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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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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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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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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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This letter is in response to Forest Hunt’s article of October 12, “Protest Follows Year of Controversy over Racism at Evergreen,” in which the reporter provides information about the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT). The article indicates that the BIRT is “Evergreen’s main body charged with confronting issues of oppression on campus.” It also addresses how the BIRT responses during 2015-16 were perceived by some. The BIRT devoted time this summer to examining how we can improve understanding of the role of the Team as well as refine our processes to enhance our responsiveness, especially if the volume of reports is high, as it was last year. As reported in the article, there are currently open seats on the BIRT for students. Those interested in serving on the BIRT should contact the GSU. We also shared this information by email to all enrolled students and employees on Oct. 4 via email and a post in Greener Commons. Hunt’s arti...

 
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BY RUBY THOMPSONDear New Editors: Good Lord, the cover was impossible to read this time around. Ray, you're leaving this rag in tatters. Make sure the name of your fine publication is legible. At first I wasn't sure what I was looking at there. Try again, Mr Riggs. The sign and the signified are not the same, sir. And where's the Wasted Advice Column this week? It's one of the sections of the paper that doesn't make me want to take another shot, gives me hope for the future of print media. Do you need more questions? Here's one: How come your Patrick Stewart has so much hair? I feel deceived. Am I to understand that Captain Picard has never actually been your employee? I don't know what to say. Where are the best mojitos in this town? Why do Greeners love PBR so much? I'm from the Midwest, you see, where we don't do irony. I'm learning, but where I come from you try not to waste money on cheap beer, especially if you know it's b...