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Pierce District dean New Puyallup campus president begins in August recognized with Daniel Pollock Editor-in-Chief Darrell Cain was announced as the new president of Pierce College Puyallup on May 7 in an district-wide email from Chancellor Michele Johnson. Cain was a first-generation student who began his higher education at community college. “He is the community college story,” Johnson said. “He clearly knows what our students endure.” At the beginning of his college career, Cain moved in with his aunt, who lived in Pasadena, and enrolled in just one class at Pasadena City College. He thought he was going to become a real estate agent. Then he failed the class. He decided to abandon a real estate career, and enrolled in more classes. With help from student services and tutoring, Cain finished his term with a B in English. That’s when he realized maybe he could get a degree. Now with a bachelor’s degree in business, a master’s degree in college student personnel administration and a doctorate in education leadership and policy studies, Cain is coming to Pierce from Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, Indiana. At Ivy Tech, Cain was vice

Dr. Darrell Cain, the new Puyallup campus president, was a firstgeneration college student. Photo courtesy Pierce College.

chancellor for student affairs. He has also worked at the University of Maryland, Eastfield College in Texas among other schools. Cain has experienced rural and urban campuses; Johnson said this experience was beneficial as Pierce serves rural and urban students. Ca in has worked in both student services and instruction. Cain works with the Achieving the Dream Pathways Program at the national level; Pierce is implementing the Pathways program in fall quar-

ter. And his time at Ivy Tech introduced him to Starfish, a Pathways-related monitoring program Pierce is also in the process of implementing. “Dr. Cain comes with a very broad base of experiences,” Johnson said. “He’s worked in some good systems.” Cain is on the chamber of commerce and workforce board in Indianapolis and is involved in the Boys and Girls Club. “He has a lot of involvement and activity in the community and that is what the president needs to do,” Johnson said. Cain is Pierce’s first permanent African-American president. Colette Pierce Burnette, who was an interim president in 2012, was also AfricanAmeri can. Johnson said Cain’s AfricanAmerican heritage was an “added bonus” to his qualifications. “I think he brings a different perspective to our team,” Johnson said. “We need a different perspective.” Cain was the only out-ofstate finalist; he heard of the position from a friend who lives in Seattle. He said the decision to move to Washington was easy for him, but hard-

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Maddie Ashcraft Photographer Pierce College Business and Social Science District Dean Sachi Horback recently earned national recognition for her work with student and faculty equity. She was given the Bernice Joseph Award through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education for building student and faculty equity and diversity through mentorship and service. The award was created specifically through the Western Alliance for Community College Academic Leaders for the purpose of honoring a program developed to inspire positive change for staff, faculty and students within two-year colleges, focusing on innovation and creativity. “The Bernice Joseph Award is a great way to honor great ideas and great resource sharing,” Jeremy Simon, Director of Strategic Communications for the WICHE said. Horback joined Pierce in 2014 as dean after tenuring at multiple universities on the East Coast. She is also a clinical psychologist and takes time to counsel students and staff on campus. Horback’s interest in psy-

chology sparked in high school, when she joined a student-to-student counseling program, providing opportunities for her fellow students to have a mediator and confidant for daily life in school. While Horback loved her time as a professor and faculty member, she finds joy as a dean to support faculty in Sachi Horback their roles, helping them to grow professionally. While Horback does not work in the classroom, the focus is still on the students. Horback was granted the Bernice Joseph Award this April, created to honor the executive dean of the College of Rural Development at the University of Alaska Fairbanks of the same name, who passed away in 2014. An advocate for education for her native people, Joseph sought to break down stereotypes and allow greater accessibility to higher education for all students. After an intensive review by the selection committee comprised of highly-regarded aca-

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The Tacoma Dome moves beyond the glass ceiling Steven Gonzalez Reporter The Tacoma Dome is currently undergoing renovations with a $30.7 million budget. With monthly concerts and high school ceremonies being held there, the revitalization this summer is occurring in the spirit of continuing the Tacoma Dome’s legacy. Kim Bedier, director for Tacoma Venues and Events, provided a breakdown on the renovation funds. Bedier has held her position for five years and was already focused on the idea of renovating the seating when she first took the job. Once the funding for renovations on the Tacoma Dome began to increase, Bedier decided to take her idea of renovating the seating and expand it to all facets of the Tacoma Dome. The renovations spread out over a few features: seating renovations, loading docks, artist lodging, restroom expansion, exterior renovations, security, heating and AC, seating area lighting and audio. With telescopic seating in mind, the projected cost of the seating alone is going to be $12.5 million. Just like chairs at most movie theaters, telescopic seating just means that the seats can be folded back when not in use. Bedier mentioned how important the expansion of restrooms would be as well, as some events would require the

Tacoma Dome to rent out portable toilets. Bedier excitedly noted that the total amount of restrooms at the Tacoma Dome would be increased by 300 percent. Performers and entertainers booked through the Tacoma Dome will have an “Artist’s Corner” for the performers to reside while they’re in between shows. Bedier said no expense will be spared as $3.5 million will be allocated solely for the quarters. “People talk,” Bedier said. “When they talk about the Tacoma Dome, we want them to have nothing but good things to say about their time with us.” The heating and air control system will be getting a tune-up as well with $7.3 million being used to aid in the comfort of attendees. The Tacoma Dome currently has the largest indoor seating capacity in the state of Washington with 22,500 seats in total. Bedier was proud to share that the overall attendance at the Tacoma Dome in 2017 had increased by 17 percent during 2016. With this revitalization being the first act of renovations on the Tacoma Dome since its erection in April 21, 1983, Bedier stressed the importance of the renovations as a whole. Bedier conveyed the absurdity of owning a car or home and not conducting tune-ups or renovations after 35 years.

Tacoma Dome renovations, which include increasing the number of restrooms and seating changes, are expected to be completed by the fall. Rebecca Morgan photo.

“We’re super excited about the future,” Bedier said. “ With the Key Arena’s closure for renovations, the Tacoma Dome will be the premiere venue for events in Washington.”


Pierce seeks to keep wifi secure in the digital age Ryan Rothman Reporter With the recent news of Facebook data breaches, people across the world are reevaluating what they do on the internet. An important aspect of internet privacy that many don’t acknowledge is how they connect to the internet. Pierce college has free wifi access for students’ devices, but what info does Pierce collect? It’s important to be aware of what exactly happens when someone clicks ‘accept terms and conditions’ when joining or using a service. Being safe with devices and information

is difficult if a person doesn’t know what they need protection from. Arthur Watkins, the district information tech manager for Pierce College, provided some insight on what students should be aware of. An IP address is a string of characters that is unique to every device. With this, it is much easier to connect to a device and possibly cause harm. As such, when a device connects to a wifi, its IP address is logged. “Our system does show the IP address of every connected device� Watkins said. “This information is only available for 24

hours after the person disconnects from our system. The information is necessary for troubleshooting system problems or intrusions.� Other than the IP address however, Pierce does not keep information about those on its wifi unless you strictly give it to them, such as your name when you register to Pierce College itself. Watkins recommend that all devices using the Pierce wifi have current virus protection and malware protection. The wifi does have a firewall to protect from connections coming in and out of Pierce, but it is always better for students to

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On-campus security cameras near completion

Maddie Ashcraft Photographer Pierce Puyallup is nearing the installment of monitor cameras throughout the parking lots to provide additional safety to students. Despite having internal cameras in the buildings for years, Pierce has yet to install external cameras around campus parking lots. Jeffrey Schneider, district director of campus security, says the reason behind this delay is simply funding. He adds that the Office of Student Life played a key role in gathering the funds needed. “It’s actually the students that are paying for the cameras because they’ve decided that it’s something that’s important to them. It’s a great thing to have,” Schneider said. Overall, the cameras are not a huge priority for Pierce, with the Ft. Steilacoom campus having even less than the current Puyallup cameras.

“Overall, (the cameras) should decrease the number of problems in the lots, although there aren’t a lot in the first place.”

—Jeffrey Schneider district director of campus security

The camera bodies themselves have been set-up on campus, but the program that runs the equipment has yet to be completed. Schneider says that the process of putting up the cameras has been successful overall, but like most projects, there are some bumps in the road. “Most of these projects never go as rapidly as you

wish they would go, but the key is that it is going to get done,” Schneider says. While the cameras will help students feel safer and provide more evidence to guide campus security in apprehending lawbreakers, Schneider says that Puyallup is actually a very safe campus. Schneider encourages students to do their part in maintaining this security. “Students and staff should continue to be mindful and do the things they need to do,” Shneider said. “If you leave your laptop in the front seat of your car, that won’t be a good thing. The same thing applies in the buildings themselves.” The cameras can be found in each parking lot on campus, and are projected to be fully functional soon. “Overall, (the cameras) should decrease the number of problems in the lots, although there aren’t a lot in the first place. But that’s the way we want keep it – we want to keep it a safe campus,” Schneider said.

Student fees allocated for 2018-19 school year Eleise Ashley Reporter The Student Services and Activities budget has been approved for the 20182019 school year. The S&A budget funds the programs and activities that are designed to help students succeed. Each student pays an S&A fee that goes toward this budget. Some of the activities and programs that are funded by this budget are the tutoring center, the writing center, student life office, and computer centers. The S&A and Tech Fee Committee that allocates the funds is made up of Pierce college students. Garrett Bown, ASPCP president, led the committee. Bown explained that the minimum wage increase next year effected whether or not a program could be funded in full or if the program would be funded the same amount they were given last year. He said additional funds were not given to accommodate this wage increase, which meant the committee had to work with a limited budget. Some programs were not fully funded the amount that they had requested, but were instead given the same amount of funding as last year. Bown says they tried to avoid making cuts. “I would say it was a smart move on the committee’s behalf to not fully fund them as difficult as it is. Because we know that we need more money in academic support services,” Bown said. “We want to help students thrive. But it’s difficult working in the parameters of a budget.” Once the departments from the college have turned in their budget proposals for the new year, the S&A and Tech Fee Committee met weekly to discuss the school budget. The committee looks at the funding requested from each department and decides if it can be fully funded or if a recommended amount should be given. After the committee members have agreed on decisions, they turn over their budget recommendations to the Board of Trustees who oversee and approve the funds. There are many deciding factors that go into whether or not a department’s request is funded in full or if they will receive the same amount as the previous year.

Allocations from the Tech Fee include money for the computer centers, computer replacements, printing on campus, and lab assistants’ salaries.

Sean Cooke, director of student life and an adviser on the S&A and Tech Fee Committee, explained some of those deciding factors. He explained that how the department plans on spending the money is taken into consideration and whether or not it’s an appropriate use of funds. Cooke added that the funds are meant for Student Services and Activities, not academics—paying for an extra English class, a professor or professional development for that professor are not what these funds are meant for. “A lot of it is student engagement

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and enrichment and things that are not strictly academic like tutoring,” Cooke said. “The institution funds a part of that, and we know that students are way more successful when they have access to more tutors and we have the budget. So here is $325,000 that went to tutoring so we have really robust and available tutors.” Bown said he is proud of the S&A and Tech Fee Committee for the decisions they made and their hard work. He said the committee had to make tough decisions but worked as a group to develop a good budget request that

the Board of Trustees approved. Cooke encourages students to join committees at Pierce like the S&A and Tech Fee Committee, saying the college is always looking for voices of student leaders. “There is a lot of opportunities for students to get involved in the decision making processes here on campus, that goes for the budget committee,” Cooke said. “But also tenure committees and a lot of other councils and decision making forums where the college is looking for student voices.” M A Y

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Collegeitis Sydnee Smith Reporter I have decided to make up my own word, “collegeitis.” It’s basically senioritis but when you’re in your final quarter of college. Although I try to remind myself next fall I will be heading off to a four-year and my college career isn’t over, I still have massive collegeitis. Lately, I have been struggling with motivation. As graduation approaches, I can see my future in the distance and it's hard to stay focused on the important things that need to get done. Everything has become a balancing act and I can’t juggle. I’m almost in the headspace that as long as I pass my classes it’s okay because I will get my degree, but that isn’t how we should be thinking. Making sure we keep up with our responsibilities while dealing with collegeitis can be a challenge. Recently, I was talking with a professor ,and I didn’t even know what I was going to say because I was so tired and just wanted to get home and not be at school anymore. This feeling is how I’ve been everyday for the past few weeks. It feels like no matter how much coffee I drink, my brain doesn’t want to function. I think doing little things that make you feel good between all your responsibilities is a great way to not feel overworked. Like either make yourself some coffee, go online shopping, text your friends or watch a short TV show. Doing little things so you don’t feel completely drained is key. Now I know this is the cliché thing everyone tells you, but sleep more! Sleep can be a huge challenge, especially if you’re an insomniac like I am. But try to relax and actually get some decent sleep. Turn on some quiet music, or if you’re like me turn on a diffuser or light an incense. When it's late and you’re stressed you won’t get any quality work done. Try to relax and actually rest, the work will be waiting in the morning. Try to stay in the present. It’s so easy to become overwhelmed with what you’re going to do after graduation when it's all over, but try to focus on the now. I get so caught up with the summer and the idea of being done and moving onto a new adventure; sometimes we have to realize we’ll never get there if we don’t focus on what we’re doing right now. Showing up to class, getting the work done and trying to be productive is all a part of it. In the end, I think the whole collegeitis thing is something we all can feel from time to time, the desire for the old to be over and the new to start. But we can always create new in our lives. Try a new coffee shop to study at or find a new show to watch. Find something that makes you excited even though you still have some time until graduation. Let’s all hope we can fight against the collegeitis to see another day, and our degrees. M A Y

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Pierce College classified staff builds student community Maddie Ashcraft Photographer For Pierce College classified staff, campus life is experienced mostly in the night, but two custodial staffers are building a student community right where they are. Pierce College Puyallup Custodian Shiree Espinoza works to keep the campus clean while creating opportunities for students to have a voice for their passions. Espinoza, a former Pierce student, has worked on staff since Shiree Espinoza January 2016, after working in facilities for the South Hill Mall. A night-time employee, Espinoza maintains the College Center along with various aspects of the college. While Espinoza enjoys her work with Pierce, she says it’s the students that make her job truly worthwhile. “The best part of my job is actually helping out the clubs and being on committees,” Espinoza said. “It’s more fun because I have a voice in different things I’m passionate about.” Espinoza is the advisor for Pierce’s cosplay club, a group that meets for cosplay costuming, role playing, and attending local comic conventions. Specializing in Marvel, Jubilee and Gwen Poole comics, Espinoza most enjoys creating outfits that reflect the characters. She hopes that the new Pierce president will be supportive of clubs so that more students will become aware and

join cosplay. Espinoza is also connected with the Gay-Straight Alliance, Geology and Board Games clubs. For Espinoza, Pierce provides an interdependent work environment for all staff, between professors and classified staff. A lover of books, Espinoza regularly connects with the library staff. Espinoza loves building relationships with students, but feels that students and staff could make greater efforts to bridge the gap. “If you need help or you want to talk or something, tell us. The custodians are here at night when you’re the most tired. If you need help with something, ask us.” Espinoza said with a smile and added that the custodial staff want to help take care of student’s needs. All staff members come from different backgrounds, so each one has unique advice for each student. Espinoza finds enjoyment in her work, in relationships with other staff, and the ability to meet other people with similarly “nerdy” passions. As an advisor, she is happy to support clubs, but wishes that staff members were allowed to participate in more events created for students in order to build a more equal atmosphere. Ultimately, Espinoza finds Pierce to be a place of community. “We have mothers, we have fathers, we have aunts, uncles, everything in-between. It’s the kind of place that you will be in a family once they get to know you.” Troy McLean, another full-time classified staff custodian at Pierce College spends his time connecting with

students on a daily basis. McLean has been working at Pierce since April 999, nearly 20 years. In 1998, McLean attended a work class at Pierce, and quickly took an open custodian position. Having been at Pierce for two decades, McLean says it’s the people— the staff and students—that make him excited about his work. “I get satisfaction in knowing I am doing the best that I can for the student body,” McLean said. While McLean Troy McLean likes to talk to students, he acknowledges that it can be difficult. Pierce’s Puyallup campus only has six custodians to maintain the entire campus. All custodial staff work on a circuit through the entire campus, cleaning each building in only a couple of hours. McLean loves the environment of Pierce, especially the library. He enjoys building relationships and talking with students, some who have attended Pierce for several years. Overall, McLean enjoys his job, planning to remain at Pierce until he retires. “The cleaner I make their place, the safer it is, the less sick they can get, your positive attitude is better. I’m just grateful people notice what I do.” While Pierce’s custodial staff agree their work is not easy, they find satisfaction and enjoyment in building up the student body and creating a lasting community for those who attend.

Campus art show displays student talent

Maddie Ashcraft Photographer A Student Art Show recently opened in the Arts and Allied Health Building to showcase student talent during Spring Quarter. A reception was on May 8 to celebrate the opening, and the display will be available for public viewing until June 5. While the purpose of the showcase is predominantly for honoring student achievement, awards will be given at the closing ceremony for various categories. Featuring about 20 entries, the display includes acrylic, watercolor, monocolor and mixed media works. Some students entered up to three pieces, showcasing a variety of art forms. The themes are varied - some celebrate spring and budding plant life, others acknowledge inner emotions—feelings of loneliness and depression. There is a sense that each piece is deeply meaningful to the student, a reflection of their own life experiences. Many are richly inspiring, encouraging even the most beginner artists to express themselves on the page. Overall, the pieces seem conflicting, depicting dark struggles, while also portraying a “light at the end of the tunnel” feeling.


ABOVE and BELOW: Some of the art featured in the gallery. The display is available for public viewing until June 5. Maddie Ashcraft photos.

Deeply moving, the Student Art Show is a must-see, both to celebrate the hard work of the talented students, and to gain a new found appreciation for the struggle and beauty of art. T H E




Past life regression: What a continuing education class on campus is really like Sydnee Smith Reporter I attended a Pierce College continuing education class about past life regression on April 21. The class was taught by Jennifer Brazier, a medium, and 11 students attended. Most were older community members, and some had previously met Brazier. “This may not be your first life, so I say welcome back,” Brazier said as she opened the class. The class started with Brazier introducing herself and a slideshow about what would happen in the class. She explained that past life regression can teach us what our purpose in our current life could be and how to accomplish what we weren’t able to in the past. Our past lives can even tell us why we’re drawn to or averted from certain people, places, cultures or foods. Brazier also explained that the soul doesn’t come back for around 140 to 150 years. In that time it returns to its creator and waits until it is reunited with its loved ones. After explaining the basics we did a short guided meditation. We were all told to sit straight up with our feet on the

floor and our hands in our laps. We then closed our eyes and she guided us with questions and things to see or think about. She guided us to walk along a path and see different things, such as two people talking, a helicopter and a pond. At the pond we were told to stick our feet in the water and then sit on a bench. At the bench we waited for someone. I saw my great grandmother, Rose. We were then given a gift, mine was a pocket watch on a chain. As the meditation went on we also saw a house and a car with someone in it. After the meditation we went around the room and described how we felt and what we saw. I explained my dislike for the watch and the fact I was told to put my feet into a pond physically made me cringe. We also talked about what clothes we thought we were wearing, I thought I had vans on. I pictured the helicopter having blue and white stripes on it with two passengers. We finally got to the past life regression. At this point she mentally guided us down some stairs that were like glass to me. At the bottom there was this huge white building with large pillars. She

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guided us up the stairs to a huge door. The door was wooden with golden handles. A man opened the door but I couldn’t make out his face. Inside the room were huge bookcases and round tables, with a grand piano in the middle. I walked around the piano to another set of stairs going down this time. I walked down the stairs to a hallway with a lot of doors. We were then instructed to pick a door. The one I chose was a rounded, falling apart wooden door. The door looked old with holes in it and a dirty brass handle. As I walked through the door I found myself in an old pub. Without even thinking I knew it was 1803 in Europe, maybe Switzerland. I couldn’t make out what anyone was saying, but I knew I worked there. I was holding a tray. While looking around a man grabbed my arm and pulled me into the back room of the pub. I believe this man was my husband, as well as the pub owner. It was strange how without Brazier telling me what I saw or felt I just knew. For some reason I thought my name was Jane, but that seems extremely plain and not very 1803 European. The next thing I knew I was in a cot-


tage sitting in a bed giving birth. I couldn’t feel any pain but I knew that it is what was happening. Then a baby boy was set onto my chest as I was crying. Things kind of came in flashes as the boy was now around young elementary age. I could tell we were very close and I adored the child. It was very strange because as the regression went on I could tell something was off with the relationship between me and the man I thought was my husband. I was extremely afraid of him, he seemed to be very abusive toward me. Finally, the regression ended with me laying in a bed holding my teenage looking son’s hand and dying from some kind of illness. When we came out of the regression Brazier asked us all to share what had happened, including the lesson we thought we learned. I thought I learned to stand up for myself more. I usually just let people boss me around and walk all over me. I felt like in my regression I was the same way, never sticking up for myself. So in this life, my lesson to accomplish is learning to be independent and stand up for myself and what I believe in.


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Left to right: Hannah Webb, staff member at Garnero. Shane Midkiff and her daughter. Midkiff’s daughter and son attend Garnero daily. Anna Watts, preschool teacher at Garnero. Maddie Ashcraft photos.

Mothers balance parenting and education

Eleise Ashley Reporter Tamiko Mostrom LaFlemme is a single mother with three sons whose ages range from 5 to 12. She was a stay-at- home mom for 10 years, but after her and her husband separated, she went back to school. “For a while I felt lost, I felt misplaced. But honestly I think (going back to school) was the best thing for me. I was able to pursue my own passions and desires,” LaFlemme said. LaFlemme has since graduated from Pierce and has recently been accepted into Gallaudet University where she plans on being an online student, majoring in psychology and minoring in deaf studies. LaFlemme is one of many mothers who balances being a mother and a college student.

According to a study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research over a quarter of undergraduate students are raising dependent children. Women make up 71 percent of all student parents. “It is definitely a challenge. One of the most rewarding and draining and empowering (challenges),” LaFlemme said. LaFlemme said time management is key, and plans out her days in order to take every opportunity she can for productivity. She says this means not being able to be as socially involved as she would like. A general day for LaFlemme starts with getting her boys up and out the door for school, a challenge in itself. This is followed by a small break before a busy afternoon filled with studying. In the late afternoon and evening, she picks up her kids from school and her youngest from daycare. By this time the traffic is terrible and

her sons are hungry. Grocery shopping will sometimes already be done, which LaFlemme says can take two hours at least, before finally coming home. The evening is filled with chores, homework and kids playing before bedtime rolls around. Once the kids are in bed and have fallen asleep, it’s 10 p.m. Once her own homework is done, it is 12 to 3 a.m. For many non-parent students, this schedule can seem foreign. Yet it shows the busy life that a parent can lead. For Bri Kennedy some, a cancelled study session can be easy to reschedule, but for mothers like LaFlemme it can be frustrating and difficult. Barbara Moss, a mother of two, a teenage son and a foster child. She was born and raised in Germany but moved to the United States at the age of six. She attended a German school that did not transfer over, forcing Moss to pursue a high school diploma before starting towards her Associate of Arts degree. She is on her third year now and attends Pierce with her teenage son, Vinny. She is set to graduate this summer. “It is challenging [being a mom and a college student]. But the most challenging part is as I have gotten to the end, the classes that I need aren’t held at the most convenient of times,” Moss said. “So I have to be away from my son when I am normally there making sure everything happens.” Moss says her family always comes first, even if that means missing a day at school. However, she has found a way to make up for times like that by always doing any extra credit when it is offered and doing homework assignments as soon as she hears about them. This has helped her maintain a 3.9 GPA throughout her time at Pierce. The responsibility of being a mother

and a college student is not one everyone has, resulting in a level of accountability that many cannot relate to. “I don’t really consider that a luxury they have that I don’t,” Moss said. “Because I really feel the accountability I place on myself is more important than the freedom that they have because they don’t treasure it.” A family that can relate to that level responsibility and accountability is Jessica and David Hendrickson, parents of two young boys that are three and five years old. They enrolled at Pierce after both were let go from their jobs. Jessica Hendrickson is currently pursuing a medical billing and coding associate degree while David Hendrickson is going for an associate in business management. They have been attending Pierce since 2016 and say the balance between family and school takes a lot of communication. “Constant communication is key,” David Hendrickson said. “I know what is on her plate and vice versa. That makes things a lot smoother.” When one of them has an assignment that takes precedence, the other will take the children and keep them busy for a period of time. This offers a chance for the homework assignments to be completed without distractions and the children are kept busy. During the weekdays, the family is very busy and have long days from the morning to the evening. Their two boys are dropped off at the Garnero Child Development Center at Pierce around 10:00-10:30. From there Jessica and David Hendrickson go their separate ways and either go to a class, or go do homework on campus or somewhere else. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they share a class from 2:00-4:30. This is followed with picking their sons up from Garnero at around 4:45 p.m. They go home after that and take care of their boys — both boys are bathed and fed.

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Garnero serves freshly cooked, organic meals for parents and children every day. Maddie Ashcraft photo.

Once their children have settled, Jessica and David Hendrickson can decide who does their homework and who plays with the kids. On the weekends, the Hendrickson family is able to spend time together. They say if the weather is nice they like to go to the park and spend time with their sons. But time is still important and requires management to ensure everything gets done. Despite all the hard work, both agree that they enjoy being parents and that their family is top priority.


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demic leaders within the 15 states and Pacific Territories recognized by the WICHE, Horback was awarded the recognition for her Cross-Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship Program. Sharing similar passions with Joseph, Horback says her initial reaction to receiving the award was humbling. “I was so honored, especially given that this is the Bernice Joseph Award,” Horback said. “My focus has really been equity mindedness, so to get this award was particularly meaningful for me.” While the award is specifically given to Horback, the entirety of the title is given to the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges for funding Horback’s program. “(Horback) was tireless in her effort to ensure that all who wanted to get a college education had a pathway to that dream and that the education they received was high quality,” Pat Shea, director of the Alliance said. “This award recognizes those who serve in that same spirit and make a contribution that can be replicated or scaled to improve the higher education experience more broadly.” Working toward bringing more

Teachers at Garnero can create and customize curriculum that best suit their students. Maddie Ashcraft photo

Jessica Hendrickson says she is very happy and is proud of her family, her husband and herself. She’s thankful for Garnero and all it offers, saying her boys are happy and she enjoys the sincerity of the staff. “My experience with Garnero was really nice. There isn’t a high turn around, everyone is the same. There is a lot of consistent qualities in everyone,” Jessica Hendrickson said. “I feel like everyone here is truly who they really are. Really nice people.” Garnero opened in September 2007 and

has been open for almost 11 years. The center serves toddlers and preschoolers, they age out when they are eligible for kindergarten. It was created with the purpose to provide students resources that would help them stay in school. Ann Slaughter, a staff member at Garnero, stresses that they are more than just a daycare. That they are an early learning development center for the children, where each teacher has a customized learning plan for the children that is hands on and keeps the little ones involved. Another benefit is the services and fea-

“I was so honored, especially given that this is the Bernice Joseph Award. My focus has really been equity mindedness, so to get this award was particularly meaningful for me.”

— Dr. Sachi Horback, district dean of business and social science

equality and impartiality for students and faculty, Horback believes that Pierce has succeeded in helping students with retention and completion. Additionally, Horback sees that Pierce has brought down barriers for specific courses, especially accelerated learning. This has allowed Pierce to view a student’s learning more holistically, bringing them from start to finish. Recognizing student issues, Pierce has done well in providing scholarships to students, along with practical support, such as the food pantries on campus. “We’ve made a lot of strides, there’s great clubs and organizations but like anything, there is still so much to do. There’s so much more that can be done to engage our students of color, to close our equity gaps.” Horback believes that there are many ways that Pierce could continue to support faculty of color, and bring greater diversity to curriculum presented to stu-

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dents. One of Horback’s most important efforts to achieve equity for colleges and universities is her development of the Cross-Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship Program. Horback was given the Bernice Joseph Award because of her innovation in the creation of the program. Achieving national recognition will provide lasting stability for the mentorship program, she believes. “My hope is that this program will lead to thinking about other types of support and programming, and additional mentorship opportunities,” Horback said. Although Horback works with professors and higher education staff, she contends that any student can be a part of bridging the gap for diversity and equity. Highlighting mentorship, students can participate in guiding other students toward retention. Horback envisions a multi-layered mentorship

tures available to the parents. In each building there are computers for the parents to use, quiet rooms that are available, and cafeteria like areas where food can be served. The center can be found in the back of parking lot B at the Puyallup campus. According to Slaughter, many parents will come in with no prior knowledge that the building exists. Slaughter says the Garnero CDC is like a family and is always there to help students that need care. “We are here,” Slaughter said.

program, with college students helping high school students, and high school students guiding junior high students, acting as role models and confidants. “It’s always important if students can think outside of their own perspective, just like all of us,” Horback said. “How many opportunities are there that reflect the non-dominant population?” Although Horback believes clubs provide community for specific groups, promoting diversity and inclusion on campus starts with student government. From the beginning of her work at Pierce, Horback has strived to promote equal opportunity for all students with a continual future focus in place. “This is a continuous process. It is important that we move to that equityminded worldview,” Horback said. “If we always keep this at the forefront, if it’s a part of every conversation, if everything is looked at through the view of equity mindedness, then we will see more common practice.” Focusing on mentorship, Horback says that equity is promoted through authentic relationships and community, while engaging and recognizing built-in barriers. Horback sees a person’s perspective like a pair of glasses; she maintains that equity-mindedness should be a consistent conversation. “Remember, it’s not a lens, it’s a worldview,” Horback said. M A Y

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CAMPUS LIFE been proven, but its side-effects have. CBD oil can cause drowsiness, dry mouth, low blood pressure and can be damaging to the human body if taken with other medications. CBD is metabolized by the same enzyme in the liver that metabolizes many conventional medicines and supplements, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inadvisable to take it if already on a separate medication. Karen Stuart, student at Pierce College Puyallup, uses CBD oil with her boyfriend from time to time. Stuartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boyfriend has a bad back and works in construction, so his usage of CBD oil has become routine. Stuart herself only uses it on the occasion that her muscle cramps get bad or knee pain flares up. Stuart has never used CBD oil under the assumption that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a cheap alternative to medical marijuana so much as she enjoys that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s non-psychoactive. Stuart and her boyfriend were introduced to CBD oil five months ago after their chiropractor recommended it to them.

CBD oil could be the new medical marijuana Steven Gonzalez Reporter Cannabidiol oil is the latest trend sweeping smoke shops as it promises all of the benefits of medical marijuana without the psychoactive properties. With Washington being such a weedfriendly state, this might not be of concern to regular marijuana users. However, many who need medical marijuana for pains and diseases could potentially find a substitute in CBD oil extracted from hemp. Medical Marijuana Inc. has an indepth analysis of CBD oil on their website and encourages cannabisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; utilization towards the health of people. CBD oil is generally made from high CBD and low-THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) hemp. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set apart from medical marijuana products in that its low amounts of THC make it non-psychoactive. Since it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cause a high, CBD oil extracted from hemp is supposed to be a safer alternative to medical marijuana

while still offering the potential health benefits. Cannabidiol is actually one of over 85 cannabinoids (compounds within cannabis) identified thus far in the cannabis plant. More than 23,000 published studies have focused on CBD and its relation to a variety of medical indications. Some of the more prolific medical indications include: anxiety, epilepsy, inflammation, cancer, chronic pain, alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, arthritis, obesity, muscle spasms and strokes. One of the issues concerning CBD oil is the legality of its usage. The government is hesitant to allow licensed marijuana producers and processors to use cannabidiol. CBD oil can be extracted from marijuana or hemp, but with THC dominating marijuana, CBD oil extracted from marijuana is still psychoactive. CBD oil processed from hemp is the focus of concern for advocates who argue for its health benefits. Another issue for CBD oil is that a lot of its benefits havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot better because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not using any painkillers or opioids,â&#x20AC;? Stuart said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not getting high, you can take it (CBD oil) and go right to work.â&#x20AC;? While there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any law currently in place preventing minors from using CBD oil extracted from hemp, there is a catch to the stipulation. The problem for minors is that most places that sell the product wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let anyone under 21 years old through the door. CBD oil extracted from hemp may not be psychoactive, but handling of it is still held at the same standard as its marijuana extracted sibling. The legality and benefits of CBD oil are far from being straightened out and concrete enough to reference. There has not been enough time to determine whether CBD oil is going to be the revolutionary product many websites and smoke shops are making it out to be. With the majority of CBD oil users remaining silent on the manner, CBD oil isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t toppling medical marijuana any time soon.

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CAMPUS LIFE College’s institutional research department collects data to support student learning Eleise Ashley Reporter Colleges and universities have an institutional research departments, however, few students know what institutional research is and how it plays a part in their college experience. Erik Gimness, director of institutional research at Pierce College, explained that his department collects data to help college officials make better decisions. “In general, we work with data— collecting, analyzing, interpreting and communicating (reports, charts, etc.)—to help the college make better strategic planning decisions,” Gimness said. “At Pierce, we also help faculty and students by supporting their teaching and learning activities.” Institutional researchers do a lot of support work to grant funders, accrediting bodies and research partners. They also do required reporting that goes to various state and federal agencies. Carly Haddon, a data solutions developer and analyst at Pierce, talked about a program called “Tableau” that was developed by a company out of Seattle. This program allows users to take data and present the results quickly and easily in understandable ways. Haddon explained that Pierce uses Tableau to identify many things. It is used is for course level assessments, allowing faculty and administrators to help monitor students success. It is

“I would say Pierce is a leader in institutional research among Washington state’s community colleges.”

—Erik Gimness, Pierce College director of institutional research

also used to find equity gaps in areas that they may or may not be successful at so they can strategize and use that data to take action and change. Political science professor John Lucas, a faculty representative on the Institutional Effectiveness Committee, explained Tableau as a tool that can show and help researchers compare the success and fail rates in classrooms, the difference between quarters, even ground and online classrooms. Lucas said that students who take ground classes are more likely to graduate from a course than one who takes an online course, something that has been identified and is being worked on. It is this type of research that helped Pierce win last years Leah Meyer Austin Award for the college’s

gains in student success. The college was also written about in the Chronicler for Higher Education, a news and informative source for college and university faculty and administrators, that reported Pierce’s rise in graduation rates. Gimness says this did not happen overnight, instead it was hard work and a lot of research that was behind those successes. “In general, I would say Pierce is a leader in institutional research among Washington State’s community colleges. This isn’t just because of the Institutional Research office either,” Gimness said. “It is also because we have great collaboration with faculty, support from students, and strong leadership that values actionable data.” Currently Lucas and others on the Institutional Effectiveness Committee are exploring a new idea for an institutional research project called the Strategic Enrollment Management. This project would allow the college to look at data and prepare more courses ahead of time for the fields and careers that are expected to grow in high demand. It would also help develop a schedule for courses that are popular or in need of. While the Institutional Effectiveness Committee have started to talk to deans at Pierce about what this project could potentially look like, there is no sure date when or if this project will be set in motion.

Larry Nelson: The guy in the tie-dye lab coat Cecilia Brown Reporter Larry Nelson, a classroom instructional support technician at Pierce college Puyallup is anything but “boring.” Many know him for his choice of work attire, a collection of tie dye lab coats. He describes his coats both as educational and fun. Nelson had taught his students about dyes and dyeing materials in his previous chemistry classes at Bethel High School. In class, students would practice dyeing their own fabrics and t-shirts to wear.

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He says jokingly that the colors on his coat are also convenient, hiding the stains from chemicals used in lab, and that a regular lab coat is boring. As a lab tech, Nelson aids teachers in choosing experiments and helps to prepare the materials and chemicals needed for lab. He currently works closely with the prenursing program but has previous experience with the general chemistry classes as well. Nelson’s fascination for chemistry began as a child. “When I was growing up, this was during the time of the space race,” Nelson said. “I really got interested in the rocketry stuff: propulsion, the chemicals and what you had to do to fly the rockets.” As a college student, Nelson became more interested in organic chemistry, and with help from his professor in graduate school, Nelson contributed to the development of a new strand of crested wheatgrass. Using Medusahead rye as inspiration, Nelson aided in establishing a seed to be used for this particular stand, one that could steadily grow in arid conditions. As of today, the plant has been completed with contributions from others and is believed to be a success.



Quintessa Waud and Steven Gonzalez

Where do you do your clothes shopping?

Alex Palmer: “Rue 21 and B&I Shopping Center.”

AJ Dayal: “The PX on JBLM.”

Italia Mumphrey: “Zumies.”

Zhenaia Ellis: “Pac Sun.”

Gerald Njoroge: “Costco.”

Justine Gambill: “Target, Old Navy, American Eagle.”

Stephanie Gray: “Ross.”

Garett Bond: “American Eagle.”


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Do weapons have a place on campus? Steven Gonzalez Reporter School shootings and assaults have become an all too common danger for today’s students considering that many acts of violence have already taken place on campuses in 2018. While debates about gun control and weapon utilization are commonplace, there are plenty of other forms of weaponry that should sit in on that conversation as well. Pierce College’s student code of conduct is precise in its regulation of weaponry on campus. More specific regulations attempt to prohibit the large umbrella of John Lucas items that fall into the category of weapons: cutting or stabbing instruments, clubs, explosive devices or any other weapon deemed capable of harm. Of course, there are exceptions. Law enforcement personnel and authorized military authorities are free to carry firearms and any other tools they may need while on duty. Students with a valid concealed carry permit may have a pistol in their vehicle on campus, but they cannot have it on their person. The chancellor or president can grant permission for a weapon to be brought onto campus if they deem the weapon is serving an educational purpose. The idea that the campus safety team isn’t armed with anything at all however may not sit right with every student attending Pierce College Puyallup. It certainly doesn’t with Andrew Sullins, a Pierce College student. He argued that the lack of any sort of equipment to deter a threat doesn’t make them any more capable than he is. Perhaps the lack of armed security at Pierce College has everything to do with a College’s actual purpose. College is a place of learning, and lifethreatening scenarios should be the last thing on a student’s mind when they’re

attending their classes. Sandy Hook, Columbine and Stoneman Douglas are all examples of danger’s regular visit to school grounds, so safety has to be a primary concern that’s regularly reevaluated. It’s not just the responsibility of campus safety to ensure the wellbeing of students who attend Pierce College, the responsibility of a student’s life is ultimately in the hands of that student. Andrew Sullins is a student at Pierce College Puyallup and a United States Marine Corps veteran who firmly believes in the proper utilization of weapons of self-defense. Sullins believes that there should be more leniency in regard to Pierce College’s section on weapons in the Student Code of Conduct. “The only people who don’t follow regulations and laws are going to be criminals at the end of the day,” Sullins said. “How do you stop that criminal with a gun or a knife if all you have are your hands? The only thing that’s going to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun.” Sullins stated that open carrying in school is a terrible idea for obvious reasons, but those who have concealed carry licenses should be able to do so on campus. Sullins felt that the student code of conduct’s allowance of concealed carry licensees to store a gun in their parked car is more of a danger than a privilege. Sullins stated that one of the first things taught in the military is that there are few things more dangerous than an unattended gun, concealed or not. Professor John Lucas, however, felt as though the regulations concerning weapons, while having been effective thus far, could stand to be revised for stricter enforcement. With the exception of law enforcement and campus safety, Lucas stated that he’d be fine with all weapons being banned from campuses altogether. Lucas did say that a full weapon ban would not be the solution to the dangers many students in America face, but he argued that opposite choice would be

even less beneficial. Lucas claimed that the American society seems to promote violence in a lot of ways, but he understands why someone else would see the potential protection found in weaponry. Lucas’ primary concern is that when weapons are introduced into a campus, and those without the proper training are opened up to the opportunity to obtain them, those looking to “save the day” could end up causing harm instead. Lucas harkened back to the police brutality issue America has been facing as of late to convey that judgment is an issue when it comes to proper weapon utilization as well. Lucas argued that if a trained professional could potentially make a fatal mistake, the mistake would be 100 times as likely with an untrained individual. “To give someone a gun is to empower them to kill someone else,” Lucas said. “It’s a pretty serious thing, and I don’t think people should be put in that situation unless they’ve been properly trained and vetted. I think surgery is a good thing, but I wouldn’t want an English teacher to perform heart surgery on me.” Director of Campus Safety Jeffrey Schneider was closer to Lucas’ view on weapons. Schneider stated that the idea of armed intervention is one tossed around a lot by those who claim that weapons have a place on campus. Schneider referenced tragedies such as the Parkland shooting and the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando to convey that the presence of armed law enforcement does not always mean the violence will be deterred. Schneider argued that the quick nature of shootings diminish the effectiveness of armed officers on campus. Unless the armed officer is near the location of the shooting, the minute or so it could take them to get from one building to the other could make all the difference. The idea of an armed onlooker is problematic in Schneider’s eyes. Schneider stated that most people do not have the skill or training to handle weapons, partic-

ularly in a high-stress situation. Accidental discharge or misplacing a firearm is a much more regular occurrence than an actual shooting on campus. Schneider said that the likelihood of a school shooting is low to begin with. He argued that the chances of gun violence are far higher in one’s day-to-day life versus when they’re on campus. Schneider thinks it’s just as likely for a theoretical armed student or professor to be the first victim as it is for them to be able to deter a shooter. With 30 years of law enforcement on his resume, it’s hard to argue with Schneider. He said that even when people are properly trained on utilizing a firearm, not many are trained on when they shouldn’t use it. Schneider stated that there really shouldn’t be an argument on the matter in the first place, as the evidence of past tragedies holds the most honest opinion of firearms and their ability to deter threats. “Don’t get balled up with the media hype over shootings,” Schneider said. “Yes, shootings do occur on campuses, just as they occur at workplaces and other family situations. You are far more likely to be involved in a shooting situation at a workplace or your home than you are on campus. Campuses are and continue to be the safest places to be.” The idea of having a firearm or weapon of any kind to latch onto when a situation gets dangerous can be a comforting thought, but the idea of someone lacking the training and also having their hands on a trigger takes that comfort away. Pierce College stands by the “Run, Hide, Fight” rule: the options a student has in a dangerous situation has everything to do with their proximity to that situation. The importance of an individual doing what they can to protect themselves cannot go unsaid. When a student or a staff member loses their composure however, one can’t help but think that a weapon in anyone’s hand wouldn’t improve that situation.

Service animal rights are only for service animals Cecilia Brown Reporter A state law that would penalize people who pretend their animals are certified for service purposes is expected to become enacted in January 2019. The original bill was debated by state lawmakers in January, and a substitute bill that would penalize these pet owners passed in March. This bill comes after various accounts of people lying in order to bring their dogs into public facilities. For business owners, the Americans with Disabilities Act makes asking whether or not an animal is certified for service illegal. However, if the animal is used to accommodate a disability, the owner is also not required to provide legal documentation for the animal or have it wear a specialized collar or vest. Emotional support animals are not legally considered service animals. To be classified as an emotional support animal, the animal is not required to undergo any training but must act tame and listen to the owner. Emotional support animals do have proper identification forms, but are also not required to be identified. Service animal rights only apply to “any dog or miniature horse… that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or comM A Y

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In New York, service dogs are allowed onto subways panionship do not constitute work or tasks.” as long as they are properly leashed, as Roncollo’s dog This means that while businesses are legally was, but they are not required to be visibly marked as required to accommodate for service animals, they are used for service. not required to allow emotional support animals, or animals with improper certification, onto their premises, a Many suggest that his dog should have been muzpolicy that is now used by Walmart and many other zled, but some believe that would counteract the service the dog is meant to provide, if it were a service dog at businesses. Animals that are illegitimate will likely be required all. It has become increasingly easy to make a dog seem to be removed from the property as they are untrained, like a service dog, even when it has no certification. may not have all the legal immunizations and may pose In fact, Ebay sells service hara threat to the general public. An animal is either nesses for less than ten dollars Ruben Roncollo, a photograwith no documentation required pher from New York, recently properly trained or it is to show that the animal is legally rode the subway with his pitbull. The animal, which he said was a not, and has no right being certified. service dog, sat on the seat next exposed to the public if it Not being able to ask for docuto him. mentation is just another hurdle could possibly become a that business owners must overThe dog had bumped against the woman sitting next to it, to come in understanding whether a threat. which she began shoving the dog dog is legitimate or not. off the seat. After confronting the woman and telling Service animal rights should belong to only service her not to touch the dog, she continued, and Roncollo animals. Business owners shouldn’t have to worry about hit her. the integrity of their customers. The two had gotten into an intense altercation causAn animal is either properly trained or it is not, and ing the dog to bite the woman’s shoe and it would not has no right being exposed to the public if it could possirelease. At no point did Roncollo command the dog to bly become a threat. “stop” or “release”, and he has now been arrested for Pets are not allowed on the Pierce College Puyallup assault and reckless endangerment. It is not clear campus, but the presence of both service and emotional whether or not the dog was a certified service dog or support dogs is allowed. Dogs that are properly trained, what training it had underwent. and dogs that are not.






‘Oh, geez!’ Mixtape logic is back Steven Gonzales Reporter One year shy of a decade working in the music industry, Sir Robert Bryson II (better known as Logic) has been around for quite a while now. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that unless one finds themselves to thoroughly enjoy rap music Logic probably wouldn't be on their radar (unless his appearance on Rick & Morty is counted); this would be a big mistake because Logic's ability isn't to be discounted. After all, the man has released three albums and seven mixtapes already, and now there is the new addition of Bobby Tarantino II that has just been released this month. Before even delving into the music itself, it’d be a downright shame to ignore the mixtape’s cover. Many Logic fans know that the man loves to load his album covers with easter eggs that reference anything, from past albums and mixtapes, to random shows he enjoys.

Easter eggs have become a popular term used to describe references and homages from pop culture that are placed with care in the backdrop of a medium. Bobby Tarantino II is no different in this regard: with Uma Thurman’s katana from Kill Bill, Logic’s old FLEX hat in his car’s box of random things and many others to find; after all, half of the fun in easter eggs is in finding them. The first track on Bobby Tarantino II is a skit where Rick and Morty are fly-

ing in the old hover car; because why not, right? Rick and Morty are arguing over the preferred Logic, album Logic or mixtape Logic. This is rather coincidental as this reflects an actual dissention within the Logic fan base, where many prefer one side of Logic to the other. Rick argues that Bobby Tarantino II is a perfect middle ground for Logic fans and there's no better way to describe it than that. Album Logic fans appreciate the insightful and articulate lyrics behind a Logic album (“Incredible True Story” anyone?). mixtape Logic fans defend the beats and easy-listening that it brings to the table, they argue that's what brought him his fame in the first place. Songs like Warm It Up harken back to what mixtape Logic fans appreciate the most in his music, with this song even resurrecting his Young Sinatra persona who hasn’t been seen since his fea-

ture on Big Lenbo’s Ice Cold. Yet with songs like 44 More, Logic fans can appreciate the creativity expressed through the song’s variant topics ranging across a literal 44 bars. With no chorus to tie it down and no other verses to accompany it, 44 More is simply a subtraction of beats and a tune away from being spoken at a poetry slam. Bobby Tarantino II stands as a hub for Logic fans to come together. The easy-listening of Overnight and BoomTrap Patrol, the insightful Indica Badu and Yuck, there's even some middle ground to be found in tracks like Midnight and State of Emergency. Fans can vibe with Bobby Tarantino II, and mixtape fans will be rejoicing; on the off chance that album fans aren't happy with Bobby Tarantino II, we can be sure this isn't the last anyone will have heard from Logic If Logic isn't on someone’s radar, now is a great time to pick him up.

Review: Health Education Center Review: Pomodoro Focus App Cecilia Brown Reporter Pierce College Puyallup’s Health Education Center has stunning equipment for its price, however, falls subpar in overall quality. Gym services are available to Pierce College students for $15, and for faculty/staff at a rate of $20 per quarter. These pricings allow unlimited use of all equipment, classrooms, and locker rooms, but all services are first come first serve. The machines available can be used for two main workouts, cardio and strength. However, there are also other smaller, self directed and functional tools such as yoga mats, jump ropes and aerobic steps that can be used for workouts of personal preference. The equipment is in good condition and can be manipulated to fit a range of needs. People can enjoy both intense hardcore weight lifting, but also build strength slowly, using smaller, more comfortable weights while increasing repetition. Classes available at the HEC include various levels of yoga, weight lifting and even include some styles of dance. These classrooms are also available for member use when classes are not being held. The cardio room is surrounded with mirrors, large windows and includes surround sound available for use by teachers. However, there is also a classroom with chairs, tables and whiteboards. The classrooms themselves are very functional, and the teachers are very understanding and flexible to fitting students needs. The downfall of the HEC is in the unkempt locker rooms and poor customer service. Upon entering the gym, employees tend to be tuned into their own cell-phones and rarely make eye contact, let alone offer a greeting. When suiting up to enjoy a workout, one will notice that bathroom stalls are in a state of disarray. The seats are often soiled, toilet paper/seat liners litter the floor, unpleasant smells linger, feminine hygiene products are not always disposed of properly and the auto-flush toilets spew water everywhere. Next to the bathroom stalls is the showering area. In the women’s changing room consists of a stall, a

The gym has incredible equipment for its price but lacks in customer service and proper sanitary conditions. Maddie Ashcraft photo. auto-timed spray nozzle, and a hand soap dispenser. This stall has poor water drainage causing the floor to flood, and the stall itself is typically covered in loose hair. The shower sprays roughly and is more of a mist than a shower of water, and the soap smells of hand sanitizer. The floor is covered in mildew and the towels provided are stained. The $15 usage fee for the gym does not include proper maintenance of sanitary conditions for personal hygiene. This is the HEC’s downfall. Students cannot properly enjoy the gym’s equipment if they cannot properly take care of their bodies before and afterward, especially in a setting where many students workout between classes. Student success is relevant to the effectiveness of these showers. Lack of proper cleaning of the restroom and locker rooms, features that students use often, rises overall questions of the buildings sanitation and the care that the employees put into said facility.

Nyadeng Mal Reporter For college students, effective studying is of the utmost importance to ensure good grades. Some students have short attention spans that can make studying difficult. Within 20 minutes some students can get sidetracked and end up surfing the internet or scrolling through an app on their phones. Recently the Pomodoro study technique has taken off and has become a favorite and was praised on productivity and prostudy YouTube account and study-blr blogs. Pomodoro is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. It encourages people to complete task in the traditional 25-minute increments. The technique became popular for university students and numerous Pomodoro apps were developed. The most popular app being Focus Keeper. The logo is what appears to be a tomato, as ‘pomodoro’ is the word for tomato in Italian. Cirillo named the technique Pomodoro because he used a kitchen timer that was shaped like a tomato. The app has a default timer that is set to the standard of 25 minutes. Users also have the ability to set the timer at a lower session time for those with shorter attention spans. It is said that those who use the

Pomodoro technique are set to develop longer studying abilities through consistency. The technique is to study for 25 minutes or time of choice. Take a short break that is 15-20 minutes long and after every four cycles take a longer study time, 30 minutes or longer, and then repeat for however long you can. The coolest part about the app is the charts tab. Charts allows you to see your stats and how well or not you are doing on consistently studying being able to see your improvement is encouraging. Unfortunately, after 14 days charts and statistics will be canceled, if the user wants to continue seeing stats then they will have to upgrade to pro. Upgrading to pro comes with some pretty cool features like soothing sounds, a variety of alarms, different color theme and reminders. The price is pretty affordable at $1.99. But the downside is that the app is only available for iOS users. Overall a great app, upgrading is not necessary unless you’re into a different aesthetic; the app works the same regardless of color. Also, there are apps that do the same thing for less or even for free. Potential users should definitely shop around for free apps to see if the technique works for them and if it’s worth purchasing.

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The Puyallup Post | Volume 23 | Issue 8 | May 2018 |  

The eighth edition of The Puyallup Post for the 2017-2018 school year and the second edition of spring quarter. | The Puyallup Post | Studen...

The Puyallup Post | Volume 23 | Issue 8 | May 2018 |  

The eighth edition of The Puyallup Post for the 2017-2018 school year and the second edition of spring quarter. | The Puyallup Post | Studen...