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Jazz band concert TONIGHT

The Whatcom jazz band, along with the collegiate choir, will put on their fall concert tonight, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heiner Center Auditorium. The concert is free to all Whatcom students and faculty.

Laying down the law

Talk to a lawyer for free on Wednesday, Dec. 2, when Street Law’s student legal services will be available for the final time this quarter. Held in the Career Center (LDC116), there will be two sessions of Street Law—from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 5 to 7 p.m.

Students can have questions answered regarding civil and consumer law, debt collection, and more.

Bowling with IFC for free!

The International Friendship Club will hold their final activity of the quarter, a bowling party, on Friday, Dec. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at 20th Century Bowling. The event is free with a WCC student I.D. card.

Student art show at Co-op

The opening of an exhibition of WCC student art works inspired by fruits, vegetables, eggs, mushrooms, and other produce will take place Dec. 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Cordata Community Food Co-op.

Drawings in pencil, charcoal, pastel and paintings in oils and acrylics, created in the art classes of Gena Grochowski, Caryn Friedlander, Catherine Morgan, and Ene Lewis will be on display.

The artists will be on hand for the opening of the exhibit, and refreshments will be served.

Trivia bee

The WCC Communication Club will be holding their second annual Trivia Bee (in conjunction with the Business Club Book Sale) on Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. in the Syre Auditorium.

In addition to the trivia bee, there will be free food and raffle give-aways, including a day’s ski lift (and ski or snowboard rental package) to the Mt. Baker Ski Area.

Admission is $4 (no presale), or $2 with a nonperishable food donation. To compete in the bee, each team must sign up and pay a $30 entry fee (at the cashier’s window in Laidlaw to guarantee a spot; or 30 minutes prior to the event, if there’s still space).

Writing opportunities for students

The WhatcomReads! Committee, in preparation for author Tobias Wolff’s appearance at Whatcom on Feb. 8, has two contests available to anyone in the campus community. The first is a six-word story contest, catalyzed by Ernest Hemmingway’s response to write a memoir in only six words. Anyone interested can go to www.whatcomreads.org and submit their entry.

The second contest, called “Deception,” will name one winner from each participating high school or college. The winning entries will be published in an anthology, and the authors will be invited to read their work at an author’s reception at Village Books.

New modern dance course offering

A new course, “Modern Dance & Movement,” will be offered for winter quarter through the WCC Learning Contract Program in conjunction with the WWU Dance Program.  The course is an introduction to movement and dance featuring Pilates-based warm-ups, strength building, and fluidity through movement sequences and improvisation.

No dance experience is necessary. To register for the course, contact Beth Tyne in Entry and Advising (LDC116) at 383-3088, or by e-mail at btyne@whatcom.ctc.edu.

Free tech help

The IT Professionals of Tomorrow will offer a free help desk every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of Laidlaw to help any student, staff, or faculty member who brings in their home computer or laptop.

Donuts rocket into Dockside

Famous, locally produced Rocket Donuts are now available at the Dockside Café. The donuts will be available every Monday and Wednesday.

Drama students nominated for scholarship

Three actors from the drama department’s recent performances of two one-act plays by Will Eno have been nominated for the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions, part of a national festival that will take place in Reno in February.

The three nominees: Colleen Ames, for her performance in “Intermission,” as well as Emily Lester and Tim Greger, for their performances in “Tragedy: A Tragedy.”

New Professional Tech Advisor

David Knapp has joined Whatcom’s advising team as the new Educational Planner-Technical Professional Advisor. Knapp replaces Meg Delzell, whose duties were reassigned to that of Division Chair for Health and Human Development.

Knapp, who has over ten years of professional technical advising experience, was Worker Retraining Coordinator at Bellingham Technical College for the past two years, and has extensive experience supporting and assisting recently unemployed workers and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds as they learn to navigate the complexities of college.

Knapp received a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Western Washington University.

European Union Winterfest on Dec. 3

Whatcom’s German, French, and Spanish clubs are sponsoring a European Union Winterfest on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Syre Auditorium.

The event will feature many activities and presentations, including:

● British and Irish songs performed on the Celtic harp by Rebecca Blair

● German winter dances from the Women of the German Heritage Society of Whatcom County

● Classical carols sung by the Collegiate Choir and conducted by Carol Reed-Jones

● Songs of Spain, as sung by the Spanish Club

● Songs France, as sung by the French Club

● Songs of Germany and Austria, as sung by the German Club

● A traditionally decorated German Christmas tree with real candles

● Skits, sonnets, and songs by Whatcom students

● Instructors Earl Bower on guitar, and Patti Braimes on piano.

Refreshments will include the cookies and pastries of France, Germany, and Spain, accompanied by spicy hot apple cider.

Dickens’ Carol Comes to Life

The Whatcom Community College Radio Players will present a “radio-type broadcast” performance of Charles Dickens’  “A Christmas Carol” on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Heiner Center Auditorium. Cast and crew members include Guy Smith, John Gonzales, Ron Leatherbarrow, and Dr. Christopher Roberts, among others.

Admission is free, but Toys-For-Tots donations will be accepted. The doors open at 6:45 p.m., with the show running from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Refreshments will also be served.

Public Memorial for Fallen Police Officers

A public memorial for the four Lakewood, Wash. police officers killed Nov. 29 will be held this Saturday, Dec. 5 at Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham. The memorial will occur from 7:30 to 8 p.m., and is being held to, as a flyer for the event says, “help heal some of these wounds that the law enforcement community has suffered.”

Those who want to attend can “bring a friend, bring an umbrella, a candle if you can, and bring your support for our men and women in uniform that risk their lives every second they wear that badge. It’s only going to take 30 minutes out of your Saturday, and you can just show up for a few minutes and leave. Stop by on your way to work or out of town, or be here in thought.”memorialposter


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Council Notes

Drama Fund Request
The Drama department has requested $500 in order to put on and fund a musical in the spring quarter. The musical would include various types of dances and styles, and would be a collaborative effort between different clubs.
Council JacketsThe motion for the student council to have custom WCC jackets has been passed. The motion called for it to not exceed $250, and obtain jackets for current student council members.
MLK Day Service Project
The student council has proposed a community service project. The project will be run through Habitat for Humanity, and will involve working on reconstructing homes for people in need. It will take place on January 18th. Students are encouraged to get involved.


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This is only a test….

EXAMINING THE PLACE FOR EXAMS, WHATCOM’S TESTING CENTER

by Matt Benoit

Horizon Editor

Behind the wooden double-doors of Laidlaw 133 lies a room absent of most sound, filled with desks and numbered chairs that are usually at least half-full with students making up faculty exams, doing GED testing, or taking math and English placement exams. This room is Whatcom’s Testing Center.

Named after Norma Stevens, former program manager for drop-in advising and testing services, the testing center has given out over 10,000 tests in the last four academic quarters.

Lisa Anderson, testing center coordinator, said that Stevens, who retired from Whatcom a few years ago, worked to improve the standards and environment for testing at the college, and helped secure the funding and space for the current testing center.

“Our previous space was small and inefficient to meet the growing needs of our students,” said Anderson in an e-mail.

Students needing to make up exams from faculty must make advanced arrangements with their instructor and arrive with enough time to complete the test. GED Testing is available by appointment and requires a mandatory enrollment session prior to testing, along with a one-time $75 fee.

Individual and ESLA placement testing is available on a drop-in basis, while math and standard English placement testing requires a group testing appointment and a one-time fee of $20. Group tests are normally held in a different location, and Anderson said two to three placement test sessions a day are common during finals weeks in order to accommodate new students for the next quarter of classes.

 Individual placement testing is not offered during finals week, as Anderson explained that the center dedicates all its time and space to faculty finals, facilitating anywhere from 300 to 500 tests during that week. 

Community proctored exams for non-students are also available on a limited basis.

With all this testing, does cheating ever occur? Anderson said that although she believes the testing center does a great job at preventing it, it can be hard to determine the difference between a student’s honest mistake and an attempt to smuggle in unauthorized materials for a test.

“We try to give the student the benefit of the doubt when these materials are discovered during check-in,” she said. “What happens in the check-in room stays in the check-in room, unless the attempt is really flagrant.”

Repeated attempts at taking in banned materials are documented for faculty, Anderson said, adding that only a few students tend to get something past. She usually documents at least seven situations a quarter, but said that how the students cheat will remain “a trade secret.”

Still, Anderson said cheating is something that makes the staff of the Learning Center feel very badly. “We work here because we like students and want to play a part in helping them succeed,” she said, adding that students’ reactions to being caught range from tears to anger.

“I think many students would typically not cheat but have found themselves unprepared for a variety of reasons and then make a bad choice,” Anderson said. “We strive very hard to not personalize the situation, stay supportive, non-judgmental, and professional.”    

 

 

Testing Center Hours for Fall Quarter (through Dec. 10)

Mondays: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesdays: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.          

A photo I.D. is required for all testing, and any fees must be paid in full prior to testing with a receipt of payment required to be shown.


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CAMPUS BRIEFS

International Education Week

A series of events will be held on campus from Nov. 16 through Nov. 20 to celebrate International Education Week, a “joint initiative between the U.S. Dept. of State and the U.S. Dept. of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange. 

In addition to presentations and discussions from several Whatcom faculty on topics ranging from the Berlin Wall to Chinggis Khan, as well as Fulbright and study abroad opportunities for faculty, there will also be a study abroad fair in the Syre foyer during the week.

The Spanish club will also host a free salsa dance class on Nov. 16 from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Syre Auditorium. No experience is required to participate 

Event supports veterans

The college will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11, but on Nov. 12, “Listener: Talk Music,” will present music and poetry in the Syre Auditorium at 7 p.m. The event is free, but $3 minimum donations, which will benefit local veteran’s services, are suggested.

Nov. 17 College Fair

Representatives from 15 Washington universities and colleges will invade the Syre Student Center on Nov. 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a once-a-year college fair. There will be a prize drawing, as well as information on university application processes and how to snag scholarships.

Nov. 18 Transfer Fair

A college transfer fair will be held on Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Heiner Center foyer. Eleven different colleges, including Western Washington University, the University of Washington, and Washington State University, will have representatives present to give transfer info and answer questions from students.

New Financial Aid Director

Jack Wollens has been introduced as the new Director for Financial Aid at Whatcom after spending the last three years as financial aid director of Bellingham Technical College. He also worked in financial aid at Loma Linda University in California, and has a business management degree from Andrews University in Michigan.

Fun in Seattle!

The International Friendship Club will be taking a day trip to Seattle on Nov. 21. The trip, open to all Whatcom students, will give them the chance to visit landmarks like Pike Place Market and the Space Needle, as well as do some holiday shopping.

Cost is $5 per student, which covers transportation (a chartered bus) and parking. Those attending should meet at the flagpole in from of Laidlaw Center at 9 a.m. on Nov. 21. The bus should return to Whatcom around 8 p.m. Those interested in the trip can sign up in the International Office in Syre 201.

Phi Theta Kappa

The induction ceremony for new members of Whatcom’s Phi Theta Kappa is Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. in Heiner 209. Paul Schroeder will be the guest speaker.

Roberts releases new CD

Whatcom music professor Dr. Christopher Roberts’ latest CD, “Last Cicada Singing,” is now available for purchase in Whatcom’s bookstore. There is also a copy of the CD in Heiner Library available for checkout. The album is a series of solo compositions for the qin, a zither-like Chinese classical instrument Roberts studied while living in Taiwan. The album sells for $8.95.

Avoid failure with success workshops

Two more hour-long student success workshops will be held in LDC203 from 1 to 2 p.m. on each remaining Monday in November. Topics covered will include test-taking strategies (Nov. 16) and stress management (Nov. 30). Those with questions should contact Entry and Advising at (360) 383-30 

Career Center Open House

There will be an hour-long “open house” for the Career Center’s new office on Thursday, Nov. 12 between 12 and 1 p.m. in LDC 116 (Entry and Advising) to allow those interested to explore the new office and see what the Career Center has to offer. Treats will be provided.

 The Career Center features computerized career exploration, job searches, career assessments, resume writing, interview tips, and a resource library. For more information, contact the Entry and Advising office at (360) 383-3080.

“Don’t Trash Transit” rally

A rally in support of maintaining the WTA’s current level of transit service will take place on the Bellingham Public Library grounds across from the courthouse between 7:30 and 10 a.m. on Nov. 19. WTA’s board of directors will be in the council chambers of the courthouse that morning to consider a draft budget for 2010.

The rally, sponsored by the Amalgamated Transit Union, is to voice opposition against a proposed 14 percent reduction in county bus service starting next year.

Upcoming performances 

The musical group “Bottom Line Duo” will perform with bass and cello on Nov. 18 at 11:30 a.m. in Heiner Auditorium.

“Elephant Engine High Dive Revival,” a spoken word performance party featuring Buddy Wakefield, Derrick Brown, and numerous other performers, will take place on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., also in Heiner Auditorium.


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COUNCIL NOTES

New Arts Club Proposed

Derek VanderGriend showed up at this week’s council meeting to propose the new club, Whatcom Art Awareness Community, with an art teacher as an advisor. They meet Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. to discuss upcoming show events, as well as show and critique each other’s art. There are currently 15 members. Funding would come from selling student pieces, or having donation jars at local art shows. Any other funding would come from the committee board.

New Sports Chairs

Chris Scrimsher proposed getting 30 new chairs especially designed for WCC, to be used mainly for sports events. Designs may still be suggested, but he did bring an example design in a dark blue with the WCC Orca logo on the back. “Many colleges have these chairs,” Scrimsher said, “and Whatcom is a step behind in bringing them on the field for a more professional look.”

Table Tennis Club

A new table tennis club was proposed. A group of 20 students already play and attend meetings on Friday’s from 2 to 4 p.m. Anyone can join, and tournaments will be held. The $2 entry fees for tournaments  will be used to purchase equipment such as balls and paddles.

Graffiti Still a Recurring Problem

Carl Adams, of Whatcom’s facilities, came to the council meeting with a request.  “Please tell your peers to not write on the walls and help spread the word,” he said.  Adams said newly painted stalls are already being marked up again by graffiti, and would like this all to stop because of the high number of resources it is taking to paint over the graffiti.


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