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Matt Shea, Sharam Hadian, and other anti-gay-marriage activists came to SFCC to voice their opinions about Referendum 74.

Local leaders speak out against Referendum 74 at SFCC campus Tu Nguyen

The Communicator A Referendum 74 (R-74) conference was held by SFCC’s Christian Fellowship Club to a mixed reception. The conference took place in SUB Lounges A/B/C on On Oct. 25, with presentations from Pastor Shahram Hadian and Washington State Representative Matt Shea from Spokane Valley. At the conference, they spoke

regarding Referendum 74, with a focus on their religious ideas. “God cares about marriage; it matters to him,” said Hadian to the student mix of supporters and protesters. “So, I think we should spend some time talking about this.” Hadian, pastor of Christ the King Community Church and founder of the Truth in Love Project (TIL), based his arguments against Referendum 74 on Christian scriptural doctrine. “Marriage is a covenant of one man and one woman,” said Hadian.

“It is for legacy, for heritage, and for continuation. “The mother and the father have specific roles.” Attendees had their questions answered by the presenters during a Q&A portion of the lecture, varying from questions about the legal aspects of the state’s constitution to challenges on the legitimacy of using biblical scripture for legal argument. “I have a 2-year-old daughter that I

Ref-74: R-74 required approximately 121,000 valid signatures of Washington State registered voters R-74 recieved a $25,000 donation from actor Brad Pitt Source: http://www.

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SFCC’s Hamlet features new tech Hamlet Facts:

Hamlet is the most widely performed play in the world. It is estimated that it is being performed somewhere every single minute of every day. Hamlet uncut would take between 4 and 5 hours to perform. Source: http://

SFCC’s Drama department will be using special technology to provide an intense ghostly production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The production runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for two weeks starting on Nov. 8. The production also has a Sunday matinée Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. The University of Idaho has partnered with Spokane Falls Community College to provide the Motion Capture Technology for the upcoming play Hamlet. “We have partnered with the University of Idaho and are going to be using motion capture technology to project Hamlet’s father’s’ ghost on stage,” William Marlowe said, Director and drama teacher at SFCC. “The


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SFCC’s Hamlet utilizes effects never before used in student production.


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Veterans’ Center moves locations Sarah Dyer

The Communicator Veterans on campus recently moved their center from the outskirts of campus to a suite of offices in the basement of the library, which has helped many veterans find comfort and community with their fellow service members on campus. “The new space is invaluable,” said Jonathan Adamshastert, who served in the Navy as a corpsman. “You can’t put a dollar amount on it.” The new offices of the Veteran’s Association include room for the Vet Corps liaison, a study area and a quiet space for veterans to unwind if they’re feeling stressed. While college is challenging for all students, SFCC’s veterans often face a separate set of challenges all their own. Christina Holt, SFCC’s Vet Corps representative, believes that those challenges spring from an experience and culture gap between veterans and civilians. “Sometimes our reality collides with everyone else’s reality,” said Holt. “When vets come home and become students they face a disconnect in age and experience with civilian students that is often challenging.” The life-experience divide between veterans and teens fresh out of high school can make the scholastic transition awkward or ex-soldiers. Tony Diaz, who served with the Army in Iraq, often finds it hard to identify with his younger classmates. “I sometimes hear other students complaining about the workload,” said Diaz. “After being in the service, it’s hard to hear those complaints.” Katrina Made, who served in the Army in Iraq and South Korea and continues her service as a Reservist, faces a different set of challenges as a female veteran. “When I say I’m a veteran, a lot of people say ‘Oh my God...Really?’,” said Made. “We got shot at just like the men did; the guys shooting at us VETERANS | Page 3


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Student veterans discuss military culture and the challenges facing veterans at SFCC.

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didn’t discriminate. “I mean, what do you want me to be, GI Jane?” Though finding middle ground with civilian students is sometimes difficult, Adamshastert pointed to the commonalities between students. “We are all students, we all want an education and we are all here for a better future, so we have a lot in common,” said Adamshastert. “More than anything we are thankful for the services we have on campus.” Kristina Holt also stressed the importance of sensitivity when talking to vets about their experiences in the service. “It’s OK to ask questions,” said Holt, “but it is inappropriate to ask a veteran if they have been in combat, if they have ever been shot at or if they have ever killed anybody.”

Veterans also often face stigma for having been in the military, which sometimes goes as far as derogatory comments. “I have been called a brainwashed minion and a baby killer,” said Made. “Everytime I hear something like that it makes me want to scream.” SFCC’s Veterans’ Association offers a time and place for members to get together and discuss these and other issues that affect vets on campus. The club accepts not just veterans, but also the spouses and children of vets and the entire student body. “Anyone who wants to support veterans is welcome at the meetings,” said Diaz. In honor of Veteran’s Day, SFCC’s Veterans’ Association plans on filling one of Building 17’s glass cases with personal mementos from their member’s tours of duty. “For many of us, Veteran’s Day is a day of solemn solidarity,” said Adamshastert. “If someone says thank you, it’s sometimes a shock. “If you want to thank a veteran, there is no better way than just saying ‘thank you’.”

Fundraiser: The Veterans’ Association makes and sells bracelets woven from survival cord. All proceeds from the sale of these bracelets goes to the Veterans’ Associations, which plans to use the money to establish a trustfund for veterans who need financial support. When: Beginning Winter Quarter 2013, but you can preorder now. Where: The veterans’ offices in the library basement. Who: The Veterans’ Association Cost: $ 6-10, depending on materials and size.

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Tony Diaz, an Army veteran and member of the Veterans’ Association, weaves a braclet made of survival cord which the club will then sell.

UPDATE: Washington State voted to approve R-74 on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

51.79 %

of voters approved the measure.

48.21 %

denied the measure.


Washington State voters participated in deciding the referendum.


counties voted ‘NO’, including Spokane County.


counties voted ‘YES’. Source: http://vote.



Students question local political figures about the morality and legality of R-74. From Page 1

fought to not have aborted..and I am also gay,” SFCC student and campus Alliance Club member Hector Peralta said. “Which of these is the greater sin, abortion or homosexuality? “If I follow God’s way then I’m not happy because I’m not myself.” Hadian’s responses were based in Christian scripture, either directly or by paraphrasing. “God said you can keep going.. keep doing what you want to do,” Hadian told Peralta. “If you want to go on your way, your direction, that is your choice and your right. “There are consequences.” During one instance of Hadian’s use of scripture an anonymous voice from the crowd interrupted, “What about the separation of church and state?” After the applause finished, the question went unanswered. After Hadian’s lecture Representative Matt Shea gave a presentation that linked R-74 with state law. “Referendum 74 violates Washington State’s constitution,” said Shea. “The problem is, the way that it is written, it is in direct opposition with Article 26 of the constitution.”

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Article 26 of the Washington State Constitution reads, “That perfect toleration of religious sentiment shall be secured and that no inhabitant of this state shall ever be molested in person or property on account of his or her mode of religious worship.” Heather Keast, Co-Adviser of the SFCC Alliance, was glad that everyone listened to each other and responded by showing dignity to each other. “The only disappointment for me was that there was so little time for questions after the speakers were finished,” said Keast. “When the call came for one more question, I saw at least 10 hands in the air.” “Today was a great example of people with different viewpoints coming together, speaking thoughtfully, listening courteously, and agreeing and disagreeing respectfully.” Though the conference ended after two hours, much of the crowd lingered to express their opinions publicly on both sides of the argument. SFCC student Wesley Calhoun, who wore an “Approve R-74” t-shirt, thought lecturers had expressed their opinions logically. “They know exactly how to answer these kinds of questions. They had prepared for them and they answered really well,” said Calhoun. “I can’t deny them(that)...however, they fail to change my opinion on Referendum 74.

Sarah Dyer | Editor

SFCC switches from Coke to Pepsi Corbin Bronsch

The Communicator The Community Colleges of Spokane’s district office has made the switch from Coke to Pepsi in school vending machines due to more student benefits. CCS campuses made the consensus to rebid our former Coca-Cola contract this year, which ended up with Pepsi winning a five-year agreement with all locations in the district. “They gave students a better deal,” said Penny Butters a Spokane Falls Director. “It wasn’t entirely about the product, it was more about the benefits they were offering within the contract.” Pepsi has given the CCS $15,200 in assets, such as product support, vending promotion, student program support, scholarships, prize donations, and department funding. Along with those benefits Pepsi has also agreed to give 40 percent commission on the sales of 12 oz and 20 oz carbonated drinks every four weeks back to CCS schools. The schools’ previous contract

only had $3,800 in assets from Coca-Cola, with no scholarship money and no department funding. Coca Cola only gave a 25 percent commission for the sales of 12 ounce soda, while the sale of 20 ounce soda had the same 40 percent commission that Pepsi offers. “This new contract ended up being a 12 percent increase in economic benefits to CCS,” said Butters. “It was really a no-brainer.” Not only does this add some major benefits to the schools’ disposal, but also adds some of the most popular drinks students enjoy that weren’t available with Coca-Cola. “Mt. Dew, a Pepsi product, is the most popular drink in the nation for teenagers and young adults,” said Butters. The CCS district no longer utilizes any Coke product vending machines. The switch occurred Fall 2012. “The main idea to take from this switch is that students will get more benefits from the Pepsi contract,” said Butters. “They just gave us a better deal.”

Two to lose jobs over copy room cuts Corbin Bronsch

said Marlow. “This will be a huge loss for our program and will have efSFCC will no longer provide free fects on others.” Although the district has put these graphic printings for school probudget cuts into effect they have ofgrams. Due to budget cuts in the Printing fered any help they could give to Room, school programs will now be programs who need to find an alterresponsible for providing money out native. “Our school will no longer be of their own budget for graphic printings in their advertisements and will able to fund printing services but the copy shop and graphics departments not have it as a school service. Although some departments are will do the best they can to contact unhappy with these cuts, the argu- printing services for our school’s ment for these cuts are that it wasn’t programs,” said Anne Tucker who is providing any profit for the school, an SFCC Public Information Officer. “We will make sure that we can help instead it was losing money. “We aren’t cutting anything we our programs get the help they need are making money from, we are cut- even if we can’t provide it here at the ting our losses,” said SFCC’s Presi- school.” Not only will the school be saying dent Janet Gullickson who made the decision about these cuts. “We goodbye to a department but because were losing $140,000 a year with of these budget cuts, two people will this department and because people have to be laid off due to the lack of weren’t using these resources we had funding. “We are losto cut it.” But this still “We aren’t cutting anything ing two full time has some faculty we are making money from. support staff positions in the printmembers worried ing shop,” said about funding for We are cutting our losses.” “If these necessary -Janet Gullickson, Gullickson. SFCC President any of our departservices. ments are in need “I’m extremely frustrated with these cuts,” said Bill of a printing shop they will need to Marlow a drama instructor. “Not only outsource the job or use our district will we have to find another way to printing office.” The focus of the school seems to be do our printing but it will come directly out of our budget, which on making sure they reach their budget and in doing so, it is necessary to means less costumes, props, etc.” The drama program uses these cut their loses. “Funding won’t return for these degraphic printings for their advertisements for every one of their plays and partments because it loses money for are essential to getting audiences to the school,” said Gullickson. “What will continue to be a copy room serattend. “What we usually get for free as a vice for our school will be student school service, we will now have to ID’s, GO print services and full copypay $2,500 from our own budget.” ing services.”

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Will new marijuana laws send Washintonians up in smoke? The grass just got greener in Washington state, or did it?

Emily Norton

Many people are turned out this year to vote on Initiative 502, the initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational and unlicensed use, which passed 56 percent “yes” to 44 percent “no” as of November

6, 2012. There are many supporters of I-502 here in Washington, including students, law enforcement, and prominent career politicians. I-502’s passing is is good news for those who have fought hard over the years to legalize marijuana. Or is it? I took the time to read through initiative 502, and as a medical marijuana card holder, I can say that I am deeply concerned about a key point of this initiative. There is an “illegal per se” DUI

clause in the bill that restricts active court systems, and targets medicinal THC levels in the bloodstream to 5 users who are not the “occasional, nanograms per milliliter. The term recreational user.” The average alcoillegal per se means that the act is hol related DUI costs, according to inherently illegal, without extrinsic, is about $5000, proof of any surrounding circumand I-502 will mimic this fines for stances such as lack of knowledge users who are stopped while driving or other defenses. under the influence of marijuana. Let me break that down for you. Ask yourself if it’s fair to potenIf you were to eat a medical cantially charge a cancer patient for nabis goody tonight, and then drive DUI while using their medicine, to school in the because some morning and get “Lack of research and the stupid pothead pulled over for wants to get ‘per se’ clause in I-502 will something like stoned recrespeeding, you ationally and cause more unwarrated could potenmight drive persecution of medical tially receive a under the influmarijuana patients.” DUI for driving ence? I don’t stoned, based -Emily Norton think so. While on what you did Copy Editor I agree with orthe night before. ganizations like The excuse of “well I didn’t feel the NORML, that I-502 is a step in the effects anymore cuz I used it the right direction for legalization, it’s day before” wouldn’t be a valid desimply not enough and many of the fense in court for you, or a medical restrictions are not based on actual marijuana user, and you would be scientific research of marijuana. charged with DUI. Many medical marijuana paThis is a fabulous way for the tients would test well above the state to collect revenue through the 5 nanograms, and there is limited

Don’t blow your smoke in my face Washington Unfortunately, whether it is legalized or not, people are still going to take part in using cannabis. According Reilly to the SubBealer stance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “In 2011, an estimated 16.7 percent of past year marijuana users aged 12 or older used marijuana on 300 or more days within the past 12 months. This translates into nearly 5 million persons using marijuana on a daily or almost daily basis over a 12-month period.” While I agree that marijuana is much safer than


ist who is under the influence, legal substances such as alcohol, even what may be a legal amount, tylenol, and cigarettes. Although, scares me to death. On top of that, unlike alcohol and over-the-counhow is our already overburdened ter products, marijuana is going to police force going to handle enbe extremely hard, if not imposforcing legal marijuana influenced sible to tax. Because, people can blood levels in relation to operatgrow pot in their own basement, ing a motor vehicle?Also, being relatively easily. a non-smoker, having to already Another point that I take issue be surrounded in with is the a sea of cigarette thought of “Unfortunately, whether it smoke everywhere, even more is legalized or not, people I am not relishing people driving under the are still going to take part in the idea of adding stinky marijuana influence of using cannabis.” smoke to that chokmarijuana -Reilly Bealer ing cloud. In short, than there Focus/Culture Editor unlike many people already are. Being a running start student at age my age, I think legalizing mari16, I am a new driver and I am still juana was a very bad choice made getting used to the rules of the road by Washington state voters. and sharing said road with other drivers. So, the possibility of being in an accident with another motor-

research on average THC content in patients and recreational users alike. The revenue created from I-502 only distributes 1 percent toward marijuana research, which is another concern for those of us who support medical use, because better research will equal a better law. Lack of research and the “per se” clause in I-502 will cause more unwarranted persecution of medical patients, who will now have to stress about getting in trouble with law enforcement everytime they drive. The DUI clauses in this law are unscientific and unfair, and will lead to a new era in the war on drugs under the guise of DUI prosecutions in the courts. The grass has certainly gotten greener on the side of marijuana legalization, but that’s because it’s been fertilized with B.S. that most people fail to recognize. As long as it remains illegal on the Federal level and as long as there is potential persecution of medical patients in vague DUI clauses of initiatives like I-502, the war on drugs will continue. Don’t be fooled.

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“The Communicator should be covering more local culture” Letter to the editor written by SFCC student Brandon Clute.

include a summary and specific Out of all the things present in your newspapers, there is one thing details of it. Simply put, I don’t I find missing: Culture. You’ve got just want to hear about things on campus, or state propositions I’ve the state news, some SFCC upalready heard more than enough dates and informative articles, and about. I want to know what is going a bunch of ads. But really, minus the few random bits about a pizza on in my own city, and when. Spocontest, or open kane as a whole doesn’t have mic night, there “Minus the few random isn’t much to bits about a pizza contest or much culture, and to share the little be found about open mic night, there isn’t we do have I find what’s going on in the city where much to be found about the highly important, we live. especially as a city where we live.” So here is college student. -Brandon Clute If you need what I propose. SFCC student ideas or informaA half-page segment with tion on events around town let me know and I upcoming dates on things going on around town. Be it poetry slams/ will personally help. I am fairly involved in the electronic, club, and open mic at the Neato Burrito downtown, a local concert, or art hardcore scene, as well as knowledge about poetry events. I’m sure shows like Terrain at the music I could look into other genres as center. You could even talk about political goings on in Spokane, and well to give it more variety. If you have any questions on things we can do to be an active part of it. In this you could also what I am thinking, feel free to contact me. highlight 1-2 specific events, and

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What do you think about I-502, which aims to legalize marijuana? “You have to look at both sides, but I think less people will be arrested and there will be less crime, and the police can focus on real crime with the resources they have from not putting people in jail for pot. There will also be jobs for people once it’s legalized, and the state will be able to get money from the taxes people are paying on it. It’s another way for the state and people to have money and jobs.” -Christian Rogers SFCC student

“I think that marijuana should be legalized. The benefits of it being legalized outweigh the benefits of keeping it illegal. Everything in the political campaigns is true; for example, it will allow businesses to card people, so kids can’t get their hands on it. The taxes will help our deficit, and the risk is low, you know... you never hear of people dying from getting stoned. The only thing people might have to fear if marijuana is legal, is a shortage of junk food.” -Trisha Sleeth

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“I support initiative 502. This initiative could bring in a lot of revenue to our city. I believe marijuana is less of a danger than alcohol, and alcohol has been legal for a very long time. If our city can take the sale of marijuana off the streets and make it legal it will make our city a safer place, plus like I said it will bring a lot more money to our city to help with much needed improvements around town.”

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Hispanic Heritage Month Overcoming Adversity Clayton Kraft

The Communicator The topic was overcoming adversity, and each of the speakers for SFCC’s Hispanic Heritage event had a story to tell. The event included SFCC student and President of the Alliance Club Hector Barrios, Yakima Executive Director of teaching and learning and founder of district wide education program HAAP (Hispanic Academic Achievers Program) Irene Gonzales, and local business owner Sergio DeLeon. Barrios traveled to America through it’s southern border twice. He can’t remember the first time, but the second has stayed with him. “I remember coming over when I young, even my parents can’t remember exactly how old I was,” Barrios said. “We got to a place where it was dark, with a big fence and a muddy tunnel...All I could see was my parents covered in mud, I was covered in mud. “I said to my mother I wanted to go home.” School was difficult because of discrimination both obvious and discrete, but persistence won out. “It was 80/20 hispanic to anglo in my school, but we were still the one’s being pick on for the color of our skin,” Barrios said. “I on myself to get rid of my accent because I did not want to be picked on.” Barrios wasn’t the only one to have had difficulty because of their skin color in school. “Every time we spoke Spanish we’d get our hands slapped by a ruler in school,” Yakima Principle Irene Gonzales said. “We didn’t understand what they were yelling at us but we knew what we were doing must be bad.”


Gonzales stayed in school while working as a dishwasher at a local restaurant, and when she neared the end of high school she went to see a counselor to get some help applying for college. “My counselor said Irene, you have such a great job washing dishes, why would you throw that away,” Gonzales said, though she persisted that she wanted to go to college until he pulled her records. “So he said to me ‘Irene you are 2% college bound material, let’s not waste my time and yours,’ and he left.” Despite these adversities and occasionally outright discrimination, the speakers felt the key to success is persistence in the face of that difficulty. Sergio DeLeon spent his early life moving and working jobs, sometimes two or three at a time. “Growing up everyone in my family were residents of the United States except my sister and I,” said DeLeon, owner of Northwest Freight Handlers. “I worked a lot of jobs, and I faced trouble like the other speakers sometimes, but when I had my baby I decided I didn’t want to continue this life of moving around so much.” DeLeon founded his business in the same field he’d been working in for years, freight. Though starting small, now he has over a hundred employees and his business makes about five million dollars a year. “I got tired of working for other people so got my business license, I wanted to open my own warehousing business,” said DeLeon. “I started NW Freight handlers in the 90’s and right now, we have about 100 employees with total sales a little over 5 million a year.

Dia de los Muertos Randy Breedlove

The Communicator Dia De Los Muertos is the Latin American holiday of celebrating the lives and spirits of the dearly departed. According to the Smithsonian Latino Center, the tradition of honoring the deceased originated in mesoamerica. After the spanish conquest, the tradition still holds with an underlying commitment to honoring the dead. “Day of the dead is when you remember the loved ones you have lost,” said Rochelle Holl an SFCC student who helped with the event. ”Today is for the children (while) tomorrow is for the adults.” On Nov. 1 - 2 the SFCC Latino club offered free face painting, sugar skulls and pan de muerto, bread of the dead, a sugar coated bread traditionally server during the holiday. There was a small altar set up to decorated with several snacks and and candles. The altar is meant to house supplies to relieve the spirit after its journey. Altars are decorated with flowers

and objects valued by the deceased person(s). “Candles are how the spirits are guided in,” said Nubia Uribe. “The butter and salt is how the spirit is able to leave again from the alter.”

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Academic benefits: Honor society vs Honor roll Amanda Hatcher

The Communicator

SFCC Honor Society offers more classes and guidance for transfering to a four year university. Honor roll congratulates students for their academic achievments. Honor Roll provides well-deserved congratulations for individuals with above average grades. But other than a pat on the back, honor roll doesn’t affect students in any major way. As for honor society, it’s a whole different ball game. “Honor Roll is a line that shows up on the piece of paper your grades are on, at the end of the quarter if you qualified,” said Karen Gower, official honor roll liaison. “ Anyone can get on honor roll if they have a high enough GPA.” There are two types of honor rolls that students can qualify for. “First is vice presidents where you get placed in if you have a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.4, second is President’s Honor where you get placed in if your GPA is a 3.5 or higher,” said Gower. Honor society is much more rewarding but also much more intensive than honor roll.

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Stella Kutsar was chose to be in the first year of Honor Society at SFCC.

“The process to apply for honor and honor society any activities besides that I really don’t have time society, for the most part, is you have for.” to submit your Being in Honor application online “Anyone can get on honor Society gives and then have an roll if they have a high students opinterview ether enough GPA.” over the phone on -Karen Gower portunities to be Official honor roll liaison at SFCC involved in onin person, write line classes that an essay and then you also have to have a 3.5 or higher consist of a variety of students. “We get offered class’s as Honor GPA,” said Robbie Dean, honor sociSociety students that no one else gets ety student at SFCC. “Sometimes you offered,” said Patti Schultheis, a runwould need recommendations from ning start student in the honor society teachers and such too. The classes are really time consum- program. “They are all online virtual classes. ing; I work part time, have school

“The virtual aspect is essential because you can still be involved in the lecture by raising your hand, asking questions and giving feedback like you would in a regular class on campus.” Honor roll is mainly meant for congratulating students in their hard work to get good grades. “One of the greatest perks of being in Honor Society is that we get personal counseling and guidance for all of our school and academic questions of concerns,” said Dean. “Honor society also can help with transfers to bigger four year colleges,” said Schultheis. Being on Honors Society doesn’t provide students any special scholarships that are only offered to them. “Honor students don’t get any special scholarships or anything we just get more information and have more knowledge about programs and scholarships that are offered.” said Schultheis. Even though it is the first year of Honors society, students already enjoy being a part of it. “We love everything about Honors Society and are so glad we did it,” said both Dean and Schultheis. “It’s well worth the time and work.”

How to be elligible for Honor Roll: Be a full-time student who has earned 12 or more quarter decimal grade credits as computed by the end of the quarter grading cycle. Achieve a 3.50 or above for the President’s Honor Roll. Achieve a 3.0 - 3.49 for the Vice President’s Honor Roll. Source: http://www. getdoc/2240ead32c7b-40ea-92d05de88b050c2c/ Academic-info.aspx

Mukagowa brings Japanese culture to Spokane Facts about Mukagowa

The Mukagowa is on 72 acres of land Established in 1990 Over 10,000 students have studied here since Fall 1990 Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute : 4000 W. Randolph Road |Spokane, WA 99224 509-328-2971 Source: http://www.

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Spokane Falls Community College, for over 20 years, has housed international students from Japan for the purpose of immersing it’s students in American culture.

The Mukugawa Fort Wright Institute is where 450 Japanese women come yearly to study English and American culture. The institute is actually an international campus for Mukogawa Women’s University in Nishinkmiya, Hyoga, Japan. It offers Japanese women a chance to study abroad and receive credit toward a degree. “The school is packed during spring,” Goro Murahata, vice president of the Mukgowa campus said. “Adjusting to a distant culture can be difficult and sometimes it’s complicated for the students to get along. These girls all live in confined

here study English with the comquarters with over 173 students at a time living in dorms that were munity while learning the culture converted from old military housand a new way of life.” The school also has a home stay ing. program, in which every semester This school focuses on teaching pairs of stuthe students Eng- “It opens eyes to a different lish language and dents spend American culture way of thinking.” -Nicole Tamura the weekend by immersion.” Assistant for the Home stay program with volunteer families from The students the community. Additionally, they themselves often bounce between are allowed to invite a pair of learning at the institute itself and SFCC’s campus, ranging in subjects students or families with larger and approaches. A big part of the accommodations can handle more reason for the college is for this students. The school has around 70 volunteer host families at any very thing, immersion and inclugiven time. sion in American culture. “The students that attend school “They are wonderful and we love them all very much,” said here go between MSW1 and the community college,” said MuraNicole Tamura, an assistant for the home stay program. “It opens hate. “The students that attend eyes to a different way of thinking.” The school is

Did You Know?: One of Spokane’s sister cities is Nishinomiya, Japan. Source:

always looking to recruit more volunteers. Any new recruits attend a brief orientation at MFWI one or two weeks before the Homestay Weekend. During the orientation, the host families receive advice packets related to students health and safety. Mukugawa students are also known for getting involved in athletic programs at SFCC so they can stay active and physically conditioned. “A lot of the students like to come here to unwind and get away from the stress of everyday life,” said Masahiro Ando, the Director of the Japanese Cultural Center. Mukagawa itself often plays host to special events from around the community. “The cultural center also accepts field trips from local Elementary schools to watch performances and to experience the Japanese culture,” Ando said. “The students get to have all the fun...our most recent event was at Valley Fest this past summer.”



Ipad Mini and other tablets used in classrooms

Students with laptops around campus abound, but the advent of smaller and more convenient devices is growing. Quentin McQueen The Communicator

With the recent announcement of the Ipad Mini, students now have another option when looking for a tablet for the classroom. The Ipad Mini is a smaller version of the original Ipad aimed at people who wish to have an apple product the is similar in size compared to the products of Apple’s competitors. Apple announced the Mini on October 23rd and it was released in stores on November 2nd. Major changes from the Ipad to the Ipad Mini include changes in screen size, weight, added cellular option, and the new lightning connector making it a mix of the Ipad and the Iphone, But some people aren’t sure if it’s really worth the price tag. “Staples won’t sell it,” said Staples employee Greg Bruno. “Its not worth the price.” Apples biggest competitors when it comes to tablets include Google’s Nexus, Samsung Galaxy tab, and the Motorola Xoom which all run on the Android market. “The Google Nexus 7 is only $249 for a 32gb and has a quad core processor vs the dual in the Ipad,” said Bruno. “The Nexus is more user friendly and the operating system is faster too,” said Bruno. The ipad mini still has its advantages though. With the Ipad Mini you have advantage to the icloud which makes it easier to sync between your apple devices. It also has a 5 megapixel camera which the Nexus does not have one at all and the Ipad is slightly thinner, lighter, and has a larger screen. The release of the Ipad Mini opens up more of a market for tablets and pushes us a little farther into the future. “ I definitely think that computers and tablets will play a bigger role in classes in the future,” said SFCC student Michael Rojeski. “Who knows technology is always evolving there might be some even newer more innovative idea and great teaching tool right around the corner,” said Rojeski. Many teachers now are encouraging the use and tablets in the classroom. “I am okay with tablets in the classroom, provided they are used to take notes only,” said english instructor Barbara Williamson. “I think they will play a larger role in education as younger students become more engaged with technology,” Said Williamson. “It becomes harder for them to learn without tech in their hands.” With changing technology and more people using tablets the Ipad Mini provides another option to the market and gives Mac lovers another product to drool over.



tion capture and how it works is complex. “The movements of the subject are tracked (in 3D space) via camera(s) multiple times per second using infra-red scanning,” Cleveley said. “The captured data is then cleaned up and connected to a digital object.” The cast of the hamlet production has been working very hard to provide a professional performance for SFCC. “Auditions are at the end of spring quarter and we practice through summer,”Marlow said. “Shakespeare is almost like a foreign language, it takes a lot of time to memorize lines.” Marlow has had to make a lot of changes to the production to make it desirable and a hit for collegeaged students. “Shakespeare’s original production of hamlet is about five hours long,” Marlow said, “Our production is only three hours long, we had to make a lot of cuts to lines as well as characters. The motion capture data does not shape the person or object, just its movements.” The projection of the Ghost of Hamlet’s father brings something new and exciting to SFCC’s productions. “In our project the object is the Ghost of Hamlet’s father,” Cleveley said. “In conjunction with the actor who plays the ghost, we captured a number of his movements and applied them to his digital model. The model complete with animations is hosted in a game engine.


machine projects the image onto fog that is placed on stage.” Brian Cleveley, Senior Instructor of the Virtual Technology and Design department at University of Idaho has been collaborating with Marlow to create the ghost of Hamlet’s father. Motion Capture Technology is something that has been being practiced for many years. “Motion Capture, as a technology, has been around for a number of decades,”Cleveley said. “As the technology matures it has been utilized by film, video games, medicine, sports, military and other disciplines. Motion Capture Technology is the process through which the movements of a person (or object) are captured and stored digitally for use in animating digital components in outcomes including film/video, virtual worlds, games etc.” “This is our first collaboration with SFCC’s Drama Program,” Cleveley said via email. “Scott Doughty contacted me and said that he and Bill Marlow wanted to discuss the possibility of using the motion capture technology on their fall production of Hamlet.” The technology behind mo-


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Reilly Bealer | Editor When called for, the different motions/animations are triggered in the game engine and the playback is projected on stage.” The production of hamlet is free admission for students with SID cards and an $8 donation for people without. “This production of Hamlet is going to be great!” Marlow said. “The use of Motion Capture Technology is only making it even better.”

Hamlet Cost and Dates:

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Title IX: equal opportunities for women sports

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Forty years ago when a legislative bill was passed to create equal opportunities for womens sports. Coaches at SFCC have given praise to the Title IX act. Rodney Alton

The Communicator It was forty years ago that Title IX was implemented on fairness not to exclude participation based on sex against women. This Legislative Bill shaped a broad fairness to cover education benefits and any activity in a education program receiving federal financial assistance. It most notably, impacted high schools and college athletics. But, it is still a work in progress. Since the early days of womens suffrage that evolved right here, out of

the pacific northwest. Women, has made enormous gains in athletics by demonstrating hard play and even becoming more entertaining than their male counterparts. But, can we really say that they’re treated the same. “If we have fifty-fifty percent equally men and women at the community colleges of Spokane, then the money should be divided fifty-fifty.”Athletic Commissioner Irene Matlock said. “Typically most colleges have more women than men. If its a forty-sixty split and sixty percent of it is women, then they should proportionately divide

need for uniforms and equipments. the money that way. “I believe that it makes womens “Which generally doesn’t happersonalities stronger and allows pen on any campus in the United them to make better stronger deciStates.” Spokane Falls currently has a 54.1 sions in life,” Skaife said. “I believe it helps them to get executive jobs percent for women students, to a 45.9 percent ratio for male students. because they have been part of a team and they become stronger. Its nearly a half century ago and “They have a stronger voice. were still, trying to get this right. When you’re an athlete and you “It is still a shame that they elimilearn how to stick up for yourself.” nate a sport just because that they Skaife also believes her players have to create a women’s side of the learn about competition in sports, sport today,” softball Head Coach life, and the workJanet Skaife place. said. “In some “Spokane Falls has done an “Things aren’t cases, some outstanding job following just given to you.” schools will Tittle IX.” Skaife said. “They add a sport like rowing re-Janet Skaife wouldn’t be near Head Softball Coach the opportunity, quiring eighty they have now, if it athlete’s, but weren’t for Title IX.” they won’t Athletic Director Ken Burrus also accept a sport that only requires agreed that title IX act has been twenty athletes, because they have good for female student athletes. to add a women’s side of it.” “It provides more opportunities Besides the politics this can be a very sensitive issue depending on its for women,” Athletic Director Ken Burrus said. supporters or the intent of opposing SFCC has also made sure student blind believers to have a sport or athletes, both men and women, not. have good equipment for sports. For the most part, Title IX has “Spokane Falls has done an come a long way for women. Prior outstanding job following Title IX.” to Title IX women once had to have Skaife said. “By giving women the higher test scores just to be acceptbest facilities and equipment.” ed into college. Title IX’s existence, has certainly “Many years ago women weren’t made an impact. It does have a few even given equal practice time to wrinkles to iron out but it has acuse the facilities gym,” Skaife said. complished it’s main goal by provid“now they do.” ing more opportunities for women. Womens uniforms and equipments use to be secondary to men

Famous Female Athletes

Sheryl Swoopes 3 Time WNBA MVP Reffered to as the female Michael Jordan Mia Ham First recipiant of the FIFA World Player of the Year award Youngest American to win a World Cup championship at age of 19 Danica Patrick First and only women to win the Indy 500 Holds the highest finish in a race for a women in NASCAR. Placing 4th Source: http://www.biography. com/people/womenathletes-16472547

Sasquatch falls to unbeaten Timberwolfs The SFCC volleyball team showed signs of dominance against the unbeaten Timberwolfs of Blue MountainCollege. They beat the Timberwolfs in the first set, of the match only to be sreminded why Blue Mountain is undefeated during the last 3 sets. Rodney Alton

The Communicator In the last home game of the regular season. There was a quick ceremonious salute off to the sophomore’s who received a gift bag and did some picture taking with family on the court before the game. The SFCC womens volleyball team showed complete dominance in the first set against the undefeated Blue Mountain Community College of Pendleton Oregon. The Sasquatch women looked much larger and stronger than the smaller, but very mobile Timberwolves. The game started off so well, it was back and forth saves by both teams that kept the ball alive longer than normal. The plays were kept alive so long, you couldn’t help at the end of each play, to either scream and cheer or let some air out so you could catch your next breath. Kate Hart dominated the first set with 5 kills and 2 blocks. Amanda Youngers, Malea Webb and Annie Arnzen all had 3 kills each. The Tim-


berwolves were stunned by the Sas- Sasquatch team by using the soft quatch high energy. dump strategy also. They began to reThe Sasquatch women scored peatedly dump balls into Sasquatch mostly on power slams and loud play soft covered spots. calling signals that echoed throughThe Timberwolves Larie Heindel, out the entire gym disorienting the feeling the shift in the game, began Timberwolves. It almost sounded like celebrating a big step monster dance a pack of wolves hunting its prey for after every score. dinner. “They have a pretty solid team and During the first set, there was a good program,” Assistant Head enough ball Coach Kelli Tikto go around “If we avoid falling apart, ker said. that every sin- then we should be fine in the The Timbergle Sasquatch wolves stuck starting player playoffs.” to that strategy scored includ-Kate Hart throughout the SFCC Volleyball PLayer remainder ing their relief’s of off the bench. It the game catchappeared that the Timberwolves were ing the Sasquatch women out of poin for a very long night. sition. Timberwolves Head Coach Dave Then they used rehearsed creative Baty called a few timeouts to try and floor movements leaving the Sasreassure his distressed group. quatch women guessing where the But the Sasquatch women drew ball was going to go next. first blood by taking the first set. The Sasquatch women started ev“In practice we simulated like we ery set in the game really well. They playing their type of defense,” Soph- had leeds in each of the remaining omore Leah Peterson said. three sets all the way up to the halfIn the second set, the Timberwolves way point in each set, before gassing (12-0) in the division regained their out. focus and began competing like how “If we avoid falling apart, then we they competed all year long. should be fine in the playoffs,” Kate Sasquatch Alex Bucholtz laid in a Hart said. beautiful dump over the top of two The Timberwolves ended the last defenders. Hart contributed 4 kills three sets very strongly taking home and Webb also laid in a soft touch the win, (22-25) 25-19, 25-18,25-14. butterfly dump. They will be the top seed in the diviThis is where things really began to sion and Spokane will be a third seed change. headed into the conference tournaThe Timberwolves exposed the ment in Gresham Oregon (Nov 15.)

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Annie Arnzen spiking the ball against Blue Mountain Standings for NWACC East Dision Volleyball W-L League W-L Season Z- Blue Mountain 13-0 37-4 X- Walla Walla 11-2 30-8 X- Spokane 9-4 26-9 Wenatchee Valley 7-7 14-17 Yakima Valley 6-7 16-17 Columbia Basin 5-8 13-17 Big Bend 2-11 4-26 Treasure Valley 0-14 4-29 Z-REGION CHAMPION X- CLINCHED PLAYOFF BERTH

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Ahead of the game : Former running start student Bre Holloway took advantage of the the running start program as well as competing on the womens cross country team. A prime example of the running start program that SFCC President Janet Gullickson praises. Rodney Alton

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Holloway is one of the top SFCC x-country runners.

Scoring X-Country Meets Least amount of points wins: A perfect 15 is the best score a cross country team can recieve Runners score points by their place: If a runner finishes 20th then they score 20 points


SFCC student and running start program member Bre Holloway does it all. Bre Holloway is from small town out of wine country, where everyone knows everybody else. She skipped her freshman year to run cross country because she was too timid and shy. In her second year of high school, she bolted up a fire hazard bedroom filled with ribbons from cross country and track. She broke and set new records at her old high school and even made it to the state finals in just her first year participating. Shortly thereafter, she began to sort through all the colleges, who have showed interest in her. This is when SFCC Cross Country Head Coach Sean Mclachlan pointed out Spokane. By breaking down the costs and its geographical location with easy city access and easy access

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Running Start Student-Athletes to the college, Holloway decided “We should be placing first or economically there was only one second,” Mclachlan said. “Everett is choice. our biggest challenge, because they So Holloway put foot to pavedidn’t do so well against a team we ment and became a Bigfoot herself. did well against.” While in high school she accuAs far as the running start promulated 45 college credits through gram and the entire athletics dethe running start program. partments success. It gives students Now she has the chance to the opportunity to hit the ground pursue psychology research to aid running. people with mental disorders. “We have 16 year olds going to “Its easier paying at a community college right next to 60 year olds,” college,” Holloway said. “My senior SFCC President Janet Gullickyear I was in the running start proson said. “It makes us more well gram and now I rounded and dialready have, half “My senior year I was in verse than other of my associates.” running the running start colleges. On her athletic “We have an program and now I already excellent side Holloways athlet20:08 cross coun- have, half of my associates.” ics department try time of a 5k -Bre Holloway that focuses on (3.1) miles, places SFCC Cross Country Runner athletes requireher as one of the ment towards top runners on her team. studies first and athletics second.” Her days are filled with longThe SFCC athletics department runs, hard-runs, flutter kicks, 400 has a long tradition of sucessful meter sprints and weight training. sports teams. “It has been eye opening with Thr cross country program beall the training,” Holloway said. “It ing one of the most successful of gives me a whole lot more, of what SFCC sports clubs. Having won 32 I can do with myself. NWACC Team Championships be“And I love the environment.” tween the mens and womens clubs. The SFCC cross country program “Athletics is really important for has the most titles in the pacific students and it is not something I northwest. The men won the cross take for granted,” Gullickson said. country finals 19 times and the “We want athletes at our college women won it 11 times. They’ll “Their part of the culture of the try and do it again this Nov 10 at college.” Plantes Ferry Park.

Finding time to stay in shape while making healthy choices Time is something college students seem to never have enough of. Especially when it comes to finding time to workout and stay in shape. Simple planing and eating habits can help make up for that. Corbin Bronsch

The Communicator College students often find it difficult to make time for their own health, but there are ways to fit in a healthy lifestyle in that busy college schedule. Many students have heard of the freshman fifteen and are aware that it is a name for the pounds students gain in their first year of college. This could be a result of students lack of unhealthy choices when it comes to diet, exercise, and sleep and the one excuse for all of these is that students don’t have time. “During the summer I would go to the gym almost everyday,” said Tayler Baker an SFCC student. “But when school starts up it becomes difficult to balance college, work and exercise.” Many students find this same thing to be true but don’t utilize the little time in between different ap-


staying or getting into shape. pointments on their calendar. “When students are trying to “Don’t rely on vending machines or cafeteria food when you are trymake healthy choices for theming to make healthy choices,” said selves they need to do an honest Sherrie Burke a former Dietitian evaluation,” said Travis Warner a and Nutritionist for Group Health. Health teacher and personal trainer at SFCC. “Many students sit in “Plan your meals the night before or the weekend before, and for each front of their screen whether it’s a television or meal include a protein, carbohycomputer dur“Don’t rely on vending drate, and a fruit ing their breaks from school when machines or cafeteria food or vegetable of your choice.” they could use when you are trying to that time to make Travis Warner follows and healthy choices.” make healthy choics.” Students can -Sherrie Burke recommends this Dietitian and Nutritionist for Group Health exact same thing get exhausted when it comes to from a long day of planning meals. sitting in class and “I make all my meals Sunday sometimes find it hard to motivate night before the following week,” themselves to workout when they said Warner. “I pack different things aren’t in school. This is why it’s imlike chicken,brown rice,or hummus portant to find a time that you will be motivated to get a good thirty in plastic containers to make it easy to carry and store.” minute exercise in. “I get my exercise out of the way It’s important when you are time in the morning because I wouldn’t restrained to find spots in your schedule where you can plan ahead be able to do it any other time of the day,” said Warner. “It’s imporor find to to exercise. “The most important thing is findtant to find the right time that works for you to stay motivated throughing the time to make healthy decisions,” said Sherrie Burke. “Look for out your exercise.” Not only is it important to find an thirty minute spots in your schedule exercise plan that works for you but to make healthy meals or go on a a healthy nutrition plan is key to run.”

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Ben Allen stays in shape by benching 300 pounds during his workout; classmate James Lehr spots him.

Five Tips To Make Healthy Choices One: Workout out in the morning Two: Plan meals ahead of time Three: Don’t eat cafeteria food Four: Include protein, carbohydrate, and fruit or vegetable in every meal.

Five: Stay motivated

Source: SFCC Instructor Travis Warner

Did You Know?: In cross country only the top five runners are scored. Source:

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