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Students race for classes Michelle Sanchez The Clackamas Print

In the same way that Starbucks gives you that two and a half pump, sugar free white mocha with nonfat milk and half caffeine with an inch and a half on the top simmering at a perfect 180 degrees in five and a half seconds, Clackamas is working to get you the kinds of classes you want, when you want them, and how you want them. Clackamas is not an exception in this craze for speed and convenience that has taken over the modern world, but in fact is on the forefront of this tidal wave trend. “We try to make the classes as convenient for the students as possible,” said Lynda Graf an administrative assistant at the curriculum office. “We even have a welding class between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. and have had classes 24 hours on campus before.” So how do they decide what stays and goes? According to Graf, student demand plays a large role in their choices. Graf stated, “We try to offer classes at different times and then see which times seem to suit the most

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Student Micheal Haugh registers for spring term classes. Clackamas has been working hard to have the most convienient class times to make up for fewer selections. students. The best way to get the classes you want is to go the chair of the department or the administrators and propose a class you want.” Budget cuts have left students and staff worrying

over their spring term classes. Some teaching positions have been frozen, and some students are afraid that the budget cuts will keep them from getting the classes they need at the prices that they

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can afford. But, that doesn’t stop the ball from rolling forward in time, or the education process from lagging in the past. Please see Classes, Page 2

Warning: new fees

In order to avoid any blood curdling screams of surprise upon students return from spring break, The Print would like to inform the campus about a new batch of fees that will be implemented starting the beginning of spring term. Next term tuition will be going up an additional $5 per credit and official transcripts are increasing from $5 to $10 dollars. Another change that will be implemented next term is the return of late registration fee. Any eleven week course that is added after the first week will cost the student $50 per course. According to Registrar Tara Sprehe, the late enrollment fee is being issued to encourage students to register for classes in a timely matter. The fee had previously existed and was $25. It was later removed but the college felt that in this upcoming term it was appropriate to bring back in order to help students know what they are registered for ahead of time. The fee will not have any effect on classes that start after the first week.

ASG unites students in fight against state funding cuts John Hurlburt News Editor

We fight together or we die alone; it’s the logic that gave fuel to the creation of labor unions and it is the logic that Clackamas’ Associate Student Government is hoping will ease the college out of recession. As budget forecasts grow grimmer by the minute, it is painfully obvious that something needs to be done, but what? ASG is attempting to help answer this question by rallying students support in order to get a message across to the state legislature that community college’s are important and need funding. The plan of action is to deliver a box full of cards signed by students to the state legislature on April 13. During this legislative session, four to six student representatives from Clackamas will be lobbying Oregon’s legislature in order to get the state to add additional funds for community college support. The box of signed endorsements for community college support will be delivered as a first aid kit for the injured economy, according to ASG adviser Mindy Brown. Each of the cards has statistics printed on

them, which relate to how many people are being affected by community colleges. The goal of having students sign the cards and including the statistics about those who have been influenced by community colleges is to jolt the state legislature’s memory that community colleges are not only important but a dire necessity for the community and state. Three groups came up with the idea that community colleges need to be first responders when it comes to harsh economic climates, the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA), Oregon Student Association (OSA) and Oregon Community College Student Association (OCCSA). Clackamas is not alone in creating a first aid kit and Brown understands this fact to be very important. “We feel very strongly that this message needs to come from all the colleges,” Brown explains. OCCSA is organizing the student representatives. The hope is that every community college will be present in order to give strength to the message being lobbied for. The goals of lobbying the state at the moment are at this point general. Two things that are taking high priority in this

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ASG public affairs officer Melanie Kratzer, right, waits to get a signed card back from Tiffany Frias, left. The signed cards will be delivered to Oregon’s legislature. legislative session are increased community college funding as well as increased funding for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, according to Michael Vu, ASG President. The student representatives that are going to Salem on April 13 have not been chosen.

The OCCSA has asked for students to come who have good stories to tell about how community colleges have impacted them. Please see involved, Page 2


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Student quells his addiction Mead worked together to start an NA meeting on campus. The meetings are Monday and Friday from noon to 1 p.m. in room 112 in the Community Center. He believes, “It’s better to face our problems in numbers than by ourselves.” Senase emphatically supports the NA and AA programs, and believes the programs were helpful in his own recovery, and would aid in the recovery of others. Angela Harvey, Senase’s mother said, “He has the biggest heart there ever is.” She believes he has always been very compassionate, and has become even more so with his recovery. Harvey believes he has learned a lot of things through the recovery process. His father, Tony Senase proudly said, “He is an asset to society,” and also believes he has become a more dedicated father. Those views are shared by Senase who said during his addiction it was all about himself, and now he is much more focused on his son who is, “the apple of my eye,” Senase is doing his part to help the community, and is a chapter chair of an Oxford house. Oxford house is a democratic program that provides sober living for those who want to a change and want help

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Andrew Senase used to have a very powerful addiction. Senase is a former alcoholic. It started out casual. At 14 he would drink with his friends, have a good time and party. As usual, addictions do not stay casual. It evolved into an everyday thing, and as he got older, he got deeper and deeper into it. He was in denial of what was happening, and what he was doing. “It’s a progressive disease,” Senase said, regarding alcoholism. Senase attributes much of his success to his involvement in Narcotics Anonymous and his sponsor through the program. His sponsor is there to mentor him, and help him out in situations he has never been in, as well as encourage Senase to look at himself, and ways to keep improving. Mary Brown, Senase’s girlfriend said, “He is very active in classes. He’s focused and determined. When he says he is going to do something, he will. He is trying to better his future.” “He is the type of guy who sees a sunset and starts crying. He is very open and honest,” Brown added, much to Senase’s embarrassment. Senase, Brown and Shelly

getting clean. The 26-year-old full-time student said he never would have imagined he would be in college and actually passing his classes. Senase had a rough childhood. He is the oldest of six, and things became more difficult when he was nine and his parents divorced. He had to step up and help take care of the younger kids. Senase learned to cook, clean and do laundry and other things that took away from his time as a kid. He eventually dropped out of high school, and was in the Navy for five years. Senase would consider himself to be a veteran. He continues to be proactive in his goal of making a better future. He is going for his associate’s degree, and is going to get into water environmental technology. This is his second term at Clackamas. Senase said when he finds himself in situations where he is tempted to relapse, he can call his sponsor and has a wide support group. Living up to what his family has said about him, Senase really does care about others, and would like to help anyone who needs help becoming clean, or is interested in sober living. Anyone interested in contacting him can contact The Print for contact information.

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Involved: ASG amplifies the voice of Clackamas Community College’s students Continued from INVOLVED, Page 1

Student reaction to the “first aid kit” idea and lobbying has been positive according to Alyssa Fava, student ambassador and event coordinator for ASG. “The general reaction has been very supportive. Students are very

interested in what is taking place,” Fava said. Brown sees student involvement as a key factor in obtaining critical funding from the state. “It’s more powerful to hear from you (the students) than the college president,” Brown said, emphasizing the power of collective voice.

The importance of students getting their collective voice heard is not lost to Adriana Skero. “I think we definitely need that if we want to support the school,” Skero said about students getting their voices heard. “Without students, what opinion is there?” Student Jamie Waddle

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feels helpless in the eyes of the legislature, at least if she is fighting alone, “but with ASG putting everything together . . . it shows everybody is effected not just one person. For students on campus Fava would like to emphasize that anybody can make a difference. She encourages students who want to

make a contribution to the cause of increasing support for our colleges to contact members of congress. Fava also is encouraging students to come by ASG’s office, located in the Community Center near the cafeteria, if they have any questions about how they can help the college.

Classes: selections diversify Continued from CLASSES, Page 1

New icons and labels dot the Clackamas spring registration catalog, as hybrid courses and online courses bring us onward and upward into the year 2009. Five new classes have even managed to emerge in this economic crunch in the nursing program. “We are under the umbrella of a statewide program in the nursing department and when they change the curriculum so do we,” stated Graf. The nursing program has refused to dwindle at Clackamas as students have continued to flourish in the program despite the economic downturn. When registering for spring term the best decision is to register early. “Do it as soon as you can, and apply for financial aid as soon as you can,” said Ric Jenkerson, an enrollment services specialist at

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the registration office. For students looking to get the classes they want at the times they want them, registering early is the number one thing that should dominate the checklists for next term’s to do list. “The hybrid and online classes are a great new way of delivery to the students, which brings them to campus some days,” said Graf. “Some classes that are online that say TBA where the time slot is should understand that this usually means that the times for the class will be able to be negotiated with the instructors to meet the needs of the students.” Clackamas also offers training for students to familiarize themselves with programs such as Blackboard, to make the change from the classical room set instruction to the cyber world one of seamlessness and convenience.

Goals: The Clackamas Print aims to report the news in an honest, unbiased, professional manner. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the student body, college administration, its faculty or The Print. E-mail comments to chiefed@ clackamas.edu.


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To install and maintain the panels cost the Mackey’s a whopping $42,000 dollars, including tax breaks they received from the government If your typical librarian wears of $8,000. However the money glasses, dull clothing or would rather doesn’t concern Mackey. He could curl up on the couch with a good have put his money into a retirebook instead of doing anything else ment fund that would now be nearly on a Friday night, then Terry Mackey depleted because of the economic is definitely not your typical librarian. crisis, or he could invest in the future. Usually donning an array of bright He chose the future. Mackey realizes that the rest of clothing, complete with a matching tie and suspenders, Mackey isn’t all his generation will get money when that into reading, but more into sav- they get older and retire, but Mackey will never have to pay an electrical ing the environment. Reading every book in the world bill, which he thinks makes it all has never been on Mackey’s to-do even. Except with his way, he is list, even though he is the library at helping the world out a little bit. Mackey tries to include environClackamas Community College, but making the environment better, and ment preservation into his everyday creating a future for him and his wife life besides the panels. He drives a Honda Insight, the most fuel efficient always has. In a time when saving money is car in the world and tries to bike to a high priority, Mackey is proud of work at least twice a week. But, with his decision to install solar panels a 42 mile round trip ride, biking is onto the roof of his house located not always the easiest option. One day both Mackey in Gresham. He and Kitty want to had always been invest in a purely “I don’t like to interested in the electric car, which environment and read. I’m lucky they will be able ways to preserve to read a novel to charge off of the resources. As a energy coming out sophomore in in a year. I just of their roof. college, he read wait for the “I can only do a book about the so much,” Mackey movie to come Roman’s presaid about the dictions for the out.” oncoming hard future. The book times with the talked about how Terry Mackey economy and also long each of the College Librarian environmentally. earth’s resources “Global warming would last, and it is inevitable; it is turns out that the earth is quickly using up its resourc- just going to get hotter.” Mackey hopes that he can help es 20 years faster than expected. This simple fact inspired Mackey to with his solar panels, but worries about future generations, and what change his future. He and his wife of 29 years, they will have to sacrifice because of Kitty, went for a decade without a the world’s current carelessness. Mackey started working as the car or refrigerator in their house. They trained their Great Dane, to librarian at Clackamas Community pull a wagon, to the local grocery College about ten years ago, even store and laundry mat. Then one though becoming a librarian was year ago, they decided to install never his intention. “I don’t like to read. I’m lucky to aluminum solar panels on the roof of their house. With 30 panels, the read a novel in a year. I just wait for Mackey’s became the fifth biggest the movie to come out,” he said. Instead, Mackey wanted to be a residential electric generator in the sate of Oregon. The energy coming lawyer. He took all the right steps in off of their house is so strong, that if school to become a lawyer. But then, PGE wants to turn off the electricity, just like Robert Frost’s infamous they actually have to come to the poem “The Road Less Traveled,” Mackey was forced to make a deciMackey’s house to do it. “The electricity coming from our sion about his future – either a one house will knock you on your butt,” way ticket to law school, or working at a law library in Wisconsin. said Mackey. The Clackamas Print

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Always noticable in his brightly colored shirt, tie and suspenders, Terry Mackey works in the library. Here he is seen with graduate assistant Amy Stanforth. When he made his decision he was wary about the outcome, but realized while working at the library he had definitely made the right decision. He would see the lawyers coming in to do research and would always think, “God that could have been my life. I’m glad it wasn’t.” Around the same time Mackey worked at the library, he and some other associates worked together on procedure manuals for legal issues. They would re-enact a divorce or child custody case as they wrote the manuals. The books are still used by lawyers all around Wisconsin, something Mackey is very proud of. Besides his passion for saving the environment, Mackey’s adoration for his wife is clear. When they got married they created a mission statement to their marriage: we are two playful otters in the beaver pond of life. This is the statement they live by, and anytime they need to make a decision they ask what would an otter do, and the answer always is that an otter would have fun. They met in Wisconsin, while in an environmental college, and have been inseparable ever since. They are both librarians, and have followed each other around the United States

through Montana, Utah, Indiana and now Oregon. They have both made sacrifices for each other, and those sacrifices, he says, have led them to Oregon, where alternative energy is embraced. Kitty makes all of Terry’s clothing including his vibrant ties and suspenders. The only parts of his wardrobe that he buys are his socks, shoes and pants. “I think it is sort of her way of branding me,” Terry said with a smile. He and Kitty have never shied away from doing the improbable, and spontaneity is no stranger to them. At one point, they sold all of their belongings and bicycled across the country to Indiana where they went to graduate school. Currently, the Mackey family uses 14 kilowatts a day of energy. But, their goal is to continue to lower that number as time goes on. “You start to compete with yourself about your energy usage,” he said. The couple uses a few simple steps to work on decreasing their kilowatts used. All of the power cords in their house are connected on power strips, and at night before they

go to sleep, they literally turn their house off, unplugging the power strips. They also condensed their multiple belongings, like clocks. “How many clocks do you really need?” Mackey joked. He says he always gets to work on time, so two clocks are plenty. The family also uses rechargeable batteries to help lower their energy use. Mackey is not necessarily average. He constantly works to change the environment and he describes himself as an introvert and a hobbit. However, he never worries about being forgotten. Anytime he goes somewhere or gives a presentation about his solar house, he realizes the chances of people remembering what he said let alone his name are not high. So he adds a lot of color, and eccentric patterns to his wardrobe so he will never be forgotten. “No one ever forgets me,” he said. Editors Note: Caitlin Taylor was the 2009 Skill Competition winner for journalism. This is her winning article.

Beauty queen inspires education with her music Nick Kornafel The Clackamas Print

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Julia Pidasheff won the title of Miss Clackamas in February. Here she is pictured with her winning tiara. Pidasheff’s talents are playing piano and singing.

Look out Miss Oregon City, there’s another beauty queen on campus. Julia Pidasheff is attending her first term here at Clackamas. Pidasheff went to Clackamas and Oregon City High spending two years at each before graduating from Oregon City High in 2007. She then took an entire year off to work at Panda Express so she could save some money and decide what direction she was going to take her education. Pidasheff is enjoying her time at Clackamas and is working on her AAOT so she can transfer to Willamette or Marylhurst. Pidasheff was born in the Ukraine before her parents moved to California where she lived until she was 12. She has a deep love for the United States, saying that she took her first steps on American soil and wants to do whatever she can to make a difference.

During her high school career, Pidasheff was involved in a number of extracurricular and charitable activities such as Key Club, speech and debate team, leadership programs and was involved in a program called “Students Today Aren’t Ready for Sex.” She even started her own orchestra specifically for kids who can’t afford music lessons. Despite these many distractions, Pidasheff got mostly A’s and B’s. Pidasheff only started her pageantry this year on Feb. 21 and has already become Miss Clackamas making her eligible to compete in the Miss Oregon pageant in July. What drew her to the pageant are the many opportunities it presents through its scholarship program, and that the pageant allows her voice to be heard. “I want to do something with this title,” said Julia Pidasheff. And, “something” is exactly what she has been doing, even before she got her title, through a program she started called “Friends of Music.” It’s a music-based therapy program for kids and young adults that uses

music lessons as a way to reach out to them so they can discover themselves and their hidden talent. “(Friends of Music) can reach a lot of people, disabled or otherwise,” said Linda McBroom, director of the Miss Clackamas Pageant. “Julia has done great things with her music and I think she has wonderful potential.” Pidasheff was inspired to take up this cause by her younger autistic brother, Mark Pidasheff. She loves her brother very much and wants to make sure he and all special needs kids get the help they need. “Just because disabled people are the minority doesn’t mean they should be ignored,” said Julia Pidasheff. When Pidasheff isn’t participating in pageants, studying or changing the world for the greater good, she enjoys shopping, finding new restaurants and “Bubble Tea” shops. She enjoys romance movies but loves war movies like “Rambo” the most. Her newest venture is learning to ride dirt bikes. “I have a list of things to do before I die,” said Pidasheff.


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Create a whole new world by preventing destruction, battling evil, traveling to the brink of chaos and back, or simply stepping into the shoes of a character who couldn’t be more different than yourself, all without even getting out of your chair. This is the task of groups of people that gather to do role playing games. There are several groups that meet right here at Clackama. Role playing is something we’ve all done before, whether at a job, for a friend, in the bedroom, or as a hobby played with groups of people. Most are based off of books or cartoons and are usually fantasy based. “There are many different games from Cowboys, Magic, Star Trek, Star Wars, video games, CCG: collectable card games, or even naughty nurse and doctor can be considered a form of role playing,” explained Chris Anderson. “(Although,) video games provide much less face to face interaction as opposed to other methods,” explained Anderson A huge gaming culture has sprung up around these roles playing games or RPGs providing entertainment for gamers of all ages and levels. The unique aspect of role playing games as opposed to your average card game is the amount of creativity, imagination and ultimately group cooperation utilized to produce the event. Anderson has been playing different role playing games since seventh grade, so for about 14 years. Over the years, he has played several different games including his favorite, Rift, a post-apocalyptic game. He said, “The best games are table top as opposed to online games. The games take a tremendous amount of imagination.” Anderson is currently the Game Master or GM of the Star Wars group and has been a GM since

eighth grade. He said that, “being the game master can bum you out after a few times a week.” The game master is basically the ring leader of the group and is usually someone who has played the longest. Star Wars is a table-top game ideally played with eight to nine people and this group tries to meet every week. The game master is the one who comes up with the driving characters and seems to have the last say in the happenings of game sequence. The master also plays any general characters such as shop keepers or any other generic roles; these are called NPCs or non player characters while all the other people’s characters are PC or player characters. Games can usually be played with as little as two to as many as 20 people. Anderson explained, “That in large groups like that there can be two GMs, one for the evil side and one for the good.” The games try to incorporate everyday life aspects that aren’t part of the game into the game itself. “For example, silly excuses are used to leave for class or bathroom breaks such as it started raining or their character suddenly developed narcolepsy. Or, if leaving for a soda, the character is running up a spiral staircase not involved in the game,” explained Anderson. Another player in the game is Devon Seale who has also been playing for several years and started with Star Trek. He also plays “Holy Land, a Christian based game that doesn’t take place in Jerusalem.” In these games, “real experience helps progress the game,” said Seale. Keith Underwood had been gaming for about eight years and is another player in the Star Wars game. Underwood said, “I have two characters, one evil and one good. Sometimes one of my characters is trying to kill the other one so no matter what, I win.”

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Jaime Kemp, left, and Zach, who wouldn’t give his last name, right, fight against James Furman and Reegan Hunt, off to the left. The four of them are planeswalkers in the CCG game Magic: The Gathering. This Star Wars game is played in a “twisted universe that is different from the one shown in the movies. For example Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, are children who live together with Padme. Obi Wan Kenobi is evil and Anakin is a nonhelmeted Darth Vader,” explained Anderson. The group is “all playing together on one ship but each using their skills independently,” said Seale. These variations from traditional Star Wars allow for more artistic licensing in these games. The game is played with a 20-sided die, which is rolled to find the outcome of each action or event; the higher the number the better the outcome for the character. “So a 20 is epically success-

ful while a one is an epic failure in which the character not only doesn’t succeed, but something bad happens, too,”said Anderson. “So whether encountering pirates, using the force to make pretty or scary things, there is sure to be lots of chaos,” he said. Said Anderson,“Table top RPGs have been looked down upon and considered a waste of time. There was even one player who committed suicide when his character of 15-20 years died. Strange things can happen when mentally unstable people get too involved.” Another group that meets here at Clackamas plays Magic. It can be played with two to 10 players; the more people the longer the game. The use of characters on the

cards creates roles and action to direct the game. Jaime Kemp explained, “Magic can be played as just cards or as role playing. There are basically two different types of players: casual and the super nerds that do role play battling.” He describes himself as, “a casual player, but likes to play competitively too.” There are countless people that enjoy these games, and no matter which one is played, there are limitless possibilities for imagination and character development. Anyone that has ever role played knows the excitement of stepping out of yourself to enter a stimulating world of fantasy and of intellectual creation.

New rock opera DVD splattered with bloody ballads Murder and music unite in this macabre vision of a not-sodistant future Jess Sheppard Arts & Culture Editor

Seventeen years ago everything seemed perfect for Rotti, Marni, Nathan and Blind Mag. Rotti Largo had just found the cure for the world’s epidemic of organ failure. Blind Mag, the opera singer, received new eyes, courtesy of Rotti’s company GeneCo. And, Marni and Nathan had found true love in each other’s eyes. But, things only seemed perfect on the outside. In a fit of jealous rage, Marni’s ex, Rotti, has her murdered during childbirth. Distraught and blaming himself for the death of his wife, Nathan accepts a job with GeneCo. as an organ reposesser and raises his daughter Shilo in isolation. Photo illustration by Kayla Berge and John Shufelt Clackamas Print

Narrated for the viewer in panel to panel comic book format, this is the premise of Repo! The Genetic Opera, a twisted, gory, rock and roll opera now on DVD. The movie stars Alexa Vega as Shilo, the heroine, Anthony Stewart Head as Nathan, the infamous Repo Man, Paul Sorvino as Rotti Largo, the antagonist overlord, and Sarah Brightman as Blind Mag, the wise and melancholy opera singer. Bill Moseley, Paris Hilton and Skinny Puppy’s Ogre play Rotti’s strange and sadistic children. Also important to the show is the writer Terrance Zdunich, who plays the part of Grave Robber, the film’s seductively macabre narrator. The movie is truly mindblowing, from the comic book beginning chronicling the past of the main cast, to the dark and engaging scenery that portrays the world as a corrupt empire built on one vast cemetery. Imagine, if you can, a world where you can finance your new organs, but if you miss a payment your very life will be repossessed by the ominous Repo Man.

The story is augmented by quirky and sometimes erotic musical numbers. And on that very morbid note, let the viewer be warned that this movie has an R rating for a very good reason. Most of the delightfully ear-blowing musical numbers happen at the same time as the most gruesome gutting you’ll ever see. One song in particular, “Legal Assassin,” features Nathan singing from the bottom of his heart about his sorrow over the untimely death of his wife, and how his life is a lie without her. But, while he sings this truly poignant piece, Nathan is brutally gutting a man like a fish, and sorting his intestines into neat piles. If blood and gore and music at the same time are not your cup of tea, then Repo is also not your cup of tea. For the sadistically minded, Repo! The Genetic Opera is a delight to watch with a group of similarly minded friends or if you need to laugh at ridiculous bloodshed and insane characters. This is the DVD for deviant lovers.


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If all you’re looking for is an action packed graphic novel, give up and go buy the newest “X-Force” collection. If you’re just trying to confirm what you already know, that “Watchmen” is one of the greatest graphic novels to see the light of day, you can stop reading. I agree. if you want to know why, read on. “Watchmen” is set in an alternate world where costumed crusaders are real and Nixon made it past Watergate without ever being caught, meaning he’s president in 1985. It’s a scary world to live in, especially considering that aside from the obviously fictitious alternate timeline, the graphic novel parallels humanity all too well. In this world, normal people, with one exception, have taken it upon themselves to grab costumes and fight the filth on the streets, in order to create a better world. The exception is Dr. Manhattan, a man who was unfortunate enough to get in the way of a physics experiment and subsequently dissolved. Later, he came back with powers only limited by the imagination, and became America’s ultimate leverage in the Cold War. All throughout “Watchmen,” WWIII looms ominously. The world is separated and everyday atrocities are shown brilliantly in side stories, as well as the main chunk. Instead of taking the romantic approach to cape crusaders and costumed vigilantes, Allan Moore took a more cynical and realistic approach to what a “hero” would really be. The superheroes are presented as both saviors and villains all throughout the story. In one scene you will see a cape saving people from a burning building, while in another scene, you will see The Comedian raping Silk Specter, leaving the reader to decide what

is good and what is evil. The graphic novel stripped heroes of what in the earlier years of comics were purely black and white figures, replacing everyone with an amalgamated grey image. With 416 pages, characters have time to become well developed and the reader can connect with them, if not always agreeing with them. The art in the book, although dated, is not painful. It may not have the myriad of colors and sleek look that new comics have, but it still keeps your attention and doesn’t ruin the experience at all. What has propelled “Watchmen” to its almost unbeaten level of acclaim among comics and graphic novels is how well Moore is able to put out a message that every generation can embrace. This is not a book that was meant to sell quick copies and capitalize on current events. This was a piece of comic book literature. It’s been more than 20 years since its release, and the novel is still as meaningful as it was in 1986, even if the Berlin Wall has fallen. The book forces readers to ask, what is a hero? It begs people to question their highest authority because even heroes are deep down just people. One of the most powerful lines in the graphic novel is its reoccurring theme “who will watch the watchmen?” It shows how symbols can decay and ultimately, that ordinary people are what it takes to really save the world, even if it takes a push from something outside of themselves. Like I said, this is not a comic for those looking for mind-numbing action. It will make you think, and if you don’t want to think you won’t get it. The story is complex and each re-reading will help the reader understand it just a little bit more. Visual metaphors and artwork that builds up on the dialogue make Moore’s way of story telling unique, powerful and manages to use the medium to its fullest extent. Neither looking at the panels nor reading will give a full picture of what is going on. I would recommend this graphic novel to anyone

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capable of thinking on their own, with an attention span long enough to do anything besides watch television. Even though some of the content is for mature readers because of themes like rape, murder, impotence, nudity, infidelity, violence etc . . . but it’s all a part of the real world. “Watchmen” captures this reality, serves it with a side of some severely fucked up super-heroes and asks the reader to eat it raw.

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WATCHMEN

‘Watchmen’ movie triumphs Matt Ostergren The Clackamas Print

Grand music, a twisting and unpredictable plotline, vivid characters and a set of special effects that tops almost anything seen before, and you have the movie “Watchmen.” I had high expectations for “Watchmen,” and I found them exceeded. The movie was not only visually enticing; it also told a great story. The heroes in this movie are real people. They are deeply flawed but usually well-intentioned. Sometimes they are truly heroic, and other times they are vicious, vengeful, violent, uncaring or jealous. The movie begins with a brutal and ever so cool fistfight inside an apartment in New York City. From the very beginning, the action is intense and interesting. What other kind of a superhero movie begins with one of its heroes dying in the first scene? The assaulted character, known as the Comedian, a few moments before being thrown through a plate glass window to fall to his death, spits out the bitter line, “Life’s a joke.” “Watchmen” feels pretty dark, but in a satisfying way. Death, war, irony, and chaos are common themes in this film, and more often than not it is the heroes who are the cause of it all. And yet, it is hard not to like these characters, and primarily because they seem so real.

Masked vigilantes not sponsored by the government had eventually been outlawed by Congress in 1977 when the populace grew tired of the trouble they sometimes caused. This is especially important to understand the movie. The main characters are not supposed to be running around fighting crime or saving people from burni n g buildi n g s anymore.

Many of the heroes had retired until the events of the movie began; it was because of the death of the Comedian that they started to wake up. There is definitely a sense that this movie is from the 1980s

a n d that is a good thing. The events supposedly take place in an alternate universe: 1985. In this alternate timeline due to the interference of Dr. Manhattan, America’s greatest strategic asset and the only person with real superpowers, the United States won the Vietnam War and sparked even higher tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Throughout, there is a sense of impending disaster as nuclear war looms ever Photo illustration by Kayla Berge & John Shufelt Clackamas Print closer.

Tension is a key point in the film. There are always several points of tension, whether it is between the Soviet Union and the United States, the fracturing relationships between the various caped and masked heroes, or the internal struggles of the movie’s protagonists to come to term with their own pasts. And sometimes, the tension is just built up so that it is all the more satisfying when Rorschach smashes a criminal into a toilet and throws boiling hot fry oil onto an inmates face. The movie is definitely for those who are at least a little sanguine. While in most superhero movies it is easy to tell who the good guys are and who the bad guys are, it isn’t so easy in “Watchmen.” The Comedian had attempted to rape one of his fellow heroes and had murdered a Vietnamese woman he had knocked up during the Vietnam War. Rorschach often takes justice completely into his own hands, killing the criminals he finds in cold blood. Silk Spectre and Nite Owl break into a prison in order to bust out a former comrade. Dr. Manhattan has grown so distant from humans because of his godlike powers, that even when people are suffering or dying, he feels no sense of concern. Ozymandias feels so superior, that he must take everything into his own hands to save humanity. The camera work is shot beautifully. The colors and frames give the movie a comic book

feel, without any of the hindrances that are normally present in the comic book medium. Action sequences are choreographed expertly, and there are only a few rare instances where slow motion is used, which is a good thing, just enough time to really see what is happening and appreciate the smoothness of the special effects. Oh, and if you like explosions then you should not be disappointed. The music for this movie is epic. It is hard to understate how much it adds to each setting and each new scene. The score includes music as diverse as Jimi Hendrix’s version of “All Along the Watchtower” to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem.” The music is usually appropriate to the scenes. It subtly adds to the excitement, twists itself with the more ironic moments or gives credence to the more melancholy moments. This film was spectacular. I don’t care what other critics have been saying; you are not wasting your money seeing this remarkable film in the theaters. So much of this movie is brilliantly made, that the flaws are hard to even find. The movie diverged only marginally from the original comic, and in the case of the ending, I like the new one better. In most ways the film stayed true to its origins, and I think that was what I like about it most. It wasn’t some tacky reimagining, but instead took a masterpiece and transposed it to a different medium.


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Sports

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cougars bring back the trophy Men’s Basketball Scoreboard

Women’s Basketball Scoreboard

March 5, 2009

March 5, 2009

Whatcom (72) Monroe 1-4 2-4 4, Andrus 4-11 4-5 13, Ehrlich 2-11 2-2 13, Green 5-6 2-2 13, Sweet 11-16 0-1 22, Totals 28-60 12-18 72. Clackamas (76) Cook 6-20 4-7 17, Dorman 2-4 0-3 5, Martin 3-4 0-0 8, Tapscott 10-19 1-3 14, Dunn 7-13 0-1 14, Wilde 4-7 3-4 11, Totals 32-67 818 76.

Clackamas (65) Fetters 3-9 1-2 9, St. Paul 2-9 0-0 5, Peterson 7-18 10-12 24, Powell 6-13 0-0 14, Duty 5-12 1-3 11, Totals 23-68 14-20 65. Peninsula (51) Tolliver 2-5 0-0 5, Helpenstell 4-10 5-6 13, Yamane 3-14 0-2 7, Flett 6-19 4-5 17, Bridges 2-9 0-0 5, Totals 18-67 11-16 51. March 6, 2009

March 6, 2009 Tacoma (60) Lexing 0-5 0-0 0, Gittens 1-3 1-2 3, Dancer 7-18 3-8 17, Walker 0-5 0-0 0, Tyler 4-13 10-136 19, Totals 19-64 19-33 60. Clackamas (71) Cook 8-15 4-5 20, Dorman 2-9 2-3 6, Tapscott 4-11 4-6 12, Dunn 11-22 2-3 27, Wilde 0-6 0-2 0, Totals 27-71 14-22 71.

All photos contributed by Jeff Hinds

JC Cook Celebrates with his teammates after defeating the Red Devils this past weekend in double overtime to win the 2009 NWAACC Championship with a score of 71-69. Cook is the Southern Region Most Valuable Player.

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March 7, 2009

Clackamas (50) Fetters 3-15 3-4 11, St. Paul 5-13 1-2 14, Peterson 4-12 0-3 12, Powell 2-14 0-0 5, Fillipetti 2-5 0-0 4, Totals 17-75 5-13 50. Lane (57) Williams 0-9 2-2 2, Cole 3-10 46 10, Brown 1-10 4-4 6, Whitfield 1-8 4-4 6, Kimbrow 8-14 1-2 17, Totals 17-61 22-28 57.

Yakima (101) Wilkins 7-16 0-0 18, Johnson 512 6-8 16, Wilson 2-3 2-2 7, Sandoval 5-18 8-10 19, Anglin 6-16 7-13 19, Totals 33-88 26-37 101. Clackamas (108) Cook 5-20 11-15 21, Dorman 7-14 0-0 16, Tapscott 8-17 7-9 23, Dunn 6-14 10-11 22, Wilde 3-7 23 9, Totals 34-78 35-44 108.

March 8, 2009

March 8, 2009 Lower Columbia (69) Roffler 1-1 0-0 2, Key 9-15 2-2 21, King 7-14 1-2 15, Freeman 0-7 0-0 0, Tolliver 3-16 2-2 8, Totals 27-74 9-12 69. Clackamas (71) Cook 2-11 5-6 11, Dorman 2-8 0-1 4, Tapscott 7-15 4-6 18, Dunn 8-16 3-6 19, Wilde 5-8 1-1 12, Totals 27-64 136-20 71.

Clackamas (63) Fetters 0-4 2-4 2, St. Paul 8-14 0-2 20, Peterson 9-16 8-12 28, Powell 2-7 3-4 7, Duty 2-7 0-0 4, Totals 22-52 13-22 63. Yakima (57) McBride 5-12 1-2 11, DeRosier 3-10 0-0 8, Nill 5-7 0-0 14, Shaw 3-9 2-2 8, Harris 0-2 4-4 4, Totals 21-63 8-10 57.

Clackamas’ Head Coach, Cliff Wegner was awarded NWAACC Coach of the Year. Wegner has coached four first place championship teams.

Chehales Tapscott goes up against Lower Columbia CC’s Kekoa Carvalho and Jerald Ardoin. Tapscott was named the NWAACC Tournament Most Valuable Player.

Clackamas (68) Fetters 6-18 0-0 13, St. Paul 2-7 0-0 5, Peterson 7-14 4-7 19, Powell 4-17 4-4 16, Fillipetti 1-4 1-3 3, Totals 24-77 12-20 68. Umpqua (81) Russell 2-4 3-6 7, Fallin 7-17 1-2 16, Holenstein 9-16 5-6 25, Scheffelmaier 1-7 1-2 3, Tigget 5-7 1-2 11, Totals 31-69 16-24 81.

National Champion’s first year proves to be simply remarkable Kayla Calloway The Clackamas Print

Weighing in at 285 pounds, the new national champion could easily frighten any one who crosses him. He could, but he doesn’t. Tyrell Fortune is anything but frightening off the mat. Years of athletics have formed him into the giant that is Fortune. Nowadays, he is known for his serious skills as a wrestler for the Cougars, but he hasn’t always been the king of the ring. Football and basketball used to be the main events for Fortune. His former football coach was the one who first suggested that Fortune try his hand at the sport he now plays for Clackamas. Although this is still Fortune’s first year at Clackamas, he has already made a name for himself across the country. He was recently named Wrestler of the Week at TheMat.com for his outstanding performance at the National Junior College Athletic Association Nationals in Minnesota. That performance has also tilted the spotlight directly onto him as colleges

all over the country vie for his attention. “I don’t know where I want to go,” said Fortune, “but I’m looking out of Oregon.” He does know for sure that he wants to continue wrestling at the college level, but he currently has no idea as to what he wants to do after he is finished with school. “I don’t like school,” he admits. Fortune is focusing on general education until he finds his niche. “Psychology is my favorite class right now,” said Fortune. “We’re talking about death.” Whether or not this could lead to a potential career for the athlete, he’s not sure. Right now he is focusing on his wrestling and himself. When he’s not in the ring, Fortune can usually be found in the weight room, listening to R & B or Lil’ Wayne, which make up his ideal playlist. His home life is a typical one, with his mother, two brothers, and one sister. Chinese food is his favorite, and he loves the movie “300.” “Tyrell’s a beast,” said Mackenzie Clark. The two have been friends since high school.

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Tyrell Fortune, right, practices with Brett Sanchez, left, in the wrestling room at Randall Hall. Fortune won the NJCAA Heavyweight Championship at the end of February. With the season over, Fortune looks forward to next year and to holding the title. The jokes from

road trips throughout, such as “Lewis and Clark,” still make him laugh as he retells them. Even if

he’s playing for a different school, Tyrell Fortune will succeed both off and on the mat.


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Final Exam Schedule Class Day & Start Time

Exam Day & Time

M/W or M/W/F 7:45 or 8 a.m. .................... Mon. 8 - 10 a.m. 9 a.m. .................................Wed. 8 - 10 a.m. 10 or 10:15 a.m.................. Mon. 10 a.m. - noon 11 or 11:30 a.m.................. Wed. 10 a.m. - noon noon or 12:45 p.m.............. Mon. noon - 2 p.m. 1 p.m.................................. Wed. noon - 2 p.m. 2 p.m.................................. Mon. 2 - 4 p.m. 3 or 3:15 p.m......................Wed. 2 - 4 p.m. 4 or 5 p.m........................... Mon. 4 - 6 p.m. T/TH 7:30 or 8 a.m...................... Tue. 8 - 10 a.m. 9 a.m................................... Tue. 10 a.m. - noon 10 or 10:30 a.m.................. Tue. noon - 2 p.m. 1 p.m.................................. Tue. 2 - 4 p.m. 2:30 or 3 p.m...................... Tue. 4 - 6 p.m. 4 or 5 p.m........................... See instructor Conflicts............................. Wed. 4 - 6 p.m.

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Rhapsody

“Born on the 4th of You’ll Die” By: Simon Diamond

I. Whitewall Tires, And Radio-Flyers. It’s 1960, 1960, All over again, All over again. J. Edgar Hoover is on the reins, McCarthy, Reagan, CIA, Obama shot like JFK! Portland is Berkeley COINTELPRO revived, All over again, all over again, It’s 1960, 1960 Radio Flyers, and Whitewall Tires. II. If nothing changes, Nothing changes. Red Dawn, Neo-Vietnam, Nixon, McCain, Agnew, Palin, Pale-in comparison To a Comparison’s Veil… It’s 1960, 1960, All over again – all over again. Palin, Agnew,

McCain, Nixon, Neo-Vietnam, Red Dawn, Nothing changes, If nothing changes. III. Snowglobe, Effect, Dream Within, A Dream. Watts Riots, L.A. Riots, Injustice Served Injustice Served Injustice L.A. Riots, Watts Riots, Dream A, Within Dream. Effect, Snowglobe. Psyclone within Psyclone, Venn-Diagram, Venn-Diagram, Take the poor to the war! Take the war to the poor! Baghdad, Basra, Mr. Ahmadinejad, Which way sir to the Hoh Chi Minh Trail? Dan Rather, AC360, Vladivostok, Guantanamo Bay, Kim Jong-Il, (Leonid) Bhreznev. It’s 1960, all over again. All that we’re missing: The Selective Service Draft.

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Rhapsody is part of The Clackamas Print that gives students a place to have their creative work published. To submit a poem, short story or piece of artwork, email it to ChiefEd@clackamas.edu or drop it by room 135 in Roger Rook Hall.

“One Voluntary Labor and Seven Seditious Acts” (Antipoem #8) By: Simon Diamond

One Voluntary Labor: A poet self-medicates out of disgust and selfloathing, For being trapped in a technocratic bubble, With apparently no way out. Seven Seditious Acts: 1.)   A poet dresses up as a U.S. Marine and commits suicide on video tape --      With a dying wish that the tape be sent to both Osama Bin Laden, and to        The Estate of Ronald Reagan. 2.)   A poet dresses up as a Klansman on Halloween,        and drags a Jesus-impersonator, in chains, through rush-hour traffic; singing “America The Beautiful”. 3.)   A poet publically endorses shock-therapy treatment for autistic children,        citing Pavlov’s Dogs as evidence.

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4.)   A poet, masquerading as a pro-life advocate,        Takes his pregnant daughter to a Planned Parenthood Clinic;        And abandons her there for the City Government to deal with. 5.) A poet, dressed up as a homeless stumblebum, crashes an A.A. Meeting ---Asking for the direction to the nearest liquor store, all because he was in search, of spiritual advice. 6.) A poet dreams the dream of dreams ---And does not act upon them out of fear of reprisal. 7.)   The Ultimate Seditious Act: A poet mutilates, her own eyes, ears tongue, and hands out of protest and disgust, toward and for humanity, so that she does not have to deal with the injustices of humanity anymore.


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