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Black Panther Immortalized by Marvel

Written by:Gretchen Sims

Content Warning: contains spoilers

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” broke box offices this weekend with a tear jerking tribute to late actor, Chadwick Boseman. 

The latest edition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe tells the story of a kingdom torn apart by the loss of their beloved King — the Black Panther. Lost in a futile attempt to prevent other countries from gaining access to their precious Vibranium, the people of Wakanda encounter trial after trial in an effort to preserve peace.  

Facing significant changes in leadership and growing instability, it is up to the remaining, yet broken people, to put on a bold face and push through hardships, despite still mourning their late king. 

This film rivaled the newest Doctor Strange for some of the best cinematography of all time. With beautiful graphics, CGI and color, the quality of this film extended past what the human eye should be able to see — as if the producers had been able to unlock the power of vibranium itself to produce these intense visuals.

Letitia Wright —starring as Shuri, the sister of the late King T’Challa of Wakanda— struggles with the loss of her brother. As her mother is also taken from her, Shuri faces anger and seeks vengeance against her mother’s murderer. 

Shuri emerges as the new Black Panther —the savior of Wakanda— and finds comfort amidst her suffering just in time to protect her people.

This beautiful movie played on the real-life emotions of the actors to produce one of the most inspiring motion pictures of the MCU. There was not one dry eye in the audience as the heartbreak of losing a loved one was present throughout the entire film. 

As Shuri fights her desire to burn down the world in response to losing her whole family, audience members were able to put themselves in her place. Not one person could deny the validity of her anger. It is rare that movies accurately portray all the stages of grief, yet Marvel was able to achieve it with the newest edition to the Black Panther franchise. 

Despite the massive amount of heart wrenching moments, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” was full of quick-witted humor and real human connection — something movies often fail to accurately portray.

The boldness to show raw emotions with a strong female lead will set an example for many more movies to come. 

8.5/10

Contact the author at howlentertainment@wou.edu 



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Written by:Gretchen Sims

Wednesday, Nov. 9 was the opening day of the newest edition to the Cannon Art Gallery, “the audacity of identity + color.” The featured artist —Julio Aleman— is based out of Portland, Oregon. Aleman uses oil paints to highlight the intricacies of human skin to  evoke  powerful emotions associated with it. 

Aleman’s art combines hyperrealism with two-dimensional pops of color   to signify parts of  cultures and backgrounds that are true to his models.

The featured works are  absolutely stunning. The painted faces peer out at passersby and the subjects —often people Aleman knows personally— appear ready to tell their stories. 

The passion and emotion that is conveyed by Aleman seems impossible— many viewers were in disbelief that these were not photographs.

Aleman began painting seriously when he was a senior in high school, but art has always been an important part of  his life.

“Art really is whatever you want it to be, it is like expressing yourself and I feel like I’m totally against ideas that constrict art to some like rulebook or like some pretentious like conversation or idea that isn’t accessible to everybody,” said Aleman. 

“I really strongly believe that people are artists and they don’t even realize it because they make art in so many other different ways that aren’t typically recognized as art.” 

The turnout to Aleman’s artist talk was incredible, and for good reason. Aleman had great advice to extend to aspiring artists, paired with  inspiring stories. Aleman encouraged students to never give up or conform in areas where they stand out. 

“I’ve been making art since I was like five. The story that I recall was like being in like Sunday School and like with all these little kids, you know, I was a little kid… and we were told like the assignment was to draw a picture of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus and I was like doing my thing and drawing and I realized that everybody was up already, they were done, and I look around and on everybody’s desk is like a big circle and a small circle. And so, I don’t know why, I like crumpled mine up,” said Aleman. 

Western Art Galleries continue to provide excellent examples for aspiring artists to aspire toward in their future careers. 

To check out “the audacity of identity + color” visit the Cannon Art Gallery 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Dec. 9. 

Contact the author at howlentertainment@wou.edu



Quick and Easy Recipes for Students on the Go

Written by:Jude Bokovoy

Chia pudding is a great breakfast or snack for anyone in a hurry. All one needs to do is make it the night before. When ready to eat, place some fruit on top and eat with a spoon for a quick pick-me-up. There are many health benefits packed into chia pudding. Omega 3’s, protein, fiber, iron, vitamin B, zinc and magnesium can be found in each of these recipes. 

Simple Base

Start to finish: 3 minute prep time

Yields: 1 serving

2 ⅔ tablespoons chia seeds

⅔ cup milk of choice

Honey or maple syrup as desired

Fruit of choice

Start one’s chia journey with a clean slate. First, pick out a dish. It is good to keep in mind this is what one will be eating out of, because who wants more dishes to clean? Mason jars, small glass cups or bowls are all great options. Add chia seeds, milk and sweetener to the dish. Stir until combined. Leave in the fridge overnight or for at least two hours. Top with fruit of choice. Raspberries, blueberries, chopped bananas or peach slices are all commonly used choices.

PB Chocolate Banana

Start to finish: 5 minute prep time

Yields: 1 serving

2 ⅔ tablespoons chia seeds

⅔ cup milk of choice

½ tablespoon cocoa powder

⅓ banana

1 tablespoon peanut butter or nut butter of choice

Looking for some additional protein to kick start the day? This style of chia pudding is guaranteed to keep one full. Combine chia seeds and milk in a dish. Mix in cocoa powder thoroughly, then place overnight in the fridge. When ready to serve, chop the banana into bite sized pieces and place on top of the pudding mixture. Drizzle nut butter over top. 

Raspberry Cinnamon Spice

Start to finish: 3 minute prep time

Yields: 1 serving



Clicking Cocktails

Written by:Jude Bokovoy

When entering the world of responsible drinking, the most enjoyable hiccup is figuring out what drink to order. There is a wide variety  of options for both liquor and mixers. Listed below are some dependable cocktail recipes that can be tailored to one’s preferences. 

Moscow mule — With a strong punch of ginger and lime, this bubbly drink will mask the taste of vodka, leaving the drinker refreshed. There are many spins on this classic with common flavor additions including pear, jalapeno or strawberry. 

Espresso martini — Calling all coffee lovers. An espresso martini is a great way to transition from morning to night. With the bold taste of espresso, cream and coffee liqueur— this martini’s beauty and taste will last.  

Daiquiri — This classic cocktail includes three simple ingredients: rum, lime juice and simple syrup. Popular varieties include adding strawberry or peach.

Cuba libre — Love cola? Cola, lime juice and rum complete this delicious spiked soda.

Mojito — This refreshing cocktail will bring one back to summertime. White rum, lime juice, simple syrup and mint muddled over ice make for an excellent treat. Try this drink the classic way or spice things up by adding fresh jalapenos. 

Tequila sunrise — This sweet, tropical drink consists of orange juice, grenadine syrup and of course— tequila. 

French 75 — Feeling fancy? Sip on champagne, gin, lime juice and simple syrup with an orange twist garnish. 

Highball — Keep it simple with whisky and ginger ale over ice.

Bloody Mary — Switch things up with a daring Bloody Mary. Consisting of tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, lemon juice and Tabasco, this drink packs a punch.

Sea breeze — This colorful drink contains vodka, cranberry and grapefruit juice over ice.

Mint Julep — This fresh cocktail is made with bourbon, simple syrup and mint leaves.

Mimosa — Brighten up the morning with a mimosa by simply combining champagne and orange juice.

Lemon drop — This well known cocktail consists of vodka, triple sec, lemon juice and simple syrup. To add a floral taste, swap out simple syrup with lavender syrup. 

Margarita — How could one forget about margaritas? Though there are many variations, the classic recipe calls for tequila blanco, lime juice, simple syrup and is typically served with a salted rim. Adding jalapeno also brings a delicious kick. 

Whatever one’s drink of choice may be, try branching out every once in a while. It’s always fun to experiment —and who knows? The next cocktail one tries could be their next go-to drink.

Contact the author at howllifestyle@mail.wou.edu



Local Hiking: Get out in Nature

Written by: Dakota Gange 

When one hears the name “Amazon,” is the image conjured consistent with a website? If the answer is yes, it’s time to get out and spend some time with nature. 

The autumn air is refreshing, and here one can keep more than a six feet distance. 

On a forest trail, the sun kisses one’s skin and the raindrops pitter and patter across the face. The smell of effervescent flowers and notes of pine floats across the nose like the purest form of essential oils. Bird songs fill the sky, while  squirrels chase each other around a tree, bringing out the child in us all. 

During the sunny seasons,  bees and  butterflies float across a field of flowers — pollinating them to their desire. The colder and wetter seasons bring in bold colors of  water droplets among  clouds — perfect for  viewing  a sunrise or sunset from atop a hill or mountain. One might spot a newt scurrying in the mud or hear an owl hoot from a  tree top. 

Nature such as this may not reside in one’s backyard, but they  may exist in  local, easily-accessible hiking, biking and walking trails. 

Listed below are my most frequented and favorite go-to hiking spots in Corvallis —a mere 25-30 minutes away from Western’s campus —even when all I have is two hours to spare. 

The Lewisburg Saddle

Residing in Oregon State Universitys’ McDonald Dunn State Forest, this trail is a great option to get some space from other hikers. Its trails contain old and new growth, as well as some gorgeous Douglas firs. The trail is wide and easy to find; one can walk the full loop —which can take several hours— or make it a shorter hike by turning around. 

Upper Horse Trail and Ridge Trail; Lewisburg Saddle West

This trail is my absolute favorite, taking one through a fairy-like “Fern Gully” wonderland. Containing moss-covered growth, beautiful bent trees and branches creating a tunnel-like view— I often imagine this is where the fairies come out at night to play. 

Fitton Green

Craving a spectacular view of a sunset or sunrise? Well there’s no need to travel up to Mary’s Peak when we have this special place; its view of Corvallis is comparable to that of the large mountain. 

Bald Hill

A classic for the locals, Bald Hill is a crowd favorite, as it is so navigable with multiple trails to choose from. All trails lead from the bottom of the hill to the top, one way or another. One can summit this hill in an hour and the view is simply breathtaking. There are paved biking/walking trails that line the bottom, perfect for wheeled excursions. 

Chip Ross

This trail rests on the cusp of Corvallis’ Crescent Valley High school, off of Highland Drive. It’s a great place to view the city, with wide trails that take you on an up-and-down excursion and a few benches lining the top where you can sit and take in the view. There’s an old oak tree with a large red heart carved into it; one might find a couple sitting on the bench below. Hiking here is spacious and will get your heart pumping.

Contact the author at howlmanagingeditor@wou.edu




I Must Accept the Fact that I have Allowed to Introduce Upon my Space

Written by: Nicholas Sarysz

While dogs may be man’s best friend, what if that man is an introvert? This is where the vainglorious cat comes into play. Many would associate a cat with the ideas of playing, cuddling, purring and cuteness. As a devoted cat owner myself, I can assure anyone that those ideas are mostly bulls–t.

For example, my 3-year-old orange tabby —Moe, whom I often refer to as Boba— could be described using far different attributes. While Moe is cute, his desire for play only comes at the most inconvenient times possible, while also including wanton destruction and incredible unpredictability. Similarly, his need for human contact is inversely proportional to the availability of any humans around him. He is also odd in the fact that his purrs usually come when he is visibly confused or distressed.

This begs the question, what is the functionality of having Moe as my beloved companion? Moe takes up a disproportionate amount of my monthly food budget, needs his litter box scooped every day and refuses to allow me to eat or sleep peacefully. To almost any sane person, he would be a detrimental existence. But f–k ’em if they can’t take a joke, because I would take a bullet for this cat.

Arguably, Moe will always have more negatives than the contrary, but he isn’t all bad news. For starters, he seems to have picked me over my significant other as his “person”. 

The perks for this include Moe following me into the bathroom, looking upon me begrudgingly as I clean up after him and stealing my food.

Another lovely aspect of the entity that is Moe is that he does an exceptional job informing me when there is any moving object outside of my apartment. Moe’s favorite way of communicating potential harm is by assaulting the living room windows.

In all seriousness, he is a good Boba. He has never eaten anything he shouldn’t have, with the notable exception of one chicken nugget. Moe also doesn’t require the constant babysitting that many animals are known for. In all reality, he just exists in the same space that I do, because I forced him to. He —like many cats— had no say in who his roommate is, or even what that “room” is. His life could be considered an existential bummer, yet it is up to me to make sure the most can be made of it. So this begs the question —what is the functionality of a cat owner?

Contact the author at howlstaffwriter@wou.edu

While dogs may be man’s best friend, what if that man is an introvert? This is where the vainglorious cat comes into play. Many would associate a cat with the ideas of playing, cuddling, purring and cuteness. As a devoted cat owner myself, I can assure anyone that those ideas are mostly bulls–t.

For example, my 3-year-old orange tabby —Moe, whom I often refer to as Boba— could be described using far different attributes. While Moe is cute, his desire for play only comes at the most inconvenient times possible, while also including wanton destruction and incredible unpredictability. Similarly, his need for human contact is inversely proportional to the availability of any humans around him. He is also odd in the fact that his purrs usually come when he is visibly confused or distressed.

This begs the question, what is the functionality of having Moe as my beloved companion? Moe takes up a disproportionate amount of my monthly food budget, needs his litter box scooped every day and refuses to allow me to eat or sleep peacefully. To almost any sane person, he would be a detrimental existence. But f–k ’em if they can’t take a joke, because I would take a bullet for this cat.

Arguably, Moe will always have more negatives than the contrary, but he isn’t all bad news. For starters, he seems to have picked me over my significant other as his “person”. 

The perks for this include Moe following me into the bathroom, looking upon me begrudgingly as I clean up after him and stealing my food.

Another lovely aspect of the entity that is Moe is that he does an exceptional job informing me when there is any moving object outside of my apartment. Moe’s favorite way of communicating potential harm is by assaulting the living room windows.

In all seriousness, he is a good Boba. He has never eaten anything he shouldn’t have, with the notable exception of one chicken nugget. Moe also doesn’t require the constant babysitting that many animals are known for. In all reality, he just exists in the same space that I do, because I forced him to. He —like many cats— had no say in who his roommate is, or even what that “room” is. His life could be considered an existential bummer, yet it is up to me to make sure the most can be made of it. So this begs the question —what is the functionality of a cat owner?

Contact the author at howlstaffwriter@wou.edu




Update on Western’s Current Development Project

Written by:Mirella Barrera-Betancourt

In early fall of 2021, Western received over $21,000 from the state of Oregon to fund the construction of a new building in the place of the existing Old Education Building on campus. The intended goal of the new construction project was for the Student Success Center to function as a space for students to comfortably receive academic support.

In September of the same year, the Student Success Center Stakeholder Committee was formed. According to Chelle Batchelor, one of the co-chairs of the project, alongside Mike Elliot, originally, the committee included three student representatives, in an effort to make the committee as inclusive to the campus community as possible.

The committee’s mission statement—which was written primarily by the committee’s student representatives—reads, “The Student Success Center is an inclusive gathering place that provides individualized support for every student to be successful in their academic goals. This welcoming and accessible campus hub provides complementary academic support resources, collaborative space and opportunities for the celebration of traditionally underrepresented student identities. In this non-judgmental community space, each student is the agent in their own learning.”

With this in mind, the role of the committee was to think critically about the mission of the building, while also considering it within a triangle of student needs and movement on campus, such as Hamersly Library and the Werner University Center — both of which are located at the heart of campus.

“What we were hearing loud and clear is that (students) feel like they just get run around all over campus trying to get what they need,” Batchelor said. “They would say: why is it that I have to go to this building down at the far end of campus this way to access disability services, or (to) go to the Writing Center, but then you know, we’ve got our health services way over here … They just feel like things are too far apart on campus that (need) to all be brought together.”

Such sentiments were reflected in the two focus groups held by Gensler — the architecture firm responsible for the construction of the Student Success Center — that provided students the opportunity to get involved in the preliminary design and planning of the building. 

Batchelor stated, “From the very beginning, even when we first talked with Gensler, we let them know that we were (going to) want student feedback to be really an important part of their process.”

Students who attended these focus groups were presented with a map of Western’s campus and asked questions such as, “Where do you like to be on campus? What are the places that make you feel included? What are the places that you want to go when you’re looking to study? What are the places that you want to go when you’re looking to socialize with other people? Where do you feel represented?” 

The results showed that Hamersly library provided students with a space for quiet, collaborative study time, while many saw the Werner University Center as a space for social activity and engagement. This left a gap in the triangle where student support should have been located.

“It’s all about supporting students, creating a campus core of student support that goes beyond the Student Success Center, and then also specifically offering those services of Disability Services, Career Pathways and advising and tutoring,” Batchelor said.

Student support services housed in the Student Success Center will include the Office of Disabilities, Academic Advising Center, Student Enrichment Program, Center for Career Pathways, Veterans Resource Center and Western’s tutoring services. The additions of new services are in discussion.

Students who missed out on the chance to attend the focus groups should not be discouraged. According to Batchelor, Gensler will be returning in January 2023 to garner more student opinion. Further details will be announced as the date approaches.

While the new construction for the Student Success Center is in its preliminary planning stage, the initial construction process is planned to begin summer 2023. The new Student Success Center is expected to be open and occupied by fall 2024.

Contact the author at howlnews@wou.edu