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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...

“Justice too long delayed is justice denied:” Civil rights, oppression and a lesson learned

November 6, 2014

Hello Gentlemen and Ladies, I am writing you in regards to the article: “Protests in Missouri unfair to local businesses.” Written by: Tanner Streicher. Although this article title is great, the deliverance was wrong. Yes, the local businesses are being treated unfair by the rioting. However, this article does not focus on how the rioting has affected the businesses...

Response: “’A’ is for Annoyed: Straight Privilege Strikes Again”

October 28, 2014

To The Editor: The full acronym is LGBTQQAAI – it includes allies. We are lucky enough to live on a diverse campus. In highly conservative areas, allies are marginalized. People assume that if you are an ally, you must be gay, and allies are bullied and ostracized. True, it is foolish to assume that allies have the same experiences as, say, a lesbian. At the same time,...

Views on Ferguson protests from the racial-conscious perspective

By Zenaida Beltran, EWU Student

October 23, 2014

Have you ever known anyone that’s been shot by Police enforcement or even seen the excessive force too often done to innocent people? This sense of power that has indefinitely been given to the White man since the early days due to colonialization and practiced through Imperialism into the 21st century. The same power to conquer and oppress countless races and countries ...

Letter to the Editor: Cathy McMorris Rodgers should help hard-working students

Letter to the Editor: Cathy McMorris Rodgers should help hard-working students

July 26, 2014

Dear Editor, As the parent of an Easterner and a visitor to Cheney this week, I have seen that there are many students who work hard to put themselves...

Letter to the Editor: Bookstore hours

Letter to the Editor: Bookstore hours

February 18, 2014

Dear Editor, Have you ever been studying for a test at night and suddenly realize you need a scrantron, green book or notebook for tomorrow? Then, after...

Letter to the Editor: Series Classes: Serious Setback

Letter to the Editor: Series Classes: Serious Setback

February 18, 2014

Dear Editor, Many majors at EWU involve mandatory “series” classes, which are typically three consecutive courses only offered fall-winter-spring....

Letter to the Editor: Inconsistent University Grade Scale

Letter to the Editor: Inconsistent University Grade Scale

February 18, 2014

Dear Editor, As students, we acknowledge and respect our professors’ right to grade students appropriately, taking into consideration various factors...

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