Vietnamese storyteller promotes peace; Surrounded by killing in childhood, Mahoney teaches lessons about positivity

Tinh Mahoney plays guitar, sings songs and tells stories for Lane students April 18 in the Longhouse.Photo: Penny C. Scott

Tinh Mahoney plays guitar, sings songs and tells stories for Lane students April 18 in the Longhouse.
Photo: Penny C. Scott

Approximately 20 students gathered in a circle around visiting storyteller Tinh Mahoney in the Longhouse on April 18 while he sang songs, played guitar and told stories. Mahoney was invited to speak to the students as part of the Storytelling Model for Social Justice through the Arts.

From his fearful childhood in war-torn South Vietnam emerged Mahoney’s personal mission to enjoy life and help others do the same. Fighting and killing was going on all around Mahoney when he was young. He lived in constant fear.

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Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream opens; Lane actors’ skill highlights performance

Liz Gibb helps Michelle Nordella with her robe in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Ragozzino Hall on April 19.Photo: Chris Piepgrass

Liz Gibb helps Michelle Nordella with her robe in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Ragozzino Hall on April 19.
Photo: Chris Piepgrass

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream opened at Ragazinno Performance Hall on April 18.

In the play, Duke Theseus of Athens is approached with a complaint by Egeus. His daughter Hermia refuses to marry Demetrius, the man her father has arranged for her. When the Duke mandates her marriage, Hermia and her true love Lysander elope to the forest, where the majority of the play is set. Demetrius, fighting for his right to Hermia, pursues them, and Helena, in love with Demetrius, follows.

Within the forest the fairy king Oberon, played by Tad Merrell, the fairy queen Titania, played by Michelle Norella, and the mischievous Puck, played by Naomi Todd, complicate the love triangle even more with their magic.

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Instructor produces film; Mazzocco touring with full-length feature

Johnnie Mozzocco fields questions after a screening of her feature-length film Found Objects in Building 17.Photo: Chris Piepgrass

Johnnie Mozzocco fields questions after a screening of her feature-length film Found Objects in Building 17.
Photo: Chris Piepgrass

Part-time Lane instructor Johnnie Mazzocco screened her first feature-length film, Found Objects, at Lane on April 15. According to the closing slide of the film it is “dedicated to the women of the world who create, and especially to the ones who don’t.” The Torch sat down with Mazzocco, who had created five short films previously, to discuss her accomplishment.

The Torch: Had you worked with the actors before?

Mazzocco: No, I felt really thankful to find these people. When I cast them, I was fortunate to find people who really embodied what I was after. I gave them a really elaborate back story on each character and let that percolate during the early summer. That was the bulk of my directing. We didn’t rehearse anything.

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Students and visitors enjoy Lane Earth Fair; Free food, entertainment draw crowd into Building 5

Healthy food, music and advice on sustainability were the main ingredients of the Earth Fair held in Building 5 on April 22. The Lane Sustainability Committee brought different focus groups on campus to bring people together in the community and to develop stronger community awareness of sustainability.

The event was to celebrate Earth Day, an annual worldwide initiative in support of environmental protection. The Earth day Network has been organizing Earth Day events globally since 1970.

Different groups handed out pamphlets, and spoke to students and visitors about water conservation, energy management, watershed sustainability, home and self protection, and different community sustainability initiatives.

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The Tigard connection; Former high school teammates push the Titans atop the South Region

Tucker Campbell, sophomore, has been a defensive leader for the Titans this season after his transfer from Linfield College.Photo: Eugene Johnson

Tucker Campbell, sophomore, has been a defensive leader for the Titans this season after his transfer from Linfield College.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

Two years ago, it would have been hard to imagine Spencer Smith and Tucker Campbell playing college baseball at the same school.

Now, they’re not only on the same team, but they are two key pieces of a Lane squad that is on the verge of returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Smith, a center fielder, and Campbell, the Titans’ starting shortstop, are two of the top bats in the Titans’ lineup. Smith is second on the team in batting average and leads in stolen bases, while Campbell is tied for second in RBIs and doubles.

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Tale of two days; Titans vault into first place after splitting series with Penguins

Lane sophomore Priestley throws a breaking-ball in the fifth inning April 18.Photo: Eugene Johnson

Lane sophomore Priestley throws a breaking-ball in the fifth inning April 18.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

Sometimes, home field advantage means absolutely nothing.

After a bizarre weekend in which they split a four-game series with the Clark Community College Penguins, the Titans managed to emerge in sole possession of first place in the NWAACC Southern Region.

Lane lost two home games on April 18, but bounced back the next day when they traveled two hours to Vancouver, Wash., and stole two games back from the Penguins.

“It was so weird to be beaten so badly Friday at our own place and then do the same to them over there the next day,” Lane head coach Josh Blunt said. “It was so vital to at least split Saturday to at least keep ourselves in contention.”

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Titans tune up at Cougar Open; Lane prepares for upcoming Titan Twilight

While athletes who qualified for the Oregon Relays competed at Hayward Field over the weekend, 22 other Lane men and women competed at the Cougar Open in Oregon City on April 19.

The meet featured five NWAACC schools, including Lane. It gave athletes who didn’t meet the marks necessary to qualify for the Oregon Relays a chance to stay sharp and also compete in events outside their normal repertoire.

Freshman Justin Angove claimed the Titans’ only victory of the meet. He finished first in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in a time of 56.24 seconds, blowing away the competition by over five seconds.

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History at Hayward; Lane’s highly touted 4×400-meter relay team dismantles a long standing school record

Sophomore Jalen Timms prepares to take off from the blocks for the women’s 4x400 relay on April 19. The team consisting of Timms, freshman Kristin Dunn and sophomores Jahzelle Ambus and Macaulay Wilson finished second with a time of 3:49.49, breaking a 17-year-old school record by more than three seconds.Photo: Alyssa Sutton

Sophomore Jalen Timms prepares to take off from the blocks for the women’s 4×400 relay on April 19. The team consisting of Timms, freshman Kristin Dunn and sophomores Jahzelle Ambus and Macaulay Wilson finished second with a time of 3:49.49, breaking a 17-year-old school record by more than three seconds.
Photo: Alyssa Sutton

Records are made to be broken. On day two of the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field, the Lane womens 4×400 meter relay team shattered the school record, which had stood for 17 years.

The relay team consisting of freshman Kristen Dunn and sophomores Jahzelle Ambus, Jalen Timms and Macaulay Wilson, broke the former school record of 3:52.5, with a time of 3:49.9. This secured the Titans second-place, with first going to Wichita State University. Timms started the Titans off by running a 56.9-second first leg to help her team break the record, which has stood since the 1997 season. Lane head coach Grady O’Connor is glad his relay team could break the record they’ve had their eyes on all season.

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Student leaders propose $4 activity fee increase; Ballot measure aims to free ASLCC funds

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Less than one week from the start date of the Associated Students of Lane Community College general election, student leaders are hoping that the largest line item burdening their budget can be funded by an increase in student fees.

Students will be voting on an $4 increase to the student activity fee to fund legal services, which is currently paid for out of the student government budget.

The student activity fee funds various student activities on campus, including ASLCC, clubs, athletics, advocacy groups and The Torch. Students taking at least one credit pay $50.30 per term into the student activity fee fund. The student government receives $7.44 per term from the fee.

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Elections Committee defines campaigning; Group takes stance on fundraising controversy

After spending the morning in mediation with representatives of Lane's administration and a state mediator, members of the faculty union bargaining team met with other faculty members in the cafeteria during a lunch break April 23. They gave an update in preparation for the Monday, April 28 Board of Education meeting where the college's budget will be discussed.Photo: Eugene Johnson

After spending the morning in mediation with representatives of Lane’s administration and a state mediator, members of the faculty union bargaining team met with other faculty members in the cafeteria during a lunch break April 23. They gave an update in preparation for the Monday, April 28 Board of Education meeting where the college’s budget will be discussed.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

Lane’s student government Elections Committee created official definition of campaigning, after The Torch ran an article about presidential candidate Michael Weed’s fundraising attempts eight weeks before the official campaign period.

Weed and his running mate, Malisa Ratthasing, created a page on crowdfunding website gofundme.com on Feb. 25. On the page, Weed described why he was running and asked for donations to help his campaign.

According to student government bylaws, no campaigning can happen outside of a designated one to three week window. The Elections Committee scheduled campaigning to begin April 14.

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