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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...

 
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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 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...