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Volume 47, Issue 26

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Presidential candidates in the ASG election that begins Monday include, from left: Luis Delgado, Mike DiNapoli, Eric Cansler, Jeremy Likens, William Miller and Tobin Shields at the presidential debates on Wednesday in the College Center. Cansler is a write-in candidate, while the rest are regular candidates.

ASG elections start on Monday; winner to be announced Friday by Dorothy Ocacio The Advocate

Voting in the Associated Student Government presidential election begins Monday at 12:01 a.m. and will close Thursday at 11:59 p.m. Online voting can be done at vote. To vote, enter your student ID and birthday. You must be a registered student to vote. Throughout the week, there will be ASG members around campus with iPads from which students can vote. The library, gym and Main Mall are a few places they will be found. Chair of Elections Committee Luke Harrison said the Elections Committee is looking to get more involve-

ment from students this year. A vice presidential debates took place Tuesday and a presidential debate was Wednesday in the College Center. Harrison said there were 12 people at the campaign information meeting, up from two in attendance last year. Kathrine Lindquist, ASG chief of staff, moderated the debates. Asked why she ran for president last year, Jackie Altamirano, the current ASG president, said, “I could see there was a lot of potential for change.” She also said there seems to be more people involved this year. Altamirano is a second-year student majoring in political science. “I’ve learned a lot about myself, my leadership style

and how to work with 27 other people,” Altamirano said. “I am very proud of the work we’ve done.” Upcoming events for the elections: On Tuesday ASG will host Rock the Vote from noon to 2 p.m. in the Main Mall. There will be food, music and voting. Candidates will be available to answer voters’ questions. This event is free to students. The newly elected ASG president and vice president will be announced at the Neon Disco Dinner Dance on May 11 at the Persimmon Country Club. This free event is being hosted by the SAB. Dancing, casino games, dinner and a shuttle bus from MHCC campus are all included. Portland Spirit River Cruise for two, two iPads and two spa packages will be given as prizes during the event.

MHCC budget committee to finalize 2012-13 proposal Wednesday by John Tkebuchava The Advocate

A proposed tuition increase and other student fees, as well as the proposed implementation of two furlough days for classified employees, were among the most heavily debated topics at Wednesday’s public hearing session for the proposed 2012-13 budget held before the district budget committee. As a part of the public input segment, Associated Student Government (ASG) representatives expressed con-

cern that the budget focused too much on using students to generate revenue to balance the budget. Some of the details of the budget include getting rid of the parking permit system and replacing it with a universal student access fee of $35. The budget also proposes raising tuition by $5 per credit hour and a proposal to implement two furlough days for Classified Association employees in an effort to reduce employee costs. “We know that the students cannot bear the burden of the budget,” said ASG President Jackie Altamirano.

Cat Parish spoke on behalf of the Classified Association, voicing her group’s discontent with the proposed furlough days. “It is unfortunate that the administration chose to propose two furlough days without consulting with us prior to the release of the 2012-13 budget,” said Parish. “This is an attempt to balance the budget on the backs of MHCC most affordable employees,” said Parish.

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Failed electrical line leads to anticipated campus closure by John Tkebuchava The Advocate

An electrical line leading to the Aquatic Center failed Wednesday night, college officials said, causing an emergency generator to activate and leading to cancelled classes Thursday. Some classes were cancelled in anticipation of a power outage and evacuation of the campus for emergency repairs. The

school was on alert Thursday awaiting information from Portland General Electric on when repairs could begin, according to an all-campus email sent at 12:11 p.m. No outage had occurred as of 3:30 p.m. The threat of a campus-wide closure caused this issue of The Advocate to be condensed to four pages. Full stories are available at

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Biking has benefits including saving money and the environment May is Bike to Work Month and in honor of that, The Advocate would like to advocate for students, teachers and just about everyone else to bike to school and work and to any other place they desire. But we would like to discuss what might and might not appeal to students when making the decision to the put the foot to pedal instead of taking your normal routine to your destination. MHCC has many bike racks on campus and there are several people who use biking as their main method of transportation to school. Taking a look around, it seems that Gresham does not have as high a percentage of bikers as Portland does, but it is still an easy area to bike as it is less populated than Portland. Benefits of biking include that it is kind to the environment, kind to your wallet and kind to your leg muscles. Biking is environmentally friendly because unlike cars, it does not emit noxious and harmful gas fumes into the air. It is also much cheaper. Yes, you may have to invest in a nice bike that may cost several hundred dollars but in Portland, people ride all year round, regardless of the weather, and you will avoid the constantly changing gas prices. Instead of spending money on gas, you can save


Corrections for the April 27 issue of The Advocate: The subhead of the Lidia Yuknavitch feature on page one misspelled her last name. On page three, the budget forum story con-

your precious bucks for something much more tangible than gasoline. In addition to saving you money and helping the environment, biking is also a great way to get your daily exercise. Many students may not have time to hit up the gym everyday with their busy schedules but if you are biking around town then you will get a pretty good work out. Something’s that you may need to know before venturing out is to ride safely and to wear the proper rain gear when it is raining so that you may avoid what is known as the dreaded skunk stripe. This is caused by not having a proper fender and will leave a nasty stripe of water and road grime in your crotch and up your lower back. When biking, you will want to have all your belongings in a backpack, so you don’t risk losing or damaging them and you should wear comfortable yet durable shoes and pants that will not get caught in the pedals. Make sure you have all of this and a helmet if you are under 16 or just clumsy, then you are ready to start your new routine of biking to school instead of driving. Not everyone will be able to bike to work or school every day but taking this routine at least once a week can help the environment, help keep a little cash in your pocket and help keep you toned.

tained the misplaced sentence, “XXXX Cathy Nichols” in the second to last paragraph. The article included neither her title nor her quote. The baseball story on page six misspelled Brian Donohue’s last name in the pull quote.

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In the softball story on page seven, Meadow McWhorter’s last name was misspelled in the pull quote and in the story. The Advocate apologizes for any confusion as results of these errors.



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Stage manager Kevin Elliott, front, addresses the cast, including lead Alex Giorgi, couch right, before rehearsals for “The Underpants” Wednesday in the Studio Theater.

Theater major gets beastly inspiration for ‘Underpants’ role by Leah Emura The Advocate

Theater major Alex Giorgi will play the lead role in MHCC’s upcoming performance “The Underpants” which runs Thursday to Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theater. This is the second and last play of spring term. Giorgi started acting in elementary school, performing his first play in third grade. “I have (also) performed in plays throughout high school . . . and community theater,” he said. Valory Lawrence, theater instructor and producer, describes Steve Martin’s adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s original comedy to be “witty, silly and just a little bit naughty.” Giorgi, referring to student director Dylan Gardner, said, “I didn’t (pick this role). The director chose this role for me. Dylan is a nice guy and we get along really well. He has definitely made some interesting choices when it comes to directing,” he said.

“As an actor, you get inspiration from a little bit of everything: from family members to friends, to other actors, and sometimes even books” Giorgi said. When describing the inspiration for his role in “The Underpants,” he referred to a Disney classic. “For my character of Theo — he is a manly man — I kind of thought of Gaston from ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ ” Giorgi denies having a similar personality to his character. “I am not like Theo at all. I am not super masculine, like he is just a dick to everyone no matter what race or gender you are which I am not like at all,” he said. Despite what Giorgi described to be “at first a little weird,” when speaking of his experience with co-star Sydney Hope, Giorgi said he loves working with her. Hope is playing Theo’s wife Louise. “I had never met her before and we had to do scenes where I was angry at her and totally disrespected her character. But once rehearsals started going, we started getting to know each other more and more,” he said. “We talk all the time and

joke around back stage.” Hope, who is also a theater major in her second term at MHCC, said, “It’s really entertaining because we both get each other’s imaginative side. We’re able to play off each other really well and he’s really fun to work with. I enjoy working with him. It wouldn’t be the same if he wasn’t Theo.” Giorgi said rehearsals have been a bit stressful. “We had to throw this show together these past four weeks and we have less than two weeks left. Some (rehearsals) are a bit rougher than others.” Although rehearsals appear to be a bit rocky, Giorgi expresses high hopes for “The Underpants.” “I am starting to see the show as how it is going to be and I am getting excited,” he said. Advanced tickets cost $8 for general admission and $3 for students. Tickets are available by calling the MHCC Performing Arts Box Office at 503-491-7154 or emailing or online through

The MHCC Planetarium presents “The Southern Sky From Namibia” in the Planetarium Sky Theater at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. The show is free for MHCC students with ID and is $2 for community members.

May 9: Political Science Forum

The MHCC Forensics Team will present the Political Science Forum, “Should state police be able to demand proof of citizenship?” The debaters will present the �irst 20 minutes before the forum moves to open discussion, questions and comments. The event will take place from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in the Bob Scott Room of the library.

May 11: Spring Dinner Dance

The 2012-2013 MHCC Associated Student Government president will be announced at the annual Spring Dinner Dance at the Persimmon Country Club, 500 S.E. Butler Road, Gresham, from 7 to 11 p.m. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. with spiced BBQ chicken breast and grilled burgers as the entrees. The event is free for MHCC students and $7 for guests. Tickets are available at the College Center. For more information, contact Brie at

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News Briefs MHCC forensics to debate on police profiling A political science forum featuring the topic of “Should state police be able to demand proof of citizenship?” Will feature a debate from the MHCC Forensics team. The debaters will present for the first 20 minutes then there will be an open discussion and time fro questions and comments to follow. The forum will take place on Wednesday May 9 from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bob Scott room in the Library.

Historians’ Roundtable: the Titanic In honor of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, The MHCC history department will be hosting a historian’s roundtable on the sinking of the RMS Titanic. History instructors Elizabeth Milliken and Pat Casey

will be giving an overview of the event and Paul Crumrine, part-time english instructor, will be describing the story of a relative who was involved in the disaster. The roundtable will take place on Wednesday May 16 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in room AC1309.

Cinco de Mayo event planned in Main Mall Monday Free burritos, a mariachi band and broken piñatas will be a part of the MHCC Cinco de Mayo event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May 7 in the Main Mall. Part of the event will be traditional dances by SEED (Scholarships for Education and Economic Development) students. Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday commemorating the victory of Mexican militia over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

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Forensics team wins tournament by Jeff Hannig the Advocate

The MHCC forensics team attended the Northwest Forensics Conference Division 3 Community College Championships at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash., and won the overall and Oregon State Sweepstakes titles. It was their fourth win in five years at the event, said forensics director Shannon Valdivia. MHCC also won fifth place in IPDA National Season Sweepstakes. In celebration of the season, MHCC will host a cool-down tournament. The tournament starts today at 2 p.m.


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ASG officers weigh in on budget proposal

“The Underpants,” a Steve Martin adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s 1910 comedy, will be shown in the MHCC Studio Theater Thursday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The play is student directed by Dylan Gardner. Advance tickets are $8 for general admission and $3 for students.

Dave Shields, the chair of the budget committee, responded by saying the “classified faculty association aren’t the only ones taking a hit,” adding that the budget was constructed around the “notion of shared sacrifice.” The final budget committee meeting is scheduled Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the board room before the district board meeting. At the meeting, the budget committee will vote whether to pass the budget proposal. If approved, the document will be sent to the MHCC District board for final approval in June.

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Track and field athletes prepare for MHCC festival by John Tkebuchava The Advocate

The MHCC track and field team saw the return of some much-needed talent and a Saints heptathlete took home second place in a weekend of competitions including the Pacific Twilight meet on Friday and Saturday and the NWAACC Multi Meet Championships. At the Pacific Twilight, hosted by Pacific University, the women’s throws came out strong, led once again by freshmen Tori Dixson and Kaitlin Doyle. In the shot put, Dixson placed fifth (11.79 meters), with Doyle following in at sixth with a throw of 11.65 meters. Doyle also placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 43.09 meters. In the women’s sprints, freshman Mariah Delepierre placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (17.76) and the women’s 4x100-meter relay wasn’t lacking in any excitement as MHCC’s team — consisting of freshman Molly Scoles and sophomores Laura Knudson, Mariah Crumpler and Amy Kegler — came in second (49.18), one hundredth of a second behind George Fox. The 4x400-meter team, made up of Scoles, sophomore Gabriela Diaz, Knudson and freshman Christa Collmer, finished fourth with a time of 4:04. Freshman Douglas Sudberry, one of MHCC’s top sprinters who has been absent in the past six weeks due to a tight hamstring, returned to the track at the Pacific Twi-

MHCC baseball wins doubleheader, keeps league lead

The track and field team will be wrapping up its 2012 season this month and has two more meets before the Southern Championship meet on May 12, which will be hosted at MHCC. This Saturday the Saints will be hosting the Mt. Hood Track and Field Festival meet and then qualified athletes will be heading down to Eugene for the Oregon Twilight meet on Sunday. In regard to this Saturday’s meet, Zodrow said, “The girl’s team is going to place really well at that meet. It’s going to be exciting.” Hart said the team would be trying out some new things with some of their athletes this weekend, “We are experimenting with some of our athletes and getting them to try new events. We will unveil this at our festival meet,” he said. Though Zodrow expects Sunday’s meet in the famed “Track Town USA” of Eugene to feature some of the hardest competition this season, she remains nonetheless optimistic. “It’s intimidating, mostly because there’s a lot good people competing there and it pushes us to go harder,” she said. As for the team’s last month of competitions, Hart said, “I am hoping all of our athletes will step up and start competing with their hearts from this point forward. There is no reason to hold anything back now.”

Softball looks to improve toward NWAACCs by Laura Knudson Advocate staff

The Lady Saints split a doubleheader against Clark College at home Saturday. Game one against the Penguins remained scoreless until the third inning when the Saints put a run on the board. They scored three more runs in the fourth inning and five in the sixth inning to win the game 9-0. Sophomore pitcher Rhianna Russell allowed four hits and had 10 strikeouts. Maikala Galusha had three hits, including a homer and four runs batted in. Maycee Abendschein also had a home run and four runs batted in. Game two was close with both teams scoring early. Clark

games, “We’ve had our good points and our bad points.” She said the team is “starting to come together, just waiting for our breakout games.” Asked what has contributed to recent wins and losses Galusha said, “We had strong hitting in the games we won and weaker hitting in the games we lost.” She said she feels she has done her job for the most part but that “there are always -Maikala Galusha things to work on that makes me want to work softball player that much harder during practices.” MHCC remains Freshman pitcher Brittney fourth in the South Region with Dawson allowed seven hits and a 6-6 record (15-13 overall). They had three strikeouts. Four Saints trail Southwestern Oregon (12each had a pair of hits in the los- 2), Clackamas (11-3) and Lower ing cause. Columbia College (8-4). Galusha said of the last few Galusha said, “I hope we’ll got a run in the first inning, which the Saints echoed in the second inning. Both teams scored in the third inning tying the game. But Clark put another run on the board in the sixth inning and got the 3-2 win after a scoreless seventh inning.

“We’ve had our good

points and our bad points.”

improve and grow a stronger bond by the time NWAACCs roll around and that we peak at the right time. How we do in the Southern Region doesn’t matter when we enter the tournament. Those games only count toward the championship. League doesn’t matter unless you win it all at this point.” An April 26 doubleheader against Linfield was postponed. The Saints were scheduled to play a doubleheader Thursday in Salem against the Chemeketa Community College Storm, but results were unavailable at press time. The Saints are scheduled to travel to Lower Columbia College Saturday for a doubleheader at noon. The Saints will meet the Clackamas Community College Cougars Wednesday at home for another doubleheader scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

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The MHCC baseball team swept a home doubleheader from Southwestern Oregon Community College Saturday, winning the first game 6-4 and the second game 6-1. Going into Thursday’s games, the Saints remained in first place in the South Region with a 13-3 record (23-7 overall). Chemeketa is second with a 12-7 record In game one, and trailing 4-2 after SWOCC batted in the sixth inning, the Saints posted three runs in their half of the inning and added another run in the eighth to seal the victory. Eric Huson was the winning pitcher for the Saints, pitching eight innings and allowing four runs on six hits. Christian Bannister picked up the save. Nick Paxton had two hits and scored three runs for the Saints. Scott Stone had a pair of hits and two runs batted in. In game two, the Saints broke open a close game by scoring four runs in the fifth inning on the way to the 6-1 win. Paxton was the hitting star, with three hits and three runs batted in. Shea Coates also drove in two runs. Winning pitcher was Riley Barr, who pitched a complete game in the seven-inning win, striking out six along the way. A Monday game against Clackamas in Oregon City was postponed until May 10. A doubleheader against Linn-Benton in Albany was scheduled for Thursday but results were unavailable at press time. The Saints are scheduled to play Linn-Benton again in a Saturday doubleheader, also in Albany. Next week, the Saints are scheduled to host Lane in a Tuesday doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

light, placing fifth in the 100-meter (11.17). Sophomore Robert Hanke placed second in the 400-meter hurdles (56.44), the highest placing by a Saint at the meet. In the men’s jumps, freshman Chris Un placed third in the triple jump (12.98 meters). “We are still working on relays but they are looking good thus far. We had some great performances in the throws,” said head track and field coach Matt Hart. On April 30 through May 1, Zodrow, who did not compete at the Pacific Twilight meet due to strep throat, placed second in the heptathlon with 4152 points, more than 100 points better than her personal best, at the Multi Meet Championship meet at Lane Community College. In the heptathlon, participants compete in seven events including the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter dash, long jump, javelin and the 800-meter. Zodrow’s second-place finish will contribute eight team points which will be included in team scoring at the NWAACC championship meet. “But the multi meet was really fun this year. I placed better than I did last year and improved my score,” said Zodrow of the meet. “I was more excited going into this meet because I knew I could place well,” she said. Given Zodrow’s success, when asked whether she would consider taking up the heptathlon in future seasons, she said, “I wouldn’t mind continuing the heptathlon. It’s been growing on me this last year.”

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