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Emily Walters The Clackamas Print
On the dismally overcast day of April 4, anyone who happened to wander near Clairmont Hall might have found themselves running into vampires. “Twilight,” the first of an award-winning book series by Stephanie Meyer, is currently being made into a movie, and a great deal of the filming is being done in the rainy Portland Metro area. In the story, Isabella – or simply Bella – Swan moves from sunny Arizona to the blink-andyou-will-miss-it town of Forks, Wash., which is supposed to be one of the rainiest places in the United States. She ends up getting entangled with a strange family of impossibly beautiful people, the Cullens, and falling in love with one of them, Edward. This is before she discovers that they are a group of friendly vampires. Please see TWILIGHT, Page 7
Tuition increase raises concerns for students Lydia E. Bashaw News Editor
For some students, $5 won’t cover lunch at McDonald’s, but for others, even a small increase in tuition, as low as $5 per credit, could break the bank. “It’s not that it’s a little more money a term,” said part-time student Kevin Marcus. “It’s the fact that it is $5 a credit, which may mean I can’t afford to come back next year.” At the February meeting for the Board of Education, College President Joanne Truesdell made a recommendation to raise tuition $5 per credit from $57 to $62. Her justification was that Clackamas may lack certain resources and, despite the increase, would remain one of the most inexpensive schools in the state. “I came to CCC looking for a cheap education,” said Marcus, who has to work two jobs in order to afford school and other costs. “With an increase, it means I’m going to have to pick up more hours at work. It also means that I am going to have to lower the amount of classes I take.” Please see TUITION, Page 3
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ABOVE: TV writer Larry Carroll, holding a microphone, and cameraman James Lascina, wearing headphones, interview lead stars Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart during a break in shooting the feature film “Twilight.” Filming was done near Clairmont Hall on April 4.
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‘Student of Concern’ expelled John Hurlburt Associate News Editor
After a mandatory mental evaluation, former student of concern Benjamin Caldwell was released from a local hospital Feb. 20 without any legal charges pressed against him. The following month, the college found it appropriate to expel Caldwell 3 credits short of graduating. Caldwell was taken into custody Feb. 15 by the Clackamas County Sheriff ’s Department and placed under a 72-hour officer hold for mental evaluation. The hold was in response to threatening messages posted on his MySpace profile. Just short of a degree in law enforcement, he has now abandoned that goal on a possibly permanent basis. “I have no idea what I’m doing,” he said. “I’m still in that soul-searching area.” The reason for Caldwell’s barring from Clackamas is a mystery to him, even after reading the letter announcing his expulsion, written to him by College Vice President Baldwin van der Bijl. Please see EXPULSION, Page 2
Love of hot rods drives instructor to
Clackamas Kyle Steele The Clackamas Print
The sounds of tap, tap, tap can be heard filling the entire Barlow garage as students watch their skilled instructor repair a vehicle’s tailgate with a hammer using precision and care that could only come from a half decade of metal work. Auto Restoration Instructor Harold Walton started out at Clackamas as a student and then stumbled into teaching others the proper way to fix their cars. Please see WALTON, Page 7
ABOVE: A picture taken in 1957 shows Walton’s first car, a 1950 Ford that he bought Dec. 11, 1953. To this day, Walton remembers that the car had 33,512 miles, and he considers it his first “nice” car. He still owns it.
ABOVE: Beginning work on one of his many projects, Walton takes a look at the inside of a fender many years ago. Several of Walton’s creations have begun with nothing more than a frame or a front end, sometimes even less than that.
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Man thinks dog is an imposter The Associated Press
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Punky Scott, member of the Clackamas Foundation Board of Trustees, dances the night away with her husband at last Saturday’s USO event held by Foundation.
Colleges to reopen after graffiti threats The Associated Press St. Xavier University in Chicago is getting ready to reopen after being shut down for several days because of threatening graffiti. The Catholic school has been closed since Friday after the discovery of restroom graffiti that read “be prepared to die on 4/14.”
University President Judith Dwyer says all the school’s campuses will reopen Wednesday with graduate classes that night and undergraduate classes on Thursday. Officials say they’re found nothing to confirm there is any continuing threat at the school. Two other schools in the area have already reopened after similar threats, which came just before the one-year anniversary of the shootings at Virginia Tech.
Health plan cuts lead to rise in E.R. visits Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University say cuts to the Oregon Health Plan in 2003 increased the demand on hospitals for uncompensated health care. Emergency department visits by the uninsured grew 20 percent after the public health insurance program was cut. And the number of those people requiring hospitalization grew more, suggesting patients were sicker. Hospitals also saw a sharp jump in the number of uninsured patients seeking psychiatric, alcohol- or drug-related care. Uncompensated care for Oregon hospitals rose from $256 million before the cuts to $509 million after. -Compiled from The Associated Press
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Ken Griggs likes his new dog, but he preferred the old one. Then again, it might be the same dog. In a possible case of mistaken identity, Griggs said the black Labrador named Callie that he left at a Dundee kennel before spring break was not the same dog he picked up a week later. “It’s a sweet dog,” Griggs said of the impostor living at his Lake Oswego house. “It’s tough because now we’ve had the dog for 10-plus days, and the kids, especially the younger ones, start to get attached to the dog. I like it, but I want mine.” Allison Best, owner of the Tail Wag-Inn boarding kennel, said Griggs has the right dog. But Callie’s vet examined the dog Griggs brought home and found evidence that it’s not Callie. “We know it’s not Callie,” veterinarian Andrea Frost told The Oregonian newspaper. Griggs said he immediately noticed differences in the dog he picked up from the kennel. The family cat — normally friends with Callie — hissed at the dog. Callie would heel; this dog did not. Griggs returned the dog to the kennel and Best examined whether Callie might have gotten mixedup with any of the other black Labradors staying there that week. Owners of the seven other black Labs all said they had the right dog.
However, the owner of Dixie, a dog Callie shared a kennel with, said her dog had undergone a “personality change,” Best said. But after three or four conversations that day, the owner maintained she had the right dog. Still, Best arranged for the owners and their dogs to meet March 31 for a possible exchange. The woman called saying she was late, Best said. Meanwhile, Griggs had arrived with his family. A black Lab got excited when the Griggses approached, the kids declared it was Callie, and into the car the dog went. It was the same dog the Griggs had just returned. “It’s uncanny how much it looks like my dog,” Griggs said. “I’m sure it was happy to see us and recognized us from the day before and mistook us.” But still unsure, Griggs took the dog to his vet. Callie had once surgery to her left elbow; this dog showed no trauma. Callie also had steel sutures after being spayed; this dog had none that showed up on the X-ray. The dog also seemed to have had a rapid weight loss. Griggs has hired a lawyer, but Best says the case is closed. “Mr. Griggs kind of lost his credibility with me the second time he came into the kennel with his family and reclaimed the same dog,” she said. “If he can’t recognize his dog, I don’t feel I can be any help.”
Frisbee stolen at knifepoint, two men arrested and charged The Associated Press Police in Grants Pass arrested two men accused of stealing a Frisbee from two other people at knifepoint. According to a police dispatcher’s log, the knife was allegedly held to someone’s throat. Police say the victims followed the suspects at
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When Caldwell later talked to Bill Zuelke, dean of student services, regarding the expulsion, he felt like he was given the runaround. Zuelke explained his course of action by saying that there is a “psychological definition versus a legal definition of what constitutes a direct threat,” Caldwell said. Zuelke himself was unable to comment as to why Caldwell was expelled, adding that “it would be a violation of Ben’s rights.” According to Caldwell, the college sent him information concerning how to receive credits at different schools and have them transferred to Clackamas so that he can complete his degree. However, he is choosing not to take advantage of the opportunity at the moment. “I’m not sure I want that degree,” he
a safe distance and phoned 9-1-1 Saturday. Police arrested 36-year-old Richard Lee Williams and 33-year-old Christopher C. Williams on charges of robbery, menacing and theft. The Grants Pass men were also cited on charges of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana. They remain in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail each.
said. “It’s a personal thing.” Caldwell’s case gained notoriety after the Sheriff ’s Office decided to release the details of his case to the press Feb. 15, only one day after the shooting at Northern Illinois University. Once released from his mental evaluation hold, Caldwell was hit with another surprise: a medical bill totaling $5,718. The bill wouldn’t have been such a shock to him if his hospital stay had been his choice, but according to him, it was not. “If I could have stayed in a jail, I would have done that,” he said. Throughout the course of events involving Caldwell’s disciplinary measures, Zuelke believes the procedure “went very smoothly on all sides.” “I think it happened very respectfully,” he said. Caldwell’s opinion on the subject differs slightly. He believes his rights were violated in the handling of the situation.
Annual Oregon City Clean Up & Enhancement Day April 19, 2008 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Registration: Clackamette Park 8 - 9 a.m. For more information contact Nancy Busch at 503-657-0891
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taking back the night, taking back their lives Matt Garrison The Clackamas Print
Many people get away with sexual assault – typically, either the victim is too scared to tell anyone about the incident or the person told doesn’t believe the story of the encounter. An event called “Take Back the Night” encourages assault victims to stand up for themselves by telling someone or using self-defense techniques. There are resources out there if victimes need to contact someone other than a police officer or a health official about an assault. The Sexual Assault Resource Center can be reached at 503-640-5311. “We do a 24-hour hotline that goes to any ER or law enforcement agency to provide advocacy for survivors 24 hours a day, and we offer free counseling,” said Esther Nelson, volunteer program manager for the Center. “We are confidential; whatever you share with us stays private, and all resources are free.” According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, “One in six women and one in 33 men will be the victims of forcible rape in their lifetime. College-age women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted.” “Every two minutes, someone in America is sexually assaulted. Approximately 73 percent of rape victims know their assailant,” and – perhaps the saddest thing of all – “only 6 percent of rapists will ever spend a day in jail.” The Domestic Violence Resource Center located in Washington County serves the Portland metropolitan area by providing counseling to people who have experienced domestic violence. It can be reached at 503-640-5352. Its services are not offered 24 hours a day like that of the Sexual Assault Resource Center, but the organization is good for getting a personal counselor. ABOVE: Women light candles in honor of those who have been victims of sexual assault. LEFT: A brother and sister share a moment of peace after the “Take Back the Night” march. BELOW: A mother attending the demonstration shares her candlelight with her child.
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On average, Marcus enrolls in about three classes each term, anywhere from 9 to 12 credits. For a student taking 12 credits, tuition costs an upward of $744 without adding in student fees. Upon the onset of the tuition boost, he will pay anywhere from $20 to $40 more to go to school. “Some people may think, ‘Well, $40 is not a lot of money,’ but for me, that is almost a week’s worth of gas,” he said. “It’s practically a quarter of my monthly transportation budget.” The increase is part of Clackamas’ plan to fix projected budget deficits that have been plaguing administration conversations since the end of last year. “It is part of what we are doing to address our budget issues,” said Baldwin van der Bijl, vice president of instructional services. “It is one of the things we are doing to generate revenue.” Truesdell was unavailable for comment last week, though at the February board meeting she expressed her feelings that the increase was best for Clackamas, which would help the school to provide more options and benefits for its students. At the board meeting this past Wednesday, the proposed budget for the 2008-2009 school year was laid on the table for examination. According to a packet prepared by the Budget Committee, the raise in tuition will produce $675,000 more a year. In spite of concerns brought up in the February meeting, the board unanimously agreed on the increase at the March meeting. “I’m not sure if they realize what a difference this will have on students like me,” Marcus said. “Last time I checked, there were complaints circling about enrollment issues – does raising tuition really make people want to come here?” The question of whether the rise will impact enrollment was not thoroughly discussed at any of the board meetings. The fact that Clackamas will remain the cheapest option in the Metro area was the selling point. Nonetheless, the budget memo provided by the committee blamed parts of the financial problem on last year’s 5 percent decrease in enrollment. With the country in recession, there is a high chance that the percentage will slip again, as community colleges around the state suffer plummeting student enrollment, according to the Board of Education. The budget, which will be approved sometime in May, is still undergoing changes. Students are invited to speak out at Truesdell’s fireside chats. The next one will be held April 16 at 2 p.m. and 22 at noon. Yet, it appears that the change in tuition cost is set in stone, since it has been authorized by the board, which leaves many wondering where the student advocates were in the budget process. Associated Student Government President Tim Lussier did not respond to e-mails or phone calls left by The Print regarding the subject. “Decisions like this never hit home to the people who are involved in the decision-making,” Marcus said. “Most of them had the backing to go to college. Students who work hard to make the money to go to school often are the ones who are forgotten, and the people who are supposed to speak up for us don’t ever have something to say because it doesn’t really affect them.”
EDITORIAL Revenue policy needs updating Despite popular belief to the contrary, running a college is a business. And like any business, the college must run at a profit. However, the new tuition hike is not the best way to keep Clackamas Comunity College solvent. The budget crisis has its origin in several factors: a rising cost of maintenance, pay raise concessions, a falling number of students and drops in state funding. The administration responded by boosting tuition fees by $5 per credit. By raising fees, the school has slapped on a Band-Aid, but it has yet to stop the bleeding.
Charging a de-creasing number of students an increasing fee is a recipe for zero-sum gains. Just ask any economics instructor. A survey of other schools reveals forms of income more palatable and extremely profitable. Clackamas’ Board of Education would do well to consider. One option is to expand the food court and invite fast-food vendors to bid on locations, charging either a flat fee or a percentage of gross profits. In scandalous examples of fiscal mismanagement, Chartwells currently receives approximately $24,000 a year to run the cafeteria, and holds an exclusive contract for all food services. Worse yet, quality is mediocre, choices are limited and prices are higher than the same stuff found in your local Quick-E-Mart. Most annoying of all is the grill closes at 2:30 p.m. Call us crazy, but some of us happen to get hungry in the afternoon. Vending machines are another easy source of income that cost nothing out of pocket yet generate a consistent cash flow. Impulse buys of soda and chips is literally pocket change. Student governments often bring in these vendors, earning funding for student activities and freeing up funds for other uses. By
tradition, selling name rights is a great way to raise revinue. Businesses foot the cost of construction and pay for the privilege of doing so. Lastly, there is teaming academic programs with private business. Clackamas has the land and suitable department matches can be found if somebody just bothers to look for them. Many colleges expand their nursing programs to include fulltime patient care. Some schools lease land to full-care retirement or hospice care and incorporate nursing students into the staff. When financial times are tough, you can tighten your belt or you can look for new innovative ways to make more money. Let’s choose the latter.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Vote for Ralph who?
Kenton Benfield The Clackamas Print
People think they understand democracy. Most do not. Representative democracy, the specific theoretical subtype of the United States, is a political system in which the majority, usually the poor, controls the government by deciding upon those political actors who they want to represent them. What this means is that the common people literally command the government; they are its supreme source of authority and its only justification for existence. Why vote for a third party? Before the question can be addressed, it is necessary to address the more fundamental question that is implied, “Why vote in the United States?” Political parties are private, non-governmental organizations that seek to gain political influence via elections. Historically, America has had a great number of parties, all with the objective of obtaining political power. Other democracies, such as Great Britain, have over 30 parties vying for control. However, from 1861 onward, beginning with Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican, no president has been elected who did not belong to the two major parties dominating American politics today. Many political theorists over the ages have defiantly opposed democracy. In fact, it was only Thomas Jefferson who, among the founding fathers, approved of democracy, as long as the people were educated in political theory. The Constitution never mentions the word democracy, as the original system was a Federal Republic, with almost no voting. Plato, the Greek philosopher of antiquity, warned that democracies produce a conform-
ist mentality among the people who rely on “folk wisdom.” Ideas are spread by the elites in power, which are repeated among the populace as if they were their own original ideas. Such is so much of political “opinion” in America today. One example of “folk wisdom” is the following statement: “A vote for a third party is a wasted vote.” This statement is so full of contradictions and downright ignorance of how democracy works that it could be the subject of a book. A voter must be vigilant against being told that his or her vote is a waste simply because that candidate may lose. When voting for representatives, at any level, one should vote for the candidate whose competencies best embody the moral, political and personal ideals of the citizen. An individual should vote so that a violent revolution is not required to address an issue. If the people, who are the rulers in a democracy, do not assert their authority over their government, their government will do it for them. This is a dictatorship. You obey, or die. Literally, vote, or die. The question is better phrased as “Why vote for an alternative party?” After all, there are more than three parties to choose from. In fact, the Green Party, the Constitution Party, the Libertarian Party and the Socialist Party all have presi-
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Poor weapons discipline causes panic
on the books regarding weapons, specifically firearms, on campus. Opinion editor Furthermore, there are state and federal laws that also apply. Creating a gun-ban As often as somebody does something stupid, somebody else is policy is a non-issue. always hanging around just waiting to point his or her finger and scream None, zip, zilch, nada. that the sky is falling. The Clackamas Board of No need to waste valuable Board Education is now frantically looking time developing even more verbiage to develop policies regarding weap- to address something already legisons on campus specifically relating lated ad-nauseam. to firearms. Not that it will stop anybody from This issue recently came up after a trying to fix it. self-professed “gun-nut” student was According to all applicable laws, arrested for making threats online the only non-duty police or security against other students and faculty. At allowed to carry firearms onto a camthe same time, another person shot pus are people who have a concealed himself in the leg on campus. firearm permit. As a person who fluently speaks These are people who have a number of languages, I know there received an extensive background are some ideas and concepts that check, firearms training and registratranscend culture and nationality. tion with the police. These people One of those ideas is “If it ain’t are obeying the law, not breaking it. broke, don’t fix it.” Yet still, there are some people However, something that is who seem to think that Clackamas is uniquely American is our almost a modern OK Corral and it is about insane need to “fix” something until 10 minutes till high noon. it is well and truly broken. We seem to have lost all touch Fortunately for the Chicken Littles with reality, or at least as far as concerned, there are already policies acknowledging the difference
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dential candidates. What about voting for a fourth-, fifth- or sixth-party candidate? The best reason to vote for an alternative party is to effect change to the political paradigm that has dominated America from the Civil War to the Iraq War (Phase II). If a voter is satisfied with the status quo, then he or she can vote for one of the two big parties. But if a voter wants real change that genuinely improves the status quo, another option should be considered. If one takes the time to study the real issues and compare them with the ideas of the alternative candidates and their respective parties, the decision is no longer the lesser of two evils that characterizes common voter mentality. There are options, there are ideas, the people have all the power and there is hope. Choose wisely.
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between justifiable caution and total hysteria. In the same light, the Darwinian process tends to weed out the dumb, stupid and the lazy – hopefully before they have a chance to breed and pass on their genes. Hope it was worth it. The student who was making petty threats on his MySpace page has pretty much blown any chance he ever had of getting his dream job as a police officer, or in fact of scoring any sort of decent government job whatsoever. And I am pretty sure that he will never be allowed to carry a concealed weapon from this day forward. The man with the bullet in his leg is actually an instructor here at Clackamas. He shot himself while taking a bathroom break, claiming it was all the result of a bad firing pin or some such nonsense. Sorry, professor, but you screwed up. Anybody who knows anything about firearms knows that guns do not just go off by themselves. You were either playing with it or were just irresponsible, stupid and careless. Don’t blame the tool for your shoddy workmanship.
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But what about the school shootings we see on TV all the time, you might ask. What about Columbine, Red Lake, Virginia Tech? Sadly, in the world we live in, a person mentally unbalanced enough to commit such horrible crimes will always find a way to hurt others. It could be with a gun taken to school, a machete at a family gathering or with a suicide vest on a bus. Fortunately, Clackamas has a long history of being a safe haven for all. There has never been any case of a felony assault happening on campus grounds. We have a well-trained and highly disciplined campus security force and cadet corps. In fact, statistically and fundamentally speaking, students are safer on campus, day or night, than they are within their own homes in the surrounding community. A firearm is a precision tool, a deadly one that must be treated with respect and caution. The two geniuses at the heart of this debate had no respect for those firearms, nor for the weight of responsibility that comes with gun ownership. If the Board of Education wishes to weigh in on the issue of guns, then it should focus on what colleges do best: education and training.
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Walton: luster restored one automobile at a time Continued from WALTON, Page 1
In the classroom, though, Walton walks from Walton’s love of auto- student to student, helpmobiles, however, devel- ing each of them restore a oped many years prior to bit of the luster that their his time at the college. In aged cars have lost over fact, it arose before he was the years. He moves from out of high school, when he assisting an owner with saw a hot rod with which a Volkswagen Beetle that he became enamored. has a little more rust than “My first car was a 35 they first thought, to an Dodge pickup my dad gave old Ford boat of a vehicle to me when I was 16 years that has seen better days old, and the first thing I and has the worn paint to did was chop the top off prove it. before I was old enough His personable attitude to drive it,” and love for he said. “It his job has wasn’t the made him “My first car was most beaua favorite tiful metal among stua 35 Dodge pickup work.” dents. my dad gave to F r o m “Harold’s t h e r e , a real me when I was the selfknowledge16 years old, and described able guy,” the first thing I s e m i said student r e t i r e d Jerry Foster. did was chop the Wa l t o n “You can top off before I improved ask him anydrastically thing, and was old enough to in the field he’s pretty drive.” of metal and much done automoeverything Harold Walton tive work. as far as Automotive Instructor Three hot automotive rods that goes.” he created Today, have graced teaching the covers of automotives’ seems to be a natural fit most elite magazines, and for Walton, and just anothmore have been highlight- er skill at which he has ed in them. Others that excelled, but up until a feature his labor have sold couple of years ago, he for large sums of cash. was simply another per-
son going to school. “ D a v e Bradley (automotive department chair) asked me, ‘Would you be interested in a basic metalforming class?’ he recalled. “I said, ‘Yeah, I would like to take it.’ He said, ‘No, we would like you to teach it.’ So I’ve been teaching ever since.” But in Walton’s view, Clackamas isn’t merely about its teaching opportunities. He still enjoys some of the classes that initially brought him to the college, such as blacksmithing, which he describes as a metalworking process unlike the method with which he is familiar. Numerous instructors at the college contribute countless real-world experiences to their courses. For Walton’s class, it has given students extra motivation to work on their cars, and in a manner that they may have been frightened to try on their vehicles before.
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ABOVE: Harold Walton (left) hammers student Dennis Proctor’s Volkswagon Beetle hood. BELOW: Walton’s work helped restore this 1937 540K Mercedes. Much of his work goes uncredited.
Upcoming Sustainability Events The Sustainability Project at Clackamas Community College draws attention to the challenges facing the planet through lecture, ﬁlm and Earth-friendly events. All events are free and open to the public. They will take place in the college’s McLoughlin Auditorium, unless otherwise noted in the schedule that follows. • Today: Speaker: Dr. Catherine Thomasson, MD, president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, “The Health Impacts of Global Warming and Healthy Solutions.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. • Thursday: Speaker: Anthropologist Dr. Robert Keeler, CCC, “Baseline Oregon: The Eve of EuroAmerican Settlement.” Noon to 1 p.m.
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Appreciating our water resources On Saturday, the annual celebration of water will be at the college for the third time
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Sometimes it seems like trees get all the attention. But from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
In light of Earth Month, the third-annual “Celebrating
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• Saturday: “Celebrating Water.” A familyfriendly Earth Day event with displays, informational booths, speakers, giveaways, door prizes and hands-on activities for kids. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Gregory Forum. • Saturday: Recycling – document-shredding sponsored by the Clackamas County Ofﬁce of Sustainability. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the McLoughlin parking lot. Limit two free document boxes per person, $5 per additional box. • Tuesday, April 22: Speakers: Sandra Kelly and Suzanne Briggs, Kaiser Permanente, “Human Health and the Future of the Planet.” Noon to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Jim Grabill at email@example.com.
Photo illustration by Kayla Berge Clackamas Print
MTV comes to Clackamas to interview cast on the set of ‘Twilight’ Vampires were not the only out-of-town visitors lurking on the damp set of “Twilight.” MTV writer Larry Carroll and cameraman James Lacsina flew from Los Angeles to the Portland Metro area to interview the film’s cast. “I travel a lot to go to different movies,” Carroll said. Carroll has been in the LA area for eight years, working specifically out of Santa Monica. He writes for the MTV movies blog, which he thinks is truly, for him, the perfect job. “Sweet! I totally pwned these guys,” Carroll exclaimed, because he gets paid by MTV to do something he loves. The Sundance Films Festival, in January, was the first time that Carroll heard about “Twilight.” Female lead Kristin Stewart had just finished up a small indie movie, “Yellow Handkerchief,” and while Carroll interviewed her, she mentioned that she would soon be starring in “Twilight.” The blog, which was the outcome of that interview, ended up setting the MTV Web site’s comment record. The old record of comments was 600; readers were asked to vote on whether The Rock should play the villain in “Shazzam.” “Twilight” not only beat, but smashed, that record with a total of over 2,100 comments. The amount of interest from readers intrigued Carroll, and he decided to go to a bookstore soon after to pick up the entire series by Stephanie Meyer. Soon he was hooked. “My wife has now read it!” Carroll laughed. Carroll’s work can be seen at moviesblog.mtv.com.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
‘Twilight’: on the set at Clackamas Continued from HOLLYWOOD, Page 1
“It’s a drama. It’s a love story,” said Peter Silbermann, the publicist for the film, who is from New York. “He’s a vampire; she’s not.” The role of Bella will be played by Kristin Stewart, who was recently in “Into the Wild” and “Yellow Handkerchief,” a small indie film shown at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Robert Pattinson, better known as wizard Cedric Diggory from “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” will play Edward. Thedirectorof“Twilight” is Catherine Hardwicke,
who has directed several other films in the past several years, including “Lords of Dogtown” and “Thirteen.” Most of “Twilight” is being shot in the cafeteria and a biology lab at Madison High School, in Portland. The segment shot at Clackamas inside and around Greenhouse #2 will be a four-minute extension of one of the biology-class scenes. Many cast trailers and large school buses were squished into the parking lots surrounding Clairmont Hall, fairly ineffectively hidden from the road by green trees. The day went through fits of heavy rain, clouds and short sun breaks, punctuated by the sounds of crew members bustling around the set, and almost complete silence when the magic words of “quiet on set!” were yelled. Clackamas was part of a crammed 47-day shooting schedule for the movie, shortened from the original plan of 60 days because of budget constraints. About 130 members of the cast and crew were onset at the college for the 24hour filming period. “We have our own small army,” Silbermann laughed. Many extras, in fact, are from the local region. According to
Silbermann, there was “open casting for extras and supporting roles in Portland and Longview.” This area was chosen for filming because of the overcast weather. “It turned out perfect; it’s beautiful,” Silbermann said of Clackamas’ lushly green campus. “I think it is fricking awesome that this movie is based in the Northwest,” said Nicole Donner, a 21year-old fan who had been keeping tabs on the filming process. While some fans may be worried that the movie will deviate considerably from the original story, relief may be found in the fact that the author, Meyer, is staying
involved. She even has a cameo in the film. “We consulted with her because we wanted it to be right,” Silbermann said. “If we do our demographics right, we expand the audience range,” he added. Currently, there are no definite plans to turn the rest of the series into movies, although readers have good reason to be hopeful. “One would hope so. If this is a success, I’m sure they will,” Silbermann said. “Twilight” will be in theaters Dec. 12 of this year. - Print reporters Lisa Sellars and Jess Sheppard contributed to this report.
TOP: A sneak peek at part of the segment of the film, which was shot at Clackamas; Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson play the characters of Bella and Edward, respectively. LEFT: Leads Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson do an on-camera interview with the MTV crew between filming the partial scene at the college.
RIGHT: Robert Pattinson hugs himself in the chill -ing cold while watching Kristin Stewart speak to MTV. TOP: Photo by Lisa Sellars Clackamas Print ABOVE: Photo by Emily Walters Clackamas Print
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The MTV crew of cameraman James Lacsina (left) and writer Larry Carroll (right) show off their equipment after finishing an interview with leads Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart.
Robert Pattinson The Print was able to speak briefly with male lead Robert Pattinson during a break in shooting and after his interview with MTV. “I’m getting old,” Pattinson commented, explaining that his 22nd birthday is May 13. In “Twilight,” Pattinson is one of a family of vampires, who ends up falling for the human Isabella (Bella) Swan. “I initially wanted to be Bella,” he joked. Pattinson has enjoyed the filming so far, especially because, as a vampire, he takes part in most of the action sequences. “It is cool to be a vampire,” he said. “I get to kill people.” Although the weather at Clackamas was overcast and dreary, Pattinson has enjoyed his time in Oregon thus far. “It’s nice; I really like Portland,” he said.
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Oil film sends viewers ‘A Crude Awakening’ The showings of a dynamic documentory inform the campus audience of a threat to the American dream of driving Emily Walters Arts & Culture Editor
The percentage of our world’s transportation that relies directly on oil is enormous: 98 percent. What would happen then, if our oil reserves suddenly dried up? How would the Earth cope without the huge amount of cheap energy that humanity has come to rely upon so heavily? A dramatic movie depicting the possible outcome was featured in the McLoughlin Auditorium on Tuesday, April 8, as part of the Sustainability Project events scheduled for this term. Entitled “A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash,” the film highlights the foreseen catastrope of humankind using up the oil on the planet in the near future. In 2005, award-winning European journalists and filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack gathered interviews from more than two dozen experts in many different fields. The result: a shocking film full of warning for a crisis that is very likely to happen within the next few decades. The film clearly conveys the fact that most of the world has been
searched for oil, and scientists do not have much hope that even a few reserves of petroleum of any sizeable amount will be discovered. It also outlines some additional side effects to oil depletion, which we have already begun to see. The largest and deadliest of these is the ongoing war over the remaining oil. Several years back, Saddam Hussein led Iraq in an invasion of Kuwait. The mission was about seizing a particularly large oil field. Speaking of Iraq – although the United States government has continuously denied oil as a reason for the War on Iraq, it is interesting to learn that the planning maps identified the Middle Eastern country’s oil resources. Sound like politicians are being just a bit – to put it ironically – slimy? “The better you do the job of exploiting oil and gas, the sooner it is gone,” Colin Campell, an oil geologist, explains in the film. The conflicts over oil in the recent past have focused on the Middle East’s resources for good reason. The United States’ oil is said to have peaked around 1970. “Right now, really the only region of the world that hasn’t peaked is the Middle East,” said Matthew David Savinar. Savinar is a California State Attorney and founder of the Web site lifeaftertheoilcrash.net. Do not be fooled, though – oil reduction is not merely an issue of the United States’ demand. Another contributor to the Earth’s
decline is the rapid industrialization of other countries, which are “hooked on trying to develop a society like us,” Matt Simmons explains. Simmons is an energy investment broker, and advises President George W. Bush. No nations are increasing their oil demand more than China, where most of the population expects to be driving as often and owning as many cars as Americans within the next decade. Fossil fuels like crude oil are, as suggested in the documentary, nonrenewable means of energy that should be conserved and used less greedily. “Some oil is cheap, fast, easy to produce, and some [is] not,” Campell said. Many solutions are shown, if somewhat quickly shot down. Ethanol is surely one of the most unrealistic fixes; more oil is needed to produce it than it is worth. Also, which is more valuable: food or transportation? Producing large amounts of ethanol requires a choice between the two. I don’t know about everybody else, but feeding the world seems just a wee bit more important than transport. Perhaps the most promising possibility of those presented was solar panels. The ratio of solar panels to energy produced seems like it would be worth it – after all, many more roofs and deserted lands could be used productively in that way. The biggest message of the film is not easily lost: something must change.
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This is “the future of the automobile,” according to the film, if crude oil reserves continue to be used up at the current alarming rate.
Dr. Jules Boykoff discusses media’s coverage of green topics Emily Walters Arts & Culture Editor
The media: it is all around us. Television, newspapers, radio – who can truly escape their influence? Dr. Jules Boykoff, a political science instructor at Pacific University, in Forest Grove, recently spoke on campus about the media’s connection to how the public perceives scientists’ view of global warming. The event was held Thursday, April 10, inside the McLoughlin Auditorium. Boykoff was the first of several speakers to visit the college as part of the Sustainability Project, which is in its third year at Clackamas. The focus of the lecture concerned journalists’ fair coverage of climate change, which is not helping keep the population informed as to humans’ role in the problem. “Maybe there are some issues where balance is a problem,” Boykoff said. The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) is comprised of many of the most respected climate-change scientists. The group reports are only reached through a consensus, which Boykoff identified as perhaps the best way to handle the subject matter. Boykoff reviewed for the audience some key points of research that he and his brother, Maxwell T. Boykoff, who works for the Environmental Change Institute in Oxford, published in a November 2007 issue of the scholarly journal Geoforum. The article is titled “Climate change and journalistic norms: A case-study of U.S. mass-media coverage.” In the study, they took a random sample of 636 articles having to do with global warming. Out of these, they deemed 53 percent to be equal in their coverage of both sides. The selection was further broken up into one-year chunks, and they saw that 1990 was when the number of balanced articles started to decrease. The last percentage mentioned by Boykoff was only 3 percent, a considerable drop. Boykoff finds this promising, but still thinks that both journalists and scientists could do better. “Scientists need to be better advocates for their research and results,” he said. He went on to suggest that they should not merely write for scientific journals. What are really needed, he believes, are more mainstream articles written using language that the masses can understand. For example, global warming could be described as a “carbon blanket wrapping around the planet and choking it,” because that is easy for most people to picture. The media could help, according to Boykoff, by stressing the economic effects, as those are most likely to humanize the global warming dilemma. He also noted that if journalists always mentioned the affiliations and background of the people they quote, the public would be more apt to accept the information. One of the most interesting points that Boykoff spoke about, in light of the presidential elections this year, is that all of the candidates support a reduction in emissions, with the end goal being 2050. John McCain set the percentage at 60 percent, while both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are leaning toward about 80 percent. Expressing his excitement about what the Sustainability Project is doing at Clackamas, Boykoff closed with four pieces of advice for those concerned about the issue: 1. Do your best to reduce carbon footprint. 2. Press the institutions and groups to match actions to sentiments. 3. Continue educational process in learning about global warming. 4. Absolutely demand that political figures take action with legislation to prevent global warming.
‘Leatherheads’ kick-off flies high Old-timey football gets a moment in the limelight in George Clooney’s new quirky romantic comedy Helen Conley The Clackamas Print
As George Clooney’s first attempt in directing a comedy, “Leatherheads” will appeal to film fans of all breeds. A strong cast with a good chemistry and premise makes up for what could be considered a weak script, and although sometimes cliché, it is unique enough to keep the audience captivated. Set in 1925, the film documents the rise and legitimization of the professional football league. John Krasinski plays across from George Clooney as the sweet, if moderately clueless, Carter Rutherford, the stereotypical American golden boy and war hero. Clooney portrays the older and far more jaded, but obviously charming, Jimmy “Dodge” Connolly, the fearless and underhanded leader of the Duluth Bulldogs. His character is loosely based on Football Hall of Famer Johnny “Blood” McNally. At times, the athletic aspect of this film takes somewhat of a back seat to the plotline of Carter and Dodge vying for the romantic attention of Ms. Lexie Littleton, a fast-talking, feministic journalist played by Renée Zellweger. The cinematography is an eye-catching, but slightly corny, throwback to the photographic technique of the 1920s. The set and costume design is welldone, and what it sometimes lacks in realism it makes up for with the sense of nostalgia it conveys, bringing to mind the speak easies and underground jazz clubs of the period.
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The actual sports scenes are reminiscent of the days before Astroturf, Ashley Simpson half-time shows and wardrobe malfunctions, when men were men, mud was mud and a highclass playing field meant there wasn’t a cow wandering along the edges. The fast-paced and sardonic repartee between Zellweger and Clooney, and slapstickstyle comedy, keeps the viewer amused even when nothing else does. Although the movie is set in the era of prohibition, the characters still manage to remain at
least partially drunk throughout most of the scenes, so much so in fact that it almost becomes a crutch, as if the writers decided that when there were no more witty lines to be said, eyelashes to be batted or punches to be thrown, the best solution would be to put a bottle – or occasionally, in classic prohibition style, a preserves jar – to one’s lips. Clooney’s second attempt at directing and starring in a film is a skilled and somewhat quirky take on the sports and romance genre, and is, overall, a commendable success.
Children’s author J.K. Rowling testifies in packed NY courtroom, says Potter encyclopedia is ‘theft’ of her work Larry Neumeister The Associated Press
J.K. Rowling testified before a packed courtroom in a lawsuit to block publication of a Harry Potter lexicon, telling a judge that the book amounts to a “wholesale theft” of nearly 20 years of her hard work. “We all know I’ve made enough money. That’s absolutely not why I’m here,” Rowling told the judge in U.S. District Court. The British author sued Michigan-based RDR Books last year to stop publication of Steven Vander Ark’s “Harry Potter Lexicon,” claiming copyright infringement. Vander Ark runs the popular Harry Potter Lexicon Web site, and RDR wants to publish a print version of the site and charge $24.95. Rowling claims the book is nothing more than a rearrangement of her own material and told the judge it copied so much of her work that it amounted to plagiarism. “I think it’s atrocious. I think it’s sloppy. I think there’s very little research,” she testified Monday. “This book constitutes wholesale theft of 17 years of my hard work.” She also said she has recently started work on her own encyclopedia and plans to donate the resulting profits to charity — adding that she does not expect to complete it for two to three years because she wants to do it right. If Vander Ark’s lexicon is published, “I’m not at all convinced that I would have the will or the heart to continue with my encyclopedia,” she said. RDR’s lawyer, Anthony Falzone, in an opening statement defended the lexicon as a reference guide, calling it a legitimate effort “to organize and discuss the complicated and very elaborate world of Harry Potter.” The small publisher is not contesting that the lexicon infringes upon Rowling’s copyright but argues that it is a fair use allowable by law for reference books. Rowling said she believed that a victory by Vander Ark could damage the Harry Potter name and embolden imitators. Rowling choked up when her lawyer, Dale Cendali, asked what Harry Potter meant to her. “I really don’t want to cry because I’m British you know,” the mother of three said. Then she added, “These characters continue to mean so much to me over a long period of time. It’s very difficult for someone who is not a writer to understand what it means to the creator. The closest you could come is to say, ‘How do you feel about your children?’ These books, they saved me.”
Coming This Week To Theaters... 4/18 – “Forgotten Kingdom,” rated PG-13, starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li. An American teen is transported back in time to ancient China, where he joins a crew of warriors to help free the king. 4/18 – “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” rated R, starring Jason Segal and Mila Kunis. After a break-up with his girlfriend, TV sitcom star Sarah Marshall, a depressed Peter heads to Hawaii to try his best to forget every detail of his relationship.
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All photos by Robert Crawford Clackamas Print
Track dominates by leaps and bounds Andrea Simpson Sports Editor
The track season is in full swing, and according to Head Track Coach Keoni McHone, Cougar supporters have a lot to look forward to. “They’ve been really strong,” McHone said. “There were a lot of personal records set. A large number of people stepped up to the challenges.” One of those personal records was set by sophomore and long distance runner Daniel Alvarez. Alvarez shaved off 2:34 from his personal record in the 10,000-meter at the Willamette Invitational, held at Willamette University, in Salem. The invitational, which took place April 4 and 5, showed personal records set for many runners, including freshman Grant Lewis, who dropped 22 seconds from his record in the 3,000-meter. The sprinters dominated on the second day of competition. Freshman Morgan Cribbs ran a lifetime PR in the 100-meter with a time of 12.62. The time places her at number eight on the all-time performance list for the Cougars. The women’s relay team, consisting of Rachel Hemphill, Cribbs, Kaitlyn Reid and Stefani Dittmar, bested the competition by winning the 4 x 100-meter relay with a time of 48.62, only 0.6 seconds away from breaking the school record. The throwers were strong, with sophomore Dittmar and Luke Pike leading the way. Pike threw a four-foot PR in hammer throw, which establishes him as one of the top hammer throwers in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC). Dittmar earned a spot on the all-time top 10 list for Clackamas in the hammer with a 13-foot PR. The Cougars also competed this last weekend in the Lewis and Clark Invite. At the time of publication, the scores had not yet been posted. Coach McHone has minimal worries for the next few meets. “We need to respond to the competition,” McHone said. “That hasn’t been a problem, but that’s what we need to do in order to perform in championship meets.”
ABOVE: Freshman Kai Ojala leaps over the high jump. Ojala previously went to Wilson High School. LEFT: Freshman Courtney Heckeroth competes in the long jump. Her best in the event is 16’ 10”, according to the Cougar athletics Web site. BELOW: Freshmen Luke Correll (left) and Jared Correll, brothers from David Douglas High School, jump hurdles in the meet at Lewis and Clark on Saturday, April 12.
ABOVE: Freshman Aimee Shafer attempts to clear the bar in the pole vault. Shafer’s record in the pole vault is 10’ 3”, according to the Cougar athletics Web site.
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Baseball shakes off rain and loss
After rainouts and losses, the Cougars are back on track with a winning streak of six games and a tie. Clackamas is third in the league and shows no signs of stopping. Lydia E. Bashaw The Clackamas Print
After rainouts and a number of losses, Cougar baseball is back on a winning streak. At the Treasure Valley Tournament in Ontario, Ore., the Cougars lost all but two games, winning the second game and tying the third. The losses at the tournament set them up for a week of rainouts and then more losses. On April 1 was a loss against Chemeketa Community College. However, things turned around April 2 against Lane Community College, where the Cougars won both games. The game April 5 against Lin-Benton was canceled due to more weather issues, the field
being too wet for play. Clackamas continued its short winning streak while playing against Southwestern Oregon Community College on April 8, winning the double-header. The next two games against Mt. Hood Community College were also wins April 10. The April 12 games against Lane Community College ended the winning streak with Clackamas losing the first 2-3 and winning the second 5-2. The team’s record is currently 16 wins to 10 losses, currently placing them third in the league, with Mt. Hood and Lin-Benton just ahead in the records. The next game is at Chemeketa Community College on April 19 at 1 p.m.
LEFT: Sophomore and infield player Jason Anderson runs for first base in the game against Mt. Hood yesterday. RIGHT: 2007 All-League catcher Ben Janal swings as his teammates watch from the dugout. Photos by Helen Conley Clackamas Print
Softball holds tight with winning record halfway through season Megan Koler Editor in Chief
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ABOVE: Freshman Kristel Baeckel swings at the ball in the game on Saturday, April 12. The game was played on the Clackamas field against Clark College. The Cougars won both games, which gives them a record of 10-11.
Back from spring break, Clackamas’ softball team took second place in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAAC) standings. Last Saturday’s double-header against Clark College was a major victory. The Cougars beat Clark College’s Penguins 7-6 in the first game and 2-3 in the last. Clackamas was 6-4 in league play and 10-11 in season play at the time of publication. Clackamas’ next game will be a home game today at 3 p.m. against Southwestern Oregon Community College on the softball field. LEFT: Coach Jessica Buel (right) and Assistant Coach Denise Nasuta instructs team members on the field at last Saturday’s game.
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Sports Scores Baseball Softball Track
April 10 – Mt. Hood CC (DH) W 13-10 W 8-5 April 12 – Lane CC (DH) L 2-3 W 5-2 April 10 – Lower Columbia College (DH) W 3-2 L 5-6 April 11 – Chemeketa CC (DH) W 5-4 L 4-5 April 12 – Clark College (DH) W 11-0 W 10-0 April 12 – Lewis and Clark Invitational Men – team fourth place Women – team second place
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Games This Week
TRACK AND FIELD APRIL 18 – Warner Paciﬁc Mini Meet at Oregon City High School BASEBALL APRIL 19 – Chemeketa Community College (DH) at Chemeketa, 1 p.m. APRIL 22 – Linn-Benton Community College (DH) at Linn-Benton, 1 p.m. SOFTBALL APRIL 16 – Southwestern Oregon Community College at Home, 3 p.m. APRIL 19/20 – Yakima Crossover Tournament at Yakima