Chemeketa Courier

Deputies arrest threat suspect


By Jonathan Castro Monroy
Marion County deputies arrested Danielle Sylvia, 27, on March 7 for initiating two threatening calls that closed buildings at Chemeketa.
Detectives said they interviewed Sylvia, a Chemeketa nursing student, on the day that she was arrested.
Police reports indicated that she used her cell phone and her landlord’s cell phone to make the calls. Deputies said she told detectives that she had a test on both days, which prompted her to make the threats.
Although deputies said that Sylvia took responsibility for both the Feb. 13 and Feb. 27 threats, they do not believe that she was responsible for the March 1.
Sheriff’s spokesman Don Thomson said that an investigation was still ongoing for the third threat, which resulted in the closure of Chemeketa’s Salem, McMinville, Yamhill, and Woodburn campuses.
Executive dean Andrew Bone, who handled two of the recent threats while Chemeketa President Cheryl Roberts was out of town, said, “The arrest not only brings some closure on the recent threats and allows students and employees to feel safer, but it also let’s anyone who is thinking about making them, know that there are consequences.”



Roberts finalist for Bellevue President


Chemeketa president Cheryl Roberts has announced that she has been named as one of the finalists for the presidency of Bellevue College in Washington State. Roberts said in an email to Chemeketa staff: “The notion of leaving Chemeketa is difficult because of the great relationships I’ve developed and the tremendous successes we’ve achieved together over the past four years; however, as many of you may know, I have strong family ties in the Seattle
area, which has had an impact on my decision making.”
Andrew Bone, the college’s executive dean, said, “Her mother lives in Seattle, and I know it’s a struggle to have an aging parent live a distance away. Cheryl spends a fair amount of time with her mom. So it makes a lot of sense that she would want to be closer geographically to her mother.”



Chemeketa Foundation changes scholarship process


By Devin Swift
Several changes have been made to the online application and enrollment process for the Foundation Scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year.
The next application opening will run from March 26th to May 4. Students have six weeks to apply for the scholarships. According to Otilia Morales, Chemeketa’s scholarship coordinator, the changes are as follows:
New students must apply to Chemeketa. The student ID K# and username is necessary to log into my.chemeketa.edu to complete the online scholarship application. If the applicants are current students and have changed their major or program of study, they must update†their information. They can either call the Enrollment Center at 503.399.5006 or update the online admissions form. If students select to update the online form, it is vital that they use the same student K# to avoid delays.



The Shadows of Prejudice


Connie Hahn
Crowded into a coffee shop in a rather non-descript town people gather for their afternoon coffee to enjoy chaotic solitude or the company of their companions. There is an eclectic mix of people of all age groups ranging from teenagers with dyed-blue hair to parents with children running around their legs while they order a desired afternoon snack. On the surface, all of these people look and act different from one another leading them to believe that they are. To the untrained eye one would believe this transparent mirage. But with further in-depth investigation one can see that people are very similar in ways of finding personal harmony within this simple coffee shop. They walk in; they stand uncomfortably in line waiting to place their order. With food in hand they search for an available seat while specifically avoiding people that make them feel uneasy. It is not about finding the most comfortable seat but rather surrounding yourself with people who you don’t feel threatened by. These built-in prejudices guide their lives in every social setting. In the common era of the Twenty-First century it is socially unacceptable for most people to have an ethnic or racial prejudice judging people based on ethnicity, religion, culture, age or status instead of abolishing these biases people keep them hidden and continue to act and react, based on these everlasting modern prejudices.
The most common of these are attributional biases which the dictionary describes as a cognitive bias that affects the way we determine who or what was responsible for an event or action.



Public safety forum


by Wade Youngblood
Two bomb threats and a shooting threat made for anything but a traditional winter term for Chemeketa students and staff this year.
The question is whether the turmoil will follow into the Spring.
Chemeketa nursing student Danielle Sylvia was arrested on March 7 and booked on two counts of first-degree disorderly conduct and five counts of menacing in connection with the bomb threat on Feb. 13 and the shooting threat in Bldg. 9 on Feb. 27.
Sylvia told investigators that she had exams on both of those days and phoned in the threats to avoid taking the tests.
The phone records from these calls, one placed on Sylvia’s phone and one placed from her landlord’s phone, ultimately aided Marion County Sheriffís Department detectives in making the arrest.



Title hopes fail for basketball teams


By Erick James
The Chemeketa Storm women’s and men’s basketball team both fell short of a title, but both teams made great runs in the NWAACC Tournament.
The women lost in the semi-finals of the tournament to Walla Walla Community College, 71-69. The game was played on March 6.
The Storm fought back from a 46-23 halftime deficit but still fell short as time ran out. Walla Walla converted two free-throws as time ran out to take the two-point win.
Lauren Codiling, a second-year starting forward, led the team with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
The Storm’s bench outscored Walla Walla, 17-6.
The Storm finished the season with a 21-8 record.
The Storm shot 37.5 percent during the game, well short of their season average.
Jordan Klebaum, one of the starting guards, said, ‘If we shot like we did all season, I think we had a chance to win the whole thing.”
The men’s team made a run at the finals of the NWAACC tournament.
In the semi-finals, they played Peninsula Community College and won the game, 98-91.
The game was played March 7 in Kennewick, Wash.



Rat Trap Race entertains Chemeketa


By Devin Swift
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines, or release your traps.
Crowds gathered in Bldg. 7 as students raced cars, powered by rat traps, on March 8.
“The event went great. We had great teams, great teamwork, and all 11 cars performed,” Mark Miller, a Chemeketa engineering instructor, said.
Teams composed of manufacturing and engineering students competed for the farthest distance, using the same materials.
First place went to Team 2, with a distance of 98.345 feet. The team also won best in innovation.
Team members were David Marsh, Frank Belleque, Luke Hansen, and Jordan Sinn.
Marsh, a second-year manufacturing student, said, “It’s a big achievement, I guess. There is a lot of competition.”
Their team spent five to six weeks on one design.
“I think the event is cool because it teaches you to be innovative with limited materials,” Marsh said.
Second place went to Team 9, with a distance of 86.965 feet.



One person; two lives


By Sydney Agee
A full load of schoolwork can be a heavy burden. But some Chemeketa students endure that load while taking care of children as well.
Karina Guzmin, Molly Bennett, and Nick Lazukin are excellent in the classroom and also hold the responsibility of raising children.
Guzmin is sponsored through Early College High School, where she will earn her high school diploma as well as her Associates of Oregon Transfer Degree this year.
She raises her 3-year old daughter Yaretzi with the help of her boyfriend.
Luckily for Guzmin, her daughter stays at the daycare center in Bldg. 50, along with the children of many teen parents in the Teen Parent Program.
“The hardest thing is knowing you have so many things to do,” Guzmin said.
Most of the student parents’ routines are similar to each other: getting everyone ready, getting everyone fed, and getting everyone out the door on time.
Molly Bennett’s husband, Michael, already is working in the morning, which leaves her on her own to get her 21-month old daughter Emery ready for the day.



Art show to feature young children’s art


By Sydney Agee
Many students and staff in Chemeketa’s Child Development Center agree: Art plays an important role in early childhood education.
The center plans on showcasing its fourth art show, using the paintings and drawings from the children at the Child Development Center for everyone in the college to see.
Linda Craven, a faculty member for the program, insists that art is in much need in early childhood development.
“Art is an important part of the social and emotional growth in children,” Craven said.”Yet we just don’t have enough creativity available to them.”
According to Craven, there are many limitations available today to how children express themselves, with television and video games in the mix.
The faculty and students in the center wanted to give the children an opportunity to have uninterrupted art time and to showcase their talents to make them feel powerful with their artwork.



Chemeketa begins educational after school program in Bldg.62



By Eugene Heuberger
Ambitious local youth will have a new place to go after school now.
The Verizon Connect Center opened in February in Bldg. 62 on the main Salem campus.
According to Greg Harris, Chemeketa’s dean of marketing and public relations, the connect center is essentially a Boy’s and Girl’s Club.
ìIt has a special focus on programming for middle school-aged students to teach them communication skills using different software programs.
“Chemeketa has been working on the project since last summer in collaboration with several partners, including the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Salem, Marion-Polk Food Share, Salem-Keizer public schools, and the YMCA,” Harris said.
The program is funded by a $40,000 grant from Verizon, and its staff primarily includes Boy’s and Girl’s club staff members. The YMCA also provides transportation and a staff member, according to Naomi Simila-Dickinson, the Connect Center Coordinator.