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thecurrent the student newspaper of green river college


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College Won’t Contest Costly Violations Pg. 2

Mariya Mubeen| The Current




DACA Informational Held On Campus

Artist Spotlight: Trevor Foyston

Women’s Basketball Team Welcome’s New Coach

Learn about more Foyston and his work as a photographer.

The team is excited for the season with the new edition.

Learn all the details about DACA and undocumented immigrants.




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Melanie Bell | Campus Editor

Green River College Fails To Comply With Clery Act Standards By: Melanie Bell Campus Editor Green River College officials will not fight the Department of Education’s findings that they violated a federal campus crime-reporting act for six consecutive years. The Clery Act mandates the reporting of crime and fire statistics on campuses. Colleges must follow these guidelines in order to receive Title IV funding. GRC, in funding, received $13 million for the school year of 2015 and 2016. In Nov of 2015, auditors from the Department of Education (DOE) arrived on campus to review data and policies concerning the Clery Act and the DFSCA. In their review, they found that from 2008 to 2014, the college failed in 13 areas of these acts and, in result, could face fines for the large number of violations, which is over 300. A preliminary report from the DOE outlining the findings was sent to the college on Sept 28, 2017. President Suzanne M. Johnson, upon receiving this report and reviewing the findings, decided to summarize the initial 68 page review and bring it to the attention of the college and student body before the DOE. “One of the things I shared with the college before I was President Suzanne Johnson’s headshot.

safety and security of our campus is all of our responsibility, too.” In response to the findings of the review, the college has hired a new Assistant Director of Campus Safety, Martin Viney, who has background in working with the policies of Clery. Mentioned in Johnson’s message to the college and student body, the college has begun using new

with this, the college failed to keep both an accurate crime and fire log. The college also failed to implement programs to prevent drug and alcohol abuse and bring awareness to sexual assault on campus. According to the report, colleges must have a policy that contains a statement about the institution’s standards that prohibit unlawful use of drugs and alcohol by students and employees, a description of legal sanctions, give health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse, describe programs that are available to students and employees regarding treatment, and outline any disciplinary sanctions on the students and employees of the college. It is possible that the college could face fines of $35,000 per violation, and with over 300 violations, there could be up to $1 million. However, the college will not know if it will be facing fines until after their response is received. The processing of this response by the DOE could take 60 days or longer. The money, if needed, will come from a contingency fund that the college has in case of an emergency or situations such as this. “We do have contingency monies that we always mark for situations that occur, this being an example,” Johnson said.

FINDINGS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 1. Lack of administrative capability 2. Failure to produce and distribute annual security reports in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 3. Failure to produce and distribute annual fire safety reports in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. 4. Failure to distribute the 2015 annual security report within regulatory timeframes. 5. Failure to actively notify prospective students of the college’s 2014 and 2015 annual safety reports and annual fire safety reports. 6. Failure to properly request crime statistics from local law enforcement agencies. 7. Failure to compile and disclose accurate and complete crime statistics.

Graph made by Anna Graver

even a candidate for the presidency was the need to be transparent and the need to be very forthright,” Johnson said. “When I learned that we were not going to contest, that yes, we were concurring, I said ‘Let’s move forward now.’” The DOE evidenced a lack of administrative capability, claiming that the college failed to integrate an adequate internal system that understood Clery and DFSCA guidelines. “The overall compliance program evidenced a lack of supervisory oversight, and affected personnel were largely unaware of their obligations to ensure substantive compliance with the Clery Act and DFSCA,” The report states.  “Safety and security is a unit of our college that reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs. Within there we have Derek [Ronnfeldt], who is our director of HR. Certainly they are point people for the ultimate oversight and compliance aspects [of Clery policies],” Johnson said. “Yes, there are specific point people and that would be Deb Casey and Derek Ronnfeldt, but the

software and technology for classifying and tracking crimes on their computers. Before, the program would classify crimes such as sexual assault as just assault, forcible fondling as harassment, burglaries as theft, and aggravated assaults as informational or an altercation (specific examples are available in the report on exhibit B). This software also made way for the discrepancy in ‘Clery Geography’, which states where a crime happens pertaining to the campus. When reporting a crime, Safety and Security must choose an option for where the crime took place and the software that the college had been using prior to the review did not provide an option for public property, instead just referencing the crime as ‘off campus.’ From 2008 to 2013, the college failed to produce and distribute both Annual Security (ASR) and Annual Fire Safety (AFSR) reports. ASR and AFSR’s that are distributed to students, generally contain the statistics for the crimes and fires that happened each year. Along

The college is not alone in its fight to understand and properly follow the Clery Act and the DFSCA. “I wouldn’t say that all schools necessarily have these kinds of challenges,” Johnson said. “Some of the things I’ve seen in the report, I’ve seen at other institutions,” Johnson said. “I don’t consider Green River unique in any particular way with this.” The college has 60 days to respond to the findings made by the DOE and has already begun the process of correcting the failures found within the report. Eight new policies were included in these corrections are: SA-31, Reporting Crimes and Other Emergencies, which outlines what crimes to report and who to report them to; SA-28, the Preparation of Disclosure of Crime Statistics including Fire Statistics for Residential Students, requiring the college to report crime and fire statistics of the last three calendar years to students, and many others (SA-27, 29, 30, 92, 93, and GA-1) available on the college’s website.

8. Failure to properly disclose crime statistics by location. 9. Failure to maintain an accurate and complete crime log. 10. Failure to maintain an accurate and complete fire log 11. Omissions/inadequacy of required safety policy statements 12. Discrepancies between crime statistics included in the annual safety report and crime data reported to cssdact 13. Failure to comply with drug and alcohol abuse prevention program requirements

Melanie Bell | Campus Editor


Campus Crime Blotter

Campus Safety responded to the following incidents from October 4 to October 20 among others. All information is from campus safety incident reports.

10/04 7:29 p.m. Student Union Theft

A student reported having his bike stolen while parked outside the Student Union Building. The bike was approximately worth $800 and was in the second noth of the bike rack outside the Student Union on the North East Side of the building. The student left the bike for two hours and when they returned, the steel lock was broken and the bike was missing. There were no cameras in this area of the Student Union.

10/05 5:35 p.m. Administration Building Auto Accident

Someone was driving up the main AD walkway as a Safety Officer was leaving the building. the person was asked to move their vehicle, and they hit and knocked over a light pole. When asked for their student ID, they said that they were not a student. They said they were lost and just trying to find their way out of the parking lot.

10/05 6:16 p.m. Holman Library Theft (Felony)

A student reported that their backpack was stolen and/or missing in Holman Library. The student placed their backpack under a chair two feet in front of the chair they were sleeping in. The student slept for about an hour and when they woke, the backpack was gone. The student searched the area but could not find it. No one at the information desk and no one in the surrounding area had seen it. The student and the Safety Officer searched the bookstore in the SU, where they had been earlier in the day.

10/13 3:32 p.m. Parking Lot P8 Auto Accident - Hit and Run

A student filed a report about her car being damaged. The student said that when they first arrived at the school around 1:40 p.m. and had parked in Parking Lot P8 with their windshield facing the P.E. building. The car had been left there when she visited the library and to use a computer. When they were finished at 2:15 p.m., they returned to their car and waited for another vehicle that was pulling into the spot beside them. The vehicle had been struggling to get into the spot but once it did, the victim reported that they had made eye contact with the driver, who had quickly looked away and looked down at their iPhone. The student, upon arriving at their vehicle, noticed the damage. The student left campus and returned and had noticed that the car that had parked next to her before had moved. The student then reported to the info desk.

10/20 1:45 p.m. Salish Hall Sexual Offense



A student reported the incident to the Green River Safety Department and to the Auburn Police Department. The student reported that on Oct 19, another student exposed himself to the student in Salish Hall at 1:45 p.m. The suspect has been identified and the Auburn Police Department is investigating. The student has also filed a report with the APD and the college is working closely with them. The college has provided resources to assist the individual involved in this incident and will continue to maintain safety and security of the campus and its students.


Informational Provides Background On DACA Connor Bitney and Melanie Bell Staff Writer and Campus Editor A Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) informational session was held in the Student Union building by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Green River Diversity and Equity Council, as well as Fernando Yanez-Martinez, the leader of the Latino Student Union. This session was held on Oct 26, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the LSU River Room. DACA was instated in a 2012 executive order by President Obama that allowed children that were brought to the state illegally to remain in the country. There are approximately 800,000 Dreamers (the term used to refer to DACA immigrants) in total. In Sept of 2017, President Trump and his administration announced the end of DACA and that he would be phasing the program out in six months. Oct 5, 2017 was the last day that people could submit renewal application if their applications expired before March 2017. Diana Betancourt, program coordinator of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the speaker of the event, is an undocumented graduate of the University of Washington. Betancourt shared her story with the audience to provide some context on what it is like to be an undocumented immigrant. “We gave background information about what has been happening the last couple months with the new administration coming in; all of the fear not only happening across campuses but also in general, in society for many undocumented students,” Betancourt said. The content for the informational ranged from defining ‘undocumented,’ to the toll it takes on an immigrant’s mental health. “We gave some legal definitions and made them a lot more accessible to read. We gave the definition of what makes someone undocument-

ed,” Betancourt said. cities in which illegal immigrants DACA was also given an in depth can stay and work with little or no explanation, as in who was eligible fear of being deported and separatand what the qualifications were ed from their homes. for the program. For example, if an A sanctuary college would have applicant was under the age of 31 policies such as not allowing Immiyears old before June 12, 2012, then gration and Customs Enforcement they were eligible. Dreamers must officers onto campus without a warhave also been enrolled in school, rant. The refusal of campus police have graduated from high school, to enforce immigration law and not have obtained a GED, or have sharing student immigration status been honorably discharged from with Immigration and Customs the Coast Guard or Armed Forces, Enforcement and not gathering among many other qualifications. information on immigration or According to the presentation, citizenship status. The college there are approximately 11 million would even be providing tuition undocumented immigrants and out support, providing distance-learnof that, only 1.5 percent (or 2,000 ing options for deported students students) graduates college. to complete their degrees, confiThe presentation provided by dential legal support to students Betancourt and her counterparts with immigration law questions defines undocumented as “A forand issues. eign national who entered without At a Board of Trustees meeting in inspection or with fraudulent docFeb of 2017, the board was apuments; entered legally but then proached with the petition after it violated terms of had circulated. their status and A number of “We gave some legal remained without students and definitions and made them staff attended authorization (overstayed their to support the a lot more accessible visa; and those that petition in its to read. are in the process presentation - Diana Betancourt, ODEI of obtaining legal to the board. Program Coordinator authorization to There were a remain in the number of concountry.” The process of obtaining a cerns, the issue of funding being permanent visa is long and can take one. The college could potentially up to three years. lose federal funding if it were to Betancourt also outlined a way for be declared a sanctuary campus. students that are already residents For the year of 2017-2018, there to become allies to their fellow stuhas been no word on the petition dents that are undocument. After from staff or students the college to learning how to help, they were become a sanctuary campus. tested and given scenarios that This issue is not only one that involved undocumented students. takes place on the college campus. There were also two videos that At the moment, there is a local were shown that showcased the election in the city of Auburn. Both life of undocumented immigrants, candidates for Auburn mayor, Nangiving further context to the lives of cy Backus (the current mayor of authese students. burn) and Largo Wales, are against Green River students and emthe idea of sanctuary cities. In a ployees, after learning that Donald questionnaire from Piece County Trump, would become the presYoung Democrats, they both opident, in fear of the end of acts posed it, saying that while Auburn such as DACA, started a petition for is a welcoming and inclusive city, the college to become a sanctulaw enforcement will be involved ary. Schools such as these have a if warranted. The Auburn mayoral similar policy to sanctuary cities, election will end on Nov 7, 2017.


DO USE: Undocumented Immigrant

OTHER TERMS: DREAMer Dacamented HB 1079 Student



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Mariya Mubeen | Editor In Chief

Melanie Bell| Campus Editor

Event Calendar Nov
















Blood Drive Donate blood!

@ Student Union Doors: 8 a.m - 5 p.m. Free

Dia De Los Muertos

(Day of the Dead)

@ Student Union Doors: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free

Capitol & Mima Mounts Hike

Join other students for a fun hike!

@ Venue Doors: 7 p.m. $5 Student | $10 Non

Climate Justice

Artist, Opening Artist

@ Student Union Doors: 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Free



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Scholarships Offered By Green River Foundation By: Rosemarie Stephenson Guest Writer Green River College has multiple financial aid resources available to all students. “Green River College Foundation provides resources to assist Green River College achieve education excellence,” The Green River College Foundation website said in their mission statement. The foundation focuses on four strategies: access, capacity building, flexibility, and the success of the students. Recently, the foundation has added 100 additional scholarships to their program. The Green River Foundation scholarships, TRiO scholarships, and The Husky Promise scholarship, which is great for any students who have plans to transfer to The University of Washington, are all options for the many different types of students. Josh Gerstman, a development director at the Green River College Foundation, said they are a “501C3

primarily for students who were not Not-for-profit organization that aware of the spring application. works to help students remove Overall, the foundation has financial barriers.” The staff of the awarded over $500,000 through Green River College Foundation is made up of students who work both cycles this year. More information about eligibiland make connections with private ity requirements, deadlines, and donors, and their board of direchow to apply can be found at tors are comprised of volunteers The TRiO who that provide scholarships leadership. are primarThe GRC “[The GRC Foundation] is ily for “first Foundation a not-for-profit organization generation, scholarships low income, are separated that works to help students and/or stuinto five differremove financial barriers.” dents with ent categories: - Josh Herstman, development disabilities.” program based, director Aside from merit based, need based, general offering scholarships scholarships and they also provide free services like transfer scholarships. It holds two transfer advising, visits to local cycles of scholarship applications: four-year colleges, major choice, in the spring and another in the following fall. and career advising and access to Gerstman says their main focus the TRiO computer lab. To qualify for all of the TRiO is the spring applications where services and scholarships, you must over 250 scholarships are awarded. meet at least one of their three The fall applications are available

requirements: students must be a first-generation college student, meet low-income federal guidelines or have a documented disability. For students who are interested in transferring to the University of Washington, the Husky Promise could be a scholarship to look into. First, the federal aid that students receive from completing the FAFSA is applied to tuition and fees. If this does not cover the full cost, then the the Husky Promise will pay the difference in the form of scholarships and grants that students do not need to repay. One Green River student, Amethyst McKnight, who worked as an intern to her high school’s career counselor, says she loves the University of Washington and thinks the Husky Promise is “an amazing program for students.” Once students get approved for the program, it is just a matter of maintaining their GPA and grades. “They make the eligibility really easy…” McKnight said.

Green River College Hold Annual Halloween Party

It’s Okay To Be Gay

Join other Q&A students for a night of fun!

@ CCA Doors: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. $1 Student | $3 Non

Decolonizing Thanksgiving

Photo by Sam Reeves

Artist, Opening Artist

By: Sam Reeves Staff Writer

@ Student Union Doors: Noon - 2 p.m. Free

ASGRC Full Senate Meeting @ Emerald City Room Doors: Noon Free

Santa Parade @ Doors: Noon - 2 p.m. Free

Photo by Sam Reeves

Each year, Green River College holds a halloween party for students the week before Halloween. On Oct 27, students lined up outside of the Student Union at 8 p.m. The Student Union had been transformed from its usual bustling student-center to a club-like atmosphere for the party. There were multi-colored lights and and a large wooden dancefloor in the room. Around the perimeter, there were students dressed in bright yellow shirts, permitting other students out of the building. They would not be allowed back

Top: Students line up outside the Student Union building with excitement. Bottom Left: The DJ hard at work playing tunes for the party. Bottom right: A collection of skulls on one of the tables at the party.

in if they decided to leave. In order to enter again, the student would have wait in line and pay again. There was an enitre buffet of finger foods available such as sliders. There were a plethora of coustimes such as Pikachu, zombies, pirates, and President Donald Trump. The DJ played a mixture of music, however, played mostly electronic to get students loose and dancing. The college also provided a caricature and photobooth for students to have fun with. The annual GRC halloween party is an opportunity for all students different to put aside their differences to enjoy a night full of excitement and fright. Photo by Sam Reeves





Mollie Clements | A&E Editor

October Artist Spotlight : Trevor Foyston

Photo courtesy of the artist

“Camera Photo” is a self portrait of Trevor Foyston

By: Aaron Hayes Staff Writer

The fine arts faculty chose Trevor Foyston, 46, a musical photographer, for the October artist spotlight. Foyston is currently attending classes here at Green River College.

Starting classes here back in 2015, He is working towards his Associate of Fine Arts degree in Photography and has a Associates degree in Broadcast Journalism. He hopes that his work is shown to many people and, through these photos, help them feel like they themselves were there. “[Photography] is one of the few mediums that have been a constant reminder and learning piece of the past,” said Foyston. He started his photography journey back in high school, though he states that he didn’t start seriously shooting back then, he only took photos of outings with friends and vacation shots. This is until he received an invitation to shoot at one of his friends’ concerts. He followed him and took many shots of his various shows. “That was the seed,” Foyston said, “what it has turned into, is a journey to capture the energy of live music.” During his time at GRC he has

Pictures clockwise: The singer in the band Filter during the Rockathon at Showare center in 2015. The band Yellowcard during their final tour in Tokyo, Japan in 2017. Miss May I band member in 2015 at Warped Tour at the White River Amphitheater

worked for KGRG, the college’s work includes shots of modern local radio station, during which he rock group Blue Helix, which had has been able to shoot photographs a show on Saturday, October 14, of many musical performances and and a surprise appearance of guest festivals featuring guitarist Skye top artists that Warden. had tours coming “[Photography] is one of the Having been few mediums that have been to such amazthrough Seattle. After retiring ing events, and a constant reminder and from the Navy having seen the learning piece of the past” he wasn’t able to passing of many - Trevor Foyston, icons of the mufind work with photographer sical world has what he had done in the military. inspired Foyston Broadcasting was something he and “instilled in [him] the reason had been wanting to do since he [he does] this type of photography.” was a teenager and KGRG gave him With all these shows to phothat opportunity. tograph Foyston uses Lightroom This allows him to be able to to organize and catalog all of his travel and shoot more photos with photos as well as edit if needed. He a few national touring bands, is currently shooting with a Nikon capturing many special moments. D500 with a D7100 backup. He The main two shows he said, uses a Nikon 10.5 fisheye, a Tamron “[was] ‘Make America Rock Again’ 17-50 and a Nikon 70-200 as his tour and my favorite was covering standard lenses.  Yellowcard during their final world “It is a history, a living history if tour in Japan.” shot right,” said Foyston. “We capSome of Foyston’s most recent ture the moments and the energy

that will transport people back to the show or let people who were not there experience the moments.” Through his work as a photographer, Foyston hopes that when people see his phenomenal photos, they will feel like they themselves were there among the crowds of people, cheering on the rockstars on stage. He thinks of Mick Rock as an inspiration for his work. Rock is a famous photographer known for his iconic shots of many musical legends such as Queen, David Bowie, The Stooges, The Sex Pistols and much more. “I do try to shoot with people who I think are much better than I am so that I always have a goal for my self to beat,” said Foyston. When fellow artists critique Foyston’s work, he is the happiest when they say he was able to visually capture the energy and the emotion that both the crowd and the performing musical artists were feeling at the time.

Mollie Clements| A&E Editor



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Dia de los Muertos: A day of Remembrance

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Day of the Dead celebrations at the cemetery of San Antonio Tecómitl, in the Milpa Alpa borough of Mexico City, Mexico. Panteón de Tecómitl Source: OpenClipart-Vectors via Pixbay

Candy skull drawing for Dia de los Muertos

By: Taylor Yamamoto Staff Writer Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of life and death that is deeply important to Latin people all around the world. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead in English, is a deeply

Catrina and adopted Spanish colospiritual two-day event in which people remember and reconnect nial clothing. Creating what people celebrate as the modern “Day of the with lost loved ones. The name Dead”. can sound like it’s supposed to be a On November 1 and 2 every year Halloween or scary type of holiday people all across the Latin World, but it isn’t. and in parts of America, honor and “It’s not necessarily like Halloween, it’s not a scary holiday it’s reconnect with their dead. They have more of a festive festivals celebration” said and parties Erin Fernandez “It’s not necessarily like where food Mommer, a faculHalloween, it’s not a scary ty adviser for the and drink holiday it’s more of a festive Latino Students are served and lively Union (LSU). celebration” celebraThe holiday got - Erin Ferdnandez Mommer, tions are its start in Mexico faculty advisor of LSU had. This with the Aztecs in the sixteenth is done because they believe to be somber, century. In the ninth month of the sad, and in mourning would be Aztec calendar (August) a celean insult to the dead. They wish bration dedicated to the goddess to instead celebrate the life of the Mictecacihuatl (Lady of the Dead) person by choosing to focus on how who watched over the bones of the they lived and not that they are no dead and ancient festivals of the longer with them dead took place. To celebrate and be closer with But with the arrival of the the spirits of the dead they often Spanish conquistadors, the holiday do activities that their loved ones began to change becoming a mix enjoyed in life. At night the celeof the two cultures. The Aztecan brators will follow candlelit paths holidays aligned with the Catholic to visit their graves and decorate holidays All Saints Day and All them to be closer with the spirits of Souls Day. Mictecacihuatl became

their families. The celebrations are organized into two different focuses the first day is dedicated to the children and the second is dedicated to the adults. In this time of celebration, they believe that the spirits of the lost can come back and join with their families for the duration of the holiday. On the two days, different kinds of gifts are left for the dead. On the first day, dedicated to the children, they leave toys and skullshaped candies called a Calavera that is the symbol of the celebration. Then on the second they give their lost loved one’s food and alcohol and some possessions that the lost may have left behind. Other aspects of the celebration include building altars called Ofrenda that honor the spirits of the dead. People paint their faces or wear masks of skeletons to symbolize Catrina. They put up images to call the dead back and use skeletons as a joyful representation of the dead. “In indigenous American tradition there are four sacred elements,” said Mommer. Dia de Los Muertos is also heavily aligned

with the elements. Earth, wind, fire, and water are aspects of the Aztecan culture and are represented through things like the Papel Picado which is paper cut figures representing the holiday that are hung up to catch the wind. And La Vela or candles which embody the fire aspect and are often placed in remembrance of souls. Flores Cempasutchil which are flowers that are placed to attract the dead and embody the earth. And liquid placed on altars to represent water On the days of November 1, Green River College will be participating in the celebrations. The Latino Students Union and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be putting on an event in the Students Union buildings Emerald City Room from 1 to 3 p.m. that is free for anyone to come eat traditional food and drink and learn a little about Mexican heritage. The name can be misunderstood but the intentions of this holiday are those of love, family and happiness. Steeped in Mexican tradition and they are days of joy not sadness, a celebration not mourning, and remembrance of a little bit of what can never be replaced.

a&e The Neighbourhood Newest EP, HARD thecurrent



By: Sandra Suchkova Staff Writer The Neighbourhood, an alternative rock-band releases a new extended play two years after their last project. The Neighbourhood’s dark, bass accentuated EP, HARD, came out on September 22, 2017.  The subversive collection of five songs, “Noise”, “Roll Call”, “Sadderdaze”, “You Get Me So High” and “24/7”, indicate a new phase of the band, moving towards a harder and more intense direction. The Neighbourhood, composed of five members, Jesse Rutherford, Zach Abels, Mikey Margott, Brandon Fried and Jeremy Freedman, always stay true to their visual aesthetic, delivering on the black and white promise they made back in 2012 with the release of their first EP, I’m Sorry…. The cover art is a declaration of their signature aesthetic, but also hinting at a new chapter of the band. A black sign of the title, HARD, is plastered on a shadowy white wall, a shift from their usually clean, direct visuals. The lyrics in HARD depict a very dual persona, with “24/7” describing a young love that yearns to be with the other half, but gets caught up with time, in contrast with “You Get Me So High”, an explanation of heartbreak following a difficult separation between friends, to which Rutherford hopes to cure narcotically. The Newbury Park, the California-based band has borrowed from the past and progressed towards the future. The heavy bass guitar of “Noise” alludes to The Neighbour-

hood’s 2014 mixtape, #000000 & #FFFFFF, producing a harder sound inspired by R&B, while “24/7” is an airy breath of a new direction. The last track of the EP, ‘24/7” is particularly parallel to the song “Single” from the band’s last release, Wiped Out!, with its lyrics telling of a continuing relationship. In “Single”, Rutherford apologizes to the father of his girlfriend for hurting her emotionally, and asks, “...would you let your baby be my girl?...” and in the opening line of “24/7”, he declares, “daddy’s little girl started growing up”. The opening reverb of the guitar chords from Abels and Fried’s hard drum sequence is vaguely similar to the dramatic opening of “R.I.P. 2 My Youth”, also a song from Wiped Out!. Through these references to their own discography, The Neighbourhood tells listeners of their signature lyrical themes, guitar chords, and their intent to stay close to the musical style that gained them recognition in the last five years. While the band did uphold certain memorable factors of their sound, they explored the different production and mixed new vocals with the rest of the songs in HARD. “Roll Call” was a very avant-garde addition to the collection, with Rutherford mirroring his live performances by mixing echoing vocals in the middle and end of the track. The Neighbourhood also paid homage to Cage The Elephant, another similar band, with the acoustic chords of “Sadderdaze” being strikingly similar to the song “Cigarette Daydreams”. The Neighbourhood’s noir aesthetic is revamped in the track “You Get

Mollie Clements | A&E Editor

By: Mollie Clements A&E Editor

1. The term “vegan”, for someone refraining from eating or using any animal products, was coined in 1994 by Vegan Society founder Donald Watson.

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HARD EP out now. Me So High”, with faster beats and a haunting echo of regret over a betrayal of a close friend. The band also touched on unconventional lyrical themes, with each track alluding to the emotional and mental growth of Rutherford and his band-mates, and their intention to keep creating and improving upon themselves with each new release. Overall, HARD is a perfect soundtrack for fall: moody, atmospheric, and just dark enough to evoke raw feelings from deep within. The dark sensuality of each track drips with regret, loneliness, heartbreak, and the chase for a love

that can’t be reached. The dedication to keep evolving their sound and vibe is truly impressive, and their innovation shines through in each and every track. Visuals of leather-clad boys, hazy California summers and cruising up and down the Pacific Coast Highway is consistently present throughout The Neighbourhood’s discography, and this new EP is no exception. Armed with an R&B-infused alt-rock sound, echoing vocals and original production, The Neighbourhood has amassed a cult following of fans who share their love of California imagery and soft, sensual lyricism.

2. In the mid-1940s a vegan was simply a non-dairy vegetarian. Later the term included abstinence from animal products such as leather and honey. 3. A survey this year reported that there are over half a million vegans in the UK. 4. Brad Pitt, Beyoncé and Bill Clinton are vegans. 5. There is a Vegans For Donald Trump site on Facebook. 6. Veganism is protected under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights. “Veganism” is an anagram of “saving me”

Oddfellas Pub and Eatery - Food Review By: Isabel Barni Opinion Editor

Service: 3.2 When entering Oddfellas Pub and Eatery, getting seated took little to no time at all. Throughout the entirety of the visit, servers checked in on the table regularly and refilled drinks without being asked. However, there was very little conversation made throughout the meal. When asked questions about the menu, the server was able to answer adequately. While the food didn’t take long to arrive, the time it took to get the check and pay for the meal was tedious.

Value: 2 The food tasted decent and was fairly generous in portion size. Unfortunately, the plate seemed to be thrown together and messy. Not only was the presentation low quality, but actually eating the food was a messy process as well. Some toppings for sandwiches and burgers came separately, making the customer assemble the meal themselves. The mess made was irritating, but it wouldn’t turn someone away from returning to the restaurant in the future. While not beautiful, the meals were still appealing. The quality of the food was slightly above that of Green River College’s, but considerably more expensive. The price was slightly out of the average college student’s budget.

Serving two people without starters and a single drink cost nearly $30, not including a tip.

Atmosphere: 2 The outside of Oddfellas’ building was run down, however, on the inside, the restaurant was casual and comfortable. With dark carpets, ceilings, and walls, the lighting in the restaurant was very dim. The theme of Oddfellas felt extremely random, with foods ranging from schnitzel to “squid bits”. However, strange this restaurant was, anyone would be able to find something that they enjoyed on the lengthy menu. The inconsistency didn’t end with the food. Decor around the restaurant was hinting at a similar

masculine theme. However, despite advertising many different types of sports, there were hardly any televisions in the main dining area. For an eating area that seemed to rely on bonding over sports, it was a bit peculiar to not be able to watch a game.

Distance: 3 Oddfellas can be found in downtown Auburn, though not in walking distance from GRC’s campus. It was about 4 miles away, or a 12-minute drive.

OVERALL: 2.5 Oddfellas Pub and Eatery has decent food for a slightly unreasonable price. The atmosphere is a bit random but still comfortable and a nice break from the usual routine. Friends could easily meet here for a fun night out, although it is not a restaurant that can be visited every week by most people.

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What It Means To Be a Sanctuary College


Green River College becoming a sanctuary school is a decision that must be considered cautiously. Colleges across the United States have the option to become a sanctuary campus, also known as a safe haven. This title comes with an additional responsibility to implement policies throughout school property that protects undocumented immigrant students. Sanctuary colleges and the program of DACA also offer financial help undocumented students that do not have the resources to pay for higher education. According to EdSource, the “definitions of ‘sanctuary’ vary from district to district, but in most cases it means that school staff will not allow federal immigration agents on campus without a warrant, subpoena or court order.” Wanting Green River to be a sanctuary campus appears to be the most moral choice in this situation. Mollie Clements, A&E Editor, said, “Sanctuary colleges are important in safeguarding the lives of immigrants in the US. To take away that safeguard is to put them directly in harm’s way, which I simply do not agree with.” While simply stating that being a

safe haven would ideally be the correct decision, there are natural ramifications to this choice. As said by president Donald Trump in a 2016 campaign speech, “we will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths. Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities.” If federal funding is threatened to be stripped from sanctuary cities, it is not out of the realm of possibility that funding would also be taken from sanctuary college campuses. If Green River were to proclaim theirselves a sanctuary college, they could lose federal funding. Tacked on to this, the college could be fined upwards of $1 million after violating the Clery Act. This would force the college to gather money from other, potentially less preferred, locations. To ensure that Green River would be able to survive without federal funding, it is very possible that tuition costs would rise significantly. Running Start students, would not be impacted, as the college pays for their

tuition. However, the majority of Green River students would have to pay the price that is included with the title of a sanctuary campus. Despite Trump’s claims that funding will be taken from sanctuary cities, action has yet to be made towards current safe havens. Due to this, it is hard to say if any of the previously mentioned concerns could become a reality. In regards to Green River potentially becoming a sanctuary campus, Melanie Bell, Campus Editor, said “It’s a risk that’s worth taking. America is a proclaimed country of freedom and inclusion. The current administration wants to take that freedom away.” Making students become documented citizens of America is not as simple as it initially sounds. The process is tedious, and, under some circumstances immigrants may not speak a similar language. Undocumented immigrants should have the right to live where they want. The ramifications of this, however, must be considered before Green River makes a final choice. The Current believes that sanctuary colleges are morally correct but may have ramifications.

The Failure Of Affirmative Action In The United States By: Mohamed Abdullahi Staff Writer Research proves that incorporating Affirmative Action to make historically disadvantaged groups competitive against white populations is not enough. Throughout history, white people have been set up to be recognized as the cultural norm in America. People of color, on the other hand, are most definitely not the usual and needed programs such as Affirmative Action to be able to compete. Minorities have been suffering from years of oppression. Race-related societal privilege was something they simply did not have. Minorities must work much harder to be able to compete with white people, not to mention to be considered as their equal. Even with programs designated to assist people of color, the two races cannot be equated because white people hold the power in this system. As said by an article in the New York Times, “nationwide, 15 percent of 18-year-olds were black

white students ever since Affirmaand 22 percent were Hispanic in tive Action was incorporated into 2015, according to federal data. At the system. Black and Hispanic the elite colleges examined by The Times, 6 percent of non-internastudents were even more underrepresented in 2015 than they were tional freshmen were black and 13 back in 1980. percent were Hispanic.” For an era so consumed with The big gap continues to exist behuman equality, it seems that in tween white students and minority students at colleges despite Affirsome regards there have been steps backwards throughout the decades. mative Action being installed into Liban the system in 1961. Hirsi, a In nearly 60 years, Green River the percentage of “Affirmative Action student, has minorities attending is really not enough university remains stated his concern with depressingly low. to level the playing how AffirmaMore analysis was field.” tive Action done by The New - Mohamed Abdullahi is really not York Times, delving enough to into the actual elite colleges or universilevel the playing field. ties race demographic. The Times “Being a black and Muslim goes on claiming that the minority college student is difficult because populations at multiple different you have to work harder than universities falls dramatically short most people, and sometimes the considering the amount of miexpectations are higher,” Hirsi said. norities that are present across the “I think we can do more to improve country, or even in specific states. the [status diversity] policy and The research done at these realize that, even with Affirmative colleges reveals the wide gap and Action, we are barely getting jobs the disproportionate percentages between minority students and and getting into the big colleges.”

Hirsi is correct with his statement about how, despite the advantage of having Affirmative Action, minorities face more difficulties compared to their white peers. Critics of Affirmative Action have made claims that it is discriminatory and unfair towards deserving white students. They also may believe that Affirmative Action favors less deserving minorities. Plenty of research has been done about these claims. The people have been fact checked. Affirmative Action is not anti-white. When looking into the statistics, Affirmative Action is not even serving its primary purpose to help minorities match their white peers. America has not done enough to help minorities be even within an arms race with white populations. This includes politically, socially and economically. Affirmative Action has been around for over 50 years and people of color continue to be underrepresented. Research shows that not enough has been done. It’s time that minorities achieved the representation that they deserve.


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A Choice Between Prestige And Efficiency By: Alex Markovich Staff Writer Community colleges, while not as prestigious as universities, are able to adequately prepare students for the future. Annamarie Graver, a 17 year old Running Start student, said “[Because of what I was told in high school], I felt like if I didn’t go to university, jobs wouldn’t look at my application as much as they would look at others. I’ve learned that that’s wrong.” In reality, attending a community college before, or even instead of, a university could very well be a beneficial option for many people. The biggest reason why many people attend community college is to save money while earning their AA degree. The average cost for a full year tuition at a community college is around $9,000. This is much cheaper compared to an in-state college like the University of Washington which, not including housing, has an annual cost of around $26,000. That price almost doubles to $45,000 for out of state students. For those who want to save even more money, Running Start students have additional benefits

when it comes to attending community college in place of university. Not only can students graduate high school with their AA, but they also do not have to pay tuition. This saves an individual thousands of dollars annually, making 2-year colleges an even better option for those still attending high school. Running Start student Connor Bitney said, “I am currently in Running Start because I would like to earn my AA for free through my district, then transfer straight into a four-year university... If I hadn’t chosen this road, and at the end of my senior year had to choose between Green River or a university, I would attend Green River because of the cost.” However, because of the large price difference between schools, students may begin to wonder if universities provide a better education than community colleges. With public schools pushing their students to believe the only correct path to take is that of a 4-year institution, the true value of attending a 2-year

school can be forgotten. Despite what many teenagers are pressured to believe, simply the class size difference of 2-year schools and universities may be enough to help prepare a student.

Community colleges have an average of 5,000-20,000 students on campus. On the other hand, most major 4-year universities have well over 20,000 students. Larger campuses have an upward of almost 56,000 students.

Because the average class size tends to be smaller at community colleges, the students attending have a better chance of getting individual help from a professor. With this focused attention, it is more likely that a student will have the help that they potentially need to succeed in the future. Some students worry about taking classes whose credits won’t transfer over to a university. However, community college boards work to ensure that academic courses are up to date and meet the needs in order for credits to transfer to 4-year institutions. However, when it comes to school spirit, community colleges tend to not live up to the standards set by 4-year universities. A benefit that comes from a larger class size is more people attending sports games and other events. This creates a more dedicated fan base. There also tends to be a higher quality in universities than community colleges simply because of the additional money invested in larger

campuses. This funding goes into multiple fields, including sports, teaching, and aesthetics. The difference in quality betwen the different forms of education could further persuade someone to choose a specific institution. Neither community colleges or universities are superior to the other. Both supply a student with very different benefits and drawbacks. It is an individual student’s responsibility to decide between the differences on where to go after completing high school. Students aiming for a specific field of study or who plan to earn an AA or BA at a fraction of the cost may prefer 2-year colleges. Those who have interest in a larger social community or a highly trained profession have the option to bypass community colleges and enroll directly into a university. The decision on which option surpasses the other is in the eye of the beholder. People from all walks of life have been able to succeed from multiple different backgrounds. Because of this, university students should not be viewed as superior to community college attendees. Both could be striving for two very different goals.

Originality In Music: A Concept Of The Past By: Deja Cook Staff Writer Since the 1960s, the music industry has changed from searching out fresh voices to attempting to imitate talent. With this change, there is an epidemic at hand; all popular music sounds the same. It’s not just the voices of young artists, but the tune and lyrics as well. There are so many unoriginal factors that make up music today. These factors make something as enjoyable as music feel nauseating to listen to. Let’s look into this. People may wonder why hearing what initially appeared to be a great song for the fifth time eventually becomes boring. Alongside this, music listeners gradually begin to notice while flipping through tracks that several artists tend to sound similar to each other. Pop music has evolved into something almost unrecognizable in last 60 years. During the mid-1950s to 1960s, music was just hitting a new era of different sounds and voices.

In this era, there were singers like music industry. There were a lot Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, of good key factors that she did Frank Sinatra, and other dynamic mention, one of them being about singers that expanded a completely singing contests and music shows. different meaning to music. While She mentions the significant these singers did not just stick to amount of copies in the industry pop music, they really made a big could be due to the producing impact in other of these talent genres such as since their “The beat, the rhythm, shows, R&B and gospel. aim is to find a and the lyrics in this certain sound Not only did people enjoy the that they are sure newer generation of vocal styles of can be successful. music are the same.” They also know these singers, - Deja Cook what the masses they also liked the soul and like so it is more passion that of a production came with them. than making people consider someWhile there has been a new disthing new. covery of talent in the music indusHip hop and R&B are an issue as try, there was also a new discovery well. The beat, the rhythm, and the of surety of making money as well. lyrics in this newer generation of Did modern producers experimusic are the same. Once again, ence a boom in sales? That is very this genre is faced with an originalpossible. Is it possible that the ity problem.  Women, sex, money, “new” talents they find in this genand fame are the topics in most, if eration are just for production purnot all, rap and R&B songs. poses? That is also very possible. This new move of topics became Kelly Einsenhour, teacher in the more blatant and obvious in the Music Department at the college, mid-1990s. However, we had artist gave a lot of insight about the like India Arie, Lauryn Hill and

many others talent to keep things in perspective.   Now, we have artists in today’s world that are surpassing their predecessors, and not in a good way. Most of the lyrics and music of this generation revolves around misogynistic and materialistic views that, of course, do not display or highlight self-respect and equality. Do they honestly deserve this much recognition? When speaking with student Jennifer Meyers about her honest opinion on today’s music, she brought up an interesting topic. Meyers spoke about how a singer by the name of Cardi B had surpassed Lauryn Hill on the Billboard charts and thus became the number one hip hop/R&B artist for three consecutive weeks. Meyers found this to be quite unsavory news as Lauryn Hill has had a positive feedback in the music industry as being the definition of a female hip hop and R&B artist. ‘Realness” was a word Meyers used in the conversation. “I connect with the realness of music” she then said, “Music has changed as


far as realness goes… it has become more of what will sell and you can tell that.”   Her statement brings a very valid point. The music industry has definitely become more about what will sell and what will not. wincreasingly difficult to be an artist with originality. If there were artists that speak a different message and have a soulful or interesting singing style, they should be popular. While that may be the case for some artists, it cannot be the same for all.

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By: Jack Tuia Staff Writer

RAC is a great place for students who would like to participate in organized sports. According to Rob, If you’re looking for a place to they have trained officials and a participate in organized intramural scoreboard to have that “real live” sports, group fitness programs, or feel. They have a great gym where even just a place to get fit then the all the indoor sports are held, it’s Recreational Sports & Athletics kept clean for all the students to Center or the RAC for short is your enjoy their time there. The RAC go to. also offers special events like: a The RAC is open for every student ping-pong tournament, a dodgeball at Green River.  All you need is tournament, and skills challenge a student ID to get in. If you are that tests out your skills and fitness under 18, you will be required to (which is still not finalized yet). have a parent sign a waiver. The Balls and equipment are provided RAC is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. from by the RAC, but have to be checked Monday to Thursday, open 10 a.m. out in order to be used. to 6 p.m. FriThe day, closed RAC also on Saturday, offers group and is open “ It’s part of the tutiotion fitness from 2 p.m. programs that [students] pay for.” to 7 p.m. on like: dance Sunday. aerobics, - Rob Pedicone, Rob Pedkickboxing RAC Co-ordinator icone, the cardio, RAC coordiMixxedFit, nator, is very dance club, ambitious zumba, and has big plans for the RAC. He high intensity interval training, and encourages students to come to the yoga. These programs are all held RAC because they offer so many by trained instructors. All these programs that students may enjoy. programs are held on the second Rob emphasizes that the RAC is floor also known as “The Loft”. It is free to students, “It’s part of the a beautiful space with one wall of tuition that [students] pay for”. Rob mirrors and windows that overlook picked up the job in late May and is the basketball court and windows already thinking about expanding that overlook the scenic trees and the RAC. colorful, fall leaves. According to The RAC offers tons of sports like: Rob, students can make reserva6 on 6 volleyball, 3 on 3 and 5 on tions and are even allowed to have 5 basketball,  5 on 5 indoor soccer, their own music playing on the coed badminton, and more. The auxiliary cord. The Loft is open to

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Recreational Sports & Athletics Center staff pose with the Green River Mascot all students as long as there are no programs being held at the time. You can also check out equipment like: mats, jump ropes, plyo boxes, resistance bands, yoga balls, and etc. at the desk. The weight room has top notch equipment you will find at the best gyms. All machines are brand new and ready to be used by students. The weight room offers free weights, cardio equipment, strength equipment like squat racks and barbell bench presses. There are a total of 9 treadmills, 4 stationary bikes, 5 ellipticals, and 8 weight machines. The treadmills have mini screens you can watch TV on, if

that’s too small for you, the weight room has 3 huge, flat screen TVs mounted on the walls. Rob also plans to get a punching bag in the weight room. The RAC also has beautiful locker rooms available to students to put their personal belongings and etc. No lock? No worries, the locks on the locker are actually pretty cool. You can create your own passcode and will be reset for other students to use after. Pedicone has a plan to expand the RAC, in fact, a student has petitioned to have a field on the empty space right next to the Student Union building. Rob plans to have

more programs like soccer, flag football, and other field sports if petition passes. Pedicone claims there are multiple papers filled with signatures of students would like to expand the RAC as well. Rob is very passionate about his job and would love to have more students come to the RAC. The RAC actually averages about 300+ students a day and Rob is aiming to increase that by 100 more students. Green River students are very lucky to have a great RAC with top of the line equipment. Don’t miss out, have fun at the RAC.

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New Basketball Coach Brings a Spark to Lady Gators team! By: Jack Tuia Staff Writer

coach. According to McQuarn, Brown has been his teammate since AAU basketball and they both love the game with an immense passion. McQuarn was asked how his relationship with Coach Brown will affect the team and he answers, “Tremendously, I have a guy who can be honest with me and I can be honest to.” Coach McQuarn and Coach Brown are very invested in the program and have put in a lot of work for the team. The Gators have three returning players, including one of their taller players, forward, Youngblood. She was asked how she felt about this upcoming season and she said, “Coach McQuarn did a great job of developing a new culture, the dynamics are different, players are being held accountable, and they’re more discipline this year”. According to Youngblood they just got off two weeks of practicing twice a day while still having Photo Credits: classes to attend. Youngblood claims that Demetrius McQuarn players are very encouraging towards each Woment’s Basketball Head Coach other and are starting to show true commitment by voluntarily going to the gym to get There is a new energy in the women’s better on their own time. Youngblood is very basketball team. mature and wants to lead by example for her The Gators have not had a winning season teammates. in 13 years under five different head coaches. Coach McQuarn is also trying to help his This year the Gators have a new coaching staff and a new energy. Head coach, Demetri- players get to the next level. According to Coach McQuarn, “If us McQuarn, a passionyou put your career ate and young coach, in your coach’s hands who specializes in play- “If you put your career in your you would hope that er development, was coach’s hands you would hope they would give you described as, “Amazthat they would give you a job” a job.” Youngblood ing, encouraging, and claims that Coach helpful towards players Demetrius McQuarn, McQuarn spends a goals” by returning Head Coach Women’s lot of time contacting player Courtney YoungBasketball team coaches on the next blood. Coach McQuarn level and try to get his did not come alone; he players there. Coach brought his good friend McQuarn was a former athlete so he knows Markeith Brown, who is the Gators’ assistant

Women’s Basketball Season Games exactly how it works and how it feels to be in their shoes. He is the perfect spark for this team, he’s still young and can connect to the players closely, he’s looking out for all of his players and wants to see them succeed.   McQuarn was asked why do the players feel like there is a new energy and he says, “Because we try to treat this like a Division 1 program”. He claims that he is holding his players accountable with their diet, training, and school work. He’s treating the program like a

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Division 1 program so he expects his girls to treat it like one. He has high expectation this year and goals to try and win their league this season. The Gators have a Jamboree coming up, Nov 4, here at Green River. The details are still to be determined. Their first game will be a home game against Multnomah University at 3 pm on Nov. 18. Go support your Lady Gators, they have a lot of potential to do great things this year.

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The Current presents the facts on the college's violation of the Clery Act.