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WSU student practices drag, promotes inclusivity

Ceffalo has been hosting and performing in drag for the past four years  in various events.

JOEL KEMEGUE, Evergreen Mint editor

September 17, 2020

For the past four years, Michael Ceffalo has been performing drag as a creative outlet, as a way to make friends and get involved in the LGBTQ community, and to express gender and any interest he has aesthetically. Ceffalo grew up in the Tri-Cities and has been performing drag for four years. Last...

English professor draws inspiration from natural world, water for poetry

“Wherever I am, wherever I go, I gravitate toward the water,” said Linda Russo, clinical associate professor in the WSU Department of English. “I like going to islands because you can have a real sense of where you are.”

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

September 17, 2020

When she is preparing to write a poem, Linda Russo often starts with a question. She records observations about the outdoor environment in her spiral-bound notebook and collects samples from the natural world. In that way, her writing is a lot like fieldwork, she said. Russo, clinical associate professor in the W...

People of the Palouse: Azzah Sultan

Sultan's first solo exhibit, “Anak Dara,” will open in New York City.

JOEL KEMEGUE, Evergreen Mint editor

September 10, 2020

Azzah Sultan graduated from WSU’s Master in Fine Arts program last semester after completing her thesis project, “Anak Dara,” meaning “young unmarried child.” The name came from a pet name her mother called her as a child, and the exhibit was created through fabrics and spices from...

People of the Palouse: Navin Chettri

Chettri and his group, Cadenza Collective, were among the first local jazz acts in Nepal.

JOEY FRANKLIN, Evergreen reporter

September 10, 2020

WSU professor Navin Chettri has been interested in music since he was young, as he grew up on classical, folk and western music. Though he got his start playing with his band in a local jazz bar, Chettri has been one of the biggest proponents in the emergence of Nepali Jazz. “Indian classical mu...

People of the Palouse: John Rich

2017's Sister Act is one of the many shows John Rich and the Regional Theatre of the Palouse have produced.

ANNA YOUNG, Evergreen reporter

September 10, 2020

When John Rich came to visit his college friend Jim Sato in Pullman, he didn’t expect to stay — but he did. Then when he agreed to help out with the local theater scene, he set another ground rule. “When I first got involved, I got talked into it,” Rich said, “and I said, ‘As long as it do...

People of the Palouse: Michelle Cordova

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SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 10, 2020

Nails attached to the shoes of dancers prattled across an encore floor. They spun vibrant embroidered fabric skirts around their ankles, over their heads and back down again, all while they balanced on clog-like heels and hit their steps with a surreal precision.  A then-13-year-old Michelle Cordova had acco...

Fine Arts student adapts thesis for changing times

Q, master of fine arts student, said her artwork is funny but sad. She wants viewers to contemplate where they came from and where they are now.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

March 26, 2020

Ashley Quast, known as “Q,” said her art is a balance between whimsy and failed expectation — and her Master of Fine Arts thesis presentation is an example of just that.  Q, who will graduate in May with a Master of Fine Arts from WSU, has been studying here for two years. Since comple...

Native student driven by love for community

Jaissa Grunlose, chairman of the Native American Women's Association, discusses how she got involved with NAWA on Feb. 25 at the WSU Native Center.

MADDY BEAN, Evergreen reporter

March 5, 2020

Students can sometimes find it difficult to balance culture and academic life as they find their identity. For Native American student Jaissa Grunlose, she said she hopes the power she has gained will help her spread the message and awareness of her people throughout campus, as she pushes on through h...

Moscow woman is pink with a passion

Jones said she tries to be an inspiration to young girls who are struggling to find their confidence and are looking for their own aesthetic. She views her choice to dress in all pink as a rebirth.

OLGA BEREZYUK, Evergreen reporter

February 27, 2020

If Alison Jones could be summed up in one word, it would be pink. On her Instagram, @kawaiiconic.ali, she showcases her vivid personality — blending her individuality with her love of Japan and the color pink. Jones, a 23-year-old University of Idaho student, said she tries to be an inspiration to you...

Cowboy poetry is alive on the Palouse

JOEL KEMEGUE, Evergreen reporter

February 20, 2020

Cowboys existed long before Spotify or Barnes and Noble existed, but stories are even older. Back in the Old West, cowboys would tell stories and share music around the campfire, but that tradition didn’t die with the Old West. And in the Palouse, we have the Palouse Country Cowboy Poets keepi...

Professor Danh Pham discusses his past and his future

Professor of music, condusctor of WSU Symphony Orchestra, and director of bands, Dan Pham, shares his story and passion for music on Jan. 15 in Kimbrough Music Hall.

JOEL KEMEGUE, Evergreen reporter

January 23, 2020

Whether it's in a conservatory in China or in Kimbrough Hall, Professor Danh Pham can find the music in his students anywhere. Pham’s responsibilities include teaching instrumental conducting and symphonic literature, conducting WSU’s Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and overseeing...

In his blood: DTC professor shares his passion for teaching

Tor de Vries, clinical assistant professor of Digital Technology and Culture, discusses his goals and passions in teaching Oct. 18 in Avery Hall. He said teaching and knowing something are very different.

EURUS THACH, Evergreen reporter

December 2, 2019

For Tor de Vries, clinical assistant professor of digital technology and culture, teaching is “in his blood.” As the son of two college professors, de Vries said he loves seeing students learn. “That moment when a student gets it. The moment when they were like, ‘Oh, it worked,’” he...

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