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Laughter and henna abound during Hoodstock

by Kayla Tatum The Advocate

While Bicycling Magazine has again named Portland the “#1 bike friendly city in the United States,” Gresham has room to improve spurring economics instructor Ted Scheinman to organize on-campus events for Biketo-Work month. Scheinman registered MHCC for Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s Bike-To-Work Month in order to encourage students and staff to walk and bike to work for the entire month of May. Scheinman also coordinated a Biker Commuting Workshop and Information Center event Wednesday. The event was in cooperation with Linda Hoppes, ASG director of public safety and campus sustainability, the City of Gresham and the Gresham Transportation Management Association (G-TMA). (G-TMA) is funded by Metro Regional Government and focuses on “the use of walking, biking, carpooling, transit, and other modes (of transportation), rather than driving alone,” according to it’s website.

With final exams coming up, the Student Activities Board takes students’ minds off the stress of studying with a week of events

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Above: Magician and comedian Joseph Tran (left) entertains a student crowd with Senator of Student Life Shannon Graalum during Wednesday’s Hoodstock afternoon event. Right: Kaniz Shah of Silk & Stone, a henna, body art, jewelry and bridal spa shop on SE Belmont street, tattooing a student during the free henna tattoo portion of Wednesday’s Hoodstock event.

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Tuition and fee increases lead to widespread student response by John Tkebuchava The Advocate

Students have reacted with both understanding and discontentment after the MHCC district board moved to approve increases in tuition and fees for the 20122013 academic year on May 11. The new increases include a $5 increase in tuition per credit hour, a college service fee increase from $30 to $40, a distance learning fee increase from $40 to $55 as well as an access fee of $35 for each student enrolled in at least one credit class, which will replace the current parking permit system. With the new increase in tuition and other fees, total tuition for a full-time student (12 credits) taking non-distance learning courses at MHCC will be $1,161

per term. In comparison to nearby colleges, students enrolled full-time at Portland Community College pay $1,077 per term, $1,105 per term at Clark College, $1,082 per term at Clackamas Community College and $2,177 at Portland State University. District board chairman Dave Shields said at the budget committee on May 9 that given the reduced funding MHCC has received throughout the years, that tuition may have to continue increasing. “It’s (increase tuition) one of those things that unfortunately [we] might have to continue to do,” said Shields. The college faces a two-year deficit projection of $7.8 million, up from $5.5 million that was estimated for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Given the deficit, Shields said that the budget was constructed under a notion of “shared sacrifice.” Asked what his thoughts were on the new tuition and fee increases, Kyle McGann an education major at MHCC, said, “I’m against the increase in tuition for one singular reason in that we are getting to the point where we are almost at the price of universities at a community college.” McGann added, “As far as the access fee, I’m totally okay with it. Service costs money.” He said he understands the fee. Eric Panner, a first year business major said his main concern is the access fee. “I think they realize that the parking permit system isn’t working. It just bothers me that I would have to pay the access fee even though I walk to school,” he said. Kimberly DeAnne, a first year mental

health student, was also displeased with the news that tuition would rise, “First of all, it’s going to be hard on people who have to rely on financial aid to pay for school, especially with the financial aid money running out. Some people who can barely afford college wont have enough money to go.” Members of the Associated Student Government (ASG) had a similar take on the new fee and tuition hikes. ASG president Jackie Altamirano said, “It’s difficult for students for another increase to happen. I mean this is altogether, these last two years, it’s been a 13 dollar increase. For students, that’s a huge burden to place on us.” “The administration has really talked about those shared sacrifices to insure that everybody is equally affected and it will

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Commendation to elections committee for properly handling elections situation The Associated Student Government (ASG) Elections Committee Chair Luke Harrison hailed this year’s ASG presidential elections as one of the largest in terms of candidates and voters. However, it also saw many more complaints and accusations as well, leading Harrison to spearhead the effort to revise and rewrite the elections packet. We at The Advocate would like to take this opportunity to commend Harrison and the Elections Committee on their handling of this situation. Too often it is easy for the students at MHCC to fall into a sort of apathetic lethargy in regards to student life and government, but this group of students has taken a hands-on approach to solving an identified problem. It should also be noted that people often find it easy to criticize a group for shortcomings without much thought as to how difficult it can be to work your way through issues involved with such a delicate situation, yet the elections committee has been able to push through these complications. One of the controversies in this year’s election was the allegation that President-Elect William Miller and his Vice President, running partner Antonio Guerrero, used

off-campus food incentives to garner votes as well as offering their personal hand-held devices to voters. While there has been no action taken against Miller and Guerrero, the number and nature of the complaints has led Harrison to initiate a rewrite of the current elections packet in order to clarify the alleged gray areas in the ethical con-

duct of candidates, especially in regards to campaigning. The Advocate heartily welcomes this action, especially the willingness of Harrison to take suggestions from students about perceived wrongs and errors in this year’s election. Harrison said that suggestions should be emailed to or turned in to the drop-box in the College Center. We at The Advocate would also like to take this time to add a couple of our own suggestions for the new elections packet: — Specific polling areas

should be set up in the Main Mall or the College Center and partitioned off to allow students more privacy in voting as well as less pressure from an attendant. Elections Committee members should monitor these areas to ensure ethical conduct of voters. — Increased surveillance of candidates while campaigning at school to ensure ethical conduct. This would include making sure no candidates have the option to campaign anywhere there are computers or offer their own handheld devices to students wishing to vote. With changes such as the aforementioned, ASG elections ought to be more peaceful and easier to conduct. While the excitement of an election scandal is undeniable, an orderly and fair election is far more preferable. The Advocate hopes that students will indeed take Harrison up on his willingness to listen and consider suggestions and provide their own informed feedback on the election process. So, with this year’s election behind us and an eye to next year’s, The Advocate applauds Harrison and the committee for his leadership and initiative in that most desirable of campaign motifs: change.

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Asian-Pacific American heritage month should be a time of celebrating, not forgetting by Yuca Kosugi The Advocate

It may surprise you that May is heritage month for Americans with the background of the most populous race in the world. Yet they make up one of the smaller minorities in the United States, but with one of the higher average earning incomes in this country. May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. This encompasses Americans with ancestry from the Asian continent and Pacific Islands, including Polynesia, and is one of the broadest celebrations of culture in terms of heritage months. The most populous Asian ethnicities in the U.S. in order are: Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese, according to the 2009 American Community Survey. Each of the ethnicities, including the numerous other Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander countries, are vastly different in terms of culture, language and history. May was chosen because it was the month the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the U.S. back on May 7, 1843. And the transcontinental railroad, built mostly by

Chinese immigrants, was finished May 10, 1869, according to the Asian Pacific American Heritage website. Initially it was only a week long celebration at the beginning of May, but after 12 years, President George H.W. Bush extended it to a month-long celebration in 1992. As an Asian born and raised in suburban Oregon where the percentage of Asians is 3.7 percent, I can safely say I am pretty white-washed. In all honesty, I am more comfortable in a room full of white people than in a room full of Asians. But don’t let the small population fool you; Asians are a pretty prominent group both within the United States, and on the global scale. Asians make up 4.42 percent and Pacific Islanders make up 0.18 percent of the U.S. population according to the CIA factbook. Median household income for Asians was reported to be $64,308 in 2010, which compares to $54,620 for Whites, $37,759 for Hispanics, $32,068 for Blacks, and an overall median of $49,445, according to the U.S. census. Maybe that correlates to the high percentage of Asian college graduates. 52.4 percent of Asians over the age of 25, just over half, have at least a 4-year degree. That is compared to 30.3 percent for Whites, 19.8 percent for Blacks, 13.9 percent for Hispanics, and 29.9 percent overall in the U.S. according to the 2010 census.

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At one point in my research on Google, there was a spike in the search terms “I am extremely terrified of Chinese people.” So please be clear, by no means am I trying to scare you, dear readers. I just wanted to bring up this interesting tidbit that you may never have thought of consciously in your daily lives. To me, this shows the success that Asians have had in the U.S., despite discrimination and other setbacks. It shows that the U.S. does have social mobility even for minorities that have immigrated to America. However, it is certainly disappointing to see the lack of Asian-Pacific American Heritage month in school, around Gresham, or even around Portland. I did not even know about my heritage month until I saw it on Wikipedia when I was reading up about different heritage months for an article I wrote a while back. There is by no means a lack of culture to celebrate. In fact, the month incorporates many of the richest traditions, arts, music, and food in the world, with most of the various Asian nations having a history dating back thousands of years. There’s very little reason to not have school-wide or community-wide events to celebrate the Asian American heritage. I think it is especially important in a community like Gresham, where Asians are often overlooked or whitewashed like me.

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Commencement cap and gown deadline approaching by Mike Mata The Advocate

The deadline to purchase a $27.99 cap and gown for graduation from Jostens in the Bookstore will be 5 p.m. June 15. MHCC’s commencement ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. June 16 at the Earl L. Klapstein Track and Field Stadium on the Gresham Campus. Graduates will be expected to assemble for the ceremony at 9 a.m. Students planning on having their names printed in the commencement program needed to have their application turned in by April 20 of this year. Students who will graduate at commencement but have not turned in the application by April 20 will still have their names read aloud at the ceremony, but will not be printed in the commencement program. Their names will instead be printed in the 2013 commencement program. The deadline to get one’s name in the commencement program for 2013 will be April 19, 2013. Students do not need to have finished all their coursework required for graduation by the time of commencement. At the ceremony, they receive an empty degree cover and receive the actual degree in the mail upon completion and final review. Graduation applications will be held on file in the Admissions, Registration and Records Office for one year after being turned in. After that, the student would have to reapply, according to the college website. Rehearsal for the commencement ceremony will be at 2 p.m. June 15, which according to the school website, will take 30 minutes. The website also said that instructions will be mailed out June 1.

Reactions Continued from Page 1 Tuition and fee increase causes concern among regular students and ASG leaders become an easier burden to hold, but honestly it seems that students have taken most of that (burden),” she said. However, Altamirano added that she feels the administration did a good job being transparent with their budget plans and being communicative with students. ASG vice president Erika Molina had a similar take on the increases, “We can’t continue to have these increases, at this rate we’re going to be at 90 plus dollars per credit,” said Molina. Molina said that by rallying at the state capital ASG has been working to try and increase the amount of funding given to the school, something that has been steadily decreasing over years and one of the main contributing reasons for increases in tuition and other fees. “Community college is that place that you can go to get a good education for less money than you would pay elsewhere and it just seems like that mission is going away,” said Altamirano.

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News Brief Student stress relief focus of event during next Wednesday and Thursday Students will have the opportunity to get away from their studies before the stress of finals begin Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Main Mall. The “Soothe Your Stress Away” event will be hosted by Student Activities Board (SAB). Wellness Programs Coordinator Teresa Vega Garduno and Receptions Coordinator Brieanna Cave have organized the event according to Associated Student Government’s Director of Communications Laura Aguon. The same event occurred during winter term, according to Aguon, it was successful and received good feedback, which is why SAB has

decided to try it again. There will be a licensed massage therapist offering student’s massages as well as music, food and a prize wheel. Students will also be able to make their own tie-dye shirts. According to Aguon, the event’s activities will be on a first come, first serve basis. If weather does not permit to hold the event in the Main Mall, it will be moved to the College Center. When asked if this event could begin to take place every term, Aguon said if it gets a good response it could be a regular event. “We’re hoping for a good turn out,”said Aguon.

Financial aid office looks to analyze and respond to need for speedy awards by Jeff Hannig The Advocate

In an ongoing effort to get award money in students hand’s more efficiently, the financial aid office is constantly analyzing their performance and trying to address student reviews, said Financial Aid Manager Luis Juarez. Juarez is one of two managers in the financial aid office and just one of many components that make financial aid possible at MHCC. The Financial Aid Office (FAO) had an “Apply Early” campaign, said Juarez. “If there is one thing that I want students to do is apply early,” he added. The office meets weekly and thanks to, “better staffing and an automated processing system- we all feel we are in a better place than we were this time last year,” said Juarez. Christi Hart is the second manager in the financial aid office. Hart worked with IT staff to develop an automated processing system for financial aid but was not available for comment on the system. According to Juarez, the system was designed to increase usability for students and staff - making the packaging of award letters more efficient. “One of our goals is to put an MHCC award let-

ter in a students hand as quickly as possible so they can make their college decision to enroll with that information in hand,” said Juarez. Another concern the financial aid staff is addressing is their office space. Because the financial aid office shares a space with the business office, the two have met on a number of occasions to discuss ways to improve the functionality of the space. While talking about what they could do to improve students’ experiences, Juarez said, the two offices brought up ideas like having a waiting area with chairs - like a doctor’s office - or just having a more welcoming entrance and environment in general, “we have good plans in place, now it’s just about finding the financial support,” said Juarez, adding that “we’re ready for a design team to come and start busting down walls.” Despite the physical restrictions of the building’s architecture and the somewhat chaotic nature of last minute financial aid needs that can crop up, Juarez said the FAO staff is making great strides in where they want to be, “as a result of the new automated system the staff is more efficient which benefits the student and makes for a more positive atmosphere that makes work easier to come to,” said Juarez.

ASG elections committee to revise rules by Jill-Marie Gavin and Mike Mata The Advocate


After the biggest election in MHCC history, the Associated Student Government Elections Committee is beginning to rewrite the elections packet. ASG Elections Committee Chair Luke Harrison said due to getting several complaints and issuing four violations, the committee has decided to change campaigning rules. He said, ”We found that some complaints were valid, but a lot were just accusations.” Harrison refused to say the number of complaints made verbally and by email but said there were more this year than other year and the number of voters was nearly twice as many than any other year. Harrison said that all complaints received by the committee were being held onto because, “to us, unless there is some type of proof, it’s hear-say. We followed through with the valid complaints that we got that we were allowed to follow through with in the time-frame that we had, so by 11:59 p.m. on the Thursday before [the announcement of the winners].” He added, “ We have never had this many voters in the past and a lot of new things came up. It was almost too much for a committee of five.” He said they are going to re-write the packet and limit the number of times voters can vote from their hand-held devices, including phones and iPads. College Center Manager David Sussman said,

a large component of the packet rewrite is having less voting stations so candidates can be monitored better during campaigning. He also said, “These complaints happen every year, but they’re magnified this year because of the number of voters and there were four more candidates this year than in years past. “ He said, ”The Elections Committee has been great, they’ve gone above and beyond and have agreed to stay on longer than their stay to see things get resolved.” Sussman said the committee has been considering adding two members just to monitor candidates to make sure they’re campaigning ethically. Both Sussman and Harrison said they hope to see the elections packet finished by the end of the term with room for improvement this next year before elections in Spring 2013. Harrison said of the proposed rewrite, “The way I look at it, the better we can make it for next year, why not keep working on it,” adding that he is prepared to rewrite the packet using notes he has taken on this year’s election as well as the old packet as a template for the style. But, a major update, he said, is to make it more clear to candidates what is allowed and not allowed and what will warrant a violation. “We actually want to tighten it up a lot,” he said. Harrison also said he welcomes recommendations from students on changes to the election packet. Recommendations can be sent to or put in their drop-box in the College Center.

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Saints softball takes third at NWAACC tournament by Laura Knudson The Advocate

The softball team took home third place from the NWAACC tournament last weekend. Sunday’s games in the NWAACC tournament broke the Saints win streak when they lost to both Lower Columbia and Clackamas. In game one against the Lower Columbia Red Devils the Saints lost 21-16. In the first inning the Saints put 4 runs on the board while the Red Devils managed one. In the second inning the Saints scored two more runs pulling ahead of Lower Columbia who had 2 runs. Although the Saints scored another run in the third inning the Red Devils came back and scored six, taking over the lead. Both teams scored 3 runs in the 5th inning and the Red Devils scored another 3 in the sixth inning keeping the game out of reach for the Saints who scored 6 more runs by the seventh inning to the 7 runs scored by Lower Columbia. In game two the Clackamas Cougars shut down MHCC, winning 20-6. The

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Sophomore pitcher Ashley Devincenzi defends the home plate at the Saints softball game against Walla Walla Community College on Friday. The Saints won the game 6-5.

Cougars came out strong in the first two innings scoring 6 runs in the first and 8 in the second. By the bottom of the third inning the score was 16-1. The Saints put 5

more runs on the board and the Cougars put 4. Clackamas went on to battle Lower Columbia for the NWAACC title and won

both games. The team’s first game Friday, May 18 had promise however, when the Saints beat the fourth seeded Walla Walla warriors 6-5. With the score tied in the fourth inning both teams added a run to the board each inning until the Saints scored in the seventh inning winning the game. In game two against the Clackamas Cougars, the Saints again won by a run ending the game 3-2. The Saints got two runs in the first inning which the Cougars matched in the second inning. The Saints then scored again in the sixth inning to get the win. Continuing the trend of remaining one run ahead, Mt. Hood kept their momentum Saturday beating the number one seeded Wenatchee Valley Knights 1-0. The Saints scored a run in the fifth inning. In game two the Clackamas Cougars shut down MHCC, winning 20-6. The Cougars came out strong in the first two innings scoring 6 runs in the first and 8 in the second. By the bottom of the third inning the score was 16-1. The Saints put 5 more runs on the board and the Cougars put 4.

Baseball seeks its first conference title in over 15 years by Shaun Lutz The Advocate

The MHCC Saints head into this weekend’s NWAACC tournament looking to bring home their first title since 1993. The four-day tournament takes place in Longview, Wash., at Story Field, home of the Lower Columbia Red Devils. Defending champions Bellevue ranked first in the final Alaska Airlines coaches poll, followed by Pierce, Everett CC ranked third and Saints coming in fourth. Mt. Hood took on the top seed out of the East Region Columbia Basin (19-9 in league play; 25-21 overall) Thursday at 4:35 pm. With a win, the Saints will move on to play the winner of the Everett-Lower Columbia matchup Friday at 7:35 pm. Everett finished 19-5 as the number two seed from the North Region with a 30-10 overall record. Tournament host Lower Columbia ended the regular season 18-6 as the West Region’s second seed to go along with it’s 29-13 overall record. With a loss, however, Mt. Hood will play the loser of that game Friday at 12:35 pm. Mt. Hood takes one of the hottest streaks heading into the tournament, as they have notched 32 wins in their final 37 games, behind clutch

work on the mound and timely hitting. Freshman Shea Coates takes his team leading .372 batting average into the tournament hoping to stay hot. Sophomore Taylor Williams is right behind Coates, hitting .351 in conference with a team leading two home runs. Williams is also the ace of a strong pitching staff, sporting a 1.07 ERA as well as being only one of three pitchers in conference with a record of 6-0. Sophomores Isaac Henslee and Riley Barr each contributed three wins, as well as Freshmen Eric Huson and Zev Egli, with Egli posting a 0.93 ERA. The Saints lead the NWAAC in wins by starters with 23, and were third in the conference in ERA with a team earned run average of 1.84. Sophomore Christian Bannister anchors the Saints staff with 16 saves, one more than he had last season, with a 0.78 ERA, adding 37 strikeouts in 23 innings of work this season. Columbia Basin features several pitchers who could present problems for the Southern Region champion Saints. Sophomores Arturo Reyes (6-1, 2.42 ERA), Jon Rapose (7-5, 3.22 ERA) and Nico Lytle (3-2, 3.65 ERA) are among the likely starters that could take the mound Thursday evening. Playing a pair of games earlier this season, the Saints swept the Hawks with a 3-2 win in game one, and earning an extra inning victory 4-2 in 11 innings.

The double-elimination action started yesterday as a the champion of the tournament will be crowned Monday, May 28. Early tournament results were unavailable by production.

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Shea Coates, pictured above at the Saints game against Southwest Oregon Community College on May 15, leads the team with a batting average of .372 going into the playoffs.

Baseball NWAACC schedule • NWAACC baseball championships will be held at Story Field, Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash. • Game one: The Saints played Columbia Basin on Thursday. Results were not available by production. • If they win: The Saints play tonight at 7:35 p.m. against the winner of the Lower Columbia - Everett game. • If they lose: They will play tonight at 12:35 p.m. against the loser of the Lower Columbia-Everett game • Finals will be played Monday.

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Sophomore Isaac Henslee pitches in the first game of Thursday’s home doubleheader against Clackamas Community College.

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Left: Sophomore Robert Hanke running in the 400-meter hurdles at the NWAACC Championships where he placed first with a time of 53.68. Right: Freshman Molly Scoles handing off to sophomore Laura Knudson in the 4x100meter relay at the NWAACC Championships where the team placed first for the second year in a row.

Saints bring home four NWAACC titles by John Tkebuchava The Advocate

For the second consecutive year, the Saint’s women’s 4x100meter relay team laid claim to the NWAACC title at the NWAACC Championships meet held Monday and Tuesday at Spokane Falls Community College. MHCC athlete Terra Zodrow, who also was the NWAACC champion in the long jump, was voted “2012 Most Outstanding Field Event Athlete of the Meet”, as voted for by the conference coaches after her performance at the meet as well. Winning the award came as a surprise said Zodrow, who also ran the last leg on the 4x100meter. Zodrow, who ran her last meet donning MHCC’s red and black this week, was most excited with the relay performances. “In the (4x400-meter relay) we had a six second PR,” said Zodrow.

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Freshman Molly Scoles, also a part of the 4x100-meter, said she was thrilled after the team took the title for the second year in a row, of which head track and field coach Matt Hart said the team ran one of the fastest times in school history. “Being a freshman going in I really didn’t have a lot of expectations to build off from last year,” said Molly Scoles, “I think that we did pretty dang good.” “I knew that we were really close with Spokane (Community College) going in, so we definitely had to work out butts off for that little extra bit and we won by a lot.” “I was anticipating for it to be a close race and when I saw Terra coming around the corner way ahead, it was pretty exciting,” said Scoles. As far as results were concerned, sophomore Robert Hanke was the sole NWAACC champion on the men’s side, winning the 400-meter

hurdles (53.68). The jumps and sprints on the men’s side had a strong showing in general, with top performances including a third place finish by freshman Douglas Sudberry in the 100-meter (11.27), a second place finish by freshman Jacob Troupe in the high jump (1.98-meters) and a fourth place finish by freshman Chris Un in the triple jump (13.31-meters). In the men’s relays, the 4x100meter team, consisting of Hanke, Douglas, Troupe and freshman LT Avants placed fourth (42.46) and the 4x400-meter team, consisting of the same squad as the 4x100-meter, placed fifth with a time of 3:28. On the women’s side, for the second year in a row, the 4x100meter relay team, consisting of freshman Molly Scoles and sophomores Laura Knudson, Mariah Crumpler and Terra Zodrow, took home the gold, running a time of 47.61, beating the nearest team (Spokane) by nearly a whole second.


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Freshman Tori Dixson, pictured on right, won the 2012 NWAACC shotput title after throwing for 12.42 meters. Photo contributed by Matt Hart

The 4x400-meter team, consisting of Scoles, Zodrow, Knudson and freshman Christa Collmer, also managed to place second at the meet (3:57). The women’s team won another two NWAACC titles including freshman thrower Tori Dixson’s first place finish in the shot put (12.42-meters) and Zodrow’s first place finish in the long jump (5.36-meters). Other top performances include Scole’s fourth place finish in the 200-meter, Knudson’s third in the 400-meter, with Scoles coming in about a second behind in fifth (60.54), Collmer’s second place finish in the 800-meter (2:19), Zodrow’s third place in the 100-meter hurdles (14.98), freshman Mariah Delepierre’s fourth in the triple jump (10,38-meters) and freshman thrower Kaitlin Doyle’s third place finish in the discus (41.08-meters). As a team, the Saints women placed third overall at 106 points, with Spokane winning at 201 points (their ninth consecutive NWAACC title). On the men’s side, the Saints placed fifth overall at 44 points, with Spokane winning again at 263.50 points (their eighth consecutive NWAACC title). Hanke, who took the NWAACC title in the 400-meter hurdles (53.68), took the meet in a more relaxed fashion then you might expect from a NWAACC champion. “Well first off my performance at NWAACC was just to have fun,” Hanke said. “I really enjoyed meeting up with some of my buddies from different schools and seeing how they were feeling to this meet

and tell them how I was feeling and we all had the same mind set,” said Hanke. Hanke said meets are more “about having fun and not about who was going to win.” Asked what her highlights were of the meet, Scoles said the relay teams are what really stood out to her, especially since most of the relay teams would be running their last meet as Saints. “To be a part of the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams and working with those girls who were running their last race and being able to celebrate that with them and push myself and them, that was pretty exciting,” she said. In regards to the season as a whole, Scoles said, “It went by really fast. Results-wise, I did pretty much what I was working for. I’m just looking forward to next year. Scoles said she will most likely be returning to MHCC and the team next year. Though the women’s team was strong this season, especially considering their limited number, many of the top performers are second year athletes, including Zodrow, and won’t be on the team next year. Hanke will be returning to MHCC next fall, although he will not be competing on the track and field team. “I still got cross-country and I will be running unattached and become stronger, faster, and better so I can go off to a bigger college,” said Hanke. Asked where she will be next year in her athletic and educational career, Zodrow said, “I still don’t know where yet, maybe Western Oregon (University) or Portland State (University),” though she said she will continue competing in track and field wherever she goes. “It’s kind of a bitter sweet moment leaving behind all my teammates who have become my best friends. But at the same time I’m excited to start something new and meet new people,” said Zodrow.

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Bike: Continued from Page 1 In an effort to encourage students to bike or walk to school an ASG member and an economics teacher organized a Biker Commuting Workshop and Information Center event on Wednesday

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The Biker Commuting Workshop and Information Center included different activities to encourage non-bikers to bike. “I want to promote that (biking) so, I was trying to see what (events) were going on,” said Scheinman. There were promotional materials tools for those who wanted to learn more about how biking is beneficial to one’s health and fitness. Bike maps and prizes such as water bottles and seat covers were also given out. “The bike route map helps find safer ways to commute. Gresham’s Bicycle Transportation wants to give bicycle safety awareness and [they want] to share information [by] giving bike maps so that people can feel comfortable and safe to ride,” said Scheinman. “There are

some challenges, conflicts between bikes and cars. Sometimes cars don’t see bikes. “MHCC isn’t really that easy to bike to. There are a lot of busy roads that can be unsafe for bikers to commute,” added Scheinman. Scheinman said he only bikes to work sometimes because for him it’s a long distance. “It is 45 miles to commute roundtrip from where I live it takes about an hour in a half for me to ride,” he said. “It’s a fun journey,” he said with a chuckled. When asked about the turnout of the event Scheinman said, “I was amazed, we had about 50-75 people show up.” He added, “I was very pleased with the turnout.” We [also] had a store called Outer Rim come and they had a clinic

that showed people how to repair their bikes,” said Scheinman. As ASG has recently purchased a bike repair station and several bike racks for the campus, the clinic was on campus just in time to demonstrate how simple it is to repair a bike. “In front of public safety there is a bicycle repair station that has air if your [bike] is on a flat,” said Scheinman. He said there are also tools available to aid in repairs. One of the benefits of bike commuting, said Scheinman, is that “It reduces parking and it’s a lot cheaper.” For more information about bicycle commuting to MHCC, contact Ted Scheinman at 503-491-7104 or or GTMA at

The bicycle station includes an air-pump and tools for all your bike repair needs and is in front of the public safety office.

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On Campus

Student-produced magazine ‘Perceptions’ out now by David Gambill The Advocate

Your weekly reason to stand up and hit the streets

May 28 Enjoy a brisk run through Portland’s Forest Park during the TrailFactor 50K and Half-Marathon Trail Races. Runners must checkin between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. at Lower Macleay Park, NW 29 and Upshur Street, Portland. Entry fees are $40 for the half-marathon and $55 for the 50K. The race will end with a BBQ and award ceremony. Proceeds will support the Forest Park Conservancy, with a mission of protecting and fostering the ecological health of Forest Park. To register and for more information visit

May 29

National Career Fair will hold a Portland Career Fair at the Red Lion Hotel On The River, 909 N Hayden Island Drive, Portland, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is an opportunity for job seekers to meet face to face with potential employers. For more information visit

May 30 Mental Health and Human Services Club will host comedian Sharon Dana in the College Center at noon. Dana will talk about making positive life changes during the comedy show. Popcorn and punch will be provided.

May 31

Funk N’ Roses, a Guns N’ Roses tribute band, will play the Goodfoot Lounge, 2845 SE Stark Street, Portland, at 9 p.m. The band is made-up of eight musicians from several Portland bands who are celebrating the 25 anniversary of the Guns N’ Roses album “Appetite For Destruction.” Tickets for the 21 and over show are $8 at the door.

June 1

Hugh Laurie and the Copper Bottom Band will bring the blues to The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland, at 7:30 p.m. Laurie is better known as the actor who plays Dr. House on the FOX TV show House. Tickets range from $25 to $150 and are available at

Approximately 120 people filled the McMenamin’s Edgefield ballroom Wednesday for the release party of the 44th publication of Perceptions Magazine of the Arts. This year’s magazine is 190 pages and features art, fiction, non-fiction, photography and poetry. One disc of music and spoken word and a DVD of short films are also a part of this year’s publication. Each year students in WR 247, The Literary Publication, spend the full school year sorting through submissions, editing, designing and publishing the magazine. Former student and Perceptions managing editor Megan Jones performed as Master of Ceremonies at the event, which included a Photo by David Gambill/The Advocate buffet, live music from members of the band “Perceptions” on display on a table at the launch event on Wednesday night. “Perceptions” is now availBoys Without Toys, author readings of works able for $15 through Jonathan Morrow in the humanities department. published in the magazine and a viewing of short films. Category winners were also announced. Proceeds go toward building next years publication and throwJones said a lot of work goes into creating the publication ing next year’s party. Morrow said the cost of the magazine with 14 editors working, reading, editing and choosing sub- production on a whole is around $4,500-$5,000. The magazine missions, around two hours each week over the course of the also receives subsidies from MHCC Associated Student Govschool year. ernment. During her M.C. duties Jones said the editors read all subCategory winners from this years magazine are: Brain Formissions anonymously to avoid bias since an editor may know rest (Seattle) for “Seattle Asiatown, The Players,” in Editor’s some of the submitters. In addition to MHCC students and Choice Art, Mary Thompson (MHCC Student) for “Roller faculty, artists from around the world, like Paris born Ivan de Coaster,” in Editor’s Choice Non-Fiction, Eleanor Leonne BenMonbrison, submitted work to the magazine. nett (England) “Breakskins,” in Editor’s Choice Photography, Jones said that this year’s magazine has MHCC students in Barbara Genovese (Portland) in Editor’s Choice Fiction, Dawn each genre. Thompson (Portland) in Editor’s Choice Poetry, Jeff Riley (PortThis year’s graphic designers were second year integrated land) in Editor’s Choice Film and Boys Without Toys (Portland) media students Jordenn Luff and Baylee Brown. Luff said ev- in Editor’s Choice Music. ery year prospective designers interview with a committee of The magazine will be open to submissions for next year Perceptions editors to fill the positions. from September to the end of January. Guidelines for submisPerceptions Magazine of the Arts is available for purchase sions are available at www.perceptionsmagazineofthearts. from Jonathan Morrow, in the Humanities department, for $15. com.


Men in Black are back to the future in third film by Mike Mata The Advocate

Around the time a movie storyline hits film three, things typically take a turn for the overdone or the outrageous. Think Shrek, Home Alone, The Fast & The Furious, The Mummy, etc. Such was not the case for Men in Black III. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones both reprise their roles as Agents J and K respectively, with much hilarity on Smith’s behalf and more than a little stodginess on Jones’ behalf. However, that’s what has made the other two movies such gems, the juxtaposition of Smith’s streetwise and slang slinging with Jones’ understated deadpan delivery. This movie takes on a whole new set of obstacles for this unlikely pair. In the interest of not spoiling it for fans of the franchise, Agent J is sent back in time to 1969 in order to aid a much younger Agent K in bringing down an alien assassin that Agent K had brought down originally. The alien has escaped from a maximum security lunar prison in order to go back in time and change the course of history. Sounds simple, right? However, the movie moves at a fairly brisk pace, filling in the viewer as it goes along so to speak. This is a neat trick of director Barry Sonnenfeld’s as it keeps the movie from taking the path of other third-installment flops by relying on back-story and familiarizing the new audience member. Instead, the audience gets kept up to date as the plot progresses and nothing gets stale. The Men in Black movies are known though for several kinds of jokes and certain humor and this movie, while not a veritable vomit of the previous movies, does stay true to some of the gags used in the earlier films. For example, while at the Men in Black headquarters, there are screens scrolling through known aliens living on Earth and viewers gets a very clear shot of Lady Gaga’s mug on one of the screens. Or, while back in time, one of the older Men in Black Agents is overheard discussing a proposition from an alien race, the Viagrans, about a new medicine. Also, Agent J’s habit of making up idiosyncratic stories after neuralyzing witnesses at a crime scene is ever-fun-

ny as he tells a crowd of Chinese people in New York’s Chinatown that when they flush a goldfish, this is what happens as he gestures to the large space-alien that trashed a building and an alleyway behind him. The humor overall is more understated, funny but without great dramatic cues and at times very tongue in cheek. There’s also a slightly racist if determinedly funny scene in the beginning when current-day Agents J and K infiltrate the aforementioned Chinese restaurant and find the Chinese-alien cooks using less than sanitary alien species as food in an homage to the stereotype that Chinese restaurants cook up cats and dogs. Another highlight of the movie are the other actors. Josh Brolin plays young Agent K and is rather believable, with the same deadpan and straightforward attitude, but is slightly less world-weary. Jemaine Clement, of Flight of the Concords fame, plays the villain Boris the Animal, the aforementioned alien assassin, with such aplomb so as not to resemble in any way the joke-cracking kiwi he is in real life. Michael Stuhlbarg, known for playing legendary gangster Arnold Rothstein in “Boardwalk Empire”, plays a future-predicting alien named Griffin, who adds a touch of naïveté and light-heartedness to the film. There are also cameos by Will Arnett as Agent J’s alternate partner and Bill Hader as Andy Warhol, who is actually a Men in Black Agent undercover. Hader’s Warhol is especially funny, at one point begging Brolin’s Agent K to fake his death because he can’t take hanging out with the all hippies, of whom he can’t tell man apart from woman. There are some awkward moments between modern-day Agent K and Agent J as they go through the growing pains of their almost father-son like relationship. On the whole, the movie is worth the seeing in theaters. Yeah, you might have to see it in 3-D, which means you’ll shell out a few extra dollars for a film that would be just as enjoyable in normal format, but the film is funny, and the cast worth every cent. Expect similar jokes with an updated twist and some quite good sets of 1960’s New York City alongside strong acting with a mix of comedy and drama.

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Student Success Seminars Navigating Financial Aid Math Final Success Coping With Stress Understanding Test Anxiety Understanding Test Anxiety How to Succeed on Tests

12:10 - 1 p.m. 12:10 - 1 p.m. 1:10 - 2 p.m. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 12:10 - p.m. 1:10 - 2 p.m.

May 29 (Tue) May 30 (Wed) May 30 (Wed) June 5 (Tue) June 6 (Wed) June 6 (Wed)

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Student Success Seminars are free workshops ran by the Learning Success Center for any student to utilize in order to do well in class. No appointments are necessary and dropping in late is okay.

FAFSA FAFSAFridays Fridays Every Friday through June, experts from the Financial Aid Office offers help to anyone trying to fill out their FAFSA. Students should bring their 2011 IRS tax returns, current value of assets, social security number, driver’s license, and alien registration card (if applicable) Every Friday 1-2 p.m. in AC2554

Transitions program has openings The MHCC Transitions Program, which helps single parents and displaced homemakers transition back into school life, will have openings for the summer term for new students. The program supports students with advising, mentoring, counseling, etc.

Transitions information sessions in boardroom 2359 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. May 29 (Tue) 1 - 3 p.m. May 31 (Thurs) 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. June 5 (Tue) 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. June 6 (Wed) For more information, contact Elizabeth Perry at 503-491-7680 or 503-491-6972


MHCC journalism’s annual magazine hits the racks Tuesday. Grab it.


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