Cultural competency policy long overdue

The Lane Board of Education will vote on a proposed cultural competency policy at its Feb. 5 meeting. The tabled policy has long been a hot topic around campus, but the council has yet to agree on what should be included within this policy.

We are contemporary, modern people. We understand the importance of a policy that allows all students and employees to feel safe in our learning environment. We value fair treatment of all people and backgrounds. The real cause of the confusion is, why hasn’t this policy been written?

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College audit comes back all clear; Independent agency approves Lane’s accounting

After an extensive independent audit of the previous school year’s finances, Lane has received a nod of fiscal approval.

Kenneth Kuhns & Co., a Salem-based accounting firm, determined the college is at low risk for an audit. The firm also audits approximately half of Oregon’s community colleges.

The college compiled its financial statements and notes into a single financial report.

During Lane’s Jan. 8 Board of Education meeting, Kenneth Kuhns said the financial report was more extensive than most.

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Lane rolls out new software to track degree progress; Website changes slated for February debut

Lane’s Enrollment Services department is currently beta testing software that would track students’ degree progress in terms of learning, experience and cumulative credits.

Dean of Enrollment and Management Systems, Helen Garrett, said the software DegreeWorks, is meant to offer students easy access to up-to-date information about their academic progress over MyLane, assisting academic advising.

“This tool will put the resources in students’ hands,” Garrett said.

DegreeWorks would give students the ability to independently plan without facing the problems they currently have when changing majors or finding out where they stand academically.

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Jazz ensemble gets second chance to blow their horns Lane student Ben Latimer practices one of his three tenor saxophone solos in “Descending.”; Lane musicians prepares for Jan. 24 jazz festival

Lane student Ben Latimer practices one of his three tenor saxophone solos in “Descending.”Photo: Laura Newman

Lane student Ben Latimer practices one of his three tenor saxophone solos in “Descending.”
Photo: Laura Newman

Lane’s Jazz Month began with the Jazz Ensemble’s rescheduled December performance, which was cancelled due to weather conditions, on Jan. 10 at the Building 6 Ragozzino Performance Hall.

Lane music teacher Paul Kruger said students worked hard when practicing for the concert and some adjustments were necessary to ensure the performance would continue as planned.

“We rescheduled because we wanted to. Because it was our one performance in the fall, it was just the Lane Jazz Ensemble, our own feature concert where we get to play. We’ve been working on that repertoire throughout fall term. We wanted to make sure the students got a chance to present it, in public somehow, even if it wasn’t ideal,” Kruger said.

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Lane holds scholarship event for local students; Over 400 estimated in attendance

Lane held its 15th annual How to Pay for College in One Day event Jan. 11 in the Center for Meeting and Learning.

The free event included two workshops aimed to educate students about scholarship opportunities. Participants learned how to navigate and compete scholarships as well as how to write effective essays and applications.

Specific information about Oregon Student Access Commission and Lane Foundation scholarships were also provided. Financial aid professionals also assisted participants in completing online FAFSA applications.

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Gas leak leaves students rained out; Math, science divisions evacuated

Goshen Rural Fire Protection District personnel respond to a gas leak inside Building 16 on Jan. 10. The building was evacuated for five hours before classes resumed. The leak emanated from a pipe near Room 148, which was sealed until Jan. 13.Photo: Alyssa Leslie

Goshen Rural Fire Protection District personnel respond to a gas leak inside Building 16 on Jan. 10. The building was evacuated for five hours before classes resumed. The leak emanated from a pipe near Room 148, which was sealed until Jan. 13.
Photo: Alyssa Leslie

Workers fixed a ruptured gas line in Building 16 that forced hundreds of students and faculty to evacuate the building on Jan. 10 for five hours.

“About 9:15 a.m. or so we started smelling a strong odor of gas in the old part of the science building,” lab coordinator Barbara Dumbleton said.

The leak came from an old broken pipe in the building’s basement, near Room 148.

“I called Public Safety and they came over. They assessed the situation and decided to evacuate the building. The gas smell was pretty strong down the east hallway, which is the old part of the building,” Science Dean Sara Ulrich said.

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Lane junior college football team fails to find funding; Facilities, players and Title IX requirements also factor

Sean MonDragon teaches his flag football students Dec. 3, 2013. While Lane offers flag football, it’s unlikely to field a true football team any time soon, with start-up costs high and no funding available.Photo: Matthew Edwards

Sean MonDragon teaches his flag football students Dec. 3, 2013. While Lane offers flag football, it’s unlikely to field a true football team any time soon, with start-up costs high and no funding available.
Photo: Matthew Edwards

Lane is unlikely to add a football team to its athletic program anytime soon.

During the mid to late ‘90s, Walla Walla Community College and Wenatchee Valley College were the only schools in the NWAACC that had football programs.

While California has two conferences with at least 30 teams at the junior college football level, Oregon has none. The closest community college football program to Lane is in Weed, Calif., at the College of the Siskiyous.

“Establishing a league would be extremely difficult since you would need the NWAACC to have other member schools add the sport,” said Robert Strickland, who has taught flag football at Lane for 10 years.

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Men snap five-game losing streak; Lane back in contention after two wins against league opponents

Sophomore guard Alex Sattley scored a season-high 34 points for the Titans on 10-of-12 shooting in their Jan. 8 win over the Umpqua Community College Riverhawks.Photo: Alyssa Leslie

Sophomore guard Alex Sattley scored a season-high 34 points for the Titans on 10-of-12 shooting in their Jan. 8 win over the Umpqua Community College Riverhawks.
Photo: Alyssa Leslie

The Lane men’s basketball team may have salvaged its season during the second week of regional play.

After suffering a five-game losing streak that stretched all the way back to Dec. 22, the Titans hopped back on a winning track with a Jan. 8 home victory over South Umpqua Community College.

Lane took down the Riverhawks 96-90 in a back-and-forth affair in which the Titans went 15-of-16 from the free-throw line to seal the victory.

“That was crazy. We needed that so bad,” Titans coach Bruce Chavka said after the win. “We grinded it out. We got a six-point win and still really didn’t guard anybody, but (we’re) grateful for the win.”

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Snook shoots down school scoring record Men snap five-game losing streak; Titans 1-2 in NWAACC, 15-4 overall

Lane freshman guard Shelby Snook sets up to shoot a freethrow in a Jan. 8 game against the Umpqua Community College Riverhawks. The Titans won 94-93.Photo: Eugene Johnson
Lane freshman guard Shelby Snook sets up to shoot a freethrow in a Jan. 8 game against the Umpqua Community College Riverhawks. The Titans won 94-93.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

On Jan. 8, Lane point guard Shelby Snook shot her way into the school record books.

The Titans women’s basketball freshman set the school record for points scored in a single game with 44, breaking the old record of 42, set by Dominique King in 2003.

“I didn’t really realize during the game that I had that many points, but it’s really cool,” Snook said.

Snook shot 16-of-25 from the field, with the majority of her points coming from inside the key on drives to the basket. She also went 12-of-17 from the free-throw line and led the Titans in rebounding with 12.

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Duck transfer hopes to bolster Titans’ baseball team; Priestly embraces opportunity at Lane

Jared Priestly posted a 4.15 ERA and struck out six batters in seven appearances for the University of Oregon during the 2013 season.Photo: Eric Evans
Jared Priestly posted a 4.15 ERA and struck out six batters in seven appearances for the University of Oregon during the 2013 season.
Photo: Eric Evans

Sometimes, a chance is all it takes.

A chance is exactly what sophomore Jared Priestly is hoping to get after announcing his decision to transfer to Lane to play baseball for the Titans.

Priestly, a right-handed pitcher, appeared in seven games while playing for the University of Oregon during the 2013 season. He finished the year with a 4.15 earned run average and six strikeouts in 8.2 innings of work.

The Ducks are sixth in the 2014 NCAA preseason rankings. This season, they will welcome the nation’s ninth-best recruiting class, according to the publication Baseball America, and are loaded with pitching talent.

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