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College seeks taxes for Harmony By Brian Baldwin Associate News Editor Clackamas Community College’s Harmony campus has been home to the majority of the college’s nursing and Allied Health programs since fall, 2008. The college initially took a certificate of participation for $20 million from the state to cover the cost of construction and $5 million in state support. Harmony requires a yearly $1.7 million debt service payment, and now the college is looking for board approval to refinance and take out a lower-interest loan from the state via a bond measure possibly on the next ballot measure in May 2011. The college and Board of Education also feel that Harmony is a vital facility to CCC and hope to expand it further. “The Blue Ribbon Committee on Healthcare (requested) that a building focused on Allied Health and nursing be placed at the Harmony location,” said Joanne Truesdell, college president. Harmony was also built because of the need to both relocate and centralize CCC’s nursing program near the hospital corridor of Providence, Legacy, Kaiser Permanente and others, as well as provide a campus near the dense population of students in Milwaukie, Portland, and Happy Valley. There are two types of loans that are most commonly taken out from the state: the aforementioned certificate of participation and a general obligation bond, according to Courtney Wilton, vice president of college services. Certificates of participation do not require voter approval
for the state to issue out, however the debt service that must be paid on it is covered by the recipient’s internal budget. A general obligation bond is issued with voter approval and the debt service is paid for through taxes. “To date, we’ve been using that state support to cover the debt service payments, but if you do the math we can do that for a while but we can’t do it over the long run,” said Wilton. “(General obligation) bonds are more secure than (a certificate of participation), and the rate environment is good so it’s also true that if we do this we can end up with a lower interest rate on this outstanding loan, which would save money as well.” Recently t h e
school has lost just under $3 million from its budget due to economic forecasts, harming the school’s standard operating budget. And even now, the worry is that the college will lose another $4 million in appropriation funds for the 2011-2013 biennium. “Hence our motivation to refund that obligation in general obligation bonds, because what that will do is it will free the operating budget of having to pick up that debt service payment,” said Wilton. “That’s the last thing our operating budget needs now. On top of all these other financial challenges we have, we’re not looking forward to having another $1.7 million cost to pick up.”
However, while this bond might sound good in theory, it still is not a sure thing. Chuck Clemans, school board member from Zone-4, said that this proposal still needs plenty of thought, consideration, and planning before approval by the Board of Education. He also said that we possibly won’t see an approval until the December or even January meeting of the board. “What’s really important is to take a look at what we do about making our facilities and our equipment appropriate for the programs that we are offering and will b e offering in the future.
So there is a lot of study that needs to be made before that final number comes out,” said Clemans. Clemans also assured that the building is not any danger of closing or that the college will default on its loan. “Refinancing the Harmony debt is just a piece of the much larger picture of what we need to do to make sure our facilities are suitable for the types of students and number of students that we need to serve,” said Clemans. “Not paying that bond payment is not an option. It would dramatically affect the college’s credit rating. We are committed and legally required to make that payment,” said Wilton.
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Veteran voices will rise for military family scholarships By Christina Pearl The Clackamas Print The CCC Foundation is holding a fundraising event on Thursday, Oct. 21 at theAbernethy Center in Oregon City. “Stars, Stripes, and Stories” will benefit the Military Family Scholarship Endowment, an endowment uniquely designed to provide scholarships to the spouses and dependents of those serving in the military. “It will be an evening of celebration that spans generations,” said Shelly Parini, dean of college advancement. In that regard,
there will be special guests present from several war eras, including the Master of Ceremonies Col. Robert A. Vrilakas, a WWII Air Force veteran scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. Excerpts from documentary filmmaker Gary Mortensen’s award-winning film, “This is War-Memories of Iraq,” will show at 4:30 p.m. The film features experiences of the Oregon National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 162 Infantry in Iraq between 2004 and 2005. Mortensen will be at the event, along with SFC Phillip Jacques, a veteran from the film. Attendees may purchase copies of the documentary, and proceeds will go to the MFSE. Poet Frances Richey will also be there to read “Voices of the Guard,”
a poem she wrote while interviewing several Oregon National Guard members for her book. One of those interviewed by Richey was Casey Curry, a Clackamas Community College student who will be attending. Curry served in the Oregon National Guard for over 25 years and spent a year in Afghanistan. “The fact that this college honors men and women who have served is very huge – not only the men and women who have served, but their spouses and their families. This scholarship is very important ... because there are very few benefits available to spouses and dependents,” said Curry. CCC’sVeteranAffairs Coordinator
Greg Myers said, “The people I’ve told about (MFSE) are really surprised. I get a lot of ‘wows.’ It’s unique for a community college to have a scholarship targeted for military families.” Several local businesses are sponsoring the “Stars, Stripes, and Stories” event to cover admission and students are welcome to attend. “It really is a little different,” said Parini, “Typically when you have a big fundraiser, you invite the donors, people who would be more apt to be just on the giving side. This event, we have actually opened it up. If there were students on this campus that were really passionate and wanted to attend, we would love to have them
help out, but we are clear that this is a fundraiser.” Those wishing to attend can call 503-594-3015.
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Turbine turns on the outside lights By Mandie Gavitt The Clackamas Print With the environment on the forefront of many people’s mind, being “green” has become the newsest trend. Clackamas Community College is not only jumping on the band wagon, but also taking the reins. Clackamas has become a pioneer of renewable energy classes. The courses that are taught here about renewable energy are being designed so they can be taught on other campuses as well. These classes teach students about renewable energy and about potential careers in the field. At the same time, Clackamas has started various efforts to make itself more environmentally friendly. One of these efforts was to install a wind turbine on campus. After Rusty Stephens, president of Wilson Community College in North Carolina, came to speak to the staff about renewable energy during an in-service day, it was felt that there was a greater need for renewable resources on campus, starting with a wind turbine, according to Scott Glitz, dean of technical career education. When Clackamas decided that there was a desire for a wind turbine on campus, one of the biggest concerns was how to pay for it. Hilmo Ljucevic of campus services was the man for the job. Ljucevic had worked on his first renewable energy project in 1984 in Europe and was willing to do it for a lower cost. “I wanted to try and build a system nobody has,” Ljucevic said. He has certainly succeeded in his mission. Not only does the wind turbine power the lights outside of
Barlow, he has also found ways to monitor how much energy is being produced and how much energy is being used all over campus. Ljucevic said that while there is a lot of talk about better energy and efficiency system, Clackamas is actually doing something about it. “We do our job,” he said. While the turbine itself only provides the campus with a small amount of power, the technology we have on campus helps keep things more energy efficient. All classrooms are monitored at all times to see how much power is being utilized, what the temperature is and how much air pollution is being put out. “It affects the way we feel,” Ljucevic said. “Sometimes people have a headache or feel tired. They don’t realize it can be because of the air pollution.” The system is so advanced that classrooms can be monitored to see if a computer has been left on overnight. This information is helpful so that if a particular building consistently leaves things running they can be reminded to turn off the things they do not use. As a result, our carbon footprint is lower and the campus does not waste money on using power that did not need to be used. There is also an effort from Campus Services to be in close contact with students and staff on campus. This way, if a temperature begins to feel uncomfortable or if people consistently feel more lethargic in a certain room, things can be adjusted. “We can’t adjust it for one student,” Ljucevic said, “but if many people say something we can look into it.”
The turbine was an effort that took more than one year to accomplish and finally became a reality last spring. It now stands on top of Barlow and another blade that is used to teach students to do repairs sits in a field on campus. Though it is completely installed, the wind turbine is still an ongoing process which is hoped to be completed this year. When the project is completed there will be a kiosk available to view the power output and cost savings of the turbine. The wind turbine itself is small so it is only able to add a little bit of power to some of the lights in Barlow. The hope is that students will be able to be more educated about renewable energy. “As a student and a person who has an interest in green energy resources, I am happy to see Clackamas Community College is spearheading the effort into green energy education,” said Brandon Duval, a Clackamas student. “With the rest of the community’s help, we could lessen our dependence on foreign fuel and leave a greener, healthier future for our children.” As stated in an e-mail from Glitz, the goal of the wind turbine is to “increase overall awareness about renewable energy’s potential as is demonstrated by a working wind turbine.” He also stated that the turbine would “power a series of lights illuminating the corridor at the bottom of the outside steps on the quad side of Barlow Hall” when completed. The school is also currently designing another facility to be an alternative energy lab. This lab will be used to further teach students about renewable energy.
Call center rings off the hook at Clackamas Community College By Pamela Hollis The Clackamas Print
sequently followed by questions about how to get to the college, what the fax number is and what day is
“Thank you for calling Clackamas Community College …” CCC has started off a new year with a new venture: a call center operated by students to assist students. Peer assistants, work study students and staff all work together to help their fellow classmates. In prior years, one person received all calls, transferring them to their appropriate extensions. This method was tedious and time consuming. With a new phone system, a more useful phone tree and the students that now absorb the volume of the calls, more work gets done and more students are served. “I am proud of it,” said Rochelle Dawn, the enrollment services call center coordinator. “Every day it gets better. Every day we learn something better.” The bulk of the questions that come in refer to students’ MyClackamas accounts. Coming in a close second are questions concerning financial aid, sub-
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Heather Smith answers student inquiries in the enrollment services call center.
the last to drop a class. If callers have their student I.D. number ready when they phone in, it will expedite the call. Tips and announcements loop when the caller is on hold, and may contain the information they are seeking. A full time peer assistant works an additional 120 hours per term on top of homework, family and life in general. Tuition is reimbursed, which comes from revenue that has not been collected. Work study is federally funded and comes from the government. “It is enjoyable. Everybody gets along and has fun,” said Heather Smith, a peer assistant working at the call center. Work study students can apply to work at the call center by checking the job announcements on the college website. Peer assistants are chosen once a year in the spring. Applications are available in Roger Rook during that time. To sum up the new venture, Registrar Tara Sprehe said, “I love it. It has had a positive impact on students and staff.”
Student handbooks for sale or for free
In the story of the 10/13 issue a quote was cut off. Here is the quote in its entirity: “I applaud him and think that it is great that anyone takes an interest in public affairs and is willing to step up and run for public office. I think there are a lot of advantages to having a younger perspective.”
Students still struggling with school can utilize resources in the student handbook. They can either buy a hardcopy for $3 or download a PDF for free. The Associated Student Government is selling student handbooks out of their office. The handbook contains compiled information for students, including phone numbers to major departments and offices, along with campus maps and building floor plans. A planner is even included. Information on financial aid, scholarships, grants, and tuition waivers is also within the ASG crafted pages. The handbook’s budget was cut two years ago, according to ASG President Alyssa Fava. “Last year was the first year the student handbook was only released online and due to that, we had students flooding our office asking us where they had gone,” Fava stated
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in an e-mail. Handbooks are given out for free at the New Student Experience before fall term starts. Anyone who missed out will have to buy one of their own. “Because of the demand, ASG, in partnership with the CCC Bookstore, had decided to bring the student handbooks back into tangible form. Because of how much it costs to make these handbooks, we had to set a price for the handbooks that enable us to cover some of what it cost us to produce them, as well as keep them incredibly affordable for the students utilizing them,” Fava stated. Handbooks can be purchased from ASG at their office in the Community Center, room 152. The Clackamas Community College website offers a free download of the handbook at: http://www.clackamas.edu/documents/handbook.pdf.
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Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010
Politicked Off Word Search
GOVERNMENT CITIZEN DEBATE OREGON REPUBLICAN DEMOCRAT ENDORSEMENT
KITZHABER DUDLEY COLBERT
By Brian Baldwin Associate News Editor
ELECTION CANDIDATES VOTERS BALLOT GOVERNOR PARTISAN CAMPAIGN
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A citizen’s sacred civic duty is to vote and ensure that our governmental system runs smoothly with representatives we choose serving our interests. A vote should be well informed and carefully considered. This November, Oregonians will be choosing their state representatives including their new governor. However, I do not feel that Chris Dudley will have governor in front of his name in January 2011. Before I continue on, I am going to state that I am a registered Republican. The platform shares most of my beliefs, but in no way do I represent the views of the other writers and photographers of The Clackamas Print. In the spotlight are former Trail Blazers star and businessman Dudley, representing the Republican Party, and former Oregon governor John Kitzhaber, representing the Democratic Party. Both have been running negative attack ads on TV, radio and in newspapers as well as campaigning around Oregon. They also have had only one televised debate sponsored by the television station KGW and The Oregonian. The average registered voter likely has a blue collar job. They work long shifts throughout the week to either support their fam-
ily or pay the bills. Add a young student into the mix and those long shifts are accompanied by homework, class time and tuition. Not every person reads a newspaper, the radio is a filler activity during the drive to and from work, and TV is riddled with attack ads trying to damage the image of candidates. With all of these factors, the only constant area where voters can find information to form a vote is the Internet. Dudley’s website is perhaps one of his first mistakes that comes to mind. “Paid for by friends of Chris Dudley” marks the bottom right of his official campaign webpage. Also this message appears on many of his “Point Plans” where he lays out his plans to “fix” Oregon’s problems. This troubles me as it feels that he did not write or develop these plans; but had his party draft it and he slapped on his seal of approval to get elected. Dudley also fails to elaborate on his views for where he will fund most of his plans and doesn’t provide any guarantee that businesses will come to Oregon even if we lower the capital gains tax and provide a desirable market for big businesses and starting entrepreneurs. During the KGW-Oregonian debate, Kitzhaber out-debated Dudley simply by explaining how he was going to fund his programs. I apologize, Mr. Dudley, but I prefer to be led by a guide who knows where the road leads, not one who promises that the path “could” be shorter.
Attack ads are a horrible way to run a campaign as I have seen this election year. They have taken situations out of context and twisted a candidate’s words. According to a July 26 article in The Oregonian, Dudley had raised $2.6 million overall in his campaign compared to Kitzhaber’s $1.76 million. All that money and all Dudley can do is simple attack ads? Both candidates have approved, funded or have had advertising on radio or television attacking the other’s character, ethics or lack of experience. Although they are both guilty of losing perspective on informing the voters, Dudley’s campaign at least has more than enough funds to purchase a longer air time on television and radio for more informational pieces. The last mistake is the lack of endorsements from public figures. As much as I hate to say it, some people vote based on celebrity figures. Today on Wednesday, Oct. 20, former governor Kitzhaber will receive an endorsement from President Barack Obama. To date Dudley has not received such an endorsement announcement from a public figure. Although I feel that any voter that casts a vote based on celebrity endorsements should become a castaway, I cannot deny the effective use of exploiting that flaw in people to gain voter support. Dudley’s campaign may have the large dollars on their side, but so far they have not convinced this voter. In next week’s issue, read the pro-Dudley opinion.
Candidates bash, pull hair in TV ads
By Kayla Calloway Co-Editor in Chief “I’m a Democrat, and I’m voting for Chris Dudley.” Please, you’re an actor who is getting paid to sell a product; in this case, the product is a candidate in the race for governor. Every time I turn on the television, there is a commer-
cial for or against a candidate. Three factors are always present in these political bash fests: 1) The candidate running is only mentioned at the end of the clip; 2) As previously stated, the goal is to humiliate or disrespect the opposing side, and 3) The outcome is confusion for the audience. Before I go further, I must say that I will not be voting in these elections because I moved right at the deadline for submitting my registration card. However, if I had gotten my card in on time, I’m not sure I would want to vote in the upcoming elections, and, I must say, I blame these ads. I’m not a political person. In fact, the only time I pay attention to them is when they are forced in my face. I don’t mind the ads in local newspapers or even the humorously large signs that line the streets. They don’t talk to you. They don’t interrupt your favorite show. These commercials assault you visually and audibly. They
don’t help the voters decide how to cast their votes by the conventional and appropriate ways. They slander the opposition and cast a holy light of purity on whoever they are representing. Take, for instance, the televised ad that is designed to cast John Kitzhaber as unethical. The entirety of the ad is slandering Kitzhaber’s name, running it through the political mud. His opponent’s name isn’t even mentioned until the very end. Is it just me, or should political ads be more about expressing views on the issues, and be less about childish name-calling? Dudley is not the only guilty party, though. The Democratic candidate has ads claiming that Dudley is “a bad bet for Oregon.” They also found the dumbest picture of Dudley for the ad. You know the one. It looks like Dudley has a permanent “der” face. It’s as though we never fully
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get out of high school. Dudley and Kitzhaber are acting like aspiring homecoming queens, pulling hair and gossiping. Of course, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, the candidates get it right and their ads are more than superficial bashings, but there needs to be more. I’m not saying “don’t vote.” That would be ridiculous. I’m
just saying that these ads don’t help anyone in the voting process. It especially doesn’t help the new voters who aren’t experienced in the waters of political jargon. Just write in “Steven Colbert” for governor. He would probably do a better job then either Kitzhaber or Dudley and he would make us laugh while doing it.
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Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010
Volleyball hits target
Pac 10 vs. Pac 12
By Robert Morrison Sports Editor
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The Clackamas Cougars’ volleyball team practices in their attempt to remain in fourth place and make the NWAACC playoffs this year.
By Harley Jackson The Clackamas Print Fall is a season known for the changing of leaves, the introduction of pumpkins at your local store and, of course, sports. With the start of the fall term, women’s volleyball is in full throttle and there’s no sign of stopping. This is not your traditional team; it’s a team consisting mostly of new players. Although the team is new and the girls were unfamiliar with each other, they connected and bonded quickly. “Right off the bat everyone got along and we became fast friends,” said Rachael Strong, co-captain of the team and the only returner. This is a powerful new team; three players have already won some very prestigious awards. Taylor Richardson and Haylee Schaab have both won Southern Offensive Player of the Week, and Rachael Strong has won Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges’ Defensive Player of the Week. Schaab, a freshman, was
especially excited about her award, since she just got over an injury. “It felt great, I finally started feeling like myself again,” she said. Head Coach Kathie Woods
Right off the bat everyone got along and we became fast friends. Rachael Strong Cougars Volleyball Co Captain
couldn’t be happier with how her players started as strangers and came together as a marvelous team. “I love my team and they work really really hard, and they are improving,” she said. “It’s exciting!” The Cougars have had an
outstanding season so far with a huge win over the Highline Thunderbirds 24-26, 25-22, 2523, 22-25, 15-13. With this win they became the champions of the Consolation Tourney held in their home court on Sept. 19. The tenacious Cougars currently have a record of 16-18. The team is highly encouraged by this record, and is not letting it get into their heads. They are progressing and improving daily and are no doubt a force to be reckoned with. Right now the main goal for this unbreakable team is to qualify for the NWAACC tournament at the end of the season. To qualify they need to rank in the top four of their region. This should be no problem at all for the Cougars since they are currently tied for third. This rank has given the girls a surge of positive energy and charged the team with an explosive level of moral. “Our ultimate goal is to win the NWAACC tournament, we have a ways to go but it’s possible,” said Woods. For a new team, the first half of the season has been outstanding, and the second half should be even more exhilarating.
The Pacific-10 has been around for a 32 years, and the teams in the conference have been around for far longer. Our local Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers are two teams that head the PAC-10. Oregon currently leads the PAC-10 with a 6-0 record as well as ranked second in the nation in the Bowl Championship Series standings. Throughout the nation many college teams are changing conferences. The PAC-10 is no different, but instead of teams leaving the PAC-10, teams are joining. The teams joining are Utah and Colorado. Although originally they were not supposed to join until 2012, the NCAA decided to have the two teams join in 2011, bringing the end of the PAC-10 closer as well as the start to the PAC-12. The two new teams will change the whole look of the PAC-10 from here on out. The plan is to divide the conference into a north and south. I don’t think that that is a bad idea because it makes the conference like many others, but is adding two teams a good bet? I have mixed feelings on the decision. Two more teams would add some more flair to the PAC-10, but it has been unchanged for years and has been great. Why change a beautiful thing when it hasn’t looked bad? The conference name changes along with scheduling and competiveness. Utah is a legitimate contender in the PAC-12 and is currently ranked 9th in the BCS standings. Having another ranked opponent will do well for those we can beat Utah, but Colorado, really? Colorado hasn’t had a winning record in five years. They currently hold
a 3-3 record this season. The PAC-12 doesn’t need another floppy team to add easy wins to a schedule. A team needs to beat good teams to get wins, not a push over team. We don’t need a Boise State team in our conference – Boise State is a decent team that just happens to be ranked in the top five because they face easy teams and win. We need a team like the University of Southern California of old, a team that beats good teams to get to the National Title game. If the PAC-12 got a team like Florida then it would be a great decision to allow an expansion of the conference. An expansion with that caliber of a team allows for more quality competition. A great expansion would have been Florida and Utah or even Texas. The conference would have become one of the best in the nation but it wasn’t meant to be. I’m in disagreement on it and think the PAC-12 should have tried harder to get a better team than the lonely Colorado team. In the long run though, someone has to lose. Next year it will just happen to be the newly added Colorado team. The PAC-12 idea isn’t all bad. It allows for more conference games which in reality allows more revenue for home schools and allows fans to have more heartfelt wins. Every game in a conference, even the easy ones, seems like a big win. The home crowds also get to see the new teams on a constant basis if they stay in the conference. After all that is how rivalries are formed. Who knows, maybe we will get a civil war-like game with Oregon vs. Utah or a Washington State vs. Colorado game. Added teams, especially Colorado, allows for the lower teams in the conference to be more competitive against each other. The addition might even make the whole conference better if Colorado plays better than it has in the last half decade. Whether it is bad or good for college football, the fact is that the PAC-12 is happening. With it coming in 2011, fans better get used to it, because a lot of change is in the wind with the PAC-12.
Timbers will join Blazers as a pro team in Portland in ‘11 By Katherine Suydam The Clackamas Print If you were worried about flipping on the fun box and not having any local sports to watch, you don’t have to be. Portland professional sports will be represented year round. In 2011 Oregon will have two professional teams in the Portland metro area. Everyone in Oregon should have heard of the Portland Trailblazers, our local NBA team, and hopefully most will have heard of the Portland Timbers by now. The Timbers are transitioning from a United States Soccer Federation Division Two team to a Major League Soccer team in the next year. The team will have a newly renovated stadium and a roster full of fresh faces, along with some old favorites. The Timbers announced yesterday four players that are signed for their first MLS season in 2011. Midfielder Ryan Pore, goalkeeper Steve Cronin, and forward Bright Dike. The Timbers have also shocked the Portland community by signing former Austin Aztex forward Eddie Johnson.
The Timbers were a part of the North American Soccer League beginning in the late ‘70s, disbanding in 1982. They returned to Portland in 2001, playing games at PGE Park where they posted seven winning seasons. In 2009, Portland was awarded a MLS franchise. The Timbers will be playing in what used to be known as PGE Park, the Portland Beavers, having unofficially moved to Escondido, Calif. Timbers management is giving the park, along with the team, a renovation. John Spencer, former Houston Dynamo assistant coach, will be taking over for Gavin Wilkinson as head coach. Wilkinson will be known as technical director. While the Timbers are just becoming a professional team, the Blazers have been around since 1970, winning their first, but hopefully not their last, championship in 1977. A lot of people in Oregon have used the term “Rip City” but how many actually know where the nickname for Portland actually originated? In 1971 Bill Schonely, former Blazers play-by-play announcer, coined the term Rip City in the Blazers first season, the name has been used synonymously for Portland ever since. Since their championship game, the Blazers
have had a series of ups and downs, playing hard in the late ‘80s and ‘90s with beloved fan favorite Clyde “The Glide” Drexler, and shamefully becoming known as the Jail Blazers in 2000. The Blazers had a 21 season playoff streak from 1982 to 2003, and since then they have made the playoffs twice, in 2009 and 2010. The Blazers appearance changed drastically in 2006 when rookie of the year and franchise player Brandon Roy joined the team. Growth in fan support is evident since 2006, attendance of the Wells Fargo Fanfest, a free scrimmage held every year to give the fans a chance to get to know their new roster, reaching near capacity of the Rose Garden Arena. The Blazers first game of the season against the Phoenix Suns will be held at the Rose Garden Arena on Oct. 26. The Suns beat the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs last year, ending their hopes of adding a second championship title to Portland’s record. Next year, Portland, we can go to the Timbers season opener while we root for the Blazers to make it to the playoffs. The Timbers season begins again next March, just when the Blazers are hoping to clinch their spot in the playoffs.
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010
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PAC-10 teams touchdown in top 25 By Robert Morrison Sports Editor The Pacific 10 National Collegiate Athletic Association conference, or PAC-10, was formed in 1978. The conference has also been self-proclaimed the “Conference of Champions” because the PAC-10 has won more NCAA titles than any other conference. The PAC-10 consists of the following schools; University of California, University of Southern California, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of Washington, Washington State University, UCLA, Stanford University, Oregon State University and University of Oregon. Joining in 2011 will be Colorado and Utah, meaning the PAC-10 will be reformed as the PAC-12. “The PAC-10 turning into the PAC-12 makes a lot more competition and competition makes the sports better,” stated Taylor Aungst in an e-mail. Aungst is a student from Arizona, which holds two PAC -10 teams. So far this year the PAC-10 has done well, with three of the 10 teams ranked in the Bowl Championship Series standings. Oregon leads all the PAC-10 teams a No. 2, Stanford is No. 12 at 5-1, and Arizona is No. 18 at 5-1. Oregon has already been awarded the honorable title of bowl eligi-
ble. They hold a record of 6-0, and half their wins have come in PAC10 play. After a year that watched the team cut Jeremiah Masoli for stealing and player LeGarrette Blount punch a Boise State player, Oregon has made a comeback to the top of college teams. “I’m okay with it. They wouldn’t be my choice but they are 6-0, so why the heck not? I’d want California to be up there,” said Ryan Peterson, a California resident and sports fan. Southern California was penalized for giving improper benefits to Heisman Trophy-winning running back Reggie Bush. Among the penalties were the team being revoked a 2005 Orange Bowl win, stripped of 12 wins, losing roughly 20 scholarships and finally the team will be unable to play in any bowl game, even the National Championship, for two years. They will also be on probation for four years. “The USC sanctions are probably too harsh. At the time they were given, I felt like justice was served but now it seems that so many other programs have been implicated in similar situations and I doubt everyone will receive the same scrutiny that USC received. The Trojans were made an example of by the NCAA in hopes it would send a message to other programs. That’s not fair to USC,” stated Chris Barlow in an e-mail.
Barlow was an undergraduate from University of California and a graduate of the University of Oregon. The winner of the PAC-10 is invited to play in the Rose Bowl but the way the second-ranked Oregon team is playing, they might want to play for the National Title – the biggest title in college football – rather than play for a not-as-important Rose Bowl trophy. Oregon looks to follow up last year’s PAC-10 title with the National Trophy. The last PAC-10 team to win the National Title was USC in 2008. USC has fallen from its common spot atop the PAC-10 after winning the title for six of the last seven years. They hold a record of 5-2. Former Head Coach Pete Carroll left to accept a head coaching job for the Seattle Seahawks in the offseason. The team also lost a number of its starters from last year to professional teams, as did a lot of the other PAC-10 teams. Oregon gets far more of their starters back then the rest of the PAC-10 teams. Each PAC-10 team has their own goals for the season. Every team would like to win the PAC-10 title or have a National Championship birth, but not all teams will get that chance. No. 2 Oregon looks ahead to their chances to win “The Big One” as they play the remainder of their season. Oregon will try for another win as the play the UCLA Bruins tomorrow, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.
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Puddles, the Oregon Duck, represents the University of Oregon during their game against fellow PAC-10 team Stanford.
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By Max Dorsey The Clackamas Print As the new term started on campus, so did a new club. It’s the Health Club, and they want you to join.
People Work better when they have had exercise. Jim Martineau Director of the Physical Education Department
One of the advisers, Michelle Baker, said, “The goal of the club is to provide opportunities for students and staff to learn about health topics, to get active, and to have fun and get involved!” There are two advisers, Baker and Mindy Brown. They started
the club with several of their colleagues, including Jim Martineau, director of the P.E. department, Renee Boeckman and Tiffanie Clifford, both from Human Resources. The purpose of the club is to get students, faculty and staff to exercise more and to live a healthier lifestyle. “The club promotes activities that already happen around these goals a n d a l s o spons o r s some n e w activities,” said Baker. Some examples of activities are open weight room hours, wellness talks, intramurals and health fairs. Baker emphasizes that “any CCC student, staff, faculty or administrator is welcome to join, part timers too.” The club doesn’t meet in a classroom on a weekly basis like o t h e r clubs.
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According to Baker, their members “are emailed the week’s activities, and they can join any they have an interest in and have time for.” There is a calendar listing all of the events on the club website so that “anyone can look and see what is coming
up on the schedule.” The kinds of activities planned for fall term are The Poker Walk, M o v e
it Mondays, Weight Watchers at Work
and Flag Football Fridays. Baker adds, “We welcome any ideas that people have for activities throughout the year.” “The time (was) right to put a group like this together to encourage people to get up and moving, to find ways to relax, and to improve quality of life. This also provides a way to get students and staff involved in campus activities – providing a sense of community,” Baker said. “People can get excited and motivated about getting in shape and exercising,” said Martineau. Martineau went on to say that there is a definite need for people to attend these events, so that the student body and the teachers can work more efficiently. “People work better when they have had exercise,” he said. You can contact the club at their website www.clackamas. edu/funandfit, e-mail Baker at email@example.com or stop by the Student Activities office in CC 152. Photo illustration by Tyler Kern Clackamas Print
Smart shopping saves students’ stash By Sarah Mitts The Clackamas Print While we’re all in a budget crunch these days, there are some easy lifestyle choices that we can make that can help us save money and still be cool. Reduce, reuse and recycle are no longer goofy hippie words from yesterday; they’re essentials to practicing conscious consumption that will keep us from going broke. And if you haven’t noticed, it’s actually cool to recycle and shop at thrift stores. It might even save a tree or two. Full-time student Peter Becker is a fan of Craigslist, an online marketplace for traders, which he uses regularly to sell used items and search for camping and bike gear. There are loads of things out there that don’t cost much either, like a free Friday night concert at the Crossroads Coffee Café in Gladstone, where Stephanee Christensen and her friends frequent to hear cool local bands. “If I want to purchase something, it comes down to do I really need it or not, luxury item vs. necessity,” she said. So you have it folks, people are taking strides to save money and cut costs. Be creative. You can, too. Here are a few ways with suggestions from your peers: Shop at farmer’s markets or your local produce market. As much as you think Fred Meyer’s is the answer to everything, you can save money and support your local businesses by buying produce from local farms (www.localharvest.org) or your local grocer. Spicer Brother Produce at 508 14th Street in Oregon City has a wide selection of produce and grocery items year round. They source from local farms, offer organic options, stay open until 7 p.m. and can afford to charge cheaper prices because they don’t have a huge box store to
pay for. Buy dry foods from the bulk food bins. More grocery stores these days are including bulk food sections for dry foods to allow customers to buy as much or as little as they need. You don’t have to over consume, and
If I want to purchase something, it comes down to do i really need it or not? Luxury item vs. necessity. Stephanee Christensen Clackamas student
it costs less because it’s not packaged, not to mention ecofriendly. I got to try three different teas this weekend from the bulks bins at New Seasons for less than $1. Look for pasta, rice, flour, granola, dried fruit, nuts, snacks, spices, tea, coffee and even honey and peanut butter. The best bulk bins are at Winco, Fred Meyer, New Seasons, Whole Foods and your local food coop. Used clothing is cool! Portland has one of the best reuse/recycle cultures, and there are loads of trendy second hand shops that sell fashionable things for cheap. Bob Petty, a full-time student in the Welding Department, said he buys all his clothing, but socks and underwear from thrift stores. There are over 15 Goodwill and Value Village locations around Portland that sell almost everything but food. We
can’t forget the awesome Red White and Blue Thrift Store on Mcloughlin Boulevard, which supports Veterans of America either. Bring your used clothing and accessories to Buffalo Exchange at their Hawthorne or Burnside locations and trade for money or store credit. And for all the new comers, the ASG Clothing Closet located in the Community Center on campus gives out free clothing to those in need. Trade recycled books and electronics. Did you apply for ASG’s new computer grant, but you weren’t eligible? Head over to Free Geek at 1731 SE 10th Avenue and check out their electronic thrift store that sells like-new computer systems, accessories and parts with great reviews. They’re a non-profit community technology center that refurbishes technology to provide computers, education and job skills in exchange for community service. They even offer computer grants to community organizations. You can get a $10 RAM that otherwise would cost $500 or general stuff like cords for $1 or card readers for $5. They have cameras for super cheap and nice printers under $40, too. And while you can always go to www.Amazon. com, www.Half.com or www. Cheapbooks.com to trade and sell used books and media, we all know Powell’s Books is the coolest thing that ever happened to Portland. Use coupons – now online! We throw them away everyday, but if you take the time to plan, you can really save money. The best coupons these days are online. Get in the habit of going to the website of your favorite stores, before you shop, and see their featured ads for the day, like Kohl’s or Office Max. For groceries, clothing, entertainment, electronics and more, these websites are highly recommended: www.livingsocial.com, www. ultimatecoupons.com or www. couponchief.com.
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By Nathan Sturgess The Clackamas Print When Michael Gerber, Clackamas Community College’s new theater director, was asked to describe his experience as a CCC student, his immediate response was, “Fantastic!” Said with the most confident, no-doubt-about-it kind of finality, he soon followed by a cascading gush of words that seemed almost magical as he recounted his story with as much enthusiasm as he would any theatrical drama. His story began humbly as a young man flipping those stereotypical burgers at Burgerville, “dead broke” as Gerber describes it, but with big dreams. Thanks to the suggestion of a couple his friends after reading one of his early plays, Gerber soon found himself in the office of David SmithEnglish, CCC’s then new theater director. “I came in, (Smith-English) sits me down,he hadn’t even read the script yet and he was already excited about the fact that there’s this kid that’s interested in writing. It was probably the warmest welcome I have ever gotten,” Gerber recalled. Since that meeting, Gerber’s relationship with Smith-English and his experience at Clackamas became more and more vital to his current success. That same term, Gerber auditioned and received the lead role in Smith-English’s very first play at CCC, “The Mouse Trap,” written by Agatha Christie. Smith-English was so pleased with Gerber’s performance that
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he brought him back in to his office to try and encourage Gerber to stay in school and get a degree. “I was still headstrong,” Gerber said. “I honestly thought I could take this one acting class, finish the one show … and strikeout on my own.” But thanks to the persistence of Smith-English, Gerber received a tuition waiver and decided to stay on and get his transfer degree. According to Chris Whitten, Clackamas’ long-time technical director, “(Gerber) is an example to students that you don’t have to be a necessarily academically tracked student in order to attain your dreams … as long as you commit yourself to it.” After that, Gerber’s love for both acting and directing began to take root. He played major roles in several CCC plays like “The Lady from Debuke” and “Moon Over Buffalo,” as well as being given the opportunity to produce and direct seven of his own plays here at CCC. The high point of G e r b e r ’s time here as a student would begin with a n o t h e r meeting in Smith-English’s office. Smith-English had somehow secured a visit to CCC by the playwright Edward Albee, whom Gerber described as “one of the
biggest playwrights … of our time.” Unbeknownst to Gerber, SmithEnglish had submitted one his early plays to be critiqued by Albee. SmithEnglish told Gerber that Albee was coming and that he would probably want to talk with him about his play.
“Oh My God! I have no idea what’s going on!” Gerber said. A few days after Albee delivered his lecture, Gerber received a call informing him that Albee did in fact want to meet
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Former CCC student, Michael Gerber, returns to take the role of department head for a year.
A new social network for students By Joshua Baird Arts & Culture Editor
A new social network, Kikini, allows students to flirt with singles at their school Myspace, Facebook and Twitter: these three are the top three social networks in the world right now. The problem with them is that they cater to every age group and social group. In fact, they also allow bands, actors and businesses to advertise on these sites as if they were your friend. Kikini is one of the newest social networking sites around right now. What they don’t do is pander to the businesses and entertainers that overrun every other site. They have a fresh approach to the social networking program. They focus on college students. “You have to use a valid .edu e-mail to sign up for Kikini. We also assign your location based on that e-mail. For example, if
you signed up with a clackamas. edu e-mail, your location would be ‘attending Clackamas Community College.’” Eddy Escardo Rafflo, an engineer and co-founder of Kikini, stated in an e-mail. This is nothing new; in fact Facebook itself started as a network for school purposes. However it was intended to be a site dedicated to learning, whereas Kikini is intended for flirting with other students. “We refer to Kikini as a social matchmaking site. In other words, a social network for meeting people to date. It’s one of the things I love most about Kikini, approaching dating as a social network. No one’s really ever attempted that before, and it opens up so many potential fun ways for people to flirt!” said Rachel Vincent, cofounder of Kikini. The thing that sets Kikini apart from most social networks is the ability to flirt with other members who go to colleges near you in the vein of traditional online dating sites. “Like most other social networks, Kikini is 100 percent free,” said Vincent. “We noticed that most other matchmaking sites target older
singles looking for ‘the one’ and overlook the needs of college students just looking to have a fun time dating. The tough part about college is that with classes, papers, extracurricular stuff and working, there often just isn’t enough time to meet as many people as you’d really like to. Our goal is to respond to those needs: to make it fun and easy for college students to meet and flirt with lots of people, and to make flirting an easy, ongoing conversation,” said Escardo-Raffo. Kikini was born in San Diego, Calif. “We officially formed Kikini in March of 2009 and spent a little over a year in development before we officially launched the beta on Sept 28, 2010,” said Vincent. “There have been a lot of challenges mostly because we’re interested in building the best thing we can, not necessarily the easiest. None of us had built a website when we started, although a bunch of us have degrees in engineering and worked at Microsoft as developers after college,” stated Gabe Nell, an engineer and co-founder of Kikini, in an e-mail. Check it out at kikini.com!
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with him and discuss his play. When that day came, he found out that several newspapers and a local TV station were covering the event. Along with two other playwrights, Gerber and Albee discussed his play. “(Albee gave) me insight on what to do with my play,” Gerber said. Further encouraged to study acting and theater after this experience, Gerber went on to get his Bachelor of Arts from Western Oregon University and after graduating he returned, at the request of Smith-English, to be an Artist in Residence at CCC. Later he received an Irene Ryan scholarship for acting and went to Ohio University where he received his Masters of Fine Art for directing. When Smith-English became eligible for a year long sabbatical, finding a substitute was an easy decision. Heather Ovalle, Clackamas’s current Artist in Residence for an unprecedented second year said, “He’s doing an awesome job. He’s bringing a lot of new things to the program … I’ve personally learned a lot from him in the first three weeks of school.” Both Whitten and Ovalle agreed that Gerber’s real-world experience in both directing and acting and his previous experience as a student make him an excellent addition to the Clackamas theater department. Gerber’s first play as CCC’s theater director is a comedy called “Leading Ladies” by Ken Ludwig which will begin Nov. 11 and will run until the 21st.
Host Families Needed for German Exchange Student
Oct. 25 – Nov. 5 (11 nights)
David Miller, Clackamas Community College German instructor, needs four more host families for German students visiting CCC as part of the CCC – Stadthagen Exchange. The students are in their late teens to early 20s. Hosts will be asked to Provide their guest with breakfast, a sack lunch and dinner, Transport their student Monday through Friday to CCC or a Tri-Met stop so that he/she can arrive here by 9 during the week and Involve the student in the host’s normal weekend routine during the one weekend he or she will be here. These German student and their families have already hosted CCC students who traveled last June to Stadthagen in northern Germany. At least one member of the CCC hosting family will be entitled to two weeks free room and board on any future CCC trip to Stadthagen. For more information, contact David Miller at 503-394-3247 or email@example.com.
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Comics jam at CCC
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By Joshua Baird Arts & Culture Editor
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Comic book artist Scott McCloud explains to the audience how three lines can be perceived as a face, even if it is made of a 2x4 and two cupcakes.
By Kyle Smith The Clackamas Print The future of comics is what we make of it. This seems to be the principle lesson of comic book artist Scott McCloud’s talk last Friday, kicking off the 24-Hour Story Jam. McCloud spoke in the Niemeyer Center Auditorium on the past, present and especially the future of comics as literature and their interpretation by readers.
You can give me a book on an e-reader, or a Kindle and I’ll read it ... but I won’t enjoy it as much as I would if I had the book in front of me. Jesse Corey Clackamas student
McCloud’s main focus was the parallel evolution of comics and the media in which they are displayed. He cited cave paintings as the earliest possible example and worked his way up through hieroglyphs, stained glass cathedral windows and eventually to the Web-based comics so prevalent today. As the media grew more complex, so could the ideas portrayed in the comics themselves and so could the format those ideas took. McCloud postulated that early on in the coming of computers and the Web that there were far more possibilities opening up for comics than ever before.
“Maybe the computer screen was just another shape,” McCloud said. “Maybe it was just as limited a thing as the printed page … Unless we didn’t look at the screen as a page, but we looked at the screen instead as a window.” More than 50 people attended McCloud’s presentation Friday night and roughly half came back on Saturday for the workshops in letterpressing and comic production offered by the English department. One participant from the comics workshop, Clackamas Community College student Eamon Dixon, produced an eight-page mini-comic with a story from his own life experiences. “It’s sort of going to be about an argument that I had with my girlfriend recently that will hopefully come across as humorous,” he said. “A very poorly drawn autobiographical comic.” Another Clackamas student, Jesse Corey, elected to join the letter-pressing workshop. Those who attended that workshop were able to use antique mechanical letter-presses for their projects. When asked his opinion on the notion that electronic gadgetry will one day soon replace such antiquated physical formats, Corey was adamant that digital media will never fully replace physical print as long as people want it in the old format. “You can give me a book on an e-reader, or a Kindle, and I’ll read it,” he said, “but I won’t enjoy it as much as I would if I had the book in front of me. I like the feel of the pages and the old-book smell.” Trevor Dodge of the English department sees McCloud’s presentation and the 24-Hour Story Jam as a stepping stone for Clackamas toward offering more advanced curriculum around comics as literary devices. Dodge, who will teach two comic-intensive classes this spring, acknowledges that most two-year schools don’t tend to focus on creativity, instead operating more like refineries tailoring people to fill jobs, but, Dodge said, the “job track should not override the marketplace of ideals.” Those looking for more information on the Story Jam or the course offerings involving comics should contact Dodge or Kate Gray in the English department.
This week’s emphasis is on the after-party munchies. I am actually convinced that alcohol companies are in cahoots with fast food companies. I say this because everybody I have ever met at a bar or tavern always seems to leave starving. In fact, the first words I muttered on my 21st birthday when my driver came to get me through my drunken stupor were, “Taco Bell.” Late night restaurants make a killing with the bar crowd, most notable is Taco Bell and Shari’s, though that doesn’t mean that those are the only choices. Recently Subway has been catering to those of us who have a late night hunger for something not so greasy. They are open 24 hours a day at several locations, the closest to the college is on Molalla Avenue. The problem with late night restaurants is that people have to drive to get there and most times have already imbibed copious quantities of the sauce. This is a bad idea in not just my opinion but in the eyes of the law. To avoid this problem, I suggest either having a designated driver in your group who is willing to baby-sit you after a couple hours of drinking, playing pool, dancing or singing your heart out to “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey, or call Designated Driver at 503 722-4042. If you make the choice to call “DD,” it is probably best to either eat a bowl of cereal or have something pre-made that will satisfy your hunger since operating a stove can lead to nasty burns, overcooked food, a trip to the hospital or a kitchen fire. Some simple ideas that you can make prior to getting your drink on are listed as follows.
Toasted Ham and Cheese Sandwich This is an easy recipe that requires very little attention to detail. Start with two slices of bread and your favorite cheese (use the pre-sliced stuff; I don’t want you to cut your hand off) and ham. Make a sandwich and place it in a toaster oven for a couple minutes, usually 2-3, depending on the toaster you use. Turkey Wrap Best prepared in advance when you have the finger dexterity to slice tomatoes. Fill the center of your tortilla with turkey, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes (pickles if you like ‘em) and mayo and mustard. Roll the tortilla like a burrito and wrap in plastic wrap, these will usually hold for 24 hours in your fridge so when you get home the only thing you have to worry about is taking that plastic off of your healthy burrito. Mom’s (or your friend’s mom’s) Leftovers Everyone knows that parents want to make sure that their kid is not going hungry, and if they can help, they usually do when you go home for dinner in the form of leftovers. These tupperware treasure chests are typically microwave safe and are filled with the home cooking that we all remember from our lunch bags. Also a quick tip for the next morning is to eat something with tomato sauce; something about the acids in tomatoes does the trick for relieving the queasy stomach from a hangover. In fact, if you are going to drink when you go out to party it will help to have a glass of water for every drink you have, this will help you stay hydrated and avoid the dreaded headache the next morning during chem lab.
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