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LIBYA'S FUTURE Three SCC Students plan to shape their country in uncertain times p.6-7

JUNE 25 , 2012

SHORELINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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New Fin.A card: convenience isn't cheap Namoka Trice & Cam Keeble

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uicker access to financial aid might come at a steep cost to students, as a new program offers payments directly onto a fee-heavy debit card. Beginning summer quarter, the SCC financial department will no longer be responsible for mailing out financial aid and refund checks to its students, and instead is partnering with Higher One to create the “My Shoreline Card,” a debit card issued through MasterCard. Higher One is a financial company working with colleges around the US, and the new card will allow students to receive their money (grant and federal loan disbursements, refunds from class cancellations, etc.) the same day SCC releases it. However, there are a few things students should consider before making their decision. The new debit card works very similar to a bank account, and there are many hidden fees that students should be aware of. For example, using it as a debit card rather than a credit card will cost $.50 per transaction. Students will be able to use their My Shoreline Card like they would a credit card in most places, meaning they would sign a receipt rather than entering in a PIN. At the ATM, though, it’s harder to avoid fees. Unless students use the oncampus Higher One brand ATM, (located in the library, and therefore only accessible during library hours), they’ll be charged by Higher One for each use. Students will be charged $2.50 (in addition to whatever the bank owning that ATM charges)

for all withdrawals, inquiries or declines domestically, and the fee doubles to $5 per transaction internationally. These fees have been the topic of controversy at colleges nationwide, particularly after a report by the activist organization U.S. Public Interest Research Group titled “The Campus Debit Card Trap” accused Higher One of ripping off students

cial institution they dealt with. Since Higher One services are available to all students, with or without a credit history, it is offering a good deal, company spokespeople have said. The controversy has arisen at a number of colleges and universities in the Northwest, where student complaints have led to some changes (that only apply to those schools). After

"Higher One" Fees Service

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Return Deposit Item

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Official Check

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Outgoing Wire Transfer

Domestic: $25.00 International: $50.00

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$.50 per transaction

Insufficient funds

$29.00

Card Replacement

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Abandoned Account fee (Charged after 6 months with no transactions)

$10.00 per month

Delinquent account Fee

$50.00

Lack of Documentation Fee

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with predatory fees that skim millions in profit off of largely taxpayer funded financial aid resources. Higher One’s view is that even if students don’t receive their money through Higher One, they would still be subjected to comparable, if not higher, fees at whatever other finan-

complaints from students at Western Washington University, for example, Higher One placed a 24-hour ATM machine on campus, reduced some fees and waived the first four $.50 charges for debit card use, reports the school’s student newspaper The Western Front. Portland State University’s

newspaper, Vanguard, reported similar discontent among students when its school contracted with Higher One eight years ago. “The initial deal in 2004 spurred walkouts by more than 2,000 students,” the paper reported. “Given the feedback and complaints … PSU made significant revisions before renewing (a contract with Higher One). The 2009 contract eliminated the PIN-based debit fee...” There is also a class action lawsuit filed against Higher One. Ventura County Community College (in California) student Sherry McFall is the plaintiff, and the lawsuit alleges some Higher One practices violate California’s consumer protection laws. A Lawyer for Higher One has said the lawsuit is baseless. For those who are not interested in the new Higher One debit card, opting out is possible, and can be done by contacting the financial aid department and notifying them you would like to opt-out. Despite the many hidden fees, Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid Services Ted Haase said there are some advantages to the new One Account Debit Card. “Students who are doing distance learning will have easier access. No waiting for checks or deposits to clear, and for those students who would normally use check cashing places to cash their checks, they will avoid high interest check cashing fees.” Listed above are some of the other fees students should be aware of, for a complete list, go to higheroneaccount.com/ info/outfees.jsp

Another fee, another million dollars: SBA takes on new accounting challenge Cam Keeble

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tudent Government (S.G.) recently voted to take on as their own the college’s million-dollar technology fee in order to get the college out of a legal grey area. The complicated series of events leading up to this vote began earlier in Spring quarter, when S.G. wanted to raise the Student Services and Activities (SS&A) fee. At the time, they were given very clear indications that the Board of Trustees would not approve it unless other student fees were reduced to make the net increase zero. Under guidance from the Technology Review Committee, including substantial input from the administration, students came up with options that involved a decrease in the student’s Technology Fee (which funds non-instructional, studentuse technology and is separate from the college’s tech fee). The options included language that would have combined the college’s fee with the student’s fee, bringing both under control of students—an issue completely separate from simply raising or lowering total revenue. This

would seem like a risky move for the administration because: First, the college depends on the tech fee to fund crucial components of its strategic plan like the Virtual College Initiative; Second, since the student’s fee is considered “voluntary,” students can abolish it at any time with a majority vote. Director of Technology Support Services Gary Kalbfleisch said that it was an issue of convenience for students, who would rather have just one simple fee than two separate fees, both for technology. S.G. decided to remove the combination of fees from the plan, though, and consider that issue next year with more information. A couple weeks later, though, the administration came back to students, this time specifically requesting that S.G. take on the college’s technology fee. According to the Assistant Attorney General Bruce Marvin, who provides legal counsel to the Board of Trustees, the college has been in a “legal grey area” ever since it restructured the college’s tech fee last year. Last year, SCC moved from a “per-use” structure in which individual students paid separate

fees for hybrid classes, computer lab use, etc., to an “everyonepays” structure, where each student pays at the same rate (the new structure also raises a substantial amount more than the previous one and was opposed by S.G.). Essentially, the Revised Code of Washington specifically allows for that type of fee at universities, but not community colleges. Marvin wasn’t assigned to SCC’s Board last year, but said that he became aware of the situation sometime within the last two months. He said that if the fee were collected voluntarily by the students, it would be legal. When the administration brought the request, at S.G.’s last scheduled-meeting of the year, students decided that it was too last-minute to make an informed decision, but made plans to hold an emergency meeting after they could look into the matter further and request additional info. Members of S.G. said that the administration implied to them that the Board would likely agree to a higher increase in the SS&A fee if S.G. agreed to take on the college tech fee. In the emergency meeting, S.G. discussed the last minute nature

of the administration’s request, (considering the administration had known about it two months prior to bringing it to the attention of S.G.) and that the college’s tech fee, which brings in over $1 million, would be difficult for the students to manage and account for on top of their other accounts. Student Advocate Latina Brooks was particularly vocal against taking on the fee considering projects this year that went unfinished. “I think this is not our job to handle, I think it’s their job (pointing at the representatives from the administration).” At one point, President Kanpong Thaweesuk (who was recently re-elected to serve again next year) told representatives from the administration, “I’m afraid I’m going to have an issue working with you next year–I don’t trust the administration.” Ultimately, Thaweesuk and five others voted in favor of taking on the fee, and it was approved. However, up through finals week of spring quarter, he and other members of S.G. were considering reconvening in order to change their vote and not take on the fee.

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Opinion Study Abroad Scholarship offers students big opportunity Simon Walker A&E Editor

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apan, Bali, Costa Rica, London, South Africa – I’m sure that you have noticed the flyers and on-screen ads around campus that display exotic locations around the world where you can go and study for a quarter. These and many other locations are offered to SCC students as places where they can broaden their worldview while making progress in their chosen degree fields. A particular poster that caught

my eye had what looked like some sort of space craft sitting in a pool of blue water. As I walked over to get a closer look at what I now know as “La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias,” an architectural masterpiece, I saw that it was located in Valencia, Spain, and that SCC was offering a study abroad program for the following winter. The first thought that crossed my mind was, “that looks awesome, but how in the world am I going to afford it?” The program fee alone was around $6,500, and that didn’t include airfare or any type of spending money. It wasn’t until I talked to the SCC study abroad program coordinator, Pollie McCloskey, that I found out about an opportunity to receive anywhere between $3,500 and $5,000 through the Benjamin A Gilman scholarship that I decided to give the program a shot. Even after hearing about the scholarship I was still quite skeptical. I thought that because I was an older student who didn’t quite fit the study abroad demographic

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nity I probably never would have been able to study abroad. The process to receive a Gilman scholarship was simple, and the staff members at the Gilman

it would be difficult for me to receive such a prestigious financial award. Wrong again. Because I was part of an underrepresented group, (older than 25, male, community college student, etc…) I was a great candidate for the program. After submitting the required documentation, and writing two short essays, I was informed that I was accepted as a Gilman Scholar, and had received the full $5,000 grant. After talking with finan-

cial aid, and doing a little math, I found that the cost of the study abroad would be about the same cost as if I was talking a full 15 credit load at SCC. The Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship is what gave me the opportunity to take my studies to the beautiful city of Valencia to learn the Spanish language and gain new perspectives. I had never been outside the US, and without the Gilman opportu-

Community before university Melynda Malley Copy Editor

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graduated high school a year ago, in the class of 2011, and was accepted to a four-year private university. It turns out, however, that college is really, really expensive. Even with scholarships and financial aid, it was likely that attending all four years would find me tens of thousands of dollars in debt. My parents, in the interest of taking out as few loans as possible and shielding both parties from insurmountable debt, suggested I take community college courses and then transfer once I’d completed my general education requirements. For whatever reason, this fiscally responsible alternative is socially considered a backup plan, or lesser alternative, to attending a four-year university. When I told people what I was going to do, I was often met by thinly veiled disappointment. One friend actually hit panic when she found out I declined the offer for admission to the school, rather than defer for a year. “Do you have any idea how hard it is to get into college these days?” Well, yeah. That’s why I was only accepted to one school. The thing is, I had no idea what I wanted to do for the rest of my life right out of high school. I’ve been at Shoreline a year now, and I’m still not sure what I want. However, the beauty of community college is that I’ve had time and opportunity to try new things and see what I like, for considerably less than that same experimentation would cost at a four-year. In the meantime, those people who did nothing but panic about getting into a good university are stuck with a major they picked at 16 or 17, and a lot of them are coming home midyear because the college they chose was not right for them, or became too ex-

pensive after just a few quarters. The government is apparently not going to be lowering educational costs anytime soon, and most of us, even with a high Estimated Family Contribution cannot pay university tuition without taking out extreme loans and living on rice and beans. SCC affords us a chance to get a quality transfer degree started, or to pursue a specific career, such as nursing or dental hygiene, without having to bend over backwards to pay. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of fun and exciting things that come with being a freshman or sophomore at a four-year uni-

"When I told people what I was going to do, I was often met by thinly veiled disappointment." versity. However, places like SCC keep students out of 1,000-person lectures and put them in a smaller, more personal learning environment. Extracurriculars like sports and the arts are competitive, but not viciously so, and there is a mentality that everyone gets a shot, something you’re less likely to find at a school like the UW. Ultimately, I don’t regret my decision to start my college career at a community college. The idea that your whole life has to be decided at 18 years of age, it turns out, is just an idea. There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to success, because no two people are going to think and act the exact same way, or want the exact same things. The key lies in working hard and making progress at your own pace, and community college is as good a starting point as any.

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"I was still quite skeptical. I thought that because I was an older student who didn’t quite fit the study abroad demographic it would be difficult for me to receive such a prestigious financial award. Wrong again." office were very accessible and helpful. If you are a Pell Grant recipient who is interested in studying abroad, the Gilman is an opportunity you can’t miss.

What is your Dream summer destination? Ian Terry & Cam Keeble

“I’d like to go to Niuatoputapu in Tonga. It’s a tiny island out in the Pacific. I went there when I was younger and I’ve wanted to go back ever since.”

“I would like to go to Mexico because my family lives there—I just need to buy a ticket because once I’m down there, everything’s paid for.”

“If I could go anywhere I would go back to Mongolia. My parents live there, and I have not visited them for a long time.”

“I’d go to Germany, my grandpa was stationed there and I’ve just always really wanted to go and check it out.”

—Beke Davaa

—Evan Cortright

—Alan Charnley

—Mariella Bravo


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Wash. State taxes hit poor the hardest SCC students show just how hard lower income Washintonians are being hit by the state’s tax structure {Comparing tax generation among income levels} GRAPH BY JAI MCCALL-SMITH & SAMI THOMAS

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By moving from our current system of regressive taxation which includes high sales and property taxes) to an income tax of 11 percent, most Washington state taxpayers would see a reduction in the amount they pay.

Cam Keeble Editor in Chief

“Tax day” has long since come and gone, and all your worries about what you’ll have to pay can be put on hold till next April, right? Many or most students probably received a federal income tax refund anyway, so maybe the only question remaining is what to spend that extra cash on. Since they get all that money back, they should consider themselves lucky compared to the wealthy, who have to give up large sums of money each year. Right? According to a report by two SCC students: Wrong. This line of reasoning is driven by misconceptions about the tax structure, which, in Washington State, isn’t based on an income tax. Economics students Jai McCall-Smith and Sami Thomas recently looked into the tax structure in Washington State, and their report finds that “Washington is ‘Number One,’ with the highest regressive tax structure … ” What does that mean? A regressive tax structure is one that taxes at a larger

percentage as income decreases, and a state income tax. This might seem great at smaller percentage as income increases. face value, but it also means our other, less In other words, as a percentage of invisible, tax rates are among the highest. For come, the poor pay more and the rich pay example, how much did you pay in propless. McCall-Smith and Thomas go on to erty taxes this year? If you think it’s zero, explain that Washthink again. You ington taxes poor may not have written "Washington is one of only the check people at a higher yourself, percentage of their seven states with no state but don’t think your income than any landlord isn’t passing income tax. This might other state in the the cost of property seem great at face value, nation, meaning tax on to you through that the tax “burbut it also means our oth- higher rent. den” falls squarely Think about sales on the shoulders of er, less visible, tax rates tax, too. Sales tax those who can least are among the highest." seems like it’s the afford it. same for everyone; There are other methods of taxation. Have whether you’re rich or poor, you’re going you noticed how your tax-prep software to pay the same dollar amount in sales tax ask if you’d like to fill out a state income for any given item at the store. Although tax form – after you’ve already filled out it’s true you’re paying the same dollar the federal forms? Almost every other state amount, people are not paying the same in the nation collects an income tax, just percentage of their income. As a percentlike the federal government does; Washage of income, poor people are required to ington is one of only seven states with no give up a lot more than rich people.

Although a 6.5 percent sales tax on a $100 coat is $6.5 bucks for either a rich or poor person, that $6.5 is a much larger percentage of a $20,000 income than it is of a $20 million income. For those with a low income, that $6.5 tax bill is more likely to be competing against bills for food, rent, and other necessities than for space in a bank vault. McCall-Smith and Thomas found that if Washington were to move away from these regressive taxes, in favor of a flat, proportional income tax rate of 11 percent, close to two thirds of the taxpayers would actually see a decrease in the amount they pay. Every taxpayer would pay the same percentage of their income in taxes, and revenue for the state would actually increase. Above are some graphic representations of some of the findings McCallSmith and Thomas came up with, most of which is sourced from the report “Who Pays” by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

Choices, Homosexuality and Asian Culture Rico Tang

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omosexuality is not an underground topic in America; however, in most Asian countries it is not a free topic that can just be discussed at the dinner table. Sometimes walking on the campus and seeing two girls holding hands, one dressed like a boy and one dressed like a girl. Homosexuality-this word would come up for most. Out of the many Asian countries, China holds a strong impact on homosexuality. Unlike in the United States, homosexuality is not legally allowed in China. One SCC International Student gave perspectives of homosexuality in Asia and in the US: “In China, two females hand holding is consider close friends, however, not when I telling people we are couples, it is hard to get agreement. When two males doing the same thing, is consider homosexual and people who see it will start criticizing. Lucky I am in America now.”

In China, homosexuality is considas you are generally in love with that ered against the rules of nature. The person,” Debusk said. For Debusk, society gives pressure to the people gay or straight is just like the people who are homosexual and uses differfrom Asia or America. “Being a ent cultural aspects to criticize them. friend, I cannot say ‘You are from However, the most pressure is from China and I do not want to be friends the family. Rarely does a family unwith you.’ I also cannot say ‘you are derstand and admit the fact that a son gay and I do not want to be friends or a daughter is homosexual. Remiel with you.’ We are human beings; I Yuen, a young male that found out respect all the love in human being,” he is a homosexual after he broke up Debusk said. with his first girlfriend said “I don’t Yuen spoke along similar lines and care what other people think about; I said “I cannot control my feelings only care what my family think about, to like a male. If you ask me to stop, because they are my family.” I feel like I am against the natural Others do still understand the gay rules. It is because this is who I am people. In this new century, the old and what I feel.” school way of talking about homosex- "People would ask, when did you uality is no longer suited for society. turn into homosexual? But no one Instead, the core feeling of love is would ask, when did you turn into more important for people. Most of heterosexual. I feel like when no one the people are looking for the perfect would ask about the second question, one with the right feeling of love. then I don’t think this is a choice for Dylan Debusk, a student from Alaska, us (homosexual people) to answer got to know his first gay friend when when we turned into homosexual.” he was in junior high. Yuen said. “Gay or straight, you are lucky to find your love in the world. I do not care you are straight or gay, as long


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Success in Math Learning Center Rico Tang

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t is almost the end of this quarter, and some students have found that the Math Learning Center (MLC) is helpful to improve their math skills with satisfying results. When students have a question, they raise their hand and a tutor comes and helps solve the math problem rather than giving the answer to the student. Student Michele Trombley’s background in the arts has left her to learn math all over again. “I could not do it without the Math Lab,” says Trombley. “There is no way. (The MLC) helps you to gain confidence in your ability with math.” On average, 150 to 200 people come to the MLC every day, keeping tutors and volunteers busy helping students. “Some volunteers come to me and tell me they just want to work here to review the math that they have learned,” MLC director Rosalie Tepper says.

“I could not do it without the Math Lab. “There is no way. (The MLC) helps you to gain confidence in your ability with math.” —Michele Trombley The MLC is quiet in the early morning, but already the staff are refreshing their brains with coffee, bracing themselves for the busy afternoon. Trombley says that the center becomes

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SCC Student Cody Yolk, left, gets help from assistant Peter Bachowski on June 5, 2012 in the Math Learning Center on campus.

crowded in the afternoon, and sometimes there aren’t enough tutors compared to the number of students. Trombley says that students who come in the afternoon will spend a lot of time waiting, and it is better to seek help in the morning. Romina Farmand, a tutor who works at the MLC to refresh the math skills she already knows,

disagrees with Trombley, saying that the staff is large enough to avoid the wait. “It’s good to have a lot of tutors,” Farmand says. “Anytime you come in, you will get help right away.” In fact, the MLC provides an advantage on both sides, both for the students who come and ask for help, and for the staff who

SCC Bids Farewell to International Advisor After 22 years of service at SCC, Lisa Hirayama exits the building Namoka Trice Staff Writer

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he International advising department at SCC will have a tough pair of shoes to fill after the departure of Lisa Hirayama, an advisor for 22 years. Hirayama is leaving at the end of the quarter to start a new career at Seattle Pacific University in Queen Anne, where she will be working in International Admissions. Hirayama attended Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, where she worked as Dorm Director for “Asia House,” a set of dorms occupied by international students and students interested in other cultures. It is there where she met her husband, a JapaneseAmerican, to whom she has been married 28 years and with whom she has two sons. While at Oberlin Hirayama

earned a degree in East Asian Sociology and then went on to get her Master’s in counseling. Her original plan was to get a music degree, but through her many interactions with the international community that changed. After college Hirayama and her husband (a doctor in Seattle’s International district), moved to Seattle and she began working at SCC, where she has helped hundreds of International students navigate in and out of state transfers. Now, after two decades, Hirayama is changing courses and headed to a small liberal

“Lisa is a joy to work with. She is fun and quirky.”

—Anna Rose

arts college (SPU), like the one she attended in Ohio. There she will be working only 16 hours per week and will have plenty of free time to be with her sixth-

grader when he gets home from school. She will also have the ability to pursue her first love (music). Hirayama is currently in a music group “The Elle Flute

“I will miss the people I work with, they are like a little family I watched grow.” —Lisa Hirayama

Trio,” where she plays the flute for audiences. Although she is looking forward to all the leisure time, she will definitely miss SCC and her many co-workers and students. “I will miss the people I work with, they are like a little family I watched grow,” Lisa said. According to her friends and colleagues, the feeling is mutual. “Lisa is a joy to work with. She is fun and quirky,” Anna Rose, International Advising Program Assistant said. “She is nice, and very helpful,” Seongjoo Park, an International student from Korea said.

work here. “It makes me think all the time,” said Farmand. “If I have not seen question before, it keeps me using my intelligence and learning at the same time.” The center tends to look very serious. However, Tepper is trying to make the center a quiet, humorous place for students to study. She once received some

anonymous paintings from students as a thank-you for the help they’d received. The paintings are now on the wall at the MLC. Agazi Hadush, a student who comes to the center almost five days a week, says, “It is a quiet place to do work study, and the tutors are helpful here.”

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Taking Libya in their hands Three students look back, plan ahead for the future of their country By Ian Terry

The scene, depicted in an amateur video posted on Youtube, is Sirte, Libya in October of 2011: Barren streets are flanked by pockmarked buildings. In the background a car sits disabled, its interior blackened, while distant explosions ring out and small groups of ragtag rebel soldiers take turns firing their weapons and taking cover.

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few tense minutes pass before one soldier emerges and brazenly steps into the street to fire an RPG at a cluster of government loyalists around the corner. His name is Mohammed Rajab Fadil and like most of his fellow fighters, he’s young and inexperienced. What sets the 20 year old apart however is that before going to war, he was attending college classes at SCC. A native of Benghazi, Libya, Fadil’s introduction to the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, who was ousted by opposition soldiers on Oct. 20, 2011 after a decadeslong stint as dictator of the country, began early on as a child. At 4 years old, Fadil watched helplessly as his father was imprisoned for, as he recalls, “Not speaking out—not planning— but just thinking about doing something.” He cites his father’s detainment, as well as his uncle who spent 17 years locked up for similar disapproval of Gaddafi, as the spark that prompted him to put his studies at SCC on hold, pack up his belongings and return to his country as it underwent its own chapter of the still-lively Arab Spring movement. The movement began in Tunisia in January of 2011, with the self-immolation of a distraught fruit stand owner, and quickly spread to nearby nations also hungry for change within their oppressive governments. “My family fought Gaddafi all along during the 42 years (that he was in power) so I felt like it’s my turn to do something now for my family’s history and for my country

overall,” Fadil said, adding that he felt his country was in a “now or never” situation not seen before in any previous uprisings. This sense of urgency seeped its way into the classroom, where Fadil struggled to remain focused on his studies as his friends back home took up arms to join the revolution he so strongly believed in. The breaking point came on March 19, 2011 when Fadil’s cousin was killed while fighting alongside rebel forces in Libya. “That was the point that I said ‘No way, I am going home,’” Fadil said. “He was the closest one of my cousins, we always talked … it was hard for me.” Further complicating the issue was his family’s objection to Fadil’s decision to return to Libya. Relatives living in Seattle had given Fadil a chance many of his compatriots only dream of: a connection allowing him an opportunity to pursue a highly valued education in the U.S.—one that could potentially grant him a career above the financial struggles many Libyans face on a daily basis. Eventually, in the summer of 2011, Fadil convinced his family to allow him to return to Libya by telling them he only planned to visit for a short time while on summer break from school. Unbeknownst to his parents, however, he intended to join the battle as soon as possible, and had even booked his ticket with a stop in Tunisia where he tried to cross over the border to Libya’s then-besieged city of Tripoli. The region’s heavily manned checkpoints proved too difficult for Fadil to

negotiate though, and he was forced to try a different way of reaching the battlefield— via Benghazi where his family would surely discover his intent to fight. As predicted, he was met with resistance from his father who was nervous with his son’s involvement. But Fadil’s stubbornness quickly became apparent to his family who, in a few days, went from actively opposing his return to Libya to helping him cobble together a weapon and military uniform he could take with him to the frontlines. “My uncle gave me his AK-47 and was like ‘Use this, but I don’t have any bullets’ and my father gave me his military uniform—it was a little big,” Fadil said. He set off one evening in late August to make the nearly 300 kilometer trip westward from Benghazi where Gaddafi loyalists and opposition forces had converged for weeks to trade blows in a barren desert region. His combat experience was non-existent—it wasn’t until the night before his first fight that he learned to properly operate his weapon—but his comrades weren’t much different. The group’s impromptu leader had been chosen because of his age and, as Fadil remembers, the fact that “he seemed to be the wisest.” Their tactics were rudimentary at best, and to make matters worse, they knew nothing about the area in which they were fighting. A chain of command had been established, though the exact roles of the rebels within the group often blurred. On the eve of the besiegement of the coastal

city of Sirte, Fadil sat on the floor and spoke with rebel commanders, watching as they anxiously sketched out possible entry points to one of the last major strongholds for Gaddafi’s forces. Despite the circumstances, Fadil looks back fondly on the time he spent fighting. “I consider those days the best days of my life,” he said. “What I learned there is just to value the person you are with because I lost one of my friends—man, I wish he was here.” His tour of duty passed in just two months, though his experiences in combat correspond more closely to those of a seasoned veteran. At one point, Fadil escorted the aforementioned friend’s body back to Benghazi, and eventually left the war with shrapnel wounds in his back, from which he has since fully recovered. He brushed them off as being “very minor” in comparison with other injuries he witnessed in Libya. Today, Fadil prefers to look forward. His room in the Northgate apartment he shares with two Chinese roommates bares no signs of his time spent at war, his computer taking center stage instead. “I want to get a masters here in computer science and then go back to Libya and just bring all this knowledge I got here … and help the country—just a little bit—to advance,” Fadil said. “The internet there is so slow, so we need to work on that.” “There is no need to stay here (in the U.S.); my family and my country need me.”


Logina Abukhashim

For Logina Abukhashim, 25, the severity of the Arab Spring revolution hit home while she was staying at a Marriott Hotel in Cairo, when Egyptian protests were first beginning to break out. “This hotel was close to an institution of special agents, like FBI, so we heard a lot of discrimination for revolutionaries,” Abukhashim said, who moved to Seattle in January of 2012 with her husband and now attends SCC, where she is enrolled in a program for students with English as their second language. “They beat them, they treat them like an animal because they wanted change. We heard them in the night.” At the time, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was coming under heavy pressure to step down from his position of power. His administration spanned from to 1981 to 2011, when on February 11, he resigned, transferring power to the national military and security forces. Abukhashim could see the rapid changes taking place in the Arab world but could not predict that in the ensuing year, the revolution would spread to her native country of Libya and eventually disrupt her studies in her hometown. She had attended what is now called the University of Tripoli—changed just last year from its previous name, Fattah University, which roughly translates from Arabic to “like a hero.” The name was a blatant homage to the notoriously narcissistic Gaddafi, who went so far as to use this word as the name of a month in local calendars. Her city in shambles from the erupting civil war, Abukhashim’s classes were cancelled, meaning her five years of studies at the university’s medical school had hit an abrupt dead end. To add insult to injury, Abukhashim and her fellow students were forced to return to the school and speak out in favor of Gaddafi’s propaganda in what was a desperate attempt by loyalists to salvage waning support and quell growing concern for the regime, in a city that was teetering closer to chaos each day. Further adding to her distractions, Gaddafi’s forces took control of a house Abukhashim’s family had rented and converted it for their own use. “It became a center for Gaddafi and his son was there everyday,” Abukhashim said. “We discovered a system in our house for communication; every call we had done they hear it.” Intervention in Libya from the international community had already begun with the implementation of a no-fly zone. By mid-summer of 2011, NATO was bombing Tripoli to flush out and soften Gaddafi loyalists for rebel forces who were preparing for a ground offensive on the nation’s capital that would begin on August 20. Food, water and electricity were scarce—“It was like a hell,” Abukhashim said—but she put her medical knowledge to use as a volunteer in aid stations for wounded rebel soldiers. The city rejoiced at the change oppositional forces were bringing, but her family had other worries; that NATO would intercept outgoing signals from their house and target it as a source of communication for Gaddafi’s army. Fearing the worst, the Abukhashim family returned to their home after the dust had settled and were elated to find it intact, aside from a mess of paperwork left scattered as the house was abandoned—seemingly in a hurry. Buried in the clutter was something Abukhashim’s uncle now keeps in his own home as a reminder of his country’s past; a letter, addressed to President Obama, signed, “Muammar Gaddafi.” In it, Abukhashim says, the now deceased dictator babbles in a grandiose tone, referring to Obama as “my son,” while stating his understanding for the American president’s decision to get involved with the Libyan uprising. Only two words come to her mind when she thinks of Gaddafi now‚—“Big idiot”— though Abukhashim’s plans for her country’s future take a direct line at fixing a problem she feels he encouraged during his decades-long rule; drug use among citizens.

“His (Gaddafi) army would sell cocaine and marijuana to poor people—even without money—so they can’t think about what is going on in the government, to forget about reality,” Abukhashim said. “I have an idea to start a center for rehabilitation (for drug users).” The center, which she would like to begin in her hometown of Tripoli, would allow her to simultaneously combine her experience in the medical field with humanitarian work in the country she has seen, first hand, undergo major changes. Before she can begin this project, however, she must first face the challenge of finishing an education in a foreign country—in a city she is only just beginning to learn. Though frustrating, Abukhashim says nothing could be more important.

Nadine Bejou

Similar to Abukhashim and Fadil, Nadine Bejou’s family was directly impacted by Gaddafi’s regime; her mother’s family was exiled and forced to flee the country after threats were made that the government would take their money, land and possessions. However, Bejou’s story holds one unique difference—she grew up in the U.S. Bejou, 22, currently enrolled in SCC’s pre-dental program, did not become truly interested in her own heritage until her teenage years, when she spent nearly five years living in Saudi Arabia with her family, who are Libyan, from Benghazi. “When I moved to the Middle East, it felt like ‘This is my home,’” Bejou said. “When I moved overseas, that’s when I started to realize ‘Oh, I’m Libyan’… And that’s when I started to do my research.” This research, combined with the shock of moving to an unfamiliar place—especially one with major cultural differences from that of the U.S.—led Bejou to develop a fervid attachment to Libya. With this passion, she has embarked on an idea that she hopes will play a crucial role in teaching young Libyans about proper dental care. It’s called the TEETH

(Together we Educate Enhance and Transform Health) Project, and while still in its infancy, Bejou has already received national attention for her idea. In 2011, SCC international studies instructor Larry Fuell told Bejou about the Clinton Global Initiative—a program former President Clinton introduced in 2005, whose annual meeting draws hundreds of attendees, mostly comprised of notable global leaders, NGO directors and college students, together each September to network and share their knowledge about world issues—and suggested she apply. “I gave it a shot,” Bejou said. “They asked all these questions that forced me even more to narrow my idea, and a month later I got invited… It was held in DC, so I went for four days to the conferences, where I met and networked with all these other kids who were doing about the same thing as me.” Bejou has already begun work on the ground in Libya: In the winter of 2011, she travelled around poverty-stricken areas of the country to teach youth the fundamentals of using a toothbrush—a far cry from her original idea of building a new clinic from the ground up, but something she sees as a fundamental step in creating a new generation of Libyans who care about their teeth. On July 14, Bejou will be travelling back to Libya to launch the next phase of the TEETH Project. “Specifically on this trip we are going to be meeting with dental students from the dental school over there (University of Benghazi) and our goal is to get 200 young kids—students—treated who have cavities,” Bejou said. “The first thing we are going to do is take a number of the 200 students that we get and see the percentage of them that have oral health problems. When we did this back in December it was something like 54 percent—that’s a lot.” Today, Bejou is juggling her upcoming trip with the continuous job of promoting, maintaining, and perhaps most importantly, finding newcomers who are interested in the TEETH Project organization.

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(UPPER LEFT) SCC Student Mohammed Rajab Fadil looks out the window of his Northgate apartment in Seattle, Wash. on May 30, 2012. (TOP) Logina Abukhashim practices English in her morning intermediate ESL class at SCC on May 30, 2012. (ABOVE) SCC student Nadine Bejou is the founder of the TEETH Project which aims to teach young Libyans about dental hygiene.

“It’s hard because the whole thing has been just me … I’m still trying to cultivate a solid group here that I can meet with every month (to brainstorm with),” Bejou said. “I want to see how far I can get with this organization.”

Upcoming Elections

Since Gaddafi’s overthrow, debates have raged over future governmental plans and in some areas, reports have surfaced that tell of common citizens using Libya’s current state of flux to take arms—which are readily available and exist in massive quantities there—to settle long standing property disputes with neighbors. And although the violence is much less severe than just months earlier, when the country was experiencing a full-fledged civil war, sporadic outbursts have left the population on edge, wondering whether the upcoming parliamentary elections will yield a true democracy after decades of dictatorship. Despite setbacks—on June 10, an interim government currently serving Libya announced it had chosen to delay elections from the originally scheduled date of June 19 to July 7—Bejou, Abukhashim and Fadil all remain confident that their country will embrace this new breed of rule never before seen in Libya’s history, and are quick to dismiss comments that suggest otherwise. Fadil sees a key difference in his country that he thinks will elevate its chances for democratic success; the fact that, for the most part, Libyans can agree on religion. Of the approximately 6 million people who live there, Sunnis make up the vast majority, “About 99 percent, if not 100,” Fadil says, which stands in stark contrast to other Arab nations like Syria and Egypt where religions meld together, often creating friction. With this in its favor, Fadil believes Libya’s new government, who will sit down after the elections to draft a fresh constitution, may begin its term already having negotiated the hurdle that has proven to be among the most challenging for other countries in the midst of the Arab Spring. However, other hurdles remain, one of which will be navigating an election with over 2,600 candidates—all running for parliamentary positions—who exist within 370 various political parties. Fadil, like all Libyans, will be allowed to vote for six total candidates. He says wading through the clutter is difficult, and instead will be relying on personal experiences to guide him as he participates in the landmark election. Already he has found one candidate he knows he will be voting for. “I really like Mohammed Ahmed, he is a professor at the University of Benghazi,” said Fadil, who attended a few of Ahmed’s lectures at the university and was immediately impressed by his intelligence and humility. “He’s one of us; you see him on the street, he’s just a normal guy.” Like Fadil, Abukhashim will also be relying on intuition to be her guide when she casts her vote online in early July. “I’m looking for someone who can lead Libya with more education and help Libya move away from the civil war,” Abukhashim said, adding that any candidate she considers will also need to show a strong interest in economics—a quality that could prove crucial as the country faces the task of handling its enormous oil reserves, which rank as the highest on the entire continent of Africa. Fadil also points to education as the crux of Libya’s future and hopes the 200-member elected parliament will take a serious look at what he has experienced to be a failed system. As a child, he remembers students passing classes simply because their parents were friends with teachers, and in his late teens, one month in a packed classroom with no air conditioning was all he could take at a local university. “We have all the resources and the money to be one of the best countries,” Fadil said. “Now we just need the brains, and that’s what I’m working on now.” ◊


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eleased on May 31, 2012, Shoreline’s arts and literary magazine, Spindrift, continues tradition while capturing the aesthetic trends of a new generation. This year’s edition features 86 submissions, 57 of which are fine art and 29 literary. Seth Pillers, a recent SCC graduate and one of two art editors at Spindrift, informed me that this year’s compilation includes work from “different artists around the community and the country, but mostly from students.” “The amount of color we used gave this year’s book a different feel,” says Pillers.“The way the cover turned out, it tied everything together really nicely with the, sort of, analog photo theme we had.” Looking through this year’s book, I do notice an “analog photo theme” that is especially contemporary and true to the visual language of our time. Strange, to think of something as outdated

computer and given subtle pink and blue hues with low contrast, for a washed out effect; think Urban Outfitters catalog. I ask Pillers what he thinks of the ever-increasing popularity of web over print, and the impact that might have on the future of all publications, including art and literary journals. “I feel pretty honored to have had the opportunity to work in print since we don’t get too much of a chance in school,” Pillers replies. “I think it’s important to be able to hold stuff. Nothing looks the same on web as it does in print.” Another threat to Spindrift as well as to our dear Ebbtide, are budget cuts. A budget plan, which is still being considered by the Board of Trustees at Shoreline, would cut 15 percent from Spindrift’s overall budget, enough to cripple the already marginal funds they have to work with. “That would totally be a

shame,” Pillers says of the budget cuts. “It would be a shame to not have that opportunity for another student. If it becomes that much smaller… we were only able to print 300 hundred copies this year. And next year if the budget is even smaller, what can they do with it? Even five years ago they were printing at least 500 copies. It’s way cooler to see your money go to something like Spindrift than new plasma screens for the PUB. Is that important? Getting students involved in the print —Seth Pillers industry is way more exciting and more important than a TV. If you buy five flat screen TVs, that pays for Spindrift.” While thumbing through this year’s compilation, it is hard to distinguish which works are from students and which are from contributing artists and writers. As a student artist, it is inspiring to see the work of my peers hold up in juxtaposition to that of professional artists.

"It’s way cooler to see your money go to something like Spindrift than new plasma screens for the PUB. Is that important?"

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as analog photography being used as a contemporary medium, but with the popularity of iPhone apps like Instagram, “retro” is becoming a more popular look. What could you call this new trend? “Retro digital,” “Modern

mod,” I’m not entirely sure? The photos and collages that fall into this new category are a very strange hybrid. They are often made by using analog tools, a film camera or an Exacto knife, but then processed through a

Vietnamese, "Phoget" about what you know It’s all about the Provincial Tamarind Tree

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hen I say Vietnamese food, what comes to mind? Pho, right? Well Tamarind Tree will open a whole new door to your culinary cabinet.

Just as you would expect, the Tamarind Tree is located in the International District of Seattle, but what you might not expect is the food they offer. You see, for a long period of time the French occupied Vietnam and just like every other time a different culture takes root in a new land, their food follows. This is where Provincial Vietnamese food comes from, a cross between butter-laden heavy French dishes and the crisp fresh taste of Vietnamese cooking. It is almost like a match made in heaven. Now Pho is a fantastic dish but just imagine it with a heartier broth and bulked up a bit. This is what you will be likely to find here. Tamarind Tree boasts a pretty sizable menu, which is usually a turn off for me, but not here. Everything I have had from this establishment has been superb on

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its worst day. One thing that is always hard to turn down is the seven course beef tasting menu. They say it is for two people but it will easily feed three, especially if you throw in a couple of appetizers. You may ask how beef can be offered in seven different ways that tantalize your tongue-- easily, because all the courses are different in their own ways. Sure, three of the courses are some sort of skewered beef, but each one is of their own style. The “meatball” looks like hash, except it explodes with the flavor of lemongrass and galangal, while

the other two skewered meats are glazed with different sauces. Sure, I can talk all day about how these three courses are so great but that would do no justice to the fresh spring rolls that come to your table. Well I guess the spring rolls don’t necessarily come to the table-- all the fixings do, though. That’s right, it is time to get your hands dirty. This is an experience that few people have had. It can be a little tricky to make a good spring roll but once you get it down it isn’t quite so bad. This hands-on approach to your meal makes it that much more exciting. Let’s face it, how many

places can you go where you are actually participating in the making of your dish? Besides the treasure trove of deliciousness that the tasting menu, the rest of the menu is full of good offerings. For example, the quail appetizer with a tamarind glaze, or the whole coconut prawns, and don’t forget the exceptional rice dishes that come from this region of the world. The dessert menu cannot be forgotten either. Now there isn’t much offered in the way of desserts, but one of the choices is in-house-made ice cream, which comes in a variety of flavors from

kumquat to durian. For those of you who don’t know, durian is a very strange fruit. The flesh of the shell reeks of dead corpse, so bad that hotels in Southeast Asia ban them from your rooms, but the taste resembles that of roasted garlic. A must-try in my book. You might ask how much more amazing this place could be. Well once you glance at the drink menu you will see. All alcoholic drinks are doubles with the price of a single at most places. Plus, you won’t find your typical drinks listed on the menu-- how about a Tamarindtini? If a boozy beverage isn’t your idea of a good drink then I recommend ordering a café sua, a strong Indonesian coffee dripped over condensed milk and served iced. However, I recommend ordering this during your meal because it will have to sit at your table for a good 10 to 15 minutes to brew. I really cannot say enough about this place; this is one of my favorite restaurants in town. With that said, I’m going to give Tamarind Tree a rating which I hold in steep regard. It is not everyday that you can find a high-end restaurant on only a slightly more than student budget. For those of you looking at trying this culinary jewel out, expect to spend a moderate amount of money. A meal for three people with two drinks apiece came to $75, but when you look at the quality and the amount of food, this is well worth skipping a few meals at average restaurants in order to indulge.


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Summer blockbusters

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ummer is upon us, and as TV shuts down, new movies kick off. It can be hard to decide what movies deserve your hard-earned money, so here are three highly-anticipated picks. “Brave” (prem. June 22) Merida is a young Scottish princess who will do anything to avoid being saddled with a husband-- including defying an ancient custom that could throw her whole kingdom out of balance. Why It Looks Good: Pixar has a pattern of taking ordinary life and crafting it into an extraordinary story. However, they are taking some serious risks with “Brave.” It’s slated to be their first film with a female lead, set in ancient Scotland. Merida will be the first Disney princess without a clearly identified leading man, a refreshing change of pace which will hopefully lead to a well-crafted plot. Why It Could Flop: Like I said, Pixar is taking a huge risk and stepping way out of their comfort zone. However, I can say with some confidence that none of their movies were as risky as “Wall-E,” a film that followed a robot around a trash heap

and included almost no dialogue. an (played by Anne Hathaway). “Ted” (prem. June 29) Why It Looks Good: A little boy who wishes for his There is no denying, espeteddy bear to come to life and be cially after the explosive success his best friend is now grown, and of “The Avengers,” that DKR is his crass, immature bear is comthe most anticipated movie of ing between his relationship with the summer. “The Dark Knight” his girlfriend. Mark Wahlberg, shattered box office records in Mila Kunis and “Family Guy” 2008, and made the late Heath creator Seth Macfarlane star. Ledger’s Joker famous the world Why It Looks Good: over. Director Christopher Nolan The premise is fairly original, spent the in-between time writing and hilarious-- a guy’s loser best and directing “Inception.” It is friend is a teddy bear? Come no surprise that Nolan has added on. Plus, Mark Wahlberg proved “Inception” alumni Marion Cotilin “The Other Guys” that buddy lard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt comedy isn’t a stretch for him. to the cast, for an all-star lineup Why It Could Flop: sure to break records once more. Macfarlane has a reputation for Gordon-Levitt plays a Gotham hit-or-miss comedy, and with an police officer under the instrucR rating that permits him to say tion of Gary Oldman’s Comand do far more than his usual missioner Gordon, while Cotilnetwork television constraints, I lard appears to satisfy the role can’t help worrying he might take of Bruce Wayne’s consistently a few jokes just a little too far. waifish brunette love interest. “The Dark Knight Rises” (prem. Why It Could Flop: July 20) Have you ever heard the phrase Christian Bale is back as “too big to fail”? The buzz and Bruce Wayne, eight years after anticipation, combined with the the events of “The Dark Knight,” bar Nolan has raised for himself, which ended with Wayne taking make me think this movie will be responsibility for the crimes of a hit even if it isn’t. I don’t love the late Harvey Dent. His home some of the new casting-- Cat city of Gotham has been terrorWoman is an iconic character I’m ized in his absence, by the brutal, just not sure Anne Hathaway will masked Bane (Tom Hardy) and be able to do justice. his associate Selina Kyle, whom you might recognize as Catwom3.75x7 SYK_AC_TC.indd 2

A&E CALENDAR WA Greenwood Car Show JUNE 30 Greenwood Ave between 68th & 90th NW Seattle 98103 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Greenwood Car Show has become a tradition for many Seattleites. Featuring a plethora of different automobiles from all eras, it never fails to impress. And the best part…it’s free!

The Bite of Seattle JULY 20-22 Seattle Center The Bite of Seattle is one of the most well known, popular events of the year. Featuring everything from exotic foods like alligator to fair mainstays such as the always scrumptious elephant ear, The Bite is one event you shouldn’t pass up.

Seattle Beerfest JULY 6-8 Seattle Center Fisher Pavillion Seattle’s own beer festival that will include over 200 exotic, hard to find brews, is located in the heart of Seattle at the Seattle Center. Pair this event with a trip to the IMAX at the Pacific Science Center (3D might not be recommended depending on how much time you spend at Beerfest.)

The Capitol Hill Block Party JULY 20-22 Capitol Hill Neighborhood An enormous 3 day event that will feature over 100 bands on sound stages throughout the area, the Capitol Hill Block party rivals Bumbershoot as one of the summer’s biggest music events. Tickets are a bit steep (the 3-day pass will run you a cool 85 bucks) but if you are a music lover, then it’s well worth it.

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1. Usain Bolt

7. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh

This Jamaican sprinter is one of the most entertaining Olympic athletes of all time. With his swagger, broken records and talent, Bolt is bound to make a splash at this summer’s Olympics. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics he won gold in the 100 and 200 meter races and the 4x100 relay race. Expect those gold’s this summer and maybe even a couple of more.

Treanor and Walsh have been deemed as the most dominant team in volleyball, but recently they have waned a bit due to age. But these women can still win at anytime and anywhere because of their dominance. Also this team is extremely fun to watch because of the amount of chemistry they have together on and off the sand.

2. Michael Phelps What’s astonishing about Phelps is that he was debating whether to even compete in this summer’s Olympics because he just didn’t have the competitive fire anymore. Luckily, NFL linebacker Ray Lewis gave him some inspiration and Phelps decided to compete. Phelps is one of the most decorated Olympic athletes of all time and this summer could make him even more decorated.

Burroughs is somewhat of an unknown athlete heading into these Olympics because of how young he is. Burroughs, now 23, became a prominent wrestler in high school and then at the University of Nebraska. After college Burroughs went on to win gold in the world championships and the Pan American games. He will be interesting to watch in these games and should be a nice surprise.

3. Anyone on the USA basketball team

9. Trey Hardee

This team is stacked with NBA superstars like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love and Kevin Durant. So this team is of course the favorite heading into the Olympics and is getting slight comparisons to the 1992 dream team. That team had Michael Jordan, John Stockton, Charles Barkley and many other superstars. The USA should win this year, but they do face tough competition against Spain and Argentina.

Hardee is a decathlon athlete that has an injury past. But this summer Hardee is supposed to make some noise after his Tommy John surgery and quick rehab. Hardee might be the best American track athlete this summer and has a real shot at winning gold.

4. Ryan Lochte Swimmer Ryan Lochte has always been somewhat of a underdog compared to Phelps but this year he could make a splash. Lochte recently has been able to beat Phelps in a couple of events at the World Championships and he said that after beating Phelps he feels like he can beat him anytime. It will be interesting to watch what unfolds as these two Americans face off and their rivalry becomes even more intense.

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magine sitting at a sporting event and not knowing anything about the person sitting next to you. You don’t know their religion, where they stand on the political spectrum or what kind of beliefs they have because you’re just meeting this person. Instead of getting into a deep discussion about all of those touchy subjects, though, you end up just talking about the game, with no worries about offending the person. That is the magical thing about sports. It doesn’t matter about your beliefs or morals or politics, the only thing that matters is the game on that day. Think about the Super Bowl. Millions of people watch it worldwide and it gives people something to connect to and talk about. You might hardly know anything about football, or maybe you know an unlimited amount of stats – either way you can discuss

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5. Nastia Liukin

10. Anyone that competes in archery

Now that Shawn Johnson is gone and can’t steal the hearts of millions of Americans, Liukin will be able to step in and maybe do that herself. Liukin also competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and won one gold, three silvers and one bronze. This year, millions of fans would undoubtedly enjoy seeing her win a couple more golds.

Archery is by far the coolest event in the Olympics. I don’t care who wins or who loses – just watching these athletes shoot arrows at targets from a ridiculous distance is awesome.

6. Liu Xiang Xiang is one of the most popular athletes in China and is one of the better runners in this year’s Olympics. In 2008 Xiang had to pull out of the Olympics at the last minute because of an injury, but this year he is bound to show what he can do.

it with someone anywhere at anytime. In the city of Seattle this is a very relevant topic because of the new proposed arena deal. The Seattle Times editorial board has taken a stance against the arena because of some ridiculous opinions that don’t make any sense. Recently Bruce Ramsey of the editorial board said the city government can’t help pay for the arena because it isn’t a necessity like libraries and other community buildings. I agree it isn’t a necessity but neither are bike lanes, libraries

"Part of the reason people oppose the arena is because they say it doesn’t offer a cultural significance." or buses. Yes these things are extremely important to a community and I agree they are very much needed by a community – but how is an arena not a need? Part of the reason people oppose the arena is because they say it doesn’t offer a cultural significance. This is a completely ridiculous statement. The Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders are a large

part of the culture in the city of Seattle. They offer a chance for people to do something on any night of the week and meet new people at any time of the week. The new arena, and the sports teams that it would bring, would provide entertainment to thousands or millions of people, just like an art museum, park or even a library. I know for people who don’t like sports that it’s tough to imagine what kind of cultural impact they have, but in my eyes, and the eyes of millions more, it can be life changing. For me sports have been a sigh of relief since I was young child. Going outside everyday to play basketball with my neighbors and creating ever lasting friendships with those people. Today I still live in the same house and I still see children my age running around playing basketball, baseball and football. It brings people of all ages together. Next time this arena proposal comes up in a discussion, and someone opposes the idea because it has no cultural value, let those people know that they are wrong and point out what sports can do for a community. And keep reminding opponents about that person you sit next to at the game: You have no clue who they are, or what they believe in, but you can still enjoy a game with them with no problems.


etc. Rants

I recently dropped a class that was way too advanced for me, and the school only gave me back a fraction of the total cost. I don’t know about everyone else, but how is that okay for them to pocket my money? Students need more than a week to decide whether to drop a class. There should at least be a two-week trial where if you drop the class you get a full refund. I play basketball for SCC and I am speaking for all athletes when I say this: We need gym time! It is so crazy to me that if I want to work on my game I have to get a gym membership somewhere else just so I will be able to shoot a few jumpers. Athletes here have good GPAs and win games, but still don’t have anywhere to work out. They won’t let us in the gym unsupervised, which is crazy. We are adults and want to get better at what pays for our education…let us! Have you seen students and teachers have problems in using the projectors in your classes? Well, I’ve seen a lot of problems. When I was in my Spanish class, my teacher was trying to show us the video of a tango dance. However, when my teacher wanted to turn the projector on, it just gave us the image, not the sound. Moreover, my teacher had to call the technicians to fix it. Furthermore, it took about 20 minutes waiting for the technicians and finally my teacher dismissed the class. But it’s not just the teachers who have problems. My English 102 teacher assigned us a presentation for the final grade. My group used a video and Power Point. However, when we played the video, the sound wouldn’t come out. My group was disappointed. (Fortunately, my teacher was very nice and still gave us a grade.)

Raves

I know a lot of people complain about parking at SCC. I first thought this too,but my perspective has changed. I’ve been parking in the Greenwood lot for some time now and I see it as a great opportunity to enjoy SCC’s outdoor horticulture. Many colleges lack this. I wonder if anybody realizes how beautiful the trees and plants look alongside the stairways. Plus, it’s a great morning exercise (especially when I’m late for class). But usually I have to hold my breath for people passing down so they don’t see how exhausted I am walking up the stairs :D I really love the outdoor spots at our campus. How wonderful and relaxing it is when we can sit outside, enjoy the nice weather of spring while drinking a cup of coffee or having snacks and lunch. The architecture of our school and natural landscape is a perfect combination. I can tell that students at Shoreline Community College have an advantage over students at North Seattle, because their school is like a prison. Well, but I guess it could be more interesting for them, as every day at school is like in Prison Break.

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Dear Love & War,

I fell in love with a person who is from Japan. We met on campus, we knew each other for few months and we started dating. last year he graduated from SCC and went back to Japan. At my quarter break I went to Japan and visited him. Before I came back to US, he gave me an super expensive necklace to represent our love. After I am back, we talked everyday on phone and sent messages all the time. Once a while we mail letter to each other. We tried to do keep contact as much as we could. However, for a week he did not text me or call me, I was so worried about him. I tried to reach him several times a day, but I still did not receive any calls or messages from him. After that week, he texted me and asked me if I can send the necklace back to him, because he is in debt and need to sell the necklace for paying back the loans. I sensed something, but I still sent it back to him with the cheapest mailing fee. He did not say broke up with me but using such a dumb excuse. I feel like heartbroken. I talked with me roommates and they spent a whole week with me, took care me. At the meantime, I can feel one of my roommates likes me. We started dating after three weeks I broke up with the Ex-boyfriend. I am kind of confused right now, I am not sure what I am doing now. —Confused in love

War

When it comes to long distance relationships, they rarely ever last. "Out of sight out of mind!" This guy is on the other side of the world and you are here. There is no possible way you can give him what he needs, nor can he fulfill your needs. Just think of him as practice, so that when Mr. Right comes along you will know. As for your roommate and new boyfriend, be careful because you may have chosen him out of desperation and the situation may land you in the same place you and your ex ended.

Love

Distance makes the heart grow fonder and maybe your ex just needs some time to absorb this long-distance relationship. Don't call or bother him until he makes the next move. You did your part, now let him pursue you. Men like to chase, not be chased. In the meantime enjoy your roommate and new love, but don't rush into anything serious, just in case things work out with you and your ex.

what do you mean ‘Dead Day‛ just means we don‛t have class?


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