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Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010
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By Sarah Mitts The Clackamas Print Changes to Clackamas Community College’s online payment system are making it easier for students to pay on time and be more financially responsible. Last week the administration launched TouchNet, a new online payment system that is more robust and flexible to help meet the student’s payment needs. When you click on the “Pay and Account Information” link in myClackamas, the screen will look different, but the software system behind it will have additional features and give more options for students to control their account. The TouchNet system provides students with a lot more information about their account than in the past, which will hopefully help them manage their accounts better and pay on time. Students will be able to see detailed and itemized bills, old activity and their account balance at any time. Starting now, you can even add an authorized user, such as a parent or spouse, who can create an account and help make payments for you. “In the future, students will be able to have money taken out of their checking or savings account, and in the spring or summer term, students will be able to have their refund checks directly deposited,” said registrar Tara Sprehe. Students can also add an alternate e-mail outside of their Clackamas ID to receive pay-
ment notifications and sign up to receive a text message notifying them of an upcoming payment. “It supports our ability to do the payment plans better and provides the opportunity for a bunch of things students have been asking for,” said Sprehe. The old system had many flaws and didn’t always reflect the current amount students owed. It was a lot of labor for students and staff to solve the problems, according to Sprehe. Implementing the TouchNet system is one way the college is working to support the student’s technological needs. While improvements to the new system will be done gradually over time, the administration is also planning a redesign and for the main CCC website to make it more user-friendly. The efforts of the administration just might be paying off, since 1,400 more students paid on time this term compared to the previous term, according to Sprehe. To encourage students to make payments on time, the college also increased the payment plan fee from $15 to $30 in May and sent out financial literacy letters to all students this term, making them aware of their financial responsibilities to the college. Direct deposit, authorized user and reminder notifications are all features of the new online payment system that hopefully will help students manage their accounts better and pay on time. Login to your account and set it up today.
It’s not politically correct anymore to say anything during the month of December except for maybe “Happy Holidays.” People all get very defensive, and understandably so. They don’t want to have someone else’s beliefs or opinions of those beliefs shoved down their throats. The one thing everyone can agree on, though, is that the holiday season is a time of sharing. The Associated Student Government, like a group of fat, white-bearded men in red pajamas, wants to make sure everyone gets a gift. The Giving Tree has been an institution at Clackamas for more than 15 years. “The Giving Tree was up and going before I was a student here, but I do not know exactly when it started,” said Michelle Baker, an employee and alumni of Clackamas. Students who need gifts for their families need simply file an application with ASG. After the application has been processed, the requests are placed on tags located on a tree in the community center where caring people are able to select a child anonymously. “We try to have people ask for more practical things,” said Jenn Borowczak, a grants coordinator for ASG. Sorry kids, no Xbox 360s or PS3s for you this year. Instead Borowczak indicated that requests
for things like clothes, books or board games would be more appropriate for those who need gifts. If all of the cards are not removed from the tree, ASG does everything it can to ensure that no child is left out. “Student Government will purchase (gifts) for the kids who don’t get picked. (The Grants Department) will be responsible for the remaining tags on the tree,” said Borowczak. “I think it’s a great idea, especially because it’s anonymous,” said student Keith Colliver. “It’s embarrassing when you can’t provide for your family. I do wish there was a little more widespread knowledge about it.” Last year the Giving Tree was “incredibly successful,” according to Borowczak. A total of 120 kids were able to receive gifts that they wouldn’t have gotten if not for the Tree. “Ideally, it would be great if (the Grants Department) didn’t have to buy any gifts, if all the tags were picked, but times are tough,” said Borowczak. “I do take a name or two off the tree or purchase extra gifts to add to a family bag,” said Baker. ASG needs to have as many people as they can to help make a child’s holiday season spectacular this year. For more information about what you can do to help, or if you need help yourself, talk to one of the men or women working for Student Government in CC 152 or call them at 503-594-3040.
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Tuition waivers now under review By Jaime Dunkle News Editor Students may find it challenging to hold down a job while attending college. Paying bills on top of paying for textbooks and tuition can become expensive fast. When financial aid and loans aren’t enough to sustain students, they have another option – applying to a tuition waiver program. Right now the board of education has asked for a review of the various waiver programs available at Clackamas Community College. A tuition waiver is exactly what it sounds like; it covers tuition costs. CCC offers several academic, achievement and talent waivers for qualifying students. State legislation has even mandated waivers for seniors and family members of fallen soldiers. However, some waivers were cut last year. “At the end of last year, we stopped tuition waivers that were called ‘fill-a-seat’ vouchers. These were historically shared with some of our business partners for their employees to use for classes that still had empty seats after the class began, Vice President of Instructional Services Elizabeth Lundy stated in an e-mail. “We discontinued it because our classes are very full so there really weren’t options to use those anymore.” The administration issued a total of $785,316 worth of tuition waivers during the 2007-2008 school year and jumped to $1,070,400 for the 2009-1010 school year. Evaluating existing waivers will determine how many will be distributed in the future. The Clackamas Print, Associated Student Government and theater are among the programs that use tuition waivers. “We would like to document where the waivers are made available, the criteria for being eligible for the waiver, how students or potential students find out about the waivers that are available and how recipients of the waivers are selected,” Lundy stated. “This allows us to analyze how they are being used, compare practices in
multiple areas to be sure we are consistent and discuss access and availability.” Drastic budget cuts have instigated the review so that new programs may help students in need and inefficient programs be dropped. “Part of what we are looking at during a time of budget reductions is where and how we are using them, both from a standpoint of lost tuition, but also from the standpoint of access for students who may otherwise not be able to afford tuition,” stated Lundy. “For example, given the state of the economy should there be more focus on financial need as a criteria for awarding tuition waivers?” This fall was Jami Mehrer’s first term at CCC. She is worried about budget cuts interfering with tuition waiver programs. “What if I applied and I didn’t have enough financial aid for the term and my only option to pay for it was through that waiver?” Mehrer said. “What if that was my only way to do it and they cut it? To me, that’s not fair.” The board of education is not initiating the waiver review with the intention of eliminating waivers this year, according to Matthew Altman, associate dean of arts and sciences. The athletic department gave out $287,951 in tuition waivers last year. The number seems astronomical, but it ties into how the department competes with other colleges. Altman discovered the reasoning for it during the review. “The athletic conference says that you can have up to this many waivers for your wrestling team, for example, and all the schools that are in that conference, they all have that number of waivers because they are competing with each other and they use those waivers competitively to draw students into their team,” Altman said. The review is focused on how the waivers are functioning within the departments, and Altman encourages student involvement.
“If students are concerned about it, I would encourage them to talk to their (department) chairs about how the waivers are important to the program,” Altman said. “It’s not so much a ‘How are the waivers going to be cut?’ conversation going on, as much as a ‘How are the waivers working for the program, and how is the program doing?’ So they can talk to the chairs and they can talk to the faculty members in their department about what the waivers are used for and how (they) are doing.” Students can even apply for a financial need waiver, if state or federal assistance is not available to them. For more information, contact the financial aid department at email@example.com or go to the Financial Aid office located in Roger Rook.
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Classified staff honored at annual appreciation lunch By Nathan Sturgess The Clackamas Print Have you ever wondered how the grass stays just the right length all year round or how the classrooms ever stay clean even when your instructor lets people eat in the room? Have you ever wondered what magical feats must be accomplished behind that ominous financial aid desk to sort through so much student data and come out victorious with money for your education? These are just a few things that classified staff members do every day in order to serve their community and students at Clackamas Community College. Every year, CCC puts on a classified staff appreciation event to recognize all the work that these men and women do. This event is celebrated in conjunction with National Educational Support Personnel Day which always falls in November. The event is largely coordinated by college leadership. Classified staff are the backbone of all the practical functions at CCC. They are the people who sometime work behind the scenes to make college processes work. Others have the sometimes challenging job of interacting with students on a daily basis. They try to bridge the gap between faculty and students needs, and also offer support to college leadership as assistants and secretaries. “Classified Appreciation is a day to say thank you to (all the classified staff),” said Bill Briare, dean of arts and sciences, who helped organize the event for this year. Monetary dues contributed by the different staff associations on campus pay for the event, meaning that it isn’t financed by any college money, according to Briare. “It’s basically everyone’s personal money that they contribute to put on the event,” he said. While some of the money goes into the dessert and decorations, much of it goes into raffle prizes that staff can win. This year, there were several gift cards to local restaurants such as the Lil’ Cooperstown Bar and Grill. But some of the most coveted prizes were several photo prints taken by Briare of his recent trip to Africa. “It’s good to have the appreciation shown, and it’s especially nice that they’re willing to just kind of stop the day for
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an hour or so,” said Susan Iwata, administrative assistant for college advancement. “No one has to go through all that work of decorating and coming up with all those nice prizes and all that, so it’s nice.” At the event, several faculty members stood up and expressed their gratitude for all the support they receive from classified staff in the various areas, which many staff members appreciated.
“I think the classified (staff) do a lot of work and people need to be recognized that they were here. I think it’s a good thing,” said Kandie Starr, an enrollment services specialist. When the event ended, all the people there wasted no time in returning to their offices, cubicles and workplaces, ready to take on another term. “It’s a lot of people who come together to say thanks,” said Briare.
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Classified staff members receive appreciation for all their hard work behind the scenes on campus in Gregory Forum on Nov. 17.
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College president goes to Harvard By Nathan Sturgess The Clackamas Print While the position of president in any institution comes with its privileges, often the amount of time, effort and care that goes into all that a president does cannot really be understood unless you’re a president as well. Two weeks ago Joanne Truesdell, Clackamas Community College president, had a rare opportunity to interact with 28 other college and university presidents at a seminar held at Harvard University in Boston. “The program provides presidents a chance to step back, to reflect on where they’ve been and to think with others about what may lie ahead,” said Judy McLaughlin, director of Harvard’s higher education program and senior lecturer on education. The seminar accepts a limited number of applicants who have a minimum of three years experience in the position. They must also show particular capability in their field, according to McLaughlin. “We have found over the years that it’s wonderful to have people from like institutions … but it’s also wonderful to have people from very different institutions,” McLaughlin said. One thing that set Truesdell apart at the seminar was the fact that she is actually an alum of the college she administrates. “She was one of two presidents in this particular group who were alums of their institution. One of the things I enjoyed enormously in talking with (Truesdell) is how much she personally believes in not only the mission of community colleges but in Clackamas,” McLaughlin said. “She represented from that institution not only an extraordinarily capable leader, but a wonderful personal example of the benefits of a community college experience.” According to Truesdell, of the 28 presidents attending there were five other community colleges represented, along with other types of institutions. The smallest was a 150 student, private ministry school and the largest being a “$2 billion institution,” as Truesdell described it. “(The seminar focused) around finance and financial structures, performance metrics and how all of those drive in to support student learning and success,” said Truesdell. For Truesdell, the seminar helped emphasize several important questions that the current economic circumstance has forced many institutions to ask. One of these questions is whether these circumstances are a true emergency, or are they just part of a long-term restructuring
of the economy. “We have been thinking about that at our institution as a complete restructuring of how our economy (works), and how we need to operate now and in the long-term to be viable for our community,” said Truesdell. For Truesdell this meant that the central question that continues to need attention is the relationship between funding and access. She emphasized her concern for students who may be losing access because of a lack of public funding, and also pointed out how the far-reaching mission of CCC as a community institution makes this particularly important. “Some of (the other presidents) were surprised at the breadth of our mission in Oregon by statute,” said Truesdell. When it came to the issue of performance metrics, Truesdell was very encouraged by the seminar. “We’re actually at the forefront of how we measure performance,” said Truesdell. “A lot of the stuff we’re doing around milestones and momentum points for
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The 29 college and university presidents all gathered at the Harvard seminar in Boston to discuss the financial and performance standings of their institutions. CCC President Joanne Truesdell is seated third from the left.
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CORRECTION: In the Nov. 17 issue of The Clackamas Print, Tena Olsen’s name was misspelled in the story “Veterans club creates positive environment for young and old.” The Print regrets the error.
students actually is a lot further along in the thinking than many other (institutions). “I feel affirmed that I’m asking the right questions about how do these decisions affect our ability to deliver an education across a continuum of missions and across a continuum of people’s ability to pay and benefit,” said Truesdell. Courtney Wilton, vice president of college services, was confident that Truesdell had returned with a stronger resolve on this matter. “Budget is a huge issue, and maintaining student access and affordability at a time when the state is significantly decreasing its support of community colleges is very challenging. I’m sure Joanne has gained insight into how best to address these challenges,” said Wilton. But while Truesdell was surrounded by the immense historical and intellectual significance of Harvard, she said that all she could think about was how she could help the students at Clackamas end up at Ivy League schools like that.
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Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010
Dodgeball devotees duel, dominate All photos by John Petty Clackamas Print
Two teams face off during the dodgeball tournament held Saturday, Nov. 20 in Randall gym. The tournament attracted dozens of dodgeball fans and spectators alike. Six teams competed for the coveted title of champion, but the Ballers reigned victorious at the end of the night.
By Harley Jackson The Clackamas Print Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge are the five rules of dodgeball, and they were being obeyed to the fullest during Clackamas Community College’s first dodgeball tournament of the year. The tournament was the brainchild of Associated Student Government member Casey House. He’s had the idea since the beginning of the year to host the tournament and was very excited to
see it come to fruition. “Honestly I thought there were going to be less people, but they keep coming,” said House at the event. “The majority of the people didn’t show up till the very last minute, and people are still signing in. This makes me happy.” Approximately 36 people showed up to the event to make a total of six teams of six players. Before the matches started, players were asked to sign a waiver in case of an injury and then were encouraged to chow down on free
pizza that was provided by ASG. A hodgepodge of players showed up: men, women, teenagers, college students and non-students. The six teams had a variety of names: Clackamas ASG, the Reach Arounds, the Dirty Ballers, Team Bad Ass, the Ballers, and the A-Team. Each match lasted a total of three minutes. To win a match, a team had to be victorious two out of three rounds. The event was also double elimination. These rules made for longer, tougher games. The first game pitted
The co-ed event proved to be a battle of skill and perserverance as participants dodged balls, caught speeding globes of rubber and mercilessly attacked their opponents throughout the night.
Clackamas ASG against the Reach Arounds. The RAs claimed the first win of the game and came on strong from the beginning. In the second round the ASG team was the dominate force. They were ahead with five players still in while the RAs only had one. For the lone RA player, Dave Lipinski, victory seemed hopeless as he dodged and ducked a salvo of rubber balls. In true underdog fashion, he came from impossible odds to make two incredible catches to even things up and capture the win. “I didn’t even know I was the last man. I was just concentrating on not getting hit. I’m excited to beat the first team,” said Lipinski. The next few games were breathtaking shows of sportsmanship. The Ballers defeated the A-Team in a three round extravaganza. Team BA upset ASG. Dirty Ballers prevailed against Team BA and conquered the RAs, every match becoming a grueling expression of machismo and feeling. The semi-final match between the Ballers and the Dirty Ballers was an intense altercation of two very evenly matched teams, not just in name but in skill. The first round was dominated by the DBs with not one member getting eliminated. The second round was looking to be a repeat of the previous until a miraculous catch evened the odds and helped the Ballers take the match. The third round went back and forth trading blows, ending with both teams having three players when time was up. Since there are no ties, sudden death was initiated and the bombardment began anew. The outcome remained the same with three players left on each team once again; therefore, a second sudden death was called for the remaining players only. The Ballers finally
triumphed over the DBs to win the most heated game of the day. “We knew victory was ours. We had so much fun against the Dirty Ballers,” said Vini Laski of the Ballers. The Ballers and Team BA were the final two combatants and gave the spectators exactly what they wanted, a championship match to end all matches. “My original team bailed on me, and I was happy to be drafted to Team BA,” said Philip Frerichs. The first round ended with the Ballers destroying Team BA and losing only one player. An injury started the second round with a player from the Ballers falling and hurting his knee. Team BA won the round with more players remaining after time was up. The third round was an unusual one with no time limit; it was going until all players from a team were eliminated. The injured player recovered and helped his team overcome Team Bad Ass with an outburst of fury that gave them the edge and the victory. The Ballers were the undefeated champions of the court and showed good sportsmanship by cheering for their fallen opponents. “This was awesome. I had a lot more fun than I thought I was going to have. We played and won as a team. We had good, tough, intense matches,” said Justin Lehman of the Ballers. This tournament was exactly what it promised it would be; a titilating duel of fates with grown men and women getting hit in the face by rubber balls. Although this was the first ASG-hosted dodgeball tournament, it certainly won’t be their last. “We liked the turnout, we’re definitely going to have another next term. People really got into it,” said Justin McDaniels of ASG.
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Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010
Cougars speed through pre-season By Katherine Suydam The Clackamas Print The women’s basketball team at Clackamas Community College is an exciting team, playing fastpaced ball and placing in Northwest Athletic Association of Community College’s league championships year after year. The Cougars have an impressive NWAACC record, gaining a 10-year champion placement streak. Though the team was Southern Region Champion last year, they have not won the league championships since 2004. Head Coach Kayla Steen hopes to change that. With four familiar names on the roster, she hopes that the team can make it to the championships this year. Sophomores Johnnelle Kapua, Shayla Ball, Melair Halterhoff and Miranda Martine will likely be starting this season. “I look for a very promising year from all four of them. They’re all very talented individuals and they play very well together,” said Steen. “It’s to our advantage to have all four of them on the floor together to play; we’re going to win a lot of ball games with them.” Players agree that the Cougars will bring their speed and ambition into the season. “We’re really quick with everything that we do,” said guard player Alex Howe, who will redshirt this year to improve her game. “Quick and crisp, our press is definitely what is going to help us win some games.” Cougars women’s basketball runs a spread offense. The team plays fast and uses their speed to their advantage. Though they have official positions, the members of the team learn to play all positions so that they can create a mismatch. “If our post players are able to step out to the three-point line, sometimes bringing their post defender with them creates a mismatch,” said Steen.
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Cougars guard Alex Howe pushes to the basket last Tuesday in practice. Howe will be redshirting in the coming season, watching from the sideline while she improves her game. With the fast-paced game that the Cougars bring to the court, they hope to wear out the opposing team. “We’re a quick team, and I have a feeling that we’re just gonna run teams. When they’re tired we’re still gonna have energy. We’re pretty much gonna run them to lose,” said guard/forward Shayla Ball. The starting positions are still up for grabs but it is likely that the four returning players will start. Freshmen on the team are competing for the last position and, though they have
an idea who it will be, they have not given up hope on getting those starter minutes. “Sam McCloud, she’ll probably be one of the starters with the other four sophomores on the team. She’s good offensively and defensively. She’s an all-around good player,” said Howe. Even thoughit’s been six years since the Cougars were last named champions, they are positive going into the season. “We’re one of the teams to look
out for, we’re one of the best coming into the league,” said Howe. Though they are confident, the Cougars still feel that they have improvements to make before the season starts. “I think the most we need to work on is boxing out and communicating on the floor. We’re always running extra lines to the front and doing that stuff so I have a feeling just talking more, helping people out on the floor, telling people where to go will help us the most,” said Ball.
The Cougars NWAACC league season doesn’t begin until Jan. 8, when the Cougars will open with a three game road trip before returning for their first home game against Mt. Hood Community College on Jan. 19. Before the season starts, the Cougars will host the Thanksgiving Invitational, a three-day tournament in which eight teams will participate. The tournament will he held in the Randall Hall gym from Nov. 26 through 28.
Football word search NFL faces potential lockout in 2011
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No National Football League next year? Yes, you heard right. What NFL fans have dreaded for so many years has finally come to be a possibility. The NFL and the NFL Players Association have yet to reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement for next year and years after. Without this agreement in effect next year would be a lockout for the NFL players and their teams. Because there was a failure to reach a new deal last year, this NFL season was a season without a salary cap. Teams could go out and spend money on players and not have to worry about being under the cap. The current labor agreement in effect expires this March. Currently players receive 59.6 percent of designated revenue, according to the NFL. Many NFL team owners think this percentage is too much for the players. The owners would like the agreement to lower that percentage. The two sides are at such a disagreement that
the NFLPA has involved the U.S. Congress in the issue. The NFLPA wants the NFL and its owners to see the economical effect of a failure to agree to terms for a deal. In a report done by NFL.com, NFL lobbyist Jeff Miller argued that Congress isn’t in a position to resolve the dispute and that trying to pull lawmakers into it is out of bounds. This isn’t the first time the NFL or the NFLPA have visited Capital Hill, as both have been to Washington to talk about the ongoing issues with head injuries in the NFL, which I talked about two weeks ago in my column. The NFL and the NFLPA need to reach an agreement because a lockout of the NFL will affect more then just professional football. Team revenue will decline as well as the league revenue. The new Nike deal with the NFL won’t be worth even half as much of what it is estimated to be if there are no players to wear Nike’s uniforms. Companies such as ESPN and ABC will lose revenue they gain from televising the events. Both are operated as Disney subsidiaries so one way or another Disney will also lose money. Both sides have their views of a perfect agreement but the reality is neither side will likely get everything it wants. The best thing for the agreement is to find a middle ground where each side has a few things that they want. But to hold out for more is selfish of both the NFL and the NFLPA. The players want more and the NFL owners don’t want to give them more. The NFL owners want to give less but the players don’t want less. No immediate agreement seems to be close at hand and the way things are looking now no deal will come in the near future. Lockouts have prevented the National Hockey League and the Major League Baseball from playing seasons in the past and no one wants to see it spread to football as well. March is just around the corner, a little over three months to be exact. Without an agreement NFL fans can expect a lockout. In other words: No NFL.
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Club learns value in choosing wise words By Conni Gaunt The Clackamas Print In this crazy and wonderful season of Oregon’s mixed fall weather of wind, rain and sun, one can meander over to the inviting blue Niemeyer Center at Clackamas Community College’s Oregon City campus for relaxation and an escape from the elements. It’s in this building that the Speech Club meets. The club is more like a big family with a homey adviser, Kerrie Hughes. The closeness of the group cannot be ignored, considering this is 2010, the time our culture is known for decreased human emotional connections in a sea of educational pursuit. Last week they traveled to Longview, Wash. For a speech competition against 17 other schools. Stephanie Willis of the club won first place in her impromptu presentation, and Jessica McDonald won fourth place in the program oral interpretation category. At the competition, Willis was given the theme of the speech, then had to create it in five minutes and deliver it in two minutes. The delivery came from her heart, stunningly filled with wisdom for her young age of 18 years. These young women gleamed with confidence, knowing they are using skills learned in the club. Shawn Rocheleau, the club president, is 31 years old and served the U.S. Navy for eight years prior to his enrollment at Clackamas in 2009. This veteran was a leader in the Navy but said Hughes has “taught me new ways to communicate effectively and be a better leader,” which gave him new tools to motivate others, instead of yelling orders as in his military days. “In all my relationships, I’m more mindful of the impact my words have and the way (I) say them. I’ve developed more patience with others, especially (with) my children,” said Rocheleau. Courtney Englet joined speech this year because “I like to talk,” she said with a smile, adding that “most of my college friends are in this club.” Jared Blalack said the club is fun and that “people that are in the club help you and
provide support for you.” Hughes tries to instill in her students the principles of communication that she learned from Kelly Brennan, a speech instructor at Clackamas. The principles include fundamentals of articulation, persuasion, research, critical thinking, interview, productivity and power in any relationship. “I think Kerrie is one of the best debate coaches in the nation (because) she fosters an atmosphere where we really become family,” said club Vice President Robby Price, who debated in Louisiana this year at nationals. “When you travel and see other teams, you realize this is not the case with them. They don’t have the relationship with each other that we have; we work as a team.” Hughes added that their club is not about individuals but about the team. “We are a family that stands behind each other; we win together, we lose together,” she said. Hughes said the speech department has had a debate team for more than 25 years at the college, but in 2008, they lost their funding due to college budget cuts. In 2009 club members decided to pull together to continue competitions. The club hosted a garage sale this past summer with donations from 32 families and raised $1,500 towards their expenses. The club has to raise money for all their competitions, with the exception of one national competition which is paid for by a Niemeyer grant. Nicole Petty has made silver gift boxes, along with brightly beaded jewelry, to sell for a fundraiser for their club. Jennifer Bietchek, a nonmember, offers support to the club by presenting a plan for ways to fund their trips for the competitions and the fees they pay to compete. The plaques on the wall in the speech room say these words: Courage, Destiny, Determination, Perseverance and Team Work. Room 140 is where the club can be found working on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-5:30 p.m. Join Santa for breakfast at the Niemeyer Center on Dec. 4 and 5 to help the team fundraise and continue to grow.
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Shawn Rocheleau, Clackamas’s Speech Club president, competes in a speech and debate contest at Mt. Hood Community College.
21+: The hangover, nature’s way of making you pay By Joshua Baird Arts & Culture Editor There is nothing more terribly horrifying than waking up naked in water up to your neck surrounded by piranhas. Although lying in bed with a bad case of the spins at the end of a long night of drinking and hanging out with your friends is a close second. The reason: you just have to know that you are going to be hung over in a few hours. The question here is twofold. First, how did this happen to me? Second, how bad is tomorrow going to be? For many of us, the hangover is nothing new. It’s a part of life, like death and taxes and
possibly condoms, if you’re lucky. Really lucky. Hangovers are typically caused by an overindulgence in that sweet nectar called alcohol. This can be as little as one shot of vodka or as much as a whole bottle. The amount that it takes is unique to all of us based off of a number of factors including gender, height, weight and even your cultural heritage can play a major impact on how much or little it takes to have a hangover. So what can I do to get rid of this horrible pain in my head, neck, stomach and knees? Not a whole lot. Although everyone and their mother seem to think that some BS homeopathic remedy is going to fix
the miserable experience. Stuff like eating tomatoes or drinking more booze have been the highlights for getting rid of a hangover, but those cures really don’t work as well as they seem. I mean how ridiculous does it sound to just keep drinking to avoid a hangover? Someday it will catch up with you. I have personally experimented with a couple of possibilities and I have found that if you must drink, the best way to avoid a hangover is to drink a glass of water for ever shot, beer, cocktail or glass of wine you enjoy. The symptoms of a hangover can be but are not limited to headaches, nausea, vomiting
and other grossness. The thing I have to ask myself is “if I know this is going to happen to me, then why do I drink?” Your answers are probably different from mine, but I drink to taste the complexity of the flavors that I am about to enjoy. Of course for many college students the reason for drinking is probably a lot more basic – to get (expletive deleted) up. In the end, if you are going to have a hangover your best bet is to just tough it out, take a couple of aspirin and just go to class. Disclaimer: We at The Clackamas Print does not encourage drinking to excess or underage drinking of any kind.
The Clackamas Print 7 & Potter fans rewarded for patience
By Kayla Calloway Co-Editor and Chief Spoiler Alert: This review contains spoilers for those who haven’t read the book. Read on at your own risk. The line for the 12:10 a.m. showing of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” wrapped up and down the long hallway at Clackamas Town Center’s Cinemark movie theater. Some of the fans had begun to set up camp at noon, 10 hours before the management began to even let the audience in. I arrived at about 9:45 that night, Slytherin hoodie on and a Dark Mark drawn onto my left arm. I discovered that I was not alone in my nerdiness; costumes ranged from a simple lightning bolt on the forehead to elaborate Quidditch robes. The excitement outside the auditorium was completely eclipsed the moment that intricately designed Warner Bros. logo appeared through the fog. Everything about this film set it miles apart from the previous six. All of the actors really stepped up their game in every scene. The “extended camping trip” was cut down significantly, which was a necessity to fit into a two hour movie, but it all made sense. They didn’t omit anything too important. Ron still got frustrated and left, and they still got captured by Snatchers and taken to Malfoy Manor. The makers of the film took no shortcuts with the post-production of “Deathly Hallows.” The shooting was completed well over a year ago, and this entire time has been devoted to two things: torturing the fans (such as myself) and making the special effects flawless. From the first five minutes of the movie, the time and energy put into the “Seven Harrys” scene is perfectly obvious. Everything from the Polyjuice transformations to the battle between the Death Eaters and the heroes in the sky and throughout the entire movie, it was absolutely, positively the most beautiful movie I’ve seen in a long time. One scene that really sticks out in my mind would have to be the illustration of “The Tale of the Three Brothers,” in which Hermione is reading the children’s story to Harry, Ron and Xenophilus Lovegood, father of Luna and editor of The Quibbler. Whoever had the brilliant idea of animating the tale the way they did needs to win an award of some kind. The cartoonish realization of the story was beautiful, captivating, dark and absolutely perfect for the story, which was rather dark for a kids’ story about death.
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Something else that caught my eye was the use of different settings throughout the “camping trip.” The locations that were used in the film were the most breathtaking places I’ve ever seen and they were used in such a way that it enhanced what was going on, with the tense moments and the loneliness. Not everything could be 100 percent perfect, though. In every book-to-movie adaptation, plot discrepancies will develop and things will be left out. “Deathly Hallows” is no exception. One example that I could not get out of my mind was the mirror shard that Harry has in his possession at the start of and throughout the film. To those not quite as obsessed as I am, this might not matter; however, this mirror is an important plot tool that was first introduced in the fifth book. Its purpose was a tool of communication between Sirius Black and Harry. In the movies, it’s never brought up until now, and even then, it isn’t explained. It just is. Another discarded element was important in the book but for some reason, was omitted from the film; at the wedding of Bill and Fleur, Harry has a conversation with Ron’s Auntie Muriel and Elphias Doge, a lifelong friend of Dumbledore, about the late headmaster’s life prior to his career. Harry discovers many things, but some are kept in the film and others are not. Muriel does say that the Dumbledores lived in Harry’s birthplace of Godric’s Hollow, but she does not mention the mysterious death of his younger sister, Ariana, whom many believed to be a Squib. The realization of these facts and rumors sends Harry down a path of confusion and even anger towards Dumbledore. He doubts everything that he knows and feels as though their relationship was built on lies and half-truths. The fact that they left this out really hinders the character developement throughout the story. The mood of the movie was very dark. Favorite characters were lost and situations really pulled Harry, Ron and Hermione to their breaking points. It was never made more clear and noticeable than at the end of the movie when Dobby dies and Voldemort acquires the Elder Wand. The screen went to black before the credits and no one applauded like audiences normally do at the end of a fantastic film. Even with its faults, “Deathly Hallows - Part 1” was by far the best movie, thus far, in the series. The long wait proved to be a positive choice, and even though July is a ways off, the wait and anticipation will be worth it.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (PG-13) Nov. 19 160 minutes Genre: Adventure, Fantasy Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes Summary: With the wizarding world growing more and more dangerous, Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on a perilous quest to destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality - his Horcruxes. Away from the comforts and relative safety of Hogwarts, the trio must rely on each other more than ever for survival. Rating:
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Join the Brotherhood By Brian Baldwin Associate News Editor He’s standing there, threatening the local blacksmith with two goons. As you inch your way towards him through the crowd, you touch the brim of your hood and two arrows lodge themselves in the goons’ necks. Turning to see what the commotion is, he sees you and bolts down an alley. He attempts to flee into his estate, but several others block his path. He sharply turns back around, but his last breath is muffled by the blade piercing his throat. The last thing he sees is the white and crimson robes of the assassin order. Requiescat in pace. “Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood” is the third game in Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise, following the life of Desmond Miles. Miles was born into the modern-day assassin order and was captured by Abstergo Industries, the corporate front for the “evil” Templar order. Set in present time, Abstergo has created a machine called the Animus, which allows its user to access and relive “genetic memories” of their ancestors up until the time of conception. “Brotherhood” follows Miles after the events of “Assassin’s Creed II,”
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where they are on the run from Abstergo and running out of safe havens in Italy. “Brotherhood” boasted several new features during development that were to make it different and more efficient than those before it. The most significant single-player feature was the ability to recruit assassins to fight on your behalf. This feature was a success, but was also lacking in certain situations. By using an “Assassin Signal” several members that you have recruited will appear and attempt to kill targets that you have selected. However once these targets are dealt with, the computer AI makes the decision whether or not they stay and help you with your next set of targets or just jump onto a pile of boxes and leave you alone. Should you have three of these “signals” and decidedto use them all at once, you will call down a rain of arrows, instantly killing about 80 percent of the guards in your general area. You are also unable to decide who you send into battle. This was irritating, as they must accumulate experience in order to become better fighters, and these signals always send out the strongest recruits first. This feature has its uses when you
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are surrounded, but it does not give the feeling that you have the support of a brotherhood as the game suggests. The Florin currency in the game also has greater importance. Weapons and armor are much more expensive, and you must still buy ammunition for your gun, poisons and crossbow. However, looting the dead bodies of your foes usually replenishes all of your supplies. The idea of renovation is also expanded upon in Brotherhood, only instead of a simple villa you may roam the lands and renovate all of Rome by fixing aqueducts, building a brothel or even purchasing the Roman Coliseum. Doing so will only increase the amount of Florins you get every 20 minutes. You may also send out the members of your assassin order to gain money for you, but for some of the missions you can get more money by tackling a pickpocket in two minutes than by waiting 17 minutes for your assassins to return. In my opinion, the storyline is the testament of whether or not a game will be a good seller, and this game’s single player doesn’t even match its predecessor. Once again you play as Ezio Auditore da Firenze, now a
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master assassin. At the beginning of “Brotherhood,” you escape after your very public disruption of Mass and return to Monteriggioni. Once you return home, you find yourself under attack by the full force of the papal armies, lead by Rodrigo’s son Caesare, the main antagonist of the game. The story takes a turn from AC2’s quest for vengeance to a more personal narrative of how Ezio becomes an even greater master assassin. Even the “hidden truth” puzzles have a different theme, changing from how these “Pieces of Eden” really shaped the world to the formation of Abstergo Industries. At the end I felt that the storyline fell through the cracks with a very small supporting cast and the biggest moment at the very beginning. I was also hoping to see more of Miles using his skills as an assassin to battle Abstergo like he had done at the end of the second game, but all he did outside of the Animus was climb walls. The most anticipated feature of “Brotherhood” was the use of online multiplayer sessions. Up to eight players from around the world can team up in four versus four, multiple
teams of two, or even a free-for-all match. The goal behind multiplayer is that you are an employee and Templar within Abstergo using the Animus’s “Bleeding Effect” to train and quickly learn the skills and abilities of the assassins. When you play you are given a generic persona, whether it’s a doctor, courtesan or even a barber, and sent out to find your target and assassinate them. That is the only game mode available and I found it to be very repetitive. There are also several actions that are touch-and-go, which hampers gameplay. You do not have to reinvent the wheel every time you build a car (or in this case, a video game) but you need to add flair every time you do so. “Brotherhood” had all of the bells and whistles AC2 had, but it didn’t mix well.
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Released: Nov. 16, 2010 Publisher: Ubisoft Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rating: Buy, rent or skip? Rent Nintendo