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Young Voices Be Heard an outlet for youth to share their passions

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Zachary Hunt
The Broadside

Eleven teenagers passed the time with awkward jokes, glances, and greetings, waiting for class to begin. The sounds of violin and the odor of spray paint emanated from the Poet House.  Poets and teachers Jason Graham a.k.a. Mosley Wotta and Terran Randolph a.k.a. Manifest Destiny discuss the theory of beats and crack jokes with the kids before class begins.
Graham and Randolph started  by introducing themselves.  The two know one another from Bend’s poetry slam scene, performing with and against each other years ago.
Graham, the host of both of Bend’s poetry slams and a member local hip-hop band Person People, has spent most of his life writing and performing his poetry as Mosley Wotta.  A play on words that Graham explains as the fact that every one of us are all made of mostly water.
“I focus on what we have in common rather than our differences,” he explains.
Randolph has spent the last decade or so in Tempe, Arizona, being a big part of the poetry slam community there.  He’s returned to Bend to be closer to his daughter and now that he’s back he has picked right up where he left off, as a prominent figure in Bend’s music scene.
Both men have a true passion for their art and feel that Young Voices Be Heard will be a great outlet for youth that share their same passion.  The duo is backed by Tymon Emch, founder of CADA|CASA which is a community based education foundation.  The three have been spending time this month going to schools and presenting their ideas hoping to recruit more students.  They’ve gone to Summit, Mt. View, and have been asked to present at correctional school J Bar J.  They also have scheduled a 600 student assembly at Summit on March 22.
Randolph and Graham are personable and natural performers, which really shows whenever they speak.  The main points that the teachers impress on the students is the development of themselves as writers and performers.
“Our class is called Social Commentary Through Hip Hop and Slam Poetry, and that’s exactly what it is.  We’re trying to create a family where you have a safe place to share your word with a supportive group of other kids just like you,” Randolph explains while presenting to a Summit High class last week.
Young Voices Be Heard is a supportive, creative, new way for our community’s youth to express themselves safely and artistically.  The six week program is available through CADA|CASA and scholarships are available to anyone who wants to be a part of this fun and exciting class.

You may contact Zachary Hunt at zhunt@cocc.edu

ASCOCC plans 21+ event

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Carl Rockwell
The Broadside

ASCOCC is planning Country Night in mid-February for students. Some, however, question it’s fairness.
Family-friendly events like Free Bowling Night are a resounding success,so the members of ASCOCC are considering bringing a night of entertainment to the school’s older students.
Held at The Mountains Edge, this new event hopes to draw a large crowd with mechanical bull rides, free games of pool and music by local bands. The Mountains Edge will be offering Student Prices during the event to keep students refreshed as they try to ‘buck’ those winter blues.
Some have voiced their concerns about excluding students who are not yet 21. Council member Heather Condon explains that while events like Bowling Night are great for younger student or those with families, not all students want to go out bowling.
“They want something where they can go out and have some fun,” she states.
To be fair to younger students, the members of student government are looking at bringing Country Night to the campus in the future, where students of all ages can try their hand at riding a mechanical bull, but the details for this event have not yet been established.
In the mean time, Country Night promises to be quite the hoedown for those old enough to attend.
You may contact Carl Rockwell at clrockwell@cocc.

eduCOCC’s Country Night

Feb. 25th
7 p.m.

Mountain’s Edge Sports Bar & Grill
61131 S. Hwy 97, Bend

Broadside cover inappropriate (letter to the editor)

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Hey,

I noticed that this month’s front cover had an extremely risqué and inappropriate image for a College representation on campus. I felt obligated to inform you that I found this to be offensive, degrading, disrespectful to human dignity and diversity on campus, and unprofessional in every consideration. Because of this, I have opted to not even read the inside of the paper. From a business perspective, this was a bad move on marketing, and appropriate college relations. If a reader won’t even touch the paper, then the reader is no longer subscribed. I would hope and trust that the advisors of this paper will review work more carefully prior to submission, and ensure that every publication is in good taste. Preparing students for the future includes introducing them to appropriate and wise business decisions, such of which seems to be lacking in this issue. I’m sure that you have heard from others as well, as I have heard several comments concerning the cover. Even though the intent may have been to get attention, like every child learns when growing up, there is bad attention and good attention. The bad attention, while easiest to obtain, eventually leads to punishment or abdication. Please keep the readers, not the writers, in mind when marketing to a reading crowd.

Thanks.

Jonathan Esterman

Hold ASCOCC accountable (letter to the editor)

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I read both of Don Iler’s editorials in The Broadside Feb. 3 about ASCOCC. I am wondering if there should more “transparency” in our government, specifically student government here at COCC. Some things need to determine whether or not a person gets a government job. They should not be able to get a position unless they’re an enrolled student, they must have a GPA of 3.0 or better, students should not be paid $2000 or more per person per term. All students should have access to where their money is being spent, when it is spent, on what its spent and how its spent. I want to know what government is spending my money on. Moreover, I want to know who decides to spend my money.

Josh Bridges-COCC student.

Anime club brings together students with similar interests

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The Anime Club of Central Oregon Community College is all about being themselves and making a social network of friends.

The club’s main focus is Japanese animation – more commonly known as anime – and also Japan’s culture. Not only people that are fond of anime can join the club, but people that enjoy meeting others and hanging out are welcome.

The Anime Club meets in Ponderosa, Room 101, in a place they like to call “the dungeon.” Their dungeon consists of a large room with a whiteboard and a projector. They use the projector to watch assortments of anime films or shows that the president of the club decides upon.

The club has a small system of government that consists of a president and four officers. The president, Carrie Hull coordinates meeting times and activities. “Normally I leave it up to suggestion,” said Hull, referring to what anime films and shows to watch. The four officers are Patrick Tasa, Seth Bean, Tanner Schild and Anthony Forrer. The officer’s usual duties are doing the president’s bidding, according to Hull. A typical Anime Club meeting consists of:

* Discussing business topics

* Handing out food and drink

* Watching anime

* Chatting with one another

“I enjoy spending time with people that have similar interests. It’s a great way to hang out with people that are similarly different from you.” said Nick Ishida about his favorite thing about the club.

Anthony Forrer spoke about the funds they receive for their club, “If were going on a trip to something we can ask for funds from them [student government] and student government gives us money for advertising but we don’t always use it.”

The club is going to the Sakura-Con convention, in Seattle, Washington, this April; they have been doing this for three years in a row. Each club member pays their own expenses to the convention. The Sakura-Con convention is compiled of Japanese dances, singers, anime cosplay and public speakers. Cosplay is a shortened term for “costume role-play”.

At the last convention the Amabassador of Japan spoke on anime and the connection it makes between the western and Japanese culture.

According to the Ambassador of Japan, anime is one of Japan’s biggest exports. There is anime, live-action anime, and manga. Manga is Japanese cartons and graphic novels. “It’s one of the fastest growing things in America.” According to Daniel Baycroft.

You may contact Brynn Kiesow at bkiesow@cocc.edu

College president’s forecast for COCC is positive

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By Alex Crist

James Middleton, president of COCC, addressed a gathering of about forty employees last Wednesday to discuss enrollment issues, upcoming renovations, and budgetary concerns.
“The strain is real. The momentum is difficult to maintain,” Middleton said. He also said that parking lots and classes would remain crowded in the short term.
Current plans to combat the problems caused by high enrollment include expanding summer classes and adding classes on Fridays and weekends.
“[W]e do have rooms—they’re just [available] at times we don’t have staff here … not everyone’s happy about that,” said Middleton. “It does eat into people’s personal time.”
The College is also preparing to hire more instructors. “We will be looking at our biggest addition of staff in I don’t know how long,” Middleton added. The goal, he said, is “less crowding, more opportunities to open up more classes so we don’t have to turn students away … We have to recognize we have a sacred trust with the voters—we have a responsibility to do all we can to enroll students.”
Tuition rates, for now, will not change, although long-term implications are unclear as the board has not formally discussed the subject.
COCC has also taken on a series of building renovation and construction projects, the first phase of which will start this year and be finished in 2011. Middleton said that these projects would form the most significant facility initiative since the 1960s, and would cost more than $80 million.
One of the projects is the Campus Village, which is to be a retail area based around a new Culinary building at the corner of Shevlin and Mt. Washington. William Smith Properties, the company behind the development of the Old Mill District, is in charge of development. The four-year project will allow visitors to shop and dine on food prepared by culinary students. While it has not been decided what other businesses will go in, William Smith Properties is doing the legwork while the College Board maintains veto power.
Other renovation and construction projects include add-ons to Mazama and Pence, as well as additions to the Redmond Campus that would add aviation, aviation maintenance, graphic arts, and computer graphics programs into the curriculum.
Madras and Prineville will undergo what Middleton called a “transformational change,” either in Phase One or Phase Two, so that each can be a “one stop shop education and economic development facility.”
“Clearly, building projects have high visibility, but that’s not what our success is really about,” Middleton said. “It’s complex, and whatever you do in one arena has echo effects in other areas. The board is trying to keep costs as low as they can.”
Still, one projection suggests the college could produce an average deficit of $660,000 over the next three years.
“We’re in such a better position than most Oregon community colleges,” Middleton said, and added that there are various ways and options for covering that cost.
Middleton said he is looking at the whole development as a “long-fuse” operation, in the sense that the benefits of the coming developments will not necessarily have major effects on the college in the next three years but over the course of the next 20.
Finance has grown more complicated for the college, too. During the meeting Middleton said that, in the past, the school has been funded by the state, that funding made up 13 percent of revenue; tuition, made up 48 percent ; and the property tax, made up 38 percent. Now the college is dealing with grants, foundations, endowments, business operations, operational charges, and the on-going danger of economic leakage. The question, Middleton said, is “How do we become more efficient?.”
“We must have a business model that keeps the ‘engine running,’” Middleton said. “Everyone’s in favor of progress. It’s the change they don’t like.”
Middleton believes this is not a time of easy answers.
“It used to be you could be confident and drop out and you could go to the mill and get a good wage…I think there is a greater recognition that education gives you insurance, if not a guarantee.”
You may contact Alex Crist at pechorin87@yahoo.com

Intramural Sports: More than just playing around

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Soccer at COCCEverywhere you look these days, you see the electricity of sports: a deep three-pointer sinks through the basket without touching the net, or the game is put away by a devastating drive for a layup. A spectacular catch or a bruising charge between the tackles for a touchdown is the exclamation point on a football game. But this kind of electricity doesn’t belong to the NFL, or the NBA, or the NCAA Bowl Championship Series. This in fact belongs to the Intramural Sports Program at Central Oregon Community College.

The Broadside recently had the opportunity to sit down with Bill Douglass, the Director of Sports and Recreation for the 30 year old program, in order to get his view on the program, where it came from, and where it expects to go in the future.

The Intramural Sports program has been in operation for 30 years, and showcases over 20 different sports for a student to choose from, the sports varying from term to term. There are of course the usual suspects—3 vs. 3 and 5 vs. 5 basketball, flag football, softball and indoor soccer. There is also bowling, road and trail cycling, disc golf, and even a Home Run Derby available to the students as well, although Mr. Douglass said that the students are welcome to propose new ideas for recreational sports and the more competitive club sports.
“We encourage ideas from the student body in regards to new intramural sports and recreational activities,” Douglass said. “Right now, the most popular intramural sports at this time are the basketball leagues that include 16 teams for winter term. The volleyball leagues are also popular with an eight team league. And it looks like the indoor soccer league will have around six teams playing winter term.”

With all the different options available to work off stress from classes or especially from finals week, it’s plain to see that the Intramural Sports program is wildly popular among the student body. Garrett Gavlan, the coach of the COCC bodybuilding team and former member of COCC student council, echoed this sentiment.

“I see the program as supplemental to the education we receive at COCC,” Gavlan said. “It provides a place where students can grow by creating a sports club, joining a team, or entering in a fun run.”

Although, the bodybuilding team is not without its share of issues, however small that share may be. “The only hardship the program is dealing with is coming up with the funds to support so many programs,” Gavlan said when asked about any ideas he had to improve the Intramural Sports Program, “But so far the team has been dealing with it quite well by increasing fundraising and community sponsors.”

So could the student government step in to help the program deal with this hardship? The Broadside asked Mr. Gavlan if he thought ASCOCC should consider supporting the Intramural Sports program .

“It is critical that they continue funding the sports program and if they were to survey the students to justify the expenditure, I believe they would find that students do want their collected fees to support the intramural sports program,” Gavlan responded, though he was quick to ensure the Broadside that ASCOCC should not be the only entity considering increasing funds. “Although it is not just the responsibility of ASCOCC. The responsibility also lies on the college to offer the majority of the funding for the program.”

Portland scholar to visit COCC

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COCC Campus
COCC Campus

When we go to a class and take an interest in the professor’s accomplishments, it makes going to class a lot easier and we gain more respect for the wise owl in front of the room.
At Lewis and Clark College, Robert Miller brings more than just teaching experience to the campus in Portland.

Miller is an enrolled citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. He is also the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals for the Grande Ronde tribe, which follows federal Indian law like all tribes on reservations. In addition, he sits in as a judge for other tribes.

Miller divides his time between the reservation, Lewis and Clark College and traveling to present his research.

Miller teaches Civil Procedure, Federal Indian Law, and Cultural Resources Protection at Lewis and Clark. Furthermore, he is an accomplished author of just under two dozen published writings on American Indian studies, Lewis and Clark’s expedition, economic development of Native Americans, and Manifest Destiny.

Most recently, Robert Miller wrote and published a book entitled Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Manifest Destiny.
Although the book has only recently been published, it is already considered to be a breakthrough publication with new research on Manifest Destiny.

His research provides a foundation for understanding laws and actions that created modern legal systems that control American Indians. Miller links the “Doctrine of Discovery,” a document that was used by colonial powers that had laid claim on newly “discovered” lands during the Age of Discovery, with the birth of Manifest Destiny.

“Most professors consider that part of their job is to continue researching and writing throughout their careers. In fact, researching and exploring new facets of your teaching subject enhances and improves one’s classroom teaching. Most academics no doubt became teachers because they are curious and interested in their chosen fields so they want to continue that exploration,” Miller said.

Barbara Weatherall, a COCC student and member of the Grand Ronde Tribe will be introducing Miller.

Since his book was released, he has had even more on his plate with colleges around the northwest fighting for his presence and presentations.

On January 21, 2010, Professor Miller is is scheduled to speak in Willie Hall, in the Campus Center Building. The presentation is from 4pm until 6pm.

During the Season of Non-Violence, students are encouraged to take in this timely and important discussion from this well-respected professor, author and citizen.

Out-of your Element and the Hunting of the Sasquatch

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Searching for Bigfoot

Summer heat made the inside of the single-wide trailer a sweltering mess, and I was stuck to my seat having sweated through my seersucker shorts. The windows were open wide and the hiss of cicadas came through the screen, permeating the humid air with a sinister haze. There wasn’t much to do besides fix refreshing drinks and watch the sun sink down behind the pine forest into the swamp and think of cooler climes. Before it was completely dark and after we had fixed another round, we popped the excellent 1987 film “Predator” in the DVD player and started to watch Arnold Schwarzenegger kill an unknown monster that lurked in the jungle. My friend, Mat, and I started to discuss other monsters that lived in the forests of America and inevitably came to the topic of sasquatch. And just like we were watching a big gelatinous monster, real as life, in the jungles of central America on the TV, we were convinced that sasquatch did exist somewhere in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. It was then we both made a solemn oath that once we were free of the marines and back in the northwest, we would go hunt him, kill him, and bring his corpse into town, once and for all dispelling all doubt that the beast actually exists.

Months later Mat and I found ourselves at a gun show in Portland, Oregon, walking down wide aisles between tables laden with pistols, rifles, muskets and machine guns. But, what we were looking for was an assault rifle made in the former communist bloc: the illustrious AK-47, weapon of choice for the soviet army, child soldiers and revolutionaries everywhere. After deciding which model would suit us best (a Hungarian made paratrooper model with a foldable butt stock), and buying a few hundred rounds, we walked out of the gun show after taking less than five minutes to purchase a semi automatic assault rifle and enough ammunition to get a good start on a coup in any banana republic. We walked back out to my Nissan Maxima encircled by a parking lot full of pickup trucks and Suburbans. Mat took the wheel and I started to load the thirty round magazines with the Russian made 7.62×39 rounds; we needed to be ready at any time to hunt , he could be anywhere, and every minute we were comfortable, in a heated car, sasquatch was out there in the bush getting stronger.

Armed with a topographic map from the US Geological Survey, a days worth of food, and two Hungarian made assault rifles, we entered the dense woods of Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington. We followed a poorly maintained logging road for a while and then started hiking up a ridge that drained into a robust creek. The vegetation was thick, dense and green, and the terrain was steep. The creek was down at 1000 feet and the ridge climbed quickly up to about 4000 feet at the summit. In between were many old and new trees, some down and some burned. After hiking for a few hundred feet, Mat shouted from ahead that he had found something. I ran, jumping over logs and avoiding snags, to get to Mat as fast as I could. When I got to him, he pointed to some ferns and brush that had been broken and laid upon. He then directed my attention to a large turd. The large piece of feces looked inhuman and was dissimilar to the small little deer droppings we had seen earlier that day.

We took this at a clear sign that sasquatch was close and we were going to find him that day. We continued up the ridge, about 50 yards from each other. We had picked this secluded ridge because we figured since sasquatch is a mammal, he would need to drink water now and then. And if we chose a point on the map that was remote enough but still near a water source, maybe we would find him. But we were close to the summit and still hadn’t come across anything.

I had just about given up hope when I heard some rustling in the brush just ahead. I paused, so as not to scare it any further, and then began to move slowly and quietly, my rifle at the ready. I moved forward about 20 yards and then a deer pranced out of the dense brush in front of me, further up the ridge. It was not a sasquatch. Sometimes the absurd comes up and slaps you on the face and you’ve got no choice but to shoot back at it. Sometimes, you know the absurd is out there, and you believe it beyond any sort of rational thought and you go out in search of it. But then, you come down from off the mountaintop empty handed and you know, more so now than ever, that sasquatch is up there, lurking between firs and pines, waiting to be coaxed out of the shadows.

You may contact Don Iler at diler@cocc.edu.

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