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Fighting for Earth’s climate one step at a time: Bend’s 2017 Climate March

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In the month of April, the world reached 410 parts per million of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere. This record-breaking number has not been this high in millions of years and it is deteriorating the climate, said 350Deschutes’ Diane Hodiak.

“Our name ‘350Deschutes’ refers the safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Many scientists believe that we are unlikely to be able to return to that level for at least 100 years, and only if we act quickly to significantly reduce our polluting emissions,” Hodiak explained about the group that co-sponsored the Climate March.

 

The start of the march through Drake Park and downtown, hundreds of people of all ages and from different environmental groups came together to fight for the climate.
The start of the march through Drake Park and downtown, hundreds of people of all ages and from different environmental groups came together to fight for the climate.

350 Deschutes is a volunteer group, together they fight against climate change by raising awareness through events and working with petitions.

Callie Covington, freshman at Central Oregon Community College, is a member of the 350Deschutes group. Covington recently realized her love for the environment,  the need to address climate issues, and she decided to get involved.  

“I wanted to jump on board with being involved because I really care for the environment. I think it’s [being involved with 350Deschutes] a perfect head start.”

The 350 group is a national volunteer group, and, in Central Oregon specifically, they work with the Environmental Center in Bend to advertise and spread awareness about climate change. Covington mentioned that her group was recently on the radio to speak about their group and climate change.

As a student at COCC, Covington works on the college-side of advertising and tries to get the students and the school involved to expand 350Deschutes. Within the group, there are members that work on the legislative side and they meet with city council members in Bend to discuss environmental issues as well as advertisers and organizers for events like the Climate March.

The Climate March on Saturday, April 29, started at Drake Park and the march ended across from the public library. Hundreds of people gathered to get together and fight for the Earth and the climate with signs, chants, speakers from the groups that sponsored the events, climate fair booths, a mural signing, and live music.

After the march through Drake Park and downtown, marchers were greeted with booths from different environmental groups and live music.

Some groups that set up booths included Oregon Wild, which has been protecting wildlands, wildlife, and waters for over 40 years, the High Desert National Organization for Women, the Environmental Center, and several more groups and organizations.

“The march is an opportunity to join together in solidarity, and voice our concerns through our right to free speech. There will be opportunities for people to get involved in this day of action,” the People’s Climate March media talking points stated.

Issues within the climate like clean energy and water, the fossil fuel industry, pollution, extreme weather, Oregon’s outdoor recreation industry, and many more issues are what groups like the Sierra Club and 350 Deschutes are fighting for in the Climate March.  

Connie Peterson, Executive Committee member of the local Juniper Group of the Sierra Club stated, “This really is a frightening time for our nation and our world. The current administration is ignoring science and taking actions that dismantle every environmental gain made over the last 50 years. There really is no “Planet B”!

To get involved and help volunteer groups like 350 Deschutes and the Sierra Club spread awareness of Climate Change: go to 350deschutes.org/ or oregon2.sierraclub.org/juniper-group

 

By Katya Agatucci | The Broadside

Contact: kagatucci2@cocc.edu

 

Editorial: Broadside seeking student reporters

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Whether you are looking to jump-start your career in journalism, or just gain some experience in the field, The Broadside is the place for you. With positions right on campus, students can build their portfolio while earning a paycheck.

The Broadside students are able to explore the field of journalism, communication, public relations, design, and photography. With no experience necessary, students can use the publication to grow in whatever field that suits them.

The Broadside allows students to build their portfolio through the year, while covering a variety of campus events and news. Without a concrete journalism program for students, The Broadside is the first step to a student journalist’s career at both Central Oregon Community College and Oregon State University – Cascades. Even if you are not a journalism or communications student, you can still use The Broadside to gain an array of skills that can be applied to most any career.

As we look forward into the next academic year, we hope to fill each editorial position that will be available by the start of the next school year. These positions will include Editor-in-Chief, Assistant Editor, Multimedia Editor, Copy Editors, and Graphic Editor positions. This Spring, we are looking for photographers, graphic designers, and writers. Those positions can quickly turn into editorial positions by Fall of 2017. Starting this week, you can go online and apply for the positions of your preference.

We have weekly meetings Monday and Wednesday at 2:30pm. If you’re interesting in learning more about The Broadside, stop by the newsroom and fill out a job application, or send us an email at thebroadside.cocc@gmail.com.

 

The Broadside Staff

The love of Central Oregon displayed through paintings: The Plein Air Painters of Oregon art exhibition

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(Left) A portion of the art displays on the second floor of the Library Rotunda. (Right) Work of John O-Brian is presented together. Each piece pictured used oil paints as the medium.

Seventeen artists and 79 works of art used the “plein air” technique to create their work. Meaning that the pieces of art displayed were created in the spot that the works of art depict, from the Cascade Lakes to the mountains that we see every day in Bend, Oregon. “Plein air” literally means “open air” translated from French.

The love of the outdoors in Central Oregon is shared between all of the artists that have their work displayed. The use of natural lighting, experimenting, and dealing with the climate surrounding them makes the technique of “plein air” unique.

The mediums that the artists used ranged from water color, oil paints, to soft pastels and rusted prints. The art displayed covers parts of the first and second floor of the Central Oregon Community College Barber Library.

Plein Air Painters of Oregon, a non-profit organization, started in 2003.

“The purpose of PAPO is to share a love of painting out-of-doors in Oregon with like minded people. PAPO also strives to develop public awareness of plein air painting through various endeavors,” explained the PAPO website.

The pieces displayed in the Rotunda Gallery “encourages all artists to submit a proposal to the Library Art committee prior to approval. Many of [their] exhibits are in collaboration with the COCC art department and complement other exhibits on campus,” said Rotunda Gallery Coordinator Mary Beth Hamilton.

Hamilton also works with COCC’s art department professor, Bill Hoppe, for his knowledge and innovative ideas. When reviewing submissions for the gallery, she reviews the pieces with COCC’s Library Director, Tina Hovecamp, as well.

“The Barber Library mission includes supporting local artists through our community outreach efforts,” Hamilton stated. This exhibition started as an idea from the former Library Director David Biyeu who used funds to create a “gallery hanging system” and hosted large exhibitions like the Plein Air Painters of Oregon gallery. Hamilton explained that she has carried on the tradition since then.

The exhibition started March 27 and will end May 4. The works of art can be displayed all day every day within the Library’s hours.

 

By Katya Agatucci | The Broadside

Contact: kagatucci2@cocc.edu

COCC’s Garden Club hosts second annual Farm and Food Faire

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Locally grown food has been gaining popularity, a “fad” as student Garden Club member, Courtney Notla, called it.

“I hope it isn’t just a fad. There’s a lot going on locally, we need to bridge the gap between the consumer and the local producer.”

Nolta and many other Garden Club members were present at the second annual Farm and Food Faire, but the real work Garden Club did for this event was behind the scenes, connecting with local producers and bringing them together in Central Oregon Community College’s Wille Hall for students and community members alike.

“The Bend Farmer’s Market doesn’t start until June but food is still being grown,” said Garden Club advisor and Health and Human Performance instructor Owen Murphy. The Faire allows farmers from all over Oregon to sell produce such as eggs, milk, meat, fruit and vegetables, but beyond that, community members are able to meet the farmer that’s producing their food face-to-face.

 

Field Farm presents their produce. The Fields Farm is a ten acre farm located in Bend Oregon that is family-owned. This farm has been growing produce since 1989 and is celebrating their 28th year in business.
Field Farm presents their produce. The Fields Farm is a ten acre farm located in Bend Oregon that is family-owned. This farm has been growing produce since 1989 and is celebrating their 28th year in business.

 

A large portion of the education going on during the Faire was geared toward Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs.

“CSA is a program that consists of a season-long contract between a consumer and a farmer. The consumer pays ahead of time during the growing season and then as harvesting occurs a box comes full of produce each week,” explained Murphy. These types of programs typically cost a consumer $300-$500 at the start of the growing season (May-Oct.). Murphy mentioned that these CSA programs help farmers “ease the uncertainty” of local farming.

“This is an environment of education, so we are trying to educate. As a community college our goal is to educate the community,” stated Nolta. Last year’s Garden Club, who created the concept of the Farm and Food Faire, felt similarly, as Murphy said, “They felt they had the responsibility.”

However, although Garden Club members stressed the importance of the event, the Faire’s fate for next year is uncertain. Murphy said, “I’m mentally reserving a place for it– we’d love to have a third annual, but lots of pieces have to come together.”

If you are interested in joining the Garden Club to help next year’s Faire become a reality, or to learn about local sustainability, contact Owen Murphy at omurphy@cocc.edu

 

By McKayla Schneider | The Broadside

Contact: mschneider@cocc.edu

Dancing, celebrating, and eating: The 2017 Latino Festival

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Sage Elementary students end their dance performance with twirling their authentic Latino costumes.

The Latino club’s largest event of the year was an evening full of dance performances done by local dancing schools and elementary students, authentic cuisine, face-painting, Latino music, and a photo booth.

The event had been advertised all around campus and the Central Oregon Community College website. The club members and their advisor, Evelia Sandoval, spent the afternoon setting up all of the activities for the fiesta.

The event was free, but a suggested donation of $10 was encouraged to go towards Latino scholarships. “The Latino Fiesta is a way for the Latino club to get the community involved,” said club President, Diego Rincon. Anyone who is in the Latino club can apply for the scholarships created by donations at Latino Club events.

The campus center was filled with people of all ages. Students, faculty, and members of the community filled the area with noise, laughter, and music.

 

Attendees of the Latino Fiesta gather around cafeteria tables and on the stairs of the Campus Center to watch the dance performances.
Attendees of the Latino Fiesta gather around cafeteria tables and on the stairs of the Campus Center to watch the dance performances.

 

A large part of the fiesta was the dance performances from the Latin dance Academy of Bend and Sage Elementary students from several grades.

Each grade that performed wore authentic Latin dance costumes. The dance groups from Sage Elementary are part of an after school program that has been going on for ten years. This after school program at the elementary school teaches the Latino youth in Redmond how to read and write in Spanish, as well as dance and perform.

The Latino Club at Central Oregon Community College is a another way for students to get involved in the community.

 

Members of the Latino Club greet attendees at the Latino Fiesta. From left to right: Martin Mendoza, Anthony Estrada, and Angel Ortiz.
Members of the Latino Club greet attendees at the Latino Fiesta. From left to right: Martin Mendoza, Anthony Estrada, and Angel Ortiz.

 

“I have a lot of friends, and I’ve met a lot of cool people. I’ve also met some great faculty such as Evelia, she’s really helped me through school and scholarships and stuff. I’ve made a lot of connections through this club,” said Rincon on what he has learned from being in the club.

The Vice President of the club, Martin Mendoza added, “I’ve learned a lot about people and I’ve met a lot of friends as well.”

“Students who show up consistently to the club meetings are well informed. After awhile, we become more than just club members, we become family,” Rincon said.

Usually, the club has a Latin dance event as well as the Latino Fiesta where the dancers come and teach the club members how to dance, but Rincon mentioned that this year they were only able to host the Latino Fiesta.

 

The second dance group from the Latin dance Academy of Bend performs a couples dance.
The second dance group from the Latin dance Academy of Bend performs a couples dance.

 

There are hopes to expand the club beyond the COCC campus.

“I’ve been with the Latino Club for three years now. I’m a dual-enrolled student so I plan on starting a Latino Club at OSU-Cascades. That’s how I plan on being involved in the Latino community in the future,” Rincon said.

The club meets on Tuesdays at 1 pm. Rincon mentioned that during club meetings they talk about upcoming club events, listen to guest speakers, and discuss current issues such as  immigration.

 

By Katya Agatucci | The Broadside

Contact: kagatucci@cocc.edu

Poetry slam night hosted by MOsley WOtta

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A poetry slam: poetry blended with performance, bringing words to life, and letting them engulf and surround the audience listening as well as letting them feel the story.

“It can be a little bit like rap depending on the person’s performance style or spoken word,” Kat Finney, who was the poetry month events coordinator and is the acquisitions and collection development librarian for Central Oregon Community College, stated about the style of poetry slam performance.

The Central Oregon Community College Poetry Slam began with Jason Graham, who performed a piece that contained a theme extending from the phrase “Earth to us, Dust to earth.” He laid out the foundation of a well-orchestrated slam performance that involved slowly and gradually working up to a movement during which his words started tumbling over one another with his own rhythm.

Graham, widely known by the name MOsley WOtta, has a long background in the arts, including painting and poetry.

“From pretty early on, [I was] interested in doodles and wordplay. You know all the stuff that happens in the margins of your paper when you’re daydreaming in class,” he explained.

“I’m challenging myself to be involved with the community beyond just being on a stage. Also going back to sort of those formative years like working in schools or doing workshops is really rewarding to see other people really wake up and get that spark,” said Graham.

As well as having Graham perform, featured artist Roxy Allen performed and judged the poetry slam competition Friday, April 13. Allen performed several of her pieces to the audience which included intimate subjects about her life, family, and issues in the world like consent and rape.

Allen’s words made the audience react in several ways through, laughter, applauding and they also offered frequent nods of appreciation toward Allen for sharing such intimate moments, as well as painting pictures in the audience’s heads through her words and movement.

After the featured artists performed, the stage became open for the audience. Graham tried to make the audience more comfortable with sharing their thoughts and words by mentioning that the space to perform was an open space to express vulnerability and honesty.

The guidelines for the slam were simple: three minutes of original material and at least six people needed to participate in order for a competition to be held for prizes of Visa gift cards.

Over six people from the audience ended up participating. The performances ranged from poems that were written at the workshop from the previous day, intimate and comical personal stories, recited Shakespeare pieces, poems based off of one word or a theme, memorized poems, and performances that were made up on the spot.

The first performer, Prairie Emrich, a COCC alumni, performed a moving piece about love.

“It’s been something that I’ve been doing since I was old enough to write. I used to write to alleviate boredom, to keep myself busy, and provide comfort when I didn’t feel good. It was a good outlet for emotions,” Emrich said.

Another performer that shared her work was Victoria Garrett, sophomore at COCC. In her performance, she read her work twice, once as a performance and again to explain what each phrase meant.

“It’s all over the place,” Garrett said. “I can hear a word, and then write a poem about it.”

As part of national poetry month, Finney worked together with Graham to put together a poetry slam workshop on April 12 and a poetry slam performance on April 13 in the Multicultural Center. The participants and the audience came from all age categories.

In the Barber Library, there are several interactive activities set up for the month, including a magnetic poetry board, poetry tree, and “poem in pockets”.

On April 28, Elizabeth Woody, Oregon Poet Laureate, will be hosting a poetry workshop and a poetry reading and talk from 6-8:30 p.m..

 

By Katya Agatucci | The Broadside

Contact: kagatucci@cocc.edu

Jump Start welcomes new and returning students to spring term with on-campus events

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Central Oregon Community College hosted a series of free events through the week of April third to welcome students back from spring break. From Dutch Bros in the quad, Cuppa Yo in the campus center and Longboard Louis at the club fair, there were plenty of options to ease Bobcats back into their school routines. Students also had an opportunity to connect with their peers at the resource and club fairs. A student vs. staff volleyball game was also held on April 7th, with students coming out on top.

Jump Start
Club fair attendees needed to acquire two tickets from two club booths to obtain their free burrito.

By Alicia Welbourn | The Broadside

Contact: awelbourn@cocc.edu

A first look into the COCC club baseball season

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Due to intense snowfall at the beginning of winter term, Bobcat Baseball was unable to practice outside prior to their first games. Despite this setback, the team still managed to sweep a three-game series against Portland State Club Baseball. The series, which took place Feb. 20-23, resulted in wins of 7-0, 7-0 and 9-0.

“We pitched well and found out what we needed to work on in the hitting areas of the game. Our defense looked solid and we had a great pitching outing from Josh Pell the first time on the mound for us,” said sophomore, Dalton Chambers.

Chambers is a returning shortstop, pitcher, and second baseman for the team.

The game against PSU is one of five games the Bobcat’s have this season. Their pre-season games against the University of Oregon and Southern Oregon were cancelled due to inclement weather.

Head Coach Nick Lockwood explained how the weather has affected their season so far, stating, “Going into [the games] we had only practiced three times because we don’t have an indoor facility that we can use, so we only got onto the field once or twice before that game. We did well; we got three wins against PSU.”

Coach Lockwood explained other ways that the club practices.

“We have practiced in the gym at school, which is rough but we can work on the pitchers so we just make due with what we have,” he stated.

The club has a difficult schedule when it comes to coordinating workout times that work for the coach and all his players.

“It’s tough because it’s club baseball so it’s not an accredited program like you would see of Oregon State University or U of O. So we can’t design our kids’ schedules around the time where everyone can come practice,” Lockwood explained.

As of right now, there are 17 rostered players on the baseball club. Of those 17 players, there are three returning players from last season who will be key to doing well this season, according to Lockwood (head coach) and Matt Greenfield (advisor). Those players include Sinjin Robinson (first base), Dalton Chambers (right-field), Steven Sano (right-field), Brody Blok (left-field and pitcher), Koulther Kee (first base), Phillip (Alex) Hays (3rd base), Matt Wilke (shortstop), Kaleb Irwin (second base), and Cam Marquez (second base).

“All of these [returning] players played a significant amount innings last season. This season, we are looking to compete for the Northern Pacific-West Conference Championship,” said Chambers.

Chambers and Lockwood mentioned a first-time player this season who has been “crushing the game” for someone who has just started this season: Cam Marquez, second baseman.

Chambers explained that last year they were third behind U of O and OSU to compete in the Regional Championships.

“As a team and a school we have never made it that far, but with the attitude every guy brings to the table we know we can compete with any team in our division,” he said.

Eighteen weeks into the NCBA Division 1 Club baseball standings, the COCC Club Baseball is ranked 37th in the country and they also just made another appearance on the D1 Top 20 on their website, according to Chambers.

Lockwood mentioned that last year’s season went well. “We were blessed with better weather last year than last year,” he said. “We missed going to the playoffs by two games last year.”

The club’s next three games will be home games against Southern Oregon University on April 8 and 9, Oregon State University on April 22 and 23, and Seattle University on April 29 and 30.

 

 

By Katya Agatucci | the Broadside

Contact: katyaagatucci2@cocc.edu

Bend’s best beans

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College and coffee often go hand in hand. Staying up all night cramming for a test can lead to a serious need for caffeine to get through the next day’s lectures. During a study session, a good drink can be just what you need to get your work done. Whatever the case may be, Bend is a hub for great, local coffee. Nearly every shop has something unique to offer, whether it’s on the menu or in the atmosphere. We visited five of Bend’s best to help you find the perfect cup.

Bella tazza (left): Drink of choice: Honeybee Megaphone Coffee Co. (bottom): Drink of choice: Vanilla Maple Latte Looney Bean (right): Drink of choice: Bees Knees Thump Coffee (top): Drink of choice: Madagascar Vanilla Mocha
Bella tazza (left): Drink of choice: Honeybee
Megaphone Coffee Co. (bottom): Drink of choice: Vanilla Maple Latte
Looney Bean (right): Drink of choice: Bees Knees
Thump Coffee (top): Drink of choice: Madagascar Vanilla Mocha

Bellatazza: located in the heart of downtown Bend, Bellatazza is a vibrant space with a classic cafe vibe.Visit with friends, grab something to read from their newspaper selection, or take your cup to go. (2.3 miles from COCC)

Megaphone Coffee Co.: Megaphone is one of Bend’s newest additions, and can be found just a few steps away from The Lot. Look for the megaphone on the roof! (1.7 miles from COCC)

Looney Bean: Nestled in a cozy cottage on the Deschutes river, Looney Bean is a staple for Bendites year-round. With their warm fireplace in the winter, and their sunny backyard in the summer, they always have a place for you to settle in and stay for a while. (2.2 miles from COCC)

Thump Coffee: A local favorite, Thump originated at their Downtown Bend store, and have since expanded to the 1001 Tech Center near OSU-Cascades. (Downtown: 2.3 miles from COCC, Tech Center: 2.7 miles from COCC)

Backporch Coffee Roasters: Backporch is known for their commitment to quality roasting, and since opening in 2006, have expanded to two additional locations. Visit either of their westside shops, or their midtown location near pilot butte.

Garden club sprouts up spring term

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A long, cold winter has come to an end, and the Central Oregon Community College Garden Club has a busy season planned.

Former president of the club, Wesley Noone, said “This winter has been mostly preparing for future events and organizing our community garden. We also held a workshop on composting in March.”

The Garden Club will be hosting the 2017 Farm & Food Spring Faire on April 15th.

 

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“It’s a great opportunity for folks to meet local farmers and ranchers, learn about [Community Supported Agriculture Memberships], and pick up some fresh greens,” said club advisor, Owen Murphy. Fifteen to 18 vendors are expected to be at the event, which will take place in Wille Hall in Coats Campus Center at COCC.

The club, along with local Girl Scouts, will be cleaning up the community garden and preparing for summer on Earth Day, April 22.

 

By Hannah Welbourn | The Broadside

Contact: hwelbourn@cocc.edu

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