Chemeketa Courier

Environmental Education Center slowly burns out

By Tavis Evans
Since 1995, the Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources has sat in a back-country office in Bldg. 6 while quietly helping educate countless students and teachers around the nation.
With funding from the National Science Foundation, the center has put together more than 52 workshops, trained more than 750 instructors, and distributed more than 21,000 instructional sections in natural resource education.
Wynn Cudmore, a Chemeketa life sciences instructor and the principal investigator for the center, said that the goal was to improve natural resource education for the two-year and technical program level.
But the center has also helped improve education at the four-year college and high school levels as well.
The center has more than 1,500 colleges and institutions on its mailing list, with more than 525 high schools and middle school subscribers as well.

Be a leader, not a stone-thrower

“Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”
Media mogul Ted Turner gave us that mantra in the not-too-distant past, and it served him well. Others have adopted it through the years: politicians, sports coaches in a variety of disciplines, and military personnel from around the globe.
We might suggest that itís time for Chemeketa students to adopt it as well: “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”
As we enter week seven of the term, however, we feel obligated to point out that Turner’s mantra is missing a vital element – one that is sorely needed in this time of uncertainty for pending grades and the work, or lack of work, that we’ve done in our classes thus far.
We would therefore suggest a rewrite that goes something like this: “Lead, follow, or get out of the way – and keep your big mouth shut once you do.”

Storm teams are tournament-bound

By Erick James
The season is winding down for the Chemeketa women’s and men’s basketball teams.
Only one game remains before the NWAAC tournament begins.
It has been a long season, with both changes required and challenges to overcome for coaches Jesse Ailstock and David Abderhalden.
Ailstock,, who coaches the women’s team, said, “We made very little changes during the season. But down the stretch, getting rest and staying healthy will be a plus.”
Abderhalden, the men’s coach, said that his team required game adjustments more than anything else.
Both of Chemeketa’s teams are on their way to the NWAAC tournament.
The women have an 8-3 record, which puts them in third place in the southern region.
The men have a 9-2 record, which puts them into a tie for first place in the southern region with Mt. Hood.

Spotlight Player of the Week

By Erick James
This week’s spotlight player of the week is Gavin Kauffman.
Kauffman is a 6-foot, 4-inch first-year guard from Sweet Home High School.
He is leading the Storm in scoring, averaging 14 points per game. He also leads the team in rebounding with 5.45 a game.
His highest point total of the season thus far was 23 against Lane.
Kauffman said that he has been playing the game “since I could hold a ball.”
But he has other interests besides basketball. “I like to hunt and fish. I also enjoy hanging out with my friends,” he said.

Oregon’s poet laureate leads poetry workshop at Chemeketa

By Devin Swift
Thursday Feb. 23, the Chemeketa Writes program is hosting poet Laureate Paulann Petersen for readings and workshops.
“This writing series is our collegeís creative way of bringing some top notch writers to campus to read, talk, and meet with some student and community writers,”Jan VanStavern, instructor in writing/literature, said.
There will be two free readings in The Art Gallery, Bldg. 3 at 10:30 and 11:30 am.
“Paulann is a great local poet, and our other past readers, including about ten fine authors such as Lawson Inada, Fatmeh Kakraie, and Peter Rock, have all been charming, welcoming to student writers, and really fascinating at telling their stories as writers,” VanStavern said.

The workshop will be from 10-2:40 in Bldg. 9, Rm. 111. The workshop will include readings, writing exercises, sharing, craft talk, and more.

“Her workshop on Saturday should be full of humor, warmth, and a really nurturing style for student writers of all levels,” VanStavern said.

Students can register for WXR 0002G CRN 59824, at My Chemeketa or contact Jan VanStavern for paper registration. Cost of registration for the workshop is 50 dollars.

Bomb threat delays classes Feb. 13

By Devin Swift
At 5:45 a.m. this past Monday, Bill Kohlmeyer, received his first phone call of many.
Kohlmeyer, the head of Chemeketa’s public safety office, is a retired lieutenant with the Salem Police Department. He spent 18 years on the SWAT team and five years on the Salem bomb squad.
On this day, Kohlmeyer would have another long morning ahead of him.
At 5:40 a.m., woman called 911, saying that a bomb would go of at Chemeketa on Monday morning.
Parts of Chemeketa already were open, and at that time, only one public safety office was on duty.

Art instructor’s passion is contagious

By Matthew Romasco
Sometime events go wrong for the better.
Susanne Tringali, an art instructor at Chemeketa, never expected that she was going to teach art history.
“It was an accident,” she said.
Tringali was born in Nürnberg, Germany, where she remained until her late teens. She said that she listened to American Network Radio, the radio station for the American soldiers who were stationed in Germany.
“I just was totally interested in all this American culture. And so then, when I was 18, I packed up my stuff and moved to LA. I was crazy; I don’t know how I did it, but I did,” she said.

Tribal People United

By Andrew McIntyre
Chemeketa is a diverse campus with students from various backgrounds, including an active Native American population.
According to its members, Chemeketa’s Native American Club, Tribal People United, presents an excellent opportunity for native and non-native students to learn about Native American culture and its way of life.
Cristina Sanchez, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation and the chairman for Tribal People United, said, “We want to promote awareness and provide information to students about Native American culture.”

Blackout in the Storm Center

By Erick James
With the gymnasium packed with screaming fans mostly in black the Chemeketa Storm women’s and men’s teams both got victories over their rival Clackamas Cougars on a night filled with festivities.
The festivities were sponsored by the Chemeketa Student Government along with the Chemeketa Athletic department. They came together and hosted the Blackout for burgers. One of the people responsible for the night’s events was Peter Star. When asked about how the event was going he said, “The event is going extremely well and I am happy about the turn out. Also I am happy that we are winning.” Also the students seemed to be enjoying themselves as well. When asked how he thought the event was going Chemeketa student Steve Morales said, “It is going great. It’s good to see that the school supports its sports teams.”

Spotlight Player of the Week: Janelle Weiss

By Erick James
This week’s spotlight player of the week is Janelle Weiss.
Weiss is a 5-foot, 5-inch sophomore guard who came to Chemeketa from West Salem High School.
She is leading the Storm women’s basketball team in scoring, averaging 16.4 points per game. She also leads the team in assist with 4.05 a game.
Her highest point total of the season was 38 against Umpqua.
Weiss started playing basketball when she was in the second grade. Her coaches and fellow players note that she has a great deal of experience on the hardwood, and it shows.