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Western’s first festival of colors

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Spring comes to life in a vibrant display of colored powder as campus community celebrates traditional Hindu holiday.

The colors of South Asia made a splash on Western’s campus last Wednesday, May 18. Western’s International Club hosted the Holi Festival in the Grove. At the Holi festivities, colored powder or water are thrown at people, making for a colorful and slightly chaotic scene.

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earth. He was so egotistical that he commanded everybody in his kingdom to worship only him. But to his great disappointment, his son, Prahlad, became an ardent devotee of Lord Naarayana and refused to worship his father.” This is the beginning of the legend according to The Society for Confluence of Festivals in India (SCFI).

The legend continues to explain how the demon king plotted to kill his son many times, but Lord Vishnu saved him every time. Prahlad’s sister, Holika, who was able to walk and sit in fire, was able to get Prahlad to sit on her lap while sitting in a blaze of flames. HOLI | SEE PAGE 2

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Holi is primarily a Hindu holiday that is celebrated in India, Nepal and the island nation of Sri Lanka. Holi is a holiday of Hindu legend based on devious, narcissistic gods and of good triumphing over evil. “There was once a demon king by the name of Hiranyakashyap who won over the kingdom of

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On Tuesday, May 17, Western’s men’s lacrosse team traveled to Denver, Colo. for the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) National Tournament. Western received a bid to the national tournament by winning their fourth consecutive league title. Western received the seventh seed and was matched against program nemesis Westminster College. The game started off slow for the Wolves as they took a while to find their

legs at the high altitude and Westminster was able to strike first. However, Western was able to get rolling after the first five minutes of play with Spenser Brock finding Jacob Bohince for the first tally. The Wolves started to find a rhythm as freshman Clay Malensek was able to get free from the defense and finish two shots in tight helping Western take an early 3-2 lead.

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On May 20, the Multicultural Student Union (MSU) of Western Oregon University put on their annual spring event, Nuestra Fiesta Latina. The mission of MSU is to promote diversity and cultural awareness throughout Western’s campus and the surrounding community. MSU gives students, faculty and staff an opportunity to share their cultural background while learning about others. Along with Nuestra Fiesta Latina, MSU puts

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Los Peques de la Salsa performed for the crowd. on many other annual events throughout the year including Dia de los Muertos, African American Awareness Celebration, Out and Proud, MSU Pow Wow and the Women of Culture Celebration.

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Nuestra Fiesta Latina has been an annual event on campus for 20 years and this year, the coordinators for the event, Logan Blouin,

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May 25, 2011

Newly elected officers sworn in during ASWOU inauguration

Vertex subcubes, permutations, facets, a quarter turn metric — what in the world does it mean?

Paige O’Rourke | Editor-in-Chief

Blakelee McCulley | Copy Editor

Member-elects for 2011-2012 academic year become official student government officeholders, Students who attended the Rubik’s Cube learned the terminology behind mingled with attendees to discuss their plans Group to enhance student involvement at Western the toy, secrets to solving this puzzle Mathematicians from Western’s campus gathered Thursday, May 19, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., to discuss group theory. They did not endeavor to undertake this task in any ordinary way, however, but through the use of Rubik’s Cubes. More than 30 people gathered in room 103 of Winters Hall (otherwise known as the Math and Nursing Building) to listen to guest presenter

Erin McNicholas, an assistant professor in the department of mathematics at Willamette University. Sponsored by the Math Club and Pi Mu Epsilon, the Rubik’s Cube Group went over the basic strategies of solving a Rubik’s Cube, as well as its many different permutations. The Rubik’s Cube had simple beginnings; it was invented by Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik in

1974 as a result of his curiosity concerning how the structure of the cubes could stay together as well as move independently. However, after putting different colors on each face of the cube and marveling at the diversity of colors when he mixed them together by turning the rows, Rubik then began

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Incoming officers take a moment to commerate their inauguration together. On Thursday, May 19, amidst the chatter of the student center in the background, the downstairs alcove of Werner University Center was rearranged in anticipation of the Associated Students of Western Oregon University (ASWOU) inauguration ceremony. The event commenced with the current Judicial Administrator, senior Justin Walker, swearing in his 2011-2012 successor, junior Erin Walmer. “The judicial administrator deals with the judicial side of ASWOU, making sure they stay

under the constitution,” Walmer explained. “But I also facilitate the Judicial Board and the main part of my job will be running the elections in the spring.” Walmer then went on to initiate the remaining elected members, with a small group students halting their daily activities to observe the procedure. As a part of their oath, each of the new officers swore to “uphold the office to the best of [their] ability and in the best interests of the Associated Students of Western Oregon University.” After all 12 new

members had been sworn in, the floor was opened to provide individuals the opportunity to mingle with the newly inaugurated members whilst munching on cookies. Incoming ASWOU President Jonathan Farmer, a non-traditional student, stated that it is his desire to “do away with the 10 percent policy for clubs” while simultaneously making them “more service-oriented.” The policy Farmer is referring to dictates that

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flowers of tesu and palash. These homemade colors have a special fragrance of love in them.” “The other option is to buy gulal which comes in bright shades of pink, magenta, red, yellow and green. ‘Abeer’ is made of small crystals or paper like chips of mica. This is mixed with the gulal for a rich shine,” said SCFI. “Days before Holi, the markets get flooded with the colors of every hues. This aptly sets the mood of the people till the actual day of Holi. It is such a colorful and joyous sight to watch huge piles of bright red, magenta, pink, green and blue everywhere on the streets,” said SCFI Continuing with “Buying those colors seems as you are bringing joys and color to your home and into your life.” SCFI also described the children, in this region of the world, joys of the arrival of Holi and the “Play of Colors.” “Children take special delight in the festival and

demand every color in loads. They have so many plans in their mind. They have to be the first to apply color to Mama, Papa, siblings and a big bunch of friends in their colony. Nobody could miss being colored by them and of course, they need color for that,” said SCFI. Like the children of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, the students of Western, delighted and reveled in the throwing, smearing and spraying of color of those in attendance to the Holi event. Western student Paul Schofield said the movie “Outsourced,” which depicts an American teller-marketer who is sent to India to train an Indian office to do his job, inspired him to come to the event. “It was a blast,” said Schofield who loved “getting people dirty, [and] getting color in peoples faces, like war paint.” ASWOU presidentelect Jonathan Farmer loved how the people just instantly started to throw colors and smear colors on people.

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However, she was unaware that her protection, called a “boone,” from fire only works when she enters completely alone and therefore perished in the flames. While in the flames with his sister, Prahlad chanted Lord Naarayana’s name and was protected by Naarayana for his devotion. Holi gets its name from an Indian word which means burning. Bonfires and rituals of house cleaning are a part of Holi. The “Play of Colors” is the more commonly and famously known ritual and part of Holi. The “Play of Colors” refers to when people throw colored powder and water at one another. This part of Holi is thought to be from when the god Krishna colored his love, Radha, with his colors. Colors can either be homemade or bought, with SCFI stating “These days it is easy to buy colors from the market, but still some people do take up the task of making colors at home, usually from

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Professor Erin McNicholas describes the terminology behind the Rubik’s cube.

“Right when [the organizer] said “GO” there was instant chaos, the explosion of colors. There was no getting into it slowly, no holding back,” stated Farmer. Farmer was with his one-year-old daughter, Sienna, and his wife, Stephanie, who enjoyed the event as well. Samrid Aryal, an international student from Nepal, explained how Holi is celebrated in his country. “In Nepal, it’s a festival for the returning of colors,” said Aryal. Colors that have returned in the flowers and other plants, that had been dead or colorless during the winter. “We bought 150 packets [of color] hoping that it would last for at least three hours” stated Aryal. However, there were such a great number of students who came the packets only lasted about 45 minutes.” Aryal who helped plan and hosted the event, was pleased with the numbers in attendance. In South Asia, where

Holi is celebrated, “colors will fill the atmosphere as people throw abeer and gulal in the air showing great joy and mirth in the arrival of this Spring Festival. Holi marks the end of the winter

gloom and rejoices in the bloom of the spring time. It is the best time and season to celebrate; Holi provides this opportunity and people take every advantage of it,” said SCFI.

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Jonathan Farmer and daughter, Sienna, enjoy Holi.


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programs [for] and making the connection stronger with the students,” Walmer further emphasized. “We haven't discussed a specific strategy – that will come more next year – but we plan to increase participation and knowledge about ASWOU.” Another element Farmer would like to focus on is increasing the Senate’s role on campus. For instance, there are currently special project grants that students can apply for. At this time, students turn their application into ASWOU, after which a committee of ASWOU members decide whether the need is significant enough to warrant the funds. “Next year the Senate will be in charge [of the special projects grant], which will place a bigger focus on clubs, give more power to the Senate and give the Senate the respect they need,” Farmer said. “This should help with the disconnect between students.” “[Students need] to see direct connections and direct results,” Farmer concluded. “More focus needs to be on students and making sure that campus is run smoothly and effectively.”

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to wonder how he would get each of the six faces back to the way they had been before. Thus began Rubik’s path to fame and fortune. “What do mathematicians do? We like to talk about things with precision,” McNicholas said as she introduced the group to the different terminology she would be using in her presentation. The four terms that were used in reference to the cube itself were facets (the different colored stickers on the six faces) and the three different subcubes, which are the individual plastic pieces (vertex, edge and center). M c N i c h o l a s continued her discussion by introducing the “adventurous” move called the “superflip” to which there were many nods of approval. The superflip pattern looks like a checkerboard with each edge piece in its proper position, but all

other pieces (except for the center cubes) are different colors. From this pattern, it only takes “24 moves on the quarter turn metric” to solve. Most Rubik’s cube enthusiasts drool over this kind of move, but the real magic lies in what they call “God’s number.” In July of 2010, it was discovered by a group of researchers that every possible Rubik’s Cube configuration can be solved in 20 moves or less. According to Andrew Hough of The Telegraph, the name “God’s number” is “based on an assumption that even an ‘all knowing entity’ could not solve the puzzle faster.” An important strategy for students studying group theory lies with the cube. According to McNicholas,“[Group Theory] is so abstract an idea there’s almost no way to view group theory. [The Rubik’s Cube] provides a tangible way for students to discuss group theory.” Although delving into group theory and the First Fundamental Theorem of Cube Theory could

sound mind boggling to most non-mathematicians, McNicholas relented, “I really have tried to find a clearer way of saying this, but I have yet to find a way.” Ending with an entertaining YouTube video called “How to Solve the Rubik’s Cube! (Rap),” most students were left with the catchy lyrics of “You got a problem? Yo, I’ll solve it!...Down, bottom, up, now pops a corner up” revolving in their minds until they could get home and sit down to solve their own cube.

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So, how many different permutations are there of a Rubik’s Cube? More than 43 quintillion. To get a better idea of that number, supposedly there are fewer particles of sand on the Earth (~7.5x10[18]) than there are permutations of a Rubik’s Cube. However, the number of these permutations is at least lower than the total number of stars scientists think there are in the universe.

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while campus clubs will receive the sum total of their funds for the academic year at the beginning of fall term, they will be required to give 10 percent back to the university at the end of the year. “It’s great that clubs get the money that they do, but it creates a clique and clubs don’t really get out there into the campus community,” said Farmer. “People are always surprised to hear about certain clubs because these clubs aren’t doing things around the campus other than having bake sales to make that 10 percent they need to give back.” For the 2011-2012 school year, Farmer is proposing to give clubs all but 10 percent of their funds. Farmer’s plan is to allow these clubs the chance to “show that they’ve done events on campus or helped other clubs to create visibility on campus and increase the feel of a campus community.” If clubs can successfully do this, Farmer explained, they would then receive the remaining 10 percent of their funds. Another focal point

Farmer would like to enhance for next year is student involvement on campus and specifically the perception of ASWOU among the students. “We need more tangible and visible results,” he stated. “I think that directly effects student attendance. If students don’t care who wins an election, then it becomes a popularity contest, and that in turn creates a downward spiral.” Farmer’s ideas to make this goal a reality include having a “Kick Off the Vote” party as a countdown celebration and perhaps a weekly president’s column in the newspaper to let the students know what is going on. Walmer agreed, stating, “I would like to see more student involvement with ASWOU next year, [and] make it more student accessible. This is one of our main goals as an executive board right now as well. I also want to see more students vote. That is my main goal for next year.” “We are going to try to change the image of ASWOU, making it something students look forward to attending

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May 25, 2011

Annual student art show exhibits a variety of styles, mediums

The Cannon Gallery of Art displays its final showcase of the year, honoring many seniors Caet Padgett | Freelancer

The Western art department is currently hosting a juried art exhibit featuring the work of student artists. The exhibit is being held on the ground floor of Campbell Hall in the Cannon Gallery. It features a variety of artwork and mediums, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, graphic design pieces and mixed media. Koye Brown, a junior at Western and a featured artist, described her art, stating, “One of the pieces I have in the show is a self portrait. An important thing that I wanted to do with that painting was to make something that was not just a depiction of my face, but that also expressed my personality through the use of color and the style of brushwork. “I amped up the colors in the hair and skin tones to express the way I see the world — exciting and full of vivid color. The brushwork is pretty smooth and detailed around the main features of the face. Then, as I got to the hair

and neck, the strokes loosen up and seem to kind of fall apart. I like to describe it as a flaky pastry for your eyes.” Brown also shared information about her creative background. “Art has been a part of my life since childhood,” she stated. “Several of my family members are artists and my parents encouraged me to be creative as a kid. Throughout my school years I was always taking art classes and drawing in my spare time. Today, just about everything I do connects to my art in some way.” Sophomore Emily Dieter explained that she felt the most important part of the exhibit was the opportunity for students to display their work for their peers to see, as well as to have the art observed by a wider audience. “All the pieces in the show are really amazing and I feel very fortunate to be able to be a part of it,” said Dieter. “The best part is just the idea of the show itself,”

Brown agreed. “It is such a great opportunity for art students to be recognized for a year of hard work. I also think it’s cool that WOU and the city of Monmouth support the students by purchasing artwork. It’s refreshing to see people actually supporting the arts in that way. I came from a town where people would say how much they loved the artwork but no one put their money where their mouths were.” “My piece in the show is a charcoal drawing of a deer head — kind of morbid, I know. It was an in-class project we did in Jessica Burke’s class,” Dieter said, discussing what went into creating her featured piece. “My process is pretty simple, [I] draw what I see. For observation based classes, that is a handy mind-set to have.” Dieter said she has been involved with art from a very young age, explaining, “I have drawn as long as I could hold a crayon. Growing up my

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grandmother gave my brother and I art lessons once a week, but I drew and made things out of clay for as long as I can remember. From when I entered public school in the sixth grade to now, I always look for ways to grow as an artist, painting, ceramics, now graphic design. It’s important to be able to grow and change,

especially in the art field.” Both artists are not completely sure of their career plans, but they are both intent on achieving their dreams of becoming professional artists. “I think every artist dreams of just having a studio, making art all day and selling enough to make a comfortable living,” said Brown.

“I am no exception. Sadly, there are very few artists who enjoy that luxury, so I hope to get a job in art that still allows me some time to do my own work on the side. I would like to teach at the college level or maybe work in a gallery or museum.” Dieter hopes to pursue a career in graphic design or illustration.

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(Left) A piece created by art student Reiko Harano. (Top Right) A painting by Britni Davis. (Bottom Right) Mary Harden views a sculpture by Jules Vogel.

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May 25, 2011

Art professor Elaina Jamieson prepares for retirement

An instructor always seeking to capture life in the moment, Jamieson to start a new stage in her life, art Christina Tilicki | Culture and Campus Life Editor & Lindsay Pirelli | Freelancer

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Elaina Jamieson leaves many friends and colleagues.

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social membership director of MSU, Mayra Perez, campus advocate and Paola Ramirez, freshmen advocate, alongside other MSU members worked hard to make it another successful event. “The event planning process began all the way in September with the new MSU Executive board,” said Blouin. “We began having student committee meetings in December. The student coordinators were met by many long hours of work, and lots of time spent gathering donations, finding entertainment, working on decorations and meeting with our committee. What

came easy was the amount of support we received from the community and the day of the event when we began, things began to really come together and flow well.” The events of Nuestra Fiesta Latina were held all day long in Werner and not only brought in many students from Western, but many community members as well. “I work as a counselor on campus, and I came because I like to support the different groups on campus, and I enjoy good food and music,” explained Jaime Silva, a counselor at the Student Health and Counseling Center. “This is a great event, with lots of participation and hard work

In her time at Western, art professor Elaina Jamieson has impacted students, staff and faculty alike. Jamieson began teaching in 1992 after graduating from the University of Oregon’s Master of Fine Art’s program. Prior to attending graduate school, Jamieson worked in the Peace Corps in Turkey where she lived with her husband for two years. After this rewarding experience, Jamieson received her teaching certificate and proceeded to teach elementary and middle school art classes. Becca McCannel, a colleague of Jamieson’s since 1995, spoke of the professor’s passion for

the arts, stating, “Elaina is a passionate artist and teacher. She kept an easel and her oil paints in her car so she could stop along her commute from Monmouth to Eugene to paint a landscape on a whim. She is a really caring individual and spends a lot of time in her office, making sure foreign students feel welcome at WOU and to help struggling students. “[Elaina] has a wonderful way of balancing her nurturing side with the side of her that demands excellence in her students’ artwork,” continued McCannel. “She knows how challenging it is to survive as a fine artist, and wants her students to be skilled enough to meet

those demands. This impact will be felt throughout the artistic community of Western. Art professor Mary Harden remarked, “I have known Elaina for seven years – she was the first person I met when I interviewed here for my position. “She has always taken the time to listen to me, help me and support me. I regret that I am losing such a good colleague,” continued Harden. “The department and students are also losing a positive presence in our community. It is sad to see Elaina retire but I am happy that I had the privilege of working with her.” Jamieson will miss many aspects of being

part of the Western community. “There is a feeling of unity on this campus, where faculty, staff and administration each take a serious role in helping students and each other succeed,” Jamieson explained. “People are friendly and caring, and as I retire I have so many people to thank for having made this the best job I could ever imagine. I walk away with wonderful memories as well as the experience of working with amazing peers, colleagues and students. I have obtained a rich education from working with students and peers that I hope to build on and use in my next career.”

from the MSU members.” The day started out with games, music and food in the Werner Plaza, followed by dinner and entertainment in the Pacific room. Dinner consisted of refried beans, pork and cheese tamales and tostadas provided by San Antonio’s Restaurant in Independence, Ore. During dinner, entertainment was provided by a Latin Jazz band named Romance based out of Independence, Ore. The entertainment continued with a dance group out of Portland, Ore., called Satin n Latin, who performed several Salsa dances, followed by the nine and 10-year-old competitive dance team Los Peques de la Salsa out of Hillsboro, Ore. The

next performance was from Ballet Folklorico Tlanese, a dance group based in Salem, Ore., that specializes in traditional Mexican dances. They performed dances from the state of Veracruz, one being the dance of love birds. They also performed dances from the state of Jalisco, including one of the most popular dances of Jalisco called “La Negra.” La Negra is a courtship dance, where the women flirtingly flourish their skirts and the men try to win the attention of the women with their fancy footwork. This group was a hit with the crowd. “We really enjoyed the group Ballet Folklorico Tlanese, along with the

Mariachi,” remarked seniors Lionar Najera and Carrie Minkler. Dinner was followed by a comedic show and a dance with performances by Banda Arrazando, a local band out of Salem, Ore., along with DJ Fezter. “We have a very diverse campus and that is one of the reasons why I chose to attend Western,” stated freshman, Daniela Marquez. “I think

this event is great because it shows just how diverse our campus really is.” “Nuestra Fiesta Latina gave students the space to share their culture with the campus and community,” said Blouin. “Through our hard work and efforts we hope students, community members, and participants were able see and feel the positive impact of diversity within Western.”

Members of the dance group Satin ‘n Latin.

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Part of the entertainment of MSU’s Nuestra Fiesta Latina were traditional Latina costumes and dances. Traditional music also made up the entertainment.

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May 25, 2011

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JinMan Jo’s beginning design class d e c o ra te s Campbell Hall with larger than life creations

Caption for photo goes here. Sophomore art student Rachael Eades sculpted this gigantic set of black and white piano keys located in the lawn in front of Campbell Hall.

(Left) Senior King Manu sculpted the piece depicting a Zippo lighter, a pack of Newport cigarettes and a used cigarette bud. (Top) Student David Herlan sculpted a life-size die, situated in the lawn in front of Campbell Hall. (Right) Michael Sullivan sculpted this towering LEGO character, who has been greeting students into Campbell Hall all week. In addition, JinMan Jo currently has an exhibit of his own sculpture that can be viewed at the Roundtree Art Gallery in Salem, Ore., through the end of next week. (Left) Freshman Ashley Garrison created the iced cupcake sculpture. (Bottom) Amanda Olheiser sculpted a life-sized egg salad sandwich located near the entrance of Campbell Hall.

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(Top) Sophomore Erika Contreras displayed an open condom package, sparking a number of different opinions regarding free expression in art.


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May 25, 2011

Book Review

An easy, fun read for the summer, “Something Borrowed” is a perfect book to take to the beach Christina Tilicki | Culture and Campus Life Editor

Darcy Rhone is the poster child for the woman who has it all. An extroverted party girl who has the perfect job, perfect body, perfect fiancé and the perfect best friend. Rachel White is her long-time best friend; workaholic, single and forever standing in Darcy’s shadow, Rachel has always been content to let her bubbly friend win in everything. That is, until the night of Rachel’s 30th birthday party when the plot starts to thicken. Always the star of the show, Darcy throws a huge bash at one of their favorite local watering holes, making sure to invite plenty of her own friends to ensure that she is still the star of the show. After a few too many rounds of drinks, Darcy’s fiancé, Dex, sends her home in a cab and asks Rachel if she would like to go to another bar for a nightcap.

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The Portland Center for Performing Arts, Oregon Children’s Theatre, presents a stage adaptation of the award winning science fiction novel “A Wrinkle in Time” written by Madeleine L’Engle. This stage adaptation of the book not only will spark the sense of imagination, but will also showcase the power of love. Written between 1959 and 1960, “A Wrinkle in Time” was inspired by a cross-country road trip that L’Engle took before moving to New York City. “We drove through a world of deserts and buttes and leafless mountains, wholly new and alien to me,” stated L’Engle in her book, “Circle of Quiet.” “And suddenly into my mind came the names, Mrs. Whatsit. Mrs. Who. Mrs. Which.” Also during this time, L’Engle was studying quantum physics, which made its way into the story as well. After completing the novel in 1960, L’Engle worked to get it published, but was turned down because it was too different, dealt with evil and was deemed too difficult for children to read or understand. However, after many

rejections L’Engle met John C. Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Giroux and he insisted in meeting with her to discuss her book, ultimately leading to its publication in 1962. The novel earned several awards including a Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. In 2003, Disney released a film adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time” directed by John Kent Harrison. Many aspects of the book were omitted or changed in the film. For instance, religious elements were excluded, along with Jesus not being mentioned as the one who fought against evil. When asked by Newsweek if the film met her expectations, an unsatisfied L’Engle stated, “Yes, I expected it to be bad, and it is.” “A Wrinkle in Time” is the story of Meg Murry, an insecure, awkward and loving high school student, her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O’Keefe’s journey through space to save her father who has been held prisoner on another planet for over a year. The story begins on a stormy night, when a strange lady comes to the Murry’s

Friends since their early days in law school, Rachel once had a crush on Dex until Darcy came along and she obligingly gave him up. Slightly intoxicated, Rachel reveals this information to Dex, making him realize the feelings he has kept inside for so long were not unrequited after all. One passionate taxi ride later, the two end up spending the night together, which starts a whirlwind secret affair that lasts throughout the summer. Other potential suitors come Rachel’s way, but her growing love for Dex threatens any relationship with an individual other than him, the man engaged to her best friend. A few weekend trips to the Hamptons, illicit evenings spent at Rachel’s apartment and a handful of “business trips” only make the feelings Rachel and Dex have for one another continue to grow. The words “I love you” are exchanged,

The classic children’s novel has hit the mainstage, hoping to entertain children and adults alike house and explains to Meg’s mother that there is a way to travel through space. The next day, Meg meets Charles’ new friends named Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which who are actually not women at all, but beings beyond earth who want to help the children

find their father. The journey starts out when Meg, Charles and Calvin land on the planet Camazotz, a planet that has been placing a dark shadow over the universe for years. This is also where Mr. Murry has been held captive by IT, a disembodied

only making matters worse. As the wedding date creeps closer and closer, Rachel finally stands up for herself and gives Dex an ultimatum: me or her. Will Dex choose to call the wedding off, staying true to his genuine feelings, or will he hold firm and remain honorable, call off his relationship with Rachel and marry Darcy? Author Emily Giffin has published five books including “Something Borrowed,” “Something Blue,” “Baby Proof,” “Love the One You’re With” and “The Heart of the Matter.” Published in 2005, “Something Borrowed” has recently been made into a major motion picture, starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinski. “‘Something Borrowed’ by Emily Giffin is a luxurious page-turner of a debut novel that marks the arrival of a tremendously bright, clever, new voice in women’s fiction. In quick-moving, captivating prose punctuated with dead-on dialogue, Giffin deftly captures the complications and humor of love, betrayal, career and friendship for a city girl at the edge of 30; you forget this is just a novel and won't want to put it down,” remarked Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, author of “The Dirty Girls Social Club” and “Playing with Boys.” Dubbed as “chick-lit,” the series, starting with “Something Borrowed,” epitomizes mainstream literature. Written for the masses and not requiring any extra amount of intellect, the books Giffin writes are perfect for a day at the beach, lounging by the lake or soaking up the sun on a summer day.

brain that controls Camazotz. In the process of rescuing Mr. Murry, Charles is hypnotized and left behind. Frightened of being sucked into the IT, but not willing to leave her brother behind, Meg must return to Camazotz to save her little brother. She ends up breaking the spell that Charles is under and saves him through the power of love ,which is more powerful than the IT’s control. L’Engle, who passed away in 2007, was an American writer of more than 60 books and was best known for her young adult fiction stories. Before her writing career took off, L’Engle was an actress in New York City, appearing in “The Cherry Orchard” by Anton Chekhov. She published her first novel

in 1946 entitled “The Small Rain,” but her most famous novel was “A Wrinkle in Time,” which was followed by eight other novels in this series, continuing the story of the Murry family. She also wrote the famous series about the Austin family over the course of three decades; the first novel in the series being “Meet the Austins” published in 1960. L’Engle also wrote about her life experiences in “The Crosswicks Journals” and “Walking on Water.” “A Wrinkle in Time” will be performed Saturday, May 28, and June 4 and June 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $21.25 - $29.50 and can be purchased at the PCPA box office, or at www.pcpa.com

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Published in 1962 by Madeleine L’Engle, the novel is the winner of the Newbery Medal.

“A Wrinkle In Time” will be performed at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts.

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May 25, 2011

Cup of Jo: Conversations Maurice Undergraduate that can prevent judgment Scholarship: BE(INGS) We all encounter religious differences; it is inevitable. I sometimes wonder why, though. What makes one religion or belief structure superior to another? What makes a spiritual individual or group judge someone just because his or her religion is different? I try my hardest not to judge people based on things I do not understand and religion is one of those things. I am not saying I do not understand religion, but what I do not understand is why people feel the need to judge others based on their religious beliefs. I also do not understand why people judge others based on stereotypes or assumptions. Everyone has an opinion and everyone is entitled their opinion, but that does not mean someone has the right to judge someone else based on that opinion. Judgment, the way I see it, is something that comes after rigorous research, thorough conversation and a knowledgeable understanding of a

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particular situation or person. We see someone at the grocery store, in the hallways or at a party and we come up with a conclusion of our own. But, how many of us actually talk to that individual to find out if our assumptions are correct or not? How many of us even think about it? I have taken it upon myself to get to know someone if I find myself making a conclusion based on my own opinions or assumptions. It is not fair for me to judge someone if I do not know him or her. At the same time, it is not fair for someone to judge me, either. Sometimes it is important to take a moment and get to know someone, especially if judgment without reason has occurred. In today’s society, however, it is hard to do.

With all the earphones in our ears and cell phones in our hands, we have lost an important aspect of being human, which is the ability and privilege to speak and have a conversation with someone. Somehow, we have become so involved with ourselves that we stopped taking the time to know someone else unless it is beneficial for us. I believe it is time for that to change. I have thought this for a long time now. It is something I have tried to change within my own life. I am constantly reminded of the saying, “Be the change you want to see in the world” That saying, from Mahatma Gandhi, is in fact how I try to live my life today. I sometimes randomly spark a conversation with someone I do not know just to take five minutes out of my life to say “hello” to someone else. It is intriguing to me that a random conversation

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Michelle Bright Guest Columnist

I’ve had the chance to participate in the Maurice Undergraduate Initiative Scholarship for 10 weeks. This scholarship challenged individuals to solve an issue or problem on campus through creative means. I chose to tackle cell phones for their distractive tendency. As such, I came up with a series of experiments called “Be,” encouraging individuals to be present in the moment, and mindful of the common courtesy we expect from one another. Undoubtedly, many of us have had the experience of talking to someone and right in the middle of the conversation you hear “beep, beep.” The person whom you were conversing with may have asked you to hold on or immediately texted a reply to whomever texted him or her. Many of us have come to find this behavior rude. Director of Public Safety, Officer Jay Carey commented on a prior experience, noting that, “What is scarier is when you see people texting and they go to walk across the street without even looking.” Both experiences show a common fallibility: when we allow technology to take precedent over our actions, we are not allowing ourselves to be fully present in the moment. The scenery around campus regurgitated this story all too clearly as I watched individuals text — sometimes in groups with one another — as they walked down the main strip

of campus; I was startled to see so many heads turned down while the world passed them by. My awareness to this issue was increased last year in one of the best courses that I have taken in my collegiate career: creativity, taught by dance Professor Deborah Jones. The realization that I could change my individualistic nature is one of the best life lessons that I have learned, and it was my hope to spread this message across campus with “Be.” My first experiment was inspired by my communication in the information age class, taught by Professor Frank Nevius. The scholarly articles discussed in this course outlined the decline of humankind’s face-toface communication with the increase of technology. Seeing the environment around me and given perhaps my heightened awareness of the issue, I wished to make a change. I didn’t expect to return to George Washington’s rules of Civility, but I was almost sure that we all expect a level of common courtesy from one another. For my first experience, I approached approximately 400 students on campus with a slip of paper encouraging them to “meet a stranger.” The idea behind this was that if an individual were to talk to someone whom he or she wouldn’t normally converse with, it would allow them to live in the moment while abstaining from texting, thinking about their next class, etc. By doing so, the hope was

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May 25, 2011 SCHOLARSHIP FROM PAGE 8

that individuals would focus on what was going on during that moment in time. In addition, I suggested that a salutation could be of exceptional use to individuals as another’s energy affects the people they are around. For example, if you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, a “good morning” greeting could potentially lighten your mood. At first, I didn’t state my intention behind this idea in the most graceful way. I was mocked for wanting to be “friends with everyone,” or interrupted in the middle of a conversation with someone by a friend who wanted to yell “hello” to me from afar. I can now appreciate the fact that a multitude of responses would come from the very suggestion of this idea as well as its implementation. Despite these setbacks, I am not disappointed. Taking a spoonful of my own medicine, I approached fewer people with my idea and took more time during weeks four through eight of my experiment to explain my intent more clearly. I believe time was better spent during these weeks, as I have earned the respect of approximately 40 individuals who saw the merit of my idea. I was equally amused to see that some students had held onto the flyers that I had left scattered in Werner, Hamersly and Valsetz the day it snowed. These flyers read, “Interesting how the snow has yielded a heightened awareness to our environment. Keep up the curiosity and creativity, humans. Your Friend.” The last part of my experiment included a cell phone that was placed at the East Plaza of Werner three weeks ago that read, “Drop the cell phone, meet local

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can make someone’s day better. For example, my friend has a bubbly personality and she is outgoing and spunky. She and I were driving through town one afternoon and she randomly rolled down her window and got the attention of the driver beside us at a stop sign. He looked at us oddly but rolled down his window. She said, “Hi. How are you today?” I laughed at her and he laughed too. After a moment of silence, he said, “I’m good. Thanks for asking.”

singles.” Unfortunately, I believe it had little effect. Another idea I had was to organize a flash mob. This idea came from an article I found in the New York Times titled “What Clown on a Unicycle?” The article showed that many individuals using their cell phones were unaware of a clown riding around the campus of Western Washington University. Finding this article quite amusing, I began planning a flash mob that was supposed to take place April 18 at Werner. I decided Monday at noon was a great time to disrupt the business taking place on campus. I announced the flash mob with 100 fliers to Senate, the psychology department, and the general assembly personnel. In addition, some RA’s advertised it to residents. My plan was to play The Beatle’s song “Eleanor Rigby” over Werner’s speakers while displaying various scenarios that were over exaggerated in which individuals let technology take precedent over the common courtesy that we expect from one another. A concrete example of this is if we were to suppose two individuals, say “Jack and Jill,” were walking towards the entrance of Werner. Suppose that Jill is slightly in front of Jack and texting. As she is partaking in this text conversation, she fails to see that Jack is seconds behind her; furthermore, Jack is carrying a heavy box that he cannot set down. If Jill is looking down at her phone and opens the door such that it closes right in Jack’s face, he may naturally think, “How rude!” Yet, one is able to recognize Jill was not intentionally trying to be rude; she was simply unaware of how her actions affected Jack. Judging this fallibility is hard. The fact that Jill is engaged in the conversation

she is having over text is understandable. However, I believe there could be a stronger argument that if we expect one another to listen during conversations, we would equally expect one another to pay attention to someone else’s presence in the space around us when we are walking. I never had the opportunity to show this point since the idea failed horribly. Naturally, I was disappointed as I felt that my idea was well planned out and could really present worthwhile commentary regarding the accidental discourtesy that mankind shows one another sometimes. Given that it was a new idea, I knew that some would understand, others would not and some would just think that I was cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. Much like philosopher Immanuel Kant, I fear that if all of us become used to having our head buried in our phone, we could fail to do our fellow human beings justice. Of this subject, Kant purposed the question, “Do I have, not a merely self interested feeling, but also a disinterested feeling of concern for others? Yes,” he concluded. I agree and I believe we all agree. However, sometimes we get caught up in what we are doing next and are unaware of those in our immediate environment who we may be ignoring in conversation while distracted by technology. While my flash mob failed and my experiments were misinterpreted at times, I have not yet made my own version of Nike’s “What should I do?” commercial; I believe that slow persistence will keep yielding results that have made my heart smile at times. If you are interested in being a part of this project please contact me at mbright08@wou.edu.

We laughed again and drove our separate ways. That simple conversation with someone made three individuals laugh without any consequence. That is all it was: random laughter between three people. It is amazing to think what would happen if more people started conversations. Maybe not all encounters would be as funny and helpful as that experience, but I think it would be interesting to see what would happen. I realize there are some individuals who do not like to be bothered with such things, but if that ever does happen, shrug it off and try

it again the next day. The random conversations I sometimes have stem back to judgment. I have faith in my higher power that the individuals I have a random conversation with will not judge me, and in turn I will not judge others. I believe the more we converse with one another, the better our community will be. I believe the more we help others, the better we will feel about ourselves. I believe that if I continue to have these random conversations, someone else will eventually start a random conversation with me when I need it most.

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10 SPORTS

Rich Cho era comes to an abrupt end: after 10 months Blazers fire GM Brian Mahuna Freelancer

Around 10 months ago, the Portland Trailblazers organization was optimistic about its new acquisition. It wasn’t an all star player or big time head coach. No, it was another integral piece to a successful franchise, but one that has less of his work thrust into the spotlight. July 20, 2010, the Blazers decided that Rich Cho, nine year assistant General Manager (GM) with the Oklahoma City Thunder, was the man for the job. The predecessor to Cho was Kevin Pritchard, a very well-respected figure amongst the NBA, who played six seasons in the NBA and was the GM of the Blazers from 2007 all the way until an hour before the 2010 NBA draft. His decision to draft Ohio State freshman center Greg Oden over eventual NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant might have sealed his fate only three years prior. Portland’s early exit from the playoffs in the last decade has caused some problems for the GMs. The dumping of Cho comes with some scrutiny. His 10 months in Portland were nothing to be ashamed of: Forty-eight wins and a sixth seed in a very competitive Western Conference. The team he inherited showed promise, mainly because it was essentially the exact same as years prior. Cho’s shy, hardworking demeanor proved to work out great for them in one of the most successful late season splash trades that no one talked about, when the Blazers acquired Charlotte Bobcats’ forward, Gerald Wallace. “The fit between Rich and our team simply wasn’t right,” Blazers’ President Larry Miller said in a statement made to the press Monday. “This was a tough move because

I respect Rich and he’s a good person with many strong skills. But it simply wasn’t a good match.” Although Cho wasn’t “a good fit” for the Blazers, I feel the Blazers might have lost a potentially strong adversary in the GM game. Cho didn’t come from an NBA background like Pritchard had, but his expertise in the field of business and law was what made him such an appealing prospect. He received a degree from Pepperdine University of Law in 1997 and was hired by the Seattle Supersonics. I do understand the Blazers’ concerns regarding Cho not fitting, though. I’ve met the guy, and he doesn’t seem like the type who imprints himself on people with a crooked smile and businessman-like charm. No, in fact the thing I remembered most about Cho was his reserved sense of assuredness. He knew what he was doing, but he didn’t want to express it in an extravagant way. Extravagance tends to lead to wild expectations and smart Cho knew not to kick that ant hill. It would seem as though Larry Miller and Trailblazers owner, Paul Allen, would have liked to have seen that missing extravagance. Miller exudes confidence. His designer sunglasses, expensive tailored suit; all of it speaks to the people around him that he is important and the work he does matters a great deal to some very important people. The search begins in Portland now, with Chad Buchanan acting as the GM until someone permanent can be installed. Permanent might be a strong word considering Cho was the ninth GM whom the Blazers have had and his stay with Portland has been one of the shortest amongst the group. With the door closed on Cho’s “Legacy,” another door can possibly be opened for another guy to step in, whether permanently or temporarily. Let’s hope for the first choice, for Blazer fans’ sake.

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May 25, 2011

Aura of optimism surrounds proposed artificial turf field Varsity and club sports athletes say new field a positive step Chris Reed | Managing Editor

Amidst the elections for ASWOU officers during the week of May 2 to May 6, students could also vote on whether or not they supported the construction of a new turf field on campus. Although official results have not yet been released by ASWOU, the proposal for the athletic facility upgrade passed. According to an e-mail sent by Student Athlete Services Jami Strinz to all student-athletes, “The primary purpose of the field is general student use (recreation sports, clubs, intramurals); however, in the proposal, athletics is specifically given usage privileges.” Senior cross country and track runner Justin Karr supported the proposition. “I think it’s a positive change,” he said. “If there’s any form of development on campus that supports athletic development and campus recreation, that’s a positive change.” Karr was one of two student athletes who sat on the Strategic Athletic Planning Committee (SAPC) this last year. SAPC, which also included athletic director Daniel Hare, associate athletic director Michael Collins and various coaches, among others, was formulated to outline the long-term plan for athletics at Western. Karr feels that the implementation of a new turf field falls in line with some of the goals presented by SAPC. “Changes in athletics will occur on many levels: administrative, cultural and changes in infrastructure,” said Karr. “All of these

The proposed plan for the new turf that students voted on in early May. three must go together for positive changes in leadership, the expectations of athletes and the facilities available [to athletes] to prepare us to achieve our goals.” The proposition stated that the field would be 100x130 yards, or about the size of two football fields side by side. It will be an artificial surface and will be located in the space between the baseball and softball fields, a plot of land currently occupied by the seldom-used junior varsity softball field. Perhaps feeling the bigger effect of the passed measure are the members of Western’s club sports, as they will likely be given priority for use of the fields. Senior Joseph Boyd, men’s rugby club president, is a huge advocate of the new facility. “Ecstatic,” Boyd said of his initial reaction to the news that the vote had passed. “I can’t put in words how happy that made me.” Boyd stated that the team will likely compete

at the Division I level next season, so the change comes at the right time. “It helps us on the basis of safety, the basis of quality of play and the basis of recruiting,” said Boyd. He noted that the team’s fiercest rival as far as recruitment is Oregon State, whose rugby team does not have an artificial field available for use. The feeling of joy is mildly bittersweet for Boyd since he will not experience the changes as a member of the team. Despite this, he said he is “still really happy for the young guys.” One of those “younger guys,” freshman Michael Espinoza, is closely tied with the new field. Not only is he on the rugby team, but Espinoza is also involved with the student Senate and, along with other students and Vice President of student affairs Gary Dukes, will be instrumental in helping get the construction underway. “Dr. Dukes says he wants to start as soon as

possible,” said Espinoza. “He wants to start over the summer,” with the completion of the field targeted for the end of fall term to the beginning of winter term next school year. Espinoza will put together a Senate advisory board that will determine the rules and regulations of the field, which groups will have priority for usage and other details. This Thursday, May 26, he and a select group of students will meet with Dukes to go over the design of the field and the erection of such structures as a scoreboard, lights and bleachers. Of course, Espinoza has a vested interest from an athletic perspective as well. “It’s going to help us in a lot of ways,” he said. “We’ll have more practice times with those lights. Also, we can get more stuff done because the mud’s not in the way.” The cost per student is $7 per term for the next 12 years.

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The location of the new multi-purpose turf field will be behind the soccer field and in between the softball and baseball fields. The cost of this project is $1.5 million.


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May 25, 2011

Baseball season ends in West Regional Playoffs Dillard scored 3 runs in his final 2 games as a Wolf, finishing his senior season with 38 runs Matthew Curran | Freelancer

With the regular season over, Western continued its season into the Division II West Regional Playoff. The Wolves (37-15 overall, 27-5 conference) lost both opening playoff games in San Diego and were eliminated from playoff contention, 10-4 and 6-3. Western’s season started and ended with UC San Diego (UCSD). The Wolves opened up the season by playing a four-game series against the No. 1 team in the West Region. Then on Friday night, UCSD bumped Western out of the playoffs. Last week, Western swept Montana State-Billings to close off the regular season. With the sweep, Western was ranked No. 2 in the West Region poll and awarded a playoff berth. The top four teams from the pool play in a winner versus winner and loser versus loser style bracket. Western started off the West Regional by playing against No. 3 Cal Poly Pomona (CPPU). The teams played the game on Thursday, May 19. The winner of the game played the winner of the UC-San Diego (UCSD) versus Sonoma State game and both losers played against each other. Senior Grady Wood started the game by pitching for the Wolves. In 5.1 innings pitched, he allowed eight hits and four runs with no strike outs. Western’s offense quickly put runs on the scoreboard in the first inning. Western scored three of its four runs in the bottom of the first. Junior Steve Ockerman and senior Daniel Dillard both hit singles to put runners in scoring position. With a 2-2 count, junior Austin ‘Bo’ Folkinga drilled a pitch to the right field wall and CPPU was not able to field it. The two runners scored and Folkinga reached second base. Junior Griffin Boyd finished the inning by hitting a pitch to the left field gap to drive in Folkinga. With the score tied in the eighth inning, Western appeared to have the edge in the game. CPPU scored six runs in the eighth inning, ultimately ruining any chance of a comeback for the Wolves. The inning got off to a shaky start when Boyd made a bad throw to first base and CPPU loaded the bases. Tyson Edwards hit a sacrifice fly to score the first run of the inning. The next run scored after freshman Josh Solemsaas scooped up a ball from the middle but he made a field’s error and the runner scored. A double by Jordan Whitman was the crusher of the inning that drove in two runs. With the loss, Western was destined to face No. 1 UCSD. Since both teams lost their first regional game, the winner would advance and the loser knocked out of playoff contention. On Friday, May 20, UCSD shut down the Wolves, 6-3. Ironically enough, Western’s first and last game of the season was against UCSD. UCSD advanced to play CPPU for a spot in the Division II College World Series. Cal Poly knocked out UCSD from the playoffs in an exciting fashion, 6-5. San Diego’s Guido Knudson threw a complete game and any time Western put runs on the scoreboard, UCSD would instantly respond with run support. The

Wolves scored a run in the first inning and two in the third inning but that would be all of the offensive support. Senior Michael Ward (7-5) pitched 3.1 innings with two strike outs, five runs and eight hits. Head coach Jeremiah Robbins made an interesting decision to substitute in senior Cam Nobles (7-3) for the rest of the game. Nobles had a phenomenal season with a 3.07 ERA and in the game allowed one run, two hits and struck out two. Senior Miles Kizer was the leader of the offensive unit in the elimination game. He recorded two hits that were both two-out RBI’s. Senior Grant Glover added two hits, including a double. Western had the lead after two innings, but in the third inning UCSD started to mount a comeback. UCSD’s Kellen Lee started off the inning by being hit by a pitch. Garret Tuck batted in Lee when he hit a ball to right field that was not fielded correctly. Tuck scored after a batter hit a single that gave UCSD a 2-1 lead. Western responded by taking the lead in the next inning. Senior Aaron Headrick and Dillard hit back-to-back doubles down to left field to score Headrick, making the score 2-2. Kizer hit a pitch that narrowly missed the second basemen’s glove and Dillard scored to take a 3-2 lead. In the Triton’s half of the fourth inning, they loaded the bases on three straight singles to tie the game at three. Ward answered with a strike out and a ground out to third base for two quick outs, but the ground out allowed a runner to score. UCSD took a momentumshifting 4-3 lead and never relinquished their lead. Even though Western’s season ended abruptly, it was still a very successful season. Ten straight conference titles and a playoff berth were the highlights of a fantastic 2011 season for Western’s baseball team.

Senior Daniel Dillard (pictured on May 5 against NNU) had two runs in the Wolves’ loss to CPPU in the opening game of the regional playoffs.

Photos by | Emily Laughlin

The Wolves’ baseball team (pictured on May 6 against NNU) looks on with pride as Western closed in on their 10th straight conference title. The Wolves earned the GNAC title and ranked No. 2 in the West Region.

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May 25, 2011

Western’s lacrosse team celebrates earning their fourth straight PNCLL title on May 8. They went on to face Westminster in the MCLA National Tournament and lost.

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goals to close out the first quarter with Western holding onto a 5-3 lead. Westminster was quick to score in the second quarter before Dan Hochspeier found Brock to maintain the two goal lead. Again, when Westminster scored, it was Brock on another finish. With six minutes left in the first half tragedy struck as First Team AllAmerican, Ian Bohince, collapsed mid-sprint with a hamstring tear and did not return. After the huge emotional blow of losing their captain, Western gave up a quick goal.

Jacob Bohince was able to take it upon himself to dodge through the Griffin defense and score his third of the game and Western clung to a onegoal lead at half up 8-7. The first half lead was wiped away very quickly to start the third as Westminster tied it at eight. On the following play, junior Matt Frutiger took a vicious hit to the head, eventually earning the mercy of the referees to throw a flag, awarding Western with a man up opportunity. Hochspeier found Taylor Dougan for a huge step down shot to give Western the lead. Both teams continued

to trade goals and with the game tied at 10 it started to look like the Wolves’ emotional tank was on empty. Westminster was able to go on their first big run of the game netting three unanswered goals. Western hung in tough and drew two more penalties and wasted no time capitalizing. Jacob Bohince and Mark Iliyn both took huge shots to claw back within one. A late goal by Westminster swung the momentum back their way and the third quarter closed with Western down 14-12. For the fourth consecutive quarter Westminster scored the first goal of the period

pushing the lead back to three. A determined Western offense muscled their way back in with another spectacular goal by Jacob Bohince. Westminster was too focused for the Wolves’ defense as they went on another three-goal run to put the game out of reach at 18-13. Even with late goals by Frutiger and Jacob Bohince the Wolves’ spirited run fell short with a final score of 20-15. While it was not the

outcome the Wolves had hoped for on their fourth trip to the national tournament, the tough Western squad is already looking ahead to next season and a return trip as they build on their most successful season in program history. The Wolves finished 14-2 on the season while finishing undefeated in the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL) also for the first in program history. Western got a jump start on next season as two returning players were

named to All American teams with sophomore Jacob Bohince earning Second Team Midfield and Frutiger earned Third Team Defensive Midfield. Western also returns five other All-PNCLL players in First Team Attack Spenser Brock, First Team Long Stick Midfield Justin Cox, Second Team Midfield Mark Iliyn, Second Team Defense Logan Marks, and Second Team Attack Dan Hochspeier as well as PNCLL Freshman of the Year Ronnie Rothstein.

Photos by | Mackenzie Brown

Junior Matt Frutiger (right) earned the 2011 PNCLL MVP on Sunday, May 8.

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Freshman Ronnie Rothstein earned the 2011 PNCLL Freshman of the Year.

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