The Cooper Point Journal (January 09, 2019)


The Cooper Point Journal (January 09, 2019)
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A beautiful balloon showcased on Red Square for the school’s Twentieth
Anniversery celebrations. Taken in 1977, courtesy of Evergreen State College Archives.


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fees and advertising from local businesses. The Journal is published for free every other Wednesday during the
school year and distributed throughout the Olympia area.
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and the Olympia-area more broadly, as well as to provide a platform for students to learn about operating a
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Solar panel array on Evergreen’s library building rooftop, Sep. 2016. SHAUNA BITTLE.

Evergreen students will
vote on a plan for Evergreen State College to generate 100% of its power
using renewable energy
The proposal comes from
the Evergreen chapter of the
Washington Public Interest
Research Group. Geoduck
Student Union representatives voted to add the initiative to their winter ballot,
alongside a measure that
would re-new the research
group’s $8-per-quarter fee.
Evergreen already buys
“renewable energy credits” to offset its carbon
emissions, funded partially by a $1-per-credit fee
that students voted for in
However, the research
group’s campus organizer,

Sarah Shames, says these
credits are not enough. “The
renewable energy credits
we think are an awesome
interim step, but they’re
not renewable energy,” said
Shames. “Carbon neutrality
is great. But it’s very 10 years
ago. We can do better now.”
The proposal asks students
if they “support putting the
Evergreen State College on
a path to powering all operations with clean, renewable energy by no later than
2050 and for all electricity to
come from renewable sources by 2050.”
“It’s in line with the tradition of the college to be
sustainable, renewable,” said
Shames. “That’s well within
being the cutting edge place
that Evergreen is and wants
to be, and I think would be

attractive to current student
body and prospective students.”
The proposal does not
specify how Evergreen would
generate the renewable energy. In 2010 Evergreen investigated building a biomass
gasification plant on campus,
which would convert debris
from the Evergreen woods
and surrounding areas into
natural gas. The plant would
have doubled the amount
of particulates in campus
air and was thwarted after
Thurston County Commissioners passed a one-year
moratorium on biomass energy projects.
Shames said the open nature of the plan is part of its
strength. “We don’t want to
commit you to something
hyper specific. Technology

is constantly changing,” said
Shames. “Every time you
look, the price of solar goes
down, so we want to just
make sure that whatever mix
you have will actually work
for the campus.”
The proposal would also
not bind the college to any
plan of action and, if passed,
would require the support of
the Board of Trustees.
For example, a 2010 GSU
vote asked the college to divest from companies profiting off the Israel-Palestine
conflict, including Caterpillar, whose bulldozers were
utilized in the 2003 killing
of Evergreen alumnus Rachel
Corrie by Israeli soldiers. Responding to an open letter
letter published in the Journal, the Board of Trustees declined to divest, arguing that

“The Board’s position on the
issue of divestment does not
represent a failure to hear,
listen or respond … We
understand that some may
not share our view, but this
doesn’t mean that we haven’t
listened, understood and responded to their views.”
Then-president Les Purce
also responded to the initiative in a letter, arguing that
“While we teach students
that they have a duty to become informed about political questions, form opinions,
and act on those opinions,
the college as an institution
refrains from doing so.”
If the measure passes,
whether or not divesting
completely from fossil fuels
is a “political question” will
be an interesting proposition
for the board to consider.



Olympia Police, Thurston County Sheriffs, Evergreen Police & others engage in active shooter training with blue replica rifles, July 2014. SHAUNA BITTLE.






George Bridges quickly
and quietly approved the
purchase of AR-15 rifles
for campus police, leaving the community to
grapple with the implications
after the fact. This is not the
first time Evergreen has confronted the issue of campus
police and AR-15 rifles.
Former Director of Police
Services Ed Sorger requested
rifles in fall of 2008, ushering
in a full year of “forums, dialogues, recommendations, and
responses from the Evergreen
community,” according to a
2009 Cooper Point Journal
article by Madeline Berman.
The amount of community involvement was notable
compared to the recent decision from Bridges. There was
“input from faculty meetings
[and the] Geoduck Student
Union”; an official resolution
from the GSU; “two all-campus open forums, one staff
forum”; emails across student,
staff, and faculty listservs; a
survey of students, staff, and
faculties opinions; articles,
research, and presentations
by Police Services including multiple web pages, and
a presentation from the state
Attorney General’s office, according to the “Rifle Report”
issued by the Police Services
Community Review Board in
Spring 2009. In the report, the
Review Board established a
timeline of events and made a
recommendation to reject police services request for rifles.
This all culminated in a definitive decision in fall of 2009
by Vice President of Student
Affairs Art Constantino to
not arm campus police with
Campus participation in the
more recent decision is starkly
different. President Bridges
approved the purchase of rifles in 2017 “without campus
forums or surveys,” said Vice
President of Finance and Operations John Carmichael.
Vice President of Public
Relations Sandra Kaiser confirmed she did not know of
any community consultation.
Chair of the Faculty Agenda
Committee Ken Tabutt confirmed the faculty had not
been consulted.
Former Geoduck Student
Union Representative Brandon Ellington said he had not
been consulted. Students the
Journal reached for comment
had not heard of the decision
prior to our initial reporting,
with the exception of one student who noticed the rifles in
a police vehicle.
In 2017 the Police Services
Community Review Board,
whose mission is to facilitate
communication between the
campus community and police services and review “spe-

cific complaints about police
services”, was also not involved in the rifle decision. “I
learned [about the decision]
pretty much when everyone
else learned,” said then-chair
Kelly Brown.
All authority for decisions
regarding The Evergreen
State College rests with the
Board of Trustees, who are
appointed by the Governor.
The Trustees delegate authority to the college President,
who then further delegates to
Vice Presidents, and so on.
In 2008-2009, decisions
surrounding campus police
were delegated to Vice President of Student Affairs Art
Constantino, who has since
retired. Constantino asked
the Review Board to give him
a recommendation which he
could use in his final decision.
In 2017 President Bridges
unilaterally made the decision to purchase rifles, according to Kaiser. Wendy
Endress was Vice President
Of Student Affairs when the
decision was made, but was
not involved. This year the
authority to oversee police
decisions has shifted hands
to Vice President of Finance
and Operations John Carmichael.

would join Review Board later, said voting staff member
Andrea Seabert Olsen told
them she supported passing
the proposal “there and then,”
according to reporting by
Andrew Sernatinger for the
(now defunct) Counter Point
Campus police presented
the proposal as “necessary”
because recent Washington
State Senate Bill 6328 required it, according to Vavrus.
When confronted with the
actual text of the legislation,
which only called for public
universities in Washington
to do a self-study on campus
safety, Sorger backed down.
“It was in black and white
print, so they were caught in
their lie,” Vavrus said.
Vavrus said Sorger was
“totally deceitful,” and that
the police gave “misleading
information and actual false
information” throughout the
review process. “Basically,
they made stuff up.”
Sorger then sent out an
all-campus email on Oct. 22,
2008 requesting the purchase
of rifles, according to the Rifle Report. This prompted
former VP of Student Affairs
Constantino to officially ask
the Police Review Board for a
recommendation on the proA History of the 2008-9
posal before he made his final
Rifle Proposal
The Review Board subseThe decision in 2008-9 was quently chose to engage in
almost made as quickly and extensive community conquietly as in 2017, if not for sultation prior to making a
Professor Emeritus Michael recommendation. Campus
Vavrus, who was on the Re- police opposed soliciting
view Board during the 2008- opinions from the campus,
9 academic year and said he said Vavrus.
managed to “stop the pro“There was every effort to
cess” when the proposal was resist holding public forums,
brought up at his first meet- especially with students,”
ing on the Review Board. He Vavrus said.
mused the proposal would
Despite all the obfuscation,
have passed had he not been opposition from the campus
there when it was brought up. community to the rifle proFormer Police Director posal was clear and expansive.
Ed Sorger and Sergeant Tim
A student during that time,
Marron made a presentation Randall Hunt, emphasized
to the Review Board on Sep. that students intensely re22, 2008, according to the Ri- sisted the campaign by police
fle Report.
to purchase rifles, and at one
At that meeting, Sorger point “shut down the traffic
and Marron attempted to to the campus for days.”
get the Review Board, which
The Geoduck Student
had no student members Union passed a resolution
and only one faculty mem- opposing the rifle proposal
ber, to preemptively recom- according to reporting from
mend Constantino purchase the Journal in 2009 and the
rifles, according to Vavrus. Rifle Report. The Counter
The Review Board’s Bylaws Point Journal reported that
call for three voting student hundreds of students voiced
members, two voting faculty opposition to the proposal
members, and three voting in the two campus forums.
staff members.
Numerous students, staff,
One of the staff members and faculty expressed conof the Review Board and the cern in emails documented
school’s civil rights officer at by Vavrus.
the time, Nicole Ack, called
The Review Board conthe proposal a “no-brainer” ducted a survey of the comand attempted to force a vote, munities opinion on the rifle
according to Vavrus.
proposal with 1242 commuStudent members Sky Co- nity members participating:
hen and Tasha Glen, who 66.8% of respondents were

opposed and 33.2% in support. Students were 74.7%
opposed and 25.3% in support, faculty were 59.1% opposed and 40.9% in support,
and staff were 18.9% opposed
and 81.1% in support.
According to reporting
by the Counter Point Journal, Tasha Glen, a student
member of the Police Review
Board in 2008-9, said that
Review Board staff member
Andrea Seabert Olsen suggested censoring the survey
results. Olson responded by
saying she “always assumed
[the survey] would go out.”
Only staff expressed support for the rifle proposal
through their response to
the survey. Vavrus provided
a potential explanation for
this. Sergeant Tim Marron
“lobbied for the rifles” by
posting flyers in areas “reserved for official campus
announcements,” even while
police opposed the solicitation of campus opinions on
the rifle proposal, Vavrus said.
He also added that Campus
Police provided staff with intense active shooter trainings
which left many of them feeling “freaked out.” The flyering
and, in particular, the active
shooter training amounted
to “a propaganda campaign,”
Vavrus said.
Stacy Brown requested mandatory yearly active
shooter trainings for students, staff, and faculty on
Aug. 1, 2017. Fifteen days
later Bridges approved the
proposal at the same time he
approved the purchase of rifles.
On April 20, 2009 the
Police Services Community
Review Board voted to recommend a rejection of the
police request for rifles. The
committee cited a litany of
reasons behind their recommendation. They said that
active shooters are unlikely,
that “the claim that campus
is unsafe lacks validity and
perpetuates a climate of fear,”
that other safety issues like
sexual assault are more important, and that community
members feel police rifles will
make campus less safe.
Furthermore, the Review
Board stated rifles would
increase police-campus tensions and “further oppression
of marginalized groups,” the
money could be better used
“in a time of budget shortfalls, cutbacks, and layoffs,”
the majority of the campus is
opposed to the decision, the
Attorney General’s Office
made clear there were no liability issues, and arming the
police with handguns was already controversial to begin
The Review Board also argued that arming police with


rifles would further antagonize community members
who feel their voices are not
being heard and that Evergreen is very different from
all the other public universities in Washington. The board
stated the most likely active
shooter scenario on campus
would be at close quarters,
a situation rifles would not
help with.
On Oct. 14, 2009, former
Vice President of Student
Affairs Art Constantino concurred and made the final decision that the college would
not purchase AR-15 rifles
for campus police, according
to reporting from Madeline
Berman for the Journal. “The
feelings of the campus were
taken into consideration,”
Constantino said regarding
the decision.
Constantino further underlined that the Thurston
County Sheriff has primary
jurisdiction over Evergreen
and requires at least four officers to respond to an active
shooter, thus “a response to an
active shooter on campus will
require us to depend upon
outside agencies regardless of
the equipment at hand.”
What’s Going On Now
On Aug. 15, 2017, President Bridges approved the
hiring of two additional campus police officers and additional police communication
staff; as well as mandatory
active shooter orientations
for new students, staff, and
faculty. The approval also included crowd control equipment such as OC-10 pepper
spray and pepper balls, modernized radio infrastructure,
door locking systems, and
alarms. Additionally, Bridges gave the go-ahead to expand campus surveillance
systems beyond the current
55 cameras, including the
addition of cameras to Red
Square and body cameras
for officers after surveillance
was “discussed more broadly
on campus.”
Today, President Bridges is declining to comment
on his police equipment
decisions, instead directing
questions to Allison Anderson, Evergreens Public
Relations Manager. Anderson will neither confirm nor
deny if any of the equipment
listed above has been purchased and has declined to
release any new statements
on the matter. Instead, Anderson continues to release
the same statement, which
says Evergreen is committed to giving police services
the “training, equipment and
personnel they need to keep
us safe.” She has declined to
clarify what that means.




artist interview by
Brittanyana Pierro

“I’m passionate about representation and self expression and accessibility and growth of perspectives and unconditional love.” “I don’t know I just want everyone t

“I just like to appreciate cool and original shit. Art (broad, I know) it’s beautiful. It’s everything I could ask for. I hope that other

“I like to talk
about the gender
spectrum being
like, put in this
box of what you
look like, and
how you should
act and all that
shit. It’s like,
so whack and,
actually, it’s really
harmful for
growing up
because like,
it’s something
that I didn’t
understand until
I started making
art like in myself,
and it felt really
nice to finally
understand it, and
now I can make
art about it.”

people feel refreshed when seeing m


“I started making art to heal and understand myself. When people connect
with it and find their own meanings in my art, and then trust me enough
to put that art on their bodies. It’s beautiful and healing.”

to be like, open. Open to new things that they don’t understand. I want people to like try to understand things they don’t understand and where they judge them.”

“Kinda just trying to influence different ways of thinking and experimenting and digging into your true self.”

my art.”


Film Panel at Capitol Theater, November 2018. MARTA TAHJA-SYRETT.

On Nov. 16, the Capitol
Theater hosted a panel on
LGBTQ+ representation in
film as part of its 35th annual film festival. Panelists
discussed the importance
of sharing queer stories, as
well as the stereotypical depictions LGBTQ+ characters frequently face within
the cinematic world. They
illustrated their experiences as queer filmmakers and
artists alongside the self-actualization those experiences
brought forward.
Six panelists, sitting together at a purple-clothed
table, collectively noted that
representation helps us to see
without experience, providing people with the opportunity to learn more about
each other — to learn more
about LGBTQ+ people.
Queer representation can
also be validating because it
serves as a mirror, reflecting
an image of one’s reality back
to oneself; an image that is
so often inaccessible for
queer people. Panelists Ricky
German and Stacy Peck both
observed how the global society of today aids in queer
such as YouTube have become primary sources where
queer people have the ability
to document their individual experiences and share
their stories. Peck went on
to say that modern technol-

ogy has also made audience
engagement attainable even
when monetary resources are
limited. She said that videos
filmed on her phone were
able to reach as large of an
audience as videos produced
with higher funding, if not
An issue that can arise
with representation, though,
is exploitation. Panelists discussed how queer identity is
often showcased in film for
the purpose of intriguing
those who are curious about
it. These “how to tolerate
queer people”-esque films
are not made for queer people at all. In fact, many of
the filmmakers pointed out
that such movies, in addition
to modern television shows,
seem to be intended for family members of someone who
recently came out; a polished
feel-good depiction of familial acceptance. Peck commented that Netflix originals were the epitome of this
pseudo-genre. Queer characters are also seen as a disposable component of film,
as filmmakers can decide
whether or not to include
them. Panelists suggested
that straight people should
see films that depict queer
everyday life, instead of ones
made for their appeal.
In regard to the depiction of LGBTQ+ characters
in film, Mary Anne Car-


ter brought up the fact that
straight and queer love stories are portrayed in completely different ways. She
said that a straight love story depicts reaching a happily ever after, whereas a
queer love story embodies
a “choose your own adventure” theme. In the same
vein, Carter also made a connection to Peck’s observation
regarding contemporary and
mainstream queer films. She
said that even though there
has been progress in queer
representation, there is still a
long way to go before reaching the finish line.
Notably, the panel observed that many queer people identify with villainous
characters in film (think of
Cruella de Vil or Ursula).
Perhaps this is because members of the LGBTQ+ community frequently feel villainized themselves. In turn,
the evil antagonist archetype
aligns with their experiences and even becomes something beautiful and appealing. As Carter put it, “Why
not enjoy it?” She continued
by saying that this sentiment
comes from a place that understands that queer people
are not inherently bad — as
sometimes depicted.
Eliaichi Kimaro (who
identifies as a queer, multiracial, first-generation American film director) spoke


about one of her experiences as a filmmaker. She was
producing a film in Tanzania, which she hoped would
encapsulate the story of her
father’s heritage. She had
planned on someday showing this film to her children
as a means of instilling a legacy. Yet, after the film was reviewed, Kimaro was told that
her work contained no heart.
It needed to delve into something deeper. At that time,
Kimaro realized her film was
lacking her own multifaceted
identity. As a marginalized
woman, she needed to take
up space, something that she
is often denied in our society. Even though the film
does not directly delve into
the fact that she is a queer
woman, Kimaro says that she
stills labels it as a queer film
because it was made through
the lens through which she
views the world.
When Jonah Barrett asked
fellow panelists what their
thoughts were regarding
straight actors being cast
for queer roles, German
answered by saying that although it doesn’t always
turn out terribly, there must
always be strong reasoning
behind the decision to do so.
German believes that if the
decision is made solely out
of convenience, it definitely
should not have been made.
Nearing the end of the

discussion, an overarching
idea came forth — as we
tell our diverse stories, we
give to the world a more inclusive perspective on life.
Danny Tayara says that as
someone who was socialized female, they have been
taught to avoid taking up
space. Despite this, they
persist in making sure to
include themselves in their
work. They are able to write
themself into the film’s story, making it possible to see
themself, for the first time,
displayed on the screen.
Artists are not the only
ones who can support queer
representation in film. This
is something that all movie-watchers can do. Carter
instructed audience members to “support marginalized people directly” and
to support people from the
bottom up. Film curators
who are limited in financial
resources need to tell their
story as well, and in turn,
films with lower funding are
oftentimes more meaningful
than those produced with
greater monetary resources. People working under
lower-budget circumstances
are involved in the process
of creation differently; invested in heartfelt sincerity.
Look past the high-production, the flashy, and find
your way towards films with
diverse lenses.


November 11-17

Week 1

November 18-24

Week 2


A new column where we
ask folks at this school an uncomfortable question and
publish the answers. We hope that sharing those less-talkedabout things here, with each other, can be cathartic.
Be warned, some content may be triggering.
Email us potential questions!

That a creative writing
piece of mine sounded
like John Green’s writing

“You think that nothing can make
you unhappy today? It is now my goal to
make you unhappy.”
Catherine, Junior

Julian, Staff

When I lived in an abusive
home, one of my parents
called me the C-word.

Brennan, Junior

Jess, Freshman

Novak, Freshman

Rakaiah, Senior

“Your hair
is gross.”

The meanest
thing anyone
has ever said
to me was...
In middle school,
they called me ‘period head’
because I’m a ginger.
Collin, Sophomore

When I cut my hair, people
called me a psycho lesbian.
Tulla, Freshman
“I don’t trust
white people.”


When I told my first girlfriend
that I had been sexually abused, she
went around telling everyone that
I was lying and that I actually
enjoyed it.

When my boyfriend told me
he’s more of an adult than I am
because he studies science and
no one uses philosophy.

“At least I was
by my parents.”

“Fuck off
and die.”

That when I was
born, I came out of my
mom’s butthole.

That I’m
not worth

“You look
a bum.”


“You’re you,”
but the
was in like
the tone they



(October 24 - November 22)

(October 24 - November 22)

You are very intense and always question everything. These can

Your ability to make sense out of nonsense is exactly what your

in mind when you get into heated discussions. You know you are

quarter can be high pressure but that doesn’t scare you. You

be detrimental traits when it comes to relationships. Keep that

coming from a place of love and compassion, but your partner
may not. Stop yourself and make it clear that you want to achieve
harmony, not war. If you can, you will breeze through this week.

EF Student

When my dad told me that
his boundaries were being violated
whenever he had to say my name.
Kady, Sophomore

A significant number of people (across multiple genders and backgrounds)
reported being called “faggot” or variations thereupon. If we printed
every instance, it would easily take up this whole page, so we aren’t doing
that. Still, it felt important to acknowledge the ubiquity of the slur and to
thank everyone who shared their experiences with us.

know that going into 2019 is a fresh start. Share that hope with
others around you.

(November 23 - December 22):
You enjoy meeting new people and can also be reckless. Be

(November 23 - December 22):
Your very positive outlook on life and vibrant personality means
that you are LOVING being back in school. Take all those messups and failures from the past quarter and embrace them! They
helped make you who you are.

Capricorn (December 23 - January 20):
Your ambitious nature and very active mind means that you are

the least likely to have enjoyed this holiday break. You love getting to challenge the status quo every day and be in class, learn-

ing and studying. Now that school is back on, put that ambitious
crafty mind to work on your studies.

careful this week because you might be tempted to go overboard. Proceed with caution, your planetary alignment is predicting fun and safety. No matter how tempted you are, remem-

ber if it’s illegal, stay away. Go into 2019 with a clean slate and
a clean arrest record.

(December 23 - January 20):
Instead of creating a list of goals for 2019, create a list of art
projects you want to see happen. Plan out something artistic
you can do once a month for the next year. That way when

you’re deep into next quarter, you’ll have a reminder to take a

Aquarius (January 21 - February 19):

break and exercise your other skills.

An Aquarius doesn’t care what others think about them. You


tions on being a unique and important part of the world. Spend

You are known for taking every opportunity that comes your

as well.

2019 is a great time to act on those great ideas. “The people who

aren’t a people pleaser and that makes you unique! Congratula-

(January 21 - February 19):

time this week helping others discover what makes them unique

way. Constantly formulating new ideas. This first month of

Pisces (February 20 - March 20):

are crazy enough to change the world are the ones who do.”

You are extremely sensitive and reserved and feel most at home

(February 20 - March 20):

when you can escape from reality. You went full caterpillar over

the break. You hid away in your cocoon this winter break and are
now ready to go full butterfly in 2019!
Aries (March 21 - April 20):

Put your phone away this week and look at people in the eye
when you talk to them. Your natural aversion from getting close
to people will be shattered in 2019. You love attention, but instead of seeking it out online, you will see it irl this week.


There is no better listener or exceptional friend than the Pisces.
Your skills are about to be tested and improved exponentially in

this area. You’re about to butterfly hardcore into this new year.
2019 was made for you! Don’t shrink back from this new year
but embrace it with your arms open wide.
Aries (March 21 - April 20):

How did it go being less attached to your phone last week? Was

Taurus (April 21 - May 21):

it hard? Yeah, I thought so. Keep up the hard work this week

As the second sign of the zodiac, you are known for being

Taurus (April 21 - May 21):

a fighter. This week, fight for what you want. Put that good
work ethic to use.

Your high energy and talkative ways will help you enjoy this
fill up your love tank and help you enjoy your life even more.
Cancer (June 22 - July 22):

You love security yet seek adventure. Take this time at the

beginning of the year to reflect on your top moments of 2018.
Remember when you made that crazy decision with your best
friend? You had the security of your friendship while fulfilling
your need for adventure! That is the spirit to take into 2019!
Leo (July 23 - August 21):

Your high self-esteem and devoted personality has you poised

to truly enjoy this week. Your studies are back on and you

can finally have the academic spotlight you missed over break.
Don’t go to crazy though, the stars show that you and alcohol

could be on a crash course, so make sure to befriend moderation this holiday season.

Virgo (August 22 - September 23):
Since Virgos are known to be “mind-oriented and constantly
analyzing,” use that to your advantage. Lean into your natural characteristics and look at where you succeeded this past

quarter. Studying yourself and taking time to reflect can only
HELP you grow and become the best version of yourself. If
anyone can gain the most out of self-reflection, it’s Virgo.
Libra (September 24 - October 23):

Your diplomatic nature and ability to get along well with everyone will be put to the test in this new quarter. Your star

map shows conflict is brewing. But you will overcome it. Re-

member that if someone is lashing out, it is only coming from
a place of pain. And people in pain need love most of all. Your

ability to love and nurture will serve you and those around
you quite well this winter quarter.

making meaningful connections face to face.

This is the beginning of the year and you’re reminiscing on
all of your mistakes. Stop it! Be thankful for the mistakes

Gemini (May 22 - June 21):
time back at school. Spending time with your loved ones will

When different people
say, “Go back to your
country because you don’t
speak English” and that
kind of stuff. Or ask why
am I here, or say I am
going to rape or steal
because I am speaking

circle of influence is needing this week. The beginning of winter

you’ve made, they have made you stronger. Go into 2019
with your head and hopes high!

(May 22 - June 21):
You’re a go-getter and ready to crush 2019. Keep this first
month fun while planning for the future! You know what
they say, “Failure to plan is planning to fail.”

(June 22 - July 22):
This first month of the year has you buzzing with excite-

ment. Don’t stress over family drama. Instead, be thankful

for the friends who have become your family. Write down
thank-you notes to give to your friends and start 2019 off
on the right foot.

(July 23 - August 21):
Forgiveness is key. Do not go into 2019 holding on to any
bitterness. Leave old things in the past. Walk into 2019 with
a clear mind and a clear heart.

(August 22 - September 23):
You enjoy bettering yourself and those around you. This
week recognize the friends who are struggling during this

new season. Seek them out and bless them with a coffee or
a brunch. Being there for your friends is the best gift you
can give to them.

(September 24 - October 23):
You are ambitious, have expensive taste. and work hard to

make money. Go into 2019 with a bang! Go all out and have
no regrets starting off 2019.




Hey y’all, scholarships are due February 1! All materials need to be in by
5 p.m. at the Scholarship Office, located
right next to Financial Aid in the library
basement. If you haven’t started yet don’t
fret — you still have time — but here’s
a checklist of the things you should do
right away!
First, figure out which scholarships
you are applying for. Evergreen’s website
has a specific page set up for scholarships
that can be sorted by class standing, status as new or current student, and whether or not they are need based.
Next, determine what the scholarships
require from you. This includes FAFSA,
examples of work, essays, personal statements and letters of recommendations.
Which leads us to what can be the most
time sensitive step:
wanna give your professor or whoever is

writing your letter as much time as possible to write the fluffiest and most forgiving recommendation for you — and
remember, this is week one of winter
quarter, so they are bound to be busy. Get
those requests in NOW, like, literally
drop what you’re doing and start writing
those emails!
Then, work on your essays. It can be
helpful to group together scholarships by
essay topic. Make sure you change who
the essay is addressed to, but otherwise
it is okay to use the same essay for multiple scholarships (as long as they are relevant to each application). This way, you
can apply for many scholarships but only
write a few essays.
Check scholarship workshops! They
can help you refine your applications.
Upcoming dates are:
Jan. 16, 1 p.m.
Scholarship Workshop
LIB 2619

For you, dear reader, we have visited
every gender-neutral bathroom on upper
campus. As Hemingway once almost
said, “write what shit you know.” We
didn’t put every bathroom to use, as we
didn’t have nearly enough coffee [1] or
greenery burritos [2]. But, with continence — or, erm, confidence — we can
say that these are the best gender-neutral
bathrooms of Evergreen.
5. Second floor of LAB II
It is really weirdly narrow.
You will feel like you are in a
French film.
Or perhaps Wes Anderson.
4. Third floor of the CAB, nearest
the SEAL
I have literally never seen anyone

else in there.
There is a lot of funny graffiti.
3. Hidden CAB Basement Lavatory
This one makes the list mainly for
being hidden. To get there, take the
elevator down to the basement and turn
right. Ignore any inkling you may be in
the wrong place. Follow the hallway for
forty or so feet and turn left to experience gender-neutral shitter luxury. It
is single occupancy, but you get a toilet
with stall walls for extra privacy AND a
urinal. There’s no cell service, but there is
wi-fi, so you can scroll twitter as you shit
without being bothered by robo-calls.
The fire evacuation roots still list the
bathroom as a men’s room but, make no
mistake, this is definitively the third-best
place to poop.


Jan. 16, 23, 30,
5-7 p.m.,
The Writing Center LIB 2304
Tuesdays in January,
6 - 8 p.m., at the
Student Equity
& Arts Lounge, CAB 310
For real though, write for scholarships!
Some of them will cover your whole tuition and they’re not only for one type
of person. There are plenty that are for:
people who demonstrate financial need,
people of color, trans and queer people,
older students, people who are studying
for specific degrees, people with GEDs,
people who show academic excellence,
and some are for just open to everyone.
If you are worried you will not get one,
remember that the only way to absolutely
not gain them is to not try at all. Am I
right? Okay, y’all go get that bread. Good
2. Runner up: Fourth Floor of
It is often empty.
It has a good mirror.
The toilet is not automatic

Overall Champion: Library
Loading Dock Double-Feature
Sometimes we might feel guilty
spending too much time in a single-occupancy gender neutral bathroom,
especially when folks keep jiggling the
handle to see if its occupied. Our overall
champion not only assuages that guilt by
offering an alternative multi-occupancy
gender neutral suite, but is also the most
peaceful, well-kept and comfort-stocked
poop-spot that Evergreen offers.
Inexplicably, some bathrooms in this
school have no mirrors, either as a result

of ever-present graffiti or some sort of
“you’re beautiful and you don’t even have
to look at yourself ” sentiment gone awry.
Our champion lets you see yourself in
portrait with a full-body mirror AND
a classic 40-foot “doing makeup with
the other cheerleaders while gossiping” mirror. The single-occupancy also
has a baby-changing station. Our only
complaint is that, when we visited,
the walls had two graffiti swastikas.
The walk through the often-empty
library ground-floor is a calming break
from class. If there was ever any sort
of campaign to improve this schools
often-neglected bathrooms — a bowel
movement, if you will — then it should
be modeled on these lavatories, a shining example of quality restrooms on a
hill of shit.