Lane showcases world talent; International Day unites students from 35 countries

Mayra Jaquez plays the accordion and sings for the student body May 7 for International Day in Lane’s cafeteria.

Mayra Jaquez plays the accordion and sings for the student body May 7 for International Day in Lane’s cafeteria.

International students and performers from 35 different countries gathered in Lane’s cafetria on May 7 for Lane’s International Day.

Lane created the event to demonstrate the talents of Lane’s multicultural student body. Beth Schenderlein coordinated the showcase this year.

“The mission of International Day is to showcase the amazing talents of the diverse population of international students who come to Lane and promote understanding between cultures,” Schenderlein said. “We also want the whole student body of Lane to have the opportunity to meet our international students.”

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Fairy-tale musical enchants audience; Lane students perform at Actors Cabaret of Eugene

Cody Mendonca and Emily Westlund take the stage for a pick-up rehearsal at Actors Cabaret of Eugene on May 8 for the production of Into the Woods.Photo: Courtney Springer

Cody Mendonca and Emily Westlund take the stage for a pick-up rehearsal at Actors Cabaret of Eugene on May 8 for the production of Into the Woods.
Photo: Courtney Springer

Stephen Sondheim is known for his technically intricate musicals and Into the Woods is no different, but that didn’t deter Mark VanBeever, director, from taking the show by the horns.

VanBeever is a graduate of Lane’s GED program and has been acting and directing in the community for several years. He has presented his vision of the show at Actors Cabaret of Eugene, which opened May 1.

The seats were nearly full when the house lights dimmed and the stage lights illuminated a silhouetted forest in hues of purples and blues. The Narrator, played by Austin Vanderplaat, began to tell a medley of fairy tales including Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and more.

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Renowned pianist plays at Ragozzino; Musical authority melds classical European and traditional African music

Dr. William Chapman Nyaho addresses the Ragozzino Hall audience as Asia Wooten accompanies him on May 9.Photo: Chris Piepgrass

Dr. William Chapman Nyaho addresses the Ragozzino Hall audience as Asia Wooten accompanies him on May 9.
Photo: Chris Piepgrass

Dr. William Chapman Nyaho’s May 9 recital showcased material from composers of African descent.

The concert was put on by the Lane Diversity Department in collaboration with the Black Student Union whose members ushered during the event.

Before each song, Nyaho spoke a little about the piece he was about to play and explained the cultural influences and how they affected the music. The night’s theme was playful piano music from the African diaspora.

“I made a New Year’s resolution not to play any western European music until I learned a full recital of music by composers of African descent,” Nyaho said.

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Multimedia extravaganza invades Hult Center; Musicians, dancers and acrobats take stage with orchestra

Medium Troy performs with The Bohemian Dub Orchestra at The Hult Center May 10.Photo: August Frank

Medium Troy performs with The Bohemian Dub Orchestra at The Hult Center May 10.
Photo: August Frank

For four hours, the Silva Hall at the Hult Center was transformed into a multimedia music and dance collaboration, a modern fantasia which felt more like a psychedelic club rave than a concert, with the added fun of a costume party.

This was the much-anticipated Bohemian Dub Ball on the night of Saturday, May 10.

The ball had its roots in local Eugene band Medium Troy. The three members of the group, Connor Sullivan and brothers JoJo and Jessie Ferriera, all attended Lane. Their idea of combining a full orchestra with their trip-hop-inspired beats, grooves and socially conscious lyrics had its first outing last November at The McDonald Theater. The Bohemian Dub Ball expanded that show.

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Exhibit reshapes perception of art; Artist challenges traditional interpretation in Building 11 gallery

Grace Madden Huang, an English as a Second Language student, views the Geometry of Hope exhibition in the Building 10 gallery.Photo: Penny Scott
Grace Madden Huang, an English as a Second Language student, views the Geometry of Hope exhibition in the Building 10 gallery.
Photo: Penny Scott

Jeanne Heifetz is a New York-based artist whose collection, Geometry of Hope, is inspired by the difference between what we think we see and what we actually see.

Shadows, which have no independent existence, but are part of how the brain works, are an important aspect of the collection, Heifetz said.

Heifetz sets rules for each piece she creates to give herself a framework from which to work. From there she improvises and enjoys the freedom that comes from having a sense of ongoing dialogue with her work where she’s constantly making decisions.

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Lane cruises to victory; Hallock and Walker top scorers at NWAACC South Region Championships

(Left to right) Lane freshman Kristine Dunn, sophomore Jalen Tims, Clackamas Community College sophomore D’Nara Jones and Lane sophomore Jhazelle Ambus run the women’s 200-meter dash at the May 10 NWAACC South Region Championships in Gresham.Photo: Grady O'Connor

(Left to right) Lane freshman Kristine Dunn, sophomore Jalen Tims, Clackamas Community College sophomore D’Nara Jones and Lane sophomore Jhazelle Ambus run the women’s 200-meter dash at the May 10 NWAACC South Region Championships in Gresham.
Photo: Grady O’Connor

Lane’s track and field program has made winning the regional championship almost an annual event.

At the May 9 regional championship in Gresham, the Titans men scored 225 points and edged out the second place Clackamas Community College Cougars by 23 points to claim their 11th consecutive regional title. Lane’s women’s squad dominated every section of the meet in a 250-point performance, out-
scoring the second place Cougars by 65.5 points on the way to their sixth straight title.

“It was, for both squads, a dress rehearsal for NWAACCs,” Lane head coach Grady O’Connor said. “Our goal was to compete for position and place, instead of trying to chase marks.”

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Season on the line; Titans will battle Lakers for second place, trip to the NWAACC playoffs

The Lane baseball team kneels in a pre-game huddle before hosting Clark Community College in a May 12 doubleheader against the Penguins. Clark won the first game 1-0 and Lane won the second game 7-3.Photo: Eugene Johnson

The Lane baseball team kneels in a pre-game huddle before hosting Clark Community College in a May 12 doubleheader against the Penguins. Clark won the first game 1-0 and Lane won the second game 7-3.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

The Titans are deadlocked in a second-place tie with the Southwestern Oregon Community College Lakers in the NWAACC Southern Region. Their playoff ambitions hinge on a May 16 winner-take-all three-game series with the Lakers. The series could include a continuation of an April 25 game that was suspended in the top of the 13th inning due to darkness. The teams will play a doubleheader with the first game beginning at noon and, if each team wins a game, they will play the remainder of the suspended game as a tiebreaker.

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The Torch takes home multiple awards

The Torch, Lane Community College’s student newspaper, won 25 awards, including the top prize, in the annual Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Collegiate Newspaper Contest.

This was the fourth time since 2009 that The Torch took home a first-place award for general excellence, the highest honor a college newspaper can receive from the ONPA. The Torch, which is funded through the student activity fee, is in its 50th year.

Three from The Torch won more than one award. Photo Editor Eugene Johnson won five awards, including best sports and feature photos. Former reporter Taya Alami won four, including best writing. Sports Editor Jarrid Denney won two, including second place in the best-section contest.

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Leaders must present all sides

Credit: Riley Webber
Credit: Riley Webber

We’ve had it happen often. A student offers a little speech at the beginning of the class requesting that you register to vote or sign a petition to keep their club funded. More recently, students have used class time to urge their classmates to attend Board of Education meetings to protest tuition increases.

When you’re approached in hallways, it’s a lot easier to pass by on the pretext that you’re in a hurry for class, or to mumble that you’re not interested. However, in a classroom you are a captive audience, in the most literal sense of the phrase.

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