The Daily Evergreen The student voice of Washington State University since 1895 Thu, 01 Oct 2020 21:32:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Whitman County confirms 23 new COVID-19 cases Thu, 01 Oct 2020 21:35:00 +0000 Twenty-three individuals tested positive for COVID-19, increasing Whitman County’s total to 1,344.

Eight people aged 0-19 years tested positive, according to a press release from the Whitman County Emergency Operations Center. Five are females, and three are males. Fourteen people aged 20-39 years tested positive. Eight are females, and six are males. One male aged 60-79 years tested positive. All patients are stable and self-isolating.

Residents are reminded to wear masks and practice social distancing.

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Officer not punished for ‘inappropriate’ advice Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:05:08 +0000 The Pullman Police Department decided to not discipline an officer who suggested people stay “out of sight, out of mind” during a large gathering that occurred last month on a WSU coach’s property.

Officer Garrett Willis fined Kamie Ethridge, head coach for WSU women’s basketball team, on Aug. 28 for violating public health orders. More than 10 people were in her driveway, and they were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing, according to a Whitman County Watch article.

In the body-worn camera video, Willis said Pullman PD has directed officers to write tickets to those who are not following public health orders.

Contrary to that, Willis suggested to party attendees that they hold their gatherings inside or in their backyard to prevent receiving an infraction.

“I’m going to give you the same advice I give everybody else,” Willis said in the footage. “We’re pretty much in between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the community and stuff like that. Really the key is out of sight, out of mind.”

Willis fined Ethridge a $150 nuisance party infraction, according to the Whitman County Watch article. Ethridge did not host the event. However, the nuisance party ordinance prohibits individuals from hosting or allowing gatherings that violate public health orders.

Pullman PD was made aware of the footage after a journalist requested that particular video, said Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins. That was the first time Jenkins said he watched the video.

“Our supervisory and management staff have been looking at random body-worn camera videos of enforcement of the ordinance, and we had not seen that type of messaging in the other calls,” he said.

Jenkins said Willis’ message in the video was “inappropriate.” After finding out about the footage, Jenkins sent an email to his staff, communicating that their goal is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community by enforcing the nuisance party ordinance.

“Giving advice about how to avoid detection or circumvent enforcement of the ordinance is counterproductive to our ultimate goal,” he said.

Willis was not subjected to discipline, Jenkins said, because he did not violate any of Pullman PD’s policies.

When issuing nuisance party infractions, officers inform individuals of what the ordinance is, what the infraction entails and how they can handle their fine, he said.

People can pay their fines in court. They can also plead not guilty and have a hearing. Jenkins said people can engage in a mitigation hearing where they plead guilty and communicate the circumstances they would like the judge to consider.

Jenkins said an additional provision in the ordinance that allows police officers to issue infractions to both partygoers and attendees took effect on Sept. 24. 

“What caused that change [in the ordinance] is that we were observing that partygoers were getting on their cellphones and via Venmo sending money to the hosts to help pay for the fine,” he said. “In some cases, hosts were collecting donations to help pay for the fine.” 

As of Sept. 25, Pullman PD has issued 23 infractions. Jenkins said his department is seeing a decrease in violations since they started enforcing the ordinance.

WSU PD has not issued any nuisance party infractions. This is mostly due to the lack of activity on campus, said WSU Police Chief Bill Gardner.

“We haven’t had parties on campus because there are so few people who are living actually on campus,” he said. “Most of the activities have been off campus.”

Gardner said WSU PD sometimes receives calls asking officers to check if people are following public health orders, like wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

WSU PD’s focus is on educating the community and gaining compliance through non-citation measures, he said.

“[Officers] can use the nuisance party ordinance if they’d like to,” Gardner said, “but they haven’t run into anything where it’s been necessary.”

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100 years later: Another pandemic hits Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:04:31 +0000 People alive today have become familiar with widespread mask usage, self-quarantines and the politicization of a public health crisis. 

Just over 100 years ago, conditions were eerily similar, said Melissa Nicolas, associate professor in the WSU Department of English.

Nicolas, who is researching the 1918 flu for her class on the rhetoric of epidemics, said people were upset about businesses closing and having to wear masks, the efficacy of which was unknown. 

The lack of coordinated government response is the most striking similarity she noticed, Nicolas said. The Army handled most of the disease response at the time because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not exist yet. 

“The question I keep asking myself is, ‘Have we learned anything in 100 years?” she said, “and I think my answer is ‘No, not really.’” 

People from marginalized communities, such as Black Americans and Italian immigrants, were hit harder by the flu virus than wealthier communities, she said. Similarly, COVID-19 has disproportionately affected communities of color.

Americans in 1918 were afraid the effects of the flu would make them appear weak to their allies and ene

The WSU campus in 1918 was more compact than campus today with limited transportation. People would travel using horse and cart and a few cars. (COLE QUINN)

mies in World War I, Nicolas said.

WSU, which at the time was known as Washington State College, housed several hundred individuals from the Student Army Training Corps, said University Archivist Mark O’English. One of the student soldiers likely introduced the flu to the campus population. 

Unlike COVID-19, there are very few records of the 1918 pandemic around the Palouse, O’English said. This was due in part to World War I, which was the focus of the country’s attention at the time. 

Campus was less spread out and had fewer buildings, O’English said. Most students lived on campus or in Greek housing, and therefore would have been in close contact with other students during the shutdown.

Because transportation was mainly by horse and cart, with very few automobiles, most students would have had to stay on campus throughout the pandemic, he said.

“I don’t know if they knew when they’d be allowed to be doing things again,” O’English said. “If it’s a big struggle to get home, will you be back on time when they start?”

Campus closures were communicated by a newspaper, so it took much longer to notify students in 1918 than it would today, he said.

Students from the SATC stood guard at the edge of campus to prevent students from entering Pullman, O’English said. Likewise, townspeople were not allowed to come onto campus.

Nicolas said the timeline of the two pandemics is similar. In 1918, a first wave began in late winter or early spring, seemed to die down for a few months, then resurged in the fall. The second wave was much deadlier.

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OPINION: Ginsburg’s death will change American politics Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:03:39 +0000 In the midst of the current political climate, no matter what party you stand for, it is undeniable just how much of an impact a historical figure like the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made. Her name will always be accredited to the advancement of several different progressive movements.

Aside from the power move of attending two major law schools during a time where it was perceived as “taking the place of a man,” she has several more accolades to add to her resume.

Ginsburg was known to push towards decisions that were meant to improve the quality of life of marginalized and underrepresented groups, even though she was nominated for her moderation and abilities as a “consensus builder.”

Michael Salamone, associate professor of political science, wrote in an email that a more prominent example of Ginsburg’s achievements was her work on achieving gender equality in the law by founding the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Women’s Rights Project. Her effort and arguments persuaded the justices to strengthen the level of legal scrutiny in cases involving gender discrimination.

She was not planning on letting cancer put an end to her perception of justice. However, in addition to honoring her memory, there are numerous repercussions that follow her unfortunate death. Her haunting last wish, during one of the most globally eventful years in modern history, foreshadows just how much rides on the outcome of this year’s general election.

During her tenure on the Supreme Court, she would actively advocate for what was known as the liberal “wing” of the Supreme Court and was one of only four women to serve as justices.

About 40 days before a long-awaited election for many citizens, the Supreme Court now has a seat to fill. Along with the duty of filling that seat comes many possible consequences that may follow after whoever is seated as the president picks the nominee. The United States will either continue towards a progressive path or toward a counter direction.

In accordance with the president’s second-term agenda, he includes several objectives revolving around the job market and the economy, foreign policy and the current pandemic. Along with this half of the agenda, President Trump also includes a half that illustrates what his presidential candidacy and general presidency has been like for many Americans for the past four years.

A few examples of this include teaching American Exceptionalism in schools, ending sanctuary cities in terms of immigration protections, and advocating the traditional anti-abortion rhetoric that the Republican Party is known for. Though there are several arguments to make all around the president’s goals if elected for a second term, a rather rational question arises during the prevalence of these events: if President Trump is allowed to nominate an individual to fill Ginsburg’s seat, what changes could this lead to whether or not the current president is re-elected?

In this theoretical situation, two political scientists analyze the possibilities a Trump-nominated justice could bring to the table.

Cornell Clayton, director of The Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at WSU, said if President Trump is able to get another nominee on the court, that could shift the balance of power between liberals and conservatives. Clayton said the balance was 5-4 during Justice Ginsburg’s tenure — with the exception of Justice Roberts, who tends to side with the liberal wing in cases where there is precedent.

In terms of court decisions, Roe v. Wade is a perfect example of a case that conservatives disapprove of but have been unwilling to overturn completely because there is precedent.

“[Analysts] assume that one of the major factors President Trump is looking at when nominating an individual is whether they would be willing to overturn Roe v. Wade because it has been a central focus for electoral politics on the Republican side for at least forty years now,” Clayton said.

Clayton said replacing Ginsburg would allow for a new contact point for conservatives in the Supreme Court, which would theoretically shift the original numbers from 5-4 to 6-3, with an increased probability of overturning a major case such as Roe v. Wade. This connects with one of the president’s objectives while appealing to the Republican Party itself.

A much similar situation occurred three and a half years ago when Justice Scalia passed away in February 2016, during the last year of the Obama administration. This called for an evaluation, by the Senate, to justify the former president filling the seat or waiting until the elected president is sworn in to make the nomination.

The result of the dispute, as many can recollect, ended with the Obama Administration being barred from the confirmation process prior to the upcoming election by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

Now, the reason this raises concerns in present times is because there have not been many signs pointing towards a repetition of this action by McConnell. Now, they have a Republican in office who would most definitely nominate an individual with similar conservative values.

In 2016, there were eight months until the election when this occurred; currently, there’s just over one month until the election.

Clayton said this should be a concern because if Democrats were to win both the presidency and the Senate, and the Republicans managed to appoint a conservative justice prior to that succession, there would be tremendous amounts of pressure for the Democrats to change the size of the Supreme Court — thus jeopardizing our fundamental institutional structures and their independence.

Speaking on a more current note, the president has selected Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ginsburg’s seat in the Supreme Court as of Sept. 25.

Salamone wrote there could be different possible effects of an additional conservative justice. Amy Coney Barrett is a conservative in the style of the late Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas. She would indeed expand the conservative majority to 6-3 but would not greatly affect the results of divisive opinions that are usually decided upon partisan and ideological lines.

“There are several instances from the past several years where a single Chief Justice has gone against ideological expectations,” Salamone wrote.

Salamone referred to when Justice John Roberts sided with liberals in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California to stop the president from immediately ending DACA.

Salamone wrote by replacing Ginsburg with Barrett, it would make it less likely for the Supreme Court to stray from a conservative position because justices continually see the world through the lenses of their ideological leanings, more so on these politically divisive issues.

Salamone wrote some political scientists might say the Supreme Court Justices make their decisions based on ideological attitudes, and their legal opinions are rationalizations and motivated reasoning. Others believe the justices do approach the law in a solemn manner, but their interpretation of the law is tangled with their political ideology.

Nevertheless, a concerning matter to some of the justices is the possibility that striking down a popular law may damage the Supreme Court’s legitimacy and feasibly lose the trust of the public.

It may be concluded that this tangle of events could lead to immense changes in the structure of the current judicial system or lead to stagnancy. Despite who is elected for president or Senate, this appointment to the Supreme Court could impact either side of the American political spectrum.

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Chu leads by example Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:02:04 +0000 In recent years, WSU’s rolling wheat fields and lively weather have been appealing to international student-athletes. Redshirt sophomore Amy Chu of the Cougars’ women’s golf team is no exception.

Chu grew up in Sydney, Australia, where she led the Sydney South West Area High Schools’ golf team to back-to-back state titles in 2013 and 2014.  Chu has already had quite a golfing career at WSU.

“I had an older brother; we went to his sporting events,” Chu said. “Being a typical kid, you just want to run around, and I got tired of being told to not run around. So, I picked up a golf club, took a few swings and never looked back.”

After a successful high school career, Chu quickly adapted to the college level. As a freshman, Chu played in 10 tournaments for the Cougars. Her best finish of the year came in the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate where she placed ninth.

Chu’s sophomore year did not turn out the way she had hoped. The 2019-20 season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. The NCAA announced during this time that student-athletes would have the opportunity to gain a year of eligibility. Chu jumped at the opportunity to gain an extra year to play for WSU.

Chu said she loves the Cougar community and environment. Even though it is not in the most populated area, she still feels at home. Along with the warm, loving atmosphere, Chu appreciates the coaching staff.

“[They are] someone I can talk to, not just about golf or academics, but like a second mom to me,” Chu said.

Chu has received high praise from her coaching staff. Women’s golf coach Kelli Kamimura said Chu is a very positive player to have in the program.

“What sets her apart is her character and commitment to not only being the best that she can be, but her dedication to bringing out the best in the people around her,” Kamimura said.

Coach and player relationships are vital to the success of any athlete, but Chu said her favorite parts about golfing for WSU is traveling around the country and meeting other people.

Through her time golfing for WSU, Chu has visited different states and taken part in various tournaments against other teams throughout the Pac-12.

“I’ve grown a lot more than what I expected — in not only my golf game, but the mental aspect as well,” Chu said.

Kamimura said Chu has grown and improved on her time management skills and willingness to utilize her resources.

Going into her ‘second’ sophomore season, Chu said the team’s main goal is to get to regionals.

“We were pretty close last year, but the world said otherwise,” Chu said jokingly. “We have set goals to get there this year.”

So far, the first four matches of the season have been canceled due to the coronavirus. But it is projected that the season will tee off on Feb. 8, at the Lamkin Invitational in San Diego, California.

Along with being a team player, Chu has set high expectations for herself as well. She wants to find herself in the top 10 in her future tournaments, but her main goal is to contribute to the team overall. She set too little of individual goals in the past when trying to fulfill the bigger picture, she said.

“We are very big on team culture,” Chu said. “We like to work together; we have weekly team meetings. It’s all about keeping the team energy and team connection.”

Chu’s lively, sarcastic personality helps build team chemistry and emphasizes this year’s team motto ‘One equals one,’ which translates to all players coming together to create one team. Kamimura said Chu is a big part of building the team’s culture.

“Amy’s leadership has helped to foster a team environment full of support, development, growth, and healthy competition,” Kamimura said.

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Submissions open for Honoring Indigenous Womxn event Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:01:25 +0000 For the past three years, the Women*s Center and Native American Programs have held the Honoring Indigenous Womxn event as a way to celebrate native women and focus on indigenous voices. This year, they are doing the same by collecting creative submissions and making an online anthology.

The event started as a way to honor the challenges Indigenous womxn have faced and highlight the intersectionality between sexism and racism. Native American Retention Specialist Joelle Berg said each year they try to incorporate a different theme, and this year they wanted to focus on art and the ongoing activism efforts from Indigenous people and allies.

“WSU is a land-grant university … it is on lands that belong to the Nez Perce tribe and we wanted to go beyond that,” said Acacia Patterson, Women*s Center community, equity and social justice student coordinator. “To say that we have these cultures that are still thriving … highlight what they do … and to just really stress that these people, their values, their cultures are still relevant.”

The event is accepting submissions in any form, from written works to art and music, and even less popular forms of art like beadworking.

“There are so many different forms of art out there that folks could be working on,” Berg said. “I want them to feel open enough to share it.”

Submissions need to be accompanied with a short message explaining what their work is, why they chose this format and why it’s important to them, along with a visual representation of their submission like a photo, video or recording.

Along with the submissions, the Women*s Center and Native American Programs are planning a film discussion. Participants will independently watch the documentary Mankiller, which is available on Kanopy. It is about Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of Cherokee Nation, and the racism and sexism she faced while holding that position.

On Oct. 13, the day after Indigenous People’s Day, there will be a virtual discussion held where participants can talk about their thoughts on the film, what they related to and its relevance to the modern day.

Berg said Indigenous peoples and issues are often forgotten about or misrepresented in the media, and rarely get chances for their own voices to be heard. Events like Honoring Indigenous Womxn provide a chance for Natives to be the focus every year, and for Native voices to speak out about their own experiences.

“It’s important that we don’t pass this over, and we highlight what’s happening because oftentimes they’re not highlighted,” Berg said. “This is one opportunity we can focus on that in a creative way and still do that in an online format.” 

Submissions are open until Oct. 5 and can be emailed to Further questions can be directed to the same email.

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OPINION: Countdown to the 3rd: Grin and Barrett Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:00:53 +0000 “All this for a family squabble.”

-Immortan Joe, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

I recently watched “The Death of Stalin,” the Armando Iannucci film about the fight for power in the wake of the Russian dictator’s untimely demise. In the movie, Nikita Khrushchev jockeys for control of the Soviet Union by any means necessary — including murder.

It’s a given that, following the death of any political giant, there’s going to be a struggle for supremacy — we’ve seen it all around the world. It’s less prevalent in democratized countries because there tends to be some kind of protocol in place to maintain order – the vice president succeeds the president, for example.

In the Supreme Court, however, there’s a particularly partisan battle being waged for control of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recently vacated seat, and it looks as though the GOP, Khrushchev-like, may have gained the upper hand, pushing the court’s leaning from 5-4 to 6-3, in favor of more conservative rulings.

Trump’s Saturday nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, a 7th circuit appeals judge, cements the Republican’s dogmatic determination to tipping the court even further into the right-wing territory.

In a way, the political scheming is almost admirable. The GOP knows what it wants — control of the court — and it’s willing to abolish political precedent and go to any means necessary to achieve that goal.

Barrett, a Catholic conservative, has been favored by abortion-rights advocates, which is one of the Republican Party’s main topics for Supreme Court nominees. She also clerked for notorious Reagan nominee Antonin Scalia and follows his interpretation of Constitutional law known as originalism — the concept that justices should try to determine the traditional meaning of the U.S. Constitution when ruling on cases.

What does Barrett’s potential nomination mean for the judicial branch, and moreover, how is it going to affect American politics?

The easiest way to process this is by examining how long the conservative justices will be on the bench. Considering Ginsburg died at 87, it’s fair to assume a majority of justices will remain active for a good amount of time. John Roberts is 65, Clarence Thomas is 72, Samuel Alito is 70, Brett Kavanaugh is 55 and Neil Gorsuch is 53.

Assuming Barrett — who’s only 48 — is sworn in, we could see another 15 years (at least) of a Republican-controlled court, if you assume Thomas could match Ginsburg’s record. Furthermore, Steven Breyer, the oldest sitting justice, is both 82 years old and a Democratic nominee, meaning that if Trump is reelected and Breyer resigns, it’s within the realm of possibility that the court could swing to a 7-2 conservative standing.

Obviously, there’s a lot of assumptions that have to be made to bring the court to a 7-2 majority, but it speaks to the outsized effect the Supreme Court has on political discourse. The fundamental concept of a fair and unbiased court has essentially gone out the window, to an extent, as both sides realize that the courts are the last (and most important) political battleground.

If Barrett is sworn in, it would mean that the Supreme Court would be the most ideologically conservative it’s been since the ‘50s.

Again, this is all speculation, and given Roberts’ gradual slide towards the middle on abortion rights, combined with Gorsuch’s surprisingly liberal record on gay and lesbian issues, the court might not be as conservative in practice as it’s made out to be on paper.

However, considering the flagrantly obvious GOP goal to stack the courts in their favor, it’s also worth considering the principle that, to Trump, one hard-line, right-wing justice like Barrett is worth two John Roberts.

Additionally, if the Senate approves Barrett’s nomination and Biden takes office in November, there’ll be a conservative Supreme Court and a Democratic president, fracturing any hopes of party unity the Dems hoped to achieve.

It’ll also paint the court in a reactionary right-wing activist light, allowing disenfranchised Republicans to hold the majority of six up as folk heroes battling the liberal establishment.

All of this is to say — Ginsburg’s death has ushered in, Stalin-like, a brand new era of party infighting and ploys for power and control over one of the most important seats in the country.

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New book tracks trans Mestiz@ history Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:00:42 +0000 This week marks the publication of “Nepantla Squared: Transgender Mestiz@ Histories in Times of Global Shift” by Linda Heidenreich, an associate professor of history and affiliate faculty in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

A Euro-Latinx historian of queer Chicanx and borderlands histories, Heidenreich said “Nepantla Squared” has been in the making for four years. It started, they said, with an article about Gwen Amber Rose Araujo, a young transgender woman who was murdered in Newark, California in 2002.

Heidenreich said this started a journey of digging for more trans- and gender-related Mestiz@ histories and intersections with a shifting idea of capital.

“One thing we do as academics is look for answers,” they said.

Following the Araujo article, Heidenreich searched for more stories, focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries. They looked into the histories of Louis Sullivan, a gay transgender man born in the 1950s, and Jack Garland, a transgender man who lived in the late 1800s.

The comparison between two centuries, they said, helped them expand their work to look at how labor affects ideas around gender and immigration. As economic shifts create accelerated change, they said, race and gender lines experience similar reshaping.

“Transgender folks, especially those of color, are the most marginalized and in danger,” Heidenreich said. “[These studies are] a critical part of a larger weave of ethics.”

These shifting perspectives and ethics, they said, are what drive “Nepantla Squared” — the title itself refers to a Nahuatl word describing an in-between state.

Heidenreich’s desire to find these deeper, in-between histories started early on, they said. As a high school student, they began to notice the disparities between the stories they learned at home and the ones taught in the classroom.

Rather than being discouraged, Heidenreich said they wanted to keep studying history and the stories that had been excluded.

“It’s important to shift the narrative so that white, gender-normative history isn’t our only anchor to the past,” they said.

Veronica Sandoval, a doctoral candidate who helped Heidenreich compile the book’s bibliography, said Heidenreich’s work ties into studies done by queer Chicana scholar Gloria Anzaldua. Sandoval said Anzaldua was one of the first to expand the idea of Nepantla into queer, Chicanx and feminist theory.

A poet from the Texas borderlands, Sandoval said she’d never thought of Anzaldua in the way Heidenreich conceptualized, though she was already familiar with the scholar’s work.

“People who love Anzaldua will love [‘Nepantla Squared’],” she said. “Reading it was like, ‘Man, I didn’t know Anzaldua the way I thought I knew her.”

Sandoval said she’s worked with Heidenreich for a long time, taking more classes from them than any other professor. She said Heidenreich helped mitigate the culture shock of moving to Pullman, a predominantly white area.

“I knew that when I was in their office, they were going to make me feel that piece of home that was missing,” she said. “They were my anchor.”

She said they also guided her through the American studies doctorate while she worked for WSU as a staff administrator. As a non-traditional student, Sandoval said Heidenreich worked to remove the obstacles she faced, as she lacked the funding traditional students received.

Helping Heidenreich on the bibliography, Sandoval said, made her realize her own passion for archives and the editing process while strengthening her skills as a doctoral student.

“It’s a way [Heidenreich] helps students professionalize … they’ve really got your back,” she said. “They’re hardcore, and they’re down.”

Sandoval said she already has two copies of the book. Though she received the second by accident, she said she’s happy to have one copy for notes and the other to leave free of markings.

Heidenreich said the cover of “Nepantla Squared,” designed by queer Chicana artist Alma Lopez, made them all the more ecstatic about the book’s release. Called “Sacred Heart of Coyolxauhqui,” it depicts the ancient myth of the Aztec moon goddess who quested to kill her war godbrother before he was born.

The illustration ties into some of the book’s themes, they said, speaking to the struggles of women in a patriarchal society.

“When I found out [Lopez] was doing the cover, I was excited beyond words,” Heidenreich said.

They said they also have upcoming projects in the works, including another monograph and a co-authored handbook meant for intro classes on literature, history and Chicanx/Latinx studies.

“Nepantla Squared” is available through platforms like Amazon as well as the publisher, the University of Nebraska Press. Heidenreich said the Nepantla approach to the past is vital to understanding ongoing changes in history and philosophy.

“It’s a world in motion,” they said, “and it’s people in motion.”

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Local farm creates sustainable structure Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:00:42 +0000 A husband and wife duo became business partners when they opened a farm in the Palouse region to bolster the husband’s graduate school education.

Hands and Hearts Farm is a small farm located in Moscow that is owned by Ames Fowler and Delaney Piper. The farm provides fresh produce, poultry, lamb and floral arrangements to the Palouse region.

The farm has been in operation since 2016, but the first two years of the farm were considered a soft start, Fowler said. At the time the farm was only producing enough for themselves and friends.

“We are still fairly new to the game,” Fowler said.

This will be their fifth summer producing and three total years in business, Piper said.

“We are a very small operation on 5.5 acres with a little 1910 farmhouse,” Piper said. 

There are pastures with seasonal lamb, hoop houses and an orchard that is more of a hobby, Fowler said.

Fowler and Piper are passionate about permaculture, which is a form of sustainable agriculture. Fowler handles the vegetable and meat production, while Piper’s passion lies in the floral industry.

“If we are going to take care of the world we need to be farming well,” Fowler said. “50 percent of the world’s surface is agriculture and where we are at with agriculture is not sustainable.”

Fowler rotates his animals around the property to spread out impact and to sequester nitrogen that is produced from raising animals. Piper hopes to make a sustainable impact on the local floral industry.

“As a designer, I want to eliminate waste and find a sustainable way to produce floral bouquets,” Piper said. “We are working towards cooperating with other producers and florists in the area.”

The couple has even hosted a few weddings on the farm with Piper designing the floral bouquets.

The couple said they have been able to positively impact the local Saturday market in Moscow by bringing in organic and pesticide-free produce with the option of a subscription box for their patrons.

“Our community wants local and organic food with no pesticides,” Piper said. “We are young enough to be committed to a diversified approach.”

Before COVID-19, Hands and Hearts Farm was offering tours of the property, but that has not resumed operations.

“There are no immediate plans,” Fowler said. “We are interested in it, though.”

Early markets provided less business for the farm, but thanks to the city of Moscow, Fowler said operations soon returned to normal. The majority of the subscription boxes were delivered at the Moscow Farmers Market.

“People really wanted to support local business and from that, we have not been negatively impacted,” he said.

Fowler said there are no current plans to expand the farm because the future is uncertain for Fowler and Piper.

“We see ourselves as an iteration of what other farms have been doing and we value our relationship with the older farmers,” Piper said.

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Cocktail Corner: Quarantine Party Thu, 01 Oct 2020 07:00:36 +0000 I come from a household that doesn’t drink — which is a polite way of saying I know nothing about alcohol — so on my first trip to the liquor store after turning 21, I asked for some recommendations and walked away with bottles from two brands I’ve never heard of.

Roku Gin

Distilled in Japan, this gin is made with six Japanese botanicals — gyokuro tea, sakura flower, sakura leaf, sansho pepper, sencha tea and yuzu peel — atop the traditional gin botanicals.

Before even trying it, I had to give it bonus points for the bottle design. It’s a clear, hexagonal bottle with one of the six Japanese botanicals carved on each side.

The aroma and the flavor are both very light. I could hardly taste the juniper, so if that’s the reason you avoid gin, I’d recommend trying this one.

  • Traditional Gin and Tonic

I hate to say it, but this was bad. A complete insult to the gin and tonic name. It tasted like the place lime trees go to die. I only used about half an ounce of lime juice, and I let the lime slice soak in the drink for a minute, but citrus-overkill doesn’t even begin to describe what I was tasting. I’m not rating these on a scale, but if I was this would get a strong 0/10.

  • Bee’s Knees

Now this was quite the drink. The Roku Gin flavors blend well with it, but you’ll want to watch the measurements carefully. Too much of the honey simple syrup and it’s too sweet, too much of the lemon juice and it’s too sour. If summer wasn’t already over, I’d call it the perfect summer cocktail.

Tincup Whiskey

Bottled in Colorado, it’s a mix of an Indiana high-rye bourbon and a Colorado single malt whiskey, cut with water from the Rocky Mountains. Adorably, it comes with a little tin cup you can drink out of.

Drinking straight, it’s smooth and a little sweet, but not very. I thought it tasted a lot like Jack Daniel’s but with less of a bite. I think it’s fine as is, but this is Cocktail Corner so I had to whip something up.

  • New York Sour

A New York sour is a whiskey sour topped with half an ounce of red wine. With a full ounce of lemon juice, this drink didn’t get its name for nothing. Though a little pucker isn’t bad in my book. Remember to be mindful of the wine you choose. The drink doesn’t call for much but the wine floats on top and has the potential to ruin that first sip.

  • Whiskey Cobbler

When I was a kid, I absolutely loved Shirley Temples. So naturally, I went looking for drinks I could overload with maraschino cherries and found the whiskey cobbler. This drink calls for whiskey, optional club soda, a little simple syrup and a whole lot of fruit for garnish. I chose orange slices to go with the cherries, and I think it turned out perfect. I liked the addition of the club soda, but that’s entirely personal preference.

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