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The Independent Student Voice of Mt. Hood Community College

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Volume 49 Issue 28

Alma is victorious as ASG elect The newly elected ASG president was announced Saturday at the Spring Dinner Dance Go to to see Pacheco in action

by Greg Leonov The Advocate Alma Pacheco and Cristian Urzua were pleased to be named winners of the 2014 MHCC election for ASG president and vice president, the announcement coming at the school’s Spring Dinner Dance held Saturday at Persimon Country Club. “It was really nerve-wracking. We tried to keep it calm — Cristian and myself, but we couldn’t sit down and watch the performance, the magician,” said Pacheco about the moments leading up to the news. “It was five minutes beforehand, we talked to the (current ASG) vice president, Eduardo (Ortiz), and he told us to calm down, that everything was going to be okay,” she said. “Everybody was acting really funny, Meadow (McWhorter, ASG adviser) was giggling ’cause we kept on walking, pacing back and forth.” Pacheco will be ASG’s student body president of the 2014-2015 school year, with Urzua serving as vice president. “I said, ‘Thank you, to everyone who supported us, especially the elections committee, and our marketing team,’ ” said Pacheco. Urzua gave a short speech thanking all of the opposing candidates for running. He said he would take their different goals into consideration “and put them in our goals for next year because they’re obviously things to work for at this school,” said Pacheco. All of the candidates that ran for office agreed that prices of textbooks are too high, and that designated smoking areas on campus are a good idea. Pacheco said Urzua was a little shaken by the campaign win. “At the end of the day, Cristian sat down and he analyzed everything, he tried to (let it) sink it in, but I guess it didn’t” right away, she said. The two are not only political partners, but they are a couple as well. “This year, we had been together 24/7. We

Alma Pacheco and Cristian Urzua were elected with 218 votes out of 514 actually started dating last year,” said Pacheco. They have been able to keep their relationship as professional as possible. “School is school; we’ve always separated school with personal life,” she said. “Not a lot of people found out that we were dating,” said Pacheco about their situation during the campaign. “It’s a pretty good thing because we can actually observe when we’re professional and when we’re not,” she said about their work relationship. “We forget sometimes that we’re dating. He is very determined (with) his goals – to achieving his goals,” said Pacheco about Urzua. “I’m very focused — when I have something to achieve, I do it as well, but I do it (in) a more — very detailed way.” After a two-week campaign, Pacheco is content to focus on the present. “I’m trying to put my feet on the ground for grades. My present right now involves classes, catching up with classes, and then for ASG — getting the word out for ASG (job

openings) applications.” Besides getting her own academics in order, Pacheco said it is important to make sure positions in ASG get filled for next year. “I feel like every year, every (candidate) ticket gets so excited about the new position, but then they don’t focus on the actual part of ‘I have to make a team.’ ” The two hope to have members in ASG next year represent diversity in age. “This year’s ASG is very young. We want it to be a variety of ages and cultural and different perspectives from the community because our community is very diverse,” Pacheco said. Pacheco and Urzua also want to get students to be more engaged with Mt. Hood. “We already started communicating with faculty, a lot of them. We’re getting to know a lot of the teachers and they all have different ideas for their department, each department is different,” she said. The couple wants to get the free speech area beneath the Library ADA-approved (federal dis-

District board approves budget cuts by Greg Leonov The Advocate The MHCC proposed budget for 2014-2015 was adopted on Wednesday by the school’s budget committee, which also approved a local property tax levy that leaves rates unchanged. The $67.8 million budget plan, at $3.3 million less than the current-year budget, forced the elimination of 16 employee positions at Mt. Hood this month. Members of the budget committee then gaveled in their regular MHCC District board meeting (board members fill both roles) and quickly changed focus to other issues.

Mt. Hood’s annual achievement compact update was presented by John Hamblin, director of enrollment, Sheri Mosher, director of accreditation. The report is required by the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB), which has indentified a state goal, by 2025, to get 40 percent of all Oregon high school graduates to earn a certificate or associate’s degree, 40 percent to earn a bachelor’s or advanced college degree, and for all departing high school students to hold a high school diploma.


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ability laws) so that campus events can be held there during rainy days. “There are stairs (that) go underneath where the water fountain is. There’s no ramp there. So, it’s not approved to have any events,” Pacheco said. She acknowledges the fact that there are challenges to getting Mt. Hood students more engaged. “It’s a community college, it’s going to be hard. We all have other responsibilities other than just being in school, but there has to be a way to raise awareness,” she said. Her team so far has been getting in touch with instructors, and brainstorming ideas for student engagement. “We already started communicating with faculty, a lot of them. We’re getting to know a lot of the teachers and they all have different ideas for their department,” she said. Pacheco said she wants Mt. Hood students to know, above all else, “that it’s their school. They deserve to take advantage of every single bit of their school.”

The Advocate awarded 15 honors The Advocate is pleased to announce it brought home 15 awards at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2014 Collegiate Day last Friday, racking up three more awards than last year. Some of the honors include second-place General Excellence honors, based on judges’ cover-to-cover assessment of three complete issues; first place Best Section and Best Website; and second place Best Design. The newspaper competed against two-year schools across the state, as well as non-daily newspapers at Oregon universities in some categories. Results were announced at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, following break-out seminars for student journalists.

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2014 Awards First place Best Section First place Best Sports Story First place Best Review First place Best Columnist First place Best Website Second place General Excellence Second place Best Sports Story Second place Best Design Second place Best Graphic Second place Best Columnist Second place Best Cartooning Third place Best News Story Third place Best Editorial Third place Best Review


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May 16, 2014

Editorial: A reminder on the rape epidemic Sometimes it takes a horrible event to happen to make us realize what issues may exist that we push out of the forefront of our minds. Take, for example, the Donald Sterling incident: He is the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team who was recorded making repeated racist comments. Before this information was released, chances are that many of us didn’t think racism still existed to that extent. Yet, it does. The same goes for the alleged gang rape of a University of Oregon student by three basketball players: It raises fears about sexual attacks on or near a college campus, something many of us don’t think much about very often. Mt. Hood is a relatively safe campus. There have been no reported cases

of sexual assault since at least 2009, according to the 2013 Clery Report (required by federal law) issued by the Public Safety department.

No matter how safe our campus is at Mt. Hood, sexual assault continues to occur all around us. This is a drastic contrast when you turn your attention to Oregon’s campus in Eugene, which had 70 reported sexual assaults in 2010-12. Yes, we acknowledge there is a big difference between a community college (especially one without

incidents is botched, however. The U.S. Department of Education recently released a list of 55 schools that are currently under investigation for handling sexual assaults incorrectly. Oregon schools are off that hook — none of them made the list, released on May 1. This is a relief for those of us at The Advocate heading to an Oregon university this fall. Still, we feel an urgency to see that our educational institutions keep student safety foremost in their minds. It is more important to handle any suspected case of sexual assault immediately, and with full transparency. If a college administration learns of a reported assault, it should be common sense to report it as is expected under Title IX requirements (which focus on gender equity).

housing) and a large, four-year university. Even so, Oregon State University in Corvallis had 50 fewer assault reports during the same time period. Portland State, in downtown Portland, had 30 fewer. On-site housing is not the source of the problem, we note. We examined the Clery report data from Southwestern Community College, one of the few Oregon community colleges with on-site housing, and found it had just one sexual assault on their Coos Bay campus during the same time period. Our main point is this: Sexual assault isn’t something we should sweep under the rug. It should not be downplayed or hidden to save the reputation of the college (or its star athletes). Too often, officials’ treatment of reported

Just let go – chase your dream

No matter how safe our campus is at Mt. Hood, sexual assault continues to occur all around us. We must stay aware, both as a group and as individuals. Keep an eye out for yourself and others. We’re not in elementary school anymore, but the buddy system still applies. Men and women alike, be cautious of your surroundings. If you’re transferring to a larger university, do your homework. Each college submits a Clery Report each year that details the number and nature of all crimes that took place. If the university you’re thinking about transferring to has a high rate of violent crimes or made the new DOE list, pause and ask: Is that the kind of environment you want to be in, or would send your children to?

(A sabbatical ) Eye on Nature

Globalization is not new

By Danny Perez-Crouse

by Wally Shriner Guest Columnist A few years ago, I watched a speech that motivated me like no other. I’ve seen it multiple times since then, and it was one of the driving forces that helped me realize just how to obtain my dream. If you haven’t already, I implore you go watch Steve Jobs’ commencement speech for Stanford University, given in 2005. It’s a phenomenally moving address and will shake the apathy right out of you. There is a particular quote in the speech that resonates with me to this day: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Those words have haunted me in my pursuit for a career. You see, I’d given up on all of my loftier ambitions and couldn’t find anything more grounded that appealed to me. Because everything I looked into didn’t fit for me, I was afraid that I’d end up with a dead-end job, living in a trailer eating discount lunchables for the rest of my life. I kept picturing Steve shaking his head in disappointment at me. After a while, I came to a realization what I wanted. I love movies and am enamored with visual storytelling. The idea of being transported to a new world in a one-to-three hour sitting is magical. My moment of clarity came when I realized how much joy and enlightenment films bring me, and how I want to bring that kind of joy to someone else. Ergo, I want to be a filmmaker — specifically, a director/writer. However, I still couldn’t truly see myself going for it. I found that letting

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go is the hardest part. There is a certain stigma to how we divide careers, passion and happiness. It’s not easy to accept the fact that you actually can do something you love for a living. It’s also hard to face the social opposition. When I decided to go forward with my plans, I could picture all the restrained grimaces of people reacting to such an ambitious goal. If your dream isn’t among the vanilla blend of “acceptable” careers like business or medicine, then it’s deemed unimpressive or illogical. But, who cares? If you have people who support you and think you’re making the right decision, that’s great. And if they don’t, they can have a word with the bird. This is how I look at it: You shouldn’t measure something as obtainable by other peo-

ple’s standards. Just picture your road to obtaining the dream. How are you going to do it? Can you do it? And most importantly, would it make you happy? Ever since I accepted my calling, my thoughts are dominated by all things film. I’ve been writing screenplays, reading screenplays, picturing shots, evaluating movies, and learning about directing — all with a childish glee. Never before has my mind been so focused on one thing, and so excited for my future. I’m telling you, if there is some kind of inkling towards a greater passion that you’ve been burying, just go for it. Why spend the rest of your life regretting what you never dared to fulfill? And, it’s never too late to turn back. I just have one caveat: You should dive into your dream headfirst, but you

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should also have something concrete to fall back on. I could very well crash and burn in the filmmaking industry. Nothing would bring me greater disappointment, but not having a degree (such as the bachelor’s degree in communications I’ll have) and a backup plan would only make the pain more severe. Shoot for the stars, but make sure you have a safe place to land. Steve Jobs’ words hold so much merit because he was living proof of what can happen if you follow your heart. He put all his energy into what he believed was important. I’ll leave you with another one of his many nuggets of wisdom:“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

A vast and deep ocean separates the continents of North America and Europe, but after seven months of travel through exotic Oceania, Asia and Africa, the flora and fauna seems utterly familiar. Here are deciduous trees in bloom or already in full spring leaf. At higher elevations, pines appear and higher still, mountain meadows are beginning to peak out through melting snow. There are differences, of course, and closer investigation reveals that the species are not the same on both sides of the sea. The morning chorus is louder than in Oregon, and the voices of the birds are as foreign to my ear as the multitude of languages spoken by the local human inhabitants. Birds that are familiar — European Starlings and House Sparrows — are natives, not invasives, here, and occur in smaller numbers, natural parts of communities established long ago. Interestingly, there are North American invasives on this side of the Atlantic. Prickly pear cactus line the roads of Spain, just as they did in Africa, reportedly brought to Europe by Columbus on his return from the New World and spreading on their own or with human help. Other biogeographic patterns reflect journeys taken well before explorations on sailing ships as plants and animals dispersed across Palearctic longitudes over land and ice bridges, or were blown or flown on the wind. All of this is evidence that globalization is nothing new.

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Foundation auction earned thousands by Madeline Boyce The Advocate Trips to Africa, Italy, a one-week cruise, a Cannon Beach weekend, a golf outing and more attractive items were up for bid at this year’s MHCC Foundation Auction, held April 26 at the Red Lion Hotel at Jantzen Beach. The fundraising totals are in: The Foundation raised more than $192,000 total from the event, with net proceeds of over $132,000. About $85,000 of the

take came from local company sponsorships, officials say. About 360 people were in attendance at the auction — an increase from last year — and one lucky woman won this year’s golden ticket. Sold for $100, special tickets entered their purchaser into a drawing. The winner could choose his/her prize from all the offered oral auction items. And, this year’s winner chose the one-week trip to Africa. This year’s event featured a 1950s

“Shake Rattle & Roll” theme, with dance music provided by the local Portland band, Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts, after attendees bid and dined. Established in 1969, the nonprofit Foundation’s declared mission is to be “a unifying force providing resources vital to quality education and community life.” All proceeds from the annual auction goes to benefit Mt. Hood students and the school. Through these fundraisers, the Foundation donates over $100,000 each year, including

roughly $80,000 in scholarships and $30,000 in classroom equipment. Next year’s auction plans are already being prepared, and a date has been set – next April 25. “We’re talking right now about actually having the auction right here on campus,” said Al Sigala, executive director of MHCC Foundation & Alumni Relations. “It’s getting community back on campus. Having them experience and learn more about what’s available here. And what we’re doing as

a college to build a workforce through the different programs.” Holding one of Mt. Hood’s biggest events on-site might mean more students attending, attendees touring the college grounds and a greater chance to reach out to the community. A different location will switch up the auction, adding something new, said Sigala. Sigala added that he wanted to “thank everyone for their sponsorships and for their donations. It’s all for you students. That’s the whole idea.”


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Orientation Center increases numbers Mosher said the report covers many areas, including reverse articulate agreements with other colleges, enrollment numbers, various certificate numbers, and College Now to determine Mt. Hood’s progress in meeting OEIB standards. According to Mosher, the Orientation Center is a great resource for retaining students. Visits to the center went up by 700 students from fall to winter term of this school year. “Our increasing enrollment numbers tend to reflect the efforts of having that one-on-one Orientation Center where students can get specific help,” she said. Hamblin presented the hard numbers, saying that 453 students have completed their course of study and have received certificates or completed Oregon transfer modules (curriculums that require a year of education so that students can transfer to a two-year or four-year school). Last year, 350 students completed these programs. “We’re projecting to end the year with 705 (such students), which is a substantial growth from the previous year, and almost double (the) projection and that’s also improving that six-and-a-half percent enrollment decline” for MHCC overall the past year,” said Hamblin.

“It’s a substantial growth and substantial completion and (are) indicators of student success. The activities that we’re doing as an institution to support student completion are paying off and our students are reaping the benefits.” In her monthly board report, President Debbie Derr talked about attending the Community College President’s Council meeting in The Dalles. Board Chairwoman Diane Noriega attended the Oregon Community Colleges Association. Derr said that the Higher Education Coordinating Council is going forward to the Oregon Legislature to push for greater funding for higher education for both community colleges and Oregon’s public universities. The governor requested that the Council should put forward an “outcomes-based funding model.” According to Derr, the Community College President’s Council proposed a funding model that would establish goals directed to student success and completion rates, and the physical health of each community college (maintenance and facilities improvements). The next MHCC board meeting is scheduled for June 11.

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Living Arts

May 16, 2014

Clockwise from left: Autumn Fishel’s work “No Way;” center painting “We Are One,” by Fishel; and “The Christening” by Isaiah Mason

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Students’ art on display by Greg Leonov The Advocate Mt. Hood will be displaying artwork produced by MHCC students in the Visual Arts Gallery in a juried exhibit that began Monday and will continue through June 5. The exhibit features work done throughout the year. Art major Walter Clinton has a digital piece that displays a transformation. “We took a picture of ourselves and went through different editing software to get effects to show ourselves turning from one thing into another,” he said. The project was open-ended, so students had the opportunity to decide what they could turn into. Walter decided to transform into a dragon. “I like dragons – they’re my favorite mythical creatures,” he said. “It’s just the power and the mystery behind them, and all the folk tales that you hear about them.” Clinton has been interested in art since his middle school days. “In high school I took a graphic design class just about every year,” he said. His interest in digital art stems from the independence it offers. “I like the freedom of digital media in art because most of the time, there’s not one set thing (saying) ‘You have to do this, you have to do that,’ ” he said. “The most you get (are) guidelines on how employers might want it,

but you have the freedom to create how you want it, and then as long as it looks how they think that they want it, it’ll be great.” As for what viewers might get from his displayed piece, Clinton said, “I was hoping they’d see the simplicity of how my work is actually done, and I just hope they appreciate the pictures. The exhibit is not limited to digital media. Three-dimensional work is a prominent presence in the gallery. Art major Isaiah Mason will display some sculpting work in the show. His most eyecatching piece is a cast bronze sculpture. “This is the first piece that I am very proud of,” said Mason about his statue. “That’s kind of why I named it ‘The Christening.’ I thought that this was the first piece that I was like, ‘You know what? This is something that I’d like to show to people.’ I feel like it was the beginning of a new adventure.” “The Christening” is a sculpture of a humanoid warrior. “It was supposed to initially be an angel, it was gonna have wings, I wanted it to be like an angel warrior,” said Mason. “But, the sculpture started kind of taking its own path. It sounds kind of weird, but they (art pieces) end up doing that.” Sculpting often starts with an idea, but changes completely. “You start — set out with this idea — this basic form; then it starts to do

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its own things here and there,” he said. Mason said he feels a close relationship with his work. “You start to feel attached to a piece and all the different steps that you have to take,” he said. “There’s an emotional connection that you get with your pieces.” As for sculpting, Mason said he “started out with the basic forms — just abstract forms,” but now takes joy in crafting a real piece. “Being able to learn the different steps and creating a mold and being able to then cast something... it’s a longer process than one might imagine. Now that I have a finished product (and) it’s something that’s gonna last forever, I find myself feeling a bit emotional,” he said. Mason hopes to pursue a career in sculpting. When he started college, he initially wanted to be a physician’s assistant, but changed his mind when he took ceramics classes to fulfill his humanities requirements. After some ceramics classes, he decided to check out sculpting. “I knew that they worked with clay in the sculpting department,” he said. “I got there, and basically discovered that anything that has three dimensions to it, I could fathom it in my brain that I could probably make it, and that was a pretty big eye-opener to me — enough to where it has me switching why I’m going to school.”

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Opens today In theaters everywhere The anxiously awaited remake is finally here, and lovers of the original are sure to be excited for this one. This film will retell the origin of Godzilla in contemporary times, and stars Aaron Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence.

If Frozen Was A Horror Movie In the mood for a laugh? As part of our weekly feature, we will show you one awesome video and tell you why you should watch it. When a video is so well done it actually seems plausible, you know it’s a good one. This week’s video is sure to be a fun one for fans of “Frozen,” and is still realistic for those who aren’t. The music is great in this fake trailer, and is sure to make you feel like you are watching a real-life (fake) cartoon horror movie. To see this viral video that has over 6 million views for yourself, search for the title on YouTube.

May 16, 2014

Living Arts


The Heidi Chronicles GRAPHIC GOES HERE Graphic by Heather Golan - The Advocate

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Shelby Jones

Shelby Jones is bringing her vision to life on stage as she makes her directorial debut in MHCC’s Spring Theatre Production, “The Heidi Chronicles.” Jones, a second-year student at Mt. Hood, is studying general education in the hopes of transferring to University of Portland after fall term, where she plans to pursue nursing. To her, the theater is simply a passion. “I’m really involved in the theater department, so I feel at home… It’s kinda strange being like, ‘I’m still going to be a nurse,’ and they’re all Broadway,” Jones said. She was born in Mexico and lived in England for two years when she was growing up, and said her family is British. “I should have an accent, and I should know how to speak Spanish, but I don’t. I know how to count to ten and that’s about it,” she said.

Jones said she was surprised that she was selected to direct the spring play. She is part of Mt. Hood’s directing class, where each of the students in the class made their “pitch” as to why they should be chosen as director. “I went with a more simple approach, with the abstract set and having a different lighting approach, having lighting set where we are, having costumes be the major detail,” she said of her vision for the play. “The Heidi Chronicles,” a fictional play written by Wendy Wasserstein, is a story that focuses on the life progression of the main character, who is an art historian. “My first time reading through it, it was a little hard to understand; it’s kind of a complicated play,” Jones said. “It takes Heidi through scenes of her life during three decades: the 1960s, ’70s and the ’80s. “Each scene is in a new year of Heidi’s life, so it’s very different — you gotta keep up, ’cause it goes through

like 30 years.” The progression of the main character is shown in all aspects of her life. “You just see her relationship with men in her life, and with women in her life, and it’s kinda her growth… and she ends up as a mature woman at the end,” Jones said. She said the play has historical references that older generations will enjoy. “It’s a smart play. It gets you to think deeper about life and what we view — television, and all the things surrounding us. “The John Lennon shooting is in the play, all (those) kind of references,” she said. “So, I think the older generation will love it, get it.” One of the most difficult parts for Jones and the rest of the cast is making sure they are familiar with and understand the time periods they are acting in. “We have to really educate ourselves on the time periods... you just kinda have to really think older

and mature,” she said. Another struggle for the student director is trying to manage friendships and authority. “It was really crazy doing auditions, just because I know what my friends wanted. I just had to separate and focus on what I think would be best for the play,” she said. Jones believes the play’s audience will benefit, emerging with a better understanding and reflection on their own lives: “The play is a lot of subtext… I think people will come out of this play really thinking about themselves and what they’re doing with their lives.” “The Heidi Chronicles” opens May 29, starting at 7:30 p.m., with repeat showings the same time on May 3031. Advance tickets cost $5 and may be purchased at the College Theatre lobby, Wednesday through Friday, or online at



May 16, 2014

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RICE club hosts annual luau Limbo, lunch, and leis will be featured at Mt. Hood’s third-annual Luau on May 28, hosted by the R.I.C.E Club from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Main Mall. Remarkable Islanders Causing Excitement (R.I.C.E) strives to break down cultural barriers and expose others to diverse cultures, said Christina White, who has been the R.I.C.E Club president for the past three years. This event is an opportunity to learn more about Guam culture. About 400 people attended last year’s luau, and even more are expected this year. The event is free for MHCC students. Guests can learn how to make leis and enjoy authentic island food, such as full-roasted pig, rice, Spam, egg rolls, and Hawaiian sun beverages (juice-based drinks with no sodium, making them healthier than soda), said White. Entertainment includes Ross Moss, a live singer from Samoa, who also performed last year. Local Portland DJ Michael Morris will provide additional music. Hula dancers

from the R.I.C.E Club will perform, as well as professional dancers from Aloha, Ore., and children from Hawaii. World-certified storyteller and author, Tanya Chargualaf, will speak about the local legends of Guam. Other MHCC clubs will attend this event, allowing students to see what else is offered on campus. The Japanese Club will be doing kanji writing. ASL, Gamers, Image Makers and many more clubs will have tables set up with information and activities. Non-MHCC students are urged to bring a non-perishable food item as an entrance fee. Items will be donated to Barney’s Pantry, which provides food to Mt. Hood students in need. White encourages any interested person to attend. “Islanders, non-islanders, doesn’t matter where anybody’s really from or (their) background, culturally,” she said. “We love to share our background with everybody. It’s a lot of fun.”

- Madeline Boyce

MHCC’s literary magazine, Perceptions, is being released on Friday, May 23. This year, Perceptions will offer a whopping 200 pages of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art and photography, and even a music CD and a DVD of short films. Although staff and students here provide most of the material for Perceptions, there are quite a few contributors from all over Oregon and from other countries, as well. Megan Jones, Perceptions managing editor, said, “It started out as kind of a little tiny Mt. Hood thing and (has) just grown over the years into this. It’s really awesome.”

The magazine is printed and put together on campus by the editors, who are all MHCC students. Each of the editors takes a yearlong sequence class for one to two credits per term, depending on how much time they are needed during the production process. Their advisers, Jonathan Morrow and Lidia Yuknavitch, are humanities teachers at Mt. Hood. The graphics represented in Perceptions are also provided by MHCC students. Perceptions has been worked on all through the year, whether it be writing the articles and taking pictures, or actually producing the magazine.

The release party on May 23 goes from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at McMenaminsEdgefield, and is free for anyone. One of the bands from the included CD will perform, and there will be free food and multiple readings. “A lot of students from here (MHCC) will be reading, so it’s nice to come and support your peers,” said Jones. Perceptions will cost $15. Guests can pick it up at the release party, or purchase copies in the Humanities Department office starting the next day.

– Hayden Hunter

ASG sponsors ‘Mind Matters’ team for mental illness walk ASG is sponsoring a team to participate in NAMI’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) NAMIWalk Northwest annual event, which takes place Sunday in downtown Portland. This week, MHCC’s team, “Mind Matters,” was ranked ninth out of the ten largest teams involved. “Our goal is to become the largest team in the walk,” said Melissa Gonzales McNeal, science instructor at Mt. Hood, who is joined by Joy Smith, ASG director

of community affairs. Gonzales McNeal is also the vice president on NAMI Multnomah’s board of directors. Currently, Mind Matters has 29 walkers, comprised of students, faculty, staff, friends and family. “NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness,” said McNeal. “NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and re-

search and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.” Mind Matters has raised $500 in donations to support NAMI, besides raising awareness of mental illness issues. To join Mind Matters in the 5K NAMI walk, registration can be found at http:// Click on “Join my team.”

- Emily Wintringham

Donate clothes to Snowcap at the C3 ASG is putting on a three-day awareness event called C3, which means Clothing, Community, and Consciousness. The event is open to MHCC students and all others, and “is intended to build a stronger community among students in order to strengthen awareness for women in many other places who are fighting for their rights in education,” said Diana Ramirez, ASG multicultural coordinator. The effort starts on Tuesday with three showings of the movie “Girl Rising,” on the television located by Barney’s Pantry in the Student Union. Show times are 1, 3 and 5 p.m. “Girl Rising” is a film about nine girls from around the globe who face a variety of challenges and injustices, from slavery to arranged marriages. “I have chosen this movie because I would like to show our students how powerful education can be and some challenges that women face to break barriers,” Ramirez said. The film also will be shown at noon Thursday at the MHCC Maywood Campus, in Room 144. Donors may contribute to the C3 event even now, by donating gently used clothes, placing them in the donation box in the Student Union. There will be a clothing swap from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Main Mall. All clothing that is not swapped will be donated to Snow Cap Community Charities.

- Teela Bergen

Relax before finals On Wednesday, Mt. Hood’s ASG will host Student Appreciation Day in the Main Mall, featuring the band Ballroom Thieves. The celebration, open and free to all MHCC students, is “supposed to be a day for everybody to come out and just relax before the craziness of finals week,” said Kristin Werner, director of the Student Activities Board (SAB) . Activities begin 11:30 a.m. At noon, the Ballroom Thieves will take the stage in the Main Mall, and continue to perform until 1 p.m. Voodoo Doughnuts will be provided during the performance. Attendees will may then go to the fire pit on campus (on the lawn between the Student Union and the Mt. Hood pond) and enjoy s’mores, from 1 to 2 p.m.

– Hayden Hunter


May 16, 2014

Sophomore Teauna Hughes during last year’s NWAACC tournament.


Photo contributed by Jonathan Long

Mt. Hood No. 1 going into NWAACCs Saints clinch South, earn top seed for tournament that starts today in Portland by Aaron Marshall The Advocate For the second year in a row, the Saints softball team (35-3, 17-3) has clinched the South Region in the NWAACC, and enters this weekend’s championship tournament as the No. 1 overall seed. “We are proud of this accomplishment,” said head coach Meadow McWhorter. “It’s definitely one of the top regular seasons ever.” Now, the Saints hope for a better ending in the tournament. Last season, with a record of 39-7 (16-4 South), the Saints won the South and earned the top tournament seed. After losing to the eventual champion Wenatchee Valley Community College, 6-1, and then to Douglas College, 5-4, the team would finish third in the tournament. This season, the team has looked even better than last year’s group and its impressive roster during the regular season. McWhorter says this year’s team is different from those she’s coached in the past and it’s what she will remember the most. “Their love of the game, drive to get better, our sophomore leadership and

the ‘specialness’ this team displayed early in the year that has continued to grow all season,” McWhorter said of her players. “Every team has their unique qualities, but this team is special. I have never been more inspired or more appreciative of a group than I am of this group and we have had some incredible teams. “These young ladies are so dedicated to their studies, their teammates and the program,” she said. Mt. Hood clinched the region title on Mother’s Day last Sunday after defeating Clackamas 5-1 in Game One of a double-header, before losing, 7-2, in the second match-up. Entering with a one-game lead, the Saints only needed one win to clinch the region and they accomplished that. Scoring twice in the second inning and three times in the fourth, Mt. Hood showed it was more determined to win. The Saints would finish with 10 hits compared to the Cougars’ four, a big advantage. Freshman Kasidee Lemberger led the team in hits with three with four at-bats, with a double and an RBI. “It felt good to know my teammates knew I could get the job done,” said Lemberger.

Freshman Ashlee Mueller also contributed, driving in two runs. Sophomore Ann-Marie Guischer picked up her 15th win of the season, tossing a complete game in seven innings and giving up four hits and one earned run. With the South title won, Game Two didn’t have much meaning, but Mt. Hood would end with the 7-2 loss. Sophomore Emma Bird led the team in hits with two and drove in one RBI. Sophomore Morgan Entze drove in the other run. Sophomore Nicole Kellams picked up the loss, pitching a complete game and finishing 2-1 on the season. Today is the first day of the NWAACC tournament, played at Delta Park in north Portland, which goes until Monday morning when two teams battle for the championship. The Saints are again the favorite to win (something they did three straight times in 2009-11). “I thought it was a big accomplishment winning the South Region. Our first goal was to make it to NWAACCs and the fact that we won the South Region just made it that much better,” said Lemberger. Taking the region title “was definitely an amazing feeling,” said SheaLee Lindsey. “Since the beginning

of the season our first goal was to make it into the tournament, then win the South (Region). So, it was definitely a huge deal to clinch the title.” Mt. Hood’s first game in the tournament will be at noon today against No. 16 seed Grays Harbor Community College, on Field No. 3 at Delta Park. The two teams met on March 1, with the Saints winning 15-0 in Game One and Grays Harbor forfeiting the second game. They also played on March 15, with the Saints winning 15-0. “My mindset going into the tournament is we just have to take one game at a time and never underestimate a team,” said freshman Mercedes Green, not taking the first game lightly. The winner of that match-up will play the winner of No. 8 Spokane v. No. 9 Bellevue, at 4 p.m. today on Field No. 2. “Once we’re in the tournament, nothing in the past matters. Every team is a challenge and we just need to take it game by game,” said Lemberger. The target will be on the Saints’ back with the top seed, and teams will look to get their revenge against Mt. Hood if they get the chance. “Coach (McWhorter) tells us every day that once we get to the tournament,

everyone’s stats and wins are back to zero,” said Lindsey. “Everything starts over and it doesn’t matter how many times we’ve beat a team before, anyone can win on any given day.” McWhorter explained her point: “Every team has pressed the restart button. What you did before means nothing, only thing that matters is the present. We need to play with purpose, one thing at a time, control what we can control and leave it all on the field,” she said. Besides the Saints, some teams to look out for at Delta Park are Clackamas; reigning champion Wenatchee Valley; Douglas College; Southwestern Oregon; and Chemeketa Community College, which surprisingly shut out Mt. Hood, 5-0, on May 6. “Chelsie Speer (former assistant to McWhorter, and former Saints head volleyball coach) always said ‘face the opponent.’ And that has been a quote I tell myself before every game,” said Lindsey. McWhorter says she wants her players to just enjoy the experience. “Be in the moment, leave it all on the field and enjoy this last weekend together playing Hood ball as a family,” she said.

Track and field prepares for NWAACCs early next week by Edgar Valencia The Advocate Mt Hood’s Earl Klapstein Stadium hosted the NWAACC Southern Championships Saturday, where the Saints track and field team put in a convincing performance in front of their home crowd. With solid efforts, both the women’s and men’s teams finished third out of six teams participating in the meet. The Saints women ran up a score of 161.5 points, while the men scored 123 points. “Our goal was to finish strong and compete with schools like Lane (LCC) and Clackamas (CCC) who were the two favorites, and we did,” said head coach Doug Bowman. (Lane and Clackamas placed 1-2 in both the men’s and women’s competition.) “Some of their strong athletes in throws did not perform well and ours did.” Two Saints finished on top in the discus, as sophomore Cody Quinton threw for first (43.03 meters), while freshman Tyler Jackson came in second (42.96 meters). Freshman Zach Kilgore placed second in the shot put with 13.42 meters, while Jackson came right behind him in third with 13.27 meters. Another athlete with a good performance was sophomore Justin Schlaht, who earned the top slot in the javelin throw with 55.12 meters and also took third in the hammer throw, with 42.45 meters. Freshman Janaree Porter represented the

Saints fairly well on the home track as he finished sixth in the 100-meter sprint (11.35), and came in fifth in the 200-meter sprint (22.47). Two freshman made the top five in the 800-meter run, as Brandon Raleigh ran for third place (1.59.41) and Taylor Hybl came in fifth (2.01.47). In the 110-meter hurdles, freshman Devon Larson finished third (15.90) and his teammate, freshman Kingsley Mgbadigha came in fifth (16.35). Over in the high jump, freshman Brock Otis finished sixth with 1.77 meters. Otis also came in sixth in the triple jump (12.62 meters). The women’s team got good performances from athletes who were still looking to qualify for the NWACC Championship meet, coming early next week. All eyes were on sophomore McKenzie Warren, who had another dominant meet, as she finished in first place in the shot put (12.78 meters), first in the discus (44.28 meters) and first once again in the hammer throw (50.34 meters). “McKenzie was able to show her hard work by finishing on top, over some of the Lane Community College women who outdistanced her last year,” said Bowman. Mt. Hood showed well in the high jump, too. Freshman Marley Yates took first place (1.62 meters), followed by freshman Xayna Robinson in fourth (1.57 meters) and sophomore Carrie Haguewood in sixth place (1.52 meters).

In the 100-meter dash, two Saints came in good positions as sophomore Kristi Kachel finished third (12.83), while Yates rounded off the top five (13.06). Sophomore Caitlyn Safley ran for fifth in the 200-meter sprint (26.04), improving her time from the previous meet. Yates finished sixth in the same event (26.70). Beating her previous time by four seconds, freshman Shanice Lakes finished third in the 400-meter sprint (57.78), while Safley came right behind in fourth (57.99). Lakes rounded out her afternoon by taking second in the triple jump with 11.01 meters, while freshman Xayna Robinson finished sixth with 10.49 meters. The 4 x 400 meter relay was dominated by the Saints team, which cleared the line six seconds faster than the next opponent (4.06.46.). The last stop in the season for the Saints track and field athletes will be the NWAACC Championship meet, which takes place in Spokane on Monday-Tuesday, starting at 10 a.m. “In the championships, we are looking good to fight for fourth place, and we are looking for the challenge,” said Bowman. Mt. Hood Community College will be represented well, as 18 men and 16 women of the team will give it their all, one last time. “This last meet of the year is a reward (for) all the work put in,” said Bowman. “I am very proud of the time, effort and commitment each athlete and coach has put in this season.”

Photo contributed by Oscar Rethwill

Freshman Megan Nelson participating in the hammer throw during the South Region Championships last Saturday.



May 16, 2014

Warren brings the hammer

Sophomore McKenzie Warren breaks MHCC records as she sets her sights on Olympics by Tyler Cornelison The Advocate “In Sandy, everyone knew each other and that was easy because Sandy was small. Coming here was different,” said Mt. Hood sophomore McKenzie Warren, who grew up in tiny Boring, located between Gresham and Sandy. At Sandy High School, Warren was on the track and field team, where she threw the discus and shot put. Two years later, she’s added the hammer throw to her immense talents. She continues to dominate her NWAACC track and field rivals, wearing the black and red at Mt. Hood Community College while she dreams of competing in the 2016 Olympics. Warren is the reigning league champion in the hammer throw, and took second in the discus at the NWAACC championships held last May. She built on a remarkable freshman year this spring, extending her Mt. Hood school record marks in both the discus and hammer as she racked up more first-place finishes. As another championship meet kicks off Monday, Warren can reflect on her outdoor roots – and her personal growth. “I love being in the woods,” she said. “I love camping. I love the outdoors,” expressing her love for fishing and hunting. Living out in the country is just where she likes it, at her family home: “It’s not there in the city. It’s country. We have a big piece of property.” Warren was swept by the outdoor life early on. The peace of the outdoors was something she took a liking to. Her father is a commercial fisherman, as was her grandfather. Those two would

Photo by Carole Riggs - The Advocate

McKenzie Warren shows off her practice hammer as she prepares for the NWAACCs. hunt together, a hobby that was passed down to her brothers, then to Warren herself. “It has always been in the family,” she said.

The rugged country lifestyle can encourage a do-it-yourself attitude. But Warren sees the big picture, too. “This is a team sport,” she said.

“But, when you are doing your event, you know what you need to do. You’re doing it for yourself but it’s also contributing to your team.” Warren said she has learned plenty as a student and athlete at MHCC. “I’ve learned to respect people a lot more. You’ve got to learn to respect (track teammates),” she said. “As a student, going outside my comfort zone, (to) actually pay attention, do my homework, go to class, because I definitely didn’t do that in high school.” Warren has been inspired by others throughout her life, she said. One person who stands out the most is Doug Bowman, MHCC head track and field coach. She explained, “He’s been my coach since third grade. It’s going to be weird, honestly, next year, going to a new school and not having him there. He’s like my second dad.” Warren is looking to transfer on to Concordia University, in northeast Portland, through an athletic scholarship where she will study business. From there, she plans to go on to another community college to get her paramedic license. “I’m going to be a paramedic/firefighter,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to do something in the medical field and I just kind of picked that.” Warren makes it clear that she appreciates all of her support. Her best friend, Caitlyn Safley, is always by her side. Safley was on the track and field team at Sandy with her and now is a Saints teammate. They both graduated from Sandy High in 2012. “We’ve literally been best friends forever,” said Warren, who noted their mothers were friends, as well. “It helps. I’m not very outgoing. I mean, I talk to people if they talk to me first. I’m kind

of shy. We help each other meet new people, and I’ve met a lot of new people on the track team.” Safley is the one Warren leans on as a friend. They made it through schooling together and are not done yet. These two look to move on to Concordia next year and live together. For now, Warren is looking directly to the 2016 Olympics. Only a few meters separate Warren’s best marks from the Olympic qualifying standard in her several events. Reaching the provisional mark for the Olympics would send her to Eugene in spring 2016, for the U.S. Olympic Trials. “(Bowman) can help me with that, too,” explains Warren. Long before that, Warren has to



(Personal Best) (Qualification)

Discus 145’2


Hammer 178’07”


*Olympic numbers transfered from meters focus on the NWAACC championship meet, which will be held Monday and Tuesday at Spokane Falls Community College. She will compete in the shot put on Monday, and toss the hammer and discus on Tuesday. “I’ve just got to practice my footwork,” she said, focused on keeping her technique sharp. “And (to) rest, not throw a whole lot.”

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The past week was bittersweet for the Saints baseball team: Mt. Hood (1723, 14-14 South Region) played admirably in all four games, but a close loss to Southwesterm Oregon Community College (SWOCC) spoiled the Saints’ chances of NWAACC playoff qualification. On Sunday, Mt. Hood split a double-header against SWOCC. Game One was frustrating for the Saints, who saw a late lead slip away in extra innings – and with it, their postseason hopes. SWOCC took the game, 5-4. In the loss, Mt. Hood sophomore John Welborn contributed two hits and two RBIs in four at-bats. “We had a chance to win the game in the ninth and the tenth innings. To just get a base hit, and we didn’t come up with one,” said Saints head coach Bryan Donohue. “It was a really frustrating loss because we had three-run lead late in the game, and we had opportunities to add on additional runs.” The Saints shook off the blow, shutting out SWOCC, 3-0, in Game Two behind the arm of sophomore pitcher Zane Bambusch. Mt. Hood found a spark on the offensive, end from freshman Tommy Lane, who had two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs in three atbats. On Monday, the Saints came back strong in a double-header against Clackamas Community College. Mt. Hood took care of business, winning both games. In Game One, the Saints won in

dominating fashion, 11-1. Mt. Hood piled on runs late, scoring nine total runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Freshman Louis Wolf had a strong offensive performance with three hits in four at-bats. Sophomore third basemen Logan Grindy added three RBIs.

UP NEXT: Doubleheader vs. Chemekata Community College Oslund Field Today, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Game Two mirrored the first, as the Saints cruised to a 10-1 victory over Clackamas. The Saints played nearperfect baseball, committing zero errors and racking up 12 hits. Wolf contributed three hits and three RBIs in four at-bats, while Lane batted in four RBIs and with two hits in three at-bats. Donohue was happy about Monday’s sweep. “Best day we’ve had this season. A lot of it had to do with just executing things offensively and doing some things defensively. Everything that we have worked on showed up,” he said. “It was a good day for our freshmen to be a part of. Just to see what we can do. “We didn’t play out of our minds yesterday, we just played well.” Today, Mt. Hood looks to finish the year strong in a double-header at home against Chemeketa Community College (20-21 overall, 12-16 South Region). The games will be held at Oslund Field at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Donohue said he hopes the Saints will finish off league play with a winning division record.

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