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Program helps foster students succeed

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Committee to determine allocation of tech funds Corbin Bronsch

The Communicator This spring the tech committee will decide campus purchases for the 2013-14 fiscal year. Every Feb-March our tech fee committee, which includes students, has a series of meetings deciding what purchases should be made with the technology fees paid by tuition. “The Student Technology Committee is composed of nine voting members, with students holding the majority interest and two non-voting members.” According to the Spokane Falls Community College Committee Template,“ The Student Technology Committee is composed of nine voting members, with students holding the majority interest, and two non-voting members.” SFCC feels that students should have the majority vote because the revenue is from the students. Each member of the committee has a one year term except for the chairman who has a two year term, and the chairman goes back and forth between the Vice President of Learn-

Visual and Performing Arts 8.8% Student Services 3.9% Human Services 1% Health Ed, PE, Recreation, Athletics 0.8% Computing, Math and Science 9.1% Business, Professional Studies and Workforce Ed

College Wide Purchases 69%


ing and the Vice President of Student Services. “The student government representatives on the Tech Fee Committee took their jobs very seriously last year,” said last year’s chairman and Vice President of learning at Spokane Falls, Jim Minkler. “Not only did they ask good questions, they were able to suggest additional funding resources that allowed us to spread our tech fee

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funds further.” The selection process is done by the student government. “Student representatives are chosen from/by Student Government. Faculty and staff solicitations are done by the appropriate union representatives and the Administrator is appointed by the President,” according to the committee template. The committee then has 3-4 meet-

ings where they decide to approve or deny requests from each division for different items of technology. “The technology fee for one student is $40 per quarter,” according to the Spokane falls website. This equates to $880,000 for SFCC to spend on the different division requests. The different divisions can be broken down into 7 different groups; Business, Math, Health Ed, Humanities, Human Services, Library, Student Services, and Visual and Performing Arts. There were also college-wide purchases which made up about 70% of the money; it was spent on items such as server, network, and desktop replacements. The department that was given the most money was visual and performing arts, which had big purchases like the Performing Arts Auditorium Lighting Project, costing $45,441. The department with the least amount of funds was the library which was a total of $5,109 for their tech requests. But some students already have an TECH | Page 2

Tech Fee Expenditure for 20122013 College Wide $607,238.55 Business, Professional Studies $56,409.01 Computing, Math and Science $80,342.34 Health Ed, PE, Recreation and athletics $6,941.36 Humanities $2,940.34 Spokane Falls Tech committee

Faculty to begin advising students

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Vice President of Learning, Jim Minkler is helping to implement new plan

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The Communicator In a 2011 survey, SFCC students were asked to assess what they thought of counseling and advisement; advisors did not get good results. Two interventions were developed to combat the flaws in the system: early alert and academic advising, which are both part of the Achieving

the Dream Initiative funded by College Spark. College Spark is an organization whose goal is to work with colleges so they can have higher success rates. Academic Advisement aims to help students succeed in their classes and college life. “Academic advising is not just to help students register for classes, but to help them throughout their college career.” says Jim Minkler, The


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Vice President of Learning at SFCC. “Achieving the dream is not only to help quarter to quarter, but year to year.” Academic Advisement is a way to help spread out the work load. “The program urges help from more than just counselors.” Minkler said, “We are asking faculty to step up, and each take on five students and help them with their academic issues, and take some of the load off of the counselors, so they can do more of what they are good at, while faculty works directly with their students in whatever field they are studying” Instructors will mentor and assist students whose majors fall within their departments. “We are trying to find an accelerated way to get students through to college level math, reading, and w r i t i n g ,” said Minkler. “It is our goal to mentor to get students to the next level in their academic career,” said Kurt Kinbacher, an instructor in Social Science. “I have been through a

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Advising Contacts

Students think of different tech purchases for the 2013-2014 fiscal year

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idea of what they would like to see for the next fiscal year. “One thing that I would like to see is a new website to replace Angel,” said SFCC student Stephanie Bartlett. “I know they are working on getting a new one already, but it’s something I think should be at the top of the list.”

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Ice baths were on last years tech fee list for the Physical Therapy Lab.

Catholic Church leader gives rare resignation Corbin Bronsch

The Communicator Pope Benedict XVI will be the first pope to resign in nearly 600 hundred years. After almost eight years as leader of the Catholic Church, Benedict XVI will retire at the end of the month due to health concerns. “Strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the

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The pope is considered a worldextent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill wide spiritual leader and is in charge the ministry entrusted to me,” said of every bishop within the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict. “Unity is very This animportant to us,” n o u n c e m e n t “It was shocking to hear said Connall. came as a shock but there is something to “There is a sense to the Cathoof union within lic world but take away from a pope who the church, like doesn’t take steps down from a position a shepherd the away from the of power” pope is the one Pope’s service to -Rev. Darrin Connall who protects his the church. “Every pope sheep.” The pope sends out letters to bishteaches us something and this one taught us to be humble,” said ops all around the world as a way of Father Darrin Connall of the being able to contact such a wide Spokane catholic church, spread community. Even though he The Cathedral of Our Lady is the head of the church his influLourdes. “It was shocking ence is only supposed supposed to to hear but there is somebe an extension of the holy spirit. “He is a custodian of what comes thing to take away from before him,” said Connall. “Some a pope who steps rules are set and stone for him down from a to follow and others can be adposition of justed.” power.” Although the church is currently without a leader they look forward to the future of the church and finding out who will be appointed next. “The pope is like a grandfather to us,” said Connall “There is a sense of sadness within the church right now but soon it will be excitement.” According to a Vatican spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, the church will have a pope before Easter.

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Academic advising:

Instructors work with students to make sure they are on track to graduate.

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program they designed for instructors called academic advisement training. Ideally students will be advised by an instructor in their major of interest.” Kinbacher goes on to say that he sees it becoming a good program because, “There will be more contact between instructors and their students, the students that I advise are taking one of my classes.” “It’s a very flexible system, everyone benefits from good advice,” said Kinbacher. “There’s a whole system of people willing to give advice; if a student asks me something I’m not sure of, I can call someone from another department.” Kinbacher explains that if a student decides to transfer to SFCC as a history major, they would come talk to him, and he will help them with the process. The program is set to launch in the spring, however several departments have started advising some students, while some students are cautiously optimistic about how it will work out. “It sounds really interesting,” said Crystal Aguilar, a student at SFCC. “It would be nice to get in contact with someone that can help you with your specific academic issues. “I am just concerned if there are enough faculty for all the students here and if they are going to release more information about it.”

Campus Security Alert · Whether it’s in your car, office, or in your classroom, please hide your valuables. Items that are easily accessed and visible make for an easy target. · Lock your door when you leave, even if you are gone for a short time. · If you purchase a device or lock to secure your valuable(s), please purchase a high quality device/lock. Some locks can be circumvented in less than five seconds. · Do not leave your wallet/purse in unlocked desks, cabinets, or in the open. · Park in well-lit or heavily-trafficked areas. Thieves do not like witnesses. · Lock your car. Keep your trunk and glove box locked at all times. · Never leave your car running unattended. Cars are often stolen at convenience stores, gas stations or when an owner leaves the vehicle running to warm it up. · Install an anti-theft device. Many insurance companies may give you a discount for certain anti-theft devices. Check with your agent for details. · Politely offer assistance to persons in your building you do not recognize. If they have legitimate business, they will appreciate your help. If they do not, ask them to leave. If you feel unsafe, are being harassed or threatened, or see suspicious activity, call Campus Security at (509) 475-7040 for immediate assistance. For general questions and concerns regarding Campus Security, call (509) 533-3446


Did You Know?: Currently there are 184 cardinals, 121 of which are eligible to vote for the next pope

The process of choosing a college major can often be a difficult experience for college students. Academic advisors often suggest pursuing a line of education that matches one’s interests and strengths. Technically students aren’t required to declare a major until the


second semester of their sophomore year. The first year of schooling is traditionally dedicated to taking general education courses from various subjects that can sometimes help students decide what major suits them best. A major declares what a student is studying and emphasizes a skill they have been practicing in hopes of obtaining a occupation in that field of study. So what is the best subject for col-

lege students to major in? According to Forbes Magazine, the most valuable college majors are engineering, computer sciences, geology, applied mathematics, and biochemistry. While the ten worst majors were majors involving performing arts, history, physical fitness and english. Is Forbes right? Or does it matter what you major in? According the Choice, the college Op-Ed section of the New York Times, less than half of college

The boss man doesn’t care what your major is

The word on a lot of college student’s mind is ‘employability’, which isn’t a surprise considering that this generation of students entered college during Sarah the height of the Dyer recession. Media outlets have increasingly been publishing articles focusing on the ‘worth’ or ‘value’ of different college majors, based on data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) which focuses on unemployment, projected rate of growth in the field and average salaries for graduates. Most of the ‘hot’ majors are in the sciences and technology, with engineering, biochemistry and computer science at the top of the list. Fields that are considered ‘worthless’ tend to be majors like history, language, journalism and education: the liberal arts and humanities. But not to worry liberal arts majors; things are not as bleak as they may seem. Surveys by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) show that most managers care more about a job candidate’s skills than they do about a college major. The skills employers say they want most in a candidate are communication and critical thinking; employers also look for strong work ethic, initiative, interpersonal skills, and problem-solving and analytical abilities. These are the very kinds of abilities honed by coursework in the humanities and social sciences. Because the liberal arts offer a general education as opposed to specialized training for a particular career, job choices simply aren’t as apparent as those for students of engineering or nursing; but, there are probably more options than you realize. Anthropology students, for example, know how to conduct ethnographic interviews and studies, skills that can aid them in marketing work when they analyze customers. English majors have editing and writing skills, which are essential for media, law, public relations, educa-

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graduates landed jobs that require a college degree. That means a typical high school graduate could of gotten the same job. The Choice also claimed that only half of those college students that graduated got a job in their field of study So we ask again. Does your major matter? Staff members of the Communicator express their opinions on the subject. Randall Munroe | xkcd

tion and publishing occupations. Geography majors are well suited to location-based urban planning. These are just a few of the many ways that liberal arts studies apply directly to occupations. The liberal arts are also a springboard to post-secondary studies, such as law, education, business or even medicine. Economists at the BLS estimate that the average American now changes jobs 10.8 times on average over the course of a twenty year career, and liberal arts majors are often better equipped to navigate the shifting job market. Many prominent figures in numerous industries boast liberal arts degrees. Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, took his degree in 20th Century philosophy. Nobel Laureate Dr. Harold Varmus took a bachelors and masters degree in English before switching to medicine. Billionaire Ted Turner studied Classics at Brown University, and before dropping out, Steve Jobs attended liberal arts classes at Reed College. Jobs later said, “If I had never dropped in on that single calligraphy course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.” Rising salaries for liberal arts graduates are part of a long-term trend. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), salaries for social science majors increased more than 62 percent from 1975 to 2001, and humanities majors saw an increase of almost 67 percent. These salaries compare well to those of engineering majors, which had an overall growth of 26 percent during the same period. Significant changes in global perspectives and technology, paired with the emergence of a “gig economy” based on freelancing have the future looking pretty bright for liberal arts majors, if they know how to market themselves and their skills. Speaking to the ‘value’ or ‘worth’ of a college education, I reject the notion that the liberal arts have less value than the hard sciences. Economists agree that the most successful students diversify, delving into both the arts and sciences. And if our society’s understanding of ‘worth’ only speaks to immediate monetary value, I suggest we expand the definition.

Did You Know?: Gene Simmons, bass player of the band KISS, has a major in education.


The Staff

The Communicator, is a student run newspaper that hopes to maintain a forum in which students are able to voice diverse opinions on campusrelated issues. The Communicator also aims to inform students about import events concerning SFCC and SCC, sports and other fun activities for students to check out to make their college days memorable. Editor-in-Chief Randy Breedlove Managing Editor Sarah Dyer Web Manager Colten Cain News Editor Corbin Bronsch Focus Editor Katie Bordner Sidelines Editor Ana Sorci Culture Editor Ari Foster Perspectives Editor Conner Nuckols Photo Editor Madeline Tuflija Photographers Corey McDermett Mireesha Huff Marketing & Advertising Emily Norton Jen Bridges Adviser Jason Nix Writers McCall Daniels Kimberlie Barton Lyssa Davis Emily Norton Jacoby Flansaas Staff members can be reached via email with the following format: sfcc.firstname.

Please Note The Communicator is an open forum that is entirely student edited and produced, with no prior review from the faculty or administrators. Content in this publication is the responsibility of the student staff of The Communicator, and as such does not necessarily reflect the view of SFCC administrators, faculty, or the student body. Individual student contributions to the opinion page or any other section of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial board or the student staff of The Communicator. First copy of an issue is free, additional copies are 50 cents each.



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Majors help find job stability


icking a major is tricky, especially with this economy. But how are you sure you are picking a major that you are more likely to find a stable Madeline job? Tuflija What degree should you get? One that will more likely guaranteed a well paid job or one that you enjoy but not you are not as likely to get a job, or least a well paying job. The latter one may sound nice, but that is not the best pick. The fine arts, English and other languages, Social Sciences , and education are all enjoyable classes and sound like excellent choices to dedicate the rest of your life too. But is ‘enjoyable’ enough? There are so many different job fields you can enter when you graduate college, and it is even better when you know that you are more likely to get a job when you leave the world of school behind. If you type in Google ‘major matters’ you will get many articles telling you that picking a degree in engineering, business, and science are the majors to choose to get a well paying job and a job that you will have a better luck of keeping. I know these majors may not


Business has become the consound as exciting as the fine arts centration of more while the study and other ‘pleasurable’ degrees, of English has become less popular but can you tell me that when you among undergraduates, the study graduate you will get a job right off of business has risen to become the the bat? most popular major in the nation’s No. It may be great to get a colleges and universities. degree in a job you know you will Can I promise you that in this love, but that is not enough to economy that you will get a job and sustain life. that it will be the best right away. Maybe if you plan never to buy a No, but I can tell you that it is house, purchase a new car, or have better to get a major that can get a family. But no one wants to live like that. you the money that is much needed in this recession. That is why making a sacrifice and In a recent study in 2011 at the getting a job that may not be your American Community Survey say favorite, but is necessary to have a that getting a Bachelor’s degree is future in the middle class. making a huge difference in your Business majors have many salary. different areas such as marketing, If you pick the right major and accounting, financing. are able to get a stable job and live With all those different areas you a comfortable life. have many different opportunities. I am not A major in “Business has become one saying money business could of the most studied majors buys everymake money thing and between 35,000 our nations universities and happiness, I and 82,000 colleges.” am the last according person who to a story on would say that. Those salaries But as I have said up above, in are those who have a bachelor’s this economy, it is never wrong to degree in business. want to have a financial cushion to Study of business is becoming a fall back on because anything can more popular major while English happen. and other kindred majors are beSo think about this as you finally coming less popular. settling down on a major. ‘Pleasure’ Business has become one of the is great, but stability is great for the most studied majors in our nation’s long haul. universities and colleges.

Did You Know?: Business Administration and Management/Commerce is the most popular major in the United States


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Passport to College: Beating the odds Passport to College, an SFCC program, aims to beat the statistics of foster care alumni and graduation Katie Bordner

The Communicator Passport to College, a program built to support foster care alumni in college offers students on-campus help to beat the statistics. The definition of ‘foster care alumni’ is any adult who has spent time in an out-of-home placement as a child or a youth ( Passport to College is a mentorship program built to provide means of support for foster care youth in Washington. The program is available at all colleges in the state and supported financially by donations from Safetynet, the State, and local donors. Students who have been in foster care for one or more years are able to apply for three grants and financial aid. At SFCC, 36 students are currently active in the program. “40 percent of foster care youth try to go to college and only 1% graduate,” said Alene Alexander, Program Coordinator of Passport to College at SFCC. “That is the goalto change that number.” Passport to College offers support that includes homework help, reminders for school deadlines, pre-

paring for tests, standardized testing help, and resources for housing, food, and life necessities. “It is not enough to give them money, they need support,” said Alexander. “These young adults do not have parents, they have no one. It’s support in all different forms.” Students who sign up with the program often have very little and can even be homeless or have no access to supplies or immediate life needs. Passport to College also helps with immediate needs that will affect the student’s health and/ or safety. “I went from nothing to everything,” said Jaymee Wright, a new participant in Passport to College. “This program knew how to get me what I needed, and how to get it done fast.” Beyond school deadlines, the volunteers at Passport to College assist students in finding work study jobs. Coordinators and volunteers also offer advice to those searching for work or to those who need assistance in their life outside of school. “They help me be successful in school,” said Jessica Newberg, SFCC student, participant and mentor for the program. “And they helped me get two work study jobs. There is a lot of support.” The students who take part in Passport to College find community in the relationships they build through the program. The commu-

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Alene Alexander, Program Coodinator, speaks with participant Chelsea Meckle at SFCC. nity builds support and encouragement for each student to continue working towards the goal of graduation. Mentoring spans from volunteer to student and then from student to student. “I can’t believe how many times I’ve been told ‘You can’t do it,’” said Newberg. “Seeing each other on campus means having other people to support you. We are like a family, a real big one” Students often find the program by word of mouth (students telling students), the school application which asks if an applicator has been in foster care, or by the counseling department referring them to the program. “My favorite part of this job is

knowing the teens,” said Alene Alexander. “It’s an honor. Most of these kids have a story. Some have lived in 25 plus homes. All have dreams, ambition and they are resilient.” Passport to College has had several successful students. Jessica Newberg will be graduating from SFCC and attending Seattle Pacific University. Ben Anguiano wants to be an RN; Michael Gonzalez, a social worker; Candace a teacher. “That’s why I become a mentor,” said Newberg. “I went from nothing to something. I believe it tells other foster care youth that you can make it through. I beat the statistic. There are still bumps in the road, but you can do it.”

Passport to College: Contact Info: Tammy Walker Phone: 509.533.4411 Tammy. Walker@ spokanefalls. edu Source: http://www. Resources

Food Bank an underutilized campus resource The Food Bank and Food Market supply fresh food to students and their families in the SUB Lounge at SFCC.

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Food Bank products are stored in the SUB Lounge

SFCC Food Bank: Location and Hours: Building 17 Rm. 139 M-F: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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up to three times a quarter,” Miracle Jones, the director of the Food Bank said. In order to use the Food Bank stuMcCall Daniels dents need to bring in their Student ID with the current quarter sticker The Communicator and then fill out a form about how many people are in their family. StuFinding free food is as simple as dents are limited by weight for most driving or walking to school. Students in need of food for them- food items except for produce and bread which is limited by number. selves or their families can go to SFCC’s Food Bank which is support- Each person is allowed 13.5 lbs and the number is increased by how ed by local donations to pick out many people are in each family. some food to help with their meal. “A lot of people that come in “Quite a few people didn’t know have big famiit was here,” lies,” said Jones. Heidi Wooley, an “I encourage students to The Food Bank employee at the use it if they need it. ” relies on donaFood Bank said, “they accidentally -Heidi Wooley tions to help SFCC Food Bank Employee feed the families. stumbled in.” A book of how The Food Bank many students visit the Food Bank is located in Building 17 right is kept in order to submit to Second down the corridor of the ASG office Harvest, the supplier for most of the in Room 139 . At the Food Bank food for the Food Bank. students can go in and pick out According to Jones, the Food food for their families. Students can Bank averages about 138 students. chose from various produce, meat, Students can make donations to the box dinners, bread, and sometimes Food Bank with either food brought clothing items and toilet paper. directly to the room or cash. Cash The Food Bank was created to help donations should be brought to supplement a student’s meal, not to Shelli Cockle in Building 17 in the main supply. There is a limit on Room 124. how many times a student can visit “People take what they need, the Food Bank. mostly bread, hash browns, and “Students can visit the Food Bank

meat,” said Jones. Students are welcome to volunteer and help the program by working at The Food Bank. “The Food Bank is always looking for volunteers to help in the main room or at the Farmer’s Market, said Jones.” The Farmer’s Market is hosted by the Food Bank every third Thursday of the month in the Sub Lounge. At the Farmer’s Market students can use their student ID to collect food for their families just like the regular Food Bank without the weight limitation. “I have a family of four, it was quite a bit of food, we didn’t even use it all,” said Ronald Sheck, an SFCC student. At the Farmer’s Market students have a larger selection of food than what is normally at the Food Bank to help their families. “There is mostly produce and things that are in season,” said Jones The food at the Food Bank and Farmer’s Market is always fresh and in season. Students have access to the facilities everyday from 9:30AM-4:30PM. “I use it myself and it’s very helpful at the end of the month. I encourage students to use it if they need it. ” said Wooley.

Did You Know?: In 2011, 6.1 million U.S. households accessed emergency food one or more times. Source:


Winter concerts


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Lyssa Davis

The Communicator

Every quarter, the Music department of SFCC puts on a series of concerts, which is the culmination and showcasing of the work done by the Jazz, Orchestra, Choral and Band students. All of the concerts take place on the SFCC campus in building 15, the Music building, in the auditorium. The band opens with the first of the concerts in the series on March 4 at 7 p.m. A member of both the concert band and vocal jazz, Kellyanne Evans, said, “We’re Mireesha Huff | The Communicator performing stuff that everyone will The Men’s and Women’s choirs, called the “Chorale,” rehersing on Friday afternoon Zadok the Priest, by George Handel. like; we’re doing both a Radiohead and Queen song.” While she Concert SFCC Chamber Choir, “Small, but 12 at 7:30 p.m, with both the wouldn’t reveal which songs they’d Priest, written by George Frideric Times Mighty.” Handel as the coronation anthem Chamber choir and the Chorale, be performing, she said, “It’s a very On March 13 at 7:30 p.m. is for King George the Second. which is the combined men and popular Queen song; it’s going to Jazz Night, the final of the winter Handel composed the text of the Women’s choirs. This has been Concert Band be awesome.” concert series. Kevin Woods, a piece using selections from the performed by such famous choirs March 4 Next is the orchestra concert on recent addition to the music departKing James veras the Choir of Westminster Ab7 p.m. March 11, also ment’s faculty, is the instructor for sion of the Bible. bey. The Chamber choir will also “(The concert) is going to be at 7 p.m. In an the Improvisational music class as Handel, a native be performing an a cappella piece Orchestra unusual crossing awesome.” well as the man in charge for this of Germany who that Nathan Lansing, the choral March 11 of the proverbial - Kellyanne Evans, became a natuconcert. His jazz students practice director for SFCC, describes as 7 p.m. streams, the choir Concert band and jazz choir member one and a half hours twice a week ralized English “fiendishly difficult,” The Lamentawill be performthroughout the quarter, and Woods citizen, is famous tions of Jeremiah, composed by Choirs ing one piece himself arranges the peices in order for his dramatic operas, oratorios, Alberto Ginastera, and Argentinian with the orchestra; the orchestra March 12 to match ability to difficulty. All of anthems and organ concertos; who, unusually, builds his chords will also be performing with the 7:30 p.m. the peices will include improv. especially famous is the Hallelujah on fourths instead of the standard choirs on their concert night for the All of the concerts are $5 genChorus, the tune for which appears interval of thirds. This creates same piece. Jazz Night eral admission, with $2 tickets for in Zadok the Priest. tight harmony that is extremely This selection of music is CoroMarch 13 seniors and students with ID. SFCC This piece will also be the opendifficult to perform, and reflects nation Anthem no. 1, or Zadok the 7 p.m. students with their ID get in free. ing of the choral concert on March Lansing’s unofficial motto for the

Time to cook spaghetti style

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Lyssa Davis

The Communicator

How to cook the perfect spaghetti, along with the science behind tomatos and why cooking as a college student is not as stressful or costly as it seems. The perfect spaghetti: A keystone of fine dining that’s cheap and easy to do at home. Spaghetti, as the modern American knows it, also known as Spaghetti alla Bolognese, was invented outside of Italy, despite popular belief. It’s a dish that should be in the arsenal of all home cooks as it is not only cheap and relatively non-time-consuming, but it can be made with few ingredients and still shine. A quality spaghetti begins with the tomatoes. One might think that a truly good tomato sauce requires fresh tomatoes, but this is not so. When tomatoes are out of season, the ones from your grocery store likely traveled miles in a refrigerated truck; refrigerated tomatoes are never optimal. Aside


“You use the cheapest red wine you can get...any red, from sugar content, what makes tomatoes taste good as long as it’s not sweet. That would be gross,” Rodruare volatile compounds like cis-3-Hexenal, which is gues said. also responsible for the small of fresh cut grass. If you don’t want to use wine, you can use the liquid These compounds are negatively affected by refrigerafrom your canned tomatoes. tion: they break down into more stable compounds. Herbs are often more flavorful when fresh. However, In the case of cis-3-Hexenal, the compound it bedried herbs and spices are perfectly acceptable as comes has a lessened scent and taste. Refrigeration long as they aren’t old. Many of the oils that provide also causes breakdown of the cell walls in the tomato, flavor degrade over time, so it’s better to keep smaller creating a mealy and watery texture. Flavor can be amounts on hand to use up over the course of a few somewhat repaired by allowing the tomato to warm to room temperature; any damage to texture is permanent. months. The exception to this is garlic. What all of this means is that when tomatoes are out “I have to use fresh garlic; powdered garlic just doesn’t of season or locally-grown tomatoes are unavailable, cut it.” said Susan Blogett SFCC graduate and mother canned tomatoes actually have superior flavor and texof two ture compared to the fresh ones in the supermarket. Thankfully, a bulb of garlic is fairly cheap and keeps Matthew Mendoza, a home cook and food hobbyist, well. Make sure not to burn it, as that can impart an said, unpleasant bitter flavor. “I think canned whole San Marzano tomatoes are the Pasta can be either dried from the store or homemade; best for (spaghetti).” choose whichever you desire. If usSan Marzano tomatoes are a variety “The pastsa water should ing store-bought, follow the direcof plum tomato with thicker flesh, taste a little like seawater.” tions on the package, and remember fewer seeds, and a stronger, bitterto taste them to get desired donesweet taste. -Alton Brown The next step of a great spaghetti Renowned TV chef from the show Good Eats ness. It is imperative to salt your pasta water properly. Renowned TV sauce is the soffritto, an Italian term chef Alton Brown said on his show that refers to a mixture of aromatGood Eats, ics and herbs, used to provide flavor. A common trio “The pasta water should taste a little like seawater.” of aromatics is onion, garlic, and celery; others can be When your pasta is just a hint from done, drain it and used. finish it in your sauce. This last step increases the flavor These are chopped finely and sauteed in olive oil or another fat before browning your protein. Former SFCC of your pasta, because it soaks up more of the sauce while it’s hot and finishing that last bit of cooking. student Garrison Rodrigues said, “Use a spicy Italian With these simple techniques in mind, anyone capable sausage, and remember to season.” Of course, you can of using a stove or hotplate can make themselves a use whatever protein you like, or none at all. After this, cheap, healthy, filling, and tasty meal. the pot is deglazed with some flavorful liquid.

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Spokane Chiefs prepare for playoffs Playoffs are coming up quick for the Chiefs, will they make it? Ana Sorci

The Communicator The Spokane Chiefs are looking to go into the playoffs on a high note. Chiefs have 15 more games to play in the playoffs, do they have what it takes to make it? Chiefs started off the season with winning 28 games out of 40 games before Christmas. After Christmas, the Chiefs game wins slowed down a bit to nine out of 22 games. “The season was good up until Christmas,” says Jon Klemm, assistant coach of Spokane Chiefs, “Now we are a little more inconsistent than before.” The Chiefs had a game on Friday, Feb. 8th at Western Financial Place, Cranbrook, BC against the Kootenay Ice. Kootenay was famous in the penalty box during Friday’s game with two players tripping Chief players. One called for interference and one for a delay of game. Chiefs player number 15, Carter Proft, a six foot 18 year old who was drafted from Spruce Grove, AB was penalized for roughing a Kootenay player and was sent to the penalty box for two minutes. Proft is also known as one of the team’s enforcers. Unfortunately the Chiefs only scored one point and attempted 31 shots, while Kootenay attempted 28 shots and scored four points making the final score one Chiefs - four Kootenay. Attendance in Western Financial Place, BC was 2,631 people. “We’re just like one big family,” says Brenden Kichton, a player for the Chiefs, “very supportive, and

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Mitch Holmberg (left) and Brenden Kichton (right) share a laugh after winning their game against the Tri-City Americans. we’re more bonded this year than last year.” Kichton is a six foot 20 year old who was drafted to the Spokane Chiefs five years ago from Spruce Grove, AB. He has been playing hockey since he was little looking up to his idol Chris Letang from the Pittsburgh Penguins. “Hockey is a part of life in Canada,” says Jon Klemm, “Everyone tries it at least once in their life.” Saturday, February 9th, the Chiefs had a scheduled game at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, against Tri-City Americans. During this game the Americans, much like Kootenay, were famous in the penalty box. Three Tri-City Americans were called for high sticking, one was called for interference to the goaltender, another interference of the game and one for hooking. Number 32 for the Chiefs, Todd

Fiddler, was penalized for interference and was sent to the box for two minutes. Another player from the Chiefs, number 25, Riley Whittingham was penalized for hooking a Kootenay player. The Chiefs pulled the win to put five goals on the board, taking 27 shots while the Tri-City Americans attempted 30 shots and scored two goals making the final score of Saturday’s game five Chiefs - two Tri-City. Attendance in Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, WA was 10,122. To intimidate the other team, Mitch Holmberg likes to remind them about the score. “Can’t hear you over the scoreboard.” Holmberg said. Holmberg is a 5’10” 19 year old who was drafted four years ago from Sherwood Park, AB. Funny thing about the drafting is that Holmberg and Kichton were High school rivals

Mission to Africa instead of scholarship money Conner Nuckols

The Communicator Getting a scholarship to play sports at a university is the goal for all serious community college athletes. But for SFCC alumni Alexa Lindseth no scholarship compared to her dream. This will be the first season Lindseth has missed since she started track in the 5th grade. Lindseth was a thrower on the track team here at SFCC and turned down offers from Wyoming University, Concordia, as well as Eastern and Central Washington University. “My track coach wasn’t happy with Alexa Lindseth me,” Lindseth said. “I didn’t feel any peace about going to any school.” Lindseth at one point had hopes of making a run to make the Olympics. But at the end of the 2012 track season Lindseth remembered a calling she felt as a child, and felt the need to act upon it. Instead of continuing track Lindseth decided to follow her


Priscilla admits she is uneasy about childhood dream of going overseas to help people in Africa and serve the trip. “I’m so proud of Alexa,” Pristhe lord. “I’m looking to get more direccilla said. “This is what she always tion with my life,” Lindseth said.” wanted to do and is exciting to see her dream come true. I want to discover what God has stored for me in the long run.” “I’m still terrified, but thats because I’m a mom, At the end of “...everything has it’s and I just want her May last year season,” Lindseth started to to be safe. But I -Alexa Lindseth,know God will be raise money to pay SFCC alumni for the trip. She with her every step of her journey.” worked three jobs in the process; working as a checker at Safeway Alexa will be traveling to Fort Portal in Uganda to stay with a pasfor $9.29 an hour, nannying for six tor’s family. She will be helping at dollars an hour, and working as a an outreach for children program. IA at North Central High School for The program takes in children that $10.68 an hour. “Ever since I was little I wanted were formerly abducted and taught to go,” Lindseth said. “I felt the call- to be soldiers. ing in my life when I was ten.” After Africa, Alexa plans to save up more money to go to Russia to The total cost of the journey is serve the lord. around 5 thousand dollars. That “Everything has it’s season, and covers the plain ticket, shots, everything has a time and place in passport, visa, and miscellaneous expenses. your life,” Lindseth said. “I realized sports can’t be your whole life “I knew it would cost a lot but I didn’t realize how crazy the probecause at some point in your life cess of going to Africa would be,” you will have to stop due to age or Lindseth said. “a round about plane because of an injury. ticket cost two grand alone. “So I figured I should just stop and begin the journey that I feel Priscilla Lindseth, Alexa’s mother has been nothing but supportive of God has laid out for me, and that’s her daughter going to Africa. But to help others.”

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and were drafted a year apart. Holmberg has also been playing practicing all his life until the right time came to trying out for the WHL. His idol that he looked up to was Patrick Kane, a hockey player from the Chicago Blackhawks. “I plan on making the pros for hockey,” says Todd Fiddler, “If I don’t then I plan on going to a University and finding a profession.” Fiddler is a 5’11” 19 year old who was drafted from Meadow Lake, SK. He was drafted along with Eric Williams, one of the Chiefs’ goalies. Fiddler graduated at age 17 then immediately tried out for the WHL. He looked up to his hockey idol, Joe Sakic from the Colorado Avalanches. “We’re not really into a lot of quotes. We just go with the flow.” says Holmberg. Sunday’s game, final game of the weekend started at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, against the Victoria Royals. During this game the Chiefs were famous for penalties and fights. Three Victoria Royals players were called for interference, holding and one huge fight. Chiefs player number 15, Carter Proft, also the team’s enforcer, was the starter in the fight with Victoria Royals player Austin Carroll. Both were stuck in the penalty box for five minutes. Other penalties toward the Chiefs involved three players high sticking, and one for tripping a Royals player. Unfortunately the Chiefs did not win the game but managed to put three points on the board, taking 20 shots while the Victoria Royals took 28 shots, scoring five points to win the game.

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State record for lake trout broken Conner Nuckols

The Communicator After an official weigh, the record for largest lake trout caught was broken earlier this month. Shadle Park high school alumni, Phil Colyar of Wenatchee holds the new state record for the largest lake trout caught. The trout Colyar caught weighed 35 lb, ten ounces, three ounces larger than the previous record set in 2001. The typical trout size can weigh 8 to 10 lbs. Colyar, 56, moved to Wenatchee in 1983 and graduated from Shadle Park. Colyar caught the trout on Lake Chelan while trolling with his brand new purple and pink U20 flatfish. He used a Lamiglas 8 ½ ft rod, with Maxima 18 pound line and a Abu Garcia Level Wind Reel. The lake trout is the largest of trout in the United States, living primarily in deep cold lakes. Lake trout have earned the nickname as salmon trout due to the large sizes they can grow to.


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