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Notice: “Deception” writing contest seeking submissions

reads“Deception,” a Whatcom County writing contest being held in honor of this year’s WhatcomReads! book, “Old School,” by Tobias Wolff, is seeking submissions. In order to participate, the following criteria must be met:

-You must attend a high school or institution of higher education (Western Washington University, Bellingham Technical College, Whatcom Community College, or the Northwest Indian College)

-Write up to 800 words

-Create an entirely original story (fiction or non-fiction is welcome)

-Entries must be submitted via e-mail to: llambert@whatcom.ctc.edu by Thursday, January 28, 2010.

The theme is Deception

-When does a lie become the truth?

-How far would you go to win?

Details

Entries will become property of The Big Read/WhatcomReads and will not be returned. Portions of a winning entry may be used rather than the whole. By submitting an entry all writers grant permission to The Big Read/WhatcomReads to share their writing on the library Web site and in publications and media. Winners will be announced February 1, 2010 on the Web site www.whatcomreads.org.

One winner from each educational institution will be published in an anthology and will be invited to read their work at an author’s reception at Village Books on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 4 p.m.

The winning entry will also be published in the February 9 issue of the Horizon.

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Notice: Co-op offering cooking classes for WCC students

IMG_2488cropThe Cordata Community Food Co-op, located at 315 Westerly Road, is now offering cooking classes with priority given to WCC students. Titled “Learn to Cook at the Co-op,” the classes will take place in the Roots Room of the Cordata Co-op and are taught by instructor Dorothy Hopkins.

There will be three sessions of the class, which will take place on three consecutive Fridays (Jan. 15, Jan. 22, and Jan. 29) from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $15, with room for between five and 10 students. Those interested must sign up for all three sessions.

Topics covered will include organizing and stocking a kitchen, basic nutrition, exploration of grains, legumes, and vegetables, and shopping on a budget. To register for the classes, go to the Co-op Service Desk at either of the Co-op’s two Bellingham locations, or call (360) 734-8158. You can also e-mail at www.communityfood.coop.


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Notice: Transfer fair

A college transfer fair will take place on January 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Syre Student Center. Admissions representatives from the following colleges will be present to answer questions about credit transfer, degree programs, application deadlines, and more:

-Western Washington University
-University of Washington
-University of Washington, Bothell
-Washington State University
-Eastern Washington University
-Central Washington University
-The Evergreen State University

Transfer Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

-South Seattle Community College (BA in Hospitality Management)
-Trinity Western University
-The Art Institute of Seattle

-Northwest University (Kirkland)
-Trinity Lutheran College
-City University
-Hope International University

Transfer Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Bastyr University

For more information, contact Laine Johnston at (360) 383-3126.


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Getting Tactical

Administration of Justice Club gains law enforcement knowledge through recent hands-on experience

By Peter Tran

Guest Writer

ALECJLP Members

On November 29, the Administration of Justice Club (Formally recognized as the American Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Leadership Program) took knowledge learned from the classroom and applied it in a practical aspect at the Tacoma Tactical indoor CQB (Close Quarters Battle) facility in Tacoma, Washington.

The club expressed an interest in learning procedures for law enforcement, and such information was presented and practiced, including room-clearing, verbal orders, command presence, and other various important concepts involving legal affairs and officer safety. The training scenarios that the facility set up for the grateful Criminal Justice students exposed them immediately to the critical reasoning required in law enforcement.

Tacoma Tactical is a facility that provides an indoor CQB setting for airsoft play and training purposes. A lot of law enforcement agencies have taken the advantage of utilizing such a fully-furnished training facility, and there’s not a whole lot more that you could do to the place to make it more realistic. It’s as realistic as it gets, and includes being able to “boot in,” or knock down, doors.

The students responded extremely well, considering how complicated the scenarios were. It’s difficult to do a simple task when it is complicated by having to juggle legalities, proper procedure, and adjusting to any given situation (that wasn’t covered during your training)—of which mental processing and decision-making regarding whether or not to take action is expected to be completed within mere fractions of a second.

The reality of law enforcement is that officers are forced to make split-second decisions, and those decisions will be questioned 20 years down the road; when one makes a decision in law enforcement, they need to be able to explain every aspect of their reasoning—criminals do not.

This practical exercise that lasted six hours was a method of reinforcing what a student learned in the classroom, as they will better remember their experiences compared to what they attempted to memorize out of a textbook. The amount of knowledge that people were able to take from this experience expresses how successful this exercise was.

It is something that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives; they’ll remember going in thinking that they had adequate knowledge and training for the job, but towards the end of the day they will have been given a reality check—there’s a lot more to learn that a classroom simply cannot offer.

-Editor’s note: Peter Tran is Chief of the American Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Leadership Program at Whatcom.


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