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Man found freedom, inspiration in LGBTQ+ community

Man found freedom, inspiration in LGBTQ+ community

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

June 19, 2019

Brendan Brunner grew up in a Catholic household and from his middle school years until he was 20, Brunner said he was closeted with few people in his life who he could talk to about his sexual orientation. “The beginning was a little difficult with my family,” he said. “I came out with a letter...

‘I am Colin’: How one local lost family ties and regained them

‘I am Colin’: How one local lost family ties and regained them

DAISY ZAVALA, Evergreen news editor

June 19, 2019

Colin Krikac left his mother's religious home at age 14 over his sexuality. Nine years later, Colin and his mom have found connection again, but they still have healing to do. Krikac said, though coming out as gay changed his life, it doesn't define him. “Reality is that my sexuality is not who...

Becoming Tegan

Becoming Tegan

KATIE ARCHER, Evergreen Sports editor

June 19, 2019

Tegan Horan arrived at WSU in 2005. Since then, she helped develop a club for LGBTQ+ graduate students, studied abroad, and earned four degrees. Horan, 32, is a transgender and queer woman. She came out to her parents when she was in high school, but had not started the transition process. In her...

‘Tomboy’ to Rumble Bee: Story of Growth

‘Tomboy’ to Rumble Bee: Story of Growth

RACHEL SUN, Editor-in-Chief

June 19, 2019

Rachel Olsson was considered a “tomboy” as a child. They hated wearing dresses, liked sports and playing outside in the dirt. Now 32, Olsson remembers quickly learning to toe the line between a rough-and-tumble tomboy persona, and a more “girly” one. Olsson, who prefers they/them pronouns...

Adoption increases in summer months

Adoption increases in summer months

MAGGIE QUINLAN, Evergreen reporter

June 12, 2019

Though the city’s student population dips every summer, it’s a popular time to adopt in Pullman. June and July 2018 saw some of the highest adoption rates of the year at the Whitman County Humane Society, said Katelyn Snyder, animal care attendant and adoption counselor. This May was a popu...

‘Let me just embarrass myself’

‘Let me just embarrass myself’

MAGGIE QUINLAN, Evergreen Life editor

May 29, 2019

A few years ago Ella Tudor lay in bed shivering, communally sleeping at her sorority at WSU with open windows in January. In her stand-up set at Etsi Bravo earlier this month, she painted a picture of her sorority experiences: not masturbating for a year, trying to organize “bitches hanging from...

Students’ hip-hop band fuses genres

Students’ hip-hop band fuses genres

MAGGIE QUINLAN, Evergreen reporter

May 22, 2019

Lounging in red leather chairs in Kimbrough Hall’s music studio, rapper and WSU senior Matthew Donald, and trombonist and WSU music major Gabriella Aragon listened through unedited tracks for their band’s upcoming EP. At the end of their original song “Soul Cry,” a wall of sound dropped out...

Food truck owners to travel south

Food truck owners to travel south

MAGGIE QUINLAN, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2019

Three years ago, Vanessa Ward decided to take a risk, quit her day job and invest in a food truck to serve her soul food. She said her husband Brian Ward’s passionate career in music inspired her from the time they started dating 25 years ago, but she didn’t dive into a satisfying career for herself...

Kitchen offers authentic Chinese dishes

Kitchen offers authentic Chinese dishes

NATALIE NEWCOMB, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2019

On the corner of Grand Ave. and Stadium Way sits the Emerald Chinese Restaurant, run by the Kuang family. Yu Kuang is the second generation owner of the restaurant and he graduated from WSU with a degree in Hospitality Business Management. The menu contains a mix of different foods from across...

Senior recognized for faith-inspired designs

Senior recognized for faith-inspired designs

CHLOE GRUNDMEIER, Evergreen reporter

May 2, 2019

For Outstanding Senior Designer in the Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles program Maria Wanner, her designs are inspired by her Catholic faith. She said many of her ideas come to her through prayer. “Visually, my designs are nature-inspired, but actually there are levels beneath that because...

Local band wants to expand influence

Local band wants to expand influence

VONNAI PHAIR, Evergreen reporter

April 28, 2019

Three inspired WSU music students formed local band North Paw a few months ago. The band now includes Joel Roeber, Alex Welch, Joe Ballestrasse, James Carter and Michael Adams. Welch, the drummer and a vocalist in the band, said the sport of boxing and his dog, Poseidon, were the inspirations behind...

Landscape architect pushes his students to serve communities, design for greater good

Landscape architect pushes his students to serve communities, design for greater good

TATIANA MEAOLE, Evergreen reporter

April 25, 2019

Steve Austin, WSU Architecture professor and landscape architect, said he believes we need to hold open discussions on climate change. “As long as we’re not talking about it, we’re not moving forward,” Austin said. Not many professors can say they want to change the world. Austin has been...

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