Fall classes lead to Spring Inspirations; Students write, direct plays in 2013-14 Lane theater finale

Kory Phillips and Aaron Frederickson perform An Unnamed Chess Play at Spring Inspirations on May 22.Photo: August Frank

Kory Phillips and Aaron Frederickson perform An Unnamed Chess Play at Spring Inspirations on May 22.
Photo: August Frank

Lane students took over the stage at the Blue Door Theatre May 22 to May 24 to present plays written and directed by students in the annual Spring Inspirations.

Once per year, student-writers submit their work for the opportunity to have their creations acted out on stage. The show is completely student-designed down to lighting, costumes, props and stage direction.

This year four shows were chosen: Dating Outside Your Light Cone, written by Tim O’Donnell; How Does it Feel?, written by Stefanie Anderson; Who’s Looking, written by Sylvie Paterson; and An Unnamed Chess Play, written by Gabe Dresser.

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Faculty members acknowledged; Over 100 members honored at event

Awards lined up at the Employee Recognition Gala on May 28.Photo: Courtney Springer

Awards lined up at the Employee Recognition Gala on May 28.
Photo: Courtney Springer

Friends and family of Lane faculty gathered with their loved ones in the Center for Meeting and Learning, Building 19, for the annual Employee Recognition Gala on May 28.

The event kicked off with a retiree video, contributed by John and Roxanne Watson and Anxious Dog Productions.

Over 100 faculty members were acknowledged at the event. First, awards were given to faculty members with 10 years of service. Nearly 40 people were recognized.

Lane recognized approximately 20 faculty members for 20 years of service, eight members for 30 years and 37 other retirees.

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Faculty jazz fill Blue Door Theatre; Experienced musicians display their skills to an enthusiastic audience

Nate Waddell, Ron Bertucci, Dave Bender, Olem Alves, and Matt Svoboda rehearse for their performance before the May 27 Lane Faculty Jazz Concert.Photo: August Frank

Nate Waddell, Ron Bertucci, Dave Bender, Olem Alves, and Matt Svoboda rehearse for their performance before the May 27 Lane Faculty Jazz Concert.
Photo: August Frank

On a wet, chilly night, the intimate surroundings of the Blue Door Theatre offered the perfect setting for the warm tones and lively rhythms generated by the Lane Faculty Jazz Band on May 27.

The musicianship of these teachers is clearly on par with any professional jazz group. The fine acoustics of The Blue Door contributed to the intimate, club-like atmosphere. When I closed my eyes, I could have been back in any of the jazz clubs I used to frequent in New York or London. The only things missing were the smoky blue haze and the sound of clinking glasses from the bar.

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Titans stars jump to next level; Ten Lane track standouts have signed national letters of intent with four-year schools

In one of the greatest seasons in school history, the Lane track and field program repeated as Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges champions on both the men’s and women’s sides. Sparked by 11 individual champions, and 25 All-Americans, the 2014 Titans sophomores were the first group since 1997 to contribute to back-to-back championships. Leading Lane’s championship run were ten athletes who are transferring to four-year schools, all of which are Division II or higher. “Without a doubt, in my 16 years, we have never had this many athletes move on to the next level,” Lane head coach Grady O’Connor said. “It speaks volumes to our assistant coaches and their hard work, and it speaks to our institution and our support staff. I’m obviously biased, but it goes down in my book as the best sophomore class in Lane history.” The Titans featured seven sophomore pole vaulters who earned All-American honors a combined ten times in their respective careers. Four of those vaulters, Zach Olivera, Erik Jorgensen, Anna Jensen and Janelle Noga have signed National Letters of Intent at NCAA Division I schools. Sophomore throwers Madison Seamen and Leah Wilson have also committed to NCAA Division I schools.

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Silenced by fear

Sexual assault is a crime that, to a large extent, has been kept quiet. Perpetrators, victims and members of society at large all have reasons for not bringing this matter into the open.

This needs to change. Ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away; rather, it keeps it in place.

In our previous editorials on sexual assault, The Torch called for colleges and universities to adhere to the requirements of the Clery Act. Our purpose, of course, was to assist in making college and university campuses safe places for students.

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High default rates affect future borrowers’ loan debt

As Lane’s 2014 graduating class approaches its final weeks on campus, a looming burden awaits them.

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, student loan debt is currently the second largest form of consumer debt in the United States, behind only home mortgages. This burden is so large for some that they may not be able to repay their debts and default, or fail to make scheduled payments, on them.

Default cripples both students and institutions in many ways. Grads and non-grads, past and present, need to take responsibility for their student loans and avoid default after graduation.

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Titans take third in conference; Edmonds ends Lane’s tournament run

<>brLane sophomore pitcher Jeff Hardy throws during an April 6 game. Hardy was named to the NWAACC All-Southern Region First Team and earned a win for the Titans at the NWAACC tournament May 23.Photo: Torch archive

Lane sophomore pitcher Jeff Hardy throws during an April 6 game. Hardy was named to the NWAACC All-Southern Region First Team and earned a win for the Titans at the NWAACC tournament May 23.
Photo: Torch archive

The Titans were underdogs in this year’s NWAACC Championship before the tournament even started.

They scraped their way into the playoffs on the last day of the season, and as a reward, faced the conference’s top team, the Edmonds Community College Tritons, in the first round.

The Tritons’ explosive offense overpowered Lane in a Day 1 blowout, meaning the Titans were just one loss away from elimination.

However, Lane’s sophomore-heavy squad bounced back to win its next three games. They made just one error and allowed three runs against three of the top offenses in the conference to earn a spot in the NWAACC Final Four where they once again faced the Tritons.

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Drag show dedicated to divas in history; Proceeds to go to new LGBT center

Du Bonnet Jackson, a.k.a. Mario Parker-Milligan, performed along with 10 others in the Drag Show, held in Ragozzino Performance Hall on May 27.Photo: Penny Scott

Du Bonnet Jackson, a.k.a. Mario Parker-Milligan, performed along with 10 others in the Drag Show, held in Ragozzino Performance Hall on May 27.
Photo: Penny Scott

Wearing high heels, wigs, loads of make-up, long flowing sequined gowns, miniskirts, leather gear, vibrant colors or simply sexy black, a cast of 11 took to the Main Stage in Building 6 for the annual drag show.

The Gender Sexuality Alliance hosted the May 27 event to honor “Divas through the Ages.” A wildly enthusiastic crowd of about 250 applauded, cheered, clapped, laughed and tipped the performers.

Throughout the show, attendees came down to the stage to give the performers money. Some were rewarded with hugs, others with kisses, and the crowd loved it.

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Default rate dips below cutoff; Revised figures put Lane at 29.7 percent

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The U.S. Department of Education has approved challenges to the data it uses to calculate Lane students’ default rate, inching the college away from a threshold beyond which Lane stands to lose all federal financial aid.

The 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act prescribes that penalty when, for three consecutive years, 30 percent of a school’s graduates default on their loans within the first three years of repayment.

According to preliminary numbers published in February, approximately 30.7 percent of Lane borrowers who began repayment in the 2010 fiscal year defaulted before September 2013.

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Spring fever; Council of Clubs hosts a hit; Bouncy castle, dunk tank draw crowds at club recruiting event

Students government treasurer Zach Wais, serves free cotton candy to Helena Richardson of Lane’s Anime and Manga Club during the May 21 Spring Fair.Photo: Laura Newman

Students government treasurer Zach Wais, serves free cotton candy to Helena Richardson of Lane’s Anime and Manga Club during the May 21 Spring Fair.
Photo: Laura Newman

Council of Clubs hosted the Spring Fair at Lane’s Bristow Square May 21.

More than 250 people had attended the event before it was half over, according to student government senate president pro tempore Emily Aguilera.

“It’s wonderful. I am really excited that everything has turned out exactly how I hoped it would,” Aguilera said. “We didn’t run into complications or anything. Everything is going surprisingly smooth.”

The purpose of the event was to inform Lane students about campus clubs. Even though not all clubs could send representatives to the event due to their hectic end-of-year schedules, tables were still set up for all clubs and were manned by other volunteers, Aguilera said.

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