The Daily Evergreen The student voice of Washington State University since 1895 Sun, 26 Jul 2020 19:27:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WSU museum to reward artists for Black Lives Matter exhibit Sun, 26 Jul 2020 19:31:05 +0000 Editor’s Note: This article has been rewritten to correct inaccurate details about the grant.

The application for a new grant to fund artists will go live on at the end of July, according to a press release from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Students must submit their work by Sept. 30. 

Each recipient will receive $2,500 to “create works that reflect on social justice efforts in response to systemic racism,” according to the release. 

Selected works will be showcased in an exhibit in the late fall, according to the release.

Jordan Schnitzer established the grant with WSU’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. The museum will also partner with the Black Student Union, the Department of Fine Arts, the School of Languages, Cultures and Race, and the Honors College to choose the recipients in Washington, according to the release. 

The artist grant program will also be hosted at the Schnitzer Museums of Art at University of Oregon and at Portland State University, as part of a $150,000 grant program from Schnitzer to sponsor artists. Between Oregon and Washington, 60 grants will be awarded.

Grant applicants across the state of Washington will submit their work through WSU’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art website, according to the release. Recipients will be notified by Oct. 31. 

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Schulz says tuition stays the same; student fees to be reevaluated Sat, 25 Jul 2020 07:10:56 +0000 WSU will not reduce tuition for any students, WSU President Kirk Schulz confirmed Friday afternoon in an online town hall. 

“I would ask our Coug family to remember we’re also in the midst of a pandemic, and the university is cutting back on a lot of our expenses,” Schulz said. 

WSU updated more than 4,000 live viewers on the decision to move classes online for fall, a choice that came after the school publicly planned for campus reopening

Tuition & Fees

Schulz said he acknowledges the financial hardships of students and families, but tuition dollars fund the valuable educational experience at WSU. 

“It’s a different experience, but we still have a lot of the same costs if not more,” Schulz said.  

The university will reevaluate student fees, said Mary Jo Gonzales, vice president of Student Affairs. 

Officials plan to send an update on which fees will continue and which will be reduced or eliminated by Aug. 7, she said. 

“We’re here to support you in any way we can,” Gonzales said. 

The campus employs many students who are often paid with student referendums and fees, she said, so the university does not want to reduce funding for student employees. 

Mary Wack, vice provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement, said students who qualified for federal financial aid before the pandemic will continue to be eligible through the fall semester. 

A student’s loans and scholarships should remain the same if they stay at their WSU campus, Wack said. If they change to another campus, financial offices will evaluate aid on a student-by-student basis. 

Should a student defer their enrollment, the university will honor all WSU-sponsored scholarships when they return to campus, Wack said.  

Fall Campus Services

Jill Creighton, associate vice president & dean of students of the Division of Student Affairs, said a campus health promotion team will introduce “Healthy Cougs.” 

This program will educate students on how to stop the spread of COVID-19, Creighton said. 

The Office of the Dean of Students will remain open for in-person and online communication, Creighton said. The Access Center is also open for online and limited in-person appointments. 

Recreation and fitness spaces are currently open and align with state and local health guidelines, Creighton said. 

“As long as we are allowed to be open, we will be open,” Creighton said. 

The Student Entertainment Board will host several virtual entertainment events during the semester, Creighton said. This includes private live performances from comedians, musicians and other artists.

Multicultural Student Services, the Women*s Center and GIESORC will establish “virtual affinity spaces” for students involved in these communities to interact. 

One example of this, Creighton said, is the ‘Harpy Magazine’ from the Women*s Center, an online magazine highlighting students’ perspectives on social justice issues.

If students meet the needs for on-campus living, limited food options and other residence services will be available, Creighton said. 

“These plans are absolutely still evolving,” she said. 

Sports & WSU Athletics

WSU Athletics will continue to evaluate its policies for student-athletes and Pac-12 events, Schulz said. 

WSU will update the community on plans for games in the next six weeks, he said. 

“We may have to play football games, soccer games, volleyball games, without the fans that are there that are a real part of the collegiate athletic experience,” Schulz said. 

The school will follow the lead of other PAC-12 schools, as well as the state and local health guidelines. However, he said, if they cannot guarantee safety for student-athletes, they will make the choice to shut down. 


Gonzales said students who stay at their permanent residence this fall will satisfy the first-year live-in requirement. 

WSU Housing asked students to stay home, especially if coming from a high-transmission area for COVID-19, Gonzales said. 

“What we didn’t want to do was bring everybody back, put everybody in residence halls, go that way, and then figure out in three weeks that it just wasn’t going well,” Schulz said. 

Students may defer or cancel their housing contract until Aug. 7, Gonzales said. 

If students do cancel, it will not guarantee them a dorm next semester should the school reopen in spring 2021. Those who do not cancel their contract will ensure a spot in the residence halls for spring. 

More information on housing situations can be read about here

Greek Recruitment & Housing 

Creighton said recruitment opportunities moved online and students can register by Aug. 1. Those interested in recruitment can participate online as well. 

“We have many, many opportunities to engage,” Creighton said. 

Gonzales said students who do not know the status of their Greek housing should reach out to the chapter presidents and housing core managers, as WSU does not have control over Greek housing. 

WSU will host an all-campus student town hall on Aug. 12 at 5:30 p.m. Registration details will be released soon, Creighton said. 

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WSU waits to make decision about fall sports, athletic director says Sat, 25 Jul 2020 07:00:21 +0000 WSU Athletic Director Pat Chun expressed cautious optimism for a fall sports season in September. 

He feels good about the protocols and environment WSU Athletics has put into place to keep student-athletes and staff safe, Chun said during a virtual press conference Friday afternoon.

“We feel great about our chances of getting ready for all of our fall sports,” Chun said. “Hopefully the Pac-12 is with us and hopefully we’re all having positive conversations and talking about sports by the time September gets here.”

He said 216 WSU student-athletes have returned for voluntary workouts since the Pac-12 allowed them to begin on June 15.

All of the returning student-athletes have been tested for COVID-19 since returning, Chun said. The amount of times a student-athlete is tested depends on how long they have been in Pullman. Three student-athletes have tested positive, and two of the three are roommates.

He said the first step to progress toward holding practices is getting word from the Pac-12 about an official start date. The university will work with state and local health officials once they receive that date. 

The Pac-12 has been reporting good testing numbers, and every school is doing their best to ensure fall sports happen, he said. 

“We’re one-twelfth of an equation to try to get to the fall,” he said. “So the most important thing for us is to focus on our one-twelfth of it.”

Chun said WSU Athletics are having discussions about allowing fans to attend games if games do happen. It is a health and safety decision and the department will err on the side of caution.

“We’re still a ways to go to figure out where we’re going to be in terms of if we even have fans in the stands,” he said.

After being appointed to the Division 1 Council earlier this month, Chun said he is in constant communication with the NCAA. 

“As the Pac-12 rep, me personally, I’m in communication more with the NCAA probably than I’ve ever been,” he said.

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Whitman County’s COVID-19 case total rises to 76 Sat, 25 Jul 2020 06:45:00 +0000 Three new people have tested positive for COVID-19, and one previous case was rescinded from the count. This brings Whitman County’s total to 76 cases. 

Two patients are females aged 20-39 and 40-59 years, respectively, according to a press release from the Whitman County Emergency Operations Center. The third patient is a male aged 40-59 years. They are all stable and self-isolating. 

A previously reported case is no longer counted as positive, according to the press release. 

Residents are reminded to remain vigilant, wear face masks and practice social distancing, according to the release. 

More COVID-19-related information can be found on Whitman County Public Health’s website

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WSU Greek chapter chartered by first Native American sorority in country Fri, 24 Jul 2020 07:05:01 +0000 Alpha Pi Omega Sorority chartered WSU’s Xi chapter this month, allowing it to become a fully-fledged chapter to the sorority. Three members founded the chapter to create a support system for themselves and other Native American women. 

Established in 1994, Alpha Pi Omega is the first Native American sorority in the country, according to its website. It is founded on Native American traditions. It also focuses on spirituality, education and addressing contemporary issues.

Kaitlin Srader, senior sociology and women’s studies double-major and Xi chapter president, said the chapter received messages from many Alpha Pi Omega members to congratulate the group’s new status.

“As soon as we got chartered virtually, it was super exciting,” she said. “It was so spectacular knowing that all the hard work we had put into a chapter has paid off.”

Ashley Morris, Alpha Pi Omega grand extension director, said chapters begin their membership as extension chapters. Then they become provisional chapters after a year. Chapters become chartered during Grand Gathering, the sorority’s annual convention. The Xi chapter was chartered on July 11. 

Srader said she felt overwhelmed while moving from Oklahoma to Pullman. She struggled to find a group of students she could relate to. As a member of the Navajo Nation, she wanted to be part of a group that shared her background and understanding of life.

Srader said her involvement at WSU’s Native American Student Center led to her learning about Alpha Pi Omega. She and her friends researched and contacted the sorority to express their interest in becoming members.

In March 2018, Srader and two other women founded the Xi chapter, which is one of two Alpha Pi Omega chapters in the Pacific Northwest. The chapter’s founding group is called Victory Voices, Srader said, which is a name Alpha Pi Omega bestows upon each founding class at a university.

“It was super exciting finding Alpha Pi Omega,” she said, “because Native American women in higher education are such a small percentage of people who had had higher education.”

Hailey Crow, junior hospitality business management major and Xi chapter vice president, said she feels proud of being part of that small percentage of Native American women who are pursuing higher education. She views this opportunity as a way for her to understand societal issues and be an advocate for other Native Americans.

“To be able to look at the bigger picture and look into other things has really been an advantage,” Crow said.

She said she values the connections she has in the chapter. Growing up on a reservation and being a member of the Suquamish Tribe, Crow wanted to surround herself with individuals who understood the beliefs she grew up learning.

“It’s really nice to be able to connect with people who understand how I was raised,” she said. “They have a lot of the same goals that I have when it comes to education.”

The chapter currently has three members. The group is working on establishing itself in the community and building relationships with other sororities on campus. Srader said the chapter’s main focus is to develop virtual recruitment activities due to COVID-19’s impact on student life this fall.

Morris said she is excited about the chapter’s growth. She said the chapter’s members are planning to engage with other universities, including the University of Washington and the University of Idaho, to promote Alpha Pi Omega.

Srader said they want to use their platform to become better advocates for students. The chapter helped with an inclusive ally training for LGBTQ+ students. The chapter also worked with the Coalition for Women Students to advocate for sexual assault awareness.

“We know being in a sorority is a privilege,” she said, “so we want to be able to use our letters to bring light to other issues.”

The Xi chapter will host Grand Gathering 2022 in Suquamish, Washington. Srader said this will be the first Grand Gathering in the Pacific Northwest.

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Educate Yourself: Immigration Fri, 24 Jul 2020 07:04:56 +0000 As it is so often said, America is a nation built on immigration (among other things), and the history between America and immigrants is understated most of the time, considering just how much this country owes them. Whether it’s been for the benefit of America, the immigrants or both, this country has relied on them for as long as it’s been a country. Which makes its tumultuous (to say the least) relationship with immigration weird in a way.

Understanding the history of immigration and what rights immigrants are fighting for today is integral to understanding America. While it is impossible to make a definitive list for understanding the role immigration plays in America, hopefully these recommendations will enlighten you a little.

Along with recommendations by yours truly, WSU history professor Lipi Turner-Rahman has contributed two.

Frontline: Immigration Battle

This episode came out in 2015 and mainly follows former U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez as he pushes for immigration reform, while also spotlighting young immigrant activists and organizations like the National Council of La Raza. While it may be a little old, it’s still a very relevant look into the people fighting for immigration reform and the obstacles they face to carve out a place for themselves in America.

I think it’s also important to learn about immigration before our current president. We all know how charged of a topic it is now, but this episode reminds us that a lot of what immigration reformers are fighting for hasn’t changed, hence the “very relevant” part.

“Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay In 40 Questions” by Valeria Luiselli

Tell Me How It Ends is 71 pages long, so even if you don’t like to read, it doesn’t take a long time to finish. The book is framed through the forty questions Luiselli, as a translator for unaccompanied child migrants, has to ask. Through those questions, Luiselli ponders what these children have gone through and also takes time to reflect on America’s history with immigration, as well as her journey to become a citizen.

There are a lot of hard parts to read for such a short book, from the hard facts Luiselli mentions about history or the immigration process to the personal experiences she describes. Those hard parts are what makes this book so important, and such an essential read.

Tell Me How It Ends is a soul-crushing look into immigration, why so many come to this country and how we treat them before, in travel and after they get here.

“Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America” by Vivek Bald

Turner-Rahman’s first recommendation traces the history of South Asian immigrants coming to American in the early 1900s, how they came to cities such as Harlem and Baltimore, and integrated with the communities of color.

“This is a wonderful book that highlights the intermarriages, collation building and alliances that communities of color have had to make in America to survive,” Turner-Rahman said.

Pioneering Punjabis

Turner-Rahman’s second recommendation comes in the form of a historical archive by UC Davis, detailing the history of Punjabi Americans in California in the early 20th century. The archive looks into the personal experiences, the people, and most interestingly, how the Punjabi American community impacted California.

This archive also serves as a good representation of how immigrants have been a constant throughout American history, how they’ve been making minor and major contributions that are often too quickly forgotten. It’s an interesting look into a part of history you likely didn’t know.

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Crimson Community Grants provide emergency funding for students Fri, 24 Jul 2020 07:03:33 +0000 Nearly 800 students received funding from the Crimson Community Grant project, which distributed more than $500,000 worth of funding in partnership with BECU. Each recipient was given between $200 and $1,000. 

“With your generosity, I will be able to continue my research from home,” wrote Azdren Coma, second-year sociology doctoral student, in a thank-you note to BECU donors. “I will be able to avoid risking my life in the near future, even after the campus reopens.” 

Coma wrote that he and his wife welcomed the birth of their son on March 10, which was six days before Gov. Jay Inslee imposed the statewide shutdown. This emergency aid will help Coma keep his family safe while he works, he wrote in the letter.

The CCG offers aid money to students who did not qualify for CARES Act funding, CCG Project Director Kelly Demand said. The program also offers aid for undocumented students and DACA recipients.

“I’ve been here for five years, and it was pretty obvious immediately that there was a need for emergency grant aid long before COVID was around,” said Michael Highfill, Office of Academic Engagement executive director.

Students apply for funding through a portal. After the pandemic began to impact students, managers at CCG worked with WSU to establish one location that would take all funding requests, Highfill said. 

After students fill out their emergency funding request form, a WSU financial committee decides on the appropriate area from which to take the emergency money, Highfill said. 

“We are looking to get this money to students as fast as possible,” Demand said.

Though each situation is considered differently, Highfill said this grant is tailored for students at or below a household income of $10,000. 

Only in-state students are eligible, Highfill said, but eligibility extends to undergraduate, graduate and professional students. 

Students from low-income backgrounds often find it difficult to ask for financial assistance, said Mystique Demyers, CCG student peer adviser and third-year history and English double major also minoring in psychology. 

“Sometimes people forget that every situation is unique,” Demyers said. 

Demyers said financial pressure may convince students they cannot continue their education. Peer advisers help alleviate this stress, she said.

 The BECU, which often partners with WSU organizations, signed on as a donor with the program two years ago, said Alex Pietsch, the associate vice president of the office of corporate relations. The CCG first gave funding to students last fiscal year. 

“They have a strong belief as a credit union of supporting community,” Pietsch said.

Pietsch worked with Highfill to develop the proposal for BECU and potential WSU donors. They chose a “shared investment” that allows both community members and students to contribute, Highfill said.  

“We’re not asking for donors to just give a straight gift; we’re saying if you contribute this much, we also have some university funds to match it,” Highfill said. 

The CCG had a steady flow of applications before the pandemic, Demand said. However, it was not until March 2020 when applications from students who experienced sudden financial trouble poured in, Highfill said. 

“It was so universal, [and] it affected everybody,” Highfill said. 

Demand said she expanded her team and “cut back” on required documentation in order to manage the influx of new applicants. 

“I don’t think a lot of people realize the impact that emergency funding can have on the longevity of a student’s education,” Demand said. 

The CARES Act provided WSU with more than $10 million worth of emergency funding for students, and more than 8,000 students received nearly $9 million, according to the 45- day CARES funding report

“Emergencies happen to everybody, and one of the things we combine with emergency grant aid is some education,” Highfill said. 

As a peer adviser for the CCG, Demyers said she continuously updates her advisees on available online resources. She said the Office of Academic Engagement offers many paths for finding financial aid, and students should email Demyers if they want to get a peer’s advice. 

“[Student peer advisers] understand their situation more — we’re kind of in a similar situation,” Demyers said. “We’re paying for our own bills on top of working and going to school … I can empathize that way with [advisees].” 

Demand said she hopes more donations come in for the program to continue funding underserved students’ needs. 

“And with [the CCG’s] help, I can feel relieved that not only will I be able to continue to work on my research well into the summer, but that I can also continue to keep my family safe through these difficult times,” Coma wrote in his letter.  

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Mint Book Club: August Fri, 24 Jul 2020 07:02:27 +0000 Poetry is hard to get into. I know AP Lit set me back with 19th-century poems. So when people tell me they aren’t into poetry, I understand. I understand that I have to throw 15 books at you and constantly repeat my favorite lines until the rhythm and imagery is more vivid in your head than the face of your mother.

One thing to remember is that sometimes you’ll leave a poem and you won’t understand it. That’s okay, in fact, it’s one of my favorite things about poetry. It does take time to get poetry, but more often than not the time is worth it.

Before getting into this, I’d recommend reading How To Read A Poem from if you have trouble getting into poetry. It can be an acquired taste sometimes but poems are like artsy puzzles in that half the fun is figuring them out.

“Citizen Illegal” by Jose Olivarez

This book has a special place in my heart because it was what got me into poetry. While Olivarez was writing about Mexican identity, growing up as the child of immigrants, mental health and other topics were interesting, what grabbed me was how his poems were easier to read than the old poems I was used to, yet just as deep.

Poems like (citizen) (illegal) aren’t like what your English teacher made you read and annotate. While they are much easier to read, they’re still complex and kick your heart in the way only a good poem can. There’s more to see when you reread it, but you don’t have to puzzle yourself going through it the first time, which is why I think this book is great for beginners.

I’d recommend checking out the Mexican Heaven poems to get a taste of Olivarez’s style, and then checking out the rest of the book to get some good modern poetry.

“Incendiary Art” by Patricia Smith

I talked about Incendiary Art back in February for Mint Book Club, and I honestly cannot talk about it enough. Incendiary Art is fantastic, and it was never not relevant, but the poems do hit even harder now with the growing BLM protests.

There is a whole section of this book where each poem is inspired by a different police report of a Black person killed by cops. Smith has a recurring choose your own adventure poem where each one is a scenario where something happened to stop Emmett Till’s death. Plus there’s a way Patricia Smith writes that forces you to feel her words. Every poem makes you feel something and feel it hard, whether it’s pride, horror or sadness.

Here’s 10-Year-Old Shot Three Times, but She’s Fine, which I think illustrates what I mean.

“Magical Negro” by Morgan Parker

I really just had to read the first poem to Magical Negro, I Feel Most Colored When I Am Thrown Against A Sharp White Background: An Elegy, to get hooked. Through these poems, Morgan Parker describes the feelings of being a Black woman, and every poem is like a fresh, raw look into who she is and what she feels.

Magical Negro definitely steps more into the realm of poetry that’s hard to understand at first. I didn’t understand most of the poems in this book when I read them the first time, or for a couple of times after that. But these poems are incredibly interesting. When you start to get it a little bit, you want to get it more.

Here’s The High Priestess of Soul’s Sunday Morning Visit to the Wall of Respect, one of my favorite poems in the book.

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Student facilities director outlines safety measures for reopening Fri, 24 Jul 2020 07:01:57 +0000 The Student Recreation Center implemented safety guidelines to protect students and staff upon its reopening.

Everyone must wear a mask or cloth face covering to enter all indoor and outdoor facilities when social distancing cannot be maintained, according to the UREC website

UREC Facilities Director Jeff Elbracht said masks are not required for people in the pool, the individual workout area or in fitness classes when proper distancing is possible. A reservation is required to enter those areas as well as to use the climbing wall. Timeslots can be reserved on the SRC website.

As students return to campus, reservations will be required for more areas in the SRC as well as the Chinook, which is set to reopen Aug. 15. The SRC reopened July 17. 

Everyone entering the SRC will get their temperature checked by a touchless device, according to the website. Anyone with a temperature registering 100.4 degrees or more will be asked to leave the building, return home and call a medical professional.

Elbracht said the department is considering adding automated temperature checking systems to the Chinook and UREC to further protect staff and participants from exposure to COVID-19.

Everyone entering must also fill out an attestation form stating they have not experienced symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, according to the website. The form must be submitted every time a person enters one of the recreation facilities. 

Equipment must be cleaned before and after use with the cleaning spray and wipes provided, Elbracht said. Custodial staff deep clean all equipment every morning before opening and every evening after closing. 

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Quarantine Cooking: Jalapeño Poppers Fri, 24 Jul 2020 07:00:53 +0000 We’ve all seen the memes about snacking on our two week’s worth of groceries during quarantine, but now it’s time to step up that snacking game.

One of my favorite appetizers is jalapeño poppers. I’m not talking about the breaded ones you can get frozen from Walmart — fully homemade, gloriously topped with bacon jalapeno poppers.

You can, of course, wrap these in bacon. But when the craving calls, I frankly don’t have the patience — especially because I keep a big bag of bacon bits from Costco on hand most of the time.

What you’ll need:

  • 12 jalapeños
  • 1 box of cream cheese
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese 
  • ½ cup of bacon bits

Time to prep.

From prep to cooking time, these should be done in about half an hour.

  1. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. The poppers will be ready to go in the oven about the same time the oven will be done preheating.
  2. Slice and deseed the jalapenos. Cut them long-ways, then scoop the seeds out with a spoon. A smaller, skinny metal spoon works the best for the deseeding — bigger spoons are more prone to accidentally splitting the jalapeño. I’ve found that using something with tall sides, such as a measuring cup, to catch the stray seeds works well too.
  3. Arrange the empty poppers on a tray lined with aluminum foil. Cleaning the melted cheese off the tray is just not worth the cost of the foil.
  4. Put a small spoonful of cream cheese in each popper. If the cream cheese was in an area of the fridge that’s especially cold, putting some water on your finger will keep it from sticking when you push it off the spoon.
  5. Smooth the cream cheese out. Some people like to use the spoon for this, but I feel like it’s easier to just hold the jalapeno like an old slide phone with the keyboard and just smooth it with your thumbs. 
  6. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on the poppers. It’s okay if it goes off the edges a bit because the foil is there! 
  7. Place the bacon bits on top. You may have to press them on more than the cheese to make sure they don’t fall off right after sprinkling them on.
  8. Pop (pun intended) these suckers in the oven for about 20 minutes. When the bottom of the jalapeños starts to get a little lighter in color and bubble a bit, they’re done.
  9. Be careful getting them off the tray because they’re hot, and you’re done! The jalapeños with the stems still on them work great for dragging them off the tray.

Enjoy the *vegetables* of your labor!

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