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Volume 14 Issue 9 | Friday, January 17, 2014

Assistant Coach Reed leaves prior to start of season for SPU job

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ormer assistant cross-country and track and field Coach Chris Reed accepted a position at Seattle Pacific University (SPU) over the holiday break. Reed’s new job is under the same title, but will be full-time with added benefits. “I’ve known for some time now that I was ready to dedicate my professional career to being a college track and field and cross-country coach,” said Reed. “It was an opportunity to move my career in the direction I want to move in.” The position change was officially announced Thursday, Jan. 2.

According to Reed, he had received the offer during the break and was given a few days to think it over. “I’ve encouraged [Chris] for some time to seek a full-time position,” said Head Coach Mike Johnson. “He and the Seattle Pacific people actually had discussions this summer. The job that he has now was not available to him at that time, but it became available close the end of our term.” Most coaching changes are done during the off-season over the summer. The offer came at an unusual time, but Reed eventually took see

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2013’s celebrity comebacks and catastrophes by Amanda McMasters Entertainment Editor


ew Year’s is a time of reflection as we look back on our lives over the past year. It’s also the time of year when “The Best of [insert year here]” lists start circulating the web and the entertainment magazines. We get to see the best and worst moments of the year, all the big news that happened and some of the most epic celebrity fails that come back to haunt them. For pop celebrities Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars and

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Justin Timberlake, it was one of their best years for their career yet. Cyrus established her rebellious independence and adulthood with her most recent album “Bangerz,” along with the accompanying music videos to her hit songs, “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop.” The young star earned even greater prominence after her controversial performance with singer Robin Thicke during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Cyrus is considered the most successful artist to have originated from Disney, and has a net worth of $150 million. While Cyrus was twerking her way to the top, art-


ist Bruno Mars owned the charts in 2013. Billboard announced Mars as the year’s top overall artist, with hits like “When I Was Your Man,” “Locked out of Heaven,” and “Gorilla.” In addition to the impressive musical year he had, Mars was also nominated for four Grammy awards. This past year saw a number of comebacks, from the Red Sox redeeming their horrible 2012 season with a 2013 World Series title, to the reappearance of the Twinkie, marketed as the “sweetest comeback in the history of ever.” Amidst the sweet taste of victory and Twinkies, boy band phenomenon Justin Timberlake made his comeback after a seven-year hiatus. see 2013 page 10


Interim Study Abroad Director hopes to send students on adventures page 4


1D + Me page 2 Stop resolving to change who you are page 3

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Who will you rush? page 8


Wolves finish winter break with 5-8 record page 6 Wolves enjoy long win streak at home, lose two on road page 7


Movie Review: Smaug desolates my time and money page 10




Friday, January 17, 2014

theJournal Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Lane Managing Editor Laura Knudson Copy Editor Marissa Thompson News Editor Allison Opson Clement Campus Life Editor Sara Grant Sports Editor Iain Dexter


‘The Journal’ gets a makeover Notice anything different about The Journal? Take a look at the new facelift. With a new year upon us, we are sticking true to our resolution as stated in our first issue editorial. 5 As promised, we at The Journal have been working hard on our vision for a visually appealing, newsworthy paper. At last, change has come. We have revamped many design elements that we hope will appeal to our readers as well as allow for better flow and readability.

The Journal shed a few inches, moving down to 14 inches in length, in attempts to reduce content stretching and to save money and paper. This new size will help us better execute journalistic style and continue bringing you the news. Other modifications to the paper include bold lines, font changes and overall structural sizing changes. One of the most important changes to the paper is that it will now be available and distributed Fridays. This will give our staff more time to properly cover events and spend more time on design. We hope the revamped design is something that can benefit and be enjoyed by our readers. As always, we appreciate any feedback on content or design from the student body, faculty and administration. After all, this is your paper.

Entertainment Editor Amanda McMasters Photo Editor Tori Gannon Designers Haunani Tomas Caitlin-Marie Frost Jimmy Wilder Advertising Manager Chris Fox Web Manager Jordan Salazar Student Media Advisor Shelby Case


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+ ME by Haunani Tomas Designer Although I turned 20 last November, my teenage fangirling of the international band One Direction has yet to cease. Those who know me personally might find my admiration for a boy band atypical; I am known for my obsession with men like Cristiano Ronaldo and Colin Kaepernick. I believe the root of my One Direction fetish is, in fact, its uncommon allure; it’s not what I’m ordinarily attracted to, which is exactly why I like it. It was not until after watching One Direction’s documentary, “This Is Us,” that I completely let myself join the ranks of many adolescent girls who probably range from ages eight to 10 (and that many years younger than me). Prior to the pivotal event of my becoming a “Directioner,” I was familiar with their hit single, “What Makes You Beautiful,” (like every girl and their boyfriend in the United States) and I had admired each of them based specifically on their level of attractiveness. (In my opinion, all five members are very handsome. However, I am very keen on Harry and even more so of Zayn. In light of this, I’d like to wish Zayn a happy belated 21st birthday, since I did not have the time to do so on my social media networks Jan. 12.)

One Direction on the red carpet for the New York premiere of their band’s documentary “This Is Us.” Band members from left to right: Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Harry Styles. Photo Courtesy of

After watching ‘This Is Us,” I bought the film, One Direction school folders and their newest album, “Midnight Memories”; my roommates gifted me a One Direction calendar and poster, and for Christmas my boyfriend (ironically) bought me One Direction’s signature fragrance, “Our Moment.” “This Is Us” provided the foundation of the nonmutual and nonexistent relationship that I, along with the million-something fanbase, developed with One Direction. Instead of stalking numerous fan pages to learn about each of the boys’ favorite colors and shoe size, I was able to see their personalities, which only enhanced my attraction to them. Harry displayed a wittiness similar to that of my boyfriend, and so I was fond of him immediately. After Zayn bought his mother a house, I admired not the price of the house but his willingness to give and the value he placed on family. “This Is Us” made it clear that Louis and Niall are the epitome of One Direction’s boyish charm, with their troublemaking grins and their everlasting happy personas. (I also enjoyed watching Niall recording “Best Song Ever” in just his boxers. That was nice.) The documentary also pointed out

that with vocals as outstanding as Liam’s, it’s incredible to think that, if he had not been grouped with the rest of the boys, he would have become a firefighter or a factory worker. Although constantly traveling and working, it was very apparent that these boys were having fun. They were happy and, as a result, it made me happy. Very happy. I assume this film had the same influence on me as it did on everyone else who watched it. However, it has come to my direct (no pun intended) attention that these boys have become the target of ridicule for many men, mainly my boyfriend. One Direction fangirls abide by a tacit code of ethics which require them to share antagonistic feelings toward objects of One Direction’s affections (i.e., girlfriends, fiancées, etc.) I assume this idea also applies to boyfriends who deal with One Direction fans in the form of girlfriends on a daily basis. Only then can I understand why these negative and otherwise rude comments are stated. Long story short, I’m just trying to to say that it’s okay to like One Direction and, if you still don’t agree, reread the above article for justification until you do.



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Stop resolving to change who you are by Marissa Thompson Copy Editor I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. It’s a fairly common pleasantry in the first few days of January: “So, did you make any New Year’s resolutions?” No, no I did not. It’s not because I consider myself above such things; I’ve just lowered my expectations of self-improvement after years of failing to live up to my goals for the new year. (Don’t worry—this story has a happy ending.) I haven’t always shunned this tradition. When I was younger, my New Year’s resolutions were a reflection of my miserable lack of self-confidence: lose weight, exercise more, eat better, talk to more people, stop biting my nails, be friendlier, smile more and laugh a lot so I’ll seem more approachable, etc. Between the ages of 13 and 16, I saw New Year’s resolutions as a way to try again with my spirituality: read the Bible, get closer to God, etc. I felt like I was never doing it right (whatever “it” was). I was a stressed-out, high-strung kid with a stutter, and I felt like I was losing the fight with life. On Jan. 1, I’d write these resolutions in a journal somewhere and think that maybe this year I’d get it right; I’d finally beat stupid old life. After all, at age 15 I should have everything figured out already. Then, next January, I’d see the abandoned list of resolutions to somehow become a better person, and I’d feel like I’d failed again. By the time I was a senior in high school, I realized what a lot of other people have realized: New Year’s resolutions are dumb. If you make grandiose, vague goals that are unachievable or have no way of being measurably achieved, you will not achieve them. It’s that simple.

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Since this epiphany, I’ve spent several years boycotting New Year’s resolutions and allowing my self-confidence to recuperate, and I’ve reached the point where I’m comfortable making life goals. So that’s good. I now firmly believe that New Year’s resolutions should not be taken too seriously. They’re not a fundamental part of life; I’m fairly certain that lots of people lived great lives before January was ever invented. New Year’s resolutions are just a bonus, something that people can use to motivate themselves to try something different. Maybe in a couple months I’ll make a New April’s resolution, and maybe that will make me a way better person than any of my New Year’s resolutions ever did. However, since it is January and I did hear something pretty fascinating the other day, I suppose I can share what I’ve just decided is sort of my New Year’s resolution (and possibly the first of my college career): Be more interested than interesting. That is basically it. It’s still not measurably achievable, but it’s also not something that I’m planning on checking off at the end of the year so I can move on to a new resolution. I think that trying to listen to people more than trying to get people to listen to you (that is, being more interested than interesting) is generally a good motto for life, not just for 2014. It’s something that makes sense to me, it’s something that I can do and it’s something that I’m already motivated to do. New Year’s resolutions requiring me to change who I was and how I thought didn’t work; you can’t just will yourself to change who you are as a person in one year, especially when you don’t really want to change or know how to change. If you want to make a resolution, pick something simple that seems like something you actually want to and would do. I mean, you don’t have to. I’m just saying.

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Veteran student liaison ready to help all byAllison Opson Clement News Editor

Dr. Alaric Trousdale is ready to get students started on their adventures abroad. Photo Taken By Tori Gannon

Interim Study Abroad Director hopes to send students on adventures byAllison Opson Clement News Editor

Dr. Alaric Trousdale is now the interim director for the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchanges. His predecessor, Michelle Price, resigned rather suddenly last term for personal reasons at the end of December, during which he worked with her and accepted the position of director at the end of that month. “Opportunity knocked,” Dr. Trousdale said, and he accepted the interim position. He is now in charge of the entire program, meeting and working with students to facilitate their international experiences. There is a lot of promotion involved with the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchanges to make students aware of these opportunities. Dr. Trousdale guides students through the steps along the way. “We like to think we offer something for every student,” said Dr. Trousdale. These programs work with students’ degree programs, so as not to hinder the accumulation of necessary credits. All study abroad programs are academic. The most popular program is the single term spent abroad. Summer programs are also popular. All programs are different, but the purpose is the same: to experience another culture. Dr. Trousdale says that the longer-term programs allow for more indepth exploration and understanding, but any program is beneficial. Traveling students not only get to know and understand another culture, but can also view their own culture through a separation that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. “Negative impressions of study abroad are extremely rare,” said Dr. Trousdale. Many students who travel come back wanting to do it again.

Dr. Trousdale says that the only limits on the experience are imagination, initiative and motivation. Students who seek out study abroad opportunities and tend to do well in them are those who are more independent and motivated, Dr. Trousdale said. However, “doing well” or “being successful” are fairly relative terms and mean something different to everyone. Money should never be a limiting factor. Dr. Trousdale said there is a “significant myth” about the affordability of study abroad. Not only is it much more affordable than people think, with a variety of resources available (including scholarships), but it is of excellent value as well. “For what you get out of it, it’s a bargain,” said Dr. Trousdale. Study abroad looks especially good on resumes, communicating many things to potenial employers, for almost all job positions. Financial aid can usually be applied; in nine out of 10 cases, a regular financial aid package can go towards study abroad tuition. There are also outside funding bodies. Still, only about two percent of students at Western ultimately choose to study abroad, which equals roughly 100 to 150 a year. “This is an office that is ready for growth,” said Dr. Trousdale. One of his goals is to expand the study abroad program and office, if he is offered the full, permanent directorship of the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchanges. Dr. Trousdale says he is not entirely clear on how or if study abroad can be made to grow. This may depend to some extent on discussions with management. Currently, the office employs the

full-time director, a half-time assistant and two student workers. The resources provided to students include a “capstone course” of one credit that helps students with the culture shock. This includes keeping in touch with home. Even after studying abroad, Trousdale said, his office can help students. “[There] can be just as much culture shock coming back to the United States,” said Dr. Trousdale. During the economic downturn of 2006-2007, education took a boost, since those without jobs often chose to go back to school. The interest in study abroad remained mostly stable, however. “Study abroad is a great opportunity. It’s easier than you think and we can help every step of the way,” said Dr. Trousdale. Their office is always open during regular campus hours and he encourages anyone who is even remotely thinking about traveling for education to stop by for a one-on-one discussion. In addition, group advising sessions are held for an hour every Wednesday from 12 p.m. in the Academic Programs and Support Center (APSC) room 301. Students can bring a lunch and get information on the many programs available to them. Dr. Trousdale was a visiting professor at Western for three years. He taught for one term at PSU before accepting the directorship position. He says he has already established good relationships here. Dr. Trousdale himself spent eight years in Scotland, earning his graduate degrees and then teaching at the University of Edinburough.

Western welcomed Jerry Langholz to its staff this past November as the Students’ Veteran Liaison, a new position on campus. Langholz refers veterans and others to many resources for a variety of needs, including rehabilitation counseling. He says there are an “overwhelming amount of veterans coming in on campus.” One of the reasons for the creation of his position was to thank veterans for their service by providing a muchneeded avenue of resource. Students who are not connected to the military in any way can often find college daunting; for veterans, the challenges can be far more extreme. That is what Langholz is here to work on. One of his goals for the position is to “ensure all vets have a successful education at [Western].” This doesn’t just mean getting a degree, he says. It also entails a good overall experience. There are great barriers to his work, one being that the military tends to control an individual’s life and choices. “Once you ask for that help, you’re stepping out of line and being [seen as] weak,” explained Langholz. This mindset makes it very difficult to ask for help. In addition to working directly with veterans, Langholz says that he is a resource for anyone: students, faculty and staff, as well as family members or significant others. “What they go through is very traumatic,” said Langholz of those close to active service members or returning veterans. Things change in a relationship and they must cope with a suddenly-long-distance relationship. Family members may also want the veteran in their lives to reach out to Langholz; if this is the case, he usually prefers to let them come to him and allows someone else nudge them along. Langholz may refer people to the Returning Veterans Project, a free counseling service not only for those who have served in the military, but also for their families and anyone who needs related resources. These are local, professional individuals who can help with issues that may arise. Langholz can help with academic needs as well. Since veterans may be returning to school after a long absence, with families and jobs already making demands on their time, their education can face additional challenges. Good tutors who have the flexibility to work around tough schedules are available and Langholz helps student veterans get connected with them. Langholz can also be a go-between for faculty and student veterans. If either party has concerns, he can try to smooth things out. This includes academic issues as well as concerns veterans have, which others may be completely unaware of. “The more I can [reach out] and talk to the faculty, the more they’ll understand,” Langholz said. The same holds true for the campus and local community in general. He says people also come to him to offer their services. “Students are interested in what they can do to help, which is huge,” said Langholz. “I think that’s amazing.”


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Healthcare available to all Western students byAllison Opson Clement News Editor The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates health insurance for all individuals. Two years ago, the mandatory insurance plan for all Western students carried a nominal preterm fee, covering up to $5,000 per incident, said Dr. Gary Dukes, vice president for student affairs. The current plan covers up to $500,000 per year. There is no deductible (out-of-pocket expense) for treatment from the Student Health and Counseling Center, including unlimited free counseling services, and medical appointments, though Jaime Silva, director of the Student Health and Counseling Center, says that additional services, such as labs or blood panels, may cost extra. A minimum of six credits are required for the current plan because it was specifically designed for college students, “not just the general population,” according to Dr. Dukes. “It’s a very different operation,” said Dr. Dukes, of the academic versus calendar year coverage. The Jan. 1 deadline was inapplicable, he said, because health insurance for Western had to start with fall term, at the beginning of the academic year, rather than at the outset of 2014. The plan costs $110 per term and only $49 for summer term. Purchasing insurance annually, including summer, is not cheaper than buying it term by term, according to Silva.

Students may still have their own coverage. The ACA also extended to 26 the maximum age through which students can be covered under their parents’ health care. For example, Portland State requires buying insurance through the school or having proof of comparable insurance from another source, Dr. Dukes said. He says their students didn’t seem to make a big fuss over the cost. “We just didn’t feel like that was in our best interest to do that,” said Dr. Dukes of Western’s different plan. Western, Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon and Oregon Institute of Technology together make up a coalition of schools on related plans, though coverage varies between these schools. Silva says it’s important to have insurance, because even though you feel untouchable when you’re young, life happens, and it’s good to have coverage. He recommends students consider their options and make an informed decision about the best kind of insurance for them personally. “It’s important to look at the plans side-by-side,” said Silva. Deductibles and premiums are two things to consider when shopping for insurance. Coverage should be the same, but deductibles are a key factor. Insurance is becoming more competitive, Dr. Dukes said. There wasn’t much incentive before for companies to be competitive, but now there is. “People are going to be looking at [their] options,” said Dr. Dukes.

Since July, after a temporary gap in the Student Health and Counseling Center’s directorship, which Dr. Dukes covered from January to July 2013, Silva has been working to get the information to students who need it. “What vary from current plans are whether it’s one incident [that is covered] or a lifetime problem,” said Dr. Dukes. Student athletes specifically have two different choices, said Silva. “It’s more cost because of higher risk,” he said. Concerned student athletes can talk to the athletic director for more information. Over the next two years approximately, the ACA coverage will be increasing substantially and moving towards unlimited insurance coverage for every individual. “It just makes it change in terms of, there [will be] no dollar limit,” Dr. Dukes said. Dukes thinks it likely that Western may move toward not having insurance through the school, if more students are getting their insurance elsewhere. “We don’t know what’s going to happen with our administration,” said Silva. One other option is the Oregon Health Plan, which costs less and is designed for those with lower incomes, which may be appropriate for students. The deadline to enroll in health care through Western for winter term is Thursday, Feb. 6. For more information, see the Student Health and Counseling Center website, or go to gallagherkoster. com/WOU.

VETERAN STUDENT LIAISON from Page 4 Langholz spent 19 years in the United States Air Force as a combat communications specialist, serving in multiple wars. “I’ve experienced all this,” Langholz said of the challenges facing veterans. He says that veterans are more willing to open up to an individual who shares some of their experiences, someone they can relate to. “Other vets, we can spot each other out normally,” Langholz said. However, non-military students typically never know that someone has served unless that veteran has volunteered the information. Langholz says that most veterans won’t necessarily share that status unless asked directly, or if it comes up as a topic of conversation, for example. “We tend to hide here very well, and that’s one of the struggles,” Langholz said. Even on official documents, when it is a choice, such as education paperwork, veterans may not check the box that identifies them as such. This is a personal choice, but it does skew the numbers for him in his work by underreporting. “Sometimes they feel like they’ll be judged,” said Langholz. One stereotype he considers inaccurate is the assumption that anyone in the army must be a right-wing Republican. This is hardly the case, he says. Also, though there are more male veterans than female, women do seem to have an easier time looking for help if they need it. “I’m hoping to bridge that gap by getting a better count of veterans on campus,” Langholz said. One way Langholz hopes to bring more veterans into

the open is by working on a veterans’ discount card at local stores here in Monmouth. He hopes for this to be community-wide and says that local businesses seem ready to help. “It’s good for the community and good for this position to get a good count of the numbers,” said Langholz. Currently, Langholz is working on his master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling here at Western. Since he is not yet licensed, he is not a professional counselor. “I’m more of a gateway to get people started finding the resources they need,” Langholz said. Before and since being hired for the liaison position, he conducted a lot of research. Langholz knows about military service and resources that are available, and can help navigate even simple things like insurance issues, as well as the use of GI bills. One project Langholz is currently working on is to start a Student Veterans Club that can meet on a regular basis. He says it might be something like a support group, or just a social club, depending on what the need is and what people’s preferences are. Another project is the creation of a dedicated space for veterans, similar to those enjoyed by other groups, such as non-traditional students; he says this is only in the “infancy stages.” There is a lot of support from people who want to help – not just veterans, but other students, faculty and staff. Langholz will be meeting soon with the Oregon State University veteran student liaison, to work on networking the position and increasing his own knowledge and understanding to help.

Jerry Langholz works to help connect student veterans and others with the resources to suceed at Western and in life. Photo Taken By Tori Gannon




Friday, January 17, 2014

Wolves finish winter break with 5-8 record by Rachel Shelley and Iain Dexter Freelancer | Sports editor The Wolves took on no.-18-ranked Northwest Nazarene in the first Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) game for both teams, Thursday, Dec. 5. The matchup had a combined 43 turnovers and 47 fouls between the two teams. Western took an early lead, but the Crusaders went on an 18-0 run to take a 38-37 lead into halftime, which turned into an 86-69 victory over Western. “This conference from top to bottom is tough,” said Head Coach Holli-Howard Carpenter. “On any given night anyone can win. It’s about the energy we can bring. The focus is on us.” Junior forward Dana Goularte led the team with 26 points and eight rebounds as she continued her impressive start to the season. Senior guard Chantel Divilbiss hit five three-point baskets on her way to 17 points to go along with seven rebounds. Central Washington University (CWU) arrived in Monmouth Saturday, Dec. 7 for the Wolves’ second conference game. The Wolves forced the Wildcats to 16 turnovers and held them to just 33 percent shooting from the field on their way to a 71-63 overtime victory. CWU only made five of their 26 attempts from behind the arc. “Defense is what we’re really working on,” said Goularte. “We have our scoring components, we just have to keep teams from scoring.” Goularte again paced the team with 19 points while being strong defensively with 17 rebounds and six blocks. Senior forward Melissa Fowler added 10 rebounds with one block and Divilbiss put up 14 points while dishing out five assists. Western then traveled to Las Vegas to take part in the Las Vegas Challenge Wednesday, Dec. 18 and Thursday, Dec. 19. In the first game, Western was defeated by the Academy of Art University 84-71. The Urban Knights had five players in double-digit scoring to the Wolves’ three. Divilbiss and Goularte had 16 and 15 points respectively while sophomore guard Katie Goddard put up 12 points off the bench. In the second and final game of the tournament, the Wolves faced off against Dixie State University (DSU). Western was unable to make a second-half comeback and were downed 88-78, even behind Goularte’s 24 points and 10 rebounds. The team struggled shooting the ball overall at a 41.1 shooting percentage, while being out rebounded overall by 15. The Wolves returned home Saturday, Dec. 21 for their final game of 2013. The team welcomed Simpson University (SU) in a non-conference game, finishing the year off with a strong defensive effort in a 58-50 win. Western out-rebounded SU 46-34 while hold-

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ing the Red Hawks to a 29.8 shooting percentage. Goularte was the offensive leader with 16 points while sophomore guard Shyla Akins added 11. Both teams were inefficient with the ball as they combined for 53 turnovers in the game. Western started the new year on the road in Lacey, Wash. with a GNAC matchup against Saint Martin’s University (SMU) Saturday, Jan. 4. The team did not bring its best overall effort as they were defeated easily by the Saints 77-46. Goularte scored half of the team’s points with 23 while pulling in 15 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Goularte is ranked top-five in the conference in five major statistical categories for the season. Most recently, the Wolves took a trip to Alaska for a pair of games against University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Thursday, Jan. 9 and University of Alaska (U of A) Saturday, Jan. 11. In the first game, UAA handled Western easily with a 97-71 win. The Wolves were forced into 32 turnovers by the Seawolves, while being dominated in the paint, giving up 50 points down low.

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“In the last couple weeks we’ve really been working on defense; even though last game we lost by quite a bit, we played good defense,” said Howard-Carpenter. “We average 64 points a game and the last two games were 71 and 81, there are more people contributing. When you have five people contributing, it’s a lot easier to score.” Goularte had a game-high 20 points along with eight rebounds, five assists and four blocks. Divilbiss added 13 points and sophomore forward Kelsey Henry chipped in 10.. In the following game against U of A, Western got a complete effort from the whole team as five different players reached double-digit points. Jordan Mottershaw led the team with 19 points and Goularte and Divilbiss added 16 and 15 apiece, while Henry and sophomore guard Elise Miller put up 10 each in the Wolves’ 81-77 victory. The win sent the team home with a 5-8 record overall and 2-3 in the GNAC. The team’s next game comes at home against a tough opponent, Western Washington University, Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.



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Wolves enjoy long win streak at home, lose two on road next in Monmouth Wednesday, Dec. 18, but the Wolves were able to win in dominant fashion once again 110-89. The holiday break served the men’s Sarhan was perfect from the field as he basketball team well as they sported a hit on all 10 of his shots, leading Western season-long, six-game winning streak with 22 points. Webster once again had a big through December and early January. night, scoring points and dishing out six asThe run of victories began on the sists, while Avgi added in another 17 points. road in Burnaby, British Columbia when Junior forward Lewis Thomas got Western took on Simon Fraser Univer- himself into the scoring action with 14 sity (SFU) Saturday, Dec. 7. The Wolves points. The Wolves finished with six playtook on the rival Clan in just the team’s ers in double-digit scoring as they upped second Great Northwest Athletic Con- their season-high scoring to 110 points. ference (GNAC) game of the year. Western then put their three-game Senior guard Rodney Webster started winning streak up against South Dakota his run of strong play in this game as he School of Mines and Technology Dec. led the team with a career-tying high of 21. The Hardrockers kept pace with the 22 points off the bench. Junior transfer Wolves throughout the game, but came up Marwan Sarhan continued to be an im- just short as Western won the game 84-76. pact player for the team since his arrival at Webster paced the team with 17 points, Western this season as he added 20 points. three assists and four steals. Avgi was a big Sophomore guard Devon Alexander contributor on both sides of the court with hit on three three-point baskets, while put- 12 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. The ting up 15 points. Last season’s GNAC Wolves got big contributions off the bench freshman of the year, Andy Avgi, scored as they outscored the Hardrockers 30-19 13 points in his second game back from from players not in the starting lineups. injury. The Wolves went on to defeat In the biggest matchup of the break, SFU 87-83 in a back-and-forth match. Western hosted the “The team expeNCAA Div. II no.-11rienced success due to ranked team in Seattle many different reasons,” Pacific University (SPU) said Sarhan. “One major Thursday, Jan. 2. The strength that we exhibit Wolves were no strangers is our team chemis- “The road is always a to ranked teams as they try. The team dynamic difficult challenge no had previously faced no. is always one of sup7 Cal Poly Pomona, no. port and confidence.” matter where you are 15 Dixie State and no. Western followed in this league. That 5 Western Washington. their road win with the said, we did not do gameA thatback-and-forth next five games comfeatured 17 ing at home in Mon- enough little things to lead changes brought a mouth. The Wolves win either game. The close finish to the night. welcomed Capilano SPU led Western at halfteam that plays with time 39-36, but the team University for the first of five, and easily took more detail wins most depth of the Wolves care of business with an eventually wore down close games.” 88-69 victory Dec. 14. on the Falcons’ starters, Sophomore guard who played a combined Brady Bergeson Jordan Wiley paced 162 minutes out of 200. the team with 15 Western had nine playWestern Men’s points while Sarhan ers amass more than 15 Basketball Coach and Webster followed minutes played each. closely with 14 and Webster and Sarhan 13 points respectiveeach put up 17 points in ly. Senior guard Mirza Sabic also added a defensive battle as they were the only 12 points in just nine minutes played. two Wolves to hit double-digit points. Coach Brady Bergeson did not The team limited mistakes against SFU use his bench sparingly as 10 Wolves with a season low of seven turnovers. amassed double-digit minutes in the Western took the lead 55-52 on sophogame, with 13 players getting floor time. more guard Jordan Schriber’s three-point “It is always good to have a deep basket with 9:10 left in the game. The team bench to support the starting line,” said would not surrender the lead back to SFU, Sarhan. “After all, games are not won by starting the new year off with a big win 74-70. five players. Our team brings energy and a The final game of Western’s home talented mix of strengths to the court. The stand came against Montana State Univerdivision of minutes among so many play- sity Billings (MSUB) in another GNAC ers shows that we have a balanced team.” matchup Saturday, Jan. 4. It ended in Northwest Indian College arrived dramatic fashion as the Wolves came by Iain Dexter Sports Editor

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out victorious 98-90 in double overtime. Webster had a career high of 27 points in the game as he sent the game to overtime with two free throws, before making a game-tying three-pointer with seven seconds left in overtime, putting the game into its second overtime period. Sarhan had 15 points, giving him 13 straight games in double-digit scoring, while four more players also hit double-digit s. The Wolves outscored the Yellowjackets 12-4 in the final overtime as they cruised to victory 98-90. The win put the team’s record at 10-4 overall, 3-1 in GNAC play and 7-1 at home. The Wolves most recently went on the road where their winning ways were ended by Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) and Central Washington University (CWU) Thursday, Jan. 9 and Saturday, Jan 11. NNU came into the game against Western with a record of 3-8, but did not play like they were outmatched. The Crusaders were led by the 33 points from freshman guard Michael Loomis who hit seven-of-eight three-pointers in the game. The Wolves had no true answer for Lommis’ hot shooting and were downed by NNU 85-77 in a major setback for Western. “NNU did a good job of finding open shooters [and] we did a poor job of covering them.” said Bergeson. “We knew they could make a lot of three’s and we didn’t do enough to disrupt that.” Avgi was one of the few players who broke through the Crusaders’ defense as he put up 25 points. Webster put up 12 points, but was the only other

player to reach double-digit scoring. The team looked to rebound against CWU, but was not able to come out ahead in another double overtime game. Senior Mark McLaughlin was a oneman show for the Cougars, scoring 39 points while grabbing 11 rebounds. The Wolves had multiple chances to close out the game, though, in both regulation and the first overtime period. The team let the Cougars pull themselves back into the game and eventually come out with the victory. “I’m proud of the effort put forth in the CWU game,” said Bergeson. “We played with a great deal of effort and passion. The improvements will be in the level of detail we play with.” CWU hit 32-of-34 on free throw opportunities in the game, cashing in on the fouls made by Western. Webster was once again the offensive star for Western, with 28 points. Sarhan got back into double-digit scoring with 22 points, while Avgi put in 17. “The road is always a difficult challenge no matter where you are in this league,” said Bergeson. “That said, we did not do enough little things to win either game. The team that plays with more detail wins most close games.” The back-to-back losses drop Western’s record to 10-6 overall and 3-3 in conference. The team next faces Saint Martin’s University at home in a GNAC battle Saturday, Jan. 18.


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Seventh Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week Press Release

Monmouth – Western Oregon University will be holding its Seventh Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week, running from Monday, January 20 2014 through Thursday, January 23 2014. Themed as “Dream Keeping: Personalizing the Vision,” the University Diversity Committee and the Martin Luther King Planning Committee invite the community to join the festivities of the week and an opportunity to reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and teachings. This year’s celebration will involve the following: Monday January 20th >>Service Project: Marion Polk County Food Share Program 1660 Salem Industrial Dr NE, Salem, Oregon | 1:00 – 4:00 PM Tuesday January 21 >>“The Black Pioneers” facilitated by Jennifer Taylor Session will chronicle and discuss the history of African Americans in Oregon. Willamette Room, Western Oregon University | 1:00 – 2:00 PM Wednesday January 22 >>“Look How Far We’ve Come” Poetry Slam hosted by Ayesha Black of ASWOU Willamette Room, Western Oregon University | 4:30 – 5:30PM >>Commemorative Dinner [Keynote Address and Presentation of Essay Contest Winner] Keynote Address by Dr. Jaime Washington, Co-Founder of Social Justice Institute. Tickets available for purchase in the Multicultural Student Services & Programs Office $5 – Students | $8 – General Pacific Room, Western Oregon University | 6:00 – 8:00PM Thursday January 23 >>“Poverty Simulation” facilitated by Dr. Doris Cancel-Tirado Pacific Room, Western Oregon University | 3:00 – 5:00PM Founded in 1856, Western Oregon University is a liberal arts, public university located in Monmouth, Oregon with an enrollment of over 6,000 undergraduates located about 15 miles from Salem. For further questions about events this week, please contact Affie Eyo at (503) 838-8834 or

theJournal who will you choose to rush? by Sara Grant Campus Life Editor

have nine brothers on campus and four brothers currently active. “We are traditionally a small, united fraternity and are Western has three fraternities and two sororities on looking to recruit a few more members soon,” said sophocampus that welcome members during Rush Week, which more Kevin Alejandrez. took place week two of winter term, Jan. 13 – 17. Omega Delta Phi looks for the people who show interWestern’s Greek life opportunities consist of Kappa est in joining and who also attend the informational sesSigma, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Delta Phi fraternities and sion, socials and the formal interview, says Alejandrez. Kappa Delta Chi and Delta Sigma Theta sororities. “[The Prospective Member Program] is a secret To be a part of one of these chapters you must “rush,” a and exciting eight-week program that everyone must go practice which can vary from campus to campus. through in order to become a brother of Omega Delta Phi,” “Rushing” is used to recruit potential members to said Alejandrez. chapters. Different sessions were held throughout week When the members are chosen the fraternity performs two of winter term that students attended. a skit in public to welcome and celebrate the new members. The chapters will send out formal bids to potential “We pride ourselves on unity,” said Alejandrez. “We pledges, if they are interested in recruiting them as a mem- have brotherhood socials [dinners] with each other and ber. other clubs.” When you become a pledge Potential brothers can look and are inducted into a fraternity forward to attending regional or sorority, you become a “brothand national conferences, voler” or a “sister.” (In Latin, “fraterunteering and studying together. nity” translates to “brotherhood” Recreationally, informal dinand “sorority” translates to “sisterners, movie nights, basketball hood.”) games and more are frequently The ladies of Kappa Delta held. Chi Sorority, Inc. have 19 sisters at Omega Delta Phi meets Western. about once a week. These meet“We often look for ladies seekings are closed to non-members. ing out to incorporate the princi“We also have two to three ples of unity, honesty, integrity and nights of “study tables” where leadership into this organization,” we get together and study as a said sophomore Jaime Lynn Mengroup,” said Alejandrez. doza. “Being a part of a sorority is a “It’s tough to get our name lifelong commitment. It takes great out there when our numbers are dedication to completely gain from so small, but we have learned to an organization such as Kappa be patient,” said Alejandrez. “We Delta Chi.” make an effort to participate Kappa Delta Chi participates around campus as much as we in various academic events and can.” workshops around campus that inAnother fraternity chapter form not only their own members, found on campus is Kappa Sigbut other students at Western as ma: Sigma-Tau, 382nd chapter, Tyler Nelson well. which has 36 brothers. Once you become a member, “They must attend study Kappa Sigma Public “one must stay active and particihours, keep their grades above Relations Director pate within the sorority events and the all-men’s average, attend activities,” said Mendoza. pledge education and be a likMeetings held by Kappa Delta Chi are open only to able gentleman during the pledge process,” said senior Tymembers and take place once a week for about an hour. ler Nelson, public relations director for Kappa Sigma. “When I first approached them during a tabling event If they succeed at these things the brothers will most they had so much passion and the support system they had likely approve them to be initiated into the brotherhood. for one another was outstanding,” said sophomore Maira Activities that Kappa Sigma participates as a group inTorres. clude study hours at the library, community service events Kappa Delta Chi will be tabling in the Werner Univer- and “family” gatherings each week, where all of the brothsity Center (WUC) this term to gain more visibility around ers come together and eat dinner. campus and increase public knowledge about their chapter. Weekly chapter meetings are held every Sunday are “I personally wanted to be involved because I wanted closed to everyone except initiated brothers and alumni. to be a part of something that made me feel proud of my During Rush Week, students have the opportunity years here at Western,” said Torres. to attend different events in which they interact with the Delta Sigma Theta is currently an active sorority on pledges and explain in-depth about the pledging process campus, although there are no members and no rush week into their fraternity or sorority. In most cases, sorority to induct pledges. If anyone has questions about Delta Rush Week tends to be less public or visible. Sigma Theta, contact Trenton Nettles, Western’s Greek life “I was very excited to try and make history at Western adviser. as [part of] the first traditional Greek life and fraternity,” The men of Omega Delta Phi, Fraternity Inc. said Nelson. “It was simply the best decision of my life.”

“I was very excited to try and make history at Western as [part of] the first traditional Greek life and fraternity. It was simply the best decision of my life.”


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theJournal 10 Smaug desolates my time and money Entertainment Friday, January 17, 2014

by Dominic Paul Freelancer I was super excited to watch “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second film in the “Hobbit” trilogy. My friends and I eagerly anticipated what should have been a step up from the mediocre first film, “An Unexpected Journey.” We all spent just a little more than usual to capitalize on what should have been a joyous occasion. However, I only received half of what I wanted; I only received half of a good movie. The second half of the film was absolute garbage and a waste of my time and money. “The Desolation of Smaug” started out great, reintroducing us to Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, and his group of traveling dwarves, as well as the wizard Gandalf, played by Ian McKellen. The movie took me on a grand adventure through Middle-earth, where I was thoroughly entertained by its action, suspense, comedy and budding love-triangle. The turning point came when our gang of travelers reached the pitiful Lake-town, which is where things started to drag … and drag … and drag some more. I wish I could tell you that by the time Bilbo and the dwarves reached the Lonely Mountain, certain characters had been developed a little more and that we had some interesting plot developments to the story, but that didn’t happen. We learn one thing about a character, and honestly it was such a minuscule piece of information that it was covered in the course of 30 seconds. After spending way too much time in Lake-town and finally reaching the Lonely Mountain, Bilbo goes inside and comes face-to-face with the villainous dragon Smaug, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Cumberbatch gives a fantastic performance, creating for Smaug an intricate personality that lays the groundwork for both a force of nature and a villain. A lot of detail went into the making of the dragon, with the computergenerated imagery (CGI) and motion capture cranked to

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After Timberlake announced last January that he was returning to music, his new album “The 20/20 Experience” became an immediate success, boasting charttoppers “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors.” The second part to that album, “The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2,” dropped in September, and its first single “Take Back the Night” made a killing on the charts upon its early release in July. Timberlake brought sexy back as he reunited his ‘90’s boy band brothers of ‘N Sync on the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. He won four awards that night, including Video of the Year. Another star, who has been in the public eye for decades, made an intriguing comeback in the film “Captain Phillips.” Two-time Oscar-winner, Tom Hanks made his way back into the limelight after his last three films flopped. Hanks played the title role with the ease of a seasoned veteran at the top of his game, which earned him stellar reviews and several award nominations. Hanks has kept the ball rolling into 2014 with his role as the iconic Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks,” playing in theaters now. Lorde, the musical teen genius from New Zealand, became mainstream with her hit “Royals,” which spent nine weeks as number one in the U.S. on Billboard Hot 100. Speaking of royals, America’s favorite fairytale cou-

its best to create a figure more visually striking than Golum. After Smaug’s grand introduction, however, things only continued to go downhill. Smaug’s CGI potential is completely wasted for the rest of the film, as he is forced into a chase scene with Bilbo and the dwarves for the remainder of the film. Smaug is turned into nothing more than a stupid cat chasing mice who outnumber and outsmart him. From there we’re given two other subplots that, while I did find them interesting in terms of the characters, have arguably no real development toward the plot. The movie comes to a screeching halt that was far more infuriating than the cliffhanger endings to both “Star Wars: The Em-

ple celebrated 2013 by introducing their brand new baby boy to the world. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his Duchess, Kate, welcomed royal baby Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge into the family last July. The royal baby overshadowed Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s baby, North, born one month earlier. Balancing out the success of many big-player celebrities, there were just as many failures for social media to buzz about. Amanda Bynes, the sweetheart host of “The Amanda Show,” has clearly grown up. She was arrested for throwing a bong out of her apartment window. The star showed up to her court hearing in sweatpants and a ratty blonde wig, giving the media sharks even more to be snarky about. With so many successes and failures in the 2013year, celebrity gossip junkies wait eagerly to see which star will screw up next and who will show them up. 12-year-old “Belieber’s” everywhere were heartbroken when Justin Bieber announced his retirement from the music business. Bieber had several media fails, including a picture of him peeing in a mop bucket at a restaurant as well as him mooning paparazzi, both of which were splashed across every social media outlet. Bieber didn’t do anything to redeem his tarnished reputation when he showed up to his own concert in London two


pire Strikes Back” and “The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring.” I understand that Peter Jackson has plans for everything to come full-circle in the third and final film, but I honestly think that it is still a cop-out to give this movie a pass simply because it’s number two in a trilogy. A movie should still be able to reach a fulfilling conclusion regardless of what is going to come afterwards. Ultimately, thinking about both movies long and hard, I have reached one massive conclusion. The “Hobbit” series really isn’t about a hobbit at all, but how greed corrupts people, specifically Peter Jackson. That, however, is a story for another time.

hours late, enraging young fans and their parents. With so many successes and failures in the 2013-year, celebrity gossip junkies wait eagerly to see which star will screw up next and who will show them up.



Spreading honey by Erik McFarlnad Freelancer

Visitors to Rice Auditorium Friday Jan. 10th at 7:30 p.m. were witness to the poppin’ rockin’, jazzin’, and everpartyin’, California Honeydrops. As the second installment of Western’s Smith Fine Art Series, it promised to be a memorable performance. Dr. Keller Coker, the executive director of the Fine Art Series and a professor of music at Western, gave a very enthusiastic introduction to the California Honeydrops. The core group consists of front man Lech Wierzynski on vocals, trumpet, and guitar; Ben Malament on drums, washboard and vocal and Johnny Bones on saxophone, clarinet and vocals. Touring with the group are Lorenzo Loera on keys and vocals and Doug Stuart on bass. Not afraid to throw a party, the Drops had audience members dancing, swinging and singing right up on stage with them by the end of the night. Born in Warsaw, Poland, Wierzynski grew up in Chicago and Washington D.C. “When my dad was growing up in communist Poland in the ‘40s and ‘50s, old American music was illegal and therefore very cool,” he said. Eventually arriving in Oakland, Calif, and following his father’s influence, Wierzynski took to the streets and found himself working with older Bay Area musicians who taught him “what it was all about.” Malament, one of the original members of the band, draws from a background in West African and New Orlean drumming. Not limited to just drums, Malament sang and brought out cowbells and even a washboard to create the California Honeydrop sound.


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Bones, having previously worked with Eddie Palmieri, Nell Carter and Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums, compliments Wierzynski’s smooth vocals and Malament’s rhythms with his funky and crazy saxophoning. Pulling from the vast array of musical heritage in their Oakland roots, their own experiences in Bay Area R&B,

“When my dad was growing up in communist Poland in the 40’s and 50’s, old American music was illegal and therefore very cool.”

for five years. Since their inception, they have been all around the United States and have gone on eight European tours. Their music covers all the important aspects of life: love, loss, partying and pumpkin pie. Every song is uniquely its own, yet just as fit for dancing as the last. The Drops jazzed, danced and paraded around the entire auditorium until they had the entire audience on their feet clapping along, if not dancing, singing and playing right behind them. The evening ended with a standing ovation and an encore performance that brought the audience up on stage to dance and sing one last time. Smith Fine Arts Series is now on Facebook and can be followed at Next to appear at Rice Auditorium are the world-renowned fiddlers, Andrea Beaton, Kevin Burke and Cal Scott, appearing on Friday, Jan. 24th at 7:30 p.m.

Lech Wierzynski

California Honeydrops hip-hop, Southern soul, blues and their humble street beginnings, they create a distinct blend that they endearingly call “street-corner soul.” No other name could better capture the group’s unique sound, which tugs at your soul and puts an itch in your legs, so that you can’t help but dance the night away. Wierzynski’s powerful, yet winningly casual voice adds an infectious element that makes the audience want to sing along. The group has been spreading honey across the world

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REED from Front Page the job as it was “an upward career move.” “Once I made my decision, it was a very quick turnaround,” said Reed. “From the time they called me, to the time I arrived on campus was about three weeks.” Reed, an alum of Western, also spent the last two and a half years coaching both the cross-country team and track and field team. He set five different distance records at Western during his time as a collegiate athlete. “I love the people [at Western], love the places and I definitely felt at home [at Western],” said Reed. As a former collegiate distance runner, Reed worked closely with many of the current long distance runners, such as sophomore Lara Lucero, because of his expertise. “At first I was heartbroken just because Chris has always been the guy I go to about issues or advice about running,” said Lucero. “At the same time, I was very happy for him because he defiantly deserves it.” Because of the timing of the job offer, Reed had to depart before the track and field team came together again in early January. “The really unfortunate part about the timing is that I never really got to say my proper goodbyes to the team,” said Reed. Johnson sent an email to the team to make

them aware of the change, followed by an email from Reed the day after. “The response has been incredibly positive,” said Reed. “It was overwhelming, really. I didn’t expect necessarily to have the kind of positivity and support from everybody.” The short transition time was not only difficult for Reed, but also for all the athletes he coached. “Not having Chris is an adjustment, but I feel the team is handling it well,” said Lucero. “It definitely isn’t the same program without him because Chris was a huge part as far communication about workouts and always was easy to talk to if we had questions or concerns about workouts.” The team will continue through the track and field season with the coaches on staff already, before likely hiring another coach to fill the opening Reed left. “I wouldn’t have recommended him as highly as I did if I didn’t think he was going to be a real asset to their program,” said Johnson. Reed and the Western athletes will have many opportunities to visit again as SPU also competes in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Western travels up to Seattle for the UW Indoor Preview Saturday, Jan. 18 where SPU will likely be present.


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