The disarray relay; Spontaneous final race tops off successful mid-week meet for the Titans

Lane freshman Coleman Byrum hands the baton off to freshman Justin Angove during the 4x400 meter relay at the Titan Twilight on April 24.Photo: Eugene Johnson

Lane freshman Coleman Byrum hands the baton off to freshman Justin Angove during the 4×400 meter relay at the Titan Twilight on April 24.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

The April 24 Titan Twilight featured everything you could ask for in a track meet.

At Lane’s annual meet, fans witnessed numerous personal bests broken, a school record for the second time in less than a week, and a chaotic 4×400-meter relay that featured five different Titan crews competing for bragging rights.

With four Titans’ men’s teams entered in the long relay, and just one women’s team, Lane head coach Grady O’Connor decided to combine the two relays, as they were the last two events of the meet.

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Former prep star leaps into Lane record books; Dakarai Hightower breaks Lane’s high jump record twice in two weeks

Lane freshman Dakarai Hightower broke the school record in the high jump, set by Kelly Graham in 1976, by jumping 7'0.25" at the Oregon Relays on April 17. He went on to break his own record by jumping 7'1.5" on April 24 during the Titan Twilight.Photo: Alyssa Sutton

Lane freshman Dakarai Hightower broke the school record in the high jump, set by Kelly Graham in 1976, by jumping 7’0.25″ at the Oregon Relays on April 17. He went on to break his own record by jumping 7’1.5″ on April 24 during the Titan Twilight.
Photo: Alyssa Sutton

A blue Lane Community College track jump suit covers Lane freshman high jumper Dakarai Hightower’s 6’4” slender frame. With jet black curly hair, and a little bit of stubble on his chin, Hightower has the looks of a typical young man. But he is anything but typical when he’s in the high jump pit. As soon as Hightower takes a couple of deep breaths, he’s off running towards history.

In the past two weeks, he has broken and re-broken the Lane high jump record. He first did so at Hayward Field on April 18, when he cleared 7’0.25″ and then topped his own record at the April 24 Titan twilight with a leap of 7’1.5.” Kelly Graham’s record leap of 7’00.5 had stood since 1976, but Hightower toppled it in just his second meet.

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Record and heartbreak; Kara Hallock finishes second in heptathlon championship despite breaking school record

Lane sophomore Kara Hallock broke the Lane heptathlon record with a score 4,785 at the April 29 NWAACC Heptathlon Championship held at Lane Community College. Hallock finished second to Elizabeth Venzon of Clackamas Community College.Photo: Eugene Johnson

Lane sophomore Kara Hallock broke the Lane heptathlon record with a score 4,785 at the April 29 NWAACC Heptathlon Championship held at Lane Community College. Hallock finished second to Elizabeth Venzon of Clackamas Community College.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

This year’s heptathlon was a bittersweet event for Kara Hallock.

The Titans sophomore scored 4,785 points, exceeding her personal best in the event by over 100 points. Her performance also launched her into Lane’s record books.

Hallock’s score shattered the school heptathlon record, which had stood since 2004, when MacKenzie Winkle scored 4,698 points.

However, her record-setting performance was only good enough to earn her second place for the day.

Hallock finished second to Clackamas sophomore Elizabeth Venzon, who scored 4,905 points to earn her second consecutive heptathlon title.

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Back-to-back championships; Dylan Hamming defends his title in the NWAACC decathlon

Lane sophomore Dylan Hamming claimed his second consecutive NWAACC Decathlon Championship on April 29 at Lane Community College.Photo: Eugene Johnson

Lane sophomore Dylan Hamming claimed his second consecutive NWAACC Decathlon Championship on April 29 at Lane Community College.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

It wasn’t the way he had hoped to win it, but on April 29, Dylan Hamming conquered the NWAACC decathlon
championship for the second consecutive year.

Hamming scored 6,788 points, easily besting Seth Buck of Clackamas Community College, who finished second with 6,523. Hamming’s effort was enough to earn him fourth place on Lane’s all-time record board.

However, if things had gone as he had planned, Hamming would have been competing for first place with Colton
Thurman, his friend and fellow Titan. Thurman was forced to withdraw from the competition after suffering a hamstring injury last week.

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Faculty seeks to clarify safety clause

Recent items in The Torch presented an inaccurate view of the tentative classroom safety agreement between the Lane Community College Education Association and the administration.

The LCCEA openly brought the issue to the table because a pre-bargaining survey identified classroom safety as the number one non-economic concern of faculty.

Although most faculty don’t have to contend with egregious or threatening student behavior, such problems do occur, and they can be devastating to learning conditions and the well-being of faculty and students. In too many cases in recent years the current response from the administration proved to be inadequate, and not because faculty lack an understanding of how behavior problems are handled. The agreement addresses these issues and meets the concerns of both parties while balancing the rights of students.

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Board should spare Cottage Grove campus

Credit: Riley Webber

Credit: Riley Webber

This week, both the administration and the college Budget and Finance Subcommittee revealed separate proposals to address the $12 million deficit. The committee’s proposal, which would close
the Cottage Grove campus to save Lane approximately $440,544, is alarming. It’s the equivalent of using a cleaver instead of a scalpel.

The subcommittee is unlikely to have such a relatively faraway campus’ best interests in mind. More importantly, the idea goes against Lane’s ideals.

Student leaders have little at stake in the proposal, as they do not receive activity fee revenue from students who only attend the Cottage Grove branch. As such, they are not technically members
of the Associated Students of Lane Community College.

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Titans take 2-of-3 from Lakers; Lane clings to first place in highly competitive South Region

Sophomore catcher Colby Rice was called safe at third base after an overthrown ball in a 2-1 win over the Clackamas Community College Cougars on April 29.Photo: Eugene Johnson

Sophomore catcher Colby Rice was called safe at third base after an overthrown ball in a 2-1 win over the Clackamas Community College Cougars on April 29.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

For at least another week, Lane stands atop the most competitive region in the conference.

The Titans took two of three games from the Southwestern Oregon Community College Lakers over the weekend to increase their record to 12-6.

They hold a narrow half game lead over the Clark Community College Penguins (13-7) while the Lakers sit in second place at 12-7.

The Titans, Penguins and Lakers are the only teams in the region with winning records and will battle for the two available playoff spots over the last half of regional play.

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Buffalo hazing discussed at Peace Symposium; Attendence reaches 400 during first day

Good Shield Aguilar

Good Shield Aguilar

People are waking up to the injustices and corruption throughout the world, said speakers at last week’s Peace Symposium, addressing issues that ranged from cruelty and homelessness to social
justice.

Two main themes recurred throughout the symposium. The first is awakening to injustice, especially in the United States. The second: peace and justice are not only possible, but a right of all sentient
beings.

“There is a very noticeable rising of national and international movements in response to this moment in history that we live in where there is a growing social and economic and ecological crisis,” said
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, national director of Move to Amend.

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Former ‘economic hitman’ offers to teach at Lane; Author: ‘Revolution in progress’

John Perkins

John Perkins

Lane Peace Symposium keynote speaker and bestselling author John Perkins said he riske his life when he wrote about the powerful people and organizations that “control the planet’s natural resources.”

Perkins speaks to groups all over the world about how corporations and governments manipulate the markets and people. His central objective, however, is to bring people together in peace.

Perkins told the crowd of approximately 200 people gathered in the Longhouse that we live in an economy based on killing that’s a total failure. It’s time to shapeshift from a death economy into
a life economy with whole new systems that honor life, he said.

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The $12 million question; Board directs Spilde, administration to deliver more information on budget cuts

Lane President Mary Spilde speaks during the Board of Education’s April 28 special session. The college is considering measures to balance next year’s budget against a $12 million deficit.Photo: Eugene Johnson

Lane President Mary Spilde speaks during the Board of Education’s April 28 special session. The college is considering measures to balance next year’s budget against a $12 million deficit.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

The Lane Board of Education fielded two plans this week to balance the budget against a projected $12.6 million shortfall and an estimated 12 percent drop in enrollment as other cuts loom on the horizon.

Each of those plans calls for drastic measures: shuttering the Cottage Grove campus, reducing the subsidies offered to Lane students who pay for onsite childcare, increasing per-credit tuition by $3, and/or passing on the card-swipe fees assessed at the Titan Store and cafeteria to customers.

Citizens, faculty members and student leaders offered hours of testimony as spectators strained to listen from the foyer during the April 28 special session.

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