Page 1


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

FEBRUARY 23, 2011


VOL. 11, ISSUE 19


‘The magic and mystery of a play well done.’

four-day forecast



36 / 25 friday


38 / 27

Hoping to educate the campus on international affairs, the Model U.N. club wiill hold an auction featuring guest speaker Denis Stevens.


31 / 41



40 / 41


find us online Photo by | Emily Laughlin Photo by | Emily Laughlin


Lead actors Colton Ruscheinsky, senior, and Margaret Sherbourne, sophomore, practice a steamy love scene.

WORLD AFTER WOU Open to seniors, World After WOU seeks to aid soon-to-be-graduating students prepare for life after gaining their diploma. SEE PAGE 4


CESAR CHAVEZ EXHIBIT OPENS IN HAMERSLY LIBRARY Presenting the life of this important cultural individual, the César Chávez exhibit will be open until March 31. SEE PAGE 6


After months of planning, preparation and rehearsing, the actors of ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ are ready to give students a show to remember Heather Worthing | Freelancer

All the world’s a stage, and for the cast of “Dangerous Liaisons,” their stage will be a battlefield of passion, ambition, deceit and desire as the audience follows the lives of two worldly French aristocrats, the Marquise de Mertainil (played by Ruth Mandsager) and Vicomte de Valmont (played by Colton Ruschienskey), who use sensuality as a means to attain power, status and security.

“This is a plot-driven play that is intensely captivating,” said Director and theater professor David Janoviak. “I feel that the audience will be intrigued by the complexity of the characters and be fascinated by the essential conflict between morality and immorality.” Janoviak has been teaching for the last 15 years at Western and said that he has enjoyed every moment of nurturing and developing actors. “I feel so blessed that every morning I can go to work doing

Junior Blair Wheadon had a sensational 34 point career-high performance, but the Wolves fell to UAA at home. SEE PAGE 10



westernoregonjournal . com

similar,” said sophomore Margaret Sherbourne, who plays the pious Madame Tourvel, a victim of the destructive Marquise and Vicomte. “It is a huge challenge playing her as truthfully as possible; it is also what I am most afraid of,” Sherbourne continued. “I don’t want to come across as playing a character, but rather come across as actually being that character. I


‘Fight the Silence’ Men’s track team wins 4th facilitates dialogue straight GNAC indoor title Reid earn school records, lead women’s on sexual assault Wright, track to 4th place in GNAC Championships Featuring speaker Will Keim, this event allowed students to speak out about tough issues Candace Cheney | Freelancer & Christie Tilicki | Culture and Campus Life Editor


something I am passionate about and foster the passion for acting that students have,” said Janoviak. “One of the most rewarding times is during the development of a play, everything that has been learned in class and theory is put into practice and it is beautiful.” The cast of “Dangerous Liaisons” differ in experience and age, ranging from freshmen to seniors. “From the beginning I felt that my character and I were rather


It is not easy juggling the responsibilities of college, a home life, work and all of the other duties that students face on a daily basis. For some individuals, there are more personal burdens that are to be carried as well. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2001, at least 80 percent of all sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance of the


victim. Such burdens as these invariably weigh students down and can have a negative impact on their education and their future. For this reason, Abby’s House, Western’s center for women and families, hosted guest speaker Dr. Will S. Keim on Monday, Feb. 21, from



Jameson Mahar | Freelancer

This weekend, the Wolves traveled to Nampa, Idaho, to compete in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Indoor Championships. There, the men’s team captured its fourth straight indoor championship as it showed an impressive effort in day two of the competition, coming from behind to win. On day one, the Wolves bolted out of the gate. Many of Friday’s results were from the outstanding performance of senior Andy Loscutoff in the conference’s first-ever men’s heptathlon. He had


Photo courtesy | Amanda Wright

Jason Slowey and the Wolves cheer on their teammates during the GNAC indoor meet.

a sensational day, winning three of Friday’s four events. For his three wins, Loscutoff ran 7.48 in the 60-meter dash, jumped 6.13 meters in the long jump and threw


12.63 meters in the shot put. Senior Jason Slowey defended his title in the




February 23, 2011

One Future 2011 seeks to break stereotypes about Middle East Western alumnus Faisal Almenaiya establishes group to address misconceptions about Islam Jake Logan | News Editor

Western alumnus Faisal Almenaiya is a man on a mission to bring peace and coexistence in the Middle East. Coming from an Egyptian mother and Saudi Arabian father, Almenaiya’s family and his childhood years spent in Saudi Arabia makes his connection to the Middle East very personal. His involvement with One Future 2011 is one of the ways that he is contributing to promoting peace. The mission of One Future 2011 is to promote peace and coexistence in the global community regarding the Middle East. This group is primarily focused on aiding and guiding Muslims from around the world as they seek to answer questions and clear misunderstandings about

their faith. Their secondary goal is then to help people of other faiths clear their misunderstandings about Islam. “We are not seeking to convert people to Islam, but to remind Muslims of their religion, our forefathers, and prophet companions . . . and to [address] any misconceptions of Islam,” Almenaiya stated. “We want to expose the moderation of Islam.” “Muslims believe in the oneness of mankind, that all people are created equal in the sight of Allah. There is no superiority for one over the other for any reason other than righteousness or piety. Muslims are required to respect the dignity of all mankind regardless of their religion, race, origin, gender, nationality or place of birth,” Almenaiya explained.

Almenaiya has found that there are at least 20 common misconceptions about Islam online. By using Facebook and YouTube, individuals can send in their own questions about Islam or even write an email. Islamic scholars around the world take the question into consideration. “You can post a question [about] Islam and it’s researched by authentic and proper [Islamic] books and comes from an agreement of scholars,” explained Almenaiya. Almenaiya plans on using his psychological training and the education he received at Western as an important tool for actualizing his goals. “I am hoping that I will be able to use educational information as factor to increase the awareness of students and

Dianne Finklein Memorial Scholarship silent auction fundraiser now canceled

Called off due to a lack of ticket sales, committee looks to create another event with auction items

community,” he said, going on to explain about a similar situation. “There has been research done in Australia to do the same about Aboriginal Australians, and the results showed a decrease in prejudice. We cannot deny the fears that do exist in both sides. It is either someone is afraid of an attack on their country or the other is afraid of being mistaken and thus ill treated, disrespected or incarcerated.” He wishes to expose the real psyche of a Muslim that he feels has not been portrayed in the media, to “get rid of the stereotype.” “[The Islamic] psyche is always hope,” he stated. “[Let’s] not build walls but build bridges, to cross to each other respectfully.” Almenaiya believes that coexistence is vital to the relations between people of the world.  With thoughts on the relationship between the United States

and the Middle East, Almenaiya explained that “both can share . . . If you’re the best in basketball and I am the best in soccer we can be the best together.” He described his

Photo by | Emily Laughlin

Faisal Almenaiya, One Future 2011 advocate.

hopes for the future in the Middle East and the world, “I have a dream of peace and coexistence, and it should not be a dream, but the norm. I believe that when we are at this level of communication, at this time and age, and still have these misconceptions and ill treatment of one another, it is time for the

people to do something.” Almenaiya stressed that the misconception of the equality of women within the Muslim faith is a “cultural issue; it has nothing to do with Islam.” Political science professor Eliot Dickinson believes it is important “to get people to learn lessons that are being taught” but is wary that not everyone is as educated as they should be. “[The U.S.] is very involved in the Middle East. We are fighting two wars there,” Dickinson said. While One Future 2011 is not a physical group here on Western’s campus, Almenaiya thinks that if enough people at Western are interested in the organization and get involved there is a possibility for a physical group on Western’s campus. Students can get involved by contacting com/ user/OneFuture2011 and on Facebook search for the group “4 Youth”.

COLLEGE Of hEaLth and human sCiEnCEs

Find your future career in the expanding world of public health

Jodessa Chapa | Freelancer

The ASL silent auction set for Feb. 25 has been cancelled. The funds raised from the auction were going to benefit the Di Finklein Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of Western alumna “Diva Di.” Exactly what happened to cancel the event? “Basically, we didn’t have enough ticket sales to cover the overhead costs,” said Interpreter Coordinator Susie Friberg, a member of the scholarship fund committee. In 2009, the Di Finklein Memorial Scholarship Fund was created as a way to honor the memory of Dianne “Di” Finklein, a graduate of Western in 1966 who inspired many people with her kindness and positivity. However, Di’s life was cut short when she passed away at the age of 26. The committee’s main goal is to provide the amount of money required to have an endowed scholarship fund. They want to raise a total of $25,000 so they can offer a $1,000 scholarship to ASL/

English Interpreting majors for many years to come. The silent auction held last year raised around $8,000. The goal this year is to raise the remaining amount of money to meet the $25,000 requirement. This year, the auction was scheduled to be held at the Eola Hills Winery in Rickreall, Ore. Willaby’s Catering Company was scheduled to provide hors d’oeuvres for the event. There were both small and large items up for auction, including 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 the designer, John Littlefield and a few autographed items from the crew of the crab boat named Time Bandit on the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.” Jill Baker, a part-time sign language interpreter here on campus, was a close friend and fellow classmate of Finklein. Baker is also a

member of the committee that organized the silent auction. “I’m disappointed it didn’t go,” Baker said. “But it’s a bump in the road and we will continue to fundraise until we reach $25,000. It’s definitely a set back but it’s not going to detour us from reaching our goal.” Baker is determined to raise the needed funds for the scholarship. She said the items up for auction will still be available but the committee will have to come up with another idea for a fundraiser to be announced in future weeks. Although this fundraiser has been cancelled, students can still get involved and make a difference by keeping their eyes open for the next fundraiser put on for the Di Memorial Scholarship. Anyone interested in donating money to the scholarship fund or becoming involved with the Di Finklein Memorial Scholarship should contact Jill Baker at baker@wou.

Earn your Master of Public Health degree at Oregon State University • • • • • •

Biostatistics Environment, Safety and Health Epidemiology Health Management and Policy Health Promotion and Health Behavior International Health

Apply by May 1st for fall 2011 master-of-public-health Eileen Kaspar 541-737-3825 •

Make a difference. WOSU JOURNAL-OSU HHS PH Ad.indd 1

Change the future.

Apply today. 2/11/11 3:32:51 PM


February 23, 2011

Expanding educational opportunities and establishing tools for success for more young Oregonians ASWOU representatives to attend March 3 hearing on Tuition Equality Bill Monica Millner | Freelancer

In 2009, only 29 percent of Oregonians earned a four-year college degree and 26 percent had a posthigh school certificate. Out of the remainder, 12 percent of Oregon residents did not even have a high school diploma. While these numbers are about average, they do not lend themselves to lifting Oregon’s economy out of its recession. For instance, if more residents had bachelor’s degrees, more companies might be attracted to the state, which would provide it with more revenue. However, because of the recession, many people cannot afford higher education, especially those who cannot provide documentation of citizenship. Young Oregonians could have resided in this state since they were small children, attended elementary and high school, received a diploma and still would not be eligible for instate tuition at an Oregon Public University. The reason for this? Because they have parents who are undocumented immigrants, they are not counted as state residents, no matter how long they have lived here. A minor has no control over his or her resident or documentation status. “This session is [one] for us to expand access to

our public universities,” Representative Michael Dembrow stated during a recent press conference. “[We need] to make sure that young Oregonians have the tools to succeed.” The Senate is focusing on expanding education this year, with the governor hoping to meet the goal of 40-4020 in the near future. This number ratio represents 40 percent earning a fouryear college degree, 40 percent earning a posthigh school certificate and the remaining 20 percent earning a high school diploma. To meet these goals the state hopes to make sure more of the higher education budget gets spent, on student success, ways to make textbooks more affordable, create a Transfer Student Bill of rights that makes it easier to transfer credits to a university, expand access to college credits for high school students, and finally, pass the Tuition Equity Bill. All of these things will make it easier and more accessible to receive a degree from a university, but the Tuition Equity Bill is one of the highest priorities on the agenda. If the bill passes, undocumented students will be eligible

for in-state tuition in the Oregon University System (OUS). They will not get a free pass, however. They have to prove that they have attended an Oregon high school for three years, graduated from an Oregon high school, been admitted to an OUS institution and are actively working towards Oregon State Residency. Currently, if an illegal immigrant has lived in the United States for five years, he or she can become a citizen through a process called naturalization, where an immigrant prove that he or she are fluent in English and can contribute to society. The difficulty with this is that without documentation he or she cannot get a job. In this economy, employers are looking for employees with a higher education, which makes it even more difficult to be considered a “contributing citizen.” The Tuition Equity Bill has come before the legislature four times in the past seven years. Each time, it has not passed. The last time, Representative Frank Morse was against the bill and voted no. This year, he voted yes, stating, “[It] will raise the level of our entire society.” Ten states in the United States have

passed a law similar to the Tuition Equity Bill: Texas, California, Nebraska, Washington, New Mexico, New York, Utah, Kansas, Oklahoma and Illinois. Oregon is the last of the west coast states to pass legislation of this kind. On Feb. 14, ASWOU President Yasmin Ibarra, Director of State and Student Affairs Cristal Sandoval and Multi-Cultural Advocate Hannah Arriola represented Western at the Capitol when the Tuition Equity Bill was introduced at a press conference. Representatives Morse and Dembrow spoke in favor of the bill, citing that “the bill will expand opportunities to more young Oregonians.” The bill will go before a hearing on March 3, 2011, and ASWOU, will be attending again. “We’d like to have a large presence from Western,” Arriola said. ASWOU encourages students to attend the hearing on behalf of Western. Anyone interested in sharing a story about his or her own experiences relating to the Tuition Equity Bill has the option of catching a shuttle offered by Western to the hearing. Students interested in going to the hearing may contact Hannah Arriola at

QUICK FACTS The state hopes to make sure more of the higher education budget is spent on: Ways to make textbooks more affordable Creating a Transfer Student Bill of Rights that makes it easier to transfer credits to another university Expanding access to college credits for high school students Passing the Tuition Equity Bill Students interested in learning more can contact ASWOU Multicultural Student Advocate Hannah Arriola at

Model U.N. hosts International Awareness Dinner, seeking to engage students in international affairs

In addition to dinner and an auction, Consul General Denis Stevens will speak as a member of the Canadian Studies Program Jenomi Montgomery | Freelancer

There is a team of leaders who want to educate students by bringing together the people in our nation, a team who want people to recognize that being together as one is important and vital to our community. This group strives to challenge themselves on issues going on around the world and in our country today. This group is Western’s Model United Nations Club. “Global issues make global situations,” stated political science professor and club advisor Eliot Dickinson. “We need to

educate people on what the United Nations does, raise awareness of national issues and to remind everyone globally.” “These are really active club members,” Dickinson went on to say. “They are dedicated.” Some of the things that Model U.N. has done in the past and will continue doing is a sizable amount of traveling in the country and around the world to learn more about the cultures and communities that exist globally. In order to reach this goal, they are holding

an International Awareness Dinner on March. 8 Cosponsored by Western’s Canadian Studies Program, the event will include a silent auction to raise additional funds for the group. Currently in its first year, this auction was started to raise awareness of international issues and let others know what the Model U.N. Club is about. Each year, members of this group are given the opportunity to travel to such locations as Paris, San Francisco and the Netherlands. Model U.N.

Photo courtesy | Jacqueline Fitzner

Model U.N. club members at the Northwest Model U.N. conference in Seattle Wash., one of many conferences the group attends annually. is currently looking to raise a large endowment so that such travel and the international insight and experience that go along with it can continue for years to come. Club President Jacqueline Fitzner stated that the club “offers students a unique experience to engage with students from all over the world and take what we have learned in the classroom and experience it

firsthand.” Prior to the dinner, individuals will hear from guest speaker Denis Stevens, a Consul General from the Consulate in Seattle, Wash.  This “coffee and conversation” hour will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Hamersly Library room 310A, at which time Stevens will be speaking about international issues that are occurring throughout the

world. The silent auction and dinner will be held in the Columbia room of Werner. The event starts at 7 p.m. and tickets can be bought from any United Nations member or from Dickinson in HSS 221. Tickets are $10 for any student and $15 for any non-student, with 10 percent of the proceeds made at the auction going directly to the club.


February 23, 2011

Find out what really happens after graduation

At World After WOU, students can learn from past graduates what life is like after the diploma Joanna Walker | Freelancer

Students are cordially invited to attend the World After WOU dinner, sponsored by the Service Learning and Career Development Center (SLCD) today, Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. The dinner will cost $5 and the evening will include the opportunity to interact with the six guest speakers who will be discussing their experiences since graduating from college. Speakers scheduled to attend include Lynn and Wayne Hamersly, Director of Community Education at OSU Federal Credit Union Anissa Arthenayake, Nationally Certified Sign Language Interpreter Jamee

Feuling and Community Outreach Coordinator for Willamette Valley Hospice Melissa Lindley. For approximately six years, with the exception of one year, World After WOU has taken place to provide students with an opportunity to gain insight into what avenues are available to them after graduation. Senior health promotions major Krislyn Nance has been working with SLCD office manager Jennifer Hansen to ensure this event is run smoothly. “We believe in the value of this event for the students as one of the reasons for continuing to

run [it],” noted Hansen. “We’ve had a great turnout in the past and the student evaluations,” added Nance. “Many students benefit from this event and enjoy hearing about the career paths of WOU alumni.” Finding a job, especially in today’s economy, can be a challenge, but to hear about the experiences of others and what they went through may provide some reassurance to upcoming graduates. Arthenayake, who will be addressing the importance of dealing with personal finances by offering suggestions and


was so intimidated by the talent that I didn’t try out for any plays until now,” said Sherbourne. “Once I became involved in the department however, I felt right at home. Everyone was so welcoming and kind

a cold reading of the script with other actors. Once accepted into the cast, actors have been practicing from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. five days a week for seven weeks. Set in the 1940s,


want the audience to get lost in the magic and mystery of a play well done.” There is a total cast of 14 actors; some are veterans

showing tools to help, commented, “I love to talk to people and hear about their plans and dreams, and I probably had similar experiences to the current graduating class.” Aside from Arthenayake, the other guest speakers are Western alumni and were contacted by the Alumni Relations Department to come and share their experience because of the “interesting stories [they have] to tell,” Hansen stated. Through mail invites to seniors, electronic posts on the screens in Werner, posters around campus and all-student emails, the available 72 seats for this

event are expected to fill up. Hansen remarked that she is looking forward to “the discovery that the students make that it’s okay to not stay on your given path; it’s okay to change your mind, you will be okay even if you don’t end up being what you are here for . . . Change can happen and [students] need not be afraid of it.” “Being a senior, I personally hope to gain insight as to what is available to me after graduation,” said Nance. “It will be interesting to hear form a diverse group of speakers.” Nance would like

other students to come away with “being able to relate to the career paths that will be shared by the speakers. We would also like it if the students gained confidence about graduation through this event. It is important for them to hear from other alumni about the different paths that are available to them after graduation.” “Meeting different people can help [students] find a job,”Arthenayake stated. “A student may even talk to someone [at the event] about what they do and find that is what they too want to do and did not know existed.”

“This is a plot-driven play that is intensely captivating. I feel that the audience will be intrigued by the complexity of the characters and be fascinated by the essential conflict between morality and immorality.”

- David Janoviak


on the stage at Western and others are excited to debut their talents opening night. “Through high school, I was involved in many plays and enjoyed acting tremendously; however, when coming to Western I

that I would encourage any aspiring actors to be involved as soon as possible.” The process of auditioning for this play required a dramatic reading of a monologue and then for the second round

the play of “Dangerous Liaisons” is sure to be one that intrigues and captivates. Opening night will be Friday, Feb. 25, with additional showings Feb. 26, March 2 and March 5 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Colton Ruscheinsky and Ruth Mandsager plot their “dangerous liaisons.”

Margaret Sherbourne, Colton Ruscheinsky and Megan Wacker rehearse.

Photos by | Emily Laughlin

Colton Ruscheinsky and Megan Wacker practice perfecting their characters.

Ruscheinsky pleads for Sherbourne’s character to allow him to write her.


February 23, 2011

Black and Red Ball raises money for Cascade AIDS Project

Hosted by the Triangle Alliance, the Red and Black Ball included a Drag Show preview routine to aid in the promotion of the organization’s largest annual fundraiser Katrina Pettigrew | Freelancer

The Pacific room in Werner was rocking from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17, as the annual Black and Red Ball was underway. The event was put on by the Triangle Alliance (TA) and acted as a fundraiser for both the club and the Cascade AIDS Project (CAP), a Portlandbased organization that promotes AIDS awareness and research that serves Oregon and Southwest Washington. The Black and Red Ball is one of the largest TA-sponsored fundraisers. Planning for the event began shortly after the ball that was held the previous year and lasted

into this term. “Everyone was invited to help,” said Kayla Ward, sophomore TA president. “Kayti [Summerland] did a lot of work for it, but everyone had a hand in [the planning].” The Black and Red Ball acted as a Valentine’s Day dance, a fundraiser and a way to raise awareness for an incurable disease that plagues the world. It was also a great way to relax from the stress of midterms and just have some fun on campus. “I loved the dance,” sophomore Trevor Ross said. “It was super fun and had a great vibe and energy, especially towards

the end.” According to Ward, there were no set goals for the ball. The admission was free, so the members of TA hoped for a lot of donations. As far as attendees went, Ward stated she hoped to see as many people as the Pacific room could hold. Although the Pacific room was not packed, a fair amount of people showed up after the basketball game. “I was disappointed with the turnout, but thought there were still a lot of people,” Ross said. “Knowing I helped plan it and that not as many people came as in

the past, it was slightly disappointing.” Although the ball did not yield the desired amount of attendees, the profits of the ball totaled at $100. There have always been a few challenges, as far as the ball goes. The most noted issues are the time and money needed to go into the dance. There are layers upon layers of complicated planning elements that go into planning a large event like the Black and Red Ball. Since TA has started incorporating the drag show preview, they have had to account for the auditions for the preview

routine, according to Ward. The Drag Show Preview is exactly what it sounds like, a snippet of TA’s largest yearly fundraiser. “It is the biggest event [of the year],” said Ward. “People stand outside the Pacific room just to see it and people from other schools who have drag shows come to see our drag show.” This year’s drag show is murder mystery themed and will include music and dance numbers, much like the one seen at the Black and Red Ball. The planning for the drag show is still

going on and auditions are coming soon. There is currently an MC position open as well as numerous spots on the crew. Auditions for the drag show and the MC position will be on Friday, Feb. 25, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Columbia room and Saturday, Feb. 26, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pacific room. The date for the drag show is not yet set, but is projected to be sometime in mid-May. It is also set to have free admission and donations are welcomed. “I’m super excited for the drag show, too and I am glad I’m involved in it,” said Ross.

Photos by | Scott Takase

Motivational speaker Will Keim shares his personal experience with sexual assault during the Fight the Silence event hosted by Abby’s House.


2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pacific room of Werner. Keim’s presentation was part of the Sexual Assault Awareness Week activities put on by Abby’s House. Keim is a motivational speaker who has reached out to over “two and a half million students, faculty, and professional staff from 2,500 collegiate and corporate campuses in all 50 states in the United States and most provinces in Canada,” according to his website. Keim obtained a doctorate in philosophy at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., as well as a bachelor’s and master’s degree in arts communication and religious studies in Stockton, Calif. His experience includes founding the Character Institute, an organization

which seeks to empower individuals toward a more successful and meaningful life. Keim currently has 14 books in print and his publications encompass a wide variety of subjects, covering many different issues. Some of Keim’s books include “The Wit & Wisdom of Dr. Will Keim,” “Keys to Success in College and Life,” “The Tao of Christ: The Way of Love for a World of Hurt,” and “Spirit Journey: A Walk Through Matthew.” During the Fight the Silence presentation, Keim addressed the sensitive issue of sexual assault and the devastating impact that it can have not only on the victims, but on their loved ones as well. It is believed by some that when one member of a community suffers, the whole community suffers, and sexual assault is no different in this respect. Since Sexual Assault Awareness Month (in April)

will be arriving fairly soon, it is fitting that the Fight the Silence event is raising the community’s awareness about sexual violence and prevention. The event started with Abby’s House member Jessica Fraga introducing Keim along with discussing the mission of the group. “One in three women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted sometime before they reach the age of 18,” said Fraga. “This is something we all need to try to stop and one of the ways we can do this is to talk about it. This is why we are doing Fight the Silence.” After the introduction, Keim began with a reading from one of his books. He continued with a discussion of his career history and transitioned his speech into talking about his personal story with this sensitive issue. “I never used to talk

Audience members listened intently to Keim’s speech as he discussed his own abuse and how he overcame the obstacles associated with it. about my own personal issues when I spoke,” explained Keim. “The reason for that was I felt you all had enough on your plate. Why would I want to share my problems with you? You have your own. One day, a young woman came up to me after my speech and said ‘That’s easy for you to say! Some of us have pain!’ I realized that in shielding my pain, I wasn’t being authentic with my audience. “So I began to talk about my personal life,” Keim continued. “My real father passed away a few months before I was born. My stepfather was an alcoholic and when I was eight-years-old I was sexually abused in the bathroom in a department store.” Keim went onto explain how difficult it was to talk about his own assault in front of people for the first time. He then realized that it was cathartic for him. He was

getting paid for his own therapy. Talking about his own assault not only was helping him, it was helping others and making them realize the hope that was within their reach. “You can’t control what happens in Corvallis or up the road in Rickreall, but damn it you can control what happens here on this campus,” said Keim. “You can control what happens in your life. You can’t fly with wings like an eagle with an anchor on your butt. You have to let go.” Keim then gave the attendees 10 rules to follow to ensure they are living their best lives: Listen to the voice inside yourself. Have empathy for the voices around you. Act and get busy. Delegate and let people help you. Empower others to tell their stories by telling your story. Think before you act. Be hopeful. Exercise for 30 minutes followed by 30 minutes of prayer or

meditation. Acknowledge that this is a problem in our country and begin the process of making this a rape and sexual assault free zone. Finally, learn to love yourself. The event continued with a panel of sexual assault survivors sharing with the audience their emotional stories. Part of Keim’s philosophy is that sharing stories with one another is not only beneficial for those sharing but helps a person “learn to forgive yourself, accept what happened and realize that there isn’t a part of you that doesn’t deserve to be loved,” said Keim. “If you allow yourself, you will be loved by someone who will love your story and love you more for surviving what happened to you. Someone who will accept you for who you are. But that starts with you loving yourself and realizing you deserve to be loved.”


February 23, 2011

César Chávez exhibit unveiled in Hamersly Library

Running from Feb. 21 through March 21, the show will educate and inform students, faculty and community members of the triumphs and struggles of this civil rights leader Alex Riecke-Gonzalez | Freelancer

Martin Luther King Jr., Susan B. Anthony and now César Chávez are remembered and celebrated for their effective battles supporting civil rights for all Americans. At an early age, Chávez and his family lost their farm in Yuma, Ariz., and were forced to pursue life as migrant workers. Throughout his youth, “Chávez experienced the pain and suffering of farm labor and the cruelty of racism,” said Jerrie Parpart, exhibits coordinator and archives assistant at Hamersly Library. However, through determination and a profound influence from his parents, his religion, mentors and the study of civil rights leaders, Chávez eventually founded the first farm workers union. “He worked to secure better pay, improved job safety, better living conditions,” Parpart stated of Chávez’s work with the union. Dr. Emily Plec added that aside from his role as a labor leader, he is also a Chicano rights activist. Chávez is seen as the 20th Century civil rights hero and a champion of change. Therefore, for an entire month, beginning Feb. 21, Hamersly Library will feature a documentary exhibition of photographs and the original writings of César Chávez. The exhibit is entitled

In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez. “The goal is to provide WOU faculty and students an avenue to showcase their skills and talents,” said Parpart. Parpart is responsible for overseeing all Hamersly Library exhibits. She also hopes the exhibit will “give the WOU community the opportunity to learn more about Chávez and the impact he made on the American culture.” Cristal Sandoval, a student assisting with arrangements for the guest lecturer, Dr. John Hammerback, added that she personally hopes through her contributions to the program and the exhibit to “gain more knowledge about the rhetoric of César Chávez.” Sandoval said the pictures will help her “visualize the time period and conditions that farm workers were facing” and still face today. “Dr. John Hammerback is a professor of communication from the University of Washington and the exhibit consulting curator,” Plec explained. Along with his keynote speech on Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in ITC 211, Hammerback will hold an open meeting for students in Werner’s Oregon room from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 24. For Plec, this exhibit was an opportunity to act on her

personal interest she had in Hammerback’s work on César Chávez while she was in graduate school. She has a personal admiration for the public address of the United Farm Workers’ leaders. Plec notified Parpart when she discovered the existence of the César Chávez exhibit. “Parpart successfully applied for the grant to fund the exhibit, which is provided by the National Endowment of the Humanities,” said Plec. Now, with the assistance of Sandoval, the exhibit is open through March 21 to both the Western and Monmouth community. Sandoval also recognizes a unique attribute in the exhibit in that it is translated into Spanish. “I think this is great to be able to outreach to another community,” Sandoval said. “Especially since WOU and the surrounding community have a high percentage of Latinos.”          Being a Chicano studies minor and a member of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (Chicano Student Movement from Aztlan), Sandoval said, “I am passionate in learning about my Chicano history and being a part of this exhibit has allowed me to be able to share that with others.”

Located on the second floor of Hamersly Library, the César Chávez exhibit is entitled In His Own Words: The Life and Work of César Chávez. The show features an exhibition of photographys and copies of his original writings.

Photos by | Emily Laughlin

Known for his achievements in the civil rights movement, Chávez’s views and beliefs were highly influenced by his parents, his religion and through the study of civil rights leaders who had gone before him. Ranked among such leaders as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ghandi and Susan B. Anthony, Chávez’s legacy is an important part of Chicano and American history.

Spring term production of Aristophanes’ ‘Lysistrata’ claims all is fair in love and war Mixture of comedy and social critique, auditions will be held on Feb. 28 for this classic Greek play Caet Padgett | Freelancer

On Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. on the Rice Auditorium main stage, the Western Theatre Department will hold auditions for their spring term production, a Greek play, titled “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes. Originally performed in Athens in 411 B.C., “Lysistrata” is one of the few plays written by Aristophanes that has stood the test of time. The play follows the story of a group of women, led by Lysistrata (Greek for “Army-Disbander”), who use a rather unusual tactic in an attempt to forge peace in their country and bring their husbands home from war: the withholding of sex. Dr. Michael Phillips, theater professor and director of the play, said he chose the play for “a number of reasons: the department has decided to try to cover more historical periods in our productions, and it’s been a while since we’ve done an ancient Greek play. Plus, it’s one of the comedies and they are surprisingly contemporary and fun. A play by Aristophanes is certainly not stuffy and highbrow! Finally, I enjoy the level of social commentary

that is present in his plays and I was interested in exploring the anti-war theme in ‘Lysistrata.’” Because of the age of the play, there arises the issue of what time period to set it in. Modern day? Ancient Greece? Phillips stated that there will be a combination of different influences. “It’s not set in ancient Greece, but it’s not exactly modern,” explained Phillips. “We’re playing a bit with the form that comes from old vaudeville and burlesque routines, but it’s not exactly set in that time period either. One of the things about this play is that it really does transcend time periods. In other words, it remains relevant, no matter when it’s set. So, there will probably be some modern touches, some more traditional touches, etc.” Phillips also has some very specific things he is looking for in actors interested in auditioning, stating, “For auditions, we want to see memorized, comic monologues, not to exceed two minutes. “If someone wants to audition, but is not in the theater

department and doesn’t have memorized monologues ready, he or she can do a cold reading. That’s not ideal, but we can work with it,” Phillips continued. “Beyond that, what I look for are actors who have the comic timing and the physical presence to make this play work. I strongly suggest that anyone thinking about auditioning read the play first and get familiar with it. We have copies in the theater department, or you can find it in most drama anthologies. We’ll be casting around six women and six men, most of whom will play multiple roles.” When asked what he hoped audiences would take away from the play, Phillips replied “First, and most importantly, we want the audience to have fun. This is a pure comedy, so hopefully the production is fun every step of the way. Second, Aristophanes was a social critic, so we don’t want to lose that in the production. He wrote it in frustration over the Peloponnesian War. In fact, the comedy lies nicely within that social critique.”


February 23, 2011

A unique interpretation of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ performed by the Eugene Ballet Company

Book Review

Caet Padgett | Freelancer

before each performance and allowed those who were interested to discover more about the dancers. Gwen Curran, a columnist for the Eugene “Register Guard” enjoyed attending the show, stating, “I was mesmerized. It was impossible to separate the costumes, masks, sets, music and lighting from the dancing. Lynn Bowers, Caroline Barnes, Francisco Reynders and Lloyd Sobel were on stage with their creations as much as the dancers. The English music by Malcolm Arnold, Benjamin Britten, Percy Grainger and William Walton was a perfect accompaniment to this story-ballet. The dancing tea table, caterpillar turned butterflies, fish heads and flamingo headdresses were unforgettable.” “The balloon jellyfish in the ocean scene with the Mock Turtle, Lobsters and Gryphon will linger in my memory,” Curran continues. “Yun Kyung Kim (Alice) was delightful. She maintained her girlish qualities while dancing for the entire ballet. Ben Goodman — as

the energetic White Rabbit — stepped large, changing direction as often as he checked his large watch. Gillmer Duran, with mask and gown, was brilliant as the outrageous Duchess. He stayed in character even through the curtain call. Of course, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the sleepy Dormouse stirred up the stage with their hilarious antics, especially when dancing in rolling chairs.” “The Daily Emerald,” the University of Oregon’s student-run newspaper, featured an interview with several of the dancers from this production, including artistic director Toni Pimble, who stated,           “The story is very well known. We decided to revive it. Though the performance is short, about 50 minutes, the set design, story and comedy are sure to appeal to both children and adult audiences. The ballet is meant to match the magical, slightly weird world Carroll created in his story. The performance is set to music by such composers as Percy Grainger and Malcolm

Arnold.” “Eugene ballet dancer Heather Wallace, 25, who dances two parts in the show, described the performance as ‘very trippy,’” continued Pimble. “The choreography in ‘Alice’ is not as classical as, say, ‘Swan Lake,’ with its very strict, symmetrical classic ballet choreography.”    Yoshie Oshima, 27, who plays Alice in the second cast, described the choreography as “neoclassical; a mix of modern elements and classical ballet.” There were also two shorter dances after “Alice in Wonderland” performed: Jessica Lang’s “Solo in Nine Parts,” set to the music of Antonio Vivaldi and Toni Pimble’s “The Red Pony,” set to the music of Aaron Copeland and featuring backdrops painted by Nadya GerasCarson. In addition to the Hult Center, the Eugene Ballet Company’s production of “Alice in Wonderland” has been featured around the United States, Canada and Taiwan.

Photos courtesy | The Eugene Ballet Company

Alice is one popular girl. Lewis Carroll’s classic story “Alice in Wonderland” has seemingly been everywhere lately, from clothing and accessory brands to a major motion picture directed by Tim Burton. On Feb. 12 and Feb. 13, Eugene’s Hult Center for the Performing Arts hosted a unique version of this well-known story: an interpretation performed by the Eugene Ballet Company. The Eugene Ballet Company described the production as “a sophisticated ballet for children and grownups. This ballet features Lewis Carroll’s poems set to music by English composers. Alice’s trip down the rabbit hole introduces her to the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter’s wacky tea party, the court of the Queen of Hearts and ends in a lobster quadrille with the Mock Turtle and Gryphon.”     Audience members were also invited to attend “Ballet Insider,” a complimentary session that took place 45 minutes

Actors perform some of their unique stunts as part of this interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland.” This diverse group of actors portrayed the distinct traits of the characters.

Discovering what is outside the walls of what you once knew Joanna Walker | Freelancer

Janner Igiby lives with his family in a small cottage on the cliffs that border the Dark Sea of Darkness outside the small village of Glipwood, a part of the land of Skree now ruled by a bunch of horrid creatures called the Fangs of Dang. Living ordinary lives, tending to their daily chores, practicing their T.H.A.G.S. – three honored and great subjects consisting of word, form and song – and visiting town to borrow books, little did the young Igiby children know how important they would become to their world. All goes well until the day of the Dragon Festival when their lives are changed forever. Though intended to be accessible to 10-year-old boys and girls, people of all ages are finding themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the world that Andrew Peterson has created in his book “On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness.” Audiences have come to fear the same dangerous creatures his main characters fear and find themselves holding their breath as the children and their family hide from the dangers that lurk outside, hoping it will all pass away. With the secondary purpose of being a bit silly, as conveyed through the redundancy in the novel’s title, Peterson’s ability to use humor throughout his book adds enjoyment to other reoccurring themes. When asked about his book in an interview, Peterson described the fantasy as “a story of three kids stumbling upon a mystery that will change themselves and the world that they live in.” And change they do, from running away from the only life they have ever known to finding out who they really are. The action, the adventure and the unknown are but few of the many things that will pull readers into the story of the Igibys as they flee for their lives, causing the readers to hold their breath

as the protagonists are held captive and wonder if they will ever escape. Readers will be drawn so far into the story that they will not want to put the book down. With cliffhangers at the end of every chapter, readers will tear through the pages to find out what happens. With each turn of the page, Peterson draws readers into the reality of what is happening. His chapters, though, are unlike any other. They are more akin to chapters in life, events that take place or significant happenings in our lives; thus, one day may contain anywhere from one chapter to four or five. However, in the world of Aerwiar, in just a few short weeks the world seems to be tipped upside down for everyone, Skreean and Fang alike. Scheduled as a series of five books, Peterson has currently published two books with a third in the works. His next installment, “North or Be Eaten,” is book two in the next leg of the journey for the Igiby family, wherein they will have to be weary of toothy cows and other creatures more dangerous than they have yet seen. Peterson is not only an author, but a singer/ songwriter and recording artist who has toured the U.S. and Europe. Known to be a natural born storyteller, his previous publications include “The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats.” Though hailing from the South, Peterson currently resides in his home, known as the Warren, outside of Nashville, Tenn. with his wife and three children. When it comes to his series, Peterson notes, “I get the same buzz, the same kind of excitement, the same sense of purpose when I get an email from a kid who has just finished my book and says, ‘I just loved the story. When is the next one coming out?’ . . . as I do when I finish a concert and I feel that connection with the audience.”

8 OPINION Western Oregon Journal Office: 503.838.8347 Advertising: 503.838.9691

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Paige O’Rourke porourke@ westernoregon MANAGING EDITOR Chris Reed creed@ westernoregon NEWS EDITOR Jake Logan jlogan@ westernoregon CULTURE/ CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR Christina Tilicki ctilicki@ westernoregon SPORTS EDITOR Jeffrey Larson jlarson@ westernoregon DESIGN EDITOR Noonie nsawir@ westernoregon

February 23, 2011

NASCAR’s Daytona 500: Young Cup of Jo: Searching Man Wins, Old Man Remembered for personal growth On Sunday, Feb. 20, a kid who was only 20-years-old by a day won the Daytona 500. Trevor Bayne shattered Jeff Gordon’s record of being the youngest driver to ever win the race. I watched the event, but it didn’t feel like a race. The 16 cautions that occured on Sunday proved that NASCAR has yet to make a car that can be driven without drafting to be competitive. It also shows in the crashes that happened. However, the win of Bayne was overshadowed by the remorseful feelings of the day. Ten years ago Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a tragic crash on the final turn of the Daytona 500. The whole NASCAR community and fan base mourned the loss of Earnhardt Sr. and what he brought to the sport. His death created controversy, safety improvements and rippling effects felt even today. This was the heart of the matter: No one wanted

Tim Miller Freelancer

to take complete blame for the accident. NASCAR quickly pointed out in its initial investigation that Earnhardt Sr.’s car might have had a seat belt malfunction, resulting in his death. However, it was more likely that his early end was caused by the fact that he wasn’t wearing a full face helmet and that he hit the wall near top speed. A week later, as NASCAR made its official announcement on the crash, the owner of Simpson Performance Products was being forced to leave his company. Bill Simpson researched, developed and made racing safer for the participants. He formed the company at the age of 18 after he broke both his arms in a racing related crash. Out of thousands of accidents in racing, he

saved people’s lives with his equipment, yet it only took one crash to bring him down. That’s what happens today: Organizations investigate the incident, lawyers step in and everyone tries to pass the blame. Bill Simpson was one of those people who was thrown under the bus for an incident that could have been controlled better. Can a person go round and round with who was at fault regarding Earnhardt Sr.’s crash? Yes, the possibilities are endless and blame can go anywhere. I don’t think it is right for people to always be pointing fingers. Some days, I wish people would just get together, sit down and fix what’s wrong. I’m sure Earnhardt Sr. would have wanted racing to continue on in the same fashion. If he were still alive, he would probably still wear the open faced helmet, just like all the

NASCAR SEE PAGE 9 DESIGN EDITOR Sara Davis sdavis@ westernoregon DESIGN EDITOR Stephanie Merritt smerritt@ westernoregon COPY EDITOR Blakelee McCulley bmcculley@ westernoregon

INDEPENDENCE CINEMA 8 Showtimes for Feb. 25 - March 3 Matinees are all shows starting before 6PM.

Tickets available at box office, WOU bookstore and online at *No passes on starred attractions HALL PASS (R) (11:20) (1:40) (4:05) 6:30 9:00 DRIVE ANGRY (3D) (R) (11:45) (2:15) (4:40) 7:05 9:35 PHOTO EDITOR Emily Laughlin elaughlin@ westernoregon WEB EDITOR Noonie nsawir@ westernoregon ADVERTISING MANAGER Paige O’Rourke porourke@ westernoregon

I AM NUMBER 4 (PG-13) (11:30) (1:55) (4:20) 7:00 9:30 UNKNOWN (PG-13) (11:25) (1:50) (4:15) 6:40 9:10 JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER DIRECTOR’S FAN CUT (3D) (G) (12:10) (2:35) (5:10) 7:30 9:55 DISNEY’S GNOMEO AND JULIET (35MM) (G) (12:40) (2:45) (4:50) 6:50 9:00 *JUST GO WITH IT (PG-13) (11:35) (2:00) (4:30) 7:10 9:40 THE KING’S SPEECH (R) (1:45) 6:30 8:50 BIG MOMMAS: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON (PG-13) (11:30) (4:10) STUDENT MEDIA ADVISER Shelby Case

450 S. 2nd Street Independence, OR 97351 503-606-3000 |

Jo Bruno Freelancer

We have all been self-conscious about what other people think about us. We have experienced the heartache of judgment and ridicule. We have all thought, at one time or another, that we did not look good while getting ready for a big event. It was only recently that I was able to look at myself in a mirror and honestly be happy with what I saw and who I had become. I used to think I was fat, ugly and that my hair was not the right color or length. I used to think I was stupid, too short and that nobody liked me. I think it is safe to say that everyone has felt one or more of those feelings before. Shopping for clothing was the worst for me. I never felt comfortable in jeans or women’s dress pants. All I wanted was a pair of sweats and a hoodie. Instead, I continued to buy the jeans and shirts that were in style. There was even a time I wore high-heels, form-fitting clothes and make-up, but that only lasted about a year. I realized I was not comfortable wearing those things. I was not even comfortable dying my hair anymore. I finally stopped pretending to be someone I was not. Reflecting on my past reminds me that my music preference even changed dramatically at the time. My self-growth allowed me to step outside of the conformity of what was popular. I found who

I was by not caring what other people thought of me. I spent some quality time with myself and reflected on the choices I made. It is important for people to take the time to reflect on what kind of persona they hold because having the knowledge of oneself is essential to living a happy life. It is easier said than done, I know. But if I can do it, so can anyone else. I used to be an individual who followed the crowd. Now, however, I lead the crowd. I used to be too scared to speak up, but now, I am expressing myself in ways I never thought possible. I cannot say for sure what inspired me to reflect on my choices, but I remember spending many late nights writing and expressing my thoughts about everything. It truly changed me. I am sharing all this personal information because I want to inspire people to learn how to be comfortable with themselves. There is something uplifting and almost spiritual when one connects with his or her inner self. I cannot, however, provide a list of things to do to find oneself because we are all different creatures whose needs are different. What I can share, however, is the way I did it, and hopefully it will spark new ideas. As I stated earlier, writing was very beneficial. I was able to express my thoughts without worrying what someone else thought. Along with writing, crying followed. I finally released my tears when


Letters to the editor Letters to the editor must be signed with submitter’s name, affiliation (if applicable) and include a physical address, e-mail and phone number. Letters may be edited for grammar, punctuation and spelling, but never for content. Letters to the editor may be up to 250 words. The Journal reserves the right to run letters to the editor that are over 250 words if space allows it. DEADLINE: Letters to the editor must be submitted no later than Monday at 12 p.m. in order to run in the paper the following Wednesday. The Western Oregon Journal cannot guarantee the publication of all letters due to space limitations. SUBMIT: Letters to the editor may be submitted to or in person at the Student Media office located in the WUC during scheduled staff and adviser hours. Students can also comment on any story online by visiting the Journal’s site: www. Editorials written by individual “Journal” staff members do not necessarily reflect the opinion and/or values of the staff. The Western Oregon Journal, published for use by Western students, faculty and staff, is private property. A single copy of each week’s Journal is free from campus newsstands. Unauthorized removal of multiple copies will be considered theft and is prosecutable.


February 23, 2011


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: Scaled down model of Campbell Hall located on the third floor of Hamersly Library. Congratulations to health major Michael Hirahara for correctly identifying last week’s photo and winning a free Little Caesar’s pizza!

Photo by | Emily Laughlin


I realized where my insecurities stemmed from. Eventually, I started drawing, talking to people more often and designing tattoo ideas. My first tattoo was an exciting moment because I was able to express myself without having to explain myself. Now, after 12 years of tattooing, I have over 20 tattoos. They all express a part of me that I was never

able to vocally express before. It is an amazing feeling when someone asks me what the tattoos represent. Since I am now comfortable with myself, I can explain the meaning of them to someone without worrying about being judged. Now, I am not saying that everyone should get a tattoo, because that is a life long commitment that requires a lot of thought before going through with it. All I am

suggesting is to figure out a way to express your inner self. Find out what you like and what you do not like. Make sure you are wearing the clothes you are comfortable wearing. Ask yourself if the “now style” is your style. Find who you are and embrace it. Do not be scared of it. Conform yourself into the person you dream of. Become that person. Love that person.


other greats of the past years have. In a way, he was one of the last true NASCAR drivers who had passion for his sport. As it turns out, the seat belt wasn’t the true reason he died. The sudden impact that came from colliding with the wall ended his life immediately. His helmet was the one piece that killed him. It was Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s head that whiplashed forward and impacted the steering

wheel. NASCAR has made safety improvements since his crash. The walls at tracks are now lined with cushioning material. The Head and Neck Support (HANS) has been implemented to keep the drivers head from whiplashing forward in an incident. A new car was designed to limit contact and improve competition. All these changes are great, but not a lot of effort was focused on how the spectators would take it.

The cameras don’t spend much time on the stands now and it is because there’s not a full crowd in them. On television, the race doesn’t hold my attention anymore and the ratings are down. I grew up watching the races on the weekends. My family also went to different tracks around the northwest to see the local drivers battle it out. It was tough racing and fun to watch; however, it isn’t the same now and will never be like that again.


All the Melo-drama is finally resolved Kyle Bruce Freelancer

“’MeloWatch” has finally come to an end. After months of near-daily trade rumors, NBA AllStar Carmelo Anthony has finally been traded to the New York Knicks. Color me apathetic. Another professional athlete getting exactly what he wants .That’s news? For those who have better things to do than follow the every whim of professional basketball prima donnas, Anthony had spent the entire season in a swirl of trade talk centered around his reluctance to sign a threeyear, $65 million contract extension offered to him by his former team, the Denver Nuggets. Since Denver could not get Anthony to commit to three more years with the team, they were forced to deal him to another organization in the hope of acquiring enough valuable pieces in return. That organization turned out to be New York, who virtually gave up the farm to get him. I will admit, Carmelo and Amar’e Stoudemire will make a scary-talented tandem. But the remaining Knicks players could not even start for Oregon State, much less an NBA team. Why should that excite me? New York had to give up three starters as well as a handful of draft picks and a few million dollars. How can you be a competitive team with two elite players and a bunch of filler? I also do not understand Anthony’s mindset. People seem to believe that the actions of LeBron James and Chris Bosh, in teaming up with Dwayne Wade in Miami, motivated Anthony to try and team up with another superstar (or two). He is close friends with both James and Wade, and was believed to be a little jealous of all the attention the two got last summer as free agents. Why would Carmelo want to give up the great situation he had in Denver? He had never had a losing record in eight seasons with the Nuggets and had made the playoffs in each season, reaching the conference finals in 2009. I guess there’s something

wrong with consistent winning. He must not have liked being on a team that averaged more than 100 points. And having the green light to take any shot you want? Who needs that? Another thing I am not sure if Anthony realized is how much the Eastern Conference has improved over the Western Conference. Sure, the Lakers will always be good, but the usual contenders are fading. The Spurs, Suns, and Mavericks are over the hill. The Jazz and the Rockets are shells of their former selves. The Oklahoma City Thunder are the only team capable of winning a championship five years from now with their current roster. But no, Carmelo wants to play in the East. I get that he grew up there and went to school there. That’s all fine and good. My question is, why would Carmelo want to be in a conference with two-thirds of Team USA? Miami is a virtual All-Star team. Chicago has the best point guard in the game and the defense to back it up. Oh, and Dwight Howard, Joe Johnson, and Rajon Rondo all play for teams in the East, as well. Why would Carmelo want to face a team with that kind of talent in any playoff series not referred to as The Finals? I really don’t think Carmelo thought this through. It appears as if the NBA is trending to socalled “Super Teams,” or teams with multiple AllStars. Rumors are circling that both Chris Paul and Deron Williams hope to align themselves with other superstars when they become free agents in the summer of 2012 (how scary would that be if either of those guys were feeding Carmelo and Amar’e?). It has already spread itself to college basketball, where elite prospects become friends during the summer circuit and aspire to attend college together. I’ve got nothing against Carmelo doing (the now-cliché) whatever is best for him and his family. The decision on what to do was ultimately his. Sure, the Nuggets had a lot of influence and Anthony was worried about losing out on millions of dollars by not signing his extension. I just hope he realized how great he had it in Denver and that winning there beat the potential to win in New York.

February 23, 2011

Men’s lacrosse sweeps Vegas Invitational Brock, Iliyn, Jacob Bohince lead Wolves to victories over Westminster College, Utah Valley University, UC Santa Cruz Chris Curtis | Freelancer

This past weekend the Western men’s lacrosse team traveled to Las Vegas, Nev., to face off against three of the best teams on the West Coast. The Wolves had success in 2010 when they made the same trip, winning two of three games. This year they did even better, winning all three games in style. The first matchup, on Friday evening, was against the “Lacrosse Magazine’s” fourthranked team, Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah). What is now being called “the game of the weekend” was an instant classic that featured two potent offenses, and the


shot put Friday night with a personal best of 16.05 meters. The throw earned him an NCAA provisional qualifying standard and moved him into second place on the Wolves’ all-time list. Freshman Kyle Lane and sophomore Jake Hyde finished first and second in the long jump, respectively. Lane recorded a jump of 7.12 meters to win the event, earning an NCAA provisional standard and moving into fourth place in school history. Hyde placed second at the meet with a jump of 7.02 meters and moved into sixth place in school history. The men’s team also had placing performances Friday from freshmen Elrycc Berkman and Eric Gaines and junior Zach Massari, all in the high jump. However, the team was still behind at the end of the day, trailing Western Washington 40 to 36.33. “The team was confident and ready for the meet,” senior Chris Reed said. “We started strong but things went astray [late Friday]. There were a lot of ups and downs.” The 60-meter dash preliminary round was a source of some of the team’s misfortune. Top sprinter Josh Moore hurt his hamstring as he approached the finish line of his race, taking the sophomore out of the rest of his scheduled races (the 60-meter dash, the 200 and the 4x400-meter relay). Fellow sophomore Bobby

fireworks were on display. The Wolves were able to get on the board first courtesy of junior attack man, Spenser Brock, who finished with a team-high five goals on the night. Both teams traded goals throughout the first half, with Western leading 7-5 at the break. After giving a goal back early, Western went on a five-goal run, capped off by junior midfielder, Mark Iliyn. Westminster, however, clawed its way back to make it a two-goal game in the fourth quarter. Luckily, the Wolves were able to answer the charge and close out the game on another five-goal streak and win 18-11. The second

matchup, on Saturday afternoon, was against “Lacrosse Magazine’s” No. 3 team, Utah Valley (Orem, Utah). In this game, Western came out flat early on and trailed 4-2 after the first period. Unfazed, the Wolves came out fired up and rallied around a defense that shut out the Wolverines for the second and third quarters. Sophomore attack man, Jacob Bohince, led the charge on offense as the Wolves rallied to take a lead at half, 5-4, a lead they did not give back. The game continued to grind out and, in the end, Western stood out the favorite, winning 11-7. The final matchup, on Sunday morning, was against the University of

California Santa Cruz. The Wolves had a very specific game plan for the day: control the tempo of the game. And Western did just that. After a sloppy first quarter, the Wolves found their rhythm in the second, exploding for five goals courtesy once again to Bohince. Western pushed a halftime lead of 7-2 all the way to 11-2 before coasting to the 13-4 victory and completing the weekend sweep. The Wolves will be back in action Saturday, Feb. 26, with their home opener against Western Washington University. The game starts at 1 p.m. and will be played on campus at the intramural fields.

Alexander was disqualified on a questionable false-start call, a decision that riled up the team. After Friday’s portion of the meet, head coach Mike Johnson led the athletes with a message stating that they did not need to make up for Friday’s disappointments but that they just needed to do what they were capable of doing. And that was enough for the Wolves, who came out on Saturday ready to compete and excited to win. Senior Matt Schryvers set the tone for the Wolves

Reed won the men’s mile by over 3.5 seconds with a time of 4:12.22, breaking the old meet record by over two seconds. Junior Kyle Larson got a podium finish, running 4:15.93 to finish third. Reed followed up his first career conference title with a third-place finish in the 800, running a time of 1:55.01. He was followed closely by sophomore Connor Kasler’s fourthplace finish (1:55.30). Senior Jordan Werner finished second place in the

history. Wright recorded a time of 18:12.80 in the women’s 5,000 to improve upon her own school record, which she registered earlier in the season. Her time earned her third place at the championships. Freshman Madison McClung ran a 25.66 in her second 200-meter race of the season and placed second in the event. She also placed second in the 60 with a time of 7.88. Senior Lacey Meusec had a career-best day at the meet. She moved into third in school history in the 60 with a time of 7.98. She then improved her mark in the 200 with a time of 25.99 to secure second place in school history. The women’s team also had amazing showings from junior Ashley Potter, who finished second in the triple jump, freshman Katie Pelchar, who finished second in the high jump and senior Annan Applebee, who finished third in the 800. “This competition showed that, even though we are young, we have experience,” said freshman Zach Franklin. “The team is focused and it will carry on into the season.” Some of the Wolves are not done with indoor yet. This coming weekend, a few of the Wolves will compete in Seattle at the SPU Last Chance Qualifier in an attempt to qualify athletes for the National Indoor Championships (March 1112 in Albuquerque, N.M.). The Wolves will begin their outdoor season on Saturday, March 5, with

“This competition showed that even though we are young, we have experience, the team is focused and it will carry on into the season.” - Zach Franklin TRIPLE JUMPER

Saturday, winning the weight throw with a careerbest of 17.25 meters. It was the last competition of Schryvers’ collegiate career as he does not have any outdoor eligibility remaining. The mark moved him into seventh place in school history. Loscutoff continued his success in the heptathlon where he won the 60-meter dash and 1000-meter run portions with respective times of 8.76 and 2:44.32. Despite winning five of the heptathlon’s seven events, Loscutoff placed second overall due to a no-height in the heptathlon’s pole vault competition Saturday.

60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.56. Sophomore Dustin Boyd finished third place in the 200 with a time of 22.34. The men’s team ended the meet by outscoring the Vikings by 16 on Saturday to win the meet, 147.83 to 135. The women’s team did stellar as well, placing fourth overall in the meet. Junior Amanda Wright and senior Kaitlyn Reid highlighted the women’s performances by setting a pair of school records in their respective events. Reid set a time of 9.09 in the 60-meter dash to move past three-time AllAmerican Monica Smith’s time of 9.12 (set in 2005) and into first place in school


February 23, 2011

Wheadon scores career-high 34 points in loss Men’s basketball beats UAF, falls to UAA in Wolves last home stand

Western’s final home game of the season came against Alaska Anchorage (UAA). On Saturday, Feb. 19, the Wolves lost a close game, 88-83. Western dropped to 13-13 overall, 8-8 GNAC. UAA improved to 19-8 overall, 11-5 GNAC. This game had important implications in the GNAC because there is currently a tight race going on for the No. 2 seed in the conference. UAA is tied with Western Washington for the second spot while Western and Seattle Pacific trail closely behind. Wheadon gained noteriety during the game as he scored a career-high 34 points. In the first half, he scored 20 of the Wolves’ 37 points and made all six of his three-point attempts. Despite Wheadon’s 20 first half points, Western had a narrow 37-31 lead at the break. The second half was a nail-biter. The lead stayed within five points for the entire half until UAA’s Brandon Walker banked in a shot to give them a six point lead with 26 seconds left. Walker had a game-high 40 points. Western’s final two games of the regular season are on the road. The Wolves lost on Tuesday, 74 to 57, to Northwest Nazarene and then finish the season against the No. 1 team in the conference, Central Washington on Thursday, Feb. 24.

Matthew Curran | Freelancer

Western played its final two home games of the season this past week. The first game was against Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). On Thursday, Feb. 17, the Wolves knocked off UAF, 8770. UAF dropped to 8-14 overall, 5-10 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). The story of the game was team play and three-pointers. Five Wolves scored in doublefigures and the team scored 30 points from threepoint land. Sophomore Tarance Glynn posted a double-double with 15 rebounds and 10 points. Freshman DeAngelo Davis came off of the bench to have a team-high 16 points. Juniors Blair Wheadon and Kyle Long combined for 29 points. At one point in the first half, Western trailed 15-20. They responded with a 27-4 run, including five consecutive three-pointers. At halftime, Western had a commanding 52-31 lead. The Wolves carried that momentum into the second half. At one point, Western had a 29-point lead with 14:03 left in the game. UAF was not able to make any big runs to make the game close.

men ’ s basketball gnac standings CONF.

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

W 14 12 11 11 9 8 7 5 5 2




L 2 5 6 6 8 9 9 12 12 15


W 21 20 17 16 13 13 14 8 7 3

L 3 8 8 9 11 14 12 16 17 20

H 8-1 11-3 10-3 11-2 9-4 10-5 7-5 5-9 4-8 3-6


A 8-1 6-3 6-4 4-4 3-7 3-7 4-7 2-6 2-9 0-10

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


Photo by | Tim Miller

Junior Blair Wheadon recorded a career-high 34 points in Western’s loss to the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves on Saturday, Feb. 19.

Baseball wins 3 of 4 in LCS Tournament Western defeats GNACrival SMU, 16-7, in a non-conference game Matthew Curran | Freelancer

Coming off a 10-day road trip to California, the Western baseball team traveled to Lewiston, Idaho, for the Guardian Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Tournament. In previous years, Western has been very successful at this tournament. The point of the tournament is to incorporate teams from different collegiate levels. Western played three straight days, including a doubleheader on the second day of the tournament. The first game of the tournament was against Linfield. On Friday, Feb. 18, Western lost to Linfield 4-3. Linfield scored two runs in the top of the ninth to come from behind to defeat Western. Western’s starting pitcher Grady Wood put on a pitching clinic. He allowed five hits, four runs and struck out 10 batters. Wood had allowed just two unearned runs and two hits entering the ninth inning before Linfield, currently undefeated, conceived a two-run rally. With two out and a runner on first, Linfield sent up pinch

hitter Clayton Truex, who doubled to left field to bring home the tying run. He did not stay at second base long as teammate Kevin Allen followed with a double to bring around Truex for the go-ahead run. The next day of the tournament, Western played a double-header against National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ (NAIA) No. 4 team, LewisClark State (LCS) and conference rival, Central Washington (CWU). Western won the games, 5-2 and 7-3. The game against LCS came down to the wire. Senior Cam Nobles pitched an impressive game to earn his first win of the season. In six innings pitched, he allowed four hits and one unearned run. The sixth inning was where all the action started. With the scored tied 1-1, senior Aaron Headrick hit a two-out triple to drive in two runs. In the seventh inning, junior Travis Bradshaw took over the pitching duties. Bradshaw quickly loaded the bases with no outs and found himself in a deep hole. He responded by allowing a sacrifice fly, a strike out and a line-drive out. With his back against the cage, Bradshaw only allowed one run. In the eighth inning, Western scored two more runs for a little more security. Senior Kirk Lind closed out the game by pitching a perfect ninth inning

and getting his third save of the season. The next game of the double-header was a narrow 7-3 victory over Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) rival CWU. Senior Michael Ward was the starting pitcher and he struck out four batters. Four Western batters had multiple hits and they never gave up the lead. Western scored four runs in the first two innings. Going into the seventh, Western was hanging onto a narrow 4-3 lead. Senior Grant Glover started off the inning by drawing a walk. The next three hitters batted in a run each to make the score 7-3. Senior Brad Carter pitched the next three innings, allowing no runs on two hits to earn his first save of the season. The final game of the grueling tournament came against another GNAC opponent. On Sunday, Feb. 20, Western dominated Saint Martin’s (SMU), 16-7. This was the third straight victory for the Wolves, who are now 6-6 overall. “For us to come back and win three straight, including beating Lewis-Clark State, is big,” said Western head coach Jeremiah Robbins. This game was an offensive show by Western. The bats were fully alive as the Wolves recorded a season-high 16 runs.

Senior Daniel Dillard went 5-for-6 with a home run and two runs batted in. Headrick contributed three runs and batted in three runs and junior Griffin Boyd also had three RBI. Miles Kizer and Tim Rausch added two RBI. Western built an 8-2 lead after five innings but SMU did not go away. They scored one in the sixth and four in the eighth to cut the Wolves’ lead to 9-7. Western then put seven runs on the board in the bottom of the eighth inning to clinch the game. Dillard’s lead-off solo home run and Boyd’s double that drove in three runs were the highlights of the eighth inning. Dillard was named GNAC Player of the Week for his performance, the first time the senior has received the honor. “I liked the way our hitters responded today,” Robbins concluded. “Whenever SMU looked to get back in it our hitters would answer with runs the next inning.” As a team, Western is hitting .271 with a .359 on-base percentage. The pitching department is impressive as Western is tied for the GNAC lead with two saves and 36 strikeouts. Western now has the next week off and starts off conference play with a double-header against Central Washington. The series starts on Saturday, March 5.


February 23, 2011

Wolves drop pair of crucial home GNAC games Seniors Zahler, Bellando score 12 points each in last home game as Wolves Kyle Bruce | Freelancer

The Western Oregon women’s basketball team came out on the wrong side of a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) games this past weekend, falling to Seattle Pacific, 7870, on Thursday, Feb. 17, and Montana State Billings, 65-57, on Saturday, Feb. 19. The Wolves rebounded to rout Central Washington 64-50 Tuesday, Feb. 22. Western now sits at 10-13 (8-9 GNAC) on the year, their second consecutive season with double figure victories. The Wolves are still in line for their first-ever post-season berth as an NCAA Division II member. If the standings remain the as they are today, Western will travel to Alaska Anchorage for a quarterfinal match-up on Monday, Feb. 28. “We had higher hopes for this weekend that didn’t pan out,” Western head coach Greg Bruce said. “I thought we rebounded nicely with the road win over [CWU] as we look to close the year out on a positive note. We could not be more excited to be participating in a postseason game.” On Thursday, Western more than held its own against a talented Seattle Pacific squad, losing 78-70 after SPU closed the game on a 13-3 run. The Wolves took a 67-65 lead on a triple by senior guard Sara Zahler with 4:41 remaining in the game. The Falcons responded by scoring 13 unanswered points to go up 78-67, sealing the victory. A lastsecond three-pointer by Western resulted in the final margin. “I thought the girls played extremely hard,” Bruce commented. “I was really proud of our effort. Unfortunately, we did not play a full 40 minutes, and against a good team like SPU, you have do to that.” SPU jumped out to an early 8-0 lead before Western got on the board. The Falcons led by as many as nine points in the first half, but the Wolves were able to take a brief one-point lead on a pair of free throws with 1:14 left. SPU took the lead right back, however, and went into halftime up 40-37. The Wolves began to assert themselves in the second stanza, grabbing a four-point lead out of the gates behind a three-pointer and a pair of lay-ups. SPU was having none of it, however, and battled back, going up by as many as five points before Zahler’s trey put Western back on top. All told, there were eight lead changes in the second half, the last of which came when the Falcons began their game-clinching run. Zahler notched a team-high 23 points behind five of 10 shooting from long range. Freshman forward Melissa Fowler recorded 12 points and a team-leading five rebounds. Sophomore guard Jamie Richardson added 10 points and two steals. SPU guard and Portland native Nyesha Sims led all scorers with 26 points. Sims was 10 of 13 from the field. She grabbed 10 boards to complete the doubledouble. Western connected on 43.9 percent of its shots, but the Falcons made 55.1 percent of theirs, including 61.5 percent in the first half. The Falcons outscored Western 20-12 at the free throw line and took 11 more free throws, including a 17-4 free throw attempt differential in the second stanza. The game marked Zahler’s 107th career game in a Wolves uniform, the

most by any Western athlete since the transition to NCAA DII in 2000-01. She also recorded her 97th start, another Western DII record. In the second game, visiting Montana State Billings (14-10, 10-6 GNAC) held the Wolves to just one field goal over the final 11 minutes to earn a hard-fought 65-57 victory. In a game that saw 11 ties and nine lead changes, Western pulled ahead by eight, 52-44, on a jumper by junior forward Rylee Peterson at the 10:57 mark in the second half. That proved to be Western’s final made shot of the game as the Wolves went 0 for 13 from the field to close out the game. “You have to play a 40-minute game to have success in this league,” Bruce said. “I thought we played really well for most of the game considering how talented [MSUB] is. It takes a complete game to beat a team like them.” MSUB scored 11 unanswered points to take a 57-54 lead with 5:07 left before going ahead by as many as 10 points with 27 seconds left. Western led by as many as seven points in the first half, taking a 28-21 lead behind a pair of free throws from Fowler. The Yellowjackets managed to tie the game at 28 thanks to a 7-0 run to close out the half. Both teams struggled to take control of the game early in the second half. Neither team led by more than four points until Western made back-to-back jumpers, the last one the aforementioned shot by Peterson, to take an eight-point lead, its largest of the game. The game marked the final home contest for Western’s three seniors, guards Danielle Albus and Sara Zahler and forward Danielle Bellando. Fittingly, Bellando and Zahler led the team in scoring, registering 12 points apiece. Zahler snagged a team-high six rebounds while Bellando connected on six of her 10 shots. Fowler added 10 points and four rebounds. MSUB had four players in double figures. Senior forward Beata Bak led all scorers with 15 points. The Yellowjackets dominated the paint, outscoring Western 48-20. MSUB’s bench was also a factor, accounting for 23 points. Western’s bench contributed 14. On Tuesday, Western scored 46 second-half points in its 64-50 victory over Central Washington. After shooting just 28 percent in the first half, Western connected on 57.7 percent of its shots in the second stanza. CWU was held to just 26.6 percent shooting for the night. Zahler dropped 21 points on the Wildcats to go along with four steals. Bellando registered 12 points and sophomore guard Lorrie Clifford notched nine points, eight boards and a career-high six assists. Peterson led the team with 10 rebounds. The Wolves will conclude their regular season Thursday, Feb. 24, when they face GNAC foe Northwest Nazarene in a road contest. The Wolves won the first meeting of the season, 6159, in overtime. “Northwest Nazarene is an extremely tough opponent, especially at home,” Bruce noted. “They are very talented and their up-tempo style poses a unique challenge. I know the girls are looking forward to playing them, as the games are always fast-paced and highly contested.”

(Top) Senior Danielle Bellando goes for two of her twelves points in the Wolves’ final home game on Saturday, Feb. 19. (Bottom) Senior Sara Zahler shoots for three of her 12 points on Saturday. She scored 21 on Tuesday.

Photos by | Melissa Swagerty

Women’s women ’sBasketball basketball gnac standings CONF.


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

W 17 13 12 10 9 9 8 4 2 1




L 0 4 5 7 8 8 9 13 15 16

W 24 22 18 14 14 14 10 7 7 1

L 1 6 7 11 11 11 15 15 17 23

H 11-0 14-2 10-2 8-4 7-3 8-4 6-6 2-8 5-6 1-13


A 9-0 6-3 7-4 5-6 5-6 4-5 4-7 3-7 0-9 0-8

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


The Journal - Volume 11, Issue 19  

The Journal - Volume 11, Issue 19