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January 12, 2011
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9/11 bill approved While vacationing in Hawaii, President Obama signed the James Zadrago Health Care Bill into law. This bill will aid the first responders during the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. SEE PAGE 3
CAMPUS LIFE Photo by | Brandon Woodard
Sophomore Kolton Nelson’s (pictured against SFU on Jan. 6) impressive stature has led him to be a force in the paint for Western.
‘Poster Extravaganza’ Portland-based artist Gary Houston showcases his newest collection of handpulled posters. Houston believes in helping people through art and promotes the reality of his art as it relates to the transitory nature of life. SEE PAGE 5
Wolves defeat WWU Blair Wheadon (3) and Kyle Long led the Wolves with 23 points each in Western’s impressive 84-81 overtime victory over WWU. SEE PAGE 11
You’ve seen him in classes and strolling down Monmouth Avenue, sporting size 20 shoes and featuring a build far from diminutive. You may know that he’s a member of Western’s basketball team and you may even know his name. But who is this gentle giant? A two-time allconference player in high school, Kolton Nelson was a prized recruit when he committed to Western. But his transition to the collegiate level was methodical as head coach Craig Stanger wanted confidence that the big man was ready. Despite his talent, Nelson redshirted his first year as a Wolf, meaning he was on the team, but could not play during the games. Nelson will now have a fifth year in which he can compete. “The redshirt [year] really helped me out a lot because I got to work out with the coaches and improve and better my post game and all-around game,” explained Nelson. “And then I’ve always had other posts,
seniors, juniors and so forth, that were good mentors for me. They helped me [and] pushed me out of my comfort zone to make me better.” That’s not to say that every player needs a redshirt year. In fact, the big man currently starts with a couple of guys in his class that played right away and are having great seasons themselves. But Nelson felt that, for him, it was helpful. “It really kind of depends on the player,” said Nelson. “[Junior point guard] Blair [Wheadon] worked hard and got the starting spot [as a freshman].” It also depends on where the team is at as far as personnel, according to Nelson. “Me redshirting didn’t hurt the team as much as Blair redshirting [would have] because we needed a point guard,” said Nelson. His second year on campus, last year, Nelson was still brought in slowly.
NELSON SEE PAGE 12
Artist Alfred Maurice Western Alum Naomi Similagives art endowment, Dickinson enters her second starts contest on campus year serving in the Peace Corps
Through the appraisal of his art Currently serving in Jordan, Simila-Dickinson has had collection and an educational the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young contest, Maurice hopes to inspire women, helping them to develop their independence greater passion within students Christina Tilicki | Culture & Campus Life Editor Monica Millner | Freelancer
Redshirt sophomore Kolton Nelson succeeds in making his mark on court, Western campus Chris Reed | Managing Editor
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Any time a former student or anyone else donates to the university, Direction of Development Tommy Love is involved. “It was a learning curve,” Love said. “But it’s lots of fun.” Essentially, it is up to Love to make sure all donor stipulations are met, and that any donations and money given are used for what they were meant to be used for. In recent months, one of the potential endowments presented to Love has been Alfred Maurice, an artist
who taught at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) from 1971-1986. Maurice’s passion for art has been with him his whole life. At 16 he was a professional artist painting murals for the government and during World War II he sent letters from overseas bordered by sketches. With retirement, he and his wife bought a house in Vancouver, Wash. and settled down, bringing with
ENDOWMENT SEE PAGE 2
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Shortly after her graduation from Western in 2009, Naomi SimilaDickinson joined the Peace Corps with a desire to serve her country. “I looked at Peace Corps, Mercy Corps, and AmeriCorps, and decided Peace Corps was the best fit,” said Simila-Dickinson. “I also was not entirely sure what career path I wanted to follow, and two years seemed like a good idea to figure out which interest I wanted to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars . . . on [for] graduate school.” Initially wanting to
use her Spanish major to teach, Simila-Dickinson realized that she could combine her love of the language with her interest in politics and law and has decided to pursue a career in international law after her time with the Peace Corps. Serving in the Peace Corps has given her the opportunity to explore all of her interests, gaining skills and experience in a variety of areas. Dr. Mark Henkels, a former professor of SimilaDickinson, remembers her as a very focused and dedicated student who
talked a lot about joining the Peace Corps. “She was a motivated person,” said Henkels. “I could imagine her doing any number of things. Her joining the Peace Corps seemed a perfect jumping off point for her. She loved that sense of adventure. She had a great sense of service, but the people who join don’t do it just for that sense of service but for a type of self-fulfillment and I think she saw it both ways.”
PEACE CORPS SEE PAGE 6
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‘My Amazing Me’: CASA worker Christine Olson develops unique educational material for foster children
Working to pair Western students with at-risk foster teens, Olson hopes her creations will impact the approximate 463,000 children currently in foster care Jodessa Chappa | Freelancer
On a national scale, there were roughly 463,000 children in foster care in 2010. On average, 50 percent of these children will drop out of high school. Less than 13 percent of those that finish high school will enroll in higher education. Nearly half of the children in foster care today will become homeless when they exit or “age-out” of foster care. Christine Olson is trying to change these statistics. Christine Olson got her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Corban University and is currently working on her master’s in counseling at Corban. Olson has always been working toward a better life for all children in foster care. She started working as a case manager for the Court Appointed Special Advisor (CASA) Program in 2007 while she was getting her degree. She became the director of CASA in 2009. A short while later, a new federal statute was released urging workers to have an Age Appropriate Consultation with every child in foster care. “They introduced it to me then said, ‘Okay, now figure out how to do it,’” she said. The project had originated years before with a team of people gathered to brainstorm different methods; unfortunately, when the economy collapsed in 2008 the team dispersed and the idea was left behind. While working on her senior project, Olson decided to develop a training program herself for others working with foster children. Through her education she had obtained extra certificates in Mental Health and Children & Families. “This is where those extra certificates were a huge influence on this training,” she said. Olson developed an age appropriate consultation system that laid out what
she calls their “permanency plan.” She does her best to make sure children know what resources are available to them as they grow up. Then Olson adopted the same idea for teenagers so that they have a concrete plan when they exit foster care. The techniques she was using were wildly successful. As a result, the federal government and state systems wanted to know more about what Olson was doing and how she was talking to the kids. She wanted to spread the word but realized she needed the proper kit to do so, stating, “Instead of me going around and training everybody, I needed to be able to hand them a tool and say, ‘This is a tool that can be used for the Age Appropriate Consultation, and more.’ The point of this is to better their lives. It means that they have autonomy. It means that they have decision making in the process. They have not only the ability to make choices, but they also have the skills and the ability to follow through with those choices.” The tools that Olson developed first were the “Sumbunny” books. These books offer the chance for the children to have indirect and interactive interviews. “Children will disclose names of family and friends to the book, but not usually to adults,” she said. “They have places to draw, write and interact with the story.” “Sumbunny’s Visit” is designed to have children identify who is important to them, or who they used to see and spend time with before entering foster care. “Sumbunny’s Safe” helps children identify where their safe place is. “The book asks questions like, do you have a safe place? What does it look like? Who is in that safe place? This gives us
FOSTER CARE SEE PAGE 3
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them the large quantity of art Maurice had collected over the past 73 years. Since his wife died in 2008, Maurice, now 89, has been looking for someone to take his collection and sell his Vancouver home. With no one in his family set to inherit his sizable collection, Maurice’s imagination launched into flight. “My students were bored. They said school was all the same,” Maurice said. He wanted to make school more interesting and needed a solution to his own problem. With these motivators, Maurice dreamed up a competition for students and proposed it to UIC. “Fred wanted to see where the passion was,” Love explained. “[He wanted
students to] attack the issues they cared about.” For the competition, a student had to pick a project—any kind of project—and make a learning experience out of it. “[They had to] work out a way of doing
enrolled in, although it could relate to their major. Maurice donated the prize money for the contest to UIC, which the university labeled as the J. Dolores and Alfred P. Maurice Challenge Prize after Maurice and his wife.
“Art is a verb. I use art as a way of working things out. I consider solving problems to be my work as an artist.” - Alfred Maurice ARTIST
something that will put to use the knowledge they’ve acquired,” Maurice asserted. The students’ ideas had to pass a committee first, and they couldn’t be directly connected to any course they were currently
The prize for the 2009 contest was $5,000. The student who won interned at an HIV/AIDS clinic for men in Chicago and set up a program to build up the patients’ self-image. The contest was a success and UIC plans to continue it in
the future. However, while UIC accepted the donation and the contest idea from Maurice, they did not accept his art as endowment for the students, leaving the artist right back where he started. Perhaps one of the most unique elements of Maurice’s endowment is his lack of connection to Western. Maurice never attended the university, nor did he teach here. “He had unusual connections to the school,” Love said. “Most who donate were typically an Alumnus, or a parent of one at least.” Maurice’s only connection to Western, however, was through a friend he had in Vancouver. University President John Minahan, Ph.D, was contacted early last spring by the friend, a parent of a freshman attending Western.
Photo by | Emily Laughlin
With an ability to speak three languages -- and, as a kid, curse in nine -- Alfred Maurice has always had a love of learning, one that he hopes to pass on to a new generation of students. Now that he has given away his artworks and is in the process of selling his home, Maurice hopes to tackle the GPA. “The GPA is the greatest obstacle to learning, because students learn that they can’t afford to take a class that challenges them and get a ‘C,’” Maurice stated. “So, they find out what professors will give them an ‘A.’ And this is such a disservice to learning.” “He said that he knew a wonderful artist that I needed to speak to,” Minahan said. “He was right.” Minahan and Maurice met in March and began speaking about the artist’s work, house and the endowment was soon drawn up. Part of the endowment agreement states that students are responsible for appraising the art donated and selling it off piece by piece. The art is being archived at Hamersly Library and displayed for study by Western’s art students. The art will be sold over a period of time, to prevent a “firesale” and to give as many students as possible the chance to learn the art of appraisal. Maurice’s house, in turn, is
being appraised and sold by two business majors. “As the artwork is sold, the funds from the sale will go into the endowment,” Love explained. “In addition, the proceeds from the sale of the home will do the same.” President Minahan added that half of the house’s sale will go into the competition fund at UIC, while the other half will go into Western’s. For Maurice, the most important element of the endowment agreement is that it’s all about the students. Western will be hosting a contest similar to the one UIC adopted from Maurice during the 2011 Winter term. The competition will be open to undergraduates
only, which Love believes is a “good idea.” Sophomores and juniors of any major will be welcome to participate in the contest, with seniors and freshmen acting as the judging committee for the competition. “Students are involved in every single component of the endowment,” Love stated. Maurice challenges students to take something that they find important and convince others that it is important. No project is too big or small. The runner up for the competition at UIC based her project on proving her interview skills. She interviewed several people off the street about the importance of Lowrider Jeans. She didn’t do
something selfless or for the better of others, but she did tackle the problem the competition offered and solved it well. “She’ll be an excellent TV reporter one day,” Maurice laughed. “I’m positive of it.” Maurice is very passionate about the type of art people see every day. He spent several years studying buildings and skyline views, and put together a whole art show based on them. His point was that important things could be found anyplace, even in your backyard. “Art is a verb,” Maurice said. “I use art as a way of working things out. I consider solving problems to be my work as an artist.”
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Photo courtesy | Pete Souza
The $4.2 billion health care bill, signed by Obama during his family vacation in Hawaii, will serve the police officers, firefighters, paramedics
James Zadroga 9/11 Health Care Bill placed into law
While vacationing in Hawaii, Obama signs bill to benefit first responders in World Trade Center attacks Jake Logan | News Editor
While some members of Congress tried to block the act due to their concerns with it, the 9/11 Health Care Bill was nevertheless one of the last measures voted on before Congress adjourned this December. The bill passed with 206 in favor, 60 opposed and 168 members abstained from voting. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Bill, as it is formally known, is named after a New York City police officer who died from a respiratory disease he contracted during the rescue operations after the attacks on The World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. In total, 2,819 people died in the attacks on The World Trade Center, with 345 of them firefighters and paramedics, 28 NYPD officers and 37 Port
Authority officers. “I was honored to sign the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act to ensure that rescue and recovery workers, residents, students and others suffering from health consequences related to the World Trade Center disaster have access to the medical monitoring and treatment they need,” Obama stated in his Dec. 31, 2010 press release. “We will never forget the selfless courage demonstrated by the firefighters, police officers and first responders who risked their lives to save others. I believe this is a critical step for those who continue to bear the physical scars of those attacks.” A White House staff member flew the bill out to Hawaii when it failed to be
delivered to the president’s desk before he left the office on Dec. 22. Such measures were necessary in order to ensure that the 10 day window of opportunity to sign the bill into law was met. For this reason, no official ceremony was held for the signing. Funding for this $4.2 billion act will come from a number of foreign businesses that receive U.S. government procurement contracts. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (Dem.-N.Y.) stated, “At long last, the President’s signature has ended our nine-year struggle to address the 9/11 health crisis. The Zadroga law will save lives and fulfills our moral obligation to care for those who rose to the defense of America in a time of war.”
FACULTY, STAFF & STUDENTS You are invited to submit nominations for the
Mario & Alma Pastega Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2010-2011
This award is intended to provide recognition for faculty accomplishments in teaching, honoring work that engages and inspires students and increases their knowledge and interest in the profession, discipline or field. A complete list of criteria and nomination form for this award has been emailed to all faculty, staff and students at their WOU email account. You can pick up a copy of the nomination form at either the Provost or ASWOU offices if you can not access your WOU email. You may also request an email copy from email@example.com. If you have questions contact the Provost Office at 503-838-8271.
Nominations are due to the Provost Office, Administration Building, Room 202E, by 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 1, 2011. Last year’s recipient of the award was Karie Mize.
some natural resources in their lives. Instead of being in foster care maybe they can be in the home of somebody they already know, trust and love.” Olson also hopes that the books will help workers find people who have had a positive influence on each child’s life and keep them in contact with the children. Olson comments, “There is no reason why these kids can’t be visiting grandma and grandpa, their old friends or anyone else who helps lessen the trauma they go through when they first enter foster care.” If they can find a home and a support system early on, then they may not have to change schools and families as many times as they currently do. Several counties were using the books successfully and Marion County wanted a book they could use for teenagers. Olson kept that thought in mind and it came up again when she met with Kolton Sells. Sells had entered foster care in 2003 when he was 10-years-old. Olson became his CASA in 2004 and has been connected with him since then. Olson went to Sells’ Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting to help figure out why he was not engaging in his education. “He didn’t want to be in IEP because he felt that meant that he was slow, that he was behind,” she explained. “And, yes, he was behind, but that was because he had changed schools 12 times since entering foster care.” At the meeting, Olson relayed that Sells got frustrated and walked out. “I sat him down later and said, ‘Kolton you are not slow. You are bright. You always have your nose in a book, and if it kills me, I will see you succeed,’” she said. Olson asked him what he wanted to do and then worked with him to write out a plan to reach that goal. Since Olson began working with him, Sells has decided to become a counselor for foster youth because, he said, “I know what it’s like.” The two of them started with the highest level of education he would need and worked their way backward to where he is right now and what his first step would be. When Sells’ plan was complete and in motion, Olson asked him if he
would be willing to help her design something that they could give to other teens in the same situation as Sells. “He was all for it,” Olson said. The book they developed together is called “My Amazing Me,” and it gives at-risk teens the chance to draw their own road map for their future. “This book helps them realize that every word that comes out of their mouth and action they take is going to direct their path into the future,” Olson explained. “This helps them obtain a level of maturity and self-awareness.” The books have been used by CASAs and teens since March of 2010. Ashley Terrell, a freshman at Western, was placed in foster care at 17 and wishes she would have had this book. Terrell, now 20, was lucky enough to find a good foster home for her and her younger brother,
After reading and learning about the “My Amazing Me” books, Terrell remarked, “I think this can give [foster children] the motivation they don’t get from themselves or from the people around them. If you have a plan written out, it’s hard to hide from. It becomes tangible, it’s real. Terrell is now majoring in psychology and wants to use her experience to help children in the same situation by working as a mentor and counselor. Since publishing the books, Olson and Outsource Oregon Consulting Group have already seen great things come out of working with the new materials; however, Olson believes there is still much more work to be done. Part of this includes working with Western to pair university students with at-risk teens, have them fill out the “My Amazing Me” books and get them started in the right
“I want to see a decrease of children exiting foster care with no education and no skills. I want to see an increase of children leaving with self sufficiency skills – with skills to know how to obtain their future, how to get what they want and how to reach their dreams. That’s huge; they don’t even view that as an option in their lives right now.” - Christine Olson CASA CASE MANAGER
now 15, when she was 18. Terrell then went back to high school and got her high school diploma after dropping out of school two years earlier. “My lawyer and case worker were encouraging me to get my GED, but I could still get in on my high school diploma if I worked really hard,” Terrell said. “I wanted to be the first in my family to graduate from high school since I was five years old.” Terrell is a part of an extremely small percentage of youth that are successful after exiting foster care. She said her determination is driven mostly by the thought of her brother. “The biggest thing for me is that I want a life for me and my brother,” Terrell stated. “I don’t want him to end up like the rest of our family. I do it for him and myself. I want a better life for both of us.”
direction. “I want to see a decrease of children exiting foster care with no education and no skills,” Olson stated. “I want to see an increase of children leaving with self sufficiency skills – with skills to know how to obtain their future, how to get what they want and how to reach their dreams. That’s huge; they don’t even view that as an option in their lives right now.” Western students who are interested in becoming CASA volunteers are encouraged to attend the training for “My Amazing Me” on Feb. 16 and 23 at the Polk County Court House in the commissioner’s conference room. Students with questions or comments may contact Christine Olson at 503-623-9268 ext 1301 or email her at olson. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Setting the tone: musical interludes resonating in Werner receive a majority of positive reactions Three-decades old baby grand piano made available for campus community creates a relaxing atmosphere in Werner University Center, marks long-standing tradition in American history Heather Worthing | Freelancer
Photos by | Emily Laughlin
Junior Bryce Davis enjoys the pleasures of having a piano at his disposal. “Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietche believed these words and so do those who play and listen to the piano located on the first floor in the Werner University Center. For the last 37 years this baby grand piano has been bringing joy to those who play and listen. “I love hearing the music resonate through the whole center; everyone in the offices love it,” said Assistant Director for Operations Chelsee Blatner. Whether one is printing something from the computer lab, meeting in a conference room, buying text books or just passing through, the sounds of chords and melodies can constantly be heard. The chords and melodies of this particular piano stay in tune by John Brookman, Western’s very own piano technician. “On a regular basis, I service the piano about once a year and whenever there is a festival or special occasion,” said Brookman. The piano was bought from Weathers Music, located in Salem, Ore., for $5,140. “The Yamaha brand is second only after Steinway for the highest quality piano, so it’s really top notch,” continued Brookman. In 1979, the reason for the aforementioned price was given in the justification letter for the College Center, which stated, “Such a purchase will allow the college center to present appropriate musical activities with a piano that will allow performing artists to demonstrate their artistry at
the highest level.” Freshman Collin Poulton is one such musician who demonstrates his artistry by playing the Yamaha on first floor. “Playing the piano is just a great way of expressing my emotions when words fail,” said Poulton. When asked if there have been any negative responses to his or others playing, he told a story of a lady who was trying to sleep and asked him to move to another location. “She said I was giving her a headache, but that has been the exception and
an effect on minimizing stress, overcoming depression and even help control breathing, heart rate and lower blood pressure. Music has such a profound effect on the human body and psyche that there is a whole field in health care known as music therapy that is demonstrating improvements in patients, ranging from those inflicted with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) to patients with cancer. A strong beat can stimulate brain waves to resonate in sync with the beat. Faster beats bring sharper concentration and
“Playing the piano is just a great way of expressing my emotions when words fail.” - Collin Poulton FRESHMAN
everyone is usually really positive.” Dr. Diana Baxter, who teaches piano in addition to being the music department’s chair, stated, “I think students play that piano for relaxation and fun, not for serious practice. As a pianist all I can say is that there are never too many pianos to have fun on.” Studies show that playing the piano can have additional benefits to just having fun. Playing the piano increases concentration, coordination and self-esteem. If one lacks the needed skills to make notes into pleasing melodies, just listening to music can benefit a person. Studies have shown that listening to music can have
more alert thinking, while slower beats encourage a state of meditation and relaxation. “The only times where there seems to be less than relaxing or pleasant music played is when there is a big conference with lots of people passing through at once, but the majority of time all those who play are very respectful,” said Blatner. Pianos located around campus are an essential part of the community life for a variety of students and the Yamaha baby grand is one such piano that adds to the overall experience of entering into and relaxing in Werner, giving what many believe to be a distinctive tone to Western as a whole.
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Voodoo Catbox ‘Poster Extravaganza’ exhibit portrays the transitory nature of art, life Portland-based artist Gary Houston premiers his latest collection of original, hand-crafted posters at the Cannon Gallery Alicia Webb | Freelancer
For Houston, art is not about making money, but the chance to test one’s creativity and one’s willingness to find beauty in imperfection.
Photos by | Emily Laughlin
On Wednesday, Jan. 5, the Voodoo Catbox “Poster Extravaganza” by artist Gary Houston premiered in the Cannon Gallery located in Campbell Hall. This particular exhibit features a collection of screen-printed posters of various singers, bands and music festivals that are all hand-pulled by Houston and his team. Pulling prints involves the process of inking a plate or block, putting it and a sheet of paper through a press and then lifting, or “pulling,” the piece of paper from the plate or block. If Houston is working by himself, he is able to do about 3.5 pulls per minute. If he has other people working with him, they can collectively manage approximately six pulls a minute. One of Houston’s main rules while he is doing pulls is that he never prints blue at night, unless the color is already mixed. He does this because when it is dark out it changes the appearance of the colors
and he wants to know precisely what something will look like. Freshman Christine Cummings mentioned that while it is not her personal favorite type of art as she prefers things that are more realistic in nature, she still enjoyed the exhibit. She liked the texture and “block art” aspect of the pieces, stating that it reminded her of street art. Sophomore Spencer Miller stated that he “liked the way that borders were used on the pieces, such as how some of them are outside and others appear to be part of the picture itself.” Houston expressed that he feels it is important to make a difference to people through his art. This is going to be his 11th year participating in the Blues Festival, which benefits the Oregon Food Bank. “We can use this kind of work to help people,” said Houston, going on to state that he likes the temporal aspect of the work, the reality
that it isn’t going to last forever. One of the big reasons that he does his work by hand is that he likes not knowing exactly how things are going to turn out. “I don’t want to have everything spelled out,” said Houston. “I want to shoot from the hip.” This makes each poster unique, with Houston refusing to make reprints of posters that he has already made because he doesn’t want to do the same thing over and over just for money. “Sometimes things don’t come out exactly as you thought they were going to,” said Houston regarding the benefits of making his works by hand. “If you are going to fall down, why not fall down hard?” Houston believes that people should just find something that they like and go for it, stating, “People often say things like ‘I would like that, but…’ If you like something, like it. It shouldn’t have a bunch of
stipulations.” Assistant Professor and Exhibit Coordinator Paula Booth decided to host this exhibit because she felt that the musical theme would appeal to students. She also wanted to show students, especially art students, that it is possible to still make money making art by hand. “There is a fairly large printmaking and graphic design program here at Western,” said Booth. “It is important for students in those programs to see someone that is making a living in their profession, especially because they participate in a large screenprinting project during the winter term.” “These pieces won’t live forever,” Houston said. “It’s a reminder that life doesn’t live forever and that things can be here now and then gone in an instant.” For more information on Houston’s art, visit <<www.voodoocatbox. com>>.
A chance to fulfill personal and professional goals, pageant aims to put common misconceptions to rest
Application deadline nears for the annual pageant to determine the 2011 Miss Marion-Polk County Heather Worthing | Freelancer
Photo courtesy | Rachel Silver
Photo courtesy | Amee Erbele
Photo courtesy | Amee Erbele
(Left) Currently reigning Miss Josephine County Rachel Silver performs her required talent, piano, which counts for 35 percent of the overall score. (Middle) Miss Marion-Polk County Amee Erbele poses with a fellow title holder. (Right) Erbele (second from right) poses with fellow title holders. Scholarship. Style. Success. Service. These are the traits that the four points of the Miss Marion-Polk County crown represent. On April 30, women from the ages 17-24 will have the opportunity to compete for that crown and the amazing opportunities that accompany the title of Miss Marion-Polk. “This year has been a life changing experience. Not only have I received scholarship money that has allowed me to continue my education here at Western, but also I’ve had the opportunity to represent
this amazing community,” said Amee Erbele, the reigning Miss Marion-Polk 2010. The Miss MarionPolk pageant is a preliminary to Miss America, meaning that the lucky girl who receives the crown will go onto compete with other local title holders at Miss Oregon, scheduled to be held in Seaside, Ore. The young lady who is crowned Miss Oregon will compete then at Miss America. When the word pageant comes up, notions of catty girls, frantic stage
moms and too much makeup can be thought of, however, these are misconceptions. The Miss America system is all about giving young ladies opportunities they need to fulfill their personal and professional goals. Miss America is the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, over $45 million in cash and scholarships was made available not just to the women who competed at Miss America, but also to the 12,000 young women who competed at the local and state level.
The pageant network of Marion-Polk strives to help girls every step of the way. Rehearsals and workshops will be provided and girls who want to borrow evening gowns and pageant attire can do so in order to keep within a budget. “I am really excited to compete this year because it will allow me to be exposed to the community and really get the vibe of the place,” said freshman Rachel Silver who is the reigning Miss Josephine County. “I feel like any girl can do a pageant,” Silver
added. “It’s not about looks. The focus is on an interest in community and furthering your education.” Pageant night will consist of five events that will happen off and on stage. A private interview counts for 25 percent, talent 35 percent, evening wear 20 percent, lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit 15 percent and an onstage question counts for five percent of the overall score. “If I could tell girls who are thinking about competing one thing it would be to get rid of the
misconceptions about the pageant,” said Erbele. “You don’t have to sing or dance for your talent and it’s not all about beauty. My talent was a comical monologue, which I absolutely loved performing. I have been involved in the program for five years and the reason is I love what it stands for and promotes.” Applications for the competition are due no later than Jan. 15. Students can find and submit the necessary information at <<www.missmarionpolk. org/about.html>>.
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Mirroring these thoughts is fellow political science professor, Dr. Eliot Dickinson. “I remember talking with her about doing the Peace Corps and was really happy for her,” said Dickinson. “So many people join the Peace Corps with these grand ideas about how they are going to save the world, then they see what a mess it is, and come back and realize the absurdity of their naive good intentions. Some have great experiences. She is devoting her life to peace and to helping people, so I’m really glad to see this is fulfilling for her.” With the political turmoil in the Middle East at present, Simila-Dickinson did a lot of research of the country before accepting her invitation. “Jordan is a stable country, and they are very protective of the tourism industry, one of the main sources of income,” Simila-Dickinson stated. “Because of that, tourists and foreigners are pretty safe in [the] country. Beyond that, Peace Corps security keeps a keen eye on all the volunteers here. My landlord is also a police officer. With all that, I feel very safe here, and the Embassy keeps us well informed of any security issues in the region and will restrict our travel to problem areas when occasions arise.” Acclimating to her new surroundings was another task SimilaDickinson had to undergo. Being a predominantly Muslim country, she was expected to follow certain criteria out of respect for the culture. “In Jordan, it is easier for female volunteers to integrate into their communities,” she explained. “We are seen as less of a threat and therefore have more access to the homes. We get to meet the whole family, as opposed to the male volunteers who do most of their socializing in the workplace, or in the “sooq” (main shopping area of town). If a male volunteer gets invited to someone’s house, he may not meet the women and girls in the family. As a female, I am expected to go to other women/girls’ houses.” “To be accepted around the males in families, I am expected to not dress ‘American,’ so I wear loose clothing, and tunics that go to midthigh; I need to be covered
from collar-bone to wrist to ankle when I am in the village. I do not cover my hair, as I am not Muslim, and Jordanian women who are non-Muslim do not cover.” Simila-Dickinson is currently serving as a Youth Development Volunteer. “I work in a ministry girls’ youth center helping them develop their programs, as well as teach English and culture exchange,” said Simila-Dickinson. “Most days this means helping girls with their homework, and teaching conversational English. When people are interested, I teach and lead exercise classes. Right now I am working on a USAID funded project in my center, a computer and language lab. “I get to work on secondary projects, meaning outside my center. Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) is a secondary project that fits closely with my primary project and uses skills I gained from working four years at a camp. Camp GLOW is a camp for girls that encourages creativity and teaches goal setting and fosters self-esteem.” One of the reasons Simila-Dickinson accepted the invitation to serve in Jordan was because of her interest in Camp GLOW. During her two months of training, volunteers came and talked about different secondary projects that were available to partake in. “Camp GLOW is a Peace Corps worldwide
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Simila-Dickinson works with a group of students in Jordan at the Aqaba Camp. Peace Corps volunteers engage in their main project in addition to a number of secondary activities throughout their service. Simila-Dickinson’s secondary focus is educating and empowering young women in a club called GLOW. initiative that was begun in Jordan in 2008,” stated Simila-Dickinson. “I went to camp as a child, and then worked at camp every summer while I was in university. I believe that a week of camp does wonders to help kids socialize and learn independence. Camp GLOW is particularly special because it fosters critical thinking and creativity, as well as selfesteem in girls, which is not something that is directly sought here. This is not to say that is not accepted, but it is not something that is formally taught.” Since the founding of the organization in 2008, Camp GLOW in Jordan
has hosted over 80 young women between the ages of 13 and 17. Every day, the camp is dedicated to a different theme such as community development, body image, self-esteem building exercises and goalsetting, along with many other guided activities. Students display personal growth and express their new knowledge of what they believe a healthy and productive lifestyle can be. The cost of Camp GLOW averages $425 per student with an average cost of $9000 to fund the week-long camp. Money for the camp is raised annually through a variety of fundraising events that
(Top left) Simila-Dickinson conducts a practicum, working with a group of girls building independence and life skills. (Top right, bottom) Simila-Dickinson organizes group sports for her girls to play.
are organized by the Peace Corps GLOW Committee which is comprised of Simila-Dickinson as well as five other volunteers. “I was helping another volunteer with a summer project this last summer, and she had three girls there that had gone to Camp GLOW,” said Simila-Dickinson. “They, without being asked, took leadership roles, as well as asked the other volunteer if she would help them start a
club GLOW. This one week makes such a difference to the girls and leaves a lasting effect. People can check out the Camp GLOW Jordan page on Facebook to see updates.” Those interested in sponsoring a young woman to attend Camp GLOW or in donating to the camp or the Peace Corps can visit https:// www.peacecorps.gov/index. cfm?shell=donate.contribute. projDetail&projdesc =440-017.
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Portland-based company White Bird Dance presents ‘Fräulein Maria.’
Using the soundtrack from the film classic ‘The Sound of Music,’ this unique performance provides an interesting twist to a widely known story Jillian Calahan | Freelancer
This weekend, White Bird Dance will be alive with the sound of music as they present Doug Elkins & Friends’ “Fräulein Maria.” This piece is part of White Bird Dances’ annual season, and will be shown at Newmark Theatre in Portland, Ore. White Bird Dance is a Portland-based dance company that strives to bring the best regional, national and international dance companies to Portland, Ore. Its mission is to make dance exciting, fun and accessible to all Oregonians. Each year the company finds a diverse spread of dance companies and bring them to Portland in hopes of showcasing the best dance companies from across the globe to entertain Oregon residents. By doing this, White Bird Dance aims to reach new audiences with new ensembles, assist various dance venues and support existing and new dance companies by hosting them. This year, one of
their many talented dance companies is Doug Elkins & Friends from New York City, N.Y. The company will be performing its highly anticipated “Fräulein Maria.” The piece was created by multi-award winning Doug Elkins. His inspiration for the piece came through his fond memories of watching “The Sound of Music” with his son. He created “Fräulein Maria” as a type of love letter to his son after his divorce from his wife in 2006. “Fräulein Maria” uses the soundtrack of “The Sound of Music” by Rodgers and Hammerstein. However, the rest stems completely from the head of its creator, Elkins. The dancers use a combination of ballet, hip-hop, voguing, stepping, stomping and twirling along with many other dance techniques. According to the production notes, the Von Trapp children are hip-hop dancers in hoodies. There are also cross-dressing nuns
and many more surprises. The main character, Maria, appears in three different forms, one of which is a six-foot cross dresser. This is just one of the many ways in which Elkins has taken this musical and flipped it completely on its head, providing a fresh and comedic take on the classic musical. This is not purely dance on an empty stage; rather, the dance incorporates dancing Alps and fluttering hillsides that come alive with the sound of music. “The New York Times” boasts that the show is “a ceaselessly brilliant and often hilarious take on ‘The Sound of Music.’” “Fräulein Maria” is codirected by Barbara Karger and Michael Preston and choreographed by Elkins. Elkins is a two-time receiver of the prestigious Bessie award, a New York Dance and Performance Award given to people who exhibit innovative and original choreography, music compositions, visual
design and excel in other areas of performing arts Elkins began his career as a B-boy, touring the world with break dancing groups for many years. He founded the Doug Elkins Dance Company in 1988, and performed nationally and internationally until the company dissolved in 2003. He stayed out of the spotlight for a few years, but came out with guns blazing with “Fräulein Maria” in 2006 with his new company, Doug Elkins & Friends. He currently teaches at The Beacon School in Manhattan, N. Y. “Fräulein Maria” will be shown at Newmark Theatre in Portland on Jan. 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. The performance runs 65 minutes without an intermission. Ticket prices range from $22 to $60, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or through Newmark Theatre’s Box Office.
“It Gets Better” Project hosted at Western Feb. 10 Aimed at establishing a safe environment for LGBT kids and teens, students gain opportunity to create inspirational messages for campus community Christina Tilicki | Culture and Campus Life Editor
Despite the advancements made within civilizations across the globe, one problem with a seemingly simple solution has yet to be solved: bullying. Within recent years Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) children and teens have been increasingly harassed due to their sexual orientation, with a study conducted by the University of North Carolina reporting that 83.2 percent of LGBT high school students admitted to being verbally bullied (from name-calling to threats) because of their sexual orientation. With homosexual teens three times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual counterparts, celebrities, politicians and
various other individuals from around the nation have come together to form the “It Gets Better” project. It is the aim of this movement to make LGBT students from all walks of life more aware of the mentors and resources available to them. The project is predicated on a series of videos produced by thousands of people – from well-known icons to high school and college students – whose goal it is to create a positive, harassment-free world for people of all sexual orientation. At Western, a warm and welcoming community for all is a shared goal. In an attempt to achieve this, Western is hosting a kickoff party featuring videos filmed by local students, faculty and staff members.
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“When I was a student at Western, in the early 1990’s, it was a very different time and place to be someone questioning her sexual orientation,” CM Hall stated in a press release to the Western community. “Since that time, it’s gotten better for Western students, faculty and staff, but we can make a difference for current and future Western students and past alumni by showing them that Western’s community cares [and] is active and organized to ensure that everyone feels safe and welcome here.” Western community members who create videos can upload them to the “It Gets Better” website at <<www.itgetsbetter.org>> or YouTube, with projects displayed at the Premiere
Party on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. “Whether it is spoken, sung, danced, mimed, acted or performed, all submissions are welcome,” CM Hall stated. “Let’s showcase who we are and that Western Oregon University is a campus we all can take pride in and show our welcoming spirit to all.” All video links and applications for showcase should be sent to CM Hall at hallcm@ wou.edu. Students should include their name, whether their submission is a video, artwork, dance, song, etc., how long it is, the web link and whether you are student, faculty or staff member.
“Highpoint of Persistence: The Miriam Richards Story” Western professor Miriam Richard’s looks to conquer mountains, encourages readers to overcome life’s obstacles toward achieving one’s dream Joanna Walker | Freelancer
Both around the states and around the world, from 345 feet to higher than 21,000 feet, Western’s special education professor Miriam Richards has reached the summit of mountains and highpoints all across the continents. In her self-published book, “Highpoint of Persistence: The Miriam Richards Story,” she not only shares her adventures, but encourages her readers to not allow life’s mental or physical adversities—no matter how severe—overcome them, but rather face the challenge and conquer those “mountains” of their own. Richards has faced her own obstacles within her lifetime. For one, she is Deaf. Born in Canada and raised by hearing parents, Richards has had to overcome challenges that many will never have to face. However, her inability to hear didn’t stop her from enjoying life to the fullest and becoming an outdoorswoman and a skilled athlete in an array of sports. Eventually, Richards was introduced to the sport of high pointing, which is finding the highest point of a state or country and submitting it. Upon her discovery of this sport that not many have heard about, she made it her goal to – as is said in ASL – “touch finish” each of the 50 states’ highest points. Richards takes you on her journey as she climbs up dangerous trails, endures horrible storms and eventually battles the harsh physical conditions of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Within her book, readers will witness the incredible accomplishments of a Deaf woman who received encouragement and praise from fellow mountaineers and guides as she struggled to complete some of the hardest climbs and battles one could face. Readers can follow along with the excerpts from Richards’ journal in order to gain a sense of her thoughts and feelings during those various experiences, read about different climbs from her parents’ and one of her favorite climbing partner’s, Hilary White, perspectives. Journey up the mountains, feel the fear of not knowing if your daughter – or friend – will return because of weather warnings for that mountain and enjoy the beauty of the scenery as Richards ascends each new peak. Since the publishing of her book, Richards has attempted the Denali summit again. Although she gained more distance than during her first attempt, she had to accept another defeat due to health reasons. In her book, Richards remarked, “I don’t like having to say, ‘I completed 49 ¾ high points.’” When asked if she would attempt another summit to conquer Denali, Richards said that she would humbly accept the 49 and two Denali attempts. Richards has taught at Western for 10 years and has been across the U.S. giving presentations about her summits. She has also worked with giving MS presentations, informing others of what it is and the effects of this disease. Wherever life leads, Richards looks to the future with an attitude of perseverance, stating, “I will never give up; I will never say ‘I can’t.’ Life is out there to grab opportunities.”
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College: High school 2.0? A c c o u n t a b i l i t y. Responsibility. Dedication. Respect. I am alarmed by the seemingly rapid deterioration of these values, with the college experience appearing more and more like high school 2.0. This type of system is detrimental to a student’s growth. Far too many students I encounter on campus feel some sense of entitlement – as though their mere presence in class is enough to warrant them receiving a passing grade and, eventually, a diploma. Of course, this is not true of all students. Some individuals attend college to expand their knowledge and push themselves towards new understandings and perspectives – which is all the more reason why those students whose only intention it is to skate through college with the least amount of work possible need to be called out. These students undermine the hard work put in by those students who truly want to make the most of their college experience, and they re-enforce the
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growing stereotype that college students exude unwarranted privilege. Our education system is being increasingly geared toward a lack of selfsufficiency on the part of students. New Student Week, for one, has a few elements that contribute to this. While I think that the idea of a week devoted to introducing freshmen and new transfer students into college has merit, some aspects of the week rub me the wrong way for the very reason that they promote a lack of responsibility on the part of students – ironic, since I do believe that the aims of the week’s coordinators are sincerely the opposite. Unfortunately, far too many of the week’s guest speakers over-promote the need for students to stay away from alcohol and drugs, to go to class and to treat one another with respect. Now,
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I’m not contending with the validity of these speakers’ statements – for the most part, all of their ideas are fine points to be made. What bothers me is the fact that the university feels these generic statements need to be made at all. To my way of thinking, these speakers belong at a high school where students are still under the wing of their parents or guardians and may need to receive extra guidance elsewhere. These statements, however, should not be necessary in a adult setting such as college, nor should such sessions be labeled “mandatory” as each year many of them are. By the time a student enters college, they need to be aware of the vices of this world (whatever they personally deem them to be), be in charge of making their own decisions and, of course, seek out extra on an individual basis should they feel the need to do so. Packing a gym full of students and forcing them
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Cons of repeal of DADT Christina Tilicki Campus Life Editor
During the past few weeks, news of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) has hit every radio station, broadcast news station and newspaper. The policy has been controversial from day one with regards to equal treatment (or the lack of) and discrimination. Though I feel that gays and lesbians have the right to serve openly in the military, I believe that there should be some necessary directives these individuals must follow should they choose to serve openly. In basic training, for example, men and women sleep in separate, gender specific barracks. A former soldier in the army that I know recalled that she had female roommates until the time that she went on field training missions. At this time, she was the only female in a tent full of men and was given tarps to put up around her bed to ensure she had the privacy she needed and wanted. This privacy amongst opposite sexes is necessary when serving in the military, as it should be in nearly any situation. This separation ensures that our military men and women don’t have to worry about inappropriate advances and that no inappropriate, consensual behaviors commence. In one’s private life, you’re allowed to do whatever you want. What happens in your bedroom is your business and it should remain just that: private. In a setting where you are bunked with a group of fellow soldiers, one should maintain a professional outlook and refrain from any such conduct. With gays and lesbians able to serve openly, it is a
wide-spread and valid concern that inappropriate advances from individuals of the same sex will become common and accepted. If men and women are not allowed to bunk together unless married and in military housing, why should gay men be allowed to bunk together? This decision was based on an individual’s biological sex versus their gender preferences. If anyone should feel uncomfortable, whatever their orientation may be, the necessary measures need to be taken, such as tarps surrounding ones bed, to avoid an awkward situation. Homosexuals – as well as everyone regardless of gender preferences – should keep these thoughts and opinions to themselves rather than flaunting it by making comments that allude to their sexuality. Don’t make it obvious that you have the hots for your roommate; such behavior is inappropriate for a straight man and woman who find themselves in a tent together on a training mission; as it should be for two homosexual individuals. Heterosexual couples don’t flaunt their “straightness” in their co-worker’s faces; homosexuals should follow the same precedent. I feel that the flaunting of such gender preferences is where the majority of concern regarding homosexuals stems from. You don’t see “married couple” or “straight” parades. The over-the-top display of their sexuality is what makes many fear their lifestyle. Though I believe that there is nothing wrong with their lifestyle choices, I would personally be uncomfortable if a lesbian started hitting on me in the showers or stared at me while I was dressing in the barracks. I would like to make it clear that this is not reflective
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Facts for fascinating photos Emily Laughlin Photo Editor
For those of you interested in photography, I thought that I would help you out by giving you a few basic tips for taking better pictures. You don’t always need a professional camera, but you do need to know how to use it. If you’re using just a basic point and shoot camera, you can still get good photos by watching your lighting and your framing. For instance, when you’re taking a picture of a couple friends, be sure to look out for objects in your background. It’s really easy to take a picture you think is great, but when you look closer, you have a telephone pole sticking out of a person’s head. Also, when using a flash you want to be careful that it doesn’t completely white out an individual’s face. So watch the distance between your
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of past incidents. I would also like to emphasize that this possible behavior would constitute sexual harassment. In any workplace environment, this harassment is not tolerated. It is irrelevant if the sexual harassment in question is between a man and a man, a woman and a woman or a man and a woman. It is inappropriate and unacceptable and these rules must be followed by all. For a long while, I felt that if there were individuals who were uncomfortable being bunked with a homosexual co-worker, certain accommodations should be made to ensure they didn’t feel uncomfortable and cause no animosity. However, I have come to realize that this would indeed cause unnecessary segregation which, ultimately, is what we are striving to fight against. If separate bunking is not an option due to the possibility of segregation, homosexual individuals must agree to follow the same standards heterosexuals have to adhere to and need to refrain from any advances unless specifically off base and off the clock. As members of the
camera and your subject. The closer you are, the brighter the flash will be on your subject. When you are trying to shoot creatively, another good thing to remember is that sometimes a picture that is off center can be more interesting that a picture that is perfectly centered. (See top right and middle right pictures.) If you’re lucky enough to own a professional SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera, the best advice I can give you is to do your best to shoot in manual. With manual you have so many more options in creating a beautiful picture. However, if you’re unfamiliar with the manual setting it can be difficult. With the manual setting, you can change your International Organization for Standardization (ISO), shutter speed and aperture. For ISO, the general rule is the higher the ISO, the brighter the picture. This is good for indoor pictures. However, the downside is that the higher the ISO, the grainier the picture.
With shutter speed, the faster the shutter speed, the sharper the image. Faster shutter speeds are useful when shooting sports. For example a slow shutter speed could be 1/30 and a fast shutter speed could be 1/500. There is a technique called panning that is done with different shutter speeds. Panning keeps your subject sharp while the background is blurred. You could set your shutter speed to 1/40 and then follow your subject with your camera. (See bottom right picture.) The aperture is the amount of light that is allowed into the sensor. It is also known as the f-stop. The lower the aperture (f/4), the more light is allowed in. The higher the aperture (f/22), the less light that is allowed in. The white balance is also important. Most SLR cameras will have settings according to your surroundings. For instance, whether or not you are using a flash or if it is an overcast day. There are also settings on your camera that will give you a choice
to shoot in monochrome (a.k.a ‘black and white’). However, it is always smart to avoid that. If you want, after you take the picture in color, you can always go into Photoshop or another photo editing program and change it to black and white or sepia. If you’re ever shooting an event, always remember to not stand in front of the people enjoying the event. I like to say that unless you’re doing a one on one shoot, or one where you need to interact with your subjects, that an invisible photographer is a good photographer. You can capture the special events without distracting from the important moments. All in all, photography can be very exciting and I would encouraged you to pursue it if it is something that interests you. If you would like a chance to practice and expand your skills, the “Western Oregon Journal” offers freelance opportunities for photographers (and writers). If you are interested, or have any questions, feel free to email me at elaughlin@ westernoregonjournal.com.
military, whether an enlisted soldier or a commanding officer, there is a need to provide a good example to our country, the world and most importantly, our youth. Sexual harassment from any individual to another is wrong and should in no way be the example we want to promote to young children who look up to the military. Just because DADT was repealed, doesn’t give gays and lesbians the right to act inappropriately and embarrass our country. Though such behavior is in no way inevitable, standards must be met by everyone of every orientation. This policy could just as easily be repealed again if they fail to follow rules responsibly. This is an assumption, not a prediction. I know all too well that it only takes one bad seed to spoil it for everyone. Heterosexual individuals should respect their homosexual colleagues and vice versa. If straight individuals are required to respect the lifestyle choices of their gay co-workers, then gay individuals should respect their co-workers and not make advances or flaunt their sexuality. Respect is a universal virtue and is one we should all follow regardless of our personal feelings.
small group of responsible, accountable students are forced to keep their fellow students in line. Students – adults – shouldn’t scurry to hide their alcohol from their RA, or have their mom yell at their supervising student because they failed to properly clean their dorm room and follow check-out protocols before their parent arrived to pick them up. In a world in which these students recognize their need to act like adults, the job of an RA successfully becomes that of a mediator, a counselor and a source of helpful guidance, not that of a babysitter. College shouldn’t be a pit stop before entering the real, adult world. Naturally, there is a different sense of community that is created at a university in a way that can not or does not often develop outside of college; nevertheless, this sense of community shouldn’t be used as an excuse to act out to the detriment of other students. This is not to say that students who are struggling shouldn’t be helped. On the contrary, one of the best things about the college atmosphere is one’s ability to seek out guidance. However, students still need to be self-motivated and proactive. Over the last few years, I have found that accountability among students is alarmingly low:
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to sit through sermons – because at the end of the day these messages can’t help but sound preachy – masked as comedy is ineffective. Students will walk into that gymnasium feeling however they do about the subject at hand, and it is fairly unlikely they will undergo a lifechanging experience during the session, especially since, let’s face it, they came for the comedy anyway. Students aside, the university shouldn’t feel the need to take these measures. These students are adults – new adults to be sure, but isn’t the whole point of high school to be that preparation for adult life, and to some extent college life too? Unfortunately, many students today aren’t prepared to act like adults because they know they can get away with being immature as a result of the rules put in place by college campuses – rules that re-enforce the idea that college students don’t need to be fully accountable or responsible for themselves. Take Resident Assistants (RAs), for instance. Now, all of my respect goes to these RAs and the long, often thankless hours they put in. Indeed, it is for this exact reason that I bring up such an organization. More often than not, this
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students don’t do their work and then want to ask for extensions; they show up to their campus jobs an hour late; they don’t put in their share of the workload for projects. And the excuse is always the same: “Sorry, I was really busy.” In most cases, I don’t doubt the truth of this statement: college life is nothing if not hectic. However, there are many flaws to the logic of a student who believes that “being busy” warrants simply not attempting to complete an assigned task. The sad truth is that as adults, we will alwways be busy; therefore, as adults, we must find the time to get all of the tasks put before us done, and we can’t rely on the excuse that “we’re busy.” We have to find the time, or suffer the very real consequences. Furthermore, if someone fails to pull their weight within a group effort, he/she, forces another individual to inevitably do it for him/her. And, more often than not, this person’s life is just as busy; nevertheless, this individual will find the time to complete the task because in the end it has to be done, and they understand that. Whether it’s a lack of accountability on the part of students and responsibility or the part that the college system
plays in perpetuating the idea that students can have an endless supply of “doovers,” this attitude of college as a second high school (as a “do-over” itself) has to stop. By giving students a free pass to be immature, we aren’t preparing them to go out into the world as capable adults. Age is no excuse; being a freshman in college shouldn’t allow students to be less accountable. In fact, all freshmen should feel outraged at the notion that they are seen as anything less than adults. Still, we make excuses: “Oh, he’s a freshman,” or, “Oh, she’s only a sophomore.” True, perhaps, but they are all adults, and at that point it shouldn’t really matter what year they’re labeled under. College should be about emulating what the real, professional world will be like while providing guidance for students to grow to a greater understanding of what it means to be critically thinking members of society. It shouldn’t be a place for immature adults to avoid growing up. Responsibility. Accountability. Dedication. Respect. These should be cornerstone values of our society. If an individual isn’t ready to attempt to uphold them, then he or she isn’t ready for college either and no one – not the education system or the student – should feel otherwise.
Sad day in baseball world, America Chris Reed Managing Editor
Surely by now we’ve all heard about the tragedy in Arizona this weekend in which Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in an assassination attempt. It was a terribly sad Saturday in Tucson, one that saw six lives taken by the hands of gunman Jared Lee Loughner. One of those lives belonged to 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green. The next day, Yahoo Sports and ESPN.com revealed that she was the granddaughter of former Philadelphia manager Dallas Green and the daughter of Los Angeles Dodgers scout John Green. The impact on the baseball world was immediate. “[Christina] was a talented young girl with a bright promising future,” said Philadelphia team president David Montgomery. “Her untimely death weighs heavily on our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families affected by yesterday’s horrific shooting.” The Green family is also deep in the thoughts and prayers of another team on the opposite end of the country: “We lost a member of the Dodgers family today,” said Los Angeles owner Frank McCourt. “The entire Dodgers organization is mourning the death of John’s daughter Christina, and will do everything we can to support John, his wife, Roxana, and their son, Dallas, in the aftermath of this senseless tragedy. I spoke with John earlier today and expressed condolences on behalf of the entire Dodgers organization.” So who was ChristinaTaylor Green? Interested in politics, the girl was recently elected to her elementary school’s student council and aspired to change the American political system to one that is more civil and harmonious. Ironically, it was the very barbaric and violent side of politics that Christina wished to stifle that spelled her ultimate fate. In perhaps an even stranger coincidence, she was born on one of this country’s most catastrophic days: Sept. 11, 2001. The day of her birth will always be remembered as a disastrous one marked by terrorism and attacks against America, and now the day of her passing will always be in that same unfortunate
category. According to accounts of those who knew Christina well, she was always considerate and enjoyed taking care of her older brother, Dallas (named after their famous grandfather), who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome. Her grandfather was not the only family member who participated in athletics (he pitched in the major leagues prior to becoming a manager). Christina was a secondbaseman on a local Little League team. No, not Little League softball; she was the lone girl in an all-boys Little League baseball team in an all-boys league. That was, of course, in addition to her pursuits of gymnastics and ballet. Why am I telling you about all of this? Because this matters. Almost none of what I write about in these columns actually matters. So what if I think baseball players should stop chewing? Who cares what my stance is on where the Oregon Ducks are ranked in the latest national poll? And why should anyone think that my opinion on the Seattle Seahawks making the playoffs is important? These topics can be entertaining, sure, and sometimes I publish articles on topics that may have further implications beyond what is put into print. But not like this. What occurred in Arizona this past weekend can be tied into sports, albeit loosely (after all, Dallas Green led the Phillies to their first-ever World Series title in 1980). But what’s more important is that the shooting’s aftermath transcends sports. Think back to Monday’s football game between Oregon and Auburn. You think that the death of Christina-Taylor Green and five others had no effect on the game? Oregon coach Chip Kelly will assert that his team is able to overcome adversity and I’m sure Auburn’s head man Gene Chizik will echo that sentiment. But the facts remain the same. This is a terrible tragedy that touches the world of sports, yes; however, it should also serve as a reminder to serious, diehard fans that there is another world out there, a world of peace and war, love and hate, celebration and mourning and life and death. Let us hope that living in the world of sports — the world of victory and defeat, triumph and heartbreak and overcoming adversity – can help us cope and live in the real world.
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Combining physical training and positive thinking, Wolves prepare for Husky Preview on Jan. 15 Coaches and student athletes share their training methods and target aspirations for the 2011 track and field season Paige O’Rourke | Editor-in-Chief
Monday, Jan. 3, marked the first official day of practice for Western’s track and field athletes, at which time hurdlers, jumpers and distance runners alike could be found sharpening their diverse set of skills on and around campus. “We are excited to see everything coming together successfully,” Assistant Coach Jessica Harper said. “One of the training philosophies we hold is that you should ‘always make the people around you better,’ and we’ve seen this already in the athletes out at practice. The returners have demonstrated considerable maturity in training dedication and focus, and the new members have caught on quickly.” As is true during each track and field season, the student athletes hope to prove themselves formidable competition during their conference meets, gain recognition and honors on an individual and team level and earn a spot among the teams to compete at indoor and outdoor nationals. “I’d like to be able to walk away this season being a part of a fourpeat in the men’s indoor championships,” senior hurdler Jordan Werner said. “If we win this year, that will mean to the seniors that every time our program has set foot in Boise State’s indoor facility, we’ve walked out team champions.” Physical and Mental Preparation Harper explained that over the years a greater focus on core-strength exercises has evolved during track and field practice, including the use of medicine balls and dynamic drills. “Many of the coaching methods we use are a compilation of old, new and modified methods that have been proven to build both team and individual athlete performance,” she stated. As a distance runner, senior Brandon Snook understands the importance of putting in the time and the miles when it comes to
a sport like track and field. “I like to do a lot of dynamic strengthening work that targets all my other muscles that I might not use very much while running, includ[ing] hurdle drills, frog hops, onelegged hops, and running up and down hills,” he said.
in time to meet his hoped for placement or time. In Werner’s opinion, there’s no room for negative thoughts if an athlete wants to achieve success. “I’ve realized that if I get into the blocks with even a hint of negativity toward my race and how
triple,” thereby fulfilling a longstanding personal goal. Fresh from her cross country season, senior mid-distance runner Annan Applebee explained that down time is crucial for all athletes when making the transition from one season to the next; however, the runner noted that the term ‘down time’ can mean a variety of things to a different athletes, including an opportunity for crosstraining (such as swimming or biking), distance running or taking a break from one’s daily run altogether. After running the 2010 indoor season with tendinitis and subsequently missing out on the chance to compete in outdoor track and field, Applebee has a new-found appreciation for the importance of caring for one’s body. “In this past year, I have learned that running cannot be my everything,” Applebee said. “I have learned that patience and hard work will help a person achieve great things. I have learned that the struggles we go through — whether in school, sports or life — will not last forever. I have learned how important it is to cherish each run, because you never know when it could be your last. Most importantly, I have learned that I want to be involved with this sport — whether competing or coaching — for a long time.” The teams will open their season this upcoming weekend with the Husky Preview set to take place Jan. 15 in Seattle, Wash. “It has been exciting to see how smoothly the whole team has transitioned into supporting each other in practice,” Harper stated. “You can almost feel the positive energy out on the track when the whole team is out there. It’s a fun atmosphere to be in – for the athletes and for the coaches.”
“Everyone at the collegiate level has a great ability to compete, that’s why we’re here. However, if you aren’t focused and mentally prepared when you step in the blocks, on the runway or in the ring, chances are you’re not going to compete at your potential.” - Jordan Werner HURDLER
Physical training is not the only necessary component of competition, however, with Snook going on to state that he mentally prepares for the season by “either hiking out in the woods or taking care of my ladies (my chickens) when I’m at home over the break.” Werner too outlined the necessity of going beyond simply training one’s body, noting that track and field is as an equally demanding mental sport as it is a physical one. “Everyone at the collegiate level has a great ability to compete, that’s why we’re here,” he stated. “However, if you aren’t focused and mentally prepared when you step in the blocks, on the runway or in the ring, chances are you’re not going to compete at your potential.” Part of Werner’s personal preparation involves positive thinking, such as taking a moment each day during the season to envision himself running a set of perfect hurdles and crossing the finish line just
it’s going to go, I won’t run how I want to,” he said. “Coach always tells me to ‘keep it between the lines,��� meaning to not get distracted by the people around me because when it comes down to it, they don’t matter; it’s just me, 110 meters and 10 hurdles.” Getting back into the swing of things Junior jumper Ashley Potter acknowledged that a positive attitude can be difficult to maintain at the beginning of the track season when all of the athletes are still attempting to get back into the swing of things, stating, “Pre-season I try to get in as much conditioning and weight training as possible to set a good foundation for when competition starts. Especially for this year, I have [been] trying to stay healthy and not let the little aches and pains get the best of me.” Alongside her desire to earn qualifying marks for both the indoor and outdoor nationals competition, it is Potter’s hope to “jump 19’ in long jump and 40’ in
2011 Indoor Track & Field Schedule Date
1/15/2011 1/29-30/2011 2/12/2011 2/18/2011 3/5/2011 3/11/2011
Husky Preview UW Invitational Husky Classic GNAC Indoor Championships Willamette Preview (outdoor opener) NCAA Division II Indoor Nationals
Seattle, Wash. Seattle, Wash. Seattle, Wash. Nampa, Idaho Salem, Ore. Albuquerque, N.M.
January 12, 2011
Men’s basketball defeats SFU and WWU at home
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Sophomore Tarance Glynn soars for two of his career-high 33 points.
Glynn leads Western with 33 points to defeat SFU, Long, Wheadon combine for 46 points in 84-81 overtime win over WWU Matthew Curran | Freelancer
Western’s men hosted a basketball game in Monmouth for the first time since early December. Their opponent, Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) newcomer Simon Fraser. Simon Fraser (SFU), a university in western Canada, came into the game on a three game losing skid. On Thursday, Jan. 6, Western held off a furious second half comeback to win the game 95-80. The most impressive stat of the game is a career-high 33 points and 14 rebounds from
sophomore Tarance Glynn. “[Glynn] is an active player and he came ready to play tonight,” said head coach Craig Stanger. “Offensively, he attacked the basket and that is what we have been preaching to him all season.” The first half of the game was tightly contested throughout. Towards the end of the half, the Wolves went on a 19-5 scoring run. The Wolves out-rebounded SFU by 10 rebounds and outscored them in second chance points, 31-25.
In the second half, Glynn took over the game. He scored 21 of his 33 points in the half including a spectacular alley-oop from junior Blair Wheadon that sealed the momentum for the game. SFU made a strong comeback by cutting the lead to four points with 3:52 left in the game. After a Western timeout, junior Kyle Long and Glynn scored the next 12 points in a two minute span to put the game away. Western’s bench proved to be the difference in the game. They outscored
SFU’s bench 26-5 and freshman DeAngelo Davis came off the bench to contribute seven points. “The guys are playing well together and fueling off each other,” Stanger concluded. On Saturday, Jan. 10, Western faced a much tougher test against Western Washington (WWU). WWU marched into Monmouth winning seven of nine games and were currently undefeated against GNAC opponents. Western had to use all their tricks to win an overtime thriller over WWU, 84-81. The win bumped up Western’s record to 9-7 overall and 4-2 in the GNAC. WWU fell to 8-4 overall and 3-1 in the GNAC. Western trails Alaska Anchorage by two games for first place in the GNAC. Perhaps the only word one can use to describe a game like this is “battle.” Both teams shot the ball over 40 percent and there were 13 lead changes and 12 ties. The starting backcourt duo of Wheadon and Long combined for 46 points and 10 steals. “They are our veterans,” explained Stanger about Long
and Wheadon. “This is their team and it shows. I couldn’t be more proud of their attitude and their resiliency.” The first half was back and fourth with Western holding onto a narrow 47-41 lead. The second half was more of a defensive battle compared to the offensive show in the first half. WWU had a 66-65 lead with 5:54 remaining in the game. The Wolves stepped up the defensive pressure and went on a 7-0 run to take a 72-66 lead. WWU then responded by cutting the lead to one point and Western was narrowly hanging onto the lead. The final minute of the game was pure madness. With a one point Wolf lead, WWU’s John Allen missed a lay-up which led to a quick dunk by Western’s Terrance Glynn. With 17 seconds left in the game, Western had a 74-71 lead. WWU called a timeout to set up a play to send the game into overtime. The final play of regulation was a great defensive effort from the Wolves, but Chris Mitchell drained a three pointer over two defenders to tie the game. In overtime, Western had to get the momentum back
after the heart-breaking three pointer at the end of regulation. WWU made the first basket in overtime, but Western junior Jordan Freelander responded by making an incredible acrobatic lay-up. With less then a minute remaining in overtime, WWU turned the ball over on two different possessions that resulted in two lay-ups by Glynn that put Western up 84-81. “Winning this game shows how even the conference is,” explained Stanger about beating the previously undefeated GNAC team. “We believe we can win and we won the war at the free-throw line.” A major reason why Western was able to compete in this game was the freethrow shooting. They made 21 of 24 free-throws and held WWU to only 11 free-throw attempts. The Wolves traveled to Lacey, Wash. to face the Saint Martin’s Saints on Jan, 11. The results were unavailable at press time. Western’s next game is a trip to Alaska Anchorage on Thursday, Jan. 20. Alaska Anchorage is on a current 11-game winning streak.
Men’s Basketball Men’s Basketball GNAC Standings CONF.
Alaska Anchorage Central Washington Western Washington Western Oregon Saint Martin’s Seattle Pacific Montana State Billings Simon Fraser Northwest Nazarene Alaska Fairbanks W=Win
W 4 4 3 4 3 2 2 1 1 0
L 0 1 1 2 3 2 4 3 4 4
W 12 11 8 9 10 8 4 2 5 3
L 3 2 4 7 6 4 9 8 7 8
H 7-1 3-1 6-0 8-2 4-3 4-2 2-4 2-0 4-4 2-5
A 2-0 3-0 1-1 1-3 3-3 3-1 1-5 0-4 0-3 0-2
N 3-2 5-1 1-3 0-2 3-0 1-1 1-0 0-4 1-0 1-1 N=Neutral
Women’s basketball defeats SFU, lose to WWU Zahler, Peterson combine for 50 points against SFU, Wolves lose first GNAC game of the season against WWU Hannah Swanson | Freelancer
Western played against the newest member to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC), Simon Fraser, on Thursday, Jan. 6, in Burnaby, B.C. The Wolves won over Simon Fraser (SFU) to top the standings at 6-6, 4-0 in the GNAC and continue the program’s best-ever start in conference play. SFU fell to 3-6 overall, 0-4 in the GNAC, making this, their fifth straight loss. The game started out at as a tug-of-war for possession and points. The game was tied
seven times in the first period. It was sophomore Lorrie Clifford who broke the tug-ofwar play with a lay-up to give the Wolves the 37-32 lead. Senior Sara Zahler added to the scoreboard after SFU missed, making the score at half 40-32. Zahler came back in the second half with back-to-back shots that put Western in a 13 point lead. SFU started a comeback of 10 points, but Zahler kept up, making the score 48-35 with 17:29 left to play. The Clan slowly
started to close the gap, especially after four free throws with the score 75-66 with less than three minutes left. Zahler and junior Rylee Peterson answered back with a combined 13 points, with sophomore guard Hannah Whitsett finishing the game with a three pointer which put away the game 84-74. Zahler and Peterson scored 25 points apiece and also scored 5-6 and 5-7 for three pointers, respectively. The team also had a season high of 22 assists and 18 turnovers. The Wolves played another GNAC game, this time in Washington on Jan. 8. However, this game came as a loss to Western Washington, 83-67. Peterson led the team with 19 points scored and nine rebounds. The Wolves
started with a lead of 20-10 in the 13th minute. WWU fired back and tied the score at 25 for both teams with 7:55 left. In the last minutes of the period the teams traded points, but WWU went to the locker room with a 41-39 lead.
In the second period, the Vikings came strong, starting off by bumping their lead up to 54-45. Western came back the next minute to close the gap within five points. WWU went on a 23-6 run to put the game away.
“The second half kind of got away from us,” head coach Greg Bruce stated. “I thought we fought and played well down the stretch.” The Wolves record now stands at 6-7, 4-1 (GNAC).
Women’s Basketball Women’s Basketball GNAC Standings CONF.
Western Washington Alaska Anchorage Western Oregon Seattle Pacific Montana State Billings Northwest Nazarene Saint Martin’s Alaska Fairbanks Central Washington Simon Fraser W=Win
W 5 4 4 3 3 3 2 1 0 0
L 0 1 1 1 2 3 3 4 5 5
W 12 13 6 9 7 8 7 1 5 3
L 1 3 7 3 6 6 6 11 7 7
H 5-0 9-1 4-1 6-1 3-3 3-1 4-2 1-6 3-1 0-5
A 3-0 2-1 2-4 2-1 3-2 3-3 1-2 0-2 0-4 1-2
N 4-1 2-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 2-2 2-2 0-2 2-2 2-0 N=Neutral
12 SPORTS NELSON FROM PAGE 1
But when he finally did see significant playing time, he took advantage, and, like everything about him, Nelson took advantage big. Although “Baby Shaq” did not receive his first start until after last season’s midway point, he had a six-game streak of at least 10 points, averaging over 16 points per game during that stretch. Highlighted by his 25-point performance versus Western Washington last year, Nelson was seeing the result of the hard work he had put putting into his game and into Stanger’s team. “It showed me where I can be and where I need to be,” said Nelson of his breakout game versus the Vikings. All of that said, only four times during the 20092010 season did Nelson hear his name announced in the starting lineup. The opportunity to start on a regular basis, among other reasons, gave Nelson much to be excited for heading into this year. “So far, I feel like I’m where I should be, but I still have room for improvement,” said Nelson. “There’s always room for improvement in basketball.” And he’s made the most of it. Nelson, starting in all but one game this season, currently ranks fourth on the team with 11.2 points per game and is second on the squad with 6.4 rebounds per contest (as of press time). Additionally, he has exposed another aspect of his game this season: the threepoint shot. Nelson has drained 13 deep balls so far this year. “It’s something that I want to perfect,” said Nelson. “I hate watching NBA and college basketball and the big man gets the ball on the outside and doesn’t even look to shoot. That’s practically taking one player off the court.” He did not shoot any threes last year as Nelson “had to gain the trust of the
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coaches.” It’s not just Nelson who is seeing better results this season. The team as a whole is playing at a higher level in 2010-2011, currently boasting a 9-7 record, including 4-2 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). After recent home wins over last year’s conference champion Seattle Pacific, GNAC-newcomer Simon Fraser and annual conference contender Western Washington, the Wolves sit in fourth place in the GNAC standings. Nelson, although obviously playing a big role in his team’s success thus far, gives credit to his teammates not only for the team’s turnaround but also with helping the big man develop into the player he has become. “We’re a very close family,” said Nelson. “We’re all good friends, we all respect each other [and] we all know what we all bring to the table.” He is often compared to future-NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, and Nelson has no issue with that as he sees himself, with a laugh, as “like [a smaller] Shaq, but I can actually shoot the ball and make free throws.” All jokes aside, Nelson has always looked up to O’Neal as a player. Those parallels began during Nelson’s days at Klamath Falls’ Mazama High School, where, in his senior year, he nearly led his team to the OSAA 5A state playoffs and earned Southern Sky Conference player of the year honors. And, of course, Nelson started to look into playing at the next level. “I always wanted to play college basketball,” said Nelson. “But [it was] probably after my sophomore year of high school that I knew that I would be playing college basketball.” Mazama’s head coach, Randy Rose, talked with Nelson often about the center’s future in basketball, preaching the academics
necessary to play at the next level. Nelson heeded Rose’s word, studied hard and is now pursuing a career in law enforcement, another similarity he has with O’Neal. In fact, the criminal justice program is one of the reasons Nelson chose Western (besides basketball, of course). “I wanted to come here for a while because [Western] has a good criminal justice program; it’s one of the best around,” said Nelson. There were other reasons, too: “It’s the only Division II school in Oregon, so I have a lot of opportunities to travel; we cover a lot of area.” Without question, Rose was influential on the basketball side of things as well. “My old high school coach pulled me aside at the end of [my sophomore] season to tell me what I needed to work on. That way I could come in and be ready to impress college coaches.” Some of the things Rose had his rising star work on were things he was already doing well. But the coach wanted Nelson to be more proficient and consistent with his alreadyvast skill set. “I needed to work on my conditioning, I just needed to become a better leader on and off the court, I needed to improve my grades so I could get accepted into college and pretty much just work on my all-around game so it became a sixth sense to me,” explained Nelson. And the advice was effective. “It helped me prepare and I was ready for the next level,” said Nelson. “So I wasn’t just a little high school guy coming into college scared because of all these college players.” Although it’s not like Nelson was ever a little high school guy. He’ll always be the big man on campus.
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KOLTON NELSON “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.”
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Nelson (32) has seen increased playing time during the 2010-2011 basketball season, with the athlete averaging about 19 minutes per game.