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May 4, 2011

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VOL. 11, ISSUE 27

From the four corners of the world

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SURVEYING STUDENTS

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Western freshmen and senior students are asked to participate in The National Survey of Student Engagement. Students will be asked to rate the school’s overall performance.

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SEABECK VOLUNTEERS A group of Western students perpare to dedicate one week of their summer vacation to helping the sight and hearing impaired on a retreat in Seabeck, Wash. SEE PAGE 4

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WESTERN HOLDS 5TH ANNUAL TRIATHLON The fifth annual triathlon took place on Saturday, April 30, and featured competitors from Western and surrounding communities. SEE PAGE 6

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Western’s International Night boasted a variety of student and community performances in celebration of cultural diversity.

With a large variety of food, crafts, music and dancing, this year’s annual International Night brought together people of all walks of life Caitlin Finnell | Freelancer

On Friday, April 29, The International Club at Western put on their annual International Night in the Pacific Room in Werner. This year’s event, with the theme of “From the Four Corners of the World,” was a fun filled night of food, performances and cultural booths from around the world. Many students and community members turned out to experience this event. “I think International Night

this year had a lot of people. We ran out of space in the Pacific room,” said Biraj Bisht, International Club president. “This really shows the entire WOU community’s high anticipation towards this event. I also feel we had a lot of diversity in the performances [compared to] last year.” Before the performances began, the guests were served dinner, which consisted of traditional foods from various countries around the world such as

Junior Janelle Everetts took first place in the women’s 800-meter run this weekend, making her the nationally ranked No. 12 runner. SEE PAGE 10

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Mexican group dance from the state Sinaloa performed by the Ballet Tlanese Mexican group. Next was a performance by Hilda, an Oregon State University student who sang and danced to two songs from different regions of Indonesia. Performances continued throughout the night with LZ, a Chinese rock band, performing two hit Chinese songs,

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Western wins final Western revamps, trademarks road series of the athletic and academic logos unveiling of Western’s new emblem meets 2011 baseball season The with much pomp and circumstance on campus

Glover, Dillard lead the Wolves’ offense to beat Central Washington, 3-1 in the four game series Matthew Curren | Freelancer

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Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine provided by several local restaurants, including Jade Terrace, Al Jebal Restaurant, Real Taste of India and Western Campus Dining. The performances for the night started out with a fashion show with various styles of clothing from many different countries from around the world including Mexico, India, Napal and Vietnam, and continued with many diverse performances. The first performance was a

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The baseball team completed its final road series of the season, facing off against Central Washington (CWU). Western won the series, 3-1 (2-4, 6-2, 19-3, and 8-3). The Wolves improved their record to 30-12 overall, 20-4 in conference. Western came into this series on a hot streak. They had won 11 games in a row, including two sweeps in their previous series. The Wolves currently sit

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atop the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) with the best record and are ranked No. 2 in the West Region poll. Central Washington is currently 12-30 overall, 5-22 in conference and in last place in the GNAC. Its last series was cancelled due to weather. On Saturday, April 30, the teams played a

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Paige O’Rourke Editor-in-Chief

As the sun shone brightly on Tuesday, May 3, at 12:45 p.m., the plaza of Werner University Center was vibrating to the beat of Western’s pep band, under the direction of Music Professor Ike Nail. Dressed in Western red, these students acted as the introduction to the ceremony unveiling Western’s new academic and athletic logos. These muchanticipated emblems have been a source of curiosity for some students during the

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Western’s new academic (left) and athletic (right) logos.

last few weeks, with bright red signs dated “5.3.11” mysteriously popping up on tables, doorknobs and other miscellaneous places throughout campus.

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Prior to the event, Athletic Director Daniel Hare shared his excitement

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R e m e m b e r i n g Polk County satellite clinic of September 11th the Salem Free Medical Clinic Jake Logan News Editor

On Sunday, May 1, I got one of the most random, yet oddly news breaking texts of my life. Simply put, it said, “Osama Bin Laden is dead.” At first, I didn’t believe it. I rushed to my computer, clicked to Yahoo. com and read the headline news “Osama Bin Laden killed by U.S. Forces.” As an American, I felt an odd wave of fulfillment and accomplishment. I remember exactly where I was when the attack took place on the day of Sept. 11, 2001. I was just coming downstairs and heading to the bathroom when my mother said, “Oh my God! The World Trade Center has been hit by an airplane!” I rushed to her room where she was watching the morning news, just thinking that it was a little plane and an accident, but my eyes were assaulted with the horrible events that were taking place in New York City: a jet crashed into the Twin Towers and then a second jet hit the towers. I have loved New York City for as long as I can remember. Then seeing my favorite city in the world attacked filled me with a terrible grief. I remember watching frightened people running from the area and the fire fighters and police officers of New York City running towards the fiery buildings to try to help. Having a fire fighter as brother, I am aware of the sacrifice they were willing to make, even if it cost them their lives. I remember finding out the Pentagon had been attacked as well and that another plane had crashed in Pennsylvania. I remember going to school that day, all of my classmates and I glued to the television, unable to look away from the horrendous events of that day. Sept. 11 was the day I learned of Osama bin Laden and his terrorist group Al Qaida and subsequently, about the oppressive Afghani regime the Taliban. My homeroom teacher told us that this would be our generation’s Pearl Harbor. This would be the infamous event that we would remember forever. I was 12 at the time and in the sixth grade. I honestly

couldn’t make heads or tails of the event and I remember being so afraid of bin Laden and his followers. The night of Sept. 11, my family and I went to our church where there was a prayer vigil for the victims of the attacks. I remember crying, but strangely, I hadn’t known anyone who lost their life, or even anyone who had lost someone in the attacks; I was just so sad for those on the East Coast. Two years later, I was fortunate to go on a tour with my classmates of Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City. While in D.C., I went to the Arlington National Cemetery and from there I could see the side of the Pentagon that had been attacked. It was darker than the other four sides since it had been completely rebuilt and was newer than the other areas. It was only two years since the attacks and there was still a prevalent physical mark of the attacks in D.C., even though the side was rebuilt and things were on their way back to “normal.” However, it was in New York that I felt the biggest impact. My group and I went to ground zero, and it was strange to see huge open plots of nothing surrounded by skyscrapers. I remember my classmates and I overcome with silence and saddened by the emptiness of the vast lots of now vacant land. It was eerie to think that I was walking on the sidewalk of where so many people had lost their lives. We also went to a church that hosted a memorial for the victims. It was there that my heart really broke over the terrorist attacks, because it was there that I met survivors and family members of the people killed. Seeing the pictures or personal items left in memorial was something that has left a mark on me; it gave me faces and items to place with the day’s events and lives lost. Now, almost a decade later, three months shy of my 22nd birthday, bin Laden, the mastermind behind the attacks, has been killed. Something I thought would never happen. As someone who has had friends and family members serve in both Afghanistan and Iraq, in the war against terror, I am sure I will remember where I was the day I learned that bin Laden had been taken down by U.S. Forces, just like I will remember, for the rest of my life, where I was the day when the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks occurred.

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Polk County health care community slated to have free clinic running by the end of the summer, offering new options to citizens Jake Logan | News Editor

Salem is home to the Salem Free Medical Clinic (SFMC), started by the West Salem Foursquare Church (WSFC). According to SFMC, the clinic was first run in the gym of Walker Middle School in northwest Salem. SFMC has been in their current and permanent location on Broadway Street in Salem since September 2010, and in mid–2011 the clinic added a dental clinic to their services. The mission of SFMC according to the clinic is to “have the medical clinic open five days every week… [in] Salem and the surrounding areas that are uninsured.” Even though Polk County is the fourth healthiest county in Oregon, with Benton, Hood River and Washington counties as the top three, there is still a need for this type of clinic.

Some individuals in the Monmouth area and Polk County want to see more clinics in the area, such as professor Gail Saxowsky, instructor of Health and Physical Education at Western. According to Saxowsky “There is a free medical clinic being organized for the Polk Community in Dallas, hoping to get started with at least one to two clinics per month by the end of summer 2011.” Saxowsky said “The group of community people who have been putting this together wrote a proposal that has been accepted to become a satellite of the Salem Free Clinic, an organization that has been successfully functioning for about six to seven years now. You can look on the web for information about them

[www.salemfreemedical. org] and information will be on there as soon as firm dates and times are set up.” Basic medical services will be provided at the future clinics at the end of summer. “All personnel are volunteers and we are currently working to recruit enough people with a variety of skills to help run the clinic times effectively and efficiently” stated Saxowsky. Barbara McGuffey has been hired by SFMC to head the Polk County Satellite. McGuffey is the parish nurse for the Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas. Trinity Lutheran Church is just one of the partners in the free health care clinics. Saxowsky said the clinics are for people who “are not insured or under insured and are not able to receive medical care at

other facilities.” Acute Care Clinics are currently happening in Salem on the first, second, third and fifth Saturdays and second Monday of each month at 1300 Broadway Ave. N.E. Suite #104 between 9 a.m–12 p.m. and also between 1p.m. and 4 p.m. and on the second Saturdays of each month at 5020 Liberty Rd. S., between 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Mental Health Care Clinics are also provided the second, and fourth Friday at the 1300 Broadway office between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. SMFC advises “Some appointments may be available—call after 9 a.m. Monday through Wednesday to check for availability. First come/first serve—number of available spots will be posted on clinic door. The line begins forming for clinic early (at least 4 a.m.).”

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College to Western Oregon University. Thomas then proceeded to look into some of the many changes that have taken place in the world since the beginning of the new millennium, including gas prices, presidential controversies and Western’s increase in student enrollment from approximately 4,700 students in 2000 to roughly 6,700 students today. “One thing that hasn’t changed over the years is Western’s commitment to excellence,” Thomas stated. “It is as strong now as it was back in 2000.” Associate Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs David McDonald was also in attendance at the ceremony, taking center stage to explain the reasons behind introducing the new logos as well as the importance of having both an academic and an athletic emblem. “What our focus has always been about is our students,” McDonald stated. “But our logo for many years was behind the times.” McDonald went on to say that Western has “never had something that expressed the academics of our university.” “There are marks [on the logos] that show how our academics and athletics are linked, because we

think it is important to show that our athletes are also students,” he stated. Following these words, Thomas led the crowd in a collective 10-second countdown, after which the banners were unveiled side by side. The academic logo features a lit torch with the words “Western Oregon University” in thin print adjacent to it. The athletic

logo mirrors the academic one in basic structure, with its graphic symbol featuring a fiercely determined Wolfie and “Western Oregon” printed in bold red and black. Rickabaugh Graphics, a well-known design company based in Columbus, Ohio, designed both emblems. “The logos are symbols of who we are at Western,” McDonald concluded. “And we are very proud of that.”

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about showcasing the new logos with WOUnews, explaining that “developing an identity and brand is crucial because it tells the world how you see yourself now and in the future.” “The new marks will be a source of pride for our entire department as well as all Western Oregon students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends,” Hare said. In contrast to the usual flow of students shuffling to and from the plaza entrance, a crowd was rapidly forming along Werner’s sidewalk steps. The chatter mounted as the time until the unveiling dwindled. Students intermixed with staff and faculty members from across campus and many who were previously unaware of the events scheduled to take place were called from their offices and study rooms by the clamor at the plaza entrance. Dance Professor Darryl Thomas, who emceed the event, quieted the crowd at 1 p.m. He began his introductory speech by explaining that Western last adopted a new logo around the year 2000, when the university underwent a name change from Western Oregon State

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Freshman Allyson Kooy holds up her brand new Western T-shirt complete with Western’s nowtrademarked logo. Students received the chance to win shirts and towels with the new emblems during a raffle held at the time of the unveiling.


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Western uses National Survey of Student Engagement to gage student opinion

Freshmen, senior students asked to participate in national survey on Western’s performance, programs and academics. Jake Logan | News Editor

The thought of how freshmen and senior students at Western would rate their school is something that is on the minds of Western Administration and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). According to NSSE, the group “annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.” The survey is only open to freshmen and senior students, targeting those who are entering the school and leaving the school. The survey also provides additional useful information such as giving “participating institutions

a variety of reports that compare their students’ responses with those of students at self-selected groups of comparison institutions.” The survey asks questions such as, “in a typical week, how many homework problem sets do you complete? About how many hours do you spend in a typical 7-day week doing homework. . . . preparing for class. . . [and] working for pay on/off campus? Overall, how would you evaluate the quality of academic advising you have received at your institution?” Most importantly, it inquires, “If you could start over again, would you go to the same institution you are now attending?” Deborah Diehm the Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs, explained that this survey is important for Western and will be shown to the school’s

board of accreditation, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). “Western Oregon University has to prove that [it’s students] diploma is worth more than a piece of paper and this survey is just one tool we use to prove that to the NWCCU,” said Diehm. “NSSE is a survey the Western Oregon University takes part in every three years,” said Diehm going on to explain that the survey is information sent to the NWCCU, so that Western will keep their accreditation intact and up to date. “[The survey] only takes 15 minutes,” said Diehm. The survey is conducted by Indiana University and is completely confidential. “We can see the results of the survey as a whole, [but] not an

individual’s answers,” said Diehm. Besides keeping Western’s accreditation, it is also a tool for Western to compare and place itself among other similar universities, such as Eastern Oregon University and Southern Oregon University. “We use the NSSE to compare ourselves to other similar universities that have the same number of students, public, and master’s programs. “In 150 years we have never continued to do things the same way,” said Diehm, adding that the school uses the survey to see what changes need to be made for continuous success as a university. For any questions about the NSSE, contact Deborah Diehm: e-mail: diehmd@wou.edu, call at 503-838-8423, stop by her office in the Werner Center in Student Affairs Office.

Quick Facts on NSSE • Primarily open to freshmen and senior students. • Takes only 15 minutes to complete. • Student identities will not be given to the school, and the survey will only give averages to the answers. • Students have the right to refuse to take the survey. • The school uses this as a tool to keep their accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. • Links to the survey have been sent to student e-mail accounts. • The survey is also available at http://www.nssesurvey.org/index. cfm?loginid={loginid} For student with special needs, an alternate form is available in the Office of Disability Services, and can be contacted at 503-838-8250

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May 4, 2011

Helping hands are seen and heard through simple acts of kindness

Western Seabeck Crew prepares to volunteer one week of their summer vacation on Deaf-Blind retreat Joanna Walker | Freelancer

Many of us will never know the feeling of living in a world without sound or without sight, while some know what is it like to use these two senses on a regular basis. However, there are those who live in a world without either, and this group, sadly, is often forgotten, hidden in the hearing-sighted world. A group of 12 students and a staff adviser have decided to change this by serving as Support Service Providers (SSPs)

students can still attend, but have to apply directly to Seabeck and go as individual volunteers. Junior ASL/English interpreting major Rachel Mozzone explained, “Seabeck is a camp where Deaf-Blind individuals can go for a vacation that is accommodating to their language preference or mode of communication, and they can participate in various activities with volunteer SSPs and interpreters to guide,

make a lasting impression on me,” added senior ASL studies major Anne Marie Perdriau who is a Deaf participant. Perdriau also commented that another reason for wanting to go is to gain new experiences while exploring the world of the Deaf-Blind, living in “‘Deaf-Blind time,’ which is a lot slower than my standard Deaf time.” The term “Deaf-Blind” is the main theme of the work the students will do. Perdriau remarked, “Not all

I would just have to say...I can’t wait to see what this group will be like after we complete this trip.” Perdriau added she hopes the Western Seabeck Crew “Discovers their inner skills by reflecting their natural skills as SSP, to be strong ambassadors for WOU and to bring awareness about the need for more SSPs.” “We all need to get out of our comfort zone and take the focus off ourselves,” said Mozonne.

“[This trip] is about breaking away from my safe little bubble of friends and being there for someone else who’s a member of a totally different culture: Deaf-Blind culture. You learn about a group of people that are, in a lot of ways, marginalized and forgotten.” Mozonne continued by explaining, “Seabeck is a way people can learn that Deaf-Blind individuals are, in fact, individuals that are capable of living healthy,

satisfactory lives, like any hearing-sighted person can. They go kayaking, hiking, roller-coaster-riding, have Facebook and e-mail accounts and make up a rich and unique community. We, the hearing-sighted majority, ought to be aware of this.” In order to serve on their trip, the group must fundraise for travel,

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“I really hope we are all able to bond and support each other throughout the week. It will be uncomfortable, difficult and very emotionally and physically taxing at times and I want us to be able to hold each other up so that no one feels like they’re drowning.” - Rachel Mozzone TEAM LEADER

and interpreters at Seabeck, a Deaf-Blind camp located in Seabeck, Wash., for one week of their summer vacation from Aug. 27 through Sept. 2. Not just anyone can go on this life-changing service learning trip. Volunteers mostly work independently with a Deaf-Blind individual. To be part of the Western group, trip participants need to have attained an adequate American Sign Language (ASL) skill level and possess an amount of knowledge about DeafBlind culture to meet the needs of those they will be working with. The course instructor and trip adviser CM Hall will interview students applying before they can be accepted as a group participant. If not accepted,

interpret, or provide visual and audible information when they need it.” Mozzone continued by adding, “For our group, it’s very much a servicelearning trip because we go to volunteer our time and energy, applying skills and knowledge we’ve learned in class and apply them to real life situations while making the week entirely about someone else.” Junior ASL/English interpreting major Jessica Schindel remarked, “I’m a pre-professional interpreter and I feel that this opportunity to volunteer in this community will benefit my long term goal in becoming a professional interpreter.” “I took the DeafBlind Interpreting class with CM Hall and learned so much, and now I hope to use what I learned so it’ll

Jessy Teil fingerspells a description into Deaf-Blind guest Ryan Bondroff’s hand.

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Deaf-Blind are like Helen Keller. Each have their own degree of visual and hearing impairment,” and further relates this to the varying degrees of Deafness and modes of communication the deaf use. As team leader, Mozzone noted, “I really hope we are all able to bond and support each other throughout the week. It will be uncomfortable, difficult and very emotionally and physically taxing at times and I want us to be able to hold each other up so that no one feels like they’re drowning.” Why is this a priority? Schindel elaborated that a lot of activities are offered at this camp for the Deaf-Blind, meaning that the volunteers will be alongside interpreting and guiding through the retreat, though “the volunteers will get to enjoy the week-long retreat [as well].” Schindel added that she is looking forward to all of the outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming and arts and crafts. In preparation, team members will meet weekly to talk about any updates about the trip as well as work on various activities that will help prepare them as SSPs and interpreters. These activities will allow participants to practice interpreting in various situations and under changing circumstances. Schindel noted, “I think that there will be so many things gained from this experience that

Photos courtesy | Joanna Walker

(Top) Team members learn Braille with egg cartons and plastic eggs. They spell out “Oregon” with their hands and with their eggs in Braille. (Bottom) Group photo of the 2011 Western Seabeck group. The group will travel to Seabeck, Wash., this summer to work with deaf-blind individuals.

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“The Cherry Orchard”

Book Review

Screenplay by world renowned writer Anton Checkhov debuts in Portland, Ore. Caitlin Finnell | Freelancer

Richard Kramer’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s final masterpiece “The Cherry Orchard” will be playing at The Artist’s Repertory Theatre in Portland, Ore. from April 19 through May 22. “‘The Cherry Orchard’ shouldn’t be something that keeps you at arm’s length but something that gets under your skin and deep into your heart,” said Marty Hughley of the Oregonian. Upon returning to Russia from Paris Madame Ranevsky and her daughter Anya find that their property, which contains a beautiful cherry orchard, is being put up for auction because of the family’s debt. Although desperate to keep the orchard because of all of the memories they made there over the years, the family is irresponsible with money and cannot find a solution to keeping the land. Mr. Lopakhin, a local businessman, suggests the family parcel off the cherry orchard and build summer cottages, but Madame Ranevsky and her brother Gaev shut down the idea because to build cottages would mean to cut down their beloved orchard. Unable to come up with a plan, the family holds on to the hope that a miracle will save their orchard. Their grandmother sends money to save it, but on the day of the sale

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food and other expenses along the way. This week, Wednesday, May 4, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., marks one of the first fundraisers. At the local Burgerville, 10 percent of sales during this time will go towards funding the team. Team members will be present helping out and answering any questions people may have. Another upcoming

when Gaev tries to buy the property back, they are told it is not enough. Lopakhin ends up buying the property on which his father and grandfather were once slaves. The play ends with the family members going their separate ways, and the cherry orchard being cut down. “The Cherry Orchard” made its premiere at the Moscow Art Theatre in January of 1904 was directed by Constantin Stanislavski. Stanislavski produced the play as a tragedy, which upset Chekhov greatly as he intended the play as a comedy. Directors since have had the challenge of directing the play as either a comedy, a tragedy or a mix of the two. Since the first productions, the play has been translated into many different languages and played in many countries around the world. Productions of the play in 1925 at the Oxford Playhouse and 1934 at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London were two of the very first productions of the play in the English language. In 1978 there was a production directed Peter Hall and translated by Michael Frayn that was presented at the Royal National Theatre in London and received universal praise. After tours through Africa and the Middle East in 1988, the play was made into a film in 1999 directed by Michael Cacoyannis, starring Charlotte Rampling, Alan Bates and Gerard Butler. Many other

productions of the play have been performed such as at the Atlantic Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. “It’s the clarity and wit of Kramer’s writing, along with a handful of illuminating performances (plus an exquisite array of period costumes, by designer Darrin Pufall), that give “[The] Cherry Orchard” its emotional richness and balance,” said Marty Hughley of the Oregonian. Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was a playwright and a physician, along with being labeled one of the greatest short story writers in history. Beginning to write short stories for money only, Chekhov’s ambition for writing began to grow. Along with formal innovations he made to his writing, such as the use of stream-of-consciousness, Chekhov influenced the creation of the modern short story. He also wrote four plays, “The Seagull,” “Uncle Vanya,” “Three Sisters” and “The Cherry Orchard.” “The Cherry Orchard” will be performed Wednesdays through Sundays, until May 22, at 7:30 p.m. along with matinee performances on Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at artistrep.org or at the box office. Prices range from $25 to $50, with a student rate of $20.

fundraiser will take place at Ugo’s Pizza in Dallas, Ore., on Tuesday, July 12, from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In the meantime, jars have been set up around campus – such as the four food locations in Werner, the bookstore and the office of Education – and around town at such places like Yang’s, Rick’s and New York Bagel to donate spare change. For those who have empty soda cans and water bottles lying around

the house or apartment, bring them to CM Hall’s office, ED 225, where team members will deposit them and put that money towards their trip fund. For more information, feel free to contact CM Hall, hallcm@ wou.edu, or the student leader, Rachel Mozzone, rmozzone08@wou.edu. There may be an interview either Thursday, May 5 or Friday, May 6, in the afternoon on KWOU, so listen in to hear more from the team.

‘Wisdom Seeking: Thirty Days With the Book of Proverbs’ by Dr. William Long Candace Cheney | Freelancer

Approaching the book of Proverbs as a “multi-faceted jewel which, when held up to light at different angles, yields the most stunning prismatic light patterns,” Dr. William Long presents its interpretation of the human condition from a broad-minded perspective. Aside from the religious nature of this text, its emphasis on “clear principles” and of “thinking through some of life’s knottiest problems,” makes it applicable within both the secular and religious community. In “Wisdom Seeking: Thirty Days with the Book of Proverbs,” Long speculates that, “We live our lives between Job and Proverbs” “Job explores the life of chaos; Proverbs is interested in an ordered life. Job is a cry of pain; Proverbs is a call to predictability. Job’s complaint is that faithful living cannot protect you from chaos; Proverbs is convinced that faithful living leads to avoidance of chaos.” C o n s e q u e n t l y, the conflicting nature of these two books has mystified theologians and scholars for centuries. In “Wisdom Seeking,” Long makes visible to us the connective tissue which invariably bonds the “pithy statements” of Proverbs, to the tension realized in Job. As counter-intuitive as the paradoxes illustrated in Proverbs may appear to be, sometimes, we have to surrender immediate understanding for an infinitely more valuable internalization of its wisdom. Hence, Long’s

conception of a paradox, is that “paradoxes can be true; indeed, they are arresting precisely because they are unexpectedly true.” After an introduction explaining the literary and stylistic patterns of Proverbs, readers will begin their journey with Long toward mastering wisdom. Long marks the path with signs, and as if on a gentle walk through a lighted forest, readers will take a break each day, for thirty days, to learn and implement a new skill. For those of us that are thirsty for wisdom, Long takes us to a spring where we can learn from the animals and we begin to appreciate the accessibility of wisdom, but also the unexpected sources from which it can be drawn. We learn about the condition of the heart and ways that its passions can deter us from the path of wisdom, but how they can also prove to be an intensifier of wisdom’s potential. Then, not far from the spring, Long makes us aware of another possible path that could be taken: the path of the fool. We have all met the fool, and perhaps there have been times in our lives where we have played the role of the fool. In Proverbs, the fool is “not simply a pitiable but harmless, person. The fool erodes the fabric of a community through arrogance, untimely words, and provocative action.” However, the fool is not alone in his or her folly, as Long also touches on the unwise thinking of the “scoffer, the sluggard, and finally, the gullible.” No matter what the religion or philosophy of life that we subscribe to, we

all face people in our lives that make things all the harder because of their lack of wisdom. Perhaps, we even make lives harder for ourselves because of our own unwise actions. According to Proverbs 18:2, “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion.” On day 14, we leave the spring and head toward the path of Wisdom. Days 14 through 24 offer us nuggets of wisdom to study along our journey. We will learn how to break out of the convenience of foolish habit, appreciate the power of bad examples, the importance of enduring through false starts in life, and principles of knowledge acquisition, wisdom and much more. Between days 25 and 31, Long calls upon sources, such as the biography of Abraham Lincoln and wisdom of St. Augustine. According to his website, “Dr. Long holds the B.A. and Ph. D. from Brown University, the M. Div. from GordonConwell Theological Seminary and the J. D. from Willamette University College of Law.” Long has taught at levels ranging from high school (religion) to graduate school (law). His dozen books and more than 4,200 scholarly essays (www.drbilllong.com) cover fields ranging from autism to Shakespeare, from legal history to word origins. Wisdom Seeking: Thirty Days with the Book of Proverbs, his most recent book, was published in 2009.

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Triathlon brings participants from across the Northwest Athletes, recreational and competitive alike, raced their way through Western’s 5th annual triathlon Christina Tilicki | Culture and Campus Life Editor

The VanDyke family team. (From left) Cassie, Hunter, Trina, Jhon.

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TOP 15 SINGLES:

1st Place - 1:18:26

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FLAMING BIRDS Jerusha Dressel Randy Flaming Alex Bird

2nd Place - 1:26:52 COLLECTIVE INDIVIDUALS Caity Arias Cody Harrold Jonathan Farmer

3rd Place - 1:30:55 WIN THIS CAR Will Hilton Henry Stout Noah Conway

Staff member Sam Summers placed first in his age group in the Triathlon.

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Junior Justin Wisniewski competed in the biking leg of the event.

National Teacher Appreciation Week showcases at Western Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development on campus hopes to encourage students to take the time to give tribute to the educators in their lives who make a difference Caet Padgett | Freelancer

Beginning Monday, May 2, Western will be participating in a nationwide teacher appreciation program, allowing students to write a personal note to a teacher who has made a difference in their lives. The event is sponsored by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), which Western chapter President Christina Van Nice described as “An international organization of educators with over 160,000 members in 148 different countries. The organization provides some amazing resources, including a monthly magazine, and opportunities to network with current professionals that you just don’t get anywhere else as a WOU student.” She also described

the structure of Teacher Appreciation Week: “As a student organization, our goal this year was to do one big event each term. This term that event is the thank-

Werner University Center from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day and students will have the opportunity to stop by and fill out a postcard to send to a teacher who made

“The history of this college is in education. We need to be able to show our support, respect and appreciation of our teachers.” - Jonathan Farmer WOU ASCD VICE PRESIDENT

a-teacher event which will be taking place in the Werner University Center Monday through Thursday of this week. We chose this week for the event because next week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. We will be in the

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a difference for them. The event will be free, but we are asking students to donate a small amount to cover the cost of postage if they can. “I am the current president of the WOU ASCD Student Chapter which is the new education

club on campus,” Van Nice continued. “I started this club in collaboration with Dean Hilda Rosselli last Winter (2010) because I felt like pre-education and education students at Western needed a way to connect with other Western students with a similar interest in education and needed access to information about what is going on in the field of education. In a time when jobs in education are not as plentiful as they used to be, WOU students need something that will set them apart in the job market. “This student organization was created to give WOU students an edge by providing them the opportunity to be involved in a professional organization, to network with those already in the field, and to gain valuable

skills that employers are looking for before even beginning their search for employment.” Jonathan Farmer, vice president of the club, has a personal connection to the cause. “I had a great teacher in fifth grade. She really made learning come alive, and she took us on all kinds of field trips and interactive activities. She really made a difference for me, because she showed me that school wasn’t just about sitting at a desk; it could be fun! “The history of this college is in education,” continued Farmer, explaining how important he feels this event is at Western. “We’ve broken away from that slightly, but we still have many preed majors here – and we all have lots of interaction with teachers on a daily

basis. We need to be able to show our support, respect and appreciation of our teachers.” “Our motivation for facilitating this event is to give WOU students an opportunity to say thanks to a teacher who has made a difference in their [lives],” said Van Nice. “I think at some point each of us has had that teacher— the one who encouraged us, pushed us and helped inspire in us the person that we have become. This event was designed to give WOU students a chance to say thanks to someone who made a difference for them and to honor the hard work that K-12 teachers are doing everyday in their classrooms and schools.” Those interested in ASCD can visit www.ascd. org.


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Safe Zone presented five days of activities and performances April 25 through April 29 marked a week of celebration in honor of this campus group’s fifth birthday Katrina Pettigrew | Freelancer

Safe Zone honored its fifth birthday last week with a week long celebration. From Monday, April 25 to Friday, April 29, students could attend a variety of events that were designed to celebrate Safe Zone and its successes, as well as to educate students. Although Safe Zone has held a birthday party every year, this year’s celebration was much bigger due to the five year milestone. Each day of the week was given a theme and had events designed around said theme. “Since there were five days in the [school] week, we picked five letters in the acronym GLBTA (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, and Ally) to celebrate,” said Sarah McConnel, University Housing Area Coordinator. “We thought

that doing this would highlight and celebrate oppressed groups on campus and in our world.” Monday was deemed Gay Day and featured four events. A weenie roast was held on the Plaza, where students were able to get their hands on hot dogs, burgers and veggie burgers. Students could head to the East Foyer of Werner for a Crafternoon, where one could make a variety of buttons. Gay Day was wrapped up by the comedic stylings of Jason Stuart. According to freshman Roger Deleon, Abby’s House was to sponsor an event called “Get Yourself Tested,” but was cancelled due to the fact that Abby’s House did not have sufficient time to prepare. The event was

supposed to educate people about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and being tested for them. Tuesday, a.k.a. Bisexual Day, consisted of another Crafternoon, this time held on the Plaza. In the Willamette room, a Safe Zone Workshop doubled as a discussion panel with Queer People of Color. There was also an open mic event called “One Night Stand,” where students could read poetry and share coming out stories in the Santiam Room. “Open Mic Night went well. We had few participants, all ranging about different topics, but all kind of revolving about respect and acceptance of bisexuals, and just anyone part of the GLBTQ community,” Deleon said.

Wednesday was Trans Day and was sponsored, in part by the Residence Hall Association General Assembly. In addition to the Crafternoon that was held in the Plaza, there was a Trans 101 Workshop held in Ackerman 139. “Trans 101 was led by Harvey Katz and Rocco Kayiatos, our artists for the Wednesday night concert. Both of these guys are Trans and spend time on college campuses and community centers educating folks about the Trans experience,” McConnel said. Trans Day was wrapped up by a concert featuring the Athens Boys Choir and KATASTROPHE. Thursday was dedicated to lesbians and featured three events. Aside

from another Crafternoon, in the East Foyer once again, there was another workshop. “Safe Sex with the Same Sex” was facilitated by Angie Tissi, a local public health educator specializing in queer health. The evening was rounded out with a free dance in the Pacific room. “[The] Safe Sex with the Same Sex workshop was very educational, yet beneficial, to me and my future experience,” Deleon said. The end of the week was deemed Ally Day. From noon to 1 p.m., Jessica Pettitt, the birthday party speaker, spoke in the Columbia room. Students, then, could choose between going to another Crafternoon session in the East Foyer or

going to an Ally Training session. However, anyone who wanted to attend the training session had to sign up prior to the event. “Clearly, being an ally is not an orientation, but allies are important to the work of creating safe spaces and a more equitable society,” McConnel said. “Each training is slightly different, due to the folks in the training, but they all educate people about becoming allies to the GLBTQ community.” Anyone looking to get involved with Safe Zone or looking for more information about it can contact safezone@wou. edu or check the Facebook page http://www.facebook. com/wou.safezone for the most up-to-date information during the Werner remodel.

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realize it, so it is a nice way to make people aware and see all of the different cultures on campus.” “I came because I wanted to see how Western’s International Night was compared to other campuses,” commented junior Cheeka Vang. “I think that the club did a good job and they came up with a lot of good ideas to get people involved in the event.” During intermission, the guests had a chance to check out the cultural booths that were set up. Students from Saudi Arabia gave out

temporary henna tattoos, the Japanese booth made paper pinwheels, origami and rubber band guns made out of chopsticks and there was a calligraphy booth where people could get their name written in Japanese. Other booths were very informative, including the African booth, which displayed handmade cultural figurines from the countries of Ghana, Eritea and Kenya as well as the Indonesian booth, which displayed traditional instruments from West Java, men’s hats from

Java Island and Lombok Island, along with dolls, which had on traditional women’s attire from Bali. The Forgotten People Foundation, Student Chapter was raising money for their mission to promote health awareness and provide career training for the unemployed, disabled and outcast people in Vietnam. The performances continued with the Monmouth Taiko group, who performed Taiko, which is traditional Japanese drumming, an African dance called the Mandjiani Dance

performed by Western students, a Yen Boogie Dance Style called Popping and South American Salsa and Bachata dances. Western alumni came from Bend to perform Hula and Tahitian dances and the night wrapped up with a Bollywood and hip hop fusion dance where all of the students exchanged cultures through dancing. Many students had a lot of good things to say about the event afterwards. “Every year the event gets better,” stated senior, Haitham Alsalem. “They

come up with new ideas, and this year there were more cultures presented, and the performances were very good.” “From the responses that I got from people that attended, I had a great feeling about how the event went. Also, I personally think that overall the event was really successful,” concluded Bisht. “We will try to maintain the amount of people that try to come to this event. We will also be happy to receive any feedback regarding this event.”

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The World Famous Andrew the Great, who performed the art of juggling in which he juggled balls, fruit and knives, and Riley Buck who performed the message bearing dance of New Zealand, The Haka. “I thought the Haka dance was very interesting,” said junior Lindsey Christopherson, “International Night is important because we have a lot of international students that attend Western, and people don’t seem to

The first event was an international fashion show.

Monmouth Taiko performs Japanese drumming.

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One of the performers in the Indonesian culture piece.

The Tlanese Mexican group performs a dance from the state of Sinaloa: El Gavilancillo, El Coyote.

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Swiftian travesty after my own satirical heart Jonathan Swift entered my classroom last week. I know, he’s dead, but he was “magically” reincarnated for one day only. To elaborate, my story begins when I arrived in my review writing class last Wednesday. We had read two reviews of the movie “Gulliver’s Travels.” One was written by New York Times reviewer, A.O. Scott, who had taken on the persona of Swift. I thought it was a creative and brilliant way to go about writing a review. Never in my life could I imagine pretending to write like Jonathan Swift, aside from Capitalizing words at Random. While I got a laugh out of the review, it appears others did not. Some—not all—of my classmates quickly objected to the way Scott was ragging on Jack Black’s acting in the movie, calling him at one point a “rotund Clown.” Some also found it problematic that Scott was

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“hiding behind” Swift’s persona, instead of doing a review with his name proudly shining in big, bold letters (online it says ‘by A.O. Scott’ in small lettering) and that by putting Swift’s name in front, as if addressed in an email, he may as well have sent it anonymously. In fact—and to my utter amazement— someone even suggested that reviews shouldn’t be done like Scott’s at all. A review should be written in a “normal” style; I suppose that’s what they meant. Wow. What a loss to the creative spirit if people aren’t allowed to have fun every now and then while writing a review. Scott has been writing movie and book reviews for the New York Times since 2000

and there are thousands of them (approximately 1,900). Why shouldn’t he be allowed to show his creativity? Because he happened to say a couple snarky remarks about Jack Black while under the persona of Swift, one of the greatest satirists of the English language? No. I tip my hat to the man; it took guts to write a review like that and have it be successful (in my opinion). Upon further investigation, I noticed that he really didn’t insult Black that much at all. He points out that the “third dimension” (3-D effect, in other words) was used to exaggerate Black’s “already extensive Belly and Buttocks.” I don’t find that as much of an insult as I do a fact; the 3-D would indeed enlarge certain qualities about Black, who

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The general sentiment shared by respondents in a recent ESPN.com poll is that the owners are more at fault for the recent National Football League (NFL) lockout than are the players. I agree, but perhaps not for the same reasons. My feeling is that most fans side with the players because, well, they like the players. Die-hards watch the players on television and in the stadium, buy their replica jerseys, ask for their autographs, hang up their posters and Fatheads and draft the players onto fantasy teams. The fans live vicariously through the players, not the owners. I’m a fan too, and the above description about the relationships a fan has with the players fits me as well. But looking at this labor conflict from an economic perspective, I still side with the Player’s Association (NFLPA). Looking at the raw numbers, the NFL is far and away the most successful major sports empire in America from a financial standpoint. The NFL has an estimated $9 billion in revenue, annually $2 billion more than Major League Baseball (MLB) and nearly three times that

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of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The NFL’s revenue total trumps the National Hockey League (NHL) more than threefold. In short, the NFL is huge. Yet the average NFL player makes less than the average player in the three other major sports in the United States. The average NFL player makes $1.33 million, while the average MLB player brings in $2.49 million, the average NBA player makes $4.9 million and the average NHL player rakes in $1.83 million. Given the fact that the NFL makes far and away more money than any other league, the average NFL player should bring in more than the average player in the other sports, right? Of course, we need to account for the fact that there are more players on an NFL roster than the other sports. Of the $22.5 billion the four sports leagues make in combined revenue, a total of $7.68 billion is spent on player salaries (about 34 percent). If player salaries were reapportioned and each league paid its players the same percentage of total revenue, the average player salary would look more like this: the average NFL player would rake in $1.75 million (nearly half a million more than the average player actually makes). Baseball players are also underpaid according to this model, as they should be making $3.19 million (about $0.7 million more than the current average). Meanwhile, basketball players are paid a much larger piece of the NBA’s

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May 4, 2011

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Every week there will be a close-up photo of a random object that can be found on campus. The first person who emails the “Journal” at editor@westernoregonjournal. com with the correct identification wins a free Little Caesar’s pizza. In your email, please include your name, phone number and area of study/title. The answer to the photo hunt will be printed in the following week’s issue. Good luck! Answer from last week’s issue: Sundial in front of Werner University Center Congratulations to Lenore Eliassen for guessing correctly and winning a free Little Caesar’s pizza.

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has even joked about his weight in many skits by saying “more cushion for the pushin.’” Scott (or Swift, whichever) even says he cannot blame Black for playing the role of an “overgrown tot” in order to earn money and that children of a certain age could find great amusement in watching Black’s performance. Scott also compliments Black by calling him “a mocker after my [Swift’s] own heart,”

referring, of course, to Black’s parody of the movie “The Informant” called “The Mis-Informant.” In the end, Scott recommends, in the Swiftian style, that children and their parents should watch it, but as for him, he would rather “devote myself to the preparation of my customary Holiday Feast, a delectable Stew made from the flesh of Irish Babies” instead of seeing it a second time. As for what Black would say if he read this review, I think he would get

a kick out of it, a real laugh. And he would probably tell my classmates that he doesn’t take himself nearly as seriously as they assume he does and he would also probably wonder where in the world their appreciation for humor and satire had gone. I know there were others in class that also defended the review and admired its creativity as I had. After all that talk about a movie which had only garnered a few cheap laughs from me, I, for one, was glad when class was dismissed.

revenue pie than the other athletes the (model projects average salary of $2.88 million, a far cry from the current average of $4.9 million). Hockey players experience a larger share of the revenue, too, as they make nearly half a million more now than they would if all the leagues were proportionate. All of that said, the real point of this is that NFL players do not see a very large piece of what has become a gargantuan pie (NFL players see 26 percent of the league’s total revenue, compared to the 58 percent brought in by NBA players). And the NFLPA is wondering the same thing I am: if the money ($9 billion) is there, why isn’t it coming our way? For years, the owners of NFL teams have had a stronghold on the league’s

revenues, as evidenced by the small percentage of revenue the players see in their paychecks. This makes little sense. A player’s assets are his skills and ability, and those are the attributes the fans pay for. An owner’s assets are his franchise and brand, assets that have absolutely zero value without the players. So why don’t the players have enough leverage in the labor negotiations? After all, their assets carry more weight than do those of the owners. Answer: the NFLPA simply isn’t strong enough as a union. The NFLPA is limited by three things. First, NFL players have no alternate employer, whereas basketball players, for example, can find suitable teams overseas. Second, the NFLPA is extensive and vast in size. It is difficult to create unity when so many people are involved. And finally, NFL players

are more specialized than players in other sports. In baseball, for example, all players, regardless of position, must be able to hit, catch and throw. In football, however, players separate their skills by position: offensive lineman block, quarterbacks throw, running backs cut, receivers catch, defensive players tackle and kickers, of course, kick. This is a source of discontinuity in the union because each faction of players wants different things, ranging from retirement benefits to starting salary. As weak as the NFLPA is, I believe it is still strong enough to win this battle. Like I said, the owners’ assets have no value without the players. Sooner or later, the owners will realize that they cannot remain afloat financially without a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, so eventually, the players will have the leverage in the negotiations.

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May 4, 2011

Analyzing this year’s Striving for the next level of excellence top NFL draft picks Track and field athletes Schumaker and Everetts earn first place in javelin Kyle Bruce Freelancer

In honor of last week’s National Football League draft, I am using my weekly allotted space to analyze the first 10 picks and what kind of impact they will have at the professional level. The Carolina Panthers opened the 2011 Draft by selecting quarterback Cam Newton from BCS champion Auburn. Newton, whose name is synonymous with what currently plagues the NCAA, is a tantalizing athlete with a tremendous arm and even better legs. He won the Heisman Trophy after exploding onto the scene in his first year as a starting quarterback. Along with the award, he received a lot of recognition concerning the allegations that his father sold his Letter of Intent for $180,000. Despite the allegations, Newton has the physical ability to change the Panthers’ fortunes for the better; it is just a question of how long it takes before he gets there. Linebacker Von Miller was taken by the Denver Broncos with the second pick. Now, I consider myself an avid college football fan. I spend every Saturday watching games. Having said that, I do not ever remember seeing Von Miller play a single down. Sure, I watched some Texas A&M games over the last four years. I just would not be able to point him out on TV. That does not say a lot about his ability to generate a buzz for a struggling franchise. The Buffalo Bills took Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus third overall, which is a great pick. Dareus is an absolute freak with great size and a never-ending motor. He was overshadowed by Auburn’s Nick Fairley for much of the year, but anyone who watched an Alabama game came away saying that Dareus was just as impressive. He will have a great professional career. A.J. Green came off the board next, going to the Cincinnati Bengals. Green dealt with his share of offfield struggles at Georgia (for example, missing the first four games of last season for selling his gameworn jersey). Nevertheless, Green is the future of the wide receiver position in

the NFL and will have an instant impact from day one. The Arizona Cardinals took cornerback Patrick Peterson out of LSU with the fifth pick. Peterson was arguably my favorite player to watch the last couple of seasons. His ability to shut down opposing receivers is incredible, but his punt and kick returns were the main draw. Peterson has the ability to score any time in the return game. I think he will be one of the best defensive backs the NFL will have ever seen. Wide receiver Julio Jones was taken by the Atlanta Falcons sixth overall. This pick was highly criticized because Atlanta literally had to give up the farm to get Jones, trading a total of five future picks, including two firstrounders. Obviously, the Falcons really liked Jones. He was a solid player at Alabama, showing great hands and body control. He is a willing blocker and loves to get physical. Atlanta better hope he can deliver immediately because this pick will define that organization down the road, be it good or bad. The San Francisco 49ers drafted defensive end Aldon Smith from Missouri with the seventh pick. See above comments on Von Miller. Jake Locker, the signal-caller from Washington, was taken eighth overall by the Tennessee Titans. This was a real shocker. I understand that Locker is gifted physically and has a high ceiling. I just do not think he’s worthy of a top 10 selection. The old adage says you only need one team to like you; the Titans clearly liked him to take him this high. He’s a project that will take time to develop. The Dallas Cowboys bolstered their offensive line by selecting Tyron Smith out of USC. Taking offensive linemen is never the sexy thing to do, but Dallas needed some help in the trenches, and Smith is best equipped to provide that right away. Taken tenth was Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Analysis leads me to believe Gabbert will prove to be the best quarterback out of this draft when it’s all said and done. His size and arm strength are prototypical; I think he will end up being better than Newton.

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throw and 800-meter run, respectively, at Pacific Twilight competition Paige O’Rourke | Editor-in-Chief

The Wolves competed in the Pacific Twilight meet held at in Forest Grove, Ore., on Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30. Sophomore Amanda Schumaker gained the No. 1 spot in the javelin throw at 140-08 (42.87m). Freshman Seabre Church also competed in this event, coming in fifth place at 126-02 (38.45m). Church was quickly followed thereafter by freshman Justine Mosher, who placed seventh with

a distance of 124-05 (37.92m). Junior Janelle Everetts also earned a first place win this weekend, finishing the women’s 800-meter run with a time of 2:12.05. She is now ranked No. 12 in the nation. “Going into the meet I felt confident in the training that I’ve had. We’ve been working hard this season,” Everetts stated. “I was a little nervous [during my race], but having my [twin] sister [Megan] run as the rabbit

setting our pace for the race helped a lot.” Everetts explained that she prepares herself for each race by engaging in activities that help her focus, stating, “I’ll usually listen to music, and I’ll usually close my eyes while I am putting on my spikes and take a couple breaths in and out.” Everetts went on to articulate that one goal she’s kept in mind for this season is to “become a better runner, not just by improving my time, but by improving the

way I run [and] my form and technique. “So far I think I’ve made good progress towards my goals,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot about my running and how to improve it thanks to our coach.” Trailing Everetts by .71 seconds was senior Annan Applebee, who place third at 2:12.76. In the women’s 200-meter dash, freshman

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doubleheader. In the first game, CWU snapped Western’s 11-game winning streak by winning 4-2. Senior Michael Ward (6-4) pitched well despite the loss. In seven innings pitched, he allowed 10 hits and four runs and tossed eight strikeouts. The offense was not able to get the bats swinging because CWU’s Palmer Brown pitched a spectacular game. He allowed five hits and two runs. In the fourth inning, Western scored its only runs of the game when junior Griffin Boyd drilled a double that drove in two runs. Boyd recorded two of the team’s five hits. Western got back to its winning tradition by taking the second game of the doubleheader, 6-2. Senior Cam Nobles (6-2) got the pitching start for the game. He allowed nine hits, two runs and tossed one strikeout. Photo by| Emily Laughlin The game started out on a fast pace. In the first inning, senior Senior Daniel Dillard (pictured on April 8, against Lewis and Clark State) Grant Glover got on base by being had four RBIs and two runs in Western’s 19-3 win on Sunday, May 1. hit by a pitch. Fellow senior Daniel Dillard drove in Glover after CWU foreshadowed what was ahead in originally a closer, but he was put into committed a fielding error. Western the inning. Five of the six runs were the pitching rotation. loaded the bases after CWU scored by singles and the final run of The offense was not as committed another error. Junior Eric the inning came on a sacrifice fly. impressive as the previous game but Copenhagen then smacked a pitch Junior Grady Wood (6-4) still got the job done. Glover added down the right field line that drove pitched six innings and allowed to his home run streak, going 2-for-4 in two runs. eight hits and three runs and threw with two RBIs. The series concluded on Sunday, seven strikeouts. All the pressure Western’s offense has been May 1, when the teams played another was off of Wood due to the fact that incredible in the past few games. In doubleheader. The first game of the he pitched with the lead the entire its last two series, Western has scored day was unreal. Western scored 19 game. a total of 76 runs. total runs en route to a 19-3 victory. The final game of the series With all the road games done The offensive numbers in this did not see 19 runs, but Western still for the season, Western will finish game were off the charts. Western pulled out the victory, 8-3. Junior the season with two series at home. recorded a total of 22 hits, 19 runs, pitcher Kirk Lind (5-1) improved his The first series is against Northwest 19 RBIs, five home runs and three winning streak to five games with Nazarene on Thursday, May 5. innings with four or more runs scored. nine hits and three runs allowed, Northwest Nazarene is currently in Western had all 19 runs after six throwing eight strikeouts. Lind was third place in the GNAC. innings. The game started off with a triple by Glover. Dillard responded by drilling his first of two home runs. PCT W GB L W PCTL In the fifth inning, both Glover and W L WPCT LGB Western Oregon 20 4 Dillard homered to make the score Western Oregon 20 4 .833 --.83330 -- 12 30 .71412 13-1. Saint Martin’s Saint Martin’s 21 1121 .65611 3.65625 3 22 25 .53222 The sixth inning was the most Northwest Nazarene 15 1315 .53613 7.53630 7 14 30 .68214 Northwest Nazarene impressive of the game. Western MSU Billings MSU Billings 7 17 7 .29217 13.29216 13 23 16 .41023 scored six runs and have six hits. The Washington CentralCentral Washington 5 23 5 .17923 17.17912 17 30 12 .28630 inning started out with a dropped fly by the left fielder that advanced the W=Win L=Loss PCT=Percentage GB=Games Back runner to second base. * Standings as of press time. The error by the left fielder

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May 4, 2011 TRACK & FIELD FROM PAGE 10

Photo courtesy | Amanda Wright

men’s hammer throw at 161-05 (49.19m). Freshman Brett Campbell placed second in the 110-meter hurdles, coming in with a personal best of 15.35 seconds. In the 400-meter hurdles, Kevin McCurdy placed third with a time of 56.27. Senior Justin Karr placed seventh in the men’s 5,000-meter race, coming in with a career-best time of 15:18.28. In the men’s 1,500-meter run, junior Zach Massari came in seventh with a time of 3.58.03, his first-ever sub-four 1,500. Freshman Michael Shogren followed Massari across the finish line, coming in third place with a personal record of 3:58.81. On Monday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 3, some of the Wolves headed to Nampa, Idaho, to compete in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Multis. Results for this meet were not available at press time. This weekend, the track and field teams will travel to Eugene, Ore., to participate in the Oregon Twilight on Friday, May 6.

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Junior Janelle Everetts is now ranked No. 12 in the nation for the 800-meter race.

Madison McClung took third place with a time of 25.47. Freshman Molly Murphy came in at No. 5 in the women’s high jump at 4-07 (1.42m). The women’s long jump competition hailed sixth place for senior Lacey Meusec, who achieved a distance of 5.06 meters (1607). In the women’s 400-meter hurdles, junior Janna Vander Meulen placed sixth with a time of 1:06.27. Among the men’s team, sophomore Will Crook placed second in the men’s javelin throw at 205-00 (62.49m), a toss that will almost certainly be enough to qualify him for his second consecutive national championship meet. “I felt great going into the week this weekend. I had a good week of practice and was ready to go,” Crook stated. “Before the meet, I was sitting 16th nationally, so there was some added incentive to throw far. I wanted to put myself in a safe position to go to nationals, so I essentially put my back against the wall and

did well. “My family, my girlfriend and her family were there to watch, so that was an added boost. My all-time best throw was last year at the Pacific Twilight and it happened again this year,” he added. Crook explained that his first goal for this season was “to throw the NCAA qualifying mark.” Now that he has achieved this, Crook said he is ready to make his way to nationals and take “a crack at becoming the top record holder in the javelin at Western Oregon.” “I’m only seven feet short of the record,” he stated. “I feel that I’m right on course to completing my goals this season.” In the men’s pole vault, senior Tim Lundy took fourth place with a height of 4.7m (15-05). The men’s 400-meter dash led to a fifth place run for sophomore Tyler Thomas, with the athlete coming in at 49.78 seconds. Thomas then returned in the 200-meter dash to claim sixth place with a time of 22.35. Jason Slowey, senior, came in sixth place in the

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May 4, 2011

Softball drops final home games to WWU Seniors Cuba, Hallmark, Wood play final games on Western’s campus, narrowly lose both games Kyle Bruce | Freelancer

Western’s softball team found itself on the wrong side of a pair of one-run decisions against visiting No. 25 Western Washington (WWU) in Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) action Sunday, spoiling the sendoff of Western’s three seniors. The Wolves could not complete the comeback in game one, losing 3-2 before the Vikings stole game two, 8-7, in eight innings. Western dropped to 12-30 (9-21 GNAC) with the losses while nationallyranked WWU improved to 33-12 (21-9 GNAC). Western bade farewell to Tierra-Lyn Cuba, Jessica Hallmark and Jessica Wood in festivities held prior to the day’s games. Sunday marked the final home contests for the three seniors. A late rally by the Wolves was not enough as WWU held on to win Sunday’s opener, 3-2. The visitors went up 2-0 in the third behind an error and a passed ball, then extended their lead to three runs an inning later on a two-out RBI single. Western cut the margin to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run from senior Hallmark, her 12th four-bagger of the season. Western led off the sixth with a pair of walks to sophomore Andrea Bailey and Cuba. After Bailey

advanced to third on a wild pitch, Hallmark was walked, loading the bases. The Vikings momentarily stemmed the tie with two flyouts, but Wood managed to draw another walk, forcing in Bailey and trimming WWU’s lead to 3-2. The Wolves left the bases loaded, however, when a popout to second ended the inning. Wood was able to retire WWU’s lineup in order to start the seventh, but Vikings pitcher Erika Quint did the same a halfinning later, ending any hope for a comeback. Wood (5-17) pitched a complete game for the Wolves, allowing five hits and two walks. She was charged with just one earned run while fanning four. Quint, the conference’s leader in many statistical categories, scattered three hits and five walks over seven innings. She struck out eight and was saddled with both of Western’s runs. Western was unable to maintain its lead as the Vikings claimed an 8-7 win in Sunday’s nightcap thanks to a two-out RBI single in extra innings. The Wolves put three runs on the board in the first behind two illegal pitches and an RBI single. Bailey started things with a double to left center before advancing to third on a

groundout. WWU’s pitcher was called for her first illegal pitch during Wood’s at-bat, allowing Bailey to score. Wood was subsequently walked, followed by a single from junior Kendra George. Freshman Ashley Gardner delivered a single to right field, plating Wood and advancing George to third. A second illegal pitch was called during freshman Tia Misfeldt’s at-bat, scoring George. Misfeldt drew a walk, but a flyout in Western’s next at-bat ended the inning, stranding two. WWU scored twice in the second on an RBI single and a sacrifice fly to right field. A third run came an inning later behind a second run-scoring single, knotting the game at 3-3. The Wolves made it back on top in their half of the third thanks to a trio of runs. Hallmark reached first base on a lead-off single. After a strikeout, George singled through the left side before advancing to second on the throw. Hallmark moved to third on an illegal pitch during Gardner’s atbat. Gardner subsequently delivered a single up the middle, plating Hallmark. George scored on the same play behind an error, putting the Wolves up 5-3. Misfeldt continued the onslaught with a onebagger to right center,

(Top) Senior Jessica Hallmark hit a home run in her only at-bat in the first game. (Bottom) Senior Tierra-Lyn Cuba had a combined 21 putouts against Western Washington in the last home series of her collegiate career.

advancing Gardner to third. Junior Danyelle Hutchinson singled to second base, driving in Gardner and extending the hosts’ lead to 6-3. Hutchinson managed to steal second, but two consecutive outs left her and Misfeldt in scoring position to end the inning. Western extended its lead to 7-3 in the fourth when Hallmark scored on a wild pitch. She reached first base on a walk before using a sacrifice bunt from Wood to get to second. Cuba, who led off the inning with a single, was caught in a pickle during George’s at-bat, giving Hallmark a chance to make it to third, where she scored on the wild pitch. The Vikings responded in a big way with a four-run sixth

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inning. WWU’s four runs came thanks to a two-RBI single and a pair of onerun hits, tying the game at 7-7. Neither team could generate another run in the final frame, extending the contest into extra innings. WWU led off the eighth with two flyouts to right field, but two singles put runners on first and second. A third single scored what was the gamewinning run, giving the visitors their first and only lead of the game. The Wolves saw their first batter strike out to begin their half of the eighth inning. Hallmark reached first on a walk in Western’s next at-bat, where junior Kelsie Didion replaced her as a pinch runner. After a lineout to left, Didion moved to second on a

passed ball, giving Western a runner in scoring position. The game ended, however, on a strikeout, stranding the tying run. Wood (5-18) pitched six innings of relief for Western, ceding 11 hits, five earned runs, and two walks. She struck out one. Junior Kelsey White started the game for the Wolves. Quint (26-5) was given credit for the win in four innings of relief. She gave up one hit and two walks while fanning six of the 15 batters she faced. Western will conclude its season with a pair of GNAC road doubleheaders, facing off against Central Washington (25-13, 19-7 GNAC) Thursday, May 5, before trekking to Saint Martin’s (7-26, 6-22 GNAC) Saturday, May 7.

2011 SOFTBALL GNAC STANDINGS

Photos by | Emily Laughlin

Senior Jessica Wood pitched a complete game and allowed only five hits and two walks in Sunday’s opener. It was the last home series in her career.

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Central Washington Western Washington MSU Billings Northwest Nazarene Simon Fraser Western Oregon Saint Martin’s W=Win

L=Loss

W 21 22 23 16 12 9 6

L PCT GB W 7 .750 -- 27 9 .710 .5 34 13 .639 2 28 19 .457 7.5 17 16 .429 8 12 21 .300 13 12 24 .200 16 7

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* Standings as of press time.

L 13 12 20 30 20 30 28

GB=Games

PCT .675 .739 .583 .362 .375 .286 .200 Back


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