WSU Performing Arts Is Ending And You Should Be Angry

WSU Performing Arts Is Ending And You Should Be Angry

STEM students are important, but so is everyone else.
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Last year, WSU President Kirk Schulz announced a plan to reduce the $30 million annual spending deficit. The budget cuts include various positions, including retention counselors, who work with struggling students to keep them in school. As if that was not bad enough, Schulz also decided to cut WSU Performing Arts entirely.

"These decisions are painful. They will disrupt lives, and the consequences of eliminating and reducing positions will ripple throughout our community ... But as much as I and members of the leadership team regret the necessity of these actions, they must be taken in order to restore the University’s overall fiscal health.” -President Schluz

The changes to WSU PA would take place at the end of the performance season.

This is it.

This is the end of performing arts at WSU.

There will be no more shows during Moms' Weekends. No more rehearsals late into the night in Daggy. No more students finding who they are on stage, finally able to escape into the world of theater, a world so beautiful and kind and magical.

Let me explain to you what performing arts means to me, what it did for me while I starred in "She Kills Monsters."

WSU PA saved me from myself.

I decided to audition on a whim. I had done theater in high school, I missed it, and I had time in my schedule. Maybe I could get a minor part or help with the stage crew.

I walked into auditions and everything was fairly normal. It was what I expected of an acting audition. And then the director, Ben, told us to close our eyes, imagine our weapons, and fight an opponent. A room full of strangers, outsiders, and outcasts; all of us held our invisible swords, lances, and axes, and we fought — not with our eyes or even our bodies, but our minds and our creative spirits.

I got cast as Agnes and I sobbed. How I managed to convince Ben I could do it, I still do not know. But, somehow, I did, and I loved every damn second of that show. Ben saw something within me that I still cannot see. He gave me a chance and he changed my life forever.

On that stage, I finally got to do what I had dreamed of all my life. I got to fight monsters with a sword with my best friends in a fantasy land. We killed bugbears and the Tiamat. We fought our own monsters that hid within our deepest selves.

I fought my insecurities, my depression, my inner-hatred and self-loathing. I fought to find my place in this world, and for a while, I found it.

I found myself on that dusty stage, standing on top of a giant hexagon, screaming and holding a sword above my head.

Now that I know what it feels like, I will never stop searching for that feeling again.

The thing is, nobody else will get to find that. Because of these budget cuts at WSU, no more students will have the opportunity to learn life lessons from Mary and Ben or to learn who they are in the way only theater can.

I get that budget cuts need to happen. The university is in debt, and things needed to change.

But President Schulz, this is not how you change things.

You all say the budgets are separate, and I get that, but how can you justify hiring new athletic directors and increasing the salaries of coaches? How can we build a new medical program in Spokane when we cannot even keep our programs stable? How can we clear $113.9 million dollars in renovations and more construction?

Yes, state funding comes into play, as well as donations, grants, and the like. But where is the funding for the arts, for helping students, for diversity? Where is the funding to allow low-income students access to counseling? Tell me when a new lab became more important than having enough counselors and medical professionals to actually help the hundreds of students on this campus with serious, crippling mental illnesses. I'll be waiting.

STEM students are important, but so is everyone else.

Stop shutting us down. Stop silencing us. Stop telling us we are not as important as the rest of the "professional" students on campus. Please, just stop.

WSU Performing Arts, I am going to miss you. Thank you for the best year of my life and for all you have done for students and the WSU/Pullman community.

To my PA friends — keep fighting and never stop. I love you all.


WSU PA's last production is "Silent Sky." It will run March 30-31 and April 6-7.

Cover Image Credit: "She Kills Monsters" Cast

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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

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1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

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17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

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18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

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19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

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24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

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25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

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26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


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27. Public nudity is normal.

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28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


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29. Horses are aliens.

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30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

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"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

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33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

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34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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Aquarius: Be Enchanted

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