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Eli Reisman on guitar, Zach Sears on bass and Charlie Doggett on drums perform in Niemeyer 119 Monday, Feb. 4.

Lack of tutors leaves students feeling helpless John Hurlburt The Clackamas Print

Clackamas students who seek assistance with their schoolwork have run into a new barrier: a lack of tutors. The shortage has been felt by many students, including Kimberly Miller. “In my past experiences, I found it quite difficult to find a tutor in the subject that I needed help in,” Miller said. According to Tutoring Coordinator Rose Lefebvre, this scenario is unfortunately becoming more and more common. A shortage is happening in areas such as math, chemistry and biology. The subject hardest hit is math. The math lab in Streeter Hall helps to alleviate some of the strains that math tutors experience, but it does not offer cohesive one-on-one help. Instead, students bring in their work to the math lab and may receive assistance with one or two questions at a time before the tutor must move on to someone else. The process can be repeated, but the person desiring help will have to wait in the meantime. The system may be helpful for a quick answer, but when students are struggling with the fundamentals behind a mathematical concept, Lefebvre says, the lab does not provide an intense enough session. Please see TUTORS, Page 2

Lessons in love at Clackamas Megan Koler Editor in Chief

and she introduced Alice and me as we were crossing paths.” Alice said, “I didn’t know him or speak to him for a very long time, but I met him because of Jane. She is the person I ended up replacing as an instructor when she retired, so she is very much like a fairy godmother to me for a lot of reasons.”

For most individuals, Clackamas is a place of learning and lecture, not the setting of a sweeping, romantic tale. For Eric and Alice Lewis, it will always be just that. Please see LEWIS, Page 5 The married full-time faculty members met for the first time at the college in 1998. While Eric was five years into his career as a full-time psychology instructor, Alice was the new secretary for the communications department. In a parking lot on Alice’s first day on campus, the pair met. “[Alice] was being shown around by Jane Richenbaugh, who was the chair at that time,” Eric said. “Jane and I were CONTRIBUTED acquaintances, Eric and Alice Lewis, with their son Evan, pose for a family photo.











Treats for Valentine’s Day


The Horticulture Club will sell plants and lavender sachets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 13 and 14 in the Community Center. Prices will vary. Associated Student Governent will have a Valentine’s Day flower and balloon sale on Feb. 13 and 14 in the Community Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prices range from 50 cents for a balloon to $13 for a dozen carnations. Epsilon Tau Alpha, CCC’s criminal justice fraternity, is sponsoring a “date night” Valentine’s Day package raffle. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The package includes a $100 gift certificate to Jake’s or McCormick & Schmicks, movie tickets and other treats. Students will be selling tickets outside the Cougar Cafe Wednesday, Feb. 13. Contact Ida Flippo at ext. 2255, and she’ll send a student to you to purchase the raffle tickets.


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Book rentals to be offered in fall Kenton Benfield The Clackamas Print

At the beginning of every term, students face the daunting prospect of paying for it

all. The second largest cost for the average student, after tuition, is represented by the textbooks that accompany most classes. In fact, textbook prices have ratcheted up over the years, generally faster than inflation. For Bookstore Director David Holcomb, this is not news. “Across the United States, there has been a lot of conversation and concern about textbook prices,” Holcomb said.


A possible solution to these expenses is for college bookstores to offer a textbook rental program – similar to a library but not free – to help cut costs for students. Soon, Clackamas

will have its own rental program, to be piloted Fall Term of 2008. “That’s great, actually,” said student Mike Takeyama. “It helps those of [us] that have to pay our way.” A rental program would allow a student to pay a fraction of a book’s cost – roughly 35 percent – for an entire term and then return it at the term’s end. If the student wanted to keep the book, then he or she would be charged the remaining 65 percent. The same thing would happen if he or she never returned the book or did so but had damaged it significantly. The idea has been under investigation since last fall, but only recently did the proposal go before the textbook committee and, finally, the College Council. The initial program will not be available for all book titles, but rather about 10 to 15 options will be offered, spanning multiple classes, as decided by the teaching faculty. Ideally, the book candi-

dates for the program would consist of the more expensive and popular titles that tend to remain in their current edition for at least two years. As book editions are constantly updated, keeping up a rentable stock would become cost-prohibitive. Also, not all titles would be eligible, such as tear-out workbooks and books with supplemental material such as CD-ROM disks, if the course required those extras. While it may not seem obvious, there are some major logistical hurdles to jump before the program can be expanded to include the majority of titles. “The challenge to starting a brand new rental program is for somebody like us … we estimate that it would cost $3 million to start a complete, full-blown rental program,” Holcomb said. This amount is the price of the inventory that would need to be on-hand to support every title. Not only must the bookstore procure a new computer

software tracking system, but the simple need for inventory space to store the rentals would require a doubling of the current floor space. These constraints are not feasible, and as such, the new program will be limited to a trial period or market study for now. This pilot program is slated to last for two years, after which a further decision will conceivably be made. Although the Associated Student Government has a book exchange and textbooks can be purchased online, one advantage to the rental program is that students do not have to worry about selling off the books later. Furthermore, buying online can lead to unpredictable and delayed results due to shipping. With the coming rental program, students can expect to save approximately 65 percent of textbook costs and receive their books hasslefree on the spot. Now it may be possible to afford to eat something else besides Top Ramen for lunch.

TUTORS: Positions are open in all tutoring departments, math hit the hardest Continued from TUTORS, Page 1

The rift between tutors and those who require their aid is the product of an increase in tutor requests and a slight decrease in applications for tutoring jobs, along with the fact that many former tutors have recently moved on to four-year universities. At $9 an hour, some tutors work in between classes in order to make extra money, and not enough can work the hours necessary to help all of the individuals in need. Another department that has not escaped the shortage unscathed is the Writing Center, the campus’ only resource for writing tutors. According to Carol Burnell, an English instructor and the Writing Center coordinator,

the Writing Center is frequently manned by just one person. Too often time slots throughout the day are unavailable to students due to the lack of tutors and a budget that won’t allow more people to be hired as part-time staff. The result, Burnell said, is only 20 hours of available tutoring time per week. Burnell believes that with just an extra 10 hours per week, the department could meet students’ needs and even offer some James Morris, center, carefully surveys a online or evening sessions. Unfortunately, this would require double school, this is not a likely scenario for the near the current budget for part-time staff, and with budget cuts taking place throughout the future. Tutoring at Clackamas is open to nearly every subject and is always free. All a student has to do, for any area besides writing, is go to the tutoring services department – room 141 in the Community Center – and speak with Tutoring Services Specialist Adam Kriss. Kriss will give the student a card for his or her instructor to sign. Then, he or she will be set up with a tutor. The Writing Center is located in room 240, on the second floor of Barlow

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packed math tutoring lab. Hall. Students wishing to acquire help must stop by and sign up. For further information regarding the Writing Center, Burnell can be reached at ext. 5188. To become a tutor in the Writing Center, a student must contact an English instructor at the college from whom he or she has taken a class. The instructor must acknowledge that the student passed the course with an “A” or a “B.” The same process is necessary in order to become a tutor for another subject but calls for the consent of an instructor who works in the appropriate department. With no clear end in sight, students who are on the hunt for academic aid will be forced to fend for themselves in some situations, but if they are willing to be patient, the resource is available.

Proof of citizenship needed for driver’s license The illegal immigration issue simmered just below the surface Monday as the Oregon Senate approved a bill to require proof of legal U.S. residence to get a driver’s license in the state. The measure was sent to the House on a 23-7 vote after backers said Oregon’s loose rules have made the state a target for noncitizens who seek to obtain identification cards for “nefarious” purposes. Several senators who voted “no” said the requirement will create hardships for many of the state’s undocumented workers and force them to drive unlicensed with no insurance. The measure would largely place into state statutes tighter identification requirements that are included in an executive order by Gov. Ted Kulongoski that went into effect last week. Under those requirements, people seeking to obtain, renew or replace an existing license are required to provide a Social Security number or other proof of legal residence that can be verified by the state Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division. Additionally, immigrants must show they have a current visa to be able to get a temporary license that’s valid only as long as the visa is valid. - The Associated Press



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Quick look at Obama and Huckabee By Armondo Borboa

Barack Obama: Advocate for change or delusional dreamer?

Mike Huckabee: Clever country wit or blinded by the faith?

Editor’s note: This will be part of a continuing series featuring all current, viable presidential canidates.

Education: Harvard Law School, J.D., 1991 Occidental College/Columbia University, B.A. Punahou School – Honolulu, Hawaii

Education: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, M.A., 1980 Ouachita Baptist University, B.A., 1975 Hope High School – Hope, Ark.

Public service: Senator, Illinois State Senate, 1997 to 2004 Senator, United States Senate, 2005 to present

Public service: Arkansas Governor, 1996 to 2007 Arkansas Lieutenant Governor, 1993 to 1996

Private experience: Center for Neighborhood and Technology Chicago Annenberg Challenge Cook County Bar/Association Community Law Project Board Member, Joyce Foundation Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law Board Member, Woods Fund of Chicago

Private experience: President: ACTS-TV, 1983 to 1986; KBSC-TV, 1987 to 1992; Baptist minister, 1980 to 1992 Advertising Director, Focus, 1976 to 1980 Former Chairman, Southern Governors’ Association

Books: “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance” “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream” Pros: A highly charismatic man and powerful speaker, Barack Obama is a Senate rock star surrounded by dusty, old white guys. The product of a mixed marriage between a white American mother and a black African father, he brings a similarly blended view to the political landscape. His working-class roots and upper-class education, combined with an extended upbringing outside the United States, helped to develop his unique ability to see both sides of an issue. The very first black president of the Harvard Law Review, Obama early on proved himself to be a man on a mission. As well as being a tireless advocate for civil rights and a strong community organizer, he has the rare ability to reach across the political divide and come together with his opponents in order to bring about real results. In many ways, he is to Democrats what John McCain is to the Republicans: an outsider and a rebel one who is not afraid to work with his political opposites. The whopping difference is that he is able to carry it off and look good doing it. Obama is like the smart, good-looking, popular kid back in high school. People instinctively respond to him, the crowds love him and even the iconic Oprah Winfrey has tossed her support behind him. Cons: Much like other pop icons and movie stars when they give opinions on current topics, Obama says all the right things without a clue as to how the real world works. Almost without exception, his social programs, healthcare proposals, business and tax reforms all boil down to the same thing: punishing corporations and the affluent for the sin of being rich. He often talks about the need to create jobs and raise wages, but he has never once run his own business. He is a strong advocate for the poor but grew up solidly middle-class. He is a strong proponent of American oil independence but then wants to raises taxes on corporations that are most likely to develop new energy sources. Unfortunately for him, Obama is a man whose idealism far outstrips reality. Analysis: Robin Hood’s idea of stealing from the rich to give to the poor may make for great entertainment, but it has no place in running an economy. However, if he can learn how a real economy works, Obama has the potential to be a great leader. His ability to excite people of all races, religions and colors is helping to make the political process a very real concern to the younger generation of voters.

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Pros: In another lifetime, Mike Huckabee could have been a great stand-up comedian or maybe an outstanding actor. Soft-spoken and filled with country wit, the man can make people laugh till it hurts while at the same time inspire them to his cause. With his trademark homespun humor, Huckabee has the ability to say what everybody else in the room is thinking without fear of being publicly tossed out the nearest window. He almost single-handedly turned around the educational and healthcare systems of Arkansas, a state that has long suffered the stigma of poverty and ignorance. He has also been instrumental in creating other revolutionary programs, becoming one of only four Republicans ever elected to Arkansas’ state office since the Reconstruction. As a Southern Baptist minister, he had just as much success inspiring change and bringing Arkansas out of the 19th century. He convinced an all-white Immanuel Baptist church to accept black members, and has been noted several times for refusing to speak in front of racist crowds, a difficult feat in the Deep South. Cons: Huckabee’s biggest political liability is his otherwise strongest moral strength, his faith. By openly advocating his Baptist principles and relying on his faith’s religious tenants to shape his political beliefs, he has alienated himself from the more secular moderates and independent voters who might otherwise support him. Although an entertaining speaker, Huckabee has a tendency to use colorful metaphors that simply do not play well as sound bites. He has often been criticized for making jokes about suicide, homosexuality, bestiality, the Holocaust and the Confederate flag. It is perhaps his natural charm and charisma that has kept him in the race thus far. Huckabee also suffers from a lack of national recognition. Prior to his run for the presidency, his most notable nationwide coverage came from being the butt of Jay Leno’s late-night talk show jokes. It is remarkable that his campaign has lasted this long. Analysis: Huckabee is a wonderful man and an inspiring leader, but he simply will never be president of the United States without fundamentally changing who he is. His Southern humor, while great on the stage or in front of the pulpit, would be a huge liability to a future president. Grade: C+

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Books: “Character Is the Issue” “Kids Who Kill: Confronting Our Culture of Violence” “Living Beyond Your Lifetime” “Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork” “From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 STOPS to Restoring America’s Greatness”

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Letters To The Editor

Students respond to “Sexual orientation prevents male student from giving blood” Dear Editor,

Dear Editor,

Dear Editor,

FDA regulations about sexuality are “not ridiculous.” They try to protect every one as much as possible. Anyone can get HIV or STDs, but gay men and women are at most high risk. If I was to need blood, I would not take it from a gay male! I would not accept blood for my children from a gay or lesbian. I am sure that Red Cross only thinks about the best for everyone.

Due to the higher risk of certain behaviors on passing diseases, those who engage in such behaviors should not be allowed to donate. Even though the testing procedures have improved over the years, it’s not perfect. Many years ago, there was a scare over whether the available blood supply was contaminated or not. People have always had the choice to decide whether or not to engage in such behaviors, like choosing whether to visit Africa or not for the first time.

I am a student here at Clackamas. I have recently read your article on the Red Cross blood drive. As a reader, I think the Red Cross does not have to change any of their regulations. For example, this student Knudsen is mad about not being accepted. I think this student is not angry about the rules but at not being accepted. To donate is to give, not to force. It is more as Red Cross is the customer and we the donators are the market. So I think Red Cross should not change a thing.

Isabel Dahmen Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the article about the gay man who was not able to donate blood at the blood drive he organized. Mitch Knudson was not able to donate blood because of his sexual orientation. To be quite honest, I am pleased that our government would not allow this to happen. It shows a sort of consistency that is not found in a lot of aspects of politics in our country. What I mean by this is simply that our country does not generally condone gay marriage and providing the same types of benefits as to regular married couples. Seeing as though this has created such a heated debate within our country, if the government allowed these people certain privileges, but not other ones, then they would not be consistent at all, and that shows instability in our government. What I am trying to get at is that if the idea of gay is going to be considered unethical and morally wrong in our nation, then it needs to be recognized as wrong in every way. I personally would be worried if certain rules were being bent in order to make people feel better about themselves, even if what they are doing might be wrong. Sarah Campbell Dear Editor, Homosexuality should not be a factor when deciding eligibility for blood donation. In our current times, promiscuity is standard for both homosexuals and heterosexuals. Perhaps the Red Cross should be cautious about blood from both sources. In my day-to-day life, I am always overhearing conversations about people’s personal sexual exploits. “I started my period,” one girl happily proclaims. “Oh, I’m so happy for you,” says another. The very casualness of this conversation exemplifies that heterosexuals are engaging in risky behaviors. Cory Adams

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Bryan Young

Dear Editor, If the blood that is donated is safe to use, then I think it should not matter what the sexuality of the donator is. But, I will say that I am against gays and lesbians. I think that they are sick and perverted. If I needed blood, I would not want blood from someone who is gay. However, if it can save more lives, then perhaps testing should be done. If the blood is OK, then it should be up to the person who is receiving the blood to decide if they want to use it. Kayla Swanson Dear Editor,

Dear Editor,

Dear Editor,

The recent article published on Wednesday, Feb. 6, has sparked more than its share of controversy. I can see both points of view, and it boils down to discrimination and whether it is right. But I also implore you to look at both sides. For instance, they will also not allow people who have gotten piercings or tattoos in the last six months to give blood, either. So are they discriminating against everyone who has had a tattoo or piercing? Are they considering them dirty people? Now, back to saying all these people have this chemical or tainted blood is not true, but it is a precaution the FDA takes to ensure the most blood that can be used is taken. I do not believe discrimination is OK or it should be tolerated, but sometimes a policy is set in place for the masses, not for the individual.

I am afraid to say I agree with the American Red Cross on the sexual orientation issue. I would like to see everyone give blood, but unfortunately some have a higher risk than others. This higher risk does not just include sexual orientation, but also people who take medications and have to pass tests to use them, and for people who leave the country in which there is higher risk of harmful diseases. For example, I have been unable to give blood before because of a medication I was taking. I had to meet certain requirements to use this medication. Since the medication travels in blood, the person who receives my blood would also get this medication, too. The recipient of my blood could have an allergic reaction to the blood because of the medication that is in the blood. The American Red Cross is going by standards to protect the recipients and donors. Lastly, I would prefer to go by all precautions needed to protect myself if I was to receive blood from a donor.

Zach Lenz

Patti Degermess

Dear Editor, I am writing in response to your article about gay men not being able to donate blood. I’ve been well aware of this fact since I began donating blood over two years ago. I feel that donating blood is like giving a part of yourself to someone else. Your precious blood could, and probably will, save a life. I have many gay friends, male and female, and they are appalled by this. My best friend is a gay male. He is incredibly responsible and always safe. In his 19 years of life, he’s had one sexual partner. He has always wanted to donate blood but has never been allowed simply because he’s had sex with another man. Carol Burnell states that “anyone that is having unprotected sex is susceptible.” I couldn’t agree with this more. HIV/AIDS was called “the gay cancer” back in the ’80s. Many people think that only gay men contract it. Many straight males and females have it, too, though. Upon stating that, I think it’s ridiculous that healthy gay men can’t donate blood. Jenna Kendrick

I have no first-hand experience with blood drives, but after reading the article, I am able to form some opinions. The first thought that entered my mind was, what is it about gay sexual relations that cause STDs more than straight sexual relations? This sparked my curiosity, and I will need to do some research before I can understand it more. After giving some thought to the matter, I figured if the FDA restricts gays from giving blood, there must be a good reason. The FDA is around for our wellbeing, and if they say the blood from gay men is detrimental to our health, I will believe them. Tyler Smith Dear Editor, On the front page cover, a male’s sexual orientation prevents him from giving blood. The American Red Cross eligibility reads, “Organization will not accept blood from any male who had sex with another male after 1977.” This does sound like a discrimination geared toward gay men, but that does not mean that if scientific evidence is not available, then their blood is safe. I agree with the American Red Cross to maintain their current policy until new information becomes available. It is better to be safe than sorry. Ulga Demidorich


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Student sells to Pixar Hard work and a knack for storytelling helped Keith Meyers land a deal with Hollywood’s biggest animation studio Matt Garrison The Clackamas Print

Keith Meyer’s active imagination recently landed him a deal with Pixar Animation Studios. Meyers, a Clackamas student, submitted a story to Pixar late last year that was then accepted. The piece, with a main character who is an elf, is a children’s story speckled with adult humor. “I was watching a small person climb into a huge truck,” Meyers said in regards to his inspiration to write the tale. As he observed this individual, Meyers was reminded of an elf. He created the storyline from there. Adult Education Instructor Susan McKenna has taught Meyers and holds a high opinion of his work. “Keith was a very selfdirected, focused and internally motivated student,” McKenna said. “He has a real gift for writing. His stories are delightful and whimsical stories, sometimes with hints of

Aesop’s fables and sometimes you through.” with surprise shifts in lows Meyers does not know reminiscent of Walter Mitty.” when his story’s silver screen You can read a rough draft “Keith has worked with counterpart will emerge or in of one of Keith Meyers’ the Life and Career Options what form. Pixar has not conProgram (LCOP),” she added. firmed how they plan to use fictional short stories to “He gives a lot of credit to the the piece, but it may become the right. LCOP for helping him devel- the basis for a short film. op the confidence to be so In the meantime, Meyers daring.” has some very basic advice for Also, check out the back page The LCOP helps students aspiring writers: for more student creations. determine their career and life “… Write about something plan. you know about.” “Keith is a great guy who is inspiring,” said Former LCOP Adviser Jackie Hubka. Getting a story recognized in the film industry is not an easy task. “The process was very difficult,” Meyers said. “I had to find a literary agent, search movie industries and ask questions. Use caution when picking your agent; some will take advantage of a new writer.” “First, write the story. Sit on it. Have friends look at it,” he continued. “Accept the criticism. Revise and edit the work. Start over if you have to. “Have several people read it again. Accept more criticism until you Genyva Laubach Clackamas Print get it right. Don’t let it Student Keith Meyers works at his computer in the Dye Learning destroy you. Then, find Center. Meyers went through agents and many drafts of his an agent, ask them questions and let them walk story before his work was accepted and purchased by Pixar.

Lewis: Love found on campus Continued from LEWIS, Page 1

Inspired by the students she saw every day and her “fairy godmother,” Alice began furthering her own education and eventually earned a master’s degree in communication. Before she was hired as a full-time faculty member in 2003, her and Eric’s relationship had deepened. “We became acquainted; we became friends,” she said. “We liked each other’s company and spent a period of time dating. It was very hush-hush.” Eric said, “[We] kept our relationship private from our coworkers. I think several people knew there was something between us, but it wasn’t being openly discussed.” The topic of marriage was broached in 2002, when Eric was preparing for a term of teaching Clackamas students in London. “We knew that Eric was going to be over there for three months,” Alice said. “We thought, ‘Wow … why don’t we look into getting married over there.’” The couple traveled to Scotland, and in the spring of 2002, at the British equivalent of a justice of the peace, they were wed. “When we announced that Alice was going to travel with me to England for the term, and that she and I were going to get married in Scotland while we were abroad, the joy and support we received from our colleagues was tremendous,” Eric said. Alice said, “In fact, they threw a wedding shower for us when we got back from London here on campus.” In 2003, after Rickenbough retired, Alice finally became a fulltime member of the communications department. Some might find the idea of

having to go to work with their spouse downright frightening, but Eric and Alice’s experience has been anything but worrisome. “There is an instant understanding when we talk about issues or challenges or the happy things that happen on campus,” Alice said. “There is an instant understanding because you know the cast of characters; you know how the institution works, and there is a long history of being here at the college together.”


Alice and Eric Lewis pose during their 2002 wedding held in Scotland.

Eric said, “I think it brings us closer and gives us an intimacy that couples that don’t work together miss out on.” “It also probably helps that Alice and I teach different subjects, work in different buildings and come to work on different days,” he added. “It is not as though we share a cubicle and are bumping into each other 24/7.”

Since 2004, when their son Evan was born, the real challenge has been coordinating their busy schedules to fit their new roles as parents. “I think for us, because our son is so young, we have to switch off times,” Alice said. “We can’t be here together at the same time very easily.” They are both looking forward to next year, when Evan will be in school and they can ride to the campus together. Despite how well dating at the workplace has worked out for them, they suggest that anyone seeking their same good fortune be very careful. “When romance blossoms in the office, the normal outcome is that someone gets hurt, rumors can flow, staff members can get caught up in taking sides or the intrigue of scuttlebutt, all causing discord and unhappiness,” Eric said. “For all of these reasons, Alice and I kept our private lives private, because we didn’t want our working world to get messy and uncomfortable if our relationship went belly-up.” However, as Alice explains, it is common and natural to be attracted to one’s coworkers. “We meet people that we become involved with in the places that we frequent,” she said. “Proximity is a big part of how we form relationships with people, so I think a lot of the times it’s inevitable.” All is well for Eric and Alice. Worries about gossip and unwelcome chatter have been replaced by six successful years of marriage. “It was very fairy tale-like to come here and meet my prince charming,” Alice said. “Everybody loves a good story, and it was a nice, happy ending for both of us.”



July Fourth in England By Keith Meyers

One day I asked the question: “Dad, do they have July fourth in other parts of the world?” As the wise dad began to answer the son’s silly question, he thought, “If I answer this question, he will ask why, as any five-year-old would do.” Wisely, as Dad sat pondering how he would answer, he had an idea! Gently, he took the son over to the telephone and started to dial a very long phone number. I was unfamiliar with the strange, long phone number that he dialed. A voice answered the phone. “Hello, Master Robins speaking.” I quietly thought, “Who is “Master Robins?” My dad never enlightened us about this guy! Mom did not know of him, either. Who was Master Robins? Dad spoke to Master Robins as if he was a long-time friend. Who was he? We never knew! Even my mom who was sitting on the sofa was a bit confused. I ran back to the phone where Dad was making the call. All of a sudden a lady named Mumm picked up the phone, and with great respect, my dad asked the lady if she could tell his fiveyear-old son that they do have July fourth in England! A sweet, elderly lady with a soft voice called me by name, telling me, of course, we have July fourth in England. “Son, what did your teacher teach you that comes before the fifth and after the third of July?” she asked. With a smile and chuckle, my dad did in fact answer the question. Yes, they have July fourth in England!




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Campus Poll: Students for the villains

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008

FaceOff:Whowould you choose – the villain or the hero?

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“The villain. Sesshomaru is hot; what other reason do I need?” – Colleen Collins

“Cersei Lannister. She is stunningly beautiful.” – Mikael Aalto

Campus Poll: Students for the heroes

“Arwen. She’s pretty hot.” – Jon Mesereau

“Mystique. She looks like she could be kinky.” – Anthony Weerheim

“Poison Ivy. I like her cynical view toward humans, and it would be a nice way to go.” – Matt Compton

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Villain: a word that commonly brings “damsels in distress” to tears. Since I am an “angel of shadows,” I fall for the tall, dark and evil. A villain is suave, cynical, snide and many other adjectives of negative influence. He is a risk-taker’s fantasy; he will take a girl on endless adventures and put her in dangerous situations for his own gain. For example, Colin Farrell as Bullseye in the movie “Daredevil.” While his forehead suffers from a sniper’s favorite mark – his crazy, outrageous actions tend to happen without much thought for anyone’s safety. It’s so incredibly sexy. While heroes are great for stability and a noble relationship, villains are a great way to let loose and try something new and exciting. With his constant attempts to take over the world and end humanity as we know it, as well as an insane list of sworn enemies go to along with those hobbies, dating a villain would be difficult – but, oh, what a rush! It would be dreamy – being on the arm of a powerful super-villain who runs the world from underground, witnessing the victim-snatching, getting pampered with anything a dark seductress could need or want and never having to fear anyone interfering with daily trips to uncharted tropical islands. Villains are fighters and lovers. A strong will and tough personality may be requirements in order for a person to be completely content with his or her villainous other half. Many might think that being a hero’s girlfriend would be wonderful, but as Genyva Laubach points out in her support of the hero, “… villains are great for lusting after.” My perfect villain would be tall, highly intelligent, have great taste in fantasy/scifi movies and a fantastic sense of style. He would include me in his wicked plans, and at night we would settle in and overpower low level PvPers (Player vs. Player) in the “World of Warcraft.” Although villains are wonderfully mysterious and intriguing, I find myself in love with a hybrid known as “the anti-hero.” A fantastic example of this kind of individual is the Marvel Comics character The Punisher, with his battle to avenge the murder of his family, the calculated deaths of his enemies and his passion for his loss. Evil tendencies with noble side effects rock my world.

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When it comes to the choice between hero and villain, I am a hero type of girl. Heroes are courageous, selfless and maybe even slightly self-righteous. They will always be there to catch the girl when she falls, defend her good name and be honest about that dress making her look fat. The question is: What makes a hero so different from a villain? Is it the laughter? Or maybe the campy one-liners? Is it the bright primary colors on the hero’s clothing or just his winning, sparkly smile? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a hero as: “man admired for his achievements and noble qualities.” Who wouldn’t want to date someone who is noble? Don’t get me wrong; villains are great for lusting after, as well as one-night stands if the minions are out to a movie. But at the end of the day, the dark colors, manic laughter and vendettas can be a bit too much, if not completely depressing. Heroes also tend to lead a more everyday kind of life, and with secret identities thrown in, the relationship is that much more mysterious. Having a conversation with my ideal hero would be a roller coaster ride: laughter and tears, serious life questions and intellectual challenges. The hero who I would date if given the option would be the Dark Horse Comics character Hellboy. He’s strong, smart and not too simple – it’s too bad he is entirely fictional. My choice of a more ordinary hero would be a firefighter. The best of both worlds would be Hellboy as a firefighter who plays the computer game “Fallout” on his days off. But sometimes heroes are too straightforward and villains are too complex. There should be a comfortable middle ground – a hero-villain hybrid who does good things but for a price, who saves the girl from a burning building and tries to cop a feel as soon as she’s safe; a guy who has his own motivations and can appeal to a female’s good and evil sides. Thankfully, such a hybrid does exist – he is known as simply “the anti-hero.” Yes! A man such as Han Solo, Kratos from the video game “God of War” or Spike Spiegel from the anime series “Cowboy Bebop.” There are options for hero or villain, black or white, but I’m going to continue loving the vast grey area in between.

“The Major from ‘Ghost in the Shell.’ She’s an android – so cool!” – Andrew Hefner

“You get Clark Kent and Superman, the best of both worlds.” – Mallory Ramsey

“The Invisible Woman, Jessica Alba. It would be an interesting experience.” – Sam Sampson

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Once a week, on Monday nights, jazz music streams from Niemeyer Hall on the Oregon City campus Jess Sheppard The Clackamas Print

Every Monday night from 7 to 10 p.m., musicians from both the college and the community gather in the Leroy Anderson Room, in Niemeyer Hall, to jam. For those three hours, room N119 exudes the delightful sound of jazz music.

All musicians who would like to participate in these open sessions are welcome to do so. The jams are entirely informal. Attendees commonly wear attire along the lines of jeans and plain shirts with comfortable shoes. The musicians laugh and joke amongst themselves between songs. It is almost as if the audience doesn’t exist – like watching a group of friends engage in a jam session in someone’s garage. This atmosphere makes for a calm and relaxing setting for everyone. Each week’s gathering is unique. Since anyone can participate, there is no knowing for certain who will perform. Some of the regulars include Music Department Chair Tom Wakeling, who plays the lead bass, Part-Time Music Instructor Eli Reisman on guitar and Ed Bennett, a well-known bassist from California and the head of Saphu Records. Feb. 4’s session saw Drum Set and Hand Percussion Instructor Charlie Doggett and student Evan Guilford taking turns on the drums. Zach Sears, a Clackamas alumnus who now attends

Portland State University, played the bass for the second hour. Transfer student Brad Rickel and music major Jared Henkin complemented one another on their trumpets as they played selected songs within the jazz genre. As the event wound down for the evening, the group was joined by Brian Rose, head of the music technology program. Rose entered from the back of the room and went straight to the piano. W i t h barely m o r e than a w a v e to his fellow musicians, he easily began to play the stunn i n g b l u e s p i e c e “ T h e Wa l k ” as if he had been t h e r e from the start. T h e selection of



music was just as impressive as the musicians themselves. The first hour of the program opened with a calm, generic jazz composition. Each subsequent song was significantly different than the last, either through a drastic tempo change or a new instrument taking on the solo parts. For a casual fusion of local musicians, the Clackamas Community Jazz Jams put on an extraordinary performance.

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LEFT: Part-Time Music Instructor Eli Reisman strums lightly on his guitar. RIGHT: Charlie Doggett, drum set and hand percussion instructor at Clackamas, jams out at the Feb. 4 session.

Wrestling video game slightly unrealistic, very entertaining Game based on professional wrestling allows anyone to fight dirty Dale Balbi

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“WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2008” on PlayStation 2 is a video game with innovative controls where the player can act as his or her favorite or most hated World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) or Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) wrestlers. The game was released in November 2007. Some of the wrestlers who are new to the 2008 version are CM Punk, Tommy Dreamer, the Sandman, Marcus Cor Von and Jimmy Wang Yang. The four difficulty levels are the enjoyable easy difficulty, normal, hard and the hardest difficulty, “legend.” Also new to this edition is the popular ECW Extreme Rules Match. The difference between a hardcore match and a ECW Extreme Rules Match is that a hardcore match includes weapons on two sides of the ring and under the apron. The wrestlers can be pinned anywhere, while in an ECW Extreme Rules Match, there is no weapon out in the open and the pin or submission must occur in the ring.

In addition, Season Mode returns with new features. This version of the game provides a long and grueling schedule for the superstar the player selects. Injury can occur to the wrestler during the season, making it more realistic and challenging. The schedule can be simulated, and the wrestler can gain money, which can be used to buy custom moves, different wrestler outfits and other hidden wrestlers. In General Manager Mode, the player can make all of the match decisions and control either Raw, Smackdown or ECW, making the game an interactive experience. Some of the hidden wrestlers include Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon, Ravishing Rick Rude, Mick Foley, Roddy Piper, the Rock and Terry Funk. However, in order to unlock some of these wrestlers, the player must accomplish the virtually impossible tasks in the Hall of Fame

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Mode. One challenge is to unlock Hart, which requires using Shawn Michaels to beat Hart in a 30-minute Ironman match. Each wrestler has two of each of the available fighting styles. These styles are brawler, dirty, hardcore, high flyer, powerhouse, showman, submission and technical. Each type has a different set of moves. As far as controls go, the makers of “WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2008” decided to shake things up a bit. For example, the finisher button and the run button have swapped places; the run button is now the L1 button with the left joystick, and the finisher button is the triangle button. Wrestlers at Clackamas have mixed feelings about the game. “I would play it because I watch professional wrestling,” said junior varsity wrestler Anthony Weerheim. Stephen Gonzales, however, feels differently. “I don’t play video games because I don’t have the time,” Gonzales said. “I prefer the physical over the mental.” But regardless of its obvious connection to the sport of wrestling, “WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2008” is a source of entertainment. It will give great enjoyment for the cost.

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A day without a Valentine Emily Walters Arts & Culture Editor

Flying solo this year on Valentine’s Day? No need to become a bitter hag. Rather, feel empowered by being independent from having a significant other. Do not misunderstand – being an outrageous feminist is not the goal, either, but there is a thin line to tread on Valentine’s Day to keep the self-pity at bay. Raiding the stores for chocolate is also probably not the best idea, unless becoming sick and getting a thicker waistline sounds appealing. Preferably, the focus should be spending time having as much fun as possible with one’s most treasured comrades instead of engaging in wishful thoughts of a different kind of love. What to do If being single is not the desired place to be, pinpoint areas of your life that may be in the way of the search for a date. Think of it as the perfect time to make a resolution. Find a work-out buddy and start going to the gym. Start therapy sessions. Take a trip to the grocery store to stock up on healthy foods.

Make an effort to reach out to people who may not be having a good day by simply smiling at them or giving them a card or something entirely different altogether. Perhaps one of the best Valentine’s Day pastimes of all time is watching romantic videos with a group of friends. “I think I am probably going to get together with my other single girlfriends and watch ‘The Notebook,’” said freshman Danielle Roberts. Emily Miller, also a freshman, said, “I will be hanging out with my best friend. I have no guy to spend time with, but that’s fine with me; I’ll still be going out to dinner and seeing a movie.” What not to do Above all, do not let your relationship status affect your happiness on Valentine’s Day, no matter what it may be. Also, do not stalk people; it’s just creepy. It is a good way to get hit by thrown objects or worse. In addition, do not sit at home alone moping, because that is possibly one of the most depressing things a person could do. Not trying something new on Valentine’s Day is selling yourself short – after all, spontaneity is sexy.

Top 10 picks of movies to watch on Valentine’s Day 1. “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” (1991) This is the classic story of Robin Hood at its best, along with perhaps the most amazing love song ever sung, “Everything I Do” by Bryan Adams. 2. “A Walk to Remember” (2002) Based on a 1950s book set by the great Nicholas Sparks, the movie captures a more modern version of the same captivating love story. 3. “10 Things I Hate About You” (1999) Recently-deceased heartthrob Heath Ledger at his finest won over teenage America opposite Julia Stiles in a present-day “Taming of the Shrew” redo. 4. “Dirty Dancing” (1987) One line: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” The dashing dancing Patrick Swayze melted hearts with it. 5. “Sense and Sensibility” (1995) The classic book made into a movie starring Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant (to name just a few)? Yes, please, with Alan Rickman on top! 6. “Titanic” (1997) When this movie came out, were there many pre-teen girls in America who did not fall in love with Leonardo DiCaprio? It seems unlikely. 7. “Down with Love” (2003) Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger matching wits as 1960s “players” in New York City? It is intriguing, to say the least. 8. “Braveheart” (1995) How many men can pull off very long hair and a kilt at the same time? Mel Gibson might rank top on the list. 9. “Juno” (2007) Off-beat and delightfully funny, it may be the ultimate romantic comedy, especially because pregnancy actually makes the relationship stronger. 10. “Gone with the Wind” (1939) While a “happily ever after” ending is missing, the timelessness and riveting longing from many different characters makes it terribly romantic.


TODAY: Health Fair in the Community Center, sponsored by Associated Student Government. Contact Michelle Baker at ext. 2245 or stop by the student government office for more information. TOMORROW: Happy Valentine’s Day! 2/15: The Ski Bus will be going up to Mt. Hood; $25 total for a lift ticket and the ride. For more information, contact Michael Vu at ext. 2245. Illustration by Kayla Berge Clackamas Print

Coming This Week To Theaters... 2/14 – “Definitely, Maybe,” rated PG-13, starring Ryan Reynolds and Abigail Breslin. A mid-aged Manhattanite man in the midst of a divorce tells his daughter about his three romances with different women, making her guess which one ended up being her mother. 2/14 – “Jumper,” rated PG-13, starring Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson. A smart, young man with a rough family life discovers that he has the ability to teleport. Leaving home for New York City, he uses his power to track the man he blames for his mother’s death years earlier.


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LEFT: Sophomore John Bates defeated his opponent on Saturday, making him the 20072008 Heavyweight Champion for Region 18. He also held the same title in the 2006-2007 season. LEFT BELOW: Derick Bartlemay struggles to escape the hold of his opponent. Bartlemay was a 2006-2007 All-American team member. He is a sophomore, and wrestles in the 141 weight category.

Laying their hearts on the mat

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This past Saturday, the CougarsinwresThe wrestling team competed the tling team hosted and competed in the National Junior NJCAA Region 18 Championships College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 18 Championships. onThe Saturday, Feb. 9 other competing teams were Highline, Yakima

The Cougars went into the regional tournament with confidence, but minor mistakes held them back. “I’m a little let down,” Rhoden said. “I had high hopes going into it. We had already beat North Idaho in a dual meet for the first time at Clackamas; we had never done that before. We had the potential to win regionals or at least get second. It’s not what we wanted it to be, but Andrea Simpson that’s OK, too.” Sports Editor Earlier in the season, Clackamas had already faced their main opponent, North Idaho, the team that ended up being their only competition Valley, North Idaho, Pima CC and in the finals. Southwestern Oregon CC. “We played North Idaho in every final,” “We had the Although the Cougars fell short of Rhoden said. “Four of the six matches had potential to their expectations, they still managed already been played in the season, and we to place third – 114 points behind North win regionals had beaten them, so we thought that we were Idaho College of Coeur d’Alene – with sitting good. or at least get 152 and a half points. Southwestern “They just came out fired-up and fed off second. It’s Oregon CC barely beat Clackamas with of that. There was nothing we could do, 117 points. which is the worst feeling in the world. But not what we The Cougars are also sending eight of I think we just need to work on technique. wanted it to be, their athletes on to nationals. There were a few minor mistakes that will Head Coach Josh Rhoden said after but that’s OK, be easy to fix before nationals.” the meet, “We had six in the championNext for the Cougars is the national comtoo.” ship finals and two in the consolation petition, and the team is already working on finals. We have eight going to nationals, the slip-ups they made on Saturday. and that’s really good. We also have the “I think what happened at regionals … Josh Rhoden champion heavyweight [John Bates].” I think it keeps us hungry for nationals,” Head Wrestling Coach The other team members attending the Rhoden said. “I know it is sitting sour in national competition in Rochester, Minn., their stomachs because they are down here are Vance Beeson, Derick Bartlemay, working really hard.” Mike Beeson, Stephan Gonzales, Kris The team will be traveling to the national Spencer, Richard Jensen and newly added alternate competition on Feb. 22-23. Brandon Jackson.

ABOVE: Derick Bartlemay works hard to control his opponent in his match on Saturday. Bartlemay lost but still qualified for the national competition in Rochester, Minn.

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Also at the tournament, Rhoden received the prestigious Coach of the Year award. “It is very deserved,” said Athletic Director Jim Jackson. “He worked very hard at restrengthening Clackamas, and it showed in our dual meets. Josh was disappointed at the placing at regionals, but those things happen. “That’s the funny thing about wrestling; anything can happen, and it does. He just needs to keep strengthening what he’s doing. People forget that he has only been coaching here for two years, and he has done a lot in those two years.” Rhoden had mixed feelings about receiving the award. “Initially – I’ll be honest – it was bittersweet. I was disappointed after finals, but it is a great honor. And really, it is a coaching staff of the year award. I have great assistant coaches that give it their all – I am just the face with the name.” BELOW: Head Wrestling Coach Josh Rhoden concentrates on the match on the mat. This is Rhoden’s second year as coach.



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The men’s and women’s basketball teams, after having a week of ups and downs, now face a struggle to qualify for the NWAACCs Megan Koler Editor in Chief

After a mixed week of games, both men’s and women’s basketball are now in battle to qualify for the NWAACC championships. The teams triumphed at their home games last Wednesday. The men defeated Portland Community College 86-78. The women completely dominated over Portland with a 28point lead, winning 80-52. But unfortunately, while the two teams won together, they lost together as well. In Albany,

the men and women each lost to Linn-Benton Community College. The men lost 77-78, and the women were defeated 63-73. The NWAACC championships – hosted in Kennewick, Wash., from Feb. 28 to March 2 – only admit the top four teams in the league. Currently, the women’s team is in fourth place, with three games left to play. Their standings are 6-5 in league play and 16-9 in season play. The men are in a little better shape, in third place. Their standings are 7-4 in league play and 15-11 in season. Both the men’s and women’s teams will face off against Mt. Hood Community College in a home game today. The women will play at 5:30 p.m., and the men at 7:30 p.m., in the Randall Gym. The teams’ next games will be Feb. 15 in Coos Bay against Southwestern. The women will play at 4 p.m., and the men will play at 6 p.m.

TOP LEFT: Point guard Ashley Cunningham, left, struggles to remain open as fellow teammate Jill Niebergall, No. 5, looks for someone to pass to. TOP RIGHT: JC Cook, No. 12, shoots a three-pointer over Ty Houghton, No. 5. RIGHT: Toni Davis Fields, No. 21, and Clackamas player Monique Tribble, No. 32, struggle over the ball after falling to the court. BELOW RIGHT: Sophomore Jeff Sego, No. 10, pushes the ball down the court at home on Feb. 6. BELOW LEFT: Clackamas’ Quincy Alexander, No. 23, defends Shawn West, No. 12, of Portland Community College.

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Today, Clackamas will play Mt. Hood at home. In their last meeting, CCC’s men’s and women’s teams

both beat Mt. Hood in Gresham with a final score of 71-57 for the men and 61-53 for the women.

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Grading on the curve: Student athletes put academics first Athletes at Clackamas go above and beyond the academic requirements, making Randall a place to play and study Armondo Borboa The Clackamas Print

The typical stereotype of the dumb jock apparently does not exist at Clackamas. According to Athletic Director Jim Jackson, the college has one of the most stringent academic requirements for athletes in all of Oregon. “Most other schools require athletes to take 12 credits a quarter – we require 16,” Jackson said. “Most schools require a minimum 2.0 GPA

to play. We require a 3.0 or better to stay out of a study hall.” Among the top scholars on campus is nursing major Savannah Walruff. Walruff has been a student at Clackamas for a year and a half. She intends to transfer to a four-year university to earn her degree and eventually work with children as a primary care nurse. Perhaps down the line, she is also considering earning her medical degree and becoming a doctor working in pediatrics. Walruff has better than a 3.65 GPA, holds down a job as a swim instructor and is a devoted community volunteer. She has been a part of a church community outreach program for years, helping to raise thousands of dollars in assistance funding. Oh yeah – she’s also a track and cross country runner. Although a standout student in any case, Walruff isn’t the only athlete to have brains to match her brawn. In two of the past four years, the women’s volleyball team has managed to achieve standings as a national scholar team, the requirement being an average

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Sp rts Sc res Men’s Basketball

02-06-08 – Clackamas 86, Portland 78 02-09-08 – Linn - Benton 78, Clackamas 77

Women’s Basketball

02-06-08 – Clackamas 86, Portland 52 02-09-08 – Linn - Benton 73, Clackamas 63

Games This Week Men’s Basketball Today, vs. Mt. Hood (Home) at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, at Southwestern (Coos Bay) at 6 p.m. Feb. 20, at Chemeketa (Home) at 7:30 p.m. Women’s Basketball Today, vs. Mt. Hood (Home) at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16, at SW Oregon (Coos Bay) at 4 p.m. Feb. 20, at Chemeketa (Home) at 5:30 p.m.

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Baseball players work on homework and study before practice. In the athletic department, 51 percent of students earn a degree or transfer to a four-year university. 3.3 GPA across the board. The men’s wrestling team has been nationally recognized for their academic achievements for the last two years. They placed first and second in academic standards, respectively. “If they want to play, then they better have the grades first,” said Head Track and Field/Cross Country Coach Keoni McHone. A random sampling of athletes wandering about in the gym on a typical afternoon reveals that most of them are involved in other extracur-

ricular activities such as volunteer projects, charities and church groups. The athletic department’s objective is to help students pursue their education and, ultimately, reach out to the world beyond sports. “Each year, we have better than 51 percent of our kids earn a degree or transfer to a higher education program,” Jackson said. “Our [department] goal is to have them pursue their education as far as their abilities will take them.”


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used to be part of The Clackamas Print, until several years ago, for quite some time. It was a place for students to see their poetry and other short fiction pieces of writing in print; a true representation of students’ works. To submit a piece, drop it by room 135 in Roger Rook Hall or e-mail it to

Express yourself! Speak out! On Monday, Feb. 18, the issue of free speech will take the stage. Students, faculty and community members are invited to tackle free speech at a “soap box” forum in the Bill Brod Community Center throughout the day. In the Niemeyer Center beginning at 6 p.m., Political Science Instructor Dean Darris will give a primer on the First Amendment. There will also be a free speech debate among members of Clackamas’ award-winning speech team. A dramatic reading from “Fahrenheit 451” will be performed by Tobias Anderson, a longtime collaborator with Ray Bradbury. The event will conclude with a performance art event around the theme of burning books.

~*Random Mist*~

By Mistymarie Wilks-Salguero


By Mike Takeyama

And to all of you, a special place in my heart. With overwhelming happiness, I can remember each smile. I know deep down how much you care, not why? Your soothing arms pick me up when I fall. Always teaching and willing to share your wisdom. It’s always your gentleness that quiets my fear. A beacon of light and guiding truth. I never thank you enough, and never can. You go by many names but none more beautiful than Mom.

You complete me ^.^

Dark Circles By Greg Stein

A weight lifted A freedom felt Less restrained And more myself Power re-gathered Deep breath taken More true chance And less forsaken My chances renewed Another new life Less with simplicity And more strife Does it re-loop From dark to light More tormenting And less I fight I must fight back Can’t just fall Less for me And more for all Time to choose To stand and sit More of will And less I quit Now or never A simple solution Less is worse And more Revolution


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