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Body Party
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Body Party

March 15

 
March 20, 2017



Dear Body Party, I got an irregular Pap Test, indicating that I most likely have human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV seems like a very big deal because it could lead to cervical cancer, but also like a very not big deal because I heard most people get it at some point in their lives—so what’s the deal? Should I freak out? Should I tell my partners? Should I tell everyone I ever had sex with? Should I call my mom? Hello, I think the only reason to freak out is that you’re going to have to spend a little more time with doctors then you were planning to, as many HPV infections are simply inconveniences rather than life altering concerns. You’re right that the majority of sexually active people will get HPV in their lifetime. And although HPV can cause anal, penile, and cervical cancer, among others, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that nine out of ten HPV infections will be cleared naturally by the body within three years ...

 
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By Connor Quisenberry First off, let me say that I do not mean to offend anyone, or intentionally counter the opinions or beliefs of any group of people.  I am writing this because I believe that the opinion piece from the February 1, 2017 issue of the Cooper Point Journal, titled “Fuck Civility! Student Response to Police Chief Stacy Brown’s Comments on Campus Protest” by Georgie Hicks, represents a certain worldview that I do not agree with, and I felt compelled to state my opinion on the subject. Despite my differing opinion, I found that the article was well written, and is very persuasive in its argument.  Georgie Hicks does a good job of breaking down Stacy Brown’s comments, and provides convincing arguments for Brown’s lack of understanding on the current “political atmosphere, on this campus or the nation at large.” However, Hicks later goes on to write, “Brown says that she cannot talk to people who don’t want police at a...

 
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By Georgie Hicks We received a letter to the editor by Connor Quisenberry in response to an opinion piece about the new Evergreen Chief of Police Stacy Brown. We do not want the discourse about whether or not police are bad to continue indefinitely, but did not want to publish this letter without a brief response. The letter represents the mainstream liberal viewpoint that those who are not threatened by the police often hold. The whiteness that allows some to see the police as their friend rather than their enemy, is a position that is so privileged and normalized that this opinion is presented as logical fact any reasonable person can see. This is not the case. It is not the case that policing evolved in response to crime, it is not the case that the police are here to protect us. Modern policing was invented and codified in response to the resistance of enslaved people in the American south and working-class popular uprising in...

 
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By Georgie Hicks The last issue of this publication included an interview of Stacy Brown, the new Evergreen chief of police. Within that article Brown made several comments that I found unacceptable and in need of dissection. Brown says that in her time as a student at Evergreen–she graduated in 2006– she never saw anything like the protest that occurred at her swearing in, “I never would have imagined that would come from the Evergreen State College I mean we’re peaceful, right?’” Brown continued, “I didn’t see anything like this when I was here—heated discussions, sure, but they were always civil.” I find it concerning that the new chief of police seems to have no understanding of the current political atmosphere, on this campus or the nation at large, which has been quickly becoming more radicalized in response to police brutality, murder and enslavement in the prison system committed and perpetrated by this nation’s police for...

 
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Students talk to organizations at the internship fair. Shauna Bittle.
Students talk to organizations at the internship fair. Shauna Bittle.
Students talk to organizations at the internship fair. Shauna Bittle.

We are writing as members of the Geoduck Student Union in support of a critical fundraising campaign that, we feel, the Class of 2017 Gift should go towards. As many know already, a large portion of Greeners receive financial aid, specifically the state need grant. Many of these students are not able to take on unpaid internships, which of course locks them out of great opportunities and important pathways to success. So, it is our belief that by providing a stipend to support students who take unpaid internships we can ensure that everyone has access to the same opportunities. If this is chosen to be the class gift it will provide some vital seed money for the program and convey the importance of funding internship stipends to donors as the school ramps up this program. We encourage Graduating seniors to vote on the graduation ballot available at my.evergreen.edu and we recommend they choose “Internship Stipends” as the class gift p...

 
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By Georgie Hicks The last issue of this publication included an interview of Stacy Brown, the new Evergreen chief of police. Within that article Brown made several comments that I found unacceptable and in need of dissection. Brown says that in her time as a student at Evergreen–she graduated in 2006– she never saw anything like the protest that occurred at her swearing in, “I never would have imagined that would come from the Evergreen State College I mean we’re peaceful, right?’” Brown continued, “I didn’t see anything like this when I was here—heated discussions, sure, but they were always civil.” I find it concerning that the new chief of police seems to have no understanding of the current political atmosphere, on this campus or the nation at large, which has been quickly becoming more radicalized in response to police brutality, murder and enslavement in the prison system committed and perpetrated by this nation’s police for...

 
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I have worked on changing the gendered bathrooms in Seminar II to all-gender for a year now, completing every step that the administration has thrown at me. I have been successful in this process before, changing the bathrooms on the first floor of the CAB to all-gender. As we broke for summer break everything was set to move forward for the Seminar II bathrooms. I was looking forward to returning to school in the fall to work on funding for the installation of urinal stalls, in addition to bathroom changes; hopefully completing this project by winter break. This, of course, has not occurred. After approval from the Space Committee (a group made up of administrators from different parts of the college) they sent their recommendation for gender neutral bathrooms to the Vice President of Finance and Administration, John Hurley, for his final approval. After a majority of students had left for summer, John Hurley sent a memorandum decl...

 
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By Waylon Robert Before and after I was elected to the Geoduck Student Union I take the InterCity Transit (IT) express buses very often. These are defined as buses that leave Thurston County going to Tacoma and Lakewood. The first thing I ran into was my Evergreen Bus Pass was not valid on these buses. I ended up paying six dollars for the ride round trip. Realizing how much this adds up and that 44.1% of our community is at the Federal Poverty Line I felt something needed to be done. Starting this month we will be able to buy tickets or passes for these routes at a subsidized rate. This trial program will be financed by money that is already in our reserves for our existing student transit pass program therefore students will not be asked to pay any sort of new fee. Depending how much this program is utilized our Evergreen Passes may be expanded to include these express routes in the future. Intercity Monthly Express Bus Passes, t...

 
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By Pauline Allen This September the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere permanently surpassed 400ppm (parts per million). The safe level of CO2 is 350ppm (like the climate justice organization named 350.org, if you’ve never heard of it I recommend you check it out). The first reading assignment in my program Botany: Plants, Fungi, and People was Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, a daunting, well researched book about climate change and capitalism that leaves one feeling a combination of depressed, more depressed, hopeful, and motivated. Then I learned that the Port of Olympia plays a role in what activists are calling the “Bakken Oil Fracking Monster” which is an iconic frightening-looking octopus that symbolizes the assemblage of interactions that enable the fracking process, Bakken being the name of the oil formation under North Dakota, Montana, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Port of Olympia receives shipments of propp...

 
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By Tari Gunstone It’s poignant that in America, we have to commercialize the giving of thanks in order to get our heads out of our asses for one moment. It doesn’t come naturally for us to celebrate the opportunities, resources, and luxuries we’ve been offered. Life is a hard road to navigate, but it has been paved with things worth celebrating. For all of us Greeners, we are united by the possibility of going to college. While it would be beneficial for each of us to make a practice of continually recognizing and stating our gratitude, the Thanksgiving holiday offers an opportunity for us to be forced into it. However, it is essential to understand why it is on the calendar and what is problematic about it. The fabricated story commonly told of a friendly harvest festival between indigenous people and their new pilgrim neighbors is a disgraceful cover-up for the riotous celebrations which followed the violent victories of white se...