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Lighting issues put a quick end to Western lacrosse’s season

Lake Larsen | Sports editor

With gear bags slung over their shoulders and sticks in hand, Western lacrosse walked onto a pitch black field at the University of Oregon to take on the Ducks. Murmurs of what could be going on spread across the team as game-time ticked closer. Due to the adjacent Hayward Field being under construction, there were major lighting issues at the lacrosse field.

After a few pulls of a ripcord, a generator roared to life to finally light up the field on a cold Nov. 9 night. Western took the the field to start their warm ups for the final game of the fall season. They hoped to end the pre-season on a high note but a few passes into their warm up, the hum of the generator faded and so did the lights. Again, the Wolves and the Ducks were left in the dark.

The official game time came and went and the lights were unable to stay on for more than just a couple of minutes. Nearly 45 minutes after what should have been the start of the game, the Wolves and Ducks lined up for the faceoff.

Western had been unable to get a complete warm up due to the lighting issues. Because of this the Wolves quickly sank to a multiple goal deficit. Unable to set up their offense, the Wolves couldn’t seem to find a way to mount a comeback attempt.

This action didn’t last long however. After a short 30 minutes of play, again the teams found themselves engulfed in darkness. This was the final straw for the coaches. With the inconsistent lightning, the game was canceled. This delay and eventual cancelation left the Wolves very ill tempered.

“We were (very upset). We drove all the way to Eugene for a game time that was already late. Then, add on the 45 minutes we had to wait in the cold and the game was canceled. It really got under our skin,” said senior education major Bryce Hinkle.

After the official cancelation the game only lasted approximately 30 minutes. This short game with a lack of warm up ended the Wolves fall ball leaving them 3-5. Western packed up and got ready for the short off season with their first game only two months away.


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Western men’s soccer defeats Reed College

Lake Larsen | Sports editor

As the season draws closer to an end, the Wolves looked to pick up a much needed win against Reed College Griffins. In their last meeting on Nov. 3, the Wolves lost a very lopsided game to the Griffins 8-1. But now at home, Western took the field with revenge in mind.

The first 20 minutes of the half saw Western continually challenging the goalkeeper for the Griffins. Although the ball stayed glued to Reed’s side of the field, the Wolves couldn’t seem to find the back of the net.

After several saves from the Griffin’s goalkeeper, the Wolves offense still fought for points. With a deeply kicked ball, Western sprinted up the field to bury the first goal of the game. From this point, the Wolves took complete control of the Griffins.

Due to the relentless offense of the Wolves, the Griffins unable to clear the ball. Another break away lead to a high powered shot finding the back of the goal to make the score 2-0. Moments later, the Wolves scored yet another goal to finish off the first half of play.

The first half was an offensive firestorm with Western spending a vast majority on the attacking side of the field. Reed needed to find a way to slow down the offense of Western if they wanted any chance to win. But the Wolves had other plans.

The second half saw Western’s offense continuing with their momentum from the first half. Two more points from the Wolves was matched by only one from Reed. Western finished the game on top with a final score of 5-1.


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Western’s fall sports wrap-up

Lake Larsen | Sports editor

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Record: 3-5

Biggest win: In the Fall Tournament in Bend, Oregon the Wolves took on Humboldt State. While the game was shortened due to being a tournament game, the Wolves still overpowered the Lumberjacks to cruise to an easy 6-2 win.

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Record: 4-1

Biggest win: On Nov. 3 the Wolves took on Willamette University. Even though the game was cut short at halftime due to the Bearcats losing too many players to injury, there was no shortage of scoring. The Wolves’s offense tore the bearcats to shreds, putting up 33 points. The defense mirrored the offense’s dominant performance by not giving up a single score.

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Record: 1-1

Biggest win: Despite having only one home match, the Wolves did not hold back against Whitman University. The game was a tough defensive struggle for the first two periods. Whitman battled their way back into the game early in the final period but the lead was too much to overcome as the Wolves powered their way to a 42-29 win at home.

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Record: 3-4-1

Biggest win: On Nov. 11 the Wolves took on Reed College. From the first whistle it was evident that the Wolves were playing on a different level than the Griffins. By half the game was 3-0 in favor of the Wolves. After giving up a single point, Western was victorious with a score of 5-1.

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Record: 4-0

Biggest win: The Wolves took on the University of Oregon in their second match of their first official fall season as a club sport at Western. Stellar goalkeeping and a strong offensive drive helped the Wolves shutout the Ducks 2-0.


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Record: 5-6

Biggest win: The Wolves best game of the year came Sept. 29 against Simon Fraser University. Western’s offense, defense, and special teams all combined for a season high of 54 points. Meanwhile the defense held the Clan to only 13 points. The defense forced a school and GNAC record nine interceptions in this meet up.

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Record: 6-21

Biggest win: There are two games worth mentioning as the highlight of the year for the Wolves. On Sept. 1 the Wolves swept Hawaii Pacific University, winning each match by an average of five points. Later in the year, Western swept conference rival Montana State University Billings in three straight matches, winning each match by an average 4.66 points per match.

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Record: 5-9-3

Biggest win: One of the most exciting games this season came in their matchup on Sept. 10 against Pacific University. After Pacific jumped to an early 1-0 lead, the Wolves battled their way back into the game by burying a game-tying shot in the second half to force overtime. Western’s defense held strong, and the offense came up big to overcome Pacific 2-1 in overtime.

[/fruitful_tab][fruitful_tab title=”Cross Country”] Best finish: Prior to the start of the school year, the Wolves men and women teams ran the table in their first home meet at Ash Creek. Both the men and the women defended their home course with first place finishes. The women narrowly defeated their closest competitor by a slim two points. The men dominated the field, with their next closest team being over 20 points behind. [/fruitful_tab]


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Photo courtesy of Paul F. Davis (Football), Ashlynn Norton (Soccer)

Western leaders react to hate speech in Monmouth

Bailey Thompson | News Editor

On the evening of Nov. 8, a demonstration of racist and hateful graffiti was found near Western’s campus on Southgate Drive. Within the graffiti, the responsible party had written “Proud Boys MAGA” and had drawn a number of swastikas on the road. Images of this nature are in direct opposition to Western’s official values of community, diversity, respect and empowerment, and it is crucial to the future success and safety of the university that students, faculty and staff are able to come together to take a stand against such forms of injustice.

With this particular form of hate speech, the vandals represented the ideals of the Nazi party as well as those of the Proud Boys — a hate group established in 2016 who denies any connection to the alt-right, but who claims to adhere to an “anti-political correctness” agenda.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that focuses on civil rights issues, the Proud Boys are a group known for creating misogynistic, anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic propaganda, amongst other forms of hate speech.

Reacting to this display of hate in Monmouth’s community, the ASWOU executive board released a statement on Nov. 9 that announced and condemned the graffiti, offering support for Western students who are impacted by this event. The ASWOU senate also passed a resolution during their meeting which officially condemned the recent act of hate.

ASWOU Vice President and senior philosophy major Erik Morgan shared that ASWOU is in the process of determining what further actions should be taken moving forward.

“We… realized that unfortunately there was likely at least one student who did not feel safe on campus at this point in time,” said Morgan. “So, we started immediately brainstorming ideas about how we can reach out to those students, the community at large, the administration and the city council community leaders to make sure we can come together as a community.”

Morgan also encouraged students to reach out for support, and he said that ASWOU was a resource available to any student who would like to talk.

On Nov. 13, President Rex Fuller sent an email to the Western community which included a letter signed by President Fuller along with the mayors of Monmouth and Independence and the Superintendent of Central School District.

“As community leaders, it is our goal to ensure everyone is welcome and is provided with a welcoming community that allows each of us to thrive,” stated the letter.

If students would like to talk with someone in light of this event, there are a number of resources on Western’s campus they can reach out to such as the Student Health and Counseling Center at (503) 838-8313 and Abby’s House at (503) 838-8219.


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Oregon’s election outcomes

Bailey Thompson | News Editor


National Offices

U.S. Representative District 5: Kurt Schrader (54.98% to 41.89%)

Democrat Kurt Schrader has been serving as a legislator since 1996. After working in both the Oregon House of Representatives and Senate, Schrader has been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in six consecutive cycles. Congressman Schrader uses his experiences to serve of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.


State Offices

Governor: Kate Brown (49.99% to 43.75%)

Governor Kate Brown was elected to serve her first full term as Oregon’s Governor after first assuming the position in 2015. In running for reelection, some of Brown’s major focuses included increasing Oregon’s high school graduation rate, ensuring healthcare access for Oregonians and protecting the environment for future generations.

State Representative District 20: Paul Evans (53.35% to 46.38%)

A candidate who graduated from Western, Democrat Paul Evans has been serving House District 20 since 2015. During his time working both as senator and as an instructor at Chemeketa Community College, Evans has pushed to pass legislation supporting higher education and veterans services.

State Senator District 10: Jackie Winters (53.98% to 45.81%)

Minority leader in the Oregon Senate, Republican Jackie Winters has been serving as District 10’s senator since 2003. In the 2017 legislative session, Winters served on the Transportation and Economic Development Committee and as Vice Chair on the Ways and Means Committee.


Local Offices

Monmouth Mayor: Cecelia Koontz (61.13% to 37.99%)

Cecelia “Cec” Koontz serves as Vice Chair on Western’s Board of Trustees and as business manager for the Central School District. After years of dedication to the town, Koontz has been elected as Monmouth’s first female mayor. Koontz priorities are to increase citizen engagement, economic opportunity and collaborative partnerships.


Monmouth City Councilors:

Roxanne Beltz (1736 votes)

Roxanne Beltz was re-elected as a Monmouth City Councilor after having been appointed in March 2018. Beltz has worked in the fields of transportation and marketing and her primary goal in running for city council was to ensure community livability for Monmouth residents.

Jon Carey (1321 votes)

Jon Carey has served on the Monmouth City Council since 2008, he was Western’s Athletic Director from 1993 to 2010 and he has worked on the Minet Board of Directors for the last four years. Carey’s goal is to develop a comprehensive growth strategy for the community.

Stephen Howard (1317 votes)

As a member of Monmouth’s planning commission since 2011, Stephen Howard is a self-employed software developer who creates software for businesses and non-profits and is passionate about shaping a city that will prepare for Monmouth’s future needs.


Ballot Measures

Measure 102: Yes (56.77% to 43.23%)

Approving this measure amended the state constitution by allowing local governments to use bond revenue to support the construction of affordable housing without needing to retain full ownership of the projects. Advocates for Measure 102 claim that its passing will allow affordable housing to be built faster.

Measure 103: No (57.34% to 42.66%)

If Measure 103 would have passed, it would have preemptively barred taxes on the sale or distribution of groceries. Although its failing doesn’t mean that there will be any taxes on groceries at this time, it is possible that such taxes will be proposed in the future.

Measure 104: No (65.22% to 34.78%)

Measure 104 sought to make it more challenging for revenue to be raised in Oregon through means including taxes and changes in tax exemptions by requiring three-fifths, or a supermajority, of the vote. This measure was ultimately defeated because enough voters felt it gave legislators in the minority party too much power regarding the ability to raise revenue.

Measure 105: No (63.39% to 36.61%)

The “no” votes on Measure 105 led to the upholding of Oregon’s sanctuary state law, which has been in place since 1987. This law prohibits local officers from apprehending individuals whose only violation is being in the country illegally. This law is supported by many because they believe it reduces racial profiling.

Measure 106: No (64.44% to 35.56%)

The defeating of Measure 106 upheld Oregon’s public funding for abortion. This measure would have impacted government employees as well as those on Medicaid. In this way, many of those opposed to 106 argued that its primary effect would have been to deny access to low-income women.


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Western students network at Career and Grad School Fair

Bailey Thompson | News Editor

After inviting recruiters to participate in Western’s annual Career and Grad School Fair, the staff at Service Learning and Career Development was eager to welcome students to engage with members of their community on Nov. 7. Inside the Pacific Room, 55 different organizations set up booths with flyers, business cards, and merchandise from their organizations — ultimately hoping students would come to them with inquiries and interest.

The Career and Grad School Fair is organized each year by Jennifer Hansen, the Career Development Coordinator at SLCD. Hansen reaches out to all of the employers who are currently associated with the university, then they are able to sign up to participate.

At the fair, a variety of fields — including law enforcement, education, health services, business and more — had recruiters who were excited to speak with students about their organizations.

Waiting to help students check-in, senior psychology major and SLCD Peer Career Advisor Ashley Johnston shared why this event continues to be hosted each year at Western.

“As we’ve been doing this more and more, we find that it’s super beneficial and that the students have given great feedback,” said Johnston. She added that, In the past, students have “met someone they eventually got a job with or (learned about) grad schools they didn’t know about.”

When asked what was the most beneficial thing that students could take away from this event, Johnston replied without hesitation: networking.

“Networking is huge — I think it’s the biggest thing,” said Johnston. Related to this, she emphasized how important it is to have the skill set “to talk to someone and make a face-to-face contact because a lot of people don’t do that. And it’s hard to do that outside of school, too, which is why it’s really important that it’s here.”

Additionally, Johnston stated that going to the Career and Grad School Fair gives students the chance to build connections in a manner that would be easier than if they were to approach these companies and schools elsewhere.

“People are here to talk to them specifically,” said Johnston. “They’re meant to be networking, so they don’t have to work as hard.”

Finally, Johnston wanted Western students to realize that there are number of reasons why employers are interested in hiring students, so there is no need to be scared to talk with them.

“Employers want (students) to reach out,” said Johnston. “I know we’re younger…but students are really beneficial employees in a lot of ways — fresh minds, being able to learn,” etc.

Although the Career and Grad School Fair has passed, Western students can make appointments to discuss careers or graduate school with SLCD, which is located in Werner University Center 119.


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Theater department produces “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche”

Chrys Weedon | Entertainment Editor

Opening on Nov. 8, “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” is Western’s fall production, and it has all the lesbians anyone could hope for.

Set in 1956, in a community center basement-turned-bunker, this sapphic comedy follows a group of “widows” who call themselves “The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein.” The occasion: an annual quiche breakfast/bake-off.

Whisking the audience along, the five main characters — Vern, Wren, Lulie, Ginny and Dale — carry on with what seems to be a regular society meeting, although they have a cult-ish obsession with eggs. Each character seems to be driven by manic anxiety, along with the manners and passive aggressiveness of a classic ‘50s housewife.

Suddenly, these quiche-eating ladies are given quite a shock, as a bomb siren blares and the iconic flash of light overtakes the room. Soon, the women are left to decide what comes next for the sisters — all of whom will be trapped in the bunker for the next four years. Oh yeah, and they forgot all the quiche outside.

There is a large amount of audience participation and interaction, which keeps the energy high throughout the production. Everyone in the audience is referred to as “sisters,” and are brought into the story as it develops.
The director of this production is theater professor Kent Neely.

“I wanted to do something fun and something that had strong roles for women,” Neely said, “a friend in South Carolina had seen it at a theatre festival and told me about it. Once I read it, I thought it would be great to do.”

The cast and crew have been working hard on “5 Lesbians” since the first Monday of the term.

“It was fun because they are all such talented actors. I believe they developed a very strong ensemble and I had fun giving them suggestions that they could then take and run with,” commented Professor Neely.

The show runs for about 75 minutes. Future shows can be caught Nov. 14, 15, 16, and 17. Western students get in free with their student ID.


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