The Cooper Point Journal (November 14, 2018)


The Cooper Point Journal (November 14, 2018)
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Rally participants. by DANIEL VOGEL.


Community Protests Police Hiring

More than a hundred protestors gathered to protest the
schools intention to hire two
new police officers while cutting faculty positions on Wed.
November 7th, at 1pm, in front
of the library at Evergreen.
The ralliers spent forty minutes on Red Square chanting
and waving homemade signs
while students and faculty
gave impassioned speeches.
They then took their message
directly to college administration, moving the rally into
the lobby of President George
Bridges office and presenting a
list of demands.
The ralliers have two demands. First, “The immediate
end to the hiring process for
another campus police officer”
and second, “The immediate
hiring of two full time [faculty], one in political economy,
and one in the art programs.”
Evergreen is currently hiring four half-time faculty for
the 2019-2020 school year, in
Economics, Writing, Sociology and English Language
The rally was organized by

the The Industrial Workers
of the World South Sound
General Education Union.
The group wants to organize
students, staff, and faculty into
one big union.
Evergreen first placed a
job posting for campus police
candidates in early 2017, with
a yearly salary of $57,144 to
$76,860. However, web archives show the department
has had no change of staff
besides the addition of a new
communications officer and
the departure of its former director, Stacy Brown.
Brown requested the hiring
of two new full time police
officers at an estimated cost
of $292,000 on Aug. 1 2017.
President Bridges agreed to
seek funding for the hires in a
supplemental budget request
fifteen days later.
Evergreen’s public relations
manager, Allison Anderson,
said it was too early for the
school to comment on whether it planned to fulfill the
union’s demands. “Let it take
its course,” said Anderson.
The rally kicked off a few

minutes past 1 p.m. when a
group marched through Red
Square from the bus loop
chanting “Profs not cops!”
“There was a lot of energy at
the rally, especially when that
big group of people marched
across Red Square to join us,”
said first-year student Julian
A rally organizer with the
South Sound General Education Union lead a chant: “This
is a college not a war, what do
we need rifles for!” The crowd
then chanted, “What’s the
course that sets us free? Political economy!”
A member of the crowd
turned to another and said,
smiling, “we’re all here, being
Organizers underlined the
recent mass firing of faculty,
questioning how the school
could afford more police while
cutting faculty.
Woelkers spoke of her hopefulness as she packed up and
moved across the country
from South Carolina to come
to Evergreen, only be to met

with news of massive faculty layoffs and program cuts.
Evergreens job posting for a
new police officer “has has the
school paying out [at least]
$57,144 a year,” said Wolker.
“To get some perspective, this
would pay the yearly wage of a
professor with ten years of experience!” This generated loud
boos from the audience.
The General Education
Union “seek[s] to represent all
people [at Evergreen] who are
either not in a union, or who
want to join us (with the exception of administrators who
can hire/fire or expel people,
and the campus police)” their
“Points of Unity” states.
Faculty member Peter
Bohmer spoke to the major
role students have played in
social movements in the U.S.
He hoped this rally would
see the birth of “such a student movement at Evergreen
[along] with faculty and staff.”
“Evergreen is worth saving!”
Bohmer said to cheers. “The
solution is not to become more
Bohmer said Evergreen is

experiencing a crisis, with declining enrollment, faculty and
staff layoffs (minus police and
high level administrators), and
cuts to the Communication
Building. He implored the
community to organize into a
mass movement of students,
staff, and faculty. “We can’t do
it alone,” said Bohmer.
Bohmer responded to the
recently-revealed decision by
President Bridges to purchase
AR-15 rifles for campus police. “For the first 27 years of
Evergreen the police were not
armed, they were security,” he
said. “It’s undemocratic the
way the decision was made.
It’s a waste of resources, it’s not
transparent, it doesn’t make
anyone feel safer.”
Members of the crowd gave
the loudest boo of the day to
the mention of police getting
AR-15 rifles. One student gyrated festively holding a cardboard sign aloft that read “No
Guns, More Fun.”
Sophomore Patrick Hamilton spoke as a member of the
International Socialist Organization. He said the admin-




istration’s actions have shown
their intention to bow to the
state legislature and transform
Evergreen into “something
largely indistinguishable from
the other state schools,” which
elicited several waves of booing.
Hamilton echoed Bohmer,
calling this a “losing strategy.” Presenting an alternative
path forward, he called for
Evergreen to double down on
its commitments to community based learning, fund the
theatre, photography, and political economy departments.
“Evergreen can continue to
be a nationally recognized and
respected institution” by offering educational opportunities
unavailable at most other colleges, said Hamilton.
“What’s really inspiring
about us all coming together
today is we’re not just protesting the failed priorities of this
administration, not just rejecting the violence of campus
police. But we’re beginning to
organize a movement to save
Evergreen from the administration,” Hamilton said, concluding that “organizing and
demonstrating” is the only way
to chart an opposing course to
the administrations intentions.
First-year student Alice
McIntyre also spoke. “The
question of police presence on
campus is not just a question
of budget priorities, it’s a question of power: who runs the
school, and for what purpose?”
she said. “It’s abundantly clear
from the decision made by the
administration and board of
trustees that the school is not
being run in the interest of students and faculty.”
McIntyre also pointed out
that “the struggle against the
presence of police at Evergreen
is closely linked to the defense
of immigrant students and
students of color,” and that “as
long as police remain at Evergreen it’s status as a ‘sanctuary
campus’ should be viewed with
a grain of salt, as should any
stated commitments to equality and inclusion.”
After McIntyre spoke, one
of the rally organizers ushered the large group into an
intimate mass. They informed
the crowd that, for all those
willing, the rally was going to
transport itself to President
Bridges office to present an official list of demands.
The ralliers stretched from
the lobby of the library all the
way to Bridges’ office. As the
crowd consolidated, dead silence fell. It “made it almost


difficult to breath,” said David
Weinman, a current student.
Bridges’ door remained
closed. Vice President for Finance and Operations John
Carmichael, who oversees Police Services, did emerge from
his nearby office while people
began to pour into the lobby.
He stood awkwardly behind a
desk and looked looked like a
“scarecrow” with a “blank stare”
as he faced the crowd, said
Carmichael accepted the
list of the demands. He has
expressed support for police
presence on campus and the
recent decision to arm them
with AR-15 rifles in a prior
As ralliers flowed out of the
office Carmichael suddenly
dashed to offer them chocolate
from a plastic pumpkin.
Following the rally and demand delivery over eighty participants gathered to debrief
the event and plan next steps
in the sunlight on the grass
behind the library. Everyone
who spoke expressed a feeling
of hope, camaraderie, and an
eagerness to keep the energy
Daniel, a first-year student,
said he felt the protest had
been respectful and had a supportive energy. “I hope that the
[administration] realizes their
actions have consequences,
and that we won’t stand idly by
when they make decisions for
us that are detrimental to our
well being,” said Daniel.
Clayton, a junior, said he did
not think that the administration took the rally seriously. “I
think we need to take more direct sort of actions in order to
make them pay attention,” said

The Industrial Workers
of the World South Sound
General Education Union
The immediate end of the
hiring process of another
campus police officer.
The immediate hiring of
two full time positions, one
in Political Economy and one
in the Art programs that you
have recently cut this Summer
of 2018, particularly in either
theatre or photography.


Union members hold sign in front of Plum street McDonald’s. by DANIEL VOGEL.

The South Puget Sound
Carpenters Local 129 are involved in a labor dispute with
area McDonald’s franchise
owner Kim Presto. Organizers
and union members have held
a banner outside of local McDonald’s franchises for the past
couple months.
Presto allegedly hired area
contractors EMPrecision to
do remodel work. Scott Jones,
an organizer for the Pacific
Northwest Regional Council
of Carpenters, says EMPrecision does not comply with the
union’s “area standards.”
“Area standards is what is
negotiated between labor and
management,” said Jones. “We
monitor that for the working
class. For all the working construction workers out there, we
make sure that they’re getting
paid what is the area standard.”
EMPrecision and Kim Presto did not respond to a request
for comment. A secretary at
Presto’s office characterized the
dispute as between the union
and EMPrecision, not between
McDonald’s and the union.
“I’ve heard the response that
‘It’s not between me, it’s between the contractor and the
union,’ or ‘it’s not my decision
what contractor to use, it’s up to
corporate,’” said Jones. “We’ve
done the research, and the
franchisee owner does have the
choice on what contractor they
do and do not use. The only

thing McDonald’s requires is
that they follow a certain design.”
McDonald’s corporate media relations department did
not respond to a request for
Beyond calling the number
listed on their banner, Jones
encouraged students to boycott the restaurant during the
ongoing labor dispute. “What
would really impact her is if
people quit going to her restaurants and she really started to
see an impact on her bottom
line,” said Jones. If students do
call, Jones recommended asking “Why are you not paying
the area standard for the contractors?”
Area standards are negotiated between local contractors’
staff and their management,
and the union maintains that
standards apply even when the
staff members themselves aren’t
union members.
“A lot of the union contractors follow it, but a lot of nonunion contractors that follow
the standard and provide quite
well for their employees. Those
contractors we don’t have a
problem with them, because
they’re following the area standard,” said Jones.
The union is using the public
image of McDonald’s to resolve
a dispute with EMPrecision,
who, according to Jones, doesn’t
compensate their employees

fairly. The union wants Presto -- and McDonald’s more
generally -- to only work with
contractors that comply with
the area standards, even if the
contractor isn’t unionized.
“You don’t have to be in the
union if you’re following the
area standards that were set up
by the working class and the
management, that’s fine,” said
Jones. “But when you dip below
that and you don’t pay what the
employees are worth, when you
don’t put money into a pension
plan and pay for the medical
like we do for our members,
then it becomes an area standards campaign.”
The Olympian reports that
Presto, who has been affiliated
with McDonald’s for the last
37 years, recently began renovating her locations to feature
McDonald’s new kiosk and app
ordering systems. Presto owns
five McDonald’s in the area:
the westside Harrison Avenue
and Black Lake Blvd locations,
the eastside Plum Street location, a location in Yelm and a
location in Lacey.
“By her using a non-area
standard contractor that she’s
driving down wages and benefits for the working class,”
said Jones. “We want her to get
ahold of us and say that she understands and she doesn’t want
to do that anymore, and she’ll
do her best not to.”


Student sitting on sign. by JON HUEY. Courtesy of TESC ARCHIVES.



Evergreen is currently
meeting with the Northwest
Commission on Colleges
and Universities, to renew its
accreditation for another seven years.
President, George Bridges
and other staff will meet with
the commission to receive a
formal document granting
the college continued accreditation in January. Shortly
after this, college staff members will develop a plan for
the upcoming accreditation
The college website states,
An accredited college or
university is one which has
available the necessary resources to achieve its stated
purposes through appropriate educational programs, is
substantially doing so, and
gives reasonable evidence
that it will continue to do so
in the foreseeable future.”
From Nov. 5-7, the Northwest Commission held evaluations with students, faculty,
and nonsupervisory staff. The
commission visits the college

every other year for a peer review on what has worked and
what has not. Core themes
that were reviewed include
integrated interdisciplinary
learning, the individual engaged in community, environmental stewardship and
social justice, and diversity
and equity.
The college community
was encouraged to provide
feedback on their campus
experience, and the commission uses this information to
write a formal report that the
college uses to determine a
new plan for the upcoming
Students can rest assured
that the visit is an “anticipated cyclic cycle,” according to Julie Slone, Executive
Associate to the Provost. In
layman’s terms, accreditation,
like a fire drill, has a plan executed within a set schedule.
This process will not have an
effect on the validity of a student’s degree.
According to Dr. Jennifer Drake, Provost and Vice

President of Academic Affairs, accreditation is a method of self-reflection: “Are we
fulfilling our promises to students?”
The newly implemented seven year cycle requires
that Evergreen examine its
mission statement, goals, annual operations and achievements through an iterative
self-study. Year one of the accreditation cycle requires the
college to restate or reaffirm
its mission statement, define
year-long goals, and reconfigure its operations.
determines its goals in the first
year of the cycle. The implementation and effectiveness
of these goals are revisited every eighteen months. During
the third year, the Northwest
Commission governs another peer review and drafts
an interim report. This is an
opportunity for Evergreen to
note its progress and reconfigure its seven year plan. In
the seventh year, the school
drafts a formal report of their


achievements and findings in
the format of a report card.
In 2013, for example, Evergreen decided to improve in
integrative, interdisciplinary
studies, maintain multiple
modes of thinking, and improve breadth and depth of

Accreditation is a
method of self-reflection:
“Are we fulfilling our
promises to students?”

When assessed in 2018,
the college mostly achieved
two out of the three, achieving in breadth and depth of
learning. More information
on how scores were determined will be available on
the Evergreen website once
the formal report is released.
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, a congregation of staff

from neighboring Northwest
institutions, were enthusiastic to review the college. “The
fabric of the institution is a
national model for upholding interdisciplinary studies,”
said Drake.
“Evergreen professors are
not covering the same material on the same day every year. They’re given the
opportunity to say what in
today’s society is worth investigating, and to teach the
things that are going to help
students in today’s world,”
said student Grant Walker.
Accreditation obtained from
the commission “provides
reasonable assurance about
the quality of opportunities
available to students who
attend the institution.” The
Northwest Commission has
been accrediting Evergreen
since 1974, and in addition to
accrediting the main campus
over the years, the commission has accredited Tacoma
programs, Native Pathways,
and masters programs.




Photoland features
“Protective Custody:
Within a Prison Nursery”



PHOTOS FROM “Protective Custody: Within a Prison Nursery”. by CHERYL HANNA-TRUSCOTT

Photoland’s gallery, Galerie Fotoland, will feature
photographer Cheryl Hanna-Truscott’s photo series “Protective Custody: Within a Prison Nursery”
through January 11, 2019. (Galerie Fotoland is
located on the first floor of the Daniel J. Evans Library, in the lobby.)

The series consists of 16 photos
of women in the Residential Parenting Program at the Washington
Corrections Center for Women,
a women’s prison located in Gig
Harbor. In tandem with the photos are quotes from the mothers
and soon-to-be mothers that Hanna-Truscott spoke with. The blurbs
do not correspond directly to any
of the accompanying photos, for
the sake of anonymity.
The prison implemented the
Residential Parenting Program in
1999, and it is one of just twelve
prison nursery programs in the
United States. To be eligible the
women must be pregnant upon
arrival and serving a non-violent
sentence that is 30 months or fewer. Spots in the program are highly
sought after by inmates.
Hanna-Truscott began spending
time at the Gig Harbor prison in
2003, not long after the implementation of the parenting program.
Prior to working on this photo
documentary series, Hanna-Truscott was a nurse-midwife, and then
a medical evaluator for children
who were victims of abuse. A press
release announcing the exhibit says
that “These experiences helped her
to comprehend these incredibly
intimate moments and be able to
showcase them so that all of those
emotions come through into her
The photo series is solid. The
unbending strength and endurance of the mothers is reflected
in the confidence of the photos.
Many of the women at the prison
have experienced abject hardships.
They are often convicted on drug
charges, an intergenerational cycle
in many cases.
As one mother put it, “And the
fact that I’ve come here [to the
nursery program], I think it’s a
blessing in disguise.”
In a study titled “Recidivism after Release from a Prison Nursery
Program,” Lorie S. Goshin (et al.)
found that women who participate

in prison nursery programs show
lower rates of recidivism. In an article in the Indiana Law Journal
written by Anne E. Jbara concluded that, “Based on the emotional
and cognitive benefits for both
mothers and babies, the prison
nursery program is a worthwhile
addition to the prison system in
the United States.” However, a
study conducted by Julie Campbell
(et al.) titled “Correctional Administrators’ Perceptions of Prison Nurseries” found that 50% of
the correctional facilities they interviewed without prison nursery
programs did not even know what
a prison nursery program was.
Hanna-Truscott’s photo series brings these programs to the
forefront. In an interview with
the Cooper Point Journal, Hanna-Truscott said that, “The subject
is compelling and offers ways to
rethink broader options for
criminal justice systems.” Her photos encapsulate the singular struggle as well as the community support within the nursery program.
Inmates have the opportunity to volunteer as a caregiver for
other children in the program. As
one mother told Hanna-Truscott,
“Like we get to get close to babies.
And in prison, we don’t get to love.
We don’t get to hug. We don’t get
to love. But with the babies, we
have this infant that has no mean
intentions towards you at all.”
Hanna-Truscott lauded the
benefits of the prison nursery
programs. “Residential Parenting
Program at the Washington Corrections Center for Women has
significant benefits for a selected
population of incarcerated pregnant women and can serve as a
model for other programs in our
The work done by Julie Campbell and Joseph R. Carlson illustrates that there is an information
gap surrounding these beneficial
programs. Hanna-Truscott’s exhibit is an opportunity to learn.



Arts & Culture


artist interview by Brittanyana Pierro



Arts & Culture
“Art is healing.
There’s no right or
wrong way to do
art. It’s one of those
things that anybody
can appreciate…
Art is sacred.”

For Tim Williamson, drawing is a way to
channel different emotions and re-connect to
his heritage.
Color is the only guide lines he uses to create his pieces, and everything else flows freely.
“ You can see that I’m using red, white,
black and yellow. Those are the colors of the
medicine wheel. Sticking to that main color
base of the medicine wheel, keeps me connected to my culture and the teachings that i
had behind it.” Williamson said.
The medicine wheels is a Pan-Indigenous
symbol used in both South and North America. Different regions have different specific meanings of each shape and color of the
wheel, but it is universally known to be used
for healing, guidance and health. Williamson
is part Kamache, of Texas and he is also part
Alaska Native.
Williamson is taking the class Teachings
of the Tree People, based in the long house.
The class focuses on the traditions and history of the Squaxxin and Salish people, who
are the originals residents of the South Puget
Sound regions. Orcas are a sacred and important part of Salish culture. In one of his
recent pieces, Williamson depicted a scene of
two Orcas swimming at sunset, surrounding
an Otter.
“[When I drew] those whales, during that
time, I guess I was seeking medicine. [I was
seeking] the teachings and spiritually connected to, rooted to this area, where Orcas are
predominantly from. I wasn’t trying to draw
it, at first, it just kinda came out.”

Williamson’s experience with life, art and
education is often based finding ways to connect to his ancestry, using the tools being given to him. His education and connection to
the Salish people have been a source of ancestral reconnection for Williamson.
“ As far as [my knowledge of ] the Texas
Kamache go, that’s my own personal research.
I’ve lived here my whole life, so like a lot of
the teachings and stuff and the culture that I
have and whatnot are from the people of this
area. So even though my tribe on my Dad’s
side is from Texas, I’m not [as] knowledgeable
[about them]. I haven’t had real life experience with them as much as I have here.”
Williamson has evolved drawing into a
form of therapy for himself. Spending the
majority of his life time in the Seattle foster system, and then the Seattle jail system,
drawing was often the only outlet he could
use to communicate with himself and those
around him.
“I did alot of art in jail. It was really aggressive. Really weird faces, that were really
graphic and suggestive. Just angry shit. Pretty
dark things.” Williamson said “It helped me
not feel as angry. Like once I finished working on something for like four or five hours, I
felt better afterwards.”
The art Williamson created in prison soon
became a gallery of past emotions and experiences. “I would always sign it and date it.
Based on that like, based on the day and that
year I can recall where i was, and what was
going on that day, and how i was feeling when

I made that piece.”
When he got out, Williamson gave all of
his art away, hoping to let those feelings of
anger and pain go.
Gateways, led by Chico Herbison, worked
with Williamson while he was in jail, and he
credits the program as the start of his journey
to Evergreen.
“It’s how I got to Evergreen; it’s my Evergreen experience… If it wasn’t for that program I would’ve never knew what college was.
I would’ve never even thought about college.
It would’ve never even been brought to my
attention that I can just go here and It’ll get
paid for.” Williamson said.
“Just using the system, you know. I’m not
out there like homeless on the street, trying to
fucking find a job. I can at least for now have
a roof over my head. And get educated further. That opens up the doors to internships
and jobs and everything.”
Creating a full circle of growth, Williamson
plans on working with Gateways in the near
future. He’ll be going back to same detention
center he was placed at, in hopes of helping
kids like him find a way out of the system.
“I feel a sense of calmness when I do my
art: Peacefulness. I feel connected to the
teachings and culture that I do have, that I
am aware of. It’s how I can hang on and honor it. I’m still learning about my culture, I’m
still connecting with it. But how do I hang
onto what I already have? How do I grasp it,
how do I express it, how do I take pride in it?
[Art] is how I do it.”



Letters & Opinion

Our mascot, Speedy the Geoduck


(pronounced “Goo-ee-duk”) is actually based off a very large pacific northwest clam. The idea
of using a clam as a mascot was to poke fun at other colleges’ often vicious, nasty and generic
mascots. Using a clam also emphasizes Evergreen’s position as an outside-the-box college.
According to the school website, “Speedy is one of just two non-insect invertebrate college mascots. The other is Sammy the
UC Santa Cruz Banana Slug.” In addition, Speedy uses They/Them/Theirs Pronouns. Speedy’s favorite film is 3 Feet Under: A
Duckumentary, a real documentary about geoducks. Speedy is a big fan of Shel Silverstein, and is very young for a Geoduck. If
we assume Speedy is as old as their first iteration, than speedy is 42. That sounds middle aged, but Geoducks have been known
to live up to 170 years! Speedy is an interesting mascot to say the least, but just remember that they could be (and were) much
worse. If you’ve seen a Geoduck before (which by now you probably have, since there’s pictures all over campus), you’ll know they
look kind of like genitalia. This is why the current Speedy looks like a cute smiling cartoon penis. Speedy has been through many
different iterations; the current Speedy is brand new, over three years in the making, and the only one that is not terrifying or
weird in one way or another. In addition, this is the only Speedy that was not student designed. Let’s take a trip down memory
lane and look at Speedy’s many different forms.

The original Speedy was
very basic, just a grey shell
with a brown point coming out the top. Not exactly complicated. In fact,
this may be the simplest of
all the speedy designs, and
also one of the most phallic. I mean, I know they
were trying, but it seriously
looks just like a dick. This
The second Speedy is defione was in use from 1976nitely the most terrifying
of the bunch. This geoduck
is also the most faithful to
the inspiration, but that’s
not always the best thing.
This is one of only two
geoducks that is known to
wear pants, (the other one
of course being the current
one). All other geoducks
wore some kind of shorts.
Additionally, although it’s
hard to see, this Speedy
has a duck bill, poking fun
at the concept of a “geoduck”. This is also one of
only two geoducks with a
grey shell, which makes it
clear Speedy is indeed a
clam and not a snail. This
Speedy was in use from



After that, we had some of
the only versions of Speedy
to sport a tail (which, incidentally, is completely inaccurate) as well as some
of the few iterations where
you could see the Geoduck’s
human face. These costumes
are more or less just a coat,
with nothing more going
for it (besides the incorrect
tails). Sometimes simpler
is better. At the very least,
these ones aren’t terrifying.
The photos of these designs
are also not very good, so
it’s hard to judge if these are
actually different mascots or
different people wearing the
same costume. If these had
to be compared to something, I would say a sideways
hamburger with no toppings. In other words, boring. These Speedy(s) were in
use from 1988-2005.

The third-most recent
Speedy brings them into
the age of the pickle taco
(according to the school
website). It’s not exactly
wrong, this Speedy looks
like just that, a walking
pickle in a sideways taco
shell with a sparkly gold
trim (which, OOH tacky).
It looks really angry for
some reason, but it definitely looks better than its
precursor. This Speedy existed from 2005-2011.

The next Speedy was also
a “pickle taco”. However,
there are two notable differences between the previous Speedy and this one.
The vest and the face are
pretty different, but otherwise they are more or
less the same. The weirdest
part of this costume was
the big bulbous eyes and
an eternally open mouth
that gave this pickle taco
a “in the air” look, so to
speak. This iteration of
Speedy was phased out in
2017 and replaced with
the speedy we all know
and love today.

Speedy photos. Courtesy of TESC ARCHIVES.

All Freakin’ Night 30 Year
All Freakin’ Night is an
annual event where five horror
movies play throughout the
night. Put on by the Capitol
Theater, this year marked the
event’s 30th anniversary. I
met with Ian Bracken, who
has been hosting All Freakin’
Night for the past three
years alongside his wife, Tori
Bracken, and we discussed the
evolution of the event, the horror community, and the behind
the scenes work that goes into
hosting All Freakin’ Night.
When asked about All
Freakin’ Night, Ian explained
that the event usually happens
around the time of the Olympia Film Society film festival,
but it came a few weeks early
this October. He told me that
the event began in the eighties
and that he’s been attending
for the past 18 years. Through
that time, it’s gone through
many stages and hosts.
“When I first went the
hosts were covered in blood
and they got so many sponsors that they were throwing
brand new DVDs out into
the audience — the action
figures, still in their packages,
and everyone got posters. It
was just all awesome and once
you paid the tickets you got so
much out of it for free. There
were skits. I remember one
of the games was ‘fall straight
on your face without putting
your hands down,’ for prizes. I
remember a girl ate some glass
on stage. I think it was fake
but nobody’s sure. I remember
someone threw a cow eye up
in the balcony and my friend
just ate it for no reason. I think
she threw up, but she was just
like ‘Oh, a cow eye — GULP.’
It used to be crazy and then it
kind of died down for a little
bit because those hosts left. It
was too much to take on for
them and a couple of them
moved out of town.”
Ian explained that he and
Tori now enjoy incorporating
live-action theatrical gore,
performances, and theatrical

stage props into the event. The
two also find ways to incorporate blood and gore, without
getting too messy.
I asked Ian to tell me about
some of the films that were
featured this year. All Freakin’
Night featured Critter, a film
about furry aliens with sharp
teeth who end up getting
chased by bounty hunters, and
The Fly, produced in the fifties,
but which Ian says translates
well into the modern day. He
notes, “All Freakin’ Night is
really about the old school. It’s
cool to play new movies, but
people that go there are usually
kind of rooted in eighties horror or even older.”
When asked how films
were selected for the lineup,
Ian explained that the programmer contacts him around
half a year before the event,
asking for a large list of potential films. The programmer
must ask in advance so that the
rights and prints for the films
can be obtained on time. Ian
then motioned behind me to a
very large bookshelf filled with
movies. He told me that he has
three times this many horror
films, mostly in VHS form,
and that he has been collecting
them for twenty years. He said,
“They know that I know
what’s good but also, what’s
the most important, it’s not
based on my own taste. It’s
based on what is going to get a
good audience reaction. Then
we contact different companies
that have the rights to these
films and we pay whatever
they ask.”
Ian went on to talk about
how All Freakin’ Night used
to be a part of the film festival,
and that it brought a completely new aspect to the event,
“They wanted to bring a horror
angle to at least one part of
it and it brought in a lot of
the more punk rock kids, the
college kids, the film geeks that
are more into cult film and
genre film rather than more
prestigious art films that they

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tend to play over there. Most
of the film festival is more
indie, art house kind of stuff so
it’s cool in this town that you
can get that but you can also
get extreme nasty horror films.”
When I asked what initially
got him interested in horror
films, Ian said,
“I kind of want to say it
was the fact that my parents
wouldn’t let me watch them
when I was growing up and it
was the video store days, back
when you rented movies.” He
said that he’s been hooked on
horror ever since. Even though
the genre isn’t for everyone, Ian
said that he himself has found
a tight-knit community within
the horror scene. “It’s like a
niche thing, but within the
horror community it’s some
of the most open-minded and
supportive [people]. We met a
lot of people at the horror conventions and they’re like our
horror family now, we meet up
now. I’ll go to Seattle to meet
somebody that I met through
Ian was struck by the overwhelming welcomeness that
the horror community fosters,
“It’s crazy. You’d think that
they’d be the insane people
but they’re the most gentle,
open-minded people ever and
so accepting to all different
types of people and really inclusive. I was part of the punk
scene for a really long time and
that’s the opposite. Very, very
strict and very non-inclusive in
a lot of music scenes. I love the
horror community.”




Cooper Point Journal Business Manager Morrissey gets familiar with a couple iterations of our school mascot. Courtesy of Daniel Vogel.



Scorpio Dance Party
A monthly dance party for the zodiac sign in season.
Run on over to our horoscopes to figure out yours,
then, like look up some dance moves or something!
“No jerk attitudes” allowed, bring positivity.
Le Voyeur Cafe & Lounge
Nov 17 10 p.m.
$3-5 suggested. 21+

Under Bad Influence
The most recent stop on rap group UBI’s Tour.
There is an all ages show earlier in the day, so
anyone can go if they want to.

Nov 23 6p.m. all ages, 10 p.m. 21+
$15 General admission

Arts & Crafts Fair
Tabling costs only $5 for students and. or free for
registered student groups. Vendor registration is at Applications for tabling are due
Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. Items sold by students must not be
culturally appropriated.
2nd Floor of CAB
Nov 28th 11am-4pm

A community building activity for trans, gender
non-conforming, and two-spirit students.
Light refreshments provided.
Student Equity & Arts Lounge, CAB 310
Nov. 15, 4 - 6p.m.

Trans Day
of Remembrance
“An annual observance that honors the memory of
those who were lost to anti-transgender violence.”
Participants will erect an altar. Later on in the day
there will be a celebration with music
and refreshments.

Magic and Awe

A workshop with Nomy Lamm, a multimedia artist
and activist known for embracing positive body
image and ending “fat shame.”

An adults-only event with a magic show.
“Enchanted Elixir Cocktails,” grilled cheese,
and magic wand making. What’s not to like?



Learn about Winter Quarter classes, pick up
syllabuses and talk with staff to help determine what
classes you want to take in the winter.
Nov. 28 4-6p.m.

Student Equity & Arts Lounge, CAB 310
Nov. 16, Altar Creation 3 - 5 p.m.
Celebration 6 - 9 p.m.

Our Magic
Student Equity & Arts Lounge, CAB 310
Nov .16 ,12 - 3p.m.

Academic Fair

Olympia Children’s Museum
Nov. 16, 7 - 10p.m.
$25 advance, $30 at the door. 21+

Land Defense
In Chiapas
An informative and fund raising event will offer a
double-feature movie screening, and presentations
discussing current autonomous land defense
going on in Chiapas, Mexico.
Nov. 28 4-6p.m.


Dear Body Party,
What’s up with the sober dating scene here? Or rather, lack thereof? I recently stopped drinking and I’m already feeling so much better but I don’t feel
ready to go back into bars and stuff. Where else is there to meet other cute
queers, let alone find a cutie sweetie?
Sexy, Sensual, and Sober in the South Sound
Hello, my sober bud!
First, congrats! Knowing what you need and taking steps toward your health,
despite it being really hard at times, is no small feat! We here at the CPJ stan
a sober cutie! Good job and good luck and also you got this!
But yeah, I totally feel you. Personally, I’m not sober but also I hate bars for
other reasons. I totally get why people are into that, but also some people
aren’t and that’s totally real! In the meantime though, don’t fret. There are
options for us!
I know it sounds corny, but hear me out: You’re already dorky enough to be
reading your campus newspaper, so why not try out a campus club or something? Extracurriculars are dorky and fake, I will admit that. I think they also
don’t matter when you graduate. But you know what else they are? They’re
literally a room full of people who share at least one interest with you. And
on this campus, it’s statistically improbable that you’ll ever be in a room full
of people who are both cis and straight. I say try it out. Maybe you’ll make
some cool friends who like doing fiber arts or making comics just like you!
Maybe you and a cool person you’ve met will become best friends and then
you’ll be like “Hey, do you want come over to my place and watch Neon
Genesis Evangelion and make comics and fiber arts?” and then you two hold
hands while watching mech anime! Maybe not! Either way, what’s the worst
that’ll happen? Worth a shot.
If you’re not feeling like joining a club, all hope is not lost. Try, like, talking
to your classmates. Take a chance and invite that cute person in your seminar to an early show at Le Voy. Be chill and strike up a conversation with that
person at Burial Grounds who has glasses you think are cute! Just remember
not to be a creep and that no is always a totally cool answer. Say “Oh, haha!
Cool! Thanks anyways though it was cool to talk!” and not something freakish. Don’t be freakish and weird, please! Be cool!
Don’t worry, my soberoni, my sobmarine. Fret not, my sobway sandwich.
You’ll find your way. There’s a lot of love in this world for you, and booze isn’t
needed to find it. It’ll come!
Stay strong and sexy, babes!
Body Party


what should you do if your friends doubt you
when you come out as gay to them?
you scream it anyway and get new friends and fucks that friends like who
are ur friendz who dont believe you like how the fuck
just do some whatever the other gay term is a hit and dont let them
part two: are we the after picture? are we too gay?
we do dont know how to help u but just get here its good
why are u so beautiful
can I just honestly can you write that?
I don appreciate everyone always ducking up to us ,
we rly take a day out of our history lives to and do this for you
and to for you to do this to us is kinda of an insult
but thank u bb ily
I’m working 4 jobs and
only 2 of them pay me , help me.
why arent I getting paid for those other two jubs that quit your jobs I’m sorry those jobs are defintitly somethin skectch
those arent jobs , get 1 job enough to pay ur whole life
I make likr 45 a yr and I made 8000 dollars in cash in ten montha ,
nobody knows, is a big secret
what’s the best way to set goals
that arent work or academia related?
I feel like if you trly want addvice thatz not work or academia related
cpj journaleists are the worst people to ask bfceause oh fuck I’m not supposrf to jave cream cheese and the only thing we have tome for is wasted advices
how does it make you feel when
your partner scratches you while you’re
both in bed with their long ass toenails
as the long ass toaenail bictvj I feel aatatcked and guilty breaks up with them! buy them toenail clippers, call theit mom!
yhruere somethings that judt arent reconcerable in a relationsgip.





Man in the
Chicken Leg
BY @Marcrossart

The Year 3000 BY ISAAC




The CPJ is always taking comic submissions. Just send your comics to at at least 300 dpi or drop off a hard
copy to the CPJ office, CAB 332 across from student activities.
For more information, as well as submission guidelines and sizing requirments, visit us at


November 11-17
(October 24 - November 22)

We are deep in Scorpio season and you
should be feeling all the feels. Keep living your best life. Your ability to question
everything around you is your asset this
week. Haters will try to come for you, but
you aren’t here for it. Do not engage in the
pettiness other people bring to you, but rise
above it and you’ll have the peace you’ve
been searching for.

(November 23 - December 22):

“Let go but never forget” has been your
motto, but sweetie pie, honey bunches, it’s
time to let go o.f that mantra. The holidays
can bring up memories you wish you could
stuff far away in an old broom closet, but
that’s not going to help anyone. Instead of
fighting your feelings and painful memories this week, you need to let go of them.
Forgiveness is the superpower you never
knew you had. Forgiving the people who
have hurt you will release freedom in your
life. Remember, holding on to resentment
is like swallowing poison and hoping the
other person dies. Stop hurting yourself
and start healing

(December 23 - January 20):

Humility and patience aren’t exactly the
words listed on your tinder profile, but
this week is the time to flex those muscles. You’re ambitious and you like to be in
control of the situations you face in life.
This week, it’s time to be ambitious in a
new way. Be ambitiously the most patient
person you know. When you have the impulse to talk over people and bypass their
feelings, check yourself before you wreck
yourself. Be patient, think through what
you are hearing and ask yourself, “what is it
specifically that I am reacting to?” Having a
deeper understanding of yourself will bring
about deeper understanding of others. Patience is a virtue and you are a virtuoso
waiting to blossom this week.

(January 21 - February 19):

Week 8

Aries (March 21 - April 20):

You are a courageous person who is seen
as strong and independent, but deep down
you wish there was someone around taking
care of you for a change. It may be tempting, but don’t give in to the nicest person
who happens to be in closest proximity to
you. Even though your heart is longing for
companionship, don’t give it up to just anyone. The person who will be able to take
care of you for the long term is on their
way, so keep holding on.

Taurus (April 21 - May 21):

You have been wanting to make a change in
your life and this is *the* time to do it. Stop
hesitating when you know what you are
supposed to do. There are people and habits
in your life that you need to close the door
on. You know the phrase, “show me your
friends and I’ll show you your future.” It’s
true, you are the sum of the five people who
you hang out with the most. There are people in your life that no longer deserve to be
there. This week is time to set yourself free.

Gemini (May 22 - June 21):

This is going to sound weird, but stay
away from stripes this week. Stay away
from wearing stripes and from people
wearing stripes. It’s just not a good match
for you this week.

G uilf o il- D o ve l

November 18-24
(October 24 - November 22)

How is rising above the drama going for
you? If you followed my wise cosmic wisdom you will have side stepped your friends
drama like it was gross doggy doo-doo on
the sidewalk. Trust me, you don’t need that
in your life. (No one needs that in their
lives, TBH.) Keep the good vibes flowing
during this week, especially when people
start asking you why you are so zen. Reply
truthfully that it is because you have eradicated drama from your life. You are the inspiration many people are searching for. Be
the example of strength and courage we all
need right now. Rising above all the noise
and focusing on what truly matters in life.

(November 23 - December 22):

How’s the forgiving going? I said it was
powerful, not that it was easy. So if it’s been
a struggle, that is to be expected. Reach out
this week to a trusted advisor in your life.
Tell them you have been trying to forgive.
DON’T go into detail because that will
just rehash old hurt feelings. But DO trust
someone with your vulnerability. This week,
when you share your vulnerable feelings
with a best friend, you will be surprised
with the weight that forgiveness lifts off of
your shoulders.

You are known for keeping others guess- (December 23 - January 20):
Cancer (June 22 - July 22):

ing! Currently your starmap is aligned to
feature your adventure zone this week.
Take risks and try new things. Your future self will be thanking you.

Leo (July 23 - August 21):

Passionate and compassionate Leos, prepare for your abilities in both areas to be
stretched this week. Someone will enter
your life who you have not seen in a long
time. Be ready because your light and energy is exactly what that person is needing right now.

Last week we focused on patience, how did
you do? Did you have crazy road rage in
the parking lot? It’s okay if you did. You’re
human and you’re learning. Every day is a
lesson and you are a perpetual student. You
want to know who is the BEST teacher
though? Nature is your best teacher on patience. Seasons change over TIME. Nothing in nature is rushed. You couldn’t rush
her even if you bribed her. How can you
bribe nature anyways? Money is made from
trees. The same way you can’t rush your lessons on patience. You have to take every
moment as it

Virgo (August 22 - SeptemAquarius
ber 23):
Girrrrrrl, have you been taking your hair, Venus and Mars are linking up this week (January 21 - February 19):
skin, and nails vitamin gummies? Because
you are looking on fleek right now! Your
focus on your outward appearance has been
paying off but this week, we need to look
inward. There is nothing as beautiful as a
kind soul. This week, focus on the inner
kindness you need to give to yourself. Be
soft with your words towards yourself. A
good rule of thumb is that “if you wouldn’t
say it to your best friend, why are you saying it to yourself ?”

(February 20 - March 20):

You’re a bad mamma-jamma. You could
win an Olympic gold medal in listening.
This week people will come to you who
you’ve never thought would want your advice, but it’s because they know you are a
great listener. Keep it up and be encouraged. Your listening ear is helping more
people than you know.

and it’s affecting us all in different ways.
For you, Virgo, you are realizing that
connection is everywhere. Whether it’s
out on a trail walk or a stroll through
Safeway, you are connecting with more
people this week than you have all of last

How is the kindness going? Last week we
focused on inner kindness, this week it’s
about spreading the wealth. There are people entering your life who are in desperate
need of hope and kindness. You are in the
perfect position to help them. This week
give three kind words a day to different
people in your life and see the real glow up.

Libra (September 24 - OctoPisces
ber 23):
As a wise woman once said, “it’s time to go (February 20 - March 20):
full Libra on them!” You are a kind, generous, warm-hearted, ambitious individual.
You know how to work hard, play hard, and
love harder. This week embrace your inner


When people feel as if you’ve heard where
they are coming from they will want you
to speak into their lives more. People in
authority have watched your diligent work
and ability to listen and be there for people.
Don’t be surprised when speaking opportunities start pouring in.

Break Week

Aries (March 21 - April 20):

I’m so proud of you. You are working so
hard and doing so much and 90% of it goes
unnoticed. Keep at it! Those private victories will turn into public moments of recognition soon enough. Keep working hard
and focused on your goals, always keeping
the end in mind. You will have victories
in your work life and your love life when
you keep working diligently and staying on
your grind.

Taurus (April 21 - May 21):

Living boldly and putting yourself first in
friendships and relationships can be extremely
difficult, but this week you are going to start
seeing the rewards. Those people who needed
to vacate the premises of your life will try to
claw their way back in. Don’t let them. Stand
strong. There are truer friends waiting for you
on the other side of this.

Gemini (May 22 - June 21):

Okay, you can go back to stripes now. But
be wary of people because your boldness
and way of life can turn people off to you.
Make sure you are treating everyone with
dignity and respect. And by “everyone”,
I mean especially those people who you
don’t think deserve it.

Cancer (June 22 - July 22):

Forever is a long time, but it’s already
here! All those good things you want
to happen “Forever” and in “the future”
Start those habits today! Be the person
you want to be in the future today! Stop
waiting for your life and start living it.

Leo (July 23 - August 21):

Reconnecting with that person from last
week stretched you in new ways. This
week, the planets are moving you in a
new position of leadership. Even if you
aren’t the “boss” or the “manager”, you are
influential and people are looking to you
on how to act in tough situations.

Virgo (August 22 - September 23):

After meeting so many new people
last week, you might feel the instinct
to swing towards the other end of the
spectrum. Alone time is good, but don’t
dismiss the power of connection. This
week, ditch your typical netflix and nap
routine. Instead, spend time with your
new acquaintances and watch those relationships blossom. You never know who
could be your next employer, best friend,
or even lover.

Libra (September 24 - October 23):

If you followed my advice, you should be
swimming in the joys of what happens
when you embrace your true self. No one
can say no to kindness, love, and a great
work ethic. All things you possess! Keep
shining and people won’t be able to resist
your natural Libra charm.