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‘We’re tired of being silent’

Demonstrators kneel for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, which was how long former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin pinned down George Floyd's neck.

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen news editor

June 5, 2020

Editor's note: Some sources asked to go under a pseudonym to protect themselves from retaliation.  A crowd repeated the phrase, “I can’t breathe,” after the name of each Black person killed by police was read out into a microphone. The second after each name was read — before the crowd respo...

Researchers study how often household pets contract COVID-19

Household pets like dogs, cats, hamsters and ferrets are being tested for COVID-19. In order to be tested, the animals have to be from a household where at least one person has tested positive for the virus.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 5, 2020

WSU researchers, in cooperation with University of Washington's Center for One Health Research, are studying how often household pets can contract COVID-19.  Katie Kuehl, veterinarian and shelter medicine clinical instructor in WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said researchers are testing dogs, cats, hamsters and ferrets in households where at least ...

WSU’s Bear Center builds new cave

There are 11 bears at WSU's Bear Center. They were given a new cave, which researchers say will be used as hibernation approaches.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 5, 2020

The 11 bears currently living at WSU’s Bear Center have a new cave to explore in their outdoor yard. The cave is made out of a 10-foot-long culvert, or round metal tunnel, that has been compressed to make it flat on the top and bottom so it is more comfortable for the bears to lay in, said Faci...

WSU admin urged to take action for racist comments made by student

“If they are not doing that, then we're going to have to go ahead and hold up a petition and be an advocate to make sure that the student is no longer on campus,” ASWSU President Curtis Cohen said.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 5, 2020

Editor's note: The Daily Evergreen recognizes that the social media post depict screenshots with graphic language. It was added to provide validity and context to the story. Please view at your own risk. WSU students called for action from university administration after screenshots of a student'...

Whitman County unemployment rates rise three percent

Whitman County unemployment rates have risen 3 percent. State unemployment rates for Washington state have risen from  5.1 percent in March to 15.4 percent in April this year.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

June 3, 2020

Due to COVID-19, Whitman County unemployment rates increased by 3 percent from March to April this year.  Doug Tweedy, regional economist for the Washington State Employment Security Department, said Whitman County’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in March and 6.6 percent in April.  Tweedy sa...

Schulz says fall classes will still happen

WSU President Kirk Schulz said finalized decisions about fall will be communicated to student, faculty and staff within the next four to six weeks.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

May 31, 2020

The university is planning for in-person instruction come fall, but the WSU experience will likely look drastically different, said WSU officials in an online town hall Friday morning.  WSU interim provost Bryan Slinker said the university plans to reopen for fall, even though classes will not retu...

Zoom application offers updates for students, faculty

Ever since Zoom was put in place at WSU, there have been about 360,000 meetings with 1.9 million participants from July 2019 through April 2020.

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen news editor

May 29, 2020

Zoom users must update their application by May 30 to continue using its video services. If users do not update Zoom by that date, they will be unable to access meetings until they do so.  Jacqueline Southwick, communication manager for WSU Information Technology Services, said the update takes a few m...

WSU launches certificate program for online teaching skills

Rebecca Van de Vord, WSU's Academic Outreach and Innovation vice president and director of Learning Innovations, said certification is not required for any instructors but is encouraged.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 29, 2020

The WSU Provost’s Office and WSU Academic Outreach and Innovation have launched a new distance delivery mastery certificate to improve the faculty’s ability to teach online. The certificate provides an opportunity for instructors to learn how to successfully adapt their teaching style to an online e...

Soon-to-be department chair aims to keep serving students

Ting Chi, professor and soon-to-be chair of WSU’s Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles, stands in the middle of a group of students. Chi will begin as department head June 1.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 29, 2020

WSU’s Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles department is home to Ting Chi, AMDT professor and soon-to-be chair.  Chi said textiles are his passion, which he found early on in life. His grandfather was an engineer for a textile machinery company, so Chi got to know the industry as a chil...

Science Explained: Why is hand washing more effective than using hand sanitizer?

Soap molecules have two distinct parts: a hydrophilic (“water loving”) head and a lipophilic (“oil loving”) tail. Soap disrupts the structure of viruses.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 27, 2020

Health officials recommend frequent hand washing as one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — but what is it about hand washing that makes it so effective when compared to other sanitation methods?  The answer comes down to the chemical structure of soap.  Soap molecules have...

‘Know your fruit, where it’s coming from’: student describes passion for wine-making

Andrew Gerow, a senior Viticulture and Enology major, said he helped produce three wines that will be available for purchase: two Rieslings and one rosé.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 27, 2020

A WSU Tri-Cities student was shocked to find out he received the Wine Spectator Student of the Year award. “It took a while to comprehend because it was so exciting,” said Andrew Gerow, a senior viticulture and enology major.  Thomas Henick-Kling, director of the WSU Viticulture and Enology program, said the ...

Facility sells protective barriers for customer service employees

Protective gear like acrylic shields and face masks can keep people and workers safe from COVID-19.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

May 27, 2020

WSU’s Technical Services is providing protective shields for customer service locations to keep workers safe from contracting COVID-19. “These are highly in demand right now and it’s going to be an important part of reopening the university,” said Technical Services Supervisor, Dave Savage. ...

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