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Hey guys and welcome to POC Talk, this issue we’re talking about potential Vice President and Provost of Equity and Inclusion candidates. The Vice Provost of Equity and Inclusion will serve as chair for the Equity and Inclusion Council, which was created by George Bridges in 2016 and is responsible for the Strategic Equity Plan and the allotment of the President’s Equity Fund, which provides  grants to students, staff, and faculty for projects that promote equity. The hiring section of the Strategic Equity Plan were the center of a series of controversial emails that I am sure we are all by now familiar with. There are three candidates with three separate presentations and student forums. The first presentation, that of Chassity Holliman-Douglas  will happen prior to this article’s publication, but we have included information about all three candidates. Michael Benitez Jr’s presentation will take place Monday May 22 from 3:15-5 in...

 
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By Tari Gunstone Plants have a long history of being used medicinally and therapeutically to improve mood, well being, and ailments that affect mental health. With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, the Cooper Point Journal is focusing on a resource for free herbal consultation and medicine right in downtown Olympia. The Olympia Community Herbal Clinic has been in operation since 2008 working to provide free herbal health and education to its local community through consultations, workshops, and education. They operate by either walk-in or appointments and offer sliding scale donation options with the promise that no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Plants have a long history of being used medicinally and therapeutically to improve mood, well being, and ailments that affect mental health. With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, the Cooper Point Journal is focusing on a resource for free herbal consultation and...

 
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By Sylvie Chace On Thursday, May 18, author of “This Changes Everything” and “The Shock Doctrine”, Naomi Klein will speak at the Costantino Recreation Center. Naomi Klein is a Canadian journalist and climate justic activist well-known for being critical of corporate globalization in relation to climate change and other social justice issues. Her books discuss capitalism and its role in this greater global issue and her writings have often served as crucial program text at Evergreen. In 2016, Klein delivered the Sydney Peace Prize Lecture in Sydney, Australia upon being awarded the Peace Prize for exposing truths behind climate justice politics and encouraging activism and awareness. Her work aims to encourage transformative justice through revealing these truths, and her appearance at Evergreen is anticipated to be a popular and exciting event. Klein’s new book is titled “No is Not Enough, Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winn...

 
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By Ruby Love Kabby Mitchell, III, celebrated performer, choreographer, mentor, and Evergreen faculty member passed away last week, Thursday, May 4, at the age of sixty. A member of the faculty since 1998, Mitchell taught interdisciplinary programs in Performing Arts and African American Studies. An acclaimed ballet performer and choreographer, Mitchell taught across many genres, from ballet to Afro-Haitian dance. His career as a teacher spanned more than thirty five years, as he taught in schools and dance academies in Washington, Iowa, and Mexico. According to Evergreen’s memorial page, Mitchell “also taught at a number of other Seattle-area institutions throughout his career, including Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, Spectrum and Ewajo Dance Workshop.” The first African American male soloist to join Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet, Mitchell saw the importance of wor...

 
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By  Sylvie Chace & Felix Chrome Wednesday 5/17 Blessed is the flame: Concentration Camp Resistance & (A)Nihilism Sem II D1105. 6 p.m. Free. Author of the recent book “Blessed Is The Flame” is coming to Evergreen to facilitate a workshop and discussion about the relation between nihilism and resistance. The event will look at examples of the often forgotten, and largely unsuccessful, instances of resistance and struggle within Nazi concentration camps to ask the question, “What does it take to resist in absolutely futile and overwhelming situations?” Blessed is the Flame author argues that, “Within each of these mostly overlooked stories we can find a simmering spirit of anarcho-nihilism, a tendency that challenges us to translate our feelings of hopelessness into wild and joyous forms of attack.” This not to find an optimistic spin for terrible situations but to ground our continued struggles in something stronger than o...

 
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By Val Arias Having such easy access to the biodiverse ecosystem that is the Puget Sound allows Evergreen programs the ability to spot and research emerging epidemics that struck the area, especially the marine life that inhabits the many beaches, tide pools and inlets of Washington. Recently, a program at Evergreen took advantage of all that our local nviroment has to offer and stumbled upon a lucky find: a sun flower sea star, increasingly rare thanks to a recent epidemic of sea star wasting disease. The Evergreen program Marine Biodiversity recently went on a four day-long field trip through the Olympic Peninsula, and went to various tide pool sites for their fieldwork along the Washington coast, including Clallam Bay, Neah Bay, and Cape Flattery. The last site they visited was Tongue Point, which is located right outside of Port Angeles, right across the sound from the Canadian island Victoria. While searching the vast tide poo...

 
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By Jasmine Kozak-Gilroy The EF, or Education First, campus is tucked away on the fourth floor of the Seminar I building, sharing floor space with the relocated Office of Sexual Violence Prevention (OSVP). For Evergreen students who haven’t visited OSVP in its new location, the school is all but invisible, save for the non descriptive sign by the vending machines outside the health center and the small flocks of students speaking languages other than english wandering around campus and eating lunch in the Greenery. Evergreen, after net costs of $1,001,791, makes a profit of $195,411 from hosting the EF facilities on campus. The bulk of the costs are associated with housing and feeding EF students. EF has been on the Evergreen State College campus for the past 30 years, and our campus is one of many. The EF facility at Evergreen is referred to on their website as the Seattle campus, despite Seattle being a one and a half hour drive o...

 
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Constantly being immersed in conversations about race and injustice will take its toll. The first time I took an African American history class, I started self harming. I found it completely overwhelming, just trying to deal with the pain caused by constantly thinking about the long list of traumas Black people have faced in this country. When writing these articles I sometimes find myself having to spend hours researching Neo-nazis, sifting through racist propaganda and legal paper work, or spending hours and days reading the words of faculty members and people in authority who blatantly don’t care about the struggles we all face as POC. I do it because I know it’s important. We all do it because we know how important this work is. It’s been proven time and again that if we don’t stand up for ourselves no one else will, but I’m not going to lie to ya’ll, we all know it’s exhausting. Remember it’s okay to take a break or ask for he...

 
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By Val Arias If you dare enter the labyrinth that is the connected basement of LAB I, II and the Arts Annex, you may happen upon a remodeled wing of this eerie space. Located directly one floor below the biology and chemistry lab spaces on the first floor of LAB I, Evergreen has installed a 13,000 liter recirculating seawater aquarium system, made up of five main “systems,” each containing tanks filled with marine life both from the Puget Sound and the tropics. Though the aquarium facility is often bustling with students in marine science programs, when it is empty and the lights are off, the tropical tanks come alive with beautiful purple tetras and clownfish hiding in anemones. Your eye is then immediately taken to the even more mesmerizing glowing bodies of the native moon jellyfish in the circular planktonkreisel tank, which are nearly transparent in fluorescent light. The facility was first put to use by the winter quarter pr...

 
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By Jasmine Kozak-Gilroy Recent events like the removal of the parklet in front of Burial Grounds and the wall a local business owner built around her neighboring spice shop have peaked my curiosity about the City of Olympia’s downtown Strategy and the city’s priorities for downtown. On Wednesday, April 12 I attended the City downtown Design Guidelines update open house in an attempt to glean more information about the City’s downtown project and the conversation in the broader Olympia community. The downtown project is the broad name for a collection of separate plans all aimed at accomplishing the City’s established vision for downtown. The vision is repeated over and over again on their website and pamphlets in several different variations. One version, a narrative statement encompassing the vision in terms of what local residents deem important states, “Olympians value neighborhoods with distinct identities; historic buildings a...