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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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By Robert Gorrill Density is heralded as the key to Olympia’s future. With density, so the argument goes, Olympia’s housing crisis can be resolved and the projected influx of some 20,000 people over the coming decades can be accommodated. Density, in theory, entails ecological and social benefits to cities. However, the rhetoric of ‘density,’ as it’s deployed in Olympia serves to justify gentrification, while failing to contend with real concerns surrounding housing and the environment. On the basis of density, city politicians and Olympia residents have supported major market-rate developments in downtown, such as the Views-on-Fifth project. Projects like these won’t solve Olympia’s housing crisis or address Olympia’s expected growth. They will, however, further gentrify Olympia, contributing to the housing crisis by fueling displacement and increasing rents. The evidence of this pattern can be found in major cities across the ...

 
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Welcome to college, bitch. You’re most likely about to do some fucking. If you know you won’t be fucking then that’s cool, we here at Body Party know that some people get by just fine without sex, but for this issue we’re getting into some vital information about how to get up to some healthy and consensual boinking. This is a column where a team of well-seasoned students answer anonymous questions about anything about or relating to putting your body parts on other people’s body parts. We do this because whether you gave em the ol’ toot n’ boot or you’re really excited to see them again (hint: this is a small town you can bet your and all your roommates glass blown pipes & copies of Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” that you’re going to see them again), dating in college can be specifically tricky. For our first fall issue we’re going to provide some basic resources and advice to help you have a fun and sat...

 
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By Resident Assistants Fighting for Tomorrow On Friday, May 26 at 7 p.m. a group of Resident Assistants of The Evergreen State College went on strike as the group RAFT (Resident Assistants Fighting for Tomorrow). On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 a group of Resident Assistants (RAs) submitted a list of demands as the group RAFT, just before noon to offices on the third floor of ‘A’ dorm. The demands were delivered to the Residential and Dining Professional staff (ProStaff) including Resident Directors (RDs), Associate Director (AD), and Director of RAD. The strike was initiated after the ProStaff of RAD did not meet the first deadline detailed in the list of demands. The first deadline stated that the RAFTies would need to receive “written and signed confirmation that all personnel listed in the preface to these demands have read and agree to have conversations regarding these issues.” The time was specified through an email exchange wit...

 
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By Jasmine Kozak-Gilroy Police, on or off campus, are positioned as protectors of the safety of all citizens, an illusion that comes in conflict with the reality of violence routinely committed against protesters, regardless of the tactics protesters choose to employ. Instances of police aggression against protestors in the form of pepper spray, flash bangs, and body to body violence is not just seen during so-called riots, but experienced during marches and peaceful occupations of space. Critiques of the institution of policing are often brushed off as extremist or fantastic exaggerations, but problems with the police are based in the very logic of policing. Police are commissioned to maintain order, the current order of the world, and thus always inherently work in favor of the status quo. Police are peace keepers, but the kind of peace they keep is not peace as an end to structural violence, but a peace based in non disruption o...

 
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By Jacqueline Littleton Dr. Bret Weinstein of the Evergreen State College shared this headline on Twitter: “The Shrieking Mob of Students Confronted the Professor for Opposing Racism.” The mob of students in question were protesting what they see as problems with the culture of The Evergreen State College at large; administrators punitively targeting people of color, recent campus police brutality against people of color — especially black students — and changes to some of the school’s legal codes which would affect students’ right to demonstrate. The word racism has lost all meaning if those students were proponents of racism, protesting Weinstein’s opposition. Weinstein’s ability to center the narrative of student protest around himself is indicative of his power, and is another example of the historically proven tendency of white men in positions of power to victimize themselves. In recent days he has added the support of infamo...

 
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Can you whittle wood? What!!?!?!??????!??!!!!!!! This is what you ask a drunk person? To play with sharp knives? No. What is your favorite hip hop song and why? Hip hop and rap have been so mixed together that I’m not sure what you’re asking me right now but I really wanna listen to Please Don’t Go by Mike Posner so I hope that’s a good  because idk where I’m at right now Thats my sugstion 2k17. I found a weed pipe at my house after the riot party at my house, is it yours? No. My job is to answer questions for a newspaper. I don’t go to all y’all parties. You don’t know who I am and I don’t know who you are, what kinda question is this? As a light skinned pocleftist how can I possibly make friends in Olympia? Step one: Go to Mccoys at about 8pm on a Thursday. Arder the most librel arts student drink you can think of. Something along the lines of an AMF or a Long Island iced tea. Carry your Sylvia plath book to the smokers section ...

 
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Dear Body Party, It’s been a rough year– all I can seem to muster the energy to do is masturbate constantly because I hate myself and feeling lonely. I can’t seem to meet anyone in this god forsaken town to sooth my existential shit, I just want to meet new nice folks who are kind and cute and will hang out and make out with me. How do I fix this! How do I meet people queer people in this goddamn town? Thanks, Queer Cutie Seeking Kin Hey Queer Cutie Seeking Kin, Life gets rough sometimes/ life is rough all the time, but don’t fret– one day these days will all be bad memories. Let’s go in order. Chronic mastrabation can be a real problem. Mastrabation, like anything that feels good (or produces any kind of sensation), can be really adictive. Orgasm releases many happy hormones like oxytocin, which lowers your body’s levels of cortisol, a hormone produced by stress that can have negative impacts on your health and mood. Thus, or...

 
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By Erin Taylor If Fall quarter was your first here at Evergreen, you are probably familiar with the New Student Survey. The New Student Survey (NSS) is administered every two years by Evergreen’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment and inquires about a wide range of subjects such as students’ after-college goals, confidence levels in their own ability to succeed in various arenas, and demographic information. Participants in the survey also had the option to write in comments and provide additional information. The NSS was sent out via email to all first time, first year students who were registered for Fall 2016 classes as well as to students who transferred to Evergreen from another institution. A total of 1,239 individuals were contacted, including students intending to study at other TESC campuses (Grays Harbor, Tacoma, Reservation-based). Out of the 1,239 contacted, 744 students responded, a response rate of 60 per...

 
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The drama on the staff and faculty DL is burning bright as ever and until it dies down we will be bringing you one email each and every issue. This week’s installment is brought to you by the Cooper Point Journal’s Man of the Year, one mister Bret Weinstein. Day of Absence, which has historically involved students, faculty, and staff of color leaving campus and congressing elsewhere, will instead this year involve requests that all white faculty and students remain absent from campus, leaving the space free for community members of color. Weinstein, and evolutionary biology professor here at Evergreen, is concerned with feeling unwelcome on campus, and instead offers to put together a public lecture concerning race from a “scientific/evolutionary lens.” He sent this email to Rashida Love, Director of First Peoples Multicultural Advising Services. Sent March 15 Dear Rashida, When you first described the new structure for Day of Abs...