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New Oregon law states every college employee is a mandatory reporter Scott Greenstone The Broadside

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f you suspect child abuse and don’t report it, you could be prosecuted for a criminal offense. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, every Central Oregon Community College employee, whether they wash towels in Mazama or tutor in the library, is going to be a mandatory reporter for child abuse. This change comes after Oregon Legislature’s House Bill 4016, which states that all “public and private officials” have a legal obligation to report suspected child abuse. “If you go down to Boyle to get your paycheck,” said Charla Andresen, Director of Contracts and Risk Management at COCC, “you’re a mandatory reporter.” This law only excludes volunteers, contractors, and students who are not employees at the college. This will bring an important new component to working at COCC, according to Andresen. Any employee on COCC payroll who fails to report evidence of child abuse will be prosecuted, starting January 2013.

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A&E 10 Campus Word 2 Clubs & Sports 14 Crossword/Sudoku 13 Editorials 2 Features 6 Incident Report 4&5 News 3

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In the Nov. 7 issue of The Broadside: The article “New Residence Hall by 2014?” implied the new residence hall has been in the planning stages for two years. The residence hall has actually been in the works for nearly 20 years, and was included in the 2002-2012 campus master plan. The article states that the proposal was “spearheaded by Alicia Moore, Dean of Students and Director of Student Life Gordon Price.” The planning team includes Vice President of Administration Matt McCoy, Chief Financial Officer Keven Kimball and Construction Project Manager Rick Hayes, as well as Alicia Moore and Gordon Price. The Broadside regrets these errors.


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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Cedar Goslin MANAGING EDITOR Jarred Graham ASSISTANT EDITOR Scott Greenstone PRODUCTION MANAGER Rhyan McLaury MULTIMEDIA EDITOR Anna Quesenberry PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Ian Smythe REPORTERS Kathryn Eng Tabitha Johnson Nathaniel Kelly Molly Svendsen PHOTOGRAPHERS Stephen Badger Ian Lusby Nick Thomas PAGINATORS Kelly Avery Noah Hughes Andrew Greenstone ADVISOR Leon Pantenburg

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Letters to the Editor should be 300 words maximum and due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, a week before publication. Anonymous letters will be printed at the discretion of the news staff. The Broadside reserves the right to withhold publication of letters containing hate speech, erroneous or unverifiable information, attacks on others or other objectionable content. E-mail your letters to broadsidemail@cocc.edu or drop them off in The Broadside newsroom, Campus Center room 102. ADVERTISEMENT

Campus Word We asked four students on campus what’s your favorite thing about the holidays?

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Family tradition, to put the tree up after Thanksgiving.” - Jessica Czmowski

No school.” - Lawrence Nunez

Being able to go home and see my friends and family.” - Tessa Weems

The food and the family.” - Trent Martin


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Trees and fog fall on campus

▲ Fog surrounds the student center at COCC, on Tuesday, November 27.

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▲ The fallen Ponderosa Pine tree, knocked over by high winds on Nov. 19, below Grandview on the Central Oregon Community College Bend campus.

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“A mandatory reporter who fails to report is subject to prosecution of a Class A criminal violation of the law,” said Andresen, “which carries a maximum penalty of $2,000.” As of November 2012, there were 983 employees on payroll, according to Shelley Huckins, Payroll Director at COCC. COCC is not the only entity to be affected by House Bill 4016. Establishments such as Bend Parks and Recreation are working towards training their whole staff for when the law takes effect. “It’s our responsibility to get everyone trained,” said Theresa Albert, Human Resources Manager at Bend Parks and Recreation. “We’re making it mandatory even if

▲ Kimberly Kessel, COCC and OSU-Cascades student, doesn’t let the weather stop her from her routine run.

A mandatory reporter who fails to report is subject to prosecution of a Class A criminal violation of the law, which carries a maximum penalty of $2,000.” -Charla Andresen, Director of Contracts and Risk Management at COCC they received the training in another job.” But at a campus with nearly a thousand employees on payroll, is training every employee a possibility? This is one of the college’s challenges, according to Eric

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▲ Witnesses of child abuse can report to Campus Public Safety at Boyle Education Center (Kristina Blake pictured).

Buckles director of Human Resources at COCC. “There’s a mandatory reporter requirement, but there’s not mandatory training requirement,” said Buckles. “We can’t force them to take the training.” COCC is working with Chemeketa Community College in Salem to provide future trainings, said Andresen, but right now the only education they can do is answering questions. A student will still be held responsible for reporting, however, even if they don’t attend a training. For Andresen, the major hurdle is meeting with departments to answer the many questions that have arisen as a result of the law being passed.

“People want to know ‘if I’m 17 and getting a paycheck, am I a mandatory reporter?’” said Andresen, “and ‘if I heard it third hand,’ and ‘can I be excluded due to religious beliefs?’” Andresen stressed that the college is going “above and beyond the law” to provide information to employees.

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As for reporting itself, Andresen believes that one should never be too cautious when considering reporting. “If you feel it in your gut [that abuse is happening],” said Andresen, “do [report it].” (Contact: sgreenstone@cocc.edu)

When do I report? According to Andresen, a child is “any unmarried person who is under 18 years of age.” If an employee of Central Oregon Community College has any reason to suspect that any child is receiving abuse at the hands of an adult, they are required to report it to law enforcement or the Oregon Department of Human Services. When and where am I required to report? As long as an employee is on payroll at the college, it doesn’t matter whether they are at work or not, according to Andresen. “So you’re on vacation in Florida,” said Andresen, “and you see an act of abuse. You would still be required to report it to local law enforcement.” What constitutes abuse? Abuse is any assault or purposeful physical harm done to a child, psychological injury caused by cruelty, rape of a child, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, negligence or maltreatment of a child, threatening a child or subjecting a child to risk of harm, and buying or selling a child, said Andresen. What do I tell law enforcement? An employee at the college should report as much information as possible, including names and addresses of the child and parent, the child’s age, and a description of the abuse, according to Andresen. Who will know what I reported? The identity of the reporter will remain confidential, unless a court case ensues and the reporter is asked to witness. Any questions about mandatory reporting can be sent to Sharla Andresen, Director of Contracts and Risk Management, at sandresen@cocc.edu.


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OSU Cascades offers accounting program Fall 2013 Molly Svendsen The Broadside

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tarting in Fall 2013, business students who want to specialize in accounting will no longer have to go “over the hill” to complete their degrees. Oregon State University-Cascades will be adding the accounting major to their list of programs. This program is coming in conjunction with the projected OSU-Cascades expansion,

according to Marla Hacker, Dean of Academics at OSU Cascades. “With the new university coming, this is just one of the new programs we will be adding to our list,” said Hacker. There has been a growing need for an accounting program in Central Oregon for about five years, and there are students already interested in attaining this degree here at Central Oregon Community College, according to Hacker. “We have forecasted that within the first couple of years we would have 20-25 students,” said Hacker. “These numbers are based on how many in the existing student population were planning on transferring to get an accounting degree.”

For COCC business students this will open an opportunity to stay in Central Oregon instead of transferring to another college to get an accounting degree, according to Jim Ellis, Department Chair of Business and Aviation at COCC. “A lot of students want to transfer to get their accounting degree, but have to either go ‘over the hill’ to Corvallis or Eugene or take upper level classes online,” said Ellis. “This program is a really big deal as it will give those students the option of staying here in Central Oregon.” OSU-Cascades is working closely with the COCC business department to ensure that this program will accomplish its goal of keeping busi-

ness students in the community, said Ellis. “By having the business department involved in this process,” said Ellis, “we are sure to hire the type of person who will be qualified for teaching our unique students.” Upon successful completion of this new program, students will only have to attain about 45 more credit hours to be eligible for the Certified Public Accountant exam. “Students need 225 credits to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam and the bachelors in accounting program will only give them 180 of those hours,” explained Hacker. “Our advisors will help students choose the classes that would make them most successful when

taking the CPA exam as well as those that would fulfill the credit hour requirement.” This is a crucial time for OSU-Cascades to bring this accounting program to the community, according to Hacker. Not only has the potential for employment risen in this field, many students are becoming more interested in this subspecialty. “This field has a great outlook in terms of employment,” said Hacker. “With organizations needing more regulation, there will be a greater need for those with accounting experience who will help them to make decisions about future initiatives.” (Contact: msvendsen@cocc.edu)

Change you can believe in

◄ Alex Bresler, Director of Events and Activities with the Associated Students of Central Oregon Community College, installing a second microwave in the campus center. The microwave was donated by ASCOCC from their office after the members heard there was a problem with long lines at the first microwave. “No one was using it at ASCOCC, so we cleaned it up and brought it down here,” said Bresler. ►

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November Incident Date

Classification

11/19/2012 10:00

DespondentPerson

11/19/2012 10:41

Parking Offender

11/20/2012

Policy Violation

11/20/2012 20:00

Sus Circ

11/21/2012 1:30 Informational 11/21/2012 14:02

Special Services

11/21/2012 16:35

Theft

11/24/2012 23:35 Traffic Accident

11/26/2012 14:16 Found Property

11/26/2012 19:00 Hit and Run 11/26/2012 14:58

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Winter Safety and Tips Tabitha Johnson The Broadside

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entral Oregon Community College students and staff need to begin preparing for the treacherous winter months at each of the campuses, according to Joe Viola from Campus Safety and Security. Viola isn’t wasting time with the college’s preparations. “Plows are tuned up, repaired, and tested. Trucks get studded tires. Cinder trucks are tuned up and tested,” explains Viola. “Ice melt pellets and pumice containers are placed strategically around campus.”

Along with the plows and cinder trucks, Viola also says different procedures, such as the college closure procedures and emergency snow removal procedures, have promptly been updated. When walking around campus, students should slow down and use any handrails for assistance. Be careful when crossing the road and try to avoid any distractions, like using your phone, Viola said. “Remember, it is more difficult for any vehicle to stop on icy [or] snowy roads; use some discretion,” warns Viola. To prepare the campus for the winter months, many departments come together to shovel the walkways, lay down

ice melt pellets, lay cinder, and plow snow. “This is a combined effort through Campus Services, the Grounds Department, Maintenance Department, Custodial Department, and Public Safety. Not only should students walk safely, but drive safely, according to Lieutenant Kevin Dizney. Snow can be plowed, but ice can set in at low temperatures easily. Even driving a four-wheel drive vehicle with studded tires can be risky. Dizney is a Watch Commander of a sheriff’s patrol team and teaches an Emergency Vehicles Operations Course for other officers and the police academy. Dizney teaches

defensive driving, emergency response driving, and winter driving. “The first rule to winter driving is understanding the environment you’re driving in,” explained Dizney, “Is it wet? Is it dry? Is it icy? But, without a doubt, always slow down.” One way to identify the road conditions is to look at the vehicle in front of you, according to Dizney. If the car ahead has a large rooster tail of water, the road is obviously wet. If the vehicle driving ahead of you has a smaller rooster tail and it’s below 32 degrees, there’s a high chance the road is icy, according to Dizney. He added to be careful of the ruts

on Highway 97 when it’s wet: the ruts will throw off a car’s steering. Students should take caution when driving up College Way. “Unless you have four-wheel drive or front wheel drive with studs on the front or all four tires, you shouldn’t even attempt it,” explains Dizney. “Rear-wheel drive is the worst because the rear wheels push the car up the hill instead of pulling it with front wheels.” Students may want to leave their sports cars at home during the winter months, Dizney joked. (Contact: tmjohnson@cocc.edu)

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repare your vehicle: ensure your battery, defroster, windshield wipers and tires are in top condition. Carry chains or have snow tires.

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hen parking downhill, face tires towards the curb. If the car starts to slide downhill, the tires will hit the curb and hopefully stop the car’s momentum.

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o not block roadways: snow plows and cinder trucks are heavy duty vehicles that have an important job to do and should not be hindered by cars parked illegally on the road.

COCC incident reports Reported Date

Synopsis

Disposition

11/19/2012 8:37

Cap Center

Report of dispondent person

Case Closed

11/19/2012 10:40

Boyle Ed Center

Repeat Parking offender referred to student life.

Referred

11/20/2012 13:04

Boyle Ed Center

Policy violated: alcohol on campus.

Referred

11/20/2012 19:50

Juniper Res

Suspicious Circumstances Investigation Sus.

11/21/2012 Off Campus Informational Report Investigation Sus. 11/21/2012 8:42

Boyle Ed Center

Special services dog documented for campus access

Case Closed

11/21/2012 16:35

Off Campus

Report of backpack theft, later found

Case Closed

11/24/2012 23:40 Mazama Non injury accident Case Closed

11/26/2012 14:16 Pence Found Property in Pence Case Closed

11/26/2012 19:00 Science Non-injury incident Case Closed 11/26/2012 14:58

Boyle Ed Center

Repeat parking offender refered to student life

Referred


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Profs who Molly Svendsen The Broadside

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ean Rule, mathematics professor at Central Oregon Community College, first started playing the drums because he wanted to be like his best friend, who was in a band. In 1992 his dream quickly became reality. Rule, along with two friends, formed the band ‘Plow’ and began recording and performing. By 1994, the band was touring the northern United States and Canada. Five years after starting, the band broke up and the members figured that their band would ‘fade’ off the music stage. “Once we realized that we couldn’t really make a living playing in a band,” Rule said, “ we broke up and went our separate ways,” For the next few years the group continued to turn down performance offers and became somewhat of a mystery on the music scene.

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“We had a great following before the band broke up,”Rule said. “Then we just faded off the music scene without explanation...creating an aura of mystery about our band.” During that time, Rule started teaching at COCC, but continued drumming in local bands. In 2011 the three original band members finally agreed to play at the Riot Fest East in Philadelphia. Plow’s hit performance prompted band members to reunite under the name Plow United. Rule believes his experience with the band carries over to his teaching style and affects how he communicates with his students. “It takes about 10,000 hours to become proficient at something” Rule said. “So when students are complaining, I often use my drumming as an example of how practice pays off.”

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▲ The Code 7 Band: From left clockwise: Nate Darlington, Darin Darlington, Suzanne Gainey, Dana Topliff, Glen Topliff, Janet Gesme and Zeta Gesme.

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ana Topliff believes music is a universal language Topliff, a COCC nursing professor, said it is difficult to fit music into a full-time teaching schedule. “Music is a nice way to just unwind,” Topliff said. “Music... allows you to get in the zone.”

Topliff played rhythm guitar and folk music for a few years before she picked up the flatpick guitar. “My husband was into playing bluegrass style music,” Topliff said. “I decided to try something new and started playing bluegrass in the Code 7 string band.” Topliff enjoys playing music

because she feels it can be enjoyed and understood by all ages and cultures. “Music is a universal language,” Topliff said. “You can play music anywhere in the world, for any audience and it can be understood and enjoyed by all.”

hen Thomas Barry plays the guitar he becomes a better professor. The sociology professor believes his hobby helps him be more relaxed in the the classroom. Learning a new instrument has also made Barry more mindful of the learning process. “Each student learns differently,” Barry said. “I believe, by continually being open to new things and learning new things, it helps me to better understand how students really learn.” As well as playing in the rock and roll band ‘Railroad Spikes,’ Barry also occasionally prac-

tices with the bluegrass band ‘Code 7.’ Barry became interested in learning the guitar out of convenience. “I played piano for a while,” Barry said, “but the piano is rather hard to pack around.” Barry enjoys being a part of the music community in Central Oregon. “For me, playing guitar is really about the community as well as the social aspect,” Barry said. “We all support each other and it is a great learning opportunity.” (Contact: msvedsen@ cocc.edu)


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Operation: Don’t Go Broke Gifting on a Budget Anna Quesenberry The Broadside

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on’t start out the new year in the red. Avoid over-spending this holiday season by giving gifts that are thoughtful and affordable. The key is to think of all the things that make that special someone tick. What are their interests, hobbies, favorite color, sports team? What are they into? Pick something that’s sure to put a smile on their face. Just remember, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

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▲ Bend High student Kaylee Tornay participates in class discussion in her Creative Non-Fiction class at COCC.

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Gift Guide 2012 For Him

For the Comedian: • Graphic T-shirt • Novelty gift For the Car-Lover: • Car wash kit • Seat cover kit • For the Survivalist: • Gadgets • Flashlight • Home survival kit

For Her

• Winter Socks • Slippers • Lotions • Nail polish Entice her senses: • Fragrance • Scented Candle and oils • Chocolate Truffles

For Anyone

• Homemade Treats • Gift box of odds and ends • Photo collage frame and prints • Do-it-yourself Christmas Cards • Knot fleece blanket For a College Student • Family Recipe Book • Gift Cards • Reusable Water Bottle • Homemade Laundry Soap For the Movie Buff • $3 McMenamins Movie Tickets • Movie Poster • $5 DVD Look for the $5 bin in electronics. -Tip for buying big ticket items: Split the cost with someone or a group.

TIP: This newspaper can be used as wrapping paper. Happy Holidays From, The Broadside. Anna Quesenberry is a first year COCC nursing student. She is a wife and mother of two who is passionate about saving money.

High school students able to get ahead at COCC Darwin Ikard The Broadside Have you ever passed by a student on campus and thought they looked like they were still in high school? Well, there’s a chance they are. With help from a statewide program, many high school students are able to attend classes at Central Oregon Community College at no cost. The Expanded Options Program, which was created through state legislation in 2005, allows eligible high school students to attend college courses free of charge, based on certain financial and academic requirements. “It opens a lot of doors” said Vicki Van Buren, Executive Director of Secondary Programs for Bend-La Pine School District. “We know nationally that students who earn college credits in high school tend to persist in college and finish with degrees.” To be eligible for the program students must be at least 16 years of age or have completed enough credits for junior or senior standing in high school, as well as present an approved education plan, according to the Oregon Department of Education. “The district pays tuition,” Van Buren said, “that’s why student’s plans have to be authorized.” The program is geared toward what is termed “at risk” students, giving enrollment priority to low income students and high-school dropouts, and covers all costs including textbooks, materials, and supplies.

“It’s a great deal for the students,” said Van Buren, “especially for first generation college students.” Many high schoolers are taking advantage of this great deal. “87 [Bend-La Pine] students completed at least one credit at COCC through the program last year,” said Van Buren. “This year 44 students are enrolled.” One of these is 16 year old Bend High senior Kaylee Tornay, who is currently enrolled in Writing 240 at COCC. “I took this class for fun,” said Tornay, who hopes to become a travel writer. “I just wanted to stay in practice.” Tornay, who takes International Baccalaureate courses at her high school, is adjusting to a college campus. “I was a little bit intimidated because I’m so much younger than everybody else,” said Tornay. There are other challenges that students like Tornay face, such as schedule and transportation. “I would love to take more classes,” said Tornay. “I’m not taking classes in winter because it conflicts with tennis.” Despite these challenges, Vicki Van Buren sees the benefits given to high school students in the Extended Options Program and other accelerated learning programs. “Some students are earning an associates degree by the time they graduate high school,” said Van Buren. “It’s good for families and education in general.” (Contact: dikard@cocc.edu)


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Students show their t Photos by Ian Smythe | The Broadside

“A” by Sarah Fisher

Top row: “Giraffe,” ”Dragon Beach Drift Wood,” “Red Star Flower,” “Young Cowgirl,” Second Row: “Rooster Rock Forest Fire, “Wild Poppies,” “Lil’ Bit Rusty,” “Rooster Rock Fire Mignight,” “Pump and Bucket,” Third Row: (Unidentified), “Wild Iris and Bee,” “Driftwood and Water” by Janel A. Harlan

Above: “Corsettes and Cowboy Boots” by Kathy Cunningham, Right, d ist, “Apple” by Jacob Zeigler, and “Sunset Pepper” by Brandy Rasmu Joseph Michel, Bottom right: “Large mug” by Josh Neff

“Painted Hills” by Kathy Cunningham


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“Seattle Sunset” by Luke Allee “Lost Love” by Randall Martin

“Daybreak” by Samuel Fish “Girl with Cat” by Ann Switzer ►

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“Double Trouble’ by Randall Martin


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a&e The Wii U: the good, the bad, the ugly Cedar Goslin The Broadside

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he best thing about the Wii U is that it allows you to have fun with people you don’t like-- it’s probably no coincidence that it was released at the peak of the “holiday get together” season. If you’re interested primarily in multiplayer gameplay, the Wii U is for you; it’s the party console that the original Wii was meant to be, but failed. Nintendo Land, one of the Wii U release titles, utilizes the multiplayer capabilities of this console. It is a collection of Nintendo-themed minigames that focus on multiplayer gameplay. The games are simple in concept and design, but are a lot of fun when you put the controllers in the hands of rowdy, competitive guests. Most games are designed for two to five players, so everyone will get a turn. This game is a vast improvement over the gimicky Wii Sports and Wii Play games released for the previous Wii console. The Wii U also incorporates the use of a touch screen. The console comes with a touch screen controller, which can serve as an extra menu (much like the bottom screen on Nintendo DS systems) or a separate screen for certain players in multiplayer games. Though it may seem a little

The Wii U interactive system's GamePad is a touch-screen controller that looks and acts like a tablet. Most old Wii games and controllers are compatible with the new system. Ages 5 and up, starting at $299 (Nintendo). (MCT) gimicky at first, the separate screen provides a welcome reprieve from the split screens of the past. Once you start playing a competitive game and don’t have to worry about your opponent spying on your screen, you’ll feel that the additional screen is long overdue. The Wii U only requires one of these new controllers, and will otherwise accept normal Wii controllers. Luckily, the new controller comes with a charging cord that can be plugged into a wall outlet, which means no more buying batteries or remote chargers that never seem to actually work.

The Bad With titles like Nintendo Land, and New Super Mario Bros. U, this console was built for multiplayer games, but unless you plan to use it as a party console, there’s nothing remarkable about it. The Wii U is host to single player games such as Mass Effect 3, another one of the release titles, but there is no benefit to playing these titles on the Wii U over another console. The Wii U controller, which is a valuable asset in multiplayer games, becomes inconvenient during single player game play. It’s big and bulky, and it quickly

becomes annoying to look at the separate menu items on the touch screen, rather than just pulling up a menu on the TV screen.

The Ugly At $300 for the bare minimum package, the price tag attached to the Wii U is cringe-worthy, especially for a college student. For a worthwhile console, some gamers may be willing to live off ramen noodles for the rest of the year in order to afford the investment, so the question is: is the Wii U worth it? If you’re primarily interested in single player

gaming, the answer is an easy “no way.” The additional features the Wii U offers single player games are gimicky at best, and at worst a hindrance of gameplay. However, if you’re looking for a fun console to entertain your friends and make family gatherings a little more bearable, the Wii U is definitely the console for you. If you are looking for a party console, you could soften the blow of the Wii U’s cost by splitting it up between family members or roommates. (Contact: cgoslin@cocc.edu)

Community Learning instructor reaches out to Westerners with new book on Buddhism Scott Greenstone The Broadside ◄ Community Learning instructor Michael Stevens’ new book, “Being An Ordinary Buddha,” was written with a focus on Westerners new to Buddhism. A book release and talk will take place at The Old Stone in Bend on Dec. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m.

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y the time he had reached third grade, Michael Stevens, community learning instructor at Central Oregon Community College, was writing papers on theology. Now he’s published his second book on Buddhism, “Being An Ordinary Buddha.” “I popped out of the womb really interested in how we see things,” said Stevens, who received his bachelor’s degree in Comparative Religions at Oregon State University. Stevens himself was raised Methodist, but went to church “just on holidays.” After his school sent him to the World Council of Churches in Africa,

Stevens took a sabbatical during which he met two Tibetan Buddhist practitioners in Portland. “I felt like I was at home,” said Stevens. “Everything they said was inscribed on my heart.” Stevens began to follow the teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism, a school of Tibetan Buddhism. Stevens still considers himself a Buddhist second and a “dharma teacher” first. Stevens started one of the first yoga centers in Bend and now runs the Dharma Center. Stevens teaches the community learning class Foundations of Buddhism at COCC. He believes that Tibetan Buddhism “seems complicated” to Westerners. “There’s a steep learning curve,” said Stevens.

To address this issue, Stevens has written and self-published “Being An Ordinary Buddha,” a 120-page book “demystifying” Tibetan Buddhism. “I wrote this book for Western people who are new to this tradition,” said Stevens. “Or people interested in Buddhism. A lot of people are interested in Buddhism but have no support.” Stevens also said that practicing Buddhism is not about the belief, but about the experience. Newcomers wanting to approach this life philosophy must have an open mind. “Buddha said ‘don’t accept this because I tell you,” said Stevens. “‘Try it on, see if it fits.’” (Contact: sgreenstone@cocc.edu)


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Holiday Movies

Few people take holiday movies seriously, and these films are the reason. Whether it’s a hammy headlining actor, terrible directing or bad screenwriting, these movies may enduce “egg-nauseau”. (Contact: broadsidemail@cocc.edu)

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#1. Elf In this Christmas comedy gone wrong, Will Ferrell employs his signature brand of loud, obnoxious “acting” while parading around as an elf with daddy issues. This film is sure to remind you of everything you hate about the holidays.

#6 The Christmas Shoes It’s the nature of holiday movies to be on the sappy side, but this film goes overboard with holiday sentiment. Based off the song The Christmas Shoes by Newsong, watching this movie is like seeing an e-mail chain letter brought to life.

#2. Christmas with the Kranks

#3. The Santa Claus

If you sit through this unfunny, painful experience that calls itself a Christmas comedy, you may want to go Ebenezer Scrooge every Christmas for the rest of your life.

#7. Bad Santa This movie achieves its goal of being profane without actually managing to be interesting in the process. And Billy Bob Thornton is in it. Nothing more needs to be said.

We thought this movie was great when we were kids (just like we thought Spy Kids was great), but when we grew up and got any concept of predictability and inspiration, we realized that we like these movies less and less the older we get.

#8. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas As far as “best examples of acting in drag” go, if Robin Williams in “Mrs. Doubtfire” is a 10, Tyler Perry is in some other dimension. This play is lousy with musical numbers and filled with gimmicks.

#4. Jingle All The Way We really wish the directors of this movie started with the end and said “okay, let’s make the rest of the movie as good as this,” but alas, the first two acts of this story don’t jingle at all. This movie also singlehadedly killed Sinbad’s acting career.

#9. Santa Who? When Santa begins suffering from amnesia on Christmas Eve, everybody in the audience forgets why they are contributing to the commercialization of Christmas when all it gives them back is a bad taste in their mouth.

#5. Eight Crazy Nights Adam Sandler and Christmas values go together like eggnog and motor oil, but Adam Sandler and Hanukkah? Adam Sandler parodies himself, he’s so bad in this animated but notfor-kids (or any age) film.

#10. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Jim Carey tries his best to steal the show in a weirdly suggestive fuzzy green suit and makeup for this big budget remake of the classic cartoon.


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First year COCC students, Grant Bergquic and Aaron Fennell play catch on COCC’s field in preparation for Bobcat baseball spring 2013.

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BOBCAT BASEBALL 2013 SPRING SCHEDULE DATE TIME 3-15-12 2:00pm (9) 3-16-12 11:00am (DH) 3-23-12 11:00am (DH) 3-24-12 11:00am (9) 4-6-12 11:00am (DH) 4-7-12 11:00am (9) 4-13-12 11:00am (DH) 4-14-12 11:00am (9) 4-20-12 11:00am (DH) 4-21-12 11:00am (9) 4-27-12 11:00am (DH) 4-28-12 11:00am (9)

OPPONENT LOCATION College of Western Idaho Bend, Vince Genna College of Western Idaho Bend, Vince Genna Portland State University Portland, OR Portland State University Portland, OR Western Washington University Bend, Vince Genna Western Washington University Bend, Vince Genna University of Oregon Eugene, OR University of Oregon Eugene, OR Seattle University Seattle, WA Seattle University Seattle, WA Oregon State University Bend, Vince Genna Oregon State University Bend, Vince Genna

*Location of away games will be announced as soon as possible. *Game times/dates subject to change depending on weather and travel considerations. Regional’s and Nationals TBA


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