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By Tari Gunstone Also known as Evergreen's “living laboratory,” the 700 acres of undeveloped forest and 3,000 feet of beach our school offers is right on the doorstep of campus. If you are new and haven't had the chance to explore yet, you will soon discover the winding trails of this green gem. Walk through curtains of drooping cedars, some with such distinct branch formations they look fairy-tale book appropriate. Cross rustic bridges over a trickling stream or file along a wood plank pathway winding through a muddier part of the forest. Groves of tall alder trees form a dappled light canopy with their delicate, oval leaves. Towering Big-Leaf Maples carpeted with green moss provide promise for a spectacular Fall color show in the coming months. Wade through knee-high ferns and watch for small white berries on the Snowberry shrubs that pop up as we near Winter. Medicinal plants such as Oregon Grape and Solomon's Seal dot the f...

 
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By Aria Cummings n April 22, 2016, The Evergreen State College celebrated the inauguration of its sixth President, George S. Bridges. The celebration began with a procession featuring dancers from the Git-Hoan tribe from Southeast Alaska, faculty members, college and university delegates, the Board of Trustees, and Bridges himself. A welcome speech was given by Evergreen Board of Trustees Chair Fred Goldberg, who presented a medallion to Bridges. Other speakers included former Washington Governor and Evergreen President, Daniel J. Evans. The event featured a gifting ceremony led by coordinator of the Native Programs at Evergreen, Tina Kuckkahn- Miller, in which Bridges received a bowtie hand-carved by Skokomish artist John Smith, among other gifts. When the ceremony was complete Bridges gave his inauguration speech, which focused on thinking about the future of Evergreen and the direction he would like to see it move. He began by...

 
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Spring ArtsWalk

 
May 4, 2016



By Chloe Marina Manchester I am not from Olympia, I got here in last fall to start my Sophomore year at Evergreen. The first Arts Walk I went to was the fall one and it was, for me, kind of an exciting bust. I didn’t know downtown. I didn’t know what I was doing. So I just ended up wandering and drinking way too much coffee for lack of anything else to do. For Spring Arts Walk I was determined to actually enjoy it and know what I was doing, or at least put up a pretty convincing act that I knew what I was doing. I went on Friday night with a who is actually friend from here. Home grown Oly trash. I was doing a pretty good impression of being Oly trash myself, or at the very least, pretty identifiably Evergreen, for good or ill. I have green hair and was dressed entirely in black and grey, complete with a pleather jacket, some beat up Doc Martins, and a beanie. We got downtown and went in search of coffee, once that was acquired we,...

 
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By Felix Chrome & Jasmine Kozak Gilroy Spring is here! Which means it’s time for another Arts Walk, and Procession of the Species. This years events will be taking place on Friday, April 22 from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, April 23 from Noon to 8 p.m. If you haven’t been to one, Arts Walk is an event that takes over downtown twice a year, closing the streets to cars so people can wander seeing art and performances by local artists on the sidewalks of Olympia and in various downtown businesses. This year’s Arts Walk boasts over 100 businesses, hosting work by local artists including Evergreen students and alum, and over 75 live performances in the downtown core. Spring Arts Walk is extra special because it also includes Procession of the Species and Luminary Procession in its festivities. Luminary Procession will take place 9:30 p.m. Friday night, and Procession of the Species will be at 4:30 p.m. the next day. Luminary Processio...

 
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By Sarah Bradley & Danny Loose Here in Washington, weed dispensaries have become a welcome addition to otherwise typical shopping centers. The sale of recreational marijuana to the public began on July 8 2014. Even though it has been a while since initiative 502 passed, which licenses and regulates the production, distribution, and possession of marijuana, it has taken a while for new retailers to open. Pot shops continue to open up around the area for folks over the age of 21 to purchase cannabis products to be consumed in the privacy of their home. As a WA resident, long gone are the days of awkwardly lingering around your dealer’s apartment, unsure of when ‘polite conversation’ has maxed out and desperately hoping you don’t get pulled into a two hour affair when they start reminiscing about their favorite scenes from Pineapple Express. No longer will you loiter around a 7-11 parking lot to score some over-priced and question...

 
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By Danny Loose On Monday March 28, town hall held a public hearing for the approval to license two new recreational marijuana retail stores. Hearing Examiner Mark C. Scheibmeir approved the two prospective shops “Gypsy Greens” set to open on Division Street and “THC Olympia” on Martin Way after a short 30 minute session. This meeting followed the license approval meetings that were held for the west side location of Green Lady Marijuana, which opened up this week. Jerry Antonelli & Jenna Rodriguez of Gypsy Greens were reviewed first, their application being rather tricky due to the high traffic location of Harrison and Division. Gypsy Greens is replacing the Northwest Express medical marijuana facility but because the shop is a recreational facility the ordinances Gypsy Greens must abide by are a bit more stringent. Recreational facilities must be in compliance with a standard code requirement of a 1000 foot buffer zone away ...

 
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By Andrea Pardo A week before I relocated to Olympia for a writing program at the Evergreen State College, I woke up to an email from my professor, stating I was required to secure a venue for observation three days a week in order to produce a story, and by the first day of class. It was New Year’s Eve, so in the midst of excitement and grief I felt for the end of another year, I frantically searched Google for volunteer opportunities in Olympia, a city I had little to no familiarity with. After a couple hours of anxiously scrolling and Googling random sequences of words based on my interests, I found the website for the Olympia Film Society. As I read about the organization and its presence at the historic Capitol Theater, my intuition told me that this would be the place I wanted to volunteer; a feeling that was further solidified by my first visit the following week.  If you’ve ever walked along 5th avenue, between Washington an...

 
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By Ruby Love This past Thursday marked the opening of sgʷigʷialʔtxʷ at 20: Building upon the Past, Visioning into the Future, a new exhibit at Evergreen Gallery celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Longhouse. I arrived early, and there were already people milling around outside the gallery doors, peering through the glass to get a glimpse of the artwork as gallery assistants rushed to and fro making final preparations. As the doors opened, the gallery quickly filled with people, slowly making their way around the room, which overflowed with the work of over 70 artists. The work on display varied greatly in size, style, and medium, and one might wonder why these artists in particular had been brought together into one exhibit. In celebration of their 20th year, the Longhouse brought together a huge group of artists who “have had had an impact on the work of the Longhouse over the years.” Many of the artists featured in the exh...

 
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By Nix Chace and Sarah Bradley It is not much of a secret that our little campus, tucked away in the woods, is lacking when it comes to accessible food at all hours of the night. Sure, there is the lower-campus POD, open seven days a week for a dorm-dwellers munchie fix, The Flaming Eggplant provides locally sourced food while promoting education for food justice, and apparently the Einstein Bro’s put coffee in their coffee. The greenery is also an option...we’ll let you be the judge of that one. Excluding the student-run Flaming Eggplant, Evergreen dining services are in contract with Aramark services, a global-wide provider of “food, facilities, and uniforms.” Looking for cheap and easy food on campus becomes further difficult for the numerous evening and weekend students, a time when many of the aforementioned food options are closed. While it is worth swinging by police services to load up on applesauce or granola bars, there i...

 
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By Devon Merriman It’s Happening, What Now? took place at Evergreen last month. The event is a series of presentations about climate change. Jessica Schilke stood in front of a room full of Greeners and spoke about her job growing fresh produce for Microsoft at its Redmond campus. Two years ago, she was a student here herself. “I’m the Urban Farming Director for Dining at Microsoft, which is really not where I thought I would be heading when I was working at the organic farm,” she said. At Evergreen’s farm, Schilke started by constructing a mid-sized aquaponics system. She went on to develop a larger hydroponics system at Microsoft, right in the middle of a cafe on campus. Everyday, Dining at Microsoft serves more than 40,000 meals. The objectives of Schilke and her team are to engage guests and grow food in ways that reduce carbon emissions and water use. When done properly, hydroponics can use up to 90 percent less water than t...