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“The Coast is Never Clear” – Beulah

Though Beulah is no longer together, they are one of my all-time favorite bands and there’s no way I could leave them off a list like this. The Elephant Six rock group brings punk eclecticism along with dense orchestration, poetic lyricism and infectiously catchy choruses. Where most bands use orchestral instruments as flavoring for their track, Beulah has an almost cinema-like quality in their use of brass and strings that makes their music feel totally massive. “The Coast is Never Clear” is an album of winners, with not a single filler track to be found.

Recommended track: “A Good Man is Easy to Kill”

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“Nostalgia” – Wren

Photographer and poet Cody Weber’s side project, Wren, has released some great experimental music over the years, but, for me, “Nostalgia” is his most powerful record. “Nostalgia” makes use of a bizarre twist on alternative hip-hop and trance that feels utterly unique. The samples are strange and otherworldly, the synthesizers are gritty and warped and the beats pound you in the chest with every hit. I completely credit this record with opening my mind up in high school to more experimental and electronic music. “Nostalgia” is uncompromising and powerfully personal.

Recommended track: “The Shakes”

Unsigned, little-known and independent albums to flesh out your music collection

“Anywhere That’s Wild” – Adventure Galley

The Portland-based group Adventure Galley bring an energetic mix of synth-pop and dancerock to the table. “Anywhere That’s Wild” perfectly mixes the best parts of upbeat rock music and cool synthesizers. With a cutting punk edge to the lyrics and vocal delivery, Adventure Galley is what the Arctic Monkeys would sound like if Alex Turner had grown up listening to nothing but synth-pop. The powerful dance beats and enormous harmonies are sure to get anybody moving.

By Darien Campo | Designer As an insufferable music snob, my hunt for ever more obscure artists to listen to never ends. Over the years I’ve padded my iPod collection with albums from unsigned bands, indie artists and solo bedroom producers. Here, I’ve collected four of my favorite independent records that I think deserve more attention. There are so many more records I’d like to talk about but just don’t have the space for. Below is a short list of honorable mentions: “Dialects” SNOWMINE “Sincerely, Future Pollution” Timbre Timbre “Bye Bye 17” Har Mar Superstar “Limits of Desire” Small Black “Pastel Gradients” Haircuts for Men

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Recommended track: “Diane” Photo courtesy of ADVENTUREGALLEY.BANDCAMP.COM

“You and I, Animals” – Black and White Envelope

Black and White Envelope is a solo artist from Connecticut, recording music in his own bedroom studio. “You and I, Animals” is a fun-filled record of bright pop-rock and catchy-as-hell tunes. His music sounds so much like a collection of lost Vampire Weekend tracks, a comparison he gladly boasts on social media. The upbeat rhythms, angular melodies and bright instrumentation make every track fun composition. So, if you’re looking for more Vampire Weekend-style Baroque pop, Black and White Envelope is there for you.

Recommended track: “Conversation Aviation”



Recital showcases student talent The show featured everything from opera to a duet with a Macbook By Byron Kimball | Staff Writer

small room that is a path through to the stage. Then I got a little bit (nervous). But when I was walking into stage and seated at the bench, I was calm. Then I started to play with my heart.” Huang will be performing a solo graduate recital in spring 2019. Glaser, who will be graduating in spring 2018, said of performing “The Effervescent Ballroom”: “This piece feels like the perfect ‘goodbye’ piece, sending off the previous chapter in my life (my undergraduate experience) and ushering in the next chapter in my life”. Contact the author at bkimball16@

Virtue Cornelison was one of eight singers who performed during the event

The West of Us debuts at Western

Harmonies abound Smith Hall for the group’s introductory performance By Zoë Strickland | Editor-in-Chief On March 8, members of the community piled into Smith Hall for a 30-minute recital put on by the campus’s renamed and rebranded a cappella group, The West of Us. The West of Us is comprised of members from the groups that were known as Suspended and 15 Miles West. Though the two groups joined together at the start of this academic year, March 8 was their first recital on Western soil. Last term they were busy preparing for the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella — think “Pitch Perfect.” For their performance, The West of Us sang a total of six songs. “What we sang at the concert is 100 percent of our repertoire; we’re working on building it back up,” commented Brianna Williford, senior history major. The group began the night with their renditions of “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green and “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel, followed by two songs that were part of Suspended and 15 Miles West’s individual setlists. After introducing themselves to the audience, the women went on to perform their “Destiny’s Child Melody,” an arrangement which was part of their set last year as well. Following the women, the men took the stage to

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perform their “Disney Melody,” which is a mashup of songs from “Mulan,” “Hercules,” “Moana” and “Frozen.” The members regrouped to perform a mashup that included songs by Kanye West, Estelle and Daft Punk. They ended the night on a nostalgic note, performing “Bet on It” from “High School Musical.” The group is led by Eli Schenk and Brianna Williford, who have been involved in Western a cappella for six and four years, respectively. Schenk is in charge of most of the musical arrangements, while Williford handles group organization and personnel. The groups had considered joining forces for the past couple years, and finally did so because the timing felt right. “Through ASWOU, we’re one club. We’re ‘A Cappella club’ so we’ve been working together, we’ve done all of our retreats together, we usually sing mixed group songs,” explained Williford. “Mixed group songs are more dynamic, you have more range, more ideas that are all going to be different. We were already doing so much together, and this year we reached a point where it made sense.” As next term begins, The West of Us will be gearing up to learn more songs for their spring concert, which is tentatively scheduled to take place in the amphitheater at Main Street Park. As part of their preparation for the event, the group is adding more songs to their repertoire. “I’m arranging a medley of (“The Greatest Showman”) for us to sing next term,” commented Cole Aldred, a junior communications major and three-year member of the group. Contact the author at journaleditor@

Christopher Frost, Austin Bermoy and Brock Taylor performing the “Disney Melody”

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As the rain hammered outside, Smith Music Hall played host to 15 music students on Thursday, March 8. Though the 11 a.m. recital received little advertisement, students who attended had the chance to enjoy musical feats across a variety of genres and grade levels. Vetted by Dr. Diane Baxter, students participating in the recital were not required to perform as part of a class. Instead, participation was voluntary and, for many students involved, it became a chance to practice for upcoming recitals of their own. In tubist and music senior Josiah Glaser’s case, the performance was one of his first at Western. “Going into today’s performance, I was looking for a solid first performance, not necessarily an extremely refined or polished performance, but a performance reflective of my progress thus far and a checkpoint towards my senior recital,” Glaser said. The tubist performed “The Effervescent Ballroom,” a piano and tuba duet, but other students attempted varied genres — voice student Shaohao Wang took on opera; performing in the musical theater genre was Chuming Jiang, performing “I’ve Got a Lot of Living to Do” from “Bye Bye Birdie”; and classical music pianists Faerynn Glasscock, XuDong Yang, Lingyu Zhu, Levi Polasek, Li Jing and Yuzhou Huang played pieces from their collective wheelhouse. Pianist and professor Jackie Morelli provided piano accompaniment for the singers who performed: Marissa Sanders, Mengyuan Chan, Chuming Jiang, Jenny Yang, Virtue Cornelison, Shaohao Wang, Olivia Preciado and Scotti Matney. Percussionist Sam Wheeler closed out the show by performing a duet with a Macbook: a performance art piece titled “Stop Speaking,” which featured rhythmatic snare drumming alongside a speech-to-text program. Huang, described preparing for the March 8 performance, saying, “I was not nervous until I was staying at the

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The Western Journal Wednesday, March 14, 2018 of educating our campus on the importance of women’s rights within different traditions.” MSU worked with several campus departments, including the Veterans Resource Center and Abby’s House, to Bushnell Crier encourages students to actively participate in their community

Photos by SAM DUNAWAY Shelaswau Bushnell Crier grew up in a large family and aimed for academic success at a young age

Women of Culture event honors diversity

Individuals from all backgrounds were celebrated at MSU’s annual event By Sam Dunaway | News Editor

Student voices are heard by the IFC

The Incidental Fee Committee concludes final decisions with a $363 fee for 2018-2019 By Sam Dunaway | News Editor The results of the Incidental Fee Committee’s final decision took a turn as the committee departed from their previously established preliminary budget allocations. Notable changes to the budget include a complete funding of both ASWOU and Student Media, which were preliminarily

Education, awareness and celebration marked the various events and displays involved in Western’s annual Women of Culture celebration sponsored by Multicultural Student Union. The purpose of the Women of Culture events are to honor the diversity of women from a wide variety of cultures and bring awareness to issues that affect these women. As Western’s website explains, “This event is inclusive for any member of the WOU community in the pursuit subject to a budget cut, and increased enhancements for Athletics. This change of decision, stated by multiple IFC members, was influenced by over 100 students voicing their opinions on the proposed budget via open hearings and feedback forms. Additionally, the IFC chair Eric Frey voiced his opinions in a statement to the rest of the committee showing support for both ASWOU and Student Media, two of the three departments that were proposed cuts in the preliminary budget. The ASWOU budget was approved for full funding, with a recommendation by the IFC that a referendum be added to the spring term ASWOU elections. This allows the student body to vote on whether they’d like to stay or leave the Oregon Student Association, the main

make this week possible. The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs presented the “I Am Not Invisible” exhibit which displays the stories of several women in Oregon who have served in the United States military and whose service is often forgotten. Abby’s House presented the Herstory Tour, an informative historical tour of women from various backgrounds and cultures. In addition to these events, MSU itself hosted a dinner with keynote speaker Shelaswau Bushnell Crier. Bushnell Crier described her background and family life in Louisiana and the difficulties she experienced as a woman of color in the South. She was goaloriented as a teenager and attended Rice University before moving on to Yale Law School and eventually working at Willamette University in Salem. She is an outspoken advocate, speaking at events such as the Salem Women’s March in 2017, and is continuing her community activism by running for the position of Marion County Commissioner. Freshman Advocate for MSU and Western sophomore Chris Linares helped plan the events for Women of Culture. Linares explained that, “Women have faced many obstacles and challenges throughout history, and sadly there are still cases where in today’s date, they still do … Even the smallest victory can make an impact, so as a society, we need to celebrate everything that women have and still are facing.” Contact the author at journalnews@

topic of the proposed cut. The IFC approved fully funding all departments with the exception of a 0.3-percent cut to Student Engagement Operations to reduce the evening hours of the Werner University Center. Enhancement requests from Student Engagement, Student Activities Board, ASWOU and Wolf Ride were granted. Several enhancement requests for the Athletics department were approved by the committee including new helmets and uniforms for the baseball team, hurdles and poles for track and uniforms for the volleyball team. After the approval of these budgets, the total Incidental Fee for fiscal year 2019 is $363 for fall, winter and spring, and $167 for summer term. This is a 4.01 percent increase from 2018. While increasing the overall fee is

difficult for many already struggling students, Frey believes that this can be resolved by an increase in enrollment. He explained in a statement to the committee: “If we all can reach out and bring more enrollments to the university we can continue to fund these areas and hopefully ensure that all IFC funded areas receive the funding required to sustain the community our university has created.” Students made their voices heard throughout this process and ensured that the Incidental Fee Committee made decisions that best represent the needs of Western students. Contact the author at journalnews@


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Writing to fight domestic violence Jamare Davis and Abby’s House aim to bring visibility to interpersonal violence By Sam Dunaway | News Editor Western student Jamare Davis picked up a pen and notepad in the summer of 2017 and began writing, expressing his thoughts and feelings on an issue that he’d witnessed firsthand and one that he believed all people should be aware of: domestic violence. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men

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Jamare Davis became a Sable House advocate because he wants to help survivors of domestic abuse

will experience physical abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Davis, a senior criminal justice major, recognized this issue and sought out ways to make it more visible. “If it was more publicized, I feel like people would be more aware of it,” Davis explained. He commented that, all too often, people are afraid to talk about it. Davis has been an advocate at Sable House, a domestic and sexual violence resource center, since August 2017. There, he helps answer phones and organize donations. Additionally, he worked as an intern at Abby’s House, the Center for Equity and Gender Justice at Western. When training for his advocate position, Davis struggled with the issue of domestic violence. “How can people do this?” he remarked. To process his thoughts, Davis started writing poetry that addressed interpersonal violence. It was Davis’s poem, “A Piece of Her,” that sparked the conversation to hold an event that brings the topic of domestic violence to light and allows individuals to creatively express their feelings, as Davis had done with his writing. With the help of Aislinn Addington, director of Abby’s House, a working group was formed that consisted of several individuals that felt passionate about this topic and wanted to contribute. The “Hear Me Now” event was held on March 5 in the Willamette Room. Contributions included poetry, painting, mixed media and a dance performance. The gallery was open for students to view all day, and performances in the evening were open to whoever wanted to share their work. When first writing his poem, Davis didn’t think he would be reading it for an audience months later. But he was just one of the many performers that evening. “I didn’t think that I was going to be involved in it,” Davis said. “I’m still in awe.” “Hear Me Now” gave students and community members the opportunity to express themselves and address the issue of domestic violence in an artistic manner. Davis’s poem and the numerous other works of art displayed at the event helped to spread awareness and visibility of this topic and inspire positive change against domestic violence. Contact the author at journalnews@


Giving back to Western students Giving Day promotes philanthropy and encourages donations for Western

By Sam Dunaway | News Editor

Photo by PAUL F. DAVIS Western’s 2018 Giving Day resulted in over $40,000 donated to the school

In a time of rising tuition rates and unpredictable government funding for higher education, several departments on Western’s campus rely on donations from outside sources. Western’s Giving Day on March 6 played an important role in fundraising over $40,000 for Western students and programs. Giving Day is an annual event sponsored by WOU Foundation that aims to collect donations from Western alumni, donors, staff and students. The donation goal set by Annual Giving Coordinator Emily Swart was $34,500, mirroring Western’s address at 345 N Monmouth Ave. This was nearly $13,000 more than was raised in 2017, but Swart was confident that the campus-wide event would be a success. “We had donors out there that wanted to support Western, we just needed to reach them in the right way,” she explained. WOU Foundation set out to achieve this goal by reaching out to alumni as well as individuals that had supported Western in the past. Additionally, activities such as Java Match — where staff and students we asked to match the price of their coffee from The Press — and Giving Day Happy Hour — where the Alumni Board increased all

donations by $18.56 — promoted the philanthropic nature of the day. Giving Day donations were gifted to a multitude of different departments, from Abby’s House to Athletics. Swart expressed excitement that many individuals donated to unrestricted scholarships. This allows Western to award scholarships to a wide range of students without academic restrictions. She emphasized that every dollar donated on Giving Day is going back to students. Swart’s passion and excitement for Giving Day was instrumental in making it more successful this year than ever before, but she attributes the achievement to each individual that came forward to enrich student life at Western. “I have this feeling that faculty, staff, students - we walked a little taller that day and we were a little prouder of our university,” said Swart. “At the end of the day, it was all about Western Oregon students.” Contact the author at journalnews@



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Photos and cover photo by AMBER HOLLAND

Wolves’s season comes to an end

After winning two games at home, Wolves suffer second loss of season in field of 16 By Morgan Swaim | Staff Writer Faruq-Bey leaves Western number six in steal average (1.6) Western tied the GNAC win record with 31

With the West Regional being hosted in Monmouth, the Wolves earned the chance to play the first three tournament games at home on their attempt to capture a national championship. In the opening round of the national tournament, the team played a familiar opponent. In November 2017 they were able to squeak out a 70-69 win against the Point Loma Sea Lions. Though the March 9 game does show a close score, it was completely different from the narrow win earlier in the season. The Wolves started the game not being able to miss, jumping out to an early 22-point lead in the first 10 minutes of the game. Senior forward Vince Boumann scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half, as the Sea Lions gave very little resistance in the paint early on. The hot start settled down after Point Loma was able to regain their composure and stop forcing turnovers, as they cut the Wolves lead to 11 heading into the first half. Point Loma was able to slowly chip away, but the Wolves’s lead that was established in the first half was too large of a deficit in the 73-66 victory. On March 10, GNAC foe St. Martin’s

earned the chance to play the Wolves for the fourth time this season. At the start, this game was unlike most that either team had played this season. Both teams were unable to get easy opportunities on offense. The Wolves shot 1-15 from the threepoint line in the first half, with the Saints just making one of their eight attempts. With the lead at just 21-19, both teams wanted to speed the pace up. The Wolves were able to shift the momentum in the second half, as they quickly set the tone extending a lead to as high as 23 as time was winding

down. After struggling in the first half, everything came together in the final 20 minutes as they defeated St. Martin’s for the fourth time this season to advance. The last game that would be hosted in Monmouth was played the night of March 12 against the Cal Baptist Lancers. This marked the final home game the senior classmen would play, and gave the Wolves a chance to move on to the Elite Eight in South Dakota. The Wolves found themselves facing a 10-point difference with just 3:36 remaining in the second half. With their season on the line, the team made an inspiring run to cut the Lancer lead to just two with 22 seconds remaining. Senior guard Demetrius Trammell was able to provide a much needed spark in the final minutes. With three shots from behind the arc in the final two minutes, Trammell was able to shift the tide of the game completely. The scoreboard read 78-76, with just 22 seconds left as the Wolves crawled their way back with a chance to win the game. After catching his man off guard with a spin move towards the basket, Senior Tanner Omlid’s shot in traffic was just a little bit too strong, bouncing off the back rim. Time ran out on the Wolves’s effort and the Lancers were able to secure a 80-76 win as they moved on to the Elite Eight. “We dug out and gave ourselves a chance but we missed some easy opportunities,” said Head Coach Jim Shaw in the post-game press conference. “Give them credit, they played better than us. We turned them over and did a fantastic job in a game of this magnitude in taking care of the ball, but we just didn’t do enough good things to be successful tonight.” This loss brought the team’s record breaking season to an end, finishing with a 31-2 overall record. Contact the author at mswaim16@

Omlid leaves the Wolves at the career individual record holder in steals, blocks and rebounds


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By Simson Garcia | Sports Editor Seven final runs for the indoor track and field season were completed by Western on March 9 and 10, as seven individuals took away All-American honors in the NCAA DII Indoor National Championships. Junior Dustin Nading ran to first place in the men’s mile, while his distance-medleyrelay team also ran ahead of the field for first in the relay final. The DMR win is a repeat of last years championship — a .001 photo finish victory. This year’s championship run was won by a few more strides. “Emotions were put aside and we knew for a fact we were capable of doing it again. Physically we knew we were fit, capable and ready,” said senior David Ribich, who also finished third in the men’s 3k. Emotions, last year’s win and other relay teams were all set aside. With seven runners out in front, Ribich led the Wolves’s anchor leg in a mile time of 3:55 and slowly picked off each runner ahead of him. In the miraculous climb from eighth to first, Ribich rallied his team of Nading and seniors Aaron

Vikings sank, while Clan swarms Western

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Seven runners took away all-American honors, two events crown the Wolves gold in nationals

As the highest GNAC team to finish, the Wolves were named the Red Lion/GNAC team of the week

Two champions, every runner all-American

Whitaker and AJ Holmberg, to the finish in 9:41.40 — just a few feet ahead of runner-up Colorado State-Pueblo. After crossing the finish line, Ribich immediately ran over to hug his teammates who were ecstatic. “Winning a national championship is one thing but defending it is a whole lot harder. We knew that so going into this weekend we tried our hardest to stay composed and confident because we had the targets on our back. Crossing that DMR finish line has been the most surreal one yet,” said Ribich. The flare of the DMR win set in motion several more events that followed. Senior Kennedy Rufener ran to an all-American finish and two school records in the women’s 3000-meter and 5000-meter. For Rufener, the personal and school records have been piling up one after the other throughout the indoor season, and she set anew yet again with times of 16:49.68 in the 5000-meter and 9:41.54 in the 3000-meter. The Wolves team continued collecting all-American honors as senior Suzanne Van De Grift got to the line in seventh for the women’s mile and, for her third all-American run in the women’s 800-meter, junior Olivia Woods finished sixth. “Last year I thought it was pretty amazing that 6

people competed and 6 people came back all Americans. Now this year 7 people competed and 7 people came back all Americans,” said Van De Grift. Ribich compiled another allAmerican run for the Wolves team in his third place finish in the men’s 3k with a time of 8:01.55

Finally, it was Nading, who stayed poised for the win in the men’s mile. After accomplishing the eighth best time overall in the prelims, it was good enough to get him into the final. “My mile win was really about

With only two earned runs given up, junior Haley Fabian struck out five at the helm of the first game. Although the offense of both teams provided a batting battle throughout.

also found home through base stealing and an error that cut the score to 3-2. But Fabian and the Wolves’s defense around her fended off the relentless hitting of the Viks that helped move

me. Infield and outfield are really good about having my back and fighting for the out. When I see them fighting so hard for the out, that makes me work so much harder and makes me want to fight for them.” Senior Lizzet Dominguez completed the second campaign by striking out three and moved her record to 5-1 while also giving up only two runs. The game took two swings, however, in the fifth and sixth innings. Off a Wolves wild pitch, the Vikings scored a run from third base to go up 3-2. But the Wolves got the deciding 2-run homer from junior catcher Nicole Miller to sweep the series. Fabian and Dominguez again pitched back-to-back complete games in the second doubleheader against the Clan. Dominguez kept the Clan at bay for most of game one but it didn’t go far in keeping Simon Fraser from getting two runs — just enough to put

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GNAC play kicks off for the Wolves softball team with a pair of doubleheaders By Simson Garcia | Sports Editor GNAC conference softball play is officially underway. The season took a few turns to start on March 10-11. The four-game conference trek for the Wolves began in Western Washington where Western dealt a sweep with scores of 6-3 and 4-3, and continued on up to Simon Fraser, where they folded two games with scores of 2-1 and 5-3. The first doubleheader featured two of Western’s premier pitchers throwing complete games.


Fabian is number one in school history in saves (5)

At nil-nil in the third inning, Western finally scored two off first-year right fielder Tyler Creach’s triple, that struck deep into right center. Senior outfielder Zoe Clark’s solo home run soon found its way into the stands but the Vikings

Fabian’s pitching record to 4-3 on the season. “I think our defense is very good at communicating for the most part,” said Fabian. “It helps my pitching when my teammates behind me are talking to

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Dear CC, I know that this is something so many people struggle with — I even have trouble with this sometimes! I have many tips, some I’ve read about and some I use, for you!

Life got you down? Problem with your lover? Get some advice from the fabulous drag queen Esmeralda. Get your life straight, unlike her.

First of all, how you dress is as important as what your brain thinks. If you love your outfit and it’s something you rock, you will feel so much more confident. Wear something that you may not have worn before from your closet. I know one thing I like to wear that can help me is a shawl cape thing. It makes me feel like a wizard! I also wear big hats from time to time. It’s kinda silly but it helps me feel tall and powerful! You just gotta find your wizard shawl and hat! Next, fake it ‘til you make it! Posture is very helpful: stand tall, puff your chest out slightly, and — this is the only time I will encourage someone to be straight — stand straight and pull your shoulders back! It does wonders for posture and confidence. Another tip is what I have seen called the “Murder Walk”. It’s a powerful tool for everyone and works for everyone. Walk like you are on a mission and walk with purpose. If you know superheroes, walk like the Winter Soldier. If not, walk like you are the most important person in the world and you have to get to your destination ASAP! Remember you are a queen, king or royal and you are a wonderful and unique person. Nobody else can determine your self-worth for you. Friends are great but they cannot do everything.

Hope this helped! Ezi

Grain Station

Brew Works

remodels familiar venue My experience dining at what used to be known as townfavorite J’s Cafe By Caity Healy Lifestyle Editor For any current or former student of Western, or any individual who has resided in Monmouth, the name “J’s Cafe” is a familiar term. An

ideal spot for Sunday morning brunch and catching up with friends, the restaurant offered both comfort and appetizing meals. That is why in 2017 when the location was temporarily closed, there was confusion and worry. To the joy, and continued confusion, of many, the restaurant was reopened and renamed “Grain Station Brew Works”. A full remodel including a center-stage bar, new lighting,

some re-painting and flooring all took place to alter this wellknown location. The hours changed as well. Previously closing early in the afternoon, this new restaurant now stays open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on weekends, offering those in search of late night bites another option to add to their list. Being fond of J’s Cafe and all they had to offer, I was a little wary about a complete change of restaurant. That being said, I decided I should probably try Grain Station and see if I would enjoy it half as much as I enjoyed the original eatery. They did not disappoint. I love the new interior; the lighting is bright and

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welcoming, the bar makes the restaurant more appealing across generations and the best part is the menu has much of the original fare. I decided to order the Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast. Not long after my order went in, the waitress came back with a smile on her face and a plate carrying my huge meal. I thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast. The combination of the berry and cream cheese flavors sitting on top of perfectly prepared french toast was phenomenal. The waitress checked back frequently enough to make sure that everything was served to my

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Grain Station is located on the corner of Pacific Ave. N and Clay St. E

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Two final tips that I have for you is see the worth in others. Compliment people liberally! The person at the coffee shop who’s earrings you liked, tell them! The secretary sitting at his desk, tell him his tie is a great color! You’ll brighten other people’s day and start to see the silver lining. Finally, consider talking to the school’s counselors at the Student Health and Counseling Center. I am naught but a humble drag queen, but I personally know a thing or two about depression and this is a way I got support.




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My must-haves for the weeklong vacation By Caity Healy Lifestyle Editor

You did it; you made it through winter term. And how are you rewarded? An entire week of some much needed rest and relaxation. Take advantage of these seven days of freedom; go find some sunshine — or snow, if that’s your ideal way to spend the day — and make the most of your time off. I, for


one, will definitely be in search of blue skies. Accompanying me and my quest will be my spring break 2018 must-haves. Here are all of the items I can’t spend the week without. Contact the author at chealy16@

SUNGLASSES What I paid: $5.99 Where I got it: Romwe

CROP TOP What I paid: $15.99 Where I got it: Rue 21

MY FAVORITE BOOK What I paid: $4.99 Where I got it: Powell’s Books

SUN HAT What I paid: $35.00 Where I got it: On vacation

NEUTROGENA SENSITIVE SKIN SUNSCREEN What I paid: $7.99 Where I got it: Amazon

HIGH-WAISTED SHORTS What I paid: $18.99 Where I got it: Forever 21 FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 9 What I paid: $79.99 Where I got it: Amazon MAYBELLINE WATERPROOF MASCARA What I paid: $5.69 Where I got it: Target

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L.A. COLORS NAIL POLISH What I paid: $2.00 Where I got it: Walmart

BIKINI What I paid: $19.99 Where I got it: Zaful

MARC ANTHONY BEACH SPRAY What I paid: $10.99 Where I got it: Amazon



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ARIES | 3/21-4/19

TAURUS | 4/20-5/20

GEMINI | 5/21-6/20

Ah, the end of term. Time to lose all motivation just in time for finals. Studying? Never heard of it.

The stars are predicting a Target trip in your future. How’s that budgeting going?

I heard it through the grapevine, that he said, she said, that a little birdie once told me that... shucks, I ain’t got the answers, Gemini! Just bubble in to the best of your ability, Gem. You got this! ‘Til next term.

CANCER | 6/21-7/22

LEO | 7/23-8/22

VIRGO | 8/23-9/22

Gaze through the mists of time, young Cancer, and know that one day none of this will have mattered and you’ll wonder why you worried at all. But today your finals DO matter, and you SHOULD be worried.

Remember patience is not key and it’s okay to scream at your laptop while it tries to load a page, Leo. It’s dead week so, why not?

With enough cheese consumption, anyone is bound to become lactose intolerant. Tread carefully, Virgo.

LIBRA | 9/23-10/22

SCORPIO | 10/23-11/21

SAGITTARIUS | 11/22-12/21

Finals week is getting closer and closer, Libra. You may want to finally start that project that was assigned during week two.

Don’t push people away because finals have got you down, Scorpio. In your true fashion, drag them down with you.

Your dad jokes are getting out of control, Sagittarius. The stars need you to stop.

CAPRICORN | 12/22-1/19

AQUARIUS | 1/20-2/18

PISCES | 2/19-3/20

With a Netflix subscription and a strong wifi connection, you’re never truly alone, Capricorn.

Into every generation a slayer is born. Unfortunately for you, the chosen one was that rival you had in fifth grade. Remember them?

In a surprising turn of events, you may actually do well on your finals this term. It has to happen once, right?

Compiled By The Western Journal Staff


The Western Journal Wednesday, March 14, 2018


The grim reality of arming teachers By Lake Larsen Digital Media Manager the work teachers are already asked to do, they then have to train for an active shooter situation so they can effectively try to extinguish a threat. If you skip over the potential cost to schools needing to supply this training to teachers — which is already a huge thing to overlook — you have to ask: would this time spent training be paid? If it is, that

basic necessities, they have to moonlight as a pseudo-police officer. However, what if training is volunteer based so the time is unpaid? That means you’re only drawing from teachers who have enough time to adopt a sort of second job. This job being one that takes away time from an educator trying to impact a students life for

worse, just treating a school like the wild west and letting untrained teachers run around freely with guns. None of the options seem too great. The next issue faced would be the selection of a firearm. If a teacher chooses some variant of a rifle or shotgun, that means it would need to be stored in a locked desk or safe — if you want the weapon to be stored

If you want school campuses to be safe, maybe it’s time to consider gun control that doesn’t force firearms into the hands of teachers

According to, there have been 29 gun-related incidents in schools since the start of 2018

means teachers would be more inclined to carry, as it is a more fiscally responsible choice. In many school districts across the country, classrooms are severely underfunded and staff grossly underpaid. That means if a teacher either wants to make enough money to afford living or have extra money to fund their classroom with

the better and instead devotes it to trying to be a hero during a mass shooting. Already, the idea of arming teachers means asking underfunded schools to divert funds away from educating our youth to instead supply firearm training to underpaid teachers. It is either this or making teachers pay for their own training. Or, even

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Never in my life did I think I would have to worry about being shot while at school. But my senior year of high school, a student came into my school with a firearm and, right after lunch, proceeded to shoot themself in class. While this was a suicide and not an attempt on other lives, just the thought that someone at my own school came in with a loaded firearm frightened me. I always believed my school was safe, yet now my high school is on a list where someone has lost their life due to guns being within school walls. In the wake of the Parkland shooting, an idea has been circulating that hopes to put an end to gun deaths in schools: the arming of teachers with firearms. At first, the ever present yelp of “good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns” seems to fit, but does this actually work? Does a teacher with a gun stop a school shooter? I’d like to call into question this good over evil mentality and the impact that giving teachers firearms would really have. The first step in arming teachers would be to select which teachers you want to carry firearms and to train them. For argument’s sake, let’s say there are a number of volunteer teachers ready and willing to carry firearms. If you want a teacher to react in an emergency situation like a police officer, train them like one. However, the basic idea of training already brings a dilemma: a teacher’s time. Being a teacher, you have to put genuine time and effort into each lesson you teach. Planning lessons, grading homework and tests and even just responding to emails takes a lot of time. So, on top of all

safely, that is. In the event of an emergency, the teacher would have to go to the gun safe, unlock it, load the gun, then locate and stop the threat, resulting in precious time lost. However, I believe the most likely firearm for a teacher to wield would be a semiautomatic handgun, due to their compactness making

them easy to conceal. But just because the gun is hidden, doesn’t mean it’s safe. Having a gun on you at all times means at any point in time you could accidentally discharge the weapon — something that has already happened in a school this year. Last, the main point in teachers carrying guns is to protect the students in the event of a shooting. During an active shooter situation, the armed teacher would be expected to react in a way to stop the threat. In the high stress environment of an active shooter situation, the teacher would need to remain calm, find the shooter and take them out. Expecting them to stop the shooter would mean the armed teacher would need to abandon their class full of students, potentially putting them in danger. A simple misidentification of someone as a threat means the teacher could kill an innocent person. But if the teacher were to stay in their classroom, then that means the shooter is free to continue causing harm. The general notion of having any faculty member on a school campus carrying a weapon is not only dangerous, but fiscally irresponsible. I do believe there are teachers out there capable of stopping a threat, but this comes at much too high of a cost. At face value, you might think a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun, but this is just flat out wrong. A police officer with excellent training stops a bad guy with a gun. If you want school campuses to be safe, maybe it’s time to consider gun control that doesn’t force firearms into the hands of teachers. Contact the author at llarsen13@



The Western Journal Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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Baseball Continued from page 7 down the Wolves. SFU loaded the bases in the fifth, and scored two to grab the series lead at 1-0. The momentum looked like it would shift in the rematch as a pair of first-year Wolf players ignited home plate. Firstyear catcher Mariah Deleon swung away in the first to run-bat-in Creach. The two meshed again in the third inning off of Deleon’s homer to gain further momentum. That quickly changed in the fourth as SFU loaded the bases again and scored three to go up 4-3, later made 5-3, to decide the series at 2-0. Now at 12-9, Western debuts on its home field this weekend on March 17-18 in another

back-to-back doubleheader. “The team is very excited about playing at home this weekend. We are excited to have the advantage this weekend. If we get the opportunity to play at home, we don’t want to take it for granted. We want to give these games our all,” said Fabian. First arriving to the diamond for two games will be St. Martin’s with opening pitches set for 12 and 2 p.m. Central Washington will appear in the second doubleheader with the same time frame.

Grain Station Continued from page 8 liking and always made sure my glass of water was full. I was extremely satisfied with my visit to Grain Station Brew Works. While I will always love J’s Cafe and the feeling I had when I would sit in one of those booths, I am excited about the modernization of the new restaurant and how it was able to still stay true to much of their original menu. Overall, it was an exceptional dining experience and I would recommend it to anyone who has been hesitant to check it out.

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Track Continued from page 7 patience, running the best race in the field that day, and trusting in the things we do everyday at practice, which is run fast and enjoy doing it,” said Nading. Nading soon picked picked up more speed in the final bell lap. 40 meters down the stretch, Nading paced the rest of the competition for gold in a time of 4:13.30. “At that very track two years ago, nearly precisely where I kicked to win, Coach (Mike) Johnson and I stood and had our very first discussion — a discussion about taking responsibility

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and achievement here at WOU track and field, and the resounding belief that each and every one of us has the possibility of great achievements and that it lies within our grasp to accomplish. “Both DMR championships mean an incredible amount and this one specifically because it remains proof of the possibilities yet to come.” Contact the author at journalsports@

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