• Issue 10 of the Easterner is now online! Check out the current issue section! Good luck with Finals! November 13, 2014

Winter Holidays celebrated by everyone

By Larry Ty Holmes, Opinion Editor

December 12, 2014

Filed under Opinion

As “Merry Christmas” and “Have a happy New Year” start resounding from our lips, it should be noted that atheists shouldn’t be left out of the holiday joy and frolic. Living in the U.S., it is inferred that we are a society of consumerism and not all people - including Christians - celebrate Christmas explicitly for the birth of Jesus. Atheists are one of many... Read more »

No Justice, No Peace: Beyond the grand jury, and why I’m still marching

By Jaclyn Archer, Eagle Life Editor

December 11, 2014

Filed under Opinion

On Nov. 24 around 5 p.m., we all got the news: the grand jury chosen to review the facts of the shooting of Michael Brown decided not to indict the officer involved, Darren Wilson. Ferguson exploded in legitimate protests and destructive rioting. Several cities around the country including Portland, Seattle and Spokane held protests as well. [Maybe we could poach some... Read more »

National media “sleeps” on Seattle sports

By Brandon Cline, Contributing Writer

December 3, 2014

Filed under Opinion, Sports

A Lombardi Trophy and a baseball team that has produced multiple perennial hall of fame players call the state of Washington and the city of Seattle home, yet when it comes to getting recognition from the national media, Seattle sports are treated as the runt of the litter. One would think winning the most-watched television event in American sports history would garner... Read more »

Gay “bees” should sting stigmas instead of sass them

By Eric Long, Chief Copy Editor

November 24, 2014

Filed under Opinion

I have been out for just over two years. I must say, I’m a bit “bitchy” and that’s OK, sometimes. Being gay has its ups and downs. Gays must build up a defense while living in this world where some do not accept the “homosexual lifestyle,” so being a “kick up the fuss” just happens, at least that’s what I’ve noticed. This attitude becomes an issue,... Read more »

Congress needs a ‘general will’

By Larry Ty Holmes, Opinion Editor

November 23, 2014

Filed under Opinion

Last Wednesday, President Obama and Xi Jinping jointly announced an agreement between China and the U.S. to lower carbon emissions. “The United States would emit 26 percent to 28 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005. That is double the pace of reduction it targeted for the period from 2005 to 2020,” the New York Times reported. President Xi promised that... Read more »

Classes at Eastern oriented to make more money

By Rebekah Frank, Staff Writer

November 22, 2014

Filed under Opinion

Before I start, this let me disclose two things: I am a business major, so my experience is based solely on classes related to that major, and this is my own opinion of those classes. I am a senior this year, so I have been looking into graduating spring quarter 2015. As a general business major, I have many elective options in different fields such as accounting, management,... Read more »

Sen. Mitch McConnell, D.C.’s pet turtle, is on the loose

By Eric Long, Chief Copy Editor

November 15, 2014

Filed under Opinion

There’s a turtle on the loose in the Senate, and his name is Mitch McConnell. Turtles typically are not dangerous critters, but McConnell has a secret weapon when dealing with his enemies: his shell. This shell is made up of the new Republican majority in the Senate, and with it, McConnell is now considered the most powerful Republican in the country. McConnell lives... Read more »

Freedom of Speech pertinent

By Larry Ty Holmes, Opinion Editor

November 15, 2014

Filed under Opinion

According to firstamendmentcenter.org, freedom of expression is the “ability of an individual or group of individuals to express their beliefs, thoughts, ideas and emotions about different issues free from government censorship” and the First Amendment “protects the rights of individuals to freedom of religion, speech, press, petition and assembly”. The site addresses... Read more »

Find a new hashtag, #GamerGaters: Let’s discuss misogyny

By Laura Lango, Photographer

November 13, 2014

Filed under Opinion

As someone whose college education is personally funded by video game sales, I’d like to say I’m greatly indebted to gamers everywhere. However, I’d gladly take a cut in tuition payments if I could say that none of my tuition was ever paid for, however indirectly, by supporters of #GamerGate. For the slightly less Twitter-savy of you out there, GamerGate is an amorphous... Read more »

Jimbo Fisher making jumbo mistakes in the media

By Brandon Cline, Contributing Writer

November 12, 2014

Filed under Football, Opinion, Sports

A 53-10 record. A 25-game win streak. 4-0 record in bowl games. Two Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) titles. A national championship. In his five seasons as the head football coach at Florida State, teams led by Jimbo Fisher have excelled immensely on the football field. Only Nick Saban and Alabama have rivaled what Fisher and FSU have accomplished since the turn of the decade. But... Read more »

Shooting in Pacific Northwest hits close to home

By Chris Mudd, Staff Writer

November 9, 2014

Filed under Opinion

Up until Oct. 24, telling someone where I came from would be no big deal. The town of Marysville, Washington, had no stigmas attached to it. It was just my home. A home I didn't necessarily praise, but my home nonetheless. I spent most of my life in Marysville. I would spend summers camping in nearby Oso, which has suffered more than its fair share of tragedy recently as... Read more »

Low credit scores now accepted for PLUS loan

By Larry Ty Holmes, Opinion Editor

November 8, 2014

Filed under Opinion

Last month, the Department of Education announced it has taken an extra step to ensure there will be wider access for the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students. The department has redefined “adverse credit history” to allow a wider applicant field. Since this definition hasn’t been updated for 20 years, the department wants to reflect the current economic situation... Read more »