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  • Est. 1916 OctObEr 29, 2014EastErnErOnlinE.cOm


    VOlumE 66, issuE 6

    Upcoming Events:

    From a movement that began by requesting better journalistic ethics, Gamer-Gate evolved into what some have called a hate movement over the past few months.

    As a movement based almost entirely on 4chan, an anonymous online forum, it can be hard to pin down what GamerGate is attempt-ing to gain, or even what GamerGate is about. Ac-cording to TIME magazine, some gamergaters claim the movement is intended entirely to bring awareness to poor journalism ethics. However, many who use the gamergater label have harassed prominent women in the gaming industry, go-ing so far as to send highly specific death threats and attempt to get the women to kill themselves.

    TIME magazine reported that in August 2014 pro-grammer Eron Gjoli wrote a series of blog posts about his relationship with indie game developer Zoe Quinn; specif-ically about the end of their relationship. The post that sparked GamerGate accused Quinn of sleeping with game reviewer Nathan Grayson to get a good review on her game Depression Quest.

    From there, it took on new life. Although many Gamergaters believe it is still a movement only re-questing better ethics in gaming journalism, it has also been linked to anony-mous death threats to-wards, and the release of personal information of, four specific women: Quinn, feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian, game devel-oper Brianna Wu and, as of Oct. 23, actress Felicia Day, TIME magazine and Gawk-er reported.

    All of these women were attacked only after they spoke out against sexism in the gaming industry, or the abuse that was occur-ring, according to TIME. In the case of Day, her details were released after express-ing fear at the idea of saying anything remotely negative about the movement.

    I have not said many public things about Gamer Gate, she wrote on her Tumblr blog Oct. 22.

    By Zo Colburncopy editor


    GamerGate uncovers mysogyny in world of gaming

    Gender roles on video game players heighten harassment, threats on

    female gamers

    Homecoming unites campus to community causes

    Rake a Difference, community service events evoke EWU vision of helping others

    Community service is a part of the annual events of Eastern Washington Uni-

    versitys Home-coming Week. Rake a Differ-ence was this

    years Eagle Spirit Week community engagement project, held on Oct. 28.

    The event was this years community caring team challenge, co-spon-sored by Cheney Parks and Recreation, and Cheney Kiwanis Club.

    Eastern clubs and or-ganizations on campus formed teams to volunteer at the community service event.

    The teams were as-signed to eight locations

    to rake leaves in residents yards; volunteers then dis-posed of the leaves at the Cheney Recycling Center in downtown Cheney.

    Student Activities, In-volvement and Leadership Associate Director Saman-tha Armstrong said Eagle Spirit Week is about stu-dents taking pride in their institution and communi-ty. She said it is a week to reflect on what it means to be an Eagle.

    The event is about showing [Eastern cares] about the community, said Armstrong.

    One volunteer location had two teams that joined forces: Gamma Phi Beta sorority and Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

    Sophomore and Gamma Phi Beta member Hannah Gunderson said, Its a good

    opportunity for us to come together as a Greek com-munity and give back to the [Cheney] community.

    Gamma Phi Beta fresh-man Mika Norrish said she thinks volunteering for community service makes people feel good to help other people out.

    Its a community proj-ect to help out in the com-munity and put a name out there for ourselves, said Laj Tripp, Beta Theta Pi member and EWU freshman.

    Armstrong said Cheney Kiwanis Club donated a majority of the rakes, the Office of Community En-gagement provided gloves and SAIL purchased the garbage bags.

    By Nathan Petersmanaging editor

    EWU basketball teams, students celebrate Eagle Madness

    The womens and mens basketball team celebrated Eagle Madness with the EWU community on Oct. 23 in hon-or of the 2014-15 season.

    The night started out with both teams warming up on opposite ends of the court and music blasting over the loudspeakers. It was time for introductions as Easterns cheerleaders came out and entertained the crowd. As this seasons rosters for both teams were announced, each of the players threw frisbees and free shirts into the crowd and greeted EWU students and Swoop.

    Head coach of the wom-ens basketball team Wen-dy Schuller enjoyed the

    atmosphere of the night. I thought it was a lot of fun, said Schuller. Its cool to get both squads out here and interacting with our fans, I thought it was a re-ally great event.

    Mens basketball assis-tant coach Alex Pribble gave his views on the position mens basketball is in this year. Eagles sports are mov-ing in the right direction and we want to be a part of that, said Pribble. [We are] really excited about the team we have this year. We have high expectations for ourselves and we want the whole com-munity to be a part of it.

    Students came down to the court to take part in various activities during the night, which included a con-test involving cotton balls. Teams were divided and the point of the contest was to

    transfer the most cotton balls using their nose and Vaseline from table to table.

    The 3-point shooting con-test was next on the agenda. Two teams were split up once again; redshirt senior guard Lexie Nelson and a student from the crowd represented the womens team and se-nior guard Parker Kelly and another student represented the mens team.

    In what proved to be a close game, the mens team came out on top.

    I thought the 3-point contest was pretty exciting, Schuller said. Thats one of my favorite things.

    The next activity involved pingpong balls. Students had little pouches attached to their waists; the objec-tive was to release as many

    By Elohino Theodoresenior reporter


    Photo by Laura Lango

    NovemberNov. 1: Homecoming Game - EWU will play against North Dakota on the red turf starting at 2:05 p.m. The Homecoming parade will be before the game, starting at 11 a.m. For more information, visit ewu.edu/homecoming

    Oct. 30: The EWU Community Canned Food Drive will be ac-cepting canned and perishable food in the PUB from 1 - 3 p.m.

    Oct. 31: The EWU Harvest Festival is a trick-or-treat childrens event that will oc-cur from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. on the main Cheney campus. All children are welcome to attend! A costume contest will follow afterwards.

    October Oct. 30: Odds Against Tomorrow. Racial, Ethnic and Gender Approaches to Community Health, 12 p.m. in 207 Monroe Hall. Sponsored by the Womens Center.

    Oct: 30: #EWUHomecoming - Community Bonfire, Pep Rally and Bed Races will occur in downtown Cheney starting at 7 p.m. May the best bed win.

    For the most up-to-date events in Cheney and Spokane, follow us: @EasternerOnline

    Winter comes early to Eastern as outdoor snow sports enthusiasts and professionals take to The Grind, page 9

    SPORTS: Rail Jam

    Photo by Jessica Hawley

    Swoop dances with EWU students at the Eagle Madness event.

    Photo by Laura Lango

    Its a good opportunity for us to come together as a Greek community and give

    back to the [Cheney] community.

    Hannah GundersonEWU Gamma Phi Beta member

    Photo by Laura LangoHannah Gunderson, an EWU sophomore and member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, volunteers at the Rake a Difference event on Oct. 28.

    Election Spread: Why students should pay attention to local politics, Page 5

    LETTER: Editor-in-Chief of The Easterner apologizes to EWU community, Page 8



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    November Special

    Washington state is far away from the Ebola outbreak in Africa, yet the threat of infection is still taken seriously.

    KREM2 news reported on Oct. 20, that misconceptions about Ebola were spreading around Spokane thanks to a lack of knowl-edge, which is why the the Spo-kane Regional Health District (SRHD) is sending out weekly situation reports.

    The SRHD released their sec-ond Ebola situation report on Oct. 20 covering Oct. 11 to 17.

    The SRHD report said that within the Providence healthcare system, Sacred Heart Medical-Center is the facility selected to administer medical care for con-firmed Ebola patients and that test samples for Ebola would be sent to the Washington State Health Laboratory and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The Washington State Depart-ment of Health has on record that their public health laboratories are one of 13 state labs nationwide that are approved by the CDC to conduct initial testing for Ebola.

    Scott Lindquist, a clinical assistant pro-fessor of epidemiology at the University of Washington and health officer of Bremerton-

    Kitsap County health district, said in a phone interview that all qualified labs need to go through proficiency testing before the CDC will provide them with Ebola testing kits.

    According to the Washington state pub-lic health laboratories, Ebola testing by polymerase chain reaction will only be per-formed after getting approval from the CDC.

    The National Center for Biotechnology Information defines a polymerase chain reaction test as a technique that amplifies DNA sequences by separating the DNA into two st