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Issue 6

Volume 24

First Copy Free

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•November 4, 2013•


Study Abroad in Cuba? Instructor organizes

IMA/BAP students mean business

Expanding without

Using campus trails

new space

potential trip

Club activity update

without getting lost

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By Rob Schubert The VanCougar

tered. It was not until much later, when the neurological changes from the blast became apparent, that Lovitt realized he was hurt. Besides his physical injury, Lovitt was also open about the post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, he had suffered from as a result. PTSD, he explained, was “a normal response to an abnormal situation” and focused on its nature as a learned response to past trauma. Lovitt stated that media often misrepresents PTSD as a disorder causing people to be dangerous and unable to live in society. In fact, Lovitt said, this portrayal could be further from the truth. Instead, he said, it manifests in behavioral ways that can affect student veterans. Laser pointers, he said, were a common trigger associated with laser sights in combat. Constantly shifting focus, looking for threats, can impact a student’s ability to focus on lectures or studying. Another example was that a veteran with PTSD might have trouble socially, as they can seem very guarded and suspicious to new people. Even those who do not get injured during tours of duty often face a challenge of perspective. This phenomenon has been termed “battlemind” by studies

From the battlefield to the classroom A campus presentation focuses on student veterans who live with an invisible disability, PTSD Photo Credit: Cyndie Meyer. Campus Veterans Corps coordinator and alumnus, Steve Roberts, places flags on campus last year to honor Veterans Day

Sex trafficking in the community

Student veterans my have left the battlefield for the classroom but the battlefield may not have left them. The persistent effects of military life were the topic of Timm Lovitt's, member of the Veteran's Training Support Center (VTSC), presentation on campus as part of Disability Awareness Month. In his presentation, Lovitt described his life as a veteran of front-line combat, having served as a marine infantryman in both Afghanistan and Iraq. During his service he survived a suicide bombing, but what he and the medical staff did not realize was, although he appeared unhurt, he had sustained an injury no one could see. Lovitt’s invisible injury was the focus of his talk. After surviving the suicide bombing, Lovitt suffered a traumatic brain injury, which he explained was an umbrella term for any injury that disrupts the functions of the brain, even temporarily. The three most common causes of traumatic brain injury are blunt force trauma, sudden and violent changes in air pressure and the blast exposure that Lovitt encoun-

Dear Truly

See “Student veterans” on page 8.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author, Nicholas Kristof, will give keynote address on campus regarding the industry By Jessie wightman The VanCougar Nicholas Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author, will give a keynote presentation on campus for the Public Affairs Lecture Series (PALS) Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. Titled, “Half the Sky: Empowering Women and Overcoming Sexual Trafficking Worldwide” the event will be held in Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. Tickets are currently sold out, however, but OSI is emailing ticket holders to confirm and this could open up a few seats. For those who may not be able to attend the keynote, two follow-up events have been scheduled for this month. Parking for this even is free on Nov. 4. Doors to the main auditorium will open at 6:15 p.m. You must arrive and be seated by 6:45 p.m. in order retain your seat. According to Shyanna Reyes, the programming intern for the Office

of Student involvement, at 6:45 p.m., guests from the overflow room will fill open seats in the auditorium. Once the auditorium is filled, all remaining guests will be seated in the overflow room. Kristof will hold a book signing after the keynote. Books will be available for sale, or you may bring your own copy. For more information contact Michelle McIlvoy at or 360-546-9530. Before Kristof ’s keynote address, and not yet sold out. Audrey Miller, editor-in-chief of the VanCougar newspaper will interview Kristof regarding his work, his social media presence and his fight against sex trafficking. This event is free and open to all. The event will take place Nov. 4 in the Firstenburg Student Commons, the same day as the keynote, from 4 to 5 p.m. Audience members will also have the chance to pose questions to Kristof. Three follow-up events have

been scheduled to discuss and bring awareness to sex trafficking. The first follow-up event to the PALS keynote is a panel that will discuss sex trafficking in the local community. Scheduled for Nov. 6 from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129. This event is free and open to all. Local law enforcement, an attorney and a faculty member from Portland State University will fill the panel. The second follow-up event, Engage-In, hosted by the VanCoug American Democracy Project, will be held Nov. 8 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Firstenburg Student Commons. This event will feature letter writing to local and federal legislators and tutorials on how to connect with representatives to fight sex trafficking. This event is free, promises free food and is open to all. The third follow-up event will be a viewing of the documentary, “Playground: The Child Sex Trade See “Sex trafficking” on page 6.

Photo Credit: Kerry Layne Jeffrey. Sex trafficking awareness cut-out of small child


Cougar Food Pantry prevents students from going hungry

VanCoug bowling nights draw crowds of over 100 students

After the problems with financial aid distribution last Fall students in need now have access to food By Jessica guzman-montes The VanCougar

ing clothing, household goods and counseling. As a former college student, Beckley understands the challenges faced by students and encourages them to take advantage of this service. Beckley said that the Cougar Food Pantry realizes that financial difficulties are a reality for students and that they respect students by keeping this service as confidential as possible. Only Beckley and another Cougar Food Pantry staff member receive the request for the service and hand out the items out to the students. As Beckley mentioned, one of the ways to keep this service confidential is requiring students to only provide two pieces of information: a name, email address or a telephone number. No other information is required to obtain the pantry’s assistance. On a final note Beckley said that this “is a service for students...a service that we want you to take advantage off.” She also encouraged students to “request, refer [and] donate.” Requests and or references for the assistance of the Cougar Food Pantry and contact information can be made and found at their website, studentaffairs.vancouver. n

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When students run out of money there are costs that can be cut from the budget but food is not generally one of those things. Available through Washington State University Vancouver student services, the Cougar Food Pantry on campus works to supplement those students in need on request. The process to request food is anonymous and can be done so by visiting http:// food-pantry-request-form. The food pantry was founded by several individuals one year ago in Fall 2012 and is currently led by Kafiat Beckley, cashier of the student affairs department. Beckley shared the story of how the Cougar Food Pantry was created. As many returning students might remember, Fall semester was the semester that financial aid ran into some technical difficulties due to ZZUSIS implementations issues and many students received their aid later than expected. Noticing the hardships that student were facing due to late assistance, Beckley mentioned that several faculty staff and

administrators pushed the idea to create the Cougar Food Pantry. Beckley says the pantry was created to “foster youth with retention, serve them better and keep them successful.” The food pantry started and continues to run on donations from the campus community and outside community. Donations are accepted during the student affairs department hours and are required to be non-perishable and preferably, healthy food choices such as canned fruit, pasta sauce and peanut butter. For a full list of the food items needed please refer to the food pantry’s website at cougar-food-pantry. Current WSU Vancouver students are eligible to benefit from the services provided by the pantry. Beckley mentioned that as long as there is food, the pantry has no limit on how many students it can assist. Of course, there are some services the pantry cannot provide, such as fresh produce and other everyday necessities. For these other items, the pantry’s website offers a resource guide for students to find and connect with other entities that can provide such necessities. Some of the other services on the website includes assistance access-


By Justine hanrahan The VanCougar

October’s “Flash Back Attack” VanCoug Bowling Night drew over one hundred Washington State University Vancouver students and supporters to Allen Crosley Lanes. The VanCoug Bowling Nights are free for everyone; beginner and league bowlers share time together on the first Thursday of every month at this fun event. Bowling nights are sponsored by the Student Activities Board and student government (ASWSUV), and completely free. There is no charge for bowling or shoe rental, and games are unlimited until midnight. Attending bowling nights is a great way to get to know fellow Cougs, get involved and have fun without breaking the bank. Students don’t need to sign up ahead of time, either. At October’s “Flash Back Attack,” students lined up at the shoe rental desk as the event was beginning. As it neared 9:30 p.m., the line had snaked out the door and the crowd of people was let in. More students arrived and friends claimed lanes together. The crowd of people settled into their places after bowling balls were selected and shoes were tied. By 10 p.m., the lights were off and cosmic bowling began. Bowling nights include prizes, too. Strikes, spares and costumes that fit the respective theme earn players drawing tickets. About 200 drawing tickets were given away to bowlers and WSU Cougar Gear is

drawn off at midnight. On top of this, food and drinks are discounted for WSU Vancouver students. Stephanie Leeper, the Student Activities Board Chair, said that students see bowling nights as a good way to meet new people while having a great time. Leeper was formerly the monthly events coordinator, and one of her duties was to organize the bowling nights. Now, ASWSUV is in the process of hiring a new monthly events coordinator to take on the movie nights. Leeper is looking forward to welcoming new staff on board and hosting successful events in the future. Leeper said, “the last bowling night went really well and I hope that each bowling night gets better and better.” Zachary David Alvernaz, a student at WSU Vancouver, is looking forward to attending a future bowling night. He has not attended a VanCoug Bowling Night yet but wants to because it is an “opportunity for some social drinking with friends.” Alcohol is sold at Crosley Lanes during the events and is available to attendees 21 years of age and older. VanCoug Bowling Nights are the first Thursday of the month from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Bowling nights are always held at the Allen Crosley Lanes on Evergreen Blvd, only 15 minutes from campus. The remaining bowling nights are in November, February, March and April. Be sure to catch the next one on Nov 7. n


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CAMPUS EVENTS monday, november 4 n Open Soccer 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Sport’s Field n Cougar Pride Meeting 2 - 4 p.m. VLIB 264 n Science Seminar by Pich Palmer 3:10 - 4 p.m. VSCI 12 n Conversation with Nicholas Kristof 4 - 5 p.m. FSC Photo Courtesy of WSU Vancouver: Administration and students Kevin Alvarez, Matt Wadzita & Daniel Nguyen accept clean air award

Fresh Air Gold campus Award

New smoke-free campus policy receives statewide recognition

ban on smoking in order to help students quit smoking, as opposed to simply inconveniencing Instituting the smoking ban with a full ban. didn’t only address smoking on Though a cessation program campus but it has won Vancouver has not yet been created for the an award. The Assistant Surgeon WSU Vancouver campus speGeneral and Regional Health cifically, there are a multitude of Administrator Patrick O’Carroll cessation resources listed on the presented the Fresh Air Gold university website, under the toCampus award to Washington bacco-free campus tab. State University Vancouver for Students see advantages and the adoption of the 100% smokedisadvantages associated with free campus policy. the smoking ban depending on In Fall 2012 which side of the the student body fence they fall. was surveyed Whichever side It's nice to and the ultithat happens to see the work of mate conclusion be WSU Vanwas that smokcouver’s newly the student body ing bothered adopted smoke recognized, and the majority of free policy has students. Addisee a year's worth affected the stutionally, results dents of work finally yielded a majorWSU Vanity concerned couver student pay off. about health and Senate Pro risks associated Tempore, Kevin with second hand smoke. An ofAlvarez, commented on his firstficial report of this survey, comhand experience as part of the piled by Matt Wadzita, student smoking ban discussions. government (ASWSUV) Senator “It’s nice to see the work of the in 2012, and Wendi Benson, an student body recognized, and see experimental psychology grada year’s worth of work finally pay uate student at WSU Vancouver, off,” said Alvarez. was presented to Chancellor Mel As a recipient of the Fresh Air Netzhammer in early 2013. Gold Campus award, WashingAs noted in the survey results, ton State University Vancouver the student body was more conis in collaboration with other colcerned with the effects of secleges across Alaska, Idaho, Oreond hand smoke than any other gon and Washington that made aspect of smoking on campus. the choice to go smoke free in Many survey respondents felt 2013. There has also yet to be an that they should not be exposed announcement from the univerto second hand smoke while on sity concerning their timetable campus. In addition, respondents for introducing smoking cessareported a belief that WSU Vantion programs. n couver should provide smoking cessation resources alongside a By JuLianna BLacKmon The Vancougar

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n IEEE Club Weekly Meeting 3 - 4 p.m. VECS 227 tuesday , november 5 n Spanish Club Member Meeting 4:10 - 5 p.m. VUB 102 J n Graduate School Basics Workshop 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. VLIB 261 wednesday, november 6 n Psychology Club Meeting 12 - 1 p.m. VLIB 260 n Sex Trafficing in PortlandVancouver Region 12:10 - 1 p.m. VDEN 129 n Secular Student Alliance Meeting 4 - 5 p.m. FSC Conference Room n Open Soccer 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Sport’s Field thursday, november 7 n Student Media Board 7 - 9 a.m. FSC 104 n Learn More from Lectures 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. FSC 104 n Cougar Cru Meeting 9:30 - 11:45 p.m. Allen’s Crosley Lane n Vancoug Bowling Night Meeting 3 - 4 p.m. VLIB 265 Friday , november 8 n Secular Student Alliance Meeting 10 - 11 a.m. FSC 104

n Join the Fight Against Sex Trafficing 2 - 4 p.m. FSC wednesday, november 13 n Psychology Club Meeting 12 - 1 p.m. VLIB 260 n Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshop 12 - 1 p.m. VSSC 101 n Maximize Test Performance Workshop 2 - 3 p.m. FSC 104 n Secular Student Alliance Meeting 4 - 5 p.m. FSC Conference Room n Open Soccer 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Sport’s Field thursday, november 14 n HR Society Talk with Christine Lundeen 10 :30- 11:30 a.m. VLIB 240 n “The U.S. Enviromental Health Movement: Stategies for Success” 2:50 - 4 p.m. VUCB 125 n “Playground: The Child Sex Trade in America” 4:30 - 7 p.m. VDEN 129 n Cougar Cru Meeting 9:30 - 11:45 p.m. Allen’s Crosley Lane Friday , november 15 n Secular Student Alliance Meeting 10 - 11 a.m. FSC 104 n Job and Internship Seeking Strategies 9 - 10 a.m. FSC 104 monday, november 18 n Open Soccer 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Sport’s Field n Cougar Pride Meeting 2 - 4 p.m. VLIB 264 n IEEE Club Weekly Meeting 3 - 4 p.m. VECS 227 n Maximize Test Perfomance Workshop

3 - 4 p.m. FSC 104 n Science Seminar with David Perkel 3:10 - 4:10 p.m. VSCI 12 n Dia de los Muertos 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. FSC Commons n MPA Information Night 6 p.m. VDEN 130 tuesday , november 19 n Spanish Club Member Meeting 4:10 - 5 p.m. VUB 102 n Interviewing Skills Workshop 9 - 10 a.m. FSC 104 wednesday, november 20 n Psychology Club Meeting 12 - 1 p.m. VSSC 101 n Strong Inventory Workshop 12 - 1 p.m. VLIB 260 n Secular Student Alliance Meeting 4 - 5 p.m. FSC Conference Room n Open Soccer 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Sport’s Field thursday, november 21 n Community Garden Club 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. FSC 104 n Cougar Cru Meeting 9:30 - 11:45 p.m. Allen’s Crosley Lane Friday , november 22 n Secular Student Alliance Meeting 10 - 11 a.m. FSC 104 monday, november 25 n Open Soccer 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Sport’s Field n Cougar Pride Meeting 2 - 4 p.m. VLIB 264 n Open Soccer 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Sport’s Field Want your event featured here? Email details two weeks in advance to

Who wants a job post-graduation? SaLt will provide new financial and job search resources to students

By chRiS caRPenteR The Vancougar For students who are worried about budgeting loans and expenses after graduation, have no fear. Washington State University has partnered with American Student Assistance, who have worked with other schools including Clark College and Kansas State, to make the $ALT program available. SALT is free to students before graduation, stays available even after graduation and provides help finding jobs and internships. SALT is a free online source for students keeping track of debts and loans, providing tips on how to manage these, help finding discounts and deals and acts as a conduit to get students in touch with potential employers needing either interns or employees, according to the programs web page on the WSU website. According to Abril Hunt, a financial aid counselor with the financial aid and scholarships department, the SALT program is already available for student enrollment, which must be done before

graduation. SALT is offering, "Lifetime membership once enrolled." Students can access enrollment in SALT at Hunt also pointed out that the online services/tools include "financial calculators, instructional videos and articles," all of which are there to help the students and alumni to develop the money skills required after graduation and have the tools to do so efficiently and effectively. The SALT site also contains a database that a student can use to search for available jobs and internships. This can cut down the time it takes students and recent grads to hunt down a job. Looking at the sample job/internship database, students have a variety of filter options such as internships, student jobs or entry-level jobs. Additionally, the site not only provides employment opportunities around WSU campuses but also shows hiring employers all over the nation. The sample provided, for example, showed jobs in Ohio, New Jersey, Georgia and Rhode Island. "SALT does not provide financial assistance [specifically]. It does provide a directory for internships and scholarships, but they are not

offered by the organization itself. The scholarship directory is a partner site,," said Hunt. Any student worried about not qualifying for a scholarship can rest easy. Scholarships that can be found on the SALT web page aren’t just a list of academics based scholarships, but many other scholarship types. Some of the titles of the scholarships included the "Got-Chosen Scholarship," the "Pursue Your Passion Scholarship" and the " Scholarship". None of these specific scholarships were academics based or had requirements of extracurricular activities such as sports. Some simply require a sign up with the winner chosen by random drawing. One scholarship only required the applicant post a funny video on You Tube along with completing their application. For more information regarding SALT visit the web page at salt. or contact someone in the WSU Vancouver office of financial

aid and scholarships like Abril Hunt at abril.hunt@vancouver. n

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Photo Credits: Kerry Layne Jeffrey. Top: KOUG Radio staff. Left: Erica Zutz, Station Manager

By coLLeen BuRKe The Vancougar Students can host their own radio show on campus relating to (almost) anything their heart desires, as long as it doesn’t violate Federal Communications Commission regulations. On the east end of campus in the Undergraduate Building, behind the Quantitative Skills Center is, the student run, KOUG radio. The station operates in a space normally reserved for an instructor’s office and has nearly doubled their staff size within the year. According to Erica Zutz, the station manager and student majoring in public affairs, despite their limited space she has a wealth of ideas to expand the reach of KOUG radio online. For more variety into the station’s programming, KOUG radio has added more DJs this semester than ever before. They have approximately 30 DJs covering a variety of musical styles as well as various talk shows. Along with adding more DJs, the station is working to expand their presence on social media. Their Facebook page has information on upcoming events along with quips relating to student life. Currently their Facebook page has 344 likes; Erica would like to increase that number. Students can access KOUG’s Facebook by visiting

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Even as the station staff has expanded, there are some serious physical and technical limitations on what KOUG can achieve, according to Zutz. Zutz shared some of the challenges faced by KOUG’s current location within the math lab. Inside KOUG radio’s office music is played, outside in the Quantitative Skills Center, people are working on their math and science. As a consequence, live music cannot be played on air, as it would disturb those studying. Additionally, KOUG’s live airtime is limited because the station in located within the Quantitative Skills Center and their hours are tied to the center’s open schedule. The math tutor lab is open Monday through Thursday 9 to 5 p.m., and Fridays 9 to 3 p.m. These are the only hours that the station can be open, the rest of the time they play, what Zutz calls, a continuous music loop. This time/space restriction means KOUG cannot be live on the weekends of host late night shows when FCC regulations are loosened. "We both have difference working styles but my DJ's use the math lab often. I think in order for KOUG to grow competitively with other campuses we need our own room. In Pullman, they have over 70 DJ's and they can be on air anytime. Right now we have a waiting list for next semester,” said Zutz. Essentially, Zutz says that KOUG radio wants to be a full-time radio station, but can only be part-time. While KOUG works to address their limitations, the organization is confident and excited to have expanded their staff/ DJ’s and hopes to continue to recruit students to sign-up for their own radio show. To connect with KOUG radio about a show or any other questions, email Erica Zutz, station manager, at n

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Shannon Reid, freshman majoring in public affairs, and Morsal Hashimee, freshman majoring in public affairs carving a pumpkin

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Photo Credit: Linda Otton. IMA/BAP student club members at Brides Against Breast Cancer event. Left to right: Antonio Cotero, Dionicia De Jesus Castaneda, Erika Balodis, Tawnya Peru, Claire Latham (faculty advisor), Jeanine Queral, Leslie Dolence.

Business students strive for excellence with IMA/BAP club

On top of community service, tutoring and interviewing workshops, part two of the club's leadership series is scheduled for Nov. 8 By Susan Privette The VanCougar The Washington State University Vancouver chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants and Beta Alpha Psi (IMA/ BAP) has planned a wide array of programs and events for the student body and the local community this year including a four-part leadership development series happening now. Part two of this leadership series is Nov. 8 and concerns conflict management. IMA/BAP has over 30 members, many of which are considered non-traditional students. Linda Otton, a student majoring in accounting and vice president of events for the club, coordinates events outside of the weekly meetings including a four-part leadership development series. Otton suggests this series will enable college of business students to gain leadership skills and build future leadership for clubs. Part

one, negotiations with Tom Tripp, professor of management, was Oct. 18. Part two will be conflict management on Nov. 8. at 1 p.m. in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129, with speaker will be Lynn Hunt. These events are intended to be educational and promise free food. Parts three and four are to be announced. For nearly three years, WSU Vancouver’s IMA/BAP club officers and faculty advisers, have been striving to exemplify academic excellence and community involvement by providing opportunities for club members to obtain a higher standard of professionalism. Non-traditional and transfer students, who comprise much of the leadership of the club, organize events for all the club members. A student must obtain and maintain a 3.0 GPA as well as meet requirements for professional and volunteer event attendance in order to become a member. IMA/

BAP at WSU Vancouver is in the last stages of petitioning to become Nu Xi chapter making them an official part of the Beta Alpha Psi international organization. IMA and BAP are two internationally recognized organizations prominent among accounting, finance and management information systems majors. BAP is an international honorary organization for accounting and business students and professionals. IMA is a professional organization for accountants and financial professionals in business. Faculty Advisor Claire Latham, associate professor of accounting, explained that the IMA/ BAP club allows students to be involved with their degree interests. Before IMA/BAP was created students interested in business could have been a member of the Student Business Organization club created for all business majors. However, differing career paths for different majors, such as

accounting, led to the forming of IMA/BAP at WSU Vancouver. In spring, IMA/BAP at WSU Vancouver and the University of Oregon will co-host the 2014 BAP Northwest Regional Meeting held in Portland, Ore. At this conference, IMA/BAP will be submitting their leadership development series into the Best Practices competition. Additionally, club members Otton and Radoslav Toloev, IMA Liaison, will attend the IMA Student Leadership Conference in Charlotte, N.C. in November, through a sponsorship by the IMA Portland Chapter. So far this year IMA/AP has developed club resume workshops, mock interviews, networking and interview follow-up techniques to assist club members and fellow students. The club and alumni students also sponsor tutoring for 200 level accounting students. This service is free and available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Times and other details are

listed on CougSync. Kim Stewart, a student and vice president of publicity for the club, said, “Tutoring is a two-fold benefit.” Tutoring is a refresher for higher-level students preparing for certification testing and welcomed help for the 200 level students. IMA/BAP organizes and participates in community activities and outreach in addition to their on campus work. One such outreach activity is Brides Against Breast Cancer, with community donations of wedding gowns; proceeds are donated to the fight against breast cancer. The club also participates at the Oregon and Clark Food Banks, and “Molly’s Fund,” a non-profit focused on Lupus. This club has an activity open to all students at least once a month. To become a member of this club or to learn more about their schedule of events visit their profile on CougSync. n

Sex Trafficking Continued from page 1. in American” on Nov. 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129. The event is free and open to all. This documentary focuses on sex trafficking in the United States. In addition to Kristof ’s award winning book, “Half the Sky, ”there is “Half the sky: Turning Oppression into opportunity for Women Worldwide” a four hour television mini-series made by PBS, shot is 10 different countries. The documentary shows women living in deplorable situations and is advocated by celebrities such as: America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan and many others. According to Kristof and his wife, and fellow journalist, Sheryl WuDunn Washington State University Vancouver

draw on their combined reporting knowledge and depict the world with anger and despair and then hope. They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls everywhere. For the community perspective on sex trafficking, according to, statistics show that the average age of prostitutes is between 12 and 14. Most do not reach out for help because they fear the police and their pimps. Portland is considered one of the worst cities for sex trafficking in the country. For more information regarding the sex trafficking events that will occur on campus visit, the Public Affairs Lecture Series Facebook at

PALS follow-up events NOV. 6: Panel that will discuss sex trafficking in the local community.

NOV. 8: Engage-In, hosted by the VanCoug American Democracy Project.

12:10 to 1 p.m. in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129.

2 – 4 p.m. in the Firstenburg Student Commons.

NOV. 14: Screening of the documentary, “Playground: The Child Sex Trade in American.” 4:30 p.m. in the Dengerink Administration Building, Room 129.

OPINION EDITORIAL | 7 Am I voting to elect a mayor or build a bridge? By Stefan Linge The VanCougar

Illustration by Kelly Schrock

Hi there Truly, I’m embarrassed to write this, but I can’t be the only one who’s had this problem. I’ve decided to get my butt in gear and get in shape before I get married this spring. Whenever I walk to class I see people jogging and biking the trails. They look so sleek and slender. I got the idea: that could be me. Saturday I put on my jogging shorts but I didn’t feel sleek or slender. But that’s what the jogging is for, right? I drove to campus and parked down by the barn. What a creepy barn. It looked so scary in the fog. But even though I was convinced the headless horseman would appear from behind the barn at any moment, and even though I felt neither sleek nor slender, I started jogging. All the fear of mist monsters must have really got my blood pumping, because I felt really good. I thought, “Wow, this isn’t so hard. I’ll be in shape in no time.” I stopped for water then walked out into a field I’ve never even seen before, and watched the sun rise. I tried to feel the whole wonder and beauty of nature thing people always talk about, but didn’t really feel anything so I decided to head back to my car. My legs ached and I was getting really hungry. So I headed down the path to my car. I came to a fork in the path. I didn’t even remember seeing a fork when I came that way! Each direction looked the same: trees and mist, mist and trees. I wound up in totally unfamiliar surroundings. I mean, all the trees looked the same, but these ones seemed especially unfamiliar in the mist. I wandered for HOURS. I fell into a creek not once, but twice. My feet were freezing. I thought I was getting frostbite. My jogging shoes are still soggy. I got scratched by brambles and branches. I stepped in dog doo, and I tripped over a log. I don’t know how I ever made it back to my car, but by the time the sun started setting, I finally did. I’m not writing to complain – even though the trails are terrifying – but I want to know: is there a map or something? Are there guides to the trails? None of the sleek slender joggers stopped to help me, even when I screamed at them from the creek for help. I guess they thought that I was the monster hiding in the mist. Help me! Lost

After watching the Vancouver Mayoral Debate, I couldn't help but realize, this election is a referendum on the Columbia River Crossing. Earlier this summer, Clark County Superior Court Judge, John Nichols, ruled that a proposed light-rail initiative was invalid because it exceeded the power of the city council. Mayor Leavitt supports the measure, while his challenger, Bill Turlay, does not. Whether you as a student support the measure or not, you should be skeptical of Mayor Leavitt and his challenger Bill Turlay for several reasons. First of all, Leavitt ran on a platform of no tolls, using that to unseat long seated incumbent Royce Pollard in 2009. A couple months after he was elected, Leavitt said that it's not possible to not have tolls on the project. That's the epitome of a bait and switch. Whether you think Mayor Leavitt is right or not, when you run on a platform, the people who voted for you expect you to pursue your platform. Not only is that dishonest, it makes one wonder if he opposed tolls just to get elected. There's also speculation that Leavitt will run for Congress in 2014. In 2011, he tweeted, “Leavitt for Congress?” However, he later

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By Justin allen

••• Dear Lost, I am sorry you got lost, wet and scared. Going jogging should not resemble Sleepy Hollow. There are maps for the trails on the WSU Vancouver website as well as paper copies in several locations on campus--I just picked one up at the Cougar Center on the top floor of the Student Services Building. The maps show the path of the trails as well as which trails are paved, gravel, etc. Looking at the map and determining which path sounds most comfortable to you should help. I also encourage you to sign up to be in a walking group on campus. There are groups of faculty and students who meet regularly to walk/run the trails, just ask around. This will help you not get lost and make new friends. Look on CougSync or in the Fitness Center to sign up. Another suggestion would be to bring your fiancé along with you. You two will both get in better shape and I think it could bring you even closer. Plus, having someone you love to watch the sunrise or sunset with is wonderful. Another option for getting in shape on campus is the Fitness Center. It’s on the bottom floor of the library building and since it’s inside you won’t have to worry about getting lost or cold. There are treadmills, ellipticals, weights and more. Membership is free. Your student fees fund the Fitness Center. The Fitness Center offers group exercise classes like cycling and Zumba. For only $10 per session, a certified personal trainer will meet with you and help you design a fitness plan that will get you wedding ready. Many gyms charge $50 or more for a session so I encourage you to take advantage of this super deal. You may be sore and wet but just think of a slimmer you headed down the aisle to your fiancé. Be strong and keep moving. Yours, Truly

declared he had changed his mind. Is electing someone who possibly could be gone midway through his second term the best path forward for the city? There's also reason for students to be skeptical of his challenger Bill Turlay. When Turlay filed to run earlier this year, he declared that he was running because no one else had stepped up so he could put a campaign together. While Mr. Turlay's passion for his city was extremely evident during the debate in October, that's not exactly something you want to hear from your candidate. Another reason to believe this election is a referendum on the Columbia River Crossing is that besides this contentious topic, the candidates generally agreed on almost everything else. While there isn’t any contentious issues surrounding WSU Vancouver that came up, students should strive to find each candidate’s thoughts on our school given they have yet to be mentioned. Whatever your opinions are on the race, it’s imperative that anyone who lives in Vancouver that attends WSU Vancouver votes. In any election, no matter how big or small, it’s important for your voice to be heard. The race features two candidates that are obviously passionate about the city, but it’s hard to judge what their true intentions are. n

When going to a concert, some people are looking for a relaxing experience or to sit back and enjoy the music. However, most people likely become concert goers for the thrills and excitement of the band. One band that brings the high energy and excitement is the “indie-pop” band Fitz and The Tantrums, who put on quite a show at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland. Fitz and The Tantrums' lineup is a bit different. There is Michael Fitzpatrick on the lead vocals with Noelle Scaggs also on vocals, and several people back them up on keyboards, saxophone, bass guitar and drums. The saxophone player on a few occasions picks up an electric guitar, but for the majority of songs there is no guitar present. This leads to most of the identifiable repeating riffs played by the keyboards or the saxophone. Overall, Fitzpatrick and Noelle’s vocal performance dominate the music. Most of the songs were sung in a quick tempo that was easy to dance and move to, with hand claps on the beats accompanied by pulsing or

flashing lights. During the music the tone is interesting, with tambourine and the electric keyboards playing mostly in the higher range with a bass guitar and tenor saxophone bellowing out on the lower end. Fitz and The Tantrum's music feels like it has been influenced by soul music, with Noelle's vocals wooing in the background, a keyboard sometimes making an electric organ sound, and the low saxophone. The energy in the venue was almost always high. The venue setting helped with many pulsing lights and most attendees were enjoying the music, myself included. The energy really stemmed from Fitz and Noelle's showmanship, as both were dancing around with wireless microphones and interacting with the audience. Overall the Fitz and The Tantrums concert was an enjoyable experience. The excitement in the room was very high, with the band was very into the performance. The music was upbeat and playful, with interesting mixes texture and tone. I would attend another of their concerts if they return.n

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New possible study abroad opportunity

instructor maria Lopez plans potential student trip to cuba By teReSa hoYt The Vancougar

Other than a few exceptions, it is illegal for an American to visit Cuba. One way to go is by joining Washington State University Vancouver’s study abroad program and speaking with Maria Lopez, instructor in the foreign language department. Maria Lopez knows Cuba. She lived there for 43 years and has been trying without success to plan a Cuba trip for the last two years. One big problem, it’s expensive. “It is $6,000 roughly,” Lopez said. “I want it to cost no more than $5,000 because students have to pay insurance as well.” Lopez said that she couldn’t figure out how the budget worked out. She didn’t know the specifics behind it. “I don’t understand the budget. I now have a financial officer that

helps me with it.” Six thousand may sound like a lot of money but it includes everything from the plane ticket, the food and other necessary travel expenses. Students would have to pay insurance along with the plane ticket. If a student were to get sick or in trouble, there wouldn’t be help for them in Cuba, they would have to come back to the United States and the insurance would cover that emergency trip. If you’re discouraged to go to Cuba because of the price, Lopez said that financial aid could most likely cover the immediate cost of the trip as long as you’re a full time student. If Lopez’s plan works out and she can get students interested, the schedule is set for June 12, during the first summer semester. The students would receive three credits for attending the trip, and stay in Cuba for 15 days. Lopez said

that she plans to take the students to Havana as well as other provinces. Although this would be Lopez’s first trip abroad with WSU she has experience taking college students abroad. When she taught at Portland State University in 2006, she brought students to Guatemala where they spent three weeks. Lopez said that the group stayed mostly in Guatemala City and Panajachel as well. In addition to planning trips to Cuba, Lopez has kept busy at WSU Vancouver. She was one of the first Spanish instructors at the college and the founder of the Spanish Club in 2007. In the past, Lopez has brought students to Spanish plays in Portland and to the Latino America Film Festival. To learn more about Lopez’s trip to Cuba or express interest in joining the trip, contact Lopez at

Photos courtesy of maria Lopez: Past study abroad trips led by Lopez, cuba and guatemala.

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sponsored by the Department of Defense, and it refers to the difference in traits emphasized by civilian versus military life. Military life, Lovitt explained, emphasized teamwork, adherence to rules and discipline, while civilian life, especially for college students, favors self-reliance, creativity and self-expression. These values often cause friction with people who do not understand these attitudes, which often leads to misinterpretation. Another component of the panel involved discussing military sexual trauma (MST), another term that encompasses anything from sexual harassment to rape. It is estimated that 60-75% of women on active duty may experience some form of MST during their tour of duty. VA estimates, meanwhile, that only 1 in 5 of them will report it. When Timm Lovitt came home to Seattle in 2006, he began to realize the short supply of help for veterans transitioning to civilian life, and that the transition was not taking place in military programs but rather in schools, businesses and homes. “When I transitioned out, there were a whole bunch of us who transitioned out at the same time. Over the course of that first year, we had three of my good friends commit suicide. So I committed to the charge and said ‘this is what my life’s work is going to be.’ Because those guys meant something to me, and I know we all went through the same stuff, we all dealt with the same struggle,” said Lovitt.

Another component of the panel involved discussing military sexual trauma (MST), another term that encompasses anything from sexual harassment to rape. It is estimated that 60-75% of women on active duty may experience some form of MST during their tour of duty. VA estimates, meanwhile, that only 1 in 5 of them will report it. The invisible wounds of mental injury, Lovitt said, are one of the five most common injuries in veterans, and emphasized that accommodations for mental health are just as important and available as physical ones under the law. At the end of the panel, three students and Steve Roberts, WSU Vancouver alumnus and the campus veteran corps coordinator, closed out the presentation and spoke about their experiences returning to school after military life. The group mentioned a lack of transitional resources, mentioned by Lovitt, and the challenges of seeking mental health resources while on duty. One student mentioned that seeking mental health recourses created a perception of weakness that could limit a soldier’s chances for promotion. The stories provided insight into the obstacles student veterans face at WSU Vancouver. The stories also offered suggestions that could help veterans make the transition back to civilian life. Roberts added that his office, on the second floor of the library, was always open to help not only veterans, but people seeking to better understand them. n

I know we all went through the same stuff, we all dealt with the same struggle.

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