Chemeketa Courier

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Annual Staff Social helps those in need

By Eugene Heuberger

Chemeketa will hold its annual staff social Dec. 9.

The event, which started as a staff party, has grown into a small benefit for needy students and staff.

Each year the college purchases 60 $60 Roth’s gift certificates for needy people who are enrolled or affiliated with Chemeketa.

Yesica Navarro, the administrative secretary for Student Retention and College Life, said, “Normally how it works is the staff is asked if they want to put their students’ names forward, or even other staff. … So anonymously they put student and staff names forward, and those are the people that get the certificates.”

Teaching students who help other students learn

By Joe Skelton

Your grade could lie in the hands of a Chemeketa tutor.

Their job depends on how well they teach.

It’s past midterm, and you’re suddenly up to your neck in deadlines and homework. As every Chemeketa student knows, college isn’t cheap, and having to retake a subject that you’re struggling to grasp is the last thing you want to do.

The solution to a declining GPA might just be a tutor, according to students and faculty alike.

“Every student who walks through our door is helped in some way. Students improve in their understanding of subjects by being engaged by tutors who carefully examine and explain subject material, creating the perfect learning atmosphere which allows students to get better grades,” Jerry Annon, the tutoring services coordinator, said.

Armed Public Safety officers: A response

My opinion is an unequivocal “No”. The “worst case scenario” of an armed assailant actively using deadly force on campus is an unlikely rationale for all Officers receiving sidearms. I’m aware of the tragic events that took place at Columbine High, Thurston High, and Virginia Tech, and I do acknowledge that a similar tragedy could happen anywhere. However, this comparison can be misused as a scare tactic that preys on our fear in order to justify a solution that would change the dynamic of the entire institution. Chemeketa is a community, and we need to carefully weigh any decision that alters our relationship with the community we serve.

Chemeketa restricting access to wi-fi

By Ryan Peterson

Change is in the air again…but this time, it will affect everyone at Chemeketa.

On January 1, 2012, Chemeketa is implementing a change to the wireless network, which will require students and staff to enter a password, also known as a passphrase, to use it.

Greg Harris, the dean of marketing, said, “The reasons for the change are that it is expensive to have a wireless network and maintain capacity. The development of new mobile devices is straining the system.

Also, a number of people who are not Chemeketa students or staff are using the system.”

According to Harris, another reason they are going to require a passphrase is to bypass a federal law, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, that requires law enforcement to inspect open networks, which is what Chemeketa has now. Those inspections are expensive.

Give a gift to help children in need

By Devin Swift

The Salvation Army and Chemeketa are teaming up through Dec. 9 to help make this holiday season a little brighter for area children.

“The Tree of Giving gives students and staff the ability to give back to children who may not be able to celebrate the holidays with even a single toy,” Peter Starr said. He is Chemeketa’s community service, service learning, and civic engagement coordinator.

The Christmas Angel program, otherwise known as the Tree of Giving on campus, collects gifts for needy youngsters in the Marion and Polk counties.

Sense and sustainability

By Gage Jordan

The buzzwords at Chemeketa these days are sustainability, student success, and quality.

Administrators, staff, and faculty alike all recognize that Chemeketa has identified these three goals as a guide to determine how the college maintains its trust with the community it serves.

Maureen McGlynn, Chemeketa’s dean of curriculum and instruction, is among those people at the college who are doing their part to ensure that students get to Chemeketa successfully and remain committed to obtaining a quality education.

Chemeketa Soccer team wins title

By Tyler Ross

With a chip on the shoulder remaining from last year, the Chemeketa men’s soccer team went into the game against Puget Sound with one thing in mind: Win the South Region.

With a 1-O victory this past week, the Storm once again came away a big winner.

“It feels great to win it. I felt like we deserved it,” Alberto Gomez, the team’s goalkeeper, said.

With the win, the team earned a bye in the first round of the current playoffs. In addition, the Storm holds the league title and is one win away from being in the Final Four.

LGBTS now Queer Allies for Change

“We are a college community enriched by the diversity of our students, staff, and community members. Each individual and group has the potential to contribute in our learning environment. Each has dignity. To diminish the dignity of one is to diminish the dignity of us all.”

– Chemeketa Mission Statement

By Devin Swift

We all strive to make a change in the world, and that can start in the Chemeketa community.

That, at least, is the philosophy of the members of Queer Allies for Change.

The club, previously known as LGBTS (for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Straight), is attracting attention at Chemeketa by educating people about the issues that matter to its members.

“Our goal is to educate the community as well as have a LGBTS presence in the college and community,” Adam Bird, the president of Queer Allies for Change, said.

Fine art collection is part of Chemeketa’s Yamhill Center

By Bernie Knab

An art acquisition committee has been working for more than a year to select and purchase art for the new Chemeketa Yamhill campus.

The committee, composed of former and current Chemeketa faculty and staff as well as community volunteers, decided to focus on acquiring works created by Yamhill County artists. We believed that the new Chemeketa campus serves primarily the people of Yamhill County and that the art selected should celebrate the artists who live there and find the endless beauty and diversity of the region inspiring.

One of the delights experienced by the committee was watching the new building, a work of art itself, take shape and grow into a beautiful three-story green structure that impresses from the outside as well as in its spacious, high tech interior.