Chemeketa Courier

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

By Gage Jordan
The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continues to radiate freedom and equality through the Chemeketa community.
Students Adriana Mora, Ruben Sainz, and Makiah Merritt from the college’s multicultural center organized and managed an event remembering King on Jan. 18. Linda Ringo-Reyna, the college’s Multicultural Student Services coordinator, said: “I’m very proud of my work team. They all pulled it together and made it happen. Our black community always comes through for the students.” The first speaker was Taylor Marrow, a Chemeketa history instructor.

Basketball Update

By Erick James
Chemeketa’s women and men basketball seasons are now in full swing.
The Storm women are currently 11-4 overall and 3-1 in league play. The team is in second place in the south division. The Storm score on average 76.2 points a game, which ranks them fourth in the conference.
The team is lead by Janelle Weiss, its leading scorer. She is averaging 28.5 points a game and 4.21 assists a game in league play.
The women are lead by head coach Jesse Ailstock.
“I’m excited; we are looking forward to making the tournament and winning the NWAAC South” title, she said. The men are lead by head coach David Abderhalden. The team is 12-4 overall and 4-0 in league play; it is ranked No. 1 in the South division. The men’s team has six players who average double figures in scoring. Abderhalden said, “Due to injuries, we were forced to change our style of play to a very uptempo style.”

Flooding causes classes to be canceled

By Tavis Evans
Chemeketa canceled classes this past Friday because severe storms caused flooding and hazardous conditions in the Salem area.
Many neighborhoods and streets throughout the city were closed because of the high water from rising creeks and rivers. Chemeketa’s Purple Lot was flooded on Thursday.
College president Cheryl Roberts and Bill Kohlmeyer, Chemeketa’s public safety officer, made the decision to close the campus early Friday morning.
Greg Harris, the college’s dean of marketing, said, “We were certainly concerned about the welfare of our students and staff, and the reports we were getting about the roads seemed like it wasn’t safe to have traffic out there. We wanted to do our part to keep people safe.

Art Imprisoned

By Sydney Agee
The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery in Bldg. 3 opened a new feature last week on Chemeketa’s Salem campus.
The tasteful display of paintings and poetry was created by self-taught inmates at the Oregon State Correctional Institution.
Tanya Snider, a criminal justice instructor who pulled the display together, said: “It has been a dream for me to bring something to the gallery that no one has seen before.”

Telling Jokes in Cold Places

By Devin Swift
When the sky is gray and gloomy, what better way to brighten the day than with some humor?
Chemeketa students are excited to see comedian Demetri Martin, who will be in Portland on Jan. 27 and Eugene on Jan. 28.
“This is a more focused bunch of shows. That’s my goal before we shoot the special,” Martin said.
Martin’s new tour is called Telling Jokes in Cold Places. You may have seen him on Comedy Central or read his book, This is a Book.
“I’m trying to get a new hour together, an hour of material that I like, that would be good to put on TV,” he said.

Event helps transfer students over next hurdle

By Tavis Evans
Students having questions about transferring to a 4-year university may be wise to mark Jan. 26 on their calendars.
Oregon Transfer Days will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bldg. 2 Student Programming Center at Chemeketa.
The event brings together admission officials from Oregon’s public universities, along with private and out-of-state colleges, to help Chemeketa students prepare for and learn about transferring to a four-year institution.

Winter Volunteer Fair – Lend a helping hand for your community

By Devin Swift

Chemeketa welcomed local volunteer organizations on Thursday for the Winter Volunteer Fair.

Running the event was AmeriCorps VISTA member Skye Hibbard, the food relief coordinator for Chemeketa’s Office of Student Retention and College Life.

“We wanted to give students at Chemeketa an opportunity to connect with local organizations—to learn about the work that they’re doing in the community and hopefully sign up to help out,” Hibbard said.

Two drives help those in need during difficult economic times

By Brenna Albrich

The Chemeketa Food Pantry and representatives from the college library recently teamed up to help relieve some of the financial pressures of those in need during the current difficult economic times.
With the Food for Fines Food Drive, Chemeketa’s library offered students, staff members, and the public the opportunity to waive up to $10 in overdue fines on books.
For each food item donated, $1 in fines was excused.
Angie Miller, a library services coordinator, called the program “a great opportunity for students to both clear their library debts and help other students.”
While the food pantry is a permanent fixture for the aid of Chemeketa, the offer of clearing library fines in exchange for donations ran only through Dec 9.

‘Where are we now’ discussion panel dissects 9/11/01

By Carrie Ward

With the “Where Are We Now” exhibit in Chemeketa’s art gallery serving as a springboard, a recent panel discussion attracted more than 50 students and staff members in Bldg. 2 to dissect the countries changes since 9/11/01.

“Where Are We Now” was the inaugural exhibit for the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery. The exhibit began Oct. 5 and through the end of November.

Deborah Trousdale, the gallery’s coordinator said, “As part of the discussion, we invited artists to present works that illuminate the changes we have experienced [since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2011] and lead to thoughtful consideration of the new world we are creating.”

IceAlert system helps Chemeketa students stay safe in winter

By Matthew Romasco

A constant threat looms over students and staff at Chemeketa during
the winter months.

“I know I’ve almost slipped numerous times,” Matthew Rauch, the
student activities coordinator for the Associates Students of
Chemeketa, recently said.

To combat the problem of icy conditions on campus, Chemeketa plans on
expanding upon its IceAlert system, which was installed last year
during winter break.

“This is phase two,” Regalanda Lombardi, the co-chair of the college’s
Safety Committee, said.