Highline Community College May 19, 2011
RD P14 The race is on for new
Volume 49, Issue 25
Clean money, dirty river
split the bill to
The cost to fill a tank of gas
Duwamish River continues to fluctuate.
By VICTORIA DOM
Successful restoration of the prices fuels
Duwamish River may depend
on the amount of money the
community is willing to invest.
As cleanup plans continue to
be made to remove the century
of toxins in the river, officials
must choose a method that is
best fit for the public. By YURI NISHIZAKI
Each cleanup alternative Staff Reporter
ranges in cost from $66 million
to $1.3 billion, the most expen- The nationwide run-up in
sive method being the most ef- Victoria Dom/THUNDERWORD gasoline price is affecting High-
fective, and vice versa. The Duwamish River is the most industrialized waterway in the state of Washington. line students.
Therefore, experts from the The average price of regular
Department of Ecology, Envi- which flows into the Elliot Bay the pollutants, said Allison Hilt- However, because King unleaded gasoline in Washing-
ronmental Protection Agency, in Seattle. ner, project manager for the En- County, the Port, and the City ton State is $4.025 on May 17,
and the Duwamish River Clean- In 2001, it was placed on the vironmental Protection Agency. of Seattle are all local govern- up 30.5 percent from the aver-
up Coalition believe it has be- National Priorities List, also re- Toxins in the river include ments funded by taxpayers, the age price a year ago, $3.085,
come a matter of paying extra ferred to as the Superfund List, arsenic, polychlorinated biphe- community will ultimately be according to AAA’s Daily Fuel
tax dollars or compromising the labeling it as one of the most nyls (PCBs), dioxins, and car- responsible for paying the ma- Gauge Report.
health of the natural habitat. contaminated sites in the coun- cinogenic polycyclic aromatic jority of the cleanup costs. Experts say gasoline prices
The main area of concern is try. hydrocarbons, which is due “There is a very serious in- fluctuate based on several fac-
a five-mile stretch in the river’s Currently, more than 42 dif- in major part to the industries vestigation being conducted to tors, including uncertainty in
industrialized lower waterway, ferent toxic chemicals are pres- along the waterway. find any other businesses that the Middle East and seasonal
ent in the waterway, dating back The four main responsible have contributed to the river’s changes in demand.
• Officials want public almost 100 years and trapped in parties are The Boeing Com- pollution,” said Hiltner. “We Highline student Barbara
feedback to help construct the river bottom. pany, King County, the Port of have sent out hundreds of letters Blomstrand is a driver of Toy-
cleanup plans for the toxic When contamination gets Seattle, and the City of Seattle, ota Camry. She fills up her car
Duwamish River waterway. deep in the sediments it makes it who must fund a large portion once every 10-12 days.
See story, page 15. much more difficult to remove of the cleanup. See River, page 15 She used to pay about $45
a year ago, but now is paying
Contamination turns river wildlife into toxic creatures “I spend less on other stuff,
such as groceries. I don’t go out
to eat. I prioritize how I drive.
The Duwamish River still lutants slowly sneak up the food week of Puget Sound Chinook, Hoff, regional resource coordi- I map out my errands, and make
has fish, but experts say you chain. and two meals per month of res- nator for the National Oceanic sure I don’t double track where
should not eat them. “The main concern is eating ident Chinook, also referred to and Atmospheric Administra- I’m going,” she said.
Contamination in the Lower the contaminated fish from the as Blackmouth salmon. tion’s office of response and “Depending on what I do,
Duwamish Waterway continues river,” Hiltner said. Cleanup officials have estab- restoration. but last week I was busy, and
to destroy the river’s natural A restriction is currently in lished a natural resource dam- “We have to try to think of I refilled my car twice a week
resources as 98 percent of the place which bans the consump- age assessment, which acts as a restoration processes to get our …It costs me $20 [to refill] at
habitat has already been lost, tion of resident fish and shell- master plan for the coexistence natural resources back and help one time,” said Jimmy Samael,
said Allison Hiltner, project fish, except salmon, for which of natural habitat and commerce with the river’s recovery,” Hoff Highline student and a driver of
manager of the Environmental the health advisory has limited along the waterway. said. a Honda Accord.
Protection Agency. the amount that can be safely “After the final restora- For more information about “When driving on freeway,
Creatures that live in the ingested. tion plan is selected, we must the Duwamish River natural I put my car in cruise control.
river bottom are being affected Locals are urged to eat no go through and see what other resource restoration plans, visit And I put as less [things in the
by the toxic chemicals, and as more than two to three meals natural resources will still be ef- http://www.darrp.noaa.gov/
the fish and otters eat the worms per week of Coho pink and fected, and figure a way to ac- northwest/lowerduwamishriver/
and clams in the mud, the pol- Sockeye salmon, one meal per count for those,” said Rebecca index.html. See Gas, page 16
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10 The Thunderword / May 19, 2011
vous system. It causes muscle
spasms and even a temporary
inability to use certain limbs.
“I’m lucky it isn’t as strong
as some,” said Potter. “I want to
help others with multiple sclero-
sports sis, but my main stressor is be-
ing able to take care of my son.
FINALS Since he has been born and be-
cause my world is so messed up,
FINANCIAL I don’t want him trapped in it.”
Although there are many
Students juggle school, work, life,
causes for stress, there are ways
to reduce those feelings too.
but experts offer help and hope CHORES “It’s the basic stuff. Any-
HOMEWORK thing with the body – eating,
sleeping, exercising,” said Dr.
By HOI DUONG meyer also has experience with Koepping. “Students, really
Staff Reporter students who look for help dur- everybody, should exercise to
ing school. keep their bodies functioning
Highline student Diamond “One or two students will ac- well. Being active assists in
Trinh struggles with balancing tively seek me during a quarter digestion, increasing energy
her academic, social and work because they know I’m a coun- levels and uplifting a person’s
life. seling psychologist,” said Kohl- mood. People that exercise are
“Finding time to study and meyer. “Whether it is family less depressed or anxious than
having a social life is difficult,” expectations, moving from a people who don’t exercise.”
said Trinh. “Since it’s my senior familiar flat-line situation to Not only is exercising impor-
year [in high school], coordinat- something more dynamic, do- tant to relieving stress, but voic-
ing my work schedule, cleaning mestic violence or personal ing concerns to someone can be
the house, going to college, and stress or advice, there are all a great way to deal with it.
applying for universities - doing kinds of stressors.” “When people are stressed
Student Karany Neang out, they tend to isolate them-
all those things is tough.” Jackie Argueta/THUNDERWORD
Trinh is not alone. struggles not only as a college selves, which makes the prob-
Statistics from Campus student with the Running Start lem worse. I encourage every-
Calm, a website aiming to edu- program, but with financial one to speak to a friend, family
cate and help students through ones too. Student Abigail Westfall said along with his strenuous hours member, or counselor if they
the rigors of college, says 85 “I take some classes under she had to pay money for class- at work. are stressed out or depressed,”
percent of students feel a sense level 100 and because I’m in es she did not need due to mis- “It’s a never-ending cycle said Dr. Koepping.
of stress on a daily basis. Running Start, my parents pay calculations with her advisers. of stress,” said Potter. “Work, “Then they don’t feel so alone
Six out of 10 students often for those tuitions and I feel Not only did she lose money school, being a good father and anymore and someone can help
feel so overwhelmed by the stressed out about it,” said Ne- and was unable to receive com- being a good boyfriend – one them figure out a less stressful
high demands of college, that ang. “The moment I graduate pensation, she had to stay at thing is always outweighing the option for living and working in
finishing tasks or assignments from high school, college costs Highline for another year, she other. It’s hard to find balance.” the world,” Dr. Koepping said.
becomes difficult. will be high. It’s expensive and said. He said he also strives to be Dr. Gloria Koepping’s office
“Many students here have I have no idea how to pay for it.” “I had two counselors check the strength within his family is upstairs in Building 6 within
layers and layers of things to Causes of stress vary from my schedule,” said Westfall. “I and others close to him. the counseling department of-
do,” said Highline Counseling finding parking to battling ended up with more math class- “I’m going to school to ma- fice. Her office is in room 235.
Psychologist Dr. Gloria Koep- against a disease. es than I actually needed and jor something in the medical She mainly works with stu-
ping. “Some people have impor- I was missing science credits. field,” said Potter. “A physical dents regarding problem solv-
“Certainly the demanding tant classes to get to and parking There seems to be a lack of un- therapist or some kind of doc- ing.
coursework is a factor for stu- is always a problem. Some peo- derstanding of the programs at tor – one of the other reasons I Students who are interested
dents, but the biggest stressors ple have to park at Lowe’s,” said Highline on their part.” want to pursue the medical field in speaking with Dr. Koepping
are finances, family relation- student Anita Gill. “There’s the Of course, young men strug- is because I have multiple scle- or any counselor in the office
ships, and their mental and parking problem and books are gle with their own lives too. A rosis.” may make an appointment at
physical health.” expensive, especially science father at 24, Highline student Multiple sclerosis is an au- 206 878-3710, ext. 3353. Stu-
Along with Dr. Koepping, books. And personally, I don’t Jeff Potter seeks to stabilize toimmune disease that affects dents may also walk in to make
psychology Professor Bill Kohl- get financial aid easily.” his academic and paternal life the brain and the central ner- appointments.
Protect yourself from harm by being aware, say officers
By DEREK NGOR said. way the car unlocks doesn’t you’re kicking and screaming
Staff Reporter “It is important to set bound- seem right, back away from the you have a better chance of get-
aries for yourself,” Sgt. Harris car and get help.” ting away.”
Women can take steps to pre- said. Sgt. Harris suggested that If there is one important fact
vent themselves from becoming “If you don’t respond in a when women go to night clubs that any women should remem-
victims of assault, not just on firm and serious tone, they to not only have designated ber, it is “never go to a second
campus, but everywhere else, might not take you serious and drivers, but also have desig- location. The odds of finding
said two law enforcement offi- think that what they’re doing to nated drink watchers so the you alive drop dramatically
cers here on Monday. you is OK.” opportunity for anybody to once you are moved to a second
Sgt. Patti Harris of the Des “There are many things you contaminate your drink drops location.”
Moines Police and Sgt. Deme- can do to protect yourself from dramatically. If you find yourself walking
tria Guillen of Campus Security harm and one of those things is What can women do once alone to the parking lot and for
spoke Monday’s presentation to be aware,” said Sgt. Harris. they find themselves on the re- any reason you don’t feel safe,
on how women can take ac- “One example of being ceiving end of an attack? Sgt. Campus Security is available to
tive steps to protect themselves aware is having one ear piece Harris has just two words for escort you to your car.
from being potential victims. out of your ear instead of hav- Des Moines Sgt. Patti Harris you: fight dirty. “The number to call cam-
The presentation was a part ing both in your ear. By doing “Just kick and scream,” said pus security is 3218,” says Sgt.
of the 29th annual Women’s that you are not only aware of Sgt. Harris. Guillen.
Celebration at Highline. any danger that might happen to ness is being aware of whether “Do whatever it takes for you “Any of the red boxes on
Every year, 25 percent of you but also of any danger that your car alarm went off cor- to get away. Lie and say you campus will go directly to cam-
females are sexually assaulted might be happening to anybody rectly. have STD’s, throw up on the pus security or any of the blue
and 90 percent of those assault- else,” she said. “Trust your instincts,” said guy, and even urinate on him. If phones in the parking lot go di-
ed know the person, the officers Another example of aware- Sgt. Harris. “If you think the you hold on to something while rectly to 911.”
The Thunderword / May 19, 2011 11
Escher mixed mathematics and art, professor says
By AMANDA SILLS “It’s easy on,” Morris said. “He really
Staff Reporter to understand wanted to see things go on for-
what he did ever.”
M. C. Escher wanted to cre- but hard to While attempting to draw his
ate infinity on a page and por- d u p l i c a t e ,” own form of Escher’s art, Mor-
tray an endless pattern to the Morris said. ris found himself stuck at many
naked eye, Ed Morris Highline E s c h e r ’s points, but kept trying various
Mathematics professor said artwork fasci- ideas.
here last week. nated Morris, “When you’re not sure what
Maurits Cornelis Escher was and led him to do, go
a Dutch graphic artist, and is to investigate back to the
one of most famous such artists the math be- b a sic s ,”
in the world. He is most well- hind Escher’s Mor ris
known for his impossible and drawings. said.
infinite structures, such as his As a math There is
piece, Ascending and Descend- professor, something
ing, which depicts continuous Morris has that flows
staircases leading back to the taken time in Escher’s Morris
beginning. to look at the d rawi ngs,
Last Friday’s Science Semi- math involved something that catches your eye
nar, led by Morris, covered within the art- and brings you to gaze into a
Escher’s art of spiraling designs work and has swirling tunnel of shapes, Mor-
and how they relate mathemati- tried to dupli- ris said.
cally. cate it. “Things are all the same and
Science Seminar takes place “Escher they are getting smaller,” Mor-
every Friday in Building 3 and was not a ris said.
features faculty who present mathemati- Before an era of computers
topics related to their field. The cian,” Morris and Photoshop, Escher used
series of lectures are held to said. “How in nothing but his hands when
explain scientific discoveries, Escher’s fascination- with infinity is clearly displayed in some of his artwork. the world did bringing his drawings to life.
studies and worldwide interests. he come up “Asking yourself what you see
Presentations are open to the “I said to myself, ‘If Escher Escher’s numerous drawings with this?” gets your creative juices flow-
public and can also be taken by can make it, then I can figure it have been known to entrance However, duplicating ing,” Morris said.
students for college credit. out’,” Morris said jokingly. the looker as if gazing through Escher’s art is no easy task. This week’s seminar will be
Escher is also known for his From the many of Escher’s a boundless telescope, Morris Morris explained that the con- on how to use Excel and some
“relativity and transformation drawings, Morris showed one said. cept of infinity captivated new tricks involved with the
prints,” such as Metamorphosis which includes a vibrant pattern Morris explained four kinds Escher’s mind and inspired him program. The seminar will be
and Reptiles, which Morris at- forming a flowing stream of of transformation in Escher’s to create infinity on a page. presented by Accounting Pro-
tempted to demonstrate during stingrays, swimming endlessly artwork and how he covered “Escher was always inter- fessor Michael Girvin on Friday
his lecture. into the distance. space completely without gaps. ested in infinity, things that go at 2:20 p.m. in Building 29.
Local officials call students to vote Time running short
By SETH POWELL
for the Legislature
Mayor Sheckler said that lo-
cal government is the most ex-
are very caring people,” he said.
Priest also said that the deci-
citing part of politics. sions made by people in office
Voting in local elections is “At the local level, it is usu- have a huge impact on your life. By RASCHELLE CASEBIER One road block that the Leg-
both your right and your re- ally five to seven people who “If you don’t vote, don’t com- Staff Reporter islature is facing is over Work-
sponsibility, four elected offi- are making the decisions, and plain,” Priest said. ers’ Compensation. The House
cials said here Tuesday. that is much more exciting to The best part of government The Legislature must make and Senate do not see eye to eye
Highline students hosted a me,” he said. is making improvements and quick decisions as today marks on this issue.
forum to promote voting in lo- Being involved in govern- knowing that you have had a the 24th day of their 30-day ses- “The Senate and House need
cal elections on Tuesday, May ment is very rewarding, Sheck- hand in it, said Councilman sion to work out a final budget. to come to an agreement. I be-
17. The forum featured Appeals ler said. When you have a hand Jack Block. The Legislature had a 105- lieve one of the primary issues
Court Judge Marlin Appelwick, in improving something, you “In the past 10 years we’ve day session prior to the cur- is Workers’ Compensation,”
Des Moines Mayor Bob Sheck- know that you have made a dif- pretty much transformed our rent Special Session, ending on said the legislative assistant
ler, Federal Way Mayor Skip ference. city,” he said of Burien. April 22. for State Rep. Katrina Asay, R-
Priest, and Burien Council- She ck- Block also said that voting The Special Session is a 30- Milton.
member Jack Block Jr. ler also and getting involved in politics day period called by Governor The Senate version of the
Judge Appelwick began the stressed is a great way to get involved Gregoire to allow additional Workers’ Compensation Bill
discussion by saying that the the impor- and improve your community. time for the Legislature to ham- includes an option of reach-
job of an elected representative tance of “What a community is, is mer out the budget. The session ing lump-sum settlements with
is very important. voting. what you put into it,” he said. began on April 26 and is sched- workers who receive benefits
“Where government really “It’s The speakers also gave stu- uled to conclude on May 25. for a prolonged period.
touches you is here at the local exciting dents information on how to The House and Senate are Businesses are in favor of the
level,” he said. “Understanding for me to Priest learn more about the candidates struggling through as they con- Senate version while laborers
your role is critical.” vote,” he they are interested in voting for. tinue to negotiate how to fill the are in favor of the House ver-
Judge Appelwick said that it said. “Voting is the most im- They said that most candi- $5.2 billion shortfall that Wash- sion of the bill.
is your responsibility and right portant thing in the world.” dates have websites with all ington is experiencing. The hang up is that the House
to vote. Often a person will win a their information on them, but “We’re so close to a budget won’t accept the Senate version
“Be good citizens,” he said. city election by just a handful of the best way to really find out that it hurts,” said State Sen. of the bill becuase it includes a
“You can change people’s lives.” votes, Sheckler said. The elec- about them is to attend forums Karen Keiser, D-Kent. settlements provision that they
Judge Appelwick also said tion could possibly have gone during campaign season. Though the session should disagree with.
that it is a good idea to pay at- the other way if just a few more The Washington Secretary soon come to a close, many de- The House version will re-
tention to the candidates. If people had decided to vote. of State’s website also puts out cisions must still be made. form Workers’ Compensation
there is a lot of publicity sur- Mayor Priest said that most information for voters. You can “Some people are holding through authorization of volun-
rounding a judge, especially if people involved in local govern- find this information at http:// the budget hostage to their own tary settlements and creation of
it is negative, you should pay ment aren’t in it for the money. www.sos.wa.gov/elections/de- projects, and that’s where we’re a return-to-work subsidy pro-
close attention to that person. “Most local elected officials fault.aspx. at,” Sen. Keiser said. gram.
12 The Thunderword / May 19, 2011
Central provost visits Highline Highline
2nd in paper
ington University center locat- bers and successes, of transfer
ed on the Highline campus. students.
president says The Des Moines center offers Dr. Levine also expressed
17 different degree programs
and the nearby Kent center, lo-
concern about the writing abili-
ties of transfer students. contest
need better skills cated at Kent Station, offers de-
grees in education, information
“Students are entering to
take 300 and 400 level classes
technology and middle-level and still do not have the writ- By ELIZABETH MIKLOVICH
math teaching endorsements. ing skills they will need to be Staff Reporter
By ELIZABETH MIKLOVICH Dr. Levine earned her Ph.D. successful in graduate school or
Staff Reporter in modern Chinese history the workplace,” she said. Highline engineering stu-
from the University of Chicago, Another area of interest for dents competed in the Human
Central Washington Univer- a master’s degree in Southeast Central Washington University Powered Paper Vehicle compe-
sity’s provost wants to improve Asian history from the Univer- is implementing a general edu- tition April 30 at Eastern Wash-
the skills of transfer students. sity of Hawaii, and a bachelor’s cation program where students ington University.
Dr. Marilyn Levine met degree from San Diego State will enter in as juniors and have The Highline team Paper
with staff, students, and faculty University. Dr. Marilyn Levine to go through some of the same Union won the award for most
members for a question and an- Levine also speaks Man- assessments and evaluations innovative design for their row-
swer session in Building 29 on darin Chinese, which she dis- Levine said. that freshmen students also go ing-style human powered paper
May 12. played at the meeting. The issue of transfer stu- through. This would allow for vehicle.
Levine is Central’s new pro- Since 2005, she has served dents from Highline and other a smoother transition for stu- Highline sent two teams to
vost/vice president for academ- as dean of the College of Arts community colleges to Central dents, she said. the 12th annual competition
ic and student life. That makes at Eastern Oregon University. Washington University main This would also allow for this year. Each team consisted
her the senior academic admin- She even taught for a semester campus and its centers is a pri- students to be placed in the ap- of four Highline engineering
istrator for the university, and at sea where her classroom was ority of Levine’s. propriate course level based students.
“second in command” of the a cocktail lounge by night. She has written a new pro- upon their writing skills, she Team Jay’s Law, also from
Ellensburg main campus and all “The Des Moines Center has posal for a “seamless learning said. Highline, did not finish the
the educational centers (branch impressed me from the first model” for all Central students Levine will travel to South- competition due to mechanical
campuses). time I visited. There is a true and hopes that in working with east Asia in October of this year problems with their recumbent
Currently 700 students are sense of community here. More the eight centers in Washington for recruitment of international bike.
enrolled at the Central Wash- so than even the main campus,” state they can improve the num- students. There are strict rules for the
competition concerning what
Americans consume too much, prof says
materials can be used for con-
struction of the vehicles.
The vehicle must be 90 per-
cent paper by weight. The re-
maining 10 percent is limited
By BRIAN ALEXANDER of natural resources by 2050,” only by the imagination of the
Staff Reporter Brigham said. “What can be cut designers. The maximum al-
out of the daily routine? Coffee, lowable vehicle weight is 75
The consumption rate of the energy drinks, or bottled water? pounds.
American population has dou- What about all of the paper or Teams are judged on the pre-
bled since 1950, a Highline pro- plastic grocery bags?” sentation of their vehicles and
fessor said here last week. Most grocery stores have on how fast their vehicles can
Tracy Brigham, a physical and promote the use of reusable complete a designated obstacle
education and nutrition profes- grocery bags. The bags are du- course on an eight mile track.
sor, talked about curbing con- rable and can be used to carry Teams from Washington,
sumption and what the world around anything. A lot of gro- Oregon, and Idaho participated
does not need to buy, at last cery stores will give you some in the event.
week’s Sustainability Seminar. kind of discount as well if you This year the winning team
“The U.S. population stands are using their reusable bags. was from Green River Commu-
for 5 percent of the world popu- Bottled water can be consid- nity College.
lation, but consumes 30 percent ered one of the biggest money Eight schools were repre-
of resources and produces 30 scams ever, Brigham said. sented at this year’s competi-
percent of the world’s waste,” On average 16-20 ounce tion with a total of 15 vehicles
Brigham said. “If the world bottled water costs more than entered.
consumed as much and pro- gasoline. Only six teams had vehicles
duced as much as the U.S. we To add on top of the price that were able to complete the
would need almost five more for bottled water, most of those test course to the finish without
planets.” bottles don’t make it into the re- falling apart or without having
A big help to the consump- cycle bin. Instead, bottles end experienced a mechanical fail-
tion rate is how much advertise- up getting washed into storm ure of some kind.
ment there is. drains and dumped into the
We see more advertisements ocean.
in one year than people 50 The North Pacific Gyre is Come and honor fallen
years ago did in their lifetime, located in between California veterans on May 26
Brigham said. and Hawaii. It is an area of the
Companies advertise to get Pacific Ocean where all of the A Memorial Day recogni-
their business name or product floating plastic seems to gather. tion program is scheduled for
out to the public. Throughout Birds and other sea life animals Thursday, May 26 at 12:10 p.m.
the world there are advertise- have been found washed ashore Provided the weather is good,
ments everywhere for every- and their stomachs are filled the meeting will take place next
thing. Corey Sun/THUNDERWORD with plastic objects. Not only to the Memorial POW/MIA lo-
“On average the U.S. popu- Tracy Brigham talks about curbing American consumption. are plastic objects polluting the cation adjacent to Building 2.
lation spends upwards of four ocean but also killing animals. A brief reception will follow in
times as many hours in the mall ‘70s, the average house size has each person creates about four Cutting back on items you Building 6.
shopping as people in Europe,” doubled, said Brigham. Creat- pounds of garbage every single don’t need to buy will help you Campus veterans will be pre-
Brigham said. “That includes ing more room for furnishings day. save money and could also help sented with a “challenge coin,”
Paris, France and Milan, Italy.” and extra junk that could be “Right now the American the environment by using less which was designed by Gary
Although the average fam- considered unnecessary. And to population is on pace for using of our limited supply of natural Nelson, Visual Communica-
ily size has decreased since the go along with that, on average, one and a half Earth’s worth resources, Brigham said. tions instructor at Highline.
The Thunderword /May 19, 2011 13
Cold weather causing problems for gardeners
By KELLY CASSINERIO leaves are,
Staff Reporter Walter said.
It is going to be a rough start Highline have
for those who are trying to gar- been trying to
den this year, said the Biology grow plants
Lab coordinator at Highline. for their
Donn Walter said the lasting classes as
frost this year is making plants well.
grow really slow. The Bota-
Walter has run the Biology ny 119 class
Lab for 10 years. He coordi- didn’t start
nates the annual plant sale and planting until
helps maintain the greenhouse three weeks
at Highline. into Spring
Compared to last year, the Quarter,
weather has evened out, but it which is a late
is still having a negative impact start, Walter
on gardens, Walter said. said.
The cold weather has also Even with
been a deciding factor in Wal- this cold
ter’s decision to not have the an- weather, you
nual plant sale at Highline this can still be-
year. gin a garden,
Usually, the plant sale would Walter said.
be held the Friday before Moth- “Peas are a
er’s Day, but because of the cold good thing to
weather, he decided not to do it Corey Sun/THUNDERWORD start with,” he
this year, Walter said. Walter coordinates the annual plant sale but decided not to do it this year due to the cold weather. said.
The autoimmune disease It is a good
from which he suffers, sarcoid- The cool weather not only af- fected the most are tomatoes,” grow better, said Walter. thing to start plants indoors first
osis, has been flaring up this fects people, but it affects some he said. A piece of advice for those until the frost is over, Walter
spring, which also made plan- plants more than others, Walter In the Pacific Northwest, who are thinking about grow- said.
ning more difficult this year, said. tomatoes don’t grow too well ing tomatoes is water them at “But don’t expect a large har-
Walter said. “The plants that are being af- while in the east, they tend to the roots instead of where the vest,” he said.
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Ann V., Seattle;
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14 The Thunderword / May 19, 2011
Five seek Student Government offices
to vote in
By MEGAN WALLIN
Voting continues for High-
line Student Government of-
Students who prefer to vote David Turner Zoey Myagmarjav Troy Kwak Enrique Ramirez
online will be able to do so un-
til midnight on May 19, while think our government needs to there is a need for more involve- to stand up and be a servant sor for the Latino Awareness
ballots can be turned in from realize how important educa- ment in education, and thinks leader at our college.” Day Committee, the co-chair-
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second tion is to society, too.” students should take a bigger Kuchmiy is currently pursu- person for the Campus Wide
floor of Building 8 in the Stu- Turner, an accounting major role in ensuring its quality. ing an associate’s degree with Event Committee and has been
dent Business Center. who is also interested in engi- “As a student leader on this an emphasis in Biology and involved as a consultant with
Five candidates are running neering, said he was prompted campus, I do feel that students Chemistry, and has attended various Highline clubs.
for two positions, with three to run for Student Government can do much more on this cam- Highline for two years. His main goal, he said, is
running for president and two because he saw the inevitability pus than just go to classes,” “I look forward to being able “to unify the student body.” He
for vice president. of change. Myagmarjav said. “There are to serve the student body and referenced the recent incidents
David Turner and Zoey My- “I have been deeply involved endless opportunities on our give back to the campus dur- with the vandalism of PRISM
agmarjav are Highline’s presi- at Highline’s Center for Leader- campus that students take ad- ing my final year at Highline,” posters.
dential candidates, along with ship & Service and have seen vantage of to develop them- Kuchmiy said of her decision to “Certain discrimination is-
Ella Kuchmiy as a write-in, the dramatic changes that are selves as promising students run for president. sues have surfaced as of late,
and Troy Kwak and Enrique coming,” said Turner. and future leaders.” “If elected to Student Gov- and in order to be an effective
Ramirez are running for vice “I have been involved in Stu- She added that her campaign ernment,” she explained, “my and diverse college, these acts
president. dent Government and know that was geared toward the oppor- goals are to be a leader, to serve of hate cannot take place,” said
Myagmarjav and Ramirez we as a college have the power tunity to be “a servant leader” the student body to the best of Ramirez.
are actually running together as to change [problems] for the and “represent our student body my ability and work on the bud- Troy Kwak, also running
a ticket, with the slogan “It’s an better,” he added. to help to make our campus and get cuts that may cause many for vice president, agreed that
EZ (easy) choice!” He encouraged students to community a better place.” students to be unable to pursue Highline must be a safe envi-
Voting began on May 18, at be more active in the voting Myagmarjav has also served the dream of higher education.” ronment for all students.
9 a.m. and continues through process here at Highline. on the Services & Activities Adding to that, she said, “I “Highline is thriving with
May 19. Students who prefer to “Voting is something that Budget Committee, and said am a dedicated individual who diversity that accompanies the
vote online will be able to do so is within your power. You can it has helped her better under- works hard and puts a great ef- many different religions, per-
until midnight, while students vote to make the changes you stand what it means to serve the fort into everything I do. When spectives and opinions we have
turning in ballots have until 5 want. If you want to see change, Highline community. given the opportunity to serve and should be adequately repre-
p.m. then help be the change.” “Knowing that all of the I do it to the best of my abil- sented to the faculty and state,”
In their application ques- Along those same lines, S&A budget consists of student ity, and with my background Kwak said.
tions, the candidates made it Turner said, “I am on the Ser- paid money, serving on S&A knowledge of politics and my “As vice president, I will
clear that they are motivated vices & Activities Budget Com- Budget Committee gave me that two previous years at Highline be unbiased in my views and
to make necessary changes if mittee that sets the budget for student voice that I have been I believe you would not make a heritage and will openly take in
elected into Highline’s Student all extra-curricular activities seeking,” Myagmarjav said. wrong choice as a voter to write opinions and represent them as
Government. here. I am involved in all of “Being part of the committee is in your vote for Ella Kuchmiy one student body.”
“I see that we need to make these groups and more…not representing thousands of stu- for ASHCC president.” Kwak said that he has always
some changes here at Highline just to have fun, but because I dents that don’t even know that Enrique Ramirez, who is felt a call toward leadership.
and in our state. I believe I can am passionate about seeing stu- S&A Budget exists.” graduating with an emphasis “I would love to be actively
help make those changes as a dents here at Highline be suc- Giving fair and equal rep- in anthropology and is the vice involved in my school,” Kwak
representative of our Highline cessful.” resentation to all Highline stu- presidential candidate running said. “In Highline, the vice
community,” said presidential One of Turner’s opponents, dents is the main focus of My- with Myagmarjav, said he ran to president is the one who takes
candidate David Turner. “I also Zoey Myagmarjav, agrees that agmarjav’s campaign. make a change in the Highline on the role of communicating
“I believe that our Student community. and interacting with the student
Government represents the “Working in the Center for body and I believe that I will
Facilites finds leak under Building 16 whole student body,” she said, Leadership and Service this genuinely enjoy this position
and elaborated. “We are called year enabled me to see what is- while trying my hardest no mat-
Highline Facilities staff ground,” he said. a community college for a rea- sues our students face in the up- ter what challenges come up.”
found a leak under Building “The search was long but son, reason being that we have a coming years,” he said. His vision for Highline is one
16 that was pumping out 500 once we figured it out it only great community that supports Ramirez said the position is without limits.
gallons per day. took us an hour to fix,” Ny- us and does the work to make one that must be approached “My vision for Highline is
No damage was done to quist said. sure that everyone is welcome.” “with sincerity and integrity, that this institution will be an
the building. “We found the pipe that Ella Kuchmiy, the write-in and I bring both of those to the open place and a place where
“We had an ongoing was feeding the leak in the presidential candidate this year, forum.” everyone can reach their full
problem with rain water get- mechanical room and cut it is anxious to increase her in- “I think I’d be good for this potential,” he said.
ting into art room 171. So we off and capped it,” he said. volvement with Highline. position because I truly care “One of my main responsi-
thought we had a partially The leak was draining “Delving into the politi- about Highline and the students bilities as vice president will
blocked drain field and we 500 gallons of water per day cal process and learning more that represent this unique insti- be with budgets and I will
noticed that the water was which would end up costing about the programs offered at tution,” Ramirez said. “Being diligently push the funding for
not going down,” said Main- the college an estimated $800 Highline has prompted me to part of committees and working the school to allow more clubs
tenance Supervisor Gus Ny- per year. run for the presidential position on group projects has opened and involvement. From recre-
quist. “We will know when the at Highline,” she said. my eyes to just how diverse this ational activities like sports to
“We saw gradual build water bill comes out how “Also,” she said, “learning campus is.” educational clubs like Phi Theta
up and realized that it was much we were spending on more about the impact that the To date, Ramirez has been Kappa, I will try to financially
coming from a pipe in the this leak,” said Nyquist. president has on the school has the co-chairperson for the Giv- assist these activities in any way
directed me to make a decision ing Tree Committee, the advi- possible.”
The Thunderword / May 19, 2011 15
Community comments will help determine cleanup path
By VICTORIA DOM
pacts and costs, it increases the
need for long-term management
Officials are requesting pub- and monitoring.
lic feedback to help determine continued from page 1 The natural recovery plan re-
the next steps that should be lies on the natural flow of clean
taken to remove the toxins in to determine who should also sediments from upriver to cover
the Lower Duwamish River. contribute funds.” the contaminated areas.
“Involvement from the com- Although contamination of Site Natural recovery bears the
munity is very important to the Duwamish is blamed pre- least amount of short-term im-
make sure that everybody is dominantly on industry, the pacts and costs; however, it also
working together,” said James community has also played a provides the most uncertainty
Rasmussen, coordinator for the role. and would require the greatest
Duwamish River Cleanup Co- “There is historic contami- need for long-term management
alition. nation as well as continued and monitoring.
A public comment period is contamination,” said James Taking the community’s
currently open regarding the Rasmussen, coordinator for the opinion into account following
Early Action plans of Boeing Duwamish River Cleanup Co- the public meeting in 2010, of-
Plant 2. alition, which is an organization ficials have since modified the
To submit a response, send partially funded by the EPA to feasibility study in order to cre-
an email to blocker.shawn@ ensure the community’s satis- ate a wider variety of alterna-
epa.gov, and cc contact@du-
faction in the cleanup process.
“Years ago, the contamina- Terminal 117 tives.
The revised study lists six
will be accepted until May 28. tion was 80 percent industry and alternatives, some containing a
Public meetings are also 20 percent people, now, it is 80 Early Action sub-alternative, and each made
being arranged for early next percent people and 20 percent Site up of a different combination of
year to finalize the feasibility industry,” Rasmussen said. the dredging, capping, and natu-
study, which will determine the Stormwater runoff from city
streets carries oil, grease, fertil-
South Park ral recovery procedures.
There are a full range of
cleanup methods for areas in the
waterway not included in Early izer, and other toxic chemicals methods to choose from, includ-
Action Phase I. that eventually flow into the riv- ing no further progress after the
Because the cleanup is par- er through overburdened com- completion of the Early Action
tially funded by tax dollars, it bined sewage overflow. sites, said Rasmussen.
is important for the community “On rainy days, you can see This method, referred to as
to decide how, and how much,
money will be spent, said Ras-
sediments in Elliot Bay coming
from the Duwamish that come
Turning Basin Alternative 1, would cost an es-
timated total of $66 million.
mussen. far upstream from the Green Alternatives 2R-6R focuses
The complete draft of the River,” said Hiltner from the Early Action predominantly on removal pro-
feasibility study is available EPA. Site cedures, totaling about $230
at http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/ Though toxins continue to million to $1.35 billion, with
cleanup.nsf/sites/lduwamish. flow into the waterway, the total long-term success rates ranging
The Duwamish River Clean- level of contamination is not ris- genson Forge. Jorgenson Forge. from 18 to 43 years.
up Coalition is also hosting a ing nor falling, she said. Most Funded by the four main par- Phase II will be the complete Alternatives 3C-6C, howev-
Duwamish River Festival on of the contamination is histori- ties, cleanup methods for these cleanup of the rest of the Lower er, emphasize the combination
Aug. 27 in South Park, located cal and has built up in the sedi- sites are based on the input from Duwamish Waterway, which is of procedures, ranging in costs
south of Georgetown through ments for hundreds of years. the community comments. a five-mile area starting at the from $220 to $650 million,
West Marginal Way South, Cleanup of the river has been One of the Early Action sites, Turning Basin, stretching north and success rates from 18 to 24
South Cloverdale Street, and divided into two phases. the Duwamish Diagonal, was to the south end of Harbor Is- years.
14th Avenue South. Phase I, the Early Action cleaned completely in the El- land. “In some cases, the econom-
“It’s important for people to Phase, is currently in progress liot Bay/Duwamish Settlement The second phase is being ic flow is what we have to take
understand why it is not just an to clean seven sites along the in 2005 after the city was sued planned through a feasibil- into account,” Rasmussen said.
industrial waterway,” Rasmus- waterway, which are deemed as to restore the natural resources ity study. Drafted in 2009, the Experts say the current weak
sen said. “It is time for us to pay the Early Action sites. that were harmed by the con- study is currently being altered economy may influence the
back to the river that has done These sites include the Du- taminants. after several public meetings, community to choose the more
everything for us.” wamish Diagonal, the west side Restoration of the highly- and officials hope the final draft inexpensive option, which will
For more information on of the waterway at about river polluted Slip 4 site is set to be- will be complete by the end of ultimately affect the long-term
the Cleanup Coalition and how mile 2.2, Slip 4, Boeing Plant gin in early fall, while planning this year. success of the cleanup.
to get involved, visit http://du- 2, Terminal 117, Norfolk Com- is currently underway for Boe- The feasibility study propos- “One option is always to do
wamishcleanup.org. bined Sewer Overflow, and Jor- ing Plant 2, Terminal 117, and es a number of cleanup options, nothing in a big public project
each alternative comprising dif- like this,” he said. “But do you
ferent combinations of physi- want to come back and have to
cal removal, containment, and clean this again in 10 years?”
natural recovery. “If the cleanup is successful,
Removal of the contaminated contamination in the river will
sediments, referred to as dredg- be reduced by 90 percent,” said
ing, requires the physical ex- Hiltner of the EPA. “The last 10
traction of the polluted material. percent is where things get dif-
Though the dredging proce- ficult.”
dure is more timely and expen- Experts say heavy urbaniza-
sive, it will give more certainty tion has made it near impossible
in the long-term effects and re- to completely remove all toxic
sult in fewer short-term impacts chemicals from the waterway,
such as disturbance, emissions, also reducing the chances of be-
and traffic. ing able to safely consume an
The containment option uses unlimited amount of seafood
a capping method to cover the that comes from the river.
contamination with clean mate- “We have effects on things far
rial, typically using sand, gravel, beyond ourselves, and reaching
and rock to isolate the pollution. a lower level of contamination
Victoria Dom/THUNDERWORD While the capping method means all of us thinking about
Piles of scrap metal continue to sit along the polluted waterway. comes with less short-term im- our lifestyles,” Hiltner said.
16 The Thunderword / May 19, 2011
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SUNNY MOSTLY MOSTLY SHOWERS FEW MOSTLY SHOWERS
SUNNY CLOUDY SHOWERS CLOUDY
H 68 H 58 H 60 H 53 H 51 H 52 H 53
L 47 L 42 L 46 L 45 L 42 L 42 L 42
Gas “When I started driving, it
was about $3, but it is $4 now.
“Probably not too many road
trips like camping this sum-
supply [of crude oil] is going to
be less drives up the price,” he
the run-up of commodity prices
… to protect their wealth and
I’m trying not to go to too many mer,” he said. said. make more money.”
continued from page 1 places, just here [school] to This run-up in gasoline price “When people are speculat- The price usually goes up in
home. It makes me want to stay may have been caused by spec- ing on the price, what [they] are spring and summer since driv-
car] as I can. I keep it light,” home all the time,” Le said. ulation in the future’s market, as seeing is that the price will in- ing increases and inventory goes
Samael said. Highline student Austin Hen- well as rising demands for gas crease in the future …to make down, and it drives up the price
Cruise control is a system dler pays $40-55 for gasoline as the weather improves. a bet that the price is going to in that time, Overstreet said.
which controls and keeps the about every five days. “Gasoline price is deter- go up,” Highline economics in- And traditionally the price
car’s speed stable, so that it “I try to get a ride with some- mined by the cost of crude oil, structor James Peyton said. goes down in fall and winter
saves gasoline which is wasted body else, trying to carpool. marketing and distribution, tax People “buy the right to pur- time after Labor Day, but “we
by accelerating and decelerat- I’m thinking of taking more and operations cost,” said David chase oil at a price that’s lower don’t know what’s going to hap-
ing. public transportation,” he said. Overstreet, AAA Washington than it’s actually going to be,” pen, which impacts the prices.”
“I’m broke all the time. Ryan Penttila drives a Nissan public affairs director. said Dr. Peyton. “It is frustrating,” said Ryan
When I don’t have gas, I’m less Frontier. Its approximate mile- Crude oil is a commodity and Sellers want to sell the gas at Poquiz, Highline student and a
likely to go places and more age is 17-18 miles per gallon. “is traded internationally, so it’s a higher price and buyers want driver of Chrysler Sebring. “Es-
likely to stay home,” he said. It has an 80-gallon tank, and impacted by events,” he said, to buy it at the lower price. pecially since there are many
Mike Le drives an Acura, he refills his car once a week, pointing to recent unrest in the “Later on, they sell the right people who can’t find their jobs.
paying $20 once in four days to spending $61. It cost him about Middle East. to somebody else,” he said. I hope that eventually the gas
fill up the tank. $48 to do so last year. “And the speculation that “They want to take advantage of price will come down.”
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02 The Thunderword / May 19, 2011
Instructor blogs to teach communication skills
By MAX HENRY power students,” Bremen said. grade,” but Bremen says that
Staff Reporter Helping students learn how by re-phrasing the sentence
to communicate effectively has and using the word “I” instead
With nearly 2,000 hits in been Bremen’s life work. of “you” can make all the dif-
the first month, from North She said she is excited about ference in the reaction that you
Crime and America to Australia, Europe the ability to help students at receive from your professor.
Punishment and back, Ellen Bremen’s chat-
typrof blog is causing some
Highline, and also at other col-
leges across the world.
For example, instead of say-
ing “You gave me a bad grade,”
chatter. On the blog Bremen helps try “I am very confused about
No luck for ‘98 vehicles Ellen Bremen is a commu-
nication professor at Highline,
students deal with issues the
the grade I received. I wasn’t
expecting to do so poorly.
and has recently created a blog She gives recommendations Can you explain where I went
A vehicle was reported sto-
in order to help students better for how to effectively commu- wrong?”
len on May 11 at 7:30 p.m. A
communicate with their profes- nicate with professors in a way Instead of putting your pro-
male Highline student parked Ellen Bremen
sors. that can help you get the results fessor on the defensive by start-
his 1998 Acura Integra in the
Bremen said the idea for the you are looking for. ing the conversation with “you,”
north lot at 4:45 p.m. When he
blog stems from a book she is To compound the problem, She even has recommenda- starting out by saying “I” helps
returned, it was gone. Another
writing that helps students get community colleges only re- tions for building up your re- create a neutral zone for com-
vehicle was reported stolen
better grades by communicat- quire one five-credit class in sume. munication.
on May 12. A female student
ing more effectively with their human communication. Bremen said that one of the To take advantage of Bre-
parked her 1998 Honda Accord
professors. “It just isn’t enough,” said biggest communication barriers men’s 13 years of communica-
in the north lot at 10 a.m. When
Since college is the staging Bremen. “The result is that between students and profes- tion experience, and learn more
she returned, it was missing.
ground for the “real” world, it people are entering the working sors has to do with the “you” conversation tips and actions,
also helps students learn vital world without the communica- approach many students use visit chattyprof.blogspot.com.
Students forge permits communication skills to help tion skills to help them be suc- when trying to communicate Not only will it help you
them be more successful in the cessful.” with their professors. build better relationships with
Forgery and theft of parking job market. Bremen’s blog is designed to She has excellent advice on your professors, but also will
permits were found in two vehi- “Verbal communication is help close that gap. Bremen’s how changing “you” to “I” can serve as an important tool when
cles on May 12 and 16. On May now the number one sought chattyprof blog is her attempt to make all the difference in get- entering the job market, and
12 a security officer found a ve- after employability skill,” said meet students where they are at. ting positive results when com- will even help you to deal with
hicle behind Building 25 with Bremen. Although she admits to be- municating to professors, or personal relationship issues.
forged winter and spring permit Although instant messag- ing an infant in the social media anyone for that matter. Effective communication
stickers. On May 16 a secu- ing, texting, Facebooking and scene, she said, “I have discov- She posted the, try an ”I” skills can help you solve or even
rity guard found a vehicle with tweeting have brought people ered the ability to touch a mass blog on April 21, and gave a avoid many of life’s problems,
forged winter 11, and spring 11 together like never before, they of students’ lives more quickly.” few very common phrases that said Bremen.
stickers. have also created an environ- “I really want students to be many professors tend to hear. “It’s like a communication
ment that can be void of face- writing in to ask questions that One of the examples phras- revolution I’m trying to start
Graffiti across campus to-face verbal communication. I can answer. I want to help em- es was, “You gave me a bad here,” she said.
Two incidents of graffiti
were reported on campus. On
May 12 someone had written on during the quarter. If you can’t • May 25, Wednesday, stu-
the restroom walls of Building make it to the information ses- Calendar dent contributions for both aca-
29. On May 16 there were two sion please email Scoggins at demic achievement and campus
instances of graffiti in Building email@example.com for • Today the Poetry Diversity involvement will be acknowl-
26 in the second floor men’s re- more information. Lounge theme will be “Peace... edged at the 2011 Highline Stu-
stroom. Is It Possible?” dent Awards Ceremony.
Donate your old bike This event is held by the It will be held in the Stu-
Prowlers in parking lot News Briefs Inter-Cultural Center in the dent Union, Building 8, Mt.
Townsend room from 5:30 to
Tracy Brigham, a Highline downstairs of Building 6 at
Prowlers were reported lurk- Attend a tuition-free nutrition instructor, and her stu-
dents will be collecting bikes
Bring poems written by you • May 26, Thursday, the
ing in Highline parking lots on
May 16 at 4:45 p.m. The person TOEFL prep class for the Village Bicycle Project or someone else that relate to Spring Job Fair will be held in
(VBP). the topic to share. the Student Union, Building 8
reporting said he had seen the
On Wednesday, May 25 They will be collecting bikes • May 20, Friday’s weekly in the Mt Constance and Mt.
vehicle before and had seen the
come find out about a new tu- on Friday, May 20 and Sat- movie will be The Burning Olympus rooms from 9 a.m. to
driver smash a window several
ition-free TOEFL prep class for urday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to Bed. The film will be shown in 1 p.m.
immigrants and refugees dur- 4 p.m. The collection will be Building 29 room 102 at 12:30 This fair is free and open to
ing an information session in the public, parking will also be
Peeping tom arrested Building 19, room 103 at 1 p.m.
located outside of Building 6
(East parking lot).
“It’s presented along with free though limited.
The Welcome Back Center is The VBP is a local non-profit the Women’s programs on cam- • May 26, Thursday, a Suc-
A peeping tom was reported sponsoring this class that will cessful Club Workshop about
organization created to collect pus as part of an anti-domestic
on May 16 at 6:45 p.m. A fe- begin this summer. “Passing on Legacy: Leaving
all types of bikes and parts to violence awareness campaign,”
male said that she was using the The TOEFL test is the Test Your Mark as Leaders” will be
send to rural villages in Ghana said Tommy Kim, Literature
women’s restroom in Building of English as a Foreign Lan- held at noon in Building 8 in the
and Sierra Leone. and Writing instructor.
8, and caught a male looking at Leadership Resource Center on
guage that evaluates the abil- The bikes don’t need to be • May 21, Saturday, from
her under the stall. ity of an individual to use and the third floor.
new or in perfect condition, just noon to 12:45 p.m. at the MaST
She called 911. Two Des understand English in an aca- as long as they can be fixed up center learn how whales may • May 26, Thursday, a voter
Moines Police department offi- demic setting. registration drive will be held
enough for someone to use it. be becoming the earth’s toxic
cers interviewed the victim. “This class is open to immi- by Highline American Govern-
These bikes are especially waste dumps.
Three more police officers grants and refugees who plan ment Students from 9 a.m. to
important for people in areas Dr Kaddee Lawrence will
showed up and were going into to enter the medical profession, 1 p.m. on the second floor of
that do not have roads. discuss how marine mammals
the library main door when the or who plan to attend a four Building 8.
For more information or are some of the most contami-
victim pointed out the suspect year college, or who know that Computers will be available
to arrandge to drop off a bike nated animals in the ocean.
leaving the library. they need to take the TOEFL to with links directing students to
earlier contact Tracy Brigham Learn how to help with this
The suspect ran into the offi- achieve their professional goals the Secretary of State’s office
at firstname.lastname@example.org or problem and what the toxins are
cers and weapons were drawn. (other than health care),” said online.
Kevin Stanley at kstanley@ that may be causing this rising
The suspect was arrested in Nicole Scoggins, a Highline Any U.S. citizen over the
highline.edu. issue of pollution.
between the main sliding doors. ESL instructor. age of 18 who also has a valid
To learn more about the Vil- For directions and more in-
The class will continue for lage Bicycle Project go onlin to formation on the MaST Center Washington driver’s license
– Compiled at least one year and eligible http://www.villagebicyclepro- please visit http://mast.highline. can use this service to register
by Elzie Dickens III students can enroll at any time ject.org/home. edu/. to vote.
The Thunderword / May 19, 2011 03
College-bound high school students visit Highline
By AMANDA SILLS an early college experience,”
Staff Reporter Mazman said.
Last Friday provided a nice
Swarms of high school stu- day for the students to look
dents gathered in groups out- around and experience High-
side of the Student Union for line’s campus.
Highline’s Spring Festival, to “I like the campus and the
eat, chat and explore the cam- environment,” Manveer Parmar
pus, last Friday, May 13. said.
The Spring Festival kicked “Some people look mean
off with many attractions and here,” said Gabriel Romero, an-
provided college information other student.
for the visiting students. “The campus is really nice,”
High school students came to said Gavin Doiron.
Highline with varying interests. “Highline looks great and it’s
Some students came to check my first time here,” said another
out the campus, look for college high school student, Fasil Ber-
resources, and some just wanted han.
to have a fun time. Romero took advantage of
Several high school stu- the various colleges visiting
dents said they are interested in Highline.
Highline because of the smaller “I wanted to visit to see what
classes and lower tuition. is provided and look at the col-
“I would like to go here be- lege booths set up,” Romero
cause you don’t need to pay a said.
lot of money,” said high school Many of the visiting high
student Khai Le. school students are not positive
“I like that it has smaller on what college they would like
classes,” said Gavin Doiron, an- to study at, but said they still en-
other high school student. joyed experiencing Highline’s
Other high school students atmosphere.
said they are planning on regis- “I came here to visit and see
tering for Running Start to gain what’s going on,” said Suzanna
college credit. Safaroe.
“I’m planning on doing “I’m not sure if I want to go
Running Start here,” said San- here. I want to go into the medi-
iya Mazman. cal field,” she said.
“I want to do medical school “I don’t really think I want to
which takes like 10 years, so I go here,” Romero said. “I have
want to get a head start here,” my sight set on West Point be-
she said. cause I’m interested in the mili-
“It would be cool to get tary.”
Above: A sketch artists demonstrates his artistic abilities to a group of high school students outside of
the Student Union last week. Left: High school students visiting the Highline campus gather for food
and drinks offered during last week’s Spring Festival on Friday, May 13.
Virtual desktops may help Highline budget concerns
By TJ SQUIRES more than 800 staff and faculty rently starting the second re- A virtual desktop is an in- “The client device may use
Staff Reporter computers, one can only imag- build. “We are on time and on dividual user’s interface in a an entirely different hardware
ine how expensive it may be to budget,” Colgan said. virtualized environment, where setup from that used by the pro-
Highline may make the replace these computers with One of the ways in which the virtualized desktop is stored jected desktop environment,”
switch to virtual desktops, as brand new ones. the computers can be upgraded on a remote server rather than Bradley said.
the ability to upgrade comput- Many faculty members are is by boosting the RAM, also locally. The desktop expands The virtualization will allow
ers decreases due to lower bud- still working on computers that known as random-access mem- a computer’s desktop environ- the use of virtual machines to
gets. are more than four years old, ory, in order to operate with ment beyond the physical lim- let multiple network subscribers
While spending nearly and around 150 computers are Windows 7 software. its of the screen’s real estate maintain their own desktops on
$200,000 per year on campus currently running on the older Another way of upgrading is through the use of software. a single, centrally located com-
computers, Executive Direc- Windows XP software. by using virtual desktops. “Desktop virtualization in- puter or server. Those using the
tor of Administrative Technol- It costs around $1,000 to re- “We are experimenting with volves encapsulating and deliv- desktop can be in different ar-
ogy Dennis Colgan tries to find place a single computer, which virtualizing desktop comput- ering either access to an entire eas, while all being connected
ways to save money while im- would lead to a total of around ers,” Colgan said. information system environ- to a central machine via internet
proving work flow. $800,000 in four years just to “We really can’t afford these ment, or the environment itself access or a local area network.
“We try not to have comput- replace the computers. virtual desktops, but we already to a remote client device,” said This technology can lower
ers on desks that are more than Highline is on the last year bought the licenses on these Michael D. Bradley, the enter- administrative and upgrade
4 years old,” Colgan said. With of a five-year rebuild and is cur- computers.” prise systems administrator. costs, Bradley said.
04 The Thunderword / May 19, 2011
Take a stand against
abuse by listening
Domestic violence is a predator that preys on people regardless
of gender, age or history.
Although abuse victims are most commonly women, some men
also fall victim to violence.
Abuse victims have many reasons for staying with their abuser
— reasons that many of the rest of us are incapable of understand-
ing. Similarly, they have been hurt in ways that we are unable to
When she spoke at Highline on Tuesday, Brenda Clubine said
instead of constantly asking why they stay, our job, first and fore-
most, is to listen.
Clubine, who was trapped in an abusive marriage, killed her hus-
band unintentionally in self-defense and spent 26 years in prison.
Clubine said that she works hard to help create laws that will
protect women like herself.
These laws are desperately needed. When a person — male
or female — is trapped in a violent relationship, they need to be
How to stay motivated for spring
able to get out. The degree of violence can vary, but it is likely
to continue escalating until it becomes life-threatening, such as in When May rolls around, plan something, write it down,
Clubine’s case. many of us students find it hard Commentary then get back to work.
In 1992, the Convicted Women Against Abuse group — formed to stay motivated for school. Keeping motivated during
by Clubine and several other women in the California Institution Although this May the Alisa the last weeks of school can be
for Women who were facing similar convictions —gained a hear- weather has tried to trick us into Gramann a challenge. The temptation to
ing which resulted in a law allowing Battered Women’s Syndrome thinking it’s still February, our cut class or skip a few assign-
to be admissible in court, but only to cases after 1992. biological clocks — and our cal- ments can get overwhelming,
It was not until 2002 when women with cases prior to 1992 got endars — remind us that sum- but the one thing to remember
their break. After another hearing, a penal code was passed that mer is right around the corner. on your face in an imitation is that this kind of behavior will
allowed women to contest their sentences on the grounds of unlaw- And with that thought lurking attempt. However, curling up not get you far in the working
ful convictions. in our minds, we are suddenly by a fire on cold “spring” days world. Remember where you’ve
However, these are only effective in the state of California. thinking about all our plans for can help bring about that quiet been and remember where
Similar laws are still needed in the rest of the U.S., and around the the summer instead of school. mindset necessary to focus. you’re going. That should be
world. Most years, the shining sun When it’s sleep that’s caus- motivation enough.
Clubine said that one of the easiest ways to help combat abuse outside distracts us with re- ing trouble, experience leads Alisa never lacks for motiva-
is to listen and be aware of the situations your friends are dealing minders that we are inside. me to warn against consuming tion, except at nap time.
with. This year, the cycle is a little bit extreme amounts of caffeinated
“It’s your job to notice, it’s your job to observe,” she said. backward. This year, the rain beverages. While it seems like
She said to ask questions, even when it feels uncomfortable for distracts us with daydreams of a good idea, many times the
us. how much we miss the sun. prominent side effect is the in-
“There are a lot of dead women today because nobody listened But, either way, May can be ability to sleep at night. Discrimination is
and paid attention,” she said. a month of distractions, ranging Instead, allow yourself to
That is why talking with your family and friends is so impor- from daydreams of sun to sum- take a short nap — 30 minutes present on campus
tant, Clubine said. If we don’t open the door for conversations, our mer to sleep. to an hour. This will help you
loved ones could end up in a bad situation. By the time May rolls feel a little more rested and en- Dear Editor:
Clubine said that many times, victims don’t stay by choice; around, all I want to do is sleep. ergized, which in turn can help
many times they are forced to stay because they are hunted down Forget the sun, I just want to you stay focused instead of zon- You say that discrimination
if they try to leave. sleep the year’s stress and ex- ing out. does not happen at Highline?
No one should have to endure this kind of situation. No one haustion away. We all get told to switch top- How about the posters that said
should be trapped like this. For a lot of people, though, ics every 30 minutes or so while “all the cool kids are gay?”
Clubine shared some early warning signs to watch for, which they just really want the sun — studying, which really does help That is some crazy high dis-
include extreme jealousy, a controlling or possessive attitude, un- and the freedom to enjoy it. information to “stick.” Howev- crimination on me, a straight
predictable mood swings, and explosive anger. There are some simple solu- er, when you do switch topics, person.
Also, Clubine said that when someone is a victim of abuse, doc- tions to help students dealing give yourself a few minutes to You get a lesbian to complain
ument it. This can be done with pictures of wounds, including with sun-withdrawals. One so- clear your mind before tackling about the “all the cool kids are
bruises, keeping copies of medical records, and saving any kind lution is to take your homework the next subject. Short breaks straight” posters but you don’t
of threatening note — whether a note, email, or voicemail. In the outside on those rare sunny can be productive ones — like get anybody to comment on the
event of legal action, this documentation can be very crucial. days. This allows you to catch going to get a glass of water, or “gay” posters, why is that?
“Abuse does not discriminate,” Clubine said. a few rays while still being ad- scrounging up a snack. Is it because you, the edi-
If you or someone you know is a victim of abuse, contact the equately productive. When all else fails and your tor, are gay and discriminate
Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) at their 24 hour crisis When there is no sun to be mind just can’t keep from drift- against straight people?
hotline, 425-656-7867, or by visiting their website, www.dawnon- had, common sense advises ing off to summer daydreams,
line.org. against shining a bright light allow yourself a few minutes to -Igor Shevchuk
‘‘Am I really a ninja? ”
Editor-in-Chief Victoria Dom Reporters Cody Warf, Joshua Hart, Melina Brown, Yuri Photographers Michael McDonald Jr.,
Managing Editor Kandi Carlson Nishizaki, Brian Alexander, Kelly Cassinerio, Jarel Baz
News Editor Raschelle Casebier Elzie Dickens, Hoi Duong, Ellena Floyd, Brian
Arts Editor Jonny McGuire Grantham, Maksim Gritsayuk, Max Henry, Wesley
Hyun, James Lee, Mattie Michalek, Beth Mik-
Advertising Betty Flojo
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Newsline 206-878-3710, ext. 3317 Fax 206-870-3771 Address P.O. Box 98000, Des Moines, WA 98198, Building 10-106
The Thunderword / May 19, 2011 05
Royalties Crossword 101
By Ed Canty (Ed@gfrpuzzles.com)
1. It covers the Hill
6. Big name in tennis
10. Forty winks
13. Boston-D.C. train
16. Bass, e.g.
17. Anna’s musical
19. Corn site
20. Not native
21. Hider’s finder
23. TV screen: Abbr.
26. Building add-on
27. Artist Toulouse-Lautrec
28. Put back to work
34. Clock-face features
36. Shoe bottom
37. Beach sights
38. One who crosses the line? 5. Roofers, often 43. Misfortune
39. Prefix with cycle 6. Deli item 44. “... ___ you prefer...?”
40. Indianapolis team 7. ___ Mills Portrait Studio 46. Penniless
41. “Don’t be ___ loser” 8. Director Howard 48. Clinton and Bush
42. Freeloading passenger 9. Heavenly gifts alma mater
44. Breakfast order 10. “Unforgettable” singer 49. Fun run distance,
45. Bread and butter, e.g. 11. Balm ingredient briefly
46. Support system? 12. Squint 50. Prefix with culture
47. Puzzler Canty & others 15. Ogres 51. Pitcher
48. Country cousins 18. Cairo’s waterway 54. Easter lead-in
50. Get up 22. Before, of yore 55. 401(k) alternative
52. “Gimme ___!” (start of 23. Kid’s sandwich leftovers 56. Bite
an Iowa State cheer) 24. Vacation spot 57. “Gosh!”
53. Benny Goodman, perhaps 25. Simba’s musical
58. Football great Dawson 27. Sharpens Quotable Quote
59. Baby bird? 29. Hot temper
60. Creepy 30. Puzzler’s byline?
61. Hosp. test 31. Made like an eagle Eat breakfast like a
62. Canal of song 32. Brooklyn Dodgers field king, lunch like a
63. Hang 34. Luau dances prince, and dinner
Down 37. Where the ref places like a pauper.
1. Hipster the football ?
2. MIT, for one 38. Chicago-to-Miami dir.
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3. Capital of Poland? 40. Makes watertight
4. ____-Seltzer 41. Stockpiled
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century artist Titian best
tive state and the setting for known? 4. Webbed
his novels? 9. GEOGRAPHY: Where 5. Rook
3. COMMON KNOWL- is Mount Vesuvius? 6. Out of many, one
EDGE: What does the Ge- 10. MEDICINE: What is 7. Robert Browning
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4. ANATOMY: What is an-
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06 The Thunderword / May 19, 2011
Your retirement planning starts today
By JAMES LEE “You can just
Staff Reporter start with even 50
Opening your eyes earlier “Unfortunately
in investing will lead you to a some people think
better retired life, a Highline in-
structor said recently.
we have to be per-
fect and know ev-
Now is time
“When I was in my twen-
ties, I thought retirement would
we start to do any-
to get ready
never happen to me,” said Bill
Webster, a Highline business
thing; you don’t
have to be perfect,
to buy a home
instructor, in his presentation but simply invest-
on May 11, sponsored by The ing $50 per month If you hope to buy a home
Highline Students Small Capi- will help you cre- soon, there are steps you can
tal Investment Club. ate financial inde- take in advance to make sure
If you have less than $17,000 pendence,” Web- you’re in the best possible posi-
and you are age 0 to 29, you ster said. tion when the time comes.
might be in trouble, he said. In the mean- Your first step should be to
“Forty years ago, I was way time, he highly seek pre-approval -- a written
below the trouble zone,” Web- recommended tax- letter from a lender. (If you ap-
ster said. deferred over tax- ply to multiple lenders within
Eighty-five percent of the able accounts. a few weeks, it won’t count
American population is in the Ta x- d efe r r e d against you on your credit re-
“trouble zone” and the whole means investment port to have so many inquiries.)
purpose of this presentation is earnings such as Having a lender letter will give
to encourage you to move out of interest, dividends you a leg up in knowing just
it, he said. or capital gains what price range to shop and
“Look at how time can help that accumulate can make you look better in any
you and hurt you,” Webster said. tax free until the negotiations with a seller.
To reach $1 million by age 65, investor with- If you discover credit prob-
you can just start to save $179 draws and takes lems or mistakes, fix those first
monthly when you are 25, but possession of to help qualify for a lower inter-
if you wait till age 60, you have them. est rate. Over the years, those
to save $12,958 every month to The growth of extra interest dollars can add up
reach the same amount, he said. $100 a month over to tens of thousands.
Moreover, someone who 40 years proves By seeking lender pre-ap-
starts saving $179 a month at tax-deferred is proval, you’ll also be able to
age 25 would invest a total of better than tax- learn which lenders will give
only $85,920 to reach million- able, he said. you what you’ll want most: a
aire status. Assuming that fixed-rate loan. A stable rate
Yet, the procrastinator who your return equals over the years will give the se-
waits until age 60 to begin 10 percent a year, curity of knowing what your
would have to invest $770,480. a tax-deferred payment will be each month.
“There are basically three $100 investment a Corey Sun/THUNDERWORD Don’t make the mistake of
ways to accumulate your month for 40 years Highline instructor Bill Webster lectures students on the importance of planning buying at the top of your price
wealth: constructing your own will end up hav- their financial futures. range. Just because a lender ap-
business, buying real estate, ing $300,000 more proves you for a certain amount
or investing your money into a than a taxable account after 40 not limited to, insurance, retire- tion were younger, earlier, and of money doesn’t mean you
mutual fund,” Webster said. years. ment and educational plans, and faster. have to spend that much. Con-
To invest in a mutual fund, Many other factors can de- estate planning. Webster said he would’ve sider future possibilities (loss of
you don’t have to have a lump termine your life after retire- Yet, the key terms that he have taken such advice in his a job, an additional child in the
of money, he said. ment. These include, but are used throughout the presenta- twenties, if he’d been given it. family) and aim to spend less
than 90 percent of what you’re
Preparing for the worst equals success approved for.
Engage the services of a li-
censed real-estate agent, if only
to gain access to the Multiple
By JAMES LEE Highline as you get older, you have to in- tangible money to cover an ur- Listing Service. Ask for refer-
Staff Reporter Students vest or save your assets in the gent accident. Yet, while your rals before you work with an
Small safer places so you can safely $250,000 in your taxable mon- agent to make sure you don’t
Building finances is just like Capital start your retired life, she said. ey bag gets close to zero, by that fall prey to any scams. Start by
building your own house, said Invest- Experts say that the most time, your untouched $250,000 looking at home types on Real-
Vanessa Diego, agent at New m e n t ideal way to get ready for your in your tax-deferred investment tor.com to narrow down your
York Life Insurance Company. Club. retirement is investing and sav- might have been grown up to target area and wish list.
“You have the specific blue There ing money in tax-deferred and $500,000 which is your original Learn how to really “see” a
print for the aspect of your Vanessa Giego are 10 taxable accounts at the same principal. property as you shop. A sturdy
house,” she said. elements time. Even though saving and in- home with only cosmetic flaws
“You want to refer back to in financial planning: health in- Tax-deferred means invest- vesting is very important in can increase in value through
the blue print later to make sure surance, long-term care insur- ment earnings such as interest, terms of preparing yourself for the years if you’re willing to do
the house is built like you in- ance, emergency savings, um- dividends or capital gains that your retirement, setting the de- a little work. A property that
tended to build.” brella liability insurance, home, accumulate tax free until the in- fense system around your mon- needs a lot of serious repair
“Certainly you want to have auto, life insurance, disability vestor withdraws and takes pos- ey is very crucial, Diego said. can end up as a money pit and
very strong foundation for your insurance, trusts, and wills. session of them. One such defense is insur- jeopardize both your savings
financial house, so it doesn’t Those elements construct If you have $500,000, con- ance. The reason being that if and your ability to make your
fall apart automatically, espe- the financial base strongly and sider dividing it into two dif- you find yourself disabled and monthly payments.
cially if your family lives in prepare you for a comfortable ferent bags of money: $250,000 without it, you may need to dip Stay clear of neighborhoods
your house,” Diego said. future, she said. into a tax-deferred account, and into your savings - unless you with lots of For Sale signs.
Diego was the speaker of If you are 20 years old, you the other $250,000 into a tax- have insurance, she said. Those indicate an area in transi-
the last day of the Financial should invest 80 percent of your able account. Diego said that being pre- tion, and you won’t know if it’s
Awareness Workshop on May assets more aggressively, such You have to have taxable pared for the unexpected is the moving up or down.
12, which is sponsored by The as investing in stocks, however, money just in case you need preparation. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.
07 The Thunderword / May 19, 2011
• Janece Shaffer’s new “dra- • The Auburn All District
medy,” Brownie Points, is mak- Jazz Band Festival comes to the
ing its West Coast premiere at Auburn Performing Arts Center
Taproot Theatre this spring. on May 23. This concert features
With $10 tickets for ages 25 the jazz bands from Cascade
and under for all performances, and Mt. Baker Middle Schools
students can enjoy professional and Auburn, Auburn Mountain-
theater for virtually the cost of a view and Auburn Riverside high
movie. Directed by Karen Lund, schools. This event is free and
Brownie Points opens on May is open to the public. The show
20 and runs through June 18, starts at 7 p.m.
with preview on May 19.
• Captain Smartypants, Se-
Jimmy Eat World is coming soon to Seattle. • Mount Rainier High School
attle Men’s Chorus’ small en-
is set to host Arts Explosion, an
Jimmy Eat World gets ready
semble, will perform Eat, Pray,
open community arts event that
Pant in four shows at Town Hall,
will include performances by
June 3 and 10 at 8 p.m. and June
the Polynesian Islander Club,
4 and 11 at 9 p.m.
to dine at Showbox Sodo
the Latino/Multicultural Club,
All performances are down-
The Dance Club and Trevor Ly-
stairs at Town Hall (Seneca
Entrance); 1119 8th Ave. Tick-
Mount Rainier High School
ets are $20-$35 ($25-$40 at the
is located at 22450 19th Ave.
By MELINA BROWN Music presents Tech N9ne’s All has just released a new single
S. Des Moines. Doors open at
door). Premium table seating
Staff Reporter 6’s and 7’s tour with 2 Seattle in the U.S. that includes Many is $35-$50 and there is limited
dates set for May 26 and 27. if Horror, an acoustic version of availability. The box office is
Admissions is $1 for students
Jimmy Eat World, Tech N9ne Tech N9ne’s latest album All the Mountains, Little Soldiers, open Monday-Friday, noon-7
(grade K-12 with ID), $2 adults
and Biffy Clyro will spring 6’s and 7’s is set for release on and Paperfriend. p.m. Call 206-388-1400 or visit
(19 years and up) and a $5 fam-
their way into the Showbox June 7. To get your free tickets, visit www.flyinghouse.org
ily package (family groups of
Sodo and Showbox Market. Tickets start at $28 for both your local Easy Street Records.
three or more) at the door.
Jimmy Eat World is coming shows and doors open at 7 p.m. The limit is 4 tickets for person.
This event is sponsored by
out of the middle on May 20 at For ticketing info visit www. Having a ticket does not guar-
the Des Moines Arts Commis-
the Showbox Sodo with sup- showboxonline.com/sodo. antee entry.
sion, the Mount Rainier Arts
porting band Kinch. The Showbox Sodo is locat- Doors open at 7 p.m.
Department and student clubs
After being away from the ed at 1700 1st Ave S. Seattle. The Showbox Market is lo-
at Mount Rainier High School.
studio for three years, Jimmy At the Market, Scottish rock cated at 1426 1st Ave Seattle,
For more information, call
Eat World released their album band Biffy Clyro is headlining 98134.
the Des Moines Park & Rec De-
Invented in 2010 with their hit a free show with Hobosexual For ticketing information
partment at 206-870-6527.
Coffee and Cigarettes. and Hounds of the Wild Hunt. visit www.showboxonline.com/
05.22 Captain Smartypants
Tickets start at $25 and doors In celebration of their head- market .
will open at 7 p.m. line tour and shows supporting Shows are all ages and bar • Northwest Associated
Also at the Sodo, Strange the Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro with I.D. Arts’ newest ensemble, Silver-
Sounds Northwest, makes its
Rainier Youth Choirs to close out season performance debut in Young
@ Heart, a fun-filled musical
romp through some of today’s
most popular music.
By JONNY MCGUIRE of the Rainier Youth Choirs. audition process is explained The concert is on May 22 at
Staff Reporter “We are especially interested there. the Highline Performing Arts
in finding experienced singers For Consonare, the group Center in Burien at 2 p.m.
Travel the world in song with who read music to add to the that includes college-age sing- Tickets are $15. For more in-
the Rainier Youth Choirs in tenor, bass, and alto sections of ers, it costs $71 per month, formation call 206-246-6050 or
their final season concert, titled Consonare, as many will gradu- which covers six hours of re- visit nwassociatedarts.org.
One Earth, Many Voices, at the ate and leave the area for col- hearsal, staff and sheet music
Kent United Methodist Church lege.” expenses, and the mandatory
on Saturday, May 21. The three groups rehearse overnight fall retreat at a local ARTS
Sponsored by the Des Moines Arts
Commission, the MRHS Arts
Department and student clubs
at Mt. Rainier High School
Rainier Youth Choirs is a separately once a week for one camp.
and and a half hours each. In their upcoming concert,
non-profit community organi-
zation that offers vocal and cho- The Rainier Youth Choirs titled One Earth, Many Voices,
An open community arts event featuring Mt. Rainier High School
ral training for young singers. have three season concerts each the choirs will perform a vari- and Highline Community College students.
The choir is split into three year in December, March, and ety of pieces.
groups, Bella Voce, Colla Voce, May. “We have a nice mix of folk Special Guest
and Consonare. Bella Voce is “We also do other events songs, spirituals, and novelty
as invitations come in,” said songs from all over the world,
(Traditional Japanese Drumming
the youngest choir for grades from Highline CC)
4-7 and has 15 members, Colla Schwitters. “For instance, we with some interesting instru- Some Mt. Rainier
Voce is the intermediate choir have been fortunate to be hired mental accompaniments,” said THE PACIFIC ISLANDER CLUB
Location: Mt. Rainier High School
22450 19th Ave South
for grades 6-10 and has 23 as entertainment for the Argo- Schwitters. THE MULTICULTURAL/LATINO CLUB
THE DANCE CLUB
Des Moines, WA 98198
Time: 1 - 4pm
members, and Consonare is the sy Christmas Ship for the past The Kent United Method- Doors open at 12:30pm
oldest group, composed of high three years.” ist Church is located at 11010
Admission: $1.00 Students
A special open Poetry Slam (K-12 grades w/ ID)
will start at 1:30pm in the
school-to college-age students If you are interested in join- SE 248th St., Kent and the per- Mt. Rainier H.S. Library $2.00 Adults (19 yrs +)
and has 20 members. ing the Rainier Youth Choirs, formance will begin at 2 p.m. Art display & exhibit of
of Mt. Rainier High School
(family groups of 3 or more)
For more information call
you can go to their website at Tickets are $12 purchased in
Des Moines Park &Rec
“We hope to eventually grow student work will be open from
1 to 4pm in Room 1239
(206) 870 - 6527
each group to at least 30,” said www.RainierYouthChoirs.org, advance and $15 at the door. Refreshments will be on sale by
the Mt. Rainier National Honors Society
Leora Schwitters, the director and go to the “join” page. The Doors open at 1:45 p.m.
The Thunderword / May 19, 2011 08
Event showcases students’ artwork Feed a
By MATTIE MICHALEK
Print and digital media stu- every year,
dents will display a culmination
of two years’ work at the Spring
Portfolio Show, which is, for
many, the next step toward
The two-day production on
May 23 and 24 is an annual
event where students get the By SETH POWELL
chance to display their portfo- Staff Reporter
lios, a requirement not only for
graduation, but also for future A local author attributes his
interviews for jobs in the field. success to feeding monkeys.
The show not only gives stu- Harold Taw has fed a mon-
dents a chance to show off their key on his birthday every year
work, but also teaches them of his life.
how to prepare for a production Taw said that when he was
or interview where they would born, a Buddhist monk living
generally be showing 8-12 piec- A three-dimensional design of a ship engine by student Chris Hagenbuch, one of many pieces of art in the Burmese jungle predicted
es of art, digital and print, as featured next week in the annual Portfolio Show. that he would bring prosper-
well as a physical book of their ity to
work. his fam-
Diana Boyd, a visual com- Professionals in various used the social media,” she said. production team, who are doing ily as
munications teacher at High- fields such as graphic design “We’re trying to use all the mar- all of the production’s printing, long as
line, is running the show this and fine arts are invited to view keting techniques we can.” and Daniel Smith Art Supplies he fed a
year. students’ work. The show’s website is www. for their contributions to the monkey
“Students will be judged “We want the profession- hccportfolios.com, and there show. on his
on their work, with winners in als in the area to be part of it,” is also a designated Facebook The Portfolio Show will be birth-
each category,” Boyd said. said Boyd. “The biggest thing page for the event. held in the Student Union in the day.
The categories include for the students themselves is Boyd encourages people Mt. Constance and Mt. Olym- “It’s Taw
graphic design, interior design, preparing their portfolio for the to take a look at the Facebook pus rooms. rarely
drafting design, photography, real world for pursuing a job in page, which includes previews The two-day show will be on easy and, yet, somehow I’ve
and print production. graphic design.” of the show, and to also leave Monday and Tuesday, May 23 found a way to feed a monkey
Monday night is a designated This year, Boyd expects a lot feedback about the show. and 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., every year since I was born,”
friends and family night, while of traffic at the show. Some sponsors of the pro- and 5-8 p.m. said Taw.
Tuesday is professionals night. “This is the first time we’ve duction include Highline’s print Admission is free. Taw now has a deal with the
Woodland Park Zoo so that he
Artist’s persistence pays off in gallery shows
can feed their capuchin on his
Taw believes that his tradi-
tion has worked, since he has
By MATTIE MICHALEK now?’” Taw said that he has had
Staff Reporter Most of her artwork is mixed many careers, ranging from
media oil painting. She first being an attorney to writing
Lillyan George’s work can prepares a background on can- screenplays.
embody Asian influences in the vas with oil paints, and then Only a few weeks ago he
background with contrasting uses abstract layering tech- published his novel, Adventures
Victorian-like cartoon charac- niques. Over the top she draws of the Karaoke King. The story
ters in the foreground. watercolor pictures, cuts them follows Guy Watanabe, an aver-
Other works portray whimsi- out, and decoupages them to the age Seattle man who gets into
cal creatures layered on top of surface. situations beyond his control.
colorful landscapes and mythi- George also likes to use dif- “For me I think the best thing
cal beasts centered in front of a ferent scrapbooking materials in the world is to write every
dark background. Her style cap- as well. She incorporates many day,” Taw said.
tures feelings of both innocence creatures and colorful back- Taw said that it took a decade
and corruptness. grounds in her art, giving it her to get the book finished and
George, a local artist cur- signature feel. published.
rently residing in Shoreline, has For the future, George would “It took too long. Way too
a solo art exhibit at the Kent like to combine the two busi- long,” Taw said.
Centennial Center this month. nesses she works in. Taw came to Highline to
Working in mixed media, she “The art realm I call Naked read selections from his book
has an artistic approach that she Art, with graphic design I’d like on Thursday, May 12 as part of
incorporates into many aspects to call it Naked By Design,” she Highline Listens: Authors Read
of her life. Currently, she works Artist Lillyan George painting a picture. said. “[I’d like] a graphic studio Their Work.
as a graphic design artist, and is as well as an art studio.” Susan Rich, a Highline pro-
making additional courses for George also plans to work on fessor, said that Highline Lis-
media design. She manages her Since then, she has earned up on artwork.” children’s books, both writing tens is in its sixth year.
own business for her art on the a bachelor’s in oil painting at In the beginning, George and illustrating. She has already “Every quarter we bring an-
side, and continues to be highly Western Washington Univer- worked hard to get her art no- completed one book and is other author to campus,” she
productive with her work. sity, and started her own busi- ticed. She contacted galleries looking into different publish- said.
George said she has enjoyed ness, called Naked Art, where and put in proposals and ap- ing companies. The authors often speak to
art ever since she was a little she sells her art online and in plications, and paid the fees to The Kent Centennial Center a few separate classes as well,
girl. galleries. display her art. is at 400 W. Gowe St., which Rich said. Taw spoke recently
“When I was younger I knew “Being an artist, you either After some time, she estab- is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to Rich’s Film Appreciation
I wanted to do art, but I didn’t have to have a second job or lished a good name. “I had gal- Monday through Friday. Her class.
know what exactly I wanted to you’re going to be poor,” said leries coming back to me and work is also available online at His novel is available at Am-
do with it,” said George. George. “I never plan to give asking ‘will you do a solo show www.lillyangeorge.com. azon.com.
The Thunderword / May 19, 2011 09
T-Birds’ bats finally come around The
in final games of injury-plagued season Women’s
By JOSHUA HART SOFTBALL
SOUTH WEST EAST NORTH
W-L PCT W-L
The Highline softball team
ended the season on a posi- Bellevue 24-01.000 35-1
tive note with two wins against
Grays Harbor, their first wins Shoreline 17-7 .708 17-14
since April 12 against Green
River. Everett 15-9 .625 23-19
T-Bird sophomore Faith
Baldwin pitched both and led Olympic12-12.500 14-15
her team to the 11-10 and 11-2
victories. Douglas 11-13 .458 12-18
“Going into the game our
spirits were up. We went in with Skagit Valley 5-19 .208 6-22
the attitude of ‘Let’s just have
fun, it’s the last day of the sea- Edmonds 0-24 .000 0-32
son’,” Baldwin said.
Baldwin added that none of
the T-Birds expected that they
would be ending the season
with two wins.
The T-Birds won because
they were finally able to pro- Walla Walla 23-5 .821 33-10
duce in the run department. Wenatchee
Highline scored 11 runs with Valley 23-5 .821 37-5
some help from Grays Harbor The T-Birds gather round for one final team photo after winning their last two games. Treasure
freshman pitcher Theresa Mott, Valley17-11 .607 25-18
who allowed only five hits but Columbia
struggled with control all game ting on base from more wild out of 10 that were injured and The team won the game in Basin 14-14 .500 23-22
and the T-Bird players main- pitching, this time Choker yet we played through the pain seven innings after an illegal
tained good plate discipline pitcher Ashley Moore was the and finished strong,” Baldwin substitution left its mark on the Spokane 14-14 .500 20-23
drawing a fistful of walks. victim. said. game. Yakima
The 11 runs that Highline Baldwin buckled down and The lack of players resulted “If we had to have one win Valley 10-18 .357 20-23
scored equaled their total runs was a much stronger pitcher in in the coaching staff having to on our record I am so glad the
in their last seven games played. the second game, allowing only force players into unfamiliar first [division] win was against Big Bend 9-19 .321 19-23
Highline entered the seventh two runs off of three hits and positions, which didn’t go well Green River,” Baldwin said. Blue
and final inning down 8-6, but striking out four. for Highline. The team barely improved Mountain 2-26 .071 4-36
drove in five runs in the inning The two wins ended the The T-Birds struggled early over their 6-28 record last sea-
against Mott to take the lead by 18-game losing streak for the in the season on the defensive son, but had a much more posi-
three. T-Birds, and gave them a 7-26 side of the ball. tive experience.
Baldwin bent but didn’t record to end the injury-plagued “We were plagued with inju- “The season could have gone
break in the bottom half of the season. ries and lost the majority of our better with this particular group
seventh, allowing two runs be- “It was so good to end on two games because some players but if I had to go through the Pierce 28-2 .933 34-7
fore putting her foot down and wins. I could not have imagined played different positions than same struggles again, I would S. Puget 20-9 .69022-16
keeping the one-run lead. a better way to end the season,” they’re used to,” Baldwin said. want to do it with the same Sound
Baldwin struck out four in Baldwin said. The T-Birds found light amid girls,” Baldwin said.
the game and allowed 13 Chok- The T-Birds’ disappointing the darkness and kept a posi- The rocky season has ended Green River 18-12 .60018-12
er hits. season stemmed from many tive atmosphere in the dugout for the T-Birds, who have failed
The second game didn’t pro- injuries suffered by their start- throught the entire season. to make the playoffs since 2008. Centralia 16-23 .50016-23
vide the dramatic ending that ers to go along with five players The highlight of the season “There was some sadness
the first game did but ended failing to qualify academically was beating Head Coach Scott because we realized we were Grays Harbor 5-25 .167 6-32
with the same result. at the beginning of the season Dillinger’s old team, Green done,” Baldwin concluded
Highline once again knocked and being cut from the team. River, on the road back on April about her team’s attitude after Highline 3-26 .103 7-26
in 11 runs off of five hits, get- “At the end, there were six 12, Baldwin said. the season.
Saints march in as softball favorite
By JOSHUA HART squad. of the East Division with a 37-5 against No. 4 seed Lower Co- Mt. Hood 16-4 .800 21-9
Staff Reporter The Saints’ first-round record. lumbia, who finished with an
matchup is against Spokane. The Knights returned 10 18-12 record this season after Clackamas 15-5 .750 21-8
Top-seeded Bellevue hopes The Sasquatch ended this players from last year after they losing in the semi-finals against
to take home some hardware season in a tie with Columbia lost to the eventual champion Mt. Hood last year. SW Oregon 14-6 .700 25-13
when the NWAACC softball Basin for the final slot in the Mt. Hood in the second round. West Division champion Lower
playoffs begin on May 20 in playoffs from the East Division Wenatchee Valley will face Pierce is trying to make a name Columbia 11-9 .550 18-12
Portland. by recording a 20-23 record. off against No. 3 seed South- for the West, after the West
Despite the success of the Spokane then defeated Co- west Oregon, who made it to lost all four of their first round Clark 3-17 .150 11-26
Bulldogs this year, who went lumbia Basin in a play-in game the championship last year as a games last year.
35-1, the favorite still appears to by a score of 2-1. No. 4 seed before bowing to Mt. Pierce is ranked No. 8 after Chemeketa 1-19 .050 3-30
be No. 2-ranked and Mt. Hood. Bellevue faces off against Hood. they ended the season with a
The Saints won the tourna- the 16-23 Centralia Trailblazers Walla Walla could also make 34-7 record.
ment last year after going 33-9 for what appears to be an easy some noise as the No. 4-ranked The playoffs take place at
and boast a 21-9 record this sea- first round matchup. team in the NWAACC and co- Delta Park on May 20-23 with
son after returning seven play- Wenatchee Valley is also an- champion of the East Division. the first pitches being thrown at
ers from their championship other favorite as the co-winner The Warriors begin play 9:30 a.m. on Friday.