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May 25 - June 8, 2011
Volume 42 | Issue 11
Missing SFCC student found dead “I would ask each of my kids what means the most to them in their lives so I could die knowing what was most important to my kids. ”
-Leighton Welch In an assignment describing what he would do if he were to die
The Communicator SFCC student Leighton Welch, 35, missing since March, was found dead in the Spokane River on May 19. On March 28, Michonda Weaver, Welch’s fiance, was talking to him via cellphone. He described a steep cliff, she said. Welch also told her that a dog in the area had spooked him. Welch was intoxicated when he
left home that day, according to Weaver. Spokane detectives said his cellphone was last used in the vicinity of 330 S. Oak St., near Browne’s Addition. Welch’s body was found in the Spokane River close to the Stevens County line and near the Nine Mile boat launch, according to a May 21, Spokesman-Review article by Meghann Cuniff. Welch was the father of two of
Weaver’s children, Elijah, age 2, and Achellis, 7 months. The couple also raised an autistic child, named Zackahriha, age 4 . The day after Welch’s body was found, Weaver discovered she was pregnant with Welch’s third child. “He was the best father any child could ask for,” Weaver said. “He was always there for his kids.” Welch was studying social work and planned to transfer from SFCC to Eastern Washington University in the fall to become a drug and alcohol counselor. Gerontology and social services instructor Polly McMahon had Welch in some of her classes. “I could depend on him to want MISSING | Page 2
By the numbers $25,000
was offered as an incentive for tenured faculty to leave the college
The college’s estimated savings if a faculty member leaves the college and accepts the incentive Cody Walker | The Communicator
Mary Ann Sharkey, director of the physical therapist assistant program, is one of several tenured faculty members upset with a college plan to offer financial incentives for early retirement.
Tenured faculty offered $25,000 to leave college Ashley Hiruko
The Communicator A plan developed by top CCS administrators would offer tenued faculty $25,000 to voluntarily separate employment. Due to reduction in state funding, SFCC faculty and classified staff have
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until May 31 to submit a written notice of interest to president Pam Praeger. The cash incentive is $15,000 for classified staff and $25,000 for tenured faculty, in return for leaving SFCC. INCENTIVE | Page 2
FOCUS Vintage in vogue PG. 5
was offered as an incentive for classified staff to leave the college Approximately 380 tenured faculty are employeed district wide and
400 to 500 part-timers are employed.
Source: Carla Nacearato-Sinclair AHE president
Japanese medical students experience American culture Osaka College of Medical Technology students visit SFCC to examine differences in health care between the two countries
ent lectures at SFCC on May 10, one about health care reform and the other covered the differences between Japanese and American medicine. “Japan has universal health care, Jackson Colby but they’re facing the prospect of poThe Communicator tentially having to give it up.” Kayoko Yoshizaki, instructor of the Medical Secretary course at Osaka, said. YoHow would you feel if you spoke little to no English and were brought shizaki does not speak English, but a to Spokane to learn about American translator was utilized to communicate with her. culture? “Japan is considering introducing The Osaka College of Medical Technology in Japan brought a group private health care, but they don’t of students to SFCC to learn about want to,” Yoshizaki said. This is due medicine in America. These students to “a low birthrate and an aging population (in Japan), attended lectures plus the fact that the at SFCC and then “Japan has universal people can no longer went to Disneyland health care, but they’re afford to pay into it.” before returning facing the prospect of A private health care home to Japan. reform may be unSFCC has had a potentially having to dertaken in Japan. working relation- give it up.” According to Yoship with Osaka -Kayoko Yoshizaki shizaki, while Japan College for over 16 Japanese instructor is facing this prosyears. This has included, and will continue to include, pect, America (which currently has 3-day study abroad programs for both private health care) is in the process Japanese and American students. The of potentially introducing universal goal of this visit was for these Japa- health care. This contrast between nese students of Human Service to Japanese and American health care learn the differences between Japa- provided a desirable atmosphere for nese and American medicine. The students attended two differMEDICAL | Page 2
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Michonda Weaver, Welch’s fiance, hugs her 4 year old son Zackahriha after he takes a tumble. Welch was like a father figure to him.
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May 26 - June 8, 2011
In Brief CFO to be hired soon
With the possible 14.6 to 16.4 percent budget cuts in the next academic year, a position to fill the CCS Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is needed more than ever. Four finalists for the CFO position interviewed May 11 though 18, in front of a district-wide screening committee that was held on CCS campuses. According to an email from the acting CFO and Chief Administrative Officer, Greg Stevens, the committee led by chair Glen Cosby, Humanities and Academic International Initiatives Dean, and consultant Norm Sievert of District Human Resources reviewed the qualifications of more than 20 applicants, interviewed six candidates, and then narrowed it down to four finalists. The finalists included Teresa Holland, Keith Foster, Tim Williams, and Ray White. According to Stevens, the Chancellor should appoint the CFO be the end of the week.
SCC spring fling barbecue shut down by health department Sodexo in conjunction with the SCC student activities office, held a barbecue for students. Sodexo, Skills USA and the SCC student ambassadors were later fined for not having proper food permits. Sodexo is a multinational corporation that currently holds a contract with CCS to provide food services to the college. Enviromental health specialist Randy Robbins, asked to see Sodexo’s food permit. Sodexo was fined $175 for not having the proper permit and the barbecue was shut down. Williams said that Sodexo will be legalw by June 16 and that the Sodexo located at Gonzaga university will do catering for SCC until then.
Online student services temporarily unavailable
Online student services will be unavailable starting Friday, May 27 at 5.00 p.m. while the entirety of CCS web servers are moved to a different system.
News Online student services that will be unavailable Course schedule and catalog Registration Course wait list View my schedule CCS paycheck info CCS Student ID number and PIN lookup Source: SFCC IT department. In briefs compiled by L. Treffry, A. Hiruko, and K. Bayman
Tribal-themed memorial planned for student From Page 1
something better,” McMahon said. “For himself, his family, and his children.” According to McMahon, he sat at the same table in class everyday. “Whatever grade he got he’d always ask ‘What can I do to get a better grade?’,” McMahon said. “Even if he had the maximum points, he’d want extra credit; a revise, a redo.” Welch was the third student that the human services department lost this year, according to McMahon, who assumes Welch had an alcohol relapse the day he was on the cliff. “When you drink you have impaired coordination; it happens,” McMahon said. “Especially if you have a grueling background [like] he did. “He had turned his life around.” According to Cuniff’s article, Welch had felony convictions, but accord-
ing to Weaver, he had not committed a crime since the early 2000s. “We had our problems, but we had an autistic child,” Weaver said. “Every relationship with a developmental child has a problem. “But we overcame it.” Although plans are not concrete, McMahon and other social services students are planning a tribal-themed memorial for Leighton. “He was a great guy,” Gerontology student Kerry Picard said. “He was personable [and] always wanting to help.” According to McMahon, he was a iconoclast, always questioning and defying what is considered normal. “A day without Leighton is a day without sunshine,” McMahon said. “He made me laugh and eyes roll.” According to Weaver, there has been some controversy over his death, especially online. Comments under the Spokesman story claimed that he committed suicide. “He would never have done that,” Weaver said. “He was the person he was now because of our family.”
added bonus. “(Faculty) would give their notice Seperation incentives offered to early so that we had time to advertise and fill the position,” Sinclair said. tenured faculty and classified The faculty separation plan states staff to make up for budget cuts that those who submitted their notice of separation prior to Feb. 1 would From Page 1 not be eligible to receive the one time “The purpose of this program was to cash stipend of $25,000. This is genencourage those who hadn’t decided erating hard feelings amongst some to retire to do so,” tenured faculty who submitted their notice prior to Lawrence Massey said. “Doing this the deadline. “Those of us who cared enough makes it less likely that (the college) about the college notified the campus will have to lay off faculty.” Praeger said that there are three ma- early so that there could be a smooth jor employee groups at the college: transition when we left,” director of classified, faculty and exempt. Faculty the physical therapist assistant proare the instructors, classified is anyone gram, Mary Ann Sharkey said. “I felt who is not considered part of the ex- it was... disrespectful and I felt devalempt category and exempt consists of ued.” According to the Bureau of Labor administrators. There are stipulations that apply to Statics, the median annual earnings of the college if a tenured faculty mem- all post secondary instructors in May ber accepts the agreement and is ap- 2008 was $58,830 nation wide. “Part of the balproved for the in“Part of the balancing ancing of the budcentive. get is sudden utili“We are spend- of the budget is sudden zation of more part ing $25,000... to utilization of more part time or adjunct facbuy their tenure... ulty,” Praeger said. and the rights that time or adjunct faculty.” Tenured English come with ten-Pam Praeger SFCC president instructor Bradley ure,” Praeger said. “The plan offered to faculty says that Bleck said that, in order to acquire the college, if they accept anybody, tenure, an instructor must be hired will have to show a decrease in its within a tenure track position. For seven quarters, the probationary facnumber of tenured faculty.” A tenured faculty position is essen- ulty member is observed by faculty tially a contractual right with a college members on a committee and student that prevents a position from being ter- evaluations are taken into consideration. After the seventh quarter of this minated without just cause. “If we have 100 tenured faculty this process, a recommendation is made year, and somebody takes that offer, for tenure or continued probation. “We really believe full-time faculty we have to show we only have 99 tenured faculty next year,” Praegar said. members are critical,” Praeger said. “It doesn’t mean we cannot have a full “You have to weigh, in really tough time faculty position replace that ten- budget times and how much (you) want to continue to provide as much ured position.” According to the Association for access to students as possible and Higher Education president Carla where do you invest?” According to Naccarato-Sinclair, Naccarato-Sinclair, the school could potentially save $60-80,000 for each there are approximately 380 tenured faculty member that voluntarily de- full time faculty and 400 to 500 part parts and accepts the incentive money. time staff in the CCS system. “We don’t have enough tenured Naccarato-Sinclair said that, prior to the current voluntary separation positions as it is,” Sharkey said. “(Tenincentive plan, faculty members who ured positions) are... the foundation. “We’re going to lose some of that submitted their notice of retirement by November, received $6,000 as an foundation that we have.”
Deby Dixon | The Communicator
Japense students from an Osaka college learned about the differences in health care in the U.S. during their stay.
Language and cultural barriers crossed by Japanese students From Page 1
these students of Osaka and SFCC students, who are studying medicine, to learn from each other. “The science of American health care is more advanced than their Japanese counterpart, but the current system of health care in Japan is more advanced, and this is a great opportunity for the two cultures to learn from each other,” Yoshizaki said. This visit was also overseen by Yaska Huff, an instructor who has been teaching Japanese at SFCC for over eight years. Huff explained that this is an ongoing program, and there are also opportunities for American students at SFCC to go to Osaka and learn about Japanese medicine. Osaka College of Medical Technology has study abroad arrangements with schools in China as well. “Toshio Hirano, the dean of Osaka College of Medicine, wants his students to experience different
Did You Know?: Japan is slightly smaller in size than California.
aspects of medicine from other areas in the world,” Huff said. “I think we did an excellent job. “They loved it! Our hospitality, friendliness, kindness to them. They had a great experience.” According to Polly McMahon, a member of the Faculty of Social Services and Gerontology at SFCC, who helped coordinate the lectures and get SFCC students involved, American students and Japanese students worked together in teams to solve case study issues. She explained that hypothetical situations regarding people with bipolar disorder, aggression and dementia were presented and the Japanese and American students worked together to devise ways to solve the issue at hand. “Our (SFCC) students were very touched because the Japanese students said they would ask (the person in question) to tell them their story,” McMahon said. “We found that very refreshing. “We were crossing a language and cultural barrier, at first, but then the barrier fell.” Before the students left, they obtained a certificate of completion from Pam Praeger, interim president of SFCC.
Quick Osaka college facts SFCC has had a working relationship with Osaka College for over 16 years Located in Toyonaka and Osaka, Japan Has study abroad programs geared toward bringing Japanese students to the U.S. and vice versa. Has study abroad arrangements with schools in China Source: Yauka Huff, SFCC instructor
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Jasmine Kemp | Editor
Community college standards With rising tuition rates and funding cuts, students need to realize that it is acceptable to attend a community college. It is the work that a student puts forth that should matter, considering their four-year counterparts still have to put the effort into their study as well. According to an AP poll at Stanford University, 71 percent said that it is better for students to pursue a degree from a two-year school
rather than starting out in a fouryear university. Community college may not be as much glamorous exposure as other universities are, but they provide resources such as small classrooms, one-on-one help with the instructor and specialize in required core classes. Upon arriving at a university, these core classes allow students to focus on their major and refine the classes they want to take.
Community college provides positive transition T
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here is a certain stigma associated with attending a community college. Either you were not good enough, or you were too poor, to Kaitlin get into a 4-year Allen university. While this may be the case some of the time, it certainly is not the case all of the time. And despite this, students can get as good of an education at a community college as they can at a 4-year university. But it is up to them to put in the effort and commitment necessary to succeed. According to a study of 19,000 first-time community college students published by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 57 percent of students classified as “strongly directed” towards their educational goals were retained in an educational institution after three years of initial enrollment. These students either completed their A.A. degree and transferred to a 4-year university or they transferred before completing the degree. Compared to 41 percent of “moderately directed” students or the 32 percent of “not directed,” who were
Transfer students more prepared for higher-level courses Contributed from Larry Massey, SFCC Faculty, Communication Studies
n the fall of 2000, I was a graduate student and TA at the University of Washington. My first assignment was to assist with a large lecture format class of CMU 101, Introduction to Communication. I was one of six TAs assigned to the class of 460 students. Yes, 460. Our CMST 101 Intro classes at Spokane Falls are capped at 25. In the winter of 2001, I was teaching stand-alone sections of CMU 220, Public Speaking. This was a course required by many, but by no means all, or even most majors at UW. At UW, the courses required to achieve a Bachelor level degree depend largely upon the requirements developed by the college issuing the degree. These requirements are not standardized across the university
as a whole, though there are some courses (e.g, Engl 101) that are included in virtually every degree program. You see, preeminent though it is, the UW did not then subscribe to a core curriculum for its lower division (freshmen and sophomore) students. The degree/major a student chooses determines the courses a student takes at the UW. Frequently in my three years of teaching at UW, I would encounter very well-prepared students who seemed to have a broader sense of history, culture and even English compositional skills than my typical students. More often than not, what I found they had in common with each other was that they were community college transfers, typically from Bellevue Community College. At first I was surprised at this, then after reflection, wondered why it would surprise me? After all, my
still enrolled in an academic institution, it is safe to say that having goals and commitment to an education is an important factor in academic success. Having the commitment to get through community college is important. Two-year institutions act almost as a way to weed out the students that will not end up succeeding academically in a 4-year university. According to the NCES, 2-year schools have higher dropout rates than 4-years do. The NCES states that while students go through what is termed as “transfer shock”, it is not necessarily a bad thing. Transfer shock happens when students go from the more personalized, hands-on learning environment of a community college to the research-driven world of a university. Students should take advantage of the personalized attention they can get at a community college. At the same time, they need to prepare themselves for the differences they will face at a 4-year school. Just because you start out at a community college does not make you any less competent and it does not affect your education negatively... unless you let it.
By the numbers
57 percent of
students classified as “strongly directed” towards education goals were retained in an educational institution after 3 years of enrollment.
of “moderately directed” students were retained in an academic institution, while only 32 percent of “not directed” were retained. Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
own bachelor’s degree was earned find that it existed, flourished actually, at Gonzaga University, an instituin our state’s community colleges, tion that required a core curriculum rather than in its first tier public unifor all majors and where class size versities. It was those transfer students was only very rarely larger than 25 at UW who led me to select commustudents. Everyone at Gonzaga had nity college teaching as my vocation. to take Philosophy and Science and Since coming to SFCC in 2005, I History and Math classes that we have seen and helped dozens of our wouldn’t have ever chosen, given students transfer to my alma mater, the choice. And we had benefited Gonzaga University. At a school from a core curwhere the aver“It was those transfer riculum, just as the age high school transfer students from students at UW who led me GPA of successBellevue CC I was to select community college ful applicants encountering had 3.8, our teaching as my vocation.” isstudents benefited from the have -Larry Massey Communication studies instructor been accepted General Education requirements of the and successful AA degree. in their efforts with GPAs as low as It was those transfer students at 3.1 But then, Gonzaga knows, from UW who had demonstrated to me a years of practical experience, that concept that I already knew worked SFCC students have been prepared by well in the wonderful private school a core curriculum, small class sizes, experience I had at Gonzaga. I and individual attention from college shouldn’t have been surprised that professors, not TAs, to succeed at the small classes, a core curriculum, and upper division level. And to succeed individual attention from college at whichever transfer institution they professors existed at the public level aspire to, just like my UW students as well. I was, however, surprised to from Bellevue CC 11 years ago.
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Did You Know?: In 2009,President Obama proposed the American Graduation Initiative, pumping $12 billion into the
community college system. Source: whitehouse.gov
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Kaitlin Allen | Editor
How to attract birds and other wildlife to your yard
Birdscaping Photography and Reporting | Deby Dixon
for woodpeckers, and nuthatches, and tray feeders for all of the other birds. The tray, or platform feeders, are protected with squirrel resistant devices wrapped around The Washington state Parks and Recrethe poles to thwart the squirrels and extra platforms over ation Commission said “yes” to an expanthe top of them to keep the turkeys out. The squirrels sion of more ski runs at Mt. Spokane and and turkeys are smart enough to poof, another 279 acres wait beneath the feeders until the “If you have a naturally of pristine alpine forest and birds push seed onto the ground. meadow habitat will vanish. Some treed neighborhood, you In addition to the different wonder where all of the plants and have the backbone for a types of feeders, Jeanne provides animals will go. fresh water in bird baths that hang good variety of birds in “People don’t realize that we have from the branches of trees where converted, by some estimates, 95 your yard.” the birds can perch or hide if danpercent of our native communities to -Jeanne Dammarell ger arrives. She also has about 15 either development or some form of Owner of certified backyard wildlife sanctuary nesting boxes that are specific for agriculture, which could result in us chickadees and bluebirds, though losing 95 percent of our native plant and wildlife spesquirrels and sparrows will try to take them over. cies,” Diane Stutzman, a botantist for the Bureau of Land It is important that the nesting boxes have doors that Management said of the entire country. open so that they can be cleaned out, and Jeanne also “But we as gardeners can change those statistics into suggests metal around the entrance holes so that squirsomething positive by planting the native plants into our rels can not enlarge them and get inside to make their yard, we can help prevent those native species from beown nests. coming extinct through actions that we take in our own “I only buy birdhouses that have a door that can landscapes.” open,” Jeanne said. “It is important to clean the houses out every time a bird is done with it.” Creating more habitat, Jeanne emphasized the importance of cleaning bird one household at a time feeders and houses. “About bird houses and bird feeders is that it is kind In an effort to offset the loss of natural wildlife areas of a serious task because the birds will come in for the and encourage property owners to be habitat managers, food and it is up to us to make sure that it stays clean,” WDFW implemented the Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Program, which gives a certificate and plaque to persons Jeanne said. “Otherwise, diseases will spread.” She recommends a one-to-ten solution of bleach and who create or maintain natural areas on their property water for cleaning the feeders. for plants and wildlife. Jeanne and Buz Dammarell, residents of Colbert, have “We try to keep everybody happy.”
Many books have been written about attracting birds and other wildlife into your yard and WDFW offers two on their website atwdfw.wa.gov/living/ backyard/, that are pertinent to this area, but they list a few free tips as well: • Plant more trees and shrubs • Provide water • Add bird houses and try to leave snags for birds to nest in • Keep cats from prowling around your sanctuary • Keep the feeders safe and clean
Types of feeders:
• Thistle (seed from thistle flowers) feeders for goldfinches • Tray feeders for seeds • Removable trays make it easier to clean the feeders
Types of feed: • Suet • Thistle or Niger • Striped sunflower seeds • Black-oil sunflowers seeds • Shelled sunflower seeds are good for attracting woodpeckers
Plants to plant:
Here are a few preferred trees, bushes and plants that will attract birds, bees and butterflies. Trees • Hawthorne trees Bushes • Service berry •Golden Currant • Thimbleberry or Snowberry, or any fruit berry shrubs Flowers • Red columbine • Monarda • Hummingbird mints • Red penstemons • Desert buckwheats for butterflies • Golden rod
Use specially designed hummingbird feeders that are filled with sugar water, which is made with 1 cup of sugar dissolved in 4 cups of boiling water. Commercial mixes with red dye are dangerous to the hummingbirds and experts advise against using them. Clean feeders with soap and hot water once a week. Hummingbirds have a high metabolism and require a lot of food so be careful not to let the feeders run dry. Plant native tubular flowers, such as penstemon, trumpet vine and single fuschia. Aslin Finch Bird seed and feeders 5605 E. Sprague Ave. 509.534.1412 Desert Jewels Nursery Native plant nursery recommended by WDFW 9809 E. Upriver Dr. 509.893.3771 Northwest Seed Bird seed, bird feeders, plants 2422 E. Sprague Ave. 509.534.0694
a backyard wildlife sanctuary, certified by the WDFW. “If you have a neighborhood that is a naturally treed neighborhood, you have the backbone for a good variety of birds in your yard,” Jeanne said. Dead trees provide a place for birds to nest and the dead fall and brush piles provide perches and a safe place to hide when a predator is close by. “We leave our dead trees standing until they fall on their own accord and that allows woodpeckers and nuthatches to build nests in them,” Jeanne said. “[A dead tree] also hosts a lot of insects so it is feeding a lot of birds during that time.” The Dammarells have goldfinch feeders, suet feeders
Why we need birds and insects People love watching birds and listening to their tunes but many do not know of their benefit to humans and the environment, according to USFW. Birds eat harmful insects and pollinate flowers. Raptors, or birds of prey, eat rodents and peregrine falcons and ospreys alert us to environmental dangers, such as they did of DDT, (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, a synthetic pesticide). “There is just nothing like the way that God builds gardens...it is the way the land is expressing its entire history in plants,” Stutzman said.
What’syourstudystyle? Whether you like to study in peace or need distractions to think, Spokane offers multiple study spots for every type of college student. Lindsey Treffry
The Distracted Studier ReBOOT Offerings: ReBOOT is a full-service computer repair shop. You can enjoy coffee and free wi-fi, too. Downside: Located off a major arterial, so the outdoor scenery may be distracting. Address: 501 S. Thor St. Suite C Phone: 509.340.3099 Website: rebootcentral.com
The Sunshine Studier
Cliff Park Offerings: The cliff extends to a great view of Spokane city. There is plenty of grass to grab a towel and study under the sun or under the shade of a tree. Overall, the park is quiet and set-back from any traffic or houses. Downside: There are no tables. Address: Crossroads of 13th Avenue and Stevens Street or Grove Street on the South Hill.
The Homey Studier
Little Garden Cafe Offerings: A close to campus restaurant and cafe with a quiet atmosphere and wi-fi. Downside: There is limited seating. Address: 2901 Northwest Blvd. Phone: 509.328.5500 Website: littlegardencafe.com
By the Numbers: Over 35,000 acres of wildlife habitat is converted to development each year in Washington. Source: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
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What should you look for in vintage clothes Here are some tips from vintagefashionguild.org regarding what to look for in vintage clothing. • Look at sizes and if you can, try it on because sizes vary from decade to decade. • Look for items in good condition with few signs of wear. Also pay attention to any smells that the clothing may have and if you don’t think the odor can be washed out, avoid the item. • If the clothing is in good condition prepare to pay more. The better condition and more rare a piece is the more money it will cost. • Look for items that are unique and that can be worn with other clothes you already own.
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Jenny Stabile, owner of the vintage boutique Carousel, said that she began collecting clothes for a vintage store six years ago. Carousel is the most recent vintage store to open as part of an emerging trend in the Spokane area.
making plans for a store six years ago. Stabile said her love of vintage When most people think of vincame from her mother and growing tage shopping, they think of sifting up in a large household. through racks of clothes with odd “Victorian and Edwardian style smells and even odder stains. But a antiques are still where my roots few local shops have taken the guess are,” she said. “I love the structure.” work out of vintage shopping with Victorian clothing is from around their boutique style stores. the beginning of the 20th century In recent years, a few boutiqueand features a high neck and bell style vintage skirt for womens’ clothing stores “So many clothes have tons dresses, and suits have opened in with waist coats of life in them still and Spokane. Acfor men. can be reworn in different cording to Jenny Despite her Stabile, owner of store being more ways.” the Carousel, they of a boutique, -Grace Johnson fill a void that Stabile said she Owner of Fringe and Fray regular vintage likes to keep the stores cannot. prices fair and that vintage shopping “We make an effort in our preis a good low-cost alternative for sentation,” Stabile said. “People may students and the working class. love [vintage] clothing but don’t “Vintage is a lot more relevant have the patience or time to figure than what people realize,” she said. out how to get it. Owner of Fringe and Fray, Grace “We work our tails off everyday to Johnson, said in an email interview find stuff.” that she does not consider her store Stabile said she opened Carousel a vintage store. She said a vintage because she has a deep-seeded love store is one with clothes from at for vintage clothing. least 30 years ago, whereas Fringe “I’ve been collecting [clothes] for and Fray has a mixture of new and quite some time,” Stabile said she old items. began accumulating clothing and “We are a resale shop with a mix-
ture of vintage and modern styles.” Johnson said that she likes to mix clothes from decades ago with styles that are new in stores. “So many clothes have tons of life in them still and can be reworn in different ways.” Johnson said that Spokane has a market for these type of stores. “People tell us all the time that this is what Spokane needs,” Johnson said. “ I think when clothing is clean and presented in a boutique style more people are willing to buy used.” Carousel also has a small men’s section that Stabile said is geared towards college-aged shoppers, which she hopes to expand. “It’s a learning curve on men’s,” she said. “Guys have a more clear idea of what they are shopping for.” The Carousel men’s section includes retro print and cowboy style shirts as well as other items. SFCC students Zoe Larzelier, 19 and Christina Parnell, 18 said that they are frequent vintage shoppers but this was their first time at Carousel. “It all has its own story, its own little history,” Larzelier said, about vintage clothing. “It’s cool to bring that back to life.”
Whateveritis,there’saplacetogo The Hungry Studier
Chill Spot Offerings: They serve lunch, coffee and frozen yogurt all day, along with wi-fi. Downside: There is limited seating and often have live music at nights or in the
afternoon. Address: 2706 N. Monroe Phone: 509.290.6689 Website: chillspotspokane.com
The Comfy Studier
Brews Bros Offerings: This coffee place has big comfy couches and has a low-key atmosphere. Downside: There is little parking (near the bus plaza) and their TV and music may be distracting to some. Address: 734 W. Sprague Ave. Phone: 509.456.5858 Website: brewsbroslounge.com/
The Peaceful Studier
Manito park- Japanese gardens Offerings: There is plenty of shade and the sound of the koi pond and waterfall may be tranquil. Downside: Studying may have to take place on an uneven bench or on the top of a rock or stump. Address: 4 W. 21st Ave. Phone: 509.625.6622 (for the greenhouse) Website: www.manitopark.org
The Quirky Studier
Atticus Coffee & Gifts Offerings: This well-lit and relaxing cafe sells gifts and offers wi-fi access. Downside: Must make a purchase to receive the wi-fi password. Address: 222 N. Howard Phone: 509.747.0336 Website: facebook.com/pages/Atticus-CoffeeGifts/187042010221
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Here are some items our local store owners recommend that you look for: Girls Stabile recommends that girls get light-weight cardigans and jackets. Johnson recommends that girls get a “great go-to dress” and versatile belt. Guys Stabile and Johnson both recommended guys look for vintage cowboy shirts and Stabile added that blazers are always great for guys.
Fringe and Fray 1325 W. 1st Ave. #102 509.720.7116 Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Carousel 110 S. Cedar 509.838.2877 Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Show your student ID at Carousel and receive 10 percent off of your purchase.
The Familiar Studier Around campus From the spot: Chemical dependency majors Bethany Dyczok, Kari Swecker, and Keith Burks surrounded an SFCC cafe table with their Physiological Actions classwork. According to Swecker, the cafe is a good place to study because of the big tables, and surrounding people. “[The cafe is a good place] if you want to talk somewhere open,” Dyczok said. According to Burks, the only downside is when students start playing on the piano located inside the cafe. Offerings: Without even leaving campus, studying can take place next to a lot of windows, with plenty of furniture in the well-lit and low-key second floor of the SFCC cafe. Downside: This is not a get-away from campus-life; it can be noisy. Address: SUB Bldg. 17 Floor #2 Phone: 509.533.3564 Website: sfccdining.com/locations.html Other places around campus include the library and the computer lab, located in building 19. According to Dyczok, she likes studying in building 19 because computers are always available, unlike in the library.
may 25 - june 8, 2011
Tucker Clarry | Editor
As the rain and moderate temperatures dissipate, it is time to head to the Gorge Ampitheatre in Quincy once again, as Sasquatch! 2011 is amped up to a four day weekend. And because it is their 10 year anniversary, LiveNation and creator Adam Zacks added another day to the festival.
The third day of the festival offers plenty of diversity. If the craving is indie rock, the Smith Westerns open the Sasquatch Stage, followed by the Drums and eventually the Tokyo Police Club. Folk music will be provided by Basia Bulat, S. Carey and City and Colour, while the neglected hip-hop demo will be met by back-to-back performances from Seattle’s Mad Rad and New York art-hip-hop Das Racist. But as Sunday winds down, many Sasquatchers will need to make a tough desicion: who do they see from 8:00 to 10:00 PM? The three stages and massive festival grounds will undoubtedly have a division due to the scheduling of headliners The Flaming Lips playing against avant-garde collage artist Flying Lotus and the psychedelic musings of Brooklyn’s Yeasayer. All three artists could attract a majority of the audience, but after they get their second or third wind, it is tough to tell where they will go.
FRIDAY Utilizing the pre-vacation Friday (May 27), creator Adam Zacks and LiveNation offer an evening of hard rock and punk music, headlined by Davel Grohl’s Foo Fighters, to start the festival. Subheadliners include LA and Def Island Records’ The Bronx playing two sets, with one being their Mariachi alter-egos, Mariachi El Bronx. But Friday also offers the latest chance to see the previously defunct duo Death From Above 1979, as Jesse Keeler and Sebastien Grainger join together and hit up festivals like SXSW (South by Southwest), Coachella, Sasquatch and Lollapalooza.
SATURDAY May 28 brings an indie folk focus on the festival, with headliners like Death Cab for Cutie, Iron & Wine and Bright Eyes. But later in the day, dance offerings from Swedish-pop star Robyn, come onto the Bigfoot Stage. And with the latest electro-flavor dubstep hitting its stride, Bassnectar will close out the night similar to how Deadmau5 did last year. But what may be lost in the folk and late night dubstep is the final appearance of indie rockers, Wolf Parade. Sasquatch! will be the final show of the Vancouver group before they go on their temporary hiatus.
MONDAY In the final day of the festival, Sasquatch maintains the sound that built their decade-long run with a heavy display of indie rock. Monday will be closed out by the band Wilco, who will presumably be performing songs from their latest album Wilco (the album). But Monday also offers pop rocker Best Coast and lo-fi (high static and noise) groups Surfer Blood and Wavves. The Banana Shack will house rising dubstepper Skrillex and will close its night with Diplo and Switch’s dub-dancehall music project, Major Lazer. What may be lost in the commotion of the dance tent and Wilco residing on the main stage is the opportunity to see the Georgian band Deerhunter on the Bigfoot Stage. After releasing their fourth album, Halcyon Digest last year, Deerhunter’s catalog will no doubt be
WHAT TO BRING UTILITIES The Sasquatch! experience is not a whole lot different than your regular camping adventure, except for the fact that you’re camping with thousands of people. Here are some things to consider bringing. -Tent -Portable Grill -Tent Lights -Ear Plugs -Bugspray -Sunscreen -Cooler
CLOTHES The weather in Quincy is unpredictable and fluctuates throughout the day. Highs are to be in the 80s on Memorial Day weekend but the lows will easily get into the low 50s by the time you leave the last set of the night. Because of the lack of continuity from security and LiveNation, in terms of reentry (last year’s festival offered a $7 reentry wristband that was quickly thrown out the following day), it is a good plan to bring a backpack with a windbreaker or jacket.
FOOD Security will not let campers have an open flame, nor do they have hookups, but you are in the clear with a small grill. Also, keep in mind that there are food stands both on the campsite and in the amphitheatre, so if worse-comes-to-worst, bring cash. Food is allowed in the Gorge if it is in a clear plastic bag. Packing a sandwich and snacks could come in handy when a showgoer is in the Gorge for 10 hours and not excited with $8-12 fried food.
Photo courtesy of Christopher Nelson
Did You Know?: Music review site Consequence of Sound awarded the Sasquatch! Music Festival as festival of the year.
may 25 - June 8, 2011
Weather Forecast FRIDAY
Partly Cloudy High: 64° Low 42°
Few Showers High: 64° Low 44°
MONDAY Photo courtesy of Christopher Nelson
The Banana Shack will double as a dance tent, holding artists like Major Lazer, Skrillex and Sleigh Bells.
Partly Cloudy High: 67° Low 45°
Few Showers High: 69° Low 46°
Students’ interactive guide to Sasquatch! The Communicator is hosting an in-depth online guide to the Sasquatch! Music Festival. The guide hosts all the information you will need, from what to bring, how to get there and when the band you want to see is performing. Attendees can also familiarize themselves with bands going to the festival that they have not heard, with a profile as well as an MP3.
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By the numbers: 103 4 8 3 2011 10
Anti-Sasquatch For those in Spokane
performers will take stage this year.
DJ Anjali and the Incredible will perform throughout the weekend.
There are Comedians this year. musical acts.
of them are
is the year anniversary of the festival. 4 day tickets are currently being scalped, on average, for
that cannot go to the festival, a concert by the name of Anti-Sasquatch is being thrown the same weekend. The group’s mission is “to be the antithesis of corporate run music festivals and to provide a different sort of grassroots festival experience- for absolutely free.” The festival is May 28 through May 30 and billed 37 performers as well as an open mic at 12 p.m. Parking and camping is free and more information is available on their Facebook event page. The festival is located at Bryce Ramsyer’s BARN 621 E. Washington Rd. Spokane, WA Spokane, WA.
SPOKANE FALLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE • REvELERS DRAmA CLuB
Written by Charles Morey Directed by William Marlowe Produced with permission of Dramatists Play Service Inc.
A struggling “professional” summer theatre is the backdrop for this DROP DEAD FUNNY FARCE filled with hilarious characters and situations.
Our upside down degree
points you in the right direction. Illustration by Goeff Lang
May 26-29* & June 2-5, 2011 Thurs-Sat, 7:30pm • Sunday Matinees, 2pm
Many A.A.S. degrees earned at SFCC can transfer directly into Whitworth’s “upside-down” liberal studies degree program. Classes are offered in an evening, accelerated format, on the Whitworth campus or in the U-District, so your career could be headed in the right direction sooner than you thought.
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3410 W F T GEORGE WRIGHT DRIVE • BUILDING 5 TICKETS: No charge for SFCC Students All others – suggested ticket donation $8/door Available 1/2 hour before curtain • Seating is first-come, first-seated
* SFCC Food Bank Benefit – May 29
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may 25 - June 8, 2011
Airbrush artists offer free clothing designs on campus Jackson Colby
bunch of stuff was going on outside so I just had to come and check it The Communicator out,” Fulp said. Fulp had the word “Spokane” Airbrush artists arrived at SFCC on airbrushed onto her plain white hat, May 23 to treat students to a free, in an exotic design, with a green surcustom-designed article of clothing. rounding border. “I love Spokane!” Students brought blank t-shirts, Fulp said, “Everybody talks so much hats and other articles of clothing and had them imprinted with slogans crap about it, but I love Spokane.. I am Spokane!” or designs by two qualified airbrush The artists stayed at the campus for artists from Boston. Rebecca Wyrick, an SFCC student, a full three hours, even though they were only scheduled from 11:30-1 had the word “Star” airbrushed onto p.m., because there was such a high her plain white hat. demand for their art. “It’s my street name; everyone on This contrast in the lines, and the street knows me by that,” Wyrick the high demand for their artwork said. “I only get to do this (get airspeaks for the artistic leaning of SFCC brush art done) once a year.” students. By the time the artists were The airbrush artists at the event were Justin Swimm and Greg Kaplan. getting ready to leave, many students “I’ve been doing this for 10 years,” were walking around campus with newly air brushed shirts and hats. Swimm said. “We work for a com“We’re really surprised at the turn pany called Fun Enterprises, and the out we’ve got, but it’s a good surprise. SFCC student activities department We love this stuff,” Kaplan said. hired us to come here. “It’s just what we do, and we love it. We go around and air brush.” Kaplan, who has been airbrushing for five years, also loves his career: travelling and air brushing for Fun Enterprises. “I get to travel around the country, all expenses paid, and work at a craft, which is a lot better than a desk job, in my opinion,” Kaplan said. “And I suck at everything else.” Emily Fulp, who works at the library at SFCC, was also drawn to the event. “I was at work and I noticed that a
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Artist Justin Swimm has airbrushed for 10 years and currently works for Fun Enterprises.
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may 26 - June 8, 2011 By the Numbers Beatty collected 35 conference titles in his time as coach. Beatty spent 15 years as the CCS track and x-country coach He also earned 5 combined men’s and women’s x-country trophies Source: spokesman.com
Lindsey Treffry | Editor
Coach retires, CCS teams sweep championship
Track and field teams win first in NWAACs, with combined score of 250 points Lindsey Treffry
The Communicator CCS track and field teams swept the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championships (NWAACs) with 20 event titles in two days. The men’s and women’s combined score topped at 250 points, the girls winning by 75 and the men by 120. This brought now retiring CCS track and field coach Larry Beatty to
jump. a total of 35 conference The men also won titles wins in his 15 first in the 800-meter years here at CCS. race, 4x100 meter “[The NWAAC win] relay, 3k steeple, shot was nice,” Beatty put, discus, javelin, and said. “It was definitely triple jump events. special and the kids According to Becompeted well. atty, another highlight “[Some athletes] said athlete included Shayle ‘We’re doing this for Rick Harrison | Contributor Dezellem, who won your coach.’” Despite the number of wins, there first in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, first in 400-meter hurdles, and were some close calls. CCS student third in the women’s long jump. Cody Peterson ran the 100-meter, The women also went on to win following the NWAAC leader Dusty first in the 100-meter, 200-meter, Jarvis from Lane CC, and beat him 400-meter, and 800-meter races, by only .01 seconds. Peterson went along with the 3k steeple, 4x400on to win first in the men’s long
meter relay, shot put and javelin events. “I expected the men to roll like that,” Beatty said. “The ladies stepped up and did more than I expected.” Beatty’s position is being replaced by his previous assistant, Jason Cash. Before Cash was his assistant for ten years, he was also an athlete. “Everything you do, do with integrity,” Beatty said about Cash. “He’ll keep the ball rolling.” To see other NWAAC championship results from the May 23 and 24 events, visit bit.ly/iSkxI8.
Rapid Classes Class A
Lake water, still, no perceptible movement
Easy, smooth water; light riffles; clear passages.
Moderate, medium-quick water; rapids with regular waves; clear and open passages.
Rafting the Spokane river
ROW Adventures | Contributor
The Communicator Plummeting over a waterfall, slipping through a narrow rock cropping and hanging on for dear life. This is whitewater rafting at its finest. Whitewater rafting was first thought of by Lieutenant John Fremont of the U.S. Army, along the Platte River in 1842. Whitewater rafting has grown in popularity, with more advanced boat design, degree of difficulty of runs and newer generations pushing their boats and themselves and the sport to the limits. Rafting is done in either a four or six person raft designed to take a serious beating while staying afloat. Consisting of a team of paddlers with one person steering the boat from the back with their paddle, and others maneuvering their bodies to stay upright while simultaneously paddling. Safety is a major factor in rafting, and every person is required to wear a personal floatation device while on the water. According to Trails.com, throughout the years, a classification system has been developed which is referred
to as Water Class, This system is designed to inform rafters of the degree of difficulty which will be experienced along a particular stretch of whitewater. ROW Adventure of Coeur d’ Alene, rafting trips vary from easy class rapids to a more challenging set, usually the most difficult is when the river is more active around June. The classification system ranges from Class I through Class VI (or 6), according to Trails.com. The lower end of the scale is Class I, which indicates the rafter will experience small rough areas that will essentially require no maneuvering and may be attempted by individuals with little to no whitewater skills. At the opposite end of the classification system is Class VI which indicates that the rafter will encounter sections of water that are so dangerous that they may not be traveled on without the real possibility of danger. “We treat safety seriously and try our best to ensure people a good time while being responsible” said Candi Bening of Row Adventures CDA. “We also try and help at risk youth get out into nature in one of
our various programs.” ROW offers cycling, hiking and camping trips as well as their rafting trips. Spokane has a river literally running through it, and many residents are using this to their advantage. The Northwest Whitewater Association is actively trying to raise money and build a whitewater park on the Spokane River, which for Spokane rafters is like an adult playground. “We are not just a rafting company, we are an adventure company,” Bening said. “We also support many causes, from Raft to Remember which is a trip to raise awareness and funding for alzheimers disease, to Raft for the Cure, which is aimed at raising funding and awareness for breast cancer.” While being tossed from your raft may sound a bit frightening, many people really enjoy it, like Troy Cunningham, Spokane rafter. “We liked to flip our paddles around, which have a little T shaped handle that fits perfectly into another rafters life jacket straps, ya we would yank them from their rafts,” Cunningham said. “It was an ongoing battle the entire time, kind of adds that
much more excitement to your trip.” Some rafting trips last a few hours, while others can be a week long excursion, stopping along the river to setup camp and maybe do alternate activities such as fishing, golfing, or cycling. One such trip was named in National Geographic Adventure print edition. National Geographic Adventure named ROW Adventures' "Bitterroot Bonanza," as one of their top 25 trips in the world. The bonanza features biking, lake kayaking and whitewater rafting in Washington, Idaho and Montana. “I chose to whitewater raft because come on, it’s sweet,” said Drew Straight, a former Spokane resident. “I took a group of kids on an epic road trip in 2004, and to this day most of the reminiscing is about the rafting portion of the trip.” Straight planned the trip with ROW Adventures, an international whitewater organization which provides rafting and kayak trips throughout the world. “The goal of whitewater rafting is to push yourself to the limit, without going over,” Straight said.
Did You Know?: 2008 Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt broke the record of 9.69 seconds in the 100 meter run.
Moderately difficult, numerous high waves; rocks and eddies with passages clear but narrow and requiring experience to run.
Difficult, long and powerful rapids and standing waves; souse holes and boiling eddies.
Extremely difficult, long and violent rapids that follow each other almost without interruption.
Extraordinarily difficult. Paddlers face constant threat of death because of extreme danger.
may 26 - June 8, 2011
Spokane disc golf courses offer cheaper alternatives, exercise Shane Folden
The Communicator Folf, frolf, frisbee golf or disc golf is a game of many names and is a great retreat for those who want the game of golf without the country club mentality. Disc golf utilizes the same ideas of golf, where golfers have various long range drivers, mid range discs, and putters. The hole is actually a chain link surrounded basket which captures the disc. In Spokane there are three separate disc golf courses: Downriver, High Bridge and a privately owned course called Stimpi’s Ridge. Most courses are between 9 and 21 holes and vary in degree of difficulty from hole to hole. Regardless of the difficulty however, most courses remain par 3, which means people have three tries to get your disc in the basket. “[Disc golf] is free to do; no course fees, and you can hop right in anywhere and anytime you please,” Ryne Harris said. Ryne is an avid disc golfer of Spokane. Harris also said that some folks design mini discs which are numbered anywhere from one through 100, one meaning first and 100 meaning last. This is a bragging rights game, if somebody has the best score they get the best disc, and get to hold on to it until the next
tomahawk throws. Discs come in game, unless they win again that is. various grades of plastic and flight “I like disc golf because I can go patterns. throw a few holes before work,” Those who play disc golf come Johnny Oliveri, former SFCC student in all ages, shapes and sizes, which said. “I never have to wait for a tee time and if there is an opening I take according to Stimpi, is great for the growth of the sport. it. Disc golf is for anybody to play at Disc golf has a governing body, anytime and on any hole, respecThe National Disc Golf Association, tively. Unlike traditional golf, golfers and they promote new course conare able to find an open hole and struction and tournaments throughstart playing without worry, except out the country. Locally there is The for interfering with another person’s Spokane Disc Golf Association, led game, which can by tournament “[Disc golf ] is free to do; be avoided by promoter and course owner no course fees, and you can simply paying Steve Stimpi. hop right in anywhere and attention. “Also I can “I promote touranytime you please.” come down naments to get more people out -Ryne Harris here knowing Spokane disc golfer there are no there playing,” snobs. People Steve Stimpi said. come with beers, sometimes a little “I also like there to be a little comsmoke, and just wanna have a good petitiveness to keep it interesting.” time, ya know, relax.” Stimpi has a tournament coming “I used to just see 20-somethings up June 18 and 19 at Stimpi Ridge, playing, but now I see a lot more visit his website stimpiridge.com for geezers and families on the course,” information on the upcoming tourStimpi said. “I also notice a lot more nament and other disc golf related women playing, it used to be that activities. Stimpi Ridge also has a girls would tag along with their pro shop which carries all the disc boyfriends, but now they are more golf accessories one needs. involved and competing.” Disc golf is relatively cheap According to pdga.com, disc golf compared to other sports. Golfwas formalized in the 1970’s and ers can get by with one disc which has been growing in popularity ever costs around $10-$20. More serious since. The ongoing fitness boom players have a plethora of discs, finds more and more people taking some specific for longer throws, or
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The Downriver Disc Golf Course is located next to the Spokane River. According to sdga.us, the course is considered to be one of the toughest in the state. up recreational activities in an effort to improve health and quality of life. Disc golf provides upper and lower body conditioning, aerobic exercise, and promotes a combination of physical and mental abilities that allow very little risk of physical injury. “Some folks see disc golf as the hippie version of traditional golf, it is not unusual to see people drinking and a skunky cloud of smoke from time to time,” Harris said.
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Bytes iPhone apps for summer
May 26 - june 8, 2011
Deby Dixon | Editor
Ten free ways to increase your vacation fun with your phone Laurie Whallon
by genre, including pop, rock, or oldies.
The Communicator Summer is quickly approaching and with it the time for vacations. Whether it be close to home or across the country, here are 10 free iPhone apps that will help maximize fun and minimize cost during long road trip.
By using the phone’s camera it allows the user to scan thousands of different items in the grocery store. Fooducate will give nutrional information about that product and recommend other items that are better.
Download onto your phone and have a world of summer reading available right on
Helps the user pack everything that will be needed for the upcoming road trip. The app comes with 300 carefully thought-out items, and allows the user to create unlimited lists. As soon as one list is created, start packing and checking off the items with a few simple taps.
The Trapster iPhone app keeps a crowdsourced database of speed traps and speed/red-light cameras and notifies the user when they come within distance of any potential traps.
Creates customized playlists through the iPhone. This app also includes playlists grouped
Road Trip Lite
Turns your iPhone into a road trip expense tracker by keeping tabs on your fuel economy, fuel prices and maintenance costs. Road Trip Lite also supports partial fill-ups and features international
support. Road Trip Lite is especially beneficial for groups who share road trip expenses amongst several people.
Sunscreen Guide App:
This app rates numerous sunscreens and provides information about the ingredients used during the manufacturing of that particular sunscreen. There are ratings of about 500 sunscreens.
Keeps the users location in mind, so they can always find the nearest, cheapest gas station and will then map a route to get there.
Helps users find restaurants near them and is searchable by price, cuisine and even neighborhood. Urbanspoon is a great app tohave whether on a road trip or in a familiar city.
Wi Fi Finder
This app finds WiFi internet hotspots near the users current location and gives phone numbers to call. Wi Fi Finder draws on a database of over 200,000 WiFi hotspots around the globe, this way the user will be able to stay connected to the world wide web.
Broadcasting yourself with style
Step up the quality of your YouTube submissions by following some standard video-editing techniques Laurie Whallon
With the help of the internet, it is easy for ordinary people to create and share stories with the outside world. YouTube is a popular site for viewing professional and amateur videos. It is an online communications site that allows people to upload videos and have them viewable by the public. With YouTube you are able to access a world of information. It is easy to broadcast to a wide network of people and it can be used to promote businesses or used simply for pleasure by watching funny videos. It is surprisingly easy to create your own video and you can do it for little money. How To Create Your Own YouTube Video: According to a 2010 article in Suite 101 by Jace Shoemaker, the steps involved are relatively easy. All you have to do is come up with an idea for a video and make it. Once you have created your masterpiece it is simple to share with the outside world. Setting up
a video to post to YouTube can be done in a few easy steps.
Equipment Needed: Camcorder, digital web cam or a cell phone with video capabilities and a computer. “If you need any of these tools, look for cheaper versions by shopping at pawn stores, online, and checking local ads to see the best deals,” Janel Poisson, YouTube user said. “I have found nice camcorders for a fraction of the cost of regular retail stores.” Once you have the proper tools you may begin recording. Once it is finished, upload the video onto your computer following the instructions that came with your device. It is possible to upload a video from your phone if you set it up for Mobile Profile in YouTube. Once the movie is saved onto your computer it is now time to edit. You can use such options as Apple’s iMovie, or Windows Movie Maker. Here you can edit, name people, add titles, mix, and delete, if needed. “My favorite part about making videos is editing,” Robin Johnson, student at SCC said. “Here you are able to view your creation and make it better by adding special effects.” Once the video is complete, name the video and save it to your computer. Posting to YouTube requires the user to be registered
with the site. Once registered, click on the yellow upload link and select the movie you would like to share. YouTube videos must be under 15 minutes of length and no more than two gigabytes in size. “Once done it is fun to share your creation with the world,” Poisson said.
Did You Know?: The first Apple computer debuted in April, 1976 at the Homebrew Compter Club, but few took
it seriously. Source: apple-history.com/
May 26 - june 8, 2011
Quick & Easy Computer Fixes SFCC ’s IT department offers suggestions on how to save money when upgrading your computer
“The other option is a smartphone because you can use it as a phone and e-mail and they are To those who are not comavailable with wi-fi ,” Gunn said. puter savvy, upgrading a computer Larse said “If trying to recover sounds like a headache. performance get out the system “A person has to have the right recovery disk and reinstall to facknowledge to complete the task,” tory, but be mindful of the ups and Information Technology (IT) Spedowns of using the system recovery cialist from SFCC Sharon Gunn disk.” said. “The upside is that getting rid Upgrading a computer can be of everything frees up space and very expensive if living on a stutherefore a PC will run faster, the dent budget. Gunn says that many downside is having to re-download upgrades can be done by simply specific programs that may be adding a printer or an extra screen. needed,” Larse said. “Having two screens enables “If having a choice between a your PC to work more efficiently,” faster processor and more memory I Ed Eitzman, an SFCC IT employee would choose memory.” said. Gunn said that security programs Another good way to upgrade a such as Norton computer is to and McAfee are remove programs “The cheapest way to that can slow upgrade is to add memory.” effective yet they tend to cost so it down, like -Rod Larse choosing to use Limewire and IT Manager Microsoft essenother music sites. tials for security These sites are as opposed to Norton or McAfee known to carry viruses and allow could be cheaper on the wallet,. access to hackers trying to invade “Since Microsoft essentials is the computer and steal informafree, not only does it have a leg up tion.Resources are available to on the competition,” Gunn said. those who may even want to make “But it also checks for malware and better video on You Tube. Avid, it also quarantines and removes Adobe Premier, and Final Cut are three of the top brands available to threats that are found on your PC, and comes with anti-theft protechelp video production. tion.” “Usually the manufacturer of the Personal preference is a huge part computer has an update control of upgrading a computer, especenter, and there’s also tons of cially when it comes to the software books located on campus that are selection. Gunn cautions against about updating and or repairing a bootlegging software, as it can computer” John Muir an SFCC IT carry numerous viruses. specialist said. Upgrading a computer can lead “The cheapest way to upgrade to stress if the correct steps are not is to add memory,” Rod Larse the taken. Finding the upgrades to fit IT Manager here on campus said. specific needs for a PC can be time According to Larse, un-installing consuming so make sure to choose programs that are not being used wisely. can lead to faster speeds. “There’s all kinds of options out For those who use their computthere, technology is endless,” Ray ers for email and games, smart Covington said. phones can be a low-cost option.
For more computer assistance SFCC Help Desk StuHelpDesk@spokanefalls.edu Contact 509.533.4357 For more information visit www.crucial.com or www.microsoft.com/ security
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Adding an extra monitor is an inexpensive way to upgrade your computer system.
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