JFK Library needs more funding for hours

By Zoe Colburn, Opinion Editor

March 1, 2015

Filed under Opinion

When I first arrived at Eastern, I was a transfer student from Boise State University — an admittedly bigger, more established and consequentially richer school — and as a result there were a few privileges I had at Boise State I had taken for granted. Namely, how their library is open until midnight, 5 out of 7 days in the week. The fact the JFK Library closed at 9... Read more »

Pasco police grossy underestimates the gun’s power

By Jasmine Ari Kemp, News Editor

March 1, 2015

Filed under Opinion

The west side, the east side and now the south side. Washington is really no stranger to use of force issues within police departments. The Pasco Police Department is the newest member on the list. On Feb. 10 Antonio Zambrano-Montes, an orchard worker, was shot and killed by Pasco police officers. Zambrano-Montes was throwing rocks at cars, and eventually the police,... Read more »

Anti-vaccination movement detrimental to our public health

By Zoe Colburn, Opinion Editor

February 23, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Somehow in recent years a movement that had more or less gone by the wayside has come back full-force. For whatever reason, it’s once again become at least borderline-popular not to vaccinate your children. Anti-vaccination crowds cite everything from the mercury content in vaccines to the age-old claim that vaccinations cause autism as reasons to avoid them. However,... Read more »

‘Fifty Shades’ evokes violence

By Ariel Kimbleton, Staff Writer

February 22, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Control freak. Stalker. Intimidating. Demeaned. Debased. Abused. These are actually how the protagonist in “Fifty Shade of Grey,” Anastasia Steele, described the romantic interest Christian Grey and how he his actions make her feel. To me, this reads like a pamphlet about abusive relationships. A young woman about to graduate from college, Ana is targeted by the rich... Read more »

Colleges should pick up the slack in sex education

By Jaclyn Archer, Eagle Life Editor

February 16, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Given the varied values and taboos surrounding sexuality in the U.S., it can be extremely difficult for educators to teach sex education to a diverse group of other people’s minor-aged children. The result of the sex-ed controversy in the U.S. is that adults are starting college with an inadequate understanding of sexuality, gender and relationships. Ironically, controversy... Read more »

Core Curriculum needs more diversity

By Zoe Colburn, Opinion Editor

February 15, 2015

Filed under Opinion

The American education system has made strides in diversity in the last 40 or so years, but we still have a long way to go. One of the worst offenses in modern education is how diversity requirements are introduced, but very little actual change is made to mainstream curriculums. For example, here at EWU we have a Cultural Diversity requirement. For this requirement, the... Read more »

New Spokane petition could repeal city ordinance

By Aaron Bocook, Contributing Writer

February 14, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Excuse me, are you registered to vote? We’ve all been asked — at the downtown Spokane bus plaza, leaving the grocery store and even on the steps of the EWU PUB. The next time you are asked, be careful of what you scrawl your name on. Last October, the Spokane City Council voted 5-2 in favor of a new city ordinance that states “no Spokane City officer or employee... Read more »

Greek organizations support academics

By Nathan Peters, Managing Editor

February 13, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Freshman at Eastern should join Greek organizations to set themselves up best for academic success. I fear for freshmen who come here unknowingly unprepared for the academic and social demands on campus. Doing poorly in classes and receiving low grades can result in less marketability for financial aid resources. Fraternities and sororities offer unique academic resources... Read more »

Holes in my wallet match the holes in my mouth

By Katie Dunn, Staff Writer

February 10, 2015

Filed under Opinion

I sat in the dentist chair with my head tilted back staring into the overhead light while my dentist and his assistant hovered over me like aliens. “Now, you’re going to feel some pressure,” said the dental assistant. I tried not to think about how the decrepit husk of my lower molar was being removed and chose instead to focus on how I was going to save my other... Read more »

Think hard before adopting a furry friend

By Zoe Colburn, Opinion Editor

February 9, 2015

Filed under Opinion

Most of us have had a pet of one kind or another growing up, be it a dog, a cat, a bird or any other number of animals, so the urge to get a pet once we move off-campus or out of our parents’ house is an understandable one. But, not to sound too much like your mother, pets are a huge responsibility, and although they do provide borderline-unlimited love, they require a lot... Read more »

Health codes understood by professional piercers, not teens

By Jasmine Ari Kemp, News Editor

February 1, 2015

Filed under Opinion

It’s incredibly baffling that a person would go to a mall, sit down on a chair and let a 16 year old ram a dull gold-plated stud into their ears like they were cattle. Of course, I’m sure not many people understand that those piercing guns used at Icing, or many other mall jewelry shops, are the same kinds of guns used to tag cows on ranches. So why treat yourself like... Read more »

Victims don’t need to be satirized, victimizers do

By Zoe Colburn, Opinion Editor

January 31, 2015

Filed under Opinion

It’s not hard to see the shooting at Charlie Hebdo in Paris for the tragedy it is, but in response, many people have gone into a mode of black and white thinking where the magazine is nothing but a martyred victim and all Muslim people are terrorists. It’s easy to make that jump when, as a society, we already devalue Muslim lives and we see satire as a get-out-of-jail... Read more »