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by Danny Loose On Saturday, May 21 feminist writer and media critic Janet Mock sat down with local writer and activist Talcott Broadhead for a conversation to conclude Evergreen’s first ever Queer Week. Queer Week was organized by Trans Resource & Education Extravaganza (T*REX), and included other talks Aydian Dowling and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, in addition to panels on transitioning, a trans student bike ride, and bowling at the West Side Lanes. Mock’s arrival came at a time in which the wake of numerous bias incidents and assaults on which led to students calling for a more active participation on behalf of the institution to protect and create prosperous environment for queer, trans, and students of color. Mock touched on a bevy of issues regarding intersections of identity during the hour and a half talk, taking questions from the audience and Talcott. Janet Mock has recently re-entered the public eye after her c...

 
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By Jamsine Kozak-Gilroy The current Student Government Vote includes an initiative to reinforce the 2010 vote to kick Caterpillar, Inc (stylized by the brand as CATerpillar and referred to as CAT) equipment off campus, alongside initiatives aimed at food services on campus, asking the college to formally de-shelve Sabra Hummus and Driscoll’s berries. On March 16, 2003 Rachel Corrie, a twenty three year old student at the Evergreen State College, was killed by Caterpillar bulldozer being driven by a member of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) while using her body to shield Palestinian homes in line to be demolished. To this day, the IDF continues to routinely destroy Palestinian houses and businesses using Caterpillar equipment. In 2005, a group of over 170 Palestinian non governmental organizations (NGOs) stood together in asking the world to Boycott Israeli products, Divest from Israeli companies, and Sanction the Israeli governmen...

 
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By Nix Chace On May 2, Evergreen’s upper campus was covered in chalk. The phrases “Fuck TERFs!” and “Trans lives matter!” were written on the ground and walls around Red Square. TERF stands for ‘Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist’—usually meaning cis-woman who identify as feminists but misgender, exclude, and deny the womanhood of trans-women. These phrases came in the light of a larger discussion about discrimination and violence against trans students at Evergreen. Some students had been writing similar slogans around campus previously without much controversy, but the amount of chalk and prominent location brough particular attention to this incident. Shortly after the chalk was written, it was erased by Residential and Dining (RAD) Services. A couple days after the incident, the Geoduck Student Union (GSU) held a meeting to discuss “the recent graffiti” on campus. A couple weeks ago I sat down with the transgender students beh...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester Evergreen students Soph Elden, Nate Kindler-Balmy, and Haley Varney have been working on a web series about different kinds of intentional living communities and people who live sustainably for the entire school year. To celebrate and showcase their work, they are holding two free screenings of the complete web series on campus during Week 10. The project began in a program at Evergreen and blossomed into an adventure through the Northwest. They all went on a month long road trip to sustainable communities in the region and filmed everything along the way. They had two cameras to work with and only one person with any film experience. Soph and Nate have done over 700 hours of editing to get two terabytes of data down to seven 15 minute episodes that will be available for free on Youtube on June 1. I sat down with them to try to figure out why three people would voluntarily spend a month in car with each o...

 
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By Nix Chace The week of April 25 was Sexual Violence Awareness Week at Evergreen hosted by the Coalition Against Sexual Violence (CASV). This week is designed to bring awareness of the issue of sexual assault on this campus to the Evergreen community and to empower survivors on campus and in the greater Olympia area. There were daily workshops and events on campus. Each workshop served the purpose of bringing awareness, educating the community, or simply allowing survivors a space to safely share their stories. On Monday, Olympia organization, Partners in Prevention Education (PiPE), led a workshop on supporting survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Student Keon Berlin recounts an important lesson from the PiPE workshop, saying, “One thing I remember that was said, was that being believed is the number one factor in survivors having a healthy and stable recovery.” On Tuesday, Apr. 26 a self-care and healing with plants works...

 
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By Aria Cummings n April 22, 2016, The Evergreen State College celebrated the inauguration of its sixth President, George S. Bridges. The celebration began with a procession featuring dancers from the Git-Hoan tribe from Southeast Alaska, faculty members, college and university delegates, the Board of Trustees, and Bridges himself. A welcome speech was given by Evergreen Board of Trustees Chair Fred Goldberg, who presented a medallion to Bridges. Other speakers included former Washington Governor and Evergreen President, Daniel J. Evans. The event featured a gifting ceremony led by coordinator of the Native Programs at Evergreen, Tina Kuckkahn- Miller, in which Bridges received a bowtie hand-carved by Skokomish artist John Smith, among other gifts. When the ceremony was complete Bridges gave his inauguration speech, which focused on thinking about the future of Evergreen and the direction he would like to see it move. He began by...

 
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By Sarah Bradley The sun was out last week, marking the start of Spring quarter at Evergreen. The warm temperature brought a bevy of students, staff, and circus performers out to red square. If you were part of the crowd soaking up the sun on Wednesday of week one, you may noticed a new addition from the typical sound of construction work and drum circles. Greener Days, a new concert series, is bringing live music to Evergreen. Greener Days is presented by the Geoduck Student Union and KAOS. It is an initiative to bring the community together to enjoy a free, all ages concert, as well as a platform to highlight local voices and artists. The concerts will happen on Wednesdays from 1-3 pm on red square, or in the library in case of rain. On May 30, local musician Anna Gordon performed, as well as Gabriel Mintz from Seattle. This was the second concert of the series, but the first one held outdoors. Gordon, who opened up the con...

 
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By Ruby Love This past Thursday marked the opening of sgʷigʷialʔtxʷ at 20: Building upon the Past, Visioning into the Future, a new exhibit at Evergreen Gallery celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Longhouse. I arrived early, and there were already people milling around outside the gallery doors, peering through the glass to get a glimpse of the artwork as gallery assistants rushed to and fro making final preparations. As the doors opened, the gallery quickly filled with people, slowly making their way around the room, which overflowed with the work of over 70 artists. The work on display varied greatly in size, style, and medium, and one might wonder why these artists in particular had been brought together into one exhibit. In celebration of their 20th year, the Longhouse brought together a huge group of artists who “have had had an impact on the work of the Longhouse over the years.” Many of the artists featured in the exh...

 
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By Danny Loose In September of 2015 a developer called Squid’s Inc. launched an app called “Fleek College Stories” was made available for download acting with a third party app in correspondence with the photo communication app Snapchat. The way it works is that Fleek geotags (establishes metadata to a particular location) a college and sets up an account on Snapchat (our username is “evergreen.snap”) where roughly 75 percent of submitted content is displayed on the account’s Snapchat Story (the app’s public forum), and the full story can be viewed on the app Fleek. The contents of evergreen.snap are usually pretty innocuous; consisting mostly of pictures of cats, in-class antics, alcohol consumption, butts, and videos of people smoking hash oil while a dubstep song drops in the background. Squid’s Inc. has no other apps in the app store or in development and has no website or means of contacting the company. Fleek seemingly has co...

 
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By Jules Prosser & Ruby Love Prison Obscura is not for the faint of heart, nor for those who choose and cherish gentle ignorance. The experience of Prison Obscura can be compared to the nature of the moon. People like us exist on a planet on which we only see it’s white glow, illuminating the motions of our lives. However, the moon has a dark side; a lost, undiscovered place. We all know it’s there, but we don’t see it or think about much it at all. It means absolutely nothing to us, except for the single fact that it is there, taking up space.  The thing about that, however, is that the moon can’t exist without its dark side. Nor can humanity. The delights of our planet do not exist in a vacuum. The history behind us is steeped in terror, the future ahead hangs heavy and hazy. The encircling present gives us daily discomforts and annoyances. But the true dark side of our country is the prison system. Like the pretty light of t...