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Healthy Grilling PG. 12

Summer Challenge PG. 6

Camping Grub PG. 10

Alternatives to grilling meat

50 activites to partake in this summer

How to properly prepare food for camping

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All-time high for tech fee allocation

A closer look at SFCC’s president Kirk Bayman

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$900,000 will be spent on technology purchases on campus for the 2011-2012 year Ashley Hiruko

The Communicator While students might only think of computers and software when it comes to the technology fee, this year’s pool of money will be used to purchase everything from cadavers to Bamboo tablets, treadmills to a radial arm saw. The college allocated $900,000 for the student tech fee, up from last year’s $780,000. The plan goes before the Board of Trustees later this month. Students pay approximately $30 out of their tuition each quarter towards the tech fee, said vice presi-

Nicole Denman | The Communicator

Cara Sullivan, an interior design student at the falls, uses the computer lab in building 19 every day. She looks forward to added equipment because it can get crowded sometimes. dent of student and administrative services Alex Roberts. According to Roberts, the college business office calculates the amount of money each year that can be allocated for the tech fee. A survey is then given to students asking what kind of technology the college could use. Approximately 600 students participated in this year’s survey. College programs then put in their requests

and a college-wide committee, consisting mainly of students, is formed. The committee also consists of faculty and administration members. “We then look at the list of requests and try to find places where there will be alternate funding for those requests,” Roberts said. “Once the list is boiled down, we put the request in TECH | Page 2


will be spent on college wide purchases.

$4,500 will be spent on a cadaver. Source: Rod Larse

More SFCC graduates transfer to universities

Research has shown that the number of SFCC graduates who transfer to four-year schools is going up each year Jackson Colby

through the door but don’t make an effort to help them be successful.” This is not to say that SFCC is an Jim Minkler, Vice President of easy school where students don’t Learning at SFCC, has some ideas have to work hard. about why SFCC has been transfer“The transfer students from SFCC, ring so many students to four-year who go to Eastern, tend to do better universities in rethan the students cent years. In much “Being at the Falls who start there first, of the country, the which shows that number of commu- helped me improve my even though we nity college gradu- English and it helped help students who ates who transfer to me experience U.S. need it, we haven’t four-year universilowered the bar on ties is falling, but culture.” standards of educa-Bu Park the opposite is true SFCC international student tion,” Minkler said. for SFCC. Research from “We have really the State Board of focused on retention at this institu- Community and Technical Colleges tion, and less on recruitment,” Min- has shown that the number of SFCC kler said. “We’re not doing our job graduates who transfer to four-year if we encourage students to come

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FLAVORS Healthy honey PG.10

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Bu Park, 23-year-old SFCC student, plans to transfer to WSU or North Carolina State University.

FOCUS Laughing stock PG. 5

SFCC’s own Pam Tajima Praeger is not a typical college president; she knows many of her students’ names by heart. Praeger took office last June after her predecessor, Mark Palek, stepped down for medical reasons. Initially an interim position, CCS Chancellor Christine Johnson appointed Praeger Acting President in November. Praeger will stay in office until the end of the 2011-2012 academic year, during which the district will conduct a nationwide search for the next SFCC president, according to CCS Public Information Officer Ann Tucker. Praeger has worked in the CCS for over 33 years, starting as an education coordinator for the district’s Head Start program in 1978. Additionally, Praeger has taught early childhood education and served as Vice President of Learning from 1998 to 2010. Executive Assistant to the President Ann Jurcevich has worked at SFCC for 16 years, previously serving as Palek’s Executive Assistant. Jurcevich credited Praeger’s previous, varied roles at the college with her personal knowledge of SFCC and its employees. “[Praeger] knows a lot of people and their names and their faces,” Jurcevich said. “That wouldn’t necessarily be typical of a lot of presidents.” Praeger said that she never set out to become the president of SFCC. “I was much more interested in the more peripheral programs that were providing opportunities for nonmainstream people,” Praeger said. Praeger said that her family viewed education as a powerful tool in a person’s life - a sort of socioeconomic equalizer. Praeger said that, while she may be the formal face of the college, she feels that students in performing arts and athletics represent SFCC on a daily basis. During her career at SFCC as well as Eastern Washington University, Jurcevich said that she has seen several different college presidents, working directly under two, and that PRESIDENT | Page 2

FLAVORS Farmers markets PG. 11

PERSPECTIVES...................3 SIDELINES.......................... 9

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CCS to implement new strategic plan Kirk Bayman

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Welch’s son, 2-year-old Elijah, attends his father’s memorial service at SFCC. Student clubs donated care packages to Welch’s family.

Memorial held for SFCC student Lindsey Treffry

The Communicator Leighton Welch, a missing SFCC student, was found dead in the Spokane River on May 19. According to the Spokane Medical Examiner’s office, his body was discovered at 12:36 p.m. that day. His cause of death was drowning, but the manner was undetermined. The Medical Examiner’s office would not release any toxicology screen information. A memorial was held for Welch in the Human Services building on June 1. Various administrators: Pam Praeger, Gregory Roberts, and Jim


Minkler attended, as did other students, clubs and instructors, like Gerontology instructor Polly McMahon, who planned the memorial. Welch’s children and fiance, Michonda Weaver were present and received multiple gifts from clubs, including diapers, food, and gift certificates. Yolanda Genderson, one of Welch’s sisters was also present. According to Genderson, Welch was a male role model to one of her sons. “Leighton was everything to my son, after [my son] lost his dad,” Genderson said.

good for me,” Park said. “Many people helped me when I had conversaStudent government tion problems. “My English is not great” members hold different “Being at the Falls helped me imviews of SFCC experience prove my English and it helped me experience U.S. culture,” Park said. From page 1 “SFCC made me feel comfortable about living in the USA and was a schools is steadily going up each great place to study.” Valencia, a 20-year-old student year. During the 2006-2007 academic year, 49 percent of gradu- from Ecuado, who is transferring to ates transferred to universities. The Gonzaga to study broadcasting, took number rose to 57 percent two years a slightly different view. “The Falls kind of felt like high later. SFCC graduation will take place school again,” Valencia said. “I think on June 17, at the stadium. Some some of the classes helped prepare students will be transferring to four- me for Gonzaga, but most of them year universities, while others will were pointless for my degree, like be jumping straight into the job they the general sciences.” Valencia explained that she does went to school here to obtain. Things don’t look as bad for SFCC have a respect for general knowlgraduates as they do for graduates of edge, but she just doesn’t like science. most other com“It wasn’t all munity colleges in “SFCC made me feel the country. Chris- comfortable about living in bad though,” she said. tina Turner, Direc“My philosotor of Institutional the USA.” phy and my Research at SFCC, -Bu Park Graduating Student communications keeps track of stateachers were tistics regarding really good,” Valencia said. “I love SFCC graduates and their future. “Just over half the students who them. “I think I’m going to be shocked transfer to a four-year school enter with junior-level status, which when I get to Gonzaga because the means they have successfully trans- workload will be so much more than ferred at least 90 credits,” Turner here, I’m going to have to manage my time better.” said. Valencia also discussed some of Two SFCC students who are graduating this year and transferring to the differences in education befour-year schools are Bu Park and tween the U.S. and Ecuador. “In Ecuador, they hold their high Fernanda Valencia. Both are also members of the student government. school students to a higher level of Park, a 23-year-old international education than here, but education student from South Korea, has been at the university level is better in the at SFCC for a year and a half, and United States,” Valencia said. Students have different views will either be going to WSU or North about SFCC, even in the student govCarolina State University. “Being here [at SFCC] was very ernment.


The new CCS Strategic Plan is designed to set broad goals for the district at a time when the world around outside has changed, CCS Chancellor Christine Johnson said. “The economy has shifted, the funding sources, the jobs available—it’s kind of like our reality changed,” Johnson said. “The purpose of the plan is to set that future direction and acknowledge the changing environment.” Amid ongoing budget cuts and record state and national debts, the new CCS Strategic Plan includes a provision to identify sources of funding outside the government realm. The plan does not list ways each

institution will find such funding, nor does it explicitly state how each institution should go about meeting the other goals set by the plan. The district serves a 12,000-squaremile, six-county area, and methods that might work for one institution may not work for another, SFCC Dean of Humanities and Academic International Initiatives and Strategic Planning Committee participant Glen Cosby said. “We have such a variety of needs and such a variety of students,” Johnson said. “There’s some flexibility in how each institution meets the plan. “What isn’t optional is that they must meet the plan.” Johnson said that the plan must still be approved and officially implemented by the Board of Trustees, but that it should be in-place and in-effect on July 1, the start of the 2011-2012 academic year.


Tech Fee Spending Allocation Students, administrators have input in tech fee Video Projector resource allocation Light Bulbs $4,000 From page 1 Printing Subsidy - $1,000

$41,580 to be spent on campus video projector upgrade

Core switch replacement in building 19 -


Network replacement fund - $10,295 Core firewall upgrade -


Network printer replacement -


$4,045 to

be used on Exercise bike Source: Committee Approved Tech Fee Proposal document

front of the committee. “The committee then balances the budget.” $600,571 will be spent on college-wide purchases consisting of replacement student desktop and notebook computers, server replacement and wireless network upgrades for buildings 2, 17, 18 and 19, according to the proposed Tech Fee Committee recommendation. It also shows that the business, professional and workforce education division would potentially be receiving $107,210 for purchases, including business math stations and cadavers. Frank Powers, dean of business, professional studies and workforce education said that the cadavers will be used to study anatomy and cost $4,500. If approved, the visual and performing arts division will be receiving $69,645 for purchases, including the Adobe Creative Suite 5.5, a radial arm saw and a wide format printer and copier. According to Dan Wenger, dean of visual and performing arts, the radial arm saw will be used in the sculpture studio. The printer will be utilized by the interior design program and has been an item on the tech fee request list for the past three years.


Praeger helps decide where to spend scarce resources From page 1

each one has had their own sort of governing style. Jurcevich said that Praeger lacks a more authoritarian, hierarchical style she has seen in some other college presidents. Praeger said that one major role of a college president is helping decide where to spend scarce resources. “As a president, I am involved in the collaboration, the question, the

Set the future direction of CCS realistically Take into consideration the changing environment Identify sources of funding outside the government realm Implement the plan by July 1 Source: Glen Cosby, Dean of Humanities and Academic International Initiatives

“We wouldn’t ask students to buy building wire,” Roberts said. “We ask students to help fund computers that they use. “Students have a strong say in how [the tech fee] gets spent.”` Robin Ho, second-year accounting student, is one of five students that participated on the tech fee committee this spring. “[Students] on the committee decided which purchases would best benefit the students,” Ho said. SFCC IT Manager Rod Larse said that the majority of technology fee purchases in the past have been for informational technology items, mostly hardware. He also said that desktop and laptop computers for student use are probably the most common purchase, as well as certain infrastructure items like wireless internet access points. “The definition of technology has been interpreted broadly by the technology fee governance committees,” Larse said in an e-mail. Previous tech fees have included many non-IT related items, such as pianos and CPR practice dummies. Larse said that a technology fee was implemented to make sure the college would have current technology as well as a way to sustain it. “The fact that a lot of technology is on a short life-cycle, quickly becoming obsolete...clearly there was going to be a need for funding,” Larse said. “ Without the technology fee, or some other source of funding specifically for technology, I’m not sure SFCC would be competitive, or perhaps even viable, as an institution of higher education.”

analysis, and then part of the final decision-making,” Praeger said. Jurcevich said that, in a way, the president carries the mood of the college; whether people are pleased or otherwise, it falls on the president. “That’s not necessarily a ‘role,’” Jurcevich said, “but it’s definitely part of that job.”

Contact the President Email Phone 509.533.3536 Mail Stop 3010

Budget Plans

SFCC President Pam Praeger

“Praeger is connected to what’s happening at all levels.” -Ann Jurcevich Executive assistant to the president

Did You Know?: A new high definition projection system purposed by the tech fee will be used in building five and can also by used by student clubs for film showings. Source: Glen Cosby, Dean of Humanities and Academic International Initiatives

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Jasmine Kemp | Editor

Tests and exams

in college

People test at all different types of levels, and SFCC does a decent job of providing alternatives to those that are testing-challenged. Math testing has improved at SFCC due to placement tests that now allow students to be put directly into college-level math using a tutorial-like service called the MyMathTest (MMT), instead of placing into remedial math courses like Math 98. The MMT takes the stress out of math placement testing and allows students to study and take a test on their own schedule. The distance learning center under the library also offers students and instructors an alternative to in-class testing. Instructors don’t need to be present for the test and students can go in during the testing centers hours and take a test whenever the student is available. The center also helps to ensure

that no one cheats. Comprehensive finals offer a review of the course work offered during the quarter and helps students to retain the information that they have learned during the quarter and prepare students for the exams that take place at 4-year colleges. Unfortunately, by the end of the quarter most students are rushing to finish final projects and they end up memorizing the material instead of actually knowing how to apply what they have learned in their future careers. Ultimately students are in charge of their own education and how much it will benefit them as they go out into the world of work and adulthood and will only get as much out of their time at SFCC as they put into their curriculum.

Geoff Lang | The Communicator

Comprehensive finals prepare students for transferring


exams, according to a July 2010 article from the Washhe lack of comprehensive final ington Post. Originally, the professors were required to exams for community college submit a form if they did not want to give a comprehenclasses are a disservice to stusive final. Now they have adopted a policy that does not dents who plan to transfer. require finals for Harvard arts and science courses. A community college is supposed According to the July-August 2010 article of the to be a stepping stone to four-year Harvard Magazine, there were 1,137 undergrad courses universities and along with that comes at Harvard during the 2010 spring term and only 259 of a responsibility to prepare them for those had a scheduled final. course-work at a four-year. Despite that, in my three years Sarah This shift away from tests seems like a lowering of at SFCC I have had only one or two Radmer standards in education, because it is not a change to something else. Like instead of comprehensive finals, comprehensive finals. schools are choosing option B. Instead they just aren’t Comprehensive finals are usually multiple choice doing anything at all. finals testing the material a course has covered for the A May 2005 editorial from the Red and Black student entire term. All finals, not just comprehensive finals are newspaper of the University of Georgia argues that forcimportant to ensure that students actually learned what ing students to remember everything they learned over they needed that quarter. Most times at SFCC there is the span of the term is unnecessary either a paper, project or nothing at “A community college is and unrealistic. all. “Rarely in your life will suc While I, along with most other supposed to be a stepping cess at any endeavor come down to students, sigh with relief when I hear there will be no final, I have come to stone to four-year universities one event,” the article states. And while this may be true, realize this is not in my best interest. and along with that comes it is also true that people will be I plan to transfer to a university the responsibility to prepare tested in one manner or another next year and have realized that I am them for the course-work at a and if they don’t meet standards, not prepared for this sort of exam. someone else who does will be This is all part of a larger problem: four-year.” there to take their spot. community college instructors cater-Sarah Radmer In the job market an eming to what students want and not ployer will not give employees the choice of task A or what they need. Many times the teacher has asked us, B or the option to opt out all together so that the person “Do you want a test like A or B?” Obviously students are can avoid the stress of it. This lowering of education going to choose the easier choice: the one where they standards does not reflect the job market this college are more likely to do well and have less stress. generation will be going into. Even at Harvard, professors are opting out of final

It seems that in the SFCC classrooms students are given a break far too often. And students: opting out of that cumulative final at SFCC may seem awesome now, but what happens when you don’t get the choice later?

Percent of students who transferred to a four-year university

Did You Know?: During final exams there is an increase of college students using drugs such as Ritalin and Adderal to

focus on tests. Source:


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“And after about two years, I realized that creative writing was not going to help you ace those biological tests. So I switched to journalism. I didn’t graduate with honors, but I did graduate on time and with some doing.” -Bob Schieffer

Face the Nation host

“I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam: I looked into the soul of another boy.” -Woody Allen director

“I’m going to college. I dont care if it ruins my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star.” -Natalie Portman actress

“A man who has never gone to school may steal from a frieght car; but if her has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

26th president of the United States

“I would like my future settled by next Monday. My college exams start the next day and I dont want any other concerns.”

-Romalu Lukaku

a Belgian student deciding his soccer career

“I have never let schooling interfere with my education.”

-Mark Twain author


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Farewell from the Editor-in-Chief The




y time as Editor-inChief, although seemingly short, taught me about the human condition and much more about Lindsey Treffry journalism. I found a voice while on the staff of this paper. Not through my writing necessarily, but through interacting with the entire staff and through meeting different people here at SFCC—like faculty, administrators, students, and people who are behind-the-scenes of this college. Through the paper, I was lucky enough to meet a 75-year-old recovering alcoholic who was studying at SFCC to become a chemical dependency major. I’ve met an SFCC design graduate, who now owns her own business, teaching art classes out of a chicken coop in her back yard. And as some of you have recently read, although I had never met him, I wrote an article on the death of SFCC student Leighton Welch.

SFCC shared the lives of many Apart from the newspaper class interesting people about whom itself, SFCC offered journalismI was lucky to write. Journalism related classes that helped better teaches that when something is not my knowledge. Specifically, the written about, be it an event or a classes taught by newspaper adperson, our audiviser Jason Nix. ence suffers from “I found a voice while on My predecessor, never knowing. Sarah Radmer, staff of this paper. ” “Journalism also taught me a -Lindsey Treffry lot. Through the largely consists of Editor-in-Chief saying ‘Lord Jones assistance of Nix is Dead’ to people who never knew and the kindness of Radmer, they that Lord Jones was alive,” English prepared me to take on the task as writer G.K. Chesterton once said. EIC of The Communicator. They There were some trials and tribualso prepared me for my time at the lations at The Communicator as University of Idaho, which I will any newspaper would have. From attend in the fall. being understaffed (or through lack Our Managing Editor, Ashley of attendance) a lot of duties were Huriko, an intuitive and intelligent pushed on certain people. The woman, will be filling my posihard-working students on staff took tion as EIC. I have faith that she over extra sections, laid out and will transform this paper and bring designed extra pages, and wrote our readers the leader that they additional stories. Despite students deserve. being over-worked, I believe this “The smarter the journalists are, learning experience showed all of the better off society is,” philanthe present students the responsithropist and third richest man in bilities that they would encounter the world, Warren Buffett once during their time on a real newssaid. “[For] to a degree, people paper. This staff has grown through read the press to inform themcommunication and has further to selves—and the better the teacher, go, too. the better the student body.”

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Illegal activities unacceptable in city parks no matter what

I was made aware of your article on Disc Golf, while playing a round at one of our city’s courses. While I applaud the attempt, I am seriously disappointed in the article. Not only was it poorly written. It has glaring mistakes, and obviously had next to no research done. The Professional Disc Golf Association, is the governing body (as per We have three disc golf courses in city parks, Downriver, Highbridge, and Peoples park. As well as multiple private courses. We do have a local Disc Golf club, the Spokane Disc Golf

Association( There is a member elected board of directors posted on our website. Most troubling to me of all the articles problems is the fact that it ended with reference to illegal activity’s in the park being acceptable, or "cute". Consumption of alcoholic beverages in a city park is prohibited. "Skunky smoke"... Is by federal law illegal everywhere. I don’t care if you’re a hippie or not. Our city parks, and Disc Golf courses are not a ok public place to engage in illegal activity. -Jon Verbarg

Article on Welch provided much needed balance

Thank you Lindsey for such a sensitive article about our student Leighton Welch. His death has broken our hearts and your article provided a much needed balance to the Spokesman articles. You showed another side of Leighton and helped profile the man we knew as a student and father. Thank you. - Polly McMahon Gerontology Instructor

Hummingbird feeders cleaned with vinegar My son is a music student out at SFCC and I picked up your paper last week while waiting for him to complete one of his classes. I read with interest your article about feeding hummingbirds. However, there is an important error that you included in your feeder care instructions. You should NOT use soap for cleaning a hummingbird feeder. Only use a 1:1 solution of vinegar and hot water, and rinse it out thoroughly afterwords, with hot water. I have been feeding hummingbirds for over 15 years, and I have never seen any publication call for using soap for cleaning a hummingbird feeder, only vinegar. Soap residue can be harmful to the hummers. I hope this information is helpful for you, and that you can make a correction in one of your papers. I am sure that many hummingbirds will thank you. Have a good day. Best Regards, -Sunni Mace

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How to land a summer internship


Kaitlin Allen | Editor

Internships offer valuable hands-on job experience and are a productive way for students to spend their summer. Here are some tips for getting you foot in the door. Ashley Hiruko

The Communicator For some students, summer means taking a break from school to enjoy some time off. For Katie Gillespie, it is a chance at gaining hands-on experience and learning valuable skills that pertain to her career. “If you’re in school all year and taking classes so hard and so constantly...those muscles go to mush over the summer,” Gillespie, 19-year-old intern at the Inlander, said. “I wanted to maintain my skills while I was away from school.” An internship is a work-related hands-on learning experience for people who want know to more about a specific occupational field. Some internships are paid and others are done in exchange for college credit. How to sign up According to the Dean of Business, Professional Studies and Workforce Education, Frank Powers, the college offers cooperative education. Powers said that cooperative education is essentially the same thing as an internship and gives students a chance to gain some experience while attending school. Students receive one credit per 33 hours spent on a job, according to Powers, employment is usually searched for by the student interested in the program. Powers said that the cooperative education program is currently undergoing changes with the goal of making the process of signing up for the program easier than it has been in the past. “The whole idea was having the student go there and it hopefully turning into a job,” Power said. “We’re trying to make it simple [the process] and a meaningful learning experience for our students.

Nicole Denman | The Communicator

Katie Gillespie and Joseph Haeger are both interns at the Inlander. Gillespie, a student at Washington State University said that she got the internship to maintain her skills while she was away from school. The interview Dress professionally According to Spokesman-Review city editor Addy Hatch, the way a person is dressed for an interview says a lot about the way the student will perform during the job. “I’m more inclined to hire the person who dresses professionally over someone who comes in jeans and flip flops,” Hatch said. Have prior knowledge and be flexible Hatch said that when hiring interns, she looks for people that have some knowledge in the field of work that the intern is in. “What we look for are people that have some experience, whether it be from a job or other internships,” Hatch said. “ We want people to know the basics when they get here and be flexible and open.”

Be enthusiastic and follow up “The biggest thing is to show that you’re not only a strong candidate but an interested candidate,” Gillespie said. “There will be ten other candidates. “To set yourself apart is to go in looking great, to pester them a little and ask questions in your interview about what you’re going to be doing.” Gillespie spends 20 to 30 hours working in and out of the office during the average weekday. “I feel like I’m going in for 20 hours a week and getting a valuable experience.”

Internships through SFCC

It is possible to obtain credit for an internship through SFCC’s cooperative education program. Contact Susan Brophy Phone 509.533.3231

Behind the scenes of behind-the-scenes comedy “Laughing Stock” Jackson Colby

plays, but this would have been far more popular,” Marlowe said. “What’s not to like about funny sing Behind the scenes of a behinding zombies?” the-scenes play with good actors Marlowe explained that he acting as bad actors, “Laughing wanted this semester’s performance Stock” gives a healthy dose of the to be light-hearted and funny, no bizarre. matter what, since last semester they The SFCC Revelers Drama Club performed the tragedy “Richard III,” spring production by Charles Morey by Shakespeare. ran from May 26-29 and from June “‘Laughing Stock’ is gut-bustingly 2-5. funny,” Marlowe “I saw [‘Laughing “It’s an interesting said. “At our preStock’] several years performance experience, taking apart view ago at the Spokane on May 25, we had the set when people are someone laugh so Civic Theatre and thought, ‘This is a hard he broke the working above you.” show I must direct seat he was sitting -Sean Fitzgerald in, and the seat sometime,’” SFCC Stage crew Drama Director Wilnext to him.” liam Marlowe said. But what happens behind the The Revelers Drama Club does scenes of a performance by the a performance once a quarter, and Revelers Drama Club is a whole difthis was originally intended to be a ferent story. Zach Finkel, a 19-yearmusical version of the movie “Evil old student at SFCC, helped put the Dead”, but it was rejected by the lights up. He also put the gels in to Learning Community Committee. make them colored, and made sure “They said it didn’t involve they were pointed in the right direcenough students, but I don’t think tion. they really looked at the whole pic “Normally when you have a ture,” Marlowe said. spot light, it’s just a white light, but “We have an average of 600 stuyou put a little plastic sheet that’s dents who come to see our regular colored (a gel) in a frame, and then

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put it in front of the light to make it colored,” Finkel said. 20-year-old student Sean Fitzgerald explained much of the work that goes on behind the scenes of a Revelers Drama Club performance. “There’s a stage craft class; I spent several classes taking apart and rebuilding columns [for the ‘Laughing Stock’ performance],” Fitzgerald said. “That took forever. “We had a limited budget so we had to be careful not to cut too much wood or waste wood.” According to Fitzgerald, he enjoys breaking down the set after the final performance is finished. “Breakdown is really fun, after the last show we get to break down the set,” Fitzgerald said. “I was underneath the set [of Richard III], unscrewing the boards, and at the same time they were releasing the smoke from the smoke room and it filled the area I was in. “It’s an interesting experience, taking apart the set when people are working above you.” According to Fitzgerald, they play music while they take apart the set. “We’ll be working on or around the stage and put music on,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s really nice to have

music playing while you work.” One thing that Fitzgerald was disappointed about when it comes to the performance of “Laughing Stock” was not reaching all of the goals that had been set for the stage, because all of the goals for the stage (such as clothing design, stagecraft and special effects) of the “Richard III” performance were met. “It was a little disappointing, not completing every goal that we had set for the stage, when we had for ‘Richard,’” Fitzgerald said.

Nicole Denman | The Communicator

Did You Know?: Three-quarters of the students enrolled in 4-year universities work as interns at least once before graduating.

Source: College Employment Research Institute


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How adv can ent you erou be? s For the shopper ❒ Buy a fashion magazine, pick out a couple of outfits and try to recreate them for less than $15 by shopping local thrift stores.

❒ Play the “Garage Sale Game”. Pile a group of friends into a car armed with only $5 each (or another pre-determined amount). Drive around town to garage and yard sales to hunt out the best deal for $5. At the end of the day, hold a vote to determine who got the most out of their money.

❒ Go window shopping. ❒ Go shopping for sun hats. ❒ Sell some of your winter clothes to a resale store like Plato’s Closet. Use the money to buy something new.

For the outdoorsman

❒ Go Geocaching. What is it? Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) or other navigational techniques to hide and seek “caches”. How do I do it? You can use either a stand-alone GPS or the one built into almost all smart phones and iPhones. Free applications such as Free GPS (iPhone) and Maverick (Android) are



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How m 1-10 Comatose Either you work an insane job with long hours, or you don’t know how to have fun. At all. Get out and live a little! Your couch will still be there when you get back. Spend quality time with friends and family have fun in the sun.

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School is almost out, and summer is almost here. Ninety-five days of freedom... and nothing to do. available for download and allow you to input exact latitude and longitude coordinates. Where do I find a geocache? Visit to search for geocaches in the Spokane area. Input the latitude and longitude into your GPS and you’re off!

❒ Camp in your backyard ❒ Bike Centennial Trail ❒ Go swimming in the Spokane river or Lake Coeur d'Alene.

❒ Go fishing. ❒ Plant flowers on your balcony or in your yard.

❒ Go hiking. There are several easy to moderate hiking trails within 10 miles that can be a nice way to get out of the house and into the wild. See page 9 for more information on local hikes.

❒ Visit a farm. ❒ Make an obstacle course in your backyard.

❒ Take a walk.

For the selfless ❒ Give back to your community and volunteer.

Habitat for Humanity According to their website, Habitat for Humanity-Spokane is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat homes are built through partnership with community volunteers and donations.

Here are 50 easy, inexpensive activities to do this summer. Take our summer challenge to do as many as you can and see where you rank.

All costs to build the homes are transferred to the family. • Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older • Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate • No experience necessary • On-site training is provided for all phases of construction Register to volunteer at Browse.aspx Phone: 509.534.2552 ext. 21 Email:

for pregnant and parenting teenagers (ages 16-21) and their babies. The house provides a safe haven for the mothers and offers parenting classes and child care to help them prepare for parenthood, according to gonzaga. edu. Volunteers may help with tutoring for the mothers or with child care. Volunteer's must be at least 21 years old and pass a criminal background check.

Second Harvest Second Harvest distributes more than 1 million pounds of donated food each month, according to their website. Volunteers can either volunteer to run specific events or assist on the weekly volunteering nights. Second Harvest has Help the Hungry warehouse nights on Monday and Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All volunteers must: • Sign-in and wear ID badges. • Wear closed-toe shoes while in the warehouse. • Be at least 14 years old. Sign up to volunteer at Phone: 50.252.6257 Email:

❒ Spend time with the elderly at a

Alexandria’s House According to, Alexandria’s House is a transitional living facility

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❒ Offer to mow lawns or pull weeds for elderly or handicapped neighbors. nursing home.

❒ Gather friends and do a car wash to raise money for charity.

❒ Adopt a “sibling” through Big Brothers Big Sisters to do the rest of these activities with.

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many things did you do? See where you rank 11-20 Couch potato

21-30 Boring

31-40 Summer fiend

41-50 Over-acheiver

It would seem you found more enjoyment in not doing anything this summer. While we’re sure you had a good time with your movie marathons and nap times, be sure to get out and enjoy the world more. It’s good for you.

We’ll give you credit for not spending your entire summer watching reruns of your favorite show. But you could have done a bit more to make the most of the freedom you have from school. Summer only comes once a year.

You are a summer fiend. You know how to enjoy your summer to the fullest extent without over-doing it. Your summer was filled with fun but you still had time for more serious things like work and time with family.

Way to be an over-acheiver! You are definitely able to have fun, but sometimes you might have a little too much fun. Your summer was jam packed with activities. Remember to slow down and enjoy the quiet once in awhile.

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Play Red Rover, Red Rover or Duck Duck Goose.

❒ Play Sorry or


❒ Create a side-

For the indoorsman ❒ Join a book club. Spokane County Library District (SCLD) branches have active book clubs throughout the year, according to their website. These clubs are open to everyone with or without an SCLD card. Below is a list of the locations and times the book clubs meet as well as what books they will be reading throughout the summer. North Spokane Library 44 E. Hawthorne Rd. 509.893.8350 Second Wednesday of the month 7–8 p.m.

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The Spokane City Drive is a 60-mile loop tour of scenic stops in the area as well as interesting historical and architectural structures. You can start and end at a location close to your home or SFCC. Follow the brown signs marked “city drive”. If at any time you become lost or confused while on the City Drive, contact the Spokane Regional Visitor & Information Center and they will point you in the right direction.


❒ Go on a picnic. ❒ Eat dessert for breakfast. ❒ Make a smoothie from fresh fruit. ❒ Make a rootbeer float. ❒ Make a banana split. ❒ Make homemade popsicles by

❒ Watch the sunset from Cliff Park. ❒ Dress up fancy and go out eat at a fast-food restau❒ Ride the bus to a random destina- to rant. tion, even if you own a car. ❒ Break out your inner ❒ Make a treasure hunt for your

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❒ Spend the day in the library. ❒ Watch a movie based on a book...

friends or family.

❒ Plant a garden. ❒ Go birdwatching. ❒ Take a nap... in a hammock. ❒ Build a sandcastle. Either at the

then read the book.

beach, or at a park.

❒ Make a collage out of old maga-

❒ Roll down a grassy hill.


❒ Host a tournament featuring your

alloon fight with

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Phone: 509.747.3230. Monday-Friday 8:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 9-6 p.m. Visit scenic_tours/ to download a PDF of information on the City Drive.

❒. Invite friends over and have a tea

the sprinklers.

❒ Take a road trip around

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party. card game of choice. Poker, canasta, pinochle and rummy are a few choices.

❒ Teach yourself to knit or crochet. ❒ Have a movie marathon. ❒ Write a letter by hand. Whether a love letter, a hate letter or a friendship letter, just write one.

❒ Decorate a pair of plain flip-flops with sequins, ribbon, and markers.

pouring juice of your choice into ice-cube trays, cover with plastic wrap and poke toothpicks through the wrap into the juice. Freeze and enjoy!

Julia Child and cook a threecourse meal with friends.

❒ Roast marshmallows in a fire pit. Picnic shelters at Manito Park and Riverfront park have fire pits as well as barbecue pits located near picnicking areas.

For the food lovers ❒ Make homemade lemonade

1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup) 1 cup water (for the simple syrup) 1 cup lemon juice (four-six lemons) 3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute) 1. Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.

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Show off your art

The Brick Wall Gallery offers students a place to showcase their photography. The gallery is located downtown and has been open for three years. “I just decided one day to put pictures up on the walls of my photography studio here,” Joe Nuess, Brick Wall gallery owner and SFCC instructor, said. Tricia Lowe is one student who had her photos showcased in the gallery. According to Lowe, she enjoys shooting still life and old historical buildings. “It gives students confidence,” Nuess said. “They get to see their work out there and people come and say, ‘Hey, that’s nice.’” -Ashley Hiruko

The Brick Wall Gallery Address 530 W. Main on the Skywalk, just east of Macy’s in the Bennett block Contact 509.928.7721 Deby Dixon | The Communicator

SFCC student Tricia Lowe showcased her still life and historical photography at The Brick Wall Gallery.

Interested? Email 6-10 small jpg files for review to

No Vacancy

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Throughout spring quarter, the SFCC art class “No Vacancy” have filled the hallways, offices and rooms of Building 4 with art. The building was supposed to sit empty for the quarter before being torn down, but art faculty Carl Richardson, Mardis Nenno and Tom O’Day received permission from former SFCC president to use the building for an art installation. The students each received a portion of the hallway wall for their art and then teamed up in groups to do larger installations in the building’s offices. There is also a clay replica of the Spokane river snaking throughout the hallways. In addition to 23 SFCC students, 4 local guest artists did office displays.

Hours of Operation

Building 4 Opening Show June 10: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. June 13 - 17: 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.

-Sarah Radmer

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Spokane Rugby Club offers exercise, team skills

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Joshua Lemon (right) gets ready to pass the ball to James Stearn (left) at a Rugby practice.

Rugby Basics The object is to score more points than the other team by carrying, passing and kicking the ball.

Source: MemphisWomensRugbycom

Daniel Choi

The Communicator Rugby is the third fastest growing sport in America, according to IRB. com. The sport, however, has a rich history in the U.S. Before the sport was dissolved from the Olympics, the gold medal was won by the United States team back in 1924. “Everyone has a specific and

unique position and role in the game, and serves as one body, one unit,” said Richard Nay, head coach at the Spokane Rugby Club. Nay has been with the Spokane Rugby club for 17 years, coaching for 15, and has been involved as the former president and player. Nay coaches the team alongside assistant coach Joel Armstrong, who is now been in his third season with the club.

“People get confused with rugby being similar to football, when it’s football that’s similar to rugby,” Nay said. “Football was adapted to the sport back in the mid 1800s. “The feeling from rugby, you can’t get from football, is that you will always touch and feel the ball no matter what.” Nay said that rugby is a flowing game with both offensive and defensive action and that teamwork is required. “No individual can make the team; you must have 15 with you to succeed.” A rugby game runs for 80 minutes, which is played in two halves with a five-ten minute break in between. “It requires intensity and total focus and acquires initiative,” said Nay. According to Nay, the trick to rugby is that, the sport is complimented by the basic skills: how fast and well you can execute in pressure. He said that the skill fundamentals are all the same whether you are a child or a professional. “Rugby is great exercise, a stress reliever and enjoyment all in one, and I would recommend others to try the sport in a heartbeat” said SFCC student and local club member Brand Condon. The Spokane Rugby Club is in

league with the Montana Rugby Union, and competes with eight teams from Spokane to Billings, Montana. Spokane Rugby Clubs’ fierce rival are the Missoula Maggots, who are the 2011 Montana Rugby Union champions. Practices are on Tuesdays and Thursday nights, and every now and then on Friday nights, according to Condon. Spokane Rugby Club practices at the Polo field club off by Airway Heights. “Everyone can join the team,” Nay said. “We ask that everyone is at least 18. “There is no need for limitation or a sports background; it will develop and come out among practices and games.” According to Condon all those interested need to bring is their cleats, mouth guard and a positive attitude “Rugby isn’t a sport to be nervous, or that the players are intimidating, but more of a brotherhood,” Condon said. “Everyone on the team comes from many walks of life, from different families and issues, but we come together to play with one purpose: good rugby.” To learn more about the Spokane Rugby club, check out their website at or at

Know your Spokane trails

Hiking trails in Spokane Centennial Trail:

Shane Folden

The Communicator Hiking is possibly one of the easiest activities to get out and do, where no special equipment is needed other than a good pair of shoes. “There are so many places to hike,” Lori Cobb of the parks department said. “I would say the Centennial Trail is probably the most popular.” The Centennial trail runs right through Riverside State Park and is widely used by hikers, according to Cobb. For information about Riverside State Park contact Park Manager Chris Guidotti. Another hike, which is located only a few minutes from SFCC, is through the Downriver disc golf park. The area is located on the Spokane River and has plenty of room to hike the course and still be out of the way of the disc golfers. If you are looking for a day hike, try Riverside State Park’s Bowl and Pitcher, located in the Seven Mile area, just minutes from the SFCC campus. For a more advanced hike of longer duration hike, try heading up to Mt. Spokane, where there are numerous trails. If you want a view head to the top of the mountain and park at the Vista house to look out over Spokane and the surrounding areas. For information on Mt. Spokane go

located through Riverside State Park

Downriver Disc Golf Park: located on the Spokane River

Riverside State Park’s Bowl and Pitcher: Nicole Denman | The Communicator

Trails along Riverside State Park near the Bowl and Pitcher offer a scenic route for all types of hikers. to out List of hiking needs for a more pleasurable hike: Boots: Comfortable and durable footwear makes for better hiking. Try to find a water-resistant pair with ankle support and a good non-slip sole for maneuvering over slick rocks and branches without worry. Socks: Hiking socks are a specific type of sock that wick moisture away from the feet, keeping them dry and smelling fresh. Hiking socks also offer compression to keep feet more supported in the arch and padded in the soles. Pack: A hiking pack can be a large multi-day with room for a week’s

worth of food and gear, or a small day pack that can hold emergency first aid equipment, food and water. If at all possible, try to find a pack with a built-in water bladder. It will keep hands free and the weight of the water over hips instead of flopping around. “I would say a multi-day pack is the biggest seller because you could also use it as a day pack,” Nate Gobble of REI Spokane said. Water: According to The National Park Service, in warm months each hiker should carry and drink about a gallon of water per day. They advise you to watch “ins and outs.” People should drink enough so that urine

frequency, clarity, and volume are normal. Signs of not drinking enough water are dark urine and small or non-existent quantities. In addition, eating adequate amounts of food will help replace the electrolytes (salts) that are lost through sweat. If looking to make an overnight hiking trip, REI offers classes every now and then on how to learn the basics. “Once in awhile we offer classes on backpacking essentials or a backpacking cooking class,” Gobble said. When first beginning to hike, start off easy and then work into longer multi-day hikes as fitness and ability grows.

Did You Know?: John F. Kennedy, Che Guevara, Sean Connery and George W. Bush all played Rugby


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F lavors

Bee Well

and sweet with honey

Deby Dixon

The Communicator Skip the antibiotic skin creams for cuts and get out a jar of “real”, or unprocessed, honey and spread some on a wound to prevent infection and speed the healing. Researchers at the University of Ottawa tested two honeys, manuka and sidr and found that they were effective in killing two strains of staph bacteria, MSSA [methicillinsusceptible Staphylococcus aureus] and MRSA [methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus], according to an article on Manuka honey comes from the tea tree bush in New Zealand and Sidr, one of the most expensive honeys, comes from the sidr tree in Yemen.

The Girls Out of 60,000 bees in every beehive, there is one queen, tens of thousands of worker (female) bees and about 200 drones. “The drones are only there to drink beer, watch TV, eat chips and occasionally go out to fool around with the queen,” said master bee keeper, Jim Miller, who teaches bee keeping classes for CCS’ extended learning. “The worker bees, the females, take care of the drones by grooming and feeding them.” However humorously Miller describes the family life of the honey bee, he is serious about the health benefits of honey. He feels as though those advantages are the reason that, in the new movement to eat local foods, he sees more local women becoming beekeepers. “The females in our society are the same way, they take care of us,” Miller said. “Mine allows me to drink beer, watch TV and eat chips too.” Future bee keeper, Gina Zimmerman, who volunteered to help Miller with the bees so that she could get hands on experience, helped set-up the bee hives and place the bees in them the day after

the honey makers arrived on a truck that came from California. “We just want a couple of hives for us.” Zimmerman said. “We don’t want a big production or anything.” Last year, Mary Louise Kelly and Renee Montagne, of NPR, reported that in Medina, Ohio, twice as many people were signing up for beekeeping classes and a lot of them were women. Miller, who is a bee keeper in Cheney, says that he has experienced the same rise in the number of beekeepers. Miller said that there are more beekeepers now than there have been in the past five years because when the economy goes bad, people back up and assess the way that they are living their lives. “I see the increase in bee keeping as a result of people stopping and saying ‘I would rather be natural in what I do and how I live’,”Miller said. ”Because of that they realize that they can’t have a garden and not have bees in the community.” Nationwide there are around 100,000 backyard beekeepers. More people are becoming bee keepers, Miller said, so that the bees can pollinate their own gardens, which in turn benefits the whole neighborhood. Bee keeping is allowed within the city limits of Spokane, as long as the regulations found in the city code are followed. A copy of the code can be found on the

Camping grub How to pack and prepare food for the outdoors Ocie Richie

The Communicator Being properly prepared can be a benefit to the camping experience. Deciding what food to take on an outing could depend on numerous things, including tastes, location and need. “The region you want to go camping in dictates the foods you take,” Boy Scouts of America Assistant Scout Manager Pat Willis said. “For example, cucumbers are one of the foods that have a lot of water in them and are


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Inland Empire Beekeepers Association website at

Health benefits of honey “My granddad had bees and he didn’t wear any kind of protection,” Zimmerman said. “I would be like, ‘they’re going to sting you’ and he would say, ‘no they love me...if I do get stung, it helps my arthritis’.” Time magazine wrote a story in 1938 about doctors using bee sting therapy to relieve arthritis and the trend continues. In a June 5, WebMD feature, Charles Downy wrote that Dr. Christoper Kim of the Monmouth Pain Institute in Red Bank, N.J., published a two-year study of the affects of apitherapy [bee sting therapy] on 108 patients with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. These patients, according to the article, did not respond to conventional treatments but they began to show improvement after only 12 injections of bee venom. Miller said that honey bees are important for the continued survival of humans. “Here in the United States we don’t appreciate them as much as we should, the honey that we get off of them helps with all kinds of things, like your diabetes. “I am a diabetic, I use honey on a regular basis...and I find that my sugar levels maintain at a constant level,” Miller said. “I also take it at night when I go to bed so that it helps with my sleep and it helps regenerate my brain.”

Health and Beauty Benefits Weight Loss: Honey has morecalories than sugar but when it is consumed with warm water helps to digest the fat stored in the body. Honey with lemon juice and honey with cinnamon help in reducing weight. Sleep: Honey helps calm nerves and a teaspoon added to tea will help with sleep. Improving Athletic Performance: Honey facilitates in maintaining

good for humid climates.” “Freeze dried foods are the easy route and for camping your gonna need protein because you’re going to be pretty active,” Outreach Supervisor at Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI) Carol Christensen said. Freeze dried foods go a long way towards supplying the nutrients needed while camping or backpacking. “Freeze-dried foods usually start at about $6.95 and top out at about $13,” REI employee Jake Mullenbach said. “Eight dollars will buy about two servings. You’re also gonna need a pot or something to heat up water with.” A major concern campers should be aware of is animals and insects. Bears, raccoons and ants are just some of the wildlife that can be expected on a camping trip. “Be careful where you go because of animals, look to use a bear bag, and tie it in a tree so animals can’t get to it,” Willis said.

blood sugar levels, muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration after a workout. Vitamins and Minerals: Honey contains vitamin C, calcium and iron. Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties: Can be used as a natural antiseptic and Miller suggest applying honey to cuts to prevent infection and help them heal faster. Antioxidants: Honey contains nutraceuticals [combines nutrition and pharmaceutical], which are effective in removing free radicals from the body and improving immunities.

The collapse of bee colonies

More than 50 percent of the beehives in this country have been lost due to Colony Collapse Disorder, which can be caused by a variety of environmental factors, such as pesticides, parasites and viruses. But no one knows for sure what is causing the bees to die, only that they are. The global cost of losing the bees is $5.7 billion per year. Because of the loss of beehives, there are less than half as many beekeepers today as there were two decades ago. One way that people can help is to become a backyard beekeeper, which will benefit the bee population, pollinate plants and provide more honey. See the piece below for more information.


Thai Honey Mango Salad for Two: Ingredients: 1 small green mango Half a green apple 1 red chilli 3 lemon leaves 5 shallots 5-6 Thai basil leaves for garnish 2 tbsp dried shrimp 1 tbsp roasted peanuts Dressing: 1 tbsp fish sauce 1 tbsp clover honey ½ tbsp lime juice Method: 1. Skin and cut the mango into long strips. Chop green apple into fine cubes. 2. Remove seeds from chili and slice thinly. 3. Slice shallots thinly. 4. Wash and pound the dried shrimp finely. Fry it with a little oil until fragrant and dry. 5. Combine fish sauce, honey and lime juice. 6. Put all the ingredients into a large bowl, pour in the dressing. 7. Toss well and serve with basil leaves. Serves 2 persons. (

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Choosing nutritious food to take along can be a tedious task, so it pays to do the homework on camping before taking the big test. “If on a long hike while camping, protein and vitamin C are welcome, as well as beef jerky and other dried meat, because they’re easier and more compact to carry,” Willis said. According to an article published by, the key to great camping food is planning. Knowing how much storage space is needed and how many meals are going to be prepared can make a huge difference. Bringing the right utensils should be a goal. Avoiding things that spoil quickly is another way to ensure a safe eating experience while camping, along with being properly sanitized. “I wouldn’t do meat after the first day, and milk doesn’t fair well either,” Christensen said. “But fresh CAMPING | Page 11

Did You Know?: Freeze drying occurs when there is a shift in food from a solid to a gas, called sublimation.


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Go Local


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Food can be wrapped in aluminum and put over coals

Farmers Markets offer fresh, local produce, meats, baked goods and crafts

From page 10

Laurie Whallon

The Communicator Held outdoors with local farmers bringing in produce, breads, meats and honey to sell, shopping at a farmers market is not the typical grocery store experience. “A farmers market is a place where more than half of the vendors are farmers or other food producers,” Joel Wachs, past president of the Farmers Market Association, said. “They sell directly to the public the products they have Shane Folden | The Communicator raised, grown or produced themselves.” Shopping at farmers markets is good for the local economy. According to Wachs, the Farmers Market Association was originally started in the early 1970s and had an average of about eight farmers markets, now currently approximate 150 farmers markets within the state,” Millwood having 150 markets within Washington. Wachs said. “The association provides Farmers “The original main interest was to “If you want a healthy local marketing, a membership directory, and Market bring the community together and has annual training seminars in January.” means channel communication with the dif While shopping outside of a typical Wednesdays ferent farmers to help solve problems buying local whenever grocery store may seem different, the May 18-Sep. 28 and to talk about the successes each possible.” farmers markets have a strict set of rules 3 p.m -7 p.m. one was having,” Wachs said. -Bryce Johnson and regulations to follow and city counFresh veg“A shift in general perception, within Frequent shopper at farmers markets cil members are involved in the planning etables, fruit, the public, about benefits of eating of the markets. healthier and locally have helped the “It used to be grass-roots orientated but meat, honey, baked goods community farmers markets grow now chambers of commence and city and crafts can within the past years.” councils are becoming involved,” Wachs said. “There be found here Growing organic is preferred by the association but is are now multi-million dollar facilities going up across not required. It is up to individual farmers to grow the state and we are trying to encourage these commuFor information organic. The association looks into sustainability stannity events to be as vibrant and sustainable as possible.” on local markets dards and requires that all products being sold at farmers There are several different farmers markets around go to: markets be from within Washington, Oregon or Idaho, Spokane, all which boasts a healthy bounty of fresh spokanepublicneighboring counties. produce and baked goods. Many of the farmers markets “The membership organization has about 110 of the accept debit, credit, EBT and WIC checks as well.

fruits, vegetables, potatoes and canned stuff are ideal items to take along. “I also like to use the prepackaged Pasta Roni because less garbage is created.” Cooked items can be frozen and used to keep other foods cold in the cooler. Frozen casseroles and premade seasoned taco meat are good items to bring along also, according to the article. “Another fun thing to do is ‘hobo’ packets,” Christensen said. “You put the ingredients of your choice in aluminum foil then put it in the coals,” Christensen said. “And oh yeah—you gotta have s’mores.”

Recipies for camping

Cinnamon biscuits à l’orange: Slice an orange in half, and scoop out both halves of the orange, keeping the skin intact. Place a pre-made cinnamon roll into each of the halves. Wrap the whole thing in foil and place the ball onto the coals for ten minutes, turning once. Camp food items to take along: Wet/dry matches Large water jug and water bucket Silverware/plastic silverware Coolers/ice Can opener/bottle opener Seasonings

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Grill your veggies Laurie Whallon

and use simple seasonings like a little salt and pepper to keep the natural vegetable flavor. The days are slowly growing “Use high heat; it is short and warmer and longer. Summer is fast. This way, they stay crisp.” here and with it, the perfect season With grilling, use any vegetable, for grilling. but it is best to stick with seasonal Whether you have a charcoal vegetables, such as zucchini, eggor gas grill, cooking outdoors is a plant, and asparagus; they grill the great way to cut down on electricbest because they hold their firm ity and eat healthier. texture. Mushrooms, corn-on-the “Don’t be afraid; anything can cob, garlic, onions, and peppers be grilled for the most part.” Julie are also good on the grill. Litzenberger, Culinary Instructor at There are a wide variety of grills SCC’s Inland Northwest Culinary out on the market. It is the conAcademy (INWCA), said. “Use sumer’s choice as to what type of resources to get ideas. grill they prefer. “Look in magazines, cookbooks; “It is all up the individual taste,” use newspaper articles to get new Litzenberger said. “I prefer the ideas—have fun.” taste of the gas grill—it has the According to Litzenberger, there most consistent flame from the proare a couple of difbut you don’t “My favorite thing to pane, ferent ways to grill get the same flavor vegetables. grill is asparagus.” as from charcoal.” “You can wrap them Fruits are also -Hannah McConnell great on the grill. up in aluminium foil Huckleberry Market Associate so that you’re steamUse the same ing them,” Litzenbergtechniques for fruit er said. “My favorite as with grilling way is to cut them up into pieces vegetables. with the same width and skewer “You can grill pineapples, peachthem.” es, grapes, and melons.” Tobin Vegetables require only a few said. “With fruit, grab the freshest minutes on the grill. It is best to pieces, add a little bit of olive oil, throw them on last when grilling. salt and pepper, and just throw it “It is usually the last thing you on the grill for a few minutes. Keep want to put on the grill, for it takes them a little bit crisp.” the least amount of time to cook, Huckleberry’s Natural Market so around 10 minutes or less,” sales associate Hannah McConnell Litzenberger said. said that she loves the summer. “Brush the vegetables with olive “My favorite thing to grill is oil and a little salt and pepper and asparagus,” McConnell said. “I buy you’re good to go,” INWCA Culiorganic whenever possible and just nary Instructor Peter Tobin said. spray the vegetables with a little “Use olive oil so they don’t stick olive oil and they’re good to go.”

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