Fencing group gains club status; ASLCC Senate approves $3,204 for equipment and initial costs

Lane fencing instructor Sean Hayes moves his weapon into position to demonstrate proper technique during his Jan. 28 class in the Building 5 gym.Photo: Eugene Johnson

Lane fencing instructor Sean Hayes moves his weapon into position to demonstrate proper technique during his Jan. 28 class in the Building 5 gym.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

It’s taken eight months for Lane’s newest club to counter-riposte from its passé to get the recognition and funding it needed from the Associated Students of Lane Community College.

Fencing Club founder and coach Carl Knoch first requested ASLCC funding in Spring 2013, but the club’s application for ratification was proposed too late in the term.

“That dragged the process out. We’re currently waiting for the funds to be transferred to our club account so we can get our equipment order in and get people fencing,” Knoch said.

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Lane, UO harmonize for festival No. 9; Jazz-fusion band headlines event

Kaveh Rastegar, left, and Shane Endsley of Kneebody perform at the Oregon Jazz Festival Jan. 26 in Ragozzino Performance Hall in Building 6.Photo: Chris Piepgrass

Kaveh Rastegar, left, and Shane Endsley of Kneebody perform at the Oregon Jazz Festival Jan. 26 in Ragozzino Performance Hall in Building 6.
Photo: Chris Piepgrass

Splashy cymbals and smooth melodies filled the ninth annual Oregon Jazz Festival Jan. 24 and 25.

For nine years, Lane and the University of Oregon have collaborated for this event.

Festival directors Ron Bertucci and Steve Owens built the Oregon Jazz Festival from the ground up. Their vision was to create a celebration where students, scholars and fans can come together to appreciate the art of jazz.

Bertucci said the two directors decided to join forces in 2005. Before that, each school had its own jazz event under a different name. After integrating, the resources of the festival grew.

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Student art show accepting submissions

The art department at Lane is encouraging students to submit their artwork for the annual Student Exhibition and the League of Innovations competition by Feb. 13.

The League of Innovations is a national art competition among 19 community colleges throughout the country. Only recently were these exhibitions combined.

“We kinda followed the footprint of what some of the other schools in the league were doing and we changed our format. So now we collect for both the exhibition and league at the same time,” Gallery Director and Lane instructor Jennifer Salzman said.

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Setting the bar high; 12 Lane athletes compete at National Pole-Vault Summit

Lane sophomore pole-vaulter Eric Jorgenson cleared 15’5” at the National Pole-Vaulting Summit on Jan. 18.Photo: Contributed by Zach Olivera

Lane sophomore pole-vaulter Eric Jorgenson cleared 15’5” at the National Pole-Vaulting Summit on Jan. 18.
Photo: Contributed by Zach Olivera

Over the past decade, Lane’s pole-vaulting program has proven to be one of the best in the Pacific Northwest.

Lane sophomore pole-vaulters Zach Olivera and Anna Jensen each won individual titles in the event at the 2013 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship, and sophomore pole-vaulters Eric Jorgenson and Tara Carlton took individual titles in 2012.

The Titans’ pole-vaulters have dominated their competition for nearly a decade, winning 10 individual NWAACC titles since 2006.

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Halfway home; Titans hold top spot in conference

Lane sophomore guard Sequoia Tilmann shoots from the key during a Jan. 25 game against the Chemeketa Community College Storm. The Titans won 71-55.Photo: Alyssa Leslie

Lane sophomore guard Sequoia Tilmann shoots from the key during a Jan. 25 game against the Chemeketa Community College Storm. The Titans won 71-55.
Photo: Alyssa Leslie

The Lane women’s basketball team is first place in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges South Region.

Although they are tied at 5-1 with the South Umpqua Community College Riverhawks, the Titans own the tiebreaker because they defeated the Riverhawks earlier this season.

Lane started off its week with a blowout victory over the Southwestern Oregon Community College Lakers.

The Titans jumped out to a 52-26 halftime lead and the game was never close again. Freshman Shelby Snook scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed nine boards to help the Titans to an 85-52 victory.

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Back in the hunt; Lane now 4-3, tied for third in Region

Lane freshman point guard Dyrall Goods scores a layup during a Jan. 25 game against the Chemeketa Community College Storm. The Titans won 68-65.Photo: Alyssa Leslie

Lane freshman point guard Dyrall Goods scores a layup during a Jan. 25 game against the Chemeketa Community College Storm. The Titans won 68-65.
Photo: Alyssa Leslie

With the first half of regional play in the books, the Lane men’s basketball team is thick in the hunt for a playoffs spot.

The Titans’ week got off to a rough start when they traveled to Coos Bay to take on the 16-5 Southwestern Oregon Community College Lakers.

Despite the play of sophomore center Zach Kirschbaum, who scored 33 points and had 15 rebounds, seven blocks and three assists, the Titans were unable to keep up with an electric Lakers offense that averages 92.43 points per-game.

Aside from Kirschbaum, the Titans struggled to get much going offensively. They shot an abysmal 14 percent from three-point land on their way to a 92-78 loss.

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Transport fee goes under the microscope; Students to discuss fee changes Feb. 5

The college’s $27-per-student transportation fee merits a closer examination, members of Lane’s student government decided at their Jan. 29 meeting.

The fee, one of five every student on the main campus pays each term, helps cover student bus passes, in addition to BikeLane, a program to encourage cycling to and from campus, and Zimride, a carpool network for students and staff. Students who attend classes off the main campus pay only a $5 transportation fee each term.

ASLCC Sustainability Coordinator Michael Weed sits on the Transportation Fee Committee, and said the fee’s account currently has a surplus. However, since the college’s addition of a downtown campus, parking costs have gone up by $28,000, putting stress on the fee’s account, Weed said.

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Ferris Bueller had it right

Hard work, low pay and miserable conditions.

College is supposedly he time of your life. Take a moment to appreciate it.

These days it’s sometimes tough to stop, breathe and appreciate what’s going on around you. We know, it’s tough for us too. But with midterms coming it’s incredibly important that we do appreciate these moments.

It has been hectic here in The Torch’s office since the term began. We know — things are rough for everyone right now.

Ever since the recession a few years back it seems like everyone is doing the jobs of at least two people. For some reason stores continue to have only one checkout lane open, despite having throngs of customers waving cash in the faces of overwhelmed clerks.

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Blood Mobile pulls up to Lane Feb. 4

The Lane County Blood Mobile will open at 9 a.m. from Feb. 4 to 6 at Lane’s main campusPhoto: Torch archive

The Lane County Blood Mobile will open at 9 a.m. from Feb. 4 to 6 at Lane’s main campus
Photo: Torch archive

Lane will host a three-day blood drive beginning Feb. 4, when the Lane Blood Mobile sets up shop outside the Center Building cafeteria.

The Blood Mobile usually arrives once per term, and leaves with approximately 55 donations per day. This year, the Lane Blood Center has a goal of leaving with 180 usable donations after three days.

Lane Blood Center’s Marketing and Donor Recruitment Director Marshall White said the blood drives are especially important because the Lane Blood Center is the sole provider of blood to the county’s hospitals.

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Lane will host equal-rights symposium May 10; passes $1,050 funds request for event

Kneebody headlines the Oregon Jazz Festival in Building 6 on Jan 26. Members include: Adam Benjamin (left) on keyboards, Kaveh Rastegar on bass, Shane Endsley on trumpet and Nate Wood on drums. The Lane County Blood Mobile will open at 9 a.m. from Feb. 4 to 6 at Lane’s main campus.Photo: Chris Piepgrass

Kneebody headlines the Oregon Jazz Festival in Building 6 on Jan 26. Members include: Adam Benjamin (left) on keyboards, Kaveh Rastegar on bass, Shane Endsley on trumpet and Nate Wood on drums. The Lane County Blood Mobile will open at 9 a.m. from Feb. 4 to 6 at Lane’s main campus.
Photo: Chris Piepgrass

Lane will host this year’s Oregon Students of Equal Rights Alliance Symposium, leading Lane’s student government to pass a $1,050 funds request to secure space for the event.

The second annual gathering is a student leadership conference attended by students from around the state. The event consists of workshops and presentations centered around equality for all, specifically the LGBTQ community. The OSERA Symposium is held annually at the campus of an Oregon Student Association member school.

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