Accident slows traffic on 30th Ave.

Lane Public Safety Sgt. Chantal Thomas assists an unidentified motorist who walked away from a single-car collision along the 30th Avenue exit to Lane on March 11. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the collision, which Public Safety said may have been caused by an unidentified substance on the road.Photo: Eugene Johnson

Lane Public Safety Sgt. Chantal Thomas assists an unidentified motorist who walked away from a single-car collision along the 30th Avenue exit to Lane on March 11. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the collision, which Public Safety said may have been caused by an unidentified substance on the road.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

Student exhibit displays talent; Last chance to see the showcase

Titan Store procurement specialist, Barbara Bailey, admires Christina Kent’s “Transformation; Betrayal, Rock Bottom and Trust,” on display in the Lane Juried Student Art Exhibition in the Building 11 art gallery.Photo: Eugene Johnson

Titan Store procurement specialist, Barbara Bailey, admires Christina Kent’s “Transformation; Betrayal, Rock Bottom and Trust,” on display in the Lane Juried Student Art Exhibition in the Building 11 art gallery.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

Art exploring the cosmos, sexual equality and fresh graphic design will be included in an all-student show running through March 13 in the Building 11 art gallery.

The exhibit features art in several mediums, all created by Lane students. Five pieces were nominated by selected jurors to represent Lane on the national level for League of Innovations.

Lane art student Anna Petrick, a first-time contributor to the exhibit, was one of five chosen to continue on to the League of Innovations competition. She submitted a large piece titled “Sticks and Stones.” This large structure consists of a fully built wall, complete with outlets and exposed wall studs in which Petrick engraved phrases and quotes.

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Trying for two; Lane track and field teams aim for second consecutive NWAACC championships

Lane freshman Alli Cross (left) and Nicole Maurmann run a workout on Pre’s Trail at Alton Baker park in Eugene on March 12. Photo: Eugene Johnson

Lane freshman Alli Cross (left) and Nicole Maurmann run a workout on Pre’s Trail at Alton Baker park in Eugene on March 12.

Photo: Eugene Johnson

In 2013, both the Lane men’s and women’s track and field teams were crowned Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges champions for the first time in nearly two decades.

The men claimed their first title since 1996; the women earned their first since 1997 and both put an end to the winning streaks of the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch men and women that began in 2004.

The Titans men and women’s squads both graduated several All-American sophomores when their academic eligibility expired, including Jemiel Lowery and Allie Church, both of whom won NWAACC titles in the 100-meter dash.

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Graveyard carz; Former Lane students find success in television

Photo: Laura Newman
Photo: Laura Newman

Former Lane multimedia students are working on the fourth season of the reality show Graveyard Carz at Welby’s Collision Center in Springfield.

The show was originally made to document the repair of a 1971 Plymouth Barracuda. Today, it airs on Discovery’s Velocity channel and documents the restoration of classic Chrysler vehicles, some taking years to be properly restored to their factory condition.

As the show has grown in popularity, room for local talent behind the camera has grown as well. Devin “D.L.” Watson is a former Lane student who started working as a producer for the show in 2012.

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ASLCC to take stance on tuition, vote on bylaws

The Associated Students of Lane Community College will wait until finals week to vote on changes to its bylaws, members decided at the March 12 meeting.

Before that vote takes place, the bylaws will also get a hearing at the Bylaws Committee’s March 13 meeting, President Pro Tempore Rebekah Ellis said. The meeting begins at 1 p.m.

ASLCC Treasurer Zach Wais encouraged everyone to contact the committee and give input on the bylaw changes.

“Don’t feel like you can’t (have) influence just because you can’t make the (meeting),” Wais said.

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Public Safety Reports

3/3 at 11:45 p.m.  A vehicle was left near Building 13 with the rear hatch ajar. Valuables, including a woman’s purse, were left inside. Public Safety secured the vehicle.

3/3 at 2:29 p.m.  A student found a syringe in Lot L. Public Safety collected the syringe and stored it as evidence.

3/3 at 2:43 p.m.  Public Safety received a report that a broken marijuana pipe was located by the portable bathrooms near Lot N. The officer collected the pipe and stored it as evidence.

3/4 at 1:36 p.m.  An unused needle was found in Lot C. Public Safety disposed of it in a sharps container.

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Funds disbursement policy discussed

At its March 11 meeting, the Council of Clubs discussed the protocol for disbursement of funds to clubs.

“It’s not student money, it’s public money paid by students,” Associated Students of Lane Community College adviser Barbara Delanksy said.

She said clubs should know, in advance, whether the type of purchase being considered is authorized or not. Delanksy also said clubs will need to submit how requests were determined. Fencing Club treasurer and coach Carl Knoch and Delanksy met on March 12 to discuss written policy regarding funds requests. Knoch will present the suggested written policy at the council meeting on March 18.

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Break free from winter term; The Torch’s guide to cutting loose

Wes Fry, designer: Here in Lane County, the outdoors options are quite cheap and varied. Whether hiking, running, biking or just taking a stroll at Alton Baker, trails are terrific for those who enjoy the outdoors. Other notable parks in the Lane County area for cheap outside fun are Mount Pisgah, Skinner’s Butte and Hendricks Park.

Laura Newman, A&E editor: Head south! Take a random road trip with friends toward swimmable water. As much as we all love the Oregon Coast, it doesn’t really facilitate spring weather. Don’t forget sunscreen and a nice beach book like Sloan Crosely’s I Was Told There’d Be Cake: Essays. Whatever you do, don’t go to Florida. You might get shot.

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Arm Lane’s first-line defenders

Late last month, Lane Public Safety officers conducted a drill in Building 30, gauging how the campus community would behave during a shooting spree. You would think the first order of business for Public Safety officers would be to shoot back. The problem with that is they’re not allowed to carry guns.

It’s a common debate that has been going on for years. Should students be allowed to carry firearms? Should faculty be allowed to carry firearms, especially if their students are permitted to do the same? And if Public Safety exists to protect students and faculty, shouldn’t they be able to carry a firearm as well?

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Boardroom blitz; College mulls budget compromise amidst enrollment, revenue decline

Lane instructors and supporters demonstrate at the March 12 Board of Education meeting. Instructors are seeking a resolution to contract negotiations with the college.Photo: Matt Edwards

Lane instructors and supporters demonstrate at the March 12 Board of Education meeting. Instructors are seeking a resolution to contract negotiations with the college.
Photo: Matt Edwards

At a meeting where Lane employees turned out to seek resolution to contract negotiations with the college, Board of Education members saw financial documents that show potential shortfalls between $8.5 million and $12.6 million for 2014-15.

“I saw a lot of signs here about respect,” board member Pat Albright said. “I respect reality, and our reality is grim. We have for so long maintained our programs on the backs of our students. It may be time to recognize that we’re a student-based institution.”

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