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Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010
Volume 43, Issue 9
Cougar athlete stays positive after accident
By Joshua Baird The Clackamas Print Jan. 1, 2010, showed the beginning of a new way of life for many Oregonians. A house bill changing an existing law to increase safety for motorists statewide was put into effect. The state government passed a revision making it illegal to operate any motor vehicle while using a cell phone or text messaging without a hands-free device. California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Washington also have cell phone bans in place while driving. Oregon has one major difference from the rest; a driver can be pulled over in Oregon simply for driving while using their phone. In Washington and other states, drivers must be pulled over for another traffic violation, only then is the police officer able to enforce the cell phone laws. Clackamas student Ryan Feely stated his interpretation of the law as “[Calls] must be hands free, no texting at all. Which is probably a good thing. I know friends who text; I feel like I’m going into the ditch every time they try to text and drive.” Disobeying this new law will result in a hefty base fine of $142. Cynthia Tinker, a student at Clackamas, believes that this fine will be a deterrent to prevent people from using their cell phones. “I have better things to spend $142 on,” said Tinker. According to Sharon Coughlin, a records manager for the Oregon City Police Department, a ticket issued by Oregon City police will be marked at $205 after additional fees are assessed. There will be no reductions on the ticket for pleading guilty and no diversion classes offered. The Oregon Revised Statute states that drivers who must use a cell phone for business purposes are exempt from this restriction, a detail about the new law that has garnered attention and is what many consider to be a loophole. This was initially intended by lawmakers to create some flexibility for contractors, taxi drivers and other professionals who are required to use a vehicle in the scope of their daily employment. The designers may have unintentionally created an escape route for dishonest drivers. “That kind of makes it an interesting one; you can claim business on anything,” said Feely. “They kind of botched that one up a bit.” Cell phone users have had access to technology known as Bluetooth since 1994; however, over the past few years the concept has grown in popularity. Plantronics, a major producer of Bluetooth products, offers a number of headset options including the Discovery and the 835 model. “All of these best selling headsets have noise cancellation technology,” stated Colleen Smith, an AT&T representative when asked about the features that consumers look for most. No longer are motorists restricted solely to awkward headsets. Jabra, a well known brand, introduced a speaker phone which plays via your car stereo speakers. Other businesses have taken similar direction by creating speaker phones that attach to the visor, many of which are surprisingly clean and clear on both ends of the conversation. One surefire way to avoid being ticketed is to use a handsfree device or to not use a cell phone at all; however, if an individual is unable to do so, the recommended course of action is to pull over.
Contributed by Kathie Woods
Clackamas coaches and volleyball teammates drove up to Harborview Medical Center to offer Richelle Heacock their support on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
By Mark Foster Sports Editor Clackamas volleyball player Richelle Heacock was left paralyzed from the chest down following a car accident on Jan. 4. Heacock was traveling to Eatonville, Wash. to attend the funeral of fallen police officer Kent Mundell, a colleague of Heacock’s father. Heacock drove off the road on Highway 7 about 15 minutes from home. She was originally taken to Morton General Hospital but was then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after doctors discovered she had broken her fifth vertebrae, an injury doctors said would prohibit Heacock from walking again. Heacock, though, has different plans. Heacock’s sister, Sherylee Colbas, said, “She has a very good attitude and is very determined to walk again.” Heacock’s coach, Kathie Woods, also spoke of her, saying, “She has a very positive attitude towards all of this and remains amazingly strong.” Woods also added that her family has been there for her the entire time and helped keep her spirits up. “My concern is perseverance. But if any family can do it, if any
person can do it, it’s Heacock,” said Woods. From the beginning, Heacock has made it a point to let everyone know she is going to fight back.
My concern is perseverance. But if any family can do it, if any person can do it, it’s Heacock. Kathie Woods Head Women’s Volleyball Coach
Jody Woodcock, a source working with the family, said, “Right away she’s telling everyone she is going to work through this and she is going to walk again.” Heacock will be undergoing 8 to 12 weeks of intense rehab before the doctors reassess her status and clear her to leave the hospital. Woodcock also noted that even in the short time that she has
been in rehab, “Her recovery is progressing.” Heacock as well as her family have received huge amounts of support from their community as well as prayers from many. Woodcock said, “It was within a day of hearing about the accident and all the sudden there’s hundreds of people in the meeting room ready to help.” A meeting was held Jan. 8 to find ways to give aid to the Heacock family when the idea of renovating their home came about. Ground was broken Saturday, Jan. 16. The renovations include the addition of a second living quarters that will be completely wheelchair accessible and allow room for Heacock’s equipment needed for rehabilitation. The expansion is expected to add 1,045 square feet to the family’s home. Multiple funds have been set up to help aid the cost of hotels and medical bills. Donations are being accepted at all US Banks in Heacock’s name. Aid is also being accepted through heacockfund.com as well as through Tapco Credit Union. The family and Heacock also ask that they be kept in your prayers. Messages to Heacock can be sent via Facebook at “Praying for Richelle Heacock” and at caringbridge.org/visit/richelleheacock.
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Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010
Haiti calls for help
Make history and cast your crucial vote
By Abigail Neet
U.S. State Department photo
A young boy receives assistance from an American Red Cross relief worker in the earthquake aftermath.
By Abigail Neet News Editor
It has been on the news constantly for the last week. On Jan. 12 Haiti was hit with a 7.0 earthquake, nearly destroying the small country. Death counts are being estimated at up to 200,000. Putting $5 towards a country where most of its citizens have been going without food and water for the past three days is something most people can do. Pack a lunch and resist buying one for $5. Companies such as Honda are making donations to help relief efforts in Haiti. Honda has made a $300,000 donation as well as water pumps and generators. It can be difficult to determine which organization to donate to with
so many available and not knowing which ones actually are sending relief directly to Haiti and what percentage of the money is going to the effort. The FBI issued a press release on Jan. 13 warning Internet users to be aware of scams in the wake of the earthquake. The press release encouraged people to be skeptical of e-mails and individuals requesting money. The release also suggested verifying the legitimacy of non-profit organizations and confirming the organizations existence through other resources than links in an e-mail. Another thing suggested is to make donations directly to known organization’s rather than outside sources claiming to donate to other organizations. One good resource to help with this is charitynavigator.org This site rates charity and nonprofit organizations in a variety or ways using a star rating system.
Charity Navigator rates charities based on two broad areas of financial health, organizational efficiency and organizational capacity. Charity Navigator also includes tips ranging from what questions to ask before donating to how to donate your car and other non-cash items. One easy way to give is by doing something most college students love, texting! You can text “Haiti” to 90999 and donate $10 to the American Red Cross. Another way to help is by donating through Mercy Corps, which is located in Portland, through a fund started at Clackamas. You can access this fund at mercycorps.org/fundraising/studentshelphaiti. For those who are worried about sending money and not knowing exactly who is receiving it you can purchase items to send at https://store. causecast.org/huffingtonpost.
This story was complete last week, and then I saw the ad on the front page of the Sunday Oregonian and became even angrier about their reinforecement of their endorsement on Measures 66 and 67. The front page features a leaflet urging voters to vote “no” on the measures. The Clackamas Print’s editorial staff took the opposite stance, endorsing a “yes” vote, although we never had a leaflet. The Oregonian claims it is the wrong time to raise taxes and claims the government is pitting businesses against schools. Is raising corporate taxes really as harmful as they would have us think? No! Increasing the corporate minimum tax from $10 to $150 is reasonable, and it’s very doubtful this would ruin people’s lives as they would have us think. According to Oregonians Against Job Killing Taxes the corporate minimum tax will eliminate 40,000 full-time-equivalent Oregon jobs. Apparently, increasing the tax from $10 to $150 is enough to have to fire people! Without that $140, it is a wonder how the businesses will survive at all. Today, the Associated Student Government will sponsor a debate about Measures 66 and 67 at noon in the Community Center. After the debate Courtney Wilton, vice president of College Services, will answer questions about what the results of the measures will mean for the college. An open forum will be held Thursday, Jan. 21 in the Community Center for students to voice their opinions about 66
and 67. The money from these measures is money the school is already counting on. These measures will not increase the school’s budget or by any means make things better, according to Joanne Truesdell, president of Clackamas Community College. However if these measures do not pass, this will have an impact on the school. Truesdell explained that it will have to be determined where exactly the cuts will be made from, but the areas that most likely will be affected are tuition, service hours and core sections. The college would continue to capitalize on efficiencies and continue to seek grants to be able to service the students. Truesdell said the college is in the process of identifying the consequences if one or both of the measures fail. The measures failing will not only affect community colleges, but K-12 education will be affected as well. If 66 and 67 do not pass, K-12 schools will also face budget cuts that could result in classes and programs being cut. “The prediction business is saying the outcome will be determined by who turns out,” Truesdell said. There are some who do not agree that the way to come up with this money is by taxing the rich. “I don’t think it is right to tax the rich; they went to college and achieved the American dream and shouldn’t be punished for it,” said Clackamas student John Pratt. Pratt said he might vote “yes” to increase the corporate minimum tax. Basically, if you agree with supporting education and thus improving the quality of life in our state, then vote “yes” on Measures 66 and 67. Do not forget or procrastinate about this issue because Oregon needs your votes. Things will be different if these do not pass. Classes are filling up fast enough as it is; imagine the registration lines if more sections and classes were cut and the measures do not pass. Let’s not make that the reality. Your vote matters and the date is approaching quickly. Vote
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Despite overwhelming numbers,the American Red Cross is able to treat this young girl’s injuries.
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Donations flood college with blood
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The American Red Cross workers drew blood from Clackamas student donors at the last American Red Cross Blood Drive on campus, Oct. 27 and 28, 2009. The American Red Cross expected 84 donors, but 94 turned out for the event. This term, the projected goal is 104 donors.
By John Hurlburt Co-Editor in Chief A record amount of blood was shed on Clackamas grounds last term, leaving members of the college’s Associated Student Government (ASG) and the American Red Cross very pleased. Ninety-four individuals donated blood during Clackamas’ Blood Drive on Oct. 27 and 28, drowning ASG’s original goal of getting 84 people to donate. The amount of blood collected was enough to prompt Joseph Shockley, Northwest high school/college representative for American Red Cross, to raise the college’s goal from 84 people to 104, for the next blood drive. Usually the goals are set a year in advance but Clackamas’ high number or donors prompted an exception. His reason for doing so is very simple. “The student government at [Clackamas Community College] met their goal on their last drive and continue to reach for greater heights,” said Shockley. Deanne Tracy, ASG public affairs senator for awareness, still rolling high from Student Government’s recent success, sees a good future in Clackamas blood business. “ASG is very stoked. We are quite pleased with what we have done,” commented Tracy. “Clackamas is a very giving college, and we’re confident we will reach our next goal.” The recent success means CCC’s next blood drive will have an increased capability for handling more students, including one extra bed for students donating whole blood and one extra bed for students donating “double
reds.” The American Red Cross must raise 5,000 units of life-saving donated blood a week in order to keep up with demand from area hospitals. According to Shockley, colleges are very important to reaching these demands because often lifetime donors can be made from the experience. “Colleges are an important place for students to have the opportunity to give blood. Donors in college who experience the blood donation process for the first time are more likely to do it again,” Shockley stated. Jonathan King, a Clackamas student who has donated blood previously, said the experience wasn’t really unpleasant and doesn’t leave giving blood in the future out of the questions. King’s reasons for giving blood in the first place seem straight forward. “I felt like it would be good to do,” King said, adding, “I was bored, and it was something to do.” Although most asked said donating blood was an overall positive experience, not everyone will leave the linen-covered American Red Cross donation bed feeling great. In fact, one bad day can scare some donors from ever coming back. Student Brandon Bradach says he used to give blood until he experienced the potential downside to his good intentions. “It felt like the needle was scraping the inside of the vein,” Bradach said. Bradach mentioned that he never informed the person taking his blood of the pain, which he admitted may have led to an extension of the pain. Even though some individuals have gone through a bad time while giving their blood away,
many local colleges and high schools have been donating this resource that money can’t create in increasing proportions. Shockley did not comment as to why more people are donating blood. However, enrollment has recently skyrocketed at higher learning institutions statewide which may be a factor in why these institutions are bleeding more for the common good lately. Individuals can donate blood in two ways. The first and more traditional way is to draw blood out of a person and put it into a bag to be shipped to the blood bank and tested. The blood taken from this method is called “whole blood,” and the process takes just a few minutes. Extracting “double reds” is the second way to donate blood. With this method blood is taken from a person, the red blood cells are separated from the white blood cells and then the white blood cells are put back in the body. This method yields a red blood cell concentrate that would leave vampires salivating. Donating double reds gives twice as many life-saving red blood cells as whole blood does while leaving the donor feeling less drained. The extrication process, however, takes longer. Pumping out a pint of blood for someone else to use isn’t for everyone. For a myriad of reasons some cannot or will not donate blood, but even if a person is incapable of donating blood, Tracy says, there are still plenty of opportunities for them to help during the blood drives. On campus volunteers will
be needed in order to run support roles for the drive. A minimum of an hour is required to volunteer but those interested can volunteer as many hours as they like. To learn more about volunteering during a blood drive or giving
blood, contact ASG in their office in the Community Center, room 152. Clackamas’ upcoming blood drive for winter term will be held Jan. 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Basketball teams begin league play Men’s and women’s basketball start league play and hope to compete for conference title By Travis Hardin The Clackamas Print It’s official; Cougars basketball is back. As the first week of winter term came to an end, it was just the beginning for the Clackamas Cougars men’s and women’s basketball teams. Both teams played host to the Chemeketa Storm on Jan. 9, in what became their first games of the 2009-2010 season. The Lady Cougars walked
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Johnelle Kapua (15) shoots free throws during a game against Chemeketa on Jan. 9. Clackamas won 95-53 at home. The Lady Cougars are currently 3-0 in league play.
away with a 95-53 victory in their home opener. First year co-head coach Kayla Steen said, “To play at home always means a lot to [the team] and definitely helps us with momentum.” According to freshmen post Tessa Stadeli, “Playing at home means a lot because we haven’t had many home games.” The first points of the regular season came by way of a threepointer by sophomore guard Dayle Powell. The tough defense the Lady Cougars displayed in the first half resulted in 17 turnovers being committed by the visiting Storm. Steen, after the game, said, “[The players] are very comfortable playing with each other. The freshmen have stepped in; they are doing a great job with the system that we run.” According to their Web site, the Lady Cougars enter this season with a record of 21-9 and are lead by coach Jim Martineau, who enters his 12th season with the program. According to Steen, the team has six new players to the program and five returning. Freshmen guard Johnnelle Kapua, who comes to Clackamas from Honolulu, Hawaii, said, when asked about what goals she has for this season, “Pretty much just do whatever my teammates need to do [whether] it’s shooting out, passing, getting the ball into the post, defense; whatever my coach needs me to do.” When asked if she learned anything from the pre-season, Kapula responded, “We learned that we are definitely beatable, so we can’t take any team lightly.” As the Lady Cougars walk away with their first win of the season, they already are looking at the future. According to sophomore guard/ forward McKenzie Ausman-Meyer, she would like to see the team win 18 games and the championship. The men’s team entered their
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Jeff Dorman (21) cuts past defenders on Jan. 9 against Chemeketa. Dorman led all scorers with 21 points and finished with four rebounds, two assists and two steals in the 74-73 loss. season as the defending NWAACC champions. Leading the way is 2009 NWAACC Coach of the Year Clif Wegner. Wegner enters his
12th year at Clackamas. New to the coaching staff this year is Assistant Coach Paul Fiskum. Fiskum has had a remark-
able career coaching the Cougars softball team and is no stranger to the campus. According to the team’s Web site, Fiskum will concentrate on team and individual defense, skill development and academic support just to name a few. Returning players include starting forward Chehales Tapscott, who had a tremendous freshmen year being named the NWAACC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. He also was named First Team All-South Division for the 2008-2009 season. Returning point guard Jeff Dorman enters this season after being honored with Second Team All-South Division last season. The Cougars had a challenge waiting for them coming into their first game against Chemeketa and were ready for it. Just like the women’s team, the first points of the season came from the threepoint line by sophomore point guard Jeff Dorman. The game was evenly matched, and the Cougars trailed 38-34 at the end of the first half. “The team worked hard everyday in practice,” said Tapscott about preparing for the season opener. In the second half, the game didn’t leave anyone disappointed in terms of performance. With 38.3 seconds left in the game, the Cougars led 72-69 and sent Chemeketa to the foul line. After making both free throws, the Storm trailed the Cougars by one and tied the game with 2.0 seconds left in the half. Chemeketa went to the foul line again and ended up with the 74-73 win over the Cougars. “Well, we keep our heads up and next game, that’s what it is, next game,” said Tapscott after the game when asked where the team goes from here. When asked what goals does the team as a whole have for this season, Tapscott simply responded, “Win a championship.”
PGE Park prepares for renovations, more seats to be added Timbers plan to begin Major League Soccer play in 2011 in renovated PGE Park, more seats and restaurant to be added while still keeping view from SW 18th Avenue accessible
Beavers fans sit like motionless cadavers compared to the frat party atmosphere brought by the Timbers fully possessed fan base; the lunatic Timbers Army is a spectacle worth watching in itself and being a part of it breeds a sense of insanity only felt by strong drug users and the clinically insane. America’s favorite pastime is starting to show its age in our state, and it’s time for the old to die and the young to thrive. I don’t agree necessarily that we should completely toss out a franchise which has been in our city in some form or another for over a hundred years, but if it comes to a showdown
between MLS and minor league baseball, baseball should and will unquestionably lose. Perhaps the best part of the proposed plan for PGE Park has been the decision to keep viewing access from SW 18th Avenue outside the stadium. This street has allowed poor college kids, bums and eighty-sixed fans to keep on watching games regardless of if they had the $12 admission. This free viewing socialist idea helps to breed Portland spirit and keeps Paulson’s promise about the field alive that the stadium will be “as unique as they come in the soccer world.”
By John Hurlburt Co-Editor in Chief Although no one has been shot in the chest with a crossbow bolt over match results yet, it is becoming apparent that more Americans are starting to see what the rest of the world has been staring at for years, soccer. Internationally, the U.S. national team has made it to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, continuing their push to show that America will become a powerhouse team within the sport. Even more importantly, PGE finally announced its plans for renovation just in time for Christmas, letting Oregonians all over the state feel secure that we will have a Major League Soccer team in 2011. The decision to open up an expansion team has been fought hard, but Portland’s firm, consisting of wealthy Timbers owner Merritt Paulson, Portland Mayor Sam Adams and Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard, has managed to keep the world’s most popular sport in our city without having to throw bricks at opponents. Stadium renovations have left the Portland Beavers’ future in limbo. A major argument against promoting the Timbers and upgrading PGE Park to make it soccer only is it would destroy this “popular” Portland franchise. But arguments battling the Timbers off the field have been boot-stomped the same way the Timbers thrashed competition on the field. The Portland Beavers have never even been able to draw in a crowd the way the Timbers have. As for spirit, Portland
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Shown above is the future view of the east side of PGE Park. The new seating will run parallel to SW 18th Avenue but will not completely obstruct the view from the street.
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Contenders separate themselves from pretenders in this year’s edition of the NFL Playoffs By Steven Weldon Associate Sports Editor The race to the Super Bowl has arrived, but most of the teams competing to play for the biggest prize in professional football have come up sputtering in this year’s edition of the NFL playoffs. Six of the eight games played thus far have been decided by more than 10 points, in which the winning teams have led by a considerable margin at halftime, providing less than riveting games. However, the playoffs have not disappointed. The NFC Wild Card round match-
up between the Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers gave the most drama. Down 31-10 in their first drive of the second half, the Packers fought back to tie the game at 45 at the end of regulation. The game went to overtime, where the Cardinals’ Karlos Dansby recovered a fumble by Packers’ quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, and returned it for a touchdown, sealing victory, 51-45. A shocking upset in Foxboro, Mass. occurred in the AFC Wild Card round game when the Baltimore Ravens showed up at the New England Patriots’ doorstep. From the opening drive, the Ravens were out to prove something to the doubters. On the opening play of the game, Ravens’ running back, Ray Rice sprinted for an 83 yard touchdown. The onslaught did not subside; the Ravens finished the first quarter with a 24-0 lead on the Patriots, leaving their fans bewildered, astounded and bored. The Ravens ran out of Gillette Stadium with a 33-14 win and a lot of confidence. The games played in NFC Divisional round games gave less suspense, where the New Orleans Saints came off of a
bye week to play the Cardinals at home and subsequently stomped them, 45-14, giving the Saints their first home NFC Championship Game in team history. Saints running back, Reggie Bush, once dubbed a draft bust by NFL analysts due to his in-season performance, proved his worth with a punt return touchdown, and 84 rushing yards to go along with a rushing touchdown. They would play the winner of the Minnesota Vikings-Dallas Cowboys game, which was a 34-3 Vikings victory. In the NFC Championship game, the Saints and Vikings will face off in a battle between the top two teams in the conference. The AFC’s Divisional round games were battles of who could limit their margin of error and move on in the playoffs. The powerful Indianapolis Colts, led by four-time NFL MVP quarterback Peyton Manning, took on the Baltimore Ravens in a game that was originally predicted by experts to be a fight between efficient offense – No. 2 in Passing Yards per game according to www.NFL.com – and smashmouth defense – No. 3 in
least yards allowed according to www. NFL.com. The game ended 20-3, Colts pulling out the victory. Ravens’ miscues and Peyton Manning’s passing attack were the keys to the Colts’ win. It was down to the New York Jets and San Diego Chargers to decide the Colts’ challenger. In a back-and-forth game, the Jets took a 17-7 lead on a Shonn Greene run, after which the Chargers struck back to bring it to 17-14. The Jets converted on a fourth-and-one with 1:09 remaining to win the game, 17-14. The Chargers continued their playoff failures, and the Jets continue their playoff resurgence. While the playoffs have given us little to sit on the edge of our seats about, the Championship games should give us enough drama to shake a stick at. Saints-Vikings will be on FOX, Sunday, January 24, and Colts-Jets will be on CBS the same day. The winners of these two games will face each other in Super Bowl XLIV, to be played on Feb. 7. Football fans, stick around, the beginning may not have been that exciting, but we could have a photo finish.
Keep score at home with this ultra handy bracket
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A fashionable male reviews winter 2010’s trendiest styles and looks By Javierh Montero The Clackamas Print
Winter is here and so are the winter fashions. With so many to choose from, who knows nowadays what to wear? Some change from season to season, while others stay the same depending on weather conditions, which doesn’t change much in our beloved Oregon. We have the all time favorite preppy style, the overly talked about “emo” fashion, the notso-talked-about bubble gum (girls who wear lot of pink), the surprising gothic and many more. Not knowing what’s cool this winter, I looked around to see what students at Clackamas are wearing around the school. We have exposed them, and some very nice and friendly students told me about their fashion, why they love it and why it works for them. Oriahna Nueske, a Clackamas Community College student, explained that her style doesn’t precisely have a name, it’s “French-gothic, Victorian and modern day fashion mixed up into a neat concept.” She wears what she likes and what makes her feel comfortable, regardless of whether or not her style is popular or even known of. It is true that her clothes are not what most people around
Top ten ways to make it through this winter term
By Annemarie Schulte Arts & Culture Editor 1. Stay active and exercise as much as possible. Exercising can actually give you more energy and especially since it becomes dark so early – making us sleepy earlier – exercising can really help push you through your homework. 2. Wear bright colors to ward off the winter blues. Studies show wearing brighter colors during the darker winter months can help counter your mood and actually put you in a better one than others wearing dark shades. 3. Spend time outdoors with friends or family and enjoy the winter weather, instead of complaining about it. Go sledding, snowboarding and do things you can only do in winter. Take
advantage of the snow. 4. Do homework, play later. Study first and then go out and have fun with your friends. It will be less stressful and you can use the time as a reward for your hard work. 5. Try something that you’ve never done before (like ice-skating or knitting). 6. Stick it out with the classes you have because if you drop or add any, you’ll be burned with a $50 late fee. 7. Winterproof your car if you have one. Classes will rarely be canceled, even when the weather gets bad, and it’s important to still make it to class. It’s a good idea to have snow tires or chains and to carry an ice scraper in your car at all times. And warm it up ahead of time if you can! 8. Be weary of “comfort foods” that pack on the calories (i.e. tomato soup and grilled cheese). Resist the temptation, and you can avoid putting on winter weight. (You’ll be glad once spring break rolls around and you have to fit into that bikini). 9. Don’t forget to actually show up to your classes. Friday is NOT Optional Attendance Day. 10. Remember spring break is the light at the end of the tunnel!
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campus would wear, but she stays true to her convictions and that is admirable. “I like to dress differently. I like to match my clothing to the way I feel and act; regular clothes don’t suit my needs … it doesn’t fit who I am,” said Nueske. Nueske dares to go where some of us wouldn’t go. In a world filled with people who want to be different while being the exact same way as everyone else, should we judge those who decide to truly be different? Nueske stated that she wouldn’t change her style because “if I change my style, I’d be changing myself. My clothes are a part of me; they reflect on who I am.” And that’s true; her uniqueness makes her stand out from the crowd. But in a diverse environment such as CCC, we find a variety of colors, choices and people. Going from styles that are “nothing special, just kind of earthy,” as stated by Reegan Hans, to Maria Segoviano’s “whatever the mood feels like. I like scarves, jackets, and dress gloves.” Rachael Webb’s own opinion is expressed with “I like to dress in a sort of European style with trench coats, jeans and a watch.” Brian Burch commented that his fashion style doesn’t really change from season to season, but it’s based on what he needs to do. “I would change my regular style for professional reasons, but nothing else … too much work,” said Burch. On a regular basis, he said that his favorite accessories for
winter are hats and that he normally wears “whatever’s clean … I dress casual. I really don’t really care.” In a world obsessed with beauty and what we wear, dare to be different if that’s what you want. Don’t let shyness or other issues keep you from doing what you feel like doing (as long as it’s something good).
Your clothes are a part of you. Let them reflect who you are. Oriahna Nueske CCC student NUESKE
Remember that most of the western society claims to be individualistic, a place where most of us have a fake sense of uniqueness, which is a strange concept considering that a lot of us dress the same way – zero creativity. So why do we judge those who are indeed unique and do things they’re own way? “Dress however you think you should. If you feel that you need to change, then do it. Your clothes are a part of you; let them reflect who you are,” said Nueske. Maybe you’ll get encouraged to change your style, spike up your hair, or use a funny looking hat for a day, or maybe you will simply realize how happy you are with your old style.
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Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010
By Annemarie Schulte Arts & Culture Editor Have you ever been so afraid of something the hairs on the back of your neck stood up? It’s the feeling of honest and legitimate fear. Most of us have had that experience once or twice. And for the most part, we can say it’s a rare occurrence. However, the new play coming to Clackamas promises to recreate that feeling. “The Haunting of Grayson Manor,” written by local playwright Greg Forbes, will have its world premiere at Clackamas Community College this February. The play is about a manor haunted by the owner’s dead-for-twentyyears son and follows a team of ghost scientists trying to find the cause and source of the ghost. With twists and turns and “hair raising special effects,” this main stage play is one to be buzzed about. Rehearsals have been going on for about three weeks now. Director David Smith-English runs through the acts and tells actors which way to face, and they discuss the set as if it is really there. Actors go in and out of character in the blink of an eye. Smith-English directs everything from the speed of their words to the tone of their lines. Forbes says that he is so impressed at Smith-English’s ability to “breathe life” into the script he wrote. The production’s main players are James Sharinghousen, who plays Dr. Moore – the ghost scientist, Tara Wentworth, who plays aptly named Miss Graves – the housekeeper, and finally Miss Grayson herself, the manor’s owner, played by Heather Ovalle. The rest of the cast includes Hollie Fee, Nick Jones, Annie Scharich, Robert Ems, David Smith and Stefan Smith. Jess Sheppard is the assistant director, and Athena Folk is the stage manager. Playwright Forbes says he owes everything to his friends and family who encouraged him to actually put this play down on paper. For weeks, Forbes had the story
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James Sharinghousen(left) and Tara Wentworth(right) rehearse for “The Haunting of Grayson Manor,” local playwright Greg Forbes’ first work. The play is to open at Clackamas on Thursday, Feb. 25. circling around in his mind, and it wasn’t until one night at a winery when he asked his wife and friends what they thought about it that he was encouraged to really take it somewhere. Forbes has a degree in theater from a Midwest college and has written about two other plays, one of which is the sequel to “The Haunting of Grayson Manor.” It took Forbes about two weeks to write the script after which he began calling around to theaters seeing if they were interested – many were not because of the fact that Forbes’ work has never been performed. Finally it occurred to him to contact a local college. Forbes contacted CCC, and after editing a few things, he got a call from Smith-English, who
said he was interested in using the script as the colleges main stage play. “I was thrilled,” said Forbes. Forbes said the best thing about seeing his play being performed is “seeing the characters come to life,” and he is very much looking forward to opening night, which he will spend with family and friends; a few have already bought tickets. “The Haunting of Grayson Manor” is a world premiere play and definitely one worth seeing at Clackamas. As rehearsals progress and the play becomes closer to being ready to be performed, the buzz of the play will surely circle the college and for good reasons: this play promises to terrify you with its paranormal activity.
Vampires don’t sparkle By John Simmons The Clackamas Print Vampires. I’ll bet that upon reading that word your mind immediately jumped to dazzling good looks, cold, hard skin and sparkling in the sunlight. This breed of vampire has been popularized by Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, which stars an angsty, preppy 110 yearold teenage vampire who drinks only the blood of animals. Many traditionalists complain about how “Twilight” has bastardized the vampire, making it into nothing more than a model/Olympic athlete with copious amounts of body glitter. Despite this view, it is undeniable that “Twilight” has brought vampires back into popular culture. Due to the sudden popularity vampires have, many television series such as “True Blood” and “Vampire Diaries” have been produced, fan-fictions are everywhere on the Internet, and there are now Twilight-themed trading cards, candies and clothing items. Yes, everyone seems to be going vampire-crazy, especially teenage girls. There are those who want to restore vampires to their formal, pre-Meyer glory, and writing and directing duo, Michael and Peter Spierig, are just such people. Their new film, “Daybreakers,” is made for the fans of the traditional vampire, and they do not disappoint. The Spierigs chose to instill their film with all the trappings of the traditional vampire story. There are stakings, crossbows, violent turning scenes, fangs and, of course, the vampires’ aversion to sunlight. This film takes the latter seriously, showing in the opening scene that vampires burst into flames and disintegrate when exposed to the sun. Because sun exposure means certain death, the world has become nocturnal, and all cars are equipped with sunlight-blocking windows for daylight driving. “Daybreakers” takes place in the year 2019, ten years after the
first human contracted the vampirism virus from an infected bat. Most of the world’s populations are now vampires, with only five percent still human. The vampires are quickly running out of a blood supply, and only have enough blood to last the world for another month. Without blood to drink, the vampires turn into bat-like monsters called “Sub-siders,” mindless, blood-thirsty killing machines. The title character, named Edward in what is sure to be a jab at “Twilight,” is a scientist trying to find a blood substitute. His initial attempts fail, and he is running out of time. He then comes in contact with a group of humans on the run from the government that is hunting them for their blood. They ask him to assist them, and Edward is dragged into a battle against time as he works with them to find a cure and save the human race. Although exciting, there are some issues with the film. Some scenes are not explained and don’t lend much to the story, and some characters are not developed as much as I would have liked. That being said, “Daybreakers” is a terrific action flick. “Daybreakers” is definitely not a movie for those easily scared or those who don’t like the sight of blood, because this movie is full of bloody encounters and exploding bodies. It is one of the bloodiest movies I’ve seen, right up there with Tim Burton’s “Sweeney Todd.” The special effects aren’t anything spectacular; most, if not all, of the vampires and Sub-siders are just people in costumes, which, at some points, is painfully obvious. However, the movie more than makes up for it with action sequences, thrilling fight scenes and blood. Lots and lots of blood. I would suggest this film to those who want to see what vampires are really like and what would happen if vampirism were to ever become a reality, as well as those who just love a good scare and a great story.
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Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010
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Aries (March 21 – April 19): Your life is a lot like a fresh and hot apple pie left on the windowsill to cool. It is delectable. Unfortunately, the kids next door stole the pie and ate it a few hours ago when you weren’t paying attention.
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Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): The itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout and bit you in the neck. Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): The next full moon will involve a chainsaw and at least a few zombies. There might also be a few werewolves in there.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20): No one likes you but me. Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Signs say your children will be raised by wolves. That’s right. You are a wolf in human disguise. You simply forgot that fact.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): You are always getting older. Pisces (February 19 – March 20): Life is all about the money. Invest in the Vietnamese đồng. Hoard it.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22): The danger of sharing heroin needles pales in comparison to the dangers you face because of your gambling habits. Be wary of anyone carrying brass knuckles. Leo (July 23 – August 22): You bear a striking resemblance to Hurricane Katrina. That being said, you should be very careful not to destroy any levees with your hurricane force winds. Virgo (August 23 – September 22): This week is a good week for someone far luckier than you to get their dream job. Libra (September 23 – October 22): Uranus’s alignment with the Sigma Theta stellar cluster indicates that you will face your archenemy, a Scorpio, in oneon-one mortal combat on a rope bridge over an active volcano; bring scissors. Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): Avoid rope bridges and active volcanoes. Though they may not necessarily spell out your doom, they are an unnecessary risk.
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