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Journal We s t e r n O r e g o n U n i v e r s i t y

FEBRUARY 16, 2011


VOL. 11, ISSUE 18

‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ goes musical

As part of an honors thesis project, the production of a comedic version of this classic piece of literature was a challenge that culminated in success Senior James Bradley dons the outfit of the Green Knight.

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the third day, Gawain receives three kisses and a green scarf that will keep him from being injured. He exchanges the three kisses with Bertilak but does not mention the scarf. After the three days, Gawain and Sam head to the Green Knight’s castle to make good on Gawain’s end of the deal. The green knight swings three times at Gawain, but only nicks him on the third swing. Le Fay is then revealed, and Bertilak is exposed as the green knight. Le Fay turned Bertilak green and used her powers to allow for his head to be cut off and put back on in order to teach Gawain a lesson about honor. Because Sir Gawain was honest with Bertilak for the first two days, he was not hurt on the first two blows. However, he was dishonest on the third day and thus received the nick on the third blow. In the end, Gawain learns his lesson and Sam is sent back to his present time. However, before Sam is sent home, the stage was swarmed with the a capella group 15 Miles West. With their green scarves in hand, they danced, sang and entertained the audience members. After returning Sam to present time, le Fay comes to find that her work is not done as she has another descendant who is need of shaping up and she is off again. Throughout the musical, the orchestra played beautifully crafted pieces and songs were sung by the characters. The music was written by Hanson, who learned that a year was not long enough to create that many music pieces. Despite the challenge, the songs were beautifully executed and the orchestra played well. Being that this musical was entirely student created and executed, the girls were extremely happy with the turnout of audience members and the performance exceeded their expectations. Hanson said

Photo by | Tim Miller

Last week, Western seniors Alysse Parker, Crystal Hanson and Maria Hommes were able to share the culmination of their Honors Program thesis, a musical production of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” with fellow students, friends, family and faculty. In this comedic take on the classic tale of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” the famous enchantress Morgan le Fay, played by Kristina Sisto, opens the performance with the realization that two of her descendents are tarnishing her good name. She stands resolute to solve both problems at the same time by traveling into the future to grab hold of Sam Lothian and send him back in time to accompany Sir Gawain throughout his journey. “In [my] director’s notes I decided to keep the same basic story line in it, but used the frame narrative technique,” said Parker, writer of the script. A frame narrative is a technique in which a story is embedded within another story. By doing this, Parker was able to allow for Sam to travel through time to experience the story of Sir Gawain in their original time. One audience member remarked that by creating the fourth wall in the musical, the students who attended the event were given a great example of what they had just learned in their British literature class. Sam, played by Bobby Nove, is threatened by le Fay to go back in time with her and travel with Sir Gawain or he would be sent to the age of the dinosaur. He reluctantly agrees and is taken back to encounter the Green Knight in King Arthur’s Court with Sir Gawain. Sam’s dry humor and obvious misplacement proved to create laughter amongst the crowd. Though Parker maintained the basic story line, many felt she added a perfect amount of comedy into the script. Sir Gawain was played by Richard Guscott, who was able to perform his fair share of comedy and singing into the musical as well. “Even though I hadn’t read the original story, it was funny and entertaining to watch this student production,” said attendee Chandler Miranda. After Sir Gawain chopped off the Green Knight’s head, Gawain agrees to take Sam on as his squire and train him for a year to travel with him when he goes on his journey to find the Green Knight. The two depart a year later on stick ponies and reach Lord Bertilak’s castle on Christmas Eve, where they rest for a few days. While there, Bertilak and Gawain agree to a challenge of exchanging gifts for three days. Sam warns Gawain to stay away from Bertilak’s wife, but he does not listen and kisses her once on the first day and twice on the second. Sam exchanges these kisses with Bertilak for what he has caught hunting those days. On







February 16, 2011

WOUTV looks to give Western students and staff more multimedia educational resources, forums

With class lectures and campus events, WOUTV acts as an additional information-accessing option Jodessa Chapa | Freelancer


WOUTV is an archive that features a variety of videos.

The aim of WOUTV is to be a helpful resource to students.

Videos range from lectures to sports highlights to the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, financial aid tips to the all male a capella group, 15 Miles West.

The videos are shown in HD.

Western’s Digital Media Producer Deborah Rezell creates most of the videos on WOUTV, with a few other individuals contributing videos.

Closed captioning may be available on the videos in the near future.

WOUTV can be accessed from Western’s homepage.

Students interested in video production can contact Rezell at

Some students may have seen the link for WOUTV on Western’s homepage or perhaps even watched a few of the videos. Many, however, are still wondering exactly what WOUTV is. Western’s Digital Media Producer Deborah Rezell, who creates most of the videos on the WOUTV page, said the aim of the forum is to be a helpful resource for students. “WOUTV is a fully functional archive and database of the digital media now being produced in HD at Western Oregon University,” she explained. Any videos made of campus events or class lectures can be found on the WOUTV page. WOUTV has a variety of videos including sports highlights, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, financial aid tips and even a video of the male a capella group, “15 Miles West.” Although Rezell produces most of these videos, a few of them are self-produced by the individuals portrayed in the videos. Rezell has been producing videos for the past eight months but felt like they were hard to access and people were not viewing them. She decided Western needed some type of archive

system to document all of the videos. This was the beginning of developing a new webpage, but the real push for better access to this information was fueled by the need of Western students. Students needed somewhere other than Moodle to view their class lectures. Moodle is the online resource for most classes on campus, but it is sometimes hard to have lectures available on the Moodle site. “If the lecture is an hour or an hour and a half long, the picture of the video has to be compressed in order to make the file size small enough to upload. So Moodle usually offers a “2x3” thumbnail that is virtually unwatchable,” Rezell explained. “We had the equipment and the ability to make HD videos, but we needed an avenue to show them. That’s how the idea of WOUTV started.” Last December, Rezell and a team of coworkers decided to put together a webpage where students could view their class lectures in HD video. Another goal of WOUTV was to have videos from different departments gathered in one place. What developed was a page where videos from events all around campus

could be viewed. The entire process of creating the page took four weeks. WOUTV was finished and uploaded to the Western site approximately two weeks ago on Friday, Jan. 28. Videos can be found by searching keywords on the page. Each video has a short description below it and a link to another webpage if the video has been created for a specific department. Though there are not many lectures on WOUTV yet, Rezell is working on adding more. She eventually would like to have the page set up where students can sign in with their school username and password then access their class lectures with the CRN number of the course. Also in the near future for WOUTV, is the ability for viewers to watch videos that are automatically closed-captioned. Rezell said that the webpage is currently using version 1.0 of WOUTV and this kind of change may be seen about the time version 3.0 emerges. Danielle Gauntz, one of Western’s information technology consultants and the lead web designer for the project, has been working with Rezell for the

past three months. “I’m in charge of the layout design and overall look and feel of the site,” Gauntz explained. “I wanted to keep it at Western standards but I also wanted to give it a different look to make it pop.” Gauntz takes the videos that Rezell produces and converts the files so they can be posted on the website. She has also dealt with design plans like having videos play on the same webpage so students won’t have to open another page to view videos. “I really like it,” Gauntz said of WOUTV. “We’re moving in the right direction. It offers the technology for students to watch their lectures online. I really hope that teachers will use this to put their lectures up if students have to miss class for sports or sickness.” Rezell urges students who are interested in video production to get involved. The work that they are doing is great training if you want to have a career in production. If any students or departments would like videos made they should contact Rezell at Rezell and Gauntz are eager for WOUTV to catch on with the campus audience.

Indigenous knowledge from Pribilof Islands combines with Western science to encourage group work Aleutian Elder Larry Merculieff of St. Paul Island seeks to increase campus community members’ understanding of Native cultures within modern society and promote wisdom Monica Millner | Freelancer

Thousands of years ago, people from Asia were able to travel across the land-bridge where the Bering Sea now resides and settle in North America. The Aleutian Islands that ring the edge of the continental shelf and reach out from Alaska are all that is left of that land now that the sea has risen. North of the Aleutian Islands are the Pribilof Islands, a group of four volcanic islands almost 300 miles off the coast of Alaska. Larry Merculieff, an Aleutian Elder, is from the Pribilof Island of St. Paul. It has a population of less than 600 people, one town and is only five miles wide and 12 miles long. Merculieff had a traditional upbringing among his people and said he “had a range of freedom that very few children have today.” He was raised among a society that believes in indigenous knowledge and that such wisdom is passed on naturally, through example, not by telling their children what to do and how to do it. Like all Aleuts, Merculieff was sent to a governmentregulated boarding school. Traditionally, after graduating at age 16, he was expected to work in a job for the government. Instead, Merculieff became the fourth person in the entire history of his people to attend college. At

17, he set off for the University of Washington (UW), determined to attend the biggest college in the state. The year he set off for college his people were in the midst of regaining their freedom as an independent people separate from the government. When he returned home for the summer after his first year of college, Merculieff and the only other Aleutian attending college at the time were asked to represent their people in Washington, D.C. and request help to build St. Paul’s first and only city. Merculieff found himself in a unique position of being only one of four students out of 34,000 at UW to identify as Native American. Concerned, he approached the president of UW and explained that it was not right that there were so few students when Washington has 22 Indian reservations. In agreement, the president appointed him as the recruiter and financial aid adviser of Native people. Leadership opportunities seemed to fall in Merculieff’s lap, but he did them a great service by seizing them with both hands. Ever since he left St. Paul, he has been making an effort to teach others about his people. Western science is completely different from Native beliefs, so Merculieff lets it be heard how they can work together and how indigenous knowledge can be used for communication and cooperation in a group.

On Wednesday, Feb. 23 and Thursday, Feb. 24, Merculieff will be visiting Western to speak to students, staff and faculty. On the first day, Merculieff will be speaking to elementary students from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Western Native students at a luncheon at noon and at an open forum at 3 p.m. in the Oregon room. On the second day, Feb. 24, Merculieff will be speaking to students from Chemawa Indian School in Salem at 9:30 a.m., college students at a class presentation in Natural Science 215 at 1 p.m. and at a team building workshop in the Oregon room at 3 p.m. “We wish to expose our students and ourselves to alternative perspectives, visions, and ways of knowing the world and interacting with its inhabitants,” Anthropology Professor Robin Smith stated. “We hope to inspire a sense of responsibility, a willingness to work hard against ingrained habits and openness to sacrifice and change. We think the personal contact afforded by this visit will be a powerful catalyst for members of our community who chose to participate. Finally, we wish to provide inspiration for indigenous students on our campus through access to a person who has learned to ‘walk in both worlds’. Any questions about the event may be directed to Dr. Smith at 503-838-8357 or


February 16, 2011

ASL silent auction to be held on Feb. 25, to honor Dianne Finklein and raise funds for ASL scholarship With catering and a variety of auction items, organizers hope to gather funds for $25,000 endowment Jenomi Montgomery | Freelancer


Prizes at the silent auction include: a dinner for eight with Mike Fourtner, a John little autographed hard hat from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and many more unique items.


Friday, Feb. 25 WHERE

Eola Hills Winery in Rickreall, Ore. WHY

To raise funding for the Di Finklein Memorial Scholarship, which benefits students in the ASL/English Interpreting Department. The scholarship was initiated to honor “Diva Di,” a Western alumna who made a lasting impression on campus.

Imagine a person who gave and thought of others before herself. She loved to cook and loved her parents. What seemed to be one of the most memorable things about her was she always smiled and thought about the good in her life and others around her. She was a woman her mother said was “the finest person who walked the earth.” This woman’s name was Dianne Finklein. She graduated from Western in 1966 and was an inspiration to many. “No [human being] managed to touch lives more exquisitely than our Diva Di,” Finklein’s mother went on to say. “She wasn’t perfect but she never claimed to be either. She grew instantly impatient when she saw wrong and never turned away from an opportunity to stretch her belief system.” In honor of her

accomplishments and personality, the Di Finklein Memorial Scholarship was established in 2009. Currently in its second year, this scholarship is supposed to keep the spirit of the kind-hearted “Diva Di” alive at Western. Each year, $1000 is given to one junior or senior in the ASL/English Interpreting program, with the ASL/ English Interpreting department concurrently working toward raising a $25,000 endowment. One such fundraising event to benefit the scholarship and growing endowment is a silent auction to be held on Friday, Feb. 25. Adjunct Instructor for the Disability Service Department Jill Baker, who was a friend of Finklein’s and has been interpreting for 20 years, is putting on this auction to raise money in hopes of

continuing the scholarship for many years in the future. In 2009, Western raised $8,000 during the first silent auction held for this scholarship, effectively contributing to the betterment of students’ lives through the money raised. Instead of $8,000, however, the organizational committee is hoping that this year’s auction will bring in $25,000. The silent auction will be held at Eola Hills Winery in Rickreall, Ore., with hors d’oeuvers such as smoked salmon, caprese skewers and antipasto served by Willaby’s Catering Company. The event starts at 6 p.m., with tickets priced at $20 for community members and $15 for students. Individuals who attend the event can look forward to bidding

on such items as video games, books, a king crab dinner for eight people with Mike Fourtner from the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition hard hat autographed by John Little and autographed items from the crew of the “Time Bandit.” “Each of us is on loan to this earth.” Finklein’s mother stated “ We have a set amount of time in which to leave our mark. Di’s allotment comprised 26 years, 111 days and 47 minutes.”. “She crammed enormous amounts of living and loving into every single parcel of her existence. If success is determined by those who remember you or who are changed because you were a piece of their life, Dianne Finklein defined the word.”

Annual Governor’s Canned Food drive seeks to bring warmth to families in need this winter

Western looks to top all other OUS schools for a 7th consecutive year by collecting the most food, raising money for Oregonians Monica Millner | Freelancer

In 2009, more than half a million Oregonians suffered from foodinsecurity. For the second year in a row, Oregon was also among the top five hungriest states in the nation. The Great Recession has been affecting Oregon’s economy in an awful way for several years. Since 2006, the number of food-insecure households increased from 4.4 percent to 6.6 percent, which is a significant increase. The unemployment rate is high and many families with children have to turn to food stamps and food banks for help. Some do not have any resources to turn to, however, and go hungry. Every year, Oregon holds the Governor’s State Employees Food Drive. The Food Drive is a challenge from the Governor for all state employees to collect nonperishable food items for food banks for the hungry and needy. State agencies across

Oregon are broken up into teams that compete against each other for the duration of the drive, which lasts from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28. The Food Drive is held in the “height of the winter,” Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs Debbie Diehm explained. “[It is] After the holiday philanthropy tax deductible seasons, so the timing of it is perfect.” The Oregon University System (OUS) is Team Six, of which Western is a part of. While Team Six competes against all the other teams across the state, each school in Team Six also competes against one another Angie Barry, Werner University Center office coordinator and one of the Food Drive team leaders, said the best part is “knowing you’ve helped where you can.” For the last six years, Western has collected the most pounds per employee for Team Six. In 2010,

Western collected 145 pounds of canned and non-perishable food per employee. To gain some perspective on is, this pounds per state employee and last year there were 725 employees on campus. That’s about 105,000 pounds of food collected by Western. Western plans on having the most pounds per employee for the seventh year in a row this February and the whole campus is working in teams to achieve this. In Werner, there is a box at the information desk for perishable foods and essential items like shampoo and soap. Money can also be donated to the cause, with one donated dollar equalling five pounds of food. Other places on campus also have boxes to donate food at, including the library and the bookstore. The residence halls on campus are also helping with the food drive and are

running a hall competition to see which dormitory can gather the most food by the end of February. In total, the campus is divided into 35 teams all competing against each other to earn the most pounds per employee. The team that earns the most will receive a pizza party from President Minahan. The most wanted foods are peanut butter, tuna, pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruit/ vegetables and canned meals. The Governor also encourages state employees to use the payroll deduction option, which is money taken from their paycheck every month and donated directly to a food bank of their choosing. The Business Economics club has volunteered to deliver the food to the Ella Curran food bank in Independence on March 3. Anyone looking for more information about the Governor’s Canned Food Drive or how to donate may contact Angie Barry at

Look for bins like this around campus to donate canned foods and other non-perishable items to local families in need this winter season.

Photos by | Emily Laughlin

Students can also make donations by going online and bidding on the silent auction of these items on display in the Hamersly Library lobby.


February 16, 2011

A whole lot more than your average cup of coffee

Local barista Nathaniel May hosts latte creation competition for Caffé Allegro employees Joanna Walker | Freelancer

Caffé Allegro is a name almost any coffee lover on campus can recognize. It is located in Werner, usually marked by the long lines of people both in the morning and throughout the day, with students and staff eagerly awaiting their next coffee fix or caffeine boost. Little do many know that some of the employees there have been trained in the skill of latte art and participated in a special competition against their fellow co-workers to see who could make the best latte and demonstrate the most creativity. The competition, which took place on Friday, Feb. 11, was not open to everyone; a select four people invited by each participant were able to attend to cheer on their friend. Professional latte artist Nathaniel May, who hails from Portland Roasting Company, the business Caffé Allegro works with and buys their coffee from, was invited to come and judge a latte art competition amongst the Caffé Allegro employees. In total, only five workers got the chance to compete altogether. According to May, he had come previously to train the Allegro workers in the skill

of latte art and offered the competition to them. “They seemed excited to do it, and so we set up a time,” said May. “The competition is a timed event where each person is given five minutes to create two drinks which is more than enough time, and if they mess up, they can make another to recover.” The winner was gifted with a custom-made tamper (the tool used to press the coffee grinds into the metal filter) with a rosewood handle. “It’s a standard prize that only a barista would care about, to have a high quality tamper,” said May. Allegro supervisor Ronnelle Staudinger remarked that she was very nervous and felt anxious beforehand. Before the competition, junior elementary education major Amber Brown remarked, “I’m excited. Taylor has a ‘Go Amber’ sign, that makes me feel better.” According to Brown, “There was a one-day lesson and since then, we’ve had the chance to practice with customers. As the date came closer, we had a session to practice.” “We’ve not had a lot of time to practice because of the high volume [of customers] we have here,” remarked Staudinger,

referring to the fact that they only had about a month and a half to practice. “So, I still think we’re amateurs.” “It gives me the opportunity to see, to taste the best from the competition,” said May, commenting on why he was looking forward to enjoying a good mix of skills. He also noted that he wants to see people succeed and improve in their skills May has been judging for about two years and has recently come from judging the Northwest regional competition in Seattle. The scoring card he used was broken down into two main categories of flavor and latte art with two other “total beverage score” categories of presentation and “wild card,” the wild card consisting of creativity and pleasant result. With a difference of seven points that separated fifth and first, the level of competition was high and two of the participants tied for first. The other competitors, aside from Brown and Staudinger, were Amy Tzao, Rachel Walker and Brittany Tyler. Walker won the competition and the tamper. May complimented the staff when he remarked that out


is a valuable lesson. The costumes were put together by Maria Hommes, who got a firsthand experience at costume design and how to accomplish such creations on a low budget. Parker, Hanson and Hommes created the musical as a thesis project that

highlighted their talents and their education at Western. The three girls all knew they took on a big task by putting on this production, but the nearly full Smith Hall and positive feedback allowed them to feel that all their hard work paid off in the end.


that they encountered many obstacles along the way, from time conflicts with musicians and performers to finding a place to host the performance. From these issues, she learned that the willingness to ask for help

Photos by | Tim Miller

(Left) Richard Guscott (left) played Sir Gawain in this musical adaptation of the medieval play by an unknown author, “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” Acting alongside Guscott is Bobby Nove (right) who played Sam who was sent back in time to encounter King Arthur’s Court. Guscott contributed both his musical and comedic acting talents to the production. Nove contributed dry humor and comedic misplacement in performing his role. (Right) Actress Sierra Durffee (top) and Guscott act out one of the many dramatic scenes in this musical.

of other cafés he’s judged, “You guys seriously made some incredible lattes.” “Yeah, I think it was when Ronnelle almost didn’t hand me her lattes,” said May, talking about his most memorable parts of the competition. “I was afraid . . . and I was genuinely nervous for her.” After the competition was done, everyone could breathe and not worry about the pressure from the competition or the onlookers, who tried to give positive feedback and cheers of encouragement.

“I’m relieved,” Brown said. “During the competition, I was nervous and didn’t think I did well . . . but once it was done, I knew it was out of my hands.” Senior philosophy major Taylor Mehringer, who came to watch his fiancé compete, commented, “This was the first latte art competition [I’ve seen]. It was interesting to see the different forms of creativity. Each drink had personality, and can see that [the drink] reflected the worker who made it. The girls did good. They

definitely know what they need to work on for next time, but did an overall good job.” Staudinger, too, was relieved when the competition was over but said she “look[s] forward to next time. I need to practice to get better, and I think I would like to have this be a twice a year thing.” She also praised everyone as she concluded, “I am happy with the turnout. Most of our baristas competed and they all competed with dignity. I’m proud of our staff and I’m glad we did it.”

Photo by | Emily Laughlin

Amber Izou (left top), Amber Brown (right top), Kathy Djeyfroudi (left bottom) and Ava Rahmati (right bottom) chat while their coffee is made.

Richard Guscott, as Sir Gawain, sings with the local band “15 Miles West.”


February 16, 2011

‘Jack Ruby Presents’ visits Western to liven up the evening Portland-based folk-punk band provides students with a break from the grind of midterms Joanna Walker | Freelancer

As students trickled into the Oregon room of Werner on Thursday, Feb. 10, members of the “Jack Ruby Presents” band made their way up to the front of the room. A quiet mummer of chatter rippled through the group as the band prepared, but that mummer stopped suddenly when the opening notes of the first number rang through the air as Jack Ruby Presents showed their true colors in the melody of their music. As part of Green Week, “Jack Ruby Presents” was welcomed to come down to perform. Before they began to play, a student participant of the Green Team gave a brief introduction about the use of plastic bottles and the impact they have, giving statistics involving how many millions of barrels of oil it took to make millions of plastic bottles. The band showed their support of sustainability by sporting their reusable water bottles and encouraged attendees to do the same. As a special treat, after the performance attendees were offered a free reusable, green water bottle. The bottle itself had the Green Wolf name and logo printed on it while an insert in each contained information about the Green Wolf Sustainability Club for those who might be interested in joining the team. Sophomore and political science major Tayleranne Gillespie noted that from this experience of coming and seeing both the band and the audience, she “got a sense of community. This is a small area, but everyone had fun and got into it.” Gillespie, who is the director of public relations for ASWOU, came to support her fellow cabinet member [Derek Olson], though a friend told her about the band.

Gillespie thought the band was cool and she enjoyed “how people danced and got involved, not just a ‘sit and watch’ kind of feel. It was neat to see them push back [the furniture] and interact with the band.” Alaska resident Hunter Scholtz took a bus down with his friend, who knows someone in the band.

to the beat of the music. As more and more people joined up front, couches and chairs were pushed back to create more room. As desired by the band, those who came found themselves dancing and trying to encourage others to get up and dance along. “I enjoyed the crowd,” said vocalist and keyboardist Melissa Davaz. “Few

Photo by | Scott Takase

“Jack Ruby Presents” set the Oregon room alive with music on Thursday, Feb. 10, sparking the creation of a mosh pit among students and other attendees. “I came to check out the band,” said Scholtz. “I enjoyed the energy. It was a lot of fun.” The members of “Jack Ruby Presents” hoped to encourage students to get up and dance and that is exactly what happened. By the second song into the performance, students started their own mosh pit, creating an upbeat environment perfect for jumping around and dancing

knew about us, but the WOU students were not afraid to go all out.” Davaz also remarked that this was their first time visiting Western and she thought the event was put together really well. “It sounded great and the Green Week people advertised [well] for us,” said Davaz. “Everything was smooth.” With the fluidity of how things

happened it provided a positive experience that Davaz noted that, “[I’d] like to come back again.” “It went much better than expected,” added drummer Aaron Owens, agreeing with Davaz about the overall experience. “I mean, I always expect the worst, but getting everything set up went well and there was no disappointment or anything wrong which helped make it a better show.” The more the crowd danced, the more the band fed off of the energy attendees brought. Owens remarked that the crowd was the best part. “We do the show for ourselves, but more for the other people; when they enjoy [the performance] we enjoy it and it becomes fun,” he stated. “This has been one of the better audiences we’ve had . . . Here, we were the center of attention and the interaction [here] was the best!” Band members and attendees all appeared to have an enjoyable and positive experience. Additionally, audience members were able to talk with band members afterwards, which is not a common occurrence at many band performances. Selling their album “Over Wires and White Plains,” “Jack Ruby Presents” also had some other merchandise available for attendees to buy. With an estimate of 50 people or more, the turnout exceeded the expectations and hopes of the band, who were hoping for around 20 to 30 people to come listen. Scholtz encourages people to go to another performance by the band if they have the opportunity because “it’s accessible and [the band] is passionate about what they do…There are a lot of great people. They are fantastic. The real question is: how can you not have a good time?”

‘AARRRR you in the mood for breakfast for dinner?’ Western’s first ever pirate-themed late night dining hopes to bring in a full house with pirate music and dinner Katrina Pettigrew | Freelancer

The Summit of Werner will play host to a ship full of pirates and students tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 16. This evening, the late night dining normally offered at Valsetz Dining Hall will be closed. Instead, students will be able to go to the Summit and enjoy breakfast for dinner. The menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes and orange juice. The cost of the meal will be $2.50 per person. While the students socialize and eat their dinner, KWOU will be spinning tracks to keep the place lively. There will also be a band from Portland called “All the Apparatus” that will be playing what they described on their website as “avante-garde dirty gypsy klezmer jazz indie anti-folk rock.”

The pirate-themed dinner was planned as a result of a programming schedule change. WOU Mania, an annual event held each winter, was moved to the spring and a large event was needed to offset the change. It was a collaborative effort between Western’s Campus Dining and Stephen Cucchiara, coordinator of Student Organizations and Activities. They wanted to spice up the normal late night dining scene. “The reason why I chose a pirate theme is because I thought the theme would be different,” explained Cucchiara. “Throughout the year, we have themed events around decades, board games, Disney, etc. Pirates, in general, are more of a fun theme that people can do almost anything with. Not to mention, with “All the

Apparatus” band coming to campus that evening, with a pirate theme to their music, it would make more sense to theme out a party with pirates, versus having a typical coffee shop with pirate music.” Word of the event has been spreading rapidly via word of mouth along with a Facebook event page. Based on the event page, there are roughly 50 people who plan to attend the event and 110 people who might attend; thus, a good turnout is expected. “Pirates eat breakfast for dinner? That sounds like a lot of fun,” said freshman Jake Foland. “I hope the band is good, that will be the deciding factor in whether or not I eat at the WUC or at my dorm.” According to Foland, he has told a group of friends about the event and

Hosted by the Student Organizations and Activities Board, Pirate Night promises students a late night breakfast buffet fit for sea-faring scallywags as well as the musical creations of Portland-based band “All the Apparatus.” they were immediately on board. One of his friends even suggested having a “Pirates of the Caribbean” marathon beforehand to get in the pirate mood. So, whether or not it

is with a group of friends, don some pirate gear and raid the Summit on Feb. 16, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and grab some breakfast. The Facebook event page can be found by

searching Late Night Pirate Dining on To get a preview of “All the Apparatus’” music, students can check their site out at http://www.alltheapparatus. com/.


February 16, 2011

Abby’s House presents ‘The Vagina Monologues’

All proceeds going to charity, the production was meant to initiate conversations about sexuality and identity Alex Riecke-Gonzales | Freelancer

For three nights every year a generally avoided word becomes the spotlight – Vagina. “The Vagina Monologues,” was worked on intensely in order to meet expectations that have now been formed about the show. Katherine Garcia, who has participated for the last five years, says that through both the hilarious monologues and the tearjerking ones, the show “lets others know about the violence that continues to go on today.” “The show is meant to start conversations,” continued Garcia. “About sexuality, comfort, love, hate, pain.” And with monologues about angry vaginas, the feelings of transwomen, or the loss of identity of a victim of sexual warfare, it’s difficult not to talk. “[‘The Vagina Monologues’] is an important event that this campus has come to embrace and love,” said Dorothy Whitehead, a cast member and ardent volunteer. “During fall term we get people asking us when ‘The Vagina Monologues’ will be happening this year, so we see it as important to the campus community.” As Garcia clarified at the performance itself, 90 percent of the proceeds go to Abby’s House the Women’s Center on campus and 10 percent is sent to V-Day in New York.

“The Vagina Monologues” itself was created by Eve Ensler, who interviewed over 200 women about their views on topics ranging from menopause, to sex, to violence. She took all of the comments and stories from these women and made them into the monologues heard to this day. “The last two years the spotlight has been the women and girls of The Democratic Republic of Congo,” said Garcia. “This year, our spotlight is on the women and girls of Haiti.” Garcia also mentioned at the performance that the City of Joy just recently opened in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a place where Congolese women can go for safety, “where they don’t have to worry about soldiers coming in the middle of the night, raping and murdering them.” In the past, City of Joy is where some of the proceeds have gone. When Garcia became the organizer of the event this year, Kayla Ward became the new director. Ward said that though she is new and there are a few different cast members, the evening should be generally the same as it has been in the past, which is to say, “An evening of vagina inspired laughs and tears.” The cast consisted of many returning actresses, as well as a few fresh faces. “The cast includes nine veterans and three new

members,” said Garcia. All cast members, lighting specialists and those who worked the tables are volunteers. Whitehead also added that the cast this year consists of “women from every class year, from freshmen to seniors.” “I was just hoping to make sure it was as successful as last year,” said Ward. “But, I am hoping to change it up a bit in the future. I think it [the performance] went well. “A lot of the show depends on the audience’s energy as well as ours and overall, it all was good. Obviously, as with any show, there are things that could have been done better or differently and that’s why I plan on directing next year.” “The entire organization is so happy that Western and the communities of Monmouth and Independence come together to join [us] for “The Vagina Monologues” every year around this time,” said Whitehead, echoing Ward’s feelings over the success of the production. “The shows went wonderfully,” continued Whitehead. “We had a great turnout and sold completely out of chocolate vagina lollipops by Friday night, which never happens. We raised a lot of money for a great cause and I can’t wait to start it all again next year.”

(Top) Actors for “The Vagina Monologues” show their enthusiasm for subjects such as love, sexuality, comfort, pain, hate and happiness. (Bottom) Actress Vicktoria Hough performed one of the many monologues in this production, “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy.”

Photos by | Brandon Woodard

Western to host Dance for Peace on Wednesday, Feb. 16 Performance compels students and staff to ask, ‘Can song and dance really promote world peace?’ Caet Padgett | Freelancer

Today, Wednesday, Feb. 16, Western will be hosting Dance for Peace, an event organized by Stephen Pierce of Western’s music department. The event will endeavor to educate attendees about other cultures by teaching songs and dances unique to that culture. There will also be information available about how these countries and their citizens are contributing to world peace. Pierce said that his motivation for putting the performance together stems from a longing for peace throughout the world. “Human beings have fought and killed each other over religious differences for millennia,” said Pierce. “Instead of picking up guns and shooting each other, perhaps we could dance, sing, share food and learn more about each other,” continued Pierce. “The dances of universal peace are experiential and open a doorway to

embracing diversity in a spirit of unity. Some dances are lively and upbeat, while others are deeply spiritual and meditative. The shortterm motivation is to spread peace on campus and share this beautiful, musical dance form with fellow students. Longer term motivation is to encourage a ripple effect of peacefulness that permeates throughout the world.” Dance for Peace was well received last term, with 76 people attending and 65 of those people being Western students. Twenty-five people left contact information and expressed interest in future events of the same kind. “Initially, some people felt uncomfortable, but quickly began enjoying themselves,” said Pierce. “At first, some students were shy about holding hands in a circle and dancing

with their classmates. Yet, within a few minutes, students were walking grapevine steps, spinning, changing partners and more. Overall, students had a great time, and 15 stayed for half an hour after the event to talk about their experience. Students danced, laughed and gained a deeper understanding of the impact that dancing and singing, inspired by different traditions from around the world, can bring.” “It’s important to participate in the actual dancing if you attend the event,” Pierce went on to say. “It is okay to watch the dances, yet to truly understand and get the dances requires participation. The dances are experiential, like the joy when you first discovered ‘balance’ in riding a bicycle for the first time – you don’t get that from watching. Something

magical happens when people come together to sing, dance and make music. “Our bodies, minds and spirits engage and resonate at a higher level. With the words of the songs honoring different traditions with an intentional focus toward unity and acceptance of diversity, a sense of peacefulness and joy can linger for days and weeks.” When asked about the future of Dance for Peace, Pierce was optimistic: “One goal of this specific event is to celebrate a proposed new Western Dance for Peace Club on campus.  Perhaps Dance for Peace will become a regular monthly or weekly ongoing event.” “It doesn’t matter if you have



February 16, 2011

The famed book by Oregon author Ken Kesey is brought to life as Portland Center Stage presents ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.’

Book Review

Candace Cheney | Freelancer

Between Feb. 22 and March 27, Portland Center Stage (PCS) will be hosting what the “New York Times” has declared a “scarifying and powerful” performance of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The play will be showing Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and Thursday matinees will be held at noon. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is a play originally adopted from its novel, authored by Ken Kesey. In his novel, Kesey presents a fictitious plot that in many ways parallels the tensions of America’s transition from the conservative 1950s to the counterculture of the 1960s. Associate Artistic Director Rose Riordan orchestrates this performance in a way that captures the tumultuous and dramatic temperature of this time period. One of the most unique and puzzling aspects of this story is that it is told from the perspective of a paranoid schizophrenic, Chief Bromden. As a patient of the Oregon State Hospital Psychiatric Ward, Bromden conceptualizes his experiences in such a way as to cast himself

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in the role of an observer. Bromden is perceptively aware that there is something not quite right about the power struggle that is evident between hospital staff and patient. When a new patient by the name of Randle Patrick McMurphy arrives at the hospital, Bromden begins to notice McMurphy’s habit of resisting medical abuse. McMurphy seems

residents. McMurphy’s voice reminds Chief of his father, who was a real Columbian Indian chief. McMurphy emits what Chief describes as “the first laugh I’ve heard in years” while admitting that all the other patients are afraid to laugh, so they snicker into their hands. We are suddenly thrown into a world where the rules are determined by those placed

to resist any displays of control or manipulation on the part of the hospital staff and especially “Big Nurse, Nurse Ratched.” As the story progresses, the definition of sanity and mental stability becomes even more unclear. Bromden detects that McMurphy is “. . . no ordinary Admission” and furthermore exhibits no fear or passive behavior compared to the other

above the weak, and where individuality is mistaken for insanity. Riordan accompanied the cast of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” on a trip to the Oregon State Hospital, in Salem Oregon in the last week of Dec., 2010. The diligent approach to helping her cast understand their roles, as well as the environment for which this thrilling story would

have taken place. This marks Riordan as an appealing director. As cast members prepare for their performance of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” their excitement and nerves reach their highest point. According to artistic director Chris Coleman, “Portland Center Stage is the largest producing theater in Portland, and boasts an annual audience of nearly 120,000 theatergoers of all ages and backgrounds.” Producing a blend of classical, contemporary and premiere works in addition to its annual summer playwrights festival, PCS is a place to visit when one would like to enjoy quality works of art, and marvel at the work of fabulous artists and performers. Audiences of PCS plays have the opportunity to participate in a series of discussions focusing on the issues, themes and lessons gleaned from the plays performed. Visit and join in on discussions about the themes and the play’s deeper meaning. Tickets may be purchased at or by calling the box office at 503-445-3700.


or left, stepping toward or away from the circle, turning to the right or left, taking hands and changing partners. The words are in English and other

held today, Feb. 16, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Werner’s Oregon room. Free food and drink will be provided to those who attend.

Photo courtesy | Mental Health Association of Portland

Located in Salem, Ore., the Oregon State Hospital was the scene for the 1975 oscar-winning movie.


little or no dancing experience, you can still enjoy participating in this

“Human beings have fought and killed each other over religious differences for millennia. Instead of picking up guns and shooting each other, perhaps we could dance, sing, share food and learn more about each other.” - Stephen Pierce MUSIC PROFESSOR

. Large room perfect for receptions or meetings . WOU catering available . Tables and chairs included . PA system . Beautiful grounds For information including rates and tours, call 503-838-8673 or e-mail

event,” said Pierce. “No experience with dances is necessary and it’s okay if you have ‘two left feet,’” continued Pierce. “All words and steps are taught at the beginning of each dance. The movements are simple, such as walking to the right

languages such as Arabic, Sanskrit or Hawaiian, though easy to learn with a few repetitions. Often, the dance circle closes by singing a Buddhist chant: ‘May All Beings Be Well. May All Beings Be Happy. Peace, Peace, Peace.’” The event will be

Quick facts: WHO: Stephen Pierce WHAT: Dance for Peace WHEN: Feb. 16, 7 p.m. WHERE: Oregon room WHY: To promote peace

Sparks takes readers on a journey of love, life and self-identity Candace Cheney | Freelancer

Have you ever felt that your past was so chaotic that you would never be able to break free and make a new life for yourself? The selfloathing that encroaches upon you as you attempt to move toward a terrifying and unknown future keeps you subdued, but the faint desire for happiness drives you on. Have you ever wondered if you even deserve to have a ‘normal life’ with love and stability? Why should you? If you were not so weak, things would have turned out differently. In “Safe Haven,” Nicholas Sparks introduces us to Katie, a painfully vulnerable woman who wrestles with similar questions as these. As Katie faces the task of starting her life over in the small town of Southport, N. C., she wonders how long she can escape her past. How long before her resourcefulness and her desire for freedom fails her and leaves her facing the beast all over again? She had been caught before, why would this be any different? Katie manages to turn a small, humble cottage “in the sticks” into a new home and obtains a much needed job at Ivan’s, a local restaurant a halfhour’s walking distance from her place. Soon after her arrival, people within the community begin to notice Katie’s gaunt-like appearance and her mysterious tendency towards isolation. It is not until Katie acquaints herself with her nosy neighbor Jo and the alarmingly perceptive shopkeeper she buys her groceries from, Alex, that she begins to let her guard down. Katie will soon learn that she is not the only one with a sore past and as Sparks slowly picks up the

pace of the story, readers will celebrate with Katie as she trades in her false security for an enduring love. A No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks is known for his emotionally relatable love stories. Sparks’ honest depiction of the complexity of love in all its forms leaves readers feeling that their experiences have been validated, and they have also had a chance to question their conditioned fears about love. In “Safe Haven,” the plot starts out at a relatively slow pace, with the psychology of his characters revealed bit by bit. Towards the middle of the book, the plot picks up speed and suddenly becomes dramatic and thrilling, leading to an unexpected end. Sparks has successfully influenced the heartstrings of his audience through his novels, but he is most known by his books that have become popular movies, “The Notebook” and “Dear John.” Spark’s contribution to the love story genre is evident in his appreciation for the classics. “Without a question, I try to create modern-day versions of the Greek tragedies,” said Sparks in an interview with the publishers for CliffsNotes edition of “The Notebook.” “Sophocles and Euripides wrote their plays with the intention that the audience experiences the full range of human emotion, including both love and tragedy.” In his own unique way, Sparks has brought these epics to life and helped readers to say that modern love stories are sometimes just as grand and imposing as that of those ancients.

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February 16, 2011

Cup of Jo: Valentine’s Day consumption Abortion: Never an Valentine’s Day is something I am sure everyone is familiar with. Even if people do not celebrate it or believe in the holiday, everyone recognizes it as a day surrounded by hearts, chocolates, roses and other random gifts. I have always questioned the purpose behind this day, but as I grow older, I find myself irritated and even a bit disgusted. What is it about a $300 ring that makes someone think of love? When I think of love, I think of conversation, respect, honesty and passion – none of which is associated with a ring. Materialism has taken the best of us as a society. We want to consume, consume, consume. We want to buy more. We want to build more. We, as a society, want more of everything. What happens to all of that stuff afterward? It is simply thrown away. The chalky candies with sappy terms of endearment written on them are tossed in the trash by the thousands because people think they are nasty or the candies are left on the shelves. In addition, the box of chocolate wrappers

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and the box itself are tossed. Of course, we cannot forget about all the chocolates that are consumed, or maybe just bitten into to see what is inside the candy. Does all that chocolate prove you love someone or that someone loves you? I do not think so. Furthermore, I have to mention those lovely red roses that are bought by the dozens. A rose will last about two weeks after it is cut and placed in a vase. What happens to it afterward? It is tossed. There might be some creative people who scrap book the petals or even use it for compost, but there are not many. Oh, and those greeting cards. I would like to think that people are buying ones that are recycled because at least that way it is Earthfriendly, but I wonder how many people put that much thought or consideration into buying a card. Those cards are pre-written too. I would much rather receive a card that was written by the



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Matinees are all shows starting before 6PM.

Tickets available at box office, WOU bookstore and online at *No passes on starred attractions COPY EDITOR Blakelee McCulley bmcculley@ westernoregon

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person I received it from. Better yet, a conversation would be just fine. Other things people buy on Valentine’s Day include stuffed animals. I have seen so many teddy bears tied to the front grill of a dump truck. Nearly every truck I have seen has had at least two white bears holding hearts with the inscription, “I love you” on it. Yes, maybe not all of them were bought during Valentine’s Day, but nonetheless, they were just thrown away. All of these things – the candies, chocolates, stuffed animals, roses and greeting cards – are all produced by big corporations that make millions of dollars off us. It is disgusting, I think. If Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about love, why are we spending millions of dollars on items we throw away? Why are we buying “promise” rings to show our affection? Why are we so concerned about buying material things to prove we love someone? I have tried so hard not to make materialism a part of my life. If someone

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easy topic or choice Jake Logan News Editor

Abortion is without a doubt a controversial subject and one that, in my mind, is hard to be either for or against. I am sure that many Western students and faculty members have seen the signs around campus for an anti-abortion group. I know that in past editorials I have taken a stand against censorship, but I do believe there are certain things that the general public should not have to be forced to look at. I know that a number of students have disagreed with some of our editors’ views on various topics; however, editorials are not visually disgusting or disturbing, thereby making them acceptable within a public forum, in my opinion. The signs of this anti-abortion group, however, are disgusting, disturbing and extremely offensive. I would have no problem with this group if they simply stood outside Werner passing out their propaganda and holding signs without the crude, and what I believe to be doctored, photos of supposed aborted fetuses. Holding true to my beliefs of listening to both sides, I talked to a member of this group when they were on campus the other day. She stated that she did not believe in abortion under any circumstance, meaning that women should keep even those pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. She believes

that a person is a person from conception and has rights to life; however, that is such a personal, spiritual and religious topic, and not every one’s religion, culture or thoughts are the same as hers. Many people grapple with the thought of when life becomes life or when a person becomes a person. She asked me when I believed a person becomes a person. I answered that for me, personally, a person is a person at birth, not conception. I grew up with my mom working at a prominent OBGYN office, and I have known where babies come from since I was three. I know that if a woman has only been pregnant for a few months, then the child would most likely die if taken out of the womb since it cannot sustain its own life without its mother. She tried to refute my answer with the example of the three-month-old infant she had with her, saying that without her breast-milk or her care that the baby would die. I replied that while an infant could die if not cared for, there are people other than biological parents that can care for the child and raise it into adulthood. Moreover, with advancements in baby formulas, the infant could be nourished and properly fed. However, when a woman dies with a fetus, no other woman could take that fetus and incubate it until birth. She said that fetal transfer could possibly one day become a


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Stephanie Merritt Design Editor

The BIG Picture Every week there will be a close-up photo of a random object that can be found on campus. The first person who emails the “Journal” at editor@westernoregonjournal. com with the correct identification wins a free Little Caesar’s pizza. In your email, please include your name, phone number and area of study/title. The answer to the photo hunt will be printed in the following week’s issue. Good luck! Last week’s answer: The sign reminding drivers to buckle up before heading to Monmouth Avenue, located at the intersection exiting Physical Plant.

ABORTION FROM PAGE 8 Photo by | Emily Laughlin


were going to buy me something, I would want it to be something that I can use and not something I will throw away a few weeks down the road. As far as a ring is concerned, I would not think about romance or love if someone gave me one ring. I think I would actually be upset if

someone spent that much money on something that I would not feel comfortable wearing. I must digress a bit: I am not bitter and I am not against love at all. What I am against is consumption and spending money when it is not necessary. What I am concerned about is the garbage we are allowing to pile up. What I am disgusted by is the amount

of people concerned about feeding their families or keeping a roof over their head who still go out and spend a ridiculous amount of money on something that will be thrown away. I hope people spent wisely this year. I hope people did not expect too much this year. I hope the meaning of love was portrayed by emotion, affection and action rather than money.

medical advancement, like the baby formula advancement. I stood there thinking, ‘well, the mother would have to have the same blood type, tissue type and other various matches for this to even be medically possible, and, to tell the truth, by the time these matches were even found, the fetus would probably be dead since it is has such a small window of life after the death of the biological mother.’ I told her that I did

not appreciate her signs and that, while she might not have a problem with her kids seeing these gory signs, the parents that send their children to the child development center on campus might. Children shouldn’t be forced to deal with the concept of abortion, especially when most adults do not even know how to deal with it. At three years old, I had difficulties grasping the concept of the conception of life; I know that I would never understand abortion and what it entails. I filed a complaint

to the school about this group several weeks ago; given the fact that they have continued to display their signs, I see it has done nothing. This is a contributing factor of my writing this editorial, as well as a few other students asking me to write because of the offense they have taken to these signs. As a male, I have no idea how hard it is to make the decision to have an abortion, and because of that I am not going to push or legislate my morals on people; I only ask the same respect from others.


Big Ben plays small on big stage Kyle Bruce Freelancer

The big story of Super Bowl XLV was the coronation of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the NFL’s next big thing. Better than Brady, better than Manning and certainly better than his Packer predecessor. Nobody could have been happier for the spotlight to be on Rodgers than Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ embattled signal caller. Roethlisberger, or “Big Ben” as he is affectionately called, did not play like the two-time Super Bowl Champion he is. Rather, he played as if he was not sure what color jersey his receivers were wearing, throwing as many interceptions (two) as touchdowns. The Packers struck first on a Rodgers touchdown pass to receiver Jordy Nelson. Roethlisberger’s first interception came moments later as his pass was caught by Green Bay defensive back Nick Collins and was subsequently returned 37 yards to the end zone for another score. Down 14-0, Roethlisberger momentarily woke up, leading the Steelers to a huge, game-changing field goal. After a punt by Green Bay, Roethlisberger went right back to sleep, promptly throwing the football to a green jerseyclad player for his second interception of the half. Obviously, Roethlisberger is well-schooled in the “sharing is caring” theory. The one thing he does not seem to know, however, are his colors. I guess he missed that day of preschool. The Packers scored off of the turnover as Rodgers threw his second touchdown pass of the game, this time to Greg Jennings, giving Green Bay a 21-3 lead. I will give Roethlisberger credit, though. He did his best to bring the Steelers back thanks to some clutch scrambles and a nice touchdown pass to receiver Mike Wallace that made it a three-point game with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. Yet, when Pittsburgh held Green Bay to a field goal and got the ball back, he missed on three straight passes, turning the football over on downs, allowing the Packers to run out the clock on their way to victory. Now, I’m no

NFL aficionado, but Roethlisberger’s stat line leaves a lot to be desired. His 77.4 quarterback rating was significantly lower than his regular season rating of 97.0. It appears that that is the trend for Roethlisberger in Super Bowls. In Super Bowl XL, he set the record for lowest quarterback rating (22.6) by a winning quarterback in NFL history. He threw for 123 yards on just nine of 21 passing with two interceptions. He followed that performance with an average showing in Super Bowl XLIII, completing 21 of 30 passes for one touchdown and one interception, good for a passer rating of 93.2. For those that like statistics, that gives Roethlisberger a career 64.4 quarterback rating in the Super Bowl. He has now completed 54 percent of his passes for three touchdowns and five interceptions in his three Super Bowl appearances. Roethlisberger must do some things right, however, as he already owns two Super Bowl rings at the young age of 28. Peyton Manning (34) and Drew Brees (32) have just one Super Bowl championship to their names while Tom Brady (33) has three. Roethlisberger has many more years of playing football at a high level left in him. In a shocking parallel, Rodgers was simply spectacular, connecting on 24 of his 39 pass attempts, hitting for three touchdowns while throwing no interceptions. His 111.5 quarterback rating was ten points higher than his regular season rating. Faced with arguably the NFL’s best defense, Rodgers played with a poise and confidence reserved for the game’s greats. Therein lies the crux of Roethlisberger’s problem: his counterpart played a phenomenal game, making a ton of big plays and no mistakes. Because of Rodgers’ strong play, Roethlisberger’s atrocious play stands out more so than it would have had Rodgers had an average game. Unfortunately for Roethlisberger, Rodgers came to play. Roethlisberger had a lot to live down before the game started. Pittsburgh was able to overcome his early-season suspension and make it to the Super Bowl. Heck, they almost won the game in spite of him. Pittsburgh is a town that expects titles. Big Ben’s off-field image was already tarnished; now he must repair his football reputation.

February 16, 2011

Western’s ‘D’ propels Wolves to win

Photo by | Brandon Woodard

Senior Bradleigh Cameron earns three tries in the 20-15 win over Central Washington University.

Cameron completes hat trick, Lopez scores a try to give Western the 20-15 win over Central Washington Jeffrey Larson | Sports Editor

Saturday is a rugby day. And Saturday, Feb. 12, was no exception. It was a cold, windy day, but that did not slow down or freeze the Wolves against the Central Washington University (CWU) Wildcats. The Wolves arrived at the pitch prepared for a battle with pink ribbons in their hair in remembrance of a fallen lady Wolf, Whitney “Pinky” Bellinghausen, who passed away Feb. 13, 2008.

Western was the first on the scoreboard as senior Bradleigh Cameron ran her way beyond the try line to give the Wolves the 5-0 lead over the ‘Cats. Within 10 minutes, CWU made a push for a try, but Western was able to halt the Wildcats and convert their defense into offense as Cameron crossed the try line again to give Western the 10-0 lead. CWU’s first attempt at a try ended with an impressive defensive stand by Western. As the

Wildcats crossed the try line, Western was able to keep the ball from hitting the ground to force the ‘Cats into a scrum which led to a CWU try. After yet another tough defensive effort by Western, CWU was able to cross the try line moments before the half to bring the game to a 10-10 tie at halftime. To open the second half, Cameron completed the hat trick by scoring another try to give Western the 15-10 advantage.

About 20 minutes later, sophomore Crystal Lopez earned Western’s final try of the game to give the Wolves the 20-10 advantage. Shortly after, CWU earned another try and attempted a comeback, but Western’s solid defense prevented the ‘Cats from crossing the try line again. “We came out strong from the beginning and never let the other team take control of the game,” said team president Anna Fraine. “It was exactly what we had set out to do.”

Track ready for conference meet More Wolves now qualified for GNAC Indoor Championships Jameson Mahar | Freelancer

This weekend marked the last competition for the track and field team before the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championships. The Wolves traveled to Seattle, Wash. to compete in the Husky Classic. Western sent 20 female and 27 male student-athletes to the meet. Some members of the team were looking for NCAA standards, while some were looking to improve current marks or earn a qualifying standard for next week’s GNAC Indoor Championships. The Wolves started off on the right track, beginning with the men’s distance medley relay team. The team broke the school record for the third straight meet this weekend. Junior Kyle Larson and senior Chris Reed again ran the starting and anchor legs of the race, sophomore Matt Kaino ran the 400-meter portion and sophomore Connor Kasler ran the 800-meter

leg. Larson started with a split time of 2:58 in the 1,200 meter portion while the other members of the team continued to nearly get a GNAC record with a time of 9:54.16 (converted to 9:55.06 due to track size, short of the current record of 9:55.00 set by Western Washington in 2007). This time put the relay team into fifth place nationally, behind defending national champion Adams State as well as Southern Connecticut State, Colorado School of Mines and Stonehill. This is an exceptional leap for the Wolves relay team, which took 6.5 seconds off their previous season best and will likely compete in the national championships in March. Additionally, Western had a stunning performance from junior Ashley Potter, who earned an NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the triple jump with a season-best leap of 37 feet, 10.5 inches (11.54m).

This moves Potter into second place in the GNAC, only one centimeter behind first. Potter’s provisional standard performance was the fifth of the indoor season for the team, joining junior Janelle Everetts and senior Annan Applebee (800-meter), Reed (mile) and the men’s distance medley relay team on the national list. Freshman Katie Pelchar cleared 5-4.25 (1.63m) in the high jump and remains tied for third in the GNAC. She sits sixth place all-time at Western. Other Wolves who had a great weekend were sophomores Bobby Alexander and Dustin Boyd in the 60-meter dash, who recorded times of 7.06 and 7.19, respectively. Senior Lacey Meusec ran her season-best with a time of 8.15 in the same event and later ran 26.60 in the 200. Freshman Josh Elliott posted a time of 8:44.52 in the men’s 3000 to automatically

qualify to the GNAC Indoor Championship. Freshman Shanai Campbell had an impressive day with an improvement in the 60 as well. One goal for the team this weekend was to get more people qualified for the GNAC Indoor Championships, and the Wolves succeeded in doing this. Before this weekend, the Wolves had only one male qualified in the 800 for the conference championship next week; by the end of this weekend, however, the Wolves had qualified seven runners in the men’s 800. Head coach Mike Johnson stated that “this weekend was great and very successful. The team met their goals for the weekend and had an impressive showing.” The GNAC Indoor Championships will take place Friday, Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb. 19 in Nampa, Idaho.


February 16, 2011

SMU defeats Western men at home from the three-point arc. In the first half, the Wolves missed six three-pointers. In the second half, SMU grabbed 16 second chance points. Western outscored the Saints in the paint, 38-36. The backcourt duo of juniors Kyle Long and Blair Wheadon scored 39 points, five steals and all of Western’s five assists. Long led Western’s offensive strike with 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field. Wheadon played an all-around solid game by getting 16 points, five rebounds and four steals. Sophomore Tarance Glynn contributed 14 points and a team-leading six rebounds. Junior Jordan Freelander scored eight points and got one steal and sophomore Kolton Nelson rounded out the scoring for Western’s starters with three points. The only bench contribution from the Wolves came from freshmen Donte McFrazier and DeAngelo Davis who each scored two points. Western plays their final two home games this week. The first game is against Alaska Fairbanks and then Western wraps up the home stand against Alaska Anchorage. Western is currently the fifth seed in the GNAC and is hoping to qualify for the upcoming NCAA Division II Tournament.

Long, Wheadon team up for 5 steals and 39 of Western’s 68 points in the loss Matthew Curran | Freelancer

On an exciting night of college hoops, Western played a game of revenge against Saint Martin’s University (SMU). The revenge was because of a loss earlier this season on regional television. Western lost the game on Saturday, Feb. 13, 89-68. SMU was on a six-game losing skid but improved its record to 12-12 overall, 5-9 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). Western dropped to 12-12 overall, 7-7 GNAC. The story of the game was the Saints’ standout center Blake Poole. He was dominant in the paint, scoring 23 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. SMU dominated the glass and out-rebounded the Wolves, 40-25. “They out-executed, outworked us and had a good game plan,” explained Western head coach Craig Stanger. “We didn’t respond well to their runs. We need to be more mentally consistent.” Western was not able to find a rhythm

men ’ s basketball gnac standings CONF.

Central Washington Alaska Anchorage Western Washington Seattle Pacific Western Oregon Northwest Nazarene Saint Martin’s Alaska Fairbanks Montana State Billings Simon Fraser

W 13 10 10 10 7 6 5 5 3 2




L 1 4 4 5 7 8 9 9 12 12


W 20 18 15 16 12 10 12 8 5 3

L H A 2 8-1 7-0 7 11-3 4-2 7 10-0 4-4 7 10-3 5-3 12 9-4 3-6 11 8-4 1-7 12 5-5 4-7 13 5-8 2-4 17 2-8 2-9 17 3-4 0-9


N 5-1 3-2 1-3 1-1 0-2 1-0 3-0 1-1 1-0 0-4


Photo Photo by by || Melissa Melissa Swagerty Swagerty

Junior Blair Wheadon scores 16 points and gets four steals in Western’s 89-68 loss to Saint Martin’s University on Saturday, Feb. 12.

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there Softball brings home three wins from Desert Stinger Invitational, held last weekend in Las Vegas Jameson Mahar | Freelancer

The Western Oregon softball team got its season under way this weekend at the Desert Stinger Invitational in Las Vegas. The Wolves played five regional teams and were hoping to establish their dominance in the west and the GNAC conference. But they had a tough schedule to overcome to establish this dominance. The Wolves first had to matchup against the top team in the field, ranked No. 16 in the nation. In their first game, the Wolves showed that they can battle with the best — Grand Canyon University. Jessica Wood pitched the Wolves a complete game. She gave up four hits and four runs (two earned) while striking out five and walking one. This is impressive for any pitcher, even in a loss. But regrettably, the opposing pitcher also played an incredible game. Kirstin Linert earned the complete game win for the ‘Lopes. She allowed just two hits and one unearned run while striking out 10 batters. Grand Canyon got on the board first with two unearned runs in the first inning. The ‘Lopes added two

more runs in the second and fifth inning on solo home runs. The Wolves scored their run in the third inning on a Bailey Rueck, sacrifice fly which plated Ali Parkerson. They were the only two Wolves to get a hit in the 4-1 loss to Grand Canyon. The second game in the doubleheader was against the University of Hawaii-Hilo, where the Wolves played a terrific game. Western had a great offensive showing putting up eight runs while holding Hawaii-Hilo to only four runs. Ending their first day of the season with a record of 1-1, the Wolves headed into the second day. Unfortunately, the second day of the Desert Stinger Invitational did not start off right. Western went up against the Humboldt State Lumberjacks, who defeated the Wolves with an upsetting score of 15-0. With the Wolves getting shut out, their spirits would likely be low, but that’s not how it looked with the result of the second game that day. The Wolves went up against Western New Mexico. Western was down 2 - 1 to start the sixth inning, but then came roaring back. Jessica Hallmark launched a ball over the center field wall to tie the game at 2-2. The Wolves continued to put on the pressure as the next batter, Andrea Bailey, singled to center and was able to get all the way around to third on a sacrifice bunt. She scored the go-ahead run on a single by Kelsie Didion. Didion

eventually came around to score by a double by Wood, giving the Wolves a two-run advantage. The Wolves added another run to end the game with the 5 - 1 victory. But it was not just the offense that did amazing; the Wolves were also led by the strength of their defense and their starting pitcher, Alex Hillmick. She went 4.2 innings with only allowing one base hit and two runs. Wood entered the game in the fifth inning with two runners on, and held the Western New Mexico Mustangs scoreless over the final two innings to get the win. This ended the second day of competition, which left the Wolves with a record of 2-2. The Wolves finished the Desert Stinger Invitational against Dixie State University. They were led by Wood, who pitched a complete game with only one hit allowed to lead Western to a 6-1 win over Dixie State. The Wolves also had a good offensive showing this game at the hands of Bailey Rueck and Ashley Worthey. Rueck went 2-for4 with four runs batted in. Worthey went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer out of the five spot in the order. The Wolves finished the Desert Stinger Invitational with three wins and two losses to begin the season. Western’s doubleheader against Concordia, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 15, was cancelled due to inclement weather. No makeup date has been established as of press time.


February 16, 2011

Women clinch first-ever GNAC playoff spot Whitsett, Zahler lead Wolves to 61-39 win over Alaska Fairbanks, fall to Alaska Anchorage Kyle Bruce | Freelance

The Western Oregon women’s basketball team split a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference games this past weekend, routing Alaska Fairbanks 61-39 Thursday, Feb. 10, before falling to No. 14 Alaska Anchorage 71-47 Saturday, Feb. 12. The Wolves (9-13, 7-7 GNAC) clinched no worse than the seventh seed in the GNAC Tournament, the program’s first postseason berth since transition to NCAA Division II in 2001-2002. If the tournament started today, Western would face Montana State Billings in a road contest. The tournament is singleelimination. “To qualify for postseason play means a lot to this team and this university,” Western head coach Greg Bruce said. “To do it with this group of girls and this coaching staff makes it all the more special. We want to finish the season strong, but we are excited for what awaits us.” Sophomore guard Hannah Whitsett scored a game-high 21 points against Alaska Fairbanks (1-21, 1-14). Senior guard Sara Zahler recorded 13 points and nine rebounds, and sophomore guard Jamie Richardson added 12 points and four steals. The story of the game, however, was Western’s defense. Western held UAF to a season-low 39 points on 33.3 percent shooting. Alaska Fairbanks turned the ball over 34 times, the most by any Western opponent this season. The Wolves also held UAF to just seven offensive rebounds. “I thought our defense was what won the game for us,” Bruce said. “Our defensive intensity was great from the start and I don’t think it ever let down.

We struggled to score early, but the girls stayed with it, which you love to see.” UAF took an early 4-0 lead before Western made its first basket. A triple by Richardson finally put the Wolves on the scoreboard with 13:14 left in the first. The trey also ignited a 27-8 Western run, putting the Wolves in command for the remainder of the game. Whitsett again led the Wolves in scoring against Alaska Anchorage (21-5, 12-3 GNAC), notching 13 points. Zahler contributed 11 points and eight rebounds. In a game that was never close, UAA led 34-16 at halftime before going up by as many as 35 points in the second half as the Seawolves cruised to victory. It was the fourth game in seven days for the Wolves as they played a rare Monday game before traveling to Alaska two days later. Western won two and lost two. “To be coming out of this stretch of games at 2-2 speaks volumes about these young women,” Bruce said. “I’m extremely proud of these girls for battling.” Western will host its final home games of the regular season this week as Seattle Pacific and Montana State Billings visit Monmouth for a pair of GNAC counters. The game against MSUB will mark the final home game for Western’s three seniors, Zahler, forward Danielle Bellando and guard Danielle Albus. “Both Seattle Pacific and Montana State Billings are extremely talented teams,” Bruce noted. “Seattle Pacific is fighting to remain in contention for an NCAA tournament seed, so you know they’ll be motivated. And [MSUB] can beat anybody when they put their mind to it. It should be a great couple of games.” The Wolves fell to both SPU and MSUB in their prior meetings this season. While the MSUB game was not close at 82-55, Western battled SPU and nearly came out victorious, losing 64-54. Game times are set for 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, respectively.

Photo by | Scott Takase

Senior Sara Zahler had 13 points and nine rebounds in win over Nanooks.

Women’s women’sBasketball basketball gnac standings CONF.

Western Washington Alaska Anchorage Seattle Pacific Montana State Billings Saint Martin’s Western Oregon Northwest Nazarene Simon Fraser Central Washington Alaska Fairbanks

W 14 12 9 9 8 7 7 3 2 1




L 0 3 5 5 6 7 8 11 13 14


W 21 21 15 13 13 9 12 6 7 1

L H A 1 9-0 8-0 5 14-2 5-2 7 9-2 5-4 9 8-3 4-5 9 7-3 4-4 13 6-4 3-7 11 5-3 5-6 13 1-7 3-6 15 5-5 0-8 21 1-13 0-6


N 4-1 2-1 1-1 1-1 2-2 0-2 2-2 2-0 2-2 0-2


Baseball splits series with ranked opponent

Western earns two road wins against No. 20 Cal State Dominguez Hills to end road trip Matthew Curran | Freelancer

After losing a tough series against nationally ranked UC San Diego (UCSD), Western continued its road trip against No. 20 Cal State Dominguez Hills (CSDH) for a four-game series. Each team won two games in the four-game series. Western improved its record to 3-5 overall and has not played any Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) opponents yet. CSDH is currently 4-3 overall. The Wolves are coming off of a brutal four-game series against No. 1 UCSD. Western was able to pull off one victory in its first series of the season. CSDH was coming off of a two-game sweep against Simon Fraser, a GNAC rival of the Wolves. The Wolves got smashed in the first game of the series, losing 8-1 on Wednesday, Feb. 9. The Wolves went up 1-0 with one out in the first inning and

CSDH responded with a pair of two-out, two-run rallies. In the bottom of the first, the inning stayed alive after a hit-bypitch, allowing a runner to cross the plate. In the second, CSDH had two doubles. “We knew coming in that CSDH was a tough club and we had to have shutdown innings and not give them extra outs,” said head coach Jeremiah Robbins. “They capitalized on the opportunities we gave them.” Four Wolves collected two hits and senior Zach Miller made his pitching debut by allowing no hits or runs in twothirds of an inning. The second game of the series produced an instant classic. On Thursday, Feb. 10, Carlos Levya hit a walk-off home run to win the game for the Toros, 8-6. The Wolves trailed 5-2 entering the ninth inning before matching their largest inning of the year with a four-run rally to take the lead. Going into the bottom of the ninth, Western appeared to have all the momentum. Two runners got on base

in the bottom of the ninth and Levya was at bat. Senior Kirk Lind was trying to pull out the save, but Levya blasted the ball out of the park to win the game. The two baseball squads concluded the series with a doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 11. The first game, Western got its first win of the series, 8-4. Junior Jason Wilson recorded his first win as member of the Wolves by pitching eight strong innings. He allowed nine hits and four runs while striking out five and walking two. He gave up a home run and a double to the first two batters of the game, but then only allowed just two more runs in the game. Daniel Dillard drove in four runs to help Western win the game. After CSDH came out with two runs to take the lead, Dillard hit a three-run homer in the third inning to take a one-run lead, 3-2. Western added on two more in the fourth on singles and then added three runs in the ninth inning. Junior closer Travis Bradshaw finished out the game

by pitching a flawless ninth inning. In the second game of the doubleheader, Western won a tightly contested baseball game, 6-5. The Wolves rallied for five runs in the fourth inning to notch a come from behind victory. Western entered the fourth inning down 5-1 after CSDH scored in each of the first three innings. The fourth started with the Wolves putting their first two runners on. They scored their first run on a CSDH error and then added four more runs. Senior Grant Glover added two more on an opposite field hit. Senior Michael Chiarelli capped off the scoring with a sacrifice fly to put the Wolves up, 6-5. “Our kids were resilient all day long,” Robbins concluded. “Our last pitch of the day was our best pitch of the day.” Western now moves onto the LewisClark State Tournament. The tournament starts on Friday, Feb. 18, in Lewiston, Idaho.

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