Editorial: ASEWU Endorsements

With the latest ruling by the Associated Students of EWU’s (ASEWU) regarding the electoral candidacy of Kadija Sesay, several questions are called to the forefront. The ASEWU Superior Court and Council were correct in their verdicts that removed Sesay from the ballot; however, the subject of endorsements still draws many questions. An endorsement by an […]

Letters to the Editor: 4/20/11

Response to ‘Humpday Quickie’ I feel like Dylan Coil’s article “False Advertising Leads to Power Based Relationships,” and many others, is trying to oversimplify rape, in that the victim is always doing something wrong in order to warrant an attack in a sense. Coil conveys this in the article with these two sentences: “These women […]

Bullying not a big deal, stereotyping neccessary

It is a typical Sunday afternoon, and I am reading a friend’s Facebook post about the disdain my friend has about bullying and stereotyping and how it should stop. I was going to repost his remark to my Facebook, but then I thought about it more in depth. Isn’t bullying and stereotyping just part of […]

Editorial: Fan support for sports

When Eastern’s football team began the 2010 season, the size of the crowd compared to other Division I schools was weak. It wasn’t until Eastern snagged a small spotlight on nationally broadcast ESPN that fair-weather fans transformed into die-hard football groupies. Larger Washington schools, such as Washington State University and the University of Washington, boast […]

Letters to the Editor 4/13/11

Changes needed in math placement

As you may or may not know, many EWU students have trouble meeting the school’s mathematics requirement, which must be fulfilled in order to graduate. It has become very common for students to be enrolled in the wrong mathematics course due to the lack of accuracy of the mathematics placement exam, or APTP. The APTP consists of 35 questions that the exam takers are given 60 minutes to answer. The time given is hardly sufficient to display accurate results and can be attributed to the large number of students leaving test questions unanswered.

What we propose is a longer test session, and we encourage the proctors of the APTP to take into account the quality of the students’ work as opposed merely to determining the students’ abilities based strictly off of their answers. With more testing time and thorough revision of students work, we will have a more positive attitude toward the math program, and consequently will be more likely to succeed in our mathematics courses.

It may cost more money for proctors to examine students’ work in detail, but the students are the customers of EWU, and when we feel that it will be a small price to pay in order for higher success rates in math courses and a higher graduation rate.

Anna Hawley, Jeff Forbes, James Vang, Tremayne Johnson


Construction disrupts learning

The construction on Eastern’s campus affects the entire student body at EWU, as well as the faculty and staff. The noise interrupts classes, making it difficult for students to focus and teachers to do their jobs. The fencing surrounding the construction zone hinders the student’s ability to get to class on time, especially those students who have injuries or disabilities.

We believe that by shutting down construction during the school year and limiting expansion of the construction site and to the summer months everyone will benefit. While this does present a slightly more costly alternative and a lengthened completion time of Patterson Hall, the results will be more immediate.

 By allowing the students to focus more wholly on their studies, the average GPA of Eastern will rise. Attendance in classes and reduction of tardies will be an added benefit. While teachers will need to be sequestered in their temporary offices for longer, the space after construction is completed and extra classrooms after construction will make up for this.

Cam Tran, Dakotta Williams, Nami Matayoshi, Nicholas Kilburn, Tyler Washburn


Students should care about tuition

Tuition prices are once again scheduled to rise here at EWU and at universities around the country. Once tuition increases, many students on financial aid, paying their own tuition or on scholarships, still may not be able to afford their education or potentially drop out of classes to avoid the high cost. This would mean the end of a dream for thousands of college hopefuls.

We believe that if students spoke out about this issue and demanded that tuition stay the same, or be lowered, the Washington state government make take notice. The Easterner paper could also help spread the word, as the journalism program itself could be at risk to be cut if students decide not to attend because of tuition hikes. Tuition increase can also lead to not only educational programs being cut, but sports, clubs and other activities to be taken away from the general student population here on campus.

In this economy, getting an education is detrimental to acquiring a higher paying job and will lead to a brighter and better future for all involved. If tuition does not rise and/or stays constant, more students will choose to attend EWU because of the lower bill.

This means more money in EWU’s pocket from the increased profits of having more students on the roster. Sports, teams, clubs and programs will no longer need to be cut and will ultimately make Eastern a better school overall.

Megan Morse, Jessica Emig, Lydia McHugh, Cliff Colimon


Parking availability is lacking

Parking unavailability is a widespread issue that involves not only the Eastern students, but also the faculty members. Since students are constantly “fighting” over a spot, most of the time it makes them late, or they have to walk to school during winter quarter, which can be harmful for their health. I am talking from experience. The biggest issue of all is buying the permit and still not be able to find a parking spot. Something needs to be done.

Eastern has too many students and not enough parking spaces to accommodate them. The present system is at fault because it has not adjusted to the growth of student population and for that, it needs to be changed. Every issue has their solutions, and so in this problem, building more parking lots, adding more frequent bus stops or even lower the prize of the parking permit might give a “breather” to students with cars. But realistically, the best solution for this predicament would be the university to fund new parking lots closer to the classroom buildings.

Every coin has two sides, and so in this issue, the consequences can both be negative and positive. Yes, school will have to pay in order for the parking lot to be built, but think of all the positive outcomes that will come out of this funding. Students will not stress out for school, the professors will be satisfied with students showing up on time and more students will feel attracted to our university in order to pursue their education.

Nefeli Diamanti


Services should utilize advertising

Despite student services’ efforts, many Eastern students are unaware of the benefits and services available to them as funded by their tuition. For example, basic health care, free bus pass, media services and access to the REC center are all provided but under utilized due to inadequate advertising. The current methods used are not reaching the entire student body.

    We propose a few ideas to remedy this situation. A mass email to all students alerting them to the many services available to them with links to the student services website, fliers provided to each professor to hand out the first day of the quarter or a mailed flier with all help inform the students. As a result, there will be better awareness of services provided, there will be a greater understating of the tuition statement and student morale will improve.

    The departments providing these services may see and increase in traffic and longer wait times, but this may be easily remedied with adding staff. The additional student jobs will be welcome and improvement to the university life. Students will feel better about their tuition payments with the knowledge of the services it pays for.

Bo Mitchell, Megan Sandall, Lindsey Reinders, Katie Smith


Rules, enforcement too lax on smokers

    There is a problem of smoking on campus; many people walk right through other people’s smoke. These people include pregnant women, asthmatics and the general population. Nonsmokers are being greatly affected by on campus smoking. Secondhand smoke is unhealthy, and having to smell like cigarette all day is unfair to the student just trying to go to class. It also degrades our campus facilities and our campus image. EWU as an institution is showing little effort to enforce rules and address the problem of smoking on campus. This should change to accommodate the majority of people on campus.

There are many effective and reasonable ways to resolve this issue. The most effective way would be better placement of designated smoking areas along with nonsmoking areas. For example, have clearer and more vi
sible signs on the outside of doors that stating “No smoking zone.” Campus also needs to advertise and enforce where the designated smoking areas are. Ideally, they would be placed on the outskirts of campus.

Another solution is to establish areas of heavy population which you cannot smoke, such as outside of the PUB, bus area and in the campus mall. This may inconvenient some smokers, and consequently, they may not follow the rules.

If enforcement is stressed, they will eventually follow the rules, and the problem will be reduced. If the change is made, it will result in less secondhand smoke, better campus environment and happier people.

Marissa Pamatigan, Chelsea Meyer, Kyrstien McKinney

Distractions prove disasterous, intolerable

I wholeheartedly agree with some students’ assessment that construction on Patterson Hall is far too distracting to carry on during the academic year. Not only that, but the big loud machines are scary. For one, the construction makes it hard to get to class on time and all but impossible to focus while in class. […]

Perfecting ourselves, respecting each other, restricting rights: How to inflict happiness

An epidemic is spreading through our university that will soon takeover our sidewalks, our classrooms and our students. But we can prevent this epidemic, even reverse the damage incurred so far. We all need to pull together to halt the perpetrators’ perpetration. Chewing gum: It disrupts learning, damages our bodies and diminishes the beauty of […]

Mr. Know-It-All

Dear Mr. Know-It-All, Now that spring is here, I want to start riding my bike across campus. However, it seems as though it would be incredibly difficult to weave my way through all the pedestrians in the walkways, and I don’t want to injure anyone (least of all myself) by running into them. What should […]

Public decisons too one-sided

Nearly every citizen in the U.S. knows by now that it’s time for a change in the current political system. Many of us had our hopes up with the zealous campaign of Barack Obama, myself included, but the common consensus is that there hasn’t been enough “change” to satisfy. Before the liberals jump all over […]

Editorial: Internship options

Finishing college with a degree is merely one piece of the puzzle. What’s done with the degree is the next step and it’s more daunting than initially thought. Less than 20 percent of Eastern students took part in an internship last year. That’s nearly 2,000 students out of 11,000. This doesn’t, however, account for students […]

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