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A proposal to prohibit freshmen from living in fraternities would effectively “gut” the Greek system, a Washington State University regent said Thursday. Ted Baselar commended university officials for their efforts to reduce binge drinking and underage drinking by students, but said keeping freshmen from living in fraternities wasn't the solution. Students who belong to fraternities and sororities aren't admitted to the hospital for alcohol abuse in greater proportion to other university students, Baselar said. Moreover, Greek alumni are some of the university's strongest supporters, giving money and taking on leadership roles at a higher rate than other graduates/William L. Spence, Lewiston Tribune. More here.
Question: Did you ever live in a fraternity/sorority?
Former basketball star Craig Ehlo, seated, talks with his lawyer while waiting to make his first appearance via video on a domestic violence charge before Judge James Triplet, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 at the Spokane County Courthouse. Story here. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)
Craig Ehlo was released without bail Friday and ordered not to contact family members or return to his rural Spokane County home by a superior court judge. Appearing in a yellow jumpsuit via teleconference at the Spokane County Courthouse, Ehlo agreed with orders made by Superior Court Judge James Triplet not to leave Washington state and not to posses fire-starting materials. Triplet set an arraignment for Ehlo on charges of first degree reckless burning, a class C felony, Aug. 14 at 9:30 a.m. Ehlo was arrested early Thursday morning at his home in the 3300 block of East 77th Avenue after Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered him being held down by family members near a pile of his burning clothes. The gasoline-fueled fire caused damage to an awning and siding on the home, according to the Sheriff’s Office/Kip Hill, SR. More here.
Question: What goes through your mind when you read a story like this?
Local basketball star Craig Ehlo, who starred in the NBA and most recently coached at Eastern Washington University, was arrested early Thursday on a domestic violence charge. Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrested Ehlo, 51, on charges of first-degree reckless burning, domestic violence, according to the sheriff’s office. He was booked into Spokane county jail at 7:36 a.m. The charge is a Class C felony. A sheriff’s office spokesman declined to provide more information about the arrest. Ehlo resigned from EWU on July 11. He also worked as a television analyst for the Seattle SuperSonics and Gonzaga/SR. More here.
Question: Domestic violence & 1st degree reckless burning? Hunh?
CULVER CITY, Calif. – Mike Leach expanded Friday on comments made earlier this week about his disdain for college football’s new targeting rules.
The Washington State coach, speaking at the podium during his session at Pac-12 media day at Sony Pictures Studios, said he doesn’t believe a rule can be effective if it is difficult to enforce. And that’s how he sees the new rules, which dictate that a player can be ejected for a hit that results in any contact to another player’s head, regardless of whether the defensive player actually targeted the head. More here. Christian Caple, SR
The article goes on to say Leach spent the summer writing a book about Geronimo with WSU prof Buddy Levy.
Two questions: Could you write a book if you had the summer off? And what do you think of college football's new targeting rules?
Washington State University freshman Kenneth Hummel’s death last month brought the issue of alcohol abuse on college campuses back into the spotlight. The student had a blood alcohol level of 0.40 when he died. But the weekend before Hummel died, three WSU students ended up in the hospital because of overdrinking, said Cassandra Nichols, the university’s director of counseling services. Pullman Regional Hospital has seen four patients since August whose alcohol poisoning was so severe that they “needed life support because they drank too much, and that is rare,” said Alison Weigley, community relations coordinator. “Typically we might have one, maybe two in a year”/Jody Lawrence Turner, SR. More here. (Tyler Tjomsland SR photo: Officer Ruben Harris, second from right, handcuffs a highly intoxicated man who was arrested for trespassing on private property on Nov. 10 during a patrol of College Hill in Pullman)
Question: Looking back, can you remember times in your college days when you probably drank way too much?
Family members of a Washington State University student who died last weekend said Wednesday that Kenneth Hummel died from a lethal concoction of caffeinated energy drinks and alcohol. Hummel, 18, of Lynnwood, was found unresponsive Saturday morning in a dorm room at Stephenson Hall. Police say they received a call around 2:30 a.m. Saturday from students in saying he was unconscious and they were performing CPR. He died later in the day at Pullman Regional Hospital. Earlier in the semester Hummel had received a citation for minor in possession and was drinking hard alcohol the night he died. The coroner's report indicated Hummel's blood alcohol level was .40, five times the legal limit for driving in Washington State/Rob Kauder, Internet Content Manager, KXLY. More here. (Photo courtesy of KXLY)
Question: Do you worry that your child(ren) will drink too much at college?
Just one week after players were instructed by a professional about the dangers of social media, Twitter is no more for the Washington State football team. The decision was made Tuesday, coach Mike Leach said, to ban his players from the social media site effective immediately. “Quite frankly, if after today you see anything on Twitter from our team,” Leach said, “and I don’t care if it says, ‘I love life,’ I would like to see it because I will suspend them.” So, what prompted this decision? “Because I decided to, that’s what prompted that,” Leach said/Christian Caple, SR. More here. (AP file photo)
Question: Did WSU football coach Mike Leach go too far in banning his players from tweeting?
Dan Rather talks with members of the local media as part of the Edward R. Murrow Symposium on Thursday in Pullman. Rather received the 2012 Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award. Story here. (Moscow-Pullman Daily News photo: Dean Hare)
It’s been inspiring watching Wazzu revitalize itself. Images of rioting students and Dumpsters ablaze from years gone by have all but faded from public memory. Gone, too, are the days when Washington State University made the list of the nation’s top party schools. New coach. New attitude. Cougar days are here again. There’s just one blemish left for Cougdom to take care of. Just a thought: I’d like to see university officials take some of the money they’re pumping into those cheesy “Wave the Flag” commercials and put it into a gravity awareness program. Similar to getting a driver’s license, every fraternity and sorority member would be required to study hard and take an oath vowing to not break the law of gravity/Doug Clark, SR. More here.
Question: How do you account for all the students who have fallen from fraternity windows and roofs at WSU and UIdaho?
Item: Gender harassment down the toilet at WSU-Vamcouver: Students hope to curb any hostilities on campus through Gender-Neutral Bathroom Week/Jacques von Lunen, Columbian
More Info: Teal and Williams finally started a campaign using a small $600 grant from the campus diversity council. They showed a series of documentaries on gender issues. They built a website. And they initiated the campus’s first gender-neutral restroom week. The campus has a few single-stall unisex restrooms already. Many college campuses have designated such facilities in recent years in response to hate crimes committed against transgender students in restrooms. But the existing gender-neutral restrooms at WSUV are few and far between on the sprawling campus, Teal said.
Question: Is Gender-Neutral Bathroom Week a good idea? Or a bad idea?
Except for the buzz cut, Gilberto Gonzalez seems like a typical wholesome 19-year-old: Enthusiastic, helpful, a bit shy. But when he’s asked to stand in front of the fire truck for a photo, it all changes. He raises his chin, squares his shoulders. His eyes narrow and grow fierce with pride. Gilberto is a trainee at the Benton City, Wash., fire station. He lives across the street in a house he shares with five other Benton County Fire District 2 volunteer residents. He’s also a lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and trains at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma. “I was helping my nation with the Marine Corps Reserves but I wanted to help my community too,” Gilberto said. “What better than working here as a firefighter?” When he’s not protecting his country and community, Gilberto is preparing to fight crime. He’s earning an online criminal justice degree from Washington State University so he can become a fire marshal/Richard Miller, WSU News Center. More here.
Question: What were your goals when you were 19?
WSU Creamery worker and cheese supervisor Johnny Parkins stirs 1,500 pounds of Cougar Gold cheese on the finishing table last week.
The packages in a Washington State University warehouse are addressed to distant cities in Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania and Missouri. They’re consumer testimonials to the far-flung appeal of Cougar Gold.
The WSU Creamery will ship about 50,000 boxes of the crumbly, white cheddar – which comes in an iconic gold-striped can – and other Cougar-brand cheeses this holiday season. Becky Kramer, SR
I'm a big fan of Cougar Gold. Have you tried it?
Universities around Washington are buying up websites under the new .xxx web extension created for pornographic material. But they aren’t trying to bolster their budgets by getting into the porn business; they are protecting their brands from entrepreneurs of the adult entertainment industry who may otherwise use the schools’ names to drive web traffic. “This isn’t our business,” said Chris Gill, GU’s chief information officer. “It’s an ongoing challenge.” GU paid $200 to register www.gonzagauniversity.xxx, and may purchase more in the future/Chelsea Bannach, SR. More here. (.xxx logo courtesy of Wikipedia)
Question: Better safe than sorry?
Ryan Leaf has set a lot of records for Washington State University. Even though the Cougars barely lost at the '97 Rose Bowl, Leaf's success as quarterback prompted him to leave WSU and become a first-round draft pick in the NFL. He bombed, was booed and benched. “For that reason, I stayed away from WSU and Cougar nation for a long time — for all the wrong reasons,” he said. “What I should have done was run back to the family that always supported me. And I pushed them away, because I was embarrassed.” Leaf will be the first to tell you he did not know how to focus his intensity or handle his failure to win. “But for sure, it was an embarrassing moment in my life at 21 years old,” he said. “But I think a lot of people do embarrassing things when they're 21 years old. And if that's my truly embarrassing moment at 21, I'll take that one over some of the other stories I've heard/Kathy Goertzen, KATU. More here.
Question: Did you do something incredibly stupid at age 21 that you would be willing to mention?
PULLMAN – Faced with a $40 million budget cut in the biennium that ends with the 2013 fiscal year, Washington State University president Elson Floyd is looking for help wherever he can find it. And he will get some from his athletic department.
When the Pac-12’s expanded media deal kicks in next school year, the department will assume academic service costs previously covered by the administration. “It’s in an excess of a half-million dollars,” athletic director Bill Moos said. Vince Grippi, SR More here.
Do you think more university athletic departments should do this?
From the Microsoft Fan Club to the Breakdancing Club to the Humans vs. Zombies Club, students at Washington State University have a broad choice of extracurricular activities. One of the more controversial clubs is WSU's chapter of Youth for Western Civilization, a national group headquartered in Arlington, Va. YWC member Phil Tignino, a senior political science major, said he and other members have been called racists and bigots. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights firm, he calls “a shake-down racket that just likes to scold people who are right of communist,” said YWC is a hate group. According to an online description, the club's purpose is to preserve and advance western civilization and culture while exposing and combating the destructive elements that are trying to bring the West down, including liberalism and neo-conservativism/Kelsey Husky, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.
Question: Is a campus organization, like Youth for Western Civilization, automatically racist, if it advocates for western civilization and culture?
Item: Hackers deliver message to WSU: Guy Fawkes-inspired video played in many classrooms ensures Nov.5 will be remembered/Kelsey Husky, Moscow-Pullman Daily News
More Info: Some Washington State University students are certain to “Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November.” Multimedia-capable classrooms in Sloan and Todd halls were hacked Friday in such a way that video screens dropped and a 3:43-minute YouTube video played a speech reminiscent of the 2006 movie, “V for Vendetta,” which is about a modern-day Guy Fawkes-style plot.
Question: Are you amused by what the hackers did here? Bothered by it? Or a little of both? Has your computer ever been hacked?
At Washington State, the Center for Distance and Professional Education has built a virtual campus, which includes stylish Cougar ware for avatars who want to upgrade their wardrobe.
Azure Moonlight’s corset is chafing, and her boots pinch her size-2 feet. She’s had a hard day of flying, shopping and dancing in the virtual world of Second Life. Fortunately, she can teleport over to J. Coug for the latest in Washington State University loungewear. “Avatars may want to get comfortable and show their Coug spirit when they visit WSU’s Second Life campus,” said Brian Maki, media production manager for WSU’s Center for Distance and Professional Education, which built the virtual campus. “So we created some typical WSU attire, like, well, sweatpants.” More here.
Question: Do you have an online avatar and hang out in virtual world — or do you consider real life hard enough to handle?
Howard Martinson: Seems like my beloved Cougs are irrelevant in NCAA football these days. Other than the fact that everyone can mark up their Coug game as a win. Maybe CdA HS or LC HS could beat up on the Cougs these days. No, I don’t get tired of the Coug jokes. I change the names and make it all about the UW dirtyfilthystinkingdogs. When, pray tell, can we get Robb Akey back in Pullman where he belongs? Or maybe Mike Price.
Question: Do you think successful Idaho Vandal football coach Robb Akey will return to coach WSU someday?
A five-year-old Cougar cheerleader in training: http://wsu-online.blogspot.com/#0
Do you know the words to your alma mater’s fight song? I thought ours was “We are the Champions.” Maybe Queen stole it?