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Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009

Volume 43, Issue 8

Kosher Tots split sides with laughter

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Kosher Tots happily create new rhymes using current events to the toon of old nursery rhymes on the spot durring rehersal for their one act plays on Nov. 30 in Niemeyer center. See story on page 5.

Measures 66 and 67 necessary for community college funding Measure 66 Measure 67 On January 26, Oregonians will be voting on YES! YES! Measure 66 will mark a pivotal point in two ballot measures that will dramatically impact Passing this measure is imperative to filling the Oregon’s future. It is important that this state funded agencies and programs, including budget gaps in state programs caused by the ecomeasure passes because it will raise $472 Clackamas Community College. Ballot mea- nomic recession. Measure 67 increases the minimillion to help maintain state funding levels mum corporate tax in Oregon and also raises profit for services such as education, corrections sures 66 and 67 stand to shape the future, or lack taxes on corporation making over $500,000 a year. and healthcare. We at Clackamas are directly The approximately $261 million that will be raised thereof, for many Oregonians. impacted by the success of this bill. Combined the tax will prevent major budget shortfalls in The editorial staff at The Print feel these by with measure 67, Oregon’s community colcommunity colleges and other services statewide. leges stand to either keep or lose $24 million measures are important and have drafted our These are funds that have already been promised to that has already been promised to them by the community colleges by the state legislature. endorsements for the upcoming referendum. state Legislature. If measure 67 doesn’t pass, Clackamas will have The failure to pass this bill would mean many tough decisions to make. Since, most of the that CCC would be forced to make another expenses of the college are in the form of salaries round of budget cuts. The college has already lost a department, 20 fulland wages, the only way to make cuts is to cut staff and faculty at Clackamas. time staff and faculty members as well as uncounted part-time employees The last time this happened a whole program -drafting- at CCC was lost. Many within the last school year. Another round of cuts would be devastating. students who were a part of that program were left high-and-dry. If more budMore cuts would ultimately mean fewer classes, meaning not only would get cuts come, more classes and possibly whole departments could be lost. registration be something to dread even more, but it may mean that stuRegistration was already a mess this year, with classes filling quickly and dents would have to go to school longer because they have to wait for the many students finding themselves unable to take the classes they need. classes they need. The tax is progressive, meaning that corporations that make a higher profit The extra revenue would be acquired by raising the state income tax will pay a slightly larger portion of their profit in income taxes. This means level by 1.8 percent for those who make more than $125,000 if filing alone that lower income corporations like small businesses will be less affected by or $250,000 if filing jointly. It will raise income tax levels by 2 percent for the tax. individuals making over $250,000 and joint filers making over $500,000. The corporate minimum tax hasn’t changed since 1931. It seems about time A nice feature of the bill is that it only raises taxes for money earned to adapt it to modern times. Right now Oregon can’t afford to cut into educaover these levels; this means, if an individual makes $150,000 only the tion anymore, and this measure seems like an obvious method of preventing additional $25,000 will be hit by the additional tax hikes. those cuts. Too many students are suffering as it is. This is a good way to raise taxes without completely obliterating Fortunately, the tax should have a relatively minimal effect on employment. Oregon’s already suffering working class. Although it does raise taxes on It seems a simple way for corporations in Oregon to assist the very people they Oregonians, it raises taxes for those who can afford it in order to help those are employing and it does so without going to extreme measures. who can’t. Measure 67 will help keep students and employees at community colleges The measure will help many students here at Clackamas that aren’t across the state. With many people struggling to pay for classes, this measure banking six digit incomes. This ballot measure will help to raise money should make a difference. Tuition has already increased significantly since to keep them in college without making them pay even more for what is last fall, and passing this measure will do much to keep it from increasing so already an expensive learning experience. much again.


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Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009

Mapping program gets remodeled By Abigail Neet News Editor If you are into map making and computer programming then CCC has quite the program for you. The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department at Clackamas is revamping its program. GIS is doing so because, according to Peg Caliendo, the project manager responsible for redesigning the program, the industry no longer needs people to have GIS degrees but now is wanting people with GIS skills. The college has a two-year GIS degree program currently but is working on a one-year program and is also creating a center for GIS studies. For those not familiar with GIS, it is in simple terms a way of putting data into 3-D form and making it easy and quick to read and understand. Companies such as TriMet and Metro use GIS to track where people live and where they commute to. GIS is also used for marketing reasons. Levi Strauss & Co. used GIS to determine where to place a new store, where the best market would be according to previous store data and stores in the surrounding areas. GIS is also used for crime map-

ping and agriculture. Tom Wasson’s design class has been working on initial sketches for the logo of the new GIS center. Until last year, GIS was part of the drafting department. Now that the drafting department is gone, it has given GIS a new opportunity to recreate itself. GIS did not have classes fall term but is offering them in the upcoming winter term. “A person can learn GIS fairly easily,” Caliendo said. Caliendo compared gaining GIS skills to how 20 years ago people were about gaining general computer skills. GIS classes are offered at times convenient for those in the work field hoping to update skills, with classes starting at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. “Tim Maher is working on finding out the college’s carbon footprint and it is turning into a GIS project,” said Scott Giltz, Dean of Technical Career Education Division. Maher is one of Clackamas’s new sustainability coordinators. Mike Mattson advises people not familiar with GIS to take intro classes. “GIS is fun. You get to make maps. It can be used for recreation,” Mattson said, adding more reasons he believes people would take GIS classes.

This is one of the designs Tom Wasson’s design class is contemplating using as the logo for the newly planned GIS center.

Metamorphosis class puts new focus on food and culture By Annemarie Schulte Associate News Editor If Trista Cornelius had a motto, it’d be “You are what you eat.” Cornelius is a vegan writer with a 17 year-old pet turtle and could hardly be considered dull.

This is fitting for the new class she is now offering for winter term 2010. Metamorphosis is a humanities class that will investigate “the process of change within human cultures and individuals.” The description in the CCC course catalog reads “by

exploring myth, art, science, religion and literature, we approach a better understanding of the ability of humans to change.”

I walk into a room and I say ‘What’d you have for breakfast?’ and people can talk for an hour. Trista Cornelius English Instructor


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Cornelius has been at Clackamas for eight years and teaches anywhere from three to four classes a term, including Writing 121. She went to Pacific University and has her master’s in English from Portland State University with an emphasis on composition theory and rhetoric. She has just come back from her sabbatical, where she spent a lot of time at home reading and writing. Her hobbies include food, writing, crochet and “just being creative.”

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The new class she will teaching is called Metamorphosis: Hum 170. The course has existed for years in the catalog, but has never been focused on food like Cornelius plans it to be. The class will focus on “how food shapes our city, our planet and our lives,” said Cornelius. “I walk into a room and I say ‘What’d you have for breakfast?’ And people can talk for an hour,” Cornelius said. Aside from lots of discussion, students will study articles, some short stories, a few films and will get to listen to a few guest lecturers. Cornelius added, “How you eat shapes your family, community, planet and also affects you economically and spiritually.” Cornelius has been vegan for a few years and has cut almost all animal byproducts from her diet (except for honey), as well as sugar and caffeine. She says it is extremely important that students realize that, while she is vegan, it does not mean she will judge or shut out anyone else

who eats differently. She emphasizes that she does not care how other people eat but is simply interested in it. Cornelius set the class in an early evening time slot in hopes that the class will attract different majors and ages as well as cultures. When asked what students will gain from this class, Cornelius responded, “A broad and deep sense of food in their own lives and how their choice of food affects every aspect of their life.” If anyone is interested in taking the class for winter term, there’s still room. It is a hybrid, five credit course that is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5:20 p.m. For more information, contact Trista Cornelius via e-mail at or visit http://tristasclasses.wordpress. com/food-hum-170 One can also find the class on page 62 of the course catalog or online under humanities courses.

Correction: In the last issue, The Print ran a story about the school’s budget in which there was an error about measures 66 and 67. A “yes” vote would maintain the school’s budget.

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Bill Leach takes a moment to reflect on his time at Clackamas An integral gear in the background workings of the college plans to retire in January By John Hurlburt Co-Editor in Chief The dean of Campus Services, Bill Leach, has been working behind the scenes for more than six years at the college attempting to make sure students don’t know he exists. In January, Leach will be retiring, ending his time at Clackamas and starting his well-earned freedom. How long have you worked here at Clackamas? This is starting my seventh year. What all have you done in that time? The Campus Services division has built new buildings. We’ve added a lot of energy improvement systems to the college. We’ve developed a wastewater management plan to improve the quality of Newell Creek. We built a new building at the Harmony campus. What’s the most important thing that you’ve contributed while being here? One of the things that I’ve felt really good about is having been able to give a voice to the hopes, the goals, the aspirations of a great group of people. This is one of the finest teams of people I have worked with in 35 years. You do a lot of work behind the scenes. How do you feel about that? Campus Services is kind of a behind the scenes division. Not many people notice when our fan systems work well. They notice when they’re down.

Aside from being the head of Campus Services, what all have you been a part of? One of the committees that’s been created since I’ve been here is the Campus Security Committee. I’m involved in the campus Use and Development Committee. We’ve had several major initiatives that we’ve brought forth as a team; one has been the proposed smoking ban on campus. Sustainability Committee has been a real significant focus of mine. We’ve organized a formal incident response team, and we’ve gone through FEMA training. What’s been one of your least favorite moments here? I don’t think I’ve had one. I think the least fun thing I’ve been involved with is budget reductions. We have to look at trimming our resources and that includes our staff. It’s a family out here and we feel that way about each other. What did you do before you started working here at Clackamas? I’ve worked for Willamette Education Service District for six years, and there I put together a program to develop energy improvements at K-12 schools. I managed operations at the state Capitol. I was the facilities director there for seven years. I’ve had some great jobs. I’ve been in this field for about 35 years. I was a custodian for four years to get my degree and then it was tough times. I couldn’t find a job, so I continued working as a custodian for about three years. Then I had a private landscaping business for about five years in “Lost Wages,” Nevada. I came up to Oregon in 1981 and got hired by SalemKaiser school district as the

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Bill Leach, dean of Campus Services, pauses from his work while sitting in his office, found inside Lewelling building. custodial supervisor. You’re retiring from Clackamas but are you ending you career now or will you be getting another job? I don’t see that I’ll ever be doing facilities work again. I’ve always wanted to be a rock star. Do you have any idea what you are going to do once you are done at Clackamas? Yeah, I’ll be traveling. I have a goal to see all of the national parks before I die. I have a goal to fly-fish in 50 rivers. I want to write. And I will be spending a lot of time with my grandkids! What type of music do you like? Uh? There’s only one, rock and roll. So you’re going to be playing rock? I write music, and I play

a little bit. I’m a little rusty right now, but I’m hoping to be able to get back into it. I’ve actually had a song published a long time ago. You have to say the name of the song now. It was a country song, so, no I’m not going to. You sure? Yeah. Alright, how about the name of the band. Can we get that much? Well, it wasn’t recorded formally. It was picked up on contract with a publishing house in Nashville, but it never went anywhere. Are you going to come back around? Yeah, I’m going to come back and visit. What’s the date that your retirement becomes effective?

It was effective October first. I’m retired. I’ve agreed to work through the end of December. What’s going to be your first moment of celebration? I’m going to go to Ohio. I have a very dear friend who lives in Ohio, and I’m going to go and see her. I haven’t seen her in 40 years. Would you rather wear a suit or sweats? Levi’s. Loafers or sneakers? Sneakers. Favorite food? Always ice cream. What would you like to say about your time here at Clackamas overall? I feel privileged to have been a part of this team. I feel like I stood in the shadow of giants. I feel very blessed.

Get your midnight special on New Year’s at these P-town parties By Erik Andersen The Clackamas Print

What to do for New Year’s Eve? Portland is home to a lot of great places to have a party, but come New Year’s Eve, these places are going all out.

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The fancy layout and 30th floor view gives a welcoming, up-class vibe to the Portland City Grill, located in the Unico US Bancorp Tower.

1. The Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill, located on Southwest 2nd and Ash, is a “Portland pub with an old fashion flavor.” With live music playing Tuesday-Sunday, New Year’s Eve will be no exception, having a special New Year’s event with live music from DJ Soul Shaker and others. Specials are guaranteed to happen including champagne at midnight, but as far as cover charges and exact menu listings go, the management has not yet decided on the specifics but will soon. For more information concerning menus and cover charges on New Year’s Eve, you can call (503) 222-2155. 2. The Gypsy Restaurant and Velvet Lounge, located on Northwest 21st and Irving, will be having their “typical” New Year’s Eve party with a $5 cover charge that includes a champagne toast at midnight, music and karaoke at 9 p.m. 3. Duke’s Country Bar and Grill is for those who like to listen to great country music and vibe out to country style dining. Located on Northwest 3rd and Couch, Duke’s will be having a live music performance by Clover Dale at 7 p.m., and the Denim and Diamond event at 9 p.m. where they will be giving away a pair of diamond earrings. The cover charge is

$30 which includes the music, a full course dinner and Champaign at midnight. To enter for the diamond earrings during the Denim and Diamonds event, the cover will be an additional $15. There will also be dancing and electronic bull riding. 4. The Dixie Tavern will be having a VIP Party Dec. 31 starting at 6 p.m. which includes free dinner, then a big party till 2:30 a.m. At the VIP party, everyone will be receiving a VIP card with their name on it. “If you want to experience the hottest bartenders in town, the sexiest girls of PDX dancing on the bar, reasonably priced food cooked fresh and delicious, then ‘The Dixie Tavern’ is where you want to be,” said Derrick Wheeler, the manager of the Dixie Tavern 5. The Portland City Grill, located on the 30th Floor of the Unico US Bancorp Tower at 111 SW 5th Ave, is more of an upscale restaurant, but for the New Year, they will be having some great deals. With a breathtaking view and fine dining, the Portland City Grill will be sure to make the start of the New Year a memorable experience. 6. The Zone, located at 126 SW 2nd Ave, will also be having a grand re-opening on Dec. 31.


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Sustainability coordinator seeks long term awareness By Mark Sunderland The Clackamas Print Tim Maher is a sustainability outreach coordinator for Clackamas Community College, and he works strictly at the Oregon City campus. He is working on creating an inventory for the Oregon City campus on greenhouse gas emissions, and he also works with local greenbuilding societies in the local area and deconstruction consortiums. I sought out an interview with this man and upon meeting Maher, I found what I was looking for. Maher is a seemingly quiet man with his sweater and glasses, a stylish beard and all in all a typical looking college student. Lest appearances be deceiving, I break the ice of the interview with a query into what were his reasons

for joining the AmeriCorps. “It’s probably a combination of a lot of things. The job market is pretty terrible right now, as many people know, and I was unemployed for a long time. It is also a really great opportunity,” Maher said before giving further insight into the program he works for in AmeriCorps and his job at CCC. “The program that I’m in is basically 80 percent of the time I am here, and 20 percent of the time, I am out doing other AmeriCorps things. Other workshop based, training based and a lot of community service,” said Maher. “The 80 percent of the time I’m here, I’m mainly focusing on doing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the school; to get a good base line, to see where we are and put numbers on everything. It’s almost a


way to do environment accounting.” He went on to talk about his position and his background prior to CCC. “This position itself is very attractive to me. I really wanted it when I saw it because my title is Sustainability Outreach Coordinator,” Maher revealed. “My background is in astrophysics and climate science in particular, and so I spent a lot of time studying, worrying about what is climate change from a scientific perspective, why is it being caused and what are the effects going to be about it. That is my background as more physics, like actual hardcore science, so now I’ve learned what the problem is and now I really want to focus on trying to fix it. So, the main goal for me, I’m a very simple person, and the problem is greenhouse gas emissions. So, that is basically what I am focusing on for the rest of my life is cutting down those emissions.” It is his hope and the hope of those he works with, such as Martha (Marty) Mitchell, an environmental consultant, that within a couple years, students or groups of students or even classes will take the inventory and continue the course. “We are hoping that students will take this ball and run with it next year. This update, in order for this to work, this inventory – the whole idea of it is to have measurable outcomes. So, this is something we can measure; we can actually say we are emitting this much in commuting, energy use, paper usage, food waste, all these areas. We are emitting all these things. It’s like a big pie graph and then we can focus our efforts, you know, on the biggest ones - kind of to get the biggest bang for the buck,” said Maher, clarifying on what exactly he hopes this inventory will become. The next obvious question is what does Maher do at Clackamas, and while he gave an overview of it, I sought a more defined answer. “So, the difference between Marty and me, we are in separate programs,” said Maher. “Not just here on campus, she is housed in Campus Services, and I am here in customized Training and Development, but in the actual AmeriCorps world as well. But,

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basically in her AmeriCorps program, she is here 40 hours a week at Clackamas Community College. The program I’m in, I’m here only 80 percent of my time, so on average 32 hours a week and the 20 percent I’m doing other stuff. The 80 percent of the time I’m here, my goals are to improve climate literacy and have all people be able to understand greenhouse gases and climate change and be able to speak that same language so that later years when humans are going to be in 200 years, hopefully, these are things we will have had to do. We’re going to have to be sustainable and in order to be sustainable, these are essential steps that we’re going have to take. We are going to have to start from kindergarten and up will have to learn about things like greenhouse gases and climate change.” After the quick explanation of how he and Mitchell are in separate programs within the AmeriCorps fold, Maher goes into explaining how his position doesn’t just entail that he is working on a greenhouse gas inventory but also to heighten awareness of climate change, greenhouses gases and how such aspects of science affect the future of the planet. He continued to explain how he seeks to make literacy of climate change and greenhouse gases as common knowledge as computers. “So, we grew up with that, our generation did, and so now people in their thirties that grew up with this are changing the whole world. Computers are changing the whole world now and the whole world runs by Internet. The whole world runs by computer and that has just happened in my lifetime, our lifetime,” Maher said. He believes that if the people become just as literate about greenhouse gases and climate change as they are of computers nowadays, there is no way of calculating what could happen. “So, think about what could happen if in 30 years from now if we started, right now, implementing climate literacy, climate change, greenhouse gases and all that kind of stuff into the educational curriculum from kindergarten all the way up starting now. I mean, what would happen in 30 years?” posed Maher.


arts culture New Year’s resolutions that will most likely not improve your life but are pretty easy to accomplish • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Gain 20 pounds Drop out of school Keep smoking regardless of any ban Get a credit card Watch more TV Eat more fast food Spend more time on Facebook Have an illegitimate child Spend more time dreaming and less time doing Stop making payments on CCC’s “payment plan” Disregard the “safety first” policy Spend less time with family Make the same mistakes as last year Spend more time getting ready in the morning Don’t update your hairstyle Keep listening to music with lyrics about getting drunk Stay ignorant about politics and international affairs Create a WoW account and spend all your free time on it Stay negative; things really won’t get better Smile less Drink more coffee Cut out veggies from your diet Only shop at corporately owned companies Create more trash Watch more reality TV shows Don’t move on from Math 65 Don’t register for winter term until it starts Make sure everyone knows when you’re pissed off Begin modeling your life after Lady Gaga songs Party more! Wash clothes more often Completely stop calling people; that’s what texting is for

- Abigail Neet

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LEFT: Carl Beaulieu displays his air brushed works of art durring the craft fair in the Community Center Dec. 1. RIGHT: Tre Seibert shows her crystal suncatchers during the craft fair, which continues Wednesday Dec. 2.


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Finals getting you down? Ten ways to battle them

Wednesday, Dec.2 , 2009

One-act, many hits CCC’s acting program puts on an improv show that delights audience and participants alike Mark Sunderland The Clackamas Print

1. Bring a musical instrument with you and play various tunes. If you are asked to stop, simply claim, “It helps me think.” Bring a copy of the Student Handbook with you and challenge the instructor to find the section on musical instruments during finals. Don’t forget to say, “Told you so,” as you triumphantly walk out. 2. Walk in wearing a bathrobe, slippers, a towel on your head and nothing else. Can they really kick you out? No, and it’s guaranteed to be a good laugh as well as a good story for generations to come. 3. Get a copy of the exam and run out saying, “Edward, Edward, I’ve got the secret documents!” 4. Try to start a wave or the “slow clap” during the exam. It’s highly unlikely you’ll be successful and if you plan on actually taking the exam, this isn’t a good idea. You’ll probably get thrown out and get a “fail” on the final. it.

5. As soon as the instructor hands you the exam, eat

6. Bring cheerleaders or pets. With cheerleaders - the more the merrier. An entire varsity squad is ideal. With pets - the more interesting the better; a hairless cat, a sugar glider (flying squirrel) or a 12 foot boa constrictor is best. 7. Go to a class which you have never been to and try to convince the instructor that you have been there for every single lecture and intend to fight for your right to take the exam. If one of your friends is in the class, get them in on it as well. Don’t give up until you have the exam. 8. Call the instructor over, point to a question and ask him the answer to it. Try to actually work it out of them. 9. Play Frisbee with a friend on the other side of the room. 10. Answer essay questions with numbers and symbols and number questions in essay form.

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Heather Ovalle, Clackamas’ artist in residence, steps up to the plate of directing with her first swing at it in Clackamas Community College’s student performance showcase. The showcase consists of comedy improv, stand-up comedy and student directed one-act plays. “This is the first time I’ve had to run stuff in this booth. Normally I’m on stage taking directions. I directed once a couple years ago when I was a student here. This is my first time directing as the Artist in Residence. It’s very different, having gone through the program and then coming back,”Ovalle said. The lack of Ovalle’s experience in directing didn’t seem an issue as I found the dress

rehearsal a non-stop rollercoaster of hilarity. One of the improv skits was called pillars, and it gets the audience involved with the actors. Nursery rhymes was another improv session I saw, and it is another one of those that requires the audience to participate by naming a childhood nursery rhyme and then a current event. The hilarity ensues when one hears a childhood favorite with current events tangled into the mix. There were many more events that took

place with the introduction to the whole showcase being an improv song-and dance bit. It begins to build up momentum with the one-act plays and stand-up comedy that leads into the string of various improv games. The improv games include puppets, party quirks, questions, story tap and, of course, nursery rhymes and pillars. Some of the various improv games involve the audience and some do not. Yet of all those I saw, I found nursery rhymes to be


my favorite. Although puppets would run a close second as a couple people from the audience are chosen and they must “control” the actor as if he or she was a puppet. The entire experience was enjoyable and made me laugh throughout the show. Head down to the Niemeyer Center Dec. 2 with the show running from noon to 1 p.m. There is another showing on Dec. 3 as well that runs from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and a night showing at 7:30 p.m.

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The ‘Kosher Tots’ show their improvisational skills, while being ridden like horses during the one-act show on Tuesday Nov. 30.

& Hints help prevent hypothermia 6

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How to plan and prepare for the colder season with helpful hints from the Center for Disease Control By Matthew Ostergren Arts & Culture Editor It is coming down to the coldest and wettest part of the year – winter. Every year people find themselves unprepared for the season’s hazards. Most of the time there isn’t much to be concerned about, but occasionally, conditions become dangerous.

The CDC recomends keeping a battery power radio, a windshield scraper, blankets, other things to keep oneself warm, water, snack food and a first aid kid, just to name a few things.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends having adequate food, clothing and heating, especially for the young and the elderly in order to avoid hypothermia. Staying dry helps a person retain body heat. Hypothermia can occur even at temperatures above 40 degrees if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat or submersion in cold water. Also, eating meals that

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are well-balanced are excellent for maintaining a healthy body temperature in the cold. Do not consume alcohol or caffeine, as they cause your body to lose heat faster. Dressing warmly is also recommended. Warm clothes insulate the body from external conditions, allowing the body to maintain a normal temperature more easily. When it comes to heating homes during the winter, it is important to be cautious. Any combustion heater should be well-ventilated to the outside. Electric space heaters should be spaced a few feet away from anything that can catch on fire and should not be left unattended, as they present a fire hazard. When it comes to lighting a home during a power outage, it is best to be prepared.

Keeping flashlights and lamps with fresh batteries in easily accessible locations is very important. If one is going to use candles, do not leave them unattended.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), being informed of road conditions is key to personal safety. It is also advised to carry tire chains in case of snow or icy road conditions. Also, make sure your vehicle is in good working condition; for example, check the brakes and tire pressure. T h e CDC recommends keeping a battery powered radio, a windshield scraper, blankets, o t h e r things to keep oneself warm, water, snack food and a first aid kit, just to name a few things.

The American Red Cross offers survival kits on their Web site. They are meant for outdoors but would be applicable for power outages as well. If the kit itself is too expensive, it may be a good idea to look at lists like it and collect the items in it for oneself.


the clackamas print 7 & Turkey craze takes over the track arts culture

By Mark Sunderland The Clackamas Print It was a bright and sunny day on Tuesday, Nov. 26 and with nary a chill breeze to send one bundling up in a coat. It was also the day of the Turkey Trot. The Turkey Trot started down at Clackamas’ track where participants turned in two cans of food and received a ticket for the prize drawing that took place the next day. Those who wished to particapate in the Turkey Trot were greeted by ladies in red shirts. One was Teresa Robertson and the other was Michelle Baker. “[It’s] not really a fundraiser but a health and wellness activity for the campus for the students and staff, but we are asking for cans of food and that would be the charity side of it,” Robertson said. Baker was able to shed a bit more light on the event. “It’s not a fundraiser at all. The only entrance fee was two cans of food, and that’s going towards our food drive that the college is doing. And also,

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part of health and wellness initiative to get people interested in participating in activities on campus and being active,” Baker said. This is the first year that the Turkey Trot was run by Student Activities. It is a part of the Intramurals events that the Associated Student Government is hosting this year. “The student government has done flag football and an ultimate Frisbee, I think, and they are working other activities like that,” Baker said about the program. There was a relaxed feel to the whole event as it wasn’t about being the fastest, so people could walk if they wished or jog the whole way. There were six stations placed along the jogging path and they added flair and fun to the whole event as the stations would ask trivia questions on various aspects of health and wellness or even food trivia. It also gave folks a chance to pause, rest up or simply spend a bit of time enjoying the scenery that surrounds the campus. It seems the college intends to keep running this event. Illustration by Brian Steele Clackamas Print

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Furry gifts to give By Javierh Montero The Clackamas Print

But don’t despair. Even though cats and dogs are awesome, if you don’t have the time or don’t want that type of commitment, there are some other pets that are great.

Sleeping in: spells doom for students By Jessica Horner The Clackamas Print

With all the shopping deals out there and with all the pressure of buying the right gift for those you love, you may not always know what to get. As the animal lovers that we are, here are some tips to help you chose the best pet for the holidays to suit your needs and why. If you’ve been in a relationship for a while, giving a puppy to the person you’ve grown fond of might say, “I love you, look at how cute I am for giving you such cute thing,” which will make you score big points. Giving a kitty to someone you’ve dated for a while would say, “I appreciate you, and here is this cat to keep you warm when I’m not around.” However, as much fun and popular as dogs and cats are, they might be a little needy and demanding, so make sure that if you do get either one of them, the person has enough time to spend with them, a safe place for them to stay and commitment to keep them healthy.

“Regardless of what pet you might get this Christmas, just make sure you can give them a happy life ...”


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For instance, nothing is better than wishing a Merry Christmas with a hamster. You can wrap them in a small box, easily decorate their homes and watch them run around the house in those little tiny balls. When giving the hamster, you can say, “Here, I thought you’d like this; it’s less gross than a mouse and smaller than a ferret.” The recipient of the hamster will think you’re very sweet, all the while you’re truly thinking, “I like you, but I don’t quite have enough money to buy you a dog or something nicer.” However some people may not like furry companionship, so a toad might be ideal for those people who forget about stuff. Toads don’t need to eat often, don’t smell as bad as, let’s say, bunnies and you can keep them happy with some leafs, a water dish and crickets. If toads are not your thing, not too many things are as relaxing as fish. Fish are, after all, man’s best…nope, nothing comes to mind, but they are

relaxing, and that’s what counts. Fish come in beautiful colors and are very fun, at least, for the first three days. If all fails, birds could be another option. Local birds are cheaper than those exotic ones from far away places. They are also easier to take care of, and if you get tired of waking up to their infuriating screaming everyday, you can just release them back into nature. Regardless of what pets you might get this Christmas, just make sure you can give them a happy life and know what kind of pet would be best for you. They can be wonderful friends, great companions and cheer you up, so make sure you can reciprocate and treat them well. Adopt one if you can. Oregon has many places where you can adopt pets such as the Oregon Humane Society,, Petco and various pet shops in the area. Have a Merry Christmas with those you love and possibly a new addition to the family that you will grow to love more everyday.

It is 8 a.m. and the alarm clock goes off. Fall term is almost over. The decision arises: go to class or sleep in? This seems to be a typical conundrum for many students. Starting around Week eight, there seems to be a significant attendance drop which seems to reflect in various aspects on campus. Lucky for those who attend class, there seems to be more parking spots and good seats in the classroom the more irresponsible students skip. Many students say they have skipped class because they are simply sick and tired of school; however, the most interesting reason a student gave for skipping was, “tacos.” Cheap tacos at the Oregon City Whichita Pub and Grill every Monday night are what have distracted Aaron Cox from going to class and studying at this time of the week. Nevertheless, he states that he “attends enough” despite of this crazy kryptonite. A good suggestion for those trying to save money but in need of a quick study break Monday nights, chow down on some 50 cent tacos. However, it is advised not to skip class for this amazing deal. There are other reasons some students choose to skip class. Jordan Hayes Snyder says, “Attendance isn’t necessary.” Maybe for some, simply reading a book can be enough to ace a test.

Trevor Ruhl, on the other hand, skips out because of frustration. “In Computer and Numeric Control, there are only four machines, 20 students and one instructor,” he said. This could make learning much more difficult than it has to be. Ruhl said that he prefers when students skip because that means more time with the machines and oneon-one attention from the teacher. Other students take school a bit more seriously. They say, why skip if you are spending so much money? “If you are going to pay for it, you might as well go,” Zachary Holmes said passionately. Jennifer Badeau, Logan Pardee and Erika Velasquez all share the same opinion. None of them skip class, and the main reason is money. There seems to be a correlation in students who support themselves and are paying for their own tuition versus students who are not. This is and will continue to be an ongoing issue for students. Whatever the reason, it will most likely never change. Of course the best choice is to attend class, but next time the thought of skipping class comes to mind, weigh out everything. It does not benefit you in the long run, but it does benefit other students who get that extra parking spot, one-on-one attention from the teacher or more use of equipment needed in class. At least those who choose to be irresponsible are being thoughtful of others.


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Wounded athletes persevere Injured athletes rehabilitate their wounds as sports medicine progresses; returning to the game appears promising By Steven Weldon The Clackamas Print Freshman year of high school PE, good ol’ free day, play whatever sport you wanted. My sport of choice, basketball. All day, every day. I wanted to get as good as I could; tryouts were in a mere six weeks. My go-to move was to split the defenders and get an open basket. It had worked for years. My slight frame and surprising agility catches defenders off guard, leaving them wondering what just happened. In the midst of a game, I did just this. The same way I always had been doing it, but this time I lost my footing. The ball rolled away, as I lay on the court. I clutched my knee. Something hurts. “My knee!” I exclaimed as I rolled over. A classmate of mine then identified the real problem. “Dude! Look at your arm!” My left wrist, actually. It was just a tad out of place.

Well, more than a tad. My hand was elevated above the place it normally is. I had never in my life seen this gruesomeness. I used the only reaction I knew at my young age, a scream so loud people in Seattle no doubt heard me. Turns out I broke my left wrist in two places. I was trapped in a cast for eight weeks. The worst part? I am a lefty in every sport. Basketball team dreams? Down the drain, at least for my freshman year. Coincidentally, that was my best and only shot at making the team in the future. Since then, my shooting, once in promising development, suffered a sharp turn. While I did recover, I experienced a major setback. Every day, athletes are exposed to even worse injuries than I was unlucky to have. Some promising individuals suffer career-ending injuries. Recently, the National Football League ran a study on the effects of constant concussions and head trauma in their former players. The disturbing find was that most players suffer brain-related problems after their career, such as depression and anger problems.

C u r r e n t l y, 100 NFL players have given permission for their brains to be studied post-mortem for the sake of trying to discover what the long-term effects truly are and how to curb the trend. While many injuries are unavoidable, taking precautions to lessen the long-term damage is the key to stifling their effects. In basketball, knees take a huge toll. So much so that the cartilage in the joints will break down. In the past, this might have called for a knee replacement s u r g e r y.


Now a quick yet complicated procedure can create new cartilage and get an athlete back to form without replacing the entire knee. It’s called microfracture surgery. The surgeon creates tiny fractures in the bone, generating new cartilage from a clot. For many who only play sports infrequently, with physical therapy the recovery time is around four months. Professional athletes, who have undergone the surgery though, have a much longer road to travel. Most recently, the Portland Trail Blazers’ center Greg Oden had the surgery in September 2007 and missed his entire would-be rookie season because of it. When he returned, he didn’t look like the player that was seen in college and high school ranks that made him the player he was.

Two years later, he seems to finally be back at that level of play, showing no signs of slowing by the procedure. While the young are lucky, aging players such as former Blazer Brian Grant was not so lucky. He had frequent problems with his knees in his years after the Blazers and even underwent the same microfracture surgery, but he could not be the same player he was prior to the injury and announced his retirement before the 2006-2007 NBA season, citing injuries holding him back from his original form as his reason to leave the game. Closer to home, the Cougars soccer team had a few players suffer from injuries. Head coach Tracy Nelson noted that one of her players suffered a torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament), which requires six months for a recovery with extensive physical therapy. Soccer players have a very tough time with injuries because of the physicality and stress put on the legs. Common injuries include ankle injuries, knee injures and pulled muscles. However, the Cougars have a huge help with these injuries. “We are lucky to have a great trainer [Kevin Arizo] who works daily with our student athletes in rehab and getting them back on the field in a timely manner,” said Nelson. While injuries can be devastating to an athlete’s career, with proper treatment and care, the injury’s long term effects can be lessened. Great advances in sports medicine have made this possible, and maybe in the future players can come back faster and better than before.


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Lady Cougars finish tied for ninth Volleyball team falls short in NWAACC championship but grows closer throughout season

In their final game the Lady Cougars saw their season end in only 45 minutes, losing to Bellevue 25-18 and 25-9, finishing tied for ninth. White was once again at the top for kills, finishing with a game high seven.

By Mark Foster Sports Editor Another season in the books, and another year the Lady Cougars volleyball team must wait for a shot at an NWAACC championship. The Cougars season came to an end Friday Nov. 20, after going 1-2 in post season play. After finishing the season 5-5 in league play, the Lady Cougars took the fourth seed from the Southern region due to a tiebreaker with Linn-Benton. It didn’t go well for them right out of the gates, losing three games to none against a Blue Mountain team from the Eastern region who posted the most wins of any NWAACC team in 2009 with 13 wins and one loss. In their next game, it looked as if things could possibly be turning around, beating Skagit Valley two games to one. In this game Shikara White put up 13 kills on 26 attempts, the second most kills of all players who played in the game. Vanity Massey also had an impressive game with 11 kills on 24 attempts, also recording two service aces and ten crucial digs to help propel the Lady Cougars in to the next game.

We were so close to some of the best teams but then at times so very far away. It was a weird year. I guess you could say we were consistent at being inconsistent. Kathie Woods Head Women’s Volleyball Coach

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Sophomore Vanity Massey celebrates after a kill during the NWAACC championships at Mt. Hood Community College.

ATTENTION: PTK NEEDS YOU! Phi Theta Kappa is hosting a donation box drive for those of us who are less fortunate, in cooperation with the Portland Rescue Mission. Just look for the blue box with gold lettering on it in places such as Rook Hall, the campus bookstore, just outside of the ASG office in the cafeteria and in the Streeter Hall computer lab. Clean clothing and unopened toiletries would be certainly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff at: If you are unable to help out with a donation but are willing to donate your time and energy, Phi Theta Kappa has another project involved with feeding the homeless directly. Contact Jeff for more information at the above e-mail address, and please leave a name and a phone number so you can be contacted. Roughly one in eight people in all of Oregon are unemployed, in part because of the collapse of the housing economy.

About her team’s performance at the NWAACC championships,

Kathie Woods said, “We were so close to some of the best teams but then at times so very far away. It was a weird year.  I guess you could say we were consistent at being inconsistent.” One high point for the team, though, was the awards earned by much of the team. White in particular earned second team AllAmerican honors, while Richelle Heacock, Carmen LaFond, and Rachael Strong all received AllLeague honors. For Woods, she felt like the season had it ups and downs. She said, “Just when we thought we had it going, we would have another set back.” One thing Woods wishes her team could have done more of: win games. They finished 20-25 overall, ending up with the second least amount of wins of any NWAACC team that made the post season tournament. Both Heacock and White felt that there was more they could have done to win more games this season. White also added that the team became like family as the season progressed. Woods also expressed the feelings she had for this team and how close she feels they have become. She said, “I love this team.  I love the people they are.” Although the season is over for the team, the work continues for Woods. Recruiting and preparing for next year is an ongoing process for her. With this season over, there is always another to look forward to.


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Movies coming to theaters soon While on break you may want to go see a movie in theaters. Here are some of the movies that are coming out in December. “Armored” An action-adventure about a hiest that is pulled off by a team who works for the armored car company. When things go wrong, they fight each other.

well as her killer. She must decide if vengence is what she wants or if she wants her family to heal. This movie is based on the novel by Alice Sebold.

“The Princess and the Frog” Disney’s newest cartoon that retells the classic fairy tale of the frog prince. However, this story takes place in the bayous of Louisiana with voodoo curses. This “The Lovely Bones” movie is the first non-computer The dramatic story of a murdered animated movie in theaters since girl as she watches her family as “Lilo and Stitch.”

“Avatar” James Cameron’s much anticipated movie about the battle of the moon Pandora. The protaganist fights against his own people to save the cilizivation that already lives on Pandora. “Sherlock Holmes” An action-adventure where Robert Downey Jr. plays the famous detective Sherlock Homes as he and his partner Watson, played by Jude Law, thwart a plan that could destroy England.

Finals Schedule Class Start Day/Time M/W or M/W/F

Exam Day/Time Mon. 12/7

7:45 or 8 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 or 10:15 a.m. 11 or 11:30 a.m. noon or 12:45 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 or 3:15 p.m. 4 or 5 p.m. T/TH 7:30 or 8 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 or 10:30 a.m. 1 p.m. 2:30 or 3 p.m. 4 or 5 p.m. Conflicts

8 - 10 a.m.

Tues. 12/8

Wed. 12/9 8 - 10 a.m.

10 a.m. - noon 10 a.m. - noon noon - 2 p.m. noon - 2 p.m. 2 - 4 p.m. 2 - 4 p.m. 4 - 6 p.m. 8 - 10 a.m. 10 a.m. - noon noon - 2 p.m. 2 - 4 p.m. 4 - 6 p.m. See Instructor 4 - 6 p.m.

1. Exams will be held in the regular classrooms unless otherwise assigned by the instructor. 2. Evening classes starting at 6 p.m. or later will have exams at the normal meeting times during final exam week. 3. Classes that meet at 7 a.m. or other hours not listed may schedule the final exam during the “Conflicts” time or any other time that does not conflict with the regular exam schedule. 4. Saturday classes will hold final exams on the last Saturday of their scheduled meeting time and in their room. 5. Final exams take place in the last week of each term. You must take finals at the scheduled time; exceptions will be made only for illness or other circumstances that must be approved by your instructor before the scheduled exam time.

Event Calendar Oregon ZooLights Nov. 27 – Jan. 3 (Closed Dec. 24 - 25) This holiday season of the Oregon ZooLights includes the lighted zoo train, choral and ensemble music and their fantastic gift shop. Oregon Zoo Presents for Primates Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m. Photo opportunity! Primates (chimpanzees, orangutans, mandrills, etc.) receive early holiday gifts from their keepers. 42nd Annual Holiday Cheer (Celebration of Oregon Authors) Dec. 6, Noon – 5 p.m., Author signing from Noon – 4 p.m. $5 general admission, O.H.S. members and children under 17 are free. The most popular event Oregon History Society puts on for the year. This event hosts Oregon authors with their latest works. Get books signed, purchase their newest books and get a chance to meet them. For list of authors attending go to visit-ohs/holiday-cheer.cfm. 22nd Annual Christmas Festival of Lights at the Grotto Nov. 27 – Dec. 30 (Closed Dec. 25), 5 – 9 p.m. (Gates close at 10 p.m.) This event features 150 indoor music concerts, dramatic living history enactments and holiday light displays. Outdoor events include a beautiful garden setting, lighted Christmas trees, outdoor carolers and a life-sized nativity scene. For list of the choir schedule go to index.php/christmas/choir-schedule/.


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horoscopes for the week By Swami A.T. Great of Macedonia LIBRA (September 23-October 22): Mars wants you to give that gift that keeps on giving to your enemies the Scorpios: a pitfall trap full of vipers.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You will get dysentery and your wagon will sink into the Mississippi. TAURUS (April 2-May20): It is time to give up your life of complacency and follow your passions. It is the perfect time to seek employment as a lumberjack.

SCORPIO (October 23-Novermber 21): Carry anti-venom with you this week. It will probably save your life. Of course, if you feel adventurous, you could always leave the country.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21): The Pleiades star cluster’s alignment with your face indicates that you will find a bullfrog in the next salad bag you buy. Don’t worry however, they aren’t poisonous and are actually quite tasty.

SAGGITARIUS (November 22-December 21): Smoking a pipe makes you look cool. Just like doing a barrel roll. CAPRICORN (December 22-January 19): Iridia advises you to learn how to manufacture meth. Betelgeuse says that you should learn how to juggle chainsaws. You pick which advice is better.

CANCER (June 22-August 22): Saturn’s moons Tethys and Titan say that you should visit your grandma this week. How long has it been since you last took the time to go see her? Don’t you love your grandma?

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18): Everything you love will eventually be incinerated by a nuclear explosion, but that isn’t going to happen for billions of years.

LEO (July 23-August 22): Be wary of any stoves or people smoking a pipe this week. Stoves are hot and you could get your hand burned. People who smoke pipes are just nefarious.

PISCES (February 19-March 20): You know how the Mayans said the world will end in 2012? Well, they were only partially correct. The world will certainly end for you. Everyone else will be just fine.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22): Do whatever you want. It doesn’t matter anyways.

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