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Senator takes hits on health care bill By Joshua Baird The Clackamas Print
At U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley’s 50th town hall meeting, he showed up to discuss the issues and wound up being heckled by members of the audience, for what many believed to be ignoring Oregon residents feelings on health care reform.
In a dimly lit room, surrounded by approximately 110 Oregon residents, Oregon City Mayor Alice Morris introduced Merkley after having the audience stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Questions from the audience were taken based on a lottery method. Each person with a seat was given a ticket and Morris announced at random the final three digits of the ticket number. “I liked the fact that he was there in jeans and was like a normal person,” said Jennifer Badeau, a Clackamas Community College student. The first question was from Cris Cristurean, a high school student who received a letter of recommendation from Merkley to attend West Point, a U.S. military academy in New York State. “Why do you support the health care bill?” he asked.
I liked the fact that he was there in jeans and was like a normal person.
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Senator Jeff Merkley answers questions on Tuesday April 6 in the Niemeyer Center.
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Merkley’s response was met with both jeers and cheers as he progressed through several of his reasons including what he called the Health Care Bill of Rights. This would protect citizens from being dumped from their provider after an accident, protect those with preexisting conditions and prevent gender discrimination. This would also allow a child to be covered under their parents’ insurance until they were 26 years old. Please see MERKLEY, Page 3
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Thomas Wasson plays bass guitar at Niemeyer during the art show in Alexander Gallery on April 8. See story on page 6
Men’s basketball takes 2nd consecutive championship Men’s basketball demolishes competiton, walks away with second consecutive title and fifth of all time
Missing two key players at the beginning of a season can be detrimental and even cost a team their season; Tapscott elaborated, saying, “At the beginning, we didn’t have all our players so we had a team of ten kids – ten new kids – two sophomores on the team then the rest was freshman, then as soon as I got back in and Justin [Steinke] got back we got back in sync.” By Mark Foster Tapscott also saw the progression from the beginning Sports Editor of the season to the end, “I would say in the preseason, we were a par team, an average team, but towards the For the second time in as many years, Clackamas’ end of the season we came together and elevated our men’s basketball team was crowned NWAACC cham- game.” pions. Southern Region All-Star guard Steinke noticed the It wasn’t as easy a road to the championship this year, difference between this year and last year. though. Beginning the season, things were shaky and “Well last year, it seemed like we were No. 1 all year, not all the essential pieces to the puzzle were there. and we were supposed to win because we were beating Sophomores Justin Steinke and Chehales everyone by so much, and this year people thought we Tapscott, Steinke missing 14 and Tapscott missing were struggling because we didn’t win as many games. seven, were out for a chunk of games in the beginning We only lost two more games than we did last year but of the season, which also contributed to the rough start. to everyone else it looked kind of bad,” said Steinke.
Coach Clif Wegner referred to the issues the team was having as a “turmoil.” For this year’s squad, success seemed to come over time. They suffered their first league loss in their home opener against Chemeketa Community College, when in the previous season their first league loss came in the twelfth game of the season. They followed that loss with two more, losing again to Chemeketa on Feb. 6, then to Lane on Feb. 20. Following the loss to Lane, Wegner had seen enough and called a team meeting which would prove to be one of the deciding moments in this team’s season. Wegner said, “We had a great team meeting with about two weeks left in the season. We’d had sort of a bad situation; we were sort of unraveling. They were some issues between players, and we just aired it out and everyone spoke their hearts and an amazing thing happened, and we walked out of that meeting and I thought we were a lot closer.” Please see NWAACC, Page 4
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Shootings spark riot By James Duncan The Clackamas Print On March 29, the streets of downtown Portland were filled with angry protesters, many in masks, acting out against the two most recent police shootings. Geoffery Makramara of the Rose City Cop Watch said in response to what happened that day, “The people of Portland are angry and fed up and are resisting police brutality and police violence in their communities.” Rose City Cop Watch is an organization that is committed to building community power in opposition to the police violence. “We do that in a number of ways,” said Makramara. ”We have engaged in patrols where we go out on the streets and observe police behavior, follow them with video cameras with the hope of keeping them accountable for their actions and also the hope that them knowing that they’re being watched and recorded will reduce their tendency towards violence against our communities.” The Rose City Cop Watch did not help in coordination of the protest but was on scene recording the police response to the protesters. Not long after the protest got started, police were on scene. Detective Mary Wheat, Public Relations Officer of the Portland City Police Bureau, said “We still don’t know what their purpose was but apparently from what we could see in the intelligence information
that was being put out in e-mails and blogs was basically to try to get into fights with the police and to cause property damage in downtown Portland.” The protesters left damage in their wake. From pushing large green dumpsters into the streets and pushing over newspaper dispensers, to breaking a window at the Bank of America, which will cost $8,500 to fix. “They were very aggressive with our horses and the officers riding them. They threw large rocks, bottles, locks and tried to punch some of our officers,” said Wheat. “They didn’t obtain a permit, and our job was to try to allow them to get their message out in a safe manner and also to follow the laws as far as not blocking traffic ... We respond to crisis and incidents that occur in the city of Portland and our job is to keep the community safe.” Kimberly Miller, a fifthyear student of Clackamas Community College said, “Obviously the police had a pretty important part of it, but the violence probably didn’t need to happen with the protesters. There are other ways to get their point across and if the police saw fit to arrest someone for destroying property or throwing stuff at the police officers themselves, then they had every right to ... I don’t see just cause in the protesters’ way of getting their point across. Quite frankly destroying property is not a good way. Violence is never the right answer.”
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Portland Police officers stay on guard downtown after the notorious protest on March 29. Police said the protesters didn’t obtain a permit.
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Veteran fights stress
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Veteran Eddie Black presents post combat issues to students in the McLoughlin Auditorium on April 6. Black served as a Marine for five years during Operation Desert Storm.
By Travis Hardin The Clackamas Print “If you like what you see here, I will come talk to you, your family, your church, your knitting group. Anyone and everyone, I’ll go talk to you. I don’t care. I’ll sit in a bar at the bar stool and talk to you or whatever. I’ve done a million different types of presentation,” said Eddie Black as over 60 students and instructors greeted him on April 6 in the McLoughlin Auditorium. From a glance, Black looks like your typical college student. A resident of Beaverton, Black is in his fifth year at Portland State University, working towards dual degrees in psychology and philosophy. Black, however, is not your typical college student; he is much more. First off, Black is a combat veteran. Black joined the Marine Corps in 1989 after graduating high school. Black spent the following five years serving his country seeing action in Operation Desert Storm. It was during his tour in the Corps that Black was able to travel the world five different times. After getting out of the Corps, Black went off to college and then the events on Sept. 11, 2001, happened. “I was on the phone with the prior service Marine Corps recruiter out of Portland saying ‘Get me in.’ That day, ‘Get me in. I want to go back in.’ [The recruiter] lost my paperwork or something. And before you know it President Bush is on the aircraft carrier saying mission accomplished.” According to Black, he went back to college after Bush made those comments aboard the carrier. While making his coffee in the morning, Black would review his class notes for the day and watch
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the television as well. He would see Marines on the screen going house to house clearing them in Iraq. He thought the war was over because of what Bush had said. According to Black, he looked into the situation and found out that there still were a lot of combat operations occurring over in Iraq and Afghanistan. “So I called up the Army, the Marine Corps, the National Guard and said ‘Somebody get me some paperwork. I’ll sign it. I don’t care who you are.’ The National Guard was there two days later saying, ‘Here you go we got [the paperwork] right here.’ Boom, I signed up and became an infantry soldier.” After Black got back home from the Middle East, he re-enrolled into college. Black was fine, nothing was wrong with him. But he did notice something wrong among his fellow soldiers of Charlie Company. Many of his comrades were taking happy pills and sleeping pills because they either were depressed, had trouble sleeping or had anger issues. Black saw members with 15, 16 or 17 years in the service quitting. These members only had three to five years left before they could fully retire. Alcohol and drug use was also on the rise. Black, being a psychology student, saw these incidents as warning signs while the service, according to Black, tied these incidents to a few bad soldiers. At the time, Black was taking a class studying anxiety disorders. A fellow classmate gave Black some information about a Web site called Returning Veterans Project and was made of local psychologists in the Portland area. The psychologists provide free counseling to veterans and their families for as long as they need
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it. Black himself spent two years receiving counseling from this same group. Black decided to take some of this helpful information back to his National Guard Unit based out of Gresham. This was the start of what Black is doing today. Black offers to speak for free at different events throughout the state. When asked what the purpose of the Post Traumatic Stress Symptom presentation was, Greg Myers, the Vet coordinator at Clackamas, said, “I wanted to bring somebody with credibility and education to the college to share his experiences.” When asked how he found out about Black, Myers said, “I met him at another event and sat through his presentation, and I was so impressed with it. I extended the invitation to come to the college.” Black was asked after his presentation what was one thing he wanted people to walk away with. Black replied, “PTSD is not permanent. It’s normal to have some sort of reaction to combat. It’s treatable.” For Black, being a combat veteran does come with a stigma. “I have people at work say ‘hey man whoa, whoa. Don’t get so angry.’ I was like, ‘You have not seen me angry. If you want to see angry, I will show you angry. I will blow up and destroy this county and then you will see angry. Then you will know that just because I’m talking to you like this to go get that thing. That this isn’t anger. This is called directness.’” When asked what she thought about the presentation Kelsey Blakesfield, a student who attended the event, said “I was so impressed with it. With what these soldiers have to deal with, both in combat and when they get back home. I could never go it.”
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Banks dropped from student loans By Jaime Dunkle Associate News Editor The federal government is eliminating student reliance on the banking system for loans. Colleges will receive federal money straight from the source, and three federally mandated lending service agencies will be assisting students with the loan process. Since March 17, the U.S. government has been mulling over the fine details of the 2,300 page “Reconciliation Act of 2010” bill. After the bill was placed on the calendar of the Senate, it was renamed the “Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.” On Thursday, March 25, Congress passed the bill. For students, this means no more interfacing with banks to apply for loans. The changes will be effective at the beginning of summer term. Applying for loans should be easier for students and for financial aid staff, according to Operation Manager of Student Financial Services Chippi Bello. “The students will be able to borrow money directly from the government,” Bello said. Bello said that she is not anticipating any snags in the system due to the new direct loans program. Most student loans are direct loans from the government and have been for years. Now all student loans will be, as mandated by Congress
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Long lines at the Enrollment Services Department are filled with students who are waiting to talk about registration and financial aid during the second week of classes. starting July 1. The concept of direct lending was proposed to colleges in 1995 during Bill Clinton’s administration. At that time, about 50 percent of the colleges agreed to participate. The competition between the federal government and banks ultimately meant better customer service for the students, according to the director of Student Financial Services, Fayne Griffiths. A shift in the economy brought the government
to decide on innovative cuts to high cost capitalism. “Through all of the problems that we had with the recession and Obama’s administration, it became clear that federally subsidizing banks to give out student loans was going to be too expensive,” Griffiths said. The terms and conditions of student lending programs will not change and have always been the same regardless of the loan source, according
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The Senator indicated that he believed the reform bill should have been several separate bills to make the subject easier to process. However, when asked whether he had read the bill, Merkley said, “I’ve not just read it; I’ve studied it.” Several members of the audience said things from their seats after their turn was over. One such man was so upset with the answer to his question about who gave the government authority to force U.S. citizens to buy health insurance, he made it known that he was angry by responding, “You didn’t answer my question.” Merkley’s answer was, “The First enumerated Amendment.” Another man who said he is a retired dentist made a simple statement about how he felt about the health care bill by saying, “It’s not about health care; it’s about control.” Other people disagreed. “I think that people should have given him a little more respect and just understood that he is there to explain what is going on,” said
Badeau, whose primary interest in talking to Merkley was to discuss the lack of benefits available to disabled veterans. She had, at the time of this interview, not heard back from Merkley’s office with details. “You’re gonna have a choice; you can either pay an annual fee to be outside or you can obtain health care. If they choose to opt out, they would pay what is probably going to be about $1 a day in an opt out fee which will help compensate the health care system for the costs that occur through the emergency room for folks who do not have health insurance,” said Merkley. On the subject of education, Merkley said, “We not only voted on health care but on a plan that reforms student loans, moving them into what has been much more cost-effective direct lending and that direct lending is going to save a huge sum of money that we’re putting into Pell Grants.” “It reflects the fact that college is just way too expensive vis a vis the salaries of our economy. We have to crank up our support through better lending and better Pell Grants,” said Merkley.
to Griffiths, who is also the project leader of the direct loan program at Clackamas Community College. Instead of clicking through Web sites, searching for lenders and entrance counseling, everything will be available on the same Web site, https://studentloans. gov. All students planning to rely on loans for the 2010 through 2011 school year need to apply at that Web site, according to Griffiths. The direct loan pro-
gram informs the student of any missing elements of the loan process. The federal government responds by directly applying the money to the college. The banks are not involved, thus there is no intermediary, according to Griffiths. “We’re hoping that what we will see is that instead of a 14 day wait for the delivery of loan funds, we’ll be able to cut that in half,” Griffiths said. There will be no changes made to existing
student loans, according to Erica Eriksdotter, a spokesperson for Sallie Mae. “Sallie Mae will continue to offer savings programs, interest-free tuition payment plans and private loans,” Eriksdotter stated in an e-mail. After applying for loans, grants and scholarships, Eriksdotter recommends that students fill any gap with a payinterest-as-you-go private education loan. Removing banks from the college loan equation is not such a bad idea, according to lawyer Ellen Brown, who is also an author on economics, politics and health issues. Loaning to students is risky business for banks. Students often do not have collateral or assets and may have a harder time finding work after college during the recession; banks will not gamble out student loans without the government underrating, according to Brown. “Going back all the way to 1965, the government said, ‘OK, we’ll pick up the loan,’ so the banks are getting the profit,” Brown said. “That’s obviously a bad deal for the government.” Since the government is the lender, not only will the interest contribute to student funding, it will cut out the banks with the incentive to profit from defaults, according to Brown. “There will be more money available for Pell Grants, for people who can’t afford college at all,” Brown said.
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PSU calls to Tapscott
NCAA Tourney brings madness in March By Robert Morrison The Clackamas Print
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Cheheles Tapscott lifts weights to get ready for next season at Portland State University. The multi-talented Tapscott will transfer there after two successful seasons at CCC.
By Cody Ferdinand The Clackamas Print “He has a great impact on the floor,” said Portland State’s head coach Tyler Geving in an interview about his recent signing of Cougars 6’5”, 205 pound sophmore forward Chehales Tapscott. Tapscott recently signed his letter of intent and is heading to Portland State University next fall to become a Viking. “Playing Division I basketball, it’s the highest level compared to the NBA,” said Tapscott when asked about what he is looking forward to most about PSU. Tapscott finished the season with an average of 24 points and 12 rebounds a game. “I just went off,” said Tapscott. Along with the outstanding stats this season, Tapscott and the Cougars brought home their second consecutive NWAACC championship. But things didn’t come easy for
Tapscott this season. At the beginning of the season, Tapscott was ineligible for the first six games due to academics. When asked what he did to become eligible again, Tapscott said, “I just worked hard. Last year I stopped going to classes because I just won the championship. I was immature. This year I am in the classroom everyday.” His coach agreed. “They have a really good support system of tutors and academic personal,” said Cougars head coach Clif Wegner when asked about Tapscott’s academics at PSU. “They are involved right now; they are coming out a few days a week checking on him. They are making sure he gets what he needs.” Wegner knows his team will be successful with Tapscott’s transfer but is aware that it will be difficult. “It’s going to hurt. You don’t replace a Chehales Tapscott; you don’t find those kinds of kids, and usually they go straight into Division I ball. We are going to have to be a different kind of team. We are going
to have to be diversified; people are going to have to step up and contribute a little more,” said Wegner. “I had a great experience here, coming here has done a lot for me. Coach Wegner helped me be a better person. He made me a gentleman,” said Tapscott. Tapscott has had an outstanding career as a Cougar. Along with bringing home two consecutive NWAACC championships, he has contributed a lot to the shaping of the basketball program the last two years at Clackamas Community College. “To work harder and really get after it, that’s what I learned from him,” said teammate David Krantz when asked what he learned from Tapscott. “He tries hard every time he plays and that was good for us and all of our teammates and that’s what made us win the championship this year.” “Chehales is a heck of an athlete, and you don’t meet too many people like that,” said fellow Cougar Anthony Atherton.
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“It was good. We just had to get everyone on the same page. Me and a couple of sophomores wanted to stress to the freshmen how important it was to us because we wanted to win it again,” added Steinke. After the meeting, it was like the team had a fresh start and did not lose another game.
Wegner prepared his team and in the six games following the Cougars’ Feb. 20 loss to Lane, they outscored their opponents 466-389. The Cougars beat all four of their opponents in the NWAACC tournament by double digits, including Spokane who shared an East Region title with Walla Walla and Big Bend. Wegner commended his team for their work at the tour-
nament, saying, “We played a better level of ball once we got there. The defense was more intense, it was more focused. The rebounding was phenomenal. The hustle plays were incredible. We played harder than anybody else.” After a season of downs that turned into ups, the Cougars finished closer as a team and with the hardware in hand.
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March is one of the greatest months for sports fans because it brings baseball back to the world, golf is at its height and college basketball has its men’s and women’s tourneys. It all starts with 65 teams fighting for one spot, the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship. On the women’s side, the local favorite No. 15 Portland State University was knocked off by No. 2, Texas A&M University, 84-53 in the first round. There were few upsets in the first and second rounds but led to two No. 1’s getting eliminated in the Sweet 16, Nebraska and Tennessee, both being eliminated by No. 4 teams. A hard fought Elite Eight saw the favorites, Connecticut Huskies and Stanford Cardinals, make the Final Four. In two dominating games, both teams were able to make it to the NCAA Women’s Championship held in San Antonio. After a challenging first half, Stanford led 20-12. Connecticut would have none of it in the second half as they outscored Stanford 41-27 in the half to lead them to the NCAA Women’s Championship. The final score for the game was a close 53-47. The men’s tourney started on March 18 from various cities across the United States. Neither Portland State nor University of Portland was able to make the tourney this year with PSU finishing 13-19 and UP finishing 21-11. Both Oregon and Oregon State were also unable to make it finishing seventh and eighth in the Pac-10. Many upsets could be seen in the first round including the local No. 11, Washington, beating No. 6, Marquette, 80-78. Washington went on to also beat No. 3, New Mexico, in round two in a dominating fashion. The Huskies would eventually be eliminated in the Sweet 16 by No. 2, West Virginia, in what was a hard fought game until the last minutes when the Huskies gave up a number of shots. They lost 69-56. The men’s tourney was full of underdogs making a name for themselves as only one No. 1 team, the Duke Blue Devils, made it to the Final Four. All the top teams made it through the first round but from then on, every round saw a No. 1 lose. The favorites Kansas, Syracuse and Kentucky were all beaten before the they had a chance to prove their
skills in the NCAA Championship game. Duke was the lone No. 1 left heading into the Final Four. The Final Four saw two No. 5s face-off and a No. 1 and No. 2 face-off. In a close game Butler beat Michigan State 52-50 and Duke dominated West Virginia 78-57. The title game was set to be played in Indianapolis as No. 1 Duke faced the Cinderella story, No. 5 Butler. “I did love the tourney,” said Clif Wegner, basketball coach at Clackamas Community College. “I love Butler and the whole Hoosiers theme. I’m not a Duke hater; I love Coach K and that program so I was happy to see them win.” Mike Krzyzewski is Duke’s head coach and has won four NCAA Championships with the Blue Devils. The game was close throughout and at the half was led by Duke 33-32. The second half would prove to be just as hard fought as Duke once again outscored Butler 28-27. In the final play of the game, Duke, on purpose, missed a free-throw to run down the clock so they could win the game. As the shot was missed Butler got the rebound as an unexpected Duke watched a half-court shot by Butler’s Gordon Hayward hit glass and nearly go in to win the game. There was shot on the Duke players’ faces as Hayward barely missed his shot. Duke had just won the NCAA Men’s Championship, their first in nine years. Celebration was all over as Duke fans shouted. Jasem Dulany, a Clackamas basketball player, said on Duke winning, “Gotta love seeing Coach K win another one.” Dulany went on to say, “In my opinion, it was an awesome tourney. Lots of close games and a few upsets.” There is a push to expand the field from 65 teams to a 96. This would allow off weeks for high ranked teams but would still happen within the tourney’s current time frame. Some agree with a change, others do not, but one thing is for sure that there will continue to be close games and gamewinning shots. There are those students who really could care less about the tourneys. Mandy Lynn Langenhuysen is one of these students. Langenhuysen said, “I could care less about college basketball. I don’t watch it or know anything about it.” The tourneys whether people like them or not will return March 2011.
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Sports nut cracks dictionary By Steven Weldon Associate Sports Editor “Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks … I don’t care if I ever get back!” If you don’t pay attention to baseball, this may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about it. You have no idea what it means, but it’s catchy … and has something to do with baseball. The tune, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” was written in 1908 by composer Albert von Tilzer and lyricist Jack Norworth, both of whom had never attended a baseball game prior to writing the song! The song turned into the unofficial anthem for America’s Pastime and is sung in baseball parks across the country during the seventh inning, in what is known as the seventh-inning stretch, where everyone in the stadium stands up after (probably) sitting down for most of the game and in unison, sings “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.” Here are some sports terms you might not be familiar with, that will get you more familiar with sports!
1. Points in the Paint: You’ll hear this and say, “Where’s the paint on the floor, and how do players score in the area where the paint is?” It actually means how many points are scored in the area directly under the basket extending to the free throw line. Typically, the team who dominates the points in the paint battle has the advantage in the basketball game. 2. Team rebound: OK, people can grab the ball off a miss and collect what is known as a rebound … but how can a whole team grab one? This statistic is counted when the ball goes to no one in particular at first, such as a miss off the rim that bounces a few times with no one around. Once a player on the rebounding team grabs it, it’s known as a team rebound. 3. Double-Double, TripleDouble: Sounds pretty cool right? Well, it is. If a single player collects a Double-Double or Triple-Double, he has attained double-digits in two (double) or three (triple) statistical
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categories. An example would be 20 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. This was the Portland Trail Blazers’ Brandon Roy’s first-ever triple-double, which he attained on Feb. 1, 2008. 4. Field Goal: Usually field goals are associated with football. In basketball, a field goal is a shot taken on the court. 5. Three in the Key: You can stand anywhere on the court you want for as long as you want. You won’t get anything done by just standing, unless you are in the ‘key’ or as covered earlier the ‘paint.’ Being in the key for three seconds on
offense is against the rules of basketball. Why? The rule was developed to discourage the larger players on the court from standing under the basket for easy baskets. In the professional game, they have defensive three seconds, where a defensive player cannot stand in the key. This is to prevent a ‘goalie’ mentality for the defense. 6. Rip City: If you’ve been around Portland for a while, you probably have heard this. Rip City started as a phrase coined by former Portland Trail Blazers radio playby-play man Bill Schonely. The ball went through the net and made
a quick ‘rip’ sound, and Schonely instinctively proclaimed ‘Rip City!’ The phrase would go on to represent the city and team to this day, 40 years after it was invented. Baseball/Softball: 1. Blooper: Bloopers are always funny, especially when they’re on TV. It’s even funny in baseball. When a player has a ‘blooper’ hit, it means they hit the ball into the outfield but close to the infield. The thing that makes it a ‘blooper’ is the fact that the ball drops just right between the defensive players on the infield and
outfield so they cannot catch it and record the out. 2. Double-play, Triple-play: One of the most exciting things to see at baseball/softball games is a double- or triple-play. This is where the defensive team collects two (double) or all three (triple) outs on one ball hit into play. A common double play is shortstop to second baseman to first baseman with a runner on first base going to second and the batter running to first base. 3. Doubleheader: Baseball is not fun in the rain, which explains why games are not played with drizzle. This is where a doubleheader comes into play. If a game is rained-out, or play is suspended for any reason, another day the same two teams will play two games in one day! 4. Designated Hitter: A designated hitter is a player who hits in place of the pitcher, who are generally not good at the batting aspect of the game. The DH, as the player is frequently referred to, is only used in some leagues. 5. Grand Slam: First thing that comes to mind … pancakes … eggs ... sausage ... grits … Oops! Wrong thought process. A grand slam in baseball is what happens when all three runners on base are brought to home base by the batter hitting a home run. 6. Rally Cap: Your team is down, late in the game. They’ll need to rally to come back. Everyone begins to take off their baseball caps … and put them on backwards? What is regular practice today as a superstition started back in 1942, when Detroit Tigers fans would switch to their rally caps to inspire the team to a come-from-behind victory. In the 1945 World Series against the Chicago Cubs, with Game 5 tied at 2-2 in the sixth inning, Tigers players were noticed to have their rally caps on. In the same inning, Cubs first baseman Phil Cavarretta let the ball roll between his legs on a fielding play, allowing four Tigers runners to score. The Tigers would go on to win the game and the World Series. From then on, fans across the world began flipping their hats the wrong way. The belief stems from giving up your own personal dignity for the sake of the team. This is just the tip of the iceberg! Look for more sports terms for dummies in future issues of The Clackamas Print!
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Art falls to pieces
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Billy Wild (right) and other students watch the screen that is part of the multimedia exhibit, “Ostinato: Loops into Chains,” in the Alexander Gallery on April 8.
By Neil Lundin The Clackamas Print If you have found yourself walking through Niemeyer in the past few days you will have noticed the sounds of the latest exhibit taking place in the Alexander Gallery. Thomas Wasson’s multimedia art exhibit “Ostinato: Loops into Chains” will be taking place over the next month. Wasson is an instructor at Clackamas Community College, and he teaches several multimedia classes such as Digital Graphics I, II and III. “Very strange,” said Jennika Cappoen, a student, about the exhibit. Odd or strange is the general consensus of what people thought of the exhibit, but for many such as Rob Rodriguez, another student, this did not keep them from enjoying the performance. “Kind of weird, but cool; I like it,” said Rodriguez. Part of the theme is that to keep the art alive, it has to be barely working and even falling apart as it runs.
An “idea attainable only in its wreckage,” said Wasson. This is evident through the 8 mm projector that is running a film from one of Wasson’s courses, Documentary and Experimental Film, that was constantly falling apart and in need of repair. Wasson believes that “art is more precarious and can fall apart at any moment.” When entering the Alexander Gallery that has been taken over by this exhibit, it is hard to not be instantly taken back by the variety of noises from all sorts of instruments. There are the guts of a child’s piano that dean Bill Briare was using to create “sound art,” as well as Brian Rose, head of the music technology department, who found by accident a unique way to use a metal bowl and microphone to create all sorts of strange noises. Another piece of equipment that added to the uniqueness of the show was a collection of five radio transistors set to different frequencies and every so often, one or more would be set to transmit through the sound system.
There are many other things to observe and watch such as two actors in an 8-by-8 foot section of living grass who are in a little world and in an endless loop of everyday interactions completely oblivious to the auditory chaos of the room. You may even find yourself looking into the large black tarp hung from the ceiling and see the spectacle of projected patterns and two benches to quietly observe from. Wasson enlisted the help of the Gallery class to set up this exhibit, and before it was built no one knew what to expect. The whole thing is work in progress and every day there is a “possibility for a new show.” During the lecture after the first showing Wasson was asked where his inspiration came from. Wasson said his inspiration came from “’60s stuff” to “destroy and bring back alive.” When asked what his art is saying, he simply replied, “I don’t know if art needs to say anything.” The exhibit will continue to run in the Alexander Gallery in the Niemeyer building until the end of Spring term.
Thou shalt not ... on Facebook
By Annemarie Schulte Arts & Culture Editor 1. Fight. Is there anything more awkward than a quarrel over Facebook comments? I guess I’m oldfashioned when I think that if you have something to say to someone, you should contact him or her face to face. It’s embarrassing for both parties and makes them look immature; everyone can be a bully just over a keyboard. This is something I’m definitely tired of seeing. 2. Invite you to take stupid quizzes like “What celebrity are you going to marry?” or “What kind of Vampire are you?” It feels like I’m getting spammed when I get these notices, and I honestly would never spend my time taking an imaginary quiz that is “accurate” with grammatical errors. I know we say MySpace is turning into Facebook, but sometimes, with these lame quizzes that are like spam, it feels like Facebook is digressing into MySpace. 3. Farmville. It’s not real! So don’t ask me to be your neighbor or water your crops or whatever.
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4. Post pictures and then ask to be rated. Fishing for compliments much? I recently came across a photo of a girl (that she took herself) with the caption “New haircut! Rate I guess … ” I guess? She obviously only wanted people to compliment her and was painfully unaware of how obvious that was. I’m not trying to be brutal but posting photos and then asking to be rated is a little too desperate for me to stand. 5. Post extremely vague or depressing statuses just for attention. I hate when people post things like “Did he really just say that?” or “Wow, my life sucks ... ” or something just to get people fired up. I know someone who posts statuses just to upset people and get attention. And they do it repeatedly, so it gets old. Statuses are annoying when they’re simply to get a rise. 6. Invite you to lame groups you don’t want to join. I think I have at least 10 or 20 invites to groups that I just go through and click “ignore” a day. 7. Like their own statuses or photos. So embarrassing. 8. Become fans of like 20 different things at one time. When I get on and see that someone has become a fan of “Good morning texts and 19 other profiles,” I have to restrain myself from commenting “What are you doing with your life??” 9. Write the same thing to multiple people when bored. I love that person who posts “Hey, what’s up?” on multiple friends walls, at the same time. Why? Because it’s so clear that they were just bored and wrote the same message to every person on their friend list. It’s also obvious to all of their friends who in turn don’t reply because they know they didn’t really want to converse with them; they were just bored out of their mind. 10. Tag bad photos of you. OK, I guess they’re not aware they’re annoying when they do this, but really how annoying is it having to go through bad (or possibly illegal) photos of you and clicking “remove tag”? I wish people would have common sense enough to realize that not EVERY photo belongs on Facebook where everyone can see it.
CCC hits the catwalk By Joshua Baird The Clackamas Print Right Said Fred, a ’90s pop singer, in the song “I’m Too Sexy” said, “I’m a model, ya know what I mean? And I do my little turn on the catwalk,” and on April 27, starting at noon, Clackamas Community College students will know what he means. The Associated Student Government is hosting its second annual fashion show. Who could be a better model for an event than students of the school? So far, ASG has been able to recruit approximately 18 or 19 models, five of which are men. They are still looking for more volunteers according to Quyen Thoi, the coordinator of the event and Public Affairs Officer for ASG. “The clothes we are modeling are very nice, simple and varying in styles from professional to casual. If someone was looking for nice clothes they need for an interview to get a job, they could go there. For me, I would wear a lot of the jackets and shoes they have; they’re really nice,” stated Bonnie Lipai, a CCC student and model in the show, in an e-mail about the outfits available.
This fashion show will be more than just men and women walking up and down a catwalk to show off a designer’s new line of seasonal outfits. “The fashion show is to let people know about the availability of the free foods, toiletries and clothing, a few essentials for students at CCC who are struggling,” Lipai said. “We have all of these things here, come in and take as many as you want to,” said Thoi about the clothes closet, which is available to students who need clothing for interviews or everyday wear. On top of that, they also offer food, which is a new service available. All items are donated to ASG for specifically this reason. “During hard economic times anything will help,” said Thoi. The show will be held outside of the clothes closet, weather permitting. The music will be fast paced and energetic. There will also be food available during the event, but as of now the catering company is unknown. Angella Mentze, who modeled in the East at Fashion Bug, a women’s clothing store, said, “I think it’s a good cause to show what there is for clothes, I think it’s a good thing for the community.”
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Spanish Club has many events coming up in the next few months, such as International Day By Kitty Suydam The Clackamas Print ¡Hola! The Spanish Club is here at Clackamas Community College for students interested in studying the language and culture of Latin nations. Though the Spanish Club has been a part of CCC for many years, it is now under new management. President Sandra “Shaw” Roskott and Vice President Sabine Ramage were elected by the club members and approved by Clackamas Spanish instructor Irma Bjerre for the spring term. Bjerre is the returning club adviser who participates in the club in a coach capacity. “I put them in charge this year. I helped them but I want this opportunity for them to develop some leadership skills, too,” said Bjerre about the club members. “Spanish Club has had low participation this year; which we are hoping to improve with some more interesting and fun activities where folks can come by for an hour, enjoy some snacks and hopefully cultivate more ideas and membership for Spanish Club,” Roskott stated in an e-mail. The Spanish Club, along with many other clubs of CCC, will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo by participating in International Day, which will be spanning May 3 through 7, in the Community Center. “It is an activity in which the students are going to learn a little bit about the piñatas, and they are going to be able to see how the piñatas are made,” said Bjerre.
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The Spanish Club will be participating in International Day May 5 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. and student participation is welcome. The club is to meet biweekly in Barlow Hall room 203 from noon to 1 p.m. The first meeting of spring term will be on April 14. Members will be participating in a potluck and playing Spanish versions of Monopoly or bingo. At the second meeting, on April 28, members will be meeting at the local family owned restaurant Mitzil Loncheria. The club has set up a meeting on July 2 during which they plan to watch movies and munch on traditional Spanish snacks. “Anyone can join, but you need to know some Spanish,” said Bjerre. The activities focus on the Spanish language and culture so club members must hablan some español. Members range from students in first year to second year Spanish classes. As an extra incentive, Bjerre offers extra credit to Spanish club members who are also in her Spanish classes. “And one of the ways that I got attention for the Spanish club was by inviting speakers from the different Spanish countries to give talks from their countries,” said Bjerre. In the past the Spanish club has had guest speakers from Spanish nations. Bjerre has invited friends from Columbia to speak as well as international students at CCC. She plans to continue this in the future. “We are hoping to continue this tradition next year and encourage new members, first year Spanish students and native speakers, and anyone else interested to get involved,” stated Roskott. With higher member participation the club hopes to get more involved in the community. Fliers for the club can be found around campus. If you have any questions or would like to join the club e-mail Roskott at email@example.com.
College survival class stops academic stress By Annemarie Schulte Arts & Culture Editor As tuition continues to rise at Clackamas Community College, one class stands out for its extremely low tuition — free. College Survival for Students with Disabilities is a free of charge, non-pre-requisite, 1 credit course instructed by Betsy Pacheco. Pacheco has 27 students, all with different types of disabilities, and says the class really helps with stress management. When asked how she liked teaching the class Pacheco said, “I love it.” The instructor says her biggest job is providing the students with absolute support. Pacheco has nine years experience in the field and has a master of science, as well as Teaching Adult Diverse Learners. Pacheco says she is an “oldfashioned gal,” and will usually just rely upon herself for lectures but will have an occasional guest speaker. One of those, Carol Burnell, a writing instructor at Clackamas, spoke to the class April 7 and discussed with students how to write scholarship essays, resources on where to find scholarships, and informed them about the writing center located in the community center. Karen Edwards, a second-time student in the class and Secretary for the National Alliance on Mental Illness says the class is not as
stressful as other classes and is “a great place to meet people.” “Betsy likes helping people . . . and making them successful,” said Edwards. Edwards is majoring in early childhood education and says she believes the class not only helps her with her other classes, but with her major as well. In the class she says she gets to “voice her opinion,” and there’s not much homework; overall it’s a lightweight class. Another student, Kathy Fredrickson, is the President of NAMI On Campus and attends class daily and walks in handing out hugs left and right. Soon after that, students go around and introduce themselves and must say a positive thing that is going on in their life at the moment. When called upon, Fredrickson spoke briefly about how she utilizes the Writing Center and has a weekly appointment for help with her writing. It seems Fredrickson really uses this resource and is a role model for other students in the class who are struggling with writing in classes or essays for scholarships, like Nina, another student who uses the Writing Center but for assistance with scholarship essays. At the end of the class, students get to write a “minute paper” where they literally have one minute to write down their thoughts about the class. And judging from the atmosphere, only positive things are written.
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horoscopes for the week By Swami A. Skywalker Aries (March 21April 19): This week you will meet an old friend of your father ’s. Trust him, he seems legit.
Taurus (April 20May 20):You may get some disturbing news this week. You may want to head to a cantina to find some help.
Gemini (May 21June 20): Fights may spring up around you this week. Just don’t close the blast doors to your heart.
Cancer (June 21-July 22): You will lead a small group of your allies’ against your sworn enemy this week.
Leo (July 23-August 22): You just may succeed at doing something epically hard in the coming week.
Virgo (August 23September 22): Being trapped is a difficult thing. Though this week you can rely on your friends to get you out.
Libra (September 23-October 22): All might seem well but your enemy quickly approaches. You may need to flee instead of fighting.
Scorpio (October 23November 21): You have the advantage this week. You may catch the people causing you trouble red handed, though they may escape your reach. C a p r i c o r n (December 22January 19): A close friend may need assistance this week. Be the knight you were meant to be.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): I’m going to tell you a secret. I am your father. But seriously bad mojo is going to happen this week. Make sure you’re all in one piece.
Pisces (February 19March 20): A wise old man once said, “do or do not… there is no try.” Remember these words and you may free yourself from unwanted burdens.
Aquarius (January 20February 18): You may find yourself in a fight with someone you care about. This week is your chance to help them.
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