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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...

 
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By Sally Linn After a year of student action and event disruptions, Electronic Media has taken it upon themselves to produce a set of guidelines for its staff to follow in the case of more upsets. 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 ex...

 
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The relief of Brett Weinstein and Heather Heyings’ resignation  was accompanied by the hardest of eye rolls following the news of the $500,000 settlement they will be receiving. As POC, the settlement reminds us that the damage and trauma that has been inflicted upon our community by a combination of ignorance and negligence has deep and empty pockets. Normally in POC Talk I do not take the time to address white people but this time due to the cathartic nature of this letter, I am making an exception. This situation is a great learning opportunity, for the White community that rallied around Brett as a “good guy,” who “isn’t racist” (read: morally or personally bad), something better explained by Peggy Mcintosh, white feminist and anti-racist activist and scholar when she says, “I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group.” Brett is the definition of whit...

 
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By Mason Soto At the end of the Spring 2017 quarter, a group of Resident Assistants (RAs) went on ‘strike’ after giving a list of demands to campus administration to address what their press release called “inequities, injustices, and clear discrimination” from Resident and Dining (RAD) Services management and the administration at large. By mid-June the strike had ended unsuccessfully, with the remaining strikers fired and made to leave their campus homes. By mid-June the strike had ended unsuccessfully, with the remaining strikers fired and made to leave their campus homes. This marked the second RA D Services strike in the past four years, after the one-day strike by Student Support Services Staff Union in May 2013, where the union demanded they be given fair compensation for overtime and the same employment security other campus unions already have. Unlike the 203 strike, however, the strike by the RAFT group was not associat...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester As of Friday, September 15, professors Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying have resigned from their positions at The Evergreen State College after alleging a hostile work environment. A settlement of $450,000 was granted to them after they filed a $3.85 million tort claim against the college in July. The settlement also includes an additional $50,000 for Weinstein and Heying to pay their legal fees. The money will not come from Evergreen’s budget, but instead directly from the state, which has a fund explicitly for the purpose of paying out employment settlements. College officials have said that they will work with students enrolled in programs with either professor whose course work is affected by the resignations. Heying taught anthropology and Weinstein taught biology. When the claim was filed on July 5, rumors abounded that Weinstein was beelining for a suit against the school. A tort claim is a prere...

 
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Hey ya’ll and welcome back to POC Talk! A column for people of color (POC) by people of color! With issues of representation looming large on our minds lately (and who are we kidding, always) our goal is to focus on the unique experiences POC face at Evergreen and in Olympia. From this issue on, you can find POC TALK in our L&O section, for no-holds-barred commentary on local happenings. We’re here to answer your questions, scour out the best places to buy and get food, help you find shows and events, introduce you to local POC artists and anything else y’all want to hear from us. We’ll be taking your questions and comments and would love to hear from you—seriously, please email us. We can’t run if you don’t! Help shape this column into what our community wants to see! When it all comes down to it we’re doing this for all of you. We got your back, so bring the realness. Although racism, neo nazis and issues of police abuse and...

 
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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...