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The bartender said, “I can’t find the pumpkin butter!” So Nantz couldn’t get their pumpkin spiced booze at Obsidian and had to settle for some other hot spice-drink. Well you know what they say: you can’t choke a fly.  I always drink a vodka with grapefruit. Speaking with Nantz, it’s almost like they only speak in aphoristic phrases. Nantz taught me some things during our conversation. It turns out wolf packs are a family unit. The alpha/beta distinction is bullshit! And aquatic mammals have huge nose cavities that help diffuse the cold air across a larger surface. And how observation is the foundation of change. I’ve been mulling over this last point and wondering about how I look at the world and all that I don’t see through the blinders of privilege, location, time, etc. Why is Nantz our feature in this issue? They’re an artist who’s been making science illustrations and animations since they could hold a crayon. Well, the animat...

 
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By Tari Gunstone This year’s 37th Harvest Fest landed on a day that could not have felt more quintessentially Autumn. Saturday’s foggy sun shone through the mossy columns of big leaf Maples in their orange and yellow glory and the sound of mandolins and banjos carried through the pathway as Evergreen students and Olympia community members walked through the woods to the Organic Farm to celebrate the Fall festivities. This year the student organizers from Evergreen’s community gardens and Demeter’s garden permaculture club rallied together a rich assortment of activities and offerings. The traditional pumpkin carving station was set up with adults and kids alike creating ghoulish and silly faces. Free tea was served from an eclectically decorated trailer converted to into the Jasmine Dragon Tea Lounge and cups of fresh pressed cider were passed out in the hundreds from the farm’s orchard apples. The Natural Building Club helped peop...

 
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By POC Talk Hey y'all, we are going to be doing a series on terms you should know! Because these terms cover complex issues the explanations given here do not and cannot cover the entirety of the concepts they describe. These are not complete definitions but more like a crash course for an entry into the conversations that surround them. There are many more terms and ideas we should be interrogating, and hopefully this is a good start. Racism The definition of racism that this writer finds the most useful is prejudice + power. This is why you hear people say things like Black people can’t be racist⎯ it is not to say people of color cannot have prejudices, but in most cases we lack the institutional privilege or power for those prejudices to negatively affect White people outside of hurt feelings. A Black person’s prejudice cannot impede on a white person’s standing in society, whereas racism is institutional and historical, affect...

 
Astrology
 

By April Davidson ARIES 3/21 - 4/19 Issues surrounding intimacy, power and control are your main focus currently. You’ll soon be finding yourself in significant situations that require an awareness of your personal boundaries, as well as a willingness to inquire about and accept the boundaries of others. Greet any anger or frustration you receive with patience and acceptance. Tap into your nurturing energy, allow yourself to be moved by another’s pain. Find joy in communion. TAURUS 4/20 - 5/20 You’ve been making the comfort and pleasure of others your primary concern but soon you’ll become aware of intensifying personal needs. Chances are, you’re going to want a commitment or to claim what you think is yours. Your job is to communicate your desires as a way of being respectful to both yourself and those involved. Keep it simple– determine which of your thoughts is most essential and approach the situation directly. GEMINI 5/21 -...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester On October 11 and 12, an anti-abortion group known as the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) was on Red Square mounting a display they call “The Genocide Awareness Project”. There were signs set up around Red Square by the group alerting students to the graphic imagery of genocide, as well as a “post abortion crisis line” supported by the group.  Members of the group stood behind a fence surrounding the large display and wore GoPro cameras filming students on Red Square and those interacting with the GAP volunteers. The display at Evergreen was made up of seven 12x15 foot panels that depict aborted fetuses, Holocaust victims, a confederate flag, and images of other historic genocides. These images were juxtaposed with other signs saying “All Black Lives Matter” refering to the belief that abortions saught by black women are a form of genocide against African Americans. Students received an email from Je...

 
Arts & Culture
 

Interview by Sally Linn Ordering a licorice and salted caramel ice cream cup for an 11am treat, Devon Damonte maintained his personal unpredictability and whimsy when I met to interview him for this issue. Teacher, community member, and artist, Devon has no singular medium for his work. His focus is in cameraless film making but spans the gamut of printmaking, rubbings, fiber arts, paper craft, sculpture, photography, writing, poetry, painting and all things textural. Himself an Evergreen grad, once he finished school, he began volunteering with the Olympia FIlm Society in downtown Olympia, though only for his “devious means” of trying to get his films shown on the big screen. He inevitably succeeded and was started on his path to becoming a core member of the Olympian arts community and beyond. After working for a number of nonprofits and other scenes like museums and film festivals, he eventually landed in Boston. Due to fortuito...

 
Letters & Opinion
 

By Robert Gorrill Density is heralded as the key to Olympia’s future. With density, so the argument goes, Olympia’s housing crisis can be resolved and the projected influx of some 20,000 people over the coming decades can be accommodated. Density, in theory, entails ecological and social benefits to cities. However, the rhetoric of ‘density,’ as it’s deployed in Olympia serves to justify gentrification, while failing to contend with real concerns surrounding housing and the environment. On the basis of density, city politicians and Olympia residents have supported major market-rate developments in downtown, such as the Views-on-Fifth project. Projects like these won’t solve Olympia’s housing crisis or address Olympia’s expected growth. They will, however, further gentrify Olympia, contributing to the housing crisis by fueling displacement and increasing rents. The evidence of this pattern can be found in major cities across the ...

 
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Hey y’all, we are going to be doing a series on terms you should know! Things like, what or who is a TERF? What does white fragility really mean? Or, why am I getting such bad side eye because I’m using the dictionary definition of racism? This week we’ll be talking about TERFs, Intersectionality, white feminism, dead names and doxxing. These terms cover complex issues the explanations given here do not and cannot cover the entirety of the concepts they describe. These are not complete definitions but are meant to serve as an entry into the conversations that surround them. There are many more terms and ideas we should be interrogating,  hopefully this is a good start. Intersectionality The dictionary definition of intersectionality is: “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of dis...

 
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By April Davidson ARIES 3/21 - 4/19 Your enemy sends you a text message saying to meet them at midnight in a downtown warehouse. You assume this means to fight so you gear up and prepare for battle. When you show up there’s no one there, even your enemy has abandoned you. The wind howls against the sheet metal walls. You realize the real enemy is yourself. TAURUS 4/20 - 5/20 You’re on your way to a new job and you stop at a creepy gas station in the woods. There’s a grizzled old man who warns you not to drive any further down the road, it’s been closed for years because of mysterious accidents. You need the cash and you’ll be late if you take another route so you keep going. You wake up from a coma in the hospital ten years later and the nurse hands you a bill for one million dollars. GEMINI 5/21 - 6/20 You think you hear your phone so you grab it but the ringing is coming from somewhere else. After searching for a suspenseful ...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester Evergreen students have had a tumultuous relationship with the police on campus, one of the more notable incidents being a cop car which was flipped, had the word “PIGS” spray painted on the side, and had recycling bins stacked along the bottom (top by that point) of the car following a Dead Prez concert on campus in 2008.  The school has also had an uncomfortable relationship with Sorger himself who was allegedly complicit with Federal attempts to spy on students. Students also found fault with Sorger when in 2014 an Evergreen Police Officer went up against him for the department’s use of dorm walkthroughs, which the officer alleged were illegal. In a Cooper Point Journal article published following this incident, student journalists explained that it was college policy to allow walkthroughs despite the fact that in 2008 the State v. Houvener ruling determined that “students at public institutions have a...