Concert raises funds for dance foundation; Nine Oregon troupes perform on Ragozzino stage

Dance Northwest showcases in front of a packed Ragozzino Performance Hall May 3 during the Down 4 It performance. The show consisted of nine different Oregon dance companies.Photo: Eugene Johnson

Dance Northwest showcases in front of a packed Ragozzino Performance Hall May 3 during the Down 4 It performance. The show consisted of nine different Oregon dance companies.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

Dance Northwest celebrated National Dance Week at Lane last Saturday, May 3 by gathering regional dance groups to perform at their 9th annual Down 4 It event in the Ragozzino Performance Hall.

The event raised money for the Lane Dance Foundation, which helps serious dancers pay for tuition and attend national and international conferences and events.

Anita Sanford, co-founder, director and Lane dance instructor of 14 years, established the group with Kim Ely in 2005.

“We had a group of dancers, and then we just bonded through our passion for dance and decided to take it to the stage,” Sanford said.

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Art exhibit tackles difficult subject; Faculty and students express how cancer touched their lives

Rainer Anderson examines his piece "Shattered" which he entered in the Big C Exhibit in the 4x4 Gallery in Building 17 May 1.Photo: Penny Scott

Rainer Anderson examines his piece “Shattered” which he entered in the Big C Exhibit in the 4×4 Gallery in Building 17 May 1.
Photo: Penny Scott

Media arts student Rainer Anderson, who prefers to be called RB, said his life was shattered when he found out he had cancer. He uses writing and art to express what it’s been like starting over again.

Anderson got a chance to express himself in the Big C exhibit in the 4×4 Gallery’s introductory show in Building 17. It contains both media, and is dominated by black writing of all sizes. Included is a faculty segment called “Life Landscapes.”

“I thought it would be great if I could speak and write myself into existence,” Anderson said.

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Faculty delivers epic performance; Art exhibit tackles difficult subject Concert wows with five grand pianos and Viking costume

Lane staff rehearse “Ride of the Valkyries” by Richard Wagner in Ragozzino Performance Hall May 5.Photo: Chris Piepgrass

Lane staff rehearse “Ride of the Valkyries” by Richard Wagner in Ragozzino Performance Hall May 5.
Photo: Chris Piepgrass

Lane instructors raised scholarship funds while showcasing their creativity and a variety of skills at Piano Mania in Ragozzino Hall on May 6.

The night began with five grand piano players pounding out Wolfgang Mozart’s “Overture” from The Marriage of Figaro, arranged by Piano Mania Coordinator Barbara Myrick.

“What better way to start this unique concert than with Mozart’s sparkling overture?” Myrick said. The introductory piece was conducted by symphony instructor Hisao Watanabe, who wore an 18th-century suit, complete with a powdered wig, as Mozart would have.

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Titans seek region championship; Lane men will battle Clackamas for 11th consecutive title, women favored to win fifth straight

Lane freshman David Cornish takes the baton from his brother Jonathan to begin the third leg of the men’s 4x400-meter relay at the April 24 Titan Twilight. Jonathan Cornish is second in the conference in the 5,000-meter run and David Cornish ranks fourth.Photo: Eugene Johnson

Lane freshman David Cornish takes the baton from his brother Jonathan to begin the third leg of the men’s 4×400-meter relay at the April 24 Titan Twilight. Jonathan Cornish is second in the conference in the 5,000-meter run and David Cornish ranks fourth.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

Lane track and field competed in the last meet of the regular season at the May 2 Oregon State University High Performance Meet, and now have their eyes set on the NWAACC Southern Region
Championships.

The Titans’ men have brought home the previous 10 Southern Region titles, while the women have claimed nine of the past 10. This year, both teams are in the mix to add to the school’s trophy case. However, the battle for the men’s title could be much closer than in recent years.

Clackamas Community College has four athletes who own the top spot in the conference in their respective events and 19 ranked in the top five. Lane has 26 athletes ranked in the top five, while
six Titans’ men are at the top of the form chart in individual events.

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Lane falls to second; Seven games remain as Titans trail Clark Community College

Sophomore pitcher Beau Uealand threw a scoreless inning in relief in Game 1 of a double-header against Mount Hood Community College May 2.Photo: Eugene Johnson

Sophomore pitcher Beau Uealand threw a scoreless inning in relief in Game 1 of a double-header against Mount Hood Community College May 2.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

Lane’s hopes of capturing an NWAACC Southern Region title are on life support after dropping three of four games over the weekend.

The Titans entered the week in first place, but were swept in a May 2 home doubleheader
versus Mount Hood Community College, and the next day lost 7-8 in a nailbiting opener versus the
Chemeketa Community College Storm.

With a record of 13-10 in Southern Region play, the Titans now find themselves in second place behind the Clark Community College Penguins (17-7) and tied with the Southwestern Oregon Community College Lakers (13-10).

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Point-Counterpoint: Should people exercise with CrossFit routines? No

Training is too hardcore

Last summer, I went from training non-stop for 5K runs to lying on my cement porch at 1 a.m. under a sliding glass door. Apparently, if the top of glass doors aren’t screwed into the runners, they fall off the track when opened.

It may have been the dumbest way to acquire a concussion, but it led my doctor and my coach to ban me from any sort of training. Finally back on the trail, I started training with a four-mile run. When
we finished, my running partner gave me a half-glare, half-laugh. We had maintained a
7:40 pace for the entire run, when the goal had been to maintain an easy 8:45 and keep it conversational. We left the trail, joking that I should get a concussion more often.

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Point-Counterpoint: Should people exercise with CrossFit routines? Yes

Training leads to a hard core

Depending on who you ask, CrossFit is either a killer workout, or a workout that could give you a killer injury.

Those who are dedicated to the sport see it as a lifestyle more so than a form of exercise. Its popularity has skyrocketed over the past 10 years, and there are over 7,000 affiliated CrossFit boxes
open around the world, a mind-boggling number when compared to the mere 15 that were open in 2005.

Recently, the sport has been under heavy criticism, and many are questioning its safety and practicality.

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Child care cuts should be avoided

Credit: Riley Webber

Credit: Riley Webber

Lane’s parents, students and staff currently cope with many struggles, including passing classes, juggling jobs and finding time to be with their families outside of school.

This is why we at The Torch were surprised when the administration’s recent budget proposal for next school year included cutting $100,000 from the Early Childhood Development Center. The proposed cuts reduce classrooms from four to three, maintains two vacancies in the center and cuts down on part-time classified staffing.

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Titan forward signs with Marauders; University of Mary takes Mahaffie after injury

Tori Mahaffie

Tori Mahaffie

Tori Mahaffie, a Lane basketball standout who saw her season end early with a knee
injury, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Mary,
a Division II four-year university in Bismarck, N.D.

Mahaffie, a sophomore, earned Second Team All-NWAACC Southern Region honors for the Titans during the 2013-14 season and was named to the NWAACC All-Star Team.

She averaged 10.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game, and was sixth in the conference with 1.5 blocks per game. She was the Titans’ second-leading rebounder and third-leading scorer before suffering a torn ACL in a Feb. 17 game.

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All-Oregon Academic Team picks Titans; Oregon Community College Association selects 2014 members

Audrey Barney

Audrey Barney

A mother of two studying business and a father seeking a new career in computer science will represent Lane on the All-Oregon Academic Team.

The Oregon Community College Association has appointed Audrey Barney of Fall Creek and Sean Baker of Eugene to represent Lane on the team, the organization announced April 22.

Two students from each Phi Theta Kappa chapter are given the award each year, and only members of the honor society can apply for the scholarship. Being chosen for the academic team does not guarantee the students will receive the scholarship due to stiff competition.

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