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the advocate Volume 46, Issue 1

September 20, 2010

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The Advocate

September 20, 2010

Editorial Editors-in-Chief

Jen Ashenberner & Jordan Tichenor

Sports Editor Jon Fuccillo

Advertising Manager Copy Editor David Guida

Living Arts Editor David Gambill

Assistant Living Arts Editor Anevay Torrez

Photo Editor

Devin Courtright

Opinion Editor L. John King

Reporters Zach Bellmer Jill-Marie Gavin Chanel Hill Jessica Ison Richard Ison David Lopez Mike Mata Kylie Rogers Mario Rubio Shelby Schwartz John Tkebuchava Jessica Winters


Bob Watkins

Assistant Adviser Dan Ernst

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The Advocate welcomes you to MHCC

he Advocate would like to welcome all new and returning students to Mt. Hood Community College for the 2010-11 academic year. We are especially excited about how the newspaper can be more involved with the community and become your paper more than ever before. The Advocate has always been a student-publication and a student-oriented paper, but this year we intend to become even more responsive to the wishes and interests of students. We want to be the eyes and ears of the student body as well as the mouthpiece for the opinions and concerns of the MHCC community. It would be hard to find a student here who doesn’t hope to better themselves or secure a better future. Many studies show that a person’s lifetime income and standard of living increases with each year of education successfully completed. However, the link between years spent in college and a better life really only shows part of the picture. Today, one must approach education very deliberately by planning realistically. Education grows more expensive each year and the former guarantee that graduation equals landing a job has been downgraded to a pledge rooted in good intentions. Students need to maximize the value of their education by taking advantage of the resources available. A student would do well to camp out at the offices of career counseling and the student success center and take every aptitude and personality profile test possible. Future career satisfaction and longterm success depends not just on finding and riding the economic trends, like an in-demand career in nursing, but pursuing an education in a field that makes you passionate. If it takes three slaps of the snooze button before you can put your bare feet on the floor and head off to work or school, then maybe

you need a career-and-educational matchmaker. Another tactic is to immediately register for the free one credit “College Success Class” (HD100) to develop strategies to help you succeed while here at MHCC. Attend every student success seminar possible and develop the best study strategy and time management skills possible. Make sure you meet often and early with your adviser and become familiar with your DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System). Faithfully following the D.A.R.S. plan will save you time, money and effort by avoiding classes that do not help you reach your goal. Registering early will assure that you get in the classes you need for your degree. Also, make the extra effort and speak with those already working in your intended vocation to see if it is really the profession you desire. Finish what you start All one has to do is check the classified ads to see that a car won’t bring much of a price, even with a beautiful interior and immaculate paint job, if it does not have an engine and transmission. The same thing is true of one’s education. We are kidding ourselves to think that the pursuit of a degree we never finish will really improve our situation. Get intense and never, ever give up Many people cite examples of college and high school dropouts like Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, but that is a dangerous life plan at best. Their real success came from genius in their chosen profession coupled with incredible dedication and motivation. Apply that same intensity to your years at MHCC and you have the closest thing you can find to a written guarantee of future success. We would all do well to adopt the vow Winston Churchill once made: ‘We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall never surrender.”

Eye On Nature

A positive look at negative space By Wally Shriner MHCC Biology instructor Artists speak of negative space, and indeed the focus is often there-emptiness or silence shaping the experience. And so too with life and nature, it is often absence that we feel and notice most.   In September, on this campus, in this season, we no longer hear the morning song of warblers or thrushes.  They have already headed south.  We no longer see the faces of June’s graduates.  They have moved on as well.

Empty space. Defining the season and making room for new--the smile of a new student, the voice of a new colleague, the sight of fledglings spreading their wings. Ours is a campus and world filled with possibilities.  Filled with the promise of discovery. Welcome back! Wally Shriner is an MHCC biology instructor and the Natural Resources Technology program faculty advisor.

Sound off! Do you support an 'access fee' for MHCC students? Last spring the MHCC District board proposed charging students a $50 parking fee per quarter. The fee was later renamed an access fee, to include all students, not just drivers. The board shelved the proposal over the summer. The fee may be reconsidered in future board meetings as a means to deal with the budget shortfall. How would you feel if the access fee is proposed and implemented for winter quarter? Is there an alternative method you would recommend to raise additional revenue? Please email your responses to

Financial aid disbursement policy gives students more time By Devin Courtright The Advocate

MHCC students have the option to charge books at the campus bookstore until Sept. 28 if they will be receiving a financial aid refund. According to Christi Hart, director of financial aid, students expecting to get a refund Sept. 29 can go into the bookstore and show a piece of identification (driver’s license or MHCC identification card) and charge books and supplies to their MHCC student account. When the refund is disbursed, the charges will be paid out of the student’s money. “What will happen is their financial aid will post to their student account and pay off tuition and then if their aid was $5,000 and their tuition was $2,000, then they would have a refund of $3,000,” said Hart. “So, then they have enough to have $500 for the bookstore to be used against books or any supplies and the bookstore will send us a file –telling us everyone that’s charged their stuff against financial aid and (the bookstore) will go ahead and take that out. “Then when we disburse for fall term on the 29th, it’s money that’s theirs: free and clear,” said Hart. “They don’t owe anything else, as far as tuition, fees, or books. So they can use that (what’s remaining) for living expenses or whatever they want.” The new policy started with summer term. “Students really seemed to like that – that seemed to go over fairly well,” said Hart.

Matt Schaaff, a part-time student interested in the music program, said he hopes his financial aid will pay for his books. “I haven’t used financial aid too much, I’m kind of fairly new at it; so I’m kind of safe that I’m having financial aid now. If I don’t have to pay out of my pocket, that would be great.” Hart said, “Some students will go ahead and say, ‘Well, I’ll just go ahead and buy them today and I happen to have the money and I can reimburse myself,’ they can use the financial aid money to reimburse themselves. Some students can do that, others can’t; they may need their financial aid to buy books. “If you’re a full-time student and your tuition is $1,000 but your financial aid is only $500, you wouldn’t be getting your refund back anyway; normally it would go all toward your tuition – so then you wouldn’t have a credit in the bookstore because we wouldn’t be giving you any kind of refund under normal circumstances anyway,” said Hart. “Most students do have some sort of refund back to them after tuition is paid, so then they can use that down toward the bookstore (charges) if they choose to.” Hart also said financial aid had “gatherings” over the summer, where students found out information about financial aid and were able to voice their “input” and concerns regarding financial aid. She said the compromise was done to “look at all angles” and to “not only to help the institution, so we’re not losing as much money, but also help students.

“We’ve really tried to come up with a compromise” to be more flexible with students,” said Hart. “A lot of students made use of it (in the summer) and liked and appreciated having that (flexibility).” As a full-time student, Khristine Barwick, said she has to buy three books for classes. “I’m not going to like going to the library everyday after class to get my information,” she said. “I’m going to get my books, so I’m all prepared – and then the money I will get will be put in my pocket or put towards savings; either way, it’s going to be spent. If it’s not going to be spent now it will be spent later.” Student Adrian Ciesie said, “I think books should be free. They should be electronically disbursed by colleges privately and they should be paid for by taxes. I think it would be more harmless than harmful.” However, Lori Pear, a full-time student, said, “I think there should be another strategy for the people who spoiled the financial aid for the rest of us – in the abuse of it and the actual theft of the money. I think the (financial aid) rules are stricter but I think they can have the rules modified. It’s not a fair situation for those that are just trying to get their financial aid and not abuse the system,” said Pear. On the other hand, Hart said, “It seemed to go well in the summer and students really appreciated it. Hopefully it will continue being successful for fall, winter, and spring.”

Contract negotiations delayed By Jordan Tichenor The Advocate

Hip hop artist Braille performs on stage Thursday while MHCC mascot Barney and a student dance along.

Devin Courtright/Advocate

Orientation session welcomes new students By Jill-Marie Gavin The Advocate

More than 950 new students filled the gymnasium, the Main Mall, and other areas of the campus Thursday as New Student Orientation welcomed newcomers to the campus, according to ASG President Larry Collins-Morgan. Vice-President Jon Francis said, “We are very happy with how things went.” The event started with MHCC President John Sygielski, CollinsMorgan and Francis offering a personal welcome to the hundreds of students attending. Directly after the opening address, local hip hop artist ‘’Braille’ performed. Collins-Morgan said, “It was, in one word, terrific. Absolutely terrific.” Later, a tour of the campus was facilitated by the Student Outreach and Recruitment (S.O.A.R) team. Fiftysix tour groups consisting of 15 to 20

people were led throughout campus by a S.O.A.R. member. Students reconvened for a student skill panels in various classrooms where Laura Whiting, admissions transcript evaluator, explained technical aspects of school enrollment, adding and dropping classes, and registrations dates and deadlines. Whiting discussed technical aspects of school enrollment. A class add with permission sheet was passed out to each student as well as a calendar that contained all of the dates that are vital to registration. These calendars are available on the school website and in the admissions area. Before passing the torch to the next presenter, Whiting said, ‘’If you’re scared, don’t quit! Don’t quit, don’t quit.” Classroom participation skills such as eye contact, smiling and remaining engaged were all introduced as a skill set that helps students connect

with instructors and promote overall success said Mary Girsch, digital art instructor. Larry Gilius from The Learning Success Center said the tutoring center, located in the upper level of the library, is a valuable asset to promote student success and enriching learning skills. Students were led in a chant by Gilius to promote a positive mindset: “I want to stay ahead of the curve. The Learning Success center will help me do that.” At the close of the panel discussion, Cherilyn Nederhiser, public safety officer, added a few pointers about staying safe around campus including never leaving valuables in plain view in vehicles. Students were urged to include the non-emergency public safety number, (503)491-7130, and the emergency on campus public safety number, (503)491-7911, in their cell phone contact list.

Negotiations on the full-time faculty contract were delayed again last week just as bargaining was expected to resume. The administration had been expected Tuesday to discuss its proposals on Article 21 and 12 of the full-time faculty contract, but opted to postpone the discussion until the next negotiation today. This was due to the fact that the faculty had not reviewed material given to them by Randy Stedman, the labor relations consultant hired by the board to bargain the contract for the administration. Article 21 involves the salary schedule and cost of living increases. Article 12 deals with extra-teach provisions (teaching beyond the standard 45-credit load) and summer session compensation. Stedman said in a Wednesday email that without the faculty having reviewed the material, “no productive dialogue could have been possible.” Asked why she thought the administration had delayed negotiations, Sara Williams, the full-time faculty chief negotiator, said, “I think they perceive it to be in their best interest to run the clock.” The state-mandated 150-day negotiation period ends on Oct. 23, according to Stedman. If an agreement is not reached by that time, a state mediator will be brought in to help conclude the negotiations.

New Student Orientation Week

Photos By Devin Courtright and Richard Ison/ The Advocate

Students gathered to receive a bag of MHCC goodies outside the College Center on Thursday. A S.O.A.R. (Student Outreach and Recruitment) member guides students throughout MHCC campus Thursday.

College to take out loan to repair roof, electrical Up to $6 million may be available By Kylie Rogers The Advocate

MHCC will take out a loan for up to $6 million to make permanent repairs to the college’s primary electrical system due to damage caused by rain leaking into the conduits of the main power lines last spring. The $6 million is available if needed but primary repairs need to be handled first, according to Heidi Franklin, vice president of administrative services. The board gave administration the ability to take out the loan but has initially limited it at $3 million for the electrical and roof repairs while they await possible funding from the Legislature in January, said Franklin. Two projects to receive urgent attention are replacement of the primary electrical distribution system and replacement of a section of roof on the main academic building. Heavy rains March 29 damaged the high voltage electrical room and a six-inch pipe that holds wires carrying 12,500 volts of electricity creating electrical arching. The school had to close for a day and a half due to what Richard Byers, director of facilities management, said at the time could have been a catastrophic event. Portland General Electric (PGE) and an electrical con-

tracting company were called in to make temporary and permanent repairs on the system in April. “The conductors — the metal wire inside the insulated jacket — are deteriorating because of age. The insulation jacket is crystallized and brittle due to its age and the amount of heat generated and the capacity of the transformers is too high causing higher costs,” Byers said. According to Byers, these are just a few of the problems with the electrical system. The roof repair addresses a problem that had been discovered during the finishing phase of the roof replacement. Part of the roof had disintegrated and turned powder, according to Byers. Byers said funds were not available to fix the unexpected disintegrated portion of the roof so a temporary roof was put in place. When the temporary roof was put in, Byers said it was meant to be used for one year but is now moving into its third year of placement. “Moisture leaking is the only risk. The roofing company would just patch it up to make it watertight if it was an issue,” said Byers about the extended life of the temporary roof, “Even if we had the funds right now to repair the roof, it’s too late in the season to start. You can’t do it in bad weather.”

Photo by Devin Courtright/ The Advocate

A close up view of the wall alongside the Visual Arts building where a hole had been cut to check for dry rot and warping.

Dilapidated wall is a 'first priority' Zach Bellmer The Advocate

Throughout the summer, large holes were cut in the sides of two MHCC buildings in an effort to track down where issues of dry rot and warping exist. “The holes in each wall are to check for dry rot in key areas of the building(s),” said Richard Byers, director of facilities management.    According to Byers, MHCC has yet to get direct quotes on the cost to start the rebuilding process. “It looks promising,” he said. “When the budget calls for it, the build-

ing will be first priority,” Byers said. “There are seismic code requirements (building requirements to both commercial and residential projects within the jurisdiction of Gresham) for each project for both the tearoff and rebuilding process.” Georganne Watters, instructor of art history and printmaking, said, “ I’d like something to be done. After all, this is the arts department. The buildings shouldn’t look the way they do, but I guess you work with what you have.” In order for the school to start any construction on the Visual Arts buildings, a permit is required by the city.

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Program emphasizes safety, crime reduction

Crime Watch aims to involve students By Mario Rubio The Advocate

Aiming to create a more just and peaceful campus, the Department of Safety and Security Management has teamed with the Associated Student Government on a Crime Watch Program whose core mission is to prevent thefts and increase security presence on campus. “This (program) is created with interest in keeping our campus safe and also allow leadership growth among the students involved,” said ASG President Larry Collins-Morgan. “Students on Patrol” is a newly adopted program that enables MHCC students to work with Public Safety officials and patrol various campus locations. Although students will not be compensated, certain volunteer hours may be attained through involvement. Last Tuesday, public Officer Larry Collins-Morgan safety Cherilyn NederASG president hiser created a formal proposal to the MHCC District board

"This is created with interest in keeping our campus safe and also allow leadership growth among the students involved"

to allow students to join forces access fee has been delayed for with officers. Her proposal shared fall term but could begin in winter the same insight and enthusiasm term and has been reduced to $45. Collins-Morgan and Vice Presi“This is created with interest in dent Jon Francis had originally keeping our campus safe and also envisioned when they took office allow leadership growth among last June. the students involved,” said ColThe program will be developed lins-Morgan. as a way to encourage students to Collins-Morgan said there is act as “eyes and ears” around camtalk with criminal justice adviser pus. In the proposal, Nederhiser Chris Gorsek to allow students ensaid, “Opportunity theft is a crime rolled as criminal justice majors to of convenience that is committed receive college credit and internby people who have adopted the ship hours if involved. Gale Blessing philosophy that they are not guilty Any student interested in apDirector of Safety and unless caught.” plying can pick up an application Nederhiser said it is unlawful in the Public Safety office (AC Security and unethical to have this “find2330) between 9 a.m, and 5 p.m. er’s keeper’s mindset when a lost Monday through Friday and turn item comes up in someone else’s them in during these same hours. hands.” She said she hopes this enforcement will Each applicant must be 18 years or older, a current keep a closer eye on those particular occurrences. MHCC student and will undergo a criminal backLast spring, Collins-Morgan and Francis wanted ground check and attend a committee interview. to boost the on-campus security presence when they Director of Safety and Security Gale Blessing said noticed the number of officers patrolling the cam- that not all applicants with a criminal background pus and after a $50 parking fee was announced to would be overlooked or excluded but they will be begin this school year. After student forums were considered on a case-by-case basis. conducted, a parking fee committee was formed and This is the first time Public Safety has included the fee was re-named an access fee to be charged student involvement and all sources remain optito all MHCC students. Collins-Morgan and Francis mistic. said they wanted students to get the best of this ac“It’s an emphasis on reducing crime and educatcess fee by increasing security cameras and patrol- ing safety tips and that plays a part in maintaining ling officers. safety around here,” Blessing added. Both Collins-Morgan and Francis confirmed the

"It's an emphasis on reducing crime and educating safety tips and that plays a part in maintaining safety around here"

New library director plans to make difference By Jessica Ison The Advocate

MHCC has added a number of new employees, including a new library director who says he wants to bring a new vision for the MHCC campus library. Jeffery Ring was hired May 17 and said he is confident and excited about the opportunities that he will have to make a difference at MHCC. Ring said he will not allow miscommunication or inability to access information to be a barrier to a student’s education. Julia Longbrake, a reference librarian, said teaching students how to use the system for searches has always been available, but one of the newer services being offered is one-on-one appointments

with the reference librarians. “We Ring is enrolled in his doctorate would like students to be aware of program at Oregon State Univerthese resources, because they can sity. He is also an online instructor help improve student success levof categorization for the Emporia els,” she said. State University of Emporia, Kan“There are so many things we as sas. Educated in Michigan, Ring a library staff can do to help stumoved from his northern town of dents be successful. We have so Grand Rapids to Brownsville, TexJeffery Ring many tools available for students as, where he began a new career, library director to utilize,” said Ring. as well as learning of his Hispanic Ring estimated the campus owns origins. In 1997, he moved to Portapproximately 45,000 on-line books land, accompanied by his brother and 30,000 on-line articles to help students access and pet cats. information 24 hours a day, seven days a week from As for hobbies, Ring says he makes time to enjoy any computer. local bands and looked forward to a performance by Drawing from his masters degree in information his favorite band, Scissor Sisters. and library studies from the University of MichiRing welcomes invitations from all student clubs gan, and both of his bachelors degrees (French and and organizations. He said he is looking forward English) from Calvin College of Michigan, Ring to being involved with the Queer Straight Alliance said, “I understand the hardships students face and club on campus this year. plan to meet students halfway, if not more, on their “I am unwilling to lose a student if I can help it,” research goals and library needs.” Ring said.

"I am unwilling to lose a student, if I can help it"

Library Hours Monday – Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Sunday

7 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Library Contact Information Photo by Jessica Ison

Jeffery Ring, MHCC Library Director, has a masters degree to go along with two bachelors degrees.

Upper level of the Academic Center, Bldg. 2253 Library: 503-491-7161 Reference: 503-491-7516, Library fax: 503-491-7389

Contributed photo by Chelsie and justin speer

A family within a family Head volleyball coach Chelsie Speer (formerly Freeman) ties the knot with assistant baseball coach Justin Speer

Story by Jon Fuccillo


ugust 6, 2010, won’t be a date that head volleyball coach Chelsie Speer and assistant Saints baseball coach Justin Speer will soon forget. Yes, this is the same Chelsie who went by Coach Freeman last season. So what happened? The two coaches and former Saint athletes decided that after three years of dating, tying the knot couldn’t have came at a better time. Justin decided that after college he was ready to settle down. “I had a lot of fun in college,” said Justin, who finished his baseball career at Western Oregon University when he graduated in spring 2009. “But I know absolutely that I was ready for this step. I knew I wanted to meet someone and settle down and I already had that with someone (Chelsie). I just had a good feeling about this.” Justin, 24, played for the Saints baseball program from 2004-2007. Chelsie, 27, dominated the volleyball court from 2001-2003. The two got married in what they described as a forest-like scenery five miles outside of Sandy on a gorgeous Friday afternoon in front of family and close friends at the Cedar Spring Country Estate. “We couldn’t have asked for a better day,” said Chelsie of the wedding date. “It was in the mid-80s, not too hot and there was a nice breeze in the air. (Thankfully) we didn’t wait until the next day because it was pouring down rain.” In many wedding stories there is an unusual twist of events in how the couple met. This story is no different, according to the newlyweds. Chelsie was assistant volleyball coach for Justin’s younger sister Kyra’s for Nike Northwest in Gresham when Kyra was a sophomore at Gresham high school. Kyra is now in her sophomore season at MHCC and serves as cocaptain. She also won the 2010 Female Athlete of the Year at MHCC. Chelsie made it clear that Kyra wouldn’t receive any special treatment and that her new sister-in-law will be treated like the rest of the

team. Chelsie moved from the Gresham area that “It hasn’t been a problem at all,” said Chelsie same year to pursue her first head coaching on coaching her sister-in-law. “No one thinks position at her alma mater, Pendleton High it’s been an issue. Plus she’s an outstanding School. She stayed one season before taking player and earns her time (on the court).” over the Saints program in 2009, succeeding Justin’s father, Mike, adored Chelsie from Matt Hartner. the get-go. He got a good grasp of her personWhen he was in Idaho and she was in Pendality and relayed the news to leton, the couple his son and pushed the envewas approximately “It was a team effort to 140 miles away lope for them to meet. “Justin’s father (Mike) re(three hours drive). ally liked me,” said Chelsie, get them to meet. And So the two trav“and he told Justin that ‘you right off the bat they eled back and forth really need to meet Kyra’s to make things hit things off and you club coach’.” work in what usuKyra like her father had ally drives couples could tell they were heavy intentions of the two crazy dealing with meeting. distance. going to make a good “During my sophomore “We made it year,” says Kyra. “I told Jus- couple.” work,” said Chelsie tin to start coming to my Kyra Speer on the long distance games. It was a family effort and the driving. “It sister-in-law actually went by to get them to meet. And right off the bat they hit things off pretty fast.” and you could tell they were Justin added going to make a good match. that it was a sign They have so much in comthat the two were mon. We (our family) were like ‘yay’ once they compatible and able to work through adversity decided to meet. It’s been great.” that challenges most couples. Chelsie knew what she was looking for and “After that, I knew we could get through what qualities she wanted after having hard- anything,” he said. ships in past relationships. She said sparks They both live busy lives in the sports world. started to fly right off the bat. They share a common bond for the love of the “One of the biggest things with Justin was game and one another. Although it’s not the that he was raised like I was and that was re- same game (volleyball and baseball), they feed ally important to me,” said Chelsie. “I could tell off each other for both marital support and that he really cared and was very sincere.” coaching tactics. Between the two their parents have been “She’s the head coach and I am only an asmarried for a combined 60 years, which played sistant,” said Justin. “So I am learning from a major factor in Chelsie’s decision. Chelsie’s her. She has great experience and a lot of sucparents have been married 31 years and Jus- cess. She’s had a pretty good run.” tin’s parents were wed 29 years ago. Chelsie might have more coaching experi“I knew that divorce wasn’t a possibility ence but she looks to Justin for advice on techwith him,” said Chelsie. niques. In the summer of 2008, shortly after the two “As a head coach, I love to have his support,” began dating, Justin moved to Lewiston, Idaho, she said. “He’s so good to talk to and he always to attend Lewis-Clark State College where he has a good perspective. I couldn’t imagine myplayed one season. self not being married to another athlete.”

Young cross country team has high expectations By Jon Fuccillo The Advocate

Fall offers the sports fan the best action of the year

What an amazing time of the year: the transition from gorgeous summer weather to gloomy fall and sporadic rain. From hanging out with friends at the local tavern until Beer-thirty (2:30 a.m.), to now putting on your thinking cap and buckling down for another long year of homework, tests, papers and random quizzes at school. Sounds like a lot of fun, right? Wrong! But one thing still stands true during this time frame. It’s the best time of the year in the sports world, which some could argue is a matter of opinion and a far-fetched claim. But I beg to differ, my sports junkies. There is a wild race in the heat of MLB playoffs, college football is beginning to cook and the NFL is underway. Are you kidding me? That’s the best threesome in sports! Been sold on the thought since pondering the return of fall term. • Best divisional races in the AL and NL AL East: With less than 20 games left in the regular season, it’s a clean fight between the riches of the Yanks and the rags of the low-profile Rays. Due to injuries and circumstances that you can’t change, I would honestly say that the Rays have the upper hand in this battle. Plus their schedule isn’t as hard down the final stretch. NL West: Padres and Giants. Portland once upon a time was the home of the Triple-A affiliate to the Padres. The team was named the Beavers. Thank you very much, Mr. Sam Adams (Sorry for the tangent). Both teams have played like an annoying rollercoaster. You know the one that gets you real dizzy. I give the upper hand to the Padres because if pitching and defense wins games, then no one deserves it more. • College football: Oregon vs. Oregon State Respect. Respect. The Oregon Ducks sit in fifth place in the AP Top 25 poll. They are off to a great start and unlike the Beavers, who only have two weapons (the Rodgers brothers), the Ducks will pick you apart with flashy offense, hands-on defense and spectacular special teams. Sounds like a recipe for success. LaHeisman James got his feet wet in a must-win game against Tennessee. The smell of beautiful roses is a delightful smell. Duck fans, prepare to save enough money for a ticket to Pasadena for another Rose Bowl title game. With that said, let’s not sleep on Beaver Nation to make a nice run through the PAC-10 if they start to figure out who is who on the team and what weapons they can depend on. • NFL predictions Looks like a free for all. There is no one particular team that will run away with it this season. Obviously, teams will be successful. Just not too sure who at the moment, which can be a good thing. It provides a decent amount of parity in a sport that has 17 weeks for teams to prove themselves on the gridiron.

By Chanel Hill The Advocate

A fresh breeze is sweeping through this years MHCC cross country team with a freshmen-dominated roster. Four out of the five male runners are new to MHCC and nine of the 13 female runners are also freshmen. Head Coach Matt Hart, like most coaches, has high expectations for his young program. “Our goal this year is to perform well, period,” said Hart in an assertive tone. “It’s not our goal to necessarily beat anyone, but to perform well individually in the NWAACCs.” The teams debuted Sept. 10 at the West Coast Preview, showing promise from both the men’s and women’s teams. First-year athletes Gabriella Diaz and Donnie Caulson had standout performances, Hart said. Diaz, from Sparks (Nevada) High School, was the first Saint to cross the finish line with a time of 19:56.32 in the 5,000-meter run. She finished 34th out of 78 runners from eight schools and third out of community college runners behind two Clark Community college runners. The Saints women finished in sixth place with a total of 186 points. The University of Portland won the race with a total of 20 points and had six runners finish in the top 10. Caulson was the first Saint to finish, competing in the 8K, a significant change from the distance he ran in high school. He finished the race with a time of 28:51.69, good for 66th place out 93 runners and placed 11th out of community college competitors. “Coming out of high school where he used to run a 5K, which is just over three miles, he’s adding almost two miles to that distance,” says Hart. “So he’s getting his body used to the change. He did really well.” Hart is confident that the work the team puts in this year will pay off for them in the long run and wants to

focus his efforts on getting his team in top shape in all aspects of the sport. “The goal is to improve and to train hard,” the coach said. “I really want to eliminate any physical or psychological barriers that can often get in the way. We’re going to compete more aggressively, and we’re going to be a stronger team this year.”  The next meet for the Saints will be Oct. 2 in the Charles Bowles Invitational at Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem. (The Saints cross country team was scheduled to compete at the Sundodger Invitational at the University of Washington Sept. 18, a meet that they have not competed in for two years. Results were not available at time of press. Go to for updated individual and team results.)

Photo contributed by Matt Hart

Frshman Donnie Caulson (left) took 66th place in the 93-man 8K competition at the West Coast Preview Sept. 10 at the University of Portland.

Past and present Saints to battle on the diamond By Jon Fuccillo The Advocate

Bragging rights will be on the line Friday between past and present Saints baseball players who will compete in the fourth annual alumni game at Oslund Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. under the lights. Head Coach Bryan Donohue senses that it will be a good opportunity to get off on the right note after missing the playoffs last season for the first time in 16 years. “It’s a good game for us,” said Donohue “(The game) gets our guys some appreciation for the program and its history. It’s a good opportunity for us to play different competition and get better.” Will the coach be showing off his skills and hit the diamond for old time sakes? The answer was simple: No. Donohue played in the first alumni game in 2007 when he was an assistant to Matt Dorey, now an area scout for the Boston Red Sox. “I can’t,” he said. “Trust me. I want to play. (But I’ve) got to keep the priorities in line.” Who is playing for the alumni team? Former Saints DJ Johnson (2007-2009) and Nick Struck (20082009) will be making their first ap-

pearance for the alumni team. Both are playing professionally. Johnson just wrapped up his first season with the Gulf Coast League Rays, the rookie ball club for the Tampa Bay Rays (2.05 ERA, 2 saves in 14 appearances). “I’m excited about coming back and being able to hit again,” said Johnson on his return to MHCC. “It’s going to be nice coming back to my roots. “We’re (alumni) coming out to win this. We want to show these young guys how to play hood ball. We need to show them how to carry on a tradition,” Johnson said. Struck pitched in the Cubs organization this year where he finished the season in Class A Advanced Florida State League (3.43 ERA, 9-10, 96 Ks in 128.2 innings). Struck will start on the hill for the alumni team. Donohue is still unsure who will take to the mound for his team. Struck said he is honored to take the mound for the alumni team only being a year removed from the program. He said he would throw

no more than two innings in his return to Oslund Field due to restrictions with his minor league team. “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Struck. “I want to play the field and be able to get some at bats.” Struck, who will be 21 in less than two weeks, said it’s going to be a good opportunity “to beat up” on his former team. He said he looks forward to facing former high school teammate Matt Nylen at the plate. “We’re going to beat them,” said Struck. “I’m barely older than these guys. I am really looking forward to facing Nylen.” What’s significant about Saturday? DJ Johnson Sophomore former Saint pitchers Jeremy Burright, Nate Dolman and Matt Pechmann, infielder Grant Fink and outfielder Nylen will also represent the Saints in the Sophomore Showcase Saturday at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash.. First pitch is scheduled for 9 a.m.

“We're (alumni) coming out to win this. We want to show these young guys how to play Hood ball.”

Preseason Records of Southern Region Volleyball Teams MHCC






















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Saints volleyball: Back where they left off By Jon Fuccillo The Advocate

Doubleheaders are a rarity in volleyball, but the Saints didn’t complain after arriving home from across the Washington border Wednesday night with wins against both the Bellevue Bulldogs and the Pierce Raiders. The Saints have the best overall record in the Southern Region at 11-3. They returned from the road trip with back-to-back sweeps of Bellevue and Pierce. The two schools are separated by 45 miles. “I was just honestly trying to get as many matches in as possible,” said second-year head coach Chelsie Speer about playing two matches in one day. “Plus it saved money and we didn’t have to make two separate trips.” They defeated Bellevue 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-16) and Pierce 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-23). The results did not come as a surprise to Speer, who came home with mixed emotions. “Not consistent enough right now,” she said Wednesday night. “It’s funny — our record says we are 11-3 but we have a lot of room for improvement.”

Asked if a doubleheader took some- the weight. thing extra out of the girls, she said, “I “This year we have multiple playdon’t think they were too bad because ers stepping it up,” the coach said with we have already played in two tourna- excitement. “It hasn’t just been one ments that have been best three-of- girl. It’s been the entire team (stepfive.” ping it up). It will be nice to work out Kyra Speer, the coach’s sister-in- all of the kinks.” law, ended both matches with doubleKyra agreed with her coach and digit kills. In game one she led both said that this year’s transition has teams with been a bit 15 and in smoother and game two she that the talhad 10. ent level on the K y r a team has gone Speer played up a notch. a pivotal role “We have Chelsie Speer a very well last year Head volleyball coach rounded team,” on MHCC’s second-place said Kyra. “EvN WA A C C eryone is consquad that went 10-0 in league play tributing equally. It’s pretty cool that and 33-11 overall. She walked away we are even able to say that. with a lot of hardware, including “I think we have a lot of growing Southern Region Most Valuable Play- to do as a team. We need to go out er, NWAACC First Team All-Tourna- and play as a whole. With any team ment honors and Female Athlete of it takes time. We’re just trying to find the Year at MHCC. a groove. I’m very excited about this Chelsie said it’s been more of a team.” team effort this year instead of solely Chelsie admits it’s been smooth relying on one or two players to carry sailing so far compared to the pres-

“This year we have multiple players stepping it up,”

sure she felt last season after replacing Matt Hartner, who’s team finished in last place in 2008 with a record of 1-9 and 8-26 overall. “It’s been nice,” she said. “(Last year) I felt a lot more pressure to get this team back on the map at MHCC like the way it used to be. It was a lot more stressful last year.” The coach said the team’s number one philosophy this year is to respect each opponent and play it game to game. “Respect every single opponent no matter what their record is,” she said. “We need to play our game and if that works out we should be able to win and be successful.” On Wednesday the Saints play host for opening conference action against the Chemeketa Storm, who finished second in the Southern Region a year ago. (The Saints were scheduled to play in the Walla Walla Crossover Tournament Sept. 17-18. Results were not available as of press time, but will be updated in this Friday’s edition of the Advocate.)

'Big-4' Intramurals to begin this fall By Mike Mata The Advocate

Associated Student Government President Larry Collins-Morgan set three goals for the 2010-11 school year, and one — creation of an intramural sports league — will begin this fall. The league was preferred by Collins-Morgan and Vice President Jon Francis as a way to get students more active and involved in school programs. According to Collins-Morgan, the alternative was a sports period between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Formation of the intramural sports league came from Collins-Morgan and Francis’ love of sports and the desire for a league among students and faculty. The position of intramural court leader has already been paid for, though the name of the leader has yet to be released.

“I’m a big sports guy,” said Collins-Morgan, who played basketball in high school. The league is expected to be composed of the “Big Four”: flag football, volleyball, basketball and slow-pitch softball. Other sports to be included later in the year and in upcoming years are bowling, pool, soccer and even video games. The list aims to appeal to as many students as possible. “As important as it is (the intramural league), not every student wants to use it, so we have to make sure we don’t spend all of our budget on that,” said Collins-Morgan. Though there is no current dollar amount, the allotted amount will only be a small portion of the budget. In order to pay for the league, various resources have been pooled together. These resources include a portion of

the student fees, though not a specific intramural sports fee. There has also been talk of donations, including money or equipment from several corporations. “We’ve been in discussions with Nike, Adidas, and Dick’s Sporting Goods,” said CollinsMorgan. “We’re trying to get it (the intramural league) selfsufficient,” he added. ASG will be financing the program for the 2010-2011 school year, after which it will be under the jurisdiction of the athletics program. “(Athletic Director) Kim Hyatt has been working arm in arm with ASG. She’s been very helpful, very resourceful. It also helps out athletics because of the publicity and possible athletes they get coming from intramurals,” said Collins-Morgan. Hyatt was unavailable for comment at press time.

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Theater: Trio of teaching directors join staff for 2010-11 performances By Shelby Schwartz The Advocate      

The MHCC Theater Department is in transition this year with the addition of three part-time instructors, two of whom are new and teaching retired Rick Zimmer’s classes and directing the fall and winter productions. “There is no new full-time theater person to replace Rick Zimmer yet. We are hoping the search starts this year so that we have someone for next year,” said Daryl Harrison-Carson, theater instructor and technical director. “Alisha Christiansen is great. She has been with us a long time and the students really like her,” HarrisonCarson said. Christiansen is teaching theater history, introduction to acting and the-

ater appreciation. Valory Lawrence, parttime instructor, is new this year and is teaching the directing class and also overseeing and producing the two student-directed spring plays. Harrison-Carson said because of licensing agreements, the titles of the plays cannot be announced until November. “I’m excited about the new part-timers, Jennifer and Valory, because they have worked in professional theater in Portland and they will bring a wealth of professional experience for our students to tap into,” Harrison-Carson said. Jennifer Hunter, the other new instructor, is directing the fall Children’s Theater performance of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and the

winter play “The Rocky Horror Show.” She will also teach the Children’s Theater class in the fall, Acting Fundamentals 1, 2 and 3 and an improv class in the spring. Hunter came to Portland three years ago to work on her masters of fine arts in directing (MFA) at the University of Portland and graduated in May. Hunter has been with Theatre Vertigo for two years, a professional theater company that is completely ensemble run. “I directed their anonymous theater production of “Lend Me a Tenor” where the actors audition, are cast and rehearse all completely anonymously. The only people who know who they are was me, a co-director and one producer,”

Hunter said. Hunter said the actors do not know whom they are acting with until they go on the stage on the night of the first performance. In addition to Theatre Vertigo, Hunter has worked with ComedySportz since 2001 as an actor; she also instructs some of their workshops. Last year at the University of Portland, Hunter taught acting for non-majors and an improv class while she was in her last year of graduate school. “I’m thrilled (about working at MHCC). I was looking at jobs all over the United States but I really wanted to stay in Portland because of the companies I currently work for. Being offered this job was the ideal scenario,” Hunter said.

Vocal Jazz: Genesis to perform in New Orleans By David Gambill The Advocate

A trip to New Orleans is part of the agenda for Genesis, the Mt. Hood vocal jazz ensemble, in its 44th year. Genesis director Dave Barduhn said the trip is for the National Jazz Educators Convention held in the first week of January. He said this will be the group’s first national convention since 2007. Barduhn said the convention is a ma-

jor event. “It means we’ve got to get an hour’s worth of music together and make it sound like it’s April or May,” he said. “With all the amazing stuff that’s happened in New Orleans in the last five years, it’s going to be a really great thing for the students to go down there and see Bourbon Street and traditional New Orleans jazz,” Barduhn said. Closer to home, Genesis will host a festival on campus Nov. 11.

Radio: KMHD2 plans for the future By David Gambill The Advocate

KMHD2 director JD Kiggins wants to make the student radio station an information hub, social hub and entertainment hub for the campus. “We’ve go a lot of people in the program who are involved with (Associated Student Government and Student Activities Board),” Kiggins said. “We’re hoping to partner up on a bunch of those events, so wherever ASG or SAB is doing something, the station will be there doing something, in some small part participating.” In sports, the station does a Mt. Hood Conference Friday night football game of the week. The station will broadcast men’s and women’s basketball in the winter. Sports is not the only re mote work that Kiggins hopes

to do this year. “We want to try to get out and do stuff in the community,” Kiggins said. Kiggins said the station will “try to be a website with a radio station.” He said, “That’s the way we’re going to model it this year. I think the whole industry is going to have to eventually accept that even though they’re kicking and screaming, the whole broadcast industry is reluctantly going to the web.” Students who want air time with KMHD2 should bring a demo and program synopsis to Kiggins at the Integrated Media offices. “We’re definitely interested in altering our programming and our programming choices,” Kiggins said. KMHD2 on can be found on HD radio or online at

Barduhn said this year’s group features several new faces. “Every once in a while you get one of those years where there is huge turnover and this is one of those years for us. Luckily, I’ve got a lot of good talent so I’m not worried about it,” he said. New material, Barduhn said, includes the Take Six version of “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans.”

Calendar Monday, Sept. 20 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Games in the Main Mall 10 a.m. Auditions for Children's Theater Production, "The Emperor's New Clothes"

Tuesday, Sept. 21 Noon-1 p.m. Concert in the Courtyard

Wednesday, Sept. 22 10 a.m. Auditions for Children's Theater Production, "The Emperor's New Clothes" Noon-2 p.m. Live on Campus w/89.1 KMHD2 Photos w/ Barney Bernard

Thursday, Sept. 23 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Carnival Games & Prizes Noon - 1 p.m. Carnival Lunch for Students

Jennifier Hunter Part-Time Theater Director

Band: Jazz band to play patriotic performances By David Gambill The Advocate

The Mt. Hood Community College Jazz Band is looking forward to a year of performances that will include two special events in November. On Nov. 7, the band will participate in a Veterans Day event at Memorial Coliseum. According to the Rose Quarter website, the show will feature “popular music and patriotic songs from every war era.” On Nov. 18, the jazz band will perform with the U.S. Air Force Falconairs. “The Falconairs is one of the top military bands in the country,” said Susie Jones, the Mt. Hood Jazz Band director. Also performing will be a high school honor group from Portland called the American Music Program. The events in November are just a sample of what the band plans to do this year. “We’ll do the usual things we do. We’ll host our jazz festival in May which brings about 2,000 people to the campus,” Jones said. “We will also do our usual CD recording.” Jones said the CDs from previous years are available online, except for last year’s CD which is not ready for release.

Photo Courtesy of mackintosh braun

By Mike Mata The Advocate

“It’s pop music, it’s dance music.” This is how Ben Braun, one half of Mackintosh Braun, described his and Ian Mackintosh’s particular brand of electro-pop. Their latest album, “Where We Are,” is set to be released worldwide Tuesday. It has been available for pre-order on iTunes since Sept. 8. “We were so happy to have a release date. I’ve been waiting for it all my life as an indie artist,” said Braun. The duo came together in early 2006 when Braun, who at the time was more involved in the production side of the music industry, heard a project that Mackintosh was in at the time and proceeded to contact him over the Internet and then they talked on the phone. “It was great when we met. We hit it off pretty quick. He needed a place to crash and I had a place and he moved in,” said Braun of the start of their band. They released their first album, “The Sound,” independently and it became the norm for them to write, record, and mix their own music, even when they were signed to Chop Shop Records, a partner of Atlantic Records. “We’re pretty stringent when we write. It’s just the two of us. It’s how we like it best. The vibe worked best for the two of us. We produced it, wrote it, mixed it all ourselves, which is pretty rare these days,” said Mackintosh of their creative process. Their music is influenced by industry giants

such as the Bee Gees, Electric Light Orchestra and Tears for Fears. The band consists of Mackintosh on guitar, Braun on bass and each them on keyboards. They also both sing in a manner that harkens back to the harmonization of McCartney and Lennon. Mike Braun, Ben’s father, also plays live drums for the band. Mackintosh and Braun also utilize contemporary influences, though they decline to name them. “He’d show me some stuff and I’d really like it, and I’d show him some shit and he’d freak out about it,” said Braun. “There are so many current bands that are great,” added Mackintosh. Neither musician was born in the City of Roses. Braun was born in New York City but moved to Portland with his mom when he was 9. Mackintosh was born in Los Angeles and lived in Santa Barbara before moving to Southern Oregon and then to Portland after his graduation. However, their music has come to embody the city’s music scene, to fit in with the diverse styles that they use. “We like to infuse a lot of other music. We like to write what we want to hear,” said Braun. “We have some that are more rockin’, some more pop. It’s all on the new record,” he added. The music of Macintosh Braun has found its way into the mainstream, with the track “Wake Up” appearing on the NBC spy sitcom “Chuck” in episode 15 of Season 2 and episode 5 of Season 3 as well as the track “Here” on episode 20 of Season 2. The HBO series “How to Make it in America” also featured “Wake Up” on episode 6 of the series. The song “I Won’t Fall” was the background music on an MTV promo.

Their work on “Chuck” was in part due to the help of Chop Shop’s President Alexandra Patsavas, whose other work included being the music supervisor for “Grey’s Anatomy,”, “Mad Men,” “Chuck,” “The OC,” “Gossip Girl,” and all three “Twilight Saga” movies amid a host of other projects. “I thought it was cool to be on ‘Chuck’ on NBC. ‘Chuck’ is really cool. One of the guys from ‘Chuck’ will have a cameo on the (Could It Be) video,” said Braun. Mackintosh also enjoyed being on the set for “Chuck”, as he had a crush on actress Kristin Kreuk. “Ian was really happy about that,” chortled Braun. “My guts were on fire,” said Mackintosh of the chance meeting on set. As for the future of Mackintosh Braun, the duo hopes the worldwide release of “Where We Are” will be a start for the band’s spread across the globe. “Japan would be great. Europe, too. There might be a bigger market for us there. To play a big crowd in Japan, we might cry. We’ll shed a tear and then rock the place,” said Braun. “A lot more music. A lot more people to hear our music. I secretly want that teary eye in Japan,” said Mackintosh. “Where We Are,” will be available on iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, and Music Millenium starting Sept 21. For more information on upcoming live shows, a free download of the single, “Could It Be,” and to subscribe to the Mackintosh Braun twitter account, visit

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The Advocate

September 20, 2010

8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Games in Main Mall





Noon - 1 p.m.

Concert in the Courtyard (Neural Sturgeon)

“Muerta Beautissima” by Nathan Turner was on display in the Visual Arts Center before being taken down last week to make room for new art.

Day Forecast


Monday, Partly Cloudy 64o F


Tuesday, Partly Cloudy 65o F

Noon - 2 p.m.

Live on Campus with 89.1 KMDH2 Photos with Barney Bernard

10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Carnival Games and Pizza Noon - 1 p.m. Carnival Lunch for Students

MHCC Introduces New Crime Watch Program



Aiming to create a more just and peaceful campus, the Department of Safety and Security Management has teamed with the Associated Student Government on a Crime Watch Program whose core mission is to prevent thefts and increase security presence on campus. “This (program) is created with interest in keeping our campus safe and also allow leadership growth among the students involved,” said ASG President Larry Collins-Morgan.

Wednesday Partly Cloudy 66o F

Thursday Few Showers 66o F

Friday Showers 67o F

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Forecast gathered from

Beyond Our Bubble Oregon crime rates lowest in four decades

The Oregonian reported Sept. 13 that in 2009 Oregon saw its lowest crime rate since 1969 in spite of the rising unemployment rate. Violent crimes, including murders, rapes, robbery and aggravated assaults, fell by approximately 2.1 percent and, according to the article, many crime experts cited the control of pseudoephedrine, the primary ingredient for meth, and the “aging baby boomer population” as major factors to this decline. On the other hand, the article said, “crime is up eight percent as of Aug. 21, compared to the same period a year ago, with auto thefts and larcenies from auto increasing.”

University bans Facebook, Twitter for a week

Students at Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg University of Science and Technology will be put to the test when the college “enacts a temporary ban on using Twitter, Facebook, instant messaging, and any other online communication except for e-mail,” according to on Sept. 14. The report said that the reason behind the ban is to make “students think about how much they use technology in the daily lives and what kind of impact it has.”

Mackintosh Braun

“It’s pop music, it’s dance music.” - Ben Braun

Portland’s own electro-pop duo, Mackintosh Braun, is set to realease their new album “Where We Are” worldwide on Sept. 21. Check out page 11.

MHCC will be adding a new INTRAMURAL SPORTS LEAGE for the 2010-11 school year. Find more information about the new league on PAGE 4.

Lady Gaga defends VMA ‘meat dress’

According to a report on BBC, Lady Gaga defended the ‘meat dress’ she debuted at the MTV Video Music Awards to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. “First of all, it was real meat,” she said. The artist explained the dress was her way of speaking out against the way gays and lesbians are treated by the military.

MHCC Bookstore book buyback Sept. 21-23

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