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A Day for Gamers and All

A game day for students gave a break for fun

On April 10 at the Student Lounge, Activities Board Recreation and Events Coordinator, Annika Fraga, hosted an afternoon with video games and activities. Patrick Nance, the Communications Coordinator, helped put the event together.

“Activities Board and I sat down and thought about what kind of events we should bring to students. We knew a lot of them liked video games and the success of fall quarter’s Game Day motivated us to continue it during spring quarter,” said Nance.

Fraga worked with the president of Anime and Watch Club, Daniel Dino-Slofer. He brought the consoles and video games, one of which was the newly released “Dragon Ball Z Fighter”.

“In the past two years, I was the Communications Coordinator and incorporated my club into these activities. Even though I’m not a part of Student Life anymore they still ask me to come and be like their guest of honor,” Slofer said.

He supplied the games himself. “The games I choose are based on what people like and what people haven’t heard of yet or don’t know,” Slofer said

Fraga also partnered with club president of SMASH Club, Jon Paul Oleda. He contributed the consoles and television sets used.

Oledan , “I’ve been a part of the campus for a while and all these Game Days I’ve participated in. It was last year during Spring Quarter that previous Communications Coordinator, Daniel Dino-Slofer asked me to participate”.

Slofer organized a tournament for the DBZ game and the prizes were Amazon gift cards. Student Life also setup Mario Kart on the Nintendo Switch; traditional games and activities like ping-pong, air-hockey, and monopoly were also available.

The evaluations left by students and the number of participants demonstrate the success of the event encouraging for Student Life to continue the tradition.

Philanthropist and business owner, international student

Wanting to redistribute the wealth to the disenfranchised and poor


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Hongjae Ryu, a South Korean International Student, is not the typical international student.

Hongjae Ryu, a South Korean International Student, is not the typical international student. Before coming to Pierce College, he followed a Korean tradition and served in the military. He also ran a small nonprofit organization in Vietnam which makes him a lot older from many other international student.

While living in Ha Giang of Vietnam, Ryu saw the children of his company that were sixteen or fifteen years old experiencing poverty and homelessness. He also witnessed how people in Hanoi lived and how they were able to drive luxury cars and thought the economic disparity was unfair.

His motivations to study abroad and to major in economics stemmed from this experience. “I organized a nonprofit business to provide free food for the community because the people of Vietnam and other countries are still developing and experiencing poverty. I wanted to give them hope and sustainability. I strongly want to make funds for people in third world countries and that’s why I’m wanting to study economics here at the U.S,” Ryu said.

Ryu talked about his struggles in education and the opportunities given to him by South Korea. According to Ryu, “I was born in a small city called Geochang and it was hard to obtain the resources for education to study internationally liked the United States. I didn’t know about the universities or colleges there besides the Ivy Leagues until I went to Vietnam and learned more.”

He researched community colleges elsewhere until deciding on Pierce as it had a small Korean society and the ratio of International students was balanced. “It was the perfect place and I could even improve my English skills,” he said.

The culture shock he experienced from moving from South Korea to the United States was mostly related to his education expectations. “It’s a great opportunity to talk with a lot of people from different countries. It’s not like my country’s education because I can take whatever courses I want and choose my professor,” Ryu said.

He gained more than an education while living in the United States. He gained insight into an environment different from his roots. “When I was in Korea I competed with a lot of students because we all wanted a good job and career. It was about survival and the U.S. is different in how there are more friendly and helpful. I had to learn how to live with others and cooperate with them in order to survive in society,” he said.




Student Spotlight on Hongjae Ryu










Living Voices






















Chinese New Year

Living Voices presents: “The right dream”

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Audience members of the Living Voices
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Bob Williams talking about what living voices is about
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People who came to listen and learn about Black history
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Bob Williams opening with an introductory speech
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After Bob's childhood friend grew up he was one of the people beating him up because he refused to the hotel even though he knew they didn’t serve black folk.
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The audience during the presentation
















Olympia Women’s March

Getting a quick coffee at the Olympic Building

Espresso Plus offers ‘fancy’ coffee drinks, cinnamon rolls, scones

Sometimes driving down to Starbucks for coffee and lunch can be inconvenient, but luckily there’s a cafe on the second floor of the Olympic Building, near the entrance.

Espresso Plus runs from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with two different baristas working the shifts.

The newest employee Vanessa Bennett, started working this fall quarter at Espresso Plus.

“I was contemplating on going to school, but I decided to work full-time as a barista, so when I looked through Craigslist ads I saw one posted here at Pierce,” Bennett said. “The process first began with open interviews and I’ve worked with my boss Kelsea Klingelhoffer, another Espresso Plus employee on coffee, and was finally interviewed by her boss Renae (Perez) about my working experience.”

Running Start student Michelanie Allcock said, “I think the staff is really kind and patient, and there is a great variety of items on the menu. I like that it’s open around school hours because I can take my time to eat and relax after class”.

According to Bennett, the cafeteria in the Cascade Building and the cafe in Olympic are connected as Espresso Plus operates like a satellite from the cafeteria services. Renae Perez, Food Service Director of Lancer Hospitality, runs the businesses.

Lancer Hospitality provides services for the satelitte cafe, and the main cafe in Cascade, which offers special meals of he day and discounts.

Lancer Hospitality services are contracted by the school and the revenue profits the business of the Lancer Hospitality and employees. Employment opportunities are available for students at the campus cafeteria. They will also work around class schedules and pay minimum wage, according to postal ads.

Besides providing employment opportunities for students, Espresso Plus provides interesting coffee flavors and similar ones at Starbucks or McDonald’s. The most popular items on the menu are the London fog, mocha, chai, caramel macchiato,  cinnamon rolls and scones.

If you’re interested in secret menu items, there’s caramel and white chocolate coffee mixed together, said Bennett.

Raider Thanksgiving

Fireside Lounge

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Special Events Coordinator, Kandace Artero was the manager of the event.
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Running start student Joseph Cridlebaugh enjoying the meal provided by Student Life.
cranberry sauce and rolls
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Cranberry sauce and rolls were part of the Thanksgiving meal.
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Table decorations and arrangement in the Fireside Lounge.
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Outreach Coordinator, Aiyana Parham serving food to students.
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Music played while students ate and relaxed in the fireside lounge.
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Of course there has to be turkey at a Thanksgiving meal.

Krampus rides again!

‘Devil’ of the holidays has a wicked backstory


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Krampus’ creation added a counterpart to Saint Nicholas, highlighting the contrast between good and evil figures.

Half-goat, half-demon and 100% horrific — it is the horned monster of the night, Krampus.

He’s the antithesis of Saint Nicholas, and he rides with chain and bell in hand lashing about with a bundle of sticks to punish misbehaved children. The punishments of wicked children vary from kidnapping to whipping and cannibalism, but the history of Krampus wasn’t always nightmarish.

The historical influences and manifestations of Krampus predates that of Saint Nicholas himself, but the history behind Krampus is alluded to. According to historians and folklore, Krampus could be identified as the horned god of the witches or the son of the Norse god of the underworld, Hel. The influences of which are profound characteristics of Krampus himself, and parallel toward Christianity’s devil.

The practice of masked devils and Pagan practices contribute to the establishment of the Krampus figure. These traditions of masked devils occurred in early Germany during the 16th century, long before the celebration of Christmas. Krampus’ creation added a counterpart to Saint Nicholas, highlighting the contrast between good and evil figures.

By creating counterparts, the different celebrations of holidays became Krampus Night, followed by Saint Nicholas Day. On Dec. 5 — the night before Saint Nicholas Day — Krampus arrived in town with the holiday known as Krampusnacht, or Krampus Night. Krampus Night stirred fear and intimidation within children, incentivizing them to behave well.

The celebration of Krampus has been suppressed for years by the Catholic Church and fascists in World War II, according to nationalgeographic.com. This added to the fading of the Krampus figure in public prominence.

The fallout added changes within traditions of how Krampus Night is celebrated, along with Krampus himself. The pop-culture attitude of celebrating the holidays and Christmas has changed and allowed for non-traditional ways to celebrate, including the emergence of suppressed holidays.

Within European countries like Austria, celebrations of Krampusnacht have been tamed. Chocolates shaped as horns and demon figures have become popular. Celebrations with drunk men dress as devils and they proceed in taking over the streets and chasing “wicked” people, are all done in fun.

Today, adding to the entertainment factor, a horror film produced in Hollywood called “Krampus” was released Dec. 4, 2015. Comic book fans know of the series written by Michael Dougherty about the horned demon.

Representation Matters

The importance of Native American Appreciation Day


SuYoung Park/Illustration

Illustration of Native American student, Sierra Seward

Nathaniel Devish, issues and awareness coordinator for Student Life, hosts a presentation Nov. 14 in honor of Native American Heritage Day. The event from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge includes an exhibition of Native American culture, representing different tribes in Washington.

Legislation introduced by former U.S. Rep. Joe Baca, a Democrat from Califonia, and signed into law by former President George W. Bush in 2008, designates the Friday following Thanksgiving as Native American Heritage Day. The bill was supported by the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and 184 federally recognized tribes. The first holiday was held Nov. 28, 2008, and commences annually after being passed by the Senate and House of Representatives.

Though a civic holiday, some individual states such as Maryland recognize Native American Heritage Day as a state holiday. The importance of the holiday serves to highlight the relationship between the U.S. government and Native Americans as well as Native American contributions in the states.

The day is meant to encourage Americans of all backgrounds to enhance their understanding about Native Americans and their culture through participating in ceremonies and activities.

Schools are also more inclusive with their learning experience by adding to their curriculum of Native American history and achievements. There’s also individual states that celebrate November as Native American Month.

Sierra Seward is a Native American student works with the rehab center on the Nisqually reservation and a Pierce student studying criminal justice. When it comes to Native American culture and identity, she is proud of her heritage.

“It’s something that’s always been a part of me, and I’m very proud of my heritage and the ability to pass that down to my daughter,” Seward said.

While she does not personally celebrate Native American Heritage Day, she is encouraged that Student Life is focusing on it.

“Though I’m not personally involved with the Student Life event, I appreciate their efforts in trying to be inclusive and celebrating different cultures,” she said.

Native American Heritage Day is officially recognized this year on Nov. 24.

‘Cranes for Kids’ looks for student help

1,000 paper cranes to be delivered to Mary Bridge’s oncology unit


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Some of the cranes students have made.

Student Life is hosting workshops to make 1,000 paper cranes as gifts for the oncology center at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and it needs student help.

According to Student Life promotional coordinator Dalisha Ellis, she was inspired to jumpstart the project after hearing about Hiroshima bombing victim Sadako’s story and other similar projects.

“I’ve seen a lot of people doing similar projects, so I thought it would be nice to do it for the children in Mary Bridge Hospital since they’re alone during the holidays. I just want to remind them that somebody’s out there. I also think it would be nice for the school getting together to achieve something.” said Ellis.

Ellis said she plans to get 100 cranes made during each session. Delivery of the cranes is planned for Christmas Eve to the hospital.

“The main goal right now is checking on the community and how they feel connected. It’s a nice way to relax in between classes,” said Ellis.

According to William Syhlman, student government vice president, as of Nov. 3, the current crane count is 258.

“It’s our first year with Crane for Kids, and hopefully Student Life could (make it) happen again next year, but I’m unsure about my involvement with the event and Pierce College,” said Ellis.

There are two more sessions, Nov. 8 and Nov. 13 and will take place in the Student Life lobby. Tables are set up with picture instructions and different patterned paper materials to build the cranes. Kandace Artero and Aiyana Parham have been working alongside Ellis and are available to help with guidance and support.

Campus drill shakes out procedures

Pierce, along with other state organizations, practiced evacuation skills Oct. 19


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Luann Wolden, Business Information Technology Professor, serves as one of the volunteers.

On Oct. 19 Pierce College participated with the state of Washington in the annual “Great Washington Shake Out” drill.  

The mandatory college drilled lasted from 10:19 a.m – 10:30 a.m, in compliance with Washington law. One planned evacuation drill occurred, which helped to inform students and staff about procedures during an earthquake. The drill also practiced communications capabilities of handheld radios among coordinators and individual circumstances that might arise.

“By participating in the drill, it showed Campus Safety where its resource gaps were and how they could improve in effectiveness for a hypothetical earthquake,” said Jose Nieves, the Interim Director of Campus Safety & Security. The drill practice included use of the emergency mass communications system via Everbridge.

The elevators were out of service during the evacuation drill and the handicapped chairs for the stairs weren’t operational, making it difficult for individuals with disabilities in navigating the stairs. “Disabled individuals within the area was exempted from participating in the evacuation,” said Nieves.

To resolving these issues, Campus Safety said it contracted a training class to fix the evacuation chairs. Exempt individuals were able to obtain free earplugs from Campus Safety to reduce the sounds of the earthquake alarm.

According to staff and evacuation team member Travis Goodwin, a selected number of staff were chosen from each location and building to ensure each level was cleared.  

Goodwin said about the success of the evacuation, “I think it’s organized and needed once in a while to understand the importance of procedures. I think communication among staff members and students could be improved. “

Hallow’s Eve Crafts

Student Life Lobby

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Tiffany Compton crafts a mask.
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Participants at the Hallows Eve Crafts event in the Student Life Lobby.
woman and child
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Erin Berry paints with her daughter.
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Will Syhlman decorates a mask.

Clubs Rush

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Fa’atausala Lafeta and
Tai FececoLoqqa represent the Asian Pacific Islander Club.
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Taiko & Culture Club
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Jon Paul Oledan is the president of S.M.A.S.H. Club.
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Rebecca Parson and
Marissa Escobar represent the Art Relaxation Club.
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Daniel Dino-Slofer is the president of the Anime and Gaming Club.

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National Anthem Crisis

Should you kneel, stand, or sit?


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Nathan DiCarlo (left) and Doug Carson (right) were interviewed about the NFL protests.

National Anthem Crisis

Updated October 16, 2017 at 5 p.m.

The protests began with the NFL player, Colin Kaepernick, nearly thirteen months ago and his motivations were clear. He was bringing awareness towards police brutality and the racial inequality present in the U.S. and his protest was widely discussed. The player engaged in a hiatus from football and now the protests gained traction through Donald’s Trump tweet.

On Sept. 25th, Donald Trump wrote a tweet calling out the players for their protest and how it disrespects veterans and the U.S. This tweet help acted like a catalyst and motivated some players to protest less, but others protested more than ever.  The motivations behind the current protests are either against Donald Trump, police brutality, or racial inequality.

The protests have been supported by some veterans, athletes, and even students here on campus. Basketball player Frank Banks, who is studying kinesiology have to said, “I understand the motivation behind their protests and how they don’t tolerate police brutality and the racial problems in America. I also understand how the song was made for veterans, but it doesn’t matter if people disrespect the flag because people of color are still getting disrespected.”

Another form of protesting observed is raising a fist in solidarity of racial inequality and police brutality. This form of protesting also refers towards the Black Panther movement and this form of protesting hasn’t been commented on. Some athletes like Frank Banks also claim how the national anthem have direct historical roots of slavery and racism.

The athletic director, Duncan Steven said, “I think it’s creating a conversation in the U.S. about injustice and inequality. We don’t have a policy on protesting, but we allow our players to express their freedom of speech and protest.”

Veteran student, Nathan DiCarlo, who is studying graphic design said, “They make a good point by bringing awareness to police brutality and racial equality. It’s a silent protest and their exercising their rights. The same constitutional rights that I fought for them. “

Operations manager, Doug Carson said, “I think Colin Kaepernick and the other players have a constitutional right to protest, but the owners can choose to fire the players as well. “

Part of the source for the protests can be found in a verse of the national anthem. It refers to “hirelings and slaves” and some have used it to highlight how the national anthem has direct racism and mention of slavery. It also could also be taken as a metaphorical sense, as hirelings refers to the poorer class.

As more people become engaged in the protest, it will continue to evolve. One thing is for certain, it is an issue that will not fade.

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