Evergroove trivia, pt. 9

Here's another small bit of TESC irony. The first book donated to the library was The American Legion Story, donated by the local AL. The book was stored in the old Olympia Brewery (along with the other earliest library acquisitions) until the new building on campus was constructed.

Breaking The Silence about the Toll of Israel's Occupation

Avichay Shalom and Noam Chayut, founding members of Breaking the Silence, the Israeli organization that assembled the Tel Aviv exhibit of photographs and testimonies of Israeli soldiers on patrol in Hebron, will speak at Evergreen on October 27th.

"Breaking the Silence," has assembled what the Washington Post calls "one of the most graphic examples yet of concerns being expressed by influential Israeli soldiers and officers over the tactics and techniques of the armed forces' occupation."

Former Israel Defense Force (IDF) combat soldiers Avichay Sharon and Noam Chayut, both of whom are from Zionist families, will discuss the impact of the Israeli occupation on those charged with enforcing it in a presentation that will showcase many of the images from the widely acclaimed photo exhibit last year taken by Israeli soldiers during their patrols in the West Bank city of Hebron, which the two men helped to put together.

The exhibit includes over 80 photographs taken by soldiers in Hebron--where 450 Jewish settlers live amidst over 100,000 Palestinians--and video interviews of 70 reserve soldiers chronicling the stark and often brutal daily reality of the occupation. The exhibit has been covered extensively in both the American and Israeli media, including stories by the New York Times, CNN, CBS, Haaretz and Maariv.

Beyond the exhibit, Breaking the Silence has gone on to document the testimonials of over 300 reserve soldiers about their experiences serving in the territories during the second Intifada which began five years ago September. To date, these reports have triggered 17 official IDF investigations and one internal disciplinary process.

Please join us for this FREE event. Sponsored by Seattle AFSC and Political Economy and Social Change. For more information call 867-6513.

The Dedication Ceremony

Evergreen's dedication ceremony took place in April 1972 and provided one of the earliest flashpoints in the town/gown war that would rage for the rest of the decade. Here is my eyewitness account. The ceremony afforded many Olympians their first glimpse of the school. And you have to remember that the 1960s never really happened here. We knew about it from TV, but basically life in this town in the 1960s was really an extension of the 1950s. Evergreen was like an alien ship that landed in our midst, and, as President McCann liked to say, the school, "dragged Olympia kicking and screaming into the 20th century."

On dedication day we arrived at the circle and the first thing we saw was the flag at half mast. The same flag that had been presented to the College a few days earlier by the local VFW. Why was it at half mast? By coincidence, this day was also a national protest against Nixon's Cambodian bombing. This half mast flag alone was worth, and I'm not kidding, a year's worth of angry letters to the editor in the Daily Olympian. Then we walked across Red Square where flamboyantly garbed students handed out flowers and wished us peace. The ceremony took place inside the lobby of the Library Building, with the landing on the stairs acting as a stage. President McCann, as part of the national protest, was wearing a black armband. This was also worth many angry letters from Olympians. Somehow, the fact that Dan Evans, our Republican(!) Governor was also wearing a black armband, was mostly overlooked. Gov. Evans spoke about the dwindling natural resources and our runaway consumerism and how he hoped TESC would be part of the answer in saving the planet. It was a good speech.

At some point in the presentation, students seized the microphone, denounced the War, and then hung an effigy of Nixon off the balcony. It was the first time I heard the words "Right on!" used in public (as I said, Olympia was a bit behind in those days). The city fathers and Olympia pillars of the community who were sitting in the front rows were having cardiac arrests.

Oly-related music news

From Dreams of Horses: Calvin

Ex-Beat Happening & Dub Narcotic System member Calvin Johnson has been integral to the Olympia, WA independent music scene since the early '80s. His new solo album Before the Dream Faded... is being released on K Records this Tuesday.

The site also has a link to an mp3 of one tune off the album.

Update: Another write up of Calvin's new release here.

Same-sex rights at issue in pamphlet

Christian Coalition compares views of Ira Knight, Jeff Kingsbury

From the Olympian:

In a voter guide put out by a Christian group, City Council candidate Ira Knight is listed as opposed to the city giving benefits to same-sex partners and requiring the same of its contractors.

The statement calls into question whether Knight, running for seat 5, would try to repeal a 10-year-old city ordinance that gives benefits to same-sex partners of city employees and a second ordinance passed last year requiring that contractors provide benefits to domestic partners if they give them to married spouses.

Evergroove trivia, pt. 7

Here's one of those little TESC ironies. I can remember visiting the campus when the only building in use was the modified meat packing plant that had previously belonged to the Probst Custom Meat Service, which was off of Overhulse just SE of the current Steam Plant, I think. The College staff used the meathooks to hang their coats and hats. A school that would be known for having a high percentage of vegetarians would have an early start in a converted butcher shop.

New feature

At OlyBlog, we never stop trying to find ways to make your blogging experience more fulfilling. For example, following the suggestion of emmettoconnell, I've added a new function to the site: you can now subscribe to a specific post or to a personal blog. This means that you will receive an email each time there is a new post (if you subscribe to a personal blog), or a new comment (if you subscribe to an individual post).

Thanks, Emmett!

Evergroove trivia, pt. 6

With Halloween around the corner, this seems as good a time as any to tell the story of Evergreen's resident ghost. Early one morning in 1988, a student worker in the TESC Library was preparing for the day near the periodicals section before the building opened to the public. She freaked when she saw a clean cut young man, all in gray, walk out of an invisible door, stride purposely north to south about 50 feet, and vanish into another invisible door. The witness, as I recall, was a level headed serious student. I talked with her shortly after the incident, and something about it made me remember a long forgotten bit of trivia.

In the Halloween issue of the Daily Olympian in 1968, two decades before this ghost sighting, the paper ran an article about the Churchman family, who sold their property to the State in order to make room for the new college. They lived, as near as I can tell, in what is now the southwest corner of campus. Here is their public statement, which was run on page 1, top of the fold: "To the future students of Evergreen State College. We, the Churchman family of the Lewis Road, west of Olympia, wish to leave a legacy to The Evergreen State College, which will occupy the land we have called home for the last ten years. We have left now, after a reluctant sale of our home to the State of Washington. We leave behind us one small member of our family whom we found it impossible to move. We leave you our household ghost. He came to us about four years ago and his presence has been part of our lives since the day he entered our home unannounced. He is often heard walking about the house and gravel paths and he is often seen and heard opening the doors of the home and other buildings. He seems to be quite at home and comes at all hours of the day and night. He has never attempted to harm any members of the family. Not only are we used to his comings and goings, but the family dogs now ignore him though he is heard walking within a few feet of them. Sometimes they will look when he opens a door but never make a fuss about it. We wonder why he chose our home. Was there something here we never understood? We are going to miss him but we feel our friend will be a good member of the new college. We wonder which group of students he will choose for his new companions when the school is finished and occupied. We hope you will be kind to him, future students, and accept him as we have. Treat him well. He is our legacy to you."

The article goes on with more description of the ghost. He was a "solid-state" apparition of medium build. He liked to turn lights and faucets off and on. SPSCC also has a ghost, The Lady in White, and she likes to play tricks as well. I think we need to get these two together.

Olympia activists take on port

I'm glad that someone else thinks that maybe it isn't such a great idea to have 125 log trucks per day driving through downtown.

From the Olympian:

Activists Jerry Parker and Jan Witt want the port or Federal Way-based Weyerhaeuser to pay for a more comprehensive environmental impact review. They've retained Olympia attorney Barnett Kalikow to handle the legal challenge under the State Environmental Policy Act.

At stake is the potential for $1.5 million in new annual port revenue, 36 Weyerhaeuser jobs and the need for up to 23 new longshore jobs at the port docks.

Commissioners voted 3-0 in August to enter into a five-year lease with the timber giant to begin shipping logs overseas next year. Parker and Witt say the port failed to sufficiently review the effects of bringing new log trucks to the city, including exhaust emissions, noise and wear and tear on streets. They also have raised questions about the effect on sea life from possible dredging near port docks, on water quality from wood that might spill into West Bay and Budd Inlet, and of glare that could result from adding lighting to the proposed 24.5-acre Weyerhaeuser site.

Stencil Art

On concrete wall in front of Capital Retirement, facing sidewalk, across from mall, 700 Black Lake Blvd SW, Olympia. All other graffiti is consistently painted over, this has been left untouched. Photo by Cheri Hall.

(Update 11/15/2005: Recent graffiti has been painted over again, the stencil art remains untouched.)

(Update 4/10/2007: This stencil art continues to be protected and treasured. Other graffiti is painted over periodically while this remains.)

(Winter 2007: everything painted over including this stencil, alas)

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