Shakespeare adaptation comes to Ragozzino Hall; A Midsummer Night’s Dream receives creative treatment

Lane theater instructor Judith “Sparky” Roberts’ adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed at Lane’s Ragozzino Hall April 17 to April 19 and April 24 to April 26.

Because only Shakespeare’s scripts were included, much of the stage direction is left up to the director’s modern interpretation. This allows them the freedom to adapt the play as they would like to present it.

“One of the most creative aspects of doing Shakespeare is retaining what the director thinks is essential,” Roberts said.

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Artist brings glass sculpture lecture to Building 10; Chemistry, architecture, engineering discussed with glass media

Visiting featured artist Jonathan Swanz discusses his career as an artist and explains his glass-blown series to an audience in Building 11. Swanz’s exhibit Vibrant Matter will be on display in the gallery in Building 10 from March 31 to April 24.Photo: Alex Quadrini

Visiting featured artist Jonathan Swanz discusses his career as an artist and explains his glass-blown series to an audience in Building 11. Swanz’s exhibit Vibrant Matter will be on display in the gallery in Building 10 from March 31 to April 24.
Photo: Alex Quadrini

Jonathan Swanz, an artist specializing in glass sculptures, visited students in Building 10 to talk about his work and process. Accompanying his talk was a large installation named “Rites of Passage.”

He explained this piece as one of self-reflection, as there are several “portals,” or doorways, made entirely out of mirrors that hang from the ceiling.

Most of the work for this show was made in Louisville, Ky. Swanz also teaches in Hawaii, where he currently lives, and has a special interest in incorporating glass and ceramic art.

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Rescheduled powwow delights; Participants dance to the beat of their own drum

Southern Oregon University instructor Brent Florendo dances in traditional regalia with other participants at Lane’s powwow in Building 5 Gymnasium on April 5.Photo: Laura Newman

Southern Oregon University instructor Brent Florendo dances in traditional regalia with other participants at Lane’s powwow in Building 5 Gymnasium on April 5.
Photo: Laura Newman

Hundreds of people flocked to Lane’s Building 5 gymnasium April 5 for a rescheduled powwow. This free ceremony, hosted by Lane’s Native American Student Association, typically takes place in December. However, a winter snow storm led to a cancellation of this event in 2013.

This is the first time in the powwow’s history that the event has been pushed to the spring. Lane native groups and the administration have decided to continue this event during the spring season.

NASA faculty adviser Andrew Viles has been involved with the powwow since 1999.

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Q&A: Keynan Middleton

The Los Angeles Angels selected former Titan Keynan Middleton with the 95th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, making him the top Lane player ever selected in the draft.

The Los Angeles Angels selected former Titan Keynan Middleton with the 95th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, making him the top Lane player ever selected in the draft.

Keynan Middleton made history last June when the Los Angeles Angels selected him in the third round of the Major League Baseball draft, the earliest round in which a former Lane player has ever been selected.

Middleton, a two sport star at Lane who shined on both the baseball field and basketball court. Almost a year removed from his only season in Eugene, he now finds himself in Tempe, Ariz., for extended spring training.

Middleton spoke with The Torch about making the difficult transition to professional baseball and struggling with giving up his first love, basketball.

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Lane lands in eighth place in opening rankings; Titan ace Jeff Hardy is tied for third in NWAACC with 34 strikeouts

Lane third baseman Eric Long attempts to break up a double play during Lane’s home loss to the Chemeketa Community College Storm on April 6. Long went 1-for-3.Photo: Eugene Johnson

Lane third baseman Eric Long attempts to break up a double play during Lane’s home loss to the Chemeketa Community College Storm on April 6. Long went 1-for-3.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

With their preseason in the books and South Region play underway, the Titans have a record of 13-8 overall and have earned a spot in the first Alaska Airlines Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Baseball Poll.

Lane took the eighth and final spot in the ranking, which is decided by coaches from around the conference.

The Clark Community College Penguins were the only other team in the South Region to receive a vote.

The Titans have won six of their last 10 games, and currently sit in second place in the South with a regional record of 5-3-1.

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Five Titans earn NWAACC athlete of the week honors; Head coach Grady O’Connor says Lane women’s 4×400 meter A-team will debut at next meet

Lane freshman Colton Thurman placed 11th with a time of 15.79 seconds during the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the March 22 Oregon Preview at Hayward Field.Photo: Alyssa Sutton

Lane freshman Colton Thurman placed 11th with a time of 15.79 seconds during the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the March 22 Oregon Preview at Hayward Field.
Photo: Alyssa Sutton

With three meets under their belt, the Lane men’s and women’s track and field teams are starting to hit their stride as they prepare for the upcoming Chico Twilight in Chico, Calif., from April 11 to 12.

Several Titans have shined in the past several meets, and due to their accomplishments, five Lane athletes were named NWAACC Track and Field Athletes of the Week in the past three weeks.

On March 27, freshmen Jonathan Cornish and Kristine Dunn, and sophomore Anna Jensen all earned Athlete of the Week honors.

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New senator appointed

Felicia Dickenson

Felicia Dickenson

The Associated Students of Lane Community College Senate voted unanimously to appoint student Felicia Dickenson as a senator during its April 2 meeting.

Dickenson has been involved in Lane student governance for the past year as an elected member of the Student Finance Board, a six-member student advisory committee that audits the budgets of programs that receive funding from the student activity fee.

Senators are elected during the annual ASLCC general election during spring term. As Senate seats become vacant, students can be appointed to positions.

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Council to nullify $3,000 club vote

After failing to meet quorum at its April 8 meeting, newly appointed chairwoman Brandi Hoskins said the Council of Clubs will nullify its vote to approve a $3,000 funds request.

Five voting clubs failed to attend, and the Chess Club representative left during the meeting, which initially went unnoticed. The Council of Clubs needs six members to make quorum.

Before the Chess Club representative departed, the present clubs voted to host two spring events. The first is an April 23 Club Fair, where the clubs will interact with students and try to recruit new members. A club fair was hosted winter term in the cafeteria.

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Campus community director quits; ASLCC currently looking for replacement

John Price

John Price

Associated Students of Lane Community College Campus Community Director John Price sent a March 30 email resigning from his position. Price attributed his departure to money and time issues.

The campus community director sits as the chair of the Council of Clubs and helps organize events for students at Lane. These duties will be carried out by ASLCC Chief of Staff Brandi Hoskins until the position is filled.

“I have decided to begin to continue my employment and education elsewhere, effective April 1, 2014,” Price wrote in the email sent to members of the student government and The Torch.

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Where’s the money?

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On April 7 the University of Connecticut Huskies men’s basketball team defeated the University of Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the NCAA National Championship, claiming its second title in the past four years.

There were plenty of headlines surrounding the game: UConn head coach Kevin Ollie’s rise to fame in just his second season, Kentucky’s incredible tournament run with a starting lineup of five freshman and rapper Drake’s support of seemingly every team that won a game.

However, there is another story concerning the Huskies that many have overlooked.

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