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SEARCH IS ON FOR NEW PRESIDENT Cambridge faculty raise questions about campus voice By Lynnsey Renaud Staff writer

PHOTO BY ADAM HOLTE Drew Reilly, president of the Cambridge Student Government, and Shannon Glenn, past president of Coon Rapids Student Government, talk to Yerko Besmalinovic about voter registration in the Cambridge cafeteria on Sept. 18.

Scrambling for student votes — and attention With pledge cards, voter drive, students hope to boost turnout for November election By Joey Janowski Staff writer It's an election year, and Cambridge Student Government wants your vote. More specifically, your pledge to vote. Since September, student government reps have been recruiting for their “Get Out the Vote” campaign. Student Government has had a table set up with forms for students to register to vote, as well as pledge cards for those who will be voting. As of mid-September they have had 60 pledge cards from students who were not only registering, but who pledged to vote.


This campaign emphasizes the importance of sharing your voice in shaping the future. It's not just about who you feel is the best choice

Some students tuned out By Brady Lokken Staff writer One of the biggest challenges for campus get-outthe-vote effort is students who don’t think their vote will make a difference. A common refrain around campus is, “I don’t know who to vote for” or “It’s not going to affect me” or “how am I going to affect the out come?” Political Science Professor Jeff Edblad says it’s a misconception that the votes of college students don’t matter. “It’s incredibly important for the next president, either. There are matters that directly affect students at ARCC. Student Government President Drew Reilly said, “In the last 10 years, the funding for higher education for two-

for teens, college students and young adults to be interested in the election for many reasons one being that decisions are going to be made that will impact your lives,” he said. In Minnesota, issues like the Voter ID and marriage amendments are voter decisions with longterm impacts. Nationally, the next president will be dealing with a budget crisis, with decisions affecting student loans, grants and funding for higher education, along withfuture healthcare, military and other benefits.

year colleges in Minnesota has dropped by 40 percent. So, in the last 10 years, we went from students paying one-third and the state paying two-thirds, to the state paying one-third and

students paying two-thirds of tuition ... “If [we], the younger generation doesn't get out and vote, or we say, oh, I don't like politics or oh, that's for old people, how are we ever going to get spoken for?”


The Cambridge effort is part of a statewide campaign created by the Minnesota State College Student Association. (MSCSA) The get out the vote campaign is currently being held at 47 two-year colleges across Minnesota. Reilly says the overall goal is to “get 10,000 new voters registered, and get 12,000 voter pledge cards signed.” To help reach this goal, ARCC has had a table set up in the food court, and the student reaction has been positive. Reilly said he was pleased with the response so far. It's “a really good start. And we have about a month to go,” he said.

For the second time in two years, Anoka-Ramsey is looking for a president. But faculty members on Cambridge campus are already feeling left out of the process. Their frustration came up at a listening session Sept. 26 held by RPA Inc., which is running the search. Barbara Prince, Cambridge faculty president, said she was concerned

there is no full-time Cambridge faculty member on the search committee. “You have picked people who are not full-time on this campus,” she said in an e-mail exchange with Jay Nelson, interim head of human rights. A college spokeswoman did not return an e-mail asking for comment. But Chancellor Steven Rosenstone scheduled a second listening session on Oct. 10 from 2-5 p.m. on all three campuses. A previous search for president, in 2011, ended without a candidate cho-

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Cambridge campus’ multi-mile backyard By Adam Holte Inkspot editor Biology classes use it as an outdoor laboratory. Fitness walking classes use it for a morning energy boost. But many students don’t realize that just steps away from campus is a public trail system several miles long called the Spirit River Nature Area. “It gives students an opportunity to take a break and get some exercise in,”

said health and fitness instructor Wendy Zins. Biology instructor Brad Wold said, “It provides easy access to a variety of plant communities. You can quickly drop into the flood plain area and be away from traffic.” This area was the result of a joint effort in 2001 between the City of Cambridge and the Cambridge Campus of ARCC. The paved

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PHOTO BY ADAM HOLTE Amanda Anderson, Sara Wald, Autumn Barth and Nichole McDonnel walk on a trail in the Spirit River Nature Area during their Wendy Zins’ walking class on Sept. 20.

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By David Ritchie President Hello from the political science club! We are currently looking for many new members to join the club and help shape and take part in future club activities. One of the tentative events we have planned is a

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but really need to get more people interested in the club. Additionally, politically interested students will have a chance to see a live debate on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 16, when U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaak and challenger Rick Nolan bring the debate on campus. Be sure to attend

that public event. Meeting times are still tentative until we get some more interest in the club. If you’re at all interested in joining please email me. Remember, “The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” -Plato



President David Ritchie,


By Michael DeBoer President I am pleased to receive the nod from the members of the Environmental Club (e-club) to serve as the president of the e-club. It will be a pleasure to serve in this role. This semester will be a time to reflect on our

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Get Out and Vote! campaign to get students informed and active in the voting process. We’d also like to bring in different people who are running for office this election so we can ask them questions to get better informed. We have also talked about hosting a candidate debate,


mission statement, which is summarized by the idea “leave it better than you found it.” This is something that has a very profound effect when used every day. Give it a try. In our reflections, we are confident that our visions for the club will continue the relationship we have with the entire ARCC community.

We have a few new members and the perspectives they bring to the club are welcomed and explored. We are looking for more members, so feel free to attend a meeting and voice your thoughts. We have three big events on the table for this semester. The first is the Sweet Grass Chicken Dance (SGCD)

on Oct. 12. Then we are planning to join the flotilla on the Mississippi River to bring awareness to the dangers of sulfide mining to our waterways. We are also going to visit the Will Steger Center in Ely and volunteer our time and skills to assist him in one of his many goals.


By Alan Hanna Treasurer and secretary In the past we have gone to Advanced IT Minnesota- Advance IT Minnesota engages employers, educators, and learners to develop a more robust IT Workforce in Minnesota. Taken from http://www.advanceitmn. org/pages/about-advanceit-minnesota.

Each of these events is different so it not the same stuff over and over again. We have also had an Isanti sheriff officer come in and talk with us about cybercrime and the forensic behind it. We have tried to work on getting a DC612 (Minneaplis Defcon 612 Group copied from the website), but with time restrictions it didn’t

work out. There was an event at Microsoft Technology Center with door prizes. One student from ARCC Cambridge won an Xbox 360 with Connect. At this building we were also given a tour and were able to see a database (Similar to the “CLOUD”!!). They showed off some newer technology and talked about how it works into the

business. In the meetings we have talked about new programs out there that are free and work well for those of us that can’t afford products like Microsoft Office. We have had students show off some of the technology that they have. We are also open to students bringing their business or technology ideas. All are welcome.

MEETINGS ARE HELD Fridays, 9 a.m., E125


2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month 5:30-6 p.m., F203


Advisor: Michael Grzincich

Michael.Grzincich@anokaramsey. edu President Lonnie Gay Treasurer Alan Hanna


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By Bill Breen Club adviser The Creative Writing Club

meets each Monday in F106 from 3 to 4 p.m. Join us to talk about when, where, how, and why you write,

try a fun writing activity, or share your work and see what others are working on. No need to “join,” just to

show up! The club produces a literary magazine, the Spirit River Review, each year.


Mondays, 3-4 p.m., F106


Advisor: William Breen

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By Lisa Weaver Club adviser Auditions for the play “Last Night of Ballyhoo” will

be Nov. 14-15 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in G202. The play, by Alfred Uhry, is a drama set in Atlanta during World War II. The

play will be performed Feb. 28-March 3, 2013. Last year the Drama Club put on “Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music,”

along with a lively cabaret night in the spring.

MEETINGS ARE HELD Thursdays, 2:15 p.m., G202.


Adviser Lisa Weaver, lisa.weaver@

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By Kristina Reiling President Welcome back students! Classes are in session, and so is Phi Theta Kappa here on the Cambridge Campus. We’ve been meeting over the summer to work on some of our projects, and we will be seeing the fruition of much of our hard work soon at the Phi Theta Kappa Fall Leadership Conference. This year our chapter co-hosted this event with the Coon Rapids chapter on

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The Cambridge Campus of the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) club is actively planning

Welcome students to fall semester 2012! This semester, SNA (Student Nurses Association) has a lot of things


events for this fall. HOSA is a new club on campus that started last spring. It provides students interested in a health care profession with an opportunity to network with fellow stu-

dents and professionals in health care. Club members also take part in volunteer activities. In September the club was involved in making hats for cancer patients at Cambridge Medical Center.

Tentative activities planned for this fall semester include food packing for Feed My Starving Children at the Coon Rapids facility and Operation Christmas Child in November.


Nov. 6, Dec. 11, 12:15 p.m., F223


President Liz Christensen, Adviser Mary Januschka, mary.

going on, from elections to partying it up at Box City where there will be games and prizes in store! Just a reminder and an F.Y.I. to those that don’t

a meeting or two and check us out. Our next meeting is Oct. 25 followed by a Box City event on Oct. 27.


Group outings include reading to preschool aged children and having lunch. Last year the club had a full schedule of activities;

join us so we can continue that tradition this year.


means to us. Some of this semester’s highlights will include the annual trip to Duluth and a visit to Franconia Sculpture Parks 16th Annual Art and

Artists Celebration Sept. 22. If you’re an artist or simply love a world filled with art feel free to join at an upcoming meeting. We hope to see you soon.


know, SNA’s meetings here at ARCC are open to nursing students, pre-nursing students, and even those who may be interested in Nursing. So, please swing by

Every other Thursday E241


Gwen O’Brien, 763-433-1839;


By Bonnie Boese Club adviser The Literacy Club is back in action and look-

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Tuesdays, 3 p.m., E125


By Dazhia Valdez

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By Mary Januschka Club adviser

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Oct. 5 and 6 at the Coon Rapids Campus. We were really excited to make this a wonderful event for the 70-plus attendees from colleges all over the region. In other news, we had our fall Snake River Cleanup on Saturday Sept. 29. We have a small landing area that we have adopted and which we clean every fall and spring. Have a wonderful fall; we hope to see you soon!

ing for new members. The club’s mission is to provide students with opportunities to learn about and promote literacy for all ages.

Adviser Bonnie Boese, bonnie.


By Craig Durham The Art Club is pleased to kick off a new semester with several new members, some returning members, and am-

bitious new projects. We in the Art Club are devoted to the promotion and celebration of the vast spectrum of art, and we are dedicated to sharing to the world what it

Thursdays, 11 a.m., art room


Craig Durham, cdurham1@

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An off-the-grid adventure By Joey Janowski Staff writer It's 8:30 AM. I wasn't able to go to bed until 3, last night, because I was too busy packing. I don't feel tired, though, there's just too much energy for sleep! I am about to head out for the Boundary Waters, for a class, from ARCC. The class, Camping, taught by instructors Peter Wahlstrom and Bob Ameli, and is a sevenday adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, which is in the northern reaches of Minnesota, bordering with Canada. The class is a 4-credit course, packed with hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, relaxation, and camaraderie. On the first day, we divided the food up and split into teams. Only nine people are allowed in any particular location at any time, so the entire class of 16 was separated into two groups of eight, and we headed up to Ely. We made a rest stop in Ely to make preparations and enjoy our last moments in civilization before we disappeared off the grid for a week, and after that we went to Will Steger's house. Steger is a famous explorer, having been to the arctic twice, and having worldrenown. He is also a personal

PHOTO BY JOEY JANOWSKI Brian Klucsar and Andrea Sandeen relax in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area during the summer 2012 Camping class.

friend of Wahlstrom's, which is extremely helpful since he lives so close to the launching points into the boundary waters. We stayed overnight at Steger's house, which allowed us to have a later start in the morning. Upon arrival at our launching point, the adventure began. We started right away with our first portage, which is carrying the canoes and gear across land, and then into the

water we went. After two hours of paddling, we found our first camp site, and then things changed. This is when we really began to gel as a group.

Class starts to bond There's something indescribable about the Boundary Waters, and this is it. The feeling of getting away from the world, of having only these other people, almost all

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FALL 2012 STAFF Editors: Adam Holte, Vincent Kerkes Staff Writers: Lynnsey Renaud, Brady Lokken, Joey Janowski Copy editor: Nikolas Zabinski Rampage Adviser: Trisha Collopy WRITE TO THE INKSPOT The InkSpot encourages comments, feedback, and individual pieces by student writers. It is our goal to reflect the diverse voices of students and staff on the Cambridge campus. E-mail comments to Rampage adviser Trisha Collopy, Trisha. or visit the InkSpot office in the Student Activities area on Tuesdays from 12-12:50 p.m. CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS To bring a factual error to our attention or to comment about the fairness or completeness of information you see in the InkSpot, contact InkSpot adviser Trisha Collopy

of them complete strangers, to lean on, that begins to cement a group together. One classmate, Andrea Sandeen, puts it: “ The close sense of cheerful unity that our group quickly developed in the face of such a challenge is to me as wonderful and mysterious as the Boundary Waters itself.” Whether it was the adversity, the adventure, the solitude, none of us will ever know....but something happened on that trip. The rest of the week was filled with new experiences: cliff jumping, swimming behind a waterfall, listening to loons call to each other across the lakes. These are memories I will treasure the rest of my life...but more than that, I've been permantently changed. Student Kayla Forliti says well: “A big part of living in man's natural state is understanding the concept of simplicity... Experiencing this simplicity on our trip has changed the way I live; giving me the drive to keep life simple.” This is what I feel has happened to me. I now appreciate the more simple things in life, I take time to slow down more. This has been what college should be all about: changing a person into what they will become.

PHOTO BY LYNNSEY RENAUD Students recruit new club members at the Cambridge Campus Fall Picnic and Club Fair on Sept. 5.

Trails from Page 1 and unpaved trails are suitable for walking, biking, and even horseback riding. Students and teachers alike can use these trails as a way to relax and get out into nature, away from the school atmosphere. Many of the trails are on public property, so they are a great asset to the wider community as well. Health and fitness

instructor Wendy Zins, who is also the teacher for the fitness walking class, has this to say about the value of the Spirit River Nature Area: “A lot of campuses don’t have the outdoor environment that we do. We’re unique because we can step right outside into nature. You need 30 minutes a day of exercise, so use breaks to get out onto the trails. Step out and start walking.”

sen, giving Interim President Jessica Stumpf another year on the job. She is not a candidate in the current search. The new president will lead Cambridge and Coon Rapids and Anoka Technical College. At the Sept. 26 community session, which only attracted an Inkspot reporter, RPA president Richard Allen compared the way to the president’s job works to welding. “You’ve got somebody who is really good at welding, well then he gets promoted to supervising welding, he can still do his job well helping others do their jobs, then he gets promoted to the corporation where he’s supervising people where he doesn’t know how to do that job but they do. The president does just that, there are too many jobs that one man or woman can’t do, so they supervise these other areas helping them and advise on decisions.” RPA is currently gathering the names of candidates. Once the firm has narrowed down the list, finalists will come to campus for further interviews.

COURTESY ROBBY SCHLUNDT InkSpot staffer Vincent Kerkes feeds a friendly crow Doritos on Oct. 4 at noon outside the cafeteria.

The case of the curious crow By Adam Holte, Brady Lokken and Vincent Kerkes Staff writers In the first week of October, Cambridge campus had a visit from a feathered friend. A crow took up residence outside the cafeteria and spent the week approaching students for snacks and attention. Several Inkspot staffers encountered the crow that week. This is what they witnessed. Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m. As an Inkspot reporter walked out to the trails, the crow was waiting. It swooped down from behind and blocked his path. As the reporter set

his pen and paper down to get his camera, the crow hopped forward to steal the pen. Thinking quickly, the reporter stepped on the pen and the crow jumped back. Oct. 4, 12 p.m. A crowd gathered outside the cafeteria feeding the crow snacks. Students laughed as the crow landed on several students’ hats. Several also pet the crow and fed it. Oct. 4, 1 p.m. An Inkspot reporter was walking into the campus building when the crow flew down and tried to steal his hat. It failed to get away with the hat, and the crow’s current whereabouts are unknown.

Aug. 7 - A student worker bent down to put something into the recycling bin and hit her head on a metal counter. A red mark on her forehead was present; reported no headache or dizziness. Sept. 11 – A disoriented person entered the campus and approached the Information Desk. She made strange remarks and after a brief period left campus on her bike.

Sept. 19 – Security officer stopped during an outside security round and informed that two hub caps from a GMC Jimmy had been stolen from the vehicle. This incident was said to have occurred on 9-17-2012 sometime between 9:45 a.m. and 4:12 p.m. Owner chose not to call police. Sept. 20 – Hit and run in Cambridge parking lot; investigation pending.

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