Mast Media http://mastmedia.plu.edu PLU's student news organization Tue, 23 May 2017 23:30:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 https://i0.wp.com/mastmedia.plu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/cropped-M-Transparent-BG.png?fit=32%2C32 Mast Media http://mastmedia.plu.edu 32 32 56605585 Terran’s Take – The Last Hoorah http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/terrans-take-the-last-hoorah/ http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/terrans-take-the-last-hoorah/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 22:10:01 +0000 http://mastmedia.plu.edu/?p=14485 Terran Warden; Mast Radio Arts & Culture Producer; wardentc@plu.edu

For the final Terran’s Take podcast, Terran Warden is joined by four of her past cohosts (Alyssa Blaine, Eamon Thornton, Jared Couch, and Jared Martin) to discuss everything in pop culture and celebrity from the past two weeks.

They start the show by updating on developments from the last show, available to listen to here. They then fill listeners in on everything in music, television, movies, and relationships.

Moving on to the bizarre stories of the week, Terran and her friends discuss the string of robberies in Hollywood including A$AP Rocky and Amber Rose as well as Mo’nique’s statements to Oprah…

Terran finishes the show with a salute to all of her listeners as Terran’s Take must now come to a close. I hope you will follow me wherever my career takes me. See you there!

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Campus Safety Week in Review: May 9-21, 2017 http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/campus-safety-week-in-review-may-9-21-2017/ http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/campus-safety-week-in-review-may-9-21-2017/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 18:29:53 +0000 http://mastmedia.plu.edu/?p=14471
This week in Campus Safety news: Several vehicles are broken into around campus, a desktop computer is stolen from Mortvedt Library, and multiple performing arts spaces are vandalized. Explore our interactive incident map to learn more.

Select an incident icon to view details:

Incidents by date:

5/9 Yakima Ave Vehicle Theft

Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 12600 block of Yakima Avenue South, West side
Description: A student reported that her vehicle had been stolen while parked along the Golf Course Fence Line on Yakima Ave S. Campus Safety officers and Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies responded to document the incident. Campus Safety officers reviewed surveillance camera video footage and discovered that the vehicle had been taken by an unknown male individual on May 8, 2017 at 11:12 AM. Campus Safety provided the video evidence to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

 

5/10 Kelley Café Theft

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Kelley Café, Morken Center for Learning and Technology
Description: Campus Safety received a report from a Kelley Café student-staff member that a theft had occurred the previous day. They reported they had observed another student take items without paying for them and then leave the area. The worker sent a message to the student asking if they had taken items, to which they replied they had. This incident has been forwarded to PLU Student Rights & Responsibilities for review.

 

5/11 Harstad Lot Vehicle Prowl

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 12:10 AM
Location: Harstad Parking Lot
Description: A suspicious male was observed by Campus Safety Video Officers gaining entry into an unlocked vehicle in the Harstad Parking Lot. Campus Safety officers arrived to find the male exiting the vehicle. He refused to stop for officers and fled south on Park Avenue. A search of the area by Campus Safety officers and Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies yielded no results. Video clips of an accomplice vehicle and of the male were saved. The vehicle owner was notified by email.

 

5/11 Yakima Ave Vehicle Prowl

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 6:01 AM
Location: 12600 block of Yakima Avenue South, West side
Description: A student reported to Campus Safety that her vehicle had been prowled while parked overnight along the Golf Course Fence Line. Campus Safety officers reviewed video footage and found that an unknown white male had entered the vehicle at 6:01 AM, left the area after several minutes, then returned at 7:14 AM in an early 1990’s silver sedan. The individual took an item from the victim’s vehicle and left southbound on Yakima Ave S. The student was referred to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department to file a report.

 

5/11 AUC Lot Property Damage

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: University Center Parking Lot
Description: Campus Safety responded to a report that a tree branch had fallen and caused damage to a vehicle parked in the Anderson University Center Parking Lot. The owner of the vehicle, a PLU staff member, was notified of the incident and responded to inspect her vehicle. Campus Safety officers photographed the damage.

 

5/11 South Hall Lot Vehicle Theft

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
Time: 7:13 AM
Location: South Hall Parking Lot
Description: A student reported that her vehicle was missing from its parking stall where she had parked it three days prior. Campus Safety security camera video review yielded footage of an unidentifiable male approaching the car on the morning of May 11, 2017 and leave with the car. The student was provided information on how to file a report with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

 

5/12 Harstad Alcohol Violation

Date: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 11:30 PM
Location: Harstad Residence Hall
Description: While on routine patrol in Harstad Residence Hall, Campus Safety officers heard loud music coming from somewhere above the first floor. A passing resident reported to offers that there was a party occurring in a room. Officers responded to the room and confirmed loud music and several people talking within the room. Campus Safety officers and Resident Assistants contacted the occupants. Several empty beer cans and a few Solo™ cups were in plain view. A student-led room search was conducted resulting in the discovery of several alcohol policy violations. Campus Safety officers ensured that the alcohol was disposed of in accordance with PLU policy. This incident has been forwarded to PLU Student Rights & Responsibilities for review.

 

5/14 Tingelstad Drug & Alcohol Violation

Date: May 14, 2017
Time: 10:30 PM
Location: Tingelstad Residence Hall
Description: During a routine internal patrol of Tingelstad Hall, Campus Safety officers overheard occupants of a room having a conversation that suggested they had either just used or were currently using illicit drugs. Officers requested Resident Assistants to assist in contacting the room. Inside the room they contacted the resident and several other students. A student-led room search was conducted yielding alcohol and drug policy violations. All alcohol and drug related items were discarded in accordance with PLU policy. This incident has been forwarded to PLU Student Rights & Responsibilities for review.

 

5/14 Pflueger Drug Violation

Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017
Time: 1:35 PM
Location: Pflueger Residence Hall
Description: Campus Safety officers responded to assist a Resident Assistant with an odor of marijuana investigation. Campus Safety officers and the Resident Assistant contacted the residents of the room. The resident volunteered several policy violations when asked about the odor. A search was conducted and several marijuana-related policy violations and an alcohol violation were found. All alcohol and paraphernalia were disposed of in accordance with PLU policy. This incident has been forwarded to PLU Student Rights & Responsibilities for review.

 

5/15 MBR Vandalism

Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Time: 8:24 PM
Location: Practice Room, Mary Baker Russell Music Center
Description: Campus Safety was notified of a vandalism in an Mary Baker Russell Music Center practice room. A student reported finding graffiti with a black marker on a piano. There is no suspect information at this time.

 

5/16 South Hall Attempted Vehicle Theft

Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Time: 12:15 PM
Location: South Hall Parking Lot
Description: A student reported to Campus Safety that she found her vehicle with the door open and a key broken off in the ignition. She stated that the car had not been used since May 7, 2017. There was nothing missing from the vehicle. Campus Safety will review security camera footage for possible suspect information.

 

5/18 Library Theft

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 12:00 AM
Location: Mortvedt Library
Description: Campus Safety officers responded to a report from the library circulation desk that an unidentified male removed a desktop computer from the library and fled through the west-facing doors. A Help Desk worker indicated that he believed the suspect to be a known community member who frequently makes use of the library. Campus Safety officers patrolled the area but were unable to locate anyone matching the provided description. Campus Safety security camera video review of the area was inconclusive.

 

5/18 Eastvold Vandalism

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Eastvold Auditorium, Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Description: Campus Safety was notified of vandalism in the Eastvold Auditorium. Photographs were taken of the letters “HTC” written in numerous locations. No suspect information at this time.

 

5/18 Stalking

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2017
Time: Not provided
Location: On-Campus, Not provided
Description: A student reported being harassed by a fellow student over the past several days. The respondent student aggressively tried to get the reporting person’s phone number and invaded her personal space to get her attention. The reporting student stated she has been very clear that she is not interested in speaking with the respondent student. The reporting student was offered services on campus and was encouraged to contact PLU Student Rights & Responsibilities to address the matter.

 

5/19 Kreidler Medical Aid

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 1:50 AM
Location: Kreidler Residence Hall
Description: Campus Safety officers responded to a medical aid call after a student had fallen down the stairs. Central Pierce Fire & Rescue also responded. At the scene, Campus Safety officers discovered that the student was intoxicated. Emergency Medical Technicians cleared the student to remain on campus. This incident has been forwarded to Student Rights & Responsibilities for review.

 

5/19 Ramstad Harassment

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 11:15 AM
Location: Ramstad Hall, East Staircase
Description: Campus Safety officers were contacted by a student who reported that he was verbally harassed while in the staircase of Ramstad Hall by a group of unknown males. Campus Safety officers performed a walkthrough of the building but did not find anyone matching the given descriptions. The student was asked to contact with Campus Safety if he saw the group again. This incident has been forwarded to PLU Student Rights & Responsibilites for review and follow-up.

 

5/19 Harstad Lot Hit-and-Run

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Harstad Parking Lot
Description: Campus Safety responded to the Harstad Parking Lot to take a hit-and-run report. A student reported that her car received damage from an unidentified vehicle while parked in the the lot between 6:00 PM on May 17, 2017 and 5:00 PM on May 19, 2017. Campus Safety officers were shown damage on the driver’s door and fender. No suspect information is available at this time.

Incident data is provided to Mast Media by the PLU Department of Campus Safety. Requests for information about specific incidents should be directed to Campus Safety at csin@plu.edu.

Campus Safety does not publish reports regarding false activations of fire, intrusion, or panic alarms.

Sensitive identifying information may be redacted by Mast Media in order to protect PLU community members. All redacted information is marked [redacted].

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Student’s car goes up in flames on Wheeler Street http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/students-car-goes-up-in-flames-on-wheeler-street/ http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/students-car-goes-up-in-flames-on-wheeler-street/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 23:34:19 +0000 http://mastmedia.plu.edu/?p=14393
Central Pierce Fire & Rescue respond to car fire on Wheeler Street. Photo by McKenna Morin

BROOKE THAMES; Editor-in-Chief; thamesbe@plu.edu

A Pacific Lutheran University student’s car burst into flames around 2 p.m. May 16 on Wheeler Street, less than a block away from campus. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Junior Delaney Hills was driving to class when she heard popping sounds and noticed smoke rising from the bottom of the vehicle. She pulled over and promptly got out of the car before calling 911. Hills said her 2002 Toyota Echo caught fire in the middle of the call.

“It [exploded] like, ‘Boom,’ and then there were just flames,” Hills said.

Larry Rankos, who lives on Wheeler, said he heard the explosion and came out to the street to ensure Hills was safe.

“It’s crazy. I’m just glad she’s okay, that’s the main thing,” Rankos said.

Junior Delaney Hills stands with Central Pierce Fire & Rescue responders beside her Toyota Echo, destroyed by fire. Photo by McKenna Morin

Hills said Rankos was first on the scene, followed by PLU Campus Safety, Pierce County Sheriff and Central Pierce Fire & Rescue. Rankos provided Hills with tissues and a soda while she waited for firefighters to extinguish the car. Hills was soon joined by her father and Associate Professor of Art & Design Spencer Ebbinga, as well as a number of onlookers.

A statement from Campus Safety Director Greg Premo praised Hills for acting calmly and confirmed no reported injuries to Hills or others involved. Hills made it out of the vehicle with her keys and cell phone, but said her backpack and laptop were trapped in the flames.

“I’m in shock…absolute shock. I cannot believe what happened,” Hills said. “I’m happy it didn’t happen faster. I’m happy the fire didn’t start while I was in [the car].”

 

Correction: In an earlier edition of this piece, confusing wording insinuated Professor Spencer Ebbinga is Hills’s father. 

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Lacey and Drew’s Last Show http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/lacey-and-drews-last-show/ http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/lacey-and-drews-last-show/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 17:38:30 +0000 http://mastmedia.plu.edu/?p=14390 Christian Bond; Mast Radio Sports Producer; bondco@plu.edu

Christian Bond, Lacey NicholsonDJ Winter and Drew Ardissone bring you an hour of sports coverage focused on PLU athletics, as well as what is happening professionally in the Pacific Northwest and around the country.

Lacey Nicholson and Drew Ardissone are graduating at the end of the semester. This show is a celebration of their contribution to Mast Radio: Sports Talk.

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Sports Talk 05/09 http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/sports-talk-0509/ http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/sports-talk-0509/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 17:34:08 +0000 http://mastmedia.plu.edu/?p=14386 Christian Bond; Mast Radio Sports Producer; bondco@plu.edu

Christian Bond, Lacey NicholsonDJ Winter and Drew Ardissone bring you an hour of sports coverage focused on PLU athletics, as well as what is happening professionally in the Pacific Northwest and around the country.

Christian, DJ and Drew give their thoughts on the NBA Playoffs.

Does Major League Baseball need to change extra innings rules? find out what Christian, DJ and Drew think.

The Mariners continue to be depleted by injuries, how are they surviving?

The PLU athletic banquet took place. DJ and Drew tell you what went on.

Listen to Mast Radio: Sports Talk Presented by Three & a Half Athletes at noon on Tuesday’s at 8:30 a.m.

 

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A quiet goodbye: Questions linger after Krise’s resignation http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/a-quiet-goodbye-questions-linger-after-krises-resignation/ http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/a-quiet-goodbye-questions-linger-after-krises-resignation/#respond Fri, 12 May 2017 16:03:25 +0000 http://mastmedia.plu.edu/?p=14373 As members of the PLU community and student journalists dedicated to seeking truth on campus, we aim to use this issue of The Mast to give Lutes an idea about what’s circulating on campus and what we know about the upcoming transition.

MAST STAFF; mast@plu.edu

President Krise sent his letter of resignation to the Pacific  Lutheran University community more than three weeks ago, but he has not told the PLU community why he decided to resign. He hasn’t formally answered the questions students have, some of which are on the next page, and in the absence of answers, we’re left to fill in the blanks on our own.

The Mast staff has reached out multiple times to the president since the day of his letter, but has received no response from him as of Tuesday, May 9.

Throughout Krise’s five years at PLU, he has been open and willing to communicate with student media. He’s always taken the time to talk with student reporters at events and has even invited reporters to his home, link to article. We have applauded Krise for his commitment to transparency and encouragement of student media. However, his silence now strikes us as odd and disheartening.

Patty and Tom Krise are commonly heard names on campus, and that’s unique. The care and attention PLU’s first family shows the student body is visible on campus — Krise has taught a class every year, and Patty highlights student success on social media. We know how much the Krises care, and this makes their silence now echo even more. His silence on such a significant matter is confusing, not only to the Mast staff but to students who are looking for an explanation.

This feature centerfold could have been a platform for Krise to address the PLU community, share his thoughts about

resigning and answer questions. However, in the absence of a response from Krise, we cannot provide the “why” behind his departure.

The role of journalism is to provide the “why.” Silence from people in positions of power hinders the ability of media to advocate for and serve their community. Without transparent communication between those with information and everyone else, rumors emerge and intensify.

Krise has frequently referenced the

inclusion of care in PLU’s mission statement. As president, he has historically been a first line of communication with student media and students in general. The closed doors to the student body are a sudden shift in tone, and we still don’t know why

QUESTIONS FOR KRISE

  • What made you decide to leave?
  • Was it your choice to leave?
  • Did you accomplish everything you wanted to when you first started?
  • What is your plan for the future?
  • Are you really returning to PLU?
  • What kind of legacy do you hope to leave behind?
  • What has PLU taught you?
  • Is there anything you wish you could have done? 
  • What are your regrets?
  • Why have you been reluctant to share with the student body?
  • What was surprising about your 5 years at PLU?
  • Where will you live?
  • What is your plan for sabbatical?
  • What will you miss the most?
  • What will you miss the least?
  • Have you found your vocation?
  • How do you hope students remember you?
  • What does being a Lute mean to you?

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Letter from the editor- May 12 http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/letter-from-the-editor-may-12/ http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/letter-from-the-editor-may-12/#respond Fri, 12 May 2017 16:02:52 +0000 http://mastmedia.plu.edu/?p=14305 BROOKE THAMES; Editor-in-Chief; thamesbe@plu.edu

Seventeen-year-old me used to say she couldn’t imagine ever being 21. Now, 21-year-old me says she doesn’t know where the time went. At the end of my junior year, staring my final college stint in the face, I’m shocked at how quickly I’ve grown up. I’m also puzzled by how much I haven’t changed compared to my surroundings.

My first year at PLU, Ordal Hall didn’t have heated floors and Foss was fully functional. The contents of the Lute Locker used to fill an entire warehouse at Garfield Book Store, and Trolli Eggs were the hottest commodity for frequent Old Main Market shoppers.

So much has changed at PLU in three short years. Meanwhile, I’m still listening to the same handful of 2010 Ke$ha singles like they’re today’s hits.

Changes still continue to affect campus moving into the 2017-2018 school year, most notably the change in presidential leadership as Thomas Krise steps away. This issue, News features the interim president, Allan Belton, and the associate president, Joanna Gregson, discussing their new roles and the transition that lies ahead.

Sports Editor Dylan Foreman reports on the Athletics Department’s continual efforts to balance the playing field when it comes to gender in sports. Opinion sees an article by guest writer Marsia Johnson, who discusses how her image of PLU has changed over the course of her first year.

Even the face of the Mast continues to transform as some student leaders, editors and reporters move on from their current positions. LASR General Manager Jeff Dunn and Copy Editors Kiana Norman-Slack, Emily Khilfeh and Amelia Brummel graduate this May.

Though my music taste may be stuck in the past, I also am changing, learning and growing through the position of Editor-in-Chief — a job I will continue next year. I’m excited to observe, report on and participate in the changes to come in PLU’s culture, its leadership and its student media organization.

Until next year, Lutes!

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Felony car chase ends on campus, no notifications sent to students http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/felony-car-chase-ends-on-campus-no-notifications-sent-to-students/ http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/felony-car-chase-ends-on-campus-no-notifications-sent-to-students/#comments Fri, 12 May 2017 16:01:18 +0000 http://mastmedia.plu.edu/?p=14313 RHIANNON BERG; News Co-Editor; bergau@plu.edu

Students were walking around Red Square for Relay for Life, partying at nearby off-campus houses and sleeping in residence halls the night of Friday, April 21. They may have heard sirens and seen lights, but no alarms or warnings were sent to the Pacific Lutheran University community after a car chase ended with an arrest near the Mortvedt library parking lot and the Hauge Administration building.

According to documents from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD), a male minor led officers on a felony vehicle and foot pursuit from Puyallup to PLU’s campus in Parkland a few minutes after midnight the night of April 21.

After leading deputies on a chase that exceeded 60 miles per hour in residential areas, the vehicle stopped in the Health Center parking lot and the subject ran from the car, through the library parking lot and to the corner of the Hauge Administration building. He was tackled by officers near the footpath between Xavier and Hauge. Two other subjects were in the car during the pursuit: one was a male minor and the other a 19-year-old male.

Students who were cleaning up around Red Square from the Relay for Life event, which had ended at midnight, said they heard sirens for a few minutes and as they came closer to campus they began to worry for their safety.

Senior Genevieve Brandt, one of the organizers of the event, said she heard sirens for a while and then saw police cars turn quickly onto 121st Street. She said she called the non-emergency Campus Safety (CSAF)  number and they told her the incident didn’t involve PLU, so they didn’t need to worry or move from Red Square.

Students attending PLU’s annual Relay for Life were disturbed by a car chase that ended on campus less than 1/2 mile away. Photo by McKenna Morin.

She said someone in the group yelled “Everyone run,” and she and a few other students took shelter in Hong Hall. The person who yelled run later told her they yelled because they saw a man being chased by deputies across the library parking lot. She said they continued to call CSAF from inside, but the line was busy and when they eventually go through they told her the situation was resolved.

“We were really close,” Brandt said. “We were pretty frustrated that we were so close to an event and Campus Safety didn’t do anything. They knew we were there. We were all really scared.”

She said they went to the CSAF office to ask “why they didn’t tell us we could be in danger,” she said, “They pretty much dismissed me and then when I refused to leave, their supervisor came out and I was told that they didn’t have enough time to figure out what was happening and to send out an alert.”

Brandt said she left the office feeling frustrated. “Campus Safety should be able to alert students when something is going on,” she said. “Being able to send a quick alert that says there’s something going on you need to stay in place is a function that I know they have and if they can’t turn it on in less than 30 seconds that doesn’t seem like it’s a very effective system. Most emergency events on campus when people are put in danger happen faster than that.”

Greg Premo, the Director of CSAF and a PCSD deputy, said no notifications were sent to students because the incident was resolved quickly and residence halls were already locked because of the late hour.

“It is not the norm to immediately hit an alert button just because somebody ran from the police,” he said. He explained that they evaluated the situation and because deputies were closely following the man fleeing his car and tackled him within a few seconds they decided not to send out an alert.

He said if the subject had gotten away, they would have sent out a notification, which would reach more than 4,000 members of the PLU community in about 15 seconds.

Premo explained that CSAF officers usually monitor the sheriff department’s radio frequency, but the deputies pursuing the vehicle were on a separate frequency because they were part of a DUI emphasis patrol. He said the deputies didn’t switch to the regular frequency until the incident was “really close to campus” and CSAF staff were trying to catch up as the subject stopped.

He said that like K-12 schools, PLU relies on local law enforcement to inform them when there are nearby incidents.

Premo said sirens and vehicle pursuits near campus are not an unusual occurrence and if students feel unsafe, they should use their best judgment to make themselves safe. “If you have any concern about what’s going on, make yourself safe. Go inside somewhere,” he said.

Calling CSAF with information about incidents is helpful, but calling to ask what’s going on can create problems for those involved in resolving the issue, Premo said.

“There needs to be at least a little level of trust that we’ll let the community know if there needs to be a PLU Alert issued,” he said. “We are not a police department and they’re not police trained. They’re doing their best to listen and watch what they can, but if we’re getting inundated with phone calls by people asking what’s going on it can inhibit our job.”

Premo said there have been talks about creating a CSAF Twitter to keep students updated about general safety and security in the area.“It wasn’t a PLU Alert level incident, but it might be something that people want to know what’s going on,” he said.

Brandt said she would also like to see CSAF work to inform students about emerging situations near campus.

“In this situation nothing bad happened, but [CSAF] didn’t know that,” Brandt said. “Just because you don’t know if it’s dangerous doesn’t mean that students shouldn’t know what’s going on.”

“If you’re a student here I would hope that you feel safe on campus and that’s what we can control,” Premo said. “That’s our job. It’s the off-campus areas that we can’t really control.”


An official report of this incident from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is available here.

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Review: Children’s Book Week brings diversity to children’s literature http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/review-childrens-book-week-brings-diversity-to-childrens-literature/ http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/review-childrens-book-week-brings-diversity-to-childrens-literature/#respond Fri, 12 May 2017 16:00:59 +0000 http://mastmedia.plu.edu/?p=14333 MACKENZIE KINTIGH; Culture Writer; kintigmf@plu.edu

Approaching the Anderson University Center’s grey area, a buzz fills the air in the small lobby. Several students walk around clutching books in their arms.

On the morning of May 2, the main lobby was filled with people listening to each student’s story and exploring a variety of stations.

I found myself sitting down and listening to one of these many children stories as well. I thought I was going to hear the typically children’s story with illustrations and a plotline of  damsel in distress.  However, I was very wrong.

The Children’s Book Week event, which took place in the Upper Grey Area earlier this month, included bean bag chairs, snacks and information about diverse children’s books.  The event, which was sponsored by PLU’s Education Department, also incorporated the “We Need Diverse Books” movement.

Ellen Oh and Malinda Lo, two young adult authors who come from diverse backgrounds, started the movement in 2014 through Twitter. Their concern for the lack of diversity in children’s books led them to use social media as a way to talk about this issue, according to the We Need Diverse Books website.

The movement incorporates children’s books about topics of people of color, LGBTQ, Native Americans and people with disabilities. These books are to help young children who are part of marginalized groups feel accepted and properly represented.

“If you come from interracial parents and you don’t see any books about it, then they will not feel accepted,”said junior Jose Godoy, who read “Two Separate Homes” to me.  Godoy, an elementary education major, believes that PLU wanted to host Children’s Book Week “because we promote diversity as a university.”

The story, written by an ex-wife and husband, show two children living in two different homes after their parents’ divorce.

“We, as teachers and community members, need to show children that everyone can be represented in literature because every child’s background is important,” junior Julie Anderson said, commenting on why more diverse books for kids are important.

Anderson, an elementary education major, read “And Tango Makes Three,” the true story of the mating pair of male penguins in the New York City Zoo. The two penguins, named Roy and Silo, were given an egg to parent together.

I never realized that an event like this exists. Being the daughter of a teacher and a person of color, the “We Need Diverse Books” movement had an impact on me even in just learning about the movement.       When I was younger I never saw people like myself in books and that made it harder to see a brighter future.

Many of the schools I attended never offered these types of culturally diverse literature. I was not able to see people of color in the books that I would constantly pick up. There was even less diversity in the young adult books that I read throughout my teenage years.

Having diverse books helps children who are a part of diverse groups identify themselves in works of literature that they read daily. Culturally varied children’s literature gives young minds a chance to be curious and envision a brighter future.

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Art for sale: Communication capstone highlights PLU artists http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/art-for-sale-communication-capstone-highlights-plu-artists/ http://mastmedia.plu.edu/2017/05/art-for-sale-communication-capstone-highlights-plu-artists/#respond Fri, 12 May 2017 16:00:54 +0000 http://mastmedia.plu.edu/?p=14346 KELSEY LITTLETON; Culture Writer; littlekn@plu.edu

This April something amazing happened for the first time in Pacific Lutheran University history: Liz Perkins, a senior public relations and advertising major, organized SOAC’s first school-wide art sale.

The sale, created not only to share 15 of PLU’s amazing student and alumni work, but also to fulfill Perkins’ capstone requirement, was held from Tues. April 25 to Thurs. April 27. Located in the Upper Grey Area of the Anderson University Center, a variety of artwork was being sold to the PLU community, by the PLU community.

Artwork for sale included pottery, postcards, photography, stickers and prints. 80 percent of the profits went back into the hands of the talented artists who set the prices for their art. 10 percent went to the sponsors of the event, the Art Club, and the final 10 percent went to the art and design department at PLU. The money given to the art department is used to cover costs of materials used by the students.

“It’s a good way for artists to get their names out there,” Perkins said.

For Perkins, who started out as an art major, art is a passion of hers, and she wanted to work that passion into her capstone.

Liz Perkins at the student art sale. Photo by Kelsey Littleton.

“I went into communication but I still really had a strong tie to the art program,” Perkins said. “When it came to picking out my capstone I wanted to combine art and communication.”

According to Perkins, she saw a need at PLU and decided to fill it.

The art sale was a huge success, with fellow students stopping to look at and purchase beautiful pieces of art while on their way to classes and lunch. This writer had the opportunity to look around and ended up buying a set of stickers showcasing the squirrels of PLU as well as a beautiful art print of a Shakespeare quote.

Perkins hopes that the art sale isn’t just a one-time event. She would love to see more of the PLU and Parkland community get involved, as well as to have it span over a weekend.

After graduating, Liz Perkins plans to do a marketing internship at an investment firm before flying over to London to begin grad school in order to obtain her Masters in advertising

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