Oregon author recognized in new film; OPB streams Ken Kesey documentary

The Further 2 sits parked outside the McDonald Theatre in Eugene during the Jan. 16 preview screening of Ken Kesey, a documentary produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting about the countercultural icon.Photo: Zora Parker

The Further 2 sits parked outside the McDonald Theatre in Eugene during the Jan. 16 preview screening of Ken Kesey, a documentary produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting about the countercultural icon.
Photo: Zora Parker

Further 2, a flamboyantly painted 1947 International school bus parked outside of the McDonald Theatre in Eugene, was there to greet an anxious crowd of movie-goers for the Jan. 16 pre-screening of the Oregon Public Broadcasting-sponsored documentary Ken Kesey.

A Springfield native and University of Oregon graduate, Kesey was the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Sometimes a Great Notion. He was also a key figure in the progressive psychedelic movement.

As Lane instructor Patsy Raney said, “Kesey is Oregon!”

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Open season; The Lane baseball team was able to hit the field for its first inter-squad scrimmage of the season on Jan. 17

Lane freshman Jackson Bertsch throws a fastball for the blue team during the team scrimmage Jan. 17. Photo: Matt Edwards
Lane freshman Jackson Bertsch throws a fastball for the blue team during the team scrimmage Jan. 17.
Photo: Matt Edwards
Sophomore Jared Priestly pitches in the scrimmage. Priestly is expected to be a top starting pitcher for the Titans. Photo: Matt Edwards

Sophomore Jared Priestly pitches in the scrimmage. Priestly is expected to be a top starting pitcher for the Titans.
Photo: Matt Edwards
Sophomore Spencer Smith bunts the ball in the scrimmage. Smith was a 2012 NWAACC South Region All-Star. Photo: Matt Edwards

Sophomore Spencer Smith bunts the ball in the scrimmage. Smith was a 2012 NWAACC South Region All-Star.
Photo: Matt Edwards

Titans to host seventh annual Jam the Gym; Basketball teams hope to attract fans, help community with fundraiser

The Lane basketball teams will host the seventh annual Jam the Gym event on Jan. 25 in Building 5.

This year’s event is sponsored by Bi-Mart and supports Food for Lane County, Lane County’s regional food bank.

Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the game, in lieu of paying the price of admission.

“We’re trying to do a little bit of community outreach, collecting food for (Food for Lane County) but also trying to get the community to come out on our campus, see a game, and get excited and maybe come watch us play again,” Lane women’s basketball coach Greg Sheley said.

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Lane women 4-1 after close call versus Panthers; Titans now tied for No. 1 in South Region

Lane sophomore guard Tori Mahaffie blocks Portland Community College freshman guard Diamond Bolden in a game Jan. 18 in Eugene. The Titans beat their opponents 84-78. Photo: Eugene Johnson

Lane sophomore guard Tori Mahaffie blocks Portland Community College freshman guard Diamond Bolden in a game Jan. 18 in Eugene. The Titans beat their opponents 84-78.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

The Lane women’s basketball team defeated the Portland Community College Panthers 84-78 on Jan. 18 in their only game of the week.

Going into the game, the Titans were looking to extend their winning streak to three games and stay in contention for the No. 1 seed in the region, along with Umpqua and Clackamas community colleges.

The Titans’ leading scorer, freshman Shelby Snook, was one of the few players who were able to produce in the first half. Snook was able to tally nine points in the first half while shooting 3-of-5 from the field.

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Titans tied for third in South Region; Lane has 3-2 record after two consecutive wins

Lane sophomore forward Zach Kirschbaum slams home two points off of an assist from sophomore guard Alex Sattley (not pictured) in a Jan. 18 game against the Portland Community College Panthers. Photo: Eugene Johnson

Lane sophomore forward Zach Kirschbaum slams home two points off of an assist from sophomore guard Alex Sattley (not pictured) in a Jan. 18 game against the Portland Community College Panthers.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

The Lane men’s basketball team put itself back in the playoffs picture with back-to-back wins this week.

The Titans are now 3-2 versus Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges South Region opponents and are locked in a three-way tie for third place in the region.

On Jan. 15, the Titans recorded a season-high 22 assists on their way to a crushing 105-82 win over the 4-13 Linn Benton Community College Roadrunners.

Sophomore Alex Sattley led the Titans with 21 points and five assists, and freshman Dyrall Goods added 16 points and six boards.

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Giancarlo Esposito interview

Actor Giancarlo Esposito delivers his keynote speech for Lane’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Building 6. Photo: Matt Edwards

Actor Giancarlo Esposito delivers his keynote speech for Lane’s Martin
Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Building 6.
Photo: Matt Edwards

Actor Giancarlo Esposito sat down with The Torch News Editor J. Wolfgang Wool and reporter Taya Alami for an interview prior to his keynote address at Lane’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. He began by explaining the etymology of his name.

Esposito: It’s Esposito. In Naples, Italy, Esposito is like Smith. There was a priest who ran an orphanage, and he gave all the children who have been given up by their parents his own name of Esposito. And that’s how they became so prominent in southern Naples.

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Budget cuts may target part-time staff

At a Jan. 16 forum meeting, Lane Vice President of College Services Brian Kelly announced that the college is projecting budget cuts.

Kelly told attendees that the biggest issue facing the college is lowered enrollment numbers.

“We can continue to do amazing things,” Kelly said. “We’re just going to do amazing things with different levels of staffing and a different level of programming.”

A collaborative brainstorming session for financial strategies followed Kelly’s presentation.

The meeting was attended by students, faculty and classified employees, and was broadcast live over the web by Lane’s Media Arts Department.

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Politics in college governance system creates controversy; Andrade removed from Diversity Council by union leadership

The president of Lane’s employee union has removed the volunteer chairwoman from the college’s advisory committee responsible for diversity issues.

At the behest of Lane Community College Employee Federation President Bob Baldwin, Elizabeth Andrade was notified via email during winter break of her removal from the Diversity Council.

In the email, Baldwin wrote that Andrade had chosen a negative approach when she publicly disparaged those representing Lane’s employee and faculty unions in the college’s governance system.

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Failing foster system forgets abused youth

Imagine trying to navigate a world of giants. You’re a kid, no older than 6. You’ve watched your parents walk out your front door and not return for weeks at a time. Occasionally someone would show up and realize that you’ve been alone — not fully alone, because you have two siblings, both of whom are counting on you to make them feel safe.

Sometimes the people that walk through the door are not safe and you have to go hide in a closet. Other times those people are safe, and they take you home, and they feed you and keep you warm. In a few days, you know you’ll be back home with Mom and Dad.

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NAACP march aims to promote change; 300 march for equal rights in Eugene

Activist David Strahan talks with Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy during the Jan. 20 Martin Luther King Jr. March and Rally in Eugene. His sign promotes Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep, an organization that aims to provide shelter for the homeless. Photo: Matt Edwards

Activist David Strahan talks with Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy during the Jan. 20 Martin Luther King Jr. March and Rally in Eugene. His sign promotes Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep, an organization that aims to provide shelter for the homeless.
Photo: Matt Edwards

An estimated 300 people marched in support of inclusive communities and national unity in the Jan. 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Day March and Rally.

The march, sponsored by the NAACP, began at the Science Factory behind Autzen Stadium and ended in downtown Eugene at the Shedd Institute. The nonprofit Shedd Institute covered the fee to rent out the hall for the post-march event.

The march, Standing United, was designed to promote understanding and collaboration across cultural, racial and economic lines, according to the NAACP.

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