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By Felix Chrome On October 5 at around 5:20 a.m. police raided two houses, which sit on the same property and share the same address, on the westside of Olympia. Two residents Cassie Hickam and Robert Fechtner were arrested on suspicion of attempting to bribe the victim of a stabbing in downtown Olympia so he would not testify against the perpetrator. The victim, a black man, was stabbed outside The Clipper on 4th Ave and Adams in downtown Olympia on August 16. The man and his girlfriend were both injured in the attack but recovered. Their assailant, later identified as Daniel B. Rowe, was injured in the altercation and he was still on the scene when police arrived. Rowe was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. These original charges have been added to since Hickam and Fechtner’s arrest. Rowe now faces five felony charges: two counts of second degree assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of malicious harassme...

 
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Questions by Tari Gunstone CPJ: Was your protest at convocation planned in advance? Lawrence Walker III & AR Rushet: Other students were planning a disruption, they wanted student groups be a part of it and hold up signs and take up space in front. (it didn’t end up happening, but they did stand outside CRC) LW: My partner was at convocation and started texting me that George bridges was saying something about how racism is just people being offended. AR: George Bridges talks in a very Clinton-esque liberal way, saying things like, “we care about you so much” but doesn't show up for you. There’s lots of verbalized reassurance but he doesn't follow through with action. LW: So I call AR and say, “George is being problematic as fuck again, let's go rip shit up.” The convocation is a way for the school to sweep under the rug the truth of it’s racism, transphobia, disablist thoughts for the new students coming here. Wi...

 
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All photographs by Tari Gunstone.
All photographs by Tari Gunstone.
All photographs by Tari Gunstone.

By Tari Gunstone Two students interrupted this year’s convocation with a sign reading, “Evergreen cashed its diversity check but doesn’t care about black students.” These students, Lawrence Walker III and AR Rushet, spoke with the CPJ about their motivation for this protest and issues of racism at Evergreen. They felt that convocation was a way for Evergreen to sweep it’s racist, transphobic, and ableist history under the rug for the new students arriving here and thus felt compelled to speak up. “We were angry and carrying so much steam behind us on top of that,” said Walker. Standing silently under the podium, many black students and a couple of white students joined them up front in solidarity. The students were told to wait until the convocation’s events ended, then George Bridges opened an invitation for discussion about the meaning of the protest, but did not stay to participate. The conversation that ensued among the student...

 
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By Forest Hunt After students interrupted convocation in protest, the guest speaker, Naomi Oreskes, as well as George Bridges and the other administrators facilitating the convocation events chose to continue with the planned schedule and told the student protestors they could speak at the end. This did not sit well with many students who felt the voices of black students should have been prioritized. Halla Warner, a freshman who decided to participate in the protest, said she was upset by the way Orsekes rudely asked them to sit down and that none of the faculty or George Bridges stepped in to stop it. But this is not the first time black people and students of color at evergreen have felt dismissed and unsupported by the administration. This protest came on the heels of escalating controversy and disagreements about the handling of racism on campus. For those new to the college it’s vital to put this protest confronting the inst...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester Construction of the new lecture hall, or rather, destruction of the old one, began July 2015. Originally, the new building, known as Purce Hall, was planned to be complete and ready for use by June 2016. However, current plans indicate the building will be ready by October 17. Purce Hall is named for the former president of Evergreen, Dr. Les Purce, who led the school for nearly half of Evergreen’s history. As we know now, and could perhaps have predicted given how construction usually works, the building timeline did not meet its original goals for completion. As of September 16, a building official is scheduled to do an inspection, which will mark the start of the final building inspections. Final cleaning for the building is scheduled for September 20 with the final building inspection for the building’s Certificate of Occupancy set for September 23, three days before the beginning of fall quarter. Alt...

 
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By Sylvie Chace The Queer and Trans Center (QTC) will open it doors week 3 of fall quarter on the second floor of the library building in room 2147. The center will occupy First People’s Multicultural Center’s old location, as First Peoples is relocating to library room 2151 on the same floor. Jamie Cooper, Associate Vice President for Student Academic Support Services (SASS), stated, the creation of this center is “really overdue.” I sat with Cooper during a hectic orientation week to find out the details of what the center will offer and why it is being created now, when Evergreen has never had a center for queer students before. It was only this past August that the details of when the center will open and where it will be located were finalized. Last spring, President George Bridges asked Vice President of Student Affairs, Wendy Endress to get a center up and running by fall 2016. A group of staff from Student Affairs consider...

 
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By Jon Fitzgerald Before Orientation started, I had set out to write an article about DisOrientation Week, a series of student-organized workshops bringing social justice issues to the forefront that’s put on by the Black Cottonwood Collective, an anarchist student group. But I can’t talk about DisOrientation, or Orientation, without talking about Convocation. On Wednesday morning, when Naomi Oreskes finished her talk on the common read, “The Collapse of Western Civilization”, Evergreen President George Bridges announced that they would transition to the question and answer (Q&A) portion. At that point, two students stood up in front of the podium with cardboard signs that read “Evergreen cashes diversity checks, but doesn’t care about blacks.” Bridges, seemingly flustered, thanked them for expressing their concerns before pushing the Q&A onward. Bridges announced they would have a chance to have their voices heard after t...

 
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by Felix Chrome Saturday May 21 marked the one year anniversary of the shooting of Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin by Olympia Police Department Officer Ryan Donald. One year later, Officer Donald remains on the police force and Thompson and Chaplin are being charged with assault. Community member organized a protest demanding once again that Officer Donald be fired and the assault charges against Thompson and Chaplin be dropped. On this rainy Saturday afternoon people gathered solemnly in Woodruff Park. Members of indigenous communities from the surrounding area shared a prayer song in support of Thompson and Chaplin intimately and publicly displaying the bond between these communities, population that are both fighting against the highest rates of police violence. Chaplin and Thompson were in attendance, as well as their mother and sister and who took a role in leading the march and speaking to the crowd gathered. Others who ha...

 
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By Asa Kowals-Rose With the presidential primary season wrapping up, voters around the country are turning their attention to the upcoming general election. Although most of the focus thus far has been on the on the presidential race, voters will also be electing a multitude of other political leaders in November, and these races could be every bit as impactful as the one to determine the next occupant of the White House. With the presidential primary season wrapping up, voters around the country are turning their attention to the upcoming general election. Although most of the focus thus far has been on the on the presidential race, voters will also be electing a multitude of other political leaders in November, and these races could be every bit as impactful as the one to determine the next occupant of the White House. In Washington State, election season truly begins over the summer: the State will hold its primary election of A...

 
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By Nix Chace & Felix Chrome On Wednesday, April 13 in the library lobby a panel made up of trans-identified students, staff, and local activists addressed transphobia at Evergreen. One of the panel’s organizers and Coalition Against Sexual Violence (CASV) coordinator Hel Dastvan stated that the panel was organized specifically because of the assault of a twospirit student on campus on January 31 of this year, as well as an ongoing pattern of transphobia on campus. This student was assaulted during an incident where a man was caught tearing down queer-friendly posters in the Evergreen library, and then got in a physical altercation with a police officer when confronted. It was when this man was running from the police that he hit this evergreen student in the head, causing a severe concussion. While the information was included that “a student was knocked over” as the man ran from police in the initial reporting of this inciden...