The Daily Evergreen The student voice of Washington State University since 1895 Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:44:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Activist wants police funds resourced to social programming, housing Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:00:54 +0000 WSU’s Martin Luther King Jr. and Common Reading programs hosted an event Thursday, featuring a well-known activist. 

Activist Bree Newsome Bass said she grew up in a diverse area of Columbia, Maryland. The area had mixed-income housing and both her parents were teachers. 

“When I was growing up, my mom in particular, her work really focused on disparities in education,” she said.

Newsome Bass said she grew up with an awareness of the inequality that is present in education. She became involved in activism in 2013 and in 2015, she went to the South Carolina State House to remove the Confederate flag from its post, she said. 

Newsome Bass said she was concerned about violence when she made her descent to the ground after retrieving the flag. While she was removing the flag, police officers had tasers pointed at her, she said.  

When Newsome Bass did reach the ground, she was arrested and held for a few hours before being released, she said. 

People argue the Confederate symbols need to be respected because they are a part of history. But the monuments were put there to rewrite the history of the Civil War, she said. 

“Of course, we need to remember what happened and we need to educate on it,” Newsome Bass said. 

Newsome Bass became involved with the Black Lives Matter movement after a string of killings involving the police and Black people, she said. 

Newsome Bass said there is never a right way to protest for people who do not want to hear the protest. If someone is concerned about the issue, then a truly peaceful protest would not incite violence. 

The events over the last few weeks have shown the realities of police behavior, she said. They are choosing when to be involved and violent. 

Newsome Bass said the police are more of the source of the problem than the solution. Instead of putting money into policing, the funds should go into social programs and housing. 

Instead of sending a police offer to handle a domestic dispute, a social worker should be sent, she said. 

“It’s not defunding, it is about changing where we source things,” she said. 

It is important for everyone to get involved in protests because the pandemic has demonstrated how the overall health of the U.S. is impacted by who has access to health care, Newsome Bass said. 

“This is a big reason why the outbreak is so bad here,” she said. “It impacts the overall quality of life.”

Newsome Bass said she is cautiously hopeful for the new administration and it is possible a turning point has been reached. 

Young people can get involved by connecting with an organization and finding an issue they are passionate about, she said. 

The next MLK and Common Reading event is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9. 

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Scholarships available through BECU Foundation Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:00:49 +0000 The BECU Foundation is currently accepting applications for its annual scholarships through Feb. 26. 

The foundation is a nonprofit focused on providing scholarships to student members of BECU, said Katherine Taylor-Hurley, BECU community engagement director.

In 1995, a BECU member suggested giving scholarships to students. Since then, the foundation has awarded more than $3.3 million in scholarships to 1,246 student members, Taylor-Hurley said.

The application opened Jan. 1. Applicants have to be either graduating high school seniors, or currently in their undergraduate program already enrolled at a two-year, four-year or technical college or university, said Marissa Verzosa, BECU senior community engagement specialist. 

Verzosa said those who are in graduate programs or looking to start graduate programs are not eligible. Students are required to be a member of BECU and be the primary account holder, Verzosa said.

Taylor-Hurley said the focus of the scholarship is on community service. The scholarship is for $2,500 and renewable for two years for a total of $5,000.

The foundation awards a minimum of 25 scholarships every year, according to the BECU website.

“We know that education is a clear pathway to financial health, and so being able to provide some support for our members’ education is also helping them achieve better outcomes in terms of their financial health,” she said. 

Verzosa said the scholarship application requires applicants to list their community service and any other activities they are part of. 

“We want to hear the inspiring truth of our applicants,” she said. 

There are two rounds of scoring. The first round of scoring involves narrowing down the scholarship applicants and seeing which are the top, she said. 

The second round involves a selection committee composed of representatives from various nonprofits that partner with BECU, Verzosa said. 

BECU employees do not engage in the selection of the scholarship recipients. Outside organizations, primarily nonprofits, score applicants. Last year, more than 80 people from different organizations looked at the applications, Taylor-Hurley said 

Taylor-Hurley said the advice she gives to those applying for the scholarships is for students applying to tell a personal story. 

“We look for students who have unique stories and who have found ways to give back to their community in ways that make a real impact,” she said. 

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Cougars get back in the pool against Seattle U Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:00:48 +0000 The WSU women’s swim team has not been able to compete since last March at the beginning of the COVID- 19 pandemic. After a long time away from the pool, the women are now ready to swim.

This week the Cougars travel to Seattle to swim against Seattle University at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Last week the Cougars swam against The University of Utah, with several swimmers setting personal bests and senior Chole Larson beating the Gibb Pool all-time record in 50m free. The whole meet was neck and neck between the Cougars and the Utes, but in the end, Utah pulled out the victory over WSU 140-118.

“Hopefully we can continue to grow off of our meet against Utah and bring that to Idaho,” head coach Matt Leach said.

The season for the Cougar women might be short, but there is a promising future for the Pac-12 Championships in late February and a possible NCAA Championship at the end of the season.

The team is ready to go and swim as hard and fast as they can, Larson said.

“I think we’re going to do some big things; our eyes are set on Pacs,” Larson said. “We’re training hard every week.”

The Cougars have only swum in one meet in 2021 after their season was postponed. Leach said this team should be one to watch, with several swimmers that he is excited to see improve.

“I’m really excited about this season. This season has taken a lot to develop,” Leach said. “It’s been a lot of ‘hit the gas, then stop.'”

One swimmer who fans should look out for is freshman Kiana Swain, who recently made it to the top 10 in the 200 butterfly.

“Kiana has been working hard all season. She’s a freshman and has already had a top-8 time in the program,” Larson said.

The seniors of this team are hungry for a season and hungry to show the Pac- 12 and the rest of the country that they are going to swim as hard as they have trained to compete at an elite level.

“I think it’s going to be fun to swim against everyone and have the experience of what it means to be a Pac-12 swimmer,” Larson said.

The coaching staff has been working all pre-season to add new ideas to push swimmers and break them out of their shells. The team is swimming at the level Leach has been training them for since he took over as head coach. Leach’s goal has been to keep the same energy from practices to the meets.

“We’ve always been trying to bring in more competition and more energy,” Leach said.

The Cougars are ready to travel to Seattle to compete and look to have more top times as the team starts preparing for the Pac- 12 Championship meet.

Catch the Cougar swim team face the University of Seattle at 10 a.m. Saturday. The meet will be aired on the WSU Athletics website.

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Cougars look to get back on track against Ducks Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:00:47 +0000 The WSU women’s basketball team will face the Oregon Ducks at 5 p.m. Friday in Eugene, Oregon.

The Cougars had a rough week after suffering two overtime losses on the road to USC and UCLA. The team now continues their road trip into Oregon, where they will face the Ducks.

“I continue to be amazed at this team’s resilience, fight and playmaking ability to keep the game close,” head coach Kamie Ethridge said.

The team is coming off of back-to-back losses for the first time this year, right after receiving the first Top 25 ranking in program history.

The Cougars (7-3, 5-3) went into overtime three times in a row, the first time in program history that has happened. They lost two of those games, both of which were on the road to California schools.

The Oregon Ducks (9-3, 6-3) lost three of their last four games, all of which were against Pac-12 competition, and all losses resulted from a team that is ranked in the Top 15 in the nation or higher.

This matchup is not the first time University of Oregon and WSU faced off this season. After starting the season 3-0, the Oregon Ducks flocked into Beasley and handed the Cougs their first loss of the season, 69-65 on Dec. 21.

That was the first matchup for the Ducks in which their offense failed to put up 70 points, and the WSU team as a whole was pleased with how their program performed.

“I think it bodes well for our program to be able to go toe to toe with some potential All-Americans,” Ethridge said.

After the initial loss, WSU racked up four straight wins, until the two overtime losses, which now brings us to the present day.

The Ducks have only one loss at home this season which is against the No. 8 UCLA Bruins. 

However, despite the loss, WSU held the Bruins to just 66 points, ten points below their season average. Oregon allowed 73 points in their loss to UCLA.

Since the game against Oregon at Beasley, the Cougar’s offense has gotten better late in games.

WSU scored 70 or more points in five of their last six games, despite consistently slow starts shooting the ball.

“Defensively, we’ve kept ourselves in games, so that’s been the encouraging part,” Ethridge said. “You can’t simulate all the different styles [of defense] that you’re going to see in this league.”

Against UCLA, WSU only scored 21 points in the first half, a season-low for the Cougs.

Part of doing that was neutralizing the team’s leading scorer, freshman guard Charlisse Leger-Walker. The Bruins did just that in the first half.

WSU has passed the ball efficiently over the past few games but has failed to connect on shots from the floor, bringing their total field goal percentage to 42 percent this season.

The team’s three-point percentage has fallen too, hovering at 33 percent. Redshirt senior guard Krystal Leger-Walker leads the team in threes with 21 on the year.

The last time Oregon and WSU played, WSU limited the Ducks from the three-point line and maintained a strong presence inside the paint. That forced Oregon to take shots that were difficult to make, while also giving WSU the best chance at the ensuing rebound.

The WSU defense has stuck with this philosophy, and now just looks to the offense to connect on more baskets.

The game will tip-off at 5 p.m. from Eugene, Oregon. The game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network.

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Pac-12 parts ways with commissioner Larry Scott Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:00:44 +0000 The Pac-12 announced conference commissioner Larry Scott will not be returning for the 2021-22 season on Wednesday night.

As first reported by Sports Business Journal’s Michael Smith and later confirmed by the conference, Larry Scott and the Pac-12 leadership “mutually agreed that the Commissioner would not seek a new contract,” according to a statement from the conference.

Scott will continue serving in his position until June 30 to help assist in the transition, according to the statement.

The commissioner served the conference starting in 2009 when it was still known as the Pac-10. Under Scott, the Pac-12 added two teams, expanded their broadcasting capabilities and had the first Pac-12 Football Championships, according to the statement.

The search for the new commissioner will be carried out by the Pac-12 executive committee made up of University of Oregon President Michael Schill, WSU President Kirk Schulz and University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce, according to the statement.

“The intercollegiate athletics marketplace doesn’t remain static and now is a good time to bring in a new leader who will help us develop our go-forward strategy,” Schill said.

According to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, there are a handful of candidates that are in the mix early on in the process. Those names include XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck, Stanford Athletic Director Bernard Muir, WCC Commissioner Gloria Nevarez, Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich and Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith.

“This moment, when college athletics are moving in a new direction and with the conference soon commencing the next round of media negotiations, it seems the right time to make a change,” Scott said. “It is important that the conference be able to put in place the person who will negotiate and carry out that next agreement.”

The current television deal with Fox and ESPN is set to expire in 2024 when negotiations will likely open up with other networks and providers, according to the Pac-12 Conference.

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Women’s basketball ends Oregon road trip in Corvallis Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:00:41 +0000 The WSU Cougars are getting set to end their four-game road trip as they take on the Oregon State Beavers at 2 p.m. Sunday in Corvallis, Oregon.

The Cougars now have one more away game before they are granted back-to-back home games, both of which are against the top team in the Pac-12, the No. 5 Stanford Cardinals.

“That’s why we want to be in this league, we want to compete against the very best,” head coach Kamie Ethridge said.

That’s exactly what the Cougs have done this year. Currently, the Cougs are ranked fifth in the conference. At the beginning of the year, the team was projected to finish in last place.

With that being said, the team has also lost their first-ever AP Top 25 ranking following their loss to UCLA and have struggled offensively in the first half over the past few weeks.

“We dig ourselves a bit of a hole,” Ethridge said. “We give [opponents] too much credit in the first half where we just panic and don’t even try to run some of our stuff.”

Ethridge acknowledged the slow starts and took the blame for them, but she also praised her team for their ability to keep the game close.

“I continued to be amazed at this team’s fight, and competitiveness and [ability] to defend at a high level,” Ethridge said.

WSU’s defense has held opponents to an average of under 64 points a game this year, while the offense creates a six-point scoring margin in favor of WSU, averaging 70 points per game.

Freshman guard Charlisse Leger-Walker leads the Pac-12 in points per game, averaging 19.7. She is also the team’s leading scorer and stealer.

The Oregon State Beavers (3-4, 1-4) were ranked 21st in the nation the last time they played the Cougs. They have since only lost one game, however that one game was the only game the team played for an entire month.

The Beaver’s loss at Arizona on Jan. 17 was the first game Oregon State played since their loss to WSU in Beasley back in December.

After the 61-55 Cougar victory, Oregon State had six games in a row that were postponed, until finally playing, and losing to Arizona. Their game against the University of Washington scheduled to be on the 22nd of this month has also been postponed.

Technically, the Beavers are on a four-game losing streak, but with a total of eight games this season being either canceled or postponed, the losing streak must extend past the court for the Beavers.

Oregon State has struggled with COVID-19 issues, the same way WSU did at the start of the season.

However, Oregon State’s most recent contest, which was supposed to be against the University of Washington on Friday, was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Huskies program, not the Beavers.

The game will commence from the Beaver’s home court in Corvallis, Oregon, and will be the first time Oregon State has hosted any opponent since mid-December.

Tip-off is at 2 p.m. The game can be viewed live on

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Women’s golf announces 2021 schedule Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:00:32 +0000 Kelli Kamimura, WSU women’s golf head coach, announced the Cougars finalized their schedule for the 2021 season on Wednesday.

“We look forward to starting our season in a few weeks,” Kamimura said. “Our 2021 schedule is very competitive, and we look forward to competing on a mix of West Coast golf courses against schools from all across the country. The players have worked hard over the last year and they are excited to compete together as a team.”

The season will tee off with the ninth annual Lamkin Invitational hosted by San Diego State University. The tournament will take place Feb. 8 and 9. 

The following week, WSU will head to Scottsdale, Arizona to take part in the Sun Devil Winter Classic hosted by Arizona State University, before taking a couple of weeks off.

March 1-3, WSU will compete in the Bruin-Wave Invitational hosted by UCLA. The following week will see the Cougars head to California for the Meadow Club Invitational hosted by the University of San Francisco.

Once again, the Cougars will get a break before the ASU Ping Invitational hosted by the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Silverado Showdown hosted by University of Oregon in Napa, California, over consecutive weeks.

The season will wrap up April 23-25 at the Pac-12 Championships in Stanford, California.

The Cougars have six returning golfers from the 2020 season, including fifth-year senior Marie Lund-Hansen, who picked up her first career victory with a title shared with teammate Amy Chu at the Meadow Club Collegiate in 2020.

WSU will also be welcoming two new golfers to the team in the spring. Transfer junior Jessie Lin and freshman Jinyu Wu will be looking to make a splash in their Cougar debuts in 2021.

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WSU wraps up arrival testing for students Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:00:29 +0000 All students living, working or otherwise needing to be on campus for spring semester were expected to get a COVID-19 test as they arrived back in Pullman.

Beasley Coliseum has been the testing site for most asymptomatic students since Jan. 4, said Phil Weiler, WSU vice president for marketing and communications. 

Greek Life members were tested off-campus. WSU set up a facility on College Hill, in what used to be Stubblefields Bar. Greek houses had specific days assigned to them for testing, Weiler said.  

“It’s gone incredibly well. We’ve had over 4,600 students participate in arrival testing, which is just phenomenal, and we’ve had an extremely low positivity rate,” said Jill Creighton, WSU dean of students and associate vice president of student affairs.

Weiler said students with symptoms were asked to contact Cougar Health Services for a different testing location. 

The testing process at Beasley was fairly smooth, said freshman Corbin Riley, who is currently living on campus.

Riley said the whole process took less than ten minutes, and there was no line the day he went. 

The communication from the university he received beforehand was slightly confusing. The process could have been better explained, he said.  

Riley said he thought students were required to register for a test time in advance.

“It turns out you could actually just go and get tested,” he said. “So, the communication was not great. But also, it worked out just fine.”

Since students have been arriving back to campus, tests have indicated the student positivity rate was below the five percent positivity mark, which is the target for most communities, Weiler said. 

As part of the Cougs Cancel COVID initiative, WSU is having a 10-day Challenge, where students spend their first 10 days on campus strictly following various health guidelines, he said. 

Weiler said part of the challenge includes students finding their quarantine pod of five students or less. Students are also encouraged to wear masks, wash their hands and social distance. 

“We’re going to continue to be asking folks to do the right thing,” Creighton said, “and I’ve just been really, really thrilled to see most of our students doing exactly what they’re supposed to do.”

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Rotaract club supports families affected by Malden fire Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:00:26 +0000 Although COVID-19 halted projects and in-person meetings for the Rotaract Club of the Palouse, the group saw an opportunity to help families impacted by the Malden fire.

The club is service-based with a focus on engaging younger community members, ages 18 to 30. With offices in Pullman and Moscow, the group plans projects every month, said Katrina Barlass, President and University of Idaho senior education major.

The local Rotary District awarded the club a $300 grant to purchase gift cards for Malden and Pine City families. A community member also donated $350. This allowed the group to buy 13 different $50 cards for grocery stores, like Walmart and Rosauers, said club advisor Jake St. Clair.

Rotaract members collected a variety of necessities, including sweatshirts, hats, gloves and hygiene products. Barlass said the items were given to the United Way of Whitman County due to the preexisting relationship with Malden residents.

“There’s a lot of people out there that want to do these things, and they don’t know how to do it,” St. Clair said.

In order to find out if they would be able to help affected families, Barlass asked Rotaract members if there was interest in a fall fundraiser, she said.

The response was overwhelming, she said. Even if it meant meeting on Zoom from a distance, COVID-19 was the perfect time to help others.

“As president of Rotaract, it was just so exciting to hear,” Barlass said. “The officers and I started brainstorming ways that we could help our community while limiting our contact with others.”

The club usually hosts an annual care drive for U.S. military members, but it was canceled last spring. Barlass said after she saw an influx of posts on social media about wildfires, including in Malden and Pine City, the group decided the care drive should benefit those families.

Barlass created fliers and posted them around Pullman and Moscow in October hoping community members would donate items through a porch-side pickup system, she said. People could also drop off supplies in bins set up around town.

The calls started to pour in, and by the end of the care drive in December they had collected over $300 worth of items, Barlass said.

The group does not have any upcoming fundraisers at the moment, she said. However, those interested can attend Rotaract Club meetings at 6 p.m. biweekly on Wednesdays.

“It is times of uncertainty that we can always rely on our community to support one another,” Barlass said.

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Former WSU athlete and NBA All-Star shares struggle with mental health Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:00:24 +0000 James Donaldson, WSU alum and NBA All-Star, started writing a book last year that focused on his mental health journey.

Donaldson played for the Seattle SuperSonics, the San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks after graduating from WSU in 1979.

Donaldson went on to have a prolific NBA career after graduating from WSU in 1979. (COURTESY OF JAMES DONALDSON)

“I really took to Washington State and to Pullman, Washington, like a duck to water,” Donaldson said. 

He lived in Pullman for the entirety of his college career, working and training during the summers. Donaldson said he enjoyed living in a small college town and has nothing but positive memories from his time in Pullman. 

After graduating and retiring from the NBA, Donaldson started his own business, The Donaldson Clinic, an orthopedic physical therapy clinic that ran for 28 years, he said. 

“I started [the business] after a real serious knee injury during my NBA playing days and decided that’s the business I wanted to go into,” Donaldson said. 

Things were going well for Donaldson, but an emergency open-heart surgery in January 2015 quickly upended his life, he said. 

“The rest of the year, I was essentially flat on my back. In 2016, I had a follow-up operation on my heart, and again that put me down for several months trying to recover from that,” Donaldson said.

Soon after his second heart surgery, Donaldson’s mother passed away. He went through a divorce and had to pull the plug on his physical therapy clinic because he could not financially support it, he said. 

“One thing after another after another within the space of 12 or 18 months, and it just became too much to bear,” Donaldson said. 

Donaldson said these events sent him into a deep depression, causing him to experience anxiety and suicidal ideation. He felt that no one cared for him or would miss him if he was gone. 

“It was a very dark and lonely journey for 12 months … but after a year I was finally back to my old self again and able to come out and tell my story,” he said. 

Donaldson wrote a book about his experience, called “Celebrating Your Gift of Life: From the Verge of Suicide to a Life of Purpose and Joy,” which was recently published. 

Donaldson said he wanted to show people that no matter how dark one’s situation gets, it will always get better, and surrounding yourself with loved ones is important 

Along with his book, Donaldson created a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those who have suffered from those same feelings of hopelessness, he said. 

Chuck Wright, non-profit collaborator and Donaldson’s friend, also battled with mental health struggles of his own. Wright said he is passionate about helping Donaldson share his story. 

Wright has a certification in traumatic stress and was a first responder during 9/11. Donaldson and Wright became friends soon after 9/11 because of their shared interest in helping others. 

“I started talking to James about having a mental health person in his clinic to help people who were traumatized by accidents or physical illness,” Wright said. “He liked the idea, and then he said ‘yes we’ll take you on as a consultant.’”

There is a stigma surrounding athletes and politicians; society thinks they do not have human emotions like depression and anxiety, Wright said.

Wright said he wants people to recognize that they are human beings, and human beings have problems. 

“When you’re in that deep dark place, it seems like the end of the world, but it really isn’t. It just takes time; it takes medical help,” Donaldson said. 

Donaldson said his book is available on his website. It will also be available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon within the next few weeks.

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