Journal We s t e r n O r e g o n U n i v e r s i t y
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ALTERNATIVE BREAK PROGRAM Students and staff journey to areas in need for service projects over school breaks and vacations. This spring break had three different destinations. SEE NEWS, PAGE 2
MSU HOSTS ANNUAL POW-WOW For the 18th annual event, Western’s Multicultural Student Union will bring a diverse number of performers to educate on Native American culture. SEE CULTURE, PAGE 5
STUDENTS TRAVEL TO AFRICA A group of Western students excitedly prepare for a trip to Tanzania which will provide both cultural and service experiences. SEE CAMPUS LIFE, PAGE 6
Melodies from afar
BASEBALL SPLITS SERIES The Wolves split a four game series against the GNAC-leading SMU Saints. The Wolves are second in the GNAC with a 6-2 conference record. Photo courtesy | Ensemble Galilei
SEE SPORTS, PAGE 12
Hanneke Cassel, Ryan McKasson, Kathryn Montoya, Jackie Moran, Sue Richards, and Carolyn Anderson Surrick.
Ensemble Galilei brings the spirit, traditions and musicality of the Celtic Isles to Monmouth Joanna Walker | Freelancer
Escape the fields and farmlands of Monmouth by getting lost in the magical tunes scheduled to filter through campus on Wednesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium, expressing the spirit of the Celtic Isles. A group based out of Washington, D.C. has created such a sound, blending new and old musical traditions. Known as Ensemble Galilei, this troupe will grace Western and the local community with their musical style in hopes of creating awe among audience members with their skill, filling the nighttime air with melodies from afar. Having produced 10 albums to date, the musicians’
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website states that “from its inception in 1990, Ensemble Galilei has redefined the boundaries of chamber music, created new work . . . and consistently pushed the envelope in a series of innovative projects that explore combinations of images, words and music.” Using such instruments as the fiddle, recorder, whistle, oboe and Celtic harp, some of which are considered traditional Irish instruments, performers are able to blend the sounds to produce a feel of Celtic melodies from a distant land. Dr. Keller Coker, a professor of music at Western who is also responsible for booking and contract negotiations, remarked that he has been listening to Ensemble Galilei’s recordings and studying their performances since the
Life in the slums
1980s. Smith Fine Arts Series Program Manager and Receptionist, Karen Adams, is in charge of accommodations, lodging, meals and transportation for the group, as well as selling tickets and working with Coker and board members to market the event. “I heard about this group from Dr. Coker while in the process of booking the 2010-2011 season,” said Smith. Coker stated that it was Ensemble Galilei’s “stellar reputation and talent” that convinced him to invite them to perform on campus as part of the series. “The Smith Fine Arts Series presents a wide variety
ENSEMBLE | SEE PAGE 6
Out with the in, in with the out: Outdoor track & field commences
Anthropology major Katy Ahlvin studies abroad, learning about past Student athletes receive recognition for noteworthy and present day Ghana, providing achievements, Johnson named ‘Male Coach of the Year’ service for the country’s future Paige O’Rourke Candace Cheney | Freelancer
Washington native and Western student Katy Ahlvin is currently working on her senior thesis through a study abroad program in Ghana, Africa. Ahlvin was fortunate to grow up in a large family of six children with parents who instilled within her a desire for travel. She acquired a passion for travel and for different cultures and lifestyles while living with her family in Spain and traveling through Europe for a short period of her childhood years. When Ahlvin was accepted to Western in the
spring of 2009, she declared anthropology as her major. “Anthropology is my academic passion,” Ahlvin stated. “I enjoy holistic topics and have taken classes regarding language and culture, archaeology, the social constructions of race, the human evolutionary perspective, ethnographic methods, women in crosscultural perspectives, cultures of Africa and Northwest Indian cultures. And, as a
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GHANA SEE PAGE 4
While most students were trudging through their final exams and planning for spring break, the men and women of Western’s track and field teams were also preparing for several upcoming competitions, where a number of Western’s athletes earned distinction within both school and Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) history. Indoor Championships The Wolves’ lineup began with the National
Photo courtesy | Annan Applebee
Matt Kaino leads the way in the distance medley. Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Indoor Championships, held in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12. There,
the Wolves’ distance medley team, consisting of sophomores Matt Kaino and Connor Kasler,
TRACK & FIELD SEE PAGE 10
March 30, 2011
‘Oh, the places you’ll go’ Alternative Break program participants hand over their winter, spring break in the name of service Monica Millner | Freelancer
At Western there are many activities for students to participate in during their free-time. There are clubs, ski-trips, dances and game nights; but a select group of students choose to spend their time volunteering and attending service trips to make a difference. Alternative Break is one such opportunity that students have to volunteer. Students that prefer to donate their time to serving others instead of going on their own vacations participate in Alternative Break and go on service trips across the country. During longer holidays, such as the summer, they even travel internationally. The group that runs the Alternative Break program is student funded, student led
students make connections and meet different people” Six other students traveled to Sunshine Sanctuary in Los Molinos, Calif., a horse therapy ranch for at risk youth. Group leader Shannon Grosse, and fellow group members helped organize a Christmas carnival for approximately 30 underrepresented youths. Grosse thought the most inspiring part of the trip was working with the horse therapy part of the work site. “The most inspiring part of the trip was seeing 3 of my teammates deal with [issues] through horse therapy.” In addition to these winter trips, from March 20 to March 26, 18 students and six advisers participated in Alternative Break.
“The best thing for me is being able to see what other people go through. It’s like stepping outside of myself.”
- Marcella Flores SENIOR
and is sponsored by the Service Learning and Career Development (SLCD) office. Each trip is entirely funded by the students attending it by fundraising and donating a commitment fee. For shorter breaks, such as winter and spring, they travel within the states by van. This limits participants for each trip to 10 students and two advisers. However, there are usually multiple trips to choose from. During this winter season, two service trips for Alternative Break took place in December. Seven students, Financial Aid Counselor Kim Lamborn and Service Learning Coordinator Charisse Joliff spent a week in Seattle helping with Operation Sack Lunch at YouthCare, a shelter for youth, and wrapping presents gathered from a toy drive for resident children. The best part, Jolliff said, was knowing “that we were helping. And that their help would mean “that [the children] would have a holiday season too.” Joliff also thought another benefit of the trip was to see the student participating stating “It [was] nice to see the
In Missoula, Mont., a team of students volunteered at The Poverello Center, helping to feed the homeless at the largest homeless shelter in the state of Montana. Not only did they help to feed other people, but they focused on pets as well by working at the Animal Food Bank for Ani-Meals, a non-profit no-kill pet shelter. In Sacramento, Calif., they joined students from other schools in the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge, an alternative break program for those 16 and older giving students an opportunity to build houses for Americans without homes. Closer to home, Jolliff traveled to Portland with six other students and a faculty adviser to volunteer with four different organizations. They dug trenches at the Rose Garden for Parks and Recreation, helped provide day care at a homeless shelter, served at a food shelter and helped build a house with Habitat for Humanity. These trips are not just for students. While faculty from the SLCD often do attend service trips, any staff or faculty from Western may apply to be an adviser on a service trip.
Senior Marcella Flores is a student at Western who first joined the Alternative Break crew when she was a freshman, and went on her first trip in 2009 during spring break to San Diego, Calif., to volunteer at a youth homeless shelter called The Shorefront. Her dedication enabled her to become the student Alternative Break coordinator, the leader of the program. “The best thing for me is being able to see what other people go through,” Flores said when asked about her experiences with the program. “It's like stepping outside of myself.” Flores also thought the program to be a way to “[abolish] stereotypes The SLCD office provides aid to students interested in career preparation, student employment and service learning opportunities. If a student needs help building his or her resume, the SLCD office will help out. If a student needs volunteer experience for their resume, or an internship under his or her belt for future job opportunities, the center can assist students in finding the experiences they need to propel their careers forward. The SLCD office can be reached at 503-8388432 or email@example.com, or in room 119 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
One of the winter groups snap a photo with the horses from Sunshine Sanctuary. (Left to Right) Crystal Xu, Shannon Grosse, Debbie Diehm, Yvonne Backlund, a worker from Sunshine Sanctuary, Luky De Leon, Stephanie Lane, Melissa Ineck, Candice Swanger, Victoria Agorsah.
Senior Stephanie Lane works on projects for the children at the work at the Seattle YouthCare, where members wrapped holdiay presents for children.
Photos Courtesy | Service Learning & Career Development
Excited to depart for their trip, participants takes a celebratory photo. (Left to Right) Charisse Jolliff, Kaitlyn Ford, Jessica Meyers, Kim Lamborn, Tiffany Miller, Hannah Langley, Lindsey King, Ashley Naa.
March 30, 2011
WABC’s annual race to save second base returns
Student organization hosts uniquely named run for second year in a row to raise funds for breast cancer cure, send students to National Breast Cancer Coalition in Washington, D.C. Jodessa Chapa | Freelancer
This Saturday, April 2, Wolves Against Breast Cancer (WABC) will be holding the second annual Race to Save Second Base event. Last spring the club held their first race and it was a success. “We did the first annual race last year,”
members of WABC try to make it to the NBCC conference where other advocacy and awareness groups assemble. There are training sessions and seminars focused on the development of breast cancer research. Most of the members of WABC
the same thing. This year the conference is being held from April 30 to May 3. WABC works closely with the NBCC to help fundraise for research on breast cancer and different treatments. The National Breast Cancer Coalition
“We’re really looking to get the community involved in healthy practices and making sure they’re out exercising. With Race to Save Second Base, not only are you supporting the eradication of breast cancer, but you’re also out exercising and lowering the risk factors of a lot of health problems.” - Labecca Hampton WABC VICE PRESIDENT
says Labecca Hampton, the club’s vice president. “We’re doing it again because it was a really great fundraiser and we were able to donate money to the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) and send students to the national conference in Washington, D.C.” Each spring, the
have been personally impacted by breast cancer; whether it was a personal experience or a family member or friend who was affected by breast cancer or a breast cancer scare. In Washington, D.C., they get to meet people from all over the country who may have been through
is one of the most ambitious breast cancer organizations and has set a date for the eradication of breast cancer. The organization hopes to find a cure for breast cancer by January 1, 2020. There is a huge effort behind this cause from many people, including cancer
survivors, advocates, doctors and scientists. S m a l l e r organizations are the backbone of this project. Groups like WABC here at Western are helping the NBCC reach that goal by raising awareness and funds for the cause. Everyone is invited to join in on the race. WABC has invited the community to join and invite all of their friends and family as well. Brittany Mason, the club’s president commented, “We want people to bring their dog or their kids or whoever they want with them. The race is for everybody.” The name for the event came from a member of the club. Both Hampton and Mason liked it, but the club advisor was not very fond of the name. The two asked campus faculty, staff and students about the name and received a positive response from most people. “We found out that not everyone likes it but it’s a really good way to
get the student population involved,” said Mason. “[The name] provides a fun way to look at a very serious topic. It makes it easier to approach the topic when it’s hard for some people to talk about it,” stated Hampton. This 5K run/walk will start between New PE and the Track on Church Street and continue on a route through Monmouth, ending back on campus where it began. Registration for the race begins at 8:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased anytime between now and the race. Tickets are $25 to enter the race, and $30 to enter and get a T-shirt. Each participant will receive a goody bag with a raffle ticket and some other items. When the last person has crossed the finish line the WABC club will raffle off some prizes. Some of the prizes include gift certificates to local establishments in Monmouth, a bicycle and some outdoor active gear. “We’re really
looking to get the community involved in healthy practices and making sure they’re out exercising,” said Hampton. “With Race to Save Second Base, not only are you supporting the eradication of breast cancer, but you’re also out exercising and lowering the risk factors of a lot of health problems.” Race to Save Second Base and the prizes for the raffle are based on the idea of getting people active and living a healthy lifestyle everyday. “We’re encouraging people to be healthy, and do something fun while making a difference,” Mason said. The proceeds of the race are going to the National Breast Cancer Coalition and helping send students to the national conference this Spring. Students who would like to know more about Wolves Against Breast Cancer or want to get involved can contact Brittany Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Educator, life-long learner: Sally Andrews remembered
A beloved professor’s sudden passing shocks, saddens students and faculty at Western and Linn Benton Community College who remember her as ‘tough, but fair . . . a no nonsense kind of person’ Jake Logan | News Editor
Western Business Professor Sally Andrews, 60, died on March 2 in Portland, Ore., from a brain aneurysm at Oregon Health & Science University. Her death was sudden and has shocked students and faculty at both Western and Linn Benton Community College (LBCC), where she taught business and economics with a speciality in management and marketing. Dianna Gooding Hewett, the Administrative Program Assistant for the Business and Economics program at Western, remembers that Andrews’ “number one concern was her students and their wellbeing. She was tough but fair, and a no nonsense kind of person.” Hewett believed Andrews to be a very kind and compassionate person. “She would have given you her last dime,” Hewett stated. A Philomath resident, Andrews did not have any children of her own, but
is survived by her siblings Edward Jr. and Stephen Robertson, as well as her two greatly beloved collies, Sir Gawain and Axel Rose. Andrews received her Bachelor of Science in international business and production operations from the University of Colorado and her Master of Science in International Management from Thunderbird, American Graduate School of international management, Phoenix. Andrews started her doctorate in international business at the Hanzehogesschool of International Business at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She then taught for seven years at the Hanzehogesschool, where she loved to learn about various European societies. Learning about other cultures was a passion for Andrews, and this passion led her to travel to Holland and Turkey. Later in life, Andrews
took on her role as an educator in the United States, teaching at LBCC for 13 years and Western for four. Professor Wendy Krislen Adams, chair of the Business Management Dept. at LBCC, remembers Andrews’ interest in cultures through her work with the Diversity Club at the college. In addition to these interests, Andrews was an Oregon Celebrations wedding officiant, traveling to various locations within the state to aid in numerous couples’ ceremonies. Melissa Coe, Andrews’ bussiness associate at Oregon Celebrations, thought Andrews to be “a soul of great warmth, passion, humor and caring, always ready to help someone or to create ceremonies of love and commitment. She walked among us with her red hair, sassy attitude and sparkling intelligence.” Andrews is often remembered by her past
wedding clientele for the “take-home gift of homemade pickles and canned tuna” she would give at each ceremony, a testament to her generous and giving nature. Coe stated that Andrews was “equally gracious to everyone she met regardless of their situation in life.” Andews will be remembered by Coe and her fellow business associates for “going to every ceremony and meeting accompanied by her ‘boys,’ her beloved collies.” “To her Celebrant family, Sally was a mentor, cheerleader, priceless heart friend and generous business associate,” Coe said. It was her love of her animals, cultures and students that Andrews is best remembered for. LBCC will host a memorial service in her honor on Friday, May 6, at LBCC’s Russell Tripp Performance Center, with a reception to follow.
Photo courtsey | Melissa Coe
Andrews acting as an officiant for one of the many couples’ whose wedding she aided.
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March 30, 2011
Partying like a Hollywood VIP at Western’s MEChA organization fundraiser, ‘Club Hypnotic’ Hoping to raise even more money than last year, this event seeks to educate and inspire Caet Padgett | Freelancer
According to their website, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Atzlan (MEChA) is “a student organization that promotes higher education, cultura (culture), and historia (history). MEChA was founded on the principles
for low-income Latino/ Chicano students and parents. We want to educate them about the importance of pursuing a post-secondary education in a time where education is more valuable than ever due to the economic crisis
“This event is being brought about as a fundraiser presented by Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana de Atzlan (MEChA). This is [an] exciting way for students and community members to come together and raise money for an important event that we are having on the WOU campus.”
drinks and a more private setting. The dance will take place on April 1 in Werner’s Pacific room, and will begin at 9 p.m., and end at midnight. Tickets are on sale now, but can also be bought at the door. Laura Perez, who is involved with MEChA and helped coordinate the event, is very excited to see how this year’s dance will impact the attendees. “This event is being brought about as a fundraiser presented by Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Atzlan
(MEChA),” said Perez. “This is a cool and exciting way for students and community members to come together and raise money for an important event that we are having on the WOU campus. “On May 21, we are having a student led conference, the Si Se Puede Higher Education Conference (SSPHEC) here at WOU for underrepresented youth to come and be inspired and motivated to continue on to have a post secondary education. This will be
an opportunity for youth to have one-on-one conversations with current students about college and our story.” The dance will feature a DJ, and will allow students and anyone who attends an opportunity to relax and enjoy the music. “We are all very excited about this event and are hoping that we will have an even better turnout than last year,” Perez stated. “Last year we invited schools from all over the state, OSU, Willamette, U of O, Mt. Hood Community
College and many other schools attend this event. This year we extended the invite to all of them again as well as various community members. This year we are expecting 300plus attendees.” Perez went on to thank everyone that helped her organize the dance, stating, “We as a committee have worked really hard in working out all the logistics to this event. This event would not be able to take place without the help of my hardworking committee.”
- Laura Perez
of self-determination for the liberation of our people. We believe that political involvement and education is the avenue for change in our society.” Club Hypnotic is an annual fundraiser, now in its second year, that raises money for MEChA’s Si Se Puede Higher Education Conference. The conference is described by MEChA’s website as “the objective of the conference is to educate, inspire and create access to higher education
in the state of Oregon. The demographic of the state is changing and we need to make sure that we are providing those educational resources.” Last year Club Hypnotic involved college students and community members from all around the Polk/Benton County area, and raised about $300. This year the goal is at least $500. General admission tickets are $5, but for $20, attendees gain access to the VIP area, which includes unlimited non-alcoholic
several other students from various colleges; she stated that they have all grown close together, providing support for one another in many ways. During the first week of their study abroad experience, Ahlvin and fellow students faced the task of accustoming themselves to the new culture of Ghana. They practiced cooking, cleaning, house-keeping and bartering with local taxi drivers and in the local market. Currently, Ahlvin is enrolled in three classes: Development Studies, Ghana Today and Service Learning. On top of all her house work and school work, Ahlvin is participating in an internship with the organization Self-help Initiative Support Services (SIS), a non-governmental organization based in Firestone, Accra.
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compliment in anthropology, I am minoring in psychology.” Although, Ahlvin could have studied abroad anywhere in the world, she said that she felt pulled toward Ghana, stating, “I had already lived in Europe, and I wanted to experience something really different from that.” Ahlvin was also encouraged by stories that she heard from a couple of her friends who had studied abroad in Ghana, as well as the experiences and influence of her Ghanaian advisor, Dr. Isidore Lobnibe. Ahlvin’s time in Ghana began in midJanuary and she is scheduled to arrive home in mid-May, making her trip about a semester and one week long. In Ghana, Ahlvin lives in a house with
Photo by | Emily Laughlin
MEChA representatives freshmen Avi Hernandez and Marilu Estrada and senior Laura Perez sell tickets outside Werner for the dance and give info on the upcoming blood drive. “The mission of SIS is to overcome poverty and inequality in Ghana’s grassroots communities by facilitating and assisting in the communities
catering, batik, tie-and-dye, and jewelry making, hairdressing, and computer skills. “When they are finished with trade skills
Agbogbloshie in Africa, a village that Ahlvin states “was originally near a lagoon.” “Since the slum’s growth in the 1990s
“I was sad that people had to live this way. I was angry that the government marginalizes these people . . . and I was determined to do as much as I could to learn about why the slum was expanding.” - Katy Ahlvin SENIOR ANTHROPOLOGY MAJOR
themselves undertaking and controlling their own socioeconomic development,” said Ahlvin. “My primary duties are teaching personal development topics to youth from slums,” Ahlvin continued. “These people have their transportation paid for, and come to SIS two times per week to learn specific trade skills. The career routes are:
class for the day, then I teach them personal development skills. For example, goal-setting, HIV/AIDS prevention, breast feeding, food safety, etc. I work with about five other interns -— two from Ghana, and three from the U.S. — and we each give one presentation per week.” Many of the people that Ahlvin works for are from the area of
into a high-density area comprised primarily of selfbuilt wooden kiosks and shacks that lack adequate water and sanitation facilities, the lagoon has turned into a dump site for the residents,” said Ahlvin. “I was sad that people had to live this way,” said Ahlvin of such unfortunate living situations. “I was angry that the government marginalizes these people,
the government itself began the derogative phrase “Sodom and Gomorrah.” And I was determined to do as much as I could to learn about why the slum was expanding.” Ahlvin has decided that her senior thesis will focus on “the story of the Kayayie: their migration patterns, what is involved in a day’s work, the average wages she makes and what type of resources she has available to her within the slum.” Charged with the supervision of this senior project is Lobnibe, who boasts that Ahlvin is “passionate about anthropology.” “I have watched her grow into a promising scholar,” he stated, going on to say that he cannot wait until Ahlvin’s return so that he can “see how Ms. Ahlvin makes sense of this life long experience she has been fortunate to be exposed to.”
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March 30, 2011
Multicultural Student Union’s 18th annual PowWow brings familiar faces, new events to campus
With this year’s theme promoting ‘Honoring our Ancestors,’ ceremonies for the upcoming event will include several members of the Siletz, Little River and Grand Ronde tribes Jillian Calahan | Freelancer
On Saturday, April 9, Western’s MultiCultural Student Union (MSU) will host its 18th annual Pow-Wow in the New Physical Education (NPE) building. This year’s theme is “Honoring our Ancestors,” with the opening ceremonies scheduled to commence at noon on Saturday. Western senior Paola Sumoza stated that the Pow-Wow is “an opportunity to educate Western students and community members about a piece of Native American culture and tradition.”
Since this is the 18th year of putting on the event, it has become one of the five main events that MSU partakes in annually, acting as an important event for the club and its members as it allows them to promote diversity and cultural awareness among Western students and community members. Sumoza and Lupe Jeronimo are this year’s coordinators of the PowWow. In the past they have been volunteers at the event, helping out wherever necessary. However, this year
they are in charge of organizing all the events and participants, promoting the event to Western students and faculty as well as community members and being present throughout the Pow-Wow. The coordinators both sit on the committee with MSU members, Native American students, and a few community members. Everyone brings new ideas to the meetings. The committee works at implementing the new ideas, as well as the ideas of how to make change the event for the better.
(Top, left) Local children participate in the 2010 Pow-Wow, held in the NPE building. (Top, right) A group of Native American women perform one of their traditional dances. (Above) The dances performed at the Pow-Wow were the highlight of the day, educating and entertaining attendees.
While Sumoza and Jeronimo realize that the task before them will be challenging, they are thankful for the opportunity to coordinate such a large and important event for the club, stating that their roles as coordinators have “educated [them] daily on Native American culture.” “Lupe and I are very excited to share the culmination of our hard work with students, faculty, and community members,” said Sumoza. This year’s PowWow will feature a host of drummers, dancers, and vendors from various Native American tribes around the Pacific Northwest. The first grand entry will take place at noon and will feature drumming and dancing. Following the grand entry, there will be a dance competition for the tiny tots and youth dances, as
well as some other dancing. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Pacific room of Werner and will consist of Indian tacos. At 7 p.m., the second grand entry will take place back in the NPE main gym. After that, the male and female portion of the dance competition will take place, and the dancing will carry on until midnight.Traditional dances and drumming will take place throughout the entire day. MSU will also be providing a concession stand, holding a raffle of various items donated from community members and Pow-Wow vendors. This year’s Pow-Wow is different from past events in that MSU will introduce Jackpot Dancing, allowing men and women to both have three dance categories that they can enter in. The women’s categories are
jingle dancing, traditional dancing and fancy dancing. The men’s categories are traditional dancing, grass dancing and fancy dancing. Dancers pay a $5 participation fee. Each category will be judged, and whoever has the most points at the end of each category of dancing will win all the money raised in that category. The winning dancer will also receive a commemorative plaque. The Master of Ceremonies (M.C.) this year is Nick Sixkiller, the education specialist for the Eugene area of the Siletz Indian Tribe. The Whipman is Deitz Peters; it is his role is to let dancers know when it is their time to perform. The host drummers are Little River Drummers from Little River, Ore., and the flag bearers are Grand Ronde Honor Guard from Grand Ronde, Ore.
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This traditional male dance was one of many at the 17th annual event.
March 30, 2011
Western students prepare for Tanzania
Participants will gain cultural, service experience Heather Worthing | Freelancer
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before changing the world.” Anne Frank said these words and those who are a part of Western's Tanzania Service Trip have taken them to heart. From July 8 to July 22, the team will spend time in Tanzania, Africa, focusing on agricultural, technological and health education. “The best part of the planning for this trip is to see how student participants have taken the lead in providing research and background information about the Tanzanian people and the country itself,” said Director of Service Learning and Career Development (SLCD) and team member Michael J. Hampton. The trip is not simply a cultural experience, but a service trip as well, although those involved
are thrilled to immerse themselves in a different way of life. Those who are a part of the team have prepared themselves by learning about the history of Tanzania, the religion, food, various holidays, gender roles, family dynamics and the economics of the country. “We’re most excited about relating to and meeting the people of Tanzania,” Hampton stated. “We have the opportunity to witness and experience in-person their culture and listen to their stories.” This team has been compiled of many individuals who all serve a specific purpose of contributing their abilities to the trip. “Previously, Gladness (a women from Tanzania) was at WOU with Senator Jackie Winters discussing the issues her country faces
and things she would like to learn in the states to bring back to her country to help with sustainability,” said team member Marcella Flores. “We met with her last year, and after talking with her began thinking of ways we could make a trip over with students to help implement these ideas.” Team members Jackie Winters, an Oregon State Senator, and Dr. James Lace, a Salem based pediatrician, have both been to Tanzania several times and are planning the itinerary for the trip. Lace is a key individual in the nonprofit Orphans Foundation Fund, a non-government organization whose aim is helping orphans and vulnerable children in Tanzania. Although the donor base is global, the organization acts locally in Tanzania. Advisers for the trip include Western professor
of German, Dr. Gudrun Hoobler, and Executive Director of Travel Salem, Angie Morris. Seven Western students will also participate, all of whom have been student leaders for domestic Western alternative break trips. Those students include Marcella Flores, Amanda Chism, Lindsey King, Luanne Carrillo, Luna Tesfagiorghis, Mayra Perez and Shannon Grosse. “Being with the same group of people for two weeks will have its difficulties,” said Hampton. “But each person is committed to the trip and is very focused on service, learning about other cultures and understands the unique opportunity the trip presents.” “The planning process has been so cool,” said Flores. “Having Senator Winters and Dr. Lace accompany us on this trip has given us [a] really neat insight that typically we would not get.” Along with meetings and activities the team has been reading the book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women
Worldwide” as a way of initiating group discussions and gaining powerful knowledge about harsh realities. “Its been a real eye opening book for us to read as a group and has really influenced our mind-frame before entering Africa,” said Flores. Gaining the background knowledge on such issues will allow the team to be sensitive towards delicate issues when carrying out such service projects as cultivating raised garden beds, instructing about computer basics and tutoring in the English language. “As of right now
we are going to meet with some government officials, visit a few medical sites and work in Gladness’ village. These experiences are things not a lot of people in their lives will be able to do,” Flores explained. “I am very excited to learn about something that is completely outside of myself. I feel very privileged here in the states, having a car, a house, food, friends and family and so many opportunities. I am sheltered in a sense and I really want to stop focusing on myself as we do in our individualistic culture and focus on something that is more important.”
Tanzania is located in the southeast portion of Africa.
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of groups, and this group filled a niche that had not been filled for some time,” Coker explained. The Irish sound has remained consistent for approximately two hundred years, though there are many regional variations, as is true of almost all musical styles. Traditionally associated with dancing, Celtic music has a longstanding ballad history as well. Some tune styles include single jig, double jig, reel, hornpipe, slip jig, occasional polkas and mazurkas, or waltzes. In Wes Hagan’s
Photo courtesy | Ensemble Galilei
Made up of a core group of five women and one man, the ensemble often incorporates guest musicians.
“The Smith Fine Arts Series presents a wide variety of groups, and this group filled a niche that had not been filled for some time.” -Keller Coker PROFESSOR OF MUSIC
article, “The History of Celtic Music,” he points out that “Celtic music is a term typically used to describe traditional music from Ireland and Scotland.” He continued by stating that the most popular type of song in this genre is the ballad, often telling sad stories and, in most cases, their composer is unknown, making them a bit more “haunting.” Hagan
went on to explain that one of the best examples of deep cultural roots observed in Ireland and Scotland today are found in the history of Celtic music. As the date for the performance approaches, Adams explained that she is really excited to hear the traditional Irish songs and “would love for audience members to just enjoy great music and hopefully
learn more about the Celtic tradition.” Coker, who is looking forward to Ensemble Galilei’s arrival and hopes that audience members will leave the performance feeling satisfied, stated that it is his goal to “bring this music to the widest possible audience here on campus.” Both Coker and Adams hope to “fill the house” and, perhaps more importantly, “have lots of Western students, staff and faculty there.”
Who: Ensemble Galilei What: Smith Fine Arts
Series performance When: Wednesday, March 30 at 7: 30 p.m Where: Rice Auditorium
March 30, 2011
Acclaimed ‘Billy Elliot the Musical’ comes to Keller Auditorium in Portland, Ore. Katrina Pettigrew | Freelancer
“Billy Elliot the Musical” will be coming to Portland’s Keller Auditorium on its U.S. tour on April 5, playing through April 17. Since its London debut in 2005, “Billy Elliot the Musical” has gained rave reviews and has thrilled audiences around the world. The musical is the recreation of the successful 2000 movie, “Billy Elliott,” and was brought to life by a Tony Award-winning creative staff that includes director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling, writer Lee Hall and musician Elton John. The show is set in a small English town that is suffering from the British miners’ strike of the mid1980s, where the main character, Billy, stumbles out of a boxing ring and into a ballet class. There, he discovers a hidden talent that inspires those around him and changes his life for the better. Ben Brantley of the “New York Times” states that “Billy Elliot is a hard-times musical, and as the culture of the Great
Depression made clear, in times of economic darkness there can be blessed relief in dreams of tripping the light.” Brantley continued by saying “much of the power of ‘Billy Elliot’ as an honest tear-jerker lies in its ability to give equal weight to the sweet dreams of terpsichorean flight and the sourness of a dream-denying reality, with the two elements locked in a vital and unending dialogue. This isn’t wholesale escapism à la Busby Berkeley or ‘Mamma Mia!’ In tone, it’s closer to the songdotted working-class films of Terence Davies or, on television, Dennis Potter’s ‘Pennies From Heaven.’” “[“Billy Elliot”] sends audiences into a mass swoon,” Brantley raved. “Seductive and smashing with intoxicating fleet-footed flashes of art and big, knock-‘em-dead sequences. Elton John’s songs are infused with the energy of joy.” The Seattle Times’ Misha Berson wrote that “‘Billy Elliot the Musical’ wants to razzle-dazzle you
too, in three crammedto-the-gills hours. Expect exhilarating and inventive musical numbers. Broad comic antics. Tapdancing bobbies. Ballet extravaganzas with adorable tutu-ed kids. Oh, and juvenile crossdressing, solidarity union anthems, the ghost of a dead mother — you name it, it’s in there.” Newspapers and magazines have sung the praises of “Billy Elliot the Musical” since it premiered in America, with CBS Minnesota stating, “The story leaves you with a new sense of what a community can do, a fresh understanding of love of family over love of self and a true inspiration of what’s possible when you stay true to yourself.” Kathy Greenberg of the Tampa Tribune wrote that “‘Billy Elliott the Musical’ is one of the most inspirational stories in musical theater today. It’s a must-see for anyone uplifted by little-guy glory and triumph.” With the addition of Portland, “Billy Elliot the Musical” has played in
various locations across the U.S., including Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colo., and New York, N.Y. There are also ongoing performances in London, England and Sydney, Australia. In addition to “Billy Elliot the Musical” being performed in English speaking countries, as of last summer, “Billy Elliot” has been translated into many different languages, beginning with Seoul, Korea. Productions are currently underway in Japan, Holland and Germany as of this year, making “Billy Elliot the Musical” an international hit. Kara Pohlkamp of BBW Reviews wrote that “‘Billy Elliot’ is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and [is] one show you simply cannot pass up.” “Billy Elliot the Musical” will be at Keller Auditorium in Portland for roughly two weeks in April, promising audiences what the “New York Post” hailed as “the best gift from Britain since Harry Potter.”
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A scene from the production of “Billy Elliot the Musical” that was performed by Broadway in Chicago.
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Bill Long seeks to give students, professors advice for how to excel as learners and teachers in the ‘technological moment’ of our time Candace Cheney | Freelancer
In “Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century,” Dr. Bill Long addresses the frustrations of students as they attempt to get their bearings within the university setting, as well as the necessity of working their way into the current and past academic conversations that have shaped the world’s thinking. Long’s research and understanding of the learning process has led him to conclude that “things are confusing to students not because the subject matter is inherently confusing or even difficult, but because those presenting it haven’t taken the time to learn how to present it clearly.” Long approaches this pedagogy from the perspective that first year textbooks should be written in a manner that is suitable to “outsiders.” In contrast to this theory, most students are faced with textbooks that introduce terminology that is not clearly defined and concepts that are not openly explained. Long states that as a result the learning process becomes daunting for the student and oftentimes leads to “confusion, boredom, and despair.” Long believes that if learning is primarily about understanding the jargon of a particular field, making connections and applying the knowledge or concepts mastered to “real life,” then what does it benefit a student to spend most of his/her study time wrestling over ambiguous concepts? Although Long recognizes the importance of clarity in “stimulating creative interaction and taking the learner/hearer to new levels of understanding and persuasion,” he also emphasizes the importance of both the “aural and visual nature of clarity.” In his book, Long consults past conversations between Latin authors in the discussion of clarity, and concludes that the text must be clear especially when it is most expected
by the student. In “Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century,” Long’s positive outlook on our current situation within the academic field leads him to view the current “technological moment” of our time as an opportunity for monumental changes that will better equip students to become not just mediocre learners, but “master learners.” With the massive amount and accessibility of information that the Internet provides, the world of knowledge mastery lies literally at our finger tips. Long lays out a brilliant plan in his book, and a part of what makes his ideas so extraordinary is his understanding that “we fool ourselves if we think that advanced is really much different from basic. You have to learn about some new equipment or new technique or unfamiliar words, but it is just the same person asking the same questions of material. How does it work? If confusion ensues because unfamiliar terminology is introduced, for example, one just has to break down the confusion by going one step at a time.” Long then goes on to explain his unique pedagogy, one which includes a step-by-step process of learning and making connections between materials mastered. In “Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century,” Long also addresses the common pressures facing our professors and faculty, as they attempt to work their students into the university and maintain themselves as lifelong learners as well. One of the main ways that Long emphasizes for professors to excel is to be “avid learners who are seeking primary texts or knowledge to get into the phenomena themselves rather than taking everyone else’s way of perceiving things.”
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March 30, 2011
Tie is a good result, but U.S. still nowhere close Chris Reed Managing Editor
Much to my surprise, the U.S. men’s soccer squad that took the field versus Argentina last weekend came away with a 1-1 tie, a result sure to give the team even more confidence. But despite the draw, I don’t think the U.S. is even in the conversation as far as being considered a potential threat in the World Cup or other international competitions. Looking at the raw numbers and facts, the U.S. has much to celebrate. After all, the Argentinean team is ranked No. 4 in the world, according to the FIFA’s official world rankings, whereas the U.S. is ranked No. 19. Additionally, the squad the U.S. faced was not a “B-team.” Argentina employed many of its top players, including Lionel Messi, considered by many journalists, coaches and rivals to be the best player in the world. I’m not here to proclaim that the U.S.
shouldn’t be unhappy with the result; like I said, it came as a surprise to me. I’m simply saying that, looking beyond the score, the team still has so much that needs to be improved upon. To start, the match was played in New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The temperature at game time was 35 degrees Fahrenheit, uncharacteristically cold for a soccer match, especially for the Argentineans. The U.S. had a difficult time keeping possession of the ball. The Americans also had the home crowd on their side, but that didn’t do much to prevent the U.S. from being outshot, 14-6, including 7-3 in terms of shots on goal. Goalkeeper Tim Howard not only saved the ball on numerous occasions Saturday, but he also saved the team. That seems to be a common theme for the Americans in international matches, as Howard has stepped up as a dominant force. But he can’t do it all, and, against top squads such as those from Brazil, the Netherlands or Spain, Howard’s abilities are
nothing special. Those teams have Howard-like stoppers but also boast the offensive firepower to run away with matches, something the U.S. has seemingly been unable to do. The real problem is that the final scores of matches like the one last weekend get people so excited about the possibilities of the U.S. team, but we are repeatedly disappointed come World Cup time when the squad doesn’t live up to its billing. Nothing changes, really. It’s simply a matter of which scoring opportunities find the back of the net and which ones don’t. More often than not, these chances are determined by hundredths of a second in timing or mere millimeters in where a foot contacts the ball. The fact that Argentina capitalized on so few opportunities last weekend due to tiny errors in timing or positioning is no indication of a meteoric rise by the U.S. team. Yet, we have a tendency to pin all of our hopes on futile strokes of good luck (or bad luck by highly-ranked opponents).
So, what needs to change for the U.S. to legitimately compete healthily among the world’s elite? Quite frankly, the adjustments necessary are colossal in nature and cannot be tinkered or implemented by the time the next World Cup rolls around. In fact, it could take an entire generation for things to truly shift America’s way. American soccer has a talent problem. It’s not a matter of want; the players representing our country on the pitch work admirably hard, compete to the best of their ability and are by no means poor soccer players. It’s just that the Brazilians, Dutch and Spanish are better, significantly enough so to the extent that the Americans just aren’t in that league. More the case here than in any other nation worldwide, U.S. soccer struggles to attract potential stars from the clutches of other popular sports. This is not a question of “What if LeBron James played soccer?” — a question so often heard during World Cup commentary last summer.
No, he is not the kind of athlete I’m talking about; he was always going to be a basketball player. He’s one of the best to ever play, so he obviously chose the right sport. I’m talking about athletes who want to be a star in one sport but would be a bigger star in another sport. I’m talking about the athletes who want to be LeBron but, due to reasons beyond their control (height, hand size, etc.), will never ascend to that level. U.S. soccer’s potential stars have names we have never heard and likely never will. People in this country are so drawn to trying to be the next LeBron that they let a career as an international soccer star pass them by. The only solution, really, is to find a way to convince these potential soccer stars to choose soccer over football, basketball, or whatever sport they end up pursuing emptily. Whether that be a marketing campaign or a financial incentive, I don’t know, but ultimately, 1-1 draws with Argentina mean nothing if the overall talent level doesn’t improve.
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March 30, 2011
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The rising cost of a university education Chris Grooms | Senior
I am currently enrolled as a term three student in the Post-Baccalaureate Education program at Western. I’m writing about the rising cost of education and the “extras” that have become common place in school. I am 25 years old; I have over $50,000 in debt through federal loans, Perkins loans and private school loans (no credit card or personal debt). Also, because of a near death accident in September, I have $20,000 in medical bills. I’m currently on food stamps, the Oregon Health Plan and I make use of the local food shares at OSU and the Community Services Consortium on a regular basis. Because of a deteriorating family situation, my little brother, who is dealing with severe depression, sometimes lives with me; when he does, I support him financially by buying him school supplies, clothes and food. Recently, because of the term three work sample, I have had to make a large purchase of school supplies - three ring binder, printer paper, sheet protectors and presentation supplies, to name a few. To afford these supplies, I had to borrow money from my father. Last term, I gave a presentation in one of my education classes; I received full marks on everything, with the exception being that I didn’t provide a handout for my fellow students. The truth of the matter is that I couldn’t afford to make 20 copies. While $2 to $3 in supplies might not sound like much to some students, it represents a gallon of gas that gets me to Monmouth for school, three meals of Top Ramen for my brother and I, or a can of tuna fish and crackers that I can have for lunch or a snack. I know that not all students are in the same boat as me, and that most of them do not have the financial burdens that I do, but I felt really insulted when I found that the only reason I didn’t get 100 percent on an assignment was because I’m poor.
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Unwanted pets, being a responsible owner Rebekah Callen | Junior
As the end of finals week was drawing to a close, I should have known it was coming. Yet, it took me by surprise, again, when a wonderful little cat showed up at my door begging to come in. She was cold, scared, hungry and obviously used to being a house cat. I live in the country, three miles from the campus. Around the end of each term and in the summer, there is a new crop of little animals wandering around, lost and confused. The idea of getting a pet might be tempting, but keep in mind that this is a life-long commitment, not a term-long commitment. Before getting a pet, consider whether you can take the animal home with you for breaks and over the summer. Dumping your pet in the country is illegal, cruel and extremely selfish. Domesticated animals do not fend for themselves well and “nice farmers” have already taken in too many strays. Most of your animals are killed by coyotes, bobcats, cougars, foxes, dogs, bears, raccoons or hawks (yes, even just three miles from campus). Those who survive these predators often die of starvation, disease, cars or exposure. It would be an understatement to say that I am fed up with the irresponsible, mean ignorance shown by those who abandon their formerly loved pets. If you are no longer able to care for your animal, there are organizations available to help re-home your pet. Do the responsible thing and take it to a shelter.
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Facing life with a ‘Kansas-who?’ attitude Jeffrey Larson Sports Editor
As we near the end of March Madness, a beloved time of the year for college basketball fans, we have seen one Cinderella team surprise everyone and make it into the Final Four. This team is, of course, the No. 11 Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). I will be the first to admit that I have jumped onto the VCU bandwagon and will be cheering them on as they play Butler on April 2 and, if they are successful, as they play in the Championship game against either Connecticut or Kentucky. Now, VCU isn’t the only team to have surprised people this tournament. No. 11 Marquette defeated No. 3 Syracuse by four points earlier in the tournament; however, Marquette lost the proceeding game. What has come as a real surprise is how poised the Rams have been throughout the tournament and how successful they have been against teams that should have and could have defeated them. The Rams easily defeated No. 6 Georgetown, 74-56, then proceeded to destroy No. 3 Purdue, 9476. After defeating No. 10 Florida State by one point in overtime, they defeated the favorite, No. 1 Kansas, by 10 points! Now, unfortunately, I have not been able to watch all their games or even a great majority of their games; however, I was able to watch most of their game against Kansas thanks to the amazing March Madness app on the iPhone. As I was watching them play I noticed that these athletes were ready to play. They were well-coached and well-prepared to destroy any team and every team they encountered. It didn’t seem to intimidate or faze the players that they would be playing against Kansas. They went into the game with a “Kansaswho?” attitude that led them to victory. Did they seem to care that Kansas was No. 1 and favored to win the Southwest Region? No. They came out to play their game and they played it to perfection. They handed Kansas a loss that I’m sure
the Jayhawks’ head coach, Bill Self, will not let his boys forget. So, what’s the point? Why is this so significant? Well, I’m sure there are many reasons why this is so significant, but I’ve found my own significance that I think is important for us all to remember. We can succeed. Now, I’m going to get a bit sentimental here, but I think it’s a valuable lesson. What VCU has proved to me is that I can stand up against anything and succeed. Whatever my worries and stresses are, I can succeed if I go into it with a “Kansas-who?” attitude. It’s a mindset that drives the Rams to success, so why not drive me to? As a senior history major, I have to successfully write a 25-30 page senior thesis paper and give two presentations on my findings to earn a degree. I’m also taking 16 credits—all history credits. I will be reading and writing myself to death this term—my final term. I’ve decided one way to handle my intense course load and thesis—I’m approaching this term with a “Kansas-who?” attitude. Sure, this term, this year actually, is designed to “weed-out” those who were just not meant to be history majors by giving an insane amount of work in a short period of time, but I won’t let that bring me down. Thankfully, I will have my own coaching staff to guide me through this term, led by my primary reader Dr. Alaric Trousdale, my secondary reader Dr. John Rector and the course instructor professor Kimberly Jensen—much like the coaching staff of VCU led by head coach Shaka Smart. So, I think it is important for all of us to approach everything we do and every challenge we face with a “Kansas-who?” attitude. If something is “supposed” to defeat you— defeat it. We control our destinies. Similarly to college basketball, it always helps having a coaching staff. Whether your staff is comprised of your parents, your teachers, your friends, your god(s) or even yourself, they make up a strong supporting cast to your success. It’s about time we all face life with a “Kansaswho?” attitude.
March 30, 2011 TRACK & FIELD FROM PAGE 1
junior Kyle Larson and senior Chris Reed, earned sixth place and subsequent All-American honors with a time of 10:06.48 in the 4,000-meter race. “I came out and was boxed in during the first 800 meters,” Larson explained of some of the hiccups the men faced in the beginning. “Being taller, it is hard to run in a tight area and I was not able to break out till the final 300 meters. It is all hypothetical, but being boxed in early may have cost us time and place. It was a very physical race.” In addition to the men’s success, senior Annan Applebee, the sole competitor for the women’s team, ran the 800-meter race with a time of 2:16.15, finishing in 13th place. Pacific Preview Just as the indoor champions mentioned above were battling it out in roadrunner territory, several of their fellow runners were partaking in the Pacific Preview in Forest Grove, Ore., on Saturday, March 12, earning seven wins for Western’s teams. Among the lady Wolves, junior Megan Everetts came in first with a time of 2:18.32 in the 800. Junior Janelle Everetts mirrored her sister with a first place win in the women’s 1500 with a time of 4:48.77 Sophomore Anthony Yakovich earned a victory for the men’s team, coming in first place in the 200 with a time of 22.63. Freshman Michael Shogren joined
Yakovich in the winners’ circle by placing first in the 1500 with a time of 4:05.91, as did senior Justin Karr with a first place timing of 15:22 in the 5,000. Senior Jason Slowey completed the wins for the Wolves that day by placing first in both the men’s shot put, throwing a distance of 50-11 (15.52m), and discus throw, capturing a 150-8 (45.92m) toss. In addition to these victories, junior Ali Mosher placed third and earned 3,672 points during the women’s heptathlon. Sophomore Jake Hyde placed first in the men’s decathlon, earning 5,630 points. Freshman Eric Gaines scored 5,519 to capture second place in his first career decathlon. Oregon Preview & Lewis and Clark Spring Break Open Over the weekend of March 18 and 19, the track and field team split up to compete in both the Oregon Preview, held in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday, March 19, and the Lewis and Clark Spring Break Open, held in Portland, Ore., on Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19. During the Oregon Preview, Kaino earned first place with a time of 48.44 in the 400. Junior Ashley Potter followed suit with a first place win in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 39-1.75 (11.93m), earning her an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. In the Lewis and Clark Spring Break Open, freshman Brett Campbell earned first place by winning the 110-meter
hurdles with a wind-aided time of 16.19. Stanford Invitational and SFSU Distance Carnival The Wolves were once again split this last weekend between the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26, and the San Francisco State University (SFSU) Distance Carnival in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, March 25. Reed earned 10th place among the elite competition in Palo Alto with a time of 14:21.14 in the 5,000. This gave Reed a school record and fourth place in GNAC history. “This was the first distance race for Chris since cross country,” head coach Mike Johnson stated. “We have been working hard, and this is what you get.” For Reed, this 5k record comes in addition to his 10k outdoor, 5k indoor, mile indoor and distance medley indoor school records as well as the recent distance medley team success at nationals. At the SFSU Distance Carnival, Kasler came in first place in the 1500 with a personal-best time of 3:57.42. In addition to Kasler, freshman Donavan McFadden earned first place in the men’s high jump with a height of 5-11.5 (1.82m), followed immediately thereafter by freshman Eric Gaines’ height of 5-9.75 (1.77m). Senior Brandon Snook came in fourth place in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of
9.18.82, earning him sixth place in school history. Among the women’s team, freshman Madison McClung earned first place in the 100 with a time of 12.45, a season-best for her. McClung went on to register a time of 25.46 in the 200 to move up to eighth in school history. Sophomore Lexi Pola also earned second place in her event, coming out of the 400 meter run with a time of 58.50, and moving up from eighth to sixth place among Western’s top 10. The Wolves will continue their outdoor season with the Willamette Invite in Salem, Ore., on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2. Johnson honored as ‘Male Coach of the Year’ In addition to the wins procured by the men and women of the team, Coach Mike Johnson was announced Male Coach of the Year on Thursday, March 17, in part based on his ability to lead the men’s track and field team to its fourth consecutive GNAC Indoor Championships win in recent weeks. Reed was also recognized as the West Region Indoor Male Track Athlete of the Year for his performance in 2011. Johnson’s coaching abilities have earned him much notoriety over the years, including 10 GNAC Coach-of-the-Year awards and recognition as the 2010 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Men’s Regional Coach of the Year for the West Region.
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Distance medley runners Connor Kasler, Kyle Larson, Chris Reed, Matt Kaino after their Nationals race.
March 30, 2011
Softball wins 2-of-8 games played since Dead Week Wood leads Wolves to 2 wins in 8 tough games Western softball was busy over the break, playing eight Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) games since the Journal’s last issue. The Wolves (9-13 overall, 6-10 GNAC) traveled to Bellingham, Wash., to play conference juggernaut Western Washington in a fourgame series before returning home to face GNAC-rival Central Washington for four more games. The Wolves were swept by the Vikings on the road but were able to split the four-game series with the Wildcats at home. Western Oregon 0, Western Washington 8 The softball team was runruled 8-0 by No. 18 Western Washington Saturday in GNAC action. Western Washington (WWU) senior pitcher Erika Quint continued her recent stretch of spectacular play, giving up just one hit in five innings. She also notched 10 strikeouts on the day. The Vikings scored five runs in the bottom of the second, none of which were earned. WWU added two more runs in the fourth behind a two-run homer from sophomore Jackie Rothenberger. A passed ball scored the game-ending run in the fifth. Senior Tierra-Lyn Cuba recorded Western’s only hit of the day. The Wolves committed five errors in the game. Senior Jessica Wood took the loss for Western, by giving up eight hits while fanning two. Western Oregon 1, Western Washington 2
Sunday’s opener saw WWU’s Meghan Carrillo drive in the gamewinning run in the bottom of the 11th inning, giving the host team a 2-1 victory. The Wolves took a 1-0 lead when freshman Ashley Worthey’s RBIdouble to right-center scored senior Jessica Hallmark in the second inning. WWU responded in the third behind a run-scoring single, knotting the game at 1-1. The game proceeded into extra innings after neither team was able to find the scoreboard again in regulation. The Wolves advanced three runners into scoring position but came up empty each time. WWU also had its chances, most notably having a player thrown out at home in the 10th inning on an attempted steal. The Vikings finally broke through in the 11th inning as Carrillo’s walk-off triple down the right-field line drove in Karli Baumgartner. Western Oregon 6, Western Washington 7 The Vikings scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh to earn the comefrom-behind win in Sunday’s second game. Western opened the game with four runs in the first inning. Sophomore Andrea Bailey was walked, stole second, then advanced to third on an illegal pitch. Wood reached on an error by WWU’s second baseman, scoring Bailey in the process. Junior Bailey Rueck followed with a double to left center before Hallmark smashed one to left field, driving in both Wood and Rueck to put Western up 4-0. Western added another run in the third inning after Rueck’s single drove in Worthey. Wolves’ pitcher Kelsey White kept the Vikings scoreless until the fifth inning when an RBI-single finally put the hosts on the board.
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Senior pitcher Jessica Wood (pictured on March 19 against Central Washington University) pitched a complete game and gave up only four hits in Western’s 4-2 victory over CWU in game one of the four-game series. In the seventh inning, WWU rallied to cut the deficit to 6-5. A single up the middle was enough for the Vikings as two more runs crossed home plate, giving WWU the win. Western Oregon 7, Western Washington 8 Sunday’s nightcap saw the Wolves battle back from a 7-2 deficit only to have WWU hit a game-winning RBIsingle to complete the series sweep. In the top of the second, Hallmark drove in Wood on a double down the left-field line. Hallmark later scored on a throwing error by WWU’s catcher, giving Western a 2-0 advantage. The Vikings responded with a huge inning of their own, notching seven runs,
putting the hosts up 7-2 after two innings. The Wolves made a comeback, capped by senior Cuba’s double that scored Rueck to knot the game at 7-7. WWU hit a bases-loaded RBIsingle to right center to drive in the gameending run in the bottom of the seventh. Hallmark and Worthey had two hits apiece for Western and four different players recorded an RBI. White pitched five innings, but freshman Alex Hillmick took the loss after replacing White for the final 1.2 innings. WWU threw four pitchers, and
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Lacrosse Improves to 8-1 Bohince brothers help lead the Wolves to an 8-1 record to start the spring lacrosse season Chris Curtis | Freelancer
Western’s men’s lacrosse team was able to head into their spring break with an 8-1 record, ranked sixth in the nation. Their two most recent victories were over the Colorado School of Mines and North Dakota State University. The first win, over Colorado Mines, came on Tuesday evening at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., Western exploded to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter, led by sophomore attackman Daniel Hochspeier. The Wolves went to their bench early and often against Mines and all players saw lots of time on the field. Mines was able to fight back and even up the game at 5-5 off a sloppy second quarter that was punctuated with an illegal stick penalty given to Western. Unfazed by the tied ball game Western strung together another scoring run of three goals to enter the half with an 8-5 advantage. The third quarter was all Western as they netted another three spectacular goals. The Wolves’ defense also helped apply some pressure as they held the Miners scoreless in the third and Western took an 11-5 lead into the final frame. The fourth quarter was a shootout with each team trading goals and Western was able to close the game out with a 15-9 win. The second game of the week was
played on Friday evening at Sprague High School in Salem, Ore., against North Dakota State (NSDU). The cold, wet evening led to some sloppy play by both teams early on in the game. NDSU was able to strike first before the Wolves got going, but once they took the lead, they never gave it back. It was 3-2 after the first quarter and Western was able to increase their lead slightly going into the half up 5-3. What looked like it was going to be a grinded out, slow paced ball game erupted in the third when senior All-American midfielder Ian Bohince dodged through the defense and finished at close range. North Dakota had a quick answer for the Bohince goal, but Western then unloaded six goals taking a 12-4 lead. The Western defense had a bit of a letdown at the third giving up three cheap goals and went into the fourth quarter up 12-7. The offense was able to capitalize on an extra man opportunity to open the fourth quarter, but shortly after Western got into some penalty trouble. Sophomore Jacob Bohince was ejected from the game for delivering a crushing hit that was deemed unsafe and NDSU was able to capitalize in a big way and pushed the score all the way to 14-13. The Wolves got their best unit back on the field in the final minutes of the game and Mark Iliyn was able to give the Wolves some breathing room with the final goal to hold on to a 15-13 win. The Wolves will be back in action Saturday, April 2, when they take on the Portland Pilots. The game will be played on the intramural field on Western’s campus at 1 p.m.
March 30, 2011
Baseball splits series against Saints of SMU The Wolves improve to 13-9 overall, 6-2 in the GNAC with 2 wins in the 4 game series during spring break over GNAC-leading Saint Martin’s University Matthew Curran | Freelancer
During the week of Western’s spring break, the Wolves faced off against St. Martin’s University (SMU) for a four-game series. Both teams won two games in the series, ending Western’s 16game Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) winning streak. Western improved their record to 13-9 overall, 6-2 in conference. SMU is currently 16-13 overall, 13-3 in conference. The series was two straight days of doubleheaders. On Sunday, March 20, Western lost the first game, 12-4 and won the second game 3-1. Game one of the doubleheader featured SMU’s bottom four hitters putting on a hitting clinic. They hit 10-for18, including eight runs scored and five runs Photo by | Brandon Woodard batted in. Western’s “Bo” Senior infielder Grant Glover (pictured on March 20th against Saint Martin’s Folkinga hit a two-run University) had two hits and one RBI in the Wolves’ loss to SMU in game home run and senior Grant one of the four-game series. Glover recorded a double that drove in a run. The second game of the day was a lowscoring affair that only tallied four total runs. W L PCT GB W L PCT Senior Daniel Dillard Saint Martin’s 13 3 .813 -- 16 13 .552 smacked a two-run homer Western Oregon 6 2 .750 3 13 9 .591 in the third inning to Northwest Nazarene 6 6 .500 5 21 7 .750 break a 1-1 tie that sealed MSU Billings 2 6 .250 7 9 12 .429 the deal for the Wolves. Central Washington 1 11 .091 10 6 16 .273 Juniors Grady Wood and Kirk Lind pitched an W=Win L=Loss PCT=Percentage GB=Games Back outstanding game to keep * Standings as of press time. the lead. Wood pitched the first six innings,
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SOFTBALL | FROM PAGE 11 Devyn Baker (1-0) got credit for the victory. Western Oregon 4, Central Washington 2 Wood pitched a complete game, giving up two unearned runs and four hits to lift Western over Central Washington (CWU), 4-2, in game one. Bailey went 3-for-3 in the game and helped the Wolves jump out to an early lead on 2010 GNAC Pitcher of the Year Lauren Hadenfeld. With one out in the third inning, Bailey doubled just inside the right field line to bring in Kelsie Didion. Bailey then started Western’s tworun rally in the fifth with an opposite field double. She came in to score, along with Cuba, on a two-out single by Worthey to put Western in front, 3-0. That was all Wood needed en route to earning her fifth win of the season. The Wolves outhit the Wildcats, 9-4, while holding them without and extra base hit. Western Oregon 7, Central Washington 0 Hillmick allowed just four hits while inducing 15 groundball outs to earn her first career shutout in a 7-0 win. Meanwhile, the top of the Wolves’ order provided the offense.
Bailey, Cuba and Worthey went 7-for11 with five runs and six RBIs out of the top three spots in the order. Bailey and Worthey both added home runs. Kendra George also had a multi-hit game and a stolen base. The Wolves got a run in the bottom of the first on an unearned run and then added two runs in each of the third, fifth and sixth innings. Bailey hit her two-run homer in the third and Worthey did the same in the fifth. Worthey picked up two more RBIs in the sixth on a bases-loaded single. Western Oregon 2, Central Washington 6 Bailey and George each hit solo home runs but it was too late as Central Washington picked up the win in game one, 6-2. Central Washington scored one in the first and put up five runs in the sixth to build a 6-0 lead. Despite picking up the loss, Wood (58) pitched well. After the first inning in which she yielded the homer to Keilani Cruz, Wood retired 12 straight batters, four via strikeout. She finished the game with 5.1 innings pitched, five hits allowed, four runs (three earned) and six strikeouts while not allowing a walk. Wood’s counterpart, Lauren Hadenfeld, was even better. She registered the complete game while giving up four hits and two runs.
allowing only one run and three strikeouts. Lind then pitched the final three innings to record his fifth save of the season. “Offensively, I was very disappointed today,” explained Western head coach Jeremiah Robbins. “We had numerous opportunities to open up both games. We got punched in the face in game one, but found a way to win game two.” On Monday, March 21, both teams played another double-header to conclude the series. Western won the first game, 6-0, and lost the second game, 2-1. In the first game, SMU was shut out by the dazzling pitching of junior Jason Wilson. He pitched seven innings of pure dominance. He allowed two hits and struck out seven batters. This was the Wolves’ first shutout of the season, and Wilson improved his record to 3-0. “Jason did a phenomenal job,” declared Robbins. “He came out, set the tone and did a very good job controlling the game. It was a gutty effort from him in a must-win game.” Not only was the pitching excellent, but so was the offensive. They scored all six runs by the end of the fourth inning. Dillard started off the
She also struck out eight and walked two. Cuba drew both of those walks and also added a single as she reached base in all three of her plate appearances. Western Oregon 10, Central Washington 11 The Wolves scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning thanks to Central Washington pitchers walking seven straight batters. However, Central Washington was able to capitalize on its opportunity to start with a runner on second to begin the 10th inning and earn the 11-10 win. Hallmark scored four runs as she went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.
show by hitting a two-run home run. Glover added two runs for the Wolves. The final game of the series was another pitching battle, as only three total runs were scored. Senior Cam Nobles put on a no-hitter until the third inning. He struck out seven batters and allowed three hits. However, Nobles was out-dueled by SMU’s pitchers, as they allowed only one run. Western’s inability to score runs can be summarized by one key statistic. In the game, Western left eight batters on base, including leaving the bases loaded in the fifth inning with no runs scored. “You have to have consistent hitting to win,” concluded Robbins. “You can have consistent pitching, but you have to mix in hits and that was the disappointing thing today.” Western was supposed to have a series against Montana State Billings, but it was cancelled due to bad weather. The Wolves now will have an away series against nationally ranked Northwest Nazarene. Northwest Nazarene is having a very successful season and are 21-7 overall, 6-6 in conference. The series starts on Friday, April 1.
Wood, Danyelle Hutchinson and Worthey added two RBIs apiece for the Wolves. Western Oregon never led in the game. CWU put up a single run in the first and then added nine more between the third and seventh innings to take a 10-4 lead. The Wildcats outhit the Wolves in the game, 18-10. Western also left 16 runners on base compared to nine for CWU. In accordance with international softball rules, a runner was placed on second base to begin the 10th inning for both teams. • • • Story courtesy of sports information, located at wouwolves.com.
2011 SOFTBALL GNAC STANDINGS Western Washington Central Washington MSU Billings Northwest Nazarene Simon Fraser Western Oregon Saint Martin’s W=Win
W 14 7 10 9 6 6 2
L 2 5 10 9 8 10 10
PCT GB .875 -.583 5 .500 6 .500 6 .429 7 .375 8 .167 10
* Standings as of press time.
W 19 9 12 10 6 9 3
L 2 8 13 13 8 13 14
PCT .905 .529 .480 .435 .429 .409 .176 Back