Washington State Magazine

Winter 2012

Winter 2012

In This Issue...


Feasting on the Salish Sea :: About 650 years ago, inhabitants of a large plank house on Galiano Island abandoned it for unknown reasons. But not before they feasted on 10,000 sea urchins. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Slideshow: Archaeology on Galiano Island }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Seascapes from Salish Sea, Study 2 by David Ellingsen }

A Summer of Science :: Over nine short weeks this summer, undergraduate Laurel Graves helped develop one of the first research projects to measure how much carbon wheat consumes and releases. “The entire world, all 7 billion people,” she says, “and we’re the only ones doing this thing. It’s kind of a crazy thought.” by Eric Sorensen

The Law and the Land :: Indian law attorney and Colville tribal member Brian Gunn ’95 took on the challenge of his grandfather and brought home a gratifying settlement for years of federal mismanagement of Indian trust lands. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Brian Gunn and the land of the Colville Tribes }


The Ethics of Climate Change :: A political scientist, a geologist, a philosopher, and a sociologist contemplate the ethical implications of an imminent problem. by Andrew Light, Kent Keller, Bill Kabasenche, and Eugene A. Rosa


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Magazine: “Unleashed” A magazine used for education on sexual assault prevention }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Twin Vista Ranch }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Heart at KWSU in 1976 }


:: First Words: Maps, memory, and imagination

:: Posts

:: Short Subject: Spirits on the rise

:: In season: Onions

:: Sports: That voice

:: Last Words: The 1710 Senex map of North America

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Map: Craft distilleries in Washington }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Bob Robertson, Voice of the Cougars }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story and Recipes: How to choose the right onion, and some onion lore }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Slideshow: Bowling at WSU }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Video: Salmon and other water videos from Chris Dunagan }

New media

:: Alpha Phi Alpha: A Legacy of Greatness, the Demands of Transcendence edited by Gregory S. Parks and Stefan M. Bradley (’98 MA History)

:: Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands: 60 Paddle Trips Including the Gulf Islands by Rob Casey ’91

:: No Room of Her Own: Women’s Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death, and Resistance by Desiree Hellegers

:: Boocoo Dinky Dow: My Short, Crazy Vietnam War by Grady C. Myers and Julie Titone

Cover photo: Laurel Graves measures light in a wheat canopy in one of dozens of projects involving undergraduate researchers. By Zach Mazur

Winter 2012
Web Exclusives

Gallery: Bowling at WSU

by Jessica Bailey ’13 | © Washington State University

Bowling first appeared in the Chinook yearbooks in 1948, with the standings for the intramural league as well as a picture of the winners. From then on, there have been clubs and teams dedicated to bowling at Washington State for both men and women. Prior to the recent Compton Union Building remodel, there was a bowling alley in the present location of The Bookie. WSU students could also take bowling classes on campus, instead of meeting at Zeppos bowling alley in Pullman for class as they do now.

In 1982, the WSU men’s bowling team brought home a national title. They accomplished this by outlasting Michigan State with a score of 192-168. This was their second national tournament appearance; the previous year, the team took second place to Wichita State.

In the early 1990s, the WSU Bowling teams practiced a couple times a week in the CUB bowling alley. Tournaments were about once a month around the western United States, sometimes held in Pullman, as well as in Denver, Portland, Pocatello, Boise, and other cities. Keith Rhoades ’95 described his experience on WSU’s bowling team, “It was a cool experience because in my eyes it was an inter-collegiate sport. You felt the pride of being a Cougar on the team and in the tournament. You were representing WAZZU and the Crimson and Gray.”

The history of bowling can be traced back to the Roman Empire as well as ancient Egypt. In the Roman Empire, they played a primitive version of bowling by tossing stone objects as close as they could to other stone objects. This later transformed into modern day Italian bocce ball (or outdoor bowling). Archaeologists also unearthed objects in an ancient Egyptian child’s grave dated to 3200 B.C. that are assumed to be a primitive form of bowling.

Many people believe that bowling actually originated in Germany during 300 A.D. as a religious ceremony introduced by monks that was a test of faith. However, there is evidence of bowling throughout England as well during different time periods. In the mid-1300s, there were various versions of the sport played throughout the nation. These included half-bowls, skittles, and ninepin. The first documented record of bowling comes from King Edward III in 1366; he banned the game among his armies due to it becoming a distraction from their duties. Later, the game picked up popularity during the rule of Henry VIII. It was used as a sign of nobility as well as social standing.

In the seventeenth century, German, English, and Dutch settlers brought their versions of the game over with them to the Americas. In 1895, Joe Thum brought together regional bowling clubs and formed the American Bowling Congress, which brought standardization among rules as well as competitions. However, this congress was only open to men, and women formed their own organization known as the Women’s International Bowling Congress in 1917.

Today, different versions of bowling are present throughout the world. In the United States, we have traditional ten-pin, candlestick bowling in New England, and other cultural versions. It has also entered the video game market on consoles such as the Nintendo Wii.

Intramural bowling winners, Sigma Alpha Epsilon in 1948.

Categories: WSU history, Campus life, Recreation | Tags: Bowling