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April 19, 2010

Issue 16

Volume 15


The Washington State University Vancouver page 4
Washington State University Vancouver
page 4

Student Leadership Recognition Program celebrates achievements


Drag Show page 4 Rec Center interns leaving page 10 DTC Letters to the Editor page 15

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Associate Professor Steve Lakatos (right) and TA Justin Walthers (left) demonstrate the infrared eye-tracking workstation in the new

Research Methods Psychology lab.

Katie Wells/The VanCougar

Prof. Lakatos earns grant

National Science Foundation awards WSUV grant money

Katie Wells/Editor-in-Chief

T o properly deceive someone without being detected, one needs to

break down the steps. Trembling

knees exude the nervousness of false commitment; keep a relaxed stance. A racing pulse illustrates

the desire to fl ee; breathe slowly.

Twitching eyes epitomize dishonest

thoughts; maintain eye contact. A shaky voice announces the lie; speak calmly. Most importantly, remove the Galvanic Skin Response

(GSR) electrodes from your fi ngers

– they have the ability to detect lies. Seven undergraduate Psychology

students are using GSR amplifi ers

and electrodes in their Research Methods class, Psych 312, to understand the psychophysiology

of lying. This equipment was purchased with a $145,032 grant earned by Associate Professor Steve Lakatos from the Course

Curriculum and Laboratory

Improvement Program within the National Science Foundation. The grant has provided the Psychology Department with the means to create a new problem-based learning laboratory on campus. With help from his TA Justin Walthers and others, Professor Lakatos has built six lab stations within the Research Methods classroom using the grant money. A seventh workstation, sensation and perception, will be completed this summer. Undergraduate students taking

Research Methods spent the fi rst

seven weeks of the semester in a lecture setting while the stations were being built. After months of hard work, Professor Lakatos presented the workstations to his students allowing them to utilize their newly learned methods. The

six workstations include infrared eye-tracking, exercise physiology, wireless surveying, and human

physiology. For their fi nal class

projects, the 35 students are developing their own experiments

to analyze problems specifi ed by

Professor Lakatos and Walthers, a senior majoring in Psychology. The problems include ‘racial, gender, or sexual preference discrimination’, ‘exercise and motivation’, ‘the psychophysiology of lying’, ‘test anxiety’, and ‘factors causing food xenophobia.’ Each

group of fi ve to six students was

assigned to one workstation in order to create their experiment. For example, the infrared eye-tracking station is being used by the researching group experimenting with racial, gender, or sexual preference discrimination. Participants will observe stimuli on a computer screen while the researchers analyze the pupil dilation, and length and location of


$145,032 Amount awarded in NSF grant

Seven research work- stations will be available this summer

Three proposals turned down prior to earning this grant money

their gaze. With data collected, the students will try to distinguish the participants’ preferences and prejudices. According to Walthers, the Research Methods projects were very basic in the time before they received the grant. “When it came time to do the research projects, students were very limited to basically pen and paper surveys.

The benefi t now is that students get

a glimpse into what psychological researchers are actually doing.”

See PSYCHOLOGY on page 2

From the Chancellor:

always agree with everything we are exposed to, but we must learn to be respectful no matter. WSU Vancouver offers a safe

responsible for creating a working, learning and living environment that is free of all forms of discrimination and harassment. Please join me in

Dear Students:


specifi cally removal of notices

advertising the event. That troubles me.

environment for individuals to pursue a myriad of interests. We are

making that clear to everyone who comes here.




to my attention

We come together at WSU

a tolerant university. We welcome

that recent efforts by some of our

Vancouver to learn. We exist in

everyone. And we value each other’s


students to promote a new event on

an environment that is rich with

interests and pursuits. All members

Hal Dengerink

campus met with some challenges,

new thoughts and ideas. We won’t

of the university community are


S p e a k e r chosen for graduation

Alumus and Regent, Scott Carson, is keynote speaker for commencement

Press Release

W ashington State U n i v e r s i t y Vancouver will

welcome Scott Carson, alumnus, Regent, Washington State University Board of Regents, and retired Boeing executive, as its keynote speaker at the university’s 2010 commencement

ceremony at 1 p.m. May 15 at the Sleep Country Amphitheater. Carson will present “Leadership Lesson of a Lifetime” to graduates and their friends and family. Until August 2009, Carson served as president and chief

executive offi cer of Boeing

Commercial Airplanes where he was responsible for all of the company’s commercial airplane programs and related services, which in 2008 generated revenues of more than $28.2 billion. Named to that position in September 2006, Carson also served as a member of the Boeing Executive Council and as Boeing’s senior executive in the

Pacifi c Northwest.

In August 2009, Carson announced his intention to retire at the end of the year. Carson joined Boeing in 1973

as a fi nancial analyst on the B-1

bomber avionics program. He moved into management in 1976. Carson enjoyed a successful 36- year career at the aerospace giant and continues to support special projects there. Born August 1946, Carson graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He later received a master’s degree in the same discipline from the University of Washington. In September 2007, Carson was appointed to the Washington State University Board of Regents by Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire. Carson also serves on the board of governors of the WSU Foundation; is chair of the WSU College of Business and Economics national board of advisors; and is on the College of Engineering and Architecture advisory board.


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T he new technology

from the grant money is

allowing students to have

a more hands-on learning experience,

and providing an opportunity for

advanced projects. Unfortunately, the grant did not come easy. Lakatos was awarded the $145,032 after three previous proposals to the National

Science Foundation, the first of

which was in 2003. “It’s not just a

pure equipment grant,” said Lakatos. “You actually have to propose a novel way of using the equipment. It is a very popular program—almost 1,000 people apply for it every year, and they fund only about eleven percent of those proposals.”

Professor Lakatos explained that the goal of the grant program is to

help educators in fields of the natural

and social sciences to be able to upgrade their equipment and change the way they approach teaching. The idea of problem-based teaching

evolved in the 1960s through medical schools and focuses on students solving actual problems with actual equipment. According to Lakatos,

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The months spent assembling these workstations, which Lakatos and Walthers did by hand, were very

much worth it according to the two. Each of the 35 students in the class is actively participating in their experiments and projects, and all seem to be enthusiastic about the direction the program is heading. Lakatos made it clear to his students that he was not going to mediate the groups –

they would need to find

each other’s strengths and weaknesses in order to work together as a real research team. The students do come to

These undergraduate Psychology students are running an experiment to see if music affects the body physiologically while exercising.

students learn quickly and retain more when taught in this format. “It’s amazing how little is retained from the current statistics class,” Lakatos admitted. “That’s not good. That means that we, as professors, aren’t doing our job because we are teaching it in a way that encourages people to cram it in and then forget it. I think that if you have to learn the statistical technique in the context of collecting data at these workstations, then it will

stick with you a lot longer.” For that reason, Professor Lakatos is hoping to combine the Research Methods class with the other required psychology class, Statistics. “The stats and methods go together,” he explained. “You collect data, and then you analyze it. So the problem is, students would learn all of these statistical techniques, but they’d say, ‘Okay, so I know the formula for this, but what do I use it for?’ So the

way I proposed the grant was that we were going to bring these two classes together.” Starting this summer, Lakatos plans to integrate the classes as both an experiment and stepping stone to the future of the Psychology coursework. “Since the teaching of the research techniques and the analysis techniques will be side by side, the students will go, ‘Okay, now I understand why I’m learning this,’” said Lakatos.

Walthers and him for help, but they essentially have free reign of their own projects.

From April 19 to 23, the students will rotate to each workstation in order to be experimental participants

in their classmates’ final projects. “As the first Methods class using

this equipment, this is really kind of a trial run, where we do all of the debugging,” said Lakatos. “Things are working well. There haven’t been

too many problems.”

Recognizing student leaders on campus

Nominees may be awarded one of four awards

Amy Thielen/Staff Writer

O n Thursday April

22 at 4:30 p.m.,



gather in the Firstenburg Student Commons (FSC) to support fellow student leaders being honored with one of four unique awards from the Student Leadership Recognition Program. The program has quickly become a recent annual tradition at WSUV, having been held since spring 2008. Not only will the event include the presentation of the awards to the chosen student leaders, but desserts, coffee, and music will be provided for the guests in attendance. “The Student Leadership Recognition Program serves to honor students who have exhibited excellence in leadership at WSU Vancouver,” OSI program coordinator Rachel Samuelson explains. “Students will be recognized for their contributions to the campus and the broader community. Four student leadership awards will be presented at the event.” The four awards being presented are the Humanitarian Award, Emerging Leader Award, Student Leadership Award, and Club of the Year Award, each with its own

specific eligibility criteria.

Students were able to apply

for any of the four awards themselves or nominate a

student or club they believed was deserving of an award.

The Humanitarian Award seeks to recognize individuals

who make “significant

contributions to the community with their time, actions and dedication.” The Emerging Leader Award will honor an individual who has exhibited leadership qualities in his or

her first year as a student at

WSUV, either as a freshman, transfer, or graduate student. Nominees for the Student Leadership award are students who have demonstrated leadership achievements throughout their careers at WSUV. Finally, the Club of the Year Award will honor an “outstanding Registered Student Organization (RSO)” which “demonstrates quality leadership attributes, is actively engaged in campus life and promotes student involvement.” All WSUV students as well as faculty and staff working with student leaders are welcome to attend the event. Samuelson explains that there will be a slideshow of student clubs and organizations shown at the event and any students wishing to have their group included in the slideshow should send photos of their group’s activities to osi@

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4/19 Science Seminar in VELS 12 from 3 - 4 p.m.: “Leeches, Logs and Loadings” by Associate Professor James E Gawel, PhD

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Historical review:

Dates to remember

James Monroe April 28, 1758

Neal Q. Herrick/Contributing Writer

Let us

. . .

promote intelligence among the people

as the best means of preserving our liberties.

- James Monroe, in his fi rst inaugural address

  • M onroe placed a high value on education as a means of “promoting intelligence among the people” – this

usurp congressional powers, illegally invade other nations

and authorize torture.

According to The Nation, our mercenaries “are at the center of a secret program” (in Pakistan) “in which they plan targeted assassinations” and “snatch and grabs.” America’s “fall from grace” is not the fault

enabling us to “preserve” our own liberties. He was the last of our presidents to have fought in the

Revolution, dropping out of The College of William

and Mary at age 18 to join the Continental Army. He was wounded at Trenton and fought at Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He became our 5th President in 1817.

Monroe: Political Philosopher

Monroe believed that the US Constitution was ushering in the most important “epoch” in the history of mankind. He wrote, “if we fall, the fault will be in ourselves, and we shall thereby give the most discouraging example to mankind that the world

ever witnessed.” He added, “If they” (the people) “make judicious

selections for offi ce,

reward those who have merit, and punish those who commit offenses,

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Neal Q. Herrick

of our presidents, judges or representatives. They

are simply acting rationally

They weigh the

.. consequences of honest, lawful behavior (frustration

and reduced campaign donations) against the consequences of corrupt, lawless behavior (gifts,

favors and increased campaign donations) – and choose the latter. The fault is not theirs; it is ours. Monroe tells us that, when acts of the federal government are constitutional but objectionable, “the people might correct the evil by an amendment of the Constitution.” We have not done so.

Monroe’s Philosophy of Government

Monroe took a realistic view of human nature.

He said, “The principles and passions of men are

always the same

Self-interest is the ruling

. . . passion.” The provisions of our Constitution determine whether it is in the self-interest of our

civil offi cers to be lawful – or lawless. These

provisions are established by us and “unalterable by the government”

Learning From Monroe

There are key requirements we could establish

for our civil offi cers that would make lawfulness

Candid Cougs
Candid Cougs

Jake Kleinschmidt/Managing Editor

“If you had your own TV show, what would it be called?”

Geoffrey Wallace – DTC

Geoffrey Wallace – DTC

Why Did I Do That? Why not?

Golnaz Koloushani - Accounting

Golnaz Koloushani - Accounting

Goli’s Life

Jenny Mockford – Business

Jenny Mockford – Business

Just Another Jenny

Dawn Freeman – Biology

Dawn Freeman – Biology

The Slow Road to Insanity

Kathleen Hughes – English

Kathleen Hughes – English

Shut Up, Nobody Likes You

Jon Perry – DTC

Jon Perry – DTC

The Many Lives of the Chameleon

Auna Zingelmann – HD

Auna Zingelmann – HD

Beautiful Disaster. Not Really.

the whole movement” (toward representative democracy) “cannot fail

in their self interest. Term limits and a prohibition against the use of private funds in federal elections come to mind. But perhaps the most important

to be


requirement would be for the swift and certain

America: Past and

removal and disqualifi cation of miscreant civil


offi cers. Monroe tells us,



In Federalist 9,

is the main spring of the machine of government.

Hamilton predicted

edifi ces, not less

If (it is) preserved in full vigor

every branch

that we would become

of government will perform its duty.” We should

“the broad and solid foundation of other

now reestablish impeachment in its full vigor by, among other things, transferring the power to try most impeachments to the judiciary.

magnifi cent

.” A

The Road to Governmental Reform

century ago, Lord Acton could still write about our forefathers’ ideas “bursting forth” from America and transforming the world. Today, however, our national conduct is far from exemplary. Our judiciary opens the

fl oodgates to special

interest campaign funding. Our legislature trades its constitutional powers for donations and favors. Our presidents

Genuine reform cannot be achieved by statute. Statutes are the province of Congress and the

congressional fox cannot be relied upon to guard the chicken coop. Genuine reform can be achieved, however, by constitutional amendment, since amendments are the province of the people. Thirty- eight state legislatures (or state conventions) could

fi nalize an “anti-corruption” amendment in the face

of the certain opposition from all three branches of our federal government. Neal Herrick retired from the University of Michigan as a Visiting Professor. His most recent book, After Patrick Henry: A 2nd American

Revolution ( was awarded an IPPY gold medal for best book of 2009 in the “freedom

fi ghter” category.

Caff e Piccolo Paradiso

309 NE Birch Camas, WA 98607


Nice people, fresh coff ee and pastries, prett y setti ng.


4/20 Health Professions Graduate School Fair in Firstenburg Student Commons from 10 a.m. to noon. Free and open to the public!

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Brothers From Different Mothers

Professional jugglers showing off tricks

Jake Kleinschmidt/Managing Editor








performed in VADM 110

showing off their various tricks that

were intermixed with exchanges of humorous insults aimed at each other. The two performers, Matt Baker

and Alex Zerbee, teamed up over a

decade ago and have dedicated their lives to the stage.

The brothers, who prefer to be

known simply as Matt and Alex, are both products of the Northwest. Matt comes from Eugene, OR and Alex from Olympia, WA. Matt and

Alex have both been performing

for 15 years. They met at a foot bag competition and decided to team

up doing the show ‘Brothers from Different Mothers’. Their show at WSUV consisted of acts such as the Chinese Yo-Yo, which is an hourglass shaped object that rides on a string. As they juggled the Yo-Yo’s back and forth they also exchanged insults that range anywhere from internet humor to topics of today’s interests. At one point, Matt commented that he was “sweating like Sarah Palin at a geography exam.”

Some of their acts involved the

audience. Participants either juggled,

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Alex Zerbee juggling the Chinese Yo-Yo.

Joe Creager/The VanCougar

launched apples, or had a writing

pen knocked out of their mouth by juggling pins. Meanwhile, Matt

showed the audience how he gave

a new meaning to the phrase “hat

trick” by juggling several hats

onto his head or off of his elbows.

Their comedy act earned them a spot on Americas Got talent,

and they have a Guinness World

Record from 2007. Alex himself

boasts about being the eighth best foot bag player in the world. The

brothers have toured all over the Globe. Matt and Alex have even

entertained U.S. Soldiers. Before Sarah Palin became a household name, she was one of

the audience members chosen for one of their acts. It ended with Alex kissing her on the cheek. Since then their popularity has taken to new heights, and their

reviews from celebrities and major media outlets have been positive.

Thanks to the efforts of

student Aaron Clevenger we were fortunate enough to have

the brothers on campus. Videos

of the brothers performance including more information and

even links to their facebook and

youtube page are located at www.

Aaron Clevenger is currently

the president of the Foot bag

and Juggling club. For more information about the club, contact him at

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Unleash the Prom Drag Queen

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Catwalk provides stage for Drag Queens and King

Katie Wells\Editor-in-Chief

O n Friday, Apr. 9, Cougar

Pride transformed the VFSC

into a night club complete

with loud music, flashing lights,

paparazzi, shirtless bartenders, a cat- walk, and Drag performers.

The five performers, Queens

Aroura B. Star, Syrin Scities-Trimaine,

Joey Darling, and Chiffon Valentine, and King Vegas St. James performed original dance routines to popular songs. See DRAG QUEEN on page 16

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Katie Wells/The VanCougar

Performers Chiffon Valentine (top left), Syrin Scities-Trimaine (below left), Aroura B. Star (center), Vegas St. James (below right), and Joey Darling (above right) gave the audience an unforgettable show.

04/25 Brunch Cruise Aboard the Portland Spirit with unlimited food and beverages. Tickets in OSI for $8 on 04/20

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STUDENT INVOLVEMENT 5 Club of the Week: Who is John Galt Club? Discussing the philosophy of

Club of the Week: Who is John Galt Club?

Discussing the philosophy of Aristotle and Ayn Rand

Rup Brar/Staff Writer

W hen Gene Ligman




scholarship to the Ayn

Rand Institute two years ago, he was simply seeking some funds for his education, but instead he adopted a philosophy for life. “I did not win the scholarship, in

fact I did not even get past the fi rst round,” Ligman admits. “However,

shortly after that, I was contacted by the Ayn Rand Institute about starting

this club on campus.” Ligman brought this idea to the club fair, and

started the fi rst ever Objectivist club

on campus, last fall.

In their meetings, members delve

into discussions on current events

and Ayn Rand’s writings. Currently,

there are about 10 active members.

“Most members are business and engineering students,” says Dr. Eric

Mapes, who serves as the faculty advisor for the club. Objectivism is a philosophy based

on Aristotelian principles, which was used by our founding fathers used when formulating our nation’s political structure, explains Ligman. The right to life, liberty and property are all Aristotelian ideas. “And a right is a protected ability for you to pursue what you want.” That does not mean somebody is

going to hand it you, you have to

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Chau Nguyen/The VanCougar

Dr. Eric Mapes, a math instructor, and his student, Joey Smokey, love discussing philosophy and are two

of the most frequent members of the club

downfall. “A philosophy of a

nation is at the core of

its politics. Government

is a function of politics.

Politics is based on the

culture that is prevalent

in a nation…and the culture is based on the philosophy of the

people that make up that region,” said Ligman.

Individualism and

independence is at the

core of American ideals.

Ligman fi ercely

opposes the increasing

control by government of an individual’s life.

According to Ligman, Health Care Reform, pushed forward by Obama administration, is a terrible step toward socialism.

pursue it,” said Ligman.

Ayn Rand, founder of Objectivism,

was a Russian-American author/ philosopher. Rand escaped the

communist regime in the Soviet

Union in 1926, and became a

fi erce critic of Communist ideals.

Objectivism ideals adhere to minimal governmental control, an individual’s

right to own and keep property,

and a strong belief in principles of capitalism.

Rand’s fi ctional works became

the platform for her philosophy. John

Galt, the club’s eponymous mascot, is the protagonist in Atlas Shrugged,

Rand’s most famous novel. “John

Galt asked a very important question

and that was, ‘What is right,’” said Ligman. According to Ligman, with

Objectivism, there is only one person

who can choose what is right, and

that person is the individual. What is good is what is of value to you as an individual.

Rand’s philosophy has also drawn

much controversy over the years.

Her works drew strong criticism from academia during her time. Recently,

her ideals have been hailed by the

Tea Party Protestors, while criticism has also grown from the left. Critics

blame her ideals of selfi shness

and free markets on the economic

Students can defi nitely benefi t

from understanding and adopting this philosophy. Familiarity of Rand’s ideas can deeply impact how well a student performs in school. Ligman explains that, “if a student understands this philosophy, they will understand the law of cause

and effect. So if I want to have good grades, I have to work for it, if I want

to get scholarships, I have to get good

grades, and if I want to get a good job

or get into a graduate school, I have to get scholarships.” Objectivism and

Aristotelian logic are the only two philosophies that teach the law of cause and effect. Currently, WSUV

does not offer any philosophy classes

teaching Objectivism.

Along with fi nishing his Bachelor’s

in Mechanical Engineering, Ligman

is also working to start up a business. “If the business takes off, I will be here and so will the club,” said Ligman.

The John Galt Club meets every

Wednesday at 3 p.m. in VCLS 225. Anybody wishing to discuss or debate the workings of this philosophy is welcomed.


Reality based What we perceive is real.

Epistemology What do

I know and how do I know

it. How do I validate my knowledge?

Ethics Building a moral

code based on what you value.

All good things come from acting in your self interest.

Politics Capitalism-right to own what you earn, and keep what you earn. There are no other rights.

• beauty of all things.

Aesthetics Art and the

Night in Japan

Traveling to the world of the Japanese

Kelly Hudson/Staff Writer

On Apr. 8, WSUV took a trip to

the Far East; Japan, specifi cally. Multicultural Events Coordinator, Evan Moriwaki took the event

participants there through traditional

Japanese activities, food, and fi lm.

Students could learn origami, or the art of paper folding into animals, objects, or almost anything else imaginable. One of the most well

known fi gures is a crane, and a few

cranes could be seen resting on the table in front of students who had learned to make them. While some people participated in that, others

socialized and anticipated the movie,

as well as the traditional food that was being set out for them. Once the table was prepared,

students lined up to taste the variety

of food. The table featured many different types of sushi as well as teriyaki chicken skewers, edamame, and miso soup. Edamame are green

soybeans served in their pods. Miso

soup is made with tofu and is usually

served in a bowl, where the person

consuming it drinks it straight from

the bowl instead of using a spoon.

Later during the movie, mochi was served. Mochi is ice cream

wrapped in pounded sticky rice. The

fl avors featured at the festival were

strawberry, mango, and green tea.

While everyone was enjoying their food, the main event started—a Japanese fi lm titled “Zatoichi”

(2003 in Japan, 2004 in the U.S.),

starring Takeshi Kitano. This fi lm

has won many awards in many different countries, including awards

such as best director, best fi lm, best

supporting actress, among many

more. The movie is about a masseur

who also happens to be a master swordsman. The only problem? He is

advanced in age and blind. However,

this adds to some of the quirkiness

of the movie because he can easily

defeat any enemy, even if he is far

outnumbered. He is also known for

his skills in gambling. This movie

has many fi ght sequences, but it also

has many comical scenes, usually at the expense of the bumbling nephew, Shinkichi (Gadarukanaru Taka), for example, when he takes an umbrella

with holes into the pouring rain or attempts to teach his “students” how

to fi ght when they are obviously

better than he is.

Where is Moriwaki taking WSUV next? He says that the Far East Film

Festival is only the fi rst of many events to come. He is planning on

taking us to Hawaii next, where we

will take part in a luau. The event is

planned for April 22nd, so all who are

interested in a mini “vacation” should

come! Find out more information

about this and other future events

on the ASWSUV web site. Happy


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4/27 Last Chance Luau: hula performances and lessons plus a delicious Hawaiian barbecue from 4-7 p.m. in VFSC


Free Koug: Living on a budget

Cheap activities for the average, poor, college student

Triana Collins\ACE Editor













fi nish

everyone’s backed up homework in one night, complete all projects early, and then make sure it’s sunny and hot all summer long. Anyways, like I said, we’re almost done, and yes I know you’re so busy, and you’re so stressed, and you’re pulling your hair out and eating it for dinner because you’re so poor. But you gotta have a fun night once in a while, so here’s some FREE suggestions.

What: Meet the Mayor When: Wed., April 21 Where: Hudson’s Bay High School Commons Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: FREE

If you’ve never met the mayor before, here’s a great opportunity to tell him what’s on your mind in an informal setting.

What: Sakura Festival

When: Thurs., April 22 Where: Clark College Time: 1:30 to 4 p.m. Cost: FREE

This year marks the 20th

Anniversary of the gift of the Cherry

Trees to Vancouver from the former president of Japan, which led to Joyo, Japan becoming a Sister City of Vancouver. The event will include all things Japanese, including tea ceremony demonstrations, Sakura dance performances, music, and martial arts demonstrations.

What: Art Party When: Sat., April 24 Where: The Brickhouse Bar & Grill, 109 W 15th St. Time: 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cost: $5 suggested donation

This event is kinda free, if you wanna be really cheap. But might as well give to a good local cause: the all new, all awesome, Space Artist Collective. They are throwing a “Spring Fling Art Party” where paint

will be fl ung, and music will be sung

by local bands Brother Elf and Little

Band. Being that it’s in a bar, there

What: Native American Ceremony When: Sat., April 24 Where: Great Meadow, 5th St. & Fort Vancouver Way Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: FREE

This Native American Ceremony is a memorial to remember Chief Redheart’s band, and will include singing in honor of the ancestors,

the Riderless Horse (Empty Saddle) ceremony, the Sacred Pipe ceremony, and recognition of veterans. After all the ceremonies, a traditional Native American meal will be prepared and served by the Northwest Indian Veterans Association with donations accepted.

will most defi nitely be booze for your

enjoyment as well.

What: Bike Ride When: Sat., May 1 Where: all over Clark County Time: 7 a.m. Cost: FREE

The Vancouver Bicycle Club has organized their 27th Annual Ride Around Clark County, a family bicycle ride that offers rides of 18, 35, 65, or 100 miles. Rest stops, mechanics, road support, and more are provided. For more information and starting places, go to vbc-usa. com.

Tiger (born in 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986): This Monkey (born in 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992): is

Tiger (born in 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986): This

Monkey (born in 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992):


is YOUR year. You’ll have the chance to take your skills and abilities farther than ever before, and look forward to increased

You favor action, but in this year of increased activity, you’ll have to be more careful than usual. You’re good at juggling

income and benefi ts. You’ll fi nd new friends, but don’t rush into

many different aspects of your life, but don’t drop the ball. Let


family come fi rst.

Rabbit (born in 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987):

Rooster (born in 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993):


Things are happening this year, and if you stay tuned to what’s

move too fast.

You’ll experience lots of ups and downs this year, but if you

going on around you, you can turn chance into opportunity. But

keep your wits about you and stay fl exible, you’ll turn every

keep balance in your life, especially with your family, and don’t

situation to good. Take the advice of friends and don’t get carried away by new activities.

Dragon (born in 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988):

Dog (born in 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982): Your

This year has a vitality that suits your personality well. Lots of possibilities are opening up, but you may not be the one selected

fortunes will improve this year, with your personal and family life especially favored. Don’t be disappointed by setbacks but

for a job you wanted. Take care of your health. Your family will

take advantage of new opportunities. Control your spending.


bring you greatest joy.


Pig (born in 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983): Your


Snake (born in 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989): The

outgoing nature will help you deal with the excitement of this

Tiger year will be a tricky one for you, especially in matters of

year, but keep confi dences to yourself and be discreet. Take time

work and fi nance. Curb your independent tendencies and focus

to travel with your family and friends, who will help you deal

on working well with colleagues. Be careful about giving advice to friends.

with disappointment.








Horse (born in 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990): This

Relationships look good for the summer, with some romance

year of change, with travel opportunities and fi nancial benefi ts

is your year to take advantage of networking opportunities at work. Cooperation is essential. It’s also a good year for

to add excitement, but try to avoid misunderstandings. This is a

family and friends. Be especially careful with your money and

if you plan well.



Ox (born in 1949, 1961,1973, 1985):


Goat (born in 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991): You

like to have control of your life, but events may overtake you

your home and social life.


like life to be calm and even, but it won’t happen that way in the year of the Tiger. So take advantage of the changes and bolster your creativity to deal with novel situations. Explore new ideas

this year. Stay alert in your work, and you may have chances to improve your role there. Be cautious with money, and enjoy

and be fl exible.


Madame L


Sta Astrologist



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Life is pretty normal today.

Today, I realized that whenever people post asking people out or proposing, they have to wait a couple of months for their story to actually get posted. That sucks. MLIA

Today I got a phone call from a school. The teacher asked me if John could be let out early from school. I said “sure” and hung up. I don’t have a son named John. You’re welcome John. MLIA

The other day, I was complaining to my sister about how expensive books are. I then told her that I would read the book and then return it, so I could get my money back. I was pretty proud of this idea and wondered why nobody thought of this before. My sister then pointed out that someone did-its called a library. MLIA

Today, I went to a French restaurant in Chinatown. All the employees were Mexican. MLIA

Today my grandpa and I were having a bonding moment when I told him I liked my co ee with cream and sugar. He told me he liked his co ee the way he liked his women, hot, blonde, and sweet. I love old people. MLIA.

A couple of weeks ago, we were watching one of those really easy videos in US History about US rights. One of the questions asked what ‘freedom of the press’ meant. One of the multiple choice answers? “The right to press all of the buttons on the elevator.” Never have I been more proud of my rights. MLIA

Today, my friend put as his facebook status “going to go comatose for a few hours, hal- lucinate vividly, then maybe su er amnesia about the whole experience.” I will never call it sleeping again. MLIA.

Today, I looked both ways before I jumped o the diving board. MLIA

This year, all the freshmen at my school were given new MacBooks. Since I know how to work the Mac’s Speech Recognition application, I programed my little brother’s computer so that every time he says “This is so hard” in class, it will respond with “That’s what she said”. Now even his computer will have a dirty mind. MLIA

Today, I learned that trying to roll under a closing garage door isn’t as easy as they make it look in the movies. MLIA

A while back, I sent my German penpal a ‘Where’s Waldo’ t-shirt because she loves those books. It got lost in transit. MLIA

Today I bought a gold sh and named it Silver. MLIA

Today, my professor wrote “booger” on the whiteboard. This is what college is like? MLIA

Best of the Month:

Today, my friends and I started a new game of Legend Of Zelda, Twilight Princess. My friend couldn’t think of a name to give to her horse, so I put “Yo Mama”. Then while she was playing, di erent characters in town said things like “Dont ride Yo Mama too hard, you

might hurt her.” We have never laughed so hard while playing this game. MLIA

The Rant

Jake Kleinschmidt/Managing Editor








I don’t hate key chains. No, seriously. Key chains are awesome. Key chains can be little memories of everywhere you’ve been. If you went to the zoo, there are key chains. If you went to an Airport, there are key chains. If you went on the stern wheeler, they are key chains,.If you went to a gas station, yes, there are key chains. Also key chains have this cool natural feature of being collectable.

They all look different, or at least have different logos. There range from having lamps on a key chain

to being that of loony toons. Some key chains are very functional, and

some are completely useless. As a matter of fact, some key chains are not even key chains — like those fake climbing clips you get from the army work great for holding onto key chains. Another great thing about key chains is that they are easy to collect due to the way they are made. You can attach them all together and have a giant ball of key chains. I have my own ball that I have been working on since I was just a kid. My collection is about the size of a beach ball, but I don’t beat the world record. According to Guinness, “the

largest collection of key chains belongs to Brent Dixon of Valdosta, Georgia, USA, with 41,418 non- duplicated key chains”. Epic. If you don’t have your own key chain collection then I don’t know what to say, something is obviously wrong with you because key chains are the coolest thing in the world. Some people collect coins, but key chains are where it’s at.

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ing on their a walks of shame home. God im gonna miss college life

(204): some guy just walked up to the bench i was on, back-

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(613): The guy in the library beside me just whipped out an entire loaf of bread, a knife and a container of peanut butter and is proceeding to make multiple sandwiches.

(812): Contrary to what I yelled at them last night, it turns out campus police CAN arrest people ...

(214): Just saw a guy doing jumping jacks at the gym. I don’t even have to create a punch line for that

(740): Yeah I’m buying him lunch right now because I shot

him with the fi re extinguisher

last night

(512): He gave Paula abdoul a run for her crazy

(714): we can’t become the

bulimic house in the complex dude. Besides, you need teeth for your career.

(270): Hey, don’t feel sorry for me, the two girls in front of me just ordered 18 dollars worth of taco bell. Life could be worse.

(860): So I purposely left a

bunch of metal in my pockets so

that the smokin hot TSA offi cer

would give me a pat down. Airport security just got fun

(503): He said I was the smart- est girl he had ever dated, that should have been a sign from the beginning

(519): I didn’t know it was possible to make picking up dog shit look sexy. (519): She did the bend and snap ...

(973): we ate a 40 pack of string cheese and watched an entire washing machine cycle.

(248): We aren’t going to mix hockey and sex texts tonight. (440): I totally agree. all sexting

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(919): It’s hard for me to sext him when the picture i see on my phone when he texts me is his facebook default of him and his girlfriend.

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8 STUDENT GOVERNMENT Senators prepare for Fall ‘10 semester Reflecting on the past semester and looking

Senators prepare for Fall ‘10 semester

Reflecting on the past semester and looking at the future

Erik Cummings/Sports Editor

A s the year draws to its conclusion, the senators of the Associated

Students of Washington State University Vancouver are as busy as ever. Undeterred by a considerable turnover rate, the assembly pushes toward the horizon and seeks greater connection between the student government and the students at large. Fall and Spring semesters

found at least five members of the

ASWSUV senate leaving or, in one case, dismissed from their positions. Replacement elections rose to commonality. One could not visit the OSI from November to January without hearing of a new initiative to achieve quorum. The number of senators constantly fell below the required eleven members needed to vote on legislature. One source of blame appeared to stem from the programming committee. Various current members of the senate admit that the committee lacked purpose or a clear objective. “In Pullman, the program oversees a lot of clubs,” says Senator Aaron Bruckner. “Here, it doesn’t.” The

confusion regarding the Programming Committee is thought to have lead to

the resignation of a few senators and has since been renamed the Campus

Affairs Committee. Bruckner was the second choice of a late January election, his fourth attempt at entering the ASWSUV

senate proving successful. The first

choice among the senate members was Jeff Sanders. A sudden work schedule change caused Sanders to

resign a few days after his special election. Former Pro Temporae Robert Chu resigned for personal reasons. Khoa Ho was dismissed after a second unannounced absence from a mandatory meeting. Jake Kleinschmidt left to pursue the Managing Editor Position in the VanCougar and Harrison Polo, who had entered during an early November election, also left for personal reasons in February. Spring Atkinson left to run for Public Relations Director on the Executive Staff. Now that the formal elections have

finished, many of the specially elected

senators have been retained for the coming year, including Bruckner and Haeylyn Valdez. Other new senators are Nalina Bauer, Blake Smith, Nick Dust, and Marshal Richards. Dust cited his involvement in the walkout rally as the start of his aspirations toward greater

involvement in student government. He began to work with President Nick Ferderer, then ran for Senate. Since then, he has been spending time observing the senate at work, planning for next year. He hopes to concentrate on studying the budget. “I want to know what the students want to spend their money on,” Dust says. “It’s their money.” Among the new and re-elected senators alike, a movement has formed to increase student knowledge of their government. Bruckner plans to push for more tabling by the Senators as part of this movement. Tabling involves sitting at a table in the Free Speech zones on campus, and talking to passing students. Valdez is also a proponent of this, seeking to “raise awareness of events and activities.” One idea includes having tee-shirts made for senators to raise student awareness of who is representing them. To decrease turnover, Pro Temporae Kevin Guzman is seeking to build a greater sense of community among the senators. Events over the summer, bowling events, and other activities have served to build bonds between members in the past. Furthermore, such events can provide information on how each senator operates, as well as their various strengths and weaknesses. A meeting

that included the executive staff, as well as the senate, also addressed the situation. Senator Blake Smith hopes to advance his idea for a Non- Traditional Student Club now that

he is in a position to learn how the government operates. At the Spring Gala that took place in March, Smith mentioned his hopes to get his idea off the ground in his coming term. He expounded on the idea in a recent interview: “Basically, the non-

traditional student is over twenty-five

or married or with children.” Such a club would aim to pool resources and knowledge of the non-traditional students in an effort to trade information. Managing a job and

attending school is difficult enough.

When one also has to manage family, it can become a chore. The Non- tradition Student Club would aim to form a support group for people struggling with these obstacles. The fresh ideas and new faces among the senate have redrawn the game plan for the coming year. With the experienced and returning senators such as Guzman and Melissa Boles, and the passionate, newly elected senators such as Dust and Bruckner, there is new hope for purpose and a greater sense of unity than ever before. Stay tuned.

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at the:

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When: Thursday, April 22 nd , 2010 Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


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Five reasons you don’t want to miss this potluck:

  • 1. Celebrate your accomplishments this year as an HD Club member and as a student!

  • 2. Receive your HD Club certificate (if applicable)

  • 3. Come and meet the awesome new HD Club leadership team!

  • 4. Chat with the amazing HD faculty!

  • 5. Lots of good food!

The HD Club will supply fruit and vegetable trays and drinks. Please e-mail humandevelopment@ and let us know what you would like to bring to the potluck. If you are bringing

something that needs to be warmed or

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10 SPORTS AND RECREATION The Kings fall; the Clippers dull against blazer fury Aldridge plays business

The Kings fall; the Clippers dull against blazer fury

Aldridge plays business as usual

Amy Thielen\Staff Writer

T he Blazers, at 47-30,

had at least secured

the eighth playoff

spot before the team’s

game versus the Sacramento Kings Sat. April 3, but the players knew

that any extra wins in the final two

weeks of the season might improve their playoff position. As a team, the Blazers played strong and prevailed over the Kings (at 24-53), 98-87. Though several players scored at least 20 points, including usual high-scoring guard Brandon Roy and forward LaMarcus Aldridge, a notable performance was given by forward Nicolas Batum. Batum had a very successful game, scoring 21

points, including a team leading five

3-pointers and a team leading three blocks. The effort by Batum helped to make up for his performance in the Blazers’ previous game against the Denver Nuggets, when he was held

scoreless for the first time in a game

this year.

In the first quarter, the Blazers

took a quick lead as guard Andre

Miller scored four of the Blazers’

first six points of the game. The two teams frequently exchanged leads throughout the first quarter.

Batum scored the second of his five

3-pointers to give the Blazers a 20-18

lead. At the end of the first quarter,

the Blazers led 32-25.

Despite their poor team record, the Kings valiantly battled in the

second quarter. The Blazers shot only

  • 46 percent in the second quarter and

were hampered by several turnovers. Batum continued to play well in the

second quarter though, recording two

blocks and another 3-pointer. The score at halftime was close with the Kings leading the Blazers 49-48. The two teams stayed close at

the beginning of the third quarter,

constantly exchanging leads. Miller

had an impressive quarter, scoring

  • 12 points, which helped to give the

Blazers a 62-59 lead. With about two

minutes left in the quarter, Roy made

two shots helping to increase the

Blazers’ lead to 70-64. At the close

of the quarter, the score was close

with the Blazers leading by just three

points, 72-69.

Similarly to the previous quarters,

the Kings managed to battle back to

tie the Blazers 80-80 with about six

minutes left in the quarter. Batum

continued his 3-point streak by making two more 3-pointers and added a block, which helped to give the Blazers a 91-85 lead. The Blazers

went on a 15-5 run near the end of the

fourth quarter, culminating in a 98-97

win and the Blazers won their seventh

straight Blazers-Kings matchup. The Blazers (now at 48-30) continued their winning streak by beating the LA Clippers (at 27-51) in Los Angeles 93-85 on Wed. April 7. Though the Clippers have one of the league’s worst records, the team played aggressively against the Blazers, coming behind from as many as 21 points to come within as close as one point of the Blazers.

While Batum played well in the team’s previous game against the Kings, Aldridge was the star in the game versus the Clippers. Though

Aldridge had to sit out practice before

the game, it did not hurt his playing as he posted a double-double with 27 points and 12 rebounds.

Early in the first quarter the score

was close between the two teams.

At about four minutes into the first

quarter, Roy shot a 3-pointer to put

the Blazers up 11-6. Aldridge scored

six points during the first quarter and

impressively, had four rebounds over the course of only two minutes near

the end of the quarter. At the close

of the first quarter, the Blazers led the

Clippers 27-18.

At the beginning of the second

quarter, Aldridge made a layup

to make the Blazers lead 29-20,

scoring the first of his eight points for the quarter. Clippers guard, and

former Blazer’s player, Steve Blake scored a 3-pointer to trim the Blazers lead to seven at 32-25. The Blazers played poorly near the end of the

second quarter, missing several shots

and committing several turnovers, thereby allowing the Clippers to catch up. In response to the team’s poor

shooting in the second quarter, the

Blazers scored frequently near the beginning of the third quarter. At about four minutes into the quarter,

Aldridge scored and was fouled. He made the free throw to give the Blazers a 53-48 lead. The Clippers

poor shooting in the third quarter

allowed the Blazers to go on a 14-0 run, giving the team a comfortable 17 point over the Clippers at 71-54. By

the end of the quarter, both Aldridge

and Roy had 21 points to keep a 17 point lead, 77-60. The Blazer lead would slowly shrink over the course of the fourth

quarter. In first the few minutes of the quarter, Aldridge played extremely

well, scoring four points and having three rebounds to give the Blazers their largest lead of the night at 19 points, 83-64. Blake continued to play well against his old team though scoring 12 points including a shot to reduce the Blazer lead to 10 points at 83-73. Poor shooting by the Blazers helped the Clippers to reach within eight points, but they would not get any closer as the Blazers would win the game 93-85.

Running on, moving forward

Cougar 5K and Rec transitions

Erik Cummings\Sports Editor

S ummer approaches.

I know, I know – it’s

still Spring. Summer

is coming, though. It is time

to crack open the Washington State University Vancouver summer catalog and plan for the upcoming May and June sessions. Which class do you love enough to cram into eight weeks of harried and frantic

learning to snag a few credit hours you couldn’t accomplish during the Fall or Spring semesters? It will be like the

last four weeks before finals

stretched into eight with none of the free time or struggling hopes for sanity. Welcome to a summer of the University Student, little children. I hope you brought armor. Despite the murmurings of cynicism and despair, there is light even with the frenzy of semester ending and the impending doom of summer session. The Cougar Community 5K run is coming, set on April 24th starting at 10:00 a.m. Shawn Romine is heading up the committee for the event and he has dubbed it “The Inaugural

CC 5K” as it is the first time

for a race of this magnitude to occur. The Recreation Center has sponsored similar races for the past two years. One, a Biathlon, featured running as well as covering some distance on bicycles. Last year, they organized a Fun Run over a three-mile course. “Those were pretty low key,” says Romine. Indeed, neither were as advertised or promoted as the upcoming Cougar 5K. The track winds through the

WSUV hiking trails, across and along some campus roads, as

well as one or two parking lots.

The varied running surfaces

include wooden bridges, mud, grass, and curbs. Due to possible muddiness and slippery areas, the Cougar 5K committee will also send runners from the Recreation Center with the race contestants to keep an eye out and assist in case of any accidents. Students can enter by paying $5, while non-students pay $20. Prizes include gift bags

with T-Shirts and finisher

medals. For Danielle Tanner and Amanda Flath, they signed up for a variety of reasons T-Shirts. “I set a personal goal to run regularly,” says Tanner.

She went on to explain that she

has been fulfilling that goal off

and on for a few months. Now, with the Cougar 5K, she hopes

to get back on track. Both girls are relatively new to Recreation Center event involvement. “I’ve done outdoor soccer once,” says Flath. The end of semester will also bring about changes in the Recreation Center. A substantial number of the staff graduate this year. Among them are Recreation Intern Denise Eyerly and Student Involvement Specialist Shawn Romine. “Technically, I graduated in December,” says Romine. “But the job goes until June 30th.” Romine became involved in the events back in November of 2007 and enjoyed things he had never done before such as

windsurfing and rock climbing.

“It all challenged me to push myself physically.” Parts of the job he disliked included the many state regulations that

required exhaustive research

and memorization. Still, he

managed to overcome his

distaste and expand upon certain events such as the popular poker tournaments as well as the paintball games. He felt he made a good team with Gregory, his drive mixing well with Gregory’s experience. “My only regret is having to leave in June.” As for Eyerly, her stint as a student ambassador from 2007 to 2008 brought her in contact with Neil Gregory. She attended several of the recreation center events, then Gregory, noticing her enthusiasm and liking for the activities, offered her a job. “I liked the trips,” says Eyerly, “I never would have done things like rock climbing alone.” One of the trips stands out in her mind to this day. “The Wind

River whitewater rafting trip was special – I fell in twice,” she laughs. She remembers falling out once on her own, then again when the whole raft

flipped over. Thanks to her life

jacket, a strong grip on a nearby rock, and Gregory directing her from the bank, she managed to swim to shore safely. She cites the experience as one, which left her with a feeling of accomplishment, of being able to do things she did not know she could. “It helped me appreciate the things I have.” Being a detail-oriented person, members of the staff turn to her for help on paperwork. She admits she does not mind doing it; it is merely the sheer amount of it she dislikes. Taking a year off from school, Eyerly plans to build up her savings and look into furthering her career in recreation and possibly state park jobs. Romine hopes to go to University of Oregon next year to get a Master’s Degree in Education or perhaps work toward a Master in Business Administration.

Action shots of the issue

Jake Kleinschmidt/The VanCougar
Jake Kleinschmidt/The VanCougar

Andrew Montehermoso searches for a target in the Dodgeball Tournament on April 15

Joseph Hollibaugh/The VanCougar
Joseph Hollibaugh/The VanCougar

Senator Kevin Guzman ups the bet on the flop at the Texas Hold’em Tournament while Samantha

Goelz and fellow senator Karmen Abbot look on. Those smiles are worrying - do they know some- thing Guzman doesn’t?

4/24 Cougar 5k Community Run. $5 Students $20 Non-Students


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SPORTS AND RECREATION 11 Childhood epiphanies and horses Triana Collins\ACE Editor B efore I went on

Childhood epiphanies and horses

Triana Collins\ACE Editor

B efore I went on the horseback trail riding trip that was organized by the

fine folks in the Recreation Office,

I thought of Christopher Reeve:

Superman turned quadriplegic after

getting thrown from a horse. Then I

thought of a non-fiction book I read

recently in which a woman who couldn’t speak due to a traumatic childhood was miraculously cured by the healing power of horses. I hurdled back and forth between desperately wanting to go and being scared to go on the upcoming trip. Then I remembered that I was, and still am, obsessed with horses. When I was a kid, the obsession took

the form of unicorns. I would draw

them constantly, and got quite good

at my own stylized kiddie version of the mystical beast. Of course, horses were just as magical to me, and I took a couple horseback riding lessons until my parents decided it

was too expensive. So I resorted to the stable of my mind: I imaged I had my very own horse that I kept in an imaginary stall between two trees in my backyard. I would go out after school and take care of it, pet it, and talk to it. I would climb up onto a tree branch and imagine I was riding it all over town. Needless to say, when I saw there was a horseback trail riding trip on April 11, the kid in me wouldn’t shut

up: “But I wanna go! I HAVE to go!”

So I signed up, and my life has been

forever altered.

First things first: riding horses in

an enclosed area or through some kind of man-made obstacle course is NOT horseback riding. This is like saying you’ve driven a Lamborghini

when you’ve really just had a few go- rounds in a bumper car. So being that I’ve never taken a horse outside of a

fenced-in arena, I would definitely

consider the trail riding trip to truly

be my “first time.”

The trip started at Flying M

Ranch, a lovely series of red barns down some winding mountain roads in Yamhill, Oregon. About 12 people participated in the event, and after we were all saddled up and helmeted on our experienced horses, we set off

single file into the wilds. Through

sunny meadows and dark forests we trotted; down steep ravines and over winding streams we gingerly clopped. We were in total control of our

horses, so a pull on the reins in the wrong direction could lead your horse to slip and fall down a muddy embankment. The trip was 14 miles round trip, and some of the horses got a little cranky towards the end, biting and kicking each other to let us know they were getting tired. Thus, we had to watch out for constantly changing trail conditions as well as

flying hooves.

Perhaps I was lucky, or maybe it

was all my “imaginary” experience with my previous pet, but my horse, Woody, was a gem. He always knew the best route take around an ominous puddle, since he seemed to

be a little scared of water, and tried not to run too much to appease the group leaders, as we were instructed

not to do. When I first hopped on

him, I felt totally disconnected and was scared of being so high off the ground. By the time we stopped for lunch, it felt weird to be standing on

my own two feet. And a quater of

the way through, I felt like he was just another limb, albeit a furry and extremely muscular one. I had a lot of random realizations on the trip as well, such as the true meaning behind the term “hold your horses.” We use this saying to imply

that someone is rushing and they need to chill. But when I heard one of the

group leaders yell “hold your horse!”

to let someone know they were going too fast, I suddenly realized that I had never really connected the saying to horses before, as it probably has it’s origins in the days when people actually did use horses for the

majority of their transportation needs.

Another silly saying that I finally

connected to horses is “chomping at the bit.” How many people actually still use this phrase I’m not sure, but

we all know it means to be excited and impatient to do something. Again, another random realization. But the most important realization of all for me on this wildly magical and invigorating trip was that I need horses in my life. So, how to get back on a horse? Well, I could steal one, as there are plenty around here, or imagine I’m on one, or just wait for

the Rec Office to organize another

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Pullman Updates

Men’s Golf - STANFORD, Calif. - The Washington State men’s golf team moved up two spots during the final round of the U.S. Intercolle-

giate Tuesday. The Cougars posted a team score of 282 (+2) at the par-70, 6,727-yard Stanford Golf Course to

finish in 13th, one position better than

they were seeded entering the event.

Kevin Tucker was out in front for

WSU once again, finishing strong

with his lowest round of the tourna-

ment. The senior fired a bogey-free

round of 66 (-4), the third-lowest

round of the day. Tucker’s three- round total of 210 (E) put him in a tie for 16th, marking his seventh-con-

secutive top-25 finish.

Nick Ellis also went under-par Tuesday, carding a third-round score of 69 (-1). The junior out of East

Wenatchee, Wash., finished the event

in 43rd with a three-round total of 218 (+8). Freshman Hank Frame, senior

Austin Hurt and sophomore Trent

Sanders finished in the final three

spots for the Cougars. Frame’s third-

round 72 (+1) helped him finish with

a tournament-total 223 (+13). Hurt and Sanders posted a 231 and 233, respectively.

The team will now prepare for the Pac-10 Championships in Tempe, Ariz., April 26-28. WSU Head Coach Walt Williams knows the team is on

the verge of qualifying for the NCAA

Regional Championships and a strong performance at the conference tournament could push them over the top. “Kevin and Nick really stepped it up today and we needed that to keep our regional hopes alive,” said Williams. “Kevin was hitting on all cylinders this week and has proven that he can play with the elite players in the

country. We’ll need six guys to bring that kind of play at the Pac-10’s later this month.” Women’s Tennis - PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State Univer- sity freshman Liudmila Vasilieva has been named the Pacific-10 Confer- ence Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, for April 5-11, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Tuesday. Vasilieva, of Yekaterinbgur, Russia,

won all five of her singles matches

last week, including a pair of victo- ries over nationally-ranked oppo- nents: Stanford’s Lindsay Burdette (No. 61) and California’s Marina Cossou (No. 15). With the wins over Burdette and

Cossou, Vasilieva became the first

women’s tennis player in school his- tory to defeat Stanford and California opponents in the same dual-match season. Vasilieva began the week

with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Bur- dette, the highest-ranked opponent she had defeated at the time. Follow- ing wins against Northern Arizona, Montana and Gonzaga, she ended the week by defeating Cossou 6-3, 5-7, 10-6, in a tiebreaker in place of the third set. For the season Vasilieva improved to 26-10 overall, the most singles victories by a Cougar freshman since


This marks the first weekly honor

for Vasilieva and the third all-time Pac-10 Player of the Week selection for the Washington State women. The last Cougar to earn Player of the Week honors was current assistant

coach Ekaterina Burduli.





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Long wavy hair, always

wearing the same green jacket,

always goofi ng around with your

friends during lunch.

Is that your

girlfriend or are you just a big fl irt?


Plaid backpack that you said

was cool, I blushed so bad you

thought I got stung by a bee. Wanna

be goofy with me?

When: April

8, Where: Cafeteria You: man, Me:



Cute bike with the glitter

handlebars. You told me it was your little sister’s and I about died. Me:

Lip ring, black hair, you think I’m goth, but I’m not. I just like dark colors. Wanna go for a ride? When:

April 5, Where: Trail You: Woman, Me: woman

You: Eyes the color of a Vancouver hailstorm, smile as big as the waxing moon, a laugh as loud as an erupting Mt. St. Helens. Me: Shy, with hazel eyes that stare at the back of your head during the entire 2 hour lecture.

Let’s study together



15, Where: Lecture Hall You: man,

Me: woman

You: Always looking sharp at 7am. Do you get up before dawn or just roll outta bed like that? Me: Always disheveled, always forgetting my books. You lent me a pencil for our exam and when I bit the eraser off you let me keep it. Can I buy you a new one? When: April 13, Where:

Class You: Man, Me: Man

You: Walk 10 paces ahead of me every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. You must park somewhere near me. I tried waiting for you to

take the same path home but I never catch you. Me: Walk 10 paces behind you every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. I don’t think you’ve

ever seen me.

I wanna talk to you

but I need some confi dence! Can I

borrow some or will you wait up? When: April 18, Where: Parking Lot You: Woman, Me: man


Write the note E-mail it to us at Wait for a reply from your love!


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TV show quizzes locals

Main Street Quiz kicks o at Pop Culture.

Brenda Yahm/Staff Writer

Contestants will be in teams, and there’s some hope in getting

businesses to compete against each

other, for example having employees

valuable prizes! The show will air on Fort Vancouver Television channel 11.The

show will begin fi lming on April

from Starbucks take on the baristas of Peet’s Coffee. The game will consist of three rounds, and each team will have three contestants that will work

25. This game show is being made

possible by Pop Culture, Infi nity

Point Productions and Simplicity Design. There is a monthly quiz on the Main Street Quiz webpage and results will be used during the show. Sample questions include what is the best tasting soda pop, and what is the most popular tourist attraction in Vancouver, WA? Visit the web page at www.mainstreetquiz. com for the schedule, rules, contact and a monthly survey. Hopefully you can come see Vancouver’s game show Main Street Quiz in action. As for the studio, Pop Culture is located at 1929 Main Street, Vancouver.

O n Tuesday, April 6, 2010,

open auditions were held

for Vancouver’s very

own game show. The producers were looking for a host and a co-host,

but ended up fi nding an

announcer, as well. The game show, Main Street Quiz, has been said to be a mix of Jeopardy and Family Feud, and will be focused on pop culture questions—

from song lyrics to fi lm

trivia—from the 1980s, 1990s and the 2000s. Anybody can come and be a part of the live audience or even

be one of the contestants. Eligible contestants should be enthusiastic and competitive.

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together to answer the questions.

The show will be fi lmed at

Pop Culture, which is well known for their vintage soda, hot dogs and live shows. Here’s your opportunity to be on live television and win will

White man’s money puppet

Portland Playhouse explores racial identities, tensions, and partnerships.

century. It begins in 1997 with Ivy League educated Harmond Wilks (Lawrence E. Street), his ambitious wife Mame (Andrea White), and his friend Roosevelt Hicks (Bobby Berma) who want to redevelop a

grounded Sterling Johnson (Victor Mack). Wilks soon realizes that the elaborate game of capitalism may have turned him and his friends into the black front for white money. Radio Golf sported a stellar cast

Triana Collins/ACE Editor

"blighted" area of Pittsburgh. Wilks

is about to become Pittsburgh's fi rst

that burst at the seams with passion, justice, greed, and ambition. When

black mayor and already has plans in the works to bulldoze the old houses to make way for a high-rise apartment building and high-end stores Starbucks, Whole Foods, and Barnes &Noble. The deal depends on federal money and there is talk of minority

the carpenter Sterling defi nes the

golf playing, sauna going Roosevelt Hicks as a "Negro" and himself as a "nigger", he hit upon the heart of the play. He explains that, "Niggers got style. Negroes got blindyitis. A dog knows it's a dog. A cat knows it's a cat. But a Negro don't know

R adio
















date is trying not to cry. Outside the theatre, in the car, on the drive home, and for the next 2 days, we discuss, argue, and enlighten each other on the subtle points and messages we each missed. Then I had a crazy dream I was in the play, except it wasn't a play anymore, it was my real life. And now I'm still thinking about it.


ended the latest

and last fabulous play of the season by my current favorite theatre company in our culturally fortunate neighbor city, Portland Playhouse. By teaming up with Base Roots Theatre Company, "a sanctuary for artists of

color to cultivate their work and a venue for audiences to experience universal

stories through a culturally specifi c

lens", they have turned a story I could

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Photo courtesy of Christina Riccetti

Harmond Wilks is played by Lawrence E. Street in the play, Radio Golf.

development grants amongst the suddenly friendly white and wealthy investors. When it turns out that an

he's a Negro. He thinks he's a white man. It's Negroes like you who hold

us back



The fi ne line between

have cared less about into a living, breathing creature I can't help poke and prod at. Radio Golf is a play by the Pulitzer Prize winning August Wilson who is known for creating works that explore the heritage and experience of African Americans over the twentieth

old mansion occupied by the gray haired Elder Joseph Barlow (Kevin E. Jones) set to be torn down has

a signifi cant past in the history

of African Americans, average black citizens start rising up and demanding recognition, activism that is spearheaded by the morally

success and selling out is explored, turned over, poked and prodded at by this amazing play and brought to life by the amazing cast. Check out Radio Golf now through May 16! See for more info.



Letter to the Editor:

Citizens Against the Towers Committee

Fran Swenningson/Contributing Writer

  • I ’m a volunteer member of the Citizens Against the Towers Committee.

We are trying to inform the public about the proposed BPA 15 story tower project which runs through Clark County’s heavily populated areas. This 500,000 volt line poses a large threat to the health of county residents especially children. We have a web site www.stoptowersnow. com which has a petition the public can sign in support of stopping this travesty. The towers also emit noise 24/7 which is worse in wet weather, are visible from approximately 3 miles away and will devastate property values in entire neighborhoods where

they are located. We have been told by real estate appraisers that our properties will lose between 15 and 40 percent of their value depending on how close to the power line they are located. In today’s economy there aren’t many families who can afford this type of loss or the possibility of contracting Alzheimer’s, early dimensia or ALS diseases which proliferate in areas close to high voltage lines. We have a Public Meeting planned for April 25th, 2010 at Prairie High School at 4 p.m. Our

main diffi culty is getting the word

out to the public so that they can come and be informed of what could happen in our community. For more information, please contact me at crashclark27@hotmail. com or visit the web site.


Congrats to the new 2010-2011 Human Development Club Leadership Team!

President: Auna Zingelmann

Vice President: Rebecca Brawl

Publicity Chair: Jessica Wienert

Secretary: Leslee Gibbs

Historian: Peggy Doyle



WSUV Community Choir Concert in VADM 110 from noon to 1 p.m.

Free and open to the public!

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Titans crashes; saved only by 3D

Poorly written script not similar enough to original

Anaya Martella/Staff Writer













fi lm

Clash of

the Titans,

like I am, you will be absolutely disappointed with the new remake that has just hit screens. Following the Alice in Wonderland remake, which seems to have been green- lighted because someone thought it would be awesome in 3D, the new Clash of the Titans seems to have had a similar genesis. Once again, 3D animation is the only thing that saves a disappointing remake. What I

found interesting was that on opening weekend I was in a cinema that was

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If you have seen the original Clash

of the Titans, you will see that this imposter bears no resemblance. It doesn’t even deserve to have the same title. The only aspects that were recognizable were the scorpion

battle (modifi ed from one scorpion in the original to about fi ve), the

witches, the battle with the angry step father/thing, Medusa, Pegasus

(also modifi ed because he should be

white), and the Kracken. Since when were there sand people-like beings in Greek mythology and in the original Clash of the Titans? That provoked a double-take on my part with a “say what?” But what do a table of hack writers know? They must have read a movie review about the original

Clash of the Titans with the summary (without actually seeing the fi lm itself) and fi lled in some blanks and

less than half way full. Go fi gure.


added twists of their own. Well, at







down Hades and send him back to

Poseidon’s monster) in order to save

Sad to say, the cast didn’t even

is defi nitely nowhere near their

least the visuals have depth.

starring Sam Worthington as Perseus, Liam Neeson as Zeus and

the underworld (with help from his father Zeus). However, this task will

a princess.

best work. However, the cast can hardly be blamed for the mediocre

In the end, then, I give props to the animators. They did a great job, and

Ralph Fiennes as

Hades, tells the

not be easy. Persus must overcome







script, which was knocked together

this “refake” is only worth seeing to

story of a demigod (Perseus) who

many obstacles in order to defeat


great, well-known actors

around opportunities for some 3D

support their great work. I wouldn’t

is unknowingly destined to


the evil Hades’ Kracken (originally

but this new



the Titans


recommend paying over $10, though.

New doctor in town

Matt Smith is the eleventh Doctor Who

Joey Hollibaugh\Staff Writer

O n Apr. 2nd Doctor Who,

the longest running

science fi ction series in

television history, came back with the

show’s eleventh reboot. For over 47 years viewers have watched the alien, known only as “the Doctor,” as he traveled through space and time with

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his human


o m p a n i o n s

exploring new

worlds and


fi ghting against injustice. This new

season begins by introducing Matt Smith, the 11th actor to play the role of the Doctor. Many fans have been worried that this new doctor would not live up to the legacy of the last

actor, David Tennant, who has been hailed by many to be one of, if not the, best Doctor in the series. Thankfully

think that fans will be delightfully

surprised these new changes. The episode begins directly after the last episode of the previous season. The TARDIS, the Doctor’s time machine, is in need of massive repairs and crash lands in a present day small town in Great Britain. This is where he meets his new companion, Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), who has a mysterious problem with a crack on her bedroom wall. It turns out that the crack is not really a structural disturbance, but rather a crack in space and time. This crack has allowed an alien to escape from an interstellar prison. This escapee, known as Prisoner Zero, now masquerading as various people

in the town. Both the Doctor and Amy Pond must race against time to

fi nd and capture the prisoner before

the interstellar police demolish the

earth in an attempt to stop Prisoner Zero from escaping. Smith plays a very entertaining doctor. It almost seems that the character has become even more eccentric during his body’s resurrection. During this episode the Doctor is trying to learn how to

work with his new body. This leads to some quite humorous scenes,

such as when he attempts to fi nd

some food that he doesn’t absolutely despise. Smith also does a great job at demonstrating the Doctor’s

emotional side as Prisoner Zero uses

him to hurt Amy Pond. Gillan also gives a good performance as the Doctor’s new companion. The role of Gillan’s character in this episode is to help the doctor to both get used to his new body and run around with him as the Doctor tries to save the world from destruction. Along with all of these new changes come all of the traditional aspects of the show that have kept

fans happy through all these years. The story, though very simple when compared to earlier episodes, is very well thought out and is very entertaining. The special effects are top notch, yet extremely cheesy, which surprisingly works well and appropriately sets the mood for this unique television show. I have found this new season of Doctor Who to be better than everyone expected it to be. While I can’t say that Smith is quite as good as Tennant was, he does come pretty darn close. I think that many of the long time fans will be very much surprised and delighted with this new era in the long running series.

ANTM at the Lloyd Center designated city to live with other contestants, who will be complete
ANTM at the Lloyd Center
designated city to live with other
contestants, who will be complete
strangers. As if the daily challenge
of learning to be a model wasn’t
Half way through each season,
America’s Next Top
Model searches the
city streets.
girls are fl own to an international
Brenda Yahm/Staff Writer
pressure enough, they will all
have to learn to live with each
for the duration of the show and
not allow confl ict to affect their
O n Saturday, April 10,
open auditions for
the hit CWTV series
America’s Next Top Model were
held at the Lloyd Center Mall
in Portland, OR. Hundreds of
hopeful young women fl ocked to
the mall for a chance to compete
for the title on national television.
destination to continue the
competition. Past seasons have
taken the models to New Zealand,
Japan, and Australia. When
watching episodes of ANTM you
can expect to see some exotic
Each photo shoot brings a
new challenge to the contestants,
whether it is going to “go-sees” or
learning a dance to incorporate in
a shoot with Barker. Whichever
girl wins the previous challenge
will gain immunity for the next
round of eliminations, unless it
Here was a fi ve hour-long event
is down to the fi nal set of girls.
that was never boring.
In order to qualify for the
next cycle of the series, women
needed to be 5ft 7in and between
the ages of 18-27. Participants are
only allowed to audition once per
cycle, so each contestant brought
their best outfi t and were prepared
to give it their best shot. Hopefuls
should not have any experience
modeling professionally, as they
are expected to learn all about
modeling on the program, should
they make the cut.
Those lucky young women
Former model and talk show
host Tyra Banks is the host for
America’s Next Top Model. She
has produced the series over the
last few years to give women the
opportunity to have a career in the
modeling industry. Banks is also
a judge on the series, along with
Nigel Barker, J. Alexander, Jay
Manuel and Andre Leon Talley.
J. Alexander is also known as
the runway coach. Manuel is the
photo-shoot director, while Barker
is the fashion photographer.
At the beginning of each series,
the number of women competing
ranges from 10 to 14. Each episode
consists of a new challenge. Week
by week, one competitor is voted
off of the show until they reach
the fi nal two models. The fi nal
two compete against one another
in an actual runway show before
one is chosen America’s Next Top
The winner of the series will win
representation from Ford M odels,
a $100,000 contract with Cover
Girl Cosmetics, and a spread in
Elle Magazine.
America’s Next Top Model is
back on the CW for cycle 15. It
will be interesting to see if some
of the contestants that were at the
open audition at the Lloyd Center
Mall will make it to the show.
So, stay tuned for updates on
America’s Next Top Model, and
then watch the excitement hit the
who make it are fl own to a
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are negotiations


being made that are going

to answer


of your

questions and solve all of your problems. That’s all I can tell you right now.

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Technology Column

by Alex Smith

  • L et’s face it, the world isn’t the way it used to be. Sure, we’ve come a long

way since the beginning of recorded

history. But just look back a couple of years and you’ll realize that things are changing rapidly. Indeed, you could wander off into the wilderness for a year or more, and come out to face a radically different technological landscape. This has been going on for quite some time, and of late, with all our new advancements in the realms of science and technology, new devices and designs are being introduced into society every day. I think it is past due that we stop and think about where all this is going. We have come quite far in the last few of generations, and it’s possible that we may have arrived too quickly. When we think of “technology” we think about computers and circuitry. However, I would like to turn your

attention to one of man’s first inventions:

agriculture. Once upon a time, people were happy, carefree nomadic hunter- gatherers, until one day someone found out that if you plant seeds in the ground you can harvest more later. Since then, societies grew and became dependent on agriculture to survive once it became entrenched. If the crops failed one year, people starved. Not so amongst the smaller hunter-gatherer groups, who would just move on to the next place in event of a famine. Sure, the invention of agriculture allowed populations to rise and people to have a little choice in their career options beyond the hunting or gathering job descriptions. That’s all well and good, but when the crops didn’t grow, things went downhill fast. What seemed like a good idea at the time became something of a snare to the people of old. “Wait,” you ask, “What does this

have to do with me?” To answer that, I’ll ask you a simple question. If the world

finally ran out of oil and no one could

drive their cars anymore, where would you be? No car, no bus, no airplanes ... What if the internet went down for good? For those that have e-mail, do

you even have a roll of stamps in your home? Do you even remember what a stamp is? What I’m getting at is that with each new advancement we become accustomed to, we give up on an older means of accomplishing the same task.

An MP3 player may be considerably

more fun to use than a piano (especially

to those of us who were forced to learn

Chopsticks as children), but if that MP3

player runs out of battery power that piano will still be there. The problem is that we are giving up more and more of our lives to technology in so many ways that we would be hard pressed to keep track of them all. I’m not even sure how I would even be typing this at all if all the computers that I have access to suddenly crashed. It’s not that there was nothing before the computer, it’s just that its many advantages have caused it to irreparably supplant the typewriter and other non-electronic forms of typing. The use of computers even seems to be changing writing patterns. Penmanship is now as quaint as blacksmithing. Yet, it’s not just computers. Now look, I have nothing at all against technology itself. This might sound hypocritical after that last paragraph, but hear me out. I like my computer. I really do. I like my electricity, car, internet, television (who

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Kassi Dallavis: Putting physics into practice

Kassi Dallavis didn’t think she would go straight from her B.A.

in physics to graduate school. “I planned to take some time off,” Kassi says, “but I found an announcement about this research here with Steve Henderson and I applied. I didn’t

realize at first that it included

graduate school. I had issues with going into physics, because my bachelor’s degree was very theoretical, and I thought, where’s the practical application? In this program at WSUV, I have the opportunity to do applied physics, all kinds of things

related to physics, and a chance to do

fieldwork, an opportunity I wouldn’t

have had if I’d gotten a PhD in


Kassi will finish her M.S. in

environmental science this summer. Her research included “going out

in the field and counting things,

and measuring things. Which was horrible, and I hated it, but it turned

out to be crucial to the results of my thesis.” Those results? She has found a model that predicts the effects

of vegetation on wave flows in an

estuarine environment. She worked in Skagit Bay, in Puget Sound, in an

area where the sedge Schoenoplectus americanus predominates. This plant’s triangular cross-section, with the diameter changing with the height of the stem, absorbs and dissipates wave energy.

Kassi’s adviser, Dr. Steve Henderson, is a geophysicist. The other WSUV members of her thesis committee are Dr. John Harrison, a biogeochemist, and Dr. Steve Solovitz, an engineer. In addition to doing research, Kassi has been working in WSUV’s GK-12 program. She works with advanced science ninth-graders at Camas High School. “The point of the program is to introduce students to inquiry-based learning, Kassi explains, “and to let them see that science isn’t some intangible thing, that scientists are normal, regular

people, like them. The first semester

  • I taught biology—I shouldn’t say

  • I taught. I learned biology. But I

loved it. The students came into the program thinking they knew everything, but then they learned that they had a lot to learn. I had a chance

to talk about my own research, and what was great was that they got it! They asked questions, and they remembered what I’d said earlier. I could ask them, ‘What do you guys think will happen?’ And they would have ideas about it. They were excited about the results. They’re a young, eager audience. “I would encourage anyone who’s thinking of applying for the GK-12 program to do it. It’s very rewarding, and you’ll have an effect on the future for a lot of kids.”

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Academic background: B.A., Physics, Reed College, Portland

Why she came to WSUV to study environmental science:

“I liked the practical application of my very theoretical physics background, and I love the

Pacific Northwest.”

Hobbies: Yoga, biking, photography, hiking

Favorite place to hike:

Columbia River Gorge Favorite musicians: Kings of Leon, Corinne Bailey, Rae, Norah Jones, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, and Stevie Ray Vaughan (to

name only a few!) Favorite dessert: Cheesecake

with fresh fruit Favorite color: Purple Favorite movie: Napoleon Dynamite Currently reading: Life of Pi (“I’m forcing myself to read

it. It’s important to have these outlets, but it’s something I don’t do unless I push myself to do it.”)

Advice for students who are thinking of going to graduate

school: “Talk to current graduate students who are working on things you’re interested in, and get their advice for places to go/people to work with. I have found that the department you choose is extremely important— make sure the other graduate students and professors, other than your advisor, are people you could see yourself having good relationships with. Have fun. Don’t rush into anything or feel like you have to commit right away because your high school counselor/parents/TV told you to go to college.”

If you want to be happy for the

rest of your life: “Don’t worry about things you can’t change. Enjoy what you have in life. Do your best, and don’t get down on yourself. You can be your own worst enemy if you allow it (don’t!). Smile.”

calls it that anymore?), indoor plumbing, and so on. What worries me is the extent that we are putting more and more faith in progressively less stable creations. Going back to agriculture, at least if you throw

some seeds in a field there’s a still a decent

chance nature might take care of the rest. You throw your computer in a pile of dirt and I doubt anyone will be able to make

anything useful out of it anytime soon. A car may be faster than a bicycle, but when one of the car’s myriad moving parts stops moving, you might just be wishing you still had that bike. Not to mention bicycle parts are considerably cheaper, in the event that they should break down. And

what about those flying cars that mankind

has been dreaming about since the time of the Wright Brothers (if not Leonardo Da Vinci)? I actually hope those never come about. While I admit that they would probably get us around faster, the odds are

much greater that I might wake up to find a

car crash in my living room. So after all that, I must have some sort

of plan to fix this mess, right? Actually, I’m not so sure. Maybe a decade or two

ago we could have done something about our dependence on technology. But now that everything is stored in computers or

networked over the internet, I don’t think telling everyone to just stop will work any better than trying to give up farming as a food source. The best we can do now is to

use a little more caution. I see the lure in integrating ourselves with better and better stuff, but when that stuff breaks we’re worse off than we were before. Everyone knows what happens when the power goes out. The refrigerator stops working, the T.V. won’t turn on, the microwave is dead. Your life is turned upside down

because gravity saw fit to bring down a

tree somewhere. Even though it usually only lasts for a few hours (unless you live far enough out) this should be a wake-up call of just how much we really need, or feel we need, all these fragile things. Yet,

we can’t just drop it all. We need to be watchful of what we’re giving our lives over too, even if we don’t avoid it entirely. If we could at least realize our technology is fallible, I’ll be happy.

Honestly, I don’t have any sure-fire plan

for how to “fix” us. All I know is that it

would be nice if we got out of this mindset of technology being what’s going to save us. You may not think about it much, but the other thing that people use technology

for is a means to try and fix all of our

perceived ills. We’re always coming up with new tactics and gadgets to try to put

an end to what makes us feel bad. It’s not just the computers in our homes, it’s our solution to just about everything. Before we all hook up our brains to our computers (just watch, it’ll happen), we need to really think about whether or not that’s what we

need, or just what we think will fix some

issue that we should handle ourselves. I’d rather deal with my own problems and

beat them than let technology lull me into a false sense of security. So, I guess one could think of this as a big disclaimer about those things we keep taking for granted…and we do, don’t we? Everything from our cell phones to electricity itself, we keep assuming that it’s all good. No wonder most disaster movies end with most of the population dying: we put everything on gadgets and devices that

have definite shelf lives. And when it’s

gone, we panic; we can’t function. Your computer won’t be the death of you if you don’t let it. It’s not the end of things, nor is it the beginning. Going forward, remember that forsaking your way back in favor of a new shortcut to where you’re going could bite you in the end.

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OPINIONS AND EDITORIALS 15 Y ou might not have noticed, but Greece is going through some
OPINIONS AND EDITORIALS 15 Y ou might not have noticed, but Greece is going through some

Y ou might not have noticed, but Greece is going

through some difficult

times. A member of the Eurozone (a

union of European nation-states that have the euro as their only currency), Greece dramatically increased its

deficit over the last decade.

This is a common story among the

Eurozone nations labeled the “Piigs”, which stands for Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain. Greece in particular went on what BBC News

calls a “spending spree” during the last decade. Financed by borrowed money, public spending rose dramatically and public sector wages

nearly doubled. Meanwhile, tax

revenue went down due to rampant tax evasion. But then the recession hit.

OPINIONS AND EDITORIALS 15 Y ou might not have noticed, but Greece is going through some

A ll good things must come to an end. And so do bad things like this column.

Though for most of you I am sure that you are not feeling like you are missing much. It has been a good run. We had some laughs but probably more cries. Who knows what will lay next in store for us. Who will be the next editors? Who will be the next columnists to write these? Will one return? Will they write the same column or start a new one? If they do, lets hope they start a new one, as this one is awful. Instead of torturing you with more nonsense and ramble here is something possibly entertaining.

  • I turn polar bears white

and I will make you cry.

  • I make guys have to pee

and girls comb their hair.

  • I make celebrities look stupid

and normal people look like


  • I turn pancakes brown

and make your champagne bubble. If you squeeze me, I’ll pop. If you look at me, you’ll pop. Can you guess the riddle?

OPINIONS AND EDITORIALS 15 Y ou might not have noticed, but Greece is going through some
  • I ’m glad to have received the multiple Letters to the Editor this issue! For those of you

that took the time to write in, thank you. Regarding Samantha and Nick’s letter, I appreciate the fact that rather than get angry about Alex Smith’s letter, you took the time to simply describe your major as you see it,

and to talk about the importance of it. At the end of your letter you mention ‘ranking majors’ and the pointlessness of it. I agree, and I believe Alex does as well. In his opinion column, he states that, as a CS major, he is ‘tempted to say

that [his] field of study if the more

important one, but [he sees] the merit of having those more trained in the

application field of computers’, i.e.

DTC majors.

  • I don’t believe Alex was trying to

compare the majors in an attempt to rank them, he was simply stating the differences. See GET REAL on page 16

Currently, Greece’s debt is 116 percent of its GDP. The country’s

budget deficit amounts to 12.9 percent

of the country’s GDP: over four times what is allowable in the Eurozone. Such high debt makes lenders wary of Greece, meaning that Greece has to pay considerably higher premiums than other Eurozone countries. To cut a long story short, the Eurozone (led mainly by France and Germany) recently came up with

a bailout for Greece to the tune of 30 billion dollars to help Greece

refinance a portion of their loans.

For the Eurozone members, the fear is two-fold. If Greece is not helped, it could topple and cause a domino effect that would destroy other

teetering Piigs. The second fear is connected to the

first. Should Greece topple, the credit

ratings of other Eurozone members would likely plummet. As of the writing of this column,

Greece has not yet accepted the bailout, instead cutting spending on public sector pensions and raising taxes. Now, you might be wondering why you, a WSU Vancouver student, should be concerned about events across the Atlantic. Simply this. We should take note of the reaction the Greek government received when they proposed cutting services and public sector wages and pensions. The country has been paralyzed by months of strikes and protests. A recent column by historian and political commentator Victor Davis Hanson says it well. “One hour we hear shouts [from opponents of the cuts] that the Germans owe more reparations for WWII, the next hour that cutting two bonus monthly pay periods would be akin to national suicide, the next that an overtaxed, overregulated private sector must be

taxed more heavily and regulated

more strictly in order to provide the necessary funds for an ever- expanding public work force.”

Many Greeks are not

prepared to give up their gains even

as their country stands on the brink of

financial collapse.

All to say this is a foreshadowing. If Greece is coming apart at the seams because its debt is 116 percent of its GDP, imagine the turmoil America will suffer when it at last faces its debt! The US federal debt currently stands at about 98 percent of the GDP. What this means is that the government owes as much as the entire United States produces in a year! And US debt is expected to rise dramatically over the next few years. As students who will soon be looking for jobs, we should insist that our leaders stop spending beyond our means. Rest assured, our generation will be paying the tab.

Letter to the Editor

D ear VanCougar Editor, If there is any confusion among your readers regarding the characteristics of the Digital Technology and Culture program in comparison to the Computer Science program, please accept this explanation. Digital Technology and Culture is an interdisciplinary degree program incorporating the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Before graduating, students demonstrate competency in ten core objectives, which are outlined on the DTC program webpage. The DTC program stresses critical thinking, creativity, and computing skills. DTC graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts after successful completion of the program. The Computer Science degree is offered through the school of Engineering and Computer Science. According to Associate Professor Dick Lang, Coordinator of Computer Science, the program’s focus is, “To create knowledgeable and professional software developers.” Lang also stresses that the principles of computer science are emphasized and no particular program receives any special focus. CS graduates receive a Bachelor of Science after completing their studies.

One requirement of the DTC program is the Senior Seminar in which students participate in directed studies or internships. The DTC homepage states, “Directed studies and internships encourage students to gain real world experience and engage in projects aimed at serving the community, both of which help students with professional career networking and developing a commitment to public service.” This community outreach has not

only been beneficial to DTC students,

but also the University as a whole.

Scott Milam, a local business owner

and community leader who currently serves on the boards of Identity Clark County, the Vancouver Symphony, the Alexa Dyer Life Challenge Award Foundation, and the Clark College Foundation, has witnessed

many aof these DTC projects first

hand. When asked how the DTC

program’s involvement has benefited

the community Mr. Milam said:

“I would say there are two major


1. Organizations have had

significant improvements with

their communication outreach to their community (clients, donors,

community awareness, etc.). Most, if

not all, of the organizations that have

worked with the DTC students would

not have been able to advance their digital technologies [otherwise].

2. The business and nonprofit

communities I am involved with are “a buzz” about WSUV. I believe that anything that brings attention to the school helps our locals keep our local university on the radar screen when making decisions for higher education for themselves, or their young adults.” We think the CS and DTC programs are both worthwhile pursuits and are complimentary disciplines. In a discussion with Associate Professor Lang, he acknowledged that CS and DTC are not competitive with each other. To illustrate his point he compared the mathematical and technical base of computer science to the creative core of DTC. And although it may seem that a major in DTC might lead to a far less tedious occupation, Professor Lang would like to stress that as a CS major you won’t just be sitting behind a desk all day, writing code. “You also have to collaborate with clients and colleagues.” Comparing majors is best done between a student and advisor with the interests of the individual student in mind. Attempting to rank majors in terms of importance is a task devoid of meaning. What makes the degrees offered unique is what is to be celebrated. While students should be well informed on what the different majors offered before committing to a program, they should also recognize that it is more important to celebrate the diversity of programs offered at WSU Vancouver than to quibble about the value of the programs themselves.

Thank you, Samantha Goelze and Nick Hill

Letter to the Editor

D ear Editor-In-Chief,

I’m sure you’ve received a few messages concerning Alex Smith’s article “Computer Science vs DTC” expressing a concern over the article’s lack of research and incorrect conception of the DTC program. I’m a current DTC student and I have also been a freelance

web designer since I was 15. I’m 20 now. Therefore, I have actual working experience on multiple levels of website and graphic design development and I must express my

concern of Mr. Smith’s conception

that DTC students “tinker” in programs like Photoshop, but cannot code websites (implying DTC students do not learn many practical

things concerning web design).

The DTC program I define is

certainly artistic but not an arts

program like fine arts. We DTC

students are taught 2D and 3D

animation (DTC 335), graphic and website design, social network

marketing, content writing for the web (DTC 478 / DTC 356) (and SEO in concordance), video and audio production (DTC 338), CSS,

XHTML (DTC 355), and now PHP

(DTC 477) as well if we so chose.

The concentrations on the DTC

website of “Concentration I: Media

Authoring”, “Concentration II:

Informatics”, and “Concentration III:

Culture & Technology” were posted over two years ago. Students can choose to focus on web, graphics, animation, video, social networking, etc within DTC. DTC is meant to provide hands- on courses where students learn not just how to make a website, but how to make a website that reads well, is easy to view, SEO-friendly, understandable, cross-browser compatible, and more. We are taught the theory of color composition (DTC 336), content organization, and effective design through these, in any multimedia object we design. In short, there is a logic to the “art”. Students of this program are expected, and if they do not learn in classes, the concepts of dynamic programming languages such as PHP, AJAX, JavaScript, Ruby, and so on,

and how they work with XHTML. As a freelancer for five years now,

I’m very concerned that an opinion article would take such an obvious, unbalanced and slanted bias against a program that the writer knows

relatively nothing about. If Mr.

Smith feels he understands DTC, I must politely refute him. One cannot understand a program unless one has experienced a few of the classes.

Thank you for your time,


Letter to the Editor

I n the interest of presenting a balanced perspective, I was

asked by the VanCougar staff to write and address the “CS vs. DTC” op- ed piece that appeared in April 5th issue of The VanCougar. Perhaps it was because I am a former editor of the paper and a DTC major WSU-V graduate. But frankly, I can offer no further “balanced” perspective because the piece was pretty much balanced and honest to begin with. In a nutshell, and for the most part, the writer (Alex Smith) was right. The arguments he presented about the two programs’ differences were mostly true. The author stated the essential difference was that CS leans towards

a purely scientific/programming

approach while DTC more towards an artistic and/or end-user approach. In my experience that seems true. He also insinuated that CSers were the superior, master coders; which is generally, but not emphatically true. The author clearly stated that there was room and need in the world for both disciplines or kinds of people (left brain/right brain). However, in stating that you should hire one grad over the other the author made a grievous error. However, keep in mind that this was an opinion piece and everyone has a right to their opinion. Granted, it appeared on the front page. As an

editor I also made the error of putting op-ed piece on page one. But, we learn from our mistakes. Don’t we Katie?

  • I bring one other insight to this

discussion. I am a huge Disney fan. As such I follow closely the work of Walt Disney Imagineering. Imagineers could not do what they do (design theme parks, shows and attractions) without the aid of all kinds of scientists, engineers, creative thinkers and artists. So, I guess my point would be

to say, if you want to hire someone hire a WSU-V grad who has the

knowledge and skill that fits the job you need to fill.

Gregory E, Zschomler 2009 WSU-V DTC Graduate

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T he Drag Show began

with an introduction from

Cougar Pride’s current

president, Brittania Anoai-Gonzalez. With the help of Jes Dimas, KOUG Radio DJ and member of Cougar Pride, and Cara Cottingham, KOUG Radio Station Manager, Brittania led the audience through the competition

phase of the event, to the disco break dance party, to the exhibition, and

finally to the coronation.

During the disco break, attendees voted for their favorite Drag Queen

or King using their competition dances to base their opinions. The Drag Queens and King walked around the crown holding hats,

collected flamingo pink tickets from

voters. At the coronation, the King and Queen with the most pink tickets were crowned King and Queen of the ‘Prom’. As the only Drag King in the event, Vegas St. James was crowned King. From the cheers of the crowd and the laughter during St. James’ performance, she wasn’t awarded simply by default. St. James’ performance to “Good Girls Go Bad” by Cobra Starship left the audience breathless from laughter. When it came time to crown the Prom Queen, the four Drag Queens looked anxiously at Jes Dimas, who was announcing the winner. After providing the crowd with lap dances, biting a dollar bill out of WSUV student Spring Atkinson’s mouth, and booty-shaking better than Beyoncé, Aroura B. Star won the votes of the majority.

Anoai-Gonzalez, again with the help of Dimas and Cottingham, awarded the King and Queen with ‘swag bags’. These prizes consisted of Mac cosmetics, hair clips, and a $50 Nordstrom card. Each of the other performers also received a ‘swag bag’ (minus the Nordstrom

card), as well as members of the audience whose ticket numbers were

called in the raffle.

Students and attendees were allowed to jump up on stage and dance with the performers during the exhibition section of the event. This mini-dance on stage got guests in the

mood for the final event of the night.

Once the King and Queen were crowned, and the ‘Thank Yous’ were said, the Drag Show transformed into a dance club. With Jes Dims, aka DJ Toropop, laying down his ‘Disco Dolly Dance Delights’, the mood was set. Also at the event were Planned Parenthood, the Haiti Relief Coalition, the Cascade Aids Project, YWCA, and Northwest Pix Photography. To the members of Cougar Pride, the event was a success. However, they had met with a few challenges prior to Apr. 9. According to Bola Majekobaje, Assistant Director of Student Diversity, the Drag Show advertisements had been taken down multiple times from the Free Speech Boards around campus. The issue was resolved prior to the event.

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R egarding Christina’s

letter, you state that

you are concerned

over Alex’s conception that DTC students ‘cannot code web sites.’ However, in his column, he writes, ‘what [DTC students] do learn is along the lines of HTML, otherwise known as relatively simple web page programming languages’. Not being a DTC or CS major, and not having the slightest clue as to how to code a web site, I did research to see what exactly HTML codes were. After looking through both the CS and DTC web site, as well as multiple internet sites related to coding, I realized that the main argument in Alex’s column is that CS majors code programs while DTC majors use those programs to read their own coding — many times to read their web site coding. With your letter, you have helped inform readers of the many programming languages DTC majors do learn; such as PHP, JavaScript, and Ruby; all of which work within HTML, as Alex agreed. Alex also states that DTC majors take ‘a variety of classes concerning design of web sites’. For that reason, I don’t believe he was implying that DTC students do not learn practical things concerning web design, as your letter reads. Regarding Greg’s letter, I agree that Alex’s statement, ‘if you need to hire someone who can code, don’t hire a DTC major’, was not something that would be allowed in a news article. But like you pointed out, that is his opinion.

I don’t know, Greg. I feel like a

front page opinion column pulls in a lot of readers. ; ) But you are right. It is probably not the best place for it. Again, I don’t believe it was Alex’s intention to discredit the DTC students or department, but I’m glad that his column has given DTC students the chance to explain what they think their program is all about. I think students hearing about departments from other students is a great way to inspire and educate each other. As long as we realize that some things are opinions, and we approach them that way, then the sharing of ideas can always be positive. There is nothing more enlightening than discussing things with someone you disagree with. In my opinion, of course. Thank you again to everyone who wrote in! We really appreciate your responses and take to heart everything that is said. Though this is

the final issue of the semester, if you

want to write in, The VanCougar will continue to post updates on our web site through the summer. To see the updates, check out! On a side note, this is my last issue as Editor-in-Chief. Thank you everyone who has contributed to the paper — even if that simply means picking it up to look at the front page and then throwing it away. To The VanCougar staff: you guys have been amazing! Seriously, the kick ball game might have been the greatest time ever. Who cares that we lost, right? But seriously, great job this year! I hope you all continue to work for The VanCougar.

To readers: thanks for picking up the paper each time the new issue comes out! To haters: thanks for hating! We are constantly trying to improve the quality of the paper, so your

constructive criticism is very helpful. To anyone who has ever let me in the building on the weekend: I owe you my life. You, campus security, are some of the nicest people on this campus. To my friends on the Custodial Staff: I appreciate the late night talks .. you guys have kept me sane. To VIT: thank you for constantly

fixing our computers and network,

and being concerned about my lack of sleep. :) Finally, Dean Baker: you are bomb. For real, you’ve helped the staff a lot this year and have really

tried to reach out to them. The one-

on-one tutoring should definitely be

continued next semester, but it’s up to whoever is in charge. Thanks for always sticking up for the newspaper industry and telling people exactly what the 1st Amendment is. Thanks for encouraging us to be a bit scandalous with the ‘The SEXpert’ and making sure that the students were always the ones controlling the student newspaper. You are awesome and I really appreciate everything you’ve done for The VanCougar. So, people, it’s been real. Have a good rest of your time here at WSUV! Oh, p.s. Thank you Kendal for bringing me my phone charger, food, Full Throttles, and Jalapeño Cheetos. You’ve kept me alive this year.