Ava Howard Teaches Research Skills with BI409 Practicum

Dr. Ava Howard is a Biology professor at Western Oregon University who recently taught a field research practicum course over the summer. She has been teaching plant biology and ecology at WOU for 13 years. In addition to teaching, she is also involved in creating scholarship and research opportunities for students, which she is very [more…]

WOU Alum Greg Garcia Wins Oregon History Teacher of the Year Award

Greg Garcia
Greg Garcia, an alum of Western Oregon University and teacher at Franklin High School with Portland Public Schools, was named the 2021 Oregon History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in July. To honor this inspiring achievement, we want to share the highlights from our interview with him.  When [more…]

Willamette Promise Student Leadership Institute Brings Students to Campus

In partnership with the Willamette Education Service District, WOU hosted the Willamette Promise Student Leadership Institute in August. I interviewed Addie Howell, the Accelerated Learning Manager at Willamette Promise, about the program, and what it aims to do for students. Ok, big picture: What is the Willamette Promise? What is its mission? The Willamette Promise [more…]

MLK Celebration Week at WOU Promotes Black Excellence Through Storytelling

MLK week banner
Western Oregon University’s week of activities celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is Jan. 17-21. I interviewed Alexis Larson, a member of the 2022 MLK Jr. Celebration Week Planning Committee, about the inspiration of the events of the week. The overarching theme of this year’s celebration is promoting Black excellence [more…]

WOU Instructors Play Major Role in Expansion of Protactile Language

Three women using protactile language as another looks on
Western Oregon University’s DeafBlind Interpreting National Training & Resource Center was recently awarded a five-year, $2.1 million grant for interpreter training. OPB’s Think Out Loud filmed a show about the grant and Protactile in November, which ran Jan. 5. DBI’s lead educator, Jelica Nuccio, is a DeafBlind leader in the Protactile movement and is among those [more…]

National Student Exchange Program Creates Opportunities for Students

Student in front of palm trees
The National Student Exchange (NSE) program is hosting several informational sessions this January for all who are interested! In anticipation of these sessions, I had the pleasure of interviewing NSE coordinator Emmanuel Macías and Liam Birr, a NSE participant, about the wonderful opportunities made possible through the program. NSE is a domestic collegiate study-away program, [more…]

WOU Men’s Rugby Team to Compete in National Championship

picture of WOU Men's rugby team celebrating
The WOU Men’s Rugby team has gone undefeated in all of its conference matches this year!  As conference and regional champions, the team has qualified for the National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) championships in Houston, Texas. There they will compete with the champions from the other three regions for the title of national champions.  I had [more…]

Forensic Anthropology Professors Host Podcast

Title card for Cabin Femur: Forensic Anthropology in the Age of Quarantine
Dr. Misty Weitzel and Jerielle Cartales teach forensic anthropology here at WOU who have started a podcast together titled Cabin Femur: Forensic Anthropology in the Age of Quarantine. The following is a curated version of my interview with them about the podcast and forensic anthropology in general.  Jasper: Okay, why don’t we just hit the [more…]

New Destination Western Program Succeeds in Preparing Students

Destination Western Participants
Destination Western (DW) is an all-new two-week residential program that wrapped up prior to the start of the 2021-22 academic year. I had the dual pleasure of not only participating in the program itself, but also interviewing some of the brilliant minds behind it. Megan Habermann is the director of new student and family programs [more…]

Linguistics Professor David Hargreaves Publishes New Poetry Collection

Patan, Nepal
Dr. David Hargreaves has been a professor of linguistics here at WOU since 1998. He has recently published a collection of original poems, titled Running Out of Words for Afterwards. I had the pleasure of interviewing him about this new book, and how it was inspired by his experiences studying the Nepal Bhasa language in [more…]

Never Fear, Summer is Almost Here: June Events in Polk and Marion County

Sweet summer is right around the corner and while the thought of looming finals haunts everyone’s minds, there is still plenty happening in the local communities to help de-stress. Check out these awesome events happening in Marion and Polk counties this month.  Starting June 1 Polk County Bounty Market (Through September 28) 10 a.m. to [more…]

The Impact of a “Nasty Woman”

Since arriving at WOU, there are very few performances in theatre and dance that I have missed. During this year’s Spring Dance Concert there was a piece that really struck home, as both political and emotional. The efforts of senior student Hayley Ann Evers left me thinking about the piece long after the concert ended. [more…]

Guide to Donating Blood

Today marks the beginning of the spring American Red Cross blood drive here at WOU. It’ll be taking place today and tomorrow in the Pacific Room from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Experiences of donating blood is very different from person to person, but knowing that it all goes to saving lives is worth every second. Before [more…]

The Green Team and the Earth Bench

The Bench Story The Green Team built a double-sided 10 ft. long bench made entirely out of recycled material, called an Earth Bench. The Earth Bench project itself began in October 2016. The actual ground breaking and construction occurred on May 2, 2017.  But who is the Green Team anyway? The Green Team is a student organization [more…]

49th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Every year the Cannon Gallery hosts the Juried Student Art Exhibition that presses it to its limits. With over 300 art pieces submitted each year, only the top 80 pieces will be displayed. Due to the size of the Cannon Gallery, the student assistants have to get creative with the space. This tetris-like balance is [more…]

Recreation In and Around WOU

There are so many ways in and around campus to enjoy the great Pacific Northwest. From the mountains to the coast to the high desert, there is something for everyone in a short drive’s reach from campus. But what’s close by? Recreation On and Near Campus The closest place to get some exercise that we have [more…]

Free Art Events Spring 2017

Bullet journal page for expense tracking and memories, decorated with a small, yellow umbrella
As we near the end of the school year and things get busy, it is sometimes good to slow down and take some time for yourself. These upcoming free events might be just the thing you need to take your mind off of your studies for a little bit. MUSIC Free admission May 16 – [more…]

Peter Sears Poetry Prize Winners

This was the first year of the Peter Sears Poetry Prize, planned to be an annual event. Dr. Henry Hughes, a literature and writing professor at WOU, founded the prize in honor of Peter Sears, a poetry mentor and friend to him for many years. Over 100 poems were submitted by students. Professors Marjory Lange, [more…]

Gluten-Free Guide to Eating on Campus

Are you gluten free or thinking of going gluten free? Are you worried about your options on campus?  As of this year, dining on campus had dramatically changed for the better. In addition to the introduction of more options for vegans and vegetarians, there are also new options for those who are gluten-free (whether you have [more…]

End of the Year Campus Events

It’s that time of the year where all the clubs and organizations are squeezing out their last events for end of the year fun. Here’s a list of events on campus that you don’t want to miss! May 2 “Coming Out Monologues” Reception Come watch people share stories that are near and dear to them [more…]

Don’t Miss This! May Events In Marion and Polk County

It’s already May! Before things get too stressful with preparing for the end of spring term, here are some fun things happening in the local community. May 1 Salem River2Ridge Registration  Riverfront Park/ Silver Falls State Park 181 High St. NE http://www.travelsalem.com/events/salem-river2ridge-registration May 3 Kitsuke: The Art of Wearing Kimono Mon.- Fri. 10 a.m. to [more…]

The art of Rick Bartow

Step into a surreal world made of a mixture of pain, passion, and love. Alumnus Rick Bartow lead an interesting life and, like many, struggled with addiction to help cope with trauma, his crutch being alcohol. His art became his escape. Incorporating his heritage as part of the Wiyot tribe, along with all the other [more…]

My WOU Drag Show Experience

The WOU Drag Show has been my best and most favorite experience at WOU by far. Two years ago around this time, I was but a wee freshman trying to figure out who I was. My identity as a friend, daughter, partner, student, and overall person was all up in the air at that point. [more…]

Internships and how to get them

For multiple majors in college there is a requirement to gain internship hours, but if your major doesn’t require you to, is it worth your time to search for one? In short, absolutely. An internship can give you valuable experience in your field and may end in a job offer. It may seem obvious to [more…]

Places on campus for academic success support

With finals just around the corner and spring term fast approaching, now’s a great time to take advantage of various academic centers and resources around campus. Science Center The Science Center is open this term until week 10, providing assistance for students in science related classes. It is located in the Hamersly Library in room 124. [more…]

Winter 2017 Hamersly Library exhibits

In the light of all of the political events that have been occurring, you may feel as if you want to get more involved. The art exhibit on the second floor of Hamersly Library might be filled with the inspiration you need. Titled Free Speech: Culture, Politics, and the Art of Expression, Then and Now, [more…]

What you may not know about WOU Portal

We all know how important the WOU Portal is to stay updated on all things school-related. But how much do you know about the different features on Portal? Starting with the basics, you can access your email, ASTRA Schedule, WolfWeb, Moodle, OrgSync, Library, Wolf Connection System, My Financial Aid, Writing Center Appointments, Wolf Link, and [more…]

Graduate programs for non-educators

Graduate programs at WOU aren’t only for students wanting to pursue a career in the education field. There are graduate programs in other fields such as criminal justice, interpreting studies, and more! These ones aren’t quite as complicated to sift through. Rather, they are based more on career goals and interests. Remember to complete the [more…]

Enjoy free arts events this month

As the end of the term approaches, stress can get a bit high. Here are arts events happening around campus  that are free to all WOU Students (some require WOU ID). So mark your calendars and take some time out for you to relax at one of these performances or walk around these art installations [more…]

Why Attend Graduate School at WOU?

With so many options available for graduate school, the decision can take a lot of time, research, and applications. Western Oregon University is a great option for graduate school because of the affordable tuition, positive interactions between faculty and students, and the variety of programs offered. Here’s what it’s like to attend graduate school at [more…]

How to Choose a Major at WOU

Freshmen may feel pressure to choose a major before the beginning of fall term, but being undecided is perfectly fine! One of the best parts about college is being able to choose your own classes. Going to class is much more exciting when you are learning about something that interests you! However, this can become [more…]

Criminal Justice Career Day

High school and college students are invited to attend Criminal Justice Career Day to explore educational and employment opportunities available from various agencies. Representatives from law enforcement, correctional institutions, detention and jail facilities, juvenile and adult probation and parole programs and other special service fields will be available at the career fair. There will also [more…]

How to write a killer scholarship essay

Who doesn’t want free money for college? Applying for scholarships can be a fantastic way to help pay for classes and textbooks. And with WOU’s general scholarship deadline of March 1, it’s time to get busy. The application process is competitive. Many scholarship programs require you to write an essay along with your application. Making [more…]

Costuming for “All in the Timing”

All in the Timing is a unique play composed of six smaller plays and only utilizes six actors, which can make costuming a challenge. Between the quick scene changes and the limited space, the base costume pieces needed to be more plain and rely heavily on accessory pieces for functionality. The actors stay on the stage the [more…]

Ron Wyden visits WOU

As part of his commitment to the state of Oregon, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden visited Western Oregon University on Saturday January 14. Upon being elected Senator Wyden pledged to visit every county in Oregon, every year and as of 2017 has held well over 700 town hall meetings. The major issues presented at the town hall [more…]

You Got Accepted: Now What?

Congratulations! You got accepted to Western Oregon University, but you’re not done yet! There are a few things that still need to be done before you begin school in the fall. The first thing you want to do is create a username and password for WOU portal. This will be a very important resource to [more…]

The Northwest Passage wants your opinion

The presidential election of 2016 split the country in half and no matter which way you voted, it’s important to have an outlet of thoughts and opinions. The next issue of the Northwest Passage, WOU’s literary and art magazine, will be completely online, and is accepting submissions until December 9. Submissions to this special issue [more…]

Thanksgiving in the community

It’s that time of year again! On the way to December and January holidays and celebrations, first stop is Thanksgiving. If you have yet to make any plans, here are some Thanksgiving activities and meals in the community! Click on the event links for locations and prices and as they will vary. Worried about having to [more…]

Fall Preview Day

Western Oregon University’s fall preview is just around the corner! Preview days are only offered once a term, so if you have applied for WOU and want to see campus, or are considering applying, now is your chance to come see why WOU is the right choice for you! Registration is open from now until [more…]

Get to know your admissions’ counselor: Micah Howe

Western Oregon University’s admissions counselors travel to different high schools to chat with prospective students about what it’s like to be a WOU student and answer any questions they may have. We have asked each of the counselor’s a set of questions to get to know a little more about them, and ask what information they’d like [more…]

How to schedule an individual campus tour

WOU offers many different visitation programs and Preview Days to give prospective students a chance to see what life on campus is like and a feel for the university. However, there are only so many offered per term. If none of the special visitation program dates fit into your schedule, there is always the option to create your [more…]

Fun community events in October

It’s October, which means it’s finally the holiday season. These next three months make it impossible to be bored as week after week is full of events. There’s upcoming festivals, pumpkin patches, shows, and other events to celebrate the fall season and holidays. To help you keep track of some of the events coming up this [more…]

What is Your World at WOU?

Registration for “Your World at WOU” ends next Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m., but what is “Your World at WOU”? This is a free campus visitation program that allows prospective students to attend information sessions and get a chance to look around the WOU campus. Some of the sessions include Financial Aid and Scholarships, [more…]

It’s FAFSA Time!

Are you in need of financial aid for the 2017-18 school year? The first step to applying for aid is filling out FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is a tool to help you apply for grants, work-study, and loans, all through one simple application. In the past, FAFSA has opened on [more…]

What is SOAR?

Summer Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) is a way for incoming freshman students to get a head start on integrating into Western. SOAR helps students set up their classes with help from faculty advisers and get used to the new campus. SOAR also aligns students with PLUS Team team members which can help answer their [more…]

Art Club

For many who are creative it can sometimes be a challenge to find the right direction to go and find ways to consolidate all of that creativity into one project, this is where the art club comes in. WOUs Art Club is full of fun accepting environment. You by no means have to be an [more…]

Why you should care about OrgSync

Javier Garcia
Whenever you want to find an event, join a club, or vote for student positions, you might wonder why you’re always directed to OrgSync. That’s because OrgSync is one of the most useful online resources for student life on campus. Here are some reasons why you should use OrgSync: Clubs/organizations Whether you want to join [more…]

Light up the Night recap

Brittany Johnson
Light Up the Night promised to be a night of music, dancing, and fun, and that’s exactly what it was for the students of WOU. The hall government of Barnum, Butler, Gentle, and Landers (BBGL) lit up the grove from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 for their annual traditional. The night was [more…]

Preview: Leadership Recognition Night 2016

Barbara Ettenauer
The 24th annual Leadership Recognition Night this year is on May 4 and the theme will be “Leadership Awakens” to celebrate winners in a Star Wars-like fashion. This is a night where students can be recognized for their outstanding leadership demonstrated throughout their time here at WOU. Megan Habermann puts on this event with her [more…]

20th Annual WOU Drag Show

A mash of dancing, lip syncing, and looking fabulous, the WOU Drag Show put on by the Triangle Alliance is nothing less than dazzling. It was a well-choreographed show for men, women, and all those who find themselves in between. Though it is not for all audiences, the brash sex jokes and open displays of sexuality [more…]

Kernsensus Review: The Jungle Book (2016)

Turning a classic book into a cartoon favorite is no easy task, but turning that cartoon into a live action remake almost 50 years after the fact? It’s a risky move, but like all things in life, success normally takes a large amount of risk. With Jon Favreau behind the camera, The Jungle Book shines [more…]

Spring intramurals approaching soon

Do you love playing sports in your free time? Do you wish you could do more to compete with your athletic skills? Have you ever considered joining a sports team but didn’t know how to or where to start? Well now’s your chance to sign up for spring intramurals! You can get involved in sports [more…]

On-campus Housing Renewal

Cody Welty
Thinking of living on campus next year? Housing renewal has already begun for the 2016-17 school year. Don’t miss your chance to stay in the residence halls next year. Registering for housing is not a commitment– just be sure to submit any cancel requests before July 1 to avoid paying a fee! Important dates to [more…]

Hikes near Monmouth

April is experiencing record high temperatures this month. What better way to enjoy this spring weather with a little hiking? Oregon offers beautiful hikes within a couple hours of practically every city and town. Here are some that you may want to try on your next free weekend. Little North Santiam This is a moderate, [more…]

All you need to know about ASWOU elections

Monday, April 11, was the kick-off for the Associated Students of Western Oregon University (ASWOU) campaign week on campus. It is the week that students running for ASWOU office positions get to actively campaign for students’ votes. So I sat down with ASWOU Judicial Administrator Janesa Ross for more information regarding the elections and voting [more…]

Kernsensus Review: Zootopia

For me, Disney movies have become very hit or miss. In recent years, the company has been digging from the classics and making remakes that aren’t necessarily bad, they just don’t scratch the itch of the original movies. I enjoyed 2015’s Big Hero 6, as well as Inside Out, but I thought Frozen was a [more…]

The Spring Break Binge Lineup

Spring Break is about being out in the sun, grabbing your flip flops and sun tan lotion and heading to the beach, but not if you’re like me. If you’re like me the house is quiet, you have no homework to do, and it’s finally time to get your binge-watching done that all that work [more…]

Got any plans this summer?

How about considering a summer internship? Believe it or not, it is time to start putting in the work to find and apply for summer internships in the area! There are many ways to find out who’s hiring, and where you should be looking. The first place that you should look is the Western Oregon [more…]

The Magic of Aoife O’Donovan

I first heard singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan while listening to a track from one of my favorite albums, the Goat Rodeo Sessions. The other musicians playing on the record were powerhouses – Chris Thile on mandolin, Stuart Duncan on violin, Edgar Meyer on bass, and Yo-Yo Ma on cello. I had never heard of O’Donovan, but [more…]

Have You Hit the Wall?

Dead week is fast approaching, students! Winter term can be especially stressful, and SAB has put together a week full of activities to help you destress starting this Saturday by hosting a screening of the USC fight sponsored by the Veteran Success Center on campus. This will start at 7pm in the Willamette Room. On [more…]

WOU Theater and Dance Department present “Cabaret”

Got plans for the weekend? Looking for entertainment right on campus? The Western Oregon University Theater and Dance Department is putting on its second week of “Cabaret!” This show is being performed by WOU Students and directed by Dr. Michael Phillips. The shows runs March 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium. Bases in 1930s [more…]

Alternative Spring Break 2016

Have you ever thought about using your spring break to help others? WOU offers many options for alternative spring break and this year our students are really doing some spectacular things. There are four trips slated out for this year that students have fundraised vigorously for. These trips include Reno, San Fransisco, Sacramento, and Portland/Seattle. [more…]

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

It is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and Abby’s House is participating by putting on events to help bring awareness to eating disorders, as well as hosting fun activities to encourage positive body images. According to the NEDA website, “the goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is to put the spotlight on eating [more…]

Preview: SLDC Workshops

Are you interested in applying for a new job? Can’t remember the last time you updated your resume? Stop by the Service Learning and Career Development Center to take advantage of several upcoming events. The SLDC will be hosting resume workshops on Monday and Tuesday, as well as an interview workshop on Tuesday. If you’re [more…]

Love…In College

I’m no love doctor, and I can’t give professional advice, but I am a college student like you with experiences, both good and bad when it comes to relationships. When it comes to long-term relationships in college, these are my five tips. 1.Be realistic This is number one for a reason. You’re in college, perhaps [more…]

Love Is…

The weeks surrounding Valentine’s Day can be tough for some. This includes a lot of self pity, discount chocolate purchases, and potentially staying up late watching chick flicks sobbing about the thought of another Valentine’s Day alone. Snap out of it. So many people think of Valentine’s Day as only a day for romantic partners, [more…]

The February Five

It’s hard to pick just five movies for one month. Hail, Caesar! – February 5. I have always been a fan of the Coen Brothers from Fargo to Inside Llewyn Davis, I have enjoyed their dark comedies   Deadpool – February 12. Maybe it’s my love of comic books or my immature sense of humor [more…]

Kernsensus Review: Deadpool

What is a hero? What is an anti-hero? And what makes a good redemption story for Ryan Reynolds’ acting career? All are good questions that are answered in the Deadpool movie that is officially released as of February 12. Whether you’re a fan of comic book movies (as I am) or a romantic comedy person [more…]

Apply for WOU Scholarships now!

It’s that time of year again when students need to fill out countless applications for scholarships. Or is it? Not so with WOU’s new scholarship application system. Now it is easier than ever for WOU students to apply to over 150 scholarships by filling out a single application. The new system centralizes the process for [more…]

After the Iowa caucus…now what?

If you have turned on your phone, gone online, or passed by any newspaper recently you’ve probably heard about the Iowa Caucus, especially this year.  The presidential election of 2016 has been on news headlines since the beginning of last year and when it comes to politics, no matter what side you’re on, it’s clear [more…]

Stalking in the Media

In the age of lightening speed multimedia platforms, stalking, especially cyberstalking is becoming more present and relevant than ever before and it expands every year. An advancement of technology and mobile applications has a risk of increasing stalking, and we have to realize that stalking, in any way, shape, or form is not okay. In [more…]

What I wish I knew

When I graduated high school I was convinced that I was done with schooling, I wasn’t a bad student; I just wasn’t a big fan of studying. I went to work and after 6 months of working an over 40-hour work week and no chance of ever being promoted I had gained the confidence and [more…]

Your guide to winter driving like a boss

It’s that time of year where we experience the beauty of snow, ice, and everything in between. Although it’s nice to view this from indoors, it’s an entirely different experience on the road. Keep yourself safe by following these winter driving tips. Stay alert. Turn down the Death Grips a tad. Put your phone into [more…]

A long time ago…

Peter Courtney Health and Wellness Center.
2015 will be a year to remember for people who love movies, or want to remember their childhood. In June, theaters were flooded with people from all generations to witness the reboot more of less of their favorite series about dinosaurs and genetics. Jurassic World made a crater at the Box Office, breaking all previous opening [more…]

For the holidays are nigh, and full of lights

A nice way to emerge from the darkness of finals is to brighten your day with holiday lighting. If you’re staying in the Willamette Valley for December grab a friend and check these out! Portland Winter Wonderland Since 1993, the lights held at the Portland International Raceway have been an event for the whole family. [more…]

Preview: Dead Week

It’s the dreaded week before finals when students rush to beat the deadlines – dead week! To help students get through the busy week, the Student Leadership and Activities has sponsored several events to help students relax, get a break from studying, and enjoy free snacks and hot chocolate. Monday, Nov. 30 10am-2pm Hot cocoa [more…]

Thanksgiving traditions

It’s that time of year again when we meet with friends and family, drink eggnog, and and eat turkey and mashed potatoes. Thanksgiving. Each of us celebrates the holiday a bit differently, so we are here to share some of our Thanksgiving traditions. Erin Each November my mom’s side of the family gets together. And when I [more…]

Water you talking about?

As soon as summer cools down and the leaves start turning, many people start lessening their water intake. During the heat of summer drinking water is essential, and we consume leaps and bounds more to compensate, but when the weather decreases our biological incentive to drink water lessens with it. With this being said it [more…]

You auto know

As the weather grows colder car problems are bound to happen, from dead batteries, to flat tires some things are just unexpected and happen at the worst of times. The first instinct most people have is to panic, but have no fear WOU Public Safety is here to help. The vehicle assist program provided by campus [more…]

Preview: Career Fitness Week

This week the Service Learning and Career Development Center (SLDC) will be hosting several events to jumpstart your career fitness level! The first two events of the week cover resumes and interviews, providing tips and advice. The last event of the week is a photo booth for students to take professional photos for LinkedIn. Each event [more…]

Makeup – it doesn’t last forever

When was the last time you replaced your mascara? Eyeliner? Lipstick? If you can’t remember, it might be time to dump it. Unlike food products, which are required to show an expiration date, makeup products are not required to list it on the packaging. As we use makeup products, we expose them to brushes, our [more…]

12 tips for getting into grad school

This week WOU hosted its annual Grad School Week, which featured presentations for students interested in attending grad school. The presentations, which were sponsored by WOU’s Service Learning and Career Development Center, gave insight to the application process. Did you get a chance to attend any presentations? If not, read some of their best tips [more…]

Getting involved with ASWOU

The ASWOU representative assembly is taking place this Friday October 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  and if you are looking for a way to be a part of the whole process there are currently three major sources. The senate If you are interested in getting involved with representing the voice of the students [more…]

Reinstating history

Even though Oregon is not a state to observe Columbus Day it’s a huge step in the right direction that Portland has decided to join the act of abolishing the federal holiday and renaming it Indigenous Peoples Day. It has been a federally observed holiday since 1937, but starting in 1990 when South Dakota decided [more…]

Another Year at WOU

There are so many things that excite me about a new year here at WOU. I’m an upperclassman now, so it’s almost like I’m a real adult. I have more responsibilities, but most importantly more opportunities. Here’s just a little bit about what I am looking forward to in this coming year: (besides watching the [more…]

The year ahead

Western Oregon basketball's Tanner Omlid doing a layup.
The thing I like most about Western Oregon University is the ability to be close to everyone. I never have to have fear for a class because the professors are always able to help one-on-one, no matter how discouraged I get, there is always someone just around the corner to lend a helping hand. A [more…]

WOU martial arts

Western Oregon University’s new up and coming club is the martial arts club! Originally the marshal arts club was run by professor Flatt. The new president of themartial arts club is named Carter and he agreed to tell me a few things about the up and comingmartial arts club. He told me that he is not [more…]

how to beat the heat

With summer quickly approaching lots of people like myself who are not used to the hot weather look for different ways to beat the heat. I am currently spending my first summer in Monmouth Oregon and I myself am looking for ways to escape the heat since I normally spend my summers in Lincoln city [more…]

A Memorable Year

Academically speaking this has been a very memorable year for me. I got to conduct an experiment for a final psychology course and present my findings at the Academic Excellence Showcase. For my study I examined the potential impact that fast thinking has on positive mood, and although I didn’t support my hypothesis, I really [more…]

DIY #3

Homemade laundry detergent: Ingredients: 1 bar of shaved bar soap 1 cup of borax 1 cup of washing soda Instructions: Stir all ingredients together for 5 minutes. Time to use your homemade laundry detergent! Use 1 tablespoon per load, unless it’s a large/heavy load, then use 2 tablespoons! To store: Store in a sealed container [more…]

DIY #2

DIY- Lip balm Coconut oil is progressively getting more popular. The recipe for coconut and Tea Tree oil lip balm includes the use of coconut oil. This is an easy fun recipe to make your own natural lip balm. Coconut and Tea Tree Oil Lip Balm: 1 cup shaved beeswax (using either a knife or [more…]

DIY Lifestyle

A self sustaining lifestyle can take a little more work than normal but the outcomes can be so helpful and cheap! Some small ideas to achieve a cheaper lifestyle are, making your own lip balm, detergent, growing your own veggies or other food, and much more! Making these items out of your own resources may [more…]

Senior Year Highlights

The 2014-2015 school year has been an eventful year for me, and most importantly, the last one to complete my undergraduate degree. I have spent years longing for the time when I would finally be able to call myself a senior, have my own recital, and leave the music department knowing I had made an [more…]

Summer bucket list in Oregon

whale watching
With summer quickly approaching, its time to plan a bucket list of all the places we are going to go and things we are going to do. Oregon is notorious for having the most variety of outdoor activities and having the most beautiful parks, lakes and rivers. Here’s a list of places go and the things [more…]

6 Tips for Better Sleep

Do you constantly rely on coffee or Red Bull to stay awake during class? Have you ever found yourself driving while drowsy? Are you unable to wake up without several alarms? Do you just wish you could skip class and take a nap? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you may be [more…]

The Zen of Embracing Rejection

Douglas Kenrick, a professor of social psychology wrote a blog for Psychology Today entitled: Zen and the Art of Embracing Rejection (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sex-murder-and-the-meaning-life/201301/zen-and-the-art-embracing-rejection). This blog post mostly addresses individuals who are planning on attending graduate school and pursuing academic careers, yet the message is important for people of all ages and career paths. Kenrick discusses the [more…]

sexual wellness

Western Oregon University hosted two work shops on may 11th that talked about the pursuit of sexual wellness, the proper ways to give consent, and the struggles of alternative life styles. The S.W.A.T (sexual wellness awareness team) group had a workshop that described what the true definition of consent, exception of different types of lifestyles [more…]

Coming Out Monologues: The Follow-Up

The audience listened intently as students, alumni, and faculty of the LGBTQ community shared their experiences. Inspired by the successful Vagina Monologues, the Coming Out Monologues was an evening to remember –a night full of heart-felt stories and open testimonies about the coming out process. Even WOU President, Mark Weiss came out as a straight [more…]

WHO & WHV Spring Tour 2015 – Bay Area

On April 21, 2015, two ensembles from the WOU Music Department left for Berkeley, CA for their annual Spring Tour. The two ensembles, the Western Hemisphere Orchestra and the Western Hemisphere Voices, represent part of the groups that play popular music in the WOU Music Department. The Western Hemisphere Orchestra (WHO), directed by Dr. Keller [more…]

Have no fear, midterms are almost here.

As the halfway point approaches, exams are becoming plentiful and hours of sleep each night are decreasing, but fear not there are tips that could help those fearful days become not so daunting. Here are some simple and effective ways to ease the stress of the upcoming tests and exams. Organization is key It may [more…]

WOU Opera Workshop presents: “The Pirates of Penzance”

This weekend the Western Oregon University Opera Workshop presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” in a fully-staged production with chamber orchestra. Performances: Friday April 17th / Saturday April 18th Time: 7:30 PM Location: WOU Campus, Smith Recital Hall Tickets: $8 general admission, $5 students/seniors, Free with WOU ID. For more information, see the upcoming [more…]

The importance of winding down

College can be a stressful time from pages of notes to quizzes, to that eight a.m. class where one cup of coffee just isn’t cutting it. While studying, reviewing and attending class is of utmost importance at this level of education it is also essential to remember to wind down after a long day of [more…]

haunted dorms

In my four years here at Western Oregon University I have lived in the Landers residence-halls and the Arbor Park apartments, both places gave me amazing and memorable experiences that I’m going to look back fondly on for the rest of my life. However, I did have my own share of strange experiences when living [more…]

Sleep? What’s that!

Every college student has faced the problem of choosing between sleep and something else they want to do. No matter your major or background almost all college students struggle to find time for sleep. Forty-eight hours is the longest I have ever gone without sleep during finals my junior year and my grades highly suffered [more…]

roommate squabbles

    As a senior here at Western Oregon University I have now been through six generations of roommates totaling over 14 people, and with every new roommate(s) there comes new challenges. Some of the challenges you face with your roommates are caused by the environment you happen to be living in, and a prime example [more…]

Discoveries in Hamersly Library

A review of the novel “The Housekeeper and the Professor” My latest find the in recreational reading section of the library is Yoko Ogawa’s “The Housekeeper and the Professor.” I was originally drawn to book by the cover, for the sole reason that it had cherry blossoms on it that matched the background on my [more…]

Presidential Candidates for Western Oregon University

WOU is seeking a new president after Mark Weiss retires on June 30, 2015. Only the best four candidates as finalists were brought to the WOU campus to speak in front of many from the Western Oregon and Monmouth community, including faculty, students and alumni. Finalists spoke in Rice Auditorium and the Warner University Center. [more…]

WOU Graduate Programs

Students who are graduating soon and considering graduate school, may not need to look any further than right where they are at. Western Oregon University offers a wide variety of graduate programs than may be of interest to students. If individuals are passionate about liberal arts and sciences, they should know that Western offers the [more…]

Dolores Huerta visits WOU

On March 6th, over 2000 high school students from across the State of Oregon visited the Western Oregon University campus for the 25th annual Cesar Chavez Leadership Conference. The CECLC is the largest high school student event for Latino students in the Pacific Northwest. The events invites presenters, exhibitors, school staff, state officials, non-profit organizations [more…]

Upcoming health fair and blood drive

Wednesday, April 8 the Student Health and Counseling Center will be hosting a health fair in the Health and Wellness Center. There will be free food, resources, and informational workshops. Times run from 12 to 5 p.m. and all students, faculty, and members of Western’s community are welcome, and the admission is free. Along with [more…]

Gerontology Presentation: Aging in Place

During winter term, Angela Lavery gave a gerontology presentation about older adults aging in place, which means people can live independently and safely in their own homes and communities, despite their income, age, and level of ability. Some of Lavery’s experience included hospice work, family assistance for those who had lost a loved one, and [more…]

Benefits of exercising

Do you ever feel too lazy to work out? You might want to think twice next time you don’t want to work out because there are multiple benefits of exercising! Not only will you feel better but your body will thank you for it. Physical activity: Lowers your risks for developing diseases Can help you [more…]

Myths and facts about feminism

    On Tuesday, March 3, Kappa Delta Chi and Abby’s House hosted a #FEMINISM workshop as part of the Multicultural Student Union’s “Women of Culture Celebration.” The workshop focused on educating our campus on the misconceptions and history of feminism.   What is feminism? There are multiple definitions for the theory. But the most [more…]

Portland service trip

Service trips have been a vital part of student involvement at Western. Service trips isn’t just community service, but serving the community, growing as a person and being able to reflect on your experience. Maria Vargas, a senior pursuing a double degree in Spanish and social science, has been involved with various service trips within [more…]

Pathways and Opportunities

Marget Gentle Hall
Tuesday February 17 was a day of opportunity for Western Oregon University as it held an internship and volunteer fair and later that day the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) had a presentation by a guest speaker. The internship and volunteer fair started at 1 and went until 4 p.m. [more…]

What is SAD? Do you have it?

SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder. Have you ever heard of it? Many suffer from this disorder, and it is very common here in the Pacific Northwest. Living further away from the equator makes us have less winter daylight hours. SAD is depression related to the changing of seasons, and is very evident during the winter months [more…]

A Break from the Grind

Eliot Dickinson
Coming down with the winter term blues? Don’t let it get to you. Sometimes we just need a break from the grind, and a new experience to revitalize our lives. Below is a list of fun and cheap things to do in the area surrounding Monmouth. Grab a friend and get going!   Take a [more…]

Action: The Cure for Procrastination

Aleisha Douthitt
Why do we procrastinate? There are several different types of procrastinators. One type is the thrill seeker, who enjoys the rush of energy from finishing something at the last minute. Another is the indecisive procrastinator, who is unable to move forward because they have made themselves exempt from any possible outcome from their lack of [more…]

Winter term blood drive

This Tuesday, Feb. 3 and Wednesday, Feb. 4, Western will be hosting its annual Winter Term blood drive. Many people in the past have generously given blood to the Red Cross, but some people probably wonder where the blood goes? What are requirements of a person giving blood? And how much really is needed? All [more…]

Gettin’ around: let’s talk about transportation people

Tom Bergeron reading names at Commencement
By Katrina Penaflor   Many students around campus have found themselves without the proper transportation necessary to get themselves to a desired destination. They could be without a car, low on money for gas, unable to drive, or whichever reason and need to find a reliable form of transportation. Luckily, Monmouth and Western have safe, [more…]

Thanksgiving food drive

By Katrina Penaflor The holidays are quickly approaching and the usual thoughts on everyone’s minds are turkey dinners and winter break. But it is important to keep in mind that not everyone has a hot Thanksgiving dinner to sit down to. Tis the season to not only be jolly, but to give as well. RHA, [more…]

Playwright, Rob Urbinati, comes to WOU

Max Norr
By Katrina Penaflor On November 13th New York playwright Rob Urbinati came to Western Oregon to talk to students about his journey to a successful, lucrative and diverse career in the arts. Urbinati began college as a comparative literature major, a degree that requires the fluency of two languages, but quickly realized it was not [more…]

Food Day 2014

Curtis Campbell
By Katrina Penaflor On Thursday, October 23rd Western Oregon University celebrated its third annual food day. The event brought everything form free pumpkins, to fresh food, and donations for WOU’s food bank. Starting at 10 am was the pumpkin giveaways in the Plaza of the Werner Center. A small donation of cash or food was [more…]

Preview: WOU Homecoming 2014

Homecoming – the time for football games, tiaras, and face painting is about to begin. WOU’s 2014 Homecoming, “Howl with the Pack,” will last from Monday October 20th to Saturday October 25th. Each day will feature several different activities, offering something for everyone to enjoy! The best part? Almost all activities are free to students! [more…]

Roommates and relationships

Roommate. A simple word that is powerful enough to create a wide variety of responses amongst people. In college, almost every person has the experience of a roommate. Typically beginning their freshman year at the dorms. During New Student Week, Isabella, from the Student Health and Counseling Center, gave a talk about making a smooth [more…]