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Issue 5: November 6, 2018

A Coalitional Newsletter Focusing on Social Equity, Sustainability, Wellness, and Community Service


Hi there! The Spark! is an effort committed to streamling campus communication regarding the environment, wellness, equity, and social justice. In these newsletters, expect to find information, events, and activities from clubs on campus and in the Salem community.

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Social Equity

The social equity section is dedicated to promoting events, workshops, and opportunities for student activism and involvement concerning issues of equity and justice that are prevalent in the Willamette community.

Chemawa Indian School Partnership Program Recruitment

If you're interested in tutoring, education, and contemporary Indigenous issues, consider joining the Chemawa Indian School Partnership Program! Recruitment for the Spring '19 semester is ongoing.

Contact: <vhoward>

BQOL: Lessons From the Border Crisis

Willamette College of Law Professor Warren Binford is one of a small handful of experts from around the country who has government clearance to interview immigrant children and families, including those forcibly separated, and to inspect and report on the conditions in which the children and their parents are being detained. In this session, she will provide an overview of the humanitarian aid crisis at the border, the legal challenges we face, and how you can get involved. She has made sharing with the Willamette community a priority in light of our shared values exemplified by our motto, “Not Unto Ourselves Alone Are We Born.” Hosted by the Chaplains, this talk will be on Tuesday, November 6th from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM in Cat Cavern.
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Succulent Sale

Come to Asian Coalition for Equality's annual succulent fundraiser for a succuLIT time! The funds from this fundraiser will go to Tiger club to purchase books and to send to LGBTQ+ prisoners around the nation! We accept cash, and you can find ACE and their succulents in Jackson Plaza on Wednesday, November 7th from 11 AM to 4 PM  or earlier if they sell out!

Contact: <mmhicks> or <erbryan>
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Loy Krathong

Asian Coalition invites you to join them for crafts, Thai food and other festivities at their celebration of Loy Krathong on Saturday, November 10th from 5 to 8 PM on UC 2nd.

Contact: <mmhicks> or <erbryan>

Golden Cage: Our Stories | Our Voices

WU Causa's annual Border Fence installment is an expression of realities. This year the Border Fence will occupy Jackson Plaza from November 12th to November 15th. WU Causa's Border Fence week will be kicked off with an open mic on Monday, November 12th from 7 to 8:30 PM in Cat Cavern. Come support students of color as they share their immigration stories and experiences of being a student of color at Willamette! 
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Alumni of Color Connection

This free event is open to any current WU student who holds a marginalized identity (student of color, QTPoC, low-income, first-gen, etc.). Wednesday, November 14th from 6:30 to 8 PM in Cat Cavern is your chance to meet and dine with alumni of color. Get matched with an alumnus who shares your career interests, learn about their experiences since graduating from Willamette, and participate in a Q&A panel with alumni from a variety of industries. This event is by students of color for students of color. Suggested dress code is business casual. RSVP required.

Contact: <esmendez> or <alnicolay>

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Megan Ybarra: Site Fight! Toward the Abolition of Immigrant Detention on Tacoma's Tar Pits (and Everywhere Else)

Join La Chispa, Transnational Feminism Course, Willamette Academy, WU-Causa, ACE, and others for a discussion on immigrant and environmental justice. This event will be held on Thursday, November 15th in Cat Cavern. Ybarra's talk will being at 6:00 pm, followed by a panel on environmental justice, immigrant rights, and organizing at 7:15 pm and a discussion at 8:15 pm.

Beauty Bites Beast Film Screening and Mini-Self Defense Workshop

With funds from the Violence/Prevention Grant, The Collegian will be hosting Ellen Snortland, award-winning author and documentarian on Thursday, November 15th from 7 to 9 PM in Hatfield Library on the 2nd floor. Her book and film "Beauty Bites Beast" focuses on the role of self-defense in the conversation surrounding domestic violence. After her film screening, she will also be teaching a mini-self defense workshop. 

Contact: <ranorgrove>. 


This section of The Spark! focuses on accessibility to wellness and the general well-being of individuals in our community. This section is composed of everyday tips and information aimed at increasing mental and physical wellness in the Willamette and Salem community.
Kendo Demonstration by Japanese Studies Student Leaders:

JSSL will be hosting a demonstration of the Japanese Martial Art Kendo on Saturday, November 10th from 4pm-5pm at Henkle Gym East. Have fun learning about a great way to keep in shape that comes with a rich history.

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Cosmetic Tips Using Natural Ingredients

A great way to make yourself feel better is by taking care of your body in more than just the essential dietary, exercise, and sleep habits. Here are some soothing and natural tips for a cosmetic/beauty routine using natural ingredients you may already have at home.


Lip Scrub: Mix 2 tsp of sugar and 1 tsp of honey to rub on your lips. The sugar helps exfoliate and the honey helps moisturize and nourish your lips.


Coffee Ground Exfoliator: Mix 6 tbsp of coffee grounds (using brewed coffee grounds is encouraged) and 5 tbsp of coconut oil. Rub on your skin to exfoliate and moisturize and rinse after scrubbing for a few minutes.


Eyelash/Eyebrow Growth Serum: Apply aloe vera gel on your eyelashes and eyebrows using an old mascara wand (using your fingers is fine too) to help hair growth.


Hair Repair: Apply olive oil to the ends of your hair to help nourish and strengthen hair. Leave on for 20-30 minutes and then rinse off.


Face/Hand Moisturizer: After eating an avocado, save the peel and rub the residue on your face or hands to moisturize. Leave on for 15-20 minutes then rinse off.

Easy Recipes for the Busy Student: Overnight Oats


  • ½ cup rolled oats (can be GF)

  • ¾ cup milk (almond or soy milk encouraged)

  • Preferred toppings:

    • Fruit (berries and chopped fruit)

    • Nuts

    • Spices (like cinnamon and nutmeg)

    • Honey

    • Chocolate chips

    • Shredded coconut

  • Container for the oats, preferably with lid



  1. Mix milk and oats in container.

  2. Add honey to taste and other preferred toppings.

  3. Store in fridge overnight.


*This can be eaten cold or warm if heated in the microwave in the morning.


The Sustainability section focuses on the environment to promote connection with environmental efforts, outdoor access, and environmental advocacy!

Bistro Mug Drive

Help the Bistro stay more sustainable by donating a reusable mug to the Bistro through November 8th and receive a free 12 oz coffee. No Goudy or former Bistro mugs accepted. 

Sustainability Networking Lunch by Students for Sustainability

Join Students for Sustainability in this Networking Lunch on Thursday, November 8th from 11:45 am-1:00 pm in the Goudy Wilson-Heines Room. Students will be able to meet and network with professionals in sustainability and other WU students. Hear about local efforts and learn about Oregon Department of Corrections' initiative in Salem.

Contact: <acfong>
The SOAR Center
The SOAR Center is a space on campus where students have access to the Bearcat Pantry, First Generation Book Drive, and a Clothing Share. The SOAR Center is located in Shephard Hall and is open to all students Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. All resources are free with no questions asked.

Fall Break Hours

The SOAR Center will be open over Thanksgiving break! Feel free to stop by on 11/17-11/25 from 12pm-2pm, excluding Friday, November 3rd
Contact: <txhershman>
Community Service
The Community Service section is a place for students to find opportunities to make a difference in the surrounding community, Willamette and beyond.

Earthquake Relief Bake Sale

JSSL is having a Bake Sale! All the proceeds will go to earthquake relief efforts in Japan. This event will take place on Wednesday, November 7th, 8:30-3:00 pm on the first floor of the UC.

Contact: <ckandrews>

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