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Analyzing homophobia One writer’s take on homophobia in America.

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$90 MILLION? The Board of Education is voting in July on whether to send a $90 million bond measure to the November ballot. They have their own plan for the money. Here’s what students want.

by CHRIS MORROW copy editor We have always lived in a culture permeated with the attitude that if you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or anything else it means that there is something wrong with you as a person, and having any of the aforementioned as your child means that you did something wrong as a parent. So ingrained into my mind was this attitude that I myself participated in the homophobic banter of my peers during high school and vocational school, mostly for the purpose of keeping up appearances, and when my parents finally attempted to have ‘the talk’ with me, I feared the absolute worst as they held me hostage on the living room coffee table, my sweating hands squished under me as I tried to think of what to do or say in response. My mind flooded with possible outcomes to an honest answer; disownment, a one-way trip to some ‘reparative therapy’ facility, a violent bludgeoning – none of these happened, instead the worst I dealt with was my mother’s playful ribbing and my father’s occasional half-hearted threat to buy me a bunch of Playboy magazines. In retrospect, it might seem like I was exaggerating things in my head and I was being overly paranoid, but considering some of the rhetoric, behavior and action aimed at LGBT youth I don’t feel like my paranoia and hesitation was all that unfounded. Most people have probably all but forgotten the now three year old controversy surrounding Tracy Morgan’s stand-up routine turned anti-gay tirade at Tenneesee’s Ryman Auditorium, in which the 30 Rock star who alledgedly said that he would stab his son if he were gay. Unless you consume YouTube videos as voraciously as I do, you’ve also probably never heard of North Carolina baptist preacher Sean Harris, telling the dads of his congregation to crack the wrists of and give a “good punch” to their sons who behave effimenantly, nor would you have been aware of an incident that happened at Grace Fellowship Church in Humboldt, Tenn., in which the pastor of the church, Jerry Pittman Sr., instructed his deacons to visciously attack his own son, Jerry Pittman Jr. and his partner, Dustin Lee, to prevent the couple from entering the church.

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by ERIN CAREY news & culture editor For two years, Clackamas Community College was given the task of looking around the facilities of its campuses and to finally bring them into the 21st century. The college was established in 1966, and due to this many of its facilities and buildings are in desperate need of repair and replacement. The proposal of a $90 million bond being set for the Nov. 4 election would not only affect the Oregon City campus with modernizing its science and engineering technology, but also replace a 61- year old building at Harmony campus to make room to support economic development.

“In my opinion, this school would really benefit from a multicultural environment and multicultural classes. A big chunk of it would have to go through multicultural classes and creating an area for a multicultural environment .”

–SAM DONILY

“More resources for students like rental instruments. I know that the computer lab could stand for an upgrade, especially for the more computer-intensive classes.”

–SHEPHERD DUFF

“We could expand the college and add classes by getting student suggestions. [That] would be a good way to get classes that we don’t have here. Maybe new modes of transportation, busses that reach farther to different places.”

This bond also proposes to replace many worn out plumbing, ventilation, electrical and heating systems that the antiquated campuses suffer with currently. Based on many surveys and focus groups that the community participated in, voters will decide whether $90 million is worth it. Not only does this money update the essentials, but it aims to ensure that students will adequately meet industry standards for their fields, whether they are science, manufacturing or engineering. The Print asked students how they would spend $90 million on campus. Here are a few of their responses.

“Improving the track field because ours is so bad. It’s not good for the school because members are getting injured on our terrain. It would be nice if we could compete on our own field.”

–ANTIONETTE MARO

“That’s a good question. I would improve parking, that’s really important. And improve buildings in any way that they need.”

–ZACH FERRIS

“Parking is always a problem. Maybe cameras for photography classes.”

–CLARISSA CHESS

–MICKAEL MARKIN Photos by Patty Salizar


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NEWS

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014

You have a new place to rest on campus by ERIN CAREY news & culture editor

Many students came back from spring break to find cement trucks and construction workers surrounding the side of the bookstore, where once before had been a few wimpy bushes and very little desire to be anywhere near it. However, walking past it is a very different scene — filled with fresh shrubs, perky plants, and plenty of room to sit. The project for this redesign started in January, and bookstore operator Janet Wells is to thank. “It’s so rewarding to see the end results, and we are very proud of the accomplishment,” Wells wrote in an email. To finish the space off, Wells plans for patio furniture, wiring for speakers to play music outside,

and even a sculpture. She hopes that people will identify the ‘Cougar Court’ as a great place to meet up and spend time outside, along with many planned activities for the space with the help of ASG. Everything was funded separately by the bookstore, and Wells herself orchestrated working with the many departments to get the approval for the project, inside and outside of Clackamas Community College.

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A grand opening is planned on May 1 from 12 p.m. to 3 pm., with food being donated from one of the vendors and help from ASG for a great BBQ.

The onset of sunny weather has led to questions of outside seating and areas on campus that students can congregate. The previously unused area in front of the campus bookstore was converted into a concrete meeting area complete with a gravel pathway leading to it from either side of McLoughlin Hall. Photos contributed by Janet Wells showcase the before and after phases of construction.

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10 things you should know about President Truesdell by TIM YOUNG associate news editor

Joanne Truesdell at the Canby Rodeo on the left, August 2012. At one time, she was a trick pony rider.

the board of directors and has been serving ever since. Outside of her work responsibilities, Truesdell is a mother of three and has two grandchildren. At one time she was a trick pony rider. She still likes to ride occasionally when she’s not busy with her job or hanging out with her family and her two cats, Claire and Elwood, named after the Blues Brothers film.

Here are 10 fun things you should know about your president on a personal level. Say hi to her if you see her on campus, she enjoys talking to students. 1. What’s your favorite food? “Good food is food you don’t have to cook yourself.” She also enjoys seafood and has a soft spot for pie. “I like two kinds of pie, hot and cold.”

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Clackamas Community College President Joanne Truesdell has a deep and long lasting commitment to the college,. In fact, she was moved to tears when interviewed about what CCC means to her and her personal story of transformation.“It remains today one of the most monumental, life changing events ever,” Truesdell said about coming to Clackamas. It has been 34 years since Truesdell attended her first class at CCC as a student and she has made remarkable use of her time, passion and education. Above all, she wants you to feel like you belong here on campus, that you should not feel like you need to know everything and “someone will help you figure out where you need to be next,” she said. Every morning when she wakes up, she’s thinking about students and their experience here at CCC. Truesdell earned her AA in 1982 from CCC, a BA from Portland State University, an MBA from University of Portland and finally an EdD from Oregon State University during her tenure as a student. Before taking on the presidency, she worked her way up in various classified as well as administrative positions, even on a state-wide level as executive director of Oregon’s Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. In 2007, she was hired as CCC president by

2. What is the worst thing about your job? No part of her job is bad for her, she said, because she’s serving in the area she’s passionate about. However, she admits seeing people hurting during economic downturns is “hard and difficult” to see. 3. What’s the best thing about your job? Talking about what can be done to satisfy community needs is the best part of her job, “whether it be a student, community member, a potential donor, a voter, [or] a business thinking about relocating.” She enjoys brokering for the college. 4. At 21, what did she want to do? Truesdell was studying accounting and wanted to become an

investment banker. “[The job] was very popular in the early 1980s, and there weren’t very many women in the industry.” 5. What is your favorite part of the student experience at CCC? Students feeling comfortable, welcomed and well supported in the classroom while getting an affordable college education. 6. What books and T.V. shows do you enjoy? Truesdell doesn’t get to watch T.V. much but when she has gotten a chance to catch Portlandia, she has enjoyed it. Recently she read Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff and found it well written “an interesting moment during WWII.” 7. What was your favorite 80s song? While enjoying Wayland Jennings did come up, she chose “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” by the Police for being a “fun, poignant, and clever” 80s song. 8. Ducks or Beavers? “My most important degree is from Clackamas, and my last is from Oregon State University, so we’re going to have to go with the Beavers,” she says. Truesdell even likes drinking orange soda when watching the Orange and Black play. 9. What classes would you take if you were taking classes now? She would take Intro to Welding 4 Art, where she could satisfy a need for creativity and need for a job in the same class. 10. Her advice for new students: Truesdell’s advice for a new student would be to recognize that you are not expected to know everything and students “don’t know what they don’t know.” When you get to campus, be open to the idea that you don’t have to worry about asking the right question, and should feel at home. Someone will help you.

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OPINION: Attitudes about orientation still need improvement continued from PAGE 1 One story whose ink is still fresh on the papers is that of Jessica Dutro, a mother of three who had been living in a homeless shelter in Tigard, Ore., with her children and boyfriend who were both sentenced to prison for their involvement in the death of their 4-year-old son, Zachary-DutroBoggess. A series of Facebook posts made by Dutro which the judge allowed as evidence, revealed that she feared her child would grow up

to be gay, and told her boyfriend, Brian Canady, to “work on him.” The beatings Zachary received from his mother and father were so severe that his intestines ruptured in two places, causing pre-fecal matter to leak into his bloodstream, inevitably leading to septic shock. Whether or not Zachary was going to grow up to be gay should have been the furthest thing from either of their minds — they had a healthy, intact 4-yearold boy with a future ahead of him. Worse hands could have been dealt in the form of birth defects such

as anencephaly, which would have meant Zachary would never develop a personality or even cognitive awareness since he would have either no brain or be missing the part of his skull where it would have been. He could have been born with any other number of problems instead of being born healthy. Plenty would argue that I’m trying to use emotion to sway opinions, and LGBT people choose to be the way they are. You can murder or disown a child or adult for what they “choose” to be, but you can’t mistreat them for

how they’re “born.” Alright then, what about children who were born intersexed? What if little Zachary hadn’t been born with all male parts, and instead had a fallopian tube in place of one or both testicals? How would Dutro and Canady have treated their child then? The behavior of this couple and any other parent who would hurt a child for something so inane is absolutely unforgivable, but it doesn’t surprise me, after all they were merely responding to peer pressure, the same kind we all face in any social group.

However, we are capable of choosing how we respond to that peer pressure. You can either give in to the people judging you and make your child’s life miserable, or you can throw up a middle finger in the face of the rest of the world and proudly proclaim that you still love and will always love your child no matter what. The choice is yours. I’d hope that you choose the latter option, and if not, I at least hope someone is there to save your child from the torrent of abuse you’d dump on them just to make someone else happy.

The sun shines on you Photos by Liz Gomes

Eric Matchett who works in the IT department at CCC, took a moment on his lunch break to play his guitar in the Barlow courtyard on the left. Angela Thorsell and Kat Aden talk over a snack in the upper middle. A campus squirrel (lower middle) tried to join them. Anna Franz sits in the new bookstore courtyard, enjoying the nice weather on the right.

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Shelfies: Trevor Dodge explains his bookshelf

by ERIN CAREY news & culture editor Trevor Dodge is one pretty cool guy. Despite the cracker box sized office, the most impressive bookshelf stands in the corner. Dodge has a bookshelf catering to a rainy day dedicated to a book and a cup of coffee, to a day spent stretched out in the sun with a book in hand. The Clackamas Print sat down with Trevor Dodge to dig into his bookshelf to find out his favorites, his influences, and much, much more. The Clackamas Print: What’s your favorite book from your shelf, and why? Trevor Dodge: That’s really funny that you’re here asking this, because just about a month ago I did a big purge of stuff from here. What I did just a couple weeks ago is that anything really dear to me, I made sure that I got it out of here. And part of that was to make sure that I had it at home. I’m trying to think about what’s my favorite in the sense of, what does it sort of serve its purpose as. I don’t have a quick answer to that, so I’m going to throw it back on you, what do you think is the most interesting book on my bookshelf?    After picking George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”, Dodge found that it had a very important story. Dodge: Speaking of things that are precious to me, I’m going to put this in my book bag and take it home. This is a reprinting of it that they did with Ralph Steadman, who’s a painter and illustrator and made a real name for himself by illustrating the books by Hunter S. Thompson, so when you look at “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, and “The Curse of Lono”, the images are Steadman. His aesthetic is really wild and surrealist, and he uses these almost Jackson Pollock techniques to spatter them. When I think about this, this might be the most precious thing on my bookshelf, because when I think about where I got this and how I got this. This was the first real time I ever came to Portland and spent any time on my own in

the city here. I went to undergrad at University of Idaho, and came here to meet up with a writer who was also a teacher of mine, and she and I and a couple of other students went to Powell’s Books. It was the very first time I ever stepped in the place, and I bought this book and two other books. You know the first time you ever step into that bookstore, if you love books it’s like being a Norse god in Valhalla. This is a book that I remember buying the first time I stepped in there. [It’s my favorite] not just for the physical thing that it is but the story that’s attached to it. This story in particular is so important to think about in terms of the educational environment, when people are teaching or producing things, and who decides that’s important or who decides whether that should even be done? Orwell was very right to ask these questions just because people are authority, doesn’t always mean that they should be. To make these characters animals instead of human beings, that level of detachment allows him to say some really pointed things about the culture. It’s a farm and the pigs are in control, and very obviously there’s not only this political climate but the nature of power itself is something that those of us who try to do anything where it’s necessary to take on power or to challenge it, have a sort of innocence and purity about it, of ‘well I would never be corrupted by it, how could I?’. That’s exactly what happens in this book, there’s this great promise of revolution and a promise of this new egalitarianism and what ends up happening of course is the pigs take over and it gets even worse. TCP: What writers have influenced you? Dodge: Someone that I would immediately put up to that question is a writer named Kathy Acker. She was really instrumental when she came along. I was an undergraduate and I was studying creative writing, and I was thinking really deliberately about what I wanted to do. I got in the English department and started doing literature courses and cre-

“There are definitely things I seek out to read, but the things I’m probably most inspired by are the things my students write.w” – TREVOR DODGE

ative writing courses, and they brought Kathy to campus. Meeting her and working with her was just like being struck by lightning 100 times, all at once. When I very first came to Portland, she had come here to do a reading and an event, and there were a couple of us that spent an afternoon in Powell’s buying books and talking about books, and I walked out with a few. Definitely Kathy was really good to me as a student. She didn’t just inspire me, but she mentored me and she helped me in ways that a lot of people couldn’t. She inspired me to write in the first place, and helped me get into graduate school. The writers that inspire me the most aren’t the ones that I have a personal connection to, but the ones who have something in their work, and the way that they carry that work that makes things mean more. TCP: What have you been reading lately that’s inspired you? Dodge: I kind of fell into teaching and discovered that I really loved it, and what ended up happening is I became radically inspired by the things I was reading in my classes every week. When I started teaching my own classes, I was really blown away by the stuff that was coming to me every week. And getting teach

creative writing here, but even WR 121 and 122 classes, a community college is still this incredible portal for people who are not necessarily disconnected from things, but they might be removed from something because they have something happening to them or there’s just this thing that they have to maneuver around, and I’ve met so many amazing people who otherwise wouldn’t have an opportunity. They have just as important or more important stories to tell. And whether those things get published or not is a totally separate deal. There are definitely things I seek out to read, but the things I’m probably most inspired by are the things my students write. To me, I really felt like community colleges were places where people got saved, and not thrown away. TCP: Name one book you’d hate or love to see made into a movie. Dodge: You asked the wrong person, because when I’m thinking about that kind of thing, that’s when I get all soapbox-y about comics. Most of the comic movies; they’re great popcorn movies, they’re great things to go and watch as spectacles, but how they sort of frog stomp on the source material and the source medium of that. The comics are kind of like this medium that’s thought of, ‘well those would make a great movie.’ I’m going to go quick to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ “Watchmen”. As a text, “Watchmen” is such an amazing reading experience, it’s such a bold thing that Moore and Gibbons were doing, and DC just had no idea really what they were doing by turning this project over to these guys and then pushing them as hard as they did to get it done. And the fact that they not only finished it as quickly as they did, but that it has the density that it does. This is one of the greatest works of English language literature, and I’m not alone in saying that. When this book hit the culture, people were absolutely blown away by it. It’s not unique in comics either that the medium can escape itself. It’s so disappointing to see Hollywood come calling,

and of course this happened, it happened with all the books that are up here that have any amount of [substance]. I saw “Watchmen” in the theater, I saw it a couple times, and every time I see it, I’m reminded that that isn’t “Watchmen”, the book is “Watchmen”. It’s not perfect, but it is what it set out to doit is the highest evolution of that story. In a lot of ways I feel that way about a lot of comics that they are not storyboards for movies that are going to be made, they are highly evolved forms in and of themselves, and they’re just as rigorous and in some ways even more rigorous. TCP: What was your favorite book as a kid, and why? Dodge: This is pretty easy for me to answer, and it’s funny because the book that I’ve had in my collection the longest is one that I did have on the bookshelf until recently, and it’s a copy of Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer”. I wasn’t brought up by college educated parents, but I was brought up by parents who had high expectations and weren’t going to allow me to settle for whatever that crappy little town that I grew up in was going to present to me. The earliest things I fell in love with were the comic strip books, but the first real book that I remember seeking out that I wanted to have for myself that was prose was “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”. My mother is a garage sale fanatic, and every week she’s always combing garage sales, and there was one on the way back from where we were driving and at this garage sale, somebody had a bunch of books and I was rifling through them, and there was a copy. It wasn’t an amazing copy, but it was a hardback edition, and it had some simple illustrations in it, and I asked my parents if I could buy it, and they gave me fifty cents and I bought it. That book has traveled with me every step of the way, through every move that I’ve made, through every place I’ve went to school, and that book is on my bedroom shelf, and that book will always be with me.


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SPORTS

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014

SEASON STATS

Sports Editor Blake Thomason gives reasons why the Portland Trail Blazers will advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2000.

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Rip City is back, see you in the second round Rip City is back, baby. For the first time in three years, the Portland Trail Blazers are in the NBA playoffs. And for the first time since 2000, the Blazers will advance out of the first round. Led by all-stars LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, the Blazers will face a familiar playoff foe in the Houston Rockets. In 2009 the Blazers faced the Rockets and lost in six games. That series was the first for the majority of the team. This time around it’s a different story – seven players of the Blazers main rotation have playoff experience including Nicolas Batum and Aldridge who played in that 2009 series against the Rockets. Many doubters cite Portland’s inexperience as a weakness, but the fact is four of the five Blazers starters do have experience. The only one who doesn’t is Lillard, the team’s second year star. However, Lillard played in several close games this year where he was the hero, including seven overtime games. And while nothing compares to a real playoff game, the clutch situations are great preparation. Another point doubters are making is the lack of experience up top. Terry Stotts has not been a head coach for long, but he did make the playoffs when he was a head coach earlier in his career. More recently he was an assistant on a championship team. The team that beat the Miami Heat with LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, no less. So it’s safe to say Stotts has a solid resume and a knowledge of stopping superstars. Portland is also peaking at the right time. Since Aldridge returned from injury, the Blazers have won nine of 10 including five straight. Aldridge’s game has grown considerably this year. While he does 10d to shoot more jumpers than inside shots, he is an effective go-to player. Against the Rockets this year, Aldridge averages over 26 points per game, higher than his normal points per game. Other players are getting healthy

Ad Manager Zak Laster gives reasons why the Portlad Trail Blazers will not advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2000.

too, a stark contrast from the Rockets. All-star Dwight Howard and starting point guard Patrick Beverley are both hurt heading into the post-season match up. Beverly’s injury is of particular importance since he is the one who will be responsible for guarding Lillard. With Beverley limited, the Rockets’ already porous perimeter defense will take a big blow. Howard is the reason the Rockets have been able to get away with poor defense since he’s arguably the best rim defender in the league. This series figures to be high scoring since these two clubs are both top five in points per game, and without its two best defenders at full strength the Rockets will have serious problems holding the explosive Blazers down. The biggest key for the Blazers’ success in this series comes from its team structure. The Blazers have five guys who can go off on any given night, and play a more teamoriented game as indicated by their top 10 status in assists. Meanwhile, the Rockets are in the bottom half of the league in assists and rely heavily on two stars to carry the team. If Matthews and Batum can frustrate Harden and Robin Lopez can slow down Howard at all, the Blazers will have no problem exposing the Rocket’s defense and easily outscoring their one-dimensional opponent. The Rockets took three of the four regular season games, but one game would’ve gone the Blazers way if not for some shaky officiating. In the Blazers’ lone win, Howard went for 32 points and Lillard only had eight. I don’t see Lillard struggling or Howard dominating like that again, especially given the injuries to Beverley and Howard. Even then, the Blazers still won. Despite having home court advantage and one of the best players in the league, the Blazers’ depth and explosive offense will be too much for “Flop City”. I predict the Blazers winning in seven games.

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Maybe next year Trail Blazer fans, Houston has no problem Sorry Trail Blazer fans, there’s no way your team gets past the Houston Rockets and advances to the second round for the first time since 2000. The Rockets simply have too many weapons for the Blazers to account for. All-Star Dwight Howard, when healthy, is one of the most dominant big men in the game. If the Blazers try to double to force the ball out of Howard’s hands, then he can dish the ball out to the Rockets’ other All-Star, shooting guard James Harden. The playoffs are played so much differently than the regular season. It’s a best of seven series to advance to the next round with the goal of a championship in mind. During the regular season it’s easier to mask your weaknesses, but not in a playoff series. If a team has an advantage over you and you have no counter punch, you’re going to get knocked out. This is exactly what’s going to happen to the Blazers in this series. The Blazers lost their regular season series three to one, and although it requires four wins to advance, I see this playoff series pretty much going the same way. The Rockets will win the series in 5 games. Portland simply has no answer for Howard and Harden. They might be able to slow one, but not both. I expect the series to be played out just like their game on Nov. 5 where Howard finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds, and Harden had 33 points and seven rebounds. For that game, I sat on press row as a guest of The Oregonian, and spent the game watching those two pick the Blazers apart. I talked to several players after the game and they kept talking about the same things: points in the paint, rebounds and foul trouble. The

Rockets use Howard to draw defenders away from the threepoint line, and Howard then dishes the ball outside to open shooters. However, in this game Portland did a good job of taking away the three-point. But that leaves them vulnerable down low. “We can’t leave our paint open to take away the three ball.” Matthews said after the game. Howard has the ability to pile up fouls on the Blazer big men. “They shot a lot of free throws,” Matthews added. The Rockets are a multi-dimensional team that will give the Blazers so many problems in this series. The Blazers are one-dimensional and have no dominant presence down low for teams to focus on. My opponent in this argument will try to tell you it’s LaMarcus Aldridge, and all I can do is laugh. Aldridge is the master of the 17-foot turn-around jump shot, and when he hits his shots, he is a quality player. However, he’s not the type of player that is going to bang with the big boys down low. He’s afraid of contact, and is just fine shooting the jumper. That’s not going to work in the playoffs. There’s a reason since Aldridge arrived in Portland that he’s never been “the guy” on this team. This is Damian Lillard’s team, and before Lillard, it was Brandon Roy’s. Aldridge always has been and always will be Robin, not Batman. The Blazers live and die by the outside shot and they have no second option. That will doom them in this playoff series. The Rockets will win the best of seven series in five games. Maybe next year, Blazer fans.

Result Blazers 122 Rockets 120

Time Location Final (Overtime) Houston, TX

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Softball fireworks not put out by rain by BLAKE THOMASON sports editor

Clackamas infielder Rashaun Wells at bat during a game against Lower Columbia College.

Halfway through the league schedule, the Clackamas Cougars softball team is rolling. Not even the weather could slow down the Cougars as they won their eighth league game while extending their overall win streak to 20 games. Rain cut short the first of two games Saturday against the Lower Columbia Red Devils, but it was still enough time for the Cougars to secure a 3-0 victory. The second game of the doubleheader was postponed until Monday when the two teams again faced rain. Fortunately for the teams, and the fans, it didn’t start raining until the fourth inning. The first two innings were slow; the only run scored was by the Cougars due to a Red Devils error. After that, both teams’ bats got going.

Running without fear Clackamas math instructor, Adam Hall, ran in his first Boston Marathon, finishing in under four hours.

The Cougars homered twice in the third inning: a solo bomb by infielder Rashaun Wells and a two-run shot by outfielder Morgan Brown. At the top of the fourth the Red Devils scored a run to slow the Cougars’ momentum, but it didn’t last long. In the bottom of the fourth, catcher Kiara Vasquez hit a three-run blast to take back all the momentum and put the Cougars in front 7-1. It seemed like the game was out of hand, but the Red Devils never panicked. The comeback started in the fifth inning with a solo homerun and a one-run single making the score 7-3. Cougars coach Jessica Buel decided to pull starting pitcher Breann Morrison in favor of Alyson Boytz after just four innings. “We just felt the team needed a momentum switch,” said Buel. “We booted a couple balls and they started hitting her so we thought it was time

to make a change.” At first, it didn’t seem like the best decision as the Red Devils kept getting on base and added two more runs, trimming the lead to 7-5. However, Boytz was able to get the Cougars out of the inning without giving up another run. The Cougars wasted no time responding to the Red Devils’ rally. In that same inning, utility player Cassidy Edwards hit a long double that scored two runs, and outfielder Samantha Owirka added another two-run double to reclaim control of the game with a 11-5 lead. With a big advantage on the scoreboard, Boytz appeared more confident on the mound as she got the first three Red Devils out to start the sixth inning. Another substitution paid off big for the Cougars too. Pinch-hitter Sierra Lamotte stepped up to the plate in the sixth inning for

the first time all game. “Sierra has had a lot of power for us throughout the year,” said Buel. “She usually shares time at first base, but today we used her in a pinchhitting role and had confidence that she’d come in and step up for us.” With the rain pouring down, Lamotte launched the pitch over the fence for a two-run homer. After Lamotte crossed homeplate and gave the Cougars a 13-5 lead, the game was called due to rain completing the team’s sweep of the Red Devils. The second place Cougars are 8-0 in league play and 27-1 overall, and have seven games remaining on their schedule before the NWAACC Championship Tournament. But Coach Buel is making sure the team is not looking ahead to the postseason yet. “Our goals are just to keep getting better every game,” she said.

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may have been the best Boston ever.

Hall: You know, that made a difference for me because this was kind of a way for Boston to really embrace the marathon as a part of their heritage. Even the Bostonians that aren’t runners really connected with the marathon as a part of their culture and history. It was kind of like the city saying, “We’re not going to let this keep us down,” and I felt really privileged and fortunate to participate this year. They had to turn quite a few people away that qualified because so many people were trying to get in. Also, they reserved several thousand spots for people who have been affected by the tragedy, and would have not have been able to be there emotionally or physically or maybe both in some cases, and would have not of been able to participate otherwise because they couldn’t qualify. It takes a long time to become a strong enough runner to qualify and this is the most variety ever. Usually to get in you had to qualify or do charity work. This year they had a whole lot of people who did neither, but had been affected one way or another by the marathon last year, so many of them had an opportunity to run it as well.

Boston is a huge sports town. From the Boston Red Sox to the Boston Celtics, this town loves their sports. But all of that takes a backseat to the annual Boston Marathon. People pour in from all over the country to run in this historic race. Even after the horrifying bombing last year, the Boston Marathon was still tens of thousands strong. And among them was Clackamas Community College’s own math instructor Adam Hall, who has been with CCC for 16 years. He qualified to run after years of trying. The Clackamas Print: What made you want to run in the Boston Marathon?

Cooling down after his run, Hall poses with his completion medal.

Adam Hall:Well it’s historic and arguably the best marathon in the world. The crowd support is just amazing. I never thought I would get fast enough to run in Boston. About five years ago I was getting faster and I thought, “Shoot, maybe I can qualify for Boston.” And then it took me another five years to actually qualify! I thought I had qualified for last year’s marathon but they had actually lowered the standards by five minutes in all the categories and it turns out I was a little bit shy and went back to the drawing board to finally get faster and qualify. I just really got fortunate to go this year because, obviously, this year

TCP: What are the conditions to qualify and why didn’t you in the previous years? Hall: For me right now, I am in the 50-54 year old male category and for that category you had to run under three hours and 30 minutes, which basically means under an eight minute mile. I ran three hours 25 minutes at the Tucson marathon back in December 2012 There’s a one-year qualifying marathon and that’s what qualified me for this marathon today. TCP: What security precautions were they taking this year that you witnessed? Hall: You couldn’t have any backpacks, and if you were going to put anything in the bag check for after the race it had to be in the spare bags that they provided. It could not be just any bag you had. Also, if you went into the family greeting area after the race to meet up with your family, same restrictions there Even if you had a clear bag, they were checking. They might have been letting people in with purses, I’m not sure. But at that point they were checking. Also there was just an absurd amount of security everywhere so I’m sure it must of been really beefed up. Just a massive presence. Unbelievable. TCP: How did you feel running after last year’s bombing?

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Hall: Three hours 46 minutes and 57 seconds, which is 8 minutes and 39 seconds per mile. I was actually on a 3 hour and 30 minute pace for the first half of the marathon and at that point I realized I probably went out too fast, but there was so much support from the crowd and I think a lot of people went out too fast. At mile 15 I slowed my pace a little bit and thought “I better slow it or I’m going to be in trouble.” But I managed to do alright and not lose too much time there. TCP: Who did you go with?

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Hall: It was amazing. In the subway with other runners to go back to the hotel everyone was like “come on in” and was giving a lot of love to the runners. There was this sense that Boston wasn’t going to be snuffed out by the bombing. There was this sense that what we needed to do was be strong and not let this spoil this celebration of the human spirit and effort and Godgiven talent. It was crazy. The support was just really there, and 26.2 miles of fans screaming loudly was just incredible. It’s like they turned the marathon into a stadium event even though it’s not at a stadium. It was just amazing.


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Have you taken a cake shot? by PATTY SALAZAR editor-in-chief

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As college students we are always craving sweets, but have no time to cook. In this recipe you can make a cake in a mug in only two minutes.

your eyes. Pop your mug into the microwave and cook it for two minutes. Stay close to the microwave and watch closely, as some microwaves might cook slower or faster than others. Once the two minutes are up, take the mug out carefully since it will be ridiculously hot. I know it’s hard, but you will have to let it cool for about 30 seconds before you dive face first into this delightful piece of heaven. As soon as the top looks puffed up and no longer looks doughy, it is ready for consumption. Now you have a go-to dessert to make when you are craving something sweet, easy and affordable for college students everywhere.

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If there is one thing we as college students are missing in our daily life, it is cake, but not just any kind of cake. We are missing out on a kind of cake that can be prepped, cooked and ready to eat in five minutes. A cake that can be prepared in five minutes? Mind blown. There are just three ingredients that you will need for this delicious dessert. • Funfetti cake mix. You never not have fun with Funfetti! • Almond milk but regular milk or water will do just fine. • Canola oil or any kind of cooking oil. A few more things you will need: a mug, a shot glass and a fork. Using a mug makes it much easier to make a single serving, rather than make a huge bowl and eating it in five seconds, then passing out into a food coma. Seriously folks, that’s how good this cake recipe is. You will use a shot glass to measure out the milk, and a fork to mix everything together. Now time for shots! Pour four shots of Funfetti cake mix, two shots of milk and a half a shot of canola oil into your mug. Use your fork to mix it all together into a creamy consistency. If your mix is too watery, then add more cake mix. On the other hand, if it is too thick, add a little more milk. Keep mixing until there are no more lumps in the mix—there are few things worse than eating cake with lumps of uncooked cake mix in it. Yuck. After you have thoroughly mixed everything together, you are ready to see some magic happen right before

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