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May 15, 2014 Vol. 47, Issue 13



‘Neighbors’ is the best on the block, Page 8

A public forum for Pierce College students of Lakewood, Wash.

Baseball team brings home the gold 2014 Pierce Raiders Baseball Team are NWAACC Western Divisions Champions

Crystal Kennedy/Staff Photos Dominic Wilkerson/Staff Photo

Dominic Wilkerson Staff Writer The Raiders were against Tacoma Titans in a race to capture the West Division Baseball Championship. The last game would decide the outcome of the season. Both teams played as hard as they could leading up to this final game. At the top of the 7th, the score was 2-3. Rallied by DJ Gee, left Fielder, with a double down the 3rd baseline, the Raiders managed to score 9 points in the 7th inning alone. It was a team effort to get all these runs.

Even though they still needed to go out on defence, they manage to hold the Tacoma Titans to just 3 runs. The final score for the championship was 11-3 with The Raiders bringing home their 4th consecutive division championship. “We are happy with the outcome, but we are not yet done,” stated DJ Gee. The Raiders still have the overall championship for the entire NorthWest Athletic Association for Community Colleges (NWAACC) which takes place during the week of the 22nd of May. Over the course of 5 days it will

be decided who is the NWAACC champions. Both DJ Gee and Leo Valenti, Shortstop, Pierce Raiders, enjoyed some McDonalds to celebrate their win. “I am extremely proud for the entire team on their win. They have worked so hard for it and it came together in the end,” stated Head Coach Kevin Davis. The team is counting on the support and enthusiasm of the student body to help them finish their season and win the championship for Pierce. Games start May 22 at Davis Story Field in Longview, WA.

Baseball Team Roster • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Jarred Prather DJ Gee Ryan Schmitten George Foley Darrien Moran Brett Oyer Leo Valenti Cobi Beal Lee Larson Haakon Wagner Heath Dempsey Brett Johnson Josh McCoy Travis McGuire

In this issue: Center:


Lunch with the Mayor, Page 2

Pioneer teacher favorites, Pages 6&7


New Director of TRIO has a passion for student success, Page 4

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Rayven Kahana Scott Russell Dalton Elmer Colton Nash Jeff Nelson Aaron McGraw Josh Connolly Cole Uvila Kyle Kornegay Matt Fish Tyson Erickson Brett Murphy Luke Heyer Dominc Milton



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Lunch with the Mayor Civics Week kicks off its second event with a few words of guidance from a local politician Cameron Cyprain Staff Writer On May 13th, students shared an insightful pizza luncheon with Lakewood Deputy Mayor Don Anderson. The mayor made his appearance as part of this year’s Civics Week, which is a five-day long series of events meant to promote good citizenship and public service arranged and hosted by Student Life. In his speech, Anderson emphasized the sentiment that being selfless by allocating a little of one’s time and effort can lead to significant payoffs. “Be selfish,” he began, “Get involved in your community. You can contribute and do for others, and this will come to benefit you in the end.” Anderson spoke from years of experience to support the sentiment. At the age of 18, Anderson went up for election as President of the Puyallup School District Board. To his surprise, the state approved him for the position, making

Civics Week Calendar What’s new in


Library? • Life and times of Rosie the Riveter (DVD) Five women recount their experiences at work and offer comments on society’s expectations of them during and after the World War II effort.

• The chemistry between us: love, sex, and the science of attraction

Discusses how some of the molecules in our brains effect life-changing decisions we make unconsciously.

• Radical moves: Caribbean migrants and the politics of race in the jazz age

Outlines the creation of black internationalism by hundreds of thousands of African-descended working-class men and women left their homes in the British Caribbean to seek opportunity abroad.

• America’s war on sex: the continuing attack on law, lust, and liberty

Analyzes eight “battlegrounds” in which America’s War on Sex is being fought and examines how each one is the focus of an unrelenting struggle to regulate sexuality in direct contradiction to our Constitutional guarantees, scientific fact, and the needs of average Americans.

him the youngest individual to be elected at the state level to date. He has served as Board President of Tacoma Goodwill Industries as well as a Board Member of Rotary Club #8. Having served for six years, he is also credited with holding the longest tenure on the Lakewood City Council. Anderson is also a Navy veteran with three years served as a JAG officer from 1978 to 1981. Despite years of valuable experience and an education that could afford him much higher paying jobs, Anderson asserted his stance that “It’s not like viewing things in terms of black and white, or mono and stereo. The experience much more rich and insightful. that’s what it’s like to volunteer for your community. ” Aside from his involvement in the public arena, Anderson has been closely involved with various private enterprise ventures and was a business major while studying at the University of Puget Sound.

• May 14:

Civics In Action w/ State Representative Tami Green and Pierce College Instructor Elysia Mbuja Performance Lounge – 12:00p.m.

Campus Calendar • May 15: Beautiful Me Fashion Show Performance Lounge – 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. • May 17: International Education: Chinese Festival Trip in Seattle Health Education Center – 10:45 a.m. • May 19: Gregg Levoy “Callings” Performance Lounge – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. • May 20: Asian Market Trip Health Education Center – 4 p.m. • May 26: Memorial Day (No class) • May 27: Student Government Meeting Student Life Lobby – 3 p.m. • May 28: Registration for Former Students Begins • May 29: Registration for New Students Begins

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Mayor Don Anderson “Be selfish. Get involved with your community.” “I’ve always held the position that one should draw on experiences they gain in the private sector. That’s how you can utilize the more effective tools of leadership.” Through the many connections he has made while remaining active in his community, Anderson garnered a reputation that earned him a unanimous Lakewood City Council vote to place him in his

• May 15:

Civic Thursday (Volunteer Opportunities): Backpack Project and Lakewood Computer Club House Cascade Building - 12:00 p.m. Lakewood Computer Club House 3p.m.

current position. Students had the opportunity to ask Mayor Anderson about his time in office and how he felt his experiences could be used as an example. When asked what was his favorite part about being mayor, Anderson responded, “Being involved with people. I do value getting all the small things done rather than the big one’s.”

• May 17:

Civic Saturday (Volunteer Opportunities): Habitat for Humanity 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Bus will leave at 8:00 a.m.)

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Math pathways get a makeover Calculated changes are coming to current math curriculums Cameron Cyprain Staff Writer This summer quarter, rearrangements will be made to the current math course curriculums. The changes would affect what are more commonly known as ‘pathways’ on the Fort Steilacoom, Puyallup, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord campuses. Statistics on Pierce from the Achieving the Dream (ATD) National Reform Network indicated that student success rates in math courses have steadily declined over the years. Planned restructurings for current math curriculums are meant to address this issue. As part of the new outlook for math pathways, certain courses, or elements of them, will be consolidated into others for efficiency. For example, there will be no more Math 60 starting summer quarter because it will become part of Math 54 (beginning algebra). “We offered a prototype of the [latter] course last summer,” said Sharon Camner, math professor and member of the planning team making the course changes.

“At first, we thought we were just going to rearrange a few things,” she said, “but the administration was really supportive in terms of funding and giving us the time to organize and plan the new changes.” “What we noticed is that if you just offer a string of remedial courses, it’s not very effective,” Rajesh Lal, another math instructor on the planning team, said. The revised pathway is to include a more comprehensive track with Math 50 (basic math), 54 (beginning algebra), and 96 (intermediate algebra in context). “The goal was to achieve efficiency while also achieving success,” Camner said. From there, students could opt for one of two tracks. The first one includes Math 107 (math in society), 146 (statistics), and 131 (math for elementary education). The second pathway will include Math 98 (intermediate algebra for pre-calculus), a lead in to 141 (pre-calculus), 147 (business pre-calculus). One innovation to the new set of courses involves themes, which are based on real-life sce-

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Xanet Li studies for his tests in the Rainier Building. narios. The scenarios, which involve citizenship (proportional reasoning, assessing variables), personal finance (taxes, budgeting), and medical literacy (measuring blood alcohol averages), will be used to help students grasp difficult to learn concepts. “I wish I had this when I was in college,” Lal said. Though most degree and cer-

tificate programs require some amount of college level arithmetic, choosing to enroll in such classes can be daunting for students who struggle with math. A major concern shared by instructors, advisors, and other faculty members is with students who, due to a lack of academic preparation, waste time and money repeatedly failing their

math courses. Camner and Lal have discussed modifying the math pathways for several quarters now, making it clear that what they would like to see is dedication coupled with a solid plan to succeed at math. “I call it productive persistence: tenacity: having the will to try it again while also having a strategy,” Camner said.



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Second chances do happen A man of many talents Donnie Anderson showcases his ability to dance, sing, and write Ismael Rodriguez Staff Writer

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Kendra Pfeiffer assists fellow student Emily Rathburn with her upcoming 3D render assignment

Nearing graduation, design student tutors and prepares for a new career Daniel Konicek Staff writer The Digital Design program at Pierce College is known for providing education in a wide variety of digital art and publishing programs, and for one student it has been a kickstart to a potential new career. As she nears the end of the certification, digital design student Kendra Pfeiffer tutors other students and anticipates a fresh start. “I had just gotten laid off in 2012, so I had an opportunity, I thought it would be great to have a career and not just a job,” Pfeiffer said. “I thought it would be fun to have something that I enjoy doing. It was either art or animals, and art paid better and I already have five [animals] so I figured I would go for digital design.” It can be incredibly confusing tackling the different programs and techniques. Luckily for them, Pfeiffer is there to help as an official tutor. “I’ve always helped people out,

I’ve actually had a background with some training in it, so it’s been my natural inclination to help them succeed.” Pfeiffer said. “I was already helping people out in Doreen’s classes last quarter and they announced they needed tutors, and Doreen said ‘You’d be great at it, go do it.’” The choice of Digital Design has turned out well for her, as it aligns with interests she had long held. I’ve always loved art; I didn’t think I could make a living of it years ago, but with all the technology and programs and stuff now, you can make a living at it,” Pfeiffer said. “It’s such a broad range of skills in the digital design program, and so far I’ve loved all of it. It doesn’t matter what direction I go with it, as long as I’m being creative and having fun.” The decision to return to school itself has also been a positive experience for Pfeiffer. She has been able to practice traditional painting and drawing in addition to her digital assignments and tutoring. Her time at

school has energized her. “My last job wasn’t all that fun, so my confidence level in my artistic ability, people skills have all gone up; its fun being around people with the same likes and interests and the same kind of passions, and everybody in the program has just been great. From administration to whatever, it has just been a great experience.” After she graduates in June, Pfeiffer will be looking for jobs in the digital design field. Her new skills could lead to many places, perhaps even to a dream job at Pixar. Whatever happens, Pfeiffer is taking away from Pierce something more than a list of skills and programs. “Being back to school has made me happier than I have been in years. Its just been a great experience,” Pfeiffer said. “I’ve made a lot of close friends, people I want to stay in touch with, maybe one day we could open our own design firm, that would be awesome. Just meeting some new people and new experiences has just been great. I’ve learned a lot and there is so much more to learn.”

Donnie Anderson II is a name many might not know. This young man is a theatre student with many talents. Donnie along with being in Theatre has a talent for dancing, singing and writing. He learned he had these skills a when he was young. He began to dance a little when he was eight years old. It wasn’t until he was 11 that he really started to learn how to dance. He is mainly self-taught and takes the inspiration for his style from Justin Timberlake and the Michael Jackson. Many of his moves are things from concerts and music videos that he sees and then emulates. “I got to put all of that practice to the test in my first musical, ‘Hairspray’ at Tacoma Musical Playhouse,” Donnie said. He tends to dance when he’s bored and likes to express himself through it also. Yet, That’s not his only talent. Donnie began singing when he was 11 years old and was also again self-taught. He doesn’t like rap too much and though he’s not a huge fan he can rap. He can rap a

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little and took some of his influence from Eminem. He specializes in a cappella though. “I got into music when I was about 11 and a cappella came to me the same time when I wouldn’t stop singing the Drake & Josh theme song,” He said Along with dancing and a cappella he also writes. He enjoys writing and started to write when he was nine. “I started writing while I was living with my dad. I couldn’t express myself, so, I got bored and started writing,” He said. From there he started writing what he wanted to see. Later when he was 12 years old he started to create his own original stories and kept practicing. He found when he started making his own stories that he was mixing genres like actions, science fiction, fantasy, and comedy amongst other things. Donnie is a very talented student who has big aspirations. “I want to do a play with drama and some comedy,” Donnie said. He wants to design the choreography and music, but “I want to learn from the professionals, before I design a play though,” Donnie said. “I’m still learning to become better, but I want to discover my talents for acting before I go back to musicals, I’m trying to see how deep can I go with roles,” Donnie rarely show cases these talents unless he has a reason and though he’s a little doubtful of his skills he keeps a positive attitude. “I’m a little shy of my talents, but my doubts don’t get me down, it makes me want to get better,” he said. He uses these talents primarily in the Theatre. His aspiration is to be an actor and with talents like these he has a lot of opportunities in the entertainment industries. “I plan on doing a lot of theatre and getting training in the skills I need.”

New Director of TRIO has a passion for student success Dawn Reed draws from her past to help students with their future Holly Buchanon Staff Writer Pierce College’s new Director of TRIO, Dawn Reed is able to follow her passion for education by helping students achieve a higher education. For the past 15 years, she has been helping prepare students for college success. In the past, Reed has worked with the city of Seattle to help TRIO students. She was employed by the City of Seattle’s Human Services Department Upward Bound TRIO program. Reed was a counselor for this TRIO program serving low income and first generational college bound students, in six local high schools. She also worked in Tacoma Community College’s Educational Talent Search program. Reed was born in Honolulu, and raised in Seattle, where she

graduated from Chief Sealth High School in 1993. Since elementary school Reed had been interested in education. “As a child I knew I wanted to be a teacher,” Reed said. She helped her classmates with their homework and started advising her peers. Although she had the capability of teaching her peers she didn’t have confidence in herself. “No one ever told me I was smart,” Reed said. Her teachers asked her to join the Honors program in elementary school. “My teachers planted the seeds of encouragement and confidence that I didn’t get from home,” she said. Reed was raised by a single parent, her mother, while her father was in jail. She attended Northwest University for two years before she transferred to the University of Alaska Fairbanks on a full-ride

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Dawn Reed wears her TRIO shirt with pride in front of the Cascade Building. Reed has been involved with helping TRiO students for 15 years. basketball scholarship she received after a coach saw her play. In 1998, Reed received her Bachelors of Arts in Social Work with a minor in education, and earned her Master of Business Administration in 2006. “Majoring in social work helped me to deal with my own personal childhood issues,” Reed said. “In order for me to help youth I needed to first help myself

and sort through all my issues.” In her free time, Reed volunteers as a coach and a mentor at two local nonprofit organizations. Reed coaches an all-girls basketball team through PUSH basketball, along with her daughter, to continue fulfilling her passion for basketball. She also spends time teaching workshops through Education with a Purpose for the Pacific

Islanders, where she works with parents and students to help them understand what they need to do to earn a college degree. “I don’t do this because I want a business. I do it because I want to give back,” Reed said. She broke the cycle of poverty in her family and wants to help more people in her culture pursue a higher education. Reed has worked with TRIO students in middle school, high school and college. “It takes experience from all levels to be able to help students and their parents get into college.” The TRIO program at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom has provided students with free college success help for 12 years. The program serves 160 eligible students and is funded with a federal TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Trio advisors and counselors aid students in meeting their educational goals to ensure that they move on to a four-year college or university.

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Pioneer teacher favorites Share your favorite teachers with us on Twitter @ PioneerNewsroom Cameron Cyprain/Staff Photo and Bio

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Instructor: Robert Johnson (Above)

Name: Hussein El-Ebiary (Above)

Age: 50

Age: “I’m in my very, very, very late 20’s (early 30’s).”

Years Teaching: “I’ve been here since about 1996, so 18 years.” Musical interests: Desert Island Discs and Bebop

How long teaching: “I’ve been teaching college since 1997, when I started teaching undergrad, and I’ve also taught graduate classes.”

Favorite part of teaching: Mentoring students

Favorite Movie: The Breakfast Club

Fall courses: BIOL 100 (Intro to Biology), NSCI 160 (Environmental Biology)

Favorite Colors: Blue, green, and purple

Favorite TV show: “I love TV. But I guess college football (OSU).” Favorite part of teaching: “Being always right and being the smartest person in the class.” Classes for fall quarter: BIO&160 and BIO&170 Favorite Class to teach: “BIO&160 because it’s the intro and you guys don’t really know anything so you’re more teachable.”

Name: Michael Darcher (Right) Age: “63, I’ll be 64 this summer.” How long teaching: “I’ve been teaching about a quarter century. I mean I’m not a hatchery fish. I got into the, uh, The education industry late, before I started teaching.”

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Instructor: Rajesh Lal (Above) Age: 50 Years Teaching: 25 years Favorite Movie: Bobby Favorite part of teaching: The Students Fall courses: Math 96, Math 146 (Statistics), Math 152 (Calculus II)

Favorite book: “Book, probably Marilyn Robinson ‘Housekeeping’. I mean, there’s not a better five pages of a novel ever written.” Favorite movies: “that’d be tougher call, I like a lot of movie.” he said. Favorite thing about teaching: “Yeah the interaction, learning— not providing learning but learning things from students. That’s why I’ve been able to stay as long as I have.” Classes for Fall Quarter: Creative Composition, Creative Writing (extensive course), and English 107 as an intro to Lit. Ismael Rodriguez/Staff Photo and Bio



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‘Neighbors’ is the best on the block From beer, bongs, and beerbongs to real issues, this movie has it all Kaitlyn Turner Staff Writer

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‘Neighbors,’ from the director of ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall,’ leaves little to be desired. From the college parties to middleaged problems and more, this movie gives viewers not only plenty of laughs, but a surprisingly realistic view of life. Starring Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne as Mac and Kelly Radner, ‘Neighbors’ starts with a 30-something-year-old couple stuck in the everyday rut of a little suburban house, station wagon, a boring 9-to-5 job, and a newborn baby. This rut even carries over into their sex life, where Kelly won’t even take her shirt off during intercourse, and they stop mid-way because their daughter Stella turned around and was watching Daddy take Mommy to “Bonertown.” The Radners are thrilled when they see a gay couple with an infant checking out the house next-door. A few days later though, they are less than pleased to find that instead of the “cute gay couple,” the house next-door has been occupied by Delta Psi Beta, a college frat led by the gorgeous and muscular Teddy Sanders, played by Zac Efron, and his second-in-command Pete, played by Dave Franco. On the first night in their new neighborhood, Delta Psi Beta throws a huge party and the Radners come over to request that they “keep it down,” only to be invited in and spend the remainder of the night partying with people 10 years younger than them. The night goes smoothly and the neighbors are shaping up to have a great relationship, complete with walkie-talkies. At least until the next night, when the Radners call Sanders to ask him to keep it down and their calls get ignored. They end up calling the police, and when the cop told Sanders that they are the ones that called, he feels

betrayed. This betrayal leads to a series of hilarious pranks complete with burst pipes, giant dildos, and airbags. This movie is filled with enough laughs to keep viewers satisfied for days. As usual, Seth Rogan plays a giant man-child, but instead of being the stereotypical nagging wife, Rose Byrne was equally immature and crazy, which was a very refreshing twist. Even more surprising was Byrne’s character Kelly’s ability to wreck a “bromance,” even though it involved kissing two different people and getting them totally inebriated. Behind all of the partying comes a deeper story; something that this movie did without making it seem like a sudden random change of pace. The first real issue it deals with is the fear of being that boring couple who has a kid and lives a boring and cliché life, never to have fun again. The fraternity next-door, although annoying, provided the fun needed to show the Radners that even though they’re parents, they don’t have to be only that, and can still lead an exciting life, whether that be with their friends or in the bedroom. The other big real issue that ‘Neighbors’ dealt with so well was the fear of “what’s after college?” Teddy, the president of Delta Psi Beta, spent his four years in college partying, and his biggest worry was throwing a party that would go down in history. However, at a job fair at the end of his senior year, he found that there was absolutely no way that he was going to get hired anywhere with his low GPA. This reality shock was a very real thing that happens to lots of college students who blow their four years drinking, smoking, and doing who knows what else. It added some value to the movie that transcended the comedic bounds that were to be expected. Overall, ‘Neighbors’ was both extremely funny and surprisingly real. It exceeded all expectations with its great acting, humor, and surprisingly substantial storyline. I give it 4/5 stars.

The Grand Cinema theatre hosts a local filmmakers competition Holly Buchanan Staff Writer Local filmmakers and actors gathered at Urban Grace church to view their films in the 2014, 72-hour film competition, hosted by The Grand Cinema. The Grand Cinema is a non-profit theatre that hosts film festivals every year to help filmmakers get recognized. Tacoma filmmakers gathered at the Grand two weeks ago to get the criteria for the four and a half minute film they would be challenged to produce in three days. Each film was required to include four things, an action: countdown, a prop: duct tape, dialogue: “I love it when you do that”, and staging: product placement. 25 teams put together their films and created 26 short films. The shorts had a variety of emotions. Some were funny, like short titled “Astronave” which was about a group of Star Trek like characters that had their space ship broken into by a duct tape mummy, all while in a Spanish dialogue with a soap opera theme. And others were more serious like a film titled, “One,” which was about a boy who committed suicide after having a falling-out with his girlfriend.

This film competition brought it people who have been making films all their lives and people who just started. Ian Price, a self-taught filmmaker since the age of 17, produced ‘One.’ Sage Balcom, Price’s son was an acted for his first time in his dad’s short. “I’m most proud of my son’s acting,” Price said. The toughest part of making a film in 72 hours according to Price, is writing it, shooting it, and editing it. Pierce College Alumni Michael Riffle was also a part of the film competition. Riffle graduated in the class of 1998 in arts and sciences. Riffle had a role of the confused boyfriend who was trying to understand his girlfriend’s needs. Riffle started acting in 2005 and urges students to “love their craft and do quality work.” He acted in the short ‘Glass Castle.’ “This is a slice of life, predominantly about men who have been in a relationship that didn’t make sense,” said Joseph Santwan the filmmaker of Glass Castle. After about two and a half hours of watching the film shorts the executive director of the Grand Cinema, Philip Cowan announced the winner of the

competition, ‘Astronave.’ Which was a hilarious film that had the whole audience in laughter. Amber Celletti and Nathan Blanchford were the two filmmakers that created ‘Astronave’ and recently got their next film

‘The village of Middlevale’ paid for via Kickstarter. The Grand Cinema has film festivals and competitions all year long and also provides film camp for those who are interested in learning more about the art.

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Executive Director of the Grand Cinema, Philip Cowan gives actors and filmmakers of the short ‘Astronave’ their awards for best 72 hour film and best product placement in the 2014 72 hour Film Competition.

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Pierce Got Talent Students showed off their skills to a panel of judges Sean Hobbs Staff Writer On May 8, 2014 in the dimly lit Performance lounge on the fourth floor of the Cascade building, all eyes were focused on the stage. It was here that Marie Assamoi and Celina Lewis impressed both the judges and the crowd enough to beat out their fellow performers. Pierce Got Talent was organized by student life to be a two hour competition between students of all backgrounds. The event attracted noticeable attention, as seating filled up quickly and latecomers were stuck with the walls and floor. “We did a talent show to see all the diverse talents at Pierce” Yaro Rudenko, one of the judges and Issues & Awareness coordinator, said, “If we did a specific talent, we’d be choosing specific students, and everyone is different.” Diversity was a noticeable part of the event. Though the majority of the acts were singers, dancers also preformed, as well as a yoyoist, and the music ranged from heartfelt ballads to fast

paced rap. Both covers and original songs were preformed. Maranda Ruby, Rudeko, Jazmie Herrington, Jim Butler, and Allie Morrow made up the judges panel and were tasked with deciding a winner and a runner up. The judges were to watch the performance and give their opinions, comments, and suggestions on the acts, then give either a star or an X, meaning they liked or disliked the performance respectively. Behind the scenes, the judges individually marked down points in three categories: talent, performance, and creativity. This was designed to even the playing field for students who made a mistake or got nervous, potentially messing up their performance. Even with a minor slipup, a student could win through the other two categories. David Kind, outreach coordinator, both organized and MC’d the event. While Pierce has had talent shows in the past, it was Kind’s idea to make it more like the NBC TV show ‘America’s Got Talent’. “I thought it would be kind of cool to do a spoof. Why not have X’s and stars?” Kind said, “And it worked, that’s the thing, it worked. Pizza helped though.” Kind did his best to pump up the crowd in between acts, going

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“I was proud because I was representing my country,” said Assamoi, in regards to her dancing performance. as far as to take a selfie on stage, The performance included sev- a slideshow that played on the crowd included, and get audi- eral props, and a slideshow that screen behind her. As runner up, ence members to do ‘The Wob- played behind her as she danced. she received a $50 Amazon gift ble’ with him. The talent show happened to card. The winner of this year’s Pierce fall on her birthday as well, about All in all, the student life conGot Talent, Marie Assamoi, pre- which she said, “To win was a sidered the event a success, and formed a multi stage dance that gift I made to myself.” Additional hopes to do more like it in the was created to represent the first place gifts included season future. “I was very happy with country she is from, Ivory Coast. pass tickets to Wild Waves, AMC the turnout. It was bigger than “It was a challenge to go on stage movie tickets, and a Samsung I expected.” said Kind. Despite a alone, because usually I dance Galaxy Tablet. few mistakes and broken notes, with my crew, so I had to prove Second place winner, Celina audience members, judges, and to myself that I can do it with or Lewis, sang a song of her own performers walked away from without my crew.” Assamoi said. creation, which also included the event in good spirits.



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Hallway Hassle:

Do you feel like your public school sex ed class was helpful?

Dessa Chalfant

Jazmine Herrington

Reginald Xavier

Shawn Dixon

Tiana Manzano

“I didn’t take any, we didn’t have it. But I think it would have been helpful. Our school needed it.”

“Yes. Everyone who did not attend became pregnant or a baby daddy.”

“Somewhat yeah, they taught me more than I needed to know.”

“I don’t really make resolu” Yes, it’s a good reminder and helps you pay attention.”

“Yes for the most part she showed us diseases and told us to always be safe.”


Pet adoption should not be taken lightly In the recent weeks, the veterinary program has been advertising pet adoption of a variety of pets. This is the kind of advertising that pet programs will resort too, as adoption is a serious business. There are never enough homes for the pets that desperately need them, and local shelters are waiting for people to volunteer. Pet care is a responsibility that, unfortunately, many give up on. According to the American Humane Society, about 3.8 million animals taken into shelters were euthanized in 2008. About 56% of dogs and 71% of cats that enter animal shelters are euthanized, cats more than dogs because they are more likely to lack owner identification. Shelters lack the

resources to take care of the volume of animals that come through every day, and there are not enough people stepping up to adopt. The problem is double for pets that are more exotic than a housecat. Animals that take particular care, like anacondas or ferrets, will be typically released into the wild as a perceived act of mercy. Delicate ecosystems like Florida are being flooded with pythons, wreaking havoc because families give up on caring for the animals. When adopting a pet, it is important to consider the source. Adopting a pet from a shelter is always a good choice, giving an animal a second chance and helping reduce the nation’s pet

Student government is striving for clarity During winter quarter, The Pioneer released an article entitled, “Free food? Not really,” alerting students of the fact that all the “freebies” provided by the student government were actually coming out of the S&A funds. Unlike other fees, the S&A is built into tuition, so many students were left unaware of it. After the article informing students of what the S&A funds actually are was released, student government apparently decided that they needed to better publicize the information. As many may have noticed, any drink cooler or snack table at a student life run

event now sports a sign saying something along the lines of “Payed for by your [students’] S&A funds.” So why do they suddenly feel the need to do that? On the bright side, at least student government is making students aware that they paid for their own “freebies.” However, the president announcing that the giveaways were paid for by S&A funds “in case you’ve heard that there’s any corruption or that we’ve been up to any suspicious activity.” Given, the article might have been grossly misinterpreted as an attack on student government, but the positive side of the ordeal is that everything is out in the open.

The problems of math changes: Is changing math pathways effective without student input? Restructuring the math courses may sound good, but can be hectic for students who end up being the guinea pigs. Teachers aren’t sure what is expected from them and these thoughts transfer to the students. Just starting math alone can be daunting, and now the pathways are changing. For many students this could change their whole plan. They could end up getting dumped in another class that may be too easy or too hard. Students who get placed in the classes have no way to tell the teachers that they need a middle ground or that they don’t know what’s being taught. The process may offer a more streamlined program, but the problem is whether the students are aware or even a part of this process. Only the students know what help they need, and unless they are approached to

speak their ideas which often isn’t considered, the program could prove ineffective. Also, it’s been stated that math from reallife scenarios will become a greater focus, with problems including working out blood alcohol content and doing taxes. The way they use the problem might not be as realistic as they think. Determining blood alcohol content requires a large equation with a lot of variables. This might make the program look nice and sound good, but the issue that is evident is whether the students are aware of the changes going on. If they are, the question becomes whether or not they understand these changes and how it will effect will their academic plans. Ultimately, the students need have the support and means to tell whether or not the program is effective, so that the program can be changed for the better.

overpopulation. Many of the pets in shelters are animals lost from their owners. Pet owners should be sure to have proper identification for their pets to maximize the chance that lost pets can be recovered. When buying a pet, there are some things that need to be checked on to be sure the breeder is responsible and caring. Being sure to check that a pet is healthy and well socialized is vitally important. Is the mother present? Do they have vaccination and vetinary records? Does the breeder have knowledge of the pets’ possible genetic disorders? These are all important things to consider when buying a pet.

As overcrowded as shelters are, there are still worse places for pets to be. Animal fighting, abuse, cruelty, and neglect are all issues animal rights activists are fighting to stop. However, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, are actually against the domestication of pets in all forms, and when animals are left in their care they will be euthanized. The American Humane Society and local animal shelters are the proper place to take stray pets. In any case, animals everywhere are waiting for a good home. If someone is ready and able to add to their family, it is important to have all the knowledge necessary to provide a safe and loving environment.

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How to drive

Neal Curtis-Duguay When the Obama healthcare bill was formed, citizens were more than on board with the idea of everyone receiving little to no cost healthcare coverage. But now that the bill has been enacted, patients are dealing with Imagine this: there’s an intersection with a streetlight, and two cars facing each other. A school bus full of children signals left as it moves forward, and a truck lacks its proper signal as it makes a left turn. Through gross miscommunication, the chances of a collision increased tenfold, though are miraculously avoided. Fortunately, incidents like this can easily be avoided with a few driving safety tips, which

Sexual assault still a problem

By Sera Tucker With summertime approaching, it is hard to forget about cases such as Steubenville, where misogyny showed its ugly face and a 16 year old girl was confronted by a culture that blames and slut-shames rape victims, happened just a year ago— and this sort of violence happens regularly to young Americans. However with the subtle ways that we have integrated rape condoning into our culture, it is no surprise that most victims live in fear of public humiliation, devastat-

ing verdicts, and the agony of entering such a stigmatized and marginalized group of the population. But what most of us survivors fear, is the predictability of the cycle. The inevitability that after an assault, when society forgets the victim and the world continues to spin, you will feel as though you have lost control of your mind, spirit, and body. Even to this day, five years after my assault, I feel blame and guilt that maybe I could have done something to protect myself; that perhaps, that sheriff was right to comment on the tank top I was wearing, and that maybe this had been just “a bad hook up.” And for a while there, that seemed plausible, but only when I forgot the pain that I was put through. Only when I can warp the story and somehow ignore the pressure, fear and, self-loathing that my rapist placed on me; only then

Quite a few drivers thinks it’s okay to drive twenty miles over the speed limit in urban areas where the limit never goes above thirty-five. Children, joggers, and other pedestrians do not have enough time to react at thes speeds. Joggers, unfortunately, rarely wait for walk signs and combining that with a speeding car is an accident waiting to happen. There are no excuses, go the speed limit. There are a few reasons why: not stopping, and not seeing what’s ahead, means there could be a collision. This has and will happen at stop signs and red lights. Drivers make this bad behavior a habit, and surprise pedestrians or oncoming traffic. Nighttime is even worse, due to poor visibility and the difficulty in seeing pedestrians. People, when they see someone stop arrive at a stop sign, expect them to stop. If they don’t, the oncoming traffic have no way of knowing if the car is going to stop at all. Like signaling, the stop bar is for everyone else. Defensive driving is being aware of one’s surroundings and ensuring everyone knows what, when, and how they’re doing anything. Driving is about avoiding accidents, and yielding to the laws. Traffic and the law do not yield to the driver. can I deny the horrors of that occurrence. And in the midst of my struggle, I began to see the world in a negative light: as a place that teaches young women to feel ashamed of their body, a place where young men are taught that masculinity and misogyny go hand in hand, and a place where we cover the truth and take power over the lives of others. We should teach the importance of consent and what that actually looks like and that when someone is raped, the only one at fault is the rapist. And maybe someday, when a group of boys rape an intoxicated girl, we will not question what she drank or wore to deserve what happened, maybe instead we can blame the young men who decided to take advantage of her inability to defend herself. And perhaps someday, we will not mourn the potential football careers of sexual predators but instead we will mourn the girl who will carry the weight of a society that blames rape victims and commends rapists, for the rest of her life.

Body image and delusions

Marty Lobdell The other day, I was exercising at the HEC when I noticed a young woman wiggling the underside of her arm. I know that women worry about jiggly under arms, but I have never heard of a man scoping out a woman’s under arm. So do we often worry about body image when few if any others notice? Women often worry about being too fat. Many women see photo-shopped images of women who are thin to begin with and wish they looked the same. Men don’t typically go for the skinny model look. They usually prefer a toned look and would prefer someone a bit over weight to a boney bod. And as with anything, there are some who prefer a queen sized gal. It is also interesting to note that some of the “women” models, when the face is not shown, are actually young teen girls or boys. Women often assume that men go for big breasted females. There is no doubt that men notice large breasts, but so do women and even young children notice them. But noticing large

breasts does not mean that men prefer them. Yes, some men do prefer the D and double D look. However, most men prefer the more normal B and C look and there are some that go for the A and double A look. Many men worry about penis size. Spam on the web suggests that having a larger than usual penis will thrill and delight every woman. Of course, they sell you some product that is “guaranteed” to enhance a man’s organ (by the way, save your money, none of them truly work). So what do women say? Yes, guys who are exceptionally small can be a problem for many women. On the other hand, a bigger than average penis may be uncomfortable or downright painful. Once again, just like men on breast size, most women prefer the typical size penis (5.5 to 6.5 inches when erect). In fact, many women say that except for the extremes, penis size had little or no impact on sexual pleasure. Men also worry about how well muscled they are. Some men believe that looking like Arnie Schwarzenegger, in his prime, is what women want. In reality, most women find the body builder look unattractive or gross. Much like men, women most often prefer a toned look; but, some women do prefer the king sized guy. Once again a skinny look is rarely preferred. To sum it up people’s likes and dislikes fall on a bell-shaped curve. A few people are at the extremes in their likes and dislikes, but the majority cluster near the middle. This is a good thing because most people’s bodies are also in the


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The views and opinions below are of the writers, not the publication should be incredibly basic and pure habit by everyone who finished the test as agonizingly processed by the DMV, which included hours and weeks of waiting and making it so it’d be ingrained in peoples minds. One of the most basic abilities every driver should possess is signaling turns and lane changes. Often called “blinkers,” they are the yellow or red lights on a car that blink on and off to alert other drivers. Their purpose is to alert other drivers to what direction the car is going. This keeps everyone on the road aware of each other, and prevents accidents. Turn signals aren’t for you, they’re for others. Speed is essential, otherwise cars wouldn’t move, but where there is speed, there are speed limits. These are important because the faster a car goes, the less time a driver has to react to changing events. Speed limits are chosen individually for each road, and how careful drivers need to be. Roadway engineers test roads and turns carefully to determine the safest speed at which they can be driven. Highways have high speed limits because there are virtually no people or traffic lights, while urban roads have lower speed limits because there is a greater density of people, children, and animals.


middle zone. Here is the good news: no matter what body shape or size you possess, there are people out there who like your look. The unfair part is that if your look is on the ends of the bellshaped curve, there are far fewer people who do like that look. But don’t abandon hope, they are out there. Final words, some practical changes can be made to shift one’s body into a more highly preferred look. Proper eating, exercise, grooming and wearing clothing that accentuate one’s strengths are worthy endeavors. When it comes to surgical enhancements, one should move cautiously. There are surgical enhancements for the lips, breast, buttocks, calves, abdomen, pectorals, and yes, the penis. There are three reasons for one to be to be cautious about electing such procedures. First, the surgeries can go terribly wrong. Second, people may be turned off when they find that you are augmented. And finally, the augmentation may not necessarily improve one’s life. A better approach is to accept and value one’s body. Such self-confidence is a proven attractant. Marty Lobdell is a retired psychology instructor who taught Human Sexuality at Pierce. If you have questions or suggestions for Marty please submit to the Pioneer at

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A house is not a home without a pet

Students work to provide the openhearted with furry companions Cameron Cyprain Staff Writer The Pierce College Veterinary Technology Program held its annual pet adoption event on May 6-9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event, which was hosted during National Pet Week to maximize awareness, functions as a platform for the program to find adoptive homes for cats and dogs that were used in veterinary technician student training over the past academic year.

Students in the Veterinary Technology Program set up an adoption table on the 4th floor of the Cascade building, across from the cafeteria and near the Student government office. There is a $20 transfer of ownership fee for each animal. Many potential owners dropped by the table to meet and learn more about the various pets they might adopt and make a part of their family. Anyone interested in adopting an animal must sign up in person at the adop-

tion table during the designated times. “First, we collect all the needed information from anyone who’s interested in adopting a pet—it can be a cat or a dog. Then we have a follow-up meeting the next week,” said Melissa Barrington, one of the many Veterinary Technology Program students that manage the adoption table throughout the day. Each of the animals is spayed or neutered, current on all vaccines, and has an ID microchip, which allows tracking

devices to locate the animal should it become lost. For those who missed the event but would still like to adopt a new pet, there are plenty of local rescue centers and animal shelters including the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County and Petco on 475 S Wadsworth Blvd. Online pet adoption resources such as, The Shelter Pet Project, Let’s Adopt, Pet Search Party, and offer convenient ways to adopt from long lists of pets in need of a new home.

Research pays off for dental hygiene students Dental Hygiene Students are awarded for their research on bulimia at the WSDHA Competition Holly Buchanan Staff Writer Pierce College’s dental hygiene students placed 2nd and 3rd at this year’s Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association, sponsored by Crest and OralB. “I felt like a proud parent. I was pretty excited,” said Dental Hygiene professor Carolyn Roberton, when her students won their awards. Placing in 2nd were students Anna Kurkov and Olesja Litvin who did their table clinic research on “A Dental Hygienists’ Guide to Treating a Patient with Bulimia.” Litvin and Kurkov researched how bulimia affects the body and mouth and the ways they can talk to patients about it. “We found out a way we can educate and talk to our patients with care and concern,” Kurkov said. Kurkov and Litvin chose Bulimia as their topic after seeing a student undergo the illness. “It was just a project in our textbook, then we saw it first hand and it solidified our choice,” Kurkov said. “We focused on what causes people to become bulimic and the gentle ways we can show them how it affects their teeth,” Litvin said. “Men are affected by bulimia as well which was surprising to me,”Litvin said. “I didn’t think it affected them. Men do it to maintain weight for sports or from having Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.” Litvin concluded from her research that the most common cause of becoming bulimic is the need to be in control. “People want to have control and they feel like their body image is the one thing they can control.” At the competition students presented a trifold board of the research they found on a topic chosen from their textbooks.

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Dental hygiene students Anna Kurkov and Olesja Litvin came in second place at the Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association. They researched Bulimia for their table clinic on a Hygienists’ Guide for Bulimia, to provide a way to help patients who are undergoing the illness. “Table clinics are common in healthcare and nursing. I added them to my classes as a requirement,” Roberton said. Roberton encouraged her students to compete but she couldn’t make it a requirement. “Sometimes I don’t think students know what they’re capable of doing. You have to push them towards their greatness,”Roberton said. “I said no at first because it seemed too overwhelming, but I’m glad we did it,” Kurkov said. It took Kurkov and Lit-

vin one and a half weeks of on and off researching on the Internet and through their textbook, Women’s Health Association. Roberton brought back the WSDHA competition through doing a Master Teaching project in 2011. In the past Pierce had been in this competition but when Roberton started teaching in 2000 the college was no longer actively participating. Pierce College dental students have had five placements since they started

competing in 2011. In 2012 students received 1st place competing nationally at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, completing a table clinic on, “Advantages of Computer-Controlled Injections Over Traditional Injections During Initial Dental Hygiene Local Anesthesia Education.” Pierce College dental students will maintain competing at the WSDHA competition according to Roberton. “ I think the competition will grow and continually expand,” she said.