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Athlete From Down Under PG. 5 Baseballplayer Recruited from Australia

Organ Donations PG. 6

Refurbishment Program PG. 2

Students Waiting for Organs

New Club at SFCC

May 16 - May. 29, 2013

Volume 44 | Issue 11

Secretary of State visits SFCC campus

Student success workshops focus on typical student problems

Lyssa Davis

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Weekly ASG Meetings Activities Board Meetings Tuesdays @ 1-3 p.m. Open to the student body Student Senate Meetings Thursdays @ 1-3 p.m. Open to the student body

As part of her College Civics tour, recently elected Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman visited SFCC on May 6. The tour’s goal is to encourage young voting-age adults to participate not only in campus and community activities, but elections both local and national. SFCC was Wyman’s third stop on her tour, which includes visits to other two and four year colleges across the state on May 6, 7, and 8. Wyman met with current ASG staff as well as the candidates in the current Associated Student Government (ASG) election. Alicia Villa, current Associated Student Clubs Representative and a candidate for ASG President told Wyman the ASG’s future efforts. “We came up with...issues we want to lobby for: common security standards statewide, protected funding for education, and increasing funding for undocumented students,” Villa said.

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Secretary of State Kim Wyman visiting with the 2013 ASG candidates. “We’re giving out pins and candy bars to students that vote,” Destiny Wallace, candidate for Activities President said. Also present was Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton. After a round of introductions, Wyman gave a short explanation of her office. “I kind of am in a similar (position) to the county auditor, but on the state level. Our office does four things, the most high profile one is elections,”

Wyman said. “The county does outreach, registration, tallies votes at the county level and we oversee the state database so all that the county does rests in the state office. “I certify the elections, and all of the statewide referendums, so if you sign a petition, we check the signatures and make sure they’re registered voters.” Dalton added that the Secretary of Secretary | Page 2

Eight times each quarter, the SFCC counseling department hosts a series of success workshops for students. Workshops are on a variety of topics such as taking notes, studying and test preparation. On Wed. April 24, the workshop titled “Overcoming Math Anxiety” was hosted by Peter Wildman, mathematics department faculty member, at noon in building 24, room 103. It was the third of eight different workshops this quarter. Among the ideas for successful test preparation presented by Wildman at the math anxiety workshop were: eating well and getting proper sleep, asking for advice from the professor whenever you could, not giving in to negative thoughts and practicing anxiety-relieving exercises. “I used to be just like you,” Wildman said. “I didn’t know many effecWorkshops | Page 2

Sodexo works to improve food options Katelynn Rutter

box,” Sweet said. Students and staff will be able to put With Sodexo under new manage- their ideas and opinions in the box. “The food and beverage industry is ment, students and staff can expect to forever changing and always evolvsee a few changes. “Running the café is a team ef- ing,” Sweet said. Starting soon, what is now the taco fort and we have a great team here,” Jennie Sweet, supervisor of Sodexo, bar will be changed to a specials bar. It will go on a two week rotation said. Sweet has been in the food and with different menu items every other beverage industry for 40 years. She’s week. “They are cooking all their food owned her own restaurants, catering in the same oil, and has been with like their onion Sodexo since Sep- “They are cooking all their tember 2012. food in the same oil ... Their rings, chicken strips, and corn “I have two main dogs. Their food hats here,” Sweet food is overpriced,” overpriced,” said. I book cater-Thomas Long is SFCC Student SFCC student ings to Sodexo stanThomas Long dards and I’m a susaid. “Sodexo sucks!” pervisor. “We look forward to bringing good “I enjoy working here and with the food and more variety to provide betstudents.” Sweet intends to add a variety of ter customer service,” Sweet said. “I’m glad they are here to new foods that everyone will enjoy feed us and that we have warm meals no matter what their diet is. “It will be everything under the available to us,” SFCC student, Juan sun, vegetarians to carnivores,” Sweet Ramirez Gonzalez said. “They make it feel like the food is made with said. More protein and a variety of op- love.” Recently, Sodexo fired some former tions will be added to both the salad employees and hired a bunch of new bar and the grill. “I’d like to put out a suggestion faces.

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Jennie Sweet organizing the work day for the Sodexo employees.

“I can’t tell. That’s confidential,” Sweet said. “We’ve had to turn over and add more staff. Workstudy has helped fill in where we need them. They really are an awesome staff. “I will fill in when I’m needed. I’ve ripped my gloves off and helped in every position.” “They need people with proper training and need to hire better candidates,” Long said. “I like that they employ students,” Ramirez-Gonzalez said. Interim GM Ron Hunter sometimes steps in to help out. “He’s helped point us in the right direction,” Sweet said.


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tive strategies to help me prepare for math tests.” Rhiannon Cook, a student who attended the math workshop, learned new study skills. “The workshop informed me about many resources on campus I might not have known about otherwise,” Cook said. “If I write formulas down right at the beginning of the test, then I will still have them, even if I forget.” “The workshop will probably result in less anxiety before tests,” Cook said. “So I’ll learn the material better.” In “Plan My Schedule and Registration,” which happened Wed. May 1, Cindy Havko walked students through the SFCC website where students register for classes online, and gave them valuable tips to help them choose which classes to take. “The most important thing students need to keep in mind when selecting classes is that they have to understand what is required for their degree,” Havko said. “If students are proactive in their educational goals and know what to do to achieve those goals, then it eliminates a lot of fear.” In “Making a Come Back,” presented on Wed. May 15, Dan Whye, a financial manager for SFCC, gave an autobiographical account of his ascension to success despite limited means. In his own words, Whye sought

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State has all of the same duties as a county auditor at the state level, including duties such as handling the Washington State Library and the digital archives, as well as creating state law. “They create the regulations all of us operate under,” Dalton said. “(County auditors) actually have a good relationship with the Secretary of State’s office here, which is not the case in other places.” Wyman said that personal politics could interfere with the job, citing laws that could be construed as a form of discrimination such as requiring identification to be shown before voting. “Even though we run as partisan, the last few secretaries conducted business in a very nonpartisan way. That’s one of the things I’m going to be very cognizant of and I want to

to “show students an example of someone who has been where they are and yet overcame various obstacles to achieve success.” The next three workshops are as follows: “Test Taking” on Wed. May 22, will be presented by Stormy Kurtz. In this workshop, students will assess their comfort level in taking tests with a “test-taking proficiency test.” “We will be giving students useful strategies,” Kurtz said. “Which they can use to achieve success in the classroom.” In addition, Kurtz will teach the importance of post-test evaluation. “Many students who do badly on tests throw away their test papers without figuring out exactly what went wrong,” Kurtz said. “We want to help change that.” According to the workshop schedule, the “Financial Aid (What You Must Know)” workshop on Wed. May 29, will be presented by Bill Ramirez. In this workshop, Ramirez will walk students through the process of applying for financial aid. The last workshop, called “Stress Management,” is on Wed. June 5 and will be presented by Sheri Staudinger. Unlike the others, this workshop will begin at 1 p.m. “This workshop will help students in everything they do, from their everyday lives to their jobs and school,” Staudinger said.Workshops are hosted at noon on Wednesdays (unless stated otherwise), and are always in room 103 of building 24 for those who need help or wish to further their academic skills. continue keeping things independent,” Wyman said. “I realize I have a responsibility.” Wyman said she would not have been able to be in the position she now holds today if it had not been for public state colleges. “What’s important to me is that (college students) are going to be able to get a job; I care about school funding. I am a product of state schools, and I consider it investing in the future. It pains me to see what you all are paying for tuition.” Wyman said. According to the Office of the Secretary of State’s website, Wyman is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University in Alabama. “I am the first of my family to graduate from college … I would not be where I am now without that, and I think the republican party needs to start talking about these things,” Wyman said.

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New club recycles old tech Jacoby Flansaas | The Communicator

James Marabello, President of the Applied Technology (AT) Club, delivers a presentation about the student refurbishment program during a club meeting.

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Applied Technology is introducing their new club, and along with it, a student computer refurbishment program. The program aims to get computers into the hands of students that have little to no income. After the government grant for student personal computers ended, the Applied Technology Club was proposed. The Applied Technology Refurbishment Program is now in its beta stages. “We are starting small and taking it slow,” said Kris Townsend, IT instructor and adviser to the AT Club. “This quarter, these computers are being offered to only a few select students that qualified, later the program will be offered to any student that qualifies. “We’re just making sure we figure out how to run the club before we go to the whole campus.” Students can apply for a computer by writing a one page essay explaining why they are in need of one. Once the student gains a personal computer for homework, then they

are able to keep it in their possession all quarter long. “All of these older donated computers are great for the homework these students need to get done,” Townsend said. Working with the AT Club, there are eight faculty members (four directors and four officers. There are a total of 60 Applied Technology club members. The club also helps students find internships that are needed for their specific degree. Three of which are Salvation Army, Snap Fitness, and Sustainable Resources of North West. “The challenge is to fix the computers we have” James Marabllo, the AT club president said. The operating system installed on the computers is Windows XP because any software added to the computer uses XP or higher; anything older is unable to run the needed programs for student’s homework. The club is trying to work out a deal with Microsoft to gain their programs for student use, but as an alternative they are using open source programs. Currently the AT Club runs Linux.

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Wire Harp to host Coffee House Darian Selby

The Communicator The Wire Harp, SFCC’s literary arts magazine, will hold a reading for their published writers on May 29. Connie Scott and Laura Read are club advisers who read the submitted literary works and approve them. “Laura and I recruit new members each fall quarter from our creative writing classes and from interested students who sign up at Club Day,” Scott said. “The Coffee House is lots of fun and every year we’ve had a great turnout with at least 100 people” After the club members have been


initiated into the group, then the process of picking through all the submissions begins. “In the winter quarter we meet weekly and and that’s when we discuss the submissions and make our selection,” Scott said. Current members encourage more students to join the club and continue writing. “If any students are aspiring writers or just love food, they should definitely attend this event,” said Student literary editor Rachelle Bradley. The event takes place on May 29 this year in SUB Lounges A, B and C from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Did You Know?: Voter turnout in the Nov. 2012 election in the Pacific Northwest was 42% for ages 18-24 Source:

Applied Technology Club: AT Club President: James Marabllo

Contact: james marabello

Adviser: Kris Townsend

Contact: 509.533.3246 krist@spokane


Sodexo, the SFCC café, has been criticized by faculty and students in the past for a variety of different reasons. Often students will opt to drive off campus for lunch breaks during longer school days, rather than take advantage of the café. The Communicator staff discussed this issue with Sodexo, and posted a poll on our Facebook page to gauge the feelings students have for our campus café. What we found is that a majority of students either did not


like Sodexo, or they simply did not know what it was or what they offered the school. Sodexo offers a variety of services to students, including catering for club events and work-study opportunities, in addition to a convenient café in the student sub-lounge. Despite these potential benefits to students, many have mentioned dissapointment in menu items, a lack of healthy eating options, and disgruntlement with current and former staff. In this issue, Corbin and Emily discuss these problems and how they think Sodexo can improve the services they offer and draw students back to the café.

Hope for Sodexo

An on-campus caféteria is a beneficial convenience to students and faculty, but only if they actually want to go there. I have personally avoided the Sodexo café Emily since Fall Norton quarter, because the few times I went there I had unpleasant experiences. From a sandwich that was dated wrong and kept on the shelf past expiration to the rudeness of former staff, I learned quickly that I’m better off just packing a lunch for long class days and leaving Sodexo alone. It shouldn’t be that way. I should be writing this as a huge rave about how amazing the food is, how friendly the service reps and cooks are, and how clean and organized the café is. I think the new management and staff are definitely a step in the right direction, but I’m not singing their praises just yet. The Communicator staff posted a poll on our Facebook page recently so that faculty and students could weigh in on loving or hating Sodexo. While I realize this may not be the most accurate way to gauge the opinions of the 8900+ students at SFCC, I also noticed when I checked the poll that the “love it” option had gotten a lot less love than the “hate it” option. The menu in the café is in serious need of some upgrades, especially with more students and faculty want-

ing to make healthier food choices these days. The new management at Sodexo has promised these changes, and to implement more healthy food choices for students to pick from. And while some of us have strong, negative views of Sodexo, there are some benefits to having them on campus. Sodexo offers SFCC and SCC the option of inexpensive catering for events on & off campus, as well as customized menu options for events. The Communicator held an open house back in February, and Sodexo did a great job catering the event for us. “To be honest, the prices compare nicely to their fast food rivals,” said She Thompson on The Communicator Facebook page. “The café variety is average, but... the more options they offer, the more likely the pricing will go up. (They) would be willing to hear your food requests to implement. So, instead of hating them, do something productive about it!” So how can we make suggestions about the changes we want? Get in touch with Jennie Sweet. She is the new manager at the SFCC location, and is happy to talk to students and faculty on how to improve services at Sodexo. She took the reins in September of 2012 and is hoping to make a lot of positive changes at the café. I have hope for Sodexo, despite my past experiences and complaints. I think that new management can make better decisions. Not just new leadership, but new attitudes within that leadership that will inspire the staff to do their jobs better, and will inspire students and faculty to utilize our café again.

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Source: A non-scientific Facebook poll tallied on 5/15/2013.

Do you have an opinion about Sodexo? Check out The Communicator at Spokane Falls on Facebook to participate in our poll.

Sodexo, SFCC’s campus café, recently made some management changes in SFCC’s caféteria due to performance and product quality problems. The big question now is, will this change in authority result in a difference in the conCorbin dition of the Bronsch schools caféteria? The limited experience I’ve had with Sodexo has not been great. After forgetting my lunch at home once, I was forced to make my way to the caféteria for what I thought would be a quick snack. I got my food and waited in line to pay for about twenty minutes, not because there was a huge group of people rushing to buy Sodexo food, but because the computers were down and the staff didn’t know how to fix them or ring up orders without them. While computers crashing isn’t something one can blame on the staff, the way staff handled the situation demonstrates that they work for a company that hasn’t put the effort into giving them the capability through training to handle a situation like point of sale computers going down. Not only should the caféteria be a fast and easy way to get food before running to class, it should be

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Oh no, Sodexo: students air grievances with SFCC’s café

providing a high quality of food as well. “I tend to avoid eating the food provided by Sodexo for two reasons,” Jordan Lemm an SFCC student said. “When I buy lunch at school, the food I get on a five or six dollar budget is never quality. “The pizza is usually undercooked, and the sandwiches taste as if they were prepared the previous week.” One thing I continue to hear from students about their food is that it can often be commendable, but students have to pay more to get it. “Sometimes their food is really good, but I can’t afford to pay $10 for lunch,” Lemm said. Options aren’t just limited due to money but also for people making alternative nutritional choices. “As a vegetarian it’s difficult to find a whole meal that I can eat,” Meghin Howard an SFCC student said. “The only option I have is salad and most of the time they run out of it before I get there at 1 p.m.” Being the only fast access of food for about two miles, the students are going to need Sodexo to step up their game. “The options that Sodexo has for us here don’t make us want to stay here,” Robbie Dean another SFCC student said. “We would rather pay for gas to get our food.” This is not to say students don’t think it’s possible for Sodexo to make some changes, the changes just need to go beyond new management. It needs to come from the company’s willingness to improve their overall quality of service.

Did You Know?: The Sodexo café offers catering for events?

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Bloomsday - An event where thousands of particapants run, walk, jog, or wheel themselves 7 1/2 miles around Spokane. Local runner, Don Kardong, first birthed the idea in 1977, of a local run. The Lilac Bloomsday Run was such a hit, that it regularly brings in 50,000 plus runners annually. Pictured above is this years Elite male first place finisher, Belete A Assefa, 22, of Ethiopia with a finishing time of 34: 21. Pictured right is one of many participants. However this particular one, is carrying a wooden cross, all 7 1/2 miles of the road race.

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Cinco de Mayo The fifth of May, is a celebration remembering the 1862 victory at the Battle of Puebla (FrancoMexico War 1861-1867) over France. Today, in the U.S., it has become a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. Pictured left The Latinos Unidos de Azatlan club and students of many nationalities celebrate Cinco de Mayo with food and festivities. For more information about this club and their events, contact Cynthia Vigil at cynthia.vigil@

Thousand Steps Located at the Greenwood Memorial Cemetary in Spokane. These steps, as well as the entire cemetary, are reportedly haunted. The alleged story is about a once rich merchant who lived in Spokane. He had this crypt and private steps (pictured right) built in the 1920’s to house his corpse, but lost all his fortunes and was unable to be buried in it. His story lives on in legends, as many believe his angry ghost haunt these steps and his tomb to this day. It was also once the home of Satanic rituals making an already uneasy place, a place of unrest for the living.

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Whitehouse Correspondant Don Gonyea, recently spoke at the Bing Crosby theater. He is a political correspondant for NPR radio and travels around the world covering politcal events and campaign trails. Having made appearances on PBS “Newshour” with Jim Lehrer and several other political programs including Columbia Journalism Review, he is highly respected by many, including local and foreign journalists. Mireesha Huff | The Communicator


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Katie Lewis gets a full workout in the conditioning room.

Health fanatics at their best Ana Sorci

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Australian player, Kent Fitzgibbons, throwing the ball down to first base to pick off the player running during baseball practice.

Having come to the U.S. to play baseball only to find out he’s not strong enough. Samuel Garringer The Communicator

All the way from Australia, now on the SFCC baseball team, Kent Fitzgibbons is working hard to achieve the ability to be signed into a college baseball team. Fitzgibbons was born in Perth, western part of Australia. He came to the U.S. at age 19 on a Student Visa to play baseball in at SFCC in the fall of 2012. He attended and graduated from his high school, Aquinas College, in 2010. He is studying to get his Associate of Arts degree. Fitzgibbons is from a family of seven, three brothers, himself, and one sister. He had gotten started in baseball through his family at a young age and took off from there. His parents send money to him to pay for his living and tuition expenses while attending college.

“I plan to get a degree in business ing baseball and is willing to take or teaching after attending SFCC,” a chance. A chance of leaving evFitzgibbons said. erything behind and going to a new country and studying abroad to be He chose to come here, to Spoable to play Amerikane, because of a student “He is young and willing to can baseball,” named BranCoach Harmon take chances. ” don Harmon said. -Brandon Harmon “Playing on a from Gonzaga Gonzaga baseball coach Community ColUniversity who lege baseball team is perfect for is now a coach there. After being a Kent because he is young and willstudent, Brandon Harmon went to ing to take chances,” Harmon said. Australia to coach abroad. Harmon had the chance to coach the U16 Fitzgibbons goes to every practice, every day. He works at becomteam in Perth, in the 2008-2009 season. That’s where he met Fitzgib- ing one of the best and learn as much as he can about baseball for bons. the abroad program. “I started playing baseball at age 12,” Fitzgibbons said. “My goal “My thought of where Kent is with baseball is to get signed or join right now is he is not physically a major league team.” strong enough to play college baseball. He is working extremely hard After being in Perth for nine in the weight room to get bigger, months, Harmon heard about faster and stronger. And if that does Fitzgibbons wanting to go to college, so Harmon helped Fitzgibbons happen, he has a chance to posfigure out how to come back to the sibly play for us. He is a great guy on our team and our teammates U.S. and study abroad and learn American baseball. love him being around,” Bobby Lee, “Kent has great passion for playhead baseball coach at SFCC said.

Baseball Facts Each baseball game has 12,386,344 possible plays. A regulation baseball has 108 stitches. In 1882 The American League was formed. In 1910 The cork center was added to the official baseball. Source: http://weirdfacts. com/weird-fact/3240baseball-facts.html

SFCC tennis team brings home NWAACC Championship Ana Sorci

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Working hard since the beginning of the year finally pays off as the men’s tennis team shoots for gold.

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Kayla Davis volleys the tennis ball during practice.

Spokane Falls Community College 2013 men’s tennis team went undefeated for their fourth consecutive year in the NWAACC Championships. “The kids worked hard and improved and in the end it paid off,” Tennis coach Wally Heidenson said. The women’s tennis team didn’t go undefeated but had some pretty good matches. Throughout the season they had their ups and downs but they did their best with the different teams they competed against.

“I would hate to single players out, they did their best and they played well,” Coach Heidenson said. The girl’s tennis team had a tough battle against Skagit Valley and lost butSkagit Valley got a taste of loss against Belview. Usually in Tennis, you either play doubles, which is played with partners, or singles, which is played alone. But at SFCC there really wasn’t a specific played. If they had to play a single then they did and if they needed a double then teammates would step up and play. Everyone played their share in tournaments. “I don’t really have a pre-game speech, just do your best and play well,” Coach Heidenson said.

Did You Know?: The game of tennis comes from Great Britain. Source:

Strength and Conditioning is a very broad term that is broken down into many different forms. One form of strength and conditioning is being a Personal Trainer. Students who are going to school to become a PT practice their techniques on other students by coming up with a workout plan for them to do. “I’m glad to not only be a HFT, Health Fitness Technician, but also a coach for the athletes,” Health Fitness Technician Director and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Travis Warner said. On the other hand, there’s athletes that must do workouts for their sports. The throwers in Track and Field would lift heavy weights while ball players such as Volleyball and Basketball would do reps. “I design a guided program for the athletes to workout to,” Warner said.“I teach a fitness class as well,” In Warner’s fitness class, he works mainly with what’s called a TRX, a Total body, Resistance eXercise. The TRX is bungie type bands that can hook onto a wall or door and allows you to build muscle by pulling on them. These bands can work most of your body muscle whether it is your shoulders, legs or your core. While working with the TRX, you are given a structured workout. No weights are included, just strap it to the wall or door and get started. “I’d have to say Cross Training and Yoga are the two most popular workout classes,” Warner said. Most guys would prefer a weight lifting exercise than a conditioning one, while girls are seen to do the conditioning and only some weight lifting. “I always tell my students to be mentally strong and physically tough,” Warner said. Gabe West, a former student at SFCC now a Personal Trainer working there notices that more females have taken over the conditioning room than the males have in the past couple of years. “I think the reason why more females are working hard this year is because of Travis Warner. He has definitely inspired them through his program,” West said.




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If they only had a kidney:

SFCC students talk about life on the waiting list and the issues surrounding dialysis and going to school when one needs a new organ.

on the waiting list here in Spokane for a transplant. “This is my first college experience ever, and I love it,” Ennis said. “Two times out of 10 I feel as though I’m weak and don’t have enough energy to walk around campus.” Darian Selby Ennis takes her dialysis in the The Communicator evening as opposed to taking it during SFCC has students that are handling the day like many people tend to do. This is to help ease her school school, life and a dialysis schedule schedule conflicts throughout the everyday, waiting for a kidney school year. transplant. “I had really high blood pressure Along with academic life and and because of the nocturnal dialysis, the studies to be completed some I was able to have my blood pressure students here on campus are also medication discontinued as my levels going through dialysis treatments in went back to normal after a year,” the wait for an organ to be available Ennis said. “This for transplant to “I still have to get my process has their body. With done wonders treatments multiple homework done.” for my body and days during the -Aleric Goodman has raised and week, the schedule lowered some of conflicts between my levels back to normal.” school and dialysis can add to stress Alaric Goodman is yet another to these students. student at SFCC waiting to be put According to the US Department on the waiting list. His schedule for of health and human services, there dialysis however is not a nocturnal are 118,106 people waiting for a life process. saving organ to be donated. Of these, “With how my dialysis schedule 96,134 people are waiting for kidney is now, I have to make sure all my transplants. classes fit into that,” Goodman said. “I have worked with numerous “Some days are bad in terms of situations, surgeries, illnesses and how I feel, but I still have to get my accidents over the past 35 years which impact an individual’s ability to homework done.” Goodman is still waiting to hear attend and or participate in class,” Ben Webinger, who works in the Disability from his transplant doctors about financial and medical responsibilities Support Services center at SFCC said. regarding a kidney. “Each student’s situation is “Which basically means they examined on a case by case want to know if I can pay for it and basis, in each situation we will take care of the kidney once I have it,” look at flexibility as a possible Goodman said. “I’m hoping tests will accommodation option.” show some friend could donate, but if Rowene Ennis is a 54 year old not I will be waiting on a kidney from student here at SFCC and she has a stranger.” been waiting for two years to be put

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Ryan Shore (left) and Platon Hogan (right) perform as the titular characters in the play.

Showtimes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead All Shows Spartan Theatre SFCC Campus Building Five May 30 June 2 and June 6 - 9 Thursday Saturday 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees 1 p.m.

Free with SFCC ID

Legend: A: Heart


B: Lungs C



Written by Tom Stoppard Directed by Scott Doughty

C: Liver D: Kidneys


E: Pancreas F: Intestines

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Prices: $8 General Admission


Rosencrantz and Guildenstern


With the end of the quarter on its way, the SFCC Drama Department is preparing for a production of the play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Scott Doughty, director of the production, says that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is the story of Hamlet told from the points of view of two of its minor characters, namely Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Nick Demmert, a student in his first quarter here at SFCC, will be playing the role of Hamlet. Despite being the subject of the play that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is derived from, the Danish prince is more of a minor character in this play. “I would say that Hamlet in this play is an ideal minor character, as the play doesn’t necessarily revolve around him,” Demmert said. “Yet, most of the action wouldn’t happen if it weren’t for something to do with the original story of Hamlet.” The play was written by Czechborn playwright Tom Stoppard in 1964. “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is one of the most fascinating and widely discussed plays in modern history,” director Doughty said. “The playwright uses these seemingly insignificant characters (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern) to explore the question, ‘What is life if it has no meaning?’,” Doughty said. “What makes this play so lovely is rather than being depressing, (is that) it is actually a very funny, witty, British comedy.” Ryan Shore, who plays Guildenstern, says that the play shows what the characters of a play are doing when they’re not on stage. Platon Hogan, who will be playing Rosencrantz in the production, described the central idea in much the same way.

“They’re kind of the ants under the magnifying glass,” Hogan said. “They’ve been thrown into this situation of reverse Hamlet.” When asked to describe their characters, Hogan and Shore came up with the following statement: Guildenstern is a thinker and not a doer, whereas Rosencrantz is a doer and not a thinker. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead has a reputation as being a difficult play to perform. “Where most plays average around 60-80 pages, (the play) is 126 pages long,” Doughty said. According to Doughty, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead has more pages devoted to the leads alone than most plays have total. This results in a relatively heavy load of memorization on the parts of the two titular characters. “It’s been a challenge for both Ryan and I,” said Hogan, “We’ve had to grow.” Hogan and Shore have been working together in productions since the start of this school year, and have become fast friends. “The most fun thing for me has been getting to know Platon,” Shore said. Hogan says that he agrees, and that working with Shore is one of his favorite aspects of SFCC theater. “It’s nice when you find someone you can work with who is as passionate as you.” said Hogan. The showing will be at the Spartan Theater in Building 5 of the SFCC campus. The show can be seen May 30 through June 1, and June 6 through 8 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 1:30 p.m. on June 2 and 9. Admittance is eight dollars for the general public, but free with SFCC student identification. The play is one of the season productions of the SFCC Drama Department, and the Reveler’s Drama Club is a partner in the production process.

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a piece using tertiary characters from Hamlet.

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Shelli Cockle has worked on CCS campuses for 27 years; her office is located in the Student Union Building.

In the cockles of your heart Andrew Vanhoff

The Communicator When Shelli Cockle first came to SFCC in 1986, she planned on transferring to Eastern in order to get a teaching degree to teach middle school. However, things don’t always turn out as planned. Cockle has worked in various capacities for the Community Colleges of Spokane for 27 years, and is

currently the Administrative Assistant for Student Life at SFCC. “I am the primary contact for the student, faculty and staff to give information regarding the student funded programs,” Cockle said. Cockle’s office is the collection point for the campus wide lost and found, she helps the Student Government in areas of budgeting and travel, and works with Sodexo Food Service regarding catering events. Cockle was raised in Oroville, Washington, a small town near the Canadian border. As a teenager, Cockle wanted to be a teacher, specifically one for middle school.

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“I’ve always liked that sixth grade age mentality,” Cockle said. Once she decided on a career, she needed to find a school. “One of my highschool teachers had a sister who was a counselor at SFCC,” Cockle said. Cockle said she heard good things about transfers from SFCC to Eastern, and in 1986, an 18 year old Shelli Cockle started attending classes here at the Falls and beginning her progression through the CCS ranks. “(I) started in 1986 as a work student for Parent Co-op Preschool,” Cockle said. Over the next two years, Cockle

Lyssa Davis | Editor progressed from workstudy to part time employee at the Head Start program. In 1990, Cockle moved from her part time position to a full-time position. For the next 16 years, she worked at many of the Head-Start offices around Spokane, including on the SFCC campus. In 2006, Cockle transferred to the SFCC financial aid office, where she worked for six years. Last June, Cockle transferred from financial aid to her current position and according to her co-workers has excelled ever since. “Shelli is amazing...she is very welcoming to students, faculty and staff,” Heather McKenzie WaitE, Director of Student Funded Programs at SFCC, said. McKenzie WaitE, who works closely with Cockle says that since she started her current position, Cockle has created new forms to simplify the work process and streamline paperwork. “I was out on maternity leave and Shelli stepped up and saved the day for lack of a better phrase,” McKenzie WaitE said. “She worked very closely with the ASG to help them in my absence.” Ali Booth, a student at SFCC who volunteers to clean Cockle’s office says she adores Shelli. “When we get around each other we usually laugh until we cry,” Booth said. Cockle says she loves her current job as it allows her to learn something new and do something different every day. “I think my favorite thing is being able to have a variety of people that need help from me,” Cockle said. “I like to be able to help people in a variety of ways.”

‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’ was first performed in 1966. Source:

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