Chemeketa Courier

Cherry City Clix for Kids

By Shad Russell

Superman, Batman, and Hal Jordan/The Green Lantern defeated Darkseid and several of his minions today.

The damage was minimal, clean up took approximately three minutes, and no one was harmed. Everyone shook hands after the battle, and all proceeds were donated to North Salem High School’s wrestling program.

That, at least, would be the story the day after the fund-raising event called Cherry City Clix for Kids.


Chemeketa student killed in Woodburn

By Ryan Peterson

Tomas Montes-Sanchez, a Chemeketa high school student, died Saturday in front of his Woodburn home from a gunshot wound.

According to Chemeketa president Cheryl Roberts, Montes-Sanchez was close to completing his GED testing.

Roberts said, “Please join me today in holding the memory of Tomas. This brings to mind the loss of other Chemeketa students as well.

“As we mourn the death of Montez-Sanchez, we have the opportunity to examine our own commitment to embracing, modeling, and encouraging a world of non-violence.”

Stimler is outstanding graduate


By Caitlyn Lehner

Bonnie Stimler is outstanding.

It’s easily recognizable to those who meet her – and now she has proof.

Stimler recently was introduced as the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Graduating Woman Award by the Salem Branch of the American Association of University Women.

The mission of the AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through
advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Our Foremothers

By Jessica Barajas

and Darren Pike

Eleven portraits of women, sketched onto 10-by-20 sheets of paper, are currently on display in the Chemeketa Art Gallery.

The white walls emphasize the penciled drawings that have been carefully etched by the steady hand of Jane Lieber Mays.

On May 17, a one-day event was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gallery. Deanne Beausoleil, an art historian, and presented the start of the second phase of their project, called Our Foremothers: Mythologies and Imagined Scenes.

Chemeketa’s Optimus Prime

By Tyler Ross

Chemeketa students have probably noticed all of the Montez Bailey scholarship flyers around the school.

But most students probably don’t know the story behind the flyers.

Montez Bailey was a young Chemeketa student who touched the lives of many people in Salem before it was tragically cut short.

Bailey, 21, was attending Chemeketa to get his GED and was looking for a way to find himself and recognized that he needed a good education to get a job.

Scholarship honors slain Chemeketa student

By Caitlyn Lehner

The scholarship created in memory of Montez Bailey needs your support.

Taylor Marrow, Chemeketa’s director of diversity, said, “This scholarship will help those in transition of making their lives better.”

Bailey, 21, was shot and fatally wounded May 29, 2009, while sitting on a park bench with two friends. Skylar Bailey and Cameron Carolino also were shot but survived. 

According to Jeanie Odle, the college’s executive coordinator to the president, the Montez Bailey Memorial Scholarship can only be activated and distributed to students if it contains more than $5,000.

The scholarship currently has a balance of less than $1,000.

Pirates of Penzance comes to Chemeketa


By Ryan Peterson

The Pirates of Penzance will be invading Chemeketa.
The Chemeketa MUS 197 Chorus class will be performing Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, a comedic operetta, at 7 p.m. May 27 and 28 and again at 2 p.m. May 29 in Bldg. 6 Auditorium. 
Sean Mills, Chemeketa’s chorus instructor, is the stage and music director for the operetta. 
Mills said, “I chose it based on the operetta’s popularity, the fact that another pirates movie (Pirates of the Caribbean) was coming out this year, and because we have the vocal talent on campus to fill all of the roles.”

McMinnville transitions to Yamhill Valley

By Bonnie Stimler

New buildings; new programs; new beginnings. 

These are all happening at the Chemeketa Community College campus in McMinnville. 

The facility was formerly called the McMinnville Campus, but the name is being transitioned to Yamhill Valley Campus to better reflect the community it serves.

John Plett, dean of the Yamhill Valley campus, said, “We are delighted to be able to provide Yamhill County with a full-service community college campus that will meet local needs for general education and student support services.

Playstation Network outage

By Aaron Polk

Since the April 17 hacking debacle that brought down Sony’s Playstation

Network, some Chemeketa students have had more time to study.

The question is: Have they used it to improve their grades?

Aaron Lazott, a second-year Chemeketa student, said, “No, I can’t say that I used the extra time to study harder. 

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