Monthly Archives: May 2013

More money for community centers

Posted on May 24, 2013

One thing that has helped neighborhood youth stay away from violence are the community centers that have several before and after-school programs for young people who might be targeted for violence in their neighborhoods.

In the past few years, there have been several community centers in Spokane, Wash., that have had to shut down some of their before and after school programs due to budget cuts. If community centers have to shut their doors, that will leave young people without a place to go, which could result in them going down a path of violence.

There are several ways that we, as a community, can raise money for the community centers in our city.

One way we could raise money for the community centers is to build playhouses. The city of Spokane, Wash is raising money for these centers is holding Project Playhouse Spokane, which is a fundraiser where playhouses, built with recycled materials, are auctioned. The proceeds raised from the auction would go toward the West Central Community Center, Peaceful Valley Community Center, and the Northeast Youth Center.

To put together this kind of fundraiser, everyone could donate their recycled materials. The difficult task of putting on this fundraiser, would be to find a company to put together the houses. Once they are complete, the houses can be auctioned off and the money can toward the local community centers.

A second solution to raise money for community centers would be to raise money online. There are several websites including FirstGiving and KickStarter. The city could start a fundraiser online and spread the word about raising money for the community. Citizens can any amount of money they want toward the community center.

A third way to raise money for the community centers, would be to hold a  run-and-walk fundraiser. In Springvale, Maine, the city is holding their annual “Randall’s Run and Walk for The Gym,” which raises money for the Nasson Community Center.

The challenging aspect about this a run-and-walk fundraiser is the cost of materials for the race. We would need to buy T-shirts for all of runners participating in the event, as well as shirts for volunteers who are helping with this event. Another cost would be a trophy for the top runner of the race. We could find some businesses to sponsor the event and contribute toward the cost of the shirts and the trophy.

For the money raising portion of the actual event, the cost for runners to participate would range from $10 to $18 for adults, and a discount for students and children. Some of the money from the fee could go toward the shirts.

If we make enough money for the community centers in our area, we can give provide more materials and create more programs for the young boys and girls who might be at risk of violence in their neighborhood.

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Experience pins, piano one last time

Students can play on the red piano in the PUB. Photo by Aaron Malmoe

Students can play on the red piano in the PUB. Photo by Aaron Malmoe

By Al Stover
eagle life editor
easterner.eaglelife@gmail.com

Things to do in before leaving Cheney

As the days of spring quarter come to a close, many students are preparing to leave campus. Some students will be leaving for good because of graduation or transferring schools.

Although these folks have spent most of their college career working toward leaving campus, there are still some things they can do on and off campus before they leave Cheney behind.

 

Touch Roos Field

While most students have attended football games during their time at EWU, they may have not had the experience of stepping onto the same red turf where several football and rugby games have been played over the last three years.

Even if it is just a moment, students should step onto the field. They can play a game of football with their friends or just reach down and touch the red blades of artificial grass.

 

Visit Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

Students who have spent most of their college careers staying mostly in Cheney may have not had time to venture to the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.

The refuge encompasses over 18,000 acres, according to the refuge’s website, and students will more than likely encounter several types of wildflowers and water fowl.

Students who are about to leave EWU for good can go to Cheney Lanes at Rosa's Pizza to bowl a couple of games. Photo by Aaron Malmoe

Students who are about to leave EWU for good can go to Cheney Lanes at Rosa’s Pizza to bowl a couple of games. Photo by Aaron Malmoe

 

Bowl a late game at Cheney Lanes

Cheney Lanes at Rosa’s Pizza is open until 2 a.m., which means students who are looking for an alternative to going out to the bars or restaurants can pick up a late game of bowling. On Friday and Saturday nights, there is 99 cent bowling from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Players can grab a slice of pizza and some soda, or play arcade games while they are waiting for their friends to finish a frame.

 

Sing karaoke at Eagle’s Pub

Students who have been out to Eagle’s Pub on Saturday nights may have had the experience of hearing their favorite songs being butchered by patrons.

Those who plan on spending one last Saturday night at the pub should gather their courage and sing a song.

Karaoke may be intimidating, but all someone needs to do is pick a song, whether it is by themselves or with their friends, and belt it out as loud as they can. Even if they do a terrible job, the rest of the bar will most likely give them an ovation.

 

Play on the red piano in the PUB

Inside of the PUB is the red piano that occasionally has students playing on it.

Anyone who has been itching to take a seat and play, whether it is striking one of the keys or playing a full melody, should take some time and attempt to play one of their favorite songs.

However, it is perhaps best to play when there are only a few people in the lobby, so as not to disturb anyone trying to do homework.

 

Buy a piece of EWU merchandise

Before students leave campus, they should stop by the bookstore and pick up a souvenir or two for themselves or their family that will remind them of their days at EWU.

If students are looking for something besides clothes, there are several items including coffee mugs, beer glasses and license plate frames they can take back home.

Marie serves spirits and sweets

It was a quiet Saturday night at McMenamins Pub and Brewery. Customers sat quietly and enjoyed their food and drinks as a dark-haired bartender, who stood barely above 5 foot, shuffled around the lobby.

She stops at a small two-person table that had half-empty glasses and plates topped with crumbs and half-eaten french fries.

Playing on the television above the table was a baseball game where the Cleveland Indians clinched a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Behind the bar, the bartender, named Jill Marie, stood on the tips of her toes, exposing the blue roses tattoo on her forearm, as she reached for two Pilsner glasses that were barely out of her reach.

Opposite of Marie, a man with short curly hair was finishing his Dungeon Burger, which consisted of grilled mushrooms, Swiss cheese and angus beef, pointed to the glasses and remarked, “someone should get you a stool for that.”

Marie smirked at the man, who introduced himself to her as Bobby Langford.

“I don’t need a stool, I can get along fine without it,” Marie said.

As Marie left, Langford turned to his friend and began guessing different aspects of Marie. How many more tattoos did she have on her body? How many years had she worked at the brewery? What is her marital status?

The gentlemen had an answer to their third question, as Marie was topping off the glasses of two customers at the other end of the bar.

“I haven’t met my future husband yet,” Marie said. “When I find him, he’s probably going to be younger than I am.”

Next to Langford and his friend were two more customers, who were gulping down their amber-colored brews. One of the customers, a portly man with white hair and a soup strainer moustache, mentioned how ingesting alcohol can turn “the nicest men into ***holes.”

“After two beers, it seems like all they want to do if fight,” the customer said.

Seconds after the two men left, a blonde woman named Amy, who had just finished her shift, sat down with her friend and ordered two glasses of Red Riser IPA.

Langford and his friend had finished their food before ordering a Black and Tan Brownie. Marie went to the back kitchen, where she warmed a brownie for 50 seconds. Once the brownies were finished, the bartender took a scoop before struggling to get a glob of Tillamook Vanilla Bean Ice cream out of the cartoon and onto the plate.

“The freezer is about -10 degrees, so it’s really hard to scoop out,” Marie said.

Marie brought out the two plates for the customers. The scent of warm chocolate fills the air as both plates featured a scoop of ice cream sits on top of a brownie, topped with hot caramel drizzle.

Langford is the first to dig in with his plate. After finishing the glob of ice cream, he sits back and sighs.

“It’s too sweet, I don’t think I’ll be able to finish this,” Langford said.

As Marie walked over to take the plates away, Langford, exposing the image of the orange blade on his arm, complemented Marie on her ink.

After she thanked him, Marie mentioned the tattoo of scripture on her side, relating to the rapper Sean Daley, known to fans by the name Slug. She then described the symbol that was embedded on her spine.

“It’s a symbol of darkness and death,” Marie said. “It kind of creeps people out, but it isn’t all dark. It also means rebirth and regeneration.”

EWU women’s soccer gives back to community

contributed by Tamara Hageage

 

by Al Stover
sports editor

Katie Cashman runs down the field and passes the ball to Chris Croft, who runs it the rest of the way, then kicks the ball past goalie Jamie Walker into the small red goal.

Several minutes prior to the game, Cashman, Chris and Walker were playing Duck, Duck, Goose with the other teams on their field before the start of the game.

The EWU women’s soccer team, Washington Youth Soccer and Spokane TOPSoccer hosted a spring jamboree soccer tournament at the EWU Sports and Recreation Varsity Soccer Field May 19.

Teams were comprised of athletes and members of the soccer team who practiced drills and gave encouragement to the athletes. The field was divided into three parts based on age, size and skill level.

Spokane TOPSoccer is an outreach program that gives young athletes with developmental and physical disabilities the opportunity to play and learn the fundamentals of soccer.

The soccer team has volunteered with Spokane TOPSoccer since the program began in 2006, and they recently finished volunteering at TOPSoccer’s six-week youth soccer camp.

“We are so blessed to have Eastern as community supporters who do our program every spring,” Spokane TOPSoccer coordinator Monaca Duff said. “They are fantastic to have.”

According to Duff, prior to having the tournament in Cheney, TOPSoccer would work with one of the local tournaments who would provide them a field for two hours.

Duff, along with EWU assistant coach Tamara Hageage and two other committee members, brainstormed the idea of having the jamboree at Eastern.

“Some of our players are qualified with Special Olympics, but they only work with children who are cognitively challenged,” Duff said. “Some of of our players who are not cognitively challenged wouldn’t be able to play. So this gives them the same tournament feel.”

In addition to playing, the athletes and the soccer team signed each others’ shirts and posed in pictures with Swoop.

When the games were finished, the athletes ate pizza while Swoop returned to help give out awards.

According to Christopher’s mother Ronda Croft, Christopher was excited to have a chance to play in the outdoors for the tournament and to meet Swoop.

“I just can’t tell you how much I appreciate the program,” Ronda Croft said. “Coach [Hageage] and the Eastern soccer girls, he looks forward to every Wednesday because of them. He loves it.”

Walker, who has worked with TOPSoccer for three years and is minoring in special education, thought the event was fun.

“Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, both family and the kids,” Walker said.

Duff hopes to make the spring jamboree tournament an annual event with more teams and athletes from the pacific northwest in the coming years.

“This is a way to end off our season and hopefully more and more of our players decide to come and maybe Sandpoint and some of the local areas,” Duff said. “Having something local is the way to go right now.”

After the event was finished, the athletes and the soccer team came together and gave an Eagle cheer.

EWU Theatre’s production of “Antony and Cleopatra” bring Ancient Egypt and Rome to life

Mikayla Napier/The Easterner

by Al Stover
sports editor

Basked in red light, Mark Antony slays four soldiers with his sword. As the lights change, Cleopatra dances on stage with her attendants while Antony’s soldiers linger in the background.

Antony scoops up his lover and carries her off as the soldiers begin to kiss and fondle Cleopatra’s attendants.

This is the opening scene in “Antony and Cleopatra,” being put on by EWU’s theatre department.

“Antony and Cleopatra” is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is about the Roman general and politician Antony and Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, who are engaged in a lavish affair.

In the beginning, Antony leaves Cleopatra and returns to Rome to deal with the death of his wife Fulvia, the threat of Pompey and the developing tension between him and Octavius.

Although Antony weds Octavius’ sister Octavia as a gesture of good will, he makes decisions that lead him back to the arms of Cleopatra while battling Octavius.

“Antony and Cleopatra” is a tragic love story that features displays of hedonistic fantasy, carnal desire and the power of following the heart despite the consequences that will follow.

For Director Jeff Sanders, “Antony and Cleopatra” is one of Shakespeare’s plays that he has admired for a long time. Although it is rarely performed, Sanders believed the program could pull it off.

“Shakespeare gets the same 10 plays recycled over and over again,” Sanders said. “I think everyone is fascinated with the story of Antony and Cleopatra historically, but not a lot of people know what he did with it. This is him writing at the peak of his talents.”

Although it has elements of other Shakespeare tragedies, such as death, betrayal and love, Antony and Cleopatra leaves the audience with a sense of ambiguity.

“We’re only left with [Antony and Cleopatra’s] actions,” Sanders said. “Antony and Cleopatra very rarely talk to the audience and tell why they make the decisions they make. There’s a beautiful enigma wrapped in this play.”

Cleopatra was played by Rainee Palmer, who was seductive and sultry but also vicious, manipulative and commanding when she was upset. However, there were moments when she was also in anguish when Antony was away or when she angered him.

Antony, played by Howard Halcomb, was just as passionate and commanding as Palmer. However, he was also tormented as he was torn between his love for Cleopatra and his duty to Rome.

The supporting characters had roles that were both serious, such as Octavius and Maecenas, and comical, like Lepidus and the abused messenger. Teko Dumoulin played Enobarbus, who was Antony’s loyal, sly and comic friend.

Dumoulin, a senior, has had roles in other Shakespeare plays, such as Oberon in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet.”

For Dumoulin, the difference in performing in “Antony and Cleopatra” was doing the research for his character.

“There’s a plethora of information about these people because they actually existed,” Dumoulin said. “It was cool doing the research because you could go in and delve into the actual person you are trying to portray and find out what they did and the choices they made historically and try to work your character out.”

Cleopatra’s attendants were a graceful, vibrant and sexy complement to their queen.

Kendra Sherrill played Iras, one of Cleopatra’s attendants. Sherrill had done research over winter break to better learn the relationship between a queen and her attendants.

“[Attendants’] relationships with their maiden [are] very complicated,” Sherrill said. “They’re very close and she depends on them. That helped during the course of the production. I got really close with Rainee and Chailee [Friant, who played Charmian, another one of Cleopatra’s attendants].”

Sanders had used contemporary themes when he directed Shakespeare plays in the past. To give the play a theme of a hedonistic fantasy, Sanders knew that Cleopatra’s Egypt was the embodiment for hedonism and pleasure. Some ways Sanders did change the script from Shakespeare’s original work included merging characters together.

The performers were not the only people who made “Antony and Cleopatra” come alive.

The sets, lighting, costumes and hand-made props — courtesy of the stage crew-combined with original music, created by Cody Bray and Jeremy Larson, created an atmosphere like that of ancient Egypt and Rome.

Different elements that were added to this production included a choreographed sea battle and a live snake.

“It’s kind of an exhilarating experience to see it come together,” Sanders said.

Sherrill, Palmer and Friant handled the snake, whose name is Jack, on stage in the final scene. Although Palmer and Friant are terrified of snakes, Sherrill loved the experience.

“They were the ones who actually had to work with him more than I did,” Sherrill said. “I was like ‘Come on, I like it.’ They did a good job working up to it. He’s done shows before, so he’s a veteran.”

Sarah Malinak came to watch Sherrill perform. Overall, she enjoyed the play.

“Everyone’s acting was really good,” Malinak said.

Devyn Johnson, a junior majoring in visual communication design, enjoyed the performances of the actors.

“Everyone practiced really well,” Johnson said. “I could tell they really worked well together.”

Blaine Nicholls, who played Pompey, has been involved with theater since he was a kid. Nicholls credits Sanders as being one of the best Shakespearean teachers he has ever had.

“He knows Shakespeare better than anyone I have ever met,” Nicholls said. “The way he made me learn while I was acting was an unbelievable experience.”

According to Sanders, one of the things he enjoyed about working on the play was seeing the roles come through the actors as they progressed.

“I don’t know if I have ever worked with such strong student work on stage,” Sanders said. “I’m so proud of them.”

“Antony and Cleopatra” show times

at the EWU Theatre
March 15 5 p.m.
March 16 7:30 p.m.
March 17 7:30 p.m

Pride Week ends with masquerade ball

Al Stover/The Easterner

By Al Stover
sports editor

Masks, streamers and balloons of all colors were scattered through the PUB’s MPR as students danced to songs such as Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack” and Werner Thomas’ “The Chicken Dance.”

Pride Week ended with a masquerade ball hosted by the EWU Pride Center on April 28.

Patrons wore masks ranging from a rubber skull mask to one mask of the goddess Demeter from Venice, Italy.

Fira Ballew, who had been looking forward to the masquerade since winter quarter, wore a black and gold cat-like mask inspired by a combination of steampunk and the three Egyptian goddesses: Bastest, Sekhmet and Wadjet.

“Because Sekhmet is often referred to as the Eye of Ra, or in ancient Egyptian Wadjet, thus the Wadjet eyes,” Ballew said.

Evan Knudson was one of the students who spearheaded the process of putting the masquerade together. According to Knudson, the reason for a masquerade ball as opposed to other dances is because anyone who is there wears a mask to hide their identity.

“That’s how people in the LGBTQ community live, they have to cover up who they are all the time to conform to society,” Knudson said.

Although the fundraising for the event did not quite go as well as planned, Knudson had a lot of support during the planning process. The only difficult part was getting everything approved by Eastern.

“Once the ball started rolling, it was really easy,” Knudson said.

For Knudson, seeing everyone in masks come together is what he enjoys most about the masquerade.

“They don’t know if you’re a part of a fraternity or a part of a sorority, … if you’re a part of Eagle Pride, they don’t know if you’re a part of the math club. All of them having a good time together. I love that ideal,” Knudson said.

In addition to the music played by the disk jockey provided by Eagle Entertainment, there was also food and tarot card readings.

According to Sandra Williams, Pride Center coordinator, the Pride Center has been trying to put together a dance since she started working at EWU.

“I walked in and there’s people dancing and happy,” Williams said. “It’s really exciting for me that they finally made it happen. [Eagle Pride members have] worked really hard and the campus is supporting them.”

Aside from the masquerade, Williams added that the other Pride Week events had a lot of attendance and support from the campus.

The Pride Center also plans on holding a masquerade for Pride Week in 2013.

“I’m so excited that we had so much activity this year,” Williams said. “It is the biggest Pride Week we’ve had since I’ve started working here.”

Goofy’s small space brings quiet atmosphere

bartender

For students who are looking for an alternative to Eagles Pub and Wild Bill’s, there is Goofy’s.

Goofy’s is a bar located next to Wild Bill’s and across the street from Eagles Pub. Like most bars, it has two shelves filled with a variety of liquor. In addition to the mixed drinks, like a Jack and Coke or a Long Island Iced Tea, some bartenders will also make a surprise drink at the customer’s request.

For those who are more of the beer type, there are the typical domestic brews on tap, like Coors Light and Bud Light, as well as craft beers, like Black Butte Porter and Mac & Jack’s African Amber ale. Domestic beer costs $3.75 a pint while microbrews are $4.75 a pint.

Goofy’s also has a seasonal beer on tap, which is currently New Belgium’s Snow Day, a winter ale that is dark brown with a taupe-colored foam on top. Fans of winter ales made by Samuel Adams and Alaskan Amber may be put off by the dark color and the slightly chalky taste.

For customers who are strapped for cash, Goofy’s has daily specials Monday through Saturday on mixed drinks as well as a daily special of tequila shots and Fireball for $3.50. Power Hour is from 3-4 p.m., which has domestic pitchers for $4.50, while Happy Hour happens from 3-6 p.m.

While customers have a wide selection of alcohol, Goofy’s does not have a wide range of food options. Choices are limited to popcorn, sandwiches, pizza and nachos.

The decor of the place will catch patrons’ eyes. The walls in the billiards area are covered in vintage music and movie posters. Above the bar are decorations, like a large Pez dispenser of the Disney character Goofy that sits above a sign that reads, “There will be a $5 charge for whining.”

There is also a mirror on the wall that spans from the lounging area to the back of the billards area.

Customers may feel space is limited as the lounging space across from the bar area only has five two-person tables and two booths.

Past the bar there is an open space that has two billiard tables, three arcade games and “The Simpsons” Pinball Party next to the juke box. There is also an isolated area past the bathrooms where patrons have some privacy and play billiards. However, this area is not in good view of the bar and bartenders may not be able to see if a customer is finished with their beer.

Although the small space in Goofy’s may not be able to handle the crowds who show up and want to jump on the dance floor after two or three mixed drinks, it is a great place to watch sports on TV, do homework or relax with friends.

For EWU student Ana Lendeza, the atmosphere is more relaxing than at places like Eagles Pub or The Basement.

“It’s a bar just to hang out and not have distractions of everything else,” Leneza said. “The music is not too loud. It’s just a chill bar.”

The small area and relaxed atmosphere also allows bartenders to be more personable with the regulars who enter the bar.

“Your friends can come in and get them to try different drinks,” said Ashley Johnson, bartender. “I can do my homework if it’s really slow.”

Although the clientele of Goofy’s is the same at other bars, there is no fighting or rowdy behavior from customers.

“Everyone who comes in here [lets] loose but everyone seems to be in their right mind,” said Eryyn O’Dell, bartender and EWU student. “The patrons don’t get crazy or ruin anything.”

If a group of 20 or more friends want to find a bar to have their bachelor party or celebrate the Eagles latest victory, they might want to go to a bigger place.

However, if two friends want to just grab a beer and watch the game without having to wait 10 minutes to get service, then Goofy’s is a good spot.

Address:
407 First St., Cheney, WA 99004

Hours:
Monday through Thursday
from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday and Saturday
from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.