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Happy Holidays!

Ready for finals? Tips from the Student Resouce Center can help you prepare

Cougs take the Apple Cup

Cave climbers Cougars explore Turtle Cave

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December 3, 2012

Massive Monkees break loose on campus

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Unlikely win cheers Cougar fans Story on page 8

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Issue 7 · Volume 19

Student survey results favor non-smoking policy By CYNDIE MEYER, The VanCougar

Results of a recent campus-wide survey to collect student perspectives about smoking on the Washington State University Vancouver campus have

been tabulated. Of more than 1,000 students who participated in the survey, 70 percent favored a ban on smoking. The survey was conducted by the campus smoking committee, a group of students, student leaders and Nancy Youlden, vice

chancellor for student affairs. The committee was created earlier this fall by ASWSUV President Daniel Nguyen and Vice President Aaron Bruckner in response to a request from Chancellor Mel Netzhammer for ASWSUV to determine student

See ‘Smoking Policy,’ page 2

Story and photos by ALEX FEYTSER, The VanCougar Massive Monkees, the renowned break dance crew from Seattle, wowed an audience of more than 180 students, staff and faculty at the Washington State University Vancouver Marquee Diversity Event this fall. The energetic, jaw-dropping performance was part of a twoday event that attendees said was one of the most memorable experiences they had encountered on campus. Phillip Nguyen, a senior majoring in social science, and Bola Majekobaje, assistant director of student diversity, led the student diversity team in planning the two-day Marquee

Diversity Event. They aimed to raise cultural and diversity awareness, confront issues of equality, and emphasize student leadership and student experience through the power of performing arts. The Marquee Diversity series began with an educational workshop: From Joyluck Club to Gangnam Style: Asian Pacific Islanders in the Media. An expert panel discussed the ways Asian Pacific Islanders are portrayed in pop culture and how these portrayals impact our society today. The panel included Sharon Carstens, professor of anthropology and director for the Institute for Asian studies at Portland State University; Jason See ‘Massive Monkees,’ page 5

‘arsTECHNOLOGIKA’ showcases curatorial and digital talent of WSU Vancouver seniors By JON EXE, Contributing Writer Nouspace Gallery will unveil a new exhibit, “arsTECHNOLOGIKA,” featuring the work of students, faculty and friends of the Creative Media and Digital Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver. The show will open at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 with a launch party and special performance by digital graffiti artist Ashley Montague. The exhibition includes pieces by CMDC alumni Reed Rotondo and Chad McClure, faculty

members Brenda Grell and Will Luers, and students Bryan Ruhe and Greg Phillbrook. Live music performances by Nick Rudy (also known as Dj Wels) and Brandon “B” Stauch will also take place. The event is the final project for the CMDC course, “Curating Multimedia Exhibits & Archives”. Course instructor, Dene Grigar, director and associate professor of the CMDC program, said, “There is a lot of pressure for the students working on the event due to such a long standing partner-

ship between Nouspace Gallery and the CMDC program.” The university’s relationship with Nouspace and North Banks Artist Gallery has resulted in prior events including “An Evening of Multimedia” (2007), “Visionary Landscapes” and “VJ Fleet” (2008), “mediartz” (2009), “Placing” (2010), and “Loud & Clear” (2012). Exhibit curator, Setareh Alizadeh, a senior majoring in digital technology and culture, said, “This course not only tests our knowledge of the curatorial process, but also tests how well

See ‘ArsTECHNOLOGIKA,’ page 5

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CAMPUS EVENTS Monday, Dec. 3

Thursday, Dec. 6

t Winterhawks tickets on sale 8 a.m. OSI front desk $5 each

t Community Choir Concert Noon VDEN 110 Free

t Science Seminar 3 – 4 p.m. VECS 105 Free

t G6 Airpark Semester Party 8 – 10 p.m. Free

Wednesday, Dec. 5

t Fine Arts Friday: The Print— Traditional Photography Series Noon – 3 p.m. VMMC 103 Free

t Late Night Pancake Feed 8 – 11 p.m. FSC Free

Friday, Dec. 7

t ‘ArsTECHNOLOGICA’ exhibit opening 5 p.m. Nouspace Gallery Free

Saturday, Dec. 8 t A – Z of Financial Aid and Scholarships Workshop 2 – 3 p.m. Vancouver Community Library - Columbia Room 901 C Street, Vancouver Free

Monday, Dec. 17

Wednesday, Jan. 16

t Winter Break Begins

t Spring Involvement Fair 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. FSC Free

Monday, Dec. 24 to Tuesday, Jan. 1 t Campus Closed

Monday, Jan. 7 t Spring Classes Begin

Thursday, Jan. 17 t Spring Involvement Fair 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. FSC Free

t Trailblazer Tickets on sale 10 a.m. OSI Front Desk $5 each

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The VanCougar is a student-run newspaper serving the students, faculty and staff of WSU Vancouver. The VanCougar is available at distribution sites in the lobbies of most WSU Vancouver buildings. Location Classroom building (VCLS) Room 212 14024 NW Salmon Creek Ave. Vancouver, Wash. 98686 Phone: 360-546-9524 Editor-in-chief Cyndie Meyer vancouged@vancouver.wsu.edu Managing Editor Haley Sharp vancougme@vancouver.wsu.edu Advertising Manager Amber Dean vancougad@vancouver.wsu.edu Team Editors Sarah Cusanelli Margarita Topal Kelsey Smith Audrey Miller Web and Social Media Manager Emily Spannring Writers Kevin Alvarez, Adam Baldwin, Inahlee Bauer, Dallen Clark, Jenna Connolly, Jeremy Dunfield, Trevor Elliott, Alexander Feytser, Evan Flanagan, Shawn Gallivan, Janae Green, Casey Karlsen, Darya Komyushin, Lake Konopaski, Ken Lowe, Zack Pruitt, Samantha Reel, Cambri Shanahan, Alexander Smith, Emily Smith, Michael Williams, Lucas Wiseman, Jiheng Zhao

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sentiment on the subject. Nguyen, a senior majoring in biology and psychology, said the survey collected more than 200 written comments. Although survey-takers favored a non-smoking policy, Nguyen said input indicated many people also favor designated smoking areas on campus. Nguyen said the committee is analyzing the data thoroughly. The survey results will inform the recommendation that he and the campus smoking committee will make to Chancellor Netzhammer and his cabinet sometime next semester. He expects a decision regarding the subject will be made before spring break. n

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STUDENT LIFE 3

Campus services support student success

Student Resource Center workshops help students prepare for finals By TREVOR ELLIOTT The VanCougar

Bill Stahley, Student REsource Center academic coordinator, suggests students make use of campus learning resources. The following study centers and tutoring services are available all semester and most are free of charge to students. 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 vancouver.wsu.edu 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. 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. Supplemental instruction 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 src@vancouver.wsu.edu. 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. The center is located in the Library building Room 203. It 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@vancouver.wsu.edu. 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 Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. n

Finals are just around the corner, and WSU Vancouver students are feeling the pressure to pass their classes with flying colors. WSU Vancouver Student Resource Center Academic Coordinator Bill Stahley has several suggestions to help students improve their own tried-and-true exam preparation techniques. Stahley teaches effective study and testing habits at the regularly scheduled SRC workshop, Maximize Test Performance. “How well you prepare shapes how well you do on an exam,” Stahley said. Stahley stressed basics, such as getting enough sleep, having a proper diet and exercising regularly. Students who neglect health eating, sleeping and exercise cannot study as effectively and may do worse on tests, Stahley said. The following are Stahley’s best study tips which help with memory retention. 1. Study the harder parts first and get them out of the way. 2. Study in smaller chunks over a longer period of time instead of one long and exhausting session. 3. Return to the material within twenty-four hours after the first exposure and then come back to it within the same week.

Regular review and practice sessions using flash cards, reading notes aloud, discussing with others and creating chapter summaries and review sheets are all recommended study tools. When it comes to testing, Stahley proposed additional methods and tips. • One interesting idea for improved test taking is what

Stahley called the “data dump.” Students using the “data dump” technique will write down important key facts, theories or formulas the minute the test begins. By relocating this information from their brains to a piece of paper or directly onto the test, data dumpers free up short term memory and make room for more information. Staley recommends students start with the parts of the test they know well. Answer the easy questions first to help build momentum and confidence. Stahley discussed the widespread advice to “check your work.” Staley said it is not essential to go back and change your answers — it is best not to second-guess yourself on answers you already have answered. Instead, it is more important to re-read questions to make sure you answered them properly and to make sure you did not miss any questions. In his final study tip, Stahley recommended campus resources. He suggested students make use of professors’ office hours, and the tutoring, writing and quantitative skills centers. Students who struggle with test anxiety may want to consider making a visit to the counseling center located within the Student Resource Center. n

Cougs enjoy high-flying fun at G6 Airpark By SARAH CUSANELLI The VanCougar

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. – John Wooden

Stahley said that learning takes place during class, study sessions and while reading. For best results, students should attend all scheduled classes and maintain focus on the material presented. Stahley recommends taking notes, circling unfamiliar words, highlighting key facts and using the margins of books to record questions for later analysis. This will keep information as fresh as possible. Over-learning is not a bad thing. According to an article in “Cognitive Science” by American psychiatrist and classroom management theorist, William Glasser, the way people learn and how much they retain is based on their senses. Most people retain: • 10% of what we read • 20% of what we hear • 30% of what we see • 50% of what we see and hear • 70% of what we discussed with others • 80% of what we experience personally • 95% of what we teach someone else

Feeling jumpy? Imagine more than 12,000 square feet of trampolines all in one place, ready and waiting for frisky Coug families. That was the experience coordinated by WSU Vancouver Recreation Office on Nov. 9 at G6 Airpark. If you missed the fun, there will be a free end-of-semester party at G6 Airpark from 8 – 10 p.m., Dec. 6. Students are encouraged to bring a friend. G6 Airpark, an indoor trampoline park in Vancouver, Wash., offers four distinct areas for trampoline fun. Adults can use the open jump area with a

dunk hoop, a netted dodgeball section and foam pits. There is also a space dedicated for little jumpers equipped with couches where parents can keep an eye on their kids. Most Cougs started in the open trampoline area, but gravitated to the foam pit area as the night wore on. Students practiced their trick jumps and flips and took turns capturing the action on video. Kevin Alvarez, a senior majoring in social science, said, “The basketball hoop was my favorite part of the place, and it was fun to just jump around a for a bit.” G6 Airpark is popular for family time, fun with friends or

kids’ birthday parties. Jumpers of all ages, from apprehensive moms to hyper young children and everyone in between, enjoyed the park, Admission to G6 is usually $10 for the first hour and $8 for additional hours, but the Recreation Office negotiated a discounted price for Cougs on Nov. 9. The end-of-semester party on Dec. 6 is free. G6 offers discounts on specified dates and times for homeschooled children, for children age10 years and under, and for people with special needs. Zumba and “airobics” classes are also offered. For more information, visit the G6 airpark website at g6airpark. com. n Washington State University Vancouver


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Massive Monkees, continued from page 1 Lim, marketing manager of the Asian Reporter; Melissa Navas, communications specialist, Multnomah County; Carol Seigel, professor of English at WSU Vancouver; and recording artist, Rachel Wong. “We had some incredible discussions with great people over great food,” said Nguyen of the event’s first day. On the evening of Nov. 15, Firstenburg Student Center was transformed into a performance hall, where opening acts, DJ and Christian, and Rachel Wong warmed the audience with their musical talent. Next, Massive Mon-

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kees’ b-boys and b-girls, (break dancers) Anna Banana Freeze, Jeromeskee, Secret Skwerl, Tim the Pitt, Dancin Domes and Junior, tore up the stage with mind-blowing moves. Partway through the program, the dance crew called volunteers to the stage to dance. Nguyen said the team hoped a performance-based program such as Massive Monkees would offer the student body something innovative and interactive. “After the performance, students, community members, faculty and staff told us it was great having something new and different come to campus,” Nguyen said. Jeromeskee, one of the Massive Monkee’s lead dancers said, “This is the first time we’ve been at this campus. Everybody here greeted us really well. Everybody is kind here. It’s always good to [have a] warm welcome. We know we have that here, so thank you Wazzu. If we get invited back, we’d love to come.” n


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‘arsTECHNOLOGIKA,’ a Nouspace exhibit

we execute what we have learned. Access to Nouspace and North Bank Artist Gallery has given us a handson oppotunity to curate ‘arsTECHNOLOGIKA.’ My favorite part of this project is working in collaboration with all of the students and our instructor, Dene Grigar.” Opportunities such as “arsTECHNOLOGIKA” and last spring’s OMSI exhibit, “Autovation,” provide CMDC students with real-life experience. The CMDC program boasts an 80 percent post-commencement job placement rate. Lead curator for ‘arsTECHNOLOGIKA,’ Gary Nasca, a senior majoring in DTC, said: “‘arsTECHNOLOGIKA’ has been the hardest and greatest learning experience I have had at WSU Vancouver. I would say the most gratifying part of this whole escapade is knowing that, when all of this hard work is complete, we will have shared with our families, friends and the community [an example of] what the Creative Media and Digital Culture Program is capable.” The event opens at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and runs throughout the month of December at Nouspace Gallery and Media Lounge in downtown Vancouver. Nouspace is housed within North Bank Artist Gallery, 1005 Main Street, Vancouver. The gallery is open Thursday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission is always free. n

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Background image: Interactive digital image created by Scott Snnibe, senior DTC major; Left top: CMDC docent team (from left); Amanda Bondurant, Amalia Vacca, Gary Nasca, Evan Flanagan, Madison Watson; Left bottom: CMDC design team (from left): Stephanie Bailey, Grace Nguyen, Inahlee Bauer Photos courtesy of WSU Vancouver CMDC program.

Cougars brave Turtle Cave By SARAH CUSANELLI and JIHENG ZHAO The VanCougar Where better to go on a rainy fall day than underground? That is exactly where a group of WSU Vancouver students and their friends went on Nov. 3 under the leadership of the Recreation Office Intern, Jonathan Rader. We headed out through the Columbia River Gorge past the city of Carson and Bridge of the Gods. After winding through the forest on a road shrouded in fog and clouds, the pavement finally gave way to potholes and gravel. After a couple of wrong turns, our caravan stopped at what seemed to be a random spot on the road. From there, Rader led us on a short walk to a sinkhole that served as the entrance to Turtle Cave. We pulled out our flashlights and donned the helmets provided by the Recreation Office. We discovered these would come in handy when water dripped and rocks jutted from the dark cave’s slimy walls. Turtle cave is a lava tube with

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multiple side tunnels in the interior and two sinkholes at the surface. We spent the afternoon climbing over rough rocks and around rivulets. We saw stalactites, stalagmites and writing left by previous explorers. The cave route led explorers through small holes and along loop-around routes that led back to the main lava tube. It was a fun trip that traded the drizzly day aboveground for a drippy one below. Jiheng Zhao, a graduate student in engineering, enjoyed the outing and compared it to the Ape Cave trip sponsored by the Recreation Office last year. “The trip to Ape Cave last year was a great experience for me. This cave was wilder and a little harder than Ape Cave. The scenery was gorgeous and made me feel relaxed. Exploring the unknown cave made me feel excited and nervous. The trips [organized by the campus Recreation Department] are a good chance for me to meet new friends, exercise my body and get involved in local life,” Zhao said. n

Cougar cavers at the cave entrance. Left to right: Jonathan Rader, Bo Wang, Sarah Cusanelli, Jillian Logsdon, Jiheng Zhao. Photo by Alissa Fleming.

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6 ARTS AND CULTURE

Rock band educates audiences about depression and suicide By MERLINDA SAIN and AARON JOHNSON Contributing writers

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Blue October’s lead singer Justin Furstenfeld. Photo by Merlinda Sain.here

A near-silent crowd erupts with passion inside the Roseland Theater in Portland, Ore. as melodic lyrics cut through the hearts of 1,500 Blue October followers. The Houston-based rock band’s front man, Justin Furstenfeld, starts his two-hour serenade with the musical question: “What if we could put our lives on hold?” In song after song from their album, “Almost Normal,” Blue October delves into themes of mental illness, lost love, anger and suicide. For Furstenfeld, music is not about fame and fortune. It is the way he releases himself from his personal torture. Furstenfeld, who struggles with bipolar disorder, is no stranger to blue Octobers — or Decembers for that matter. His influence and honesty about mental illness make him a unique advocate for mental health awareness.

Blue October’s concert comes at a time of year that represents joy, family gatherings, Santa and caroling for many. But, for some, these events are quickly overshadowed by other circumstances. Parents who have lost a child may question whether life is worth living. A college student who struggles with a learning disability may stress over the classes that separate him from graduation. Many Americans worry over job security in a tough economy, wondering how they will pay tomorrow’s rent. And then there is the person who battles the depths of depression or bipolar disorder on a daily basis. In 2010 Blue October teamed with To-Write-LoveOn-Her-Arms, an organization that raises awareness about depression, addiction and suicide. They toured the U.S. together, educating audiences about suicide and mental health through their music. They believe that when people understand the link between depression and suicide, they will become more involved and the incidence of suicide will decrease. Their message? Depression can be treated, restoring balance and joy to the lives of those it affects. Furstenfeld knows from first-hand experience just how lethal the highs and lows of mania and depression can be; he often struggles with self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Depression is a debilitating condition that may be triggered by stress, the loss of a loved one, bullying, and/or physiological imbalances in the brain. For some, suicide seems like the last, tragic remedy. Approximately 30,000

Americans take their own lives each year. Twenty thousand are teenagers. Clark County is not immune to the this problem. Within a four-month period last year, five Clark County students committed suicide. In March 2012, a Clark County eighth grader took her life to escape bullying. Furstenfeld wants his audience to know: It is when we are at our lowest that we are most vulnerable to depression and suicide. His voice is not the only one echoing through the room. Most fans connect with the band on an emotional level and the crowd sings without missing a word. For resources on suicide prevention, or to seek help with suicidal thoughts and ideations, immediately call any of the following resources: the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-SUICIDE, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK, or visit www. suicidehotlines.com/washington.html. Also available is the Washington State Mental Health Crisis Line at 800-273-8255, and the 24-Hour Crisis Line: 800626-81377 or visit http://clark. wa.gov/mental-health. For immediate assistance, always dial 911. n Merlinda Sain is a human resource generalist at WSU Vancouver. She is a long-time fan of Blue October and believes in the band’s message and mission. Merlinda is passionate about photography and particulary enjoys photographing concerts. Aaron Johnson is a WSU Vancouver senior majoring in English who openly discusses his struggle to live with bipolar depression.

Student tells personal account of living with bipolar depression WSU Vancouver student, Aaron Johnson, a senior majoring in English, has contended with bipolar depression for years. He shares his story here. Having endured the exuberant highs and terrible lows of bipolar depression, I have seen first-hand the devastation it causes. After dropping nearly fifty pounds, losing the will to get out of bed, and struggling with physical aches, violent mood swings, and exhaustion, I lost my life for six months at a time on three separate occasions. Because of bipolar disorder, I received a medical discharge Washington State University Vancouver

from the U.S. Navy. My wife and I began a new life as civilians — but with a bipolar label. It was challenging. The shame was almost unbearable, but with family and friends, and a healthy knowledge of the disorder, treatments and regular visits to a counselor, our life is again balanced and our future is bright. Love is the best cure. Over the holiday season there are plenty of opportunities to share love with others. And, you never know, it may make the difference between life and death. This is the season of giving — and love doesn’t cost a dime to give away. n


HAPPY HOLIDAYS 7

VanCougar picks holiday classics worth another look

For what are you thankful?

Fall semester is nearly over, and Cougs are waiting like toddlers under the Christmas tree for their holiday break to begin. What could be better on a cold winter night than to cozy up by the fire, enjoy a hot beverage, and watch a favorite holiday classic? These are a few of the VanCougar’s favorites:

“I am thankful for the love and support of my friends and family through the most difficult and unexpected turn of events in my life, [which was] needing a kidney transplant. There is nothing scarier than facing a life-threatening disease and, thankfully, I have the best friends and family by my side to help me through.” — Jessica Pederson, senior majoring in psychology

By KELSEY SMITH The VanCougar

of his large size, Buddy, raised as an elf at the North Pole, does some soul searching when he is sent to the U.S. to discern his identity. A recent addition to holiday films, this Christmas comedy starring Will Ferrell adds a splash of humor to the traditional holiday cheer.

“Frosty the Snowman”(1969) Thumpety thump, thump look at Frosty go! And go he shall on our top list of holiday films to watch. This is a cute story of a live snowman and a little girl who struggle to evade the grip of an evil magician who wants old Frosty’s magical hat. Endearing and perfect to watch with your children, little siblings or when nieces and nephews come to visit.

“A Christmas Carol” (1938) One of the best adaptations of Dicken’s literary classic features the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption on Christmas Eve by the ghosts of past, present and future. With beautiful set designs and memorable acting performances, this short and sweet film is a must-see. “A Christmas Story” (1983) This funny yet charming film follows Ralphie on his quest to prove to his parents, teachers and even Santa Clause that a Red Ryder B.B. gun is the best gift for giving in the 1940s. Filled with frozen tongues, a sultry leg lamp, pink bunny pajamas and other shenanigans, Clark’s film pays homage to the All-American Christmas. “Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965) Charlie Brown is repelled by the commercialism of Christmas and sets out to find the true meaning of Christmas. When his friends rally around and decorate his spindly Christmas tree, he finds the meaning he seeks. While not technically a movie, this Peanuts classic is cute, heartwarming, and essential to everyone’s classic holiday movie vault. “Elf ” (2003) Who said Christmas had to be all spirit and no laugh? Unintentionally wreaking havoc on Santa’s elf community because

“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1947) In this black and white classic, Jimmy Stewart plays the role of George Bailey, a frustrated and suicidal businessman. Before things go too far, George’s guardian angel shows him how he touched people’s lives and what life would have been if he had never existed. While depression and suicide may not scream “classic Christmas film,” Frank Capra’s movie shows the true meaning of Christmas: life, family and friends. “Miracle on Thirty Fourth Street” (1947) Proof that Santa Claus exists? Very much so in this holiday classic about Kris Kringle, who is deemed insane by those around him when he claims to be Santa Claus until a young lawyer defends him in court by arguing he is indeed the real Santa Claus. This heartwarming and sentimental film will undoubtedly have Cougs believing in Santa Claus again. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1964) While Christmas would be nothing without Santa Claus, it

wouldn’t be the same without Larry Roemer’s memorable adaptation of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Who could forget this stop-motion animation holiday classic about a misfit Reindeer and his friends? “Polar Express” (2004) A magical train takes children to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas in this animated holiday film starring Tom Hanks. With exciting action scenes and moments of uncanny beauty, this film really brings out the magical side of Christmas. “The Little Drummer Boy” (1968) This classic follows an orphaned drummer boy who hated humanity until his life changes forever when he meets the three wise men traveling to Bethlehem. With childlike wonder, this story encapsulates the Christmas story, evokes childhood memories, and captures the miraculous spirit of Christmas. “The Muppet Christmas Carol” (1992) The tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption on Christmas Eve by the ghosts of past, present and future is a well-known holiday tale. In this adaptation Kermit, Miss Piggy and their Muppet friends create an endearing and inspirational holiday film about second chances.

“I am thankful that I get to marry my wife! Legally!”— Janae Teal, alumna, Class of 2012

“I am thankful for the love and support [of] my family and friends who have been there for me as I completed my last few terms at WSU Vancouver to earn my Bachelor’s degree in English and keeping me hopeful of finding a job in this tough economy. Without them, I do not think I would have accomplished as much as I have.” — Christine Watson, alumna, Class of 2012

“I am thankful for the help and support of my advisor and friends who make graduate life so wonderful and colorful. Without them, I [would not have] overcome so many difficulties and learned so many things. Because of them, I love the life here.” — Jiheng Zhao, a second year master student in mechanical engineering

“White Christmas” (1954) Bing Cosby and Danny Kaye star in this holiday film about a song-and-dance team that become romantically involved with a sister act and team up in order to save their former commanding general’s Vermont inn. Filled with romance and bundles of holiday spirit, this film will inspire Cougs to “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep.” n

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Washington State Cougars win Apple Cup in overtime Cougar fans were ecstatic over the outcome of this year’s Apple Cup. On the day after Thanksgiving, the Washington State Cougars battled state rivals, University of Washington Huskies. Going into the game, odds were against the underdogs as WSU came off an eight-game losing streak while Washington was ranked #25. The game ended in dramatic fashion as the Cougars rallied back from an 18-point deficit entering the fourth quarter before beating the Huskies in overtime. With less than two minutes left in the game, kicker Andrew Furney scored a field goal to tie the game 28–28. In overtime, sophomore defensive tackle Kalafitoni Pole swatted a pass thrown by Washington quarterback Keith Price. Pole kept his eye on the ball, grabbed it before it hit the ground, and returned the interception for 60 yards. On the following Cougar drive, kicker

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Andrew Furney won the game with a field goal. The Cougars finished the season with a record of 3–9, beating Eastern Washington, UNLV, and Washington. Kicker Furney finished the season scoring 25 extra points and 14 field goals. Senior wide receiver Marquess Wilson, who was suspended for the last three games of the season, led the team in receiving with 813 yards. He also scored five touchdowns. Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday shared time at quarterback this season and threw for a combined 23 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Senior running back Carl Winston led the team with five rushing touchdowns and 280 yards rushing. This season’s Apple Cup was the first win for Washington State after losing to Washington the past 3 years. The Cougars last beat the Huskies in 2008 when the Cougars won 16–13 in double overtime. n

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