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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
New DeVolder Science Building Open Allison Opson Clement | News Editor
Tori Gannon| Photo Editor
he new DeVolder Family Science Building opened for classes last week, Monday, Sept. 30 after a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday Sept. 24. The $9.7 million project broke ground 15 months ago. $7.2 million of that cost was statefunded, and $2.5 being raised by Western, said Tom Neal, Physical Plant Director. This includes a $2.3 million donation by Ron and Norma DeVolder along with the Lynn Roberts Ramsdell Trust. That made up the largestever single donation to Western; the building is so named for them. Its six new full labs will now support 25 percent of science classes for Western students, said Steve Taylor, Ph.D, Professor of Geology, at the ribbon cutting. This means a “complete replacement of the anatomy and physiology component” of Western’s science programs, Taylor said.
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The DeVolder Building has expanded academic resources and provided new accessibility, giving students an edge in the competitive fields of science, said Associated Students of Western Oregon University (ASWOU) President Travis Meuwissen. At the ribbon cutting, Taylor read an email with President Mark Weiss from late March, 2011, asking for a report on the need for science labs. Taylor said this was the beginning of the process that has led to the DeVolder building, now two and a half years later. Western President Mark Weiss said he marked the beginning as a 2011 legislation meeting that discussed potential funding. What is so much appreciated, Weiss told the DeVolders at the opening, is their giving back for future generations. “We can all be proud of it,” Weiss said of the
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building’s completion and opening. “It’s a truly special community, and I don’t say that lightly,” said Dr. Melody Rose, Interim Chancellor for OUS. “They are deeply committed to learning,” Rose said of those whose efforts supported the building’s construction, and who have supported Western. The DeVolders “are clearly dedicated members of this community, and have been for a while,” she said, thanking them for “making a beautiful place where learning happens.” Western student Abigail Oswald said that the building is really nice, and that as a first-year student, she is excited to get to have classes here. “Through these doors will pass individuals who will build tomorrow,” said DeVolder. Most of those people aren’t even born yet, he said, but those who are going to educate those people are already here. “Everybody we need is here.”
Wolves Storm Back, Azusa Escapes with Win
October 9, 2013
Journal Looks for a Fresh Start
Another year is among us and The Journal is back in business. This year, however, we are doing things differently. In the past, there have been a number of complaints, concerns and negative comments about The Journal. As a student publication we are taking these criticisms seriously and fixing them. With a nearly all-new staff and countless papers ahead of us, we got to thinking: What have we done in the past? What can we do better? So, as we kick off another year, The Journal is taking the opportunity to recreate this publication. This has led us to evaluate the role of a newspaper, our past shortcomings and our goals for the future. One of the major functions of a newspaper is to encourage citizens to participate in public life. We understand that we need to expand on coverage of campus news. It is our goal at The Journal to bring you, the students, everything you need to know about engaging in university life. Perhaps the most important aspect of what we do is to take on the roles of watchdogs and gatekeepers. We recognize it is our duty to always be in the know about what is happening at this institution and to provide timely, newsworthy stories. We ask the hard questions, take the information and break it down so everyone can understand it. Ultimately, we are the voice for the students. It is not news to The Journal that we have fallen short of these essential journalistic qualifications. Stemming from a lack of a journalism program and formal training, we have published The Journal doing only what we know how to do. Major issues and events have gone unreported, hard news
was put on the backburner and the publication itself was not as available as it could be. This year we are focusing more on coverage and design. We aim to provide less opinionated content and more hard news. We are also working to reach our readers in new and more convenient ways through social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We will also offer our paper in an online format on our website. The paper itself will be appropriately organized, allowing for more flow and increased readability. This improved quality of the paper will augment its usefulness and consistency. We are long overdue for a change and we vow to take the necessary steps to keep rough times from happening again. It is our mission to publish a paper that will benefit this community. We are not writing a newspaper for the sake of writing or even out of obligation. It is our desire to provide this necessary service. A lack of a journalism program will not stop us from seeking the truth and striving to accurately report pertinent information, or from continuing to teach ourselves, learn from mistakes and become better journalists. We hope our commitment to improve will also be adopted by the student body. We encourage you to submit your concerns, opinions and tips through letters to the editor submissions, emails to our Journal staff or by stopping by The Journal office, located on the first floor of Werner University Center, room 106. Serving students is something we look forward to as we make a fresh start here at The Journal.
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October 9, 2013
Welcome Incoming Class of 2017 Stephanie Lane | Editor in Chief
Another school year is underway. For some students they look forward to the much-anticipated graduation that will, for some, complete their academic career but for others this is just the start of finding out who they are. Look forward to creating new friendships, sharing numerous long study nights, and embrace those tests and papers over the next four to five years. Although I classify myself with the first group awaiting graduation, for the second time now, I can still remember my first week at Western as a new student, moving into the Resident Halls, not knowing a single person around me and still very unsure about what I had brought upon myself. Here are some friendly words of advice from the student who has been at Western more than my fair share. Be an active member on campus. Get out of your dorm room and meet people. Go to events and get involved. Make an impact while you are here. Go to class. Always. And pay attention while you’re there of course. I know it is hard at 8 a.m. to learn Spanish or to stay awake when history bores you, but it will pay off. Don’t forget to give yourself a break now and then but know the difference when its time for fun and time for homework or studying. Keep an active lifestyle. The freshman 15 adds up faster than you think and its even harder to get rid of. You don’t have to diet, just watch what you eat and counter it by being active. Ultimately it comes down to be yourself, have fun and make every second count while you’re here, both in the classroom and out. You are paying for you education with more than just money. Don’t be afraid to graduate and let your voice be heard. Coming to college was a big step. Let people know who you are and where you stand. By the time graduation comes around you’ll be ready to take the world head on. To the incoming class this year, good luck on your first years at Western, whether you are a freshman, transfer student or non-traditional student, and welcome to the Wolf family.
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SEIU Strike Averted: Negotiations Ongoing
October 9, 2013
Allison Opson Clement | News Editor
A tentative agreement prevented a classified staff strike last week after negotiations that started February. Meetings included HR representatives and a classified staff member from each of the seven Oregon universities, with representatives of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Oregon University System (OUS) legal counsel Brian Caufield. Judy Vanderberg and William Sexton from Human Resources (HR) represented Western management, while Angela Barry was the Western campus classified staff bargaining representative. The term “classified staff” refers to a group consisting of custodial, grounds, and maintenance service providers, as well as most people in food services and various office workers. In these latest negotiations, all articles were opened; this was a big deal, said Barry, because it meant that the entire contract could be renegotiated from the ground up. She said much of it hadn’t been looked at in years, and there was a great deal that required updating. After meeting for two days every three weeks, the debating parties solidified the main wording by July, but trouble hit
into, or even those they already occupy. Technology plays a large factor in this. “I have to go from zero to 60 in a term what takes people years to learn,” said Kimberly Townsend, one affected employee who attended a Town Hall meeting Angela Barry that same Thursday. “I slide by, but I’m not proficient.” WESTERN CAMPUS CLASSIFIED STAFF BARGANING REPRESENTATIVE This is an issue facing quite a few classiday, September 26, at 2:30 a.m. fied staff members. Some “We went to original contract language were here well before the advent of techon those things,” Barry said of the sticking nologies that have now taken over the posipoints, though the changes to the rest of the tions they occupy and many can’t catch up. contracts were kept. “We were very glad to In the Sept. 26 meeting, Sexton noted settle. None of us wanted to go on strike.” two different kinds of employee training that According to the SEIU website, there could help: “Job training, for the job they are several key points that have been agreed have now,” versus, for long-term employupon, although further details will be forth- ees, “career development training,” he said coming as negotiations continue. So far, per are two main areas to focus on in the future, the SEIU website and email report, those perhaps to be “negotiated next contract sesknown include: “an end to furloughs”; “cost sion is my understanding.” Job descriptions of living raises”; “no increase to the 5 percent will need to be brought up to date, and curhealthcare premium share”; “IT compensa- rent employees will need training, he said. tion”; “and dozens of other improvements!” Vanderberg said one of the most im Additionally, there will portant things for people to know is how imbe a Low Income Health- portant everyone’s work is, and the respect care Subsidy. This is a management has for everyone on campus. $40 bonus for every em- “More open communication is alployee earning below a ways better,” Barry said. All of these debates certain level, said Sexton. remain ongoing issues. Some universities have not always handled Further information can be found at: money well, but Western http://www.seiu503.org/ has done well, said Bar- http://ous.edu/about/seiu Angela Barry ry. Administrative bloat, where funding goes to adWESTERN CAMPUS CLASSIFIED STAFF BARGANING REPRESENTATIVE ministration but isn’t seen by lower-paid employees, was not a problem here. back in April as they negotiated certain basic Barry praised Western specifically rights, Barry said. These included overtime pay and protections against contracting out. on several points, such as the availability of “We were pretty offended that cash advances for employee training, conthey had even talked about taking ferences and seminars. Other universities, these rights away,” said Barry. Meet- she said, require their employees to pay ings themselves remained fairly cordial, up front, and many don’t have that ability. “One thing about Mark Weiss, is he though rallies could get heated, she said. “Negotiations can be contentious,” is a very good numbers man,” Barry said; said Vanderberg, but she and Sexton said Western’s presidents, past and present, “have that they feel discussions went about as done a really good job on this campus.” One key issue involves employees well as they always do. Vanderberg notes @The345Journal 1995 as the last time SEIU workers struck. who have worked here for some time. Many The OUS and SEIU came are finding that their skill sets are no longer a to a tentative agreement on Thurs- match for the jobs they wish to be promoted
“We were very glad to settle. None of us wanted to go on strike.”
“We were pretty offended that they even talked about taking these rights away”
5 Annual Campus Safety Guide and Crime Stats Published News
October 9, 2013
Allison Opson Clement | News Editor Western’s Campus Safety Guide will now be available on flash drives. The Safety Guide offers crime statistics and information on Campus Public Safety’s policies and operations. It also outlines emergency procedures, including fire safety, disaster response protocol, timely alerts, and sexual assault. Because the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) requires the publication of the Annual Security Report (ASR), the Campus Safety Guide includes crime statistics from the last three years. The Guide combines the findings of these annual reports with those required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). “It can be hard copy or electronic but it must contain certain statements of activities that we do to keep the campus safe and secure, as well as the crime stats for the past three years,” said W. Jay Carey, Campus Public Safety Director. On move-in day, on-campus students received flash drives that contain the Safety Guide in PDF form, along with other informative documents. In the past, the Guide was provided only in paper form, and students living on campus could find a copy in their dorm rooms. Hard copies are still available in the Campus Public Safety Office. The Act was named after Jeanne Clery, a freshman at Lehigh University who was raped and murdered in her dorm room in 1986. Her parents’ campaign to prevent future incidents eventually led to the enactment of the Clery Act. As a federal statute, the Act applies to all U.S. colleges that receive federal funding, excluding certain private institutions. Anything beyond high school, such as a trade or technical school, must comply, said Carey. Nancy Minnick, Campus Public Safety Office Coordinator, is responsible for tallying the numbers provided by the Monmouth Police Department (MPD). There are two sets of numbers: those reported to the MPD or Campus Public Safety, and those reported to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. The latter data set includes anonymous
reports, as well as less serious incidents where no charges were pressed. “There’s a lot of good info in there for people to read, if you can get them to read it,” Minnick said. “I never actually looked through this. I think I skimmed through it, maybe,” said junior transfer student Alyssa Manabe. When first given a copy, she said she wouldn’t read it, because there is a lot to take in. “At least it tells people what to do,” Manabe said. “At least they have it out for people to see, I mean, that there’s help if they need it.” “Clery has a good purpose; the reason behind it is good,” Carey said. He said Public Safety wants people to know what’s going on, but that the Act “puts lots of stress on colleges” without providing funding to make the required reports. Carey thinks it’s important that students know what Campus Security is and what its officers do. They have the same authority on campus as the Monmouth Police do off campus, said Carey. This includes stop-and-search and making arrests, which they turn over to MPD if charges are pressed. Public Safety is not there just to bust students; they’re also there to help in whatever way they can, said Carey.
“Even just talking,” said the director. “If they call, our officers go. Even [in] non-emergency situations.” He references the escort program: any student can call to have an officer walk them across campus. “We’re here as a resource to the campus,” he said. “We’re here for them [the students]; we’re going to help them.” Ultimately, he said, it is the responsibility of each individual to be aware for their own safety. The Campus Safety Guide and ASR are a large part of that, and, like Public Safety, here to help. For more information, visit: www.wou.edu/admin/safety http://clerycenter.org/
Tori Gannon| Photo Editor Denisse Baltazar (Left) and Gianne Pabustan (Right) showing off hard copy of the campus safty guide
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October 9, 2013
Campus Kicks off New Student Week at Premier Night Laura White | Freelancer
A hypnotist, The Date Doctor and talent show were just a few of the many events that took place during New Student Week this year. One event that got students the connected with the school is the Werner University Center Premier Night, along with a few rounds of Bingo afterwords. Premier Night took place on Tuesday night, Sept. 24. “We started planning during our fall training,” said Lexi Waters, the programming coordinator for the Resident Hall Association (RHA). RHA is one of the groups who organized the Premier Night and Bingo, the other one being the PLUS team. “It actually wasn’t that hard to plan once we had a theme, since this event is repeated every year”, Waters said.
every station reflected that. Organizations had different themes, such as Star Trek, The Walking Dead, Batman, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The WUC Computer Lab, for example, used Legend of Zelda as its theme. “Each organization could pick a theme for their booth from a list,” said Waters. “Once that theme was chosen, it would be taken off the list and the other organizations would choose from what was left.” At each station, students were briefed on what that organization was about, then getting their WUC-a-Con comic book stamped. They then received a code word, which could be used to solve a puzzle to get into Bingo and maybe pick up some free goodies.
“Our overall focus was to create an environment for new students where they can learn more about what goes on at Western,” said RHA secretary Lexington Martin.
Once they had visited all of the stations and collected all of the code words, they could use those words to discover a secret message and receive a ticket to Bingo. The first round of Bingo started at 7:00 p.m, and The theme for Premier Night was the second round was scheduled to start at 8:15 WUC-A-Con, inspired by Comic-Con, as p.m. However, the first round of Bingo ran a
little late, so an impromptu dance contest took place in the lounge outside the Pacific Room. The theme for Bingo was the TV show, Once Upon a Time, with the hosts dressing up as characters from the show. Different Bingo combinations were based on fairy tales. For example, Red Riding Hood’s basket and Captain Hook’s hook were some of the different combinations. “Before we started planning Bingo, only a few RHA member were familiar with Once Upon A Time,” said Waters. “However once we decided that that was what our theme was going to be, we started having Once Upon A Time nights during our fall training, to familiarize ourselves with the show. Now we’re all really into it!” “I thought it was a nice way to find out about student government and clubs,” said freshman Jenny Korecki. “It was fun and well organized, but perhaps a little crowded”. The prizes for Bingo varied from movie baskets and dorm baskets to Blu-ray players.
WOU Lacrosse Team Gets A New Coach Chelsey Heller | Freelancer
The lacrosse team started the season with a new face. Although the students may not know their new coach, Steve Blair is no stranger to Western. From 2005 to 2008, Blair played lacrosse for Western as their goalie. After graduating from Western, he took an assistant coaching job at Willamette University before coaching at Puget Sound University.
nior Taylor Dougan is also excited for the upcoming season and new coaches. With Blair’s new offense and discipline, Dougan believes they will make it deep into the national playoffs. Teammate Connor Morgan, a sophomore, is also ready for the upcoming season. Morgan chose to come to Western specifically for the lacrosse team, as well as the in-state tuition. “Change is a good thing,” Morgan said. “The structure Steve Blair is bringing to the lacrosse team will help the team become a huge success.”
Blair is excited to begin coaching at Western because of his history with the school and because of the team’s past success. According to Blair, the players’ more serious mindset gives him a good feeling about the upcoming season. Along with stronger discipline, Blair also brings Will Patton, his defensive coordinator from Willamette University. With the addition of Patton, an up-tempo offense Blair feels and a team play emphasis, Blair believes some pressure from they will be a nationally competing team. the school’s past success as a lacrosse Patton, now the assistant coach at West- team and hopes to upern, feels great about the upcoming season. With hold those standards. nine years of coaching under his belt, he is excit “This is goed to work with a team capable of executing his ing to be a fun team defensive schemes. Not only does Patton plan to to watch,” Blair said. incorporate his skills as a defensive specialist, The team only lost a he also plans to utilize all of Western’s facilities. few seniors last year “The only problem they are going to have and they obtained an as a team is getting in their own way”, said Patton. outstanding group of freshman said Blair. After coming to Western both to be close Both the players and to home and to play on the lacrosse team, Se- coaches are excited
to play out the season with such a great team. He said he would like to encourage more students to come out for lacrosse; it’s a great game and the team could always use more players. The team has welcomed both coaches with open arms, excited for the strategies they have to offer.
Shannen Brouner | Freelancer Steve Blair, Head Lacrosse Coach
October 9, 2013
Tori Gannon| Photo Editor The 2013-2014 ASWOU staff plans for a year of action.
OSA and ASWOU Plan for the Future Laura Knudson | Managing Editor Members of Western’s Oregon Stu- fairs for ASWOU said many freshmen took dent Association are conducting a survey the survey during their walk through the ASon student issues, which will be presented WOU office on Premiere Night. Since then, to legislatures at the state capitol in 2014. Moos said, OSA members have also done The survey will cover 10 issues: afford- group and class presentations informing stuability and tuition, campus accessibility, child- dents on the issues and handing out the survey. care for student parents, cultural competency OSA members statewide, compiled 50 training, food security and sovereignty, good questions at a three-day retreat in August. Samaritan policy, public safety reform, preven- Survey questions were presented by campus tion of sexual violence representatives and on campus, safe ineventually narrowed clusive schools and down to the 10 on textbook affordability. the current survey. The survey is In the past, OSA available online at contributed to the the OSA website or implementation of tuin hard copy at the ition equity, as well Associated Students as the $15 million inof Western Oregon crease in the Oregon University office. ASOpportunity Grant. WOU also plans to isAs a whole, OSA sue surveys at a table recruited 50,000 new across from the bookvoters last year while store Monday, Oct. 14. advocating for the Students takstudent issues at the ing the survey are capitol. Moos said asked to rate each is- Jessica Hand that recruiting votFORMER DIRECTOR OF STATE AND FEDERAL AFFAIRS AND A sue on a scale of one ers is another way FORMER MEMBER OF THE OSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS to 10 based on inOSA works with dividual prioritization. students to encourage involvement Rachael Leone, director of public rela- and ultimately work towards solutions. tions for ASWOU, said over 300 signatures “We had a lot of District Representatives were collected during New Student Week. coming to OSA, asking for our input,” Moos said. Amanda Moos, director of state and federal afShe added that the opinions of OSA mem-
“If we don’t get stu-
dents to vote, then we don’t have the broad student perspective on what we should be lobbying for”
bers were valued because they had credited a large population of voters in the past. Jessica Hand, the former director of state and federal affairs and a former member of the OSA board of directors said, “If we don’t get students to vote, then we don’t have the broad student perspective on what we should be lobbying for.” “That’s what’s really important about the survey,” said Moos. “It’s not just us taking information, it’s us trying to get the students’ voices heard statewide.” OSA’s goal was to reach at least 10 percent of Western students. Moos said she is confident they achieve this. “The bigger the number we have, the better leverage we have when we go to lobby,” said Hand. She added that a large number of voters will allow OSA members to “hold the legislatives accountable.” When asked what she hopes to achieve through the survey, Moos said, “I hope to gain a better understanding for what students on this campus prioritize.” The survey will be available statewide until Oct. 23.
Shanna Roast | Photo Freelancer
The Hot Club of San Fransisco performs at Smith Hall on Friday Oct. 4.
October 9, 2013
An Evening with Gypsies Eric McFarland | Freelancer
Gypsies are known for many things; roaming, dancing, fortune-telling, secrecy, dark magic, colorful clothes and wagons are some of the most common images that come to mind. But of all the stereotypes, what gypsies are most known for is music, and not just any music, but their music. On Oct. 4, the Hot Club of San Francisco gave Western a musical assortment in the artfully titled Cinema Vivant, as they picked, sawed, bowed, strummed and even sang the audience through the enigmatic genre known as “gypsy jazz”. The Hot Club of San Francisco is one of several ‘Hot Clubs’ formed around the globe, inspired by the legacy of the prolific guitarist of the 1930s, Jean “Django” Reinhardt and his group, the Hot Club of France. “Gypsy music in general is decidedly contrived to hit you in the stomach, or take your breath away, or hit you in the heart and make you feel some emotion,” said lead guitarist Paul Mehling. “At the very least it should hit you in the head and make you go ‘Wow!’ you know?” This particular Hot Club from San Francisco consists of Mehling, violinist Evan Price, rhythm guitarist and vocalist Isabelle Fontaine, and their newest member, bassist Sam Rocha. Keller Coker, a professor of music history and jazz studies at Western, introduced the Hot Club of San Francisco as the first performers of the 2013-2014 season Smith Fine Arts Series here at Smith Hall. Throughout the performance, the audience was fed bits of musical and cinematic history, comedy, tragedy, and a smattering of French terms. The performance began with various pieces, many composed by Reinhardt himself (such as “Mélodie Au Crépuscule” and “Oriental Shuffle”), which ranged from contagiously energetic to romantically sorrowful. After the intermission, the aptly named main attraction, “Cinema Vivant”
(“vivant” meaning life, or lively), began. Three silent, black and white short films were presented and brought to life by Hot Club of San Francisco’s vibrant sounds. According to Hot Club, the films were created by original pioneers of animated films, such as Walt Disney, Ladislaw Starewicz and Charley Bowers. Not known by many, Bowers is a contemporary of Charlie Chaplin. He wrote, directed, and starred in several of his own films, just as Chaplin had done. However, Bowers also did animations. “Cinema Vivant” featured one of his many films, “There It Is”. In the film, a ghostly man is causing comical mischief within a mansion. The head of the establishment, having had quite enough of the shenanigans, phones Scotland Yard to procure a detective. Bowers, making use of the old-time stereotype of the “cheap Scotsman”, has a rather incompetent Scottish detective come to the rescue with his cute, kilt-wearing, sidekick, Mac, in tow. After many mysterious happenings and senseless blunderings, the case is finally solved and the Scotsman gets the girl. The second film shown, Starwicz’s The Cameraman’s Revenge, is a satirical story of infidelity between a married pair of stag beetles. It takes the audience through the many gaffes of the beetles’ “love-square”, as both have lovers outside of their marriage. The film got its name because a jilted grasshopper films Mr. Beetle having an affair and presents the film at a showing that Mrs. Beetle attends, therefore getting his revenge. The third film, also by Starewicz, The Mascot, is endearing yet decidedly dark. It recounts the tale of a dog doll and many of his doll “friends”, who are owned by a sick little girl. They are taken away by the girl’s mother, but escape and attempt to find their way in the world. Sadly, each of the dolls goes astray, all except for the loyal canine. In his attempts to return to the girl and bring her an orange (to
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October 9, 2013
Homecoming 2013 Chelsea Hunt | Freelancer
Western’s Homecoming week begins on Monday, Oct. 7, sparking school spirit with the Fundie Run and the Bonfire Kick-Off. “I have a really good idea that there will be good attendance. I’ve seen a lot of spirit,” said Michelle Garibay, the Student Activities Board (SAB) director. According to Garibay, many people were sure to attend the Fundie Run, which started in the Werner University Center at 6 p.m. on Monday. At that event, participants stripped down to their undergarments and donated their clothes to Monmouth Food Bank before running the course. The Bonfire Kick-Off was at 8 p.m. in the Q Lot field, next to Hamersly Library. Games and activities took place at the event as the football and cheer teams rallied some school spirit. A large “W” was lit on fire in celebration of Western Oregon. “As a freshman, I went to a few events. There was a rally. It’s a good way to connect with the spirit of campus. It helped me get my feet on the ground starting out as a freshman,” said senior Bonnie Wells. According to her, homecoming plays an important role in the college experience of returning students 8 a.m. Tuesday, students painted the wolf logo on Church Street, and later that day the German Club put on the Oktoberfest celebration in Werner. The event included food, music, and a beer garden, for students over 21. At 5 p.m. on Wednesday in the Grove, there will be entertainment, including the band Sunderland. Students can enjoy free food and volleyball, as well as many other activities. The Kappa Sigma fraternity will be hosting the Greek Car Smash in Lot H. Wednesday night at 8 p.m., WOU’s Got Talent will be held in the Pacific Room in Werner. Thursday’s volleyball game will take place at 7 p.m. in the new Physical Education Building against Simon Fraser. Then, one of the most anticipated events, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus concert, will be taking place at 8 p.m. in the Pacific Room. “My favorite event is the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus concert. I wanted a bigger band. I haven’t heard one person who’s not excited,” Garibay said. Incoming students are excited as well. “Seeing the
band play would be cool,” said freshman Nicola Farrington. Several sports-related events and homecoming traditions will be held Friday and Saturday. The Powder Puff Tailgater and subsequent Powder Puff game will take place on the turf field. The tailgater begins at 5 p.m. Friday evening, and the game follows at 6:30 p.m. During the Powder Puff game, the Homecoming King will be crowned. “A lot of schools don’t do Homecoming King and Queen. People want to see it happen. It’s a tradition,” Garibay said. Votes for Homecoming King and Queen will be accepted through the Western Portal from Oct. 7 until Oct. 10. The Fireworks Show at 8:30 p.m. on Friday will take place near the turf field as well, with hot chocolate provided by Dutch Bros. The last activity of the evening is Midnight Movies, hosted by Weekend Wolfpack. The Homecoming football game against Humboldt State will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at McArthur Field. During halftime, the Homecoming Queen will be crowned. “A football game is a good way to spend an evening,” according to Wells. Preceding the game, there will be the Wolves Redzone Tailgater in the McArthur Field parking lot at 11 a.m. The Fifth Quarter event will be at McArthur Field as well, hosted by Bonnie Wells Alumni Relations. SENIOR AT WESTERN The volleyball game at 7 p.m. against Western Washington will take place in the new Physical Education building. “Incoming students look up to the returning students. If they have spirit, others will, too,” Garibay said. According to her, new students are very important in generating school spirit. “They’re the ones that set the spirit for the rest of the year,” she said. There are several reasons for new students to get excited about their school and about homecoming. “I think it would be really fun. As my first year of college, it would be a sort of welcoming thing,” said Farrington. “I highly encourage students to read the newspaper and find out what’s going on around campus,” Garibay said. “Go to the events and invite your friends. Have fun and take in everything.”
“[Homecoming] is a good way to connect with the spirit of campus. It helped me get my feet on the ground starting out as a freshman.”
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus to Perform During Homecoming Week Festivities Laura White | Freelancer
Red, Jumpsuit, and Apparatus. While this may sound like random words strung together to some, others are aware of its actual meaning – that a band that will be performing at Western on October 10th in the Pacific Room of Werner Center: The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. “I had intentions since last year to bring a well-known band to campus so students could attend,” said Michelle Garibay, the Student Activities Board Director (SAB) at Western, the group in charge of organizing the concert. “Students deserve high-quality entertainment, and before even contacting The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, I asked around to hear peoples’ opinions. I highly encourage all students to try to attend the concert, this way we can continue to grow as a programming board and bring bigger performances [to campus].” Garibay said SAB is expecting about 500 students to attend the concert. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. “I actually had already heard of the band,
“I highly encourage all students to try attend the concert, this way we can continue to grow as a programming board and bring bigger performances [to campus].” Michelle Garibay STUDENT ACTIVITIES BOARD DIRECTOR
Photo Courtesy | SAB
The German Club putting on Oktoberfest during last year’s Homecoming.
but mostly I like them for their song Face Down,” said freshman Clarissa Toplar. Toplar said she plans on attending the concert. When asked to describe the band, she said they are “an angst-y emo-rock band.” According to the band’s Facebook page, they are coming to Oregon from a concert at a university in Ohio. Two days after they perform at Western, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus will be leaving the country to play concerts in the Netherlands and then Germany. So, if you have ten dollars to spare and love the band, feel free to attend The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Concert. Additionally, if you have any recommendations for future events contact firstname.lastname@example.org. “We create our own school spirit,” Garibay said. “The reason why I and the SAB are so committed to programming is because we enjoy seeing students having a good time. School events are what make it the college experience!”
October 9, 2013
Soccer Keeps Record Perfect at Home
Eric Alcaraz | Freelancer Western players battle for the ball against Montana State Billings Levi Watkins | Freelancer The women’s soccer team returned home after a long, seven game road trip. The team started their two-game homestead hosting the Northwest Nazarene Crusaders, who came into the game with a 1-6-1 record. The Wolves scored four goals while holding the Crusaders to zero. Sophomore midfielder and forward Makana Pundyke scored two goals while freshman forward Savannah Bogan and freshman midfielder Keal
akekua Makekau also pitched in with one goal apiece. The match-up on Oct.5 against the Montana State Billings Yellowjackets was a bit more competitive for the Wolves. The Yellow Jackets came into the game holding a 3-3-1 record with two of their losses coming from two top 25 ranked teams, Western Washington(4) and Seattle Pacific University (25). The Wolves jumped ahead early with a big goal from Bogan in the second minute of gameplay. The game was relatively quiet until the start of the second
half when Pundyke scored unassisted against two Yellow Jacket defenders. For the remainder of the game, the Wolves managed to play strong defense, holding their opponent to no goals for the third game in a row. “The season is always exciting, especially finishing off playing mostly at home,” said junior goal keeper Amanda Rose Johnson. “We really enjoy the support here and the energy that our fans bring to the games. It really inspires us to do better and pumps us up to give them a good show. With that win, the Wolves moved up to fourth place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) while the Yellowjackets slid down to the fifth spot. The team is very happy with how they played so far this season and they are looking to build on it as they approach their last seven games of regular play. As it stands the Wolves appear on-track to make it to the post-season. Though it is still early in conference play, the Wolves hold the final playoff spot, trailing behind Western Washington, Seattle Pacific and Central Washington. It will be an exciting second half of the season as the ladies take on the top three teams all in a row. The Wolves are positive about the rest of the season, looking to finish the regular season one game at a time. “We are a very talented, young team that doesn’t give up,” said sophomore midfielder Allison Frost. “We aren’t settling though, as we are excited to play teams that are ahead of us and hopefully move up the charts.” The rest of the team has the same mindset, including Johnson. “We play our hardest for the full 90 minutes and we know nothing is given to us, so we take every opportunity we can,” said Johnson. The team believes that the key to their success is working together as a team, while holding each other accountable to give it their all every time they step on the field. Their next game takes place on Oct.10 as the Lady Wolves travel to Lacey, Wash. to take on Saint Martin’s.
Volleyball Loses Two in Alaska Rachel Shelley | Freelancer While most students were wrapping up their first week back on campus, the volleyball team left for Alaska to continue their conference play, with the team already 5-8 overall, and 2-1 in league play. The team entered their match-up on Oct. 3 against the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves with junior Hannah Deede leading with 115 kills, while junior Cherene O’Hara and sophomore Christie Colasurdo added 111. They fell short in a quick 3-0 loss before heading to Alaska Fairbanks on Oct. 5. “The strongest asset on our team is still first and foremost the chemistry and bond we have as teammates and friends,” said senior middle blocker Becky Blees. “There is always someone there to help pick you up and support you on and off the court. Skill wise, our defense on the court is unreal. If I miss a block, I know my back row is right behind me to dig the ball and keep the play going.” In Fairbanks, three players had double-digit kills, but the Nanooks had a strong attack, hitting .327 during the match-up. The Wolves would eventually fall short in a 3-1 loss to put them at 2-3 in the conference. With just three seniors on the team, experience is crucial during close match-ups. “No matter what we do in practice you can’t replicate playing in a game,” said head coach Brad Saindon. “With experience we are just going to get better.” Before traveling to Alaska, the Wolves sailed over Saint Martin’s 3-1 in their previous conference
game on Sept. 28. The win bumped their record up to 2-1 in league and 5-8 overall. The defensive strength displayed cohesiveness from earlier games, holding
“Our goals are to have the best conference record we can, make it to regional’s and be the best volleyball team we can be.”
- Christie Colasurdo SOPHOMORE OUTSIDE HITTER
Saint Martin’s to a .067 attack percentage. Before starting conference play, the Wolves fell short in six non-league match-ups, adding a win over Willamette 3-1 as well as victories over Holy Names 3-0 and Cal State East Bay 3-1 during the
Western Oregon Invitational. Through the first nine games of the season, the Wolves had held opponents to a .188 attack percentage, showing their defensive strength. Blees leads the team with 73 blocks while Deede has added 58 stops. Senior Megan Triggs leads all Western players with 232 digs. Earlier season highlights include O’Hara leading the Wolves with 81 kills as they fought hard against Central Washington, resulting in a 3-2 victory. The following game the Wolves met up with another Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) team, Northwest Nazarene, but fell short in a five-set decision, giving the win to the Crusaders. “Our goals are to have the best conference record we can, make it to regional’s and be the best volleyball team we can be,” said sophomore outside hitter Christie Colasurdo. More conference match-ups include Seattle Pacific, Montana State Billings, and team rival Western Washington who comes to Western Saturday, Oct. 12th. Western Washington is 4-0 in conference, 11-1 overall and ranked top 10 in the nation. “We’re not afraid of them or intimidated by them. It’ll be a good match up,” said Saindon. “We are very close to becoming a very good team.” The wolves are eager to continue their league games facing off against Simon Fraser at home Thursday, Oct. 10th.
October 9, 2013
Wolves Storm Back, Azusa Escapes with Win
Cross Country Prepares for Regionals
Iain Dexter | Sports Editor
Brendan Facey | Freelancer Western’s defense swarms Azusa’s ball-carrier
Brendan Facey | Freelancer
The football team is half-way through the 2013 campaign and hopes to continue their winning tradition under head coach Arne Ferguson. Ferguson has led the team to seven consecutive winning seasons. The team has 14 returning starters from last year’s group, which finished the season with a 6-5 overall record and tied for second place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). Currently the team is sitting at a 2-3 overall record, with wins against conference foes Dixie State and Simon Frasier, and losses against opponents Azusa Pacific and Central Washington. The third loss was to Eastern Washington, a Division I school. “Our goal is to win the GNAC,” said Ferguson. “It’s a battle every week; both of our league losses we felt we didn’t play very well as far as taking care of the football. We keep getting better. Our players are playing hard and physical; we just can’t beat ourselves with turnovers.” Coming off two straight wins, the Wolves (2-3, 2-2 GNAC) were looking to extend their streak against Azusa Pacific (3-2, 3-1 GNAC) on Oct 5, but came up short losing 3432. Azusa came into the game leading the league in rushing and Western knew they were in for a battle. “We knew they were a tough running team and if they have a chance to throw it up they will go get it,” said junior defensive-back Patrick Tepea. “Today we came out flat, but hopefully we can refocus ourselves and bounce back next weekend.” Tepea had six tackles in the game, along with a 90-yard kick-off return in the first quarter. After a 22-12 half-time deficit, the Wolves found themselves trailing 34-19 after an Azusa field goal with 7:33 left in the fourth quarter. However, there were no signs of giving up by Western, as they showed off their high tempo offense. Junior quarterback Ryan Bergman led the drive by making key completions to senior wide receiver Michael
Reeve and sophomore running-back Joe Harris. Bergman capped off the drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Antoinne Wafer putting the score at 34-26. On the ensuing kickoff, Western managed to recover an onside kick with 3:20 left in the game. Harris took off for a 20-yard rush on the first play of the possession to take Western to Azusa’s 34-yard line. Later in the drive on first and 10, from the 13yard line, Bergman connected with sophomore receiver James DePew for a touchdown, but the play was called back due to a holding penalty. The very next play, facing first and 20 from the 23-yard line with 1:05 remaining in the game, Bergman found junior receiver Tyrell Williams in the end zone cutting Azusa’s lead to 34-32. After a failed two-point conversion and an onside kick recovered by Azusa, the Cougars ran the clock out to seal the victory. Western had three turnovers in the game, all of them being fumbles inside their own 25-yard line. Azusa capitalized by scoring a touchdown on each of their possessions created by the forced fumbles. “We put ourselves in bad position with turnovers and special team errors,” Ferguson said after the game. “The heart drive and competiveness is there, we just need to play better.” Despite the loss, - Antoinne Wafer Western showed they are capable of being a SENIOR RECEIVER strong competitor this year in the GNAC. “I believe if we don’t come out flat as a team we can win out and win this conference for the first time in WOU history,” said Wafer. Bergman led the passing attack with 257 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. Sophomore running-back Joe Harris finished with 58 yards rushing and 72 yards receiving, along with a 23yard touchdown reception. Sophomore linebacker Shane Kuenzi headed the defense with 15 tackles. The Wolves will face off with Humboldt State (0-5, 0-4 GNAC) this Saturday, Oct. 12, to end Western’s homecoming week.
“I believe if we don’t come out flat as a team we can win out and win this conference for the first time in WOU history”
The cross country team has paced themselves through the season so far as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Cross Country Championships loom less than three weeks away on Oct. 26. “The next time we are at home is actually our conference championship,” said Assistant Coach Chris Reed. “It’s our last meet and preparation for the all-important regional meet. It will be a really good chance to see where we are.” The team began their season with a strong showing at the Ash Creek Preserve Invitational on Sept. 13, which took place in Monmouth. The Wolves were led by junior Annie Wade on the women’s side who took the individual crown and in the event, finished the 4.2K timetrial in a time of 15:22. Sophomore Stephanie Stuckey took second place with a time of 15:56. The women’s team would eventually take the event as a whole, easily defeating second-place Southern Oregon by 29 points. “We are building off what we had last year,” said Stuckey. “We are getting more fit, getting healthy and working together even more than we did last year.” The men’s side was led by senior Brady Beagley, who also won the individual crown with a time of 18:35 in the men’s 5.9K. The men’s team would finish second overall in the event. “For the guys’ team, we are looking better,” said Beagley. “We had a slow start, but we’re definitely having guys that are picking it up right now in workouts. By the end of the season we’ll be ready to go.” On Sept. 21, the cross country team split up to attend two separate meets. Half of the team traveled to Spokane, Wash., to take part in the Erik Anderson Invitational, while the other half participated in the Oak Knoll Invitational in Salem, Ore. Sophomore Bailey Beeson led the women in Salem finishing 18th in a competitive race. Beagley led the men’s side for Western as he finished the Erik Anderson Invitational 41st overall with a time of 26:44:70. “This season we have a lot more women on the team and it’s really great to have so many dynamics for our workouts,” said Stuckey. “Our workouts are really helping us develop as a team with racing.” Most recently, the Wolves took part in the Charles Bowles Invitational on Oct. 5 in Salem. Once again Beagley led the men; his third place finish led the team to place second overall. Sophomore Zach Holloway and Junior Houston Horner also performed well with top 30 finishes. In Salem, the women also ran well, taking fifth-place overall. Wade led the women with a 10th place finish while senior Holly Meier finished in 17th. “The interesting thing about cross country is that we don’t have a win-loss record,” said Reed. “Everything leading up to the regionals is just preparation. We will do things that other teams won’t necessarily do because we don’t have to be 100 percent every time.” The Wolves next travel up to Parkland, Wash. on Oct. 12 to compete in the Pacific Lutheran Invitational. They look to build off of their recent success as they prepare for the conference and regional championships.
October 9, 2013
Gypsies from Page 8
return to the girl and bring her an orange (to aid in her recovery), the dog encounters each of his former friends in the throes of their debauchery. Despite trials and hardship, the dog finally returns home, and is able to feed the orange to his owner, which miraculously results in her full recovery. Every bit of film, whether a moment of slapstick comedy or outright tragedy, was accompanied by Hot Club’s vivacious gypsy music and cleverly contrived in-
strumental sound effects. Hot Club also gave the audience treat with Isabelle Fontaine’s lovely voice as she ended the night with a jiving number. The range of the performance was mindboggling. Junior saxophonist Jeff Richardson commented on how “completely different [the performance was] in the beginning than the end.” “I just want them to feel…like ‘Wow! That was really fun!’ you know, ‘That was really something!’” Mehling
said about the audience. They sent off the Hot Club of San Francisco with a standing ovation. Just as Price said Reinhardt’s music “captured [his] imagination” many years ago, Hot Club of San Francisco’s performance captured the imagination of the audience, leaving them just as if they had walked away from a nighttime celebration with gypsies of old, bewildered and starry-eyed.
HOMECOMING 2013 OCT
6 p.m. Fundie Run Start Line WUC Plaza 8 p.m. Bonfire Kickoff Q Lot Field
5 p.m. Powderpuff Tailgater Turf Field 6: 30 p.m. Powderpuff Game Turf Field
8 a.m. Paint the Wolf Church Street
8:30 p.m. Fireworks Show Fields near Turf Field
11 a.m. Oktoberfest WUC Plaza
12 a.m. Midnight Movies Independence Cinemas
5 p.m. Wolf-Out Wednesday The Grove Greek Car Smash Parking Lot H 8 p.m. WOU’s Got Talent Pacific Room
7 p.m. Volleyball Game vs. Simon Fraiser New P.E. 8 p.m. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Pacific Room
11 a.m. Wolves Redzone Tailgater McArthur Field Parking Lot 1 p.m. Homecoming Football Game
vs. Humboldt State McArthur Field 5 p.m. 5th Quarter McArthur Field
7 p.m. Volleyball Game vs. Western Washington New PE