The Easterner

Letter to The Editor

By Nancy Street

March 18, 2015

On Saturday afternoon around 4:00 p.m. on March 7, I left our house near Sutton Park to collect some materials from the Cheney Library. Before I opened the door to leave, I heard a train rumbling around the curve. It got louder as I approached the library, and after I checked materials out of the library, I could hear the continual clicking of the train down First Street,...

The URC Center Just Doesn’t Fit Us All

By Yasser Khan, EWU Students

March 10, 2015

Dear Editor: The new layout of the recreational center does not accommodate to the 13,000 plus students attending Eastern Washington University. All students pay for the rec center within the tuition each quarter, yet I have experience over and over that the rec is too small and isn’t fitting to have fair workouts for all students. The problem is many students not attempting...

End the Parking Struggle and Ride the Shuttle

By Zoe Mariotti, Ben Kutina, Montserrat Franco, EWU Students

March 10, 2015

Dear Editor, The location of the free parking lot is just too far away. Many of us have had the struggle of trying to find parking on and around campus. We are sometimes late to class and it can be detrimental to our learning, as well as disruptive. There’s a simple solution to make the parking at Eastern more efficient. Any student or faculty will tell you that parking...

Students Do Not Use What They Pay For

By Kassandra J. Clark, Faith J. Mehal, Jake D. York, EWU Students

March 10, 2015

Dear Editor, Every quarter, each full-time undergraduate at Eastern pays $65 toward a recreation fee. In return, students gain “free” access to the campus gym and recreation center. Along with this $65 fee comes a great frustration. The recreation fee is automatically accounted for in all students’ fees and tuition; however, not all students use the facility that they...

On-Campus Vendors Should Accept Meal Plan and Flex Money

By Zack J. Speiker, Madelynn G. Newman, Brennen J. Maguire, EWU Students

March 10, 2015

Dear Editor, We believe all external business vendors operating on Eastern Washington University campus should accept both student meal plan and Flex money. Students living on campus have limited options when it comes spending their meal plan and Flex money and deserve to have more options available, considering the money they’re spending to attend school and build the...

New bill to reduce incarceration interest rates

By Marianne Johnson

March 2, 2015

Washington state has the second highest interest rate on legal financial obligations in the nation at 12 percent. When individuals are incarcerated, they are charged with a fine that starts collecting interest the day they are incarcerated. While people are in jail or prison, they collect a huge amount of debt that is difficult to pay off because of their lack of employment....


Letter to the Editor: ASEWU responds to PUB remodel editorial

February 24, 2015

23 February 2015 I am writing, as a member of ASEWU, in response to the editorial in the Feb. 18 edition of The Easterner regarding the proposed PUB...

Live animal experimentation puts EWU science program behind the times

By Lloyd M Vigil, EWU Junior, Buddhist Philosophy, Meditation and Peace Studies Club

December 11, 2014

In the week before Thanksgiving, dozens of frogs were killed in the science building at Eastern Washington University so that biology students could make their legs jump with an electrical current. For the demonstration to succeed, to convey educational value, the animals had to be freshly killed. Each amphibian was decapitated, alive. Humane laboratory practices should...

Free Press Applies To Ideas That Are Not Pre-Approved

By Director Dr. William Stimson, EWU Journalism Department

November 14, 2014

Many people were upset by an article that appeared in The Easterner on Oct. 15 under the title, “Protests in Missouri Unfair to Local Businesses.” One letter writer said he was “appalled” that such an article “was allowed a platform in your campus newspaper.” But look at the actual results. Precisely because the article in question was provocative, people across...

Africana Studies responds to Ferguson Opinion Article

By Director Dr. Scott Finnie, EWU Africana Studies Program

November 10, 2014

On behalf of the Africana Education Program, I am writing to express the deep concern and distress I share with my esteemed faculty and students regarding the “Protests in Missouri unfair to local businesses,” piece written by Tanner Streicher in the Oct. 15 campus newspaper. The printing of this piece and subsequent campus-wide distribution of it does nothing to contribute...

NAACP speaks out against Ferguson Opinion Article

By President Gerald Hankerson, NAACP: Alaska, Oregon, Washington State Area Conference

November 10, 2014

I was deeply troubled to read the recent opinion piece printed in your Oct. 15, 2014 newspaper, “Protests in Missouri Unfair to Local Businesses,” written by one of your own newspaper staff, Tanner Streicher. Not only am I personally appalled that such an attack on the African American community was allowed a platform in your campus newspaper, but I am disturbed at how...

Ebola virus more serious than originally conveyed

By Charles Kenfield

November 9, 2014

As I re-read your article about the "pointless" fear of the Ebola virus, you scare me more than the actual virus in question. Let me tell you why. When it comes to the concept of ignorance versus stupidity, one of those two words is excusable, the other is not. My understanding of ignorance is that it has to do with not having the proper information to develop a considered...

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