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Tai-chi, yoga instructor tells her story

Tai-chi, yoga instructor tells her story

JOEL KEMEGUE, Evergreen reporter

March 26, 2020

From her house in Pullman, Janet Keeney-Valenza teaches her students yoga, tai-chi and how to appreciate the body. Valenza teaches both yoga and tai-chi. She said yoga and tai-chi are not “no pain no gain” and stresses the importance of listening to your body on her students. “I always ...

Student activist on dreaming big

Student activist on dreaming big

MADDY BEAN, Evergreen reporter

March 26, 2020

Being able to find your authentic self is something most people strive for in college. For senior and activist Mariela Frias, she’s had a long time to discover who that is, through all the things she has been involved in at WSU. Frias, a comparative ethnic studies major, was born in Puerto Rico...

Fine Arts student adapts thesis for changing times

Fine Arts student adapts thesis for changing times

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...

Artist inspired by fandom, fantasy

Artist inspired by fandom, fantasy

ANNIKA ZEIGLER, Evergreen reporter

March 24, 2020

Not everyone gets the chance to turn their passion into beautiful, reputable art. Destiny Whitcomb is one of the few.  Destiny Whitcomb is a practicing artist here in Pullman. She has an extensive resume including painting, sketching, crafting, digital art, photography, fashion design, printmakin...

Tattooist’s passion for ink emerged early

Tattooist’s passion for ink emerged early

ANNIKA ZEIGLER, Evergreen reporter

March 24, 2020

Blood Diamond Ink is a treasure chest of gas masks, tattoo memorabilia and artwork. Shop owner Chris Peltier said he knew he wanted to tattoo in fifth grade. His mom’s brother, Jeff, introduced Peltier to his own tattoo kit on a visit to their family home. “When it first hit me on my radar, ...

Folk artist to ‘lumber rock’ Moscow

Folk artist to ‘lumber rock’ Moscow

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

March 12, 2020

Norman Baker and the Backroads, a Seattle-based folk band, will bring their original music to Moscow on Friday night at John’s Alley. Norman Baker, a singer and songwriter, is no stranger to Moscow. He said he has played several shows at John’s Alley Tavern, but it has been a few years since...

Nonprofit provides employment support for adults with disabilities

Nonprofit provides employment support for  adults with disabilities

ANNA YOUNG, Evergreen reporter

March 12, 2020

Community integration is no small task for adults with disabilities, but Boost Collaborative’s Employment Support Services aim to make this task a little less daunting. Teresa Driver, director of Employment Support Services, said the employment branch of Boost Collaborative starts with people ages 18 t...

Women Behind Swan Family Ink share their story

Women Behind Swan Family Ink share their story

ANNIKA ZEIGLER, Evergreen reporter

March 10, 2020

The exterior of Moscow’s Swan Family Ink is painted in a traditional beige. The inside is bursting with life, color and '90s grunge music. Swan Family Ink owner Telisa Swan gave her first tattoo at the age of 12 — to herself. She gave her second at 14 — again to herself. In 1993, shortl...

Black Lens showcases a new perspective

Black Lens showcases a new perspective

RACHEL KOCH, Evergreen reporter

March 5, 2020

Starting last January, WSU began offering copies of Black Lens, an independent newspaper that focuses on the black community in Spokane. “A newspaper that’s solely dedicated to black people is always great to see,” said Pomy Ayele, an active participant in Visionaries Inspiring Black Empowere...

Native women find solidarity in campus group

Native women find solidarity in campus group

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

March 5, 2020

Growing up in Hawaii, Kamapolani Garcia was always far away from her father’s Native Tohono O’odham heritage. Now the vice president of the Native American Women’s Association, Garcia says spending time with her late grandfather and meeting the women in NAWA helped her reconnect to, and learn...

Giving more than they take: Pullman Firefighters go beyond the call of duty

Giving more than they take: Pullman Firefighters go beyond the call of duty

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

March 3, 2020

When the women and men of the Pullman Fire Department get called, they make it their mission to make a bad day better for local community members. “All the people we interact with have their own story and it’s kind of cool that we get to become part of their story,” Pullman firefighter an...

Student club supports women in STEM

Student club supports women in STEM

RACHEL KOCH, Evergreen reporter

March 3, 2020

Every week, a group of women at WSU bond over shared experiences and academic pursuits in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The club, Scientista, is part of a national organization with chapters across the country, said Lydia Weddle, public relations chair. “It...

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