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Art vending machines coming to WSU campus

Art vending machines coming to WSU campus


Tuesday, March 26th, 2013, is the unveiling of a long-term installation of an Art-O-Mat in the Compton Union Building Gallery on the WSU Pullman campus.

Art-O-Mat machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art. The WSU Art-o-mat will be the first of its kind in the Inland Northwest, and the second in Washington State.

Art-o-mats can be found all over the country in major museums, universities, galleries, community centers, as well as coffee shops.

Zags join Harlem Shake craze

Just as many thought the Harlem Shake craze was coming to an end, the Gonzaga men's basketball team gave it a gust of relevancy in the Inland Northwest.

On its way back from a WCC championship run in Las Vegas the Zags recorded their own Harlem Shake video with Naismith Award finalist Kelly Olynyk serving as the leader of the shake, (which, if you aren't familiar with the fad, is the guy who starts humping air first.)

"Don't care how late we are, had fun doing that video! lol #betterlatethannever," point guard Kevin Pangos tweeted.

The Zags did their shake on a plane, which has raised eyebrows before when a Colorado State student led the dance on a Frontier flight. The FAA said it would investigate that case, no word yet about the Zags' video.

This year's team is no stranger to the viral video: Guards Kevin Pangos, Kyle Dranginis, Drew Barham and Rem Bakamus made a popular trick shot video that is brought up during most Zag broadcasts.

Photo contest: We want your best pictures from the mountain!

Photo contest: We want your best pictures from the mountain!


With ski season entering its final stretch, we at KXLY want to see the awesome mountain photos you took of your friends and family shredding.

Send your best shots to news4@kxly.com (with the subject line: Photo contest), and the newsroom will vote on the best photo, which will be shown during Chief Meteorologist Kris Crocker's ski report on Friday's newscasts. We will put together a slideshow for the KXLY Communities sites, so even if you don't win, your work will still be showcased.

Make sure to include where you are, the name of the photographer, names of the people in the photo and your contact information so you can be reached for a short story.

So sift through those awesome stills of your loved ones dominating some pow-pow and send them in for a chance to be shown to the Inland Northwest.

WSU professor discusses why 500 year old skeleton causes debate

WSU professor discusses why 500 year old skeleton causes debate

A Washington State professor is discussing debate over the skeleton of King Richard III that was found beneath a parking lot in central England.

King Richard III reigned for two years and died more than half a millenium ago at the age of 32.

The debate surrounds around the opening line in a Shakespeare play, where Shakespeare refers to the king as a hunchbacked villain who scuttled about like a shadowy spider.

"This attracts debate because it calls into question the stability of the monarchy as an institution,” explained Jesse Spohnholz, associate professor of European history at Washington State University. "The discovery of what is supposed to be King Richard’s skeleton disrupts a long-held belief by many that the king was a murderous villain and therefore his death in battle was justified.”

Historians and scientists are clashing over what the skeleton's discovery means. There’s the question of how much a long-buried skeleton can tell us about the person’s actions and behaviors back in the 15th century.

WSU shreds ski gear, makes building supplies

WSU shreds ski gear, makes building supplies


What is ski equipment used for when it is no longer safe to use on the mountain?

Washington State professor Dr. Karl Englund of the composite engineering center and his students are looking to find a solution to that problem. The center grinds up old skis and snowboards, boots and helmets and are working to turn them into other products.

Englund said in a news release that since ski gear is built to be tough, working to re-appropriate the materials can be difficult.

“There are different types of polymers in there that all have different attributes, that have different processing requirements and a lot of them don't blend together very well,” Englund said in a news release. “Thus it becomes more of an economic hurdle to get these things into a usable material again.”

Right now, the program is turning the ground up gear into construction materials, like particleboard.

Beyond producing new materials, the group has to navigate the additional obstacle of marketing the products.

Dirty Dash registration opens

Dirty Dash registration opens


The popular Dirty Dash opened registration today for the 2013 “race” to be held at Riverside State Park on July 13.

Loyalty registration, which runs until Jan. 30, costs only $35. After that the price to sign up steadily rises the closer we get to the event.

“Resolve to make 2013 your dirtiest yet and we guarantee to make that happen for you in one unforgettable morning of feasting on filth, groveling through grime, delighting in dirt, and wallowing in mud rather than self-pity,” a news release from Dirty Dash said.

Sign up at thedirtydash.com.

Students designing crimson and gray tartan

Students designing crimson and gray tartan

Next time you're headed to your local highland games, you'll have a chance to wear your favorite Washington State University tartan. Three sets of plaid are being designed by students to celebrate the crimson and gray - coincidentally those are the colors chosen. The designs will be put to vote to choose the best for the market place.

The project is meant to provide revenue for student scholarships, but also help students get real world experience. The designs are being put together in-house by students from the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles.

WSU professor Karen Leonas has been working with the students on the project since late spring. She says there will be a limited product line available online and in stores at Homecoming, but by Apple Cup they should have an expanded product line of lanyards, scarves, wine coolers, etc. 

Leonas added that kilts will have to be a special order. 

A similar project was tasked by the University of Alabama in 2010. Their tartan bleeds crimson as well and attracted over 410,000 votes.