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    Volume 61, Issue 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   November 4, 2009


                                                                                          EWU Press to close in 2010
                                                                              Starting in the early ‘90s, the Press publishes works possessing “freshness in language”
Initiative 1033                                                             BY ALLIE FRIESE
                                                                            sta writer
                                                                                                                   “support and extend the intellec-         experience to creative writing ma-       long-term goal would be a stronger,
                              44.57%                                                                               tual, educational and public role of      jors as well as those students who       more tightly focused press, one that
                                         55.43%                                    e Eastern Washington Uni-       the university through publications       are interested in publishing. “With      would be capable of self-support.”
                                                                            versity Press will be closed by the    for academic and public audiences,        the hiring of professional sta , stu-        One of the most recent books
                                                                                                                   the sponsorship of literary festivals,    dents were in a position to receive      published by the Press, “Boys Whis-
Referendum 71                                                      Yes      end of June 2010. According to
                                                                            Managing Editor Pamela Holway,         the presentation of literary prizes,      genuine training, and many of them       tling Like Canaries,” is featured on
                                     51.10%                                 the unexpected closure is due to the   student internships, and outreach         have pointed to the availability of      EWU’s Web site. Written by Jorn
                                48.90%                                      university’s budget crisis.            to schools and civic groups.”             internships at the Press as the reason   Ake, the book is a “mesmerizing
                                                                                “ e Provost [of Academic Af-           One of the main problems with         they chose Eastern’s program in cre-     journey through the political cru-
Proposition 1 (50 acre Cheney park)                                No       fairs, John Mason,] hasn’t, to the
                                                                            best of my knowledge, had an open
                                                                                                                   the closure of the Press is the loss of
                                                                                                                   opportunity for Eastern students
                                                                                                                                                             ative writing over its competitors,”
                                                                                                                                                             said Holway.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      elty of the twentieth century,” says
                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Web site.
                                         54.41%                             discussion about this,” Holway said.   and sta .                                     In addition to providing stu-            In the past, the Press has been
                              45.59%                                            Budget is a common issue for           “ e Press has traditionally had       dents with opportunities, “the Press     most successful in publishing poetry
                                                                            university presses. “Generally, they   an internship with mostly students        also provides faculty with a poten-      selections, including those of Jim
                                                                            do well if they break even.        e   in creative writing,” said Holway.        tial avenue for publication,” Hol-       Daniels and Dorian Locks.         ey
Cheney Mayor           Allan Gainer               Tom Trulove
                                                                            university simply cannot a ord the
                                                                            Press any longer,” said Holway, who
                                                                                                                   “[ e internship] is another thing
                                                                                                                   going away. Creative writing is try-
                                                                                                                                                             way said. “Apart from the Univer-
                                                                                                                                                             sity of Washington Press, university
                                                                                                                                                                                                      haven’t jump-started the careers of
                                                                                                                                                                                                      any best-selling authors, but ac-
                                                                            has been working in university pub-    ing to keep the internship alive, but     presses are all but nonexistent in the   cording to Holway, that is of such
                  33.02%                                                                                           there is no longer a press for them       Northwest in sharp contrast to the       a small press.
                                                        66.98%              lishing for 20 years and has been at
                                                                            EWU for four years. Eastern’s Press,   to intern at.”                            situation elsewhere in the country.”         Other books that are featured
                                                                            said Holway, has been around since         Holway also mentioned that                Holway made a suggestion for         on the Web site include “Lip,” by
                                                                            the early ‘90s.                        “the Press actually developed out         the future of the Press after taking     Kathy Fagan; “Blessing of the Ani-
                                                                                According to EWU’s Web site,       of the creative writing programs,         the budget crisis into consideration.    mals,” by Brenda Miller; “Forget-
                                                                            the Press “publishes innovative        which is one of Eastern’s centers of          “Such a plan would necessarily       ting English,” by Midge Raymond;
                                                                            works that possess freshness in lan-   excellence.”                              call for a scaled-back operation in      and “Borne on Air,” edited by Mary
                                                                            guage and theme.” It also works to            e internship o ers valuable        the shorter term,” she said, “but its    Clearman Blew and Phil Drucker.

                                                                                                                         Survey informs
                                                                                                                         freshmen about
                                                                                                                          alcohol issues
                                                                                                                     Science-based course explores
                                                                                                                      all aspects of alcohol usage

           Starlight, not so
                                                                                                                   BY ALLIE FRIESE
                                                                                                                   sta writer
                                                                                                                       All freshmen have been asked to participate in an
                                                                                                                   online program to measure the exposure young stu-

                                                                                                                   dents have to alcohol compared to when they graduate
                                                                                                                   and gauge whether being better informed about the is-
                                                                                                                   sue will in uence their decisions concerning alcohol.
                                                                                                                       According to Michelle Pingree, director for Health
                                                                                                                   Wellness and Prevention Services, the program is a na-
                                                                                                                   tionwide study that Eastern Washington University has
                                                                                                                   been asked to participate in.
                                                                                                                       According to Eastern’s Web site, the program is “a
           Other universities climb the technological ladder                                                       science-based course taken by hundreds of thousands
                                                                                                                   of students each year. AlcoholEdu aims not to preach,
            while Eastern’s planetarium remains grounded                                                           but rather to educate students about alcohol and its ef-     AlcoholEdu surveys incoming        Lyz Pynsky/Easterner
                                                                                                                   fects on the mind and body.”                                 college freshmen on alcohol usage.
                                                                                                                       Rather than portraying drinking in a negative light,
                                                                                                                   the program objectively gives information to students        engage students to create a healthier campus commu-
                                                                                                                   who may be misinformed about the consumption of              nity.
                                                                                                                   alcohol.                                                          AlcoholEdu starts with a video and proceeds
                                                                                                                          e Web site also discussed     through ve modules of alcohol-related content, per-
            BY TJ MARTINELL                             tance to repair the Spitz and called up                    the program, “AlcoholEdu for college is used on over         sonalized feedback and interactive exercises.
            news editor                                 the company that produced the pro-                         500 campuses and by 36 percent of all rst-year stu-                  e program was rst mentioned to Eastern’s in-
                                                        jector; they had no spare parts left, and                  dents at America’s four-year higher education institu-       coming freshmen during orientation. “We talked about
                    e George Stahl Planetarium          no copies of the schematics.                               tions, making it the eld’s most widely used educa-           it all summer at the rst-step program. We then sent
            may be nearing the end of its life as            “When we thought it was broken,                       tional tool for curbing high-risk drinking.” It continues    postcards with access information.      e students are
            the 50-year-old Spitz A-1 projector ap-     I visited the planetarium projector and                    by claiming that “AlcoholEdu remains the leading pro-        supposed to have taken the rst part of the program,
            pears to be approaching its nal per-        space museum,” Moradi stated. “ ey                         gram of its kind.”                                           before they come to campus,” said Pingree.
            formance due to old age.                    had newer versions on display in the                              e same Web site also claims that AlcoholEdu is             When the study is nished, EWU will not receive
                 “We’re lucky it’s still operating,”    museum.”                                                   the only program geared toward students on all sides of      an individualized result of the study, but will instead
            said omas Quayle, one of the pre-                Moradi said she has no idea how                       the drinking issue: from heavy drinkers to those who         receive only combined results. “Because it’s part of a
            senters for the planetarium. “Recently,     much longer the projector will last,                       abstain.
            it stopped working for a moment. I          but expressed the desire for Eastern to                           e program is designed to motivate behavior
            thought it was down for the count, it’s     buy a new one as Spokane Falls Com-                        change, reset unrealistic expectations about the e ects                      ALCOHOL | PAGE 3
            de nitely on its last leg.”                 munity College will soon be purchas-                       of alcohol, link drinking with personal and academic
                 According to planetarium Program       ing a projector for their own use.                         success, promote safer decision-making and work to
            Director Debbie Moradi, the projector               e planetarium has had setbacks
            has already broken twice in the last six    before. For several decades, grants
            months, once during the summer and
            just recently this fall.
                 “We were able to get the electri-
                                                        from several professors nanced the
                                                        shows until all of them retired, leav-
                                                        ing no replacement funding, and re-
                                                                                                                      Nursing grads face hard job hunt
            cians to x it,” she explained.              quiring Moradi to resort to charging
                 She added that when the projector
            failed to work the second time, they
                                                        admission in order to pay for costs of                                  While demand for nurses is still high, fewer graduates
            almost had to cancel it for the quarter.
                 Showing every Friday at 7 p.m. in
                                                             Currently, the rate is $3 for adults                                fresh out of the program are nding employment
                                                        and $2 for children. EWU students get
            the Science Building, room 239, the         in free with their Eagle Cards.
            planetarium screenings have been a                  e planetarium derives most of its
            regular occurrence at Eastern Wash-                                                                    BY NICOLE ERICKSON                            Hospitals are implementing hir-      positions, and about 60 percent re-
                                                        audience, however, from elementary                         senior reporter                           ing freezes or completely closing        ported an increase in the number of
            ington University since 1964 when           and middle school students through-
            the projector was rst purchased. Ac-                                                                                                             down due to lack of funding for          per diem and traveling RNs hired
                                                        out Eastern Washington and Northern                            Prospective nursing students          sta and appropriate hospital atmo-       for permanent nursing positions,”
            cording to Quayle, the projector was        Idaho. Moradi said that the schools                        may have more to worry about than
            already 5 years old at the time.                                                                                                                 sphere. A survey, conducted by re-       Webber said.
                                                        will start going to SFCC to view a                         just getting into the nursing pro-        cruiters from the Center for Health          Students at Eastern, however,
                 “Newer versions use computers to       planetarium when Eastern’s Spitz A-1                       gram itself.
            generate the sky,” Quayle said. “ is                                                                                                             Workforce Studies con rmed that          have been told that there is a 2.3
                                                          nally ceases to operate.                                     “ e economic recession is hav-        the number of nurse graduates as         percent annual growth rate for the
            one just uses light with stars cut out of        “If we don’t get a new projector,                     ing an unexpected impact on the
            the globe. It’s very primitive.”                                                                                                                 well as the number of experienced        need of RNs. As hospitals opt to not
                                                        then we’ll lose those prospective stu-                     job market for new nursing gradu-         nurses has steadily increased in the     hire newly graduated RNs, the need
                 Although its age is up for debate,     dents,” Moradi stated.                                     ates,” said Nancy Webber on the
            the Spitz A-1 was constructed around                                                                                                             past few years.                          for nurses actually increases while
                                                                                                                   New York Nurse Web site.                      In the survey, more than “42         job openings decrease.
            the time the USSR launched Sputnik                                                                            ough the demand for nurses
            in 1957.                                                                                                                                         percent of the recruiters had seen
                                                           PLANETARIUM | PAGE 4                                    throughout the nation is still high.      an increase in the number of expe-
                 Its antiquity became apparent to                                                                  Hospitals are hiring newly gradu-                                                       NURSING | PAGE 3
            Moradi when she began seeking assis-                                                                                                             rienced RNs hired for direct care
                                                                                                                   ated nurses less often because of the
                                                                                                                   expense in training them.
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