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Why We Should Vote

 
November 20, 2014



By Zachary Newman This past Election Day saw the lowest voter turnout for a midterm election since 1942. On November 4th, 36.3 percent of Americans mailed in ballots, waited in lines, did whatever they felt they needed to do to be heard. The voter turnout for the 1942 Federal Election was less, but not by much. At 33.9 percent, the difference between the two was just a mere 2.4 percent. While it is hard for this country to get excited about voting—even worse for something as arguably banal as United States Midterm Elections—the fact that most of the country didn’t vote is problematic in that it reflects a lack of initiative on our parts. This is not to say non-voters are without reason; in fact, their reason is painfully understandable. The U.S. electoral process is broken and at risk of further destruction. Critics of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 have recently started to implement tighter restrictions on voting. States such...

 
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Welcome to Olympia!

 
September 22, 2014



Tips from a local to make living in Olympia easier for us all By SERENA IMANI KORN So, you’ve decided to move to Olympia and attend The Evergreen State College. As an Olympian, born and raised, I’d like to welcome you to our wonderful community. I offer you a gift basket filled with craft beer, the best coffees, a K Records compilation CD, a bag of nutritional yeast, and all the other things Olympia has to offer you. Olympia is a weird, quirky, and endearing place. We’re known for a lot of things: being the state capital, the riot grrl scene, the birthplace of K and Kill Rock Star records, brewing amazing beer, and of course, home to that “weird hippie college with no grades.” There are a lot of people who love Olympia and a lot of people who hate it. It can sometimes be a hard place to live. Its quirks are sometimes wonderful and other times entirely aggravating. In college towns, there’s always a dynamic that develops between...

 
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[caption id="attachment_3169" align="alignright" width="378"] RUBY THOMPSON[/caption] BY SERENA IMANI KORN Internet neutrality is a big deal. I’ve only recently been able to really wrap my head around it. Now that I’ve cut through the complexity of the issue, I understand the severity and importance of Internet regulation. We have the position now to voice our concerns about net neutrality and do what we can to enact a change. We have that power – we just have to use it. Internet service providers want to be able to manage their networks as they want. They want to be able to charge content providers more money for direct, reliable lines to consumers. The Federal Communications Commission believes that allowing web corporations to manage networks like this will tip the scales in favor of wealthy corporations. For once, I side with the FCC. Corporations have really no obligation to serve all people equally. For corporations, it’s a...

 
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Please Fill Out the National College Survey You Will Get Student Submission BY SHIRA MOCH Greeners have a reputation as students who are interested and involved in the decision-making process here at Evergreen. But what if this isn’t actually true? Only 20 percent of our first year students and 28 percent of our seniors at Evergreen are providing crucial feedback the college uses to shape our education. How do I know this? The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment on campus publishes a report every two years on a national survey distributed by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, called The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). This survey contacts first-year students and seniors during winter quarter at Evergreen and 500-plus other schools across the country. For some reason Greeners aren’t as involved with the survey these days, which is really a detriment to ALL of our education. Why would...

 
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[caption id="attachment_2692" align="alignright" width="300"] Illustration by RUBY THOMPSON[/caption] Student Submission BY SOPHIE KRAUZA Are you a student, staff, or faculty member interested in learning more about glass art? Well, you’re not alone. Anyone in the community interested in learning more about glass art should join in and help me persuade faculty, admissions, and the deans that a glass art program would benefit Evergreen students beyond the stereotypical notion that greeners would only take the program to create pipes and bongs. My very first introduction to glass art was actually at Evergreen. A couple years ago I had the privilege of getting into a two credit evening and weekend program, Neon: Shaping Light. This lampworking introduction changed the way I look at art, light, and glass. To learn through the grapevine that the program is no longer running really upset me. The class was always super competitive to ge...

 
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Balancing Direct Action & Political Pressure By Ray Still When Alyssa Estec was 12, she convinced some of her friends to destroy some construction equipment that was tearing up the forest in her hometown. Alyssa Estec: I lived in a rural area. The whole reason we lived there was because my parents wanted me to have an appreciation for the environment. The year before everything happened, people had been doing a lot of logging on the mountainside. It really upset me, because I had been raised to appreciate this stuff, and they just wiped it out. There was this forest that my friends and I would always play in, ever since I was little. They started tearing down the forest around there for houses, and I was really upset about it. I actually went to talk to some of the construction workers who were tearing it down, saying, “You can’t do this. This is supposed to be a green area. You’re ruining this habitat.” They brushed me off b...

 
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My Unapologetic, Critical Love of Pop Music BY SERENA IMANI KORN For the first 10 years of my life, I was passionately dedicated to the boy bands and pop divas of the 1990s. I wasn’t ashamed that I could lay out an entire dance routine to my favorite Backstreet Boys song, but couldn’t tell the difference between Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Blur’s “Song 2.” One day in 5th grade, at a school in Westside Olympia, my classmates were gloating about which famous people they shared birthdays with. I ecstatically exclaimed I have the same birthday as my favorite pop diva, Britney Spears. One of the cool girls in class exclaimed “I hate her!” There was a resounding consensus that Britney Spears was NOT. COOL. At that exact moment, I felt something inside me change. In the blink of an eye, I felt ashamed and guilty for loving pop music. I felt so uncool. After that, I was always worried about the music I listened to and the clo...

 
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I don’t ride the bus in Olympia because I don’t want to guess if I’ll be getting a ride home or not. On April 7, the Nightline bus reached the Farwell street stop and then sat there for roughly 20 minutes while multiple Evergreen students were refused service. The ordeal began when student Matt Ramirez didn’t have an updated sticker on his student ID or the fare to ride the bus. “It was Saturday of the grace period, so I figured that was fine,” said Ramirez, “If I got there, then I could easily get back.” When Ramirez tried to get on the bus, the driver denied him. As more people got on the bus, Ramirez became frustrated and called the operator a “dick.” After this there would be no bargaining with the driver. To the point of begging on his knees, Ramirez apologized and tried to get on the bus. No dice. Soon the passengers already on the bus became fed up with the situation and began loudly voicing their opinions. The supervisor ...

 
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The first week of Spring Quarter is over – did you get into the program you wanted? No? How about that beginning art course? Not that, either? Every quarter seems to begin with a litany of “sorry,” and, “that sucks, dude,” as first, second, and even third-year Evergreen students compete for seats in programs – especially evening courses like Beginning Photography, Ceramics, and that one cool looking graphic novel course. These evening courses are for all levels, but teachers and administration have noticed a pattern of senior students taking most of the spots. At Evergreen, seniors have the best time-ticket to sign up for programs and courses. Juniors always register the next day, followed by sophomores and freshmen. In many day programs, there are reserved seats for freshmen, but there are rarely similar requirements in evening courses – it’s open season and seniors get to choose their game, leaving many other students to settle f...

 
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What Kind of Man Am I?

 
March 18, 2013



Two weeks ago, Evergreen students were offered a series of events centered around the theme ‘No One wins in Patriarchy Week’ and, as a follow-up to those events, on March 5, the ‘International Womyn’s Week’ hosted an event titled, “What Kind of Man are You? – Patriarchy and Male Allyship.” As an Evergreen male, I fully support educating people about the consequences of patriarchy and I understand the need to celebrate strong, independent women in our society. In the midst of all this discussion of women’s empowerment and patriarchy, though, a question must be asked: How can men most effectively recognize and begin to disassemble the systems of oppression that they receive so much privilege from? Dozens of men and women, including myself, attended the workshop on March 5. Joe Beatty, an Evergreen Student and a co-organizer of the workshop, said, ”When we were planning this, we weren’t thinking of just a ‘men’s support group,’ but re...