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Letters & Opinion
 

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 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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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...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester It’s the time of year for the great migration to wherever your base of operations is. It’s also the time of year for you to see all of your relatives at the same time. All of them. For some people, this can be pretty fun. For a lot of us, every relative at the same time is some version of hell where people tell you what you should do with your life while complaining that you’re not doing anything with your life while at the same time telling you to stop getting upset because they’re “just having a little fun.” So that’s fun. Here’s your guide on how to deal with it by someone who has no idea how to deal with it. The obvious first solution is usually alcohol. Spike your coffee, cider, hell even spike your pumpkin pie. If you’re of age, this is your cue to bring nice wine to dinner, show it to the host, and keep a death grip on it all night. If you’re not of age and you’re parents aren’t of the Cool Par...

 
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By Genivieve Adabelle I was sitting at a cafe in downtown Olympia, listening to a plaid-wearing man in his forties play what I think was a fiddle, and talking to my mother, who had driven down from her Port Townsend home to see me. We had ordered coffee and were waiting for them to be brought to our table. I few days prior I had gotten off a plane; my head was still caught in a different time zone, and I was painfully new to this funny little city. Moving to Olympia was something of a whim—things I have a terrible habit of following—and the extent of my knowledge about it here was based almost entirely on a handful of stops made during drives from Seattle down Interstate 5 towards California made when I was small.  I knew Olympia was the capital city of Washington, that singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson lived here, and not much else. On that particular day at the downtown cafe, I was trying to assemble a better sense of things.  I w...

 
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By Asa Kowals-Rose September saw me pass a major milestone in my life, as I packed my things, and departed for The Evergreen State College. Moving away from my parents was a major change in my life, as it surely was for  many other new Evergreen arrivals. For me, however, the biggest adjustment has not been leaving my family. It has been joining my peers. In 2012, just weeks into my freshman year of high school, I dropped out. My education after that occurred at community college, surrounded by students sometimes twice my age. My arrival at Evergreen means that, for the first time in years, I am surrounded by a high concentration of my immediate age group. Many consider this group—those born in 1996 and 1997—to be the first of a post-Millennial generation—Generation Z. This generation hasn’t yet been subjected to the same criticism as the one before it, and understandably so. We are only now coming of age. We’ve yet to elect a pre...

 
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By Caro Gonzales On May 21, Andre and Bryson Chaplain, two unarmed young black men, were shot by white Olympia Police Officer Ryan Donald. Luckily they both lived, although their injuries resulted in ongoing medical complications. The Thurston County Sheriff Department investigation of the incident was incomplete and focused on proving the police officer’s story. Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim charged these two young men with 2nd and 4th degree assault, but did not charge the officer with attempted murder. Many folks in Olympia have been shocked by all of these events, saying that it could not happen here, in the most progressive city in the most progressive state in America. Evergreen political science professor, Peter Bohmer contested this, citing previous police shootings in Olympia to argue that not only could it happen here, but it has happened in this city. Our community is still asking though, how can a city so pro...

 
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By Issac Scott Evergreen’s future is in real trouble as state budget cuts decimate programs we hold dear. Perhaps the most vivid example is the impending closure of the Evergreen Gallery, located in the library. It’s been there since 1971, quietly showing off world-renowned artists and the college’s awesome permanent collection, which includes pieces by Andy Warhol and Diane Arbus. Next year, it will likely be gone, with the fate of the permanent collection seemingly tenuous as well. Evergreen’s reputation is largely based on the strength of its extra-curricular programs, giving students opportunities to work on professional-scale projects in a town where such opportunities are often hard to come by. Spaces like the Evergreen Gallery, Photoland, and Media Loan consistently make it feel worthwhile to be a student here. But there’s no reason to think that closing any number of beloved college resources will be enough to preven...

 
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By Ira Zuckerman It will only get worse: as of writing this, you can’t go five yards without seeing a 12 in Seattle. Seahawks pride has been growing exponentially since the 2013 season, and strong faith ran up and down the Puget Sound long before. And yes, football is here to stay in Cascadia. These will be the glory days we think back on in our darkest slumps and crushing losses. Within two football seasons, the number 12 has become an inescapable part of Seattle culture. It waves the city’s modernist ideals upon a Pacific-blue banner. The 12 means 12th man—the fans. We are now breaking the rules of football, as the international collective of Seattle Seahawks supporters have become the 12th man on the field, or to be precise, in the stands. Until recently out-cheered by the fans at Kansas City’s Arrowhead stadium, the CLink (CenturyLink Field, the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders stadium funded by CenturyLink Communications) held t...

 
Campus Life
 

The Evergreen administration has signaled that a ban on smoking may be coming to the Evergreen campus. Smoking is currently only allowed in designated smoking areas, and plans are underway to reduce the number of smoking areas and relocate them all to the outskirts of campus. Discussions are now happening about eliminating smoking altogether. Earlier this year, the college’s Health and Safety Committee (HSC) completed a two-year study on the feasibility of becoming a nonsmoking campus. Over 1,100 college campuses in the U.S. are smoke-free, including every University of California campus. According to the HSC, the college is concerned with the public health, social justice, and environmental issues around smoking. Opponents have questioned the feasibility of preventing smoking on campus, and have criticized the college for lack of transparency in its process so far. Here’s what two of our writers have to say. Discussion of Smoking...