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Crafters sew masks for hospital workers, others in Pullman area

Crafters sew masks for hospital workers, others in Pullman area

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

April 9, 2020

Residents of Pullman and surrounding communities are making cloth face masks to fill the need for personal protective equipment on the Palouse and to support their neighbors and local healthcare workers. Jill Elbracht, a nurse practitioner and Pullman resident, said she saw a news article from Spoka...

NSBE creates space for black engineers

NSBE creates space for black engineers

JOEL KEMEGUE, Evergreen reporter

April 7, 2020

For years the National Society for Black Engineers has promoted diversity in STEM across the nation, and the WSU chapter is no different. NSBE is an organization in college campuses across the US, dedicated to helping black students in engineering and other STEM majors. The WSU chapter has bee...

MAPS supports minority students in pre-health

MAPS supports minority students in pre-health

JOEL KEMEGUE, Evergreen reporter

April 7, 2020

The Minority Association for Pre-Health Services, or MAPS, focuses on helping all students of color in pre-health. Members of the club, which runs under the Health Professions Student Center, do not need to be in pre-health nor do they need to be a minority, but the club is focused on promoting m...

‘I’m inspired every day’: how one Colfax nurse is handling COVID-19

‘I’m inspired every day’: how one Colfax nurse is handling COVID-19

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

April 7, 2020

B.J. Oja spends her days and nights on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. She works as a medical-surgical nurse at the Whitman Hospital and Medical Clinics and is among the thousands of healthcare workers in Washington.  B.J. works the night shift. She changes out of her scrubs, takes a shower at th...

WSU student to appear on Wheel of Fortune Tuesday

WSU student to appear on Wheel of Fortune Tuesday

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

April 6, 2020

Keenan Souve ripped open the letter. When he saw what was inside, he started running around his apartment screaming in pure excitement.  The letter informed Keenan, a civil engineering junior at WSU, he would be on the game show series Wheel of Fortune on April 7.   Keenan...

Residents step up to help at-risk community members

Eric Fejeran, United Way of Whitman County director, Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse expressed a need for toilet paper and computer webcams so their employees could work from home.

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

April 2, 2020

As developments with COVID-19 continue across the country, community organizations in Whitman County are stepping up to provide services for those in at-risk populations. Eric Fejeran, United Way of Whitman County director, said the United Way of Whitman County launched a COVID-19 Community Relie...

Organization teaches Nez Perce traditions, environmental activism

Lower Granite Dam

JOEL KEMEGUE, Evergreen reporter

March 31, 2020

Since 2015 the nonprofit organization Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment has been dedicated to educating people on the environment, Nez Perce traditions and how to preserve for future generations. Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment works closely with the Nez Perce tribe but they do not work for them. Co-...

Tai-chi, yoga instructor tells her story

Yoga and tai-chi teacher Janet Keeley-Valencia talks about her life, teaching yoga and tai-chi, and the importance of knowing your body.

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

Frias has tried all kinds of opportunities to expand her enjoyment and wonder, she said. However, her most prized position out of all was being an orientation counselor, hearing from students how she helped them grow in the short time she had with them, she said.

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

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...

Artist inspired by fandom, fantasy

Destiny Whitcomb, local intrinsic artist and barista, discusses her favorite art mediums, upcoming projects, and her passion for art, on Wednesday afternoon at Cafe Moro.

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

Chris Peltier, tattoo artist at Blood Diamond Ink, shares stories from the beginning of his career as a tattoo artist.

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, ...

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