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We all come to Evergreen for one reason or another, be it the close proximity it has to our homes, the education it gives students that’s unlike anything else in the college-universe, or that it was super easy to get into. Regardless of any of these reasons I can safely say that the “Geoduck spirit” on campus has waned since I’ve been here. In one form or another when we tell someone outside of Olympia where we attend school, the reactions are usually as follows, “Oh, that hippie school?” or, “Wow, so you never get grades?” or my favorite, “You guys smoke SO much weed!” “Like in one sentence people will say how much they love Evergreen and how much of a joke it is because it’s non-traditional”, said sophomore Anna Robbins. I’ve grown numb to this line of answer and questioning. We are so much more than that Geoducks! We are more than just personalized, glass blown bongs and small classroom size statistics. We are a school that encou...

 
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Why Bother?

 
October 19, 2012



“All that once was directly lived has become mere representation.” - Guy Debord To borrow a line from Politics is not a Banana, Barack Obama does not exist. Neither does Mitt Romney. Nor Joe Biden, or even that studly Paul Ryan. Sure, there are people with these names, but there was also probably someone named Jesus, but I sincerely doubt he walked on water. Instead what exists are figures, like Jesus, messianic by nature, carefully designed to make us think they will pull us out of whatever woes we face, to answer whatever prayers we may have. We can only hope tomorrow is better, that the economy will be “fixed” (whatever that means, as if our collective experience in this world can be summed by a single abstraction of a nation’s financial well-being). A witty one-liner or picturesque smile might make us go to bed easier, at least for one night, if only to rise again and go to work. The point isn’t that voting won’t c...

 
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The Sad Reality

 
October 19, 2012



It's the 2012 elections and this year marks the first year that I am able to vote for the next U.S President. For many this would be exciting, but for me it is just a reminder of the sad reality. Of the 20 years of my life, I have already grown disenfranchised and thoroughly tired of a two-party system that leaves little to no room for any other options. Elections seem to give an appearance of free choice and “democracy” but in reality, it is supporting the one-party system of business. When I was 16 and Obama first became President, I, along with many others, were filled with hope that perhaps this really was the time for change; A change for peace and a change for a healthier society. Today I see that Obama has NOT ended the wars as he had previously promised and has started a drone war in Pakistan, killing thousands of civilians and has signed into action the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This act makes it le...

 
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What We Need is Humanism

 
October 19, 2012



This is the problem with the election: the two-party system we have is not substantially different from a one-party system. Sure, we may have more angry people on screens telling us why the other half of the country is wrong than we would if this were a dictatorship, but in the end, we all know that both “parties” are on the same team. The real dichotomy in our world is between the few members of the land-owning plutocracy and the people capitalism forgot. The election is between two groups with identical interests. The major political parties are not philosophical entities; they are businesses. Whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is president for the next four years, the same people will still set our country’s course. We do not elect those people. They have massive amounts of capital in a system that puts value exclusively on capital. Without property, you do not even have the right to a place to sleep. We have capitalism, an...

 
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Jill Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested outside of the second debate Tuesday, October 16 after attempting to enter the debate hall at Hofstra University, but were turned away due to lack of credentials. Stein, who is running on the Green Party ticket, will be included in 85% of the ballots this year and believes this entails her to an equal voice among her more well-funded colleagues. After calling the debate a “mockery of democracy,” and stating they were there to “bring the courage of those excluded from our politics,” Stein and Honkala sat down in the street and refused to move until the officers blocking her entrance allowed her access to the debate. After being told she was blocking traffic, she told officers she did not want to create a disturbance but merely wanted, “to practice our first amendment rights.” Shortly thereafter Stein and Honkala were removed from the premises and charged disorderly conduct...

 
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The Evergreen campus has more than a few radicals, advocates and activists, who devote much of their time to social justice and change. But only a small group will be plunging headlong into a conflict that has seen such death and destruction in recent decades. The Israeli Palestinian conflict is a subject sure to evoke impassioned opinions on and off campus. This year a handful of Evergreen students will leave the confines of the classroom for the arid lands of the Middle East. Senior Elissa Goss and recent graduate Maya Harris, will be traveling to Palestine with the organization Interfaith Peace Builders (IFPB). The delegation will be lead by Cindy Corrie, cofounder of The Rachel Corrie Foundation, and Andy Clarno, professor in Sociology of Africa and the Middle East at the University of Illinois Chicago. Interfaith Peace Builders is an organization dedicated to fostering “a network of informed and active individuals who u...

 
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Who can tell me when the November elections are? Did you know they were in November? As returning students can tell you, and as the young freshman no doubt already knows by the dreaded locks blowing in the breeze, Evergreen is a very liberal campus. But recently a disturbing trend has pervaded the mildew-infested halls of staunch liberalism. The trend of passive citizenship, the “yeah, Romney is bad but Obama is part of the problem too…” Now, I’m not telling you who to vote for, because I think that is a pretty sure indication of a hack, but we all know that one of these men is an incredibly better choice for the student. A quick look at their party positions will show you that while one party supports for-profit schools and a rollback of the student loan reform to channel our loan money back to the private banks, the other party made this student loan reform a reality, increasing funding to Pell Grants and creating a new in...

 
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Welcome to Evergreen, Freshman. I’m not going to ask forgiveness for the title of this article, because it’s the truth when it comes to the wondrous time of O-Week here at Evergreen; you’re meeting new people who feel scared by the isolation of not knowing anyone but have a rush of excitement at this new world. Don’t be afraid. Go hard, young ones. But from my experience of going through two O-Weeks already, I feel it’s my duty to give you some advice on the Do’s and Don’ts of getting through this beautiful time of debauchery and self-exploration. Don’t bring your booze outside to the smokers section next to A building after drinking in your dorm room with your new friends: security and RA’s frequent there and hiding a PBR Tall boy in your chinos just might not work as well as you think. If you feel overwhelmed as to where to sit in the Greenery, just plop down near some friendly faces you’d like to get to know better and...