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Volume XIV, Number 3 Centralia, Washington February 2008
by christina crea
Last year $329,000 was awarded in
scholarships by the Centralia College
And, 68 different scholarship oppor-
tunities are available this year to help
students pay for their college expenses.
Students are eligible for a scholarship
if they have a minimum of a 3.0 grade
point average and plan to attend the col-
lege next year as a full-time student with
a minimum of 12 credits each quarter.
To apply, students must fill out an appli-
cation form available on the college Web
site, a FAFSA form, write a 500-word per-
sonal essay, have their official transcripts
and two letters of recommendation.
The scholarship is due by March 3
and students can turn it in at the Student
Service Center, mail it to the college or
send it online.
Scholarship recipients attend scholar-
ship night in September where they meet
the scholarship sponsors and hand them
A Worker BALANCeS on a two-story post atop the new sci- including chemistry, biology and geology. the concrete provides a thank you letter.
ence building. Workers poured the concrete for the third floor of a more stable foundation for laboratory measurements that are Katie Lentz, 19, received the Baxter
the building last month and construction is progressing as sched- easily affected by vibrations. the steel end of the building will hold
uled. the concrete end of the building will house lab classrooms, lecture classrooms and faculty offices.
Killian Trust Scholarship this year for the
second consecutive time.
“The scholarship really helped me a lot
Another new building in the offing because I’m the oldest of four siblings,
so it’s kind of fend for yourself,” Lentz
said. “My parents try to help me out as
best as they can but the cost of college
Campus commons would replace Kemp, Student Center is so high.”
by geah betts The Legislature will decide how come from a capital campaign led by the When students receive scholarships,
The college is one step closer to having much money to spend on construction Centralia College Foundation and from lo- the money goes straight to their account
a new commons building on campus. for higher education and will supply cal capital funds, according to the report. in September. The funds may be used for
A proposal for the new building was money down the list until all of the fund- The remaining finances would be books, tuition and fees at the college.
presented to a committee of the State ing is used. As many as five replacement covered by government funding. Kellie Hedgers, 19, knows all about the
Board for Community and Technical projects could be funded. The proposed commons building cov- benefits of having money from a scholar-
Colleges in late December. With the addition of Washington Hall ers 69,980 square feet, about the same ship in her student account.
Although it was only the first round in 2001 and the current construction of size as the incoming science building and She received approximately $2,000,
of scoring for new capital projects in the the new science center, the college is will be three stories tall. which pays her tuition for the school year.
2009-2011 biennium, the Kemp Hall and undergoing a major transformation. It will provide classroom space for Hedgers encourages students to apply.
Student Services (KSS) building replace- “It’s in the interest of the community to humanities, foreign languages, social sci- “Filling out (an application) isn’t go-
ment project ranked fourth in the replace- have a vibrant and active college campus,” ences, math, English, adult basic educa- ing to hurt, so you might as well try,”
ment category, wrote college president said Steve Ward, vice president for finance tion and the robotics/electronics program. she said.
Jim Walton in an e-mail. and administration. “It’ll do a lot for the col- All are currently taught in Kemp Hall.
In total, there were 59 project proposals
submitted in four categories. Twenty-three
lege and it’ll do a lot for the community.”
The KSS project is estimated to cost
Student Support Services will also be
located in this building, including finan-
projects were classified as replacements.
The ranked lists for each category will
$41 million. Funding will come from a
variety of sources, according to the KSS
cial aid, registration, admissions, student
accounts, Educational Talent Search, available for
go to another SBCTC committee that will
take the top-ranked projects and arrange
project request report.
Three million dollars will come from
student employment, counseling, advis-
ing, special needs and the international flood victims
them in an overall list. This list will then be a Certificate of Participation funded by students office. by becki curfman
presented to the Legislature for approval. student fees and about $1 million each will =see building, page 20 The State Board for Community and
Technical Colleges has provided funding
Musical comedy featured in February for the students of several local colleges
to provide financial aid for those affected
by the December flood.
by amanda boyce In “The Nunsense Vegas Revue,” the and one-liners. Tuition relief will be available for
Centralia College’s winter musical same five nuns of the Hoboken, N. J., “This play is really different from other students who suffered a loss in the form
is the Broadway play, “NUNSENSA- order embark on a new adventure that musicals,” said Sarah Edwards who plays of property, housing, vehicles or employ-
TIONS! The Nunsense Vegas Revue” by takes them to Sin City itself. Sister Robert Anne. “Each song has a ment because of the disaster.
Dan Goggins. The sisters end up performing at the theme, or a story within a story and not a “No one should abandon or put off
This family-friendly show should have Pump Room Lounge at the Mystique lot of musicals do that.” starting a college education or job training
audiences laughing all the way through, Motor Lodge in Las Vegas because a The songs range from love ballads to program because he or she cannot afford
said Brian Tyrrell, professor of drama and Hoboken parishioner promises to donate show tunes to 50s rock songs. to pay tuition during this time of crisis,”
director of the play. $10,000 to their school if they take their The play’s diverse assortment of said college president Jim Walton. “We
Performance dates are Feb. 21-24 and “sister act” to Vegas. music is a handful for such a small cast, hope this tuition relief will allow indi-
Feb. 29-March 1. Sister Mary Regina, the Mother Su- but the women appear to be up to the viduals to continue their education while
“The Nunsense Vegas Revue” is the perior, doesn’t approve of the idea but challenge. rebuilding their lives at home.”
seventh show in Dan Goggin’s “Nun- agrees to the trip since “What happens “We’ve tons of experience to work This funding will be available to stu-
sense” series. in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” with, which is an advantage,” said Donna dents at Grays Harbor College, South Puget
The first “Nunsense” Broadway play What ensues is a performance unlike Huffman, professor of music. “It’s nice to Sound Community College and Centralia
was written in 1985, preceding the film any other, Tyrrell said. not have to teach them how to sing.” College for spring quarter tuition.
“Sister Act” and began the tale of five The sisters’ show is full of catchy “The Nunsense Vegas Revue” has a For more information contact the Fi-
nuns and their various endeavors. songs, chorus lines, sequins, feathers =see musical, page 20 nancial Aid office at ext. 234.
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Running Start program puts financial
strain on state’s community colleges
by becki curfman little more than $400. for their education, and Running Start stu- “There are a number of different points
Wouldn’t it be nice to have two years Unfortunately, vice president of fi- dents only offer about $4,000, everyone’s in the legislative process over the next 60
of tuition completely paid for without fill- nance and administration Steve Ward services are “diluted” to an average worth days,” said Graham. “It’s premature to
ing out a single scholarship application? said, that amount falls drastically short of of about $5,500, Ward said. make prognostications about that.”
About 10 percent of high school ju- the actual cost to educate each Running As Running Start grows in popularity, Though the board continues to press
niors and seniors in Washington state are Start student. the college must offer more courses and that current state funding for Running
doing just that through a program called hire more professors, provide more park- Start is exceedingly inadequate, state rep-
Running Start. ing and pay more for maintenance – all resentative Gary Alexander (R-Olympia)
Through this program, students take “We believe the program has mer- with insufficient funding, Ward said. begs to differ.
college courses they can apply to their high it, but we endure a loss,” – Steve “Now, do I want Running Start to go “I don’t agree,” wrote Alexander in an
school graduation requirements as well as Ward, vice president of finance and away?” asked Ward. “No, not at all. We e-mail. “Both our high schools and our
earn college credit at 34 community and believe the program has merit, but we community colleges/universities should
technical colleges and universities across administration. endure a loss.” be encouraging students to participate in
the state – for only the cost of books. In the state’s 2008 supplemental oper- Running Start.”
It’s a great deal for the students and For each traditional, non-Running ating budget request, the State Board of The main goal of the state in sup-
their families, but if they aren’t paying for Start student, the college receives about Community and Technical Colleges asked porting the Running Start program is
their postsecondary educations, who is? $4,500 from the state and approximately for $7 million to help cover the growing to save students time and money while
For each traditional student a high $2,500 from the student in tuition. gap between state funding and the cost to achieving a degree, he wrote. Alexander
believes the program is doing its job and
school enrolls, the high school receives So the college provides every available educate Running Start students.
approximately $4,000 of state funding for The funding was not included in Gov. that educational institutions should set
service, with the exception of athletics and Christine Gregoire’s budget proposal, aside monetary issues for the good of the
his or her education.
However, for each Running Start stu- financial aid, to Running Start students, released in late December. students involved.
dent, the state sends 93 percent of that tuition-free, for about $3,000 less per The budget is now under consideration “I am hoping our community colleges,
funding to the college, and the remaining student than traditional college students. by the Legislature, and the final budget including Centralia, will not fight this
7 percent goes to the high school. As a result, both traditional and Running will be released in March. from a selfish budget perspective, but will
Translated into dollars, the college Start students suffer a decrease in the qual- SBCTC official Denise Graham said promote the program to help reduce the
receives about $3,750 per Running Start ity of their education, Ward said. Because it’s too early to say whether or not the rising cost of tuition to our students and
student, and the high schools receive a traditional students bring in around $7,000 funding will be approved. their families,” wrote Alexander.
Schools cautious about sending students to college
Not all Running Start students are ready for the responsibilities
by becki curfman students assume they can handle Running new high school class until January. Keahey said the biggest challenge of
The financial lure of Running Start has Start without considering the liberties This is why W. F. West is cautious Running Start for him is maintaining his
drawn high school students to colleges college entails. about the students they allow into Run- friendships at the high school.
and universities across the state. In high school, teachers remind stu- ning Start, Goble said. “Being a Running Start student, I
From 1996 to 2006, Running Start dents to complete their work and study, and She encourages her students to take at wanted to move up and take that respon-
enrollment jumped from approximately students are penalized for missing class. least one or two classes at the high school, sibility and move on, but I wanted to stay
10,000 students to over 15,000. In college, students are expected to especially during their first quarter of connected with my friends at the high
Running Start students now make up take responsibility for their own grades. college in order to work their way more school,” Keahey said. “When I want to
over 8 percent of the college population If they need help in a class, they need gradually into the college atmosphere. talk about college stuff, they just want to
across the state. to visit the professor for help. Professors Another reason Goble likes to keep her talk about high school.”
As Running Start continues to grow, do not always take roll in class, so the students on campus is so they don’t miss Overall, the high school counselors be-
are local high schools having problems students are responsible for coming to the high school experience. lieve that, if taken seriously, Running Start
with losing more and more of their stu- class on their own. “You only go through high school once can be a benefit to hard-working students.
dents to the college? “It is a lot of responsibility,” said in your entire life,” she said. “Last year “I think our students are lucky to live
“Oh, absolutely,” W. F. Centralia High School and Running Start around graduation two or three of my full- where we have a community college with
West High School coun- time Running Start students really wished so many options,” Everley said. “We are
student Andrew Keahey. “If you’re not
selor Shawna Goble said. they had taken at least one class here.” very fortunate.”
motivated, the class is not going to stop and
Because of the inten- wait for you. The professors are willing to
sity of Running Start, help, but they’re not going to lead you by
students from W. F. West
cannot graduate with
honors if they take more Goble
than one or two classes at the college.
The increasing popularity of Running
the hand like some high school teachers
do. They push you to be independent.”
Many high school students are not
motivated enough to keep up with the
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fast pace of college without being closely Volume XIV, Issue 3
Start has decreased the number of stu- monitored by their teachers. Friday, February 1, 2008
dents in the school’s honors program. “For some, there is too much free- The blue&gold is the official publication of the Associated Students of Centralia College.
“It’s a big dilemma for our students,” dom,” Everley said. “Nobody takes roll It is produced in conjunction with the college’s Journalism Department and is funded in
Goble said. or reminds you when your assignments part by student fees and in part by advertising revenue. It is published monthly, October-
W. F. West senior Katelyn Wilber, are due.” June, and is distributed free of charge for the first copy with a 50-cent charge for each
who is also a Running Start student, Running Start students are closely additional copy.
faced a difficult choice monitored by their college counselors to The blue&gold serves as a forum for the college community. Opinions expressed in col-
her junior year. make sure they will be on track to gradu- umns, letters to the editor or advertisements are not necessarily those of the students,
“I wanted to graduate ate from high school. faculty, staff, administration or the blue&gold. Unsigned editorials and cartoons represent
with honors, but I also If students fall behind in their college the opinions of a majority of the blue&gold editorial board.
wanted free college,” she classes, they will have an extra-large The blue&gold has adopted and adheres to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code
said. “Free college was work load to make up. of Ethics and is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press.
worth it in the end.” College credits hold twice as much Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit items for publication. All submis-
At Centralia High Wilber weight as high school credits, so a student sions must be typed and double-spaced. Submissions are preferably received by e-mail
School, however, stu- who fails a Running Start class will have in Microsoft Word. Unsolicited submissions must include the writer’s real name, address
dents can earn a high school diploma and failed the equivalent of two high school and valid phone number (for verification) and must not exceed 600 words. The blue&gold
an honor stole with an associate’s degree classes. reserves the right to edit for length, style, grammar, libel and matters of taste.
from the college. That can put students significantly Individuals interested in writing guest columns must contact the blue&gold to have
“Whatever works for the students,” behind when trying to fulfill their gradu- subjects preapproved.
said Centralia High School counselor ation requirements.
The blue&gold will not print unsigned columns or letters to the editor.
Debbie Everley. “We tell them about all Students may need to leave the col-
For display advertising information contact the newspaper’s advertising staff at ext.
the options and advantages of Running lege, come back to their high school cam- The next scheduled edition of the newspaper is Friday, March 7, 2008.
Start and answer their questions.” pus and take online courses or summer News and advertising deadlines are 10 a.m. ten days prior to the publication date.
A question that students and parents school to make up their requirements. Direct all correspondence to the blue&gold, Centralia College, 600 Centralia College
often have for counselors is whether Removing students from Running Boulevard, Centralia, Washington 98531. Phone: (360) 736-9391 ext. 339/539. E-mail
or not these teenagers are ready for a Start can be complicated because both address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
college-caliber education. Centralia and W. F. West high schools use Centralia College provides equal opportunity in education and does not discriminate on
The freedom and fast-pace of the col- semester schedules while the college uses the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orienta-
lege can be too much for some students, quarters. tion or disability.
counselors said, and Running Start is not If, during fall quarter, college proves blue&gold staff: Geah Betts, Amanda Boyce, Christina Crea, Becki Curfman, Charlie
for everybody. too difficult and a student drops a class, Parsons, Joseph Robinson. T.R. Gratz, adviser.
Goble and Everley agree that many he or she won’t be able to enroll into a
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Faculty have mixed reaction to Running Start
by becki curfman school life with their college life,” she said. “I just think that Running Start brings “For the most part, I would have to say
The college faculty involved with “Sometimes you have to decide if you’re a a lot of really talented students to the that they add a richness to the tapestry of
Running Start students say that the high school student or a college student.” campus,” VanTuyl said. the class,” Wood said. “I would say that
high schoolers come to the college with Many members of the college faculty Wood also believes that Running Start 95 percent of my experience with Run-
varying degrees of maturity and depend- seem to agree that Running Start students can students can add to the diversity of the ning Start students has been pleasant, and
ability. be sources of disruption in the classrooms. classroom. it’s wonderful to have them in class.”
“We tend to get the “I’ll be candid,” said Steve Ward, vice
best and the brightest,” president of finance and administration.
history professor Jody “If you’re in Running Start and you’re not
Peterson said. “As well coming to class or you’re acting up in class,
as the good, the bad and I don’t want you here. I want to fill your seat
the unprepared.” with someone who wants to learn.”
She believes that a English professor Randy Johnson is
downfall of Running Peterson also cautious of younger students.
Start is that students are self-selected for “Some of them are responsible and
the program. Students who are not ready some of them are immature,” he said.
to handle college will follow their friends “Immaturity is definitely a problem in a
who are ready and end up doing poorly, college class.”
she said. Faculty opinions of Running Start
Speech professor Doris Wood sees is- students are not all negative, however.
sues with Running Start students when they College counselor Carmen VanTuyl
have difficulty sorting their priorities. thinks that the Running Start students
“The biggest disadvantage is when who are responsible and prepared to work
they try to combine too much of their high hard are an asset to the college.
Dual enrollment helped Stemkoski
launch his education, career
by becki curfman “It gave me a huge head start financial-
Ryan Stemkoski is the Web site ly,” Stemkoski said. “I probably wouldn’t
designer and co-owner of a successful have been able to get my master’s if I
online advertising company. hadn’t done it (Running Start).”
He has a bachelor’s degree in finance Though he majored in business, Stem-
and economics and a master’s degree in koski said he learned how to design Web
business from Eastern Washington Uni- sites in college and “fell into” advertising
versity. along the way.
He will launch his second Web-based During 2005, his final year of gradu-
company later this year. ate school, Stemkoski was offered the
And he’s only 25 years old. opportunity to design the Web site for an
Those who know Stemkoski well online advertising project.
contribute his early success to his drive The job launched him into business
and initiative. ownership, heading up Zipline Interac-
“He’s done pretty well for himself so tive, a Spokane-based advertising com-
far,” his mother, Shelli Stemkoski said. pany.
“He’s a pretty motivated guy.” His second online business venture,
That motivation is what she says led Voicetales, will allow customers to call
him to enroll in Running Start at the col- and record their voice over the phone.
lege. The intention was that people can read
“The Running Start was his choice. He stories over the phone and record their
pursued it, and it was a good experience voice to play it back for children later,
for him,” she said. but people may use it for other purposes
Though he didn’t have specific plans as well, Stemkoski said. ruNNINg STArT STudeNTS andrew keahey, 17, centralia, and katelyn Wilber, 18,
chehalis, walk the esplanade on their way to class. keahey will graduate from high school
for his life beyond high school, Stemko- The company is set to launch in Au- this year with his associate of arts degree. below, keahey meets with his counselor,
ski knew that dual-enrollment would be gust. peggy goldberg, to schedule his classes for spring quarter.
beneficial for him. His mother said he has fulfilled a life-
“When I started Running Start I just long dream by owning a business.
knew that I wanted to get that head start, but “He’s always wanted to work for him-
I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” he said. self and be independent,” she said.
“I thought it would be a good time saver.” Stemkoski has done just that.
After two years of Running Start, He enjoys his self-reliance in one of
Stemkoski graduated from W. F. West his two eastern Washington homes, and
High School in 2001 with his Associate shares his success with his two cats.
of Arts degree from Centralia College. As far as his plans for the future go,
Having two years of free college under Stemkoski wants to wait and see where
his belt gave Stemkoski the opportunity to life leads him.
earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s de- “I’d like to stay with what I’m doing
gree within four years of his high school now and take the adventures as they come
graduation. along,” he said.
Running Start enrollment steps
g Complete the Centralia College application form, write “Running Start” on the
top and submit to the Admissions and Records Office.
g Have an official high school transcript sent to the Admissions and Records
g Take the college placement test. To qualify for Running Start, a student must
test at college level on the reading and either the writing or math sections.
g Schedule an appointment with a Running Start advisor by calling the Counseling
Center at ext. 265 or Centralia College East (in Morton) at 496-5022.
g Attend a mandatory Running Start orientation meeting with a parent or guardian.
g Register at the Admissions and Records Office with your registration form and
the completed and signed Running Start verification form.
g For more information call ext. 265.
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Medford enjoys the challenge of comedic acting
by amanda boyce er types of drama and looks up to actors Dylan, trotted onstage like he had been and know that you don’t have to deal with
“Acting is living the emotional life of like Charlie Chaplain, Buster Keaton, acting his whole life, he was a natural.” outside drama – no pun intended.”
the character truthfully under imaginary Abbot and Costello, Harold Lloyd and Medford is currently in “NUNSEN- Medford loves learning different
circumstances.” the Three Stooges. SATIONS! The Nunsense Vegas Revue” things from the different cast members
This quote from Christon Basham “I definitely consider myself a come- which will be showing soon. She plays she has had and looks forward to what
defines drama major Katie Medford’s dic actor,” she said. “I like how difficult Sister Mary Hubert, Mistress of Novices. the future has in store.
experience with acting. it is to keep track of getting the timing “Katie is going to go places with her
Medford, 24, Tenino, believes the true just right and staying a step ahead of the “I feel like there is this fire in my soul. career,” said Sarah Edwards, music major
definition of drama is to audience.” There is no dousing of this flame!” and fellow “Nunsense” member. “The
live in the shoes of one’s Medford believes acting always will stage is her playground.”
character. be an important part of her life. “I can’t Edwards first met Medford in 2007 in
“I first heard Brian envision myself living without the the- “Hubert is a very two-sided charac- Donna Huffman’s choir class.
Tyrrell quote Basham in ater,” she said. ter,” Medford said. “She is able to let “We were both altos, so we got to know
my Drama 101 class and Medford has performed in numerous her hair down and clown around with each other a little,” Edwards said. “Now
it really made sense to plays both in the community and at the the reverend mother, but once she’s in that we are in the same cast together I can
me,” Medford said. college. front of the other three nuns, she is the see her funny personality.”
Medford has had an Her first experience on the stage was authoritative straight-man.” When Medford is not acting, she is
active imagination since she was a in 2003 at the Evergreen Playhouse where Sister Mary Hubert wants what is best working at Rochester High School as a
child. she played Evey, a Cajun 12 year old with for the novices, but remembers what it’s paraeducator, which is a fancy name for
She was always interested in entertain- an overly-active imagination in “The like to have fun, Medford said. a teacher’s assistant.
ing people and making them laugh. Great Big Doorstep.” “What I love about the play is that Acting, singing and dancing are Med-
At age 3 she was at a family reunion At The Tenino Young at Heart Theatre as a five-woman cast we are constantly ford’s favorite things to do, but lately
and felt obligated to entertain everyone. she performed in four plays including onstage so we have the chance to show- she has decided to explore new ways to
She picked up a book and decided to tell “The Wizard of Oz” in which she played case ourselves as triple threat actors,” challenge her creativity.
a story. Dorothy. Medford said. Currently she is helping choreograph
“I think it was about a toad driving a “It was fun to play a 12 year old as a Medford has friends, family, teachers the musical, “Oklahoma” at Rochester
car,” Medford said. “I couldn’t read the 23 year old,” Medford said. “Some people and cast members who have witnessed High School.
thing, so I just looked at the pictures and really thought I was 12 or at least 14.” her passion for art and are always there “I’ve only ever dabbled in choreography,”
made something up.” She has been involved in 11 plays at the to back her up, she said. Medford said. “It should be interesting.”
Since then her aunt has told her en- college including the Shakespearean com- “The whole cast are 100 percent sup- Medford has been accepted to the Uni-
couragingly, “See you in the movies!” edy, “Two Gentlemen of Verona” in which portive of each other,” Medford said. versity of Idaho where she will pursue a
Medford knew that acting was the she played Lance, her first male role. “When you are struggling with something Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
career for her when she went to Pe Ell “It was a huge challenge being a man, but you can go to them for help.” “After I get my BFA I plan to go
High School. even more of one having a dog as my scene Having people to really bond with completely in debt, and somehow go to
In 2003 she began taking acting classes partner for most of the show,” Medford said. and trust has made all the difference to Dell’Arte.”
at the college and since then she can’t get “When you’re working with animals, you Medford and inspires her to excel. Medford is anticipating her transfer to
enough of acting. never know what they’re going to do.” “Knowing that everyone else on the the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre
“I feel like there is this fire in my soul,” The first dog chosen for the part of cast has the same passion for what you in Blue Lake, Calif.
Medford said dramatically. “There is no Crab didn’t fit the part. do really creates a theater community “I will study hard for two years to get
dousing of this flame!” “He kept peeing everywhere,” Med- family feel,” Medford said. “When you my master’s in theater,” Medford said.
Medford loves comedy above all oth- ford said. “Then our second choice, have play practice, you can come here “Then from there…the world.”
Increase your vocabulary, fight world hunger
by geah betts hopes to help people expand their knowl- double the donation. almost 450,000 people for one day, said
When Dale Morrison, 18, Chehalis, edge in an enjoyable way. And the Web page is gaining popularity. Mizgata.
catches a moment of free time, he gets In fact, it is one of the program’s two “In December the site has regularly Over 8 billion grains of rice have been
on his computer to play an online game at goals - to provide English vocabulary to been visited by 500,000 people a day, donated to date – part of those from stu-
www.freerice.com. Sounds like the aver- people around the world and to help end and each one of these individuals is mak- dents and teachers here at the college.
age teenager, right? This game, however, world hunger by providing free rice to ing a difference to combat hunger and “I get on and play if I’ve got a few
is far from average. hungry people. poverty,” wrote Mizgata. minutes between things,” said Morrison.
FreeRice.com is an online Web page The rice is paid for through advertis- Since its Oct. 7 launch, the site has “Knowing that I can make a difference,
designed not only to increase the knowl- ing. While a person plays the vocabu- generated enough tons of rice to feed how could I not?”
edge of its visitors, but also to help solve lary game, ads appear at the bottom of
world hunger. the screen. Companies such as Google,
When a person logs on to the Web 1-800-PET MEDS, and www.musicnotes.
page, a vocabulary word, along with com pay for their names and logos to be
four definitions, appears displayed.
on the screen. For every FreeRice.com is a non-profit Web
question the visitor an- site so all of the money earned through
swers correctly, the site advertisement is donated directly to the
donates 20 grains of rice United Nations World Food Program in
to a starving country. the form of rice.
As people continue to “In an era when food insecurity
play, the program adjusts continues to be a threat, in some places
to their personal vocabu- exacerbated by rising food prices and
lary level. After their level is determined, changing weather patterns due to climate
they have to answer three correct answers change, initiatives like FreeRice have
in a row to advance. tremendous promise,” wrote Jennifer
There are 50 levels total and the dif- Mizgata, a spokeswoman for the WFP in
ficulty of each level is determined by the Washington, D.C., in an e-mail.
number of visitors that answer the ques- The WFP, the world’s largest food
tion correctly. aid agency, works with more than 1,000
The more people that know the an- other organizations and operates in over
swer, the lower the assigned level. And 75 countries.
the more people that play the game, the The program helps hungry people be-
more accurate the levels become. come self-sufficient so that they can beat
FreeRice.com has a database of more starvation. According to their Web page,
than a thousand words and is continuing www.wfp.org, the WFP buys food from
to expand. local farmers, wherever possible, to help
According to the Web page, “There are support the local economy.
words appropriate for people just learning Hunger affects over 820 million people
English and words that will challenge the today in places like India, Africa, Asia and
most scholarly professors.” the Pacific, Latin America and more.
Morrison agrees. It kills more people than HIV/AIDS,
“I think it’s an awesome thing that malaria and TB combined.
they’re doing,” he said. “I’m not exactly The program was launched in early
a vocabulary person, but if it’s for a cause October. When FreeRice began, only 10
like this, I’m up for it.” grains could be donated for each correct
By personalizing the game for every- answer. By the end of November, it had
one who plays, the FreeRice program gained enough advertising support to
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Center of Excellence receives governor’s award
by geah betts participants. dollars in equipment. They range from the Center of Ex-
The college’s Center of Excellence for Centralia College was chosen as a There are 12 Centers of Excellence in cellence in homeland security at Pierce
Energy Technology recently received a location for the Center of Excellence for the state, all hosted by community and College to the agricultural Center of
2007 Governor’s Award for Best Prac- Energy Technology in 2004. technical colleges. Excellence in Walla Walla.
tices in Workforce Development. It was a clear choice, said Hins-Turn-
“It was both a thrill and an honor to er.
receive the award which means that the About 10 percent of the state’s electri-
Center of Excellence is recognized as
a Best Practices partnership,” said Bar-
cal power is generated in Lewis County
through coal, gas and hydro projects.
Complete degree application for
bara Hins-Turner, the
executive director of the
The purpose of a Center of Excellence
is to build a competitive workforce, said
graduation ceremony June 13
center. Hins-Turner. by christina crea
The state Workforce Each center is responsible for training
Training and Education students in its designated field. The col- The college graduation ceremony is scheduled at 4 p.m. in front of the
Coordinating Board an- lege is currently using the Satsop Devel- Kirk Library June 13.
nounced the winners in opment Park in Elma to do just this. Students who have applied for a degree will receive information by mail
November at a leadership The center is currently working in about graduation day and ordering caps and gowns.
conference in Tacoma. Hins-Turner partnership with the Pacific Mountain Those who have not applied for a degree still have time to do so in the
The winners were selected for a vari- Workforce Development Council to turn Admissions and Records Office.
ety of reasons. the plant at Satsop into a regional training The graduation ceremony, which is not required for students, usually
According to a release from the center. lasts about two hours.
WTECB, awards were given out for inno- The never-fueled nuclear-power plant
was abandoned in the 1980s, leaving be-
For more information contact Chris Jones at ext. 684 or by e-mail at
vation in problem solving, collaboration
with other partners and for their results hind a 40,000 square foot turnkey build- email@example.com.
in improving lives and businesses of ing, 800 acres of property and millions of
Children address anxiety caused by flood
by geah betts to separate rooms to discuss their experi- Society, brought in a Welsh Corgi named The SoundCareKids program works
P rovidence Hospice and Sound- ences. Ranger to comfort the kids. under the wing of Providence Hospice.
CareKids are reaching out to children and The children’s group played “the Brian Meyers, 24, Centralia, attended It is made up of about 20 volunteers.
families that were affected emotionally by M&M game” developed by Michelle the group to give moral support to his Nearly 500 children, mostly dealing
the flood. Normoyle and Deb Dodge, volunteers younger brothers, Dustin, 8, and Joey, 10. with the loss of a parent or sibling, have
Although they do not traditionally give for SoundCareKids. He was glad he came. gone through grief counseling.
counsel to children who have been harmed It is designed to help kids open up and “It was a relief to be able to express Normoyle has been working with chil-
by a natural disaster, volunteers for Sound- talk about what they’re feeling inside, to someone who didn’t just ask, ‘Oh, that dren’s grief groups for the past 16 years and
CareKids knew they were needed. said Normoyle. happened to you?’” said Meyers. Dodge has been involved for seven years.
“We are uniquely capable of doing Each child chose an M&M candy
this because of all the talent we have with from a dish in the middle of the room and
SoundCareKids,” said Kathy Grimmet, answered a question that corresponded to
SoundHomeCare referral coordinator and the color of the candy.
Hospice educator. “It’s just a different For example, yellow M&M’s are fun
kind of loss on a bigger scale.” questions such as “Would you eat a live
SoundCareKids organized a “Shar- spider for $50?”
ing Our Stories” support group in the There are also more serious categories
Centralia Middle School commons Jan. that ask the children how long it will take
15 and 30. before they feel normal again or how the
The sessions were designed for chil- flood has changed their family.
dren aged 5-19 and their parents. The children were also paid a surprise
Participants were divided into two visit during their session.
groups – parents and children, and sent Tracy Hanna, a volunteer for the Delta
Joey HuNT, 10, enjoys the company of ranger, a Welsh corgi, at a sharing our stories
support group. the dog was brought in to comfort children who suffered emotional grief from
the December flood.The children played games to help them feel at ease with their losses.
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grAduATIoN CereMoNy: former college president hank kirk (bottom right) cel- lawi, africa. the graduates wore caps and gowns donated by former centralia college
ebrates with the first graduating class of the Livingstonia College of Education in Ma- students at the september event.
Sister school in Africa celebrates graduation
by geah betts Thanks to donations from past students ceremony as a guest of honor. work after they earned their degrees.
The College of Education, one of of our college, the graduates in Malawi He awarded each graduate about $35 With certification from the govern-
the five colleges under the wing of the had caps, gowns and tassels to match and the top graduate $536. For a person ment, the graduates can now teach in
University of Livingstonia, Centralia those worn here in Centralia. living in a third world country, this is a public schools as well. This means a
College’s sister school, recently held its The items were welcomed not only substantial amount, said Kirk. greater number of students will be able
first graduation. because of the generosity, but also for “His gifts represented his firm stamp to enter the work force, said Kirk.
Thirty-five students were members their striking color. At most African in- of approval of the institution and of the The College of Education is one of
of the graduating class, all of whom stitutions the robes are black, and Kirk education graduates had received, and his five colleges under the umbrella of the
received Bachelor of Education degrees, wrote in an e-mail the bright blue robes encouragement to all to seek success in their University of Livingstonia.
said Hank Kirk, former Centralia College were appreciated by the graduates. endeavors,” Kirk wrote in an e-mail. It is located at Livingstonia along with
president and now vice chancellor of the The regalia was not the only thing The recent accreditation of the Uni- Livingstonia Technical College and the
university. that could catch an eye at the graduation. versity of Livingstonia had an immense university headquarters.
The ceremony took place in Malawi, The president of the republic of Malawi, effect for the graduates, said Kirk. The other three colleges are located in
Africa, in September. Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika, attended the Without accreditation, graduates were Ekwendeni – the College of Commerce,
only permitted to work in private schools. Ekwendeni College of Nursing and the
About half of all students could not find Livingstonia Theological College.
Advising day February 15 Malawi university accredited
by christina crea visit the college Web site, (http://www.
Classes will be cancelled Feb. 15 for centralia.edu/), click on Student Web by geah betts At last they identified specific areas for
spring quarter advising. Advising week Services and then Web Registration Login The University of Livingstonia, review similar to the ones used here in
will be from Feb. 19-22. and use their quarterly registration PIN Centralia college’s sister school in Ma- the United States.
Students need to sign up on appointment they received from their advisor. lawi, Africa, has gained accreditation as University personnel visited the Min-
sheets on their advisors’ doors in order to Priority students register by appoint- an institution for higher education. istry of Education several times to discuss
talk with them about selecting their classes. ment Feb. 25-27 and open registration Livingstonia has been waiting for accreditation and a team from the ministry
Those sheets will be up by Feb. 4. will be Feb. 29. accreditation from the Malawian govern- was then sent to the campus, Kirk said.
Before students meet with their ad- Students can also register online at the ment since its creation in 2003. The university also had to produce
visors, they should pick up the spring Centralia College Web site by clicking In fact, it is an entirely new process syllabi for each course and outline all edu-
quarter course selection guide and start one of the many options under Student to the country, said Hank Kirk, former cational programs to submit for review.
Web Services. Centralia College president and current “The process has taken five years and
looking over classes they want to take.
vice chancellor of the university. has been a lot of work for the faculty and
In order for students to see when their For more information contact the Prior to the creation of the University
registration appointment is, they need to Counseling Center at ext. 265. staff,” Kirk said. “Hopefully the process
of Livingstonia, there were only two
will be easier now for those other institu-
universities in Malawi.
FAFSA workshops available One, the University of Malawi, con-
sists of five existing colleges that pulled
tions which will follow.”
Now that the university has been ac-
by christina crea security number, bring their tax informa- together to form a university and were credited, both former and future students
In order to receive financial aid for the tion or paycheck stubs and have their granted a charter by the parliament. will benefit, Kirk said.
2007-2008 school year, students must driver’s license. The second school is Mzuzu Uni- Students who have earned degrees
complete a Free Application for Federal The purpose for those workshops is to versity, an old teachers college that was from any of the five colleges under direc-
Student Aid form. assist and help students understand how upgraded, chartered and accredited by the tion of the University of Livingstonia will
The financial aid staff will help stu- to fill out the FAFSA forms. parliament. now have degrees that are certified by the
dents fill out their FAFSA applications Students who are dependants should When the University of Livingstonia government.
during workshops Feb. 9 from 9-12 p.m. have at least one of their parents apply came along there were no guidelines or This means that instead of only be-
in WAH 209, Feb. 13 from 2-4 p.m. in for a PIN and have information from their process for accreditation, Kirk said. ing able to work for private institutions,
ECC at Morton and Feb. 20 from 5-7 p.m. Federal Income Tax return. Students are It took the government some time graduates will now be able to hold gov-
in the Financial Aid Office. not dependents of their parents if they are to agree on a fixed set of requirements. ernment jobs.
Students must apply online at www. married, have served in the military or are
fafsa.ed.gov or by mail to determine if orphans.
they’re eligible for financial aid. Independent students need to have
Financial aid is helpful for every their 2007 Federal Income Tax Return
student because the cost of college is information with them.
always high. It takes about 40-45 minutes to com-
“Students don’t think about how much plete the form if students have all of their
money college is until they have to pay material with them.
their tuition and books by themselves,” Dahl points out that one of the nice
Tracy Dahl, director of financial aid and things about filling out FAFSA online
student jobs, said. is that students can save where they are
Dahl said many students who can af- on the form and come back later if they
ford college often don’t fill out a FAFSA forget certain paperwork.
form because they don’t think they’ll be The earlier students apply for FAFSA,
qualified, but Dahl encourages all stu- the more funding that will be available for
dents to apply just to see because most them.
students are pleasantly surprised even if Dahl said they will have worksheets
they only get $100. available in the Financial Aid Office with
“If you wonder if you qualify and/or if all of the questions students will be asked
you are intimidated about filling out the on the real FAFSA application form.
form, then come to one of the workshop Students can fill that form out at home so
days where we’ll help you fill out a form they can come prepared with the answers
online and find out,” Dahl said. already written out.
Before going to the workshops, stu- For more information contact Dahl in
dents need to first apply for their FAFSA the Financial Aid Office at ext. 313 or by
PIN at www.pin.ed.gov, know their social e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Beyond Parallax submission approaches
Journal seeks creative literary, artistic expressions by February 14
by amanda boyce Beyond Parallax. If submitting a visual arts piece: copies of previous editions of Beyond
Beyond Parallax, the college’s literary When deciding which entries to select, g All elements used to create the sub- Parallax are available there as well.
and visual arts journal, is accepting submis- the committee looks for interesting con- missions must be originally produced by “We are still looking for more staff
sions until Feb. 14 for the 2008 edition. tent, new approaches to expressing art and the submitting artist. members,” said Austin. “Feel free to stop
The Beyond Parallax group is also a clear ability to use the English language g Art submissions cannot contain by the Writing Center every Friday at
looking forward to their upcoming silent effectively, said Austin. endorsements (no slogans, logos or noon for one of our meetings.”
auction, meant to raise money to publish To submit work to Beyond Parallax, product names). For more information visit the Beyond
their journal. the following guidelines apply: g Art submissions must be digitalized Parallax page on the college Web site or
g A cover letter must be included in at a 1,500 pixel width and/or 2,250 pixel contact the Writing Center in KMP 105,
They will assemble gift baskets, each
with its own theme, and auction them in a Microsoft Word document containing height or greater with a minimum of 300 at ext. 564 or by e-mail at writingcenter@
the cafeteria from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the student’s name, phone number, e-mail DPI. They must be saved in TIFF or JPEG centralia.edu.
Valentine’s Day. address, a brief biography and a list of file format. You may also contact Foss in KMP
Since officially becoming a club in submission titles. Submissions can be made in the Writ- 111, at ext. 479 or by e-mail at lfoss@
2002, Beyond Parallax has gained a great g All submissions and the cover letter
ing Center, located in Kemp 105. Sample centralia.edu.
deal of student interest. must be saved on a PC-formatted zip disk,
CD-Rom or 3.5 inch floppy disk.
“It has been growing steadily,” said
advisor Linda Foss. “We’ve always been g Two printed hardcopies must be sub- Writing Center holds workshops
pleased with the number of submissions.” mitted. Submissions will not be returned. by christina crea from 2-2:50 p.m., presented by English
Beyond Parallax has continually re- g Do not include a name on any sub-
The Writing Center will offer a variety professor Linda Foss.
ceived positive feedback from the student mission since all work is judged anony- of workshops for students during Febru- Foss will provide research and writing
community and the Centralia community mously to avoid bias. ary and March. strategies.
at large, said Foss. If submitting a literary piece: The workshops will be held in KMP g Women in the Arts March 3 from
“We try to get a variety of photo- g A maximum of six items may be
105 and are as follows: 1-1:50 p.m., presented by English profes-
graphs, artwork, poetry, prose and short submitted per author. g African-American Read-In Feb. 4 sor Dawn Wortman.
stories,” said Alexis Austin, president of g Each piece is limited to 1,500 words.
from 1-1:50 p.m., presented by English This workshop celebrates Women’s
professor Dawn Wortman. History Month and students will discuss
Trio Day honors participants Because February is Black History
month, this workshop will allow students
different female authors and painters who
have specialized in the arts.
by christina crea Thurston counties. to share excerpts from their favorite g Scholarship Workshop March 4 from
National Trio Day is a day to recog- This program has already benefited African-American authors. 1-2:30 p.m., presented by English profes-
nize the programs available from Trio 13,000 students. g Using APA Style Feb. 11 from sor Don Foran.
to provide educational opportunities for Of course when it comes to education, 10-10:50 p.m., presented by psychology Students will have the opportunity to
all Americans regardless of race, ethnic enrolling in college is one thing. Actually professor Sandra Neal. review useful information about filling
background or economic circumstance. attending and even transferring to another Neal will discuss writing for the social out scholarship applications.
The college will be celebrating Trio Day college can be stressful. sciences. g Grammar Made Easy March 11 from
Feb. 20 from 5-6 p.m. in the cafeteria. The Student Support Services program g Tips for Oral Presentations Feb. 21 1-1:50 p.m., presented by English profes-
The event will include dinner, entertain- has helped more than 4,000 Centralia stu- from 1-1:50 p.m., presented by English sor Don Foran.
ment, door prizes and awards. dents meet those kinds of challenges. professor Doris Wood. Foran will help students with grammar
Trio programs aim to help students For students who need help either Wood will give tips for students who issues they are having.
who aspire to improve their lives. financially or academically, the Upward
want to be more prepared when giving For more information contact Foss
Talent Search, which has been around Bound program is available.
oral presentations. in KMP 105, at ext. 479 or by e-mail at
for more than 20 years, provides support The Upward Bound program helps g English 102 Troubleshooting Feb. 28 email@example.com.
services to encourage students to com- low-income students that are currently
plete high school and enter college. enrolled grades 9 or 10 in the Centralia,
To get students to do that, Talent
Search has educational opportunities for
more than 650 grade 6-12 students from
Rochester, Toledo or Chehalis areas.
For more information contact Lucretia
Folks at ext. 360 or by e-mail at lfolks@
13 school districts in Lewis and South centralia.edu. by christina crea The deadline is Feb. 29. Applica-
Scholarship opportunities are always tions, which must be printed, have to be
available at Centralia College. The Mor- received at the foundation by March 4.
ris K. Udall Scholarship and Take Aim Take Aim Scholarship
Scholarship are two upcoming scholar- Each year, two Centralia College stu-
ships students can apply for. dents receive a $500 incentive award and
Morris K. Udall Scholarship 10 transfer students receive $2,000 from
Each year, the External Scholarship the Take Aim Scholarship Program.
Committee nominates six sophomore or The Take Aim Scholarship Program,
junior-level students attending two- or sponsored by the Northwest Education
four-year institutions who are pursuing Loan Association, focuses on students
an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree enrolled in Oregon and Washington state
for the Morris K. Udall scholarship. community and technical colleges.
Nationwide, 80 students receive an They also support community college
award of up to $5,000 for tuition, room graduates who will transfer to four-year
and board or any other educational ex- colleges or universities.
penses. Fifty students receive honorable To be eligible for this scholarship, stu-
mention awards. dents must maintain satisfactory grades,
To be eligible, the student must show a have verifiable financial need and be en-
commitment to a career related to the en- rolled in an Oregon or Washington state
vironment. Native American and Alaska community college.
Native students should demonstrate com- Scholarship funds students receive
mitment to careers related to health care may be used for tuition, books, supplies
or tribal public policy. or equipment at institutions of higher
Each nominee must also have a grade education that meet the federal govern-
point average of at least a “B” or equiva- ment’s eligibility standards.
lent, be pursuing full-time study during The deadline for this scholarship is
the 2008-2009 academic year and be a May 4, and award announcements are ex-
U.S. citizen, U.S. national or U.S. per- pected to be made a month or so later.
manent resident. For more information or to print the
This foundation looks for future lead- application, visit the Take Aim Scholar-
ers in a wide variety of environmental ship Programs sponsors Web site at www.
fields as well as engineering, science, nela.net.
education, urban planning and renewal, If students have questions about schol-
business, health, justice and economics. arships they should contact Don Foran in
Students can view a Morris K. Udall his office in WAH 111F, at ext. 276 or by
Scholarship video, filmed at the 2005 e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholar Orientation by ’02 alumnus Dan Students are also encouraged to join
Jones, on the Web site www.udall.gov. Foran’s scholarship information mailing
Students who receive this scholarship list, which allows students to receive
must agree to attend the four-day Udall scholarship information and deadlines,
Scholars Orientation in Tucson, Ariz., by e-mailing him at dforan@centralia.
Aug. 2-6. edu with their name and e-mail address.
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One of a kind Valentine’s Day stories
by christina crea Handmade Card
I was reading the news online the other day when one And sometimes the best Valentine’s Day gifts don’t
article caught my eye. come from a love interest.
It was about a man in Boston who used the Boston The best valentine gift a woman in California, who
Globe Sunday Magazine’s crossword puzzle to propose had a broken foot and was in a cast and on crutches,
to his girlfriend. received was from her 8-year-old son Jimmy.
He helped create a crossword puzzle with answers He created a handmade valentine drawing of his big
only he and his girlfriend would know. brother Van, himself and his mother with a cast on her
As they worked on the crossword together, they came foot inside a big heart.
to the clue for number 111 across, which was “Generic The caption on the picture said, “Happy Valentine’s
Proposal” and that was his cue to say the answer of “Will Day! You are speshall to Van and me! I love you and
you marry me?” Van (sometimes).”
His girlfriend, now fiancé, said yes. His mother was touched.
She’ll have that memory of her one-of-a-kind pro- “Well, he was honest about loving his big brother!”
posal for a lifetime. she said. “I look at it every day and smile.”
That story made me think about Valentine’s Day, so I
decided to go online and look up some wacky Valentine’s Cupid’s plunger
Day stories from real people. A New York man had always believed in inexpensive
And here’s what I found. Valentine’s Day surprises.
Romance to him was a cheap 98-cent box of candy and
a few flowers he might pluck off somebody’s lawn.
But at age 39, he met someone that made him change
his attitude about what to do on Valentine’s Day.
One year, he fixed up his place with balloons stuck
to the ceiling that had “I love you” and “Be mine” writ-
ten on them.
He then fashioned a bow out of a small sapling and a
long work shoelace and an arrow out of a toilet plunger.
Gaichin, who is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 250
pounds, wore a big fluffy blonde wig, cardboard wings
and a tiny G-string.
I’m sure his valentine that year was shocked to find
him waiting dressed as cupid.
Gaichin then read a goofy poem he wrote for her, ending
with “be mine” as he shot her in the rear with the plunger.
She obviously liked his surprise, considering they are Love letter
now married and have two children. Sometimes having something unexpected is the best
In Kentucky an emergency room nurse worked thing that can happen.
12-hour shifts that seemed never ending. One woman’s first Valentine’s Day with her husband
Two days before Valentine’s Day, she came home didn’t go as well as she hoped it would.
after the second of two busy shifts, kissed her husband She said it was disastrous because her husband didn’t
who was up watching a movie, spent a few minutes believe he needed an annual day seat aside to show how
with him and then walked upstairs to put her bag in much he loved her.
their bedroom. She felt as if what he said was an excuse not to do
Little did she know after climbing the stairs that she anything special.
would find an early Valentine’s Day surprise. What he did, instead, was write her a long letter about
A bouquet of red roses was on the table in their hall- his reasons for not celebrating Valentine’s Day.
way. Taped on the bedroom door was a card that said, Obviously disappointed, she turned up her nose at it
“I love you more than I can show.” Attached to the card and ripped it to shreds.
was a safety pin. Yet her curiosity about the letter got the best of her,
She was touched by these loving words but wondered so as soon as she could she fished out all the tiny pieces
what the safety pin was for. from the trash and put them back together.
She found out as soon as she opened the bedroom door. As she read the letter, she realized that it was a beautiful
Her bedroom was filled with 500 red balloons. They love letter, and the only one since, she has ever received.
were everywhere and she screamed with laughter, then Personal billboard She realized her husband had a good point.
ran down and kissed her husband. Being goofy is nothing new for a couple from Wash- As her husband wrote in the letter, “We don’t need
“We had a blast playing in the balloons and then later ington state. a special day to prove the words ‘I love you’ to each
using the safety pin to pop all of them,” she said. While hanging out one day, they decided to invent a other. We prove it everyday in the things we do for
special word between them. each other, celebrate it in our laughter and treasure it in
They wanted to say something more than “most” moments that a Valentine’s Day card or gift can never
so they came up with the phrase “most-est” and would fully represent.”
argue about whom loved who the “most-est.”
He was an Army captain who was stationed in Bagh-
dad on Valentine’s Day.
Yet he proved that if you love someone “the most-est”
then you will still find a unique way to tell her even if
you cannot be there yourself.
So the day before Valentine’s Day on I-5 near Fife,
just a few miles north of the Ft. Lewis Army Base, he
illustrations by geah betts
arranged to have a billboard display a smiling photo
of him along with a message that read, “I love you the
most-est. From your Valentine in Iraq XXXOOO.”
“It’s amazing that even though he’s in a dangerous
place, he still takes the time to think of me,” she said.
No one ever said showing your wife you love her has
to cost a lot of money. Lottery ticket
Chocolate road One man in Nebraska knows that all too well. A Connecticut man and his wife found out on Val-
Men aren’t the only ones coming up with unique “We live where snow and ice is common during the entine’s Day that the mortgage for their first house was
Valentine’s Day surprises. One woman in Alabama also winter, and since we both work, she has to drive in those accepted and the closing day was set, so they didn’t have
put effort into creating a unique Valentine’s Day. conditions,” he said. a lot of spending money.
She and her boyfriend had only been dating a brief One night, before Valentine’s Day, there was a terrible He still managed to buy his wife and 3-year-old
time when she realized she was short on cash near Val- freezing rain followed by snow. daughter some flowers and chocolate.
entine’s Day. His wife was working, so he decided to go to her place His wife surprised him by filling up the gas tank in their
So she improvised a creative and inexpensive Valen- of business, warm up her car and clean the windshields minivan, which is something he says she never does. She
tine’s Day surprise. before she had finished her shift. also bought him five lottery scratch tickets.
She snuck into her boyfriend’s house and lined little He also followed her home to make sure she returned One of those tickets turned out to be a $20,000 winner.
Hershey chocolate kisses from the front door to his safely. He was definitely blessed that day with a winning
bathtub, which she filled with flowers. “She had such a smile on her face when she came lottery ticket, their first house and a wife and daughter
Just above the shower handle she placed a note that out I couldn’t help but decide I would continue to do who were there to enjoy it all with him.
said, “Now that I have kissed the ground you walk on and this on these occasions,” he said. “So for 15 years this is So this Valentine’s Day, try creating an unexpected
showered you with flowers, will you be my Valentine?” what I do to make her happy. When it snows or there’s surprise for your valentine no matter how weird, funny
Her Valentine’s Day surprise didn’t cost much, but it freezing rain, I get to show the lady I love how much I or romantic it may be because some of the best things
did make her use her imagination. really love her.” in life are the things that come from the heart.
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Criminal justice develops online program
by geah betts justice.This program is designed to online course should expect to commit an introductory video to the college, the
A new online criminal justice program quickly educate students in the field of 5-10 hours per week for each class. courses and the faculty.
was launched this quarter at the college. criminal justice and send them into the The faculty members employed for the Prospective students may also take a
Tadd Belden, an assistant professor workforce. online program are all working profession- quiz that asks questions about their fa-
and curriculum designer for the program, It prepares students for careers in law als. They range from police lieutenants miliarity with technology, their ability to
has high expectations. enforcement, corrections or the social to forensic investigators to corrections meet deadlines and their aptitude to learn
“We hope to establish a quality and services in 15-18 months. officers – all highly qualified instructors. without face-to-face instruction, among
successful program and to broaden the An ATA in criminal justice is com- Members of the faculty have years of other things.
geographical reach of our college by posed of 70 criminal justice credits and experience in their respective fields and When the quiz is complete, students
having online courses,” 20 credits of general education. many have had the opportunity to work receive a score and a suggestion of
Belden said. Although some of the classes may in multiple criminal justice careers. whether or not to pursue online courses.
The new online pro- transfer to other institutions, this program Belden has worked in law enforcement If students are still unsure, they may also
gram will offer two op- is not designed for students pursuing a for many years. He has both a bachelor’s take a tour of a simulated online course.
tions for students pursu- bachelor’s degree. degree in criminal justice and a master’s The class is called Week Zero-Learn-
ing a degree in criminal The completed program does, however, degree in police administration. ing and can be accessed through the
justice. transfer to The Evergreen State College. His involvement also reaches beyond criminal justice Web page.
One route is an Asso- Most of the courses include guided the United States. Belden spent a year in The simulation guides a person through
ciate of Arts degree with reading assignments, Power Point presen- Iraq, assisting in developing a bachelor’s the set up of any average online course,
an emphasis in criminal justice. tations, online discussion groups, e-mail degree program for an Iraqi police pro- giving the undecided student a better look
This program is designed for students contact with an instructor, term papers gram. He trained Kurdish police in basic at what a course would be like.
who plan to continue their educations at and online exams. and advanced law enforcement services. The Web page even offers an example
four-year colleges or universities. Students complete classes in forensic Now he’s teaching four online classes and schedule to help aid students in planning
At most institutions, including the investigation, constitutional law, ethics in one face-to-face class here at the college. their courses efficiently.
college’s academic partner, St. Martin’s criminal justice and more. “It was an exciting opportunity for me The college offers the online degree
University in Lacey, students will be Online courses teach the same lessons a to be involved with the creation of this for less than $100 per quarter credit for
able to transfer into another school at the student would face in a classroom setting, program,” Belden said. Washington residents and less than $115
junior level. but with the convenience of completing For students who are still unsure if for out-of-state students, costing substan-
In order to earn this degree, students coursework without a structured time. they will succeed taking online courses, tially less than many other institutions.
must complete 30 criminal justice cred- But just like any traditional class, in- the criminal justice Web page at www. Financial aid and scholarships are also
its and 60 credits of general education structors have a syllabus with due dates criminaljustice.centralia.edu offers some available for those who qualify.
coursework. for assignments and tests. insight. For more information contact Gilbert-
The other option is earning an Associ- According to the criminal justice on- Associate professor Greg Gilbertson son in TEC 154, at ext. 663 or by e-mail
ate of Technical Arts degree in criminal line Web page, someone enrolled in an welcomes visitors to the Web page in at email@example.com.
Fall quarter honor students named
the following full-time students earned a 4.0 grade point drew keahey, shannon kirk, noah kline, tim kolberg, david son, James matson, steven trent, Janina Wheeler.
average during fall quarter 2007. the students listed completed lamb, kellie lund, ashton mckenzie, daniel mcmahon, tiffany oakville: shannon christensen, Jesse gleason, sasha
a minimum of 12 college credits. morrissey, de rosas ortiz, alicia parnel, Jeremy phillipi, mary penn-roco.
Centralia: andrea arteaga, Janet butterworth, sherri caton, schlarbaum, Justin sexsmith, andrew Wallace, Jace Water- olympia: sarah block, bailey hall, brandon hicks, kelsey
shannon good, marie Jenkins, cathleen mcnally, nicholas man, James Wilson, elizabeth Witt, kelly Worthey. movius, rebekah richardson, ryan Watts, leon Wint, brian
melhart, kimberly milton, frederic noreau, Janice sathre, and Chehalis: colton charlton, kari ciolli, becky cordrey-short, Wolph, robin Wulff.
christopher stone. shelan davis, ricky ford, erin galarza, lexi anna garrity, chel- onalaska: Chelsey Buffington, Ashley Dougherty, Teri
Chehalis: geah betts, dale bozarth, michael Justice, rae- sie Griffith, Lara Holt, Sheena Hunziker, Golnaz Koloushani, germann, mirna giron-roque, chris lloyd, paul luster, evan
ann lobaugh, charles parsons. katherine lee, Jon lewis, thomas marcus, dale morrison, nina marienthal, amy thayer, stephanie Wickert.
Cinebar: erin snodgrass. nishiyama, kirsti nixon, Jason olson, Janice roberts, chris- Pe ell: Jacob baggenstos, paul macdonald, aaron phelps,
Curtis: Jennifer peterson. tine ross, Jessica sanchez, ryan sanchez, brett shepherd, lacee tolliver, lindsey Vetter.
glenoma: ashlie montgomery. lucas strohbach, erika studeman, kimberly Witham, kellyn rainier: michael goold, Jamie m sutton.
onlaska: tonya brown, randall paquette, ryan succo. Wohlwend, brittany Woods, Wyatt Zuber. rochester: Jacob ames, kate cushman, alicia foster,
rochester: eric corrigan, michael lovejoy, adam peterson, Cinebar: Jason bren, rebecca chapman, eric coyner. stephanie foster, ayla lewis, lindsey miller, carrie pichler.
allicia peterson, nicholas Wyatt. Curtis: sandy moon. Shelton: tamara cowles, rodney tennison.
Toledo: leanna elofson. doty: Jody lusk. Silver Creek: Joanna Jones.
Winlock: stanley dittrick, lindsey hoogkamer, Joyce mc- elma: trevan boling, Jack e cissner. South Bend: lacy kooiman.
coy, bryan strozyk. ethel: Josh stephens. Tenino: megan batten, laurie batten, teresa butler, levi
the following students earned at least a 3.74 gpa during glenoma: Jennifer montoure. danzer, candice madore, cameron meinberg, christina san-
fall quarter and completed a minimum of 12 credits. Hoquiam: karisa mccoy. chez, molly yoder.
Aberdeen: chris burns. Lacey: kendal clement., bridget Whaley. Toledo: kellie hedgers, bethany holmes, sara opsitnick.
Adna: shereen bennight, brian ford, devon kuhlmann, McCleary: travis self. Tumwater: michael ince, micah pong, rachel raatz.
christine anderson. Montesano: brian tole. Vancouver: Jeff hayden.
Centralia: heather burns, sailas chimukho, Jeneane, click, Morton: Jeremy lenz, lynda nanney. Winlock: stefani coleman, robin eichhorst, nathan heish-
Jill fuller, melissa garrison, Joel goff, stephanie heck, Wilfredo Mossyrock: mark hopkins, Qingyu ming. man, polly mackenzie, sarah marsyla, Victor ramirez.
henriquez, ashley hodge, cecelie Jones, claudia Juarez, an- Napavine: dora hodgson, austin Jenson, christiane John- yelm: kelley chaney.
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blue & gold What do you
editorial board think about the
Amanda Boyce, associate editor
Christina Crea, associate editor
Becki Curfman, associate editor
Charlie Parsons, sports editor
State should contribute more “I wish I would have had the same op-
portunity when I was in school 30 years
to fund Running Start program ago!” – Judith Cissner
Sitting in on any Centralia College class will promptly reveal that a
variety of personalities and viewpoints are represented here.
Looking around the room, you might see Vietnam veterans, young
mothers, former TransAlta workers – and high school students.
Some of these teenagers are earning both college and high school credit “It is a very cool program, but if they
tuition-free through a state program called Running Start. take it lightly they can cause a lot of issues
As long as they attend class and maintain acceptable grades, high school because of immaturity.” – Tyler Crocker
juniors and seniors can come to the college and take as many classes as
they want to buy books for.
At first glance it’s a brilliant idea, but underlying issues have been cause
for complaint by the colleges offering the program.
Current state funding for Running Start covers only 60 percent of the
cost to educate each student. The rest of the money comes from state fund- “It is a very good program, not that I have
done it myself. I thought of doing it when I
ing and tuition paid by traditional, non-Running Start students. was in high school.” – John Faas
Full-time traditional students pay about $2,500 per year in tuition. In
addition, the state gives the college about $4,500 for each full-time stu-
For each Running Start student attending the college, the college receives
about $3,750 from the state but receives no tuition from the student. “I have a very high opinion of Run-
This is a $3,250 disparity between the revenue a traditional student ning Start students. They are dedicated to
generates and the revenue a Running Start student generates, and the col- achieving their goals and are very capable
lege must absorb that difference. and willing to complete educational goals
This situation is unfair to all of the students involved, as well as the col- above the normal 16- to 18-year-old-high
school student.” – Michelle Frederick
We believe Running Start is an important aspect of the college, and
bringing high school students into our classes adds to the dynamic and
diversity of the college population. “I think it’s fine unless they fill classes
Running Start also provides a once-in-a-lifetime academic opportunity that actual college students want. I also think
for high school students who may not have otherwise gone to college that if college boys accidentally hit on un-
because of financial reasons. derage Running Start kids they shouldn’t be
Running Start is a beneficial and worthwhile program. punished or thought of as creepy or weird.”
However, colleges should not have to rely on traditional students’ tuition – Matthew Mehi
to help pay for these high schoolers.
The State Board of Community and Technical Colleges has asked the
state for $7 million in funding for Running Start this year. The money
was not in Gov. Christine Gregoire’s budget proposal in December, but “I feel that Running Start students bring
the board has hope that the Legislature will approve the funding when its a lot to college. Many are high achieving in-
budget is released in March. dividuals who take on a challenge and set a
If the state is going to pay for high school students to go to college, it great example for others.” – Zachary Pilz
needs to pay in full.
No institution should be punished for providing a service such as Run-
ning Start to its students.
Policing the Internet
Forty-nine state attorneys general and MySpace last
month agreed on a set of protocols that would ostensibly
make the online community a safer place.
Under the pact, MySpace will implement several
measures that will make it somewhat more difficult for
strangers to reach children using the online community.
When it comes to protecting children online, these
steps will likely have the practical impact equivalent to
taking your shoes off as you pass through airport secu-
rity. Nettlesome and attention-grabbing, but probably
ineffective at restraining the targeted population.
Adolescents already use e-mail addresses that their
parents don’t know about. They already misrepresent
LETTER WRITERS: their ages online, because they know that minors are
barred from certain types of content.
All letters must be submitted by 10 a.m. ten days prior to the publication date. Let- Combining the fear of strangers abducting children
ters must be typewritten (double-spaced) and are preferably received by e-mail. E-mail with the mysterious world of the Internet makes for a
great headline. The fact is, however, when it comes to
letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. Post letters to the blue&gold, Centralia College, 600
sexual assaults on children, 93 percent of the offenders
Centralia College Boulevard, Centralia, Washington 98531. Letters should be less than are either family members or acquaintances of the vic-
300 words and must include the writer’s real name, address and valid phone number (for tim, according to data from the Department of Justice.
verification). Please write to the reader rather than to a specific person. The blue&gold Going after the bogeyman of online sexual predators
of children may make us feel good, but it does little
reserves the right to edit for length, style, grammar, libel and matters of taste. The next to address the larger and more relevant issues around
scheduled edition of the newspaper is Friday, March 7, 2008. families and child safety.
– From the Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Go ahead: Make my Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, ladies, and Valentine’s Day. She wanted dinner; I wanted to eat and be disappointed on a Valentine date with me. Otherwise,
I know you’ve all got the image of the perfect day in get it over with. Well, she got what she wanted, and the you’ll have to outline something specific.
mind. bed all to herself that night. I got to play video games That whole thing about doing a job yourself if you want
A light breeze sends the cool February air nipping at without having to worry about her asking whether or it done right? It applies to Valentine’s Day, too. If you give
the end of your nose, but you and your man are close, not I was coming to bed. Win-win, right? us a list, there’s a lower probability for failure to deliver
hands held snuggly together as you walk through a park Wrong. on our end. And anything we might manage to add on our
with the dwindling sunlight sparkling on the horizon. Not that I think appealing to anyone about it will do own accord can only enhance the experience.
Just as the sun sets, you stop beneath an early blos- any good, but I call for abolition of the tyranny that is It also eliminates the problem of having to guess or
soming apple tree and move closer still Valentine’s Day. It’s like the official strong-arm-a-man think too hard. I may not be that old guy from e-Har-
to one another. As he leans toward you day. It’s a day with a built-in ultimatum: Be this or be- mony, but I know that if you have to think too much or
and touches your cheek, you shiver more gone. It isn’t fair. Sniff, sniff. stress about giving a gift or being romantic by appoint-
at the sudden warmth rushing through What’s the point of it anyway? Do you think you need ment, then maybe things aren’t as hunky-dory as you’d
your body than you ever did for the icy to mark a day for romance because you’re afraid you’ll like them to be.
winter weather. get none otherwise? So do us a favor. Put those copies of “The Notebook”
Ah, how sweet. My own trouble is that sometimes I just don’t know and “The Lake House” away for a while. Pop in some-
But that probably isn’t what he’s Charlie Parsons what to get or where to go for Valentine’s Day. Sure, I thing like “Army of Darkness” or “Dirty Harry” a week
thinking. might know what she likes, but that doesn’t mean I know in advance. Take notes if necessary.
I mean, maybe that stuff works out pretty well the first what she wants. Don’t get me wrong. Men are obsessed with women.
Valentine’s Day in a relationship, but it doesn’t last. So, ladies, give us a few pointers. Make some sugges- But we’d rather be heroes or renegade cops than strategiz-
And that is where things go wrong for guys on “im- tions or something. Like what you want to eat. Where ing our next surprise candle-lit dinner or waiting in line at
portant” days like Valentine’s Day. We’re thinking more to pick you up. What to bring. How to dress. the flower shop for a dozen chemically engineered roses.
about scoring than actually wooing a woman. And once You know, everything. So please, give us a break on Valentine’s Day. Be-
we’ve got you pinned down, romance isn’t always on I can’t speak for everyone, but in my own case, if sides, you still have your birthday. And the anniversary.
our minds. you want to sit close in front of the fireplace and play And Christmas.
Like the time I took my girl to the truck stop for some Gears of War or watch Hot Fuzz, then you won’t We’re sure to get one of them right.
December’s flood helps put life in perspective
My life is busy. like to have a younger sister around the house. This tear-filled statement made my heart ache: “Every
Besides my classes, I juggle my work on the newspa- I will be honest – I initially perceived her as an in- time I think about it, I get this feeling in the pit of my
per, an internship at the coroner’s office, rehearsals for a convenience. stomach that he chose beer over his own daughter.”
play, church responsibilities and a job – not to mention I could not do whatever I wanted because she fol- All I could do was hug her.
spending time with family and friends. lowed me everywhere I went and wanted to do every- The next day when her mother came to pick her
It’s easy for me to think that nobody realizes how thing I did. up, her mother told her they had lost everything in the
hard I work. Soon, however, I began to be impressed by her ma- flood.
So, when things go wrong I feel a need to make sure turity. I saw the same brown eyes well up with the same sad
everyone understands how difficult it is Yes, she did little girl things. She would run and slide tears as the night before.
to be me. in her socks on the wood floor in the dining room, and It was in that moment that I began to think: How dare
However, my views changed when she would play “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” over and I whine about my comfortable life when there are 9 year
Lewis County flooded. over on her violin, but she had a mindset far beyond that olds who must overcome such devastating adversity?
During the flood, my father worked at of most 9 year olds. This child sat in front of me, asking her mom how
the sheriff’s emergency control center. In conversation, she showed knowledge and wis- they were going to afford to eat because she knew they
There he met a woman whose grand- dom. didn’t have enough money.
daughter was stranded alone in a house Becki Curfman During her third night at my house, she began to tell How could I possibly think I have a right to complain
just down the road from ours. The girl’s me about her life, beginning with a story about one of her about the pressures of my life?
mother was working in town and could not drive home favorite stuffed animals – a brown bunny named Bunny My views about people have changed since those few
through the water. Fufu that her father gave her when she was a baby. days with my new friend.
My dad asked my mom and me to pick the girl up. She told me that after her parents divorce, her father’s I constantly remind myself that I do not know what
We grabbed our jackets and, after a quick assessment girlfriend stole the bunny. She sat on my bed and began to other people deal with every day.
of the rising water, decided to take my dad’s truck. cry. I was shocked – I hadn’t expected to be a counselor. I can’t count how many times I’ve caught myself with
We forded the river that was forming over our road For nearly two hours she talked about her parents’ a grievance on my tongue that I have forced myself to
and rescued her. On the drive home, I realized that she divorce and her father’s alcoholism. She said her mother swallow.
might be staying with us for a few days. I am the young- had told him not to drink while she was over, but he did Yes, my life is busy, but thanks to that strong little
est child in my family, and I wondered what it might be anyway. Now she can no longer visit him. girl, I’m no longer complaining.
Friends, neighbors assist flood victims
A blanket of snow covered Lewis County on Christ- It was simply devastating for the economy and, most all day dedicating their time to help others.
mas day. of all, the people. One day at the center there was a room of black bags
Having a white Christmas for once was a fantastic Imagine having all of your belongings, maybe even filled with donated clothes, house supplies and canned
surprise and I had fun enjoying it. your presents and Christmas tree, ruined by unexpected food.
After all, having snow on Christmas day around here water coming into your house. The next day, the room was nearly empty with only
doesn’t happen very often. There was no real warning that it was going to flood a few bags left.
Yet I felt it had an even bigger meaning. because it all happened so fast. People worked all day folding and sorting clothes
There were so many victims of the flood this year One minute I was driving to the college in the pouring and loading up trucks with supplies.
in Lewis County, and many of those af- rain, and the next I was finding out college was closed. Some families would come into the center from time
fected did not have the Christmas they I even had to take a back road to return to my house. to time to get supplies they desperately needed, such as
were accustomed to. In a matter of 30 minutes one of the roads that goes food and clothing.
Some did not even have their own to my house was closed, so the flood this year definitely While folding some clothes, I noticed a young woman
home to celebrate Christmas in. didn’t take long to happen. looking for maternity clothes.
In that case, I’m glad this year nature Imagine not having flood insurance because you It was heartbreaking to see her having to go through
decided to give us an abundance of snow would’ve never dreamed that it would flood in your the flooding of her home and a pregnancy at the same
on Christmas day. Christina Crea
Thinking about the snow and flood Or even losing your whole farm and the animals in But the center, which was stocked with clothes for
victims also made me think of how lucky I am that I it in which you dedicated your life to. everyone, did have a maternity box with the clothes she
wasn’t affected by the disastrous flood. Those are just two of the many sad scenarios that needed.
There’s no such thing as it could never happen to me happened with the flood. If the flood did not affect you, then try to help out by
these days because the unexpected really does happen So be thankful if your house didn’t get flooded, and donating some money or even just volunteering for an
every day. if your house did get flooded, there is hope for a new hour at one of the many volunteer shelters.
Places that have never been expected to flood did this beginning – starting this new year. It really does make a difference.
year. For everyone that has been affected, there are many With this new year, a new bright beginning can start
Wal-mart, Home Depot, Quizno’s, Yard Birds and generous people who care and want to help. for those who have lost much in their lives and those
so many other big and small businesses were affected I visited the United Way Volunteer Center in Chehalis that didn’t lose anything can be thankful for the things
as well. a few times and I saw people who were there literally they still have.
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Music propels Kale Lotton’s life
by amanda boyce Besides the sax, Lotton also plays piano, both electric “I’ve never really tried singing before, but I felt it
With a bounce in his step, a saxophone in his hand and acoustic guitar, bass guitar and has recently been was time I learned how,” he said. “It will help with
and melodies on the mind, Kale Lotton lives a jazz- taking vocal lessons. my composing.”
centered life. He learned how to play the keyboard when he was a Lotton has played in numerous groups with all sorts
Lotton, 20, Centralia, has made music his obsession junior at Centralia High School where he formed a band of people, never knowing what gig he will play next.
and is constantly thinking about composing and playing with his friends. “I just float around from group to group,” he said. “I
songs. prefer it that way.”
“Sometimes it feels like I have a disorder that hasn’t Currently he is part of a group called Margo’s Pet
been discovered yet,” Lotton said. “Wherever I go, I “Wherever I go, I can’t help but walk Peeves. Members include Jace Waterman, Milo Mullins,
can’t help but walk in time to the rhythm of a favorite in time to the rhythm of a favorite tune Jesse Horwath and Luke Dietz.
tune or some developing song in my head.” They have
or some developing song in my head.” a wedding andperformed at the at a restaurant opening
will be playing
Matrix, Chehalis Fest,
Lotton first knew he wanted to become a musician
his senior year of high school. in Oregon.
“Something inside of me just clicked,” Lotton said. Lotton has used his talents to get involved with not
“We weren’t very good, but it was fun,” Lotton
“I realized that there is nothing I’d like to do more than only the music scene, but also the community.
make music.” He is one of the assistant managers at KB Toys and
His music training began in high school with band
For fun, other than practicing, he will sit down and every year during the winter months, they raise money
instructors Calkins, Don Jacobson and Louie Blaser.
“write blind” as he calls it. for the Toys for Tots organization.
He received saxophone lessons from Jacobson for
“Writing blind means I will write a piece without refer- “Last year a co-worker and I began playing at some
a brief time his sophomore year. Jacobson helped him
ence to a piano or any other instrument,” Lotton said. of the toy drive events outside of our store to attract
learn more about scale structure and how scales correlate
Once he gets a page or two complete, he will go home attention,” Lotton said. “We also increased donation
with songs, said Lotton.
and play what he has written. money by throwing a case out. It’s always fun to play
His senior year, Blaser took over the teaching position
“Sometimes the outcome can be really bad, though some Christmas carols for a good cause.”
and pushed Lotton to get out of his shell and try a solo.
a lot of times it helps produce ideas I never would have Some musicians Lotton looks up to are Johnny Cash,
He had always wanted to solo, but never had the guts,
imagined,” Lotton said. Prince and Billy Joel.
Composing has turned into an obsession for Lotton “It’s a strange list, but I like their individual sounds,”
“I wouldn’t say I was forced to do it, but Mr. Blaser
since he came to the college. Taking music theory in he said.
insisted and I’m really glad he did,” Lotton said. “He said
fall 2006 with Dr. Donna Huffman, professor of music, Lotton also admires the work of singer and pianist
if I wanted to be able to say I was a jazz musician, I’d
helped him expand his knowledge of music structure Ben Folds.
better learn to solo, and since then I’ve made tremendous
and composing techniques. “Besides enjoying his music, I tend to find certain
improvement in my playing abilities.”
Huffman took note of Lotton’s love for compos- aspects of his life similar to mine, giving me the thought
After graduating, Lotton took both graduation that I could some day possibly ‘make it’ in the competi-
ing, improvisation and his dedication to improve his money and funds saved from work to buy his own tive music world,” he said.
“Kale is good at improvisation because deep down he Lotton describes his personal music style as jazzy,
“That summer I took a few lessons from Louie, which but he also appreciates classical rock.
is a composer,” Huffman said. “Every great jazz musi- helped me with improvisation,” said Lotton.
cian must love the creative process.” “I’d like to think I’m pretty fly for a white guy,” Lot-
He also has taken jazz band with Huffman, which he ton said with a smile.
Huffman found him to be an enjoyable student to found incredibly challenging and enjoyable.
teach. Lotton advises beginning musicians to have fun and
“She’s really encouraging and always apt to give just keep playing. “Take every opportunity you can to
“I think Kale is one of the most considerate, unselfish positive reinforcement,” he said. “I believe I could gain experience,” he said. “Take lessons, join a band,
musicians that I have had the opportunity to instruct,” speak for everyone from jazz band when I say we’d be or simply jam to your favorite songs.”
said Huffman. “He could be considered shy, but I believe lost without her.”
that ‘reserved’ would be a more accurate description,” Lotton has recently undergone a challenge that po-
Huffman enjoyed having Lotton in her class as well tentially threatened his music career. Last February he
Huffman said. and was pleased with his willingness to learn and have had a Spontaneous Pneumothorax, or in simpler words,
The first instrument Lotton learned to play was alto a good time.
saxophone in the fifth grade. a collapsed lung.
“Kale has a very courteous, respectful attitude toward “Since then I occasionally have chest pain from time
“I had an old horn that barely held together,” Lotton others which reflects in his playing,” Huffman said. “He to time, which is called pleurisy,” Lotton said. “It’s a
said. “I played that through my sophomore year.” also demonstrates a good sense of humor in his impro- bummer since I’m mainly a wind player, but I’m not
His junior year, Gary Calkins, his band instructor, vised solos. His ability to share his ideas lends itself to going to let something like that keep me down.”
gave him the opportunity to switch to tenor sax using a very gracious, smooth style.” His family has been incredibly supportive of his
a school horn. He has recently decided to expand his repertoire of work.
“Once I switched to the tenor my skill began to grow,” instruments to include his voice. “My mom and dad have always believed in me,”
Lotton said. “This quarter I have begun taking vocal lessons from Lotton said. “So has my extended family.”
The sax is Lotton’s favorite instrument and the one Wayne Bloomingdale who teaches at PLU, where I plan Lotton is excited to move forward in his career as a
he has put the most work into. to transfer,” Lotton said. “Already my abilities have musician.
“Kale loves to play his instrument,” Huffman said. increased greatly, but I think anyone’s would because At Pacific Luthern University he will study music
“Some musicians practice out of need and diligence, he’s such a talented man.” composition and possibly get into film composition.
Kale practices because he simply enjoys that particular Lotton took choir last year from Huffman which was “I’m planning on getting my bachelor’s degree spe-
instrument.” his first time being a part of any vocal ensemble. cializing in music composition, but I might possibly
continue afterwards for a higher degree,” Lotton said.
Lotton doesn’t want to play in only one place or with
“I’ve always liked the thought of being a drifter, trav-
eling and performing at any coffee shop or venue I come
across along the way,” Lotton said. “I also wouldn’t mind
taking over the bald guy’s band on Letterman’s show. I
find him kind of annoying.”
Wherever Lotton ends up, one thing is sure, he will
be making music.
“As long as I’m playing jazz and writing songs, I’ll
be happy,” he said.
SAXoPHoNe PLAyer and composer, Kale Lotton, 20, finds music to be the most relaxing part of his life. Lotton has
dedicated himself to becoming the best musician he can be and sharing the joy of music with others.
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Sia’s new album eccentric, diverse
by amanda boyce Real Problems” should only help further trying to get through to a man that she add another page on/It appears to me
Artists in the music world strive to her career. loves him. He can’t seem to understand the graph has come and stolen all the
show their talent, creativity and individu- “The Girl You Lost To Cocaine” has a the simplicity of love and has to make laughs/It appears to me the pen has over
ality and South Australian artist Sia has catchy toe-tapping sound and showcases things complex. analyzed again,” illustrate her growing
succeeded on her colorful new album, Sia’s jazz background. The song is about Her lyrics, “You’re a difficult equa- frustration with his distraction from her
“Some People Have Real Problems,” a woman who feels she is babysitting her tion with a knack for heart evasion/ romantic intentions.
which was released in the United States man. He is clearly not willing to change Will you listen to my proof or will you “I Go To Sleep” is a lovely ballad that
Jan. 8. or improve himself and the whole ordeal embodies the pain of love. It paints the
The album is eccentric and diverse and is too much for her. She decides to stop picture of someone going to bed at the
creates a tapestry of stories and sounds for enabling him and leave. end of the day feeling lonely, wishing that
the listener to enjoy. Sia sings, “So just cut me loose, learn someone special could hold her tight.
A few powerful songs show Sia’s to tie your shoes/There’s somebody here, The song is mystical enough to sound
ability to “belt it” and are quite effective. I’d like to introduce/So look in the mirror, like nighttime and it has a nice waltz
The album also has some rather dull, look for the glass/’Cause you’re not my beat to make it even more romantic. The
uninspired tunes that are disappointing problem, you are my last.” piano trickles like stardust, and violins
considering Sia’s potential to capture a The song illustrates the mixed feelings help move the song forward and build to
unique sound. of frustration and empowerment of break- the chorus where Sia proclaims, “I was
Sia’s voice isn’t classically beautiful, ing a relationship.
wrong, I will cry/I will love you till the
and she could certainly learn more about “You Have Been Loved” is a power-
day I die/You were all, you alone and no
diction, but she knows what breath sup- ful and heart-breaking song. The lyrics
are tender and sad, reminiscent of a lost one else/You were meant for me.”
port means and her voice has a depth and
edge all its own. love. She wants the best for this person, “Playground” is a unique piece and of-
The transitions between rich, deep though her hope has been shattered. fers a bizarre picture that Sia paints all too
soulful tones and softly mumbled lyrics She sings, “The bitter- well. The song is about wishing to stay a
make Sia a vocalist unafraid to let her ness and anger left me long ago/ child forever, and unlike every other song
talent and style show. Only sadness remains/And it will pass. written about never wanting to grow up,
Sia is best known for the song “Breathe You will be loved by somebody good.” “Playground” is almost mechanical in
Me” from 2004 album “Colour the Small Sia slips into a 1920s torch-singer style tempo with lyrics that are whimsical and
One.” It was aired on “Six Feet Under” that expresses her mournful resignation mischievous, suggesting a fun, atypical
in the 2005 season finale and helped res- that works brilliantly for the mood of childhood.
cue her career and gave her the publicity the song. Overall the album is a difficult one to
needed to gain popularity in America. “Academia” is probably the cleverest forget. It’s one of those “you love it or
SIA will perform at the Wonder ballroom
“That song basically saved me from a song on the album, lyrically if not other- you hate it kind of experiences.”
in portland at 8 p.m. feb. 19. tickets are
lifetime of dog-breeding in Australia,” Sia wise. The melody reminds one of a tick- $15. call 503-284-8686. she will perform Sia is supported by Sam Dixon on
said in an interview with Nic Harcourt on ing clock. The song’s theme focuses on at the showbox in seattle at 8 p.m. feb. the bass, Gus Seyffert on guitar, Brian
KCRW. a parallel between mathematics and love. 21. advance tickets are $16 and $18 at the Lebarton on keyboard, Oliver Krause on
The songs on “Some People Have The lyrics express how she is going crazy door. call 206-628-0301. cello and Felix Bloxsom on drums.
College launches new recycling program
by becki curfman campus, and it will be up to staff and requirements made by the Department of a loading dock had to be built behind the
Sustainability, carbon output and re- students to make the extra effort to put Ecology and Environmental Protection Pro-Tech building. The materials needed
cycling have been central topics around their recyclables into the right container, Agency. to build the ramp could not be delivered
campus this year. said Bob Audet, director of custodial and Organic waste is ground and tightly until after the floodwaters had subsided.
Just as students are learning about grounds. enclosed in a large bin to prevent the The program is expected to be running
what they can do to care for the environ- LeMay will pick up the materials and release of gases into the air. Computers by Feb. 1 and, despite the complications,
ment, the college will begin to do its part transport them to a sorting facility in then monitor the amount of oxygen in the Audet has high hopes for its success.
by launching a new two-part recycling Tacoma to be recycled. bin and automatically “feed” a specified “I’m excited about the prospect of the
program this month. The second part of the program will amount of oxygen to the bacteria com- whole recycling program,” said Audet. “I
New technology and waste reduction convert natural and biodegradable waste posting the material. think it will benefit everyone involved.”
centers have made the program possible into compost at one of the most cutting- Audet hopes to buy composted soil from
by providing outlets for more types of edge organic processing facilities avail- SSO for use on the campus grounds in order Recycling facts
recyclable waste than before. able, said Audet. to “complete the recycling circle.” Washington state recycled a total of
The first phase is designed to process “This new facility is state-of-the-art,” The cost to start and maintain the new 2,998,428 tons of materials in 2003. Al-
co-mingled trash. he said. “There’s nothing like it in the program is slightly higher than that of the most 31 percent of that total was paper.
Co-mingled trash consists of plastic, country. Probably in the world.” college’s previous trash removal system,
but Audet believes taking care of the Seventy-five percent of a tree har-
aluminum and paper products that are The Silver Springs Organics facility in vested for paper does not wind up as
now being accepted by LeMay Inc. Rainier features technology that has made Earth will be worth it.
“We’re doing it because it’s the right paper product.
Receptacles for these products have the composting process more environ-
been placed near the trash cans on mentally friendly in accordance with new thing to do,” said Audet. “Not because it One ton of paper requires the use of 98
costs less.” tons of various resources.
The program’s debut was scheduled Paper made from recycled paper in-
for Jan. 1, but the recent flooding delayed stead of virgin fiber requires 70% less
organization and construction. energy. – Washington State Department
In order to transport the waste materials, of Ecology
SADV helps victims of domestic violence
by amanda boyce Officers of SADV are Dora Hodgson,
Domestic violence happens all the time president; Jennifer Pesterfield, vice presi-
to men, women and children of all ages. dent; and Susanne Weil, club advisor.
There are plenty of organizations to For more information on domestic
help individuals who have fallen victim violence issues, advice on getting help, or
to this widespread crime. questions about SADV, contact Hodgson
You just have to know where to look. at email@example.com or Pes-
The Students Against Domestic Vio- terfield at firstname.lastname@example.org.
lence Club is here to let the campus know You can also visit the SADV Web site
who they are and that they are here to help, for further information at www.freewebs.
said Jen Pesterfield, club vice president. com/sadvccc/index.html or visit their
“Awareness is our goal,” said Dora Myspace page at www.myspace.com/
Hodgson, club president. “You’d be sur- sadv_ccc.
prised at how many people keep quiet
about their abuse situations and it doesn’t Domestic violence facts
have to be that way.” Women are most vulnerable to vio-
SADV is prepared to help victims of lence when separated from their intimate
domestic violence find a safe way out of partner. The second most vulnerable
their situations. group are those who are divorced. This
“Most people just need to be informed can discourage women from leaving
about the options they have and the agen- their abusive partner, out of fear that it
cies out there that can help them,” said will increase their risk of victimization.
Hodgson. – Feminist Majority Foundation
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Koloushani challenges stereotypes
The story that brings her here is one of diplomatic disputes, dramatic political change
and the ability of citizens to bridge gaps created by governments.
by Joseph robinson “I want to e-mail him now!” she said. day visit the land in which he had grown up so Geist
Golnaz Koloushani has received some strange ques- Her father tried to calm her down with assurances that invited Koloushani to visit her in Chehalis.
tions about her homeland since she arrived in America soon they would take the time to write her newfound While visiting, Koloushani told Geist of her lonely days
last year. brother a letter. in London, working while trying to find time to study.
“Do you walk around with guns? Do you get around The idea of a brother she had never met who was Geist invited her to stay.
with camels?” living in America would allow the imaginative youth Koloushani had always thought of the United States
Those are among the most laughable inquiries posed no rest. That night Koloushani couldn’t sleep. as a great place with vast opportunities for people to earn
to this student from The Islamic Republic of Iran. The two siblings, born in an ancient land but living their livelihoods or receive an education.
Koloushani, 23, wishes Americans knew more about in the age of information, were reunited virtually. So she accepted the offer and applied for another visa.
Iran, the Iranian people and U.S. policy toward her Through e-mails Koloushani kept in touch with her This one would allow her to continue her education in
country. half brother in America. Farhad had made a career as accounting here.
Koloushani does not fit the stereotype of people from a diver in San Diego. They had never met, so Farhad She toured the country as she waited for a response.
the Middle East. She is a Persian raised in the posh sub- invited his little sister to visit. This time, the visa application was accepted and in
urbs of Northern Tehran by a family that protected and She applied for a visa, but was rejected. the fall of 2007 she began her American education at
spoiled her, a family she describes as “westernized.” One day, she became worried when Farhad’s name Centralia College.
Though Koloushani has trouble finding time to pray After being raised in Tehran and living in London,
five times a day, she is a Muslim. it has taken some time for Koloushani to adjust to life
She is, in fact, a child of The Islamic Revolution. in Chehalis.
The story that brings her here is one of diplomatic She describes the small town lifestyle as “relaxing.”
disputes, dramatic political change and the ability of On the weekends she visits friends in Portland and
citizens to bridge gaps created by governments. Seattle.
It started in the deserts of Eastern Idaho in the She keeps in contact with the Iranian-American Com-
1960s. munity Alliance of Seattle, a group whose vision, accord-
There Morteza Koloushani met his first wife at a col- ing to their Web site is to foster “a vibrant, active and uni-
lege party while attending The University of Idaho. fied Iranian-American community in greater Seattle.”
Morteza and Marles Geist were enjoying a two-year Koloushani said that the other mission of the group is
relationship when he was summoned back to Iran. He to inform Americans about who Iranians really are. The
returned home immediately to resume his career in the deep cultural heritage of Iran that goes back thousands
Iranian navy. of years to the Persian empire is a culture that Americans
He and Geist kept in touch and eventually he invited know little about.
her to visit his homeland. The visit lasted longer than She has her work cut out for her.
expected. Ignorance that breeds misconceptions, stereotypes
As their love grew stronger, Geist began to develop a and even fear are alive and well in Lewis County.
new love for the ancient Persian culture that surrounded Once, a bus driver asked the young woman with
her. She converted to Islam, and in 1970 they married. the caramel complexion if she was Mexican. After the
Farhad Koloushani, Golnaz’s half brother, was born driver guessed several other Latin American countries,
seven years later. Two years after that, The Islamic she revealed to him her nation of origin. Then, a fellow
Revolution began. passenger came to her aid declaring that, yes, he had
Though she was now a Muslim, Geist, like other heard of Iran, it was somewhere in Europe.
Westerners, no longer felt safe on the streets of Iran. In another incident while she was waiting for a bus,
She decided to go home and she took Farhad with her. she was confronted by a man who presumed to know
Other Americans were not as lucky. about her by judging her appearance. It was a cold day,
As the world watched the hostage crisis unfold, few and Koloushani, who usually goes without a head scarf,
understood the causes of the fierce anti-Americanism. goLNAz koLouSHANI works on assignment in Wash- had wrapped herself up to keep warm.
Geist and Farhad returned to Washington state and ington hall before class. koloushani has found it neces- “Do you know if there are any mosques around?” he
waited for the day the family could be reunited. sary to dispel many myths about her iranian homeland. asked in a mocking tone.
The day never came. Fortunately, most of her interactions have been
Instead, Geist came to Lewis County to work at had not appeared in her inbox for a few days. positive.
Providence Hospital and Farhad started grade school In an e-mail from his mother, she received the tragic As she attends classes and learns more about America,
in Chehalis. news. Thinking she had made an error in translation, her classmates learn as well. They learn that not all
As the firm hand of Islam began to unify Iran, Morteza Koloushani consulted a dictionary. She hoped she had people from the Middle East are like the “bad guys”
and Geist decided to divorce, but they remained in con- misunderstood the meaning of the English word “lost.” they see on TV.
tact for the sake of their son. Her brother, Farhad, was lost in a diving accident. “She’s not like what you hear on the news and what
Morteza remarried and in 1984 his new wife gave They would never meet in person. people say,” said Frances Hodges, 18, a classmate of
birth to his second child, Farhad’s half sister, Golnaz Later, when she turned 18, looking forward to the Koloushani. “She’s a person.”
Koloushani. challenge of independence, she moved to London to With each new friend there is an opportunity for the
As it once was in this country, divorce is a touchy study accounting at the Financial Training Company. outgoing and assertive Koloushani to dispel the myths
subject in Iran, so Morteza did not speak much of his She lived on her own without her parents’ guidance and created to justify hawkish foreign policies.
first family. Koloushani remembers the day she first help for four years. “Iranians are nice, normal people and do not hate
learned she had a brother. She was glad to be taking care of herself but some- Americans,” said Koloushani. “There is a minority of
“The day I found out I was so excited,” she said. times became lonely. Though her brother was gone, Iranians who hate the American government. But anyone
She wanted to bridge the gap of time and distance Koloushani kept in touch with his mother. with a just a piece of a brain can understand the difference
that instant. It had been Farhad’s wish that his sister would one between hating a government and hating its people.”
Boeing engineer discusses robotics with club
by christina crea He’s fascinated with how many things robotic sensors The global position system is part of a robotic sensor,
It wasn’t a typical meeting for the Electronic Club can do nowadays. even though it doesn’t look like a robot.
Jan. 17. Robotic sensors provide feedback for the machine so that Sensors a robot can have include visual, color, mag-
That’s because Boeing Engineer Steven Kaehler it is aware of what’s happening and to allow interaction. netic and orientation.
presented “robotic sensors” to the club and others at- Kaehler describes how robots can do many tasks Kaehler is not only interested in studying robots, he
tending. such as security, surveillance and exploration of areas also enjoys teaching other people about things that may
Kaehler has 23 years of experience in the Defense that may be too dangerous for people. seem complicated.
and Space Group as well as environmental, static fatigue Their sensors even respond to sensory items such as He did lots of research on fuzzy logic, which is a
and fuel systems. light, proximity and physical and environmental activity. problem-solving control system that approaches prob-
Cal Taylor, the club’s advisor, said that he knows most “Sensors make it so that the robot can respond to so lems and mimics how a person would make decisions,
students work long hours and have a lot of responsibility many things,” Kaehler said. only much faster.
when it comes to work and school. Kaehler also described how robots can even perform Kaehler said many people found it confusing, so he
That’s why instead of planning a field trip to go up to activities that people do, such as play soccer. wrote a six-page article on fuzzy logic hoping to explain
Boeing, he decided to bring Boeing to the college in order He described how people have put different colored it in simpler terms.
for more students to have the opportunity to attend. posts around each corner of the soccer field and let the “I have actually received many e-mails stating that
Taylor wanted Kaehler in particular since he had robot differentiate between the colors as to where the it was easier to understand, so I’m happy about that,”
experience and could inform students about the newest goal is. said Kaehler.
trends when it comes to the latest technologies in the Yet robotic sensors don’t necessarily look like robots His article can be found at www.seattlerobotics.org
electronics field. people usually see on television. under encoder, original encoder index page link, March
Kaehler has been building robots since high school For instance, global positioning systems seem to be 1998 issue link and then under the Fuzzy Logic Tutorial-
and is a member of the Seattle Robotic Society. used everywhere these days, especially in cars. An Introduction link.
blue & gold
Charlie Parsons, sports editor February 2008 SportS
Coach to break 200-win mark
Lady Blazers head coach Gary Viggers
is on track to reach yet another milestone
by becoming the first Centralia College
coach to win 200 games in his career.
Viggers, along with his assistant coach
Dave Brown, already has the most wins
in school history with 193 in addition to
his record four 20-win seasons. He has
guided the Blazers to eight consecutive
winning seasons while averaging 19.7
wins per year.
Despite the marks, it is just another
day at the office for Viggers.
“It’s my first long stint as a head
coach,” Viggers said. “You see these guys
on TV who coach for big colleges reach-
ing these huge milestones and you think
‘that’s endurance, that’s stability,’ but it’s
not something you think about as a coach
until you get there.”
Hall of Fame luncheon
The Athletic Department will hold its
annual Hall of Fame luncheon Feb. 23 at
2 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
The luncheon will honor former
Centralia College athletes who have con-
tributed to their teams and communities.
Honorees include Alan Allie, William A.
Luond, Sara R. Wilcox and Jerry Wood.
Allie, who attended Centralia from
1961-62, was an all-state baseball player
for two years with the Blazers and went MoST oF THe MeMBerS of the lady blazer basketball team have a history of competing against one another, now they work
on to teach for 20 years in the Pe Ell together to keep the team competitive in conference play. members of this year’s squad are (from left) teresa gaul, alysha kofstad,
Jill fuller, amanda atcheson, ali matisons, mandy mcfadden, frannie morrison, lacey mitchell, deanna riffe, brittany duerr, corina
School District. allen and megan peabody.
Luond attended Centralia from
1968-70. He played second and third base
for the Blazers and was the 1970 league
batting champion with a .389 average. He Former high school competitors now
teammates on Lady Blazer squad
spent many years coaching both football
and baseball in Centralia.
Wilcox was an NWAACC first team
all-league basketball player and member by charlie parsons school, she was the one who always shot That transition is still challenging for
of the Blazer golf team from 2000-02. Frannie Morrison still laughs about the 3-pointers and beat us.” even the most gifted players.
She was voted most inspirational player the time she had to guard 5-foot-4 Corina Fuller and Aberdeen’s Ali Matisons “Your work ethic goes up,” Allen said.
for the Blazers and helped the golf team Allen back in high school. also played against one another. “Playing with so many talented players, you
win the league championship in 2002. “It was supposed to be a mismatch, since “We didn’t like each other at first,” have to work harder to get what you want.”
Wood played basketball for the Blaz- she couldn’t shoot over me,” the 6-foot-1 Matisons said. “We were kind of rivals Morrison agrees.
ers while achieving his associate’s degree Morrison said. “But when she would box and we had some close games. But now “Everything is much more up-tempo,”
from 1962-65. He taught for 30 years and me out, she was so low I’d be tripping over I love her – she’s like one of my best Morrison said. “You have to make some
coached fifth-and-sixth-grade basketball her, so it ended up in her favor.” friends. She hustles, rebounds and does changes in order to get there.”
at Glenoma Elementary. Nowadays, Morrison is more concerned what needs to be done.” Even though the challenges have become
A fifth nominate, Dan Hahn, attended about helping Allen than stopping her. Laci Mitchell remembers Matisons tougher, Allen said that she enjoys it.
from 1969-71 and was an all-star athlete Of the 11 active players on the Lady as well. “There’s a lot less drama on the team
in both baseball and basketball. Hahn has Blazers basketball team, 10 of them have “I used to hate her shot when we compared to high school,” Allen said.
yet to accept the award. interacted one way or another with each played against her,” Mitchell said. “It “Nobody is being mean to anyone for any
The inductees will also be honored other through high school basketball. In would make our team upset. We’d be yell- reason – it’s a better atmosphere.”
during halftime of the women’s home fact, some of the players played regularly ing, ‘someone guard her!’ But now we’re In fact, many of the players feel this
game against Tacoma. with or against each other throughout yelling, ‘someone open her up!’” year’s team gets along better than any
their high school careers. While most of the players have squared team they have played with before.
Blazer Bill kid’s night Deanna Riffe’s White Pass team regularly off against one another at some point, “The team gets along well,” Allen said.
Blazer Bill’s kid’s night is an evening contended for the state 2B championship some have had the opportunity to play “We’re a very close-knit team. We have
of fun, prizes and most importantly, against Allen’s Mossyrock squad. Both alongside each other prior to joining the to be serious on the court, but we can’t
basketball. women played against Morrison and the Blazers. be serious all the time.”
Children are encouraged to attend and Morton Huskies on a regular basis, as well. Alysha Kofstad and Megan Peabody Even the returning sophomores are
support the team. Children under 12 must Morrison said that playing together for both played at Woodland High School. impressed.
be accompanied by an adult. the Blazers after having played against For the two of them, who have known “It’s definitely better this year,” Mandy
The Centralia Trailblazers will play each other for the past four years seems each other since kindergarten, one of the McFadden said. “There is no drama at all.
the Lower Columbia Red Devils. a little strange sometimes. lures of playing for the Blazers was the There were some split groups of friends
The games are Feb. 13 from 6-10 p.m., “After having heard scouting reports opportunity to continue playing together last year, but now everyone on the team
the women’s game is at 6 p.m. and the and playing against Deanna for four after high school. hangs out together – it makes everything
men’s game is at 8 p.m. years, I’m still kind of getting past the Kofstad said that playing against some more enjoyable.”
A raffle and prizes will be awarded at weird feeling of playing with her,” Mor- of her new teammates in the past has giv- The players all agree that the team
halftime for each game. The prizes will be rison said. en her a better understanding of how they has a greater sense of camaraderie this
C.C. athletic bags, C.C. shirts, basketballs Despite having been rivals in the post play now, but that she and Peabody have season.
signed by the Blazers and a shirt donated for so long, Riffe is glad to have Morrison played together for so long that reactions Head coach Gary Viggers said that the
from Willy’s Sport Shop. Children do not as a teammate. on the court are almost instantaneous. bond the teammates share is a testament
have to pay for the raffle. “She’s tall, so it was always hard to “It’s almost telepathic,” Peabody to their ability to work as a team and set
Tickets for the games are $5 for adults, score against her – she’d swat you – and said. an example for their peers.
free for Centralia College students with she was always one of the best players on Playing with and against one another “We had a recruit come in and watch a
I.D. and $2 for students with I.D. from the Morton squad,” Riffe said. “She was for so long has bred a mutual respect game the other day,” Viggers said. “She
other schools. the one we had to watch out for.” amongst the team that was not always said things like ‘Wow, you pass the ball
Blazer Bill’s kids night is hosted by Sophomores Jill Fuller and Teresa fully realized until the players were play- well’ and ‘You’ve got great teamwork.’
SAAT. Gaul have their own memories of playing ing alongside one another. That respect It goes to show that the team gets along
For more information contact SAAT against one another in high school. has helped make the transition from high so well and has such a strong sense of
at ext. 275 or by e-mail at activities@ “It was bizarre playing with Teresa at school to college level basketball easier, teamwork that they make others want to
centralia.edu. first,” Fuller laughed. “I remember in high if only slightly so. play here.”
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Collins work ethic sets him apart
by charlie parsons “He always hustles,” Breeze said. “He many options for entertainment during fans were all the parents – there was even a
When Jeremiah Collins moved to helps lift the mood of the whole team.” his downtime. lot of heckling. It’s weird to have a bunch
Centralia from Wasilla, Alaska, this past While he finally decided on Centralia, “During Christmas break, we went to of 40-year-old moms heckling you.”
summer, there were a few things he had Collins didn’t expect to get much playing the Capitol Mall every day for like two When it comes to the team, though,
to leave behind. time due to his height, but Marvel said weeks straight, just to get out of town,” Collins feels the players are finally com-
Family. that height isn’t what the 5-foot-10 Col- Collins said. ing together and playing well.
Friends. lins brings to a team anyway. The crowds at the games here are also “We’re all from diverse backgrounds
Even his normal sleeping pattern. “He’d (Jeremiah) be the first to admit a little disappointing, he said, compared and different areas, but we all get along
But he didn’t leave behind his hustle. that he doesn’t have the to the turnout he was used to at Wasilla. pretty well,” he said. “It weighs down on
“He’s the type of guy who would run height or the athleticism “We had some big crowds in high us some when we’re losing, but we’re
through a brick wall if you asked him to,” of some of the other play- school,” Collins said. “You would think putting it together. We just need to build
Wasilla High varsity coach Jason Marvel ers, but he has such a they would be mostly students, but the best more confidence.”
said, mirroring the opinion of Blazer strong work ethic – his
coach Dave Klovdahl. whole family is like that,”
Collins’ work ethic is what sets him Marvel said.
apart from the average player, Marvel That work ethic has
said. shown itself in Collins’
“In my 10 years of coaching experi- performance with the Blazers. Despite
ence, he’s the hardest worker I’ve ever only averaging 2.7 points per game, his
had,” Marvel said. “If you could put his staunch defensive presence is integral to
heart into a big-time player, you’d have the team.
the next Michael Jordan.” His aggressive play led Collins to set
Collins said that a big reason he tries a high school record for most fouls in a
so hard at what he does is his upbring- day with 14. As a freshman at Wasilla,
ing. he was a member of the C-team, JV, and
“I was the youngest of four boys – varsity squads – all in the same season.
nothing came easy,” Collins said. Due to rules, though, a player could only
Collins also draws motivation from play six quarters per day.
some of the adversity he has experienced. “I fouled out in the C-team game, then
His brother, former Wasilla assistant head I fouled out in the JV game and I had four
coach Jake Collins, was seriously injured fouls in the varsity game,” Collins said
in a hunting accident in August 2006. laughing. “I doubt anyone will ever break
The accident put Jake into a coma and that record.”
when he finally awoke, he had to relearn When it comes to Centralia and Wash-
how to walk and talk. While he has made ington state in general, Collins feels a
a steady recovery since, Jeremiah hasn’t little homesick.
forgotten how hard the experience has “I hate the rain,” he said. “It never
been for himself and his family. stops. And, I’m always tired. There isn’t
In fact, Collins wears number 34 in this much daylight this time of year in
honor of Jake’s high school number, and Alaska, so I don’t sleep as much.”
the ordeal has had an impact not only Centralia and its lack of entertainment
on his work ethic, but also on his life in or sunshine didn’t score a very good first
general. impression with Collins or his room-
“If Jake can go through something like mate.
that, I’ll do a set of lines,” he said, refer- “Me and Devin decided to check out
ring to running sprints during practice. town when we first moved here, just to
“It was tough, but it has really been a kill time,” Collins joked. “Two minutes
character builder.” later we were back – at least we didn’t
Roommate and teammate Devon spend much on gas.”
Breeze thinks that Collins is a solid ad- Collins said that being so far from his MArquIS MATHeWS drives around a south puget sound defender Jan. 9. the blaz-
dition to the team. friends and family has left him without ers lost the game 93-87.
Nonleague schedule proves difficult for Blazers
by charlie parsons hard out there,” Klovdahl said. “We’re as many as 23 before pulling close for a points on only 8-of-24 shooting but had
After finishing 1-8 during a tough non- working it out.” 91-80 loss. four steals for the Blazers.
league preseason, the Blazers have a lot SWOCC Matthews recorded his first double- The Blazers were eliminated from
to prove in the NWAACC West. The Blazers kicked off the preseason at double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and the tournament Dec.15 by the Mt. Hood
Coach Dave Klovdahl said that despite home against Southwestern Oregon Nov. four assists. Rogers and Graham scored Saints 76-68. No statistics were available
playing well, the team has to finish strong 17. Despite leading 49-41 at halftime, the 18 and 16 respectively. for the game.
in order to win games. Blazers couldn’t maintain the lead in the Shoreline Whatcom
“We’ve played some good halves, but second half, trailing by as many as 13 en With Centralia halfway underwater A valiant effort by the Blazers wasn’t
we’re not playing hard the whole game,” route to a 101-94 loss. due to flooding, the Dolphins put on a enough consolation to keep them warm
Klovdahl said. “We aren’t putting it to- Riippi had 32 points and three steals performance that would have made Flip- on the ride home as they lost to the Orcas
gether in the second half and have been and Robbie Graham had 19 points on per proud as they drowned the Blazers 81-75 Dec. 19.
going on some bad stretches.” 6-of-10 shooting from the field while 83-60 Dec. 6. Despite outshooting Whatcom 64.1
The team has also endured a number going 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Due to the weather crisis, the Blazers percent to 56.8, on top of shooting 55.6
of losses to the roster due to injuries. Reggie Rogers recorded a double-double had only seven players on hand, forcing percent from beyond the arc, the Blazers
A.J. Autin had knee surgery prior to with 18 points and 11 rebounds. most of the starters to play nearly the weren’t able to overcome the Orcas.
preseason play and will not return to Olympic entire game. Graham put up 22 points and swiped
the team this season. Clay Hughes has The Rangers overcame a 16-point Graham had 18 points and Rogers four steals while Matthews added 13
been battling illness, and Aaron Phillips Blazer lead to come within one-point at added 17. Phillips contributed 13 points points. Rogers and Khandzhayan each
sustained a knee injury in a game against halftime, but it wasn’t enough as Centralia, and Matthews chipped in 10 points and added 11 points for the Blazers, who
Highline. which had four players in double figures, seven rebounds. dropped their fifth straight.
“He’s going to play through it, but it prevailed 84-82 Nov. 28. SPSCC Tournament Scottsdale Tournament
doesn’t help,” Klovdahl said. Riippi led all scorers with 23 points The Blazers dropped two games dur- A trip to the desert left the Blazers
Johnnie Stroud and Albert Khand- and Graham added 20. Matthews con- ing the South Puget Sound Crossover thirsting for victory this holiday season
zhayan have also been unable to play for tributed 16 points and seven rebounds tournament Dec. 14-15. as they were choked out in both of their
various personal reasons. for the Blazers. Playing with only eight players in their games in Scottsdale, Ariz. Dec. 27-28.
While the team is still working on staying Yakima first game, the Blazers were not able to Centralia dropped the first game to
cohesive, Klovdahl said many players have A loss to the Yaks in Centralia Nov. 30 hold off Columbia Basin. The Hawks Scottsdale Community College 82-63
put forth some solid individual efforts. still isn’t as embarrassing as playing for outshot the Blazers 46.8 to 34.8 percent and the second to Chandler-Gilbert Com-
“(Jordan) Riippi is shooting well, Mar- a team called the Yaks. en route to a 77-65 victory. munity College 93-79.
quis (Matthews) is attacking and getting The Blazers, who shot only 40.9 per- Graham led all scorers with 26 points Complete statistics for the tournament
assists, and Joe (Nelson) is battling pretty cent from the field, never led, trailing by and added six rebounds. Riippi scored 19 were not available.
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Riffe brings agressive style of play
by charlie parsons would go to either Yakima or Centralia,” time because of basketball,” Riffe said. “All of us get along really well and
Last fall, Coach Gary Viggers had a Riffe said. “I finally decided on Centralia “I’d rather play anyway – I don’t want Coach Viggers is a good coach,” she
dilemma. because it’s closer to home.” to get hurt.” said. “He always comes up with a story
Despite having a solid group of retur- But after a few weeks of school, Riffe When it comes to the team in general, or quote before practice to help us focus.
ning sophomores and a strong contingent felt she was missing something. Riffe has a lot of respect for her teamma- He manages to find stuff we are doing
of freshmen, the Blazers were in need of “I got kind of bored after school tes and coaches. wrong to keep us getting better.”
a player who could add depth and tough- started, so I decided to try out for the
ness to the post and wing team,” she said.
positions. Riffe said the transition from high
Then, only a couple school basketball to the college level has
of days before the first been difficult but worth it.
preseason game, Deanna “It’s hard to get a starting spot with so
Riffe appeared. many good, established players on the
As a post player for team,” Riffe said. “You have to work and
four years at White Pass practice harder if you want to play. In high
High School, Riffe played Riffe school, there aren’t as many players with
an important role in that team’s march to this potential, so you don’t have to try as
the state 2B championship tournament hard to make it.”
three of her four years there. Viggers said that Riffe has risen to
Viggers said that despite Riffe’s late the challenge of proving herself a quality
start, she brings a toughness to the team player.
that he feels they may lack. “She was behind on her conditioning,
“Having a player like Deanna on the and she had to learn the offense and our
team adds depth and intensity to the team system,” Viggers said. “But she’s
team,” Viggers said. “She’s a very phy- caught up well.”
sical player. Teams have to have a level The competitiveness of college-level
of toughness – Deanna brings that.” basketball is what makes the game fun
White Pass coach Tom Kelly agrees. for Riffe.
Kelly said even though the 5-foot-11 “The refs let you get away with a lot
Riffe played mainly post in high school, more,” Riffe said. “I get to bang around a
she has the talent to extend to the wing little more and I like to get the other team
postion. riled up.”
“She’s very strong and she’s got great Riffe said that practicing with other
footwork,” Kelly said. “And she’s tough talented players has improved her own
to defend. During practices, nobody skills.
wanted to have to guard her.” “Now that I’m playing wing and post,
Riffe’s strength and power were instru- I’m seeing the court more and improving
mental to the White Pass offense. my passing,” she said.
“We had a running team, and Deanna The work is paying off for Riffe, who is
was our secondary break player,” Kelly averaging 7.3 points and five rebounds per
said. “She was the one barreling down the game since league play opened Jan. 3.
lane and was a big part of the outcome of When she’s not drawing fouls or gi-
some of those series.” ving defenses fits, Riffe keeps busy off
Despite averaging 15 points per game the court. In addition to working on her
and helping to lead her team to a seventh- prerequisites for the nursing program, she
place finish in the state championships works part-time in the college library.
last year, Riffe didn’t initially intend to In fact, she stays so busy she doesn’t
play college basketball. have much time for anything else. ALySHA koFSTAd surveys the court as two clipper defenders try to box her in during
“I decided during my senior year that I “I like to snowboard, but I don’t have a Jan. 9 game. the blazers cruised to a 60-43 win.
Lady Blazers jump out to a 9-4 start
by charlie parsons continue to work with the team and fill a Community College 75-68. Edmonds Tritons 69-36.
At the start of the preseason, the Blaz- role as an assistant coach. Complete stats for the games were not Atcheson led Centralia with 15 points
ers were ranked seventh overall amongst Viggers said his only gripe concerning available. and Corina Allen added 10.
NWAACC teams and second in the West the team is that the women are too even- Everett Tournament In the final game of the tournament,
Division. tempered on the court. A three-game stretch in Everett turned the Blazers continued their dominance
After a West-leading 9-4 preseason, “They could play more intensely, more in the Blazers favor Nov. 30-Dec. 2 as with a 71-51 victory over the Southwest-
the Blazers dropped a notch to eighth in aggressively out there,” Viggers said. they managed to pull out two victories. ern Oregon Lakers.
the league, but coach Gary Viggers thinks “They get sort of timid against some of After losing the first game to the Lane Atcheson led the team yet again with
the team is coming together well. the better teams. But I think we are show- Titans 71-63, the Blazers rolled over the 26 points and 11 rebounds for her first
“Overall, it (the preseason) was pretty ing signs that we’re a good team.” Edmonds Tritons 83-48 behind Frannie double-double of the season and was se-
good,” Viggers said. “We had a tough Everett Morrison’s 17 points and Mandy McFad- lected to the all-tournament team. McFad-
schedule, but we played well.” The Trojans weren’t able to muster den’s nine rebounds. den and Matisons added 10 and 12 points
That tough schedule included third- much protection against the Blazer’s pen- On day three, the Blazers continued to respectively as the Blazers improved their
ranked Yakima, fifth-ranked Lane and a etrating offense Nov. 17 as Centralia won dominate their opponents, lowering the record to 7-3.
trip to California against teams the Blaz- the preseason opener at home 95-63. boom on the Chemeketa Storm 80-46. Edmonds Tournament
ers had no opportunity to prepare for. The Blazers led 48-25 at halftime and Centralia never trailed, leading by as After two crushing losses to Centralia
Despite it all, Viggers was impressed by never trailed again, extending their lead many as 38 points. Four Blazers were already in the preseason, the Tritons had
the team’s performance. to as many as 37 points and outshooting in double-figures as they improved the to have been getting tired of seeing the
“We played very well against the Cali- the Trojans 55.7 to 29.2 percent from the team’s preseason record to 4-2. Blazers by the time they hosted the final
fornia teams,” Viggers said. “We beat San field. North Seattle preseason tournament Dec. 27-29.
Diego 88-44, and we had a good second Amanda Atcheson led four Blazers in The Blazers unleashed a little thunder The Bellevue Bulldogs played a
half against Lane.” double figures with 22 points and three of their own against a tough Storm team close first game with the Blazers but
While the Blazers finish the preseason steals. Teresa Gaul had 14 points, Ali to win 69-65 Dec. 8. couldn’t stop them as Centralia, fueled
on a high note, they will be without guard Matisons had 13 and Deanna Riffe added Complete stats for the game were not by Atcheson’s 19 points and Gaul’s 14
Brittney Duerr. After academic problems 10 points and six rebounds. available. points, hung on to win 67-61.
stemming from her transfer from North San Diego City College Walla Walla Tournament The Blazers lost the second game of
Idaho College kept her from playing A trip to sunny San Diego proved to be The Blazers walked away from yet an- the series Dec. 28 to Big Bend 81-68.
during the preseason, Duerr decided to a productive trip for the Blazers as they other tournament with a winning record, Bouncing back from the loss to the
redshirt for the season. split a pair of games Nov. 23-24. winning two-of-three Dec. 14-16. Vikes, the Blazers punished a short-
“I figured I’d rather play a full season The Blazers blew out San Diego Com- After an overwhelming loss in the first handed Edmonds squad Dec. 29, 70-45,
than just half of one,” Duerr said. munity College 88-44 in their first game, game to the Yakima Yaks 77-56, the Blaz- finishing the preseason on top of the
Despite being off the court, Duerr will but dropped the second game to Ohlone ers bounced back Dec. 15 to dominate the NWAACC West with a 9-4 record.
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Team more cohesive after rocky start
by charlie parsons mistakes. NBA team that bears their namesake, assists and burgled four steals.
A rocky start to league play in the “Our loss at LCC was disappointing, staying just ahead of the Blazers en route Lower Columbia
NWAACC West Division has not been but we learned from it,” Klovdahl said. to a 93-87 win Jan. 9. Riding high after their first league
enough to get the Blazers feeling down- “We hung with them for the first 12 min- Centralia never led despite having four win of the season wasn’t enough Jan.
and-out. utes, but we fell out of our rhythm.” players in double-figures. Rogers led the 19 for the Blazers to overcome the West
After an 0-3 stretch, the Blazers have The team has also gotten a boost from pack with 21 points and eight rebounds. Division-leading Red Devils as they lost
battled back to win two of their last four the return of Johnnie Stroud, who was Riippi added 19 points and Graham and 77-46.
games to extend their league record to 2-5 unable to play due to academic reasons. Matthews each contributed 16. Rogers led an offensively stymied
and keep themselves from being buried For now, though, Klovdahl said the Clark Centralia team with 15 points on 7-of-18
at the bottom of the division. Blazers will continue to work on mini- The Penguins froze the Blazers in their shooting. Riippi added 12 points as the
Coach Dave Klovdahl believes that the mizing turnovers and getting back on tracks Jan. 12, dishing them a cold 81-73 Blazers fell to 1-4 in league play.
most important result of those wins has defense, particularly on the outside. loss at home. Pierce
been the boost to morale for the team. “We’ve been hurt by 3-point shoot- Riippi had 22 points, Rogers added Jordan Riippi and the Blazers shot a
“We’re getting much better because of ing,” Klovdahl said. “But we’re coming 17 and Matthews had 11 points and nine smoking 52 percent from the field Jan.
it,” Klovdahl said. “The team is playing along. If we continue to play the way rebounds as the Blazers lost their tenth 18, scorching the Raiders and cruising to
more cohesive.” we’ve been, we might be able to sneak straight. a 77-71 win at home.
Klovdahl said that increased ball up on some teams.” Green River Riippi scored 30 points to lead all
movement has been the difference. Highline Centralia pulled out a stunning victory scorers. Rogers added 21 points on 8-of-9
“When we’re making that extra pass The Thunderbirds spoiled Centralia’s over the Gators Jan. 16, winning it in the shooting and two blocked shots and Gra-
we tend to shoot the ball better,” Klovdahl home opener Jan. 3 as they squashed the last minutes 69-66. ham dished out eight assists to go with his
said. “We get the best possible shot down Blazers 76-53. The Blazers trailed the entire game, 10 points.
the court, and it has shown in our last few Reggie Rogers and Jordan Riippi each falling behind 13-0 to start the game. The win lifted the Blazers out of last
wins.” had 14 points for the Blazers. Robbie After shooting only 34.4 percent from place in the NWAACC West Division
The team has worked on staying con- Graham added 12 points and Marquis the field and trailing by eight in the first with a 2-4 league record.
sistent, which Klovdahl said was one of Matthews dished out eight assists as half (32-24), the Blazers turned the tables
the main problems during the preseason. Centralia dropped to 1-9 overall. on Green River by shooting 68.2 percent
The players are also gaining enough South Puget Sound in the second half and stifling the Gators Four Blazers scoring in double figures
confidence to keep from dwelling on The Clippers played nothing like the defensively. didn’t intimidate the Chokers much Jan.
Riippi led four Blazers in double figures 23 as they dominated Centralia 82-66.
with 17 points, Graham added 14 points Rogers led the Blazers failing charge
and Aaron Phillips contributed 12. Rogers with 19 points and nine rebounds, Mat-
recorded a double-double with 16 points thews added 16 and Graham had 15 for
and 10 rebounds and Matthews dished six the Blazers.
photos by charlie parsons
BLAzer ACTIoN: starting above and moving clockwise, reggie rogers shoots over a defend-
er and robbie graham moves the ball down the court in a game against south puget sound
Jan. 9. in a contest with clark Jan. 12, Jeremiah collins looks to pass to a teammate.
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Blazers challenge for lead in division
by charlie parsons win over West Division favorite High- percent to only 19.2 percent. The Blaz- (31-27), but were unable to take the lead,
Off to a 6-1 start, Centralia is making line. ers increased their lead to 34-11 midway suffering 25 turnovers and shooting only
plenty of headway into league play this “We got a little greedy,” Viggers said. through the second half before the Thun- 36.7 percent from the field.
season. “We’ve underestimated some teams that derbirds pulled to within 17. Atcheson and Peabody each added 15
The Blazers, who are ranked seventh we shouldn’t have overlooked.” Clark points as the Blazers fell to second place
overall in the NWAACC coaches’ poll, With only one loss in league play so Atcheson led three Blazers in double- in the NWAACC West with a 4-1 record
sit in second place in the West Division. far, though, Viggers is still pleased overall figures with 20 points as Centralia clob- in league play.
Despite the good start, coach Gary Vig- with the team’s performance. bered the Penguins 69-51. Pierce
gers feels the team has a tough season “Everyone is healthy, grades are Alysha Kofstad added 11 points, Jill The shorthanded Raiders were no
ahead of them. good,” Viggers said. “For now, everything Fuller had 10 and McFadden grabbed match for a Blazer team seeking redemp-
“We’re still getting pushed around too is good to go.” seven steals as the Blazers improved to tion for their first loss Jan. 21 as Centralia
much,” Viggers said. “We need to be more Highline 3-0 in league play. destroyed Pierce 97-46.
physical, more aggressive.” The Blazers started league play in Green River The Blazers shot a blistering 59.2
Viggers said that while the Blazers good form Jan. 2 as they beat the top- Centralia dished out a beating worthy percent from the floor and were 8-of-15
have played well so far, that lack of inten- ranked Thunderbirds 68-57. of Happy Gilmore Jan. 16, pounding the from 3-point land while committing only
sity has hurt them against teams he feels Centralia never trailed, leading 29-25 Gators 79-61. 15 turnovers and filching 22 steals.
they should otherwise have beaten. The at the half and by as many as 14 points. After leading by 10 points at the half, Atcheson led five Blazers in double-
Jan. 19 game against Lower Columbia Amanda Atcheson led all scorers with the Blazers surged on, leading by as figures with 21 points and six steals,
was a perfect example of this. 25 points and 12 rebounds and Mandy many as 19 points before settling on 18 Peabody added 16 points, McFadden had
“We got off to a bad start, but we also McFadden added 10 points and eight to win. Centralia forced Green River into 14, Matisons had 13 and Gaul added 11.
came out soft and timid where LCC was rebounds as the Blazers improved to 1-0 37 turnovers and held them to only 43.3 Grays Harbor
aggressive,” Viggers said. “Once we in league play and 10-4 overall. percent shooting from the field. Another game, another 50-point mar-
finally got going, we outplayed them, South Puget Sound Atcheson had 25 points and five steals gin of victory.
but we already had too many missed op- Megan Peabody had 10 points and and Deanna Riffe added 12 points and The Blazers won their second consecu-
portunities.” six assists and Atcheson added 19 as the seven rebounds for the Blazers. tive game by a margin of 50 or more Jan.
Viggers said that the team has also Blazers trounced the Clippers 60-43. Lower Columbia 23, obliterating the Chokers 107-53.
let their guard down after having beaten Centralia held the Clippers to 11 points Centralia suffered its first loss of the Matisons led the charge with 21 points
some tough teams, particularly after the in the first half, outshooting them 37.5 season in league play Jan. 19, falling on 8-of-9 shooting, going 3-for-3 from
behind early to the Red Devils en route beyond the arc. Peabody added 20 points,
to a 63-60 loss. Atcheson had 16 points and five assists,
The Blazers never led. After trailing and McFadden and Riffe each pulled
11-0 to start the game, they managed to down 8 rebounds as the Blazers improved
battle back to within four by halftime to 6-1 in league play.
photos by charlie parsons
BLAzer ACTIoN: starting above and moving clockwise, in a Jan. 9 game against
south puget sound, deanna riffe takes it to the hoop between three clipper defend-
ers, Jill fuller clears some space for an open lane, and in a Jan. 12 game against clark
amanda atcheson prepares to pass the ball to a teammate.
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Musical comedy featured in February
continued from page 1 “This is our Valentine’s present to Lewis college in the community. your face,” he said.
variety of dance numbers to offer includ- County.” And the cast is looking forward to the The cast of “The Nunsense Vegas Re-
ing jazz, ballet, tap, chorus lines and a hat The second week of performances performances as well. vue” is Jana Tyrrell, Sister Mary Regina
and cane vaudeville act. will be held at the Lucky Eagle Casino “There is a lot of energy onstage and (Mother Superior); Katie Medford, Sister
“Each routine is different from the last,” in Rochester, which has never been done you never know what is going to happen Mary Hubert (Mistress of Novices); Sarah
Tyrrell said. “I find myself saying ‘that’s my before. next,” said Katie Medford who plays Edwards, Sister Robert Anne (Streetwise
favorite one’ until I see the next one.” “We rarely ever take a show on the road, Sister Mary Hubert. “The audience will nun from Brooklyn); Madison Bassett,
Mark Huffman, professional choreog- but this play is perfect in a casino setting,” probably wonder, ‘What are they going Sister Mary Paul a.k.a. Sister Amnesia
rapher employed by Disney World, will Tyrrell said. “In turn, Lucky Eagle has to do next? Crazy nuns.’” (also the voice of puppet, Sister Mary An-
fly in from Florida Feb. 2-5 to choreo- never hosted a show that wasn’t their own “The Nunsense Vegas Revue” is sure nette.); and, Megan Tyrrell, Sister Mary
graph the play.
creation, so it’s exciting for both of us.” to entertain all who come, Tyrrell said. Leo (nun who wants to be a dancer).
“Mark always does a marvelous job,”
said Tyrrell. “He has a penchant for meld- Tyrrell believes presenting the show at “It should be really fun. You will go Others who assist with the produc-
ing dance to fit a specific style the casino is a great way to represent the home whistling the tunes with a smile on tion are Chris Kenney, stage hand; Ryan
and always finds a way to get Mortensen, MC; Jesse Glea-
son, stage manager; Sean
the maximum mileage out of
O’Neil, assistant stage man-
dancers who are a conduit to
ager; Ashlen Hodge, assis-
telling the story in a song.” tant stage manager/dresser/
Dazzling song and dance understudy.
numbers are not the only way Opening night is Feb. 21
this musical connects with the at 7 p.m. in Corbet Theatre
audience, Tyrrell said. located in Washington Hall.
The play has many ways The performance for Feb.
for the audience to partici- 22 will be held at 8 p.m.
pate in the sisters’ adventure, Foundation Night is Feb.
including casino games such 23 at 2 p.m. also in Corbet
as the “Holy Rollers Giant Theatre and tickets can only
Slot Machine” that Tyrrell be purchased by calling the
describes as a cross between Foundation at ext. 290.
a slot machine and “The Price A matinee will be present-
is Right.” ed Feb. 24 at 2 p.m in Corbet
“Our characters randomly Theatre.
start talking to the audience,” The second weekend of
Edwards said. “It’s really performances will be held at
fun.” the Lucky Eagle Casino in
The play is upbeat, the Rochester at 8 p.m. Feb. 29
songs are marvelous and the and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 1.
nuns are endearing, Tyrrell Tickets can only be purchased
said. through Ticketmaster.
“Donna and I chose the Tickets are $10 for adults
play because we wanted a and $8 for students and se-
musical comedy that would niors both at the Lucky Eagle
entertain the community, and at the college. The college
providing them a sense of joy box office opens for ticket
in what has otherwise been a FeATured IN “NuNSeNATIoNS! the nunsense Vegas review” are the sisters of the hoboken, n.J., order presales Feb. 4. Call the box
bleak couple of months for (back from left) Jana tyrrell and katie medford, (center) megan tyrrell, (front) sarah edwards and madison office to reserve tickets at
Lewis County,” Tyrrell said. bassett. the nuns will be performing their “sister act” feb. 21-feb. 24 and feb. 29-march 1. ext. 525.
Winter quarter Lyceum lectures scheduled
by becki curfman some of the history of environmental way that dams have affected these fish of the wild.”
Winter quarter brings a new round of policy in the state of Washington from the and what should to be done in order to g March 5 – Biodiversity: Nature’s
guest speakers to the college’s Wednes- late 1940s, as well as the issues that still balance the need for nonpolluting renew- treasure At risk. Science professor Lisa
day afternoon lyceum lecture series. face our state today. He will use several able power resources and protecting local Carlson will address the issues that are
The topic for this quarter is “Sus- case studies from his personal experi- ecosystems. threatening a variety of living things in
tainability: The Shifting Dynamics of ence to reinforce the way that ongoing g Feb. 20 – Sustaining the Dream: our state. She will address recent predic-
Power.” political debates have hampered the care tions by prominent biologists and discuss
Children and their World. To be an-
Lecturers will be covering topics re- of Washington’s natural resources. This preserving our natural heritage.
lated to those addressed at the Focus the lecture will offer strategies to protect nounced. g March 12 – China: Slumbering
g Feb. 27 – Wilderness in Nature:
Nation event Jan. 29-31. these resources more effectively. Giant. History professor Jody Peterson
Lyceum takes place in Corbet Theatre g Feb. 13 – Salmon vs. Dams. College reality and Metaphor. English profes- will cover China’s role in global politics
Wednesdays from 1-1:50 p.m. and is open president Jim Walton will talk about many sor Don Foran will talk about poems and in the 21st century. Specific topics she
to the public. aspects of salmon and their importance stories that discuss nature. He will specifi- will discuss are the Chinese economy
g Feb. 6 – Fish and Wildlife: policies and uniqueness to the Pacific Northwest. cally focus on those that touch on what and the country’s growing influence on
and people. Greg Hueckle will discuss He will draw particular attention to the he believes to be “the values and virtues world power.
Another new building in the offing
continued from page 1 Not to say that the changes aren’t The college hopes to have as many Some of the new teaching techniques
The Student Programs Office, bookstore needed. as 3,000 full-time students in 2013. Cur- include holographic projections, col-
and food services would also be housed in The college is the oldest continuously rently there are about 2,500 full-time laborative online research on Internet 2,
the new commons building but would not operating community college in the state. equivalent students. instant messaging and real time evalua-
be paid for by the same capital funding. Kemp Hall was built in 1950 making it The KSS project will not only increase tion and assessment.
One key feature of the commons build- nearly 60 years old. The Student Services the amount of room for new students, it Students are looking forward to the
ing is a multipurpose room. The room Building was built not long after in 1963. also will change the way students learn. new building.
would serve as a lunchroom in the daytime Both received severe deficiency scores Due to the rustic design of Kemp Hall, “Right now it’s not much of a change
on weekdays and double as a banquet hall based on the 2007 Facilities Condition Sur- there are limitations to the amount of from high school,” said Keshia Lucas,
nights and on weekends when the college vey performed by Pack and Associates. technology that can be installed within 17, Chehalis. “The newer equipment
isn’t utilizing the space, said Ward. They recommend the buildings be classrooms. The new building is designed changes that. It makes the college more
The 500-person multipurpose room replaced, as renovation is not feasible. with these changes in mind.
should be a welcome addition to the city. The buildings are the last major struc- “This building addresses initiatives to
It would give the community some- tures constructed by the college while it was change the way we teach and learn. It will If the KSS project is funded, the pre-
thing other than the Blue Pavilion at the part of the Centralia School District and allow us to expand the use of technology design work will have to be finished by
fairgrounds to host large banquets, Walton were built to K-12 standards of the 1950s. in the delivery of instruction, increase the end of June. The actual design will
wrote. Those standards aren’t suitable for an online courses and degree offerings, be done in 2009 and construction would
The new building will be located at the expanding college community today, ac- establish blended and hybrid offerings begin in 2011.
southwest corner of the campus at the inter- cording to the KSS project request report. that include a combination of online and “These are exciting and challenging
section of Walnut and Washington streets. There has been a 22 percent increase in traditional lecture modalities, and utilize times for our students and us,” Walton
This means the Health Science Annex full-time students in the last 10 years and a technology to enhance the learning styles said. “It is encouraging that we will be
building must be torn down, along with Kemp 16 percent increase is projected during the of all generations of students,” according able to continue offering quality educa-
Hall and the Student Services building. next 10 years, according to the report. to the KSS project request report. tion in equally quality facilities.”