Ask a titan – Q: Are you opposed to electronic cigarettes in the classroom?

“Class is not the time to be putting water vapor in the air to get your nicotine fix. It’s just ridiculous.” “I am opposed to it in the classroom. Outside of the classroom I think...

Break free from winter term; The Torch’s guide to cutting loose

Wes Fry, designer: Here in Lane County, the outdoors options are quite cheap and varied. Whether hiking, running, biking or just taking a stroll at Alton Baker, trails are terrific for those who enjoy...

Equality goes beyond the obvious; is there a hidden agenda in our communication?

Penny Scott Editor-In-Chief We are all created equal. This declaration stands at the center of America’s most cherished beliefs. But when I ask if I, and others around me, really demonstrate belief in this self-evident truth,...

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 of massive equipment, power...

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...

Silence speaks volumes

While a good number of managers and administrators attended Faculty Council’s open forum on the recent elimination of the Electronics Technology and Automotive Collision and Refinishing programs, and several participated actively in the meeting,...

Climate change is personal, eat your vegetables

Welcome back from an extremely hot summer vacation. July was actually the hottest month in recorded history. So hopefully you are wondering what you can do throughout the school year to best reduce your...

Standing for what is right and decent

Everybody deserves respect. And, I expect that all employees of Lane Community College believe their leaders should behave in a respectful manner. I like to think I demonstrated that during my terms on the...

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 that was offered twice...