The Evergrowing State Crisis

At some point in the late 1970s, Evergreen's enrollment dipped to such a dangerously low level that some legislators were questioning whether or not the school was worth keeping open. That, coupled with several other political problems on the part of TESC administrators, made the students a but uneasy about the future of the school. There was a t-shirt that was popular then, copying the pretentious all-lowercase letters of the TESC logo. The shirt read: "the evergrowing state crisis." Well, maybe you had to be there.


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President Dixy?

Dixy Lee Ray, who served one term (1977-1981) as Governor and was known as "Dixy Lee Radiation" by her critics, was no fan of Evergreen. But, few people know she actively campaigned for the appointment as the first president of the college, a job eventually given to Charles McCann. In the Fall of 1967, before the college even had a name, she gave an address in Lacey, "Oceanography, the Role of a Four-Year College." The Seattle Times liked the idea of Dixy as President so much they ran an editorial, "A Woman Who Could Do a Man's Job" (10/6/67, p. 10). For those of you who were not around here during the Dixy years, you really missed quite a show. It boggles the mind to imagine what TESC would've been like under a Dixy regime.

Evergroove trivia, pt. 1

Yes, the rumors are true, the college was designed to be riot proof. The first new building constructed on the campus was the steam plant, which included "riot-proof" windows (Daily Olympian, 9/9/70, p. 3). The steam plant is also the building where vehicles have access to the maze of tunnels under campus. We used to take off our shoes and sneak past the guy in the little glass office and roam around in those vast steam tunnels. When we were down there, every now and then we'd come to a ladder which went up to those brick boxes you see here and there on campus. Then we could observe people walking around on Red Square through the grates. The original Red Square, a wide area surrounded by berms and narrow exits, had an incredibly slippery surface in the 1970s. We always felt it was that way on purpose for crowd control. The bricks were replaced in the 1980s. During the time the campus was designed, student unrest around the country was widespread. An article in the Daily Olympian for Oct. 18, 1968 (p. 6) entitled, "Evergreen Officials Probe Reasons for Student Unrest - 'It Won't Happen Here," discusses the fear of "anarchists" causing trouble and some hint about the plans to contain that threat.

Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings

Hope everyone who wanted to see them in concert last night, got a chance to. I thoroughly enjoyed. I could tell the audience loved them and they loved us on back. And The Capitol Theater was the ideal venue.

Olympia Film Festival -- Now!


It is time for the 23nd Annual Olympia Film Festival. Check out the schedule here.

Action at Tacoma Mall

[from omjp]

On Nov. 2, 6 high schools and universities in Tacoma will be converging on the military recruiting station at the Tacoma Mall at 3pm.

Organizers have expressed their desire to see an Olympia contigent at the event. It is not a traditional walkout, meaning it will take place after school, but it seems to be an amazingly well organized action by young people that we should show our support for with our presence.

For more information, Contact Tom McCarthy 253-350-9290 Please forward this announcement widely to other peace and justice groups in Olympia.

An invitation from Washblog

Olyblog has been invited to crosspost local political news to Washblog, a very cool site that covers state politics. I'm wondering if we have enough Olybloggers to justify such a committment. I'd like to hear from those of you who would like to contribute, and which issues are important to you.

Homelessness gets a hearing

From the Olympian:

OLYMPIA -- Candidates hoping for the chance to set the city's course said they'd deal with homelessness by working with advocacy groups, building more affordable housing and possibly crafting new laws that preserve such housing.

The question, posed by Rob Richards, a spokesman for the homeless advocacy group Bread & Roses, kicked off a forum Saturday that focused on what City Council hopefuls would do to help the poor.

The following is a list of the ideas that were discussed in the article for addressing homelessness:
  • Olympia should look at what other cities do to keep affordable housing.
  • Consider laws on living wages and requiring developers to replace housing that's lost when land is developed.
  • Direct the police to focus on dealing with crimes like drug use, vandalism and other crimes committed by people who aren't homeless.
  • Work with nonprofit agencies to improve services.
  • Partner with nonprofit groups like Behavioral Health Resources.
  • Work with other juruisdictions (Lacey, Tumwater, Thurston County) to improve housing and other homeless services.
  • The city should develop an implementation strategy, then fund it.
  • Teach the homeless how to open new businesses.
  • Look at supporting businesses that produce a high number of jobs.
  • Work with schools to equip residents with the skills to get quality jobs.
  • Direct the city's attorneys to investigate businesses before they open to ensure they benefit the economy.
  • Support the small business climate, where the job growth is occurring.
I find this list very frustrating. We need some new ideas. The weather is getting cold, and there are families on the street. It seems to me that any acceptable plan must include transitional housing that we could move people into pretty quickly. Your turn: fire up those brain cells and make a suggestion.

Olympia Police

The following is part of an email from the omjp list that came in this week.

At the Eastside Neighborhood meeting last night (10/13), I asked Doug Mah, who is running for a second council term about police accountability to the public, since he is endorsed by the police guild. His response was to the effect that the police have privacy rights as employees which should be honored; that was it. Joe Hyer, who is running unopposed for his postion on the council, responded that there may be a couple of "bad apples" in the department, but for the most part they are good people. Joe also said more transparency from the police dept. is a good idea.


I'm wondering if anyone can provide some context for this discussion. Is this in reference to some specific events? Does anyone know?
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