Senator announces resignation; Gomez plans departure after outburst

Senator Francisco “Kiko” Gomez discusses potential ballot measures while Chief of Staff Brandi Hoskins looks on during an April 9 ASLCC meeting.Photo: Alex Quadrini

Senator Francisco “Kiko” Gomez discusses potential ballot measures while Chief of Staff Brandi Hoskins looks on during an April 9 ASLCC meeting.
Photo: Alex Quadrini

One week after student senator Francisco “Kiko” Gomez had an outburst during a meeting, he said he planned to leave the Senate during its April 9 meeting.

“At the end of this meeting, I will officially resign,” Gomez said.

During the Associated Students of Lane Community College’s April 2 senate meeting, Gomez yelled an expletive and threw a pen at another senator after the senate passed a motion to fund the Peace Symposium at $1,900.

ASLCC Treasurer Zach Wais urged Gomez to postpone stepping down and reconsider the decision. Wais said did not think the Gomez’s actions warranted resigning.

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Community supports Eugene Public Library; 36th annual book sale at Lane Events Center

An estimated 3,000 people attended the Friends of the Eugene Public Library book sale April 12 and 13.Photo: Laura Newman

An estimated 3,000 people attended the Friends of the Eugene Public Library book sale April 12 and 13.
Photo: Laura Newman

The Lane Events Center was consumed with books April 12 and 13 for Friends of Eugene Public Library’s 36th annual Book Sale.

Ian McVay, an attendee, said he looks forward to this event every year because of the vast selection of fiction the event continues to have.

Thousands of community book lovers attended this event and took advantage of the massive collection. Books ranged from $1 to $2 and covered a variety of different subjects and genres.

Barbara Morgan and Nancy Purtill have collectively volunteered with this organization for over seven years. This type of volunteer opportunity does not entirely consist of working this particular sale. It is a year-long commitment.

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Sol Seed shines at Cozmic

On April 11 at Cozmic in Eugene, there was a full house for the CD release party from locally based reggae-fusion band Sol Seed. Their soulful, spiritually uplifting, deeply rhythmic grooves seamlessly blend classic reggae with elements of hip-hop, rap and rock. The band consists of drums, bass, rhythm and lead guitars, plus a guy playing keys, percussion and didgereedoo. That’s right, I said didgereedoo!

Oh, and by the way, they all sing. They easily move above deep, dub reggae grooves, crowd-rousing hip-hop word-spews and through Latin flavored floor-fillers. Lead vocals and raps pass back and forth from song to song. The lead guitar work of Kenny Lewis is the jewel in their crown. This lad is truly “on it.”

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Lane sweeps Clackamas in four-game series; Jarren Goddard lifts Titans over Cougars with walk-off homerun

Sophomore Jarren Goddard slides safely into home during a 5-0 game against Clackamas on April 11. Photo: Alyssa Sutton

Sophomore Jarren Goddard slides safely into home during a 5-0 game against Clackamas on April 11.
Photo: Alyssa Sutton

The Titans beat the Clackamas Community College Cougars in both games of their April 11 doubleheader in Eugene. Sophomore Jarren Goddard’s walkoff home run highlighted the closing game in the series.

The Titans were able to hold Clackamas to just one run over the two games.

The final score of the first game was 5-0 in the Titans’ favor.

Sophomore Pitcher Jared Priestley recorded his second win, throwing seven innings and striking out eight batters.

Freshman catcher Kyle Beam had a successful day at the plate, batting 3-for-3 driving in a run.

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Titans impress, show improvement at Chico Twilight; Athletes prepare for Hayward Field following weekend

Lane sophmore Sean McGetrick placed third in the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the Chico Twilight Invitational April 12.Photo: courtesy of Grady O'Connor

Lane sophmore Sean McGetrick placed third in the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the Chico Twilight Invitational April 12.
Photo: courtesy of Grady O’Connor

After a solid showing at the Linfield Invitational in McMinnville, the Titans traveled down to Chico, Calif. to compete in the Chico Twilight.

In this meet, the Titans,competed against several larger universities, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, San Francisco State University, Humboldt State University, Saint Mary’s College of California, as well as the hosting team, the California State University Wildcats.

The Titans opened up the meet April 11 with two victories, one of which came in the high jump courtesy of freshman Dakarai Hightower. Hightower continued his strong jumping from earlier this season at the Lane preview, when he cleared a height of 6’10.75″, besting Chico State’s Michael Souza’s 6’8″ jump.

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Chairwoman gets tough with delinquent clubs; Two clubs lose voting rights

At the Council of Clubs meeting on April 15, chairwoman Brandi Hoskins suspended the voting rights of the Table Tennis and French clubs.

According to council bylaws, if a club fails to attend two consecutive meetings without being excused before the meeting, the clubs lose their voting rights.

The Table Tennis Club had been excused from attending until further notice more than a month ago by former chairman John Price. Hoskins overruled the decision because their long absence was affecting quorum. The French Club has been absent from meetings since Feb. 25. Hoskins had not received communication from them regarding their absences.

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Downtown campus hosts local gaming event; Students present gaming ideas

Local gaming company Oreganik hosted an event for students and local gaming enthusiasts at Lane’s downtown campus on April 4.

The event attracted 26 registered participants, more than twice as many as previous events held by the company at another location. Students were invited to pitch and discuss gaming ideas with the hope of selecting an idea to promote through crowdfunding.

“I’m trying to build a strong development community here in Eugene,” Oreganik owner Ted Brown said.

“We decided to get a bunch of students, amateurs and professionals into a room to try to come up with a number of amazing ideas and see  were students from Lane, stuwhich one really sticks.”

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Ellis ratified as new vice president

Current ASLCC President Pro-Tempore Rebekah Ellis leads an ASLCC meeting April 16.Photo: Alex Quadrini

Current ASLCC President Pro-Tempore Rebekah Ellis leads an ASLCC meeting April 16.
Photo: Alex Quadrini

Members of the student government senate appointed former Senator Rebekah Ellis to replace Vice President Anayeli Jimenez, who hasn’t attended senate meetings since March.

Ellis was appointed to the position on April 14 and ratified unanimously by the student senate April 16.

Previously, Ellis served as president pro-tempore, a member of the senate who fills the role of vice president in the event of the vice president’s absence.

Ellis will hold her new position until a newly elected student administration takes office June 1.

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Chess Club revived with new potential; Members playing on paper boards, waiting for funding

As spring welcomes back the blossoms and warm breeze, Karlie Schwartzwald has brought the Chess Club back to Lane.

The Associated Students of Lane Community College Senate ratified the Chess Club on April 2. Schwartzwald is a second-year mathematics student. Hoping to introduce chess to more students around campus, Schwartzwald harnessed the passion for chess club in Winter 2014.

“I love chess,” Schwartzwald said, “and I want to have a chance to play with students on campus.”

The club currently has no chess sets. Schwartzwald has been cutting out paper to substitute with real chess sets. The Chess Club is waiting to receive $100 from the Student Government, the amount ratified clubs get each term.

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Parents make tough decisions about childcare; Older children left without adequate services

Jennifer McCarrick and Brandi Hoskins share parenting challenges between classes outside Building 19.Photo: Penny C. Scott

Jennifer McCarrick and Brandi Hoskins share parenting challenges between classes outside Building 19.
Photo: Penny C. Scott

Lane’s student parents say they are sometimes forced to choose between leaving their children without the support they need and allowing their schoolwork to suffer.

The on-campus Child and Family Center provides care for children who are 2.5 to 5 years old. However, Lane doesn’t have a program or facilities for older children.

Child and Family Education Division Dean Cathy Lindsley recommends that students contact the Family Connections Program of Lane and Douglas County. She said that students would be guided through a process regarding available resources.

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