Washington State Magazine

Fall 2005


Fall 2005

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In This Issue...

Features

Where Have You Gone, Edward R. Murrow? :: Edward R. Murrow '30 broadcasted reports from a London rooftop during the Blitz. He confronted Joseph McCarthy on national television. And he admitted "an abiding fear regarding what...[radio and TV] are doing to our society, and our heritage."

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Interview: The Battle Against Ignorance : An Interview with Bob Edwards }

Diabetes: It's Still Up to You :: Although Mary Ellen Harvey '58 knew about her type 2 diabetes for nearly 20 years, she wasn't managing it very well on her own. That changed when she joined thousands of other diabetics across the country in a diabetes management trial.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Recipe: Tortilla soup for diabetics }

How Coug Are You? :: Would you paint your airplane crimson and gray? Or drive hundreds of miles to wave the Cougar flag at a non-Coug game? Or keep a concrete cougar in your yard? Well, how Coug are you?

WSM Special Report :: Drinking on Campus

How WSU is helping to change the culture of alcohol

More Thinking, Less Drinking :: "Everybody knows this place as a party school," says a student about WSU. But what everyone knows is starting to change. by Hope Tinney

Our Drink :: Toren Volkmann and his mother, Chris Volkmann '70 have co-authored a book about their family's experience with Toren's alcoholism. What they learned through direct experience dovetails with what counselors and researchers are discovering at WSU and beyond. by Hope Tinney

Two chapters from Our Drink: Detoxing the Perfect Family, by Chris Volkmann '70 and Toren Volkmann. (PDF: Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader or another PDF reader.)

Panoramas

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Bringing couture to campus: A gallery from the 22nd Annual Mom's Weekend Fashion Show }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: If clothes could talk...but they do! What WSU students are wearing on campus. }

Departments

:: FOOD AND FORAGE: The spice of life

:: PERSPECTIVE: Thinking about Washington State

:: A SENSE OF PLACE: Bounty on the bluff

:: SEASONS|SPORTS: I never said thank you.

:: SEASONS|SPORTS: Legends of the Palouse

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story and video: An affair of the heart :: In his documentary film, Legends of the Palouse, Jeff McQuarrie '98 seeks to answer the question, "What is this love affair we have with our school?" Includes an exclusive video excerpt of Junior Tupuola and Rod Retherford from the film. }

Tracking

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Elegy: May 18, 1980 :: In memory of a friend and the geologic event that marked her passing. by Bill Morelock '77 }

Cover: Edward R. Murrow '30. Photography from Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.

Fall 2005
Web Exclusives

If clothes could talk...but they do!

by Hannelore Sudermann | © Washington State University

Photographs by Hannelore Sudermann

There's more than one way to be Coug, as our gallery of student styles demonstrates. If clothes could talk, they'd speak volumes about the lifestyles and affiliations of their wearers.

And, in fact, they do, according to Linda Arthur, who teaches in Washington State University's apparel merchandising, design and textiles department. She and Mark Konty, formerly of the sociology department, summed up their students' research on student subcultures at WSU to see how people were communicating their identity through dress.

Of the 1,200 students and alums surveyed, 65 percent fit into the collegiate subculture. Within that group there are the Greeks, who are well dressed and often accessorized with makeup, jewelry, and designer items like purses. There is also the party culture, whose members dress like the Greeks, but without the Greek symbols. Then there are athletes, who wear no makeup and usually sport baggy clothes and tennis shoes. Finally, there are those who exhibit Wazzu style. They display the WSU mascot/cougar on most apparel, rarely wear high fashion, and often sport t-shirts, hats, and other clothing in school colors. Grooming for Wazzu style is low maintenance, carefree.

The other subcultures Arthur and Konty's students identified are vocational (15 percent of the students—business, music, agriculture, and returning students), academic (10 percent—geeks, honor students, and bookworms), and non-conformist (10 percent—punks, goths, skaters, hippies/granolas, and hip hop).

To get a sampling of student dress at WSU, take a look at what we found on the Pullman campus last spring—and see if you can identify the styles.

Categories: WSU students, Campus life, Visual arts | Tags: Apparel design, Fashion