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STUDENTS TAKE UP DAYRESIDENCE IN “DEAF CITY” Students, faculty and community members got an opportunity to experience what is is like to be hearing impared through a series of exciting activities SEE CAMPUS LIFE, PAGE 5

RIVERDANCE COMES TO EUGENE AND PORTLAND Debuting in Dublin, Ireland in 1994, “Riverdance” has since become a worldwide phenomenon, selling out performances across the globe

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Junior Grady Wood lead the Wolves to a shutout over MSUB this past weekend. He leads the GNAC in wins (8) and shutouts (3). He earned 2011 GNAC Pitcher of the Year honors. SEE SPORTS, PAGE 11

2011 Pastega Awards Annual WOUstock event brings given to history and four local bands, activities galore hall governments partner with Student education professors Campus Activities Board to put on a musical celebration Dr. Kimberly Jensen and Dr. Chloe Hughes honored Thursday, May 12, with excellence in scholarship, teaching

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Freshman Ryan Hansen, a baseball-convert who switched to track after a shoulder injury, cruised through his 800-meter preliminary race, running a personal best of 1:53.06.

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On Thursday, May 12, Dr. Kimberly Jensen and Dr. Chloe Hughes were both honored with Western’s prestigious Pastega Award, with Jensen receiving an award for excellence in scholarship and Hughes receiving an award for excellence in teaching. Jensen is a professor of history and gender studies, and the history department chairperson. She received her doctorate in women’s and United States history from the University of Iowa in

1992. Her book “Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War,” published in 2008 by the University of Illinois Press, was a finalist for the Frances Fuller Victor Award. Jensen is also a Joel Palmer Award recipient for her article “‘Neither Head nor Tail to the Campaign’: Esther Pohl Lovejoy and the Oregon Woman Suffrage Victory of 1912,” in the

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Last Saturday, May 13, Western hosted its annual on campus music festival, WOUstock. The festival featured four bands from around the area: Foxtrot, Ruins of a Kingdom, Echoes Orange and Rootdown. There were also henna artists, airbrush tattoos and hemp bracelet making available for attendees to enjoy. The event was free for on-campus students and cost $3 for off-campus attendees. Alaina Mayfield, president of Arbor Park hall government, is the head of this program working with

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Barnum, Butler and Gentle (BBG) hall government and is a liaison to the Student Activities Board (SAB). “ W O U s t o c k

explained Mayfield. “Every year each hall government plans one large scale program for the campus residence. This year Gentle Hall government was

“People from around Monmouth and the surrounding area also attend. These types of events really help build a stronger community.” - Stephen Cucchiara

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May 18, 2011

ASWOU election results bring a plethera of new faces, ideas to Western’s student government

Last week ASWOU held elections for the 20112012 student government. You may have noticed the posters and sandwich boards that lined Monmouth Avenue from Werner to the natural science building. It was an exciting week for students running for ASWOU official positions, and although the student government did not attain the 1,000 voters it desired, they were not completely disappointed. The “Journal” searched out the newly elected officials to get a better idea of who will be running Western’s student government next year and how they felt about the turnout of this year’s elections.

Discussions with several elected officials yields an inside look into the goals of Western’s 2011-2012 incoming ASWOU members Konner Knudsen | Freelancer

Jonathan Farmer

Emmanuel Macias

2011-2012 ASWOU President

2011-2012 ASWOU Vice President

Jonathan Farmer, who has been announced as ASWOU’s incoming president for the 20112012 academic year, stated that one of the biggest surprises for him this election was the fact that he ran unopposed. He explained that when you run for a position, “You don’t know who is applying for what ahead of time.” Farmer went on to say that there were other individuals who expressed interest in running but, for unknown reasons, ended up not doing so, leaving him to run for president unopposed. Farmer expressed that he has high hopes and expectations for next year. He said that he wants to “eliminate certain policies that limit club visibility and interactions” and plans to “connect student government to students by creating policy that allows for more interaction.”

Vice President Emmanuel Macias felt that the elections went well. Macias expressed that he was “thankful to have the opportunity to work next year with wonderful individuals whom I believe will represent the WOU community well and strive for positive change.” Macias stated that he wants to make the ASWOU office a more inviting place for students and expressed that the changes being done to Werner may help to create a more welcoming atmosphere for students visiting ASWOU. He is among many that wish to get students more involved on campus and in student government. He plans to push for “creating more events, workshops or activities where students can share their thoughts and opinions with ASWOU.”

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Fall 2007 of the Oregon Historical Quarterly. Jensen has had another article featured in the Quarterly titled “Revolutions in the Machinery: Oregon Women and Citizenship in Sesquicentennial Perspective.” She wrote this article as a part of a series to mark the state of Oregon’s 150th anniversary. In the process of completing a biography of Esther Clayson Pohl Lovejoy, Jensen also serves on the board of Century of Action: Oregon Women Vote, 1912-2012, which is working to commemorate the centennial of Oregon women’s suffrage. “It is a tremendous

2011-2012 Student Activities Board Director The newly elected Student Activities Board Director, Nawwal Moustafa, is excited about next year. She explained that she has a lot of plans already laid out for how to bring Western students together by hosting big events that will “get a variety of people involved on campus.” Her current ideas include getting the student body to attempt to set a few new world records, such as the longest hug line. Moustafa stated that next year students can expect fun and interesting events such as a real-life giant Pac Man game and most likely lots of 90s nostalgia events. Her goal she explained is to “get to know the students and see what they want” and to “make next year the college experience that people dream of.”

Erin Walmer 2011-2012 Judicial Administrator Erin Walmer has been elected judicial administrator for next year. In addition to being adamant about getting more students to vote in the future, she is “hoping that next year ASWOU can bond together and get a lot done for the students of WOU.” Her goals are not just to get students more involved, but to put their interests first, stating, “We are here to represent the students of WOU, so I want to make sure we do that the best we can. I think ASWOU is going to be very strong next year and I am extremely excited to get started as the Judicial Administrator.” At the top of Walmer’s list of things to do for the 2011-2012 school year is bringing back the Constitution Revision Committee, which is “a group of students that propose changes to the Constitution.”

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President: Jonathan Farmer Vice President: Emmanuel Macias Student Activities Board Director: Nawwal Moustafa Judicial Administrator: Erin Walmer Senate President: David Cervantes

honor to receive this award,” Jensen said regarding the prize for excellence in scholarship, a merit that recognizes professors at Western for their various research projects. “The research that we do is important to what we teach,” she added. Jensen is grateful to Mario and Alma Pastega, whose contributions to the school have allowed for these awards to be given to Western faculty and staff. At the ceremony held in Werner, Jensen gave a presentation titled “Women, Citizenship and Activism: One Historian’s Journey in Progress.” The recipient for excellence in teaching, Hughes, is an associate

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professor in the teacher education department, and was raised in Oxford, England. Hughes received her undergraduate degree in French and obtained her teaching license from the University of Sussex. She researched language and literacy development of students in struggling school systems while teaching and earning her master’s degree at the University of Brighton. Hughes received a special distinction on her master’s dissertation and eventually earned her doctorate at the University of Brighton. In 1994, she moved to the U.S. to work at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Ore., where she worked

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with children, who had little or no speech skills and physical deformities, aiding them in their literary development. “If you cannot talk or sign due to physical disabilities, your next option [to communicate] is to write,” she stated. Hughes said that contrary to popular belief, 50 percent of these children are at or above average intelligence. Hughes has chaired Western’s College of Education’s Diversity Committee and now is working for the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). She is currently serving as a member for the Oregon chapter board for NAME. Her articles have

IFC Student Represenative: Michael Espinoza IFC Student Represenative: Rebecca Scott IFC Student Represenative: Roger Deleon Senate member: Christopher Malmberg Senate member: Steven Gaspar Senate member: Jessica Fraga

been placed in the “Journal for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Rethinking Schools,” and she reviews books for both international and the United States board of Books for Young People. Hughes stated that she was instructing an early morning class when she learned that she received the award. “I was teaching writing for elementary teachers [from] 8 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. when there was a large group of bodies walking down the hall,” she stated. Hughes went on to explain that she was about to close the door since it was a small class of seven and therefore hard to hear her students. Then the large group entered the room

to tell Hughes and her class the good news. Mark Girod, an associate professor in the teacher education department, read the announcement aloud to her. Hughes admits to turning red and becoming shaky. “It is so special because it is not just recognition from colleagues but from students,” said Hughes, who had a number of students writing letters nominating her for the award. Hughes also presented at the awards ceremony with a topic titled “We Shouldn’t be Looking for Heroes, We Should be Looking for Good Ideas.” Special thanks goes out to the members of the Pastega Award committee.


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May 18, 2011

UCAM’s ‘Operation T-shirt’ seeks donations in support and solidarity with children affected by meth addiction

WOU ELECTIONS | FROM PAGE 2

Western partners with national organization to fight drug abuse, bring clothing and knowledge to youth “Methamphetamine grabs hold of its victims and slowly, ruthlessly chokes them. As children of meth users grow up, the drug can take hold of them also, and wrap around them tighter and tighter as the addiction becomes stronger.” This statement, made by the United Communities Against Meth (UCAM), pinpoints the destruction caused by methamphetamine, more commonly known as meth, which UCAM is trying to prevent and help eradicate. UCAM has reported that since the year 2000 there have been more than “15,000 children affected in meth labs and related incidents.” Furthermore, these children are often abused and neglected. “In-home meth production is a problem,” UCAM has stated. “Often, children who live in homes involved in meth production are not only victims of child abuse and neglect, but they are also more likely to abuse drugs themselves, and the chemicals involved in the production are extremely harmful to children’s health.” Children taken from these homes are usually placed in foster care, with more than 300 foster children in Polk County alone. UCAM has a mission to help this 300 plus group

of children by running a clothes drive on Western’s campus under the name “Operation T-shirt.” The clothes being collected on campus will be sent to The Clothing Closet, located in Dallas, Ore. Groups participating with UCAM include the Independence YMCA, both the Monmouth and Independence Police Departments and students from Western, all of whom UCAM has recognized as “dedicated to methamphetamine and other drug use prevention, specifically targeting youth.” An intern for UCAM, Kayeleigh Vandehey believes that Operation T-shirt has “the potential to make real differences in the lives of the Polk County youth by providing not only clothing, but also the knowledge that their community supports them in their time of need.” Vandehey, who has worked with other community projects in Oregon, is “impressed with the dedication and quality of service that UCAM is able to provide to their local community.” Michael Keuler, a junior at Western, is participating in UCAM as a service-learning project. Keuler, a community health major, said that the clothing drive has been running for 11 years and is a biannual project. “We collect winter/

fall clothing in the summer/ spring, and summer/spring clothing in the winter/fall, for the Dallas Clothing Closet,” he stated. UCAM started collecting clothing at the beginning of this month, and will continue to do so until June 1. Keuler said the biggest help anyone could do is to “spread the word,” thinking the more people who know the more people they will get to donate or help. Donations can be placed in the red boxes in the new PE building, or in the college of education building in front of room 143, as well in similar red boxes in the Monmouth Fitness Center, Monmouth Sterling Savings Bank, the Independence Public Library, or to the Clothing Closet in Dallas. For more information or questions about UCAM or Operation T-shirt contact Michael Keuler: mkeuler08@wou.edu or Paul Pfnister at nwbp1@ msn.com or by phone: 503949-8751.

David Cervantes 2011-2012 Senate President Newly elected Senate President, David Cervantes, was satisfied with the elections week, but slightly disappointed that more people did not vote. Cervantes said that he wants to make sure that the individual has a voice and that everyone is heard. Cervantes discussed how he wants to get more students involved in Senate and plans next year to have “all the seats on Senate filled.” Another goal that Cervantes has is to “get senators paid.”

IFC Student Representative Michael Espinoza is one of the newly elected Incidental Fee Committee (IFC) members and a current member of Senate. He felt that “the elections went good for the most part,” but was “surprised that there were not more people in the gauntlet,” referring to the strip between Werner and Bellamy Hall (HSS) where students generally get bombarded with candy and pamphlets. Espinoza said he was relieved to see that everyone ran a fair campaign. As an IFC member, Espinoza’s goal is to “make sure that ASWOU clubs receive more funding and pay less from their own pocket.”

Overall, the new officials of ASWOU appeared excited about next year and eager to make Western’s campus a better place. The common goal of all the elected officials seems to be getting students more involved, to get over the 1000 votes mark next year and to make being on campus more fun than trudging through the rain from class to class.

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Graduate social facilitates cross-curriculum dialogue Meet-and-greet brings students, staff and faculty together from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to discuss education and find common ground Monica Millner | Freelancer

Western does not just offer undergraduate programs, but also has a flourishing post-graduate degree program for focuses in areas such as education, business and art. Western’s post-graduate program is one of the least expensive in the state of Oregon. At present, Western has approximately 400 graduate students studying in various programs. As the focuses are varied and the students are spread thinly across campus, many of them never have a chance to meet. With this in mind, Western’s graduate programs department hosted a social for graduate students on Wednesday, May 11, at the University House located on Stadium Drive. The social was for new and current students as well as faculty and family. From 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., students, family and

various faculty members met at University House for conversation and food. Among the many people who attended the event were Kent Neely, provost and VP for Academic Affairs, John Rector, social science division chair, Hamid Bahari-Kashani, business and economics division chair and Linda Stonecipher, graduate programs director. “This is the first time the graduate program has tried something like this,” Rector said. “But I don’t think it will be the last.” The house was packed with people all chatting about their majors and jobs. Many postgraduates undertake their master’s degrees whilst working full-time. The students in attendance at the social were no exception. Entering graduate student Heather Jones has worked at a center in Portland,

Ore., specializing in special education for two years and is now working towards gaining her master’s degree in the same field. She graduated from Pacific University, but chose Western for her post-grad degree because it had the best education program. The meet-and-greet served as an opportunity for students like Jones to get better acquainted with their colleagues and instructors. “This social is an excellent way for graduate students to meet those in other fields,” said BahariKashani. Anyone interested in applying to Western’s graduate program can contact the graduate programs at graduateprograms@wou. edu or 503-838-8597. Information on the graduate programs is available at Western and the application process can be found at www.wou.edu/grad

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Western’s ‘Spirit Week’ boasts a week full of engaging events From WOUstock to the Cinderella Ball, students celebrate what it means to be a Wolf Katrina Pettigrew | Freelancer

The week of May 9 through May 13 was jam packed with activities that brought out students’ “Childhood Memories” and got them involved with Spirit Week. Spirit Week consisted of many different activities that ranged from watching an old-school Disney flick to playing bingo for toys. Monday’s event was a screening of Walt Disney’s classic tale of a boy who never wanted to grow up, “Peter Pan.” Students gathered in the Willamette room at 7 p.m. to relive this piece of their

childhoods. “We went through the Summit to view movies from our childhood and thought that “Peter Pan” was the best fit for an overall viewing audience,” Student Activities Board director said Raeann Salchenberg. On Tuesday field games were held at 5 p.m. in the Grove. Ultimate Frisbee and volleyball could be played, based on requests from students. A game of Fugitive was scheduled to be played, but due to unforeseen circumstances was cancelled.

According to Salchenberg, for a $1 fee, students could play bingo in the Summit Wednesday night. Participants could have milk and cookies while they competed to win prizes, which happened to be children’s toys to match the childhood memory game that was played. The Grove was filled with people playing flag football Thursday night at 5 p.m. Teams were a decent size and spirit was everywhere. There were also people who sat on the perimeter and watched the game.

“The game was really fun, but it would get really intense at some points,” freshman Jake Foland said. “I hadn’t played flag football in a while, so it was a nice change of pace.” The two main events of Spirit Week fell on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s event was the Student Activities Board sponsored, Heritage Hall Government planned, Cinderella Ball at the Grand Ballroom in downtown Salem from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets for the event were $12 for couples and

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One of the events of Spirit Week was a bingo tournament in the Summit.

$7 for single tickets. WOUstock was held at the Public Safety Field from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and featured the band Rootdown. There were many events and little booths as well as live music from some local bands. Even students who were unable to attend WOUstock, could still partake of the tunes as the music floated quite a ways. “[I had a lot of homework, so] I could not go, but I opened my window because I could hear the music clearly from where I live,” freshman

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Students enjoy an afternoon playing flag football.

Mike Smiley said. Spirit Week has been celebrated for three years at Western and has become a main staple of spring term. While many of the events are changed up each year, the ball and WOUstock remain the same. “Even though Spirit Week is a weeklong full of different events, it was not difficult organizing the week because Student Activities Board is used to planning large scale events such as Spirit Week,” Salchenberg said. “Board members were assigned to different committees and had responsibilities that made the week run very smoothly.” The goal of Spirit Week was to provide events that reminded students of their childhood, as seen by the theme. Because Spirit Week is only three years old, lots of work has been going into it to make it as big of an event as homecoming week. “I felt that Spirit Week went very well and students that participated seemed to really enjoy the events that were provided for them.” Salchenberg said.

Western’s ASL studies, Deaf community hosts ‘Deaf City’ Students construct a new kind of place on campus where signing is the only language spoken Joanna Walker | Freelancer

In a world of silence, in a place where signing is the primary means of communication, “Deaf City” was a place to not only welcome the Deaf, but to also provide an opportunity for the hearing to experience a bit of life within the Deaf world. The mentoring American Sign Language (ASL) teacher class, taught by ASL professor Kara Gounaris, put together the on campus event entitled “Deaf City” on Wednesday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Calapooia room in Werner, where more than 100 people were estimated to have shown up. As Senior ASL studies major Anne Marie Perdriau remarked, Deaf City is “a service learning project in our class to teach and mentor students who are not familiar with Deaf culture and its language: American Sign Language. It is an event for students and faculty who . . . want to learn more about Deaf Culture and ASL.” “The goal of the event was to reverse the situation a Deaf person experiences on a regular basis in the hearing world,” said senior and ASL studies major, Whitney Stine. “We also wanted to make the event beneficial for younger signers.” For the duration of the event, participants had the opportunity to visit various places around town. One of the key rules that participants had to follow was that they could not use their voice or they would be sent to jail; if someone did not know sign, they could communicate

using paper and pen. “We had a bank, a school and a theater a Deaf-Blind store, a jail, a hospital and a coffee place. Each activity was intended to

practice numbers and making change. City” next year. While at the store, one had the opportunity According to Perdriau, it was a challenge to experience what it was like to be Deaf- to practice the “Deaf City” song and not Blind and learn about tactile signing. hearing from the drummer until the day of the event posed a challenge as well. “The turnout was great for how much time we had to prepare for the event,” Stine stated. “We were very happy with how many people came and had fun.” Stine continued to describe the feedback she received by explaining, “Everyone I talked with loved the event and everyone hopes we can put it on again next year . . . Many students in the class are seniors and are unable to help plan for next year, but we all hope it will happen again.” Perdriau expanded on Stine’s comment by stating, “I am graduating this fall. I encourage the ASL studies program to pass this project to students studying the language, to find ways to expand it using resources from their personal experiences relating to Deaf culture.” The overall consensus appeared to be that the event itself was successful and plans are in the works to hold it again next year. “As a Deaf student, I felt that Photo by | Brandon Woodward WOU needs more awareness about the Students experienced what it is like to be Deaf-Blind and learned about tactile ASL studies program and Deaf culture,” signing during the “Deaf City” event held in Werner on Wednesday, May 11. Perdriau stated. “This was an opportunity help people experience what it would be like As successful as the event was, for me and my class to tap into our for the world to be reversed with a dominant Perdriau remarked she would like to see inner leadership skills and use ASL to Deaf population,” Stine reflected. a community center in honor of a well communicate as a team to make this Perdriau continued to explain that known non-profit organization called work.” “People who missed it sadly missed each place allowed for visitors to practice Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) and a different skills, as well as become more short survey providing various forms of a great experience and a lot of fun,” Stine aware about various resources. For feedback. Stine added that they would added. “Hopefully people will go again next example, at the bank, visitors got to like to see more Deaf individuals at “Deaf year.”

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May 18, 2011

‘Gorgo’s Mother’ and ‘Sunday’ debuted at Western

Theatre department premieres two student-directed productions, hoping to engage students, community Lindsay Pirelli | Freelancer

Both performances allowed the directors to utilize the campus black box, a student-funded free space open for 90 minute sessions per student.

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into Barnum, Butler, and Gentle (BBG) and was unsure which of the three traditional programs they would like to put on. Arbor was approached by the Student Activities Board [to see] if we would like to work with them and bring Rootdown as a headliner band. Eventually, BBG decided they would like to work with us to plan WOUstock. “WOUstock is a program based on Woodstock with live music and fun activities,” Mayfield went on to say. “This year we kept with the Woodstock theme hosting activities like henna tattoos, airbrush tattoos, tie-dye and hemp bracelet making. We also had a barbecue. The goal of the program is to get students outside and build residence community. We also purposely plan it the same day as early bird

registration and the track meet so future students can see the great activities we have here at Western.” Stephen Cuchiara, coordinator for student activities at Western, said his favorite element of the festival is how it draws people together. “This event not only attracts students from Western,” said Cuchiara. “People from around Monmouth and the surrounding area also attend. It’s a great way to hang out with friends, meet new people, hear some great music and relax. And best of all, it’s all free! These types of events really help build a stronger community.” Western senior Elyse Bankson also attended the festival. “I was involved in planning WOUstock, so I’ve really enjoyed watching it all come together,” Bankson stated. “I am also excited about the bands: Rootdown came last year, and it’s

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great to have them back. A Ruin of a Kingdom has some members that are WOU students, so it’s also great to see some of the talent our school has to offer. This is a great opportunity to relax before finals and spend time with your friends.” Freshman Melissa Yager said, “I’m really excited for the henna tattoos. I love henna and it’s usually expensive, so it’s really cool that it’s free for on-campus students. The tie-dye table looks really fun to.” Sophomore Emily Dieter was glad to see Rootdown return, stating, “I first heard them at WOUstock last year, and they’re seriously one of my favorite bands. I love their music. The other bands that performed were pretty awesome too.” With such positive feedback, this annual event hopes to bring even more students in years to come; encouraging school spirt and camaraderie.

Last week, Western hosted two student theater productions, “Gorgo’s Mother” and “Sunday.” The plays were an effort to bring more student-led theater productions to Western. “Nick Lisac and I were both really interested in doing some student productions here at Western,” Lena Stepp, Director, said. “Students at Western have the option to do five o’clock shadow productions. These performances include the use of a student-funded free space called the black box that theater majors can utilize for 90 minutes at a time. Though we’ve had the option, nobody has done anything in the last three and a half years. Nick created the Western Players Club earlier this year to help fund student activities and I’ve been trying to plan something all year, if only I had the time, money, etc. “We finally both decided to do these two one acts together and managed to pull it all together entirely student-run,” Stepp continued. “I’ve wanted to see more and more student productions happen around the school. The way I figured I could make that happen was to do one myself. I’ve seen great student productions in the past and was inspired to try one for myself.” The play “Sunday” was written by Lisac.

“Nick, who wrote the play, brought some of our friends together about two months ago to do a reading to see how it sounded and get some feedback,” explained Stepp. “I hadn’t heard about it and hadn’t planned on being there, but I had been hanging out in the theater at the time and sat in. I was immediately intrigued. My main focus here is directing, so I told Nick afterward that if he wanted anyone to direct it, I would happily volunteer. During this process I have totally enjoyed working with the play. My actors did a wonderful job of bringing it to life.” Lisac chose the other play, “Gorgo’s Mother” because it is very attainable to college students. I wanted to do something that people might not be used to seeing at WOU and something people could relate to,” Lisac explained. “The characters are of various personality types that exist in our day to day lives and all of them are trying so hard to get the attention of someone they just can’t seem to have. It’s a fairly realistic play with kind of ‘Friends’ style ridiculous humor. The cast and I have dubbed the style of theater ‘Realdiculous’ and I think it fits.” Auditions for the show took place a month before the opening, a tight schedule for the productions.

“We had open auditions a little more than a month ago to cast both shows,” said Stepp. “Initially, we thought we’d double cast and just use four actors for both shows, but it was pretty apparent after rehearsals that there was too much talent to not cast separately. The rehearsal process was a little funky, because both Nick and I are in the mainstage show, ‘Lysistrata’. We had rehearsals on weekends and in between classes. Grace Owens, who was stage manager for both shows, did a really fantastic job of helping coordinate and keeping all of us together. We owe her a ton.” The props and costumes came from the cast and crew’s own closets and the lighting professor, Tad Shannon, volunteered to set up lights. Overall, the two directors were pleased with the results of their efforts. “The event went so well. I was so proud of everyone involved and our audiences were the best,” said Lisac. Stepp promises more student productions for the future. “I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Not to say it was perfect, of course, but I’m already excited to do another student production. There are things in the works for this summer, so stay tuned for more from the WOU Players Club.”

(Top/Middle) Having a variety of bands perform at this year’s WOUstock gave students a chance to experience the diversity that Western has to offer. (Bottom) Western students enjoy the on-campus entertainment.

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May 18, 2011

Loved by audiences across the globe, ‘Riverdance’ performs in Eugene and Portland

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Learning and growing is a lifelong process – what we experience makes us who we are today, though we never stop changing Joanna Walker | Freelancer

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Since its debut in Dublin, Ireland in 1994, “Riverdance” has reached audiences worldwide. Begining yet another U.S. tour, “Riverdance will perform at two locales in Oregon this month. On its U.S. tour, the international Irish Step Dancing performance “Riverdance” will be performing at the Hult Center in Eugene, Ore., from May 24 through May 26 and in Portland, Ore. at Keller Auditorium from May 27 through May 29. The production has been called “one of the most entertaining shows you will ever see” by The Evening Herald and “a phenomenon of historic proportions” by The Washington Post. “Riverdance” first debuted as a sevenminute interval at the Eurovision Song Contest at the Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, on April 30, 1994. The show was a hit, receiving a standing ovation. This performance was also transmitted to approximately 300 million viewers worldwide. Because of the popularity of the show, later that year the company was invited to perform the same routine in London at the Royal Variety Performance, with Prince Charles in attendance. In 1995, “Riverdance – The Show” opened at the Point Theatre in Dublin as the first Irish dance show ever, receiving a five-week sellout run,

reaching record sales of over 120,000. The next year, in 1996, “Riverdance” traveled to the United States for its first U.S. performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City where the performance sold out for eight weeks straight. This same year, the “Riverdance” CD hit No. 1 on the Billboard World Music Charts and “Riverdance” celebrated its 400th performance, which had been seen by over 1.3 million people. In 1998, “Riverdance” was voted the top grossing Variety/Family Entertainment show in the USA for that year. The production hit Broadway in the spring of 2000 for an 18-month run at the Gershwin Theatre in New York City with the, then newly formed, Shannon Company. Since its debut performance in 1994 in Dublin, “Riverdance” has performed all over the world, including locations such as China, Japan, Africa and Australia, among many more. “Riverdance” has also done various fundraising performances, putting on shows for the Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre in Dublin, Children in Need in London

and the Twin Towers Fund after the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The “Riverdance” performance is a depiction of the life of human beings from the beginning of time, with special focus on the people of Ireland. The first act of the performance starts out depicts our ancestors and how songs and dances were powerful, and helped them to come to terms with the world and themselves. The first dance of the performance, “Reel Around the Sun,” is a celebration of masculine power. Following this is the dance of the power of women and the celebration of women’s sensual, nurturing and independent nature in the scene “The Countess Cathleen.” The “Thunderstorm” scene shows the power of elemental forces and their power over human control. “Firedance” shows the power that the sun has over the dancer in creating passion for dancing. The last scene of the first act is the “Riverdance.” Act two is about the shattered bonds of people and place, and their determination and courage to learn to belong to the world again. The first scene, “American Wake,” is about the hunger and diseases

that drove the Irish to the new world in the 19th Century, followed by “Lift the Wings,” displaying the heartbreak of separation but hope for a more positive life. “Their Hearts Freedom” shows the unfamiliarity of the new world to the immigrants, “Trading Taps” showcases their pride in their heritage and “Macedonian Morning” follows, along with several other scenes including “Andalucia,” “Oscail an Doras (Open The Door),” “Slow Air and Tunes,” “Heartland” and “Finale,” which presents a celebration of all people in the world as one. “Though the show hasn’t changed much in its many years on the road, it still provides an entertaining experience that by the end of the night seems guaranteed to have the appreciative audience on their feet,” stated the Star Phoenix. Shows take place Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 p.m., with matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the box offices or www. ticketmaster.com by searching “Riverdance.”

“I could never really get in trouble, because, well…what were they going to do, fire me? That was the fun of it. Who was gonna get mad at the kid with the cute, crooked smile?” Thus said Kirk Cameron — better known for his role as the teen star, Mike Seaver, on the 1980s hit television program, “Growing Pains” — in his autobiography titled “Still Growing.” Little did Cameron know that his role on the show would erupt in a craze popularly known as “Seaver Fever,” in which he received thousands upon thousands of fan letters, possessing more money than he knew what to do with. And yet he did not have the one thing he craved most: true happiness. In his book, Cameron reveals his story growing up behind the set and in front of the camera while still trying to maintain a healthy family life at home. His book also includes quotes and insights from friends and family who watched Cameron grow and learn. The reality of what life was like for this teen is revealed, not in a boastful manner to portray the glamour, but on his perspectives about life, along with what was going on in his life at the time, such as the struggles he went through with his family. He shares these frustrations of fame, his enjoyment when girls would scream upon recognizing who he was, the friendly “rivalry” he had with Michael J. Fox and about the ugliness that can arise both in

Hollywood and as a result of dishonest managers. Cameron relates his story in what is sometimes referred to as his journey from “fame to faith.” Though not a “typical” child or teen actor, Cameron tried to “live it big,” only to find that he was not happy. Even before he became a practicing Christian, he wanted to be loved and accepted for who he was as an individual – not as Mike Seaver, not as the teenage heartthrob who had been on the cover of countless magazines who girls craved to be around simply for the fact that he was famous. To his surprise and delight, he later met and married the love of his life, costar Chelsea Noble, who worked with him both on Growing Pains and in other movies. Cameron is also well known for his role as journalist Buck Williams in the “Left Behind” feature films based off of the apocalyptic fiction series by Tim LaHaye, as well as in the 2008 movie “Fireproof.” Currently, Cameron and his wife have six children, four of whom are adopted. Together, they run Camp Firefly a retreat for seriously ill children and their families and he produces and co-hosts “The Way of the Master” the TV series. “I enjoy being a part of others’ lives – to be a support when they struggle, to cheer ‘em on and share in their joy,” Cameron stated in his book. “I’m striving to live these roles with excellence. I may not be there yet, but I’m still growing.”

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Cup of Jo: Building relationships The confessions Two people meet. They share a glance. There may even be a slight touch between the two. Eventually conversations start and they get to know one another. Each tells stories of life experiences over the span of a few weeks. Then, the exchange of phone numbers takes place and the simple dayto-day texting starts. This is usually when the confusion sets in. Now, I am coming from a straight woman’s perspective, so things may be different for men or same-sex relationships. But, this is something I believe we all go through: it is that awkward moment of a new friendship with an inkling of something more. Personally, I have been at this moment of awkwardness quite a few times in my life. The one thing I have learned is that this feeling is inevitable. I have also learned that these moments are due to insecurities, curiosity, assumptions and lack of clear communication. I am

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going to highlight some key points in each of these subjects. Please, keep in mind this is coming from my experiences and what I have learned from them. First, I will touch upon the insecurities we have of ourselves. We all have them. They are, of course, all different, but we all have something about ourselves we are either ashamed of or afraid to share with someone else. For example, when I was younger, I was very selfconscious of my speech impediment. There were specific words I would not say due to my inability to formulate them. Now, however, I no longer have that fear of what someone will think if I do not say it like everyone else. These things are natural to have and hide until we are

completely comfortable with someone. Those types of insecurities, and many more are part of the cause of the awkward relationship building, because sometimes we get too scared to say something or act a specific way. We tend to put walls up when we feel we are getting too close to someone else. We all know the saying, “curiosity killed the cat,” but do many people know the rest? Well, it is “but satisfaction brought it back,” which brings me to my second subject. We all get curious about something or someone, and when that happens we ask questions. I think if our curiosity did not get the best of us at times, we would not express as much as we do. My curiosity has gotten the best of me plenty of times and usually I am satisfied with the outcome. In my experience, it really made the relationship stronger.

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I have been called a snob, prude, elitist, uptight and judgmental because I have what I call “standards.” However, while it may seem that I think myself to be better than some and totally selfcentered, I actually care a great deal for my fellow man. I give to charity and hand over my spare change to homeless people when I can. I just think everyone should use basic manners and common decency when in public and social settings. I take pride in my appearance, try to keep a clean house and expect the same from friends and family members. I will admit I do judge people for their clothing, not so much the labels, but rather basic style and cleanliness of the garments. If a girl wears white booty shorts and a spaghetti strap tank top to a bar in the middle of April, I am sorry, but I judge her to be a slut. However, I am an equal opportunist judge: I hold both males and females to the same level of sexual promiscuity standards. It tends to be in our society that if a girl sleeps around she’s a

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tramp, but if a guy does it he’s a “playa,” a “stud” or just being a boy. But not in my mind. To my way of thinking, if anyone sleeps around and does not care about how many notches are on their bed posts, they are a tramp, slut, whore, harlot or easy, regardless of gender. Moving on from sex, cleanliness is something I value in people. I am totally willing to admit, I have my slips and my bedroom and house have gotten below par cleanliness marks, especially during busy times of the term. But when you have mold, or a general stank in your house, or piles of trash lying around, I probably will not come to your house again. I don’t like sitting in my own filth, let alone someone else’s. If you know you are going to have company over then for god’s sake, clean your house! I feel our generation is forgetting traditional aspects of cleanliness, manners and etiquette. For some unknown reason, people now think it is permissible to use Facebook as an outlet to invite people to their various events in their lives. Please spare me the bull-hockey of it being environmentally friendly and buy recycled paper. I have received two invitations to weddings, both asking for gifts and a level of dress and I have denied RSVP. With the exception of maybe a birthday, or graduation party, any formal event should always require paper or hard-copy invites. By sending an invite through something like Facebook,

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you are telling me that I am either not important enough to receive a hardcopy invite, or you are not taking your event seriously and therefore, it is a waste of my time. Something that also seems to be a low priority for people is discretion. I have no idea why people feel it is okay to talk about their sex lives or other problems in public where people can hear them. I honestly do not care if stranger’s boyfriend slept with another girl at a party,

or how many times they had sex or even more revolting details of what happened. I hear it all the time at malls, theaters and restaurants; honestly, leave that talk for a more private occasion. I have also been called fake, since I can tolerate being around someone I cannot stand. The thing is, sometimes pretending to like someone is the easier and more polite thing to do than being a total ass. When you are rude to people, they tend to get defensive or rude back, which just starts a whole prolonged problem that I try to avoid. I try and

have common decency and courtesy. Yes, I may think a girl or guy to be a slut or low-class and unfortunately have said so to individuals’ faces, but usually you really have to get me going to see it. I guess I just don’t see why having standards and class makes me out to be the bad guy. Shouldn’t we all hold ourselves to a certain standard, including being polite, mannered and socially conscious? So, why don’t I talk about private things in public, act rudely or dress horribly? Because I am a gentleman, that’s why!

However, the beginning stages of building a relationship of any kind can be tricky if the curiosity brings more confusion. Assumptions start to settle in our minds after we receive answers that are unsatisfactory or make us more confused. When I was in my early to mid20s, I assumed a lot. I automatically came up with a scenario in my head and built an outcome based on my scenario. I did not ask questions because I was continuously confused by the answers I received. My assumptions were usually completely wrong. If I would have asked questions when I got curious about something, I would not have had to assume my own answers, which caused a lot of grief

for me in the long run. This now takes me to my favorite subject of building a relationship. Communication is key to any type of relationship we intend to build. Without communication, we would not know anything about the other person, or ourselves. I believe we learn something new about ourselves when we communicate clearly to people. Think about it for a minute: if we clearly expressed our intentions without making assumptions regarding other people’s interpretations, things would be so much simpler. Maybe that idea is a Utopian ideal, but I stick to this idea in my life. It has made things much simpler for me, in fact. If my curiosity gets the best of me, I ask a question because I do not want to

assume something and make a fool out of myself when I turn out to be wrong. So, when it comes to building a new relationship, whether it be purely friendship or something more, communication is the overall key factor in making the relationship last. When we communicate clearly, we get further in life. Clear communication leads to knowledge of a situation and knowledge brings understanding. This understanding of another person is an amazing building block to have when building a relationship. Push aside the insecurities and fears and express the curiosity. In doing so, we get the answers we seek. And when we have the answers, we can ask more questions and continue to communicate with each other.

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May 18, 2011

The Wild, Wild West Men win fifth GNAC title, women move Brian Mahuna Freelancer

As with college football in recent years, this year’s version of the NBA Playoffs has been unpredictable and nothing short of spectacular. The Western Conference has been a model of familiarity for the past 12 years. The San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers have been the representative of the Western Conference all but once since the 19981999 season. The Dallas Mavericks have been the only other team to make a finals appearance. Although the Spurs (61-21) and Lakers (57-25) earned the top two seeds in the West, they both exited the 2011 playoffs early. The Spurs fought hard for six games until ultimately being bested in the first round by the eighth seeded Memphis Grizzlies, who were beaten by the Thunder in the only seven game series this year. The same cannot be said for the Lakers, who played decently against a less talented Hornets team and then were embarrassed by the Mavericks who swept them in four games. It is no surprise that the West has been overcome with a competitive nature. Throughout the year, every team in the West was competitive with one another, even the Sacramento Kings, the West’s second worst team, shocked the Grizzlies with a buzzer beating three pointer by up-and-coming star Tyreke Evans. The first round of playoff games saw three of the four total series go to six games, with the Oklahoma City and Denver series playing five. With the exit of the Lakers also comes the promise of a new NBA champion, a champion who surprisingly will not be the Spurs. The Mavericks will have their work cut out for them with Oklahoma City in the Western Conference Finals. These two teams couldn’t match up more evenly and contrast in styles any more than they already do. One team is filled with gritty, veteran talent, the other, young, ambitious and athletic. Most people believe the key matchup in this series will be former NBA Most Valuable Player, Dirk Nowitzki, against current two-time NBA scoring champion, Kevin Durant. Although those two will be the focus much of the series,

I believe the most important match up will be at the point guard position between Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Mavs point man, Jason Kidd. Their styles couldn’t be more different; Westbrook MVP Derrick Rose is explosive in his athleticism, while Jason Kidd prefers to slow the game down and play it like a chess match. While Westbrook was wowing basketball fans with rim rattling dunks and blurring speed, Jason Kidd was making his own noise, recording over eight assists and almost two steals per game while leading Dallas to the third best record in the West. While neither Kidd nor Westbrook are particularly strong perimeter shooters, at times, their ability to change games with clutch baskets has been apparent all season. Westbrook has shown experience beyond his years, recording a triple double in a series clinching game seven against the Grizzlies on Sunday. Westbrook tallied 14 points, gobbled up 10 rebounds, and dished out 14 assists in 35 minutes. These contrasting styles look to make this version of the Conference Finals a fun one to watch. Pitting 38-year-old Jason Kidd and 22-year-old Russell Westbrook against each other will offer some intrigue, as well as show how much age and experience really matters at the highest level. Kidd doesn’t worry about scoring, leaving that department to his teammates Nowitzki and Jason Terry. Westbrook has shown that his ability to score is something that coaches will lose sleep over. The 2011 Western Conference Finals will be an entertaining match-up of old and new. While the Mavericks might be looking at their last chance to make it to the finals with this skillful veteran group, the Thunder have a core group of extremely talented and young players, who could be making waves in the West for many years to come. Whichever team can steal a game on the road holds the best chance to win this series. The outcome will depend on consistency on the defensive side of the ball. The Thunder put up over 104 points a game this year, which is good enough for fifth in the league. But, Dallas was 10th best in the league for points allowed at 96. Something has got to give in the conference finals. My prediction: Thunder in seven.

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up 3 spots on final day of competition Track and field teams prepare for NCAA Division II Nationals meet after a strong home performance Paige O’Rourke | Editor-in-Chief

After entering this weekend ranked at No. 2 in the West Region according to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, Western’s men’s track and field team claimed the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship title with a score of 203 points. This marks the fifth outdoor championship title the men’s team has won and the first since 2008. The women’s team also performed exceptionally well, moving from the No. 6 to the No. 3 spot over the course of a day and finishing the competition with 109 points. The highly anticipated meet was held Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, at Western’s McArthur Field, where a sizable crowd cheered from the stands as the myriad of events took place throughout the two-day tournament.

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Among the women’s team, junior Ashley Potter took first place during the women’s triple jump, coming in at 38-9 (11.82m). Freshman Madison McClung (12.61) and Senior Lacey Meusec (12.73) earned third and fourth place in the women’s 100-meter dash. McClung also competed in the women’s 200-meter dash, where she came in fourth at 25.93 seconds, trailing sophomore Lexi Pola, who came in third with a time of 25.70. Pola went on to claim second place in the women’s 400-meter dash, breaking Western’s school record with a time of 56.53. Senior Annie Hayward also competed in this event, coming in at No. 5 at 57.75 seconds. In the women’s 800-meter run, senior Annan Applebee earned third place with a time of 2:12.46. Junior Janelle Everetts crossed the finish line shortly after Applebee to secure fifth place with a time of 2:14.06. Senior Erika Snawder took ninth place in the women’s 1,500-meter run, coming in at 4:38.53 minutes. In the 10,000-meter run, junior Amanda Wright took the top spot among the Wolves, coming in seventh place with a time of 38:46.05. KayAnna Cecchi, who earned ninth place at 39:37.90 minutes, followed Wright. Senior Kaitlyn Reid placed first during the women’s 400-meter hurdles, coming in with a time of 1:02.94. “I had specific time goals, and I for sure exceeded those,” Reid stated of her performance this season, going on to say, “I knew [the GNAC Championship meet] was going to be my last collegiate race, so I decided to give it everything I had especially since the title was within my reach.” Junior Ali Mosher also received high marks in this event, coming in third at 1:03.82.

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Jason Slowey capped off a legendary career with 24 points at last weekend’s GNAC Championship meet. The senior won the shot put before taking the runner-up spot in the discus throw. “Kaitlyn willed herself to victory,” head coach Mike Johnson stated. “Her opponents wilted while she and Ali Mosher rose up.” Reid shared that she began her experience as a hurdler in the sixth grade. “I still hold the 100-meter hurdle record [at my middle school],” Reid stated with a laugh. “And I have loved it ever since. I love the hurdles because you need both mental concentration and physical strength and agility to run the race.” Junior Megan Everetts came in first among the TRACK & FIELD | SEE PAGE 12

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Will Crook won his first career conference title, leading a Wolves 1-2 punch in the men’s javelin. Crook will compete in the national championship meet on Saturday, May 28.


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May 18, 2011

Wolves obtain No. 2 seed in the West Region Outstanding pitching by Ward, Nobles, Wood, Lind lead Western to 4-game sweep over MSUB Matthew Curran | Freelancer

The Western baseball team finished off its final series of the season. The team played a four-game series against Montana State Billings (MSUB). The Wolves finished off the season by sweeping the Yellowjackets (2-1, 8-2, 3-0 and 3-0). Western (37-13, 275) had a very successful season this year. The Wolves started off the season by facing the No. 1 team in the West Region and winning one game from that series. Then, they played a tournament facing off against numerous topranked baseball squads. Once conference play started, the Wolves got off to a quick start but trailed St. Martin’s for first place well into April. When April came around, Western put its season into gear. The Wolves swept St. Martin’s in a series to take first place in the conference and then clinched the conference by winning their series last week. Western finished off the season by winning 21

of its last 23 games. The Wolves have won 10 straight conference titles and are ranked No. 2 in the West Region poll. Montana State Billings (18-29, 9-23) came into this series losing 12 of its last 16 games. The Yellowjackets are currently in fourth place in the conference. On Friday, May 13, the teams played their first of two doubleheaders. The first game of the series was an outright pitching duel. Senior Michael Ward (74) pitched his final home game as a Wolf and pitched the entire game. He struck out nine batters, allowed one unearned run and one hit. MSUB’s Kody Kennedy’s pitching numbers were just as impressive. He allowed two runs, two hits and struck out seven batters. Western’s only runs came off of sacrifice flies. In the third inning, senior Grady Glover hit a sacrifice bunt to advance

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Senior Michael Ward pitched a one-hitter in his final home start in the game one victory of the doubleheader against MSUB on Friday, May 13. Western narrowly defeated the Yellowjackets, 2-1. a runner to second. After a wild throw, the runner advanced to third base. Fellow senior Aaron Headrick hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the run. Western’s final run of the game came in the fifth inning. With the score even at one, junior Steve Ockerman was hit by a pitch. He stole second base and freshman Josh Solemsaas sacrificed him

to third base. Glover then got the honor to bat in the run. He hit a sacrifice fly to left field to make the score 2-1. Ward dominated the final four innings, retiring 12 of the final 13 batters. The second game of the doubleheader was another strong pitching performance from the Wolves. Senior Cam Nobles (7-3) allowed four hits, two runs (one earned) and struck out six batters. Despite hitting the ball only five times, the offense managed to pull out eight runs. Senior Miles Kizer was a big part of the offense’s success as he drove in three of the eight runs. With the score tied at two in the bottom of the third inning, one of the most thrilling plays of the season occurred for the Wolves. Headrick singled to left field to lead off the inning and senior Daniel Dillard was walked. The next batter grounded out to second base to advance the runners. Kizer hit a suicide squeeze that easily drove in Headrick. As the Yellowjackets’ first baseman was trying to throw the ball to home base, Dillard beat the throw and scored to give Western the 4-2 advantage. Western added two

insurance runs in the sixth inning. Glover scored after a wild pitch and Kizer hit a sacrifice fly that drove in Dillard. The teams finished the series on Saturday, May 14 with another doubleheader. These were the Wolves’ final two home games of the regular season and their senior day. However, two juniors were granted the pitching starts and dominated their games. Junior Grady Wood (8-4), the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) baseball player of the week, made the seniors proud with his pitching. He allowed no runs, four hits, and struck out 10 batters. This was Wood’s eighth straight win. Western’s offense started off right away. In the bottom of the first inning, Western recorded two hits and one run. Junior Austin ‘Bo’ Folkinga drilled a single to left field that drove in the run. The Wolves added another run in the sixth inning. Glover started out the inning by being beaned by a pitch. Senior Michael Chiarelli hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Glover to second base. Dillard added a groundout that

advanced Glover to third base. Folkinga recorded his second RBI with a bunt to third base to make the score 2-0. The doubleheader concluded with Western’s final home game of the regular season. Junior Kirk Lind (7-1) pitched magnificently, allowing one hit and striking out five. Lind won his seventh straight game and has not lost a single game since he was moved into the pitching rotation. He has the top ERA in the conference, sitting at an incredible 1.53. The fifth inning was the only inning with any scoring. Western scored all three of its runs, due in large part to MSUB’s errors. Junior Austin Potter scored the first run of the game on an error from the pitcher. Freshman Jacob Whisler hit a sacrifice bunt to drive in Clark for the second run of the inning. The final run of the game occurred when the catcher dropped the ball, allowing the third baseman to score. Western was awarded the No. 2 seed in the West Region and will face No. 3 Cal Poly Pomona on May 19. The No. 1 seed in the region, UC San Diego, will host the tournament.

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2011 BASEBALL GNAC STANDINGS

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Junior Grady Wood pitched a shutout in game one of the doubleheader against MSUB on May 14. He allowed only four hits in the Wolves’ win.

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

L = Loss

W 27 21 16 9 7

L 5 11 16 23 25

PCT GB .844 -.656 4 .500 9 .281 14 .219 18

PCT = Percentage

* Standings as of press time.

W 37 25 31 18 14

L 13 22 17 29 32

PCT .740 .532 .646 .383 .304

GB = Games Back

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lady Wolves and seventh overall during the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:44.30. In the women’s 4x100-meter relay, McClung, Pola, Reid and Meusec earned second place with a time of 47.76, only milliseconds apart from the first place team. In the 4x400-meter relay, Everetts, Applebee, Pola and Hayward claimed third place at 3:50.73. Freshman Katie Pelchar soared during the women’s high jump, tying for second with Seattle Pacific University’s Katy Gross at 5-3 (1.62m). In the women’s javelin throw, sophomore Amanda Schumaker once again proved her skill by placing third in the event at 147-07 (44.99m). MEN’S TEAM TAKES IT TO THE TOP Onlookers knew to expect exceptional marks from senior Jason Slowey, and the athlete did not fail to deliver, coming in first in the men’s shot put at 53-5 (16.28m), second place in the men’s discus throw at 165-06 (50.44m) and third place in the men’s hammer throw at 167-11 (51.18m). Alongside earning a solid 24 points for the men’s team, Slowey’s shot put throw made him a fourtime GNAC champion in the event.

Freshman Kyle Lane took second place and all-conference honors in the men’s long jump with a score of 22-8 (6.92m). Joining Lane in this event was sophomore Jake Hyde, who placed fifth at 21-11 (6.7m). In the grueling 10,000-meter run, senior Justin Karr claimed sixth place with a time of 31:42.93. The highlighted trio from the Oregon Twilight competition, senior Brandon Snook, junior Dan Sprinkle and sophomore Ryan Chapman once again achieved greatness side-by-side in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Snook led the way by earning second place and all-conference honors at 9:12.90 minutes. Sprinkle (9:14.40) and Chapman (9:18.42) trailed Snook as they came in back-to-back at fifth and sixth place, respectively. Before the meet this weekend, Chapman stated that his goals for both the championship competitions and throughout the year have been to “set personal bests in all of the events that I compete in. “I feel great knowing that I have achieved one of my main goals this season,” he went on to say. “It’s always good to run fast and exceed your goals for the year. But there still is a lot of work. My goals really are to just run the best races that I can and score some points for the team. We

May 18, 2011 have a great team and we are ready to compete.” Freshman Brett Campbell came in first place during the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.49. Campbell shared some of his pre-game rituals, stating, “The night before and all the way up to the race I visualize the race and every aspect to it. Prior to every meet I eat two and a half hours before every race and listen to music. Then I warm up 45 minutes before my race and listen to a playlist with upbeat music. “My goal was to improve every race. . . [and] to just place in the GNAC and help my team score in any way shape or form,” Campbell said, going on to explain that “the leap from high school to college track was difficult at the beginning of the year. “The adjustments were really tough, but as the year progressed I improved and so did my mindset,” he stated. Senior Andy Loscutoff (15.63) and freshman Kody Rhodes (15.95) also competed in the 110-meter hurdles, earning fifth and sixth place, respectively. Loscutoff returned for the 400-meter hurdles, coming in at No. 5 at 54.82 seconds, as did Rhodes, who placed sixth with a time of 54.86 seconds. The two were joined by freshman Kevin McCurdy in seventh place with a time of 55.97.

Photo by | Emily Laughlin

After failing to qualify for the final in the 100-meter hurdles, senior Kaitlyn Reid (left) vindicated herself by winning the 400-meter hurdles.

Sophomore Bobby Alexander earned third place in the men’s 100-meter dash with a time of 11.25. Freshman Donavan McFadden followed Alexander across the finish line seven seconds later to come in fifth place at 11.32. Sophomores Josh Moore (22.51) and Matt Kaino (22.53) and freshman Tyler Thomas (22.55) came at fifth, sixth and seventh place during the men’s 200-meter dash, moving up one ranking each from their preliminary scores. Kaino returned for the men’s 400-meter dash to claim first place with a time of 48.48. Thomas once more trailed Kaino, earning fourth place at 49.82 minutes. In the men’s 800-meter run, senior Kyle Larson took the title

with a time of 1:56.09. Sophomore Connor Kasler also competed in the event, coming in at No. 4 with a time of 1:56.28. Senior Chris Reed led of the group of three Western athletes who placed in the top five during the men’s 1,500-meter run, coming in third with a time of 3:53.93. Larson followed Reed across the finish line to earn fourth place with a time of 3:55.56. Chapman acted as the caboose of the trio, coming in fifth with a time of 3:55.91. Reed went on to compete in the 5,000-meter run, placing fourth at 14:54.38. Western’s 4x100meter relay team, consisting of Alexander, Moore, Campbell and Kaino, placed third in their event at 42.40 seconds, subsequently claiming all-

conference honors. In the 4x400-meter relay, Kaino, Moore, Thomas and sophomore Anthony Yanovich once again gained all-conference honors as they claimed second place, ending the race with a time of 3:19.19. With a look of ferocity, sophomore Will Crook launched the javelin throw that earned him first place in the event, coming in 196-1 (59.78m). Senior Kody Reavis claimed the No. 2 spot in this event with a career-best throw of 1901 (57.94m). With a total score of 312 points, Western’s track and field teams succeeded in garnering the highest combined score of all of the male-female paired teams. “Everyone went out and got it done,” Johnson stated. “I am very proud of this team.”

Photos by | Brandon Woodard Photo by | Emily Laughlin Ashley Potter, junior, successfully defended her GNAC triple jump crown, leaping 38 feet, 9.5 inches for the narrow victory. Her season will continue Senior Kyle Larson (297) won the last race of his outdoor track career, taking in Turlock, Calif. for the NCAA Division II National Championships. home the 800-meter title by narrowly defeating WWU runner-up, Dylan Hopper.

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