Chemeketa Courier

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.

Financial aid: apply early

By Eugene Heuberger
For many students, the process of applying for financial aid can be daunting.
But financial aid officials indicate that the best time to apply is as soon as possible.
John Dedrick, Chemeketa’s financial aid administrative assistant, said, “Technically, summer is the start of the new school year at Chemeketa, so people are applying for the 2012-2013 school year now.
“We’re thinking that if people apply by Feb. 10, they should have enough time to get through the process to receive their summer term financial aid.”

Instructors write textbooks

By Sydney Agee
When two Chemeketa instructors became dissatisfied with their class textbooks, they decided to take matters into their own hands and create their own.
Laura Lawn often looked at the textbooks she had used as more of a reference guide, and none of them ever seemed to fit her teaching style.
Lawn started working on short essays when she began teaching, which eventually turned into her first textbook.
“It’s kind of embarrassing,” she said. “Both my parents are English teachers. So when most people are cooking or doing needlepoint for fun, I’ve always done research for fun.”
The book, titled Photography: Where Science Creates Art, is a complete beginner’s guide to digital photography.