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Part-timers in quagmire over pay Matt Olson The Clackamas Print
A new Part-Time Faculty Agreement is being negotiated by Clackamas’ administration and part-time faculty association. Currently, the new contract is delayed since both sides are seeking mediation through Oregon’s Employment Relations Board. Bargaining teams have come to an impasse over a few key subjects. “There are a number of articles that haven’t been agreed upon,” said Courtney Wilton, vice presi-
dent of college services. “The compensation is a large portion of that.” In a September Board of Education meeting, Part-Time Faculty Association President Rosemary Teetor gave a presentation outlining the desires of the part-time faculty in their new contract. According to Teetor’s presentation, the part-time faculty are requesting “equal pay for equal work, health care benefits for those working at least half-time and an end to marginalization of part-timers as temporary, expendable, interchangeable cogs in the higher education machinery.”
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The previous part-time contract expired June 30, and any new contract agreed upon will be retroactive to July 1. The pay disparity between part-time faculty and full-time faculty is at the forefront of discussion. “There is a lot more money going to full-time faculty, percentage-wise from longevity, and we don’t begrudge them a penny of it,” said Teetor. “They earn it; we simply think we earn it, too.” Wilton agreed on this point, saying, “There is a disparity between the two – there just is. I think it’s not just [Clackamas]; I think it’s virtually every college in the nation.” The difference between full-time annual pay and an equivalent workload for a parttime instructor is significant. A part-time instructor teaching 15 credits a semester will earn $27,932 a year at the highest pay rate, which is acquired after working 1,530 hours. The lowest pay rate for full-time faculty is $45,821, which then scales up to $72,339 after spending a number of years, often 15, employed here at the college. “The whole premise behind having parttimers set up the way we are now is that we’re so flexible that we end up being the budget balancers. What we’re asking for is equal pay for equal work,” said Teetor. Competitive pay scaling between fulltime and part-time faculty is a large focus in the new contract bargaining. “Overall, the package proposal is very, very comparable between the classified and full-time and what we’re proposing for the part-timers,” said Vice President of Instructional Services Baldwin van der Bijl. Part-time faculty suggested a 5-4-3 percent raise over the next three years; five the first year, four the second and three for the third. The administration counteroffered with 3-1-1. The administration’s offer, according to Teetor, would actually increase the disparity in pay between fulltime and part-time instructors. “The total over three years for our [proposal] would be about $22.5 million. The total from theirs would be $26 million, and the difference between the two is $3.5 million,” said Wilton. “[We] have a little flexibility, but it’s not like [Van der Bijl] and I
can just decide to do what we want to do; we work for the president, and she reports to the board.” Any contract agreed upon by both sides must be verified by the part-time association, Wilton, van der Bijl, President Joanne Truesdell and the Board of Education. Also, the part-time faculty are seeking a health care plan; currently they have none. In response, the administration offered an annual trust fund of $12,000. “Well, I think it’s a start,” said Wilton of the trust fund. Other local colleges have instituted similar trust funds or even offered health care to part-time instructors who qualify. Part-time instructors who must travel between schools – also known as “road scholars” – are a large portion of the parttime faculty here at the college. Often, they have the option of medical coverage at another institution. Part-time faculty believe that this will lower the cost of health care since many will not need full coverage. The administration sees this as a sign that a plan is unnecessary and the trust fund will suffice. “We’d love to pay as much as we could to everyone, but we also have budget realities,” said Wilton. Mediation between the two sides will take place Nov. 1 and 2. “The decision to go to mediation was mutual,” said Counselor Tim Pantages, who is the head of the part-time bargaining team. The mediation provided by the state will focus on reaching common ground for both sides and has no authority to force either side to settle. “I think the attitude of both sides is good. We want to get this resolved, and the mediator is going to come in and help us do that,” said Van der Bijl. Though mediation was requested by both sides, outlooks are positive. “We like part-time faculty. They do a really good job; they are good instructors and are really important to the college,” said Wilton. “Ultimately, we’ll try to be responsive to what they want, and if they have one thing that’s more of a priority than others, then we can move things around and focus dollars in one area.”
Alexandria Vallelunga The Clackamas Print
It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s not even a superhero. It’s the Democratic Club trying to save Mary Jane. Clackamas’ Democratic Club is sponsoring an on-campus forum on the legalization of marijuana Nov 14. “We’re just trying to create activism amongst the people who already want it legalized, and information is the beginning of that,” said Democratic Club President Brett Bernhoft. “The students are going to receive so much information on legalizing, facts about marijuana and what to do – how can I get active?” The co-coordinator of the event, James Bissonette, said, “It is the stereotype; it’s hard to get a stoner to do
anything, let alone get active for his own drug.” The forum will address questions such as whether there is harm in having increased THC levels. Students will be able to participate, as there will be a question-and-answer segment. A variety of issues will be discussed, including why marijuana is illegal, why it is legal in Amsterdam, taxation on marijuana, regulation, responsibility, advertising and similarities between marijuana, tobacco and alcohol. “We are holding an event with sophisticated representatives from organizations on the legalization of an illicit substance, so we’re expecting a lot of resistance,” Bernhoft said. Bissonette said, “Everyone is invited to the forum, including the community, parents and students. We invite people on both sides of the issue to
show up; in fact, we encourage it.” Representatives from the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse (MAMA) and Voter Power will attend. According to Bissonette, NORML is the biggest movement for the legalization of marijuana on the West Coast. It has financed the building of more medical marijuana dispensaries than any other organization. “NORML’s public image is medical marijuana, but they’re pushing for more than just medical use,” he said. “They want complete decriminalization of responsible private use of marijuana.” NORML’s mission statement, which was adopted by the NORML Board of Directors on Feb. 27, 1999, is “to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohi-
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bition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.” “MAMA is an organization that believes that all drugs – pharmaceutical and illicit – should be treated under the same circumstantial evidence … meaning, if it kills, why is it legal?” Bernhoft said. Voter Power is a nonprofit organization from Salem. As stated on Voter Power’s Web site, the group “advocates for reasonable, fair and Please see POT, Page 2
Harmony Campus construction continues toward the 2008 deadline
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Construction expands programs Kyle Steele The Clackamas Print
Construction isn’t a new thing for Clackamas. In the last few years, we have seen the building of the Niemeyer Center and the remodeling of McLoughlin Hall, but the work on the new addition to the Harmony Campus will be one of the most important builds in Clackamas history. Construction on the threestory building will bring about a difference for Clackamas’ English as a Second Language (ESL) and health sciences programs. The building, which is scheduled for a July deadline, will be the new home of both growing departments at Harmony. “Structural steel is being erected,” said Director of Plant Services Kirk Pearson. The frame of the building will soon be complete, and then work on the steel flooring on the second and third floors will commence. “We’re on schedule,” said Pearson. “Next summer, midJuly, is when we are shooting for.” The new facility will house the ESL and a bookstore on the first floor, and the top two floors will be the new residence of the health sciences program. “We will be starting classes there fall 2008,” said Dean of Health Sciences Maureen Mitchell. The Harmony facility will triple the space that the Health Sciences Department currently has in DeJardin Hall. The building will also hold hightech labs that the department needs in order to better train the developing medical and dental programs in the near future. “It’s going to be a real crisis. The average age of the practic-
ing nurse is 53 years old, so we are going to have a lot of retiring nurses,” said Mitchell. Many of the programs will try to bring new nurses into the field. One such program is the Workforce Improvement with Immigrant Nurses (WIN) program, which retrains immigrant nurses to help them reenter the medical field. The 2008 school year will see no changes to the programs offered through health sciences, for the sake of making a smooth transition to the new building, but more programs will be offered during the 2009 school year.
ABOVE: Builders continue work on the recent addition to Harmony Campus. BELOW: Structural steel is erected, serving as the backbone of the new building.
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effective cannabis laws and policies, and educates, registers and empowers voters to implement these policies.” Because of Voter Power’s success in Salem, the city took away the organization’s building permit, Bernhoft said. The level of legal marijuana traffic was considered a potential risk to the city’s permitting system. “So many people were coming in and out of the building that they had to shut them down because of the fear that it would look like the city was supporting illegal drugs,” he added. According to Bernhoft, Voter Power is less than pleased with the city of Salem and, as a result, are bringing cameras to the forum. “They’re going to be filming it and putting it on television. It’s going to be pretty big,” he said. The Democratic Club believes that individuals should have the right to use marijuana responsibly. “To really legitimize the pro-marijuana movement, you have to have a responsible approach to it,” Bernhoft
said. “It’s every person’s responsibility to ask themselves, ‘How does this affect other people?’” The Democratic Club stresses that if the legalization of marijuana means something to someone, then he or she must do something about it. “Know your rights, and if it’s not important to you, then leave it that way,” Bernhoft said. “But if it’s important to you – like it is to a
lot of people – activism, activism, activism. And that doesn’t include radicalism; that just includes being knowledgeable and voting.” The event will take place on Nov. 14 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in Gregory Forum. “There’s going to be so much intense information in two and a half hours,” Bernhoft said. “You won’t have any other choice but to feel obligated to do something about it.”
Blood Mobile on Campus
Friday, Oct. 26, 2007 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ----------Actual Blood Drive Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sign up in ASG office.
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Military families get extra help paying for school at Clackamas Lindsey Decker The Clackamas Print
With college tuition in Oregon rising, many find themselves in need of financial aid. Among those many are military families. The Military Family Endowment, an ongoing fundraiser at Clackamas, goes toward scholarships, book fees and other educational support. People who qualify for the endowment are soldiers on active duty, Oregon National Guard reservists, veterans and survivors of the Iraq war. This million-dollar endowment will generate $50,000 a year to help send military families to Clackamas in the future. Organizing the fundraiser is Shelly Parini, who is the exec-
utive director of the College they needed extra help financially. Advancement Foundation. “This is a “I put gift that will together what keep giving for I thought was “I want the generations,” a good plan to soldiers to Parini said of attract contributions,” Parini the endowment. know that said. “I want soldiers someone cares Because of to know that the hardships of someone cares about them war, some miliabout them and and their famitary families their families.” lies.” cannot afford Community a good educam e m b e r s tion. Lowell and Parini comJanet Miles posed a survey brought forth asking Oregon the idea of startShelly Parini National Guard ing the endowExecutive Director members quesment. They tions about then teamed up their families with Parini to and what prodiscuss military grams would benefit their edu- families’ educational needs cation and military training. and what groups they would Out of 100 soldiers, 92 said help within the service.
The couple owns Miles Fiberglass and Composites, in Oregon City, and are just one of the many companies that have contributed time and money to the endowment. “I wanted to do something for military families,” Parini said. “This endowment is giving military families an opportunity to advance themselves through career training and education.” Parini arranged banquets for the Oregon National Guard and large companies in the Portland area. At these banquets, she started raising money for the endowment. The first banquet was held during the summer of 2007. Large companies, like Fiberglass and Composites, donated money to the cause. At the first banquet, Parini raised $15,000 in pledges. Currently, there is enough
money to start sending veterans to school in 2008. “I had family in the Vietnam War who were treated poorly when they came home. Regardless of how one feels about the war, these people are serving our country. It’s only right that we help them,” said Parini. “This is not about politics; its about helping people.” Parini went public with the Military Families Endowment on Oct. 9 by hosting a banquet where community members were invited to come and listen to her proposal to aid military families. She hopes the public will respond well and help raise even more money. For more information about the Military Family Endowment, please contact Lori Lunchak, president of Miles Fiberglass and Composites, at 503-775-7755.
Riley Lundgren The Clackamas Print
Leadership, scholarship, fellowship and service are the standards that the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) plans to address while at the college this weekend. Students from across the Cascade Region will attend the seminar hosted by Clackamas’ Alpha Xi Zeta Chapter. “So far, participants have registered from as far away as the College of Southern
Idaho,” said active PTK member Chris Hinton. “What is amazing about this particular event is that we are being highlighted by Phi Theta Kappa International for doing it,” he added. The PTK chose the Alpha Xi Zeta Chapter to host the seminar due to its strong connection to the aforementioned four hallmarks that it represents. The event’s activities will challenge PTK members on all that they stand for. “There will be a Real World exhibit set up by Medical
Teams International,” said Vice President of Leadership Jeff South. The Real World exhibit will be a display that includes hypothetical situations, such as a garbage dump in Mexico where families live and a medical triage clinic in New Orleans after a hurricane. PTK members will interact and figure out how to best deal with these circumstances. The students will meet throughout the day to reflect on the issues they have seen and discuss their ideas.
Clackamas faculty will be speaking at the seminar. Speakers will include Thomas Jones of Theater Arts Department, Communication Chair Kelly Brennan and Dean of Student Services Bill Zuelke. The event will take place at the college on Oct. 27 and 28, starting at 9 a.m. The seminar is free to anyone in the Alpha Xi Zeta Chapter. For more information, contact the PTK via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Associated Student Government here on campus.
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Regional Phi Theta Kappa event promotes leadership, service
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Emily Walters Arts & Culture Editor
Need a sharp outfit for an important job interview? Look no further than the college for a professional wardrobe. The Clothes Closet is a place on campus, run by the Associated Student Government (ASG), which has free clothing available for anyone. The Workforce Development Center proposed the idea of having a place at the college where those looking for work could find practical clothing. According to ASG Community Service Senator Kalynn Stearens, who runs the Clothes Closet, it opened two years ago. Where does the clothing come from? It is “provided by the students and staff,” Stearens said. The ASG office, located in the Community Center, alongside the cafeteria, accepts all donations. But be warned – the Clothes Closet is not a dump for all unwanted clothes. Student
Government will not be happy if all the discards of the entire student body find their way into the ASG office. “We provide just professional clothing and coats,” said Stearens. In other words, bring in suits and jackets that are in good condition. For this reason, the Clothes Closet’s motto is “Dress for Success.” ASG also greatly appreciates it when donators bring in clean apparel, rather than items covered in cat hair or grime. For those who wish to acquire smart attire from the Clothes Closet, the process is easy. Simply stop by CC146, right off the Fireside Lounge, anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Embarrassed about being seen looking through free apparel? Have no fear. ASG decided that it was best to leave the Clothes Closet unattended, in order to minimize students’ mortification. If students are nervous about even being seen going into the
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room … becoming a master of camouflage or honing ninja skills may be the only ways to
get around that one. Want to know more? Contact ASG at ext. 2245,
Kalynn Stearens at ext. 5376, or stop by the ASG office (CC152) for further information.
Elizabeth Hitz Clackamas Print
ASG Community Service Senator Kalynn Stearens smiles as she looks through the racks in the Clothes Closet, which she runs. All clothing is free.
OPEN: The Faculty Exhibition is open in the Alexander Gallery, inside the Niemeyer Center, until Nov. 2. The exhibition features 11 members of the faculty, all from the Art Department. 10/25: A workshop meets from noon to 1 p.m., taught by Bill Briare on a book by Neil Howe and William Strauss, titled Millenials Go To College. The workshop will run every other week at the same time in McLoughlin Hall, room 256. Call ext. 2333 for more information. 10/29: Free Jazz Jams in room N119 in the Niemeyer Center from 7 to 10 p.m. every Monday. For more information, contact the Music Department at ext. 2434. 10/31: There will be a Blood Drive in the Gregory Forum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. One donation may save three lives. Sign up at the ASG ofﬁce, room CC152, or call ext. 2245.
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5 & Rock to benefit cancer research
Lindsey Decker The Clackamas Print
Put on your favorite Halloween costume, and get ready to rock out for the cure! Alongside Adidas Original, 94.7 Alternative Portland will host Rock for the Cure, a Halloween benefit concert, on Oct. 30. Headlining alternative band Dirty Martini, with modern pop-rock ensemble Throwback Suburbia and special guest Art Alexakis of Everclear, will be performing at Portland’s Aladdin Theater to help raise awareness for breast cancer. All proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Tara Dublin, the host of 94.7, envisioned the idea for Rock for the Cure. “I’m the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, and I’m in a fortunate position where I can make a difference, so I thought it would be a great way to raise money while having a good time,” Dublin said. This isn’t the first time that 94.7 has put on Rock for the Cure; last year, the station hosted a small-scale show which raised $5,000. “94.7 is as committed to local causes in Portland as we are to supporting the local music scene,” Dublin said. “It
makes sense for us to raise money for the local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation Race for the Cure.” All of the bands performing are from the Portland area and are very enthusiastic about the event, she added. “I wanted to keep it local,” she explained. “My first email was to Art Alexakis of Everclear. His mother is also a breast cancer survivor, and his band is still one of the best local bands. “Dirty Martini has done shows for 94.7 before, and puts on a great show. I have known the guys in
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Throwback Suburbia for a while, and I’ve been wanting them to play a 94.7 show. Everyone on the bill is committed to the cause and are all donating their time to be there.” Dublin feels that raising awareness for breast cancer is a very important topic, and she hopes to make Rock for the Cure an annual
event, each year bigger than the year before. “One day, I hope to host Rock for the Cure at the Rose Garden, if a cure still h a s n ’ t been found,” s h e said. “Everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by breast cancer,” she added. T h e American Cancer Society e s t i mates that, in 2007,
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178,480 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,460 will die. One out of eight women either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. At the concert, Dublin will encourage female attendees to do self-exams and get a mammogram. “It’s essential that all women do the self-exams,” she said. “I am going to stand on the stage and let everyone know that getting a mammogram is as painless and easy as getting an X-ray. It is so important for women to take control of their health and well-being.” Dublin has been working on this project since last spring, but she is always looking for ways she can improve it. Local newspapers and other media outlets will soon feature a press release about the concert. “I talk about Rock for the Cure as much as possible on my show,” said Dublin. Tickets for the concert are on sale now and may be purchased through 94.7’s main Web site, http://www.947.fm, or via Ticketmaster. The price is $9.47. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Aladdin Theater. The capacity of the theater is 600. 94.7 hopes to see the show sell out and attendees dressed in their Halloween attire.
Frogs being bred with transparent skin for science purposes Students hop at the mention of the invention of clear frog by scientists as an alternative to dissecting
known to have recessive traits that turn the normally ochrecolored frogs pale. Crossing the offspring of these pairs produced frogs with skin that
stays translucent for life. However, Sumida’s frogs are not perfect yet. Third-generation transparent frogs die soon after birth.
Jess Sheppard The Clackamas Print
It’s just a frog. It’s the proper size, typical shape, slimy and normal enough that one would assume it’s a normal frog – except for the fact that this frog’s skin is transparent. On Sept. 22, the University of Hiroshima presented its latest research project, an amphibian with transparent skin, also known as “the seethrough frog.” Researchers, headed by Masayuki Sumida, a professor at the Institute for Amphibian Biology, relied on recessive traits and artificial insemination to produce the aforementioned see-through frogs. Originally, the team crossed pairs of Japanese brown frogs (Rena Japonica), which are
Theoretically, because they have too many pairs of recessive traits, something goes wrong and the frogs die. Sumida’s team is confident that genetic engineering will fix this problem and even allow them to c r e a t e glowing frogs. T h e t e a m h o p e s that the frogs will be useful in the research of diseases, such as cancer, by allowing the researcher to observe the progress of a disease throughout a frog’s life.
Transparent frogs could also be used in place of dissection someday, with animal rights groups continuing to push for more humane methods. Life Science Instructor Rich Rueb is a little skeptical about the frogs replacing dissection. Computer dissections are, after all, easier and less expensive. As to the issue of morality, “the same people would still object,” Rueb said. Rueb says the frogs would be much more useful for disease research. “As long as it has a purpose, it’s fine,” said biology student Ben Ripplinger. “At least it’s not a glow-in-thedark mouse.” Morality aside, the idea of being able to see and study the growth and development of a frog’s insides from the tadpole stage through adulthood is still enticing and alluring. “That would be awesome to have in the classroom,” said David Alexander, another biology student. To Alexander, the idea of the transparent frog is “pretty freaking cool!”
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Vampire Literature Elizabeth Hitz The Clackamas Print
“[I] never really got mesmerized until, embarrassingly enough, Buffy the Vampire Slayer – maybe because it features a female slayer and really wicked vampires.” These are probably not words that one would think a teacher would say, much less in regards to a literature class. But Leslie Ormandy has a passion for vampires that she wants to share with the world. Ormandy is teaching the new Vampire Literature course at Clackamas this term. “I think it’s important to teach literature about vampires because people connect to it,” she said. “I don’t think you can really discuss vampires without also discussing life, death, undeath, souls, victims
and victimization, and ideas of morality.” “After attending the conference (American Cultural Literary Conference, at Princeton), where I found I knew very few of the vampire versions being discussed, I began reading literature ... about vampires,” she added. “Soon the obsession took hold. “Knowing that I wasn’t the only person in academia interested in vampires in literature allowed me to begin thinking about what it would take to create a class about my favorite supernatural.” The results of the experiment seem to want to speak for themselves. “Even the die-hard vampire … fanatics are learning things,” said one of Ormandy’s students, Ted Johnson. “I’m learning some really interesting stuff. “I did a presentation on Malasian vampires … the Phii
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The legendary vampire Dracula is only one of many in literature. Take the Vampire Literature course to learn about more.
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Krasue … a crawling, long-tongued Penanggalan (another Malasian vampire) look-alike who feeds on blood, intestines and,” Johnson laughed, “poop.” The class syllabus is full of early vampire literature, along with some modern literature. Students discuss why humanity invented the vampire myth, religious ideas and social conventions, issues of humanness, the state of the soul in its relationship to the vampire and how the myths change with different writers. “[Ormandy] wants us to stay away from Dracula because she wants to teach a whole other class in the winter,” Johnson said. Ormandy explained, “I separated Dracula from the rest of the vampires in literature because introducing the Count – [the] really defining vampire from our western perspective – left no time to examine the ... vampires in literature prior to Dracula’s entrance into the scene.” “She wants to teach ‘Mummies, Werewolves and Zombies, Oh My,’ in the spring,” teased Johnson. Ormandy hopes to eventually teach classes on the triad of angels, demons, the Apocolypse, witches and ghosts. “I’m interested in the supernatural in all its various manifestations,” she said. Clackamas is one of the few colleges, or even universities, with a literature course concerning vampires. “Perhaps people haven’t ... taught literature about vampires because it doesn’t fit into the traditional canon [of accepted literature],” Ormandy said. “It takes courage for a department to run non-canonical classes; it risks their academic credibility.” While the course is currently considered an elective credit, rather than English, she is working to change that. The class meets in Randall 222 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11:50 a.m. Who knows? Maybe blonde bombshell vampire hunters do haunt the night and really wicked vampires exist on something other than a television screen. Want to find out?
Put that green thumb to work in the gardens Jess Sheppard The Clackamas Print
How many places are there where the green-thumbed can rent roughly 500 square feet of gardening space for only $20 per season? Clackamas is one. Everyone who enters the campus from Beavercreek Road passes them. Part of the jogging trail runs through them. They’re the Clackamas Community Gardens, where anyone – student or not – can rent a plot of land and grow whatever he or she wishes. Unlike most other garden spaces, there is no contract riddled with fine print and terms of agreement. At Clackamas’ Community Gardens, rented plots are maintained with the help of the Greenspaces Club, which is made up of plot owners and community volunteers like Kathy Vonstriver. Vonstriver has been the head of the Community Gardens for almost four years and has had her plot for more than 15. “It’s my retreat,” she said. For others, gardening is an outlet as much as an escape. But that escape has suffered over the past few years. “Theft has been really bad,” said Vonstriver. In the past, thieves have stolen pipes and brass sprinkler heads to sell
as scrap metal. Thankfully, law enforcement has cracked down on scrap dealers, forcing them to check their sources and take down information about customers. This year, the gardens have been theft-free, and the staff is now faced only with the problem of being shorthanded. With about 130 plots available, the gardens have no lack of space. One person can rent as many plots as he or she desires, or two people can rent one plot and maintain it together. Some plots are available year-round, for the winter and fall gardeners. The college donates the water for the plots, and the Greenspaces Club waters them twice every week. The club also pitches in, pulling weeds, trimming and generally maintaining the spaces. Now that it’s fall, most of the plots are either being harvested or cleaned for the next season. The gardens have a lot of potential, Vonstriver said, but nothing can be done without people to help. Vonstriver hopes to put in some raised flowerbeds, as well as to improve the paths, put in some artwork and possibly even a picnic area. The sky is really the limit. Anyone wishing to rent a plot need only contact Vonstriver at 503-655-0637 or by e-mail at email@example.com.The Greenspaces Club also has a page on the college Web site.
Josh Hudson Clackamas Print
The community gardens at the college are filled with beautiful plants and a scarecrow which has established it as its residence.
A few words from the “Doctor” on how everything started
Disclaimer: Dr. Kim is not a real doctor, nor has she ever been. She’s working on it, though. To read more of “Dr. Kim,” go to askejean.com and click on “Top Campus Sex Columnists.” To send Dr. Kim a question, email her at drmaier2006@yahoo. com.
When I was in fifth or sixth grade, my school started sex education. I sat there in a classroom of 25 of my 12-year-old peers and our school nurse, both horrified and excited at the prospect of her saying dirty words like “penis” and “vagina.” Oooooh, dirty. When she finished with her lecture about the anatomy and physiology of the human reproductive system, she collected the book that had horrified and threatened all the girls with the “curse” of their periods and asked if anyone had any questions they would like to ask. I stared around the room at 25 silent prepubescents, all sitting on their hands for fear she would think someone scratching their hair wanted to know more about sex. My hand shot up in the air proudly, for I had never been told that sex was an ugly secret. My schoolmates gasped. “What does semen smell like?” I asked. “Well, umm ...” the lazy-eyed nurse stammered. “Well ...” She stopped and cleared her throat, confident that she could
answer this one while still upholding her dignity. “You know ... uhhh ... just like any other bodily fluid, it has its own scent.” That was her answer, and she was sticking to it. Two negative things happened as a result of this experience. 1) My friends thought I was completely disturbed. 2) I went on for years trying to determine if semen smelled like sweat, urine or worse – feces. Let’s jump forward in time, shall we? Last year, I was lucky enough to convince the editorial staff at The Clackamas Print to let me write my own advice column. They even put my picture on it and allowed me to pass out flyers to attract questions for “Dr. Kim” on campus. It was not a sex column by any means. As the letters came pouring in, it turned out that many of them were about relationships and sex. Six months into the column-writing experience, Elle Magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll asked me if I would contribute the column as a sex column on the askejean Web site.
I was reluctant at first, because I didn’t think my lifestyle fit the description of a sex columnist. Then I decided that all you really need is a healthy reserve of synonyms for the words “penis” and “vagina” and an open mind. Now I write about everything from intimacy to anal sex. Little did I know that I was about to encounter the same reaction from my peers in college that I did when I was just a wee youngster in sex ed. class. I should have listened when they all told me sex is a dirty secret that no one talks about. In the beginning, I thought it was cool to be recognized from the paper. People would be reading The Print in the cafeteria, and they would ask, “Are you Dr. Kim?” I quickly learned that, depending on what the content in my column was that week, sometimes the answer should be “No. I’ve never seen that woman before in my life.” Word started spreading that Dr. Kim is a vulgar, unclean slut. My editorial staff started questioning whether the content in “Dr. Kim” was appropriate for a school newspaper. In a conservative room
of pure-minded, annoyed editors, I was reminded once again that sex is a dirty secret, and if I talk about it, I’m a bad, bad girl. The truth is, the judgment doesn’t bother me. Having sex doesn’t make you a bad, unclean person, talking about it doesn’t make you a temptress, and writing about it sure doesn’t qualify you as a whore. I’m a stay-at-home mother and full-time student. I can count the number of sexual partners I’ve had on one hand. Sex is not a dirty secret, and we should talk about it. Think of all the girls like me, who walk around afraid of sex because they think semen smells like urine. If we all felt more comfortable talking about the natural event of sex, girls might be more honest with their parents about needing birth control. Women might be more open to telling their gynecologist the truth about their sexual history, and new couples would be brave enough to ask when the last time was their partner was tested for STDs. I’m not just a sex columnist – I’m a sexual superhero!
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007
Abundance of football injuries hurts teams Melanie Fisher The Clackamas Print
I am starting to wonder if there will even be a Super Bowl this year, considering that no team can seem to beat the plague of team injuries that surrounds the NFL this season. We are only into week 6, and quite a few teams already have between 7 and 11 players injured. Even the poor Seattle Seahawks can’t beat the plague. Shaun Alexander has injured his wrist and is listed as probable to play. With their superstar injured, will the
team be able to stand up to Super Bowl contenders? Seattle isn’t the only team that is bruised. Every single team has at least one player down with an injury. These injuries are going to hurt many teams’ chances of contending for a Super Bowl ring. Coaches are having to revamp their offense or defense and, in some cases, are even throwing in the new guy. Teams are being forced to come up with a new plan in order to beat some of their opponents. It seems like most of the injuries this season are to the lower part of players’ bodies. Many players are out with
ankle, knee, toe, hamstring or groin injuries. St. Louis is going to struggle, considering that former Oregon State University star Steven Jackson is out with a groin injury. Baltimore has even more problems, with their starting Quarterback Steve McNair out with a back injury. The New York Giants are going to have to trust the young Eli Manning with their fate this season, since Chad Pennington is out with an ankle injury. It seems as though all we may be watching on Super Bowl Sunday this year is the half-time performer.
Andrea Simpson Sports Editor
Courtesy of the Seattle Seahawks 2007
Shaun Alexander injured his wrist but is listed as probable to play.
NBA Preseason 2007 Dale Balbi
The Clackamas Print
The NBA season is upon us, bringing exciting, young talent and savvy veterans. Some of those players have new teams or are entering the league for their inaugural campaign. Other players have resigned with teams that are a great fit for their abilities. The preseason gives us a sneak peak at the teams thriving toward championship stardom, while other teams are looking for that competitive edge. With that said, here are teams to watch for, as well as players who could make an impact this season. Atlanta Hawks The Hawks have a lot of young talent. Rookie Al Horford, the Hawks’ first-round pick out of Florida, could make an impact now. He was the first guy drafted from the Florida Gators National Championship team, so he has a lot of promise. However, the Hawks have so many forwards that their roster resembles a shaken-up soda bottle waiting to explode – though, Horford could see playing time at center due to his fine preseason play.
Houston Rockets The Rockets are expected to make the playoffs with not only their young talent, but with their two all-stars Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming. However, they are in a similar situation as the Hawks. Instead of an overload of forwards, the Rockets have a surplus of guards – not to mention they failed to add a pure athlete to their roster, and as a result are on the decline. Seattle Supersonics The Sonics have high hopes and expectations for rookie phenomenon Kevin Durant because he’s the only player on the roster who is a lock to be in the starting lineup. After losing Ray Allen (Boston) and Rashard Lewis (Orlando) to free agency, the Sonics look to be in rebuilding mode. Sure, Durant will put up big numbers, but the rest of the players’ roles are in doubt. Memphis Grizzlies The Grizzlies battled through injuries to their valuable players, such as Pau Gasol and Damon Stoudamire. Now they have young, skilled point guard Mike Conley. Conley, the number-four pick in the NBA
Draft, has the prototype to be one of the purest point guards in the game. As a result, he could start and make an impact now. This team can make the playoffs over the Golden State Warriors, and here’s why: As posted on the Warriors’ Web site, the Warriors face a twodollar-steak type of tough schedule. They play the San Antonio Spurs, then the next night against the Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies and the New Orleans Hornets. All of those games are on the road – and just before the final month, they have the Denver Nuggets in Denver and Dallas at home. However, on theirWeb site, the Grizzlies have two match-ups on their schedule with a rebuilding Minnesota Timberwolves squad that’s without Kevin Garnett on their roster. The Grizzlies could surprise this season. Orlando Magic The Magic have at least three shooters in Hedo Turkoglu, JJ Redick and Rashard Lewis, the latter of whom signed with the Magic in the off-season. According to Yahoo Sports, Redick tore tissue in his foot last year while playing a pick-up game of basketball. During this preseason, Redick has been on fire, netting at least two threepointers a game. Back in his college day at Duke, this was the norm.
With all of those shooters and a dominant big man in Dwight Howard, this is a sleeper team that could make the playoffs. East Playoffs My upset pick is the New Jersey Nets over the Miami Heat because the Nets have secured their top scorer, Vince Carter, who is a beast when it comes to in-game tenacity – not to mention this lineup has Jason Kidd and fellow teammate Richard Jefferson. In the end, there will be a Celtics versus Pistons east final, and believe it or not, the Boston Celtics will win the series. The Celtics look really poised so far, and they now have three goto guys in Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. West Playoffs In the west finals, there will be a meeting with the San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns. Call me crazy, but this will be the year the Phoenix Suns beat the San Antonio Spurs. We know that San Antonio has the recipe for a championship, but the Phoenix Suns had the Spurs on the ropes last year in the playoffs. As the Suns meet the Celtics in the finals, they have finally found their niche in 2008. The sun won’t set this time as the Suns will finally rise, and for the rest of us, it’s time to wake up.
NFL is supposed to stand for National Football League, not the No Fun League. In 2006, the NFL cracked down on touchdown celebrations by amending rules to include an automatic 15-yard penalty for any dance in which a player leaves his feet or uses a prop. Terrell Owens is probably the most notorious for these distasteful touchdown dances. In 2002, when playing against the Seahawks, Owens removed a sharpie from his sock and proceeded to sign the ball before handing it to his financial adviser sitting near the end zone. In 2004, when playing against the Ravens, he mocked the dance of linebacker Ray Lewis, a five-time Pro-Bowl participant and respected player. More recently, in light of the Patriots’ videotaping scandal, Owens held the ball like an old-fashioned wind-up video camera and “taped” the Dolphins sidelines. Owens needs to learn the difference between being creative and just plain offensive. Another player who decided to step over the line of what is acceptable celebration is Falcons wide receiver Joe Horn. After a touchdown in 2003 against the New York Giants, Horn pulled a cell phone from the padding of the goalpost where he had hidden it earlier and called his family. He was immediately given a 15-yard penalty and a $30,000 fine. Chad Johnson, on the other hand, is a true revolutionary when it comes to touchdown dances. The Bengals wide receiver started the creative dances in 2005 when he did an interpretation of river dancing after scoring a touchdown. In maybe the best touchdown celebration I have ever heard of, Johnson pretended to propose to a Bengals cheerleader after scoring a touchdown, and she accepted the mock proposal. After being fined by the NFL several weeks in a row, Johnson celebrated his next touchdown by holding up a sign that read “Dear NFL, please don’t fine me again!!!” Ironically, he was fined again. He has also performed CPR on the ball, the chicken dance and an imitation of Tiger Woods that ended up costing him $5,000 in fines. I understand that football players’ egos are getting out of control and that the rule was made so that “unsportsmanlike” conduct wasn’t promoted – but what about the fans? Most fans enjoy seeing creative touchdown celebrations. The few players who cross the line – like Owens – shouldn’t ruin it for everyone. These dances are a tradition started by greats such as Elbert “Ickey” Woods, who started the classic Ickey Shuffle, and O.J. Santiago, who supposedly created the “Dirty Bird” dance used by the Atlanta Falcons. These dances were done because the player had made an amazing score and was expressing his joy in a creative way for the fans’ enjoyment. The bottom line is that the NFL has to draw the line somewhere, and some touchdown dances will end up on the wrong side. But as long as players are willing to continue paying the fine, the tradition should triumph over the No Fun League – oops, I mean the National Football League.
Sports Scores Soccer
Oct. 20, 2007 − Clackamas 9, Lower Columbia 0
Volleyball Oct. 19, 2007 − Mt. Hood def Clackamas (30 − 28, 28 − 30, 30 − 27, 30 − 27)