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Forum fills

Volume 43, Issue 14

with memories

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Friends and family gather in the Gregory Forum Feb. 13 to remember anatomy and physiology instructor, Ritch Espino. Espino passed away on Jan. 28.

By Jaime Dunkle The Clackamas Print Grieving people from all over the country joined to honor the memories of the late Ritch Espino in the Gregory Forum on Feb. 13. Several speakers reminisced about their fond times with Espino. All 385 seats in the house were full; people were standing against the back wall and in the halls. A live stream was broadcasted to the McLoughlin auditorium. The tragic loss of Espino happened on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Espino’s customized cherry red Kawasaki motorcycle rested on the kickstand, outside of the building. The “Stand and Deliver” movie poster from his office was presented next to the entrance. His pressed vinyl records framed behind glass stood as homage to his musical accomplishments, next to the poster. A collage of photographs from throughout the years was also displayed. Matt LaForce, adviser and instructor for Water and Environmental Technology, stood in front of the collage and talked about his dearly missed colleague and friend. Espino’s office was a few doors down from his. “There was no pretentiousness. That guy was solid. If you needed something, he would always be there,” LaForce said. Students were always seeking guidance from Espino. Although other faculty were available, students were especially drawn to him. They even lined up at his door, according to LaForce. LaForce said that everyone in science knew and liked

Espino. He was always walking around barefoot, and he often wore a t-shirt that read “Carne Asada Diet.” “A bunch of folks were able to see him on Thursday during the day,” LaForce said. “Everything was great, well, obviously it wasn’t, but you sit there and think it was – that’s the shocker of it all.” One of LaForce’s fondest memories of Espino was when he came back to the office one day with a giant coffee from home. When LaForce asked him about it, Espino said that he didn’t want to waste his money at “Fourbucks” anymore because everything at Starbucks costs four bucks. Others also recalled Espino’s sense of humor. Steven Garcia, the husband of Espino’s niece Adrianne Garcia, said that Espino was always telling jokes to make people feel comfortable. “He always accepted you for who you are. It didn’t matter,” Garcia said. “He always wanted you to be real, so that was always cool.” The Garcias live in Orange County, Calif. with their daughter. Espino went to visit them about three months ago, according to Garcia. “I would’ve never guessed that,” Garcia said. “He was separated and everything was going south, you know. Maybe he just couldn’t handle that anymore and took himself.” Jim Bass only met Espino one time at the Assembly of God Church in Anaheim, Calif. Even though that was 25 years ago, Bass drove from Vancouver, Wash. to show his support. “He was very friendly and always had an affinity for coming up to strangers,” Bass said. Former student Charles Abrahm flew in all the way from

Michigan to attend. Paul Creighton, an adviser and recent student of Espino, and Kit Taylor, opened the memorial performing a song. Creighton sang as Taylor played keyboard. During the memorial, friends and family spoke about their memorable experiences with Espino and the lifelong impact he made on their lives. Among the speakers were Tom Getten, Ted Haddack, Barry Kop (life science instructor), John Lewis (department chair of engineering sciences), Naomi Sether (secretary of science), Steven Gomez (nephew), Norma Cruz (niece) and Ritchie Espino, Jr. (son). Sether, one of the speakers, also organized the memorial. She said that Espino was her best friend. She talked to him two hours before his untimely passing. “He loved every person he met,” Sether said. “He always saw the good in people.” On the stage there was a projection of Espino smiling. On one side of the screen there was a podium for the speakers, on the other side stood Espino’s acoustic guitar. At one point there was a slideshow of photographs projected on the screen. The doors were blocked by mourning viewers. “I think the school should know what a loss is felt here,” former student Hans Detter said. Espino was not just a teacher to Detter; he was a friend and a mentor. Detter said that Espino had helped him become a tutor for his anatomy and physiology students. He said Espino appeared to be doing well the last time he saw him. “It was a shock,” Detter said. “He gave me a stellar recommendation for a job, and I didn’t get to tell him I got it.”

Bill and Dave Show reimagines conventional art as we know it By Annemarie Schulte Arts & Culture Editor Twin beds, a fish tank, a fridge and a mounted deer head are not things one would normally find in Clackamas Community College’s Alexander Art Gallery. Bill Carman and Dave Andersen, however, have made them staples. Carman, who teaches illustration and drawing at Boise State University, and Andersen, an instructor at Clackamas, have stayed in the Alexander Art

Gallery for the past week in an art exhibit aptly named “The Bill and Dave show.” “It’s like a live game show,” said Andersen, and from the corner Carman said, “Come on down!” Carman and Andersen met in grad school at Boise State University and have been friends ever since, going on fishing trips together for years. The Bill and Dave Show is a brain child of one of those fishing trips which became reality after a few months of planning. Andersen and Carman wanted to do something that “wasn’t typi-

cal” and could get students involved more. Carman has his work in galleries in Los Angeles, New York and even England but always prefers to “do things locally.” And as Andersen puts it is so talented that that it’s wonder they were able to “snag him for a week” to do the show. When asked about their activities in the gallery, Carman said they did in fact sleep at night and “paint all day, which is really fun for me.” Students came in and talked or worked on work every now and then;

one of those students was Kevin Wright who is in Andersen’s gallery management class currently. Music played freely, and the whole atmosphere was both original and stimulating. Andersen walked in and immediately put on his red robe before settling down in a sofa chair and setting a hat that resembles that of Shriners’ members’ on his head, kicking his feet up on the coffee table. He seemed, for a lack of words, at home. Please see ART, Page 5


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Wind technology blows thru campus By John Hurlburt Co-Editor in Chief Hidden three miles in from Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge, more than 250 wind turbines capture the power of truly renewable energy and create a skyline that would make Don Quixote’s courage dissolve. The wind turbines are a part of Portland General Electric’s Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, a site where future students going through Columbia Gorge Community College’s Renewable Energy Technology program will be trained. Due to a partnership forged between Clackamas Community College and CGCC, students can take the first year of classes in order to get a Renewable Energies Technologies degree with a focus on wind technologies at CCC before drifting to Columbia Gorge to finish their training and joining Oregon’s exploding green industry. The pay for a trained technician starts at about $18 to $20 in the field, a fortune to someone fresh out of high school and more than many people can hope for even after receiving a four-year degree. Dale Coyle, Biglow Canyon plant manager, reminds, however, there are some strings attached to making the pay. Most importantly is technicians cannot be afraid of heights. Soon students will go out to the Biglow site early in the training in so that they can scale the energy creating monoliths. Experiencing this early on is important for new students, according to Coyle. “It’d be wrong to go through two years of college and then get

out here and try to climb a tower and realize you’re scared of towers, scared of heights and not want to do the job,” Coyle said. Climb training at Biglow will start once liability issues have been sorted out because regardless of how safe the turbines are, there will always be an element of danger surrounding them. Currently at Coyle’s site, there have not been any accidents in the three years it has been running; however, at a nearby site named Klondike, a worker fell to his death from a turbine in August 2007, becoming the first and only employee killed working on a turbine in Oregon. In the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration report on the accident, it was found that those working in the tower were not properly instructed or supervised for the operations they were performing, and they had not been properly trained in how to escape from “the hub,” the top part of the tower containing the equipment to harness wind and convert it into electricity. The report went on to state that nothing was structurally wrong with the tower and it would not have fallen if it would have been operated correctly.

Those who are afraid of heights aren’t the only people who would have a hard time working on towers; claustrophobes can toss their applications into the trash as well. Work conditions are tight. In order to get to the top of the tower, technicians are required to climb ladders up the entire height of the tower in an area not wide enough to stretch his or her arms. The light purr produced by a turbine farm is reminiscent of the sound a bee makes in the distance. Even standing under the 84 meter giants, one doesn’t here more than a whisper, unless the day happens to be savage and cruel. During the winter the turbines can turn into catapults. Chunks of ice accumulated on the blades up to four pounds can be hurled off when the wind blows hard enough turning the farm into a potential hot zone of iced artillery. Hard hats must be worn on site at all times because the white behemoths may forge clean, renewable energy, but they demand respect.

For every 8 to 10 power creating giants, there is one technician constantly servicing his wind turbines, making sure they continue work too safely and support electricity for over 100 houses. The constant maintenance explains why no creaks escape from any poorly lubricated friction points. A quiet operation is important when 141 turbines, with the smallest blades at 83 meters, are spinning simultaneously. Currently these turbines are providing six or seven percent of PGE’s electrical output, but by 2025 the company plans to have 25 percent of its power coming from renewable energy. The money for creating the turbines comes to consumers in the form of utility bills. Scott Giltz, dean of Clackamas’ technical career education division, says it’s a good opportunity, for those who can deal with the job “It’s a big emerging field, with something like 600

jobs projected over the next three years,” Giltz said about the wind energy industry adding, “that’s just in Oregon.” Giltz was one of the movers and shakers that have made the partnership with CGCC possible, and he is currently one of the individuals working to get Clackamas’ own Renewable Energy Technology Degree, which is currently being approved by the state of Oregon. To Giltz the area of renewable energy is extremely important because he sees the future desperately needing to be a greener place. “We’ve got to stop using as much power as we do and stop using natural resources. That’s where this technology comes in,” Giltz commented. “This kind of technology is really exciting and essential, absolutely essential!”

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Eat your way into organic food at Farmer-Chef Connection By Abigail Neet News Editor

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The hoop house has vegetable rows named after native tribes in Oregon. The produce grows through the winter with no heating source.


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Clackamas Community College is co-hosting Farmer-Chef Connection 2010. This will be the second year for the event to be held at CCC and the 10th year overall. According to Elizabeth Howley, department chair for horticulure, the Farmer-Chef Connection is a great way for farmers and chefs to network. Farmer-Chef Connection is on Monday, March 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Gregory Forum. “It is pretty amazing,” Howley said. “It’s a great opportunity for those who love to grow food to get together with stores and chefs.” Howley said stores such as a New Seasons come to the event to purchase food. New Seasons also has a chef come, too. There are workshops for farmers and chefs as well as farmer and chef speed dating.

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Howley explained that farmers bring in their best food and the chefs cook it. Horticulture student Karyn Bassett went to last year’s Farmer-Chef Connection as a student volunteer and food consumer and said the event was very successful. “It was worth it just for the food,” Basset said. “The lunch is amazing.” Howley agreed that the food was probably the best she had had all year. The food is brought by farmers and prepared by chefs. Basset also noticed that it was a good way for people to make connections. Bruce Nelson, a horticulture instructor, said he has seen a change in what is wanted from the program as more and more students are interested in food production. “We are struggling with it internally,” he said, of how to accommodate the demand and give people job skills. Nelson believes it has a lot to do with current times and people wanting

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to farm and buy locally. Nelson said it goes with the nationwide interest. Nelson agreed that Farmer-Chef Connection is a good way for chefs to meet local growers. There are 56 horticulture classes covering a variety of material, ranging from organic farming to pest management and landscaping. Nelson said that although there are not too many food production classes, there is a lot of overlap. For example farmers can learn a lot from pest management classes. Nelson, himself, teaches an organic gardening class which goes over soil prep, tools to use, organic materials, cold weather procedures and when to plant. The college was donated a hoop house, which is basically a green house to garden through the winter, that Howley’s class takes care of. The hoop house uses no heating and has successful plant growth. Nelson said it is used to educate students on the possibilities of farming through the winter.

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Green grant provides Web solution By Joshua Baird The Clackamas Print Many students may or may not be aware; Clackamas Community College has recently had the school’s Web site analyzed, and they used the “green grant” to do it. What does the green grant have to do with the Internet? Isn’t that for the sustainability program? The real name of the green grant is the Pathways to Sustainability grant. The Pathways grant was designed to allow schools to become selfsufficient, as well as to give fresh opportunities for growth. The nickname of green grant became synonymous with the program last year when a number of new programs were instituted at CCC that are all considered to be “green.” The Pathways to Sustainability grant was canceled in June of 2009 after paying for the analyst to review the Web site according to Ray Hoyt. The findings proved what many, students and faculty alike, have been aware of for some time. Simply put the Web site is in pretty bad shape. The review of the site

was with tail end finances of the green grant, whereas the restructuring of the site will come from other resources that will be provided for by the 2010 Appropriation award. One thing that many students may be curious about is the cost. According to CCC’s Web site Redesign Strategic Plan, “Given the various factors to be considered, it is reasonable to expect that a major Web site redesign project at the level being considered could cost between $45 thousand to $70 thousand.” In this report, they are very clear that this is a very rough estimate that should only be used for initial planning. Some of the primary issues that the analyst found upon looking over the Web site are the lack of uniformity between departments and ease and accessibility of use needs work. “It feels very low tech; there could be a better way to do it,” said Elexis Krause, a Clackamas transfer student working towards a career in education. Shelly Parini, dean of College Advancement, indicated that it was impressive how many wonderful projects were made available that may not have been if not for the green grant. One of the early findings is

the lack of uniformity throughout the site. As it stands the site is basically comprised of 30 departments’ individual sites smashed together to create a single platform for students to access information pertaining to the program they are enrolled in. The analysis pointed out that the school would benefit from making the whole site completely uniform. This would make it easier when a student or member of faculty need to move from one department to another online, they will be more capable of locating the information they desire. Another problem that students have had in the past is difficulty using the Web site to enroll in classes. “When you are registering, if you hit the back button by accident, you have to start over,” said Krause of her previous experiences. The Web Committee is comprised of Joe Austin, Parini, as well as Terry Mackey, the Web Committee Chair. They are devoted completely to ensuring the redesigning of Clackamas’ Web page, and they are working to ensure that the student body will have all the tools available to them in the near future.

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Letters to the editor on pot, rock, quakes, Moodle Once again long lines, system failure delay registration I’m writing about the article, “Film sheds light on dark rock genre.” First, the picture choice is great and actually what made me want to read it. Second, the approach was very objective and fair, in my opinion. Typically print and broadcast media of news distribution are heavy towards one side, usually. I’ve stopped watching news broadcasts altogether because of its biased format, and I’m tired of hearing only negative stories, or stories of a

heartwarming dog. What about enrichment and culture? Granted, not everyone is into rock, or death metal for that matter; yet it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Off of the soap box! Thank you for publishing this topic. Thank you for making a potentially short and boring article into something interesting and faceted. Being able to mix opinions and present a balanced review is refreshing in today’s world.

This is in regards to the “Marijuana Face off” article. I will start off by saying that I have never and plan on never smoking pot. This is a choice that I have made for myself. Choice is a powerful word. Life is full of them. People constantly choose to get up every morning, go to school or work, to do their homework. Because I am of age, I could choose to drink alcohol everyday if I wanted to. Being a responsible, functioning adult is our choice.

It there are people out there blaming marijuana for not being productive, it is just a lame excuse. If there was no such thing as pot, they would just find some other cop out. The government should legalize it. They should treat it like alcohol and put the money generated from sales to good use like education and the environment. It would be such a huge boost to our economy.

I found your article “Potential quake shakes up Oregonians” disturbing. I was surprised to learn that Oregon is just beginning to upgrade its buildings to withstand major earthquakes and devise plans for such a disaster. Residents of the state have long pushed going green. With recent information indicating that evidence of global warming was falsified, Oregonians

should redirect their attention to protecting themselves in the event of a natural disaster. According to the article, a major earthquake is imminent. If we are to avoid another catastrophe like Katrina, we need to insist our state focuses on preparedness with the same fervor used to advance the green agenda.

James Sharinghousen

Cynthia Tinker

Rachel Sauer

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The story about the potential earthquake is very interesting. I like how it tells the readers the history behind it and what the people should get ready. After reading this story, I felt like I needed to do something to let more people know. I told a friend of mine, and he did some research on it. He told me more about it, and I was able to explain to my family who had some doubts about it. Some people do not believe the earthquake is going to happen soon, so they think they should

not get ready. My family is thinking about the potential earthquake very seriously, and they are getting things together, if it does happen. They have batteries, lamps, canned food, first aid kit, radio and things for survival. I think everyone should be ready for any kind of natural disaster, because those types of disasters happen in less than a second. I think this kind of articles can help society pay more attention to reality.

I do not think Moodle is such a great idea. I already have Moodle for my Math 111 class, and I currently do not like it at all, especially, for the fact that my math class isn’t an online class. It might as well be an online class if their going to put all the homework and what not on that Web site. Our class doesn’t have a book so it makes things more difficult to understand; we’re learning off

YouTube. Yes, they are saving money but is this really the best way for students to study and learn? Yeah, a survey shows that, but the survey isn’t even for the united Clackamas Community College students. It’s just students that are enrolled where teachers are testing out Moodle on us students to see if it will work out.

Reading about the sports at CCC really gave me a great insight on how athletic this school is. I also read on the basketball team and realized they aren’t too bad as they say. Even though CCC is a community college, competing in NWAACC, CCC has great athletes that can strive to bigger and better things. I’m an athlete myself but in soccer, and the girls’

team is very good as well. I just wish they had a men’s league because I believe CCC can conquer in men’s soccer also. Maybe soccer can be a part of Clackamas Community College.

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By Joshua Baird The Clackamas Print Long lines of upset students stand waiting, crossing the spectrum of emotions from anger, to hope, to indifference. “It’s a little frustrating,” said Samantha Rouse, a returning student who has been reportedly waiting for an hour. Many other students had been in line for longer than that. The systems failed Tuesday after midnight once again. According to April Smith of Enrollment Services the problem is that the server was bogged down by an overwhelming number of students attempting to register online. Darryk Cromwell, who has been going to Clackamas since 2007, claims that this problem happens every term. Zach Eaton, who had just gotten in line five minutes earlier, believed that the whole situation could be resolved “If the computers worked better” While many students were frustrated, others just wanted to get finished with registering in hopes that they would get into everything they wanted. According to Smith at the time of interview the system is down with no estimated time of repair.


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Cougars welcome rugby club Rugby finds its niche at Clackamas and looks for funding to continue play in future By Steven Weldon Associate Sports Editor Saddle up in the scrum; rugby has arrived at Clackamas Community College. The sport that has found its niche all over the United States is now a club sport here in Oregon City. The band of 15 players with varied rugby experience from first year players to four years of high school and club team experience come together select Saturdays and battles teams from across the state from college teams to select club teams. Travis Hedrick, who has four years of experience playing rugby, said, “We tried to get a team together at [Portland State University], but it fell through, so we started the club here.” While the team looks to have fun first and foremost, they face uphill challenges. Clackamas student and rugby club organizer, AJ Vanderpool

said, “We only have 15 players, so all of them have to play the entire game.” First year player Adam Decknadel said, “I love rugby; the team is full of good guys, too.” In their first game against the Oregon Rugby Sports Union Division Two team, the Cougars experienced a rough start and eventually fell 22-47. While they lost handily, Vanderpool said, “We fought hard. It was tough.” While the scrappy underdog Cougars fell, they will not give up. The team has great chemistry for only playing with each other for two months, which will surely help them. Their next game is against Southern Oregon University on Feb. 27. Rugby, a sport very popular in the United Kingdom and Australia, has recently risen in popularity in Oregon. In fact, most high schools in Clackamas County have a way for kids to play rugby and even have youth clubs. The ORSU Division Two and Three clubs, an adult club team, participates in the Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union league, battling eight teams from all across Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Clackamas’s rugby club

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Rugby team members perform a two-on-one drill. Originally the team attempted to start a club at Portland State University but was unsuccessful. has dedicated time to assist the Oregon City High School club. The rugby team is also actively searching for new players, as they only have enough players to play the entire game,

no bench to be seen. Also using their own funds and fundraising, the team has to purchase jerseys and even goalposts for their field, located off campus off of Leland Road in Oregon City.

Every sport has its beginnings, and rugby’s beginning at CCC starts now. New players are welcome and can contact Vanderpool at (503) 314-9171 or e-mail

Basketball program uses technology to help keep stats Sports move into the technological age as teams use the CyberSports program to keep stats By Mark Foster Sports Editor In the past, a team’s statistician has had the grueling job of keeping track of all stats for every member of a team. With technology on the rise, a program emerged which has eliminated the need to count stats by hand and eased the stress of statisticians around the globe. Helping to put that stress at ease is CyberSports, Inc.

Since its inception in the early 90s, CyberSports has only been growing. Both of Clackamas’ basketball teams use the program for every home game. Using this program helps to eliminate the time it takes to generate accurate stats for coaches to hand out to players as well as schools looking to recruit players. Ernie Woods, chief designer and adviser to CyberSports, said about the program, “the statistician was once a bankless job and has really turned out to become a big one, and the statistician is a big part of the team now.” He also mentioned that the University of Tennessee recently hired a person full time to run their CyberSports during games as well as practices. Woods is no stranger to the world of statistics. He is the win-

ningest coach in Washington state community college basketball history and has worked with numerous NBA teams as well as national teams from Australia, Brazil, Germany and Sweden. Woods was also a consultant for Microsoft’s “NBA Inside Drive 2000” video game. One point Woods stressed was that schools who use CyberSports gain a definite competitive advantage over those who don’t. Woods said, “With the online capabilities today, it has opened up a whole new world to schools like Clackamas.” The program is run during the game by a person using a computer who updates the program in real time. Someone scores a basket, gets a rebound or a steal, it all goes right into the computer.

Reminiscing about years past, Woods said, laughing, “When calculators came out, I thought it was the greatest gift to mankind.”, a Web site information site, ranks CyberSports as the 135,462 most visited site in the United States and the 500,853 most visited site worldwide. also estimates that about 84.7 percent of the site’s traffic comes from users in the U.S. with 15.3 percent coming from sources outside the country. CyberSports has also made its program available to soldiers overseas who are unable to watch games of family members and other loved ones. A press release on the CyberSports Web site states, “The wealth of information that the CyberSports reports and charts produce has a definite impact on

the outcome of the game and the coaches want access to it. Once outsiders looking in, [Sports Information Directors] and statisticians now have become a vital part of the team itself.” SID’s were formerly used for public and media relations and were used to pass out stats to media during games. CyberSports has helped to change the role SID’s play in the sports world. They have become an intricate part of the statistical strategies that many coaching staffs base their game plan around. Each year CyberSports grows larger and gains more recognition from schools across the world. Woods cited his main reason for helping develop CyberSports, “It’s a hobby for us. It’s just about trying to give back to the sport.”

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Clackamas swing dancing class lacks male student participation By John Simmons The Clackamas Print With today’s busy schedules, students are often unable to find the time for fun activities, let alone exercise. Many do not have time for doing much outside of school and work, but fortunately there are classes available on campus that satisfy both the want for fun and the need for physical activity: dance classes. “Learning to dance is a lifetime accomplishment with long term benefits,” stated swing dance instructor Robin Robinson in an e-mail. “People dance into their 70s and 80s. For some it is the reason for a longer life.” Despite the health benefits, men are wary of taking dance classes because of the social stigma. In Robinson’s swing dance classes, for example, there are very few men. In his intermediate/advanced swing class of 21, there are only nine men, and in his beginning swing class of 27, there are only eight. “It’s been worse,” he stated. According to Robinson, men are always harder to get to dance because society has made dancing out to be unmanly and something to be embarrassed of doing. “Guys don’t see dancing as manly. It’s right next to crying and wearing pink,” said John Howard, who chose to take swing dance after a friend of his convinced him to do so. “The real test of manhood is whether or not you’re brave enough to try something new. I wasn’t ever much of a dancer, but I have really enjoyed it.” Courtney Miller, a fairly experienced dancer and familiar with jazz, hip hop, ballet and tap styles of dance,

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Clackamas students learn how to boogie in good old fashioned 20s style at the swing dancing class in Randall Hall. had a similar opinion. “I think more guys don’t take [dance classes] because they don’t want to try something new. They also might feel overwhelmed or embarrassed in front of other guys and even girls. Some guys just think they are too manly and if they joined [these classes] their peers would give them a hard time about it,” said Miller. Although it is not desired, there are a few upsides of having fewer men

ART: No sleep, just paint Continued from ART, Page 1

So far it’s been “wonderful” said Andersen. Andersen says he wanted to do the exhibit because he wanted to see more “student activity happen in the gallery,” and they’ve been pretty successful at that goal in his opinion. When asked what it was like to sleep in the gallery at night, Andersen replied, “Noisy.” Apparently the custodians aren’t too considerate of the two inhabitants of the gallery. Andersen insists that they fought over the Snow White sheets that adorn one of the small twin beds. Carman says Andersen snores, and Andersen says Carman talks in his sleep. Andersen says he spends the days

“painting and being a smartass to people,” which he adds with a smile on his face. Both Andersen and Carman agree that “Korean food on Monday night” has been the highlight, as well as student interaction, of course. When asked what the future has for the Bill and Dave Show holds, Andersen says he definitely plans to do this again, only “next time it will be crazier … this is just a test-run.” Although the Bill and Dave Show ended Feb. 18, the pieces they worked on during their stint in the gallery will stay up until March 15. For more information about Carman, go to or simply Google “Bill Carman.”

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Bill Carman explains the fine artistic details of a mosaic at the Alexander Art Gallery.

than women. With a ratio of two or more girls for every guy, many male dancers get to enjoy an atmosphere where they are in demand. “The upside of having more girls than guys is that I don’t ever have to wait for a dance partner,” said Howard. “There are always several girls ready to go, and so I get a lot more experience with a lot more people than I would otherwise.” This same ratio works against female

dancers, who often find themselves without partners. “Girls don’t get to dance with a partner as often and have to wait a long time to rotate to the next dancing partner,” said Miller. “Girls wish there were more guys because girls want guys to learn something new and different. Girls like guys who can dance.” The physical education department has tried several methods to try to get more men into dance classes, mostly relying on word of mouth. “In past terms, we have put up fliers around campus,” said Robinson. “I tell the ladies that they need to tell their guy friends. They need to help recruit partners.” Miller had a few ideas of how to recruit more men to the course, and has already recruited two this term. “Girls usually have more guy friends than girl friends, so the girls just simply have to do the talking and spread the word to the guys. Spreading the word is probably the most effective way to get guys into swing dancing,” said Miller. She also suggested trying to get athletes involved, as dancing helps improve agility, balance and overall fitness. “The dance instructor is also the baseball coach, so maybe anyone on the baseball team who is interested can join,” she said. For those men who are contemplating taking dance courses but have reservations, Howard suggests people to put aside their inhibitions and go have fun. “People should just realize how much fun [dancing] is,” he said. Dancing is one of the few activities that can be done for years and years, and knowing how to dance well is a skill few people seem to possess these days. For those interested in learning something new, staying active and having a lot of fun, dance classes are the way to go.


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Lydia Burris and Savanah Cannard, from Clackamas Community College Associated Student Government, tend the table at the Lunar New Year celebration last Thursday.

By Mark Sunderland The Clackamas Print The rising of the sun is heralded by the roar of the tiger with eyes of gold and green that gleam in the new day. The Associated Student Government of Clackamas Community College hosted an event on Feb. 17 and 18. ASG had a set up of tables with red tablecloths, an informational poster and material to make a bookmark with one’s zodiac sign. A bowl of Oriental candies and little red packets (called hong bao) hanging off the branches of a little tree people passed the booth in curiosity. Quyen Thoi, head of ASG public affairs, stated, “The reason why we started doing the Lunar New Year this year was because I am in charge of the public affairs department and part of the public affairs department is awareness. We thought Lunar New Year would be great to reach out to students and let them know how other cultures are working and celebrate Lunar New Year.” ASG is seeking to increase the awareness of other cultures and give students at CCC a chance to get a taste of something new. They haven’t done anything like this before. “This is a testing of the waters kind of thing. See how students react to Lunar New Year, and as the years proceed, we would like to increase

more activities. This is just a twoday event, just letting students know, ‘Hey we’re doing this,’” confirmed Thoi. It seemed to be an event that did interest students, as there were those that would stop, read and then make a bookmark. When queried about the possibility of doing more for the Lunar New Year, such as hiring a lion dance team or such activities of that ilk, Thoi said, “I don’t know about a lion dance or hiring such expensive events. We’re just trying to have students aware. However, if the students response is great and a lot of students are asking for it, we are able to definitely see it as an alternative or different avenue.” Thoi hopes to continue doing this next year. She hopes that the one to follow her into the office will continue to do these kinds of events. What was the driving force behind all of this? Thoi said that it was part of what she called “Origin Week,” which is something ASG is working towards. Origin Week is where ASG seeks to cover a different culture each day of the week. So, it seems this isn’t the last we have seen of such events held by the ASG. Perhaps ASG will do more next time for the Lunar New Year more than a booth and informational poster. It was a good way to introduce something

new to students with two days for this event. The first day, Feb. 17, they held a BBQ and on Feb. 18, it was a day to read and understand the Lunar New Year better. If one cannot afford a trip to China for the Lunar New Year and one missed the chance to see ASG’s Lunar New Year event, there is Portland Lee’s Association Chinese New Year Banquet on Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Restaurant at 3016 SE 82nd Ave. in Portland. There’s also a chance to experience Chinese heritage while celebrating the Lunar New Year at the Lan Su Chinese Gardens. The student discounts and their Lunar New Year events are held until the end of this month. If one does not have money or time to attend any event, but still wishes to learn more about the Lunar New Year, check out this Web site: chinese/festivals/new_year.html.

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By Annemarie Schulte Arts & Culture Editor 1. Not having to touch a single door handle all day. It’s definitely a perk – having every door opened for you as you step through it. 2. Having anything with the flip of our hair, smile or wink of our eye. I suppose this one could be argued. But for the most part, learning to smile to get what we want is something we’ve learned from a young age, and so by the time we’re adults, we’ve perfected the art. 3. Always having the “I’m just a silly woman” excuse to fall back on. Right? It works, most of the time. Car accidents, parking tickets, you name it. Men still underestimate us, and I suppose sometimes we use this fact to our advantage. 4. Free meals on dates and not having to ask anyone out on a date in the first place. We love not having to ever get rejected! And not having to go through the anxiety of asking someone out on a date. It’s also nice to always get treated and be spoiled on dates. 5. It’s socially acceptable to have 500 plus pairs of shoes. It’s OK for us, but if any man had this many pairs of shoes, society would not be as accepting. 6. No ‘morning wood.’ Period, end of story. 7. It’s excusable to spend thousands of dollars on nothing more than clothes. It’s cool for us to be materialistic, and it’s even accepted. 8. Being able to do more than one thing at once. Multi-tasking! I’m convinced men cannot do more than one single thing at a time. Being able to multi-task is an amazing skill, one that we have over men. 9. Our incredible ability to manipulate … You know you have a man “trained” when all you have to say is “I’m cold,” before he’s already getting up to turn up the heater. 10. Fact: skirts are more comfortable than pants.

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Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010

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Writing instructor shares unique story By Javierh Montero The Clackamas Print

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A car circles around the Rook parking lot searching for a spot. Students at Clackamas Community College often have to search upwards of 20 minutes for a spot near their classroom.

The struggle for parking continues at Clackamas and students resort to using the visitor parking lot By Annemarie Schulte Arts & Culture Editor You’re circling around and round. You have class in roughly three and a half minutes. You see a spot open, so you rush around narrowly avoiding a collision with another car only to find a car turning off its engine and some lucky kid stepping out triumphantly and heading to class. There’s absolutely no spot open and you’re about to be late to class. Still, you continue to circle looking for those glorious white reverse lights. But you find nothing. So what do you do now? You grab a spot in the Rook twohour parking lot and call it. Recently students have begun to wonder if the two- hour parking lot is really just used for

two-hour parking. The activities in the lot suggest otherwise. Campus safety officer Peter Kandratieff said they do in fact enforce the two-hour limit by “chalking the tires.” This means they mark the tires of cars with a piece of chalk, write down the time they did it and come back two hours later to see if the car is still there. If it is, it is ticketed with a citation of $15 bail. Kandratieff said they do not tow cars although the sign reads “2-hour parking, towing enforced.” Some students say they are aware of campus safety doing this and will check their car every hour or so, wiping off the chalk if they see any. The chalk is a yellow line usually found on one of the front tires. All or most of the cars in the two-hour lot are marked this way in order to ensure they only stay two hours. When asked if she had heard any complaints about the two hour parking lot being full, Judy Kreinherder in registration said they haven’t heard any lately but that doesn’t mean people weren’t having difficulty park-

ing. Just to test this theory, at 11 a.m., a picture was taken of the two-hour parking lot. Two hours later, another picture was taken. After comparing the two it was found that five or six cars were not only still parked in the lot, but un-ticketed. Most people interviewed wished to not give their names for obvious reasons. However, I talked to one student who parked in the two-hour parking lot, on her way to a three-hour class, and told me this outright; she had no intention of only staying two hours. Other students said they had no intention of really staying two hours in the lot because they don’t think it’s really enforced. Some have even admitted to throwing the tickets away once finding them. Most people that were attempted to be interviewed seemed to not have the time; I guess they were in two-hour parking after all and didn’t have much time to spare. But still the question remains: is the “2-hour” parking lot solely used for two hour parking?

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“Don’t worry too much about the grades, worry about what you like,” said James Bryant-Trerise, an instructor at Clackamas Community College. Bryant-Trerise is one of those teachers who uses creative ways to stimulate students and make them succeed in class. With an enthusiastic personality, and grading methods that might not be considered too conventional, Bryant-Trerise is sure to help a student out when it comes to writing and literature. Of his Shakespearean literature class, Bryant-Trerise said, “Shakespeare is difficult, and that’s why you should go for it because it’s only by facing something that’s difficult that you expand.” In an interview with Bryant-Trerise, we discussed his dreams as a teenager, how things are going, his grading procedure, his love for Oregon and more. What do you teach here at CCC? Composition, Writing 121, 122 and Writing 95 and various literature courses. I’ve been teaching Shakespeare classes, mythology of various sorts. What is your Shakespeare class all about? It’s primarily discussion centered. Students get together and discuss what they think about the plays. How are classes’ enrollments going? It goes in cycles. These days the enrollment is up, and I have 30 people in Shakespeare class. A year ago, enrollment was down, and I only had around 15. How long have you been teaching at CCC? I got here the fall of ‘98. And I’ve [been] teaching Shakespeare for a while. How did you end up here at CCC? I was doing what teachers call “the freeway flyer.” That’s when a part time teacher teaches at multiple colleges. I was doing that for about seven years in the Seattle area, and I started applying for full time, and I was finally offered a job here. Are you from Washington? I’m actually from Southern California. I lived in Orange County … I didn’t like it. The reason people like it, it’s because they’re fooled by big tit jobs. Essentially Southern California is one big boob job. Did you go to college in California? I went to the University of California, Santa Barbara. I moved to Washington because my sister lived in Seattle; that gave me a place to stay. How do you like Oregon? When I moved up to the Northwest, I said to myself, “How come the entire country doesn’t BRYANT-TRERISE move up here?” It’s cool in the summer; it’s relatively mild in the winter compared to other places. Within one hour of Portland, there is so much to do: kayaking, skiing, swimming, biking, hiking. What was your original plan when you went to college? I wanted to read stories and poems … I went to college not so much thinking about my career but what I wanted to study. I think students think of college as a ticket to do what they want in the future; that’s kind of like saying, “My happiness is in my future.” If you’re happiness is in your future, then you’re never going to get it, because the future is always far away. So aim for now. How does your way of grading work? In my composition classes, the first essay is to propose a grading system for the class. When the classes begin, there is no grading system. Students create a system with my input and assistance. It could be a mix of different things. However, I always tell them I am required by the institution to essentially say, “You will pass. You will not.” After that, comes deciding the A, B, C, D’s. The system for deciding comes from the students. Students still need to pass according to the objectives that the department has decided on. How long have you been grading this way? I’ve been doing this for about two and half years and only once has a class decided to use a fairly traditional system where I judge the quality of the essays. Why is your grading system so different? Grading prevents students from deciding to take responsibility for their own education. Students try their hardest because they’re being graded, not because they want to be educated. It keeps students from being good students because it keeps them from having to decide that they want to be educated. They do things because of a grade! What’s the hardest aspect of being a teacher? Trying to help students who, for whatever reason, don’t want to be helped. Sometimes by choice but usually they don’t even realize that they’ve made that choice. Sometimes out of fear. Any final words? Try to learn to love what you’re doing, despite being graded on it. You should appreciate the obstacles.


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horoscopes for the week By Swami H. of Carthage Aries (March 21-April 19): Mercury says lots of people are much more competent than you.

Libra (September 23-October 22): A Scorpio is trying to drop a meteor on your house. Do a barrel roll.

Taurus (April 20-May 20): The stars say breathing is overrated. Try not breathing for a few days and see how it suits you.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21): It may require billions of dollars, but meteor drops are super-effective weapons of mass destruction.

Gemini (May 21- June 20): For the next week you should be extremely cautious of windshield wipers. They might just be the death of you or at least get you maimed.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): Saturn’s moon Tethys says you will be shot by a grenade launcher. Capricorn (December 22-January 19): You will be cast as a monstrous villian in a new horror film because you are so hideously ugly and disfigured.

Cancer (June 21-July 22): Several of the cells in your body are planning a revolt. Be prepared to put the revolt down just as an authoritarian police state would.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18): The next time you are riding a bus you will find $5 on the seat next to you. It will also be covered in molasses. So ask yourself this question: “Is $5 worth super sticky hands?”

Leo (July 23-August 22): Your friends are always laughing behind your back. Do whatever it takes to make them take you seriously.

Pisces (February 19-March 20): Your car is actually a Decepticon. In order to protect humankind, you should drive it into the nearest marble or limestone quarry. The impact from the crash should destroy it and make you are hero.

Virgo (August 23-September 22): The Rubicon star cluster demands you take off your pants immediately.

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