APISU contributes to Asian Celebration; Lane County Fairgrounds hosts annual event

Asian-Pacific Islander Student Union member Audrana Deleon (second from left), poses with Rites of Passage members Kumu Iwalani (left), Maliki Plummer (center), Tiffany Akerele (second to right) and Athens Plummer at the Feb. 15 Asian Celebration in Eugene.Photo: Laura Newman

Asian-Pacific Islander Student Union member Audrana Deleon (second from left), poses with Rites of Passage members Kumu Iwalani (left), Maliki Plummer (center), Tiffany Akerele (second to right) and Athens Plummer at the Feb. 15 Asian Celebration in Eugene.
Photo: Laura Newman

Thousands gathered at the Lane County Fairgrounds to shop, eat and learn about the vast array of cultures of Asia for the Feb. 15 Asian Celebration, an all-volunteer event.

All proceeds fund the event.

Former ASLCC treasurer Matthew Yook, who chaired the community room for this event, emphasized the importance of having events like the Asian Celebration to bring communities together.

“A lot of Asian culture gets propped up as a model minority,” Yook said. “But then you look at the word Asian and see what that entails.”

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Green Chemistry Club works to bring biodiesel to Lane

Green Chemistry Club displays biodiesel at the Lane 2014 Club Fair.Photo: Crystal Gasser

Green Chemistry Club displays biodiesel at the Lane 2014 Club Fair.
Photo: Crystal Gasser

Something is cooking up in Lane’s Science Department, and it’s the ideas of half a dozen members of the Green Chemistry Club involved in a hands-on biodiesel project.

The club members want to create an educational space where students interested in green chemistry and alternative fuels will be able to gain experience in setting up and producing biodiesel fuel. The club’s faculty adviser, John Thompson, said he expects the biodiesel project to be up and running within the year.

Biodiesel is a fuel that is produced from vegetable oils, fats or recycled cooking grease, making it biodegradable. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, biodiesel is safe and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

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Down to the wire; Lane tied for first in South Region, with one game remaining

Lane freshman Marikah Wright scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds aginst the Mount Hood Community College Saints Feb. 17. The Titans won 101-41.Photo: Alyssa Leslie

Lane freshman Marikah Wright scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds aginst the Mount Hood Community College Saints Feb. 17. The Titans won 101-41.
Photo: Alyssa Leslie

Coming off of a 96-45 win against Portland Community College on Feb. 15, the Lane Titans took the court against the winless Mount Hood Community College Saints in Eugene on Feb. 18, making up a cancelled game from Feb. 8.

After a series of slow starts, Lane was able to put up 57 points in the first half. Freshman Marikah Wright dominated the first half, contributing 23 points and seven boards while shooting 10-of-11 from the field.

The Titans were able to string together a 27-6 run to end the half.

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Kirschbaum takes shot at Division I dreams

Titans forward Zach Kirschbaum knocks down a three-point shot in the first half of a 93-75 loss to the Southwestern Oregon Community College Lakers on Feb. 19.Photo: Eugene Johnson

Titans forward Zach Kirschbaum knocks down a three-point shot in the first half of a 93-75 loss to the Southwestern Oregon Community College Lakers on Feb. 19.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

On the first possession of Lane’s most recent basketball game, Zach Kirschbaum caught the ball at the top of the key and knocked down a quick 18-foot jump shot.

The Titan’s sophomore has hit plenty of similar shots this season, and there would have been nothing extraordinary about it if he were a 6’2″ guard.

The extraordinary fact is that he isn’t.

At 6’10”, Kirschbaum is the tallest player in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, and one of the most versatile.

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Titans freshman guard sets records; Snook creates momentum as Titans approach playoffs

Lane freshman point guard Shelby Snook leads the Titans in scoring and and assists this season and boasts a season-high of 44 points.Photo: Matt Edwards

Lane freshman point guard Shelby Snook leads the Titans in scoring and and assists this season and boasts a season-high of 44 points.
Photo: Matt Edwards

On a cold January night at Titan Coliseum, nobody knew it yet, but history was about to be made. A scoring record that had stood for 11 years was about to be broken.

At 5-foot-9-inches, Lane freshman, point guard Shelby Snook, seems like just a regular run-of-the-mill athlete.

However, after a closer look at Snook during game play, anyone can tell that she has the uncoachable ability to score at will.

That ability was on full display when the Titans faced the Umpqua Community College Riverhawks on Jan. 8. Snook dominated the Riverhawks, scoring 44 points and leading the Titans to a pressure-packed 94-93 win. Snook broke the previous scoring record of 42 points, set by Dominique King in 2003.

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Public Safety Reports; Feb. 11 to Feb. 18

Feb. 11

Public Safety received a report of possible harassment in the Center Building. Public Safety asked the unidentified student to leave the class and issued a citation.

Feb. 11

The Lane Downtown location had a vending machine that was damaged and coins were stolen. Public Safety took a report and submitted a work order.

Feb.12

Public Safety responded to a request for a welfare check on a student who was reported to be behaving strangely in the shower, using two showers at once, while wearing socks. Public Safety observed no strange behavior.

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Students lobby Oregon Legislature on behalf of peers; Lane students join other colleges in Salem

Lane students went to the Salem Capitol Building to lobby the state legislature on Feb. 11. They talked about student tuition and affordability, financial aid protection, student loan tax benefits and other student relevant issues and bills.

The lobby day was organized by the Oregon Student Association. More than 50 students representing several colleges went to the capital, including approximately 15 students from Lane. The Lane lobbyists were a blend of members of student government and students at large.

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Student government decides to survey students on fee fixes; ASLCC considers parking pass as possible source of revenue

Lane currently does not charge for partking, however the committee is discussing a fee.Photo: Eugene Johnson

Lane currently does not charge for partking, however the committee is discussing a fee.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

Lane’s student government will survey students about whether they’d support increasing the college’s transportation fee, cutting the programs it pays for or implementing a parking pass.

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

The fee, which every student taking classes on the main campus pays each term, helps cover student bus passes; BikeLane, a program to encourage cycling to and from campus; and Zimride, a carpool network for students and staff. Students who attend classes at Lane pay a $27 fee per student, while students taking classes away from the main campus pay only a $5 transportation fee each term.

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Oregon should limit contributions

We live in a country where we have the right to select our leaders via election, be it federal, state or local leadership. Here in the Willamette Valley, we know our interests will be represented by those we vote for. After all, it is the electorate that gives the elected their power, right?

Elections are expensive. As citizens we are allowed to donate money to candidates and ballot measures and exercise our influence. We even have regulations to restrict donations so the wealthy and big businesses won’t override the rest of the population.

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