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Club Calendar Henry Yarsinske Jr. Managing Editor

Sapphire Chan Advertising Manager

Kaleb Weber Graphics Editor

Chris Kim Staff Writer

Cassie Ratterree Assistant Editor

Nathaniel Lynch Photography Editor

Jake Nicholls Web Editor

Christian Zerbel Social Media Manager

Meagan Baron Staff Writer

Ashley Cline Staff Writer

Bob Neary Staff Writer

Felim So Staff Writer

Andrew Wahl Adviser

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International Club. Meets 12:30-1:30 p.m. in PSU 204. Latter-Day Saint Student Association. Meets 11-1 p.m. in IND 101. Supporting Parents With Limited Incomes for College Ed. Meets 1:30-2:30 in PSU 204. Writing Club. Meets 11-noon in PSU 204. 1st Nations for Native Americans. Meets 2-3 p.m. in PSU 310. Christian students’ club. Meets 12-1:20 p.m. in PSU 204. Drama Club. Meets 12:30-1:30 in RAI 212. Trying Again Guys and Gals for people from the workforce. Meets 1:30-2:30 p.m. in PSU 204. EMPOWR for political awareness. Meets 3 p.m. in PSU 310. Students for environmental awareness. Meets 2 p.m. in IND 138. Human Services Club. Meets 11-noon in IND 115. Asian/Pacific Islander Student Union. Meets 4-5 p.m. in PSU 284. M.E.Ch.A. for Chicano and Latino students. Meets 1-2 p.m. in PSU 204. Islamic Social Club. Meets 12-1:30 p.m. in PSU 204. Japanese Club. Meets 1:30-2:30 p.m. in NBI. Photography Club. Meets 12:10-1 p.m. in WHI 261. Society of Women Engineers. Meets 1-2 p.m. in WHI 238. Teachers of Tomorrow Club. Meets 2:30-3:30 in PSU 204. Club Council Meeting. Meets 1-2 p.m. in GWH 286/288.

For a full list of clubs and advisors, visit the Student Activities Office in PSU 209. PSU 204 is the “club room,” located in the back of the Paperclip.

Letter from the Editor Henry Yarsinske Jr. Managing Editor


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I’ve either ruined the paper or made it better. I can’t decide what impact I’ve made on campus with the first edition of The Clipper, but I do know that we’ve blown through almost 1,500 papers. Either you are actually picking the paper up to cruise through our stories or someone is really happy that they have enough newspaper to cover their kitchen that they are repainting. Whatevers happened, the paper has been flying off of the stands faster than ever. The barista in Whitehorse said to me that students have tried to buy the paper, which is pretty kick-ass, but The Clipper will always be free. We’ve also intruduced, as you can see by my use of the word “ass,” coarse language into The Clipper. The reasoning for that? We are a student newspaper, not a stuffy news outlet. We inject these words into our articles beause this is how we talk, this is how we write, and I’m not going to be the guy to stifle anyone’s writing. Plus, we’re all over the age of 13 here, which is how old you have to be to see a movie with the effword, sh-word and the a-word in it. Be aware that if you drop an F-bomb while onrecord, we will print it. This has raised at lease one eyebrow, which you can read on page 3, and that’s fine. I welcome the open discussion of cussing in the Clipper.

If you feel strongly either for or against it, please email us. We want this discussion to be open in the pages of our paper. Besides using some of Carlin’s words you can’t say on television (or print), we’ve expanded our photo coverage. The Clipper needed an overhaul to the way we designed pages, and more photos means more pretty things to look at instead of stupid ugly words. Who needs words anyway? Nobody reads anymore. Well, that’s not true. People read “50 Shades of Grey.” Maybe we should write about BDSM in the Clipper? I think we have a whip around here somewhere. All we need is some black curtains and a safe word. We also started an Instagram account for The Clipper. (or as my girlfriend calls it, “Insta.” Who calls it that? Am I not hip enough anymore? What’s happened to me?!) You never know what might come up on campus, so follow us on all sorts of social media. We are everywhere, like Geico commercials or the NSA. In closing, I’m excited about the future of the paper. We’ve been talking about doing a 20 page issue later in the year, maybe more. The amount of work that takes to put together is staggering, but I know that we can do it. Hope you enjoy this issue. Have fun and be safe ~Henry Yarsinske Jr. Managing Editor.

No Trojan Condom Headline Jokes Since 2011.

Letter to the Editor Re: Cussing in The Clipper

Good morning, This morning I took the opportunity to read through October 16 edition of The Clipper to see what was happening on campus and to get more acquainted with the EvCC’s newspaper. I enjoyed quite a few of the stories and was happy to see that many different items regarding the college (such as the change to Canvas) or students’ interests (such as the PS4/Xbox One debate) were included. I was, however, quite offended by comments in two stories written by Bob Neary, one of your staff writers. In the story about parking, when commenting on the prices of parking passes, Bob wrote “Ass, gas or grass... you know the rules.” I was a bit surprised, but thought that perhaps today’s culture would allow this to pass in a newspaper. Having come from a conservative background, I didn’t know the meaning of the phrase. Going to Google, I found the answer here in the Urban Dictionary. I no longer felt this comment was worth passing over.

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After turning the page and reading about Krokodil (the story was also by Bob Neary), I was surprised to read the following: “Regrettably, you don’t need a highly refined compound to get fucked up.” and “...they won’t sell you any bad shit...” I was completely appalled. When reading through any professional newspaper, language like this is completely absent. Why is this acceptable in a college paper, the purpose of which is being a training ground for future journalists? Please carefully consider what you write and allow in The Clipper. I would love to support EvCC in any way that I can, but I cannot currently say that I would hand someone I know a copy of The Clipper to let them know what is happening at our campus. With such language in the stories, I would honestly be embarrassed to do so. Thank you for thoughtfully considering this, Luke Hamilton

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The Clipper presents:Horoscopes Aries -- March 21 - April 20 Do you want to know a secret? Avoid raccoons, walruses and octopuses’ gardens. After golden slumbers, a good day sunshine will follow. It won’t be long until a girl named Rita will offer you some wild honey pie with a little help from her friends Maggie Mae, Lucy and Maxwell.

Taurus -- April 21 - May 21 Everyone makes mistakes. But that last mistake you made, wow. In the future, remember to consider the consequences for your actions. Be wary of homeless people, and stop touching yourself.

Gemini -- May 22 - June 21 Your decisions will bring you adventurous experiences this week. Don’t hesitate to forego your daily routine because you will be surprised by the changes you make. Wearing socks with holes or your granny’s hand-medowns will give you an extra boost of fortune. Parking lots and bathrooms will be the luckiest spots for you to hang out this week. Don’t forget to give your teachers hugs because they are going to be your lifesavers.

Cancer -- June 22 - July 23 Be wary today, you are at a high risk for losing something. It will likely be your sock, but it could also be your footing, so keep your shoes tied. If this happens, don’t worry, just pick yourself up, put on more socks and consider investing in sandals.

Libra – September 24 - October 23 You will stick with your books forever because of the November calendar. After October you will have a break to breathe because midterms have finished and thanksgiving will give you a long weekend to study for finals. Yes, please study forever because this is your fate.

Scorpio – October 24 - November 22 Soon you will notice that your thoughts and priorities are wackier than usual. As a remedy, over these next few weeks try to enjoy life by means of friendly social interactions. Keep in mind that doesn’t mean revenge. The term “Grinchy” will look really appealing to you in the near future. However, try to play with humor instead.

Sagittarius – November 23 - December 22 You will become very happy in the near future. This may mean a new car, the love or your life, or an alien abduction if that’s your sort of thing. Keep your chin up and eyes wide because others will be trying to spoil your fun. Beware of men with bright smiles and shiny shoes.

Capricorn – December 23 - January 20 Due to the mystical changing of the seasons, you’ll find yourself at high risk for dry elbows and hands. Most importantly, beware of dandruff. Be careful of the shampoo you use in the near future, because if you choose poorly it could be your undoing and may lead to embarrassing scalp-scratching moments.

Leo – July 24 - August 23 Life has been plentiful lately. Use the new experiences under your belt to keep moving forward. New relationships will take root in the upcoming holiday season. But it would be wise to take it slow. He/she/ it may be the kind that plays for keeps. Make sure you can identify who he, she or it is in the partnering. Otherwise you risk subliminal discrimination.

Aquarius – January 21 - February 19 With the recent alignment of Mars and Venus, you’ll notice that absolutely nothing happens. Everyday tasks and challenges will not change, and you’ll possibly experience a sense of deja vu as you do everything the same as you always have. But do despair, dear Aquarius! Extraordinary occurrences are unlikely in the future.

Virgo – Aug 24 - Sep 23 You desire a profound change. If spirituality is important to you, dabble in voodoo or Catholicism. Otherwise, donate blood, hug your mother and reconnect with old friends. Binge watch a new show on Netflix. But this month, steer clear of bearded strangers; they do not share your goals.

Pisces – February 20 - March 20 Today, love is on your side. That one crush you have on that one individual may be a dream come true, for he or she will accept your feelings and confessions. Confidence, pride and bravery are your best friends. So don’t look back and move forward. Go forth and spill your heart out and may love be on your side.


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The United States of double plus ungood Bob Neary Staff Writer

Yet another study has been published hinting that Americans are some of the most illiterate, uncritically minded boobs in the developed world. The exact wording was “technology rich environment”, meaning even with help of microprocessors, we’re still pretty dumb. As of late we lag behind the lutefisk eaters of Scandinavia – however remain slightly ahead of the Elizabethan pornography smugglers* of Spain. Conducted between 2011-12 by the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), findings show that among 23 developed countries the United States ranked 16th in literacy and 21st in numeracy. The results were compared from a sampling of 5,000 adults between the ages of 16 and 65, with similar sampling in the other participating countries. At first glance these findings are disconcerting. Ironic even, when considering that the U.S. spends more per capita on education than any other developed nation in the world. Wave upon wave of education reform policy has failed to stem the tide of bumbling boneheads passing through our schools. Following the failure of each new reform initiative everyone from partisan pundits to professorial poobahs, have plaintively pontificated about the plight of the pupil, pointing the finger at

everything from poverty to patriarchy. Judging from the dismal track Few would deny education needs a record, maybe it’s high time the federal triple bypass heart transplant. In spite government was cut from the business of of that, nobody can think outside the higher education. paradigm of employing exhaustive Historically speaking, such an legislation and yet more layers of approach isn’t all that strange. Many bureaucracy to conduct the surgery. of our country’s most revered figures All the grand reform initiatives do is received very little formal education. anesthetize the patient. Four to eight We all know the story of how Abraham years later the patient comes to, feeling Lincoln read by firelight in a frontier groggy and nauseas without the faintest cabin. Neither Orville nor Wilbur Wright idea of what has transpired. The only graduated from high school. Mark thing they’re sure of is Twain never held schooling that junior milked his in very high esteem, Few would deny trust fund dry at college, is encouraging people to education needs a unemployed and living at never let it get in the way triple bypass heart of their education. And home rent-free. transplant. What mountains of Thomas Paine’s Common reform policy have bred is Sense sold 600,000 copies an over-credentialed and undereducated to a population of 3 million – a quarter of populace. These days a college degree which were indentured servants and half is viewed more as a career lock rather were slaves. than education for education’s sake. Were all these people geniuses? Now all those unemployed college grads No, they were the product of a society are finding out what a waste it was that put a premium on diligent study watching South Park in their Survey of and critical thinking – something our Pop Culture class. With institutions of schools don’t encourage, acting more as higher learning offering an ocean of fluff manufacturers of cogs for the mill. degrees in things like Communications Technology has made possible a and Multicultural Studies, it’s no wonder return to the free and critical discourse, employers complain about the job which placed us at the zenith of western candidate pool being tepid. civilization. With rare exception, I Could an approach more can’t think of anything I’ve learned in a unconventional than any previously classroom that cannot be found online. conspired be in order? Sometimes even (And with a little legwork, be confirmed the craziest ideas do work. People used of its accuracy.) Nowadays there are to think man would never fly. an increasing number of reputable

What is the ‘A’ for? Ashley Cline Staff Writer

Thanks to a strongly-worded email sent to the right people, I was able to bring forth a change to a problem that most people didn’t realize existed. The LGBTQA/Safe Zone information page on EvCC’s website is informative; it goes through all the essentials on what the club is about, which is good. That’s what we want in a club description page. “Through education, advocacy and awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and ally issues,” I read that on the website, and immediately had a negative reaction to it. The “A” is one of the most widely debated letters. The “A” does not and should not stand for Ally. It’s supposed to stand for asexual, agender and aromantic. Many people hear that and think “But why do asexuals care?” and that’s exactly the point. People identifying as asexual are one of the most invisible members of the community. Asexual erasure is very serious problem going on, and I couldn’t believe that the Safe Zone program was inadvertently contributing to it. That’s where my letter came in. I couldn’t just let it go. I frantically

typed an email to Student Activities and also to the advisers of the Triangle Alliance. I told them that by saying that, they were bringing down the integrity of the whole program. I didn’t know exactly what I expected to happen through this email, but I was invited to come and talk about it at the next Triangle Alliance meeting.After apologizing for the wording in my email, we had a very in-depth talk about what letters to use and what they should stand for. The consensus we came to was that we would use “LGBTQIA+ and allies” this way, more people are included. There are so many letters, and so many people still not included, eventually we’ll have to list out the complete alphabet. So at the meeting, we also talked about changing the letters entirely. There is a new name going around the community, GSRM, which stands for Gender, Sexuality and Romantic minorities. It will take awhile to change over to this new name, but for now, the small “A+ and Allies” is enough. Next time you see something that doesn’t seem right to you, don’t be afraid to tell someone about it, because you never know, something may happen.

organizations offering instruction in all manner of subjects. Take, for example, the International Teacher Training Organization. For a very reasonable sum and only a couple months of online coursework, one can become a certified ESL instructor. Then you have the option of teaching abroad or from the comfort of your living room. The point is that the Internet is reshaping what is possible and practical about education. It’s becoming private and affordable to anyone with an Internet connection or who can get to the library. Even some of the nations most respected schools like Yale, Berkeley and Dartmouth have recognized this and begun offering free online courses. True, you won’t get that coveted degree from an Ivy League school, but the knowledge you’ll acquire is indispensable. Provided the Internet remains uncensored by government agencies, bandwidth will be the only limiting factor. Ubiquitous information is the best thing about the Internet. That’s also the worst thing about the Internet. We should embrace it, but with a critical eye. * Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Season 3, Episode 10-1, Sir Phillip Sidney – “Fighter Against Filth”

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Barnes and Noble to renovate EvCC bookstore

Left: Current layout for EvCC’s bookstore // Meagan Baron Right: An example of possible decoration for EvCC bookstore from Southern Connecticut University. // Clara Carrera

Meagan Baron Staff Writer

Students and faculty shouldn’t be drastically affected from the process of remodeling the campus bookstore, but by the promising results. The bookstore remodeling will start on Nov. 8 with the goal to complete on Nov. 25. “Barnes and Noble is planning on doing the renovations over the weekends up until [Nov. 25],” said Rebecca Mathis, EvCC Director of Auxiliary Services. “The remaining renovation will take place during the normal hours of the bookstore. However, the bookstore will remain open during this time. The plan is for them to work on the renovation in sections. They will be cordoning off each area as it transitions.” The plan to remodel was organized in the beginning when Barnes and Noble merged with the campus bookstore. “The decision to remodel was due to Barnes and Noble wanting a fresher look, as well as, have a similar look as their other locations,” said Mathis.

Kerri Kirk, the campus store manager for Barnes & “There are some pictures of buildings, students doNoble, added, “This is one of the benefits of leasing to ing different things, and they will be posted around the Barnes & Noble and is in the contract with [EvCC]. It store. It’s supposed to be a store within a store model. has been over six years since the bookstore has had any There will be more of a definition of space after the reremodeling done, and it needs quite a bit of work done model,” said Mathis. on it. This remodel is being paid for by Barnes & Noble Clara Carrera, worker in the Office of Design and Conand will not cost the college anything.” struction at Barnes & Noble, provided The Clipper with Renovations will not be expanding out of the book- a picture she took of a Barnes & Noble bookstore display store itself, but will include a larger area by downsizing at Southern Connecticut State University. one of the offices in the bookstore that is no longer freWhen shown the picture provide by Carrera, student quently used and can afford to be minimized. Austin Hendersen said, “I think it looks nice. It’s not In addition, remodeling will include better setups for something you see every day. It is nice to see something cashier lines, re-installing pass-thru windows in the different.” Another student, Ribka Panjaitan, said, “I like it. It hallways for buyback, painting, carpeting and lighting as well as updated fixtures (such as shelving), signage makes you feel more like you’re at home; a homely feelfor the Liberty and Whitehorse annex locations and ing.” wall imagery. Student, Sylvia Mackay, said, “I like it because it gives “I think that [the renovation] is going to be a lot more people who are considering the school a chance to see inviting for students and staff who are going into the what the school is all about.” space, especially with the wall imagery. It is going to be “Oooh! I like that!” said student Sarah Bolton, “I think that’s a good idea. It will make much less boring. It’s a more inviting atmosphere,” said Mathis. The wall imagery is going to include pictures that pretty bland in there right now. I think it will help me were supplied by EvCC. connect in there.”

Collegiate preparation through mid-quarter classes Bob Neary Staff Writer

Developmental Education Department offers tools for academic success

Say you’re really struggling to keep up with your Organic Chemistry class – the amount of studying required to keep pace is becoming a burden. Or the cryptic language of western civilization’s founders in your Myth and Literature of Greece and Rome class has really got you scratching your head. The Developmental Education department most likely has the answers you’re looking for. Each quarter they offer a host of courses designed to prepare students for a collegiate workload. Things like how to be a more efficient reader, sharpen study skills and get familiar with campus resources. With a

straightforward approach, the skills learned in these classes help all types of students meet their academic goals. Everyone from second language students to those returning to academia after decades of career focus, to first year students fresh out of high school, all find practical use from the curriculum. The classes are structured to “eliminate stress”, says Christine Wilson, a teacher with the program, “Students already have enough of that.” The DEVED program is meant to compliment students’ normal coursework. How the course material is applied depends on the individual needs of the student. Classes are typically smaller which allows the teachers a lot of one on one

time with students. As part of each course, students are required to meet with their teacher once a week for a progress assessment and to review difficult areas of study. “We give [students] tools”, said Wilson. The object of these classes is to help students achieve the maximum benefit from their educational experience. Many courses offered by the DEVED program can be applied as electives for college transfer. As well as helping students with necessary credits, DEVED classes also help students receiving financial aid keep their full-time status if they’re short a couple credits, without which they can’t benefit from those wallet saving bucks.

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Students get second chance withdrew. “Inevitably, what you’re left with are students that see the opportunity,” Henry said. He calls the Youth Re-engagement an “amazing gift.”

school when he was younger and had to learn to work hard on his own. He sees a connection between parental involvement and those who are successful For the first two years of his in high school. He compares high school career, David Henry this with his didn’t pass any classes besides girlfriend whose art and P.E. parents always He skipped school and had a pushed her; she tough home life. He didn’t fit never had to rethe mold of an ideal high school learn how to be a student and did not graduate. good student. But now, Henry is set to earn Although Henry his diploma and his degree now calls the this spring after three years in program a gift, he the Youth Re-Engagement had reservations program. He hopes to about joining teach art to high school because it seemed and college students like it was for “bad after completing a kids.” But Youth degree at Western Re-Engagement Washington University. caters to any Henry isn’t alone. student that There are 193 other doesn’t fit in a students in the “U3” program typical high and each one has a unique set school. Many Students interested of circumstances that brought are in Youth Re-Engagement are students them there. The one universal homeschooled, required to obtain a varience, write a trait of these students is that personal essay, include their high school transcripts said program they’re here to work hard – and HSPE scores alongside their Youth Re-Engagement m a n a g e r because for many, it’s their last application. // Nataniel Lynch Patricia Sehlke. shot. B o t h Youth Re-Engagement is a Only driven students tend to Palomino and Henry spoke very program for students between succeed – the students whose highly of their case managers, 16 and 21 that don’t have a high parents push them into the who helped them out whenever school diploma. Students are program tend to “self-select” out there was a problem. Hungerford even went to the length of giving a student a ride to school on the day of a test. “They stood behind your back for anything and everything. They helped me a lot. The whole entire experience was beneficial,” of the program, said Hungerford. Palomino said. “Going to school assigned case managers and go “The main thing is that they have was like going home.” through a quarter of foundation to want it.” Henry agrees, saying The program isn’t for everyone, classes before they start to work that “if you don’t become a good though. Sehlke said they are on their degrees. Case manager student … you’re out.” somewhat successful with Rebecca Hungerford sees Julio Palomino graduated last helping their kids, but with atherself as a “cheerleader” for her spring and is starting at Western risk youth, success is defined by students as well as sometimes in January. Without Youth Re- the individual. having to be the bad guy. Engagement, he never would “I feel like [the Youth-ReStudent’s school is paid for have gotten an education. Engagement program] is a vessel by the program, which is a “It saved my life,” he said. “High rather than something that partnership between EvCC, the school wasn’t working out for me shapes people,” said Henry. Monroe School District and Sea at all … I just stopped caring.” Jason Dougherty just left the Mar Community Health Centers. Being able to take classes later Youth Re-Engagement program, Students in the Youth Rehelped Palomino – who had saying over Facebook “I have Engagement are expected to trouble sleeping – to succeed a tendency to neglect myself in maintain a 2.0 GPA and attend favor of things other people class regularly. Students expect me to do.” He plans “I feel like [the Youth Rewho don’t perform well to see a psychologist and to or fail any of their first Engagement program] is a stop making plans for the quarter foundation vessel rather than something future until then due to his classes are dismissed anxiety. that shapes people.” from the program. These “I think the program itself classes include a math is great for if you have a goal class, a computers class, ~ David Henry, Youth Re- that you actually want,” he a communications class said. Engagement student and a career development There are still spaces open class. instead of dropping out. Without for Winter Quarter enrollment. Dismissals are common, said Youth Re-engagement, he would The Youth Re-Engagement Henry, who observed that about not have been able to attend offices can be found in Rainier half of the kids who started off in school. 217. the program with him were gone Henry is in the same situation. by the end of the second quarter. His parents never talked about In the last month, 17 students Jake Nicholls Web Editor

“They stood behind your back for anything and everything ... going to school was like going home.” ~ Julio Palomino, Graduate

Meet David Henry

David Henry is working towards a fine arts degree and plans to transfer to Western.

Youth Re-Engagement has given Henry an outlet for his artwork. He joined his high school yearbook and trained his photo skills before coming to EvCC. “There are no wrong answers in art,” he said. Henry works in all areas of fine arts, be it painting and drawing, photography or sculpting. Henry said that the Youth Re-Engagement program was the biggest help he ever received. When asked about the funding for Youth Re-Engagement, Henry said that kids who don’t have the parental support or come from sometimes need an extra leg up. However, when Henry tells other students that he’s from Youth ReEngagement, it’s like “avoiding eye contact with a homeless person.” Henry is adamant that it’s not a handout for people who have made bad choices. Instead, it gives people who have been in adverse situations another chance.

All photos courtesy of David Henry.

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Cougs find a home at EvCC New degree programs offer students more opportunities to get their Bachelor’s Degree on campus Sapphire Chan Advertising Manager

For those of you who are interested in transferring to Washington State University or Central Washington University, but are worried about relocating to a new environment, the four new on-campus degree programs offered by these universities might offer you a solution. Scheduled to start in the fall of 2014, Washington State University (WSU) plans to offer three different on-campus degree programs in Electrical Engineering, Hospitality Business Management and Integrated Communication. In the meantime, Central Washington University (CWU) offers a new degree program in Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) this year. All four new degree programs will provide students with means to obtain their bachelor’s degrees after they finish their associate or transfer degree at Everett Community College. Not only does adding these programs help students continue their higher education, but it also offers more degree options for students. Currently, the University Center of North Puget Sound has connections with eight different universities and colleges in the state of Washington. The University Center offers courses from these universities and colleges to provide bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees for students in North Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties. “The University Center provides great opportunities for all of our students, and we are adding basically four new opportunities, one with Central, and three with WSU,” said Gretchen Rowe, Associate Dean of the University Center of North Puget Sound. “We’ve always had great offerings here for all of our students.” Rowe said the WSU degree programs in Hospitality Business Management and Electrical Engineering are well-established programs since they have been programs on the WSU main campus for a long time. The Hospitality Business Management program focuses on teaching students about management operations in the field of hospitality, lodging, tourism, and food beverage businesses, while the Electrical Engineering program emphasizes students’

learning of electrical, electronic, or computer based devices and systems. Currently, the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering from WSU is offering a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program at EvCC. Rowe thinks adding the Electrical Engineering program to the campus is a good fit for local and regional jobs, as it helps fulfill the demand for expertise in engineering intensive business. “The

electrical engineering is a STEM degree [science, technology, engineering and math] and right now in our state, especially with the medical techs field in the Bothell area, that’s a growing corridor on 405,” said Rowe, “We have Boeing in our backyard [and] all of the businesses or manufacturers that support Boeing, so having mechanical engineering and adding electrical engineering make sense because those companies need people that can do that type of work.” On the other hand, Rowe pointed out the Integrated Communication is a brand new program that WSU has created especially for Everett. According to WSU’s website, the Integrated Communication emphasis at Everett (ICE) will

“Communication is a degree we always wanted to bring to Everett because it’s a strong program for EvCC,” said Rowe. “The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication is very famous for producing quality communication journalism students, so it’s really exciting to have that program come to campus because it fills the need for our students and it gives us a quality program to fill that need.” She mentioned the university and college have been working on this new Integrated Communication program for the last three years, and that the Communication, Journalism and Graphics Departments

“We a r e working on a very special DTA source, a direct transfer agreement, so our students w i l l have a new curriculum guide to follow, to slide right into that program,” she added. A Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) is a transfer agreement that assures students who complete their Associate of Arts degrees or designated direct transfer degrees at community colleges to meet the lowerdivision general education requirements of four-year institutions in Washington. All of these on-campus degree programs are open to anybody in the state who meets the transfer requirements of the program that they apply for. However, completion of required courses does not guarantee admission because students will be ranked by GPAs on their quarter credits. Each of these programs will admit around 20 to 30 applicants. “The class size will be much smaller and that’s one of the advantages for all of our programs because you get more individualized attention,” said Rowe. “The exciting thing is because these programs are so recognized, I think there will be some incredible internship opportunities for the students that are participating.” Students who are interested in any of these programs can go

“The University Center provides great opportunities for all of our students, and we are adding basically four new opportunities, one with Central, and three with WSU.” ~ Gretchen Rowe, Associate Dean of the University Center of North Puget Sound. be a broad-based degree that teaches students principles and skills which are highly sought after by companies hiring the next generation of communication professionals.

at EvCC have done a lot of planning and coordination to match up the content of current classes at EvCC and with the Murrow courses.

check out the website of the University Center of North Puget Sound to find out more detailed information. “As more information becomes available, we will continue to update that [on the website],” said Rowe. “One of the things students should do is to work closely with their EvCC faculty advisers because they’ve been a part of building these programs for their students, so they will know what the prerequisites are to get into the programs.” To provide more insight about these programs, the University Center of North Puget Sound is planning to host an open house session this fall and have their university partners set up information tables, so prospective students can talk directly with representatives from different universities and ask questions about their degree programs. Meanwhile, coming along with the new programs, the WSU representatives from each of the related departments will have offices in the University Center of North Puget Sound by January. On top of that, WSU is going to take over the University Center of North Puget Sound, which has been managed by EvCC since 2005. “We are trying to build our presence at the University Center by bringing more degree programs there,” said Paul Pitre, Special Assistant to the President for Academics at WSU. In fact, a number of studies have shown that the three county regions: Snohomish, Island, and Skagit (SIS) counties, are underserved regarding to its inadequate access to bachelor and graduate degree programs. The transition of the University Center’s leadership from EvCC to WSU is a plan to expand the SIS region’s access to university level degree completion programs. Pitre said the community has wanted a strong fouryear university presence and the fact that Washington State University is a research university in this state makes it a good potential leader for the University Center of North Puget Sound. Pitre added: “Washington State University’s presence at the University Center of NPS will help to increase the number of degree programs offering and will also be able to work with our partner institution to make sure that there is a good crosssection of degree programs that are available to students in the NPS region.”

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ORCA students take to the Sound High school students dive deep to learn about oceanography.

Bob Neary Staff Writer

Ten years ago, Ardi Kveven founded the Ocean Research College Academy with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. After a decade under her tireless direction the program continues to fuel the spirit of scientific inquiry among students. Last week The Clipper was invited to accompany Kveven and her students on their first boat trip this fall. After spending the first six weeks of the quarter in preparation, a boatload of eager students were ready for their first data-gathering voyage. Filing up the gangplank the students chattered with expectation. As we left port, each research team was briefed on their area of focus. Lookouts were stationed at the stern and bow of the ship to record any kind of marine life en route. All told there were roughly 38 cormorants and one jellyfish. Much to our disappointment there were no sharks or giant squid. As we stopped at our first research station, Dolphin 1, Kveven came topside asking, “what’s our depth?” Christian Houer, a second year student on the navigation team, answered without hesitation “9.3 meters.” The two teams stationed at the bow got to work. One collected samples for analyzing water temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen. The other team dropped a weighted claw to the bottom to grab sediment samples. The plankton team was astern using nets similar to cheesecloth, attached to a cylinder to capture

ORCA students look out towerds Hat Island in the Puget Sound. // Nathaniel Lynch

plankton. Formalin, a water and formaldehyde solution was then added measure the effect current direction and speed have on to each sample to preserve the plankton. Without this micro plastic concentrations in the sound. important step, said Alexis Dittoe, “the zooplankton eat Recent funding from the National Science all the phytoplankton,” leaving the students nothing to Foundation (NSF) has helped enhance ORCA’s ability analyze. to use the Puget Sound ecosystem in student research. Kveven later told me the plankton samples were of The program is fortunate to have Puget Sound nearby, special interest on this trip. Each season offers benefits it is the only oceanography program in the nation that and hindrances to what students can measure on these utilizes the local marine environment as part of the expeditions. Plankton are usually focused on during curriculum. spring and summer because their life cycle is dependent A little over a year ago, a grant from the NSF was used on photosynthesis. Students have lately found numbers to construct a brand new research lab, replete with a atypical to the season and are searching for a reason 120-gallon seawater aquarium at Everett’s waterfront. why. Additional funds from the foundation have also made “Sometimes we can’t explain it, which is cool because possible the construction of a new research vessel, you have all these models that you think make sense, scheduled for completion August 2014. The new boat, but then you find something anomalous and go hmm … combined with the new land facility, will strengthen why is that?” said Kveven. Such critical thinking is core students’ research capabilities immeasurably. Until to the academy’s mission. The students get to piece now they’ve chartered with a local tour boat for bitogether datasets to try and find answers to some of monthly expeditions on the sound. those anomalies. The results of this inquiring spirit are what drive the program’s funding. Data gathered during students’ first year becomes the basis for independent projects their second year. Such is the case with ORCA senior Katherine Ball. Last year, she had some questions about micro plastics in Puget Sound. Through her pioneering research on the subject, the academy has been able to purchase a flow meter. The new tool will help Ball

“Sometimes we can’t explain it, which is cool because you have all these models that you think make sense, but then you find something anomalous and go hmm … why is that?” ~Ardi Kveven, ORCA Director Kaia McKinnon, left, holds a plankton sample as Marlena Ward adds red dye to help count the plankton back in the lab. / / Nathaniel Lynch

ORCA student Andras Miahaly collects sediment samples by lowering a metal claw over the edge of the boat down to the bottom of the sound. // Nathaniel Lynch

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ORCA students divide into groups on the bow to get ready to take measurments of the water temperature, PH levels Etc and collect sedement samples. // Nathaniel Lynch

Above Left - ORCA students Phil Wilson, Max Eaulin, and Grace Matson look out over the sound as the they keep records of every animal they see. // Nathaniel Lynch Above Right - ORCA student Kaia McKinnon adds drops of formaldehyde to preserve a plankton sample. // Nathaniel Lynch Below Left - A student collects the sedment sample out of the claw and puts it in a beaker to analize later in the lab. // Nathainel Lynch Below Right - ORCA student Taylor Cambbell lowers a rope with a weight on it to test the depth of the Puget Sound. // Nathaniel Lynch

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EvCC: 25 years in the future Ashley Cline Staff Writer

Big changes on campus are in the works and are scheduled to appear within the next 14 years, if all goes according to plan. That plan is the EvCC master plan. It was written in 2002 and it came in two versions: the ten-year plan and the 25-year plan. The current phase is focused on parking, student housing and adapting to the arrival of WSU. In a document called “Building the Future: A look at Everett Community College’s 25-year plan,” the college’s vice president of admissions at the time, Michael Kerns, had this to say about the plan, “The master plan addresses needs of a 50-year-old campus, with aging facilities that impact the ability of the College to carry out its mission.” Parking Lack of parking is one of the most commons complaints that students and staff have on campus. The college is not ignorant what everyone is saying; the college knows that there isn’t enough parking on campus and despite what people may think, something is being done to try to fix the problem. Pat Sisneros, Vice President of College Services, estimated that there were about 400-500 students and staff parking in the neighborhoods near campus. Many of them are doing so because they don’t wish to purchase parking passes, but there are some who park there because there are no available spaces on campus. In the original master plan, there was an idea for a parking garage that would give the college 1000 more spaces. It was planned to be released in 2011. It’s been two years, and there’s still no parking garage. It turns out that’s probably for the better. If EvCC were to build a parking garage, the only way to fund it would be to raise the prices of the parking passes. There’s no estimate for how much it would go up, but Cascadia Community College, located in Bothell, has a parking garage. According to their website, their parking passes cost $160 per quarter. In an attempt to lessen the parking problem, the college has tweaked scheduling so that not every student

has to be on campus at 8:00 a.m. The college also offers discount carpool passes, but there are only about 100 stalls available to students, and the passes go quickly. “At some point we will have to go vertical,” said Sisneros. But there is no telling when that will be. Student Housing Dorms are not something that is commonly found on community college campuses, and they aren’t something that EvCC is interested in offering in the future. The college is however interested in expanding on something that is already offered. This is the third year that the college has leased apartment units from Lona Vista Apartments, which is located near campus. Currently there are 20 units available to all students. The ratio of domestic to international students in the apartments is about 50/50. The goal for housing as it relates to the master plan is to expand the international program. “In order to grow the program¸ we need to grow housing as well,” Sisneros said. Sisneros figures that EvCC will need another 200-250 apartments over the next ten years, to be able to grow the program to the size that the college wants it to be. The most likely scenario would be for this facility to be owned and directed by a private company, and the college would lease the units, similar to the current agreement with Lona Vista. WSU With WSU taking over the University center next year, there are plans for new facilities. There is currently a proposal in the works for a 95,000 square foot WSU facility to be built in College Plaza, which is right across the street from the main campus. Providing WSU’s proposal goes through and the college gets the proper funding, this building will be up and running in 2017. If students are utilizing this new facility, there is still a good chance that they will need to go to the main campus at some point, whether it is to visit the library, or to get a bite to eat. This sparked an unofficial plan to build a pedestrian bridge, as a safer way to cross the street. If and when this will ever happen remains to be seen, as Sisneros put the estimated cost for this project in the range of 3-4 million dollars.

*All photographs taken above by Nathaniel Lynch *Maps provided by EvCC Website. On the left is a map of the campus as it is today. On the right is a map of what the plan for the campus is by 2027.

The Gas Station While this is not officially part of the master plan, it is related to the future of the college. Everyone has seen the abandoned gas station right in front of the school. It’s vacant, it’s a bit run-down, and it now sports a lovely fence to keep out vandals and students looking for a free place to park. It is also one of the only pieces of property in the area around the college that is not owned by EvCC. It is also one piece of property that, for the moment, the college isn’t touching. “We are very interested in buying the gas station, but we are unable to at this time.” Sisneros explained that the area around the gas station had originally been the ideal site for Liberty Hall, but it had to be moved due to contamination. The site is contaminated some 60 feet down due to gasoline leaks, and the college just can’t take the risk in buying the contaminated property. “The ideal situation would be for the current owner to clean up the area, and then we buy it in the future,” Sisneros said. There is currently timeframe for this happening, as it is dependent on the current owner. Other Plans The building project that is next in line, is a new library in the area that currently houses Index Hall. This project will either be done from 2017-2019 or from 2019-2021. There is a proposal in the works for this project, and once it gets reviewed, the college will know which date range that the plan will fall under. After the library, Sisneros believes the next project will probably involve rebuilding Baker Hall and possibly renovating Olympus Hall. Both buildings are in need of an upgrade, but Olympus was the first building ever built on campus, which is kind of a special thing. However, there are no official plans for either Baker or Olympus Hall at this time. No one can say for certain what EvCC will look like when the 25 years are over. Fourteen years is plenty of time to allow the plan to continue to change and evolve. “The result [of the plan] will be a modern, cohesive campus where learning can go wherever it wants,” wrote Kerns.

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Staff tell spooky stories

John Syson // Sapphire Chan

Chuck Beeman // Sapphire Chan Sapphire Chan Advertising Manager

During daylight hours, the campus is packed with crowds and events; but when it gets dark, it could be scarier than most of us would have imagined. Here are some experiences shared by EvCC staff who have worked on campus at night giving a better picture of what the campus looks like... in the dark.

John Syson / Grounds & Nursery Services Specialist “Every time I walk by that spot, my skin kind of tingles”

How long have you been working on the campus? “Four and a half years.” What was the creepiest experience you have had on campus? “I think the creepiest thing is when we have people standing in the shadow and you can’t see them. But when you walk by, they move.” When and where does that happen usually? “Early in the morning, we have some places that are not lit up so well on the campus, and people will be in the shadow lurking and you won’t see them until they move. I’m not sure if they are students or not. That’s a little creepy.” What do you think is the creepiest spot on campus? “We put out a plaque for a former groundskeeper who retired here. His name is Jan Witcher. I kind of made it look like he was buried here on campus but he was still here, and it was to honor his ten years of service and he was retiring. I brought a special tree from my home to plant on campus and put basically small headstone to make it look like he was buried there. Then, I asked Jan to come help me to plague his own tree. He did and a few days later he was dead. “Every time I walk by that spot, my skin kind of tingles a little bit and unfortunately he passed away.” If you have to rate this campus according to its strangeness or creepiness, what would you give in a scale from 1-5? (5 is the creepiest) “It’s a one. “It was until I got here before the trees were all over grown and the bushes were all over grown and there were places to hide, and it had a creepy atmosphere. There was about four and a half years ago.”

Chuck Beeman / Maintenance Mechanic

“So something in the tunnel went along and hit that door and I don’t know what it was.” What was the creepiest experience you have had on campus? “I was working in the library and nobody was there. I was working down in the basement. In the room I was working in there was a door that leads into a tunnel. When I was working in that room, I heard something on the other side of the door and I heard they hit the door. I thought about going over and open the door to see what it was, and I didn’t. So something in the tunnel went along and hit that door and I don’t know what it was.” What time did that happen? “Seven in the morning on a Saturday. The building was empty.” What didn’t you go and find out what it was? “I thought well I just leave it alone. I didn’t really want to know what it was and I never heard it again.”

Connie Tune / Custodian

“...He shot her there. She haunted the library.” How long have you been working on the campus? “I’ve been working here for five years.” Have you ever heard of any ghost stories or rumors about this campus? “I‘ve heard of the Parks Library being haunted. There was a student there who was in a bad relationship and because at that time they didn’t have a lot of privacy. Her boyfriend came and asked where she was and found her there, somebody told him and he found where she was, and he shot her there. She haunted the library.” What was the creepiest experience you have had on campus? “The lights in the library sometimes do all go on or off on their own, or even part of them. And every time the custodian tries to change the light, there’s nothing wrong with them. Sometimes, we will turn the lights off and leave and come back, part of them might be on or all of them might be on, and we haven’t

Connie Tune // Sapphire Chan

Heather Jean Uhl // Sapphire Chan

touched them. Or they will go off and they won’t go back on again.” “Also, when I was cleaning down there, I would hear noises, in the same area where the lights are going off and on. It would be like a faint screaming. I could hear somebody screaming [in the] distance.” When does that happen usually? “At night and nobody is there.” How often does that happen? “It probably only happened two or three times. But it makes me nervous enough that I didn’t want to go down there [library] alone at night, when the campus is closed.” What do you think is the creepiest spot on campus? “For me, the library. At night, it’s totally different. It’s very quiet so when you think that you hear that little scream at the background, or the lights are going on or off, it’s really unerving. It’s a big space, and with all of those rows of books you can’t really see what is back there. So, it is very nerve-wracking.” If you have to rate this campus according to its strangeness or creepiness, what would you give in a scale from 1-5? (5 is the creepiest) “Other than the library, I feel perfectly safe here, I would give it a one, but the library gets a five.”

Heather Jean Uhl / Full-time Faculty from Arts and Learning Resources Division

“It’s like a physical presence, it almost feels like someone standing behind your back looking at you.”

How long have you been working on the campus? “I’ve been working here since 2012, this is the beginning of my second year.” What was the creepiest experience you have had on campus? “I’m actually sensitive, (Because of the fire and the library), so apparently there were some ghosts associated with this library. I’m not creeped out by these things at all. You might have heard people describe them as ‘shadow people’ where you will just see a dark outline.” “It happened when I first started here. They were just curious because I was a new person to the library. It’s like a physical presence, it almost feels like someone standing behind your back looking at you.” When and where does that happen usually? “Generally it happens at night and when I am alone. Most of the time, there’s too much commotion and activities going on which kind of dampen everything going on, so you can’t really see.” Where can you find those “shadow people?” “It’s most prevalent back in the area in front of the computer room, and even all the way back to the stacks. I think it smells like water there, and it’s interesting even though there’s nothing wet.” How often does that happen? “Every night that I was here by myself. After a while though, it started to taper off because I think they are not as interested in me anymore because I wasn’t new.” You’re not scared at all? “It’s not a bad thing. I can’t think of a better place for a spirit or a ghost to hang out than the library because you can spend all you times with books. It’s funny since I’ve worked in several libraries and almost every single one is haunted in on way or another.” So, do you believe in ghosts then? “There are a lot of types of spiritual energy and a lot of times it’s just residual. It’s not intelligent; it’s not an actual person or a thing. It’s just leftover energy that is repeating the same motion that had been happening in that area over and over again.” What do you think is the creepiest spot on campus? “I think any of the classrooms at night can be interesting because we are so used to them being full of people. When it’s empty and you are by yourself, it can become very spooky. Rainer Hall feels kind of strange to me. There’s some classrooms in there that I feel like there might be something hanging out.” Have you ever heard of any ghost stories about this campus? “There apparently two known spirits here in this library. The first one is Gary Parks, who died in the fire, and the other one is a student who died in a motorcycle accident and apparently his spirit came back to hang out in the library.” If you have to rate this campus according to its strangeness or creepiness, what would you give in a scale from 1-5? (5 is the creepiest) “Probably only a two because I’ve been to some very haunted places.”

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Costume contest turns heads



Jake Nicholls Web Editor

Students and staff got competitive in this year’s Halloween Costume Contest and Club Fest. Zombies, robots, mythological creatures and advanced cyber soldiers dazzled and wowed onlookers with their creative, sometimes zany costumes. The competition was split into student and staff categories, with some staff dressing up in groups. The big winners on the student side were zombie bride, Sara Flores, Two Face/Harvey Dent, Tara Duffin, and a pair of Power Ranger brothers, David and Daniel Lund. The staff winners were Beth Peterson with a Miss Lovett costume, the teachers from Olympus Hall dressed as Olympians and Venom from Spiderman.

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1. Three Olympians from Olympus Hall. They took second in the staff costume contest. 2. Qui Nguyn gets down with one of the Power Ranger Lund brothers who took third in the student costume contest. 3. Lidia Nevskaya said she was Jack Skellington ... or something like that -- with phone case to match. 4. Kristine Washburn and her daughter, Zandrea, posed as a scientist and her robotic creation. 5. A dancing gnome gets down after the contest’s winners were announced. 6. Megan Brewer despondently dressed as Rose Lalonde from MS Paint Adventures Homestock. 7. Sara Flores won the student costume contest with her detailed zombie bride, complete with wilting dandelions. Winners recieved gift cards to Amazon, AMC Theaters, Alderwood Mall, and other things that don’t start with “A.” Photos by Jake Nicholls.

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Looking into dysgraphia Know the facts: Be aware of writing disabilities Sapphire Chan Advertising Manager

You want to write, but you have difficulties organizing thoughts on paper. You start to write, but your fingers are cramping, you are mixing up letters and you don’t know what words to use. When you get your assignment back, your instructor leaves comments like “Confused sentence structure and poor grammar.” If this sounds familiar, you might have dysgraphia, or a disorder of written expression. Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects a person’s ability to write. It is a writing disorder related to impaired handwriting, orthographic coding and finger sequencing. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), people with dysgraphia might have trouble with handwriting and spelling. They might also find organizing letters, numbers and words on a line or page difficult. A disorder of written expression falls into a similar classification category with dysgraphia. According to the American Psychiatric Association, it is a learning disability in which a person’s writing skills fall substantially below those ex-

pected given the individual’s age back- students with dysgraphia. Cook pointed ground, measured intelligence and edu- out that EvCC provides individualized accommodations for students with writcation level. According to the Center for Disabil- ing disabilities so that each student gets ity Services, there are 54 students regis- the assistance they need. She mentioned tered with a learning disability this Fall in general they might offer use of a comQuarter at EvCC, which include various puter for essays, short answer quizzes learning disabilities such as dysgraphia, and exams, additional time to complete exams or note-taking services. dyslexia and dyscalculia. Particular causes of disorder of writKathy Cook, Director of the Center for Disability Services at EvCC, said in an ten expression are open to question, but email that most people are not familiar major causes for dysgraphia are mostly with terms like dysgraphia or disorders related to a person’s genetic makeup. In of written expression. She said people 2011, a research study published in the who have these types of learning disabili- Journal of Learning Disabilities shows ties are often not aware of the specific ter- that dysgraphia is a biological-based disminology used to describe their specific order associated with genetic and brain disabilities, therefore many people just bases. The study pointed out that indisay they have a learning disability and viduals with dysgraphia are less able to develop normal connections among difdon’t describe it further. It’s not uncommon for people with ferent brain regions needed for writing. Dysgraphia can also cause people emodysgraphia to be unaware of the specific terms about their disability. In fact, many tional distress, especially when people people don’t realize they have this kind of realize they are not doing as well as their disability or aren’t aware of others who peers and constantly fail in writing asmight have it because the symptoms of signments. If you often experience nerdysgraphia are often neglected. In some vous breakdowns when you write, that cases, a person who has dysgraphia could could be a possible sign of writing disbe misunderstood as being lazy, careless ability. One thing to keep in mind is that peoor even stupid. The NCLD suggests individual ac- ple who have dysgraphia or disorder of commodations can be adopted to help written expression might also have other

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Food Review

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Buttered burger bombs Clipper staff member tries Jack in the Box’s Munchie Meal with disastrous results. Felim So Staff Writer

Recently I tried Jack in the Box’s new Munchie Meal. Before I continue with the review, I have to be clear that I am not a picky eater. I noticed America had very little good food before I came here to study. Words such as ‘fast food’ and ‘obesity’ have typically been representative of America. The Munchie Meal is all about one word – oil. Even after drinking half a cup of coke the oily, greasy feeling did not leave my mouth. The whole box contains oil. I only ate half of it. I started with the stacked grilled cheeseburger, which has meat, cheese, butter and an as-

sortment of vegetables, mostly pickles. The tomato and pickles were great for the burger because it gave it a fresh taste, but once they were gone the oil in the burger made the food too heavy. After getting beaten by the burger, it was time to fight the tacos. The tacos tasted like pieces of kitchen paper full of oil. Yes, nothing but oil. There was no taste inside the taco, only an onslaught of oil that spit into my throat. Overall, we cannot expect much from a $6 fast food meal. The amount of grease and oil was unacceptable. It was like drinking a bottle of oil. It is unbelievable to me that people would pay for this food.

Above Left - A grease stain left by one of the many things included in the corner of the box. Above Right - One of the visably oil soaked tacos. Below Left - The contents of The box revealed. Below Right Everything that is included with Jack’s Munchie Meal.

*All photos taken by Felim So

Probing the Panda’s Express Americanized Chinese food isn’t how Mom makes it. Sapphire Chan Advertising Manager Being an international student, one of the biggest challenges I found is not learning the language, but being away from my mom’s Chinese home cooking. My friends and I went to Panda Express recently to have a quick taste of the fusion between East and West.

Entrées Samurai Surf & Turf: Interesting name for a dish that features sirloin steak, marinated shrimp and veggies. The combination of beef and shrimp is pretty appealing for people who are meat lovers. Overall the dish is flavorful and surprisingly the beef is pretty tender. However, throwing in the diced potatoes is a bit distracting and it’s not something you would expect in Chinese food. Honey Walnut Shrimp: This dish features tempura shrimp in honey sauce and is topped with walnuts. The combination of the dish seems playful and appetizing, especially if you are a big fan of sweet and crispy food. The thick texture of the sauce would be a minus for this dish, but the good thing is that its sweetness doesn’t override the overall flavor. Orange Chicken: Just as simple as its name, the dish is prepared with boneless chicken bites and sweet and spicy orange sauce. Being called “Panda’s most beloved dish,” the combination of orange and chicken seems frisky. However, the taste of the dish is not as mouthwatering as it seems. The citrusy flavor is so strong that it actually overweighs the taste of chicken. Tossing the breaded chicken in the sauce also makes the coating becomes mushy, which is a big no-no in my mom’s kitchen.

Kung Pao Chicken: A spicy stir-fry dish that is made with marinated chicken, peanuts, red bell peppers and zucchini and green onions. If you are into spicy cuisine, this dish will be a perfect fit for you. To be honest, this dish is probably the most authentic Panda’s Chinese dish that I tasted. It has great flavor and a good amount of ingredients. A traditional version of Kung Pao Chicken doesn’t include zucchini, but it’s not a bad idea to have that in the dish since it goes with the sauce pretty well.

Sides Fried Rice: Many people think that nothing can ever go wrong with fried rice, but actually fried rice can show how much a person knows about Chinese cooking. The fried rice was more of the dry western style rice, whereas authentic Chinese fried rice uses sticky rice. This might be appealing to western tastes, but it was a bit of a turn off for me. Chow Mein: Prepared with noodles, onions, celery and cabbage, the Panda’s Chow Mein tastes pretty bland and a bit greasy. While this might be a side dish for other strong-flavored Asian entrees, most of the Chinese Chow Mein is more substantial having more vegetables and cabbage.

All in all, if you just want to have a quick bite and are willing to pay the price for some “semi-authentic” Asian food, I would still recommend Panda Express for you. But if you were to look for some homely Chinese food, you might find it’s westernized cooking style disappointing.

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Keeping campus gorgeous

was taking out the dead buds on the top of a flower. She said if it isn’t taken out, the flower will not In fall quarter, leaves fall down grow again because the dead part to the ground everywhere. It might will send the signal that the bud is be the season that American call still there. autumn. She said she cannot use work Paying attention to the crosswalk, gloves because they are too thick, leaves are all around on the ground. so it is too hard to pick up small It seems like no one will go to clean buds on the flower. it, even the groundskeepers. The She expressed that it is kind of yellow and red leaves do bring cool, “But I like my job, it feels so color to the cloudy and gray fall. good to see the ground become However, a week later, the leaves pretty again,” said Amex with a will turn to brown and wither. In smile. that time, groundskeepers will The second job for pick the withered leaves up. They groundskeepers in fall is planting will collect the plants that can leaves and the “But I like my job, it feels survive in fall dust. so good to see the grounds quarter, and The dust planting seeds become pretty again.” helps to break and bulbs for down the leaves next spring. ~Nancy Amex, to become Flowers such Groundskeeper fertilizer. This as hyacinths, is the process tulips and of breaking the dead plants daffodils will wait in the ground down. Through the breakdown, until next spring. groundskeepers will have free EvCC has a greenhouse to breed fertilizer. some small and weak plants. The The purpose of EvCC greenhouse is always the place for groundskeepers is to recycle, reuse growing dry flowers. and reclaim. The purpose of doing Groundskeepers collect plants that is to save money. It doesn’t during the plant’s changing period, cost a lot to do the breakdown which is half of a year. And then, process, they find a place and let they will dry the flower in the the animalcules do the work. greenhouse. The benefit is reuse Fall is the busiest and hardest and, more importantly, we can see time for groundskeepers. They flowers during the cold and sad need to collect dying leaves and winter. Moreover, it is free. EvCC plants outside where it’s pretty groundskeepers will breed the cold -- 45 F to 47 F. flowers all year long. Nancy Amex, groundskeeper, Felim So Staff Writer

Nancy Amex works on some flowers at the EvCC Campus. // Felim So

The inside of the EvCC greenhouse on campus. // Felim So

Above Left - Dried plants hang in the greenhouse. // Felim So Above Right - One of the many species of flowers grown on campus by the groundskeepers. // Felim So Below Left - Fall leaves lay on the ground. // Felim So Below Right - One of the plant beds maintained by the groundskeeping crew. // Felim So


Volume 70, Issue 2 - November 6, 2013

Page 16

EvCC photographers on display in Russell Day Nathaniel Lynch Photography Editor

The Russell Day Gallery is running a new photography exhibit featuring two EvCC photographers. Ellen Felsenthal and Loyd Weller, who are both photography teachers here at EvCC, will have their photographs featured in the Russell Day Gallery for the next month. Both photographers have a unique style of taking photographs. Weller’s focuses on more surreal looking landscapes, and photographs showing motion. Felsenthal focuses her photography on people and animals in the natural world around her. The exhibit will run in the gallery from Nov. 4. to Dec. 6. Photographs by Loyd Weller on display now in the Russell Day Gallery. // Nathaniel Lynch

“Photography is one way to share my deep reverence for the natural world, particularly the animals who share my life and define my experience.” ~Ellen Felsenthal, EvCC Photography Instructor

We moved!

Photographs by Ellen Felsenthal. // Nathaniel Lynch

WSU College of Pharmacy now in the University District in downtown Spokane.

Photographs by Ellen Felsenthal line the wall of the Russell Day Gallery. // Nathaniel Lynch

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In the nutrition program, we learn to take a whole foods approach to health. Daniel Andras, MS (2013)

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