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By Brian Baldwin News Editor Clackamas County voters rejected the college’s attempt to bring in $130 million for new technologies for classes, repairs for buildings and two more buildings for Clackamas Community College. At time of publication, the Clackamas County elections office reported that the “No” vote had 63.7 percent of the vote and the “Yes” vote had 36.2 percent. In other election news, incumbent Chuck Clemans kept his seat on the school board, defeating a challenge from a CCC student, Marlo Smith. For the campus, the big news was the bond measure. According to college president Joanne Truesdell, the budget for 2011-2012 is able to support all of the operations of the school despite the bond failure. “It is our (operational budget for) 2012-2013 and beyond which we will need to take a look at,” she said. The college will still owe $17 million for the Harmony campus construction at the end of the fiscal year; the payment for that debt would have come from the bond. While the bond would have brought changes, the school board results mean status quo. Zone 4 incumbent Clemans beat opponent Smith, a political science student, who ran promising change to the college, including making the institution tuition-free. Clemans ran on the platform that his long service in education and political contacts in legislation would serve the college best. This will make Clemans’ third term on the board of education.
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A sergeant and staff guard bring in the Oregon and American flag to commemorate the grand opening of the Army Strong Community Center on Saturday, May 14 in the Gregory Forum.
By Brian Baldwin & Mandie Gavitt News Editor and Associate Arts & Culture Editor “OORAH!” That was the joyful cheer of the crowd of soldiers, families, community leaders and college representatives on Saturday, May 14 as Clackamas Community College cut the ribbon for the only Army Strong Community Center west of the Mississippi River. The ASCC, located in the Bill Brod Community Center, is one of four centers of a community-based pilot program designed to serve soldiers, veterans and their families. “The ASCC is a place for military members and their families to come and get needed services,” said Laura Stultz, wife of Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, head of the ASCC. “It’s not like we are going to take care of every problem, but we’re there to help them find the solutions to their problems.” Despite the name “Army Strong Community Center,” all branches of the military are welcome. According to college president Joanne Truesdell, this has been a project four years in the making, starting with working with Oregon National Guard soldiers returning from active duty and finally coming to fruition with a letter to the ASCC program by Congressman Kurt Schrader and his wife Martha.When the ASCC received the letter not only did it say that Oregon needed the ASCC but they also had the perfect place in mind: Clackamas Community College. As they were touring the veteran center located in DeJardin Hall, the personnel from ASCC mentioned that they were looking for a place on the West Coast for their next center. “We just raised our hand and said based on what we’ve been
finding, having an on-base army reserve strong center here would be absolutely wonderful,” said Truesdell. “We did what CCC is known to do. Not only did we do the right thing but we are really a friendly group and we try to do our best for students in the community.” According to Truesdell, CCC is anticipating 500 known veterans this year, but if the attendance were added up for all the events and support CCC has offered over the past three years, she said the school has helped over 12,000 veterans. According to Jack Stultz, who is also the commander of the U.S. Army Reserve, when they were looking for a place on the West Coast for their next center they knew that they had to find a place out in the community instead of another center on an Army Reserve installation. “Say you’re a family member, and you’re going to the Army Strong center in Rochester, N.Y. There’s a big fence around that facility. You get inside the fence and then there’s a cipher lock on the door, and you have to buzz yourself in. You’re sitting there thinking ‘Do they really care about me?’” said Jack Stultz. Laura Stultz was the visionary behind the birth of ASCC. While her husband was overseas, she didn’t have the support of a military installation where she lived, inspiring her to create support. During the ceremony, she said that this pilot program began when her husband was named commander of the U.S. Army Reserve. “I decided to make something of that and see what I could do for the families,” said Laura Stultz. “I came to Jack with this concept (and said) ‘I didn’t live next to an installation any of the time you were gone, and I know what it’s like. We need to bring installations to the families.’” Please see ARMY Page 3
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Changes fly in the wind By Patty Salazar The Clackamas Print Now that the weather is starting to get better and students are taking in the beauty here at Clackamas Community College, they might have seen the wind turbine on top of Barlow Hall. Along with the wind turbine, there’s a solar panel that helps run Barlow and there are community gardens out by the horticulture department. There are solar water heating collectors on the rooftop of Randall Hall, McLoughlin Hall and the Pauling Center that basically heat up the water by way of tubes and then it’s sent into the actual buildings to be used, an alternative to heating the water electrically. It’s these things and more that the CCC Sustainability Tour will be showcasing, shedding some light on how “green” the campus really is. Mike Noel, CCC’s sustainability outreach specialist, is one of the people responsible for creating and organizing the sustainability tour that will be available within the year. Noel said he has been working on this project since he started in September 2010. “When the grant was written, it helped fund some equipment and building some of the structures outside, then getting me hired along with some other guys,” said Abe Fouhy, CCC’s own sustainability instructor. “One of the things that we wanted to do is a sustainable tour on campus. When (Noel) got hired, he started campaigns that tried to hook up different ways that we can show off what we are already doing here on campus.” Fouhy has been building micro-houses that are being used as test for weatherization, gauging how the buildings perform with different insulation. A second micro-house is being built like any other house would be, and it is going to contain cutaways to show the public how the floor and walls were built and what kind of materials that are used to build them. Since Noel has been here in the Pacific Northwest, he has learned that “you are easily 10 years ahead from the East Coast, in that everyone knows how to recycle.” “… That is such a simple concept but people back East might buy a bottle of water
without thinking about it twice,” Noel said. On campus it is easy to recycle, as you can go in any building and find recycling bins. It’s what people don’t see that is going to be highlighted on the sustainability tour. Hilmo Ljucevic, energy coordinator team leader for CCC, has helped save the school $1.7 million by monitoring energy costs and coming up with new ideas to make the school sustainable. He oversees how the campus uses energy and makes sure that energy is being used correctly by keeping track of when classrooms are being used and how much energy has to go to a certain building at a certain time. One thing that Ljucevic, Noel and Fouhy are looking into is having a monitor set up in the community center so that anybody can see how much energy is being produced by the wind turbine and solar panels. “Sustainability is not a temporary way of being,” Ljucevic said. “You can’t say ‘I am going to be sustainable from this time to this time and I am done.’ It has to be a way of life.” He is glad to see that there is going to be a sustainability tour on campus but went on to say it takes more than a good presentation to have people go out and live a sustainable life. Ljucevic did mention that as time goes on it is harder to come up with new ways to save the school money, if any students have ideas about energy conservation contact Ljucevic at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to learn about how you can help be a tour guide for the sustainability tours, contact Mike Noel at email@example.com. You can also “like” the tours on Facebook or visit the sustainability website for more information at depts.clackamas.edu/ sustainability.
Letter: Student Government responds to recent criticism To the Students of Clackamas Community College, The Clackamas Community College Associated Student Government exists purely to serve the more than 39,000 students of this college. We are a group of dedicated and committed student leaders that work each day to provide better services, resources and events to students. Our goal as servant leaders is to bring an edu-
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cation beyond the classroom to our student body. ASG is comprised of five departments: Public Affairs, Clubs, Grants, Promotions and Campus Activities. Each department is run by students, for students, working daily to reach out to the students on campus by providing opportunities like civic engagement, assistance with textbooks and childcare costs, calculator and locker rentals, book exchanges, blood drives, commuCo-Editors-in-Chief: Kayla Calloway Erik Andersen News Editor: Brian Baldwin Associate News Editor: James Duncan Sports Editor: Robert Morrison Associate Sports Editor: John Howard
nity fairs, club involvement, awareness events, student representation on college committees and administrative boards, and of course the cheapest snacks on campus. As our title of Student Leaders suggests, we are just that. Associated Student Government is an open learning lab for all students to volunteer and apply for. We are now accepting applications for fall term of 2011, so apply now! Applications can be found online at
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depts.clackamas.edu/asg/ or in the ASG office across from the cafeteria, CC152. The mission statement of the Associated Student Government is “Dedication to Maximizing Opportunities for Students” and we work diligently each day to provide just that. Though every statement can be interpreted in many different ways, the actions of ASG reflect this statement strongly. The Associated Student Government encourages
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ARMY: Soldiers supported on site
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Kenneth and Jessica Epp share a moment before the beginning of the Army Strong Community Center grand opening on Saturday, May 14 in the Gregory Forum on the Clackamas Community College Oregon City campus. Staff Sergeant Epp is a soldier in the First Infantry Division. Continued from Page 1
Unfortunately this new community center is only one of four in the entire nation and is having trouble expanding due to a limited budget. “If money was no object, everybody would have access to an Army Strong Community Center just like the local post office,” said Laura Stultz. “We’d like to have some more pilots at VA clinics, VA hospitals, VA centers and we’re even looking at a mall kiosk.” The general echoed his wife’s sentiments but emphasized that these centers need to be fiscally efficient, and that’s where the community involvement comes in. “If you can put an outreach like this where the community college is giving the space and I’m spending money on two people to be there, it’s pretty efficient,” said Jack Stultz. “We’ve got to get the military and the government to realize ‘Wow, this is a pretty efficient operation.’”
The general hopes that once they realize how valuable this program is, the government or the military will help fund the program to fill in the “white space” where Army Strong Community Centers are needed across the country. The ASCC will be focusing next on heavy population centers of soldiers in California, Texas and Florida according to the general. As Jack Stultz stated at the ribbon cutting ceremony, the ASCC has had success in the past and continues to do so, including the story of one army wife that had left her home at Fort Lewis to live in North Carolina because of the reports of heavy casualties coming in about her husband’s unit overseas. She had gone to the ASCC in Brevard, N.C. to see if they could help her with her problem. The center was able to help her find out that her husband was coming home the following month, but she had no money with which to return home. “Within a matter of hours she had her plane tickets because the community was plugged in,” said Jack Stultz. Another story that the general highlighted was that an unem-
ployed veteran who requested help in CCC’s center. He was seeking support for his family as he had two kids and his wife was expecting a third. Barbara McCain and Paul Teters, the two coordinators in Clackamas’ center, were able to indentify that he was eligible for the G.I. Bill and a number of benefits that Oregon provides for veterans. Now he will be going to CCC in the spring, have his education paid for and will have money to help support his family. Cody McCain is a former student of Clackamas who is currently living in North Carolina now that he is enlisted. His mother is one of the two employees for the ASCC at the college. “It’s a great thing for the people here who are trying to take advantage of the things the Army does for the families that are back home when their guys are deployed,” said Cody McCain. “I’m really proud of my mom. She’s doing wonderful things for the soldiers and their families back home.” Truesdell said that her ultimate vision for the center would be to ensure that everybody who is a veteran or active duty personnel and their families knows there is help.
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“Brink” dares to challenge the established definitions of a first-person shooter with a redefinition of campaign game play, an exciting new movement system and a plot that emphasizes that there isn’t always a “good guy” and “bad guy” in every situation. But did its creators bite off more than they could chew? The latest game from Bethesda, “Brink” is set on the Ark, essentially an artificial island built to be completely sustainable and eliminate any waste. But when environmental change causes the seas to rise, it becomes the last hope of survival for a slew of refugees. As time went on and more survivors came to the Ark, its resources became strained, and the new arrivals, or so-called “Guests,” were segregated from the original inhabitants of the Ark and suffer from unequal shares of wealth and provisions. As tensions rise over the years, the security forces of the Ark are mobilized to prevent it from being torn apart by a civil war. The first thing you’ll notice about “Brink” is that it’s all about choice; everything is made more free form. Character and weapon choices and customization options are varied and interesting with a myriad of unlocks to change your look on many levels, from your characters face, clothes, body type and class. The campaign play shatters the mold of point A to point B levels by using open maps where you have set primary and secondary objectives you can complete as you like. This also gives you the ability to see the cam-
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Brink (T) Released: May 10 Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC Publisher:Bethesda, Splash Damage Price: $60 Buy, Rent, Skip? Rent Rating:
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“Brink” offers a fresh and exhilarating change of pace for those looking for a new game on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Playing in a post-apocalyptic world while trying to survive by completing multiple objectives leaves the user playing on the edge of their seat. paign from both perspectives, giving you the full story from all points of view and in a way eliminating the black and white “good guy vs. bad guy” template of most shooter games. You also get to enjoy a freedom of movement throughout the levels using the newly created Smooth Movement Across Random Terrain system which allows you to vault, climb, wall hop and slide to overcome almost any obstacle you come across
and find creative ways to accomplish your objectives. The downside to a lot of these changes is that, if you are a well-versed shooter player, some of this might create a steep learning curve at first as you get used to the level flow and style of play. Where this game fails to excel is in its A.I.-controlled characters. Nothing is more frustrating than watching your teammates swarm in a random area as time ticks away to the loss of the
match, and that’s no overstatement. Your compatriots will, on some occasions, loiter right next to an objective while not trying to complete them. The blow is made worse when you realize that, although the game supports up to eight players in cooperative play, the only way you will play with anyone real is online as there is only one player per console and system link is not supported. Ultimately I found the gameplay
refreshing and innovative. I think this is a good direction for the shooter genre to shake up the established parameters; however, it lacks polish in some areas and narrows your multiplayer options too much for a game that encourages team play so much. Also as with any innovations, there is the matter of learning the new style. Due to the drawbacks, I’d recommend renting this title first to get a feel for whether or not it’s your flavor.
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laying games while drinking with your friends is a time-honored activity that can be traced back many centuries. For most of us these days, the idea of drinking games comes in the form of watching a TV show or a movie and taking a shot or downing a beer each time something predictable happens. However, this isn’t the only type of game to play. One such game is called Tablero, a favorite amongst members of the Society of Creative Anachronism, or SCA. This game is played on a board similar to a chess board but is seven by seven spaces instead of eight by eight. Each player begins with one full beer and three shot glasses on their side of the board. One shot glass sits in the middle of the board. To move the glasses, you roll two standard die to decide which player gets the odd shot glass. Whoever has the highest number gets that glass. From there, the players interact in a game of strategy attempting to drink the
opponents’ beer. For a full list of the rules, check out www.twenty1plus.com. Another great game created by Anna Axelson of The Clackamas Print is called “A shot of Trivia.” One interesting bit of trivia about this game is that whoever suggests playing the game gets to ask the player of their choice the first question, which encourages people to suggest the game. The whole process of the game is to answer trivia questions asked by your opponents, if you happen to answer the question incorrectly – dealing with anything from movies, TV, celebrities or anything else pop culture related – you are required to take a drink. After several rounds, if everyone is answering the questions incorrectly, you switch to taking a drink every time you answer a question correctly. The prototype for Axelson’s game is on display in the Art Center on the Oregon City campus. Another intriguing game, this one created by The Print’s Kayla Calloway, is one associated with the television series “Bones.” The rules are simple and for any of several situations you either take a shot or a swig of your beer, depending. Shots: • A character says “King of the lab” • Episode starts with a body discovered with the skull • Angela’s dad shows up • A main character gets shot • Bones asks for a gun • There is a sex reference • The hyoid bone is mentioned
Drinks: • A character says “Amazing” • A character says “Squints” or “Squinterns” • A character says “I don’t know what that means” • Angela “enhances” things • Mr. Nigel-Murray goes off on a tangent • There’s a scene at the diner or the bar • The bug thing with Hodgins • Sweets’ age is brought up • Sweets tries to force Bones and Booth to admit they’re in love These basic rules translate well to just about any TV series where you become familiar with the characters involved. There are so many different drinking games in the world that it would be impossible to give the full rules for all of them, however if you want the rules for any game simply go to www.twenty-1plus. com and comment on this post with the game you want to see and I will put the rules up as soon as I can. Salud! Disclaimer: We at The Clackamas Print do not encourage drinking to excess or underage drinking of any kind. Remember to drink responsibly.
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“Keyless Entry,” a sculpture made by Clackamas Community College student Twila Lavery, is on display in the Alexander Gallery as part of the Lee Hutchinson Student Art Show.
By Mandie Gavitt Associate Arts & Culture Editor For the next three weeks, the Alexander Gallery has been transformed into Clackamas community college’s own art gallery for the Lee Hutchinson Student Art Show. With all student-submitted art, the gallery has been taken over with digital videos, ceramics, sculptures, paintings, photographs and drawings. According to art student Chelsy King, displaying art in the exhibit cost $1 per submission and the pieces displayed were determined by art teachers on campus. King said she felt that being in the art exhibit was a great honor and a resume builder. “We have a great art program,” she said. Rick True, a CCC art instructor involved in deciding what went into the exhibit, said that they tried to make sure that every student who submitted art had their work displayed, though some pieces were not accepted because the artist had other work that better represented their talents. Student Crystal Mann said a sculpture titled “Keyless Entry” caught her eye. “Someone had to put a lot of thought into it; it’s unique,” she said. The artwork submitted was judged for a number of categories, and winners were determined by George Green, a professional Portland artist. Green said that judging was difficult because of the amount of talent that was displayed by the students, but despite the huge responsibility, he thought it was fun. “There are a lot of talented people floating around here,” Green said about the art that students displayed in the exhibit. “If someone else judged the competition, they
would have picked totally different pieces, but they’d still be correct.” Green gave a 30 minute talk in the gallery to acknowledge those that won awards and all those that had art displayed. During the talk he warned that the winners and losers were determined by his own bias and that the artists should not read too much into the decisions he made. “There is always danger in giving awards where people don’t know what they mean,” said Green. “Those who didn’t win awards may be better off than those that did.” “The real heartbreaks are those that could have easily been chosen but weren’t,” Green said, acknowledging the talent in the pieces that did not win prizes. “All artists fail 98 percent of the time. None of it means anything.” According to Green, the way to be an artist is to make art for yourself until it begins to come out more naturally or, as he called it, on “autopilot.” “This place is doing you a big favor by making the student art show a big deal,” said Green in his speech. Student Hector Ornelas won best in show for a simple painting of a square on a piece of metal called “Pencil on top of a painted square.” When asked how it felt to be acknowledged by a professional artist, Ornelas said it felt “unreal.” He said the piece came out of an assignment for class as well as the Internet. He had picked the piece to be displayed last minute because he happened to have it on hand in his locker; he hadn’t originally planned on displaying work in the gallery. When asked why he picked Ornelas’ piece for best in show, Green simply responded, “I liked it best.” The exhibit will be displayed in the Alexander Gallery in the Niemeyer Center until June 2.
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Cougars fail to finish strong By John William Howard Associate Sports Editor An overcast sky blots out the sun and threatens rain. A flock of geese honk their way over the newly mown grass, but are drowned out by the excited yet subdued murmur of the home crowd. Louder still are the never ending jeers, cheers and cat-calls emanating from the dugout. Throughout all of these things, one thing is steady and remains unbroken: the stare between pitcher and batter. It’s the bottom of the eighth inning, and the home team is down 6-5. The bases are loaded with two outs. The pitcher sends the ball rocketing toward home plate and the batter connects, launching the ball far across the field, over the sprinting left-fielder and past the outer wall. The normally calm fans erupt as their team scores four runs, bringing the home team to the lead and stunning the visitors. Once the inning has finished, the team can finally react. Behind the dugout, the head coach swears angrily and the pitcher walks dazed towards the bullpen. None of the players have much to say to one another except for the first base coach muttering “That’s baseball” as he left the field. As they have all season, they’ve let another one slip away. Clackamas Community College’s ninth inning rally fell short, and the Cougars ended up losing a heartbreaking 9-7 to the Lane Community College Titans. The road team lost the second game 5-4, and the narrow sweep of the double header was tell-tale for the year, a year in which they finished 19-23 and missed the playoffs. There have been good moments, but each one of them has been followed by a letdown, something that teaches the players and coaches to quickly learn from bad experiences and move on. “Guys with serious talent that dwell on their mistakes aren’t going to go very far,” said pitcher Roman Lorenz, who watched his pitch sail far above his head and over the fence. “Baseball is a game of failure. If you fail 70 percent of the time, you’ll make it into the hall of fame.” While Lorenz’s words about moving past mistakes ring true for any sport, no sport has more to do with failure than baseball. Many games end with the teams combining for less than 10 points, meaning that one big hit can be enough to turn a game around. That means that focus and determination are both key to success in baseball. “There’s a whole bunch of heartbreak because we’re disappointed in how we have played,” said Head Coach Robin Robinson, who told of several instances where players fell asleep at their positions and ended up burning the team for it. “It’s a little disappointing to me because the sophomores didn’t perform all year. To me, once you start your sophomore year, you’re the veteran. You’re the guy who should be better than
Zach Miller everybody else. You set the tone.” One sophomore that has stepped up to the plate, so to speak, is Zach Miller. Miller played sparingly last season at second base, playing in only about 10 innings. At the beginning of this season, he made the switch to third base, a move that sped up the game a lot for him. The biggest change though was Miller’s offensive performance. “Offensively it has probably been my best year that I’ve ever had throughout my entire career,” said Miller, who mentioned that he was hitting nearly .400 for the season. “I never really expected to hit that well, but it just fell into place … (for the team) it’s been a rough year. (I’m) disappointed in how we’ve turned out. I thought we were a lot better than what we’ve showed and it’s kind of disappointing that we didn’t make it to the playoffs.” “As a team I felt that we underachieved,” said right fielder Sergio Cruz. “I thought we had enough talent to win first place and make it to NWAACCs.” Cruz has had success this year offensively, batting over .300 and is the only returning player to have made all-region last season, his first after graduating from high school in Brooklyn, N.Y. He also mentioned that a struggle for the team was cohesiveness from the players not on the field. “Every now and then, it’s been tough to find energy from the dugout,” said Cruz. “A lot of the guys seem like they’re not on the same page, energywise. Some guys are done on this side, and this dude is out here all happy and celebrating. It’s kind of weird.” In a league with so much talent, even a slight lack of energy can make all the difference. The way that Robinson sees it, many of the games are up for grabs, depending on who shows up and does everything right. “It doesn’t matter who we play, they’re threatened by us. We’re a very good club,” said Robinson, who has seen his fair share of baseball after 22 seasons at Clackamas. “We could go sweep anybody any day, but in the same light somebody could sweep us any day. It’s that level of ball.” Another thing that can change the outcome of a season is when players step up in the background
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f o r the good of the team, not personal glory. Two such players are backup catchers Cole Rise, a freshman from Aloha High School, and Brett Fredrickson, who also wrestled with the Clackamas NJCAA -title wrestling team. Rise and Fredrickson are responsible for warming the pitchers up during games as well as catching nearly 400 pitches on a given day during practice. “Those two guys are the ones that are working with the pitchers every day. They do the hardest part of this whole thing with very little reward,” said Robinson of his pick for the most impactful player that wasn’t starting. “Ryan Abel catches in the game, but (Rise and Fredrickson) are usually the guys that do all the catching in the bullpens, and the bullpens are where the pitchers get good.” In the end, the season won’t look all that great. The Cougars have missed the playoffs and didn’t get the best performances from many of their players that they expected to come through. However, this was a team full of freshman that will be returning next year with plenty of playing experience. Come next season, it will be those players that will be the veterans. This year may have ended in a gloomy, overcast fashion, but the sun is shining brightly on the baseball team’s future.
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Backup catcher Brett Fredrickson takes a swing during a home game earlier this season. Fredrickson and teammate Cole Rise put countless hours into working with the pitchers.
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Clackamas bites competition By Robert Morrison Sports Editor Play ball! For the Clackamas Community College Cougars softball team, that is exactly what they plan on doing heading into the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Championship Tournament. The team heads into the tournament with a second place finish in the division. Their first NWAACC game will be on May 20 against Treasure Valley at Delta Park. The game starts at 9:30 a.m. The softball team finished the year with a nice 21-8 overall record, 15-5 in the division. They finished only one game behind division champion Mt. Hood. The Cougars finished strong as they were in third place heading into their last two games against SW Oregon. SW Oregon came into those games as the second place team but Clackamas would win both games to clinch second. In the last 14 games the Cougars went a crazy 11-3. “Our biggest win was our last one against Hood because we really had to work as a team to come back against them,” said Abbey Tollefson. “A game for us is seven innings and we came back in the seventh so it was a big win.” Tollefson is a sophomore pitcher from Hillsboro who is second on the team in wins with six while sporting a 2.64 earned run average.
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Ashley Suter gets ready to pitch with a runner on third during a game on May 4 against Clark at Clackamas. The Cougars won 3-0.
Clackamas student looks to saddle up rodeo team for Northwestern region By Katie Aamatti The Clackamas Print Sports, sports and more sports. You’ve heard all the latest news on our softball and baseball teams, as well as track and field. You’ve read the articles on featured athletes, much needed repairs and tournament previews. Maybe you’re tired of hearing the same old, same old, so here’s something new you haven’t heard about: a rodeo team at Clackamas Community College. Rodeo? As in bull riding and saddle broncos, barrel racing and cattle events? As in the places where everyone is wearing faded blue jeans and cowboy hats, jingly spurs and a layer of dust? That’s right ladies and gentlemen. While many community colleges lack the opportunity to compete in equestrian sports, equine enthusiasts may have a chance here at Clackamas this fall thanks to the ambition of new student Shelbie Sumpter. “After competing in equestrian sports in high school, I realized that I wanted to continue riding and competing throughout college, but was disappointed that Clackamas didn’t have an equestrian team,” she said. Throughout the Northwestern region (Idaho, Washington and Oregon), there are only five rodeo teams, and Clackamas would be the sixth. When Sumpter realized she couldn’t join another college team, she took the initiative and decided to start a team from scratch. “When all this began, I’ll admit that I didn’t know what I was getting myself into,” Sumpter said. “In the end, it will be worth it.”
Like any other sports team, the rodeo team has requirements. Whether you’re a competitive or noncompetitive member of the team, you’ll be required to attend mandatory practices, meetings, fundraisers, and rodeo events, all while demonstrating your love for rodeo and horses in general. On the academic side of things, students will be expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. Participating on a college sports team is very competitive for some, and may very well be the sole reason they’re attending college. “It’s also a great way to continue doing what you love at the next level, as well as being part of something and representing your school,” said Lindsey Rising, an avid competitor on the open rodeo and gymkhana (a type of motorsport) circuit out of Southern Oregon. Missy Sisely, who has coached high school equestrian teams in Southern Oregon, agrees with Rising and said, “The farther these kids can go on doing what they love and what they have the talent for, the better.” According to Associated Student Government Clubs Department Senator Travis McDonald, all that Sumpter needs to do now is submit the club start-up paperwork and complete a team constitution. Upon receiving those documents, ASG will move forward with the final decision. If you’re interested in joining the rodeo team as a competitive or non-competitive member, or as an adviser, please contact Shelbie Sumpter at ssumpter@ student.clackamas.edu for more information.
Pitching has been a big part of the team’s success, along with their defense. Ashley Suter leads the team in wins with nine, an ERA of 1.25 and strikeout-walk ratio of 106-18. The team only lost eight times, and of those eight many of the players think their Mt. Hood losses were the biggest of the season. The Mt. Hood series was the only one the team lost all season long and proved costly. “Our biggest loss was getting swept by Mt. Hood,” said Coach Jessica Buel. Buel, who has only been coaching the team half the year, has come on with the team at the right time. Of course, not all the players agree with Buel on the biggest loss. Both Abbey Tollefson and Kayla Hopkinson think that the team’s split against Lower Columbia was the biggest loss. Improvement is always needed to be able to beat the best and the team showed great improvement all year long. They showed improvement from both the team as a whole and personally. “I wouldn’t say there is just one (most improved player),” said Hopkinson. “I think a lot of us have stepped up and have improved.” Hopkinson is a freshman first baseman leading the team in doubles. The team has a tough road ahead with the possibilities of facing teams they haven’t had the chance to face. There is an unknown aspect that could cause the team to underestimate a team.
& Strawberries do the body good
The Clackamas Print
By Joshua Baird Arts & Culture Editor The best thing about springtime is the abundance of fruits and vegetables that come into season and become so much more affordable than during the frigid months of winter. Strawberries are a favorite of the springtime and summertime berries with a great deal of them being turned into strawberry topping for shortcakes, jams and many other things. One reason for them
being so popular is their distinctive flavor, but what most people don’t even think about when they drop that plump, juicy berry into their mouth is that they are amazingly high in vitamin C as well as antioxidants. Another thing that is great about strawberries is that they are rich with fiber, which is an important part of a balanced diet that the majority of Americans do not get enough of. They also help your body weight as well as aid in preventing heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Recipe: Strawberry salad with feta and walnuts Ingredients: • • • • • •
One bag baby spinach One carton of fresh strawberries Two ounces of feta cheese One small handful of walnuts One and a half ounces of extra virgin olive oil Half an ounce of syrupy balsamic vinegar
1) Rinse the berries and baby spinach before preparing. Rip the spinach into halves and place in a large sealable bowl. 2) Slice the stems off of each of the berries and discard. Slice the berries thinly and place on top of the spinach. Toss the walnuts into the bowl with the berries and spinach. 3) In a separate bowl, vigorously stir the extra virgin olive oil and the vinegar together and then pour the mix over the spinach, berries and walnuts. 4) Seal the lid onto the bowl and shake until all of the ingredients are coated in the vinaigrette. Remove the lid and crumble the feta cheese into the salad, serve and enjoy. Joshua Baird Clackamas Print
Workout your brain before toning up for summer, fitness myths are everywhere Fitness myths can be harmful to your wellbeing; know the difference between myth and fact By Robert Morrison Sports Editor With the summer so close to us it’s time for fitness myth busters. There are many myths that people believe when it comes to fitness but rarely are any of them even close to being true. There are myths on everything from swimming and cardio to sweating. One of the common myths is about swimming. The myth is that swimming is a great way to lose weight. While it is a great way to help work out your lungs, it doesn’t help you lose weight in any timely way. It can be a great workout, but if you’re looking to lose weight you’ll have to do it for hours at a time.
“Because the buoyancy of the water is supporting your body, you’re not working as hard as it would if, say, you were moving on your own steam – like you do when you run,” said Eric Harr in an interview with WebMD. Harr is the author of “The Portable Personal Trainer: 100 ways to Energize Your Workouts and Bring Out the Athlete in You.” The midsection is one of most common places that people want to lose extra body fat. Many of those people use an abdominal machine or do crunches to help them. According to James Rillo, this isn’t really the way to go. “Working out with ab machines strengthens your muscles in your stomach but will not help you lose fat in your midsection. You need to work with a plan that has both cardio and strength activities to burn your fat. You basically have to work your whole body,” said Rillo. Rillo has been a personal trainer for the last five years and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. He has worked at 24 Hour Fitness but
now runs his own personal training programs. Sweating is a way the body cools itself off. Another common myth is that if you are not sweating you are not working hard enough. This myth is exactly that, a myth; a person can burn calories even by walking to the bathroom. “I have always used sweating as a way to determine if I’m working hard enough,” said Christian Williams. “That is my fault I guess. I would have worked harder or sped up my running speed if I wasn’t working up a sweat. It’s good to know that it doesn’t affect it. Good way to get hurt, I would say.” Williams is a new member of his local gym in Milwaukie. He just graduated high school and was looking for a workout program. There are many, many more myths of fitness. Each person who plans on getting a workout plan or wanting to get toned should all look up the common myths. If you don’t know these myths you or a friend could end up getting seriously hurt.
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Adam Carroll, a Clackamas Community College student, works on toning up in the CCC weight room.