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Happy Halloween!

Newest doctoral degree on campus Doctor of Nurse Practice degreee now available Story on page 2

Local Art Scene

Cougar sports

Enjoy a walking tour of downtown art, attend a local comedy show, read poetry aloud or take an art class on campus Stories on pages 5 – 9

October 22, 2012

Get the scoop on Cougar football, intramurals and more Stories on pages 10 – 11

Issue 5 · Volume 19


Survey on campus smoking policy is smokin’ hot Student input will inform task force recommendation on whether to continue to allow smoking on the WSU Vancouver campus By CYNDIE MEYER, The VanCougar The question of whether to continue to allow smoking on the WSU Vancouver campus has been a burning issue among students this fall. An online survey of student opinion is currently underway at http://tinyurl. com/8wu9wbr. The survey will close at noon Nov. 2. ASWSUV Senator, Matt Wadzita, chairperson of the smoking policy task force and a senior majoring in psychology, said he is impressed by the number of students who responded to the survey so far. Since it opened on Oct. 15, the survey tool collected 817 student responses. “Our initial goal was to collect 400 responses,” Wadzita said. “When we saw the turnout, we adjusted our goal to 1,000 responses or one third of the student body.”

The survey was developed by a newly formed ASWSUV task force in response to a request from Chancellor Mel Netzhammer to collect student input on the subject. The task force, composed of representatives from ASWSUV, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students and the Chancellor’s advisory board, will analyze the data and make a final recommendation to Netzhammer by Feb. 1. The 18-question survey, which takes approximately two to five minutes to complete, was developed with assistance from Wendy Benson, a graduate student in psychology and Mike Morgan, professor of psychology. Beyond asking whether the responder thinks smoking should be allowed on campus, the survey asks whether and where designated smoking areas should be

provided and whether campus should provide smoking cessation programs. Students may opt to write in their own comments at the end of the survey. The survey is anonymous, but students do need to log in with their WSU network ID to ensure that each student takes the survey only once. Survey takers will be entered into a drawing to win one of five $20 gift certificates to the Bookie. “We used a variety of methods to publicize the survey, but our biggest push by far was an all-student email. When that went out, the number of students who took the survey went up by 400 percent in eight hours,” Wadzita said. Wadzita encourages students to take the survey at http://tinyurl. com/8wu9wbr. n

ASWSUV event designed to help students get healthy and stay healthy First-ever ‘Health Week’ takes place Oct. 22 – 25 in Firstenburg Student Commons By CYNDIE MEYER, The VanCougar Firstenburg Student Commons is about more than just pizza and pool this week. From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 22 – 25, flu shots, blood tests and other health services and information will be available in FSC as part of “Health Week,” an ASWSUV-sponsored event designed to connect students with low- and no-cost medical, dental and counseling services. “It’s hard for students to focus

on school when they don’t feel well or they have a toothache,” said event organizer Ian McNa, ASWSUV senator, chairman of external affairs and a junior majoring finance. “Many WSU Vancouver students lack medical and dental insurance,” he said. McNa said 20 percent of the 2,998 students enrolled at WSU Vancouver this fall were living at or below the poverty line. “And that figure doesn’t even

include students under the age of 25 who live on their own,” McNa said. The ASWSUV senate and external affairs committee decided to create an event to educate students about affordable community services available to help them and their families stay healthy. They enlisted the help of Randy Boose, director of human resources for WSU Vancouver, Michelle McIlvoy, manager of the Office of

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LIttlest Cougs celebrate Halloween. Children of WSU Alumnus Chris Wagner and grandchildren of WSU Alumnus Jack Wagner stopped by a VanCougar employee’s house last Halloween. Pictured left to right: Shane (21 mos.), Hailey (6), Alivia (4) and Julia (17 months). Photo by Cyndie Meyer

Local ghosts haunt Officers Row

Spooky tales from Fort Vancouver are just in time for Halloween Photos and story by EVAN FLANAGAN, The VanCougar With Halloween around the corner, what better time to explore ghost stories about Vancouver’s historic Officers Row and military barracks? Anyone who has grown up in Clark County, Wash. is familiar with Officers Row and the 366-acre reserve just north of the Columbia River. This is the hsitoric home of Fort Vancouver, Pearson Airport and the U.S. military barracks. The Vancouver barracks were built in 1849 to house soldiers who defended the Oregon territory,

and they remained active during all major wars through World War II. A stroll along tree-lined Officers Row leads past the Grant House, named in honor of civil war hero and former U.S. president, Ulysses S. Grant. Grant served as quartermaster here in the 1850s, though he never actually lived in the house. The building, currently houses a restaurant, but was an officers’ club for more than 25 years. According to “Weird Washington,” a book by Jeff Davis and

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WSU Vancouver introduces new nursing degree

Doctor of Nurse Practice degree meets professional and community needs

By MARGARITA TOPAL, The VanCougar This fall, WSU Vancouver admitted 20 students to the new Doctor of Nurse Practice degree, designed to complement the bachelor’s and master’s nursing degrees offered on campus. The new degree is offered at both WSU Vancouver and Spokane. Doctor of Nurse Practice students may choose one of three specializations: Family nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner or advanced population health. Students have different rotations based on their specialization. “[This degree is] for a nurse who wants to go into advanced practice,” said Jenny Schrock, academic coordinator for the nursing program. “The [student] may be looking for a leadership position, want to go into nursing education, want their own practice or want to evaluate research and apply it in their practice.” According to Shrock, the new degree focuses on big-picture thinking. Doctoral candidates learn to evaluate systems of healthcare, develop and implement policy changes and apply

and evaluate research. “It prepares nurses to be leaders in their profession,” Schrock said. The doctoral program was developed in response to a nationwide movement that indicates a master’s degree is no longer sufficient for nurse practitioners. “These healthcare providers need to be at the doctoral level,” Schrock said. “Healthcare is changing and nurses are filling more specialized roles.” Students with a bachelor’s degree in nursing may concurrently obtain a master’s degree, which will enable them to take the licensure and certification examinations so they can be employed as nurse practitioners while continuing to work toward their DNP. “I think that is one of the selling points of our program,” Schrock said. To accommodate working nurses, the doctoral program combines online material and in-class lectures, most of which are also accessible online, Schrock said.

“It’s something that really works for the busy working nurse,” she said. Why become a nurse? According to Schrock, nursing offers a more holistic approach to healthcare. “A nurse has a different perspective than a physician,” Schrock said. “A physician usually looks at a specific problem and diagnosis, but nurses look at the whole patient and try to address everything that is going on with the individual,” said Shrock. The DNP admits only 40 students across the state each fall. Admission requirements are similar to those of other graduate programs. A master’s degree is not required for the DNP degree — students with either a bachelor’s or master’s in nursing may apply. Students must be registered nurses with one year of full-time nursing practice. The next application deadline is Jan. 10. Scholarships are available. For more information, visit n

ASWSUV Senate update The ASWSUV senate meets at 9 a.m. every-other Friday in Firstenburg Student Commons Room 104. The meetings are open to all WSU Vancouver students. The meeting schedule is available at

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Student Involvement, and others to bring organizations to campus for what they hope will become an annual or bi-annual event. “Depending on a person’s income, some of these organizations provide emergency care for little to no cost and others offer greatly reduced rates,” McNa said. At the drop-in event, Columbia River Occupational Health will check students’ blood pressure and blood sugar (finger stick required) for free. They will also provide flu shots for only $18 and a complete battery of blood screening tests for $20. On Thursday, Free Clinic of Southwest Washington will screen students’ dental health in their mobile dental van to determine if emergency dental care is needed. The Free Clinic will either provide follow-up care soon thereafter or will guide students to an appropriate dental facility. McNa, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, also invited representatives from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and the WSU Vancouver VetCorps to attend.

“We have a lot of veterans and enlisted military personnel on this campus,” McNa said. “As a vet, I know how hard it can be to navigate veterans benefits and to find the services you need. There are many great services available; however, the VA can be a complicated and intimidating process.” Other health and service providers attending the event include PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, New Day Community Dental Clinic, Clark County Food Bank, Clark County Public Health, Planned Parenthood, campus Recreation Office and Columbia Credit Union. Food and beverages will be provided with a focus on delicious, healthy alternatives. McNa credits fellow students, senators and members of the external affairs committee, Jared Cavanaugh, Ariel Goldsworth and Cera Thackeray for helping to plan and execute the ASWSUV event. Students who attend the event will be asked to complete an email evaluation to help inform future campus events. n

Health Week services available in Firstenburg Student Commons from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22 – 25:


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Norman Enz, a senior majoring in computer science with a minor in criminal justice, was elected to the Judicial Board. The Judicial Board interprets and applies the WSU Vancouver constitution and bylaws. Nick Trudeau was elected to the ASWSUV judicial board. The senate elected Jared Cavanaugh, a pre-pharmacy sophomore majoring in biology, to fill the last senate vacancy. On Nov. 1, Campus Conservatives will sponsor “Hear Your Representative.” The event will feature Senator Don Benton who will discuss fiscal conservatism. The senate allocated $270 for food and refreshments. Latino Student Association will sponsor the Latino Professional Luncheon from 11 a.m. – noon Oct. 25. WSU Vancouver professors of Hispanic descent will discuss their professions and the challenges they have faced. Authentic Mexican food will be served. n

• Blood pressure check — Free • Blood sugar test (finger prick) for diabetes — Free • Flu vaccination — $18 (regularly priced at $25) • Complete blood screening to check for anemia, diabetes, infections, heart, liver or kidney disease and other health concerns $20 (regularly priced at $36)

Oct. 25 only:

Free dental assessments by Free Clinic of Southwest Washington (follow-up treatment available)

Firstenburg Student Commons is place of relaxation, recreation and leadership By SAMY REEL, The VanCougar Students who have not visited Firstenburg Student Commons at WSU Vancouver are missing out on a casual place to hangout with friends, eat lunch and play games. But there is even more to FSC than that. “The Firstenburg Student Commons is the central hub of student life,” said Daniel Nguyen, ASWSUV president and a senior majoring in biology and psychology. Most students gather here to relax, eat, play and study in the large open space at the south end of the building. Large, flat-screen televisions mounted on the walls display programs of students’ choosing. To check out a television remote, students drop by the OSI front desk and show their student identification card. Students in the mood for ping-pong or a game of pool find the FSC is ready for fun with two tables for ping-pong and a full-size pool table. The pool room, accessible through the double doors in the red wall, features couches, chairs and another flat screen TV. Gaming consoles and controllers are available at the OSI front desk — again, student ID is required. A variety of board games are tucked into a cabinet in the pool room. The Commons Café is open from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday – Thursday on days classes are in session. The menu offers breakfast, lunch and snack foods including coffee and sweet rolls in the morning, pizza, hot and cold sandwiches, bagels, fruit, yogurt, soup and other items. At the north end of Firstenburg Student Commons is the Office of Student Involvement, Washington State University Vancouver

an organization that encourages student activity, leadership and student awareness. This busy space buzzes with the activities of student-oriented and student-operated organizations such as ASWSUV, Student Ambassadors and Student Diversity. The leaders and members of registered student organizations filter through here as well. Michelle McIlvoy, student involvement manager, is assisted by OSI Program Manager Teresa Picchioni, OSI Marketing Intern Lia Thompson, a senior majoring in digital technology and culture, and OSI Student Intern Monica Santos-Pinnacho, a senior majoring in business marketing with minors in political science, Spanish, and Latin American culture studies and professional sales. “OSI is a place for leadership, mentorship and diversity. It is a place for students to take full advantage of their student life,” Thompson said. OSI student interns help to plan and promote leadership and diversity events throughout the year. Students looking to promote an event can stop by OSI to reserve A-frame signs or arrange exposure on the electronic reader boards around campus. Either option can be reserved for up to two weeks through the OSI front desk. Thompson loads the electronic reader board and points students to CougSync for dimensions and guidelines.

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Monday, Oct. 22

Tuesday, Oct. 23

◆ Health Week 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Firstenburg Student Commons Free (fee for some services)

◆ Health Week 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Firstenburg Student Commons Free (fee for some services)

◆ Campus Conversation with Chancellor Netzhammer 3 – 4 p.m. VMMC Room 6 Free

◆ STEM Interactive Seminar Series 11 a.m. – Noon VUB 311 Free

◆ Science Seminar 3 – 4 p.m. VECS Rom 105 Free

◆ Stress Management Workshop 1 – 2 p.m. Firstenburg Student Commons Room104 Free

◆ Salmon Creek Journal Prose Workshop 4:30 – 6:45 p.m. VLIB Room 201 Free ◆ Presidential Debate Viewing Party 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Firstenburg Student Commons Free ◆ Applications for VanCougar Editor-in-chief due 5 p.m. OSI

◆ Poker Tournament 6 – 10 p.m. Firstenburg Student Commons Free

Wednesday, Oct. 24 ◆ Health Week 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Firstenburg Student Commons Free (fee for some services)

◆ Artist Lecture: Damien Gilley 1:30 – 2:30 and 3 – 4 p.m. VMMC Room 103 Free

◆ Monster Ball 8 p.m. – midnight VLIB Room 201 Free

◆ Pumpkin Carving 2 – 4 p.m. Firstenburg Student Commons Free

Saturday, Oct. 27

Thursday, Oct. 25 ◆ Health Week 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Firstenburg Student Commons Free (fee for some services) ◆ Latino Professionals Luncheon 11 a.m. – noon Firstenburg Student Commons Free (fee for some services) ◆ “It Takes a Village: Starbucks’ Quest for a Recyclable Iconic Cup” 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. VUB Room 1 Free

◆ Football Viewing Party 5 – 8 p.m. Firstenburg Student Commons Free

Thursday, Nov. 1

◆ Make a Difference Tree Planting 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. WSU Vancouver Mill Creek Free

◆ Meadows Lift Tickets On Sale November - December OSI Front Desk Firstenburg Student Commons Cost TBA

Sunday, Oct. 28 ◆ Source Climbing All day Sign up in the Rec Office by Oct. 26 $5 Students; $10 Non- Students; $5 for gear

Friday, Nov. 2 ◆ Last day to take the campus smoking policy survey Online at http://tinyurl. com/8wu9wbr ◆ Zoo Lights Tickets On Sale OSI Front Desk Firstenburg Student Commons $5

Monday, Oct. 29 ◆ Science Seminar 3 – 4 p.m. VECS Room 105 Free

Saturday, Nov. 3

◆ Trailblazer Tickets On Sale 3 – 4 p.m. OSI Front Desk Firstenburg Student Commons $5

◆ Caving Trip All day Sign up in the Rec Office by Nov. 2 Free

Found in translation: Prevention science moves public health from laboratory to real world “How do we take what we learn and put it to good use in the real world?” — Cynthia Cooper

By,CAMBRI SHANAHAN The VanCougar Childhood obesity, teen pregnancy and high school alcoholism are serious social and pubic health issues facing our nation. The study of programs that attempt to address these concerns up-stream are the focus of prevention science. On Sept. 27, Brittany Rhoades Cooper, assistant professor in the department of human development at WSU, spoke about her work in prevention science at WSU Vancouver’s Human Development Research Colloquium. Prevention science studies the impact and effectiveness of community information and education services and programs. Cooper calls upon her research at Pennsylvania State University to explain how best practices can be identified and applied to real life. She cites Boys and Girls Clubs of America as an example of prevention science in action. This organization helps

children develop effective life skills including goal setting, leadership and responsibility. School-based curricula regarding bullying, drugs, pregnancy and nutrition are other examples of prevention science. Cooper explained that the process of translating knowledge and theory into solutions falls into two categories. The first type of translation involves identifying a problem (such as drug use among high school students) and associated risk factors, interventions to prevent the problem and methods for testing the intervention’s effectiveness. The second type begins when interventions become widely disseminated, sustainable over time and produce a measureable impact on public health. Cooper is specifically interested in the second form of translation. “Prevention science is all

about translating knowledge to action and that’s what gets me excited about doing this research,” Cooper said. According to Cooper, type two translation “is where the rubber hits the road. It’s where we take programs that have proven effective in research trials and put them to use in the real world. How do we take what we learn and put it to good use in the real world where we run in to all kinds of problems, barriers and challenges?” Cooper said moving a public health initiative through the processes of translation can take as long as 20 years. Prevention science aims to answer a huge question of whether a method has made a public health impact. To answer this question, Cooper worked with the Evidence-Based Prevention and Intervention Support Center in Pennsylvania where she had the

Help HD Club build a house

By CYNDIE MEYER , The VanCougar The Human Development Club invites WSU Vancouver students to lend a hand at Habitat for Humanity Build Day, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nov. 24. A number of spots are still available for HD Club members and non-members. “[HD Club has] done a Habitat for Humanity Group Build the last two semesters. I was part of

the last one in spring 2012,” said Mona Werner, HD major and HD Club member. “I liked it so much I decided to be in charge of this HD Club event this semester.” What happens at Habitat Build Day? “[The Habitat crew] gives us different tasks and shows us beforehand how to do it,” Werner

said. “Last semester we put siding on a house. We got pretty far, too. It was very productive. This year the volunteer coordinator told me we can bring up to 23 participants,” Werner said. For more information, visit HD Club on CougSync or contact Mona Werner at mona.werner@ n

opportunity to study diverse public health programs. Cooper’s team analyzed the functionality and sustainability of several programs to gain a clearer view of what is working in prevention science. “By identifying what is going on out there and why, we can actually start moving toward better support [for] the programs [that are] being implemented,” Cooper said. Cooper said she has high hopes for prevention programs in the state of Washington and is looking forward to conducting more research on prevention science services here. WSU launched a new Ph.D. in prevention science at the Pullman campus this fall. Offered through the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, this field of study focuses

on the science of developing up-stream prevention solutions to public health issues. At WSU Vancouver, the department of human development offers a bachelor of arts in human development, a certificate and minor in gerontology, a certificate in human services case management and administration and a minor in human development. Cooper was invited to speak at the fall Human Development Colloquium by the WSU Vancouver Human Development Club. This registered student organization is available to all currently enrolled students who are interested in and committed to the field of human development. The club provides opportunities for student involvement on campus and in the community at large. Find out more on CougSync. n


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Is campus ready for a zombie attack?

Part Two of The VanCougar’s series on disaster preparedness No board game ever killed more people than “Hungry Hungry Hippos.” Game players are led to believe that hippos are adorable, harmless creatures that live off white marbles. This could not be further from the truth. Hippos are remorseless killing machines, but, thanks to this game, they have been given the greatest gift any assassin could hope for: the element of surprise. There are likely countless deaths attributed to the game’s softening of the hippo image. Society created one killer, and now it is working on another. Zombies dominate today’s movies, television, books and video games. It seems they cannot be stopped. Much like the hippo of yesteryear, zombies are now dressed up and gift wrapped to seem soft and cuddly. Perhaps that is taking it a little too far. After all, mindless, flesh-eating zombies will never be as cute as fake plastic hippos, but the impact on the living is somewhat similar. In every iteration of zombie myth, earth is overrun by mindless cannibals, the undead or both. Somehow, a ragtag group of survivors always beats the odds — and barely avoids death by zombie. Fortune favors the prepared. So, how can we, the students of WSU Vancouver be ready for an invasion? The VanCougar recently published an article about disaster preparedness authored by one of

its finest reporters whose initials are “Z.P.” Regretably, the article neglected to cover what to do in case of invasion by slow-moving, mindless cannibals. To remedy the situation, the following countdown on tips for survival should help in any sort of invasion, whether by true zombies or bath salt-influenced cannibals. Tip 10: Early alerts save lives. As with any sort of invasion, the best defense is evacuation. At WSU Vancouver, students are in a unique position to see herds of the undead approaching from quite a distance. We should act accordingly. Listen carefully for activation of the campus-wide emergency alert system — unless they get to Lieutenant Stephenson first. Tip 9: We can make it if we run. When a hoard of people, either living or dead, meanders toward campus, what should you do? Run. There are front and back exits on campus. The hoard will most likely come from the nearest established center of civilization. Therefore, the safest route is probably the 50th Avenue exit. Pay attention and do not panic. Organization will save lives. Don’t honk and don’t shout. Everyone wants to avoid being eaten as much as you do. So, get your car in line, lock your doors and sit tight. If the 50th Avenue exit is backed up, fasten your seatbelt and take the Salmon Creek Ave-

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nue exit. Just do not stop! Tip 8: Take passengers, not prisoners. When leaving campus, the number one priority is, of course, to leave campus. If you want to drive on the grass, drive on the grass. For all we know at this point, society has decayed, so live it up. This is also a good opportunity to experiment with carpooling. If you see someone who needs a ride, don’t be shy. Your ride-sharing instincts will definitely help save the environment, and you will probably save your passenger from a mob of flesh-eating maniacs. You might even make a new friend. Tip 7: Hunker down. What if you cannot find a ride off campus? The potentially undead are trudging uphill, and now you are stuck. This is a critical moment. It is time to batten down the hatches and choose the building in which you might spend the rest of your life. Think about it carefully. Avoid buildings with windows, open spaces and large doors. Most hoards will move on if unable to see the possibility of food (you). The science and engineering building is ideal, with narrow hallways, small entrances that can be easily blocked off and several locking doors. Tip 6: Plan your defense. Once you choose a building, it is paramount to consider your

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strategy. Do everything possible to avoid combat with the undead. Block the doors and cover the windows. It may be necessary for the greater good to vote someone off the proverbial island and lock the door behind them. After all, a small hoard of cannibals may be satisfied with just one body. Tip #5: Relinquish control to the engineers. This might be a good time to befriend an engineering student or professor, ideally one with the combination to the door locks. Really, who knows what they have in there? Could be lazers. Might be zombie repellant. Perhaps they even have a techno-device to end the world (in this case, proceed to Tip 1). There is really no way of knowing until you get in. Tip 4: Consider your surroundings. In the event the hoard breaks through your barricade, you may have to fight off a zombie, cannibal or bath salt abuser. Look around. You will need a weapon that does not require ammunition and that can be used from a safe distance. Fire extinguishers are a safe bet. Tip 3: Be thorough. Combatting the undead can be difficult, so here are a few things to keep in mind: a) Aim for the head. Judging from movies, a swift blow to the head will knock out a member

of any hoard, be it zombies or cannibals. b) Repeat. The only thing more effective than a blow to the head is repeated blows to the head. Tip 2: Re-consider your strategy. Perhaps the engineering building is not your style. The library is another solid option. It has relatively few windows, and is literally filled with objects that could deliver a substantial blow to the head. I recommend “War and Peace” for irony’s sake. If you cannot find that, “Infinite Jest” is thick enough to deliver a crushing blow and is an excellent read after the whole invasion blows over. Now you are ready for any scenario. Except for... Tip 1: Fast zombies. It is highly unlikely that campus will be overrun by fast zombies straight out of video games, but it is still possible. In this case feel free to run, fortify, plan and hide, but realize you are only delaying the inevitable. Fast zombies have no equal in nature and have yet to be defeated. The best course of action in a fast zombie invasion is to make peace with your preferred deity, call your family, tell them you love them and wait. That is unless you have made friends with the engineering student who is working on the doomsday device. Hey, anything’s possible. n

PHOTO | For those who do not mind ghostly company, the Grant

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Al Eufrasio, the Grant House is haunted by Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Sully. Sully commanded the post from 1874 until he died there in 1879. The authors report that Sully’s footsteps can be heard pacing upstairs and quote the restaurant owner who says the ghost locked a telephone repair person into the house and appeared and spoke to at least one visitor, telling her, “I lived here before, and I am just looking around.” The restaurant seems to enjoy its spirited resident and offers a flyer telling patrons about the friendly ghost. Two houses down is Nelson House, where Admiral Nelson, descendent of President William Howard Taft, currently resides. According to, the admiral is not particularly welcoming toward ghost hunters. Nonetheless, a few goblin chasers have managed to score a look inside. Several websites say a bloodlike substance drips from the walls and the grass turns from green to brown four days each week. Could this be a result of more than water conservation? Over in the barracks, building 614 was used as a hospital and psychiatric ward for many years. While investigating stories of paranormal activity in 1996,

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Davis spent two nights in the old building. During the night, toilet seats seemed to open and close on their own, the front door unlocked itself, and Davis reportedly recorded “voices,” coughs and other sounds made in an empty, sealed bathroom. According to some reports, the morgue and blood-draining area downstairs is supposedly home to a particularly angry spirit that has actually chased people from the building. The third floor, which housed psychiatric patients, is said to be haunted by screaming and laugh ing ghosts who make paper float to the ceiling and stick there. None of these or other unexplainable events at Officers Row have been verified. Stories of the paranormal are based on “fringe” science, rumors and the whisperings of people who claim to have seen or felt something. These happenings may be true — or they may not. Whether you choose to believe them is up to you. Do you have a Clark County ghost story to share? Write it up and send it to n


It is not hard to imagine ghosts and goblins living in the infirmary at Fort Vancouver barracks .


Salmon Creek Journal to publish 15th edition By SAMY REEL, The VanCougar

WANTED: Prose, poetry, visual and performing arts The Salmon Creek Journal, WSU Vancouver’s unique literary and arts journal, is looking for students who dream of being published. The 15th edition of SCJ will showcase creative works of prose, poetry and visual arts when it is published again this spring. Performing art submissions will be displayed online. Submissions are due by Dec. 1. To inspire writers, SCJ will sponsor a writing workshop at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the WSU Vancouver Writing Center. Prose editor Kerry Layne Jeffrey will lead participants through guided prompts, free writing and group critiques. Students, faculty and alumni are welcome. Isabella Oliveira, the journal’s editor-in-chief and senior majoring in English, is considering a contemporary theme for this year’s journal, but notes that a theme usually emerges from the pieces themselves. “I was thinking of going with a modern theme since last year’s version focused on the history of the journal,” Oliveira said. “I want to do something different.” Writers and artists may submit up to six pieces in each category, but

Oliveira said most people focus on one or two. SCJ usually receives far more submissions than it can print, so inclusion in the journal is truly an honor for those chosen. Selecting the final pieces for publication is not an easy process. “[The SCJ staff] goes on a three-day [off campus] retreat. Then, we go over everything. It’s a lot of reading,” Oliveira said. Once selections are made, the SCJ staff notifies the writers and artists. The staff edits submitted work for typographical errors only. If changes are suggested, SCJ staff notifies the writer for permission. Oliveira hopes her staff can complete an online version of the journal this year. “It’s really tough because layout [of the print publication] takes about two months,” Oliveira said. Oliveira said the journal will be released at a launch party in April. “Last year we set up a gallery in Firstenburg Student Commons and students could view pieces from [current and previous] journals,” Oliveira said. n

Meet the SCJ staff Isabella Oliveira was poetry editor for the Salmon Crrek journal last year. This year, she has expanded her responsibility to editor-in-chief. Her main goal is to increase visibility by holding events that will benefit students and increase awareness of this creative medium. “Everyone [on our staff] is really ambitious and enthusiastic about trying to come up with something new to get the journal more visible on campus,” Oliveira said. Kerry Layne Jeffrey, prose editor and a senior majoring in English and education, joined the journal to create a unique and interesting product. He invites both novice and experienced writers to submit their work to the journal. “I encourage experienced writers to step up their game and be a part of a literary arts journal that is stepping up its game as well,” Jeffrey said. Poetry Editor Janae Green (not pictured) is a junior majoring in English and literary studies. She said she joined the journal because she loves art. Green encourages artists to write for craft and not for audience. “Your art is for you. I want to celebrate that,” Green said. Visual Arts Editor Kimberly Lawrence, a junior majoring in English with a focus on secondary education, submitted work to the 2011 Salmon Creek Journal and served as editor-in-chief last year. “The importance of visual arts recognition throughout the publication is key in helping our campus grow in appreciation for the arts,” Lawrence said. Cambri Shanahan is the journal’s marketing director and a junior majoring in human development and fine art. Shanahan said the journal showcases not only her accomplishments, but those of the entire student body and staff. “As marketing director I am excited to bring a larger voice to the journal and to do my best to publicize it to the entire campus,” Shanahan said. Kyle Shaeffer, web design and layout manager and senior majoring in digital technology and culture, said he is excited about getting other artists published. He wants to help take the journal to the next level and release a digital version along with the print publication. In addition to submitting art or writing, students can get involved by passing out journals when they are published, by contacting Olivera at, or by joining, friending or liking the Salmon Creek Journal on Facebook, Twitter and CougSync. n


The staff of the Salmon Creek Journal love their books and art! From top: Isabella Oliveira, Kerry Layne Jeffrey, Kimberly Lawrence, Kyle Schaeffer and Cambri Shanahan.

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Looking for a way to enjoy both art and fitness? Look no further than the City of Vancouver. Some of the city’s loveliest parks and walkways are also home to art installations that reflect the history and significance of area residents, explorers and workers. Walking, running or biking to view one sculpture or mural after another makes the downtown area an art-filled playground. Columbia River Waterfront

One of the city’s prettiest walking trails is also home to several notable works of art. Visitors to the east end of the scenic Columbia River Waterfront Trail will find a statue created by Women Who Weld, a group of local artists. The 10-foot tall statue, “Wendy Rose,” honors women who supported the war effort during World War II. This statue of a female war worker sports a red polka-dot bandana and stands in the James and Joyce Harder Memorial Plaza, which commemorates the Kaiser Shipyard site. During World War II, the Kaiser shipyards in Vancouver built 141 military ships in less than 44 months. This was an era that saw tremendous growth for the City of Vancouver. From 1941 – 1944, the population of Vancouver swelled from 18,000 to more than 90,000 residents.

Photos of “Wendy Rose” and “Illchee” courtesy of the City of Vancouver.

“Wendy Rose” Farther west on the trail, a 700-pound bronze titled “Illchee” appears to gaze over the Columbia River. Artist Eric Jensen created this statue of a powerful Shaman of the Chinook tribe in the early 1800s. At the entrance to the land bridge that links the waterfront with Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is a welcome gate designed by Native American artist Lillian Pit. The gate features two wooden oars that honor the Chinookan people who lived and traded from the mouth of the Columbia River all the way to Celilo. Cast glass masks representing the faces of Chinookan women are mounted on the oars. The land bridge itself was designed by Maya Lin, the famed artist and architect who designed the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. n


Near the Columbia River

Colorful murals adorn both sides of the railroad underpass at Columbia and 4th Streets in Vancouver. (Pictured below.) The murals were created by a partnership of the Graffiti Task Force of the Clark County Sheriff ’s Office and students from Lewis and Clark High School. They were installed in 2000 as a way to discourage gang graffiti. Since then, the site has remained graffiti-free.

Photos by Cyndie Meyer Photo by Margarita Topal

Confluence Land Bridge and gate

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“Boat of Discovery” (left), a mon structed of metal, concrete, granite a pears to float above Columbia Street to the Red Lion Hotel at the Quay, ju The piece, created by artist Jay Rood to Captain George Vancouver and th tion of Europeans to venture up the It was installed in 1992, a date coinc centennial celebration of the explora of the Columbia River. n

ARTS AND CULTURE 7 Esther Short Park

Only three blocks north from “Boat of Discovery” is “Salmon Run” bell tower and glockenspiel in the southeast corner of Esther Short Park. The bells and glockenspiel play daily at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. The 69-foot tall glockenspiel is a three-scene diorama that rotates to tell the story of a Chinook tribal legend. The legend is broadcast over loudspeakers so visitors to the park can hear the stories. Bronze salmon appear to jump through the bell tower while a beautiful water feature bubbles over the rocks nearby.

Mary Granger Sculpture Garden at 9th and Broadway

Seated on a bench near the water feature, a bronze statue of George Propstra greets a little girl who brings him a flower. Propstra, who passed away in 2004, was a long-time Vancouver resident, generous philanthropist, and founder of Burgerville/The Holland Inc. Propstra was instrumental in the development of Esther Short Park. The statue, titled “A Gift for You” is located in an area of the park known as Propstra Square.

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“Pioneer Mother” (above) is a largerthan-life bronze of a pioneer woman and her children. She welcomes visitors at the north entrance of Esther Short Park. One of Vancouver’s first pieces of public art, “Pioneer Mother” was installed in 1929. Nationally renowned artist, Avard Fairbanks, created this tribute to local history.

Above: “A Gift for You” Below: Capt. Vancouver

The sculpture garden at 9th Street between Broadway and C Street was created in 1994 as a quiet refuge between the buildings of downtown Vancouver. The garden is named to honor its champion, Mary Granger, a forward-thinking, local philanthropist who passed away in 2010. This restful space features four modern sculptures: “Wheel Series,” “Winged Woman,” “Spike Flower” and “Glyph Singer.” “Spike Flower” (left), a polished bronze, is the work of artist Manuel Izquierdo. “Winged Woman” (below) is made of bronze, basalt and jasper. “Wheel Series” (bottom) by sculptor Don Wilson, is a study of interlocking forms carved of travertine marble. “Glyph Singer” (not pictured) was created by local artist James Lee Hansen. n

Across from Esther Short Park, at the corner of 6th and Esther Streets, Captain George Vancouver (left) stands pointing to a globe. The real Captain Vancouver never made it to Vancouver, but waited in his ship near the mouth of the Columbia while his lieutenant, William Broughton, led a small group upriver. Nonetheless, this 9-foot, 1500-pound bronze memorializes Vancouver’s expedition to the northwest to claim the area for the British Empire. The sculpture was created by self-taught artist, Jim Demetro. n

Photos by Cyndie Meyer

Esther Short Park photos by Cyndie Meyer.

Downtown Vancouver

Proceeding north from the south end of Main Street are several notable public artworks. “The Arches,” three interconnected brick arches at Fifth and Main Streets, were installed in 1984 to create a landmark for downtown Vancouver. (Pictured at left.) The Clark County Mural Society has commissioned approximately 15 murals on Vancouver buildings. Their goal over the next five years is to see the number of murals grow to 100. Several murals from downtown buildings are pictured below right. At Fifth and Columbia Streets is a mural by Guy R. Drennan, one of three winners of the 2012 Summer of Murals competition sponsored by Clark County Mural Society. “Old Apple Tree” aims to capture an authentic vision of Fort Vancouver and the surrounding landscape 180 years ago. Two blocks away, at Sixth and Washington Streets, is another new mural, the first place winner in the Clark County Mural Society 2012 competition. “Chinook Native Americans” was created by artist Travis Czekalski and produced with assistance from Jon Stommel, as a collage of images representing the history and imagery of the local Chinook Nation. Czekalski received guidance from Chinook Vice-Chaiman, Sam Robinson. A mural at the corner of Evergreen Boulevard and Main Street is titled “Chkalov’s Landing—Pearson Airfield.” Created in 2008 by Guy Drennan and Lindia Stanton, the mural honors Valery Chkalov’s first trans-Pacific flight in 1937 from the former USSR to the U.S. Another winner of the Summer of Murals competition, “Brewery Mural” can also be found at Evergreen Blvd. and Main Street. The mural celebrates Vancouver’s brewery history with a colorful design incorporating historic beer bottle labels. The mural was produced by Tamra Pfeifle Davisson and Jason Galles. “Flying Umbrellas” (left) was recently installed at the corner of Evergreen Boulevard and Main Street. It is a colorful, whimsical creation by Vancouver artists Jennifer Corio and Dave Frei. n

“Flying Umbrellas”

A few of the murals that liven the streets of downtown Vancouver. Mural photos by Margarita Topal

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Writing Center sponsors Nouspace Gallery ‘An Evening of Expression’ showcases digital art

First campus open-microphone poetry event sets the stage for more to follow By MICHAEL WILLIAMS, The VanCougar The WSU Vancouver Writing Center held its first official open microphone poetry reading on Oct. 3. Kandy Robertson, clinical associate professor of English and Writing Center coordinator, said she plans to hold more open-mic nights to encourage stronger creative relationships between aspiring writers, poets and artists on campus and in the local community. The atmosphere at the center was relaxed as speakers and listeners filtered into the room. The evening’s featured speaker was poet, novelist and editor, Richard F. Yates, a graduate of Portland State University who currently works at the Writing Center. Yates wrote his first book at the age of seven. He recently finished a young adult novel and also writes for various zines, which are small, often self-published books or

magazines. On this evening, Yates read from “Night Noises,” his first book of poetry. “Night Noises” is currently available on Amazon. Poet, publisher and host Christopher Luna stepped to the front to introduce the first poet. Luna, a native New Yorker, works as a writing consultant at WSU Vancouver and is an adjunct English instructor at Clark College. In his free time, he pursues a variety of art and publishing projects. On the second Thursday of every month, Luna also hosts “Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic,” an uncensored poetry reading at Cover to Cover Books, 6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B, Vancouver, Wash. “Doing these events within the community is important so people can have a venue to listen, read and appreciate that poetry

has value and is meaningful to their lives,” Luna said. The Writing Center encourages and fosters better writers both on campus and within the community. “This is our attempt to bring the community into a relationship with WSU Vancouver and provide poets and artists a place to perform and display their work,” Robertson said. “This is the first event where we have really opened up and asked the community to come to campus and share their work with us and let us share our work with them.” For anyone looking for an enriching evening, or to feel the rush of exposing a piece of themselves through their art, the next open-mic event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the campus Writing Center, Library building Room 203. n

Is it time to tune up again? Campus orchestra is gone — but not forgotten By ADAM BALDWIN, The VanCougar Students who enjoyed participating in their high school’s music programs may wonder how to stay active in performance art at WSU Vancouver. The campus has had a community choir for 10 years, but many musically-minded students wonder why campus has no orchestra. Michelle McIlvoy, manager of the Office of Student Involvement, said that WSU Vancouver had an orchestra is the past. The club started in fall semester 2010 and ran through 2011. “It was definitely not a full-size orchestra,” McIlvoy said. “It numbered only around ten students.”

Despite its small size, McIlvoy said the orchestra performed on campus approximately five times. The orchestra even played at the annual Women of Distinction event that McIlvoy herself organized. While the club is no more, McIlvoy said that reviving it would be a relatively simple process, requiring just five students to find an advisor and fill out a club charter. She also indicated that some supplies remain available from the previous club. “We still have some things like music stands,” McIlvoy said. “But students have to bring their own

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Photos and story by INAHLEE BAUER, The VanCougar Galleries and art museums usually make certain their visitors never touch the exhibits. Not so at Nouspace Gallery. The invitation to touch, manipulate and interact with art is one of the things that makes Nouspace Gallery so… well, new. Nouspace is an interactive multi-media art gallery and lounge housed within North Bank Artists Gallery, 1005 Main Street in downtown Vancouver. It was created by WSU Vancouver Associate Professor Dene Grigar, director of the Creative Media and Digital Culture Program, and her husband and CMDC faculty member, John Barber. Grigar said she first developed the concept of a virtual archive in 1997 and designed the original gallery on her home computer. When she and Barber relocated to Vancouver, she put the project on hold while she focused on building the CMDC Program. Last year, she decided to re-visit the idea. Nouspace is a digital archive of creative expression by various artists. As the gallery’s main curator, Grigar said she chooses artists whose work best fits the overall theme. The current installation, titled “3


+ 3,” features works by Angela Ferraiolo, Maria Mencia and Jody Zellen. It will be on exhibit until the end of October. “I want us to move along in the 21st century, embrace new technology and make a difference in modern exhibits” Grigar said. “[We want] to include artists from all around the world and allow others to see the art pieces personally.” North Bank Artists Gallery notes on its website that Nouspace includes “a range of exhibits from mobile media works, to video installations, to 3D art and pioneering electronic literature.” In January, Nouspace will begin featuring live performances on Fridays. Once or twice each year, Grigar said the gallery will also exhibit student works. Nouspace is free to the public. For more information about Nouspace events and exhibits, visit n

Digital displays at Nouspace Gallery.

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Creative spirits thrive on fine arts classes

PHOTO | Graphite drawing by junior in pre-med, Amil Haddad.

Small but mighty, the Department of Fine Arts offers courses that strengthen artistic skills and independent, critical thinking Photos and story by CAMBRI SHANAHAN, The VanCougar The WSU Vancouver Department of Fine Arts has arts, you go back to that primal way of operating.” much to offer students, no matter their majors. The Lessons taught in fine arts classes are applicable department’s unique studio classes are something many across multiple disciplines. They encourage and promote students never take time to experience. critical thinking. The small class environment, personal The Department of Fine Arts is small and personal. interaction with the material and with other classmates Fine arts instructors encourage hands-on creativity and is unique. Students who are not art majors are often enexpression, and classes emphasize dialogue between couraged to take a fine arts class for the experiences they student and professor, lessening academic barriers. may transfer to work in their major. The department offers a minor in fine arts and fills Amil Haddad, a junior majoring in biology with a students’ core requirements for degrees in general studpre-med emphasis, plans to become a plastic surgeon ies, humanities and digital technology and culture. These specializing in facial reconstruction. He decided to take classes also fulfill electives for other majors. a drawing class this semester to develop artistic skills he Avantika Bawa, assistant professor of fine arts, one may need in his career. of two full-time WSU Vancouver fine arts professors, “I have always had a love for medicine as well as a believes the approach and process of the fine arts departlove for art,” Haddad said. “This is the perfect place to ment is fundamental to helping students realize their express, experiment with new things and try new media artistic ability. — and I love it.” “Hands-on making cannot be undermined. Espe“It is the challenges you put yourself through in the cially in a day and age where everything is being digimaking of a fine arts piece that changes your thinking,” talized, we forget the importance and nuances of actual, Bawa said. “When you go back to your lab, or to your sophysical making,” Bawa said. “If you take a class in fine ciology research, you’re interested, comfortable and keen on this kind of experimental thinking that is critical analysis.” Fine arts classrooms are located on the second floor of the Multimedia Classroom building. A rotating exhibit in the hallway outside showcases student work. The gallery outside the cafeteria in Dengerink Administration building also exhibits an annual show of student and faculty art. Increasing the campus’ awareness of both fine arts and the fine arts department is one of Bawa’s goals. She would like to see the number

of students enrolled in fine arts classes increase. “We need this on our campus, and if a minor is all we can offer, we will make it the best possible minor we can,” Bawa said. Bawa points to the small number and availability of faculty as factors that limit the growth of the department. This spring, the fine arts department will offer classes in drawing, beginning painting, digital photography, print-based media and visual concepts. Student seeking an elective or wishing to expand their horizons should consider registering for a fine arts class. It is an opportunity to push expressive talents to the limit. n

Local comedians crack the censors

Local comedian struggles against censorship to entertain with adult humor Comedian Lonnie Bruhn takes life’s challenges to the stage — literally. Born with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects early development of muscle tone and motor function, Bruhn, 41, recently replaced his cane with a three-wheel walker. Seated next to it at a local strip club, he talks to a dancer. “Do your arms still work?” the dancer asks. “I am pretty sure you have to use your hands [to use a walker],” Bruhn responds. Bruhn recreates his personal stories for the comedy stage. Using laughter as therapy, his candid narratives are used to mock the uncomfortable interactions of everyday life. “There’s a blurry line between comedian and therapist,” Bruhn said. Stand-up comedy is a subjective art form that relates the trials of the comedian to the audience. The comedian’s goal is to find humor in even the darkest life situations. “[Comedians] are the philosophers of our time. Writing, painting, sculpture — it’s how the individual connects with that painting or connects with that

story or that sculpture. What makes our art form unique is that our ‘painting’ [changes] for every audience…It is always evolving.” Bruhn’s interest in comedy began in fourth grade. Before the days of VHS, Bruhn listened to a performance by Richard Pryor on Betamax. Pryor’s literary magic inspired the future comedian. Using his life as material, Pryor explained his challenges and addictions in a way that could be funny to his audience. Young Bruhn started re-telling the jokes of his favorite comedians at school. “I was the neighborhood comedian,” Bruhn said. When he was 17 years old, Bruhn performed his first live set. With his hair cut into a mullet, he dressed in a leather jacket with fringe and prepared for the stage. What Bruhn did not expect was his first dose of stage fright. “I sucked tonight,” he told the audience, “I know that, you guys know that, but I’m going to keep coming back until I get this right.” Compelled to continue with stand-up, Bruhn never stopped performing. In 1991 he became the youngest comedian to win the Portland Laugh Off. Bruhn has been performing stand-up

comedy now for 23 years. After being banned from Harvey’s Comedy Club for a single joke, Bruhn became known as the black sheep of Portland comedy. With his unruly nature and raw method of storytelling, Bruhn refused to present jokes to audiences that censored his art form. Gaining a name for his radical voice, he was welcomed back to the Harvey’s stage eight years later. In his return show, he began with that very same joke. “Now we’ve come full circle,” Bruhn told his sold-out audience. “Let’s begin the show.” Audiences have not withheld their applause since. Bruhn and his business partner, fellow comedian Jon Green, 31, have shaped the Northwest comedy scene. They founded Stage Left Comedy, a booking company that represents a group of comedians who provide uncensored comedy entertainment. “I like being uncensored, not because I want to be dirty. I like being uncensored because life is uncensored. Why should my act be any different?” Bruhn said. “Lonnie pissed off all the local booking companies, so we had to create our own,” Green said. “Just kidding, Lonnie.”

Bruhn and Green are prone to performing in unconventional venues and situations. They inspire laughter in places that sometimes lack stages or lights. The duo has surprised unsuspecting audiences at truck stops, Applebee’s restaurants, microphone-free living rooms, a MAX train and drive-thru restaurant windows. “[The Northwest] developed comedy under a worst-case scenario,” Bruhn said. Comedian Lonnie On Nov. 7, Bruhn Bruhn “tells it like PHOTO | and Green will perform it is.” a live uncensored show at the QuarterDeck Bar in Vancouver, Wash. can be found on his website: Hosted by Vancouver comedian, Ryno, Stage Left hopes to bring “Sometimes it is about me the audience a laugh-inducing evaluating my purpose on and showcase of shock comedy. In off the stage; sometimes it is addition to an edgy display of stoabout confessing my fears and rytelling, the audience can expect challenges with a real honest “their stomachs to hurt and booze approach,” Bruhn said. to come out their noses,” Green To follow more uncensored said. “Like a lot of other things, comedy from Stage Left, find comedy is better live.” Stage Left Comedy on Facebook Following his comedic theofor updates and upcoming shows ries, Bruhn also shoots a weekly or visit n podcast, “From the Nook,” which Washington State University Vancouver


Cougars’ losing streak continues Photo and story by KEVIN ALVAREZ, The VanCougar On Oct. 13 the Washington State Cougars played the California Bears at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. Coming into the game, the Cougs were on a three-game losing streak. They lost their fourth consecutive game, 31-17, against the Bears. The previous week California pulled a victory over #25-ranked UCLA Bruins. The Bears have been successful against the Cougars in prior years and came into the game with a seven-game win streak against Washington State. In the first quarter there was a quarterback change by Washington State. Unlike previous games the change was not because of injury; it was because of poor play. Jeff Tuel replaced quarterback Connor Halliday after he threw an interception on two consecutive drives. The second intercep-

tion Halliday threw resulted in a touchdown by California for the following drive. Bears quarterback Zach Maynard threw a 69-yard pass to wide receiver Keenan Allen, giving the Bears the first touchdown of the game. The Cougars ended the first quarter without scoring, but made progress downfield to set themselves up in good field position to start the second. In the second quarter the Cougars scored their only points of the half with a 20-yard field goal made by kicker Andrew Furney. California responded to the field goal with a scoring drive of their own that resulted in a four-yard touchdown run by C.J. Anderson. After two scores early in the second quarter, the teams held each other off to go into the half

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14-3 in California’s favor. In the third quarter the Cougars had one of their biggest plays of the game. Jeff Tuel threw a pass to Dominique Williams who turned the play into a 31yard gain to put the Cougars near the red zone. The Cougars then continued the drive and Tuel was able to throw an eight-yard pass to wide receiver Brett Bartolone for a touchdown. By the fourth quarter the Cougars hope for a victory was getting slimmer as the clocked ticked. With just 10 minutes left in the game, California running back C.J. Anderson rushed for a 29-yard touchdown to make the score 31-10. The Cougars eventually scored again with a six-yard pass from Tuel to Bartolone giving them each their second touchdowns of the game. This was the sixth game of


the season the Cougars were unable to break over 100 yards rushing. The only game of the season where they broke that mark was against Eastern Washington when the team ran for a combined 108 rush yards. The positive aspect for WSU was in the passing game. Jeff Tuel ended the game throwing 320 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Marquees Wilson was injured during the game and did not play in the second half. The rest of the Cougar season

Cougar fans hoped for a win when the team played at home in Martin Stadium.

is going to be tough. It is likely WSU will be near the bottom of the PAC-12 standings when the end of the season comes around. The Cougs will play the Stanford Cardinals, a ranked school, on Oct. 27. n

Intramural soccer teams face off for championship on Oct. 25 By CASEY KARLSEN, The VanCougar Early fall was sunny and dry, perfect conditions for intramural outdoor soccer at WSU Vancouver. From 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday since mid-September, WSU Vancouver students and staff gathered at the sports field to release pent-up energy and relate to each other through soccer. Oksana Klimenova, intramural intern with the campus Recreation Office and a senior majoring in social science, managed this year’s program. “It is fun to connect with others by organizing and playing my favorite sport,” Klimenova said. Students at a variety of skill levels, from beginner to

semi-professional, participate in campus intramurals. Everyone was included and welcome to play. Anthony Deringer, Recreation Office coordinator, was a newcomer to intramural soccer last year. “[Intramural soccer is] great for all skill levels. Even if you are a beginning player, you are still going to get the ball,” Deringer said. From 4:30 – 5 p.m. the field was open to any student who had not pre-registered for team play. After that, league play began five intramural teams took the field. This year competition has been tight as all teams have been evenly matched. After six games, four of five teams are

tied for first place. Playoffs to determine the intramural championship team began Oct. 18 in tournament style. The final playoff games will take place at 5 p.m. Oct. 25. Students are encouraged to attend. In addition to a prize from the Rec Office, the winning team will bask in glory and honor. Intramural soccer is one of many activities and events sponsored by the campus Recreation Office. For more information, visit the Rec Office located in the northwest corner of Firstenburg Student Commons or check the schedule at studentaffairs.vancouver.wsu. edu/student-involvement/recreation-program. n

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Students demonstrate sportsmanship Mech-E’s win three-on-three basketball tournament and skill Photos and story by CASEY KARLSEN, The VanCougar


Students Shawn Galivan (left) and Mike Peterson square off in a game of 3-on-3 basketball.

On Oct. 18, WSU Vancouver students gathered at a nearby school for a classic battle of strength, skill and sweat: intramural basketball. They enjoyed both competition and sportsmanship in a cozy gym on a rainy night. More impressive than the degree of skill the players

showed was how well they represented themselves and their school. They behaved honorably and with great sportsmanship. Players called their own fouls, kept their negative emotions in check and made new friends with people from other teams between games — all without reducing the compet-

itive spirit of the tournament. Sometimes scoreboards do not tell the whole story: Everyone at the three-on-three tournament was a winner. As in past years, the intramural tournament was hosted by the campus Recreation Office. This year, it was organized by Oksana Klimenova, intramural intern with the campus Recreation Office and a senior majoring in social science. Students formed several teams: the Mech E’s, the Young Guns and Free Agent Teams I, II and III. The tournament followed rules of double elimination, meaning teams had to lose twice before being cut from the tournament. Teams played without substitutes for either 15 minutes or until they scored 15 points. The first set concluded with two lopsided games. The Mech E’s emerged victorious over Free Agent Team II, and the Young Guns beat Free Agent Team III. The next game proved more

of a challenge for the Young Guns who took on Free Agent Team III. This back-andforth game came down to the wire. After a series of brilliant defensive plays by both teams, the score was tied with only seconds left to go. The Young Guns squared up for a shot at the buzzer with the game in the balance and nailed it. After this loss, Free Agent Team III played Free Agent Team I. Both teams faced elimination, having already lost one game each. Through a combination of excellent screens on and off the ball, prolific shooting and teamwork, Free Agent Team I rushed out to an early lead of 9-3. At this point, Free Agent Team III switched around their defense with better results. By the time the clock expired, the score was tied. The team to score two more points would take the game. Free Agent Team III scored a point, then completed the comeback with a putback layup after a missed shot.

On the other court, luck was running out for the Young Guns. They lost to the Mech E’s 15-10. The Young Guns faced Free Agent III again for a rematch after their impressive buzzer-beating victory the previous round. The winner of this game would face the Mech E’s in the finals. This time, the Young Gun’s achieved victory by a larger margin. In the first game of the finals the Young Guns gave the Mech E’s their first loss. The two teams were now tied with one loss apiece. The winner of the next game would win the tournament. The last game came down to the final seconds, with the Mech E’s up by one with seconds to go. The Young Guns set up for a do-or-die shot at the buzzer, but were unable to finish as successfully as in previous games, leaving the Mech E’s the victory. n


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The offices for ASWSUV’s executive team, executive staff and senators are located within OSI. They invite students to stop by any time to discuss their concerns and ideas. Student ambassadors also have a spot in OSI. “Student ambassadors lead orientations, give tours to prospective students and families, help with events on campus, and promote the university and higher education to the community,” said Alex Nevue, student ambassador and sophomore majoring in biology. “We’re totally open,” Nevue said, “we actually don’t really even have a door. We just have a desk and we hang out at a table, but we’re more than happy to have people come up and ask us questions, and say ‘hi’. We’re willing to help out with anything.” Student Diversity is also found within OSI. Assistant Director for Student Diversity, Bola Majekobaje, has an office here. She is assisted by the diversity student intern and students who participate as peer

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mentors for first-year students. “Student Diversity supports minorities and diversity. They [sponsor] many activities on campus for students, such as the Diversity Film Festival and guest speakers,” Thompson said. Students who are tired of carting their things all over campus may want to rent one of the lockers that are available in FSC for a refundable deposit of $20. A conference room, equipped with white board, and teleconference capability may be reserved for the use of student groups through the OSI front desk. The campus Recreation Office is also housed within Firstenburg Commons and is part of OSI. Managed by Recreation Coordinator Anthony Deringer, the Rec Office has its own entrance on the north side of the building. The Rec Office is the place to rent recreational equipment such as snowboards, bikes, basketballs, camping gear and more. The Firstenburg Student Commons provides recreation, relaxation and leadership activities. It is home to many student organizations that offer something unique for WSU Vancouver. Who says students can’t work and play at the same time? n

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