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Commentary by Penny Scott Editor-in-Chief When I see I’ve made an error, it is only right for me to correct it when possible. Even though the error I am about…

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College year ends in acrimony: More grist for the mill

Commentary by Penny Scott Editor-in-Chief It was a less than happy ending to the school year at Lane Community College when the closing remarks of some board members were geared…

LCCEA 2015 Evaluations of Administration, President and Board of Education

Faculty evaluations of college administration and board

The report below was submitted to The Torch by the Lane Community College Education Association. According to the LCCEA, the report contains responses by some LCC faculty members to a…

Tiya Craven’s mother, Naomi Duncan Ason, holds her granddaughter in her arms.Photo courtesy of Tiya Craven

Center Building Reunion; Part Two

Part one of this story was published in edition 25 of The Torch on May 29, 2015. She emailed me the next day expressing interest in meeting with me. I…

A riot scene from the 1970 movie “Getting Straight” is filmed on the steps of the Center Building on LCC’s Main Campus .Photo courtesy of Lane Community College Archive

Getting straight at Lane; Separating fact from fiction

It may be hard to imagine a scene like the one almost 50 years ago outside the Center Building on main campus when fire hoses were turned on protesting students…

Getting around campus; Summer navigation different, not easier

I’m not working in Facilities any more and I’m not working in Eugene now either. Life at main campus is but a murky, muddled memory — a confusing, cognitive cacophony…

College teach-in misleading; Knowledgeable faculty not consulted

We are writing to express our concern about the recent series of talks and teach-ins regarding EMF/EMR/cell phone radiation and their effect on biological organisms, the most recent being the…

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A tale of two cultures

When I lived in Japan many years ago, every spring our city would see the return of the swallows, those sleek, thin birds that dart around us, gobbling up insects…

Sharing the shame; No true communication

After the May 13 board decision, there was quite a bit of chatter among faculty members and the administration. Out of impassioned commentaries, I will remember one phrase in particular…

Lane Community College Founding President Dale Parnell (left) and Board of Education Chairmen Pat Albright (right) in 2007.Photo: supplied by Pat Albright

Evergreen wisdom brings success

One of the first things on my agenda after deciding to run for the LCC Board in 2007 was to seek out some advice from Dale Parnell, Lane’s founding president….