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Volleyball captain named Southern Region Player of the Week By Pamela Hollis The Clackamas Print This last week Rachel Strong, team captain of the Clackamas Community College women’s volleyball team, was awarded Northwest Athletic Association of Community College’s award for Southern Region Player of the Week, because of her hard work and perseverance on and off the field. “It is nice to be appreciated,” she said. Kathie Woods, head coach of the women’s team, said that “she really stepped up into the leadership position last week.”
She really stepped up into the leadership position last week. Kathie Woods Head coach of women’s team
Rachel, who plays defense for the team, was born in Oregon City. With three older brothers, she has always been somewhat competitive. Renae Strong, Rachel’s mother, tells of 100 push ups being the consequence for slapping around siblings. “She is a tomboy, but
she still wants to be treated like a girl,” she said. Rachel’s competitive edge started back the first grade when she wrestled against boys while attending St. John the Apostle Catholic School. Her parents call these her “generic years,” as she played often with the boys. While in the first grade Rachel started playing T-ball on the boys’ team. She started at third base but when the catcher went turkey hunting with his dad, she took over his position. This started a small feud between her and the boys, but in the end, she won. There was a time one of the boys pestered her too much and wouldn’t stop. Strong talked to her dad and he told her that if the boy didn’t stop, she could punch him. He didn’t stop, so she followed through and punched him. The coaches and parents all saw what had been happening and no consequences were given to her, and she ended up with the nickname “Sweet Cheeks.” Competing with boys and having three older brothers, Rachel had to be strong. In the fourth grade Rachel started playing volleyball, “and I’ve played ever since,” she said. In fifth grade she played club volleyball as well and went on to play at Oregon City High School. Playing sports made the transition from a small private school to Oregon City High School a much easier process. Please see STRONG, Page 4
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Kari Tate, a Work-Study recipient, tends to the plants in the Clairmont greenhouses as part of her campus job. She is one of the 103 students who could receive Work-Study this year.
By Nathan Sturgess The Clackamas Print In these economically challenging times students of all ages are looking to get any financial aid available to them, but surprisingly this term there has been a perplexingly low amount of Work-Study students. “When the economy is like this, (Work-Study students are) usually coming out of the woodwork,” said Katie Hovanic, circulation coordinator for the Clackamas Community College Library. But surprisingly, at this late date in the fall term only about a quarter of eligible students have gotten jobs. In interviews with Hovanic, Teacher’s Aid Secretary Barbara Simington and Director of CCC Athletics Jim Martineau, each agreed that the lack of Work-Study students this fall term is unprecedented. In each of their departments the numbers of Work-Study students that they usually hire ranges from five to eight to 14, respectively, and at the time of the interview each had exactly zero work studies. “It’s the first … (it’s) never happened before,” Simington said. The supervisors directly involved with the hiring of Work-Study students expressed frustration with the
fact that none could be found. In fact, many suggested that they had students that really wanted positions but couldn’t get them because the students were on the waitlist. “It just seems odd that there are people who want to work here, but they can’t get at it,” Hovanic said. Martineau commented on how his department had actively searched for eligible students to work, but couldn’t find any. The CCC website dedicated to listing Work-Study positions clearly shows that for fall term there are lots of openings, and the supervisors appear to be only too willing to hire people on. “We pretty much take everybody; it’s not like we turn people away,” said Hovanic. To become eligible a student first must apply for Work-Study on his or her FAFSA. Only then will Work-Study be a financial aid option on a student’s award letter. According to Financial Aid, the maximum amount a student can receive this year is $2,400, which is set aside for them once they accept it on the award letter. Tawnya Stauffer, CCC’s WorkStudy coordinator said that 103 students have money set aside for them for this year and only 27 of those students had jobs at the time of the interview. This means that Financial Aid has funding, but only about one
quarter of eligible students have jobs to earn it. The problem isn’t with lack of funding, but rather with poor communication. “We think the student should know the process like we do, and they don’t … it’s kind of confusing. Sometimes some of the language we use … doesn’t get the message across,” said Martineau. Stauffer agreed that the way the Work-Study process is communicated could always be improved upon. A big part of how the process is explained is through mandatory Work-Study orientations. Students are notified about these events by e-mail through their MyClackamas accounts. Stauffer said that there had been seven mandatory orientations this year starting in late June, and further said that “80 to 90 percent” of all eligible students had attended at least one orientation. Limited to only eligible students who have actually been granted jobs, it is difficult to get a comprehensive understanding of their experience with the process. But generally the reports were positive. Kim Miller, a Work-Study student in the Community Center, said, “It was very easy. (My supervisors) were very flexible with my schedule … and made it work for me.” Please see WORK, Page 2
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Budget in decline By David Spears The Clackamas Print Unless you have been on a sabbatical studying the burrowing habits of earthworms in Outer Mongolia for the last few years, then you have probably noticed the economic storm gripping America. Unemployment rates are up, housing prices are down. State unemployment is around 10.6 percent and economic uncertainty “is certainly the word of the day,” according to Oregon’s Office of Economic Analysis. This new economic reality has proven a bane to budgets everywhere, and Clackamas Community College is no exception. As Courtney Wilton, Vice President of College Services, explained it, “As the state loses money, the school loses money.” A deeper look at the numbers is very informative. Again turning to the Office of Economic Analysis, their latest information warns that “Oregon will also see a non-starter recovery in terms of job growth. Weakness remains in housing and commercial real estate and many financial institutions are still holding questionable assets.” Oregon is ranked the 44th state in terms of non-farm job growth according to the same report. Oregon’s general fund projections have decreased $377.5 million since the last forecast and over $1 billion since the end of the last legislative session’s economic forecast. Despite a robust 14 percent growth in enrollment this year, the college is losing state funding faster than it can replace it with the increased revenue from more students. State support dropped from $500 million in 2007-2009 to $417 million in 2009-2011. It could continue to drop. “You can do only two things really, make budget cuts or raise tuition. So do you keep raising tuitions or keep cutting the budget? You can only realistically raise tuition so much, and practically speaking we look at what we can continue to cut without impacting the education students get,” Wilton said. The college has been forced to do both. The school has left around 26 open positions unfilled and laid off 20 employees over the last biennium. Wilton commented that every position is under intense scrutiny. Wilton’s own office is not immune to such scrutiny; it is one secretary short because they found they could get by without that position. Tuition has also been raised $12 per credit hour over the last biennium to try and offset some of the
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budget gaps. “The tuition raises have affected my budget because Pell Grants have gone down,” said Sean Huggins, a student at Clackamas. Huggins added that if not for the generosity of his grandparents, his own personal economic state would be far worse. In spite of the hard economic numbers, not all departments and projects of the school have felt the slashing budget. A bright spot is the Veteran Center run by Veteran Affairs Coordinator Greg Myers. Myers explains that, thanks to two federal grants, he has “more than enough” to budget the needs of the center, which has been able raise over $580,000 with the help of grants and private contributions. “This is unprecedented for a community college. This usually (is a) university level thing,” said Myers. Even with the success of the Veteran Center, the economic realities are still present. The grants that are paying Myers salary are due to expire next July. The job fairs the center was able to host for thousands of local veterans will be at jeopardy unless Myers can find more funding. He was able to keep the cost of the fairs low by networking with local businesses to share the expenses, but without federal funding, he is not sure if they will happen again. It all comes down to the fact that when the state loses money, the school loses money.
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Another Work-Study student, Adina Reitz had a similar perspective on the process up until the point of actually getting a job. She and her husband both qualified for Work-Study, but with two children and a full class schedule, they really needed flexible working hours. “We talked to them right from the beginning about a non-profit organization that my husband and I are both volunteering for (as a Work-Study option) … but they drug it out … and kept going back on things they had said,” she said. At the time of the interview, her husband was continuing to volunteer for a Work-Study position he was lead to believe would be
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Kari Tate does her daily work in the green house.
We pretty much take everybody. Katie Hovanic Circulation Coordinator
approved, but he hasn’t yet started getting paid. Rather than one group being to blame for this unusual shortage in Work-Study students, it’s a combination of circumstances that have likely lead to this situation. Based on the fact that jobs are available and eligible students do have access to funding, it seems that few eligible students are proactively seeking jobs even with the tools provided to them by financial aid. One possible explanation for this development is the reality of a large influx of new students to CCC that has been reported by enrollment services. These students may be unemployed and seeking to be retrained, making them more likely to be inexperienced in college processes. The other piece to the puzzle is the fact that policy surrounding when eligible students are required to give up their Work-Study grant to a waitlisted student remains vague. There are currently 160 students on the Work-Study waitlist, according to Stauffer. Most of those students can’t expect to get a job this year, but she added that she was recently given permission to release an e-mail establishing a deadline for jobless students to get a job by Oct. 22. Now that the deadline has passed, many job-ready students may be able to get positions quickly and end the employment gap.
Seasoned adult program offers history from the source Survivors of the Holocaust share their memories in sessions at the Oregon Institute of Technology By Conni Gaunt The Clackamas Print Ever had a history lesson that was boring? An event on Nov. 3 for the Fall Seasoned Adult Education series will not be that; it may possibly be the very best, live history story by two Europeans who survived World War II. Valerie McQuaid, originally from Great Britain, came to the U.S. in her twenties with her mother. She worked and earned two master’s degrees in the U.S. through the years, and before she retired, became Clackamas Community College’s head librarian. McQuaid has been the volunteer program coordinator for the Seasoned Adult Enrichment Program “for the past two years, with the help of about five volunteers and Jann York (of the Harmony Center),” said McQuaid. Jeannie Davidson, coordinator of North Clackamas Community Education and Senior Programs, said, “(The) senior education has been
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going for 18 years.” The series began Oct. 6 and will run through Nov. 21. The sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. and usually run for a few hours, often with refreshments. One session costs $3, $15 per season term or $30 for the year. Each year, the Seasoned Adult Enrichment program runs in the fall, winter and spring, with seven events per term and an optional theater event they advertise. Most sessions will be held at the Oregon Institute of Technology building in room 191, located at 7726 SE Harmony Road in Milwaukie. For the least walking, the closest entrance is at the southwest entrance of the OIT Building, on the Harmony Campus. Events scheduled include a presentation from a director of Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism, and two matinee performances of Clackamas’ theater department’s production of “Leading Ladies,” a play about two Shakespearean actors, on Nov. 14 and 21. Tickets for the show are $8 for seniors with no extra charge at the door. Leif Terdal, from Norway, and Bill Brun, from Denmark, will share their WWII memories on Nov. 3. Their story is part of the Holocaust story. “(I) was a young child when (my) community and country were attacked in April 1940 by the German Nazi’s, when they invaded Norway and Denmark simultaneously, at 5 a.m.” said Terdal. “The Norway government never surrendered to
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the Nazis,” he said, even though Norway’s military was dwarfed with only 7,000 soldiers in comparison to Hitler’s 350,000 soldiers. Terdal’s story is about courageous Norwegian resistance to Nazism. “The Nazi’s goal was to torture, imprison or kill all Jews and desecrate or destroy their synagogues, and punish, torture, imprison or kill any Norwegian who helped them,” Terdal said. There was a section at Auschwitz that held the brave underground Norwegian resistance fighters, and Protestant and Catholic clergy who resisted were sent there as well. On Oct. 27, 1941 at midnight, four-year-old Terdal, his mother, two brothers and others from their community made their escape from Nazi-controlled Norway in a 50-foot fishing boat. They were attacked by machine gunfire from a Nazi aircraft 50 miles after they left the shore. One of their crew was killed, the boat was badly damaged and water poured into the boat. “Mother quoted Psalm 23, prayed and believed the Lord was with (us), no matter the outcome,” Terdal said. For the rest of the story, join them Nov. 3 for this part of history. For info on the Enrichment program, visit http:// depts.clackamas.edu/comed/season.asp, look in the back of the Clackamas College fall schedule of classes or call York at 503-594-0640.
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Economy brings high enrollment By Christina Pearl The Clackamas Print If you’ve spent the first few weeks of the term searching for parking spaces, squeezing through crowded hallways, and sitting elbow-to-elbow in class, then it’s no surprise to you that enrollment at Clackamas Community College is higher than ever. As the economy remains in a slump, more people are returning to school in an attempt to expand their career options. Across campus, efforts are being made to adapt, beginning at the notoriously busy Registrar’s Office. “Coupled with a budget reduction, the impact on the Registrar’s Office has been significant,” said Registrar Tara Sprehe. She noted that implementation of the new call center on campus is making a positive difference. “Last year, it was difficult to return phone calls in a timely manner. The call center helps ensure students are reaching a live person when they call instead of voice mail. (This) has impacted our office in a positive way, off-setting the increase in enrollment and staff reductions.” According to Sprehe, it will be a few weeks before college officials can determine exact numbers for this term’s average class size and student/teacher ratio. “Long lines are not something we strive for, but students continue to express their thanks for all that we do and we appreciate that very much. We continue to try different models of serving students that will hopefully make the student experience the best it can be,” Sprehe said. At least one department on campus has taken the increased enrollment in stride. For many years, the Automotive Department at CCC maintained an average enrollment of around 25 students in its refinishing program and fewer than ten students in its collision repair program. When the department combined the aforementioned curriculums into a single two-year degree, it became very popular. The most striking enrollment increase happened last fall, when the program’s returning students waited longer than usual to register. The primary 16 spots filled up immediately with first-term students, according to Automotive Programs Department Chair Dave Bradley. Six more spots were opened and subsequently snatched up by more new students. When 24 returning students decided to register during the first week of school, they were accommodated and the shop was suddenly teeming with 46 students. Throughout the last school year, the department’s new enrollment steadily outweighed its attrition. Hence, by the end of the spring term the department had an unprecedented 51 students. Bradley leapt into action to handle the increase.
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As a result of oversized classes,the automotive students are forced to work in tight conditions. “We had to bring in additional part-time instructors so that we could keep the student-to-teacher ratio somewhere manageable,” he said. An early-morning visit to the Automotive Department reveals an energetic shop environment, where students are set to projects and part-time instructors Mark House and Russ Peterson provide guidance. “When we first started with large numbers I was thinking, ‘This isn’t going to work,’ and now it’s not nearly as frightening as it was,” House said. The department employs a model of teaching where instructors spend each class period rotating between students, providing equal time for individual attention, according to Bradley.
They also make use of peer assistance within the group. “A lot of beginning students are intimidated by how big of a group we have,” said House. “But I’ll take a fifth-term guy to help out a newer student and it just cracks them right out of their shells.” Ryan Johnson is a fourth-term automotive student who watched the growth take place. “My second term, there were twice the amount of people. From there on out it just stayed like that,” said Johnson. It seems the larger numbers are here to stay. Students may need to toughen up those elbows and arrive early to find that perfect parking spot. For at least this one department on campus, the increase has worked out well.
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Student, Violet Thomas, browses the fall catalogue. Because of the Senior Tuition Waiver she is able to return to college.
By Sarah Mitts The Clackamas Print If you think you’re too old to go back to school, think again. Clackamas Community College has just made it much easier for seniors over 65 to keep learning through the Senior Tuition Waiver Program, and
to save money doing it. In 2009, the Oregon Legislature passed a law that directed all community colleges to waive tuition for individuals 65 years or older so they can audit lower-division credit courses. Clackamas has launched the Senior Tuition Waiver program this term with the hopes of helping the com-
munity with educational opportunities while filling empty seats after full tuition-paying students have registered for classes. “Because this waiver is only for courses that have seats available after full-tuition paying students are registered, individuals interested in this program must register (with a form) beginning week 3 of the term,” said Tara Sperhe from the Registrar’s Office. Registration began for the program on Oct. 11 and few people have signed up thus far. There is no limit to the number of waivers the college will give out, but if seniors want to take advantage of this opportunity this semester, now is the time. “Other community colleges are reporting very low number of participants as well,” said Tracy Huddleston of Enrollment Services. “It became a law a while back and after that we had a lot of seniors coming in, but we weren’t set up for it. Now we are. There’s nothing in the news talking about it so it’s not really on people’s mind right now. It’s one of those things that people have to know about.” While word of the program has yet to reach everyone, more seniors are keen to come back to school and are using community colleges as a stepping stone to a better life. “Everyday over 50,000 brain cells die, and that’s from the time we’re born. If you
don’t use it, you’re going to lose it. I think learning is very important at any age,” said Violet Thomas, a senior citizen from Estacada who came back to school and got her GED from Clackamas in 1990. “I was going through a divorce after 37 years to an abusive husband and I wanted to go to work and be on my own. So I went to school.” “I’ve always wanted to be a child counselor so I’m going to get my general studies degree at Clackamas and then transfer to a university,” said Kathy Foley, Thomas’s neighbor. Thomas inspired Foley to enroll at Clackamas through the Senior Tuition Waiver Program. While the Senior Tuition Waiver Program won’t get you a degree, it will give seniors an opportunity to sit in on general education classes, like art or
sociology, to touch up skills or decide if they want to go back to school for a better job. “We have to get up the energy and go forward and inspire ourselves instead of depending on the younger generation to care for us,” said Thomas. Clackamas offers a variety of concessions to seniors who want to take classes in addition to this new program. Seniors can only register for the program during or after the third week of the term. Seniors who wish to attend prior to week three can still take advantage of the gold card program which waives 50 percent of the tuition for individuals 62 and older, according to Sperhe. To learn more about opportunities for seniors, visit the Enrollment Services Center in Roger Rook Hall or call 503594-6100.
ELIGIBILITY: • You must be 65 years or older and a resident of Oregon at the beginning of the term in which the course is offered. • The course must be a lower-division collegiate credit course (100 or 200 level courses, e.g. ART 101, SPN 101, WR 227, etc.). • Some courses have prior course requirements or prerequisites (e.g. WR 122 requires completion of WR 121 prior to registration). You must meet the prerequisites prior to enrollment. • The course must be audited. Grades and credit will not be granted at any time for classes taken for audit. Audited classes will not satisfy graduation requirements, veteran’s certification or most financial aid requirements. • You must be registered for 8 or fewer credits each term. More details of the program can be found on the Senior Tuition Waiver and Audit form at www.clackamas.edu/forms.
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Rachel Strong, captain of the Cougar Volleyball team, listens to coach Kathie Woods during practice. Strong was named Southern Region Player of the Week last week by the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.
Rachel also plays softball at Clackamas. December 8 is her last day of volleyball and softball starts before returning to school. During winter break she works out on her aunt’s 100plus acre farm pressure washing, bucking hay and doing any other odd jobs she can get her hands on, since balancing a regular job in her already busy schedule is nearly impossible. As a self-pronounced “cowgirl,” this job suits her just fine, for now. Rachel is the only returner this year to the volleyball team and she is offering great motivation to her teammates. This last fall Rachel received her first ever 4.0 grade point average. “That was exciting,” she said. Sports motivate Rachel. She has a schedule she sticks to when she is playing sports, and it includes schoolwork. When she isn’t playing a sport, both she and her mother admit that she can slack a little on her homework. “Sports discipline Rachel,” said Renae. Woods has many good things to say about her returning player. “She’s doing a great job, she works hard (and) she knows what is important,” she said. “She will be successful whatever she decides to do.” Rachel is a little undecided about where she would like to go when she leaves Clackamas, but she does have a general career goal in mind: something to do with sports, possibly sports medicine or physical therapy with a sports twist. She is well on her way to getting her AAOT to transfer to another school (she has her eyes on Colorado, Arizona or Montana) and get her bachelor’s degree in a sports-related field. Regardless of where she goes, Rachel doesn’t want to give up volleyball or softball just yet; she would like them to be a part of her education. Rachel has had to grow up strong, and it shows in her game and in her life.
Sports strengthen superior standing
By Robert Morrison Sports Editor Archie Griffin once said, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.” This is one of the most famous sports quotes and it applies to my topic this week: youth sports. Youth athletes might be small, but they play with the best of them. Youth sports are enjoyed by kids around the world; the
Little League World Series is proof of that. Kids start at a young age and often continue until high school or beyond. Research shows that kids who participate in sports do better in school and more likely not to drop out of their schooling in the future. Sports, especially youth sports, build character and discipline at a young age that can help prevent problems socially in the rest of the athlete’s life. As a youth referee, I see youth sports from a personal and close up view. Kids that play in my league look forward to their games; they practice hard and learn to be a team as well as an individual. Win or lose, they play as a team and rarely do I see kids come play with a bad attitude. I’ve seen kids take themselves out of a game so another player could play. Kids want to win but as a team they learn that hard work will pay off. Even in the most violent areas, a youth sport can be a blessing. Youth sports in some
areas keep kids off the streets and out of trouble. Many times I’ve heard coaches in my league talk about what a youth team means to their players. The sport makes their kids feel like they belong. During games the kids look like they have no worries. Youth sports also give kids a goal at a young age that they can aim for on a yearly basis. Most young athletes’ goals are to become professionals, but of course not everyone can make it there. Many professional athletes volunteer with youth programs, even though even they didn’t play when they were that young. For example, Brian Grant, former Portland Trail Blazer, came to one of our events for youth basketball and spoke about the importance of the youth programs. With youth programs in full swing, kids are learning to be better people as well as athletes on their way to their goals. If you have kids and want to have them learn a thing or two, check out a youth program near you.
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Flag football remains popular fall sport By Kyle Smith The Clackamas Print Flag football is back this year, with many new faces joining the activity. Meeting Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during fall term in the field near Roger Rook hall, flag football offers students a fun and physically demanding team sport in a convenient time slot. The sport is a variation on American football, but has a few key differences. Flag football is considered a non-contact sport with tackling and aggressive blocking forbidden. Instead, players wear a belt with hanging colored strips of fabric, or flags. The flags are pulled to signify that person being “tackled.” Since the sport is far less dangerous, padding and helmets are dispensed with, giving players a clearer field of view, wider range of motion and greater maneuvering ability, comparable to that of basketball or soccer players. Roughly 30 people showed up last Friday to play. They split onto two fields, each with two teams of seven. Sean Briare, the student currently in charge of the activity, said that teams typically play games to seven points, although some are played to 10 or 15 points, especially when the scores are close. Trent Acree, a Clackamas student, said he most enjoys “the environment, the football atmosphere, everyone is so competitive here, no one wants to lose.” Acree said he picked flag football over similar activities, such as Ultimate Frisbee, because of that competitive environment. “This is the first time I’ve really played football. I never really played it in high school or anything,” said Ethan Moore, another Clackamas student involved in flag football. Moore also enjoys the competitive side of the sport, although he acknowledges that there are still some risks. “There are some people who take it a little bit too seriously,” he said, referring to some of the players who initially treated the sport like full-contact football. Earlier this term a student broke his arm in a game. “But I’m not one of those people.” Neither is Mark Smith, although he doesn’t mind playing rough. “I’d like full tackle more, but (flag football) is better than not playing at all.” Smith likes the physical nature of the sport, making a game out of exercise, but he also cares about winning. After all, a touchdown is a touchdown, whether or not you run the risk of broken bones. Briare is excited about getting more people involved. “(Students) can go into the ASG office and sign up that way,” said Briare, “or if you just show up, we’ll get your information down, have you sign a waiver, and you’ll be good to go for the rest of fall term.”
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Portland’s Spencer Bennet, No.16, prepares to face off against Everett’s Landon Ferraro, No.13. The Winterhawks took on Everett on Oct. 20 at Memorial Coliseum and pulled away with a 2-0 win.
Winterhawks welcome wins By Robert Morrison Sports Editor With the Timbers and Blazers getting most of the attention, some people forget that Portland has a Western Hockey League team. The Winterhawks won their first pennant in 1977 and haven’t looked back since. Winning 10 pennants since then, they have also have been the WHL playoff champions twice as well as the Memorial Cup champion twice. This year the team has been off to a hot start. The ‘Hawks currently hold a record of 10-20-1. With that record the team is good enough to be atop the U.S. Division of the Western Conference. They are also cur-
rently on a four game winning streak. “I don’t think (our record) reflects our talent. We aren’t the most talented team in the league, I think it shows we’re maturing,” said Mike Johnston, head coach of the Winterhawks. The team is full of new faces as well as old faces. The team has a number of first-year players this year that are looking to make a name for themselves. One of those players is rookie left wing Sven Bartschi. Bartschi was born in Langenthal, Switzerland, and recently turned 18. He also is ranked seventh in the league in points scored with 20. “It’s incredible. I play with a really good line,” said Bartschi. The Winterhawks have anoth-
er top scorer on the team in the form of Ty Rattie. Rattie is currently ranks third in the league in that category with 23. He plays the right wing for the Winterhawks. Rattie is in his third year with the Winterhawks and is only 17. In 61 games last year, he scored 17 goals but in only 13 games this year he has already scored nine, showing his maturity as a player. “It feels good and it reflects the team,” said Rattie. “It’s been a good start for everyone.” Both offensive and defensive improvements have helped the Winterhawks to do well this year. Everyone on the team has done their part but improvements can always be made even to the best of teams. Rattie believes the team
needs to improve their defense. “Defense wins games, defense leads to goals,” he said. One of the guys looking to help the Winterhawks in the defensive category is the star of the Portland vs. Everett game, second year Goalie Mac Carruth. Carruth is another one of the Winterhawks young talents. He is also No. 1 of 3 goalies on the roster. “With three goalies, it’s tough. It makes for healthy competition. None of us hate each other; it’s just business,” said Carruth. The team is looking to make another run to the playoffs this year, although it’s still too early to decide. The Winterhawks played 13 playoff games last year, and they are looking for another championship.
Winterhawks rookie Sven Bartschi rushes after the puck in the game vs. Everett at the Memorial Coliseum. Bartschi ranks seventh in the league in points.
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By Harley Jackson The Clackamas Print It’s October again, and that means leaves on the ground, pumpkin pie and Halloween! You can’t have Halloween without costumes, and Clackamas Community College has not forgotten that. On Oct. 28 and 29, the Associated Student Government will be holding its annual costume contest for all students who are interested. Students are invited to wear their costumes into the ASG office (located in the Community Center) and be given a piece of candy. The contestants will then sign a photo disclaimer and have their picture taken in their costumes. The ASG students will then vote on which costumes are the best depending on how creative they are. The winner will be announced the following week and receive a surprise gift certificate as the prize. Aubrey Laski, a sophomore, is the brains of the operation, and it is going well despite this being her first time running the show. “If at least 50 people participate, I’d be happy,” said Laski. “And remember the
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Rion Chris and son, Dante, inspect skull-shaped lawn torches at the Spirit Costume Shop in Milwaukie. The Spirit Costume Shop offers a wide variety of costumes, accesories and decor. more creative the better.” For many, the costume is a not just a mask or silly hat but an extension of their inner child. Costumes can be anything from the Cowardly Lion
from “the Wizard of Oz” to a harmless lady bug. Many people prefer storebought costumes for various reasons. Although purchased costumes can be a little on the
pricy side, they are perfect if you have time constraints or don’t have the materials to make one yourself. “I like store-bought costumes because they are already
put together, and you have everything you need to look awesome.” said Amanda Ulam, an employee of the Spirit Costume Shop in Milwaukie and freshman at CCC. The other option you have for a costume is the homemade one. Homemade costumes can be very entertaining and gratifying to put together. There are many advantages to creating your own costume because it gives you the chance to be incredibly imaginative, inventive and in some cases it could be much cheaper. “I prefer home-made costumes to store bought because you get to be more creative and it’s cheaper,” said Michelle Leis, a junior at CCC. Creativity is a huge reason people love to make their own costumes. “I would make my own costume because it is fun and creative, and I like to create stuff,” explained Lucas Watson, a Clackamas freshman. So whether you buy your costume or make it yourself, just make sure to stop on by the ASG office and get yourself entered in the contest, because you just might be the winner.
Halloween Costume Scavenger Hunt
Check them off as you find them □ Ghost □ Skeleton □ Witch □ Wizard □ Scream □ Sparkly vampire □ Non-sparkly vampire □ Werewolf □ Frankenstein □ Robot □ Alien □ Jason Voorhees □ President □ Ex-President □ Gandhi □ Gorilla suit □ Pirate □ Knight □ Gladiator □ Court Jester □ King □ Queen □ Fairy Princess □ Dragon □ Stormtrooper □ Jedi □ Sith □ Bounty hunter □ Wookiee □ Trekkie □ Cyborg □ Zombie □ Dinosaur □ Religious figure □ Santa Claus □ Grim Reaper □ Clown □ Steampunk □ Vampire hunter □ Police officer □ Batman □ The Joker □ Superman □ Spider-Man □ Iron Man □ Green Lantern □ Cardboard box
The Clackamas Print 7 & On your mark, get set, type! Arts Culture By Joshua Baird Arts & Culture Editor
November 1 is a dreaded, awesome, exciting and heartbreaking day for thousands of people worldwide. It is the dawn of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it is often called. NaNoWriMo is a 30 day journey into the heart of what it means to be a novelist, though in this case it is more like being a novelist with a nitrous oxide kit wired to your brain and fingers. The point of this event is to produce a 50,000 word novel in 30 days or less. Is this even possible? According to Duncan Ellis, it is. He has challenged himself six times in the past and arrived victoriously at the finish line every year. “Yes, all
six times. Since I’ve overshot the 50k goal a few times, that means about 350,000 words written in the last six Novembers. This year I want to make it to eighty or ninety thousand (words),” he said. You may be wondering if it is possible to finish a task this daunting while you’re a student? The answer is yes. It is possible, however it may be painful. Side effects include: caffeine addiction, grogginess, possible social awkwardness, fear of places that aren’t your desk, and scrambling for every spare minute to achieve your word count goal of the day. The most effective way to complete a NaNoWriMo project is to break it down into smaller chunks. By writing 1667 words per day over the course of 30 days, you will
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be able to finish with class and style, but how do you prepare? “I’ve kept a noteb o o k w i t h me to jot down ideas, in addition to creating s u m maries of plot points a n d bios of major characters,” said Taylor Herbert, a two-time winner and student
at Lewis & Clark College. The excitement of knowing that you too could have a novel of your own out in the market is enough to get anyone started writing. Last year one of the prizes for completing the contest was a code that allowed the victorious party to print and receive a proof copy of their book from an online publisher.
Jonathan HesterMcCullough, a Portland State University student, said, “I’m really excited to get writing. I angst all day, rereading my plots and characters, and go over the general storyline in my head at least once a day. But I’ll be sticking to the start and end times; I don’t want to cheat myself out of the full month of writing!” Do you think that you can write a 50,000 word novel in a month? If you are going to take on this task you should go to www.nanowrimo.org and register today. Locate Joshua Baird on www.nanowrimo.org by searching for “JoshTheDJ” to keep up with his word count for the month of November. If you send him a message to add, you he will do so happily.
‘Conviction’ impresses audiences 21+: Beer brewing 101 By Christina Pearl The Clackamas Print In the film “Conviction,” Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) would’ve liked to have gone unnoticed in her classes at Roger Williams University School of Law. However, Betty Anne stands out as older, timid, and unaccustomed to academic rigor. Only one of her classmates, Abra Smith (Minnie Driver), discovers the real reason Waters is in law school. A friendship is forged by the spunky and persistent Abra, who is thrilled to find a classmate her own age. She asserts, “We’re gonna be friends ‘cuz we’re the only ones in class who’ve been through puberty.” Juxtaposed with humor
and adversity, “Conviction” is the true story of Betty Anne Waters’ 18-year battle to free her innocent brother from prison. In 1983, Kenny Waters (Sam Rockwell) was sentenced to life behind bars for a brutal murder. His sister Betty Anne – a high-school dropout – earned her GED, her bachelor’s degree, and her juris doctorate with only one goal in mind- to become the only attorney willing to represent her brother against his wrongful conviction. Director Tony Goldwyn and writer Pamela Gray find an eloquent balance with the film, tying scenes from the Waters’ tough younger years together with their present situation. The movie’s tone is set at the opening, where viewers are beset with images from the
murder scene. The filmmakers portray Kenny Waters as the violenttempered, rough-and-tumble individual that he was – prone to vice, but not to murder. I found myself doubting Waters’ innocence as the storyline began to drag two-thirds into the film, but a few turns brought the story – and his innocence – to life again for me. By far the most memorable performance in “Conviction” takes place during one of these turns, and I would recommend running out to see the film if only for Juliette Lewis’ three-minute appearance as Kenny Waters’ aged ex-girlfriend Roseanna Perry. Lewis’ portrayal is all at once candid, humorous and disturbing. This role that had at first seemed insignificant became paramount. I found some of the other performances predictable; other than donning a Boston accent, Swank seems to vary little in scope from many of her other performances. Also, Driver puts on her standard bubbly, hearty, and witty characterization. In contrast, Rockwell, whom I had forgotten about since “Frost/Nixon,” gave a gritty performance as Kenny Waters that is impossible to dismiss. I have to say that “Conviction” is worth hopping the MAX and heading downtown to watch in the theater. While the film tended to drag in a few spots, the performances were strong and the story is memorable. The movie is currently running at the Fox Tower Stadium 10 in downtown Portland.
Conviction (R) Oct. 22 107 minutes Genre: Drama Cast: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver
Summary: A high school dropout spends nearly two decades to put herself through law school, trying to overturn her brother’s unjust murder conviction.
By Joshua Baird Arts & Culture Editor Beer – is there anything more simple and basic in the world of adult beverages? The answer is actually yes. Ale, lager, nut brown, or brew is one of the most complex subjects this side of wine. Many wine connoisseurs will tell you that wine is the only thing to pair with food. This idea is being tested more and more by the increasing number of breweries in the United States and the rest of the world. Brewing is more than just a hobby; it is a way of life for many since prohibition laws were repealed, and has flourished in a less scrutinized environment. The process of making this delicious beverage has existed in one way or another for thousands of years. The oldest recorded instance of this bubbly drink is from approximately 4000 B.C. in Samaria, according to Birmingham Beverage Company’s website www.alabev.com. “The best thing about making your own beer is having complete control of what goes into it, being able to make exactly what you want, and experimenting with new crazy ideas,” said Jason Erceg, an employee of Let’s Brew, a beer and wine supply store in Portland. “The best way to get started is either to … jump right into it with a starter kit, or take one of our classes or have a friend who already brews teach you,” Erceg said. The process of brewing beer is similar to being a chemist, and the most important thing to keep in mind cleanliness of your tools and your work area. “For most extract and grain recipes you’ll be in the kitchen for a couple hours, then they
usually take a couple weeks to ferment depending on your original gravity and the type of yeast you use. Then if you’re bottling it, it will take another week or two to carbonate,” said Erceg. As a disclosure I should inform you I have been brewing my own beer for nearly a year now, and every batch has been awesome. Well, not every batch; I made an Orange Vanilla beer that was so horrible I dumped the whole batch. Though my first try turned out amazing, especially after it aged for about three months (this aging is not required but it does lend some great flavor to the beer). The equipment required for brewing your own beer is available at several retailers in the Portland area. “Our basic kit goes for about $100, which gets you all the basics,” said Erceg. Though the initial price tag may seem daunting for some college students living off of ramen and leftovers from mom’s house, after you have brewed a few batches of your home brew the costs will be much lower than the price of buying an equal quantity of this alcoholic nectar. For information on brewing your own beer you can find books at Barnes & Nobel or at Let’s Brew, located at 8235 SE Stark St. in Portland. Erceg also informed me of the strangest beer he has tried. “Bacon Stout! Yes! Bacon beer, someone made Homer Simpson’s dream come true. I found the recipe in a magazine and a couple of my customers made it and brought me a bottle. It was actually really good; the bacon wasn’t overpowering, but it definitely had a good bacon flavor,” he said. Is it just me, or does it seem like bacon is becoming a recurring cast member in the comedy that I call life?
The Clackamas Print
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Dudley does right 47th in job growth, 42nd in employment, 43rd in quality of schools. … We need experience from outside of government to come in, and what I offer is a vision. A vision of how to take Oregon forward in a new direction from the path that we’ve been on.” “We have to get out of the mindset that we’ve been on for too long, that the answer to every problem is more taxes, more taxes more taxes, and I’ve emphasized that the answer is more jobs. More jobs, more taxpayers, that’s where we have to go forward.” This statement tells us what his stance is on raising taxes. I know as a fulltime student who can barely afford the prices of books and food that I can’t afford to have any more money taken out of my meager paycheck. Educational reform is at the top of the bill for Dudley. He believes that by improving Oregon’s education system, we are not only giving our children an advantage in their lives, but also investing in the economy of tomorrow. Why should they have to go through the same problems we are experiencing today? Lack of jobs, the fear that today could be the day we get the axe at work and worries that we won’t be able to feed our children. I don’t have any kids myself, but I understand the fear of the unknown. Dudley’s desire to re-focus high school will make schools more efficient as is stated in his 18 point plan by, “redirecting a portion of the state school fund to provide incentives to teachers and faculty to ensure that students complete demanding coursework and demonstrate proficiency rather than earn credits for just sitting in class. “If you look closely at Oregon’s student achievement data you will see most of our elementary and middle schools are more successful each year. It is Oregon high schools that struggle to reduce dropout rates, increase graduation rates and prepare students for the rigor of the global workplace, advanced training and college.”
By Joshua Baird Arts & Culture Editor First of all, I want it to be made very clear that I have never been the type to run with the hard core political pack. I am a Republican and have been for years now. I am not an ideological teenager who hasn’t gotten to see politicians of all parties go back on promises that they swore up and down they would keep. Republicans, Democrats and Independents are all usually just pandering to the crowd when they talk about all of the “wonderful plans” that they have in mind for the town, city, state or country. I have seen political leader after political leader lie through their teeth for the past 11 years. This is not to say that some of them don’t mean well, they just don’t follow through on promises made. This, as some of you know (and others will learn soon enough), is just the way of life in the world of politics. Some of them are after money, fame or power, others truly wish to make a difference, but they all spout untruths. It is as simple as that. I am voting for Chris Dudley in the upcoming election because I believe that he is the best man for the job. He may not have as much experience as John Kitzhaber, but that may be a good thing. He still has the ability to prove himself and I don’t believe that Kitzhaber has done that in his career. “Our past two governors have had over 60 years of experience between the two of them, and yet here we sit,” said Dudley at the only gubernatorial debate. “(We’re)
Dudley wants to push for a “third semester” in schools. Fulltime students are better prepared to become fulltime employees, because in the real world there is no such thing as a summer vacation unless you are a teacher. Of course, some teachers only are educators for three reasons: June, July and August. This third semester would do great things for students and adults in our state. It could even potentially lower the rate of juvenile criminal activity by keeping the children who may spend summers in a – for lack of a better word – crime wave. People who are better educated are less likely to become criminals because they have learned that there is a possibility of having a future. Of course, after having watched the debates between Dudley and Kitzhaber, I can say that Kitzhaber is the better public speaker. Dudley’s performance made my speech class performances look like I was a communications specialist. Though Kitzhaber, being a career politician, has had a lot of time to hone and refine his skills, he still struck me as just another politician. In addition, Barack Obama is backing up Kitzhaber. That tells me all I really need to know in the end. The President wants to keep a Democrat in offices nationwide. That’s not a surprise really, a Republican President would probably do the same for other Republicans, but doesn’t he have more pressing concerns than sponsoring a governor race on the opposite end of the country? And can we really trust what the President says after all of the broken promises? I wouldn’t want him to endorse me if I ran, even if I was a Democratic candidate. That man is clearly not doing his own job, and his endorsement makes me wonder if someone he believes in will do their job and fix our beautiful state’s problems. So join me in voting for Dudley, because we need some fresh blood in Oregon’s political arena.
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