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  • The Commuter: May 27, 2022

    The Commuter: May 27, 2022
  • Mexican Modernism: PDX Art Exhibit

    Mexican Modernism: PDX Art Exhibit

    The Portland Art Museum is having a special bilingual exhibition of artworks from the Mexican Modernism art period of the 1910’s to the 1920’s. The exhibit is named after Jacques and Natalia Gelman who were close friends of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, both of whom are spotlighted in the collection. 

    There are also photographs and displays of “period clothing,” specifically in the styles Kahlo was known for wearing. Other artists that were featured were Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo, Miguel Covarrubias, Gunther Gerzso, María Izquierdo, Carlos Mérida, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Juan Soriano, and Rufino Tomayo. 

    Admission prices don’t change between exhibits and are free for members and children under 17. Adult tickets cost $25, but for seniors (65+) and college students the price is $22. Be sure to reserve tickets for the Mexican Modernism exhibit before June 5.

    Photographed portraits of Kahlo and Rivera were on display as well. These artists included Lucienne Bloch, Imogen Cunningham, Juan Guzmán, Graciela Iturbide, Nickolas Muray, Edward Weston, and Guillermo Kahlo who was Frida Kahlo’s father. These portraits to be exhibited as well is because it gives onlookers a more rounded understanding of these artists.
    The exhibit, which is officially called the “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection,” opened this year on Feb. 19 and will close June 5. Tickets can be reserved for the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and are scheduled with 15 minute check-in windows. The tickets include the Frida Kahlo exhibit as well as the General Admission exhibit which has artworks from the Baroque time period. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays and open the rest of the week 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Photos by Avery Leon-Castillo

  • Hall of Fame Celebration

    Hall of Fame Celebration

    Holding their first Hall of Fame event, LBCC’s Athletic Department celebrated their first star athletes and coaches. Recipients included, Dave Bakley (unfortunately no recipient could be present for the event), Arlene Crosman, Verlund “Butch” Kimpton, Dick McClain, Terry Cornutt, Jim Davidson (received by his wife Debi), Donna Karling (Southwick, Alarcon Elizondo), Jean Melson (Siefer – not present), Carol Menken-Schaudt, Paul Poetsch, and Debbie Prince (Herrold).

    The evening included a social gathering; Meet-and-greet, a formal dinner buffet, and award and speech moments. Each inductee had a unique “thank you” speech; Some were sentimental and some humorous. From the impact on life changing team moments to who was cut out to be a lifeguard at the pool, the remembrance was felt by all attendees. 

    An evening of “firsts” will not be the last, as the Athletic department hopes to make this an annual affair.

    A buffet for dinner.

    Photos by Sabrina Dedek.

  • Dyno Day Resumes After Covid-fueled Break

    Dyno Day Resumes After Covid-fueled Break

    Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many yearly events were canceled or otherwise changed. One of these was Dyno Days which has been an event put on by the Automotives Technology and Heavy Equipment and Diesel Technology programs at the Advanced Transportation Technology Center in Lebanon, however it is back this year. 

    The purpose of the two-day long event is to feature the projects CTE students have worked on throughout the year, to show prospective students what is offered, and to show off the two Dynamometer instruments in their possession. 

    The purpose of the Chassis-Dynamometer is to test the torque and horsepower of a vehicle. It’s also known as a “rolling road” because it’s built like a treadmill. When hooked up to these instruments, vehicles can sometimes be run for upwards of 24 hours at 100 mph! The reason for this is so that manufacturers can thoroughly test how the chassis and engine holds up under pressure.

    Families and friends of the program’s students, as well as alumni and car engineers and service technicians, were invited. Because the event was also held as a show, owners of vintage cars and more expensive, less common cars, also were welcomed. 

    One of the rare cars that appeared was a 2009 black Mercedes-Benz model. The owner, George Larson, collects cars. He said he has eight other cars, besides the Benz, and attends car shows around the city. Every show he attends with a car, he brings a book which has details about the car itself. This specific model is that it weighs about 3100-3600 pounds, and is one of only 230 cars of its kind in the United States. Larson said he got the car for half off its original price, which he explains is a bit of a spectacle as these cars are so rare.

    Along with the cars, there were also activities like an interactive simulation for race car driving. Student and Instructional assistant, Josh Brunader, ran this simulation as well as showing visitors what the Automotives Technology program will teach students.

    These include special tools that are used on electric cars, coated with rubber to protect students from electrocution, as well as thick leather-rubber gloves to have some extra protection. 

    Brunader said “the program is here to teach students all the information they need to be successful and efficient in their jobs. Engineers and manufacturers are changing the way cars are being made and run so we need to have the tools and technology to keep up with it.” 

    He also said that he will be graduating in the summer and has plans to work with Tesla. Brunader wants to work for them because they are changing the way cars are being made and they will give him the experience as a technician he wants. He said after a few years though, that he might come back to work as an instructor.

    Next to some of the cars in the Automotive Technology’s lab is a Toyota Corolla owned by Master Technician at the Subaru Dealership in Corvallis, Josh Arnole. He has been working there for the last five years. 

    Arnole came to the event because he wants to give back to the community; He was once an Automotive Tech student (not at LB,) and understands what it’s like.

    His table sat next to his car where the hood was up for people to get a look at its engine. He had a high-power code reader hooked up to the engine and it scanned the codes of the circuits to his computer. 

    He explained that this is how service technicians can decipher which issues are happening where in the car. He also had printouts of the types of circuits and explained a bit of how they worked. There were simpler ones, like for the horn, that only had a few modes of communication and then the more complicated ones like for the overheating alarm, which had multiple modes of communication to where the circuit was connected.

    Arnole also collects cars, and likes to buy project cars. He said that when he has some extra money, he looks for and purchases cars with issues that he is less familiar with so he can work on them and get better at it. 

    The Corolla he brought to the show was purchased from a customer who didn’t want to spend the time and money it’d take to repair its issues. He has two other cars he’s currently working on. Arnole says that he thinks it should be a requirement for every service technician to have at least one extra car to work on.
    If the Heavy Equipment and Diesel Technology and Automotive Technology programs interest you, be sure to look into registering for it. If you want more background about both programs, be sure to check out this informational article on page two of The Commuters March 2, 2022 edition.

    Photos by Avery Leon-Castillo.

  • Sparks and Shortcake: A Weld and Dine

    Sparks and Shortcake: A Weld and Dine

    On Thursday the Welding and Culinary Arts co-curricular clubs came together to host their first ever “Weld and Dine” event.

    The Weld and Dine event was a play on Paint and Wine events that have become so popular in recent years. Participants enjoyed a dinner prepared and served by the Culinary Arts Club, and were then instructed by the Welding Club’s students on how to weld a sunflower yard ornament. 

    The idea for the event came from both clubs’ advisors, Josh Green from the culinary department, and Marc Rose and Cameren Moran from the welding department. 

    “We were brainstorming ways we could get our club more involved with the community,” Rose said. “Since COVID has affected our programs so much, we really wanted to get the word out about our programs and give people a way to get out.”

    “Josh’s [Green] co-curricular does stuff with the community all the time so we brought him in to get ideas, and this is what we came up with,” Moran said. 

    The event had two time slots available, 5 and 6 p.m., with ten spaces available in each. Tickets cost $75 each and included dinner, desert, two alcoholic beverages (served after welding,) and all materials and safety equipment needed to make a yard ornament. 

    “We sold out in less than a day,” Green, who was in charge of tickets, said. 

    Kimbery Cebbell and Nolan Ramirez, both second-year culinary art students, and George Krohm, a first-year culinary arts student stayed late after class to serve the dinner. The dinner, which consisted of pulled pork sandwiches, mac and cheese and cornbread, along with strawberry shortcake for dessert, was prepared after classes by them and the rest of the culinary arts club. 

    “The dinner was amazing,” said Jill Lulay who came with her husband Brian Lulay. Lulay is the mother of Zach Charley, one of the welding students whose tragic passings in the last couple of years prompted the creation of the Welding Comradery Scholarship in their honor. 

    After participants enjoyed their dinner in the courtyard, they were given personal protection equipment including welding helmets, welding jackets, safety glasses and welding gloves. Colton Cronkhite, a second-year pipe-welding student, then gave them a safety briefing and instrctions. 

    “It was a lot of fun helping and watching people do this for the first time,” Cronkhite later said.

    When all the participants were ready, they were given their metal pieces and assigned a welding student to guide and assist them throughout the process of constructing their ornaments. 

    Six welding students participated in the event: Gavyn Hillsman, Ben Barnes, Bryan Vargas, Colton Cronkhite, Ava Edwards and Conner BIshop. Each student took on one or two participants to assist.

    “It’s so nicely done,” said Rhonda Hankins, one of the participants. “We each get our own student so we have a lot of personal attention and all the help we want.”

    “I wanted to help with this because it sounded like a lot of fun, and I wanted to show the community what we do here,” said Conner Bishop, a second-year pipe-welding student.

    Once all the participants had completed welding, they were happy to show off what they had made while enjoying their desert and drinks. 

    “My favorite part was doing the freehand design in the middle,” said Cindy Moran, showing me the designs in her sunflower. “This is definitely a skill that takes a lot of practice. It was a little scary but it was a lot of fun for me.”

    “The best part was being able to interact with the students and see the skills they have,” said Kevin Moran.

    Of the ten participants in the 5 p.m. slot, only two had ever welded before. 

    “I’ve never welded before but this sounded fun and I enjoy supporting LBCC,” said David Bennett. “I thought it was a lot of fun and I’m definitely going to do this again.”

    “The overwhelming response seems to be that people had a lot of fun and  are interested in doing this again,” Rose said at the end of the night. “So, we will definitely be doing more of these types of things in the future.”

    If you’re interested in finding out more about the Welding and Culinary Arts programs and upcoming events, you can find information on their Facebook pages under LBCC Welding Program, and Linn-Benton Culinary Arts.

    Photos by Brenda Autry.

  • CARmencement Preview: Bubbly, Bright, and Boisterous

    CARmencement Preview: Bubbly, Bright, and Boisterous

    ‘CARmencement’ graduation ceremonies are a first for LBCC brought on by the pandemic, with last school years event lighting the torch. And while at a glance, or rather a first thought, a drive through graduation could seem a little unwinding. 

    However, last year’s event showed that they are everything but. 

    With a traditional ceremony on the back burner until further notice, the faculty of LBCC has managed to create a fun, relaxing, and lively environment for the car-bound experience. As a result, the quiet and long commencements where one must sit through an entire graduating class, no longer takes precedence. 

    Instead, loud bells, drums, chimes, tambourines, whoops, hollers, vibrant colors and bubbles fill the air of the northeast parking lot. 

    This years ‘CARmencement’ will be held June 9 from 4-8 p.m., and will start with brightly painted cars with balloons trailing behind as they begin their descent through the paved maze. 

    Shortly upon entrance, you may see some familiar faces as you pass by college professors; Faculty and staff, and of course Rocky the Roadrunner, line the sidewalk beaming with energy as they bang on their loud instruments, dance, and eagerly cheer for the graduating class – Noise is no nuisance at this commencement. 

    In this style of graduation, one is welcomed to wear whatever makes them feel comfortable. Many students last year wore their caps and gowns, some with appropriate honors wear, and others wore whatever they desired – the choice belongs to the individual. 

    Family and friends are welcome to pack safely into their cars, clown style, and are encouraged to cordially cheer on their fellow graduates’ as they are dropped off at the podium, where they will do an official walk to receive their diplomas and to have their future plans spilled over the static air of the microphone, before getting back in their vehicles. 

    Last year, a red rose and photo op were provided as well. 

    And with a cherry on top, the last stop of the maze holds a tasty treat for the carload. 

    New to this year’s CARmencement, the Student Leadership Council will be hosting a celebratory barbecue in the main courtyard for all graduates, parents and staff to attend. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided; Attendees are welcome to join before or after receiving their diploma.

  • Roadrunners Win NWAC Baseball Playoffs Opener

    Roadrunners Win NWAC Baseball Playoffs Opener

    LONGVIEW, Washington – The Linn-Benton Baseball team defeated Lane Community College 9-3 in their opening playoff game on Thursday, May 26. 

    The Roadrunners showed no signs of rust after having 10 days off prior to Thursday’s game. In the bottom half of the first inning Cayden Delozier hit a 2-RBI double to put the Beaks up early. In the second inning, Ruben Cedillo extended the lead with a 3-RBI blast into the Titans bullpen in left field. 

    “I liked that I actually hit a curveball. I’ve been kind of freezing on a lot of curveballs and they were throwing me a lot of curveballs at the beginning of the game. I just sat on it and swung,” Cedillo said. 

    The Titans responded in the third inning with two runs of their own. Cole Kleckner doubled to bring in a run, and Cole Calnon grounded out, bringing in another. The Roadrunners offense would not be denied though, putting up 4 more runs in the next two innings. Roadrunner Cayden Delozier went 3-4 with 2 doubles, and 2 RBI on the day. 

    Roadrunner Rhett Larson picked up the win on the mound. Larson went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, walking 1, while striking out 4. Roadrunner Dylan Rush was dominant on the mound in relief. Rush went 3 innings, allowing no runs on 1 hit, while striking out 5. 

    “It feels great. We’ve been working hard all season and you know everything we’ve put in is just starting to show, and it feels great,” Rush said. 

    Titan Charlie Steuer took the loss on the mound. Steuer went 2 innings, allowing 5 runs, on 4 hits, walking 4, while striking out 2. 

    Next up, the Roadrunners stay in Longview to take on Edmonds Community College Friday, May 27, at Lower Columbia Community College, David Story Field, 1700-1740 19th Ave. in Longview. First pitch is set for 4:35 p.m.

  • Roadrunners Open with Rematch in NWAC Playoffs on Thursday, May 26

    Roadrunners Open with Rematch in NWAC Playoffs on Thursday, May 26

    LONGVIEW, Washington – The Linn-Benton Baseball team is heading north for the Northwest Athletic Conference Baseball Championship tournament Thursday, May. 26, through Monday, May 30, at Lower Columbia Community College.

    Rematch – 

    The Roadrunners are slated to play Lane Community College at 9:35 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, in a rematch that saw the Roadrunners take three of four from the Titans earlier in the season. That series featured an offensive resurgence for the Roadrunners, putting 36 runs on the scoreboard across the four-game series. The Roadrunners pitching staff limited the at the time red-hot Titans to 14 runs in the series. 

    Matchup – Roadrunners 

    Roadrunner Rhett Larson is set to take the mound against the Titans. Larson (6-1) has a 1.94 ERA across 60 ⅓ innings with 57 strikeouts. In his last outing against the Titans, Larson went 6 innings allowing 2 earned runs on 7 hits, while striking out 2, in a 13-4 Roadrunners victory. 

    “Passion and being competitive out there that’s all we can really do. Just trust ourselves and trust our approaches, pitches, and our defense, and we can go out there and win,”  Larson said. 

    Offensively the Beaks will look for Michael Soper to continue his success at the plate. Soper is batting .327 on the year, with a .427 slugging percentage, 32 RBI, 27 stolen bases, 3 home runs, and is currently on a 15-game hitting streak. Through his 15-game hitting streak Soper is batting .444, with 17 stolen bases. 

    “We definitely get fired up to play them, and I know everyones is excited for NWAC’s [championship tournament], so I think we’re going to come out with a lot of energy, and play our game,” Soper said. “I’m going to stick with my approach, it has been working for me at the plate, just trust in my approach and hope for the best.” 

    Matchup – Titans

    The Lane Titans are coming off a comeback effort against Bellevue Community College. After starting off their best-of-three series with a 12-2 loss to the Bulldogs, they responded by putting up 19 runs in their next two games, to advance and keep their championship hopes alive.

    Although the Titans have not announced their starter yet, it would be hard to believe that anyone but freshmen Henry Proger would take the mound. Proger, who has 2.53 ERA with 123 strikeouts, across 89 innings, was dominant in his last appearance. Proger went 6 innings, allowing 1 earned run on 3 hits, and walking 3, while striking out 13. 

    Offensively the Titans will look towards the top of their lineup to Cole Klencker and Bryan Rojas. On the year, they’re batting .357 and .379, respectively, with 81 combined RBI. Kleckner is currently on an 8-game hitting streak. 

    Outcome – The winner of the matchup will move on to play the winner of Edmonds Community College vs. Spokane Community College. The loser will fall to the losers bracket, and play the loser of Edmonds C.C. vs. Spokane C.C. For more information about the tournament and location visit the NWAC Baseball website here.

  • Seemingly Simple: Spring Photojournalism

    Seemingly Simple: Spring Photojournalism

    When you think of photojournalism, it can be easy to jump on the ‘oh, I can do that easily,’ train. But things are rarely as easy as they may seem, especially when it comes to capturing stories within a single photograph or face. 

    One must take into account the angle, the lighting, the natural placement, the environmental sensation; And if you’re fortunate enough, hitting that magical time-stopping button at the right moment can capture a well of emotion within the eyes and face of the subject at hand. 

    Journalism professor Rob Priewe rarely seems to fail at teaching his students the art and science behind photojournalism, and it, versus photography, are entirely different wild beasts. 

    Priewe is like the parents many of us have had; we think we’re right, and then soon learn that in fact our parents were right all along. His resume drips with experience, like pollen accumulating in a flower waiting for a little bee to come to collect its message of hard work. 

    Though he does not boast about his heap of experience, and somehow manages to remove the pressure’s we all face in education. Much like the parents many have not had, he has mastered the balance of persistence and freedom in teaching his students. 

    Throughout his photojournalism classes, his students only grow; There is no regression.

    Past student of Priewe and LBCC, Chrizma Hosler still remembers “overall, medium, and close up shots. It’s drilled into my head. I loved Rob!” Hosler said. 

    As the term comes to a close, these students continue to learn to find and capture the complex stories hidden within the seemingly simple days of our lives.