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Oct. 20, 2010

Thanksgiving food drive will give students a scrumptious meal Tobey Veenstra The Broadside

“What it makes me think of is hopefully I won’t need it this year … there’ve been moments in the past where I have needed help from programs like this.” -Debbie Gilmer

Once again, Associated Students of Central Oregon Community College has started a Thanksgiving food drive to provide students in need with donated canned goods this year. Along with fliers and food donation boxes, ASCOCC has collaborated with Central Oregon Community College’s financial aid department to help get the word out to students. “We’re working with financial aid,” said Travis Peden, ASCOCC’s college relations coordinator. “[The financial aid department] will contact all the people on financial aid so that they know, ‘hey, you can apply’.” Students on financial aid can apply by filling out a straightforward application, said Peden, which asks if they have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and reasons the food should be donated to them. “That sounds really good,” said Bradley McLaws, a COCC student, about the project. “I probably won’t donate any … I live up in the dorms; I’ve pretty much got nothing. But it’s a pretty good idea.” Other students also complimented the project and how it reminded them of when they were dependent on similar food donation projects.

“It’s nice. It’s a good deal,” said Debbie Gilmer, a COCC student. “What it makes me think of is hopefully I won’t need it this year … there’ve been moments in the past where I have needed help from programs like this. “I probably need to find out more about where to donate the food … If I knew where a box was, that would be a more helpful reminder to bring the food the next day.” Currently there are a few boxes set up around the campus, with more coming soon. “On Oct. 1 we started putting boxes out,” said Peden. “There’s going to be one in each campus building … There’s even one at the Redmond campus.” Last year many of the canned goods students donated were expired, said Peden, which was an inconvenience for the staff sorting through the goods. “Hopefully people will be more mindful of that this year,” said Peden. ASCOCC brought in over 1500 items and assisted 85 students and their families last year, according to the ASCOCC page on the COCC website. “I think it’s going to be a really good turnout,” said Peden. “We’re hoping to get 150 students and their families food this year.” You may contact Tobey Veenstra at

Walt Brown visits COCC to talk with students General obligation bonds could be used to construct more buildings for colleges Tobey Veenstra The Broadside With election day for the Oregon general elections right around the corner, students have a chance to vote on candidates who can affect their future college education. One of these candidates, Walt Brown, a volunteer attorney running for state treasurer, stopped by Central Oregon Community College to ask students for their vote. “There’s a special, secret reason why students should vote for me,” said Brown. “The legislature is not selling any more general obligation bonds.” Brown explained that general obligation bonds could be used to construct a research building at Oregon State University and construct more buildings for colleges.


Brown said he differed from current State Treasurer Ted Wheeler on funding for colleges. “The legislature is not selling any more general obligation bonds … because the current treasurer is against spending more than five percent of the annual budget on bonds,” said Brown. “He (Wheeler) figures if we sell any more it’s going to hurt our bond measure.” The money spent on the bonds for the college buildings would only bring the figure up to about 5.125 percent, said Brown. A figure he thinks “we could handle.” Other candidates for state treasurer include, Chris Telfer, a certified public accountant in Bend, and Michael Marsh, a McDonald’s maintenance worker, and Wheeler. Brown, who says he “would like to visit every community college in the state,” is running as the Progressive Party nominee for the state treasurer. You may contact Tobey Veenstra at

Derek Oldham | The Broadside

One of the food drive donation boxes around campus.

Campus Security’s

Incident Log

Pet Violation -10/13/2010- Boyle Ed Center-Pet in vehicle Other -10/14/2010 -Redmond - Bike locked on lamp post. Bike lock violation Theft-10/11/2010-Campus Center-Sound equipment taken from building. Hit and Run-10/7/2010-Ochoco Annex Report of a hit and run in "O" lot Other-10/13/2010-Jefferson-Report of student passing out, unconscious during class. Theft - 10/13/2010 - Juniper Res. Hall - Theft of employee's cell phone while working in Juniper Hall. Phone was recovered. Threat-10/11/2010-Grandview-RP reported incident of two subjects threatening each other. No extenuating circumstances. Case closed. Narcotics -10/12/2010 -Juniper Res.- Hall RP smelled marijuana in lobby. After smell located in dorm room, resident turned in 10 grams of marijuana.

For the Record: Corrections In the Oct. 13 insert in The Broadside, it was mistakenly reported that the ASCOCC vote to hire a lawyer was unanimous. In the Oct. 6 issue, it was reported that COCC students could not participate in the Cascade Adventures program. Due to funds from the OSU-Cascades fee committee, COCC students can partake of the program. ASCOCC’s has not yet made a decision whether to fund the program. The Broadside regrets the errors.

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