Commencement speaker chosen for 2014 graduation ceremony; Students compete to address graduating class

Alan Overwater peruses the library after winning the keynote speaker contest on May 19.Photo: Chris Piepgrass
Alan Overwater peruses the library after winning the keynote speaker contest on May 19.
Photo: Chris Piepgrass

Alan Overwater, a 36-year-old Lane student who will graduate with a 3.5 GPA and a transfer degree, will deliver the commencement speech at this year’s graduation after winning a May 16 contest to find the most qualified speaker. Overwater was attending Lane during a period of homelessness, from 2006 to 2009. He recently returned to Lane to finish his degree. “It’s hard to keep yourself motivated when you don’t know where you’re going to sleep and you haven’t had a meal in a while. There is a population of people, and I don’t know if it’s that they’re lost or if they’ve just given up, but you can’t surround yourself with that,” Overwater said. “I don’t want to sound too pompous or anything, but I think I earned the right to say my piece.” Overwater also congratulates the graduating class of 2014 for pushing themselves to achieve their dreams. “All these students put in the work it takes to get their certificates, degrees and di-
plomas,” Overwater said. “They didn’t just sit through class. They put work into it and they kept living their daily lives. Not a lot of people have the will and determination to do that.”Each speaker had to touch on four main points. They were to discuss the time and energy students put into attaining their individual degree, diploma or certification. The speaker also had to give examples of their own personal successes and offer inspiration for students, as well as recognize contributions that the staff, family and friends had in helping students succeed. Christina Lymath, the department coordinator of Student Life and Leadership Development, has been coordinating the graduation ceremony since 1998. “Classmates feel a sense of kinship when there is a student speaker who can identify with the daily struggles and positive experiences of student life,” Lymath said. “There are some truly inspiring student success stories, and when I hear them share theirs with the audience and fellow graduates, I am truly touched by their stories.” She dvertises the keynote speaker contest a term in advance to provide plenty of time for students to hear about the opportunity and prepare their speeches. This year, the deadline was extended by one week due to scarce participation. Six contestants turned in hard copies of their three- to five-minute speeches on May 14. Alena Vasquez will be graduating with a degree in psychology this June and was a participant in the keynote speaker contest. “I think I did about five drafts total,” Vasquez said. “There was a lot I want-
ed to say. It was challenging to fit it all into a five-minute speech.”

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Fencing students need blades; ASLCC approves equipment funds

Carl KnochFencing Club RepresentativePhoto: Penny Scott

Carl Knoch
Fencing Club Representative
Photo: Penny Scott

A request by Lane’s Fencing Club for $435.90 to replace six broken fencing blades was approved at the May 21 senate meeting after the Council of Clubs failed to make quorum.

Fencing Club representative Carl Knoch requested the funds for a tournament at Lane on May 31.

The club purchased beginner level blades, which have been breaking because club members are fencing at a higher level than expected, he said.

“We’ve got about eight people who are at the national level right now,” Knoch said.

Chairwoman Jyoti Burns said she was reluctant to accept the funds request, stating that the Fencing Club was not represented at the council’s recent council event. She suggested that the club postpone the tournament pending a review of funds requests over the summer.

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Lane creates music industry leaders of tomorrow; Music technology lab helps take students’ music to new heights

Music theory tutor Matt Noble (left), and music technology tutor Kyle McCready (right), are working in the research department of Lane’s high-tech music lab on April 14.Photo: Penny Scott

Music theory tutor Matt Noble (left), and music technology tutor Kyle McCready (right), are working in the research department of Lane’s high-tech music lab on April 14.
Photo: Penny Scott

Lori Hawley, a music technology tutor, began as a culinary arts major at Lane, but once she’d experienced commercial editing, music composition, mixing, and mastering in the music lab, she changed her major.

“It totally changed my life and my career path,” Hawley said. “I decided I wanted to be a tutor and now a year later I am. I’m studying music technology and audio engineering.”

Lane’s state-of-the-art music technology lab sets Lane apart as an industry leader among community colleges. Twelve years ago, the college constructed the lab, which has remained top in its class ever since. A portion of the fees from music, dance and theater students are saved each year and earmarked for major upgrades to equipment every five or six years.

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Lane dancers give audience The Works; Annual event showcases student creations

Katie Buchanan, Eviana Dan, Lacey Porter, Courtney Snow and Elana Sutton perform the dance “Follow the Chance” during The Works in Ragozzino Performance Hall on May 15.Photo: August Frank

Katie Buchanan, Eviana Dan, Lacey Porter, Courtney Snow and Elana Sutton perform the dance “Follow the Chance” during The Works in Ragozzino Performance Hall on May 15.
Photo: August Frank

Lane dance students showcased their choreography, lighting and costuming skills in a three-day event at Ragozzino Performance Hall that began May 15.

The Works, an annual event, featured individually designed pieces by the students, giving them complete control over what the audience experienced. Lighting ranged from flashy bright pinks to white spotlights, and costumes varied from tan outfits to shiny dresses.

The choreography was varied as well. Movements included ballet, modern dance and jazz, to name a few.

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Track teams take titles

Lane sophomore Alex Sattley finished second in the triple jump  with a distance of 45'05.75" in the NWAACC Championships in  Spokane, Wash. on May 20.Photo: Grady O'Connor

Lane sophomore Alex Sattley finished second in the triple jump with a distance of 45’05.75″ in the NWAACC Championships in Spokane, Wash. on May 20.
Photo: Grady O’Connor

For the second season in a row, Lane’s men and women have claimed the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges’ track titles.

The Titans wrapped up both titles at Spokane Community College on May 20.Lane women’s team won with a score of 241 points, while the men prevailed with 183 points. Both finished 22 points ahead of runner-up the community colleges of Spokane Sasquatch.

Lane freshman Dakarai Hightower was named Outstanding Male Field Athlete of the meet and Titans sophomore Kara Hallock scored the second-most points of any woman athlete. Lane head coach Grady O’Connor was named men’s coach of the year.

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Budget officials seek more information; Students will only support $1.88 tuition increase

Lane’s budget committee will meet at least once more to grapple with a $12.6 million shortfall in the college’s 2014-15 budget.

Incoming student government President Michael Weed addressed budget committee members for the first time at their May 21 meeting. He took the opportunity to reiterate the student government’s position, that the committee should vote against any tuition increase above $1.88 per credit, in addition to the $2-per-credit inflationary increase the board approved earlier this year.

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UO incident highlights need for Clery compliance

4925-1 On March 9, the father of a University of Oregon student reported to Eugene Police that his daughter had been sexually assaulted by three of the school’s basketball players. University officials learned of the report the same day, and learned the names of the athletes under investigation on March 19. The Lane County District Attorney’s office ultimately decided not to charge the men. The university kicked them off the basketball team in early May.

But the fact that campus police didn’t log the reported assault when they first learned of it, or issue a campuswide alert, led Jennifer Freyd, a UO psychology professor, to complain to the U.S. Department of Education that the university violated the Clery Act, which requires U.S. colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.

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Hula dancers enchant students; Hawaiian culture preserved through dance

Kalimakuhilani “Kuhi” Southard performs a traditional hula before a small audience in the Longhouse May 16.Photo: Eugene Johnson

Kalimakuhilani “Kuhi” Southard performs a traditional hula before a small audience in the Longhouse May 16.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

Two Hawaiian instructors, Kalimakuhilani “Kuhi” Southard and Christopher “T.C.” Southard, shared their art and their personal stories with approximately 20 students at Lane’s Longhouse on May 16.

Eugene resident Belle Caracol, who was born and raised in the Philippines, and who dances hula, said she appreciated hearing from the instructors that being Hawaiian is not about a bloodline.

“I really like what they said about being Hawaiian being an attitude,” Caracol said. “Their love for Hawaii is so great, they just want to share it with those who want to share it with them.”

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Titans earn tournament trip; Beam, Goddard lift Lane to playoffs

Lane sophomore Jarren Goddard hit a grand-slam against Southwestern Oregon Community College on May 17 in Coos Bay.Photo:Eugene Johnson

Lane sophomore Jarren Goddard hit a grand-slam against Southwestern Oregon Community College on May 17 in Coos Bay.
Photo: Eugene Johnson

The Lane baseball team has faced plenty of high pressure situations this season. Last weekend, the Titans saw their toughest test thus far and didn’t blink. With the season on the line, Lane swept a three games series against the Southwestern OregonCommunity College Lakers and are now headed to the NWAACC Playoffs for the first time since 2011.

The Titans picked up a 9-6, nine-inning victory to begin the series on May 17 and, later in the day, bested the Lakers with a 7-1 seven-inning win. The next day, they finished a game that had been suspended due to darkness on April 26. The game was tied 2-2 when it was suspended, but the Titans exploded for four runs in extra innings to cap off a 6-2 win.

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