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Mental health awareness comes to campus By Annemarie Schulte Associate News Editor “Mental illness is a physical disorder. It is more treatable than cancer or heart disease. Yet, two out of three persons suffering from symptoms never seek help.” This phrase appears on a NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) poster displayed all over Clackamas Community College, and since the age group most affected by mental illness is 15 to 24 year olds, one would think this would motivate students to overcome the stigma and get help for their mental illness. This however is not the state of things at CCC. After watching students struggle for years with their mental illness and suffering with no help, NAMI On Campus president Kathy Fredrickson, who suffers from mental illness herself, decided to bring NAMI to CCC’s campus, making us the first in the state of Oregon to have the group on campus. Sponsored by the disability department, NAMI is a campus club that offers support and resources to students with mental health issues. The NAMI that is on our campus (aptly named NAMI On Campus), is under the “umbrella” of the national organization. Starting Oct. 12, NAMI Connection meetings will be offered to anyone with mental illness. However, only those with mental illness can attend; spouses, boyfriends, and friends are not allowed. As Vice President Dale Chambers stated, “It has to be only the person with mental illness so that we can focus on them alone.” Chambers is also the president of NAMI for Clackamas County. After hearing about Fredrickson starting NAMI On Campus at Clackamas, he decided to join for support and says their first week with students being back has been going well. Chambers also added, “NAMI Connection is a recovery support for adults with mental illness. Led by trained individuals who understand the challenges we face.” Students are encouraged to attend these group sessions, because there is “no one who is not welcome.” This includes students with minor illnesses such as ADHD, ADD and anxiety. During Mental Health Awareness Week (October 4-10), NAMI sponsored several speakers and even had a music/ craft fair which featured crafts made by people with mental illness. All donations went to NAMI on Campus. Please see NAMI, Page 2
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Procrastination leads to long lines College enrollment may be up but student expectations are at an all time low
By Abigail Neet News Editor At some time or another we all have to wait. We don’t make dinner reservations, so we wait. We drive home at the wrong time and end up waiting in rush hour traffic. We procrastinate and end up waiting in long lines with others like us. With enrollment up 15.7 percent from 2007 to 2009 (head count up from 6658 to 7704), according to an enrollment report from the first day of fall term, many students formed the enormous line most of us saw or were a part of in Roger Rook during the last two weeks. Judy Redder, curriculum and reporting operations manager, believes classes are filling up faster not only because of new students, but also because more students are attending full time and taking more credits than in previous years. “We are seeing an increase in full-time students,” Redder stated. This is also proven in the enrollment report which showed a 20.2 percent increase from 2007 to 2009, with full-time enrollment up from 1,514 to this year’s 1,820. Students waited in the registration lines for various reasons, some for financial aid, others to make payments and some to register for classes. “Students aren’t getting exactly what they want,” said Ric Jenkerson, enrollment specialist, referring to how quickly classes are filling up. Jenkerson believes a lot of writing and math classes are full due to high demand. Clackamas had 527 closed classes the week before fall term began, up from 394 classes closed last year the week before the beginning of the term. Chitpasong Bello, the Enrollment Services Operations Manager feels the staff is doing an excellent job serving the students in the line, and also feels the students waiting in line were patient and understanding. Some students feel the line was way too long. Please see ENROLL, Page 2
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H1N1 not as deadly as it seems
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ASG members Jennifer Borowczak and Lydia Burris pass out hand sanitzer to Daniel Birch and Jennifer Rodriguez during the community fair Oct. 7.
By John Hurlburt Co-Editor In Cheif Summer this year was birthed with portends of doom. As months of warm and dry days were approaching, thoughts of what would happen in the cold, wet months following turned into a full fledged panic. Swine flu had come and media coverage of the new influenza strain made it seem like the world was going to be shattered by a modern day equivalent of bubonic plague.
Continued from ENROLL, Page 1 Chris Morgan explained as he waited in line Sept. 29, “Right now it’s going pretty quick cause they have five workers. Usually it’s pretty slow.” Jenkerson believes the enrollment increase is caused by a mixture of things; graduating high school, losing a job, being retrained or getting skills and because a community college is a cheaper alternative to a four year college. Bello explained that a lot of students who were waitlisted have to have teachers sign off on registration and bring it in physically in order to officially join the class. Other community colleges are having similar problems, some even more extreme. Central Oregon Community College, located in Bend, had completely stopped accepting applications for fall term Sept. 3, more than two weeks before the term would start. With 6,000 plus students on COCC’s waiting list, closing registration seemed the best way to service those already enrolled.
Over the summer microbiologists discovered that the H1N1 virus was not going to kill off a third of the world’s population. In fact, the symptoms of swine flu are no worse than that of the ordinary flu, according to Microbiology Instructor Chris Strickland. Regardless Clackamas officials have decided to take preventative steps to ward off widespread illness. “The planning on (swine flu) was going on over the summer,” said Bill Leach, dean of campus services and
incident commander. “We deal with swine flu like we do with any other emergency. We have a plan for it,” Leach explained. Leach says right now we are in stage one of a three stage “Pandemic Influenza Plan.” Stage one, Standard Surveillance, means no flu activity has been found in the community and the college is studying daily attendance, watching for trends that might suggest an unusual amount of students absent due to influenza.
Although preventative measures are a smart decision, Strickland believes this will not be a flu season that people will have to fear breathing in. “It is no more severe than any influenza . . . in terms of symptoms, in terms of death rate.” Strickland said regarding the H1N1 strain. According to her, the reason that H1N1 is getting so much attention is mostly because it is different. “It’s a new virus and for the most part humans have no resistance to it.
People need to know that since no one has immunity to this strand, it can be widespread.” Strickland said. Strickland suggests being vaccinated when the H1N1 vaccines are available, however, she points out this might not be possible for everyone. “They’re not getting as many doses out of each egg as initially thought.” Strickland explains referring to the way vaccinations are produced. A common misconception about flu shots is that they will possibly infect the user with the illness they are trying to prevent; this is not the case according to Strickland. Vaccinations do not carry a “live” strand of the virus, but an inactive version that your body identifies and builds antibodies against. Aside from being vaccinated, both Strickland and the college identify a few ways to stay healthy this flu season. Avoid close contact with those infected and when sick stay home. Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing with a cloth or into your upper sleeve. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose. Wash your hands frequently. Practice a healthy lifestyle, meaning eat right, get enough sleep and exercise. In order to help prevent cases of flu on campus, Clackamas’ Associated Student Government (ASG) passed out five hundred bottles of hand sanitizer to students at the Community Fair, Wednesday, Oct. 7. “We want to make sure students don’t miss classes and come down with the flu,” ASG President Alyssa Fava said. Swine flu was previously only a disease spread when someone was in close proximity to pigs. Once it passed from a pig to human, the human could not spread the disease to another human. However, the strand we are now facing was a combination of swine flu mixed with seasonal influenza, which will pass between humans. The two influenza strands mixed together in that person’s cells and H1N1 was born.
NAMI: First one of its kind opens up to Clackamas
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Dale Chambers, Kristie Johnson and Kathy Fredrickson talk to students during mental health awareness week Oct. 5. Continued from NAMI, Page 1 However, only those with mental illness; spouses, boyfriends, and friends are not allowed. As Vice President Dale Chambers stated, “It has to be only the person with mental illness so that we can focus on them alone.” Chambers is also the President of NAMI for Clackamas County. After hearing about Fredrickson starting
NAMI On Campus at Clackamas, he decided to join for support and says their first week with students being back has been going well. Chambers also added, “NAMI Connection is a recovery support for adults with mental illness. Led by trained individuals who understand the challenges we face.” Students are encouraged to attend these group sessions, because there is “no one who is not welcome.” This
includes students with minor illnesses such as ADHD, ADD, and anxiety. During Mental Health Awareness Week (October 4-10), NAMI sponsored several speakers and even had a music/craft fair which featured crafts made by people with mental illness. All donations went to NAMI on Campus. However, since the event took place in the Community Center and a majority of the students continued to talk during the presentation, a scheduled speaker left the event because he was upset about students ignoring speakers and not listening. Fredrickson remained upbeat, one of the qualities that has taken her this far and allowed her to create this club on campus. During her presentation, Fredrickson said that her coping skills were her grandchildren and NAMI. She also went on to say that she felt her main successes were keeping her children and husband through hard times, going to college and getting good grades. When asked if it was hard to see people in low points Fredrickson answered “The lows don’t bring me down, and it is so rewarding to see people recover.” NAMI is currently trying to reach out any way they can to the press, students, and the psychology department
to get more involved with Clackamas Community College. NAMI offers the following things: Classes about mental illness & Treatment, “From Discovery to Recovery” on Thursday nights from Oct. 1 through Oct. 29. 6:30-8:30 p.m. The meetings will take place at Savior Lutheran Church in Happy Valley. Call 503-723-4989 to register. There are also NAMI Connection Group Meetings (part of NAMI on campus) beginning Oct. 12, ran by president Kathy Fredrickson and Vice President Dale Chambers. The meetings will be 4-5:30 p.m. every Monday in the community center, room 140. NAMI also offers NAMI On Campus meetings which are the last Friday of every month from 12-1 pm in the Fireside Lounge in Community Center. If you’re looking to contact someone by phone there is the NAMI Warm Line; where a person can talk to another person about their own experience with mental health issues and concerns. Call 1-800-698-2392. In addition there is the NAMI helpline: 1-800-950-6264. For further information on any of the above contact Kathy at Clackasmascollegenami@ yahoo.com or Dale at email@example.com or online at info@ nami.org.
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By Matt Garrison The Clackamas Print There is an outlaw on campus, no he does not have a gun, he provides us food. This year Outlaw took over as the vendor for Clackamas’ cafeteria. Chartwells contract to be the vendor at Clackamas’ expired. “The college would have considered it (signing Chartwells for another term), but Chartwells chose to leave,” said Vice President Courtney Wilton. In February 2008, the Clackamas Food Committee distributed a survey to students and faculty asking questions about the vendors on campus; the results did not go in Chartwells favor. The survey results said that students chose to eat off campus due to prices, food quality, and
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choice. With Chartwells leaving, Clackamas’ food service committee needed to find a new vendor. The food service committee contacted potentially interested restaurants and caterers. “We interviewed, I believe, eight,” said Wilton. Outlaw is a group of separate corporations in Washington, Oregon, and California. It is a family owned business that started in Sisters, Oregon. The company has been around for about 15 years. The name Outlaw came from the mascot of Sisters, which is a wild stallion. “We believe that every customer counts,” said Outlaw Manager Steve McGraw. Outlaw wants to learn what the college likes so they can give students and faculty what they want. “We are a family business, we want to treat our employ-
ees like family, and we treat our guests like family,” added McGraw. Chartwells received a $24,000 stipend per year until its last year when it was discontinued. At this point, Outlaw is not asking for a stipend. Unlike Chartwells, Outlaw is willing to partner up with outside caterers. Student Daniel Birch said, “The food is good, but the price for the fries are too high.” “We’re delighted so far, we think they’re doing a very good job,” said Wilton. “We think the food is better. It’s a better financial arrangement for the college.” “It’s a better situation then what we had last year,” Wilton added. Outlaw caters a fair once year, but McGraw does not enjoy it. “I don’t know how to say this, but we love it here (Clackamas,)” said McGraw.
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Outlaw employee Aaron Byrd prepares food in the cafeteria on Oct. 13, 2009.
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Pictured is a time lapse of a dissolving Outlaw plate days 1-7 from left to right. Outlaw Owner Steve McGraw said one of his plates would decompose outside within a week. To be continued...
Five Guys Burgers opens near campus By Jessica Horner The Clackamas Print A newly opened burger hangout has hit the spotlight in town. This delectable meal is full of the juicy, greasy burgers and fries we Americans love. This food will leave you nothing but satisfied and coming back for more. The name of this restaurant says it all when it comes to menu options. Five Guys Burgers and Fries serves hamburgers, hot dogs, and Cajun fries. Customers can feel free to pile on the toppings upon request for burgers and dogs considering they are all free. The fries are also “cooked in pure, no cholesterol, tasty peanut oil,” as their Web site states, which is healthier compared to other restaurants. Something for families to consider when choosing this restaurant, however, would be there is no kids’ menu. This may lead customers to believe Five Guys is not family friendly. It should not be assumed that this is a fast food restaurant. The quality of the food and service holds much higher standards than any McDonald’s, yet it does not really compare to many sit-down restaurants. There is no need for a drive-thru window because the friendly, warm atmosphere of the place really draws you in. The service was friendly and personable. The worker at the cash register explained menu options and recommended items. Business seemed to be doing very well con-
sidering that it is so new to the location, but despite of the multitude of customers, service was still surprisingly punctual. The business really does seem to care about the customer. A second party stated that she liked the food, service, hours, and prices. She also suggested that if the restaurant had offers for students, it would probably get more business. It would also be beneficial if Five Guys had Wi-Fi connection. The probability of getting more business around lunchtime would be much greater. Meals are served with your choice of a main item (a hamburger or hot dog), a drink, and a large amount of fries which makes it well worth the price. One of the workers recommended sharing fries with a friend because they give so many. Not that hungry? There is also the option of little hamburgers for a cheaper price. The prices are average. It would be easy to spend around $10 for a meal, but it is well worth the price for how much food you get. You can visit www.fiveguys. com to view menu options, store locations, events, history of the company, franchise opportunities, career opportunities, contact information, and more. Five Guys is located in Oregon City across the street from Clackamas Community College on Highway 213. It is open daily from 11a.m. to 11p.m., which is convenient for any hungry college student looking for a quick bite after class.
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Veteran community college student spreads her knowledges with ten helpful survival tips
chapters of the book before the first day of class or even contacting the instructor and seeing if it’s possible to get started on the first essay or research paper. The real problems come when you (gasp!) get behind. NEVER get behind on work in a college course, especially when dealing with math. It’s
By Annemarie Schulte Associate News Editor 1. Parking is a battlefield: Get here early for parking. Allow at least ten minutes to find a spot. And another ten minutes to trek to class. Add another ten minutes if you plan on picking up a coffee from Dutch Brothers. 2. Beware of the FBS, Facebook Syndrome: A syndrome I know I share with a good number of students here: opening Facebook on another tab “just to have it open” while I research for other homework related topics. You will ALWAYS come back to Facebook and find yourself browsing around for a good length of time and then realize you were supposed to be writing your essay for English that’s due in roughly eight hours. 3. Procrastinators unite...tomorrow! We are notorious for procrastinating up until the last second and just barely squeaking by. A good way to avoid getting behind is going ahead when you have the chance. This means reading the first few
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unlikely you’ll ever catch up. 4. Function over fashion: This one is mainly for the girls. You’re not in high school anymore, and you can wear what you want without being judged. Sometimes you must sacrifice picking out a great outfit in order to have more study You’re not in high time. Wa l k i n g around campus school anymore, and to your car and you can wear (five miles away) isn’t fun in those what you want four inch stiletto heels. Especially without being during the winter months, making judged. sure you still look put together with a bunch of layers isn’t easy. Sweats, UGGS, and pony tails are perfectly acceptable in college land.
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Students feel furious over unfair fees at Clackamas Fees take a toll on students from class to the DMV, making wallets smaller and patience even thinner By Abigail Neet News Editor If If If If
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drive a car, I’ll tax the street try to sit, I’ll tax your seat get too cold, I’ll tax the heat take a walk, I’ll tax your feet
Hearing about our numerous fees and dues only makes me think of “Taxman” by The Beatles. Prices are only going up but they are never high enough. If there is something we do, “the man” will charge us for it. Various math classes are now using MathZone, an online homework program, which seems only designed to take away the teacher’s pain (or might I say, job) of correcting homework. Trisha Freitag’s math teacher is using MathZone, but I wouldn’t say Freitag is very excited about the prospect. “It’s very dumb,” she said when asked how she feels about having to buy a code online to use MathZone to do her homework. MathZone counts for a total of 100 points, and in the class syllabus, it states that the book will also be used for homework and a graphing calculator will be needed. Students have to pay for the class book, the graphing calculator, and now their MathZone code. There are many other fees included in our education process. Bobby Binder finds it frustrating at how often the college and teachers update the books used in their courses, making it difficult to sell books back to the bookstore or to use the same book
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a future course. in Binder also thinks we should have an option of taking an all book class or a hybrid one and is not fond of taking a class, buying the book and then finding out there is additional work to be done online, especially when it costs. I’m sure most of us are aware of the crazy book prices, but did you know, according to the National Association of College Stores Student Watch 2008 report, the average college student spent $702 on required course materials. Binder is also frustrated by the fees accompanied with dropping a class. “I signed up for a class and dropped it one day late, and ended up having to pay $300 in fees for a class I didn’t even take, cause I dropped it one day late,” he said He also explained that the fees got so high because the college had been e-mailing him instead of sending letters (going green) and he hadn’t been online in more than a year and was unaware of the fees until they ended up in collection. Binder also told about a friend who had left her account open and someone else signed her up for a yoga class, (she is someone who has never been interested in yoga and would not sign up for a yoga class). She attempted to explain this to registration but, Binder says, “they wouldn’t budge” Binder also said that some teachers are being really helpful. His Spanish teacher is printing out papers for those who did not buy the book. Although he wishes he had known that before he bought the book. The state is also trying to raise prices for things, most of us thought cost enough as it was. On Oct. 1, the DMV increased tag prices from the $54 fee to the new and unimproved price of $86. Prices are up, not only for drivers. The DMV also drastically upped the price of an ID card from $10 to $44.50. It’s not all bad, at least we are not paying for our oh-so hard to find parking!
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teria. ASG appreciates your pocket change so head over there when your friend refuses to lend you any more money. 6. Don’t schedule your classes back-to-back: For so many reasons, having back to back classes forces you to miss out on the most valuable studying time: right before and right after classes; it also doesn’t allow for the long-winded professor who forgets you have some place to be and perpetually goes ten minutes over class time. And of course, having a break is good so that you can eat, interchange books from your car, or even stop by an instructor’s office for some extra help.
5. Low on cash? Welcome to college: When the Cougar cafeteria’s prices just aren’t vibing with you, head over to the ASG student store where you can pick up a candy bar for only 80 cents. While the new Outlaw food service is tasty, you’ll need at least $4 to grab anything from that side of the cafe-
7. Study the hardest subject first: It’s like pulling a band-aid off; just get it over with. Remember to get your hardest work done first so you can do it when you’re least tired and have the clearest mindset possible. Most of us start with our easiest work first but switch it around (hardest first, easiest last) and you may be bound for success. 8. Never underestimate the mini stapler: Invest in a mini stapler. There are some professors at CCC who will not accept papers that are unstapled and since most rooms aren’t equipped with staplers, and after class is considered late, you could be in quite a predicament. Tough luck, unless…you’re prepared! And, you brought your handy mini stapler. It’s one of the smallest, most useful things you’ll ever buy in your college career. 9. Granola bars are your BFFs: Always try to pack something to snack on whether it be a granola bar or Gardetto’s (although those little brown rye pieces are embarrassingly loud to chew on during a silent class) or even candy. Long lectures WILL make you hungry and paying attention is crucial if you want to make it through that research paper tonight. 10. Don’t piss off the professor: Self-explanatory.
Fall show ‘Community’ rags its way to a better life By John Hurlburt Co-Editor in Cheif “What is community college? Well I’m sure you’ve heard all kinds of things. You’ve heard it’s loser college for remedial teens, twenty-something dropouts, middleaged divorcees and old people, keeping their minds active as they circle the drain of eternity. That’s what you’ve heard now, I wish you luck!” These are the opening words of NBC’s new show, “Community.” “Community’s” plot is based in fictitious Greendale Community College, where Jeff, a charismatic slacker and supposed attorney, has sighted the smart and
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sassy Britta, a girl with no apparent interest in him. In an attempt to sneak a date with Britta, Jeff pretends to start a study group for Spanish, expecting no one to show up and giving him a chance to win the girl. Britta, however, invites Jeff’s newfound friend Abed who invites the rest of the ragtag cast to a new Spanish study group. Britta soon discovers Jeff is manipulative and self-centered, making the rest of the show a series of attempts for Jeff to repent and find a way into her heart, or pants. “Community” takes the usual condescending tone when it deals with community colleges and inevitably hides some over exaggerated truth.
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Stereotypes are the bread and butter of the show and if someone is easily offended, this is not where they will be spending 30 minutes. Most of the cast is composed of little known actors with the exception of Chevy Chase, “The Daily Show’s” John Oliver and Joe McHale Chase’s role is “the old man.” Inadvertently racist and sexually inappropriate he optimizes the stereotype of an old man stuck in his ways and propels himself to his best role since his old days of National Lampoon. Each episode revolves around different classes taught at the college. Each teacher is uniquely insane at the college. One teacher seems to have chewed on too many disco chips a few years back and now believes he is living “Dead Poets Society,” with
an over the top Carpe Diem zeal. I wasn’t expecting to like the show after watching its previews. Once I witnessed the first episode, I couldn’t help but watch the next two. The show takes a lot of shots at community colleges but at the same time mends the wounds it deals by showing some of the advantages institutions like Clackamas have, especially at giving second chances. Ultimately one of the points that “Community,” proves is that everyone is equal at a Jr. College regardless if you’re an ex-pill popper or the high school prom king. “Community” plays Thursday nights on NBC at 8 p.m.
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By Matthew Ostergren Arts & Culture Editor What is your name and position here at Clackamas? My name is Lilly Mayer. I am a life science instructor. How long have you been an instructor here and where did you get your degrees? I started here in 1988 as a part-time instructor. However, between 1991 and 1992 I worked as a forest botanist for the Forest Service in Idaho at the Targhee National Forest. I was then hired at CCC as an instructor fulltime. It was a hard choice. I really enjoyed being a botanist, but guess which one won out? I got my bachelor’s degree in biology and my master’s degree in botany plant science from California State University Chico. The bachelor’s was in 1973 and the master’s in 1975. Spring semester 1976, I started a PhD program in botany at the University of Wyoming. Because of finances, I never finished. So, what did you do after you left the University of Wyoming and before you came to Clackamas? After leaving the University of Wyoming, I started working for Peter Kiewit Mining. It was a coal strip mining company; it had mines in both Wyoming and Montana. I worked for them as a biologist, doing pre-mining and post-mining surveys of the local plants and animals as well as working with the reclamation of the mine lands. In 1981, I left the mining company and got a job at the National Seed Storage Laboratory in Colorado where I worked on seed viability studies. We used to have a lot of discussion of how to make the repository atomic bomb proof. The repository was used to store the genetic material for all the agricultural crops used as important food sources for people,
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Lilly Mayer shows a film in the Biology 101 class she teaches. The video playing features from left to right: Francis Crick and James Watson, the discoverers of DNA, the molecule that stores the genetic information for all lifeforms.
such as corn and wheat as well as legumes like peas and lima beans, in case of nuclear war or some natural disaster. After that, in 1985 I moved to the San Francisco Bay area
and worked for the Agricultural Research Service. We looked at proteins in wheat nuclei to determine the salt tolerance of the wheat. That is important because as we irrigate, we get a build-up
of salt in wheat fields that could prevent the growth of wheat. In 1986, I came to Portland and that is when I started teaching. I first taught at Portland Community College before com-
ing to CCC. Do you have a favorite class you teach, a subject you find most interesting to instruct? I like all my classes because they all offer different perspectives on biology, although, I would really like to start teaching botany again. Speaking of classes, there are rumors that some changes have taken place in the biology classes and in science classes in general. What are these changes? Because students and instructors have had to deal with larger class sizes, the non-major biology and major biology classes have reorganized to have separate lecture and lab sections. The separation has allowed us to reevaluate how non-major biology is presented. We now use the Internet for reading assignments and the information has been reorganized so that more application can be seen in the lessons. Also, our non-major biology classes use Netbooks for information gathering for in class discussion. The Netbooks were purchased through a CCC Foundation biology enhancement account that was funded from royalties of lab manuals written by Chris Strickland and me. And one other change because of the H1N1 flu is that all our classes have spray bottles to sanitize the desktops between classes. What activities or hobbies do you enjoy the most outside of CCC? I own a 20-acre farm where I raise cashmere goats, dairy goats and gypsy horses. Raising them is my favorite hobby along with also working on my halfacre garden.
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Cougars claw back competition By Mark Foster Sports Editor
and eleven freshman there is a good balance between the
Brad Heineke Clackamas Print Freshman forward Jennifer Almond clears the ball down the line against Everett Community College. The Cougars are currently 4-2-2 in league play. two. Landis said, “There is a good amount of experience to go with the incoming talent.” A rough first road trip set the team back, but Nelson felt that it was a learning moment and now the team is more focused and determined to go out and get the job done. Nelson added, “I definitely feel we are headed in the right
direction and will be playing our best soccer by the time the playoffs come.” Landis and Lichty both agreed that Chemeketa will be the toughest competition of the year. The way the team has been playing lately, though, they should be able to top Chemeketa and most of the conference. “If we can pull it together
we can win it all. We just need to play as a team,” said Landis. Less injuries have also helped the team stay on track and keep headed in the right direction. With six games remaining the Cougars are looking to make a push to win a league title. They play Clark College today at 2 p.m. in Vancouver.
Coach pushes players to win in the classroom By Carlos Calderon The Clackamas Print Despite the echo of basketballs violently colliding with the ground and the chatter of basketball players as their practice was winding down, a voice could be heard emanating from down the hall. It was powerful, enthusiastic, endearing, spirited and most of all vital. Peering in on Kathie Woods’ pre-practice instructions, one can’t help but notice the complete and utter attention the team paid Woods. It didn’t matter who certain instructions were directed towards, everyone listened. This was the first practice of the week, second since the loss to Concordia University and another opportunity to regroup, to refocus, to improve. In the age where coaches bounce around from program to program, Woods has made Clackamas Community
October classic returns
By Mark Foster Sports Editor
Cougs kick it in to gear, look for title
The 2008 season did not end how the Cougars women’s soccer team wanted it to. They knew they were better. Their coach knew they were better. Now they just have to prove it. The Cougars finished last season with a 12-5-3 record, winning the NWAACC South region. At the end of the season the team was ranked in the top four, along with four other teams from the South and East regions. Tough competition to say the least. Heading into the playoffs, the Cougars were awarded a first round bye, jolting them right in to the quarterfinals. This game would turn out to be their only win of the postseason, defeating Whatcom Community College 3-2 in overtime. Coming off an unfortunate fourth place finish, the team is currently leading the South region. Coach Tracy Nelson has a lot of confidence in her team. She feels her team is still trying to work out some kinks. “We are still coming together as a team. We have a lot of potential and are working on maximizing our talent,” said Nelson. Aside from leading the South region, the Cougars are also sitting in third in the NWAACC. Sophomore Sara Landis said about this year’s team, “This year we have more talent and our team has better chemistry.” Captain Dani Lichty added, “We have more respect for each other.” With 10 returning women
College her home. In her 25 years as head coach, Woods has garnered a bevy of awards, such as the prestigious and always elusive NWAACC
“I don’t go out and recruit the best volleyball player I can find, I try to go out and recruit the best people I can find that are athletic and love volleyball…” Kathie Woods Head Volleyball Coach
Coach of the Year in 1995, 1996 and 2004. “We started to get at the top consistently in the mid 1990’s because we started to get an understanding of defining roles and having the girls accept their roles,” said Woods. “You can’t execute your roles without accepting them. It’s really important to be very honest and truthful with the girls. When everybody has a role and everybody knows that there is value in their roles the team has an ability to work better together.” The philosophy by which Woods runs her program is to give 100 percent in school, volleyball and life. Notice school is first. Unlike programs out there that insist school comes first, Woods means it. In four of the past five years, Cougar Volleyball has been awarded American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. Even though Woods has amassed over 500 career
wins, multiple NWAACC championships and coach of the year awards, she is most proud of the work her teams do in school and in the community. “I don’t go out and recruit the best volleyball player I can find, I try to go out and recruit the best people I can find that are athletic and love volleyball…” said Woods. “We work in the community, visit rest homes, and decorate Christmas trees for the elderly. That’s what I take pride in and is why I think we are so successful.” Despite a rough start to the season, due in part to the strength of schedule, Cougar volleyball is second in conference with a 3-1 record. There are only two more home games remaining. So instead of watching that show on TV, show up and support your Cougar volleyball team on Oct 28, 2009 (sponsor night) and/or Nov 10, 2009 (sophomore night).
It’s October. It’s here. It’s playoff time. It gives me chills up my spine. The long wait is finally over and not a minute too soon. It was a season of races, chases, and, unfortunately, the 2003 steroid list. We’re ready to stop talking about the list, though. Red Sox fans especially, who now realize the ‘04 playoff run they love to talk about was fueled by a little extra juice, not just the Jack Daniels Curt Schilling and Kevin Millar were throwin’ back in the clubhouse before games. Eight teams began, now four remain. It was quick and painful for a couple teams, mainly the Twins. Going from an emotional and high intensity game against the Detroit Tigers to having their playoff hopes and dreams crushed in a mere three games, simply put: heartbreaking. But, that’s what happens when you play a Yankees team littered with perennial All-Stars. All credit is due to the Minnesota Twins. They became the first team in MLB history to win their division trailing by three games with four games to go in the season. They did what they needed to do to jolt themselves in to the post season; it just wasn’t enough to keep them in it. The Yankees broke out the broom; cleaned their clocks. Not including this year’s playoffs, the Twins are 0-7 against this year and 5-25 in the Bronx since 2002. The Yankees are hungry. It has been seven years since their last World Series appearance and eight since their last title. They’ve been knocking teams out like Tyson in the 80s. Who is going to dodge the right hook and drop them with a haymaker in the World Series? Could it say it all in the name, the Dodgers? Or is it going to be the Fightin’ Phils making the two hour drive to take their second title in two years? The Yanks and Dodgers both rank in the top five offensively for the entire MLB. Who cares; throw those stats out the window. It’s October, it doesn’t matter whether you score one run or five runs; get the job done. The Phillies rank 23rd offensively. They didn’t care about rankings when they put up three runs in the ninth inning in Colorado with two outs to win the National League Division Series. They’re not stopping there. They are taking the National League Championship Series. It might take seven but they’re getting it done, meeting the Yankees in the World Series. It all comes down to who wants it more. Who is going to battle? This is playoff baseball. This is October. This is what we have waited for.
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