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High-tech Harmony Harmony building demolished to make way for advanced health facilities John Hurlburt News Associate
The old building, adjacent from the Oregon Institute of Technology, on Clackamas’ Harmony campus faces extinction as a newer, more technologically advanced structure steps up to take its place. The current building residing on the campus has been scheduled for demolition sometime around mid-August. Subsequently, the college plans to have the project functional by fall term. The future structure will be the home of the health and sciences PEARSON department, and will also harbor everything its soon-to-be-predecessor does, aside from Customized Training and Development, which will be moved to DeJardin Hall on the Oregon City campus. The first floor will house what is essentially the elderly Harmony building, but the two floors above it are mapped as being the future home for Clackamas’ health and sciences division. The change, which is scheduled to take place in mid-July, is the second in four years for the health and sciences department, which has experienced unprecedented growth within the past few years. After the first move into DeJardin Hall in 2004, Dean of Health and Sciences Maureen Mitchell said “never again,” but now four years later, the best word she can use to describe how she feels about the transfer is “excited.” “I’m excited for the students, I’m excited for the faculty, I’m excited for the community and I’m excited for the industry partners,” Mitchell said. Mitchell’s exuberance is not self-contained. A walk through DeJardin holds a high
chance of finding students who are exhilarated about the relocation, and for good reason: the department is tripling its space as well as adding a variety of new, high-tech equipment. Among the technologies that will be prevalent in the freshly constructed center is a highfidelity simulator named Noel. Noel is what Mitchell describes as a “real person simulation,” meaning the dummy emulates a real patient in almost every way, except maybe for the mood swings. Noel’s capabilities include making breathing sounds, generating vital signs and even giving birth to a sim-baby named Hal. The technologies that will soon be available in the Harmony structure come as a relief to student Scott Hartman. “In a high-tech age, we need high-tech equipment to train with,” Hartman said. Noel is not the only “high-tech” equipment that will be fitted into the Harmony addition to keep up with a steadily-progressing field. Another feature that will enhance the program’s live exercise training will be the nursing lab. The nursing lab will consist of a control room with windows surrounding three of its sides. Through each window, instructors will see the patients’ beds as well as the students. From the control room, they will be able to create real-time scenarios that will test students and see exactly how they handle realistic situations such as heart attacks and strokes. The nursing lab is a point of pride for Mitchell, who said as far as live exercises go in colleges, “we got the best one in Oregon.” The additions to the Harmony campus are not merely a testament to the expansion of the health and sciences department, but the development of Clackamas County as a whole. According to Jann York, student services coordinator at Harmony, enrollment numbers at the campus continue to rise. York views the maturation of Harmony as a service to the community. “It’s the beginning of a great campus,” York said. Throughout the construction of the project, there have only been a few “standard” setbacks, according to Kirk Pearson, and no injuries to speak of. The actual design from the inside of the building is based on the same basic makeup of Roger Rook Hall on the Oregon City campus, with the entrance to the building opening up into a general foyer complete with tables and chairs. Looking at the brick and glass structure from the west, individuals who approach the edifice will notice its modern appeal, whereas the older structure had begun to show its age. The erecting of this facility is phase one of a bigger expansion involving the Harmony campus, and more construction has already been planned to take place after the former building is condemned. LEFT: Construction workers at the Harmony campus start work on the new, more advanced building for Clackamas’ health division.
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Softball wins big at Crossover Tournament Cougar softball dominated at last weekend’s Crossover Tournament in Selah, Wash., despite losing its doubleheader to top-ranked Mt. Hood. Clackamas started out the week with a doubleheader win against Southwestern Oregon Community College. The Cougars defeated Southwestern first 10-2 and second 3-1. Mt. Hood still holds its first-place ranking in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) standings after barely defeating the Lady Cougars by 1-2 and 6-7 last Thursday. At the Crossover Tournament in Selah, Clackamas won three of its four games, leaving the team with a winning season record. Regardless of that triumph, Mt. Hood’s defeat bumped Clackamas down to third in the NWAACC rankings with an 8-6 in league play. Clackamas softball will be on the road all this week. The Cougars’ next game will be against Southwestern Oregon CC in Coos Bay at 2 p.m. The NWAACC championships this year will be May 16 through 18 at Delta Park, in Portland. Clackamas has eight games left to qualify for the annual competition. - Compiled by Megan Koler
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ABOVE: Freshman Susan Winningham heads for home plate. BELOW: Sophomore Renee Santos winds up a pitch at last Wednesday’s game.
The Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Rhythmically delightful music floods out of the Roseland Theater on April 13 Emily Walters Arts & Culture Editor
Cat Power croons the blues in Portland
Smooth, velvety simplicity cast a spell over a varied audience at the Roseland Theater on the evening of April 13. The downtown Portland venue was host to the bluesy-alternative group Cat Power, with the support of the French band Appaloosa. The concert was part of Cat Power’s current tour for the band’s most recent album, “Jukebox,” which covers records from many of the music elite, such as Frank Sinatra and Janis Joplin, to name just a couple. Anne Laure of Appaloosa opened the show, wearing a glittery, strapless, teal dress with a black leather jacket. She took up the first 30 minutes with several songs, including “L’Amour Hard” and “The Day We Fell in Love.” While the blend of Laure’s voice with a synthesizer was not terrible, her performance might have been more enjoyable if her dancing had not looked like a rabbit doing jumping jacks, which put her outfit in constant danger of falling down. When Cat Power took over the stage, vocalist Chan Marshall instantly began to hypnotize with her raspy-chocolate voice. Marshall stepped in front of the crowd attired in tight black jeans and an olive button-up top, completing her ensemble with a messily-tied black tie and white lace-up flats. With the smoking piano and organ player Gregg
Foreman, guitarist Judah Bauer, bass player Erik Paparazzi and drummer Jim White for stunning accompaniment, Marshall sultrily waltzed through the show. Among the biggest hits of the night was “Ramblin’ (Wo)man,” a cover of the song most often attributed to Hank Williams, during which Marshall expertly crooned “some folks/some folks say/I ain’t no good,” which most would find hard to believe after hearing her. Another was the huskier new version of one of Cat Power’s older songs, “Metal Heart,” mixed to perfection with a loud, warbling guitar, soft piano and crashing cymbals. “Silver Stallion” went a slightly different direction, with a sound reminiscent of older country music – no surprise since it was originally by The Highwaymen. Foreman accompanied Marshall in the background. The most entrancing overall, though, was Patsy Cline’s “She’s Got You,” which had a slower beat that allowed Marshall’s unique interpretation and tone to shine through. The band slowly left the stage for a break amidst cheering and clapping, leaving only White’s consistent beat echoing out over the crowd. It was soon joined again by the throbbing guitar and beautiful organ, before the entire group reassembled to finish out the fantastic performance. For more information on tour dates and to hear Cat Power’s music, go to myspace.com/catpower.
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ABOVE: Cat Power’s lead singer Chan Marshall sings huskily into the microphone in front of the band. The drummer Jim White (behind) kept a solid beat going throughout the entire night. RIGHT: Gregg Foreman, the piano and organ player, takes a long drag from his cigarette as his other hand quickly dances its way along the keys. He also sang background vocals in one of the songs.
The Grand Tour comes to life at the Oregon Ballet Theatre Andrea Simpson The Clackamas Print
The Oregon Ballet Theatre opened the third installment of its Grand Tour series Friday, April 18, to a nearly sold-out auditorium. The America program consisted of three works and two intermissions. The first work, “Through Eden’s Gates,” is a ballet set to ragtime and jazz music with contemporary moves integrated in a surprisingly natural cadence. The music is composed by Pacific Northwest native William Bolcom and choreographed by Kent Stowell. Traveling in patterns and eventually coming together in synchrony before twirling offstage, the dancers engage in rounds of high-flying kicks to start the show. One of the highlights of the solo and duet performances that followed was that of Alison Roper and Ronnie Underwood. Roper and Underwood executed a dance that smacked of extremely flirty, salsa-inspired movements. They even did hip sways that would have made Elvis proud. The sexual attraction between the couple was almost palpable and undeniably turned up the temperature in the theater. Another stand-out routine was carried out by ballerina Yuka Iino. In the scene “Fast, Furious,” Iino used sharp and abstract motions to illustrate the range of the ballet. When joined by five male dancers on stage, she proved how quirky and seductive she could be, both fending off and enticing the men. The ballet ended in a reprise of its beginning, with thunderous applause from the audience. In the next ballet of the production, “Just,” the performers conveyed a message that spoke to the beauty of two human bodies moving together and the harmony they can create.
In contrast to the previous piece, the music of “Just” is more classical, featuring a variety of odd instruments such as the jalatarang – a set of ceramic bowls that produce a range of non-specific pitches when struck. The costumes played an interesting role. They were designed to look like the crossing ribbons on ballet pointe shoes. The imagery gave the feeling of everything being stripped away, leaving one remaining focus: the dance. The costumes were very simple, there was no set and the movements were distinctly modern. At one point, dancer Artur Sultanov soloed to music that sounded like a ticking clock, and his choppy, jerky motions reflected the passing of time. “Just” is composed by Henry Cowell and choreographed by Trey McIntyre. The third and final ballet presented was “Slaughter on Tenth Ave.” This combination of ballet and show-dancing is set within the 1936 Broadway musical “On your Toes,” choreographed by legend George Balanchine. In a time when American ballet was still establishing roots, Balanchine took it to Broadway, and this piece definitely dates itself in the 1930s. The plot involves a love triangle between a ballerina, a ballet dancer and the choreographer. Throw a gangster waiting in the actual audience into the mix, and it is more of a comedy routine than a ballet. The dance is a combination of ballet, jazz and tap. Kathi Martuza, as a striptease girl, was brilliant in the way she perfectly blended ballet and subtle striptease elements. In light of the dramatic storyline, much of the dancing in this production comes in the form of exceedingly exaggerated moves, keeping the audience in stitches. The America program at OBT demonstrates that ballet is not simply set to classical music and catered to a high-brow audience. With popular dances like the Charleston and bits of
seduction, the show connects with individuals from all walks of life. Ballet is alive and well at the Oregon Ballet Theatre. The show runs April 18 through 27 and is followed by the Russian program June 6 through 8.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Track and field comes out on top Both men’s and women’s track and field makes a mark at both the Lewis and Clark Invitational and the Western Oregon University Twilight Meet last week Andrea Simpson Sports Editor
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ABOVE: Morgan Cribbs sprints in the Lewis and Clark Invitational on April 11 and 12. Head Coach Keoni McHone called Cribbs “one of our best sprinters.” RIGHT: Two members of the men’s relay team pass the baton in the 4x100 relay at the Lewis and Clark Invitational.
This season, track has rapidly become a force to be reckoned with. On April 11 and 12, the men’s and women’s teams competed in the Lewis and Clark Invitational, where they emerged as top contenders in the competition. “I think we were ready to go,” Head Coach Keoni McHone said. “The only thing that was different was that it was about 20 degrees w a r m e r than we were used to training in. A lot of them were drained by the end of the meet.” Regardless of the weather, the women placed second and the men finished fourth overall. Stefani Dittmar took first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.86 seconds. Her teammates also did well in the event. Rachel Hemphill, Aimee Shafer and Kaitlyn Reid placed fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Reid finished third in the 100-meter hurdles, while Shafer placed fourth in the pole vault with a height of 10 feet. The women’s 4x100 relay team took first with a time of 48.60 seconds, which places them at the third fastest in school history. The team consisted of Dittmar, Hemphill, Reid and Morgan Cribbs. The men performed efficiently in
Baseball breaks even in game over the weekend The Cougars maintained their winning record over the past week when they went up against Linn-Benton Community College on April 17. They played a
doubleheader and won the ﬁrst game with a ﬁnal score of 9-3. Unfortunately, they lost their lead and the second game with a ﬁnal score of 0-2. The game took their record from 9-3 to 10-4 in league play. The rain forced the team to cancel a game against Chemeketa Community College on April 19. The Cougars played yesterday, April 22, in Albany against Linn-Benton Community College in a doubleheader. At the time of publication, the scores were not yet available. The baseball team will next play against Southwestern Oregon Community College on April 26 at home. The game will begin at 1 p.m. on the lower ﬁeld. - Compiled by Andrea Simpson LEFT: Cameron Childress bunts the ball at home plate. RIGHT: Ben Janal, 12, prepares to swing the bat in the game against Linn-Benton CC.
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the same event. The team consisting of Logan Fjelstad, Joe Gobel, Mat Tweedy and Stan Wester placed first with a time of 42.61 seconds. They also placed second in the 4x400 relay with the same team, with the exception of Ime Ntekpere replacing Gobel. Clackamas then traveled to Western Oregon University to compete in the WOU Twilight Meet on April 18. Individual standout performances on the women’s side included Hemphill, who set a season personal record of 59.94 seconds in the 400-meter dash. Dittmar tied her lifetime PR in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.74 seconds. Reid placed fourth in the 400meter hurdles with Alaura Little right behind her in sixth place. The women’s 4x100 meter relay was another stellar performance, placing the team second and making the top 10 list for the college. Shafer replaced Cribbs from the Lewis and Clark Meet due to Cribbs’ sprained quadricep. The men took second in the 4x100 relay as well. Fjelstad, Gobel, Tweedy a n d We s t e r ran a time 42.84, just .23 seconds b e h i n d their performance at the Lewis and Clark Invitational. When the same team competed in the 4x400 meter relay, they set a 4.5 second PR. They currently lead the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges this season. In the individual men’s records, Luke Pike threw a lifetime PR in the hammer throw of 43.7 meters, which put him at fifth that day. Kai Ojala topped the competition in the men’s high jump at 1.9 meters. The weather was back to what the teams have experienced during training – cold and with drizzle. But the weather wasn’t a factor in McHone’s eyes. “Everything went how we planned,” he said. “I like the athletes focusing on what they can control.”
Sports Scores Softball
Crossover Tournament April 19 – Columbia Basin W 8-7 April 19 – Skagit Valley W 7-1 April 20 – Bellevue L 1-10 April 20 – Grays Harbor W 11-3
Games This Week TRACK AND FIELD April 25 – Oregon Relays at University of Oregon BASEBALL April 26 – Southwestern Oregon Community College (DH) at home, 1 p.m. April 29 – Lane Community College (DH) at home, 1 p.m. SOFTBALL April 25 – Southwestern Oregon Community College at home, 2 p.m. April 26 – Chemeketa Community College at Chemeketa, 2 p.m. April 29 – Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash., 3 p.m.
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