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OPINION: Countdown to the 3rd: The fire rises

With wildfires raging, sometimes it's important to take a step back and consider how we got here.

JACOB HERSH, Evergreen opinion editor

September 15, 2020

“What happened to the American dream? It came true. You’re looking at it.” - Alan Moore, “Watchmen”  I walked out of my apartment this morning, and it smelled like a campfire. The smoke soaked into my clothes and gave everything a musky, raw odor. To the north and to the south...

OPINION: Explore the Palouse

From wheat fields to waterfalls, the Palouse is full of secret outdoor treasures.

MEGHAN HENRY, Evergreen columnist

September 15, 2020

As the smoke from so many fires are converging on Pullman this week, I am reminded of all the beautiful places on the Palouse I have yet to see. Though the area is known fondly for its wheat fields, it is also a home for many unexpected, unknown lookouts and hikes. For those who feel cooped up...

OPINION: Pullman students came back for many reasons

Students came back in large numbers this fall – but the reasons why aren't always so clear.

GRACE LAPIERRE, Evergreen columnist

September 15, 2020

Those of us who came back to Pullman know why we did. Sometimes, though, it is hard not to wonder why someone else returned in spite of the risk, and especially given the university's guidelines. While I had already signed my lease — as had my roommates — before WSU asked students not to come...

OPINION: Big chains are bad for small towns

Big chains coming to town disrupts the flow and businesses of many local stores, especially restaurants, which hurts local business owners.

MEGHAN HENRY, Evergreen columnist

September 10, 2020

In Pullman, we are all about tradition. From Cougar Football Saturdays at The Coug, to Cougar Gold Cheese from the WSU Creamery — our local spots all hold a place in our memories as a piece of the college experience at WSU. When new chain restaurants come to town, it causes a natural change in business....

OPINION: Countdown to the 3rd: A hair-raising scandal

Nancy Pelosi’s holier-than-thou act was undermined when she was caught at a San Francisco hair salon in the middle of a national lockdown.

JACOB HERSH, Evergreen opinion editor

September 10, 2020

“George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” -Kanye West In the subconscious of every fairly self-aware voter, there’s the implicit knowledge that elected officials don’t care for them very much. Think about it – what does a multi-millionaire like Mitch McConnell or Barbara Boxer hav...

OPINION: Pullman needs stronger COVID-19 enforcement

Students and community members breaking COVID-19 social distancing guidelines need to be reprimanded and dealt with by law enforcement.

JOEY FRANKLIN, Evergreen columnist

September 10, 2020

Whitman County is a growing COVID-19 hot spot in the United States with 1,659 cases per 100,000 residents. Pullman hosts many of those cases as WSU students slowly returned to school. There are currently two testing sites in Pullman: one outside of Cougar Health Services, and one at the Steptoe Vil...

OPINION: Political polarization is tearing our country apart

Whether it’s red or blue, there’s always a battle full of demoralizing, rude behavior. Politics in 2020 is tearing families, friends and countries apart.

JUSTIN ULOFOSHIO, Evergreen columnist

September 10, 2020

The U.S. presidential election is less than 60 days away, and many are saying that Nov. 3 might be the most important day in this generation. At the same time, the country is in the middle of an identity crisis. The sociopolitical climate of the United States seems to be at its most divided point in ...

OPINION: Greek community needs to prioritize members of color

The WSU Greek community needs to get over years of ingrained racism and accept members of color into their ranks.

MEGHAN HENRY, Evergreen columnist

September 9, 2020

The Multicultural Greek Council at WSU is made up of 14 organizations. Each was created with diverse goals and values, all with the intent of providing a space of cultural connection for people of color on the university’s campus. This connection needs to be the priority, however, and members of color...

OPINION: Dorm life is incredibly surreal

Whether it's crushed crayfish or ghost roommates, the dorms will always be an interesting, surreal experience.

GRACE LAPIERRE, Evergreen columnist

September 9, 2020

Living in the dorms provides a unique experience — at least one that I never expected. I lived in the dorms for two years before moving off campus – first Rogers Hall, then in Olympia Avenue – and I quickly discovered that dorm life is its own unique world. In Rogers Hall, there was a half-eaten...

OPINION: Countdown to the 3rd: Boats on parade

The boats, they are a'floating — until they aren't.

JACOB HERSH, Evergreen opinion editor

September 9, 2020

“They might have split up or they might have capsized, They may have broke deep and took water. And all that remains is the faces and names, Of the wives and the sons and the daughters.” -Gordon Lightfoot, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” What’s better than a parade? Why, boats o...

OPINION: High school doesn’t prepare students for college

High school teachers aren't prepping their students for college or the real world.

GRACE LAPIERRE, Evergreen columnist

September 8, 2020

Most people would say college is harder than high school. Generally, I am inclined to agree despite the fact my experience has been contrary to that idea. My high school always spoke about ‘preparing us for the real world/college,’ but I never felt they did a great job of living up to the idea. ...

OPINION: Social media negatively affects communication

Social media degrades relationships and hurts people, especially during election season.

JOEY FRANKLIN, Evergreen columnist

September 8, 2020

Social media can be very useful, especially during a pandemic, when seeing friends and family in person is not a viable option. Social media, however, does not come without negative aspects. When people communicate with others solely through social media, it does more harm than good. When social media...

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