CYNDIE MEYER, The VanCougar As students focus on the semester ahead, it may seem an odd time to think about course withdrawals. However, Jean Lang, WSU Vancouver registrar, wants to be certain students are not caught off guard by policy changes that could impact their ability to withdraw from classes later in the semester. “The new withdrawal policy represents a significant universitywide change,” Lang said. “The new zzusis system required review of all WSU policies and procedures. The new course withdrawal policy brings WSU in line with the best business practices of other universities.” Students who entered WSU in fall 2004 or later may use a

total of four withdrawals during their undergraduate years. In the past, students could use the withdrawals between week five and week nine of classes. From the 10th week until the last day of instruction for a term, students could still use two “uncontested” withdrawals as part of the four total withdrawals. Beginning in fall 2012, students may still withdraw up to four times during their college career at WSU, but there is no longer a differentiation between those used between week five and week nine and those

used after week nine through week 13. The other important change is that students may no longer withdraw from a class after the 13th week of a fall or spring

“With a total of only four withdrawals, students should plan ahead and use their withdrawals carefully,” — Jean Lang WSU Vancouver registrar semester unless approved through the petition process. “With a total of only four withdrawals, students should plan

ahead and use their withdrawals carefully,” Lang said. An exception may be made to the policy if students experience extenuating circumstances, such as a family member’s illness, which requires the student to drop enrollment. Students who seek exception to the withdrawal limit must submit a petition to the registrar’s office. A total of six withdrawals is still allowed for students who enrolled in WSU between fall 1998 and summer 2004. If students withdraw before the 30th day of classes, the course is completely erased from the student’s record. After 30 days, a “W” appears on the student’s transcript, indicating the class

was dropped. If a grade has already been entered before the withdrawal is processed, the letter grade is maintained and will not be changed to a “W.” Graduate students who wish to withdraw after the 30th day of classes must gain permission from their graduate school. Withdrawals do not impact tuition and a service fee may be charged. Lang recommends students contact their academic advisors with questions or concerns regarding the withdrawal policy or plans to drop a course. n

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Back-to-school activities emphasize student involvement and fun

Annual Involvement Fair, Back-to-school Barbecue, Scavenger Hunt and Ice Cream Social add the fun factor to college life By MARGARITA TOPAL, The VanCougar Going back to school is not just about books, classes and homework. WSU Vancouver sophomore, Rebecca Westby, director of student activities for ASWSUV, is a firm believer in the power of involvement. “If I could give one message to students at WSU Vancouver, it would be to get involved,” Westby said. ‘Whether [students choose to] apply for an ASWSUV position, go to a club meeting or attend an event, being involved truly helps create and nurture not just a meaningful college experience, but a life full of amazing memories.”

Ice Cream Social The Office of Student Involvement will sponsor an Ice Cream Social at 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Aug. 21 on the south patio of Firstenburg Student Commons. Students can enjoy their favorite ice cream flavors and all the toppings while visiting with their fellow students. Scavenger Hunt A campus-wide scavenger hunt will take place at noon Aug. 23 in the Firstenburg Student Commons. The ASWSUVsponsored event gives students a fun opportunity to actively ex-

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plore campus and its resources during the Week of Welcome. Participating students will be divided into groups of three and given a list of items to find and photograph. Members of the first-place team will each receive a Kindle. Second-place winners will receive a $50 gift card to Applebee’s. The third-place team will receive Cougar gear. There will be a pizza feed after the scavenger hunt in the Firstenburg Student Commons for participants. They can meet and talk with many of our campus officials in an informal setting. The event is expected to

‘Fifty Shades’, continued

channel the new flood of media interest in WSU Vancouver. She uses time with reporters to promote the school, focusing on the university’s world-class education, research, beautiful setting and student opportunities. “On the plus side,” Alling said, “it does put us on the map.” KOIN’s coverage of the “Fifty Shades” phenomenon, including the interview with Alling and students on the WSU Vancouver campus can be found on YouTube. Author E.L. James has published two sequel novels, “Fifty Shades of Darker” and “Fifty Shades of Freed” to make up what is now a “Fifty Shades” trilogy. Interest in the series extends beyond the book. Universal studios and Focus Features recently purchased rights to turn the trilogy into a movie. Social media sites are buzzing about possible stars to play the role of male lead, Christian Grey. Speculation ranges from Ryan Gosling to Will Ferrell. Are students on the WSU Vancouver campus racing to read the book? The Bookie carries the “Fifty Shades” trilogy, priced at $12.96 each, but Manager, Jeff Ehli said sales of the book have been slow. When asked by KOIN news whether she had read the book, recent WSU Vancouver graduate, Kelly Schrock, responded, “No, I have other stuff to read. I’m reading Faulkner right now.” n

end at 1:30 p.m. Back-to-school Barbecue and Involvement Fair On Aug. 29 and 30 the smell of Hawaiian barbecue wafting through the Quad will lead to the Back-to-school Barbecue and Involvement Fair where information will be available on a variety of campus opportunities. ASWSUV sponsors the free barbecue lunch and OSI organizes the Involvement Fair held from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. both days. “This is a great way for students to celebrate the beginning

of a new year, to learn about involvement opportunities and to meet the leaders of the student body,” Westby said. “College should be a meaningful experience — not just academically, but also socially and personally.” If free food is not enough to attract students, event sponsors will give away prizes, including an iPad. Westby suggests stopping by student government and OSI tables for a chance to win. Organizers expect more than 1,400 students to attend the two-day event. n


Advice for new Cougs

Common $ense Textbook tips to save you money

By The VanCougar Staff

By JILLIAN MONDA, The VanCougar There is no reason why students need to spend more than $100 per semester on books. Here are a few tips to help you save your hard-earned cash this fall. n Rent your textbooks You may have noticed that the Bookie began offering a book rental service not long ago. What you may not know is how much more you can save by considering online book rental services. Chegg. com offers books for rent for a variety of time periods. They will even plant a tree on your behalf each time you rent one of their books. delivers books right to your doorstep. To return a book, simply package it up in the box it came in and drop it in the nearest UPS box. n E-books are your friend Some textbooks cost $150 or more. Don’t cry — at least not until you’ve checked or for a Nook/ Kindle version. E-books are often half the price and are less painful to lug back and forth to class. If you do not own an e-reader, worry not. Most e-book companies have apps that allow users to read the books on their laptops. Just make sure your professor is okay with open computers during class. Companies like Cengage Brain offer the option of “renting” e-books through their website. Users create an account to view an inbrowser PDF for a certain period of time. If you are more comfortable reading books in print, the site allows users to print pages at any time.


The next issue of The VanCougar will include a story about the expanded collection of e-books available through the WSU Vancouver library. n Buy online Amazon offers an online venue for selling previously owned textbooks. The Result? There is probably someone out there trying to sell the 20-pound copy of Buddhist philosophy you happen to need. It is possible to get textbooks for as low as 99 cents, especially if you are willing to purchase an earlier edition. Just be sure to ask your professor if the edition is acceptable. n Use your library The library is a gold mine for textbooks. While you may be stuck viewing it as a place to kill time between classes, remember that its first and primary purpose is to provide you with books for your classes — and textbooks are no exception. Check out the library website to see if your textbook is already there. If not, you may request that a copy of the book be sent to the library through inter-library loan. There are hunderds of thousands of titles available from all over the U.S. One of them is probably the one you need. n Share a textbook Sharing a textbook with a stranger is only for the brave — or maybe the stupid, but it can be done. However, if you and your best friend are in the same psychology class, sharing a textbook may be a no-brainer. n

Swallow your fear. You are not alone. Your first day at school can be a scary experience. It may seem that everyone around you is staring and judging. Could it be that they are just as intimidated as you are? Acknowledge your fear and challenge it. Take a deep breath and say hello to someone. There is nothing a smile cannot cure. Meeting new people can be scary, especially for those who tend to be shy, but taking the first step in creating a relationship with a classmate is usually worth it in the end. School is not just about assignments, notes and knowledge. It is also about the friendships we make along the way. Those of us who maintain friendships after school ends are luckier than most. Get involved! You will frequently hear this phrase on campus, especially from students who are already active in student government, clubs or on-campus jobs. These apparently “perfect” students seem to balance school, work, family and co-curricular activities effortlessly. Don’t let that stop you from getting involved. The truth is, co-curricular activities can add both challenge and fun to your college experience. Involvement in a club, KOUG radio, The VanCougar newspaper or research demonstrates a sudent’s initiative to pursue something besides mandatory classes.

Involvement experience is hard to beat on graduate school applications. Schools seek students who balance good grades with involvement in hobbies, activities and real-world experience from jobs and volunteering. Having a well-rounded resume will attract employers in your desired field, too. Grades matter but that “other stuff ” does too. Take time to discover where you study best Every student has his or her own preference about where to study. Some focus best in a quiet environment, some find background noise helpful and some just do not study. Experiment with how and where you study, but not to the point of inconveniencing yourself or impacting your grades. If a quiet, serious environment is intimidating, try the Firstenburg Student Center, Starbucks or the study lounge on the second floor of the Multimedia Classroom building where the constant ebb and flow of people in the background may be comforting to you. The library is not just for nerds. It is a beautiful place to crack your books, espeically if you are there with friends. Taking occasional breaks helps make the long hours of studying tolerable and can become a key to staying on schedule, avoiding procrastination and maintaining sanity. The library can be a great place to focus and can also be a place to make new friends. n

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A letter to the students of WSU Vancouver

In a letter of welcome, Chancellor Netzhammer encourages involvement and communication as keys to success in college It’s been something of a whirlwind since I became Washington State University Vancouver Chancellor on July 2. I have had the great pleasure and honor to meet students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the Vancouver community, and some of our colleagues in Pullman. I have been impressed by the respect and enthusiasm for WSU Vancouver that I have seen without exception. This is a special place with a great mission, and I am thrilled to be starting my tenure as chancellor. It’s a great pleasure to welcome our WSU Vancouver community back for another academic year. I’m particularly delighted to welcome you — our new and returning students. I hope you’re as glad to be here as I am. I know this is a tough time to attend college for many of you. Financial pressures mean many of you are working more, and the need to balance a full course load with one or more jobs and family obligations can be stressful. We recognize that, and we’re committed to addressing your needs. We want you to succeed. We have a team of faculty and staff ready to partner with you whether you’re an undergrad or grad student, full-time or part-time. There are many things that come together to make you successful. We want you to be committed to and engaged with your classes, the faculty, your research and your overall academic well-being. We also know that students who engage with the campus beyond their academic programs are more likely to succeed academically. As I’ve learned about our campus, I’ve been impressed with the variety of co-curricular opportunities we offer. I urge you to get involved. I will connect with students directly. I plan to meet with student leaders on a regular basis and will continue the Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board, which provides an opportunity for student leaders to meet with me on a regular basis. I have also decided to add students to the Campus Council, a larger group focused on communication and strategy that includes members of the cabinet, academic leadership, faculty and staff. I will also work with ASWSUV to schedule an open forum that will allow us to hear directly from you. For those of you who want to know a little more about me, here are the basics: I grew up in New Orleans, attended college in New Orleans and Salt Lake City, and started my career at Buffalo State College in New York. I was in Buffalo for 19 years as faculty, department chair and, ultimately, dean of arts and humanities. In 2006 I left to become provost at Keene State College in New Hampshire. On a more personal note, my partner, Lee Faver, and I will celebrate 22 years together in September. We are equally passionate about the outdoors, particularly skiing, and cultural pursuits. All summer I’ve had great conversations with students about movies and music, both thankfully in great supply in our area. I have great passion for the transformative experiences higher education can provide, and I am so lucky to be joining a community that shares that passion. Like I said, this is a special place. I look forward to meeting many of you at the back-to-school barbeque on August 29 or 30. I hope your semester gets off to a great start, and thanks for welcoming Lee and me into the Cougar family. PHOTO | Chancellor Netzhammer

Best wishes for a great year, Mel Netzhammer, Chancellor

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As the student leaders of ASWSUV, s offer advice for a successful and

Kevin Alvarez, ASWSUV senator, is a senior majoring in social science. “Explore the campus trail system. WSU Vancouver covers a large area and many students never take advantage of it.”

ASWSUV Vice President Aaron Bruckner is a senior majoring in computer science. “Get on CougSync! ASWSUV is serious with CougSync. We have revamped the way our organization uses this amazing resource. All ASWSUV events will be posted, forums will be open for students to submit their ideas and opinions, and Senate funding requests will now be electronically submitted.” Kevin Chen, assistant director of communication, is a senior majoring in digital technology and culture. “Use the campus computer labs. There are several on campus and they have nice helpers, fast computers and lots of available programs. My favorite is in the front in VMMC.”

Marcus Dupont, ASWSUV senator, is a senior majoring in business administration. “Do not procrastinate on your homework. If you do, you will fall behind and that is when things really start to stack up.” Alexander Feytser, ASWSUV senator, is a freshman majoring in pre-med. “Make use of student facilities such as the library, the fitness center and the Firstenberg Student Commons. They are wonderful resources available for free!”

Michael Gay, ASWSUV senator, is a senior majoring in history and anthropology. He is the ASWSUV director of student life development. “Get involved! Join a club, go to events, become a student leader. These are the things that people remember about their college experiences.”

Ariel Goldsworth, ASWSUV senator, is a junior majoring in elementary education. “Stop by and check out the Office of Student Involvement and talk to your student leaders. We want to know what you and other students need and want on campus.

Derick Lock, director of communications, is a sophomore majoring in digital technology and culture. “Get sleep. In college we often overlook the importance of sleep. It is essential for a healthy and successful college experience! Get at least six hours of sleep each night — or more!”



senators and executive staff members d memorable college experience. Dallas Morrison, ASWSUV senator, is a senior majoring in finance. “A successful college career requires hard work, dedication and sacrifice. There will be moments when you don’t think you can keep attending college and moments when you doubt your ability to succeed. Don’t work against yourself and let your doubts defeat you.”

Linda Otton, assistant director of student activities, is a junior majoring in accounting. “Participate in a culturally enriching event put on by Student Diversity such as Connections, which is happening Sept. 4.”

Natasha Sharer, ASWSUV senator, is a junior majoring in accounting. “Attend campus events. You’ll meet new people, learn about new things and maybe get free food and swag.”

Cera Thackeray, ASWSUV senator, is a junior majoring in social sciences. “Go to all of your classes. Attendance may be optional in some classes, but you are more likely to receive the grade you want if you get all the information presented by the instructor.”

Matt Wadzita, ASWSUV senator, is a senior majoring in psychology. “Befriend your prof! Professors are real people, too. Most are very interesting.”

Rebecca Westby, director of student activities, is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering. “Remember to do things you enjoy. It’s the little things that keep your head up through all the heavy course work.”

Josh Wright, director of legislative affairs, is a senior majoring in English. “Listen to KOUG radio! Support your fellow students. I do, and it’s awesome!”

Scott Yin, director of university affairs, is a junior majoring in biology and computer science. “Go to Spring Gala! It is a prom for Cougs but much, much more fun and cooler! Awesome swag, prizes, dancing and band!”

Looking forward to an exciting year ahead

ASWSUV President Daniel Nguyen is upbeat and enthusiastic about the coming year’s opportunities and activities Dear students of WSU PHOTO | ASWSUV President Nguyen. Vancouver: I am pleased to welcome all new and returning students to WSU Vancouver. It’s great to see our university in its full swing once again. This fall there is a theme moving across campus, and that theme is excitement. As president of the Associated Students at Washington State University Vancouver, I am excited to see our student life rise to new levels this year. Here are some of the new initiatives that student government and I have been working on. We are forming new boards and councils in student government that seek to open more involvement opportunities for students. We are hosting more family-oriented events for students who would like to bring their children or family members to campus. We are preparing for a huge year of political awareness that includes a voter-rally week filled with events never before seen on this campus. We are centralizing all communications of ASWSUV through a renovated website and smartphone app so that students will be able to access everything that is happening on campus with the touch of their fingers. We are reaching out to other local institutions like Clark College, Portland State University, and the University of Portland to find community resources available for students and how they can enhance students’ college experiences. And this is only the beginning. Even with all these initiatives, there is one we look to fulfill above all others. That is the mission of defining a true student association. In the past, a divide has existed between student government and the student body. However, that divide disappears when we start seeing each other for what we have in common. We are all students striving for success, working for a meaningful college experience. Why not help each other to reach that goal? This year, my goal as president is to help students realize that ASWSUV is not just student government. It’s much more. It encompasses all student organizations, and more importantly, all students. The ASWSUV is our student association and we are here to ensure that all students feel a part of this great campus community. I hope you share my excitement for the upcoming year. Please feel free to reach me at my email or in person in the Office of Student Involvement. I encourage you to pursue your passion, expand your interests, and truly explore what this campus has to offer. Together, we will have a fun and exciting year. Sincerely, Daniel Nguyen | President Associated Students at Washington State University Vancouver

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The VanCougar’s picks for

Best STUDY spots on campus Story by ADAM BALDWIN and HALEY SHARP, The VanCougar Photos by EVAN FLANAGAN, The VanCougar

Good study habits begin with the right environment. Whether you prefer to study alone or in a group, in a quiet or social setting, there is always a place to get work done at WSU Vancouver. The VanCougar searched campus for both popular and lesser-known study spaces that students may want to try. PHOTO |

Graduate student, Audrey Miller enjoys the sunshine while studying.

The beautiful outdoors Weather permitting, a table at any one of WSU Vancouver’s outdoor patios is The VanCougar’s favorite study spot. Science and Engineering building (VSCI) For a more casual atmosphere, try the Science and Engineering building. The lounge on the second floor has a great view of campus as well as a comfortable, laid-back work area. On occasion, exhausted students can even be found napping on the couches, much to the chagrin of their professors.


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Windows in the lounge on the second floor of VSCI provide a great view of students coming and going on campus

STUDENT LIFE 11 Multimedia Classroom building (VMMC) Private and social study settings are available in the Multimedia Classroom building. For students who prefer to work alone, the first two floors on the southwest end of the building are designated quiet study areas. The main lounge on the second floor is a popular option, but is open to the rooms below and can be busy between classes. There is also a group study room on the second floor that is only available to students.

Undergraduate Building (VUB) Groups that need a formal setting should head to the Undergraduate building where four private study rooms are located on the first and second floors. Each room is equipped with a whiteboard and seats up to six people. These rooms are occasionally reserved by professors, but are generally available for student use.

Clark College building (VCCW) Venture outside the realm of WSU and try studying in the Clark College Building. The large lobby offers cozy armchairs and plenty of tables. During the first few weeks of WSU classes, before Clark College students arrive, this an ideal spot to get ahead on your reading. The social atmosphere of this area also makes it a great place for group discussions or for people who need background noise to study.


The south end of VMMC provides quiet study areas.


Private group study rooms are available in VUB, VMMC and the library.


The lobby of the Clark College building offers an open and airy study atmosphere.

Library building (VLIB) - not pictured No list of study spots is complete without the WSU Vancouver library. In addition to a computer lab (to the right as you enter), the library offers individual study corrals equipped with computers or power connections for students’ laptops. Well-lit study tables with a soaring view of the surrounding landscape, a well-stocked reading room and four group study rooms (two with VHS/DVD equipment) are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Best of all, campus librarians are available to help with research. n  

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Campus clubs abound By ALEXANDER FEYTSER, The VanCougar

As fall semester begins, more than 40 campus clubs are preparing for a new year of involvement and activity. Registered Student Organizations (RSO) on the WSU Vancouver campus range from academic clubs to religious/spiritual groups to recreational pursuits. Information on all RSO’s is available on CougSync and most will participate in the Involvement Fair on Aug. 29 and 30 in the WSU Vancouver Quad. Performing Arts Club The Performing Arts Club is launching a theater department this year, expanding opportunities for campus involvement and opening the door for students who have a passion for acting and performance. The department’s goal is to produce the first student-organized play performed at WSU Vancouver. The PAC also plans to film a short movie that it will show at a future fundraising event to benefit and encourage student involvement. Emily Vis, a sophomore majoring in computer science, is a member of the PAC. “Last year we placed a lot of effort into our short film, ‘Sporked’. It was the first original motion picture shot and produced by students on our campus,” Vis said. “This year we’re looking to expand our film department and hopefully purchase more equipment. We want to get started on our next

film project and include more students interested in filming and acting.” Coug Cru Coug Cru is a faith-based club that plans to invite three speakers to campus to address various topics of global concern this year. The club’s goal is provide ways for club members to connect with the world through religion. Coug Cru is also conducting a fundraiser they call ‘Save Five.” Club members will collect money all semester and use it to purchase sandwiches, water and socks for people who are homeless in Vancouver. Coug Cru is currently looking for musicians and singers to lead club members and other students in musical worship on campus. Student Diversity The Office of Student Diversity, located in the Firstenburg Student Commons, supports several clubs that educate students about diversity and promote an inclusive environment on campus. Cougar Pride Club and the Latina Association are two examples of very active diversity organizations. The Student Diversity team consists of the student diversity intern and five peer mentors. Students may stop by their office or join up through CougSync. n  

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The VanCougar welcomes brief letters (250 words or fewer) from members of the WSU Vancouver community on current issues. Letters must include the author’s full name, contact information and WSU affiliation, year and major for students, department for faculty and staff, degree and year graduated for alumni. The VanCougar does not publish anonymous letters. Priority is given to letters that relate directly to stories printed in The VanCougar. The VanCougar also welcomes guest commentaries of 550 words or fewer addressing issues of general interest to the WSU Vancouver community. Letters and commentaries should focus on issues, not personalities. Personal attacks and anonymous letters will not be considered for publication. The VanCougar reserves the right to edit for space, libel, obscene material and clarity. The views expressed are solely those of the individual authors. Letters and suggestions may be delivered to the Office of Student Involvement, the VanCougar office (VCLB 212), dropped in a suggestion box at a VanCougar distribution rack or e-mailed to Vancouged@ Washington State University Vancouver

Against all odds Campus programs and activities inspire students to reach new heights Story and photo by KEVIN ALVAREZ, The VanCougar WSU Vancouver offers numerous events, programs and activities throughout the year that enrich and inspire the lives of students. I was lucky enough to take part in many of these events last year, and I encourage other students to do the same. One program that particularly impressed me and served as inspiration throughout the school year was a presentation by Mark Zupan, star of the documentary “Murderball” and author of the book “Gimp.” Zupan was the speaker at WSU Vancouver’s Marquee Diversity event last winter where, from his wheelchair, he addressed an audience of students, staff, faculty and community members. Zupan shared his inspiring story of overcoming adversity and facing life’s unexpected challenges. Today, whenever I play competitive sports or work hard on an assignment, Zupan’s story inspires me to never give up. “I was an average guy in high school and college. I went to class, and I played sports for my school,” Zupan said. Then one night, after drinking at a bar with his soccer buddies, Zupan crawled into the open bed of a friend’s truck and took a ride that changed his life forever. The truck’s driver was drunk and crashed the vehicle, tossing Zupan into the cold water of a nearby canal. With his back broken, Zupan clung to a branch for more than 14 hours until he was rescued. Suffering from hypothermia, Zupan was barely alive when he was found. The accident paralyzed Zupan from the waist down. He spent several weeks in the hospital, but never regained full control of his legs. Not one to give up, Zupan embraced life from his wheelchair, returning to Georgia Tech University where he ad-

vocated for increased PHOTO | Mark Zupan greets participants accessibility at last year’s Marquee Diversity while he event. studied engineering. Eventually Zupan joined a quad rugby team. After graduating in 1999, he moved to Austin, Texas, and joined the #2-ranked Stampede where he became one of their most feared players. He was chosen for the U.S. Paralympics rugby have a greater appreciation for team and life and a stronger commitment competed in the 2004 Parato my goals. I now believe that lympics in Athens, Greece. His anything is achievable if I work team earned a bronze medal hard enough and give it my and he was awarded the title of best effort. 2004 quad rugby player of the Throughout the year, year. In 2008, his team earned programs and events are gold at the Paralympic games in advertised on sandwich boards Beijing, China. and bulletin boards around At the Marquee event, campus. The VanCougar Zupan encouraged people to and the campus website list have fun, to do what they want upcoming presentations and and to follow their dreams. As educational opportunities. unfortunate as his accident was, Before I attended Zupan’s preZupan said it gave him new opsentation, I found it easy to sit portunities to travel the world back and find an excuse not to and meet people he might have attend most of these programs. never had the chance to meet. Today, my attitude is different. “I have no regrets,” Zupan Because of the profound effect said. “I would never take a reof Zupan’s presentation, I not do on my life.” only seek out these campus Zupan’s story was very offerings, but I encourage other inspiring. It made me think students to do the same. about all the things for which I You never know when you am grateful. I realized that no will experience something that matter how hard life may be, I will open your eyes and change just need to keep my head up and make the best of situations. your life forever. n Because of this campus event, I


Big year ahead for Cougar football High hopes for new WSU coach, Mike Leach


A Cougar football jersey signed by new WSU coach, Mike Leach, hangs in Firstenburg Student Center.

Story by KEVIN ALVAREZ, The VanCougar Many returning WSU Vancouver students will notice a new addition in Firstenburg Student Commons. A Cougar football jersey, signed by the WSU Cougars’ new head football coach, Mike Leach, hangs on one wall. The shirt was a gift from a WSU alumni who purchased the jersey at an auction and donated it to campus to bring more Cougar team spirit to Southwest Washington. Leach formerly coached at Texas Tech, a Big-12 Conference school, where he led the Red Raiders to nine consecutive winning seasons. Last season the Cougars finished with a record of seven wins and six losses and Leach hopes to improve that record this year. The last time the Cougars were relevant in college ranking polls was 2003 when they finished the season ranked in ninth place

with a record of 10-3. That year they made it to the Holiday Bowl where they beat the #6 seeded Texas Longhorns. Since 2003, the Cougars have had several losing seasons and have struggled to finish with a record above .500. For the 2012 season, 15 starters (seven defense, six offense and two special players) will return to play for the Cougs. A quarterback-wide receiver combo, Jeff Tuel and All-American Marquess Wilson, look to provide a good one-two punch on offense. Last season Wilson played 12 games and averaged 115.7 yards per game, the most among any receiver in the PAC-12 Conference. The Cougars will have a challenging schedule within their own conference play where they will face potentially ranked teams like Oregon and Stanford, both predicted to rank in the top 10 nationally. Last season Oregon

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‘The Avengers’ scheduled to dominate Movie Night At 8 p.m. on Aug. 30, OSI and CougSync will sponsor the first outdoor campus movie night to be held at WSU Vancouver since 2010. “The Avengers,” one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters, will be projected onto a giant inflatable screen at the campus’s outdoor amphitheater. Free popcorn, soft drinks and swag will be provided. It is rumored that an appearance by Butch T. Cougar, WSU’s mascot,

Students’ friends and families welcome

is expected. OSI Programming Intern, Monica Santos, a senior majoring in marketing, and OSI Marketing Intern Lia Thompson, a senior majoring in digital technology and culture, planned the event. “This is truly an open event,” Santos said. “If students want to bring their kids or families, they can. Each student is allowed up to four tickets that they can pick up at OSI. It’s also a fun evening to

share with other students. We are expecting 100 people or more to show up.” “Facebook voters chose ‘The Avengers’,” Santos said of the poll Thompson organized on OSI’s Facebook page. Other options included “The Hunger Games,” “Forrest Gump,” and other films.

Pre-movie event: Make a mask with ASWSUV To build excitement for Movie


Night, ASWSUV is hosting a mask-making event at 3 p.m. on Aug. 28 in Firstenburg Student Commons. A variety of free supplies and refreshments will be provided. “The mask-making event is a great way to gear up for the coming ‘Avengers’ showing or even future costume use,” said Rebecca Westby, ASWSUV director of activities. “This event is childfriendly and offers a way for non

-traditional students with families to be involved with their campus and still spend valuable time with their [children]. Student government is trying to do more events to attract students’ family and friends. What kid doesn’t love making masks?” Westby expects about 50 people to attend “The Avengers” mask-making event. n

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Campus resources support student success Can’t decide on a major? Confused about an assignment? Want something fun to do this weekend? The following campus services can help students answer these and other questions. By SARAH CUSANELLI, The VanCougar Face it. Every student needs help once in a while. WSU Vancouver offers a variety of services to help students navigate academia as well as life after college. Academic Success Workshops The Student Resource Center conducts workshops on topics such as reading for retention, learning more from lectures, improving study habits and combating test anxiety throughout the year. Dates for these sessions are posted in The VanCougar, the online campus calendar, bulletin boards and A-frames around campus. Pre-registration is not required. Career Services Career counseling to help students and alumni search for jobs and internships, improve their resumes and interview skills or apply to graduate school is available through the Student Resource Center. Current students also have the benefit of career assessments, a career fair and the etiquette dinner. For more information, contact Christine Lundeen, career services counselor, at 546-9155 or clundeen@ Computers and Tech Support Campus computer labs are equipped with both PCs and Mac computers and are free for the use of registered students. Network ID and password are required for sign in. Applications and programs vary by location. Internet access is available on all computers. Printing is available at 5 cents per copy.

Labs are located on campus in the library, Engineering and Computer Science building and the Multimedia Classroom building. The Classroom building lab is closed this semester. Hours for each lab vary: • Library building Room 102 is open Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; weekends, noon – 5 p.m. • Engineering and Computer Science building, Room 123 is open Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. • Multimedia Classroom building, Room 101 is open Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Vancouver Information Technology department offers numerous tips and guidelines to help students navigate computer services, online access and other technology needs on campus. Do you need help? Click “Tech Support” at the top of the vancouver. homepage. VIT also publishes a newsletter, “IT Happens” which is rich with information to help students. Check out the archived issues at the same website. Disability Services Disability Services is located within the Student Resource Center. Documentation of a disability is required to be eligible for support, which may include audio and large print books, alternative classroom furniture, ASL interpreters, and note- and test-taking accommodations. The kind of support available depends on documentation of the disability. If a student has or thinks she might have a disability and would

How does your garden grow? Master Gardener classes nurture participants’ horticultural skills

By CYNDIE MEYER, The VanCougar Ready to take your gardening said Erika Johnson, program avocation to the next level? The coordinator. “Our program WSU Extension Clark County attracts people who are excited Master Gardener program is now about sharing their knowledge registering participants for volunwith others and participants get teer training beginning Sept. 12. to volunteer with like-minded The 11-week class provides people.” college-level, WSU-certified Registration is now open for horticultural training. Topics the fall session. The series begins include basic landscaping, soils, at 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m Sept. 12 at entymology, tree fruit, weed identhe American Legion Hall, 4607 tification, vegetable gardening NE St. Johns Road, Vancouver. and composting. Four field trips There is one-time program fee of to botanical gardens and/or farms $245. A limited number of tuition round out the program. scholarships are available. Upon completion, newly For more information or certified master gardeners put registration forms, visit clark.wsu. their knowledge into practice edu/volunteer/mg/index.html. by helping the public solve their Contact Erika Johnson, master home gardening problems. gardener program coordinator at “In addition to increasing 397-6060 x 5738 or Erika.d.johntheir knowledge of plants and with questions. n how to grow them, there is a very social aspect to our program,” Washington State University Vancouver

like support, contact Sally Dost, disability services coordinator, at 546-9138 or sdost@vancouver.

may be purchased at the library information desk using cash or Cougar Cards. Open during regular library hours.

Library Services The WSU Vancouver library supports academic achievement and research for faculty, students and community members. Six full-time, tenure-track or tenured librarians each specialize in distinct areas of research and are available via email, phone or in person. In addition to the physical collection of more than 21,000 volumes housed at WSU Vancouver, students may also access journals, books, DVDs and videotapes from the library collection at any WSU campus or at any one of 37 colleges and universities in Oregon and Washington. The library subscribes to several e-book collections from which publications may be downloaded free of charge. Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and weekends, noon – 5 p.m.

Quantitative Skills Center More commonly known by students as the “Math Lab,” this free service helps students with math and related subjects. Located in the Undergraduate building, Room 102, the Math Lab is the place to find teachers, tutors and other struggling math students. Tutors who specialize in physics, chemistry and statistics are available at varying times throughout the week. Check the Quantitative Skills Center site at for a complete schedule. No appointment is needed. The center is open Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mother’s Room Are you a new mother searching for a private place to feed your infant? The Mother’s Room is a clean, private space just for you. For more information, contact Randy Boose, director of human resources, at 546-9595 or Printing Center The printing center is located behind the main information desk in the library. For 5 cents per page, students may print laser copies of documents stored on their flash drives. Printing cards

Recreation Program Planning a weekend camping trip? Want to try snow boarding? Have an extra hour and want a mountain bike to explore the campus trail system? You can rent nearly anything you might need for outdoor sports and recreation from the campus Recreation Rental Program. For a small fee, and a look at your student ID and driver’s license, you will have what you need for your favorite outdoor adventure. The Recreation office is located on the north side of Firstenburg Student Commons. This is also the place to sign up for intramural sports, weekend hiking trips and other great recreational activities. For a list of rental fees and upcoming events, search “recreation program” on or contact Tutoring Tutoring in Spanish, chemistry, physics, psychology, math and accounting is available through the Student Resource Center. One-hour sessions cost $10. Visit the SRC website under “Tutoring & Learning Support” and complete the online tutor request form. Free Supplemental Instruction is available for Chemistry 105 and 345, Computer Science 121 and Physics 101. SI leaders usually hold office hours and additional sessions before exams. See the Quantitative Skills Center for additional assisted-study options. For more information, contact the SRC at 546-9155 or Writing Center Need a little help on your essay? The Writing Center is a place where students can drop in and get one-on-one help from a writing specialist. Located upstairs in the Library building, Room 203, the space is furnished with study tables and couches and offers a collection of writing reference books. Appointments may be made in advance but are not necessary. Writing Center staff prefers to meet students in person, but electronic review is also available at writingcenter@ Papers and a description of the assignment must be emailed in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format. Students are asked to allow two days for a reply. The center is open Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” — Carl Bard  


How clean is your stream?

WSU Extension Clark County teaches local residents to nurture regional waterways

By CYNDIE MEYER, The VanCougar Pollution, habitat destruction and runoff threaten waterways in the Clark County area. WSU Extension Clark County provides free training for residents who want to protect local streams, wildlife, fish and recreational areas for future generations. The 10-week program teaches the basics of ecology, hydrology, stream restoration and the importance of native plants and fish. After training, watershed volunteers are asked to donate 40 hours to help with a variety of projects. “Newly-trained volunteers can spearhead their own projects, work on trash pick-up or volunteer at any of our regional refuges,” said Jennifer Naas, watershed steward program coordinator for WSU Extension Clark County. “They may also provide public outreach and education, stream restoration, water-quality monitoring, classroom presentations and/or community workshops.” Naas notes that the training is beneficial for college students. “This training is excellent for any student, but is particularly appropriate for students interested in environmental science, biology or geology,” Naas said. Naas notes that several participants have shifted their career focuses or educational pursuits following the watershed steward training. “The program features speakers

who are experts in their fields,” Naas said. They offer insights into different environmental careers. It provides a great networking opportunity.” Naas notes that romance has even blossomed during past stewardship programs. “A couple of people met the loves of their lives during training. One couple who met at training recently got married,” Naas said. “But I’m not promising this will happen for everyone,” she adds with a laugh. Clark Public Utilities District maintains a separate program known as the “Stream Team.” Naas admits this can be confusing. “The WSU Extension watershed stewardship program differs from the Stream Team project because we focus on waterways across all of Clark County whereas Clark PUD is primarily concerned with drinking water in the Salmon Creek area,” Naas said. “Our focus is community education; Clark PUD focuses on restoration to protect their water source.” The 10-week program meets from 6:30 – 9 p.m., Sept. 6 – Nov. 8 at the Clark County Operations Conference Center, 4700 NE 78th Street, Vancouver. To register or for more information, contact Jenifer Naas, program coordinator, at jenifer.naas@clark. or 360.397.6060 x5712 or visit



Community participants in the 2010 Watershed Stewards program. Photos courtesy of WSU Extension Clark County.

Clark County middle school teacher, Mike Clapp at the Washougal Fish Hatchery.

PHOTO | Freshman Iris Numang and her guest enjoy a break in Firstenburg Student Commons.

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Special Welcome Back edition of the VanCougar to kick off WSU Vancouver's Fall 2012 semester.

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