Student government ends year

Sarah Pishioneri distributed desserts to attendees at the June 4 student government meeting.Photo: Penny Scott

Sarah Pishioneri distributed desserts to attendees at the June 4 student government meeting.
Photo: Penny Scott

Student government members made motions and amendments regarding the complex factors involved in sharing cupcakes at the June 4 student government meeting.

It took 30 minutes of light-hearted banter to establish the cupcakes’ number, size, flavors, gluten content, actual existence, whether muffins were mixed with the cupcakes and how to distribute them.

The 48 assorted desserts were eventually shared among the 25 people at the meeting.

The student government is going on a summer retreat, and it has yet to choose a venue. President Michael Weed said this year’s budget is likely to be $3,000, similar to last year’s. The retreat is usually attended by 22 people. Ten different workshops are proposed.

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Exhibitions impress visitors; Lane students showcase professional-grade projects

Lane students Jake Dolores and Claudia Mojarro study “Queens of the Stone Age” by graphic design student Tracy Klocko in the Graphic Design Student Exhibition in the Building 11 Sister Gallery, adjacent to the Main Gallery, on May 28.Photo: Penny Scott

Lane students Jake Dolores and Claudia Mojarro study “Queens of the Stone Age” by graphic design student Tracy Klocko in the Graphic Design Student Exhibition in the Building 11 Sister Gallery, adjacent to the Main Gallery, on May 28.
Photo: Penny Scott

Foreign troops have invaded America. It seems as though the world is coming to an end. Esther has to choose between panicking, committing suicide or doing what needs to be done.

So begins Esther at the End of the World, a three-minute video by media arts student Katrina Vollbracht. Determined not to be a victim of circumstances, Esther takes the Wonder Woman costume from her kids’ old toy box, gets a handgun and goes out to fight.

The video is displayed in the annual Media Arts Student Exhibition in the Building 11 Main Gallery. In the adjacent gallery is the annual Graphic Design Student Exhibition.

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Jazz bands strut their stuff; Music students perform for an enthusiastic audience

Left to right: Alvin Johnson, Natasha Herbert, Dalton Lott, Calvan Christ, Kelly Kelso, Jordan Nelson and Nick Alvarez rehearse for the Lane Jazz Combos student concert at the Building 6 Blue Door Theatre on June 3.Photo: August Frank

Left to right: Alvin Johnson, Natasha Herbert, Dalton Lott, Calvan Christ, Kelly Kelso, Jordan Nelson and Nick Alvarez rehearse for the Lane Jazz Combos student concert at the Building 6 Blue Door Theatre on June 3.
Photo: August Frank

If the Lane Jazz Combos show was any indication, the future of jazz is alive and well.

The nearly full Blue Door Theatre hosted four student jazz combos displaying their skills June 3. Each group presented classic tunes from the jazz canon. Ron Bertucci, faculty director of the project, served as emcee.

Beginning with the Tim Jayne Combo, we heard the light midtempo swing of “All of Me.” They followed with the bossa nova feel of “Yesterdays” and the uptempo “Lady Bird.” Jayne, on guitar, led this quintet, which consisted of Sam Dale on trombone, Evan Lawrence on guitar, David Cooper on bass and Nelson Cornejo on drums. Dale’s solos got the evening off to a lively start, while Lawrence’s rhythmic chording knitted the group together.

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From Port-au-Prince to pole vault pit; Luke McKay overcomes odds, reconnects with family

Luke McKay was a 2013 All-American and placed third at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Championship in 2013. His personal record is 15 feet 3 inches.Photo: Torch archive

Luke McKay was a 2013 All-American and placed third at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Championship in 2013. His personal record is 15 feet 3 inches.
Photo: Torch archive

Lane track standout Luke McKay’s journey to Eugene has been anything but ordinary.

At a time in which the economy in Haiti was suffering, Luke’s biological parents lost their jobs and were forced to put Luke up for adoption when he was 7 months old.

Joe and Joyce McKay had been trying to adopt in the U.S. but were turned down by adoption agencies time and time again, and were told their lifestyle in Eastern Oregon lacked cultural opportunities for children.

They were informed by a family friend who knew of somebody who had recently adopted from Haiti, and Joe and Joyce then attempted to do the same. Shortly after, they were able to adopt their first three children, Gabe, Clare and Luke from New Life Link, an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital.

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15 Titans will transfer

A third-place finish at the NWAACC tournament, three players selected for the All-NWAACC team and 12 players selected to the regional All-Star team made for one of the most successful seasons in school history for the 2014 Titans.

That success is carrying the Lane players to the next level in their academic and baseball careers, as every Titans sophomore is transferring to a four-year university.

Chris Neifert, Peter Davis, Robert Strys and Blake Montague will all transfer to the University of Oregon to continue their education, while 11 other Titans will continue to play baseball across the country.

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Athletics pinches pennies; Coaches decide how to accomodate 24 percent budget reduction

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After taking a 24 percent revenue drop over the last two years, Lane’s athletic department is cinching its belt and looking for different sources of money.

Lane’s enrollment decline means that fewer students are paying the activity fee, almost a quarter of which — approximately $426,000 in 2012 — funds the athletic department. This year, that fell to $323,450.

While general funds provided by the college supports the salary of three staff positions in Lane’s athletic department, all other department spending is paid through coaches’ fundraising and the college’s student activity fees.

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Bemidji scoops up second Titan

For the second time in four weeks, a Lane basketball player has committed to play at Bemidji (Minn.) State University, an NCAA Division II school.

ane standout Alex Sattley has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Beavers next season, and will accompany Titans teammate Zach Kirschbaum, who signed with the Beavers in May.

Sattley chose Bemidji over Holy Names University, a NCAA Division II school in Oakland, Calif.

(Bemidji) was a better school for me academically and for basketball,” Sattley said. “I took a visit and I really enjoyed the campus, and all the guys there were really supportive.”

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Lane wins Directors Cup; Athletics awarded for success in NWAACC

On June 4, Lane was announced as the winners of the second annual Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Directors Cup.

The award goes to the NWAACC school which had the best overall performance in all sports in their respective athletic departments throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

The Titans were crowned NWAACC champions in both men’s and women’s track and field, finished second in men’s and women’s cross country, and placed third in baseball and fourth in women’s basketball. The Titans’ women’s soccer team also qualified for the playoffs and won their first round game.

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The Torch staff: advice and learning

Alyssa Sutton  Editor-in-chief
For the last time, I am creating a document on Google Drive, watching the cursor move down the page, and thinking, “This is it.”
I will never again create another article, take another photo or read another piece of copy for The Torch. I will go on, creating other articles, taking other photos, reading other copy — just not here. With a major in photojournalism, and acceptance to a couple of incredible programs out of state.
I am thrilled to continue pursuing the crazy life of a journalist.
Nine months ago, when I first walked into a nearly deserted office with the goal of taking a few photos, I never imagined I would be where I am now. Now, leaving the editor-in-chief position with more experience and insight than I could have ever gained in a classroom, I can only thank The Torch and the wonderful advisers and staff who work here.
At The Torch, I’ve learned to always have coffee handy. I’ve learned how to interview effectively. I’ve learned to live on four hours of sleep a night. I’ve learned how to listen to people. I’ve learned how to write. I’ve learned about ethics. I’ve learned how to photograph. I’ve learned about teamwork. I’ve learned about design. I’ve learned about things on this campus I never thought I would ever have an interest in. I’ve learned about deadlines. I’ve learned to troubleshoot.
This has been a life-changing experience for me. Not just in things I have done, or things I have learned, but the people I have worked with. Every person who has walked through this door has taught me something, and I appreciate them all.
Lastly, I’ve learned that there will always be more to learn.
So, goodbye Lane campus. I’m off to learn something more, somewhere else.

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Library to move this summer; Center Building construction continues

Construction continues as Lane moves forward with its remodel of the Center Building.Photo: August Frank

Construction continues as Lane moves forward with its remodel of the Center Building.
Photo: August Frank

Workers will begin moving books, computers, and furniture as the Library is displaced to Building 18. The partial relocation starting this summer is part of the continued $35 million renovation of the Center Building.

Russ Pierson, the interim assistant director of Lane Facilities Management and Planning, said that the construction project costs are on target so far.

Facilities Management’s goal is to have the library back in the updated Center Building by September of 2015.

Marika Pineda, interim director of the Lane Library, said key services of the library will move starting mid- to late August. The library may be closed for a few weeks during the move, but librarians plan to have library services open to students in Building 18 by the start of fall term.

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