Chemeketa Courier

Chemeketa Free Speech Zone attracts attention on campus

In an election year, debates of all types are sparked on Chemeketaís Salem campus.
Many organizations and community members who wish to have their voice heard, visit the college’s Free Speech Zone each week.
Students are allowed free speech opportunities anywhere on campus, but organizations and/or members of a community must use the Free Speech Zone.
Peter Starr, Chemeketa’s civic engagement coordinator, said, ìI think it is important that we as an educational institution embrace controversial issues and try to have a scholarly, objective conversation about them on campus.
“In the time that I have been helping to organize free speech on campus, I am proud to say we have never turned away an applicant. It is my hope that as politics continues to be infused with more venom than ever, Chemeketa students will continue to have an open mind and objectively and critically view the political and religious messages they see in the Free Speech areas or anywhere on campus.”

Help to find employment

With much of the country experiencing high unemployment, many students are finding it difficult to learn the skills needed to get a job.
Pouring over the listings can be time-consuming, and polishing your resume may look impossible without a guiding hand.
But Chemeketa’s Job Placement Services center in Bldg.2 was established to help students find work.
“I can’t guarantee that I’m going to get them a job,” Kip Carlson, the off-campus placement technician at the Job Placement center, said. “But we can sure get them a better chance than they would have had poking around on their own.”

Vote with Your Fork


Are you eating sustainably, locally, and healthy?
On April 18, the Vote with Your Fork brown bag discussion took place in Bldg. 2 at the Multicultural Center.
Guest speaker Jennifer Coleman, the outreach director for the Oregon Environmental Council, discussed what she believed was the necessity of eating sustainably, locally, and healthy.
Coleman said, ìThere are some ways Oregon can improve. We export about 85 percent of the food we produce to other states. I would like to see more of that food stay in our state and be eaten by Oregonians.
“You can eat sustainably by looking for the organic label; choose foods that you recognize the ingredients.”
Coleman shared ideas on how to choose food.
“I think that there are three things to think about: One, is if it’s healthy for your body; second, is if it’s healthy for the landscape; and [third], if it’s healthy for the local economy,” she said.
“The best way to support all three at once is to purchase fresh food that is grown locally.”
The event was hosted by the Chemeketa Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources, with support from the Wellness Committee, Student Retention and College Life, and the Horticulture program.
Cheryl Roberts, Chemeketa’s president who attended the session, said, “Eating sustainably supports the efforts that we currently have at our college.”

Professors you have been rated

Have you ever asked your friends what instructors they would recommend?
You can solicit the same information with a wider range of opinions on the website
The website allows students to grade and post comments regarding their past instructorsí performance. You can search directly for the instructor you are interested in or browse through the school listing to find the desired name.
Students can rate their instructors based on easiness, clarity, and helpfulness. Students also may offer comments about their instructors, and the criteria they used to make their decisions.

Joel Gisbert beating the odds

He had no education, no skills, and nowhere to go.
The piercing heat consumed the pregnant woman. She fell face first and wondered, “Is my child still alive?”
The year was 1981. Concepcion Lopez traveled 100 miles through the back roads of Mexico’s borderlands, the last part of a long journey, guided by pure determination to make it to the U.S. border.
The path to the United States, a place that she dreamed would possess true freedom, was long and treacherous.
The young mother traveled alone. She was seven months along and had lost consciousness several times from heat exhaustion, passing out and falling on the hard desert floor.
She was determined to give birth to her son in the USA so that he could be an American, in a land of opportunity, where a good education could be attained.

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Uncertain job outlook

Students of all demographics wonder what kind of job market the future holds in America.
Chemeketa Community College’s foreign exchange students are no exception. They, too, are worried about the uncertainty of the American economy.
“Where I live after college, will depend on whether or not I can find a job here,” Kyoungmoo Lee, a South Korean foreign exchange student, said. “I’m here to get my degree in accounting.”
College students need to keep their fingers crossed. The unemployment rate for bachelor’s degree graduates under the age of 25 was 13.1% in July 2011.
Lee said, “American women are more independent here than they are in South Korea. There will be a lot of competition for jobs.”
Oscar Barreto, a Venezuelan foreign exchange student, said. “I’m getting my ASL degree, and I play baseball here. What I do after school will depend on the opportunities available.”

Theater troupe comes to Chemeketa

Quality theater is making a return to Chemeketa, despite the loss of the drama program.
Theater Outreach is a community theater program that has been providing local shows since 2011, originally at the Kroc Center.
David Berrier, the Theater Outreach director, said, “The Kroc Center was a great place, and I really thought it would be great for family friendly theater. But I think they had some financial problems they had to cover, so they cut their art programs: drawing, sculpting, singing, dancing, and theater were just cut.”
After the Kroc Center cut the drama program, Theater Outreach worked to find a new, less restrictive venue.

Janelle Weiss is moving on up

Sometimes leaving the place you have called home for many years can be tough.
But, when you are going to another place to do something you love it might just put a smile on your face.
Itís not every day that someone from Chemeketa goes to a Division 1 school on an athletic scholarship.
Janelle Weiss is leaving Oregon for the first time in her life to go to the University of Idaho to play basketball, a sport she loves.
The star guard had a great year compiling some great statistics. She also led her team to the semifinals of the NWAAC tournament.
Weiss averaged a team high 17.5 points a game while shooting 40 percent from the field and 32 percent from three-point range. She also shot 85 percent from the free throw line and averaged a team-best 4 assist a game. She scored 38 points versus Umpqua which was her season high.
Weiss said she expects to have a lot of fun with her new teammates and coaches. She also wants to have a good overall basketball experience.
The biggest question is can this 5-foot, 5-inch guard start for her new team. Janelle says she is not worried about starting. But she also said, “I was the only point guard recruited, and if I work hard, I will start.”
Weiss said that she had learned a lot from the coaching she received from Coach Jesse Ailstock. Her teammatesí support also helped her develop as a player.

The colorful James O’Keefe

By Sydney Agee
“My mind doesn’t add up in predictable ways,” according to James O’Keefe, the man whose art is compiled currently in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery.
It shows in his artwork; rusty sinks, mismatched socks hung by clothespins, and glass bottles with vague statuses typed in New Times Roman. They are displays that look thrown together but are miraculously tasteful and hold an immaculate sense of talent and perception.
O’Keefe was born in New York. He moved to the Oregon coast, where he resides now.
“Art has always been a part of my life,” O’Keefe said in his speech to many eagerly listening Chemeketa students.